1960-1969 Torpedomen

Updated 06-02-17

Torpedoman Chief Walter Bishop, the Scorpion's
senior enlisted man.

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May He Rest In Peace

http://www.ussvicb.org/newsletter/1104.pdf

A Message From The Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

Families of the USS Scorpion

Secrecy of disappearance compounded families' pain

By Ed Offley Seattle Post-Intelligencer Military Reporter

Even now they vividly remember that stormy day their lives were forever torn apart.

 High winds and sheets of rain lashed the Hampton Roads area that Monday morning on May 27, 1968. Several dozen wives and families of the USS Scorpion crew gathered at Pier 22 at the Norfolk, Va., Naval Station, awaited the sight of the submarine returning from a three-month deployment to the Mediterranean.

Barbara Foli Lake was one of of the Scorpion wives who braved the weather on that Memorial Day to watch for the submarine bearing her husband, Vernon Foli, a 3rd
class electrician. She recalls the whitecaps on the harbor, and the rain that soaked her clothing and left her shivering under a dark slate sky.

"It was a very cold, very dreary morning," said Lake, who remarried several years after the Scorpion sinking and now lives in Eugene, Ore. "The wind was sucking
the umbrellas away."

Lake, then a 23-year-old Navy wife, said she was eager to see the Scorpion return because her daughter, Holli, was approaching her first birthday and had not seen her
father for three months.

"It was a terrible, stormy day," recalled Theresa Bishop, wife of Torpedoman Chief Walter Bishop, the Scorpion's senior enlisted man. Years after the event, she still had
vivid images of the day, such as the large tree that had fallen at the corner near her Norfolk home, where she lives today. "It had been blown over by the storm and to
this day I can still picture it," she said.

The week before, several families had received letters from Scorpion crewmen saying they were scheduled to return on May 24 or 25. But on May 24, Navy officials, using a recorded telephone message, informed the families the submarine would not arrive until May 27.

What the families did not know as they gathered at the pier was that the Navy had launched a secret search for the sub the day before, on May 23, a search involving a
dozen ships and submarines aided by land-based patrol planes. The families were not warned that something might be wrong.

About three dozen family members were on the pier as the scheduled arrival time of 1 p.m. approached.

Looming in the foreground was the massive silhouette of the USS Orion, the 530-foot ship that provided maintenance and logistical support to the subs. The only flash of color came from a bright red flotation boom alongside the Orion where the Scorpion would tie up, and a small number of balloons and hand-painted signs from the families to welcome their sailors home.

But the signs would wilt in the rain and the space alongside the ship would remain empty. The Scorpion would never make port.

None of the families waiting on the pier knew their loved ones had died five days earlier on May 22, when the Scorpion exploded and sank to the bottom of the
Atlantic, killing all 99 crew members aboard.

But as the families waited, senior Navy leaders already suspected the Scorpion had been lost with all on board.

More than a decade later, three admirals on duty in 1968 confirmed they had mounted a secret search for the submarine.

One admiral said they didn't want to unduly alarm the families without hard facts.

 Another official 20 years after the sinking privately acknowledged the failure to
tell the families was a mistake.

New 06-02-17

Chief Torpedoman’s Mate Robert Johnson

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May He Rest In Peace

https://slothonline.com/2016/10/10/best-and-brightest-lost-in-submarine-disaster/


Johnson, 37, was Thresher’s first and only chief of the boat, charged with overseeing the welfare of the crew’s enlisted personnel.

He entered the Navy in 1942, and after serving aboard the USS Denebola (AF 56) volunteered for submarine duty in 1944. He made two successful war patrols aboard his first sub, USS Torsk (SS 423). He proceeded to serve aboard several other submarines before reporting to Thresher in February 1961, and was the first to qualify aboard this new class of vessel.

Johnson was survived by his wife Rizalina.

In 2004, the newly constructed Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was named in his honor, and is now commonly known as Johnson Hall.

New 05-17-17

Harry E Mitchell Senior Chief Torpedoman's Mate

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May He Rest In Peace

http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=288466

Vietnam War

Related Categories: Vietnam War

Indiana

Service Details

NAME Harry E Mitchell

STATE Indiana

CITY Marion

COUNTY Grant

BORN 09-19-1948

TOUR 05-06-1968

CASUALTY 05-05-1968

WAR Vietnam Conflict

SERVICE Navy

TYPE Regular Military

SPECIALTY Senior Chief Torpedoman's Mate

RANK Senior Chief Petty Officer

UNIT 7th Fleet, USS Long Beach Cgn 9

LOCATION South Vietnam, South China Sea

DETAILS Died while missing, non-hostile action .. body not recovered

MEMORIAL VVM Wall, Panel 56e, Line 12

AWARDS

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

 Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Kustigian and Torpedoman's Mate Chief Petty Officer Harry "E" Mitchell were crewmen assigned to the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9) on station in the Gulf of Tonkin. On May 6, 1968, the two were observed to be absent from their assigned work details. A complete inspection of every compartment in the ship was completed and it was found that Kustigian and Mitchell were missing. An in-depth investigation established that Kustigian and Mitchell were last seen aboard ship at about 9 p.m. on the night of May 5th on the after part of the ship's main deck.

The exact circumstances of their disappearance are not known. None of the lookouts saw any indication of a man overboard situation during the night. A search of the entire area was conducted by the USS Long Beach, USS Truxton and aircraft from the USS Yorktown, but was terminated with negative results.

New 05-16-17

Torpedoman’s Mate First Class Alan B. Ohler, USN

Desert Sun, Number 254, 28 May 1969

Our Men in Service

https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=DS19690528.2.56

USS WAIN WRIGHT Torpedoman’s Mate First Class Alan B. Ohler, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. 8. Ohler of 3097 San Antonio Drive, and husband of the former Miss Shelhy J. Slaton of 4111 Villa Ave., Macon, Ga., is aboard the USS Walnwright in the Caribbean off Puerto Rico. 

The ship is participating in a joint service, amphibious and airborne exercise, “Operation Exotic Dancer n,” The exercise is designed to test and im--prove existing joint sendee procedures. Elements of Army and Air Force units as well as Naval ships and aircraft and Marine Corps units are participating in rhe 14-day operation.

Amphibious forces are using both surface attacks on beaches and airborne assaults with helicopters from ships off shore. -During the exercise, Atlantic Fleet ships and aircraft are simulating shore bombardment and air strikes in support of the amphibious forces.

New 05-16-17

RECOGNIZING 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF SINKING OF USS ``THRESHER''
(Senate - April 01, 2003)

https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2003/4/1/senate-section/article/S4648-2

ships crew
 

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May He Rest In peace

Cayey, Steven George, Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

New 05-04-17

Our Men in Service

https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=DS19670529.2.60

Desert Sun, Number 255, 29 May 1967

Torpedoman’s Mate First Class Alan B. Ohler, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Ohler of 30967 San Antonio Drive, Palm Springs is in the Western Pacific as a crew member aboard the guided missile frigate USS Wainwright. The Wainwright made a two day stop at the Atlantic ¥f?t weapon’s range to test her guided missile systems, firing terrier guided missiles at both air and surface targets.

