Saturday, January 30, 2016


You can view the SS-402 Reunion information at:


I hope helps you get in touch with old friends.

My best wishes to you and yours,

Dave Schultz - Web PO -

Check out Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century by Mary Nida Smith. Several stories include by members who rode the USS Sea Fox. Google and you will find all the sites and book stores listed to purchase one or more. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

USS Drum Reunion

October 13 - October 16
Hosted by Rick Wetmore

Submarine History

Not sure how many people would be interested in this's available through the New London Day...they can be purchased

Update on Willie Jones

Willie Jones - Pruitt Health Moncks Corner - visitors welcome:
--Phoncon with Jerry Stout (Thursday):
Jerry has informed me that Willie will be transferred this afternoon to a rehab facility near Moncks Corner. He should arrive after 1500. This is about 20 minutes from his home so Estelle will be able to go see him there without to much travel. Willie does have some rehab to do so it you plan on going to see him be sure to call first to see if he can have visitors. Usually no problem after supper. Please keep Willie and Estelle in your thoughts and prayers.
Pruitt Health Moncks Corner
505 S. Live Oak Dr.
Moncks Corner SC 29461

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Vietnam Crease-Fire
Vietnam crease-fire January 27, 1973. My husband and brother served at that time. Bless our military men and woman who go and many times, gave their life to go where our goverment sent them. I can't see anyone in their right-mind would ever blame our military. They come home forever changed and suffer the rest of their lives while we enjoy the freedom they fought for.

Monday, January 25, 2016

: Binnacle List Captain Charles Cotter

Ralph- an advance notice re my hip replacement scheduled at CONE Hosp. in Greensboro NC Feb 9 (what a birthday present for Dr MOM after the short hospital stay). I'm really looking forward in spite of possible scar tissue problem. The navy drs on Feb 6 1968 said "someday you will have trouble with that knee and hip" and regretfully they were correct in the future diagnosis. Charlie

----USS Sennet 

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Received the below information last night. Willie served aboard Sennet as a Steward during the years 1944- 1946. Willie is also one of our oldest Sennet Crew Members.
Please remember to include Willie and his wife in your prayers.

William Jones
PO Box 1390
St. Stephen, SC   29479


Willie Jones - VA - ward 3 B North Bed 12 - visitors welcome:
Jerry Stout called me this morning to say he received a call from Estelle (wife) reporting that Willie had falllen and was on the floor. After making a call to Estelle I talked to Willie and helped to convince him to get in the ambulance to go to the VA Hospital. The information I have received from Jerry and another person is that Willie has an infection that must be treated and he also has a serious stiffening in his shoulder/neck area. Willie will be in the hospital at least through the weekend and would really enjoy having visitors.

J.E. "Nick" Nichols
USSVI- Charleston Base
Chaplain & Webmaster

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Heroes Beneath the Waves Audiobook - › History › Military
In Heroes Beneath the Waves, many brave men who rode submarines to great depths and across the oceans into unknown territory share their experiences, fears, and 


Wisconsin Maritime Museum's photo.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

USSVI National Convention 2016

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August 15 – August 20, 2016

Welcome To Reno, Shipmates!

USSVI Corvina Base Reno, NV

is your Host for the 2016 USSVI National Convention

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Old Timers Bar

Send out by one of the local submariners.
Old Timers Bar
Four old retired guys are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona...
They turned a corner and see a sign that says, 'Old Timers Bar - ALL drinks 10 cents'.
They look at each other, and then go in, thinking this is too good to be true.
The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you! 
What'll it be, Gentlemen?"
There seemed to be a fully-stocked bar, so each of the men ordered a martini.
In short order, the bartender serves up four iced martinis...shaken, not stirred, and says, 
"That'll be 10 cents each, please."
The four men stare at the bartender for a moment. Then look at each other.
They can't believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.
Again, four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, "That's 40 cents, please."
They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They have each had two martinis and so far they have spent less than a dollar.
Finally one of the men says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?"
"I'm a retired tailor from Phoenix ," the bartender said, and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery jackpot for $125 million and decided to open this place. 
Every drink costs a dime … wine, liquor, beer, it's all the same.."
"Wow!!!! That's quite a story," says one of the men.
The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn't help but notice seven other people at the end of the bar who didn't have drinks in front of them, and hadn't ordered anything the whole time they were there.
One man gestures at the seven at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, "What's with them?"
The bartender says, "Oh, they're a bunch of old retired submariners and they're waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half price."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Best Submarine Non-fiction Books

