USS Archerfish Decklog Archive - 2000 to 2001

Gentlemen: It is my honor to thank you for your service to our country in one of its greatest times of need. I read with sadness the passing away of Capt. Enright. I first read of your exploits in Capt. Edward Beach's book "Submarine" (which he graciously autographed for me in November). My father, Hilry H. Smith, CSC (Ret.) served in the South Pacific on a sub tender (don't know which one) and still speaks with pride of his 30 years of service (1943-1973). Thanks for being there for us (even before I was born in 1951) to fight for our freedom. You are all to be honored for your dedication and unswerving allegience.
Hilry "Mario" Smith
Blackfoot, Id USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 15:35:22 (CST)

My father William(Bill) L Acuna TM2 served on the Archerfish during the WWII. I would like to contact crew members who know him. Thanks Bill
Bill Acuna
Irvine, Ca USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 12:39:46 (CST)

Great looking web site. It was a pleasure reading all the Patrol reports.
Gerald Lefebvre
Iron Mountain, MI USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 20:32:03 (CST)

Yesterday (12/17/2001) I attended the funneral of one of your shipmates Ed J. Costik. I knew him all my life and didn't know he was on the Archerfish. I was a TM2 on the Uss Fulton AS-11 when Captain Enright was our Commander. Didn't know him personally, but was well aware of his background relative to your boat and the sinking of the Shinano. I visited his lumber company in Middletown Pa many times (now run by his son) and was always welcomed. He (Ed) grew up with my older brother who served with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1942-1945. Truly a great bunch of guys. You have a really terrific and informative site. Keep up the great work. w
Richard H.Vorodi
Mechanicsburg, PA USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 10:56:47 (CST)

I had the privelege of touring the Archerfish while it was in Vancouver BC many years ago 1968 approximately. I was a recent high school grad and just amazed at how you would have to have a certain presence about you being in such confined spaces. Thank you again for the reminder of our freedoms.....
Bill McLaughlin
Kelowna, BC Canada - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 12:56:31 (CST)

I ran thru the crews quarters and could not believe how fast the crew was reacting when I had to fight my way aft. I don't remember much until I was in the aft engine room and someone stuck an RBA in my face, told me Charlie was still in the room and shoved me in the room with a battle lantern that I couldn't see for all the smoke.Groping around the cubicle I meet a torpedoman looking for Mac and I. We found noone so left the room. Robinson said this all happened at 6:20 off Longbeach,Ca. Chief shewell was heavily responsible for the jury rig that allowed us to return under our own power when a tow was refused. Sabatoge was blamed on the cables not being bolted down and causing the short and fire.Charlie had exited thru the aft torpedo room and Mac exited thru the Aft engine room and they meet in the mess hall by Brocks account. The engine room watch had not taken note that I had left and was not in the room at the time of the fire. Charlie and I made many happy liberties togeather after this incident and pulled shore patrol in Gitmo at a later date. She was a great boat full of goog memories for this ex white hat.
Jim Monte
holiday, fl USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 17:29:24 (CST)

Charlie Brock,McCarter and I had the watch the morning of the fire in Manuevering. I had gotten coffe for charlie and Mac and was asked to go foward and take a final set of cell readings to end the initial charge we had been putting in the battery. Charlie had asked Mac to change the lighting generator as I left. I finished the readings in the forward Battery and prceeded to the mess hall to read the aft battery cells. Half way thru the lights went out and I laughed to myself thinking Mac had failed to sync the generators and blew the switch over. I reached up and turned on the emergency lights for Robinson who was in the galley and myself and then heard someone in the control room hollar FIRE IN MANUEVERING.
Jim Monte EM3 SS
Holiday, Fl USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 17:16:11 (CST)

Yes, I too was there. I also helped scrape, clean, paint and steal copper parts off other boats for the fwd. engine room. I remember how sad it was to leave Vallejo, I had just started seeing Rob Robisons girl friend a week before. Needles to say this was with Robs approval , we shared everything, plus he could not handle her alone. I think her name was Tammie? Will have to check with Rob on that. Other than that I was happy to be going back to San Diego, to see my old girl friend, since I had left the Aspro to recommission the Archerfish. Enough of that stuff, I remember I was on watch in the forward engine room already tired since we were doing 4 on 4 off due too a short crew. I was hanging on the engine air induction valve wheel, looking forward, half a sleep, when I heard a terrible explosion. Anyone on a boat knows that is not good. If it had been forward,I would assumed it was a battery, but since it came from the stern, I figured it may have been a torpedo. As I turned to look aft, several giant fire balls came thru the aft engine room. I believe I nearly wet my pant. I believe Mc Bride was standing watch with me, He was still in the air as I remember. Since he was my senior, I looked to him for direction,except for getting on top of the engine that was my idea. he begin to close the aft hatch, but people kept coming through so fast I don't believe it was ever secured. After great confusion,crew running back and forth, fire control, officers, etc, things came under control. We had shut down everything as we were told. DEAD in the water. We floundered for hours. The Captian refused a tow, he was adamant that we do it on our own. As I recall We ran a cable thru hatches to aft battery, and proceeded back to Mare Island on the dinky engine?? What an experience, what a crew. I think it helped us to bond faster. I know I was so concerned for awhile because we knew some were Dead in Manu. room. How fortunate we were as no one was seriously hurt. Well That was bad enough, except now I had to worry what would happen between Rob and me. Suffice to tell when we hit the beach, Tammie had already hooked up with some other guy, dam. All that time and money wasted. I was so happy to get to Key west. Oh, the good times and the stories that crew provided. I shall never forget. But, after great consideration, having the GI bill, I chose to leave. I would never have left if I knew what was up for that wonderful boat. Rob, you may remember this better since I am your senior and sometimes my mind wanders,to say the least. Les Brown, En. 3rd class
Les Brown
Pioneer , Ca USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 15:10:43 (CST)

