8 Apr 2006
Subj: Ted Molfino
We have just gotten into Ted's email box and noticed you sent him
this note. I regret to tell you that Ted has passed away a year
Thank you for keeping him updated.
Take Care, Colleen [wife]
28 Mar 2006
Subj: Ronald Foster
Ron speaks often about his days on the boat, and fond memories of his
just got our computer, so now I wanted to do something special for him
and possibly hear from some of the shipmates who may remember
him. So if you are out there please send Ron a hello, I'm sure he
will get back to you.
Thank-you and God bless
all of you, Nancy Foster
24 Jan 2006
From Larry "Doc" Davis
I am planning to attend the USSVI convention in Little Rock and
would love to mingle with any Sabalo sailors who may be
Would you place a note on the website to that effect . My cell is
(707) 365-2490 and I will have it with me, so anyone there can give me
a call and we can meet up. I probably will arrive on the 2nd
22 Dec 2005
Email is about my age group. I served from
1940 to 1960 . That's before WW2, duringWW2 , Korean, and The Cold War
which was not so cold when they fire live fish at you. I do not
linger on my age. I just live each day the good lord gives
me. When my monthly Fleet Reserve Magazine comes I usally find
one shipmate I
served with in it that has gone to a higher power.
holidays, Robert W. Phelps Sr
15 Dec 2005
Subj: John B. McGhee
Just received your notification of looking for men who
served on the USS Sabalo SS-302 sometime from 1945 to 1971.
It was sent to my son David McGhee looking for John B. McGhee CS1
(SS). John came aboard the Sabalo in Jan. 1954. He was there for
about two years. He retired from the Navy in Jan, 1968 as CSCS.
He passed away in his sleep June 18, 1997. We were living in
Ocean Shores, Wa. I have since remarried and now live in Altamonte
Peggy I. McGhee O'Neil edandpegoneil
9 Oct 2005
From Jerry Schlife
Good morning Jeff, you sent your post card to the right
address, but you were about two months late for that one. It
finally caught up about 9/01. Would have answered sooner, but
with a move, new job, and new home plus and Alaska cruise for Judy's
and my 38th wedding anniversary in late September I've been real busy.
[bio info included, see bio pg]
29 Sep 2005
From: Dale Gregory
15 Sep 2005
I am looking for any applications for my granddaughter for
college from the Submarines. I understand there are some
How can I find out and who can I contact. Need information
she is a senior with a good grade average. Sorry I have not been
online much, but just been diagosed with cancer and have just started
The above url is for the USSVI
This url gives the location of bases
in Idaho which you can contact
about membership in USSVI.
Let me know if you have any further
Sorry to hear of your health
problems. We wish you all the best in
your treatments. Best regards, Jeff
From: Gene Williams
I am very
sorry I could not be at the Sabalo reunion. I was able to go to
KC with the help of a Spinax shipmate who flew from Florida to KC, then
drove down to Broken Arrow to drive my wife and I to the convention
(about 3 1/2 hour drive).
Everything was going fairly well and I was going to contact you in
KC and make arrangements to attend the Sabalo Reunion but had to driven
back home due to massive muscle and nerve spasms. I am doing much
better now ... my Pain Management Doctor has put me on different pain
regimentations which seem to be helping somewhat.
and one of the Spinax CO's keep the Spinax Sailing list
updated. I have done much to locate "ole" Spinax crew
members. There are many places on the internet that are good
search methods and with much effort, I have found about 35 "ole"
shipmates. It takes much "legwork" but I have time to do
this. I have a "flat rate" long distance plan so I can make
unlimited calls and that helps. I do all the mailings and keep in
touch with many Spinax shipmates. I also help organize
Spinax reunions and this year I was the Master of Ceremonies.
Over the years I have done much to keep the Spinax Tradition
alive. We had about 90 people present at the reunion.
Recognizing the efforts I have put forth for Spinax, at the reunion,
they made me "Honorary Chief of the Boat" presenting me with a nice
glass desk plaque. It was a very emotional time and I appreciated
the honors very much.
I enjoyed Sabalo and the crew very
much. I have many fond memories. The reason I am sharing all this
with you is I will gladly assist you in locating Sabalo crew
members when I am able to do so. Be advised, there are times I am
OOC for days at a time and also the 35+ pills I take daily occasionally
leave me unable to function "normally." With that in mind, let me
know how I may assist you and I will do my best.
15 Sep 2005
Subj: George Jett
From: Jay Giefer
Jeff: I was looking
down the roster and missed an old shipmate, CS1 George Jett from about
1955. Ran into George in about 84 & 85 when he was the
manager of the Elks Club in El Cajon,
CA Regards Jay Giefer
14 Sep 2005
Subject : Michael and Fred Sullivan
Recently I acquired an old shipping chest that my grandfather used
to ship items home to his Mom. It has written on it, it permanent
her address and then his return address w/ the USS Sabalo listed.
went on-line and found a nice photo on your site and I printed it out
to create a collage frame. When I searched the roster, I did find
name but wanted to give you some updated information.
