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Published May 03, 2010, 02:13 PM

Minnesota man joins celebration of historic military event

(WDAY TV) - A celebration of a historic military event that a Minnesota man remembers well from 50-years ago.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Erland Alto of rural Nevis was a crew member on board the "U-S-S Triton,” a nuclear submarine that completed the first ever underwater trip around the world.

Because it was top secret, the 184-men never knew where they were headed when they started their voyage. They knew it was something big because there were so many cans of food being loaded.

In addition, National Geographic was on the submarine to cover the mission, a February to May mission.

“We didn't get mail from home. They would send radio messages out 8 or 9 babies born and dads would get a message when babies were born. But they tried to keep us busy.”

Alto just returned from a 50-year reunion celebration in Connecticut. The sub was cut up as scrap, but many of the crew were able to get a souvenir section of the submarine.