Give us a name, the Navy said, 
which conveys a sneaking measure of dread; 
Of shadows searching in waters still,
where the lean barracuda lurks to kill;
And they said "good sirs, we give you the SNOOK!"

Now the snook is a killer which strikes where it sneaks,
and which follows a scent without stopping for weeks;
And when ready to strike it breathes a faint smell,
of derision and sulphur and brinstone from hell;
Which to those to be "snookered" is a little reminder.
That the SNOOK can't be caught...
                                       by those who can't find her.
 

USS Snook SS-279

Length Overall 310 Feet
Breadth 27 Feet
Speed Capability 21 Knots
Depth Capability 250 Feet
Displacement 1,500 Tons
Launched 15 August, 1942
Commissioned 24 October, 1942
Presumed Lost 5 May, 1945
 

USS Snook SSN-592

Length Overall 250 Feet
Breadth 33 Feet
Speed Capability In excess of 20 Knots
Depth Capability In excess of 400 Feet
Displacement 3,500 Tons
Launched 31 October, 1960
Commissioned 24 October, 1961
Decommissioned October, 1986

USS SNOOK (SS-279)

USS Snook SS-279
USS SNOOK (SS-279) was built by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was commissioned in October 1942 during the first year of World War Two. Under the command of Lieutenant Commander C.O. TRIEBEL, The SNOOK arrived in  Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in March 1943 and conducted five highly successful war patrols. One year after reporting to the Pacific Fleet, then-Commander TRIEBEL was relieved by Commander G.H. BROWNE who commanded SNOOK during two additional war patrols.

On March 25, 1945 the SNOOK, under the command of Commander J.F. WALLING, departed Guam on her ninth and last war patrol. SNOOK returned to Guam for emergency repairs 27-28 March and then returned to sea where she was directed to join a wolf pack under Commander H. CASSEDY in USS TIGERONE (SS-419). On 8 April SNOOK reported her position to the TIGRONE. The next day SNOOK did not acknowledge messages sent from TIGRONE and it was assumed that she had headed eastward toward Luzon Strait. On 12 April Snook was ordered to take lifeguard station in support of a British carrier air strike. On 20 April, 1945, the British carrier task force commander reported one of his aircraft downed in the station assigned to SNOOK, but was unable to contact her by radio. SNOOK was never heard from again and the circumstances of her loss have never been verified. SNOOK was presumed lost on 5 May 1945 when she failed to return to port as scheduled. During April and May 1945, five Japanese submarines were sunk in the vicinity of SNOOK's last known position. Japanese submarine commanders had been instructed to watch for U.S. submarines on the surface conducting lifeguard duties. This suggests the possibility that SNOOK was sunk by an enemy submarine which was, in turn, destroyed at a later date. SNOOK was the 49th of 52 U.S. submarines lost in World War Two.

Going down with all hands, SNOOK left behind a superior record. She was credited with sinking 17 enemy ships for a total of 75,473 tons sunk. Somewhere in the Western Pacific USS SNOOK (SS-279) fought her last battle of the war leaving behind a 32 month legay of:

VICTORY THROUGH EXCELLENCE

USS SNOOK (SSN-592)

USS Snook SSN-592
USS SNOOK (SSN592) was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation and commissioned in October 1961. Under the command of Commander Howard BUCKNELL III the SNOOK arrived in San Diego, California in March 1962. In June 1962 SNOOK deployed as a unit of the Seventh Fleet, conducting the first extended deployment (six months) by a U.S. nuclear submarine. The SNOOK conducted a total of ten extended deployments to the Western Pacific between 1961 and 1978. Snook's record of accomplishments as a member of the U.S. Pacific Fleet included opening numerous allied ports to nuclear powered warship visits. SNOOK was the first nuclear powered ship to visit Korea and Australia and among the first to visit Japan and the Republic of China. The ship was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation for operations conducted during her third extended deployment in 1965 with Commander J.D. WATKINS commanding. After leaving SNOOK, WATKINS went on to eventual service as the Navy's 22nd Chief of Naval Operations.