Michael (Sullie) Sullivan's home town was Groveton, NH. He
pass away several years ago and he was the brother to one of the other
Sullivans listed, Fred Sullivan, also of Groveton. Fred also
away quite a few years ago. I will find more information from my Mom
and get back to you so that you can update what I find.
Thanks for your site!!
Michele Haney, Bath, NH
Subject: 2005 REUNION REGRETS
I am sorry I will not be able to come to the reunion. I had three
sizures due to over medication for blood pressure that left me weak and
unable to control my shaking especially in my hands. This is the
golden years so they say, but it not always that way. Tell Orrin
Kreps that I will miss meeting him again.
Sincerely, Robert W. Phelps Sr.
Good luck on the Reunion as I was looking forward and four other subs I
served. Especially the USS Stickleback. I got off in the
yards in Pearl and went to Recruiting Duty. Later she got hit by a
destroyer and sank during a towing. I went into the ice pack on
the Stickleback and it was a ve-ery cold experince. Had a lot
crew standing in my galley to keep warm at times.
Regards, Robert W. Phellps Sr.
**Jeff: Due to my recovery from 3 seizures has been a miracle to
me. I have stopped major shaking and I will be at the convention. There
are four subs that I served on at the convention and it will be ole
homeweek for me. Plus Kreps and I can celebrate as being the
Plankowners. Regards and I will send in my fees shortly. Robert
W. Phelps Sr.
[He then again had an episode which
caused him to cancel at the last few days.]
Surely wish we
could be part of the reunion, but thats not possible as my wife is
unable to travel. I wish you all have a great reunion, thanks for
keeping me in the loop, the old AS-12 holds lots of wonderful memories
Hi Jeff, once again I'm unavailable for this reunion, presently I'm in
South Africa on an assignment. Appreciate the invitation
and will try to attend the next function.
Thank you, Terry Heisterman
this one. Louis and Marge Drost
Jeff-Thanks for all your hard work you do to keep this reunion going. I
have had a couple of health challenges since January. I am on the
road to recovery now. I will not be able to attend this reunion,
maybe next time.
Thanks again, Gary Ferguson
it. Marty Huska EM1SS Ret
Jeff, Kathy and I will not be able to attend this year ~~ our oldest
grandson is graduating Auburn Univ on August 8 and we have a trip
planned to Hawaii in October. Have fun and hope to see you next
year. Jim Miller
Jeff: Thanks for
all your hard work regarding the reunion. I am sorry that I will not be
able to attend but I wish you all a great time and good memories.
Hi Jeff. I can not make the Sabalo Reunion this September 2005.
Keep me on your E-mail list.Thanks
Andre Giacomelli EM3 (SS)
Sorry Jeff, but
I won't be able to attend. May God bless you and all that attend.
Rev. Dr. James H. Robertson
I WILL NOT BE AT THE REUNION.. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A VERY NICE
F.E. NUGENT RMCS(SS) RET.
Jeff, I would love to make the reunion but will be on business travel
that week. If I can break away sooner, I will work to make
it. Please keep me on the list. Thanks, Jerry Hamilton
Hi Jeff, been
getting all the emails and other info about the reunion. thanks for
keeping me abreast of things. I think that you are doing a
wonderful job with the website and all the other things you are doing
with regards to keeping Sabalo and her crewmembers informed.
Sorry, I will not be able to attend the reunion in KC. I will be
just getting back from a 24 day oddessy through New York, Tennessee and
Dallas and probably will need the rest. Also I will be out again
on the 21st of Sept to go to another reunion in GLakes. Finally
to Grayback reunion in Kings Bay, GA on 1 Nov. and then 3 weeks
in the Philippines to visit wife's relatives. So you see, I will
be busy. Please give my regards to those who will be attending
that were onboard during my era 65 - 68. --Larry Davis
Give my regards to the guys that join you in KC. Lou and I
are still thinking about Seattle and a cruise to Alaska.
Our best to all. "JD " Longenecker
Hi Jeff, Tell
Fred I said Hi, Alex Doucette as well. I can't make this one this
year. I hear that I missed out on a fun reunion last year. Best
wishes, Ron Van Nest
I want to let you know that I will not be able to attend the Sabalo
Reunion this year in Kansas City, due to a conflict in planned vacation
schedules...Labor Day weekend is a busy time for us...we live only
eight miles from Disney and have company coming that weekend. Regards,
I'm sorry I wont
be able to go to the Reunion but health reasons keep me here at home. I
am on oxygen 24/7 and have to have a nebulizer treatment every four
hours, so you can see why it would be very difficult for me to travel.
