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July 1999 - Ray Olszewski tells 3 of the best sea stories I have ever read (282)
1. Slattery Qualifies
Ltjg Francis Slattery (last CO of Scorpion) qualified on Tunny in the latter part of 1957. Captain W. Detrick presented him with his dolphins at quarters, then promptly informed him to go below, put on his work khakis and return topside. Slattery knew he was going to be thrown over the side and put up a gallant struggle but eventually went into the cold water of Port Huneme.
Coming aboard soaking wet and cold everyone was laughing, especially one Ltjg Scott who was laughing the hardest for his friend, Slattery.
Slattery turned to Scott and said "I don't know what you're laughing about, I've got your shoes on."
2. Mambo Jims Zebra Room
While in Port Huneme, California the After Torpedo Room had a senior torpedoman that went by the alias "Mambo Jim." His Christian name has long since been forgotten. "Mambo Jim" named the head in the after room the "Zebra Room" and even had the head door painted in Zebra stripes. "Mambo Jim" was extremely proud of his compartment and especially proud of the "Zebra Room." It was the cleanest head on the boat - almost clean enough to eat off of.
Prior to one of Captain Blairs below decks inspections "Mambo Jim" took personal charge of getting his Zebra Room ready for inspection. He cleaned and scoured the commode until it was immaculate - you could almost see yourself in the stainless steel bowl.
Satisfied that his toilet was the cleanest in the fleet, "Mambo Jim" headed to the crews mess for some peanut butter. Returning to the after room, he gleefully placed a generous amount of his peanut butter on the inside of the commode and then stood by for the captain's inspection.
When Captain Blair arrived in the after room "Mambo Jim" proudly saluted and presented his space for inspection. As the CO was inspecting the head he noticed "Mambo Jims" ugly brown mess clinging to the side of the toilet. Shocked, Captain Blair called for "Mambo Jim" and demanded to know "Just what is that in the toilet?" Being the good sailor that he was, "Mambo Jim" ran his index finger over the brown ugly mess, stuck said finger in his mouth, smacked his lips and proudly proclaimed to Captain Blair, "its s--- sir!"
3. Haley's Great Adventure
It was during our 1957 trip to the North Pacific that one of our torpedomen had one of his greatest adventures. We had been at sea for approximately one month when we pulled into Dutch Harbor, Alaska for fuel. It must be pointed out that Dutch Harbor is a very desolate island in the Aleutian chain and there is only one living inhabitant on the island -a civilian oil company employee whose only job is to fuel ships.
It normally takes about eight hours to fuel so while the boat was tied up, the crew was allowed off the boat. We took aboard the necessary fuel and got underway, heading again towards the North Pacific.
About two weeks later, Doc ________ had the responsibility to inform the XO (Lcdr Stahl) that Haley and his cohort, Electrician B________ had the clap! XO Stahl, incredulous at such a pronouncement asks "How the hell can Haley have the clap when we've been at sea and have not seen a woman for six weeks?"
Further investigation revealed Haley and B had hiked over the island of Dutch Harbor, found a dilapidated old raft, tied their shoes around their necks (to keep them dry) and rowed across the water to the next island where they found an old Eskimo woman running some sort of trading post. Nuf said. They rowed back and came aboard smug in the knowledge that they had been the only crewmembers to have made out on the entire trip.
Needless to say, XO Stahl didn't think it was so funny but the crew gave Haley a resounding "Well Done Shipmate!"
Jul 99 - ET(SS) Carsten Poulson incriminates himself.
Next time he'll remember to send me pictures. - Tom
How's it going tom? I am still going to school at UIC, English major with a writing dicipline, and I bartend over the summer. I lead a charmed life, live within walking distance to Wrigley Field, and have a raging case of herpes. Wait... oh well. I'll talk to you more later... I know I still owe you those pics, you'll get them one day, I swear.
Jul 99 - STS3 (SS) Curt Hardie
I will be seeing Matt Albrecht, former yn3, in about 2 weeks, as he will be my best man at my July 17th wedding!
wish i could get down to Texas for the tunny reunion, but too many things are going on...perhaps in the future...? I will have to dig thru the archives for some other good pixs, but it would be nice if others would submit...I mean, Ido love pictures of myself, but people want some variety.
Rebecca, my fiancee, and I will be heading to hawaii for our honeymoon and will catch a day or two of the old island, although we will be in Maui for the good part of two weeks. talk to you soon!
same day, another message
Always love to check in on the old Tunny Homepage, to see if any others have discovered it! Everyone that has been here and knows how to locate another ex-tunny member, DO IT! The more people we have, the better!
I have lost track with a few people I wanted to keep in touch with, and when I checked out in 1993, I left in a ahurry and didn't get addresses for others!
Does anyone know the whereabouts of the following:
STS2/SS DAVID FORSBERG
ET2/SS JAMES McMANUS
STS2/SS STEVEN O NICHOLSON
STS3/SS CHRIS "PUNK ASS" JORDAN
STS3/SS GREEN....damn, Ican't remember your first name!!!
STS1/SS KEVIN BOYER
STS1/SS CHARLES "PAPPY" PRICE
STS3/SS DUANE LOHR
STS2/SS RONALD COMPTON
STS2/SS DAVID MACK
STS1/SS DAN KREIGER
QM3/33 KEN KUCKARD
ET3/SS TROY WESTON
QM3/SS ROB BRANDT
I would like to hear from all and more people who served on Tunny between 1989 and 1993...of course, I would talk shop with others, but these are the people I knew!!!!
July 99 - ETC (SS) Roger Boggess (describing 282 Reunion)
The sea stories were rampant, of course. In my time aboard, the 282 had been converted to an SSG by adding a hangar for two missiles. I was on Tunny during the first three "Nuclear Deterrent" patrols off The Kamchatka Peninsula in '59 & '60, with "Hot" Regulus missiles. The two patrols in '60 were back to back, i.e., two 60-day periods on station, with a month in Yokosuka for refit & R&R, plus transit time between Pearl and the Bering Sea. We often refueled at Attu, in the Aleutians. So, when the "Blue and Gold" crews came out for the boomers, we started calling ourselves the "Black and Blue" crew. Back-to-back patrols were not unusual.
We were pretty close-mouthed at the time - the missile crew was not "in" on our exact position, as were a few in the wardroom and conning tower, but no holds barred lately. A book, "Regulus, the Forgotten Weapon" was written by a son in law of a high ranking officer. It revealed the warhead designation, W-27, and yield - 2 megatons. We carried spooks aboard for electronic surveillance that included tape recordings of telemetering from missiles launched way inland (near the Caspian Sea I think), & out into the Bering sea.
The 282 navigation was hairy; 282 and its sister ships were just not built for 60-day submergence. Those old boats did not get periscope sextants, Inertial guidance, Loran-C, or GPS that the new boomers got. So, we got fixes by sighting on mountain peaks, which put us fairly close to shore. We would have had to launch on the surface. Thankful we never had to -- could have been real hairy.
Keeping periscope depth was hairy too. Although only a chief, I was persuaded to "volunteer" for diving officer watches. After a few watches, I was on my own. No auto-depth keeper. Speed in the daytime was pretty near dead slow, probably 44 turns to preserve the battery charge, so plane control was sluggish. The hangar bubble on deck distorted the water flow to get a "verturi effect." If you got too shallow, that would tend to pop you to the surface, not a good idea in "hostile waters."
Being close to shore, with many places being relatively shallow, the fresh water from streams/rivers was not well mixed with the sea water. Moving through areas of varying salinity and temperature played hell with the trim. We were very frequently flooding and pumping to and from the Auxiliary trim tanks. At night, with the snorkel up, engines running, and batteries charging, I sometimes wasn't quick enough with trim changes and dipped the intake valve. The engines shut down if I could not get back up quickly. That requires starting over again.
Enough Blarney for tonight!!
July 99, MMI (SS/DV) Rick Percy
MY NAME IS RICK PERCY. I ARRIVED ON BOARD THE TUNNY DECEMBER 79 AND DEPARTED JANUARY 84.
I WAS IN "A" GANG AND WAS MMI SS/DV WHEN I LEFT.
WE HAD A GOOD TIME AND I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS WEB PAGE AND GIVE YOU A LOT OF CREDIT FOR THE TIME SPENT DEVELOPING IT. I STILL KEEP IN CONTACT WITH A FEW OF THE GUYS THAT WERE ON WHEN I WAS. OUR COB WAS MASTER CHIEF FOLLO.
I RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE NAMES ON YOUR LIST. IT SEEMS SO LONG AGO. THE GUYS I STILL KEEP IN CONTACT ARE GREG ARMSTRONG (LOU), CRAIG RUSSELL, GREG WOLFE, TOM COYLE.
I AM NOT THAT GREAT ON USING THE INTERNET OR E-MAIL BUT I'M TRYING TO LEARN SO IF YOU COULD ADD MY NAME TO THE LIST I WOULD SINCERLEY APPRECIATE IT. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS RPERCY@ASACOMP.COM. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME.
OH. I LIVE IN COLUMBUS OHIO, MARRIED TO A LOVELY WOMEN FOR 14 YEARS AND HAVE TWO LOVELY DAUGHTERS WIFE'S NAME IS ANGELA DAUGHTERS LAURA 11 YEARS ALEXANDRIA 9 YEARS OLD.
July 99 - HMCS (SS/FMF) John Werner
Tom, Two funny stories come to mind.
First one was whem STS2 May got real sick and I had to stick an IV in him and the only place where it was high enough to hang the IV bang was in the XO's stateroom.
Now LCDR Craig was not happy to have a bunkmate but I told him we really didnt have a choice. So May takes the top bunk and he starts throwing up every couple of minutes into a plastic bag. There were so many bags I left one behind the XO's door for abour 2 days.
Soon thereafter the XO asked me if May could take a shower because it really stunk in his stateroom, well after searching around I found the bag of vomit and said XO its not May who stinks its this! Needless to say we never had another sick person stay in the XO's stateroom.
2. Story takes place on the mess deck on a Sunday inport away from Pearl. It was brunch and MM1 Spoon orders a BLT. Well a certain MS who I wont name but lets just say "biscuts in the rack man" makes spoon a BLT. When spoon gets it it has like one piece of bacon, a shriveled piece of lettuce and no tomato. Well Spoon says " Hey you call this a BLT" and proceeds to whip the entire sandwhich across the messdecks right through the serving window and I believe struck the MS.
3. And although it really was not funny when you think about it, remember a certain chief got pissed at a certain MS and threw hot coffee on him?
4. Another is Yokosuka around Christmas time Dan Web, Luke, Williamson and others along with myself go to the A club. Well we get there and we cant find a table to sit at (we were all pretty hammered) so Dan goes over to a table that has no people at but there are cups and a picture of beer on it, so Dan just takes his arm and makes a sweeping motion and pushes everthing on the floor. Beer and cups spilling all over. The Shore Patrol see him do that and promptly escort us out!
Another A club story has an MM3 I cant remember his name A-gang who was so drunk and had to piss that he just opened his pants and pissed right there on the floor. He was the same guy who went to mast and CCU.
Take Care and keep up the great job on this site
Jun 99 - CDR John "Mac" Maclaren
I have a particular affinity for both ships. I served in 282 from '58-'61 as a LTJG/LT. Then, as the Submarine Project Officer at Ingalls, I was responsible for the construction of 682. I have a great picture of the keel-laying - not a big deal at Ingalls. We just put up a sign in front of a couple of hull sections, got the civilian honchos of the shipyard, me and my boss, took a picture and got on with it. EB always had a big celebration with sponsor welding initials in 'keel' and lots of partying. Tunny, as befitting her heritage, kept a low-profile.
An interesting footnote. Vadm Rickover had me and some other nuts like me running around the country trying to find steel to build the 680, 682, & 683. There had been a steel strike and there wasn't enough in the pipeline for those three plus the 678, 679, 681. Finally cobbled enough together to start. Kinda reminded me of '58 when we couldn't get the hangar door hydraulics to work and had the first emergency deployment of Regulus. Got the SRF Yoko folks to build what looked like a Torii shrine around the door so we could use chain falls and Norwegian steam to open it. We put 'ears' on it and painted it red. What a war machine!
I'd be pleased to be on the 682 site. Obviously I 'joined' (no pun intended) 682 in '70 as LCDR. Left her in '71 as CDR.
I now live in Coral Springs, FL - since '84 have been President of a consulting company that teaches companies and organizations how to achieve excellence in quality. We specialize in getting companies (and one city) certified to ISO 9000, Baldrige Criteria, and/or Florida's Sterling Award.
That company pays the rent. Since '90, I have been an Anglo-Catholic Priest. I work with inner city gang kids, and others that the world seems to want to forget or marginalize. That vocation pays the soul. Thanks for all the work it takes to produce and maintain a web site. I appreciate it.
John "Mac" Maclaren a.k.a. Fr. "Mac" firstname.lastname@example.org
June 99, STS3 (SS) Richard Van Horn
Tom I had never heard of the game until now.
I am A former APSS282 sailor. Richard Van Horn STS3SS 1966-1969. We were goat farmers. The object was for me to get your goat. No rules, no holds barred,no mercy. The game started when you crossed the gangway day one & was over the day you were transferred.
I went from the Tunny to the Seafox for a short term & then got out. On the first of May COMSUBPAC issued two orders.One was we were not allowed to volenteer out of Sub duty and we were ordered to refrain from kissing each other in public. I figured if they were going to take all the fun I might as well get out. Proud to serve on the Tunny proud to serve my country.
Richard (HAWKEYE) Van Horn STS3SS.Tacoma,washington 98408
Email is email@example.com.
By the way it took two years of deprogramming before I was fit to be around civilians
10 Jun 1999, Dialog between Ken Baumgarten and myself about a dancing girl gif I had on the page...
Ken writes, "Honestly, for some sites....Okay. For the Tunny site, it seems kinda out of place."
Then later, "Well, I've been thinking. Marty probably wouldn't like it. He may find it offensive. Then again, he may not. We don't work for him anymore, but I do value his opinion. I personally don't think it should be the first thing one sees while loading the page. I liked the flag myself. Vote: Take the girl down and put the flag back up. Maybe you can put the girl on your personal page.
By the way, when are we going to see more pictures? Did you run out of storage space? I have a whole stack that I can mail to you (sold my scanner). I know that Hoffman has a bunch too. "
I came aboard Tunny SSG282 in late 1958, as Missile Chief. I stayed until late 1960, so I had the experience of going on the first three "deterrent patrols" in the Bering Sea. Cold water and hot missiles. I think they count the two 60-day periods on missile stations in 1960 as one patrol. Sure felt like two to me, although we did have refit and R&R in Japan in between -- 5 months altogether. Guess back-to-back on-station periods were the inspiration for "Black and Blue Crew" sarcasm originated as a comparison to the Blue and Gold crews of the boomers.
We had orders to stay at periscope depth so we could receive communications in case the balloon went up. Run on battery all day, snorkel all night. Our navigation and fire control was primitive, compared to what an ordinary citizen can do with a laptop and GPS today.
