USS Archerfish Decklog Archive - 2005

I transfered from the Picuda SS382 to the Archerfish in Key West. I road her to the ship yards in Philly. I stayed thru the yard period then transfered back to Key to serve on the Spikefish. My last year of duty was running the movie exchange in Key West. My X father in law was Tom Sireci.
Anthony Tiller
Sylva, NC USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 14:50:14 (CST)

My father, J.T. Harper, GM1(SS) was on the Archerfish in Key West in 1959, and transferred to the Picuda as the Archerfish transitioned to an all batchelor crew. I was allowed to sleep over when he had the weekend duty, and made one dependents' cruise, which were really big deals to a kid in Jr. High.
Jamie Harper
Relay, MD USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 10:50:17 (CST)

An accidental meeting with Captain Enright twenty years ago gave my wife and me the honor of helping Captain Enright tell the story of the sinking of Shinano.

Captain Enright needed a Japanese-English translator to translate the Toyoda Jo selections of diaries of Shinano survivors, and I immediately volunteered.

Mieko and I finished the work in less than a month--more than fifty pages. When Captain Enright called me after I left a message that the completed materials were on the way to his home, he asked about my reactions to the diaries. I told him: "Skipper, you will see the enemy as people for the first time." Some weeks later, he called to tell me that I had been correct. At that time, I said, we had no choice. We had to win as quickly as possible, and the human cost to the enemy was irrelevant. Japanese militarism was the scourge of God and had to be destroyed. We agreed on this. I also asked Captain Enright to give 100% of the credit for the translation to my wife, Mieko Negishi Greene, and he did.

We are proud that we helped Captain Enright complete a history that was so very important to him, and I am sure, to his crew and their families. For my family, assisting on the Shinano paid a special personal dividend. I obtained a job as American correspondent to a Japanese magazine for 12 years and Mieko made a lucrative contract and wrote two best-sellers in Japan. And all this happened because of a chance meeting at the Naval Academy.
Ira Greene
Bellerose, NY USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 23:31:26 (CST)

I was one of the ones standing in line for orders to Archerfish. They never came. But I served on 3 other boats. 244, 626, 658. Always thought Archerfish would have been great duty. Mike Davies
Mike Davies
USA - Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 11:08:28 (CST)

Served on the Lizardfish 1945. Master Chief of engine room. I know of one other shipmate still living, Jack Junken.
Ralph W. Hubbard
Auburn, CA USA - Sunday, November 27, 2005 at 22:44:54 (CST)

Grandson of Darrel Gaunt mm3 1944-mid 1945.
Brian Gaunt
Newberg, Or USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 21:36:40 (CST)

My uncle served on the ARCHERFISH during WW2 and helped sink the Shanano. His name, Edward Zielinski. Other boats he was on, Flasher and R-12 (1 of 5 survivers, R-12). On the ARCHERFISH I believe he was incharge of the forward torpedo room, not sure. He`s mentioned in the book SHANANO. He was quit a sub vet and I enjoyed hearing about his experences at sea and on land. Does any one remember him? Please contact me with any info. Can anybody tell me about him getting yelled at by the captian for launching the 4th torpedo? Is this true? Hope to hear from any one that knew him or was on the boat when the SHANANO went down. My best wishes to all you vets. Greg Aube
Greg Aube
Bristol , CT USA - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 13:43:25 (CST)

D. B. Melton
San Diego, CA USA - Monday, November 14, 2005 at 23:50:07 (CST)

Excellent site, keep up the great work by educating those who don't fully understand what our american submariners have done, are doing and will continue to do for our great nation. BRAVO ZULLO
MMC(SS/SW) Archibald, USN
Groton, CT USA - Monday, November 14, 2005 at 11:16:58 (CST)

FORKED RIVER, NJ USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 16:55:03 (CST)

(Webmaster Note: Glad we could help you out and thank you and USSVI NJ South for honoring our departed Shipmate.)