If you see any
of the old crew ( 52 to 54 ) tell them all hello for me. Thanks,
Hi Jeff, thx for the phone call, sorry I can't make it to
reunion. Bill Ballard
I am sorry for
the inconvenience ... many things are going on in my life at this time
... they want to operate again on my neck. This is an extremely
"risky" situation and I am not sure I want them to proceed ... plus, as
I I believed I informed you when you called, my dog has been diagnosed
with Lymphoma and she is a very important factor in my family's life
and we will spare no expense to help her live a 'normal' dogs' life for
as long as it takes. We cannot see leaving her at home with
As much as
I would like to, I will not be able to attend the Sabalo's Reunion this
year. Sorry, Gene "Willy" Williams
This morning I was getting ready to buy my
plane tickets to Kansas City when I received a phone call from my
previous employer, Riverside Co. District Attorney. As you know I
retired in July of 2004 with one murder trial still pending. This
murder case took place in 2001 and I was one of the primary
investigators. This is a serial killer case in which a man and
woman team was raping and killing teen-aged girls, we have them for two
murders and one attempted murder.
Well, that's the story. Unfortunately, I'm the
only one that can testify to many of the aspects of the
investigation. So, I have to go, but I don't know the exact dates
yet and I'm going to try a negotiate. Trial starts August 22 and
that first week they'll be selecting a jury, so I won't be needed, but
I may have to be there the first week of September. Dang
it! I just want to be a gentleman farmer now, not a cop!
Anyway, I won't know for a few days whether
I'll be needed in California for court that first week in September,
but I will keep you posted. Thanks, George Hudson
4 August 2005
Subj: Ronald C. Boyd
I was looking in this site and saw my fathers
name listed and that you were looking for him. Ronald Boyd born Sept
10, 1932. he died July 29,2004 He lived in Minneapolis, MN and was a
12 Jul 2005
Subj: Lou Nockhold - Eternal Patrol
It is with great sadness that I inform you of Cdr. Louis W.
Nockold's passing on June 4, 2005 after a long and courageous battle
He loved his duty on submarines and talked about it often. He
will be buried at Punch Bowl on Sept. 15th, 2005.
let me know of future reunions as I would love to attend if
possible and maybe meet some of the men my husband served with.
Mrs. Sally Nockold, Wife
3 Jul 2005
From: Wayne Momsen
Friends: For me, the zenith of internet e-mail
correspondance has crested. ISP and maintenance periphial costs
encumber the necessity for continued limited use. Thus effective
immediately, I shall no longer maintain an E-mail address. I will, for
all convenience, retain my phone and PO Box for contact purposes, as
listed below.[contact webmaster]
I have an old school yearn to return to the lost art of handwritten
letters. Thank you very much.
26 Apr 2005
Subject: Elwin Main, TMC
Elwin was my mother's youngest brother, so it makes sense that
would have been in the Navy post-WWII. Thank you so much for the data
on Elwin. I will ask my mother for some more details. I know she
has some pictures of Elwin that I could scan and send to you for your
I would be delighted and honored to donate Elwin's personal items to
your organization. I am well familiar with Navy reunion
father and uncle were both WWII Navy veterans. My uncle was posted
stateside, and my Dad was in the heart of the action in the South
Pacific Theater as an officer aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Craven. He
was anchored a couple of hours outside Pearl Harbor on the morning of
December 7th, 1941, because they were steaming in too late on the 6th
to beat the submarine net. The crew on the U.S.S.Craven awoke to alarms
the morning of the 7th and raced to Pearl, only to come upon the
disastrous results of the morning attack. All month they had been so
looking forward to some good R&R there. What a rude surprise!
never talked about the war until we started questioning him in
years. Even today, those memories are so strong for him that even
Alzheimer's cannot stifle them.
The crew of the Craven has had annual reunions for the past 25 years
or so. I attended several of them with my Dad before he succumbed to
Alzheimer's disease a couple of years ago. Now he is "stationed" at the
Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home, located outside San Antonio.
Although it is a very sad situation for all of us, he is now among his
fellow sailors and soldiers and is well cared for there. It
wonderful home for him, much better than many of the alternatives. My
sister, who also attended the reunions, lives in San Antonio and is
able to visit him several times a week. Sad to say, she is one of the
VERY FEW family members who visit regularly.
TO YOU AND YOUR CREW - I SALUTE YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FROM THE
BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR YOUR VALIANT SERVICE OVER THE YEARS. WE CAN
NEVER EVER REPAY OUR DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR YOUR SACRIFICES.
With best and warmest regards,
James Stewart Gaither, son of Patrick Joseph Gaither
23 Mar 2005
Subject: Jeff Stockton
My shipmate and buddy Jeff Stockton, TM3 (SS) on board Sabalo
1957-59 died last Monday in Seattle.He was 65. Jeff won a long,
painful battle with lung cancer over the past few years...only to have
COPD (congestive pulmonary disease) finally get him. After years of
running hot, straight and normal, his big heart just finally quit
We went to Roosevelt High School in Seattle together, and I was
the guy who talked him into joining the Submarine Service after
graduation. (I don't think he ever forgave me for that one.) We went to
boot camp and Sub school together, and both got assigned to the Sabalo
in Pearl Harbor. We went through all the fun stuff of the boats' ops in
the Cold War in the 1950's together. We graduated from Sabalo and
went to the University of Washington together...and actually joined the
same fraternity house on campus. We drank a lot of beer together and
did many unspeakable things to coeds together.
