307 - Eternal Patrol
Abben, Robert B (Blue 77-77 ETR) Robert Abben was born on February 15, 1952 and died April 15, 1980 at 28 years of age. He was residing in Zephyrhills, FL. During the 70’s Robert served in the US Navy and was stationed onboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Blue Crew in 1977 as an ETR2. Reported by Robert’s widow Karen Abben Baker.
Adams, David A (Blue 69-72 EM) David Alan Adams, 78, who was born August 22, 1938 in Holyoke MA, departed on Eternal Patrol September 6, 2016 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mabel (May) Ruth (Ducharme) Adams, his two sons Charles (Tracy) Adams and Richard (Melissa) Adams, his granddaughter Maggie Adams, his siblings Ruth (Harold) Pace, Faye (William) Harrington, Linda Adams, John (JoEllen) Adams, and Joan Mason. He served in the Navy for 13 years in the submarine service. His three ships included the USS Henry Clay, USS Lafayette, and the USS George Washington. His primary job was a Nuclear Technician in the Navy during this time. He also taught at the Nuclear Power School. After his naval career he worked in the financial industry. He was a Vice President at Barnett Bank and SunTrust Bank.
Akers, Max N (Blue 69-70 CAPT) CAPT Max N Akers, USN (Ret), The son of John Q Akers and Luvene Griffin King (Akers) was born on Apr 12, 1933 and passed away Dec 8, 2013 in Ardmore, OK. Max was born at Graham, OK and after high school, Max moved to Washington, DC where he worked as a congressional patronage appointee in the Post Office for the House of Representatives. Max had joined the Naval Reserve in April 1950 and was recalled to Active Duty in March 1952. While serving with the Seabees, Max received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy. He entered the US Naval Academy in June of 1954. After graduation, he reported to the USSS NOBLE APA-218. He then went to Sub School and Nuclear Power Training. Max served on USS Scamp SSN-588 and four SSBN’s, including a command of USS JAMES MADISON SSNB-627 GOLD. Post command tours included Engineering Training Director, FBMSTC, Charleston, SC, Executive Officer, Naval Submarine Base; Bangor, WA; Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Center, Charleston, SC and Chief of Staff, Charleston Naval Base, Charleston, SC. After retirement in October 1985, Max was employed as Operations Manager, the BDM Corporation, Charleston, SC. Max also worked as an independent consultant in defense industries. In 1990, Max moved back to his native Oklahoma. Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Rogers and Carol Diaz, both of Gig Harbor, Washington; and four grandchildren, Jacob Diaz, Candace Diaz, Ashley Rogers and Bailey Rogers. Interment will be at Ft Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, OK with Military Honors provided by the US Navy.
Aldrich, Steve (Gold 73-78 MM) Steven Vincent Aldrich, 63, of Hermann, passed away on Friday, Jun 19, 2015, at St Louis University Hospital. He was born on Jul 1, 1951, in Haverhill, MA, the son of the late Kenneth Aldrich and the late Loraine (Osgood) Aldrich. On Feb 23, 1980, he married Bonnie (Pullen) Aldrich. She preceded him in death on Jan 1, 2009. He was then married to Becky (Rouse) Aldrich on Oct 30, 2010. She survives his passing. Steve proudly served his country in the US Navy. In 1980, he went to work as a Reactor Operator for Ameren UE. He retired in 2009. Along with his wife, Becky, Steven is survived by daughters, Natascha Rowland (Dax) of Tacoma, Wash., and April Wimmer (David) of Portland; step-son, Michael Rodriguez (Stephanie) of Tulsa, Okla.; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Alkire, Richard R (Blue 62-64 FT) Richard R Alkire – Ladson, SC - Richard a retired Master Chief FTCM, passed away on Saturday August 31st, 2019. Papa Rich or "Alkie" as he was known was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather as well as friend to all he met who will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Rich was born in Aurora, CO on October 2, 1937 and was the only son of the late Raymond A and Irene B Alkire. He graduated from Aurora High School in 1955 and joined the Navy. During his 28-year Navy career he rose to the rank of E9 Master Chief and garnered the respect of all he met. Upon retiring from the Navy, he embarked a 20-year career with Milcom systems where he continued working on Navy vessels as defense contractor. An avid fisherman and hunter, who was called by many as "the best fishermen they ever knew". While in Washington State he held the base record for the largest King Salmon caught a 35 lbs that stood for over 30 years. Also, in Washington he caught a 12.5 lbs Beardslee Rainbow Trout in lake Crescent and was a record for several years. In the Gulf of Mexico, he caught a 137 lbs sail fish. In South Carolina won numerous bass fishing tournaments. Rich is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Nancy J Alkire; son Neill Kirkpatrick, daughters Kellie Kirkpatrick and Felicia Alkire; granddaughters C Jordan Kirkpatrick DVM, Hannah Sylvester and Beth Alkire and grandsons Logan Grimball and Hunter Alkire; great-granddaughters Lilly and Abbie Sylvester.
Allen, Clifford P (Gold 76-78 MMCS) Clifford "Cliff" Peter Allen, 68, of MA and Andover, England, died unexpectedly March 3, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a fall earlier that day. He was born in April 1, 1945 in Newburyport, MA to Herman E and Barbara (Currier) Allen. He was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1964. He enlisted in the US Navy and served for 20 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1984. Upon retiring from the Navy, he went to work at Westford Anodizing. Cliff enjoyed his retirement traveling the country in his RVs, often spending winters in Florida and summers in Colorado. Cliff is survived by his wife Joanna Scott of Concord, MA and Andover, England; 2 daughters, Stephanie an Pavlides of Providence, RI; Jill McMurray of Long Beach, CA; 2 sons, Chad of Lebanon, Maine; Todd of Durham, NH.
Andersen, Roy M (RDCS) Roy M Andersen of St Augustine, FL departed on Eternal Patrol September 18, 2002, Roy served on USS Lafayette SSBN-616 as a RDCS from 1962-64
Arel, Stephen E (Gold 90-90 MT) Stephen E Arel of Plainfield, CT was born on December 4, 1953 and passed away on February 23, 2007 at age 53. There is no known cause of death for Stephen. He was buried in Massachusetts Veteran Memorial Cemetery/winchendon Section W1A Row D Site 31, Winchendon, MA. He served in the US Navy on nuclear subs SSBN-654, SSBN-626, SSBN-616 and SSBN-642.
Arnold, Pat (Gold 84-87 ET) Pat was a good friend from Louisiana who died during a refit in Charleston, South Carolina, March 1987.
Bain, Barry E (Blue 68-71 MM) Barry E. Bain, 66, of Roanoke, left on Eternal Patrol on Friday, August 24, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Cecil Bain; brother, Donnie Bain; and sister, Dreama Dillard. Barry served 20 years in the Navy Submarine Service and had retired in 1986. Surviving are his wife, Janet Bain; son, Neil Bain; beloved granddaughter, Hannah Bain; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Jay Overholt; aunt, Joyce Smith; and his very special nieces, nephews and cousins.
Baird, Arthur N (Blue 66-72 ETC) Arthur Nile Baird, 81, of Bradenton Beach, FL passed away on Oct 21, 2017, in Wilmington, DE. Ted was born on Feb 5, 1936 in Idaho Falls, ID to Roland & Edna Hayes-Baird. He graduated from Butte HS in Arco, ID in 1954 and enlisted in the Navy and served 20 years during the Cold War on five submarines, USS Wahoo SS-238, USS Corporal SS-346, USS Snook SSN-592, USS Lafayette SSBN-616, and USS William H Bates SSN-680. He retired from the Navy in 1974 as a Master Chief. After attending Idaho State College Ted worked for Westinghouse as a Nuclear Engineer and spent 7 years in South Korea as site manager of the Kori Nuclear Power facility. He retired from Westinghouse in 1996. After retirement, Ted loved ballroom and country-line dancing with his wife, Luanne, as well as, playing his organ. He was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. Ted will be fondly remembered by family and friend’s worlds wide and especially those at the Sandpiper Resort and in the Bradenton area. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roland Hayes, son Arthur Jr, and grandson Andrew Baird. Ted is survived by his wife Luanne, 10 sons and 7 daughters; 3 brothers and 1 sister; 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Ted's family will spread his ashes among the seven seas.
Baisch, Fred H (71-71 YN) Fred Henry Baisch, 75, passed away April 18th, 2013 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. Fred was born January 14th, 1938 in DeSoto, MO to Fred Edwin Baisch and Lenora Anna Maria Kistenmacher Baisch. Fred served in the Navy for over 26 years, aboard USS George Washington SSBN-598, USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN-600 and USS Lafayette SSBN-616. Fred retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1984. He then worked for and retired from the US Postal Service in Orlando, FL. He was a member of the Central FL USSVI. Fred was married to Ann Sullivan in 1954. Fred married Delores Carmigani Powell. Fred and Ann were reunited in marriage after 50 years. Ann preceded him in death in 2011. Fred was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Lola C. Garrett and Doris M. Eck, and cousins, Melvin Baisch, Virginia Haverstick, and Betty Heffron. Fred is survived by one daughter, Angela Madden of Carthage, MO, and one son, Michael Baisch and wife Christine of Red Bluff, CA. Two step-daughters Jeanne Smith and husband Clint of Golden City, MO and Lisa Coleman and husband Bill of Webb City, MO. Two grandchildren, Erin Madden of St Louis, MO and James Michael Madden of Fairbanks, AK and step-grandchildren.
Barron, Robert W (65 EN) Robert passed away 4/15/2006 in Gerber, CA. He was survived by Sue Elane. He served on USS Sterlet SS-392, USS Bashaw SS-241, USS Bluegill SS-242, USS Andrew Jackson SSBN-619, USS Lafayette SSBN-616.
Barth, David V (Blue 62-66 NavET) David Victor Barth, 73, of Lakewood, CO passed away on May 6, 2016 after a short illness. He is survived by his significant other of 43 years, Carol Mikesh, sister Naoma Welk of Mendham NJ, and brother Duncan Barth of Centerburg, OH. Dave served in the US Navy for 6 years and was a NavET onboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 from 1962-66. He earned a BS in Aviation Management from Metro State College, an MBA from UNC, and a PhD in Computer Science from Kennedy Western University. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery at a later date.
Bartyzal, Edward (Gold 67-68 SK) Edward “Punky” Thomas Bartyzal, 72, died at his home in Corpus Christi, TX on March 7, 2010, after a long illness. A letter was received from Mrs. Flora Bartyzal to inform us that her husband Edward passed away from cancer.
Bates, Bert Samuel (60s TMCS) Bert Samuel "Pete" Bates (Feb 21, 1924 - Jul 27, 2008) died of congestive heart failure in his Port Angeles home. He was 84. He was born in McArthur, OH, to Bert Samuel and Florence (Austin) Bates. He joined the Navy in 1941. He was a member of the Submarine Service from 1942 to 1971, he served on 11 boats and was Chief of the Boat on the USS Sablefish and USS John Adams. He was awarded the Silver Star twice as well as the Submarine Combat Pin with four stars and commendations. He served onboard SS-352, SSBN-616, SS-385, SS-383, SS-303 and SSBN-620. Mr Bates married Shirley Palmer in Carson City, NV, on April 18, 1988. Mr Bates is survived by his wife, daughter Sandra Bates Hinck of Orinda, CA and son Peter Bates of Westbrook, CT. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
Bauer, William F (Gold 62- ENCS) Shipmate William F Bauer passed away on 7 March 2005. William Qualified in Submarines onboard USS EX U-2513 in 1946. He would also serve onboard USS Cobbler SS-344, USS Trigger SS-564, USS Seawolf SSN-575, and USS Lafayette SSBN-616 retiring as an ENCS(SS).
Bean, Richard (Blue 74-76 YN) Richard "Moby Dick" Bean, 63, passed away on February 14, 2005, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on May 6, 1941, in Cortland, New York. He entered the Navy after high school, retiring after 23 years of service. His life's passion was riding his Harley and being with all of the extended family that came with it. He will be greatly missed by Pam, his wife of 32 years, and his children Michael, Robin, Michelle, Richard, Christopher and Jennifer. Richard will also be missed by his grandchildren- Heather, Zachary, Kayla, Joshua, Jenna, Brighton, Justess, and Austin. PN1(SS) Dick Bean sailed aboard Lafayette 75-76, was our ship's clerk. He rose to the rank of PNCS(SS) and served as COB aboard the USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629).
Bell, Edwin D (Gold 69-72 STSC) Edwin D. “Ed” Bell, 70, (Jul 27, 1938 – Oct 16, 2008) of Winona, MN passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 16, 2008, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, LaCrosse, WI. In keeping with his wishes, his body was cremated and his family held a celebration of his life in Texas at a later date.
Benedict, William H (Both 72-75 EMCS) William H “Skip” Benedict, 63 of Pittsford, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2003, at the Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MI. He was born Nov 6, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Henry and Esther (Dull) Benedict. Skip was a career service man attaining the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy. He was also involved in the first testing of the Trident Nuclear Submarines; he was a nuclear submarine operator for 14 years and a member of the Fleet Reserve. Skip was a leader who pushed his people to get qualified. When he took the reins of “E” Division qualification of his people was a high priority to him. He motivated the “E” Division crew to get qualified and stay qualified. He was very proud of his people and loved going to sea. Although he went to recruiting duty after his tour on the Lafayette, his heart was still being at sea. He was that type of individual that prospered at sea. When he retired from the Navy, he worked for Mack Steel in Jackson, retiring as Electrical Maintenance Supervisor. Mr Benedict was married Jan 23, 1963, to Rose David and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Bill (Eileen) Benedict of Grand Rapids and David (Cindy) Benedict of Jonesville; three daughters, Rosemarie (Scott) Hinkle of Cumming, GA, Kathy Benedict of Jonesville and Ruth Ann Fernandez of Hillsdale; 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph, and a sister.
Benjamin, Jerry L (Gold 62-67 IC) Jerry “Ben” Benjamin, age 76, of Heidenheimer passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017. He was born March 8, 1941 in Hillsdale, MI to George and Ruth (Whaley) Benjamin. Jerry married Jacqueline Smith on January 1, 2000 in Las Vegas, NV. He attended high school in Litchfied, MI and also Central Texas College earning himself a degree in Criminal Justice. He was a veteran of the US Army having achieved the rank of Captain and was also a veteran of the US Navy. He was the owner and mechanic at Benjamins Imports for many years and had been living in Central Texas since 1973. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as brothers Harold, Harrison and Robert Benjamin and sisters Maxine Spencer, June Carlisle, Calista Carmean, Thelma Benjamin, Jean Carmean and Jane Hughes Burkhart. Jerry is survived by his wife Jacqueline of Heidenheimer, son Jay Benjamin of Copperas Cove two daughters Jerilyn Duncan of Conroe, Jodi Richard of Ft Worth, two brothers John Benjamin of Michigan and James Benjamin of Arlington one sister Jacqualyn Huber of Michigan as well as 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Berg, Michael L (Both 85-88 SK) CPO Michael Lynn Berg, USN Ret, of Jupiter, FL, born on Apr 4, 1948 in New Cumberland, PA, passed away at age 70 on Aug 23, 2018 in Jupiter. He was the son of Catherine (Berg) Duckett and the late Robert A Berg. He graduated from National University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Michael served in the Navy from 1968 to 1988, and served tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Michael was the beloved husband of Kimberly W Berg. He is also survived by his daughter, Maricel Berg (Aaron) Witko and grandchildren, Caiden and Reese.
Berger, Lloyd (Blue 65-67 ET) Lloyd D "Ham" Berger, Nov 28, 1942 - Dec 28, 2005. Prior to retirement, he was a field engineer with NCR Corporation. He also worked at Artromick International. He served his country in the US Navy as a Navigation ET aboard the USS Lafayette and also the USS John C Calhoun submarines. He was a member of the American Legion Post 85 in Newark, OH and the Buckeye Lake AMVets Post 51, in Thornville, OH. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also an avid golfer. Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Margaret "Marge", son, Eric Thomas Berger, of Newark, OH; daughter, Tarina Rebecca Berger of Newark, OH. Ham was a good shipmate and friend, he will be greatly missed.
Berry, Ronald L (Blue 65-65 LT) Ronald Lee Berry departed on Eternal Patrol on 14 August 2007 in Brush, CO at age 60. He was born in Casper, WY on 17 May 1947. Lieutenant Berry proudly served on the nuclear missile submarine USS Lafayette SSBN-616 in 1965 on the Blue Crew.
Biebrich, Joseph (Gold 86-89 FTB) Joseph Anthony Biebrich, 50, departed on Eternal Patrol June 25, 2017 in Las Vegas.
Bishop, Cecil B (Blue 64-70 FTB) Cecil B Bishop Jr (March 6, 1943 - May 1, 1984) raised in Joanna, SC and served in the US Navy on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616. Cecil was a friend to all and he was proud to be a ship’s diver.
Blackwood, Edward (Both 73-75 CMD) Edward B "Ed" Blackwood, CMD USN (Ret) 63 of Annapolis, MD died of lung cancer July 31, 2008 at home. Ed was born June 24, 1945, in Detroit. He graduated from Saginaw High School in 1963, the Naval Academy in 1967 and earned his Master's of Business Administration in 1980 from University of MD. A nuclear engineer, he worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1975-85, then for a private consulting firm for three years. He worked for the Department of Energy from 1988 -2008. He served in active duty with the Navy submarine service from 1967-75 and in the Reserves until 1994. He was an ordained Presbyterian elder and a member of the American Society for Quality. Sailing was his passion. Survivors include his wife of more than 25 years, Beth Blackwood; son, Edward Delarosa of Houston; daughter: Beth Ann Blackwood of Helena, MT; brother, RADM Hugo Blackwood of Summerville, SC.
Bohnenstiehl, James R (Gold 78-80 STS) James Ronald Bohnenstiehl was born July 25, 1946 in Illinois and passed away February 3, 2003. Jim served as an STS on the USS Lafayette Gold for 4 patrols from 1978 to 1980.
Boyd, Arlan Eugene (63-63 MT) Arlan E Boyd, US Navy (Ret), 78, of Lake Como went on Eternal Patrol Sat, Sept 19, 2015 at home following an extended illness. He was born in Fremont, CA and had been a resident of Lake Como for the 11 years, coming from Yuma, AZ. He was raised in Lincoln and Rising City, NE. He retired as a MY1 in 1974 after 20 years of service. He served on were AFEES, Omaha, NE; NTC, San Deigo, CA; Sub School, New London, CT; USS Sabalo SS-302; Naval Schools Comd., TI, San Francisco, CA; Guided Missiles School, Dam Neck, VA; USS Barbero SSG-17; Naval Insp. Ordnance, Sunnyvale, CA; USS George Washington; Naval Weapons Annex, Charleston, SC; USS Hunley AS-31; USS Holland AS-32; AUW School, Key West, FL; USS Howard W. Gilmore AS-16; NAD Earle, Colts Neck, NJ; NISMF, Vallejo, CA; and Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA. He was awarded the China Service Medal (Extended), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. After his retirement from the military he became a Certified Public Accountant and was employed by Medicare, visiting hospitals and prisons all over the country on their behalf. He was a member of the USSVI Holland Club, and was the VFW Post 1929 in Petaluma, CA. He was a good husband, father and grandfather. Preceding him were his parents, Victor and Dorothy Boyd; his wife of 38 years, Phyllis Boyd; a son, Kevin Shawn Boyd; a sister, Vicki Dee Boyd and a daughter-in-law, Carole Boyd. Surviving are his wife of nine years, Rose Smith Boyd of Lake Como; an adopted son, David Boyd (Debbie Thompson) of Rohnert Park, CA; two step-sons and spouse, David Hand of Callahan and Wendell and Christine Hand of Jacksonville; four grandchildren and spouses, Arlan and Ashley Boyd of Indiana, Stephen and Traci Boyd of Daytona Beach, Ashley “Little Girl” Boyd of Lake Como, and Michelle Boyd (Michael Beauchamp) of Ft. Myers; three great grandchildren, Zoe Boyd, Sophia Boyd and Michael Beauchamp; and several nieces and nephews.
Bradfield, James (Blue 80’s ET) James Bradfield was the NavET on the Blue Crew who was hit by a drunk driver in Port Canaveral. Harvey McFadden escorted the body I think to Pennsylvania.
Bratcher, James L (Blue 65-70 ET) James L. Bratcher, 75, passed peacefully on January 29, 2014 after a long fought battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family, and joined in hand with his loving wife Jolene of 19 years. Born to Lewis & Lyda Kennedy in Kinston, NC on Sept 1, 1938; Jim was raised in nearby Moorehead City before enlisting in the US Navy at the young age of 16. Serving aboard the USS Lafayette and several other submarines, he spent 30+ years proudly serving his country. Following his honorable discharge in June of 1985, Jim relocated to the Spokane area where he found success as an electrician and designer for American Sign Inc, and Indicator Sign Company. Upon retiring from the sign industry, Jim relocated to Port Orchard where he met, and married Jolene in 1995.
Breedlove, Charles H (Gold 70-73 FTB) Shipmate Charles Hansel (Charlie) Breedlove Jr, 65, (Dec 13, 1948 – Nov 26, 2014) of Sharpsburg, GA passed away in McDonough, GA. Charlie born in Athens, GA, son of the late Charles Hansel Breedlove Sr and Frances Freeman Breedlove. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1966 where he was very active in sports, especially football. He attended Presbyterian College in South Carolina on a football scholarship for a year. He married Karen Kersey on September 13, 1969 and joined the US Navy serving ten years in submarine service. After serving his country he was a Tech Support Engineer for Silicon Graphics. Charlie was a special man, easy going, made friends so easy. He was a great dancer, a great jokester, loved sports and he played the guitar. He loved model airplanes, fishing, and four-wheeling. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Karen Breedlove; daughter & son-in-law, Kim & Ken Graves; granddaughter, Emma; brother, Bob & Susan Breedlove; sisters, Gay & Tony Grant, Merri & Gary Pennington & Joy Wedemeier, and several nieces & nephews.
Bridges, Robert T (Blue 79-82 CDR) CDR Robert T Bridges of Merritt Island, FL was born April 27, 1945 and departed on Eternal Patrol May 1, 2016. Reported by USSVI
Bronson, Ralph E “Gus” (Blue 84 FTB) Ralph E “Gus” Bronson passed away in Arlington, VA on October 1, 2016 after suffering from complications associated with having had a stroke. He was born in Cincinnati, OH Feb 11, 1956, son to Ike and Lovie Bronson. Ralph served in the US Navy from 1979-99. Served on submarines USS Lafayette and USS Alabama as an MT. After retiring from the US Navy Ralph held a number of position: Ordnance processing technician Missile Assembly Building (MAB) SWFPAC; Engineer IV ITT AIS Crystal City office Washington, DC; Supporting Director Strategic Systems Programs (DIRSSP) Reentry Systems SP 28 and Compliance SP 31; and, Civil Servant for DIRSSP in SP 201 Engineering Branch Technical Evaluations and Assessments as SP 20141 Technical Program Management Evaluations Manager. He is survived by his wife Lamar, his step-son Elliott Maines and two step-grandsons
Brown, Richard F (Gold 62-63 FTM) He lived in Carlsbad, CA and is survived by Ruby. He qualified on USS Diodon SS-349 in 1961 as a FT2. He also served on USS Lafayette SSBN-616 in 62-63 and USS Casimir Pulaski SSBN-633 in 63-65
Brown, Robert James (Gold 75-79 QMC) Robert James Brown was born November 27, 1947 in Pennsylvania and passed away December 14, 2008 in New Jersey. Bob served as a QM Chief on the USS Lafayette for several patrols from 1975 to 1979.