The ship then went through the Panama Canal, sailing into the Pacific Ocean to join the U.S. Seventh Fleet operating in the Western Pacific.

New 04-17-17

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Missing Sub's Crew Is Listed WASHINGTON (AP)

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/18857741/

Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 15

Tucson Daily Citizen 

Tucson, Arizona

Wednesday, May 29, 1968

May 29, 1968

The Defense Department has announced the names of 12 officers and 87 enlisted men aboard the nuclear attack submarine Scorpion overdue enroute to Norfolk, Va. The Torpedomen were:

Torpedoman Walter W. Bishop, Norfolk.

Torpedoman Mate Harry D. Huckelberry, Henryvllle, Ind

 

Torpedoman Mate Donald T. Karmasek, Chesapeake, Va

 

Torpedoman Seaman Joseph Francis Miller Jr., West Islip, N.Y.

 

 

Torpedoman Seaman Steven Charles Niksad, Yonkers, N.Y.

 

Torpedoman Seaman John D. Sweeney Jr., Annapolis.

Torpedoman 3.C. Robert P. Violettl. Newton Square, Pa.

Donald Yarbough, TM1(SS) (Sidemeat)

Updated 04-08-17

Gene Shaw

TM2SS Gene Shaw USS BECUNA SS319 1966-67 USS LAPON SSN661 1967-1971. qualified Pig Boats and Nuc Fast attacks

New 04-13-16

 

Connie Moore

 1956 - 1959 GM3 TM3, TM2 SS, USS Raton SSR 270, 1959 - 1960 USS Volador SS 490, TM2 SS, 1960 - 1963 USS Snook SSN 592 Precom and commissioning crew, TM1 SS. TMC SS 1968-1969 USS Sea Devil SSN 664 Precom and commissioning crew 1969-1970 USS Hammerhead SSN 663.

 

(New 02-14-16)

 

 

Roy Purtell

TM3(SS). USS Sea Owl SS 405. 66-69

 

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http://www.vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_09/locator.htm

Looking for Torpedoman Rich Littleton, who served on USS Long Beach CGN9, 1968-70, in OM Division or other OM shipmates, even officers. Contact: Ronnie Vause, 144 Orchard Dr., Central, UT 84722; 435-574-3344.

(New 01-13-16)

 

Edward Stewart

Back in 1964 or 65 when I was on the Bushnell, I conned this picture out of Subron 12's Weapons TMCS, he had a bunch of the whole loading evolution, These were good day's back then.

 

So I started my career on the AS-15 in Key West , Like most guys I used Margaret Truman Laundry truck on the pier, Sent my dress blues in for cleaning and a striker badge in 1963, granted in KW they didn't do to many dress blues so I was surprised when I got this back


 

 (brought back with photo 10-19-15)

Jim Irwin

Forward TM but launcher trained. Dam Neck 1968 job code 3348

(New 10-18-15)

 

Ready in the Room? Here it comes.

(New 10-14-15)

 

more at http://quickfound.net Describes the Mark 45 Torpedo with W34 nuclear warhead, and explains…

(New 10-14-15)

 

Ricky Smiddy

65 to 69, TMSN to TM2

USS Sperry AS-12 USS Proteus AS-19

My early stages to becoming a TM, Smiddy TM2. Ford Island Advanced Undersea Weapons School. 1966.

(New 10-14-15)

 

Chuck Bohac, TM2 (SS) USS Threadfin (SS 410) 1968-1970.

(New 09-09-15)

 

USS U.S. Grant SSBN631
Shipmates
on
Eternal Patrol
 
 
Sailors, Rest Your Oars
 
Calvin O. Walton, TMC(SS) - Passed away Sept 13, 1997 in Charlotteville, Virginia.
               Born:  May 1 1931.
               Nickname:  "Wally"
               Gold Crew Plank Owner.
               Dates Aboard:  01/64 to 07/66.
               Survived by wife Arlene, three children, Pamela, Cindy and Kevin, 
and nine grandchildren.
               Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia with full military honors.
               Career History:  Served aboard USS Wasp (CV18), three diesel boats, the Tench, the Sea
               Robin and the Sea Leopard and three FBM's, Thomas Edison, Ulysses S. Grant and the Henry L.
               Stimson.  He was sworn in as TMC(SS) Walton upon reporting to the Stimson.  Served as an
               Instructor at Submarine School in Groton, CT.  He retired from Navy after 20 years on
               Sept 8, 1969.  Wally was employed at Electric 
Boat in Groton for 22 years as a Test Operator
               Engineer.  He spent the last two and one-half years of employment at Vickers Shipyard in
               England as a consultant to the Royal Navy Trident Program.
               Memories:  Calvin "Wally" Walton loved his family and his fellow submariners.  
He was a good 
               husband and father and had a positive impact on all he touched. 
               We will all miss this wonderful man.
 
 
Walter Robert Yoho,   TMC(SS)  -  Passed away September 1, 1997 in Oregon.
               Born:  July 18, 1939.
               
Gold Crew Plank Owner.
               
Dates Aboard:  1963 to 1965.
               
Career History:  Retired as Chief Torpedoman, TMC(SS).
               Buried at LaPine Cemetery in LaPine, Oregon.

(New 09-08-15)

 

USS Lafayette SSBN 616

Eternal Patrol

Cagney, Ed

Gold 66-67 TM

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Nevedal, William

Blue 65-67 TM3

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Henson, George S (Gold 63-67 TMC)

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George Smith Henson, 86, of Gales Ferry, CT departed on Eternal Patrol Aug 7, 2011. He a farm boy from Paris, KY. George was a retired Master Chief, Torpedoman who served his country faithfully for 30 years. He fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. He spent all of World War II on the USS Cabrilla SS-288 and made seven war patrols. During the Korean War, he served on the USS Pickerel SS-177 and made three war patrols. He was on the Pickerel when it set a never broken record for a 72 degree up angle and for a 5,100 mile snorkel trip from Hawaii to California. For most of the Cold War, he was attached to the USS Lafayette where he served as Chief of the Boat. George also spent time on the USS Corsair, USS Threadfin, USS Crevalle, USS Grouper, USS Guavina, USS Gato, USS Lionfish, and USS Archerfish. Upon retiring from the Navy, he worked at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division in Groton for 20 years. He has 8 children, 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. George was happily married to Pauline Weiser Henson for over 50 years, she passed away in August 2009. George loved God, his wife and family, the Navy, the Yankees, and traveling.

