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Allen, William Max - EMC(SS) Blue Crew

EMCS (SS), William Max Allen, USN (Ret.), 74, of Goose Creek, died Friday, August 12, 2016, at his residence with his family by his side. He was born, March 22, 1942 in Watsontown, PA to the late Max Allen and Annetta Dreisbach Allen. Bill joined the United States Navy after high school in January, 1961, and retired in July, 1986. He then went to work for the South Carolina Department of Corrections in October, 1986 as an electrician/maintenance supervisor at Lieber Correctional Institute and later MacDougall. He retired in December, 2007. He loved NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. & Jr. and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Allen was a member of the USSVI National and Charleston Base, Holland Club, American Legion and SSN 571 Nautilus Alumni Association and The Fleet Reserve. He recently received two awards and a patch commemorating his 50 years of being a Submariner Veteran. Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Sylvia Ricafrente Allen; three daughters, Brooke Allen of Goose Creek, Ashley Allen Verble and her husband Dallas, of Goose Creek, and Crystal Allen Mathews and her husband Saju, of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Nathan Smith, Fabian Allen, Dallas Verble, V., Hallie Verble, Delaney Verble, Anjali Mathews, Isabella Mathews; sisters, Margaret Allen Frischenmeyer of Selinsgrove, PA and Varissa Allen Frantz of Endicott NY. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Richard Allen; and his sister, Betty Jane Allen Smalls. A memorial service will be held, Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at 12:00 pm, at McAlister-Smith Funeral, Goose Creek, SC. A reception will follow at the family's residence. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to Arrangements entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 869 ST. JAMES AVENUE, GOOSE CREEK, SC 29445

Ships / boats served on: SS-241, SSN-571, SSBN-619, SSBN-657, SSBN-627
Qualified in submarines on the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) in 1966 and was a EMCS(SS) when he left the Navy.

Ames Sr, Charles Austin 65 - 68 EMC(SS) Blue Crew

North Stonington - Charles Austin Ames, Sr., 87, of North Stonington, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus.

He was the husband of Anita Faustine (Coats) Ames and together they shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Norwich, Feb. 28, 1932, he was the son of the late John Elliott and Alice (Ayer) Ames.

Charles grew up in North Stonington, and for him, this was always his home. He met and married his wife, Anita and together they raised their kids in the village.

He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy for 20 years from 1951 to 1971. Charles was onboard numerous submarines, including the USS Irex SS 482, where he received a pair of silver dolphins upon a routine personnel inspection and the USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657, of which he was a plank owner, and he later retired as a Chief Petty Officer. After his service, he continued working for various local companies including Harris Graphics, Man Roland Inc., and Richard E. White and Sons.

Outside of work, family was the most important part of his life. He enjoyed sharing stories of his life and voyages in the service with the grandchildren and anyone who would listen. He also enjoyed gardening around the home and snowmobiling. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and UCONN Women's basketball fan. Family trips to Maine where he had bought a camp were some of the most cherished memories by all of his loved ones. He was a hardworking and dedicated family man who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Besides his wife, Anita, he leaves his children, Charles Ames, Jr., Kevin (Susan) Ames, and Lisa (Peter) Aarrestad; his grandchildren, Jordon Ames, Corey Ames, Emma Ames, Kelsey Aarrestad and her fiancé Matt, and Ansel (Holly) Aarrestad; his siblings, Paul (Heather) Ames, Audrey Robertson, and Helen Oliverio; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John Ames, Jr.; sisters, Shirley Ames and Alice Ames; and brothers-in-law, Alexander 'Robbie' Robertson and Paul William 'Bill' Gruber, who were also close Navy buddies.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the Congregational Church of North Stonington, 89 Main St. North Stonington. Burial with military honors will follow at Great Plain Cemetery, North Stonington. There will be no calling hours.


Antos, Thomas - Master Chief & COB 87 - 91 Gold Crew

 died February 5, 2005
From the Charleston Post and Courier, 5 Feb 2005
ANTOS, Thomas, 56, of Summerville, a retired Navy Submarine Corps 
veteran, retired systems manager ith Westinghouse Savannah River Site 
and husband of Mallory Beital Antos, died Thursday February 5th. 

Baker, Richard D.

  Richard Daniel "Dan" Barker, 78, of Washington, IN, passed away on March 6, 2016. He was born on January 23, 1938 in Big Stone Gap, VA to Victor C. and Vera Mae (Neeley) Barker. On October 29, 1965 he married the love of his life Peggy (Wineinger) Barker. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Dan was a retired Master Chief Petty Officer (E9) with Submarine Qualifications. During his 30 years of service, he served on 9 different submarines, including being part of the Pre-Commissioning crews for the USS West Virginia SSBN 736 Blue Crew and the Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 Gold Crew, and loved every minute of his beloved career. He was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, New London, CT, Thurso, Scotland, Albuquerque, NM, and Kings Bay, GA. His last assignment was at Crane, IN where he was honored to be Command Master Chief. He retired from there in December 1993, capping off a lifetime of service to the country he loved. He was a member of Antioch Christian Church, the Legion, VFW, Masonic Lodge, and the Submarine Veterans of IN. He loved camping with his wife and spending time with her and his family outdoors. He also enjoyed collecting coins and shopping at Harbor Freight.

Dan is survived by his wife, Peggy Barker; his sons William David Barker (Lorrie), and Ronald Rhodes Barker II; daughter Karen Lynne Hamm (Reed); 7 grandchildren Ryne Hamm (Lindsey), Brenna Leigh Edmiston (Tyler), Devyn Barker, Weston Barker, Kaitlyn Nicole Barker, Boston Delany Barker, Cullen Barker; 2 great grandchildren Emma Lou Hamm, and Liam "Itty Bitty Buddy" Hamm; and brother William Joseph Barker (Rebecca Marie). He is preceded in death by his parents; step father Ben Chatfield; siblings James J. Barker, Iris Lee Barker, Ronald Rhodes Barker I, Wesley Wayne Barker and Jerry Dean Barker.

Qualified in submarines on the USS Sculpin (SSN-590) in 1964 and was a SKCM(SS) when he left the Navy.
Went on Eternal Patrol on: 3/6/2016
Ships / boats served on: SSN-590, SSBN-645, SSBN-657, SSBN-598, SSBN-654, SSBN-659, SSN-650, SSBN-

Bankert, Jacob "Shank"


MT3SS "Boot" July 92-April 94 -- Decommissioning Crew.  Killed by a drunk driver who crossed the center line and struck Jacob.


Received this letter from Ples Reynolds regarding his friend Jacob "Jim" Bankert.

"You have him listed on your Eternal Patrol page.  I have been trying to find him via the Internet for several years with no luck and to find him listed that way was a shock to say the least.

I met Jim (which he preferred to be called when I knew him) when he came onboard during the refit prior to patrol 67. It was my first time going to sea also but I had been there for all of off crew. I remember that people (MT3 Mason and MT3 Ortiz) keep getting his name mixed up. They keep saying his last name was Shankert. So of course that became his nickname “Shank”. He was a funny guy who could crack you up on the mid-watch with his Andrew Dice Clay impressions. He did help make the time pass and he was always willing to help when there was work to be done. We had our ALOS and LOS boards on the same day (ALOS – Patrol 69, LOS – Patrol 71). And I remember he hid in the tubes behind launcher while Capt. Weitz was grilling me on my LOS quals so he could find out what he was going to be asked when he came next.

  We made the Decomm transit and left about the same time to go back to Kings Bay. We were supposed to be in the same class for the D-5 school but he got held back for some reason. I think we had to many people and he volunteered to wait until the next class. I went to the Nebraska and after he got out of school he went to the Rhode Island precomm crew. I met him again while I was working at SWFLant and the Rhode Island came down to Kings Bay for Strat On-Load. Later he transferred to the Trident Training Facility as a teacher. About that time I got out of the Navy and he came to see me several times but I lived in Atlanta and so the visits up here and me going down there got farther and farther apart until we just lost touch.

This is a picture submitted by LT Tom Wagner showing Jacob in middle level missile in 1991

 I guess I will always remember certain events where he was concerned.

 Going to the Guns and Roses / Metallica concert outside Charleston, S.C. with him and his date (he had asked out the girlfriend of one of the ET’s we knew, that did not go over very well).

 Having a grease gun war in the turtle back during one of the refits and me sliding down the side and almost getting stuck because I was covered in grease and could not get any traction.

 Being on our hands and knees while we and Duprel scrubbed the floors and re-waxed them in MCML every three days during our first re-fit.

 Watching him get taped to the tube in lower level by Mason, Ortiz and Bowers, just like he watched while they taped Duprel and me together. Man did that EB Green tape hurt coming off.

 He got his Dolphins his second patrol, and the Officers were cracking down on hazing so nobody wanted to tack on his dolphins because the Doc kept checking him and the others for signs that this was happening. Of course prior to that you only would not tack on the dolphins of somebody that you did not think really earned them, So he was upset that so few people would do him the honor of tacking them on

 Hearing him talk about how much he loved hot food, so we went to this wing joint on the water front in St. Mary’s / Kingsland and watching him order the hottest ones they had and his face swelled up.

 Riding in his car one night , going out the back gate at Kings Bay and getting pulled over by the base police because he was driving 5 miles below the speed limit. I guess the cops were bored that night because 5 minutes later we looked back and I think every cop on the base was around us with their lights on. We got the treatment, car searched twice by cops and the drug dog once. All while half the base drove by.

 Loaning him the key to my barracks room in Kings Bay while I was going to school and coming back to my room and finding him in my bed with one of the female yeoman from TTF. He spent 2 days cleaning my room after that and he had to get me new sheets. She was UGLY.

Him calling me while I was on leave to tell me the results had come in from the last advancement exam and I had made P.O.2.

 Grilling steaks at my new apartment in Atlanta when he came up to help me move and about catching it in fire because he put to much lighter fluid on the charcoal.

 Or sitting at his apartment in Charleston and his roommate an A-Ganger off the Key had just put an alarm system in his car and was leaving and me and Jim sat there by the window with the spare remote and every time he turned the alarm off we would turn it back on. This went on for 20 minutes and that guy was so mad he was about to rip the alarm out because he thought it was defective.

  Or during off crew going over to MT3 Mason, Ortiz and Westberry’s apartment almost every night. And the deal was everybody who showed up had to bring something beer or food to cook and sitting around drinking and eating until 2 in the morning.

 Well Jim it was fun and you are in some of my best memories of me Navy days. So until we meet for that last patrol on the Key. Keep it straight"

Received on June 30, 2010 from EM2(SS) Darin Jett

Also, on MT3 Bankert---I met him while on temporary duty cleaning the floors of the office building in Charleston before final assignment to the Key.  Originally he was going to Blue and me to Gold, but Blue was getting ready to take the boat and needed another nuke EM so I ended up with Shank on the same crew.  That's me in the pic with him on the
eternal patrol page.  He was a funny guy for sure.

AdamsFSKBLUE90-92_003.jpg (357582 bytes)The  picture was sent in by Tom Adams.  Jacob is on the left and Darin Jett is on the right.  You can click this picture for a larger image

Barden, Walter F.ICC(SS)

Passed away on 9/17/2016.  Member of USSVI Bases: Albany-Saratoga and Treasure Coast

Written in American Submariner
DIF Walter F. Barden Okeechobee, FL Eternal Patrol 9/17/2016
Qualified in submarines on the USS Grouper (SS-214) in 1962 and was a ICC(SS) when he left the Navy.
Ships / boats served on: SS-214, SSBN-657, SSN-575, SSN-675

Barrows, Chris  Howard

Chris Howard Barrows (5/17/1962 - 12/1/2015)

53, died suddenly and unexpectedly aboard the Ellis Davis in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, December 1st. Chris was born May 17, 1962 in Swinden Wilts, England. His mom, Eleanor (Sadlo) Barrows (predeceased), raised him and his older brother Lee in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., where they settled shortly after Chris was born. His father, George Barrows (predeceased) was a high-ranking officer in the United States Air Force. His unexpected death is a devastating, and heartbreaking loss to us all. His crewmates and colleagues at Kirby Inland Marine will sorely miss Chris' salty-dog charm and gentle-giant presence in transporting America's commerce along our waterways. Chris graduated from Fort Walton Beach H.S. in 1980. He was a talented artist and enjoyed the imaginative outlet and comradery of the Society of Creative Anachronisms. Tall and handsome, he was a natural knight in shining armor. Chris proudly served his nation in the United States Navy Submarine Corp. from 1984 to 1990. He sailed aboard the U.S.S. Francis Scott Key before being honorably discharged. He followed his Navy stint with a career in the U.S. Merchant Marine where he earned his Captain's license. Chris and Scarlette have made Tampa their home since 1998. They were madly in love and enjoyed their days sharing life's simple pleasures. It should also be noted that among those who will miss Chris's magnetic presence the most will be, "Scally Wag," their rescued Shar Pei whom Chris named after himself. Chris is survived by his wife and soul-mate, Scarlette (Sky) Barrows, his much loved daughter, Heather, and three grandsons, Braidon, Connor, and Trip; brother, Lee Barrows. He also leaves a much-loved extended family, the Timmel clan. A gathering of friends and family will be held at Blount and Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. this Saturday, December 5th, between 4 and 6 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the .

Barth, Nicholas


MT2SS - Gold Crew Plank Owner 8/65 thru mid 68 --Accidentally killed in 1968 on a hunting trip.


02/07/09 - Received this newspaper notice about the death of Nick from Joe Heflin.  What a way to go - but he got his quail.


11/09/07 - Received this e-mail from Joe Heflin  TM3 Gold Crew and roommate of Nick's.

"It was a kick in the rear, when I got a letter from our old landlord about Nick's death in 1968.   We lived together in the little town of Pine Grove outside of Niantic, for what seemed like a life time but was just a year and half.    Nick was on another boat before the Key and had been around Niantic.  He showed me how to rake for scallops in the cove down from the house.  We also went clamming on   Niantic Bay Beach ( I’m from the mountains in Western Maryland ). Hell he even got me to go swimming in April, we didn’t stay in the water long though.  

I don’t know how we got started in the business of digging basements/crawl spaces for some of the neighbors in Pine Grove but we dug about four or five of them around there.  You could stand up under the house, in a couple we just enlarged them, putting jacks up to hold  the floor beams in place.  Glad it was all sand and I guess the money was good.  

Skateboarding was just getting started up there and Nick got one somewhere (I think from the landlord’s son), we took it down the fire ramp (the town had this ramp to the  cove so the could park the pumper truck to get water) and before it all ended we were in the water.  A couple days later  we went over to a friend’s house that had a pretty good hill and Nick fell and tore himself  up, didn’t feel a thing as I remember.  

We had lots of parties at the house, more than I can remember but here is one that stands out.  Nick was riding some guy' making fun of him or something' and the guy asked me to ask Nick to stop.   Nick and I are in the kitchen and started to talk, before it was all over we were beating  on each other.  Broke the kitchen table, all kinds whiskey bottles, it was really a mess.  Could not tell you a thing that happened after that but the next morning we were both standing  the kitchen and just started laughing.  We were friends forever.  Hell my second daughter’s middle name is Nicole and she knows why.  

He was from St. Louis and I know one of his brother Mike. He was stationed on the tender in New London for awhile.

 I see that Stovall remember the steak. (See next e-mail below) We found a market in Niantic that would cut steaks to order.  It got so all we had to say was what kind or steak  and a one to one and a half inch  was ready.  The place even had a milk machine outside.  For .50 cents you could get a half gallon.  Put your  money in just like a coke machine and out came quarts or half gallons (great place to stop coming home later from partying).  All that time together and I don’t have a single picture of him, that’s just sad.  He was a good friend."


I received this e-mail on 11/06.07 from William Stovall regarding Nick Barth.

Russ, I just saw that Nick died in 1968.  I knew him well, we had a snake ranch close to one another in Nantic, Conn during new construction.  He was an MT and so was I.  He went to the Gold Crew and I went to the Blue.  Nick lived with a TM# named Joe Heflin.  Nick loved Rib Eye steaks, he ate I bet, three a day.  We got together a lot for touch football.

Bass, Daniel Lynn

We received an e-mail from Daniel's daughter telling us of her dad's passing back in 1991.  Here is her message:

 My name is Laura Bass.  My father, Daniel Lynn Bass, served on the USS Francis Scott Key I believe in the late 70s or early 80s as I was born in 1987.  I have a couple of pictures of the crew around here somewhere that I'd like too send in.  I'm hoping I can connect with someone who knew my father as he died when I was only 4.  I know he was hard working and quite the jokester.  He was a very funny jolly man with a kind heart.  I don't know how your site works but any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you very much!

 Laura Lynn Bass

2022 - We received a newspaper clipping with Dan's obituary:

Daniel L. Bass, 34, of Earlville and formerly of Ft Wayne, Ind, died Monday, Sept. 16 at Mendota Community Hospital.  Mr. Bass was born July 15, 1957, in Ft Worth, TX, to Robert and Alice (Miller) Bass.  He attended Perdue University and the College of DuPage.  He was a Navy veteran and received many citations for service aboard the submarines, USS Francis Scott Key, and the USS Henry L. Stimson, for his efforts in making major repairs while at sea as an electrician second class.  He was employed by Home Insurance Co. Chicago Branch as a boiler machine engineer and received an award as employee of the month in July 1991,  He was a National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel inspector.  He was in the process of opening a teen center in Ottawa prior to his death.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; one daughter, Laura; and one son, Jeremy; one stepson, David; his mother, Alice Bass of Ft. Wayne; and one sister, Judy Bass of Ft. Wayne.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Bass.


Baura, Shane (Marne)

We were notified on April 1, 2008 by Lee Tilton of Shane's passing.  Shane was an Electrician in the early 80s.

Westinghouse Supervisor AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Marne "Shane" V. Baura, 49, entered into rest on Sunday, May 2, 2004, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., today, Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Platt's Belair Road Chapel with Rev. W. Wayne Jackson officiating. Mr. Baura was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was the son of the late, Olegario Baura and the late Lois Snider Davidson. He was an U.S. Navy veteran and was a supervisor at the Westinghouse Savannah River site. He was a member of Faith Community Church. He is survived by his wife, Kevin Kennerly Baura; two sons, Michael S. Baura and Carson L. Baura; one daughter, Morgan L. Baura, all of Evans; one brother, Gary L. Baura of Merritt Island, Florida; his mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart B. Kennerly of Cordova, S.C.; brother-in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Zeigler of Cordova, S.C.; and Mr. and Mrs. Stewart B. Kennerly Jr.; of Chapin, S.C.; and nieces and nephe ws. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Faith Community Church Building Fund 4181 Mullikin Road, Evans, Ga. 30809 Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Road, Evans, Ga. 706-860-6166. Sign the guestbook at

04/12/08 - Daniel Foster sent this e-mail regarding Shane's passing:

The news of Shane's death - shocked me and here are some memories of "MY SEA DAD"
Shane was not a submariner out of nuclear power pipeline - in fact he sometimes forgot he was not on an aircraft carrier - he taught me to work hard - play hard and how to be a nuke
The Division - Randy Shackett - Jim Whitright - were probably closest to Shane - we all got to go to his wedding to Kevin - how he landed her we never could figure out - he says it was because he was a "love machine" -
Shane drank the most obnoxious drink - 3/4 cup of coffee - 12 sugars - 3 hot chocolates -
Shane was proud of being a submariner and would welcome those who earned their dolphins with a friendly thump on the chest - usually knocked back 4-6 feet
Shane loved to tinker and made things work -  the one time he had to explain to the engineer why he did not need both sets of overloads in a motor when one of them grounded out - he got the motor back in operation in under an hour - when asked what was wrong Shane got this look and then proceeded to provide an electrical engineering description of the unit and the reason for jumpering out the bad overloads  - the engineer looked at him - and asked did you really do that - Shane in a surprised manner  - Of course - lying is not acceptable - the Engineer laughed and said well we can explain it to the CO since he needs to know about it -
Shane loved to have fun - he and I managed to tape up our EDEA on day and even let him loose after the engineer Officer asks us to since he needed the EWS to review logs
Shane - Randy - Jim - Danny - taught me verbatim compliance - to laugh and have fun - to take care of the troops - take care of the equipment - then command items would work out - he was everything a "SEA DAD" should be.
I regret not knowing sooner - but know he is laughing in heaven as he tinkers with whatever he wants
Baynes, Harry 80 - 86 Blue Crew
Beard, Percy M

CMR Beard served as commanding office on the gold crew of the Key from 1973 - 1977. Below is a picture of Captain Beard on the Key.


BEARD, Percy M., Jr., CAPT, USN, Ret., 82, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Pat was born in Opelika, Alabama on March 31, 1936, the son of Percy and Sara Beard. He graduated from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, FL in June 1954 and entered the Naval Academy that same month. While at the Academy he participated on the track team and graduated with distinction in 1958 as a member of The 9th Company. He was selected for post graduate education under The Burke Program and received a PhD in nuclear physics from Duke University in 1964. He then entered the Navy's nuclear power program and served on five nuclear submarines and was the commanding officer of the USS Frances Scott Key (Gold). His final assignment was Commanding Officer of USS Simon Lake before retirement in October 1981. Simon Lake was the first submarine tender to serve at the newly established Kings Bay, Georgia Naval Base in 1979. His many awards included The Legion of Merit. 

Following retirement Pat joined The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Georgia serving as a Vice President before leaving in 1990 to become a Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at Florida Power Corporation in St. Petersburg, Florida. He retired from Florida Power in 1997 and started a consulting business in nuclear power operations. During his civilian career, he served on The Accrediting Board of The National Academy of Training and various executive oversight boards of nuclear power plants. He was a member of The National Academy of Science Committee that published a report of The Fukushima Japan nuclear accident in 2014. He also served as Chairman of The University of Florida Nuclear Engineering Science Advisory Board, graduated from The Harvard Business School and was a member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Society.

Pat loved the outdoors! He could almost always be found fly fishing, hunting, skeet shooting or playing tennis. He did not just participate in these sports but excelled in them. He always strived to be the best he could be in all aspects of his life! Pat also enjoyed traveling especially if it involved the outdoors and his hobbies of shooting and fly fishing. He traveled to Scotland, Yellowstone, Alaska and various other places in the US and around the world to enjoy these sports. The place he loved the most for these passions was Highlands, NC. Pat and his wife, Barbara, owned a home for 20 years in Highlands, NC and enjoyed many wonderful years in the mountains with their family and friends! 

Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Percy Morris Beard, Sr. and Sarah Ratcliffe Beard, and his brother, David Ratcliffe Beard all of Gainesville, Florida. Pat married his wife, Barbara, in Monroeville, Alabama in 1959 and enjoyed a happy life together for 59 years. In addition to Barbara he is survived by their two daughters, Carolyn (Rick) Moore of Simpsonville, SC and Leslie (Glenn) Dyke of Atlanta, GA, two granddaughters, Haley Harrell and Hunter Harrell and brother, Thomas Gordon Beard of Orlando, Florida. Pat will be remembered most for his love of family, friends and his faithful dogs (most recently Lexie). 

A memorial service in celebration of Pat's life will be held on January 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the sanctuary of Peachtree Presbyterian Church located at 3434 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, Georgia with a reception to follow at The Williams Center of Peachtree Presbyterian immediately after the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or Cashiers Highlands Humane Society ( Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 6, 2019

Beck, Carl W.  FT1 70 - 71 Blue Crew

Carl William Beck, age 84, passed away on January 7, 2021 in Seven Points, TX..

Carl was born in Detroit, MI to Carl Sydney Theodore Beck and Elizabeth Stevens Beck.

Mr. Beck was a part of the Underwater Fire Control System, he served as an instructor in the underwater fire control for six and a half years. Carl received several medals while in the service to our country. He received a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Award (fourth) Expert Pistol Shot Medal; SSBN Deterrent patrol insignia with 2 silver stars and 4 gold stars. Navy "E" Ribbon (fourth) meritorious unit commendation; expert rifle (m-14) Award, Sea service deployment ribbon (Third)

Carl's enlistment was extended for 16 months on June 27, 1980 and for 1 month of October 27, 1981. These extensions were at the request and for the convenience of the government. Carl was very proud to serve our country in many ways.

He was preceded in death by father Carl Sydney Theodore Beck, mother Elizabeth Stevens, and wife Edna Beck.

Carl is survived by his daughter Lynette Alexandria Duha & husband Chad, brother Dennis Beck & wife Martha, sister Cheryl Brillhart & husband David, grandchildren Darrian Duha, Makaila Duha, and one great grandchild Larli Duha.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at First Baptist Church, Tool, TX at 1:00 PM. Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM with Bro. Rocky Weatherford officiating.

Berry, Steven L.

TMC Gold Crew 70 - 75

Steven L. Berry, Sr., 71, of Summerville, SC, died Friday, January 13, 2012 at the Hospice Center of Charleston. Mr. Berry was born February 19, 1940 in Detroit, MI, son of the late Leon L. Berry and Ada Gladys Martin Berry. He attended Fordson High School in Michigan. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Submarine Service. He enjoyed flying pigeons, four wheeling in his jeep and his dogs: TJ, Dingo and Nike. He worked as a Fiber Technician, as an Instrumentation Technician and later retired as a business owner in the communications field. Surviving in addition to his wife, Carolyn A. Berry, are two sons: Steven L. Berry, Jr. (Dori) of Summerville and Wayne M. Berry (Lisette) of Augusta, GA, five grandchildren: Kathryn M. Kemmerlin (Alex) of Ridgeville, Andrew Kyle Berry of Statesboro, GA, Kari Bowman of Harrisonburg, VA, Patrick and Daniel Jasper of Augusta, GA; five great grandchildren: Lylah Kemmerlin of Ridgeville, Allyson Jasper of Augusta, GA, Isabelle and Olivia Bowman of Harrisonburg, VA and Estelle Jasper of Augusta, GA, and one sister: Gayle D. Klinkman of San Jose, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Leukemia Lymphoma Society, 310 Broad Street, Ste. 2, Charleston, SC 29401 or St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Unified Fund, 206 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483. Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 1 o’clock at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Summerville. Burial will be private.

Berst, Robert

77 - 81  He passed away on April 4, 2007. I found his obituary on the web on 10/22/07. 

Robert A. Berst, 57, Kronenwetter, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at his home,

surrounded by family. Robert was born June 5, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of the late Arnold and Vivian (Padget) Berst. 


He married Cheryl Jensen on June 23, 1984, in Rhinelander. During his 22 year Navy military career, he served as a recruiter in the Rhinelander and Wausau area, retiring in 1992. Bob served in the Vietnam War, and on several ships including U.S.S. Francis Scott Key, and the U.S.S. Canopus. After retirement he worked various jobs in the Wausau community. The latest was maintenance at Wausau Family Planning until his death. 


