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8 - March 24, 2013 11:52 am

Name:

Jim Harris

Tender:

USS Holland AS-32 '76-'78

Comments:

Holy Loch , Scotland. W-1 Division. Mk-14 torpedo shop.

USS Simon Lake AS-33 , 1979 W-6 Division. Weapons Quality Assurance and Technical Publications Library.

 

9 - February 26, 2013 3:45 pm

Name:

Mike Roberts

Tender:

AS 36 LY Spear

Comments:

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10 - January 10, 2013 4:47 pm

Name:

James Loftus

Tender:

Simon Lake -AS 33

Comments:

I reported right after boot camp in Novemeber 1970 ,ship was in the Bremerton yards at the time . We made the trip to Charleston in March of '71. I was attached to ''A'' gang and made En3 before transferring to the Holland after it rotated out of Rota back to Charleston ,72 to 74 , left Holland as an EN2 and joined the reserves . Love my time on both great ships !

 

11 - January 10, 2013 7:27 am

Name:

Mike (RED) Brian

Tender:

USS Howard W. Gilmore AS-16

Comments:

On Board 1962 / 1966 EM electrical repair,rubber shop, kept up with friends in R3 div. would like to find Ronald D. Hines LTJG. Thanks

 

12 - January 4, 2013 12:21 pm

Name:

Jon Crosier

Tender:

Dixon, Dixie, Gompers

Comments:

Plank Owner Dixon (71-74) Optical shop (35A)

 

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Name:

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Tender:

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14 - December 19, 2012 5:17 pm

Name:

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Tender:

uss orion as18

Comments:

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15 - December 19, 2012 12:15 pm

Name:

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Tender:

as18 uss orion

Comments:

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16 - December 8, 2012 9:29 pm

Name:

Michael Dumes

Tender:

USS Fulton AS11 1960-1962 USS Hunley 1962-1964

Comments:

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17 - November 1, 2012 3:13 pm

Name:

David Griffin

Tender:

AS33 Slimey Snake

Comments:

In Rota from March of 77 until headed to the yards in Charleston and then upriver to Weapons Station charleston. Transferred to UK then served in S1 and S6 divisions

 

18 - October 18, 2012 1:52 pm

Name:

Norm Atwater

Tender:

Bushnell

Comments:

Was on Bushnell from 7/60-3/62 in Pipe Shop SFP3 R1 Div And on Hunley from 4/62-1/64 SFP3 Pipe Shop R1 Div Now live in Anderson SC & part of the cold weather in Cebu Philippines Say old shipmates send me a e mail

 

19 - October 14, 2012 3:13 pm

Name:

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Tender:

uss simon lake

Comments:

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20 - October 14, 2012 3:12 pm

Name:

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Tender:

uss simon lake

Comments:

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21 - July 26, 2012 5:44 pm

Name:

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Tender:

as 17 uss nereus

Comments:

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Name:

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26 - July 2, 2012 9:08 pm

Name:

Harold (Shep) Shepherd

Tender:

AS-33 Simon lake

Comments:

On the lake from 1978 to1979 in IC shop,Had some great times in Goose Creek S.C.(Longe walk From E-club if u missed that last bus.)Looking for GM John Harris..E-mail me !

 

27 - June 27, 2012 8:39 am

Name:

Mark Eichstadt

Tender:

USS Sperry AS-12

Comments:

Served onboard Sperry from 73-76
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28 - June 25, 2012 1:39 pm

Name:

DanielHoffman

Tender:

Proteus AS-19

Comments:

Served 1976-1977 ,shipserviceman

 

29 - June 13, 2012 9:42 pm

Name:

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Tender:

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Comments:

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30 - June 8, 2012 6:02 pm

Name:

kelly mullan

Tender:

uss holland

Comments:

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31 - May 4, 2012 10:06 pm

Name:

steve r browning

Tender:

as-31

Comments:

I met the uss hunley in 1979 spent 5 year on her made it to e-5. Repair divsion. I had a great time. Got some mad skills from the navy.still use them today.

 

32 - May 4, 2012 10:04 pm

Name:

steve r browning

Tender:

as-31

Comments:

I met the uss hunley in 1979 spent 5 year on her made it to e-5. Repair divsion. I had a great time. Got some mad skills from the navy.still use them today.

 

33 - May 2, 2012 1:40 pm

Name:

Norman l. Corbin

Tender:

AS-19 (1961-62), AS11 (1962-63

Comments:

Stationed at Holy Loch, Scottland and State Pier, New London, CT.

 

34 - May 2, 2012 11:18 am

Name:

Melanie (Malloy) Patterson

Tender:

USS L.Y. Spear AS-36

Comments:

My first ship was the L.Y. Spear working in RADCON. I went into the reserves and once a month reported to RADCON on the USS Dixon. Came back active duty and was on the USS Emory S. Land AS-39 as the CPO of the Sonar/Antenna shop. Attended the decom of the Spear in Norfolk.

 

35 - April 15, 2012 6:12 pm

Name:

GARY DUNN

Tender:

USS PROTEUS AS19

Comments:

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36 - April 13, 2012 6:09 pm

Name:

Norm Butler

Tender:

USS Nereus, USS Proteus, USS Sperry

Comments:

OM1 - Served on the Nereus from '62-67', Proteus'67-68' and the Sperry'68-69'

 

37 - April 10, 2012 5:14 pm

Name:

Ron Walker

Tender:

Hunley

Comments:

Nereus 1967-1968 San Diego
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38 - March 31, 2012 6:01 pm

Name:

Ron Megna

Tender:

Holland AS 32

Comments:

I servad aboard Holland from 64-66 in Rota many,many fond memories of her with that hamer head crane, I was in deck dept. 3rd div. for those of you who were in the boat div. drop me a line.my memory isn't as good as it was as far as names but I do remember a few Bm3 Cook , Richard Herald 3rd can't remember his rating? pier watch keeping an eye on Alvin, road trips to Gibraltar, and the ABC Bar, Gato loco and the German Bar. thank god I took a lot of pics.my time in rota was a gret duty. my oldest son heard about it so many times growing up that he thought it would be the Navy to serve in, now he's a Senior Chief in San Diego, and all because the USS. Holland... She was a Lady then. if anybody has any pics. of her when she was in Rota? would love to see them. the last ones I saw of her was after she was in mothballs and so depressing.

 

39 - March 16, 2012 8:46 pm

Name:

Mitchell D. Gore

Tender:

USS Proteus AS19

Comments:

BM3 Mickey Gore served January 1963 to July 1967.

 

40 - March 14, 2012 4:12 am

Name:

GMG2 Gregg Nordin

Tender:

AS-32 USS Holland

Comments:

Served on board 1985-88 W-2 div. Ships armory. Weapons Tech. BST-1 emergency transmitter tech. Magazine sprinkler tech. And a bunch of other jobs! Send me a e-mail if you remember working together or just want to share memories of our time on the Holland.

 

41 - February 10, 2012 3:50 pm

Name:

Kenneth P McCutcheon

Tender:

USS L Y SPEAR (AS-36)

Comments:

Only ship assigned to. Reported to the SPEAR in Quincy,MA. in Sept. 1969. Left in Oct. 1971

 

42 - January 4, 2012 12:25 pm

Name:

MayraGarrison27

Tender:

US

Comments:

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43 - December 23, 2011 7:07 am

Name:

Betty Colbow Hilliard

Tender:

USS Frank Cable AS40

Comments:

I served on board the Cable from 1985 to 1989 in the Operations Department as and RM1 and then and RMC. Had some of the best times during my tour. Glad to see that she will still be serving even if in a different capacity.

 

44 - December 10, 2011 12:34 pm

Name:

To All Hands

Tender:

All

Comments:

Recently a "flaw" in a Photo Gallery web application (Zen Photo) was exploited by "persons unknown with a Russian address" to hack every PHP file on our server. While Zen Photo isn't used on Tender Tale - it was used on other site we host. Fortunately - other than the time lost to "clean up" - the damage was minimal - with one exception - and that was the data file (and backups) for this logbook. We had an off-site backup prior to August 7 2008 - and that has been restored - but obviously - entries between then and now are lost. It's sad when thing are callously destroyed by criminals bent on plying their "trade" - but it's a fact of life. We regret this loss... and hope those effected will re-post their entries. Webmaster Randy G.

 

45 - August 7, 2008 2:42 pm

Name:

Tina Richard

Tender:

USS Hunley (AS-31)

Comments:

I was on the Hunley from 88-90 and I had a blast. It was great working in deck department for a short time then I switched over to being a quartermaster. I hated working with numbers in school but being a quartermaster was a blast and it was nice working closely with the captain and exo. I met some great folks on board and if any one would like to get a hold of me please e-mail me and I will get back to you!!!

 

46 - August 6, 2008 4:35 pm

Name:

Pat Connors

Tender:

AS36 & AS39

Comments:

Good times on both tenders, a lot of fine work was accomplished with some dedicated young folks. A shame such ships as these are no longer utilized.

 

47 - August 4, 2008 2:39 pm

Name:

Katrina Lewis

Tender:

AS-32 USS HOLLAND

Comments:

I served from 1995 to 1996 and was part of the decom-crew. I will never forget my time on the Holland, Guam was beautiful.

 

48 - August 3, 2008 1:36 am

Name:

Cristina FrancoMunoz

Tender:

Anthony Michael Franco USS NEREUS as17

Comments:

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USS Nereus as 17
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49 - August 1, 2008 11:51 am

Name:

HT2 Roy Culver

Tender:

AS-39 Emory S.Land AS-16 Howard W,Gimore

Comments:

plank owner on the Land. Gilmore in La Madd

 

50 - July 31, 2008 10:07 pm

Name:

MR2 Lenny Crosby

Tender:

AS-39, AS-32

Comments:

Plankowner on AS-39, sailed her from, Bremerton to Norfolk and sailed her to Diego Garcia. Made the wrench for changing our own screw after we ran aground in the Suez Canal. Served onboard from 79-82.
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51 - July 21, 2008 3:13 pm

Name:

Dan Kruse

Tender:

USS Holland AS-32

Comments:

Assigned to S-1 and S-5 between October 1976 and May 1980. Like to hear from old shipmates.

 

52 - July 11, 2008 9:45 pm

Name:

Dan Butler

Tender:

AS-19 AR-7

Comments:

After all these years. I can not believe I just saw pictures and information on Operation New Life. What a time in Guam. Spent over a year on the Proteus and then returned on the Hector

 

53 - July 1, 2008 2:57 pm

Name:

Doug Adamson

Tender:

AS-32 Holland

Comments:

Loved Holland and Loved Scotland. Great ship and crew. DC Funny book was the best. Battenburg Cup Winners, DC, E, and a host of others. Really enjoyed my time aboard!!!

 

54 - June 2, 2008 2:22 pm

Name:

Bob Almos

Tender:

AS-19 and AS-33

Comments:

Guam and Rota, wouldn't trade those 4 years for anything.

 

55 - May 29, 2008 12:49 pm

Name:

Ward, William

Tender:

Sperry AS 12

Comments:

This is for my father,Lt.William Ward,who was a plank owner on the Sperry and served on her from May of 1942 thru the later part of 1944. Served under Capts. Smith,Blue & Thew. He was Supply Officer. He died in 1972.

 

56 - May 24, 2008 7:40 pm

Name:

mel maisel

Tender:

Anthedon

Comments:

My rating was RT3rd class but I received specialized training as a sonar projectile repair specialist. Aboard Oct. 1944 to Fremantle, Australia. Can't recall surnames of fellows or even their given names or nicknames. They have retreated to the distant past. Any help??

 

57 - May 15, 2008 10:19 am

Name:

Boltwood MM1(sw)

Tender:

As-32, As-39, SSBN-628(G), CV-67, DD-941

Comments:

During the time that I served. I was lucky to take the Land to Diego Garcia, as well taking the Holland to Guam.
I did spend 6 years on the Holland(86-92- A-div), the Land (80-81- M-div). So,.. I can say that I have a couple stories. Write if y'all want to swap a couple stories.

 

58 - May 3, 2008 4:40 pm

Name:

Mary (Rine) WALTER

Tender:

AS33 Simon Lake

Comments:

hey all- met in King's Bay in 1985; spent year in Pascagoula- PORTHOLE was main hangout. Married FRANK WALTER while there. Friend of BOBBY HYDE. Still in contact with Frank and Bobby but no one else. Would love to hear from anyone...Left the Lake before it went to Holyloch..Still in Tidewater area...drop a line...

 

59 - April 27, 2008 10:33 pm

Name:

GMG2 Gregg Nordin

Tender:

AS-32 USS Holland

Comments:

Served in W-2 div. 1985-88 (fire control shop and ships armory) married seaman Anna Necaise from deck div. on 1 Jan. 1986. Contact me if you remember either one of us!

 

60 - April 17, 2008 7:32 pm

Name:

Joseph (Broz) Brozovich IMCS

Tender:

Prairie,Cadmus,Hunley,Simon Lake,Fulton, Yosemite

Comments:

Served on all of these ships. USS Prairie AD-15 was some of the best times of my career 1958-1961

 

61 - April 8, 2008 8:13 am

Name:

RM1 TJ Tropea

Tender:

USS Simon Lake AS 33

Comments:

I recall: The rogue wave causing havoc on the Lake while DIW in heavy seas. I also recall the Locherbe plane crash in which our mail was onboard. Horizontal Rain. Green Peace & Repell Boarders. Never a dull moment in Holy Loch.

 

62 - April 7, 2008 10:02 pm

Name:

Dexter Hammond

Tender:

Holland/Simon Lake

Comments:

OK YOU SALTY DOGS TIME TO THROW SOME SEAWEED ON THOSE MEMORIES. I WAS ON HOLLAND FROM 4/70 TIL 72' WHEN SHE WAS RELIEVED BY THE SIMON LAKE. I TRANSFERRED OVER TO HER AND STAYED TIL I GOT MARRIED IN JULY 73'. NOW WHO REMEMBERS ME AND SOME OF THE OTHERS? WHO REMEMBERS "AGUAMAN"(CWO2 WATERS). HE SURE WAS A MISERABLE CUSS. HOW ABOUT LT JEFFCOAT, LCDR SMITH, CAPT COWLING, THE LIST IS ENDLESS. ANY OF YOU RADIOMEN FROM COMM/OPS OUT THERE ANYWHERE? HOW ABOUT YEOMAN STUCKEY ON THE LAKE? I LOOK AT ALL THE REUNIONS AND THERE ISN'T A SINGLE SOLE THAT HAS GONE TO ANY OF THEM, THEY ARE LUCKY TO GET 30 PEOPLE INCLUDING SPOUSES. ANYONE OUT THERE??

 

63 - April 7, 2008 12:06 am

Name:

TMO3 Timothy M. Cohen

Tender:

U.S.S. Dixon (AS-37)

Comments:

Now that I think about it, the title Submarine Tender sounds kinda cool. I happened to be aboard the USS DIXON assigned to the MK 37 Torpedo Shop as the Damage Control Maintenance Man. It had its advantages far as being responsible to myself and the Divisional Damage Control Petty Officer.

I do recall a few personnel such as TMSN Michael Hodo, TM3 Canaday, TM3 Seth, TMT3 Blachard, TMT3 Eugene Wilmore, TMO3 Archie Hannibal, TMT2 Pickney, TMT2 Lopez, TMT2 Duckett (Quack-Quack), TMT2 Pollard, TMT1 Monell, and BM3 Bruce.

The coolest time I had aboard the USS DIXON is when the ship went to San Francisco, CA and end up pierside for 5 days. With 6 duty sections I had pleasure in visiting my mom's sister in Oakland, CA and she was the best cook in our family.

Never did like those Detext Clocks and did not like not getting seapay while aboard a ship because I am a man.

 

64 - April 2, 2008 7:17 am

Name:

Warren Rugenstein

Tender:

Proteus and Nereus

Comments:

Hello all -

Hey, I just created a Yahoo Group for all of us sub tender folks! Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/subtendersailorsandmarines/

I hope it is a nice addition to this site - gives us all an opportunity to send and receive group messages. Links to this site and others are posted there, too.

 

65 - April 1, 2008 10:36 am

Name:

Warren Rugenstein

Tender:

AS 19 and AS 17

Comments:

Served on the Proteus on Guam from May 1969 to November 1970 in the Fireroom. Made EN3, too. Then went to Nereus, first at Point Loma in X38A working on the "boats," then to decommissioning crew at 32nd Street. Made EN2 on the Nereus. After those sweet "tender days," served on Cocopa, ATF 101 and Sioux, ATF 75. It was the Sioux, with me aboard, that towed Nereus from 32nd Street to Bremerton. It sure looked lonely way back at the end of the tow rope!

Good times! Great friends!! Howdy to all

 

66 - March 27, 2008 11:02 pm

Name:

Steve Queen

Tender:

USS Dixon AS-37

Comments:

In 1971 when I finished boot camp – I received orders to USS Dixon which was preparing for commissioning at Norfolk. Being a 20 year old – and fresh out of boot camp, I was assigned to the D-2 department where I learned to operate small boats and all three cranes. Eventually – I was assigned to the “Reliability Team” who were directly involved with loading various torpedoes to the submarines along side. These included the Mk 37 and Mk 45 Torpedoes – the latter being a “Special Weapon” device. I recall these particular torpedoes as being very important to the Navy - since anytime they were being moved there was always a guard right next to us. You couldn’t help but notice the .45 on his waist as he watched our every move. The next year I was assigned as Paint Locker Master – and was in charge of all the different types of paint the Navy used from red lead primer to the famous “haze gray” paint that all navy ships were painted. During my time aboard – I was involved in painting Dixon probably 10 times – including the big AS 37 numbers. I think I was on the side cleaning detail for at least 18 months. I recall one incident while painting - BM2 Hodge was in charge of the painting detail one day – I tied myself to the boatswains chair so I and my buddy could lower me out of the bull nose to continue painting. I thought I had tied off the bitter end at about 20 feet – imagine my surprise after slipping out the bull nose when I hit the water about 90 feet below – and my safety strap finally stopped me about waist deep! I hung there about ten minutes when BM2 Hodge came to my rescue using a Pusher boat. I wasn’t hurt – and was certainly glad I had used the safety line. Over the ten years that I was stationed aboard DIXON I served many posts including Underway Scene Leader for Duty Section 1; occasionally served as Fire Martial; and in 1981 I was the Mess Deck Master At Arms. I was discharged from the Navy – aboard Dixon in 1982 after returning from our first WestPac. God Bless you shipmates! Is there any plans, etc. on putting together a reunion for USS DIXON? I am now a Grandpa – and would loved to hear from you!