In 1950, I was on Pickerel (SS-524) when it snorkeled from Hong Kong to Hawaii (I was an ET then). We found how pitiful our navigation capability was (no sextants in periscopes then, no long-range Loran). Forward to 1959 & 60 -- no improvement. All the goodies like INS & Satellite positioning were going to new boats, especially boomers, which would not be operational until much later.
May 1999, Ken Baumgarten
Itís been a while since I visited your web site and even longer since Iíve contacted some former shipmates. Well, thatís not entirely true. I lived (and worked) with Joe Harn and Eric Hoffman for three years in Pittsburgh. As of April Iím a resident of Atlanta, Georgia.
Post-Tunny life has been very rewarding. Iím engaged to be married, although we havenít set a date yet. I am now working for Automatic Data Processing in the role of Business Continuity Consultant. How I went from handing out family-grams on a submarine to planning for and recovering from disasters is a mystery to me.
I was recalling some of my fond Tunny memories and I thought that Iíd share them with everyone. So if you would, please add this email to the Deck Log when you have the chance.
Does anyone remember the time that Meixel was caught storing hot rolls in his rack so he wouldnít have to make a new batch the next day?
Speaking of Mess Specialists, does anyone recall Sneed? Sneed was a cook and a very large man. I had the privilege (sic) of working with him while mess cooking. Sneed enjoyed acting like he was gay. When Chad Haines reported on board and started cranking with us, we told him that Sneed was gay and to watch his backside. Not two hours after we warned Haines, Sneed grabbed him by the hips, leaned him over the chiefís table and gave his best imitation of a horny Doberman. Haines was screaming and fighting for his life! The rest of us were laughing our asses off.
Can anyone validate this rumor? When we were in Yokosuka, the Chop (canít remember his name, but he was a squirrelly looking guy that chain smoked) came back to the boat one night with a black eye and other miscellaneous bumps and bruises. Rumor has it, Sneed caught him in an alley and let out some aggression.
I ran into LT Jon Macharg in a 737 of all places. I was on a business trip headed for Boston and Macharg was going on a job interview. To all of you commissioned types out there, donít take this the wrong way but it felt kind of good seeing a former LT looking for a job when I was already making my mark. My biggest problem with the military was the segregation between officers and enlisted. Thank God the ďrealĒ business world doesnít operate that way.
I donít remember where I read this, but someone said that they donít know the origins of the picture on the decom CD (buff version of Charlie the Tuna holding a MK-48). The credit for this picture goes to SN/SS Garrett Nichols. Garrett was a very talented artist who eventually found himself drawing pictures for the navy. Does anyone know his whereabouts? If so, Iíd like to talk to him. Iíd also like to find Jim McManus. Last I heard he was moving to Texas to live with Bettancourt. Did they get married?
Well, thatís enough for me. I donít want to take up too much of your server space Tom so farewell. Donít let the bastards get you down. To anyone wishing to reach me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regards, Ken Baumgarten (Baummer)
May 1999 EM1 (SS) Ben Finley
Hey Tom it is your old buddy Ben again,
I am not very good at getting letters written in the real world either. Anyway a couple of weeks ago we has some guys down working on our EPM and I found out that one of them was on the commissioning crew on the Tunny. I told him about your plan for a tunny reunion and he was ecstatic, but he doesn't have email so I told him that I would let you know what his address is and hopefully you would keep him informed. So here it is Jim Kjar ******
As for me I am doing good. Haven't made chief yet but neither have too many other people. I didn't even make board this year. It was the first time they gave a nuc test and I didn't do too well.
In my off time how little of ot there is I have taken up the guitar. Saturday night I bought a new Les Paul, sweet. I am not very good but I work hard and someday I will be.
Well better go for now. I try to keep in touch better.
May 1999, Jennifer Kaup Hannon
Allow me to re-introduce myself. I met you when I was a young girl, 15 or 20 years ago, at your home in Vermont. I remember picking giant blueberries in your garden with my two sisters as you, George, and my parents spent some valuable time together in the house. After we successfully stripped all of your blueberry bushes dry, I particularly remember visiting with you in your home, and giggling as the Senator showed us his silly orange watersnake toy. What a terrific time we had meeting you!
Throughout the years, you remained on my dad's list of "most admirable people." He thought very highly of you and appreciated his correspondence with you. (I certainly appreciated eating "Lola's Syrup" every Fall!)
I'm Karl Kaup's 27-year-old middle daughter. I couldn't get into the Submarine Force, so I took the next-best job in the Navy by flying H-46 helicopters out of San Diego.
The Kaups just don't like the surface of the ocean. We've got to be above it or under it! I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed reading the stories about you from other Tunny veterans on the Tunny home page. I think it's terribly sweet of you to adopt a Navy ship and to really care about its people the way you did. Even the sailors' families felt it. Thank you. -Jennifer Hannon
My Dad, Bob Woodson, was a supply officer onboard the Tunny in 1972 when it was launched. I remember watching as the Tunny slide into the water. For a 12 year old kid, it was quite a sight. I believe he was on the Tunny until around 1976. We moved to Charleston, S.C. and Bangor, Maine with the Tunny. Anyway, Dad finished his naval career in 1978 after 20 years and we moved back home to Arkansas. He and Mom were able to attend the decommissioning in September of 97.
In January of this year Dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. The doctors were unable to operate and instead opted for chemo and radiation treatments. So far, neither has helped or slowed the spreading of the cancer. With the exception of a short visit home for about a week, he has been hospitalized since the middle of March. It has really become a struggle for him to breath now and he is limited to either laying in the bed or sitting in a chair. Although the doctors are trying different treatments, they have said they can only try to make him as comfortable as possible and his condition continues to worsen. He has lost over 85 pounds since November of 98. It is extremely hard for him to have to stay in the hospital just lying or sitting there and that is the reason for my email. It seems to take his mind off of things and make him feel better when we talk about different memories. Growing up a Navy family, a lot of our conversations turn to time spent on the Tunny, friends we had, places we were able to go, ect. Although I remember some of the men and their families from the Tunny and there is still contact with some, I know I do not know them all. I would ask that if you served with my Dad or knew him and wanted to drop him a line or a memory please do so. I know he would love to hear from you and it would brighten his day. My email address is email@example.com and I will get any messages that you might wish to send.
Thanks, Bruce Woodson
May 1999 -
Tom, Just a short note to let you know Lt. Bob Woodson (Ret) passed away 15 May,1999 at 6:30 am. He was buried with full military honors Tuesday, May 18. I appreciate your posting. We did get a few responses and Dad appreciated them.
Thanks, Bruce Woodson
APR 99 - Another on the Circle Hand Game by Scott Weeks
was visiting your site once more, saw the page about the circle hand game and have this to say about it: I served 3 years on Aspro and 1 on Tunny. Never on Aspro did we play this game! We had Rich Porter transfer over from Tunny and he tried to play it with us but we just looked at him like "WTF?" I was on Aspro from 92-95, Tunny from 95-96. I don't recall it much played on Tunny then either, who knows why?
Maybe I just didn't notice it!
April 99 - ET1 (SS) Chuck Kahl
I am in San Diego now (EastPac) and stopped by the homepage for a visit. You've got some good updates. I especially liked the photo of Bobby Q at the top. Looks the same. I am kicking myself in the butt for finding out too late that he was only an hour away from me just a week ago, for we were in Alameda. I had rented a car to go see San Francisco. I should have called him up and went to see him in San Jose instead.
Anyway, I read your page on Mrs Aiken. Sounds like you had a good visit. Man, you are living the life! I can't get over how good the webpage is. You are doing a terrific job. Keep it up.
Merly will be going to school in Santa Monica in September and I was thinking about taking off a month, towards the end of her school and driving around the country, since she has only seen CA, NV and AZ. Hopefully we can get out your way. As for the reunion, that will probably be a big negative from us. The timing's not right.
Did you get my email on our new XO? It's the Eng! - Lcdr Skarpness. I've told him not to get too upset if I mistakenly call him Eng from time to time. Anyway, he's been hyped up to the crew, mostly by me, and he's pretty well liked already. He is 180 degrees out from the old XO, which is good for us. New CO in July, so we're hoping for the best.
Anyway, better get going. Email me at aol.com when you can. I won't be able to check it though until I get back home next month. Or email me at the boat - mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
subject: must contain my name at least Use all lower case letters, otherwise it will get rejected. OK, buddy, take it easy, say hello to the family and we'll be talking at you later.
April 99 - HMCS(SS/FMF)John Werner
About the Vichi strory..
Tom, I was there also when this happened but I think we were in his room with Dan Web and Jeff Williamson, I also think it was around either Christmas or New Years eve as shortly after that we all went to the A club via Taxi and got thrown out after becoming too rowdy. Another story is when we pulled into San Diego when the Giants played the Bills in the Super Bowl and we totally trashed the barracks lounge with about 20 cases (cans) of beer and 15 pizza boxes, there was pizza all over and I believe a nuc (cant remember the name, maybe Ruiz) puked all over the wall. After that incident Tunny was not allowed in the barracks the next time we pulled into SD. I have more stories.......
MAR 99 - About the Circle Hand game, by Milo Alvarado
I was on the Queenfish from 87-91 then shoreduty till 95 then on the Hawkbill till 97. I'm out now and working in Oregon "Techie" work. We had a variation of it but we would give the "bird". It was really elaborate the things we would go thru to get the other person. Another one was switching poopie suits fat guy vs skinny guy tall vs small. I've been out for slightly over 2 years now and those years on the boats, which we sometimes liked, sometimes hated are always with me in one way or another. Hey take it easy.
A fellow Submariner
MAR 99 - LT Donald S. Spear
I am setting here in West Linn, OR with the "Engineer". You would know him better as the "Captain" Marty McDonough. We are waiting for the weather to get nicer so that he can take me and my boys up flying.
We have been looking at all your work on the Tunny pages. Nice work.
Here is my data:
LT Donald S. Spear
joined Tunny in January 1982 left August 1984
e-mail address: email@example.com
Run deep but don't run silent, no one will hear you.
MAR 99 - QM1 (SS) David Marshall
Listed at the bottom is a my business page. And here is one that shows my who family.
Your page is looking better and better.
And this E-mail comes from my new provider.
I never played the circle hand game. But the Sonar Techs did. On the Tunny that is. Between 1983 and 1989. Ask Cuba.
David and Shannon Marshall
Doc Dave's Installations
MAR 99 - Harry J. Petersen (Jeff)
I was NAV/OPS (LCDR) on Tunny from 4/80 to 4/83. I currently live in Silverdale, WA. I left the service in 1986 after shore duty at Subase Bangor. I currently sell real estate w/my wife at John L. Scott Real Estate in Silverdale. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Nice work on the web page. Harry J. Petersen (Jeff)
MAR 99 - STS3(SS) Curt Hardie
hello again all!
I may have already asked you and you may have even replied...but I want to update my information on old friends and family....CAN YOU PLEASE SEND YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER/EMAILS(if incorrect or you have one that you use more)ETC...
For those who have not heard, i will be getting married in july and want to get invitations/announcements to everyone who would be interested or likely to make an appearance.
Please try to get your information to me as soon as possible.. thanks again
12710 ne 180th st, f201
bothell, wa. 98011
emails i use, in order of frequency:
looking forward to hearing from some of you, as it has been some time!!!!
MAR 99 - MMCS(SS/DV) Steven Sturgill
MMCS(SS/DV) Steven Sturgill, I was a member of Tunny from March of 86 till Sep 91. I'm currently the Atlantic Force Torpedoman. Email Address Steveatva@earthlink.net
Just to let everyone know I've kept in touch with a few of the crew members.
STS1 Rob May currently on the Henry M Jackson Bangor
MM2 Ron Satchell got out of the Navy works consolidated launchers Norfolk.
Captain Bird is relieving as Commodore submarine squadron eight.
ETC Ernie Todd is at Submarine School Groton
FTC Bill Strand is in Pensacola FL writing rating exams
Tom this is a fantastic web site glad that you put it together lots of old memories and some of the best times in the Navy thanks again...
MAR 99 - MM2 (SS) Gerald Campbell
Thought I would drop a line. not much has been happening. I have been married for almost two years now and we still don't have any kids, although we had a dog for a while. I come back and check this site every couple of weeks.
it is interesting trying to explain things to the wife. Still working for tyson foods killing chickens, except I am a lead for one of the maintenance shifts. busy, but always interesting.
MAR 99 - MMCS (SS) Stonhill
Just found the page. It was great reading all the sea stories and stuff. I will try to contribute in the future but am kind of tied down getting ready to take over as COB on the LA. Please include my e-mail address in your listings.
Laurence "Magnus" Stonhill
Reported aboard in 1991
current address 3110 Enger St Honolulu HI 96818
MAR 99 - Mac McClure
It was good to see some comments from some of the guys who were on there with me....
Sea Pig (Downs) What I will remember about you is the night off MAUI that you swam over from a yacht to get a meter. we were anchored and had female guests both topside and below decks.. you were slightly intoxicated and had forgotten bathing suit....That and the shoes that you had stowed in the frame bay (during predeployment in New London) that were wet and started to ferment almost killing several members of the crew. The Admiral asked us to keep it clean, so I won't discuss the "CHIEFS HUT swimming pool" and the show you put on for the bar down stairs... Briefly, the story about pig is that he got some gal naked and took her in the swimming pool at the chief's hut bar. The side of the pool that he backed her up against was glass...In the bar downstairs (Davy Jones Locker) the back of the bar was a glass looking into the swimming pool...need I say more...
John Wolf (Master Chief Wolf) was with me at Subron4 and retired to work with a contractor...
ETSC Mike Church (he made senior Chief) died of a heart attack on SUNFISH during a TRE .. Church was a Sins ET who was on board when I was cross decked (because of the drug bust).... He was a former marine with two tours in NAM and the medals to show for it......I was one of the squadron inspectors and was less than 5 feet away when he died. We were doing angles and dangles at the time...he ordered a zero bubble, zero planes, Officer of the deck I need a relief.. and keeled over...
The Tunny Toughies (MOPED cycle gang) seem to be riding off into old age.. The Tunny tuffies were a group who came to the conclusion that if they didn't need a drivers license to ride a moped, they couldn't take your means of transportation away for driving under the influence. They bought mopeds and formed a group that regularly went downtown to the cinnerama reef hotel. They dyed white levi jackets pink and hand lettered on the back , "Tunny Tuffies"
D. W. "Mac" McClure
another of the drug bust replacements.....
March 1999 - Bill Donovan
Haven't been by the webpage in awhile, I've been busy slugging off at Subpac. Hey, got room for one more in San Antonio? I'm travelling to Jacksonville for my brother's wedding June 26, and think I can delay returning long enough to stop in Texas. That is, if you guys are stooping to letting O-gangers show up. Fortunately (in most folks minds at least) I'll probably just be bringing myself.