He was a member of the VFW Burn's Post #388, and DAV. Chapter #64. Robert enjoyed spending time with family and friend's at his camper. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl, Kronenwetter, his six children, Robert Berst, Jr. and Michael Berst, both of Des Moines, Iowa; Sheri (Mike) Meyers, Rhinelander; Terri (Bryan) Schilling, Schofield; Michelle (Dennis) Narlock, San Diego. Calif.; Mike Cook,

Schofield; eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His parents, Vivian and Arnold, and a sister, Mary Mettler, precede Robert in death.


Blankenship, Ervin L. - 

Ervin Louis Blankenship Jr., age 67, of LaFollette passed away Thursday, June 29, 2023. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief, where he served 30 years. After the navy he was a field service engineer. He played the saxophone, enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling, fishing, hunting, and cooking on the grill. He graduated from Seminole High School.

Survived by:Daughters: Julie Blankenship of Jacksboro, TN and Stacey and Juan Cortez of Slater, MO
Son: Ervin and Lisa Blankenship of Lake City, FL
Sisters: Tammy Ryals and Deborah Stowell; Uncle: Roy Blankenship; 5 Grandchildren; 2 Great-Grandchildren
Nieces, nephews cousins and extended family
Family will receive friends Monday, July 3rd 1 PM - 3 PM at Cross-Smith Funeral Home with service to follow at 3 PM in the Cross-Smith Chapel with Rev. Jason Shockley officiating. Interment will be held in Sanford, FL at Oaklawn Cemetery with military honors. …….
Shipmate Ervin L.

Bohli, James L

09/13/12 - Received an e-mail announcing the passing of Jim Bohli.  Jim served on the Key from 1970- 1973, M-Div Gold Crew. I was able to find his obituary online.

VICTORIA - Retired LCDR James L. Bohli, 64,Victoria, formerly of Bay City, TX passed away after a short courageous battle with cancer on August 13, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. Jim was born November 10,1947in Corpus Christi to Ruth K and the late EdmundJ Bohli. He enlisted in the Navy in 1967. Following his retirement after 22 years of service he moved to Bay City, TX. James is loved and missed by his wife Sharon, daughters Jamie, Jennifer, Jessica, mother Ruth, brother John, sister Kathy and stepchildren Amory and Stefny and his ex-wife Joan. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, several cousins and nieces and nephews. His grandchildren were a huge comfort in his life. He was very proud of his oldest grandchild Paige Bohli who came from Connecticut to help with the home and family during his illness. A memorial Service will be held Friday, August 17, 2012 at 6;:00 pm at God's Church located at 402 E. North Street in Victoria Texas In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of South TX, who was fantastic in his final days or the American Cancer Society .

Jim qualified in submarines on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) in 1971 and was a LCDR when he left the Navy.

Boling, Michael  Gold Crew 78 - 81

We received notice of Mike's passing from his son Elvis. Mike passed on Jan 6, 2020.

Mike was born on February 19, 1949 and passed on January 6, 2020.  There appears to be no obituary.

Rest in peace sailor.  Job well done.

Bollinger, Timothy D.

We were notified via e-mail June 27, 2012 of Tim's passing by his dad Don.  Tim served as medical officer aboard the Key in 1988 - 1989 Blue Crew.  

He also served aboard the USS John Adams.  Tim retired from the navy in 1999.

Timothy David Bollinger, age 54 of Willow Springs, Missouri, (formerly of Fredericktown) passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.  

He was born of February 25, 1957 in Fredericktown, the son of Don and Adelia (Lenhard) Bollinger.

Bowen, James

James Bowen Gold Crew Plank Owner 67 - 69, Quartermaster.

MARTINEZ, Ga. - Mr. James Herbert Bowen, 72, of Englewood Dr. Entered into rest Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Funeral Services will be held at 11: A.M. Thursday Oct. 13, 2011, at the St. Teresa Avila Parish, in Martinez, Ga. with Father Gaspar Hegedus Officiating, interment will follow at the Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery in Gibson, Ga. Mr. James was Retired from the Navy after Twenty plus years of Service, he also worked at the University Hospital as a Security Guard, and was a Member of the St. Teresa Avila Parish for Ten Years. He also Served in the Air Force for a short while. He is Survived His Daughter Dawn (Thomas) Bowen Hockert of Martinez, a Step-Daughter Catherine (Bob) Kinner of Martinez, Five Grandchildren, Tyler James Bowen, Robert Kinner, Brenda Kinner, Ronda Kinner, and Deborah Spargo, and Two Great Grandchildren, Catherine Spargo and Brianna Spargo. He was preceded in Death by his Loving Wife Mrs. Edna Chalker Bowen, His Parents William and Deloris Westkamp Bowen, two Sisters Shirley Sharp and Sis Dawes. Pallbearers are Bob Kinner, Thomas Hockert, Don Chalker, Tyler Bowen, Chandler Hockert, and Allen Williams. One Honorary Pallbearer, Derek Griffen. The Family will receive Friends Thursday at the Parish one hour (10:A.M.) before the Service. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society . Sheppard Funeral Home, Gibson, Ga. is in charge of Arrangements. Sign the guestbook at The Augusta Chronicle-October 11, 2011Published in The Augusta Chronicle on October 11, 2011


From James Trubee December 9, 2011 - 

I'm sad to report that our shipmate Jim Bowen departed on eternal patrol on 9 October.
I have been trying to contact him for a phone visit and an update on his health for the past few weeks. Having no success I searched the obituaries of the Augusta Chronicle and learned of his passing.

Jim was a close shipmate and a good friend. We kept in close contact over these past few years attending reunions, conventions and visiting each others homes. I enjoyed a few days visit with him and his Grandson Tyler just this past March. As usual he was optimistic, good natured and determined to stand his watch for as long as possible. I will miss him.

Bradsberry, James E.

It is with great sadness that I am informing you that one of our shipmates (and a great friend to me) James Bradsberry from the Gold Crew 1982-1988 passed away on Dec. 1st, 2016 un-expectantly. He is survived by his wife Linda and sister Sue. James was always the most personable, funny and great shipmates aboard the Key during his time on board. He is very much missed.

Daniel Petrie

James E. Bradsberry, 54 of Goose Creek, SC, a systems engineer and husband of Linda Bradsberry died Thursday, December 1, 2016.  Arrangements by McAlester-Smith's Goose Creek Chapel.


Brayton, Roger Tyler

April 19, 2008 - We received notice of the passing of shipmate Tyler Brayton Gold Crew 1976 - 79. Below you can read his obituary.
Roger Tyler Brayton, 55, of   Newport News , Virginia , formerly of Vero Beach , Florida , departed this life on April 19, 2008 . He fought a long and courageous battle against cancer. 
Tyler was born October 25, 1952 in Summit , New Jersey , the son of the late William Elting and Rosemary Tyler Brayton. 
In 1975, Tyler began his military career, serving 24 years in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Following his transition from military service, Tyler was employed as an instructional designer.
Tyler ’s many interests and hobbies included his love of music, tennis, traveling, and Miami Dolphins football.  
He leaves many memories of love and laughter with his wife, Kathy, and his wonderful son, Tyler Austin. He is also survived by his brother, Arthur E. Brayton of Flag Pond Tennessee , two sisters, Deborah Young and Barbara Brayton Walker of Vero Beach , Florida , and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Kathy and Tyler Austin would like to express their deep gratitude for all the love and support their personal friends and family provided, in particular the Rosenbaum family, business and staff, the Kellam family, Dr. William Stembler and staff at C2 Technologies, Inc., Dr. Elizabeth Harden, the medical staff at Virginia Oncology Associates, the Palliative Care Unit of the Hampton Veterans Administration Hospital, the Riverside Hospital Oncology Critical Care team, and the many others who tenderly attended Tyler’s needs.  
Friends are invited to gather from 3 to 4 PM , Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N Armistead Ave. in Hampton , Virginia , where a  Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 PM . Interment will follow at a later date in Vero Beach , Florida .
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Palliative Care Program, Veterans Affairs Medical Center , Hampton VA 23667 .
Friends are encouraged to visit to share words of comfort with the family.

Broderick, Thomas P.

December 20, 2012 - received notice of the passing of former gold crew weapons officer Tom Broderick - 70 - 72..  His obituary is below.

BRODERICK, Thomas P., 74, Tom was born in Brooklyn, NY, on October 14, 1938, the son of Viola Powell and George Broderick. He joined the United States Navy in 1956, as a submarine sailor, serving on the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Tullibee. Tom held the ninth Nuclear Operator's license ever issued by the USA, and after graduating with a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University in 1966, he received a commission and went on to serve as the Weapons Officer on the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Francis Scott Key and on the decommissioning crew of the U.S.S. Clamagore. A proud Cold War officer, Tom reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander before retiring in 1977. He went on to a successful career in industry as the Plant Engineer at Eaton Corp. in Milwaukee, WI and at Philips Lighting in Danville, KY, as well as the Plant Engineer and Acting Plant Manager at Heraeus Metal Processing in Wartburg, TN. Tom loved traveling the country and the world, both in the service and later with his family, being stationed in Japan for several years and visiting many other countries. He brought enthusiasm and joy to everything he did, from his zeal for politics and the Green Bay Packers to his love of cooking and of traditional Irish music. But above all, he was proud to be a father, and was grateful to have had children in his home for over half a century. Tom was predeceased by his parents and by his first wife and lifelong friend, Jacklyn Vida Broderick. He is survived by his beloved wife Loreen (Lori) Martin Broderick, with whom he shared a loving and celebratory journey of nearly 27 years. He is also survived by his brother David (Carl Bendas) Broderick of Honolulu, and six children, James (Rita) Broderick of Maryville, TN; Jeanne (David) Zurawski of Glendale, WI; Daniel (Angie) Broderick of Port Washington, WI; Terri Broderick of Rockwood, TN; Molly (Jordan) Dunne of Tallahassee, FL; and Kathleen Broderick of Cookeville, TN. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Samantha Eisner, Lucas (Alejandra) Broderick, Brooke Doughty, John Thomas Zurawski, and Helena Broderick; as well as sister-in-law Lisa (Robert) Mortl and nephews Christian and Stefan Mortl of Oak Ridge, TN. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 23, 2012, at 1:00 PM from Cookeville Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the service, and have chosen cremation. Condolences may be sent to the family at Cookeville Funeral Home of Cookeville, TN, is in charge of the arrangements Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on December 20, 2012


James P. Brown  Gold Crew early 80's

CDR James P. Brown, USN(R) of Port Ludlow, WA and Alpine, CA passed away on October 2, 2021. He served in the Navy from 1980 to 2002. In 1980 Jim applied for the US Navy Nuclear Power Program and was accepted after a tough but successful interview with the legendary Admiral Hyman Rickover, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion. He was certified for the operations and maintenance of the Navy's nuclear power plants onboard submarines. CDR Brown went on to serve on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) as Nuclear Power Division Officer on the USS Key West (SSN722) as Engineer Officer.

After graduation with a master's degree in engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, CDR Brown became an Engineering Duty Officer and served as Repair Officer on the Submarine Tender USS McKee (AS-41). His final tour of duty was as Chief Engineer on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a refueling/complex overhaul. He was accountable for all non-nuclear maintenance, repairs, upgrades and modernization.

After a distinguished Navy career, Jim began his civilian career as a Nuclear Test Engineer working on overhaul and repair of nuclear submarines and carriers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton WA. He retired from the shipyard in 2017.
Jim was born in Maryland on May 8,1954 son of Robert G. Brown and Elaine Sheehy Brown. He graduated from Glenelg High School in 1972 and earned his BA in 1976 at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College).

Jim is survived by his wife Linda Jones Brown, his son MGySgt Kevin Brown of San Diego, CA, his sister Jean Whiddon of Lewes, DE, his grandchildren Daniel Locke and Isis Brown of San Diego, CA. His son SMSgt Drew Brown, his parents Robert and Elaine Brown and his brother Timothy Brown preceded him in death. Jim and Linda were married 47 years. They were next-door neighbors and became high school sweethearts. Jim was a proud father of Drew and Kevin. He was an avid reader with a focus on WWII history, physics and astronomy. He was a runner of marathons and enjoyed road biking, backyard Astronomy and marksmanship. After retirement from the Shipyard, Jim and Linda enjoyed traveling and much to Linda's surprise he became an accomplished baker, cook, sausage maker and griller.
Jim will always be in our hearts.
Jim will be buried at 1:00 on Friday, January 21, 2022 with Military Honors at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego. 


Brown, Jeffery S,

BROWN, Jeffrey Scott, 57, of Summerville, SC, died Friday, May 19, 2023. Jeff was born November 25, 1965, in Maryland, son of the late Edward E.
Brown and the late Joyce P. Brown. Jeff graduated from Berkeley High School in 1984. He was a U.S. Navy Submarine Veteran who served on the
USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) and was employed as an elect

He is survived by his son, Christopher Brown; daughter,Amanda Tickle; and four siblings: Robin Miller, Ronnie Miller, Theresa Brown and Eugene Brown. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, July21, 2023, at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road at 10:00am. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC at 12:00pm. The visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. A memorial
message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Published by J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel on
Jul. 15, 2023

Brown, William K.  ETCS(SS)


Qualified in submarines on the USS Dace (SSN-607) in 1966 and was a ETCS(SS) when he left the Navy.
William "Bill" Kiner Brown died on Saturday, August 6, 2022 with his loving wife and caregiver, Gail, by his side. Bill will be remembered as an authentic, strong, loving person and a true patriot.

Bill was born October 4, 1945 in Jacksonville, FL to Cleo Myrle Brown and George Merrill Brown. At St. Vincent's Hospital he was known as "The Champ" to the nurses. George was career Navy and, when Bill was about age 2, the family transferred to Key West. During a visit, the Navy Chaplain asked Bill what he wanted to do when he grew up and Bill replied, "I want to be a Navy Chief like my dad so I can drink beer." It is rumored that Cleo fainted.

George retired with 32 years of service in 1951 and the family was settled in Ocala, FL. Bill received 12 years of primary education and graduated from Ocala High School in 1963 where he was an outstanding basketball center and track high jumper. Following OHS graduation Bill was employed by Western Heritage, USA as a gunfighter/stuntman/actor at Six Gun Territory in Silver Springs, FL.

The war in Vietnam was heating up and Bill was drafted into the Navy in the fall of 1965. He volunteered for submarine duty and eventually served on seven boats and about mid-career served as an instructor at the Submarine Training Center in Charleston, SC. Bill's final shore duty was at the new base in Kings Bay, GA where he was the Electronics Department Head for a Mobile Technical Unit providing emergent repair for submarines South of Charleston and at Site One in The Holy Loch near Dunoon, Scotland. In October of 1986 he retired as a Senior Chief Electronics Technician. Following his transfer to the Fleet Reserve, Bill worked in the defense contractor industry and pursued his secondary education. While working a full-time job, he attended college classes at night and on weekends. Five years effort earned an AS in Management, a BS in Computer Science, and an MS in Information Systems with a cumulative GPA of 3.85. He retired from BAE Systems (a subsidiary of British Aerospace) in October of 2001 and started a private network consulting business. He retired from that endeavor in 2005 to enjoy motorcycling and fishing.

Bill was first married in 1968, then again in the early 1990s, and finally to his soul mate Gail in December 2009.

Bill faced each day with focus, intent, clarity, and tenacity. Always fully present and engaged, he was determined to achieve positive results, not only for himself, but also for others. His generous spirit had no bounds. Always willing to help, he was a friend to many and was fiercely loyal.

In addition to his wife, Gail, Bill is survived by a grandson, John Cameron Brown. He was predeceased by a son, William Curtis Brown.

Buckner, Bobby Joe,  Gold Crew A-Div 67-71

C:\Users\Russ\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\New Picture.pngBobby Joe Buckner (BUCK) passed away on Sunday, March 17th, 2024 at the VA Hospital in San Antonio Texas. He was an MM3 (SS) who served in the Seaman Gang and A-division on the Gold Crew from 1967 - 1971. This is all the information we have but will update when we have more.

Bump, Stanley E. RADM - CO Blue Crew

RADM Stanley Bump departed on Eternal Patrol in Washington state on August 12th. He was CO of Francis Scott Key Blue in the early 70’s, Commander SUBGRUSIX 85-87 and then Commander Charleston Naval Base 89-91. He was not a member of USSVI. A condolence message has been placed on the Funeral Home website from Charleston Base/Swampfox Chapter.

Email from base member Carl Smith: RADM Bump died August 12th after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Obituary: Rear Admiral Stanley Earl Bump, USN (Retired) passed away August 11, 2015 after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for several years.

RADM Bump was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 29, 1936. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He served on two destroyers – USS William C. Lawe (DD 763) and USS Luce (DLG 7) – before accepting Admiral Rickover's invitation to join the submarine force in 1965. He served on the USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) (BLUE) and the USS Flasher (SSN 613) before receiving his first command, the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) (BLUE). He served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for five years. He then commanded the submarine tender USS Holland (AS 32) in Holy Loch, Scotland, from July 1979 to May 1981. He next served as Commander, Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN from June 1981 to June 1983 and participated in the development of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. He was selected for Flag rank in 1984 and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He next served as Commander, Submarine Group SIX in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 1985 to June 1987. From August 1987 through August 1989, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff Iberian Atlantic Area in Oeiras, Portugal. Following this tour of duty, he returned to Charleston, South Carolina assuming command of the Charleston Naval Base in August, 1989. RADM Bump retired from the Navy on October 1, 1991. He is authorized to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (6 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (3 awards) and Portuguese Medal of Merit First Class.

Upon retirement from the Navy, RADM Bump joined North American Energy Services Company (NAES) in Issaquah, Washington and served as the Vice President, Power Plant Operations and Technical Services. He retired from NAES on June 30, 2000.

Stan is survived by Ellie, his loving and supportive wife of more than 54 years; their children Jeff (Kathy), Margie and Greg (Maggie); grandchildren Meghan, Riley and Will; step-granddaughters Jennifer and Amanda; brother David, sister Priscilla (Wes) McFarland, cousin Estelle Richardson and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held, date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Stan's name to the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter, 19226 66th Avenue South, Suite #L-105, Kent, WA 98032 or to Evergreen Health Hospice Services, 12822 124th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034. Please sign the online guest book and share your memories of Stanley on this memorial (click 'Sign Guest Book').

Bunting, Charles M.

Bunting, Charles M. 72, of Las Vegas passed away peacefully Monday March 6 2017. Charles was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a proud veteran of the US Navy as a Chief Construction Mechanic. His love for his country was only second to the love for his family. Charles enjoyed food and trying new places from Triple D, Keno, a good Western, John Wayne and a good chat/debate about any topic. Charles is survived by a large loving family, he will make one final journey home to MN for a private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. 

Byrd, Terry

March 15, 2013 - Received word from Wayne Wilson of the passing of shipmate Terry Byrd 69 - 72.

Terry Byrd passed away the 23rd of Feb..I think I have the right date.  We served in the late 60's, he made that last patrol before going in the yards at
Bremerton, Wash..  Terry had a long battle with Mesothelioma. He was 66..  They lived in English Indiana.

Cabalona, Ramon

Plank Owner, Supply Div, 1965 - 1968.


March 27, 2015 - I received the following e-mail from Ramon's daughter Yvonne, telling us of her father's passing:


"It is with great sadness that I report the passing of my father, Ramon "Cabbie" Cabalona.  He passed away peacefully on March 6, 2015 at the age of 89.  He was a member of the Key's first blue crew patrol and served on board from 1965 - 1968.  He was a plank owner.

After his retirement from the navy, he went to San Jose State U.  Education had always been important to him and a year after I graduated from San Jose State, so did he.  He was so proud!  He continued work full time for the US Post Office until his retirement at age 65.


The last convention Dad attended (SUBVETS) was the one that took place close to home -- the one held in San Francisco.  Even though he was undergoing dialysis, he made sure he was able to play golf.  Dad was proud of his service on the Francis Scott Key and he used to tell my brother and me stories about life submerged.  He loved it!  He gave us an idea but no one knows what it is like until it is experienced.  Submariners are special people and so was my dad.  I am going to miss his stories.


If anyone has stories and/or photos, please contact me at

Dive! Dive!"


Here is a copy of Ramon's Obituary:

Jan 5, 1926 - March 6, 2015

Resident of Milpitas, CA


Ramon Cabalona - He loved being a member of the U.S. Navy Subvets and he enjoyed playing golf.  He was married to Tina Canalona who preceded him in death.  He is survived by Yvonne Cabalona (daughter), Samson Cabalona (Son), and grandchildren Marissa, Lance and Samantha.  In keeping with his wishes, there will not be a viewing nor a funeral.  Memorial to be announced at a later date.

Callis, Ronald Lee - ETC(SS)

Ronald Lee Callis was a generous man who cared deeply for his family. He had a thoughtful nature and a love for helping others. His kind heart made him a man others were proud to know and call friend.

1939 was at tumultuous year for many worldwide. After enjoying an all too brief period of peace following World War I, many watched in terror as Germany invaded Poland and occupied Bohemia and Moravia, thrusting the globe into World War II. Despite the worldwide fear of war, for Morris Card and Evelyn (Rollins) Callis, of Manistee, Michigan, there was reason to celebrate. The couple welcomed the birth of their son, Ronald Lee, on October 30th of that same year.

When Ronald was still quite young, his father died, leaving his mother to raise six children on her own. She moved the family closer to town and often worked several jobs to make ends meet. Despite this tragedy, Ronald had many great childhood memories of swimming in Lake Michigan, fishing for salmon and getting into the usual boyhood mischief. A dedicated student, Ronald attended Manistee High School and played on the football team. After graduating in 1957, Ronald and his buddy, Rick Bowman, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, bravely serving during the Vietnam War as well as in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served upon several submarines including the Francis Scott Key and the Red Fin. Many years later he counted it a privilege to attend a reunion of the Red Fin's crew. After 20 years of submarine duty and attaining the rank of Electronics Technician Chief, Ronald was honorably discharged.

While he was in the service on leave in Norfolk, Virginia, Ronald went on a blind date set up by his shipmates. He fell in love with the young lady, named Barbara Coats and soon they were married. During their eleven-year marriage, they were blessed with three sons: Ronald, Tracy and Bradley. A devoted father, Ronald lovingly and firmly raised his sons to have strong moral character and a sense of responsibility. At the time, his boys thought he was just tough, but now they can appreciate everything he taught them. Ronald was often considered a "cool guy" by his sons' friends, which made the Callis house a favorite neighborhood hangout. After Ronald's sons were grown, they moved to various parts of the country. Ronald fostered a close relationship with his niece and nephew, Reggie and Ellen Flewelling, and, like a family, they spent many wonderful times together bow hunting, fishing and celebrating the holidays.

After retiring from the service, Ronald settled in Charleston, South Carolina, and went to work with Vitro Corporation, a weapons and communications contractor for the Defense Department. He spent some time in California on business, but was always anxious to get back home. With his extensive military training and experience, Ronald was excellent at crisis management and was a big help during the cleanup of Hurricane Hugo. Besides spending time with his family and working, Ronald was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Charleston and achieved the status of a 32nd Degree Mason.

In 2000, Ronald moved back to Mason County, Michigan, where he bought an older home on Round Lake and fixed it up for country living. Ronald had incredible respect for his country and proudly celebrated every patriotic holiday. One of his favorites was the Fourth of July firework display on Lake Michigan in Ludington. He often told friends and family there wasn't any other place he wanted to be for this celebration. In his free time, Ronald truly enjoyed woodworking and made beautiful cabinets, tables and toy boxes for his family. As a huge sports fan, Ronald loved cheering on his home state Michigan teams including the Detroit Lions, Tigers and even the Red Wings, in spite of the fact that hockey was not a favorite sport of his.

Friends and family will remember Ronald not for the things he did, but for the reason he did them. He was a man who cared for everyone he knew, and he expressed this care through his generosity and willingness to always lend a helping hand. A true "straight shooter" with a great sense of humor, Ronald had the type of personality that everyone loved to be around. He will be gratefully remembered for his generous spirit, his strength of mind and his unconditional love for his family. He will be greatly missed.

Ronald Lee Callis died on Thursday, January 6, 2005, at his home on Round Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Richard Callis, and his sister, Maureen. Ronald's family includes his sons: Ronald J. (Julie) Callis of Jacksonville, FL, Tracy (Teresa) Callis of Ballard, WV, and Bradley (Zoe) Callis of Austin, TX; his grandchildren: Garrett, Tori, Tiffany and Aidan; his sisters: Arlynn Mrozik of Ludington, and Carol Cameron of Manistee; his brother, Herbert J. (Molly) Callis of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews, along with the mother of his children, Barbara Rice.

A Life Story service will be held on Monday, January 10, at 2:30 P.M. at the Stephens Life Story Funeral Home in Scottville. Please visit Ronald's personal memory page at where you may share a memory, order flowers or make a memorial contribution in his honor.

Carroll, John William

Received an e-mail from Cliff Smith on 11/03/09, a friend of John's, informing us of John's passing.  Cliff provided the following information on John:

 J. W. Carroll enlisted in the navy out of high school and served on the USS Remora before being assigned to the “KEY” in the mid 70’s. He later came off the “KEY” and was on the USS Coronado and then taught ship driving. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery , however I find no internet record of him on the KEY, and I know he was on it for several years because as an early teen, this was my world. I have had several SSBN657 hats, though lost now.

  John William Carroll 

Tuscaloosa Alabama


United States Navy

Chief Petty Officer

USS Remora

USS Francis Scott Key

USS Coronado

Caputo, Angelo, M    Plank Owner EM2 Blue Crew

Eternal Patrol on Thursday, Sept 17, 2020

Born in Scranton, PA on April 12, 1944, he was a son of the late Angelov A and Mary (McColligan) Caputo. A graduate of Tamaqua High School.  Angelo served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war.

He worked for The General Physics Corp in nuclear engineering.

Carson, Lloyd - Quartermaster

Leslie Lloyd Carson Jr., 74, passed away on June 24th, in Salt Lake City. He was born August 7, 1941 in American Fork, UT to Leslie Lloyd Carson Sr and Charlotte Carson.

Following his graduation from American Fork High School, Lloyd Carson joined the United States Navy and began his naval career by serving aboard the USS Wedderburn (DDG-684). He then went to submarine training school and served aboard submarines USS Jallao (SS 368), USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657), USS Nathan Hale (SSBN 623) and the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624). Lloyd enjoyed a 20 year career, retiring in 1979 as a Quartermaster Senior Chief and settled his family back in American Fork, UT. After spending a short time as a Civil Engineer for Horrocks Engineering, Lloyd went to work for Tooele Army Depot where he worked in explosive ordinance. He retired from Tooele Army Depot 20 years later. Lloyd was a dedicated family man, loved music and dancing and was quite the joker.