Buell, Ralph S (Blue 79-83 RMCS) Ralph S Buell (15 Aug 1935 – 04 Oct 2001) I am sad to say that my old RMCS Ralph Buell was layed to rest some years ago. He was the RMCS of the radio gang when we won the fleet "Green C" for radio communications while I was onboard. Ralph was a great and wonderful person. Submitted by: Dick Lamborn RM
Bull, Darrell W (Gold 80 SA) Darrell Wayne Bull went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the home of a family member in Chattanooga. Born on Nov 26, 1959, in Athens, TN. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Etowah, TN. He attended school at McMinn Central High School, Englewood, TN. He also served in the US Navy on the submarine USS Lafayette. He was a very talented construction worker for most of his life. Survivors include one son, Max Bull, of Delano; and a daughter, Stella Bull, of Florida; father and stepmother, Jimmy and Judy Bull, of Etowah, TN, and mother, Juanita Bull, of Helena, MT.
Bullough, Bruce Gold (86-88 XO) Bruce L Bullough Captain USN (Ret) died 4/28/03 at home after a 3 year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Cecilia Novotny Bullough, his sons Ben and Jon and his daughter Liz. He was buried with full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemeter on May 19, 2003. He was a Naval Academy Graduate, class of 1972 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His distinguished 29 nine year naval career was dedicated to the submarine service.
Bunch, Louis M (Blue 65 IC) On March 3rd Louis M Bunch was quietly departed on Eternal Patrol. Louis proudly served in the United States Navy for 21 years. For much of his career he was assigned to missile submarines. The ships he served on included USS Penobsoot, USS Pursuit, USS Sea Leopard, USS Lafayette, USS Sam Houston, USS George Washington Carver, USS Thomas Jefferson, and the USS Hardhead. After retiring from the Navy, he opened and co-owned the Big Key Shop in the Majors Dept Store in Mariners Harbor. He also took pride in his work at the Staten Island Zoo building the rain forest exhibit. Louis is survived by his "bride" of 62 years, Rosetta G. Williams and his three sons, Louis E. Bunch (Cindi), Brian W. Bunch (Nellie), Darryl M. Bunch (Nadia) and daughter, Jorgina Bunch-Russo. His oldest daughter, Alvine Bunch-Reed passed in 1996.
Bundy, William F (Blue 84-85 LCDR) CDR William F Bundy, PH.D., US Navy Ret (1946 – 2019) was an Associate Provost at the US Naval War College where he focused on technology integration to the United States Navy. With over forty years of service to the United States, Dr Bundy enlisted in the Navy and rose to the rank of Chief Sonar Technician (Submarines) prior to being commissioned as a Naval Officer. He held various positions in the Navy including Command of a submarine and as the Director, Naval Officer Candidate School. He ended his active duty career as a Commander. He was a member of the Centennial Seven - one of the first seven African Americans to command one of our nation's submarines in the first 100 years of the nation's submarine force. While in the Navy, Commander Bundy earned a Defense Meritorious Service award and a Meritorious Service Award in addition to over twenty other personal, unit, campaign, and service medals. He was recognized as the 1993 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement in Government and the US Navy League's Dalton L. Baugh award for inspirational leadership in recognition of his professional accomplishments during his service in the Navy. In private life, he served as the Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, was a FleetBoston Financial Executive prior to assuming his civilian position at the Naval War College. He has also served on numerous local and national boards of directors. He was an adjunct professor at Providence College and Salve Regina University where he taught leadership, business organization, and ethics courses. He is survived by his loving wife Jeanne Bundy of Bristol, RI, two sons and a daughter, William, Raymond, and Andrena. He has three grandchildren, Matthew, Eleanor and Annalise. He was a mentor to all and a role model to many aspiring and current Naval Officers. He holds advanced degrees from Salve Regina University and the Naval War College, and the University of Hawaii.
Cagney, Ed (Gold 66-67 TM) Edward John Cagney, Jr, 67, (Jan 27, 1945 - May 27, 2012) entered his Heavenly home on Sunday after a long illness. Ed is survived by his wife, Denice, his children AnneMarie Cagney Carlin; Stephen Edward Cagney of Green Forest, AR; Bernadette Cagney Reeves; Andrew James Cagney of Creedmoor, NC. Ed is also survived by 14 grandchildren and two brothers Richard Cagney of Lancaster, OH, Philip Cagney of Bluffton, SC; two sisters, Maura Cagney Leus of Cape Girardeau, MO, and MaryEllen Cagney Misitigh of Kingwood, TX. Ed was born in Boston, MA and after graduating from High School in West Hartford, CT, he entered the U.S. Navy in June 1963 where he served actively for six years with the submarine service. Upon being honorably discharged in June 1969 he moved to Houston, TX. Ed worked for The Kroger Co., Houston Sports Association (aka The Astrodome), St Joseph's Hospital, and American Reality Investments where he retired in January 2011, after 20 years of service. Ed was an avid sports and music fan. His favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and the Houston Astros. Ed spent Thanksgivings feeding the less fortunate with the Salvation Army and he was a devoted Roman Catholic.
Calloway, Wendall E (COB) Gold 68-72 RMC Chief Wendall Eugene “Gene” Calloway (Dec 23, 1932 - Jun 30, 2016) US Navy, Ret, 83, of Kingstree, SC, died Thursday evening at his home. Chief Calloway was born in Spartanburg, SC, a son of Lewis Calloway and Evelyn Belcher Calloway. He was a graduate of Fairforest High School, and served in the Korean Conflict as a Radioman Chief. Chief Calloway was a Shriner, a member of Berkeley Masonic Lodge, VFW, Fleet Reserve, Tin Can Sailors, and Hagan Hunting Club. He was a retired District Ranger for the SC Forestry Commission and was a member of the State Employees Association. He was the widower of Christeen Moore Calloway. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and riding motorcycles. He was famous for his BBQ sauce and cooking hogs. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed Tom Clancy novels. Chief Calloway also enjoyed emailing his friends, playing games on his computer, and watching Westerns and the Braves play baseball. Surviving are, two daughters, Terry (& Ricky) Langston of Moncks Corner, and Wendy (& Stuart) Holcombe Charlotte; three sisters, Carolyn (& Norman) Wright, Joan (& Jerry) Gilliam, and Vanessa (& Bob) Marx, all of Spartanburg; a brother Ronnie (& Carolyn) Calloway of Spartanburg; a granddaughter, Melanie Langston; and two great grandchildren, Cole and Peyton Schneider.
Calvert, Laurence L (66-69 RM) Laurence Leonard "Larry" Calvert, 57 (Oct 11, 1947 - Nov 2, 2004), telephone repairman from Sedgwick, KS, died Tues, Nov 2nd. Served in the US Navy & Vietnam War. Born in Scottsbluff, NE.
Canzani, Vince (Blue 81-83 MT) Vincent V. Canzani, a gifted photographer, died suddenly in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday morning the 22nd of June at 61 years of age as a result of a tragic automobile accident. He grew up in the historic Rush Creek Village in Worthington. He Studied at Columbus College of Art and Design; Industrial Design Studies. Mr. Canzani was born in Columbus Ohio 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Missile Technician in the Naval Submarine Service aboard the USS Lafayette SSBN from 1980-1986. Vince was a good friend from my time on the USS Lafayette SSBN 616. He was a Missile Technician.
Carignan, Walter C (Blue 62- TM) I verified that TMC Wally Carrigan's was listed in the Fleet Reserve Magazine as deceased. submitted by George Henson
Chavez, Manuel (Manny) C (Gold 74-78 MSCS) Manny entered on Eternal Patrol on October 24, 2018. He was born on March 4, 1938. Manny qualified in submarines on the USS Sarda SS-488 in 1963 and was a MSCM(SS) when he left the Navy after serving honorably for 28 years from 1959 to 1987. His US Navy Submarine Service career also included duty assignments on the following: USS Sarda SS-488 (63-64), USS Tench SS-417 (64-65), USS Sand Lance SSN-660 (69-72), USS John Adams SSBN-620 (72-74), USS Lafayette SSBN-616 (74-78), USS George Bancroft SSBN-643 (79-82), USS James K. Polk SSBN-645 (82-83) and USS Billfish SSN-676 (83-84). Manny was a member of the prestigious Holland Club, and a lifetime USSVI member. Manny possessed a positive and supportive personality, and will be remembered for his love of gardening, bringing orchids to the wives of Thresher Base members at our bi-monthly meetings. Each winter, Manny would visit his home town in the Philippines. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Marilyn and his family.
Cinna, Michael A (Gold 64-67 FT) Michael A Cinna (21 Jun 1944 to 26 Aug 1991) passed away in 1991 in Hollywood, FL. He left a wife and 2 kids.
Coffman, Harlan T (Blue 62-63 ET) Harlan Thayer Trout (Doc) Coffman, 87, of Marion, IA died peacefully in the presence of his family, Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017. Harlan was born July 12, 1930, in Fairfield, Wis., to Carl Coy and Carol Thayer Coffman. Following high school, he entered the Navy in 1948, serving with the 5th Marine Regiment as a corpsman in Korea. He participated in the securing of the Pusan Perimeter and the amphibious landing at Inchon. He was wounded at the Chosin Reservoir and received the Purple Heart. He later cross rated to be an Electronics Technician and served on fleet ballistic missile submarines for the remainder of his career. He was a Plank Owner on the USS George Washington (SSBN-598) and the USS Lafayette (SSBN-616). He retired in 1975 off the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) as Senior Chief Electronics Technician (ETCS)(SS). Harlan's true love was his wife, Esperanza, and the family they started. His infectious smile, quick wit and heartfelt hugs will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Cowan, James (Blue 66-70 MM) James Cordell Cowan, 71, of Batavia, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015 at his residence. He was born May 30, 1944 in Cincinnati, son of the late Charles & Margaretha Frey Cowan. He was married to Lillian Walriven Cowan for 27 years. James was a US Navy Submariner Veteran during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Queen City Masonic Lodge #559. He was survived by his wife, children James (Betty) Cowan, Daniel Cowan, Michael Berry, Thomas Cowan, Jillian (Samuel) Thorpe and his grandchildren, Jimmy Cowan and Cady Berry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles "Jerry" Cowan, Judith Gould and Janeen Dawson.
Cozad, Duane Everett (Gold 80-80 QMC)Duane Everett Cozad, age 72, of Cottage Grove, MN passed away December 27, 2015 at his home under hospice care. Duane was born July 15, 1943, in Council Bluffs, IA, to Everett "Slim" and Mabel (Lewis) Cozad. He grew up in Council Bluffs and entered the Navy at the age of 17. On Dec. 30, 1962, Duane was united in marriage to Lorinda Bauman in Council Bluffs. He continued to serve in the US Navy over 20 years. Duane served aboard four submarines, Benjamin Franklin SSBN-640, Tullibee SSN-597, Caiman SS-323 and Lafayette SSBN-616 until being honorable discharged having attained the rank of Chief Quartermaster. They moved to Cottage Grove, MN in 1980. In 1982, he started working for the US Postal Service where he was employed for 24 years. Duane enjoyed woodworking, refinishing and restoring old furniture. He was a member of the VFW in Cottage Grove and American Legion in St Paul Park. Duane is survived by his wife Lorinda; children, Susan (Jeff) Welch, Sheri Cozad and Steven (Lynn) Cozad; grandchildren, Duane, Misty and Robert (Angela); great-grandchildren, Rachel and Declan; sister, Linda (Roy "Bud") Bryen; and brother, Darwin Cozad. Preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Mabel; sister, Florence Roseau; brothers, Kenneth and Robert Shepard.
Cubbedge, Carlon Eugene (Blue 65-67 CSC) Cubbedge, Carlon Eugene, LT, USN, Ret, 77, of Toms River, NJ died September 10, 2015 at the Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ after a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cancer. Carlon was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 12, 1938 to Carlon Van Cubbedge and Barbara Ann Minikene. His family included sisters Barbara Ann Parrington and Geraldine Daly and a step brother Fred. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1955 and rose through the ranks to retire as Naval Officer in 1978. He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V. He was given the Meritorious Service Medal for his exemplary performance of duties upon retirement. He qualified in Submarines and served on six submarines. He married his childhood sweetheart Norma Vales in Brooklyn, NY on April 5, 1958. He leaves behind four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
Curtis, Keith L (Blue 60s ET) Keith L Curtis, age 57, born Aug 22, 1942 and departed on Eternal Patrol Jan 20, 2000. Last address was in San Bernardino, CA 92365.
Davidson, Paul G (Gold 78-80 HM) Paul G Davidson Virginia Beach, VA - passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Heritage Hall. Paul was a US Navy veteran of 20 years serving as an independent duty corpsman. He retired in 1992 as a chief petty officer, last serving on the USS Asheville. Paul is survived by his wife, Jean Davidson of Virginia Beach; a daughter, Kim Gossett; two sons, Brian and Kevin Davidson, all of Kingsport, TN; a sister, two brothers, four granddaughters, two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Day, Raymond F (Gold 62-67 MM) Raymond Francis Day of Schellsberg, PA qualified USS Lafayette 1964 departed on Eternal Patrol 4 Apr 21, 2013. He was born in Johnstown Oct 21, 1939. He married Carole A. (Engelbach) Day in 1959. In addition to his wife he is survived by daughter Ruth (Martin), Lincolnton, NC; son George (Margaret), Charleston, SC; daughter Heather (Dennis) Hill, Charleston. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and one great grandchildren. Ray graduate in 1957 from Johnstown HS. Ray served in the US Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the Submarine branch, retiring after 22 years of service. He then was employed as a project manager for Life Cycle and then taught vocational education at Berkeley County School in South Carolina. Ray will be interned Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Dekart, Donald F (Gold 62- ETN) Don Dekart (06/36 - 07/84) was born in born in Hastings, MN and he passed away in Tujunga, CA. His wife reported that he went on Eternal Patrol in 1984.
DelFavero, Edward R (Blue 62-62 FTC) Edward R DelFavero, 74, of Goose Creek, the husband of Janie Ruth Del Favero, died on Sunday, May 2, 2004 at home. Born on April 6, 1930 in Passaic, NJ, the son of the late Edward A Del Favero and Stella Chimileski Del Favero. He was raised in Clifton, NJ and was a member of the Clifton High School Athletic Hall of Fame for the 1946 Varsity Football Team. Mr Del Favero retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy. He was a member of the America Legion Post 166 of Goose Creek. He will be deeply missed by his wife Janie Ruth, two daughters: Nina Marie Del Favero of North Charleston and Regina Morphis and her husband Mike of Fort Worth, TX; a son: Vince Del Favero of North Charleston; granddaughter: Melissa Marie Wall, her husband Brian and their two children Carson Marie Wall and Catherine Parker Wall all of Georgetown, SC; a sister: Lelia Coyle of Clifton, NJ.
DeMello, Dean E (75-77 STSC) DeMello, Dean E, 78, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of Jean DeMello. Father of John de Mello (Kim) and Krista Archibold (Keith). Grandfather of Kerry Dianora, Madeline de Mello, Sarah de Mello, Mathew Archibold and Mackenzie Archibold. Dean will be missed by his loyal companion, Nancy Fancy Pants. Honorably served from 1958-1977 in the US Navy Submarine Fleet onboard USS Saint Paul CA-73 (1959-60), USS Hardhead SS-365 (1960-63), USS Robert E Lee SSBN-601 (1960-63), USS Tinosa SSN-606 (1967-72) and USS Lafayette SSBN-616 (1975-77). Dean retired as a Senior Chief Sonar Tech STSC(SS).
Deuel, Jamieson K (Gold 64-67 LCDR) Commander Jamieson "Jamie" K. Deuel (USN Ret.) died on June 29, 2019 at the age 87 years old, widower of Carol Deuel, born in Geneva, NY Feb 23, 1932 but has called ABQ home since 1968. A graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1954, Jamie proudly served for 21 years retiring in 1975. In 1972 he was a wrestling referee at the Munich Olympic Games. In 1975, after being stationed in the UK for 5 years, he retired from the Navy he returned to ABQ. He brought the game of soccer to the Westside of ABQ when he created the Northwest Rio Grande Soccer League, and started his own company Deuel & Assoc. He is survived by his four children, Holly Gilster, Beth Deuel, Martha Curran, and Jake Deuel, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren who know him by the name "Coach".
Diaz, Rudy (Blue 62-65 ENC) Rudolph "Rudy" Diaz, 86, of O'Fallon, IL, born June 18, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Maryville, IL. Rudy served 28 years in the US Navy as a machinist mate, nuclear trained aboard various submarines. He then worked for Monsanto's W.G. Krummrich Plant and retired as maintenance superintendent. Rudy was a loving man, who will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion (McNabb) Diaz; a daughter, Sharon (Diaz) Kinzel; parents, Arthur and Mary (Jasso) Diaz; and his brother, Johnny Nesmith. Surviving are his daughters, Denise (Jim) Fogwell of O'Fallon, IL, and Colleen Bennett of O'Fallon, IL; a son, Glenn (Charmaine) Diaz of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren, James P Fogwell, Shanna Kinzel, Serena Hyder, Crystal Taylor, Dustin (Meredith) Hyder, Scott Bennett, and Tonya (William) Ozee; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Dickinson, Randy (Gold 83-85 MS) From MMC/SS Alan Pankratz, husband of Christine Pankratz (Dickinson) who was Randy's brother. My wife was making a scrap book for her nephew and getting information (Randys son who is also in the Navy and is in EOD) was visiting your web page and noticed Randy's name on your lost Sailors page. Unfortunately Randy passed away in Nov 1993
Didlott, John Lacoma (Gold 77-80 TM) John Lacoma Didlott departed on Eternal Patrol on June 26, 2014 in Denver, CO. He was born September 20, 1956. John joined the US Navy and served on the USS Lafayette as a TM striker in the late 70's. He is survived by his wife, Alison Barrett, children Christina, Brandi, Eric, Victoria, and Melissa, 10 grandchildren and 3 sisters. He was buried in Fort Logan Cemetery, Denver, CO.
Dixon, John W (Both 65-70 RMC) JOHN DIXON JR, 72, passed away on Thur, March 30, 2017 in Flagler Beach, Fl. John was born on Sept 16, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to John and Theresa (Satriano) Dixon, Sr. John grew up in Brooklyn NY. After Graduating High School John enlisted in the Navy where he served our country for 27 Years and retired in 1988 as RMCS(SS). Joined the Navy to see the world and first duty station was 90 miles from home, McGuire AFB, Trenton, NJ next he received orders to RM"A" school in Bainbridge MD, then to the USS Seminole AKA-104. 3 trips to Westpac and Vietnam convinced him to volunteer for Sub School. Then he proudly served on AKA-104, SSBN-616, SSBN-620, SSBN-626, SSBN-640, SSBN-656, SSN-680 and SSN-704. John is survived by wife, Vicky Lynn, His Daughter Kelly Miller (Dixon), Tracy Bybee (Dixon), her Husband Tony, Donna Lee Longacre (Dixon) & His Son John Dixon III. Two Step-Sons Joshua Collier and his wife Trinity and Peter Collier. John was Blessed with 9 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. John is also survived by numerous cousins, friends and shipmates.
Dodge, Ken E (Gold 85–89 CDR) Kenneth Edward Dodge, 68, of Silverdale, died on 24 February 2016 of natural causes. Ken was born on 9 August 1947, in Cody, Wyoming. Ken grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he met Judy Holt. They married on 13 June 1969. After the passing of his wife Judy in 1995, he married Patrice Bramwell (February 1997 to December 2014). Kenny graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1965. then The Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1969. He served in the US Navy and served on submarines most of his career. His naval career spanned three decades, from 1966-1993, when he retired as a Commander in the United States Navy. His final retirement was from the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA, in 2015. Kenneth E. Dodge was survived by his children: Clinton & Jennifer Dodge, Dawn & Brett Asay, Heather & Cody Davis, Amber & Michael Clegg, Misty & Phil Kim; grandchildren: Olivia, Alex, Aaron, Jacob, Rebekah, & Jenny Dodge; Caleb, Eli, Emily, & Claire Asay; Autumn, Abby, April, & North Davis; Joseph, Alison, Samantha, & Dustin Clegg; Tyler, Dallin, Bryce, & Austin Kim; and Joslyn Jarvis; mother: Phyllis Dodge; and siblings: Claudia & Dick Mantlo and Nikki & Mark Hardy; his in-laws: Boyd M. Holt and Karen (Holt) McCraley; other extended family members; his wife of 18 years: Pat (Bramwell) Dodge.
Dolman, Paul William (Gold 70-71 RM) Paul Wilson Dolman, 68, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home in Fort Myers, FL due to complications from multiple myeloma. He was born in Midland, TX, the youngest son of Jack and Mary Dolman, but grew up in the small town of Bartlesville, OK where he learned the values of honesty, hard work, and living by the golden rule. Paul graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy in 1965 earning the Distinguished Military Student Award before enlisting in the Navy in 1967. Upon completion of submarine school in New London, CT, he served aboard several conventional and nuclear submarines as a communications and cryptographic specialist. One of his proudest moments was when he earned his dolphins aboard the USS Amberjack. Paul was honorably discharged in 1971. Paul is survived by his dear and wonderful wife, Mary Louise Dolman. Paul also developed special relationships with his two stepchildren, Sara Oliver and David Oliver and the four legged family members, Molly, Lexie, KathyKat, PizzaPizza. Paul also leaves his brother and mentor; Allan Dolman (wife Marietta), of Jacksonville, FL, Niece Mindy Watson and nephew Jon Dolman.
Donahoe, Richard (Gold 76-80 ET) Rick Donahoe (6/2/54 - 7/82) of Pittsburgh, PA passed away from pneumonia. Rick suffered from leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant from his sister. He is remembered by shipmates as a “die hard Steelers fan” and as a good shipmate. Shipmate rest your oars.
Dooley, Joseph P (Gold 62-64 TMC) Joseph P Dooley, 79, of Fountain Springs, PA departed on Eternal Patrol on Wednesday June 12, 2007 at Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He qualified aboard the USS Sea Leopard SS-483 in 1951. Joe was a TMCS(SS) and plank owner on the USS Lafayette and USS Fransis Scott Key. He is survived by his wife Ann.