Kotzke, Robert L (Gold 62-67 TMC)

Bob passed away on Jan 4, 2006 after fighting with cancer. He retired as Senior Chief Torpedoman and later did volunteer work for the Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, and later at a local hospital in Summerville, SC.

(New 09-07-15)

 

176 - Eternal Patrol

Bates, Bert Samuel (60s TMCS)

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Bert Samuel "Pete" Bates (Feb 21, 1924 - Jul 27, 2008) died of congestive heart failure in his Port Angeles home. He was 84. He was born in McArthur, OH, to Bert Samuel and Florence (Austin) Bates. He joined the Navy in 1941. He was a member of the Submarine Service from 1942 to 1971, he served on 11 boats and was Chief of the Boat on the USS Sablefish and USS John Adams. He was awarded the Silver Star twice as well as the Submarine Combat Pin with four stars and commendations. He served onboard SS-352, SSBN-616, SS-385, SS-383, SS-303 and SSBN-620. Mr Bates married Shirley Palmer in Carson City, NV, on April 18, 1988. Mr Bates is survived by his wife, daughter Sandra Bates Hinck of Orinda, CA and son Peter Bates of Westbrook, CT. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.

(New 09-06-15)

 

Dr. Thomas Kelly DDS - Leesville Cosmetic Dentist

 Served aboard nuclear submarines as a Torpedoman's Mate for four years during the Viet Nam war prior to entering college.

Thomas V. Kelly, DDS

Dr. Thomas Kelly was raised in Mineola, NY, the son of a NYC Homicide Detective. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the US Navy and served aboard nuclear submarines as a Torpedoman's Mate for four years during the Viet Nam war prior to entering college.

Dr. Kelly graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Microbiology in 1975. He subsequently attended OSU College of Dentistry on a full scholarship and completed an accelerated program to graduate in 1978 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Following an additional two years active duty with the US Navy Dental Corps at 2nd Dental Company, Camp Lejeune, NC and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS Inchon LPH-12 with the 2d Marine Division, he and his family moved to Scranton, PA. After two years as an associate dentist in a large practice in Scranton, PA, he relocated to his own practice in Raleigh, NC in August, 1982. He remained thirty years in the Navy and the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1998 as a Commander from the Navy Dental Corps.

Dr. Kelly has four children and two grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Raleigh, NC. Outside of work he is involved in a number of organizations. He has been the Treasurer of the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade for ten years. Recently he was on a mission trip to Guatemala where he extracted over 225 teeth in three days! He is a member of the Raleigh Wake County Dental Society, the North Carolina Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. In 1998 he attained his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2003 he completed a one year long fellowship training program in Dental Implantology at the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Kelly has taken thousands of hours of continuing education, most recently at the University of Florida, studying occlusion and TMJ dysfunctions, endodontics (root canal therapy) and removable prosthodontics ( dentures and partial dentures). In December of 2012, he completed the requirements for his Mastership Award in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD). There are fewer than 2,000 active general dentists in the United States that have attained this distinction.

Dr. Kelly enjoys traveling. In the recent years he has been to the Great Wall of China, the Silk Road, the Temple of Heaven and numerous other places in China with his family. He has been deep sea fishing in Pedasi, Panama, trekked the pipeline trail in the rainforests of Panama, climbed the slopes of the Volcano at Arenal, Costa Rica, gone on a medical mission trip into the Northern jungles of Guatemala, sailed the Grenadines (in the Caribbean), fly fished the Green River in Utah  and circled the Grand Canyon by motorcycle. Most recently he traveled to Jerusalem and the Holy Land with a group of pilgrims from his church. He may be seen riding one of his motorcycles with his son, Thomas or his "wild" HOG friends. He enjoys fishing at Cape Lookout from his boat or just relaxing with his family at his cottage at Emerald Isle, NC.

 

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Richard [Whitey] White ~ 1966-68 ~ TM2SS

Hi shipmates. I spent some great times on the old girl. I just finally came into the computer age and started surfing the web. It is great to hear what is being done to the Cavalla, she is a great boat. I was on the Cavalla March 1966 thru January 1968.There were so many good times had by all that I could write a book. One weekend spent in Saint Thomas we found a dead seagull and had a Viking funeral for it using a borrowed row boat from the island. The Cavalla had the best torpedo retrieval crew on the east coast if not both coasts.I think I still have some shoulder patches and pictures somewhere in this house. I will keep looking and send them along when I find them.

(New 09-06-15)

 

176 - Eternal Patrol

Brown, Richard F (Gold 62-63 FTM)

Sailor Rest Your Oar

He lived in Carlsbad, CA and is survived by Ruby. He qualified on USS Diodon SS-349 in 1961 as a FT2. He also served on USS Lafayette SSBN-616 in 62-63 and USS Casimir Pulaski SSBN-633 in 63-65

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Danny Miller

TM2 SS,USS Francis S. Key SSBN657 B,1968-71...a big hello to all !! TM "A" school in Key West,Sub school, Launcher training in Dam Neck, assigned to Key 8/68....

 

Your Webmaster in his TM days

 

.50 Caliber Machine Gun shells remaining from my practice shooting of milk cans off board, shot from the top of the USS Diodon (SS-349) sail on the way to WestPac Patrol in 1967

 

 

 

 

The photo was taken with my camera in the After Torpedo room, but is was snapped just as I blinked.  It was on 55 day submerged patrol during WestPac 67.

Small Arms Petty Officer in the After Torpedo room cleaning a 1911 45 ACP pistol

Small Arms Petty Officer in the After Torpedo room

After Capstan Watch as we where preparing to get underway from Hong Kong in 1967

 

Submarine Qualification Certificate of James Richard Santos, TNSN(SS)
 

Jim Santos & Barry Lebens in San Francisco, 2000

Jim Santos recalls sea sick time on Helm in Storm in 1967

J. R. Santos - TI to Diodon to TMSN(SS) to TM3(SS) in 1967

Memory of JIm Santos Diving Aft Torpedo Tubes on USS Diodon SS-349

 

Names of 1967 Crew Members, as remembered by Jim Santos

Story of Diodon's travails in 1967

 

TM2(SS) Stanley Swedbloom,WP '67
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A Message from Stanley Swedbloom's Sister

Stanley Swedbloom Info from Shipmate on USS Capitaine AGSS 336

Here is TM3(SS) Kertz in Tubes Aft, working on the same Stanchion that Stanley Swedbloom was wrapping up.

This is in the After Torpedo Room while submerged on our 55 day patrol. Kertz was one of several Tubes Aft crew.  Wally Levander, who qualified along with me, a SN(SS), and Bill Perry, TM3(SS), rounded out the team.

Tubes Aft and Tubes Forward had an informal who's better thing going.  Tubes Forward is usually taken as the top dog, while Tubes Aft is more taken as the dog's tail.  Never really deserved, such titles are.  We all did our work well.
 