Sorry I wasn't able to remain onboard and make the two year cruise with the all bachelor crew. What an adventure. I reported to Archerfish when she was in the yards in Philly. I had been selected to be the ship's yeoman. Shortly after reporting aboard, I found out that I had also been selected for OCS. Therefore, I had to leave the boat while she was still in the yards. In fact, I never even made one dive on her. I was a YN1(SS) during my stay onboard and most submarine sailors knew me as Grasshopper.
Alfred C. Grosskurth LCDR, SC, USNR (Ret)
Burlington, MI USA - Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 20:44:24 (CST)

FORKED RIVER, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 18:47:53 (CST)

The website was very interesting and I learned what commission my uncle Butch was on. He told me why he was called turkey neck. I think that is pretty funny.
Nathan Steck
Brookville, Oh USA - Wednesday, November 09, 2005 at 12:42:04 (CST)

My grandfather, Evan John Pierce (E.J) was on the Archerfish when she sank the Shinano. One of my favorite memories is the bedtime stories he used to tell me about his time aboard the sub. I was so excited to find this website. If anyone out there remembers him, I would love to hear from you and hear more stories about that time! I miss him terribly and finding this site has helped keep his memory so very close to my heart.
Kara Burns
Panama City, FL USA - Friday, November 04, 2005 at 23:19:21 (CST)

Very interesting information. I requested to transfer to the Archerfish at the outset of selecting the all bachelor crew. However, The USS Sennet SS408 would not approve my transfer. I was in Yokosuka, Japan when she revisited Japanese waters.
Spring Hill, FL - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 09:52:00

Dear People,  I just wish to convey to you that, as a young Airman in the Royal New Zealand Airforce, I and a friend paid a visit to Archerfish whilst she was in port in Auckland, New Zealand in the early 1960's.  We were invited on board and given a tour of the whole vessel, something that I have never forgotten and this still remains one of the highlights of my early service years.  The willingness of the officers and crew to answer our questions was outstanding. Thank you for this privilege.
Fraser M Robertson RNZAF (Retired)
New Zealand - Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 12:07:25

It was a pleasure and honor to spend a day on the Archerfish during a ASW session in Key West. My recolection is that it was the day before naval personnel made the first "bouyant accent" from 400 ft without the aid of breathing apparatus. A real treat for this old "surface sailor".
Richard Bee
North Kingstown, RI USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 11:41:19 (CDT)

I'm in the middle of reading the bio of the Archerfish and thought I'd come take a look as the book is so interesting.
Michael Bolster
Lynn, MA USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 17:25:29 (CDT)

I just recenty Read the book Galant Lady it was a great book about a boat, I am a veteran of 20 yrs of military service, I served in the Marines during the early 60s when I left San Diego to go Cuba during the blockade, I will never forget The sight of the subs that were docked next to the USS Gunston Hall the I was boarding.
Edward Stenz
Phila, Pa USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 22:13:17 (CDT)

Aboard Archerfish just before leaving San Diego for Key West . Onboard 3 mouths before being to Naval Trasmitting Station at Annapolis Md. Lanny Lamthrip QMCSS COB. I was RM2SS.
Hazzie (Willie) Williams
Havelock, NC USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 22:34:47 (CDT)

Read the book, loved the story! Brother-in-law Andrew Langford was at Groton and New London in '70s, so I visited there as a kid. Fascinated with subs, read all I can. Thanks fellows, for serving your country!
Roger May
Belding, Mi USA - Thursday, July 07, 2005 at 00:23:16 (CDT)

Just wanted to send out a thank you to all the service members who served on the Archerfish and for all of their hilarious stories!
Jason O. Benjamin
Canton, OH USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 22:56:39 (CDT)

We got a call from Ken today, and I had to check out this site. I have heard many stories and seen many pictures of when Hugh was on the sub. I am verry glad to have learned of this book and will get it as soon as I can. Hugh now has cancer and short term memory loss, but remembers a lot of his past, including his time in the Navy, 1954 to 1957.. a lot of it spent on the USS ARCHERFISH. Pictures crossing the equator are his favorite to show his friends here. THANK YOU KEN FOR LETTTING US KNOW.
Hugh Moran EN3SS & (Mrs.)Joyce
Tecumseh, MI USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 16:41:02 (CDT)

