|This section is for
pictures submitted by shipmates. So, dig out
those old albums and photos and communicate what you
have that could be included. If you can't scan
them, and will trust them to me, I'll scan them and
return the originals promptly. If you don't
want to trust them to the mails, I suggest you try
the possibilities at your local school. Most
now have the capabilty to scan, and if you bring
your own floppy or cd-rw disks should readily handle
a few photos.
I can convert just about any file format for
File sizes are indicated on some of the photos to
give an idea of download timing.
Some of the
photos are organized into "Albums" which are groupings with a
common theme or timeframe. The albums
are composed of thumbnail views. Click
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the internet requires the use of JPEG format
which causes image quality losses and
distortions. Should you wish to make
prints of any of the photos, send a note,
and in some cases I can email you a copy in
a different file format which will yield
better results than what you view on screen.
the boat - [Shipmate photos next section below]
- Launching 4 June 1944 and
Commissioning 19 June 1945 - 7 images
including photos of entire crew and details of the commissioning
celebration party. Also one shot of Sabalo with
Philadelphia in the background, 1945.
- Sabalo underway, early 50's,
before the snorkel conversion. Submitted by Jim
Palmer. [This is a scan of a scan, and thus is not great
quality. It is the only pic submitted so far of this
vintage, so it'll have to do for now.]
- Sabalo underway, ca. early
50's??, post fleet snorkel conversion.(135Kb) [ There is
some fuzziness in this picture which is likely from image format
irregularities in scanning and computer manipulation. It
is noted that during this period the tops of releasable marker
buoys were painted either white or yellow. The sonar at
this time used a top side hydrophone which can be seen in this
and other photos as a T-bar about 3 feet high on the forward
deck slightly to port.] Submitted by Richard Lamy
- [If anyone has an
original of the two photos above, I will pay for
the cost of having a professional copy, or a high
density scan made. Please contact me, owensjepix.net]
SS-338 USS Carp and SS-349 USS Diodon, left to right, in nest,
1956 or 1957 (numbers not visible - painting in
progress)(image is on the Diodon site)
Sabalo at Pearl Harbor,
probably about 1955, but could be as late as 1957, The marker
bouys are clearly seen in these photos. Of note is the
fact that they protruded above the level of the superstructure.
[ Later they were fully flush with the deck and
superstructure, and the rear buoy had a curved upper
structure which fit into the port side aft of the torpedo room
hatch.] Note the upper surface painted a light color
(white?). Further of note is the amount of the
superstructure that had metal decking. In later years the
teak deck board arrangement extended much further aft. The
rectangular hatch covers pictured also were not a feature in
later years.] Also clearly seen in a couple of these is
the escape training tower. Submitted by Larry Douglas who
appears in each photo.
- Sabalo underway, late
50's Note the topside sonar dome configuration and
the two tone paint job. Other sites mention paint
variations in this period as being called, "Measure 32".
Various sections of the sail and sonar domes are painted a
lighter shade of gray. [It has been reported that the large
sonar dome on the port side of the fore deck is the BQR-2A
and the small one on the starboard is the BQS-2.] Submitted by
Jerry Ryan ( B&W, 118 Kb) [Measure 32 explained: http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08492.htm
- Sabalo tied up in Pearl
~58 (118Kb) Submitted by Bill Ballard, EM2(SS)
- Sabalo off Kauai Nov 1959
(2 photos) Submitted by Ken Sanderlin,
- Gustav Erbes (Scamp crewman), standing on SCAMP's starboard
fairwater plane Oct.'64, at Ballast Point, San Diego. Scamp
nested inboard alongside sub tender USS Nereus, with Sabalo,
SS-302, outboard. In background is USS Sperry, AS12, with
Rasher, AGSS-269, tied inboard and an unidentified SS outboard
her. (Photo by G. Erbes) http://www.uss-scamp.com/Scamp%20Image%20Library%202.htm
- Sabalo passing the
"Esmeralda", a training vessel of the Chilean Navy with
Diamond Head, Hawaii in the background ca. 60-61. Photo taken
from Navy helicopter. Photo found on the
internet. Same scene a few seconds later
(505K) submitted by Earl Gates. [Identity of
this vessel was reported by Terry Lee Heisterman, EN3(SS).
