AL La Rocca's Submarine Page
Al La Rocca had
a distinguished and interesting history with submarines, starting with
his meritorious service on the Spadefish in World War II. The
USS Spadefish SS 411 was the only U.S. submarine launched
in 1944 to become one of the war's Top 10 scoring boats.
Spadefish was also the first submarine
into the war zone with FM sonar installed and was part of the famous
Hellcats wolf pack which invaded the Sea of Japan in 1945. Her ship's mascot, a beer drinking terrier named Luau, even gave birth to puppies while on patrol.
Al's passion continued
until his death on October 30, 2009 with his involvement in submarine veteran associations and
building model submarines for exhibition around the country. They don't make men like Al La Rocca anymore.