In July 1980 SNOOK passed through the Panama Canal and became a member of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Ffrom 1980 to 1986, the ship conducted a total of six extended deployments to the Mediterranean Sea (2), North Atlantic, and South America (3). The ship was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted in 1984 with Commander C.W. OLSEN commanding. In May 1986 SNOOK returned to the Pacific Fleet for deactivation at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

During her 25 year lifetime, SNOOK has steamed approximately 675,000 miles, the equivalent of 27 times around the world. Having been awarded unit commendations as a member of both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets when she was 4 and 24 years old, USS SNOOK (SSN-592) leaves behind a 25 year legacy of:

PEACE THROUGH EXCELLENCE

USS SNOOK SSN 592
Decommissioning Ceremony
8 October 1986


 

COMMANDING OFFICERS
USS SNOOK SS-279

LCDR C.O. TRIEBEL October 1942 March 1944
CDR G.H. BROWNE March 1944 December 1944
CDR J.F. WALLING December 1944 May 1945

COMMANDING OFFICERS
USS SNOOK SSN-592

CDR H.W. BUCKNELL October 1962 February 1963
CDR W.K. YATES February 1963 November 1964
CDR J.D. WATKINS November 1964 September 1966
CDR A.K. LOPOSER September 1966 August 1969
CDR W.T. HUSSEY August 1969 October 1972
CDR J.D. COSSEY October 1972 May 1976
CDR R.C. SMITH May 1976 April 1979
CDR J.R. LYNCH April 1979 July 1982
CDR C.W. OLSEN July 1982 January 1985
CDR E.L. OSER January 1985 October 1986


Centropomus undecimalis

SNOOK'S NAME

USS SNOOK is named for a fish known scientifically as Centropomus undecimalis (Bloch). It belongs to the family of spiny-rayed fishes known as the Centropomidae, which includes the robalos, constantinos, robalitos, and sergeant fishes. Members of this family may be recognized by the dark streak along the lateral side of the body, a pike-like appearance, and two fins on the back, of which the first contains very strong spines. They occur in tropical and subtropical waters, along both the Atlantic and Pacific shores of the American Continent.

The SNOOK ranges along our Atlantic and Gulf Coast from Florida and Texas southward through the West Indies and Panama to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, living along the coast and ascending fresh water streams a short distance. It is known to anglers in Florida as a fighting game fish.

The color of the SNOOK is bluish gray above and silvery below; the sides often have dusky puntulation; the fins are pale or dusky, but never blackish; the lateral line is black. It attains a length of about four feet and a weight of fifteen to twenty pounds. It is especially voracious, rushing its prey like a black streak. Food is quickly devoured by the aid of the strong teeth and large mouth. It is well protected from enemies by the sharo spines on the gill covers and the strong spines in the fins.
 
 

Guest Speaker

VICE ADMIRAL
BRUCE DeMARS, USN
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
Submarine Warfare

Vice Admiral DeMARS, of Chicago, Illinois, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1957. Following commissioning he served in the attack transports USS TELFAIR (APA-210) and USS OKANOGAN (APA-220) and, after Submarine School, the diesel-electric submarine USS CAPITAINE (SS 336). Following nuclear power training he served in the nuclear-powered submarines USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (SSBN 598), USS SNOOK (SSN 592), and USS STURGEON (SSN 637) before reporting for duty as Commanding Officer of USS CAVALLA (SSN 684).

Shore duty tours included instructor duty at Nuclear Power School and Submarine School and attendance at the Armed Forces Staff College. Following staff duty with Submarine Squadron TEN, he served as Senior Member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examing Board on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He took command of Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE in New London, Connecticut in June 1978. He then served as the Deputy Director, Attack Submarine Division in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations until selected for promotion to Rear Admiral in 1981.