" I work with a guy from Chile and he informed me that the
ship in the photo is the " La Esmeralda " of the Chilean Navy.
It is used for training officers in their navy much like the one
we have in Annapolis. The La Esmeralda was also in the tall
ship/ 200 year U.S. celebration in New York back in 1976." ][The
"B.E. Esmeralda has its own web site with many photos and
(not in English), and a full color photo can be viewed at: http://www.cnam.fr/Images/Armada/esmeralda-fs.jpg
[The pictured vessel had
been incorrectly identified by some sources as the US
Coast Guard ship "Eagle". The Eagle has only three masts.
Photo at <http://www.uscg.mil/hq/eagle/abouteagle/Small_Eagle.jpg.htm>.
closely at the ensign flying on the stern of the four-master,
it's not the stars and stripes.]
- Sabalo underway, aerial
port bow shot, ca. '66? Found on the internet.
- Large color photo of
Sabalo underway, ~1967-69 (295Kb);
- Same shot a little farther
- Sabalo underway -
overhead, starboard bow angle, b&w, ca 60's (261Kb);
- A plan for the sail -
post snorkel, and with later electronics (507Kb);
- Sabalo in drydock from
port quarter, at NASSCO (National Steel and Shipbuilding) ,
San Diego, either early '69 or late '68?
- These 5 were submitted by Fred Holcomb, ETCS(SS), USNR, Ret.
- Photo of Sabalo in her final
resting place (377Kb). This is an overhead view of
the 'turtleback', the aft most part of the superstructure.
Notable details: the after capstan; the hole in the
superstructure; the lifeline track; the towing padeye with stern
light on top, and the flagstaff which looks like it is
waiting for the ensign to be raised.... [This is
scan of a photocopy, so not the best quality. Submitted by John
A. Baker][See history page for further details.]
Some additional underway, exterior pics of the boat can be
found by checking some of the links on the links
Long, Sabalo crewman, 1944-46
Coco Solo, Panama 1945 - caption
on back of photo, "One day after a beer party. Coco Solo, Pan." -
can anyone ID anyone?? [This was probably taken 30 Nov or 1 Dec
Frank Nugent, RMCS(SS), Ret.
Ship's Party celebrating the
Recommissioning Anniversary, 3 Jul 1952, Kimo Farms Night
Club, Oahu, HI
Art Maccini and Joe Russen when the "Sabalo
was in the yard at Pearl getting a sail and new main motors back
in 1952" [from Joe Russen]
Various crew members from ca. 1953.
upper left - (l.) J. Donald Longenecker, QM ; (r.) Robt.
Bartsch, QM - upper center - Richard Lamy, TM3 -
Liberty Call 1957 left to
right Keenis Fugate, Ed Kelly, Elwin Main, Bob Wiswell, Waldo
upper right - Ed "Hoot" Gipson, FN - middle - (l.)
Cal Sheppard, TM1; (r.) Richard Lamy, TM3 - lower left -
Lewis Carl Smith, SN
lower right - (l.) Elmer Ellis, EN; (r.) Earl Lamb, EN2
Submitted by Richard Lamy
Bill Ballard coming up the after
battery hatch ~1957 (63Kb)
Fishing from the Sabalo -
individuals in foreground: Shaw (IC Electrician) standing, Shultz
seated aft, Cox seated next, Thomas seated fwd. ~1958
Sanderlin, RMSN sends along some photos from 1959.
Change of Command of SUBRON 7
~1959-61 at Pearl Harbor
Submitter: John D. Morgan, ENCS(SS)
Loading torpedos, P.H. ca '63, --photo
from Ted Storie on right of torpedo with no hat. -others need ID.