I reported in to Archerfish from Queenfish as part of Re-Commissioning crew. Remained on board until a few days before she departed to New London Conn. I was the last to leave, did'nt go far however Southside pier 4 (next pier over)to Amberjack. As to the fire that occurred in the maneuvering room. We were running on the surface shortly after sunrise approx 7 miles short of being half way to San Diego Ca. At the time I was sleeping in the after torpedo room and awoke when I heard something that sounded like a blast furnace. The maneuvering room was engulfed in flames and was subsequently abandoned some went forward some aft. Charlie Brock came into the ATR, as I recall, and sustained a burn to one of his ears. Several Co2 fire extinguishers were chucked in to the compartment in an attempt to extinguish the fire which they finally did with only one lone extinguisher remaining. The after torpedo room was filled with acrid smoke from the overhead down to about two feet from the deck. We all crouched down as that was the only source of breathable air at deck level. The watertight door was shut and dogged and the bulkhead flapper shut we had scant air in the compartment and no ventilation . Got permission from the bridge which was manned by Lt Woodward and Jg Jack Venable to "break rigged for dive" we opened the topside hatch onto the main deck and all proceeded forward. Needless to say we were dead in the water with no headway on. We, on our own regained power after a considerable delay and reversed course and remained on the surface the entire time back to Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo. As an aside to the foregoing our Hydrogen Detectors had pegged themselves to the maximum
Carl W. Glasberg QMC(SS) USN Ret
Norfolk, Va USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 13:47:01 (CST)

Brock, Charles W.: My father-in-law was the ET1 on duty during the 1952 control panel fire. Apparently the inquiry found the fire was caused by two live cables coming into contact with each other. My father-in-law said that apparently the upper cable was not secured and dropped when the switch was thrown. He is still able to describe in vivid detail the arc and flash over. To listen to him, the fire was a living monster he watched roll across the hull toward him. He said that everything is as if it was slow motion as he turned to leap through the hatch. Apparently there were three men in the compartment when it exploded and each man found a different way out. The fire training must have been good because each man "dogged" their hatch thiniking that they had just condemend thier shipmates to a firet death. Luckily none of the men were terribly burnt and the fire was quickly extinguished. Does anyone remember the event and my father-in-law, ET1 Charles W. Brock? I am searching for a ship's company photo or any photos from the 1952 cruise to share with the him.
Dave Linneman
Blue Springs, MO USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 10:56:13 (CST)

Outstanding website. We always say we "wish we would have" done this or that in our lives. I lived back in VA only a few miles from Capt. Joe Enright. I wish I had taken the opportunity to meet him before he passed. He was first skipper of the USS Dace (SS-247) one of the subject boats in my book "Cruisers For Breakfast: War Patrols of the USS Darter and USS Dace." Thank you for all of the efforts put into creating a truly work of art in naval history. JGM
John Mansfield
Tacoma, WA USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 12:58:19 (CST)

Fantastic sight!!!! Keep up the good work,this sight gives civilians a chance to see your ship first hand,seniors included. In other words you provide a ships eye to people who would otherwise not have the opportuinty to see a ship first hand.
Sandra Coaxum
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 09:06:49 (CST)

Any time members of the American Armed Forces visit Australia, they are always feel welcome. That same friendship has existed for over sixty years and will continue to exist for many years to come. two years ago I had the pleasure of meeting sailors of the USS Pogy when she was in port. I got to know some of those sailors especially one of the sonarmen who just been promoted to Chief. Now we are friends and will continue to always be friends. to those who made the supreme sacrifice before, will will remeber you. lest we forget. Adam Regnart Administration Officer Iron Bottom Sound Squadron
Adam L. Regnart <>
Brisbane, QLD Australia - Monday, November 19, 2001 at 06:52:04 (CST)