 

67 - March 26, 2008 6:41 pm

Name:

John Benware

Tender:

USS Canopus AS-34

Comments:

Searching for Tim Jewell. He was also on the USS Fulton AS-11

 

68 - March 23, 2008 10:53 pm

Name:

Donna Sarkany

Tender:

Dixon AS-37

Comments:

Fresh out of boot camp and to the decks of the Dixon. Fireman assigned to the CO2 shop. I left her for HT A school on TI in San Francisco. Returned to Point Loma after school, but to the San Onofre ARD-30. Being female in a male dominated rate had an advantage in the 80s. I loved my time in the navy and on both of these wonderful vessels. Both Ships are now gone. I believe the ARD-30 was sold to Mexico. The saddest is the Dixon, now lays on the bottom of the Atlantic after serving her country so proudly for so many years. Here is to all of crew that served proudly aboard her in that "Can do Spirit" for so many years. Thank you for putting this site together, keep up the good work.

 

69 - March 22, 2008 9:32 pm

Name:

David Alan Eaton

Tender:

USS Fulton AS-11

Comments:

Served on the USS Fulton AS-11 From 1986 to 1991 , Some time in R-9 Div and then A Gang , M Div and finally LCPO Engineering Dept.

 

70 - March 22, 2008 3:21 pm

Name:

Joseph T. Strelecki

Tender:

USS Canopus AS-34

Comments:

I was aboard the Canopus from September 1972 until April 1976. Assigned To "A" Division. I worked in the Steam Heat Shop, tried to keep the laundry and galley equipment running so the crew could have clean clothes and "outstanding" chow, also tried real hard to keep those crappy steam hot water heaters running somewhere between real &*@# cold and steam: was Divisional Supply PO, {what me cumshaw something?}, and worked in the O2N2 Shop, cooling coke's and freezing off warts was our specialty. Came aboard an ENFA and left an EN2. Joe Strelecki ENCS USN (Retired)

 

71 - March 12, 2008 9:24 pm

Name:

Jared Winegardner

Tender:

USS L.Y. Spear AS-36

Comments:

Thanks for creating this site! Man it's sad to see the USS Spear being sunk, she was my first and favorite ship, while on board USS Cole we did a sinkex on a tender, can't remember which one, sorry but it was sad for me, being an ex-tender sailor.

I'd like to send an invite to everyone to check out http://www.togetherweserved.com if you haven't already, it's an awesome site to get back in touch with your shipmates, it's only for active or former military.

 

72 - March 9, 2008 3:36 am

Name:

Kratz

Tender:

AS-19

Comments:

On board from 1/77-7/80 in S-2. Would like to here from any cooks or mess cook from the old days.

 

73 - March 8, 2008 4:09 pm

Name:

Sam Fryefield

Tender:

USS Proteus AS19

Comments:

I was one of the first enlisted personnel assigned to the Proteus before it was commissioned in early 1944.
My rate at that time was SKD2 (Storekeeper - Disbursing).

I would love to hear from anyone else who was in on the commissioning.

 

74 - March 1, 2008 9:51 pm

Name:

Jerry Prince HT2

Tender:

USS.Canopus, USS John F. kennedy CVA-67

Comments:

Served aboard Canopus from 70-72. assigned to D.C.Div., worked out of the D.C. shipfitter shop. served with a great bunch of guys, and many great memories, and times in holyloch. transfered to JFK in 72, and served till 74.

 

75 - February 26, 2008 10:35 am

Name:

Tom Lyons

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

Served from 4/82 til 4/85 in the Aft Engineroom. The Proteus was my first tour in a twenty year career. What a memorable tour, indeed.

 

76 - February 18, 2008 6:13 pm

Name:

Ron Garcia

Tender:

USS Gilmore AS 16

Comments:

On Board the Gilmore in Key West 1972 a month before going to Mobile Al. and Pascagoula for refit to be deployed to LaMaddalena Italy. We left Pascagoula and went back to Key West for a week then shake down in Cuba. A day liberty in Haiti (we lost our anchor "litterally fell to the bottom of the bay in Haiti). Then went to Charleston for a few last upgrades. Arriving at LaMadd, there was a pier and that is all. The CBs built a beer hall and a basket ball court. The funniest memory was the crazy Italian drivers got on the bumper cars with their girlfriends and did not want to be hit or run into. they just wanted to cruise around. They got real mad when they were bumped. I left the Gilmore in June of 75. We had a picnic on July 4th of 74 which I really was looking forward to but ended up on a tug boat with gyro parts to meet a sub out in the straights. Was let off a few days later in Naples. It was a great time of Spiritual growth for me as I spent most of my time looking for Christians and fellowshipping with them. Anyone remember me. Please email. Ron

 

77 - February 11, 2008 8:22 pm

Name:

VIVIAN SIMPSON

Tender:

Anthedon

Comments:

Can anyone please tell me to obtain a muster roll for the U.S.S Anthedon.

 

78 - February 8, 2008 12:32 pm

Name:

Michael Spidel

Tender:

USS Dixon AS37

Comments:

Served in calibration lab as IM2 from 1981-84

 

79 - January 23, 2008 8:22 am

Name:

James Evinger (Jim)

Tender:

AS-15 and AS-34

Comments:

I served on the USS Bushnell 1961 thru 1963. I worked out of the hole, the repair shop below the machine shop, as an MM/FN, made MM3 before transfer to advanced sub school repairman training.
I recall several of the older submarines, like the Balao and her pink primer paint, the filming of PT#109, the Thresher repairs, ect.

I was on the Canopus 1968/69 in the Hydraulic repair shop. I made MM1 on the Canopus. Jim

 

80 - January 20, 2008 6:49 am

Name:

George Pidge SFM3(DV)

Tender:

USS Proteus - AS19

Comments:

I served aboard in '68-'69 in Guam with great memories of working under the subs and salvaging the B-52 that crashed off of Anderson AFB. Have located a few buddies (Mike "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, Brad "Doc" Ingles, Jim Plooster, Mike Johnson, Chuck Erickson) and we held our own small reunion last year. We are looking for a few others: Chris Brewer, "Mac" Mihalek. If you have any info about them, drop me a line. Much appreciated. We bid adieu and god-speed to John "Ben" Benedetti and Ron "Rock" Wetsteone.

 

81 - January 19, 2008 1:18 am

Name:

Paul Brandon

Tender:

USS Bushnell ?

Comments:

I am looking for the officer that was the Admiral's secretary at the submarine base in Key West from October 66 to April 67. I looked after him at the naval hospital when he had a heart attack. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks Paul Brandon HN

 

82 - January 3, 2008 2:20 pm

Name:

RON BOHMAN

Tender:

USS PROTEUS AS 19

Comments:

I BOARDED THE USS PROTEUS AS 19 ON JAN. 1 1969 AND WAS A CS3 COOK AND BAKER UNTILL FEB, 1970. LOOKING FOR ANY COOKS THAT SERVED DURING THAT TIME, OR REMEMBERS THE CHRISTIAN SERVICEMEN CENTER. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER AL BURROWS I LIKE TO FINE HIM.TO BAD THAT THEY COULD NOT OF SAVED HER, WHAT A HISTORY.

 

83 - December 31, 2007 2:04 pm

Name:

James (Jim) Hill

Tender:

Sperry

Comments:

CW4 (retired!) I'm 89 an still around- looking for old-(he was younger!) shipmate. Budd Skinner and anyothers! I was commissary /ship store officer. Also served aboard sister ship Nersus. Retired 1968 @ NTC San Diego. Am in Tennessee now- Holler @ my daughter- I don't know how to work these things! She'll keep me posted

 

84 - December 30, 2007 8:39 pm

Name:

katie

Tender:

USS Aegir and USS Orion

Comments:

I am searching for copies of a newspaper called the Midway Mirror for my grandfather who served in Midway during WWII. He is looking for any copies, paper copies or a version put online, from January-September 1945. His name is John Wilson from New Jersey, and travelled on the USS Aegir and USS Orion.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

 

85 - December 21, 2007 10:35 am

Name:

Paul W. Siverson USMC

Tender:

USS PROTEUS

Comments:

Was admin chief for the Marine Detachment while in Guam Oct 1976 to Sep 1978.

 

86 - December 18, 2007 12:09 pm

Name:

Tim Odom (Odie)

Tender:

Uss Holland AS-32

Comments:

My journey started when the Holland came over to Guam to relieve the Uss Proteus AS-19 in 1992. Crossed over to the Holland until nov 16 1994. Anyone who served on either commands, please give me a look-up, if you remember me that is.

 

87 - December 12, 2007 5:13 pm

Name:

Joel Miller

Tender:

Otus AS-20

Comments:

My uncle, Jack Miller, was a cook aboard the Otus. He was killed during an attack on the Cavite P.I. Navy Yard on 10 December 1941.

 

88 - December 7, 2007 11:45 pm

Name:

Tom Bradler

Tender:

USS Prairie AD-15

Comments:

IC3 Gyro Shop R-3 Division
1962-66
2 1/2 WesPac Tours

 

89 - November 25, 2007 8:47 pm

Name:

Doyle Smith

Tender:

Bushnell AS-15

Comments:

I served on the Bush from Sept. 1955 untill about Feb. 1957. I came to the Bush from bootcamp, Company 318 Bainbridge, Md. I was a Storekeeper 3rd class working in the torpedo spares, sub spares and the electronics stores. My best buddies on the ship were Terril Flanagan, Marvin Davis, Chet Wilson from W. Va. all storekeepers. Charles (Chuck) (Red) Wily from the foundry and John Mankovich a barber. All of these except for Terril and I were on the ship untill about 1959. Terril and I got a tranfer to the air station in Memphis. I worked at the commisary store untll dischage and Terril worked on the base in supply. On one of the trips to Norfolk Chief Brown in sub spares took my car for me with the condition that he be able to borrow it a few times while there. Those were realy great times. If anyone knows the location of Chet Wilson I would like to know. All the others and a few others not mentioned here I know there whereabouts. Anyone else out there feel free to e-mail. I'm retired and have time.

 

90 - November 13, 2007 9:23 pm

Name:

Vivian C. Simpson

Tender:

USS Anthedon

Comments:

My brother George Caviness Cummings served on the uss anthedon 1944 - 1946 if you knew him or have information about that time aboard Anthedon please email me.

 

91 - November 12, 2007 5:30 pm

Name:

Dennis Smalley

Tender:

AS-19 Proteus

Comments:

Stationed on the Proteus while in Guam, late 75-early 77. Worked in the NDT shop. (Non Destructive Testing) Looking for some of the old shipmates... Rex Baker, Hunter Brown, Steve Prater, Sullivan, Bedbug, Scott Wilcox, Hillary, Cooksy, Larsen, and anyone that might have been aboard at that time.
Dennis Smalley - HTFN

 

92 - November 12, 2007 3:02 pm

Name:

Joe Meyer (JC)

Tender:

USS Proteous AS 19 also USS Gompers AD-37

Comments:

Served from 1975 to 1976. HT in the pipe shop. Would like to hear from any one on board in that time frame. McReynolds if you see this, contact me. I have been looking for you for years. I had a lot of great friends and would like to hear from all of you. Also served aboard Gompers 76 -78.

 

93 - October 31, 2007 2:03 am

Name:

Richard Ellett

Tender:

USS Nereus AS17

Comments:

URGENT looking for anyone that was on the trip to Pearl & remembers the small atomic test held on May 3-5 1955. by the Nereus & Tunny SSG.
the Nereus was exposed to radiation fallout, during this time. the security ordered by our Capt. was lifted on 1996, and now you can file a VA claim for medical care and compsentation. Please contact me for futher info ASP! Radiated Veterans of America Inc. phone: 479-306-4637
Richard H. Ellett 441 40 80 FP3
I have all of the info regarding this atomic test so give me a call or e-mail

 

94 - October 27, 2007 2:08 pm

Name:

Bob Akey AE2

Tender:

Not sure

Comments:

Looking for an old shipmate "Jolly" Rodgers MM3 at the time in Fasron 119 P.I.he became a qualified Diver and was tansfered to a sub tender any help??????????????

 

95 - October 19, 2007 9:29 pm

Name:

John Hurad

Tender:

USS Clytie AS 26

Comments:

Lawrence H. Carley, 88 , of Brattleboro died Oct. 17, 2007, in Thompson House. He was born in South Londonderry, June 26, 1919, the son of Frank M. and Ruby Vail Carley. The family moved to Brattleboro in 1922, where he attended local schools. On Oct. 10, 1939, he married Helen Viola Dewey of Brookfield. On Oct. 10, 1999, they had the honor and pleasure of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They lived most of their lives in Brattleboro. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Clytie. AS-26 in the South Pacific. Lawrence is survived by one son, Brian L. Carley of Marlboro, two daughters, Jerilynn D. Bruneau of Guilford, Joyce A. Banford of Brattleboro; nine grandchildren, and 17 greatgrandchildren.

 

96 - October 14, 2007 4:37 pm

Name:

Connie Ferguson Dampman

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

My uncle, Bill Ferguson, was a welder aboard the USS Proteus during WWII. He was aboard the Proteus in Tokoyo Bay for the surrender of Japan. I am trying to gather information about the missions of the Proteus during this time and perhaps find someone who served with my uncle.

 

97 - October 12, 2007 10:58 am

Name:

RAOUL GARCIA

Tender:

AS-18

Comments:

I served on her out of boot camp in July,1962 to May,1964. Worked in the Carpenter shop with my hero DC1 John Driver, quite a sailor. Left behind a very good friend Ray Riddgeway. Lost contact with him after I left in 64'. He was a fireman attached to the engine room. If anyone has any knowledge of either DC1 Driver or FN Ridgeway please contact me.

 

98 - October 7, 2007 10:06 pm

Name:

SHARON SHUTIKA-EDELMAN

Tender:

USS PELIAS

Comments:

MY GRANDPA, JOSEPH SHUTIKA, SERVED ON THE PELIAS AROUND 1941-1946. HE DIED IN 1994 AND NEVER GOT TO MEET MY 3 BOYS. I'D LOVE TO LEARN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PELIAS & BE IN CONTACT WITH MEN THAT SERVED WITH MY GRANDPA JOE.

 

99 - October 4, 2007 11:28 am

Name:

Ron Hoffman

Tender:

USS Anthedon

Comments:

My father was stationed aboard the USS Anthedon.His name was Gordon Hoffman.He passed away September of 1989.He had a lifelong friend named Gordon Ross who passed away two or three years ago. Could anyone tell me a little about the missions the Anthedon did. My dad very rarely talked about this time in his life. Thanks, Ron Hoffman

 

100 - September 26, 2007 9:08 pm

Name:

Ben Supowitz(gedunk)

Tender:

USS BUSHNELL AS-15

Comments:

To all you former Bushnell crew, we have a web site as well as a BURNINBUSH CLUB.We have had a reunion each year for the past six years.Our next one is coming up in 2008 in Newport News VA.Want to see your ex shiopmates,this is the place to be,The Bushnell has two web sites, one on Yahoo and one on Sherman McGee's web site.Let's hear from you,we have close to 200 strong now.
Uss Bushnell As-15
1943-1946
BKR 2/c

 

101 - September 24, 2007 9:21 pm

Name:

art smith

Tender:

USS Holland AS32

Comments:

Hi all: I served on the Holland during 1965 and 1966 as a DM3, in Rota. Was advanced to DM2 on Holland, but couldn't move up cause of end of active duty. Would like to get in touch with Dick Millard DM3, John Cooley, Mike Frazier, and Roberto Santiago, DM1.I attained the rate of DM1 in the reserves.

 

102 - September 19, 2007 2:19 pm

Name:

Bill Potts

Tender:

USS Dixon

Comments:

Commissioning crew and was an ET. Stayed on Dixon from 1971 to 1972 when I was discharged. I have many great memories aboard that old ship out at the point.

 

103 - September 16, 2007 4:43 pm

Name:

Ben Supowitz(gedunk)

Tender:

USS BUSHNELL AS-15

Comments:

Great to read the posts of all these former TENDER SAILORS.Wonderful times and wonderful memories.
Ben Supowitz(gedunk)
1943-1946
BKR 2/c

 

104 - September 16, 2007 12:48 pm

Name:

Bill Mesplay

Tender:

USS Proteus AS19

Comments:

Served on Proteus in pipe shop from 1961-1962. We serviced the first Boomers starting with USS George Washington SSBN598 also put her in drydock first Sub to be drydocked in Holy Loch. Great duty in a great place. Miss those fish and chips served in newspapers.


 

105 - September 14, 2007 12:56 am

Name:

Susan Mitchell Mattera

Tender:

USS Sperry

Comments:

James C Mitchell Jr US Navy KIA 1/8/1970 Vietnam. served 1964-1970, Sperry was one vessel he served on looking for anyone who may remember him.

 

106 - August 30, 2007 1:53 pm

Name:

Edwin Page

Tender:

none

Comments:

I am doing research on the USN submarines during WW2. I was wondering if any of you WW2 vets could help me with what SubRon/SubDiv any of the subs and tenders were assigned. The base of these SubRon/SubDiv's would be helpful too. I would also like to personally thank ALL the vets that served this country.

 

107 - August 26, 2007 12:23 am

Name:

Steve Peluffo

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

I was stationed on the Proteus from 1972 through 1974 boarding in drydock at Mare Island Vallejo CA and then off to Hawaii, Sidney Australia then Guam. Quite a ride!

 

108 - August 22, 2007 8:34 pm

Name:

Jim Helegda

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

I was on the Proteus from 69 to 71 and after mess cooking I worked in E Div. IC room. There where so many great times and people it would be impossible to name them all.

 

109 - August 17, 2007 6:15 pm

Name:

Nancy Andrews Tuxford

Tender:

USS Sperry

Comments:

My father, James G. Andrews, was the Commanding Officer of the Sperry from 7/58 - 7/59. I was 5 when he took command and I thought I'd never seen such a beautiful ship. I remember seeing the subs tied up to her sides and riding the gig out to the Sperry. Although I was young, I have great memories of that year in Coronado and the USS Sperry. I know that my father, who passed some years ago, would be so proud to know that his grandson is joining the Marines and carrying on the military tradition in our family. God bless all of you who have served and those who supported you and kept the home front running.

 

110 - July 29, 2007 11:05 pm

Name:

Lawrence W. Collins

Tender:

USS Howard Gilmore

Comments:

My father, Larry (age 90) served on the submarine tender Gilmore during the years 1942-43 as manager of the repair department. We would be interested to hear from anyone who may have been on the Gilmore during that timeframe.

 

111 - July 26, 2007 2:42 pm

Name:

Raymond Felker

Tender:

USS Bushnell 1962-1964

Comments:

USS Orion 1952

 

112 - July 25, 2007 11:08 pm

Name:

COL(Ret) William L. Bentley, Sr, US Army

Tender:

USS Proteus(AS19)

Comments:

Aboard the Proteus from Feb-Sep 1946; Seaman First Class(S1/c), Pharmacist Mate Striker(I ran the Emergency Room).