Glad to receive the unexpected phone call from Ken Henry today (7/1/05). Looking forward to receiving the newsletter.
Russell L Marcus
Bend, OR USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 19:17:51 (CDT)

John M. Carrasco
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, July 01, 2005 at 18:21:11 (CDT)

A truely fascinating Ship! I'd heard stories of the Navy's subs, and their remarkable service thruout WWII (my stepdad K.J. McGreevy was on U.S.S. Salt Lake City , and U.S.S. San Francisco, 2nd battle of Salvo Island, and Fri. 13th. Guadalcanal Naval Battle.) He spoke often of the Subs, and their important role in the War.
Thanks for your interesting web site!
Sincerely, Craig
Craig Wolff
Saugerties , NY USA - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 21:17:11 (CDT)

Read the "Gallant Lady"..loved every word of it. She must have been a fine boat!
T R Lovett
Falmouth, ME USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 12:00:36 (CDT)

I became acquainted with a man who was the manager of a property outside of Junction, in Kimble County, Tx. I was an annual hunter on the property for 24 years, along with several others. The man's name was CLARENCE O. SIMON. He told me he served on the Archerfish during WWII. I did not find his name on the register of men who served on that boat, but I have no doubt that Clarence did. Is there some way that this can be verified?
Ody K. Jerden
Allen, Tx USA - Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 21:58:43 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: Mr. Jerden, check your e-mail.)

God Bless the crew and thier Gallant Lady.
David L. Clark
Stephenville, Tx. USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 23:37:20 (CDT)

DBF qualified on USS Barbel SS580
Sean Dugan
jax, fl USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 16:30:10 (CDT)

Ken Henry - I have finally spoken with Captain Mike Riegel who manages the Submarine Museum in Groton. He suggested that you send the book to the Museum Manager and ask her to review with the objective of carrying the Book at the Museum Store. I suggest that you include in your conversation or letter that this is in response to a conversation that R. Gudis had with Captain Riegel and Ms. Karen Cudzill, Museum Store Manager. Ms Cudzill told me that she did not carry books with any explicit sexual issues. I told her that I did not recall anything like that in the book but there may be some parts that she may find offensive. She said it is a family store. Send the book with letter to:
Ms. Karen Cudzill
1 Crystal Lake Road
Submarine Museum, Groton, CT., 06349
I succeeded in getting the book stocked at the Base Exchange. I looked one day and there were none on the shelves so I asked. I was told that they stocked it and nobody brought the book so they sent it back. Frankly I think that is BS but not much I can do about it. Hope this helps out. - Dick Gudis

Richard Gudis
Noank, CT USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 15:21:26 (CDT)

I have an Honorary Submariner card from the USS Archerfish SS 311 dated 28 Jul 59. I spent a day on board while she was on maneuvers with my anti-submarine squadron VS931.
Donald D. McKinney
Robesonia, PA USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 11:43:16 (CDT)

I'm currently reading Gallant Lady. It's a great story. When I built a house several four years ago the man who drilled my well was 80 years old and had served on the USS Tunny, a submarine. His stories were great too.
mark williams
winsor, ca USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 23:46:42 (CDT)

My father, "Doc" Carver, passed away in 1998, served on the Archerfish in late '50's and for a time he was COB. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the good times spent in Key West at the base and on the A-fish when Dad would let me spend a Sat. nite with him when he had "the duty". Watching the "Mickey Ducks" and raiding the "gee dunk" stand was the best. Thanks for all the great memories.
Philip Carver, Jr.
Dallas, Tx. USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 08:06:57 (CDT)

Just a note to say I am enjoying the site. I also am reading the book GALANT LADY. I enjoy war and historical stories of all sevices in Canada the USA and Btitain and all her colonies. God Bless the men who serve and have served.
J.F. Marshall
Smiths Falls, Ontario Canada - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 12:51:45 (CDT)

My father Thomas Salisbury was on the first half of Operation Sea scan. I attended your reunion in Chicago which was fun! Keep up the great work!
Heather Salisbury
Chicago, IL USA - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 11:25:34 (CDT)

I'm trying to locate Diablo sailors & I see that you have Plaridel V. Santos on your roster as located. Could you send me his address so that I can contact him.
Roy Large EM3 (SS)
La Porte, TX USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 01:53:38 (CDT)

(Webmaster Note: Roy, check your e-mail.)

