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This web site is dedicated to the men of the Key and their families, and to the 41 for Freedom FBM submarines, anyone else just would not understand.  As George Orwell wrote: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."  The Crew List of the Key contains the names of those men.

From Greg Ott: The picture on the home page of the Key emergency surfacing was taken in Eluthera Sound at AUTEC during acoustic trials. The photo was taken from the deck of the sound trials ship, not the Pulaski. I was on the boat standing OOD and we staged the picture. The boat came up much closer than anticipated.

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Reunion 2018 Information

July 24, 2017 - Reunion 2018 has shifted into high gear!  Well, ok, it has shifted out of park and things are rolling along.  Diane Singleman has just sent me updated information Regarding the upcoming reunion in Branson, MO.  Here is Diane's e-mail:

      Our next reunion is going to be held from  Wed. May 9, 2018 thru Sunday May 13, 2018 in Branson, MO. We will be staying at the Grand 
Plaza Hotel, 245 N. Wildwood Dr., Branson, MO 65616. The phone number for reservations is 417-336-6646. You can start making reservations now. 
Rooms fill up in this area very fast, so once we have our block of 50 rooms we can add more only if she has rooms available for us. So if you 
think you might come, reserve a room now; you can cancel if you can't make it, but not might be able to get a room if you wait too long.
   The room comes with free breakfast buffet, WiFi, etc. & all rooms have a refrigerator. The standard room is $89.00 + tax ( 2 queen size 
beds) & the king suite is $99.00 & has a king size bed. You can get more details on the rooms at their website,
     Be sure to say you are coming for the USS Francis Scott Key Reunion to get our special reduced room rates when you make your reservation.
As always, you can come a few days earlier & stay a few days longer for the same room rates we are being given for the reunion.
    As usual, Wednesday, May 9 will be the day to check in. We will be going on trips or to shows during the day on Thurs., Fri. & Sat. These have not 
yet been determined. There are so many shows, that I am trying to figure out what everyone might enjoy, or should we just let you go off & go to 
your own shows or sightseeing. Saturday evening will be our banquet at the host hotel. I have not yet set up the menu for this. Sunday will be check out.
      Once I have everything figured out, I will email the registration form with costs to everyone who's email address I have on file. If you 
didn't get info on the last reunion, either you never signed up with Russ on the website, or you changed your email address & didn't tell me.
      If you have any suggestions for shows to go see or if you prefer to plan your own day out call me (518-355-2119) or drop me an email     
      ( with your ideas.

Hope to see a great turnout for this reunion!!!
Diane & Al

August 2017 - New Shipmates added in August - Hastie, William J.- CO Blue Crew 75 - 79; Callaghan, David - 74 - 76, Clinton, James - 80 - 82.  Check Crew List for details.

Aug 30, 2017 - Received notice of the passing of Plank Owner Dennis C. Stopen, ET 65 - 70 Gold Crew.  Dennis passed on August 27th.  His obituary can be found in the Eternal Patrol area.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Kathy and all of his family and friends.  Rest your oar sailor.  Job well done.  Below is a picture of Dennis (yellow shirt) and Kathy with Larry Sorensen from the 2008 Key Reunion.

Aug 2, 2017 - Received notice from Frank Thornal of the passing of shipmate Jack Morrow.  Here is Frank's e-mail:

"It is with a heavy heart to have to report the passing of an American Hero, RMC(SS) Jack Morrow. Jack went on eternal patrol this morning, 7-29-2017 I served on the Madison (Blue) and the F.S. Key (Blue) With Jack. I was RM2 on the Madison and Jack came aboard one patrol later, also RM2. I left For shore duty and one patrol later Jack went to shore duty. Both of us made E-6 While on the Madison. He went to the Key and Made Chief. One Patrol later I came aboard Key and I made Chief. So you might say Jack was the reason I made Chief. Jack was more than a shipmate, he was my best friend. Jack partied as hard as he worked. If I remember right I believed he also served on USS Remora SS-487 before coming to the dark side. His wife Kay, the love of his life, preceded him in death. He and Kay are together once again. He will be missed by everyone that knew him, and never forgotten. Rest your oars Chief, and Rest In Peace my friend, you've earned it."

Jack's obituary can be found in the Eternal Patrol area.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.  

July 2017 - New shipmates added in July, 2017:  Miller, Donald - Late 60's; Stanley, Mike    69 - 72.  Check Crew List for details.