Doss, Robert Wayne (Blue 68-71 STS) Robert Wayne Doss, 66, Goose Creek, SC departed on Eternal Patrol August 05, 2014. Born on March 3, 1948 Olney, MD. Wayne was a US Navy Veteran and served on the USS Lafayette Blue 1968-71 as STS3. He was a Civil Engineer with Davis & Floyd for 29 Years. Wayne’s passions in life were the love of his country and his Interest in WWII and Civil War history. He also loved music and playing his guitars. He is survived by his loving wife Dianne, son Jeff (Natalie) Doss; sisters: Donna Blakley and Dawn (Jay) Krider, brothers Mark (Alice) Almond, Richard (Kathy) Hudson; Grandchildren: Kyle and Logan Doss; nieces: Robin Blakley and Sarah Almond. He is also predeceased by his sister Debra Doss and his brother Junior Barley.
Douglass, Walter Matthew (Both 62-62 CAPT) Born: 6/17/1923, EP 12/13/2002, Joined Navy in 1942 and retired in 1974. Commissioned ENS 6/5/1946, LTJG 6/5/1949, LCDR 1/1/1958, CAPT 7/1/1967, retired 6/1/1974. Served on DD-876, SS-321, SS-311, SS-419, SS-341, SSBN-616, SSBN-602, SSBN-643.
Drain, Timothy T (Gold 76-78 QM) Timothy passed away in 2001, and didn't pass on any Navy items to his kids. I was wondering if there are any photos of Tim or the Lafayette. Patti Drain, email: Irish0597#aol.com
Draper, Meril E (Both 78–82 QM) Dec 23, 1956 - Aug 28, 2007, Meril E Draper of Brinnon, WA died of trauma from a motorcycle crash at Harborview Medical Center. He was 50. He was born in Tacoma and graduated from Bethel High School in Spanaway. He was a Navy petty officer aboard the submarine USS Lafayette, from 1978-1982. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed backpacking, boating, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed golf and skydiving. Mr Draper married Melody Ann Jarrett in Reno, NV, on July 4, 1985. Survivors include his wife; four children and one grandchild.
Eaves, Charles E "Doc" COB (Blue 63-66 HMCS) Charles “Doc” E Eaves , HMCS(SS), Blue Crew COB 1963-67 of Johns Island SC was born January 31, 1929 and departed on Eternal Patrol May 29, 1993.
Ellis, Niall W (Gold 78-80 STS) Niall W Ellis was born March 27, 1957 in Pennsylvania and passed away September 23, 1984. Niall served as an STS on the USS Lafayette Gold for 4 patrols from 1978 to 1980.
Eppinger, Richard L (Blue 62-66 FTM) Shipmate Dick Eppinger of Cape Coral, FL departed on Eternal Patrol on March 29, 2014, reported by his daughter. Dick was aan FTM and a Blue Crew plank owner from 1962-66.
Evans, Donald (Blue 63-65 YNC) Donald Hilton Evans (USN Ret), 78, passed peacefully away on November 8, 2014. Don was born in Longview, TX to parents Byrd Cobb Evans and Claudia Louise Evans on October 22, 1936. He grew up in Cyril, OK. Don is survived by his loving wife Joyce, his two daughters Nona, Susan and three grandsons. Don joined the US Naval Reserve in 1954 and entered into active service in 1955. He spent much of his career in the nuclear submarine service during the Korean & Vietnam wars. He proudly served on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Blue Crew for many years before receiving a transfer to the Pentagon where he served as Admiral's Writer for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare. In addition, Don acted as Staff Leading Yeoman for the Fleet Ballistic Missile Squadron 15 in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to his retirement in 1972, Don attained the rank of Yeoman Senior Chief Petty Officer.
Eversole, Scott (Gold 79-86 ST) Scott Eversole (9/17/60 - 8/15/91) lost a battle with cancer In Summerville, SC. He made people laugh; his was a great artist that made several drawings of our sonar gang and several others throughout the boat. He was a great friend and a Sonar Supervisor that taught me many things to be a great Sonar Supervisor. From STS1(SS) Wayne Houseright (Ret).
Farris , Jeffrey Donald (Blue 80’s QM) Jeffrey D "Jeff" Farris, 45, QMC-US Navy-Naval Seal-Retired of Riverview, FL passed away at his residence on July 13, 2007 of natural causes. A native of Manchester, CT that grew up in Union, ME and a local resident of Riverview, FL since 2003, when he moved here from Tampa, FL; he was a realtor for A & M Reality Company-Century 21 in Riverview, FL; a Baptist and a member of the American Legion. During his career, Jeff was a submariner and a US Navy Seal and he also was a US Navy Recruiter. Jeff was assigned to the US Navy Submarine-SSBN Detterrent earning his Patrol Pin with 4 Gold and 1 Silver Stars; enlisted Silver Dolphins Insignia; Sublant Letter of Commendation; Lafayette Letter of Citation; Sea Service Ribbon with 6 Stars; Good Conduct Award with 2 Leafs; Navy Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Instructor Basic "C" School and Company Commanders School. Jeff is survived by his wife, Dawn of Riverview, FL; three sons; Justin Farris of Summerville, SC; Timothy and William Hanna of Riverview, FL; two daughters, Amanda and Katie Farris, both of Summerville, SC; his father, Lester Farris of Auburn, Maine and a sister, Toni of Pittsburgh, PA.
Feller, Harry William (Oil Can) (Gold 64-71 MM) Harry William Feller, MMC, USN, Ret, age 79, died Sunday, November 16, 2014. Harry was born in Washington, D.C. on October 9, 1935, son of Harry Phillip and Myra Elizabeth Feller. Qualified in submarines on the USS Darter SS-576 in 1959 and was a MMC when he retired from US Naval Submarine Service after 20 years in 1973. He was employed at the College of Charleston for 25 years as Plant Manager. Harry was a member of First Assembly of God and a devoted member of the Charleston Chapter of Full Gospel Business Men since 1982. He was a member of the Sub Vets of Charleston and the VFW of James Island. He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances, four children; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Ann Lloyd of VA.
Ferris, Albert A (Blue 62- RMCS) Albert A Ferris, 72, of Groton (Born: 02/15/23), passed away Jan. 14, 2006 at the Groton Regency. Mr. Ferris retired from the US Navy as a Master/Senior Chief Petty Officer in July of 1972 and transferred to the Fleet Reserve of the US Navy after 30 years of active military service. He then worked at Electric Boat, where he retired after 25 years. He is survived by two daughters and a sister.
Finn, Michael (Gold 60's MM) "Mickey" Finn was a very popular shipmate and friend.
Fitzgerald, Bart (Gold 86-89 LT) Bartholomew “Bart” Fitzgerald passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Thu), and two adult sons, Andrew (24) and Matthew (23) of River Ridge, LA. He has one brother, Matthew, of Hickory, NC. Bart was 48 years old. Bart was born on November 9, 1961, in Fort Defiance, AZ, on the Navajo Indian Reservation to parents John and Alice Fitzgerald, also deceased. He grew up and went to High School in Casa Grande, AZ. Bart attended Tulane University on a Navy ROTC scholarship from 1980 to 1984. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, and joined the US Navy. Bart served 5 years as an officer in the US Navy, the majority of it abroad the USS Lafayette. Following his Naval service, Bart returned to the New Orleans and worked for the last 20 years as a Process Engineer for Nalco and Stockhausen. Bart was loved by all for his wit, humor, and easy personality. He was an avid sports fan, devoted father and husband, beloved brother, son and uncle, and a pillar of strength to his family.
Fitzpatrick, Joe (Gold 62- LCDR) Captain Jim Strong wrote that Joe Fitzpatrick was the first Gold Crew XO and a good friend.
Flockerzi, Thomas (Gold 76-80 ICC) Thomas R. Flockerzi, distinguished Military and Electric Boat retiree, passed away just before midnight on March 14, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Tom fought a brave and courageous battle with cancer, rising to meet the challenge head on, as he did with any other challenges that he faced in life. He will be remembered and missed by Marlana Flockerzi, his wife of 28 years and his children Carrie and Ashley Federico of Mystic, CT. He also leaves behind his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Richard DeBlacker, USN Retired, of Virginia as well as in-laws Rodney and Barbara Sweet of Florida, the late James Sweet and Melody Atkinson of Mystic, CT. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews; Michael, Richard, Linda, Barbara Ann, Ryan Atkinson, Natalie Bacon, Victoria and Matt Gendron. Tom will receive the final honor of a private burial at sea.
Floyd, William Oliver (Gold 62-62 QMC) William Oliver Floyd departed on Eternal Patrol on 29 Mar 1996 at aged 73 in Kenosha, WI. He was born 21 Jan 1923 the son of James Willard Floyd and Classes Viola Floyd. William enlisted in the US Navy on 4 Dec 1940 and served during WWII, Korea & Vietnam and retired as a QMCA on 20 Aug 1966. He is survived by his wife Rosalie Floyd. William is buried at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI.
Freeman, Jim (Both 64-71 FTB) Uncle Spunky was an FT on the USS Lafayette from 1964 to 1971, later he made Chief, Warrant Officer and then was commissioned reaching and reached the rank of Commander. 01/19/1944 to 11/02/2001, Jim is buried: Section 6-W, Row 17, Site 5 at Arlington National Cemetery. Jim was a very popular shipmate and is missed by all.
Fritz, Wayne R, (Gold 64-66 CAPT) Fritz, Wayne Richard, CAPT, USN, Ret., 84, of Annapolis, MD died peacefully on Sunday, April 28th. Born November 3, 1934 to Clarence "Binsky" T. and Mary Elizabeth (Shanley) Fritz in South Haven, Michigan, he was a member of the St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. Wayne was a 1957 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and retired as a Captain after an honorable career serving our country primarily on submarines. During his service career, Wayne served aboard four ships: the Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), the Menhaden (SS-377), the Lafayette (SSBN-616) and the Bluegill (SS-242). He also had a successful second career working for General Electric. A strong supporter of the Naval Academy, Wayne worked for many years in retirement as an Academy tour guide. He enjoyed fishing and had a passion for tennis and golf and even shot an elusive hole-in-one at the Naval Academy Golf Course. Wayne was a generous and kind gentleman who loved his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and is survived by Joan Fritz, his wife of 59 years, his three sons, Mike (Dawn), Scott (Loni), and Bill (Liz), and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marilyn Davis.
Fulcher, Will T Jr (Blue 62-64 CSC) Will T Fulcher Jr of Lisbon, CT passed away in 2002. Will has extensive submarine duty on many boats including USS Burrfish SS-312, USS Cod SS-224, USS Tusk SS-426, USS Cobbler SS-344, USS Abraham Lincoln SSBN-602, USS Lafayette SSBN-616, USS Kamehameha SSBN-642, USS Will Rogers SSBN-659 and was even assigned to the Captured German U-Boat U-2513 that was operated by the US Navy. Will was on the Lafayette Gold Commissioning crew and then made 2 patrols.
Gannetta, Michael (76-80 MT) Michael E Gannetta, 61, of Lisbon, CT, beloved husband of Lisa (Patnaude) Gannetta, passed away April 6, 2018. He was born January 11, 1957 in New London a son of Susan (Moffet) Victoria of Ashaway, RI and the late Eugene Ganetta. Michael had resided in Lisbon for the last 12 years and had served in the US Navy for 20 years. He was currently employed as a Paramedic at Backus Emergency Care in Plainfield. He was a pyrotechnic technician for Grucci, an amateur meteorologist, enjoyed all animals, CB and Ham radios, computers and astronomy. Besides his wife he leaves his children; Brent Michael Gannetta of CA, Kenneth and Carrie Gannetta of CO, Elizabeth and Holly Gannetta of WA, Vikilynn Suslovic of Mystic and Brandi-Lee Madera of Colchester; 6 grandchildren Dillon, Tristan, Isabella, Myla, Edward and Marcus. Also his former wife Delilah Kieffer of WA.
Gant, Waylan (Blue 72-75 EMCS) Waylan “Turkey” Gant and his wife Pat were from Okalahoma City. He passed away while at Recruiting Duty in Oklahoma City.
Garvin, Michael J (74-75 MSC) Michael J Garvin of Cortlandt Manor, NY, departed on Eternal Patrol on Jan 8, 2013. He was born Nov 19, 1939. Michael retired from the US Navy as an MSC(SS). He served on nuclear submarines USS Robert E Lee SSBN-601 1964-65, USS George Washington SSBN-598 1964-66 and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 as an MSC(SS) 1974-75.
Gascho, Gerald G (Gold 66-71 FTB) Gerald G. "Gerry" Gascho, 73, of Rossville, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at his home in Rossville. He was born October 17, 1940, in Mulberry, the son of Alpha R. and Vela Bell Gascho. Gerry married Rita Rumper in 1976, she preceded him in death July 31, 1995. Gerry graduated from Rossville High School in 1958 and received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from San Jose State. He retired from the United States Navy in 1991 after serving our country for 28-1/2 years. Part of his service time was during the Vietnam War. He lived in the Rossville area most of his life, except while serving in the Navy and for some time when he lived in Florida. Gerry was a member of the American Legion and the Elks, both in Florida. Gerry is survived by two children, Steve Gascho of Portland, TN, and Rebecca (Paul) Marsh of Loveland, COthree brothers, Ron (Vicki) Gascho of Rossville, Samuel (Jean) Gascho of WI, and Roger (Dedger) Gascho of TN; two sisters, Wilma Roush of Lafayette and Anne (George) Glick of Fort Wayne; and three grandchildren. Burial in Geetingsville Cemetery.
Geary, Robert (Blue 66-67 EM) Believed to have died in Vietnam
Ghiroli, Dewey E (Gold 79-80 MS) Dewey E Ghiroli Jr was born January 11, 1960 in Connecticut and passed away February 16, 1999. Dewey served as an MS on the USS Lafayette Gold for 2 patrols from 1979 to 1980.
Giannelli, Frank A (Blue 62-62 EN) Frank A Giannelli of Norwich, CT passed away Oct 15, 2008. He was born in Brooklyn, NY May 30, 1924 the son of James and Frances (Corona) Giannelli. A Norwich resident for 25 years, Mr Giannelli had been employed at Electric Boat Co. of Groton for 30 years, retiring in 1993 as a Ship Superintendent. He was a career US Navy, enlisting Dec 1, 1942, served aboard the USS Flying Fish during WW2, and was honorably discharged October 23, 1963 with the rank of EN1(SS). He is survived by his son Michael Giannelli of Waterford, three daughters Brenda Giannelli of Durango, CO, Pamela Giannelli of Ledyard and Lisa Giannelli of Waterford, three grandchildren, Darrien, Melissa and Spencer. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Ann (Johnson) Giannelli.
Godwin, James M (Blue 66-70 MM) James M Godwin, 64, of Woodbury Lane, Winchester, died Friday in Winchester. Mr Godwin was born Oct 20, 1943, in Jefferson County, Texas, son of Murray and Buna Bell Biermardt Godwin. He was a Navy veteran, retiring after 20 years. He worked in customer service for Winchester Golf Center. Surviving are two sons, Kevin Godwin of Richmond and Brian Godwin of New Haven, Conn.; two daughters, Tracey Randolph of Griswald, Conn., and Audrey Southern of Winchester; three stepsons, Jacob Southern, Joseph Southern and James Southern; a stepdaughter, Heather Rubin; and four grandchildren.
Granillo, Ramon (Gold 75-79 ETC) Ramon Granillo, 62, of Gilbert, AZ, died of injuries sustained from a bicycle accident on June 19, 2019. Raymon served in the US Navy for 23 years before retiring. During his career, he served aboard two nuclear powered submarines: the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 from 75-79 and the USS Ulysses S Grant SSBN-631 from 82-86. After he retired from the Navy, Ramon went to work for Intel as a manufacturing technician. His greatest accomplishment was climbing Mount Whitney in California. His oldest daughter, son-in-law and some friends also joined Ramon on this adventure. He would go on long hikes just to get ready so that he wouldn't slow the group down, and then when they made it to the top, it was one of his proudest moments, that he was able to do that and do it well. Ramon was also an organ donor. His organs were able to save two people's lives. His wife Lauren Granillo said that even in death, her husband was able to carry on with the kind, generous spirit she had known. Ramon is survived by his wife Lauren Granillo, his two daughters, Candida and Sierra, as well as a grandson.
Grant, Knaks Jeronella "Jerry" (Blue 63-64 CSC) Another member of the Greatest Generation went to be with the Lord on 10 December 2013 at age 89. Born in the Philippines on 12 October 1924, Jerry was a guerrilla fighter in WWII. In1944, he and four other Filipino guerrillas were recruited by the US Navy to serve as translators aboard submarines that were supplying arms to guerrilla units. He continued serving in the Navy's submarine service for the next 20 years. From diesel boats to sub tenders to nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines [he was on the "plank crew" of the USS Alexander Hamilton SSBN-617, Jerry rose through the ranks retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1965.
Grunt, Raymond J (Blue 61-67 CSC) Raymond J Grunt, of Berea, OH died Aug 28, 2007 at the Western Reserve Masonic Community, Medina, OH. Born in Cleveland, he retired after 23 years with the U.S. Navy where he was in the Submarine Force during the Korean War and Vietnam. After retirement, he was a teacher with the Brecksville Broadview Heights School District. He enjoyed working with stained glass, playing golf and singing in the Chancel Choir.
Gubbs, Douglas H (Blue 78-79 LCDR) Douglas Howard Gubbs passed away at 71 years of age on February 16, 2011. He was born November 27, 1939 in Highlands, TX. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Earl Gubbs; his brothers, David and Arthur Gubbs; and his sister, Juanita Hinton. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret "Peggy" Helena Gubbs; son, Howard Douglas Gubbs and wife, Veronica; daughter, Sue Ellen Jevning and husband, Sean; daughter, Sally Lynn Gubbs; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Gubbs and sister, Rosina Jensen. Douglas proudly served in the U.S. Navy from March 1957 through June 1979, and received his commission in 1969 upon graduation upon from the University of Texas at Austin. He served on more than ten submarines during his 22 year career and as the Navigation Officer on his final tour aboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616. Following his retirement from active duty, he continued to serve the naval forces as a torpedo research scientist, specializing in submarine weapons, until March 2010 and was responsible for the development of the Mark48 ADCAP torpedo program. Douglas was recognized for than 50 years of service to the Navy by receiving both the Meritorious Public Service Medal and the Superior Public Service Medal and personal awards conferred during his military career.
Guy, Philip J (Blue 76-80 MS) Philip J Guy Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Philip J. Guy-Died of Lowell, MA departed on Eternal Patrol December 20, 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth "Betty" A. (Pelland) Guy, to whom he was married for 45 years this past July. Phil was born in Methuen, MA on November 3, 1946 a son of the late Edward J and Cecile (Cote) Guy. He attended Methuen Schools and later graduated from North Andover High School. Phil chose a career in the United States Navy, enlisting in 1964. He completed three tours in Vietnam. He spent his early years on surface craft, and later, proudly served as a submariner for 10 years. Phil was a Mess management Specialist. In addition to Food Service, some of his shore duty assignments included the commissary, managing the barracks, and club management. Phil also served as a Eucharistic Minister while on patrol. He received numerous medals, ribbons, and awards for his service. Phil loved being in the Navy. He had fond memories of time spent with other members of our Navy Family. After retiring from the Navy, Phil worked in several places before going into business for himself.
Haglund, Marc A (Blue 71-72 MMC) Marc A Haglund died on Jan 10, 1996 at 61 years old. No cause of death has been listed for Marc. He was born on Dec 17, 1934. We are unaware of information about Marc's immediate family. We know that Marc A Haglund had been residing in Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina
Haines, William B (FT) Shipmate FT William B Haines, born April 23, 1935 and departed on Eternal Patrol on March 27, 2014, Next of Kin: Donna,
Halquist, Harry D (Gold 77-78 LTJG) Harry D Halquist was born December 31, 1947 in Pennsylvania and died on June 29, 1993. He was a LT on the USS Lafayette Gold crew from 1977 to 1978.
Hall, Donald P (Blue 62- RADM) Donald P Hall, USN (Ret) of Burgaw passed away peacefully at home on 25 January 2011, in the company of his family and friends. RADM Hall was born on 06 December 1927, in Winthrop, MA. The son of a career Army and Air Force officer, he graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, GA, in June 1944 and enlisted in the Navy in January 1945. After appointment from the Secretary of the Navy, he entered the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1946. He graduated and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1950. RADM Hall served 37 years in the US Navy, the vast majority of which was spent in the nuclear submarine force. His distinguished career included service aboard USS Nautilus SSN-571 during the first under ice transit of the North Pole in August 1958; commissioning Executive Officer USS Lafayette SSBN-616(B); Commanding Officer USS Henry L Stimson SSBN-655(B); Commanding Officer US Naval Submarine School; Commander Submarine Squadron SIX; Trident Program Manager; and Commander Submarine Group SIX. Following his retirement from the US Navy in October 1981, RADM Hall served until November 1989 as Vice President and Senior Vice President for Nuclear Operations at the Illinois Power Company in Decatur, IL. In December 1989, RADM took a position as Group Vice President for Nuclear Operations at Houston Lighting and Power, Houston, TX. Four years later, RADM Hall retired to Burgaw, NC where he continued to actively serve in his local community and St Stanislaus Catholic Church, Castle Hayne, NC. RADM Hall is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah Cranford Hall, his son, CDR Donald R. Hall, USN (Ret), grandchildren CAPT Donald P Hall II, USMC, Diana M Hall, David C Hall.
Hall, Jerrald (Gold 79-80 ET) Jerrald “Jerry” Hall was born September 17, 1959 in Virginia and passed away November 1984 in Hartford, CT. Jerry served as an ET on the USS Lafayette Gold for 2 patrols from 1979 to 1980.
Hallowell, Lawrence (Gold 62- TM) Lawrence F Hallowell (Sep 21, 1927 - Dec 7, 1991) of Guilford, CT was a Plank Owner on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 submarine. His wife Dorthy said he passed away 20 years ago.
Hamick, Sam J (Gold 75-77 EM) Sam Joseph Hamick, 50, of Russellville, AR, formerly of Danville (4/2/52 - 9/19/02), died of electrocution in an industrial accident in North Little Rock, AR., around 10 am Thursday Sept 19, 2002. At the time of his death, Sam was employed at Hall Tank Company. He was a Navy veteran, a nuclear power technician in Russellville, AR, and later traveled the US working on nuclear plants' safety compliance. Sam was an active member of the Dardanelle First Free Will Baptist Church and a Gideon. He is survived by his wife, Christine of Russellville, his daughter, Laura (Scott) Bass of Conway, AR, and his son, Paul of Russellville.
