Thursday, December 23, 2010

From: Gene Dick Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:49 PM To: Subject: From Gene Dick U.S.S. Piper 1944 I was the first CPHM(SS) aboard the Piper, I picked her up in New London right out of SubSchool. I would like to talk with any old diesel submariners who might be around. My name is Gene Dick I live at 1112 N Bradford Ave. Apt 164 Placentia, CA, 92870. My e-mail is during the day I can be reached at 714 203 1164 I am a jabberer and I am also the only living survivor who went down on the U.S.S. Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Gene Dick

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All our friends at Mountain Home, AR Base
All our WWII Submarine Veterans
All the wonderful men who
shared their stories in my book: William Dreher, QMIC (ss)
Marion Shinn
James A Davidson YNC (ss)
Wayne B. Goodenow ET1 (ss)
Gail L. Diamond TMC (ss)
Melvin T. Smith SOC
Billy GrievesTM1/C
Joseph T. Blanchett
Ervin O. Schmidt RM1/
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
to all the military men and women.
God Bless and keep you safe.

Friday, December 17, 2010

T'was the Night Before Christmas- Submarine Style By Sean Keck T'was the night before Christmas, and what no-one could see, The men with the dolphins were under the sea. Most of the crew was flat on their backs, Snoring and dreaming all snug in their racks. Those men on watch were making their rounds, Some manning the planes or listening for sounds. Back in maneuvering or down in the room, They all hoped the oncoming watch would come soon. I'd finished some PM's whose time was now due, And hoped for some sleep, even an hour or two. Against better judgment I took a short stroll, And found myself wandering into control. The Nav had the Conn, the COW was in place, The COB had the Dive and a scowl on his face. The helm and the planes were relaxed but aware, The QM and ET were discussing a dare. To comply with the orders the Nav told the Dive, To bring the boat up with minimum rise. The orders were given and soon they were there, At periscope depth with a scope in the air. The QM confirmed our position with care, The broadcast was copied, we brought in some air. The Nav on the scope let out a small cry, He shook his head twice and rubbed at his eyes. He looked once again to find what it was, That interrupted his sweep and caused him to pause.. Try as he might there was nothing to see, So down went the scope and us to the deep. I asked what it was that caused his dismay, He sheepishly said, "I'm embarrassed to say. "It could have been Northern Lights or a cloud, Or a meteorite he wondered aloud. But to tell you the truth I guess I must say, Whatever it was it looked like a sleigh. And though it passed quickly and never was clear, I almost believe it was pulled by reindeer. We laughed and teased him and I got up to go, When our moment was broken by "Conn, Radio. "They told us a message was just coming in, We looked at the depth gauge and started to grin. "Radio, Conn, I feel safe to say, Your attempt at a joke is too long delayed. If it had been sooner it might have been neat, But I doubt we're receiving at four-hundred feet." "Conn, Radio, you can come down and see, We're not playing games to any degree. "I headed aft with nothing better to do, Surprised by the fact it was still coming through. It stopped and was sent to control to be read, The Nav read it slowly and scratched at his head. Then again he began but this time aloud, To those that now waited, a curious crowd." To you Denizens of the Deep and men of the sea, Who risk your life daily so others stay free. I rarely have seen you on this, my big night, For far too often you are hidden from sight. But purely by luck I saw you tonight, As your scope coaxed the plankton to glow in the night. And lucky for me I've finally won, The chance to say thanks for all you have done. I know that you miss your families at home, And sometimes you feel as if you're alone. But trust what I say and I'll do what's right, I'll take something special to your families tonight. Along with the gifts I'll take to your kin, I'll visit their dreams and leave word within. They'll hear of your love, and how you miss them, I'll tell them that soon you'll be home again. It might not be much I know that is true, To thank you for all the things that you do.. But I'll do what I can, while you do what's right, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight." Submitted by Kirk Smith

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR 1941 Today, the Twin Lakes Submarine Base meets for lunch & meeting at noon at the Elks Club Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Vietnam Wall: First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.This really is an amazing web site. I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country. Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site. Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friend Gail Diamond
who have serviced and are serving.
Because of each of you we can enjoy
our yearly traditional dinner, giving
thanks for our families and food
to share.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Navy Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of First SSBN Deterrent Patrol By Lt. Ed Early, Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs, Nov 17, 2010 BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- When the ballistic missile submarine USS George Washington (SSBN 598) departed Charleston, S.C., 50 years ago, it marked the beginning of a new era in strategic deterrence. On Nov. 15, 1960, the USS George Washington (SSBN 598) began the U.S. Navy's first SSBN deterrent patrol. As the Navy commemorates the golden anniversary of the George Washington's historic deployment, the ballistic missile submarine remains a key component of our nation's strategic deterrent. On Nov. 15, 1960, the "Georgefish" – a converted attack submarine – began the U.S. Navy's first SSBN deterrent patrol. With her stealth capability and the 16 Polaris missiles she carried, the George Washington provided the United States with a forward presence unprecedented in naval history. As the Navy celebrates the golden anniversary of the George Washington's historic deployment, the ballistic missile submarine remains a key component of our nation's strategic deterrent. Today, the Navy employs 14 Ohio-class Trident SSBNs in its deterrent force – eight at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., and six at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. "USS George Washington revolutionized the way we conduct both submarine warfare and strategic deterrence," said Rear Adm. Bob Hennegan, Commander, Submarine Group 9. "The legacy of that first patrol is the strong, capable deterrent force you see in today's Navy." Commissioned on Dec. 30, 1959, the George Washington was originally laid down in 1957 as the Skipjack-class attack submarine Scorpion (SSN 589). However, the decision was made to add a 130-foot section behind the sail that would carry 16 Polaris A1 missiles, resulting in the world's first ballistic missile submarine. Following her commissioning, George Washington would successfully carry out the first submerged Polaris launch on July 20, 1960 at the Atlantic Missile Test Range, launching two missiles. Later that year, she left her homeport of Groton, Conn., for Charleston to load her full complement of Polaris missiles. Cmdr. James Osborn Jr. and his Blue Crew took George Washington out of Charleston on Nov. 15 to begin her historic first patrol, which concluded Jan. 21, 1961 at New London, Conn., after 66 days submerged. George Washington's Gold Crew followed with its first patrol from February-April 1961. George Washington was the first of the "41 For Freedom" – the Navy's first 41 ballistic missile submarines. Together, they paved the way for future Polaris, Poseidon and Trident submarines that continue to maintain the nation's strategic deterrent today. Kirk Smith

