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My Mother said no to my joining the submarine reserve at first.  Then she side yes I could. I had asthma as a child and exemma on on arms, but thank God that I grew out of those maladies.

I joined Sub-Div 12-31 and the recruiter came to our rented house at 231 Wilde Street San Francisco and swore me in 3 days before I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. I was 17 years old then. When I turned 18, i got my draft notice for the Viet Nam War.  Lucky I had already enlisted.

Woodrow Wilson High School graduation photo

I passed a pressure test and attended an 8 week SP/SG course (Sumarine Prep/Submarine Grad School) reserve submarine school. 

I still remember in 1966 when I flew down to San Diego on a PSA jet plane. Then I took a taxi to NTC San Diego. I carried my seabag to the check in place for BEEP (basic electronics and electricity prep school)

8 weeks later I graduated 8th in my class.

Then I walked over to TMA school, and checked in.

I graduated 6 weeks later 1st in my class. I was then a TMSA(SG).

Then I took a PSA jet back to San Francisco back to home and Submarine Reserve Unit 12-31 USNR. 

In 1967 I flew down to San Diego, took a taki to Fort Roscans was assigned to a barracks waiting for the USS Diodon (SS-349) to arrive back in San Diego. When she came into port, I boarded her as TMSN(SG). 

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" torpedotubes,
  (six forward, four aft),
  24 torpedoes,
one 5"/25 deck gun,
four machine guns

Motto:

 USN Jack

We had a blown engine on our first departure to West-Pac


Two cylinder crankshaft

Piston and Bent Valves

Piston and Bent Valves

Piston and Bent Valves

Piston and Bent Valves

Cylinder Jackets up from Forward Engine Room on deck with Enginemen and other shipmates

As a non-qual in served as a mess cook in the galley, I served some time in the engine rooms and the maneuvering room.  I had to learn the various aspects of each job and study the areas in which I worked as part on my submarine qualification.

We went to west pac that year.  We visited  Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Hong Kong, B.C.C., Japan, Vancouver B.C.C. more ports.

Nice photo of Diodon tied up at Yokosuka, Japan and 
enlarged excerpt of our old and gone boat

 

All the hull numbers were painted over in west-pac so no one could tell which sub was there.

A view of other Diesel Guppy Subs at Yokosuka, Japan base
Note, they are facing the 
Oxford (AGTR-1) in the background moored forward of the nest, as you saw in the Diodon photo above

Looking outboard, to sea, Buckner Bay, Okinawa

I fired the .50 caliber machine gun mounted on the sail. I collected these shells after I succesufully hit all the milk cans.

My belt buckle

I remember when we left Okinawa that I was standing underway watch when I was raised from my seat! We had hit an uncharted sea mount at 250 feet down!

Post west-pac 55 day patrol

Updated 03 Jan 2001 from info given by
TM2(SS) Jay D. Mack, crew of '67 & '68

Updated 07-12-03 with USS Oxford identified
by George Arnold, after all these years.

Here she is. Note Oxford (AGTR-1) in the background moored forward of Diodon.
My beloved Diodon (SS-349), ah, so crud up from sea growth after a 55 day hot, humid, alas dirty surveillance patrol. This photo was taken in Yokosuka harbor. We had to clean all that crud, outside and within the superstructure.

You get a nice view of the Snorkel apparatus: The intake is seen rising several feet above the exhaust.

Alas, after all these years, who are these fine sailors? I think it is ETR3(SS) Barry Lebens coming up at the start of the gangway.

Looks like ET3(SS) Gary Grimes on the gangway just about to come aboard?

Who is that shipmate on the sail top? Jay D. Mack remembers him as an IC3, a quiet kind of guy, but cannot quite recall his name.

There is Mr. Cooper, the Engineering Officer and possibly the Topside Watch near the bow. Who is the Topside Watch?

Any Diodon crewmates of that time, please help!

I Stood conning tower helm watches and after diving planes watches while submerged. I stood starboard look out watches while surfaced.

In port I was part of the topside gang. That means I handled lines when tying up or getting underway.

I took my qualification test in the forward torpedo room sitting on the rear area of the room with Mr. Cooper, the Engineering Officer, I had to trace a drop of oil and a drop of water through the entire submarine. I did it quite well and answered a few more questions, then he told me I was the fastest one to do what I just had done. He told me I just qualified in submarines. It took me 6 months while the standard time was 9 months.

