Most of us have seen the periscope view of the Archerfish
by one of your torpedoes. The most common feeling among the
members is that of sadness at seeing the actual demise of our
Are you aware of any
photos taken immediately before A-fish was hit by your fish? I would like to have a periscope view of an undamaged Archerfish to be used at our reunion. Most likely it will be included in our photo albums and quite possibly on the web site.
Any help in locating such a photograph would be greatly appreciated
So. Lake Tahoe, Calif..
Edward Springfield QM2 (SS) was on board Snook from
to 1982 was a good friend and room mate but I have since lost touch
him. The last known where abouts was Parma, Ohio. I would like to make
contact if anybody knows where he is. Ironically Paul Edwards is
lost QM (SS) Snook crew member again last known where abouts
Parma Ohio. He is Edward's brother- in- law. Thanks for any help you
Jimmie Dixon IC2 (SS)
[Webmaster note: If anyone does know the whereabouts of these two shipmates, let me also know at email@example.com]
I came across your website while looking for information about the subs my dad served on. I believe he was a part of the original crew that took the Snook from Mississippi to San Diego. Is there any way that your web site can get me in touch with anybody who knew my dad? He died of cancer in 1992 and I would like to find out more about this part of his life. His name was David E. Craig. [Webmaster note: If you sailed with Steve's dad, David, send Steve an email by clicking on his name above.]
I am an active duty submariner stationed aboard USS Seawolf
I started 10 years ago collecting submarine patches. I would walk up to
the boats and ask for the Rec. Comm guy and buy a ships patch...well
was easy till I got addicted. Now a few years later I have over 200
submarine patches, from the 40's to 2000. Out of all my patches I still
dont have a USS Snook--sure Ive seen lots of reproductions but I'm
for an original from the boat. Can anyone help? Thanks for your
D. Grodt MS2(SS)
USS Seawolf SSN-21
Does anyone know the location or a way to contact FTG2(SS) John Healy? If you know how, pass my email on to him, please. Chuck Edmonson RM1(SS) firstname.lastname@example.org
It is funny how we retain images from the past. I think the most amusing thing is to see a photo of someone today. We tend to keep the image of what a person looked like when we knew them in the past. When you receive a photo from someone, you are surprised because they do not look like the same person! We forget that we all grow old and change with time.
As you go thru the Snook web page, look at the "sailing list" and see the names of old friends. Don't let an opportunity go by to get in touch with a shipmate. It will be a pleasant surprise. You will find yourself laughing and joking like it was only yesterday.
Regards to all,
Gervase Rybak (mm3 SS 70-73)
I know the first verse of
this tune. Does
remember the others?
(Sung to the tune of Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin)
Oh Lord won't you buy me a new submarine.
I've had it with this one I'm ready to scream.
Cause bouncin off mountain's not my favorite dream.
Oh Lord won't you buy me a
Oh Lord won't you buy me a
new Engineer ?????
Oh Lord won't you buy me a brand new XO ?????
Just something that rolls around in my head once in a while.
I was wondering if you might be able to help a fellow submariner out? I am a retired RMC/SS. I was stationed on the USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, USS BIRMINGHAM, and USS HONOLULU. I collect submarine related cigarette lighters (zippo or zippo types with the subs emblem on them, i.e. VULCAN, PENGUIN, ACE, etc.). I have over 200 different boat lighters right now and it is getting harder to come across some of the remaining boats. Would you happen to have any extra submarine lighters laying around from your time on the boats that you wouldn't mind parting with? I am by no means rich but I'd be willing to give you a fair and reasonable price for any that you would want to sell. I also have a few duplicates that I could possibly trade if that's to your liking (mostly newer boats). Even if you can't help me directly, I would appreciate it if you could point me in a direction where I could find some submarine lighters (i.e. dealers, retired submariners, stores, etc.). I already know about ebay, but that is a little bit pricey for what I am trying to accomplish. My plan is to donate (on loan) my collection to the Navy Museum at the Navy Yard in Washington DC for the U.S. Submarine Force 100th Anniversary exhibit (temporary 2-3 years) and then leave the collection to one of the submarine museums when I am gone. I am trying to get as many different boats as possible before the February/March, 2000 time frame. I believe the exhibit is due to go on display in April of 2000. I have already offered both my submarine insignia collection (over 350) and my lighter collection (over 200 different boats) but as of yet haven't heard back whether they will use them. I have a long way to go before I get all the boats possible and I could sure use a tech assist. Collecting the lighters has pretty much become a passion and I am running out of sources. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am not trying to promote smoking. No way, it's a nasty habit. I believe these lighters represent history and mean a lot to the men who served on the boats. I know they mean a lot to me. They bring back memories of hard times, good times, friendships, shipmates, etc. In a nutshell they represent U.S. Submarines and the men who served on them. Please don't let these icons of the submarine force and your memories end up in a garage sale. I promise that they will end up in a place where others can enjoy them for years to come. Thanks.
Ken "Dert" Gordert,
2012 Monitor Drive
Stafford, VA 22554