Monday, November 15, 2010

Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Submitted by: T. Michael Bircumshaw on 11/4/2010--Shipmates,It is my pleasure to inform you that John Carcioppolo, Groton Base Commander, is being inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.John has worked long and hard promoting USSVI, the Groton Base and Veterans in general. Congratulations are in order. The ceremony will be held at the CT Legislative Office Building in Hartford at Monday 22 November 2010 at 5:00 PM.Governor Jodi Rell will do the honors with CT Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Dr Linda Schwartz. Best,MichaelT Michael Bircumshaw - National Commander 2010-2012

Thursday, November 11, 2010

VETERANS DAY - May God bless all the men and women who have served and are serving today to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.
Veterans Day 11-11-09
Mountain Home. AR
(C) Photos by Mary Nida Smith

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

NEWS-01: Submarine Books AvailableSubmitted by: T. Michael Bircumshaw on 10/14/2010---------------------------------------------------------AIMM has two copies of United States Submarine Veterans of World War II – Volume I.The entire set, four volumes, plus index, was published by Taylor Publishing Company. These are the blue hardback books with three stars on the spine. AIMM already has a full set of these books. The USSVI National Library has a full set as well.If you are working with a Submarine Museum and the museum would like to have one or both sets please contact:Greg Stitz Curator Arkansas Inland Maritime Museumwww.aimm.museumHome of USS Razorback (SS-394)501-371-8320

Friday, October 22, 2010

Does anyone remember this operation? Four 7-man CO2 inflated life rafts will be furnished to each active submarine as soon as available and the hull allowance lists have been modified accordingly. Sea Fox (SS402) conducted tests which demonstrated the practicability of ejecting such rafts from torpedo tubes, using torpedo impulse air. It is expected that deaths due to exposure and drowning subsequent to reaching the surface should be reduced by successful use of these rafts in conjunction with escape operations

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

USS SEA FOX (SS402)Does anyone remember this operation? Four 7-man CO2 inflated life rafts will be furnished to each active submarine as soon as available and the hull allowance lists have been modified accordingly. Sea Fox (SS402) conducted tests which demonstrated the practicability of ejecting such rafts from torpedo tubes, using torpedo impulse air. It is expected that deaths due to exposure and drowning subsequent to reaching the surface should be reduced by successful use of these rafts in conjunction with escape operations

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

IT ON TO VETERANS IN OHIO!Subject: State of Ohio Service BonusPlease pass to all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines whose "Home ofrecord" is Ohio. Service members who entered the military from the State of Ohio and stillclaim Ohio as their residence may receive a monetary bonus from the State ofOhio. During last year's election, the citizens of Ohio voted on a bonusfor men and women who served or who are serving in the military. There aredifferent levels of bonuses that are based on your location and types ofservice. Service members may receive as much as $1,500.00 for their service.For more information, please visit the web site below: you encounter a problem accessing the website please select "continue towebsite" on the error screen - this is a valid government website.Please read all detailed information concerning the various levels ofbonuses and the application process required to receive the bonus.To contact the Ohio Veterans Bonus Program, the contact information is:Ohio Veterans Bonus Program (VBP)Post Office Box 373Sandusky, Ohio 44871Phone Number: 1-877-OHIO VET (1-877-644-6838)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

USS Pampanito Sleepover changed.The next Sleep over on USS Pampanito has been changed to Wednesday, 13 October 2010. Cost is $30 per person, and spaces are limited, so make your reservations now!Point of Contact is:Dom Boncore1410 Trollman Ave,San Mateo, Ca. 94401650 347

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lon Schmidt (Sea Fox 55-56) and Association SK, has been elected as Member at Large for the International Submariners Association, United States of America. Congratulations, Lon!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shipmates: We are trying to locate some information about William G. Dean, EM aboard the Sea Fox. USSVI National HQ is requesting our help in this. I have nothing on him in all of my records. We are looking for the following: 1. Years aboard the Sea Fox 2. Residence prior to sailing on Eternal Patrol. 3. Date sailed on Eternal Patrol. This request has previously be sent to our WWII Shipmates so this request will be a repeat for them. Negative responses are not required. If you have any information regarding W. G. Dean, please send to me so I can inform national. Thanks for your assistants George Arnold

Monday, September 20, 2010

NEWS-01: John Crouse Memorial Service Submitted by: Pat Householder on 9/18/2010---------As requested by National Commander Michael Bircumshaw, Friday Sept 17, I attended the Memorial Service for our shipmate, John Crouse, that was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St Marys, Georgia and was Officiated by Father Gabriel.The service was well attended by many Subvet WWII and USSVI members from both Florida and Georgia. There was also a large delegation of active duty Submarine Officers and Sailors from the Kings Bay Base and from some of the boats currently in port there. John's brother and his sister both attended with their spouses as well and we all took the opportunity to convey our respects and condolences. The Eulogy was delivered by Sheila McNeill at John's request. Sheila is a Past National President of the Navy League and is one of the founding members of the St Marys Submarine Museum and Library, she is also a current member of the Board of Directors for the museum.Wendy Munoz performed a Spiritual Hula and an Honors Ceremony, which I was honored to take part in, was conducted by LCDR Sean Ferrell, Base Commander for USSVI Kings Bay Base. John was cremated and his ashes will be spread at sea from a U.S. Submarine to be determined.After the Service, we all adjourned to the St Marys Submarine Museum for a Celebration of Life Reception and fellowship. John had requested donations to the museum in lieu of flowers and many of the attendees presented envelopes to the museum staff.John Markiewicz, Natl Treasurer