 

 

Joe B. Garcia - ATR Torpedoman's Mate of Diodon in 1961 to 1963

 

SN to TM2(SS) William Caldwell on Diodon Jan 1960 to Jan 1963

Robert E. Ferguson, TM3(SS), crew of '63-'66

Photos from Bill Kislingbury

MK14-3A Torpedo Gyros extracted from torpedoes before practice hot War Shots
Mark 14-3A torpedo gyros. One from a “expendable warshot” I prepared for a firing at San Clemente Island. The other one is also from a San Clemente firing, but I don’t know from which boat. My brother Wayne gave it to me. (He started as a TMSN reserve, went active and retired LCDR, all with the silent service.) Bill Kislingbury TM2SS SS349

Expendable Hot War Shot torpedo explosion on San Clemente Island, California, viewed through USS Diodon (SS-349) periscope in 1963

TM2(SS) Bill Kislingbury on Diodon Nov 1962 to March 1965

 

TM2(SS) Bill Kislingbury in the Aft Torpedo Room in 1965
 

TM2(SS) Bill Kislingbury Stories and Photos in an Adobe Acrobat PDF document
 

TM Tom Knepper on Diodon 1963 through 1964

 

Walt (Wally) Levander, TM3(SS) to TM2(SS) 1967 - 1971  

 

TMCM(SW) John L. Quillman, USN ret compliments TM2(SS) Wally Levander post Diodon service

 

Mike Lanois '67

 

Michael F. Lanois Remembers Diodon

Jay Mack on Cold War Patrol of Diodon and a Russian sub in 1967

Jay Mack Remembers 1967 to 1968 Diodon Shipmates
 

Jay Mack Remembers Don Thomas, TM1(SS), FTR Boss, crew of '67-'68

 

Jay D. Mack, TM2(SS), crew of '67 - '68

 

Memories of Shipmate Jay Mack from 1967

 

James F. McCarthy, TM2(SS) 1964-1965

 

TM3(SS) Pontius 1960

Joe Tattersal Diodon Shipmate injury report on the USS Diodon (SS-349) in 1969

From: Jsutstoy@aol.com [mailto:Jsutstoy@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2013 9:38 AM
To: subvettmss@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Updated USS Diodon (SS-349) History Line & Memories & Stories of The Crew...

Joe Tattersall here,

Just read my blurb on your site.

Ya might want to add that it took Balboa Hospital 2.5 years to reassemble my leg and get me fit for duty. Never was assigned to another Sub.

Joe

From: Jsutstoy@aol.com [mailto:Jsutstoy@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 26, 2013 5:21 PM
To: subvettmss@gmail.com
Subject: Re: New diodon349i shipmate found

Hi Sal,

I am the TM 1 (SS) that came aboard in Jan 69 and got clobbered by a tow line in March. I came from the Pickerel in Hunter's Point.

Spent 2-1/2 years bouncing in and out of Balboa getting my leg reassembled. Retired to Northern California in 79.

And yes I did meet Snorkel Pat while in San Francisco.

Joe Tattersall

Frank Torres, TMCS(SS) 1963

TM William R. Wertz,  Shasta Lake CA wmrw@yahoo.com 
 

Harold William Dixon Jr , TM1(SS)

Sailor Rest Your Oar

Years Served

 Joined in 1962 left in 1982  

Highest Rank - Rate

 E6   -  TM1(SS)

Other Military Service
 

 Branch: Army     Highest Rank: S/SGT

Service Number
 

 

USN Retired

 No

Naval Service Highlights
 

 

Ships Served On
 

 SSBN-622, SS-564

 

SSBN-622

James Monroe

TM3(SS)

1964-66

06/64 to 07/66

 

SS-564

Trigger

TM1(SS)

1966-69

02/02/67 to 11/11/68

 

 

USSVI-COASTAL CAROLINA

USSVI Base - Coastal Carolina

2010

Membership, Chaplain

USSVI-TARHEEL border=0>

USSVI Base - Tarheel

2004

 

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George Leslie Sims Sr.

Sailor Rest Your Oar

 Aug. 15, 2015

Story

Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 11:00 am

George Leslie Sims, Sr., 73, of Englewood, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at his residence.

He was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a son of the late Lloyd and Juanita Cameron Sims. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd G. Sims, Jr.

He was of the Methodist faith. He served in the U.S. Navy as a frogman and a torpedoman on a submarine during the Vietnam War and the Cold War. He was a member of the USS HADDO Base in Cleveland. He was also a member of the Holland Club. He was associated with Hiwassee Land Company, a subsidiary of Bowater, as a draftsman for 33 years until his retirement, and was a farmer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Colvin Sims of Englewood; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamatha and Gene Wiley of Englewood, and Hollie and Kevin Baker of Riceville; one son, George and Amy Sims of Mt. Juliet; five granddaughters; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and three brothers, James Sims of Englewood, William Sims of Williamsburg, Ohio, and Charles Sims of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Chattanooga National Cemetery, with full military honors at the graveside provided by the U.S. Navy.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home, located at 1010 South White Street in Athens.

The family suggests memorials be made to the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. National Scholarship Program by visiting www.petersons.com/scholarship/united-states-submarine-veteran

If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral&cremationservicesofathens.com

Smith Funeral & Cremation Services of Athens is honored to serve the family of George Leslie Sims, Sr.

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Some of The History of SubRon 14
USS Hunley
Page 3


Artist’s  conception of the Confederate Torpedo Boat HUNLEY.

This text is from the Commissioning book of the
U.S.S. Hunley (AS 31)
Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
Newport News, VA



The Commissioning Book is from Ernie Demers ETNSN.


Chief Petty Officers

Cook, Robert, Chief Torpedoman's Mate

Garcia, Leo, Chief Torpedoman's Mate

Parker, Waverly F., Chief Torpedoman's Mate

Wright, Frank A., Jr., Chief Torpedoman's Mate

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Torpedoman Rich Littleton

Looking for Torpedoman Rich Littleton, who served on USS Long Beach CGN9, 1968-70, in OM Division or other OM shipmates, even officers. Contact: Ronnie Vause, 144 Orchard Dr., Central, UT 84722; 435-574-3344.

(New 08-20-15)

DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF THOSE FROM ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN CONFLICT OVER SEAS
DURING TIMES OF WAR

VIRTUAL  VIETNAM MEMORIAL
ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, MISSOURI

GARY EVERETT GRAVES Torpedoman 3rd Class

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GARY EVERETT GRAVES was born on April 10, 1948 and joined the Armed Forces while in SAN MANUEL, AZ.  He served as a TM3 (Torpedoman 3rd Class E4) in the Navy. Unit - LCPL Boat, Don Ha River Security Group, Cua Viet Detachment, Naval Support Activity Danang.    In 3 years of service, he attained the rank of TM3/E4. He began his tour of duty on July 16, 1968. On November 11, 1968, at the age of 20, GARY EVERETT GRAVES perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Tri Province SVN. He was killed in action by explosive devise (mine).  You can find GARY EVERETT GRAVES honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 39W, Row 48.

