Sunday, February 28, 2016

USSVI Groton Base

USSVI Groton Base
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USS Minnesota.
...See Beautiful photograph - I love it.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

U.S. Sailors

U.S. Sailors


Received the below message this afternoon
Dear Ralph, wanted you and all the Sennett's crew members to know that my dad, L.D. Williams Electricians Mate SS USS Sennett SS 408 from 1951 - 1953, has passed on Thursday February 25, 2016. He was surrounded by family members but most of all Loved his fellow Sennett Submariners. L. D. was grateful for the cards and notes he received from fellow crew members over the last few years. Thank you and God Bless all of you. Respectfully, Lester D. Williams and family.

L.D. had been listed on our Binnacle List recently.
He served aboard Sennet as an EM2 during the years ‘51-‘53
L.D. Williams Family
Miles Merry Manor
1500 Grant St
Huntington, IN 46750

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


My dad was a Public Information officer on Admiral Nimitz's staff when the Iwo Jima photograph came in. Everyone recognized it as an important photo as soon as they saw it. Just about everyone in the office wanted a copy. I have the one my dad got, made from the original negative.
Tuesday marks 71 years since Joe Rosenthal captured the iconic picture of five U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor raising an American flag over Iwo Jima.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016





Friday, February 19, 2016

Sennet L.D. Williams

Received the below message on L.D Williams. L.D. served aboard Sennet during the years ‘51-‘53 as an EM.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Dear Ralph, I wanted to update you on the outcome for my father, L.D. Williams, dad did not come out of his surgeries well and as of this date is being transferred to hospice care. He is not responding and our family has been informed that dad will pass. I do not know when that will happen but will keep you informed. I thank you and all of dad's fellow submariners for their thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, Lester Williams.

Update on Willie Jones, he is home after his stay at the Rehab place. Willie was a SD on Sennet during the years ‘44-‘46.
Please keep him and his wife Estelle in you prayers also.

L.D. Williams                                                                           William Jones
Miles Merry Manor                                                               PO Box 1390
1500 Grant St                                                                         St. Stephen, SC   29475

Huntington, IN  46750

Heroes Beneath the Waves Audio Sample

Heroes Beneath the Waves: True Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century

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 thoughts. They allow us to travel back in time through their memories. Trained for years to keep silent - for "loose lips sink ships" - many still believe what they know to be classified and refuse to disclose even the minutest of recollections. Others, however, want to leave a legacy of reminiscences for people to learn and live by - to know that freedom is not free.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of one of our World War II vets this last weekend. Edwin Cramer passed on February 13, 2016 at the Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility. Edwin was on board the USS Batfish for the 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 war patrols. Shown below, Edwin is featured in the famous shot of the crew to commemorate the sinking of three submarines in 76 hours.
This leaves only two World War II veterans left from the USS Batfish crew. Please take the time to document and listen to any World War II veteran that you may know.
The visitation is tomorrow at 12:00 pm and the funeral is at 2:00 pm.
The Muskogee War Memorial Park would like to thank Edwin and all other veterans for their sacrifice to preserve our freedom.
Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch

Monday, February 15, 2016

Billy A. Grieves Prayers Please.

I am asking for prayers for Billy A Grieves member of the Arizona Submarines Veterans Perch Phoenix, AZ . USS Thresher (SS-200) page 25 of Heroes Beneath the Waves... He joined the Navy in 1939.
Grieves was born in Liberty Center, Ohio. At a young age his parents moved the family to Detroit,…

Submarine Veterans Promote Yourselves

I would love to hear if  you  purchased my book, and did you enjoy it or not. Please help promote our/submarine veterans. We need to get this out to student in schools and libraries. Thanks a million. Sure, I have a personal interest, because my husband has two stories in it. I remember, at one of the National Conference visiting with different submarine veterans about getting their stories out - we must not allow people to forget. More than once, a veteran would remark, "No one cares."  My remark was, "How can people care, if they don't know the sacrifices you all have made."

Most of the articles on this subject are published in military magazines where most of the public never pick up or read.

My husband has a long career in the Navy. I have been a big supporter of submarine veterans for over 30 years. I thank you all, for the support you have provide for,  Heroes Beneath the Waves. Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Heroes Beneath the Waves: Audiobook Military History

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jack Nelson USS Sennet


It is with a heavy heart to inform you that Jack Nelson departed on Eternal Patrol today.
Jack was a really good shipmate and friend. He and his wife Charolette were great help with organizing our past Reunions.
Jack served aboard Sennet during the years ‘61 & ‘62 as a QM
He will be missed.

Jack Nelson Family
PO Box 68
Valley Grove, WV  26060



Monday, February 8, 2016

Willie Jones USS SENNET

Update on Willie Jones ‘44-‘46
Willie would like to hear from the Sennet Crew. His number is 843-810-2425.
He’s in a rehab unit getting help with his neck.
Cards can be sent to:
William Jones
c/o Pruitt Health Moncks Corner
505 S. Live Oak Dr.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

A few hopes and prayers would be appreciated I’m sure.

L.D. Williams USS Sennett

, This is Lester Williams, son of, L.D. Williams USS Sennett 1951-1953 Electricians Mate is currently in the Hospital in Fort Wayne Indiana. He has undergone 2 surgeries for an infected gall bladder and we are asking for prayers for him. Thank you and all fellow submariners of the Sennett. Respectfully, Les Williams.

L.D.’s home address is:

L.D. Williams
Miles Merry Manor
1500 Grant St
Huntington, IN 46750

Cards, letters, hopes and prayers greatly appreciated.


The New Book Review: Interview: Wife of Submarine Vet Shares Experiences

The New Book Review: Interview: Wife of Submarine Vet Shares Experiences

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Heroes Beneath the Waves: True Submarine Stories of the Twentieth CenturyHeroes Beneath the Waves: True Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century by Mary Nida Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book written for adults and students to discover what the men who served on submarines endured to stay alive, and why many are still buried beneath the sea. Many were young men who had never traveled before and never dreamed of the dangers they would be facing.

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The first signing after the book was released November 17, 2015 at the Donald W. Reynolds Library first Saturday of December.