Lloyd is survived by his Mother, Charlotte Carson; Sisters, Marianne Maynes, Donna Rawlings and Evette Lewis; Son, William Carson and Daughters, Tracey McArdle and Lesli Mark; 7 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

He is Preceded in death by Leslie Lloyd Carson Sr. (father), Steven Carson (brother), Neil Lewis (brother-in-law).

A Graveside Service will take place on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:00am at the Utah Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 17111 S. Camp Williams Rd, Bluffdale, UT.


Carter, Dave

FTB1 Gold Crew 1980 - 1983
Received this e-mail from Don Lennox on 12/14/07
Hey Russ.
I really hate these kind of e-mails. But it is our turn to continue the cycle of life. Just got off the phone with Jane; Dave's girlfriend. He had a heart attack on Monday12/10/07. He lived in Fremont Calif. He will be brought back to the High Point NC area for his funeral.
I just contacted Dave about 3 weeks ago and was glad to talk with him. He was very excited to be back with The KEY and looked forward to re-establishing contacts with his mates. I hope you had that chance. Dave passed away Monday from a heart attack. The family is having a private funeral but will have another for friends. He will be in High Point NC for the funeral. After I speak with his daughter; will forward more details. Please feel free to e-mail any comments for his daughter and family to enjoy. or call his girlfriend; Jane; to express your care. 510-656-7937 Jane may also receive your e-mail at If you have any photos; please forward for their enjoyment as well.

Regards mate
Mr. David L. Carter, Jr . 52 died suddenly December 10, 2007 in Fremont, California of a heart attack. Born March 9, 1955 in High Point, Mr. Carter is a son of David L. Carter, Sr. of High Point and the late Mary Walden Carter. He is a veteran of the US Navy. In addition to his father Mr. Carter is survived by a daughter Lindsey Blair Carter and her mother Sandi Carter Parcell both of Fredericksburg, VA, two sisters Sandra Carter ILderton of High Point and Nancy Carter Siemiller and husband Michael of Fayetteville NC, and three step brothers, Robert Dickson of Albuquerque, NM, Bruce Dickson and wife Becky of Austin, TX and Keith Dickson and wife Kelly of Aurora, IL. He is also survived by his fiancée Jane Sikorski of Fremont, CA and seven nieces and nephews. Private funeral services were held in High Point. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23053-5216. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point.

Cashion, Charles " Chuck"

MMCS M-Div Gold Crew 76 - 77

Received this e-mail from Stan Rarden

I do have the sad
Chuck 1A.jpg (913482 bytes) duty to inform all that MMCS(SS) Charles L. "Chuck" Cashion is serving on eternal patrol. Click on picture for better view,

After a long battle, Chuck died of cancer at his home in Sanford, North Carolina in September of 1986.  I was at his bedside when he passed. When he was first diagnosed with this illness he was serving as a Navy Recruiter in that area, and he underwent several operations and treatment for nearly four years.  Chuck was a man of tremendous faith. He put up a great fight, and always believed he'd be healed.  Prior to his passing he was medically retired from the service, and I've
attached the newspaper clipping of that retirement ceremony.

Chuck was one of the best friends I ever had, on or off the boat.  With respect to all the other excellent sailors I served with, during the two years I was aboard the Key, Chuck was the best, most competent "back aft" sailor I ever knew.  Then, after he'd qualified everything aft of the tunnel he went on to qualify all the forward watches, to the degree that I think he and a couple A-gangers and maybe a NavET or two could have run the whole boat by themselves.  I was pleased to be a family friend also, and through the years, which extended after I left the Navy, his Mom, brother and sister and other kinfolk in Sanford, North Carolina always treated me like one of their own.  His family and I remain great friends to this day.

During his career Chuck also served aboard the USS John C. Calhoun and the USS Daniel Boone as well as the Key, and had many friends throughout the fleet, so shipmates who may have not known Chuck aboard the Key might have crossed paths with him on these other commands.

Click here for article on Chuck's retirement ceremony shortly before he passed It includes a picture of Chuck.

Added May 5, 2010 - Received this e-mail:

I am the daughter of Charles Cashion Jr. and came across this site while doing a google search on my dad. I wanted to say thank you... even though it has been 24 years since his passing, I still try hard to remember him. He was a good man and I was happy to see that the entire article about his retirement was posted for all to see.

Again... thank you.
Melanie Isabell (Cashion)
Clements, Wesley Gene  

We found Wesley's obituary on the USSVI web site.  We assume he served on the Key in the early 80's

  Wesley Gene Clements, of Groesbeck, passed away at home on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at age 63. He had endured a lengthy battle with cancer.

The family will hold a Celebration of his life on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Derden Cemetery (near Rio Vista, TX.)

Wesley was born July 16, 1957 to Carl Weldon Clements and Elouise (Callaway) Clements in Ft. Worth. He grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School in 1975.

Wesley was united in marriage with Connie Wilkerson in Fort Worth on November 10, 1974. They lived in Charleston, South Carolina, while Wesley served in the U. S. Navy for 6 years, from 1978 through 1984.

Wesley served on the Francis Scott Key submarine and learned electronic engineering skills. Even as a child at home he had been active in wiring gadgets. Life on the nuclear submarine was a dangerous situation, so while he was on leave, Wesley shopped for funny gags to bring out on the submarine to relieve tensions. He loved to make people laugh all his life and enjoyed getting a "rise" out of people for fun.

After leaving the Navy the family moved to West Texas to get as far away from water as he could, although he continued to love to fish and was avid in catfishing. Wesley and Connie loved country dancing and they "two-stepped" and waltzed their "way across Texas." They raised their two sons in Midland, where they lived for about 25 years. He worked for Texas Instruments in Midland and as an X-Ray and Imaging Tech, installing and maintaining equipment in Lubbock and Midland.

Wesley was involved with his sons in Boy Scouts. As an electronic engineer, he was an amateur radio, ham operator. He had communicated with people all over the world and met quite a few of his radio contacts. He was very smart and articulate, and retained so much knowledge, from solid serious subjects to trivia. He was interested in everything.

Wesley was an excellent cook. He loved to cook outside and make Texas BBQ. He made pies from scratch (no store-bought crust) and used many of his mother's recipes, as she had been a 24-hour a day cook.

Although he grew up in the city, Wesley became a country fellow. The family moved to a farm in Quinlan, where he was devoted to his animals - goats, chickens, pig, horse, dog and rabbits. Before moving to Groesbeck two years ago, he suffered deeply from the loss of his animals. But he still maintained his interest in ham radio communications and had his radio tower at his home in Groesbeck. He befriended many new acquaintances. He was a devoted caretaker of Connie during her final illness.

Wesley was a member of the Baptist Church, and served on the Baptist Men's Disaster Relief team. He had to take a course in using a chain saw and obtained FEMA certification and Sky Warn training. After moving to Groesbeck, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tehuacana. He had great faith, and his faith only grew stronger. His deepest sorrow at the end was being unable to go to church any longer.

Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; and in the past two years, his wife, Connie Clements, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Gail Wilkerson.

He is survived by his brother, Russel Clements of Denton; sister, Elaine Nave of Phoenix, AZ; son, Nathaniel "Nathan" Clements of Corpus Christi; and son Jacob Clements of Groesbeck; grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dixie and Mike McLellan of Groesbeck; and nieces and nephews



Cole, Larry


A Gang -MM2 - Gold Crew- Died in 1971 while on sea trials off of Spain of viral meningitis.  The only person we know of to pass away on duty onboard the Key.  Jerry Falls, Quartermaster on the Gold Crew sent this description of that day in 1971.

Larry Cole was a big kid who was very popular with the crew. He was a great shipmate. His symptoms started just after we left the training area for Patrol. It started much like the flu. Fever, Headache, Chills. As the day wore on he became delirious and towards late afternoon he rambled through the boat and went to sick bay to see the Doctor and Chief Corpsman. They worked furiously to find out what was wrong with Larry. By the time they had diagnosed it, It was too late. Larry had no more than four hours to live. When he passed away we sent a message and left our Patrol area to off load his body in Rota. The crew was started on Penicillin. The next day Naples Italy ordered the Doctor to take the crew off Penicillin and to return to the training area for one week to cover our targets and to see if anybody else had it. After one week in the training area we went on our normal Patrol. {note from Russ: It was at this time that the Blue Crew was notified of what had happened and we were put on standby to fly back to Rota to relieve the Gold Crew at the first signs of another shipmate coming down with the disease.}


It was later learned that Larry was in downtown Rota and drank water with his booze. At least that was their theory. We had nobody come down with the viral meningitis. We lost a good shipmate." 
Received this e-mail on Jan 19, 2007 from John Linville, MM1 Gold Crew;
"I remember the tragedy of Larry Cole. As I remember he had done 8 years in destroyers, was newly married and decided to try submarine duty. He was sick and you could hear him in his delirium calling out names. I remember someone coming around the night he passed away and waking us up to tell us what had happened. We were all pretty shook up about it. I remember the body lying in the missile deck between the tubes and that A-Div guys took turns standing honor guard on the transit back to port. The boat went back to Rota and tied up along the pier. The transport of the body across the base raised all kinds of hell with the Spanish Admiral because they were afraid of infectious disease. To keep us occupied while we were tied up they brought down some barbecue grills and set them up on the missile decks so the cooks could grill for us while we took those horse pills and had six inch swabs poked up our nostrils."  

02/16/07 - Received this e-mail from Mike Robertson TM2 Gold Crew 69 - 72:
After Larry Cole died, we were put back to Rota and we were given a barbecue on deck (see picture). The story went around that if we tried to leave the boat, some Marines would shoot us. So, we didn't leave. That's Tom Courtien behind Gus. The shoe belongs to Tom Anderson RM 2 Couple of my running buddies. On the back of the picture is the date 12 Sept. 1971 
Received this e-mail March 11, 2011 from Jeff Richardson: 
I served on the Key Gold Crew from 1969-1971 as Reactor Control, Radio, Sonar, Movie, Dive, and Auxillary Division Officer. Larry Cole had reported aboard and to my division a few weeks before he died. We had completed our shakedown cruise and were doing final refit in Rota prior to patrol when he became ill. I was leaving the ship to get out of the Navy to go to medical school when I heard just prior to my departure that he wasn't feeling well and I stopped by his bunk to see how he was doing and at that time he just complained of a bad headache. I told him to just stay in his rack and try and sleep it off. During that refit we completed essentially the whole maintenance and inspection book for the upcoming overhaul and the men in my division worked really hard. It normally takes 2 or 3 patrols to do that. When I returned to the states there was a note on the door of my motel room where I was being "decomissioned" to call the medical officer immediately. That was when I was told of Larry's tragic and rapid death. I was told if I developed a headache to see a doctor---very comforting. It was a sad way to leave the Key. 
If any shipmates have anything else they would like to add, just send your comments to Russ at

Conti, Paul

We received an e-mail from Sharon Conti informing us of Paul's passing from cancer on August 6, 2013. Paul served on the gold crew Weapons Div in the 1970's.  Paul and family attended the 2010 reunion and several picture of him are posted on that web page.  Below is his obituary.

Paul J. Conti, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away in Naples Physician Regional Medical Center on August 6, 2013.

Paul graduated from La Salle Sr. High School and went on to join the U.S. Navy. After serving six years in the military, he moved to Phoenix, AZ where he established the first of Il Primo Pizza and Wings restaurants. In 1999 he relocated to Naples, FL and continued to expand his business ventures opening an additional six locations.

Although many recognized him as the man behind the Il Primo Pizza and Wing business, he will be well remembered for his philanthropic contributions. Many charities have benefited from Paul's time, talents and dedication to giving back to his community.

He was predeceased by his father, Victor. Survived by the love of his life Lucia; his son, Austin; mother, Phyllis; sisters, Carla and Phyllis, all of Arizona; brothers, Rick of Naples, FL, Joe of California; sister, Vicki of Michigan; stepchildren, Mino, Marina, Patrick, and Gina; several nephews, nieces, and cousins, and a host of friends throughout the country.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a cancer charity of one's choosing.

Coon, Carroll Don 


IC1SS "Coondog" -- On board from 1972-77 Gold Crew

From Ron Marchand 8/23/07 - Chief Peterson assigned Carroll Coon as my "Sea Daddy". Best thing that ever happen to me.  A few years back, I was in contact with QMC(SS) John "Hollywood" Troia. Those who knew him, knew why we called him that. He told me that my "Sea Daddy" IC1 Carroll Coon had passed. I was proud to be Coondog's "Sea Slug". I also saw where Chief Weich, Wags,  and Pullen had also passed. Great Guys, Great Shipmates.RichIC10CarrollCoon.jpg (116437 bytes)   


Cote, Raymond J. -   NavET 69 - 71 Blue Crew

Raymond J. Cote, 80, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon, Illinois. Ray was born on July 30, 1940 to Henry and Gabrielle (Caron) Cote in Rochelle, IL. After high school, he proudly served with the United States Navy. After the navy he went to work at the University of Hawaii institute of geophysics as electronics technician on university research vessels.

Ray is survived by his five children: Michelle (Tariq) Zunnurain of Des Plaines, IL, Janelle Cote of Springfield, IL, Robyn (Daryl) Cadiz of Honolulu, HI, Matthew Cote of Honolulu, HI and Gabriel Cote of Ashton, IL; brother, Dennis (Pat) Cote of Hampshire, IL; two sisters: Frances Blackwood and Marie-Louise Sims both of Princeton, IL and three grandchildren: Sadie of Honolulu, HI, Zoe of Perth, Australia and Zishan of Des Plaines, IL; friend: Jane Trebing.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; daughter, Heather and brother, Claude.

Covington, Benjamin Bryan

Commander Benjamin Bryan Covington, USN, Retired
Benjamin Bryan  Covington died from complications related to Alzheimer's disease on April 11, 2015 in Austin, TX. He was 62.
Bryan was born in Albany, Georgia on April 3, 1953, to loving parents Benjamin Bouie Covington, Jr. and Marjorie Elizabeth Hannum Covington. He was the eldest of five children. Bryan spent his early years in Florida, where he acquired his love of oranges, the ocean, and where an uncle, who was a Blue Angels pilot, first inspired him to consider a military career. He loved the outdoors and Boy Scouting and eventually became an Eagle Scout.
Bryan graduated from McCallum High School in 1971 (National Honors Society), and received an appointment by Congressman J.J. Pickle to the United States Naval Academy. He graduated the Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics (Oceanography). One summer evening during his Academy years, on a visit home to Austin, he was introduced (by his mother and hers) to a fellow McCallum graduate, Catherine Ann Dougal. Bryan and Cathy began corresponding and visiting, and he proposed to her on the steps of the UT Tower. They were wed on December 27, 1975. From this marriage came 39 years of faithful companionship, two children and seven grandchildren.

After his graduation and marriage, Bryan embarked on a 23-year naval career, during which he served as the Sonar Officer of USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (SSBN 657) (GOLD), completed Nuclear Power Training, was Lieutenant (J.G.) on USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN 623) (GOLD) for six patrols, and was a division officer. In 1980, he joined the NROTC as an assistant professor at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, and where he completed a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering in 1982. He also attended Advanced Submarine Poseidon Navigation System training. In 1983, Bryan reported to USS WILL ROGERS (SSBN 659) (Blue) as Operations and Navigation Officer. He also served simultaneously on SSN BALTIMORE. Bryan completed a tour as the Senior Watch Officer at Operations Control Center of Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic (COMSUBLANT) in Norfolk, Virginia from 1986-1988. He served as Executive Officer on USS GLENARD P. LIPSCOMB (SSN 685) from 1988 until she was decommissioned in 1990. He then reported to Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) as the Senior Test Director for Submarine Combat Systems. From 1992-1993, Bryan served as the Officer in Charge at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Detachment, Andros Island, Bahamas. Next, he was Chief Staff Officer at Submarine Squadron Eight in Norfolk, Virginia from 1993-1995. His final Navy duty was as Executive Officer of the NROTC Unit at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where he was an associate professor. Commander Covington retired from military service on November 19, 1998. During his service, he was authorized to wear the National Defense Service Medal with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star.
Upon his military retirement, Bryan had completed the majority of his course work for an additional Masters of Science in Construction Management from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, and began a career in the construction industry. He worked as a project manager with the commercial construction company, Lippert Brothers, Inc. of Oklahoma City. A notable project he co-managed was the Oklahoma City National Memorial at the former location of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He later also worked as a project manager for Harrison-Orr Air Conditioning, LLC (Oklahoma City) before retiring in 2007.
Bryan's love of the water extended well outside his professional life. He enjoyed sailing expeditions on his Catalina 22 sailboat, slipping through rivers by canoe and exploring undersea worlds in SCUBA gear. On shore, his interest in wilderness survival, tracking, stargazing, bicycling, hiking and camping was passed on to his children and grandchildren. Near the end of his Navy career, his family realized a dream: building a home on a small Oklahoma farm where Bryan raised cattle, harvested honey, and tinkered on an ancient orange Allis-Chalmers tractor. Bryan loved old country and bluegrass music, and played his favorite harmonica as a means of expression long after he lost other communication abilities.
Bryan was a man of honest faith. He was involved with local churches and ministries throughout his life, from Officer Christian Fellowship, to men's prayer breakfasts and evangelism activities. He and Cathy helped with children's and youth ministries and he served as church treasurer in one congregation. He cared about the men he worked with and was concerned for their physical, professional, and spiritual well-being. But perhaps the greatest example of Bryan's faith is the courage with which he faced long years with Alzheimer's. Bryan believed that God is good despite suffering; he not only took joy in the midst of it, but he also shared that joy with those around him. His anchor of hope was that Jesus Christ came to make all things new.
Bryan gave his family the great and lasting gift of knowing he deeply loved them. He is survived by his wife Catherine Dougal Covington; daughter, Elizabeth Covington Crawford, and her husband Taylor Crawford (Missoula, Montana); son, Benjamin Bradley Covington, and his wife Nicole Lasich Covington (Moscow, Idaho); grandchildren, Miles, Jasper, Silas and Elsa Crawford (Missoula, Montana) and Baxter, Quinn and Alivia Covington (Moscow, Idaho); mother, Marjorie Elizabeth Covington (Austin, Texas); brothers Richard Covington (Lewisville, Texas), Frank Covington (Austin, Texas), Kenneth Covington (Houston, Texas) and sister Marjorie Waley (Austin, Texas). He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Bouie Covington (Austin, Texas).
A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Military honors will be provided. Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Cox, Robert

My brother James Robert Cox served on the USS Francis Scott Key (1972-1974). I was searching for photographs of him and came across your e-mail. I can not locate a photograph of him in uniform. He was probably one of the skinniest young men to ever serve in the Navy, he did fill out in later years. We are all proud of his service. Attached is his memorial service announcement and a photograph of his marker at the Cox Family Cemetery in Vinton County, OH. Please let me know if I need to submit any other information.

Ramona Hitchens


Creamer, Bobby Joe - MM1(SS)

Bobby Joe Creamer
April 15, 2009
Bobby Joe Creamer, age 59, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in Hagertown, Maryland. He and is wife, Brenda resided in Coldspring, Texas. Bobby Joe was born on November 4... (Note: we could only find a partial obituary)

Born Nov 04, 1949, Eternal Patrol Apr 15, 2009
Went on Eternal Patrol on: 4/15/2009
Ships / boats served on: SS-343, SSBN-657, SSN-594

Cronham, Charles R. (Chip)

Weapons Div Gold Crew 74 - 76 (dates are uncertain)
Charles R. Cronham (CHip) sailed on "Eternal Patrol" on 12 July 2011. Charles "Chip" Cronham sailed aboard the Francis Scott Key. He was "medically discharged" under Honorable conditions. Services at 1400, 22July 2011 at the Archdale Methodist Church. A "Book of Rememberances" presented to family by Nathanael Greene Base (USSVI)
Cronham was not a member of USSVI
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Cdr. Nat Greene Base
Below is the obituary for Chip:
Charles R. "Chip" Cronham

Palm Bay, FL
Mr. Charles R. "Chip" Cronham passed away on July 12, 2011.
He was born in Durham, NC on August 21, 1954 and raised in Carthage, NC. After high school he spent two years in the Navy aboard a nuclear submarine. He received a medical discharge and will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Chip spent most of his adult life in Atlanta, GA. A memorial service was held at Peace Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 14, 2011. Chip was a man of many talents. He loved to sing and play, write poetry and was a contracture.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Woods Cronham; three children, Amanda Fredericks, Christopher Michael and Kerri Cronham Stower; his parents, Charles "Chuck" and Peggie Cronham, one sister, Elizabeth Cronham Wagner; six grandchildren and one great- grandchild.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Archdale United Methodist Church in Archdale, NC. Memorials may be sent to the Archdale United Methodist Building Fund.

Danzis, Steve


Radio Chief Blue Crew Died in 2006. 


07/10/12 - Mark Persons sent in this obituary for Steve.


Source: “The Gainesville Sun”, Published, Tuesday, June 6, 2006.

Stephen Jo
hn Danzis

Stephen John Danzis of Keystone Heights died Sunday in his home following an extended illness. He was 61.
Mr. Danzis was born and raised in Miami Springs. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida.
He was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy as a radio master chief and served in Vietnam
Mr. Danzis worked for 10 years as a correctional officer at Florida State Prison.  He was a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Danzis of Keystone Heights; daughters Stephanie Schmitt of Melbourne and Charlie Danzis and Crystal Davison, both of Keystone Heights; brothers David Danzis of Georgia, Danny Danzis of Brandon and Michael Danzis of Miami; sisters Lorraine Watson of Marietta, Ga., and Pat Gentry of Chicago; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.


Got this e-mail from Jeff Burke on 12/6/06 when he read about Steve's passing.

My name is Jeff Burke, I was stationed onboard the Key from Jun 85 - Oct 88 as a RM1(SS). I made Chief in Sep 88 and was transferred to the Madison. I just read in the "KEY SHIPMATES ON ETERNAL PATROL" section where RMCM(SS) DANZIS had passed away.
Do you have any information on his death. or where I could contact his family. 

You have his name spelled wrong (We fixed it) and he was the Blue Crew Radio Chief until 1987, when he transferred to RTC Orlando. Made Master Chief and retired in FL somewhere.
Steve was the best Communications Chief I ever served under. He didn't take crap  from anyone. He always took care of the radiomen on both crews. He made sure there was cold beer waiting in the parking lot when the boat came back from sea. We would always send RM-RM grams to each other saying "ED was on the Pier" Meaning Ed McMahon who represented Budwiser. Would appreciate any information.

2/14/07 Received this e-mail from CAPT Paul Denham: assigned to COMNAVSEA; on fellowship at the National Defense University, Washington, DC 2006-2007. RMCS(SS) Danzis was my senior chief and a terrific guy, I was saddened to hear that he passed away. The crew loved and respected him.

Darr, Gary S

Gary S. Darr, 64, of Clearfield, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at his home.

He was born on February 23, 1952 in Erie, the son of the late Robert W. Darr Jr. and Margaret (Pongratz). On September 2, 2006 he married Lynda (Hullihen) Darr, she survives.

Member of the United States Navy and served on the Submarine USS Francis Scott Key during the Vietnam War.

He had worked for Barton Ceilings, Medal Studs and Drywall of Maryland.

Gary was affiliated with Clearfield Alliance Church.

He was a member of the local clubs: Clearfield American Legion and VFW. He was also a member of the Crownsville Fire Department, of Maryland.

Gary is survived by his three children: Daniel Darr of New Mexico, Pam and her husband Greg Carrick of Riva, MD, Karen and her husband Tom Kvichak of Crofton, MD; two step children: Connie and her husband Mike Laird of Curwensville and Justin Witherow of Mesquite, TX; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren; also survived by two brothers: George and his wife Jamie Darr of Millersville, MD and Terry and his wife Linda Darr of Fruitland Park, Fl; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bobby Darr III and step-son, Larry Witherow Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Clearfield Alliance Church with Rev. Robert Goldenburg and Pastor Russ Rathier officiating. Burial will be in Watts Cemetery. Full Military Home will be accord by the Clearfield VFW at the cemetery.

Davidson, Charles Kenneth. Jr.  Nav ET Blue Crew 76 - 78

Charles Kenneth Davidson Jr., 64, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Athens. 

He was an Eagle Scout and worked as a Boy Scout leader for many years. He was a member of American Legion and a part of their color guard. He taught Sunday school and was a youth leader at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church for many years. He loved to work and fix things and was often referred to as "Mr. Fix-It." He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the submarine USS. Francis Scott Key, and received two commendations for going above and beyond the call of duty. He loved to fish and enjoyed trains and woodworking. He worked all of his life for the family business, Electric Motor Service. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Kenneth "Charlie" Davidson Sr. on March 3, 2011. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sharon Cate Davidson of Athens; one son, Russ Davidson of Athens; two daughters, Mila and Buck Williams of Athens, and Ashley and Jared Ziegler of Niota; mother, Betty Brock Davidson of Athens; brother, Dan Davidson of Athens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Tom Ralston of Vero Beach, Fla., and Annette and Mike Ray of Athens; and four grandchildren, Lorelai Ziegler, James Ziegler, Greyson Ziegler, and Charles Walker Williams. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church with Jeff Roberts and the Rev. Charla Sherbakoff officiating. The interment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Rusty Taylor, Chris Moffitt, Jeff Roberts, Buck Williams, Jared Ziegler and Russ Davidson. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service at the church.


Dawson, Ron

MT3 Plank Owner Blue Crew.  Died about 2005 from diabetes in Seattle.

We were notified of Ron's passing by George Singer, first supply officer on the Key.  George wrote a history of his time on the Key and it can be found by clicking on Early Days.  In that history George mentions Ron Here is Georges info:

Interestingly enough, many years later, I was President of a long distance company in Seattle and hired Ron Dawson who was an MT3 on Key (Blue) as a Plank owner. A few months later I hired his son. They both worked for me for several years. Regrettably, Ron passed away about 3 or 4 years ago from complications from diabetes.

Dearborn, Gerald

Received an e-mail from Gerald's daughter, Mary Paxton on Jan 30, 2012, informing us of his passing in 2007.  I found this brief notice in a Charleston newspaper.

Gerald Jerry Wayne Dearborn, 66, husband of Gloria Dearborn, of Ladson, SC died Friday, July 20, 2007 at Charleston hospital.

