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Missing for 70 years, found at 600 ft on the ocean floor with 42 entombed sailors. US WWII Submarine forgotten in time.

Your participation with us via Kickstarter will enable us to complete the documentary "Twice Forgotten".  You will empower us to finally tell the story of the R-12 Submarine's tragic sinking, the families left without any information and the quest to solve the mysteries that have been unanswered after all this time. The history books are wrong, it is time to set things right!

The WWII submarine USS R-12 sank off the coast of Key West, Florida at midday on June 12, 1943. She took forty American sailors and two Brazilian officers to their grave at 600 ft on the ocean floor. They have been missing for nearly seventy years until found by our team of explorers working with state of the art technology and fascinated by her story and the mystery. 

USS R-12

The submarine force in WWII accounted for more enemy vessel sinking’s than any other US Naval force. New construction of submarines was happening as fast as possible and boats where sent out to sea as quickly as they came off the line. She is the sixth WWII US submarine to be found of the fifty-two missing and the only US Sub to sink within the continental United States.

NOTE: This will be a 501(c)3 tax deductible donation to Ocean Outreach which is coordinating the R-12 efforts.

USS R12
USS R12

Since we discovered her in late 2010 the team has put forth a herculean effort to locate the family members of the entombed, research government and historical files and launch a major expedition to film and document the sub in its final resting place at 100 fathoms in the Straights of Florida.

The documenting of the data and family information created a mission to resolve the mystery of the sinking while bringing closure to the families, recognition to the entombed men of R12 and raise awareness of a lost and forgotten crew to a young generation of people.

The team continues to work under Navy permits and needs to return to the site for underwater filming in the summer of 2013. We have been assembling a documentary of our findings, interviews, underwater robotic technology, exclusive underwater footage of the submarine in her final resting place and have been on a quest to solve the mystery of her sinking. This is an important and significant discovery and we are dedicated to sharing it with the public.  These entombed servicemen deserve to be acknowledged today (70 years later) as any of our lost and missing military would deserve if their remains were found seventy years from now. The fact that we have located an entire crew and their ship makes it more chilling and poignant.

Our mission is to bridge the past with the present by highlighting this tragedy and loss and how it relates to current issues with our military families today.

In order to complete our documentary film we are seeking backers. We need to complete the interviews, boat expedition, editing, archival photo copyrights, music rights and producing animated graphics. We cannot accomplish this without your help! Partnering on this key stage of this project will help us acknowledge the 70th anniversary of her sinking and honor the memory and the sacrifices made by the crew of the USS R-12 and their families.

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"The legendary exploits of the Navy's Submarine Service in the Pacific during WWII are well known. Often overlooked were the exploits of the submariners who served in the Atlantic and US home waters. When a submarine is lost, no matter where, those men were part of our silent service family. I am pleased to endorse the efforts of fellow explorers Christine Dennison, Tim Taylor and the "USS R-12" team for discovering and documenting her final resting place. This helps bring closure to the families of those brave submariners."

Captain Don Walsh USN (ret) Former Commanding Officer USS Bashaw (AGSS-241)

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We have worked hard to assure all permits are in place for filming. Our equipment, team and experts are available to us and ready to go. All obstacles are minimized. With our final funding in place via Kickstarter we feel confident of our completion date by late Fall-Winter of 2013/2014. We hold the only US Navy permit to archaeologically explore and film this site. We still need to secure our funding and for that we ask your help. It should be noted the Navy has not and will not contribute monies to our project. Our work is an independent research and filming project. We see no reason that there will be any issues with tour permits.

The monies raised on Kickstarter will put crew in place for 2013 and project completion and distribution for winter 2013/2014. This summer we will be returning to the site to film with the ROV system at 600 feet, conduct additional needed interviews and fund the expedition and post-production. This includes acquiring much needed archival film footage, images, and sound rights, creating graphics, editing of the final HD product, expedition to film, distribute final product to film festivals and pursue TV distribution and sales.

The expedition equipment needed is all in place for the 2013 season. Weather has potential to cause delays, although we have worked that into our schedule (hurricane season is just around the corner). We have made every effort to watch our costs when acquiring rights to WWII photos and film, unfortunately the number of R-Class submarine imagery available is limited and costs to acquire rights are fixed. This will be done with a reputable stock company so we are assured we will acquire the copyrights on footage we use.

Post-production completion is slated for Fall but could slip based on third party graphic providers. As with any project of this nature we may find more than we are looking for and this could turn into a longer piece. If that is the case additional time may be required to complete. All efforts will be made to complete on time and backers will be kept appraised on our progress.

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