I was one of the Hydro guys and installed the gravity meter equipment before the Archerfish sailed for Portsmouth, England for the beginning of Phase 1 of Operation Sea Scan. Since some of the resulting end products of that work are still in use today, in modified form, and with the highest classification possible, I doubt that the real reason for our work will ever be told in public. I just got Ken's book and can't put it down. I jumped ahead and started reading at the first of Operation Sea Scan. I need to go back to the beginning and start reading from that point. Ken Henry got almost everything exactly right, considering classification restrictions, that I know anything about. My 70 year old memories do fade however. Ken failed to mention the red-faced event upon leaving Portsmouth harbor when who ever was in control failed in a full power twist. Twice the UK carrier deck watch were piped to salute the U.S. flag when it passed her. I was quite surprised to see my name mentioned in two places. I do not recall ever telling Ken those things, but he got each of them correct. I left the Archerfish at Faslane, Scotland. I have the book Shinano and highly recommend it. I congratulate Ken for a job well done in the book. If those I served with wish to contact me, my address is (click for e-mail address) .
Hoyt Weathers
Trinity, AL USA - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 17:33:26 (CDT)

Reading Gallant Lady brought back many memories of my years of service in the Submarine Force. My travels and duty took me across Archerfishs path many times. I served aboard USS Triton and spent quite a bit of time in New London. I knew Nick Ross and tipped many a beer with him in and around The Dolphin and Ernies in New London and the El Bolero in Groton. The Horse and Cow was another favorite watering hole when I was on the west coast as a crew member to USS Snook. I retired as COB of USS Hawkbill in 73 while many of the Archerfish crew antics were a living ledgend. Many thanks for your service guys! You did us all proud to say nothing of a bit envious.
James E. Sprinkel ETCS(SS) USN Ret
Cathedral City, CA USA - Monday, April 25, 2005 at 14:49:55 (CDT)

While in San Francisco we visited the USS Pampanito at Fisherman's Wharf. The best part was talking to a couple of submariners who were volunteers that helped maintain the boat. One had served on the Archerfish and told us some enjoyable sea stories.
Bill Phillips
Ormond Beach, FL USA - Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 09:28:14 (CDT)

A history of sea warfare buff I am. After reading the book "Shinano" I had to find out more about this boat and her brave crew(s).
Chuck Lester
Newport News, Va USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 17:23:26 (CDT)

Nice job on the website! I served on Trutta, Mackerel and Grenadier in the 60s and 70s.
Larry Mantta, ENCS(SS), USN RET
Norfolk, VA USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 16:48:06 (CDT)

Served on ARCHERFISH JUL 58- JUL 59
Kenneth C. Vining
Waterford, Ct. USA - Friday, April 15, 2005 at 13:30:47 (CDT)

I served on the USS Medregal, SS-480, as an FTGU (UnderwaterGunFireControlTech) '66-'68, home ports Pearl & San Diego. I can remember Archerfish coming home, Flying the Dolphin Flag- we always wanted to fly ours, but the never ending supply of reservists, made it impossible! Anyway, we were in the same ocean doing about the same things and growing as men & individuals - subs forever!!
Gary M Martin
Portland, OR USA - Monday, April 11, 2005 at 22:08:14 (CDT)

I salute ALL crewmembers of the USS ARCHERFISH on their heroic deeds from 1943 to 1968. Congratulations on a Job Well Done.
Wayne Orkin
New Whiteland, IN USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 10:21:27 (CST)

Just finished The Gallant Lady (on audio CD) Every time I hear "Look out below!" from now on, I'll be watching for incoming goats!
Winnipeg, MB Canada - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 18:58:10 (CST)

Hats off to a fine WWII submarine, her Captain Enright and her outstanding crew. Congrats on putting five fish into that big Japanese carrier on its maiden voyage in Novemerber of 1944. So much for the Japanese Naval Ministry's pipe dreams of turning the tide of the war in the Pacific with their 58K ton super secret aircraft carrier.
Baton Rouge, LA USA - Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 19:13:59 (CST)

