WASHINGTON — This city known for its eclectic assortment of monuments could soon get another one: the Man in the Sea Memorial Monument, a tribute to military divers.
Congress has been asked to bless the privately funded 11-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a diver in helmet and suit, to be erected on the waterfront at the Washington Navy Yard, once the home of the Navy Diving School.
Planning has been underway for several years, but the nonprofit group pushing the project hopes to reach new depths in its $10-million fundraising drive with a congressional endorsement.
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), a former Navy secretary, recently introduced a resolution expressing support for the project.
He said the monument would call attention to the "often unseen and unrecognized’’ work of military divers. In the 1970s, for example, divers tapped into an undersea Soviet communications cable. In 1939, four divers rescued 33 men from the submarine Squalus, which had sunk in about 250 feet of water off New Hampshire; those divers later received the Medal of Honor.