Here is Mary's e-mail to me:  "My daddy Gerald Dearborn was a cook on the Key in the 70's and I didn't know if yall knew that he passed in July of 2007. He was a great man and my hero and missed everyday so if you could please add his name to the eternal patrol . He is survived by His wife Gloria of 42 years and his children Barry Dearborn and Mary Claxton . After he passed I got my tattoo in his honor."



Dillard, Steven M.

I received several e-mails from Steve's former shipmate Mark DeRyke who had been searching the internet for his old friend.  Mark found a brief notice of Steve's death in Granbury, TX in 2009.  Here is Mark's e-mails: 

Shipmate Steven Mikeiel Dillard (IC Div) served onboard the FS Key (patrolled prior to entering the Newport News Shipyard; was a member throughout the shipyard; and patrolled after leaving the shipyards) and was a good friend to many.

I have been trying to find and reconnect with Steve after many years, and recently found an obituary when searching the internet.

Born:  February 1, 1960

Died:  October 2, 2009

He died in his home town of Granbury, Texas

I ask that you list our shipmate on Eternal Patrol status.  Perhaps a picture and some kind words from his close friends can help compose a memorable write-up on the website.  Unfortunately, I am unable to find out ANYTHING beyond the fact that he passed away on October 2, 2009, and I wish there were more details available. 

Personally, I would like this to be a place that documents a special time in his life, when he was with friends that cared deeply about him.  He has family out there that will someday come across this, and know that he was a part of an envied tradition as a submariner onboard the best boat in the fleet. 

Once again, thanks for helping me pay my last respects to a long lost friend.  This is a reason why I’ve reconnected with my friends and shipmates from days gone by - it’s much easier to let people know their place in your heart when they can still look you in the eye.

Doherty, Hugh M.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain, died following a long illness on May 20, 2012, at home in Arlington, VA, surrounded by his family. Captain Doherty was born in Medford, MA. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1965. His sea duty was spent in five submarines, and he was Commanding Officer of the USS Sand Lance (SSN 660). His decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired from the Navy in 1989.

Veteran US Navy (Ret.) Captain
Hugh M. Doherty, died following a long illness at home in Arlington, VA. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1965. His sea duty was spent in 5 submarines and he was Commanding Officer of the USS Sand Lance (SSN 660).
A funeral Mass will be held May 23 at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Interment later this summer at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

He was the son of the late Owen and Madeline Doherty and brother of the late Sheila Doherty. Survivors include his devoted wife of 45 years, Mary Pierce Doherty; his son Sean and wife Suzanne, his son Matthew and wife Kate, and his son Timothy and wife Jane; two brothers, John and Kevin; and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's on Capitol Hill, 313 2nd St., SE, Washington, DC. Interment will occur later this summer at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Captain Hugh Doherty, in honor of his grandson Finn Doherty, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts 02481.

Ships / boats served on: SS-303, SSBN-657, SSN-660

Donaldson, William J

William J. Donaldson
October 31, 1938 ~ October 26, 2011

MONTEREY, CA - William J. Donaldson, 72, passed away October 26, 2011, while traveling in France. He and his wife, Ann, had spent a lovely week with friends, boating on the Midi Canal. He beca
me ill, entered a hospital in Beziers, and never recovered. He had a long history of asthma and died of lung failure.
Bill was born in Newport, WA, but grew up in Richmond, IN. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University where he was in the ROTC program. Bill received his MS in Elec
trical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
Bill served 20 years in the submarine service. His first submarine was the USS Tunny at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He also served aboard the USS Francis Scott Key in New London, CT, the USS Tirante in Key West, FL, and the USS Grenadier, also in Key West. There were shore duties on submarine staffs in San Diego, CA, New London, and his final duty station was at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
When Bill retired from the Navy in 1982, the family settled in Monterey. Bill then did graduate work at UC Santa Cruz in Computer Science. He worked as a computer specialist at Syntek in Monterey and then with the Base Realignment and Closure staff at Ford Ord. Bill retired again in 2002.
Bill met his wife, Ann (Allert) on the beach at Ft. DeRussy while stationed at Pearl Harbor. They were married in 1967. They had three children. The family enjoyed camping and traveling, especially to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They belong to the Church of the Good Shepherd, where Bill served in many capacities, including Senior Warden on the Vestry, Chalice Bearer, and Verger. Bill and Ann spent summers at Ann's family home on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Bill was active in the Episcopal Church there also.
Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ann; daughter, Lisa Keith and her husband, Ed; son, William J. Donaldson, Jr.; daughter, Lara Owsley and her husband, Pete; and grandchildren, Rachel and Maura Keith and Eric and Alex Owsley.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral de Tierra, Salinas, CA. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Memorials may be given to the Memorial Fund at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Dooley, Joseph P.


Plank Owner TMC died June 14, 2007 according to a report in web site. Chief Dooley is standing in the picture to the left. Below is the chief's obituary.

Joseph P. Dooley, 79, of Fountain Springs, passed away Wednesday at Reading Hospital and Medical Center

He served as a TMCS (SS) E-8 USSVI Reading Base, 1998: NLM 173 National, member of Holland Club, 2001. 

Dooley enlisted in the Navy in June 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, and served on the following ships (subs) locations: Voyager/SS ESSO Springfield; USNTC Bainbridge, Md., July 1946; USS Stormes (DD 780); U.S. S/M Base, Pearl Harbor; S/M School, 1951; USS Sea Leopard (SS 483); USS Trutta (SS 421); USS Dace (SS 247); (Leonardo Da Vinci) Italian Navy; USS Piper (SS 409); Naval Ordnance Lab, White Oak, Md.; USS Lafayatte (SSBN 616); USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657); USS Tinosa (SSN 606); operations chief, New London; shore patrol. He retired on July 4, 1970. 

After retiring from the Navy, he served as superintendent of Juvenile Detention Center, Pottsville; warden of the Schuylkill County Prison: safety manager at Hamburg Center, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, retiring on Dec. 3, 1989. 

Surviving are his wife, Ann Marie Dooley; two daughters, Lorraine and Barbara; a grandson, John P. Reese. 

Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. William F. McDonald Jr. Funeral Home, Girardville, is in charge

Dougherty, James R

Plank Owner RM2 - Received an e-mail from Key shipmate William Stovall reporting the death of J.R. Dougherty on Thanksgiving, 2004. Here is William's e-mail:

"I'd been trying to connect up with Jimmy Dougherty. This morning I received word that he took his finale dive Thanksgiving, 2004 due to heart failure from cancer treatments. Jim was my best friend but lost contact - I talked to others that talked to him etc. but not Jimmy. I was in Dalton, GA in 2000 and should have drove to Ringgold, GA to see him but didn't. His brother also a sub vet, told me he talked about me all the time. Jimmy and I had a Snake Ranch together during new construction, for a while. He was a member of my Wedding in Old Lyme, Conn. and had a blast. Just ask C. Burrow about the party at the Castle on Conn. River. Set the Father-In-Law back about 20 G's and that's in 1966. Jimmy was a Plank Owner. His brother say's he is going to send me any photos, news clippings etc. that he can find. I will mail you copies if he does as said.

Jim and I had old car horns installed under our beds and would hit the switch on each maiden dive. He had a big Honda Cycle that he would try to get off the back screen porch when got drunk. More than once I had to dive off the front door stoup and tackle him and the motorcycle to stop him from driving it (ride her up). Ask C. Burrows about me not letting someone driving drunk. 

Dreher, Jack S.

Notice received February 17, 2009 from Jack's brother Jeff:
My brother Jack S. Dreher, Greenfield, OH  served on the USS Francis Scott Key. Please add his name to the crew list. He was very proud of his service, kept pictures, flags and other memorabilia on the walls. He wore a jacket with patches until it was threadbare. He bought another jacket, sewed on the old patches and wore it out too.

He died at home Sunday Feb. 15, 2009 just 3 days after his 61st birthday.

I have attached the only photo I have.
Thank You,
Jeff Dreher
Obituary from the Times-Gazette newspaper.
Jack Stephen Dreher
Jack Stephen Dreher, 61, of Bainbridge, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at his residence.
Born Feb. 11, 1948 in Highland County, he was the son of the late Jack Bernard and Dixie Lenore (Riley) Dreher.
Survivors include one son, Jack Justin Dreher of Nashville, Tenn., and mother, Diettra Jo Dreher of Greenfield; Karen Dreher of Bainbridge, and daughter, Jennifer Jones of Bainbridge, and son, Ryan Jones of Colorado; three brothers, Edward (Sara) Dreher of Bainbridge, Timothy (Tina) Dreher of Bainbridge and Jeffery (Debra) Dreher of Washington C.H.; two sisters, Hope (Donald) Williamson of Bainbridge and Joy (Roger) Mullikin of Greenfield; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and three uncles, Hayward (Roberta) Riley of Greenfield, Herschel Riley of Michigan and Dean Dreher of Peebles.
He was employed as a press operator at Highland Computer Forms in Hillsboro and was a 1966 graduate of Edward Lee McClain High School. He was in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Murray-Fettro Funeral Home in Greenfield with Pastor Jim Bush officiating. Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery with military rites performed by the Concerned Veterans of Greenfield.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the funeral home.
03/16/09 received from Vaughn (Skippy) Stahl - Storekeeper Blue Crew:
Jack and myself made 3 patrols together in 69 and 70.We were good friends and had many good times together, both at sea and on shore. Although we only saw each other a few times after we got out of the service, we spoke quite often on the phone. Jack you were a good friend and I will miss you. Skippy

Earls, Jim H.

Plankowner,  Medical Officer Blue Crew

We received an e-mail from Jim's son Chris, asking to have his father placed on the Key's crew listing.  Jim was the blue crew medical office in 66 - 67.  Here is the obituary provided.

Jim H. Earls passed away Dec 28, 1990 in Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from Oklahoma medical school in 1960 he joined the US Navy as a medical officer and served on the ballistic missile submarines Ethan Allen, Benjamin Franklin and Francis Scott Key, conducting several deterrent patrols from Scotland. He also served as a submarine medical officer at the submarine school in Groton, CT. He separated from the Navy in 1967 and returned to Oklahoma where he practiced psychiatry, including counseling veterans during and after the Vietnam War. He is survived by his four children Chris, Ashley, Roxanne and Reid.



Edwards, Jerry ETCS(SS) 72- 75 Gold Crew

Cold War Submariner Jerry Edwards of Granbury, TX, 81, departed on his final and eternal patrol on 4/17/2021.

Jerry qualified in submarines in 1960 aboard USS RATON (SS-270) in 1960 and was a ETCS(SS) when he retired from the US Navy. 

He was a USSVI Holland Club member of COWTOWN and DALLAS bases.

Proudly wearing his Key cap

Estes, Timothy E.  ET1 

Timothy Elmer Estes, ETR1(SS) Vallejo, CA Passed away on 12/11/2019 Qualified in submarines on the USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) in 1967 and was a ET1(SS) when he left the Navy.

Tim qualified in submarines in 1967 aboard the USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) and was a ET1(SS) when he left the service. He also served aboard QUILLBACK and FRANCIS SCOTT KEY. He was a Life and Holland Club member of USSVI Mare Island Base. Joined in 1962 left in 1970 Highest Rank - Rate E6 - ETR1(SS).  ET1(SS) 1968-70 Reactor Operator, RPCP, SPCP, EPCP RC


Timothy Elmer Estes would have you know that he was born on Aug. 23, 1943 on Green Hill Road in the little town of Barrington, NH. He is preceded in death by his father, Elmer Estes; mother, Hilda Elizabeth (Kahps, Estes) Erickson; step-father, Emrick Erickson, and sister, Elona (Sis) Dodge, as well as numerous aunts and uncles of his direct and extended families. He is survived by his brother, Alfred Estes, and step-sister, Ruthie Strong of Rochester; his wife, Susan (Melser) Estes of Vallejo; daughter, Amanda Estes of Vallejo, and his son, Daniel Estes of Snohomish, WA.

Tim was a well traveled person in life, moving as a child from Barrington, NH to Farmington to Rochester, NH to Dorchester, MA, back to Barrington then onward to Orlando, FL before finally moving back to Barrington. He attended Barrington Grade School, Spaulding High in Rochester, NH and Colonial High in Orlando, FL from which he graduated.After high school, Tim worked at D'Arcy Millwork in Dover, NH until 1962 when he joined the U.S. Navy and trained as an Electronics Technician in the Submarine Service. He enjoyed extensive travel at the government's expense circling the globe above and below the ocean's surface as a Nuclear Reactor Operator. When assigned to Mare Island Naval Shipyard for Nuclear Power School he met his future wife, Susan, who saw him as something she could work with to shape up after they met on a blind date. They were married three years later in Reno, NV, between submarine patrols.

After leaving the Navy, Tim settled in his wife's hometown of Vallejo and worked for AT&T before moving to Systems Start-up and Operations for Bay Area Rapid Transit District. After taking courses in Engineering at UC Berkeley, he began a career as an Instrument and Controls Engineer in the commercial Nuclear Power generation industry. As a consulting Contract Engineer, he traveled the US for several small Engineering firms working with various Power Plants, Waste-water Treatment, Medical and Petro-Chemical facilities designing new installations and upgrading obsolete Instrumentation and Control and Computer Systems. He finally retired after a stint working in the "liquid gold" oil fields of the Hollywood Hills of Glendale, CA. Tim will be buried in Barrington's Pine Grove Cemetery, with arrangements under the direction of Colonial Chapels.


Eubanks, Lee A


This message was posted by Lee's grandson on Facebook on August 28, 2016:


This is Michael

My grandfather has passed away on Saturday (August 27, 2016)

His viewing will be on Thursday Sept 1, 2016 at 3:00pm at Berceuse Funeral Home, 2609 Cunningham Dr, Hampton, VA

The family and I would love for you all to be there with us.

Lee's daughter Ashley confirmed!

Note: We could not find an obituary for Lee but we found one for his wife who had predeceased Lee.  We have included her obituary because it also has their children and family members listed.

Lee Eubanks wife Salley
HAMPTON - Sally G. Eubanks, 74, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born in Lawrence, Mass, she has been a resident of Hampton since 1990, where she was a manager of several department stores. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Sally is survived by her husband of 48 years, Lee A. Eubanks; daughters, Heather, Jennifer, Allison and Erica; brother, Edward Barnum; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements are being provided by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions in Hampton, 757-825-8070

Farren, John W. Jr.

On May 10, 2011 I received notice from Doc Reed of the USSVI Hawkbill base in Idaho of John's passing. Below is his obituary found in the Idaho Falls Post Register.
John William Farren Jr., 62, of Idaho Falls, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home surrounded by his wife and children.
John was born July 3, 1948, in Smoot, W. Va., to John W. Farren Sr. and Ellen Louise (Gungy) Harriger. John grew up in Lodi, Ohio, and graduated from Cloverleaf High School in 1966.
After high school, John joined the U.S. Navy and entered the nuclear training program. While attending nuclear sub school in Idaho Falls, he met the love of his life, Mona Lee Smith. They were married Feb. 22, 1970. John served his time in the Navy on the USS Francis Scott Key, and John and Mona lived in Connecticut, Washington and South Carolina. After leaving the Navy, John and Mona relocated back to Idaho where they raised their three children. John worked for INL for 32 years and retired in 1994. He also worked for North Wind Environmental until February of this year.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father.
Survivors include his wife, Mona L. Smith Farren; son, James W. (Melanie) Farren; daughters, Krystal L. Farren (Tom) Bruce, Heidi A. Farren (Jeff) Hanosky, and Kojak and Emily Granados. He had the joy of spending time with his nine grandchildren, Nathan, Christopher and Joshua Farren of Pueblo, Colo., Mekenzie, Morganne and Kia Bruce of Russellville, Ark., Jordan Keys and William and Andrew Honosky of Shelley, Idaho; two brothers; and three sisters.
John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and camping in Island Park. He loved being around wildlife. He loved country music and taught country line dancing with Mona. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed classic cars. He was also a member of St. John's Episcopal Church where he served as a Bible school teacher. John touched the lives of so many people and will be dearly missed.
Services for John will be held at noon Thursday, May 12, at Buck Sullivan Funeral Home.


Felton, Bobby Joe   Operations Officer Both crews 72 - 75

  Commander Bobby Joe Felton, age 80 of Sparta, Tennessee died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on December 1, 2022.

Bobby was born December 18, 1941 in Doyle, Tennessee to the late Joe Denny and Clara Elizabeth Felton. He retired as a submarine commander of the USS Darter in the United States Navy after 31 years of dedicated service. Early in his career, he had the distinction of being the youngest Chief serving in the Navy. In addition to his numerous awards and medals, he was also a certified Navy Diver.

After military retirement in 1989, Bobby worked for an engineering firm, then as a math teacher before ultimately retiring to his family farm in White County.

Bobby was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt and fish in both fresh and saltwater. He was also an accomplished hiker, completing the 100 highest mountains in New England. Most of all, Bobby was proud of his faith and leading his life as a believing Christian.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew Felton.

Bobby is lovingly survived by his wife of 56 years Arlene Felton; Son: Erik Felton and wife Heather; Two granddaughters: Alexandra Felton and Eleanor Felton

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00am Monday, December 5, 2022 from the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow in Old Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends from4-6:00pm Sunday at Hunter Funeral Home. Bob McCoy will officiate

Fields, Mill J. - EMC(SS)

M.J. Fields, 79, of Waxahachie passed away July 5, 2011, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

M.J. was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Muse, Okla. to James and Dessie Fields. The family moved to Munday, Texas, where he grew up, graduating from Munday High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1954. He spent 20 years as a nuclear submarine electrician during the Cold War and earned numerous medals for his service. He retired after 20 years in November 1974. M.J. lived in numerous places during his adventurous life, but he was always proud to call Texas home. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 37 years, devoting his life to mentoring and being a role model for thousands of people, proving sobriety works. He married his best friend, Lois Larkin, in 1984. Together they enjoyed traveling, dancing, bowling and spending time with beloved family and friends.

M.J. is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lois Fields; three siblings, Bill Fields, Hoke and Laverne Fields, and Barbara and Alex Jack; his four children, Larry Fields, Jim Fields, Steve and Rhonda Fields and Billie and Steve Johnson; his five stepchildren, Steve Larkin, Donnie Larkin, Ronnie and Charlotte Larkin, Mark and Sandee Larkin, and Fran and Chuck Leddy; 27 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dessie Fields; the mother of his children, Betty Jean Thompson; his daughter, Terry Malone; brother, Cleburne Fields; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Barton; sister-in-law, Bertha Fields; and stepdaughter-in-law, Patti Larkin.

A visitation and a celebration of life will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Ave. E, Midlothian. M.J. will be honored with a full military graveside service at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.


Flemming, Glenn Francis


March 30, 2015, our shipmate and friend, Glenn Francis Fleming, departed on Eternal Patrol in Charleston SC. Glenn was a USSVI National Member (2013), a USSVI Charleston Base Member (2013) and a Holland Club Member. He enlisted in the Navy in 1959 and retired in 1985. He qualified on SKATE SSN 578 in 1963. He also served on SNOOK SSN 592, CHARR SS 328, BARB SSN 596, SAM HOUSTON SSBN/SSN 609, JAMES MADISON SSBN 627, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY SSBN 657 and NATHAN HALE SSBN 623.

MCPO Glenn Francis Fleming, US Navy (Ret.) CHARLESTON - MCPO Glenn Francis Fleming, US Navy (Ret), 73, of Charleston, SC, husband of Joyce J. Ingerson Fleming entered into eternal rest Monday, March 30, 2015. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway at 4:00 pm. The family will receive friends in Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel Saturday from 3:00 pm until the time of service. Private burial services will be held in Beaufort National Cemetery. Glenn was born October 4, 1941 in Bishop, California, son of the late Fredrick W. Fleming and the late Mary Springer Fleming. He was a retired Master Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy. Glenn was a member of the Sub-Vets, American Legion, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Island Crafter Guild and Folly Crafters Guild VFW and the Fleet Reserve. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Joyce J. Ingerson Fleming of Charleston, SC; son, Christopher G. Fleming (Julia) of Ladson, SC; daughter, Cheri Zetrouer (David) of Charleston, SC; five grandchildren, Kyle Fleming, Caroline Zetrouer, Robert Fleming, D'Anthony Fleming and Jasmina Fleming; sister, Peg Fleming of Ohio. Memorials may be made to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, P. O. Box 250955, Charleston, SC 29425 and/or Hospice of America, 1470 Tobias Gadsden, Suite 107, Charleston, SC 29407. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting:


Fletcher, David J.

Alta Loma, CA
Passed away on 5/12/2014
Served on: SS-328, SS-307, SSN-592, SSN-584, SSBN-657, AS-32, AS-33

Forsyth, James P.

Received this information on the passing on May 7, 2011 of former Key CO James Forsyth from Tom Courtien:

James Perry Forsyth, lost a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease at the age of 83. He was born in River Falls, WI on Dec. 31, 1927 to the late Perry and Mary Jane Forsyth. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1945, and four years later enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman recruit. After attending electronics technician school and basic submarine school, he was assigned to the USS Remora SS 487 in San Diego. In early 1952 he was selected to be a part of the engineering crew of the USS Nautilus SSN 571, the first nuclear submarine. In 1957 he was selected for OCS and was commissioned as an Ensign in August of that year. His first tour as an Ensign was aboard the USS Bashaw SSK 241 in San Diego, and later Pearl Harbor. Later in 1957 Jim was assigned to the USS Gudgeon SS 567 and made an eight month cruise around the world. From there he was assigned to the Officers Nuclear Power School and then to the commissioning crew of the USS Ethan Allen SSBN 608, Blue Crew. Next was on to Engineer Officer of the USS Tullibee SSN 597, the Executive Officer of the USS John Marshall SSBN 611, Blue Crew, the Commanding Officer of the Casimir Pulaski SSBN 633 Gold, and Commander of the USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 Gold. Jim rounded out his career as the Commander Submarine Division 23, and in February 1979 he retired as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Submarine Support facility in New London, CT. After his retirement he moved to the Leesburg area in 1992 where he was the co-owner of J&B Books in downtown Leesburg, and was one of the founding members of the Leesburg Partnership, where he also served as the original design chairman. James also loved photography, and being outdoors, whether he was gardening, fishing, or canoeing, he loved the outdoors. In his spare time he also loved to work on clocks, and enjoyed making jewelry. James is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Beverly (Creaser) Forsyth of Leesburg, FL; three sons, Michael (Robin) Klavon of Orlando, FL, Andrew Klavon of Leesburg, FL, and Jeffrey (Stacie) Klavon of Westminster, MD. He is also survived by six grandchildren Liam, Logan, Luke, Christian, Liam and Dalton, as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife; one son Stephen Forsyth; and daughter Patricia Furey; one brother and two sisters. James was also a good friend of Bill Wilson for over 42 years. There will be a visitation for Mr. Forsyth on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. in the page-Theus Funeral Home. Memorials in Jim's honor may be made to the Leesburg Partnership. Page Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Services - Leesburg, Florida has been entrusted with all arrangements. On line condolences for the family may be left at Published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 8, 2011.

Received this e-mail May 11, 2011 from John Linville  MM1 Gold Crew 66 - 71

I was saddened to hear of the passing of one of the finest naval officers I ever had occasion to sail with. Capt. Forsyth and I got off to a "rocky" start when he came aboard the Key. I had already made several patrols with the Gold Crew and was comfortable in the ELT lab and with my M Div assignments. Shortly after the change of command I was summoned to the wardroom where Capt Forsyth remarked on my tenure aboard and the lack of my qualification as EWS. He then told me I had a certain number of weeks to present myself back in the ward room for either a Captain's Mast or an EWS board, my choice. Needless to say I did qualify as an EWS and went into four section rotation with three chiefs, with me doing the midwatch. One of the Captain's preferences was to sleep during the day and prowl all night. How many times after assuming the watch, and being summoned to Maneuvering so the EOOW could have a coffee/head break, did I hear the snaps being pulled on the curtain behind the chair in Maneuvering and see the grinning face of our leader, full of surprises for me. I think within the first couple of weeks we ran more drills, including transferring reactor control to AMR2, than I could imagine. If I didn't know how to be an EWS when I left that qualification board, I sure as hell did when that patrol was over. Was I happy at the time? Hell no. But later in life, I appreciated being made to stretch, to learn and gain confidence. I have always been grateful to Jim Forsyth for that.

I made nine patrols on the Key without a break. My wife and I lost a child on a patrol when Joe Logan was the skipper and in the last of the nine, under Capt Forsyth, we came very near to losing a second child. Because of this, I ended up getting discharged about six months early. I will never forget going into the office after that last patrol and having Captain Forsyth inquire as to whether I had the funds to pay for my daughter's medical care and offering me a billet on the sub base if I did not with the proviso I could finish out my enlistment without sea duty. No other officer showed me that level of concern for one of his men, than Jim Forsyth showed me that day and my wife and I truly appreciated it. Also Captain Forsyth was instrumental in my Navy Achievement Award that I received when I was separated. Interestingly enough, that award became even more special to me when in later years my son also received that award for his service on the USS Tuscaloosa as an HT2

I remember chatting with the Captain in LLAMR1 while he worked on his clock that he had to build for his clockmaker's certification and the discussions we had on organic gardening that passed the time on patrol.

In later years I did get to see him as he did some work for INPO and visited the civilian nuclear plant I was working at in New Hampshire.

My deepest condolences to the Forsyth family. He truly was a great shipmate and a great leader. 
May 24, 2011 received this e-mail from Greg Webber:
I was very sorry to read of Captain Forsyth's crossing over. He was a warrior, and the world is a better place for him having passed through it.

 I found this picture that I think is better, at least you can look into those eyes of steel. The picture was taken in the Control Room while on
patrol in early 1971.
Our thanks to Greg for the picture you see here of Capt. Forsyth.

Fortier, Dennis G.

From Greg Webber: I knew Dennis very well.  He reported to the Key in the Bremerton shipyard 1972, 2 Gold patrols that I know of after overhaul.  He was the Nav ET Chief, and a very good shipmate.  Coached and played 1st Base on our softball team in Bremerton. 

 Here is his obituary:

Dennis George Fortier  June 01, 1943 - March 09, 2012   Melbourne, FL

Dennis George Fortier, 68, of Melbourne,

FL died March 9, 2012 in Melbourne. He was born June 1, 1943 in Detroit, MI to

Frank and Jean Robinson Fortier.


His family includes his children Karen

Tenney, Brian Tenney, and Chris (Jennifer) Fortier, brothers Doug and Dave

Fortier; sister Leslie Hood; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by

his wife, Joan in 2008.