From August 1981 to June 1983, he served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas/ Commander, U.S. Naval Base Guam and Commander in Chief Pacific Representative for Guam and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

He assumed duties as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare (OP-02B) in July 1983. He assumed his current duties as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare) in November 1985 and subsequent promotion to Vice Admiral, United States Navy on 6 December 1985.

His decorations include the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Vice Admiral DeMARS is married to the former Margaret Ann Milburn of Chicago, Illinois. They have two children, Bruce and Margaret.
 
 

Commanding Officer
USS SNOOK (SS-279)

COMMANDER

J.F. WALLING, USN
 
 
  
Mrs. Georgie L. Walling
USS SNOOK (SSN-592) 
SPONSOR

Commander John Franklin WALLING was born in Providence, Rhode Island on 2 February 1912. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1935 and reported to his first sea-going command, USS TUSCALOOSA, immediately after graduation. After two years of duty onboard TUSCALOOSA, Commander WALLING was accepted for submarine training at the Naval Submarine School, New London, Connecticut.

Commander WALLING completed submarine training in November 1937 and reported to his first submarine command, the S-37, for a three year tour of duty. He completed submarine qualification and qualified for command of submarines while attached to the S-37. In September 1941, Commander WALLING was ordered to serve as Executive Officer of the USS FLYING FISH (SS 229) which was being built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He remained on FLYING FISH through new construction and served onboard during the ship's first Pacific Ocean war patrol.

From April 1953 through May 1944, Commander WALLING served as Commanding Officer of the S-48 in the Atlantic. In December 1944, Commander WALLING was ordered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and assumed command of the USS SNOOK (SS 279). Commander WALLING was presumed lost onboard USS SNOOK (SS 279) in May 1945 with his ship and crew while conducting a war patrol in the South China Sea.

Commander WALLING was awarded the Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, China Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was married to Mrs. Doris Annabella WALLING of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Georgie L. WALLING, Commander WALLING's mother, was the sponsor of USS SNOOK (SSN 592).
 
 

Commanding Officer
USS SNOOK (SSN-592)

COMMANDER
ERIC L. OSER, USN

Commander OSER was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June, 1968. After completing Nuclear Training and Basic Officer Submarine School, he reported to the USS SWORDFISH (SSN 579) for duty and served as Supply Officer, Weapons Officer, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Damage Control Assistant. He attended the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in 1973, where he earned the L.Y. SPEAR Award for academic excellence. He then reported to the USS SKATE (SSN 578) for duty as Engineer Officer. After serving on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare in Washington, D.C. he completed five strategic deterrent patrols as Executive Officer aboard the USS ULYSSESS S. GRANT (SSBN 631)(GOLD). From June 1982 through June 1984, Commander OSER served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor, Connecticut. He assumed command of USS SNOOK (SSN 592) on 11 January 1985.

Commander OSER has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and National Defense Medal. He earned a Master's of Science Degree from George Washington University.

Commander OSER resides with his wife Ruth and their four children Roger, Helaine, Jennifer and Ian in Gales Ferry, Connecticut.
 
 

USS SNOOK (SS 279)
OFFICERS
COMMANDING OFFICER - CDR JOHN F. WALLING

LT W.S. FARRELL - EXECUTIVE OFFICER LT S.P. GARNER - ENGINEER
LTJG D.J. MCNEIL LTJG E.P. CLARK III
LTJG C.R. BUSBY LTJG R.L. SCHWENDEMANN
ENS J.N. WRIGHT

