Friday, February 28, 2014


From: "Bud Cunnally" <>
To: "'International Submariners Membership'" <>
Subject: If your boat refueled at Exmouth Potshot Base - Australia wants to hear from you
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014


International Submariners,

We received the following correspondence from a company in Australia. They are looking for submariners that stopped at the refueling base in Exmouth Gulf.

Dear Mr. Cunnally,

I am part of a team currently putting together an exhibition in Exmouth, on the North West Cape of Australia. We are very interested in including information and personal stories about the US submariner's that used the refueling base "Potshot" during WWII and beyond.

If you are inclined to tell, your stories or if you know one of our WWII shipmates that would contribute please contact:

Sarah Slattery
Junior Designer
105 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills 2010
Sydney NSW Australia
E-mail: Sarah Slattery
Tel   +61 2 9281 6488
Fax +61 2 9281 6071

Freeman Ryan Design creates exhibitions and visitor experiences that set new standards of innovation and design excellence in engaging and inspiring audiences. With extensive experience both within Australia and internationally in the museum and cultural tourism industries, we develop design solutions that respond to the unique needs and qualities of each project.

John Bud Cunnally ETC (SS) Ret. Seretary ISA/USA
4704 Coppola Drive
Mount Dora, Fl  32757
352-729-4097 Home
352-638-1955 Cell





Here is an attachment containing one of our Crew Members, John Kihm, turned “movie star”. John Kihm, alias Jack Seal, served on Sennet during the years ‘55-‘57.

John/Jack has been in a number of productions. One of the most recent was with Tom Hanks.

There are a couple videos on the attachment. Give it a look see and give John an email letting him know what you think;  I think he does right well in all that I’ve seen of his work.

Double click on the attachment and go from there.

Keep up the good work John!!


Ralph Luther


Jack Seal Videos

Jack Seal Videos


Go to you tube

Then type in

Average Joe STD S2 E3

The next one is

Average joe birthday blow-out S2 E7

Thursday, February 27, 2014



Received the sad notice below. CAPT. Frank Andrews served aboard Sennet as XO during the years 1944-1946.

Fair winds and following seas, Captain!! Condolences to Maxine, family and friends.



Mrs. Maxine Andrews

1112 River Cresent Dr.

Annapolis, MD 21401

Monday, February 24, 2014

Submarine Diesel Smoke

It's hard to believe for some, but there is an aging group
of men bound together by smoke. Not smoke people
ordinarily draw into their lungs for a buzz, legal or illegal,
but stinky old diesel smoke made by burning hydrocarbons.
It's burned in great big old noisy diesel engines designed for
railroad locomotives and transplanted into a submarine,
of all places.
This smoke binds them together with wispy chains
stronger than the finest hardened steel. Men that sit
around remembering shipmates and times good and
bad, their memories brought to them on grey blue clouds.
Clouds of it shot out over ports of the seven seas, on
lighting off for going to sea. Underway and across those
seas the smoke settles to an efficiency haze, but the diesel
smoke smell follows them. The smoke and sounds that
shut down when reaching home port after many days
alone at sea.
Today, these old timers travel many miles to see, hear and
once more catch that wonderful reminder of their youth. With
tears in the eyes of some, they lean forward to breathe it in.
They take photographs of diesel smoke clouds belching from
exhaust pipes of museum piece subs. Back home they show
them to others and post video clips on the internet. Others sit
and wait for these clips to download over slow internet
connections, just to see that smoke and hear the sound.
It is said that the sense of smell brings back the strongest
memories. If so, then we are lucky one because our smoke is
strong and memorable. Along with our smoky chains, we have
those memories and neither can be removed from our hearts.
Many a submariner says, "One more time, just one more time".
For some, that means to go out and make another dive, for
others just to hear the roar and to smell that smoke.
Me, I'd like to yank a throttle lever, feel the deck plates shudder
under my feet, hear the sounds, smell the smoke and be with
those that are bound together by these things.
Just one more time and for a little while.
(Author Unknown)