Memories & Stories of The Crew of USS Diodon (SS-349),
1945 to 1971

since 09-27-01

Updated 10-17-15

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US Navy Port, Sasebo, Japan

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Do you have any information on Donald R. Wiltse who served on Diodon around 1955-1958?
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Robert Douglas Bartelt Passed Away in 2005 through a tragic accident

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From: subvet0046 []
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

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-------- Original message --------
From: "J. R. Santos" <>
Date: 10/17/2015 3:09 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: 'David Lorms' <>
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?


From: David Lorms []
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 <> wrote:

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Bartelt []
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:29 PM
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.

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In memory of GARY L. CAVE SR - Diodon Shipmate 1956 to 1957

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(Updated 08-18-07)


Veterans buried on Central City Cemetary

Hurbert A. Caliendo

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                                      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)



Eternal Patrol Notice for Frank Dostal
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(New 01-13-05)


Jack R. Fox Diodon Shipmate passed away May 17, 2012
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(New 06-01-12)




Robert Gagetta Diodon Shipmate passed away 11-14-09
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(New 01-02-12)




Kenneth R. Hand Diodon Shipmate 1959 to 1962
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(new 01-01-11)


Passing of Diodon Shipmate Leroy Hill
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(New 01-12-04)


Milton L. Laurie, Diodon crew of '58 - '63

Milton L. Laurie passed away 10 March 2008
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(Updated 04-10-08)





Services for Howard Nelson EMC(SS)
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(Updated with Obituary 08-07-05)







Don E. Messner Diodon Shipmate has passed away 04-29-15

(New 09-06-15)

Don Messner, ETSN to ET1(SS) on Diodon, crew of '54 - '57


ET2 Don Messner, WP56-57


USS Diodon (SS-349) WestPac Cruise 1956 - 1957 Reconstructed Crew List

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



George Stoffels has Passed Away on 24 November 2004
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(New 11-25-04)

George Stoffel's Funeral
Plankowner, USS Diodon (SS-349)
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(New 11-28-04)



RMC(SS) Bill M. Looney passed away
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(New 07-07-13)

LaVerne Speed stricken sick after SVWWII convention in Orlando last week
(New 09-19-05)




History of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan

John McKeral - a Marine aboard Diodon in April 1969

Listing of Diodon Shipmates on 1945-1972

Norm Jensen, who was on Diodon for 2 Week Reserve Training Duty in December of 1949

Some Crew Names on Diodon in Seattle Base USSVI Guestbook

My Posting on under Military, United States Navy - Afloat - U.S. Submarines (Other) - U.S.S. Diodon (SS 349) - 1967 thru 1968

More Diodon Shipmates Found by Don Messner

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Looking for Diodon Shipmate Gary W. Gibbs

Looking for Diodon Shipmate TM1(SS) Donald Thomas

Looking for Diodon Shipmate Clyde R. Tipp, a SN on Diodon in 1954

13 Feb 2001:  Does anyone on Diodon in 1967 - 1968 remember  Joe Yasment, Torpedoman, Tubes Forward (remembers liberty in Hong Kong), or FN(SS?) Stephen A Wilber (remembers Vallejo overhaul)

I found them on  under Military, United States Navy - Afloat - U.S. Submarines (Other) - U.S.S. Diodon (SS 349) - 1967 thru 1968.  Shipmates, try  for your time aboard and see who you can find.


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