Hannifin, Patrick J (Blue 61-65 VADM) Patrick J Hannifin, Vice Admiral USN (Ret), of Solana Beach, CA for passed away on January 9, 2014; he was 91. Born in Oklahoma on January 26, 1923, he was raised in Roswell, NM, where he attended New Mexico Military Institute prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduating with the Class of 1945 in June 1944, he was commissioned an Ensign and in 1978, he retired as a Vice Admiral. Following graduation, he completed Submarine School and then joined USS BALAO (SS-285) in the Pacific. While in BALAO, he participated in three war patrols. After the war, his service included duty in multiple diesel submarines: U-858, SEA ROBIN (SS-407), GRAMPUS (SS-523), RASHER (SSR-269) and he commanded USS DIODON (SS-349). After completing Navy Nuclear Power Training, VADM Hannifin served as the commissioning Executive Officer of the Navy's first Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (SSBN- 598); he was then selected as the first Commanding Officer of USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN-616). He later served as Commander Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN in Guam. Ashore, he was one of the early students at the Armed Forces Guided Missile School at Fort Bliss, TX and was subsequently assigned as a Department Head at the Navy's Guided Missile School in Point Mugu, CA. He also had duty in Washington at the Bureau of Ships, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and on the Joint Staff. As a flag officer, VADM Hannifin served as Commander THIRTEENTH Naval District in Seattle, Commander Submarine Flotilla EIGHT/ Commander Submarines Mediterranean (the NATO submarine forces in the Mediterranean), Deputy Director for Strategic and Nuclear Plans for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on CNO's staff as Assistant Director, Plans and Operations, as Director Plans and Policy (J-5) for JCS. His final responsibility was as Director of the Joint Staff for the Joint Chiefs. VADM Hannifin graduated with distinction from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, concurrently earning an MBA from George Washington University. After retirement, he lived an active life in Santa Fe, NM and Solana Beach, CA. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he conducted studies and provided advice to the Department of Energy on future nuclear issues. He was also President of HANESCO, INC., a family-owned oil and gas exploration company, for over 30 years. He also managed to fit in travel to Rome and Malta with his new-found Hollywood friends when he was hired as the Technical Advisor for the motion picture U-571. Subsequently, the television industry called upon him for technical expertise and commentary as they covered the loss of the Russian submarine Kursk. The Naval Submarine League honored VADM Hannifin with their Distinguished Submariner Award. Pat Hannifin was married to the former Mary Snyder-also of Roswell, NM and a childhood friend-for over 55 years. They raised three children, Steve (retired Naval Aviator), Mary and Margaret Jane.
Harper, Arthur D (Blue 61-65 ICC) Arthur David Harper, age 85 of Sylacauga, AL was born on December 26, 1932 and passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at St Vincent's St Clair. Arthur served on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 from 1961 to 1965 as an ICC on the Blue Commissioning Crew. He is survived by his niece, Linda Carter.
Hawes, Herbert H (Gold 72-76 IC) Herbert H Hawes Jul 7, 1939 - Jun 25, 2015 - Herbert H. Hawes, 75, of Brooklyn CT, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at home with his family by his side. He was born in Hanover, NH, son of the late Robert Hammond and Blenda Elizabeth (Osberg) Hawes. He was the husband of Diane G. (Aronen) Hawes; they were married July 6, 1974, she survives him. Mr. Hawes served in the US Navy Submarine Service and was a Vietnam Veteran, retiring after twenty years of service. Following his retirement from the service he taught electronics for seventeen years at Windham Technical High School. He was a graduate of Central Connecticut State College. He was a former Boy Scout and active in scouting for 40 years. Mr. Hawes was also a member of the Sub vets in Groton and Boynton Beach, FL, Elks in Lebanon, NH, later transferring to the Danielson Elks Lodge #1706, American Legion, Finnish American Heritage Society, Holland Club and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. Besides his wife he is survived by his children, Laurie Jones and husband Michael of Wolfeboro, NH, Bonnie Jones and husband Spike of Cornish, NH, Kerrie Ann Arroyo and husband Elvis of Staten Island, NY, Jami Sands and husband Jonathan of Brooklyn, Elizabeth Hawes-Weeks and husband Scott of Norwich and Herbert Hawes III and wife Michelle of West Warwick, RI, ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Ralph Scott Hawes and sister Nancy Bean.
Hayden, Michael E (Both 65-70 MT) Michael Edward Hayden 69, of Zionsville, died Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014. Mike was born in Indiana and grew up on the East Coast. He proudly served on the USS Lafayette submarine. His career was in IT sales for several computer companies and in flight simulation training. A man of great passion and enthusiasm with many interests, golf, scuba diving, he rode Hilly Hundred, ran Mini Marathon, raced dog sleds, skied and loved to fly his plane. Mike was known for his positive spirit and huge generosity. He was a great friend to people and animals, always willing to go out of his way to help. He is survived by his wife, Joanne and daughter Emily.
Heck, Jerry (Gold 71-73 CSC) Jerry Heck of Big Sandy, Tennessee was born on September 29, 1927 and died in October 1979 at 52 years old. Jerry served in the US Navy for 23 years and served on 3 submarines including the USS Haddo SSN-604 and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616. Lafayette shipmate Peter Zak said “Oh heck yeah that guy made the best doughnuts and could make the best malts with powdered milk. Heck of a nice guy.”
Henriksen, C L (60’s E7C) Christopher Leo Henriksen Jr, 84, husband of Margot Tibke Henriksen, of James Island, SC, died March 10th at home surrounded by his family. Mr Henriksen was born February 21, 1927, in Astoria, Queens, NY, a son of Christopher Leo Henriksen and Ellen Miley Henriksen. He joined the United States Navy in 1944. He was among the first to serve on nuclear submarines, as a crew member on the USS Lafayette. Mr Henriksen retired from the Navy in 1972 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He loved books, his garden, and a good glass of beer. Survived by Margot, his wife of 55 years; daughters Karen Henriksen, Astrid Henriksen, Ingrid Aufiero, Virginia Kablan. Burial at Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC.
Henry, Kirby D (Blue 62-65 SK) Kirby D Henry of Morristown, TN (June 11, 1934 to March 1984) Kirby’s wife Helga reported that he passed away 25 years ago. He was USS Lafayette plank owner and served as a Storekeeper for several patrols on the Blue Crew from 1962 to 1965.
Herrera, Henry F (Blue 84–87 RADM) Herrera, Henry F, RADM, USN, Ret, 74, died April 25, 2019 from Alzheimer's disease. His wife, Ruth, was by his side. He was born in Miami Beach, FL October 10, 1944 to Graciella and Alfredo Herrera. His preschool years were spent in his grandfather's home in Havana, Cuba while his father served in the US Army during WWII. After the war, the family moved to Miami Springs, FL. He received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1962 and graduated in 1966, part of the 24th company. Following submarine and nuclear propulsion training from March 1968 to September 1983, he completed duty on submarines James K Polk SSBN-645 where he qualified in Submarines in 1969, Sand Lance SSN-660, Von Steuben SSBN-632, and Sculpin SSN-590. He commanded Lafayette SSBN-616 from 1984-1987 and Michigan SSBN-727 from 1987- 1990. He completed 21 strategic deterrent patrols. From August 1994 to July 1995 he served as Commander Submarine Group 9 and Commander Submarine Force Representative Pacific Northwest, and as Commander, Naval Base Seattle, where he served as the Navy's Regional Coordinator for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. He also served as Commander, Northwest Regional Maintenance Center. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ruth Underwood Herrera, his former spouse Clara Ann Reeve, daughter's Suzanne (Jose) Estrada and Cynthia (Tom) Olsen, son Stephen Herrera, step daughter Sara (David) Cooper and three granddaughters: Julia, Brooklyn and Shelby.
Henson, George S (Gold 63-67 TMC) George Smith Henson, 86, of Gales Ferry, CT departed on Eternal Patrol Aug 7, 2011. He a farm boy from Paris, KY. George was a retired Master Chief, Torpedoman who served his country faithfully for 30 years. He fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War. He spent all of World War II on the USS Cabrilla SS-288 and made seven war patrols. During the Korean War, he served on the USS Pickerel SS-177 and made three war patrols. He was on the Pickerel when it set a never broken record for a 72 degree up angle and for a 5,100 mile snorkel trip from Hawaii to California. For most of the Cold War, he was attached to the USS Lafayette where he served as Chief of the Boat. George also spent time on the USS Corsair, USS Threadfin, USS Crevalle, USS Grouper, USS Guavina, USS Gato, USS Lionfish, and USS Archerfish. Upon retiring from the Navy, he worked at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division in Groton for 20 years. He has 8 children, 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. George was happily married to Pauline Weiser Henson for over 50 years, she passed away in August 2009. George loved God, his wife and family, the Navy, the Yankees, and traveling.
Hill, Ronald E (Gold 77-78 HMC) Ronald Ervin Hill was born March 18 1945 in Colorado and passed away July 25, 2002. Ron served as an HM Chief on the USS Lafayette Gold for 2 patrols from 1977 to 1978.
Hilsabeck, Clayton (Gold 62-63 ETC) Clayton was born on January 29, 1931 and passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018. Clayton was a resident of Clark, SD at the time of passing. He was a retired Lieutenant in the United States Navy, serving his country honorably for 23 years.
Hilt, Roy A (Blue 63-67 ETC) Roy August Hilt, 80, of Uncasville, CT passed away Friday, April 20, 2007, at Yale-New Haven Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Hilt was born March 6, 1927, in Fort Bragg, CA, to August Julius Hilt and Elvi Adeline (Gustafson) Hilt. A master chief electronics technician in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Hilt enlisted in 1945 and retired after 20 years of service. He was Chief of the Boat aboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 and also served aboard the USS Seawolf SSN-575 and USS Sea Robin SS-407.
Hollenbeck, Richard A (Gold 64-67 ETR) Richard A Hollenbeck Age 74 of Avon Park, FL passed away at his residence on June 19, 2017. He was born in Muskegon, MI to Ancil Hollenbeck and Andeen Agard Hollenbeck on May 23, 1943. Dick proudly served his country in the US Navy as a Nuclear Reactor Operator on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Gold Crew 1964-67 during the Vietnam Era. Dick also served on the USS Segundo SS-398 (62-63), USS Trigger SS-564 (67-67) and USS Pollack SSN-603 (67-68). Richard was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He enjoyed people, the Navy and playing the clarinet, and also enjoyed a good round of golf. He is survived by his wife Benita; his children, Bryan (Sheryl) Hollenbeck, Richard (Virginia) Hollenbeck, Michael (Stacey) Hollenbeck and Matthew (Sandy) Hollenbeck; and his Brother Roger Hollenbeck. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Holtry, Larry E (Gold 78- ET) Larry Eugene Holtry of Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA, age 44, went to be with both his heavenly and earthly fathers on April 20, 1995. He was born June 19, 1950 in Pennsylvania. Larry served for 23 years in the US Navy Submarine Service. He served on the USS Lafayette as an ET for 3 patrols in 1978.
Hope, Anthony J (Gold 77-78 ETC) Anthony Joseph Hope was born October 12, 1944 in New York and died August 31, 1998 in Galveston, TX. Tony served as an ET Chief on the USS Lafayette for 2 patrols from 1977 to 1978.
Hopkins, Bruce (Gold 80’s ST) Bruce Hopkins from Erie, PA was the nephew of Gerald Chiappazzi. Bruce was killed in alcohol related car accident one day after coming off patrol in 1984 near Groton, CT.
Horton, Walter G (Gold 62-70 FTM) Walter G (Jerry) Horton, 76 of Silverdale passed away at home on the Nov 20, 2012 after a very long illness which left him totally paralyzed. He was born Aug. 12, 1936 in Mauk, Taylor County, GA. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter T Horton and Estelle (Spillers) LeSueur. Jerry joined the Navy in 1954. In 1960, he was accepted into the submarine school, and first served on the USS Char. From there he was assigned to the nuclear power school in Dam Neck, VA and was on the commissioning crew for the USS Lafayette. He made CWO1 in 1967 and transferred to Sub-base New London, CT. In 1970, he transferred as a CWO3 to SWFPAC where he retired in 1974. Jerry was married to Jacquelyn Perkins one month short of 57 years. They had four children: Jacquelyn Ann, Lori Jo Hannawacker who predeceased him, Leslie Marie, and Walter Mark; eight grandchildren: Shaun Horton, Robbie and Bridget Hannawacker, Steven Begley, Sarah Hickman, Joshua, Eric, and Maegan Horton; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Landers and Emily Violet Neff. He had four siblings: Emily Annette (deceased), Patty (deceased), Cheryl Gowder from Macon, GA, and Terry Horton from Goose Creek, SC.
Howard, Robert C III (Gold 62-65 MMC) Robert C Howard III of Walnut Creek, CA was born October 12, 1936 in Portland, OR and entered on Eternal Patrol on July 7, 2018. Bob attended high school in Seattle, WA then joined the Navy in 1954. He proudly served on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Gold Crew from 1962 until 1965. He was also part of the Commissioning Crew as a MMC. Bob ran the Navy’s submarine repair facility in Yokosuka Japan. During his last years of Naval service, Bob was among the first group of sailors trained by the Navy as alcoholic treatment counselors and set up the Oak Knoll Alcohol Rehab Center in Oakland. During the years he was a mentor who helped many people in AA. Bob’s biggest accomplishments were to serve his country for 21 years and to remain sober for exactly 48½ years. He leaves his wife Sherris Howard of Walnut Creek, his sister Rosie Morthole of Palmer, NE, sons Robert Howard of Salem, OR and Randy Howard of Wichita, KA as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren. His parents Robert Howard II and Dorothy Howard his brother John Kindberg and his son Dean Howard preceded him in death.
Howell, James M (Gold 62-63 ETC) James Murray Howell of San Angelo, TX passed away after a brief illness Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Corpus Christi, TX. Murray was born Sept 19, 1923 in Midland, TX. He graduated from Midland High School in 1941. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Murray joined the Navy in March 1942. Following boot camp and radio school he was assigned to a PBY sea plane as a radioman-gunner with the assignment of patrolling the east coast in search of German submarines. Two years later he was transferred to an aircraft carrier service unit in Rhode Island. He served in that unit until August 1945. He was discharged from the Navy November 1945. Murray relocated to Odessa, TX. During that time he worked in his father’s grocery where he met his future bride, Syble Lea Cummings, when he short-changed her $10. They were married on Jan 14, 1949. Murray re-enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1949, and continued his radio training. During the Korean War he was recalled to active duty in 1951. After serving at duty stations in Odessa and Enid, OK, he joined the regular Navy in 1961, and began his submarine duty. After training, he was assigned to the Ballistic missile submarine USS Lafayette SSBN-616. He was later assigned to the USS Calhoun SSBN-630. Several 60 day underwater patrols were made in the North Atlantic during the cold war with Russia while operating out of Charleston, SC, and Rota, Spain. In 1968, Murray was transferred to the China Lake Naval Weapons Center in California. There he served in a mobile technical service unit in San Diego, CA, where he retired from the Navy in June 1972, after 26 years of active naval service. Murray and Syble grew up in West Texas so they chose San Angelo as their future home and moved there in 1972, where they lived until their deaths. Murray enrolled in Angelo State University in July 1973, and graduated with a BS degree in 1977. He worked in real estate for several years.
Hubble, Lester “Butch” (Gold 76 RM) Lester Harold (Butch) HUBBLE Jr Age 70 died on October 19, 2014. He is preceded in death by father Lester Sr, mother Minnie Render, sisters Harriett Mitchell, Barbara L Osborne and twin siblings still born. He leaves children Nichola Kim Sanderson, Elaine Leslie Hubble, Evonne Michelle Hubble, Jesse Philip Hubble (MaryAnn) and Katherine Lee Hubble (Miguel), 12 grandchildren 4 great grandchildren 1 Aunt and a host of nieces' and nephews. Born in Cincinnati he moved to Hamilton Ohio in 1960, graduated from Garfield High School in 1962. He joined the US Navy and retired in 1988 as a commissioned officer. Joined the San Diego CA police department and retired in 2002 from the traffic division. He held many offices in the community in San Diego and in Hamilton Ohio. He most recently held the position of director of the Booker T Washington Community Center. He was a member of the Pilgrim Baptist church, an avid golfer, philanthropist, and world traveler. He founded the Hamilton Community Council in 2004, he held many positions on boards such as Hospice of Hamilton, Rotary Club and many others.
Hughes, Peter F H (Blue 62- LCDR) Peter Finley H. Hughes (officer, Commissioning Blue Crew) is also on eternal patrol. Adm. Hannifin would be able to give you more information, I believe. Submitted by John Peters
Hughey, Raymond L (Blue 62-64 ET) Ray Hughey (03/01/26 – 05/14/02) of Portland, OR is remembered by Ray Bromberek who served with him on both the Lafayette and the Will Rogers. Ray was a good friend and shipmate.
Humbertson, Karl Edwin (Blue 66-67 MM) Karl Edwin Humbertson, 77, of North Charleston SC, departed on Eternal Patrol on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born in Coshocton OH on December 26, 1937 to the late Ernest and Gladys Humbertson. He served his country for 22 years in the US Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. Qualified in submarines on the USS Sea Leopard SS-483 in 1955 and was a MMC(SS) when he left the Navy. He was a member of American Legion Post 166 and VFW Post 10624, Karl is survived by his sons, Karl "Butch" Humbertson (Gayle) of Summerville SC, Ernest "Bubba" Humbertson (Christi) of Lexington SC, and Donald "Donnie" Humbertson of WA, grandchildren, Tia Humbertson of FL, Nicole H. Outlaw (Matthew) of St Matthews SC, Trevar Humbertson of Summerville SC, Cody Humbertson of Lexington SC, Emily Humbertson of Summerville SC, Ryan Tidwell of Beaufort SC, and Kerri Bell of Chapin SC, great grandchildren, Maci, Caroline, Mason, Bailey, Haven, and Miranda; brother, Ken Humbertson (Lorna) of St Louis MO; sister: Freda Cooper of West Lafayette OH. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Rose Marie Humbertson; and his grandson: Karl Humbertson III.
Hyatt, William H Jr (66 EN) CPO William H Hyatt, Jr, US Navy Ret, 72, of Goose Creek, SC, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, in a local hospital. Born April 13, 1937 in McColl, SC he was the son of William Howard Hyatt and Louise Bullard Hyatt. Following his naval career, he was employed by Gore Manufacturing and retired from the Navy Exchange in 1992. Mr. Hyatt was a Life Member of the United States Submarine Veterans Association and The National Association of Destroyer Veterans. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy E Hyatt of 17 years, of Goose Creek, SC.
Ingros, Lynn (Blue 74-78 ET) Lynn Ingros, of Brighton Township, passed away June 28, 2013. He was a 30 year veteran of the US Navy and spent 22 years as an independent nuclear contractor. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife Alice; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Sharon, and Jeff and Anne; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Jon, Dennis and Mark.
Jennings, Jay R II (Gold 79-80 LT) Jay Robert Jennings, II, 62 of Mission, KS passed away June 5, 2017 due to cancer at the St Luke’s Hospice House. Jay was born in Kansas City, MO on September 23, 1954, the only child of the late Jay R Jennings and Nadine Hardesty Jennings and grew up on a farm north of Olathe, KS. After graduating from Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN, Jay attended the U of Kansas and served in the NROTC. After graduating in 1976, he was commissioned an Ensign, US Navy. Jay served on three submarines and ashore in Naples, Italy before leaving active duty. While a civilian, he continued to serve with the U.S. Navy Reserve and graduated from the Naval War College. He retired with the rank of Commander. In his civilian life, Jay worked for Sonalysts, Inc, in Waterford, CT and San Diego, CA and with DST Systems, Inc. and Quick Delivery in Kansas City, MO area.
Jerdeman, David S (Gold 62- FTG) David Stearns Jerdeman, enlisted member of the commissioning crew, is deceased. He passed away in 2004 in Florida. Submitted by: Mary T Jerdeman
Johnson, Barry C (86-90) Barry C Johnson of Hampton, VA departed on Eternal Patrol March 1, 2003. He proudly served on submarines USS Trigger SS-564, USS Tang SS-563 (65-69) and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 (86-90).
Johnson, Gran (Gold 88-91 MT) Johnson, Gran Jr, 42, of Lexington, passed away Fri, June 10, 2011. He was the son of Gran Johnson Sr. and the late Sandra Adams Johnson. He was also a veteran of the US Navy. Besides his father, survivors include one son, Johnathan Russell Johnson, Lexington; one daughter, Samantha Kaye Johnson, Lexington; two brothers, David (Shirley) Napier, Somerset, KY and Larry Begley, Leslie County; two sisters, Stephanie (David) McCollum, Nicholasville and Connie Johnson, London, KY and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. He is also survived by his life partner, Bobbye Ayres and her children, Aimee Ayres and Melissa (Travis) McAlister. Gran loved life, was passionate about cooking and entertaining with his family and friends.
Johnson, John W (Blue 62-65 MM) John Wayne (Blincoe) Johnson depart ed on Eternal Patrol August 11, 2018 in Lodi at the age of 73. John was born in Modesto, CA October 15, 1944 to Jack Blincoe and Betty Moran. He was adopted by his step father, Jack Johnson, at the age of 13. He graduated from Stagg High School in Stockton, CA and enlisted in the Navy from 1961-65 reaching the rank of MM3(SS). John was a member of the Commissioning Crew Nuclear Submarine the USS Lafayette SSBN- 616. After the Navy John worked various jobs as a Machinist, Stationary Engineer and many other positions. Then in 1982 he was hired by the State of California Department of General Services and served as a stationary engineer and rose through the ranks to become a Building Manager III for 23 years, managing such buildings as the California State Capital and the California Secretary of State’s building. He won awards and certifications throughout his tenure including an award for Efficiency and Energy Savings. He married Katherine Ann Macias Verner, in 1986 and have traveled the world extensively together. John is survived by his wife, Katherine; son, Jeff; step children Amber Dayton (Stephen) of Lodi, Jacob Macias (Sierra) of Hawaii, and James Macias (Merissa) of AZ, special sons Matthias Dolderer (Heike) of Germany, Zach Macias (Kristel) of Madera, and Matt Lacey (Jessica) of Springfield; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Johnson, Paul (Blue 65-68 LT) Officer in the 60s that went thru the yards at Newport News. He passed away in 2003. His wife said he search the web for a Lafayette site looking for a Reunion.
Johnson, Silas G (Gold 62-65 ETR) Silas G. Johnson, 74, of Indianapolis, IN passed away on September 4, 2013. He was born to Horace and Olive Johnson on July 26, 1939 in Spencer, IN. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jeraldine, children Kim (Rob), Kelley (Lance), Michael (Amy), grandchildren, Allison, Alexandra, Austin and great grandchild, Aleia. He was preceded in death by grandchildren, Alicia & Kyle. Silas served his country proudly as a submariner in the US Navy from 1961 to 1975 with multiple deployments on two submarines, USS Lafayette SSBN-616 and USS Casmir Pulaski SSBN-633, which he helped commission. During his time Silas served as an Electronics Technician in Communication & Navigation and as an Instructor while achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After being honorably discharged in 1975, Silas and his family moved back to his home state where he worked at Hurco Manufacturing until retiring due to health reasons in 1989.
Jones, George C COB (Blue 67-72 TMC) USS Lafayette Blue Crew COB George C Jones, TMCS of Germantown, NC departed on Eternal Patrol March 8, 2016. He was the Chief of the Boat 09/68 - 01/72. George retired from the US Navy in 1976, then worked as an Avaition Safety Inspector, I certify pilots, airlines and investigate aircraft accidents.