Best Submarine Nonfiction Books. Heroes Beneath the Waves by Mary Nida Smith!
Go here to see which books are on the list, and vote:…/4264.Best_Submarine_Nonfiction_B…
35 books based on 40 votes: Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag, Iron Coffins: A Personal Account of the...

Friday, January 8, 2016

U. S. S. SEA LEOPARD (SS - 483)

The Commanding Officer takes pleasure in commending




for services in connection with this vessel's shipyard overhaul
as set forth below:


For meritorious achievement  in the performance of his duties
while serving on board the U.S. S. SEA LEOPARD (SS-483) from 20
October 1954 to 20 May 1955. As petty officer in charge of the

Sonar Division, SMITH consistently exhibited outstanding qualities
beyond that required of his rate. His organization, experience and
example were an inspiration to all hands. His efforts resulted

in an excellent overhaul, assisted the Commanding Officer in

making constructive recommendations for the improvement of the

BQR-3 installation, and assisted the Operations Department in
attaining a grade of EXCELLENT in the post yard overhaul inspection.
His conduct, leadership, application of professional skill, and
devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the
Naval Service •

(Signed in ink - didn't print)
Lieutenant Commander , U. S. Navy
Commanding Officer

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Today Alex went to the DMV to renew his license. When he was told to go have his picture taken he noticed that there were some men having their picture taken, these men were wearing turbans on their heads. Alex was asked to take his hat off to have his picture taken.

He said "no", and "no" again when asked the second time. When he was asked why he would not remove his hat he said, "those men didn't remove their head wear, I shouldn't either". It was explained that this was their attire and their religion. Alex told the DMV person that what he had on was his attire and when he entered the Marines he declared an oath to the USA, and one nation under God, so that his oath was under God so just as good as his religion. Well, the DMV people didn't know what to do, they spoke to supervisors and called Sacramento. Alex was told, after an hour, that he could wear his hat for the picture and if there were any problems they would let him know and he could appeal their decision. He told them if there was a problem he WILL appeal it. Alex feels no one has more right to display their headgear than a Veteran or active service person. When he left several employees at the DMV clapped quietly for him. He has spoken to few other Veterans and they plan to do the same………….


Please add a Reunion to your calendar:


May 23, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Green Valley, AZ 85614
INN at San Ignatio

Joel M. Greenberg
H - (520) 393-8252
C - (520) 429-6328

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gerald Spielman, Submarine Veteran

Memorial service for SubmarineVeteran, Gerald Spielman, will be Saturday, January 9th at 2:00 PM; Church of the Rock, 102 North Mill Street, Yellville, Arkansas.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Groton USSVI Base