 

113 - July 24, 2007 12:57 pm

Name:

STEVE PRILLER

Tender:

USS BUSHNELL ASI5

Comments:

USS ORION AS18,LOOKING FOR INFO/LOCATION OF ANY SHIPMATES,FROM 1960-1963

 

114 - July 21, 2007 2:43 pm

Name:

Tom Walker, LT, USN/LDO

Tender:

USS Simon Lake AS-33

Comments:

Sept 1969 - March 1971

 

115 - July 19, 2007 2:06 am

Name:

Doyle Smith

Tender:

Bushnell AS-15

Comments:

I was a storekeeper on the Bush from Approx. 9/55 untill approx. 2/57. working in sub spares, torpedo spares and electronic spares. Close pals were Terril Flanagan, Marvin Davis, and Charles (red) Wiley from the foundry. Marvin and Wiley have passed on. I know the whereabouts of a few others. I would like to find Chester Wilson from W. Va. around Fairview, w. Va. also a storekeeper. Anyone else is fine also. Did duty at commisary store NAS Memphis after leaving the ship. Boot camp company 318 Bainbridge, Md.

 

116 - July 16, 2007 9:09 pm

Name:

Paul Crow

Tender:

AS 36 and 37

Comments:

 

117 - July 15, 2007 2:59 am

Name:

Mike Roll

Tender:

as-16 gilmore , as-11 Fulton

Comments:

It's sad to see the two ladies are gone, But they won't be forgotten. was in fwrd. eng. room on both ships, spent time as oil king on the Fulton.
God bless you for this site.

 

118 - July 9, 2007 9:36 am

Name:

Bob Theis ETN3

Tender:

USS Hunley

Comments:

Was stationed aboard Hunley 6/70-1/76 as W-5 digital tech. Rode her to relieve Proteus in 1971. Spent 5 years with the best shipmates in the fleet! Hope you are all well and prosperous! Hixman, Swede, Deermeat, Bobby Bishop, Fatarbee, Unca, Chief Ham.
God Bless You All!

 

119 - July 4, 2007 1:26 pm

Name:

Thomas M Trout

Tender:

Proteus AS19

Comments:

was aboard from christianing to the end of the war and its return to the states

 

120 - July 3, 2007 4:36 pm

Name:

Art Jorgensen

Tender:

USS Proteus (AS-19)

Comments:

Was ships photographer on Proteus 1977-78 while she was at Site3 on Guam. Crossdecked to Hunley when the Old Pro went stateside for a refit.

 

121 - June 28, 2007 12:42 pm

Name:

george reynolds

Tender:

uss beaver AS5

Comments:

looking for shipmates off the uss beaver. have found 18 alive and 8 that have passed awayph. 410 398 4124 on her 4/1942 to 5/1946.call me... george..

 

122 - June 26, 2007 1:01 pm

Name:

Mark A. Valdivia

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

Served on board Proteus between 1970-1972

 

123 - June 20, 2007 8:02 am

Name:

Kevin Mosher

Tender:

USS Emory S Land

Comments:

Served onboard the Land,1982-1985,optical shop.

 

124 - June 19, 2007 9:39 pm

Name:

Norm Stanfield

Tender:

USS Bushnell AS-15

Comments:

I served on the Bushnell from 1961 through 1963 in the Repair Division (Electronics). I worked with, and on, all the “boats” in the Squadron and the visiting boats, including the installation of experimental equipment on the USS Nautilus, and helping to conduct sound surveys on the USS Thresher with David Taylor Model Basin. One would think that they would never forget the names of the boats in the squadron, but alas, I can only remember nine of them.

I also helped to decommission the USS Balao (SS-285). She still had the pink primer under her paint. (As you may recall, she was in the movie “Operation Petticoat”. Speaking of movies, “PT 109” was also filmed during this time. I believe some of the crew may have participated.)

When the ship went to Charleston for its FRAM II conversion, a group of us from the Repair Division remained in Key West to help maintain the submarines. (Those of us that stayed were officially transferred to the USS Penguin (ASR-12) for that period. During that same time, we had the Cuban Crisis which naturally caused quite a stir. We installed ship-to-air transcevers on the torpedo retrievers because they were patrolling the channel.)

After the Bushnell returned to Key West from Charleston, we went on a shake down cruise to Guantanamo Bay and Kingston, Jamaica. When at sea, since we didn’t carry Radarmen my division stood the RADAR and DRT watches in CIC.

Some of my fondest memories are associated with my years on the Bushnell and working on the submarines. I suppose that may be the reason I spent the next 30+ years on the FBM program designing and building the launching systems and the missiles for the “Boomers”.

 

125 - June 5, 2007 1:58 pm

Name:

JULIE

Tender:

USS MCKEE

Comments:

LOOKING FOR PLANKOWNERS....

CHIEF THEILE, GLENN HICKMAN, KEVIN BEEMAN, LESLIE HEAD....

I WAS ON USS MCKEE..IN 1981 A PLANKOWNER....WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM OTHER PLANKOWNERS...I WAS NICK NAMED LIL RED....

 

126 - June 2, 2007 5:50 pm

Name:

Raymond L. Carlton, Jr.

Tender:

USS Bushnell AS15

Comments:

Served aboard from June 1946-
December 1947. Worked in the Geyro Shop

 

127 - May 31, 2007 11:12 pm

Name:

ray bunting

Tender:

uss howard w gilmore

Comments:

uss fulton
uss frank cable
uss dixon

 

128 - May 31, 2007 6:25 pm

Name:

George Williams

Tender:

AS-19 Proteus

Comments:

Served onboard from 1989 to Decom in Communications Department

 

129 - May 23, 2007 2:03 pm

Name:

Terry Paul

Tender:

Frank Cable AS-40

Comments:

W6 Department. 1980 to 1983. Anyone from the Cable please email me.

 

130 - May 21, 2007 3:07 pm

Name:

Terry (Dirt Farmer)

Tender:

USS Sperry AS 12

Comments:

Aboard the USS Sperry from 6/72 to 7/74 in R-1-17A doing sheetmetal repair and building. Hope to here from some ship mates in that time frame. Smooth Sailing HT3 when discharged. HT3 Smith

 

131 - May 18, 2007 1:39 pm

Name:

Rick Booker

Tender:

Gilmore AS16

Comments:

served [76-78]

 

132 - May 16, 2007 12:37 pm

Name:

Bryan Slomchinski

Tender:

USS Fulton AS-11

Comments:

I served on from Feb 87 through sept 90

 

133 - May 16, 2007 7:21 am

Name:

Padraic O'Dea

Tender:

USS Simon Lake (AS-33)

Comments:

*1989 NTTC Corry IM "A" School.
*1990-1994 USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)IBM Sel II/III Typewriter Repair Shop.
*1995-1997 USS Simon Lake (AS-33) MIRCS Lab.
*1997-1998(Decom) USS Independence (CV-62) Xerox Copier Repair Shop.
*1998-1999 USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Xerox Copier Repair Shop.
*Now I'm a CTT flying in P-3's.

 

134 - May 14, 2007 12:07 pm

Name:

Gail Goebert

Tender:

USS Holland AS3

Comments:

My Dad was on the USS Holland AS3 around 1942-1946. Would like to get photos of the Holland from that time period and crew also. He only has one picture left of the Holland and I would love to get more plus information about where it went during this time and pictures. If you can help me, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

 

135 - May 11, 2007 4:55 pm

Name:

Larry Otreba

Tender:

USS Sperry AS12

Comments:

Served in W-1 Division on board Sperry from 10/71 thru May 1973 mainly in the Mk 37 Shop...Discharged as a TM1 in 1976...Heard from a few of you guys over the last couple of years via the net...Any of you old salts still out there give a shout....Great ship and a great crew...Good times had by all!!! Take care and smooth sailin' to all the tender bretheren...

 

136 - May 1, 2007 5:13 pm

Name:

Mike Nishida

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

Woked in E division as an engineman and also worked in the oil shack. It was great working with the guys in the aft engine room !! 79 - 81

 

137 - April 18, 2007 10:47 pm

Name:

Dennis Doherty SK 3

Tender:

USS HOLLAND AS 32

Comments:

ON board Jan 71 -Oct 72 S 1 Stores Division Good ship and a working division. Veteran Rota Rooter. Retired 30 yrs Boston Police Officer.NOW i am taking it easy with the wife and telling sea stories (E-Mail Doherty789@Verizon.net

 

138 - April 18, 2007 10:28 pm

Name:

adams, charles

Tender:

u.s.s. bushnell as 15

Comments:

served on board until i was discharged in 1957.

 

139 - April 14, 2007 6:27 pm

Name:

Robert (Bob) Vancil

Tender:

Sub Base Pearl

Comments:

Served '64-'66 as IM-3. Great duty to say the least. Chief Richards, IM-2 Rodgers and CWO-4 IM-1 Bob Rutkowski have passed away. Later served on AD-15 Prairie & Ad-17 Piedmont. Discharged 7/67. Instrumentmen & Opticalmen were aboard all tenders. You can visit the om-im association ( http://www.om-im.org/ ) on the web. The Tender tale is loaded with interesting information. Smooth sailing.

 

140 - April 13, 2007 9:07 am

Name:

Jim Parks

Tender:

AS-19

Comments:

I was on the Proteus from 69-71 and have a lot of pics of Guam, not many of Proteus. how do I send the pics in for those families that lived on the island?

 

141 - April 11, 2007 3:32 pm

Name:

Jeff Sapero

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

Stationed onboard from 88-90. Worked in R-4/67B Calibration Lab.

 

142 - April 7, 2007 9:08 pm

Name:

Florence Zacharzuk

Tender:

USS Sperry

Comments:

GMGC Peter Sacharzuk - who served aboard USS Sperry in the 50s has past away. Those who served with him will remember him as one of the softball players who brought navy titles not only to his ship and shipmates, but recognition to all sailors on the west coast- a proud representative of the U. S. Navy.

 

143 - April 7, 2007 3:59 pm

Name:

TM1 Ward Robert

Tender:

U.S.S. Dixon

Comments:

Sorry to see she's dead and gone, but my memories will always keep her alive.

 

144 - April 1, 2007 4:01 pm

Name:

Denise

Tender:

USS Holland or Simon Lake

Comments:

Would like to know if any of you might have known a "Larry Brinkman" during the time of 1977 thru 1980. He may have cross decked to the Simon Lake from the Holland. I knew him when he was stationed in Jacksaonville Florida @ NAS Cecil Field last time I saw and spoke to him was in October 1978. Just wanted to contact him after all these years.

 

145 - March 30, 2007 6:55 pm

Name:

Boyd Swearingen

Tender:

AS-33 1979-1984

Comments:

AS-18 1972-1976 and AS-34 1986-1990
R-1 Div on AS-18 and AS-33 DC Div on AS-34

 

146 - March 28, 2007 11:37 am

Name:

Jeff Timson

Tender:

USS Anthedon AS 24

Comments:

My father John, served on the Anthedon circa 1945-46. He passed away when I was very young, so I have been trying to gather info.

 

147 - March 12, 2007 6:26 pm

Name:

Yolanda Pullman

Tender:

USS Canopus

Comments:

My father, Stephen R. Pullman, served on the Canopus from about mid 69-around 74 I believe. Im looking for my dad whom I have not seen since my parents divorced in the mid 70s. If anyone has any info on him....PLEASE contact me ASAP! Thank you.

 

148 - March 4, 2007 3:05 am

Name:

Mark Sanderson

Tender:

USS Proteus AS19

Comments:

Served onboard from late 1972 to mid 1974 down in R-Div.,outside repair shop. Still have great memories of the Golden Shellback initiation on the way to Sydney,Australia. Does anybody remember New Years Eve at the Texas Hotel in Sydney, Great party-Great woman. Or does anybody remember the girl that stowed away in Sydney and we had to turn around and drop her off in Brisbane. Sure do miss all my shipmates, you guys were great.

 

149 - February 28, 2007 11:28 am

Name:

Ken Baumgardner

Tender:

Hunley AS-31

Comments:

Served aboard Hunley, R4 Div.(Electronics) in '70'71'72 Deployed to Guam. Golden Shellback,(R4's polywog beauty contestant) Got the cruise book to prove it!Spent about half my time in the antenna shop (animal locker), half in test equip. repair. Lotsa good times partying in Charleston (turned 21 there)

 

150 - February 25, 2007 4:52 pm

Name:

Jack Curlin TM

Tender:

Nereus

Comments:

Nereus, Hunley, Simon Lake, Bushnell, Holland, Sperry, Fox, NETC Newport, Ramsey, Dixon and then the Hewitt ran me out. I had always said when it stopped being fun, it was time to go home. So I did!!! It wasn't just a job, it was an adventure I will never forget... at least the parts I remember.

 

151 - February 22, 2007 2:18 am

Name:

JJ O'Brien

Tender:

USS Nereus AS-17

Comments:

1965-1967

 

152 - February 22, 2007 2:16 am

Name:

JJ O'Brien

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

Served 1963-1965

 

153 - February 20, 2007 10:38 am

Name:

Mick Creamer

Tender:

LY Spears AS-36

Comments:

Served from March 1976-April-1978. Was on board the day of the collision in the channel on our way to New Orleans,It was a very interesting day. We still had a great time in the Big Easy anyway,It is a day I will not forget.

 

154 - February 18, 2007 2:13 pm

Name:

Kenneth K. Kauffman

Tender:

Howard W. Gilmore AS-16

Comments:

FP-2, 8th Division Pipe Shop - Submarine repair,
Key West, FL 1954-55.

 

155 - February 16, 2007 2:19 pm

Name:

Curt Anderson

Tender:

USS Hunley (AS-31)

Comments:

Served on the Hunley from January '72 until Sept. '75. Guam, Bremerton, Charleston. ADP Division

 

156 - February 15, 2007 11:59 pm

Name:

Rudy Leyva

Tender:

USS Fulton AS-11

Comments:

I served aboard the USS Fulton AS-11 from December 1965 until mid 1967. I was in the Operations Division initially acting as a signalman striker. Later I became a Hospital Corpsman and in 1968 was serving at St. Albans Naval Hospital in NYC. I enjoyed the Fulton's homeport of New London, Connecticutt, where the locals referred to the Fulton as being "welded to the pier". We did take the yearly trips to Puerto Rico and once to Bermuda. We drydocked in Charleston,SC for a summer and it was humid/hot. The Fulton as known for good chow and our sub squadron was the tops, with the Nautilus leading the way. We were good friends with the ASR Skylark. We had a great crew and fine leadership. I miss the Fulton and will always remember my days aboard her with thankfulness that she was my home for a while.

 

157 - February 11, 2007 4:50 pm

Name:

Bruce Richter

Tender:

AS-19

Comments:

joined the ship at mare island ship yard...rode over to guam/shelback cermony was a blast...left guam 05/75..partied at andy's hut and the beach ...assigned to shop38...

 

158 - February 11, 2007 12:12 pm

Name:

omer e. giguere

Tender:

uss euryale as22

Comments:

i served on the euryaly 1944 t0 1946

 

159 - February 11, 2007 7:40 am

Name:

Steve Holder

Tender:

U.S.S.CANOPUS

Comments:

Was onboard her from 1972-1975 good times and bad but would not trade it for anything made alot of good freinds.Would like to have taken one more cruise before they done her in.Was in 2nd div GMG2;

 

160 - February 11, 2007 12:13 am

Name:

kent fortner

Tender:

uss ly spear AS36

Comments:

I came on board the spear in new orleans right after the mishap in the channel I was in the engineering div assigned too the co2 shop & damage control

 

161 - January 31, 2007 11:44 am

Name:

James M. Rhea (HT3-HT2)

Tender:

USS Hunley (AS-31)

Comments:

Also USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36)
I was assigned to the NDT shop (R-8 Div)aboard USS Hunley from July 1982 through January 1984 in Holy Loch and USS L.Y. Spear in Norfolk, VA from May, 1984 to July 1985 in the NDT Shop. Any of the guys from the shop still kicking around out there? Drop me a note!

 

162 - January 19, 2007 11:41 am

Name:

Billy Shepperd

Tender:

Nereus AS 17

Comments:

Served from Jan 1954-Jan 1957, left as EM1. Enjoy the Tender Tales extremely.

 

163 - January 14, 2007 11:11 pm

Name:

Kevin R. Kurtz

Tender:

AS 36 USS LY Spear

Comments:

Served aboard her from 76-78 in the Technical library Div. R 7. Warrant officer Thomas Pauls was my divison officer

 

164 - January 14, 2007 9:53 pm

Name:

Susan D. Slade Grossl

Tender:

USS Rainbow

Comments:

I have in my possession a photo of a young sailor whom I am trying to identify. The card on which it is mounted says: A-BOO Photographer Cheefoo. On the back someone has written: Aboard Rainbow in China Star. This photo is mounted in a very old silk fram, with a paper eagle above banners made to look like the American flag. On the back someone has again written, only this time it says: <illegible> in Nagasaki Japan. I THINK this young man is a Great Great Uncle of mine by the name of Leland S. "Sandy" Warren who served in the Navy in WWI. Any help appreciated, also if it is him and he did serve on this ship I'd love to get a copy of the picture to anyone interested. Thanks!

 

165 - January 10, 2007 8:09 pm

Name:

john wilson

Tender:

USS Aegir

Comments:

I got on the USS Aegir in Oct. 1944 and went to Panama, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and Midway Island. As did John N. Joll. We came home on a sub unknown to Pearl, we shipped on Orion through Panama, to Yorktown Virginia, Stapleton, Staten Island in September 1945. Anyone know info about Cy Himmellgarn? Or anyone else on the ship with me during these dates? Please contact me at my email:
evejohnwilson@yahoo.com

 

166 - January 8, 2007 5:53 am

Name:

TM1 Donald B.Procknow

Tender:

Uss Proteus As-19

Comments:

Hi Everyone, I Was on-board from 84-86 and worked in the torpedo shop,QA/Weight Test and the Miss. Craine, loved Guam and my tour on the ol' Pro. what a great time and Ship Tm1 Donald Procknow: cool::

 

167 - January 5, 2007 9:01 pm

Name:

Stephen L. Brown

Tender:

USS Howard W. Gilmore AS16

Comments:

I came on board March 1969 after a tour with the Mobile Riverine Force TF 117 Vietnam. Took her to Key West in June 1970. Left her October 1972. While onboard I worked in the foward engine room, small boats and the engineering division office. While we were underway I was the fuel king. Wish I could go back and do it all again.

 

168 - January 2, 2007 5:54 pm

Name:

Craig Treiber

Tender:

USS Holland

Comments:

TM2, MK 37 Shop, aboard 1965 to '69. Ports were Rota, Charleston for yard work, Goose Creek Weapons Station, then back to Rota. Memories vary from cold, wet snowy pier watches, helmsman going through the English Channel to great "in town" time with good friends...

 

169 - December 29, 2006 12:50 pm

Name:

Barry Green BM

Tender:

AS-19

Comments:

Assigned 1988-1991; Reported aboard to Deck Dept. an undesignated SN; Advanced to BM2 during my tour aboard Old Pro. Mentors included the likes of men named Beckley, Chittick, Lamb, and yes, First Lt - Paul Castle.