As for fun and games, I'll get to work on it, but I'm hoping none of them involve smashing trash or cranking. I am expecting you to hunt down Finch, as he's a portable (kind of) entertainment unit all by himself. Besides, I think we'll need some thick black smoke standing there.
Let me know if you need any more updates on shipmates here in Pearl.
I only got bad feedback from one, MMCS Stonhill. The part he didn't like was when I reported what married life had done to his waistline. He didn't dispute it at all, he just didn't like it. By the way, he's COB on the LA now.
I think it's great that someone's taking the bull by the horns and organizing a reunion. I'm finding out that people won't always be around, so it's best to have some good times while they're here. My COB from the Hawkbill just got commissioned CWO3 on New Years Day, went to knife and fork school, and reported onboard Frank Cable in Guam on Saturday. He was onboard for probably the proudest 10 minutes of his life, an officer in the US Navy after 24 years of service and two COB tours, then died on the ship of a massive heart attack. It's really made me think about what's important in life, and it sure isn't ORSE grades. He was a shipmate in every sense of the word, even being a foster parent for one of the crew's kids when there were problems. I regret he was never a Tunny sailor, but he would have made a good one.
In the last year, I've gotten a few e-mails from Tunny shipmates, and it was good to hear that everyone seems to be doing well in civilian life. My only news this week is Dave Portner is taking command of the USS L Mendel Rivers this Friday in Norfolk.
Well, I'm closing off now. Sorry to get sentimental there in the middle. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help with organizing the reunion or if there's something I can bring from out here. Oh, almost forgot! I can't name everyone in the picture anymore or tell you what they're doing in Hong Kong harbor, but it does look to me like Ruiz is pissing down the engineroom hatch while the others critique his technique. Am I close?
March 1999 - MM2 (SS) Chris Archambault
First thing I need to say is great web page you're the best. I am MM2 Archambault I served on Tunny starting in early 1993, what a memory, the boat, the crew, the division (A-gang) was the best I've ever seen. I transferred to the Seawolf before the decommissioning (unfortunately) bad mistake on my part (I don't recommend this class of boat to anyone) I am now currently an instructor at NAVSUBSCOL here in Groton teaching MM 'A' school for only 3 more months. TM1 Nagel (Joe Navy) works just the next building over from me he teaches TM school, in case anyone is interested. I was due to get out at the end of September 99 but I got a personal phone call from the head officer detailer offering me a deal to stay in (an offer I couldn't refuse) I got the deal of the century, Cryogenic Technician (apparently he likes my refrigeration experience)school down in Cherry Point North Carolina (Marine base) then follow on orders to Kevlavik Iceland. I unfortunately won't see a submarine again even if I stay in for 11 more years (retire) (nor a surface target) I will be land based on only over seas tours at NAVAIRSTATIONS making liquid oxygen for support units at the UNITED NATIONS. I really miss the Tunny and her crew that i served with. Since the reunion time runs into my transfer time area I might be able to make it, if not, best wishes to all. Carry on the "hand" game as I will try to explain it to the air men...I would normally sign off as saying "going deep" but I will be flying hi in my next assignment. Take care Tunny crew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can be reached at email@example.com
March 1999 - IC2 (SS) Rick Marini
Wow, the memories, the old names and stories, I could smell the boat, (Thank God I couldn't taste the food. Hey this is Rick Marini, IC2/SS Marini, now ET1/SS Marini. I am still in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I am still on the steel pigs. I am currently on the USS Chicago these 688 pieces of crap cannot compare to a real fast attack submarine!!!!! Just a brief update. I am the Navigation Division LPO (so much for being a real rate) on the Chicago, I have two years left here. Post Tunny tour I went to R-5 (radcon) Submarine Base Pearl, then on to the USS Bluefish (decomed it), on to USS Topeka (hated it), USS Indianapolis (decomed it), now Chicago. I can't stand these "NEW NAVY" squids, they suck, QM's still suck. Now that I am an LPO I find myself using Tackas's old saying, "it is a class problem!" I thought I would never say that, oh well. I am still married, to Jill, we have 4 (four) children, oldest is 7 and the youngest is 3 months. Could write for hours but I' ll let you go. Great page, great to see all the familiar names in your mail. Count me in!!!!! Take care.
March 1999 - EM1(SS) Bob Williams
Aloha to all,
I'm EM1(SS) Williams, a.k.a. Naked Man, served on Tunny Sep 90-Dec 93.
After leaving from Perth, I flew back to Pearl and transferred to USS McKee in San Diego.(Note to Capt McDonough: I really enjoyed the San Diego area after I got to know it.) I was on McKee less than a year before I retired under TERA. I went to work for a steel mill in Blytheville, Arkansas immediately after retiring. I work on overhead cranes and avoid things that float (or sink).
Seeing this site and everyone's comments sure brings back a lot of memories (most of them bad). My three years on Tunny were absolutely the worst three years of my career and rank right up there with third grade! I never thought I would miss the Tunny. Actually I don't but there sure were some great guys on it. I remember standing EPCP all westpac with Dave Reese and Ben Finley, we sang Harry Chapin's "Taxi" every watch and did the wave on Special occasions. One of the funniest things I remember is when EM1 Heidrich came back to monitor drills and set his coffee cup on top of the trash in the throttlemans trash can, then Tom Jordan, off-going AEA, dutifully bagged up the trash and took it forward, cup and all. Of course that was before oversized cups were banned from engineering spaces (another Tunny rule, along with no sleeping with guitars, etc.) Mark Coulson, Bob Q, Travis, Tom, Ben, Carsten, Rainman, and a bunch of others - you guys really made life a lot more bearable and I really appreciate it. I try to keep the good memories and forget the bad, I hope the rest of you will do the same.
Feb 1999 - Feb 1999 - CDR William Green (Commanding Officer USS TUNNY APSS 282) sent me this
An old Sailor and an old Marine were sitting at the VFW arguing about who'd had the tougher career.
"I did 30 years in the Corps," the Marine declared proudly, "and fought in three of my country's wars. Fresh out of boot camp I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade.
"As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General MacArthur. We pushed back the enemy inch by bloody inch all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire.
"Finally, as a gunny sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. We humped through the mud and razorgrass for 14 hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire all day and mortar fire all night. In a firefight, we'd fire until our arms ached and our guns were empty, then we'd charge the enemy with bayonets!"
"Ah," said the Sailor with a dismissive wave of his hand, "all shore duty, huh?"
Feb 1999 - MM1 (SS) Mike Trujillo
I stumbled on your web site and got sucked into it for a couple of hours. It brought back things I hadn't thought about for years. My name's Mike Trujillo and I was on the Tunny from Sept. 1978 to August 1982. I worked my ass off in M-Div. Coincidentally, my time on Tunny corresponded to Cmdr. Kaup's. We both rode the boat from Charleston to Pearl Harbor as new crew members and we both left her with-in a couple of weeks of each other. I'm sorry to say I've lost touch with all but one of the guys I knew on Tunny. Maybe this will give me a chance to catch up with some of them. Thanks for setting this site up. And thanks for keeping up the Net directory. I'm going to e-mail Tom Dix right away. I had a lot of good times with him and we both endured working for Chief "Fast Eddy" Kennedy longer than anyone should have too. One of the funniest things I've ever seen is Tom trying to snow ski. It still cracks me up to think about it all these years later.
Feb 1999 - HMCS(SS/FMF)John Werner
Tom, Doc Werner here, just checking to see if you have received any of my previous email?
Currently I am the Senior Enlisted Advisor for Branch Medical Clinic in Earle New Jersey. My email is jwerner4@yahoo. Or give me a call if you get a chance, I would like to here from ya and I have some updates on former shipmates!!!! Take Care.
5406 Buttonwood Ct
Monmouth Jct, NJ 08852
Feb 1999 - CDR William Green, Commanding Officer USS TUNNY APSS 282
Howdy Everyon -
Last week while Tom Jordan was visiting, I pulled out the dusty scrapbooks and found the attached photo taken in the office of Director of Naval Intelligence in 1968 or 69. RADM Flucley has just pinned on the award and I was lucky enough to have the three pictured shipmates in the Washington area attend the ceremony.
So, I don't know if you ever got a copy of the photo -here it is.
From left to right (ranks at the time of the picture): LCDR Tom Langley - XO Tunny, CDR - W.C. Green - CO, LT Dick Life - Various Department Head jobs, LT Dough Penny - Various Department Head jobs
Tom's note: CDR Green made me laugh, here, but I don't think he meant to. Anybody see it?
Jan 1999 - FT2 (SS) Eric J. Hoffman
Hello Tom!!!! Hows life? The Tunny site keeps getting better but where are all the pictures? Thats what brings back the most memories I think. I have a ton I can scan and send ya as I'm sure a ton of people do. I was just in Seattle and went to lunch with Curt Hardie. Man, he hasn't changed ...... it was good to see him. Curt and I went to say hello to Draper. He was just got out of the Navy recently with shoulder problems. I still keep in touch with Scott Philpot(FT) and Chris Pederson(QM). I've tried to find Jim McManus with no luck. What the hell happened to Curt Smith(FT1)?
Life keeps rolling along here. I've been doing alot of international travel for my job which I love. I have no idea on the trivia except that one is Jim Schaffer and Billy Reese(spelling?) I think and the other two are short timers which they are indicating but I don't know there names.
Take of your self and keep up the good work with Tunny page!!
Feb 1999 - Ben Finley
I ran into Kahl in Sasabo Japan. I was on westpac on board the USS Greeneville (SSN-772). He asked me if I kept in touch with anyone from the Tunny and I mentioned the only person I would like to get in touch with was Tom Jordan. What a delite when I finally found this Web page. It is quite impressive. Brings back alot of memories some good and some bad. Write back soon and we will keep in touch. Your bud, Ben Finley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was flattered, but to-date, Ben hasn't answered any email I've sent him -Tom
Jan 1999 - STS3(SS) Curt Hardie
just wanted to catch all of you up on the past few months...i sent out xmas cards to some people(and a few came back because of OUT OF DATE ADDRESSES), but all in all have not communicated with everyone.
for those who don't know, i graduated from UofW in june of this year and got a job with Thyssen Elevator Corporation and a service/repair salesman, out of seattle. i am currently looking at a position with Pacific Trading Cards in Lynnwood...many of you know of my sportscard habit, and this job would be perfect! it ia a sort of inside sales job, more when i find out.
THE BIG NEWS!!!
Rebecca and I are to be married on July 18, 1999 in Seattle. we are still in the planning stage and will be getting invites out to those who know us well and would likely want to/be able to show up...many of you are well out of state!!!
i wanted to update you on how i can be reached, and if you have not updated me recently...please give me your new addresses,emails,phone numbers, etc!!!
12710 ne 180th st, Apt F201
bothell, wa. 98011
email@example.com (primary email)
firstname.lastname@example.org(secondary email-don't know for how long though)
i would like to hear back from some of you on what is new...take care and hope to see you soon!
curt and rebecca
Jan 1999 - CAPT Eric Nelson
My name is Eric Nelson and I was the last CO of the Tunny. Your web page is really great and I really appreciate you keeping it up. Looking back through it always brings back good memories and it is a great way to keep track of old shipmates. Keep up the great work.
Please add me to the TUNNY web page directory. I'm currently stationed in Italy on the COMSIXTHFLEET staff and it's tough to keep track of everyone from here. Here's my particulars:
CAPT Eric Nelson
PSC 811 Box 284
FPO AE 09609
Jan 1999 - ET2 (SS) Alan Poremba
I have just checked out your web page for the first time, pretty good stuff.
My name is Alan Poremba (Formally ET2(SS)). I served as a Reactor Operator on the Tunny in the 83' to 85' time frame. I had Capt. Fister/ Cdr. Jenson and Cdr. Seamen and someone unmemorable as CO/XO teams.(I wish I had had the first set for my whole stay). Marty McDonough was the Engineer. I didn't realize that the Tunny had been decommissioned last year. I've got a lot of good memories from my two deployments on her. I only keep in touch with one other guy from the crew, Robin Faubel. He is the one that told me about your page.
Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the page.
Jan 1999 - HMCS (SS/FMF) John Werner
Doc Werner here, What a great piece of work you have done with this page! Its great to see all the old familiar names and all the stories that I remember about these individuals. After I left TUNNY I was a detailer in DC for 5 years, selected for Senior Chief and now I am the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Branch Medical Clinics at Naval Weapons Station, Earle, New Jersey. Pls pass my email on to everyone as I would love to here from all. Pls include me in ANY TUNNY reunion plans for this year. Thanks Tom, keep up the good work. Also if anyone from 1990-1993 crew wishes to call me at home I can be reached after 6:00pm EST at 732-422-2231, you have permission to print this number.
HMCS(SS/FMF) John Werner
Jan 1999 - ETCS (SS) Scott A. Ross
Glad I finally got some mail from you--had a hard drive crash and lost all my addresses. You'd think I'd learn to back things up every now and then...
Anyway, things are going well here. Got 345 before I retire (December 31). Guess I'm gonna start the new millennium out of work and homeless! Certainly looking forward to it though. I expect we will go to Florida somewhere.
Anyway, keep in touch and I'll try to do better. If you've got e-mail addresses for Dave Perison or Bill Balsanek, please send them to me when you get a chance.
Jan 1999 - Ray Olszewski
Greetings from a former Boat Yeoman, Ray "Ski" Olszewski who served on Tunny from Jul 1958 to Jun 1962 while she was an SSG. I'm here to let you all know about the forthcoming reunion which is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June 1999. If any of you would like me to send you a registration form and other particulars about it, please send me your snail mail address and phone number and dates you served on Tunny. We're building a master sailing list and sure would like to add you to the list. Also, would like to know if any of you play golf? I'm going to try and see if we can get a course somewhere nearby - no promises - but will try.
I recently found out from the author of the book, Regulus: The Forgotten Weapon, Mr. David K. Stumpf that he and another chap are making a movie for Television and are looking for any home made movies any of the crew may have taken while she was a regulus firing boat. If you got em, let NTSpark@aol.com know directly and please info email@example.com.
Thanks and hope to see you guys at the reunion. Greenboard, zero bubble and Illegitimi Non Carborundum. Please let others you know who served on Tunny know about this wonderful event!
Jan 1999- Thom Ingram
I'm a former Tunny crew member from November 1979 till August 1981.
I was totally shocked to hear of RAdm. Kaup's death. He was responsible for the development of ET maintenance school which was designed to teach Nuke ET's to solder and troubleshoot electronics. I was the first ET from the Tunny to go.
I remember afterwards he called me into to his wardroom to find out how I liked the course. He even had me as a 2nd class critique the work (soldering ) of our Lead First Class who really didn't appreciate the experience.
I would really appreciate being added to your Tunny crew mailing list. I would love to have a list of crew members you know of also. Thom Ingram
Jan 1999 - Harold Harrison
I was on the Tunny in the fall of 76. In your history on the Tunny they received an award. Did the crew receive a ribbon for this award and if they did how do I go about obtaining mine? Thanks.