July 24, 2017 - Received notice of the passing of shipmate Richard "Tim" Wise from his daughter Renee.  Tim lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 28th in Orlando Fl.  His obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  We send our deepest sympathies to Tim's family and friends.  Rest peacefully shipmate. Job well done.

July 24, 2017 - Paul Fillmore notified us of the passing of Donald R. Miller.  Don served on the Key in the late 60's as a machinist mate.  He passed away on July 12, 2017 peacefully at home with his wife by his side.  His obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  We send our deepest sympathies to Don's family and friends.  Rest your oar sailor.  Job well done.

July 24, 2017 - Paul Fillmore notified us of the passing of James O. Mustin, Key Plank Owner, TMC 67 - 69 Gold Crew.  He passed away on July 17, 2017.  His obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  We send our deepest sympathies to James' family and friends.  Smooth sailing shipmate.  Job well done.

April 2017 - New Key Shipmates added in April 2017:  Paul Lyon 73 - 76: Lentz, William 69 -73: Carrier, Tim 91 - Decom; Stanley, Byron 86 - 92. Check Crew List for details.

April 19, 2017 - Announcing the passing of Key Blue XO Charles "Chuck" Harner 67 - 70.  Chuck was a presence at many of the Key reunions over the years.  A gentleman of the first order.  His obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Rest you oars shipmate.  Job well done.

February 2017 - New Shipmates added in February 2017: Anderson, Robert "Bob" 67 - 69; Adamson, Randall 79 - 80. Check Crew List for details.

February 22, 2017 - Received notice from Daniel Petrie of the passing of James Bradsberry, Gold Crew 82 - 88.  He passed on December 1, 2016.  Our sympathies go out to his wife Linda and all his family and friends.  Rest in peace sailor.  Job well done.

December 2016 - New Shipmates added in December 2016: Richard Burke 90 - 91. Check Crew List for details.

December 15, 2016 - Added the names of the 32 deceased crew members I found on the USSVI web site.  I was able to find obituaries on many of those shipmates. Some shipmates families however, decided not to publish obituaries for some reason so I have very little on their passing.   Made some changes to the Eternal Patrol page to clean things up a bit.  Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December 7, 2016 - Learned of the passing of Plank Owner Eldon Ivy on November 16, 2016 in Connecticut.  Eldon's obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Ivy was a great guy and a great shipmate serving on the Key from 1965 - 1969.  He will be missed.  Rest in peace shipmate - smooth sea and a following wind.

December 7, 2016: Today I was on the USSVI web site and noticed their Eternal Patrol page.  It had a feature where you could insert a hull number and view any shipmates that were on their list.  I did this and up came 91 Key shipmates.  I compared this with the Eternal Patrol list I have been keeping on the web site and found there were 32 names that were missing from our site.  It is a bit overwhelming to see 32 deceased shipmates at one time.  So, over the next few weeks, I will be adding these shipmates: Updated 12/15/16 - all have now been added to Eternal Patrol.

William L. Perkins STSCS;  Walter Barden ICC;  William Max Allen EMCS;  Robert A Jones STS2;  Richard D Barker SKCM;  O. Michael Mulkey  ICCS;  Richard M. Santos E5;  William R. Harring MMCM; David J. Fletcher ETC;  Clarence Lammers STCM;  James B. Hurder EN1;  Clarence "Gus" Knight YN1;   Roy E. Hopf EN1;  Richard A. Yoder EMC;  James A. Lundell EN1; Thomas P. Broderick LCDR;  Grover Ingram ICC;  Peter Stanko RMC;  Hugh M. Doherty CAPT;  John R. Hazen STS3; Mill J. Fields EMC; Jon R. Sutton RMC; Roger H Shelp STCM; Bobby Joe Creamer MM1; Larry W. Vogt MMCS; George Franceschiello RMC;  Ronald Lee Callis ETC; Robert E Sukow, jr ICC; William C. Wilson IV  MT1;  Donald Rice MS3;  John R Toothman FTG2.

I do not have information on most of these shipmates as to which crew they were on and what years they served.  If you recognize any of them, please send me any details that you might have to Russ Christie at  I hate to see an empty memorial area next to a shipmates name.  To all these shipmates, their families and friends, please accept the deepest sympathies of the entire crew of the Francis Scott Key.  We will do our best to respect and preserve their memories and accomplishments during their service to our country. Oars at rest gentlemen; job well done.

November 2016 - New Shipmates added in November 2016: Earls, Jim 66 - 67 Plankowner;  Harrison, George W. 75 - 78; Buffington, Frank 83 - 87.  See Crew List for details.