After graduation, I went to South America (beautiful Cali,
Colombia, a garden spot of riots, violence and Communist guerilla
activity) under a one year contract with the USIA. Jeff, a real golf
pro in high school and college, became a golf pro in northern
California. He later got his MBA and was a successful executive
recruiter. We lost touch.. After Cali, I went to Barcelona
for about a year and a half, then came back to CONUS as a newspaper
reporter in Southern California.
Jeff and I both missed the last Sabalo reunion, but we got
together for the first time in 40 years last Summer in Seattle when I
drove up to see him.
Jeff was a good buddy, a good sailor and a good submariner. We
both valued our time aboard Sabalo. That kind of life stays with you
forever. We will all miss him.
Greg LaBrache, TMSN(SS) aboard Sabalo 1957-59
7 Mar 2005
From: Rick Etlinger
welcoming me into the SABALO family of submariners. I was on the
probably less than a year before moving on to Nuc school. I was a
"9901", and not too popular since we were doomed to be short-timers and
then out the hatch. I'll never know if we were treated
while trying to qualify... but it was an uphill battle all the
isn't likely anyone would remember me, I came on board, mess cooked,
worked for chief Victor Witzke (sic), rented a jeep, toured the island,
really liked Honolulu, fell madly in love with a german girl who
waitressed in a restaurant called "The Hofbrau" on Waikiki.
Most memorable event: snorkling along, and the main intake valve
slams shut... the goddamn enginemen screw with the internal
air pressure trip device, set it higher, the air in the boat is sucked
out by the running deisel, the running diesel does'nt trip, and the
human body is subjected to an external vacuum that is not normal. - not
very pretty. The enginmen thought this was so damn funny.
More as I remember stuff. It's been so damn long ago.
28 Feb 2005
From: Gayle Comfort EMaybe@aol.com
Subject: Burton C. Comfort onboard Sabalo during her first
commisioned service 1945-46
seeks communication with anyone who might remember her
father. Her two sisters and brother don't know anything
their father's service, and he died at the age of 44 without relating
any of his experiences.
Thank you so much for going the extra mile. I have forwarded
information to my sisters (my brother also died at a young age - 54).
It would be real nice to get further information - especially for my
baby sister who was only 2 when Dad died.
Again, thank you for your efforts! They are
appreciated. Sincerely, Gayle Comfort
5 Feb 2005
From: Dave Scott
Long time no "hear from you". I had my shop burn to the ground
with about $25,000 worth of tools, books and 30 years of information
along with my two computors.
Just letting you know that I'll be at the next reunion with bells on.
1 Feb 2005
From: George "Pat" Byers
Received your card in the mail yesterday. My name is
George Patrick Byers , I always went by Pat , even though I received
several nicknames concerning my first name George.("George of the
Jungle", "Lonesome George", also called the Lone Wolf by one of my
shipmates don't remember who.) I served onboard the Sabalo from 1968
until 1970, made two West Pacs with the Sabalo. Was a snipe, Engineman
forward engine room. Was very surprised and happy to hear from you.
2nd msg: [One of the pictures attached] Is a picture of my
hand painted Sabalo
[near the stern], we
did not have stencil and they told me to paint the ship's name by the
next day. I hung over the side by line and hand painted it. Which took
them less than a day to get proper stencils and paint over it. Sure was
good to receive your card today in the mail always wondered what happen
to some of the people I knew.
31 Jan 2005
From: John Huskey
Yes it was the postcard that got me to respond. It also helps that I
have recently run in to a Salesman that was on the Blackfin after I
was. So he turned in my name to that organization and they have been
keeping me up to date on happenings with them. Other than that, I
have not kept up with former shipmates. I have no
excuse, other than life just got in the way. The Sabalo Site has
brought back many memories. Most are good. Until next time
31 Jan 2005
From: Everett "Jay" Jones
It was great to receive your contact. I look back now and
think my time in the Navy and in particular my time in the Submarine
Force which was almost all Sabalo time was a great time and a wonderful
experience for me. I have often wished I could contact some of my
friends. Some showed up on the roster and I hope more will show
up in time.
Thanks, You have done a lot of great work on the site.
I should have known some one would have done something. I have
missed the opportunity to contact and see some great people.
4 Jan 2005
Subject: Jack Jarvies
It is with a heavy heart that I pass
on to you the news that CAPT Jack Jarvies, Past Commander, Hudson
Valley Base, USSVI has departed on "Eternal Patrol."
Jack was a friend and comrade
to all of us in SubVets, but especially to those of us in District
2...he will be greatly missed.
National Commander Tom Conlon
and I plan to attend Jack's wake and funeral in Port Jervis, NY.
I hope you will join us in bidding farewell to our departed
John F. Smith CDR District 2 USSVI
[received earlier 4 Jan]
....... served on the Sabalo as the Navigator in '60 - '61 before going
to the Tiru as XO and later to the Carbonero as CO. I sent the
following out to the Carbonero crew yesterday.
