Merry Christmas and a very happy new years. I am
looking for crewmates on the Archerfisth 1944-1946. I was a third
class radioman. Please write me at 15495 Buena Vista, Sonora, CA
95370. I would love to hear from any surviving crew members. We
had a few wild times. If anyone is available today please email
me at the above email address of my daughter Kathy. Best wishes,
Donald Albert Deiss
Sonora, California - December 25, 2008 @ 12:27:21 PST
Great site. I miss the
days of serving aboard the USS Archerfish. Anyone know how to get
in touch with retired MMCM Dow Rogers?
Walkertown, NC - December 16, 2008 @ 13:46:40 PST
(Webmaster Note: Thank
you for your Decklog post. It's always nice to hear from the 678
Crew. The only crew information we have is for the 311 Crew. You
Chief John Carcioppolo of the 678 Boat. He might have contact info for Chief Rogers. I did check the listings for USS Archerfish SSN678 on the Submarine Sailor.com
Sailing List and did not Chief Rogers listed. Good luck with your search.)
Thank you for your service!
Frank A. Dengel
Billings, Montana - December 13, 2008 @ 12:28:40 PST
Hello & thank all who have worked on the A-Fish
Site. I was aboard in 1958-9 in Key West & qualified on the
sub. I attended the Charleston reunion & may attend another
so will be glad to find out the info on it. I am Dr. Doug
Stanaland age 69 & formerly RM3 SS. Right before the AFish
left on the world cruise mission, I transferred to the Thornback
& then to the Sennet to go to Charleston, SC to be closer to
my home at Calabash, NC. I would like the contact info for the
person responsible for the A-Fish-L-Blast newsletter. I want to
help him with the postage costs. Respectfully, Dr. Doug Stanaland
son of Schuyler Stanaland who as a 25 yr. USCG Vet. was made
Captain of the port of Wilmington, NC before his retirement in
Dr. Doug Stanaland
(location unknown) - July 22, 2008 @ 07:45:18 PDT
Just looking over some old Arctic Patrol photos and
came across a few of the Archerfish coming along side USCGC
Westwind WAGB 281 at Godthaab, Greenland circa 1960. Every time I
see these photos and see the boat coming at us with smoke coming
out the aft, it reminds me of the movie with the pink submarine.
I think it was South Pacific. Enjoyed shore leave with the crew
there and the chance to go into and tour a naval sub. I was a SA
striking HM at the time. Retired after 30 yrs in 1989 as
CWO4(Med) and now residing in Manatee Co, Fla., and working as
the Manatee County Veterans Services Officer. Your sub and crew
have a unique history and I wish those of you still with us God's
blessing and for those who have gone before us I wish them peace,
comfort and God's love.
Hal Willis Jr, USCG(Retired)
Manatee Co, FL - July 13, 2008 @ 21:17:43 PDT
In every dolphin board
I've held, I always ask a final question regarding our history as
a submarine force. Just finished Gallant Lady, and will do my
part to make sure the memory of the Archerfish will live on in
our future Submariners. V/r
Erik Nelson LT, USN
Groton, CT - July 12, 2008 @ 11:21:47 PDT
Hello. I am a Norwegian
interested in the history of USS Archerfish and the sinking of
the supercarrier Shinano. In your web pages it is stated that
Archerfish got the Presidential Unit Citation for the sinking of
this ship. In Wikipedia there is a list of units/ships that got
this citation during WW2, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Unit_Citation_%28United_States%29 USS Archerfish is not in that list,
as it rightfully should be. The list should be corrected
and I think some of you guys are the right ones to do
so. Best regards,
Knut S. Hornnes
Norway - June 18, 2008 @ 08:56:52 PDT
(Webmaster Note: Thank you very much for bringing this omission regarding ARCHERFISH's heroic WWII record to our attention. I have gone into the Wikipedia Presidential Unit Citation page and added the full text from the Citation presented to ARCHERFISH and Crew for the sinking of SHINANO.)
Gallant Lady is a great book. Now I have
proof about the goat. Served with Piedmont Davis in
Corsair. Abie Snider in H.L.Stimson, Jim Moran and I
were "Snake Ranch" roommates when he was at sqdn. I was
bar tender at the "Dolphin" when they bought the
"eagle and llama" (goat and rooster)
R.T."MO" Moriarty retired old Ironhead.
(location unknown) - May 15, 2008 @ 13:35:30 PDT
To all Archerfish crew members.........I salute you! I
thank you for your dedicated service to your country and to your
fellow shipmates and for being there to guarantee our American
freedoms and our democratic way of life.