Great site for a great boat. Just cruising thru as I am doing research for a Fleet Boat painting, just finished a Guppy III and I think I am hooked on doing subs! Mike Donegan
Michael Donegan <>
Union City, CA USA - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 01:09:25 (CST)

WILHELMSHAVEN, GERMANY - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 06:38:54 (CST)

Apreciate the site,,, and all ya'all's sevice to our magnificent country. Dennis McDermott
Dennis McDermott
Wichita, KS USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 00:20:23 (CST)

This is a great historic website I was less than one year old when my dad set sail on the archerfish and have seen pics of the reuion and slides of his tour on the sub. we need more web sites of historic times like this one of his time aboard the sub
david c ernberg
lompoc , ca 93436 - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 22:10:57 (CST)

proud of acherfish
greg prescott
USA - Saturday, November 03, 2001 at 15:56:47 (CST)

I am posting this in respect to the Men and Women on Eternal Patrol, I would also like to say that I do not agree with destroying subs like the Archerfish there are not many left... I say that they should be kept in commision of the Navy unmodified and still used in times that they are needed... Once again I would like to pay my respects to the Men and Women on Eternal Patrol... And this post is also in memory of Edgar B Kinley, he died this summer, we all will miss his war stories... Signed his grandson, Jonathan
Jonathan E <>
USA - Friday, November 02, 2001 at 13:34:01 (CST)

Recommisioned her in 52 and left her in 53. She was the greatest. Looking for CEM Shuel if he's still alive.
James Monte EM3 SS
Holiday, Fl. USA - Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 17:40:08 (CST)

just getting over the reunion, what a time, great company, great accomodations and lots of great memories, all because of a great LADY "USS Archerfish". PS..waiting for my back pay and wondering how long it will take Pig to change all the photos to say "John Foley QM3(ss)" instead of SN(ss)
John Foley
Powassan, On Canada - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 16:43:48 (CDT)

As a citizen of this great Country, I wish to thank all service men and women for their service and dedication.
Barbara Lee Schmidt
Indian Harbor Beach, FL. USA - Friday, October 26, 2001 at 15:01:54 (CDT)

Signing for O.M Kohl who servered aboard the Archerfish as cook. Dates unknown.
Jerry Kohl
Napa, Ca. USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 12:41:14 (CDT)

No comments needed. Thank You.
Thomas J Woldt
Little Chute, Wis. USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 20:14:44 (CDT)

Served on USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678) from 1984-1987 and was proud to serve under the name "ARCHERFISH"
John Cutrone
VA Beach, VA USA - Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 02:09:31 (CDT)

Nice site.
YN2(SS) Mark Pitts
Memphis, TN USA - Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 09:24:48 (CDT)

I remember visiting the Archerfish when it was docked in Sydney. I cant even remember when. We had a tour through the boat, and what really amazed me was how small the actual boat was. I still have somewhere ? at home the pamphlet handed to me when I went through it. The men who sailed in those boats must have had iron nerves. I read somewhere that the boat was sunk, used for gunnery practice?
Paul Burt
Sydney, australia - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 06:32:33 (CDT)

Archerfish; Archerfish. Arriving! It's great to be back aboard- where I belong.
Scotty McComb
Port Ludlow, WA USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 09:26:14 (CDT)

I would like to take this moment to thank Doc Carter and Jerry Cornelison for all the information they forwarded to me in reference to George Hepfler. I can't tell you how much it meant to us to finally receive the information on our Uncle's death while serving on the Archerfish in WW11. It brought a great deal of closure for us. Thank you, Jan Sura
Janet (Hepfler) Sura
Racine, wi USA - Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 14:18:48 (CDT)

Very nice pages.All submarines are brothers of the heart. Bravo Zulu. Kind Regards Joop Subvet Retired(the Netherlands)
Joop <>
the Netherlands - Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 08:13:48 (CDT)

Great site! went on a run ashore with some of the boys from ARCHERFISH back in the sixtys when she was in victoria. We were the host boat, HMCS GRILSE ( Former BURRFISH SS 312 )even we Canucks recognized her as the BEST DAMN BOAT IN THE USN! Bravo Zulu,DBF
Pete Johnson
Kamloops, BC Canada - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 19:04:49 (CDT)

I am the daughter of ANDERSON, THOMAS L. MoMM2c. I go into this sight every once in awhile to feel closer to my dad who passed away in 1984.
Cindy Smith
USA - Monday, September 03, 2001 at 16:13:47 (CDT)

Great site!
Rosa Alex
USA - Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 07:56:15 (CDT)

Am so grateful that you have this sight, for I wanted to know more about my uncle George Hepfler dying at sea, and thanks to 2 men I got some closure on this matter, Thank you Doc, and Jerry c. Great work that you puttng together. Keep me informed on anything new that may come up. Jan Pias
Jan Pias
Racine, Wi USA - Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 12:01:04 (CDT)