Thursday, September 16, 2010

This Day in History:Submitted by: James A Fox on 9/14/2010---------------------------------------------------------1814 - In the dawn light Francis Scott Key saw that the American flag still waved over Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. He looked on from the deck of a boat on the Patasco River nine miles away and wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.” The lyrics were alter adopted to the British tune "To Anacreon in Heaven,” which had also served as Irish drinking song and a number of other songs. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was officially recognized as the national anthem in 1931. The 40 feet long flag had been made by Baltimore widow Mary Young Pickersgill and her 13-year-old daughter just a month before the attack. In 1907 the flag was donated to the Smithsonian.1944 - Sep 14, The submarine USS Pampanito picked up 73 allied prisoners left adrift following the Sep 12 submarine attack on a Japanese convoy that included the transport ship Rakuyo Maru. 1959 - PCU ETHAN ALLEN (SSBN-608) keel laid as ETHAN ALLEN at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.1985 - PCU NEVADA (SSBN-733) launched at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.1992 - PCU CONNECTICUT (SSN-22) keel laid as CONNECTICUT at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

FLASH-01: Memorial Service for John Crouse Submitted by: T Michael Bircumshaw on 9/10/2010-All submariners are invited to attend a memorial service for John Crouse, late curator of St Marys Submarine Museum, will be held at Noon, Friday the 17th of Sept at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 106 E Dillingham, St Marys GA, to be followed by a celebration of John's life at the St Marys Submarine Museum.John qualified on the USS Flasher (SSN-613) in 1973 and was a MMCM(SS) when he left the Navy.John had requested no flowers, and would like any donations be made to the Museum. John also requested that the attire for the service be shorts and loud Hawaiian shirts with leis.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

John Crouse of St Marys Museum passes on Eternal PatrolSubmitted by: Pat Householder IPNC on 9/4/2010---------------------------------------------------------John Crouse was attending the 2010 USSVI/SVWWII Convention, appearing to be in good health, when he suffered a massive heart attack, and he passed away at around 4 PM on Saturday with his sister Nancy at his side. John Carcioppolo of Groton Base spearheaded a collection that was taken to remember John with a Scholarship to be awarded in his name, and 1,784.00 was raised at the convention in his name.Ray Kreul and several other Florida Shipmates manned the St Marys table for several days after John's heart attack, and are returning the museum property to St Marys.Any further donations wishing to be made can be sent to the USSVCF, Attn John Crouse Scholarship at USSVI, PO Box 3870, Silverdale WA 98383. John is survived by his Mother, his sister Nancy, and an older brother.From the Facebook Page of the St Marys Museum:"To all friends of John Crouse and the St. Marys Submarine Museum our dear friend passed away earlier this afternoon. Not often enough in our short lives on earth are we offered the opportunity to walk beside truly great men. By any measure or definition you choose John Crouse was truly a great man that graced our country our Navy and each of us with his presence.Certainly much could be written and said of his life, his friendships and his passion for the St. Marys Submarine Museum. Those of us that knew him best will always remember him as a dear friend with a zest for life and great sense of humor. He filled our hearts and now we're left with a hole. We thank him for preserving history for future generations and this same history will keep him alive forever."Final arrangements are pending but a broad outline is that his cremains will be returned to St Marys for a memorial service and burial at sea from one of the submarines he loved so much.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Robert (Bob) Lents story is told in this
book. He a WWII submarine veteran and
a prisoner of war. A member of the Twin
Lakes Submarine Base. Bob hasn't been feeling well.
Prayers for my friend Bob and his lovely wife Carolyn.
Thank you.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Long ago, I went off to war in Vietnam. First, I had to fall under the thrall of a few foolish ideas and illusions. Then I had to fight like hell to retain my sanity, and self respect... and manage to survive...When it was over, I had to go home. Everything had changed but looked the same.This is the story of how it happened to and for me. I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the years, seen movies, and read books. None of them really captured what I thought was a genuine feel for the whole mess. So I thought I’d give it a try.It’s the best I can do with my memory and my ability. For better or worse, the whole experience taught me to think... really think. Thinking with limitations or boundaries is a form of lying. I hope it doesn’t put you to sleep.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

US NAVY SUBMARINE "CHEF" RECIPES My name is Wally Gage, I'm an Old Chief Torpedoman who qualified on the USS Volador (SS-490) in 1956. I am a member of the Ozark Runner Base of the USSVI in Springfield, MO. Our Base Commander is Ron Athey. I recently published a cookbook, US NAVY SUBMARINE "CHEF" RECIPES used on US Navy Submarines where I reduced them to family portions. All the recipes will bring back the memories of poking holes in the ocean and hot bread for "Mid Rats" I also, added a section as tribute to all 65 lost submarines and their crews. In addition there is a section describing locations of all the US Navy Submarine Museums. I an proud to say I have gotten great reviews. My website outlines ways the USSVI Bases can take advantage of the book as a fund raiser. I have set up several book signing at different submarine reunions. George Mason, Vice Commander of the Ozark Runner Base will have the book for sale at the USSVI Cincinnati Convention and our base will have a booth with information about the 2011 USSVI Convention to be held in Springfield, MO. Website Please call or e-mail me for details. If you desire, I will sign the cookbooks. Wally Gage 417-336-4400

