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Eternal Patrol

Cusk crewmembers now departed to patrol the depths in defense of their country

Sailors!  Rest your oars!

Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.

These are the men who served their country and the USS Cusk proudly.  They have set their final maneuvering watch, singled up all lines, and gotten underway on last time.

"Now secure the Maneuvering Watch and rig ship for dive."

Name

City

State

Rank/Rate

Years on Board

Eternal Patrol Date

Obituary/Notes

David Aleman

Corpus Christi

TX

RM2(SS)

62 - 63

15 August 1998

 

Henry Joseph Ancinec

Alpine

CA

QMC(SS)

47 - 51

25 July 2008

Henry studied at San Diego State University, earning a B.A. and a General Secondary Teaching Credential and was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa honor society.  Henry taught in the San Diego City School District.

Ralph Walter Anderson

La Mesa

CA

TM3(SS)

50 - 51

30 May 2012

Andy entered the U.S. Navy and honorably served aboard several submarines as a Torpedoman, while stationed in Vallejo and later in San Diego, California.

Allan Leroy Andrade

Honolulu

HI

LT

65

22 November 1997

 

Vincent John Ash

Bradford

MA

TM2(SS)

49 - 50

15 February 1974

 

Jerome "Jerry" Ashcroft

 

 

LT

53

Date Unknown  
Les Atchison Auburn CA RM2(SS) 60 - 62 9 April 2016

Les Atchison died April 9, 2016, at Auburn Faith Hospital.  He was born July 24, 1940 and has lived with his wife Kay Atchison for the past 27 years.  He was an educator for over 30 years and his last two positions were Principal of Spring View Middle School in Rocklin and he worked in the Sacramento County Office of Education as the Director of Professional Development Programs for School Administrators.  Les was recognized as an outstanding teacher, administrator and educational leader in California.  Les was a veteran of the US Navy and served on the submarine USS Cusk as an RM2(SS) from 1960 to 1962.

            Les is survived by his wife Kay, a brother Tom in Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews on the east and west coast.  He was well liked in the Auburn Community and his presence will be missed by everyone.  Les was very interested in viticulture and planted a three acre vineyard of all red wine grapes and shared his wine with family and friends with the label of "Fairway Vineyards".  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10 A.M. at the Sutter Cemetery in Sutter, California.  A celebration of his life will be held at his home on June 11th.

Francisco Bangal

Bloomington

CA

TM3(SS)

50

13 March 2010

 

Ben Baxley

Cupertino

CA

LT

53

13 January 1978  

Jacob Joseph Bautz

   

EM3(SS)

  6 January 2000  

Theodore W Beals

Winter Haven

FL

QM2(SS)

50 - 51

3 October 2017

 

Barrie "Bucky" Bearse

Uncasville

CT

EN3(SS)

58 - 61

4 June 2010

 

Eugene AG Beaumont

Ashburn

VA

LCDR

63 - 64

26 January 2016

Executive Officer

Robert L Bell

Clovis

CA

 

49 - 51

Date Unknown  

Carl "Bud" Berg

Bremerton

WA

ET1SS)

56 - 57

19 March 2016

Carl "Bud" R. Berg, departed on Eternal Patrol on Saturday, March 19th, 2016.  Carl was born on October 10th, 1930.  He qualified in submarines aboard the USS Charr (SS-328) in 1950 and he served aboard the Cusk as an ET1(SS) from 1956 to 1957.  He also served on other submarines and he achieved the rank of Lieutenant before leaving the Navy.  Carl joined USSVI in 1981 and he was a Life member of the Bremerton Base and the Holland Club.  He was well loved and will be missed by all.

Harold Andrew Berg

Orangevale

CA

EMCS(SS)

50 - 51

7 March 2012

Born 1/27/1921

Lawrence A Bisler

National City

CA

RMC(SS)

64 - 65

20 February 2012

   Qualified in submarines on the USS Snook (SSN-592) in 1963 and was a RMC(SS) when he left the Navy.

James Blondin

Walnut

IL

   

11 November 2008

  

Robert Haddock Blount

   

LCDR

57 - 58

3 May 2009

   Executive Officer on Cusk.  Retired as Rear Admiral

Jerry Boak

Detroit

MI

EM3(SS)

61 - 63

2002

 

Donald H Boberick

Pasadena

CA

RM3(SS)

46

11 Jan 2002

 

Dale Randell Bradley

Seattle

WA

QMC(SS)

59 - 61

27 July 2006

 

Norwood Tilden Bridgers

   

FN(SS)

47

30 September 1994

 

Jack Odell Brinkerhoff

Traverse City MI

SOSN(SS)

50 - 53

27 September 2012

     Jack Odell Brinkerhoff, 80, of Traverse City passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

     Jack was born on Monday, January 11, 1932 to the late Donald and Lois (Keck) Brinkerhoff in Lansing.  The family moved to Clare where Jack graduated from high school. He then attended Central Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree.

     A veteran, having served with the U. S. Navy during the Korean War, Jack was assigned to submarines that patrolled the western shores of the United States.  He married the former Barbara Ann Johnson on Tuesday, September 9, 1951 in Clare and they recently celebrated their

61st wedding anniversary.

     Moving to Traverse City in the late 1950's Jack owned and operated TCRV.  Jack was an avid softball player who was well known in the area for his pitching skills.  While in college he excelled at football as well.  Spending the last 20 winters in Ft. Pierce Florida with his wife, Jack enjoyed going skeet shooting with his friends there.  He and Barbara

are members of Traverse Bay United Methodist Church.  Jack is fondly remembered as being very modest and unassuming, yet he was a mentor to many young men over the years.  He treasured the times of being with his wife, children and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

     Jack is survived by his wife Barbara; his children, Rory (Tamar) of San Bernardino, CA; Kevin (Julie) of Traverse City, Beth (Mark) Walter of Traverse City; his grandchildren, Tarah, Madison, Amy, and Aaron Brinkerhoff as well as Twyla (Aaron) Ferguson-Smith and Ruby Ferguson.  Also surviving is his brother James of Florida and his sister Mary (Mac) Tyler of Clare. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roger.

Charles Edwin "Scurvy" Brown

Albuquerque NM

CSC(SS)

56 - 57

13 May 2014

Enlisted in Des Moines, IA 1/31/1941.  Retired and transferred to Fleet Reserves 2/3/1961. 6 War Patrols

Lawrence Frederick Brown

   

SC2(SS)

46 - 47

26 September 1974 Plankowner

Robert A Brown

Honolulu HI

TMCM(SS)

58

22 August 2014

 

Howard Bucknell, III

LaJolla CA

LT

49 - 52

1 October 1986

Guided Missile Officer

Paul Lawrence Bumber

Newberg

OR

CM1(SS)

64 - 66

11 December 2010

     Paul Lawrence Bumber, age 65, of Newberg, Oregon, passed away December 11, 2010. Paul was born in Lemont, IL on May 25, 1945 and also lived and went to school in Lockport. Paul is a Veteran of foreign wars and was a Naval Submariner and engineer who served on the USS Cusk (SSG-348) and the USS Wahoo (SS-565).  After the Navy he was a businessman and was involved in many interests. He loved family, laughter, traveling, fishing, nature, telling military stories and genealogy.  Paul is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dorothy (Brown) Bumber; daughters, Paula Louise (Bumber) Iden, Amy L (Bumber) Fenwick, Lillian M. Dorough (Bumber) Davis, and Rhoda Lyn Dorough (Bumber) Halvorson; grandchildren, Steven Davis Jr., Edward Davis, Christopher Davis, Heather Davis, Jody Thomas Alford and Alijah Beu; great-grandson, Sean Davis.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Edward Bumber Sr. and Anna Lou Hodges Bumber and brother Thomas Bumber Jr. Funeral services are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1212 Deborah Rd., Newberg, Oregon with Graveside Services with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery Oregon.

Robert J Burns

   

EN1(SS)

3 - 65

1 January 1970

 

Donald C Call

Pensacola

FL CS2(SS) 53 - 54 19 February 2012      Donald C. Call, 83, of Pensacola, FL passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012.  Don was born on February 22, 1928 in Dayton, Ohio to William Call and his wife Effie.  Don had four brothers and one sister.  Don retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the U. S. Navy, after 23 years of active duty service.  One half of his Navy career was served in the submarine service.  After his Naval service, he worked for the Civil Service for ten years.  Don and the love of his life, Della were married for 62 years and had three children, Donald Keith, Debbie and Dennis.  Don was very active in the Moose Lodge, V.F.W. and American Legion in San Diego, California.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Della; daughter, Debbie; son, Dennis; father in law and wife, Aaron and Josephine Nelson and all of his siblings.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Donald Keith and Sherry A. Woods Call of Pensacola; brother-in-law, wife, daughter and son, Aaron, Darlene and Leanne Nelson of Fresno, California and Kenneth and wife, Doreen Nelson of Maryland and a nephew and his wife, Terry and Julie Everson of San Diego, California.
     Funeral services will be held at a later date at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, Della.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice, 1555 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, Florida 32501.
     The family wishes to give special thanks to Emerald Coast Hospice and all of the assisted living staff at The Veranda in Pensacola.

George Ellsworth Campbell

   

QMC(SS)

46

Date Unknown

 

Norman James Carkeek

Los Angeles CA

EN3(SS)

46

2 September 2018

CARKEEK, Norman James, 88, was born in Los Angeles, CA on May 8, 1930 and died in Tacoma, WA September 2, 2018.  Norm spent his youth in West Hollywood, CA.  He joined the social club The Ramblers and was a member of the Sea Scouts.  He was athletic, and excelled on the parallel bars, pommel horse, and rings.  After graduating from Fairfax High School in 1949 in L.A., he attended the University of Arizona, obtaining his BA in Geology.  He was a proud American, who served several years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner on the USS Cusk and the USS Carp. 

     Moving to Tacoma in 1964, he was a sure-fire auto salesman and subsequent businessman in several companies.  He was an avid reader, and always promoted self-education.  His intelligence and sense of humor were unmatched.  He was an influential, loyal friend and family man, who will be missed.  Preceding him in death were his parents Stanley Carkeek and Martha Rodman Carkeek, and brother Stanley Rodman Carkeek.  Surviving him are his sister Diane Wallraff and children Norman Stanley, Charles Rodman, and Darby Ann Carkeek, along with his 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  His cremation was arranged through Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup.  A memorial service was held at the Thunderbird Restaurant, located at 7121 72nd St. E. at Waller Road, from 2:30 to 4:30pm on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2018.  For more information, please contact Diane Wallraff at 253-948-7884. Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Sept. 23, 2018.

Gary Jay Carr

Bremerton WA EMCM(SS) 63 - 69 30 September 2013

     Gary Jay Carr departed on Eternal Patrol on Sept. 29, 2013 at Retsil Veterans Home in Port Orchard from complications of Alzheimer's.

Gary was born in Butte, Mont. to Jay and Ethel Helmig Carr on Aug. 23, 1938.  He went to school in both Butte and Helena, Mont., where he joined the Navy in 1956.  He spent most of his service as a submarine sailor, starting out on diesel submarines and retiring from nuclear submarine U.S.S. Ohio as the COB in 1986 after 30 years serving our country and rose to the rank of master chief.  Gary helped build the DSRV, a deep submerged rescue sub, and was a Navy diver.  He retired with a chest full of medals and a room full of awards; he never went too far from his Navy.  He then spent years working with the inactive ships at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as foreman.

Gary married his true love, Josephine (Jo), in December of 1964. With that marriage, he gained his beloved son, Keith Genovese. Gary and Jo then had a daughter together, Melinda.  He realized his dream of boat ownership and was a member of the Bremerton Yacht Club and the Commodore in 2000. He loved his boat, the Sea Dragon (named after one of his submarines) and spent many hours refurbishing it.  Gary and Jo made many wonderful trips and memories on their boat and with friends and family.

Gary leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 years, Josephine; daughter, Melinda Carr Knapp and her husband, Donny; son, Keith Genovese; grandchildren, Jennifer Genovese, Kimberly Genovese (Mike), Nicole Capron (Paul), Logan, Dylan, and Carly Knapp; sisters, Donna Sinnott of Helena, Mont. and Dolly Ness and her husband Troy of Newport, Ore.; six great-grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews and many beloved friends!

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bremerton Yacht Club Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

Loren Andrew Carroll

Ozawkie

KS

HM2(SS)

46 - 47

1 November 2008

 

Richard N Charles

   

LTJG

59 - 60

2 February 2018  

Samuel Lowell Chesser

  HI

LTJG

53

3 February 1973 Retired as Captain from ComSubDiv 13 in Pearl in 1972

Keith L Cisewski

Tombstone AZ

TM1(SS)(DV)

68 - 69

11 February 2005

Retired to Tombstone, Arizona where he was the sheriff for 30+ years.

Raymond G Clairmont

Grand Rapids

MI

SA

45

December 2002

 

Phil K Clark

Grays Harbor

WA

LT

59

April 1978

Tragically lost his life due to a crane accident at Puget Sound NS

Harold N Cobb

   

SN(SS)

49 - 51

1963

Passed about 6 months after being commissioned as Navy officer

F C Cole

St. Louis MO

LTJG

46

August 2006

Plankowner, Operations Officer

Charles Louis Coleman

Pinehurst NC

LT

58 - 60

19 January 2005

 

Sam L "Cookie" Coleman

South Hill VA

CSC(SS)

69

Date Unknown

 

Michael E Colocado

Gladstone OR

SD3(SS)

65 - 67

11 September 2010

Michael was born in the Philippines on June 23, 1934.  Michael loyally provided 32 years of government service between the Navy and the U.S. Post Office.

Robert Dominic Comperini

 

Appleton WI

EN3(SS)

49 - 52

1 December 2015

     The Comperini Family is sad to announce the loss of our beloved patriarch, Robert Dominic Comperini on 12/01/2015.  He passed away in Appleton, WI after a short illness.  Robert was born in Rockford, Illinois on 09/18/1929, and was the son of the late Robert Comperini and Jennie (Pellegrini) Comperini.

     Robert served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Cusk and was honorably discharged in 1950.  He was employed for a short time by Valley Iron Works and Larry’s Ambulance Service.  He worked the remainder of his career for the City of Appleton Water Department, retiring after 35 years. 

      Robert is survived by his wife, Herta (Langner).  Robert met Herta when he was visiting a patient at AMC.  Their paths crossed again while each was taking dance lessons at Valley Social.  Sometime later, he told his instructor, “I’m going to marry her someday”.  The rest was history.  They would have been married 30 years on December 23rd, 2015. 

      Robert was previously married to the late Maryln P. Janssen of Little Chute, WI.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 1981. Their four surviving children are Robert G. Comperini, III. (fiancé Christyl); Michael G. (Helen); Daniel G. (Patty); and Mary G. (formerly married to Bernie Stoffel).  Robert was also preceded by his late daughter-in-law Terry (wife of Robert G.).  Robert was a loving Stepfather to Eva and John (Cindy) Langner.

      Robert was a proud grandfather of Robert Daniel Comperini (“Rob”), Tiffany, Abby, Shane, Melyssa, Logan, Brett, Celia, and several great grandchildren. 

      Traveling with Herta, bowling, cooking, playing poker & craps, computers, learning Spanish, and gardening were amongst Robert’s many hobbies.  He valued family and had an affinity for the underdogs (canine and human.  He was unabashedly human.  He stood up for what he believed in.  He was intelligent but not pretentious. He held a strong work ethic, and he had a soft heart. He was a good man who overcame his share of adversity, loved life, and was truly one of a kind.   The family has been blessed for the life he has shared, and grateful for the gift of extended time.  Of course it never quite seems like enough. We deeply grieve his loss and celebrate his life.  "Until we meet again,..."

      Special thanks to Dr. Fischer, Dr. Thiel, Staff at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and all of the friends and family.  A private memorial will be held for family on Saturday, Dec. 12th. 

      Robert loved his dogs and all animals.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local animal shelter or to the Outagamie County Dog Park.  Check donations can be sent to: Outagamie County Dog Park, Attn: Robert Comperini Memorial, 1375 E. Broadway Drive, Appleton, WI  54913.

  Mill Valley CA

LCDR

62 - 65

28 December 1991

12th Captain of the Cusk

William Henry Condon

Dade City FL

RM3(SS)

46

29 November 2011

Plankowner

Qualified in USS Cusk (SS-348) in 1946 and was RM3(SS) when released from the Navy.  Buried at Section 41, Site 535, Massachusetts National Cemetery, off Connery Ave, Bourne, MA 02532.

John Joseph Conforti

Torrington CT

MMOM1(SS)

46

14 June 2010

Plankowner

Born 1/7/1920 in Torrington, CT; SVWWII Life Member.. John received the WWII Victory medal, American Defense with Fleet Clasp Medal, American Theatre and the three-star Asiatic Pacific Medal among others.

Herbert Raymond Conser

   

EN1(SS)

 

4 June 1989

 

R J Cooke

   

LCDR

57 - 59

Date Unknown

7th Captain of the Cusk

Alvin W Covington

   

TM1(SS)

 

29 March 1997

 

George E Cox

   

ET1(SS)

49 - 50

Date Unknown

 

Robert Elliot Crawford

Port Royal PA

LCDR

59 - 60

20 December 2003

8th Captain of the Cusk

Charles Willott Crofts

Greer SC

IC3(SS)

53 - 54

22 November 2010

Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on December 21, 1932, Retired from the Department of Water and Power in the City of Los Angeles. He battled a courageous fight with emphysema for 15 years.