Dennis retired after 22 years honorable

service in the US Navy and went on to work for Boeing another 18 years. He was

an avid baseball fan, he cheered the Manatees, and loved to fish. He was a

Brevard county resident over 30 years.

Arrangements entrusted to South Brevard

Funeral Home, 1001 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL (321) 724-2222.

Franceschiello, George - RMC(SS)

George Franceschiello, 68 VALLEY CENTER -- GeorgeFranceschiello, 68, passed away Dec. 12, 2007, at Palomar Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 24, 1939, in New York to Michael A. and Anna (Palumbo) Franceschiello. He was a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy for 20 years. After retiring from the Navy he worked for the government as a rep for NAVSSES Submarine Antenna. His last occupation was the chef and owner of Pepperoni's Italian restaurant, where he loved to cook and create new recipes and dishes for his diners. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman. He was a great friend to all he knew. He was loyal and trusting and was very generous and loving. He is survived by his wife, Joan E. Franceschiello of Valley Center; son, Anthony M. Franceschiello of Murrieta; and granddaughter, Michele L. Kuk of Oceanside. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma. Sign the Guest Book online George Franceschiello

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 12/12/2007
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-634, SSBN-657, SS-352, SS-391, SS-564, SS-270
Valley Center CA: George qualified on Raton (SS270) in 1962. He also served on Trigger, Pomfret, Halfbeak, Francis Scott Key, and Stonewall Jackson. He was a Life Member of National USSVI and of the San Diego Base where he will be missed. Smooth seas, shipmate. He was a RMC(SS) when he left the Navy.

Frazier, Dr. Daniel W.

Note: We believe this is the same Dr. Frazier that served on the Key about 1970.

FRAZIER, Dr. Daniel Wilson, 73, passed away in Tampa, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. He was born April 21, 1942, in Pittsburgh, PA to John Frazier and Janet McKinley Frazier. He spent his early days in Pittsburgh before moving with his family to Louisville, KY in 1954. He graduated from medical school from the University of Louisville in 1968, and did his internship at Tampa General. 

During the Vietnam War, he served as the Medical Officer aboard nuclear submarines in the US Navy. Dr. Frazier began his practice of Family Medicine in Tampa over 40 years ago, having one of the largest primary care practices in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Frazier was also Medical Director of the Anheuser Busch Brewery and Busch Gardens in the 1980's and 1990's. Not only a well-respected physician, Dr. Frazier was also a visionary in medical delivery systems. He founded and developed physician medical networks, such as Associated Physicians of Tampa Bay and Florida Affiliated Physicians, which were unique as these were led by the practicing physicians contracting directly with local insurance companies. Subsequently, under Dr. Frazier's leadership, GMS Florida West Coast, Inc. was formed becoming the largest Primary Care Physician only medical group in Tampa Bay and serving as its Chairman of the Board from the time of inception in 1997, through his passing. 

In addition to his passion for practicing medicine, he loved history, football, and raising thoroughbred horses. He is survived by his wife of many years, Karen Frazier; and their four children, Heather Vegliante, Barrett Frazier, Courtney Frazier, and Tyler Frazier; as well as four grandchildren. There will be a private family only memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AMEND Pregnancy Loss Support Group in memory of their daughter, Abigail, who died at birth. Arrangements under the Blount & Curry Funeral Home- Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W Bearss Ave., Tampa. Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 23, 2016
"Never confuse movement with action"
- Ernest Hemingway

Fulton, Raymond N.


09/21/2012 - Received notice of Ray's passing from his ex-wife Lori Ann Lydard.  Lori was married to Ray during his time on the Key.  Ray served on the gold crew from 75 - 78.

Raymond "Ray" or "Steamboat" Nellis Fulton Jr., 60, a 29-year resident of Annapolis and previously of Gaithersburg, died September 9, 2012 of a brain tumor, following a five year battle.  Born January 3, 1952 in Norfolk, VA, he attended Sharon High School in Sharon, PA, graduating in 1969. Ray was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving a Bachelor of SMr. Raymond N. Fulton, Jr.cience degree in Naval Architecture in 1973. 

He began his active duty in the U.S. Navy, serving as a U.S. Naval Officer from 1973 to 1980. During this time, Ray served on the USS Reasoner and the 
USS Francis Scott Key, before becoming an instructor at Nuclear Power Training Unit S1C, in Windsor Locks, CT. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Polaris Patrol Pin with one Silver Star, and the Submarine Insignia. Ray continued his service as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer from 1980 to 1989, retiring as LT Commander from the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Following active duty, Ray served as a Senior Engineer for Advanced Technology, Inc; worked from 1981 to 1984 as Naval Architect for the Department of the Navy, the Scientific Management Associates, Inc. and MANTECH, International; served as Aircraft Carrier Fleet Support for the Department of the Navy from 1984 to 1992; and Nuclear Engineer for the Department of Energy from 1992 to 1993. 

In 1995, Ray returned to school earning a Master's of Science Engineering degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. From 2000 to 2007, he served as Naval Architect at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition, Ray owned Steamboat Enterprises in Annapolis from 1993 to 2007.
He volunteered at the USNA museum model ship department, where he helped refurbish a ship model now on display at the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis. Ray was also well known in the Annapolis community for his many acting roles in Colonial Players, Annapolis Summer Garden Theater, and the Bowie Community Theater. He was featured in the Bay Weekly in an article describing his battle with cancer and return to the stage in Colonial Players production of "Over My Dead Body."
In addition to his membership in the Fleet Reserve Association, he was a member of the St. Mary's Church in Annapolis. He enjoyed playing handball, tennis and golf.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond N. Fulton Sr. and Wilma Rae Fulton of Frankfort, KY.

Married November 8, 1986, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Fulton; sons, Christopher Fulton, Naval Officer in flight training in Enid, OK, and Benjamin Fulton of Annapolis and completing his final year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; brother, Timothy Fulton of Cincinnati, OH.
Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. A Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 17, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 N. Bestgate Rd., Annapolis. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory can be made to John Hopkins Hospital, Kimmel Cancer Center, One Charles Center, 100 North Charles St., Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201; Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, AACLC, P.O. Box 1303, Edgewater, MD 21037; or Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, MD 21401.
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Furst, Gary  - Late 70's Blue Crew

Learned from Richard Grube, A-Gang 75 - 79/B, of the passing of Gary Furst in 1998.  Gary died in an auto accident.  Gary and Richard were close friends.  Gary attended Richards wedding and the two went on several fishing and camping trips right up until his death.


Mr Gary Leo Furst, 42 - Thursday, July 16, 1998 PARAGOULD - Gary Leo Furst, 42, electrician for Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. in Blytheville, died Monday in Black Rock of injuries received in an automobile accident. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall with burial in Greene County Memorial Gardens. Heath Funeral Home has charge. He was a Navy veteran. Mr. Furst, the husband of Sue Furst, also leaves a daughter, Brandy Kathleene Furst, and a son, Brian Furst, both of Paragould; his mother, Delores Furst of Great Falls, Mont.; a sister, Debra Householder of Washington, and three brothers, Dan Furst of Montana, and John Furst and Ken Furst, both of South Carolina. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to the Lupus Foundation of America

  Gary is in the cutoffs

Garrett, Bruce E

Received this message 10/6/09 from Roger & Tami Fogt: Bruce Garrett died of Liver failure, Monday, October 5, 2009. He is going to be waked at Forbis & Dick Funeral Home in Greensboro on Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 and the funeral is going to be right after that.
Below is the obituary for Bruce:
Mr. Bruce Emmett Garrett, 50, died Monday, October 5, 2009 at Beacon Place .
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 PM , Thursday, October 8, 2009 Forbis and Dick North Elm Chapel. 
Mr. Garrett was born March 27, 19 59 in Guilford County , NC to Emmett and Marguerite Mellodey Garrett of Greensboro . He graduated from Western Guilford High School and was a licensed HVAC Contractor. He was a veteran of the US Navy during which time he was on the USS Frances Scott Key and with the First Ballistic US Navy Gold Crew. 
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Judy Tamer Garrett, three children: Anna Myers of Summerfield, Jason Myers and wife Melissa of Thomasville and Lyle Garrett of the home; sister: Dawn Rieglhofer of Greensboro ; two grandchildren: Isabella Myers and Izaac Myers; one niece Ambra Rieglhofer of Austria .
The family will receive friends from 2-3:30 PM , Thursday, October 8, 2009 at Forbis and Dick North Elm Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Beacon Place or Hospice Kid’s Path, 2500 Summit Ave , Greensboro , NC 27405 .  
Online condolences may be made to

Garland, Clifford B.

I found this obituary in on Dec 10, 2011 and added it here.

Clifford B. Garland, 37, Palmetto, died Jan. 1, 2003. He was born June 12, 1965, in Bradenton and was a lifelong resident of Manatee County. He was a service sales associate for Grainger Industrial Supply Co. of Sarasota. He was an electrician's mate EM 1 (N) in the Navy, and was a submariner during Desert Storm. He served aboard the USS Francis Scott Key and was an instructor on the USS Daniel Webster. He was a Presbyterian. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Sharon; his mother and stepfather, Mary Helen and Robert Purinton of Bronson; his father and stepmother, William H. and Dorothy of Palmetto; a daughter, Sarah of Palmetto; a son, Terry of Palmetto; a sister, Leslie A. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and brothers Peter F. of Benson, N.C., and Thomas W. of Orlando. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Palabra Mission, 7809 36th Ave. E., Palmetto, FL 34221; or to the Manatee Community College Scholarship Fund, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207.

4/4/17 - Clifford's daughter Sarah sent in this picture of him and her.  Cliff is about 23 in this picture.

8/4/17 - From Joe Horn EM2(SS) - I served on the Key with EM1/SS Clifford Garland.   One heck of a guy.  Glad to have known him. He taught me a lot as I took over from him as ship's sound silencing petty officer. I was on the Key from 88 - 92.

Gaut, Robert "Bob"

Missile Tech Blue Crew mid 70s    I found this obituary in web site: 

Mr. Gaut died Nov. 1, 2006 in Adair County, Oklahoma at the age of 50 years.  Bob was born to William and Alvie Gaut in Morton, WA on June 23, 1956. He graduated from high school in Stroud, OK, and joined the United States Navy Submarine Force. He was stationed aboard the Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) in Charleston, SC.  

Thomas Lee, MT2 from the mid 70s remembered Bob and sent this e-mail.  "Bob was a Missile Tech. for a spell in and around '75 or '76. We were out of Charleston, Blue crew. I'm not sure he ever qualified and do not believe he was attached to the FSK for more than 2 patrols. He was gregarious and had a beard with a shlock of red hair. May he RIP. Sorry, that's about all I can tell you about him." .

Rick Baker wrote in an e-mail on 2/6/08 that he remembered that Robert fell off the top of the dry dock in Rota Spain and was seriously injured but survived.

Getz, Dennis D.

Dennis served on the Key from 76 to 78 on the gold crew, sonar div.  Below is his obituary.

Dennis Dewayne Getz, 58, of Alexandria, VA died Monday, September 30, 2013. Beloved husband and soul mate of 18 years, light of her life, joy of her days and world of 20 years of Sharon M. Subalusky; devoted, caring best friend of Roxy and Duncan, proud father of Danielle Getz and JD Getz; dear son of Bob and Dorothy Getz of Appleton City, Missouri; brother of Randy Getz. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws and friends. Friends are welcome at the Demaine Funeral Home, Backlick and Edsall Roads, Springfield, VA on Sunday, October 6 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 7 at 11 a.m. at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Alexandria. Interment will be at a later date and time at the Arlington National Cemetery in appreciation for his dedicated US Navy Submarine Service that included tours on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) (76-78), the decommissioning tour (78-80) of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) and USS Los Angeles (86-88). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dennis' memory to the Diabetes Association and/or Kidney Foundation. Please sign and view the guestbook at:   Published in The Washington Post on October 5, 2013

Giancola, Frank F

Received and e-mail from William Edie letting us know of Frank Giancola "Pepsi's" passing.  I was able to find his obituary online and have included it here.  James served from approx 1971 - 1974 on the Key blue and combined crews in Bremerton.

GIANCOLA, JAMES F., 55 - of North Wildwood, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2007. Jim was born & raised in Farmingdale, New York. He spent over eight years in the US Navy serving aboard a nuclear missile submarine and various other assignments. After attending and graduating from Montana State University with a BA degree, he continued his military career with the US Coast Guard. Jim retired from the Coast Guard in 1996. His final tour having been at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May. Many locals came to know Jim from the period he worked as an instructor at the Gym at 10th Street in N. Wildwood. Jim also worked for Prudential Insurance Co. as a financial representative. He left that employment and went to work for Atlantic Cape Community College in which he worked in a program assisting Atlantic County jail inmates prepare for employment following incarceration. As fate would have it, Jim ended up full circle returning to the coast guard training center as a civilian working in the transportation department until his civilian retirement due to medical reasons. Jim fought a battle with cancer which he eventually succumbed to. Jim always kept a positive attitude and was grateful for the life he had lead. He is survived by his sister, Pietrina and her husband Joe, his son Mark and nephews Billy and Mike. Jim considered his family to include his former spouse Gina Sanguinetti, step daughters, Shannon Kelly, Stephanie Pecora, Brandi Sanguinetti and stepson Eric Sanguinetti. Brothers Rich and Eugene "Sarge" Sangunetti and wives Donna and Sue, niece & nephews Andrea, Michael and Joseph, and parents Gene and Rita Sanguinetti, all held a special place in his heart and his thoughts. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11am at the Ingersoll-Greenwood Funeral Home, 1201 Central Ave., N. Wildwood, where friends may call from 10 am. Interment is private. Donations in Jim's memory to the North Wildwood Children's Fresh Air Home, in care of Judy Hensel, 111 Walnut Ave., Haddonfield, N.J. 08033 would be appreciated. Arrangements are by Ingersoll-Greenwood Funeral Home. Published in The Press of Atlantic City on December 1, 2007

Gilbert, Gary Sr. - MT1 Blue Crew 74 - 78

March 2024 - Received an e-mail from Gary's son informing us of his father's passing.  I requested that he send us an obituary and picture if it is available.  I will post it here once I receive it.

Rest in peace Gary.

Grace, Bobby D.  Sonar Tech 67 - 69 Gold Crew 


In March 2022 we received notice of Bobby's passing from his daughters Julie and Jennifer.  They asked that their dad be added to the Crew List as he would have loved this site.  We have proudly added our shipmate to the Crew List and thank his daughters for their thoughtfulness.

Bobby Dene Grace - Son of Nancy and George Grace.  He was born and raised in San Jaun Bautista and attended Holister High School.  He married  his high school sweetheart Linda K Barnett in 1964.  He joined the navy at 19.  When tested for what he should do in the navy he tested as a cook.  He joked that he didn't want to be a cook and that every couple of days they would come in and ask if someone wanted to volunteer to be a gunner or such.  One day they came in looking for anyone who wanted to be a sonar tech.  He leaned over and asked the guy next to him what a sonar tech does, he said " I don't know something with electronics." So he raised his hand and said " I want to be a sonar tech. I always wanted to be a sonar tech."  He had a hearing loss in one ear but that didn't stop him.  After the navy he attended Gavilan College and got and AS degree.  He went to work for General Electric as an Electric tech. setting up and testing nuclear power plant circuits.  He worked at the plant until it closed in 2005.  At 62 he retired and moved to New Braunsfel, TX.  He passed away in Texas June 25, 2010 at the age of 64.  He was a loving husband, brother and father.  His laughter and kindness will be missed.  Survived by his wife Linda, his brother George, daughters Julie and Jennifer and grandson Alan Jr.

Graves, John C

HMC(SS)- Plank Owner.  No other information available


Hamlin, Kent W

Served as MPA on Gold Crew in the early 70's.  We were notified of Kent's passing by Bill Wendland Key Gold 70 - 75.Kent Hamlin Obituary

Kent W. Hamlin, 61, of Powder Springs, Ga., died Tuesday, November 2, 2010 following a short illness. Mr. Hamlin was born November 15, 1948 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Frank and Martha Lininger Hamlin. He was a retired United States Navy Captain, having served in the Viet Nam War, member of the Pilgrimage United Church of Christ and served as Professor of Nuclear Energy and Director of Accreditation at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Marietta.
Kent was a member of the American Nuclear Society, Nuclear Energy Institute's LOFG, Conte, USNA, ABET and several other organizations. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Hamlin, brothers and sisters in laws, Frank and Mary Hamlin, of Texarkana, Texas and Bruce and Jeanne Hamlin, of Totowa, New Jersey, his mother in law, Ann White, of Cartersville, brother and sister in law, Terry and Joan White, of Cartersville and his sister in law, Traci Lingerfelt, of Cartersville and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 5, 2010 from the Chapel of the Owen Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Jacobs officiating. Interment services will be held in the Sunset Memory Gardens in Cartersville with full military rites observed. Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Kent W. Hamlin Scholarship Fund c/o: : ANS (American Nuclear Society), c/o Sharon Kerrick, 555 North Kensington Ave., LaGrange Park, Illinois 60526. 

Hanley, William Joseph III

Obituary for Mr. William Joseph Hanley III - Gold Crew 84 - 87 A- Gang
Funeral services for Mr. William Joseph Hanley III, 59, who entered into rest on Thursday, December 14, 2017, will be conducted at 2 o'clock on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, from New Providence Baptist Church. The Rev. Cliff Leonard will officiate with burial to follow in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 PM on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to the Darlington County Humane Society, Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551, or the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Born in New York City, NY, he was a son of Patty Howle Hanley and the late William Joseph Hanley Jr. He was retired From ATS (A.O. Smith) with over 30 years of service. He served in the United States Navy for eight years on a Nuclear Submarine. He enjoyed drawing and his dogs, Natalia & Natasha.

He is survived by his wife, Jo-Anne Kaye Hanley; sons, Jamie Gannon, Matthew Joseph Smith, Patrick Joseph Hanley; daughters, Allison (Thomas) Lee, Katie (Monika) Hanley; brother, Michael Joseph "Stump" (Lori) Hanley; mother, Patty Howle Hanley; sister, Alice Catherine (Harold) McElveen; grandchildren, Jeremy, Tucker, Ethan, Matthew, Sara Beth. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Ann Hanley.

Hansen, David L

Dave was the COB of the Key during its second overhaul from 1981 - 1984.

David Leslie Hansen GOOSE CREEK - David Leslie Hansen, 77, of Goose Creek, passed away, Saturday, January 9, 2016. Born in Lafayette, CO, he was the son of the late John and Maxine Hansen. Retired Command Master Chief Petty Officer David L. Hansen served in the United States Navy for 30 years, on aircraft carriers, oilers, destroyers, cruisers, and two submarines. He served in Vietnam for over two years and earned a Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, and various other awards. In addition to his military accolades he was a member of the Santee Cooper Bass Club, Tin Can Sailors, the Scottish Rite, the Omar Shrine Temple (former Commander of Marching Patrol Unit), 40 and 8 - Voyager 1067; and, his military affiliations. His family will remember him as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. David is survived by his wife, Loreto Zapanta Hansen of Goose Creek; one daughter, Kathy Hansen Sweigart and her husband, Darren of Irmo, SC; sons, Gene Hansen of Summerville and Art Hansen and his wife Janet Cummings-Hansen of Summerville; grandchildren, Savannah, Chase, Sophia, Daniel, and Logan; brother, Kenneth Hansen; his children from a previous marriage, Cindy Hansen Baughman, Douglas Hansen, and David Hansen. A visitation with Masonic Rites will be held Thursday, January 14, 2016 from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm at MCALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, GOOSE CREEK CHAPEL. A celebration of his life will be at 11:00 am Friday, January 15, 2016 at the funeral home. A burial will immediately follow at Plantation Memorial Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC. Military Honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post 166 and the Submarine Veterans will perform the Bell Tolling. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted or viewed online at

Harden, Herbert P. - 77 - 80 Radioman

CPO Herbert Phillips Harden, USN, Ret., 84, of North Charleston, SC, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Stuhr Northwoods Chapel.

Herbert was born October 31, 1934 in Avera, GA, son of the late Herbert R. Harden and the late Oveda Phillips Harden.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce Marie Arpin Harden; daughter, Terrie Jones (Greg Casagrande); son, Karl Harden (Carolee) all of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren: Danny, Sarah and Rachael.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to USS VI Charleston Base Scholarship Fund, 397 Princton Court, Ladson, SC 29456


Harmon, Larry A.

Saw a posting on from his wife Judy stating that he had passed in 2003 and he had served on the Key.  If anyone remembers him, please send me some info for his crew listing.  Updated 12/14/2011 - I found Larry's obituary on

Bloomingdale - Chief Larry A. Harmon, 61, died Monday February 24, 2003 at his home. Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Chief Harmon had lived in Bloomingdale for a number of years and had retired from the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, was the N.J. R.O.T.C. instructor at South Effingham High School and had previously held the same position at Jenkins and Johnson High Schools. Survivors: his wife of 42 years, Judy Harmon of Bloomingdale; children and their spouses, Kimberly and C.J. Thompson of Charleston, SC, Larry A., II and Julie P. Harmon of Midway, Amanda and Mark Weathers of Savannah, and Eric and Crystal Harmon of Clyo; five grandchildren, Charles "Tracy" Loncon, Katy and Christopher Thompson, Shannon Elizabeth Harmon, and Sabrina Elaine Weathers; mother, Bernice Harmon of Zanesville, OH; sister, Sandra Luster of Zanesville, OH; brother, Paul Harmon of Rockford, IL. Visitation: 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26 at the Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, West Chatham Chapel in Pooler. Funeral: 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 28 at Zion Lutheran Church at the intersection of GA Route 17 & Highway 30. Burial: Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery with full Military Honors. The family will receive friends in the Church Social Hall after the graveside service. Remembrances: Zion Lutheran Church, 121 Noel C. Conway Road, Guyton, GA 31312 or to the Savannah Christian Preparatory School, P.O. Box 2848, Savannah, GA 31402. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home West Chatham Chapel (912) 748-2444 Family Owned and Operated Savannah Morning News, February 26, 2003
Published in Savannah Morning News on February 26, 2003

Harner, Charles "Chuck" Executive Officer 1967 - 1970 Blue

holenewyears69-2.jpg (96088 bytes)Received ans e-mail from Paul Filmore regarding the passing of XO Chuck Harner.
Russ, C.F. Harner, LtCmdr.(at the time) was the Blue Crew XO. Twas he who coated the Galley ranges with a purple K fire extinguisher when a grease fire flared up on Thanksgiving day, 69..

HARNER Charles F., 81, of Vienna, VA, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at home. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Harner; devoted father of Debra Lowe, Cheryl Hyland, and Kimberly Haggerty; brother of Evelyn McConathy. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Charles J. Hyland, Melissa Lowe, Timothy Haggerty, and Matthew Hyland. Charles served in the United States Navy for 25 years, retiring as a Submarine Commander. He was an active member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Singing in America, Inc. Relatives and friends are invited to Charles' Life Celebration at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 1301 Wolf Trap Rd., Vienna, VA on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harmony Foundation International, 110 Seventh Avenue North, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37703. Online condolences and fond memories of Charles may be offered to the family at: Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 5, 2017

Click on the picture above for a larger image.  XO is in the back to the right of Capt Yarger.  Both are holding cups that were used to toast the crew on New Years Day 1969/70.

Chuck attended many of the Key reunions.  He was great to be around, always with a story and a laugh.  We will miss him.

Here, Chuck is on the right at the 2008 Key Reunion talking with MT1 Ken McCracken.


Harring, William R - MMCM(SS)

Harring, William R., III, 68, husband of Anna (Tarantini) Harring of Don Ross Drive, passed Feb. 1, at home with his loving family at his side.
He served in the US Navy in nuclear submarines and retired as a Master Chief after 21 years of service. He continued his career working on nuclear submarines at General Dynamics as a Mechanical Engineer. In his free time Bill loved working on cars and model trains. William was born in Camden, N.J., the son of William R. and Josephine (Simpson) Harring II. Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Lt. Col. Marcus Harring of Ga., one daughter, Karla H. New of Pa.; five grandchildren (Vince, Kelsey, Kevin and Hadley Harring ) and Camden New; and one brother, Robert, of N.J.
A memorial mass will be held on Monday, March 2 at St. Pius Church, 44 Elm Street, Westerly, R.I., at 10 a.m. and military honors will be given at 12 p.m. at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, R.I. Relatives and friends are invited. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Boats served on: SSN-597, SSBN-657, SSN-614, SSN-690, SSN-701, SSN-703

Hartman, Lance Scott -  Early 70's and shipyard

Lance Scott Hartman passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 79 on June 26, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie Hartman of Richland, WA; daughter Christy Jenkins, son-in-law Allen Jenkins, grandchildren Cameron Jenkins and Sydney Jenkins all of West Richland, WA; Brother Jeff Hartman of Juneau, AK and numerous extended family members. Lance was preceded in death by his son, Mike Hartman, and his parents Dean and Mary Hartman of Richland, WA.
Lance attended school in Benton City and was a member of Columbia (Richland) High School class of 1960. He enjoyed cheering on the Richland Bombers especially when his grandchildren played Baseball, Softball, Basketball and Volleyball.
Lance was a 26 ½ year veteran of the US Navy Submarine Service where he reached the rank of Master Chief. He retired from the Navy in 1986 and started a second career with the Bangor Submarine Base as Distribution Facilities Manager getting food to the submarines.
In 2008, Lance and his wife, Marie, moved back to Richland where he began a third "career" of working at Horn Rapids Golf Course. As an avid golfer, this "job" was the fun job. He could often be found at the golf course playing, enjoying a cup of coffee with the gangsome or chatting with everyone who came into the clubhouse.
Celebrations of Lance's life will be on August 6th, 5-7pm, at the Horn Rapids Golf Course, 2800 Clubhouse Ln in Richland, WA and on August 8th, 1-4pm, at the Bremerton Elk Lodge, 4131 Pine Rd NE Bremerton, WA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in his name

Hendrix, Calvin Gene - Blue Crew 84-88

H:\calvin-hendrix-auburn-ca-obituary.jpgLCDR (Ret.) Calvin Gene Hendrix, a proud veteran of the United States Navy and Airforce Civil Service, entered God's kingdom on December 29, 2023, at the age of 60. He was born Tuesday May 28, 1963, in Chiseldon, England to the late Billy Hendrix, USAF (Ret.) Vietnam veteran and Wendy Hendrix-Kret. Calvin grew up in a military family, moving from place to place, eventually settling in Panama City, FL where he attended Rutherford High School.