Benjamin H. Bankston / Captain / USN / (retired)
Spotsylvania, Virginia - Feb 7, 2008 @ 04:50:09 PST
My name is Curt Woolley. I served aboard
the USS Pollux AKS-4 homported out of Yokosuka, Japan '65-'68. I
live in South Bend, IN. My wife & I enjoy antiquing and I
collect cigarette lighters (not all, just some) At one of the
antique stores in this area, I saw and bought a zippo with, (are
you ready?) Ben Vinca's name engraved on it along with ports of
call. How it got to this area and in that store is a story we'll
never know, but in the end I'd like to see it back in Ben's
pocket not in my display case. I'm in the book and my e-mail is email@example.com.
Wishing you all smooth sailing, Curt
South Bend, IN - Feb 2, 2008 @ 07:27:38 PST
My brother, Jim Moran served proudly on
the Archerfish. I understand he was at the other end of the
rope with the goat. He still had a laugh over this and was
quick to point it out when he gave everyone a copy of Gallant
Lady. I am sad to report that he passed away January 22,
2008. Naturally, he did it with great dignity. If
anyone served with Jim, we would love to hear from you.
Thanks for a job well done.
Nancy Moran Dalrymple
Pompano Beach, FL Jan 30, 2008 @ 16:52:16 PST
James A. Burke Jr.
West Sayville, New York - Jan 15, 2008 @ 19:12:44 PST
(Webmaster Note: James A. Burke Sr., MoMM2c sailed aboard ARCHERFISH during WWII, May 44 through Dec 44, making three War Patrols, including Patrol 5 when ARCHERFISH sank the SHINANO. Shipmate Burke received his Final Orders on August 3, 1999.)
My Connection to Archerfish: Served as medical
officer on board USS Arneb AKA 56 the year (1961-1962) that
Capt. S.A.Bobczynski commanded. He was - and still is - one
of the people in my life I most admired.
Nov 18, 2007 @ 14:21:35 PST
Enjoyed visiting and
reading about USS Archerfish online, especially the goat onboard.
I was one of the 50 Canadian Sailors that was sent to New London for Submarine training and taking over the USS BURRFISH (312) in 1961. We renamed the boat HMCS GRILSE and sailed it to Esquimalt, BC on the west coast.
Thanks for the tour of your boat.
ABRM2 Allen Fast
Victoria, BC, Canada - Nov 16, 2007 @ 11:09:09 PST
Served onboard SSN-678, the next generation. I wanted
to say thanks for a great site and plan to continue to read about
the Archerfish. If there is a reunion in the future, please send
me an invite.
Rick Baldwin, LCDR USN Retired
Montclair, VA - Oct 31, 2007 @ 11:00:09 PST
I finally got a computer that will pull up the website.
Wow! I leave in about an hour to head down to the reunion in
Laughlin. And for those who don't know, I recommissioned
Archerfish the last time and then was on SeaScan Phases 1 and 2.
I was the Tubes Aft Denmother.
Michael F. Lintner
Boulder City, Nevada - Oct 21, 2007 @ 10:47:34 PST
I have read many second world war books but the
SHINANO sinking by Captain Joe is one of my favorites. After
finishing it I thought to myself "What a great movie this
would make!". This screenplay remains one of my pet projects
for rainy days.
Ottawa, Canada - Oct 09, 2007 @ 22:33:59 PST
I served on the U.S.S. Sirago (SS-485) in 1968.
IC2(SS) "Smoke Boats Forever".
Gary L. Thonn
Slidell, Louisiana - Sept 26, 2007 @ 09:06:07 PDT
My qualifying boat was USS Archerfish ssn 678. The
first thing anyone saw coming down into upper level ops was a
painting of the 311 sinking the Shinano. It's truly a shame that
Archerfish met such an inglorious ending, after serving the Navy
for more than 20 years. In reading "Gallant Lady" I've
gotten an even deeper sense of what those who rode the boats
before me, my dad, father-in-law and many other close family
friends, went through to live and qualify on those boats of old.
'Squeaky' Stapleford. I never knew you were an old 'Playboy of
Central Village, Connecticut - Sept 13, 2007 @ 08:27:38 PDT
I enjoy your site and always remember
the beautiful picture on the WWII Archerfish sinking the Shanano
that was outside the CO's stateroom aboard the SSN 678
Archerfish. I was a plankowner on the 678 and have been to both
Kincaid, Illinois - Sept 11, 2007 @ 13:44:42 PDT
I was a quartermaster onboard in 63. Enjoying the website,
remembering some of the names. Thanks!
Key West, Florida - Aug 19, 2007 @ 07:00:47 PDT
(Webmaster Note: Bob, I sent you a reply to your Decklog post. Got intercepted by your Earthlink.net e-mail blocker. Please e-mail me back. I have some Archerfish related information for you.)
Congratulations on your website.