Monday, August 23, 2010

Twin Lakes Submarine Base meets tomorrow, August 24, 2010 at the Elks Club, Mountain Home, AR. Great bunch of Subvets. They meet from noon to 1 p.m. You can buy lunch there.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

NEWS-03: U.S. Navy to help restore USS Batfish Submitted by: Pat Householder on 8/7/2010---------------------------------------------------------U.S. Navy Reserve to help restore USS Batfish Muskogee (OK) Phoenix Newspaper: On Aug. 28, the Oklahoma Naval Reserve will be out to help paint the USS Batfish. Visitors are welcome, but during this day the submarine will be closed to the public. The museum and grounds will remain open.To reach the USS Batfish Submarine and Military Museum, take Muskogee Turnpike to Exit 33, turn east, then turn north at the Batfish sign.The Naval Reserve will host a car wash and cook-out for donations as well as have a squadron gear shop open to help raise funds for the day’s activities. Information: Rick Dennis at 682-6294.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Photos by Kirk Smith
The USS Snook Base of the United States Submarine Veterans had their unveiling memorial monument dedication to those submariners lost in service to our country. The unveiling was held Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:00am at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville. Guests included officers from the United States Submarine Veterans, officials from the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and retired and active duty U.S. Navy Submariners. The public and other veterans organizations attend. This was the first submarine memorial in northwest Arkansas and the third in the state. For further information, call Pete Rathmell, USS Snook Base Commander at 479 633-4440

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

=========================================================OFFICERS-01: John Riley relieves Bobby Broderick as head of Kaps 4 Kids program.Submitted by: Pat Householder on 7/26/2010---------------------------------------------------------I'm pleased to announce the appointment of John Riley to the position of Kaps 4 Kids Chairman, relieving Bobby Broderick in this position.John has done remarkable things with the Kaps4Kids program at Groton Base, and is ready and able to help you with your area program as well.Not only is this program good for the kids we touch, but it provides excellent positive awareness in every community it touches.Expect to hear from John in the near future. He is dedicated to the program and passionate about its value.You can reach John at 203 668-9131 or by email at

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TWIN LAKES SUBMARINE VETERANS BASE meet today, July 27 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Elks in Mountain Home, AR

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NEWS-01: On the Shoulders of Giants: Innovation and Courage - The Legacy of World War II Submarine Veterans Submitted by: Pat Householder on 7/11/2010 --------------------------------------------------------- by Daniel T. Rean. The numbers tell a story. They do not lie. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 900 World War II veterans die every day. But that number is not the whole story. We cannot simply consider statistical losses when we look at that number. What we are really losing is a unique brand of warriors who let nothing stand in the way of the march toward victory, and no group of World War II veterans typified that never-say-die attitude better than that of America’s submarine service. Click on the link for the rest of the story... I do hope STORY HOUSE PRODUCTIONS is still working on the series of WORLD WAR II SUBMARINES AND THEIR CREWS IN THE PACIFIC. The veterans that are still living are in their 80s and 90s, The men of the "Silent Service" as it was known are afraid to share for they believe no one cares or believes their story, for war stories appear, to unreal for those who never went to war. With God walking beside them these men and women provided the freedoms we so freely enjoy.

Monday, July 19, 2010

August 30 – September 06, 2010, the centrally located and beautiful Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area is the ideal location for this year’s USSVI National Convention.The convention program will give you the opportunity to experience the best this area has to offer.Tours and events include a city tour, which will provide a wonderful overview of the area, a chance to visit a Kentucky Horse Park, try your luck at one of the local casinos, or dine at America’s first authentic Hofbrauhaus. Don’t miss the tour to the National Air Force Museum, located at Wright Patterson AFB; this is the largest aviation museum in the world.Enjoy a private paddle-wheel river cruise along the Ohio River, and a tolling the boats ceremony at the Drawbridge Hotel.This will surely be a great convention, with many opportunities to tour and spend time with your friends and family. Don’t miss out, BOOK NOW!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United Sates of America July 4, 1776. Thanks to the men and women who have served and are still serving so we can keep our independence. God Bless each of you!
NEWS-04: Submarine Memorial to be dedicated in Fayetteville AK Submitted by: Pete Rathmell on 6/29/2010 --------------------------------------------------------- The USS Snook Base of the United States Submarine Veterans will be unveiling a memorial monument dedicated to those submariners lost in service to our country. The unveiling will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 10:00am at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville. Guests include officers from the United States Submarine Veterans, officials from the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and retired and active duty U.S. Navy Submariners. The public and other veterans organizations are invited to attend. This will be the first submarine memorial in northwest Arkansas and the third in the state. For further information, call Pete Rathmell, USS Snook Base Commander at 479 633-4440.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

From: Pat Householder To Frank R. Kaye Sent Wed, June 16, 2010 Subject: USSVI: Dear Base Commander Kaye: This is a 'heads up' message regarding SSBN-601 Subvet and USSVI Chief Technology Officer Tim VeArd, 2008 Joe Negri Shipmate of the Year, the creator of DECKLOG and the provider of the USSVI online membership system and over 100 free Base websites and online submariner database.In addition, there are 81 boat associations using this very valuable tool and over 50,000 submariners registered in this integrated database. Tim was diagnosed with Lung Cancer several weeks ago, and went under the knife today, Wednesday June 16. His wife, Lynda reported "Tim was in surgery for over 3 hours. We just spoke to his doctor and Tim came through the surgery just fine. Unfortunately it was cancer and he could not save any of the lung....he had to take the whole right lung out. Our doc had 2 other surgeons come in to see if there was anyway to save the upper lobe, but they all agreed it could not be saved. It appears to be squamous cell cancer.Tim will be moved to ICU shortly and I will be able to go see him. Lynda said, "You can send "Get Back to Battery" cards to: Tim VeArd PO Box 121414West Melbourne, FL 32912-1414 Emails can be sent to him in the hospital while recovering from surgery, after June 17 at: (click on Patients & Visitors, then "send a message to patient" ... he cannot reply)In anticipation of a potential very bad outcome, our shipmate Tim made prior arrangements for a succession and ongoing maintenance so that this submariners legacy project would go forward no matter what.We all are very fortunate to have such a generous and supportive shipmate as Tim, and I hope you will join me in wishing him a swift and complete recovery.You can learn more details on the national binnacle list at Patrick Householder; US Submarine Veterans Natl Cdr USS Chopper, Redfish,