3 Dec 2004
Sadly I must report that I received word this morning from
Jack Jarvies' daughter, Barbara, that Jack had been admitted to the
hospital over the weekend. He's in the ICU and not doing well at all.
Fortunately all of his family visited over the holidays and were able
to spend time before he was hospitalized. Barbara said that her mother
was holding up as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
Jack started chemotherapy just after the
Thanksgiving holiday. I talked with him shortly after and he said it
was giving him a bad time and making him ill.
..... I just got off the phone
Jarvies - she said that Jack is fading quickly. He's suffering mainly
from congestive heart failure at this point. She's hoping he'll last
until their daughter arrives from Ecuador. She'll keep in touch with
us. Seeing he is in ICU, flowers are not permitted,
but certainly your prayers are welcomed.
I'll let everyone know when the situation
Dan O'Dwyer, USS Carbonero (crew assoc.)
[recd later 4 Jan]
By now you may have heard our sad news, Jack passed away early
this morning, (Tuesday) After having a good Christmas, with
children visiting in stages, Jack started tiring very
thought it was due to Chemo treatments. By Sunday he had
swelling so checked into hospital emergency and found congestive heart
Thank you so very much for all the cards,
phone calls and
prayers...They meant so much to Jack. Matt Schmitz and Steve
Chinoransky "inducted Jack" in to the Holland Club late Sunday
This meant so much to him..."God Bless you all" was his
response. Numerous times during the night he mentioned
different submariners with such glowing remarks, telling me to
"remember to contact" them. I'm sure I'd forget some, so please
"you were on the top of "Jack's Good Friends
Visitation will be held at
Knight - Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port
Jervis on Friday, January 7, from 1800 through 2000.
of the Hudson Valley Base of the USSVI will honor Jack during the
visitation at 1900. A Catholic Mass will be held at 1000 on
Saturday the 8th at St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Port Jervis. Memorial contributions may
be made to USSVI Hudson Valley Base,
C/o VFW Post 8645, 101 Route 208, New Paltz, NY 12561
If you have any questions please
contact Matt. We're leaning on
him to serve as our liaison with our comrades of the Silent
Rose and family.
At 0200 on Nov 17, I went to the Emergency Room with high blood
pressure (245/113). On Thanksgiving day, I returned home with a
quadruple bypass. One coronary artery was 100% clogged, the
others were 80 to 90% clogged. For years I have walked at least 2
to 4 miles every day and have never had any symptoms. Each of the
clogged coronary arteries had multiple "collateral arteries" that had
grown around the clogs, probably as a result of my years of
walking. Thus my heart was still getting oxygen, and earlier
tests were either negative or ambiguous. I had only mild
hypertension, my weight was under control, and my diet was improving
over the last few years.
I had no heart attack and no damage to
the heart muscle. The only reason I thought to check my blood
pressure that morning was because I was feeling "wired" and my heart
was pounding and skipping beats. Glad I didn't ignore it.
Close call. I feel like I was just stumbling along, stepped into
a depression, and the bullet went over my head.
So far, I seem to be recovering
ahead of schedule. I'll be homebound for about a month.
Still hope to see you all in Kansas City. Take care.
RECD 5 DEC 2005: This is in reference to an email posted December of
2004, in reference to the status of John McGhee. He passed away
close to 10 years ago. His son David McGhee lives in Tacoma,
WA. My father, Lester L. Wambold was reading through the mail on
your website and came across the letter and wanted to update the
information. Thank you for all the work you put into this.
Sincerely, Jill Murphy
[In an attempt to pass this on, an email to Ed Davis was bounced
because the address is no longer in use - Jeff.]
1 Dec 2004
Subject: John B. McGhee
Dr. Edwin Davis <docd4600cableone.net> wrote:
I was on Tunny SSG282 at Pearl 59-62 in 62 I went to the
food service team at Pearl and we had a CSC named J.B. Maghee [sic]
served on Sabalo. I wonder if you may have him in your data base.
I have tried to locate him for over twenty years now. There are only
two of us food service team members still alive from 59-62 and 67-68
teams. I sure would appreciate it very much if you have him in
your data base that you send him my email address and ask him to
contact me. Thanks. I was CSC on Tunny.
Jeff Owens replied:
The man you're looking for is John B. McGhee (note spelling which is
from official patrol report of Sabalo late54-early55). He was
CS1(SS) on Sabalo. I have not yet located his whereabouts.
His next of kin, wife, Peggy was shown as living in Rockaway, Oregon at
that time. I just did a very brief search and find that it might
not be that hard to narrow this down. What more can you tell
me? his age approx? what might have been his hometown/state
- I suspect his wife might have been from Oregon, but not him.
Did you have any contact with him after Pearl?
I'll do my best to eliminate as many as
possible. I found 140 John McGhees, but many do not come close to
what his age might be, and some have wrong middle initial, so before I
go much further what additional clues might you provide? [Can anyone help in finding this man?]