Ray A Crowe

Bullhead City AZ

ENCS(SS)

59 - 60

20 October 1994

 

Lawrence Cummings

   

STS2(SS)

 

1999

Patrick Meagher writes the following about Larry Cummings:  "ETC(SS) Larry (Lawrence) Cummings USNRET died watching the world series in 1999.  I knew him well when he coordinated the retired activities office at Moffett Field in the mid nineties.  He was a WWII vet and went to submarines after the war as a Radarman with the Migraine program."

Jack "Fish" Cunningham     TM1(SS) 58 - 63 April 2008  Retired as TMCS(SS)

Greg Czech

Martinez GA EN3(SS) 62 - 63 6 April 2013

     Ret. Lieutenant Commander Greg Czech, 69 of Martinez, Ga. died Saturday, April 06, 2013 in Golden Living Center of Jesup, Ga. after an extended illness. The NY native was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church. The retired U.S. Navy Veteran served in the Cold War. His submarine service included the firing of the first missile launched off of a submarine deck and the navigation on the SSBN. James K. Polk of the channel which is now known as King’s Bay Naval Base in Kingsland, Ga. He also was very active in the Boy Scouts of America for 32 years. His brother, Terry Czech preceded him in death.
     Survivors are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Bryan and Stacey Czech of Screven, Ga., Jeff Czech of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Kaylee and Kenneth Czech of Screven, Ga.; a best friend, Bonnie Myers of Milford, Utah; a sister, Catherine Sefton of Mass.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Larry and Barbara Czech of Amsterdam, NY, Jerry Czech of Conn.; several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Screven First Baptist Church with Dr. Brad Ellington officiating along with the American Legion Post 311’s presentation of the U.S. Flag. Interment will follow in the Georgia Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery with full military honors. Active pallbearers will be his family and friends.
     Visitation was 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, April 8, 2013 at the funeral home.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.rinehartandsons.com

Edward Joseph Damour

Yountville City CA

ETC(SS)

  1 January 2004  

Walter Eugene Dedrick

   

LCDR

46 & 52 - 55

28 September 1997 Plankowner, Executive Officer

Julio Dahipon DeLosSantos

   

SDSN(SS)

46

19 May 2006 Plankowner

Robert Royal Dexter

   

ENC(SS)

48 - 51

18 December 1991 USN, enlisted in Springfield, MA 9/3/1940, transferred to Fleet Reserves 9/30/1960, MOMMC(SS) prior to receiving Commission

Harold "Doc" Dixon

   

HMC(SS)

50 - 51

6 April 1955  

Bertrice G Dollar

   

SA

63

30 December 2017  

Emmett William "Pappy" W Donovan

Ronceverte  WV

ENC(SS)

50 - 53

31 January 1974  

Edgar Commodore "Ed" Draper, Jr.

Port Orchard WA

EN2(SS)

47 - 51

11 August 1994  

William E Easley

Salem

IL

TM2(SS)

50

15 March 1990 Served aboard Gudgeon during their "Round the World" cruise.

Oliver Warren Elliott

Moreno Valley CA

MOMMFN(SS)

46

29 June 2004 Plankowner

Clifford M Essler, Jr.

Mt. Pleasant

NC

LCDR

50

March 2000

Executive Officer

Mike Fallatt, III

   

SO2(SS)

58 - 61

12 November 2006

Mike was cremated and his ashes were committed on 14 November 2006.

James Lowery Farris

   

ENC(SS)

  19 January 1984  

Robert Walter Fellingham, Sr.

Roswell

GA

LT

60 - 62

7 January 2014

US Naval Academy Class of 1952.  Assigned to amphibious ships he participated in numerous actions during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954.  Retired in 1982 as a Captain.

Hermenegildo B Ferrer

Bonita

CA

SD2(SS)

67 - 68

8 June 2018

To Those I Love When I am gone, release me, let me go.  I have so many things to see and do.  You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy that we had so many years.  I gave to you my love, you can only guess, How much you gave to me in happiness.  I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now it’s time I traveled on alone.  So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust.  It’s only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart.  I won’t be far, for life goes on some, So if you need me, call and I will come.  Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near, Never too far to comfort your hurt or a tear.  And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear, All my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile, and say- “Welcome Home!

Robert L Fischer

Hayward

CA

SN(SS)

51 - 53

4 November 2008

 

Walter Curtis Fisher

Norfolk

VA

EN1(SS)

46 - 48

13 November 1990

Plankowner

Kevin F Flanagan

Rockville MD S1c(SS) 46 26 July 2014 On Saturday, July 26, 2014, Kevin F. Flanagan, 86, of Rockville, MD died suddenly.  He was the beloved husband of Helene M. Flanagan; loving father of Helene Flanagan, Kathleen Flanagan, Patricia Drummond and Rosemarie Flanagan; grandfather of Nicole and Rachel Drummond; son of the late,  James H. and Rose Flanagan; brother of Rev. James H. Flanagan, S.O.L.T., Newman A. Flanagan (Eileen), Rosemarie Cronin (Tim), and the late Rev. Joseph X. Flanagan, S. J.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  Friends may call at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11 AM.  Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.  If desired  contributions may be made in his name to S.O.M.E., Inc., 71 O Street,, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.  Please sign the family guestbook at www.DeVolFuneralHome.com.

Billy G Fowlks

San Antonio

TX

SN

58

Date Unknown

 

Frank Zamarron Fraga

Roanoke

TX

EMC(SS)

47-51 & 61-63

25 June 2007

Chief of the Boat on his second tour on the Cusk

Larry L Fraley

Las Vegas

NV

IC3(SS)

62 - 63

1 February 2008

 

Gordon Scott Franklin

San Diego CA

ENFN(SS)

50 - 52

7 August 1982  

Larry Bruce Franklin

Louisville KT

LTJG

61 - 62

14 January 2018

     Sailor, attorney and family patriarch, Larry B. Franklin passed away peacefully at home on Sunday January 14, 2018. Born and raised in Shively, Kentucky, Larry lived a life of extraordinary achievement, generosity and friendship. From an early age Larry showed signs of determination and perseverance that would serve him well throughout his incredible life.  He was a graduate of Valley High-school where he was voted Mr. Valley High, a proud distinction he refused to let anyone forget.  Following high-school, he was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with the honor of having the highest aptitude in his graduating class.  His naval career lasted 36 more years culminating with his retirement from the United States Naval Reserves with the rank of Two-Star Rear Admiral (RADM).  He was proud of his service and a true American patriot.  Even in his retirement, Larry would never miss an opportunity to help anyone interested in attending the Naval Academy nor be too busy to spend time with servicewomen and men to tell stories or offer advice.

      After serving on submarines in Vietnam, Larry attended night law school at the University of Louisville while working full-time at his uncle Pat’s appliance company.  Larry would often quip that after serving in Vietnam, law school was easy.  Graduating in 1967, Larry would go on to be widely known as one of the best lawyers in Kentucky and throughout the country, earning him a coveted spot as a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.  He was a force of nature in the court room winning some of the largest verdicts in Kentucky history for his clients.  He was a tireless advocate for his clients and would go to the ends of Earth to win their case.  No one out-worked nor out-smarted Larry.  No one.  His driving work ethic combined with his sharp-as-a-tack intellect made for a storied legal career that will be reflected upon for ages. He was simply the best.

     As tough as he was in the court room and throughout his military career, Larry had a heart of gold that was as soft as a teddy-bear.  His jokes could fill a library but his delivery was their main charm.  He would light up a room and had an electric gravity about him that was pure magic.

Larry loved being surrounded by and spending time with his family, especially his wife, children and their grandchildren.

     To the end Larry was a kid at heart and found the most joy watching others have fun. For all of his success he never judged a person by their accomplishments, only by their effort.  Larry had the ability to relate to anyone because he could find the humanity in everyone.  From judges to bus-boys, Larry treated everyone with dignity and respect.  The mention of his name always brought a smile to everyone’s face that knew him.  He will be agonizingly missed but he will never be forgotten.

      Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary (Mudd) Franklin.  He is survived by his wife Judy; his sister, Bonnie Gray (Larry); his nephews, David Gray, Peter Gray and Josh Gray; his children, Bruce Franklin, Rachel Franklin (Steven Kuhn), Melissa de Witt (Tyler) and Jonathan Franklin; step-children, Brandy Corbin (Scott), Ashlee Colville, Christian White (Matt), Hardy Bidwell (Brittany); grandchildren, Juels White, Samantha Coomer, Spencer Corbin, Haleigh Bidwell, Zane Corbin, Laihl White, and Royal White.

     Visitation will be held at Pearson’s, 149 Breckinridge Lane, Louisville, KY, 40207, on Thursday, January 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m., in the Valley High School Auditorium, 10200 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY, 40272.  He will be interred at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

John Marrion French

   

CSC(SS)

49 - 51

Date Unknown  

Dennis J Friel

Bellerose NY     22 April 1997  

Richard L Gabel

   

EM3(SS)

58 - 60

Date Unknown

 

Eugene Gaito

   

ENC(SS)

60 - 62

31 December 1991

 Comments by Nelson Greer:   He was our Chief Engineman on the USS Tiru (SS-416), aboard from 1/24/66 to 10/15/67.  I had known he served during WW II, but not on which boats.  He was part of the commissioning crew of the USS Bowfin (SS-287) and he made all nine war patrols between August 1943 and July 1945, one of six crewmembers to do so.

    That '66-'67 WestPac trip we made with him on Tiru was memorable, to say the least.  Gaito was a great chief, knew his shit, and gave us young, wild Machinist Mates and Enginemen plenty of slack if we did our jobs, and a royal ass chewing if he thought we didn't.  He could make us laugh, too.  On St. Patrick's Day 1967 he dyed his white beard green!  He was called "Green Gene" for a while after that.

    Gaito was a golfer.  While underway he would practice his putting in the Forward Engine Room.  Some of the balls would drop down through the hatch in front of the distilling units.  Us young squids would have to go down to the lower level and retrieve them.  The ones we couldn't find floating in the bilge would absorb oil and get as big as softballs.  A couple of times during Pearl Harbor local operations, ComSubPac Admiral Fluckey sent a helicopter to pick him up so they could go golfing. 'Alligator' Gaito must have been really good at that game.

    About a month ago I was cleaning off my bookshelf and found something I had not read, "Bowfin" by Edwin P. Hoyt.  I ran across Gaito's name on page 182.  While in the midst of reading the book I watched the History Channel documentary "USS Bowfin - Pearl Harbor Avenger".  About halfway through, this guy pops up on my TV screen.  It was him, same round face, same curly hair (but black, not white as I remember).  What a thrill it was to see him again, though a 20 some year younger version than the picture stored in my memory.

    After so many intrusions in such a short time I felt he was saying to me, "Remind the world that I existed, served my country, lived, loved, laughed, and then died, as all men do."  Or maybe something like that.  So here it is, going out to some who remember him, and to others who I think may find something of interest in these few stories of his life and exploits. And to a couple of golfers.

    He enlisted in the US Navy as a Motor Machinist Mate on March 7th, 1940.  Besides Bowfin and Tiru, he rode the USS Bonita (SS-165) from 9/27/40 to 11/26/42, USS Queenfish (SS-393) in '47, USS Sea Dog (SS-401) in '48, USS Caiman (SS-323) from '52 to '56, and was Chief of The Boat on the USS Cusk (SS-348) between '60 and '62.

    He lived in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and died on 12/31/91, a day short of his 76th birthday.  Born 1/01/16 in New York. Survivors listed in his obituary included a sister, five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.  He is buried in Punchbowl National Cemetery, Section CT 1-B, Row 300, site 321.  The next time I go to Punchbowl I'll pay him a visit and say hello.  I am sending this out today, January 1st, 2019, because it has been 103 years since his birth.  Happy Birthday, shipmate.

Louis Edward Gamer

Glastonbury

CT

SN(SS)

48 - 51

12 February 2019

Louis Edward Gamer, 90, died on February 12, 2019.  Born on November 30, 1928 in Glastonbury the son of the late Louis Gamer and Amelia (Krajger) Phillips, he was a lifelong Glastonbury resident who had graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1947.  In 1947 he joined the US Navy and served until 1951.  He was part of the submarine force where he served on the USS Cusk (SS-348) and USS Lionfish (SS-298) and is a Veteran of the Korean War.  Louis was married to the late Margaret P. Gamer for 56 years.  He leaves behind his children Gary Gamer of Windsor Locks, Peter and his wife Laura Gamer of Cromwell and grandchildren Holly, Hannah and Jeffrey.  He is also survived by his brother Charles Gamer of Portland and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister Beatrice Havanec and a brother Robert Gamer.  Louis was a Mason and worked construction for most of his life with the last ten plus years as a Mason with the West Hartford School System.  He played competitive soccer as an adult and loved all sports.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, lobstering and being outside.  He maintained a vegetable garden till the very end.

Clay Gatlin

Brandon

MS

EM2(SS)

51 - 54

6 September 2012

Clayton Neil Gatlin, 79, an IBM employee for 20 years, and owner/operator of a Lowrance and Motor Guide Service Center, in Brandon for many years, died at home Thursday, September 6th, 2012.  Clay served proudly aboard the Cusk for almost four years as an Electrician's Mate Second Class and he also qualified aboard the Cusk.  Clay was very instrumental in the development of many of the Cusk's webpage pictures, facts and information, and his technical skills and willingness to help keep the webpage robust and accurate were invaluable.  He is survived by his wife Doris Gatlin, two daughters Debbie Carnes and Carla Fajardo, two sons Bryce Gatlin and Milton Gatlin, his brother Bernard Barber, as well as his many grand children, great grand children, nieces, and nephews. He is loved, and will be missed by his family and friends.

James Gauthier

   

TMSN(SS)

58 - 59

13 April 2018  

Paul Andrew Gavala

Fishkill NY

ENC(SS)

46

8 November 2006 Plankowner

Leonard Gay

San Diego CA

SD1(SS)

46

4 February 1994 Plankowner

Robert J "Little Mo" Geary

   

EM2(SS)

59 - 62

14 September 2014

 

Charles Harrison George

Baton Rouge LA

QM3(SS)

48

28 October 2018

     Charles Harrison George, Sr., 91, of Baton Rouge, LA, went home to be with our precious Lord and Savior on October 26, 2018, surrounded by his family in his home. 

     Charlie was born in Sciotoville, Ohio, to James H. and Laura G. George on August 12, 1927.  He graduated from high school and immediately left home to serve in the Navy.  He served in WWII on Balao-class submarines [Boarfish, Cusk] as a quartermaster signalman experiencing many adventures.  Sharing those many experiences was one of his favorite past times.  After serving i the Navy, he attended Texas A & I University in Kingsville, TX, where he graduated as a chemical engineer.  There he met his lovely wife, Mildred, of 66 years.  He worked in the pulp and paper industry his entire career, even living in Brazil, for several years.  As an Eagle Scout, one of Charlie's passions was working with the Boy Scouts of America.  He mentored many young men throughout the years and earned the prestigious Silver Beaver Award.  His passion to serve God was exemplified through his faithful service to St. Andrews UMC serving as a Sunday school teacher, member of the Methodist Men, choir member, and various committees over the years. 

     He is survived by Mildred Jesse George (spouse), sons Charles "Bud" H. George, Jr. (Amii) and Samuel Lee George (Debbie), daughter Deborah George Fitzgerald (Mike), and grandsons M. Patrick Fitzgerald, II, and Ashton Charles Fitzgerald as well as many nephews and nieces.  Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, James & Laura George and brothers Robert Preston George and James Berlen George.

     Visitation was held on Wednesday, October 31 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Resthaven Gardens Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.  The funeral service was held on Thursday, November 1 at 12:30 P.M. at St. Andrews UMC, 17510 Monitor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA.  Pallbearers are Richard Holbrook, Rick Holm, Jerry Menard, Bill Pedneau, Jimmy Spencer, Bob Wilson.  Honorary pallbearers are Ken Burns, Tony Cerniglia, Jay Haindel, John Harris, Robert Purvis, Sr., Robert Purvis, Jr., David Villarrubia, and John Watson.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA, or the United States Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation, (USSVI, ATTN: Subvet Charity, P.O. Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383, make checks to USSVCF) in Charles Harrison George, Sr.'s, name. The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to our St. Andrews UMC family and our neighbors who have been so supportive and caring during Charlie's illness. We would also like to express a special thank you to The Hospice of Baton Rouge for the care and kindness shown over the past month. Published in TheAdvocate.com Oct. 29, 2018

John Shankland "Red" Ghiselin

Bremerton

WA

END1(SS)

50 - 53

21 July 2000

Was later commissioned and retired as LCDR

Robert Bryan "Hoot" Gibson, Jr.

Tionesta PA

LCDR

58 - 62 & 64 - 66

26 March 2013  

William Hale "Bill" Gignac

Uncasville CT

EN2(SS)

58 - 59

7 October 2016  William Hale GIGNAC, EN1(SS), USN, Ret., 88, of Uncasville, passed away peacefully Friday, October 7, 2016, surrounded by loved ones at home.  Born Nov. 22, 1927 in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Susan (Minton) Gignac.  Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1945, starting his 20 year Naval career which spanned World War II as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars before his retirement in 1965.  He qualified in submarines in USS Blueback (SS-326) in 1947. He also served in USS Piper, USS Bonita [K3], USS Cusk, & USS Tunny.  He went on to work for Electric Boat in Groton for the next 30 years, retiring as an S.T.O. in 1995.  Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Gayle and Mark Conrad of Fall River, MA, Brian and Marguerite "Margo" Gignac of Colchester and Michael and Sandra Gignac of Nianticnine grandchildren, Sarah, Anna and Alex Conrad and Rosemary, Terrance, Joseph, Edward, Jonathan and Casi Gignac and a sister, Joan Rinard of Burbank, CA.  In addition to his beloved wife of 48 years, Grace, who passed away Aug. 23, 2010, he was predeceased by three siblings, Alice Askew, Regina Diamond and Fred Gignac.  Buried at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, CT.

