Tuesday, December 4, 2018

George Bush and the USS Finback

George Bush
I thought being rescued by the submarine was the end of my problem. I didn’t realize that I would have to spend the duration of the sub’s 30 remaining days on board.
I’ll never forget the beauty of the Pacific … the flying fish, the stark wonder of the sea, the waves breaking across the bow.
I thought I was scared at times flying into combat, but in a submarine you couldn’t do anything, except sit there. The submariners were saying that it must be scary to be shot at by antiaircraft fire and I was saying to myself, ‘Listen brother, it is not really as bad as what you go through.’ The tension, adrenaline and the fear factor were about the same (getting shot at by antiaircraft fire as opposed to being depth charged).
When we were getting depth charged, the submariners did not seem overly concerned, but the other pilots and I didn’t like it a bit. There was a certain helpless feeling when the depth charges went off that I didn’t experience when flying my plane against AA.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

U.S. Navel Undersea Museum Store & Foundation

Dear Mary,
Yes, we carry your book!
Thank you for checking in with us,

Daina Birnbaums
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum Store & Foundation
1 Garnett Way / PO Box 408
Keyport, WA 98345
360-697-1537 / 360-697-1129

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Veterans Day Discounts



Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine Brothers of the 'Phin performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the Korean War Educator website *. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Pearl Harbor Survivor
Gunner’s Mate Calvin C. Dawes
U.S.S. Raleigh
I like to keep my father’s service in World War II alive because his is an unusual story. He was seventeen when he entered the Navy. His mother had to sign for him. He was anxious to serve his country.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor hitting Ford Island first. The U.S.S. Raleigh, a destroyer, was fatefully moored at berth F-12. She would take a torpedo in her No.2 boiler room and claim five victories with her anti-aircraft batteries with no loss of life.
My dad was not physically injured that day. He stayed by his post loading the guns. Emotionally, he was scarred for life and suffered from PTSD before they knew what that was.
Dad wouldn’t turn eighteen until January 31st. What an experience for any young teenager to live through and be able to share.

I’m proud of my father’s service. He stayed on that ship for six years after the attack. Dad survived to marry and father four children. He’s been gone from us for twenty-five years now, and I miss him each day. I understood him more than most, I think. On camping trips during my childhood years, he and I would talk at midnight in front of the fire and he would tell me about his experiences. Someday, I want to put those stories in a book.
The  information was written and provided by Mr. Dawes daughter, Patty Wiseman ( She is a published author of novels.)