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Just completed the book (Gallant Lady) and "WOW", what a
great story. Well written and an easy
read. I felt like I was on the boat everywhere it went and thoroughly enjoyed
reading it. Hats off to the crew members who participated over the years. They
are a very special group.
Palm City, Florida
Jan 5, 2016
Dec 11, 2015
Dec 8, 2015
May 25, 2015
Greetings from San Francisco. We, the five children of
James Higgins, very much
appreciate the efforts put forth to document the WWII experiences of these
sailors. We think our father was on one other submarine and hope to find photos
March 31, 2015
Old shipmate of mine referred me. A friend of mine, a ST,
named Tom Salisbury,
is a former crewmember and he talks about his time on board. Being a CTT spook,
I never had the occasion to sample Archerfish, 311 but did on SSN678.
Sent from my iPhone
March 24, 2015
In the early 1980s a college friend of mine, John, who was a big fan of the history of the IJN Yamato, and some interests in her sister ships Musashi and Shinano. I recall him saying that he had corresponded with Cpt Enright about his operations against Shinano. We were both born in the 1960s so it was very exciting to be able to correspond with people who had served in WW2, something which gets rarer by the day.
John had said something about a connection between Archerfish and Skate but I do not know what it was. He mentioned that Skate had scored a torpedo hit on Yamato, forward by the bows, and that Yamato had to be notified by one of her escorts 'we observed an unusually high column of water on your starboard bow, you may have taken a torpedo hit.'
I am just curious if anyone know of any connection with Cmmdr Enright, or the Archerfish, and any action against IJN Yamato.
Thanks for a great history and information site.
Feb 2, 2015
I have stumbled onto a book from the archerfish in my grandfathers things. He is listed as serving on the fourth patrol Charles O. Sayles.
My father was on the crew of the USS Archerfish SS-311. I live in Ledyard, CT, USA. My father’s name is Robert Edward Sukow. He was born June 24, 1938 and passed away on February 10, 2004. He divorced my mother when I was about 5 years old and I only saw him once since then. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated as I just want to know him better.
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Apr 22, 2014
I was fortunate to have served on USS Archerfish SSN-678 from Dec 1972 til my discharge in Apr 1976. I also attended the Decommissioning where I met several of the SS-311 sailors.
John C. Coleman ET2 SS
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
Ron Richmond CS-1 (SS) USS Darter SS-576 1970-1973 D.B.F.
Ronald G Richmond, 101 S Main St., Sigourney, IA 52591, 641-622-2760
Jan 17, 2014
My stepdad was John P. Wood and on
the all bachelor crew of the Archerfish. I have an article
dated 9/25/1967 about it, but dont know much else. He is
currently 82 and recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and I
am trying to gather stories from his service days. Any
suggestions of reading would be greatly appreciated.
Dec 22, 2013 @ 19:12:26 PST
(Webmaster Comment: Thank you for your Decklog post. Read "Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish". It will give you an idea of the Crew and the Boat your stepdad commanded. LCDR Wood served on Archerfish as Execitive Officer, 1963-1964. Following transfer to the USS SEGUNDO (SS-398), he achieved the rank of CDR and returned to Archerfish as our Commanding Officer in 1967. I was proud to serve under his Command. He presented me my Dolphins in 1967.)
Starting in September 1943, I was stationed abroad the sub tender U.S.S. PROTEUS, in one of two sub relief crews, I was EM3c at the time. In September 1943, I was aboard the U.S.S. PROTEUS when she sailed to MIDWAY ISLAND. At the end of the U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH third patrol, under the command of LCDR Wright, it sailed to MIDWAY. It was here that I was transferred to the U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH and sailed on her fourth patrol. At the end of her fourth patrol, we returned to MIDWAY and picked up CDR ENRIGHT and sailed to PEARL HARBOR. It was on its Fifth patrol, under the command of CDR Enright, that the ARCHER-FISH sank JAPAN's mightiest aircraft carrier the SHINANO. The ship and crew received the NAVY PRESIDENTAL UNIT CITATION. I also sailed on the U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH on its sixth PATROL, and on this patrol the U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH encountered a Japanese submarine, the Captain fired four fish (torpedoes) from the bow tubes, missed, and then fired four from the stern tubes. One hit and the submarine sank. It was on the seventh patrol, that the U.S.S. ARCHER-FISH and ten other submarines and the sub tender U.S.S. PROTEUS sailed to TOKYO BAY for the official surrender of the JAPANESE GOVERNMENT aboard the U.S.S. MISSOURI.
There were three generations of submarine sailors in
our family. My father served on the "A" and
"B" boats in World War I, I served on the ARCHER-FISH
in World War II, and our son served on the nuclear submarine
U.S.S. NATHAN HALE during the VIETNAM WAR.
Dewight F. Kramer, Sr.
Peoria, AZ - Dec 16, 2013 @ 15:44:27 PST
(Webmaster Comment: Thank you for your Decklog post. What a proud history of US Submarine Service your family has. Any more potential generations of Kramer Sub Sailors?)
Just seeing who has penned any famous or infamous
statements about the ole Girl or their tales of adventure. I'm
still kicking which is better than I can say for the Old Goat.