William Gilfillan

Mystic CT

EM1(SS)

47 - 48

9 May 1992  Retired as ICC(SS)

Harry Otho Glover

Crete IL

TM1(SS)

47

21 October 2016  Enlisted in Pittsburgh, PA 4/8/1941, transferred to Fleet Reserves 8/17/1967.  Retired as ICC(SS)

Richard S Godfrey

Union City CA

HM1(SS)

56 - 57

22 February 2009  

Herbert W Graham

   

RM1(SS)

46 - 53

Date Unknown Plankowner

 

Rick Dale "Ptomaine"  Greer

Ft. Worth TX

CS2(SS)

65 - 67

24 December 2015  

John Peter Hager

   

HMC(SS)

46 - 47

4 April 1999 Plankowner

Walter F Hanau

Chicago

IL

SN(SS)

50 - 51

10 March 2013

 

Robert E "Stretch" Hannon

Minneapolis

MN

QM2(SS)

50

14 September 1994

Service dates 8/1944 to 10/1947 and 9/1950 to 4/1952

Max Eugene Hansen

   

RMC(SS)

53

18 February 2001

 

Phillip Vane "Swede" Hansen

Bonneau

SC

MOMM2(SS)

46 - 47

28 May 2011

Plankowner, Born Jan. 28, 1927, in Chicago, IL. SVWWII Life Member #06973.  Retired as LCDR.

George Urban Harlow

Ash Flat

AZ

SO2(SS)

49 - 53

16 September 2014

Retired as STCM(SS) 7/5/1972.  George Urban Harlow, USN (Ret), 83 who died September 17, 2014, was buried with Full Military Honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on October 3, 2014.  George Urban Harlow, born in Mankato, MN on June 2, 1931, was the son of Charles Leroy Harlow and Lydia Urban Harlow.

     George enlisted in the Navy in 1948, where he went into Submarine School and became a Sonar Technician. He served on the U.S.S. Cusk, U.S.S. Sailfish, U.S.S. Seadragon, and U.S.S Blueback. 

     He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Lydia Harlow and Brother Charles Harlow.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory; wife Arlene Harlow of Mankato MN, children, Kim Silva of WA, Darla Bohm of WA, George U. Harlow, JR. of CA, Robin Farmer and husband Brent of Canada, Charles T. U. Harlow of TX, Rebecca Iva Bouldin and husband John of Benbrook, TX, Frederick J. Harlow of IA, Georgia Harlow of MN and Lydia Harlow of MN, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

     He also leaves behind his loving brothers and sisters; Iva Ganske and husband Allen of Eagle Lake, MN, Roger Harlow and friend Carol of Madelia, MN, Lana Christian and friend Mike of Cook, MN. Sister in law Carole Harlow of Mapleton, MN and brother Gary Blank and wife Sharon of Lake Crystal, MN, many nieces and nephews, and friends in Arkansas, Oregon, California, Iowa, and Missouri.

Charles F "Chuck" Harner, Jr.

Vienna

VA

LT

60 - 63

1 March 2017

Celebrate the life of  Charles (Chuck) Harner

Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church

1301 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

Visitation at 10  am, Service at 11 am

Reception at Church following service.

 

Donations in lieu of flowers:

Harmony Foundation International, INC

110 Seventh Ave., Suite 200

Nashville, TN 37203  

Max Alan Harrell

Sebring

FL

FCC(SS)

53 - 54

1 November 2011

Retired as LCDR 7/5/1972

Mervin Ray Harris

Fremont

CA

EM2(SS)

58 - 59

13 April 2008

 

Coy E Harrison

Gresham

OR

MMFN(SS)

62 - 63

23 March 2010

Born November 24, 1943 , Eternal Patrol Mar 23 2010 of cancer.  He finished college and became an engineer designing and selling hydraulic equipment.

Roger Hathaway

Santa Fe

NM

EN3(SS)

60 - 61

11 December 2016

Roger Hathaway, 75, died 12/11/2016.  He passed away peacefully in his Santa Fe, New Mexico adobe shop and living space that he designed and built 25 years ago.  He was diagnosed with a bone marrow cancer in early 2016 and spent most of the year courageously battling the disease.  The second son of notable Woodland Park, Colorado sculptor and furniture maker, Paul Robert Hathaway, he was born 9/30/1941 and grew up at the foot of Pike's Peak, developing interests in music and machinery.  He tore up the local dirt roads on a 1952 Harley Davidson, and his first four wheeled conveyance was a 1930 Ford Model A, purchased at the age of 16 from his best friend, John Webb. Upon graduating from high school in 1959, Hathaway joined the U.S. Navy and volunteered for the Submarine Service, serving as a diesel engineman on the USS Cusk.  He married Beth Cocking in September, 1965, and had two sons, Nathaniel James and Barry Robert.  After graduating from Colorado State University with a music degree, Hathaway taught orchestral music in public high schools in South Dakota and Iowa from 1971 to 1978, then moved his family back to Woodland Park in 1979 after completing training to become a piano technician.  Hathaway divorced in 1986, and started a new chapter of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A life-long lover of the American Southwest, he felt at home in New Mexico, and met and then married Peggy Abbott in 1992.  He grew a successful piano tuning and repair business in the Santa Fe region, and enjoyed music, language study, and local and world travel, spending many summers in Nice, France together with Peggy.  The two shared a love of the natural world and enjoyed many hiking and camping trips.  From Nice, they often traveled on their Honda Transalp motorcycle, always with tent and cook stove for preparing roadside meals.  They explored Europe and beyond, meeting interesting people, relishing the sights, sounds, smells and flavors.  Memories of two other fantastic motorcycle voyages, one around the Black Sea, and the other to Timbuktu in North Africa with his son, Barry, were a joy to him for many years.  Back in Santa Fe, Hathaway served for several years as president of his local Piano Technicians' Guild and proudly shared his expert knowledge of piano regulation, tuning and repair with his protégé‚ and friend, Robby Rothschild.  He was a gifted wood carver as well, fashioning many remarkable works in the style of the renowned Russian artist, Nicolai Fechin, whose work was a great inspiration.  A lover of history, art, music, and culture, he took great pleasure in the beauty of this world, and, fortunately for those who love him, left behind an autobiography detailing many of his most interesting life experiences.  Friends and family have spoken in these last days of how he touched their lives.  Roger's love, friendship, wit and appetite for life will be terribly missed and will live always on in our hearts.  Hathaway is survived by older brother, Paul, and two sisters, Diane and Lynne, his wife, Peggy Abbott, first wife, Beth, and two sons, Nate and Barry, as well as step children and grandchildren.  Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Dec. 18, 2016.

Geoffrey David Haycraft

Albuquerque

NM

ENC(SS)

48 - 49

2 July 1990

Enlisted in 11/13/1934, transferred to Fleet Reserve 5/25/1954

Harold William Haynes, Jr.

Oceanside

CA

QM2(SS)

46 - 48

26 August 2016

Plankowner

Clifford L Hazlett

   

GM1(SS)

46

31 March 2005

Plankowner

John A "Pappy" Hegg

Port Orchard

WA

EN1(SS)

64 - 67

1 August 2003

June 1964 to May 1967; Two West Pac & yard over haul in Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

George Henry, VI

Gold Beach

OR

   

15 April 2004

 

Edward D "Ed" Heral, Jr.

Machesney IL  

63 - 64

20 January 2016

     Edward D. Heral Jr .71, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in O'Kean, AR. on March 22, 1944 to Edward and Sarah (Rothe) Heral. Ed made a career of the military serving in the Navy, Army Reserve and the Illinois National Guard and was stationed on the USS Halfbeak Nuclear Submarine and the USS Enterpriser Carrier among many other water vessels. Ed retired from the military while working for the U.S. Post Office as a rural mail carrier. In August of 2005 he married Michaelyn Allen and together with cat, Sam they traveled the country in their beautiful motor home. Ed loved playing softball, fishing, playing computer games and spending time with his family.

     Survivor: wife, Michaelyn; children, Diane and Michael Heral; grandchildren, Ashley and Jeffrey Heral; stepchildren, Robin (Scott) Hermann, Danny (Lettie) Thurman, Patrick Thurman; step-grandson, Timothy Hermann; step great-grandson, Adam Hermann; siblings, Thomas, Larry, Robert, Kenneth Heral, Millie Corn, Joann Tillman, Jean Raedeke, and Sue Vehslage; numerous, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; son, Ralph; first wife, Marilyn; sister, Patty.

     Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 28, at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park, Il. Visitation: 1:00 until time of service. Burial: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. To express condolences, visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com.

Alvert Otto Herbst

Annandale VA QMSN(SS)

46

22 October 2013

Plankowner

J W Hickman

Biloxi MS IC2(SS)

54 - 57 & 64

5 September 2014

J. W. HICKMAN   J. W. Hickman was born February 27, 1932 in Waco, Texas and died September 5, 2014, in Biloxi, MS.  Enlisted in the in June 1949.  He served both in Korean and Vietnam Wars on various ships, retiring in December 1969 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.  His second career was with Mountain Bell Telephone (Qwest Corp.) from 1971 until retiring in 1991.  He moved from Pahrump, Nev. in 2004 to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi.  He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Fleet Reserve Association, and National Chief Petty Officers.  BRADFORD-O'KEEFE FUNERAL HOME, 15th St. Gulfport assisted the family.

Francis E "Moldy" Higgins

Bangor ME MOMM1(SS)

46

27 October 2004

Plankowner, Enlisted at Pawtucket, RI 2/6/1941, transferred to Fleet Reserves 3/8/1961

Earl Martin Hinman

   

F2c

46

26 May 2009

Plankowner

David P Hirt

Glendale

CA

QM3(SS)

51 - 53

22 August 2016

 

William Lee Hodnett

Mt. Aukum

CA

RMC(SS)

50 - 51

27 August 2018

     William Lee Hodnett, of Mount Aukum, Calif., passed away on Aug. 27, 2018, a native of Bodcaw, Ark. He was 98 years old.  He was a WWII Submariner aboard SALMON, STICKLEBACK and CAPITAINE and made six war patrols, plus he served in the Korean War aboard CUSK.
     Predeceased by wives Maxine, Patricia and Verdell. Loving father of Sandra (Rod) Thomas, Lenna (Phillip) Allred, Russ (Sandy) Hodnett, George (Maritza) Hodnett, Janice (Voin) Long, Thomas (Diane) Hodnett, Samuel (Lennie-leigh) Hodnett, Susan (Avery) Poole, Jennifer (Wayne) Lund (deceased), Wayne Lund, Darci (Rick – deceased) Galligo, and Cheri (Kenny) Yates and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Albert Lawrence Hoffman

Hampton

VA

EN1(SS)

49 - 53

13 July 1991

 

Harry Samuel Hoffman

Williamstown

NJ

RMC(SS)

58

2 June 2009

 

Robert Vint Hollenberger

Southbridge

MA

EM1(SS)

48 - 49

19 February 1996

 

James Washington Holmes, Jr.

Pensacola

FL

FCS1(SS)

47

16 April 2014

Retired as CDR.  Dates of service: November 1941 to July 1971

Donald L Howell

Houston

TX

EM3(SS)

67 - 69

16 July 2005

 

Paul O Hord

   

QM1(SS)

50

   

Roy E Hopf

Jacksonville

FL

EN3(SS)

60 - 61

17 March 2013

   Qualified in submarines on the USS Cusk (SS-348) in 1959 and was a EN1(SS) when he left the Navy.

Paul O Hord

   

QM1(SS)

47 - 51

Date Unknown

 

Albert W "Sam" Houston

Cocoa Beach

FL

CDR

68 - 69

17 June 2005

Cusk's 14th Captain

Donald L Howell

Houston

TX

EM3(SS)

67 - 69

16 July 2005

 

William P Hrbacek

Shelton

WA

ETR2(SS)

59 - 63

17 July 2018

     Qualified in submarines on the USS Cusk (SS-348) in 1960 and was a CWO3 when he left the Navy.  LPO for E Division. Advanced to ETCM & CWO2 on same day. Retired as CWO3(SS)
     Bill Hrbacek, 78, of Shelton, WA passed away on July 17, 2018 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA after a brief but courageous battle with APL leukemia.
He was born in Lawton, OK on April 26, 1940 and moved to Concord, CA where he attended Mt. Diablo High School. After graduation, Bill served 24 years in the United States Navy, 18 of those years at sea. He retired from the Navy in 1982 with numerous personal awards and unit commendations. Bill was an active member of the USS Cusk (SS-348) reunion group, the boat on which he qualified in Submarines.
     Following his Navy career, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1988. He held managerial positions in several manufacturing companies and the YMCA in Bowie, Maryland, and was an independent construction contractor. He was the Construction Manager for South Puget Sound Intertribal Housing Authority at the time of his second retirement in 2002.
     Bill was a remarkable man who will be missed by many. He was devoted to his family and spent many happy days watching his grandchildren play. He was a jack of all trades who rarely referenced an instruction manual. He will be remembered for being willing to lend a helping hand, having that one tool needed by a friend, or elbows deep into a project. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and restoring classic autos.
     Bill is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Jean, daughters Debora Hrbacek of Kaneohe, HI and Genevieve (William) Christensen of Bonney Lake, WA; grandchildren Helena Christensen and Viktor Christensen; and his sister Megan (Rex) Smith of Fort Bragg, CA. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Ida Hrbacek, and his brothers, Denis and Ben.
     Bill will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. If you would like to make a contribution in Bill’s memory, please consider supporting Bloodworks Northwest or make a blood donation.

Ralph Wilmer Hubbard

Auburn

CA

ENC(SS)

 

5 April 2008

 

Dana C Hughes

Visalia

CA

ENC(SS)

67

11 May 2011

     Qualified in submarines on the USS Redfin (SS-272) in 1960 and was a ENC(SS) when he left the Navy.  Dana served from 1951-1970, retiring as ENC(SS). In addition to Qualifying on USS Redfin (SS-272) in 1960, he served on USS Cusk (SS-348) and USS Trumpetfish (SS-425).  Dana was a Life member of USSVI and was inducted into the Holland Club in 2010,  He was a Past Secretary-Treasurer of USSVI Wahoo Base, and an Associate member of USSVI WWII Fresno Chapter.  His wife Musette and daughter Gail Day were members of Wives of WWII SubVets Fresno Chapter.
     A Memorial Service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday 27 May 2011 at the Visalia Veterans' Memorial Building, 609 W. Center Avenue, Visalia Ca 93291 (Corner of Center & Willis, 1 block north of Main Street).

Henry D "Hank" Hukill, Jr.

Elizabethtown

PA

LTJG

55 - 57

13 July 2006

Retired as a Captain

James Franklin "Jim" Hume

Stillwell

OK

TM1(SS)

56 - 60

15 January 2015

     James Franklin Hume (Jim) left this earth January 15, 2015 at 12:17 am.  The family requests not to send flowers but the please donate to one or both of the following:

Vets Association http://vetsaa.org/477323

Cancer Society  https://donate.cancer.org/index

James M "Jim" Humphries

Stillwell

OK

TM1(SS)

56 - 60

15 January 2015

     James Franklin Hume (Jim) left this earth January 15, 2015 at 12:17 am.  The family requests not to send flowers but the please donate to one or both of the following:

Vets Association http://vetsaa.org/477323

Cancer Society  https://donate.cancer.org/index

Rufino P Ibarra

Norfolk

VA

SK2(SS)

56 - 60

11 February 2019

     Senior Chief Petty Officer Rufino “Pen” Paras Ibarra, USN, Ret., died Monday, February 11, 2019 in his Norfolk home. He was a native of Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines and was the son of the late Dr. Alejandro and Gregoria Paras Ibarra.
     He retired from the United States Navy in 1978 after attaining the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer and was a veteran of the Vietnam and Cold Wars.  As a submariner, he was a member of the Silent Service and dearly loved his country.  Over his twenty-two year career in the Navy, he served in a number of significant roles, including Chief of the Boat for USS Shark SSN-591 and assignments with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Command.  For his efforts he was awarded multiple Navy Achievement Medals and numerous individual Letters of Commendation.  Following his retirement from the Navy he worked at QED Systems and retired in 1993.
     He was a Roman Catholic and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  A health and fitness enthusiast, he was a lifetime member of the Tidewater Striders and a marathon runner.  He was also a member of the Filipino United Ilocano Association of Tidewater.
     Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Avelina dela Cuesta Ibarra of Norfolk his daughters, Pearl C Ibarra and her partner Christopher W. McIntosh of Chesapeake; Gina Ibarra Coss and her husband David of Virginia Beach; his sons, Ken Ibarra of West Chester, PA; and Alan Ibarra and his wife Verna of Virginia Beach.  He is also survived by five grandchildren: Daryl Ann, Kendall, Lily, Matthew and Andrew and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Arthur H Jerbert

North Stonington

MA

LCDR

50

24 July 2010

In 1971, he became the first mayor of Ledyard. During his tenure there he was responsible for creating the Up-Down Sawmill Park as well as numerous other projects. When he lived in North Stonington, he compiled and published the Bicentennial Remembrance B

Dale Clark Johnson

Coronado

CA

LT

59 - 60

1 September 2011

 

Born in 1924, SVWWII Life Member #16693.

Isaac Johnson  

TX

ET1(SS)

47

19 July 2009

 

James F "Jim" Johnson

Plant City

FL

RMC(SS)

67 - 68

29 November 2016

A very kind and down to earth person who was loved by all who knew him.