CREW

ADAMS, R.B. CMoMM GLASS, J.J. F1 MYNEK, V.P. QM3
BAGBY, E.E. JR TM2 GREGORINI, V. Bkr2 MORGAN, C. MoMM2
BAUM, R.L. TR2 GRINDZAK, A. F1 MORGAN, J.K. GM3
BILLINGSLEY, R.S. MoMM3 GROAT, J.E. MoMM1 OLSON, C.G. S1
BOLGER, K.P. F1 GRUPP, P.H. MoMM1 PAGE, G.C.TM1
BRANUM, B.A. RM3 GUTHRIE, A.T. TM3 PARKER, J.S. RM3
BROWNING, N.E. MoMM3 HUGES, R.L. Y2 PHILLIPS, N. S1
BROWNSTEIN, S. EM3 HURLEY, D.J. CEM REGAN, J.B. F1
BURDICK, R.K. RT1 INGRAM, R.R. S1 REGISTER, J.L. EM1
BYRON, D.A. F1 JOHNSTON, J. JR SC2 RODNEY, W.J. StM1
CAVE, J.E. F1 JULIAN, H.F. TM3 RUSSELL, A.M. JR TM2
CESARE, B.A. EM2 KEISER, P.F. S2 SCHOEN, R.L. EM3
CHOATE, S.D. QM1 KELLOGG, W.E. TM1 SCHRAMM, W.C. FC3
CRAWFORD, D.L. GM1 KLOSTERMAN, F.J. F1 SCULLY, J.F. TM3
CRAWFORD, G.L. F1 KRAMER, N.T. TM3 SHELTON, W.E. ST3
CROSS, J.A. F1 LAMONT, T.W. II S1 SILVIA, B. SC1
DOLPH, W.L. RM1 LANG, W.T. MoMM1 SLOAN, J.C. S1
ECKENRODE, C.J. S1 LUNDGREN, L.W. S1 SPENCE, E.L. S1
EDMUNDS, C.F. S1 LUNKEN, J.I. MoMM2 SUKOLO, R.R. RT3
ELLIS, W..P. EM2 MANEY, F.R. F2 TOULSON, H.T. F1
ETKIN, H.R. JR EM2 MANLEY, J.G. EM3 WAGNER, H.K. EM2
FELABON, J.C. MoMM3 MCENTYLER, O.W. S1 WILL, J.A. MoMM1
FRY, D.W. EM3 MCGAHAN, J.E. QM3 WOOD, R.E. JR FC2S
GAMBARDELLA, A. S1 MCGUIRE, R.M. F1 WOOD, R.E. F1
There is no port of no return, where ships
May ride at anchor for a little space
and then, some starless night, the cable slips,
Leaving an eddy at the mooring place...
Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.
Leslie Nelson Jennings
"Lost Harbor"


Here is a view of SNOOK being ripped apart (top of picture). Click on the picture to visit the web site
that shows distressing pictures of other submarines going through SRP but is worthwhile to visit.
 

USS Snook SSN592
Decommissioning Crew Roster
Submitted by Michael Preston MM2(SS)


