Attendees: Jim Palmer; "Red" Padgett; Wally Benson; Don Johnson; Art Maccini; Bob Bartsch;
Saturday, July 14, 2001, New London
'Sabalo Survivors' plan local reunion Groton - U.S. Navy personnel who served aboard the USS Sabalo between June 1945 and February 1973 will meet for a reunion at noon today at the Thames Inn and Marina, 193 Thames St.
The group, called "Sabalo Survivors," served on a submarine that saw service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The submarine was first commisioned in 1945 and then decommissioned the following year.
It was again recommissioned in 1951 in Groton before leaving for a new homeport in Pearl Harbor. Eventually, the submarine changed its homeport to San Diego, where it was used for training exercises.
For information about the reunion call Jim Palmer at 887-4262.
Comment from one of the attendees:
" Spent July 14 with Jim Palmer & others in Groton. Had a great day of conversation and then capped with a tremendous fireworks display on the Thames. Would like to say it was just for the Sabalo, but actually it was an annual display provided by one of the casinos." J.D. Longenecker
From Jim Palmer, reunion organizer: "It wasn't a big reunion, but it was a good reunion. The people that showed up had an enjoyable day. We had 'Sabalonians' from 1951 to 1970."
1. Wm. Kelly ETC '56-59 & Pat Flanagan ET '68-70
2. Group shot: back row
- Jim Palmer; "Red" Padgett; Wally Benson;
Don Johnson; Art Maccini; Bob Bartsch;
front row - Pat Flanagan; "J.D." Longenecker; Joe Russen
3. Wally Benson '51
& Wm. Kelly '56-59
4. Airplane towed
banner over the Thames River