I qualified that day while on West-Pac 55 day patrol under the Yellow Sea.

Don Thomas,TM1(SS), forward torpedo room boss in the crew's mess. Note the large coffee urn to his right. The weekly menu is behind him. During the 55 day West-Pac patrol.

This photo was taken in the Forward Torpedo Room. I think.  This is Mike Lanois.  Thanks to David Lorms,  CS2(SS).

I do recall that he was a fellow non-qual working on his dolphins.  He was a Torpedoman rating attached to the Forward Torpedo Room, under TM1(SS) Thomas.

He was a natural artist, and was a very personable fellow, with a good sense of humor, as we can see here by his demeanor.  This photo was a bit out of focus, but it seems to fit his image well.  For he saw things differently than most, with a humorous or good light, as I remember.

Stanley Sweedbloom TM2(SS) My after torpodo room boss, during 55 day patrol.

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My after torpodo room shipmate, during 55 day patrol.

TM3(SS) Kertz


This photo shows the Quarterdeck section of the Diodon.  ET3(SS) Gary Grimes is smiling for my picture taking, and he has a camera in his hands, too.  We traded cameras and snapped each others pictures.  You may see another crew member to the right, but I cannot identify him here.  

Note the Ship's Bell.  You can see part of the Topside Watchstander's watch station box.  Note the teak decking.  It ends just after the Sail begins. You may note the change in texture of the deck to a smoother finish with wider strippings.

That denotes the beginning of fiberglass "clam shells" which extend almost to the very stern of the Diodon. You can see them on the adjacent submarine.  There is a non skid matting on the deck (that has been added since we are in port) which the gangway is riding on.  Just aft of the matting, to the left of the Duty Chief, is what I remember to be a ship's salvage connection.

If the Diodon were sunk within shallow enough water, recovery divers could attach air hoses from the surface to blow into flooded compartments.  I think there was a second connection there, the pull water out, but I am not certain of this after 33 years.  Each compartment of the Diodon and all other American conventional submarines of the time had these salvage connections.

You may also note the safety railing which I pointed out in the previous photo.  It snakes around to the left, under the Topside Watch's feet and past the Sail door to the stern.  Also seen is the handrail which surrounds the Sail.

You can see some part of the Cusk (SS-348), I think her number is.  Just aft of her Sail, you can see the opened After Battery Hatch.  On patrol, this hatch is locked shut, and a plate is bolted in the After Battery part of it, to seal it off.  In case we were depth-charged, the After Battery Hatch could be unseated and water pour into the submarine.  So, it was sealed off.  The same is true for the After Engine Room Hatch.

Diodon (SS-349) in Mare Island CA. drydock, 1968. I also took photos of the sub in dry dock, but I lost those when I divorced my first wife.

While the diodon was in drydock, I was sent to head up the 6 man inventory team at Islas Creek.

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

See the scanned Jpeg of the original document


ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS  See Art. B-2305, BuPers Manual

SHIP OR STATION  U.S.. Naval Station, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California 94130

27 JAN 67 : Submitted Notification-of Entry into Active Military Service 
DD Form 53.


 
 

                                                         H. V. HARRIS, LTJG, USN, Reciepts & Trans Off
 
                                                         By direction of the Commanding Officer-

 
 

24 FEB 67: Commenced present tour of continuous sea duty this date.

 

 R. H. DOLLIVER, LCDR, USN

Executive Officer

By direction of the Commanding Officer

 


 

15 AUG 67: Satisfactorily completed all requirements for qualification in submarines in accordance with BUPERS Manual, Article C-7404 and COMSUBPAC Instruction 1552.6 this date. Designated "QUALIFIED IN SUBMARINES - GUPPY SNORKEL" and assigned the enlisted designator "SS". Authorized to wear the submarine insignia.


R. H. DOLLIVER, LCDR, USN

Executive Officer

By direction of the Commanding Officer


20 Jul 67: Recommended for advancement and nominated for ………… to TM3
 

R. H. DOLLIVER, LCDR, USN Executive Officer

By direction of the Commanding Officer

 

NAME (Last, First, Middle)

SANTOS, JAMES RICHARD

SERVICE NO.