Richard Allen Johnston    

MOMM1(SS)

46

July 1983

Plankowner

William D "Bill" Jones

 

AZ

ET2(SS)

58 - 60

13 August 2006

 

Floyd J Jones

   

QM2(SS)

50

12 March 1993

 

William D Karr

Bradenton FL

ETC(SS)

63

16 July 2013

 

Ernest Melvin Keeran

Ft. Cobb OK

RM1(SS)

46 - 47

28 November 1985

Plankowner, Enlisted in San Diego, CA 4/24/1941, transferred to the Fleet Reserves 8/1/1961

Chuck Lubbes

   

QMC(SS)

55 - 56

1966

 

James R Kane

   

EM2(SS)

49 - 53

Date Unknown

 

Michael "Mike" Keelin

Cedar Park TX

STS2(SS)

62 - 65

31 May 2017

     Michael Keelin, 73, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, after spending a joyous Memorial Day weekend with loved ones and paying homage to America’s heroes one last time.  It was a fitting end to a life well-lived; family and country were the things Mike held most dear.

     Mike was a patriot’s patriot.  When he was a boy, his father explained the meaning of Memorial Day: “It’s not about hamburgers and beer; it’s about those who gave their lives in service of our country.”  Those words and that devotion to nation and flag found fertile ground in the life of Mike Keelin, who went on to courageously serve his country in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1966, during the Viet Nam War.  Mike was a sonarman on the U.S.S. Cusk (SS-348), the world’s first missile submarine.  He spent long, perilous months isolated with his buddies in the depths of the sea, monitoring sonar waves to detect enemy vessels and ensure the safety of others.  For the rest of his days, Mike was staunchly loyal to his homeland, maintaining Navy friendships and proudly displaying the American flag at his doorstep.

     Born February 19, 1944, in Pullman, Washington, Mike grew up in South Dakota.  After graduating from high school, he attended college for a year before enlisting in the Navy, where he received education and training in electronics.  After his discharge, he began a career with Radio Shack, managing the firm’s stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.  In later years, he was a salesman for Circle Industries in the Rio Grande Valley, selling sound systems for hospitals, schools, and churches.  He spent the last years of his career in the Austin area in sales, marketing, customer acquisition and relations, and project development and coordination for Koetter Fire Protection.

     Mike was an honorable man of flawless integrity. “You have two things—your name and your word,” his dad told him when he was a boy, and Mike went on to live seven-plus decades as a man you could trust in word and deed.  He was a simple man; it didn’t take much to please Mike.  There was no place he’d rather be than at home with his precious wife, Dorothy, whom he cherished above all else and loved faithfully for nearly 39 years of marriage.  He loved college football games, barbeques, laughter, a glass or three of wine, and the first hint of fall in the air.  Late in life, he embraced being a grandpa to Kyle and Katy.

     At 6’ 3”, Mike was a big man with a sometimes-gruff exterior that masked a gentle heart.  He loved animals and knew the names of every dog in the neighborhood, and they all came running whenever they saw him.  He was a big fan of the actor John Wayne and bore a striking resemblance to him in countenance and bearing, and he didn’t mind at all if you told him so.  He was unfailingly loyal:  If Mike was your friend, you had a friend indeed.  Always willing to help, he freely set aside differences and looked for the good in people.

     Affectionately known among neighbors as “The Mayor,” Mike was often the first person newcomers met when they moved into Forest Oaks, the Cedar Park neighborhood where he and Dorothy spent the last 21 years of their life together.  He loved nothing better than to strike up a conversation with friends and strangers alike, and he never hesitated to opine on any subject! Mike had strong views, but he was fair-minded.  If you asked him a straight question, you’d get a straight answer.

     Mike was predeceased by his mother, Mildred J. Keelin and father, Dale A. Keelin.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A. Keelin, of Cedar Park, Texas; stepson, Warren A. Mutz, and wife, Cheryl, of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Terrance A. Keelin, and wife, Beth, of McAllen, Texas; brother, Tom D. Keelin, and wife, Martha, of Laguna Vista, Texas; sister, Judith G. Maurer, and husband, Jim, of Edinburg, Texas; step-grandchildren, Kyle and Katy Mutz, of San Antonio, Texas; three nieces, Melissa Chappell, Cheryl Mannel, and Erin Keelin; one nephew, Chris Maurer; two great-nieces, Remi Mannel and Harper Maurer; and one great-nephew, Jonah Mannel.

     With his work here on earth complete, Mike has gone on to “eternal watch,” as his buddies in the Navy would say.  He faced his final days with great courage, grace, and his trademark humor, before reluctantly leaving Dorothy and the family and friends he loved so dearly.

     Mike showed us all how it’s done.  We will miss this good man whom we were all blessed to know and love.  His name will be on our lips a thousand times over, and our memories of him will forever fill our hearts.

     We rejoice for him now—once again robust and fleet of foot, celebrating in the company of his Lord, reunited with his parents, grandparents, and the many friends who went before him.  Undoubtedly, he is looking down on us lovingly and with pleasure, while finally—finally—enjoying a big slice of butterscotch pie.

     A memorial service celebrating Mike’s life will be held Saturday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 3520 West Whitestone Boulevard, Cedar Park, Texas, with The Reverend Canon Trawin Malone officiating.  Burial will be private.  Memorial contributions honoring Mike’s memory may be made to the Austin Human Society, 124 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752 or to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759.

Ernest Melvin Keeran

Ft. Cobb

OK

RM1(SS)

46 - 47

28 November 1985

Plankowner

Jessie L Kelley

Castro Valley

CA

EN1(SS)

54 - 60

1 Sept 2004

 

Arden James Kennedy

San Diego

CA

EMC(SS)

47

30 April 1960

 

Walter Kennedy

Shawnee

KS

RDSN(SS)

47 - 48

2015

 

Edward A Kimball

Minneapolis

MN

IC3(SS)

59 - 60

Date Unknown

 

Jack S Kimball

Sun City West

AZ

SOS2(SS)

61 - 63

20 August 2011

     Jack S. Kimball died Saturday August 20, 2011 at Hospice of the Valley, Surprise, AZ with his family by his side. Jack was born in Highland Park, MI on September 28, 1938 to Jack and Dana Kimball. He served eight years in the submarines for the US Navy.  Jack qualified in submarines on the USS Cusk (SS-348) in 1961 and was a SOS1(SS) when he left the Navy.
     He worked and retired from Hughes Aircraft Co. in Oceanside, Ca. He and his wife, Isabel were married for forty-two years. After retirement, they moved to Prescott, AZ, and later settled in Sun City West, AZ.  Jack enjoyed sailing his boats with the West Valley R/C Mariners club, and was a member of the Arizona Submarine Veterans Perch Base USSVI. Jack is survived by his wife, Isabel, two sons, Joseph Smith of Temecula, CA, Jack Kimball of Santa Barbara, CA, two daughters, Christine Smith of Madera, CA, and Connie Ledgerwood of Colleyville, TX.  He loved all his grandchildren, Jacob and Brittany, Ashley, Hailee, and Brandon,  Tessa and Jaclyn, and great-grandchild, Chase, also his sister, Judy Kimball.

Clyde Vernon Kirk, II

Houston

TX

MOMMFN(SS)

46

20 Aug 2011

Plankowner

     Clyde Vernon Kirk II was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1926 to Clyde Vernon Kirk and Emma Primault, and died on February 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas following an extended illness.
     Clyde was a veteran of the
United States Navy, having served on the USS Cusk submarine during World War II.  Following his move to Houston in 1987, Clyde was very active in the round-dancing and square-dancing community, teaching and calling for many years throughout the area.  Clyde is predeceased by his parents and sister, and by his son Marc Edward Kirk.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Evelyn Hughes Kirk, his children Clyde V. Kirk, III of Cypress, Texas, Kathryn Kirk Jamali of Chamblee, Georgia, Paul Kirk of Tampa, Florida, their families including five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
     A memorial service honoring Clyde's life was held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston, Texas. 77065.  A private interment will follow at the Houston National Veterans Cemetery.  In lieu of customary remembrances, please consider a contribution to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

 

Maurice "Dusty" Knight

Portland OR

SA(SS)

48 - 50

1 April 2016

Maurice “Dusty” Knight departed on Eternal Patrol on April 1, 2016 at the age of 88.  Dusty was a Life Member of the USSVI and also a member of Holland Club.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1947 where he volunteered for the Submarine Service.  He qualified aboard the Cusk where he served from 1948 to 1950. 

Dusty served in the Navy for 22 years achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2.  After serving in the Navy, Dusty enlisted in U.S. Army as a Warrant Officer serving another 6 years before retiring.

Dusty was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea. Prior to this, a funeral service was held at the Willamette National Cemetery.

 

Eugene Alfred Knoche

St. Louis MO

EN2(SS)

51 - 52

20 February 2004

Enlisted in St Louis, MO 2/7/1942

Christopher L Kokeas

San Diego CA

EN1(SS)

50 - 51

2 July 1996

 

 

Tracy Monroe Kosoff

 

Portsmouth

RI

LT

66 - 68

10 March 2003

PORTSMOUTH, RHODE ISLAND – Retired Navy Captain Tracy Monroe Kosoff, 66, of 78 Fischer Circle, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died Monday, March 10, 2003 at home, following a courageous four year battle with cancer.  He was the husband of Shirley Hatfield Kosoff.  They were married on December 9, 1962 at the United States Coast Guard Academy Chapel in New London, Connecticut.  They have resided in Portsmouth since 1982.

     Born in Hoquiam, Washington on May 10, 1936, he was the son of the late Monroe M. and Eileen Mooney Kosoff.  He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1954.  He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and was a member of the graduating Class of 1958.

     Captain Kosoff’s distinguished thirty-year naval career was dedicated to the submarine force.  His first assignment in the Navy, after graduation from the Naval Academy was aboard the destroyer USS Higbee.  In 1960, he was designated as a Qualified Submariner after completing training at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.  He served aboard the USS Irex until 1962.  In 1964, he became Weapons Officer for Submarine Squadron Two.  He then reported to the Naval Submarine School Staff, serving as the Director of the Weapons Division until reporting to the USS Cusk in 1966.  In 1968, he became Executive Officer of the USS Halfbeak until 1970 when he was assigned to the Operations and Plans Division of the Staff of the Commander Submarine Force of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  In 1972, Captain Kosoff assumed command of the USS Tigrone, a fleet submarine engaged in acoustical research.  In 1974, he returned to the staff of Submarine School as Director of Advanced Tactics.  In January 1975, he assumed command of the diesel attack submarine USS Clamagore until its decommissioning.  Captain Kosoff was again assigned to Submarine School as the Director of the Security Assistance Training Department to develop and direct training and certification of a foreign submarine training program.

     In 1977, he became Chief Staff Officer and Operations Officer of Submarine Squadron Two, a command unit composed of 11 nuclear powered attack submarines, a nuclear powered research submarine and a submarine rescue ship.  His additional duties as Command Foreign Training Officer and meritorious leadership resulted in the certification and transfer of two U.S. Navy diesel submarines to foreign governments.  In 1981, Captain Kosoff reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island as a student.  He graduated in 1982, receiving an Academic Masters Degree in the College of Naval Warfare.  From 1982 to 1984 he served as Director of the Computer Systems Department at the Naval War College Center for War Gaming.  He retired from active duty on June 30, 1984.  He also received a Master of Science Degree in Management from Salve Regina University in 1984.

     Captain Kosoff's military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with bronze star and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation and other meritorious service citations.

     Following his retirement from the US Navy, he embarked on a second career in the defense contracting industry in the Newport, Rhode Island area.  He was associated with Ocean Technology Incorporated/Whittaker Corporation from 1984 until 1995, as a Program Manager and then becoming Branch Manager.  For the past eight years, he has been a Program Manager with McLaughlin Research Corporation in Middletown, Rhode Island.

     When his sons were young, he was actively involved in Cub Scouts, Youth Baseball Leagues and Youth Football Leagues, holding various volunteer leadership roles.  An avid golfer, he was a member of Fall River Country Club, Fall River, Massachusetts.  He was also a member of the Charity and Relief Lodge of Masons, Mystic, Connecticut and a member of the New London Chapter 58 National Sojourners, New London, Connecticut.

     In addition to his wife of forty-years, he leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, Monte T. and Lisa C. Kosoff of Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Keith S. and Karen M. Kosoff of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; four grandchildren, Arianna Lynn Kosoff, Aleksander Keith Kosoff, Mikaela Arianna Kosoff and Jenna Tracy Kosoff, all of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.   Two brothers also survive him, Larry R. Kosoff of Grapeview, Washington and Marshall H. Kosoff of Auburn, Washington.

     A funeral service in celebration of his life was held on Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 2 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Queen Anne Square, Newport, Rhode Island.  A Committal Service was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 1 p.m. in Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia followed by Interment with Full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Leo Paul Kunkel

Jacksonville

FL

EN1(SS)

45 - 48 &  

52 - 58

18 February 2015

      Leo was a USS Cusk Plankholder and also one of the Cusk's longest serving crewmembers.  He closed his eyes for the last time on February 18th.  He was just getting weary.  He will be solely missed by his wife, Charlotte, his guardian angel, Chloe, and his only surviving sibling, Lois.  He also leaves behind three step children; Sharron, Michael (Kay), and Bonnie.  Seven grandchildren; Peggy (Sean), Terry, Butch, Missy, (George), and Crystal, Justin and Jeffrey (Kelsi).  Also seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.  He lived life to the fullest and was thankful for each day. 

     A Memorial Service will be held on March 14th at 11 A.M. at Hardage Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.  A very special thank you to Dr. Samuel Fern and his staff for the wonderful care they gave Leo.

Ralph Langlois

   

EM3(SS)

46

25 August 1949

 Plankowner, Lost aboard the USS Benevolence (AH-13) in San Francisco Bay after a collision with a freighter SS Mary Lukenbach in San Francisco Bay.

Norman George Lanouette

Rahway NJ

QM1(SS)

58 - 61

10 April 1963

Norm came aboard the Cusk in November, 1958 and qualified in 1959.  He left the Cusk in February, 1961 to serve aboard the USS Thresher (SSN-593.  He went down with the crew of the Thresher on 10 April 1963.

David C Lawrence

Marietta GA

STS3(SS)

68 - 69

12 April 2014

     Dave departed on Eternal Patrol on the morning of 12 April at approximately 5:30 AM Eastern time.  David C. Lawrence was a dear friend and an excellent shipmate.  He served aboard the Cusk as an STS3(SS) from early 1968 through decommissioning in 1969.

      It is difficult to express the sadness of losing such a fine individual and good friend.  Dave had an infectious smile and a marvelous sense of humor that were always present.  It is not possible to think of him without smiling and remembering so many of the laughs we shared.  Best wishes, prayers and condolences to Merrie and all of Dave’s family and friends.

 

Joseph Paul LaVallee

Port Ludlow

WA

RMC(SS)

57 - 58

2 June 1997

 

Herman Frank Lego

Castro Valley

 CA

YNC(SS)

46

20 March 1991

 Plankowner

Leonard Frank Lehman

 

 

EM3(SS)

49 - 51

15 April 1986

 

Leonard Leo

Portland

OR

ETC(SS)

49 - 51

29 July 2011

 Born Nov. 21 1921.  Throughout his career, he rose from the enlisted ranks to ET chief petty officer  and through the officer ranks from Chief Warrant Officer to Commander.

Francis "Huey" Long

       

Date Unknown

 

Everett Glenn Longnecker

San Diego

CA

EM1(SS)

46 - 47 & 50 - 51

22 February 1987

Plankowner

Joseph H Lowenhardt

Minden

NV

EM3(SS)

60 - 63

7 August 2016

Reportedly killed in a glider accident near Minden, NV.

Robert White "Bob" Lowry

Cairo

NE

EMFN(SS)

46

26 April 2014

Plankowner

Charles "Chuck" Lubbes

   

QMC(SS)

55 - 56

1966

 

Max Alton Lucas

Woodburn

OR

SA(SS)

46 - 47

14 June 2012

 Plankowner

Sammie E Lyons

Ash Flat

AZ

EMCS(SS)

53 - 59

5 October 2004

 

Jack Burton Mahin

Carmichael

CA

EN1(SS)

46 - 50

2 January 2005

Plankowner

Carl Robert "Mark" Markham, Jr.

Cottage Grove OR TM1(SS)

52 - 53

16 November 2018

Carl “Mark” Robert Markham, Jr. of Cottage Grove, OR died on November 16, 2018 at the age of 88.  He was born on July 19, 1930 in Detroit, MI, to parents Carl and Ruth (Waldo) Markham.  He joined the United States Navy in 1947, was Honorably Discharged in 1967.  He was in the Fleet Reserve until 1977, 22 years on a diesel submarine.  He served in the Asiatic Pacific, and during WWII in Korea and Vietnam.

He was a California Game Warden/1963 Deputy of Fish and Game.  For a time he built houses.  He was also a Logger, Colorado Hunting Guide, and Rescue Diver.  He was owner/operator of Planer Technical Service and a World Renowned Planerman.  Mark enjoyed gardening, food preservation classes, woodworking, and cooking for family and friends.  Traveling. Reading.  Helping people with whatever they needed.  He taught Macramé.  He liked to make waffles for everyone.  He was a bee keeper, and collector of tools, exotic woods, books, movies and friends.  He went on the Honor Flight in 2016.

Mark was a member of Royal Arch Masons, Cryptic Masons, Eastern Star, Hillah Shriners, American Legion, Dorena Grange, NRA, Knights Templar, and the VFW.  He received the Hiram Award and a Special Recognition Award from the Pacific Northwest Planerman’s Educational Association.  He married Kay Hague in Cottage Grove on March 19, 2000.  He is survived by his wife, Kay; daughters Jill Markham and Rebecca Burns, both of Washington; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by daughter, Sally and son, Matthew.  A Celebration of Life and Reception was held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Cottage Grove Masonic Lodge, 33322 Row River Road, Cottage Grove, OR 97424.