Dr. Edwin Davis wrote:
Jeff- thanks for the reply..I have very little .. Peggy is his wife's
name, his parents lived in Anchorage, Alsaka, and were there during the
big earth quake in the early 60s..I tried calling some of the numbers
,especially in Rockaway Oregon, but they had been
disconnected. J.B. is probably in his early
74 and we were not that far apart in age. Other than that I don't
have anything.. Don’t spend a lot of time on it. If you
run across something I would appreciate a note. If I can be of
help to you in this area let me know, I’m at the armed forces
retirement home in Gulf Port, MS.
26 Nov 2004
From: Jim MacMurray
Please do add me to your sabalo list. I served on the Sabalo from 1961
until 1963, when I transferred to the nukes (USS Daniel Webster). I'd
be pleased to hear what has happened to my old shipmates.
12 Nov 2004
son of Jetson J. Reidinger
DEAR SIR: I MUST
INFORM YOU THAT MY FATHER AND MY HERO, JETSON J. REIDINGER, JUST PASSED
AWAY AS A RESULT OF A SEVERE STROKE AT THE SHAMOKIN GENERAL HOSPITAL,
HE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HIS SEA GOING ADVENTURES ABOARD ONE OF HIS
FAVORITES BOATS IN HIS LONG NAVAL CAREER. GOD BLESS ALL SUBMARINERS WHO
ARE THEIR FINAL PATROL.
21 Oct 2004
From: William J Zentner
Still alive and kicking; Driving long
haul for now to keep myelf busy. Looked up radioman, James Seaman
out of Johnstown PA. and found
his brother who said James passed away in 64. I'm in Spanaway
WA; that's my
home. I would like to hear from anyone that remembers me. I see a few I
remember on the roster list.
- thanks for contacting me - I think I screwed up on
of service aboard the Sabalo - I reported onboard October or
1962 during the Cuban missile crisis ( if I remember correctly the
entire fleet was out with the exception of the Sabalo) and transferred
off to basic nuke school July of 1963 while we were in Portland OR. It
was in Portland that I received my Dolphins. William G.
Thobae, Saratoga Springs, NY
10 Sep 2004
Subject: 2004 Reunion Regrets [multiple email msgs from various men]
- I received your postcard today and wanted to
served on the Sabalo from 1955 - 1959. I am married, live in
Seymour Indiana. Have two sons and one daughter. I am a
retired Indiana State Trooper. I enjoy fishing, hunting, playing
guitar and singing. I have quite a few pictures from my tour of
duty and lots of stories. Will send more later. This is the
first I even knew of the web site and will probably spend quite a few
days reading and looking at the pictures. My email address is
. I definitely would like to attend one
of the reunions but don't have enough time to plan for it this
year. Richard Barker
- Hello Jeff. We were actually looking forward to going to
................we love that part of New York. Pete got laid of AGAIN
in July! We can't believe it; it has been over fifteen years since his
last lay off and now this year has been a double whammy! He plans to
take his full retirement from his union in March 05. The good news is
that my business continues to grow and we're about to become
grandparents for the first time. Life isn't all "bad" Say hello to
those Sabalo folks in Saratoga. --------Rita (and Pete) Ouellette
...and later msg:
Pete just finished up a 5 month lay off at work – first one in over 15
years. He is happy to be back at work now. He’s trying to
finish out this year with this job so he can retire next March.
We are sorry to report that we will probably not make it to the
Saratoga Reunion in September. It’s so close for us and we had
looked forward to seeing everyone again. However, our daughter is
due to deliver our first grandchild during that time period and with
the recent layoff, Pete probably won’t be able to take any time
off. If things change, (an early baby or time off) we will
let you know last minute. Rita Ouellette
- I thought I recognized your name on subsailor.com. You were
the same time I was. Weren't you ET?? I was sonarman STS3, and I
believe you were are on board for both WestPac tours. Back then I was
"Andy" and in my early 20's...I don't believe I can make the reunion,
but I appreciate your efforts and what you are doing for the Sub Vets.
Keep up the good work...If you are ever in the Seattle area, call me
and we'll have a brew.------Don Andresen
- Very good to hear from you and glad the reunion
on. I really enjoyed Reno and seeing so many people from the
boat. I won't be able to make this one but want to stay in
contact for up and coming events. Do you need any donations or are
things working out in that area. I havebeen working here in Iraq
for about five months now and it's very
difficult to shake the military when you try to change a
schedule. Say hello to everyone for me and enjoy.Terry Heisterman
- Now that I'm (almost) retired - working only about half-time,
I really wanted to get to a Sabalo reunion. But, unfortunately, this
won't be theone, since I'll be returning from a two-week trip to
Prague, Vienna and Budapest on the 15th of Sept. Maybe NEXT time! I
also have some 35m slides I ought to share. I have
one taken of the forward deck as we tried to go alongside Stickleback
after her (ultimately) fatal collion withh the Silverstein. She is tied
up alongside Silverstein in the picture. Shakey Cox and Chief Finneran
are prominent in the picture. We were going to try to pass some air to
her through our forward trim line to her after trim line,
cross-connecting to her LP air, but we were rising and falling with the
sea exactly out of phase with Stickleback, and we couldn't stay
alonside without some danger of causing further damage to
- Sorry, but I can't attend this year. Best of everything
and all of the guys. I hope everyone has a great time. ---Peter
- I will not be able to attend. Be sure and tell the guys
1963-1964 time period I said howdy.---Wilbur C. Harris (Harry)
Sep 1963 - Apr 1964 (9901 - Nuke)
- Thanks for the invite, but both Louis and I will be hard at
Louis will just be starting the new school year so no time off for
awhile. Keep us updated on the reunions and we will attend the
ones we can. Tell all hi for us and have a great time.