Thanks for the update on the reunion...the web site is the best...keep it going.....doc.
USA - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 05:15:26 (CDT)

Great site. Served in SSN 678 from 79 to 81.
Tom Stearrett
McCall, ID USA - Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 15:33:05 (CDT)

This is a cool site. Please extend this site (More pictures and descriptions). Bye PS: Greetings from Germany!!!!
Jan Mohr
Biebertal, Germany - Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 16:41:58 (CDT)

Hello, Cool site
Art Bell <>
USA - Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 21:25:09 (CDT)

I never thought of attending any re-union of any kind until I received an invitation to attend the South Lake Tahoe gathering. Thanks to Don Cook, who submitted my name, I became aware of such a re-union of one of the finest U.S. submarine in our Navy. Here's to this coming October....!!!
James S. (Pete) Petralba, Sr.
Leaburg, OR USA - Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 21:56:10 (CDT)

Another great website dedicated to one of the many boats that fought during WW2. A wealth of information and insight that's hard to ignore. My respect for the diesel boats of WW2 and the men who served aboard them increases time and again with each website or book that i come across. i've recently started several projects that include an extensive website dedicated to the 280+ diesel boats of SUBPAC as well as a manuscript about the ARCHERFISH and the SHINANO sinking. i've read the outstanding book written by the late Captain Enright about the sinking and realize that i'm hard pressed to match his efforts, but i'm still willing to try. i'm looking for any veterans that would be willing to offer their views and stories that i could use for my manuscript. i just want to continue to help tell the story of the ARCHERFISH and her sister boats. We shouldn't forget them and all they've done. If you can help, i'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Raymond M. Krause
Milwaukee, WI USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 18:35:21 (CDT)

I salute the crew of the Archerfish and all who were able to sail into battle in such small spaces under the sea, something that I would never have been able to do.
Guy Cabell
Bettendorf, IA USA - Sunday, July 29, 2001 at 00:26:44 (CDT)

Great site! I was never in the navy. If I had been, I'd been in submarines. Love reading about them. This site has got to be the best. Is there anyone that would like to sell/trade books on subs? That Shinano book looks like it'd be a good one. One more thing. After seeing how many subs were lost in the war, I have raised my already super high respect for submariners another notch. Thanks....
David Dodge
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 23:37:10 (CDT)

Baked in the sun on the marine railway at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Left the boat in the evening to go to the hotter Submarine barracks. What a pleasure it was to get to New London and finish the decommissioning. (1955)
Victor E. Paterno, Jr.
Pennsauken,, NJ USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 11:39:33 (CDT)

Very nice pages. All submarines are brother of the heart. Bravo Zulu. Kind Regards Joop Subvet Retired.
Joop <>
the Netherlands - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 14:14:59 (CDT)

Greetings Archerfish, You have a wonderful record of a fine Submarine and all who served in her. As a Teen age Boy I remember Archerfish visiting my homeport of Fremantle in 1960. I got to have a tour of the boat. In 1963 I enlisted in the Australian Navy. Volunteering for Submarine Service (where I spent 10 years) I was asked if I had been in a Submarine, I quoted Archerfish. I salute you all. Aye,LB
Lloyd Blake
Perth, WA Australia - Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 09:59:21 (CDT)

outstanding site. having served on a-fish #2 i was always proud to clean the oil painting hanging outside the old mans stateroom,during field day every friday, of the archer-fish sinking the shinano during WWII. This is something of interest to me because i do alot of research into the submarines of WWII and the war in general,including the whole hubbub around the capture of the enigma decoding machine and the secret war going on behind the scenes. serving aboard the archerfish was one of the highlights of my life.but researching the original a-fish was also a highlight. it is now an honor to continue to keep history alive in remebering capt. enright and all the brave men who served aboard this great lady. good luck and god's speed.
bellmawr, nj USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 15:40:22 (CDT)

If you hear any stories from the webmaster of this illustreous website concerning a recent golfing outing with one of his superior shipmates - take them with a grain of salt! I have pictures of him running from a sprinkler on a golf course because he didn't want to get wet! He told me it wasn't Saturday!!!! Oh, this individual might also tell you lies about a breakfast he is owed at Tahoe. The truth is: I would rather owe him the breakfast than cheat him out of it! Hope to see you all in Tahoe. The Skipper.
Michael B. (Skip/Seymore) Whittemore, RMCM(SS), USN Ret.
Garland, TX USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 20:05:27 (CDT)

I was station on the Uss Nereus. I was a short timer and I was sent on temp to the Archer Fish to Protector her before she was to sent to sea to let her down. as of now I do not know what has happen to her. I really like this site, and I visit it a lot. I am very interest in knowing what has happened to her. I was on in June of 1967. Ther was six other of us at the time that I was there. I do not even remeber now who they they were. if anyone can help me on there names I would really appriciate it.
Carl Brown
Payson, az USA - Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 17:43:43 (CDT)