Interment was in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.  In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Fir Grove Cemetery for Book of Remembrance Plaque.  Arrangements were in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Anthony L "Tony" Manning

Kirkland WA TM3(SS)

67 - 69

7 June 2005

Tony, retired as a carpenter, devoted to wood­working, gardening and his family, was tragically lost on June 7 in a boating accident while fishing near Moses Lake.  He grew up in Bollard, attended the University of Washington, and served with the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam War.  Tony is survived by his loving partner of 24 years, Janell Baldwin of Woodinville, her two daughters Kristi Baldwin of Tukwila and Jamette Windham.  Jamette's husband, John, and son Jason, 12, of Kirkland. Tony was beloved Papaw to Jason who was Tony’s very special buddy.  Tony Is also greatly missed by his sister, Christie Summerlin, of Birmingham, AL. Tony was a "Sahlin" as well as a "Manning" and leaves dear cousins on both sides of the family.  We mourn our loss.  Tony will be interred with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington, on Friday, June 24, at 1:15 p.m.  Driving directions; 425-413-9614.  An open house Celebration of Tony's Life for all family and friends will take place at the North Seattle home of niece, Andrea Baumgarten, on Saturday, June 24, 1-4 p.m.  For directions call 206-527-2886.  Donations may be made in Tony's honor to Coulee City Volunteer Fire Department, 501 West Douglas, Coulee City, WA 99115 or Grant County Volunteer Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 37, Ephrata, WA 98823 c/o Grant County Sheriff Office.

Alton Dewitt Martin

    EM1(SS)

50 - 51

16 May 1991

 

Mickey Benjamin Mathers

San Diego CA END1(SS)

51

5 May 1998

 

John A McBriar

Lynwood WA TM3(SS)

52 - 54

28 March 2015

 

Jack Ronald McCarthy

Surprise

AZ

ET1(SS)

57 - 59

December 2009

Retired in 1973 as Commander

Charles William McCartney

Heavener OK MOMM3(SS)

47

11 October 2002

 

Earl Edward McGaughey

Klamath Falls

OR

QM3(SS)

51 - 52

19 September 1998

 

Merlin Clarence McGinty

Murdock

MN

EM1(SS)

45 - 46

15 December 1999

Plankowner

Richard A "Dick" McGuire

San Diego

CA

SO2(SS)

53 - 55

14 March 2017

 

James McKinley

Covington

KY

RM3(SS)

54 - 55

16 November 2012

 Qualified in submarines on the USS Catfish (SS-339) in 1951 and was a RM3(SS) when he left the Navy.

William "Mac" McKenzie, Jr.

Silverdale

WA

LT

52 - 53

8 November 2018

 

Louis K "Lou" McMillan, Jr.

Destin FL LT

57

13 September 2012

US Naval Academy Class of 1948.  Retired as Captain in 1982

James V Meassick

Cincinnati

OH

EM1(SS)

59 - 60

21 July 2005

 

Arthur Q Merrill, Jr.

Visalia

CA

EMFN(SS)

48 - 50

6 January 2015

 

John Robert Mikolay

   

MOMM2(SS)

46 - 47

6 July 1992

Plankowner

Darrell G Miller

Pittsburg

PA

ICFN(SS)

53

21 May 2008

 

Edwin Foster Mitchell

Seminole

FL

EM2(SS)

46 - 47

9 November 1994

Plankowner

Dewayne Mobley

Tucumcari NM     15 August 2012      Dewayne Mobley, age 72, of Tucumcari, NM, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at his home in Tucumcari. Services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, August 25, 2012, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Tucumcari, NM, with Rev. Gay Wellborn officiating.
     Dewayne was born September 20, 1939, to Lester and Jeanne (Aldredge) Mobley in Dimmitt, TX. He married Pollyanne Brady Collins August 7, 1998, in Tucumcari, NM. Dewayne served in the US Navy. He retired as an Engineer for AT&T. He enjoyed gardening and yard work.
     Survivors include his wife, Pollyanne Mobley of the home; two daughters, Julia (Gordon) Hunt of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Sonja Mobley (Anthony) Wihlborg of Los Angeles, CA; two step-daughters, Kari Collins-Marquez (Victor Baca) of Los Lunas, NM, and Kristi (Stewart) Enyeart of Osceola, IN; two sisters, Joanna (Wayne) Coles of Cimarron, KS, and Shirre (Jay) Price of Bushland, TX; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Jeanne.

Charles Bowers Momsen, Jr.

Goleta

GA

CDR

51 - 53

21 October 2002

4th Captain of the Cusk.  Son of inventor of the Momsen Lung

Everett Theodore Mortensen, Jr.

Roseburg

OR

EN3(SS)

50 - 51

18 April 2002

Joined USN 18 Aug 1943 at Council Bluffs, IA, Assigned to LST-28 in 1944 as HA2, Discharged 6/22/47

William "Bill" Munson

Albany OR

EN3(SS)

49

4 March 2016

      Clair William “Bill” Munson, 85, of Albany died Friday at Lydia’s House.  Bill was born to Clair W. Sr. and Joy (Kling) Munson in Cortland, New York.  He served his country in the US Navy submarine fleet onboard the USS Cusk (SS-348) during the Korean War.  After returning to civilian life, he served the community of San Diego as a firefighter for 35 years, retiring as a captain.  He had three sons and in 1987 married Susan Mahoney of Bellevue, Washington.  He is survived by his wife, Sue; sons David (Sherryl) Munson of Avon, Ohio, Steve (Carolyn) Munson of Lakeside, California, and Scott (Sara) Munson of Julian, California; stepchildren Larry Mahoney, John Mahoney and Anne Sheldon; seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

        A memorial service was held at noon Saturday, March 19, at the Mennonite Home Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s name to Albany Helping Hands or to the Salvation Army.  Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.

Earl A Murray, Jr.

    SO3(SS)

46 - 51

Date Unknown

Plankowner

Frank M Murphy, Jr.

   

LCDR

60 - 61

Date Unknown

Executive Officer

Jack Walter Nease

Hot Springs Village

AR

SO1(SS)

54 - 57

28 June 2014

 

Charles Edward Nelson

    EMFN(SS)

46

Date Unknown

Plankowner

Alexander F Nieto

Denver CO RM3(SS)

53

26 March 2016

Qualified in submarines aboard the USS Diodon (SS-349) in 1952.  as a RM3(SS) when he left the Navy

 

William Edward Norrington

Los Alamitos

CA

LCDR

45 - 47

24 October 2010

Plankowner, Cusk's first Executive Officer

     William E. Norrington died peacefully at his home in Los Alamitos on October 24, 2010. Bill, age 93, was born in North Hollywood October 12, 1917.  He was the captain of the 1939 UCLA soccer team, and graduated with a major in astronomy.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy's "90 Day Wonder" program, designed to train graduates as naval officers.  Bill met his wife-to-be, Zelma Ruth Lillard, while in training and they were married in Chicago in 1942.  Bill was in the submarine service through WWII; he completed 4 war patrols on the USS S-30 as a junior officer and 7 in the Pacific on the USS Rasher as navigation and executive officer.   He qualified on the USS Rasher (SS-269) in 1943 and was a CAPT when he left the Navy.
     He received the Navy's Silver Star for service on the Rasher, credited with sinking the second-most enemy tonnage in WWII. After the war, Bill served on the USS Cusk, then commanded the submarine Guavina.  He served as captain of the destroyer Maddox during the Korean conflict and of the oiler Astabula during the Vietnam War.
     Upon retiring as a senior naval captain in 1964, Bill taught math at San Pedro High School for 13 years, then combined his love of the piano and craftsmanship by working at, and later helping to run, the American Institute of Piano Technology in L.A. He enjoyed camping and fishing in the Sierra Mountains throughout his life. Bill is survived by Zelma, his beloved wife for 68 years; his son, Bill; and daughters, Linda and Gael; and 6 grandchildren. Per his wishes, Bill's ashes will be scattered at sea.

Frank Vernon Nuttleman

Rogers

AR

TMC(SS)

46 - 49

13 February 2010

Plankowner.  Qualified on the USS Spearfish (SS-190) in 1941 and was a TMC(SS) when he left the Navy

Arthur "Art" O'Meally, Jr.

Gautier

MS

RM1(SS)

64

5 October 2016

     Arthur was born on March 14, 1933 and passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  Arthur was a resident of Gautier, Mississippi at the time of his passing.

    SERVICES:  A Memorial Service was held on Friday October 14, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Biloxi National Cemetery on Veterans Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi.

William F O'Neill, Jr.

Baltimore

MD

YN1(SS)

48 - 50

24 July 1992

 

 

James Frederick "Jim" Orr, Sr.

Old Lyme

CT

ETM3(SS)

47

18 March 2001

Jim Orr, Sr., 74, of 2 Town St., died Sunday at Lawrence& Memorial Hospital in New London.  He was born on Feb. 3, 1927, in Philadelphia, the son of James and Florence Harbit Orr.  He married Dorothy Yanelunas on Jan. 31, 1953, in Philadelphia.  Mr. Orr graduated from Northeast High School in Philadelphia in 1945.  He later studied electrical engineering at Drexel and Lehigh universities in Philadelphia, and earned an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado.  Mr. Orr was a Navy veteran of World War II. He served on the USS Cusk.  He worked as an electrical engineer for RCA Laboratories in New Jersey and at the former Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, where he received the Decibel Award and the Submarine Sail Award for significant technical accomplishments upon his retirement in 1987. He then worked as a consultant for seven years for the Eldyne Co.  Mr. Orr was vice president of the Thames River Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans and a member of the Holland Club in Groton. He was elected Citizen of the Year for 2001 by the Lyme Ambulance Association, of which he was a founder and past president.  He was also a former president of the Hadlyme public hall.  Mr. Orr served on many East Haddam committees, including the Conservation Committee, the Republican Town Committee, and the Town Garage Building Committee.  He also worked at the Old Lyme Congregational Church food pantry.  He was founder and charter member of the Christ Lutheran Church in East Lyme.  A member of the Mile Creek Beach Club, he enjoyed long distance swims.  He also enjoyed woodworking and kayaking, and even built his own kayak.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jim Orr Jr. of Moline, Ill., and Peter Orr of Thompson; and five grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Orr; and two sisters, Elizabeth Butler and Mildred Schaeffer.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Christ Lutheran Church, Society Road, Niantic.  Burial will follow at Eight Mile River Cemetery, Mt. Archer Road, Lyme.  Calling hours are 7-9 tonight at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyme Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 911, Hadlyme CT 06439.

Craig Ernest Pagden (Barkel)

Vineland

NJ

EM2(SS)

59 - 61

5 December 2014

         Craig Ernest Pagden, 75, went home to the Lord on Friday December 5, 2014.  After a long illness, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland.  He was born on May 14, 1939 in Riverside, NJ.  He attended Vineland High School, where he met his sweetheart, Marie and graduated in 1958.  Craig went on to join the Navy that year and obtained the rank of Petty Officer-Second Class while serving on submarines USS Cusk and the USS Alexander Hamilton.  He returned to Vineland in 1964 and worked at Kimble Glass from 1965 until retirement.  Craig was also an active member of Divine Mercy Parish (St. Francis of Assisi) where he loved to play Santa Claus on numerous occasions.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Marie (Rubino) Pagden, his daughters Debra (Pagden) Whilden and husband Leon and Lisa Pagden; his grandchildren Cathy Pagden and Eric Whilden; his sisters Sandra (Pagden) Gribaudo and husband Ernest, Jeanne (Barkel) Scheier, Lynn Barkel, and brother Chip Barkel; his mother-in-law Catherine Rubino; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
       A church visitation will be on Wednesday, December 10 from 8:00 am to 10:00am followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am at Divine Mercy Parish, (St Francis of Assisi Church), 23 W. Chestnut Ave. Vineland, NJ 08360.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineland, NJ.  Arrangements are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360.  To send online condolences please visit our website at WWW.RONEFUNERALSERVICE.COM

Harold M Page, Jr.

Tucson

AZ

QM3(SS)

48 - 50

21 February 2015

 

Lee Bob Parden

   

EMC(SS)

46 - 47

6 January 1991

Plankowner

Hugh Patterson, Jr.

Fair Oaks

CA

EM3(SS)

46 - 48

28 November 2002

Plankowner

Ronald E Patterson

Pascagoula

MS

EN3(SS)

59 - 60

19 March 2009

 

Fred Warren Pearson

   

CTC(SS)

46

25 January 1998

Plankowner

Ray Peckenpaugh

Cottage Grove

OR

EN3(SS)

50 - 51

4 November 2014

     Ray Marvin Peckenpaugh, 86, of Cottage Grove departed on Eternal Patrol on Nov. 4, 2014.  He was born Dec. 22, 1927 in Prosser, Washington to Lloyd and Elsie (Atkins) Peckenpaugh.  Ray grew up and attended school in Benton City, Wash. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Ray worked driving a long-haul truck in 48 states and Canada, moving to Cottage Grove in 1995 following his retirement from trucking. He spent most of his time working and seeing the country. Ray was active in the Masonic Lodge since 1995.
     Survivors include his children, Teresa Raab of Reelsville, Indiana, Michael Peckenpaugh of Spring Valley, California, and Julia Smith of Tempe, Arizona, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. at the Cottage Grove Masonic Lodge.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Cottage Grove Masonic Lodge.

Thomas Franklin "Tommy" Pierce, Jr.

   

TM1(SS)

48 - 49

20 April 1978

 

Jerome David Pinkoff

San Lorenzo CA

CS2(SS)

47 - 48

8 January 2000

 

Merrill Damon Pippen, Jr.

   

LTJG

60 - 62

1 January 1975

 

Garold E Prawl

Bridgeport NY

FTCM(SS)

Unknown

27 April 2016

     Garold E. "Jerry" Prawl, 80, of Bridgeport, passed peacefully with his family by his side.  Born on November 5, 1935 in Hastings, NE, he was the son of the late Henry and Viola Prawl and a graduate of Hastings High School.  He joined the Navy and retired in 1976 as E9 Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command.  He then worked as an environmental control tech for Barber & Colman and retired in 2001.
Jerry was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, Nortrip Masonic Lodge #998 and Onondaga Star #144.  Jerry was an avid Bridge player.
     He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean M. Gilkey Prawl; children, Gregory and Patricia; grandchildren, Adam, Tessa, Ben, Alyssa, Danielle and Cammi; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Teagen and Jaxon; and sister, Beverly Eastman. He was predeceased by his brothers, Charles and Donald.
     The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bridgeport United Methodist Church.  Burial, with Military Honors, was at White Chapel Memory Gardens in DeWitt.
Contributions may be made to Eastern Star Home, c/o Jeffrey French, P.O. Box 959, Oriskany, NY 13424 or the Masonic Home, 2150 Bleeker St., Utica, NY 13501.  For a guest book, please visit: 
www.SCHEPPFAMILY.com

Walter Thomas "Wally" Press

Vallejo

CA

CS1(SS)

47

28 January 1994

 

Melvin R Preston

   

HM1(SS)

60 - 62

24 August 2002

 

Eugene "Gene" Pridonoff

Yorba Linda

CA

LCDR

53 - 55

6 November 2011

Cusk's 6th Captain.  12 War Patrols in WWII.  Born in Lisva, Russia 10/14/1918, Submarine Veterans of WWII Life Member #11229.   Retired from the Navy in 1965. 

Gerald "Jerry" Pritzl

Marshfield

WI

RM3(SS)

55 - 56

17 August 1998

 

Robert G "Bob" Provins

Santee

CA

STS3(SS)

63 - 65

11 January 2003

 

Roland "Ronnie" J Quick

Franklin IN

CS3(SS)

59 - 60

25 November 2015

     Roland “Ronnie” J. Quick, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. He was a resident of Franklin.  He was born Aug. 28, 1939, in Franklin, to the late Jacob and Mary Louise (Forsyth) Quick.

     He is survived by his children, Jeff Quick, Terri (William “Billy”) Jones and Sherri Abraham; grandchildren, Jessi Quick (Cy Payet), Tosha Nixon (Cody Brown), and Savannah Jones; great-grandchildren, Maci Quick, Aubri Cooper, Ryli Payet and Laiken Brown; sister, Sandy (Lawrence) Rybolt; brothers, John (Trudy) Quick and Jerry (Vanessa) Quick; and sister-in-law, Carol Quick.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Louise Quick; and a brother, Dennis Quick.

     Ronnie was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

     He retired from Allison Engine and later worked several years for the Outdoorsman Sport Shop.

     Ronnie’s passion in life was his family and his hunting.  He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and did some taxidermy work in his spare time.

     A service was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, 951 N. Main St., Franklin, Indiana.  Visitation was from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Ronnie will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery.

     You are invited to visit simplicityfuneralandcremationcare.com, where you may leave the family a personal message.

Joseph Quigley

   

RM3(SS)

48 - 50

30 March 1998

 

Frank B. Quinlivan,  Jr.