 

170 - December 27, 2006 10:56 pm

Name:

John Craig

Tender:

USS Simon Lake AS-33

Comments:

From 1972-1975,Charleston to Rota. R-1 Div. X-17
To all you tender pukes out there , remmember the work was long and hard but the parties were the best .
And Who could forget the Californa Bar on Red Square in Rota? To the memories!

 

171 - December 27, 2006 7:28 pm

Name:

Dick Beecher

Tender:

ad-19, as-32. as34

Comments:

How may TM, are still there

 

172 - December 27, 2006 3:31 pm

Name:

Jerry

Tender:

Proteus-19, Dixon-37

Comments:

(Proteus - Guam 74-75, Dixon - San Diego 75-077) Joining the Navy changed my entire future. These were the real formative years of my life. I can not say enough good things about it. No words can describe it.

For example: The first time I saw all the food in the cafeteria my first full day in bootcamp, I said to my self, "They can do anything the want to me, this food is worth it!!!"

I graduated as class honorman from MR"A" school and upon reporting to the Proteus I was assigned to the lock & engraving shop where I worked until being sent send to the messdesks. After my three months on the messdecks I was assigned to the Fleet Machine Shop. Chief Strum needed someone to run the tool crib so that was my assignment. several months later I final got to be the machinist I was tained to be. I volunteered for both DCT and RDT duty.

I was also volunteered for tent city duty. This was during the April 75 evac of Saigon. We put up thousands of tents at just one of the many processing camps. It was hotter than hell and the clay-dust turned all of my clothes a red-brown color. When it was over I bought all new uniforms. The late summer was so hot on GuAm that we switched to tropical hours which were form 4am till noon.

The steak cook outs at the yacht club were fantastic. Every Saturday moring I went to the USO. I boonie stumped all over the island.

After mustering out I completed a BSME degree and went on to work for some of the largest corporations in the world. Without the Navy none of this would have happened!!!

Oh, I forgot to mention the Dixon. I late her but did not care for the big city. I am a small town person and big cities are just something I visit for work or play. I sure wood like to hear from anyone I knew during these assignments. Neubouwer, Mango, (Rick F- Wissconsin), (John H- Ill), (Wendle K, Texas), Drop me a line guys if you are still out there!!!

 

173 - December 27, 2006 2:29 pm

Name:

Clark ETCM

Tender:

Sperry AS-12

Comments:

From: Bob Clark.
I'm trying to locate a cruise book from the time my Dad was aboard - approx. 1960-1980 - I think a WestPac cruise in 1967. He taught at Coronado ET school and was at Groton as well. Looking for any stories or fotos that show him working on subs and such. Thanks for any help or information!

 

174 - December 27, 2006 12:01 pm

Name:

Dan Howell HT2

Tender:

Gilmore AS16- Shenandoah AD26

Comments:

Served on the Gilmore from Jan 72' till March 74'. Had some great times in the Shipfitter Shop and made some great friends. La Madd was a blast and I still miss being there. Heard that La Madd will be closing in the next few years. Italy will be getting a great naval base, thanks to those who built from what it was to what it is today..

 

175 - December 23, 2006 1:05 am

Name:

Don Behrens

Tender:

USS Orion (AS-18)

Comments:

She was a great ship, I served on her from 1981 to 1983. I worked out of 38A outside machine shop. It is unfortunate that she is gone now, but the memories will always keep her alive "fair winds and following seas"

 

176 - December 23, 2006 1:01 am

Name:

Don Behrens

Tender:

USS Orion (AS-18)

Comments:

She was a great ship, It is unfortunate that she is gone "fair winds and following seas"

 

177 - December 20, 2006 9:15 am

Name:

Al Rothe

Tender:

Bushnell

Comments:

I served on COMKWESTFOR STAFF from 1967 to 1969. We lovingly refered to the Bushnell as "Building 15" because she was a constant "fixture" out on the Quay Wall. The joke was that they would have to dredge out the coffee ground in order to get the "Bush" underway! I do remember Camille in '69, I plotted the storm on the hugh wall map in the Command Post. As I recall, the Bushnell was on a port visit to New Orleans and had to ride out the hurricane tied to the dock because they could not get the crew back on board in time to sail down the Mississippi and get out to sea.

I do recall that the Bush spent several weeks rebuilding Pilot Town. My next door neighbor was a crewmember and talked about killing snakes by the hundreds and dealing with dead cattle.

A littel side note, there was a small sub at the base that simply went to the bottom of Key West Harbor to ride out storms!

RADM F.J. "Fuller" Brush was our commander at the time. He was once asked to show his ID to a clerk at the Commissary and the young girl asked, "you are a Radioman what class?"

 

178 - December 19, 2006 8:35 pm

Name:

Diane Clark

Tender:

USS Sperry

Comments:

My father was Chief Petty Officer Red Cantrell. He served on the Sperry for three years in the mid 50's (in San Diego). I have fond memories of being a very little girl and visiting the ship for holiday dinners. It was a great ship, but then, aren't they all? (Spoken like a true Navy Brat, huh?)

 

179 - December 15, 2006 3:50 pm

Name:

Norman Boucher

Tender:

USS Proteus AS 19

Comments:

i was in the 11th Div. 3/46
to 11/47 a great crew miss them.

 

180 - December 13, 2006 3:44 pm

Name:

DION CLARK

Tender:

USS OTIS

Comments:

MY FATHER WAS CWO3 BENEDICT (BEN) HERMAN CLARK
MACHINIST MATE ON THE USS OTIS. PASSED ON NOVEMEBER 27,1997. IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY, LET US NOT GIVE UP THE SHIP NOW IN THE PRESENT TIMES OF PERIL TO OUR NATION,DO NOT SUBMIT TO TYRANNY, AND LET THEIR BLOOD SHED FOR LIBERTY, DIE IN VAIN.
RALLY AROUND THE FLAG AND CONTACT ME AT
DRDIONCLARK@HOTMAIL.COM
GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

181 - December 8, 2006 6:11 am

Name:

Bill (Th' Sev) Severing

Tender:

USS Proteus (AS-19)

Comments:

Only naval ship I ever served on (1977-1980).
S-7 DIV, also ran the ship's entertainment system, which consisted of operating a reel-to-reel tape unit with AFRTS programming tapes.
Rode The Pro back to Long Beach in '78 for the overhaul period and transferred (I say kicked off) just before she was to go back to Guam. Did a late night DJ gig on "Old Pro Radio" on the way back to the states.

I've never forgotten her, and never will.

 

182 - December 5, 2006 9:18 pm

Name:

Curt Simmons

Tender:

USS Fulton (AS-11)

Comments:

Served on USS Fulton (77-80 and 86-89), USS Frank Cable (AS-40) from (81-83) and the USS Simon Lake (AS-33). I served in the Special Weapons Division on Fulton and Cable and was the Crane Officer on Simon Lake. Tenders were, and are, the true unsung heroes of the fleet. I had the best years of my naval career on the above ships. To all tender sailors, Well Done!!

 

183 - December 4, 2006 4:13 pm

Name:

Jim Bampfield

Tender:

USS Proteus (AS-19)

Comments:

Aboard the "Pro" 60 - 62
Also on the Bushnell (AS-15) 62-64

 

184 - December 1, 2006 5:00 pm

Name:

Terry P. Abts

Tender:

Emory Land

Comments:

A good friend of mine, Chris Miller, is currently serving on "39". His father sent me the link and it is great!. Being an old navy man, I have enjoyed touring this site. To all those who serve on our Navy's tenders "God speed".

 

185 - November 28, 2006 3:49 pm

Name:

Melissa Vaughn

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

My father, William "Bill" Kolb, served on the USS Proteus in the early 1960's and the Bainbridge as a missile officer. I am looking for anyone that knew him. Any replies would be appreciated. Thanks

 

186 - November 24, 2006 12:51 am

Name:

Costello Charles EM3

Tender:

Bushnell AS-15

Comments:

Aboard Nov.55 TO June59 Worked in outside repair shop

 

187 - November 21, 2006 12:29 am

Name:

Jon

Tender:

AS-19

Comments:

I served on the pig (proteus in guam)from 77to78 ,I managed to survive with my sanity working in the optical shop and later shop 38a .I remember the guys throwing wrenches at the marines on drills in their shorts and m16s and them not missing a stop. I also remember the missle hatches opening up for inspections (
kind of hard to miss)and later realizing what it was all about . Looking to hear whats happening Leroy,Ed and the rest

 

188 - November 19, 2006 9:56 am

Name:

Dick Moe

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I was on the Proteus early 70 - late 73 while in Guam. I worked in the Optical shop with Chief Murray and crew. One higlight was when the Cheif brought Tex Ritter through the shop. What a day that was. I had a lot of good times while on board. I remember my first ride in a typhoon, never thought a ship that big would bounce that much! The yard period in California, the shake down cruise back to Gaum, going through the Golden Shell Back intiation was a memory I'll never forget. Sydney's Kings Cross was interesting, as were the articles in the paper about the noisy gray US ship parked below the goveners house. I'm glad to see the Proteus survived into the 90's.

 

189 - November 13, 2006 8:19 am

Name:

Reid Welch

Tender:

Orion AS 18

Comments:

Onboard 2/73-1/74,
mostly Radcon Division, but started in the carpentry shop. Dave Herring. Walter Crowe. Tex--are you ticking still? Ben Gex, Walter Hinkley, David Schermer, and so many other good guys. Ben Gex, N'awleans deviler.
Drop me a note. Remember Rickover's visit? Remember the time I set off sirens and bells over the ship--the Air Particulate Detector Alarm! And all I'd done was open the crystal face of a radium dial wall clock of 1943, down in the decon room. That's some sensitive detector! Greg Hartsock. Glenn Detro. Danny Shellenberger. Frank Prochaska.
Hey, Frank--I just made you into a poem about that damned Poinciana tree you Orioned back from Ft. Lauderdale, and -thought- you could plant successfully in your Charleston back yard. I still laugh. We all had a good time, at times. It was a growing time for young men. We saw the last of the old diesel boats shuffle off to Iran. In the Orion's library I found one night a science fiction book, "The Nightmare Reader". The card jacket in the back of the book was rubber stamped
USS SCORPION.

Weep for the dead.

 

190 - November 10, 2006 9:49 pm

Name:

Michael Bankson

Tender:

USS H.W. Gilmore (AS-16)

Comments:

I was on the Gilmore from May '79 until decom. I worked in the tech library and then in R-3, 51-B

 

191 - November 7, 2006 11:26 pm

Name:

COL(R) William(Bill) L. Bentley, Sr, US Army(formerly Seaman First Class(S1/c), USN)

Tender:

USS Proteus(AS19)

Comments:

We had an outstanding Reunion in San Diego, CA, 26-29 Oct 2006; hosted by LT Paul Castle, USN(Ret), I enjoyed seing old friends and meeting new friends!

 

192 - November 6, 2006 9:48 pm

Name:

Henry G. Spenceley

Tender:

USS Griffin AS13

Comments:

Enjoying the new format and would like to note that there is a minor omission in the time line. Between the Griffin's went from Newport to New London and then departed for Panama and then Fiji to Brisbane.

In November of this year had the pleasure of returning to Brisbane and meeting Peter Nunan one of the authors of U.S. Subs Down Under, Brisbane 1942-45. Toured on the River and went past where we established the Submarine Base. Would welcome any communications from any Griffin Sailors out there or relations.

 

193 - November 6, 2006 5:03 pm

Name:

Thomas L. Heritier

Tender:

USS Bushnell AS-15

Comments:

I served on the Bushnell from Sept. 1967 to Oct. 1968, had the duty the day Detroit beat St. Louis to win the world series. Made one trip around the Caribbean and one trip to New Orleans

 

194 - November 3, 2006 8:55 pm

Name:

Larry Stannard

Tender:

USS HOLLAND AS 32

Comments:

I am a plank owner ,served on board from Aug. 63 to Jan 66. Worked in the #2 engine room on the air compressors.Would like to hear from anyone from either engine room or the boat shop. Also does anyone know the where abouts of Dave Beaman,he was a electrican mate, worked in the battery locker.Went to our 2005 reunion in Charleston and met some old shipmates there.

 

195 - November 2, 2006 11:07 pm

Name:

Paul W. Sabol

Tender:

USS Gilmore, AS16

Comments:

Served on board, division 13, supply, turnover storekeeper, custodian Squadron Four Recreation Fund, , Key West, 1951, 1952, 1953

 

196 - November 1, 2006 9:55 pm

Name:

TIMOTHY W. GODFREY

Tender:

HOLLAND AS 32

Comments:

I served from july 63 to jan.65
would like to here from shipmates from G, 2ND AND 3RD DIV.THE DECK GANG.

 

197 - November 1, 2006 4:31 pm

Name:

Dwaine Moore

Tender:

USS PROTEUS AS-19

Comments:

Serverd as Communications Officer SEP 1971 - SEP 1974. A lot of good times and a couple not so good. Enjoyed the recent Proteus reunion in San Diego, OCT 2006. Dwaine Moore Chief Warrant Officer 3, USN, (Retired).

 

198 - October 27, 2006 9:55 pm

Name:

LI1 Robin Meyer, Ret

Tender:

Emory S. Land

Comments:

Really glad the ES Land is still serving, but anyone who knows what actually happened to AD19 Yosemite (destroyer tender decom'ed in 1994) could you email me? thanks. javascript:%20addSmiley('')

 

199 - October 21, 2006 11:35 am

Name:

a.silsbe,(marve)

Tender:

eurale

Comments:

I was on the relief cew in Fremantle, where I was lucky enough to get assigned to the Besugo ss321 I made patrols with her tilll the end of the war.
old timers, can you still hear the morning call from the tender "sweepers start your brooms" that called the work party to the docks to sweep down.??

 

200 - October 18, 2006 9:02 pm

Name:

Rick Watson

Tender:

Orion (AS-18); Barney (DDG-6)

Comments:

Have been watching your site for a while and like the recent changes.

 

201 - October 15, 2006 8:03 pm

Name:

Ron Marciszyn

Tender:

USS APOLLO AS25

Comments:

MY FATHER SERVED ON THE USS APOLLO DURING ITS WW2 TRIP THROUGH THE PACIFIC AS A S1C.

 

202 - October 4, 2006 1:34 pm

Name:

Darrell Kibby

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

Plank owner Nov 43 to Dec 45 radarman 3c

 

203 - July 3, 2006 8:00 pm

Name:

Stephen M. Mora

Tender:

USS McKee

Comments:

I'd like to hear from - or find the whereabouts of a (then) 2nd class Yeoman/Personnel man by the name of Nicolette Heinz-Jordan (nick name Nikki) I am not sure of the year(s) but I think she served on board during 1990-to 1995. and then retired off the U.S. S. MCKEE --If anyone knows where she might be located or a last known address - I would love to hear from you. Stephen M. Mora

 

204 - June 4, 2006 8:00 pm

Name:

Mandy

Tender:

USS Sperry AS-12

Comments:

I served aboard the Sperry from June 1970 to Jan. 1974. She was ported in San Diego at that time at Ballast Point. I came there straight from Storekeeper school at 32nd street. I was from Redondo Beach about 100 miles north in L.A. so I spent almost every weekend at home. But there was this one weekend that I could not wiggle out of my watch or get a stand-by. Storekeepers stand very few watches but the Quarterdeck watch was one of them. It was a lazy, balmy day in San Diego and there I was on the Quarterdeck as the messenger,(E-3) and I noticed two old men slowly walking down the pier towards the gang plank. As they came up the stairs, I could see wonderment and anticipation in their eyes. It turned out that they were plankowners and had not seen the ship since WWII. they asked permission to look at the ship from the Ensign who had the deck. Seeing that the 90 day wonder had no Idea if this was permisable, I assured him that It happened all the time. (I had no Idea either) I was bored and talked the Ensign to let me be the guide for them. For the next hour I was treated to the most wonderful "sea-stories" I had ever heard. these men had been with the Sperry from her sea-trials to actual battles condition off the Borneo coast. As they were leaving one of them actually shed tears as he dreaded the day that she would finally be de-commisioned. They made such an impression on this 19 year old kid, I wrote a poem about what they talked about that day.

 

205 - May 31, 2006 8:00 pm

Name:

Mischa Eric Zimmermann

Tender:

USS Orion

Comments:

I served on the USS Orion (AS-18) from Dec 1984 - Feb 1988. Reading the history of the USS Fulton (AS-11), I noticed that its deployment to La Madellena was not mentioned. The Fulton was alongside us in 1986 (I think) and helped maintain Orion's subs and feed her crew for about 2 months while the she underwent an SRA. Hope this helps. Mischa Eric Zimmermann

 

206 - May 3, 2006 8:00 pm

Name:

RC "Tex" Bosworth

Tender:

USS Griffin

Comments:

Yes, there is some question about the patch you had on Griffin's page and also seen on eBay -- but I'm not sure it's accurate. My father, RC "Tex" Bosworth, was stationed on the Griffin during the war (1943-1945). I saw and recall him referring to their logo. "We fix everything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn". I'll to try and locate the graphic but this may have been a specific shop within the ship. You have a good thing in listing these ships and the part they played in the war. Larry Bosworth

 

207 - April 1, 2006 7:00 pm

Name:

Jim Hoffman

Tender:

USS Holland AS-32

Comments:

I reported for duty aboard USS HOLLAND AS 32 right out of boot in May 1965 in Rota. I was a Shipfitter in X56 if my memory is right. One thing I see mentioned on this site is mention of the Hammerhead crane well I never heard that term it was called the boat and missle crane also there is no mention of the Alvin coming aboard when we were involved in the H-Bomb hunt that the Airforce lost. The Alvin played a key role in the recovery. I remember the chilly wet winters going to the base locker club to get the civvies on and go indulge in some fine cerevasa with the great Chinese food that was everywhere in Rota as most EM's were know to get 100 pesetas instead of the usual 60 per dollar at any of the local establishments. Best and worse time for me was the trip to Barcelona and the stop in Portsmouth England before coming back to Charleston and the Strip outside the Main gate Well that was 40 years ago I stayed in 10 years after the Holland then the Orion down at pier Lima. One Two Black Shoe Smooth Sailing Jim Hoffman SFP2

 

208 - February 26, 2006 7:00 pm

Name:

Emmett Wilson

Tender:

USS Apollo AS-25

Comments:

My father, Emmett Wilson, from Des Moines, IA proudly served on this tender as a Carpenter's Mate. I'd love to hear from anyone who knew him. Thank you, Julie Fuller

 

209 - January 24, 2006 7:00 pm

Name:

Dale K. Hubbartt

Tender:

USS Hunley AS-31

Comments:

I was stationed aboard USS Hunley AS-31, from nov 72- nov 74. We were relieved on station Guam by the USS Proteus AS-19. I was serving with the USMC DETACHMENT at the time of my service. I am trying to find a copy of the cruise book that was printed upon our departure from Guam. Any help in this mater would be greatly appreicated... Respectfully Submitted Dale K. Hubbartt AMS1(AW) USNR

 

210 - January 21, 2006 7:00 pm

Name:

James D. Bowers III

Tender:

USS Hunley AS-31

Comments:

PNCM James D. Bowers Jr served aboard USS HUNLEY (AS 31) at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, SC from late 1974 to June 1977. He served as Personnel Officer/Admin LCPO during this time. He retired from the navy in 1979 at Millington, TN. Those who knew Dad know that he was a pretty intense individual and was tough to work for. Unfortunately, he suffered a stroke in 1990, and it left him partially paralized on his right side. His demeanor changed to a nice, peaceful older man who was a joy to be around. Dad suffered a heart attack, and passed away December 9, 2005. For those who remember Dad, you are encouraged to write me James D. Bowers III, PNC, USN (Retired).