Jones, Ernest M (Blue 62- ETC) I have it from multiple sources that ETC Ernie Jones passed away several years ago. submitted by George Henson
Jones, Mike (Blue 78-78 TM) Michael Andrew Jones, 61, of Macon, passed away Nov 1, 2017. Mike was born Dec 2, 1955 and he was a graduate of Mercer University. He was a US Navy Submarine Veteran and retired from C & A Transportation, where he worked for 22 years. An avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gail Jones; son Philip Jones (Laura Barton) of Macon; daughter, Heather Jones of Macon; grandchildren, Lula Kathryn Jones and Sullivan Andrew Jones, both of Macon; mother, Winnie Kicklighter of Gray; sisters, Kellie Jones of Macon, Vickie Ethridge (Sandy) of Gray and Debbie Mannis (Joel) of Atlanta and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
Jones, Thomas N (Blue 62- MT) Shipmate Thomas N Jones, MT2 1962-62 departed on Eternal Patrol May 3, 2006, reported by USSVI
Jordan, Randall B (Gold 78- STS) Randall B Jordan was born October 2, 1958 in Texas and died September 28, 2003 in McLennan, TX. Randall served as an STS on the USS Lafayette for one patrols in 1978.
Josephson, Henning (Gold 62- LCDR) Swede Josephson was the first Gold Crew Navigator.
Julian, Roger Edward (Blue 62-64 IC) Roger Edward Julian son of Frederick John Julian and Mary Elizabeth Fahl Julian passed away peacefully on October 6, 2017. Roger was born January 17, 1938 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelby, OH. After graduation from High School in Mansfield, OH on June 9, 1955. Roger then joined the US Navy and went thru Nuclear Engineering School. Upon graduation, Roger went on to serve his country in the nuclear submarine program. Roger served on the USS Tunny SS-282, the USS Nautilus SSN-571 and was a Plank Owner on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 until being honorably discharged in March of 1964. After the Navy Roger worked for the New York State Office of General Services for 36 years as a Regional Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Supervisor. Roger retired in 2003 happily to enjoy his other love in life, golf. Roger is survived by his loving partner in life of 23 years, Liz A Cadmus of Moriah, New York. His son Michael Julian and grandson Alexander Michael Julian of Greenfield, New York. His daughter Michelle-Darvin Julian-Bell, his two grandsons Isaiah and Nikolai Bell of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Jumper, Harold (Blue 66-70 STS) Harold Jumper (19 Oct 1937 - Feb 1978) was a popular shipmate on the USS Lafayette from 1966 - 1970, then on the USS Trigger SS-564 from 1970 - 1972.
Kappes, James D (Gold 70-72 TM) James D Kappes of Catasauqua, PA (August 8, 1947 to March 31, 2001) My husband Jim served aboard the USS Lafayette from 11/70 to 10/72. Unfortunately Jim passed away 7 yrs ago while awaiting a heart transplant. Our daughters and I would appreciate any correspondence from anyone who remembers Jim. He was a Torpedoman's 2nd class in the Missile Launch Division and I believe his nickname was "Hippie". Thanks so much. Lynn Kappes (email@example.com)
Kennish. James R (Blue 62-64 MT) James Reginald Kennish, USNR, of Essex, CT and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, passed away September 18, 2007 in Essex. Jim was born June 3, 1940 in Utica, NY. He earned a music scholarship to Princeton University but chose instead to serve his country in the US Navy. Jim was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, earning a degree in Physics Engineering, at the University of Kansas and was commissioned in 1968. He returned to serve in the Submarine Service for 22 years and retired as LT Commander.
Kirk, Robert M (Blue 64-70 EMC) Bob Kirk departed on Eternal Patrol Friday Nov 17, 2017 at his home in The Villages, FL. He was born Sep 19, 1938 and grew up in St Louis, MO. After graduating from Webster Groves High School, Bob joined the US Navy and spent a career there on submarines. He served on USS Volador SS-490 1958-59, USS Baya AGSS-318 1962-64, USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Blue 1964-70 and USS Halibut SSN-587 1970-73. After climbing ranks to EMCM he finally retired as a CWO3. He was truly an amazing man. He was a loving husband, an amazing father, and a wonderful friend to many. Bob lived in many places during his time in the Navy, then spent time in San Pablo, CA and Pittsburg, PA where he became a Steelers fan.
Kirsch, Larry (Blue 70’s RM) Larry Kirsch passed away in 1993. He was an RM2(SS) Blue crew member in the mid-late 70’s. A good friend and shipmate. Sent in by: Ray Sadlik (Blue 76-79 RM)
Kittelson, William (Gold 7780 TM) William H Kittelson, 64, of Midway, PA formerly of Plaistow, NH, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008, in his home. He was born August 3, 1943, in Union City, IA. Mr Kittelson was a retired US Navy veteran. Bill served on the USS Lafayette as a TM for 3 patrols from 1977 to 1980. Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Jean Loneske Kittelson; six children, Carrie, Jean and Michael Daske, Beth Kittelson, Theresa Lago and Larry Kittelson, and six grandchildren.
Koldenhoven, George J (Blue 62-66 EN) George Koldenhoven of Seal Beach, California departed on Eternal Patrol on 21 June 2012. George was born on 6 January 1937 and proudly served in the US Navy and on submarines USS Chivo SS-341 (60-61) and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 (62-66).
Knight, William D “Billy” (Blue 68-75 RMC) William Deloach Knight left this world too early the morning of August 16, 2014. He leaves behind a wife of 49 years, Linda; and 4 children, Mark, Amy, Christopher, and Jeremy. He was a devoted family man who served his country for 26 years, 22 of them on submarines. After retiring from the Navy, he opened a Christian school that touched the lives of so many kids. The world has lost a great man and wonderful husband and father.
Kopp, Donald C (Gold 62 MMC) MMC(SS) Don Kopp (Dec 17, 1933 - Apr 5, 2004) went on to his great reward in 2004, he was the Chief Auxman on the Gold Commissioning crew. His wife still lives in Charleston.
Kotzke, Robert L (Gold 62-67 TMC) Bob passed away on Jan 4, 2006 after fighting with cancer. He retired as Senior Chief Torpedoman and later did volunteer work for the Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, and later at a local hospital in Summerville, SC.
Krust, Donald (Don) R (Blue 69-72 RM) Donald R Krust, 81, left on Eternal Patrol on May 17, 2018, in Leesburg, FL. Don was born on April 24, 1937, enlisted in the Navy in 1954 and served 20 years before retiring in 1974 as an RMC(SS). He served aboard four submarines during his 20 year enlistment, USS Spikefish SS-404 on which Don qualified in submarines, USS Picuda SS-382, USS Croaker SS-246, and USS Lafayette SSBN-616. Don married the former Darlene Schaner in 2002 and lived together in Leesburg, FL until she preceded in death on April 18, 2017.
Kuester, Arland W (Gold 80-80 CAPT) Arland W Captain US Navy (06/09/1937 to 11/01/2002). Captain Kuester was interred on the 3rd of December, 2002 in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 67, Site 4498. Capt Kuester was Captain of the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Gold Crew from 08/80 to 11/80 and served on several other submarines including the USS John C Calhoun SSBN-630. He was survived by his wife Barbara Kuester.
Kuhr, Robert A Gold 69-71 FN Robert Allen Kuhr, 56, of Barberville, FL departed on Eternal Patrol at home on Jan 21, 2007. Mr. Kuhr was born Sept 12, 1950 in Gainesville, FL, and moved to this area in 1994 from Hawthorne, FL. He served in the US Navy Submarine Veteran served aboard the USS Lafayette 1969-71. He was a member of Barberville Baptist Church. He enjoyed stock car racing, college and NFL football and was an avid Florida Gators fan. Survivors include his wife, Dawn; four sons, Matthew Saye, Joshua Saye and Daniel Kuhr, all of Barberville, FL, and Robert Kuhr II, Gainesville, FL; his mother, Doris Beltz, Ocala, FL; and a grandchild.
LaDow, Louis P (Blue 68-69 MM) Veteran Louis Peter LaDow of Belfair (Oct. 3, 1944 to Jan. 18, 2010) passed away, unexpectedly, at the US Naval Hospital in Bremerton, WA, January 18, 2010. He was born 3 October, 1944, in Oakland, CA, to his father, George A LaDow, serving in the Navy, and his mother, Millie Kugen LaDow. Shortly after his birth his mother and he returned to her hometown, Aberdeen, WA. Her marriage was yet another casualty of the Second World War. A lifelong interest in the US Navy and persistent recruiting efforts by Jack Parker, finally persuaded Louis to enlist in the Navy in 1963. It was a decision that would provide him with lifelong gratification and superlative recognition at every stage of his career. He served on numerous nuclear submarines, and was a "plank owner" of the USS Von Steuben, a Polaris Class submarine. He retired as a Lieutenant in February, 1990, after nearly 30 years of service. He created his own business, Belfair Marine, from a small one man shop in his back yard he provided excellent boat and motor repair service and support. Slowly increasing his customer base created expanding prospects that allowed him to construct the Belfair Marine Center in 1993. Louis was preceded in death by his lifetime partner, Eleanor Curtis. He is survived by his son, Peter LaDow of Kirkland, and his brother Wayne Lonngren of Olalla.
Lamberth, Kevin D (Blue 81-85 FTB) Kevin Dennis Lamberth, age 52 (11/2/1955 – 3/9/2008), died in an Oklahoma City hospital after a sudden illness. He was born in Houston, TX. He was a US Navy veteran and had served on the submarine USS Lafayette. Kevin was a longtime employee of FAA where he was an instructor in computer technology and system analysis. Services were held with full military honors and interment following at Ft Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, OK.
Lamborn, Richard (Blue 78-83 RM) Richard Wesley Lamborn was born 23 Jul 1951 in St Louis, MO and departed on eternal patrol on 14 Feb 2013 in Spring Hill, FL from heart failure and other natural causes. Dick served on the Blue Crew from 78-83 as a Radiomen. Reported by shipmate Gary Trench.
Lane, Hershel B (Blue 62-66 EN) Hershel Byron “Rocky” Lane (Jul 12, 1939 to Feb 18, 2003) of Jacksonville, FL, survived by his wife Josephine. Rocky was a member of the USS Lafayette Commissioning Crew.
Lawrence, Donald S (Blue 62-64 CDR) Donald S. Lawrence, 85, of Venice, FL, (01/13/1930-07/01/2015) formerly of King George County, died on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, after a brief illness. A native of Hartford, CT, he attended the US Naval Academy, receiving his commission as an ensign in 1953. Upon graduation, he attended the Submarine School and served on the USS Ray SS–271, the USS Cobbler SS–344, USS Lafayette SSBN–616 and USS Bashaw AGSS–241. He assumed command of the USS Sea Lion APSS–315 in 1965, followed by a tour in Guam, where he met his wife, Helen. After retiring from the Navy in 1974, Donald had a second career at EG&G in Dahlgren, where he continued his work on the ballistic missile program. Donald loved his family and loved life. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen Lawrence of Venice, FL, daughter Susan Lawrence of Woodbridge; son Nathan Lawrence, daughter-in-law Susan and grandson Gage of Asheville, NC; and daughter Alexia McKnight, son-in-law Larry and granddaughters Michaela and Stephanie of Chadds Ford, PA.
Lee, Lonnie R (Gold 77-78 QMC) Lonnie R Lee Sr, 67 of Tullahoma, TN, formerly of Ledyard, beloved husband of Louise (Russo) Lee, passed away peacefully at home in Tullahoma, on Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014. Lonnie leaves behind three children, Lonnie Lee Jr, Tina Acosta and Terry Chapman; and seven grandchildren. Services will be held Sunday, Dec 7, out of state with Military Honors.
Leers, John T (66-66 YN) John T Leers Jr born April 4, 1927 departed on Eternal Patrol on October 3, 2018 at age 91. John grew up in New York City where he graduated from George Washington High School, then he join the US Navy in 1947 and served until 1972. He served onboard the USS Huntington CL-107, USS Sea Owl SS-405, USS Joseph K Taussig DE-1030, USS Lafayette SSBN-616 and USS Alexander Hamilton SSBN-617. From 1981-83 John attended Ohio State University and started a second career as a teacher then he retired to Reynoldsburg, OH.
Leppla, Charles (Gold 61- MTC) Elizabeth (Liz) Leppla said that Chuck Leppla died Aug 1999. He was on the Commission Crew (Gold Crew) as a MT1 (SS). He made chief while attached. He retired after 20 years from the Navy. He had been living in Jensen Beach, FL.
Lester, Ernie (Blue 66-69 QM) Ernest Wade (Ernie) Lester, 65, died at the Atlanta VA Medical Center on June 21, 2013, following a 7-month battle with lung cancer. Born July 25, 1947 in Atlanta, to William Larry Lester and Julia Mildred Hollis Lester, he attended Mt Berry School for Boys and Headland High School, and graduated with a BBA from Georgia State University in 1974. Ernie proudly served aboard the USS Lafayette in the US Navy from July 1965 to July 1969, during the Vietnam era. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Ernie lived in East Point where he became the youngest City Councilman in the city's history at age 25 and was sworn into office by Governor Jimmy Carter. The majority of his career was spent in the mortgage business, where he continued as an entrepreneur developing a technology startup for the real estate and mortgage industries.
Lewis, Edward F Jr (Gold 62-69 ET) Ed Lewis Born 22 Oct 1937 and died 06 Jan 2006 in Kenner, LA. Ed lived in Picayune, MS and was a member of the USSVI Redfish base in Slidell, LA. He was a plank owner and NavET on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 Gold crew from 1962 to 1969.
Liller, Samuel E (Gold 63-64 STS) Samuel E Liller passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 3,2013 at home with his wife by his side. Samuel was born on January 19,1941 in Pittsburgh, PA. Sam served honorably in the US Navy from 1958 until 1994. He began his service to the US Sea Cadet Corps Western Reserve Division in 1973, retiring as Lieutenant Commander in 1988. He was a retiree of GM Lordstown Division. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan. Sam enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Western Reserve Park in Canfield, Ohio in summer months and traveled to Del Rio, TX in the winter to share his life with close friends. He leaves behind his wife Dolly; daughter Kathy (Darryl) Rupert; sons, Bobby (Luanne) Liller, Steven (Linda) Liller; grandchildren Mark and Karenanne Liller, Brittaney Rupert, Samantha Rupert, Ashley Rupert; step-grandchildren Briana and Justyn Newsome and Seth Murray; brother Harold Liller; sisters Judy, Mary, Sarah and Agnes; plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Harry Liller.
Lobaugh, Russell Oscar (Gold 62-62 ETC) Russell Oscar Lobaugh Jr, ETC 62-62 of Roselle, IL, Departed on Eternal Patrol Mar 28, 1975. He was born November 24, 1927. In the US Navy he served on USS Baya SS/AGSS-318 SN 1948-48, USS Scabbardfish SS-397 SN 1948-48, USS Seadragon SSN-584 ET1(SS) 1959-63, USS Lafayette SSBN-616 ETC(SS) 1962-62 and USS Ulysses S Grant SSBN-631 ETC(SS) 1964-65.
Lofgren, Roy (Blue 65-67) Ray passed away in approximately 2002, he lived in Casper, WY. Reported by Lamon Craven
Long, George T (Gold 62- LT) George first Gold Weapons Officer. He passed away nearly 10 years ago. Survived by wife Cindy and kids. He made 2 or 3 Gold Crew patrols. He retired as an Intel Specialist at the 20 years point so he would have made LCDR.
Lookhoff, Jeff (74-77 QMC) Shipmate Jeffrey Lookhoff of 19415 Highway 40, Covington, LA received his final orders from the Supreme Commander 18 June 2002. He is survived by his wife Zaida. He qualified in USS Rasher SS-394 and served in USS Pomfret SS-391, Razorback SS-394, Sam Houston SSBN-609 and Lafayette SSBN-616.
Lovejoy, Paul G (Both 61-63 MM) Paul G Lovejoy of Lakeside, CA departed on Eternal Patrol May 12, 2011. He was born in Homer, AK June 22, 1938. Paul served on the USS Lafayette from 1961-63 as an MM. In July 2008 he wrote about what would be his final patrol “Going North to the Beaufort Sea Above Barrow, AK from late July 'til end of September as Chief Engineer on the R/V ALPHA HELIX. Not sure how long my old bones can handle ANOTHER 'Nort.”
Lucas, Stephen L (Gold 70-72 TM) MCPO Stephen Lawrence Lucas USN (Ret) of Hanahan, SC departed on Eternal Patrol on Friday July 24, 2009. Stephen was born on January 3, 1941 and was the husband of Rita Cooper Lucas. Stephen was a Torpedoman that served on the USS Lafayette Gold crew from 1970 – 1972.
Lund, William Arthur (Gold 62-65 MM) William Arthur Lund, 74, of Tolleson, AZ, died December 29, 2013 at home. He was born September 5, 1939 to Arthur George Lund and Jenny Ruth Boyer. Mr. Lund grew up on a farm in Missouri. After high school, he joined the Navy in 1958 as a Machinist Mate and later retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was proud to be a plank owner on the USS Lafayette. After the Navy, he became a technical writer. He worked on manuals for the Navy and commercial aviation. Mr. Lund is survived by his wife Victoria Vergara Lund; daughter Sheila Anne Lund; son David Allen Lund. He will later be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.
Lull, Gene R (Gold 62- RMC) Gene R Lull was born 28 Mar 1935 in Superior, WI and passed away 10 Mar 1997. Gene was an RMC and Lafayette Gold crew plank owner. The Association was notified by a family member that found our website.
Luscomb, Donald Raymond (Gold 63-63 EN) Donald Raymond Luscomb departed on Eternal Patrol on 24 May 1990 at age 59. He was born on 24 Feb 1931 in Corbett Dela, New York the son of LeRoy Riley Luscomb. Donald is survived by his wife Laura Marie Luscomb and is buried at Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
MacKinnon, Brett C (Gold 80 FA) Brett C MacKinnon was born May 30, 1961 in Massachusetts and died July 28, 1993. Brett served as an FA on the USS Lafayette for one patrols in 1980.
MacKinnon, John H (Both 72–76 CDR) John (Jack) Hutchison MacKinnon, Sr died Nov 22, 2019 at Virginia Hospital Center of heart failure. He was 83. He is remembered for his love of country, family, and service. Jack was born Oct 9, 1936 to Edwin and Thirza MacKinnon in Saginaw, MI. Jack prepped at Culver Military Academy (1954) prior to graduating from the United States Naval Academy with Honors (1958). Admiral Rickover selected Jack for his elite Nuclear Submarine program in 1959-60 in Groton, CT where he met his wife Nadyne “Nikki” Loeffler. They married August 26, 1960. Jack worked his way up in a 20+ year Naval career including Commander of nuclear submarines including both crews of the USS Lafayette SSBN-616, ending up in a leadership role of the Submarine Squadron out of Groton, CT. Upon completion of his military career, Jack had a 20+ year career in the Nuclear power industry. Jack and Nikki lived all over the country with their two children John and Julie. Jack’s wife Nikki predeceased him in 2001.
Mahan, Robert R (Blue 74-75 FTCS) Robert Reed Mahan was born in Florida on August 11, 1940 in Sumterville, FL the son of Vera Mae (Beasley) and Jack Allen Mahan. He departed on Eternal Patrol on December 1980 in Sumter, FL. FTCS Mahan served on the USS Lafayette as the Chief of the Boat Blue crew for 74-75 and Gold crew for 78-78.
Mallery, Robert W (Gold 65-67 SK) Robert Wayne Mallery, 78, of Goose Creek, retired US Navy, departed to eternal patrol Saturday April 29, 2017. Bob was born Jun 13, 1938 in Altoona, PA , a son of the late Richard Mallery and Elizabeth H Mallery. He is survived by his loving and adoring family. He enjoyed garage sales, traveling and spending time with his family. Bob proudly served in the US Navy for over 30 years before working in the Civil Service 29 years. He retired 3 years ago and jokingly identified “Everyday as a Saturday”.
Malonzo, Cezar S (Gold 69 MS) Cezar "Rudy" S Malonzo, 78, passed away on June 25, 2017, in his home in Virginia Beach. Born in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, he was a retired US Navy Submariner and a member of Submarine Veteran Association. He worked in real estate for over 40 years. He was preceded in death by seven siblings, Cresencia, Maura, Guadalupe, Diovides, Tony, Mina, and Olivia. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mila Malonzo; son, MSgt Jerrel Malonzo and wife, Michelle, of Las Vegas, NV; grandson, Jay Malonzo; granddaughter, Joy Malonzo.
Martin, Barry (Both 74 MT) Barry or Berry Martin departed on Eternal Patrol, about 1974, a small private airplane accident during the combined crew yard period, reported by LT James O'Dea.
Matlock, Rodney A (Gold 77-78 SK) Rodney Allen Matlock was born March 30, 1955 in Idaho and died November 4, 2001. Rodney served as an SK on the USS Lafayette for 4 patrols from 1977 to 1978.
Matthies, George H (Blue 62-64 MMC) George Henry Matthies, of West Point, CA, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the age of 87. He was born in Bronx, NY on January 3, 1929 to the late George Henry and Anna (Rapp) Matthies. He was the loving husband of Carolyn Matthies for 25 years. He met Carolyn in Novato in 1983, and in 1991 the two were married. George proudly served in the US Navy. George is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Erickson) Lyons-Matthies; daughters, Jacqueline (Lonne) Cullati, Michelle Rogers, and Toni (Richard) Davis; step-daughters, Dina (Ori) Polkinghorne and Kimberly Lyons; sisters, Nora Donaldson and Rita Bladel; fifteen grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded by his son, George Stewart Matthies.
Mellinger, Richard P (Both 63-68 TM) Richard Paul Mellinger (Jan 25, 1939 - Mar 5, 2010) of Bremerton, departed on Eternal Patrol in Silverdale on March 5, 2010. He was born in Oakville, IA to Paul and Alice (Treichler) Mellinger. He graduated from Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado in 1957 and went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University. He married Sue Ann Walters in Grand Junction and she preceded him in death in 2006. Richard served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1984 in the Submarine Service and was a Viet Nam Era Veteran. He attained the rank of Torpedoman Chief. He is survived by son Michael Mellinger (Senta) of Silverdale; daughter Shannon Ellingson (Michael) of Bremerton and numerous other relatives.