The site looks great!! Ya' did a good job Jimmy-O. Thanks! We're looking forward to seeing all of our Brothers at the run to the wall.
Hemel Hempstead, England - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 14:01:53 (CST)

This is a great sight. My congrats go out to all involved! Keep up the GREAT work!!! BOOZEFIGHTERS UP....
Doug Petersen
Helena, MT, USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 17:43:34 (CST)

My condolences to the family for the passing of Don (Earthquake) McCready. Dan
Daniel Alex
Anchorage, AK USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 14:17:41 (CST)

This is a very difficult e-mail to send but it must be done.  We have lost another one of our shipmates.  Donald (Earthquake) McCready ENC(SS) Retired was killed in an industrial accident at his place of work on Friday 18 March 2005.  There is an accident investigation being conducted so there is not many details available.

I have been in contact with his wife, Susan and she is doing as well as possible under the circumstances.  Told her to feel free to contact anyone of us if there is any thing we can do for her. There will be an memorial service for Don on Wednesday at 1030 at the St. Marks Catholic Church,  1760 Echo Holly Road, Eugene, Oregon 97402.  All are welcome to attend and/or send flowers to the church address.

Please keep Susan and their family and friends in your prayers.

William Acord USS Grayback
(Posted by Webmaster: Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 17:40:00 (PST)

Donald L. McCready, EN2(SS)
It is deeply saddening to learn of the death of a shipmate and even more disconcerting to discover the circumstances of his premature passing.  My heartfelt condolences go to his surviving spouse, Susie.

We served together in ARCHERFISH, having had many adventures and experiences but in all of that time those engines never missed a beat.

"Earthquake" will now be at peace in company with so many other shipmates on Fiddler's Green.  When we are all together there once more, then there will certainly "be a commotion down under the ocean."  Perhaps an earthquake.

Susie, it is most difficult at this time, but try to take heart and go forth with your life.  Although it doesn't seem possible now, time will ease the pain and living will become increasingly bearable.  It always does.

Scotty McComb, CDR, USN-Ret. Commanding Officer, USS Archerfish (AGSS 311)
Port Ludlow, WA USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 07:12:19 (CST)

Great site BRAVO ZULU. Served on SS340, SSN585, 653, 667, 671, 674, 673, 683
Russell Henkel STCM(SS) ret
Medford, WI USA - Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 09:45:55 (CST)

Archerfish Shipmates - Donald L. "Earthquake" McCready EN2(SS) (64-66 Crew) sailed on Eternal Patrol 03/17/05. "Sailor, Rest Your Oar..."
Don lost his life in a work related accident. I received this preliminary information this evening from Bill Hansberry (66-68 Crew). More information to follow via e-mail and in the Blast newsletter.
Riverside, CA USA - Friday, March 18, 2005 at 23:15:23 (CST)

I did some time on the USS BASHAW in 1959.
Don Seevers
Odessa, Missouri USA - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 14:21:35 (CST)

Served aboad the Archerfish in 1946 from Honolulu to San Francisco to be decommissioned.
Robert (Bob) Slager
Portage, MI USA - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 19:52:53 (CST)

My father served on this ship in WWII.
Karen S (Slager) Wheat
Charlotte, MI USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:04:20 (CST)

Was proud to be aboard the Archerfish back in 1958, when I was undergoing training at the Fleet Sonar School in Key West. I had a card which signified that I was truly submerged aboard the Archerfish, but have lost it over the years. Great website!
Jim Brenock
Fort Wayne, IN USA - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 15:14:27 (CST)

I was on board the uss Archerfish during the Korean conflict.
Vincent J Salerno
colorado city, co USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11:19:53 (CST)

Was on board in June 1955 for Decommissioning. Then went to the USS Irex.
Robert A Laurie
Satsuma, FL USA - Thursday, March 10, 2005 at 16:13:17 (CST)

THE SUB REPORT - Submarine News
Titusville, Fl USA - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 10:25:16 (CST)