If somebody can answer him, I would appreciate it. -Tom
Jan 99 -
just thought id say hi and give my e-mail address for the list. I found out about this from gerald campbell. here is the info: MM2/ss Bryan Hough signed onboard 1993, e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, and now currently residing in ft walton bch, fl.
great work on the website!!!!
Jan 1999 - Robert Block
I can't believe this! All these years I've wondered what had happened to my shipmates who I served with on the Tunny I just became a web user and I am browsing and there is the Tunny
Jan 99 - ET2(SS) Mike Fasano
HI Tom, I was referred to this page by countless past TUNNY crew members. I would really appreciate it if you could add me to your page. I am ET2(SS) Mike Fasano, and my e-mail address is email@example.com
I was on TUNNY from Aug 92 until Feb 96. I am still in Hawaii working for SSEP (ESM Certification Team) and in my travels, run into many past crew members. I think your page is great, and it is great to hear from some of the guys. Once again great job, Take care
Jan 99 - QM3(SS) Ken Lukhard (no valid email address when I tried in April 99)
Great site! I came upon it by accident while searching for info on the decom. I think its great that everyone is staying in touch. I tried to send an e-mail to Lloyd Kinderknecht but I think there maybe something wrong with his address. After I got out in April of 93 I moved back to Rich. Va.
I'm in school now full time studying Polly Sci. and working in a cigar / pipe shop . I got married in Dec of 95' to a wonderful woman.
I am using a guy I work with extra internet name and e-mail address so if you get a chance drop me a line. And again Great Site!
Take care and I hope you and your family are well.
QM3(SS) Ken Lukhard
Dec 1998 - ETR2 (SS) Lee Ashcraft
I continue to enjoy your site. You are doing a great job. I am passing along some news about a Tunny reunion. Please post on the site. I heard from Howard Currier, an SS 282 vet from WWII. He notes that his group has been holding reunions through sub vets of WWII and now they would like to invite some of us youngsters to join them. Here are details as he presented them.
Tunny reunion: June 11-14, 1999. Pittsburgh, PA. for all SS 282, SSG, APSS, LPSS ,and SSN 682 members.
Holiday Inn Green Tree
-- 401 Holiday Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
1. reservations to be made directly to hotel (with $50 deposit)
2. Van service provided hotel/airport
3. Taxes, gratuities included in package price
4. hospitality suite
5. Arrival is June 11.
6. Bar-B-Que Friday evening June 11.
7. Moonlight dinner dance cruise on Saturday evening June 12.
8. Banquet Sunday evening June 13.
9. Getaway breakfast on Monday June 14.
10. reservations must be received by May 28, 1999.
11. Package price is $339.00/per person single occupancy
Double/triple/quad occupancy is $219/person
Point of contact:
1501 Donner Pass Road
Vallejo, CA 94589-1636
Oct 98 - RM1 (SS) Tim Billings
Hi, my name is Tim Billings. I checked on board USS Tunny in early 1985 (in late January/early February) I was an RM1(SS). I currently live in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.
One fairly interesting fact about the Tunny's exploits that I didn't find mentioned anywhere on your pages (great site by the way) was the fact that the crew during the 1985 Westpac earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal. I'm not sure how common an occurance that was for a sub to get a Navy Expeditionary medal but the reading of the citation at the awards ceremony was classic silent service. Paraphrasing (because I can no longer find my copy of the citation) it went something like this: On a date that is classified and we can't tell you at a place that is classified and we can't tell you the USS Tunny and her crew did something that is classified and we can't tell you but we can tell you it was of great importance to the United States.
I find it hilarious that the "official" history of the Tunny includes a "port call" to White Beach, Okinawa during the 1986 Westpac. We were inport for about 5 hours, we loaded stores for most of that, and we weren't allowed to leave the pier or swim in the exceedingly clear and inviting waters. The highlight of the visit was an incident that occurred as we were tying up. The Japanese news corps had gotten wind of the fact that we were pulling in and there were two helicopters flying relatively close to us on the way in filming everything we did. A fairly new mess cook was assigned to put up the in port colors as soon as the first line went over. Wanting to accomplish the shift smartly he attached the halyard to the flag and as soon as the line went over and the whistle sounded he smartly raised the flag, tied it off, stepped back and saluted....only to see that it was upside down. This of course is an international distress signal. A bit of an international incident ensued considering that we were a nuclear powered (and rumored to be nuclear armed) American sub pulling into Okinawa and immediately flying a distress signal.
I wonder why they didn't list the fact that we spent a month in Subic bay during that Westpac? We were almost run over by a floating drydock during a thunderstorm during that port visit.
Anyway...great page..keep up the good work...see ya...tim b
1998 oops - Bruce Bergstrom
I noticed the Tunny web page and took a look and am interested in the e-mail listings which you stated were in the Net Directory and links on this page but I didn't see the directory or links. Of course I don't know what I'm doing on the web real well either so any help you could give me concerning how to access other Tunny 282 sailors would be appreciated. I go way back to 1960 thru 1962 era with Regulus Missile cruises to the Bering Sea and Japan. Also first US Ship to visit Tahiti in 1962
Thanks for any help you can give.
Jan 1999 - Michael Riche
Great page, I came onboard Tunny in 1976 as a TMSA after the "big bust" in Sardinia, I was fresh from sub school and on my way to the Ray (653) in the yards at Charleston before I was scooped out my barracks room and sent to Rome and then to Sardinia on the scariest flight I've ever experienced to this day.
The mood on the boat was to say the least "tense" and say the most "Hostile" But I wouldn't trade the memories for anything, there was one "I think " radioman, that we used to hassle, one time we dressed a TDU weight in a diaper and fashoned glasses out of pipe cleaners and presented it as his newborn child, he didn't see the humor.
I left Tunny in Charleston due to a Knee injury just before she sailed to Pearl, I went on to the US Grant in the yards in Newport News, spent 2 months as a replacement on the Lapon during her Med run then back to the grant for sea trials in the frigid Atlantic, missile trials in Florida, sound cuts in the Virgin Islands and torpedo trials in Puerto Rico, I made two patrols out of Holy Loch, Scotland was a blast but give me an attack boat, two months is a long time under.
Thanks again for putting this out for all of Tunny sailors to enjoy, more later "as I remberit" just turned the big "40" three days ago and it is true that the first thing to go is the ah ahÖ.......
July, 1998 -
Nov, 1998 - MM2 (SS) Scott Aistrup
Thanks for the web page. My name is Scott Aistrup (MM2/SS). I was a member of ELT Div from 87' - 91'. Tunny was a great experience for me, and I would like to thank everyone I served with for that. I work at a gas turbine power plant in Sacramento, CA. It's a good job, but I sure would like to get out of rotating shift work sometime in my life.
I'll never forget my first day on board Tunny. Ray Seacrest was giving me a tour of engine room upper level when Tim Finch crossed our path. Finch lined me up against the surge tank and initiated me with the infamous Finch heart check -- ouch! Thanks for the memory Finch.
My email address is ScottA@GlacierIce.com for anyone who would like to contact me.
Nov, 1998 - CDR William Green
The attached photo (I hope it doesn't eat up too much memory) was taken in 1967, during the first training exercise we had with UDT 11, in the op-area just outside Subic Bay, round the corner from Grande Island. Tunny was in the process of conducting a dry deck launch and tow of 10 UDT IBS (rubber boats), which had been pre-positioned in the hanger.
You can see one of the IBS with frog attached in the photos lower left side. The evolution from periscope depth, battle surface, and back down to periscope depth took about 90 seconds. You can observe the spay from the venting tanks as she goes under again.
Incidentally, having a high main induction sure was a comfort when making a battle surface.
In Viet Nam, during actual operations we never used the dry deck launch method. I always preferred to bottom at last light, then lock the swimmers out after the moon was down. The procedure was much safer and more accurate. That is not to say that there were not sphincter tightening moments during the course of the next year and a half.
This photo was reproduced from the UDT-11 1967 Cruise Book.
Nov, 1998 - ETR2(SS) John J. Sam
Sorry to hear that the TUNNY is decommissioned. I was another forward type who built the TUNNY at Pascaguola Missippi. John J. Sam ETR2(SS) reporting to "BIG RED", a great Captain. I was just cruising the NET, when I saw the name of another Sub, so I put in a search for the USS Tunny. Came to this page. GREAT WORK. Brought back a lot of memories
Nov, 1998 - EM3 (SS) David Buehn
Just found your web site--Nice!--was looking for the Tunny APSS-282 site--
I was on it in 1967. Exited the Navy as an EM3-SS in 1968.
Nov, 1998 - FTC (SS/DV) Robert L. Downs
Aloha. I got onboard the Tunny 28Feb75 three days before her first Med run, I left Jan28 1980 during her first overhaul. I retired in July 1995 as FTC(SS/DV) off the OK City in Norfolk. WAs on Queenfish 86-89, Greenling 92-94, and OK City 94-95. I see by the deck log there still are a few of us that support the theory of only the good die young. I talk to Ron Neal occasionally he retied in Chas S.C. as a QMCM. He was on the boat when we first went to Pearl with George McDaniels as COB. I ran into Chuck Coker in Norfolk. He was on the Tiru and lost a card cut and came to the Tunny. He is now president or was when I last saw him of Consolidated Launcher Technologies in Va. Altho most of the guys I ran into are all LDO now. John Leckie, Kenny Newbert.Branges.
Malcomb Illinois or bust"Official submarine raiding party" or Ed Parlo's 60 days in the hole. Old stories not poltically correct anymore. Aloha Sea Pig
Robert L. Downs
Diving Safety Officer, UMaine
Safety Coordinator Darling Marine Center
University of Maine
25 Clark's Cove Road
Walpole, Maine 04573
Oct, 1998 - SK1 (SS) Freddy Concha
Hey tunny crew "whats up?" this is Freddy Concha SK1(SS) I served onboard "Tunny" from April 1994 to Jan 1996 yes only two years but it seemed like a lot longer. Right now im stationed in Bangor (shore duty).
But don't fear I won't become a "trident fag". For anybody that wants to contact me here is my e- mail address
Oct, 1998 - Martin B. McDonough (responding to a link I sent him about Clinton)
Thanks for the info Tom. We don't get much up here in the great white north. I do not think it is appropriate to criticize the President in public as a member of the military. I strongly believe in the principle of civilian supremacy. Now that you are a civilian I think it is very important to get involved politics to ensure that the right people get elected. As far as name calling in general I believe in the adage "Don't mud wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it." Aloha.
October, 1998 - MMC (SS) Brian Schnurr
I just wanted to let you know that my e-mail address has changed so people don't send mail to the wrong location. the new address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
I've been meaning to drop you a line and let you know that I thought the page looks real good, but I've been busy and haven't had much time to sit down and chat.
What made you start the page anyway? If I remember correctly you weren't much on the Navy in general anyway. There were so many people I didn't know back then so I may be confusing you with someone else too. Sorry if that's the case. I'm glad you got copies of the CD to give out, It came out real nice. Did you get the original or the revision? I think the XO reaquired most of the originals but I'm not sure if you got one or not. I still have some of the teak from the bridge (alot of it was mahogony anyway) and a few plexiglass desk trophies (I guess that's what you call them) that I saved for memoribelia. I also have the first hull cut slag block that I'm using as a door stop in my computer room. That's a one of a kind item. Well e-mail back if you want to chat some more on that fine fish sometime as I will be here for a while
Sept, 1998 - LCDR David Portner
What an excellent tribute you've made to a fine ship and crew! I don't surf the web much and was pleased to happen upon it. I'd be honored to be numbered among your list of prior TUNNY sailors; David Portner, Engineer from 1989 to 1992 (but you knew that, right?). I'm now in Virginia Beach, Virginia, email at email@example.com.
Just as a matter of update, I'm now a Commander and headed to take command of TUNNY's only surviving sister ship (long hulled STURGEON class), the USS L. MENDEL RIVERS SSN 686 in Norfolk, Virginia, February 1999. The Navy's not going to put RIVERS under the knife for several more years, and she resembles the TUNNY both inside and out (even a DDS). I'm living in Virginia Beach with my wife, Mary, and our eight children; Jennifer, Andrew, Gene, Joshua, Timothy, Gregory, Elizabeth, and Rebecca.
Of the four ship's I've served on, none can beat the TUNNY for the fond memories and camaraderie among the crew. I'll consider my command tour a success if I can duplicate that on RIVERS. Keep up the good work.
Sept, 1998 - STS1(SS) David Cuba
I heard about this web site from Kerry McCarty and Brian Thomason who I served with aboard the Tunny in the 80's. I reported on board in June 1982 (6 of 82) which at the time I thought was unique due to the fact that the hull number was also 682. I was on board until I got out in June of 1987. My info is below if you could please add me to the crew list. Thanks!
Sept, 1998 - (LT) Jim Beardsley
This page is outstanding. I was a crew member April 93 to July 94. I came to TUNNY after finishing the DECOM on the HADDOCK at PHNSY. After TUNNY I went to shore duty in Washington, DC and got out of the Navy in June 1997. I live in Burke Virginia and work for the Electric Boat Corporation designing new submarines. My E-Mail address is Jimbeardsl@aol.com.
(LT) Jim Beardsley
Sept, 1998 - STS3(SS) Curt Hardie
sorry i can't send a personalized note to each of you, but it would take forever, and i am telling you each the same news. more will come later individually!
if you try to call me, do it after 6pm, pst or on the weekends. i do have an answering machine, so leave a message if i am not home!
i got a job, temporary i hope...working at Thyssen elevator corp. in seattle. i sell maintenance contracts for elevators. wow! it pays the bills and hopefully is a step towards another job in the business field( for those who don't know, i graduated the university of washington with a business degree, spring of 98)
rebecca and i are doing well, living together is not bad so far! We may see wedding bells next year, but don't count on it this year.
still have the piece of shit cuda, those of you who are familiar with it...but hope to try to sell it soon!
i can be reached at this email address and also at:
firstname.lastname@example.org...but i don't check that one very often.
take care and i hope to stay in touch with all of you...please give me an email back with your phone #,address , etc...to see that i am up to date! thanks
Sept, 1998 - ET1 (SS) Chuck Kahl
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Hi! How is everything going? It's 19 September now. Get my last email? I have a new boat address from what I gave you in my letter, if you even got that (I mailed it from a foreign country, so you might get it later). Here it is:
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Not a whole lot to tell you. Going to be making the scene again at Duffie's! Remember Duffie's? I don't!!!! And of course, I've got to make an obligatory trip to Donna's Green House! What was the name of that dude that started to dance on the stage that one night? He was our STS2 diver, the one Chad was always hanging out with? Alot of memories are being stirred up over here buddy. Just not the same though without good ole Tom right there with me!
We just completed our halfway festivities. Pretty much the same tone as on usetafish. However, I didn't bother. I had the midwatch and opted for sleep instead. I even slept with ear plugs to keep the 1MC from keeping me awake. It didn't work!