XXX-YY-ZZ

BRANCH AND CLASS

USNR / SN

ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS—NAVPERS 601- 13 (Rev. 12—61)


 


Looking to hills, with Diodon engine exhaust for port side Engine #4, After Engine Room in view


Hong Kong, BCC, maybe

A small view of Hong Kong Harbor

Chirstmas card I sent home to my parents.

I was the Starboard look out while we were in a stormy sea. Suddenly the fire alarm sounded and smoke came up through the hatch below.  We took a sudden roll 45 degrees starboard and the sea almost came up to my station.

There was a fire in the maneuvering room, when the electrians mate was working the levers for the motor speed a fire ball appeared and dropped into the lower flats.  It started a fire among the oily rags below.

We were bobbing in the stormy seas two days before a tug from Yokuska, Japan came and attached a line to our sub and towed us into the shipyard in Yokuska.

While the sub was being repaired David Lorms CS3(SS) and I took a train and stopped in Kamakura and saw the sites there.  Then we continued to Tokyo and got a young japanese guide to show us around the city over two days.

The "Big Buddah" at Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura, Japan entrance wishing well

Shipmate John (J.C.) Horgan

After the repairs, we went to Hong Kong
B.C.C.  I met Ling Ling Tong and she showed me the sites there.  I found out on the last day of 3 days there when she took me to meet her sponser and I found out she was a hooker.

A small view of Hong Kong Harbor

Charr (SS-328) & Diodon (SS-349) at Ballast Point, 1967.

Photo by J.D. Decrevel EM2(SS)

When I left Diodon after 1 year, 8 months and 25 days, I came back to Treasure Island in San Francisco bay.  I was assigned shore partrol duties for 3 weeks that I was there.  I oversaw movies in the Theater there for unruly sailors.

I patrolled Treasure Island navy base areas.

Then I was was released from my duties there. Submarine Reserve Unit 12-31 had closed.

I then reported to Submarine Reserve Unit 12-9 in Alameda. I was there until 1971. I left the unit then to continue my B.S. in Chemistry at San Francisco State University.  I returned to unit in June 1973, after I had graudated cum laude I found that it too had closed.

So 7 years later I joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve as a Port Secuityman.

The submarines I served aboard for USNR Active Duty and Submarine Reserve Duty

 

 

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I, your Web Master, James R. Santos, ex-TM2(SS), USNR. I am a Life Member of the Torpedoman's Association.

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Your Web-Master then in 1969, TM2(SS) USN Submarine Reserve

The photo above was taken, as I recall, on board one of those covered Coaxain's Boats (1969, as TM2(SS), USNR).

This was just after I had completed a week end working in the Torpedo Shop on the Sub Tender USS Sperry or USS Nereus.

Another Reservist from my Submarine Reserve Unit 12-9, TM2(SS) Gus Ruiz, snapped this photo. He has since passed away.  He was a photographer by trade, as I recall.

TM2(SS) Gus Ruiz has since passed away

Sailor Rest Your Oar

May He Rest In Peace

He took the photo as we were returning to shore from the tender, which was moored out in the water at Fort Roscans, Ballast Point Submarine Base, San Diego, California.

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SR
Seaman Recruit

 

1965
 

 SA
Seaman Apprentice

 

1965

 SN
Seaman

Actually TMSN(SG)

1966

 TMSN(SS) in 1967

 TM3(SS)
Torpedoman's Mate 
Third Class

1967

 TM2(SS)
Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

1968 to 1971

Bluejacket's Manual
Sixteenth Edition
1965

 

Basic Military Req'ts
NAVPERS 10054-A

1965

 

Seaman
NAVPERS 10120-D

 

1965

 

Petty Officer 3 & 2
NAVPERS 10056-A

1966

 

TM 3 & 2
NAVPERS 10163


1967

 (Updated 05-12-18)

    1967
TM3(S
S)
After Torpedo Room of USS Diodon
 (SS-349)

The fellow torpedoman used my camera to snap this photo, however, I blinked just as he took the photo.

     

1967 on USS Diodon (SS-349) just about to depart Hong Kong B.C.C.  TMSN(SS)

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Here is SKSN(SS) Don Gaddis approaching me, in Hong Kong bring a tool to take down the capstan before we departed from Hong Kong.

