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World War II Crew Roster
IN MEMORY: Philip D. Bixby
Robert M. Jones ~ 1955 - 59
My tour as a CAVALLA crew-member represents the Hallmark of a successful and memorable 25 year Navy career. The experiences and memories of my days aboard CAVALLA set the standard from which all other future navy experiences were measured. Subsequent to reporting aboard CAVALLA in 1955 an overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard ensued. An overhaul scheduled conducted during the height of a summer heat wave and mosquito infestation. An assignment as a fire-watch was cherished. The welder’s smoke chased the mosquitoes away. The overhaul was capped off by a shake-down cruise to Nassau with an assigned mooring adjacent to many luxury hotels. The highlight of this island paradise port-of-call was a visit from an envoy from the American Consulate in the middle of the night to request that CAVALLA cease its battery charge. Hotel guests were having difficulty sleeping.
John Beckett, YN2(SS)
Fort Collins, CO
60 - 62
I was a fresh 19 year old kid out of sub school when I reported to Cavalla. I remember Yogi Kaufman doing one arm pushups with a sailor on his back. I remember all weekend moviethons -going up and down the piers borrowing movies from the other boats to keep showing movies in the Forward Torpedo Room. I remember the characters like CS3 Gale Goins who would write notes in all the magazines about his exploits. Mark Ciganovik who could out arm wrestle anyone in the crew. As a yeoman I had a special relationship with the XO LCDR Stine. When I was leaving the boat I was concerned that the new guy fresh from sub school was going to be able to do the job, LCDR Stine said "You know when you put your hand in a bucket of water and pull it out. That hole you leave is similar as to how hard it will be to fill in for you." For the rest of my life whenever I felt to self important I remember that statement and get a whole lot more humble. February 12, 2004
Charles Rifenberg ~ 87-91 ~ MM2/SS
Served in M-Division during a tour in Pearl Harbor, Hi and took her completely through overhaul in Mare Island Naval Shipyards in Vallejo, CA. I could tell plenty of stories, there's much to tell.
The most memorable is which is the opportunity I had to give our engineer a "golden shower". Shortly after qualifying my first watch (ERLL), and they pushed me through in order to get me on the watch rotation, I was just barely figuring out how to take logs when my ERS ("Buffalo" Bob Lindstrom) told me to line up & pump the sludge tank. My response was, "What's a sludge tank?". I didn't know I was being set up, but there actually was a sludge tank and it took me 2 hours of studying our schematics to figure out what, where, and why to pump it. Toward the end of my watch I'd finally figured out where everything was and had it lined up, almost ready to pump. Bob hadn't returned to ask me if it was done, but I knew I'd catch hell if it weren't.
The last step, after all the valves were lined up and hoses attached, was to air load this tank. Where it was located, I needed to pass an air hose to the ERUL watch (Charlie "Fireplug" Wreyford) and load it with Low Pressure air. What I didn't know at the time was that Charlie maliciously hooked me up to High Pressure air and when I plugged in the hose all hell broke loose. It didn't help that our Engineer (J.D. Huck) had snuck down the ladder behind me and was probably observing to see exactly what this nub was doing to his engineroom.
As the relief valve cycled...sounding like a gun going off on semi-auto fire, the adrenaline kicked up a notch and I tried to remove the air hose I'd just plugged in. It was a LP fitting, not designed for HP air, so it wouldn't budge. In a panic, I ripped off the hose from its fitting and now I had 1) HP air screaming from an open hose in my left hand and 2)Pressurized oil geysering out of the now-open fitting in front of me, hitting the overhead and spraying everywhere. Not being very bright in the fit of panic I was in, I decided to try and minimize the mess by pinching off the air hose and holding it (a feat only accomplished through the strength of panic...try it sometime) while holding my hand out chest-high to block off the geyser. Not smart...NOW the oil was spraying me and everything else from head-level on down. This combination of events completely doused the bay I was in. As the pressure died off, I caught a flash of khaki to my left and, slowly turning, I c!
onfronted my Engineer completely soaked with oil (dripping from his glasses even). Terrified, I watched him deliberately climb back up the ladder and exit without saying a word.
The only noise I heard was Charlie Wreyford laughing so hard that he was literally hitting his head on the deckplates. Must have been quite a sight, watching our oil-soaked Engineer climb out of ERLL under those circumstances.
Surprisingly, he never said a word about it to me. He also qualified me up through ERS as time wore on. As well, Charlie Bob and myself became pretty good chums after this practical joke.