Remember our steaming log? We have one here, too. It's called the Bitch Book though. Same deal. Can you believe I have already made it into the book? There are some good drawings in there and I'll have to see if I can make you some copies. That is if you want me to. Maybe you are getting too civilized and desensitized to that kind of stuff, you think?! I still think your "art" is better looking though. You guys coming out to the islands any time soon? Any plans? Be sure to let me know if you do. As far as we go, I have always wanted to take Merly to the mainland and drive around the country. But I'm not sure when we will be doing that. She doesn't get out of school until Oct '99 (I think) and it is a priority for us to get to the Philippines for Christmas that year. She hasn't been home since '93 and her family has never seen Ashley, other than in pictures, which just isn't right. Know what I mean? It would kind of stink to watch your grandkid grow up in pictures, you know? But anyway, sometime before I get out, I want to take her around the country so she has an idea of what the areas are like. Unfortunately, it will only be a one season "picture", more than likely.
Anyway, that is all from this side of the world. Feel free to drop me an email when you can tear yourself away from your hectic routine! Take care Tom and give my best to the family.
Sept, 1998 - ET1 (SS) Chuck Kahl
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Hi! How is everything going? It's 9 September and I wanted to write and let you know my email address while I'm on Pac. It changed from what I gave you in my letter, if you even got that (I mailed it from a foreign country, so you might get it later). Here it is:
Be sure all the letters are lower case and NOT capitalized. (Recognize CTF74?)
Merly says you sent an email to me at home. She does not know how to open it, whatever it was that you sent, other than the text. So if you want to send it to me directly, here I am. Just one thing - I can only receive text. No attachments or picture files. And obviously no reference to where I am, what I'm doing, etc., etc. You know the routine! Been there, done that, right?! Also, be sure to put my name in the first line of text, that way they know who it goes to. And each email is limited to 500 words max.
So what's up with you? How is everyone? Number three on the way yet? Still working hard? How's your weather? Hot, I bet. Not as hot as I've seen recently though!
This stuff is getting old Tom. And I think I'm getting older, faster. Not so sure I want to do this crap anymore. Trying to stick it out, but it stinks. I'll explain it all later. (Bubba's watchin'!)
I know you want some new .wav files of the ship's alarms. But I still haven't gotten any yet. Did you want them all, or was there one or two you wanted in particular? Let me know?
Well, I'm going to go now. Let me know if you got this by emailing me back, OK? Give the family my best. I'll talk at you again later.
Sept, 1998 - Lt. Franz Messner
That generated some memories! Thanks. That's quite a page you have there.
It's good to see you put your excessive energy to work. If I recall, that same excess outfitted an entire engineering department in new boots and coveralls! Not to mention the necessary aviator/pilot bags seen in the hands of the electrical division.
I didn't realize you had multiple bands. I've searched without success for that Temper Temper CD you let me listen to what seems like years ago in the crews mess 1000 miles from nowhere.
I apologize for the lacking web page I have. It was for a class assignment and I never returned to it. I do understand the considerable effort you've put into yours and appreciate it.
On occasion I've searched for people from the Tunny years usually without success. It probably has to do with the fact that I remember last names but first names sometimes fail me. Plus, not many search engines can locate people with 'Petty Officer' as a first name. I didn't check out every link on the Tunny page but thought I saw one for a directory for Tunny alumni. That's a very good idea. Especially considering I've been seeking a former Tunny supply officer named Daniels who has yet to pay me the $350 he owes me for the car he bought from me in 1994. He did however manage to sell the vehicle to a certain wild child by the name of Pfaff (who also has apparently fallen off the face of the earth).
Anyway, thanks for the page info. I have a 4 month old boy (Benjamin) who is waking up and will want to play with Daddy.
By the way, my brief bio:
- Left Tunny in November 1994.
- Officer programs recruiter in Columbus, Ohio through beginning 1997.
Left Navy in January. Married to Lisa in June 1996.
- Started MBA program at Ohio State in fall 1997. One year left.
Sept, 1998 - FT1 (SS) Ross M Anderson
I think this webpage is great. I am going to contact a few old friends that I haven't seen in a while.
The Tunny was my best duty station. I am currently at CSS-1 as one of the two FT reps. I like it even if I still have to go to sea on a shore duty billet.
Well I just wanted to say hi. Please add my name to the e-mail list.
July, 1998 - MM3 (SS) Bob Quintero
Hey All !!!
Been an avid follower of this page since I found it about a year ago and I gotta say I MISS MY BUDDIES SOOOOO MUCH!!!!
Got to thinking about a few guys in particular and just wanted to say hi.
Does anybody remember when Billy Ruiz decided to bet he could still wedge himself outboard to put the covers on the ASW cooler and got stuck upside down?!?! To see his to legs up and kicking...thought we were gonna have to have someone remove some deck plates to get him out.
Billy, unless you paid someone else for that you owe me one case of beer. How bout the time Marky Coulson bet Billy that I could eat twice as many double cheeseburger as he could---never could turn down a dare, ...what a long drill set followed that day....
As for Brad Billman, well what can I say, That Damn wall jumped right in front of me man. It was a set up. I expected to here How you and wags lost me on the trail and when you found me I had tire tracks on my back from where I had managed to run myself over. No small accomplishment there I might add.
Many thanks to Marky for befriending me when I was new and then leaving me as the sole target for all the penned up frustrations you generated in about every one E-7 and above. Here's one for you "FROG SOCCER!!!!!" oh yeah and None of those hands are mine (said with a huge smile).
Mostly I miss my Carsten and Jer. What a great couple of roomates. So do you think Chris Peterson ever recovered from the time we tried to convince him that naked was good? lol...."C'mon Chris, get naked with us." --Don't read to much into that everyone- Birthday wishes from you and Billy in ERLL, who else would let his buddy get popped in the nose while he sat comfortably in the back of the van." Well your mom didn't seem to mind when I was Shaving her back last night you Skimmer puke." Who woulda guessed that guy would wanna hit me?!?!? Then of course Jeremy Lloyd, the most bitter person ever to stand a watch on board the USS Tunny. How much I long to hear him egg me into watching one more episode of COPS. And even today I can't imagine what the best honky tonks in Texas look like.
All in all I just wanted to say thanks Tom cause you've set it up for all of us to talk to someone who knows where we been and can laugh at things that could get us locked up in some states.
Since I got out in 95 I've hopped all over and finally settled down in San Diego...at least for now. I'm working full time and start school in Jan. Any one who wants to write can reach me at email@example.comTake care,
Oh yeah how could I forget October 5th!!!!
August, 1998 - QM3 (SS) Terrell
FOUND YOUR INTERNET. WAS STATIONED ON THE 282 FROM 1966 TO 1969. RATE AT THAT TIME QM3(SS). AM PRESENTLY ON ACTIVE DUTY WITH NAVAL RESERVE RECRUITING COMMAND, NEW ORLEANS, LA. DID NOT KNOW THERE WAS A NUCLEAR POWERED TUNNY. I THINK THAT IS GREAT. WAS VERY PROUD TO SERVE ON THE
282. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
August, 1998 - STS3 (SS) Randy Seibert
Good lookin' page.
My name is Randy Seibert [formerly STS3(SS)]. I checked on board the Tunny in 1987 and left in January of 1991.
I immediately returned to my home state of Alaska, where life is wonderful and the temperatures are perfect.
Worked for a time as a Systems Engineer for Bank of America and most recently as the Senior Technical Analyst for Alaska Commercial Company.
I have just arrived in the Seattle area to be near my grandson (8 months) and spent last weekend with John Fowler and his family. He told me about the page, the decommissioning and some of the people that he has seen around.
It was nice to see some of the pictures and names of crewmates. Good memories. Of course they always are in the past. Heck, I can even look back semi-fondly at field days.
Anyone can feel free to write. I may even respond.
Take care and again, nice job.
August, 1998 - RM1 (SS) Paul E. Perris
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Web Site on TUNNY. That was an excellent depiction of life on board an SSN.
I spent 12 yrs to see if I like it. I'm an ex-RM1(SS) DBF'er, Bonefish, Wahoo & Grayback w TAD trips on a couple of SSN's. I was in 68-77 on boats w/4yrs at CSG-7 in Yoko.
Just wanted to pass along a Bravo Zulu. Tks shipmate for the memories....../PEP
Paul E. Perris ex-RM1(SS)
July, 1998 -
It looks like life has not changed much since the mid 70's. The stories are all the same. It brought back fond memories of the boats, and especially the crews.
Thanks A Million!!!!!
Ed TM3 (SS)
USS Tullibee SSN-597 1975-1978
August, 1998 - MM3 (SS) Bob Quintero
Hey tom ol boy,
Hows everything in texas, besides hot that is. Anyway, just a quick note to let ya know i gotsa new job and new e-mail address. If you could update it I would be very happy.
Also, thanks for everything you have done so far with the page and i like everything but cost is cost so do what cha have to.
July, 1998 - SK3 (SS) Glenn W. (Ajax) Athearn
This is Glenn Athearn SK3 or just Ajax. it was a real joy to read about the boat. you have done a good job. You should of been on the first crew with us, I can tell you would have fit right in. The first was very tight bunch and we liked it. I heard there might be a reunion Sept. 98, in Pascagoula, Ms. Try to make it and if you need funds to keep the boat on the net then drop your mailing info at your home. Ajax
August, 1998 - EMC(SS/SELECT) Jim Catteau
What a fabulous page to commemorate a great ship. I was never a crew member, but really enjoyed the history you have assembled. Keep up the great work
EMC(SS/SELECT) Jim Catteau
NSSF New London
July, 1998 - STS1 (SS/DV) Rodger Clark
I check out the Tunny site every couple of weeks.
Thanks for doing it. Ajax and I finally made contact. It was good to hear from him.
I remembered Paul Arthur. Paul, I threw off the last line as Tunny left Charleston in transit to Pearl. I was terribly sorry that Jerry Stout and I couldn't get together before he retired.
Jerry has been a blessing because he stays in touch and has been a dear friend. I am still in touch with Mike Holt and I know where quite a few of the old sonar gang is although I haven't made contact in some time. It was fun gentlemen. And I am proud that I had the opportunity to serve onboard Tunny with some really good folks.
Definitely a high-light in my life.
July, 1998 - MM2 (SS) Joel N. Souther
MY OH MY!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I searched the web and found a USS Tunny page....I served aboard during the rough years 1976-1979 when the Tunny was still ported out of Charleston and was part of the move to WestPac. Are any of the oldtimers in contact.....I would love to hear from them and discuss our Smoking Blue Flame (unofficial nickname) days....Glad to see that someone cared enough to start a web page....thanks
My tour onboard Tunny started in October of 1976 in the middle of a med run. I was part of a 30+ augment that was sent to LaMadelina Sardenia as replacements for personnel removed from the ship for suspicion of smoking the evil weed. What a witch hunt! My hometown is Statesville, NC and my discharged rate/rank was MM2/SS (Auxilliaryman). My E-Mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. It was great to see Paul Arthur listed as he was one of my closest friends. We have already been in touch and I hope to hear more from him. I also recognized several names such as Rodger Clarke and Jerry Stout. My tour started under the command of PW Thomas and ended under RADM Kaup. I can not say enough for the much needed professionalism that Mr Kaup brought to the Tunny in the late 70's.
I will look through my old junk (quite a lot) and see if i have any fitting
photos that I might send. Thanks again for a very special flashback that
surfaced old memories still precious to me.
July, 1998 from : MMCM (SS/SW) Tom Dix
Great page! Include my name and e-mail address in the Net Directory, reported onboard 1978, currently reside in St Marys, Ga.
Please add to the Deck Log:
"Retiring in the near future after 22 years and the 3 spent on the TUNNY were by far with the "BEST" crew the US Submarine Force has ever seen. Too many stories to tell now. I look forward to hearing from my shipmates."
July, 1998 MM1 (SS) Bradley Billman
I got to the Tunny in Guam Feb 94 after a particularly ill-fated recruiting tour. I was the worst recruiter there ever was. Imagine a nuke with a bad attitude trying to get people to join, it was bad.
Then I got to the Tunny, boy that was fun. Capt Spencer and COB Velkey hated me. They saw my attitude a mile away.
But I really miss all the guys. Billy Ruiz squashing me like a bug after I made fun of his breasts. Jeremy Lloyd stuck in ERLL for years at a time.
Mister bad Attitudes Scott Weeks and Marc Coulsen man what a couple of choads. Everyone's favorite Bob Quintero, I remember he bent the forks on my mountain bike. We were way out in the middle of no where on the trails near Mililani and he some how finds the only brick wall within ten miles a crashes right into it. Thanks !!
And what about STS1 Ron Zeluski, I thought I had a bad attitude until I meet that guy. I remember sweeping the decks with him after Velky sent us both to barracks duty for six months.
Well I got out of the Navy in Feb 96 and I'm now living with my daughters and going to school at The University Of Texas at Arlington studying Mechanical Engineering. John Betancourt goes there as well, if anyone remembers him.
If anybody wants, email me at email@example.com
June, 1998 MM1 (SS) Jarrod Clavelle
Excellent Site Tom.
Please put me in the Registry. I am MM1(SS) Jarrod S Clavelle. I served on the Tunny as an ELT from 1989 to 1992. I then went on the the USS Canopus as the LELT until 1994 until I GOT OUT!!
I work at a Nuclear Power Plant in Louisiana and enjoy my job. Money's good too.
Keep in touch.
June, 1998 MM1 (SS) Tim Buturla
I came across this web page 6/22/98. It brought back a lot of memories.
It has been awhile but I served on board when you were there. I was on Tunny from 1989-1992, LELT; nickname Tim Butunny a.k.a. Tim Buturla. I live in Baton Rouge, La. Also, living close by is Jarrod Clavelle. He was an ELT in my division as well. I haven't not kept up with many of guys I served with.
As a matter of fact I just got an email from Dan Carlson who was in M-Div.
Also, I have talked with Scott Bauck, Patrick Hardesty, Rainman and Lenny Hoehn since I have been out. Hope to hear back from you. My email is KLTJB@aol.com. Here is something you can put in the Tunny quotes: I remember standing EWS and calling Chief Lowey to relieve me. He came back in the engineroom with a million books, briefcase and coffee and asked me why I needed a relief. I told him it was time for me to muster the chiefs above the ball valve.
May, 1998 TM2 (SS/DV) Craig G. Russell
Great to see old stories with old memories. I am TM2 SS/DV Craig G. Russell served on board 1980-1984. Served under Kaup and Fister. Fond memories of McCain, Sparks, Eiler, Percy, Scooter, Denny Grennell, THE COB- Master Chief- most senior in Pacific Fleet 34 years and I can't remember his name- Help? I have more pictures, original blue prints of USS Tunny SSN 682, Bronze Tunny Logo - the one we hung on the conning tower when you crossed the deck. Chief Thommen was head of TM's- we had some times in Subic, Pusan, Japan, East PAC and two WEST PACS.
I was Miss Tunny in 1982 and proud of it! I have a video of the whole entire Miss Tunny contest in 1982! I would like to hear from Jerry Stout, are you the same Stout that taught sub school in New London 1980?