Robby - 311 (60-62)
Nov 30, 2013 @ 15:26:10 PST
I just acquired a book by Capt. J.F. Enright about the
ARCHERFISH and her WWII operation against SHINANO. Decided to
check out this site on the web before I read the book. Looks like
it is going to be a great story.
Charlie Park, Capt.,USCG (Ret.)
Oct 30, 2013 @ 10:40:48 PDST
(Webmaster Comment: Thank you for your Decklog post. After you read SHINANO, pick up a copy of GALLANT LADY: A biography of the USS Archerfish. I guarantee, you will really enjoy the read!)
In 1964 the USS Archerfish visited Auckland, New
Zealand, and my aunt,cousin and myself went aboard her for one of
the three cruises around Auckland harbour. It was tremendously
exciting, and we even got to experience a dive. I remember the
order came over the loud speaker whilst we were having coffee in
the mess when suddenly everything shot off the table and we were
hanging on for dear life! I will never forget that day, and the
wonderful men I met as part of her crew, and I have a cherished
keepsake from that time too. I was made an Honorary Member of the
USS Archerfish and have a Silver Archerfish badge to prove it. I
often wonder if any of those officers and crew members are still
alive today and how they are faring. I was 28 years old at that
time and now 77, so I guess some are still active. My aunts' name
was Myra Johnson, cousin Bonny and my name Val Clark. If by
chance any of those former crew members happen to read this and
would like to contact me, my email address is email@example.com.
I am now living in Australia.
Austrailia - Oct 15, 2013 @10:26:15 PDST
Hi guys just wanted to say hullo and relate to you
about my visit to the Archerfish when she visited Sydney in the
60,s I was my a wet behind the ears 16 year old but was so
impressed by my visit to the Archerfish that i went back for a
second visit with my mate also i do have several photo,s of the
conning tower and the forward and stern tubes engine room/plus
noting that her deck gun had been removed by this time I had no
idea about her proud history then but even then i had a sense
there was something special about her can,t help but be
disappointed about her final end though she deserved better than
Austrailia - Aug 19, 2013 @ 07:04:17 PDST
Love the website ! As a 14 yr old
boy I remember well Archerfish visiting my home port of Fremantle
in Western Australia. Welcomed onboard I was taken on a
tour of the boat by friendly crew. Four years later I enlisted in
the Australian Navy which included 10 years of Submarine
Service. The positive experience aboard Archerfish certainly
contributed to my choice of Submarine Service. Like all
Submariners, I have Submarine friends all over the world -
non Submariners do not understand the brotherhood ! Keeping
the Faith - Aye
Lloyd Blake CPO Rtd
Australia - June 20, 2013 @ 07:10:04 PDST
Hi my name is Walter O'Neill Jr, my father served on
Archerfish during ww2 in the Pacific he would have enjoyed this
site, he was always proud of the boat. He passed away on March 23
Walter O'Neill Jr.
May 20, 2013 @ 11:45:46 PDST
I just met Jack Andrews, who was
aboard the 311 from 1951-1953. He lives in Guthrie, OK and
is in excellent health. If anyone knew him, let me know and
I will pass this on as he does not use a computer or internet.
Bud Stratton, QMC(SS) retired
Guthrie, OK - May 19, 2013 @ 09:43:42 PDST
My grandfather served on the
Archerfish when it was recommisioned. He was Miles T Graham. He
was an awesome man whom I dearly miss. One correction,
though. He was the exception on this all bachelor
crew. He and my Grandmother had been married for quite a
while when served aboard the Archerfish. She was telling me
about him being the only married crew member, but I had no idea
it was such a big deal until I started researching! I also
read the Gallant Lady. The author sent a copy
to my grandmother. I very much enjoyed reading it and
specifically the stories of Gramp. Thank you,
Amy White, Granddaughter of Miles Graham
Mississippi - Apr 10, 2013 @ 22:15:00 PDST
Trying to find information for my husband Edward D.
Ritzhaupt, he was on the USS Archerfish 1954 to 1955 and I
believe he was an EN2 at that time. Ed is on eternal patrol at
Tahoma National Cemetary. Thanks for any help.
Redmond, WA - Apr 3, 2013 @ 13:27:00 PDST
(Webmaster Comment: Posting your message on the Decklog in case any Shipmates who served with Ed have information. All the information we have on your husband is what is listed on the Second Commission Sailing List on our website: http://www.ussarcherfish.com/crew/keywest1.htm )
I just finished your book, Gallant Lady, and it
brought back many childhood memories and I recognized many
I was designated an Honorary Submariner by Capt. Beck on 11/21/58. This was the first time I was allowed to go out on daily op's, but I had already spent many days on the boat learning as much as I could. My father let me sleep over when ever he had the weekend duty or spend time on the boat after normal working hours. I also got to do this on the Guavina, Picuda, Sea Poacher and Threadfin. I was absolutely convinced that submarines where the most interesting thing in the world and that submarine sailors got to do cool stuff and fun things, and that's what I wanted to be when I grew up.
