USS Archerfish Decklog Archive - 2004

My Dad, Gordon E. Crosby, Jr. passed away last week at the age of 84. Dad was an officer on the Archerfish during WWII (six war patrols). He had a continuos love of the water and boating his entire life. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
Doug Crosby
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 17:49:17 (CST)

(Webmaster Note: Please accept the deepest condolences of the Archerfish Crew for you and your family. Your father's Gold Eternal Patrol Star was added to his listing on the WWII Archer-Fish Sailing List and his name was added to the Eternal Patrol roster today. )

I worked on The Boat as an apprentice in the Outside Machine Shop [shop 38] while she was in PSNS around 66-67 [?]. Truly an outstanding crew to work with. You guys bent over backawards to make sure we could get you fixed right and it gave me the desire to continue working on submarines during my career. I did get to work on a bunch of them but specialized more on 'shooters' [small targets to you] and am finishing my career now on carriers. [large targets] Whenever anyone says, "Archerfish," around me, only memories of the 'old' Archerfish come to mind. Best of everything to all of you.
Dennis E. O'Neill
Bremerton, WA USA - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 10:19:21 (CST)

Where is the Atule today ?
Gary E. Zimmerman EN2SS Uss Atule SS403
Modesto, CA USA - Monday, December 20, 2004 at 18:44:25 (CST)

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I'm trying to find out anything I can about AGSS 274. My Father was EN/2 in 1966-67. I'm putting together a scrapbook for him. It's hard to find anything on the ROCK after 1945. Any help is appreciated.
Nicole Simon
Goreville, IL USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 20:05:37 (CST)

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"DBF" Enjoyed reading about the history of the ARCHERFISH. I am a retired YNC(SS) and served on the USS BLUEBACK (SS 581).
Jim Daugherty
Richland, WA USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 14:49:58 (CST)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all my old shipmates
John Hyatt
Kelso, WA USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 12:36:18 (CST)

I enjoyed looking through your site. I am a teacher of learning disabled students (primary level) and feel responsible for teaching them what they need to know about the Internet to be successful students.
Paula Snyder
USA, - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 07:54:27 (CST)

I am reading The Gallant Lady now and its a great book and a great boat. I love anything to do with submarines and this is a good looking web site. I hope that you have a great holiday. Jeff Gerbert
Jeffrey Gerbert
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl USA - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 20:54:33 (CST)

Fellow Sub sailors, I served with honor aboard U.S.S.Croaker (SSK246) and U.S.S.Becuna (SS319) (engineman) '60 to'62. I enjoyed my trips to far shores and distant lands courtsey of Uncle Sam...after reading the Archerfish book it brought back found memories of good mates and happy times. Let us all keep the memory alive...pride runs deep. Hank Colling
Henry (Hank) Colling
Williamsport, Pa USA - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 10:30:03 (CST)

As NAVOCEANO tech director, visited the Archerfish in Pearl Harbor during 1965(?) to inspect the gravity meter space...Not very thrilling.. will order copy of the book for I am writing up a 150 year history of HYDRO/NavOceano so may wish permission to quote from it.
dr. charles bates
Green valley, AZ USA - Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 12:41:24 (CST)

I was on Segundo 58-9 and served with Wm (Ben) Bennett.
Rich Peterson
Edina, MN USA - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 13:10:43 (CST)

It's obvious from reading the decklog that USS ARCHERFISH was a special boat. Not only was she a Gallant Lady in WWII and subsequent decades, she commanded a deep love from those men who served aboard her. I expect you can look at all the other guestbooks for all the Navy vessels and you won't find one that demonstrates the affection that the crew has for her and for her crew! The Archerfish was truly a unique American submarine! I'm also proud to call one of the Archerfish crew a shipmate...Corny and I served together on the USS PERMIT in the late 60's!! Dave
Dave Stoops
Houston, TX USA - Monday, December 06, 2004 at 20:52:28 (CST)

(Webmaster Note: Thanks for your warm comments Shipmate! As YOU know, USS Permit was a fine and unique Boat in Her own right!)

i found your site very interesting, thanks.
Juliet - Recipe Search
Miami, FL USA - Monday, December 06, 2004 at 08:32:38 (CST)

I'm already on your mailing list and enjoy the updates. Just wanted to get my email out there. Charlie Bates, one time director of NRL is writting a book on the history os Navoceano. I have directed him to this web site and am providing information to him on my 7 years there. And getting him in contact with others mt
William R Gumert
Perkasie , PA USA - Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 15:33:48 (CST)

To read the book is to truely go back into history and through imagination. I'm trying to find a picture gallery and or models of WWII subs. I emplore all who visit this web site to read the bio of the Archerfish it is an amazing story of Military brotherhood, courage, sacrifice, humor and history. Another good read is "Blind Mans Bluff".
Glen D
Cranston, RI USA - Wednesday, December 01, 2004 at 14:33:36 (CST)

Thanks to all of you who served!
Tom Corigliano
USA - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 11:37:19 (CST)

Great web site, spent 13 years in the Navy, switch to the Air Force and retired in 1974. I am the son whose father help build all 28 submarines at the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. in Manitowoc, WI during WWII.
Ronald Hansen
Manitowoc , WI USA - Saturday, November 06, 2004 at 18:17:06 (CST)