If you are then, remember the live pig we gave you at the end of school party at the local bar. Contact me at tazman3@Flash.net
May, 1998 Lt. Steven Pope
Please include me on the Tunny Net Directory. I served on board the Tunny from Sept 78 until Aug. 1, 82 as a JO in a number of positions culminating in the Weapon's Officer position (LT USN). My time on board correlated almost exactly with Karl Kaup's CO tour.
I have a lot of fond memories of the Tunny and the crew, the 2 Westpacs and even the 16 month overhaul at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. I'd be interested in corresponding with some of my old (I don't mean that literally) shipmates. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I currently reside in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
The web page you've created for Tunny is great! It brings back a lot of memories. Thanks.
May, 1998 EM1 (SS) Taras Perales
How is life after the navy?
I got out on cinco de mayo with Wags and Chad Miller in '95.
Just so you know the name Corky died when I left the navy and moved to New Zealand. I have now been married three and a half years, have no kids but one dog.
Some one was telling me, i think it was Wags, that Vinny moved to Texas and you got him a job.
Anyway I got to go so i will just say hello good to catch kind of. Tell everyone Hi for me.
My address is: email@example.com
Send some mail.
May, 1998 ET1 (SS) Chuck Kahl
It is now 11PM and I have just finished reading your homepage. It's cool man. I laughed, at the story of our cab ride in Tokyo, so loud that I woke up Merly. I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. By the way, she got pissed off with the fact that I was still on the computer. What can I say, this stuff is addictive!
Also finished reading all of the Tunny's homepage too. I guess I'll be sending a few emails in the coming days. I hope the page keeps growing and growing. Eventually, I would imagine, we could probably get the entire crew in there.
Another from Chuck...
I was getting my decal for the car the other day and guess who walks in after me? Greg Wong! For the life of me I couldn't remember his name! He was in civilian clothes. I was in uniform, so it was easy for him!
I guess he is on the Batfish, and they are coming to Hawaii soon. We didn't get to talk but maybe a minute, but I did give him your website address and told him he could link over to Tunny's website, too. He had no idea that Tunny had one. I told him to check it out when he gets a chance. He said he keeps in touch with "Corky" and occasionally hears from Del. I would expect that you will be hearing from him soon, if you haven't already.
Gotta go. Just thought you'd like to know.
April, 1998 ET2 (SS) Thomas Coyle
I served onboard the Tunny for 3 years, 1980-82. Server under Commander Kaup. I was an ET2(SS) forward type. Served on the Puffer before that for a couple of years.
Haven't kept up much with old Navy buddies and rarely talk about old Navy times but was very impressed with the Web Site you put together. Someone sent a URL to me for Ron Martini's site and managed to find my way to your site. I've spent the last couple of hours looking it over and WOW did it bring back memories.
I recognize the officers in the Trivia Question, the guy on the right was my Division Officer, Jeff Peterson. Great guy, wonder what he's up to now?
Was really surprised to find the Tunny has been decommissioned, boy do I feel old!!
Keep up the good work!!
April, 1998 ICC(SS) Michael B. Haberman, USN(Ret)
Tom, just found your web page today and it really taxes the long-term memory (I've killed most of the short term stuff). I put the Tunny in commission in Pascagoula, and stayed aboard until I was relieved (sort of) by Jim Carney, an old friend and a super sailor. Jim was surfaced by Bupers when they found that he and the old devil herb had been keeping company. Tunny was in Sardinia during the middle of a med cruise when I found that I had family problems at home, and needed to be back in Charleston. Capt. Sloan was a little loathe to turn me loose without a relief, and I'd run in to Jim aboard the tender. I talked him up to the skipper and the eng, they called up the chain of command, and the next thing I knew, I was on the way to Charleston, and Jimmy had the IC gang. When the boat pulled in, Jim had already requalified and was an indispensable member of the crew.
Would appreciate it if you'd make my e-mail address available to those who ask.
As an afterthought, I should mention that I received a letter, in 1989 (ten years after I retired), asking me to return to active duty to serve in the USS Iowa, which was being re- commissioned.
From an SSN to a "target"? Hah! I wrote "addressee deceased" on the envelope and stuffed it back in the mail.
April, 1998 STSC (SS) Joseph P. Costello
Hey Tom, Excellent TUNNY Webpage. I am STSC Joseph P. Costello (STS3(SU/SW) to STS1(SS/SW) from Jun 1988 to Jul 1992 on the "ON TIME TUNNY").
It was a good time for all when I was there. Really enjoyed the TUNNY ( a real sub class) Now I'm stuck on 688s. Saw a few names of former ship mates on the Deck Log. John Fowler, Curt Hardie, Jason Sprenger and Bob Heck and any other shipmates can Email me at WH6QV@aol.com.
Angela and I are still in Hawaii. Have been since the Tunny came back after the 1990 overhaul. We now have completed our all girl sonar Watch Section - Holly, Tiffany, Brittany, Hillary, and Whittley. I am on the USS Honolulu.
Been to NSTCP (92-95) USS Buffalo (95-96) and then to the Honolulu. I really miss the old TUNNY DAYS. Hey Bob, remember the topside midwatch chats!!!!!
I returned from WESTPAC 3 days before the Inactivation ceremony so I didn't get a chance to go. :(
Lets not forget our lost shipmates! STS3(SU) Dale Elliott May 1991
Look forward to Seeing all on line!!!!
April 1998, Catherine McDonough
Our Canadian friends are getting a kick out of this page .We will dig up some pictures for you as soon as possible. My best to your family.
April 1998, ETN2(SS) Barry Lebens
Did you ever hear the name Cosgrove? When did you get onboard my boat?
I am a plankowner who served under Dennis Sloan. He and I and about 100 other plankowners built the Tunny in Pascagoula, MS, in the early 70's.
Spent a lifetime down there one year. In fact, I was the very 1st, non-engineman to qualify, forward. I first qual'd on a diesel boat. USS Diodon, SS349. Currently living in New Hampshire.
Do you have Mike Haberman registered as a plankowner. I have recently heard from Glenn Athearn and he told me about Craig Christensen. Do you have an email address for Craig? All plankowners.
Another a few days later
Great job with the Tunny web sight. Toured it for sometime last night.
Received the Plankowner list you sent also. Wow! It didn't print very clearly, but it is decipherable. All those names I have been trying to remember for so long, all, or mostly all, came back to life.
Like I told you in my last msg, Big Red and I and about 100 others built out boat and commissioned her in '73. I was ETN2(SS) Barry Lebens, attached from Jan, '72, until my honorable discharge 10 Sept, 1975. Made the '75 Med run with some pretty savvy submariners. Good trip. Sonar in the Med is real busy.
I don't have a web page yet, but I suspect I will soon. Most of those you have register on the sight of early, plankowners, in '72, '73, & '74, I don't remember much of them. Ajax Athearn and I had done some partying together in Charleston, SC back then, after commissioning, as well as in Pascagoula, MS, during the build. I wouldn't be surprised that most of the EM's and MM's were nukes. I was a forward, Ops type, ET.
Do you know if there is any way to find one Mike Haberman or Andre Land? Mike was a chief IC-man and Andre was a radio type. I have been looking for them for quite awhile.
April 1998, CDR Martin B. McDonough
You have done a super job putting together the Tunny WEB page. I hope you enjoyed your time on Tunny as much as I enjoyed having you on board.
Please enter my name on the TUNNY roster. I served two tours on Tunny, Engineer from July 1981 to September 1984 and CO from October 1990 to April 1993. Tunny was certainly a big part of my life. I hope I had a positive impact on the people I served with. I would love to hear from former shipmates. I currently live in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada which is midway between Edmonton and Calgary.
I retired after my tour as senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. I like my job and have taken up flying as a private pilot. I do miss the youth and enthusiasm the crew. I also miss the opportunity to train best young men in the country. I will check in on the Tunny web page from time to time.
I also echo ADM Kaup's comment on keeping the language appropriate. I would like it to maintain the dignity the Mrs. Aiken has come to expect of "her boys".
Did you ever talk to Lola Aiken? I'd like to know if she's seen the page. ADM Kaup seems to stay in contact with her, have you?. I'll try to keep the web page presentable, somewhere in the PG rating. It wasn't church, as you know, and all the really interesting stuff is in the sea stories. I have already been reprimanded by ADM Kaup, (final XO) Mike Hallal, and now you about keeping it clean. I'm trying. I had to REMOVE the photo of Meixel in his underwear.
CDR McDonough's response
I have not corresponded with Mrs. Aiken since I tried to get her to come out and ride the boat in 1993 before the short deployment to Korea. She is a great lady and her husband was one of those rare senators that were known as leaders. I know it wasn't church but you guys have always had the class to know when to say when.
As for the hard work and drills, it was a major reason why the Tunny crew was second to none for the past seven years. What is really interesting is that it became part of the crew's culture. It was the peer pressure of the crew that made it happen. Being the best comes from within. While I was the senior member of the ORSE Board I had the opportunity to observe a significant cross section of nuclear trained crews in the Pacific Fleet. I knew the Tunny crew was good, but seeing the others demonstrated that the Tunny was an order of magnitude better than anybody else. Just look at the string of Excellents in operations. I don't think you will find that anywhere. It wasn't just in engineering. It was across the board. It is an interesting study in group dynamics. I really think it was a matter of setting high standards, providing excellent training, and not limiting personal initiative.
I enjoyed the picture of EM1 Finch. He is a fine person and one of my top ten favorite people of all time.
April 1998, Bill Donovan
OK, I promised to send you a more complete update. I looked over your web page again, and I've got to say I'm really touched at what you got out of the Navy. Yes, there's a lot of humor in there, but it sounds like it was a very positive experience for you, despite the hard work and long separations. Hopefully I didn't make things too negative for the crew. Looking around Pearl Harbor, I'd have to say Tunny was one of the best (no, make that THE best) submarines ever. Tunny sailors are all over here, usually in very responsible positions. Some you may not remember too fondly, but I think everyone's heart was into making Tunny the best it could be (so no ragging on them on the web page!) Here's an update on everyone I can remember seeing recently:
MMCS Magnus Stonhill: Joined me for the last 4 months I was onboard Hawkbill. He's the ALPO, and will probably be a COB this time next year. He's got 2 kids now, his wife put about 40 lbs on him, and he's the best chief onboard.
ETC Ice Heisler: EMO at CSS-3, still can't believe he finally made Chief, will probably retire in 3 years at his 20.
ETC Torres: Just made LDO, will get commissioned sometime in the next year. Working as the CSP ET until then.
FTC Funkhouser: The CSP FT, just finished a tour on Honolulu.
STSC Joe Costello: The ST chief on Honolulu, has about 6 kids now, retiring at 20 in a couple of years.
TMCS Ron Sturgill: TM chief on the Rickover in Norfolk, sounds like he's doing well.
LCDR Jeff Bay: Weps on the Buffalo, haven't seen him much but sounds like he's doing good.
ET1 Chuck Seymour: ANAV on Hawkbill with me for 2 years, still trying to make Chief and doing a great job in the meantime. Has made pilgrimages to Subic often to stay in touch with Westpac.
MMC Werner: CSS-3 A-ganger, haven't seen him too much.
FTC Steinle: Was the CSS-7 FTC, heard he went to Pensacola to one of those exam writing jobs.
MMCM Flora: The CSS-3 Command Master Chief, finished a tour as COB on the Bates. He's a big wheel now in Pearl.
MMC Sprouse: Still at CSG-7 in Yokosuka. He'll probably retire from there, but there's no firm plan yet.
TMCS Eck: Somewhere in Bangor, won't leave those $*#(% boomers.
LCDR Cam Weaver: Tactics Officer at NSTCP Det San Diego, he's coming out here in a couple weeks for a conference I'll see him at.
CAPT Bob Speer: Here in Honolulu at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
CAPT John Bird: At BUPERS in DC, not sure what his job is. Had a great tour as CO of Scranton in Norfolk, he said he concentrated on making it as much like the Tunny as he could. Will probably make Admiral in about 5 years.
LCDR Brian Hughes: Finished as XO on Bremerton, moved to DC, 3 kids, real family man now.
LCDR Bob Deprizio: Has orders as XO on Bates this fall.
CDR Dave Portner: Waiting on orders to be a CO, works at CSL right now.
FTC Sutton: FTC on the Olympia, retiring soon.
MMCS Lowey: Was EDEA on the Georgia, still onboard but they're using someone else as EDEA because he's retiring any month now. Still wishes he was on the Tunny, had lunch with him a few months ago when Georgia was in port here.
ETCM Scott Ross: Haven't seen him, but heard he's at prototype in Charleston (possible nuke school?).
MS3 Adler: Works at the Subase BOQ, keep running into him all the time. He hasn't changed.
LT Curtis Leyshon: At NSTCP as a tactics instructor, recently decided to go to SOAC and try being a Dept Head, will be in Groton in a few months.
LT Dana Ruge: Just got out of the Navy, moving to Ft Worth area. Navy screwed up and passed him over for O-4, probably the most capable LT I ever knew. He's got 2 kids, and is really looking forward to starting a normal life.
LT Doug Blue: Got out of the Navy last year, moved with his wife to Melbourne Australia. I've got to figure out an excuse to go visit him!
CDR Mike Zeiser: CO of the Houston right now, said he's got a great crew, and he thought he'd never see one as good as the Tunny again. Looks like the sky's the limit for him in this organization.
STSC Greg Davis: Retired in 96, living in Copperas Cove, TX. Sounds like he got a great job with a company that makes machines for etching integrated circuits.
CDR (CAPT select) Scott Spencer: Senior Member of the TRE team here in Pearl, got deep selected for O-6, moving to DC this summer. Future looks really bright for him.
CDR Clint Cragge: He's CO of the Ohio, not sure which crew. Haven't seen him, but sounds like he's doing OK.
Myself: Finished as XO of Hawkbill, working at CSP in the N7 dept (weapons and tactics). Making CDR in July, still waiting to hear if I made CO (will find out next month).
SK1 Chiemelewski: Sailor of the Year last year at CSS-1 on the PMT team, not sure if he's still there, I think he had orders to a boat.
OK, that's just about everyone I could think of. I'm sure I'll remember more after I send this. I really haven't seen many of the nukes, I think they all headed for the East Coast.
I really think your web page is great, I had a lot of good memories looking through what you've got on there. I'm really glad you guys kept me from knowing alot of those stories, I probably would have worried more if I knew what the hell was going on. I had no idea the crew was that tight.
Overall, I've got nothing but good memories of the Tunny and everyone who served on it. Hopefully, we'll all see each other again someday, it'd be great to have a reunion when we're all old with great big beer guts and ranks a thing of the past. Keep in touch, and definitely stop by if you're ever in Pearl over the next couple of years. Let me know if you've heard of anyone else who I've lost contact with.
And another a few days later ..
This page is already paying off, I got a note from Marty McDonough today. I'd lost contact, and probably wouldn't have been able to find him without this.