At the age of 18, Calvin followed his father's footsteps to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman (E-1). He valued his military service highly, serving aboard five submarines and three surface ships where he earned both Surface and Submarine Warfare breast insignia. As a Submarine Repair Officer, he attained the rank of LCDR (O-4) and was spot promoted to CMDR (O-5) before retiring in 2012. Calvin was selected for and completed the Navy Nuclear Power Training Pipeline, in addition to graduating with a 4.0 GPA (top 5% of his class) earning a B.S. from Thomas Edison University with a major in Engineering. Calvin's most accomplished achievements in the Navy included serving humanitarian efforts in Africa and East Timor, in which he liaised with volunteer organizations, both international and local governments, while coordinating security for over 2,000 people in eight different countries. In addition, after serving a 2-year tour in Sardinia Italy, Calvin oversaw the closing of the 3,000-person NATO Naval base in La Maddalena, Italy, which included managing the 2nd largest underwater salvage and restoration project in history. Several years later, Calvin served as the Nuclear Repair Director at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA for seven nuclear power plants aboard fleet missile submarines successfully completing 100% of assigned repairs throughout 98 submarine refit periods. Calvin led his team to complete 400+ nuclear repairs with the lowest rework rate in Navy history (0.3%). To say Calvin was meticulous and sought challenges is an understatement. After retiring from the Navy, Calvin moved with his wife and two children to California, where he transitioned into Civil Service within the Airforce at Beale AFB. As the Deputy Base Civil Engineer, Calvin supported the 9th Reconnaissance Wing's U-2 and Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft missions. He advocated for much needed funding for the base, which ultimately obtained over one billion dollars, and aided in bringing three new missions to Beale AFB.

Calvin's track record of superior service includes the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force Sailor of the Year, Recruiting Force Recruiter and Manager of the Year, Pacific Fleet Junior Officer of the Year, and the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and Team Beale AFB Senior Civilian of the Year. In addition, Calvin earned the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (9 awards), the DOD Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal (presented only to 11 other employees in the organizations 25-year history), the Air Force Civilian Achievement Award Medal and the Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Award Medal.

Calvin loved to travel and explore. He was an extrovert who sought out conversation and relationships at every opportunity. In 1999, Calvin met his lovely wife Jannet while stationed at Bangor Naval Submarine Base in Washington State. They were married in 2001 at Two Lover's Point while Calvin was stationed in Guam on the USS Frank Cable. They married again one year later with friends and family in Fallbrook, CA. Their first son, James, was born four years later at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Gricignano di Aversa (Naples) Italy. Shortly thereafter, their second son, Ryan, was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.

Calvin, the most loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather is survived by his wife, Jannet; sons, Christopher (Abigail), James and Ryan; daughter, Seraphina; grandchildren, Brooke, Alexis, Carrick, Garrin, Destiny and Calvin, Jr.; brothers, Glenn, Randy (Shaun) and Tim (Nicole); sisters, Debbie (Charlie) and Jackie (Hussain). He was preceded in death by his father, Billy (USAF); stepfather, Bob (USAF); mother, Wendy; son, Shannon; and sister-in-law, Lisa. His nieces, nephews and a wide circle of friends and colleagues will also feel his absence.

A service to honor Calvin's life will be held on January 19, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Beale AFB in California.

Calvin will be laid to rest at Barrancas National Cemetery with his father and mother in Pensacola, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Fisher House in Calvin's honor. Calvin Hendrix Memorial - The Fisher House - Helping Military Families


Hazen, John R. STS3(SS)

John "JR" Hazen
COLUMBUS: John "JR" Hazen passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord,Wednesday, July 20, 2011 following a valiant battle with cancer.
Born October 24, 1956 in Tewskbury, MA. JR was a Navy veteran and a 20 yearemployee of Lucent Technologies. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 9473 and
American Legion Post 0284.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011
Southgate-Potter Lodge #782, 651 Groveport Rd, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 7/20/2011
Ships / boats served John "JR" Hazen, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 following a valiant battle with cancer. Born October 24, 1956 in Tewskbury, MA. JR was a Navy veteran and qualified in submarines on the USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643) in 1978. He was a STS3(SS) when he left the Navy.

Following his Navy service he was a 20 year employee of Lucent Technologies. He was a lifetime member of USSVI Columbus Base, VFW Post 9473 and American Legion Post 0284on: SSBN-643, SSBN-655, SSBN-657

Helmase, Mark

MS3 Gold Crew died 11/29/94.  Memorial services were officiated by Rev Father Ed Everitt were held December 2nd for Mark E. Helmase whose untimely death occured November 29, 1994.  Mark is survived by his widow, Vicky Quinn Helmase, his mother, Barbara LaShomb Helmase, his father, John S. Helmase, one sister, Catherine Helmase Grant and two brothers, Michael S. and Patrick D. Helmase, four nieces and two nephews. Also Mark's maternal grandfather, Leslie LaShomb.  Mark's family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, flowers, gifts and mostly for joining them for prayers in Mark's memory.


Hoel, Ira Jack

XO of the Gold Crew in 1970.  Died in a plane crash outside of Charlotte, NC on September 11, 1974.  Jack had become the CO of the John C Calhoun SSBN 630.  Jack was born in Hamilton, OH in 1936.  Our thanks to Greg Weber for getting us this info on Jack.

"As I peruse your well maintained website, people that I see listed there remind me of others that I don't see listed.  Jack Hoel was the XO Gold when
I reported on board in 1970.  I was saddened to learn that Jack died in a plane crash.  I think it proper that Jack be included on our crew list, he
was a very good man."

CMDR J.I. Hoel - The funeral for Cmdr Hoel, 38, of Oglethorpe Drive, commanding officer, Blue Crew, USS John C. Calhoun, will be 10am Monday at St Andrew's Parish Protestant Episcopal Church.  Burial will be in the churchyard.

Holtan, Scott T.

Scott T. Holtan , ET2(SS) 81 - 82
Cold War Submarine Veteran, Scott T Holtan, 62 of Coal Valley, IL, formerly of Thor, IA passed away on Sunday, March 7th at University of Iowa Hospitals, due to complications of Covid-19.

Private services will be live streamed at 10am Thursday March 18, 2021 at

Scott was born on October 2, 1958 in Fort DodgeIA, the son of Roger and Lois Holtan. He graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1977, where he was involved in music and plays. He joined the Navy after graduation as a submarine sailorserving on The USS Lewis & Clark and USS Francis Scott Key for 6 years. Scott worked in computer repair/customer service for the next 37 years. Most recently providing support at John Deere locations thru Cognizant IT Solutions.

He married Barbara Fritz of St Petersburg, FL in 1982, later divorced in 1995. He married his soulmate and love of his life, Anne Raymond in 2000 and raised two lovable autistic sons, Ryan and Tyler. Scott always wore autism awareness t-shirts, spreading awareness everyday. He never met a stranger, always had a smile or joke. He found his passion serving others, most recently volunteering every Saturday in the food pantry at All Saints Lutheran Church, Davenport, where he has been a member for over 25 years. Scott was especially proud of his boys, the Royal Ball Run for Autism, growing up on the small Iowa farm in Thor, his Navy years, Lutheran upbringing and Norwegian heritage. Memorials may be made to The Family, All Saints Lutheran Church and The Royal Ball Run for Autism.

Scott is survived by his wife, Anne and sons, Ryan and Tyler of Coal Valley, IL; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ron & Marilyn Raymond, Rock Island, IL; sister, Maria (Kurt) Olson, Humboldt, IA, sister-in-law, Linda Holtan, Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Amy(Douglas) Zdansky, TX; sister-in-law, Alissa (Martin) Oliva, Orion, IL, brother-in-law, AJ Taylor, Forest City, IA; aunts & uncles, Mark (Shirley) Holtan, Thor, IA; Tim (Dixie Long) Holtan, Gilmore City, IA; Bonnie Holtan, Holyoke, MA; nieces & nephews, Alissa (Mike) Williamson, Brittany(Andy) Struecker, Craig (Lolly) Olson, Adam (Megan) Olson, Connor and Cody Holtan, Jakoby Veronda, Alec (Alli) Veronda, Emilio, Audi & Ella Oliva. Great nieces & nephews; Scarlett, Julia, Walker, Autumn, Anna, Jackson, Ryker, Eden, Carter. Many cousins and special friends!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger & Lois Holtan, sister, Julie Anna Holtan-Taylor; brother, Randy Holtan, infant siblings, Sara Louise, Angela Kaye and Thomas Scott Holtan; grandparents, Rev. Halvor & Inger Bakke and Gilman & Edna Holtan.


Hopf, Roy E. EN1(SS)

Passed away on 3/17/2013.  Member of the USSVI First Coast base.

Qualified in submarines on the USS Cusk (SS-348) in 1959 and was a EN1(SS) when he left the Navy.
Went on Eternal Patrol on: 3/17/2013
Ships / boats served on: SS-348, SSN-590, SSN-594, SSBN-657, SS-344

Hunt, Davi -  went on Eternal Patrol on 2/7/2014. He was on the Key from 1972-76. He
was a MM on the blue crew. His nickname was groundhog.

David Eugene Hunt, 60, of Owings Mills, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at home.

Born Dec. 26, 1953, in Maryland, he was the son of Marilyn Harmon Walker and the late Francis Harmon. He was the husband of Debra Lea Bosley Hunt, his wife of 34 years.

He served with the Navy from 1972 until 1976 during the Vietnam War. He was a maintenance technician with Procter and Gamble.

Surviving, in addition to his mother and wife, are a daughter, Heather Hunt; and siblings Lynn Barry, Jay Harmon, Kelli Renehan, Richard Hunt, Robert Walker, James Bayne and William Hunt.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jan Keyes.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service, 4 p.m. Sunday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills. Private cremation will follow.

Hughes, Charles Edward - HMC(ss)

Charles Edward Hughes (Chuck) of Salisbury, North Carolina passed away on December 9, 2022, at his home. Born September 19, 1940, in Waynesboro, Va., he was the oldest child of Austin and Maydel Dudley Hughes.

Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday on September 19, 1957. During his Navy service, he received appointments to Chief Hospital Corpsman and to Permanent Chief Petty Officer. He qualified in submarines and served on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN657), Gold Crew, from February 7, 1973 until the end of August, 1976. Other duty ports were naval hospitals and submarine bases in the states and overseas; duty aboard the USS Fanning DE-1076 and USS Dixie AD-14 (Plank Owner) of the Pacific Fleet; five-year duty with the USMC Second Division Fleet Marine Force, and at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. He served US Naval Support Activity in the Republic of Vietnam, DaNang, attached to Marine Corps combat units providing crucial aid to the wounded and the dying. After serving 20 years of active duty, he retired as Chief Petty Officer on August 31, 1976 and was transferred to the USN Fleet Reserve. He retired from the US Military on January 1, 1987.

He then completed the Physician Assistant Program at the Medical University of S.C. in Charleston and received National Board Certification as a PA. He also earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from UNC-C in 1983 and a Master's in Education in 1986.

His civilian career includes employment as a Physician Assistant coordinating the Health Screening Program at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, NC and as a Primary Care PA at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, NC. In 1992, he joined the WG (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury as a PA in Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and retired after 22 years with the VAMC in 2014.

Among his many interests, he enjoyed writing and completed seven novels which were self-published through iUniverse: Darcy Miller, The Wedjat, Mulberry Street, Exodus Conspiracy, Craven, The House on 666 Shadow Lane, and The Mafia and Jonny Blue.

Graveside service with military honors was conducted at the US National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC with Pastor Sandy Yow officiating.

His complete obituary which includes his family history may be found at this link:!/Obituary


Hurder, James B.- EN1(SS)

HURDER, James B. Of Holbrook, passed away, April 15th at the age of 68. Jim was born, raised, and educated in Boston and had been a resident of Holbrook for 15 years. Jim retired from the US Navy, was a member of the Boston-based Subvets and worked at Weymouth Honda for many years. His hobbies included working on cars and drawing. Beloved husband of Rose (LaQuaglia) Hurder. Devoted brother of Joseph Hurder of Holbrook, Richard Hurder of NC, and Carole Doborovowski of AL. Loving step-father of Kellie Mills and her husband Brian Dugard of Bridgewater, Sheila Kaye and her husband Billy of NC and Tracy Lowe and her husband Ray of NY and grandfather of Briana and Brendan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A funeral 
service will be held at the Hurley Funeral Home, 127 So. Franklin St. (Rt. 37) HOLBROOK, Friday at 10:30am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8pm. Interment at MA National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to the Old Colony Hospice, 1 Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 4/15/2013
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-657, SS-368
Jim qualified in submarines on the USS Jallao (SS-368) in 1968 and was a EN1(SS) when he left the Navy.

Interment at MA National Cemetery, Bourne. 

Ingram, Grover - ICC(SS)

NEWPORT NEWS - Grover C. Ingram, 66, died on Sept. 27, 2012.
Grover was a retired U.S. Navy veteran, and was a faithful member of Poquoson Baptist Church. He volunteered with Baptist Builders Disaster Relief Aid and Peninsula Rescue Mission by preparing meals for the other volunteers, which demonstrated his passion for cooking. Grover worked as an electrical inspector with James City County, and was an electrical instructor for New Horizons Regional Educational Center.
He is survived by his son, Christopher Ingram; daughter, Richelle Ingram; brother, Joe Ingram of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Meri Sheehan of Baton Rouge, La.; and two granddaughters, Dulce Grady and Corrie-Lynn Ingram.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Poquoson Baptist Church, followed by a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peninsula Rescue Mission.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Vie

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 9/27/2012 Electrical inspector
Ships / boats served on: SSN-597, SSBN-657, SSN-676, SSG-574, SSN-621, SSN-714

Ivy, Eldon E. - MMCM(SS)

IVY, Eldon Earl, 81, of Salem and formerly of Groton, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, with his wife, Sheryl, by his side. They had celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on Monday. He was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the son of Samuel and Pauline (Blount) Ivy. He joined the Navy and served on the USS Bushnell, and the submarines USS Redfish, USS Tecumseh, USS Francis Scott Key and USS George Bancroft. He was also the chief master at arms at the Submarine Base in Groton. He is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring in 1975 as master chief. Following his military service, he worked as a technical writer and editor at Electric Boat in Groton. He is a member of the Holland Club, the Fleet Reserve Assoc, Disabled American Veterans, and had been a coach in the Navy Youth Football League. He was married for 51 years to Elizabeth (Rickard) Ivy who died in March of 2009; and was then married to Sheryl (McDonald) Ivy who survives him. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a son, Michel E. Ivy, M.D. and his wife, Alice, of Guilford; a daughter, Gayle Ivy Rowe and her husband, Brian, of Groton; a brother, David Ivy of Enumclaw, Wash.; a sister, Marilyn Thornburg of Hudson, Kan.; and 14 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Dan Ivy; and a sister, Gloria Crawford. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton, followed by full military honors rendered at the funeral home. Burial is private. Please do not send flowers and kindly make a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice. Please visit to sign the guest book or to share a memory. Published in The Day on Nov. 20, 2016

Jarnagin, William C

Received this e-mail on June 6th reporting the passing of Willie Jarnagin 84 - 89

"Willie Jarnagin passed away at home this past week. Here is his Obituary. He served on FSK mid to late 80's and earned his Dolphins onboard. There are several pictures of him in the 80's picture file."

Jeff Burke

East Lyme - William C. Jarnagin unexpectedly died on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

He was born in 1961, in Morristown, Tenn., to Mary and William Jarnagin from Morristown, Tenn. Willie retired from the U.S. Navy Submarine Service in 2003, having served for over 21 years. His many duty stations included the USS Francis Scott Key Blue, USS Pittsburgh, USS Toledo and the USS Alexandria, as well as being an instructor at the Submarine School in Groton. He was awarded the meritorious service medal, several Naval and Marine Corps commendation medals and various campaign and service awards. He served as chief petty officer for seven years. He traveled extensively while in the Navy, after retiring, he settled in Niantic.

For the past 10 years, Willie has been the program manager for the SubHDR National Maintenance Center, Newport, R.I. continuing to support his Navy's submarine program. His fleet support has earned him many accolades over the years and his dedication will be greatly missed.

Willie was a big fan of formula one racing and cars in general, and he was an avid reader, but spending time with his family was his favorite past time.jeffFSKEY0009.jpg (311623 bytes)

Along with his parents, Willie is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 28 years; son, Benjamin; and sister, Patricia Boshears; his mother-in-law, Joy Bale; and sister-in-law, Christine Hanlon.

At Willie's request, he will be cremated and his ashes scattered in a beloved place. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a date to be determined.

click for larger image   In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution

Johns,  Richard Dean - also known as Richard Eagle

We received the below e-mail from a retired navy person who worked with Richard.

"The sailor in this photo served on the USS Francis Scott Key. I took this photo from the memorial photo collage hanging on the wall at the Veteran's Health Administration in Denver Colorado where Richard was working when he passed away 9/27/2017. His wife Sue still works there; as do I.

I received the following information from Sue: Richard's name when he was serving on-board the FSK was Richard Dean Johns. I have no idea why he changed his name and I did not inquire. I asked her if he told her any sea stories as it would help others recall the same events and give their versions of the stories or maybe even recall something about Richard. He told her about a lower compartment flooding due to a valve being installed incorrectly. He told her about torpedoing an old ship.

If I recall correctly, Sue told me that he was a missile tech and served from 1970 to 1973.

My goal here is to put Richard on your eternal patrol page and also to round up some sea stories about Richard that some of your alumni may remember.

Sue married Richard a long time after his Submarine service but she was, and still is, very proud of his service and facinated by it. I think she would get a big kick out of reading a few sea stories, or even comments from Richard's shipmates.  Thank you... Gery Strahmann  USN retired

Jolly, M.E

Plank Owner Gold Crew- passed away on May 21, 1988.


Jones, Robert Allen

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 5/19/2016
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-657, SSBN-625
Robert Allen Jones departed this life suddenly on May 19, 2016, with his beloved wife, Brenda, at his side. Although gone, he will never be forgotten by his many friends and his family. Robert was born in Frankfort, Germany on. July 30, 1956. He enjoyed reading, building models and classic rock music. He traveled a great deal in his life, first honorably serving in the Air Force and then spending years on a submarine in the Navy. He had a strong faith in God and we are sure he is at his side now. We are left with only the memories of his wicked, dry sense of humor, his booming laugh, big bear hugs and his love of family. He was the epitome of the saying "Still waters run deep" because he certainly did. He embraced life with joy but often felt left in the shadows, which was wrong because he shone brightly in his own quiet way. We hope he is stretched out in a hammock, sipping on a big glass of sweet tea and enjoying the newest Stephen King novel, at peace with himself and the world. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Ramon Cary Jones, Sr.and his older brother, Ramon Cary Jones, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Guill Jones; his mother and stepdad, Barbara Clemens and William Clemens; his sister, Vivian Diamond; his brother, Walter Jones. He leaves behind 6 children, John Paul Lankford, Darcy Jiminez, Keith Mottesheard, Lisa Ann Mottesheard, Kenneth Lankford and Alison Noble; 11 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 stepbrothers, Lee Clemens and Bill Clemens.

added Jan 21, 2019 from Michael Neff

I was on the Key from 1979-1982 when Bob and I were in Sonar on the Gold crew.  I hadn't checked the the Crew list in awhile and noticed that Bob had passed away.  Wanted to attach this picture I took of Bob in crews berthing...think it was May or June of 1980.  Take care and God Bless


Kaiser, Gary  FTCS(SS)  Blue 71 - 74

Cold War Submariner Gary Kaiser, Age 83, of Bremerton WA departed on his final and eternal patrol on 5/30/2021.

"Dutch" joined the US Navy in 1956, first served aboard USS Midway (CV-41) as a AQ2 in VF-64, volunteered for submarines, qualified in submarines onboard the USS George C Marshall (SSBN-654) in 1967 and was a FTCS(SS) when he retired from the Navy in 1976.

Gary was a longtime Life and Holland Club member of USSVI Bremerton Base.

(Russ Christie)  I served with Chief Kaiser.  He was a gentleman and a great shipmate.  I purchased a 1968 V8 LeMans from the chief when he was leaving the Key in 1974. 35 years later when he joined this web site, I e-mailed him to remind him of that car.  He said he wished he never sold it as it was his favorite car ever - but he was getting out of the service and did not want to drive it across the country from Charleston to Bremerton where he retired.  I kept it for a few years and sold it to a flight attendant when I got out of the service

Kennedy, Jared P. jr -  LT (SS) Operations Officer - Plank Owner - Gold Crew

Cold War Submarine Veteran, Jared P. Kennedy Sr., passed away February 17, 2022 after prolonged health issues - he was 82 years old.

Known by most as 'Jerry,' he was the son of Samuel and Mary (Todd) Kennedy of Somerset Kentucky. Born March 19, 1939 he grew up in Somerset and experienced what he perceived as an idyllic childhood in a community where he regarded any adult who knew his name as a stand-in for his parents. He was an excellent student in Somerset High School, active in student life, and was president of his class, 1957.

His father was a reserve naval officer in WW II, and the family followed him until he deployed to the Pacific in early 1945. The experience inspired him to seek an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He was appointed to the Naval Academy from Kentucky's (then) 8th Congressional District and graduated With Distinction with the Class of 1961.

After graduation Jerry entered nuclear power training and went on to serve on three submarines: USS Barb, USS Francis Scott Key and USS Haddock. He left active duty in 1970 and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Captain in 1992.

After leaving active duty, Jerry spent ten years with the Babcock & Wilcox Company, in both the power generation and research and development divisions. He remained active in companies providing services to electric utilities until the late 80's whereupon he began an accidental career of rescue and turnaround management. Just after 9/11 the family relocated from the Philadelphia area to Gainesville Florida where Jerry was soon involved as a mentor and coach for the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He and several graduate students founded EnviroFlux, Inc. a company that deploys environmental monitoring technology licensed from the University. At about the same time he affiliated with the company that would become Paperless Solutions Group as Chief Operating Officer and continued there in several capacities until his retirement 15 years later.

He was a member of The Union League of Philadelphia and served on the board of The Navy League of Philadelphia. He was active in veterans' organizations in Philadelphia and Gainesville and was a life member of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association and of the Military Officer's Association (MOAA). He also served as a past President of the Gainesville Chapter of MOAA and was an active member of the McIntosh Presbyterian Church.

He took great delight in his family and often proclaimed his exceptional good fortune. He is survived by his wife and partner of 39 years, Gloria (nee McKibbin), his children, daughters Annette Kennedy of Gainesville FL, Elizabeth Kennedy of Doylestown PA, son Jared Jr of Tallahassee FL, stepson Michael Brewster of Gainesville FL, daughters Alison Kennedy and Julie Hart of Greensboro NC, grandchildren Samuel Kennedy (Alison), Emma James (Elizabeth) and Ruby Kennedy (Jared & Stephanie).

Born on March 19, 1939 - Entered into Eternal Patrol on February 17, 2022.

Kersey, Timothy J. - 86 - 90

Timothy J. Kersey, loving husband, father, grandfather and nephew, entered into eternal rest at the age of 64 on July 30, 2021. A resident of Indianapolis he was born on October 30, 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Timothy proudly served his country in the United States Navy, where he raised to the rank of Lieutenant, before retiring in 1998.

He worked for 15 years at Cummins Engine Company in the Quality Control Department.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He enjoyed gardening, playing golf and playing the drums and guitar. He also enjoyed going to the Indianapolis 500, which he did for numerous years.

Timothy leaves behind to treasure his memory, his wife of 15 years, Katherine L. Kersey; children, Daniel P. Kersey, Shannon M. Kersey, Brian T. (Lauren) Kersey, Evan R. (Nicole) Ransom and Elliot M. (Kathleen) Ransom; nine grandchildren; aunt and uncle, Jerry and Jerri Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Inez Fisher and granddaughter, Reagan Lou Kersey.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Timothy's name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana or to Gleaners Food Bank .

Timothy will be remembered for his joyful laugh and his dry sense of humor.