So, just before I graduated from high school I told my recruiter that I wanted to go to Sub School. After the first physical and the second exam, he introduced me to another Chief who after some small talk, asked me if I wanted to go to Nuclear Power School. At age 17 I made a life changing decision in about 15 seconds and said, 'OK!'
Well, the Navy I joined was much different than the Navy I expected.
The Nuclear Power Program does have deep roots in the Submarine Service. One of my nuke school instructors was a plank-owner on the Nautilus, and he told a story of when the boat was in construction, a group of reporters asked Adm. Rickover why he insisted that enlisted men go thorough intense theoretical training so that they could operate the nuclear power plant. Wouldn't it make more sense to have commissioned officers with engineering degrees operate the reactor? He replied, " I want it to come back."
By the way, rum and 7-up is an excellent cocktail, but I suspect that it is best when made with Ol' Methusala 150, poured from a gallon jug labeled Surgical Soap.
James T. Harper, Jr. MM1(SS)
U.S. Navy, 1964 -1970
Mar 6, 2013 @ 19:22:28 PST
Hello I don't have any connections to the boat though
I do love world war 2 submarines and I read the Book Gallant Lady
and some of you that have posted were mentioned in the book
and I find it fascinating on what this boat truly meant to each
and everyone of the sailors..it was more then just a ship it was
home. It sounds like each of the sailors truly loved the boat and
also the archerfish had some of the loudest crew on board as
well. She was the pride of the USN submarine fleet and she should
have been used as a musem like her sister the batfish.
Broken Arrow, OK - Mar 3, 2013 @ 23:01:00 PST
(Webmaster Comment: Thank you for your comments Matthew. As Submariners we love our "Boats" and have strong bonds to our Shipmates. That is especially true in our case. Archerfish was a wonderful home and She and her Crews shared a proud and unique history. All who served aboard Her from 1943 to 1968 share a love and pride that continues to bond us today.)
Just to let you know that I went aboard the Archerfish
when she was in Sydney Harbor when I was 16 years old. I
cant remember a lot of detail but I did wonder how the
sailors coped with the cramped conditions while at sea. This was
my one and only visit to any type of Warship and I felt a bit
overawed by the experience. It is a pity we didnt have the
type of cameras we have today as some pictures would have been
great. I still live in Sydney today.
Marinus (Rini) Brugel
Sydney, Australia - Dec 27, 2012 @ 02:51:15 PST
Greetings to any old shipmates still around and
kicking. Keith Norlin, Hydro Sea Scan I,II, & III
Nov 15, 2012 @ 09:59:00 PST
Re: webmaster comments:
THANK YOU and YES and further --- always looking to locate
OLD SHIPMATES. I am USSVI & Holland CLUB.
Know you will have it but I'll put it here
also - email: jdavidson406xo@YAHOO.COM
. If you (any of you readers) are in Bartow Fl. -
fourth Sat. of the month, Sea Poacher Base meeting starts @
11: am ---------- visitors always WELCOME !!! The very BEST to
all of you. Respy Dave.
Bartow, FL - Oct 17, 2012 @ 12:30:17 PDST
Please say prayers for my father,
CDR William H. Crawford, Jr. (USN Ret.) Class of 1942 USNA and
member of the first crew of Archer-fish. He is currently fighting
in Newport Hospital, Newport R.I.
Rhode Island - Oct 3, 2012 @ 04:52:10 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Listing from
USS ARCHER-FISH WWII Sailing List webpage - CRAWFORD Jr. William Henry LTJG
USN; 4 Sept 43, Rec for duty fm:
Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.; 1 Oct 43, Chng rank
to LT, Pri duty is Engineer; 1 Aug 44,
Chng pri duty to First Lieutenant; 17 Oct 44, Tran
to: USS SNAPPER (SS-185) for duty.
Shipmate Crawford is an ARCHER-FISH Plank Owner, was on the Comminssioning Crew and made War Patrols 1, 2, 3 & 4.)
Ahoy There and Thank you
ARCHERFISH ! A boy of 16 years, I visited onboard USS Archerfish
when she visited Fremantle Western Australia in October 1961.
Made very welcome by the crew; they were happy to show me around
the boat and describe the oceanographic work of their current
mission. Living in the most isolated city of Australia/world and
having grown up on Roy Rogers and John Wayne movies, the
crew of Archerfish were the first Americans I had ever met. They
were courteous, technically savvy and fond of their boat. A few
years later, I finished my education and joined the Australian
Navy where after a few years I answered the call for Submarine
Service volunteers. Serving more than 10 years in Submarines
where I made Chief, always considered my visit to Archerfish
contributed to my choice of Submarine Service where I enjoyed
a happy and successful Navy career. Keeping the Faith. Aye,
Perth, Western Australia - Apr 6, 2012 @ 18:42:05 PDST
I served aboard Redfin with Roy "Big rack"
Rick Hardin. Rick made chief in 65 and went to Runner (SS 476).
He told me lots of stories about Archerfish. Sadly he has passed
away. Cool guy was also a diver.
Jan 27, 2012 @ 12:26:51 PST
Merry Christmas And Happy NewYear
Don Cook 62-66
Dec 24, 2011 @ 00:26:09 PST
Wishing a Happy
Thanksgiving and sending along Holiday Greetings to all my
Archerfish shipmates. May you enjoy the holidays and I hope
2012 brings you much prosperity. Zero Bubble.