--- Louis and Marge Drost
- THANKS FOR THE INFO. SURE WISH I COULD JOIN YOU. I PLAN TO
MAKE THE TRIP IN 2005. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE JOB YOU DO! HAVE A GREAT
CONVENTION. EARL KELLY
- Just got your email re a mid-September Sabalo reunion.
Unfortunately, I'll be on business travel on the West
Coast that week and will not be
able to attend...Please keep me on your email list - I'll make a
gathering one of these days. Thanks, Jerry Hamilton
- I will not be able to attend this reunion. Thanks for all the
do to keep the feelings alive. It was great to see you at Reno...hope
to see you next time... Gary Ferguson
- Thanks for the invitation to the Sabalo reunion. I would love
but I can't this time. ...Jim Kent
- Thanks for the information but I can't come this year.
Sa hi to
Chris Sanborn for me. Thanks, John LeConte
- Hope all is well with you and do hope you have another great
My wife's health keeps us from traveling any distance because she can
become totally exhausted in a matter of a minute or two, no matter what
she is doing, just sitting on walking around the house. And I mean she
can't hardly move when it hits. It is her heart. It just doesn't
work right. But I will try to keep in touch in case things get better.
28 Jul 2004From: Jim Kent
you very much for your efforts in trying to locate a good
friend of mine, James J. Colegrove. You had indicated he was living in
Niantic, CT. I had to pick up my daughter in New Bedford and
was going right through Niantic. I made reservations to stay
there overnight in case I was able to locate Jim Colegrove. I
sent him e-mail and my daughter checked all phone books and listings
but no luck. I even had pictures of us on the Sabalo duplicated
to share with him and his family.
you ever hear from him or fine a different address, please
e-mail me and let me know. Thanks again and it is a pleasure to
have met you through e-mail and the Sabalo web sight.
again Jeff for your efforts in trying to get two old friends in touch
again that you didn't even know. You have exceeded my
expectations, but then, hey, you are a shipmate of the USS Sabalo and
now a friend of mine. My daughter also sent Jim Colegrove
e-mail as she was trying to line up a surprise for my birthday as we
went through Niantic. 64 years old sounds old, but I just turned
60. My how time does fly by. When I last saw Jim, he was 24
and I was 20. I hope you are right and he may be spending some
time in Fla. or somewhere and will return and read his e-mail. I
will let you know if I ever have any luck in contacting him. You can
count on that. I do hope he is O.K. Thanks again Jeff and
if you have any news on the Sabalo or hear from more shipmates, be sure
to include me in your e-mail. It is always enjoyable to open
30 Jul 2004
27 Jul 2004
My name is Irvin Favre and I live in south Mississippi.
ago I aquired a stainless steel ash tray. I have wondered for years
where it might have originated. The ash tray is approx. 5 inches
wide and 3/4 inch deep. The words on it is as follows: At
the top: A.D. Bouchard; At the center:
RMI(SS); At the bottom: U.S.S.
would appreciate any info you might have concerning this .
[send any info to me, Jeff Owens and I'll pass it along.]
26 Jun 2004
I was extremely happy to come across your site
honoring the men who served on board the USS Sabalo. I was excited to
see my father's name on the original party program of the ship's
commissioning, June 19, 1945. In the photo, he is the seventh person (r
to l) in the first row. His name was Taylor L. Fox. He was a
ClassTorpedoman at this time. He was a submariner all of his life. He
served on many of the Navy's most distinguished submarines! He retired
as a Master Chief and is currently on his eternal patrol. If you would
like, I could send you some information about the subs he served on and
some of his achievements. All who served beneath our seas were truly
part of our "greatest" generation.
Thanks,Eugene Fox, son
3 Mar 2004
From: Charlie Darrell
I don't think I will be able to attend [USSV Convention 2004], since I
will be flying back on the 15th of Sept. from a 2-week Danube River
cruise with the Smithsonian. I would need a couple of days to recycle
clothes (and myself!) if I really wanted to enjoy the reunion.
year was a (slightly) different excuse -- I had several back-to-back
trips: one on the QE-2 to UK at the end of July, one to St. Petersburg,
RU, in mid-August, and another to Quebec City and New England in Sept.
Jeff Owens: Sounds like
you're having more fun than a reunion anyway. --I was only four
years at sea, and swore no more cruising for me. It's
worked out well because my wife gets motion sickness easily and has
shied away from even thinking about cruises. As I age tho, the
of the swells breaking over the bow come back to me and a cruise might
not be that bad. Who knows what may lie in store...
