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.
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
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
Richland, WA USA - Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 14:49:58 (CST)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all my old
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.
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
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.
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
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
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".
Cranston, RI USA - Wednesday, December 01, 2004 at 14:33:36 (CST)
Thanks to all of you who served!
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.
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.
DALE K. PETERSEN
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.
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
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
2005....email 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).
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.
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
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
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
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 20:42:37 (CDT)
(Webmaster Note: The XO and family are ok. Check your e-mail for reply with details.)
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
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,
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
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!
Plainfield, Ct USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 18:51:20 (CDT)
GREAT DUTY TILL I GOT MARRIED, THEN THEY KICKED ME OFF.
BOBBIE BUDEAU RMCS(SS)
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
Sydney, NSW Australia - Monday, August 02, 2004 at 19:07:10 (CDT)
Federick Fletcher....you just don't know damned good
reading when you come across it.
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)
HELLO I WAS A YARDBIRD ON THE RESOLUTE AFDM-10. I AM AN
ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF U.S.S.V.I..... I READ THE "GOAT
STORY" IN SUBMARINER MAG & THOUGHT I WAS GONNA DIE
LAUGHING.... THIS IS BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THE FUNNIEST SEA
STORY IVE EVER READ. THE PART THAT GETS ME LAUGHING THE HARDEST
IS WHEN THE MARINE GUARD SAYS "WHAT WAS THAT
NOISE".....SAILOR ANSWER: "ITS
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOOLLOL WHAT A STORY, WHAT A
CLASSIC. TAKE CARE & GOD BLESS, DAN ROGERS, FORMER CHICAGO
(SOUTH SIDE) NOW LIVING IN PHOENIX, AZ
CHICAGO, IL USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 19:29:11 (CDT)
I WAS JUST LOOKING AROUND ON SOME INFO ABOUT MY
GRANDFATER AND I THOUGHT TO LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE SINCE HE WAS ON
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)
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.
CDR Benny M. Morgan, USN(R)
Franklinton, LA USA - Friday, July 23, 2004 at 20:28:12 (CDT)
Served aboard 62-64
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 (www.blackstoneaudio.com)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
USA - Monday, June 14, 2004 at 22:37:49 (CDT)
Great ship and crew and a great web site. Thanks!
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
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!
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,
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.
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.
Woodland, CA USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:22:59 (CDT)
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)
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
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.
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!
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,
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)
new york, ny USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 22:30:20 (CDT)
EN/SS E5 USS Pomodon SS486 1966-1969
Brooklyn Park, MN USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 17:43:52 (CDT)
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Sydney, NSW AUSTRALIA - Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 07:29:56 (CST)
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.
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 !
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 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Gainesville, Fl USA - Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 01:47:08 (CST)
a very interesting web page
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.
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
Gaynor Stanton (nee Hoffman)
Auckland, Ak New Zealand - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 17:09:17 (CST)
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!
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.
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
Dean C. Gilliland
Elk City , OK USA - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 12:28:53 (CST)
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