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William Harry Polly John Teague, Torpedoman, '65-69 passed away Aug 2014.

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USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) 2006 Ships Log Book

Jim Conrey

jgconrey@hotmail.com

Louisville, Ky. USA
Page Found by: A Friendly Link

Served in Gilmore from 11/62 to 03/65, came direct from Torpedoman "A" School and immediatly went to 90 days Mess Cooking. Oh, the wonders of an education. It seems most of my time aboard was a Mess Cook, Compartment Cleaner and Captain of the Head. All worthy occupations. Some time served was in the Steam Torpedo Shop, under the after Mess Decks. Torpedomen are a strange breed of human, some people questioned our inclusion in the species.

Time served was interesting and learned some hard lessons. One is not to run your mouth off to an E-9 Torpedoman, don't eat glass when your are real drunk, women don't like to see you urinate in public or eat bugs and lessons of that ilk. It was a good experience and served me well.

Had some decent liberty in New York, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Baltimore, Key West, Miami and New Orleans. Learned a lot on "The Strip" as Reynolds Avenue was called. Does anyone know what happened to Dirty Debbie, Tattoo Dotty, Cherokee or any of the other visions of lovliness may have gone? I was in Charleston 5 years ago and "The Strip" is boarded up and dry as a popcorn fart. Sad sight to see. BTW, how did we get so old? It was 41 years ago when I left the Gilmore.

If you served aboard same time as myself drop a line.

Jim Conrey TMSN (Ret.)

-Mon Sep 11 15:39:29 PDT 2006

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The following list is guest book entries from 1997 through 1999. Use the browser Edit, Find to locate a name, word, etc. on this page. If you locate a name you can click on the email entry and send a message.

Ellis L. Welch 2nd Class Torpedoman

I served on USS BECUNA (SS319)1957/58 and USS BECUNA (SS324) 1958/60 as a 2nd Class Torpedoman. Will never forget the 57 days submerged in the North Atlantic chasing Russian subs as a result of the Gary Powers shoot-down over Russia. I belive it was the first time the US went to DEVCOM 2 since WW2. We were at battle stations for about 40 days. I ran the mickey mouse in the foward torpedo room. After the patrol eight, submarines tied up in Argentia, Nova Scotia and we proceeded to try to drink all the beer at the Naval Air Station. The drinking led to the biggest bar room brawl in the history of the US NAVY. AND THE BIGGEST HANGOVERS IN THE FLEET.

My ear drums never recovered from the "pressure in the boat" on that run.

I found Harvey Laymans name on the Guest List. I still have one of his white hats. When I was discharged from the Blenny in Key West in 1960, I do not recall having one piece of clothing that had my name on it.

I have enjoyed doing this little note and spending this hour remembering all of my shipmates. Many of the Blenny sailors on my watch went to the Thresher. I still think of those guys as well as the others that shared this extreme and deadly world that we lived in. For those that knew me back in those days, I still weigh 215 lbs, have most of my hair, I run two miles a day to stay in shape for backpacking and I am still employed at 63.

Most of my values and business attitude were developed on submarines and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to serve my county with such an elite military service. Your web site is great and I plan on becoming a regular visitor. I would appreciate any assistance is locating or knowing about CDR Milton MacFarland. Mack was the XO on the Blenny on my watch and became a close friend and contact until about 15 years ago.

Ellis L. Welch <
EWelchfrog@cs.com>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, July 16, 1999 at 20:56:27 (PDT)

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torpedoman Francy Hereira

It’s funny. I could imagine that torpedo. I could imagine the cold-eyed warrior who would aim and launch it, and how our ship would blossom into a flare of orange light and we would all become dissociated atoms in orbit… Only the torpedoman on that ship, I’m pretty sure, was at that time an armorer’s mate named Francy Hereira. We got to be pretty good buddies later on. He wasn’t what you’d really call a cold-eyed killer. I cried in his arms all the day after I got back from that last trip, in my hospital room, when he was supposed to be searching me for contraband. And Francy cried with me.

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http://www.kpva.org/JA13.pdf

 

 

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DONNIVAN LeROY STURGEON Chief Torpedoman's Mate

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DONNIVAN LeROY STURGEON - - Born December 18, 1922 at Hillsboro, Illinois.   

Entered U.S. Navy December 9, 1940 at Springfield, Illinois.   

337 47 57   

 Chief Torpedoman's Mate   

U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois,  U.S.S. litchfield,  Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut,  U.S.S. Howard W. Gilmore,  U.S.S. Charles J. Badger,  Service School Command, Newport, Rhode Island,  U.S.S. Bushnell,  U. S. Navy Recruit Branch Station, Jacksonville, Illinois and U. S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.  

Separated July 20, 1962.

21 Years, 7 Months and 12 Days Total active service.  

7th Good Conduct Award, WWII Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Medal.   

  Died July 25, 1993. 

Buried in Irving Cemetery.

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 Connecticut Statewide Obituary Collection
(From Various Funeral Homes in the State of Connecticut.)

Connecticut Obituary Collection - 17

Cecil Craft Torpedo Man, First/Class

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Cecil "Chris" Craft, age 74, husband of the late Rita (Rhea) Craft of 13 Albert Road, Danbury, formerly of Newtown, died Sunday, August 29, 1999, in Ashlar of Newtown.

He was born in Oyster Bay, NY, on April 16, 1925, son of the late Cecil and Margaret Ann (Clemens) Craft.

Mr. Craft enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served on destroyers in the Pacific Theater during World War II and the Korean War. He was the recipient of several battle stars. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Torpedo Man, First/Class in 1962.

Mr. Craft moved to Newtown following his discharge from the Navy and was hired as a Stationary Engineer at the power plant of Fairfield Hills Hospital, a position he held for 15 years. More recently he was employed as a courier for Newtown Savings Bank.

One of his favorite pastimes was ballroom dancing.

He is survived by two sons, Christopher Craft of Brookfield and Timothy Craft of Southbury, 2 brothers, Edgar Campbell of Scarsdale, NY and George Campbell of Kingston, NY and a granddaughter, Cristen L. Craft.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow. Friends may call at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Contributions may be made to Ashlar of Newtown, P.O. Box 5505, Newtown, CT 06470.

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Marquette County, Michigan Obituary and Death Notices Collection
(From various funeral homes in the Marquette, Forsyth, Chocolay, Negaunee, Ishpeming, and Sands areas.)

Donald C. DeVries Master Chief Torpedoman's Mate (SS)

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MARQUETTE -- Donald C. DeVries, 72, of 2445 Werner St., died Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at Marquette General Hospital.

