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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 2022 News - Updated 20 June 2021: All shipmates on the Crew List should have received an e-mail from Diane Singleman with information on the 2022 reunion in Charleston, SC.  If you did not receive the e-mail, please e-mail Diane at with your current e-mail address.  This web site will make available all reunion information by simply clicking on the Reunion Info link on the right hand side of this page.   Below is a copy of Diane's e-mail.

    I am currently making arrangements for the next Key reunion. I hope everyone who had planned to come in 2020 will be able to make it this time. Looking forward to seeing everyone again & meeting all the new shipmates that had planned to come it 2020.

 The reunion will be in Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), SC from Monday, May 2 thru Friday, May 6th, 2022. Monday, May 2nd will be the day to check in and register. Our banquet will be on Thurs. night and check out will be Fri. May 6th. Trips will be on Tue-Thurs. Registration form will be emailed as soon as all the times are finalized.

Just like everything else, motel rates for the weekends are very high. The hotel suggested that we hold the reunion during the week, like most military groups also hold their reunions. We will be staying at the same hotel we had planned to stay at in 2020 & go on the same trips (Charleston tour, Hunley tour, Patriot Point tour etc). We will also go on the harbor dinner cruise on our last night (Thurs).

    We will be staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Patriots Point. The phone number for the hotel is 843-856-8817. Our Group Code is
BD9805. Be sure to call the hotel at this number, tell them you are with the USS Francis Scott Key Reunion and give them our group code in order to get our special group rates. DO NOT CALL the number on the Choice Hotel website!!

 We will pay the same rate they were going to charge us for 2020 Sun-Thurs nights, $99.00 - 109.00, depending on the room you reserve. Weekend rates for Fri and Sat $189-$199 (Their regular weekday rate is $149.00 and the weekend rate is $239.00).
  If you wish to extend your time at the hotel, they will honor the reduced rates for the Fri, Sat & Sun before the reunion starts and for the Fri & Sat after the reunion is over.

  If you are thinking of going, book a room now. We have a block of rooms reserved and can add more if needed, as long as they still have rooms available. You can always cancel a few weeks before the reunion if you later decide you cannot attend.  So book early. If you have any questions, just email me at  or give me a call at 518-355-2119.
Diane Singleman

Jun 2021  New shipmates added in June 2021: Allison, Peter 89 - 92; Sherrill, Gary 90 - 92; Clements, Wesley early 80s; Cammaratta, Don 83 - 85; Couture, Gerry 77 - 80.  Check Crew List for details.

Jun 11, 2021 - Reunion 2022 news: Diane Singleman tells me that the plans for the next Key reunion in Charleston, SC is well underway.  Save the first week of May, 2022 (exact dates to be announced soon).  It will be great to get together again after this long break.

Jun 11, 2021 - Received the below e-mails regarding the health of Key shipmate George Lefebre 69 - 74 E-Div.

Good afternoon.

I am Dennis M. Dunn MM3, DD789

My wife and I were classmates and are friends with George & Val Lefebre. We still visit them every two weeks in Jackson, Wyoming. I am sorry to report that George has severe dementia and an MRI shows that many areas of his brain have atrophied. He no longer remembers his days on the boat or in the Navy. Hell, George doesn't remember us and we drank a lot off beer together.

If you have a reunion this year drink a glass to him, and Val could use your prayers.

Dennis M. Dunn

I responded to Dennis that I would put his message on the web site and be sure to toast George at our next reunion.  He responded:

Thank you for the kind reply.

George and Val are headed to Australia in early June. His daughter is to be married there at the end of June. Val is Australian and she told us last weekend that they may stay. George is noticeably worse and he can receive much more intensive help in Australia than here.

If Sandra and I hear anything we will let you know.

If you are in Indianapolis around the 9th of September 2021 the beer is free.


Please keep George in your prayers as he goes through this most difficult time of his life.  And also do not forget to include his Key wife Val, a true angel.