Spent some time on Skipjack. 585 boat.
Rich Smith
Belchertown, MA USA - Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 20:06:08 (CDT)

TO: John Hyatt. Sorry, John. I'm not the Glenn Christensen that served on the Archerfish, but I wish you all success in finding him. (My service was with the USAF, 1956-1976). Good luck. Glenn P.S. I may have the WWW's most beautiful home page (grin). If this guestbook prints out the email, you're welcome to come take a look.
Glenn Christensen
Coos Bay, OR USA - Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 15:35:08 (CDT)

Just an old Sea Scanner back to do a bit of research.
Rod Potter
Saco, ME USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 06:46:58 (CDT)

My father, Albert Kuresman, served on the Archerfish during WWII. He passed away in November 1999. I wish he had found this site while he was still alive.
Jim Kuresman
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 00:02:30 (CDT)

Great site...nice job jh
Jack Hester
Chaptico, MD USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 11:13:21 (CDT)

Matusik: Good to see your name in the book......and Maslowski too. This is my first visit to the log book. Hope to see you in Lake Tahoe.
Michael F. Lintner
Boulder City, NV USA - Monday, June 25, 2001 at 15:36:53 (CDT)

My sons found this site for me, I served aboard the Archerfish from 1957 to 1959 in Key West. I then transfered to the Balao-SS285 for the rest of my stay in Key West. Seeing all the names of my shipmates who I served with brought back some great memories.
Frank P. Matusik-EN1
USA - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 20:15:36 (CDT)

GREAT SITE; I was a member of the pre-commissioning crew in 1957. I reported aboard sometime in early 1957 and departed about a year and a half later. I rode the boat to Key West, made several patrols, went through several upkeep's and was transferred to the U.S.S CORPORAL SS346. I was a SN[SS] and was assigned to the deck force.
Orlando, or in USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 14:02:06 (CDT)

I am looking for anyone who can tell be anything about George Hepfler who served on the Archer FishSS311 back in 1943 or 1944. I was told that he died on that submarine and that it sunk. I would be so grateful if anyone can help me out.His rank was TM2c. I would like to know where he was when he died for sure. He was my favorite uncle. From what I've read about the Archer-Fish it hadn't appeared to sink, so please some one out there can you help me out here. George Hepfler ,Archer-Fish WW11,AGSS311,ship mate on Eternal Patrol. Dates are between 1942 and1944 I believe. Thank you so muc, and God Bless each one of you who are still alive.Jan Sura. Are there any pictures available about him?
Janet Sura
racine, WI USA 53402 - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 10:26:37 (CDT)

I am looking for any information on my uncle who served on the archer fish ss-31. I need to know how he died. His name was George Hepfler, and he told me that he didn't think he was coming back, I was told he was on a secret mission, so I'm hoping for someone who might have known him and can give me some information. I'd be ever so grateful. God Bless you.
Jan Pias
Racine, WI USA - Monday, June 11, 2001 at 10:11:09 (CDT)

Great site! Really well done! I didn't serve aboard Archerfish but did work on her quite a bit. I was a tender sailor as an EN2 out of X38A (Outside Machine Shop) aboard the USS Nereus back in 1967 and 68. Always like the ol' boat and was sorry to see her decomissioned. She was getting pretty old and was no longer in very good condition though.
Dave Henderson
Ketchikan, AK USA - Sunday, June 10, 2001 at 21:49:10 (CDT)

The "Archerfish Pages" has been named the Project History Site of the day for June 8, 2001. To the crew of the U.S.S. Archerfish, thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.
Eric Lawson <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Thursday, June 07, 2001 at 21:43:27 (CDT)

My father, Norman W. Winkle GM/3, was one of the original crew in WW II. He talked of times when a small group would leave the sub and go to "clean-out" some remaining Japs hiding in caves on some of the Islands. Sadly, He passed away just after Christmas a couple of years ago. He had lived in Tampa Florida since 1957 and died in his sleep of heart related problems.
Nevin Winkle
Andover, MN USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 11:51:22 (CDT)

My Father, Thomas E. Cousins CEM, from the Archerfish (and Batfish) is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California (Aug. 21, 1986). Mary F. Ralph, MSG(Ret), U.S. Army.
Mary Ralph
Paso Robles, CA USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 02:17:21 (CDT)

My father-in-law, Thomas E. Cousins,CEM, served on the Archerfish during the historic 5th patrol. He passed away some 15 years ago now. I never tired of hearing the stories about his submarine adventures, especially those about the Shinano. His brother, retired Navy Captain Jack Cousins, a pilot during WWII, could tell some stories as well. My son is becoming more interested in the military and it's history so we are researching some of Grandpa Tom's military career. Just visited the Pampanito in San Francisco, brought it all closer to home.
Anthony A. Ralph, SFC USA Retired
Paso Robles, CA USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 20:39:26 (CDT)