April, 1998, IC2 (SS) Paul Arthur
Greetings Form A Former Resident of the Funny Tunny
I was a "Forward Puke" aboard the Tunny from 1976-1979.
The Tunny was moored alongside the pier in Charleston SC when I first reported aboard in March of 1976. The tender was making one of her rare short sea voyages so the skimmers could qualify for sea pay.
The watch called down below and asked the IC-DIV LPO to come topside and escort the newbie ICMAN aboard and initiate me into the mysteries of Submarines.
As he stuck his red head out of the main hatch my first sight of the IC-DIV LPO James Carney was a mass of red hair and a handlebar mustache that curled all the way up in front of his eyes. Jim turned out to be a great supervisor and a good friend.
I lost touch with all of my friends from the Tunny when I left her in Pearl Harbor in July of 1979 shortly after returning from a West PAC run. I see one or two names on the "Deck Log" section of the WEB Page that I recognize, but most of the old gang is missing. Hopefully like me they will stumble across this WEB page and get in touch.
Nice work on the Web page Tom, please add my name and email address.
I remember Ralph (Jerry) Porter very well, we crawled through more than a few pubs in London during a short visit the Tunny made to Portland England. Ralph had a tendency to walk off with an ashtray or two from each pub. I still have one around at home.
I remember Rodger Clark also, but we did not hang out together much, but it seems like he got into some kind of trouble during a port call to Naples.
I do remember Jerry Stout, he looked like a tall skinny high school kid. Jerry was a very outgoing individual and he always had a smile on his face and something nice to say about everyone. I was pleased to see that he is now a Chief Warrant Officer, he was a STS-1 when I knew him.
Rear Admiral Karl Kaup ? Wow! Now I can say I know an admiral. Yes I remember Capn' Kaup well. I enjoyed serving under his command.
I do have a few pictures around somewhere, I'll dig them up and send them to you.
I have a LOT of stories, it's nice to have a place to share them.
Some can be told and other may be better left untold.
Where you aware that a large portion of the Tunny's crew was busted for drugs in LaMadelena (Sardinia) during a Med run back in 1976 ? We lost so much of the crew that we could not get underway for several weeks until replacements could be sent over from stateside.
P.S. If the O2 Generator (The Bomb) does do "that" again, call me too, I may know the reason... seems like I have a part around here somewhere that was left over after an overhaul.
And another a few days later...
I heard from Jerry Stout last night. Jerry has hung up his dolphins and uniform and has gone into the hotel business in Summerville SC near Charleston.
It was really nice to hear from one of the old crew. Thanks for providing the Web page that made it possible.
April 1998, FTGC (SS) Stan McCain
Saw your website and it did bring back memories. I was on the "TUNNYFISH" from 80-82. We did a complete Combat Systems update, sound trials, and WESTPAC. RADM Kaup, then CDR who put on the birds in Japan was the CO. We had a great WESTPAC. Ship got a MUC.
I was the chief FT, FTGC(SS) Stan McCain. Probably one of the best "goat lockers" ever assembled. Dave 'GET A HAIRCUT' Follo - COB, Willard 'Whale' Workman, Bill 'Little Bit' Thommen, John Eiler, Bill George, Wade, Rocky, Charlie Sparks, Ed Miyashiro, et al.
Great times and all our hard work and play paid off.
Retired in 1996 as a LCDR.
April, 1998 MM1 (SS) Marv Miller
Hey, don't know you , you must have been there before my time. Anyway wanted to ask for you to include my name in the directory of Tunny sailors.
I am MM1/SS Marv Miller, I reported aboard in Dec 1993 and left about two months into decom. I'm no stationed at NSTCP Pearl Harbor and live in Honolulu, Hi. Were you an A-ganger, was that a pic of you in the room remarking bout the generator, "Genny". She was my baby during my stay there, and man could she be a bitch!! Well I look forward to your reply and seeing the latest updates on the page.
April 98, EM1 (SS) Bill O'Connor
Tunny has a lot of good memories.
Mar 98, STS3 (SS) Curt Hardie
I keep checking out the page for new stuff. it looks great! but I would personally like to see more personal stuff about the guys and less about the history, etc. I know people not familiar with Tunny might be interested in that stuff, but the guys on board probably want to see old pictures and stories, etc. what do you think?
ET2 (SS) Carsten Poulsen
I just got done moving. I just got done reading the updates, and I am still wiping the tears out of my eyes! Funny stuff! Especially the embarrassing moments. I am in a classroom of people at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I started busting out laughing when I thought of poor Adler passed out against the DC locker.
Keep up the good work, it really tugs at the heart strings to remember all those great guys, and all we went through.
April 98, (Engineer Officer) LCDR Bill Donovan
Tom Jordan, this is Bill Donovan, also known by the name my mother gave me, "ENG". I stumbled across your web page, and thought I'd drop you a note. And after reading some of these entries, I'm really glad you guys didn't tell me about most of them.
How about listing me on the directory. Here's the gouge: LCDR Bill Donovan, reported onboard Nov 89, currently living in Aiea, Hawaii, e-mail address is BillDonovan@prodigy.net (don't give me any shit about how original that one is). I just finished being the XO on the Hawkbill, and I'm surrounded by Tunny sailors here on the waterfront.
They're everywhere! I even did another tour with QM1 (now ET1) Chuck Seymour, who was my ANAV for the last couple of years. I was sad to see Tunny go, and think the best boat in the Navy was lost when they cut her up. Unfortunately, I was at sea for the ceremony, but I understand at least 5 former CO's came, and the crowd included all our old shipmates who could make it.
March, 98 DS1 (SS) Denny Grenell
I really enjoyed the web page. My name is Dennis Grenell, I came onboard the Tunny in 1979 while she was in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for an overhaul to update tactical systems (Mk117 FCS, BQQ5 Sonar).
My rating when I left in 1981 was DS1 (SS).
Mar 98, TM1 (SS) Ernie Goodwin
I was on the Tunny on some of the last ops out of Subic. I remember the lock outs in fwd room night after night. Really enjoyed my Tunny days.
Mar 98, MM1 (SS) Stanley E. Feret, Jr.
I was on the Tunny from August 1987 to August 1989 in M-Div.
Operated for a year out of Pearl then started the Refueling overhaul at PSNS. Currently I have 16 1/2 years in and I am retiring at 20. I am currently stationed at TRF Bangor.
Feb 98, CWO4 Jerry Stout
Specifics from my Tunny days are:
Qualified in Submarines under Commander P.W. Thomas, the Commanding officer at that time. It was my first ship in the navy and I had a great time. Our deployment to the Mediterranean was fun. We visited a lot of ports and had a great time there.
I am currently a CWO4 and getting ready to retire from the Navy in June 1998.
I enjoy looking at all the pictures and listening to the audio clips from the decommissioning.
Feb 98, MM3 (SS) Felix Spencer Mason
I spoke with Steve White today. We are both plank owners of the Tunny.
He informed me that the Tunny was due to be decommissioned in March. In our conversation he told me about your homepage, so I had to look it up.
You have done a great job! It is interesting and informative. Even my children liked it. It is a pleasure to find such a positive representation of the Tunny on the web.
Jan 98, RM2 (SS) Bob White
Great homepage. Thanks for the chance for some of us 282 shipmates to meet up. I went to the Tunny right out of sub school in mid 67 as an RMSN(SU). I made my way to Subic only to find that the Tunny was in the yards in Japan. When I arrived in Japan I found a multi colored sub with flowers painted on the bow and no after deck, just a gapping hole. I soon learned about the deck gang, but my stint as a mess cook was short lived. When the RMC(SS) Jones found out that I could copy code at 30+ wpm one of the other RM's was pulled out of the radioshack and put back on mess cooking. I left the Tunny in 1969 as an RM2(SS) with orders to the USS Rock SS-274 which was to be the interim replacement for the Tunny in Subic until the Grayback was out of the yards. I never made it back to Subic as the Rock upon arriving in Pearl was ordered back stateside to be decommissioned. It went out just after the Tunny.
Works fine, fails safe, and drains to the bilge's.
Bob "Rat" White (as in "Ratface the Radioman" for the first time I attempted a mustache at 18 years old)
USS Tunny APSS-282, USS Rock SS-274, USS Nathaniel Greene SSBN-636, USS Cavalla SSN-674
Dec 1997, TM2 (SS) Mario Garcia
I used to be one of the TM's on Tunny.
Came across the web site while searching for research on diesel boats it was linked up. WoW!!!!!!! It was fun for me to revisit without having to go anywhere.
But I think anyone would enjoy the websight alot.
I've been stationed in Alameda CA doing Physical Security. In Concord now. San Francisco Is a blast but I'm glad it will finally be over in a couple of months.
Would be interested in finding any of the Torpedomen that used to be on board. Maybe you would know of Nagel or Shep or Juante, Hartman. Anyway it was cool to see the old pictures I never took any myself.
I wanted to visit while you were up in Wa. but never made it and had no contact.
If down the line there's a get together let me know.
Dec 1997, MSC (SS) Ralph (Jerry) Porter
I was stationed aboard USS Tunny (SSN 682) from June 1974-Aug 1975. I qualified on Tunny in May of 1975 & sewed on my first class crow a month later. I was not a model sailor during my tour on Tunny but I do believe it was a turning point in my career. I'll always remember my tour on board because I became a submariner, thanks to MMC/SS Tiny Bryson ,MMCM/SS (then (MMC) Chipper Davis & the late TMCM?SS(then a TM1) Jim Dugger. All these shipmates and more that I can't list right now helped me learn what being part of a team means.
I want to add that D .Y. SLOAN (BIG RED, behind his back )was one of the finest skippers and men I have ever met.
ICS (SS) Tom Takacs
I took the early retirement made E7 and bailed. Now I am at MIT in Cambridge Mass as a research engineer working on micro machines made on silicon chips.
I have some photos from west pac, to the PI you know the Tee shirt stayed till closing.
Yea I saw the famous quote but the real one was "thats a class problem". Still pretty funny.
Dec 1997, ET2 (SS) Cartsen Poulsen
I commend you on your page! That is some of the funniest stuff I have remembered in a long time, and man!, do I remember alot.
I still keep in great touch with Bob, Marc (who graduates w/ his ME degree this semester from Southern Alabama(?)), Billy, Rain, and Jer. Right now, I am attending the university of Illinois at Chicago, and living off the Gi Bill and Pell Grants. I know that Burt Arranagga just got married, and I heard that Vince is working with you.
Nov 1997, Dave Henry attempts to describe the quals process (for the sociology page)
In the late 80's and early 90's Enlisted qualifications were like this:
Each person received a qual card with specific qual systems, or "sigs", required. These were broken up into "blocks" of similar systems. For example, the 'Damage Control' block would include sigs for: proper use and locations of the different types of fire extinguishers aboard; the locations and use of EAB manifolds, including locations of EAB masks and how many were in each locker; proper use and location of OBA's; proper use and techniques for using fire hoses; completion of shipboard fire fighting school; methods of controlling flooding; completion of DC wet training; memorization of damage control procedures; etc. After all the individual sigs were received from designated Qualification Petty Officers (Qual PO's), the individual would then have to get the block signature from the appropriate person (DCA, for example). Blocks included such things as propulsion, steering and diving, air systems, atmosphere control, hydraulics, weapons systems, etc. One block was watch station qualification for the person's primary watch (often Helmsman / Planesman). After all the blocks were complete, he would then have to do a walk-through of each compartment (or area for 688's, since they only had two compartments) with a senior watchstander in that compartment or area. This walk-through would consist of the senior crew member asking the qualifying member any question about any system, valve, equipment, etc in the compartment, especially emergency procedures and ventilation line ups for that specific compartment.
After all compartment walk-throughs were complete they would then do a complete stem to stern walk-through of the boat with a senior member of the Goat Locker (often the COB). I had one COB who's first thing in a ship walk-through was to blindfold the qualifier in the Torpedo Room (640 Boomer), put an EAB on him and tell him to get to Shaft Alley, describing the boat as he went from manifold to manifold. After this, if everything was OK, he'd go to a board consisting of a couple of qualified Petty Officers, a Chief and a qualified Officer for a final oral test of knowledge. After satisfying this board he was recommended to the CO for qualification. I never saw a CO question the recommendation of a qual board.
As for the sigs themselves, they included both knowledge factors and practical factors. The knowledge factors were generally a three part process. Part one was research and study of the system. Each sig had a list of required knowledge, but the more common way was for the qualifier to pair off with a qualified member and that person would help guide the qualifier in what knowledge was important (e.g. learn which antennae match up with which comms or navigation gear, etc.). After studying, when the qualifier felt he was ready, he would seek out a qual PO on the system and ask for a check out (part two). In this check out, the qual PO would ask any questions he wanted about the system. This would sometimes include very specific and detailed questions to find out how hard the qualifier had studied. Any question that could not be answered was a look-up. If the qual PO felt the qualifier had been particularly lax in preparing for the check out he would be completely turned away or given many, many *very* difficult look-ups to persuade him to be better prepared next time. Once a check-out was begun with one qual PO, though, woe unto he who tried to change to another qual PO to avoid difficult look-ups. These folks would always get caught sooner or later and would have to bear the punishment of extremely difficult check-outs for the rest of their qualification process. Part three was the qualifier researching and finding the answers to the look-ups and returning to the qual PO with the answers. The qualifier would have to do deeper research than just the look-ups, though, as the qual PO may have additional questions based upon that answer, possibly giving more look-ups. This process continued until the qual PO was confident the qualifier knew the required material. Practical factors consisted of actually doing something (e.g. "line up ventilation to prepare to snorkle", etc.).
Generally, I think the system worked well. Best of all, it provided a means within the system to handle those who tried to abuse it (i.e. try and get an easy sig, take the look-ups on the block signature or walk-through). Although some qual PO's delighted in giving un-godly amounts of look-ups, this treatment was usually reserved for those who were unprepared and wasting the qual PO's time, expecting him to feed them the knowledge.
Nov, 1997 Sean Boudreaux
You have a fantastic web site! I really enjoyed it, as did my grandfather who spent his time in the Navy during WWII on the old diesel boats. I am currently on a Spruance class DD, so we spend most of our time looking for you all (usually to no avail!) and your foreign counterparts (better luck there). Nice job! Fair winds and following seas, Bubblehead.
your friendly neighborhood tin can sailor
Nov 1997, EM2 (SS) Chris Whitehead
I was SNOB Feb 1989 - May 9 1989. Please add my address to your list CWhitehead@Aristotle.net,
and let it be known that I was the GREATEST electric plant operator in the history of TUNNY (ask Finch) if you have his E-mail address please send it to me THANX
Oct 1997, STS3 (SS) Curt Hardie
What is up, old friend? This is Curt Hardie (or STS3 Hardie as you may remember me) I really enjoyed the homepage, except it is very NUKE oriented. did you not keep in touch with any CONERS? I have emails on a half dozen or so guys from our era(ftf3 hoffman,rm3 heck,sts3 sprenger,ftg3 philpot,rm3 baumgarten,sts3 mcgowan) if interested, I will send them to you to put on the page.