Steven Spine ~ 67- 68 ~ MM3 (SS)
I remember arriving in New London one dark night after spending eight hours on a train only to find that I could not locate the Cavalla. So carrying my sea bag & orders I just kept walking along the piers until out of the darkness there it was! Now after the day I had not to mention the night before I was getting pretty burnt out, only to run into the topside watch “Christie” Who informed me that the Cavalla was heading out first thing in the morning for a seven week cruise and that I was invited to come along. So here I am standing there with everything I owned in that sea bag and no place to put it or me! I spent the night at some barracks on the upper base and was told to report to the boat first thing & bring only what I needed and leave the rest behind to be picked up when we got back. This is how I got started on the Cavalla!
I was a fireman striker and was put in the seaman gang! I stood underway watches: lookout, helm, and the bow & stern planes with the lead seaman Bonham. We were running silent & using the emergency hydraulic’s to avoid noise. Well I just kept slamming those valve’s watch in turn rattled the pipes. I did such a good job rattling those pipes that the chief of the watch who by the way was head of the engine rooms (Sheifert) he said; after your turn mess cranking you are being assigned to the aft engine room as an oiler for EN1(SS) Ernst. By this time (two weeks into the seven week cruise) I was getting to know who was who in the crew and that I did not want to be in the seaman gang.
Just as we were pulling into Freeport I was introduced to the term (Mess Cranking) by Pat Lions, the first class cook & seamen (She Was Beautiful) Mahoney. Well Mr. Mahoney was taking leave when we arrived in Freeport & I was replacing him as the #2 mess cook. He had a way about him, But how he got that leave from the Bahamas to be picked up by us when we pulled into Miami, I have never quit figured out! But I did enjoy working with Pat Lions. He was a lot of fun! Always joking around. When I met him he had a walking cast on his foot. He had walked into a open deck hatch carrying racks of bread. We had no other cook to replace him so he went to sea walking on that cast. By the end of the cruise he was walking on the bottom of his foot. The bottom of the cast just fell apart. I’ll bet he still limps on that foot. I sometime think about some of the thing he did and said: I laugh to myself to this day! He had ordered ahead to Freeport for supplies. When we pulled up to the pi!
er they had delivered the supplies, it was ninety degrees & there was the milk in half gallon cardboard containers along with the ice cream he had ordered just melting in the sun!
One day he said: to me & the other mess cook go to the aft torpedo room & get the spuds out of tube #7. I think. So we were off to get the spuds out of the torpedo tube, seven hundred & fifty pounds of them in fifty pound plastic bags! Well the 750 lbs. of spuds were all the way aft in the twenty some foot long tube against the door & OH! by the way that tube leaked sea water! So we had 750 lbs of wet spuds. We took a belly board tied a line to it placed a battle lantern on the chest of the one going in & the other one pushed him in with his arms extended above his head so he could grab the bag(s) & then be pulled out. We noticed on the first load that the spuds were bad. Boy did they smell! You could squeeze them & white slime would ooze out from the skins! We stopped & called Lions: we recommended to him to get them shot out, because they were rotten! He said: to bring them to the galley! we are going to pick out the good ones. There were no good one’s! So we pulled them o! Put two bags at a time until we had all 750 lbs. We each grabbed two fifty pound bags & started through the boat compartment by compartment. We were getting flack from everyone about the smell! Well to make a long story short. After we stunk up the riffer for a couple of days we surfaced at night about a mile an a half off Miami Beach, you could see the hotel lights & Lions said: to dump the spuds. I said: Lions spuds float! He said: they’ll sink! So we opened the after battery hatch & out they went. As far as you could see there were fifty pound plastic bags of spuds floating towards the beach!
Joe Gall ~ 62- 63 ~ ICFN
Spent a year on the Cavalla waiting to go to Nuke school. Got my first dolphins there. Great boat and great crew.