Klinger, Richard

KLINGER, David Calvin, 80, of San Antonio, Texas, died on December 24,2020. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Nutt) Klinger and they
enjoyed 56 years together in marriage. The son of Richard and Helen( Reed) Klinger, he was predeceased by his brothers Richard and Robert of
Lykens, PA and Donald of Henderson, NV. He is survived by his sister Marie (Klinger) Andrews of Harrisburg, PA, his son David and wife Pamela
of Madison, AL as well as his daughter Karolyn (Welch) and husband Michael of Framingham, MA. He was especially proud of his six cherished
grandchildren Sarah and Richard Klinger of Madison, AL and Kevin, David, Alison, and Amber Welch of Framingham, MA. Born in Lykens, PA on January 25, 1940, Mr. Klinger spent his childhood years in Lykens before enrolling in Penn State University. After participating in the ROTC
program and graduating with a degree in Engineering, Mr. Klinger began a distinguished 30-year career as a commissioned officer in the Submarine
Service of the U.S. Navy. His initial service started in 1961 on the destroyers U.S.S. Norris and U.S.S. Agerholm, where he quickly rose
through the ranks and was selected to complete Nuclear Power School training in California (where he met Marilyn). In 1965 he was deployed
on the U.S.S. Francis Scott Key, a nuclear submarine based out of Groton, CT, followed by submarine assignments on the U.S.S. Seahorse
(1968-71, Navigator) in Charleston, SC and the U.S.S. George C. Marshall (1973-77, Lt. Commander). From 1977-81 Mr. Klinger was Commander and Captain of the ballistic nuclear submarine U.S.S. Sam Houston based out of Pearl Harbor, HI and Bangor, WA. Mr. Klinger's career continued as a
Captain and Operations Officer at the U.S. Embassy in London, UK (1981-84), and in the War Gaming Department of the Naval War College in
Newport, RI (1984-88). He was next appointed to Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy Base in La Maddalena, Italy (1988-90) before finishing his
naval career as Captain at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College (1991). Mr. Klinger spent his next 27 years of etirement in San Diego, CA, where he and Marilyn spent many years proudly hosting and entertaining visitors from all over the country and the world in their beautiful home overlooking San Diego Bay. He loved
working on and improving his home and took great pride in hosting annual visits from his children, grandchildren, and many relatives. During his retirement, he continued his lifelong love of numismatics and contributed many articles to scholarly journals chronicling the origins of coins from around the world. He also completed 15 annual cross country treks in his modified camper van and to coin conventions where he was a respected authority and contributor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lykens & Wisconsin Historical Society

Kosmus, William A

A-Gang Gold Crew early 70's
Received the below obituary from Harry Baker on Dec 29, 2013
William Anthoney Kosmus MM1(SS) of Parrish,Ala went on Eternal Patrol on 12 April 2013. Bill Qualified on the USS Cobbler SS-394,USS Cutlass SS478, USS Francis Scott Key SSB(N)657 (G) 4 Patrols & Submarine Support Fac. NLon.He only served 10 years before going to work in the coal mines of Pa. W.Va. Price Utah & Ala. ,where he worked himself up to Maint Gen. Forman of the mine & 25 Sub stations. Using his knowledge of Mine Safty App. he got from the Submarine Force. Before going into business for himself. He Leaves his wife Diane, Their two Sons Shawn & Eric Kosmus & their Families. of Parrish & Trussville,Ala. & one Brother Robert of Pa. A Sister Barbra Of Ill. 
Received this e-mail 3/25/2014 from Mike Robertson Tm2 69-72

I was reading the webpage and noticed the entry on William Kosmus.  I'm not sure if I have the correct "Koz"  But when I was aboard in the early 70's, there was a MM2 that we all called KOZ.  He served in AMR1 with Gus Peterson.  I've enclosed the only photograph (on the left) I have of the two of them holding some type of religious ceremony...., Or maybe Koz missed a reading and Pete is in the process of explaining the error of his ways. Koz is on the right in the picture

Knight, Clarence "Gus"

KNIGHT, Clarence A. "Gus" Jr. 77, of Brockton, March 23, 2013. Son of the late Clarence A. Knight Sr. & Winifred Mernick Knight. Beloved husband of Joan M. (Gerraughty) Knight for 56 years. Loving father of Linda Knight Guild & her fiance Mike Bishop, Joseph H. Knight & his wife Donna Horsman Knight & Sandra L. Knight. Grandfather of Melissa Guild, Kimberly Knight Grenier & Jennifer Knight; great-grandfather of Cameron Michael Grenier. Brother of Christine Knight Perrault & the late Artemus Knight and his widow Lee & an uncle of many nieces & nephews. All are welcome to calling hours Wednesday 4-8 p.m. in Waitt Funeral Chapel at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., BROCKTON. Funeral from Waitt Funeral Home Thursday at 9 a.m., funeral Blessing at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Parish & committal at the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Children's Hospital Boston (Oncology), PO Box 414421, Boston, MA 02241-4421

Ships / boats served on: SS-422, SSR-572, SSBN-657
Clarence A. Gus Knight Jr., 77, of Brockton, died March 23, 2013. Born in Brighton, Sept. 4, 1935, he was a 1953 graduate of Brighton High School. He served as a submariner in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1974, retiring as a Yeoman First Class and was a proud member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Boston Base.
Gus qualified in submarines on the USS Toro (SS-422) in 1955 and was a YN1(SS) when he left the Navy.
He later worked for Decatur-Hopkins and Consolidated Brick. A member of the Holbrook Sportsmens Club, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cruising and casinos. Gus was the son of the late Clarence A. Knight Sr. and Winifred Mernick Knightbeloved husband of Joan M. (Gerraughty) Knight for 56 years; loving father of Linda Knight Guild and her fiance Mike Bishop, Joseph H. Knight and his wife Donna Horsman Knight and Sandra L. Knight; grandfather of Melissa Guild, Kimberly Knight Grenier and Jennifer Knight; great-grandfather of Cameron Michael Grenier; brother of Christine Knight Perrault and the late Artemus Knight and his widow Lee; and an uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Lammers, Clarence - STCM(SS)

MCPO Clarence Albert "Al" Lammers, USN Ret., 71, of Ladson, SC, entered into eternal rest Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Trident Hospital. His memorial service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 in American Legion Post 166 in Goose Creek at 3:00 pm.

Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., NORTHWOODS CHAPEL. Al was born January 15, 1943 in Dumas, AR the son of the Late Clarence Eno Lammers and the Late Wilma Hocking Lammers. He retired from the Navy after 30 years on Submarines. He also was a Navy recruiter for a few years. Al was a charter member with the American Legion Post 166 Goose Creek, a member of Voiture 1067, a lifetime member with the VFW 3433, a lifetime member of the Submarine Veterans and a member of the FRA Branch 269. He was married to Shelagh Margaret Lammers. His survivors include daughters: Caroline Lee and husband John Davis (Dave) Lee, Susan Edwards and husband Earl Bevins of Goose Creek, SC, Leslie Wise and husband Rodney Wise of North Charleston, SC; grandchildren: Lisa Lee, Dennis Edwards III "Dennie", Heather Lee and Dustin Wise; great-grandchild, Shaye Lee; sisters: Carolyn Maier of Stuttgart, AR, Claudia Wilson of Hot Springs, AR and Susan Goodwin of CT; brother, Charles Lammers of Shuttgart, AR. He was preceded in death by one sister, Clara Lammers Clark. Memorials may be made to American Heart Assoc. of SC Memorial Processing Center 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060; or any Veteran's Organization.

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 1/19/2014
Ships / boats served on: SSG-574, SS-339, SSBN-620, SSBN-657, SSBN-624, SSBN-622, SSBN-632
Qualified in submarines on the USS Grayback (SSG-574) in 1964 and was a STCM(SS) when he left the Navy.

Lee, Paul M.

Paul Mitchell "Mickey" Lee Sr., age 62, of Milton, Florida, passed away, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Retired MMCM.

Paul was born in Salisbury, Maryland, and raised by parents Betty and William Wheatley. Paul graduated from Mardela High School in 1973. After six years of local employment, he joined the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet where he served aboard the U.S.S. James Monroe, U.S.S Francis Scott Key, and the U.S.S. Tucson. He retired in August 2002. During active duty, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Vocational Education from the University of Phoenix. After military retirement, he worked for Oceaneering Inc. until illness required his resignation in 2013. Paul attended Olivet Baptist Church.

Paul's wife of 41 years, Jenny Lee; his sons, Paul Lee Jr. and Jeffrey Lee; daughter-in-law Kris and grandson Gabriel, all of Florida, survive him. His mother Betty Wheatley, and siblings Vickie Hastings, William Wheatley, and Richard Wheatley, all of Maryland, also survive him.

In honor to his service to God and country, Paul's remains will be placed at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola. FL. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Sharptown, Maryland, to provide distant relatives and friends an opportunity to join and celebrate Paul's life.

The Lee family wishes to thank the Staff of Crestview Rehabilitation Center as well as the Staff of Covenant Hospice for the care given to their husband, father, and brother, during his prolonged illness. We would also like to thank Lewis Funeral Home for the compassion given to the family during this time of loss.

Lindquist, Robert

Received notice on June 3rd, 2010 of the passing of Robert Lindquist, medical corpsman on the Key from 1977 - 1978 Blue Crew. I received this e-mail from Charlie Snyder PNC(SS) Ret.:
Doc "Link" was a great Corpsman and a good friend to all KEY sailors. He served on the Blue Crew and is the only Corpsman I know who made house calls if a shipmate needed them.
Robert will be burried Friday 6/4 1:30pm at the Florida National Cemetery -Burial - Bushnell, FL
Link will be buried with full military honors.
Florida National Cemetery is at exit 309 off Interstate 75 approximately 50 miles north of Tampa
Here is Roberts obituary: Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 3, 2010
Lindquist, Robert "Link," 68, of Tampa, passed away June 1st, 2010. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be forever missed.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years, and was active in the American Legion locally. He was a decorated sailor, working as a corpsman in the military hospital until finally achieving the highest rank possible, Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. 
He was equally dedicated to his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Dandy; sons, Robert, Jr. (Stacie), Todd, James (Lynn), Michael Krajnik (Alisa), and daughter, Kim Peters (Brad); 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne (Kristie) and Gary (Cheryl), as well as extended family and friends who will always cherish him.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 3rd, from 6 to 8 pm, with funeral on Friday, June 4th, at 11am, both at the funeral home. Interment will be at 1:30 pm that afternoon, at Florida National Cemetery with well earned full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Link's name to the American Legion Post #152, 11211 Sheldon Road, Tampa, FL 33625.
Words of comfort may be expressed online at
Blount Curry Funeral Homes, (813) 968-2231, is in charge of arrangements.

Logan, Joseph B

First Gold Crew Commanding Officer 

Captain Joseph Bailey Logan, USN Retired, 68, of Dendron, Va., died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998, in Williamsburg, Va.

A native of Arkansas, Captain Logan enlisted in the Navy in 1948. He attended the U. S. Naval Academy where he graduated with the class of 1953.
The majority of his career was spent serving in the Submarine Force aboard the USS Reguin, George Washington, Patrick Henry, James Madison
and as Commissioning Commanding Officer of the USS Frances Scott Key. He also served as Commander Submarine Division Sixty Two and later on the staffs of Comsublant, Comsubpac and Cinclant/Cinclantfit. Following retirement from the Navy, he was employed for 13 years for Virginia Power at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the Submarine League and the Submarine Veterans Association.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Dianna Logan; one brother, Wilson Logan of Aurora, Colo.; and two stepsisters, Linda Venters of Virginia Beach, Va., and Caroline Hawley of Springdale.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station Chapel with Captain Edward Richardson, USNRetired, officiating. Funeral was held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Fort Myers Chapel in Arlington, Va., with interment and full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lojko, Boley


LCDR served on the Key1972 - 1973 during the overhaul in Bremerton, Washington.  During the 2012 reunion, I was told of Bollie's time on the Key.  He was outted as being gay and he hung himself.  I have no other details and I am not sure of the spelling of his name but I wanted to be sure he has his rightful place on the Key Eternal Patrol Memorial page.  Anyone who has any further details, please submit them to


From Bob Weeks: 12/27/12

The correct spelling is Boley Lojko – he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1962 and died on June 6, 1976.


Found this comment on a people-search web site:

Boley was a classmate in the class of 1962 at the U S Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. When he died of a heart attack in 1976, he was a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve. I have been told that he is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts.
I would like to contact any of his family. - submitted by Stew Lingley on 07/08/2011

Louthian, PW Plank Owner 65 - 69 Gold Crew

We learned of PWs passing on December 21, 2023 but have not received any further information.The picture is from the 2008 Key Reunion.  He is seen with his wife Sandy.

Lowman, James B. 

Died on 10/3/2017 in Elloree, SC. Retired EMCM

James "Jim" Bryant Lowman Elloree, SC - James "Jim" Bryant Lowman, 71, of Elloree, passed away October 3, 2017. Born in Lakeland, FL, he was the son of the late James Washington Lowman and Ellen Stokes Lowman and husband to the late Brenda Lowman. After high school, he joined the United States Navy proudly serving his country for 23 years retiring as a Master Chief. Following his Navy service, he went on to work in public service for South Carolina Ports Authority as a Maintenance Foreman and then retiring from Berkeley County Water and Sanitation as the Superintendent of Maintenance. Jim was a member of Sub Vet's and Goose Creek American Legion. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, carpentry, restoring furniture and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his children, Tara Hammett of Georgetown, Kelly Hiers and husband Bryan of Midlothian, VA, Jamie Lowman and wife Sandy of Elgin and Michael Lowman of Elloree; grandchildren, Grant, Wesley, Luke, Mary-Ellen, Grayson and Caroline. A Memorial Service with military honors will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in MCALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, GOOSE CREEK CHAPEL. The family will receive friends after the service until 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MUSC Children's Hospital Fund, Pediatric Hemoc Department, 59 Bee Street, MSC 201, Charleston, SC 29425.

Lundell, James A. EN1(SS)  Passed away on 1/16/2013  USSVI Base: MAL

Qualified in submarines on the USS Blackfin (SS-322) in 1964 and was a EN1(SS) when he left the Navy.
Went on Eternal Patrol on: 1/16/2013
Ships / boats served on: SS-322, SSBN-657, SSN-675

Lyon, David III

Plank Owner, COB of Blue Crew in 1974 - 75. FTG passed in December 2008. We received notice of his passing from his son David IV on July 12, 2010. Here is his sons e-mail:

My father was a plank owner from his first time around on the Key and COB on his last. His name is David Lyon III he was a FTG. He died in December of 2008. He reported to the Precom crew in Nov 1965 to the blue crew. He made 2 patrols before being transferred to shore duty. He re-reported to the Blue crew in Sept 1971, made 1 patrol and was transferred to Bremerton for C3 conversion. He took the boat to Charleston where he made 2 or 3 more patrols on the blue crew and was COB late 74 to Apr 75 (I think). I remember Capt Bump as well as several other former crew members. If you could add him to your crew list I would appreciate it.

Thank You,

David Lyon IV MMCS(SS) Ret
Picture to the left is Dave at his retirement ceremony.
 David Lyon III, born February 23, 1935, passed away December 17, 2008. Retired Master Chief, United States Navy, 30 years service.

MacKool, David J.

David J. MacKool May 19, 2011 David J. MacKool of Boynton Beach, FL, lost his brief battle with cancer on May 19, 2011. David was born in Syracuse, NY, to Antoinette (Pilch) and Joseph MacKool on June 10, 1949. He graduated in 1967 from Henninger HS. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Vicki (Casquarelli); his loving children: son, Frank, and daughters

Mann, James W. ET1(SS)

Qualified in submarines on the USS Diablo (SS-479) in 1963 and was a ET1(SS) when he left the Navy.

Wilbur J McConnell
Cold War Submarine Veteran, On Monday January 17th, Wilbur James ("Jim") Mcconnell Jr, 67, died peacefully at his home in West Babylon, New York, following many years of ongoing health issues. Jim was born in Columbia, South Carolina, raised in Burlington, New Jersey, and graduated from Burlington City High School in 1972. He then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in its Submarine Fleet for thirteen years, including tours on the USS Hunley, the USS Francis Scott Key, and the USS Benjamin Franklin. Jim later became a beloved team member of Central Nassau Optical, where he was employed for the last 25 years. Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma, and is survived by his father, Wilbur, sister, Donna Walsh (Mickey), brothers, Michael (Nancy) and Joseph McConnell (Jen), his former wife, Jane Carroll, and their daughter, Julianna Miller, and grand-daughter, Jocelyn Miller. He is also survived by his daughterAnnamae Edminston, and grand-daughter, Brianna Edminston. Jim adored his seven nieces and nephews and cherished his twelve great nieces and nephews. Jim was well-liked throughout life, possessed a tender heart and frequently shared an uplifting laugh while providing a comforting shoulder. He loved animals dearly with a special fondness for his cats, Mali, Cuddles, Jasper and Diamond.

Born on September 20, 1954 - Entered into Eternal Patrol on January 17, 2022.

Marko, Michael F  Plank Owner 66 - 69 Weapons Div

July 12, 2023
Michael F. Marko, age 85, of Malta, a proud veteran of the United States Navy, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2023.
Michael was born May 12, 1938, in Syracuse, New York. He was the son of the late Michael and Anna Marko and grew up in Minoa, New York. Michael married Elaine Reboux in August of 1961. They were married for 59 years until her passing on July 13, 2022.

Michael graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School. He received his Associate Degree from Pensacola Junior College in 1972.
At the age of 18, Michael enlisted in the United States Navy. He served his country for 20 years and attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. Michael started his career on the USS Huntington, a destroyer. He served on various destroyer escorts. He spent the remainder of his career on nuclear submarines. He retired in 1975 after serving on the USS Sam Rayburn as Chief of the Boat. During his time in service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United States Antarctic Expedition Medal and the Navy Presidential Unit Citation.

After the Navy, Michael worked and retired from Carrier Corporation in East Syracuse, New York.
Michael was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed his work as a tour guide and maintenance volunteer for the USS Slater in Albany, New York, as well as his role with the Honor Guard for the Saratoga National Cemetery. He was a life member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Michael is preceded in death by his loving wife, Elaine M. Marko, and his daughter, Kathleen M. Marko.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Smith (Martin); son, Michael B. Marko (Anne); his brother, Thomas Marko (Rosemarie); sister-in-law Jeanne Mignon (Robert); grandchildren Katherine Smith, Kevin Smith, Sophia Marko and Julia Marko; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2023 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
A mass service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Interment with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871.


Maufroy, Robert

We received notice of Bob's passing from his wife Anna.  Here is her message: "This is Bob’s wife, Anna.  Bob passed away July 10th.  He had acute leukemia.  His physician seems to feel that it was probably due to exposure to ionizing radiation while serving in the Navy.  I wanted to let his shipmates know, and ask if you are aware of anyone keeping track of nucs/submariners that contract leukemia.  The VA routinely denies the claims and denies the data that they are basing their decision on to the claimants on the basis that it is “classified information”.

Bob served in EDiv/RC 1977 - 1981on the Blue Crew

Here is Bob's obituary:

Robert Maufroy
Hamilton County
Robert Maufroy, 60, of Signal Mountain, died Monday, July 8, 2013, of acute lymphatic leukemia.LCDR, USN Ret. Doctor of Pharmacy, Nuclear Engineer,
Electrical Engineer: Bob was honored to work the graveyard shift as a Clinical Pharmacist at Erlanger Hospital. He considered safeguarding his
patients as a sacred responsibility. His home was always warm with the love of rescued pets; mostly those too old and sick to be considered "adoptable".
Bob had many interests, but the hobbies that were most fulfilling for him allowed him to teach, sailing and diving. He was certified to train
instructor candidates by NAUI, PADI and NSS/CDS and was certified as a sailing instructor as well.He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Anna
Brandt; and his golden retrievers, Ginger, Blondie and Teddy.Memorial will be held at PlayDog Excellent at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. Please bring your
well behaved dogs and dress casually, appropriate to the weather (it will be warm in the bldg).In lieu of flowers, please donate to McKamey Animal
Shelter.Arrangements entrusted To: Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery,
Nashville 615-865-1101

McConnell, Wilbur J. 

McCONNELL, Wilbur James, Jr, 67, died peacefully at his home in West Babylon, New York on Monday January 17, 2022, following many years of ongoing health issues. Jim was born in Columbia, South Carolina, raised in Burlington, New Jersey, and graduated from Burlington City High School in 1972. 

He then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served in its Submarine Fleet for thirteen years, including tours on the USS Hunley, the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657), and the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640). Jim later became a beloved team member of Central Nassau Optical, where he was employed for the last 25 years. 

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma, and is survived by his father, Wilbur, sister, Donna Walsh (Mickey), brothers, Michael (Nancy) and Joseph McConnell (Jen), his former wife, Jane Carroll, and their daughter, Julianna Miller, and grand-daughter, Jocelyn Miller. He is also survived by his daughter; Annamae Edminston, and grand-daughter, Brianna Edminston. Jim was well-liked throughout life, possessed a tender heart and frequently shared an uplifting laugh while providing a comforting shoulder. He loved animals dearly with a special fondness for his cats, Mali, Cuddles, Jasper and Diamond. 

Friends and Family are welcomed to join the family in visitation to celebrate Jim's life on Sunday January 23, 2022, from 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m. at the Page Funeral Home, 302 East Union Street, Burlington, New Jersey 08016. Services will follow the visitation. A graveside service for immediate family members will be held on January 24, 2022. During these challenging times, the funeral home service can also be viewed live on the Page Funeral Home's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Memory of Jim to the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter, .80 New Highway, Amityville, New York, 11701. Posted online on January 20, 2022. Published in Burlington County Times

McCracken, Ken   MT1(SS) BlueCrew 68 - 71

Ken is on the left at a Key 2008 Reunion next to his former XO Chuck Harner.

Ken passed away in February 2022.  There was no formal obituary according to Kim Rowe, his long time partner.

From Stanley Sims:

I was on the boat with Ken and have traded e-mails with him for years, not to mention getting together a couple of times.  I know he felt the men he served with on the Key were like family.  He was my brother and will be missed.  I've got the LOS watch, Ken.

From Russ Christie:


I made two patrols with Ken.  When I reported aboard right out of Missile Tech school, Ken was the division LPO. Under his guidance, I soon qualified as Missile Compartment Roving Patrol (Rover).  I stood many, many watches as Ken's rover and spent many, many hours at launcher listening to Ken's old salt stories.  Not many of which can be repeated here.  He guided me through my ship's quals and LOS quals.  His laughter was infectious and he was always up for a good prank on someone else.  I was thrilled to see him again at a Key reunion where he is pictured above.  He also compiled a booklet, which he self published, called Key Memories.  A collection of sea stories by many Key shipmates and I am proud to have a copy.  Rest in peace shipmate.

August 2022.  We received an obituary from Ken's life partner Kim Rowe...

Kenneth Wayne McCracken was born in Long Beach, California on November 18, 1943. His parents, Carmel & Mary Lois, soon moved the family to Junction City, Oregon where he spent his early school years. The family then moved to Bloomington, Illinois where he finished high school.

After high school Ken joined the Navy. He was in the Submarine Service for eight years, becoming a Polaris Missile technician. He served on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) and was a plank owner on the USS George C. Marshall (SSBN-654). He left the Navy after his then wife threatened to "buy a Corvette and start collecting white hats" if he shipped over. It was a decision he regretted all his life.

Ken worked at a number of companies as an electronics technician in California and Oregon. His last position was at Oregon State University, on the classified staff, where he worked until he retired in 2004. Ken was an intelligent and inquisitive individual. He interpreted depression as boredom and solved the problem by getting a new hobby; among them archery, horse-back riding, fishing, camping, boating, stained glass, wood-working, leather-working and writing.

Ken re-connected with his submarine crewmates over email and collected stories from those days, compiling them into a self-published book on called "Key Memories." He loved animals, particularly cats. In 2016 he and his domestic partner Kim and five kitties moved to Emmett, Idaho.

Ken passed away at the age of 78 on February 20th, 2022 and is now on "eternal patrol."

Arrangements were cared for by the Potter Funeral Chapel.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Wayne McCracken, please visit our floral store.


McDougall, Marlin N.

MT2 Blue Crew 1971- 1974.

Mac was a good friend of mine (Russ Christie).  We spent many an off-crew hour together playing pool at the Port Hole Tavern in Ladson, SC.  The loser had to eat one of the mystery foods found pickled in a jar behind the bartender.  I usually lost.  The way I finally get to be even with Mac is to select the picture to the left.  We were approaching the Panama Canal in Feb of 1972.  He had the LOS watch and when it was over, he hit the rack.  Well we got to the canal a few hours later and he was still in the rack so I made him get up and go topside to get some barbeque.  As you can see, he was thrilled about being woken up.  I called him the human weathervane because of the way his hair would blow around.  He kept it as long as he could get away with.

Mac passed away in April 2010.  I had found him in 2008-ish online and we exchanged e-mails a few time.  He said he had been a carpenter but his knees were giving out so he was moving from Kerrville, TX where he grew up, to Grass Valley, CA.  I never heard from him again.  On March 26, 2015 while sitting at my computer, I somehow thought of Mac and typed his name in a Google search,  I was stunned when his obituary popped up.  It said he had died after a short illness. I told you to quit smoking!!!  

Just so he wont be too pissed if we ever should meet again in some after-life bar, the second picture is Mac getting his 2nd Class crow from Capt Bump in 1972 in Bremerton, WA during the Key's first overhaul.  I last saw Mac in 1974.  He was waiting for his discharge date as I was heading back for another patrol.  We enjoyed each others company - A guy from a small town in Texas and a guy from the city of Boston... Go figure.

One last story... In 1972, we left Bremerton for Dam Neck, VA for Poseidon missile conversion school.  While in Virginia, I purchased a 360 Yamaha dirt bike to off-road race.  There was a track not far away run by the local police dept.  Nothing fancy, just a dirt track with a few jumps in a cleared field.  I told Mac to meet me there to watch.  Well, as I approached a jump, I noticed a guy with a movie camera taking pictures at the top of the jump, so I thought I would give it a bit of extra gas to fly higher.  I flew over the top of the jump and over the side of the track going over the handlebars and sliding in the dirt on my stomach for many, many yards right into the road that led into the track  A car was coming down that road.  Mac was driving and he saw this body sliding towards him.  He hit the brakes and got out of the car and ran up to the body covered in dirt.  He did not know it was me.  He carefully rolled me over.  I could see him through my helmet visor but I could not speak as the wind had been knocked out of me.  He was asking if I was alright.  He took off my helmet and then realized it was me.  He scooped me up into his Vega and took me to the hospital.  I had a broken leg and many pebbles imbedded in my skin.  Sitting here typing this, I can still see Mac through that visor.  I was never happier to see anyone in my life. 

Rest in peace buddy.  You deserve it.  Save me a spot at the table...


McNinch, Terry

October 15, 2006 of a heart attack in Stafford, VA.  Reported by Ted Delaney who served with Terry on the SSBN 641.  Terry will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. His obituary is below.

Terrance McNinch

Retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Terrance Ray McNinch, 55, of Stafford County, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He retired after 21 years of submarine service with the U.S. Navy, and worked as a budget analyst at Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico.

He is survived by his wife, Susan McNinch; a son, Thomas Alan McNinch; his daughters, Carrie Ann and her husband, James Edwards, and Christy Lynne and her husband, Daniel McFarland; his father, Gerald T. McNinch and his wife, Marie; his sister, Cheryll Behm; his grandchildren, Kara, Kristen and Jimmy Edwards and Jackson "J.T." McFarland. He was the son of the late Elvera McNinch.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel.

03/25/2010 - Received from Tom Petersen:  Terry was very popular with everybody and one heck of a nice guy, he came aboard as a 1st class petty officer and took the division over from Bob Guthrie.  Terry became a chief, he was a big man, an ex-high school football star, a pool shark, and quite an effective card player.  He became a good friend.  Sorry to see him on the Eternal Patrol list.

10/15/2021 - from Joe McLaughlin MMC(SS)ret SSBN 643B - I saw ETC(SS) Terry McNinch.on your crew roster. Terry and I served together on the USS George Bancroft SSBN643 Blue from late 1973 until he transferred in 1975. We qualified together in October 1974. He was a reactor operator. I think about him often.

 McRae, Dan

NavET  1976 - 1979 Blue Crew

Received this e-mail 1/11/09 from Ken & Sharon Davidson:  

Dan McRae died in a Dallas hospital Sunday night- He served on the Key during the 1970's.  I believe Dan  served in 1976 - 1978-79 - Blue Crew. I will find out soon. I'm working on getting an obituary.   There are pictures of him posted in (1970's). The one with  your caption " Don't ask - Don't tell!  from the 1970 album. His ashes will be brought back to his home in Leesville Louisiana. Services will be  at Hixson Funeral Home on Saturday 17 January @ 2pm in Leesville. As soon as they publish an obit I will get it to you.