McAllister, Robert A (Blue 62-62 FTM) Robert "Bob" Atkin McAllister, 72, died on Nov. 20, 2014, in Coeur D'Alene, ID. Bob was born on July 18, 1942, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Vivian Atkin and Grace (Chatwin) McAllister. Bob's father passed away unexpectedly just months before he was born, so Bob's hard-working mother raised him and his five older sisters on her own. In high school, Bob was a mischievous teenager. He was mentored and cared for by a dear family friend, Robert Hinnenkamp, who suggested Bob enlist in the US Navy after high school in 1960. Bob attended training in many states and landed in Connecticut for submarine school in Groton. He worked at the US Submarine Base, married his first wife and moved to Virginia for a few years for Guided Missile School before returning to Mystic, with his family in 1973. After many years "out to sea", Bob retired from the Navy as a lieutenant in 1981, and began a new career at Analysis & Technologies in North Stonington. After moving around a bit, he decided to settle down in Washington near his sisters. Bob was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary (married to Jesse Hall). He is survived by four sisters, Vivian McAllister of Shelton, WA, Jane Heider and her husband, Edward, of Wooster, OH, Grace Casper and husband, Del, of Spokane, WA, Kathryn "Kitty" Jones and late husband, Darrell, of Spokane. Bob also leaves his three children, sons, Robert McAllister and his wife, Naomi (Bammer), of Colchester, Steven McAllister and his wife, Lisa (Santos), of Stratford; and daughter, Dawn (McAllister) Wawrzynowicz and her husband, Toby, of Griswold. Bob was blessed with three amazing grandchildren who he never had the opportunity to meet in person, though always made it known how proud he was of them; Ella and Samantha Wawrzynowicz and John McAllister.
McCracken, James A (Both 63-66 RM) James A “Jim” McCracken, 77, of Bringhurst, died Friday, Feb 17, 2012, at his residence. He served 20 years in the US Navy, retiring in June 1973. He served on the USS Lafayette as an RMC 1963-65. He then worked for Wisler Electric/Charlie & Pat’s Electric & Appliance repair for 25 years. His marriage was to Virginia A Pullen in 1954, and she survives, along with four children, Karen Allen of Delphi, Alan McCracken of Camden, Gary McCracken of Bringhurst, and Mark Mc- Cracken of Ashburn, VA.
McCreary, David L (Blue 82-85 SK) David Lamar McCreary born August 7th 1961 in Atlanta Georgia and departed on Eternal Patrol on July 20, 2015 and resided in Murfreesboro, TN. He was a proud veteran and served in the US Navy on the USS Lafayette from 1982-85. His wife said that David was a real gentleman and she could not ask for a better partner in life.
McGarry, Gordon (66 LCDR) Gordon McGarry died in Oct 1985 in Washington, DC reported by Jerry Mulholland
McKinney, Douglas (Blue 70-73 CDR) CDR Doug McKinney (Dec 8, 1945 - Dec 14, 2006) served on board the Lafayette as AWEPS from approx 1970-1973 as an ENS & LTJG. He died in California Dec 14, 2006. Lafayette was his first boat as an officer. He would have liked to be a part of this ship's history - his first boat meant a lot to him. I was his wife at that time. Bev McKinney 831-753-4931
McLaughlin, Bernard (Gold 62-64 CAPT) Captain Bernard Robert McLaughlin, USN(Ret) passed away Aug 27, 2009. He was born in Nashua, NH Sept 14, 1929 to the late Bernard Philip and Jennie McAdoo McLaughlin. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, class of 53. He attended the US Naval War College graduating with high distinction. His early career consisted of operational assignments in the submarine force culminating in command of the USS Argonaut. Mid career assignments included duty on the Staff, Commander in Chief Pacific; Executive Officer, Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA; Chief of Staff, Submarine Squadron Three; and Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC. His last assignment was Command of the Naval Sea Support Center, Pacific. He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Gara McLaughlin. Barney was a life long Red Sox fan, avid reader and walking enthusiast.
McQuown, Michael (Both 72-75 LCDR) Mike was the Navigator on the Gold crew when we left the shipyard and a helluva Submariner. He went on to become the Officer in Charge (OIC) of NR-1 where he received commendations for his efforts in the cold war. Unfortunately he died in an automobile accident the day before he was to take command of a fast attack in San Diego.
McVeigh, John F (Blue 62-65 EMC) John F. McVeigh died Sunday, April 3, 2005. He was born March 4, 1937, to James J and Viola McVeigh in Paterson, New Jersey.
Middents, Paul W (Gold 77-80 CAPT) Captain Paul W Middents, USN Ret, 79, of Silverdale, WA, passed away peacefully in his home on April 19, 2018 after an 8 year battle with cancer. Paul was born on March 23, 1939 in Madelia, MN to Rev LR and Beula (Burdick) Middents. A graduate of Paullina High School in Paullina, IA, Paul went on to serve his country in the US Navy from 1957-1991, retiring as a Captain. He qualified on submarines on the USS George Washington completing 15 strategic deterrent patrols over his career culminating with command at sea on the USS Lafayette and USS Proteus. Another highlight of his Naval career included command of the Trident Training Facility in Bangor, WA from 1983-86. Captain Middents was awarded the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars in lieu of a second and third award, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon among other military accolades. He married the love of his life, Ellen L Thaden, on September 2, 1960, in Sigourney, IA. After retiring from the Navy, Paul worked as an Adjunct Professor at Olympic College teaching math, physics and astronomy. Paul’s memory will live on with, Ellen, his loving wife of 57 years; son Dirk (Kelli); daughter, Lisa (Greg); grandchildren, Laura and Leo.
Mikolajczak, Michael A (Gold 85-89 ET) Michael Anthony Mikolajczak - Oct 18, 1997 at age 35, in Rochester, NY after a short illness, beloved son of Barbara Mayer of Alaska and Richard of Florida; brother of William G and Patricia (Donald) Johnson; uncle of Donald A Johnson III and Misty Johnson, all of Alaska; survived by maternal grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. Michael also leaves many dear friends all over the world. Graduated in 1980 at the Lake Shore Central School in Angola, NY; attended Ohio State University; served six years in the Navy aboard the USS Lafayette (Gold Crew). He was employed by Harris R F Communications as a Field Engineer in Rochester, Mexico City and Lima, Peru.
Miller, Joseph R (Blue 74-75 ST) Joseph Robert Miller Sr (Butch) was born June 17th 1942 in Baltimore, MD, was a sonar tech on the blue crew from approx. 1971 until 1977 when he passed away on October 29th He loved the Navy and planned on making it a career. His friends called him Butch from what I understand. He was survived by his wife (since passed away as well), son and daughter. If you have any memories or stories of my father please share them. My contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitnik, John (Gold 68-69 CDR) John S Mitnik CDR USN(Ret) of Satellite Beach, FL passed away August 1, 2002 and was born May 11, 1942 in Pennsylvania. John began a Naval career in submarines service as a LTJG on the USS Lafayette.
Monton, Robert A (Blue 84-87 MT) Robert "Bob" Alan Monton, 59, of Mystic, died Saturday, Aug 30, 2014, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was born in New Jersey on Dec 15, 1954, the son of Joseph & Carmela (Russo) Monton. He served for 20 years in the US Navy, retiring at the rank of chief. Following his military service, he was the owner/operator of RAM Electric of Mystic. He is survived by his son, R J Monton and his wife, Lisa, of Seattle, WA and his daughter, Nicole Mamika and her husband, Roger, of Glen Burnie, MD; two grandchildren, Oliver and Griffin; as well as two sisters, Jo Mary Pescatore of New Jersey and Evelyn Falsarella of New York.
Morency, David Charles (Gold 64-66 LT) David "Dave" Charles Morency, died at his home in Williston on Sat, Jun 27, 2015, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family. Dave was born in Salem, MA, on Sep 11, 1938, to the late Joseph and Irene Morency. He grew up in a loving extended family that included his two siblings and two cousins. He attended St John's High School, graduating in 1956. Dave was appointed to the US Naval Academy in 1957. He served on USS Keppler DD-765 until 1962, and on Nuclear Submarines, on USS Lafayette SSBN-616, and USS Lapon SSN-661. In later years, he enjoyed sharing stories about his naval career, including his ship's involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis and our country's relationship with the Russians during the Cold War. In 1969, Dave left the Navy to pursue a career in teaching. He received a Master's degree in Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati, and began his teaching career at the University of Vermont in 1973. Dave is survived by his wife, Ellie of Williston; son, David and wife, Tracy Drake, and their son, Eamon, of Burlington; son, Steve of Williston; daughter, Elise Minadeo and husband, John, and their children, Nick, Marisa and Dominic, of Essex; daughter, Anne and husband, Dave Mulleady, of Co. Longford, Ireland; sister, Sylvia Wahl and husband, Ted, and his children, Michelle and Wes, and their families; brother, Joseph and wife, Pauline, and their children, Liz and Joe; and cousins, Irene Sullivan and Betty Rectanus, and their families.
Morris, William J (Blue 63-67 MT) William Joseph Morris, Jr, 75, of Tappahannock, passed away on June 29, 2018. He was the son of the late William and Rosemary Morris and was preceded in death by his brother Michael Dean Morris. He proudly served his country in the US Navy and retired with 22 years of honorable service on many nuclear submarines. Bill is survived by his wife Diane Morris; children, Cynthia Moreira (Carlos), William Morris III (Michelle), and Bridgett Mueller (David); grandchildren, Cameron, Felisia, Mason, Samantha, Abigail, Jude, Andrew, Michael, and Julia; great-grandchildren, Laila, Owen, and Aiden; sisters, Mollie and Jeanne.
Mortimer, Phillip (Gold 62-65 EN) My father, Philip P. Mortimer is now on eternal patrol. He retired from the Navy in 1973. He died of lung cancer Aug. 12, 1986. Any memories of my dad would be appreciated. Thank you. From: Mary Mortimer email@example.com
Muller, David Lynn (LCDR) David Lynn Muller, of San Diego, CA Jan 8, 1932 – Jul 21, 2002
Mullins, David (Gold 64-66 LT LCDR) David Lynn Mullins, 68, of Kansas City, KS (3/21/40 - 6/12/08) died at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1962. He served on the USS Jack SSN-605, the USS Lafayette SSBN-616, the Von Steuben SSBN-632, and the USS Puffer SSN-652, as well as on Submarine Staffs in Holy Lock, Scotland, Pearl Harbor, and San Diego. After his retirement from the Navy, David earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and became a certified Bioenergetic Therapist and Gestalt Therapist. It was in counseling that David found his strength.
Mumford, Ronald (Blue 77-79 MMCS) Unconfirmed report - Ronald Mumford MMCS(SS) from Vermont was born on January 24, 1942 and departed on Eternal Patrol on May 14, 1985. He was “The COB of the Blue Crew Mob” 1977-79. It was reported that he had a heart attack and passed away while on patrol, boat unknown. Please add additional information and or confirmation if you have it. He will be missed. Sent in by: Ray Sadlik (Blue 76-79 RM)
Murphy, Herbert L (Blue 64-69 ET) Herbert Leon Murphy born in Madison, FL, Nov 4, 1943 and departed on Eternal Patrol on Aug 6, 2012 at his home in Gamaliel, AR. He served in the US Navy onboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616, then returned to school and graduated from University of South FL. He joined the US Department of Agriculture, where he worked as a botanist assigned to Central and South America, where he was instrumental in developing the Avacado industry for the Mexican government. Herb was one of the original station weather watchers for radio station KTLO in Mountain Home, AR. He is survived by his wife, Ana Maria Murphy. Rest your oars shipmate "Murf the Surf".
Navarette, Richard (Gold 66-66 SD) Richard Navarette, 65, of Milford, CT passed away on December 27,2014 at Saint Raphaels Hospital with his son, wife and wifes family by his side. Born in Milford, December 1,1949. He was the son of the late Richard B. Navarette and Thomasine (Greenwood) Navarette. He was also predeceased by two brothers Dale Navarette and Alan Phelan.Richard was raised in Stratford and upon graduating Bunnell High School, he served in the US Navy (submarines) during the Vietnam war. He was employed at the DMV for over 25 years retiring as a sergeant. He enjoyed gardening, camping and was a longtime NASCAR racing fan.Richard is survived by his wife Deborah (Nyquist) Navarette of 39 years, his son and loving girlfriend Daniel Navarette and Marsha Gaylord of Middletown, a sister Elizabeth (John) Grudetski of Shelton and a brother Guy (Judy) McAllister of Alabama. Also a father-in-law Russell Nyquist of Stratford, several brother and sister-in-laws, several nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors.
Nelson, Roland W (Blue 62-63 EN) Roland W “Swede” Nelson, age 82 of Trenton, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 4, 2017. He was born on January 11, 1935, in Lake Prairie Township, MN to Irvin W and Florence Thompson Nelson. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1954 and then enlisted in the US Navy. After graduation from basic training at Great Lakes, IL, and he attended submarine school in New London, CT, then proudly served on: USS Bass SSK-2, USS Cavalla SSK-244, USS Barbel SS-580, USS Robert E Lee SSBN-601, USS Lafayette SSBN-616, USS Von Steuben SSBN-632. In 1966, Roland became a Chief Warrant Officer, and then served on the following surface ships: USS Preserver, USS Thor and the USS Francis Marion. He retired in 1974. He became a certified Heating A/C contractor and in 1981, he started Nelson’s Service Inc serving the Northeast Florida area. He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Ardella Mai Nelson, four children Kirby Nelson (Jessica), Kerry Nelson (Sherri), Kevyn Nelson (Beth) and Kammy Hooper (Kevin); and seven grandchildren.
Nevedal, William (Blue 65-67 TM3) Bill passed away on 1/9/02 from acute myelitic luekemia. He was always very proud of his service on the Lafayette. His youngest son is currently stationed on the USS Bremerton SSN-698 fast attack submarine which in Pearl Harbor. Bill worked for approx 30 years as a sales manager in the Heat Treat Industry. As a family, we were involved in Revolutionary War reenactment, mostly through the 1st Michigan Colonial Fife & Drum Corp. Bill was a wonderful man and is greatly missed.
Newman, Cyril (Gold 67-67 LT) Cyril Newman, CAPT USN Ret, 82, of Kalamazoo, MI, formerly of Chesapeake, VA, died on Nov 7, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on Sep 27, 1936 in London, England to Max Newman and Lily Tenenbaum. The family immigrated after the war to New York City in 1946. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 1965. He completed his residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and served 16 years active duty and 9 years reserve duty in the US Navy, with stations in VA, CA, SC and CT and deployments on submarines USS Nathaniel Greene and USS Lafayette. Dr Newman delivered babies for nearly 40 years. In retirement he helped train physicians in Kabul, Afghanistan for two months before moving to Michigan. He was preceded in death by his father Max, mother Lily, brother Irving and his eldest son, David. He is survived by his wife Sharon Newman. He is also survived by David’s wife, Susan, his children Stephen (Vicki), Carol (Kevin), Christopher, Paul (Gloria) and Michael and their mother Barbara Newman; Sharon’s daughters Patricia and Lynn, nine grandchildren" Sarah and Sean, Brittany (Chris) and Brian, Katherine, Kaleb and Kurtis, Jack and Joseph; and two great-grandchildren" Lilly and Evelyn. A military funeral is planned at Arlington National Cemetery.
Nicholas, Chris P (Gold 80 QM) Christophe P Nicholas was born March 5, 1960 in California and passed away in August 1980. Chris served as a QM on the USS Lafayette Gold for 1 patrol in 1980.
Nicks, John (Blue 82-86 QM) John T Nicks was born on September 10, 1962 and died on August 16, 2006 at the age of 43. John last resided in Anna, Texas in Collin County, Submitted by Yvette Nicks
Norris, Clyde C (Blue 74-77 MT) Clyde C Norris Jr (Aug 14, 1950 to Dec 23, 1998) was on the Blue crew from late 70 through the yards and onward. But Clyde and Lee his wife visited us years later and we got caught up. Clyde was originally from New Mexico and lived in Utah when he passed away. He was one of the many who used Phen-fen to lose weight. He lost over 70 pounds. But about 6 months later she came home to find him dead on the floor. He was Grubsteak the clown as a side job. He was an avid Shriner and enjoyed entertaining kids. Pat Beaman, shipmate
Norrup, Curtis R (Gold 80 SR) Curtis R Norrup was born October 31, 1962 in California and passed away in July 1986. Curtis served as an SR on the USS Lafayette Gold for 1 patrol in 1980.
Nunez, Richard L (Blue 69-72 ETN) Richard Lawrence Nunez, 66, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 in Fort Worth. Richard was born on August 9, 1949 in Los Angeles to Elizario Nunez Jr and Theresa Molina Nunez. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served during the Vietnam Era. An Arlington resident since 1981, he retired as a Captain for the Dallas Fire Department after 25 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for 9 years with El Paso Fire Department and DFW Public Safety. Richard is preceded in death by his father. Survivors by his Wife of 44 years, Irene Cano Nunez; sons, Ricky Nunez and Mike Nunez and wife, Laurie; mother, Theresa M. Nunez; brothers, Steve Nunez and Dan Nunez; grandchildren, Mikey, Jacob, Alyssa, Sammy, Sabrina and Adrian.
O’Hare, Hugh A "Bud" (Blue 76-78 LTJG) O'Hare, Hugh A., LCDR, USN, Ret, 70, passed away June 26, 2018, after an extended illness. Bud was born on March 17, 1948, in Corry, PA. He was the son of the late Mary Jane (Mulheirn) and Hugh A. O'Hare III MD. He graduated from the University of Louisville and served 22 years in the Navy, primarily in the submarine service. After retiring from the Navy, Bud worked as a Code Enforcement Officer and Township manager and later for Pennoni Associates of Philadelphia. He enjoyed woodworking and building, as well as kayaking. He especially loved his trips on the Schuylkill River Sojourn. Bud is lovingly remembered by his "bride" of 44 years, Jayne Dolan O'Hare, his children, Brian D O'Hare and Amy Aldine Grapes; and grandson, "the" Benjamin. Also surviving are four sisters: Mary Jane Van Der Mude, of Burlington, MA, Sarah Amy, of Edinboro, PA, Anne Pitcavage, of Raleigh, NC, and Hollace Wood, of Corry, PA; as well as sister-in-law, Lynn Bruno; and brother-in-law, James Dolan, both of Corry, PA.
Oliva, Conrad R (Gold 77-80 MM) Conrad R Oliva, 59 of Lincolnton, GA, entered into Eternal Patrol on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Charlie Norwood VA Hospital, Augusta, GA. Conrad was born Sep 30, 1957 in Sicily, Italy. He had retired from the US Navy and had lived in Staten Island, NY before moving to Lincoln County a few years ago. He was survived by daughter Dawn Aycock and husband, Matthew of Lincolnton, Step-daughters Lori Coppola and Wendy Thibeault, best friend and travel partner Martha Brangenberg.
Owen, Mark W (Gold 83-84 RM) Mark W Owen, 60, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Mon, Oct 18, 2010. Mark proudly served his country in the US Navy as a submarine sailor, working in communications. He retired after 30 years. Following retirement he went to work for UMB Bank in Kansas City, retiring after 11 years. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Beverly (Davis) Owen; and a brother, Henry Owen. Survivors include two sons, Kevin M (Lisa) Owen of Pensacola, FL, and Kyle B Owen of Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren, Noah, Cora and Landon of Pensacola, FL; three brothers, Guy, Brian and Chris Owen; three sisters, Sue Flora, Valerie Davis and Janae Terry; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Painter, Ray F (Blue 62-64 EN) Ray Franklin Painter Age 89, of Fort Pierce, FL, passed away on January 13, 2019. Ray served with the 11th Airborne Troop Carrier Sqdn, US Army Air Corp in Berlin Germany as a Crew Chief, C47 Troop Carrier Cpl 1946-1948. He then joined the US Navy and Ray served aboard ten submarines before retiring in 1966 as an EN1. They were USS Sealion SS-315 (1949-51); USS Tirante SS-420 (1951-53); USS Bluefish SS-222 (1953-53); USS Piper SS-409 (1954-56); USS Stickleback SS-415 (1958-58); USS Gudgeon SS-567 (1958-58); USS Raton SS-270 (1958-59); USS Lafayette SSBN-616 (1962-1964); USS Tecumseh SSBN-628 (1964-64); USS Casimir Pulaski SSBN-633 (1964-66). While aboard the Lafayette, Tecumseh and Casimir Pulaski, Ray was in the Nuclear Engineering Division and performed a special duty as a P3 Welder.
Palmer, James A (Blue 64-70 RMC) James Allen Palmer, Sr., 74, of West Gardiner, ME died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on March 24, 2015 . He was born in North Syracuse, NY, and lived there until he enlisted in the Navy in 1958. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years in the Submarine Service, at the rank of RMCM. He was then employed at Digital Equipment Corporation for nine years. He later went to Mid-State College in Augusta, earning an accounting degree. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mandy Palmer; his daughters, Sandra Palmer Fish, Cheryl Palmer Luken and his son, James Allen Palmer, Jr. Jim married Mandy after they met in Plainville, Conn. when he was stationed at New London. Together they raised their family as they were reassigned to different bases up and down the east coast. After they retired to Maine, he had more time to spend enjoying family gatherings, gardening, fishing, woodworking, and feeding the birds.
Panshin, Daniel A (Gold 62-64 CAPT) Daniel A Panshin, 76, of St Paul, MN (Mar 9, 1938 — Nov 17, 2014), died Monday in St Paul. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pat; his brother, Alexei (Cory); his son, Stephen (Sandra), and daughter, Natalie (Erika Barthelmess), from his first marriage, to Cynthia; and grandchildren Maclean and Helen. He was born in Lansing, MI, to Alexis J. and Lucie Panshin. He attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and graduated from Cornell University in 1960. After serving on submarines in the US Navy for four years, he attended Oregon State University, where he earned a doctorate in Oceanography in 1971. He worked as an oceanographer, doing research and extension work during his early career, before moving to Washington, DC, in 1979, where he worked for the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Congressional Committee, and worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He was married in 1984 to Pat, and in 1985, they moved to Minnesota, where he worked as an administrator at the University of Minnesota.
Paugh, Ole Franklin (71-76 STSC) Ole F Paugh was born on December, 1 1931 and he married Barbara J Fuller/McAulay on 1966. Ole passed away on March 4 2008, at age 76. In the US Navy he served on USS Bugara SS-331 1954-57, USS Diodon SS-349 1958-59, USS Catfish SS-339 1959-59 & 1969-71, USS Theodore Roosevelt SSBN-600 1960-61, USS Segundo SS-398 1961-61, USS Remora SS-487 1961-63, USS Sculpin SSN-590 1965-66 and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 1971-76.
Pearo, Todd (Blue 80s MM) Todd was a MM3 nuke, M-Divison and he reported aboard the USS Lafayette early 1986.
Perkins, G Lindsay Jr (Gold 82-85 CAPT) G Lindsay Perkins Jr. of Bremerton, WA, died Mach 20, 2007. As a Captain in the US Navy, he commanded the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center at Puget Sound. CAPT Perkins also directed the regional Combined Federal Campaign in 2005, raising $2.1 million. His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Volunteer Service Medal and various unit awards.
Perry, John F (Both 66-70 ET) John F Perry, 66, of Kennewick, WA died March 27, 2009 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was born in Modesto, CA, and lived in Kennewick for 33 years. He was a retired training engineer/instructor for Con Edison and Energy Northwest. He served our country and was a nuke ET on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616. He loved, played and helped organize many folk music groups and events. He passed away as a result of complications following surgery.