 

211 - January 12, 2006 7:00 pm

Name:

Larry Arnett

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I was in E Division..... mostly working in Main Propulsion. Since the ol lady was a diesel electric propulsion we had lots of work keeping the generators and motors in shape. Of course we also had to handle all the electric power for the subs alongside. That meant "humping" the large shore power cables from the ship to the boats. Watches were stood at the shore power control station next to the auxiallary boiler room. The power for the boats came from the ships generators not actually from a off ship source so it meant alot of work for the electricians and the engine-men to keep things going. Anyone remember the breakdown at sea where we lost the bearings on one of the main shafts? The ship did all their own work to smelt...machine and remake the bearings for that repair. During the trip back to Mare Island I got moved to the CPO's mess to do the night cook job. Also did all the movie showing. I spent most of my time at Mare Island doing fire watches for the welders. Talk about a skate job. Got discharged in April of 73. Thought about staying in the Vallejo area but ended up back in my home town of Lansing, MI. TenderTale I brought back alot of memories. All though your time and my time on the Proteus only over lapped by about 6 months I knew about your trip to Australia and the stow away from other sailors I kept in touch with after I got out. I had been in Guam almost a year and a half so the time in Mare Island was like a ongoing party. Living in the transit barracks with real beds....eating in a mess hall that had fresh veggies and real milk. All the good things. Plus.... in 72 the west coast...Bay area was happening. We took rides to Berkely...rode the Greyhound to Frisco..... made the most of any free time we had. I had started my Navy time on Treasure Island so I had a good feel for the area and didnt have any problem getting around. I had a girl friend I met at the Navy Exchange who had a car and we went everywhere. I also bought a motorcycle (Norton) through the Navy Exchange in Guam and picked it up when it arrived in Vallejo at a bike dealer. That made me a real hit around the barracks. Well....needless to say reading your bio brought back alot of memories and that last page made me choke up a bit. Must be something about leaving a ship you called home and the people you called your family for those many months. One of my favorite books " Blinds Man Bluff" by Sherry Sontag ... don't know if you read it but its tells alot of what we sailors knew...but couldn't say. Regarding the last reunion.... I was planning to go but my wife was hospitalized during the summer before the reunion and I had to change my plans. Im hoping nothing goes astray so I can attend the reunion this coming fall. I really would look forward to meeting and talking with guys like you and telling the "sea tales". Hey....know any good Andys Hut tales....or my comshaw tale is better than yours.....

 

212 - April 18, 2005 8:00 pm

Name:

Joe Umlauf

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I recently came accross you r web site. WOW!!! did it bring back lots of good old memories. There is one old friend of mine mentioned on the USS Proteus page by the Name of Scott freeman. I have been trying to locate him for a long time now. I tried the e-mail address that was provided and it got returned, I know you are probably very busy, however, I f time permits could yopu see if there is some other form of contact information for him IE. better e-mail address or phone number. Thanks in advance for the help, again great web site J. Umlauf

 

213 - April 9, 2005 8:00 pm

Name:

Jeff Suekoff

Tender:

USS Emory S. Land

Comments:

I am HTC(SW) Jeff Suekoff, and by heart, I am a tender Sailor. Now I am on a gas turbine surface combatant, but my heart is still on the Emory S Land, where I spent five years in the mid-late nineties. I qualified ESWS on a tender. Made Second Class on a tender. Learned most of the qualities I needed to be a sucessful Navy leader on a tender, and even met my wife on a tender. I read through your web pages and feel haunted by my memories. The Tender Navy is truely a different place. People who have never experienced it will never understand, but I do. Anyway I just wanted to thank you for your time and maybe help break down what modern tenders repair departments were like: R-1 Hull Repair Division: 11A- Shipfitters; 17A- Sheetmetal; 26A/B- Weld Shop and Nuclear Weld Shop; 56A- Pipe Shop; 56C- Flex Hose; 57A- Lag Shop; R-2 Machinery Repair Division; R-3 Electrical Repair; R-4 Electronic Repair R-5 Radiological Controls; R-6 General Services (Rigging, Carpentry, Foundry, Divers, Canvas); R-7 Planning and Estimating; R-8 Quality Assurance; R-9 Outside Machine; R-10 Nuclear Repair; This was the basic Layout of tenders in Norfolk at least during the late 80's/90's. Take Care jeff Suekoff

 

214 - April 6, 2005 8:00 pm

Name:

Ralph William MacAllester Jr

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

My Grandfather Ralph William MacAllester Jr (Nov 2, 1913 - Oct 8, 1995), served on the Proteus as an electrician's mate during World War II and was on her in Tokyo Bay for Japan's surrender. After the war, he returned to Massachusetts where he started a business as a master electrician, and was also very much involved in the community. I have a scanned photo of him and some (maybe all??) of the crew . I can recognize my grandfather, the gentleman on the far left in the back row, but i have no idea who the other folks are. [Posted on Proteus' Page 2] Is there anybody out there who can ID these men? Anybody got some neat stories about my grandfather or about service on the Proteus during the war they would like to share? I regret that I didn't ask Grandpa about it before he passed, so I am hoping that someone has some Tender Tales to tell that I can add to our family legends.

 

215 - March 9, 2005 7:00 pm

Name:

Ron Bergstrom

Tender:

USS LY Spear

Comments:

I served on board the USS LY Spear, AS36, as a Storekeeper, 3rd Class Petty Officer from July 1971 to July 1972. I worked in Subsat, Submarine Supply and assistance team. Chief Ritchie was my boss and my job was to expedite orders for our buyers who ordered parts from Supply Depots for the subs tied up around us for repairs. I remember working with many of the Supply Officers from the subs who frequented our offices daily to find out where their parts were. There were not only nuclear fast attack subs tied up but also one diesel conventional sub as we called it back in the 70's and also one submarine rescue vessel. The only name of any sub that I can remember is the USS Skipjack. I also remember being rewarded by one of the Supply Officers from one of the subs, I think it was the USS Skipjack. I don't remember the Supply Officers name, but he was a Lieutenant I believe. He took me for a tour of the sub including a walk over the nuclear power chamber itself. I also got to see the sleeping quarters and other areas. I was then treated to lunch of Filet and Lobster and that was the best meal that I can recall in my entire life. I also remember a British Nuclear ICBM Sub that tied up along side for a brief visit and repair. That sub was twice as big as our fast attacks because it had to accommodate the ICBM's she carried. I would like to respond to anybody that was on board during this time but especially anybody from SUBSAT. One last thing. During my stay I did not go home for Christmas and one of my fellow shipmates, a 1st Class Storekeeper who was married at the time invited me over for dinner with him and his wife. I wish I could remember his name so I could thank him for his act of kindness and the wonderful Christmas dinner that he and his wife shared with me.

 

216 - January 8, 2005 7:00 pm

Name:

Denny Denslow

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I was a member of the precommissioning crew in Charleston and served from 1959 to June of 1962. When we arrived in Scotland, we wanted to make our shop a little different. So we carved the words "The House of SINS" in the floor tile. The attached is the best picture I have left of that shop floor..[posted on Proteus' page 2) I wonder if any of the readers of Tender Tales will remember that? Some members of that crew were Chief Sinor, Chief Nichols, ET1 Pillar, ET1 Rushlow ET2 Manning, ET2 Harbaugh...ETSN Dorvitt...and others that I do not remember exact names. I went aboard as ET1, made E7 while there. Our Division officer was LT A.J. Billings (A.J. Squared away). It was a great tour. Thanks Denny Denslow CWO 2 USN (Ret)

 

217 - January 5, 2005 7:00 pm

Name:

Ed Whitman

Tender:

USS Canopus AS-9

Comments:

I just received a note about my article, "Submarines to Corregidor," in the Summer 2002 issue of UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine. The note raised some good questions about the whereabouts of the Manila-area submarine tenders in the very first days of World War II, but in reviewing my article and the underlying research notes, I find there's really only one point of disagreement. In my article, I stated that USS Canopus was tied up on the (downtown) Manila waterfront during the first Japanese air attack on 10 December 1941. The note author's recollection is that it was really at the Cavite Navy Yard. I went back over my sources to recall why I chose Manila and rediscovered a curious discrepancy: In its entry for Canopus, The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) says that the ship was at Cavite. However, both Clay Blair's Silent Victory (pages 134 and 153) and Samuel Eliot Morison's History of U.S. Naval Operations in World II (Vol. III, page 194) make clear that those authors, at least, thought the ship was in Manila. It's possible that both Blair and Morison use "Manila" as shorthand for "Manila Bay" - which would include Cavite - but Blair adds some corroborative detail that seems to show he really did mean downtown Manila. On the other hand, on page 198 of Morison's book, it's stated that Canopus left Cavite for Mariveles around Christmas. I don't know what to make of all this, and we'll probably open the question to our readers to see if they can offer any additional information.

 

218 - December 24, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

Julie (McElroy) Hu

Tender:

USS Chewink USS Fulton AS-1

Comments:

According to my father's Continuous Service Record, he must have served aboard the USS Chewink and the USSFulton between 1914 and into the 1920's. That's all I know, except that he mentioned a couple of times that he was one of the first submariners. His name was John H. McElroy, and he entered the navy in 1913, retiring in 1952. Just wondering if anyone else has a parent, grandparent, or even great grandparent, who served on one of those ships and who might have left pictures, narrations, memories of it. I was glad to see the pictures and histories of both ships on this website, but guess I'm never satisfied! Thanks. Julie (McElroy) Hu

 

219 - December 17, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

Jesse Burcell

Tender:

USS Holland AS-32

Comments:

I noticed that you had the Battenburg Cup being presented by Admiral Kidd. That is inaccurate. It was presented by Lord Louis Mountbatten only a short time before he was assassinated in Sardinia. I was there and got to take him on a field trip of the ship. OM1 Jesse Burcell USS Holland AS-32 from 1975 to 1981

 

220 - December 13, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

Donna Keeler

Tender:

USS LY Spear

Comments:

i am served on the spear from 1988 to 1991 and am trying to find out when we were in the yards in portsmouth, va. is there someplace i can look to find that info? thank you, Donna Keeler

 

221 - November 23, 2004 10:46 pm

Name:

Webmaster

Tender:

to all hands

Comments:

(This is in regards to the previous note - and remember since these are in reverse date order - that post FOLLOWS this one... you might want to read it first then come back) While I normally do not include my responses here (though as many know - I try to answer every email personally) I feel this is one that I need to comment on here. While I agree with Paul's overall observation (IMHO there is a bit too much glee expressed by some Torsk volunteers as they rip up and plunder) I must also note that the overall group of Torsk volunteers are doing a great job of restoring their boat. In doing so - they must obtain parts - often old and long obsolete parts where they can - and as was in the original design of the FULTON class tenders - many, many parts are shared by both tender and boat. That leads to two observations by me: the Tenders are STILL proudly able to serve their boat(s) in ways no others can - and that's only right --- but I'd personally like to see a bit more respect paid to the donors - after all - one wouldn't be what it is - without the other.

 

222 - November 23, 2004 7:00 am

Name:

Paul Collins

Tender:

USS Orion USS Gilmore

Comments:

I recently was checking out a site on the web about the reserve fleet sitting in the James river. What I saw was somewhat disturbing. A group calling themselves the "Torsk" volunteers, was pilfering whatever they could find off of several ships.... Two of which I happen to have a special place in my heart for....The Orion and the Gilmore. I was saddened enough to see their current condition, however to see these so called veterans raping what remains of these once noble ships reminded me of the turkey vultures I see picking the carcasses of the local road kill. I guess I'm just a little sad to see the ships that had survived so much being treated like some cheap street trash. I thought you would understand.... Paul Collins

 

223 - November 13, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

William(Bill) L. Bentley, Sr

Tender:

USS Proteus(AS19)

Comments:

The USS Proteus AS-19 Veterans' Association, held it first reunion, 4-7 November 2004 at the Shades of Green Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL A Great Time Was Had by ALL We look forward to San Diego, CA in 2006, to be hosted by LT PAUL CASTLE, USN(RET) I want to Thank You for the priviledge of hosting this Reunion and for the many people that I now call friend and Shipmate! Sincerely, COL(R) William(Bill) L. Bentley, Sr., [formerly; Seaman First Class(S1/c), USS Proteus(AS19), Feb-Sep 1946]

 

224 - November 10, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

Peter Stuchlik

Tender:

USS Canopus AS-34

Comments:

I was on USS CANOPUS from Nov of '69 to June of '73. Started in S-6 (Stewards - long story-typical Navy), moved to ships' mess (S-2), and after about a year + the Navy rectified (through the intervention of CDR Brownley, Lt Cdr Coleman) thier mistake and I became, for good or bad, the editor of THE HELMSMAN". If anyone knows of the whereabouts of David Kile of S-3, tell him that Pete says Hi. It was our privilege to sail from Bremerton to Holy Loch, and become Shellbacks in the bargain. Peter Stuchlik

 

225 - October 22, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Daniel J. Tobin

Tender:

USS Holland USS Simon Lake

Comments:

The tenders I served on had 10 dividions in the Repair Dept. as follows: R-0 Dept Admin; R-1 Weld Shop, Shipfitter Shop Sheeetmetal Shop; R-2 Machine Shop, Optical Shop Office Machine Repair; R-3 Electical Repair; R-4 Electronics Rpeair; R-5 Radiological Controls (RADCON); R-6 Carpenter Shop, Pattern Shop, Foundry; R-7 Planning & Estimating, Technical Library; R-8 QA & NDT; R-9 Valve Shop, Antenna Shop; R-10 Nuclear Repair. Just an update on the way the department was set up in the mid 1970's (1974-1980) when I was on th USS Holland and then when I was on the Uss Simon Lake (1984-1990). It is tough seeing those ships in the storage facilities just waiting for the breakers cutting torch. Maybe I can fill in a few of the details of the ships during the time they were in the Holy Loch. I'll send some photos of Dunoon as it is now. The clubs and all of the facilities on the beach in Sandbank have been demolished and the pier is falling into the loch. The comissary/exchange is now the Co-Operative, Dolphin Hall has revertied back to the Local Council and the gas station is a garden store with a Shell gas station at the far end where the parking lot used to be. The town has a few retirees living there and they have an association called the Holy Loch Veterans Association. Let me know you have any questions. I may be able to shed some light on. Regards, Daniel J. Tobin

 

226 - October 21, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Thomas D. Duncan

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

Tommy Duncan was born in Gravitt, Ark. on Nov. 26, 1925, to Elbert T. and Gertrude Duncan. He died on Oct. 12, 2004. Mr. Duncan served in the Navy during WWII aboard the USS Proteus submarine. In September 1997, he enjoyed a reunion in Las Vegas, Nev. with some of the men of the Proteus.

 

227 - September 20, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Tim Breit

Tender:

USS Hunley AS-31

Comments:

Notice you're building a page for Hugo. How about Andrew? Hunley supported. Also I didn't see Bangor NSB or as it is now known Naval Base Kitsap,Bangor? Tim Breit AS-31 ('89-'93) R-7

 

228 - September 10, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

P. Collins

Tender:

USS LY Spear

Comments:

Were you aware that the LY spear is set to be used as a target?

 

229 - September 8, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Dick Lull

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I read your "Tale" this morning. Wow! I have not pondered this period of my life for many years. I caught the Proteus at Mare Island and was, for some time, the only DS assigned to maintain the UYK-5 in the ADP division. I received my dummy orders while in DSTS "C" school; I could see the ship from my classroom as it sat in dry docks. I had my doubts after inspecting huge holes in the hull. I didn't see any reference to the wallaby that was smuggled on board ship at Sydney the same time the chic was. Never will forget the great chase around the boat deck. And remember the great prices on sheep pelts? I recall a snipe's car that fell to the pier upside down as it was being off loaded at Polaris Point. I believe one of the wooden beams snapped as it was lowered. Yes, I contributed some bucks to the sympathy fund. Were you there the night a couple of sub crews were at Andy's Hut engaged in great feats of manliness that continued until the Shore Patrol Shut it down? What a story... I was transferred to Fleet Weather Central in Feb '75. Assigned to the Red Cross shortly after Saigon fell. I worked for them until well after I received my discharge in July '75 and left Guam for the final time in November. Anyway, I was amazed at the times we both served on the Proteus. Cheers...Dick Lull

 

230 - August 23, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Robbin Appel

Tender:

USS Clytie

Comments:

Dear Sirs, I am trying desparately to find out more information about the USS Clytie. I have covered your sites and only find one page about this ship. Where can I get more information? My father was aboard the Clytie. I have only a few notes about his service during WW11. I am one of seven children and would love to forward this family history to my siblings. My Dad Anthony DeLuca "Duke" died a very early death in 1976. He was 56. I was 21 at the time so I never really got to ask many questions. I have recently come across one page of his diary. You can imagine the interest this sparked in me. If you can please, give me any information it would be so appreciated. Thank you so much, Robin Appel

 

231 - August 17, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Thomas Burckhard

Tender:

USS Frank Cable AS-39

Comments:

When the AS-39 Frank Cable was launched at Lockheed shipyard on the Duwamish Inlet the launching area was directly in line with a Seattle Fire station,when the ship was launched there were 3 tugs 2 were for big ships the 3rd was a small one,when the ship was moving thru the water the Cable just about swamped the small tug the other 2 working really hard could not stop the ship and she came within 6ft of the fire station everyone was holding their breath,everyone thought the fire station was history. My father was a sheetmetal worker on all of the subtenders, and he invited me to see the launching of the Cable after seeing her come so close to creaming the fire station we couldn't believe it. The next day the local newspaper had a picture of the close call. I was wondering if there is an official U.S. Navy photograph of the close call, and if there is if my father and I could each have one? Thomas and Leroy Burckhard

 

232 - August 11, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Norm Woelk

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I was a corpsman (HM-3) on the Pro when she was decommed. I have a few photos and will be glad to answer any questions about our last 2 years.