He was born July 20, 1929 in Caro, Michigan to Arthur and Grace (Wakefield) DeVries and had lived in this area since 1996. A veteran of both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and retired as Master Chief Torpedoman's Mate (SS) in 1968.

Donald is surviveed by two sons, Michael of Marquette and Donald of Philadelphia, PA, his mother Grace of Marquette, and a sister Jacqueline (Marvin) Heitman of Marquette. He was preceded in death by his father Rev. Arthur C. DeVries in 2000.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 6, 2002 in the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Ross Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in the veterans section of Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

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Wayne E. Turner Torpedoman's Mate
El Dorado, Kansas

1/12/03
I watched this film last night (Veteran's Day, Nov. 11) and was so moved by it I looked up your web site today to find out more about the film, its subject, etc.

Though I enjoyed the site and will return to it to absorb more, I have a small, nit-picking complaint about the caption on the left-hand picture on the "Be Good, Smile Pretty" cover page.

The caption starts out "Tracy Tragos holds a picture of her father as a young soldier..." I read that and almost gagged. How dare you idiots be so inaccurate? He was not a "soldier," but a "sailor" or, more accurately, a "Naval Officer." This inexcusable inattention to detail tends to corrupt all the good work your site and, in particular this page, has to offer. It is the type of mistake that, had I made it on an assignment, would have resulted in my first Journalism teacher (Cleve Matthews, the first News Director of NPR's "All Things Considered") handing it back with a failing grade without ever having explored the site further.

That little tirade aside, the film and the web site opened floodgates of memories and tears for me. I was also in the Navy in 1969. Coming out of boot camp in March of 1968, I was originally scheduled as a Gunner's Mate striker and would have been sent to Vietnam immediately after my initial gunnery training (or so the scuttle-butt went). But circumstances intervened and I was instead posted to Torpedoman's "A" School.

But I didn't escape the war. Of course, nobody could at that time and place. As it turned out, I spent six months in the Charleston (S.C.) Naval Hospital as a patient, mostly under observation as an MS suspect. While I was a patient there I met several wounded sailors who were on the river at the same time as LTJG Droz, as well as a good number of USMC members who were returned stateside after being wounded in 'Nam. In each of these cases, I had an intense feeling of "there but for fortune go I."

I still have intense guilt feelings every time I think of those days and the people I knew and met who were so much more physically affected and scarred by that war than I was. My scars are only emotional and psychological.

But perhaps by watching programs like "Be Good, Smile Pretty" even I can be healed of my petty hurts, so much more slight that the gaping wounds left on people like those I knew and on Tracy and her family.

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USS Chopper Video

Torpedomen featured in first part of Video

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Joe Bancrof  TMC

1963 to 1966

AD-29 USS Isle Royale

bancroft@usintouch.com  

Best dang torpedomen ever served with. Great bunch

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Phillip E Smith TMC Retired

Phillip E Smith TMC Retired, Joined June 1964, USS Bushnell (AS15) 14/16 shop,64-65, TMA School Key West 65, USS Holland (AS32) Rota Spain, 14 Shop 65-66, USS Canopus (AS34) 14 Shop 66-72 Rota Spain, Bremerton WA (Yards) and Holy Loch Scotland, TMC School MK37 Orlando, Sub-Base New London, Groton CT. MK 37 Shop 72-75, USS Canopus AS34 MK 14 Shop 75-79,(At Holy Loch, Charleston and Rota Spain), TMC School MK 37 Test Equipment 79, Pearl Harbor, HI Sub-base MK 37 Shop at Pearl and later West Loch.& MK 48 Shop Logistics 79-83 Retired. 83

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David Brechtel Bettieand

Torpedomen Of The United States Navy

April 22 at 12:46pm ·

All please welcome a new crewmember to this page:

Apr 22nd, 12:33pm...
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Don't know how to do your post I am a oldie so not up to par. I was a tm3rd class. went to ASW school in San Diego, and tm school in Key West. Was on the Bushnell AS 15, and the Holland AS 32. Studied and worked on mark 14 and mark 16 torpedo

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Bettieand David Brechtel

2:12pm Apr 22

David Brechtel
TM3 USS Bushnell AS 15
USS Holland AS 32 1965- 1969

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Pete Motley

Pete Motley, TM3 (ret.) USN 1964 to 1968. Torpedo Shop, USS Gran Canyon (AD-28), 1965-1968

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Glenn Whitefield

Former Torpedoman, served on Grand Canyon AD-28 from 10 Nov 66 to 12 Feb 69.

Reported out of Key West as TMSN and obtained TM2 on 16 Feb 68

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Glenn Whitefield

3:06pm Apr 22

MILITARY

Current Status: Retired Reserve
Last Assignment: Senior Systems Support Specialist, 230th Sustainment Brigade, Millington, TN
Security Clearance: Secret Date Granted: 26 Sept 01

Chronologist List of Non-Commissioned Officer Appointments:
MSG (E-8) TNARNG 07 Apr 04
SFC (E-7) TNARNG 09 Sep 90
SSG (E-6) TNARNG 29 Sep 87
SGT (E-5) TNARNG 22 Mar 86
HT2 (E-5) US Naval Reserve 16 Apr 73
TM2 (E-5) US Navy 16 Jan 68
TM3 (E-4) US Navy 16 Oct 67

Chronologist List of Assignments: From To
S-6, 230th Sustainment Brigade, Millington, TN Feb 06 Oct 06
SPO, 230th ASG, Dyersburg, TN Sep 05 Jan 06
G-6, 377th TSC (Forward), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Sep 04 Aug 05
S-6, 230th Sustainment Brigade, Ft Bragg, NC Jul 06 Aug 06
S-6, 230th Sustainment Brigade, Millington, TN Apr 04 Jun 04
HHD, 473rd QM BN, Columbia, TN Nov 03 Mar 04
45th Civil Support Team (WMD), Smyrna, TN Jul 99 Oct 03
HQs STARC (-), Nashville, TN Apr 95 Jun 99
300th Combat Support Hospital, Smyrna, TN Sep 92 Mar 95
HHD, 230th Medical BN, Nashville, TN Mar 86 Aug 92
US Naval Reserve Training Center, Nashville, TN Sep 76 Feb 78
US Naval Reserve Training Center, Chattanooga, TN Jul 75 Aug 76
US Naval Reserve Training Center, Nashville, TN Mar 73 Jun 75
US Navy, USS Grand Canyon AD-28, Newport, RI Nov 66 Feb 69
US Navy, Torpedoman's Mate School, Key West, FL Apr 66 Oct 66
US Navy, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL Jan 66 Mar 66

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TM2 Sheldon Toomer wants to set record straight on 1963 & 1964

Sheldon Toomer, 1961-1965:  

To make a correction some one stated President Kennedy was killed when we were in the South China Sea. Well we didn't get to the south china sea until May or June of 1964,

Kennedy was shot in Dallas November 1963.  The silver half dollars didn't come till 1964.  We were in the Gulf of Tonkin incident August 1964 and we returned to Long Beach California late Nov 1964, 

i know this because I spent 28 days on the hospital ship the USS Haven AH12 Christmas and New Years on board,  Long story don't want to bore you with. 