ALBERT J.HESS CS2(SS) USNR
SERVED ABOARD USS CAVALLA SSK-244 FROM 17 SEP 61 TO 28 JAN 64
QUALIFIED 05 OCT 62. MADE CS3 (SS) ON 16 NOV 62 AND GOT MARRIED 01 DEC 62. MY DAUGHTER, WAS BORN IN NORWICH, CONN IN SEP 63 AND HAD HER FIRST VISIT ABOARD WHEN I COOKED ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 1963. IN OCTOBER 1961, WE LEFT THE PIER JUST AS A HURRICANE WAS COMING UP THE EAST COAST. WE WERE HEADED FOR SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. CAPTAIN WALT KRAUS KEPT US ON THE SURFACE UNTIL WE GOT TO THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE; THEN WE SUBMERGED. IT WAS MY FIRST CRUISE AND I WAS SO SICK I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. JILLSON QM1(SS) AND HENRI BAXTER WERE PROBABLY THE ONLY ONES NOT SICK. I WAS IN THE SEAMAN GANG AT THAT TIME AND STOOD AT THE HELM WITH MY BUCKET AROUND MY NECK, JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER HELMSMAN.
Harvey Needle FTG3 SS
A "fresh innocent" right out of sub school, I was ordered to Cavalla with a stop at an FT class C school. Immediately upon reporting aboard I fell under the evil influences of Hank Baxter FTG2 SS, Louie Fanelli TM2 SS and Michael Barone TM3? SS. they were wonderful to follow around and become led astray by. Among other things they told me of the legendary J.P. Byron, gone but not forgotten and other tales of Cavalla lore. I qualified and was promoted to FTG3 SS on my next birthday. We were supposed to go to San Juan and St. Thomas on a trip, but were dumped by the navy in favor of a thick skin boat. We did go on other trips and operations including the Cuban blockade. It was exciting to do this with several of the older guys who had in fact made war patrols during WW II. Before we left for the North Atlantic I was able to grab an extra comforter. Chief Lechti, one of the WWII guys caught me with it and took it home with him. A trip that I will not forget was to Bermuda, we were performing anti-submarine ops with the Forrestal accompanied by two anti submarine destroyers, the Bache and the Beale. The destroyer crews were amazed that we submarine guys had civies on the trip as you needed them everywhere in Bermuda. The noteworthy part of the trip is when the Forrestal and the tincans claimed in their official trip reports that "the submarine never got close enough to fire at us". the Cavalla senior officers then sent them the periscope photos that showed us inside their screen and extremely close abeam of the carrier. If wartime they were goners. On the way home it was so rough that we had to snorkel on the surface and still had the snorkel induction valve cycling. I left the boat in Philadelphia Navy Yard in the middle of an overhaul to be sent back to civilian life. As life would have it my brother was on the Forrestal when they had the accident and fires in the Tonkin Gulf. Fortunately, he was unscathed. I must say that service aboard Cavalla is certainly a highlight of my young life. I find great pleasure in watching Capt. Zellmer on the History Channel and look forward to meeting him at the next reunion. I also am looking forward to seeing my mentor Hank Baxter after forty years.
JACK DURAN - 6/66 TO 4/67 - MM3
I just realized how long its been since my tour on Cavalla. I came on board in June ' 66 right out of Sub School in New London. Cavalla was a beautiful boat and her crew consisted of a bunch of happy-go lucky young men. I was lucky and ended up a member of the engineering crew, starting as an "oiler" in the foreword and aft engine rooms. thanks to my shipmates, I was forced to learn my duties and responsibilities with conviction. I've applied the same dedication to my life as I did to my basic qualification in submarines on board Cavalla. I was only able to serve on board a little over a year but enjoyed a Med Cruise and Spring Board Cruise before we decommissioned Cavalla in Norfolk, Va. I was then assigned to USS Bang (385) and then to USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN 624 (Blue). After taking Wilson to Pearl Harbor I was able to serve on four deterrent patrols, before I concluded my service and joined the ranks of civilian life. I have enjoyed a successful and fruitful life in law enforcement. Although I have experienced countless life changing experiences " on the streets in a radio car," my experiences on board Cavalla, Bang and Woodrow Wilson were the memories I will cherish the most. I 'd like to say hello to all my former shipmates and also thank everyone for helping me in developing the character need to live my life.
Doug Traylor 68-69
I was a reserve EN2 assigned to the Cavalla in Houston, 68-69, helped turn her over to the Sub Vets, IE Steamboat Fulton, somewhere I still have a crew list from that era. A Lt. Mike Miers was the active duty officer in charge at Brady island in Houston. I think Mike is still in the Houston area. BMC Ray Mc EVER was the senior enlisted at that time, he is driving for central freight in Houston now. QMC Duke Gutteriez was active duty CPO then. A TMC Thompson was also aboard as a reserve. MM1 Jesse Fussell also aboard. many of us flew to Key West where we rode boats such as Marlin, Mackerial, Odax, Grenadier and helped to repair and maintain the old boats, I also worked on a 32 ft. boat that belonged to the CIA at the time. We also helped a Mel Fisher get started in the treasure/salvage business when the Navy sold him a utility launch from the Bushnell.