 

233 - June 18, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Frank Adams

Tender:

USS Canopus

Comments:

My father was a supply clerk on the Canopus from 1983 to 1987, he was on the crew that got the E ribbon for combat service after the GITMO shakedown in 83 or 84, I can't quite remember. I wanted to commend you on your very informative webpage and to share a bit of news on the AS-34. I've come to find out recently that she was sold from the MARAD ready reserve at James River to some shipbreaker in the UK called Able UK that doesnt even want to do the job because they think she's got her original boilers that were changed during the refit at charleston right when my father joined the crew. Apparently they think the ship's a huge contamination hazard and they don't want the work, I know for a fact that our shipyards could use the work but thats neither here nor there because we all know the Navy isnt going to drag her back across the Atlantic to a yard here. Its just quite a sad end for a ship and a name with a history like that. I was very young when I was last aboard but I do remember quite a bit about her from the way the vestibules smelled to the way the chair squeaked in my dad's office and I felt compelled to share this with you. The Canopus association has some more information about it and the BBC news of all places had been covering it earlier this year if you want to know more. We can only hope the old school Tenders will come back in an incarnation or another, maybe to provide hydrogen for a future fuel cell submarine perhaps? or maybe as Special Forces support ships. Anyway, keep up the good work, not many people know it was the tenders and their service along with that of the SSBNs that beat the communists, one part couldnt have functioned without the other but the tenders get no glory or even a footnote in the history books. Its an injustice and a bloody shame. The tenders and their crews are one of the many unsung heroes of the cold war and maybe someone will bring some attention to them. We can only hope, right? -Frank Adams

 

234 - May 25, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Glen Cortez

Tender:

USS Emory S. Land

Comments:

I served in the Navy from July 79 to July 87. I served onboard the USS E.S. LAND in R-2A division and SIMA Norfolk in the MIRCS Lab. After I got out, I worked for NAVSEACENLANT/FTSCLANT doing calibration audits and training until 96. I've worked on many ships during my 17 years of service association and met many great people. I am just trying to touch base with many of the good people I have run across.

 

235 - May 23, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Andrew Griffith

Tender:

USS Simon Lake AS-33

Comments:

I was on board the vessel from Nov 1989 to Sep 1991. During the entire time I was on board, it was located in Holy Loch, Scotland. As I was leaving the ship, it was preparing to depart the site. In late 1991, the vessel set sail for Norfolk, VA.. I spoke with a few members of her crew (old shipmates) while she was in Norfolk, VA during 1993. I know she was still in Norfolk, VA in Jan 1993. At that time, she was preparing to go to Italy. I hope this helps some... Andrew Griffith, MM3 R-2 Div, Repair Dept, USS Simon Lake AS-33 from 11-89 to 9-91 A-Div, USS Virginia, CGN-38 from 11-91 to 1-93

 

236 - April 6, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Stan Stoner

Tender:

USS Sperry AS-12

Comments:

I was a DK2 aboard the USS Sperry on June 12, 1967 when she ran aground soon after leaving Portland and the Portland Rose Festival near Longview, Washington. At the time, I collected photo copies of all the newspaper articles I could find about the incident and filed them away. I recently came across them, and amaziingly, for 37 years they held up pretty good. Anyway, I transcribed the articles, scanned the photos and put them in a .pdf file, in a "newsletter" setting. I thought it might be of interest to some of your visitors. Feel free to post it on your website. [Posted in the Sea Stories section] After leaving the Sperry, I went to the USS Harnett County (LST-821) on the Vam Co Dong River in Viet Nam, then was discharged in 1969. In 1982, I affilitated with the Naval Reserves and retired in 2001 as an IT1. Almost 11 years of my reserve duty was with U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL. I did one year of active duty for Operation Desert Shield/Storm at Scott AFB. Stanley L. Stoner

 

237 - April 4, 2004 8:00 pm

Name:

Charles F. Tucker Jr.

Tender:

USS McKee AS-41

Comments:

I was onboard USS McKee AS-41 during the Gulf War as an HM3.

 

238 - March 20, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

John Eells

Tender:

USS Hunley

Comments:

I was on the Hunley from 1967 to 1971. As you know, we relieved the Proteus in Guam in 1968, but that was before your time I guess. I was an ET2 in R4 calibration shop. My memories of the 5 months in Guam were all work and no play. Right now I am thinking of building a scale model of the Hunley. I can't find any blueprints or detailed pictures. Especially critical is detail of the cranes, which are complicated structures. Anyone have anything in your collection that can help me? Thank you John Eells

 

239 - February 20, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

Frank J Prophet

Tender:

USS Bushnell

Comments:

I served on the Bushnell Sept 59 to April 63 in the S-3 division. As I recall we had two barber shops, 1 enlisted, 1 officers, ship store, gedunk (soda fountain) tailor shop, cobbler shop, laundry, dry cleaning. I worked in the laundry and cobbler shop. I trained in the tailor and barber shops. My spec rate was ships cobbler. I ran the cobbler shop for over two years. until my discharge in 63. My other duties were compartment watch,( at sea), Duty driver (in port), powder man in mount 5-4 handling room at G. Q. From 19 June 1959 to April 30 1963 were the most learning and fun years of my life. The Bushnell years were the best. Smooth sailing, again great sight. I belong to the burning bush group . Frank J Prophet SHSN.

 

240 - February 3, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

DAVE ECKRICH

Tender:

USS Apollo

Comments:

I have not found much info on the apollo. Do you have any suggestions? My father-in-law who is 91 served on the apollo in the pacific in 1943-45. Thank you

 

241 - January 29, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

David E Jones

Tender:

WWII Tenders

Comments:

I am a resident of Brisbane, Australia, and I have found great interest in your pages in research I have done into the story of the US submarine base here during the war. USS Griffin, USS Fulton and USS Sperry were the main submarine tenders based in Brisbane, but others called on their way to or from forward bases or other submarine commands. Only recently I discovered that USS Otus (AS20) spent some time in Brisbane, being piloted into port on 10 July 1943 and out to sea on 1 September. Ship histories about USS Otus appear to be very brief over this period and I would be pleased to know any information you or your contacts can tell me about USS Otus and her activities during this time. I look forward to hearing anything that you can tell me. I commend you for your efforts in compiling and maintaining this fine web site on submarine tenders. They did not hit the headlines like the submarines did, but they were vital to the submarines' success and a large number of veterans served in them. with best wishes, David Jones 8 Crowndale Street Wavell Heights Queensland 4012 Australia

 

242 - January 17, 2004 3:00 pm

Name:

Barbara

Tender:

USS Canopus AS 9

Comments:

Attention Ron Boggio: I just recently reread your story on this website. Your story has given me more insight into the sailor that would become my Dad in 1950. My Dad, Ziggie Budzaj was a Gunner's Mate on the USS CANOPUS where he earned a Silver Star on December 29, 1941. He is mentioned in Hank Henderson's Diary by name in an October entry.As well as in Captain Sackett's Journal. But it is your story that helped put together the story of a 26 year old Gunner's Mate for a daughter who is a "VPNB" ........Very Proud Navy Brat. Thank you, Barbara

 

243 - January 17, 2004 7:00 am

Name:

Glenn Ingle

Tender:

USS Orion AS-18

Comments:

I was on the Orion during Desert Storm, decommissioning and in the Ships band. I am among the few that actually had a great time and reupped for that old thing. Please let me know if there is anything I could provide that could help you with your page. I am still trying to locate the last Ship's Book. This was much like a high school annual. The ship's photographer came in and took pictures of me with my hands in the phone system and running switchboard. They did this for all of the shops. I will continue to look. If you can find this book, you'll have pictures for every shop of the 1993 Orion crew doing their jobs. Please let me know if you have access to this book. If not, perhaps Dave Peckinpaugh does. Also, let me know if you are interested in pictures of the last Orion Band. I also have awards for their service as Navy Ambassadors to the Italian community.

 

244 - January 16, 2004 7:00 pm

Name:

John D. Thompson

Tender:

AS-31; AS-32; AS-34

Comments:

Just found your site. Great! I was a crew member on AS-31, AS32 and AS-34. W-3 Division and all three and the MAA Division on the Canopus. Also on a side site from yours I did two tours at Pomflant. 1979 to 1981 and 1984 to 1987, SPC-35 Division. I was a GMT or WT it just depends on the year. The pictures made me think back, thank you. If you have a news letter please put me on your list. John D. Thompson

 

245 - March 29, 2003 7:00 pm

Name:

Marty Sims

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I very much enjoy your website on Submarine Tenders. I was a HT-3 on the USS Proteus in 1977-1978 in the R-1 Div. Weld Shop. I saw in your listing on the page below that you did not have a breakdown of the shops in R-1 Div. Here is a listing as best I can recall: R-1: 26B Weld Shop, Carpenter Shop, 11A Shipfitter Shop, 56A Pipe Shop, 17A Sheetmetal Shop, Foundry, Lagging Locker. Thanks, Marty Sims MSims79739@aol.com

 

246 - March 8, 2003 7:00 pm

Name:

Ray

Tender:

USS Gilmore

Comments:

Where can i get a list of the subs names that were with the USS HOWARD W GILMORE AS16 from 1957 to 1960? Thanks, Ray

 

247 - February 24, 2003 7:00 pm

Name:

John Bloomster

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

Just to let you know I rode the Hunley in from Charleston to Guam, got a swap to the Proteus and rode her into the yards in Mare Island. Got out in November 72. Came back in 73 and got assigned to the USS Sperry. If I recall, when we departed Guam on the way to Hawaii one reduction gear started loosing oil pressure and started overheating. When the attempt was made to shift to the backup oil pump it did not work. One of the chiefs in the engine room hosed down the reduction gear with a firehose to prevent it from catching fire and consequently 21 bearings in the reduction gear seized. About a third of the bearing were available in supply, a third were hand scrapped and put back into service while a third of them were cast while underway. It took about three days to repair the reduction gear while we made way under the other screw around 9 knots. Once we were in the shipyard in Mare Island it was found that the supply cable to the backup oil pump was never installed, there was a cable from the panel up to the wire raceway but the cable was cut and about 30 ft was missing. John Bloomster

 

248 - February 20, 2003 7:00 pm

Name:

Dwight Bonham

Tender:

Comments:

I am conducting research on US Navy torpedo testing conducted before and during World War II. Defeciencies with US torpedoes (Mk XIV) early in the war is a realitively well know topic, but I'm trying to find specifics on tests done in the operational areas (Australia and Hawii) which eventually solved most of the Mk XIV problems. I am hoping that you can assist me in finding some photographs by or comments from Tender personnel who witnessed these (or other) tests. The first real Depth Test(s) on the Mk XIV Torpedo were held in Frenchman's Bay near Albany, Australia on June 20,1942 using USS Skipjack (SS-184). The test was made under the direction of CAPT James Fife, with LCDR Theodore C. Aylward, the Torpedo Officer from the Submarine Tender USS Holland (AS-3) acting as the official witness. The test produced three rips in the recovered fishing nets which indicated that Mk XIVs were running between 8-15 feet deeper than set. A second series of depth tests was also held in Frenchman's Bay on July 18th, 1942 in which USS Saury (SS-189) fired four torpedoes at the same fishing nets from 850 to 900 yards away. All torpedoes were set to run at a depth of 10 feet. The first passed through a missing section of the net which had been torn away during heavy weather the previous night, providing no data. The other three torpedoes penetrated the fishing net uniformly at 21 feet (i.e. 11 feet too deep). Any pictures / info regarding these tests, the nets or the personnel involved would be of interest. My descriptions are certainly not all-inclusive; they are just a best guess. If you have any information or suggestions, please let me know. You may contact me at either dwight.bonham@tma.osd.mil or dbonham@prodigy.net In also be reached by telephone at (303) 676-3731. Please feel free to call me should you have any questions. Thanks Agai Dwight Bonham Major, US Army (Ret)

 

249 - December 7, 2002 7:00 pm

Name:

Jim Rosenback

Tender:

USS Clytie

Comments:

Dear Sirs , I am interested to find out if their is still any living crew members of the U.S.S. Clytie. My father Hank Rosenback Bosun Mate Ist Class served on her durning the war. I would sure like to hear from anyone with knowledge of those days. Sincerely Jim Rosenback

 

250 - November 15, 2002 7:00 pm

Name:

Jill Hoffman

Tender:

USS LY Spear

Comments:

I served aboard the L.Y. Spear from 1984-1988 as an engineman, working for both the auxilary and later the R-9 divisions. We spent time in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bermuda, the BahamaLondon and France. Maybe you spent time in Cuba for Gitmo training, or getting the ship in better shape while in the ship yards? It would be fun shareing and laughing over old memories! Jill hoffman

 

251 - October 30, 2002 7:00 pm

Name:

Dennis Tate

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I found your site almost by accident, but what a find! I served on the Proteus from December 1967 to June 1969, Machinery Repairman 3rd class when I transferred . There were 6 of us that came from the same A school class. Thanks for putting so much work into this site, really brought back a lot of memories. Dennis Tate

 

252 - October 18, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Jack Horner

Tender:

USS Frank Cable AS-40

Comments:

Hi, I was stationed on AS40 from OCT 87, until transfer in OCT 91. During that time I filled the following billets: A Division Officer; M Division Officer; Engineering Department Master Chief; Engineering Officer of the Watch; and Enlisted Surface Warfare Coordinator. While reading your history on AS40 and noticed a small error: USS Frank Cable AS40 made it's FIRST deployment in 1988 to lamaddalena, Sardinia, Italy to relieve USS Orion for a much needed shipyard overhaul. That deployment was 6 months. Jack D. Horner, MMCM (SW), USN Ret.

 

253 - October 10, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

David Semenske

Tender:

USS Emory S. Land

Comments:

I am a plankowner of Land - having reporting in early 1979 while it was still being built by pugeot sound naval shipyard in Washington. I don't know if you know this but the ship is also noted for having the first drug dog detection team on board. The dog's name was patches and it's handler was a first class by the name of Lelande?. Interesting story about the dog while in the indian ocean, if I remember right some new sailors had flown in to meet the ship and needed their bags checked. So the British, (who actually own Diego Garcia) called upon patches to sniff for drugs. One of the sailors had a ball inside of his seabag and somehow it came out and bounced on the floor. Patches then wanted to play and could not understand what he was supposed to be doing. It took some time to convince the dog to sniff the other bags and get the sailors ball back. It was also involved in three hurricanes in the Atlantic on its way to the indian ocean Fredrick, george and henry. The movie perfect storm is based on those storms, the only time anyone can recall when three hurricanes brewed at the same time on the north atlantic. During one - a new officer was on board (female) and she got a voice message from the tracking station telling her we were in the middle of a hurricane. Her response was short and to the point "No, shit sherlock, get us out of here!". Needless to say we all lost it. If you need more pictures or information just let me know and i'll see what I can do. David Semenske

 

254 - October 7, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

George Herold

Tender:

USS Sperry AS-12

Comments:

In the spring of 1945 at Pearl Harbor (Sub Base) I was awaiting transportation to the States. I was SM1CSS and had finished 11 war patrols in S27, FINBACK & PICUDA. A signalman was needed aboard SRERRY which was sailing for Midway, and I was chosen. It was to be a four or five day sail and I would be returned to Pearl on the first available ship, which happened to be GUNNEL. I was of little use on the bridge, except for signaling (searchlight & semaphore & yardarm blinker). There was a lot of flaghoist, yardarm stuff, and I was a complete failure at this. However, it was a nice cruise. I ate, slept and laid around on topside most of the time. We were unescorted. No enemy within a couple of thousand miles. Good chow, too. George Herold

 

255 - September 24, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Charles Luke

Tender:

USS Holland AS-3

Comments:

I am the son of Floyd Vance Luke who served on the USS Holland AS3 during WWII. He was on board when she sailed from Pearl to Manila, etc. Please tell me how to get into touch with any of Dad's old shipmates. Dad died in 1969 but I would like to visit with shipmates who knew him. Thanks.

 

256 - August 19, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Jim Heg

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

Hello - I am Captain James E. Heg, USN (Ret.), now known mostly as Jim. As a lowly Ensign, I was in the commissioning crew of Proteus. My billet was Hull Repair Officer and GQ O.O.D. I was in PROTEUS until May 1944. I was then transferred to Relief Crew subdiv 201 and before the end of that month was transferred to USS BANG (SS 385). I have some interesting (to me) memories of the pre-commissioning, shakedown, final loadout at Mare Island, etc. When we arrived at Pearl from Mare Island, we anchored in West Loch and took USS ASPRO (SS 309) alongside for our first SS refit. We then proceeded to Midway. The first two submarines to come alongside were USS PARCHE (SS 384) and USS BANG (SS 385). PARCHE was in from her CMH patrol. It might interest you to know (if you don't already) that PROTEUS and SUBRON 20 were "married" together before any of the ships were constructed. During the construction of the submarines, CSD 201 (Cdr Mike Fenno) and CSD 202 (Cdr Lew Parks) were send TAD to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to oversee the training of the various ship's companies. In the meantime, PROTEUS was under construction in Oakland. During the course of the war, the subs of these two divisions refitted alogside PROTEUS quite often. In BANG, we had 3 refits by PROTEUS. BURRFISH also had at least 3, ASPRO 2, or more, and so on. Oh yes, why this e-mail? I have a very good B/W photo of PROTEUS (port side, broad on) taken in SFO Bay in 1944 and labeled "As Built" I thought it might make a good addition to your fine collection. Your site is a marvel. It has changed and grown since my first visit several weeks ago. With warm regards and thanks for all the effort you have spent to keep these old girls in our memories. Jim Heg

 

257 - August 10, 2002 8:00 am

Name:

Tender:

USS Gilmore

Comments:

I graduated em A school may 1973 flew to la mad to USS H W Gilmore As-16 until May 1974 then on to USS Orion AS-16 in Charleston S.C. until Sept. 1976 (EMFN_EM2)

 

258 - August 9, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Tyler Rowland

Tender:

USS LY Spear

Comments:

I served aboard the L.Y. Spear from 1991-1995 as an ET in Ops/ Nav. I do have many photos both official and not of the ship and from the war. If you are interested please contact me. Also, please contact me if you knew me aboard the L. Y. Pier.

 

259 - August 8, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Stanley O. Sharp

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

I was stationed aboard the Proteus during the drydock in Guam with the USS Hunley. I have a copy of the five ships as they are tied up with the Furman in the middle. I also know the names of the other boats. I was also promoted by Capt Berry to E-4. (DK3). I enjoyed my tour aboard the ship and I would love to do it again. If you check when Capt Berry was Captain aboard ship then you would also know the dates. Approx. I am glad I found the web site and the articles are great. Thanks, Stanley O. Sharp

 

260 - August 6, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Maureen Jenkins

Tender:

USS Clytie AS-26

Comments:

My father served aboard the Clytie (AS-26). Among his belongings I have located photos of the ship and the crew which I would like to submit to your website. [Now on Clyties page] Thank you. Maureen Jenkins

 

261 - August 4, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

JOHN PAINTER

Tender:

USS Coucal

Comments:

`Looking for anyone who served with my father Diver 1st Jack C. Painter on the USS Coucal 43-45. I also have picture of Coucal port side bow view and a picture of ships jacket patch. What a great website. THANKS!!!