I had the privelige of serving on THE GALLANT LADY from march - september 1959. I qualified on sept 10th-my birthday- and was transferred to USS PICUDA SS-382 shortly afterwards. Naturally the SS-311 has always had special place in my heart. I was fortunate enough to find a copy of THE GALLANT LADY at our local Books-a-million store the week after it was released & have thoroughly enjoyed it twice already. I was delighted to find out that Ken lives in Dunnelon, FL. which is only about 30 miles from Leesburg & plan on stopping in to visit with him in the very near future.
LEESBURG, FL USA - Friday, November 05, 2004 at 21:40:29 (CST)

Nephew of Carl Wilken who served on the Archerfish when it met the Shinano. Looking for information that one of the escorts radioed Yokosuka Base that the carrier had sunk. Did U.S. intelligence intercept this message? e-mail any info.
Dan Mautz
Bayview, OH USA - Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 12:10:28 (CST)

Nephew of Edgar Daddis. 7th war patrol-1945. Please contact me with any knowledge, stories, pictures, etc. of Uncle Eddie
Ronald Daddis
Linden, NJ USA - Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 15:40:38 (CDT)

My wife, Ruth Ann, and I just finished reading all of the "Decklog" entries delivered to the site over the years, and came away with increased respect for the crews of USS ARCHERFISH SS311. We also got into the book reviews of "Gallant Lady" and agree with all who posted there. There is a USS SEA DEVIL SSN664 Reunion coming up in April of me for info. Proud to have served, and proud of those serving now....God Bless America...... Jim Schenk, ETR3(SS), 1966-1972, USS GROUPER AGSS214 (qual boat), USS TRITON SSN586, USS SEA DEVIL SSN664 (qual boat).
Jim Schenk
Morrisville, NY USA - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 16:58:38 (CDT)

I recently met both Ken Henry and Don Keith in Saratoga Springs, NY, during the recent USSVI National Convention there September 13-19, 2004. I bought "The Gallant Lady", hard-cover copy, and I was honored that both men autographed it for me. Upon returning home my wife began reading it and is currently about half-way through it. Her emotional ride thus far is a tribute to the tale telling of these two individuals reporting on a highly decorated and very important boat in U. S. Submarine Force history. I am next in line... When at the reunion, I went outside for a breath of air one sunny afternoon early in the week. There was a lady out there who was nervously trying to save a frontline parking space for her husband who was to be a vendor at the convention and had gone out back to get the van they had so recently driven up from Florida. The door that I had exited was from the vendors' room. I told her not to worry, that nobody would get her spot and stood in the street adjacent to it in order to make sure. As it turned out, Ken Henry was the guy and I helped him to unload many cases of hard and soft-cover volumes of his great book. I checked in daily with Ken and his wife as they were distraught at the fact that their newly built Florida home in the path of Hurricane Ivan might possibly be in danger. They had a few nervous days in the vendor's room and when we left Saratoga Springs behind, I don't think that they still had definitive word on their home because of the electricity and normal communications being down in the affected area. I am proud to be a former Submariner and less than proud of the final disposition of USS ARCHERFISH SS311. This is one boat that should have been set up as a historic display and tribute to all of her crews, and all Submariners in general.
Jim Schenk
Morrisville, NY USA - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 13:53:12 (CDT)

Might anyone know the address and telephone number of the following crew members aboard the Archerfish on Patrol #5 ? Richard Albert Kenney FC1c, Lt. Davis Eli Bunting, Lt.Jg. Joseph Jasper Bosza (Radar Engineer), Clothakis Nickolas Vasilios RM3c. Bob Toran, 15 Heritage Drive, Walpole, MA 02081 1-508-668-4268
Bob Toran
Walpole, MA USA - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 09:15:56 (CDT)

I would like to get a list of living crew members of the USS Archerfish who were aboard at the time of the sinking of the Shinano and their addresses or telephone numbers if at all possible. I realize that this type of information is not too readily available. I would like to talk with one or two of them if possible. Perhaps one or two might be living in the New England area. Sincerely yours, Bob Toran, 15 Heritage Drive,Walpole, Massachusetts 02081 ---telephone-1-508-668-4268 or cell 1-207-322-4268
Bob Toran
Walpole, MA USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 15:04:30 (CDT)

I served on Rock AGSS 274, 67'/68' and enjoyed the stories from Joe Craft EN2 who came to the Rock after getting married.
len kleinmark en1ss
custer pk , il USA - Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 00:54:21 (CDT)

Has anybody heard how XO Sam Adams and family are since Hurricane Ivan went right over Gulf Shores Alabama where he lives.
Douglas Barksdale
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 20:42:37 (CDT)

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Great web page, Good to read about your operations and enjoyed the goat story. I did 22 years on boats and retired in 1964. Not sure you know about the pregnant whale SSO 362 but some day I will write about our commissioning and operations. So of course I remember Danny Shays in NL and believe ever thing about the goat.
Raymond Tierney ENC(Ret)
Little Egg Harbor, NJ USA - Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 11:18:17 (CDT)

Hi guys. Just wanted to let you know that Blackstone Audiobooks is very proud to be adding GALLANT LADY to our audiobook collection. It's a thrilling story -- thanks for sharing it. Best regards, Haila Williams Acquisitions Mgr, Blackstone Audiobooks
Haila Williams
Ashland, OR USA - Friday, September 24, 2004 at 11:50:26 (CDT)