ET1/SS ERIC STEELE
I WAS STATIONED ON THE USS CAVALLA AS A RADIOMAN FOR MY FIRST TOUR OF DUTY
IN THE NAVY AND THERE HASN'T BEEN A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK ABOUT
HER AND HOW SHE HELPED ME IN MY WAYS. I AM NOW A FIRST CLASS STATIONED IN
HAWAII AT COMSUBPAC.
FRANK SCHWAHL 1957 to 59
Reported on board Cavalla right out of sub school. My station was the forward engine room. Qualified on Cavalla and went on to nuclear power school. Have a lot of great memories. Cavalla was a great boat with a great crew. I am proud to have served on board her.
ALBERT J. HESS CS2 (SS) USNR 17 SEP 61 – 28 JAN 64
REPORTED ABOARD CAVALLA SSK244 AS AN FN STRIKER. SERVED IN THE SEAMAN GANG UNDER LOU FINELLI TM2(SS) WHO WORKED FOR ‘WILLY’ WILLIAMSON TM1 (SS) UNTIL JOE TRAIL CS2(SS) CONVINCED ME TO SEEK A COOKS JOB. HARRY MCCONNELL LT (SS), ENGINEER STATED THAT HE HAD TOO MANY EM’S RN BEFORE ME SO I SWITCHED TO SN AND STRUCK FOR COOK. THIS WOULD GET JOE TRAIL’S TRANSFER TO ANOTHER BOAT. ‘SKI’ BLOSHINSKI AND I WERE THE COOKS WORKING FOR A CHIEF WHO ALSO STOOD COOK DUTY. A LITTLE GUY BUT I CAN’T REMEMBER HIS NAME BUT WAS REAL GOOD BOSS. ‘DOC’ SCOTT WAS COB AND ‘DOC’ RAINVILLE A CHIEF CORPSMAN.
Duane M. Sanger - 1957- CWO3 (EM) SS, Retired
As an EMFA, I reported aboard the USS Cavalla SSK 244 in April 1957, my first duty station after Submarine School. Cavalla was a temporary duty station for me while waiting for my Nuclear Power School class starting in July 1957. Although I was only assigned for a very short time it was an exciting time and wonderful training time for me that I have remembered all my life. It was a taste of what the WWII submarine duty was all about. I am one of the two sailors in dungarees standing near the flag in Cavalla's camouflage paint picture. The crowing glory and an eerie experience came years later when I was a Ship Superintendent (CWO 2) for Submarine Overhauls at Norfork Naval Shipyard. One of my assignments was to oversee the mothballing of the Cavalla after decommissioning. What a feeling it was to remember my first Submarine assignment experience while in charge of Cavalla's mothballing. After! mothballing, I tour Cavalla daily checking for any possible abnormal conditions (there was no lighting except for the flashlight I carried) for about a week while waiting for the tug to arrive and remove it from the Shipyard. Most of you will never know the eerie silence a ship can have when there isn't another living sole on board; especially when remembering all of the wonderful vibrant and crew filled times. Cavalla was my first love and one I will always remember fondly.
Thomas Rhoads ~ One day in 1967 ~ EN2
Sir, While assigned to NAV-FAC Ramey AFB Puerto-Rico, in 1967, I was lucky to be picked to participate in a training exercise on the Cavalla out of San Juan Naval station. There were 5 of us, and It only lasted a day. We sailed out of harbor to about 25 miles to do ASW exercises. We shadowed a civilian cruise ship, launched a dummy torpedo and recovered it. I'll never forget this to my dyeing day. I was just surfing the web sites and to my surprise, I found your web-site. I'm glad the Cavalla lives !!
Antonio J. Gagliardi ~ 1951-52 ~ Firecontrolman
I was the Firecontrolman when she was re-commissioned in 1951. I was aboard her when we formed Squadron 10. I served aboard her until I was discharged in 1952. Will there be a Boat re-union, this year?
Lou Monaghan ~ 1962 ~ EM1SS.
