USS Diodon (SS-349) History Line

History by Individual Years
Since 09-27-01

(updated 07-10-17)

james.santos88@yahoo.com  

Updated  1971-1972 with

Henri (Hank) Baxter, Rest Your Oar

Sailor Rest Your Oar
(new 05-13-17)

 

Glynn C. Parker of Escondido, CA qualified on USS Diodon in 1965, Eternal Patrol on 07/08/2016

May He Rest in Peace.

May God have Mercy on his eternal Soul.

New 03-31-17

 

 

Robert Douglas Bartelt Passed Away in 2005 through a tragic accident

Sailor Rest Your Oar

From: subvet0046 [mailto:subvet0046@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 12:28 PM
To: J. R. Santos
Subject: RE: Robert Douglas Bartelt who served on the Diodon some time in the late 60s early 70s

Yes. He made the westpac trip from hell

Sent on a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note® 3
-------- Original message --------
From: "J. R. Santos" <ss349@inbox.com>
Date: 10/17/2015 3:09 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: 'David Lorms' <subvet0046@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: Robert Douglas Bartelt who served on the Diodon some time in the late 60s early 70s

Hello, David:

Was that when I was aboard?

Jim


From: David Lorms [mailto:subvet0046@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2015 11:11 AM
To: J. R. Santos
Subject: Re: Robert Douglas Bartelt who served on the Diodon some time in the late 60s early 70s

thanks Jim...seems to me he served with us? but the old brain is some days foggy. engineman perhaps?

On Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 1:55 PM, J. R. Santos <ss349@inbox.com> wrote:

Diodon shipmates, does anyone remember this man?  Robert Douglas Bartelt

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Bartelt [mailto:doug@bca-industries.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:29 PM
To: ss349@inbox.com
Subject: USS diodon people who served

I am trying to find information on my father who served on the Diodon some time in the late 60s early 70s.   Robert Douglas Bartelt. He passed in 2005 in a car crash. He had a picture with crew in front of the sub that I use to see on my parents night stand when I was a kid but is now long gone. Was hoping to see it again. I have two great original black and white pics of the sub but the pic with him is gone. Maybe you can help.

(New 10-17-15)

 

 

Updated Memories & Stories of The Crew under A-C Updated 09-06-12 & 1961 on 09-06-15 with ROY E. ATOR Diodon Qualified Shipmate 1961
 

Updated Memories & Stories of The Crew & 1954 & 1955 & 1956 & 1957-1958 on 09-06-15 with

Updated Memories & Stories of The Crew & 1967 & 1968  on 09-06-15 with

Herbert R. Edwards Diodon Shipmate has passed away 08-14-15

(New 09-06-15)

Hebert Edwards, Diodon Shipmate, remembers 1967 fire and Abe Sanchez

Sailor Rest Your Oar

Updated Memories & Stories of The Crew & 1969-1970 with DAVID BRUCE LINK Diodon Shipmate 1970
  on 08-25-15

ALLEN ALFRED BERGNER in 1949 went to be X.O. of USS DIODON Passed AWAY
Sailor Rest Your Oars

(new 02-05-15)

Rear Adm. Allen A. Bergner - Executive officer of USS Diodon (SS 349) 1949-1950

Updated 1950 1951 & 1952  with James Saloney Petralba Diodon Shipmate passed away with additional information

James Saloney Petralba Diodon Shipmate passed away

Sailor Rest Your Oars
Rest in Eternal Peace

(New January 31, 2015)

James Saloney Petralba TN(SS), Diodon Shipmate 1950-1952, departed 22 March 1952

(Updated 07-14-15)

Updated 1961 with Richard F Brown 1961 has passed away

Richard F Brown 1961 has passed away

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(New 12-08-14)

Updated 1966 with Roland J. Roy Jr. has passed away

Roland J. Roy Jr. has passed away

Sailor Rest Your Oars

(New 12-08-14)

Updated 1968 with Billy Joe Praytor Diodon Shipmate on Eternal Patrol 04-22-14
Sailor Rest Your Oar

and

Billy Joe Praytor HMC(SS) Retired, on Diodon in late 1960s
(New 10-13-14)