Archerfish was recommissioned in 1952 for service in San Diego as a sonar school target boat. She was decommissioned in 1954 or 1955, I think, and then recommissioned for Sea Scan almost immediately. During initial sea trials in 1952, Archerfish had a very bad fire in the cubicle and lost all power. By patching with cables cut from other parts of the boat, they were able to return to port -- a remarkable job. Perhaps you might get the facts and add this portion of Archerfish's life to your history.
RADM Paul Early, USN (Ret)
Manhasset, NY USA - Sunday, September 05, 2004 at 21:10:08 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: The story of Archerfish's recommissioning - Second Commission, March 52 - October 55 - including the cubicle fire, recovery and temporary repairs at sea during the March 52 shakedown cruise to San Diego, the subsequent repairs at Mare Island, transiting the Panama Canal, assignment to SubRon 12 at Key West and ops out of Key West and Gitmo are all chronicled in chapters 7 thru 10 of Gallant Lady. Archerfish's Third Commission began in July 57. She was again assigned to Subron 12 in Key West where She performed similar ops as before. She also conducted a few special ops which led to Her assignment to Operation Sea Scan. Sea Scan officially began in January 1960 and ended up running through May 1968.)

I just finished "Gallant Lady" and it was awsome. I have always been facinated with the WWII navy. I got to tour the USS Cod on Lake Erie and I have to give it up to all you "Qualified for Submarines" people. I was stationed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN 69. This ship was huge compaired to your boats, and it got small after 6 months underway. Thanks for all you did, and to all the sailors still on patrol. Ron
Ron McComas AQ3
Rittman, OH USA - Friday, September 03, 2004 at 22:39:49 (CDT)

I just got through reading "Gallant Lady" recommended to me by RMC(SS) Mike Klein who served aboard Archerfish. It was great reading, and I just might read it again. I was in Key West when the Archerfish was going on "Sea Scan", and had I known about it, being a single puke at that time, I surely would have shipped over and transferred to the Archerfish (if possible) and made that trip. That was a once in a lifetime cruise that any single gob would have loved to take part in. If you ain't a "submarine sailor, you ain't." Archerfish sailors, I salute you.
Bill James, RM2SS, USS Threadfin SS410 1957-1960
Manitou Springs, Co. USA - Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 19:35:23 (CDT)

I served on the USS Grayback LPSS- 574 from 1968- 1972 Met many submariners from the archerfish. My Dad was on the USS R-11 and the USS Ling SS297 . I have fond memories of my time aboard. Very impressive web site!
Richard Kapszukiewicz
Plainfield, Ct USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 18:51:20 (CDT)

dededo, gu USA - Monday, August 09, 2004 at 12:49:01 (CDT)

My Uncle Bill( William E. Haywood) served in the US Navy from 1944 (Operation Tiger;D-Day on LST) then submarines until the 1970s; USS Ling, USS Sea Robin. My wife bought some beer mugs at markets in Australia with the USS Archerfish Operation Sea Scan crest on one side and on the other side they have a Playboys of the Pacific logo. One mug has "MOM" above the bunny and the other has "BILL". The artwork is handpainted. Does anyone know who would have owned these mugs? How did they end up in Sydney Australia? Did the Boat visit Sydney during its career and if so when? I thought it very interesting to discover them here.
Douglas Haywood
Sydney, NSW Australia - Monday, August 02, 2004 at 19:07:10 (CDT)

Federick just don't know damned good reading when you come across it.
Mac McCollum
Woodland, CA USA - Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 17:48:44 (CDT)

...just finished "Gallant Lady"..........which is a readable tale using a rather rare style......... great historical family reading (with the possible exception of the goat anecdote.......... Frederick F. Fletcher CDR USNR RET
Frederick F. Fletcher
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 17:32:43 (CDT)

CHICAGO, IL USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 19:29:11 (CDT)

Sean Brown
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 17:08:03 (CDT)}

I met Senior Chief Henry at Sports Authority because he was wearing a Navy ball cap. Learned about his book; promised that I would place copies in the local library and would use my contact to get publicity for the Archerfish and am doing just that. Have been dealing with a sub service vet who served on the USS Burrfish. This information is invaluable to those of us who assist vet with VA claims. Try a Loss of Vessel report from WWII as evidence to have a claim on appeal held in favor of the vet! Or a Deck Log entry as to a shipboard injury. Shipmates, thanks. Sue Lyon, CDR, USN (Ret)
Sue Lyon
Ocala, FL USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 08:44:57 (CDT)

Just finished reading "GALLANT LADY - A Biography of the USS Archerfish". While I spent my time at sea on a number of "flat-tops", nevertheless I was once again inspired by the accounts of this great crew and extraordinary vessel. I had the privilege of serving under CAPT Gordon Enquist at a later date and would be interested in where he is currently. Ben Morgan
CDR Benny M. Morgan, USN(R)
Franklinton, LA USA - Friday, July 23, 2004 at 20:28:12 (CDT)

Served aboard 62-64
Ray Green
Sulphur, OK USA - Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 20:26:25 (CDT)

Lots of good memories. Went to Key West and felt like it was home. Hope to hear from some old shipmates.
James O. Mustin
Ocean Ridge, FL USA - Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 10:23:10 (CDT)

The full unabridged audiobook version of GALLANT LADY will be available for sale probably around October 2004. Published by and available from Blackstone Audiobooks (800) 729-2665 (
Alan Sklar
Mt. Kisco, NY USA - Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 02:33:21 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: Alan Sklar is the narrator/reader for the audiobook versions of Gallant Lady. Alan Sklar website.)