Fresh out of sub school I went to the Cavalla in 1962 as an EMFN. I was one of those folks who was on the boat to get his dolphins and then off to Nuke School. I served with Mickey McQuillin as Chief electrician and a fellow 3 class who I remember as Smitty. Our roughest ride was during the Cuban Crisis on a northern run. I remember the days of the two week cruises and home on the week ends. During one of them we came screaming in on the 3 engines running full blast. We got in, and they loaded real torpedoes, a bunch of stores, and a lot of cold weather gear. And off we went. I tell people about the 70 foot waves, running on the surface with the snorkel mast up and the engines tripping out on low vacuum and filling the boat with smoke. Most people tell me submarines don't do that. During that run only two people weren't a good shade of green and flat on their backs---Ruffas Weaver the Chief Steward who rode the U505 and an engine man named Letci who had seemed to be in the Navy forever. I had a great time on the Cavalla and managed to get qualified in 6 months. Not having served as mess cook, the Chief of the boat thought I should do it. I don't know if the Cavalla has had too many qualified mess cooks.
Following nuke school, there was 16 weeks of welding school in New London. I finished up my last 5 years in the navy on the Jack SSN 605. We put the Jack in Commission, took Rickover for a couple of rides and broke it at least once. (back in port for 9 months till they fixed it) Some people loving referred to it as building 605). It was great seeing some of your names. It brings back a lot of good memories. We went shark hunting one time. We caught one and the some of the crew were emptying 45s into it as it was pulled in. Captian Krause was on the bridge hollering look out for the tanks. I don't know if you can put a 45 through a ballast tank!! We caught the shark. Smitty sliced it up and we put it in a line locker for bait. When we surfaced the next day the smell could wake up a dead man. Again there was word from the Captain. "Smitty get rid of that thing".
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Richard [Whitey] White ~ 1966-68 ~ TM2SS
Hi shipmates. I spent some great times on the old girl. I just finally came into the computer age and started surfing the web. It is great to hear what is being done to the Cavalla, she is a great boat. I was on the Cavalla March 1966 thru January 1968.There were so many good times had by all that I could write a book. One weekend spent in Saint Thomas we found a dead seagull and had a Viking funeral for it using a borrowed row boat from the island. The Cavalla had the best torpedo retrieval crew on the east coast if not both coasts.I think I still have some shoulder patches and pictures somewhere in this house. I will keep looking and send them along when I find them.
Walter Maslowski - 1957- 1958 -
I served aboard the USS. CAVALLA from 1957 through 1958 [may be a little in 1956]. I was fresh out of submarine school and thought I knew IT all. Of course I have nothing but fond memories about all the submarines I served on. After reading the subject white papers I may have additional information that could be interesting. After reading David Wick's paper I did a little research and found that the USS Grouper was also in SubDevGroup 2, just another part of a puzzle. Jerry Halls white paper was also very interesting, maybe more interesting because it was during my time and I remember Jerry. Jerry mentioned H Yarbrough, Howard was my running mate during my tenure aboard CAVALLA. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe his nickname was SIDEMEAT.
David J. Wick - 1957 - 1959 - EMFN
I was assigned to the USS Cavalla SSK 244 upon my graduation from advanced electrical school in New London, Connecticut. The other crew members who came abroad with me, were (Silky) Sullivan EN,
Barry Stoddard ICFN, Gary Wagner SN. These are the names that I remember. The Cavalla was assigned to the Submarine Development Group 2, which included the Barracuda (SSK-1) and the Blenny. Both the Blenny and the Barracuda were transferred to Key west for Sonar training, leaving the Cavalla as the only "operational" boat at SubDevGroup2 -which meant we got stuck with all of the dirty jobs.
Jay Byron ~ EM2p1 (SS)
The best times of my life. I went from a mixed up kid to a man during my years
on the Cavalla. I boarded as an ENFA and left as an EM2P1. Because of the
cuban blockade I served 5 extra months. I had a lot of good friends and would
love to hear from them. I did serve 3 months on a tin can waiting for Sub
School. I spent 31/2 years on the Cavalla. My fondest memories were some of
our great liberties, like when we went to Argentia, New Foundland and Sully
(Jim Sullivan) snuck in a parachute and pulled the rip cord coming aboard or
the greatest liberty ever in Belfast Ireland. We had 3 dates a day. I remember
I won a bunch of money in a casino in San Juan and Lt. Boyne took my winnings
so I wouldn't lose it all. The great times in Bermuda and I don't remember
who, but one of the guys disassembled a motor bike and tried to take it home.