Updated 1967 with More Memories of Laurence Nilsen from 1967 WestPac Trip
(New 05-21-14)

Updated 1955 1956 1957-1958 with Patrick J. Hannifin former C.O. of the USS Diodon SS-349 has passed away
Sailor Rest Your Oars

Updated 1957-1958 & 1959  with Glenn Smith USS DIODON SS-349 shipmate May '57 to Feb '59
(new 09-09-13)

Updated 1964 & 1965 with bob hunsinger Diodon Shipmate 1964 to 1965
(new 09-09-13)

Updated 1966 1967 & 1968 with RMC(SS) Bill M. Looney passed away
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(New 07-07-13)

Updated 1969-1970 with TM1(SS) Joe Tattersal Diodon Shipmate injury report on the USS Diodon (SS-349) in 1969
(New 06-01-13)

 Updated 1968, 1969-1970 & 1971-1972 with Jim Poag Diodon Shipmate from late 1968 to decommissioning

(New 05-31-13)

Updated 1969-1970 with Gary Bear Kubrik Photos from 1969
Two PDF collections of photos

(New 02-05-13)

Updated 1945 & 1946 with Andrew S. Wright Jr. USS Diodon Shipmate Torpedoman passed away on Oct. 16, 2009
(New 12-30-12)

Updated 1952 1953 1954  & 1955  with Dennis A. "Shipwreck" Kelly Diodon Shipmate 1952 to 1955
(New 12-30-12)

Updated 1946, 1947. 1948. 1949, 1950. 1951, 1952 & 1953 with Kevin R. Murphy, ENS, USN (Ret)
Born in Stamford, Connecticut. Left Stamford High School in final spring semester to enlist in the US Navy on April 1, 1946. Graduated with honors from Submarine school in New London, CT in October 1946. Reported aboard the USS Diodon, SS349, November 11, 1946. Served aboard the Diodon in the Korean war zone until January 1953. Volunteered for, and completed UDT training in Coronado, CA in March 1953. Reported for duty to UDT-3 in April 1953.
....

(New12-27-12)

Updated 1960, 1961, 1962 & 1963 with  Larry Taylor Diodon Shipmate

 1960 to 1963
(New 12-26-12)

Updated 1969-1970  with Cycling Vents
by Vern Waldrip YNCM-Ret.

During the early summer of 1970, USS DIODON (SS349) was doing some daily ops off the coast of San Diego. I was sitting in the ship's office and we were at 100 feet, just tooling along. I thought I felt a little down angle, but just kept working and paid no attention to it. Then the CO and XO came by and went into the Control Room. A short time later, the steward manned the phones right outside my door. I asked him what was going on, and he said he didn't know. Then a little while later, they set condition Baker, closing the watertight door into the Control Room. I asked again, what's going on, and received the same answer. This went on for a little while until I got up and looked through the glass of the door.....
(New 12-26-12)

Updated 1967 1968 1969-1970 with Gary “Bear” Kubik
(Updated 12-26-12)

Updated 1951 with Guppy II Program
(New 12-24-12)

Updated 1947 with USS Diodon SS-349 Ship's Log from 1 April 1947 to 28 April 1947
(New 12-23-12)

Updated 1966  1967 1968 & 1969-1970  with
Abraham “Blue Mex” Sanchez, MMC(SS), USN, Retired, passed away at 1000 Monday 3 December 2012.
Sailor Rest Your Oar

(New 12-10-12)

Updated 1966  1967 1968 & 1969-1970with
Don Mitchell Diodon Shipmate 1966 to 1968 has passed away
Sailor Rest Your Oar
(New 11-21-12)

Updated 1969-1970 with Photo of Diodon Shipmates in Philippines 1969 & removed it from 1966
(Updated 10-01-12)

Updated 1969-1970 with Jon Howery Ex Diodon service 1969
(Updated 07-20-12)

Updated 1957-1958 & 1959 with
Glenn L. Smith EM2(SS) Diodon Shipmate 1957 to 1959
(new 06-10-12)