 

262 - July 9, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Kelvin May

Tender:

USS LY Spear

Comments:

I have just returned to Louisiana from a trip to Virginia. While there, I decided to travel to Portsmouth to see if I could get near enough to the USS LY Spear, lying in the reserve fleet. Well, I made a few inquiries at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as to the whereabouts of the ship. No one seemed to know her or were suspicious(post 9-11-01)of my questions. One sentry suggested that I find a bridge named "the Jordan Bridge" as he remembered seeing several large ships docked near there. I did find the bridge and was thrilled to see five tenders moored abreast there. The Spear was in the middle with tenders numbered 33 and 41 to her starboard side. From my distant viewpoint, I could not make out the numbers of the remaining two ships. Although it was from a distance, it was great to see the ship that I had served aboard from 1981-83. I was able to take some photos and if you'd like to receive digital copies, just let me know. The pics aren't close-ups. But may be of interest to someone.

 

263 - July 2, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

DANIEL M. VALENZUELA

Tender:

USS Holland AS-3

Comments:

Hi , I dont know if you may have known my dad (Ralph G. Valenzuela) from Tucson Arizona he was about 16 years old when he enlisted in 1943. I think. He was on the USS Holland AS-3 subtender He was a second class petty officer. I was looking for photos and such on his ship and I found your web page.He was also on the USS Carter Hall LSD-3 Just thought I would drop an e-mail to you and let you know how grateful I am to have found these. I am his son and he told me alot of Navy stories about the Navy. Good Luck and hope all is well. He left us last year but his memories are always with us and he fought for our freedom like all you guys. God Bless

 

264 - June 22, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Carla Maine

Tender:

USS MCKEE (AS 41)

Comments:

Hi Folks! I was stationed on board USS MCKEE (AS 41) from 1987-1990. Your site is the first site I have come across for Tender Sailors! I was very surprised (and pleased) to read your comments (esp) on the Decomm pages....if nice to find a site that reveals an emotional connection to the ships.USS MCKEE was my first ship (other than TAD) and you know how sentimental that can be! MCKEE is now sitting quietly on the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA. My husband took a few pictures (sea level) for me and I will send them to you under separate email. Thank you for presenting a great site!! Thanks, Carla Maine

 

265 - May 28, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

W. J. Ostapeck

Tender:

USS Euryale, AS 22

Comments:

I served aboard the USS Euryale, AS 22. I would like to contact anyone from the USS Nereus, AS 17. It was the ship that relieved the Euryale in Sasebo, Japan in January, 1946. Also, I would like to contact anyone from the USS Anthedon, AS 24. It was the ship that relieved the Euryale in Fremantle. We would like to discuss a combined reunion with one of or both of the ships mentioned.

 

266 - May 24, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Robert Massey's son

Tender:

USS PELIAS

Comments:

Bob, my dad was on the USS PELIAS in 1941-42 as a 3rd class ships cook in the Midway Islands , and then transferred to the USS OTUS as the 2cd class cook in 1942 for 2-3 years. He has alot of good memories and to this day, all he talks about is loving the Navy Ships and all the hot women in Australia. I guess the Aussies didn't enjoy the American Soldiers comming ashore and stealing their women. If anyone remembers Robert Massey from Nashville, Tennessee or if anyone might know if they are having any kind of a reunion for the USS PELIAS or the USS OTUS for 2002, please e-mail, so I can pass on the info! Alot of stories of buried beer cans in the sand! Does anyone remember Kenneth Knight from Texas, a good friend from the Otus?

 

267 - May 12, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Ken Nichols

Tender:

Comments:

Your comments on providing services to SSN's are well-remembered. I don't know which tender was in Guam at the time, but when the USS Snook (SSN 592) pulled in in 1970, she got unbelievable support from the tender. The main reason for this was discerned to be the fact that the boomers expected this service. Fast attacks normally had to to do everything pretty much by themselves; and if they got any help, it was genuinely appreciated. And it was 'help', in that both the tender crew and the boat crew worked together to get done WELL whatever was needed.

 

268 - April 22, 2002 8:00 pm

Name:

Jeff Marks

Tender:

FULTON

Comments:

The fire on the USS Fulton during her 1983-84 stay in Quincy wasn't caused by oily rags left by a yardworker. It was due to faulty wiring in her main electrical distrubution panel. When the Yard Electrician went to energize the panel he threw the switch to the Exciter and the front of the panel blew out. The flame spiraled into the overhead where it caught the cork insulation on fire. The Fulton had cork insulation for deadening the sound of her diesel engines. The insulation began to smolder causing alot of smoke. That's when the OOD called General Quarters. We spent all day at G.Q. pierside General Dynamics, Quincy. The Shipyard Firefighters entered the Mainspace but, left shortly afterwards claiming it was too smoky for them to help us. Most of the credit for putting out this fire should go to HT3 Nick Edgington and another HT3 from Engineering "DC" division named Mike. I wish I could remember his last name. Edgington and Mike served as No. 1 and No. 2 Nozzleman on the Mainspace Repair Party. I went to HT "A" school and served with Mike in Engineering . Our LPO was HT1 Grey and our CPO was HTC lebraun Later, during the yard period I was transferred to Repair Division where I worked with Nick in the Sheet Metal Shop ( I believe the shop was 17A). The Shop Supervisor was HT2 Dan Spath. I would like to here from any Fulton crewmembers stationed onboard between 1982~1984.

 

269 - February 12, 2002 7:00 pm

Name:

Terry Feenstra

Tender:

L. Y. Spear (AS-36)

Comments:

I reported onboard L. Y. Spear (AS-36) after Christmas break in January of 1978. The ship was in the Portsmouth shipyards at the time. After leaving the yards we went to Gitmo for training... And then to New Orleans for liberty. On our way up the Mississippi we collided with a tanker. I was standing watch on the stern anchor windlass at the time... Thinking about jumping into the river. The only other deployment I remember was a visit to Florida... Spent most of the time in Norfolk. I was onboard when women were being originally assigned... In fact I was a tour guide for a committee on women in the Navy. I didn't have any problems with women aboard ship. They just did their jobs like the rest of us... Mostly.

 

270 - January 25, 2002 7:00 pm

Name:

Toni Heckler

Tender:

USS Eurale

Comments:

My father served on the USS Eurale 1944-1945. He was Fireman 1/class Anthony (Tony) Fabanich from Freedom PA. If anyone remembers him, please contact me. Thanks, Toni Heckler

 

271 - January 21, 2002 7:00 pm

Name:

Glenn Clarke

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

I was an SK3 on the proteus from 1986 to 1988. My mates and I are planning on a little reunion in Las Vegas sometime in September 2002. Could you please posibly post something to spark interest on your site. We are mostly concerened with the supply divisions -- but if others are interested, great, the more the merrier.

 

272 - December 25, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Ken Allred SM2/C

Tender:

Bushnell

Comments:

I am a plank owner of the Bushnell -- served aboard from April 1943 untl Nov. 1946 I made it to SM2/c I am now 77 years old and some of my memories remain as they were yesterday. Names like L. L. Wheat from Tex. A. E. Smith. I would like to hear from some of my old shipmates It saddended me to learn of her ending. I came from TN where I still live today. God bless all who have served their Country. Ken Allred SM2/C

 

273 - September 29, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

John J. Hughes

Tender:

USS Holland AS-32

Comments:

I definately have some stories regarding the weapons station in goose creek, s.c. And as an engineman stationed in the hole from 1984-1988 on the holland. I also have alot of pictures of the enginerooms and exterior of the ship. I could probably get them on disk and email them to you if you wanted. I would like to commend you on an excellent holland profile. My request has to do with locating the holland specifically and find out if it is okay to tour it or get memorabilia???? I know it's in suisun, california. I tried contacting all the navy and coast guard bases to get the location. They either didn't know or didn't want to say. If you can give me any more specific info or a contact person,that would be super! Thank you very much, God bless you and america....

 

274 - September 12, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Roy Arnold

Tender:

USS Orion

Comments:

I served on the USS Orion AS-18 from Jan 55 to October 57 in Norfolk, VA. I went on-board directly from machinist school in San Diego, CA. I worked in the Repair Office and then finished out my enlistment in the Tool Crib. I have lost track of all of my shipmates and would appreciate any contact.Roy Arnold MR2

 

275 - September 6, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Dave

Tender:

LY Spear AS36

Comments:

I was on LY Spear AS36 Oct. 69 to April 71. USNR CYN3 (radio clerical ). I'm interested in anyone with info about radiomen or signalmen of this era; especially a John Baka Radiomen 2nd class. Was on commissing crew.

 

276 - August 17, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

John R. Myers Jr

Tender:

USS Clytie AS 26

Comments:

My father served on the USS Clytie AS 26 as medical doctor from 1945 to1946. His name was Lt Commander John R. Myers if anyone knews him please write me. Your help would be greatly appreciated. ( dad died Aug of 1991 at the age of 89)

 

277 - August 6, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Debra Nakos

Tender:

USS Clytie (AS-26)

Comments:

I am trying to get in touch with men who served on the USS Clytie (AS-26) in Australia during WWII. My father served on this ship and I would like to put him in touch with former shipmates. If you are or know of a shipmate who may be interested in corresponding, please contact me.

 

278 - July 9, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Kenneth Lambert

Tender:

USS Holland

Comments:

I wanted to correct a mistake made about USS Holland's overhaul of 1982. I was in the Deck/Crane Division from 1980-1983 as a 3rd class Boatswains Mate. We pulled into Charleston, SC in mid February of 1982 (somewhee around the 22nd) and we left Charleston, headed for Gitmo, Cuba around the end of March of 1983. We returned to Charleston on April 5, 1983. I know this because I left Holland on April 19, 1983, headed for home as this was the end of my enlistment. I really enjoyed my time on USS Holland , both in holyloch, and in Charleston. I was in the S-1 Div., and the Deck department where I stood watches and duty, including, Damage Control, Rad Con, and Backup Alert Force. I went on to serve three more years in the Reserve Fleet , leaving, as a 2nd Class Boatswains Mate, to enter College. I would like to hear from former shipmates .

 

279 - June 29, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Ron Johnson

Tender:

USS Hunley

Comments:

I was in Holy Loch, Scotland from 1963 until 1966. Looking at reliving some of the past with old but young USS Hunley Sailors. I was an electrician in the ships company not repair division. Great fun those days!!! Dunoon, Greenock and of course Glasgow!!!.

 

280 - April 20, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Stephanie J. Williamson

Tender:

USS Canopus

Comments:

I served very proudly aboard Canopus in the S-2 Division from 12/92 to 4/94. I was a young, married MS3 at the time. I worked in Vegtable Prep., Cook on Watch, and the Night Cook for my last 7 months prior to my return to the real world here in Indiana. I have put together a decent scrapbook from my time onboard and will never forget those spaces and places she used to make us all a family. While I am very busy with my family (husband Paul, daughter Rachel- 6, and son PJ- 9 mos.) And my career . I own and operate a very successful housekeeping business in the Indianapolis area and surrounding cities (4.5 years now). I will make time to correspond with anyone who remembers me, wants to try to, or has any relationship or contact with any of my dear shipmates. I miss you all very much!!! I have been out for some 7 years now and I still cry and yearn for my Canopus. One would think that I buried my entire family the day of the decom. Ceremony...I actually had been back for several visits prior to the ceremony, once she had returned from Va. I Even put my cooks uniform back on and proudly donned my crow on last time to aid my fellow MS's in the preparation necessary for the reception to be a smashing success. That was nearly 6 mos. After I left Canopus as a crew member from Norfolk on 28 April 1994, to fly back to Jax. And my husband of now nearly 12 years, and pursue my degree in Criminal Justice, which I achieved, graduating with Honors from Georgia Military College in June,1996. To this day, I thank the U.S.S. Canopus and her compliment for enabling me to have gone so far, and reap soooo much.... Please get in touch with me. I would Love to hear from anyone out there who can type.

 

281 - April 17, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Ricky Smiddy former TM2

Tender:

AS12 & AS19)

Comments:

Dear Tendertales, I thought that you would enjoy seeing the article that was written up in the Stars and Stripes [

 

282 - April 15, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Dean Callaway

Tender:

USS LY Spear AS-36

Comments:

I was assigned aboard the Spear in September 1970 and joined her in the ship yard in Portsmouth Navel Ship, Va in Oct of 1970. I have a few stories about life and events aboard if you are interested.

 

283 - April 5, 2001 8:00 pm

Name:

Santino Angelo's daughter

Tender:

USS BUSHNELL

Comments:

My Father, Santino Angelo, sailed on the USS BUSHNELL from 1955-1959. He was part of the repair division and also played softball for the Navy while he was stationed in Key West. I know he would like to hear from some of his old shipmates. Hope to hear from you soon. Sharon Angelo

 

284 - March 17, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

John Kleis

Tender:

Bushnell

Comments:

I was on the Bushnell in 69 and 70. We decommissioned Her. I was a cook striker. I remember having to red lead one of the elevator shafts when we were closing shop. We decided it would be easier to just throw the 5 gallon pail down the shaft and then go in after it and smear it around. I spent most of my time fishing out on the outer pier. Love them tarpon! I was on the Fulton also till fall of 71. I was on the boat crew there. I remember spraying ether on the Lorna Doons when we were loading stores then feeding them to the birds. How stupid that was. But they sure acted silly trying to fly. I remember playing alot of Led Zepplin on the 8 track I had in my rack. We would bring it up on deck at night. Would sure like to hear from any shipmates! John Kleis fromgardiner NY

 

285 - February 26, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Dennis Badurina

Tender:

USS Frank Cable, AS-40

Comments:

I served aboard the USS Frank Cable, AS-40, from pre-commisioning in Norfolk (summer of 1979), till my discharge in September of 1982. I'm looking to get back in touch with old friends from that point in her history, particularly the following folk (Sorry if I get the names mis-spelled, guy's) Don Starkweather (GM2?) Kim *Skeeter* Ries (MM3) Frank mccord (MM3) Carl *Doc* Thurmond (??) Arnold Rapp (EN3?) C. Owen Force (??2)...or anyone else who i've forgotten to mention. Dennis Badurina

 

286 - February 20, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Harry mcafee, Lt, USN (ret)

Tender:

L Y Spear

Comments:

I just came upon this web page and had a look at the L Y Spear info. I was disappointed that it didn't list the CO who put her in commission at Quincy, Mass ... Captain Ghormley. I am a plank owner. I went to her during construction at Quincy as Assistant Repair Officer, and retired from her in 1972 at Norfolk. I was the senior OOD below the Navigator, and was on the bridge during her shakedown, and subsequent maneuvering watches, GQ and Gen Emergencies, and during her training at Guantanimo Bay before she joined the Fleet at Norfolk in Squadron Six. I also did a short tour on USS Orion as Nuc Repair Officer. Wrote her Nuc Repair Manual, Quality Control Manual, and co-authored her Radiation-Contamination Control Manual for Nuc repair work. That was just prior to going to Spear. Thanks. Harry mcafee, Lt, USN (ret) Jane, Missouri

 

287 - February 14, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Carl D. Willmon III

Tender:

Proteus AS 19

Comments:

I am a proud ex-proteus sailor (80-84). I recently read on your site that the "Ol Pro" was finally towed out and "put away". My Question is this Is there any way, or any person that could get me a "piece of her" ? All I want is just a chunck of metal from her. I know this sounds realy bizarre, but that ship was a (the ) part of my life for 4 years.

 

288 - February 5, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Robert Kelly's wife

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

My husband served on the Proteus from 6/62 to about 12/64. Finding these pages has brought back memories for him and enjoyment for me and our children and grandchildren. He was in Holy Loch and Rota for most of the time and based out of Charlestown. I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from old shipmates, if possible. Our son is also a Navy vet, having served 6 years as an X-ray tech in Philly and later in Maryland. Thanks for a great site! His name, by the way, is Robert Kelly, but he was called "Rabbits" and he was an MR3. Pat Kelly

 

289 - January 31, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

G. Miller

Tender:

Orion

Comments:

Hello, I was a TE/YN-1st class on the Orion from August 1956 till my expiration of enlistment in October 1957.I was in charge of the Post Office during the last part of my time on board. Best Wishes for a great site that renews many old memories. G. Miller

 

290 - January 23, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Jerry Hayes

Tender:

Spear

Comments:

I was on Spear from 89-93 thru the desert storm then got out. I have many pics and video from the storm.

 

291 - January 13, 2001 7:00 pm

Name:

Ed Hall

Tender:

Anthedon

Comments:

I was on the Anthedon from April 1944 thru February 1946. Would love to hear from any shipmates. Ed Hall

 

292 - December 22, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Louann " Joker" Riddle

Tender:

USS Dixon as 37

Comments:

I was saddened at the thought that she is no longer in service. I remeber the first time that I saw her. Fresh out of DC A school. I was awed by her size and knew I would stay lost forever. She was my home for 2 and a half years - from March 1988 'till August 1990. The first time I left the continental US was safe inside those bulkheads. I saw Hawaii, dolphins, and whales from her. My memories are many and will last the rest of my life. This country girl from Oklahoma learned alot about life and to find my place in life. I had wondered if she was still in service. It is sad to think that no longer will "On the Road Again" play as she gets underway. To all those that I served with I hope for you lifes best and blessing. Louann " Joker" Riddle

 

293 - December 4, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

CS3 Michael "Beetle" P. Bailey

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

Served on Proteus from Dec 71 thru Sep 73. She was my first assignment from Boot Camp, NTC-RTC, San Diego. I was cook on duty when the stowaway was released in Brisbane. She was escorted through the after mess decks, got a good look and she was not the "Twiggy" type. Her "boyfriend" was one of my mess cooks. The striker who was on watch when the boiler blew, was one of my mess cooks. Reading over the stories brought back some good and not so good memories. I would not trade them. Andy's Hut...oh yeah! The yacht club...good times. The yard period at Mare Island...not so good. But the liberty was great!

 

294 - November 27, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Sherwin E. "Eddie" Hoffman

Tender:

USS Antaeus

Comments:

I served on the USS Antaeus during the early 1940's. I would love to hear from any fellow "tender-shipmates". Thanks, Eddie Hoffman

 

295 - November 10, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Michael Murray

Tender:

Hunley

Comments:

I went aboard the Hunley in November of 1968, right out of "a school", where I was taught to be a patternmaker. I was eventually assigned to the carpenter shop, R-7 div., under Chief Reeves. Looking back on my service I have found my time was well spent and I had the opportunity to meet some knowledgeable, interesting, and wonderful guys. The Hunley was going to Guam, my time was short so in June, I believe, of 1971, I was transferred to the Orion. Once again I was uder Chief Reeves, in the carpenter shop, as he was transferred also. I left the service in December of that same year. I would sure like to hear from anyone from the carpenter shops of either ship, that may have served with me. Chief, where are you and Padlo or Spurgeon, Finnesy, Dulin, Skipper or Clem?