Perry, Maynard W (Blue 62- QMC) His wife said that "Mark" died in July 2004 as a result of cancer. He was a wonderful friend, great shipmate USN(Ret), and would have loved seeing all the plankowners.
Petersen, Jimmie L (Blue 62-62 FTM) Jimmie L Petersen, 77, of Tonopah died Jan. 21, 2013, from cancer at Odyssey Hospice in Peoria. Mr. Petersen was born May 31, 1935, in Racine, WI, to Helen and Jim Petersen. He moved to Arizona in 2003. He joined the Navy at age 17 to become a nuclear submarine operator. In 1960, he met his wife, Margarita. After leaving the Navy in 1973 as a chief petty officer, he became a saltwater fishing captain of his own boat. In 1975, he went to work as ranch foreman for Turner Farms. Several years afterward, he moved to Greenland to work with satellites and later as a quality assurance contractor for Ford Aerospace in Tonopah, Nev. In 1986, he taught English to the electrical engineers for the Saudi Royal Air Force. When the contract was complete, he became a quality control inspector for another contract. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margarita; and one granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Celia Petersen; two daughters, Nancy Norwood and Patricia Crews; one niece, Melinda Buhl of O'Fallon, Ill.; two sisters, Charlene Sedig of Buckeye and Judith Lidburg of Cambridge, Mass.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pierce, Franklin Dwight (Gold 68-70 ETCS) Franklin (Frank) Dwight Pierce of Columbia, SC passed away Oct 16, 2019 (age 86). Frank will be interred with Honors at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery during a private family service. Frank is survived by his children Michael Bryan Martin, Lori Anne Pierce, Gerald Franklin Pierce, and Angela Lee Pierce, as well as 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Born March 11, 1933, Frank was destined to live a life on the water and in service. He joined the Navy at age 17, serving aboard the USS Oriskany as a radarman; his last ship was the Nuclear Submarine USS Lafayette. He also served as radar instructor and retired as a Senior Chief Electronics Technician. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the China Service Medal, and the United Nations Medal.
Poland, Jack W (Blue 62-65 EN) Jack W Poland MMCS(SS) was listed in the FRA Magazine (Fleet Reserve Association) as on Eternal Patrol. Poland, Jack W, 78, of Oregon died Friday 2/12/16 at home. Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is handling arrangements. Eau Claire, WI
Polkowski, AL (Blue 64-70 FTB) Alvin J Polkowski, 66, of Chester, NJ passed away on February 10, 2011. Al was born on April 2, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Siegfried and Jean Polkowski. He was the owner of Polkowski Custom Knives, he was a Master knife maker known around the world and credited for bringing tactical knives into the direction they have become, based on his Vogel Fighter Model. Al was a member of the Knife Makers Guild since 1986. Alvin was a veteran of the US Navy for 9 years active duty where he served on the USS Lafayette submarine as a missile control specialist based out of Rota, Spain until 1970. Following his military service, he worked as a civilian contractor in South East Asia, installing computer systems in Vietnam, South Korea and Philippines for 2 years during the war. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Vogel) Polkowski of Chester, NJ, his daughter, Nicole Polkowski of Flanders, NJ, his son, Jon Polkowski and his wife Anni of Sayreville, NJ and his sister.
Pollard, Ronald E (Gold 62-65 YN) Ronald E Pollard, 64, (May 24, 1943 - Dec 22, 2007) of Port Charlotte, FL, passed away Saturday, December 22. 2007, at his home. Ron had lived in Miami, Tampa and southwest.
Poole, Marshall H (Both 65-71 EMCM) Please inform Marshall's shipmates that he passed away from complications of PSP [Progressive Supranuclear Palsy] on Sept 21, 2006 in Alma, GA. He donated his brain to Mayo Clinic for research to find the cause and hopefully a cure someday for this horrible disease. Thank you. Regards, his wife, Barbara J Poole mxbp60#accessatc.net
Potter, Ray (Blue 61- ET) My father, Ray Potter passed away in April 2006 in Cedar Rapids, IA. I am a sub vet as well, patrolled on the USS Henry Clay and USS Daniel. Mike Potter firemanpotter#yahoo.com
Poulsen, Paul A “Pappy” (Blue 66-67 MM) Paul Pap"" Poulsen, 72, of Hot Springs Village, AR passed away on April 17, 2015. He was born May 29, 1942 in Greeley, CO to Ray and Tillie Poulsen. Paul known to so many as "Pap", spent 22 years, from Sept 1961 until Oct 1983, in the US Navy Submarine Service and retired as a Master Chief. His second career, which lasted a little over 18 years, was with Pacific Gas & Electric in California's Diablo Canyon, as a Maintenance Planner. After his Naval service, his home was Oceano, CA. Paul was married three times and lost all three to ill health, caring for each of them as they lost their battle to survive. In 2006 he married wife number three, Mary Sowers, and they relocated from California to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, in 2007. In the four years until Mary's passing, the Poulsen's enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world, but this time on the surface of the ocean rather than under it. He is survived by his step children Jenna, Judie, Jim, Michelle and Julie, and many grandchildren.
Prichett, George William Jr (Blue 62-62 EN) George William Prichett Jr of Portland, ME was born 3/24/1924 and departed on Eternal Patrol 5/16/1974. He joined the US Navy in 1942 left in 1968. He served aboard the USS Paddle SS-263 MOMM2 1943-45 War Patrols 1-2-3-4-5-6-7, RFD 3/29/1943 (Plankowner) to 4/13/45, USS Randolph CVS/CV/CVA-15 MOMM2 1945-45 Embarked 9/45 for transportation from Long Beach, CA to Long Island, NY, USS Entemedor SS-340 EN1 1960-61 TRF 16 Jan 61 to BURRFISH MOB Team, USS Burrfish SS/SSR-312 EN1 1961-61 and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 EN1 1962-62.
Pulliam, Michael (Blue 79-83 MT) Michael Leonard Pulliam, 52, of Gilbert died on February 22, 2012 in Gilbert, AZ. Michael was born on June 8th, 1959 and was a US Navy Submarine Veteran.
Purdy, William H (Gold 68-70 LT) William Howard Purdy, 75 years young, of Forest, VA died Saturday, June 30, 2018. He was the loving husband to Sherry Z Purdy for over 49 years. Born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1943, he was a son of the late William Henry Purdy and the late Anne Hamilton Purdy. William was preceded in death by his brothers James Charles Purdy and Roger Daniel Purdy. William was a 1961 graduate of Monroeville High School, attended Lynchburg College, and received his Bachelors of Science from the US Naval Academy in 1965. William was also a US Navy Vietnam Veteran serving on the USS Quillback and the USS Lafayette. In addition to his wife he is survived by his son William Howard “Howie” Purdy Jr, his daughter, Kathryn Michelle “Kathy” Purdy; his sister, Jane Irene Purdy.
Qualls, Cletus (Blue 62-66 TMC) Cletus Earl Qualls (1931-2007), 76, of Navarre, FL and a native of Slaughters, KY on Friday October 19, 2007 at 1:13 in the afternoon, departed on Eternal Patrol to join his Lafayette shipmate and brother Paul. He was honorably retired from the US Navy with 20 years of submarine service. While in the navy he was aboard the USS Skate SSN-578 and had the honor of being part of the crew that was first to surface at the North Pole in 1959. The crew also circumnavigated around the world (at the pole) in less than an hour. He was a plank owner of three submarines, USS Skate SSN-578, USS Lafayette SSBN-616, and USS Will Rogers SSBN-659. He also served aboard USS Bonita SSK-3, and USS Clamagore SS-343. He fought so hard. Mesothelioma was too much. Now he can rest his oars and be at peace with God. Thank you so much. With gratitude, His Daughter, Darlene Soja
Qualls, Paul N (Blue 64-66 CS) Paul was married to Phyllis and has two daughters, Dawn and Jennie, and two granddaughters. Eternal Patrol May 10, 2000 reported by his brother Cletus Qualls TMC Blue 62-66.
Rave, James Anthony (Blue 68-69 LT) James Anthony Rave, 73, of Beaufort, NC died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at home. Jim was born June 1, 1941 in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1963. After six years as a submarine officer, he continued to serve our nation as a federal employee with the Department of the Navy, finally retiring after a full career from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. During his final years he kept active working as a contracting engineer and avidly reading science fiction and military history. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Lynne Rave; sons, Michael Rave and wife Joy of Beaufort, Mark Rave and wife Silvia of Fremont, Calif., and Matthew Rave and wife Sarah of Sylva; daughter, Molly Simmons of Beaufort; four brothers, two sisters; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Reed, Jack (67-69 LT) John R Reed born 22 Jun 1941 and died 13 June 2007 in Newport News, VA reported by Jerry Mulholland.
Reisenleiter, Vern (Gold 68-69 LCDR) Vernon A Reisenleiter Jr of Glendale, MO died Friday, June 30, 2006. Vern was born August 18, 1937 and graduated from Kirkwood High School in 1955. He received his degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1960, while on an ROTC scholarship. After graduation, he served on both the USS Lafayette and the USS James Madison nuclear submarines. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1975 as LT Commander.
Reisinger, Michael (Blue 62-65 MM) Michael "Mike" Reisinger, 72, passed away April 24, 2015, at his winter home in Winter Haven, FL after a strong battle against cancer, his wife Doris and children were present. Mike was born in East Moline, IL, but soon moved to Davenport, IA. He was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Assumption High School and loved participating on the wrestling team and Golden Gloves. He enlisted in the US Navy and was a plank owner of the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 submarine as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class and ship's diver. Upon leaving the service, he completed his education at Illinois State University with a BA in Business. Mike started a State Farm Insurance Agency in Springfield, IL. It was his passion to meet and service his clients to the fullest for 37 years. He was State President of his professional organization, NAIFA. Upon retirement Mike took on adventures in a motorhome, sail boating, travel and grandkids. National Parks were enjoyed since he was a child. Mike is survived by his wife of 48 years, Doris; son, Michael Reisinger II (Jennifer) of Springfield; daughters, Ann Thompson of Chicago, and Kristen of Denver; son, Daniel of Chicago; daughters, Cathleen Jaglin (Joel) of Naperville, and Theresa of St Louis, plus several grandchildren.
Rejman, Daniel A (Gold 86-89 QM) Daniel “Rej” Rejman, 64 of Constantine, passed away October 15, 2019 in Green Bay, WI. He was born in Detroit on June 14, 1955, a son of Joseph and Nellie (Mazur) Rejman. Rej graduated from Cody High School in 1973 and went on to serve as a submariner in the US Navy. In June of 1986, he married Marilyn Byers at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan. Rej was an ironworker for the Local #25 Detroit and Local #229 San Diego. Daniel was an accomplished mechanic who could fix anything and he did this for anyone who needed his help. He loved his property and his tractor spending hours moving dirt around. His dream was to build his metal building so he could spend his time in there tinkering with his toys. He enjoyed fishing and deer hunting and being outdoors and was looking forward to deer camp in November with his buddies. He was a member of the Constantine American Legion. Surviving are his wife Marilyn Rejman of Constantine, mother Nellie Rejman of Chicago, brother Michael (Linda) Rejman of Chicago, niece Ashley & Kurt Conley of Chicago, nephew Cody Rejman of Chicago, great nephews Jace, Olin and Kai Conley and his dogs Houey and Rocky. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph.
Rivers, Michael D (Gold 83-87 MS) MS Michael Rivers who was on my crew passed away years ago in a head-on collision. Literally maybe 1 yr. after he got out, so around 1987 or '88. Eternal Patrol.
Roberts, Mark W (Gold 84-88 MM) Mark Wayne Roberts, 43 passed away Monday, April 10, 2006 in Highlands, TX. He is survived by his wife, Patty, father Meredith and wife June, children; Tyler and Trinity, 2 sisters, 3 brothers and many other loving relatives and friends. Mark’s interment will be in Houston National Cemetary.
Robinson, Glenn S (Both 72-76 ET) Glenn S Robinson, Master Chief USN Ret, 58, of Enfield, husband of 38 years of ``Toni'' Irene (DeMarcantonio) Robinson, died peacefully on Friday, (October 30, 2009), at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Mineola, NY, on December 20, 1950, to the late Robert C Robinson III and the late Gracie (Chichester) Robinson, Glenn was raised in Woodstown, NJ, and was a resident of Groton, CT until he moved to Enfield in 1983. He had a 23 year career in the US Navy and proudly served his country during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. He retired in 1993 as Master Chief and had served on submarines, the USS Lafayette and the USS Grant. Glenn was Command Master Chief NPTU Windsor, CT from September 1989 until April 1993. He was awarded Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medals, Letters of Commendation, and was a Master Training Specialist. In addition to his wife, Toni, Glenn is survived by his daughter, Carrie Robinson; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Amber Robinson; his cherished grandchildren Nicola Robinson, Korben Robinson, River Robinson, and Chloe Robinson, all of Enfield.
Rodgers, William P (Blue 62 ENCS) William P "Buck" Rodgers, 83, of East Lyme, CT died on Saturday, Feb 21, 2009. He was born April 27, 1926, in Emsworth, PA the son of the late Edward F and Stella Rodgers. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Millie (Esswein) Rodgers, whom he married on Nov 7, 1953, and who died on Sept 6, 2000. He was also preceded in death by step-grandson, MacCurry Scribner of Jacksonville, FL. He is survived by his four children, and eight grandchildren, Ann K (Edward D) Blakeley and their children, Kara and Shawn Blakeley, of Gibsonia, PA; Patrice M (Maxwell Chiu) Rodgers and their children, Quinlan and Keeling Chiu, of Brooklyn; Shawn P Rodgers and his children, Darren and Jessica Rodgers, of Ledyard and Mary-Jo Rodgers and her children, Hayley and Erin Rodgers of Mars, PA. He is also survived by sisters, Catherine Talarico of Coraopolis, PA and Julia Goetz of Sewickley, PA and brother Edward Rodgers of Ohio. Mr Rodgers was a World War II veteran who joined the Navy at age 16 and retired from the US Naval Submarine Service in 1964 after 23 years of Military service. He served on submarines Sirago, Patrick Henry, Seawolf, and Lafayette. Following his retirement from the Navy, he was employed for several years by General Dynamics Corp. before leaving to open his own contracting business, New England Equipment Co, which he operated until recently. For the last 10 years he also operated a stump grinding business, Buck's Stump Grinding, which he worked through the autumn of 2008.
Ross, Leslie D (Gold 75-78 HMC) Leslie Dean Ross (b. 15 Aug 1943 - d. 19 Apr 1988) spouse - Sandra Ross "HMC US Navy, Vietnam". Laid to rest in Graham Memorial Park, Cemetery Rd, Graham, NC
Roth, David Paul (Both 64-70 FTCS) David Paul Roth (Jan 29, 1935 - May 9, 2010) a long time Wilbur, WA resident and a US Navy vet passed away on May 9, 2010. Dave spent 27 years in the US Navy where he earned many awards including two Navy Achievement medals, the China Service Medal, the Navy "E" and five Good Conduct Awards. Dave served as an FTCS on the Lafayette from 1964-70 and was the Blue Crew COB in 1969. Following his retirement from government service, he authored "Lafayette Sea aboard the Lafayette”. Dave is survived by his wife Marianne; daughters Patricia, Theresa and Linda; son, Kenneth; and eight grandchildren.
Rowe, Dennis L (Blue 90-91 ETCM) Dennis L Rowe, 62, beloved husband of Jean (Feraco) Rowe, of Westerly, RI passed away at his home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Born in San Diego, CA, he was the son of Carol Rowe of Modesto, CA and the late Michael Rowe. Dennis served proudly in the US Navy, retiring as Master Chief after over 27 years of service. He then worked as an Aflac agent. He enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping. In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughter Diane Villaronga of Boerne, TX; three stepchildren, Timothy Boucher of W Greenwich, Troy Boucher of Ashaway and Tami Plas of Providence; three brothers, Donald, David and Daniel Rowe all of Modesto, CA; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Salsone, Timothy (Blue 80-84 MT) Timothy Salsone, 8/26/59 – 1/4/11. A house fire at 11 Juliet Lane in Fort Salonga claimed the life of Timothy Salsone, 51, just after midnight Tuesday, Jan. 4. A veteran himself, Salsone served on a submarine in the Navy for seven years but retired when doctors discovered a tumor in his ear that prevented him from living underwater for any sustained period. Tim was an MT2 on the USS Lafayette Blue 1980-84.
Savage, Bob (Blue 78-83 LCDR) This is a tribute as I just found out that he passed away in the late 80's from cancer. He will be sorely missed.
Scavoni, Gary M (Gold 77-78 STSC) Gary Michael Scavoni of Bristol, RI departed on Eternal Patrol on November 29, 2018 due to congestive heart failure and pneumonia at the age of 76. He was born November 22, 1942 and joined the US Navy and served on the USS Lafayette in the late 70’s as the Chief Sonar Technician and was highly respected by all that worked for him. He is survived by his wife, Sandy.
Schack, Richard A (Gold 62-68 CS) Richard Schack of Nicholson, PA (Jun 29 1939 - Feb 20 1998) on the Lafayette Gold crew 1968, CS1 Richard A Schack was initially the LPO but was injured and transferred. He passed a few years ago. Reported by Bob Driskell
Schlagel, Leslie (Gold 84-90 EM) Les lived in NY from 91-01 had 2 kids Boy Kyle and girl Sara and will be missed he passed on 10/13/01 due to cancer. Email (family): LLSCH1200#aol.com
Schmitt, Joseph (Gold 82-84 MM) Joseph L. Schmitt, 46, born 03/15/61 and passed away Sunday June 24, 2007. He enjoyed a career as a machinists mate before retiring from the Navy. Joe was a police officer, serving with the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. An antique car enthusiast, Joe loved his show trucks and was an award winning member of the Chevy Lovers Car Club. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph A Schmitt, and leaves to cherish his memory his, wife of 25 years Connie Lee Schmitt, daughter Heather Nicole Schmitt, mother Jean T Schmitt.
Schmitt, Randy (Blue 89-90 MSC) MSC(SS) Randy L Schmitt, 57 of Flushing, OH died Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at his home. He was born May 3, 1957 in Martins Ferry, OH, a son of the late Francis Schmitt and Margaret DeLeau Schmitt. Randy was a retired US Navy veteran having served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was currently employed as manager of Longhorn Steakhouse in St Clairsville. He was a 1975 graduate of Union Local High School and a member of United Methodist Real Life Community of Faith in Bethesda. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers and sister, Francis Schmitt, Jr, Marcella Demkowitcz, and Gary Schmitt. Surviving are his loving wife, Wendy Whinnery Schmitt; four children, Shawna (Jason) Parker of Centerville, Will Burnham of Flushing, Jeremy Walter (Carrie) Schmitt of Bremerton, WA, Cary (Destiny) Schmitt of Lafferty and four grandchildren.
Schreiber, Kenneth (Gold 79-83 MT) Kenneth M Schreiber Jr of Tarpon Springs, passed away Aug 19, 2011 at age 52. He was a Naval Engineer & Missile Tech on the USS Lafayette and was in the Merchant Marines. He was also past president & trustee of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and past officer of the American Legion. Survivors include his fiancé Patricia; daughters Natalie & Kathryn; mother Patricia; siblings Timothy & Jean; grandson Tyler and 6 nieces & nephews.
Scott, Jon Paul (Both 79-83 CAPT) Jon Paul Scott, Captain USN Ret, 70, died on Saturday. March 26, 2011 in Rye, NH. A 1963 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he had a 28 year career in the Navy and was commanding officer of the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 from 1979 to 1984. His last duty was as Commander Submarine Fleet Atlantic Representative at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Following his retirement in 1991, he earned his master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire and worked as a consultant doing fluid dynamic computer modeling of paper mill waste water ponds and reactor cooling ponds. Jon was a loving husband to his wife of 47 years, Peggy (Hedly) Scott; and a caring father to Tulsa A Scott and his wife, Janice (Pacuk) Scott, of Mystic, and Michael F Scott of Rye, NH. His grandchildren were Tulsa J Scott and Sierra L Scott of Mystic.
Shadel, James L (Gold 65-67 EM) James Lamar Shadel, 74, of Harrisburg, passed away on Monday October 24, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA. Born June 7, 1942, in Frackville, he was the son of the late Silas Gay and Grace Lenore (Lindenmuth) Shadel. James graduated from Frackville High School in 1961. After graduation, he enlisted in US Navy in October of 1961 and volunteered for submarine service. A proud submariner, he served on the USS Tusk SS-426, USS Lafayette SSBN-616, USS Spadefish SSN-668 and the USS Sculpin SSN-590. After serving for 20 years, James retired from the United States Navy in 1981. He then went to work at Three Mile Island in Middletown as a Technical Nuclear Maintenance Instructor. James is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deb Shadel, their daughter, Lynn Lenore Bower, and their three sons, James Russell Shadel (Kristen D. Ortega-Shadel), Richard Francis Shadel and David Lamar Shadel, all of Harrisburg. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Alexandra Grace Bower. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey Silas Shadel, and sister, Beryl Lenore Lavas.
Shipman, George R (Gold 78-83 TM) George R Shipman Jr was born May 28, 1959 in Iowa and died July 15, 1988. George served as a TM on the USS Lafayette for 4 patrols from 1978 to 1980.
Siedlicke, David W (Gold 86-87 MSCS) Cold War Submariner David W. Siedlicke of Baldwinsville, NY, born in Syracuse, NY, passed away on June 17, 2019, at the age of 73. David joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 and retired in 1987. During his career David served aboard four nuclear powered submarines: the USS James Monroe SSBN-622 from 71-77 on which qualified submarines, the Andrew Jackson SSBN- 619 from 79-79 and 81-81; the Alexander Hamilton SSBN-617 from 84-84 where he was COB; and, the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 from 86-87 where he was COB. Among his Navy highlights, David achieved Master Training Specialist, Senior Enlisted Academy and being COB on the Hamilton and the Lafayette. .He was loved and cherished by many people and his survived by his mother Theresa Siedlickihis, Aunt Stella Siedlicki, his wife Marguerite Siedlicke (Burkett), his daughters, Julie Ann Snay (John) and Norma "Joy" Siedlicke; his granddaughter Lilyann Maloof; his cousin Patti Siedlicki; his sister-in-law Barbara Burkett.
Sightler, Aubry L (Blue 68-71 ST) Skeebo passed on in 2001 in Greenville, SC. He was a beloved member of the Rural Fire Department and a "cut-up" till the end. He was "Battle Station" planesman and had a special op when he had to keep +/- one foot depth for about 8 hours. He did it with "Doc" Thornton's help on the BCP.
