A little while back I posted the following story showing my Awards Record when I was stationed aboard Sailfish and the crew was awarded the Viet Nam Service medal (Below).Continue readingWe Were Never There – A Follow Up…..
“One of the many things that every old diesel submarine sailor remembers is the time that was spent in the After Battery crews mess on ‘Mess Cook’ duty!” Typically withinContinue readingThe Mess Crank
Enginemen Russ “Bogie” Bogar & Bill “Lanny” Lanahan 1972 Blower Overhauls When Sailfish left Sub Base Point Loma for West-Pac in 1972 and I was an After Engine Room Oiler, weContinue readingBlower Overhauls – Yokosuka Japan 1972
“Never underestimate the imagination of a diesel boat sub sailor who has nothing but time on his hands. Given that time, he will certainly dream up something amusing to occupyContinue readingWinner Winner Chicken Dinner
I once worked with a fellow submariner who rode the Nuc boats back in the late 1980’s and remember him mentioning something about ‘Pizza’ night….. I remember having some prettyContinue readingWe Never Had Pizza
“I’ll never forget the sounds, smells, and vacuums that took place during a good snorkel run, but what will always stick with me was being the Throttleman on watch andContinue readingPrepare To Snorkel!!
Leaving for West Pac was always a big deal for any of the boats stationed at Sub Base Point Loma. The Submarine Wives Club would always show up with freshContinue readingPreparing To Get Underway For Deployment To The Western Pacific
“The most dangerous person on a submarine is the ‘Non-Qual’” One of the greatest days of a submarine sailors life is the day he is finally “Qualified in Submarines”! TheContinue readingSubmarine Qualified (SS)
One of the memories I have as an engineman on Sailfish was operating the Masker/Prairie System during night time battery charges while submerged on the snorkel. The unit was basicallyContinue readingUnderwater Stealth
I remember the West-Pac of 1972-1973 when Sailfish operated in the Tonkin Gulf. There were several crew members who decided to re-enlist when Sailfish operated there since all pay includingContinue readingWe Weren’t There……
After Sailfish completed dry dock and overhaul in the early spring of 1972, we headed off the Hawaiian coast outside Pearl Harbor to conduct our first ‘Test Dive’. Everything wentContinue readingThe Sailfish Had An Enormous Sail!