The following episodes that are available for downloading at this site, are from the submarine adventure series 'The Silent Service' which aired during the 1957-1958 television seasons.
The Silent Service was a documentary styled anthology series about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet and their missions during World War II and the Korean War. Every episode was fact based and the realism of the show was elevated by the use of actual combat footage from the files of the United States Navy.
The stories, which varied between the South Pacific during World War II, the Atlantic campaign and the Korean War, were the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, himself a submariner, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years of service. Admiral Dykers also did an intro piece for each episode, narrated the action and filmed a closing segment, usually with a member of the crew of the submarine that was highlighted on that particular episode.
Each season was comprised of 39 episodes. All of the episodes for season one are complete, however there are three missing episodes for season two. If anyone has copies or knows where they are available, please let me know.
In addition to the episodes, I've included copies of the press kits that were issued to the stations along with the films. I've also included episode summaries which are handy in preparing notices / programs for individual viewing.
All episodes are in MP4 format. I suggest downloading to your device rather than trying to view online. Each episode is about 30 min. in length so consider that when trying to download.