Hi there shipmates. I was very lucky to serve on board the USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678) from 1997 untill she was stricken from the list. I want to say THANK YOU to all who served on board the SS-311. The rich stories filled with tears, blood, and sweat will live on. STS2(SS) Warren Swaar
Warren M, Swaar
Greenview, IL USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 19:08:15 (CDT)

Great site. I made the ICEX run on the 678 Archerfish in 79. Retired in 90 after 23 years.
Joe Hickey
Idaho Falls, ID USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 11:29:51 (CDT)

My half brother Jack Lyman was CO on your boat and that is how I first ran across your site, searching for data on his career. Since then I have visited many sites and none compare to yours. Not only in content, but in that hidden element...widespread comeraderie of all shipmates who have had the honor to serve on her...This is shown in the newsletter as well. KEEP UP THE OUTSTANDING WORK!!!!!!!
Bud "Shag" Stratton
Mena, AR USA - Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 10:34:28 (CDT)

Outstanding web site. Informative and fun to look at and read. I served aboard the USS Thornback SS-418 from 1958 - 1960 as MM2(SS).
Pat Gurr
Ocala, FL USA - Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 15:33:01 (CDT)

GREENWOOD, DE USA - Friday, May 18, 2001 at 20:01:11 (CDT)

Cool... DBF... I was a fast attack Loa Angles class bubble head SSN-696 USS New York City. I have a "Deep" admoration of the old WWII submariners...
Mitch Kesner <>
Ft Wahsington, MD USA - Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 16:49:14 (CDT)

Great site! I was on the Thornback (SS 418) in Key West in 1957-1959 and visited the Archerfish. I still remember the huge "rising sun" flag on one of the forward tubes for the sinking of the Shinano. I guess it was removed shortly after that for "political correctness." I would like to locate Don Hayward, a friend of mine who was serving aboard the Archerfish at that time.
Norm Hammond
Oceano, CA USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 22:07:42 (CDT)

I was on Redfish and Volador when Archerfish was making her around the world trips.. Had many fun times in YOKO with crew. Remember the Starlight and the Moon job that was photographed by one of the magazines.
Dustin C. Darnell
Woodbridge, VA USA - Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 08:02:42 (CDT)

I proudly served upon the second archerfish (SSN 678) fm 88-92. Upon finishing college degree, ocassionally refered back to past experiences and people always fascinated by subs. Proud of legacy left by original Archerfish (AS 311). Writing reports and term papers on subject always gave me great grades!
Rick Artus RM2(SS)
AUSTIN, TEXAS USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 19:55:01 (CDT)

always enjoy visiting submarine sites being an x submariner i can relate C E MILLER ENC(SS)USN RET.
c. e. miller <>
PEORIA, Illinois USA - Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 20:20:57 (CDT)

Am writing an article on Archerfish, site very helpful
William Scheck
Marlboro, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at 09:41:13 (CDT)

I have viewed a number of websites concening U S Naval Vessels . All were interesting but the USS Archer Site was outstanding in depicting the three commissionings dating from 1943 to 1948 that were filled with fascinating history and presented in such an organized and skillful manner .I am a Naval veteran who served on a Destroyer Escort USS Brough. We did share two things in common with the Archerfish We were commissined in Sept of 1943 and were in Pearl Harbor in July of 1945 .So glad I discovered your website John E Sullivan Salem Ma.
John E Sullivan
Salem, Ma USA - Friday, April 13, 2001 at 12:21:25 (CDT)

STERLING, VA USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 20:14:50 (CDT)

ArcherfishII was my first boat and I am proud to have served on board. We were all proud of the legend of ss-311. The submarine service was the finest hour of my life. Thanks for keeping it alive!
NAPA, CA USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 19:41:19 (CDT)

Great web site
Jim Walker ENC(SS) RET. <>
Nacogdoches, TX USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 06:24:09 (CDT)

You've put together a very informative and interesting Web-site. Well done.
J. Sullivan
Olympia, Wa USA - Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 20:15:56 (CDT)

i served aboard the a fish 54,55 in key west as ft 2 thru the decom in nlon ct..
donald l phinney
big pine key , fl USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 15:04:43 (CDT)

My Uncle, Robert Heaning, Served aboard the Archerfish. I was very young at the time (born 1963) but I remember him coming home on leave. To this day I still have pictures of the archerfish and numerous medals belonging to my uncle. He died of cancer in 1973.
Edward Heaning
Clark, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 03, 2001 at 13:09:18 (CDT)

Super Submarine Site: Captain Joseph Enright was raised just 50 miles from where I live. Not only was he a National Hero, He was also a Hero from the Great State of North Dakota. I am building a Web Site for the USS Nereus AS-17. I was an Electrician on her in the R-3 Div. from 61 to 63. I am working on a Tribute to Captain Enright & the Archerfish in my Site. I am quite new at this Computer thing, but have learned a lot in the past year.
Jim Potter USS Nereus AS-17 <>
Kenmare, ND USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 23:42:54 (CST)