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

NEWS-02: St Marys Submarine Museum in Kings Bay GA Submitted by: Pat Householder on 5/21/2010---------------------------------------------------------St. Marys Submarine Museum is dedicated to preserving the distinguished history of the Submarine Force.Located in historic downtown St Marys, GA, just up the road from Jacksonville FL, the museum is a great place to learn about the "Silent Service".Museum Manager: John Crouse MMCM(SS) Ret102 St. Marys Street West St Marys, GA, 31558-4945Phone: 912-882-2782Email: John sez, "The Submarine Museum operates on a shoestring budget and is often overshadowed by larger charities. During these tough economic times, fundraising has been difficult and we need your help to snag every penny possible."Patrick sez, "Please help John and St Marys Submarine Museum out with a direct donation if you can afford to do so."The link below is a video tour of the submarine museum, conducted by John Crouse, MMCM(SS) Ret, Museum Curator. Filmed in April, 2009 by Patrick Householder. USSVI Online Museum open for viewing.Submitted by: Pat Householder on 5/22/2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

God Bless them who are serving
and are still serving.
Love and care for each other
for war changes people.
Let us not forget
to reach out
for those who bring
the pain of war home.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Twin Lakes Submarine Base, Mountain Home,AR Annual picnic May 22, 2010 L-R John Baker, Bob Hozapfel,Charles Davis,Bob Lents, Frank Kaye,Curtis Grant,Duane Goodlett,Mel T. Smith

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TWIN LAKES SUBMARINE BASE INC. Preparing for a parade in Mommoth Springs May 2010. Photos are provided by Bob Nolzafel.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Military Prayer Day May 24, 2010. Make it everyday for our men who serve today and our men who are still having health problems caused from wars before. My brother is suffering from Agent Orange. It breaks my heart to know my sweet younger brother whom I love so much, is suffering. Never stop praying.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 BEST REGARDS.. Omer Kalaycioglu --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Friday, May 21, 2010

TWIN LAKES SUBMARINE BASE will be having their annual picnic May 22 at noon. Questions email Mel Smith Vice-Commander at
Armed Forces Locator:The following entry was recently made to our Sea Fox site guest book. I thought you might find the site useful and/or interesting. I have the site linked from our Sea Fox site, the Association site, and the Guppy Tribute site. All the best. Geo. Ed York Wednesday, 5/19/10, 6:01 PM ATTENTION! A brand new website has been launched for veterans and active duty service members to locate each other. The Armed Forces Locator website is a FREE service for veterans and active duty service members who have a desire to find old buddies. It is the first directory-based website on the Internet. When members from your old unit register you are automatically informed. It is a great service. Try it out today! Email:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

1929 Historical Hotel Seville what a special place. The USS Razorback Base hosted the 110th Submarine Birthday Dinner. Members from USS Snook Base, Twin Lakes Base and the Ozarks-Runner Base joined the three day event in Harrison, Arkansas. We were able to visit the Historical Lyric Theater to learn its history, see a film on "The River Flows," (Buffalo River) and "Burying the Past," about the Mountain Meadow Massacre. We took the tour of Boone County Heritage Museum and ate at the Town House Cafe on the square. We had a great time. People in Harrison are so friendly. I had a difficult time getting the picture on this blog. A couple are still missing. Frank Hampson planned our tours and Greg Schwerman, Base Commander of the Razorback Base, Little Rock, AR., was in charge. They are hoping to have more gathering like this.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

American Legion TV features video interviews with fifteen WWII Submarine Veterans.Go to the link...

Friday, April 16, 2010

USS Tueson (SSN-770) (PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) - The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) departed Joint Base Pearl-Hickam Harbor for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region Thursday, April 8. “The crew is very excited and eager to get this submarine underway for her first deployment since 2006,” said Cmdr. Gary Pinkerton, USS Tucson Commanding Officer. “They’ve all worked extremely hard this past year getting the ship and themselves ready for this deployment and regaining operational proficiency of all mission areas. I am very proud of each and every one of them.” Tucson underwent a 23-month depot modernization period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. that included upgrades in all of her electronic systems in support of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, a complete overhaul of all machinery systems and a full external refurbishing. During that time she conducted numerous sea trials and a port visit in San Diego before conducting an inter-fleet transfer back to Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 2008. Tucson is the second ship of the United States Navy to bear the name of the Arizona city. It is the 59th Los Angeles class attack submarine and the 20th of the improved Los Angeles class attack submarine to be built. Twelve vertical launch missile tubes for Tomahawk cruise missiles provide Tucson with great offensive capabilities and strategic value. Retractable bow planes give the ship increased maneuverability and under ice surfacing potential.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