Jun 11, 2021 - Unfortunately we must add more shipmates to Eternal Patrol.  Gary Kaiser FTCS 71 - 74; Jerry Edwards 72 - 75; Wesley Clements early 80s.  Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these great shipmates.  They will be missed.  Rest your oars sailors.  We have the watch.  Job well done.  Obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol.

Gary Kaiser   Jerry Edwards  Wesley Clements

Apr 3, 2021 - New shipmates added in April 2021 - Stiver, John 74 - 76; Polomski, Michael 86 - 90.  Check Crew List for details.

Apr 3, 2021 - We received notice of the ill health of a Key shipmate Dick Morin Blue Crew 78 - 82.  Dick was injured years ago in an accident and was paralyzed from the neck down.  Some friends of his contacted us and wanted to get a Key ball cap for him for Christmas.  No way were we going to let them purchase the hat.  On behalf of the entire Key family, we send Dick a Key Hat.  You can see him in the photo below proudly wearing the cap.  If any of you remember Dick, please let us know and we can put you in contact with him.  He would love to hear from old shipmates.

  Dick Morin in his Key hat.

Apr 3, 2021 - Unfortunately, we have lost more Key shipmates, at least two from the Covid 19 virus.  Please take all safety precautions and get your shots.  Shipmates Michael J. Rinehart Key Command Master Chief Blue 84 - 89, Don A. Shehane Gold 86 - 88, Scott Holtan  Gold 81 - 82, and J. Randall Pearce 72 - 76.  To the families and friends of these four great sailors, we send our deepest sympathies.  Obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Rest your oars shipmates. Jobs well done.

Scott Holtan  J Randall Pearce Michael Rinehart Donnell Shehane

Feb 3,2021 - New Shipmates added in February 2021.  Morin, Richard 78 - 82; Yager, Robert 71 - 72.  Check Crew List for details.

Feb 3, 2021 - Four shipmates have recently passed.  Carl Beck, an FT1 in 70 - 71 blue crew; Robert Reese, an MT1 in 68 - 70 blue crew; Raymond Cote NavET 69 - 71 blue crew and Michael Naughton, Weapons Officer 76 - 80 gold crew.  To the families and friends of these three great sailors, we send our deepest sympathies.  Obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Rest your oars shipmates. Jobs well done.

Carl Beck   Bob Reese  Michael Naughton  Raymond Cote

Jan 11, 2021 - The daughter of Darold Tate, Quartermaster 1970 - 74 blue crew, emailed to inform us of the passing of her father on December 5, 2020.  Darold's obituary can be read in Eternal Patrol.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.  Rest your oars shipmate.  We have the watch.  Job well done.

Jan 11, 2021 - Paul Fillmore notified us of the passing of David Calvin Klinger, plankowner, Sonar officer aboard the Key.  David's obituary and summary of his extensive naval career can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends.  Rest in peace sailor.  Hand Salute!  Job well done.

Nov 2, 2020 - New Shipmates added: Ladd, Ronald 85 - 88 XO; Barnes, Ralph 74 - 78;  Dunham, George 69 - 76; Caputo, Angelo Plank Owner Blue.  Check Crew List for details.

Nov 2, 2020 - Sorry to add two more names to the Eternal Patrol List.  Greg Pelton  MM1 80 - 86 and Angelo Caputo, EM2 Blue Plank Owner.  Rest your oars sailors, we have the watch.  Job well done.

July 2020 - New Shipmate Added : Tshappat, Russell 70 - 74; Bickerstaff, Jim 80 - 83. Check Crew List for details.

July 11, 2020 - It has been a while since the last update of the web site.  I hope you are all doing well and are pulling through this extended patrol.  When people complain to me about staying home, I just respond, " At least you have windows!"  Stay healthy.  I would say stay sober, but I know better.

July 11, 2020 - We just received notice of the passing, in August 2015, of shipmate Martin Dale Weaver,  former COB of the gold crew from 1977 to 1988 and was one of the longest serving shipmates ever aboard the Key.  Diane received the below e-mail from Martin's brother Wilson.  Martin's obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  Rest in peace shipmate.  Job well done.