El Cajon CA

TM1(SS)

49 - 53

1 December 2009

 

Christopher R "Chris" Quijada

Groton

CT

RM1(SS)

68 - 69

6 July 2003

 

Robert Earl Rainey

San Angelo

TX

ETC(SS)

57

3 September 2012

Robert Earl "Rawhide" Rainey was born on October 29th, 1925 to Harry Franklin Rainey and Cordie Madeline Bledsoe Rainey. He was a big brother to his three younger sisters during the Great Depression.
     At sixteen, in order to enlist in the Navy, he lied to his naval recruiter as the minimum age to serve was seventeen. The weight requirement was 120 pounds. At the time he weighed 119. To make weight, he consumed a bushel of bananas and drank a gallon of water. After stepping off the scale, he vomited and went into Navy Basic Training. After training, he secured a position as a machine gunner on the deck of a battleship fighting the Japanese in the south pacific theatre. After WWII, he returned home to go to work. But like many veterans of this era he was disillusioned and shortly thereafter re-enlisted into the Navy and became a submariner During his long military career, He moved up in rank and attained honorary degrees in Electronics and Computer Science.
     He Qualified in submarines on the USS Sirago (SS-485) in 1953 and was a ETC(SS) when he left the Navy.
     In 1954, while on liberty in Portsmouth, NH. he went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Margaret (Peggy) Ann Fessendento whom he would be married to for the next 58 years. Robert is survived by his wife and three children; Donna Marie Rainey Herron of Lusby, MD, Robert Valentine Rainey of Cincinnati, OH, and Paul Boone Rainey of San Angelo TX.  who he sired later in life at the age of 45. In addition to his children, Robert leaves 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his only living sister, Gloria Rainey Church Wood of San Angelo.
After retiring from the Navy, Robert worked several years in Civil Service, contracted for The Naval Surface Warfare Center as well NASA and The Department of Defense. After "retiring" officially, he returned to sea to work on A Military Sea-Lift ship at The age of 70. Robert loved to help and teach others, and was instrumental in starting The City of San Angelo Senior Recreation Center Computer Program for Santa Fe Crossing and Station 618. Robert died at peace in his bed at home. The Rainey family would like to express gratitude to the overwhelming love and support from his friends and members of the community. John Seth Reef, born in Defiance, Ohio, April 2, 1943, son of Grace L and the late George J Reef, died January 20, 2011 following a long illness.  John graduated from Portland, Indiana High School in 1960 and from Purdue University in 1965.

He was in the US Navy Submarine Force during the Vietnam War.  John was an avid sports fan and a great movie buff. 

He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Susan; daughter, Elizabeth Irastorza, son, Jack, and grandson, Erik Irastorza; sisters, Mary Jo Reef and Suzanne Magers, brother, Gregory, and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Tipton, Indiana, on Jan­uary 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with the' Reverend Thomas Perchlik officiating.  Online condolences may be sent to John's wife and family.  Please contact the USS Cusk webmaster for her email address.

Rick Ramirez

   

STS3(SS)

65

1966

 

Valton L "Val" Ray

Harrells NC

CS2(SS)

50 - 51

29 May 2001

 

John Seth Reef

Tipton

IN

LT

68 - 69

20 January 2011

John Seth Reef, born in Defiance, Ohio, April 2, 1943, son of Grace L and the late George J Reef, died January 20, 2011 following a long illness.  John graduated from Portland, Indiana High School in 1960 and from Purdue University in 1965.

He was in the US Navy Submarine Force during the Vietnam War.  John was an avid sports fan and a great movie buff. 

He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Susan; daughter, Elizabeth Irastorza, son, Jack, and grandson, Erik Irastorza; sisters, Mary Jo Reef and Suzanne Magers, brother, Gregory, and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Tipton, Indiana, on Jan­uary 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with the' Reverend Thomas Perchlik officiating.  Online condolences may be sent to John's wife and family.  Please contact the USS Cusk webmaster for her email address.

Wendell Bud Reid

St Petersburg

FL

MOMM2(SS)

46

17 August 2015

91, of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Somers, a builder of custom homes and a World War II veteran, died August 17, 2015, in Largo, Florida.  He started Nutmeg Homes, Inc., of Manchester, in 1961, building single-family homes in Hartford, West Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, Granby and surrounding towns until his retirement in 1978.  Wendell Bud was born in Chicago to Richard Cromwell Reid and Irene Iva (Abbott) on November 19, 1923 and grew up in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. He passed away peacefully at Largo Medical Center.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a machinist on the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier in the Battle of Guadalcanal, in the Pacific Theater aboard the submarine USS Tautog (The Terrible T), and after the war on the submarines USS Sterlet and USS Cusk.  A photograph of Wendell and his silent service mates aboard The Terrible T is on permanent exhibit at the US Navy Submarine Force Museum in Groton.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, and USA Dance, Inc.  Wendell is survived by his loving family: Daughters Pamela Reid of New London, Sheryl Reid Siegal of Suffield, Leslie Reid Roche and her husband, Jamie, of Ellington; sons Kevin Reid of Manchester, and Glenn Reid and his wife, Lisa Rae, of St. Petersburg; five grandchildren, Emerald, Jamie, Danny, Krystal, Samantha, Erik; one great grandchild, Armani, and sister-in-law, Bernice Reid of San Diego, California.  He was predeceased by his loving wife of 38 years, Marilyn (Lovett), and his brother, Richard Reid of San Diego.  A Celebration of Life will take place Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 1 to 3 pm, Sept. 1, at 1st Dance Studio, 5098 66th St., in St. Petersburg. All are welcome.  Burial will be a scattering of his ashes at sea with full military honors aboard a U.S. Navy vessel from Norfolk, Virginia.  A family service will be held at a later date

John Davis Rendernick

San Diego

CA

EMC(SS)

46 - 47

26 November 2001

Plankowner

John Everard Richard

Virginia Beach

VA

END1(SS)

50 - 51

10 September 2005

 

Herbert Joseph Rinn, Sr.

   

TMC(SS)

65

28 October 2002

 

Steve Rogers

Westminster CO

EM3(SS)

66 - 69

Summer 2018

 

Stephen Anthony Rogers

Camano Island WA

EMC(SS)

54

31 December 1992

 

Glenn H Rowe

Santee SC

RM2(SS)

53 - 57

2 September 2014

 

William N Rowe

Colora ND

RM3(SS)

52

29 May 2016

     William Nelson Rowe, 86 yrs., of Colora, ND, died Sunday,  May 29, 2016 at his residence.  Born September 21, 1929 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late William G. and Elizabeth S. Hergenrather Rowe.

     Nelson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy' having served during the Korean Conflict.  He was a retired Engineer of the former Morton Thiokol Corporation of Elkton.   He is survived by his wife, Mary Leuretha Blankenship Rowe of Colora, ND; daughter, Leuretha Julianne Gainey;  sons, William Nelson Rowe, II, Stephen Collie Rowe, Thomas Andrew Rowe and William Nelson Rowe Ill; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, John M. Rowe, David Rowe, Robert Rowe; and sister, Nancy Adair.

     Nelson was preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth "Mary Beth " Rowe; sisters, Mary Lillian Rocheleau and Elizabeth Giovanazi.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Amedisys Hospice in care of Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., P. O. Box 766, Perryville, 21903-0766.  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 11:30 AM, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church of Perryville.   Father Jay McKee of Good Shepherd Parish, Perryville, Do, officiated.   Interment was in St. Mark's Cemetery, Perryville, ID.

Raymond Delas Rupert

La Jolla CA

EMC(SS)

 

25 February 1999

 

Richard G Rushlow

York ME ET1(SS) 53

4 March 2017

     RUSHLOW Richard G., passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from complications of Parkinson's Disease, with his loving family by his side.  He was born September 4, 1932, in Malone, New York, son of the late Roy J. and Alys Boyea Rushlow.  In 1950, Dick enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country for over 20 years active duty in the Submarine Service as an electronics technician, retiring in 1970 as Master Chief Petty Officer.  He was a Veteran of the Korean War and on patrol during Vietnam.  During his Navy career, Dick outlined and instituted a training program for crews on Polaris Submarines. Dick served aboard the USS Juneau CLA, USS Comstock LSD, USS Cusk (SSG-348), USS Rasher (SSR-269), USS Spinax (SSR-489), USS Salmon (SSR-573), USS Rock (SSR-274), USS Sam Houston (SSBN-609), and USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632).  

     After retiring from the Navy, Dick was employed at Charleston Naval Shipyard as a Nuclear Test Engineer, transferring to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine August 1976. Dick held several positions at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, being best known for his tenure as Nuclear Chief Test Engineer, retiring in 1994.

     Dick is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Gladys Waters Rushlow . His children include Margie Rushlow Myers and husband John, Richland, Wash., Diane Rushlow Martorana and husband Dan, Auburn, Wash., Jon Christopher Rushlow and wife Patty, Charleston, S.C., Eric Rushlow and wife Theresa, Polk City, Fla., Pete Potter and wife Sandra, Pomfret Center, Conn., Kimberly Potter Panos and husband Vasilios, Springvale, Maine.  He is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, along with several aunts, uncles. Surviving siblings include Sally Burrell Roche and husband David, Englewood, Fla., Jon Burrell and wife Lyn, Hague, Va., Tim Burrell and wife Brenda, Berlin, Md., Tom Burrell and wife Yong, Lakeland, Wash.; sister-in-law Barbara Waters Horton and husband Horace of Yarmouth, Maine.  Dick is predeceased by brother, William Burrell.  

     Growing up in the Adirondacks, Dick was an avid downhill skier and enjoyed playing football.  Dick held a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying.  Dick's love for the sea continued throughout his life as an avid boater.  He and his wife Gladys enjoyed many years of cruising the New England coast.  After retirement, Dick could usually be found at the Shipyard Marina meticulously maintaining his boat, Caduceus, or sharing boating experiences, and sea stories with his friends.  He was a history buff and avid reader, who also enjoyed a good game of chess, billiards and of course, football.   Known for his straight forward opinions, and quick wit, Dick was a kind, outgoing man with a wonderful sense of humor, who lived a robust life.

     His love of family and friends were of up most importance to him, always taking the time to help or share his vast knowledge.  Dick was a member of the York VFW, Portsmouth Navy Yacht Club and past member of the Portsmouth Yacht Club.  Although Dick's presence will be greatly missed, he will continue to remain in the hearts of those who love him so dearly.  The family would like to thank the staff at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine for their kind, compassionate care during his final days.  His funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, March 10, at the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine.  Burial followed in the First Parish Cemetery, York, Maine.  If desired, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.  Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.  Published in Seacoastonline.com from Mar. 6 to Mar. 11, 2017

Charles Barclay Rutherford, Jr.

Folly Beach SC

ET1(SS)

50

9 January 2012

 

George Willis Rutledge

Julian CA

CS1(SS)

54

26 September 1999

 

Edmund Saldivar Saldivar

Vallejo CA

RM1(SS)

49 - 50

2 March 2007

 

Richard William Sanders

San Diego CA

EN1(SS)

47 - 51

31 July 2003

 

Cyril  Irwin Santee

Sparks NV EN1(SS)

53

9 March 1973  

 

Ellsworth Tyler Sauncy

Wasco County

OR

EMC(SS)

57 - 58

29 March 1997

 

Chester E "Chuck" Saunders

Nahunta

GA

ICC(SS)

68 - 69

16 January 2009

CWOII Chester E. "Chuck" Saunders, U.S. Navy (retired), 68, of 3531 Taylor Bay Road, Nahunta, GA., died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randy Carson and the Rev. Tony Crawley officiating.  Interment will follow at Cobb Suncrest Memorial Gardens with military honors.  Casket bearers will be Ryan Roberts, Mark Saunders, Rusty Adkins, Craig Saunders, Charlie Saunders, John Saunders, Martin Saunders and Richard Woodard.

Born Aug. 3, 1940, in Colquitt County, he was the son of the late Norman Lee Saunders Sr. and Lottie Mae White Saunders.  Mr. Saunders served in the U.S. Navy as a chief warrant officer 2 and was a member of Nahunta First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Woodard Saunders of Nahunta; a daughter, Karen Pucci and husband Manny of Jacksonville; a son, Jay Saunders and wife Iris of Jacksonville; three sisters, Myrilene Mullins of Hixson, Tenn., Betty Pope of Tifton, and Shirley Adkins of Woodstock; five brothers, Milton Saunders and wife Sarah of Dallas, Robert Saunders and wife Judy of Tifton, Jerry Saunders of Roswell, Jim Saunders of Paschristian, Miss., and Charlie Saunders and wife Connie of Alpharetta; and four grandchildren, Alec Pucci, Madison Pucci, Chase Pucci and Georgia Lee Saunders.

Cobb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Golden "Swish" Saunders

Dunnellon

FL

GMGC(SS)

46 - 51

8 August 2003

Plankowner and Chief of the Boat

     Paul "Swish" Saunders enlisted in the Navy in 1936 and served for 26 years before retiring as GMGC(SS) (Chief Gunners Mate Guns, Submarine Service) in 1962. Prior to submarines, Chief Saunders served on the light cruiser USS Raleigh (CL-7) and on destroyers McCook (DD-252) and Sampson (DD-394).  Paul qualified in submarines aboard R-4 (SS-81) in 1940 and subsequently served in Barb (SS-220), Cusk (SS-348), Carbonero (SS-337), and Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600).  The only landing of US military forces on the island of Japan during hostilities included Saunders.  They destroyed a 16-car train on the coastal railway with an explosive charge, using a micro switch under the rails to trigger the explosion.

     Paul was highly regarded as one of the most decorated enlisted men in the Submarine Service, distinguishing himself during WWII while serving on board the Barb.  Paul made all twelve of Barb’s war patrols, five in the Atlantic and seven in the Pacific and was Chief of the Boat (COB) for patrols #9–12.  He was also COB for the submarines Cusk, Carbonero and Theodore Roosevelt.  He was featured in the book Thunder Below by his USS Barb skipper, Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey.

Vincent E Savino

Elk Grove

CA

CS3(SS)

60 - 61

26 March 2001

 

William R Schmidt

Bothell

WA

EMCS(SS)

63 - 64

27 October 2006

 

Charles Tory Schroeder

   

GM1(SS)

49 - 50

8 October 1995

 

Herman Henry Schoenberger

Pascagoula

MS

TM1(SS)

51 - 52

22 December 1995

 

Edward Michael Schulz

San Diego

CA

MOMM3(SS)

46

Date Unknown Plankowner

 

Edward Thomas Schulze

Alexandria

VA

IC2(SS)

52

14 January 2007

        IN LOVING MEMORY OF

      Edward Thomas Schulze

 November 2, 193 I - January 14, 2007

 

 I Did Not Die

 Do not stand at my grave and weep.

 I am not there. I do not sleep.

 I am a thousand winds that blow,.

 I am the diamond glints on snow.

 I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

 I am the autumn's gentle rain

 When you waken in the morning's hush,

 I am the swift uplifting rush

 of quiet birds in circled flight.

 I am the soft stars that shine at night.

 Do not stand at my grave and cry,

 I am not there - I did not die.

Harold Ray Schwartz

Groton

CT

TM1(SS)

46 - 50

19 February 2006 Plankowner

Gary R Shaw

 

NE

EN2(SS)

66 - 69

2008

 

Kirby Laverne Sheets

Kilgore

TX

TM3(SS)

50

2 April 1998  

James J "JJ" Shelp

Auburn IA

TM2(SS)

46 - 47

9 February 1970 Plankowner

William "Bill" Shipman

San Angelo TX

HMC(SS)

45 - 47

1 February 1995 Plankowner

Donald E Shoemaker

San Diego

CA

EMC(SS)

65 - 69

24 May 2013

 

Ronald H Shook

Hermitage

PA

SOS2(SS)

59 - 60

12 July 2017

Ronald H. Shook, 83, of Hermitage, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Hospital of natural causes.  The Masury, Ohio, native was born March 6, 1934, the son of the late Kenneth E. and Claire (Mansell) Shook.
Ronald was a 1952 graduate of Sharon High School. and retired after 20 years in the U.S. Navy, mostly in submarine duty.  He was a truck driver, and a member of Notre Dame Church in Hermitage.  He is survived by his wife, Alice Patricia (Joyce) Shook.  In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth H. Shook.
Calling hours: None.  Friends may sign guest book at www.flynnfuneralhome.com.
Service: Private.
Burial: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY INC., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.

Frank Oliver Shrope

Las Vegas

NV

CSC(SS)

51 - 56

11 November 2009

 

Wesley Monroe Shrum

Okmulgee

OK

TMSA(SS)

45 - 46

21 September 2018

Plankowner

Wesley Monroe Shrum, 92, died on September 21, 2018 in Merced, California.  Born October 7, 1925 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to George Monroe Shrum and Arizona MacDaniel Shrum, he grew up on a farm in Lamar County, Texas (now Paris, TX), where he attended high school and junior college before volunteering to serve in the U.S. Navy as a torpedo operator aboard the submarine USS Cusk (SS-348) during World War II.  

He married Kathryn Ann Pitts on Christmas day of 1949 in her family's home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma; the two remained devoted to each other throughout their lives.  A graduate of Oklahoma University Law School, Wesley worked as an attorney, then as an employee of the Farmers Insurance Group for forty years (as a claims manager, a branch claims manager, and a regional claims manager).  He and Kathryn lived in Norman, Oklahoma, Birmingham, Alabama, Kansas City, Kansas, Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and Merced.  Among many other parts he played in life, Wesley was a clarinetist and a skilled whistler, with a melodious baritone singing voice; briefly, he was a boxer; he was an amateur oil painter who once had a brush with Walt Disney; he was an avid traveler with a near-photographic memory for the countless corners of the country he explored (one person close to him said, "He remembered every place he ever ate at"); he was a man with an appetite, who maintained that the only food he didn't care for was parsnips, and that if you weren't prepared to finish a pint of ice cream, then it wasn't worth starting in the first place; he had an aptitude for fixing practically any mechanical object, and rebuilt old cars for fun; he had a pilot's license; he was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping, and any number of athletic activities; he was a loyal fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oklahoma Sooners (but would also good-naturedly root for LSU, because his son teaches there); he was an active member of the United Methodist Church; he was a school board member in Kansas City; and he was an ideal father, grandfather, and dinner companion.  He was known to family as Monroe, to colleagues and friends as Wes, and to his grandchildren and their contemporaries as Granddad. But this range of names did not reflect a multiplicity of character: for, to all who knew him, he was a constant: always patient, always generous, always charismatic, always kind, and always brimming with wisdom and humor.