November 9, 2016 - Received an e-mail from Chris Earls notifying us that his father, Jim Earls, had passes away in 1990 and asked that Jim be added to the crew listing of the Key.  Jim Earls was a blue crew plank owner and Medical Officer on the Key's first patrol.   Jim's obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Our sympathies go out to his family and we thank them for bringing Jim home.  Rest in peace shipmate - Job well done.  Jim's picture is below along with his plank owners plaque.


August 2016 - New Shipmates added in August 2016: Hallas, Kirby LCDR Active Duty 89 - 92 (was STS2 on the Key); Lucero, Ruben 88 - 90; Reidinger, Phil 80 - 82. Check Crew List for details.

August 31, 2016 - Just received news of the passing of Lee Eubanks, plank owner, Quartermaster, 65 - 71 Blue Crew.  Lee signed my qual card. We served two years together on the Key and was a sailor I always looked up to.  He passed August 27, 2016 in Hampton, VA.  I will add Lee to the Key's Eternal Patrol list once his obituary has been published.  Ron Shouse noticed the announcement on Facebook, put there by one of Lee's grandchildren.  Job well done sailor, and I can personally vouch for it.  Rest in peace.

August 31, 2016 - Shipmate Harry Baker just sent in this picture of his new license plate.  It is a beauty.  Florida obviously allows more customization than most states.  Harry was a TM on the Blue Crew in the early 70's.

June 2016 - New shipmates added in June 2016 - Davis, Ronald E. 67 - 68.  See Crew List for details.

June 22, 2016 - The 2016 Key reunion was a great success.  Anyone who has pictures from the event can send them to and they will be added to the collection.  So far I have received a few pictures and they can be seen at Reunion 2016.  The next reunion of the crew of the Key will be in 2018 in Branson, MO.

April 4, 2016 - I searched the internet today and found several former Key shipmates that had passed away in the past year.   Benjamin Bryan Covington late 70's, Richard M Medders 75 - 78? and Gary Darr 70's Gold Crew. I also found Christopher C. Philbrick who served on the SS Francis Scott Key in World War 2.  How?  Well there was a liberty ship named after Key.  Mr Philbrick was a gunner onboard the Key.  Who knew?  Well, I've added Mr Philbrick to our Eternal Patrol listing.  I hope no one minds, as he served in WW2 and Korea and had a remarkable tour of duty.  Just read his obituary in Eternal Patrol.  To all these fine men, rest your oars sailors, job well done.

Below is a picture of the SS Francis Scott Key 0016.  Google "The Murmansk Run" to read about the liberty ship S.S. Key.

April 4, 2016 - I received an e-mail from a deceased shipmates daughter.  She found some items in her father's gear that he said was from the Key.  Her father had been an EM1 probably in the 85 - 92 time period.  His name was Clifford Garland.  She would like to know what these are.  If you know, drop me an e-mail at  Her full e-mail is below the picture.

Hello! My father served aboard the Key and is listed in your Eternal Patrol: Clifford B. Garland. I found a few objects among his old Navy belongings and I recall some mention of their being part of the ship, but I'm not sure where they could have come from. Any ideas? I know I have a few old photos from the sub laying around somewhere-- if I find them, do I email them to you to be posted to the site? Thanks,   Sarah 

March 2016 - New Shipmates added in March 2016.  Frazier, Dr Daniel W abt 1970; Parry, Thomas L 68 - 71.  Check Crew List for details.

March 26, 2016.  Recently received the news of the passing of two Key shipmates.  Thomas L Parry was the Engineer on the Key 68 - 71 on the Gold Crew.  Tom passed away just as few days ago.  Also passing recently was Dr Daniel Frazier of the Gold Crew around 1970.  We are not 100% sure this is the same Dr Frazier that served as medical officer on the Key so any confirmation would be appreciated.  Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of these two shipmates.  Their obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol memorial are of this web site.  Rest in peace sailors, job well done.

February - New Shipmates added in February 2016.  Allen, William R 75 - 77; Garza, Glenn 81 - 85.  Check Crew List for details.

January 2016 - New shipmates added in January 2016.  Hansen, David L 81 - 84; Killian, Chris 79 - 81; Tompkins, Steven 89 - 91.  Check Crew List for details.

January 18, 2016 - Just received news of the passing of David L Hansen.  Dave was the COB of the KEY during its second overhaul in Newport News.  Dave's obituary is on his Eternal Patrol area.  Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.  Job well done sailor.

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