 New 05-09-18

1967
TM3(SS)

 

Here I am, clean shaven, in Buckner Bay, TM3(SS), Okinawa, post 55 day surveillance patrol

   

1967
TM3(SS)
After Torpedo Room of USS Diodon
 (SS-349), Small Arms Petty Officer

 

 

   

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.

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 4

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 5

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 6

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 7

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 8

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 9

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 10

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 11

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 12

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 13

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 14

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 15

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 16

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 17

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 18

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 19

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 20

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 21

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 22

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 23

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 26

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 28

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 29

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 30

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 44

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 45

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2015 TM Reunion in D.C. Part 46

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From:  robert.pallat@yahoo.com

Got this from a friend of mine.  In case your'e interesting in purchasing a Mk14 torpedo, here it is up for sale.  r/ Bob

Subject: FW: MK14 in SGN

Came across this today.  Thought it might fit in your motorhome.

U.S. MK14 TORPEDO

Surplus you just can’t buy anymore! This original inert torpedo was the tool by which brave U.S. Sailors sunk a majority of the 5 million+ tons of enemy shipping in WW2. Having served for 50 years, this torpedo was born in the Depression, suffered bizzare malfunctions in the early part of WW2 including detonating early, penetrating enemy shipping and not exploding, bouncing off the target, turning back on the friendly sub that fired it, and well, a host of sailor lore surrounds this beast. It succeeded well after the 3 major ‘bugs’ were fixed. Finally being retired in the early 1980s. We only have one remaining, and since the Govern­ment completley destroys these nowadays, this may be your only chance to obtain one. Warhead explosive, detonator and cap have been removed. Size: 17 feet long, 22 inches wide $5,000.00 F.O.B. Easton

SARCO, INC.

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The Torpedoes
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The Torpedo Tubes, Torpedo Rooms, Mines & More
(Updated 11-13-05)

 

A HUMAN TORPEDO

A SHORT HISTORY OF TORPEDOES - 1866 to 1944

COLORADO TORPEDO PROGRAM REALIZES COST SAVINGS

German DESTROYERS - Large Torpedo Boats/Torpedo Boat Destroyers - WWI

Grumman TBF - TBM Avenger - Carrier Based Torpedo Bomber
From: Robert Marble TMCS(SS) USN (Ret) [mailto:redcon1sq@verizon.net]
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2006 10:00 PM
Subject: When you were offline (via Bravenet HumanClick)http;//www.vf31.com/aircraft avenger. html "TBF/TBM Avenger specifications state that it carried one 22" Mk 8 Torpedo (13' long)
It carried a Mk 13 Mod 1 torpedo, weighing 2216#, 13.5' long and 22.42" diameter.  Range  6300 yards, speed 33.5 knots, explosive charge 600# Torpex.
Respectfully,
BUBBLEHEAD BOB

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History of the Torpedo Branch of the Royal Navy

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Japanese Nakajima B5N1 and B5N2 (Kate) Carrier Based Torpedo Bomber

Mark 14 torpedoes and submarines
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MK32 TORPEDO LAUNCH SYSTEM
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MK37, NT37 and MK44 TORPEDO
(New 09-30-13)

MK46, MK48, MK54 and ADCAP TORPEDO
(New 09-30-13)

Minecraft Submarine Tutorial (Walkthrough and Torpedo Tubes Tutorial)
Video

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PT Boats, Torpedo Boats

SHIPBOARD TORPEDO HANDLING EQUIPMENT
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Submarine Torpedo Tubes and Firing Systems
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The Story of PT518

The Torpedo Incident

Torpedo at US Sub Vets of Northern CA Lost Boats Memorial
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Torpedo findings from the Internet

Torpedo Squadron Four - The Pacific Theater

Torpedo Town U.S.A. - Chapter 7

Torpedo Tubes

Updated 05-05-14

Torpedo tubes on U.S. submarines in World War II were basically large naval guns that used compressed air rather than explosives to eject their projectiles. Most modern submarines use compressed air to force water into the tube, thus ejecting the torpedo with no possibility of air escaping the tube. One marked difference between any torpedo tube and a gun is that the torpedo itself is self-propelling; the tube generally supplies only the initial impetus for the torpedo. Shown above is a view of the outboard side of a tube in a fleet submarine.
 