Updated  1962  1963 & 1964  with
Tom Adams email update for the web site

(new 06-08-12)

Updated  1963 & 1964  with

Tom Viar Diodon Shipmate 1963 & 1964
(new 06-08-12)

Updated 1957-1958 & 1959 in Swim call near Guam WestPac58 and Jack H. Olsen on Diodon 1957 to 1959 with email from son of Jack H. Olson 04-19-12

Updated with Diodon Career overview 03-04-12

Updated 1967 & 1968 with

Barry_Lebens_Enjoying_Himself _immensely

(New 03-01-12)

Updated 1966  1967  1968 & 1969-1970 with Dick Giddens EM2 SS Diodon Service 1966 to 1970
(new 02-29-12)

Updated this page with

The Goat Locker CPO Deck Log August 2001

QMCS(SS) J. R. Estey <jeyster_98@yahoo.com>
MCB5,3 and 11 (Guam and Okinawa). USS Epping Forest (LSD-4, Cavalier (APA-37), Halibut (SSGN-587), Diodon (SS-349), Gurnard (SSN-662), Shore Duty - IT School, RTC Company Commander.
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 18:22:56 (CDT)

(New 02-28-12)

Updated 1956 & 1957-1958 with

The Goat Locker CPO Deck Log August 1998

Name: Robert Page MMCMss (ret)
Comments: August 6, 1998. after surfing on in for the umpteenth time, a couple of times a week, I have been able to contact some old shipmates through your deck log, I guess I better update my information, I served on the Diodon SS-349.1956 to 1958, SSBN-610, 1961-1963, SSBN-626.1963-1966.SubSchool I/T,1966-1968, SSBN-645,1968-1973, retired from Navy in May, 1973. Hope to hear from some of my old shipmates on the web.’

(new 02-25-12)

Updated 1961 1962  & 1963 with

TM Terry Labeau, Tucson, AZ terrylabeau@aol.com 

The Deck Log Part 15

 Terry LaBeau TM3 <terrylabeau@gmail.com>

Uss Diodon SS 349 May 1961 - Nov 1963

(Updated with Deck Log Part 15 listing 02-24-12)

Updated 1945 1946 & 1947 with

Veterans buried on Central City Cemetary

Hurbert A. Caliendo

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/merrick/olres/veterans/cencity.html

 Last         First      Middle     DOB    DOD        Sect  WAR     Comments

                                   Caliendo       Hurbert     A           6/6/27  12/28/48    A-58   WW II      Missouri MM3  USS Diodon SS349

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(New 02-24-12)

Updated 1952  1953  1954  & 1955  with

Warren Zeiller passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sailor Rest Your Oar on 02-22-12

Updated 1957-1958 & 1959 with

WES-PAC 1958-1959 According to David R. Whalen
(Updated 02-16-12 to add direct pictures)

Updated 1957-1958 & 1959 with

WES-PAC 1958-1959 According to David R. Whalen
(Updated 02-13-12 with email from D,P. Whalen)

Updated 1955 on 01-15-12

Added  Charlie Baltz Diodon Shipmate on Eternal Patrol
Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch.

Updated on 01-12-12

Updated 1969-1970  page
Added Jon Howery Ex Diodon service 1969

Updated 1966 page

Updated 1966 Movies

Updated on 06-06-11

Updated 1944 page

Added Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the keel laying of the Diodon (SS-349), 1 June 1944, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

Updated on 06-05-11

Updated 1945 page

Added Commemorative post mark 09-10-45 launching USS Diodon (SS-349)

Updated 1971-1972 pages

Added Decommission photo of USS Diodon (SS-349) (06-04-11) and added block of decommission crew names (06-05-11).