            With his unparalleled knack for storytelling and his earnest interest in others, Wesley Monroe Shrum was a source of joy and light to all who had the privilege to know him.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Medrith Ann Shrum Saxon, and his beloved Kathryn.  He is survived by his son Wesley Monroe Shrum Jr., his daughter Kathryn Kem Shrum, and his grandchildren Benjamin Brandon Bates and Landon Monroe Bates.  His friends are too numerous to list.  He is said to have departed from this world with a smile on his face.  Graveside services were Sat September 29, 2018 in Okmulgee, OK at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Reverend Roland Youngberg of First United Methodist Church officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Schaudt's Okmulgee Funeral Service. Family and friends may send memories and condolences to the family, online at www.schaudtfuneralservice.com. Published in Merced Sun Star on Oct. 6, 2018.

William Austen "Pappy" Signs

Lunenburg

VT

TM3(SS)

46

18 February 1997

Plankowner

Eugene Edgar "Smitty" Smith

Vallejo

CA

EMC(SS)

48 - 51

29 June 1980

 

James R Smith

   

QM1(SS)

53

Date Unknown  

Leroy Ralph Smith

Long Beach

CA

TM3(SS)

46 - 51

7 November 2003

Plankowner

Lyle W Smith

Lewiston

ID

EM2(SS)

55 - 56

2013

 

Richard Ludlow Ware Smith

Kaunakakai

HI

EN1(SS)

58 - 61

9 November 2009

Received commission and later retired as Lieutenant

Wayne E Smith

Sickerville

NJ

YNC(SS)

54 - 56

26 June 2008

Wayne served with the U.S. Navy for 20 years, before retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officer.  He spent most of his military career serving aboard submarines.  He also served during the Korean War.

Laverne Wright Speed

   

TM1(SS)

49 - 51

11 March 2006

Retired as LT

Gerald "Jerry" Spielman

Pictured center with Al Kirkpatrick (L) & Don Shoemaker (R)

Yellville AR

EN1(SS)

60 - 66

30 December 2015

     Left the Cusk in late 1966 after volunteering to serve ashore in Vietnam. 

     Gerald was born on December 22, 1936 and passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.  Gerald was a resident of Yellville, Arkansas at the time of his passing.

     He was a decorated Vietnam Navy Veteran having served his country from 1954 until his retirement in 1975.  He was married to Pauline.

     A memorial service will take place at a day and time to be announced later at Church on the Rock in Yellville Arkansas.

James H Spivey

Goose Creek SC

EN2(SS)

60 - 62

13 October 2017

 

Gordon O. Stafford, M.D.

 

San Antonio TX TM2(SS) 48 - 49 28 June 2012 Gordon O. Stafford, M.D. passed away on June 28, 2012. He was born March 19, 1925 in Ludowici, Georgia to George Dunham Stafford and Rosa Maulden Stafford. As a young boy he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a life-long Baptist. He graduated from Ludowici High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Submarine Service in both World War II and the Korean War. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Following his internship at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia he practiced Family Medicine in Marietta until he moved to San Antonio in December, 1968. After a residency in anesthesiology at UTHSC, he was a clinical instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology there. In 1973 he joined Anesthesiology Affiliates, P.A. and was in private practice until his retirement in July, 1987. Dr. Stafford was certified by both the American College of Anesthesiologists and the American Board of Anesthesiology. He was a member of the Bexar County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, and San Antonio Anesthesiologists. A member of Oak Hills Country Club for many years, he was an avid golfer, making two holes in one and shooting his age when he was 73. He also enjoyed hunting and loved to read, especially military history. Dr. Stafford was preceded in death by his brothers Jay and Henry Stafford and his sisters Mary Howard and Edna Hennemann. He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Marlene Burg Stafford. He is also survived by daughter Leaette Sosenka and husband Roy, son Gordon O. Stafford, Jr. and wife Veronica, of Charlotte, North Carolina, son Jeffrey Stafford, and daughter Stephanie Eli and husband Jack. Other survivors include grandsons Sean Sosenka of Waco, Texas, and Linden Eli, step granddaughter Christine Satterfield and husband Daniel, and step great grandsons Nathen Bonilla and Jayden Satterfield. Also surviving are brother Roland Stafford of Blackshear, Georgia and sisters Clarice Horne of Ludowici, Georgia and Jane Wright and husband J.B. of Jacksonville, Florida. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, Dr. Neil Bennett officiating. Pall Bearers will be Sean Sosenka, Roy Sosenka, George Stafford, Tom Stafford, Marvin McKelvey and Gary McKelvey. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Admiral Nimitz Foundation, PO Box 1188, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-1188 or charity of one's choice. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.

Charles Benjamin Stark

LaCygne

KS

EN3(SS)

53

17 April 2013

     Charles Benjamin "Benny" Stark, age 80, Mound City, Kansas passed away on Wednesday April 17, 2013.  He was born on October 14, 1932 at Boicourt, Kansas the son of William and Edna Sherman Stark.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War on the submarine, USS Cusk.  He married Avalee Purvis on April 20, 1954.  She preceded him in death on January 13, 1999.  Bennie was a businessman at heart.  At one time, he owned a Texaco Station, an ice house and auto repair shop specializing in Volkswagen automobiles.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Bob, four sisters: Lois, Deanna, Janice and Louise.  He is survived by three sons: Steven Stark and Kandi, James Stark and Margie, and Mark Stark and Angela, a very special friend, Rhonda Gagliardi, two brothers, Larry and Gary, two sisters, Nadine and Judy, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
     A memorial visitation was held from 10 AM to 12 Noon, Saturday April 20, 2013 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.  The family suggests contributions to Heartland Hospice. On line condolences for the family can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com.  Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Michael King "Mike" Stevenson

Lakeport

CA

ET2(SS)

61 - 63

22 November 2016

STEVENSON, Michael King, 74, of Lakeport, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2016, in Verdigre, Nebraska.  Mike was nearing the end of a trophy yielding hunting trip that began three weeks earlier in Elko, Nevada.  His life was characterized by his love of family, his loyalty to friends, love of the great outdoors and service to others.  Mike had the ultimate work ethic.  Few of us can say we worked as hard on our first day as we did on our last.  This was just a part Mike's legacy throughout his military service, education, professional career, family life, community service and of course, his many recreational pursuits.  Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Mike began his appreciation and love of the outdoors along the New Jersey shore.  Upon graduation from High School, Mike enlisted in the US Navy where he served from 1960-1964.  Mike was an Electronics Technician Second Class (ET2) on the carrier USS Midway and later, as a submariner, on the USS Cusk.  Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1964, Mike moved to Modesto and enrolled in Modesto Junior College.  From that humble start with a young family in tow, Mike was accepted and transferred to Stanford University in Palo Alto, where he earned three degrees; a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Degree of Engineering, graduating in 1969. 

          Highlights of Mike's professional career as a Registered Civil Engineer included, research for Stanford University, working for the private sector engineering firm CH2M Hill, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and the City of Modesto.  Work assignments took Mike throughout California, and as far as Homer, Alaska.  In 1985, Mike accepted the position of City Engineer and Director of Public Works for the City of Lakeport.  Mike held that position until his retirement in 2004.  Mike served the City of Lakeport with distinction, demonstrating his seemingly innate ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.  Mike implemented and managed countless public infrastructure projects, reviewing private development projects and perhaps most important, ensuring the delivery of quality municipal services.  Highlights included construction of the current City Hall, expansion of City wastewater and water treatment plants, the reconstruction of Library Park and remodel of Carnegie Library, improvements to Lakeport's launch ramps and related facilities and ongoing efforts to improve the "challenging condition" of Lakeport streets. 

          Even after retirement, Mike continued to be available to City staff and never hesitated to share his institutional knowledge and support its employees.  Mike was a mentor both professionally and personally.  Mike loved his Lake County community, joining Kiwanis the same year he moved to Lakeport.  Mike could always be seen working the annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast and Craft Fair, Kids Halloween Fair, One Day for Improvements, roadside clean-up along Soda Bay Road and supporting his club's 4-H and college scholarship program for local high school seniors.  Mike is survived by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis of Lakeport; daughter, Carmen Stevenson of Gold River, CA; daughter-in-law, Kathy Stevenson of Ceres, CA; grandson, Bryce Stevenson of Patterson, CA; granddaughter, Mikaela Stevenson of Modesto, CA; and brother, Eric Stevenson of Wakefield, MA. Mike was predeceased by his son, Ceres, CA, police Sgt. Howard King Stevenson, who tragically died in the line of duty in 2005, while serving his community.  Mike was also predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Marie (King) Stevenson of Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Published in Lake County Record-Bee on Feb. 4, 2017.

Irwin Grant Stewart

Kansas City

KS

TM2(SS)

46

30 May 2008

Plankowner

Gerald C "Jerry" Stratton

Alturas

CA

EN1(SS)

58 - 61

19 February 2013

Retired police officer who also had his own locksmith business.

Frederick Bruce Stuart

Beaufort

SC

E-5

 

4 June 1987

Later commissioned and retired as Commander

Paul Edward "Pete" Summers

(First Captain of the Cusk)

Edmond

OK

CDR

46 - 47

28 August 1993

USS Cusk's 1st Captain. Paul E. Summers graduated from Annapolis Naval Academy in 1936 and attended Submarine School at New London.  Summers first wartime duty was aboard the USS Stingray for seven war patrols. He was then assigned to the USS Pampanito SS-383 as Executive Officer. Before her first war patrol, Summers relieved the skipper and was given command of the Pampanito. Summers was the skipper Pampanito's first, second, third and fifth war patrols. On her third war patrol the Pampanito was part of a wolfpack called "Ben's Busters", best remembered for sinking enemy ships with Allied Prisoners of War on board, the prisoners were being brought back to Japan after building bridges over the River Kwai in Burma. The submarines had unknowingly sank the ships and after seeing British and Australian men in the water they saved as many prisoners as they could. The Pampanito saved 73 souls. Due to low morale aboard the Pampanito, her fourth war patrol was commanded by Commander Frank Fenno per Rear Admiral Lockwood's request. Although the Pampanito was given prime patrol areas on all five of her war patrols, she had a relatively poor war record, 5 ships sunk for a total of 27,332 tons. He was awarded the Navy Cross. After the war Summers remained in the Navy and served in Korea and Vietnam, he retired at the rank of Rear Admiral and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

William V Surman, Jr.

   

LCDR

61 - 62

Date Unknown

Executive Officer

Joseph Talago, Jr.

Shepherdstown

WV

LTJG

50

12 October 2018

Joseph Talago, Jr. was born in 1925 in a coal mining camp owned by McCandlish Mines in Meadowbrook.  In 1932, his family moved near Bridgeport, where they operated a roadside business.  In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy V12 College Training program.  In 1946, he graduated and was commissioned and ordered to sea duty.  He served on a destroyer and four submarines, and his last sea duty was as commanding officer of the Submarine USS Raton (SSS270).  He received engineering degrees from Kansas University and MIT while in the Navy, and also received an MBA from George Washington University.

Following his retirement in 1965, he worked for TRW as an engineer, then as a stock broker for Merrill Lynch, and finally as a financial manager for the American Gas Association.  He retired in 1982 and moved to Scrabble, where he built a home and operated a small nursery.  He restored a house in Shepherdstown and also built his final home there.

His wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann, died in 2012.  They also lost a daughter Marie, age 19, in 1976, and a son, Anthony, age 28, in 1989.  Surviving are sons Joseph III of Roseville, Minnesota and Daniel of Columbia Falls, Montana, and daughters Kristin with husband Cleve Thompson of Shepherdstown and Anna of Saint Cloud, Florida.  His granddaughter, LeAnn Loccisano, lives in Hurst, Texas.

He also has two brothers, Paul of Center Valley, Pennsylvania and Stanley of Flemington.  A Memorial Mass was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Shepherdstown on Oct. 20, 2018 at 10 a.m.  Interment was private at the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Agnes Catholic Church for its building fund, or the Shepherdstown Public Library.

Theodore Charles "Ted" Taylor

Renton

WA

EMFN(SS)

47

4 September 2011

Theodore Charles Taylor, 82, long time Renton resident, died September 4, 2011 at home under Hospice Care with his family at his side. Ted was born March 25, 1929 in Springfield, Ohio. He has been retired since June 1991 from the Rainier Brewing Co. and the International Union of Operating Engineers. In 1966, he retired from the U.S. Navy Submarine Service as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, after 20 years of military service. After leaving the Navy, he was employed by Weyerhaeuser Company for 10 years before retiring from Rainier Brewery after 10 years. He was a Veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Conflicts. Past Commander of the American Legion Fred Hancock Post #19 of Renton, and was still active in the American Legion Honor Guard at Tahoma National Cemetery. Member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Seattle Branch #18. Past Washington State Commander U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II. Life member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Frank R. Vaise Post #1263 of Renton, and Past Wagon Master of the Jet-A-Bout Travel Club of the Burien ELKS Lodge #2143, of which he was a member for over 30 years. A member of the Civil Air Patrol Cadets before joining the Navy and a Major with CAP for Eight Years after returning to civilian life. He was Washington Wing Operations Officer and a Search Pilot on many Search and Rescue missions. He held a Commercial Pilots License with Instrument, multi-engine and float plane endorsement, and was a Certified Flight Instructor. He had over one thousand hours of flying time. Ted met his wife, E. Loma (Sloper) Smith in Phoenix, Arizona and was married in Prescott, Arizona in 1968. He is survived by his wife and her son Richard L. Smith (wife Rosie), of Kingman, Arizona, and her daughter Kathleen Raye (Smith) Keiser (John), three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, a nephew, Johnny Taylor and niece, Linda (Russ) Butler, children of his younger brother, Irvine Lowell Taylor of Tucson, Arizona, who died June 17

Edward Clinton Terney

Malott

WA

YNC(SS)

63 - 64

16 January 2019

     Edward Clinton Terney, 90, Okanogan County, WA, passed away peacefully at home on January 16, 2019.  He was born in Pendleton, OR, on May 27, 1928, to Fern and Bessie Terney.  Ed left high school to the join the United States Navy on September 15, 1945, and served a total of 26 years.
     He qualified in 1962 aboard the RAZORBACK and was a YNC(SS) when he retired in 1971.  Ed also served aboard STERLET 62-63, SEGUNDO 62-63, PLAICE 63, CUSK 63-64, BREAM 68, BLACKFIN 68-70, SCAMP 70-71.  Ed was a member of USSVI Bremerton Base.
     After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a commercial salmon fisherman, mechanic, and ultimately, retired as a maintenance manager for a rest home.     During retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, photography, and travel. Most will remember seeing him at the Eagles on steak night, playing pinochle, and attending lunches and dinners at the senior centers around town. Ed was a father to seven children18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Edmond Frank Thomas

Gainsville

TX

ENC(SS)

49 - 50

19 October 1999

 

Frank Lincoln Thomas, Jr.

Houston

TX

LT

45 - 47

12 February 2010

Plankowner

Wayne Thomas

Stillman Valley

IL

EM2(SS)

53

13 March 2009

 

Herbert Earl Thompson

   

EMC(SS)

54

22 January 1994

Retired as Commander

Joseph Douglas Thompson

Manteca

CA

YNC(SS)

50 - 51

1 December 1995

 

 

Arthur R "Art" Thomsen

Lansing

IL

FTSN(SS)

59 - 60

13 July 2016

      Arthur R Thomsen, 77, of Lansing, IL passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Carolyn Thomsen; beloved father of Debra Todd (Dwayne) Lewis and Lisa (Scott) Youdris; beloved grandfather of Zachary Todd, Lauren and Stephanie Gutraj, Carly, Madison and Noah Lewis; beloved brother of Bertha (James) Billups; many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.  Visitation was on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 2:00-6:00 PM at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN.  Funeral service was on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  Arthur was cremated and his ashes laid to rest at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on July 22.

     Arthur served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1958-1992 and he served in the Navy reserves from 1979-1993.  He belonged to the NERA Fleet Reserves and was an associate member of the Silver Dolphin Club.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1301 W. Vermont Ave., Calumet Park, IL 60827 in his memory would be appreciated.  www.kishfuneralhome.net  - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nwitimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180688768#sthash.d9F7obpG.dpuf

Alfio Tony

San Francisco

CA

EMFN(SS)

50 - 53

4 June 2010

 

Mervyn "Merv" Toynton

San Francisco

CA

LT

56 - 57

1983  

John J Tracey

Pittsburg PA TM2(SS)

52 - 54

11 November 2017

 

Jack Richard Trommer

Petzer NC ET2(SS)

61 - 63

8 October 2018

     Jack Richard Trommer, beloved husband of Wendy L. Trommer, passed away  unexpectedly on Monday, October 8, 2018.

Born in Cook County, IL, he was the son of the late Benjamin Trommer and Mary Brown.  Jack had a long and distinguished career at Raytheon Marine Company.  He helped design and bring to Market many of the companies navigational aids.  He was also heavily involved in setting up the precursor systems to today's GPS.  After retirement from Raytheon he joined his wife in helping out with local community theatre.  He was very proud of bringing Theatre in the Park to city of Manchester, NH and of building "Greased Lightning", the car from Grease with the props crew, as well as working with the non-profit group FIRST. Through these endeavors, Jack made many lasting friendships and will be missed by all. Always quick to smile.  Always willing to lend a hand, but slow to ask for help, he was a very special person.