SVARA - The Submarine Veterans Amateur Radio Association. (I met Mr. Flanders at the 110th Submarine Birthday Dinner hosted by the USS Razorbase Base (Little Rock) on April 11 at Harrison's Hisorical 1929 Hotel Seville, April 10th. The USS Snook Base (Rogers), Twin Lakes Base (Mountain Home) and The Ozark-Runner Base Springfield, Missouri Base members attended. We all had a great time. Mr. Flanders will be posting the pictures he took while there.) This is to augment the nets on 14.343.0 +/- 5khz @ 1130 to 1300 EDST, 1030 TO 1200 CDST; 0930 TO 1100 MDST; 0830 TO 1000 PDST (local times do not change with daylight savings times)every day except Sunday and 7.279 @ 1800 central times on Friday and Saturday evenings. SPECIAL INTEREST TO US:Calender - - for special events For my photo albums: to get to the first of my web ring.My latest website: I am working on: For shiplist, go to European activity, go to:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Groton area ------- upcoming SUBVETS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION/USSV WWII Northeast Regional Convention 28 April - 01 May. Everything you wanted to know about the Celebration including accommodations, schedule, registration forms can be found at We are looking for Sponsors for the Lost Boats as part of the Golf Tournament We need sponsors to place ads in the program book. Sponsors can be businesses, USSVI Bases, or individuals. The most special part of these events is the camaraderie among our shipmates. We want as many shipmates as possible to come. Please share this information with members either in your newsletters, or emails so all have the opportunity to attend. If you should have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at John "Gumba" Carcioppolo

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Overnight Stays on the USS Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas. Upcoming Overnight Schedule on the USS Razorback Duties include Giving Tours of the boat. Sleeping in the Goat locker. An AIMM Staff member will run the program and stay up all night on the barge. Contact Greg Zonner 501-307-5522or If you can stay one of the nights. Arkansas Inland Military Museum

Thursday, April 8, 2010

National USS Submarine Day is May 11th. Wear your Dolphins proud. Submariner PRIDE RUNS DEEP.
SSC Pacific Marks Golden Anniversary of First Live Polaris Launch By Tom LaPuzza, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Public Affairs, April 7, 2010 SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Personnel at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) will celebrate 70 years as a Navy research, development and engineering center in 2010, marking the event is the golden anniversary of the first live launch of a Polaris missile, April 4. The launch took place off San Clemente Island, 75 miles northwest of San Diego, where SSC Pacific predecessor Naval Ordnance Test Station personnel had been working for three years to solve the engineering challenges of getting a missile out of a submerged submarine and to the surface without its engines. (The Polaris rocket engines could not ignite underwater.) Their challenges were to answer questions including: Would a missile launched more than 50 feet underwater remain on course? When it broached the surface would wave action alter its course? Could the underwater push propel it high enough into the air for the rocket engines to ignite? What was the maximum speed and appropriate depth of the submarine to ensure a successful launch? The engineers set up a test range at San Clemente Island and launched hundreds of redwood logs from an underwater launcher to answer those questions, using documentation cameras to record and study each launch. Varying the air pressure used for the launch determined how high out of the water the log traveled. They exchanged the redwood logs for steel cylinders filled with concrete, and then boiler plates filled with concrete. Finally, with the missile design completed, they test-launched the actual missile structure. A huge scaffold-like apparatus on a floating barge called the fishhook reeled in line attached to the nose of the missile as it rose to the surface and vaulted into the air. At the apogee of the unpowered flight, the fishhook caught the missile before it fell back into the water. With all their questions answered, the engineers readied their underwater launcher for the first live test. On April 4, 1960, a live Polaris missile was attached to the launcher, and a massive blast of pressurized air boosted it to the surface and high enough into the air that the rocket engines ignited. The missile then flew successfully down the test range. Within a few months, all the many engineering puzzles solved, center engineers watched proudly as the Navy's first ballistic missile submarine, USS George Washington (SSBN 598), successfully launched its first Polaris missile using the technology they had developed. Concurrent with the launch effort, engineers at the Navy Electronics Laboratory, also an SSC Pacific predecessor, solved the problem of precision targeting accuracy by modifying an existing inertial navigation system and then miniaturizing it to fit into each Polaris missile so it could be pre-programmed to reach its target. Kirk Smith

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

USS DRUM:Submitted by: Pat Householder on 3/24/2010---------------------------------------------------------Tom Bowser of Mobile Bay Base wishes to gratefully acknowledge contributions received in support of the work being done to restore USS Drum.To date, donations totaling $ 1,400.00 have been received from the following bases who have 'adopted' USS Drum for 2010.West Tennessee Base,Scamp Base,Parche Base,USS Chicago Base,Tullibee Base,Carolina Piedmont Base,USS Haddo Base,and the Mobile Bay Base. The Mobile Bay base needs to raise a total of $ 20,000 to complete the three year work plan in progress, however, so if your base has not yet decided to support Drum, please consider doing so.They are doing good work in support of our creed.Send your base check made out to "USSVI Mobile Bay Base" to Drum Restoration Fund 5319 Hwy 90 #102PMB #322Mobile, Al 36619 Any questions please contact Tom Bowser at 251-581-4741

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Naval History Blog is hosted by two organizations steeped in the traditions of naval history, which see it as a cornerstone of their missions. The U.S. Naval Institute and the Naval History & Heritage Command are working together to bring their considerable intellectual resources and passion for naval history to this

