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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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24 Apr 2024 - Just updated the Attendees List for the 2024 Key Reunion in Frederick, MD  This is the final update of this list before the reunion.  Look forward to seeing you all there.  Reunion 24 Attendees  

24 Apr 2024 - Received notice of the passing of Gary Gilbert, MT1 Blue Crew 1974 - 78.  We send our deepest sympathies to Gary's family and friends.  Rest your oars shipmate.  We have the watch.  Job well done.

24 Apr 2024 - We would like to acknowledge the passing ,over the recent years, of three Key Wives: Gracie Maguire, Ann Selleck and Kathy Albright. They all attended the Key Reunions for many years.  We mourn their passing but smile at the memories they provided.  Rest in peace ladies.

23 March 2024 - Just received notice of the recent passing of two more Key shipmates:  Calvin Gene Hendrix and Bobby Joe Buckner. Check Eternal Patrol for obituaries.  Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends.  Rest your oars shipmates.  Job well done.

H:\calvin-hendrix-auburn-ca-obituary.jpg Calvin Hendrix  C:\Users\Russ\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\New Picture.png Bobby Buckner


3 Jan 2024 - New Shipmates added: Tomkin, Charles and Tubbs, David E. 80 - 82, 87 - 92. Check Crew List for details.

3 Jan 2024 - Sorry to have to announce the passing of three more shipmates.  P W Louthian - Plank Owner 65 - 69; Charles Tonkin - Officer; Richard Rudolph ETC 66 - 69 Plank Owner. Rest in peace shipmates.  We have the watch.  Jobs well done.

    Louthian       Tonkin     

6 Dec 2023 - System Update:  The Key web site is now operating as normal as it ever was.  Images should be visible now.  I am going to give it a few days before I try updating a few files.  It has been a challenge trying to figure out the new servers desires.  I was told by the servers customer service group that this old software would not work on their new server.  Well, since you are reading this, I guess it does. 

9 Nov 2023 - Recently our web service provider switched this Key web site to a newer server.  This caused problems due to the old software used to create this site. I have been working for weeks to try to get the new site to accept changes with little success.  Yesterday was the first time I got files to be accepted and was able to update the site with the last prepared set of changes from Sept 25, 2023.  There are some bugs like some pictures are not displaying and some formatting has changed.  I am working on these bugs and will update again as soon as I can. - Russ Christie Key Webmaster

25 Sep 2023 Reunion 24 News:  Letter from Diane Singleman


      Click Here for the registration form for the 2024 reunion in Frederick, MD. It needs to be completed by all who plan to attend. The bus for the DC trip holds

50. Therefore, the first 50 who sign up for the trip will be going.  Otherwise, you will go on a waiting list in case someone cancels. Also

you need to pick the meal choice for each person attending.  If you think you might be going, please make a reservation at the

hotel. We only have  30 rooms saved in our block, but once these are used up they will add more rooms if there are rooms left at the hotel.

So reserve early. If you can cancel within 48 hours of your arrival date you will not be charged.

     If you have any questions, give me a call 518-355-2119, or drop me an email.


25 Sep 2023 - More of our shipmates have left us on Eternal Patrol.  Michael Marko on July 12, 2023; David A. Miller July 11, 2023; Jeffery S. Brown May 19, 2023;  Charles E. Hughes December 9, 2022; Thomas W. Turner May 15, 2023.  Please check the Eternal Patrol area to read their obituaries.  Rest your oars shipmates.  Jobs well done.

  M. Marko  D. Miller  J. Brown  C. Hughes  T. Turner

It has also been brought to our attention that three Key wives have recently passed.  Kathy Albright, wife of Marty, passed away on Sept. 29, 2022;Grace Maguire, wife of Brian in Aug, 
and Ann Selleck, wife of John in Oct.
They each attended many of the earlier reunions.  We send our deepest sympathies to our shipmates on their loss and wish their loved one a restful peace.

10 July 2023 - Newest shipmates added: Blankenship, Ervin; Lariset, Bill  86-92; Shank, Michael 86 - 89; Shoemake, John 88 - 91; Cherniawski, George 77 - 81; Sharkey, Ed 84 - 88.  Check Crew List for details.

10 July 2023 - Received notice of the passing of Bobby Joe Felton, who passed in December 2022; Ervin L. Blankenship on June 29, 2023: Barry Lewis Smith on Sept 4, 2022; Hunt, David on Feb 7, 2014.  Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends.  Rest in peace shipmates.  You will be missed.  We have the watch.

   Ervin Blankenship     Bobby Felton      Barry Smith

10 Jul 2023 - Diane sent out the below e-mail to all the names on her current list.  If you did not receive the e-mail, please contact diane at to update your e-mail address.

6 July 2023 - Received this e-mail from Diane Singleman regarding the next Key reunion on May 13 - 17, 2024 in beautiful Frederick, MD.

I am working on the registration form and will send out emails as soon as I have time, but I wanted to let you know the date so that you can make plans to attend. If you have any questions, please call me at 518-355-2119. FYI This is not the same Hampton Inn that we stayed at in 2014. It is located in downtown Frederick, MD.
Hope to see you in May,

Reunion 24 Information

Pre-Registration is Mandatory
Date: May 13-17, 2024 Complete form (available soon) & return with check by April 12, 2024.  All needed information will be on the form.


Hampton Inn Frederick
5311 Buckeystown Pike

Frederick, MD 21704 



Queen (2 beds) or King study rate Monday May 13 to Thursday May 17 - Price:  $119.00/night


Weekend Rate, if you decide to come early or stay later- Queen or King - for Friday-Sunday (May 10-12 & /or May 17-18) Price: $129/night

Rooms have Refrigerator & Microwave, Coffee maker, Free Breakfast hot buffet, Wi-Fi and Parking


Call the Hotel at the above number to reserve your room.
" Identify yourself as a USS Francis Scott Key Reunion Attendee and give them our group code to obtain the above rate when you reserve your room. Our Group Code is FSK. If you prefer, you can go to this Reservation Link, to make your reservations directly. This link can only be used on a desk top computer. A phone or tablet will not work. Rooms are subject to an Early Departure Charge equal to one night's rate + taxes and applicable fees. All rooms are non smoking rooms in the hotel.



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 Next reunion will be held on May 13 - 17 of 2024 in Frederick, MD.  See you there!

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Key Webmaster is Russ Christie MT1 Blue & Combined Crews 70 - 75 - Please hold your applause.