Oak Lawn, IL - July 28, 2007 @ 11:24:43 PDT
I will never forget the "Gallant Lady". My
first sea duty.
William J. Elmore
Greensboro, North Carolina - July 26, 2007 @ 07:02:27 PDT
G'Day to Peter Gun and friends, if anybody can make
contact please pass on "Remember Fremantle WA"
Brisbane, Queensland / Australia - June 29, 2007 @ 23:43:27 PDT
grandson of TM3 paul r. wood 9/43 to 10/44. your date of
death is wrong he passed on 12/29/04. thank you for the great
info about the hero's of the submarine service, grandpa rarely
talked about any of it.
jerrod w. walker
goreville, illinois - May 29, 2007 @ 11:53:55 PDT
My father in law served on the Archerfish during viet nam.
Petty officer Leroy Strong.
Weiser, Idaho - May 28, 2007 @ 18:21:03 PDT
Well, It's possible I'm the absolute youngest
ArcherFish fan/enthusiast out here. I'm 29 years old, and have
had a serious love for the Archerfish, and everything to do with
her, for many years now. I guess she kind of adopted me,too. I
wish, so much, that she hadn't been used for target practice. She
was beautiful, and stories about her have me mezmerized. I love
submarines in general, and old diesel boats are my fav. from any
country, but especially U.S. and Gerry boats. I'm also thankful
we still have 310 in Oklahoma, Archerfish's closest sister, and
her older sister Drum, in Alabama, whom I visit regularly.
Nicholas John Rizzo
Hamden, CT - May 19, 2007 @ 14:26:51 PDT
Dartmouth, MA - May 18, 2007 @ 04:29:38 PDT
HI I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF MEETING SOME OF THE CREW
WHEN YOU WERE IN NZ. I SURE WOULD LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH BEN
VINCA , IF YOU READ THIS BEN MY EMAIL ADRESS IS (firstname.lastname@example.org) MY
BROTHER AND I TALK OF YOU GUYS OFTEN IT WOULD BE REAL COOL TO
SWAP NEWS AND PHOTOS. TO THE OFFICERS AND CREW OF THE ARCHERFISH
I THANK YOU ALL FOR THE HOSPITALITY YOU SHOWED ME WHEN I VISITED
THE SHIP, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. KIND REGARDS JOHN BROUGH
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - May 11, 2007 @ 23:17:04 PDT
many thanks to all those you served and gave their live to
the navy for so many years.
Conrad, IA - May 10, 2007 @ 11:47:46 PDT
I am reading Gallant Lady right now. Excellent.
SSG Todd H. Beckman
Iowa City, IA - May 7, 2007 @ 16:07:19 PDT
My dad, James Dolan, served on the USS Archerfish. Reading
the stories and seeing the photos reaffirmed to me the sacrifices
many men made, and reminded me of what a special man my dad was.
Thanks to all of you who served. MM1 Robert Miller (retired USN)
Robert & Tammy Miller
Chesapeake, VA - May 5, 2007 @ 21:26:54 PDT
Thanks for all you do. I read your news letter every
item is well thought out. The time I spent on Archerfish will be
with me for the remainder of my life. There is no one that will
think the way a sub sailor will, and no one can feel the way we
feel when ever we here of a sub disaster. There could not have
been one boat sailor that did not feel for the Russians when they
were siting on the bottom. It is a different feeling and I hope I
never loose it. I want to thank everyone that works on the
newsletter, web site, and renunions. Frank Miller, EM2(SS)
Austin, Texas - May 1, 2007 @ 11:36:55 PDT
Finished reading the book about the USS Archerfish
exploits in WW2 and beyond. My thanks to all the brave shipmates
(I am a Navy destroyer man, USS BEALE & USS BROUGH).
Irwin, Pennsylvania - April 13, 2007 @ 14:38:41 PDT
i am a vietnam vet who served aboard the uss yorktown
cvs 10 but i always admired the sailors who served aboard the
subs. i read a long time ago about the archerfish in the book
theodore roscoe wrote called pig boats. fair winds and following
seas ship mates. phil elsner...ph-3 ret
brooklyn, new york - April 13, 2007 @ 13:06:05 PDT
Hi I know you guys dont know me, but, I'm George Dewey
Wheeler Jr.'s grandaughter and I just found this site. He used to
talk about The Archerfish so I feel like I was there. That
submarine was a big part of his life and he spoke so highly of
it. There are no words to describe how proud I am to be related
to this man. But I guess I'm emailing you to tell you he died on
the 1st of Feburary. I should know I got the call. He was a good
man and he talked about his crew mates with great confidence in
what you all accomplished. Thank you for making sure to include
him. He was a wonderful man and seeing this makes me know what he
fought for was worth it in the end. Thank you so much.
