USS Archerfish Decklog Archive - 2007/2008

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
Donald 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?
Allen Blevins
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 might try
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
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 1952.
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,  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   Wishing you all smooth sailing, Curt
Curt Woolley
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

Thank you Dad.
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.
RS Heilman
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
Rick Baldwin
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.
Dave D'Angelo
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 the Navy'.
Robin McAteer
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 reunions.
Robert Dees
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!
Bob Rowley
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 e-mail blocker. Please e-mail me back. I have some Archerfish related information for you.)

Congratulations on your website.
Tom Karones
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"
Vince Allard
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.
Ben Kautz
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

Thank You
Dan Harple
Dartmouth, MA - May 18, 2007 @ 04:29:38 PDT

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.
James Krough
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)
Frank Miller
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).
Mark Evdemon
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 ret
phil elsner
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.
Ashley Slobig
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 more!
Jim Benjamin
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.
Frank Torres
Poulsbo, Washington - Feb 16, 2007 @ 17:21:16 PST

Salute to my friend and patient Paul Newlove, engineering Officer on Archerfish in WWII
Andrew Mylander
North Carolina - Feb 15, 2007 @ 16:15:09 PST

So, that is what das Goat was up to all those years ago!
Pat Sanderlin
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 other family.
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 and judi
Skip Julian EN2(SS)
Nineveh, IN - Feb 6, 2007 at 16:29:15 PST

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
Bob Henry
Livermore, CA - Jan 4, 2007 at 10:32:05 PST

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