"Good day Ms Diane. My name is Wilson W. Weaver, I road the Haddo and the Seahorse in the late sixties, actually 68-72. I was an IC2SS when I got out in 72. My younger brother, Martin Dale Weaver, spent a lot of time aboard the Key. He went in the Navy and because of my influence, entered the silent service. He was a MM, one of the A gang, as we called them. My nephew, also a vet, a member of the Army, noted that Marty was absent from the crew list. He also knew that Marty was there for quite some time, at one point he was the longest serving member on board. He went on in his career to eventually become the COB on the Wyoming, SSBN 742, he was MMCM SS by then. I can try to get a copy of his DD214, but I am sure that there are members that would remember him. He passed in 2015 from lung cancer, he smoked. What can I do to get him added to the crew list? It would be a good thing to do in his remembrance. Feel free to contact me for more information or verification. I appreciate it and pray you have a blessed day.
Wilson Weaver"

Martin D. Weaver

March 17, 2020 -  The 2020 Reunion has been cancelled.  A lot of things can change in just a few days.  The virus outbreak makes the reunion too risky for our shipmates.  Al & Diane Singleman have sent out the following e-mail to all shipmates.  If you did not get it, Diane probably does not have your current address.  Please update her at

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we had to make the decision now
to cancel the upcoming reunion. I wanted to make sure that we got all
our deposits back without any penalties. Many places requested a 60 day
notice to cancel. ( some places said they were waving the notification
deadlines, but others would not.)

This virus is only going to get worse before it gets better. We
have many of our shipmates who have compromised health conditions & many
of us are in the high risk age group.
If all goes well, we will reschedule everything for the same time
next year or in May of 2022.

I have notified all the event vendors & all tours have been
cancelled. All hotel reservations have been cancelled. I spoke to the
group sales rep today, & on Monday the hotel will be sending out your
cancellation number if you gave them an email address. If you didn't
give them an email address, you can call the hotel to get your
cancellation number.

I will mail out refund checks to everyone for your registration fee
& for the cost of the events you signed up to attend. I have about 35
checks to send out, so it will take me a few days to get this done. Have
patience please.

I have a few checks that have not yet been deposited that I got this
week, so I will return your checks. ( Sorensen, Shuford, Graber & Wiseman).

If you have any questions, please call me 518-355-2119. If we don't
answer, leave a message. We screen calls.

Diane & Al

March 4, 2020 - Reunion 2020 info has been removed to prevent confusion.

March 2020 - New Shipmates added: Calloway, Ron IC Div; Spangler, James E.  A-Gang 76 - 79; Pimentel, Carlos - Plank Owner EMC. Check Crew List for details.

March 2, 2020 - Sad to announce the passing of shipmate Fayette "Frank" Thornal - Radio 77 - 81 Blue Crew.  Frank passed on Feb 11, 2020.  He had been planning on attending the Key reunion in a few months.  Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.  Fair winds ahead sailor.  Rest your oar.

February 2020.  New Key shipmates added: Morris, Larry T.  89 - 92; Wiseman, Alan 1980s; Perry, Mike 65 - 67 plank owner to the Crew List.

January 2020 - New Key shipmate added: Reeder, Robert QM 85 - 87 Blue. Check Crew List for details.

January 9, 2020 - We recently learned of the passing of David Sturgis on December 3, 2017.  David was the navigator on Key Gold from 1979 - 82.  David's obituary can be found in the Eternal Patrol area.  Rest your oar sailor.  We have the watch. Job well done. 






We also learned from the USSVI web site of the passing of shipmate Timothy Estes, a nuc ET1 on the Key in the late 60s.  Tim passed on December 11, 2019.  Tim's obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol.  We send our sympathies t6o Tim's family and friends.  Rest in Peace sailor.  Job well done.

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