There's a lot more but the best part was the crew and officers. We rented a
house when we were in Portsmouth and had the greatest summer. We made our own
beer that exploded in the basement. I believe the members of the household
were Mark Ciganovic, Joe Trone, Joe Bianco and others I don't remember off the
top of my head. Joe Bianco and I played thousands of games of Cribbage during
our tour for 1 dollar a game and after 3 years I owed him 4 dollars. I hope
ole Chief Clyde Burkhart is still out there. I remember Mark Ciganovic used to
carry 2 bottles of oxygen like they were toothpicks. A lot of names will come
to me later. I had a lot of good friends and would love to hear from you.
or my business at
Robert G. Garvin Capt. USNR-Retired ~ 1954-1955 ~ Commissary Officer
I joined the Cavalla in January 1954, soon after her SSK conversion and about the time she was assigned to Submarine Development Group 2 . I was fresh out of sub school and a new minted Lt(jg). Lcdr. William Ross Banks was her commanding officer; Lt. Fred T. Berry was XO; Lt. Bill Rayner was Engineering Officer; Lt. Leo Schuss was Torpedo Officer; Lt. Bernie Bumgartner was Communications Officer and Lt(jg) Eric Nelson was Commissary Officer. I took over the Commissary slot from Eric Nelson as well as all the collateral duties assigned to the most junior officer. I think Nelson became the Assistant Communicator and Sonar Officer.
Allan Gotsch ~ 1961 - 1963 ~ SOS2 (SS) DV
Rode the Cavalla when it came out of the Portsmouth overhaul in "61" for about (2) years then got extended during the Cuban crisis...Mark Ciganovic was my boss along with Earl Chase who taught me all my bad habits in life...Ha...Had a hell of a good sonar group along with a damn quiet boat...Had the first BQQ-3 and wire guided torpedo gear...Ran to San Juan with the Thresher and its problems...Almost went to the torpedo group with Baxter and Fanelli but didn't...Hated snorkeling through those rough seas...Left Cavalla and rode a couple other boats involved with some "SPECOPS" stuff and a "MED RUN"...For an "18" year old kid, I really grew up fast, learned a lot and was proud to be on the Sub Service Team.
Jack MacKenn ~ 1961-64 ~ ET1(SS)
I served on the Cavalla from April 1961 until September 1964. I went aboard as an ETSN and left as an ET1(SS). I remember some of the folks whose bio's are on the page, particularly the ET/SO folks, Ron Wasdin, Doug Helm, & Mark Ciganovic. I didn't see any of Maneuvering Room watchstanders from the 63-64 time frame when I stood Senior Controllerman watches, an unusual watch station for an ET. Too many of our senior EMs were being yanked for the nuke boats. We also had a boatload of 9901s, guys who were onboard for up to a year to earn their dolphins before going to nuke school. Age dulls some memories but I have a clear recollection of the Thresher incident in San Juan. Yogi wasn't the CO then, he was relieved before I got onboard. Section 1 had the duty and the Engineer, Harry McConnell was the duty oficer. The shore power cables weren't long enough to reach so Mr. Mac set the section maneuvering watch and moved us in real close. I seem to recall that our electricians had to board the Thresher to make the connections because their EMs were suffering from heat exhaustion. I remember our three shipmates who went down with the Thresher.
I extended my enlistment to make a med run on the Sablefish with L.L. Stine, our old XO, in command. The med was nice but the crew never really came together. It was on the Sablefish that I finally decided to reenlist. I left the Sablefish in December, 1996 and that was the last time I was ever stationed on a sub. I spent over 27 years in the Navy doing a wide variety of things as an ET, a warrant and an LDO. My first chief on Cavalla, Senior Chief Sonarman Gerald MarcAurele (I'm not sure of the spelling) was probably the man most responsible for my successful career. He was always very patient with me, explaining very clearly where I had gone wrong before assigning me a bilge to clean over the weekend. He tried very hard to teach me that there were always right ways and wrong ways to do things and I would have better results doing things the right way. My next to last tour was in Prospect Harbor, Maine at the small Transit navigation satellite tracking station. There was a lighthouse there, which belonged to the Coast Guard, but the Navy had Gull Cottage, the old lighthouse keeper's house. It was a guest house and very popular in the summer, especially among the flag officer set. I had the privilege of meeting VADM Yogi Kaufmann when he vacationed there in 1982, I believe. He invited my wife and I over for cocktails and we spent a very enjoyable time swapping Cavallastories. He's quite a guy and I wish I had served with him.
I enjoyed visiting this site and thank my brother, Bob, and Ray Stacy for pointing me to it.
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