This story appears in the June 30, 2014 issue of Forbes.
John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific, spoke about his quest to solve the mystery of the USS Grunion, a World War II submarine that sank without a trace off the Aleutian Islands. All hands were lost, including John’s father, the commander of the sub. For decades, the U.S. Navy was unable to reveal further information about the sub’s fate-it had simply vanished. But Commander Jim Abele’s family never gave up their quest to discover the truth. They repeatedly applied to the Navy, corresponded with the families of crew members, consulted with Japanese sources, and finally undertook the quixotic task of locating the Grunion herself. More than six decades after the submarine’s loss, Jim Abele’s three sons astonished the experts by locating the lost submarine 3,000 feet below the surface of one of the world’s most dangerous bodies of water.
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