Your Webmaster in His TM Days

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1969
TM2(SS)

 

 

 

1967
TMSN(SG)
After Torpedo Room of USS Diodon
 (SS-349)

1967
TMSN(SS)
After Torpedo Room of USS Diodon
 (SS-349), Small Arms Petty Officer

 

1967
TMSN(SS)

Here I am, clean shaven, in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, post 55 day surveillance patrol

1967
TMSN(SS)
On After Capstan Watch prior to getting underway from Hong Kong

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Image of Torpedo Tube interior, much like the 21" x 24 Foot ones I had to clean on USS Diodon (SS-349) in the ATR.

I did so wearing overalls, laying on a curved coaster in the damp smelling tube, with diesel oil in a bucket and steel wool to scrub to tube interior surfaces.

Not so bad on my stomach, or my side.  Dripping fuel oil onto my face and overalls was the situation while laying on my back to scrub the upper side and top interior surfaces.

Of course, while in the tube, I was rather concerned that one of my shipmates might close the breech door as a joke on me.  Fortunately, that did not happen!

Once I was finished scrubbing, from the breech door end to the inside of the outer tube door surface 24 feet back into the tube, I got out of the tube, rather soaked in fuel oil.

Well, that is the memory to share here.