Sunday, January 3, 2016


U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS GROTON BASE  Shared from their Facebook page.
Jack Gallimore, Base Chaplain,
It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of a Shipmate.
Ernest V. Plantz, LT. USN (ret) age 95 of Gales Ferry passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Spring Hill, VA. Ernie was the loving son of Everett and Nancy (Hill) Plantz.
After completing high school, Ernie joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) where he learned many useful skills. In July 1940 he enlisted in the United States Navy on July 23, 1940 in at Richmond, VA and went to recruit training in Norfolk, Va. He then reported to his first duty assignment, the battleship USS NEW MEXICO (BB-40) which was undergoing refit in San Francisco, Cali
In March 1941, Ernie responded to an appeal for volunteers for the submarine service and reported to the submarine USS PERCH (SS-176), stationed in the Philippines, eight months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ernie qualified in submarines in 1941on the PERCH.
He and his shipmates were on the scene in Manila Bay during the Japanese attack that began World War II for the United States. Ernie made two war patrols on the PERCH, and it was on the second patrol that the PERCH, so badly damaged from a severe depth-charging, had to be scuttled. Ernie and his shipmates were subsequently captured by Japanese naval forces and began what would become 1,297 days in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp on Makassar, Cellebes.
He was liberated September 17, 1945 weighing just 80 pounds - he would spend 10 months in a Navy hospital recuperating from illness and injuries before returned to duty when he was fit again.
He also served on the USS TAUTOG (SS-199), USS DIABLO (SS-479) and USS SPIKEFISH (SS-404). He was a EMC(SS) prior to receiving his Commission.
Ernie served in the Navy until 1970, when he retired at the rank of lieutenant as director of advanced engineering at the Naval Submarine School in Groton.
He is the recipient of a POW Medal, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart; and one of the first inductees to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.
Ernie was a life member of the U S. Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) Groton Base since 1997, and he was also a dual member of the USSVI Perch Base and US Submarine Veterans of WWII. He was extremely proud that he was a distinguished member of the USSVI Holland Club, an honor for those submariners that were "Qualified in Submarines" for 50 years or more as well as the first Groton Base Life Member (since March 2015).
In addition to these formal associations, Ernie loved to do service work. He shared his experiences with local schoolchildren at veterans events, inspired the next generation of submariners at Submarine School graduations, and presided at several Submarine Birthday Balls as the oldest qualified officer in attendance.
Ernie loved to garden; his dahlias won prizes at agricultural fairs, and his orchids are still in bloom in his greenhouse. His vegetables were the pride of the neighborhood, and although his bee hives and swarms caused a raised eye or two, his delicious honey soothed many previously doubting neighbors.
Though proud of his military service, community involvement and skill with growing things, Ernie was most proud of his five children and 10 great-grandchildren; he loved them dearly.
Besides Caroline, his devoted and loving wife of 50 years, he is survived by his daughter, Linda (Ross) and husband, John, of Norridgewock, Maine, and granddaughters Kathryn and Rachel; by his daughter Nancy (Grant) and husband, Andrew, of New London, and grandchildren, James, William Lillian, Hannah, Summer and Hattie; by his son, William and his partner, Elizabeth Kirsch, of Lebanon, and grandson Jesse; by his daughter, Elizabeth and her partner, Teresa Spillane, of Natick, Mass., and grandson Owen; and by his son, David, of Roslindale, Mass. In addition, Ernie leaves behind his sister, Norma (Mulford) of Tempe, Ariz.
Ernie was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Clifford; and his sister, Garnet; and by his first wife, Carolyn (Howard) Plantz.
Visiting hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, January 8, at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, Groton.
The Honor Detail will muster at 1745 at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, Groton, CT. We will go on at 1800 on January 8, 2016. Uniform should be black trousers, white (Long sleeve) shirt, the Honor Detail tie (if you have one), black shoes, vest, and hat. Individual SUBVETS members will man the casket watch.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Noank Baptist Church, 18 Cathedral Heights, Noank. Interment with military honors will be in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic. Members of the Honor Detail who wish to meet the casket as it is brought into the church (Noank Baptist Church) should be there by 0900 or even a bit earlier on Saturday, January 9. The Honor Detail service is slightly different than normal, ... We will participate very near the beginning of the church service. We will not meet the family as we normally do.
"There is a port of no return, where ships may ride at anchor for a little space.
And then some starless night the cable slips, leaving only an eddy at the mooring place.
Gulls veer no longer, Sailor rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.”
Hand Salute
LT Ernest V. Plantz . . . Rest your oar.
Ready Two!

Friday, January 1, 2016

If you have read my book about submarine veterans,
please place a short or long review/comment on Amazon
or other sellers blog or website. This is an important book,
so lets get the word out how special submarine veterans are and those
who carry out the mission today.

Thank you.
Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the twentieth Century.
by Mary Nida Smith