Charlie: It is a bit weird to
take a cruise - after 14 years as ship's crew (not including 4 years of
staff duty riding boats a couple of days every month). In fact, I
really don't know why I did the cruise on the QE-2 last summer. I
signed up before I seized on the opportunity to go to St. Petersburg.
And I certainly wouldn't have done that cruise if I had known that the
Navy League would be sponsoring the "theme lectures" on another cruise,
this time in the QM-2 next May, with an extension from UK to the
Normandy D-Day historical sites. (The Navy League has arranged to have
15 WW II naval history lectures on QM-2, re. naval actions in the
24 Feb 2004
From: Larry "Doc" Davis
Hello to all my friend and well wishers. [I've] been very busy and out
of the country for awhile visiting, with my wife, Anita's family and
helping her through her final
days. We spent 3 weeks in the Philippines where she wanted to say her
last goodbys to her family. Didn't know it at the time, but I think
that it is the way she planned it. Regretfully, she passed away this
past Sunday, Feb 22. I loved her, and still do and will miss her
terribly. But I can take relief that she is passed all of the pain and
suffering that her disease, cancer, reaped upon her. She finally is at
peace and with god. What a blessing that must be. for now it is us that
are left with the suffering and pain. Thanks you all for your kind
words, prayers, and throughts. Anita's services as follows.
Viewing and rosary at 5 p.m. on Wednesday 25 Feb at the Vaca HIlls
Funeral Home, located at 524 Marshall Road. Vacaville, 95687. Funeral
at St Josephs Catholic Church on Marshall Road, Vacaville, on Thursday
26 February at 10 am. ...God bless you all, and I do hope that you will
keep in touch. Your friend always, Larry Davis
23 Feb 2004
From: Michael Elzinga
I will be retiring at the end of June. I expect to work part time
next year to bring someone up to speed on the courses I teach, but I am
planning to get to the reunion. Hope to see you there.
23 Feb 2004
From: Earl Meggison
Subject: Reunion 2004
I plan to retire in September, but I don't want to miss another great
opportunity to meet you and my shipmates... As we grow older, these
things take on more importance...
Let me see what the wife has planed first and then I will get back to
22 Feb 2004
From: Gene Merrill
Subject: Reunion Planning
As for specific activities for SABALO members ,, It's
a good way to get all together , On the other hand there usually are so
many other things happening in the short time we have.
What you put on at Reno was very good and I know all really had a good
time and appreciated it. I am always cramped for time at the
Many Boats have reunions at times other than at the
Conventions and have a good turn out,, And others routinely
conduct them at the Conventions, I guess the thought here is that many
members combine them and in some respect there could be a better turn
out .. My vote here would be to have it in conjunction with the
Thats all I have Jeff,, Hope it provides something to
,,, SEE YA
21 Feb 2004
Frtom: Pete Ruden 60-61
Crewmember EN3(SS) (Fwd Engineroom & A-Gang)
Looks & sounds like you had a great
time at Reno. Wish I could have been there. My wife has
sick & this has curtailed my traveling. I hope that you guys
staying warm in PA. It seems like you had a bad winter from the
on TV. Take care,
21 Feb 2004
From: J.D. Longenecker
Good to hear from you and thanks for the update on
future reunions. We won't be attending this year (hate to lose my
perfect attendance record) but we will seriously consider the Seattle
meet in 2007 including the Alaska trip. Hell's bells--I'm not
even buying green bananas anymore, but I'm looking ahead to 2007.
Oh well. Have a great summer and stay healthy.
21 Feb 2004
From: David Brower
... hope things are going well... just checking to see
if you have any hats in yet? If so let me know and I'll take one and if
not please put me on the list.
I ran across my dolphins and an old SS-302
lighter the other day...that was pretty cool.
new email address [see roster]... I got married in December; just got
back from a
honeymoon cruise; and so life is just plain awesome! Other than that I
have no opinion... HA
26 Jan 2004
From: Lewis Smith -via son Chris
Hello Mr. Owens. I recently discovered your website and would like to
include my father's name in the crew roster. His name is Lewis C.
(Smitty) Smith. He was on board from 1952 to June of 1954. His rank at
that time was TM3SS. He has lots of photographs that I can scan and
send to contribute to your website and he is even in one that is
already there. ... I will be happy to send the photographs and and any
information that will assist you in the website. As for the photographs
there are a lot. He would like very much to get in contact with some of
his former shipmates and I'm sure this website will be a great help.
2nd msg: ...glad to hear back so quick. Yes, I can scan pictures or
burn a cd which would probably be better as he has a LOT of pictures. I
have also found Lamy's e-mail adress and they have exchanged letters.
As I write he is sorting out pictures and I think I have created a
monster as he is about 4 feet off the floor
and is talking non-stop. Anyway, I will get to work on his pictures as
soon as he calms down a bit and gets them sorted out. Thanks for the
effort on your website.