I was doing some family history things when I remembered my uncle Chris Walters was aboard a sub that played a role in the filming of Operation Petticoat. I was living in Ft. Lauderdale Fl, at the time and was in the 4th grade. He came to visit from Key West and showed us a bunch of pictures from the movie. So I was curious as to what ship he was on, my research has led me to the Archerfish. Sad to say that Uncle Chris passed away about six years ago. I also am a Navy man, see
Jim Bongaard
Charlotte, NC USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 16:27:23 (CST)

I was just surfing the web and browsing stuff on the Navy and ships. I was in myself from July of 1984-Jul of 96. My last duty station was VQ-2 Rota Spain and AIMD Rota, Spain. I knew a retiree. Jere Driver that was a retired Navy Chief. He retired in Spain in 1967. He was suffering from lung cancer and emphysema when I met him in 1994. He was a RMC (SS) when he retired it very likely that he is the same as the RM1 that is one of your shipmates here. Unfortunately he past away of lung cancer in late 1997 or 98. I believe his widow Aurora Driver still resides in Rota, Spain. He was a good personal friend. I spent my last few days in Rota visiting them and having dinner at their house in late June of 1996. His home state was Tennessee.

I remember one time we sat in his living room when I was thinking of crossing over to Sonar Technician. He showed me all his old photos of the subs he was assigned to in his carreer. The list was quite extensive. I believe pretty close to a dozen or so. They were pictures of Subs down in Key West with guns on the weather deck. Also old pictures of him and his buddies pulling liberty back in the Philipines probably like in the late 40's or early 50's. They were some very nice old pictures. I wish I had contact with (Aurora) Mrs. Driver still they would be awsome to post on your site. Keep Naval History alive!! Bravo Zulu


PS. Around 1994-95, The DOD did some sort of Census and determined that there were well over 600 U. S. Military retirees living abroad in Southern Spain and Morocco of all places. Mr. Driver told me this himself when he was still alive. He filled out paperwork for that Census.
Alberto J. Recio ,former AD2 (USN/USNR)
Glendale, CA - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 6:53 AM

Nice site for a great boat! My Father did the boats from 39 to 45 on 5 fleet boats and one r-boat. He did the first four war patrols of the old Pampanito. Good luck always! Mike
Michael Kaup
Seatac, WASHINGTON USA - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 20:57:13 (CST)

I worked with former crew member Ferris Ray Brown for many years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He told many stories about his time spent aboard submarines.
Joe P. Parker
Oak Grove, La. USA - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 11:20:31 (CST)

My grandpa was on this submarine and all he talks about is how he basicly enjoyed the people and what he did on this sub. His name is George Wheeler Jr.
Alyson Slobig
Chula Vista, CA USA - Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 23:48:33 (CST)

Married to the former Miss Kimberly McMahon, daughter of EM2c Edward C. McMahon, USN of USS ARCHERFISH.
LT Wayne Seamans, U. S. Coast Guard
Santa Rosa, CA USA - Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 23:07:22 (CST)

(Webmaster Note: Please contact us regarding your father-in-law.)

Thank You!
John Benesch
Hawley, MN USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 14:51:12 (CST)

Just finished Galant Lady great book I was an Rm on DER's 1964-68 you guys were a legend.The book brought back some great memories of liberties around Subic even the bar at the end of the fuel pier in Pago pago. thanks for your service
Thomas A Conlon
Alton, NH USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 05:36:19 (CST)

Visited Archerfish while the submarine was at Auckland in the early 1960s. As a merchant navy marine engineer I was overawed by the confined narrowness, constriction and small size of the interior compared even to the size of enginerooms I was used to. I have never forgotten the visit, it made a great impression on me. I would like to convey my intense respect to the men who served on the vessel.
Edgar Kidman
Wellington, New Zealand - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 03:28:38 (CST)

I served aboard U.S.S. Diodon SS-349 in the mid sixties. I remember going aboard Archerfish on several occasions and talking with some of her crew. Thanks, you have a great website. WHAT A BOAT.....DBF Patrick Hammack MM3-SS
Patrick B. Hammack
Coldspring, Tex U.S.A. - Monday, January 24, 2005 at 20:48:07 (CST)

Just started reading Gallant Lady
Dave Talmadge
Crown Point, IN USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 20:50:32 (CST)