 

Henri (Hank) Baxter, Rest Your Oar

Sailor Rest Your Oar
(new 05-13-17)

 

Michael Francis Hagen, CS3(SS) on Diodon 1956 to 1957 has died
Sailor Rest Your Oar
(new 03-16-11)

 

Billy Joe Praytor Diodon Shipmate on Eternal Patrol 04-22-14
Sailor Rest Your Oar
(New 10-13-14)

 

H. Jauncey Sweet III CO of Diodon 1967 passed away November 20, 2009
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Return to Stories of Submariners & Their Boats

Commanding Officers Of USS Diodon (SS-349) through the years
In Adobe PDF format
(New 11-25-04)

The Goat Locker CPO Deck Log May 1998

Name: Hank Baxter FTCM (SS/SW/DV)
Comments: Served in Segundo, Diodon, Cavalla (SS), Sablefish, Catfish, Daniel Webster, Fulton. Dive school, Panama City, FL, Submarine school, SYBGRU 2, SUBRON 1, EOD Unit Viet Nam, RIVRON in Nam also. Retired in 88. SS/SW/DV all the way.
 
Name: William Fernstrom, Jr. ETCM(SS)
Comments: Served aboard USS Blueback SS581, USS Bonefish SS582, USS Catfish SS339, & USS Diodon SS349 (COB). Look forward to browsing all the related sites. Thanks! Bill Fernstrom

(New 02-25-12)

The Goat Locker CPO Deck Log May 1999

MMCM(SS) Ken Dundon <kdundon@mediaone.net>
USS MEDREGAL(SS480), USS DIODON(SS349), USS TAUTOG(SSN639), USS HAWKBILL (SSN666), USS HADDO(SSN604), USS FLORIDA(SSBN 728) USS PLUNGER(SSN595)
Bolingbrook, ILf USA - Friday, April 16, 1999 at 06:40:56 (CDT)

(New 02-26-12)

The Goat Locker CPO Deck Log July 1999

Name: HMC(SS)Chuck FLEMING
From: L'Anse Michigan
Comments: Great Website. Retired HMC(SS) served on USS SEAFOX SS402, USS RASHER AGSS269, USS ROCK AGSS274, And decomissioned the USS DIODON. Also surface-skimmed on USS THOMASTON LSD28. I would love to hear from old shipmates or even women I have met here and there...

The Goat Locker CPO Deck Log August 2001

QMCS(SS) J. R. Estey <jeyster_98@yahoo.com>
MCB5,3 and 11 (Guam and Okinawa). USS Epping Forest (LSD-4, Cavalier (APA-37), Halibut (SSGN-587), Diodon (SS-349), Gurnard (SSN-662), Shore Duty - IT School, RTC Company Commander.
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 18:22:56 (CDT)

(New 02-28-12)

EM2(SS) William Roberson of Diodon, Years Unknown
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(New 09-05-07)

Diodon (SS-349) after her GUPPY conversion, post-1948.

Career

USN Jack

Ordered:

 

Laid down:

1 June 1944

Launched:

10 September 1945

Commissioned:

18 March 1946

Decommissioned:

15 January 1971

Struck:

15 January 1971

Fate:

sold for scrap, 12 May 1972

General Characteristics

Displacement,
  Surfaced:
  Submerged:


1,526 tons (1550 t),
2,424 tons (2460 t)

Length:

311.8 ft (95.0 m)

Beam:

27.3 ft (8.3 m)

Draft:

15.3 ft (4.6 m)

Depth limit:

400 ft (120 m)

Speed,
  Surfaced:
  Submerged:


20.25 knots (37 km/h)
  8.75 knots (16 km/h)

Propulsion:

four 5400-hp diesel engines
four 2740-hp (2.0 MW) electric motors,
two propellers

Submerged Endurance:

48 hours at 2 knots

Patrol Endurance:

75 days

Range:

11,000 nmi. (20,000 km)
  surfaced at 10 knots

Complement:

66 officers and enlisted

Armament:

ten 21" torpedo tubes,
  (six forward, four aft),
  24 torpedoes,
one 5"/25 deck gun,
four machine guns

Motto:

 USN Jack

1944 1945  1946
 
1947 1948 1949
 
1950 1951 1952
 
1953 1954 1955
 
1956 1957-1958
 
1959
 
1960 1961 1962
 
1963
 
1964 1965 1966
1967 1968

1969-1970

1971-1972