When President Kennedy was shot we were leaving San Francisco after the ships over haul in dry docks.   I'll never forget it,  We were just going under the Golden Gate Bridge and announced Kennedy was shot. We didn't know he was killed until later,  when they swore in President Johnson, This all happened I think Nov 23, 1963.

We came back from Vietnam Nov 1964, so no way was Kennedy killed while over there. I just wanted to get the facts right.

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Sheldon Toomer with more memories from DD-747, 1961 through 1965

Sheldon Toomer, 1961-1965; 

DEAR BOB, I SENT TO YOU A LARGE PACKAGE WITH 98% OF WHAT IS IN THE 1964 WEST PAC CRUISE OF THE RAMMING SAMMY. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE PART LETTER FROM RADM RAYMOND M. WALSH, HE WAS GUNNERY OFFICER WHILE I WAS ON BOARD. HE WAS ALSO ONE OF THE BEST JUNIOR OFFICERS AND I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO STAY IN THE NAVY AND WOULD DO WELL.. IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM I NEVER WOULD HAVE GONE TO ANTI SUBMARINE SCHOOL IN SAN DIEGO.

RADM WALSH HELPED ME A LOT, I HAD A SERIOUS ACCIDENT COMING BACK FROM THE WES PAC CRUISE . I SPENT 28 DAYS ON THE USS HAVEN , HOSPITAL SHIP , WHEN I CAME BACK TO SAMMY CAPT CERNEY WANTED TO SEE ME IN HIS STATE ROOM , HE WAS RECOMMENDING FOR LDO, I WISH I COULD HAVE TALKED WITH LT WALSH ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I MAY HAVE REENLISTED AND TOOK MY CHANCES OF PASSING THE TEST. I THINK LT WALSH HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE OFFER.

CAPT CERNEY JUST DIDN'T GIVE ME ANY IMPRESSION HE CARED FOR ANYONE TO GET AHEAD IN THE NAVY. I ONLY HAD ABOUT TWO WEEKS LEFT IN THE NAVY SO WHEN I TOLD CAPT CERNEY , I WAS TRANSFERRED TO LONG BEACH NAVAL STATION FOR DISCHARGE.

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON MY MIND ABOUT THIS, I ALWAYS WONDERED IF LT WALSH THEN WAS BEHIND IT AND I WISH I COULD HAVE WENT BACK TO SAMMY AND ASKED HIM BECAUSE IT MAY HAVE MADE DIFFERENCE IN MY DECISION. I WOULD HAVE TRUSTED LT WALSH AND NOT CAPT CERNEY.

I REMEMBER THE 30 TO 45 DEGREE ROLLS THAT RADM WALSH WAS WRITING ABOUT.

I ALSO REMEMBER THE RUSSIAN DESTROYER COMING SO CLOSE TO US WE COULD ALMOST SHAKE HANDS WITH THE OTHER SAILORS ON DECK. I GUESS THEY WERE TRYING TO SCARE US OUT OF THE SEA OF JAPAN. I GUESS MY MEMORY ISN'T 100%,

I THOUGHT WE REAR ENDED AN OILER IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN 1964 BUT RADM WALSH STATES IT HAPPEN IN 1963 HITTING THE USS GRAFIAS.

I DO REMEMBER THE (FRAM) MOD THAT NEVER HAPPENED, ALL INVOLVED HAD TO FILL OUT SECRET CLEARANCE PAPER WORK BECAUSE OF THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AS YOU KNOW BEING A TORPEDOMAN ABOUT ASROC ROCKET, THROWN DEPT CHARGE AND TORPEDO.

ANY WAY HOW ABOUT NAVY BEATING AIR FORCE THIS WEEK, THERE LEADING THE NATION IN RUSHING AND I BELIEVE THEY ARE UNDEFEATED THEY SHOULD BEAT NOTRE DAME AND ARMY THIS YEAR.

BY THE WAY WHEN YOU GET MY PACKAGE , MID- SHIPMAN FREDRICK J. BRUSH JR RAN THE WINNING TOUCH DOWN AGAINST ARMY 1963 SEASON. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOARD THE USS BRUSH DD-745. I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS RELATED.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU GET THE PACKAGE, I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT A LOT SOONER TO YOU ITS PROBABLY TO LATE. GOD BLESS.

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Sheldon Toomer shares some memories from 1961 through 1965

Sheldon Toomer, 1961-1965;

I remember in Pearl Harbor when the tidal wave was supposed to hit.  I remembered moving all the ships to the other side of the Island.  Then there was the Christmas Island Nuclear tests.  I remember being in the upper handling room for the 5" guns and they told us to get down and brace ourselves.  I thought there was going to be a big shock, but nothing happened. 

Then they turned on the sprinklers for the wash down of the ship and it didn't even work.  A lot of experiences on the old "Rammin Sammy".   I think, not real sure, but the first WesPac Cruise in 1962, with Captain McCabe, we had to stop in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for one month, because the wrong water got into a boiler and the BTs (Boiler Tenders) had to go and clean and fix them.  It took a month.  

 Commander Bolken might have been the Captain It could have been late 61 or early 62.  That was a lot of dirty work for the BTs and I heard that the Captain was very upset.

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Sheldon Toomer, TM2, recalls his time aboard DD-747 from 1961 to 1965

Sheldon Toomer, 1961-1965

DEAR BOB (Culver),

I finally read the July issue of  Va. veteran and the very first reunion is the destroyer , USS SAMUEL N. MOORE DD-747, WOW , I am thrilled but sad because I have relatives coming to visit that have never been here before. To top it off my birthday is September 24,1942 .

I was also a Torpedoman TM2 , I was on duty from approx. April 1961 to January 1965. I was on board the first west pac cruise in Vietnam , I think we were squadron 13 black cat division. we operated with the USS MADDOX DD-731, USS BRUSH DD-745, USS PRESTON DD-695, USS TURNER JOY DD-951, the carriers were the KITTY HAWK. and the CONSTELLATION, I forgot there numbers.

We were in the gulf of Tonkin incident, the TURNER JOY ,and MADDOX, seen all the action , We saw the smoldering remains.

We got the nick name Ramming Sammy over there because we lost power coming along side an oiler to take on fuel and ran into the back of the oiler. We also ran over a submarine in ASW practice and had to spend one month in SASABO , JAPAN, that was fun.

Another time coming into LONG BEACH CA, we ran in to the pier. That's how we got the name Ramming sammy. We also got the name Station Ship South China Sea , while there because our Capt. volunteered us for every thing .