You guys have the best submarine-specific site I have ever seen. It is pure first class! I served on the USS John Adams (SSBN620-GOLD) and the USS Sandlance (SSN660) 1981 to 1991. Your site is to be emulated by all other boats.
Kent Wolf (Former MM1/SS) (A-Gang...a *real* Machinist Mate...)
Hammond, IN USA - Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 00:53:37 (CST)

Great web site. I enjoyed it very much.
Bob Cloutman
Deer Park, TX USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 19:25:43 (CST)

I have read the book entitled "Shinano" and find it to be a riviting book. Living at the home of the USS BATFISH I have given the paperback copy to the museum for display because they have the wooden insigna from the USS ARCHER-FISH. Please pay my respects to all those who served on all the Pacfic subs. Ken
muskogee, ok USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 11:35:43 (CST)

CUSHING, MN USA - Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 15:09:11 (CST)

I love your web pages. Although I never served on Archerfish I did serve on Cubera SS347 and Redfin SS272 in the late 50's and almost all of my sea stories go back to my days in the boats. Somehow we had more fun than the rest of the Navy, but then they were never as close as we were! I salute Jerry for the fine job that he has done for his shipmates and the rest of us that served as well.
Paul D (Mike) Stroop
Madison, AL USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 09:35:56 (CST)

As young boy, I had the pleasure of looking over the Archerfish on her visit to Sydney Australia in the early 60's! This memory of this visit is still with me some forty years later! Good luck guys and happy sailing!
Warrant Officer Peter W.McGraw(RAAF Ret'd)
Sydney, NSW Australia - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 03:14:53 (CST)

I served aboard the Archerfish from 77-80. Was some good times and great shipmates. Looking forward to the reunion of the 2nd Archerfish this summer.
BARTLETT, TN USA - Friday, February 16, 2001 at 13:06:37 (CST)

ARCHERFISH Shipmates, I was on the second USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678). I served 2 separate tours onboard. I loved both tours and was always proud to say that I was on ARCHERFISH. But it wasn't just because of the many accomplishments of the 678 boat that I was proud. I was also proud of the heritage left to us by you guys on USS ARCHERFISH (SS 311). From commissioning to the very end the 311 boat set a very proud legacy that we had to live up to. I hope we carried following in the high standards that you set for us, and that you are just as proud of the 678 boat as we are of the 311. On our reunion web page at the link above we the Submarine Sailors of USS ARCHERFISH SSN 678 have a tribute to you Shipmates of USS ARCHERFISH SS 311 and your many accomplishments. My hope is that some day we will be able to have joint reunions with crew members from both U.S. Submarines proudly named USS ARCHERFISH. John J. Carcioppolo
John J. Carcioppolo <> ARCHERFISH Tribute
Gales Ferry, CT USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 09:51:30 (CST)

Just stopped by!
Tim Pashly
San Diego, California USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 07:16:50 (CST)

Rick Hardin was my step father. Rick was a radio man and udt learning at mystic Connecicut and other locations. Thank you for the memories. May The GOOD God CREATOR and GLORIUS GOLDEN SPIRIT BLESS you and the world
Robert Noel Byron <>
Durham North Carolina , N.C. USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 10:44:47 (CST)

HOUSTON, TX USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 18:56:42 (CST)

I proudly served aboard Archerfish in 1964 and 65. I never realized at the time what an honor I would feel almost 40 years later. My time onboard this Fine Lady of the Sea will always be a part of my life. I will never forget the times and the Shipmates who shared those times with me. I served on 3 boats and this one left a big memory within me that I think of often. Archerfish served her country well and under the leadership of Capt. Joe Enright she went above and beyond the call. Looking forward to seeing all of you in Lake Tahoe !! " Zero Bubble "
Mac Mc Collum
Pico Rivera, CA USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 15:30:21 (CST)

I chose Sea Assult to do a pressentation on for the Khaki community at my work. The book was great and led me to further research the USS Archerfish on the internet. Spent hours sifting through some great webpages. Would have loved to have met Captain Enright.
Sandra Sprenger
Orange Park, FL USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 20:15:41 (CST)

Great web site.Found a lot of old shipmates ,that I wondered where they were.
Jack H Peach
Satellite Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 22:11:47 (CST)

I was on the 637 class Archerfish. After visiting the USS Torsk in Baltimore, I can really appreciate what you all went through. Even my boat is gone now, but the memories will last a lifetime. I hope that you are as proud of the submariners of Today's Navy as we are of you. Fair winds and Following seas!
Warren Peck
Washington, DC USA - Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 13:29:43 (CST)

