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Old 06-19-2019, 07:11 PM
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The top picture I took out of the hatch of USS Trepang (SSN-674)
Bottom picture is of the plaque on Subase Pearl Harbor
One day I was doing some shit job with a shipmate named Rich Hery at Pearl in 1970, and he walked me over to a plaque on base that showed the names of those lost on Pickerel during the war. His uncle's name was on it: On Eternal Patrol - Francis Paul Hery

His name reminds me of a funny story he told me one day. He was off duty and had picked up some squid for bait, and drove down to the boat to get a pole. Parked his car by the dock and went on board, when suddenly the word came down that they had to quickly prepare for sea for a quick mission. In the excitement of departing he forgot about the bait. A week later he was on the hull as a linehandler while the boat was docking, when someone yelled, 'Hey Hery, isn't that your car on the dock? What's with the windows?" They were all steamed up after sitting in the Hawaiian sun all week. He suddenly remembered the bait! He told me this story about a year afterwards, when we were riding somewhere, after I had asked him what died in his car. He never put the windows up after that incident, but it made no difference.

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Old 06-20-2019, 12:29 AM
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Bless everyone that has served.
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:42 AM
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We have a sub from WWII in downtown Cleveland, USS Cod. Hard to imagine serving on a sub with the room they had on them. I am sure they are much larger than those from yesteryear.

God bless those who served, those who serve now, and those who will forever serve.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:36 AM
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One day I was doing some shit job with a shipmate named Rich Hery at Pearl in 1970, and he walked me over to a plaque on base that showed the names of those lost on Pickerel during the war. His uncle's name was on it: On Eternal Patrol - Francis Paul Hery

His name reminds me of a funny story he told me one day. He was off duty and had picked up some squid for bait, and drove down to the boat to get a pole. Parked his car by the dock and went on board, when suddenly the word came down that they had to quickly prepare for sea for a quick mission. In the excitement of departing he forgot about the bait. A week later he was on the hull as a linehandler while the boat was docking, when someone yelled, 'Hey Hery, isn't that your car on the dock? What's with the windows?" They were all steamed up after sitting in the Hawaiian sun all week. He suddenly remembered the bait! He told me this story about a year afterwards, when we were riding somewhere, after I had asked him what died in his car. He never put the windows up after that incident, but it made no difference.
This thread brings back a flood of memories. Thanks for posting.

We were in Cape Canaveral undergoing nuke weapons recertification after a refueling overhaul when the first tests of the Trident D5 ICBM were taking place at Cape Canaveral. The base was surrounded by protesters lead by none other than Dr. Friggin Seuss so the based was closed to auto traffic. I guess none of those assholes had a real job. We were going in and out to sea every day so the captain left the reactor critical and of course the engineering folks had to man the at sea watch AND the EOOWs were standing watch port and stbd because one of the EOOW's screwed up and got disqualified for a week. After what seemed like 2 years (when you are 26 time is different) we finally shut the reactor down and got a night of liberty but had to walk several miles to the base gate. Of course nothing gonna stop a sailor on liberty so we hiked to the gate got a cab and found our way to the roughest parts of Cocoa Beach and had a ball. Got back to the gate in the early hours the next morning absolutely broke (didn't even have money for a cab) and found out the gate was closed until 6 am and we all had duty that day. Stayed in the guard house until the the gate opened and we could jog/stumble back to the boat. Got to the boat, relieved the watch, got chewed out by the CO, the XO, the COB, the entire offgoing Duty Section and stood one of the longest duty days in recorded history but I promise you that taste of liberty made it all worth it!!!

My wife is headed to Hawaii today to visit my daughter who is a Navy physician at a clinic at Pearl Harbor. She is a psychiatrist. Although she does not share details it is tough to hear how the back to back to back combat tours have affected some of our toughest heroes. ALWAYS make sure we honor those who maintain our freedom.
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:25 PM
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Some more pics from the past:








Happy Harbor, Deale, Maryland - bar, restaurant and marina (where we keep the boat and I spend my retirement checks)
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Great thread guys, keep it rolling, LOVE the pictures.....👍
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Here's a crazy story

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Notice in rope taped to the deck in the picture of us fishing? The guy has his foot barely crossed it? That is the "DO NOT LOITER AFT OF LINE". We were anchored, without shore power so the reactor was critical. Not supposed to hang out aft of that piece of rope. I guess we were perfectly safe sitting in lawn chairs, fishing, 3" forward of it
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Nice read thank you.
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These 3 guys have sadly all passed on. My dad and his younger brother (left & right in the pic) served in the CG in WWII and did convoy duty in the N. Atlantic looking for subs. The short guy in the middle is a long time family friend who, you guessed it, was a submariner. He was about 5'5" and a member of the crew that fished Bush Sr. out of the Pacific and received a commendation when Bush became Pres. Sorry for the derail and thanks to all of you for your service.