East Hampstead, NH USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 13:16:49 (CST)

Great Site! I found your site very useful. I definitely will return again. Big thanks!
Robert Malloy
Clarksville, Tennessee US - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 02:19:11 (CST)

Loved the goat story. It brings back alot of memiors of my own escapades while serving in the Navy in Vietnam.Thanks for the laughs. GMG1 Robert L Higdon USNR Ret.
Robert L Higdon
Sparks, NV USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 21:49:12 (CST)

I just finished reading the book "The Gallant Lady." It was quite good. It allowed me to see a little bit about the life aboard a submarine. I grew up in Vallejo (Mare Island Shipyard), CA and my father and brother worked on the submarines during WWII and after. I have a great respect for what they did and what the submariners did during the war. Submarines like the Archerfish, the Wahoo, and the Tang will always be remebered.
Dr. Fred Lang
Fairfax, VA USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 12:32:30 (CST)

Very late last night I finished reading "Gallant Lady." ARCHERFISH and I retired the same year, so I'm vaguely familiar with some of her exploits from rumors, sea stories and mess-deck intelligence. I read a lot, and this is the first "boat book" that details all the ages of a boats long life, from from her test dive to the test firing of the Mk 14-5 that sent her down, 22 years later, a fitting end to a "Gallant Lady." I publish a newsletter for the USS IREX (SS 482), and include reviews of books I've read. I will certainly include a glowing review of this baak and crew in my next edition.
Wally Krupenevich, TMCM(SS), USN (Ret)
Newington, CT USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11:31:48 (CST)

Just last night I finished reading the book on Archerfish that I received for Christmas. I loved the book I'll probably read it again sometime. This is a great web page... lots of info and pictures. If anybody knows of a WWII sub captain in the Indiana area I would love to know who they are and maybe be able to talk with them if possible. Thanks
Mike Sellmeyer
Indianapolis, In USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 09:20:44 (CST)

I am a former U.S. Marine who proudly served in combat during the 1st Gulf War. I love to read. Being a member of the Military Book Club, I ordered the Archerfish book and loved it. It's a must read for anyone interested in Submarines. Than GOD for men like these that served onboard vessels that help protect our nation from the scum of the earth. "Semper Fi"
Steve Welch
Pearland, TX USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 09:12:40 (CST)

Served aboard USS Balao SS285 and USS Mackeral SST-1 while in Key West from 1959 to 1962. Returned to Key West on wedding anniversary trip in 1999. (40 yrs.) Everything missing but the good memories.
Dean Hutchinson EM1(SS) USNR RET.
Springdale, Ar. USA - Monday, January 17, 2005 at 16:45:27 (CST)

Reading the book - a wonderful story.
Emery Stephans
Stamford, CT USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 17:07:44 (CST)

Just passing through. I am doing research on a naval sword I bought at a flea market of all places. The inscription reads "To Raymond D. Dukes From USS Scorpions Chief's." Which Scorpion it belongs to, either the WWII sub or the one sank in 1968 I don't yet. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Bob. Ex Navy.
Bob Casey
USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 20:12:24 (CST)

(Webmaster Note: Bob - Check your e-mail.)

My father served in the navy completeing 25 yrs in April of 1945. His rate was CBM/. I served from june 1947 to Feb 1952
richard k. butters, sic korea
Indianapolis, in USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 18:59:35 (CST)

Shipmates, Read your wonderful book. I almost joined the silent service but "backed out" at the last minute. My mistake. God speed and thank you for your service. Your shipmate, Christopher C. Gulyas, PN2, USN (former) (a surface skimmer)
SAN DIEGO, CA USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 20:28:55 (CST)

I am writing a nonfiction book on little-publicized people and events in history. I plan to include a story on the Archer-Fish and her sinking of the Shinano, using information from Captain Enright's book (with James Ryan) "Shinano" I'll send you a pre-publication draft of the story if you can me your snail-mail address.
Greg Mahoney
Lombard, IL USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 13:16:44 (CST)

Served aboard the ssn 678, just checking out the web site
larry tincher RMCS(SS) Ret
bartlett, tn USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 22:50:18 (CST)

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