Sitter, Allan E (Blue 61-63 QMC) Allan Sitter born in Oct 4, 1922 and he passed away on Apr 20, 2002 in New London, CT. A veteran of WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam conflict, Mr. Sitter served over 20 years in the US Navy and retired as a chief Quarter Master. He was the Chief of the Boat for the Blue Commissioning Crew as a QMC of the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 and also served on the USS George Washington SSBN-598. Following his military career, Mr. Sitter retired with 20 years of service from Electric Boat. On February 27, 2003, his ashes of were returned to the sea off the coast of St Barthelemy, French West Indies. He now rests at latitude 17°-55.55 north and longitude 75°-50.9 west. May he rest in peace.
Sizemore, Don (Gold 74-77 MT) Don was a Texan thru and thru, and was LPO of Gold Crew MT gang from 74 to 77. He was an avid aviation buff, and had built his own small airplane that he kept and worked on at the New London airport. I went there often with him to help him work on this small plane (it had a 15 foot wing span), and watch him fly it. He returned to Texas after he left the Navy, and was teaching his wife to fly when their plane experienced a mechanical failure and crashed, both were killed. Danny Thomas, Gold MT 74-79
Slough, John (Gold 64-66 LCDR) John B Slough of Richmond, Chesterfield, VA (Feb 11, 1937 Oct 07, 2001)
Smart, John Henry COB (Gold 62- EMC) Formaer USS Lafayette COB John Henry Smart , EMC(SS) of New London, CT departed on Eternal Patrol March 1, 1965. He served in the US Navy aboard , USS Sub Relief Crew SS-0 EM3 1945-45, USS Charr SS-328 EM3 1945-45, USS Bumper SS-333 EM1 1945-50, USS Dogfish SS-350 EMC 1957-62, USS Lafayette SSBN-616 EMC/COB 1962-63 and USS Tusk SS-426 EMC 1963-63.
Smith, Darrell G (Blue 71-75 RM) Darrell Gene Smith Sr, age 67, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at his residence. Mr Smith was born in Mullins, SC, son of the late Asa Paul and Annie Bell Thompson Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Linda G Smith. Darrell was a retired US Navy Veteran having proudly served his country. His greatest joy was being a loving husband and father to his family. Survivors include his son, Darrell Smith Jr of Conway; his sister, Barbara S Howle (Bobby) of Latta, SC; his two brothers, Wayne Smith (Jean) of Lake View and Johnie G Smith (Sally) of Blairsville, GA.
Smyth, John Frances Blue 77 E4 My brother, John Frances Smyth, was onboard the USS Lafayette as a crew member. He died in an auto accident in 1977 while still a member of the crew. Thanks Daniel Smyth, US Army, LTC, Retired
Specht, Harry F (Blue 73-75 LT) Harry passed away on January 20, 1986 due to a pulmonary embolism after surgery for lung cancer. He is sorely missed by all of us. Beverly Specht bevspec#midsouth.rr.com
Squires, James F (Gold 62-63 EN) James F Squires was born 02 March 1928 and died 02 July 2005 at age 73. He lived in Amherst, Lorain County, OH. He served on the USS Lafayette as an EN1 1962-63.
Strong, James T (Gold 63-66 CDR) James T. Strong, 85, of Savoy, IL passed away July 21, 2011. He was born May 16, 1926 in Freeport, IL. Jim was 14 when World War II began and his brother Bob enlisted in the Navy, leaving Jim to help their father run the farm. Jim was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Following his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1947, Jim embarked on a long and accomplished Navy career. Jim rose to the rank of Captain and retired in 1971, after serving in Vietnam. After the Navy Jim opened Strong Associates, a real estate company he would run, working closely with Jane, until his retirement in 1997. As his property management career wound down, Jim became a licensed environmental engineer, serving as consultant for the evaluation of properties at risk of potential environmental damage. Never one to slow down, Jim recently collaborated with daughter Peg Bachrach to write "Fortune Favors the Bold: Stories from Life at Sea," a self-published book of stories from his life on submarines.
Taylor, Verner E (Blue 62- TMC) Verner Taylor (26 Jan 1924 - 09 Feb 1995) of Summerville, SC, was a TM Chief on the USS Lafayette Blue Commissioning crew.
Testerman, Robert Elden (Gold 62-64 ETR) Robert Elden "Bob" Testerman, 75, of Mt. Airy, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Kline Hospice House, due to complications from Parkinson's disease. He was the loving husband of Connie Heck Testerman, his high school sweetheart, they were married on October 5, 1960. Bob was born on October 23, 1938, in Waynesboro, PA, and was a son of the late Henry K and Doris Buhrman Testerman. Bob Grew up in Foxville, MD, in the house built by his late grandfather, Elden E Buhrman. Bob attended elementary school at the one room school house in Foxville. He graduated in 1956 from Thurmont High School. After two years of college, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served six years on submarines. He was stationed aboard the USS Nautilus e USS Lafayette SSBN-616. He retired from AT & T Company after 25 years of service. He was also a member of the Francis Scott Key America Legion Post # 11. In addition to his wife he is survived by his two sons, Robert Page Testerman and wife Lori, of Sabillasville and Patrick Charles Testerman, of Mt. Airy, two grandchildren, Justin Heck Testerman and wife Hollie, of Greencastle, PA, Cassandra Page Testerman and fiancee, Tom Shank, of Hagerstown, three great grandchildren, Skylar O'Brian, Alexus Nicole and Amya Justina Testerman, one sister, Sara C. Hurley and husband Donald, of Sabillasville, sister-in-law, Sally H. Rice and husband Mark, of Frederick, Also surviving are three nephews and their families, his God daughter, Patricia A. Davis and husband Douglas, of Jefferson, and his God son Matthew Meitzler and fiancee, Duchdy Meng and son Kobi.
Theisen, Walter J (Gold 78-80 ETC) Walter John Theisen Sr, 78, of Potts Camp, Mississippi was born on March 24, 1937 and passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in New Albany. A Navy veteran and served on the USS Lafayette from 1978-80, he was a member of the Mississippi State Bowling Association. He leaves four children, Walter Jr, Gary, Karen and Kathy; a brother, Arnold Theisen; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Till, Ernest A (Blue 62-66 CAPT) CAPT Ernest A Till, USN Ret died October 15, 2008. He was born March 15, 1926 to the late Ernest and Elizabeth Till in New York. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Louise Aruffo Till, his daughter Johna Till Johnson and brother Walter Till and their families. At age 16 he graduated from Northeast High School in Philadelphia, enlisted in the Navy, completed Reserve Officer Training at the University of Pennsylvania. He was commissioned in 1952. After destroyer duty, served fifteen years on Polaris nuclear submarines during the Cold War, concluding with command of the USS Woodrow Wilson, SSBN-624. Subsequently he directed the Division of Mathematics and Science at the US Naval Academy. He studied Norwegian at the Foreign Service Institute before attending the Norwegian Defense College in Oslo, Norway. His last major command was Naval and Defense Attache, US Embassy, Rome, Italy. Fluent in Italian and Norwegian, CAPT Till was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal and was knighted by the President of Italy. Before retiring to Corpus Christi, TX in 2005, he worked in the nuclear power industry in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Tiller, James (Gold 68-72 ET) James Tiller, of Kalamazoo, 69, passed away on July 29, 2016. James was born on April 2, 1947 in Battle Creek, the son of James and Glenadine (Mastrs) Tiller. He served 6 years in the US Navy, including 1968-72 aboard the USS Lafayette Gold. James was a member of the Amphicar club and the Corvette Club and went to numerous car shows and Swim-Ins. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Tiller of nineteen years as well as his sister, Pam (Joe) Bradley and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Touzin, Robert R (Gold 68-71 EM) Robert R Touzin, 64, of State Rte 69 died Tuesday December 7, 2010 at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital. Born in Cohoes he was the son of the late Azarie and Rosaria Nolet Touzin. He was a 1964 graduate of the former Keveny Memorial Academy. Bob was an operating technician at several nuclear power plants retiring in 2005 from Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Athens, Alabama. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served aboard the submarine USS Lafayette. He was a member and secretary of USSVI Sub Vets, Parche Thousand Islands Base as well as being a member of the American Legion. He was the husband of the late Ann B Koval Touzin who died in 1994. He is brother of Lorraine L. Koval (Chick) of Cohoes, Dennis D. Touzin of Arlington, TX and Theresa P Brisson (Bill) of Cohoes.
Traxler, Doug (Blue 84-85 STS) Doug Traxler in 1985 was in a car accident about a mile from where he was living in Norwich. He was transported to New London where he died. George Stokes, Jeff Brown and Ron Lank took Doug’s stuff to his family in Buffalo, NY.
Trench, Gary S (Blue 77-80 RM) Gary S. Trench, 65, passed away Feb 12, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Springfield, Sep 11, 1954 to Irene (Morrissey) Trench and the late Harold Trench. Gary worked for the May Institute in West Springfield for over 20 years. He was a US Navy veteran serving on the nuclear submarine USS Lafayette. Besides his mother he leaves his loving wife, Renee (Guilmain) Trench, his beloved twins, Scott of E Hartford and Justin of Southwick, his beloved brother, Joseph of West Springfield, his 5 loving grandchildren.
Turner, John W (Gold 62-64 SK) After retiring in March of 1971 he died tragically in a plane crash in New Haven while working for Lockheed in June 1971, just three short months after retiring.
Van Kuren, Joel N (Blue 62- TM) Joel N “Drifty” Van Kuren Sr, 72, of the Village of Athens, NY died peacefully Tuesday morning, May 4, 2010 at home. Born in Athens May 5, 1937, he was the son of the late James and Ethel (Kisselburgh) Van Kuren. He was married July 13, 1963 in Greenville to Rita (Lee) Van Kuren. Joel served 20 years in the US Navy, Submarine Corps serving on the Lafayette, Poseidon, Orion and Threadfin submarines, retiring as Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, Joel worked at Atlantic Knitting Mills in Athens and later at KAZ in Hudson, from which he retired. He was a member of St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill; a life member of the Athens Fire Department, and a member and Past Commander of the TGM Post 187 American Legion of Athens. He was honored as the 2008 Parade Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade in Athens. He is survived by his wife Rita, children Malissa and her husband Tim McKeon of Catskill and Joel Jr of Athens.
Van-Y, Mark A (Gold 75-79 IC) Mark Alonzo Van-Y, 57, Peoria, AZ, died June 25, 2010. Mr. Van-Y was born Sept. 22, 1952 in Midland, TX the son of Alonzo and Doris Van-Y. He served eight years in the United State Navy. He then moved to Arizona and was employed as a nuclear power plant electrician with APS since 1984. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Anne; children, Mark A. (Karina) Van- Y II, Aric (Cathy) Van-Y and Athena M. (Don) Van-Y, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 2 grandchildren.
Wagner, William R (Blue 88-90 PNCM) William R Wagner passed away on March 17, 2015, he was born on March 10, 1957. William qualified in submarines on the USS Whale SSN-538 in 1978. He also served on the USS Semmes DDG-18, USS Shark SSN-591, USS Billfish SSN-676, USS Tennessee SSBN-734, USS Nevada SSBN-733 and the USS Lafayette SSBN-616) where he the Blue Crew COB 1988-90. William was a YNCM(SS/SW) when he retired from the Navy. He is survived by his wife Bernice.
Walls, Willie E (Blue 63-66 IC) Willie E Walls (3/14/40 - 1/2/94) passed away in 1994 in Detroit. Information provided by his mother.
Warbington, Sam (Blue 63-67 ENC) Sammie Warbington Jr was born on March 27, 1937, in Bradford, AR and passed away on May 3, 2018, in Nashville, TN, at the age of 81. He was the son of the late Samuel Warbington and Willie V Faircloth Warbington. He was also preceded in death by brother Bert Warbington and sisters Naomi Cannady, and Inez Pollard. He is survived by his wife Joyce Warbington of Nashville, daughter Lockie Anderson of Fairview, son John Baker Warbington of Nashville, sister Jane Minter of Lubbock, TX, grandchildren: Samuel Anderson, Jacob Anderson & Sarah Timmons and great grandchildren: Hannah, Elle, Reagan, Dutch, Bishop, Chloe, and Hadley. Mr Warbington served in the United States Navy for 21 years.
Weaver, John (Blue 76-79 EM) John H F Weaver, 57, of Clinton, IL passed away at August 11, 2013. John was born August 27, 1955 in Flushing, NY the son of Lawrence Owen and Mary Patricia (Mahr) Weaver. He graduated from Voorheesville High School in 1973. He entered the Navy in 1973 and served till 1982. He married Donna Robin Chandler on March 24, 1979. John is survived by his wife, Donna Weaver; two brothers, Larry Weaver and Patrick Weaver both of New York ; one sister, Cathy Cohen of Connecticut; two sons, Sean Eric (Brenda) Weaver of Decatur, IL and Mark William (Amanda) Weaver of Springfield, MO; two grandchildren, Ayden Harold Weaver and Eliseva Jo-Anne Weaver. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold. John spent his working career at the Clinton Power Station from May 1982 until August 2013. He was avidly involved in the community through coaching his sons' YMCA soccer and basketball teams. He also served as a scout leader for troops in both Clinton and Farmer City.
Webb, Carmon Hatch (Blue 62-65 EN) Carmon Hatch Webb of Goose Creek, SC departed on Eternal Patrol May 5, 2005. He served aboard the USS Lafayette 1962-65 as an EN1. His is survived by his wife Earnesteen Ware Webb.
Weber, James Edward (Blue 66-67 FTB) James Edward Weber, age 71 of Choctaw Beach, FL, beloved husband and father, passed away Jan. 18, 2014, at The Manor of Bluewater Bay, where he was lovingly cared for after a long illness. Jim was born in New Jersey to parents John J. Weber and Ethel Norris Weber. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Ann; daughters, Kirstin Valerie Googe (Chip) of Summerville, SC, Karin Victoria Roberts (Neil) of Hanahan, SC, and Dee Alta Hyman of Hanahan, SC. Jim served six-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy, Submarine Service, and proudly earned his Dolphins on all boats on which he served. Then he worked for Burroughs Corporation until he retired.
Welan, Michael A (Both 64-72 IC) Michael Anthony Welan, (Chief, US Navy Retired) 69 of Moncks Corner, SC, died Thur morning, March 19, 2009 of sudden cardiac arrest. Mr Welan was preceded in death by his Wife; Carmen Welan. Mr Welan was born in Lemont, IL Nov 18th, 1939. Chief Welan served his country for over 26 years with dedication and discretion as a member of the US Navy’s Silent Service. He was a father of nine children. He enjoyed Traveling, Computers, Television, Good food, puzzles and spending time with his family. I have made a memorial website at http://www.mikewelan.com for any that want to leave a message. His actual funeral was held March 12th, 2010 in Charleston, SC. He wanted to be cremated and buried with my mother. - Jason Welan
Wernke, Ronald A (Both 78-83 FTB) Ronald Allen Wernke of Bremerton, WA was born on January 23, 1958 and passed away on December 28, 2018 from a massive heart attack. Ron served aboard the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 on Gold Crew and Overhaul from 1978-1983 as a FTB2. Ron also served aboard the USS Alabama SSBN-731 (1985-89) and USS Kentucky SSBN-737 (1992-94) as an MT1(SS).
West, Denton W (Blue 62-65 CAPT) Captain Denton “Denny” West, US Navy (Ret.), 82, of Burnsville,NC passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012. Surviving are his wife of 28 years: Nina Edwards West; 3 sons: Glen West of California, and Brian and Denton West of Washington, DC; and, a daughter: Shanna West of Washington, DC. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
White, Robert Nicholas (CPO) Robert Nicholas "Bob" White, age 73, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in the comforting presence of family and friends. Bob was born December 11, 1942, in Charleston, SC to the late Nicholas Frederick White and Virginia Cecilia (Strickland) White. He is survived by his loving wife, Minnie Lou (Gupton) White, their children Stephen (Karen), Daniel, Brian (Annie), Gina (Staten), Nicholas (Jennifer), Kathleen, Travis, and Beth (Mark). Bob is also survived by 15 grandchildren; his sisters Pat, Diane, Janet (Don), brother Don (Brenda). Bob served in the US Navy as a Chief Petty Officer in the Submarine Service on the USS Lafayette SSBN-616 and then worked with the Eaton Corporation as an Electrical/Mechanical Engineer for over 20 years until he retired.
Whittington, Tom (Both 79-83 ENC) Thomas Aaron Whittington passed away on March 7, 2014 in Moore, OK from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was born on October 3, 1948. He served in the US Navy from 1967 until discharge in 1987. He served on Nuclear Submarine USS Lafayette SSBN-617 1979-83 as an ENC.
Wise, Bill (Gold 71-73 YNC) Bill served as Leading Yeoman on Lafayette Gold from 1971 to around 1973 when she went into the yards. Bill was a great guy and will be greatly missed. He passed away from cancer at his home in North Carolina in 2003 or 2004.
Wode, Stephen L (Gold 64-67 MM) WODE, Stephan Lynn, 73, of Bethany Beach, DE, died on Nov 12, 2017, at Delaware Veterans' Home. Born on Dec. 28, 1943, in Washington, DC, he was raised in East New Market by his grandmother Lena Hildenbrand and graduated from North Dorchester High School in 1961. Steve enlisted in the Navy, serving for six years on nuclear submarines. Returning to civilian life, he worked as an engineer at several PEPCO power plants in the DC area. He retired to Bethany Beach, where he became active in the community, helping to start the popular farmers market and serving on the town council and the Bethany Land Owners' Association. He loved his grandchildren, who called him "Grumpy." Steve is survived by his wife, Jean Knox Wodesons, Wallace Acton, Christopher Acto, and Kurt Wade (Emily); grandchildren, Salter and Nora Wode; brother, Norman L Wode.
Woodstock, Charles W (Blue 62-66 ETCM) Charles W Woodstock of Otsego, MI, passed away Monday Nov 18, 2013 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Mr. Charles was born June 9, 1925 in Lake Mills, WI, the son of Archer and Mary (Coon) Woodstock. Charles served his country in the Armed Guard and continued his service as a Master Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and served on nuclear submarines. He retired from the Navy after 22 years of service having been a member of the armed forces during WWII and the Korean War. On January 27, 2000, he married Mary Ellen (Sornbury) Fergusson, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Connie (Stephen) Tigchelaar of Kalamazoo and Chuck Woodstock of Nottawa; three step-children, Steve (Linda) Fergusson of Martin, Laura (Kevin) Riddell of San Jose, CA and Mike Fergusson of Otsego; two grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Archer (Betty) Woodstock of Otsego; a sister, Mary Dennis of Traverse City; several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers, Lawrence, Robert and Paul.
Wright, Gene (Both 66-70 STS) Lenvil Eugene “Gene” Wright, 69, of Pleasant Valley, MO, departed on Eternal Patrol March 22, 2016 at North Kansas City Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Gene was born Sep 4, 1946 in Lamar, MO, the son of Lenvil M and Belva I (Ogan) Wright. He was a 1964 graduate of Center High School in Kansas City, MO. He was a proud Vietnam era veteran, serving in the US Submarine Service on the, USS Lafayette SSBN-616, and was a proud member of the Topeka/Jefferson City Base USSVI. Gene was a born story teller. He loved living and enjoying life to the fullest. Gene was an avid NASCAR fan. He loved to golf, smoke a cigar and enjoy a beer. He was preceded in death by his parents. Gene is survived by his wife, Martha “Marty”; his son, Derek Wright, Kansas City, MO; two brothers, David Wright (Debbie), Dillsboro, IN, and John Wright (Darla), Grandview, MO; one sister, Wendy Preston (Steve), Harrisonville, MO; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Yow, Lawson S (Gold 66-69 TM) Lawson S Yow Jr (Jan 17, 1947 - May 19, 1992) Lawson served in the US Nuclear Submarine Navy from 1966 to 1970. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in horticulture. At the time of his untimely passing in an automobile accident, he and his wife, Hayden, were living on a farm in Oconee County, GA, and owned a tavern in Athens.
Zapatos, Severino (Blue 62-64 SD) His name is Severino Zapatos but most people call him Pat, went on Eternal Patrol 11/26/2004. He was born on January 8, 1924 in the Philippine Islands. He doesn't look like a hero but those of my generation think he is. Pat earned his first paycheck from the Army, at age 17, when in 1940, he helped build an airstrip for B-17s. Pat earned one peso a day for his labor. When the war broke out on December 7, 1941 Pat became a guerilla attached to the US Army Forces in the Far East. He manned a transmitter that reached to Australia. Pat actually reported to G-2, military intelligence and was captured by Japanese forces in May of 1944. He joined the US Navy on July third 1946, the last Philippine National to be inducted into the Navy because they had closed the base. At that time the only job for Filipino's was to be Commissary Stewards (SD’s). Zapatos said, "I was lucky, though, because I went to submarine school”. On submarines each crewmember had to know all of the jobs on the boat.
Zech, Lando (Both 61-62 VADM) Lando W Zech Jr, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret) Former NRC Chairman, age 87, a retired Navy Vice Admiral who later served as Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission died on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Admiral Zech, a resident of Falls Church, VA was born in Astoria, OR and spent his youth in Seattle, WA. He was appointed to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941. Admiral Zech served 39 years in the Navy after his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1944 with the World War II Class of 1945. His first assignment was to the destroyer USS John D Henley DD-553 in the western Pacific where he participated in the second battle for the Philippines, the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and on picket station duty off the coast of Japan during the last days of the war. After the war and a second destroyer tour on the USS Henry W Tucker DD-875, he volunteered for submarine duty and subsequently commanded four submarines, USS Sea Robin SS-407, USS Albacore AGSS-569, and after nuclear power training, USS Nautilus SSN-571 and USS John Adams SSBN-620. He later commanded the guided missile cruiser USS Springfield CLG-7. Upon his selection to flag rank, he served as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District in Seattle, WA, the Chief of Naval Technical Training in Memphis, TN and as Commander, US Naval Forces, Japan in Yokosuka. As Vice Admiral he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training and Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC He retired from the Navy in 1983. Admiral Zech graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, the National War College and received a Masters Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. In addition to campaign and foreign service medals he was awarded two Distinguished Service Medals, two Legions of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal. On retiring from the Navy he was appointed a Commissioner and later Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission by President Ronald Reagan. During this 5 year appointment he visited all 110 nuclear powered plants in the United States and many plants overseas including Chernobyl after the accident in the then Soviet Union. After retiring from the NRC, he served on the board of Directors of Commonwealth Edison Company (Now Exelon) for another 5 years and later as a Nuclear Safety consultant. Admiral Zech had been a resident of Falls Church since 1983. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Josephine K Zech and five daughters.
Zechlin, Frank F (Blue 62- VADM) Patrick Hanifin reported that Frank had passed away several years ago.
Zyriek, Donald F (Both 65-70 MMCS) Donald F Zyriek, 79, of Pasadena, died July 6 at U of M Medical Center in Baltimore. He was born May 1, 1932, in Summerdale, AL. He served in the US Navy from 1949 to 1970, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was assigned to the submarines USS Trumpetfish and USS Lafayette. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Virginia Zyriek; three children, Nancy Cusic of Leonardtown, Donald Frank Zyriek II (Lisa) of Tempe, AZ, and Ashlye Vitale of Pasadena.