Mac McCollum 1964/65 Crew
Nov 22, 2011 @ 13:02:10 PST
Came by to see changes/updates as I
haven't been by since letting you know of my Dad's passing in 96.
(patrols 1 & 2 WW2).
I think it is great you keep this going. I know relatives/children find it valuable.
Paul Turlington Jr.
North Carolina - Oct 19, 2011 @ 12:43:54 PDST
I joined ARCHERFISH as the new Supply Officer right out of sub school. It was June of 1957 when ARCHERFISH was pulled out of the Reserve Fleet and re-commissioned. We were hauled up on the Thames Shipyard marine railway across the river from the sub base. The bow was up against one of the shipyard buildings, while the stern hung out over the water. In addition to making sure all spares were loaded, I was given the job of "diving the tanks". Inspecting the main ballast tanks while the boat was held by an undersized chain in a marine railway designed to handle much smaller craft was a bit chilling.
Operating out of Key West, I spent my first year qualifying. During that time we made several GTMO "rum runs" and deployed to the South Atlantic to measure the earths' magnetic field. (That was the beginning of ARCHERFISH adventures as an AGSS). During that deployment, we stopped in Racife, Brazil. Our February Racife port call happened to coincide with Mardi Gras. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. On the down side, that deployment took ARCHERFISH away from Key West during much of the filming of "Operation Petticoat." As I remember, ARCHERFISH was to be the boat used for the movie. Instead, ARCHERFISH deployed while BALAO was used for most of the filming. I left ARCHERFISH for QUILLBACK in the summer of 1959. Then went on to USNPostgraduate School, followed by: a tour as Weps on ABRAHAM LINCOLN (SSBN 602), SUBDEVGROUP TWO staff, XO BLENNY, CO HARDHEAD, OPNAV (OP 96) in Wash D.C., Naval Academy Instructor, and last, before retiring in 1975, COMCRUDESGROUP ONE staff in San Diego. I currently reside in The Villages, FL.
As a matter of possible interest, I have attached a picture taken at the O'Club in GTMO. ARCHERFISH presented a gift to the crew of a Coast Guard cutter that hit us with a practice "hedge hog" ASW rocket. Except for Grafton ("Whitey") Platt and Les Banghart, all of our Officers were there.
Warm regards to all,
The Villages, FL - Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:44:07 PDST
USS ARCHERFISH (SS 311) OFFICERS WITH U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER OFFICERS IN GITMO, CUBA OCLUB PRESENTING CHROME PLATED HEDGE HOG TO CUTTER. PRACTICE HEDGE HOG WAS FOUND ON ARCHERFISH DECK UPON COMPLETION OF ASW EXERCISES WITH CUTTER DATE CIRCA SUMMER 1958
(ARCHERFISH OFFICERS PRESENT IDENTIFIED. MISSING WERE WHITEY PLATT AND LES BANGHART)
to Right: Al (Sam ) Houston, CG Officer, CG Officer, CG Officer,
CO Charlie Beck,
XO Pete Poteet, CG Officer, Jim McDermott, Joe Kronzer, Steve Ramos)
I'm really glad to find this site and to have the opportunity to say thanks to all of you that served on the USS Archerfish. I have a family connection with you and a bit of my heart has been with you for a long time. My Uncle Edward Costik served on her during WW II, and as a kid when he told me of that, I thought he was the coolest uncle a guy could have. Unfortunately, I never got any of his stories or experiences while serving. I really sorry I didn't. Again, thank you for all you sacrificed and did for us, Mike Costik
Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:52:44 PDST
Archerfish site to find out about the reunion. Sorry I
can't go. Please inform me when you have a reunion on the
East Coast, preferrably near the NC South Coastal Area.
Near Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC.
Dr. Doug Stanaland former RM3 (SS)
July 21, 2011 @ 11:24:03 PDST
Thanks for keeping the "Gallant
Lady" alive. I worked for John (Nasty Ned) Reilly on
Scamp. He was always loyal to the Archerfish and talked about her
exploits without abandon! We have lost contact with Ned and
would love to reach him. If anyone knows how, please let us
know. Thank you so very much for your service and to set the bar
a few notches higher than the rest for the real Boat
Salt Lake City, Utah - June 21, 2011 @ 17:09:23 PDST
Thanks for the great website. I am
looking forward to finding "Gallant Lady" to read. I
helped out with Operation Sea Scan in 61 and 63. Hi to everyone!
Green Valley, Arizona - May 27, 2011 @ 14:48:04 PDST
I just finished reading Gallant Lady. I really enjoyed reading it. I really owe the reading to a fellow bubble head Tim Troll TM chief ret. and fellow American Legion member. You guys really must have really made an impression on my boat because I NEVER heard of the removing of any gear from the CUTLASS SS-478 nice job.
On like the Archer fish the Cutlass to the last I know, is still in service we are the only alumni I believe to have Chinese members (TAIWANESE).