I Served aboard USS Archerfish SS311 as an EN2 in Key West, FL from March 1959 to Jan. 1960 when I transferred to USS Picuda SS382, also in Key West, and served there from Jan. 1960 to June 1962. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who was aboard either boat during this time frame. Does anyone have access to models of these boats or other memorabilia related to them? May I commend all those served their country. Wayne Billings
Wayne Billings
Maryville, TN USA - Monday, June 28, 2004 at 15:13:51 (CDT)

My father, Gordon E. Crosby, Jr. (Lt jg) served on the USS Archerfish during WW II. His dedication, bravery and love of country have provided an example to me for the past 55+ years. Dad's character traits have also been explified by his consistant love and commitment to his family and also resulted in a unique and extemely successful business career. I would like to acknowledge my Dad and all the men who have served on the USS Archerfish in appreciation of their personal commitment to service and willingness to sacrifice for the sake of freedom.
Doug Crosby
Atlanta, GA USA - Monday, June 28, 2004 at 13:51:56 (CDT)

I enjoyed visiting this site. I am especially pleased in knowing my father, Taylor Lincoln Fox (TL) played a small part in the history of a great submarine. He served on many submarines during his lifetime and always spoke in a special way when the USS Archerfish was being reminisced.
Eugene R. Fox
Fallsington, Pa USA - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 20:07:01 (CDT)

Served on the boats from 1962-1982,was on the 678 in early 70's. My last memory of the 311 was at Pearl Harbor,in 1963.(I was on the Barbel at the time). The 311 tied up forward of us,prepping for a westpac. She departed early one morning,along with about 4 of our cylinder liners, which we weren't watching close enough! A great boat and history-glad I found this site.
Ed Irwin
Chatenoy le Royal, France - Friday, June 25, 2004 at 06:44:15 (CDT)

Hello; I'm pleased for the opportunity to visit the Archerfish webb site. I served on the A-fish as part of the third commissioning crew. I rode her from New London to Key West where I was separated from the service in April, 1958. Francis C. Larvie, Qm1(ss) US Navy.
Francis (Frank) C. Larvie
Nampa, ID USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 17:34:10 (CDT)

I just finished reading "Gallant Lady". Great book. I was stationed at the SuBase, New London 1958-61 and knew Dave Dimick. I was the Household Goods Officer when he received orders to the Archerfish. We had a HHGs interview who was very conscientious who inverviewed him for the shipment of his personnel goods. He kept insisting that he required a round cruise box for his goods because a square one would not go through the hatch of a submarine. She came to me very concerned because of his insistance. I asked who it was and she told me Lieutenant David Dimmick. My answer was, "Tell Lt. Dimmick he'll have to learn how to put a square criuse box down a round hatch." She said I can't tell a lieutenant that, you'll have to tell him. Only Dave could have thought up the idea of a round cruise box to go down a submaire hatch. My wife and I attended the party at the O'Club prior to the Archerfish departing New London, described in "Gallant Lady", where I met Ken Woods for the first time. The party was one of the best parties we attended while in New London. The second best; wardroom party for the commissioning of the USS Skipjack. From New london we went to Guam, 1961-63. I had told Dave I had orders to SRF Guam and if the Archerfish ever came through Guam to let me know. About a week before Archerfish arrived I received a letter, as I recall it was written in green ink, telling me to lock up the women and childern the Archerfish was coming to Guam. We had DAve for dinner and the we did the clubs, along with Ken Woods. As I recall the Archerfish tied up at the NSD piers and between the pier and the boat was a big donut for bilge oil which I think we crossed to get to the boat. Dave was one great guy and from the stories I've heard about him when he lived in the BOQ at New London, he kept things well stired up. A story I know is true as I know one of the people involved who shall remain nameless was verified by Dave when he was at the house on Guam. As I'm sure anyone who knew Dave was aware that his favorite drink was a Gimlet made with Rose's Lime Juice. The nameless party and others went to the section of the supply department where items for the Archerfish were being held the night before the Archerfish loaded out and painted out stock numbers and nomenclature on many boxes of subsistance items and restenciled them Rose's Lime Juice. I asked Dave about it and he told me they were still finding boxes so marked when the were in the Pacific and had no idea what was really in them. Over the years, starting on Guam I have collected ship's cigarette lighters and one of the first is an Archerfish lighter given to me by Dave. Aside from my experience with the Archerfish, our daughter went to school at some point in high school with Captain Joe Enright's granddaughter. When she mentioned that to me one night and what he had done I went out and purchased the book "Shinano". "Gallant Lady" brought back a lot of wonderful memories of the boat, Dave Dimmick and SuBase New London. B. D. Dunn Captain, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy, Retired
Captain Bernard D. Dunn, SSC, USN, RET
Alexandria, VA USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 10:27:20 (CDT)

Corny, the Web Site just gets better and better every time I log in. Keep up the good work.
Sam Adams
Foley, AL USA - Friday, June 18, 2004 at 20:21:55 (CDT)

I just finished reading about the sea assault of the shinano and being a cruiser sailor, and then on a sub tender, I was able to visualize the book descriptions and relate to it . very good book. great job from surface navy vet to submariner vets and present
victor shoop
USA - Monday, June 14, 2004 at 22:37:49 (CDT)