 

296 - October 29, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Rick Breci

Tender:

USS Holland

Comments:

I was aboard the USS Holland from March of 91 to just before she left in June or July of 92 for Guam, I worked in the IC and had some fun times there. If anyone was on the Holland at these times please get in touch with me. Rick Breci

 

297 - October 27, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Les Kinmon

Tender:

Canopus

Comments:

I was aboard the Canopus from Oct 65 till Sept 67. I was in R-2 div. Shop 31. I would like to hear from any others who here there in that time period.

 

298 - October 13, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Eric Shellhamer

Tender:

Simon Lake

Comments:

My most treasured Marine Corps memories are from my tour on the Simon Lake AS 33. I was a Sgt of the Guard from 85-86. We even rescued Haitians from a sinking boat on our way to GITMO. We spent a HOT summer stranded in Mississippi! The CO was Capt Itkin. And he like his Marines! Heres to ALL the crew members from the Simon Lake and all the FUN we had. CHEERS! Sgt Eric Shellhamer USS Simon Lake MARDET

 

299 - October 4, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Art Weed

Tender:

Comments:

I was stationed at PMOLANT for 2 1/2 years in the late 60's and wonder if anyone knows of anyway or of any site on the internet where I might find some of my friends from PMO. I worked in the Priority One requirements section and remember working with the AS-31, AS-32 and AS-33. Art Weed

 

300 - September 8, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Larry Brunner

Tender:

Fulton

Comments:

I served aboard the Fulton from Apr 1960 to Jul 1964 in the optical shop. One interesting item for which I never found an answer. A WWII periscope was stored in a vertical position in the forward uptake and was finally removed during a yard period in 1963. Does anyone know when the periscope was stored and why? Larry Brunner

 

301 - September 3, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Randy J. Reimer

Tender:

USS Huley AS-31

Comments:

I spent 28 years in the Navy, nearly all of it on Sub tenders or in submarine support. I started out on the USS Huley AS-31, in the Holy Loch 63-64. Then went to Dam Neck for Missile Launcher School. Then I helped commission the USS Canopus AS-34 in 65. I stayed with Canopus for 6 years is Spain, Bremerton, WA, and then to Holy Loch. I left Canopus in 71 and went to Dam Neck as an instructor for Missile Launcher School. After shore duty I was sent back the Canopus in Holy Loch and brought it back to Charleston for overhaul. Then rode it to Rota, Spain to relieve Simon Lake AS-33. I cross decked to the Simon Lake and brought it back to Charleston for overhaul. Then up the River to NWS to take over the site there. From Simon Lake I went to California for shore duty at NAS Point Mugu, just north of Los Angeles. After shore duty I went to SUBROC school and then to the USS Frank Cable AS-40 in Charleston (81-85). When I left the Frank Cable I went back to school for SUBROC Test Equipment and also for the Tomahawk missile. Then I went to Naval Magazine Lualualei in Hawaii for four years where I retired in 1990.Randy Reimer

 

302 - August 23, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Bob Adelwerth

Tender:

Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)

Comments:

I served on Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) from March '56 until August '58 in R-3 division. Went aboard in Key West as EMFN, and left in '58 as EM2. We went to Hoboken, N.J. in summer/fall of '56 for shipyard overhaul at American Shipbuilding yard, across the Hudson from downtown Manhattan. Went through REFTRA at Gitmo, then visited Havana, and back to Key West by Christmas. We went to Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands for Springboard '58, and spent 6 weeks at the pier (tough duty!) Servicing U.S and British submarines. We stopped in Havana again for a week, and I was assigned permanent Shore Patrol at the central Police Station, living in a hotel. (More tough duty!). This was our last visit to Havana, since Castro took over in December '58. I married a Key West Conch in June '58, and we still visit Key West, but it's a far different place than the '50's. Would like to hear from shipmates of that period. Bob Adelwerth CWO USN, Ret.

 

303 - July 27, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Bob Santasiero

Tender:

Bushnell A.S.15

Comments:

I was on the bushnell A.S.15 FROM 1952 TO1955 - I picked up the ship in boston, army piers. We took a shakedown to Cuba and than to Hey West. I was an ML 3 -- worked in the molder shop, 7div. Out side repair. She was a very good ship, sorry to hear about the fire and target sinking -- not a good way for a proud ship to go! But I guess a better way than the scrap heap. If anyone knows about any type of reunion please contact me.Bob Santasiero

 

304 - July 5, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Kenny Messano

Tender:

USS Canopus AS34

Comments:

I served in the USN from july 1971 to June 1980. I was aboard the USS Canopus AS34 from Oct 1971 to 1975. I was in "M" division. I transferred to the USS holland AS32 when she came to Holy Loch to relieve the USS Canopus. Being that the holland was diesel electric, I had to go to R2 division, where I worked in the hydraulic/AC shop. After I transferred back to virginia for shore duty (Fmag then renamed SIMA) and after completing my shore duty, they sent me to the LY spear AS36. I worked in the outside machine shop (R2). On the spear, we took a couple cruises to florida and then did a short hitch in Charlston. After we returned to Norfolk, somebody said something about maybe going to the virgin islands. That was some rumor, We wound up in Dieago Garcia! I was lucky to only serve a few months in diago Garcia. I was discharged in San Francisco in june 1980. There are many tales to tell from all of these tenders.Kenny Messano (X) MM2 USN

 

305 - April 26, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Bryan J. Wolf

Tender:

Canopus

Comments:

Just a note from the SM3 of Canopus past... Her call sign was NCAW. I've been Looking for shipmates from 86-89 SM2 Doug Merrill and SM1 Bruce Laws and SM3 Richard Brown. If you guys are out there it'd be great to hear from you. SM3 Wolfe, Bryan J.

 

306 - April 18, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Russ Mercer

Tender:

Proteus

Comments:

I was stationed on board the Proteus from Nov. 77 to April 79, sure would like to hear from some old friends. I worked in the boiler room at port and in the engine room underway. Please drop me a line.

 

307 - April 16, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Dan Tinnell

Tender:

USS Canopus AS34

Comments:

I was on the USS Canopus AS34 from the begining -- I was part of the original crew. My brother Larry was also an orig. Member. I remember when it first sailed and the engine blew and we had to return. We went to Gitmo for the first shakedown. I recently found out it was now decommissioned, and our sister ship the Simon Lake is also.We had some real good times aboard the Canopus. I know this will sound bad,( but its not really) I was the first, along with a friend of mine to be put in the onboard brigg. We were given 3 days bread and water. This was for a common little bar room fight. It just so happened that it was while we were in Gitmo. I was not a trouble maker ( even though it sounds that way) I was ( just like others) sewings my wild oats as they say. After we put the Canopus in commission we were all given a Plaque and a ships roster. Unfortunatley I lost all those things in a fire that destroyed my home in 1987. The only thing that survived the fire was my USS Canopus AS34 coffee cup. I had heard after I got out that a good friend of mine HUBERT WILFONG from Virgina was killed when a fire broke out in the brigg area. He was standing guard I believe. This was while they were in Scotland. I got out in Sept. 1968. I do have some good stories to remember from being on the Canopus. It was a Great Ship. Would like to hear from shipmates! Dan Tinnell

 

308 - April 12, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Dave Espenscheid

Tender:

Bushnell AS-15

Comments:

I served aboard the Bushnell (AS-15) from 1957 to late 1959 in Key West, Florida in the Repair Division in the gyro shop as an IC Technician 2nd class. Operation Springboard was one of our frequent exercises as were various cruises to Norfolk. VA to relieve tenders for yard periods. One time I remember a crew member getting his head caught in the lift that hoisted gun shells for the five inch guns. It was the saddest day on board that I had on board. I served on Shore Patrol with the city police force that provided many experiences. Mostly our shop repaired submarine gyro compasses, movie projectors, meters and our equipment that helped interior communications on board diesel submarines.Dave Espenscheid

 

309 - April 2, 2000 8:00 pm

Name:

Joe "MOON" Mullens

Tender:

Holland

Comments:

I reported aboard the Holland, april 1972 in Rota,Spain and stayed with her till august 1975. For me it was always the "Happy Holland", where everyday was a holiday and every meal was a feast.......yes, I was a ships cook! From Rota to Charleston to Bremerton and then back,it was a time that I will never forget.I would like to hear from any of my past shipmates,Hey Rat-Where are you?

 

310 - March 10, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Jim Potter

Tender:

USS Nereus AS-17

Comments:

I was stationed aboard the USS Nereus AS-17 from April 1961 to July 1963. In that time I went from EMFN to EM-2.I was attached to the R-3 Div.-(Electrical Repair)Our job was to maintain & support the electrical equipment on board the Submarines in our Squadron-Subron-5 we did maintenance & repair on all electrical motors- M-G units (Motor Generater units-these were used to convert D.C. power to A.C. power on board the Submarines). We also had a rewind shop where we could rewind & rebuild any electrical motor that would go bad on any of the Subs in our Sqd. Iwas on the Nereus when Pres. Kennedy ran the blockade on Cuba. I don't think that a lot of people realize just how bad this situation was. We had all the Boats in our Squd. Resupplied, repaired, & underway within 24 hours & we went to full security right in San Diego Harbor,fully armed topside watch with M-1's. Another event I vividly remember is when the USS THRESHER sank! The memorial service was very dignified & serious, as the Submarine USS Permit left the side of the Nereus with a very large wreath of flowers on her deck-she went to sea & submerged letting the wreath float of her deck-in remembrance of those who perished on the Thresher.Jim Potter

 

311 - March 3, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Dan Smigielski

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

I was stationed on the Old Pro from 87 to 90. While I have a few pictures of the "Old Pro" - I'd be interested in seeing and getting some more. If anyone has more to share - give me a shout. Dan Smigielski

 

312 - February 27, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Mary Ellen Nigh (Formerly Shannon)

Tender:

Spear

Comments:

I served my country during the Iranian Crisis of 1980 on board the Spear. While deployed to the Indian Ocean I met a sailor off the U.S.S. Baton Rouge(SSN689) and we evenually married. Almost 20 years later we are still together and have two fine sons. I would be interested in hearing from any old comrades in arms from those days. My maiden name was Shannon and I was in Engineering.Mary Ellen Nigh (Shannon)

 

313 - February 25, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

James "Scott" Pense

Tender:

USS DIXON AS-37

Comments:

I served on board the USS DIXON AS-37 from November of 1991 till July of 1995 I'm a welder and worked in R-1 as well as R-8. What a great time..James "Scott" Pense

 

314 - February 21, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Del Bowlby, exmt2(SS)

Tender:

Comments:

I was a Dam Neck Teck in 74-75. I then served aboard two boats (W. Wilson(Posieden) and S. Houston(Polaris). I trained originaly for Poseiden C school then went to conversion school. I particularly enjoyed the E-6 test story along with the fast attack story. I too had a LPO that gave me a butt chewing and a chalenge. Those six years I spent were both the best and worst years of my life. I don't regret a minute of it. Del Bowlby ex-MT2(ss)

 

315 - February 9, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

J. Chapman

Tender:

Comments:

2/9/2000

 

316 - January 31, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

C. Knowles

Tender:

Comments:

I have spent the evening reading "Tender Tails". I was one of those submariners tied up to the Protius in 1973 and 1974 when I was on the USS James Monroe SSBN622. Thanks for the heart warming, this is no BS, sea stories. I enjoyed them all and it brought back some of my more treasured memories. How about "Andy's Hut?" I remember a few nights I don't remember there.

 

317 - January 26, 2000 7:00 am

Name:

Rick England

Tender:

USS Proteus AS-19

Comments:

I was in the R-4 Div. Aboard the USS Proteus AS-19 from late 1972 till March 1974 Guam era. Hi to all I knew back then. Would like to hear of any reunions or from anyone else around, whom was There at the same time. Rick England

 

318 - January 25, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Jon Crosier

Tender:

Dixon

Comments:

After finishing Boot camp, and OM "A" school at the Lakes, I was assigned to the Dixon Pre-com crew in Jan 1971. After our training in San Diego, we were flown to Norfolk to begin getting the ship ready for sea trials. After sea trials, we commissioned her, and made the trip through the canal, with a few stops like San Juan, Balboa, and Acapulco. Needless to say, I learned a lot of things that weren't taught to a farmboy from N.H. on that trip! After reaching San Diego, we went through the tediousness of fleet training, and finally tied up at Ballast Point and began our job of tending Subs. I was assigned to the Optical shop, R-5 Div, where we repaired Sub Periscopes, and optical equipment. I stayed on the Dixon untill May of 1975, and was transferred to the Dixie, AD 14, untill my discharge in June 1976. I had many memorable experiences onboard the Dixon, and during the summer of 1988, I was working on a commercial fishing boat off the coast of Washington, and watched the Dixon sail past. Jon Crosier, OM2

 

319 - January 10, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Jeff Putz

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

Having served aboard the USS Proteus from 1962-63, and just finished reading the entire Proteus story, my memories have been awoken. What a great job you guys did! I'm curious to know if there is any way to purchase USS Proteus AS-19 hats or other paraphernalia. Jeff Putz, Data Processing Tech 2nd Class.

 

320 - January 8, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Chelsea A. Edmonds

Tender:

Canopus

Comments:

I was on the Canopus from 1991-1993, shortly before it was decommissioned. Because I was the CMC's Yeoman, I was aware of much of the history of the ship. Also, I served shortly after the ship had arrived in King's Bay, Georgia. The history that you are missing belongs in Holy Loch, Scotland. The ship was a sister to the USS Simon Lake. We not only replaced the Simon Lake in King's Bay but had replaced her in Holy Loch, as well. The ship came to King's Bay directly from Baltimore in 1990, where it had received a complete refit. Prior to that it had been in Holy Loch since 1984, with the exception of a short stint in Guam. In 1992, the ship received a partial refit in our home port of King's Bay to allow us to service more Boomers, in more than one port. We sailed from King's Bay to Norfolk on and off in 1992 and 1993 trying to replace the 3 Tenders that had already been decommissioned. In 1993 it was announced that we to would decom. The ship was actually decommissioned in King's Bay not in Norfolk. She never left King's Bay under her own power, again. She was towed out of King's Bay in 1994, after decommissioning. I do not know whether or not you have access to USN personnel but a good person for history on the Canopus is ET1(SW) Larry T. Holland. He was the only person I knew who was on the ship in King's Bay, Holy Loch and Guam. I hope this helps to feel in some missing data. I cherish the time I spent on her and was sad to see her go. Thanks for the memories...Chelsea A. Edmonds

 

321 - January 3, 2000 7:00 pm

Name:

Don Brewer

Tender:

Orion

Comments:

I reported aboard the Orion right out of boot camp in 1965, I worked in the crews barber shop and also the Officers barber shop. I had some real good times on the Orion and have good memories of her. I try to make as many reunions as my time permits and was in Norfolk when she was decommissioned in 1993. I left the Orion in 1967 when I was transfered to the sub base in Holy Loch Scotland. I would like to hear from any former shipmates.Don Brewer.

 

322 - December 26, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

Tony Grier

Tender:

Dixon

Comments:

I am a plank owner on the dixon. I have many photos of her.Sorry to hear she is out of service. If you need info on her let me know. Tony Grier EN3

 

323 - December 25, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

S Huene

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

I am interested in acquiring a copy of a photo, digital or otherwise. It is a photo of the USS PROTEUS in Tokyo Harbor at the signing of the Japanese surrender. This photo was mounted on the outside of the wardroom (at least it was in 1991-1992). This awesome photo was a standard 8" high, but about 30" wide. 52 (yes, fifty two) submarines were moored alongside (26 each side) to commemorate the 52 subs lost in WWII. S Huene CWO2 W1- W2 Division Officer USS Proteus 91-92

 

324 - December 8, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

John E. Wallace

Tender:

USS Proteus

Comments:

I was stationed aboard the Proteus from December of 1977 through her return from her overhaul in Long Beach to Guam in May of 1980, and I have since renewed my interest in her whereabouts. I stumbled upon your site while surfing one day and I just want you to know that your site, while it stirred me to no end, almost brought tears to my eyes. I never would have imagined that a ship once so proud could be brought to such a sad and humble end. I do on the other hand realize that she did continue to serve our great Navy in whatever way the "higher-ups" deemed necessary. It just isn't the way I picture her in my mind, i'll always know the "pro" to be a vital and important part of my life. She meant a great deal to me in the terms of my growing and maturing into a responsible human being. All my fellow shipmates should know that she did serve a proud and valiant tour, right to the last day. I will always feel that her crews, both before me and after me, are my shipmates, now and forever. The feeling of exhiliration that overcomes me when I think about the times that we shared as mates is inexplicable. I'm sure you can relate. I will always look upon her memory with great love and admiration. I am sorry to say that I have not been able to locate or contact any of the "guys" I served with and maybe you might be able to assist me in that endeavour. I was a Storekeeper, learned my trade that I still to this day ply. I would also like you to know that when we returned to Guam in 1980, I and a number of my friends crossdecked to the Hunley for the return trip to Charleston. John E. Wallace

 

325 - December 5, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

Joey Lauzze

Tender:

USS Otus AS-20

Comments:

My grandfather was on the USS Otus (AS-20) from 1944 to 1945 (estimated). His name was Lewis Frank Baham. If anyone knew him please write me. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

 

326 - November 12, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

Bob St. Jean

Tender:

USS Bushnell

Comments:

I served on The AS15 USS Bushnell from 1960 to 1963. I was a Navy Draftsman(one of 200 or so.) She was in Key West at the time, we made a couple of jaunts at sea. One to New Orleans and One to Jamaica in the Carib. In 1962 or 1961 the Presedent -- then John F. Kennedy -- was to pay the Naval Base in Key West a vist. I think this was at the beginning of the missle crisis in Cuba. There was no presedential flag on the base or any of the ships in port. The Admiral came to Bushnell and asked if we could help. We had a group of draftsman on board (5) and we set out to create a Presedential flag. The group stayed up all night drawing and painting on cloth to create this flag to fly for the President the next day. Well the next day came and we raised the flag, it rained and the flag of course blurred. To this day I do not think John F. Even saw it. We all got accomadations into our records for this one. Bob St. Jean US NAVY draftsman third class.

 

327 - November 5, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

Al Cornish

Tender:

Canopus

Comments:

I served aboard Canopus from the fall of 1969 to 1971.I was sorry to see [I missed] the CANOPUS reunion this past June -- if I had known I certainly would have attended. I can still remember the great times with my shipmates. I often think about them and where and what they are doing now. I look forward to seeing when the next reunion wiil be held. Any shipmates assigned to R-1 division during my service please feel free to contact me, I would enjoy hearing from Anyone. Al Cornish ML3 R-1 Div

 

328 - November 2, 1999 7:00 pm

Name:

Bill Darlington

Tender:

Bushnell

Comments:

I served on the Bushnell from Jan 60 to June 62 in Key West as part of SUBRON 12. I have lost track of most of my shipmates and would appreciate any contact.Bill Darlington MR2, X31 Shop

 

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