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Notice in rope taped to the deck in the picture of us fishing? The guy has his foot barely crossed it? That is the "DO NOT LOITER AFT OF LINE". We were anchored, without shore power so the reactor was critical. Not supposed to hang out aft of that piece of rope. I guess we were perfectly safe sitting in lawn chairs, fishing, 3" forward of it
I had upper reactor compartment watch once, spent about 2 hours below the other side of that rope, about 12' closer to the reactor. Didn't get much dose.

I think the Nukes were just pulling the forward guys' legs, Chief!
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I was on USS Topeka... 754...
It taught me some of the most valuable lessons in life.
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I had upper reactor compartment watch once, spent about 2 hours below the other side of that rope, about 12' closer to the reactor. Didn't get much dose.

I think the Nukes were just pulling the forward guys' legs, Chief!
I took the hook also when I looked at the pic thinking if that's the case why don't they use geiger counters to find subs . I think your right .

Way back I was working at Pearl with a Sub Chief , a SeaBee and another guy doing base recycling . We had a couple tractor trailers and forklifts and the Sea Bee was an equip operator . One day we get summoned to Ford island so the Sea Bee could operate some equip . We show up on the far side and there tied to the pier is an Ohio class sub with a SLBM hanging just over the sub strung from a crane . I look around and there's only a few guys around - couple diver type guys over there , couple khaki guys over here , I think maybe 2 marines with M16's just kinda hanging out ... kind of a serene scene ... with a SLBM just hanging in the air . What's that thing got like 3 Mirvs at 500 KT a piece , Hiroshima was 12 KT . I remember thinking while looking around am I the only one that noticed the Giant Nuclear Bomb hanging in the air ..haha ... everyone was so chill and nonchalant plus I would have expected maybe a squad of marines , some machine guns ... maybe a tank for security ? I gotta say one thing for the Navy ... you see some strange sights ... like there was this girl that could take a ping pong ball and ...
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We were doing excercises with a fast attack on the instrumented range east of Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico and south of (St. something or other). I had the afternoon watch but was working in the engine room and got kinda late. Ran to the conn and did a not very thourough review of the chart and took the OOD watch. We were done with excercises for the day so the afternoon watch's orders were to surface the boat and drive back to Roosevelt Roads on the surface. I set a course going east (away from Roosevelt Roads) and surfaced the boat which was a completely discombobulated FUBAR course to surface on to make time going back to port. Going east put us several miles further AWAY from port with everyone wanting to go on liberty BTW. Moved the watch to the sail and noticed St. Something or other on the port side of the boat and realized my error. So, being the bright bull nuke JO on the boat I commenced to start a VERY slow 180 degree turn. So slow that I hoped no one would notice before I got turned around, picked up the bell and made up the time to get back to port. I just about got my stealthy turn completed and here comes my XO up the ladder. His wife had flown down to PR to see him and I was in between him and his bride and he had looked at the chart more closely than I. For some reason he was nine kinds of pissed off. Took my medicine for what seemed like an hour and tried to swallow my pride for the rest of the watch. Nothing like the service to make a man feel really humble.
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If you haven't read this, pick up a copy. Worth every minute of your time. Momsen was an amazing guy.
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If you haven't read this, pick up a copy. Worth every minute of your time. Momsen was an amazing guy.
http://www.amazon.com/Terrible-Hours...der_0060932775
Great book! Admiral Momsen was a genius in so many areas.

This movie about the USS Squalus incident isn’t as good as the book but pretty decent for a made for tv movie......

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Sub pens at New London are a favorite summer pass by for my kids on the way back from Montauk.

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Saw that the Russians lost another boat. Losharik was a deep diving exploration secret sub. Not much is known about its mission. Fire killed 14 sailors. Don’t know what would be worse drowning or fire. Tough stuff.
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That's half the sailors on board , entire crew is officers . Wikki has some info on it including a bit about the fire . Sub reminds me of our NR - 1 which is retired .
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Tragedy, regardless of nationality. Deepest condolences to the men's families.


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