Monday, March 29, 2010

Prayers for the safe return of our military men and women. Happy, Blessed Easter. The Easter Lily bulbs were brought to United States by a returning WWII soldier.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dive, a new movie to be released 2010 Received from Owen Bailey (60). Have a look at this site. Then watch the Trailer presentation. That "country boy" talking about "noisy" looks for all the world to me to be Grady Everett Roberts, QM1(SS), Seadragon 1960..... Tell me what you think? Coyote Received this site from an old sub-sailor. This movie "Dive; a submariners story" is suppose to be release in 2010. The site doesn't say whether it will be theater or HBO/Showtime etc. This ought to be a good flick. Thanks Geo.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vietnam War:First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals. I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country. The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bios' and other information on our lost heroes. Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Submarine Stories A Library of Congress special presentation:"Working and living in a confined space beneath the ocean (and sometimes the Arctic polar cap) demands a special kind of person. The Navy's submariners are all volunteers, carefully tested and screened and able to perform any job aboard, including steering the massive boat. During World War II, U.S. submarines sank more Japanese ships than did U.S. surface vessels and planes, but at a high cost: a twenty percent casualty rate. In the Cold War, nuclear submarines prowled the oceans, gathering intelligence or poised to launch a missile on command."Click on the link...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Submarine Stories World War II: A Library of Congress special presentation:"Working and living in a confined space beneath the ocean (and sometimes the Arctic polar cap) demands a special kind of person. The Navy's submariners are all volunteers, carefully tested and screened and able to perform any job aboard, including steering the massive boat. During World War II, U.S. submarines sank more Japanese ships than did U.S. surface vessels and planes, but at a high cost: a twenty percent casualty rate. In the Cold War, nuclear submarines prowled the oceans, gathering intelligence or poised to launch a missile on command."Click on the link...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Submarine Birthday Dinner (and related activities) April 10th 2010 Historic 1929 Hotel Seville in downtown Harrison April 11, 2010 will be the 110th Birthday of the US Submarine Service. To celebrate the birthday, and to commemorate the service of those who have gone before us, Razorback Base has invited the commanders of the USS Snook Base, Twin Lakes Base and Ozark Runner Base to have their members join us for a combined base Submarine Birthday Dinner in Harrison, Arkansas. Additionally, Frank Hampson (base member that lives in Harrison) arranged various other activities for attendees for Friday through Monday for those of you that may want to make it a longer weekend patrol. It is important that you contact us as soon as you can so we can determine the number that will attend the various events. IMPORTANT Contact the hotel at 870-741-2321 to make your room reservation. See details below. Contact Greg Schwerman (501-804-0386, to let him know you are attending the dinner. Let him know your dinner choice, and be sure to send him a check for the meals. Contact Frank Hampson (870-365-0909, to let him know which of the activities noted below that you want to participate in. He needs a head count as soon as possible.

Friday, March 5, 2010

USS Pampanito: This is a great site; you can get a 360 degree look at every compartment. The boat has been beautifully restored/preserved. I no longer have my old email because I changed servers. I will a new address Tuesday or Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AIMM: Staff at AIMM and some volunteers raised the attack scope on the Razorback this morning. Given all past "plans" on doing this, it all went very well. Mark Taylor, a member of the Razorback Base, along with some of his crew provided the 600 pounds of hydraulic pressure and a special fitting to raise the mast. Took them about 30 minutes to raise it slowly as there was a lot of cleaning going on as it came up. The scope is set on a pedestal on a rotating bearing in the Conning Tower. This allows you to turn the mast as you look out the scope. Optics are great - low mag and high magnification. See the picture below and the link to additional pictures. May have to cut and paste the link. John John C. Barr Membership Chair Razorback Base - USSVI 9 Broadview Drive Little Rock, Arkansas 72207-5113 501-663-6622 (H) 501-993-3953 (C)

Monday, March 1, 2010

USS RECRUIT TRAINING VESSEL: I went to Boot Camp in San Diego about 1963. Brings back a lot of memories. Ahoy, Sailors and Guest Members... Here is a link to a series of images taken in San Diego , California in the late 1950s or early 1960s showing the U. S. Navy recruit training. You can see Preble Field, the USS RECRUIT training vessel, and the whole recruit training experience.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Military Lives Lost: Below is the website for a new program called "Honor & Remember". This group is attempting to get a special flag authorized to "Honor & Remember" all military lives lost in defense of our nation. Their stated purpose is given below: "To establish a tangible national symbol of gratitude, as a visible public reminder to all Americans, that perpetually recognizes all military lives lost in defense of our national freedoms." Their web site is:

Monday, February 15, 2010

The WWII Subvets of the state of Texas are holding their final state convention in Galveston and have designed this patch for their convention. It recognizes their final convention and includes both the American Flag, Texas Flag and an admonition to USSVI to carry on and preserve their heritage and memory. To help fund the convention, they are offering this commemorative patch to anyone who would like to purchase one. The purchase price is $10.00 and the check goes directly to them. This is a pre-order so they know how many patches to order and the patches will be mailed in late February. Make checks payable to WWII SUBMARINE VETERANS CONVENTION and mail to Ron Harter 3007 Twinleaf Drive League City, TX 77573 This post is being made on behalf of William Hamilton, Commander, San Jacinto Chapter WWII Subvets. Patch is 5 x 4.3

Thursday, February 11, 2010

To the men and women who have served
and are still serving our great country
you are the heartbeat of our Nation.
Love one another. Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

IN CASE YOU NEED A REPLACEMENT .... DD-214 Please pass on to other vets.It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s Online: This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web- based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

St. Marys Submarine MuseumJohn Crouse, Museum Manager102 St. Marys, St. Marys, GA 31558-4945912-882-ASUB (2782)Gift Shop: gift_shop@tds.nethttp:stmaryssubmarinemuseum.comMy bookSUBMARINE STORIES OF WAR WORLD IIcan be ordered from the museum gift shop.Thank you!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