TED GRANT, QM USS CUTLASS SS 478 - 1965
May 8, 2011 @ 04:22 PDST
Hello, I'm Kristin Wenke, Everett
Wenke's daughter. My dad died almost two years ago on
August 23rd, 2009. His best friend from the Archerfish,
Nelly (James Nelson), sent us some really nice stories about
Dad. I wanted to write back to him, but I was too sad at
the time. I don't remember dad's email password after all
this time and I can't find his address book--do you have an
address for Nelly?
WA, - Apr 13, 2011 @ 09:01 PDST
My fathers boyhood friend was Bill
Evans. Sometime between 1959 and 1960, he called my father, and
invited us up to Philadelphia Naval Yard. Me and a few friends
had a wonderful day that I'll never forget touring the USS
Archerfish. I just returned from Pearl Harbor and touring the USS
Bowfin. Brought back some good memories. Thanks for your Service.
Jim Fitzgerald (Vietnam Vet)
121 Bromley Drive, Wilmington DE 19808 - Apr 7, 2011 @ 19:20:51 PDST
This is Jack H Dunaway again.
I just read this crew list for 1951 re-commissioning and found
a couple of errors. I transferred from the USS
Guitarro SS363 to the Archerfish. From there I went to the
Catfish SS339. I was on the Bluegill SS242, before I was on
the Guitarro. No big deal, but it co-insides with my
Jack H. Dunaway
Hurley, NM - Feb 12, 2011@ 07:42:40 PST
(Webmaster Note: Jack, I made the correction on the sailing list page. Thanks for the update.)
Archerfish was my first assignment
out of Submarine school as a 3d Class QM Petty Officer. I drove
my wife and son non-stop from Portage, Wisconsin to Key West,
Fla. I was honored to have been assigned to such a distinguished
boat, but much to my chagrin since I was married the tour
didnt last very long as the Archerfish was getting ready to
make the long cruise, however I did get to be aboard long enough
to share in the setting of a world record when two of my
shipmates made the deepest blow and go free ascent from
312, WOW what an accomplishment! Talk about great
shipmates, this was to be the first of many I would be privileged
to share during my career in the Submarine force. I Still
have fond memories of the 311 and wear the patch on my jacket.
I am a current member of the Holland club in the US
Submarine Veterans Association it just doesnt seem
like I have been Qualified in Submarines now for over 50
years! Time Flys!
Sat, Feb 12, 2011 @ 06:48:17 PST
Hi Shipmates (and others), just
checking in on website to see what's happening. I enjoy
re-visiting Gallant Lady every now and then too. (hydro) Keith
Norlin, retired in Cedar City, Utah
Cedar City, UT - Dec 10, 2010 @ 08:45:03 PST
I just finished reading The Gallant
Lady and wanted to say "Thank you" for your
service. I am a retired Marine Grunt (current era) and
found the book both interesting and enlightning. I was all
of the best. Semper Fidelis.
Jim Senn, 1st MarDiv
Wisconsin - Oct 4, 2010 @ 07:49:20 PDST
Hi, I served on the Archerfish for 5 days in
1951. I was one of the first crew members that was going to
re-commission her. I was the first to stand below deck
watch. While going thru the boat I was privileged to be
able to read the COs night log during her tracking of the
Shinano. To this day I wish I had kept that for a
souvenir. I did not want to go to Key West as my home and
family was in San Diego. I asked the CO if I could transfer to
another boat. He replied that if I could find someone with
my rate or higher, I was ET2SS. After going to several
boats I found an ET1SS on the Catfish that welcomed the chance
and a swap was made. I have just finished reading
Gallant Lady, and now I think maybe I made the wrong
choice. Sound like you guys knew how to party. Anyway
keep the bubble level.
Jack H. Dunaway
Hurley, NM - Sept 2, 2010 @ 16:14:07 PDST
Looking for Freddie Alamedia Fire Control Tech
on Archerfish in 1964-68. I served with Freddie on the
Swordfish SSN-579 prior to his transfer to Archerfish. Any
leads on Freddies (AKA THE BUZZARD) whereabouts please advise.
Aug 6, 2010 @ 22:27:28 PDST
this excellent website. I also read the book biographical
book Gallant Lady. I noticed a friend of mine listed under
Eternal Patrol, and was hoping one of his former shipmates who
knew him well could correspond with me sometime. His name was
David A. Stevens, MM2, and was on Archerfish from 60-62. He was
later transferred to USS Darter (ss576) where I was onboard at
the time as an ET. We ran together for 2 years before I was
finally discharged. I have often wondered where he wound
up. He was career Navy at the time, and I just assumed he
stayed for 20. Anyway, if you know anyone on the boat
during the 1960-62 period I would appreciate you passing this on
if possible. Thanks
Steve Beverlin, USS Darter-SS575, 1962-64
USA - Jul 20, 2010 @ 06:20:05 PDST
Greetings from Karl Waterman STS1(SS) SSBN 598, SSBN
600, SSBN 636, SSN 583
Karl Waterman, HHP; CNHP; EFT-ADV
USA - Mar 21, 2010 @ 13:11:19 PDST
My name is Jeffrey Crawford and my father is CDR
William H. Crawford Jr.(Ret.) who served on the USS Archerfish
during its construction and first four patrols. My father
recently celebrated his 91st birthday and sends his best wishes
to all who served aboard.