Great ship and crew and a great web site. Thanks!
Mike Savin
San Diego, California USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 20:54:50 (CDT)

My father is Robert E. Dyer EMCM (SS) USN Ret. who passed away on Mar 1 2004. I have a 2 page story in his small handwriting, documenting the sinking of the Shinano on Nov 29, 1944. He served aboard the Swordfish, Sargo, & Permit during WWII and by Nov 1944, I believe, he was stationed in New London, CT, so he was not a crewmember aboard Archerfish. This was written sometime in the Spring of 1994 and looks like a rough draft. It is a detailed retelling of Shinano's launch and sinking. I am curious if this was written for publication and why he wrote it. He had a stroke in early May 1994, which effected his ability to write so I don't even know if this story went beyond this rough draft. At any rate, I thought someone looking at this website may have an interest in this document. I looked at the war patrol log for the sinking of Shinano and my dad's story has a lot more detail. I thank you in advance if anyone can provide me with any information.
Shirley Dyer Dorn
Glendora, CA USA - Wednesday, June 09, 2004 at 17:30:46 (CDT)

Docent USS Wisconsin, Norfolk, Virginia
Ed Burk
Virginia Beach, Va USA - Friday, June 04, 2004 at 16:29:02 (CDT)

This is a great website for all those interested in the submariners of yesteryear! I collect WW2 sub items and am the proud owner of an Operation Sea Scan lighter and an autographed book by Capt. Joe Enright!
Gary Marston
Standish, Me USA - Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 23:42:43 (CDT)

Today, Memorial Day 2004, I was privileged to observe the annual ceremony at the USS Pampanito in San Francisco. My father, William C. (Billy) Tredway, was Chief Radio Man on the Archer-Fish in 1943-44. Sadly, he died of cancer in July 1947 in Richmond, VA, age 42 years. And also sadly all his untold tales went down with him. I dimly recall one -- he had two onboard birthday celebrations in crossing then re-crossing the IDL on April 20. Or was that on the Billfish -- he also saw some sea duty earlier on that boat. Gentlemen, I am sorry to be so late in this game: if there's anybody who remembers my Dad, I'd so appreciate hearing from you. My hat's off to you all. Sincerely, Bill Tredway
Bill Tredway
San Francisco, CA USA - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 19:36:49 (CDT)

I served as an EM aboard the nuclear powered Archerfish (SSN678) from 1972 to 1976.
Charles R. Noble
Crossett, AR USA - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 16:57:16 (CDT)

I just put "Gallant Lady" on the book shelf after finishing it. I was so impressed with this book the way it was written. It told a story that only crew members can truly relate to but it also tells a story that John Q. Public will certainly be thrilled to read. My thoughts are prompted by no one and my feelings could not be hidden as I read the final chapter where it describes that no one will ever touch or see this Gallant Lady again. Shipmates and all others....I have never apologized for tears when I was "moved" as much as this book moved me. I am 66 years old and served on her when I was in my twenties but after reading this book, it was like yesterday. One gigantic BRAVO ZULU to Pigpen Henry and Don Keith. Congratulations on a wonderful book. Zero Bubble.
Mac McCollum
Woodland, CA USA - Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 17:40:15 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: Mac, I had the same reaction... chills, lump in my throat and some tears. Gallant Lady brought back many, many fond memories of a Great Submarine and Wonderful Shipmates. You are so right.... after so many years, it still "seems like yesterday". Pig and Don have done a masterful job of telling "our" story.)

As I was reading some of the Decklog entries, I ran across John Foley's latest entry where he commented on "our" Boat being shot at so many times and ended his statement with some talk about a stern shot. John....I couldn't agree with you more BUT.....everytime I hear the comment "stern shot", it reminded me of Archie Moore. Whenever he saw someone bend over to pick something up they had dropped, he was right there with the same comment. Time and years take their toll but serving on Archerfish with a ShipMate like that can certainly leave a "lasting" impression no matter how long ago it was.
Mac McCollum
Woodland, CA USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:22:59 (CDT)

Nice site
Lt. Commander Timothy B Brent
USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 15:59:58 (CDT)

JonBoy - it's good to see your "crow" preceding your (SS). It's truly a sight to behold. And Ken Munk, how much did Doc pay you to say all those nice things. LOL Just kidding. We all appreciate Doc as well.
Ron "Naviguesser" Rood
Salem, Or USA - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 02:58:04 (CDT)

Good website
Kyaw Thu Ya Lwin
Yangon, Myanmar - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 16:18:44 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: Yangon [the former Rangoon ] is the capital of Myanmar [formerly Burma].)

It is my honor to complement those who served aboard The Archerfish. Especially, since my youngest brother was a shipmate among the last crew before decomissioning. The character of those who served remains outstanding to this day. Respectfully, Ken Munk
Ken Munk
Hydesville, CA USA - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 19:13:51 (CDT)

It has been awhile since I visited the site and as soon as I read about the number of fish that were fired at OUR LADY a huge smile appeared. She was (is in our hearts and minds) a definate classy LADY, imagine attempting a STERN shot on her.
John Foley.....QM3(SS)...65-67
Cornwall, On Canada - Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 07:45:46 (CDT)

Very nice. I am a big fan of the WWII and current submariners. Used to watch "The Silent Service" tv show as a kid, I was hooked! God Bless all of you!
buck nelson
richmond, va USA - Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 21:36:22 (CDT)