Buckeye, Arizona - April 9, 2007 @ 18:41:42 PDT
My Dad Taylor Lincoln Fox TMCS(SS)T.L. served on
Archer-fish during world war two and made many war patrols on
this History making submarine. Although he rode many submarines
during his time in the submarine force he always had fond
memories of the Archer-Fish and the stories of how she went to
war. When he retired he had 31 years at sea in submarines
starting with R Boats and ending with SSN. His true love was
always the Diesel Boats and the Submarine he rode to war. I am
very proud that I followed in his foot steps and had the good
fortune to ride Diesel Boats also. I was very pleased to have
found your site and keep up the good work. My Dad is no longer
with us but will always be remembered as a true submarine sailor.
Taylor S. Fox TMCS(SS)
Southampton, Pa - April 8, 2007 @ 08: 09:05 PDT
I just found this site and wanted to give thank's to
all of you who served with my father. He passed on august 8TH
2006. He served on this sub in the mid to late 50's. The only
person I was able to contact was a man named Rod who lived in the
chicago area to let him know of my father's passing. My father
wanted to have his ashes spread in the ocean in Key west where he
served. I will be honoring his wishes this oct 2007. He allway's
said to me Squid's are for kid's.Thank You To all who served with
my father and for everthing You've done for our Country! Thank
You All. Truman J Cobbeldick IV
Truman J. Cobbeldick IV
Snellville, GA - March 31, 2007 @16:26:48 PDT
My father, who just passed away, was a
schoolmate and friend of the USS Archerfish's Xo, Capt. Sigmund
Bobczynski. I recall hearing stories about him from my father,
but just recently came across informtion about him and the
exploits of the Archerfish in WWII. It has been fascinating and I
hope to find a copy of the book, GALLANT LADY. Hope to find out
Benton Harbor, MI - March 15, 2007 @ 20:48:30 PDT
I am three and a half years old, and I
like the USS Archerfish submarine. It is powerful and fast.
Ryan Forest Ruggiero
Arlington, VA - March 15, 2007 @ 15:14:23 PDT
While reading some ww2 history,
Archerfish was mentioned. Tried the net for more info found this
sight , it is very informative, easy to use and it gives a small
insight of what those who served went through. Very well done.
St Walburg, Canada - March 14, 2007 @ 14:49:06 PDT
Hello to everyone who may still remember me, 58/59. I
was very saddened to read the eternal patrol list, to find so
many of my former shipmates on it. Please stay in touch with
those that are still here, and visit as often as possible.
Poulsbo, Washington - Feb 16, 2007 @ 17:21:16 PST
Salute to my friend and patient Paul Newlove, engineering
Officer on Archerfish in WWII
North Carolina - Feb 15, 2007 @ 16:15:09 PST
So, that is what das Goat was up to all those years
McMinnville, Oregon - Feb 13, 2007 at 12:55:23 PST
(Webmaster Note: Yep! His secret life has been revealed!)
Corny, Tried to send you an e-mail but didn't go thru.
May need an update on your address. I have some pictures I want
to send you. Hope all is well and look forward to seeing you at
the reunion. Regards, Dinky
William (Dinky) Earl
San Diego, CA - Feb 9, 2007 at 19:51:19 PST
Dad was on the archerfish during WWII, I'm sorry to say he
just passed away 2-1-07. His experiences aboard Archerfish were
something he spoke about often. His shipmates were clearly his
Rest in peace Pops. George
George Dewey Wheeler III
Bonita, CA - Feb 8, 2007 at 21:38:27 PST
hope to see you all the next get together love you all skip
Skip Julian EN2(SS)
Nineveh, IN - Feb 6, 2007 at 16:29:15 PST
MASTER CHIEF ACORD HELLO FROM YOUR NEPHEW /WIFE SALLY AND
MR & MRS JOHNIE DUNLAP
CENTER, TEXAS - Jan 28, 2007 at 12:22:50 PST
(Webmaster Note: Sorry, we did not have a Chief Acord on the Diesel Archerfish SS311/AGSS311. You may be looking for the Nuc Archerfish SSN678.)
I would like to contact Ken Henry via e-mail,
concerning a statement he made on page 155 of "Gallant
Lady." Also have news that another world record has been
achieved by the Brits...183 meter free ascent by two submariners
in July, 1987. Hoping to hear from him soon, BUBBLEHEAD BOB
Robert F. Marble - TMCS(SS) USN (Ret)
Sarasota, FL - Jan 19, 2007 at 22:31:43 PST
Remember doing ops with your boat out of Key West 60-61;
was on the Sea Poacher [SS-406]. Sure was an adventure in those
days. Just wanted to look at your site [4/0] and say hello. Proud
to be a diesel boat vet! Bob
Livermore, CA - Jan 4, 2007 at 10:32:05 PST
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