I really got a kick out of the Meixel photo. I was at school in the computer lab and actually laughed out loud!
I am interested in contacting any of the fellas that were around from 1989-1993 on the old Tunny. I assume you list them all on the page if you are in touch with them?
Take care and talk to you soon!
Curt "kube" Hardie
Oct 1997, RM2 (SS) Bob Heck
Presently, I am in my last year of College. I am going to be a Medical Laboratory Technician. MLT's do most of the lab work you get done in a hospital.
Since I got out of the Navy I have been in school. Have worked in several lab's and even sold computers for a while. Presently I work at the VA Medical center in Oklahoma City. I am not married, but I live with my girlfriend, Melanie. She is a Chem. Major and she also works at the VA.
About the only person from the boat I have kept up with is STS2/SS Jason Sprenger. (firstname.lastname@example.org), but recently, have been in contact with STS2/SS Curt Hardie (email@example.com). Hardie has given me several e-mail address's for people who were on the boat in the 90-94 era (mostly coner's).
I sent the address to your WWW page to everyone whose address I had. You did a real nice job. Nice to see that someone finally did it.
Oct 1997, from Lee Ashcraft (282 sailor)
I like your Tunny page; really enjoyed it. BZ ! I'm ex Halibut SS(G)N587 and Tunny APSS 282. I'm in touch with one of COs of 282 Tunny and I'll put him on to you. I know that we need to get going on a 282 page.
Oct 1997, from Dennis Splane (282)
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your Tunny page. I rode the old gal SSG-282 from 4/58 to 8/61 out of Pearl. Would have loved to have served on the SSN-682, I should have shipped over but you know how that goes. Only been able to find a few old shipmates.
Oct 1997, Former 282 C.O., Bill Green
As a former TUNNY skipper (albeit the APSSS282), I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Pearl Harbor ceremony. I was all set to go but a death in the family did not permit it.
TUNNY made a port call in San Diego enroute Bremerton and decommissioning. I spent a few hours aboard and was impressed with the material condition of the boat and the high morale and spirit of the crew. I wrote a little note to that effect and posted on Ron Martini's BBS.
I would be pleased to be included on your TUNNY homepage. If you need any background info, I was CO from 1966 to 1968. We shifted homeports from Pearl to Subic where we were engaged in unconventional warfare in various points in SE Asia, mostly Vietnam.
Oct 1997, T. Malnati
It's with sadness to see the Tunny decommissioned after these many years. Back then we knew it as the banana boat when it could not be set upon a normal set of keel blocks in Portsmouth. It was my first boat and Big Red Sloan was the boss. So who was he, in my mind the best CO the Navy had during that era, and one of the most fun as well. We were tight and he knew it, we were good and he knew it, we were all very loyal to him and I think he knew that too.
He ALWAYS stood up for the crew. A good for instance was when returned from the Med. He had us all on deck in whites, unusual for a boat, but he was showing Charleston who we were. I remember his point of view quite clearly, if we did not have something to do, he did not want us anywhere near the boat doing it. He signed every chit allowing us to swap duty days and his idea of the local area was CONUS, just call in every few days. He was the kind of guy who stood up to the Commodore (Bochocko I think) and let him know that he had no intention of coming in prior to 9 o'clock in the morning, so it would be the same for his crew. The Commodore threw back an ORE at us which we passed with an above average during the middle of this stand down period; this must be a first for a crew to pass this consisting only of the duty section.
His training methods were a bit unusual compared to other CO's. He would step back aft in the middle of the night when nobody was watching and trip a tg set or something which turned out to be far more beneficial than the patterned drills that other CO's use. But he made these fun also: I remember he stepped back aft one night and stopped the RO who was just coming out of the head. When he found out the engineer (Archie Clemmons) had relieved him, he went back into Machinery 2 and tripped one of the non-operational scram breakers; the engineer didn't notice all the indications and ended up scramming the plant inadvertently. Big Red now strolls up to the maneuvering room door and tells the engineer to fix what he had screwed up, he was not going to allow the RO back in to do it for him. Lots of smiles that evening!
During war games it was not good enough to just 'kill' the 'enemy'; the rules were to send up a green smoke when you accomplished this task; Big Red came out from under the Forestall and we proceeded to overcharge the smoke and send it up on top of their flight deck! It was these kind of events that made all the rest of it all worth it. And party he did with the boys as well, I remember bringing him back to the boat the last night in Port Canaveral in the back of a station wagon; I doubt he remembers this one. The following day was the only time that I recall him not bringing out the boat to sea, the duty section from the night before were the only ones sober enough to get us out of there with the weapons boss running the show. He had no concern here though, on the Tunny, the duty section could handle anything.
I always wondered what became of Big Red, I heard we later became the CO of a sub tender in Washington, and that's the last I ever heard. So who am I? He probably will not remember the name but he probably will remember this short shit who consistently shot rooster tails back at the sail during man overboard drills.
Oct 1997, ET1 (SS) Shonn Draper
Hey, Curt Hardy gave me a link to your Tunny Page. Pretty cool.
Nice touch with the Pac & SNOB pics. I am STILL in. Spent 2 Years in Italy. What a great time. Tender Duty & LimDu. They reconstructed my right shoulder the Doc Warner told me was just a strain. It turns out I had torn my rotator cuff.
I was stationed on the Simon Lake (AS 33) the Sunfish (SSN 649) & the Alabama (SSBN 731). I am currently waiting for the to medically discharge me. (I am crushed, they will send me to school for 4 years & give me a monthly check + a severance....Hurt Me!!) I made first class while I was in Italy.
I thought I would drop you a line & see what's up. I live in Port Orchard, WA now. About 40 mins from where I grew up (Almost too close to home). It is a great part of the country & the one I like the most. When I was in Italy I did a lot of site seeing. (RadCon did not do a lot of work, I think we did 3 real jobs in 2 years) I visited Rome, Naples, Venice, Jerusalem, Turkey, Crete, Greece (Athens), Sicily, Germany, Austria (Spent a week in a ski resort there), Switzerland, France, Spain, Malta, Morocco (I did not see a mole in a Fez though...Too bad), Egypt, Gibraltar, & more. I did almost too much site seeing.
Oct 1997, MM2 (SS) Scott Weeks
Hello, got to your Tunny page from Ron Martini's sub base page, and I would like a copy of the .GIF's of the plankowners list and also the picture of the decom crew. I was transferred to the Tunny from Aspro in June of 95 and had the honor of being a SNOB onboard Tunny. I think it would be great to have a list of some of those slugs I served time with. I got to the Tunny a week before Bob Quintero and Jimi Hendrix transferred off of her. I did an ERLL start-up with Jimi and right in the middle of it there was an earthquake (we were in Yokosuka of course at the time) in Tokyo, I think it was about a 6 pointer and quite interesting when you are in a submarine.
I love your Royal Vichi story, he was definitely quite a character! You have a great page here, thank you.
Nov 1997, STS1 (SS) John Fowler
Ran into Curt Hardie today. He suggested that I give this page a look. It is great. Just a quick background about me. I came on board September 1985 and left July 1991. I was an STS1/ss. I didn't remember your name when Curt told me but the pictures sure refreshed my memory. I got out of the navy after my shore duty. (March 1993) I work at a company named Primex aerospace in Redmond Wa.
I just recently heard that the Tunny was decommissioned. Wish I could have been there for it. Again, what a great job with the web page.
Nov 1997, QM2/3/SN (SS) Alex Zoghlin
Alex Zoghlin (qm2/qm3/qmsn.. depends upon when you asked - before or AFTER a Captains Mast).
http://www.neog.com (a company I started).
I was on the Tunny 1989-1991 before I was kicked off (spent the rest of my days on the USS Olympia)
Nov 1997, RADM Karl Kaup (former 682 C.O.)
I have read through many of your pages and congratulate on the work you have done for the Tunny Homepage. Please add my email address to the list you have started.
Keep up the good work. I intend to check in occasionally. Please keep the language clean enough so I can recommend Lola Aiken to check in occasionally. She isn't a prude but expects her guys (you are one of them) to stick to high standards.
Again, you have my permission to use the quote. Thank you for getting in touch with me. My regards to your wife Lucia and daughter Jennifer.
My daughter Jennifer (who was 7 to 11 while I commanded Tunny) is a helo pilot with the Nimitz battle group in the Persian Gulf as we speak. She is on the USS Sacramento flying H-46's that are older than she is. Your kids will surprise you!!!
Keep up the good work.
Nov 1997, MM1 (SS) Clayton Fagala
I left the Tunny in Pearl shortly after the refueling overhaul where I spent most of my time over at ILRT with Jesse Hubbard and Senior Chief Whipple. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading the Tunny page and your home page.
I currently reside in Granbury, Tx and still am dealing with nuclear power. It only gets better after the navy. :-) as there are no drills.
Oct 1997, FT2 (SS) Eric Hoffman
I'm over here in Pittsburgh working and going to night school. I travel alot with work so my ass is draggin' half the time from being so busy. Your web page brought back a shit ton memories......we had some good times on that thang ...along with the bad but who the hell wants to remember the bad times, right? Ken, Joe and I are roommate and we sat down the other night and collected a bunch of pictures for ya! We want to put them on our FTP server at work so you can stag them but we don't have the rights to delete them once you have them. We need to get in good with one of the people from our IS department so they can delete them once we are finished.
QM1 (SS) David Marshall
By your crew list you seem to be short of sailors from my time period.
I remember EM1 Finch. One time during an emergency aft. EM1 finch was in the crew's mess donning his yellow radiation suit. When he looked at me he wanted to know what I was thinking because I had a smirk on my face. I didn't tell him but I was thinking of a joke I had once heard. "What does a 300# canary say?---- Here kitty, kitty! It was all I could do to keep from laughing.
I really enjoy your webpage. I'll dig out my old photos and see if there's anything you could use. Sad to see the Tunny go. Found out about it a month after it happened. She was a good ship.
Nov 1997, STS1 (SS/DV) Rodger Clark
Do you know how to get a copy of the decom ceremony program? Is there a NavPersOpDopSlopPopDevGrpSloopPoop thingy I can write to acquire said program? Your site is getting better and better. I really liked the sound bytes. Also, Ajax wrote me and asked if I remembered him and I responded but he never wrote back. It's seems funny that I've out lived a naval war ship. That really makes me feel old. Also, would you know who to connect to get a couple of reproductions of some of the pictures you have?
Oct 1997, Don Bassler, STCM(SS) USN (ret) (54'-75')
You have done a remarkably job. Today was the first time I have run across it when I was looking for "sub sounds". I am sure you have gobs of time invested in all those words, pictures and audio clips.
My primary experience with TUNNY was in the late 70's or early 80's when then Cdr. Kaup was skipper and Dave Folo was COB. I was already retired but had the extreme pleasure of participating in her sound trials at Carr Inlet and Santa Cruz Island.
You really have a work of art.
Sept 1997, MM2 (SS) Richard Banks
It took me a year to find this site. I guess that is because I don't surf much.
It's good to know that some of the guys I spent a decent chunk of my life with are doing well. Tammy and I have a 5-month old son now. He is just amazing. I'm attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas (notice the inspired geographic location away from large bodies of water).
Doing great. Got out on May 16, 1996. Never made it to SNOB. Oh well, the payoff was the same...FREEDOM!
July 1997. I couldn't provide any info for this one...anybody else?
My father was Dean Martin Weigant, Radioman on the Tunny (282). He boxed as, "Cactus Pete." Perhaps you knew him. I would appreciate knowing about the Tunny. He passed away a few years ago.
He began on the East Coast perhaps around 1942. But was involved with the Tunny during Hellcat activity. His discharge was after V.Day.
Thanks, James Weigant
May 1997, a rare email from Brad Waite:
Trying to make up for lost time I guess. Just thought I would type a quick note off to say hello again. I also have to tell you some other news, you would not believe who I have seen up here. Dave Healey, Chris Wade, and today I ran into Senior Chief Lowey. Chris just moved up here a couple of months ago. He came back into the Navy and went to a Trident.
He said he wants to go back to a fast boat though, I think he is high.
Any more I think surface ship is the way to go, sunshine, fresh air, moon and stars at night. My first west pac was great, I could see all the things I had missed the first three years in the fleet. Enough of that, it is enough to say I don't miss the boats or being a NUK any more.
Well I need to go get my daughter ready for bed so I will sign off for now.
Here's an email I wrote to ETCS (SS) Scott Ross in Jan. 1997
Holidays here in Dallas were great! Kids got what they wanted, and I don't think I am buried in debt because of it. However, the holidays were also exhausting because I spent most of the daylight hours (days off) rebuilding the fence in my backyard. It was just *time to do it*. ugh. I made Jennifer (now 9 years old) help me. The fence looks ok, but it definitely resembles somebody's first-time-do-it-yourself work. I also recently re-grouted a shower..home-ownership has lost most of its glamour! Lucia wants to move (ugh) to a bigger house in the next year or ASAP or two, so I gotta keep the one we live in looking nice.
I have a job which swings from fun to drudgery. Still, on the worst day, it's better than being in the bilge in AMR2LL. I work for MCII Generator. We build motor generator sets, diesel generator power plants and parts for the AirForce and Army. We recently completed a Navy job to overhaul 1500kW diesel power plants. I am pretty sure the Navy sets were the SAME ONES Tunny tied up to in Korea, and afloat in Hong Kong. The photo (attached) isn't great, but it's already scanned, and I'll just send it along. We also purchased another company, and have merged them down here into our facility, so it's MCII/Kurz and Root Company. (FSCMs are OFNW8 and 75377). I would appreciate it if you would order as much stuff as possible.
It's s small company, so job titles and clear functions are pretty much bullshit. I am a key player in the Operational Test department and some of the Technical Procedures for both assembly and operation. I get sucked into alot of other bullshit tasks as well, but it's all related to building generator sets from the ground up, so I can live with it.
The actual work around here is cooool, and I am sure you'd enjoy a tour, please advise me when you will be in the Dallas area. We start with steel and magnets and wire, so you can really see the whole 3 phase theory ... it's ain't Uranium, but it is close to Electric Plant ops
Speaking of working out of your specialty, I frequently hear from Dave Perison, who works in a pawn shop in Kentucky. He sent me Vinnie and Balsaneks email address, which I promptly lost. Would you like me to send his email address to you? Also I got a letter from Chuck Kahl (with pictures!) Is any of this information unknown / required to you? Happy to provide it...
Alrighty, that's the 15 minute version. I hope you are all well, settled in, and enjoying shore duty. What is the expected commissioning life of the finest submarine in the Pacific fleet? I am dying for news of the boat, as I miss the work, and people... don't miss the sea duty though.
I find very little about Tunny on the net, tho I have shared Tunny photos with folks who have included them on their web pages. I have long toyed with the idea of setting up a fine paragraph about Tunny on my own page, which I am entitled to (with my Internet provider), but have never gotten around to. Do you have scans/photos/sounds/thoughts/anything from the boat you can contribute to this idea? Just a thought.
Let me hear from you.
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