Finally a site about one of the greatest subs ever. Good job on creating this site and allowing people to share the glorious history of Archerfish. I have read Captain Enright's book, an extremely intriguing and exciting story. It is sad to hear that he has passed away. He will be remembered for what he had done when commanding Archerfish.
Eric Leung
Markham, ON Canada - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 23:44:48 (CST)

As a 15-year-old boy, I had the honor and priviledge to be aboard the U.S.S. Archerfish. On the wall of my bedroom/"office" still hangs a color photograph of the SS311, which I found in the photo files at KOIN-TV News circa 1973 (where I worked as a journeyman reporter). In the frame is the card I received: "Honorary Submariner. Be it known to all good sailors of the seven seas that: Joseph Haran (NAME) 25 Jun 59 (DATE) was this date totally submerged in the USS ARCHERFISH SS311. In consequence of such dunking and his initiation into the mysteries of the deep, he is hereby designated an Honorary Submariner. Be it therefore proclaimed he is a true and loyal son of the Wearers of the Dolphins. //Beck// C. E. BECK, COMMANDING OFFICER." I shall always be proud of the fact I was allowed to take the helm of the SS311 while submerged; and I have the utmost respect for all those who sailed aboard her.
Joseph A. Haran, Jr. <>
Portland, OR USA - Wednesday, January 24, 2001 at 16:14:24 (CST)

Wonerfull ship wish she was still around. I served on the U.S.S. Laffey DD 724, she is still around.
Woody Gedusky
Oregon City, Or. USA - Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 18:45:37 (CST)

Served aboard Archerfish SS311 from 1953 to 1954 when I was transferred to USS Marlin SST2. Left The T Boat in Spring of '59 to instruct at Reserve Training Station in Sioux Falls, So. Dak. Retired from there in 1961 after serving 20 years.
Glenn C. McGuire EM1SS
Cushing, Mn USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:06:17 (CST)

My father was Johnnie L. Hall who served on board the Archerfish in World War II. You have him listed on your missing in action list. Sadly, he passed away in 1974 of lung cancer. Thanks for the great website.
Johnnie K. Hall
Amboy, Wa USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 17:57:40 (CST)

My brother Robert "Deacon" Davis served on the Archerfish, and plans to attend the reunion in October at Lake Tahoe. He and his wife Beth will be visiting with me and my husband at the same time.
Bonnie Saxelid
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 21:29:06 (CST)

I served on the Archerfish from november 1945 until june of 1946. when it was decomissioned.
Evan A. Jones
langley, OK USA - Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 15:16:41 (CST)

I was so happy to find this site. My father, Evan Jones, served on the USS Archerfish during WWII. He is alive, well, and living the good retired life in Oklahoma. I have passed on to him the URL for this website, and hopefully he will be in contact with some of his old shipmates soon.
Dave Jones
Allentown, PA USA - Friday, December 29, 2000 at 07:28:55 (CST)

great site I am a naval history buff with a lot of interest ins subs my grand father was a british marintine engineer an designed british subs as well as both passenger and naval combat vessels He instilled a great deal of respect in me for submariners thru his stories of both ww1 and ww2 . My time in the coast guard only served to get me more excited about naval history
ian sigler USCG retired
rapid city, sd USA - Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 21:18:11 (CST)

Archerfish 8/57-6/59 Duties: OPS/COMM/ENGINEER A very unique WEB site. I love the "Goat Story", but Thank God, I wasn't Duty Officer.
Cocoa Beach, FL USA - Friday, December 15, 2000 at 09:12:25 (CST)

I was on the Archerfish in 1958. I left early in 59 for nuclear power school.
George Staas
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 09:55:38 (CST)

When we started our search for Archerfish Shipmate's in 1994 we had no idea it would be so successful. Since then we have identified every sailor that served aboard Archerfish during the final commission ('57-'68) and all that made the seven war patrols during WWII. Shipmates form the 2nd Commission (1/52-10/55) are steadily being added to the list. We have located all but 80 of the 472 crew members that were aboard between May '60 and May '68. They have provided more than 600 pages of stories and 2,300 pages of pictures to insure that the memory of Archerfish and Operation Sea Scan will never be forgotten. Much of the success of our efforts has been because of the outstanding job Jerry continues to do in providing us with this ever changing web site. Thanks Shipmate!
Ken (Pig) Henry
Brandon, FL USA - Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 13:57:32 (CST)

(12/03/00) Welcome Visitors! The USS Archerfish Website went online just before our Reunion in Chicago in 1999. As we prepare for our 2001 Reunion in South Lake Tahoe, California, next October, and as we near our 10000th website guest, we are adding this Guestbook to collect and share thoughts and comments from our visitors. We thank all who have visited us and shared your comments in the past 16 months. Thanks for coming aboard and we hope you enjoy your visit.
Jerry Cornelison - Webmaster <> USS Archerfish (SS/AGSS-311) Homepage
Riverside, CA USA - Sunday, December 03, 2000 at 12:01:36 (CST)

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