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349 History
(updated 09-06-15)

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1st Diodon Reunion
Photos & Stories 2001

2nd Diodon (SS-349) Reunion 2002

 3rd Diodon (SS-349) Reunion 2003

4th Diodon Reunion 2004
(Updated 09-21-12)

5th Diodon Reunion 2005
Where are photos from this one?
(Updated 03-05-05)

6th Diodon Reunion 2006
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(New 03-04-06)

7th Diodon Reunion 2007
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(Updated 04-03-07)

8th Diodon Reunion 2008
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(New 04-20-08)

USS Diodon (SS-349) 2011 Reunion Photos
I need the shipmates and wives identified - please help.
(New 11-27-11)

USS Diodon (SS-349) 2012 Reunion.

Diodon Information and Memorabilia
(Updated 06-03-05)

Diodon Patch Pencil Drawing by Curt Hingson

Diodon Shipmates listing extracted from D.O.S. Directory of
Online Submariners

Memories & Stories of The Boat
(updated 12-16-02)

Memories & Stories of The Crew

Memories & Stories of A General Nature

Some Back Ground 
Diodon's Ship Patch

Other Diodon Links

Photo Stuff

Diodon Boat, Crew History, & Reunion Photos
Why no photos from 5th Diodon Reunion in 2005 or 6th Diodon Reunion in 2006?
(updated 11-30-06)

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The Sailor's Creed

I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage, and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

A view into history with a USN Submarine and its crew

Welcome to the USS Diodon site - dedicated to the USS Diodon (SS-349), and her fine crews over the years from her birth to her demise to razor blades. 

Bless those who serve beneath the deep, Verse 2 of Submariner Version of Navy Hymn: Through lonely hours their vigil keep. May peace their mission ever be, Protect each one we ask of thee. Bless those at home who wait and pray, For their return by night or day.


The Seventh verse of the Navy Hymn is for Submariners: Lord God, our power evermore, Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor, Dive with our men beneath the sea, Traverse the depths protectively. O hear us when we pray, and keep Them safe from peril in the deep.

USS Diodon (SS-349)
1 June 1944 to 15 January 1971

Diodon was decommissioned on 15 January 1971 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. It was sold for scrapping on 12 May 1972.

A Sailor's Christmas

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'Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming,
Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.

They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small,
In a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all.

I had come down the stack with presents to give,
And to see inside just who might perhaps live.

I looked all about, a strange sight did I see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No stockings were hung, shined boots close at hand,
On the bulkhead hung pictures of a far distant land.

They had medals and badges and awards of all kind,
And a sober thought came into my mind.

For this place was different, so dark and so dreary,
I had found the house of a Sailor, once I saw clearly.

A Sailor lay sleeping, silent and alone,
Curled up in a rack and dreaming of home.

The face was so gentle, the room squared away,
This was the United States Sailor today.

This was the hero I saw on TV,
Defending our country so we could be free.

I realized the families that I would visit this night,
Owed their lives to these Sailors lay willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate on Christmas Day.

They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year,
Because of the Sailor, like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve on a sea, far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The Sailor awakened and I heard a calm voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice."

"Defending the seas all days of the year,
So others may live and be free with no fear."

I thought for a moment, what a difficult road,
To live a life guided by honor and code.

After all it's Christmas Eve and the ship's underway!
But freedom isn't free and it's sailors who pay.

The Sailor say's to our country "be free and sleep tight,
No harm will come, not on my watch and not on this night."

The Sailor rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still,
I watched as the Sailor shivered from the night's cold chill.

I didn't want to leave on that cold dark night,
This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

The Sailor rolled over and with a voice strong and sure,
Commanded, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas, and All is Secure!"


Submarine, USS Diodon, SS 349, Keel Laid, Jun 1, 1944

USS DIODON SS-349 Naval Cover 1944 SPADER Cachet



Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 10:56 PM
Subject: Postal cover from USS DIODON SS349

Going through some files and found this postal cover form the Diodon. Thought someone might want to have it. My first boat was the Theodore Roosevelt SSBN 600 Gold. Never saw any postal covers from any of my boats. It is an interesting item.

David Franks

"When the people fear their government, there is Tyranny; When the government fears the people, there is Liberty." Thomas Jefferson

(New 05-22-14)


SS349 decommsionnsed

Clipping from Mare Island Naval Shipyard 29, Jan. 1971 edition of the Grapevine showing the decommissioning ceremonies aboard Diodon (SS-349) at the yard.
Photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.

(New 06-04-11)

From: Bill Weber []
Sent: Monday, May 27, 2013 10:54 AM
Subject: Do you know the whereabouts of Tom Voekel

 Hi James,

Tom Voelkel was on the Diodon with me 1969 through decommissioning. He stood up for my wedding but I have had no contact with him since!

He is pictured on the after deck of the decommissioning photo you have posted. Wondering if you have any contact info for him?


Bill Weber

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(New 05-27-13)

Last known picture of the USS Cusk

The Cusk is shown in mothballs at Mare Island. This picture was taken

30 April 1971, two years after her decommissioning and one year before

she was sold for scrap. Other boats shown to the to right of the Cusk

are the USS Rock (SS-274), USS Bashaw (SS-241), USS Spinax

(SSR-489), USS Pomodon (SS-486), USS Medregal (SS-480), and

USS Diodon (SS-349)

(Photo courtesy of website)

(New 12-26-12)

A U.S. Navy Grumman S2F-3 Tracker assigned to Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 57 (CVSG-57) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12) flying over the submarine USS Diodon (SS-349). Hornet, visible in the right background, was deployed to the Western Pacific from 6 June to 21 December 1962.
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USS Cusk Moored inboard of USS Diodon at Ballast Point in San Diego
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Bobby Manuel Sr Hey Jim, could you let the Diodon site know that I have the commissioning plaque for the Diodon. I bring it to reunions

Diodon Commissioning Plaque


If you served on the Diodon, or know someone that served on the Diodon, please notify me through

Jim Santos, your Diodon and Crew Historian and Web-Master

If we don't have your email address, please notify me

Thank you.
Please send me a message. I  will reply to your email and let you know where to email me or land wise mail me your stories & photos.


 Green Board, DBF & God Bless and Protect America!!!

United We Stand
od Bless America
od S
ave America


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Jim Santos, Your Historian & Web Master

Web-Master's USNR and USN active duty on USS Diodon (SS-349)
(Updated 06-01-12)

I am your Web Master, and self-appointed Historian for the old and gone USS Diodon  (SS-349) and her fine crews.  I am the Web-Master for the Torpedoman's Association, as well.


I am your Web Master, and self-appointed Historian for the old and gone USS Diodon  (SS-349) and her fine crews.  I am the Web-Master for the Torpedoman's Association, as well.

Torpedoman's Mates in Action - Stories & Photos

Your Web Master's Navy & Coast Guard Reserves Service Ranks and Years

Navy schools attended:
SP/SG Submarine School Reserve (Jun 65 to Aug 65)
Basic Electricity Electronics Prep (BEEP) School, NTC San Diego, CA 6 weeks
 accelerated pace
(Jun 66 to Aug 66)