Tough Torpedo Bomber
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U.S. Merchant Vessel War Casualties of World War II

When the torpedoes hit the German U-boat it was the biggest bang I’d ever heard’
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RIGHT ARM RATES

The Blowhole

Dolphin Base, USSVI

July, 2013

Volume 9, Number 9

www.ussvi.org/base/Dolphin.asp 

Established in 1841 and disestablished 2 April 1949, originally signified men of the Seaman branch.

During WWII these rates included Boatswains Mate, Turret Captain, Signalman, Gunners Mate, Fire Controlman, Quarter-master, Mineman, and Torpedoman's Mate. Other ratings wore rates on the left sleeve.

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Torpedoman - Established 1921; changed to Torpedoman's Mate 1942.

(New 04-10-14)

Torpedoman's Mate (abbreviated as TM) was a United States Navy occupational rating. It was disestablished on 1 October 2007.

Surface Torpedomen were merged into the Gunner's Mate rating, while submarine Torpedomen were merged into the Machinist Mate (non-nuclear) rating, becoming MM(W) or Machinist Mates (Weapons).

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From: Jack Duncan [mailto:dryfrog@npgcable.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:34 PM
To: Jack Duncan
Subject: Updated Navy Torpedomen within 1940-1949 Torpedomen A & 2000-2010 & later on 04-21-14

Kith and Kin,

 Marlene and I have discovered through our many school presentations for the Joe Foss Institute that much of America has no idea about history or civics while geography is a total unknown.  This is due to a change in the basic precepts of the educational system, especially post-World War 2.  I written a long treatise on that subject that you may ask about.

 Below and through the links posted is a long-overdue compilation of rudimentary and elementary things that should not be lost to history.  Glimpses into the not-too-distance past, for there are those, like me, still alive who lived these adventures.

Thanks to Jim Santos, his expertise with a computer and memories of various old guys like me, perhaps 2 or 3 percent of you will read these memories of old salts.  The rest are simply too busy or their lives are too frenetic and helter-skelter could give a rat's.  That's my challenge!! 

Oh!  And send it on to others who may be interested.

Jack

(New 04-24-14)

From: mfl4759925@aol.com 
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:01 AM
To: ss349tm3ss@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Updated Torpedoman's Association with updated 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989 and 1990-1999 on 08-15-14

Don't forget, that FC settings could be also set manually at the torpedo tube, depth by hand and gyro from the "jeep".
DBF  Michael F. Lintner, TMCM(SS)

(New 09-15-14)

From: BILL BARBARA LITTLE  littlebilleod@msn.com    

Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:55 PM
To: james santos
Subject: Torpedo men (old friends)

Hi James;  My name is Bill Little.  I was a gunners mate on the Pine Island in the 60's.  I worked with a lot of the torpedo men.  Was wondering if you might have contact information on L.H. Acuft (TM-2), Tyson (TM-2), Taylor (SM), or  F.A.  Zerwitz  (GMT-2)?  Would appreciate any info. you might have to help me location old buddies.  I am thinking about going to the San Diego reunion in Sept.  My home ph. # is (541) 679-2204.  Thanks Again for your time.  Bill Little.  Feel free to pass my number on. Thx

(New 03-28-14)

From: Donald Hayden imagerybyhayden@att.net 
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:43 AM
To: diodonsubvet@gmail.com
Subject: Saw your website

Mr. Santos,

Came across the torpedoman website after finding a letter postmarked 1999 from the Association of Torpedoman's Mates (while cleaning storage) and wondered if this was what your organization evolved from.

I was Torpedoman 2nd serving on the USS Allen M. Sumner, DD-592 and the USS Yellowstone, AD-27.

Have some photos from my experiences serving on both. Currently serve as the main photographer for the Sumner reunions.

Thanks,

Don Hayden

(New 07-10-14)

From: timmerman@nvinet.com
Sent: 2/5/2013 11:38:46 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Looking for a picture of my Dad.
 
CTMV  Wesley "D" Timmerman,  Newport Naval Station, RI
Last on USS Kearsarge
Was in Pearl Harbor on the USS Case
Served from 41 to 46.

Thanks, Mark Timmerman

(New 02-10-13)

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