Anderson, J.F. QM2/SS
Barbour, R.W. MM2/SS
Beare, J.M. MM2/SS
Beasley ICC/SS
Berry, E.D. LTJG (Supply Officer)
Blake, W.J. Jr. ET2/SS
Bowman, T.S. MM2/SS
Boyer, C.R. MMC/SS
Brinkley, Paul G. MM2/SS
Britt, J.P. ET2/SS
Bross, J.J. III MM2/SS
Burchfield, E.L. TMC/SS
Burrel, Ralph MM2/SS (A-Gang)
Capps, J.T. SKSN/SS
Cook, Gerald A. STS3/SS
Craig, D.W. LCDR (Combat Systems Officer)
Cusson, M.C. ET3/SS
Davis, G.S. STS1/SS
Decker, Elwood R. III EM2/SS
Deleo, Dino S. MM2/SS (M-Div)
Derr, Robert J. ET1/SS
Dickinson, Frank MM2/SS (A-Gang)
Downes, Michael J. Jr. QM2/SS
Edmonson, Charles R. Jr. RM1/SS
Ellars, Darren R. MM2/SS (A-Gang)
Emmons, L.A. MS1/SS
Evans, Cornell J. FN/SS
Farrar, Mitch T. MM2/SS
Farrior, Earl Hugh Jr. ET2/SS
Faxlanger, J.M. MMFN/SS (A-Gang)
Forrest, G.A. EM3/SS
Fox, D.M. ENS (Interior Communications Officer)
Friedrichs, P.D. LT (Damage Control Assistant)
Gil, George MM3/SS
Gleason, Thomas H. STSSN/SS
Goehring, S.T. EMCSS
Goodwin, D.I. ETC/SS
Graben, R.W. MM1/SS
Graf, J.T. ET1/SS
Hamilton, J.E. ET2/SS
Harmer, Robert C. Jr. ETC/SS
Harvey, Scott W. ET2/SS
Hasley, Paul Blair FTG1/SS
Havens, Walter QM3/SS
Healy, John Alvin FTG2/SS
Hitchcock, K eith A. STS1/SS
Hodgeboom, Mark IC2/SS
Holdcroft, J.W. YN1/SS
Ide, Donnie L. Jr. ET2/SS
Jacobs, Charles P. MS2/SS
Jadwin, J.H. EM1/SS
Johnson, R.L. EMC/SS
Johnson, S.D. RM2/SS
Kelly, J.A. MM2/SS
Kirkpatrick, V.C. ET2/SS
Koder, Thomas P. MM3/SS
LaMonica, S.A. IC1/SS
Larose, M.D. STSCS/SS
Lewis, R.A. TM1/SS
Long, J.M. EM1/SS
Mabe, Larry B. Jr. MM2/SS
Mallett, M.S. ET3/SS
Maloney, Michael F. SN/SS
Martinez, H ET1/SS
Massa W.R. LT (Main Propulsion Assistant)
May, Jim E. MM2/SS
McBride, David J. Jr. IC3/SS
McNeil, J.A. FTGC/SS
McWilliams, J.A. EM2
Melanson, Paul L. SA
Meredith, Thomas L. STS1/SS
Misener, Thomas E. MM1/SS
Monastere, Joseph J. II MM2/SS
Moss, William V. MS3/SS
Mueller, Dave MM2/SS
Muhs, James W. STS2/SS
Myers, Robert R. MM1/SS
Nove, S.L. ICC/SS
Nurmi, K.J. FTGC/SS
O'Conner, V.F. QM1/SS
Ordonez, Bernie W. IC3/SS
Oser, E.L. CDR (Commanding Officer)
Owen, P.D. LT (Reactor Controls Assistant)
Oyer, Kevin Michael MM2/SS
Pierson, Joey M. QMSN/SS
Poppe, Hubert Herbert MMCS/SS (A-Gang)
Preston, Michael Sean MM2/SS
Price, Eric C. YN3/SS
Queener, Ross J. EM2/SS
Renfroe, F.J. MM2/SS
Richey, T.A. LCDR (Navigation Officer)
Rooks, Michael S. TM1/SS
Ross, B.A. MS1/SS
Ross, Richard Earl MM2/SS
Russell, James E. MS3/SS
Ryan, J.J. Jr. HM1/SS
Schaefer, Charles MM1/SS (A-Gang)
Schaefer J.R. MMC/SS
Schaffer, P.L. SK1/SS
Schneider, C.A. EM1/SS
Sevenski, Robert Todd ET2/SS
Siverd, David A. SK3/SS
Spiess, H.H. Jr. EM2/SS
Stachowicz, Jeffery M. MM1/SS
Stahl, Timothy J. MM1/SS
Stevens T.L. LCDR (Engineer Officer)
Szlosek, Edward MMC/SS
Tanner, E.A. MM3
Taylor, Warren W. "Zeke" MM1/SS
Thompson, Mark Kermit IC2/SS
Turner, Kevin "Sumo" IC2/SS
Virga, D.L. LT (Communicator)
Vogt, Larry W. MMCS/SS
Wallace, J.W. EM3/SS
Warren, Clyde MS3/SS
Weiman, Brian L. TM2/SS
Wilkes, E.B. LCDR (Executive Officer)
Yeaple, Ray A. EM2/SS