Jack loved to fish, golf, and bowl, not necessarily in that order.  Family members will tell you, he was extremely competitive in all things and was his own worst critic when he failed.

     In addition to his wife of 37 years, he is survived by two daughters, Colleen Tracy Trommer, and Wendy Sue Zimmerman; six grandchildren, Natalie Rose, Morgan Elizabeth Trommer, Angela Trommer, Robert Trommer, Matthew Zimmerman, and Jennifer Zimmerman; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Loretta Klinakis.

     He was preceded in death by his son, Jack Richard Trommer, Jr.

     Visitation was held Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Reedy Fork Baptist Church followed by the funeral service at 3:00 p.m.

     Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 301 University Ridge, Ste 5000, Greenville, SC 29601

Fred B Tucker

    CDR

49 - 51

Date Unknown

4th Captain of the Cusk

Richard "Gary" Tucker

Oldtown ID MM1(SS) 60 - 62 31 December 2014            Richard Gary Tucker passed away on December 31, 2014 of cancer.  He was born August 28, 1938 in Spokane, Washington.  Gary served honorably in the for 20 years.  He will be greatly missed.  Gary is survived by his wife, Virginia; 3 children, 6 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren; and 1 sister.
          At Gary's request, no memorial services were held.

William D "Wild Bill" Turnidge

Bloomington

IL

FN(SS)

48 - 50

1 December 1993

 

Robert W Ullman

Chula Vista CA

EM1(SS)

50 - 51

24 March 2006

Retired as Commander

 

William Edward "Bill" Vincent

Cupertino

CA

EN2(SS)

55 - 57

27 June 2016

      William Edward Vincent passed away peacefully in his home June 27, 2016.  William was born April 15, 1934.  After high school he joined the Navy.  He served aboard a couple of ships, carriers and submarines. His favorite was the USS. Cusk.  After serving in the Navy he still remained active in the Naval Reserves for 40 plus years.  He graduated from the San Francisco Art Academy.  Went to work for Lockheed and retired from there. 

     He is survived by his son James Vincent (Donna Vincent), his daughter Danielle Lien (Robert Lien), and his life partners' daughter Shawna Biava (Don Biava ), his grandchildren Ryan Vincent, Briana & Brandie Lien, Evan, Ella and Cooper Biava.  William is also survived by his brother Robert Vincent (Diane Vincent and their daughters Tracy Venzien and Karen Haworth).  For memorial service contact:

 

Frank J Vogel

Cherokee

KS

IC3(SS)

63 - 66

6 January 2012

     Francis “Frank” J. Vogel, 68, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 4:28 p.m., Friday, January 6, 2012, at Missouri Rehabilitation Center, Mt. Vernon, MO.  He was born November 21, 1943, at Harrisburg, PA, the son of Richard Elton and Helen Elsie (Smith) Vogel.  Mr. Vogel served in the United States Navy as a submariner from 1961-1966.  He was united in marriage on April 11, 1969 to Kathrine Karr.  She survives of the home.  Mr. Vogel worked as a coal miner for P&M Coal Company.
     In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Paul Vogel and his wife, Amy of Pittsburg, KS, and Jesse Vogel and his wife, Kim of Pittsburg, KS; two daughters Ginger Bevins and her husband, Mike of St. Paul, KS, and Nancy Renfro and her husband, Daniel of Cherokee; 14 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.  He is also preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
     After cremation, the family will be receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Brenner Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be directed to the Angels Among Us. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Online condolences may also be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.

William Walde Von Christierson

Pacific Grove

CA

LCDR

64 - 66

15 November 2015

Robert Martin "Bob" Waldeck

Groton

CT

EM1(SS)

47 - 50

15 July 2007

 

Charles W Walker

Marydel

MD

FC3(SS)

46 - 50

2 June 2010

Plankowner

     Qualified on the USS Tilefish (SS-307) in 1945 and was a FC3(SS) when he left the Navy.  Charles W. "Bill" Walker of Marydel, Maryland passed away at home on Wednesday June 2, 2010.  He was 82.
     A native of Beryl, West Virginia, he was the son of the late James G. Walker and Harriet "Hattie" Harsh Walker.  He was a decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  His distinguished military career began at age 16 with the Submarine Service.  Bill's military career ended when he retired 32 years later from the United States Air Force.  He also retired from the Chrysler Corporation.
     He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, the American Legion Post 2 of Dover, DE, and U.S. Submarine Veterans Mid-Atlantic Base.  He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7937 of Greensboro, MD and a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 648 of Silver Spring, MD.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Louise Watson Walker in 1999. 
Surviving is one daughter, Maxine F. Foster-Cunningham; two sons, James W. Walker and Charles A. Walker; one brother; 4 sisters; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
     A viewing will be held on Monday, June 7, 2010 from 7-8 PM in the Faries Funeral Chapel of 29 South Main Street, Smyrna, Delaware.  Funeral services followed by burial will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11 am in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, Delaware.

James Everett Walker

Summerville

SC

EM3(SS)

46

2 February 2015

     James was born on December 7, 1924 and passed away on Monday, February 2, 2015.  He was a resident of Summerville, South Carolina at the time of his passing and is survived by his wife Anna.

     Friends and family were able to call at James A. Dyal Funeral Home on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 5 o'clock until 7 o'clock PM.  Funeral services were held on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 9 o'clock AM at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, 28 Sumter Avenue, Summerville. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, North Charleston.

Vance R Wanner

Ft. Belvoir

VA

LT

45 - 48

12 May 1977

Plankowner

William Houston "Bill" Weaver

Cross

SC

CS2(SS)

56 - 58

10 September 2016

Executive Officer

Robert H "Ace" Webb

Largo

FL

ENC(SS)

53

11 August 2002

 

Douglas Alan Webster

   

FCC(SS)

47 - 51

5 August 1988

 

William J "Bill" Weisensee

Groton

CT

LT

65 - 67

11 August 2018

     Capt. William J. "Bill" Weisensee, USN (Ret), passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.  Bill is predeceased by his parents, Helen and William Weisensee, his brother Frank Weisensee, his sister Estelle, and his son Gary Weisensee.  Bill is survived by his loving wife Nancy, of 38 years.  Also surviving are Bill's brother Richard; five children, including William, Kevin, Tom, Cindy and Matt; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bill had an immense love for his family.  Bill's hobbies included golf, camping, boating, traveling, and attending Submarine Veteran Reunions throughout the U.S.  He was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, and NASCAR.  He was influential in the establishment of the St. Mary's Submarine Museum and contributed much of his memorabilia to the museum.
     Bill was born in Brighton, Mass.  After graduating from Lexington High School, Bill enlisted in the
U.S. Navy in January 1952, and advanced through the enlisted ranks to the grade of chief electronics technician in the Submarine Nuclear Power Program.  In July 1962, he was commissioned as an ensign in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program.
     In February 1985, Bill was one of the first LDOs promoted to the rank of captain.  Capt. Weisensee graduated from Southern Illinois University and earned three Master's Degrees throughout the course of his career.
     Capt. Weisensee's sea duty included tours on USS Thuban (AKA 19); USS Amberjack (SS 522); USS Sabalo (SS 302); USS Tullibee (SSN 597); USS Cusk (SS 348); USS Nereus (AS 17); Commanding Officer of Shipping Port (ARDM 4), and Executive Officer of USS Fulton (AS-11) from January 1984 to July 1986.
     Other tours included commissioning SIC Nuclear Prototype at Windsor; Electronics Material Officer, Submarine Squadron Ten; Director of Operations Advanced Training at Naval Submarine School, Groton; Assistant Repair Officer for Extended Refit Program at Charleston Naval Shipyard; and Security Officer, Naval Submarine Base, New London.  In September 1986, Capt. Weisensee assumed duties as Executive Officer of Naval Submarine School and as the Commanding Officer in April 1989.  After graduation from the Naval War College in 1990, Capt. Weisensee reported as Commanding Officer of Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Ga.  He completed this tour in April 1993, and retired with over 41 years of active duty on June 30, 1993.
     Capt. Weisensee has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon with
Bronze Star, Enlisted Good Conduct Medal with two Bronze Stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, United Nations Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Service Star. Capt. Weisensee qualified in submarines enlisted (silver dolphins) in May, 1955, and officer (gold dolphins) in January 1967.
     Shortly after retirement from the Navy, Bill became the executive director of the Camden County/Kings Bay Chamber of Commerce and Joint Development Authority.  He retired from this position in November 2001, but remained active in the local community of Camden County, Ga., particularly with the St. Mary's Submarine Museum and the Naval Submarine League.
     The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Bill during his last few months, especially the compassionate professionals at Mystic Healthcare & Rehabilitation and Hospice at Vitas Healthcare.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, or the St. Mary's Submarine Museum in St. Mary's, Georgia.
     Bill's wake was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home at 310 Thames St., Groton.  Funeral services, with military honors, were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at St. Luke's Church, 1830 Route 12 in Gales Ferry.  Please visit
www.Byles.com to sign the guestbook or share a memory.

Denton W "Denny" West

Burnsville

NC

LCDR

65 - 67

26 July 2012

Executive Officer

Richard J "Dick" Weyenberg

Kimberly

WI

FN(SS)

48 - 51

20 September 2003

 

Earl R  "Dick" White

Hesperia

CA

SN(SS)

49 - 50

2015

 

James Allen White

Sun City

AZ

QMC(SS)

46 - 47

10 May 2000

Plankowner

Edward J Wiley

   

SN(SS)

49 - 51

Date Unknown

 

Eugene P "Dennis" Wilkinson

Del Mar

CA

LCDR

47 - 48

11 July 2013

Executive Officer

     Born in August 1918 in Long Beach, California, the son of Dennis William and Daisy Parks Wilkinson. He attended Holtville, California, High School and San Diego State College. He graduated from the latter in 1938 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in chemistry. He taught chemistry there for a year. He also filled in and taught a course in mathematics. During this year he attended the University of Southern California. The next year he had a teaching fellowship in chemistry at USC. During those two years he completed all of the course work for a doctor’s degree but never did a thesis or received any graduate degree. Commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 12 December 1940, he was transferred to the regular U.S. Navy on 28 August 1946.

     Executive Officer aboard the Cusk who was later selected for three historic command assignments.  The first, in 1954, was as the first Commanding Officer of the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine.  The second was in 1961, where Admiral Rickover selected him to serve as the first Commanding Officer of the USS Long Beach, America's first nuclear surface ship.  The third was in 1980 when he was chosen as the first President and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) from which he retired in 1984.

Walter Wayne Williams

   

GMGC(SS)

 

23 January 1996

 

Phillip Longhurst "Willie" Williamson, II

Paulsboro NJ

TM1(SS)

45 - 46

5 July 2017

Plankowner

Phillip L. "Willie" Williamson, age 94 years, of Paulsboro died Wednesday July 5, 2017.  Born in Langhorne, PA; he was the fifth child of six born into and Irish American family.  Soon after the sixth child was born, his Mother died.  His father sent the children to live and grow up with relatives and friends.  After turning eighteen, Mr. Williamson felt the lure of the sea and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August of 1940.  As World War II unfolded he volunteered for submarine duty and reported to his first boat, the USS Drum SS228 in November of 1942.  He then became a submarine sailor for life.  On leave Mr. Williamson met the love of his life, Doris.  They were married on August 24, 1943.  After twenty four years of military service, he retired and settled in Paulsboro to start a new career.  Mr. Williamson started as a maintenance man in 1964 with the Paulsboro School System; retiring in 1984 as the Maintenance Supervisor.  In his retirement he enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife, visiting old Navy friends and relatives.  He was a life member of the Paulsboro Sportsmen's Club and the Fleet Reserve Association.  He is survived by his son, Phillip Terry and Ginny Williamson of Mullica Hill; his daughter in law, Addie Williamson of Pembroke, North Carolina; his grandchildren, Giana, Michelle, Christine and Phillip; his great grandchildren, Talia, Jeffery, Johnathan and LaNora; 4 great great grandchildren and his sisters, Anna Clark of Maple Shade and Gertrude Whitaker of Zephyrhills, Florida. Mr. Williamson was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Doris J. Williamson; his son, Robert Williamson Sr. and his grandson, Robert Williamson Jr.  The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, July 10, 2017 in the McBride - Foley Funeral Home, 228 W. Broad St., Paulsboro.  Relatives and friends may visit with the family Sunday evening from 7 to 9 PM and Monday morning after 9:30 AM until service time.  Interment Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery, Monroe Twp. Contributions can be made in his memory to Billingsport U. M. Church, c/o Cheryl Corradetti, 855 Mullen Avenue, Gibbstown, NJ 08027.  Memories can be shared at www.mcbridefoleyfh.com. McBride-Foley Funeral Home 228 W. Broad St. Paulsboro, NJ 08066 856-423-0526

Robert F Williamson, II

San Diego CA

LT

53 - 54

9 July 2003

 

James P "Jim" Wilkie

San Diego CA

SN(SS)

50 - 51

1 August 2003

 

John C Wilson

Auburn WA

RMC(SS)

60 - 64

2 January 2013

 

Richard E Wilson

   

RMSN(SS)

67

2003

 

Jacob P Wittman

Ventura

CA

TM1(SS)

 

24 February 2013

    Jacob P. Wittman USN (Ret.), 91, passed away at Community Memorial Hospital on Sunday, February 24, 2013, of respiratory failure.  He has been a resident of Ventura for the last 44 years, after he retired from the military service. He was born in Kansas, and joined the Navy in 1940.  He began his military service in World War II and retired in 1967. He served aboard the following Naval ships: USS Oklahoma, Submarines, USS Grouper, USS Redfish, USS Blowers, USS Pomodon, USS Cusk, USS Halibut (for which he received a Letter of Commendation for service on March 30, 1962), and finished his military career at the Nuclear Weapons Training Center, Pacific. He received a Congressional Medal for Veterans of the attack of Pearl Harbor on January 12, 1992. After retiring from the military, he moved to Ventura and worked for the Naval Ship Weapon Systems Engineering Station.  He was awarded on June 30, 1986, for outstanding Contributions to the Naval Sea Data Support activity. Also, he retired from NSWSES on June 30, 1986.  While serving in the Navy, Jacob met Jean Christie and married her in Australia in 1944. They celebrated their 69th anniversary in January. He is also survived by his daughter, Sharron (John) of Williamsburg, Va. and two grandchildren, Jennifer (John) of Richmond, Va., and Andrew (Natalie) of Washington D.C.

Lowell S Wright

   

MOMMC(SS)

46 - 47

Date Unknown

Plankowner

Robert Herold Wright

   

TMSN(SS)

53

13 April 2002

 

Robert H Yngve

   

TM1(SS)

59 - 60

11 May 1982

 

Ernest J "Zeke" Zellmer

Atlantic Beach

FL

LT

46 - 48

27 August 2018

 Plankowner

     Zeke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 31 May, 1921 and passed away on 27 August, 2018. He graduated from the Naval Academy in June,1943, went to Submarine School and was a part of the commissioning crew of the USS Cavalla (SS-244). He served on the Cavalla for five war patrols in the Pacific during World War II. On 6 June, 1945 he married Laurel (Babs) Miller in Perth, Australia. In late July, 1945, Zeke left the Cavalla in Guam and returned to the US to join the commissioning crew of the USS Cusk (SS-348). In January, 1947 Zeke resigned from the regular Navy and received a commission in the Naval Reserve. He became an instructor in the Engineering School of Washington University in St. Lois, from 1947-1950. Zeke then joined the CIA as an analyst of foreign submarines. Babs died in early 1959. Later that year Zeke married Lois Wuerch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They adopted each other’s children and had a family of six youngsters.

     During his 30-year service with the CIA, Zeke had a four-year assignment to the National Security Agency, attended the National War College, received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, and served five years with the Department of the Navy. He retired from the CIA in 1980, where his final assignment had been as Deputy to the Director for Collection Tasking. In 1981, Zeke and Lois moved to Satellite Beach, Florida. In late 1999 Lois died and in April, 2005, he married Beverly Friedman in Lake Wales, Florida.

     In Florida, Zeke was a member, Secretary, and Chairman of the Board of Elders, and President of the Congregation of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Melbourne, FL. He also served as a member and President of both the Space Coast Chapter of the CIA Retirees Association and the Satellite Beach Chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Zeke was also a member of the Snug Harbor SubVets of Satellite Beach and the First Coast SubVets of Atlantic Beach.

His military honors include: The Bronze Star with Combat V, the Presidential Unit Citation, a number of campaign ribbons, Submarine Dolphins, and the Successful War Patrol with stars. His civilian honors include: The National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Central Intelligence Agency Distinguished Service Medal, and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

     Zeke is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, Nancy (Ron Shapiro), Cheryl Zellmer, John (Sandy), Richard (Mary), Wendy Ryan, and Bradley Zellmer; Beverly’s children, Rick (Paula) Peltz, Darrell (Lisa) Friedman, Charla McDermott, and Leah (Trent) Sparks; his sister, Susan Sauld; seventeen grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives, associates, military personnel, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his sister, Yvonne Zellmer and his brother Ronald Zellmer.

     Visitation was from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2018 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with the Funeral Service following at 11:00 a.m. (1423 N. 8th Ave. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250). Zeke will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at some designated time in the future, probably in the winter/spring 2019.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Cavalla Historical Foundation, 601 Tremont Street, Galveston, TX 77550.

Joseph Zamaria

Massillon

OH

EN1(SS)

 

24 May 2012

 Born 2/26/1922

Robert C Zimmerman

Carthage

IN

SM2(SS)

46

2 July 2015

Plankowner

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