My father was a plankowner and WWII crewmember on the Archer-Fish. He was always very proud of his time on this fine ship. Unfortunately he passed away in 1984. I know he would have really enjoyed going down memory lane on this web site. Keep up the great work.
Thomas L. Anderson, Jr.
Lansdale, PA USA - Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 19:36:34 (CDT)

My father, William L. Acuna, served on the USS Archerfish during WWII. He passed away almost 2 years ago and was always proud of his years in the U.S. Navy. My husband, Lt.Cdr William Schultz is in the USNR and I know my dad was proud to have another Navy man in the family. God Bless the men who served on the USS Archerfish.
Rosalie Acuna Schultz
Los Angeles, CA USA - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 21:40:44 (CDT)

Crew member of Operation Sea Scan, 1960 to 1962 from Key West, Fla. to San Francisco
Galen Steck MMCS (SS) USN retired
Madison Heights, MI USA - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 06:23:43 (CDT)

I am proud to know a man who served on the Archerfish, Michael Klein
Alexander G. van Broek
Oakland, CA USA - Monday, April 19, 2004 at 14:41:45 (CDT)

I tried desparately to transfer aboard Archerfish in late 1960. I had been dropped from Nuclear Power School (did not meet entrance requirements) and was awaiting orders. Consistent with the Nuclear Power Program, although qualified in submarines, I was not allowed to go back to the boats (EN2(SS)) and it took an audience with then SUBLANT Vice Admiral Grenfell to eventually return. I changed rates after transferring to USS Croaker AGSS 246 from the USS Fulton AS 11. Engineering rates not eligable for nuclear power training became persona non gratta. I can only guess what experiences I missed, but I'll bet they were awfully good. I did help some Archerfish crew members appropriate some mooring lines before they left New London.
Frank McCoy STCS(SS) USN Retired
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 13:56:24 (CDT)

nice site
new york, ny USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 22:30:20 (CDT)

EN/SS E5 USS Pomodon SS486 1966-1969
William Fredrick
Brooklyn Park, MN USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 17:43:52 (CDT)

Nice website.
Alan Hellawell
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 11:36:12 (CDT)

I would love to hear from any of my shipmates that were on board from 1944-45. I was a motor machinist mate 3rd class, in the boat Division aboard the USS Arneb AKA56.
Joe Defilippo
Shelton, CT USA - Sunday, April 11, 2004 at 15:48:18 (CDT)

William R. Snow (HANK) 11/09/28. Passed away on 04/04/04/. He enjoyed so much sailing with you guys. Please remember us in your prayers.
Martha Snow
Galax, Va. USA - Sunday, April 11, 2004 at 12:37:00 (CDT)

Served on 6 boats during my 30 yrs many shipmates from 311, what a cast of chacters lots of good tales. Good site keep up the good work.
Jeter Brock
Milton, Fl USA - Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 22:06:09 (CDT)

Brought back some memories of some diferent subs, Grouper and Volador...but they are really all the same anyway...right?
Alexander C. Bristol EN/3C SS
Miami, Fl USA - Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 14:08:15 (CDT)

I am Capt. Joe Enright's niece. He has one surviving sister, who will be 90 this summer. Joe also has a daughter in law, Mrs. Joe Enright, who has two children, Mike and Kris Enright King, both men still in active Navy life. Kris has two children, and Mike has three children.
Kathleen McCurry Ogden
Wilbur, WA USA - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 23:39:12 (CDT)

Former boat sailor, TM2(SS)DV aboard USS Permit 1965 - 1968. Great web site for a great boat.
Tom Berry
Parkville, Mo USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 18:05:55 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: It's nice to have a visit from a former Shipmate. I was an RM2(SS) on the 1968-1970 Permit Crew.)

I was a yn3 Navy wave stationed at US Naval Station (NOLA) New Orleans and had the honor to visit their open house and it has left a life time pride for these men who serve on subs I don't remember the exact date. Some where between June 1958 to October 1960. What a proud crew and history. It made me wish I were male and could serve aboard her.
jacqueline m. podrasky wright
dallas, tx USA - Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 06:17:47 (CDT)

I served as a Geophysicist on the the A Fish from July 1967 to 1968 when it was taken out of service
Daniel Alex
Anchorage, AK USA - Monday, March 29, 2004 at 12:39:57 (CST)

I'm an former submariner having serve on board the USS Sawfish in the Pacific areas similar to the Archerfish. I am reading a very interesting book entitled "SHINANO" The Sinking of Japan's Sercert Supership. In 1944 Japan's mightiest Aircraft Carrier was attacked on her Top-Secret Maiden Voyage by a Lone American Submarine. It is the untold story of the Shinano, by the man who sank her. Captain Joseph Enright, USN. I suggest all read this very interesting Book!. Gus knorr Em2[c 1943-1945 USS 276 Sawfish
Gus Knorr
Manchester, nj USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 14:25:40 (CST)

I chanced upon this website tonight (24th March 2004). I recall watching Archerfish berthing in Newcastle NSW in December 1963. I was a young cadet standing on the wharf that day and today I am a senior executive in the Australian merchant marine. It's great to see a crew which valued their boat and their time in it so highly. Kind regards, Peter Bremner
Peter Bremner
Sydney, NSW Australia - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 05:14:07 (CST)