USA - Feb 22, 2010 @ 10:11:50 PST
My father served as an officer on the USS Archerfish
Mary Anne Thornton
USA - Feb 4, 2010 @ 19:50:40 PST
I was just looking up information on my father Kenneth
Fanning. Thank you for the interesting site.
Atlanta, GA - Jan 15, 2010 @ 19:11:48 PST
(Webmaster Note: Tom, check your e-mail for reply.)
I served on Archerfish from 1 Aug. 57 to 16 July 58
when I transfered to the Balao. I wanted to set the record
straight. I am not on eternal,YET. I live in the mountains in NE
Pennsylvania on a small 54 acre farm.
William Everly (no e-mail address given)
Pennsylvania, Nov 11, 2009 @ 08:15:43 PST
(Webmaster Note: Welcome back to Archerfish William. We had you listed as "missing" but did not have you listed on the Eternal Patrol List. I have corrected our records to show you as "found". If you would like to reconnect with the Archerfish Crew, receive our Newsletter and be kept up to date on Archerfish Crew info, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your e-mail address and we will get you all set up to receive the Newsletter and a copy of the Archerfish Crew list.)
Read Gallant Lady over the summer. I am trying to
locate LCDR Ken Woods -- he was my Navy JROTC in high school. Big
influence on me -- attending VMI and making a career out of the
Stamford, CT - Oct 24, 2009 @ 07:37:49 PDST
Hi shipmates! I hope everyone is enjoying the reunion
and remembers our shipmates that aren't with us anymore. good
luck and smooth sailing. Your pal and ship-mate
"Shades" EMC(SS)USN ret. (65-67)
Lacey, Washington - Oct 7, 2009 @ 20:26:34 PDST
Just finished "Gallant Lady". The wife
couldn't figure out why I was laughing so much.. Can't believe I
was in PH during that timeframe (61-63) and didn't know about
this. Guess I spent too much time in my favorite watering hole,
the Hukilau. I would have loved the "splice the
mainbrace" with this group.
Rob D Jacobsen
Yakima, Washington - Sept 29, 2009 @ 13:15:05 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Rob, Very glad you enjoyed "Gallant Lady". It was a fun Crew and a great Boat. Thank you for reading our story and taking the time to post in our Decklog.)
My THANKS to all the crew
of this fine submarine (USS Archerfish)...Well done and best
wishes to any remaining members.
Irwin, Pennsylvania - Sept 28, 2009 @ 07:55:30 PDST
73 to a Fine Boat & crew. Ray Terry SO3C USS
Epperson DDE 719, KF6QJP
Arthur "Ray" Terry
Victorville/Apple Valley, California - Aug 22, 2009 @ 16:43:53 PDST
Gallant Lady is a super book which I enjoyed (listened
to audiobook). My thanks to the brave people who served aboard
the Archerfish during and after WW2. These people helped to
secure our freedom and stabilise world peace after WW2. Many
thanks to you all.
Leicester, UK - August 8, 2009 @ 13:02:48 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Carl, Very glad you enjoyed our story. Thank you for your kind words.)
What was the maximum depth that a Japanese depth
charge could be set to explode at in WW2?
Beachwood, Ohio - August 7, 2009 @ 19:11:59 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Geoff, try "Googling" the following: "Japanese depth charges maximum depth". You will find some relevant information.)
Served with many of your ships company in other boats.
Newport, Oregon - August 5, 2009 @ 14:27:54 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Tom, Your messages will appear in our Archerfish Newsletter. Some Shipmates you know may see your posting and contact you.)
I qualified on the USS Bream [AGSS 243]
in 1967. Am a member of USSVI [USS Snook Base in northwest
Arkansas.] One of our Base members loaned me "Gallant
Lady" which I just started to read. I remember several of my
shipmates applying for duty on the Archerfish in the 1966-67
timeframe. Don't know if they made it or not. DBF
Garfield, Arkansas - July 25, 2009 @ 14:05:11 PDST
BM3 DD 784
San Francisco, California - July 14, 2009 @ 00:31:43 PDST
Although I served aboard the USS Thornback (TAD) &
the USS Sennett, the Archerfish was the submarine I qualified on
& I'm proud to be a Archerfish Sailor. This site is a
wonderful tribute to the Grand Ole' Boat & all of it's crews
over the 25 years of service to our beloved country. God bless
all of you !
Dr. Doug Stanaland
Ash, North Carolina - July 3, 2009 @ 02:36:33 PDST
After over 50 years I found Archerfish web site and
was suprised to have my name on the roster with a red mark next
to it. I remember some of the crew members.
John Kump GM3(SS)
Lake Grove, New York - June 28, 2009 @ 15:21:16 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Welcome Home John. The red diamond next to your name on the Sailing List means we had not found you yet. Very glad you found us. Check your e-mail for further info on Archerfish and Crew.)
John D. Moore, FN (SS) worked in the battery shop Subbase Pearl.