I and a lot of others never got liberty in Hong Kong because we were in section 3 and in the middle of the night we get awakened to put the depth charges back into the rack because we are getting underway at 06:00, to evacuate civilians from Vietnam.

The depth charges were red leaded, so here we were painting haze gray while we are underway. Remember the good ole days.

Any way wish I could be there , I was in the fox division , Other Torpedomen were A.L. NELSON , STILL J.W.  COLE G.N. TM2,  The others were TM3 at the time. There were also Sonarman and Fire Control Tech friends I wish I could see again . I forgot LARRY IKAIRD, he was from Washington he was a TM3 .

Any way just wanting to say hi , Had a lot of good times on board old Sammy,  We had fun with DILLY WELCH , a seamen in first division maybe he will be there. I'm going to end here, your probably getting bored by now , Give my regards to everyone.
 

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Torpedoman Paul Beaumont remembers loose depth charge on deck of DD-747 in typhoon off of Japan circa 1960 to 1963

One evening (on the Samuel N. Moore, DD-747). I was sitting down on the mess deck listening to a Chief BM telling sea stories. He told one about a depth charge breaking loose on the fantail while they were out to sea riding out a storm. He described in some detail how when he was sleeping in the aft quarters under the fantail, he was awakened by a strange sound and realizes it was something rolling across the deck each time the ship would roll from side to side.

At the time we were off the coast of Japan riding out a typhoon out to sea. I went to bed late that night but I was awakened early in the morning by a strange sound. You see, I was bunked on the starboard side in the aft quarters right under the fantail. I listened to the sound trying to figure it out when "BAM" it hit me.

I remembered the story I had heard the night before. I rolled out of my rack and onto the floor, jumped up and through on a pair of pants and ran to the nearest intercom.  I called the bridge and reported that there was a depth charge loose on the fantail. and the OD asked me how I knew there was a depth charge loose on the fantail. I had to relate to him the story I had heard the night before and told him I was hearing the same sound now.

He told me to go up and have a look and be sure to close the hatch behind me because we were in heavy seas, so I went up. I opened the starboard hatch and looked out, and all I could see was a wall of green. We had dropped down between the swells and the water was about 30 or 40 feet above the main deck. I shut the hatch and waited until we were on top of the swells and then I went out to have a look around.

Sure enough, one of the turnbuckles had broken on the four charges that were mounted on the deck. I went back inside and called the bridge again to confirm the situation. Within a few seconds the gunnery officer and a couple of other guys were back with me on the fantail.

The officer told me to go to the chain locker and get a hank of line. Without think I turned and ran to the hatch and made my way through the ship, below deck, opening and closing each hatch as I went, until I reached the chain locker below the bow.  What I hadn't given any thought to was the fact that I was a Torpedoman and I didn't carry a knife; I had nothing to cut the line with. After I had measured out about 4 fathoms of ½ inch hemp I remembered that the piece the hatch closes against is called a knife-edge, so I began to rub the line back and forth in the knife-edge.

Not really sharp it took a good five minutes but I finally cut it and made my way back to the fantail. Between the four of us we finally got the charge back into its cradle and lashed down. It was quite a mess with twenty some feet of line holding down one depth charge, but it worked.

Sometimes it pays to listen to "Old Salts".

(New 10-19-03)

Sheldon Toomer, TM2, recalls his time aboard DD-747 from 1961 to 1965

Sheldon Toomer, 1961-1965

DEAR BOB (Culver),

I finally read the July issue of  Va. veteran and the very first reunion is the destroyer , USS SAMUEL N. MOORE DD-747, WOW , I am thrilled but sad because I have relatives coming to visit that have never been here before. To top it off my birthday is September 24,1942 .

I was also a Torpedoman TM2 , I was on duty from approx. April 1961 to January 1965. I was on board the first west pac cruise in Vietnam , I think we were squadron 13 black cat division. we operated with the USS MADDOX DD-731, USS BRUSH DD-745, USS PRESTON DD-695, USS TURNER JOY DD-951, the carriers were the KITTY HAWK. and the CONSTELLATION, I forgot there numbers.

We were in the gulf of Tonkin incident, the TURNER JOY ,and MADDOX, seen all the action , We saw the smoldering remains.

We got the nick name Ramming Sammy over there because we lost power coming along side an oiler to take on fuel and ran into the back of the oiler. We also ran over a submarine in ASW practice and had to spend one month in SASABO , JAPAN, that was fun.

Another time coming into LONG BEACH CA, we ran in to the pier. That's how we got the name Ramming sammy. We also got the name Station Ship South China Sea , while there because our Capt. volunteered us for every thing .

I and a lot of others never got liberty in Hong Kong because we were in section 3 and in the middle of the night we get awakened to put the depth charges back into the rack because we are getting underway at 06:00, to evacuate civilians from Vietnam.

The depth charges were red leaded, so here we were painting haze gray while we are underway. Remember the good ole days.

Any way wish I could be there , I was in the fox division , Other Torpedomen were A.L. NELSON , STILL J.W.  COLE G.N. TM2,  The others were TM3 at the time. There were also Sonarman and Fire Control Tech friends I wish I could see again . I forgot LARRY IKAIRD, he was from Washington he was a TM3 .

Any way just wanting to say hi , Had a lot of good times on board old Sammy,  We had fun with DILLY WELCH , a seamen in first division maybe he will be there. I'm going to end here, your probably getting bored by now , Give my regards to everyone.

(New 10-19-03)

 

UNITED STATES SHIP

 Thresher (SSN 593)

In Memoriam
April 10, 1963

Karl Paul McDonough

Torpedoman's Mate Third Class

UNITED STATES NAVY

Karl Paul McDonough was born on May 26, 1938, in Camden, N.J., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. McDonough.  Prior to entering the Navy, Karl attended grammar school in Newtown, Pa., where he served as a member of the school's safety patrol of which he later became captain.  He attended Richboro Junior High School and Council Rock High School and was active as a member of the gym team.  In 1951, the family moved to Bristol, Pa., where he attended Delhaas High School.  After high school, Karl worked with his father in the construction business.

Upon enlisting in the Navy on January 26, 1956, Karl received his basic training and was selected for further training as a torpedoman's mate. While a student at the Navy's torpedoman's Mate Class "A" School at Newport, R.I., he volunteered for submarine duty.  He was accepted for training, and enrolled in the Submarine School at New London, Conn.  After graduating in June 1956, he was ordered to his first submarine, the U.S.S. Barracuda (SSK 1), where he became qualified as a submariner and was awarded his silver dolphins.  He was also presented with a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the Barracuda for his outstanding performance while a member of the crew.  Karl also served in the U.S.S. Grenadier (SS 525), prior to becoming a member of the crew of the nuclear-powered submarine U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593), in February 1961.

Karl is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. McDonough of Titusville, N.J.; six brothers, Ronald, Robert, Paul, Jr.; Russell, Chris, and Craig; and a sister, Sharon.

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