I would like to commend the organizers of this website for compiling all of the information and pictures that allow individuals such as myself to share in the adventures and daring of the intrepid men who served on board submarines in WWII and after. Few people recognize and appreciate the integral part that these individuals had in taking the battle to the enemy after Pearl Harbor and in ultimately bringing Japan to her knees by devastating her merchant and battle fleet. As these individuals increasingly pass away to be on "eternal patrol" with their shipmates, it is only through efforts such as this website that their accomplishments are documented and shared with the world at large. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the war patrol reports as well as looking at all the photos from the intrepid adventures of this group of heroic individuals that rival any fictional adventure novels written. The reality of the accomplishments of WWII submariners, as well as all WWII veterans, truly makes this as Tom Brokaw has coined "The Greatest Generation". I would like to thank all those that remain as well as individuals responsible for this website for keeping alive and sharing the memories of these heroic deeds. All the Best: Michael E. Brown MD, PhD
Michael E. Brown MD, PhD
Miami, FL USA - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 07:30:19 (CST)

Just read Corny's email that contained an excerpt from the Gallant Lady. Eyes were a little wet. Looking forward to get it for my library.
bill fong
sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 08:27:58 (CST)

(Webmaster Note: Click this link to read excerpt from Gallant Lady: The biography of USS Archerfish )

Hallo from Norway. Dad (CMD T. R. Eagye) was on the boat in the early 60s. Anyone have any stories to tell from this time period? I appreciate the input. I am not here often, so please feel free to e-mail me in Norway.
Jan Thomas Eagye
Oslo, Norway - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 16:42:56 (CST)

Served USN l952-56. San Diego, NavSupCtr, Oakland, Kodiak, AL. Am reading Cdr.beach's book "Submarine" and am visiting web-sites of the subs listed. Exciting reading. Most exciting thing we did at Oakland Sup Ctr. was to hang a 4 ft. shark inside Shorty Phelps's locker! Can't compare to the goat and the rooster, but to see the look on Shorty's face in the a.m. was worth the trouble. Shorty could get drunk and in the a.m. go to work and crawl inside a typewriter storage space inside a desk and sleep! God bless all submariners, especially those serving in WW ll.
William M. McCulloch
Monroeville, PA USA - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 01:07:43 (CST)

From the Sea Leopard SS 483
Henry W. Patzer
Engadine, Mi. USA - Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 19:10:51 (CST)

In the early 1960's I had the great privelege of being on board as guest of the Captain with Ron and Ronald Ross. The Captain was very tall for a submariner at 6 foot 4 inches. What was his name ? I can't remember. A really nice man. This web site is incredible. I will promote it for its greatness. God Bless America, and Thank God for America.
John Charlton
Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA - Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 07:29:56 (CST)

Good site.
Bengt-Göran Lambrell
stockholm, sweden - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 09:56:43 (CST)

Decom Crew SSN 678 USS Archerfish, Thoughs who served in her, shall never forget her.
ET1(SS) John Sabados
Groton, CT USA - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 12:54:46 (CST)

Great website..I served aboard USS SPIKEFISH (ss404) in Key West from 1959-1962. I remember ARCHERFISH and our competition with her....great times! I retired from USS FULTON (AS-11) as HMCS(SS) in 1972. What a shame that Key West has become what it is today!!! Doc Bader
Richard L. (Doc) Bader
Englewood, Fl USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 19:21:43 (CST)

I knew Lt.Cdr, later Captain George W. Kehl when he lived in Kittery, ME. I went to school with two of his sons; William (Bill) and Stephen. Stephen still lives in Kittery.
David Evans
South Berwick, ME USA - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 23:24:39 (CST)

Wow! My good friend and shipmate Jerry Bowman has surfaced finally. Many phone calls to a lot of Jerry Bowmans in this country were made but with no sucess. He came upon our website and "found us" and I am so thrilled with his discovery. It was my pleasure to serve on two boats with Jerry and get drunk 671 times with him as well. A great ET; a fine Warrant Officer; a damned good Sailor and one I am proud to call my good friend. Can't wait to see you and Joan. Welcome back Buddy !
Mac McCollum
Woodland, CA USA - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 19:50:03 (CST)

It was my honor and pleasure to serve in USS Archerfish SS311. The list awaiting run as you know around all of the Hawaii Islands. I servered HER with honor and pleasure. I came from USS GROWLER, and upon a successful tour went on to serve in USS BLUEBACK. I was a PO1/CPO (SS). I retired as a CWO4 (SS).
Jerry W. Bowman
Bremerton , Wa USA - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 10:21:49 (CST)

I am glad to see this web site, I will be back again soon. SIGMUND
Sigmund A. Bobczynski Jr.
San Diego, Ca USA - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 15:49:29 (CST)

I am the great-nephew of Capt. Joe Enright. He was my grandfather's brother. Although I have never personally had to chance to meet Joe, I know quite a bit about him. I have grown-up with a love of history, and World War II being part of it. I would just like to remark on how well this site was put together and thank you to all of who pay homage to Joe.
Andrew P. Enright
Portland, Ore USA - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 22:09:07 (CST)

A USS Boston Shipmate Bruce McCausland (SSN-703) brought this website to our attention. I served aboard the USS Boston (CAG-1) 1959-1961. As a radioman, I worked in "Crypto" and was fortunate to have met with our CO, Capt. Joseph Enright on many occasions (delivering messages). He truly was a good Captain to serve under. He had a good sense of humor and will be missed...He was one of the "good" ones. Fair winds and following seas... Walt Rogers
Walter Rogers
Lake Grove, NY USA - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 11:25:54 (CST)