He was a great sailor and had the good forutne to become an
Archerfish crew member. I worked in the instrument shop (color
blind). I believe John was from Macon, GA. When he told me he was
going to the Archerfish his smile was even bigger than his
Gilbert, Arizona - May 28, 2009 @ 20:34:15 PDST
Remembering our Missing Shipmates on this Memorial
Day, 2009 - We honor their memory and thank them for their
Webmaster - May 23, 2009 @ 15:50:00 PDST
Been a while, lost my first wife of almost 50 years,
met a fantastic lady simular situation at a yard sale. WE DON'T
DO YARD SALES , but we do breakfast !!! I asked her she said YES.
Dover/Hillsborough, Florida - April 30, 2009 @ 10:28:56 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Dave - Glad to hear from you. Sorry to hear you lost your wife. When you say you met a fantastic lady and she said "yes", does that mean your hitched again? Congratulations! I have sent this update to Pig for the Blast.)
Sorry to hear of the passing of Lloyd W. Maxwell EMC
(SS). Lloyd had been on recuiting duty sometime before coming to
Archerfish and went to recuiting duty when he left. I remember
that he always looked like he had just stepped off of a recuiting
poster. I took some poleroids of his Chiefs initiation and he
asked me to give him copies. I finially sent them just a few
years ago. Larry
Larry D. Meyer
Waverly, Missouri - April 21, 2009 @ 09:10:39 PDST
I was a Shipmate with John Reilly on Scamp (SSN-588).
We have lost contact with him and are concerned about him. If
anyone knows how to contact him or if he is on Eternal Patrol, we
would certainly like to know. I have read the Gallant Lady and
found it to be a great book about a Great Boat and a Great Crew.
Thank you, Lew
Salt Lake City, Utah - April 17, 2009 @ 16:32:52 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Unfortunately, John Reilly has dropped out of sight. We do not have any new contact info available.)
To my best knowledge, my father, Warren T. Hedrick F1c
was on the Archerfish late 1944 to Sep. 2nd 1945. He just turned
87 years old and does not remember like he used to. I recorded
video's of the Pompanito's at Fisherman's Wharf in S.F. which was
supposed to be a sister sub. He seemed to recognize all of the
interior shots. If anyone can give me more information on crew
members still alive or with any information, I would greatly
appreciate it. Thank you, Tim Hedrick
Timothy T. Hedrick
Fenton, Missouri - April 13, 2009 @ 08:09:27 PDST
Just discovered web site and will be returning.
Clarence (Sam) Patten
Hixson, Tennessee - April 9, 2009 @ 19:08:18 PDST
My father served on the Archerfish when he was
stationed in Key West.
Lilburn, Georgia - April 9, 2009 @ 17:09:20 PDST
Just finished reading "Galant Lady". A great
Stephen A. Kinter MMC(SS)
(location unknown) - April 6, 2009 @ 12:56:51 PDST
Thank You for your service..
Richard R. Murtagh
New Market, Maryland - April 3, 2009 @ 07:43:32 PDST
I'm trying to find the story of the "goat and the
chicken" which happened in New London,either in '60 or '61.
I was stationed on Nautilus at the time but from 65-67, I was
stationed on Archerfish. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
John A. Schinnell EMC(SS)USN RET
Lacey, Washington - April 3, 2009 @ 17:32:41 PDST
(Webmaster Note: Our copywrited story is posted on the main page of our Archerfish Website and listed as the "Goat Story" under the Operation Sea Scan banner. Here is the direct link.: http://www.ussarcherfish.com/afishpic/goat.htm. I have added your address to our Archerfish E-Mail List and will send you a copy of the list.
My father, Robert W. Ibach, was a member of the
Archefish. He is on his deathbed as I write this, suffering from
cancer. I am his proud son, Bob, and I want to thank all who have
made this website a tribute to the great men of this submarine
unit. My dad was especially proud of his service during WWII and
some of the stories he told over the years showed just how proud
he was to have been a member. He lived a good life, taught others
so much, and he was my best friend and mentor. I will miss him
greatly, but thanks to this website I know a part of him will
live on. Thank you.
Sarasota, Florida - March 27, 2009 @ 22:34:31 PDST
(Webmaster Note: UPDATE 4/8/09 - Shipmate Ibach passed on 4/7/09. Sailor, Rest Your Oar........ )
My grandfather, LTJG James (Jim) M. Thornton, served
on the Archer-Fish during WWII. Knowing the mortality rate on
subs, he still chose to serve on a submarine because the outcome
of battle, for submariners, is either victory and health, or
death ... no returning home mamed or paralized. He once told me
one of his jobs was ordering supplies ... and he accidentally
ordered a zillion cans of peppered beef soup ... and the crew was
so tired of eating that stuff by the end of the tour. (Sorry,
gentlemen!) But somehow later, like Radar O'Reilley, he was able
to obtain an ice cream machine. (You're welcome, gentlemen!)
