The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum hosts a memorial dedicated to the last United States Navy submarine lost.

USS Scorpion (SSN-589), a Skipjack-class nuclear powered submarine, was commissioned on July 29, 1960.  On May 27, 1968, the submarine was presumed lost since it failed to arrive in port on Memorial Day from a three month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.  The United States Navy announced that the wreckage of the submarine was found 400 miles south of the Azores Islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with all 99 crew members still onboard on October 30, 1968.

This memorial is dedicated to Richard Schaffer and the other 98 submarine sailors who remain on “Eternal Patrol.”  Richard Schaffer was a graduate of Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Arkansas.  Schaffer’s family designed, funded, and created the memorial.  Bob Nesbit of Flooring Consultants Inc. etched USS Scorpion’s insignia onto concrete along with the dedication message.

The following 99 men were aboard USS Scorpion (SSN-589) when the submarine was lost:

Keith Alexander Martin Allen Steven Dean Gleason Earl Lester Ray, Jr.
Thomas Edward Amtower William Clarke Harwi Jorge Luis Santana
George Gile Annable Michael Edward Henry Lynn Thompson Saville
Joseph Anthony Baar, Jr. Larry Leroy Hess Richard George Schaffer
Michael Jon Bailey Richard Curtis Hogeland William Newman Schoonover
Walter William Bishop John Richard Houge Phillip Allan Seifert
Michael Reid Blake Ralph Robert Huber Francis Atwood Slattery
Robert Harold Blocker Harry David Huckelberry George Elmer Smith, Jr.
Kenneth Ray Brocker John Frank Johnson Laughton Douglas Smith
James Kenneth Brueggeman Robert Johnson Robert Bernard Smith
Robert Eugene Bryan Steven Leroy Johnson Harold Robert Snapp, Jr.
John Patrick Burke Julius Johnston, III Daniel Peter Stephens
Daniel Paul Burns, Jr. Patrick Charles Kahanek Joel Candler Stephens
Ronald Lee Byers Donald Terry Karmasek, Sr. David Burton Stone
Duglas Leroy Campbell Richard Allen Kerntke, Sr. John Phillip Sturgill
Samuel J. Cardullo Rodney Joseph Kipp Richard Norman Summers
Francis King Carey, II Dennis Charles Knapp John Driscoll Sweeney, Jr.
Gary James Carpenter Charles Lee Lamberth John Charles Sweet
Robert Lee Chandler Max Franklin Lanier James Frank Tindol, III
Mark Helton Christiansen John Weichert Livingston Johnny Gerald Veerhusen
Romeo S. Constantino David Bennett Lloyd Robert Paul Violetti
Robert James Cowan Kenneth Robert Martin Ronald James Voss
Joseph Cross Frank Patsy Mazzuchi John Michael Wallace
Garlin Ray Denney Michael Lee McGuire Joel Kurt Watkins
Michael Edward Dunn Steven Charles Miksad Robert Westley Watson
Richard Philip Engelhart Joseph Francis Miller, Jr. James Edwin Webb
George Patrick Farrin Cecil Frederick Mobley Leo William Weinbeck
William Ralph Fennick Raymond Dale Morrison James Mitchell Wells
Robert Walter Flesch Michael Anthony Odening Ronald Richard Williams
Vernon Mark Foli Daniel Christopher Petersen Robert Alan Willis
James Walter Forrester, Jr. Dennis Paul Pferrer Virgil Alexander Wright, III
Ronald Anthony Frank Gerald Stanley Pospisil Donald Howard Yarbrough
Michael David Gibson Donald Richard Powell Clarence Otto Young, Jr.