I was on the USS Barbel (SS 580) in Pearl (1967-68) when Archerfish personnel painted on the bow of a target, "You Have Been Sunk By The Archerfish". We had a good laugh since you could see it from all over the Sub Base.
Chris Stafford
Oregon City, OR USA - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 13:55:31 (CST)

Nicely Done Web Presentation.
Charles T. Key
Sarasota, FL USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 16:16:26 (CST)

One of my most fun and interesting clients served on this sub. It has been fascinating putting images to his tales!
Barbara B Sorensen
Fall, VA USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 13:25:33 (CST)

I am an 11 yr old student researching a book about WWII and discovering amazing things about submarines. Thank you for keeping up such a fine website.
Niandra Theiss
St. Paul, MN USA - Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 13:17:57 (CST)

Served aboard the SSN678 from 89 to 92.
Joe Le Doux
Decatur, GA USA - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 17:39:33 (CST)

Served on the USS Carbonero SS337 from '62 to '65 and often saw the Archerfish in Pearl Harbor. Our skipper in '65 was relieved by Tom Eagye who came from the Archerfish. He was a great skipper and wonderful man! Good web site, DBF!
Dan O'Dwyer
Inverness, FL USA - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 10:30:18 (CST)

Dear Shipmate, A great web site. Although I was not even born during WWII, I was raised by the old navy when I was in from 72/76. I was what you called a target or skimmer. Thanks for your great service many years ago. Ya know, I built a large scale model of the Shinano years ago. Don't know what happenned to it. I may have given it to a kid to play with as I was building more intricate models. Who woulda thunk it: a dinky sub taking down a Jap behemoth. Take care & God bless Chuck.
Chuck Pennino
Gainesville, Fl USA - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 01:47:08 (CST)

a very interesting web page
jim yates
holly pond, al USA - Friday, January 23, 2004 at 19:04:58 (CST)

Karl (Rusty) Kruming was my uncle - he used to tell some very amusing stories about his time on board the Archerfish during Operation Sea Scan. Nice website.
Bill Ward
Salt Lake City, UT USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 18:42:50 (CST)

At the invitation of her captain I went to sea on the USS Archerfish in, I think, 1965. I first met the Captain in Auckland in October, 1964. I will always remember and treasure the experience.
Gaynor Stanton (nee Hoffman)
Auckland, Ak New Zealand - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 17:09:17 (CST)

Beatiful boat!
Anders Granat
Sweden - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 11:46:24 (CST)

US Navy, 1954 thru 1965 (Airdale)
Ring, D. W.
Batesville, Ar USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 05:04:18 (CST)

Honour and pleasure to visit. Great boat - great crew! Bravo Zulu!
AAron Kfir
St. John's, NL Canada - Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 12:37:51 (CST)

I served aboard the Archerfish for a short time beginning in '59. It was an experience that I'll never forget, a wonderful experience. This site helped refresh old memories. Thanks.
Don Eckert
Alamogordo, NM USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 18:51:21 (CST)

My father, Robert T. Stagner LCDR Ret. served on submarines during WW II completing, I believe five war patrols. He was a mustang engineering officer having enlisted in 1933 and serving a tour as a China Sailor before the war broke out. Dad began WWII on the S-46 on maneuvers in the Bahamas when the Japanese attacked. The S-boat was diverted to the Panama Canal to guard it, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. My uncle, Arthur Dunham Chief Master Bosun's Mate Ret. was on the West Virgina as a basic seaman at this time; (the black sheep of the family, he served on a variety of capital ships and aircraft carriers.) My grandfather, also Arthur Dunham, was a retired CPO employed at Mare Island during WWII but also with a history of Yangtze River duty prior to his military discharge in the late thirties I believe. According to my father, his duty was straight out of The Sand Pebbles and I have a very interesting photo album willed to me by my grandmother which has a picture of an aircraft that looks like the Wright Flyer referred to as an "aeroplane", Diamond Head with no hotels on Waikiki and Cavite Naval Yard circa 1910 I think. Dad was project officer on the Growler repair at Brisbane and then finished the war by doing, I believe, two war patrols on the USS Croaker, SS246. I just noted from the Croaker's web site that this Submarine was commissioned on my second birthday, April 21, 1944. I was about two years old before my father made it home from the South Pacific to see me, so I believe he was a plankholder on this boat. My father served postwar until 1955 in the regular navy including a tour on Guam, 1948-49, sea duty on a destroyer, the USS Robert K. Huntingdon DD781. He was then assigned to recruiting duty out of Columbia SC followed by his final assignment as executive officer of a mothball fleet in Orange Texas. Following his naval retirement he worked for the Livermore Radiation Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accellerator Center. RT Stagner passed away in 1985 at Concord, CA. at the age of 74. I would be interested in any information that anyone might have on his wartime service
Robert R. Stagner
Concord, CA USA - Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 21:27:44 (CST)

I served in the U. S. Navy for twenty years and most of it in the Submarine Service retiring 4SEP74. I enjoyed the Rooster and The Goat, brought back old memories of the "old days". Submarine sailors needed something to take up their 'spare time' when they were not busy with business; and, believe me they were good at finding things intertaining to do, e.g., The Rooster and The Goat. Thanks for a beautiful Web Page. Dean (Gilly)
Dean C. Gilliland
Elk City , OK USA - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 12:28:53 (CST)

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