Another story tells of how grandad and some of the crew wandered
the streets of Tokyo immediatly after the surrender ... a foolish
and dangerous move ... but there was no trouble and he was
treated with respect. After the war, the men working at his
factory respected my grandfather as a war hero. His uniform still
hangs in the closet and photos of the Archer-Fish are still on
his bedroom wall. He died 9/4/96, just days after my birthday ...
he had leukemia and was in no shape to buy a present ... for
which he felt badly. I remember he took my hand and told me I was
"a good kid." He was saying goodbye. This was before I
was old enough to understand and appreciate his service to our
country. I would have been proud to serve with him. I wish I
could tell him that now. James A. Thornton
Louisville, Kentucky - March 21, 2009 @ 16:31:20 PDST
God bless all of you.
Kenneth A. Martinek
Norwalk, Connecticut - February 17, 2009 @ 09:30:20 PST
A friend of Ltjg, Joseph Jasper Bosza. I worked for
Joe at the City of Palo Alto, CA, Electrical department, for 32
years. He never spoke of the sinking of the carrier until years
later. The last I saw of Joe, he lived in Mt. View, California.
Fremont, California - February 15, 2009 @ 17:43:41 PST
In The Galant Lady there was a story about tatoos,
well I have one to share. My dad Don Denning MM1. Had many tatoos
from blue birds on his chest pulling a heart apart to Indian
maidens and Japanese gayshaes on his arms, the sub an dolphins
too, but my favorite one I didn't see until I was 13 or so . We
were in a locker room changing, he got up to walk to the show and
on his left cheek their was a silver bath tub chain with a yellow
cork attached to the end of it. going right up to,well you know.
By far the most original tatoos I've ever seen but for the crew
of the Archerfish just another tatoo. He had a lot of fun with
the nurses at the vets hospital, with that tatoo. Today was his
birthday, happy birthday dad I miss you. Ron Denning
Eagle, Colorado - February 12, 2009 @ 21:52:57 PST
(Webmaster Note: Great story Ron! Happy Birthtday to your Dad. We miss DR too.)
My dad was one of the members, of the all bachelor
crew during operation Sea scan. It was the high light of his 20
yr. service. He was a submariner for 6 yrs and very proud of his
time on the Archerfish. He also served on the Ramora. He passed
away in Sept. 2008. I miss him but his duty will keep him alive
forever as will the duty of all that have served our great
country. The country he loved so much. His name Donald R.
Denning. Thanks for keeping their memories alive with this web
site. Ron Denning
Eagle, Colorado - February 9, 2009 @ 21:15:07 PST
USS CUSK SS 348, 1962-1966
Allan M Kilpatrick
Cathedral City, California - February 2, 2009 @ 19:00:27 PST
I wish to make a correction to the 2nd Commission
Sailing list. It states that I was recieved for duty from the
Bluegill and then went to the Guitarro. What it should state that
I was rec fr duty from the Guitarro and the pulled a swap with
Walter Knowles to go to the Catfish SS339. If you look at
Knowles' bio you will see he came from the Catfish. I spent three
years on the Catfish before leaving the Navy to go to college. I
still wear an Archerfish cap along with one from the Uss Cusk
(SSG348), the Bluegill (SS242), the Guitarro (SS363), and the
Catfish (SS339), all boats that I proudly served on. Thanks for
your great web page on such a great SUB. Jack Dunaway
Jack H Dunaway
Hurley, New Mexico - January 30, 2009 @ 07:50:54 PST
(Webmaster Note: The information we have posted is taken from the official Personnel Diaries for Archerfish, on microfilm file, at the National Archives. If swaps occurred as stated, and we have no doubt they probably did, the Yeoman did not correct the record. As far as the history of Archerfish is concerned, and that is what we are maintaining, we leave the records as they stand. They are the only official Naval records for Archerfish that are available.)
Served on A Fish 311 10/ 58- 1/60. Qualified. Very
much a special BOAT to me. First of five (5) smoke boats. All
Sqd. 12 - Seperated Marlin T2 - 1967. If you were on A FISH at
that time PLEASE PLEASE contact me. EMAIL or 813 659 0877. Leave
msg, W/phone # and best time to call. I WILL CALL ASAP. Thank you
and STAY SAFE. Dave
John ( DAVE) Davidson
Dover, Florida - January 25, 2009 @ 20:17:58 PST
(Webmaster Note: Dave - I tried to e-mail you and got a "bounce" on your address. Please send me an e-mail to Archerfish Webmaster so I can send you some A-Fish related info.)
Magnificent story! I am searching for more info
regarding Lt David Bunting...and possible relationship...anyone
out there know?
Dr. Daniel L. Bunting PhD
Cloverdale, California - January 24, 2009 @ 10:49:07 PST
Glad to see the Uncle I'm named for
James D. Coulson listed here. He was an ET3 who transfered to the
1st crew of the Nautilus in Feb 54. I followed Jim and my dad
Gerald into the Navy but in aviation. I went on to serve 30 yrs
in the US Navy. Retired as a Captain in 2007. Thanks for keeping
the information on this site!
James D. Coulson
Hudson, Wisconsin - January 18, 2009 @ 17:33:56 PST
Listening to an audiobook about the
exploits of the Archerfish, and thought I would take a look at
the web site. Youngest son was on a Boomer for a time, so I have
an interest in Submarines.
James W. Somervell
Canton, Michigan - January 12, 2009 @ 22:09:09 PST
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