Win a Plate, Send a Soldier Diving With SUDS!

Several years ago, John Thompson was working at Walter Reed hospital teaching swimming, realized that the injured service members coming for rehabilitation would benefit from the sport of SCUBA Diving. Through his efforts and those of others, “SUDS” or Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba became a reality. Today, more than 200 veterans and active service members who were severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan have been certified and have continued their education in SCUBA. This non-profit organization, located at WRNMMC at Bethesda has been able to continue it’s rehabilitation efforts through grants, fundraisers, and donations from people who believe this program is well-deserving to support and give back to the heroes who gave to them.


This month, at Academy of Scuba in Phoenix, Az, has been dedicated to raising money for SUDS and one of the efforts is very exciting that all can participate in. The Academy has been fortunate to have an actual plate retrieved by Shadow Diver’s John Chatterton donated by him and his wife Carla, to help raise money for this important charity within the Dive Community. A raffle has been set up and tickets are only $5 each to not only buy a chance to win this beautiful artifact, but to also support SUDS efforts in continuing this important program. The plate comes with a certificate of authenticity, and a piece of history that very few are fortunate to obtain. Tickets may be ordered on line and more information about the fundraising efforts by the academy of Scuba can be found at

Information can also be found at for other opportunities to donate to SUDS and more about the work this organization has done. Hurry, deadline for raffle is January 29th!!

A Very Special Thank You to the Chattertons for making this possible.

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  1. A slight bit of ambiguity here. Can definitely see ITALIA and assuming it is the ship it came off of, but is it a wreck, sunk by U boats, what? "I have not succeeded in answering all of your questions. The answers I have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways I feel I am as confused as ever, but I believe I am confused on a higher level and about more important things."
  2. If you go to the website to purchase tickets, you will find more information. "<span style="font-family: arial;"> The Andrea Doria was the flagship of the Italia Line and a source of Italian national pride post World War II. </span><span style="font-family: Arial;">On July 25, 1956, bound for New York City, the Andrea Doria collided with the eastward-bound Stockholm becoming one of history's most famous maritime disasters. </span><span style="font-family: Arial;">Today the Andrea Doria lies at the bottom of the Atlantic in approximately 250 feet of water, 60 miles south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. It has dramatically deteriorated since it first went to the bottom. </span><span style="font-family: arial;">The plate will have an accompanying certificate of authenticity to certify that the artifact described herein was recovered by John Chatterton from the wreck of the Andrea Doria."<br /> I hope this gives you more information and more interest in helping SUDS and the Academy of Scuba in it's fund raising efforts for the extraordinary veterans and servicemember's SUDS helps.<br /> <br /> </span>
  3. It's china from the Andrea Doria. <a href="">Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York - dive Wreck Valley - Dive Sites - Andrea Doria Shipwreck</a>