Officers and crew after ORI in full dress whites taken at Lava 8
in Pearl Harbor in April 1966 (289K)
call and topside BBQ during the Wespac cruise of 67-68.
IC1 Max Moon, myself and CS2 Foster
Williams or "Willie" as he was affectionately called. (38Kb)
ENC Harold Losby, YN2 Roemick, and
then STSN Phelps. (29Kb)
From Larry "Doc" Davis then HM1(SS)
submitted by John LeConte, EM3
"One is me in the After Battery; another is me
standing topside watch (I'm in the middle packing the heat) with
Greg Bryant on the left and Roy Owens on the right; another is me and Greg Bryant in
and the last is a
bunch of us in a bar in Subic. In this
last one, starting from left to right, are Ken Brown, the cook; me
and my dolly; the next guy, Gwaltney; the next guy is little
Horseman, and on the far right is Mike Houck and Shorty
Dumar. Dumar is on top!!".
- (l-r) LCDR A. Barke, CO;
LTjg R. VanNest; ET1 F. Holcomb ca. '1967.
- Making short sleeve
shirts and sewing insignia, Fred Holcomb ET1, on left Thomas
- Fred Holcomb, ET1, in
civies ready to go over the brow.
- L to R. Jeff Owens, ET3;
Jamie MacLean, ETSN; John Patrick, ST3; Fred Holcomb, ET1 -
- Same group, slightly
- Fred Holcomb puts on
a fashion show wearing latest finds from the rag bales.
- Submitted by Fred Holcomb,
ETCS(SS), USNR, Ret.
Fred Holley, TM, ca. late
60's. Fred reported that he lost all of his Sabalo photos,
and this one was the only remaining memory of his Navy days.
George Hudson responded with a couple of Fred. Waving from the fwd deck. &
Fred's spacious bunk. [Fred
has since passed away - 18 Sep 2001]
ET/ST Gang in Sonar room,
during WesPac '67-68 - pic probably '68
Identification Key shown below photo
1. Phelps, ST3; 2. Owens, J., ET2; 3. Holcomb, ET1; 4. Thomas,
ST2; 5. Elfving, ST3; 6. MacLean, QM?3; 7. Patrick, ST2
1969 - I forget the occassion, but I remember that we had
just had a dungaree inspection. One of our .30 caliber
machine guns was in the forward torpedo room along with a few cans
of ammo. We took turns draping ourselves with the ammo belts
and snapping "hero" photos. - Jeff Owens
Bobby Payne, TM
Fred Holcomb, ET1
Don Nelson, ST2 while on Sabalo, sends along a
- Mr. A.J. Squaredaway (Don)
alongside the sail.
- Don dreaming of the next
- 72 Days - no
razor. No he wasn't chained in the Sonar room.
- Don Nelson STS2( l.)
and Fred Holcomb ET1 (rt.) in the sonar room.
- We all remember the
Jeepney rides in Olongapo. Here's one.
ENC(SS) reenlistment swearing in by CO, LCDR Art Barke on the
yard barge in San Francisco, Feb 1967
Jim White EM1(SS) in Sabalo Control Rm ca 1968
YN Rick Wiggenhorn
(Wiggy) Aft Torp Rm 1968 or 9 (62KB)
Club Rio, Olongapo City, P.I.,
Bill Towery on the left, Jeff Owens on the right, girls unknown
except in spirit.
Change of Command 1969 at San
I believe this pic was C. of C. in 69, but could have been the
earlier one while I was on board, or possibly only a Captain's
inspection. Unfortunately, I didn't label it. - Jeff Owens
WORKING MODEL OF SABALO (six
Larry Douglas reports: "Thought you might
be interested in the attached pics of a sub model I built - tried
to make it SABALO post WWII as much as possible. This is a dynamic
diver. The pics are from the first outing last year. Number
of surfacings equaled number of dives so it was a success! Made
two other conning towers this winter early war and late
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