TWIN LAKES SUBMARINE BASE, Mountain Home, Arkansas, meet January 26, 2010 at 11am at the Elks Club for lunch and meeting. Bases and their meeting are listed at Twin Lakes Base Commander: Wayne "Kirk" Smith.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bob Howard Passes Away: Some of you may have known this, but Medal of Honor recipient Bob Howard passed away due to cancer on 24 Dec 2009 at the age of 70.Attached is a TV news clip talking about his career which is beyond impressive and very humbling. Turn up your speakers and listen, amazing.- Nominated (3) times for Medal of Honor, for (3) separate acts- (8) Purple Hearts- Several Silver Stars- (4) Bronze Stars- (2) Dist Service Cross's- (5) Tours of Duty in Vietnam- Wounded (14) times in a (54) month period- Recently visited troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan- Somehow found time to earn (2) Master's DegreesWith all of the BS in the news today, I can't believe this wasn't on every local and national TV news station and newspaper, yet we all know about Tiger Woods' personal life. This man was an amazing Warrior with an unbelievable military career. Share with your junior Marines, ACDU and SMCR. Good section PME idea for next drill weekend.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For our military retired shipmates: Recently Emails have been distributed concerning Tricare For Life and the possibility of changes which would cost us money for our medical care. You are encouraged to check out the following websites and sign up for their automatic weekly updates. Health care is a high priority item for these organizations. Doing this will keep you well informed. Military Officers Association of America: National Association for Uniformed Services: Veterans of Foreign Wars: The Retired Enlisted Association: site: On one site the following was quoted: "There is absolutely nothing in health care reform that will affect TRICARE beneficiaries." The info indicates that TFL is safe for 2010 only, however we need to stay on top of this to insure that congress does not authorize any TFL treatment costs, etc. in the upcoming year. Please review the sites above and remain current on TFL proposals coming out of congress. Here is a very good article that will interest you: All the best. Geo Arnold, USS Sea Fox

Sunday, January 17, 2010

NEWS-06: Dick O'Kane's Cribbage Board Submitted by: Pat Householder on 1/15/2010 --------------------------------------------------------- The United States Navy is steeped in customs, courtesies and rituals. One of the least known among these is the guardianship of World War II submarine Hero and Medal of Honor recipient Rear Admiral Richard H. "Dick" O'Kane's cribbage board, traditionally held by the oldest submarine in the Pacific Fleet. USS Kamehameha (SSN 642) was the longest commissioned of the oldest submarines to safeguard the board. When Kamehameha was decommissioned in 2002 after nearly 37 years of service, the board was cleaned and restored and passed on to USS Parche (SSN 683). Parche was the namesake of one of the most highly decorated subs to serve in the Pacific Fleet during WWII. When Parche decommissioned in July 2005, the cribbage board was passed on to Los Angeles. With the decommissioning of Los Angeles, the board is being passed on to the oldest remaining submarine, USS Bremerton (SSN 698). "It is with great pride that I hand over the "Dick O'Kane cribbage board" to Cmdr. Howard Warner, Commanding Officer of Bremerton," said Cmdr Stephen Harrison. "I hope the crew of Bremerton enjoys re-living history playing this great game as much as we have." by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, COMSUBPAC Public Affairs, Jan. 14, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

NEWS-01: The USSVI WALL OF HONOR at Submitted by: Gil Shaddock ( on 1/8/2010 --------------------------------------------------------- "Anyone who has received the Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Silver Star, Distinguished Service Medal (Defense), Distinguished Service Medal (Navy) and would like to have it posted on the USSVI "Wall of Honor", can submit the following information to Gil Shaddock at "" Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement medals can not be listed due to the quantity of the medals. 1. Your full name ( no nicknames) 2. Your highest Rate/Rank in the Navy 3. Name of the Award 4. Command at which Award was received 5. Date of the Award 6. A copy of the Citation ( if available) in WORD format 7. A "Now" or "Then" (preferably "Then") photo of yourself in .jpg format We watched NOVA January 5, on PBS about the KILLER SUBS in PEARL HARBOR. We found it to be very interesting. Melvin T. Smith, said he was there at the end when they were cleaning up Pearl.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Let it never be said, that we don't remember..
What Submariners have done, since that day in December.
The sun shown bright, on that Pearl Harbor morning.
When the enemy attacked, with little or no warning.
The Tautog was there, with no time to think.
And splashed one Japanese plane, right down in the drink.
She sent twenty-six ships, to the depths of the sea.
And came to be known, as the "Terrible T."
The Sealion at Cavite, was the first to be caught.
She was moored to a pier, but bravely she fought.
Two bombs exploded, through the hull they did rip.
And many brave submariners, died in their ship.
There were many proud boats, like the Perch and the Finback.
The Kraken, the Haddock, the Scamp and the Skipjack.
We remember the Halibut, Blenny and Darter.
And never forget, Sam Dealey in Harder.
Cutter and Seahorse's, torpedoes ran true.
She targeted the enemy, and sank many Marus.
And although the enemy, was quite filled with hate.
"Red" Ramage and Parche, showed many their fate.
"Mush" Morton and Wahoo, never backed down from a fight.
Fluckey and Barb, entered Namkwan Harbor one night.
Many airman were saved, by O'Kane and the Tang.
Some owe their lives, to Seafox, Tigrone and Trepang.
We remember the honorable, boat called Barbel.
Before she was lost, she gave the enemy hell.
The Sturgeon, the Trigger, the Pollack had heart.
The Torsk, made the last two frigates depart.
Nowadays the cold war, seems to be a big factor.
And submarines are powered, by nuclear reactors.
The proud names are still there, the Tautog did shine.
But her hull number by then, was Six Thirty Nine.
Many boats gave their all, with heroic namesakes.
Like Thresher, Scorpion, Nautilus and Skate.
The Seadragon, Swordfish, Richard B. Russell and Dace.
Have all stood out to sea, and heard the enemies trace.
We remember "Forty-One For Freedom," whose patrols couldn't fail.
The George Washington, Andrew Jackson and Nathan Hale.
Now the Alaska and Nebraska, and other Tridents are here.
They patrol the deep oceans, so aggressive nations have fear.
There are new boats on the line, called Cheyenne and Wyoming.
They will all do us proud, like the old Gudgeon and Grayling.
So take time each day, and think of the past.
Then toast the new Seawolf, for she's quiet and fast.
Let it never be said, that we don't remember.
What submariners have done, since that day in December.
The sun still shines bright, every Pearl Harbor Morning.
But never forget, the enemy attacks without warning.

Author (c) By John Chaffey, Powell, WY SSN639, SSN687, SSBN619