01/14/09 - Received this e-mail from Vivian:

Dan was a great jokester and a man who would give you the shirt off of his back if he thought you needed it.   He loved to party and could make anyone laugh.  He knew how to live.  I should know I was married to him when he was in the navy.   Even though we divorced we never had anything but good things to say or remember each other by.  Vivian

Dan's Obituary:

Daniel Glynn McRae, Jr, of Irving, Texas, passed away in a Dallas, Texas hospital, Monday, January 12, 2009, from complications of juvenile diabetes. He was born into the union of Lena Bennett and Daniel Glynn McRae, Sr., January 2, 1954.
He was preceded in death by his father and also by his step-father, John G. Wheelock, III. Survivors include brother, Richard McRae and wife Casceil of Fort Worth, Texas; step-sister, Susan Wheelock and husband Bob of Lawrenceville, Ga.; step-brother, John G. Wheelock, IV and wife Yun Hui of Enterprise, Ala.; two nieces, Randi and Casey McRae of Fort Worth, Texas; step nieces, Sharon Wheelock and Carolyn Sedgwick, and husband Bill, of Fort Lewis, Wash.; and one great niece, Olivia Sedgwick of Fort Lewis, Wash.
Visitation will be held at Hixson Funeral Home Chapel of Leesville, on Saturday, January 17, 2009 beginning at noon until the time of his memorial service at 2 p.m. The minister officiating the service will be Dr.  P. Lionel Crowell, of West Monroe. Immediately following the service, there will be continuing fellowship at First Baptist Church of Leesville.

01/14/09 from Sharon & Ken Davidson::

Well Ken and I are reminiscing~ Ken says Dan was the boats photographer and was the one that took that picture in the 1970's album through the periscope that was submitted by Tim Brooks. The USS Stanley through the periscope. I'm not sure. If you have contact with Tim maybe you could clear that up.
Dan was also a great friend to Ken and I. His wife Vivian was my best friend. They were our family. We kept each other company while our guys were playing war games at sea. When they came home we would all hang out together. They were the first people I called when Ken had his horrible accident (cut his fingers off on his right hand on a wood working project). He had just got in from sea and wanted to finish a project before he had to go out again. Dan and Vivian stayed with me at the Naval Hospital ( Charleston SC) all night. Dan was the one to go to that work shop and clean up what was left of Ken's fingers and blood, so we didn't have to. It was a long while before Ken could even go in there. Dan was very good to us then and always fun to be around. A real prankster. He will be missed.
I feel so blue for his loss even though we hadn't seen him in over 25 years. We would talk on the phone sometimes, Christmas cards exchange, and most recently e-mails. But his oar is resting now.  God Bless all who serve this country.           

Anyone who knew Dan and would like to add to his memorial here, please send your comments to Russ at

Medders, Richard M.

MEDDERS, Richard M. Richard Mark Medders, age 60, passed away Tuesday, August 4th 2015 in Spokane, Washington. Mr. Medders was born November 09, 1954 at Kennestone Hospital, in Marietta, Georgia to the late Ernest Millard Medders (1920-1979) and Mildred Louise Couch-Holtzclaw-Medders (1922-2002). Mr. Medders was preceded in death by his parents and one younger brother Jeffery Couch Medders (1956-1991), and a half-brother James Truman Holtzlcaw (1941- 2010). Mr. Medders graduated from O'Keefe High School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1974 and immediately joined the United States Navy where he spent 3 years aboard the Nuclear Missile Submarine, USS Francis Scott Key SSBN 657 (Gold Crew) and was Honorably Discharged. Mr. Medders was an avid Geneologist that spent countless hours and years researching his family's histories. His time spent connected almost 1,000,000 people. His Proud Southern Heritage was a driving force in his life. His lineage can be viewed at by searching his father and the file Medders_Family Mr. Medders is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Georgia Lynn (Peaches) Dierks (Jeremy Patrick, I) 4 grandchildren Robert W. B. Dierks, Savannah Leigh Ann Dierks, Jeremy Patrick Dierks, II and Gracie Jean Annette Dierks, all of Spokane, Washington; 2 brothers, Ernie Howell Medders (Baxley, Georgia) and Larry Millard Medders (San Francisco, California); one half-brother Carl Travis Holtzclaw (N.C.) and many cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts that he will dearly miss. A life celebration for Mr. Medders will be held at White Oak Park in Dallas, GA. On Saturday, September 19 at 1:00 p.m. Contact Jeremy Dierks w/questions

Melher, Paul J.

Received word from Ron Shouse of the Passing of PJ Melher.  PJ served as the LPO of launcher division in the late 1960s.  He was a first class missile tech on the blue crew.  Paul passed away at the Yale Hospital in New Haven, CT on January 19, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.  


Oakdale - Paul John Melher, affectionately known as "PJ", passed away on Jan. 19, 2019.

He was a very young 75 years old. "PJ" was born on Feb. 10, 1943 and lived a vivacious and memorable life. P.J. graduated from Norwalk High School in 1961 and enlisted in the Navy the same year. He retired after 26 years of active duty service with the United States Navy serving on six submarines. He was inducted into the prestigious Holland Club in 2014. He went on to work at both Electric Boat and EG&G where he continued to ride the submarines he loved so much. "PJ" was involved in many clubs and enjoyed multiple hobbies.

He loved riding his Harley Davidson with his friends and traveling the world including trips to see his favorite band Government Mule. "PJ" loved NASCAR and was passionate about the Daytona 500. On top of the hobbies, "PJ" was also a Cowboy's fan and a member of the Polish Club, the Submarines Veterans, and much more.

Paul is going to be sorely missed by his family and friends, including his children; Tammy and Lindsay, his step-children; Rhonda, and Chris, as well as his grandchildren; Haley, Aidan, Hayden, and Richie. Paul was predeceased by his beloved late wife, Ann Marie, his sister, Carleen, and his mother, Jean Melher. "PJ" will also be missed by his pet snake "Squeeze".

A visitation will be held at the Montville Funeral Home, located at, 53 CT-Rte. 32, in Uncasville, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Full military honors will be rendered to conclude the service

Miller, Danny Lee - TM2 Blue Crew 68 - 71

Danny Lee Miller, 73, of Gowanda, N.Y., passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord, surrounded by his family, on July 15, 2021.

Danny was born in Gowanda on March 22, 1948, to Harold and Jane (Stoll) Miller.

He graduated high school in 1966 and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-71. He was a member of the USS Francis Scott Key crew, TM2. Danny wore many hats in his life, including police officer and volunteer fire fighter in the village of Cattaraugus, a butcher at Brooks Market, drove a school bus for Cattaraugus Central School, and spent 27 years at West Valley Demonstration Project, where he retired in 2010.

Danny had a passion for motorcycles, and took joy in riding for many years. He was a huge NASCAR fan, and traveled to races along with watching them on TV. He loved photography, you can walk into his living room and see many pictures he proudly took himself. He also bowled in earlier years with his lifelong best friend and honorary brother, Reggie Luce, on Reggie's Barber Shop team. Danny loved his family immensely, and took joy in spending time with them any chance he had. He was the strongest man we knew, with a heart of gold. To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement. He left a strong legacy of love that will be carried on with his memory.

Danny was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Janet Reims; and his nephew, Charlie Reims.

Left to mourn his loss are his sister, Karen Cocca; daughter, Kerry Robinson (Kelly); stepson, Shawn Salim (Angela), step-daughters: Chantelle Carter (Craig), Jordan Brafford (Shane) and Sherah Leverenz. He also leaves behind his treasured grandchildren: Kyrie, Kelina, Ashley, Dylan, Kyle, Emily, Skylar, Savannah, Gabriel, Bryce, Keanna, Mason and Sierra; along with four great-grandchildren.

Calling hours for Danny's wake will be Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 4-7 p.m., from the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda where funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in the Liberty Park Cemetery, Cattaraugus, N.Y., with full military honors

From: Jesse Sims - Danny got the nickname Gadu after the "garbage disposal unit' on the Sub. He got rid of more food than you could shoot out of that unit.
When I left the Key, I gave my knife (which I called my Razoo) that I carried on patrol, to Gadu. I figured he took my place. He returned it to me about 20 years later.
Danny was a good friend and shipmate. He will be missed!


Miller, David Andrew 

MILLER, David Andrew, 68 of Swanton, Ohio died on Tuesday, July 11,2023. He was born in Syracuse, New York on June 5, 1955. After
graduating from high school in Baldswinville, New York, Dave joined theUS Navy and served for 25 years. He was deployed to the nuclear-powered
strategic-missile submarine USS Francis Scott Key (SBN-657), docking at various bases around the world. He retired as Lieutenant Commander and
was very proud to have served his country. 

Dave had a keen interest in the Z scale model railroad. He created an extensive layout which was
featured in Z Scale magazine. Gentle in nature, Dave enjoyed planting flowers in the yard and creating hanging baskets. Neighbors and friends
remarked on their beauty, one stating "Dave has the best flowers in the neighborhood". Always an athlete, Dave enjoyed snowboarding and giving
lessons. After finding the sport of pickleball through Brenda, Dave became an avid player. He progressed to be an instructor for the YMCA
and was always willing to help friends. He taught with patience and enthusiasm, earning him many dedicated students. Dave also walked in
several Glass City 5K's with Brenda. Left to cherish his memory is Brenda Keeler, the love of his life. She will hold him in her heart
until she sees him again. Dave also leaves behind his father Donald R., daughter Anna (Matt) Yeskey, son David (Marcie) Willis, loving extended
family Melissa Keeler, Brian Eisel, brothers Donald M., William (Paula), Wayne, Dale and sister Sherry. Dave was preceded in death by his mother
Carolyn (VanPelt) Miller. Dave also leaves 3 grandchildren, Dylan Yeskey, Morgan Yeskey, and Addison Willis. Visitation will be held at
Reeb Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, from 11:00 A.M. until the celebration of life service begins at 1:00 P.M.

Miller, Donald R. 

MILLER, Donald R., 69, a long-time resident of Hinsdale, NH and formerly of Halifax, VT, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in the comfort of his home with his wife at his side. Donald was born the son of the late Eleanor (Rose) and Rev. Raymond Miller on December 10, 1947 in Northfield, MA. He was educated in Greenfield, MA and graduated from Greenfield High School class of 1966. Soon after high school Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Submarine Service during the Vietnam War. He was trained as a Machinist Mate / Marine Mechanic and served on the USS Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655) and the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657), both based out of New London, CT. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia. Don was honorably discharged at the rank of Machinist Mate 3rd Class on January 16, 1969. After military service Don took advantage of the G.I. Bill and graduated from the Denver Auto and Diesel College where he was on the Dean's list. On January 5, 2002 he exchanged vows with Helen L. Wickline. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance. They have been married for fifteen years. He worked for United Postal Service as a lead diesel mechanic in Brattleboro. His time at UPS was productive and he was a valued member of the team. Don retired in 2007 after 20 years of service. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Helen L. Miller of Hinsdale, His daughter, Juline M. Winchester and her husband Greg of Putney, VT. Three grandchildren; Larissa, Lyndsey and Garret. His siblings; Thomas G. Miller and his wife Sheila of Cape Coral FL and Connie A. Miller of Halifax, VT. In addition, he leaves; great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 10 to 11am in the funeral home with a celebration of life service at 11am. Burial will follow in the family lot with military honors at Pine Grove Cemetery, Depot St.w Hinsdale, NH 03451. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Donald R. Miller to: American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, STE 2700, N.Y., NY 10006. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH 03446. Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 15, 2017

Minnick, John Wesley Jr.   81 - 86  M-Division Combined Crews Blue & Gold

John Wesley "Wes" Minnick, Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly at Bristol Regional Medical Center on July 27, 2019. He was born on January 9, 1954 to John and Mary Wyatt Minnick in Richlands, Virginia. Wes graduated from Iaeger High School, Iaeger, West Virginia in 1971 and attended West Virginia University, pursuing a degree in engineering before joining the United States Navy in 1972.
Chief Minnick had an outstanding career in the Navy. He served on the USS Saratoga (CV 60), the USS Clamagore (SS 343), the USS Trepang (SSN 674), the USS Flying Fish (SSN 673) and the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657). He was also a recruiter, teacher, and mentor to countless young sailors.

Mr. Minnick is survived by his wife, Sandra Minnick; sons Brian Minnick and wife Heather of Saint Simons Island, Georgia; Zachary Howell, of Bristol, Virginia; daughter, Amie Huffman and fiancé Shawn Potter of Abingdon, Virginia; brother Dennis "Tim" Minnick of Bluefield, West Virginia; brother-in-law, Todd Eastridge of Bristol, Virginia; sisters Barbara Waddell and husband Curtis of Meadowview, Virginia; Laryssa Turley and husband Wayne of Abingdon, Virginia; three grandsons, Cody, Christian and Caleb Minnick of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Minnick was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Minnick and infant sisters, Millie Elaine and Jennifer Lynn, twins who passed at birth.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, with a service to follow at 6:00 pm in the Frost Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a graveside service with military honors at the Wyatt Family Cemetery in Paynesville, West Virginia at 12 pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Montgomery, Gary

I found this obituary on  (added 07/30/09)

Gary Lynn Montgomery, 40, of Summerville, husband of Demetria F. Montgomery, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005. Gary was born August 14, 1964 in Middlesboro, KY. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hatfield of Ewing, Virginia and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Montgomery of Knoxville, TN. After graduating from Thomas Walker High School, Gary enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served his country for 16 years. He served aboard the USS Daniel Boone, the USS James K. Polk, the USS Francis Scott Key, and the USS L. Mendel Rivers. He was also a Corrections Officers at the Navy consolidated Brig in Charleston and an instructor at Trident Training Facility in King Bay, Georgia. After retirement in 1998, he joined the trucking industry.  Gary was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish, hunt, and "go camping with the boys." He was a wonderful husband and a loving father to his children, Gary Allen and Lauren. 

Morrow, Jack A. - Pictures are Jack and his wife Fay, who was a Key wife.  Fay has also passed.

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 A. Morrow WEST COLUMBIA Funeral service for Jack A. Morrow, 75, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, with interment to follow in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Mr. Morrow was born October 3, 1942 in Ventura, CA, and passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017. He had retired from the U.S. Navy, and had retired as a police officer for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Mr. Morrow was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, the League of Guardians, and American Legion. Mr. Morrow is survived by a son, Mike Burton; daughter, Sherry Martin; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Kay Morrow, and two sons, Terry and Larry Burton.

Moxley, Grant N.  Plank Owner Sonar

Grant with his wife at the 2008 Key Reunion

MOXLEY, Grant Nelson, Jr., 75, of Lebanon Rd., died at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton on Sunday December 12, 2021. He was born the eldest son of Grant N., Sr. and Isobel All Moxley in Oneonta, NY on January 7, 1946. He was a 1964 graduate of Laurens Central School. From 1966 until his honorable discharge in 1969, Grant served in the US Navyon the submarine USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) as a sonarman based in Groton, CT. Grant married Marjorie Nelson in Laurens on June 19, 1966. He learned his skills as a draughtsman at CCBI and worked most of his life in the electrical engineering world, including, most recently, Ametek in Binghamton, NY, as a printed circuit board designer. He enjoyed his lumber mill and had great plans for it. Grant had a special place amongst his Amish neighbors and friends. He was a spiritual man of great faith. He committed a great deal of time every day studying the Holy Scriptures and seeking how Christ would have him apply them to his life. 

His family brought him great joy. Surviving are his 2 daughters, Bonnie and Lane McIntyre of Alexandria, VA, and Jenny and Todd Slabaugh
of Morrisville; brothers, Ronald and Patricia Moxley of Laurens, and Daniel Moxley of Laurens; sister-in-law, Mary Nelson Drachler of
Bainbridge; 8 grandchildren; 5 nieces and 2 nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph, of Laurens.Services. Interment in the Laurens
Cemetery will be private at the convenience of his family. 

Contributions in Grant's memory may be made to the New Life Christian School, 1528 River Rd., Hamilton, NY 13346. Arrangements have been entrusted to
Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY. To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to Published by Oneida Daily Dispatch Dec. 23, 2021.

Mueller, Donald E.

We were notified of the passing of Donald by the SUBVETS Groton Base on October 30, 2011  Here is their announcement:


It is our sad duty to inform you all of the passing of a shipmate.  Donald Eugene Mueller Jr., age 51. of Groton, CT, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct 21, 2011.  He loved God, country and family.  Eugene was born Aug 30, 1960 in Canton, Ohio.

Eugene qualified in submarines onboard the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) in 1981.  He also served aboard the USS Casimir Polaski (SSBN 633), USS San Juan (SSB 751), USS Trepang (SSN 674), and the USS Providence (SSN 719).  He retired from active duty in 2001 as a TM1 (SS), after 21 years of service, and was currently employed by General Dynamics as a 1st class technician in the shipyard test organization.  Eugene joined the USSVI Groton Base in 2004, he was a life member.

Age 51, of Groton, Conn., passed away unexpectedly Friday Oct. 21, 2011. He loved God, country and family. Eugene was born Aug. 30, 1960, in Canton; and retired from active duty with the US Navy after 20 years of service. He was currently employed by General Dynamics as a 1st. Class Technician in the Shipyard Test Organization.
Eugene is survived by two daughters, Sandra-Jan Mueller of Arizona and Makeena Mueller of Connecticut; father, Donald Eugene (Te-Atta) Mueller, Sr. of Colorado; his mother, Josephine (Vern) Christensen of Canton; sisters, Nancy Mueller of California and Theresa (Bill) Behringer of Massillon; brothers Robert 'Skip' Mueller of Georgia and Michael Mueller of Canton.
Funeral Services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Williams Funeral Home, with Deacon Wilbur Bagley officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Friends and family are invited to the Perry Christian Church immediately following the committal service. Eugene was an organ donor and has touched many lives while he was with us and now many lives will live on. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Life Choice Donor Services, 8 Grafton Rd. North, Suite 200B, Windsor, Conn. 06095; or register to be an organ donor in memory of Donald Eugene Mueller, Jr.

Mulkey, O. Michael

Ovie Michael Mulkey
O. Michael Mulkey SUMMERVILLE - O. Michael Mulkey, 75, of Summerville, husband of Elizabeth Ann (Kornahrens) Mulkey, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Roper Hospital. A memorial service will be held at James A. Dyal Funeral Home on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 4 o'clock PM. Michael was born on August 16, 1939 in Cape Girardeau, MO son of the late Ovie Mark Mulkey and Bernice (Young) Mulkey. He retired from the United States Navy with 20 years of service. He was employed by Naval Sea Support Center, Life Cycle Engineering and Amee Bay in Charleston. He enjoyed woodworking and remodeling. He loved his dog, Tank. Surviving in addition to his wife Ann are: one son: Wayne Mulkey of Navarre, FL; two grandchildren: Danielle Sisco and Kayla Mulkey of Navarre, FL; three great grandchildren: Cameron, Cayden and Bailey; sister in law: Sally Mulkey of Jacksonville, FL. He was predeceased by his son, Louis M. Mulkey who was one of the Charleston 9. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at

Mike qualified in submarines aboard the USS Robert E Lee (SSBN-601) in 1960 and was a ICCS(SS) when he retired from the Navy with 20 years of service.
He was employed by Naval Sea Support Center, Life Cycle Engineering and Amee Bay in Charleston. He enjoyed woodworking and remodeling. He loved his dog, Tank. Surviving in addition to his wife Ann are: one son: Wayne Mulkey of Navarre, FLtwo grandchildren: Danielle Sisco and Kayla Mulkey of Navarre, FL; three great grandchildren: Cameron, Cayden and Bailey; sister in law: Sally Mulkey of Jacksonville, FL.

Ships / boats served on: SSBN-601, SSBN-627, SSBN-635, SSBN-610, SSBN-657

Murphy, Luther F. jr - 84 - 88 Missile Tech

Luther Frank Murphy Jr. Dorchester,SC - Luther Frank "Luke" Murphy, Jr., age 72 of Dorchester, SC entered into eternal life on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston after a long illness. The son of the late Luther Frank Murphy and Eva Novelle McKeever Murphy, he was born and raised in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. After graduating from Broken Bow High School, he served twenty years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 1988. He then worked for JW Aluminum in Mount Holly, SC until 2011. 

A member of American Legion Post 172, the Submarine Veterans, and Heritage Holiness Church in Ladson, Mr. Murphy is survived by his loving wife, Judy H. Murphy; four step-children, Jelain Chubb of Austin, Texas, Tommy (Annette) Chubb of Dorchester, Delisa Chubb of Bell, Florida, and Teddy (Kary) Chubb of Honea Path, SC; two brothers, Louis Murphy of Chappell Hill, Texas and Bill (Thelma) Murphy of Texas; five grandchildren, Joseph, Marissa, Rylee, Savannah and Aidan Chubb; and a large extended family and many dear friends. 

The family will receive condolences from 6 to 8 PM, Wednesday, November 28 at Heritage Holiness Church, 3836 Ladson Road. Funeral services will be Thursday, November 29 at 11 AM at the church, with interment following at Summerville Cemetery, 130 West 1st North Street. Flowers will be accepted at the church or memorials may be made to Heritage Holiness Church or the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. The family of Mr. Murphy wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and the Palliative Care Team at Patriots' Harbor for the loving and compassionate care they provided Luke and his family during this time.

Mustin, James O.

MUSTIN, James Ovid, LT, USN, Ret, 80, of Mulberry, died July 15, 2017 at IU Health Hospital in Lafayette, IN. Born December 25, 1936 in Connerville, IN to the late Marion "Pete" Mustin and Mary (Cooper) Mustin. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Frankfort High School. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1955 to 1978 and retiring after 22 years of service. [enlisted: Cutlass, Archerfish, Batfish, Hardhead, Sam Huston, Francis Scott Key, TMC(SS); officer: Holland, Nathanael Green, Proteus, LT] He later owned a Dive Company in Florida for 21 years. Jim was a member of the U.S. Submarines Veterans Association, the American Legion, and the VFW. He volunteered at the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette and the Clinton County Historical Museum. Surviving Family: 2 sons: James Mustin II and spouse Bunny of Canterbury, CT and Jeffery "J.R." Mustin and spouse Laura of Milton, FL; 1 daughter: Michelle Huddleston of Monticello; 1 sister: Sally Mustin of North Dakota; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and his companion Diane Lewis. Visitation will be 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 5 p.m. with Military Honors at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Clinton County Historical Society. Please visit, where you may share a personal message. Published in the Journal & Courier on July 19, 2017

Naughton Michael  - Weapons Officer Gold 76 - 80

USSVI Information:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that LCDR Michael "Mike" Naughton, USN, Ret. departed on Eternal Patrol Monday morning. 
Navy Biography
Mike joined the Navy in 1963 left in 1989. Mike started his Navy career as a Quartermaster and ended his career as an LCDR. He served onboard the USS Baya (SS-318) [Qualification Boat], USS Wahoo (SS-565), USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657), and USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643). One of his Navy highlights is fired the 1st underwater C-4 Missile Worked at JSTPS.

USSVI Biography
Mike joined USSVI in March 2001. His primary Base was USSVI Capitol Base and he held dual membership in the USSVI Chesapeake Base, USSVI Cyberspace Base, and USSVI Northern Virginia Base. Mike was the USSVI Capitol Base Commander for several years and served as the Northeast District 4 Commander and the Northeast Regional Director.


Michael J. Naughton passed away peacefully on January 11, 2011. Mike was born December 2, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh and Margaret (Durkin) Naughton. Mike is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Mary Lou Naughton and their daughter Michele Naughton. Mike also leaves behind four siblings, Hugh Naughton, his wife Jessie; Bob Naughton, his wife Ellen; John Naughton, his wife Raydeen; and Marguerite (Naughton) Anderson. Mike was also pre-deceased by his older sister, Mary Kay Johnson, and her husband Jack. Mike was blessed with many nephews and nieces as well as grandnephews and grandnieces

Mike met the love of his life, Mary Lou Gorman in 1965 and they were married on July 26, 1969, a week after the historic moon landing. They were able to travel the world during Mike's tenure with the Navy, living in places like San Diego, Charleston, Virginia Beach and visiting places like Japan. During their courtship and early marriage, Mike was in the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP) while in college. After graduation, Mike earned both his silver and gold dolphins with the US Navy Submarine Service and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Mike and Mary Lou welcomed their daughter into the world in Omaha, Nebraska (of all places) while Mike was serving a joint command with the US Air Force. He retired from duty in 1988 and found work in the DC area as a government contractor working with the Navy until his second retirement in 2012. Mike would often joke after 22 years with the Navy he decided to not make a career of it and retire. In 2017, Mike was inducted into the Holland Club, which is an exclusive group within the US Submarine Veterans organization, where the core requirement for eligibility is the designation "qualified in submarines" for a minimum of fifty years.

Mike always wanted to make sure that everyone felt comfortable, included, and happy when they were with him. He was always at the center of the party, meeting new people, kissing the ladies and joking with the men. Mike gave the definition of bear hugs. He will be remembered for his big presence - both physically and the size of his heart.

Mike would often sign off his emails and phone calls with these quotes: Have a great day …and an even better one tomorrow! Till next time…Fair winds & following seas!

A Memorial Service will be held at St Rose of Lima Parish for a limited number of attendees due to current restrictions. We thank you for your understanding during these difficult times. The service will be livestreamed. Please visit and click on the "Live Stream" link. The service will start at 10:50am Friday, January 15.

Neilsen, David Elmer - CWO4

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 11/11/2016
Ships / boats served on: AS-19, SSBN-620, SSBN-631, SSBN-657, SSBN-609, AS-18
Qualified in submarines on the USS John Adams (SSBN-620) in 1966 and was a CWO4 when he left the Navy.
David was born in LeMars, Iowa to Elmer and Jewel Nielsen. He graduated from Paullina High in 1959 and joined the Navy. He retired with 30 years attaining CWO4. The next 20 years he worked in car sales and management.

He loved traveling in his RV, golfing, playing cards, walking the mall with his buddies, farming yearly in Iowa and telling a good joke. Dave belonged to the Elks, Sub Vets, VFW and Fleet Reserve.

He is survived by his spouse of 43 years, Donnachildren, David Nielsen (California), Randi Huato (Bremerton), Debbie Morris (Zuma Martin-Tacoma); grandchildren, Josh Sutton, Kristina (Craig) Brooks, Kimberly (Daryll) Trask of Bremerton, Bradley, Brennen & Brooklynn Morris & Braeden of Tacoma, Ashley (Bryce) Gorang (Georgia), Sierrah Nielsen (Florida) and Serenity Nielsen (Califorina); sister, Surella (Gary) Huitt (Iowa); numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Diane; and grandson, David Skyler.

Norrholm, Leif J. - CMR RCA Blue Crew 67 - 69


Leif J. Norrholm, 75, of Severna Park passed away on September 19, 2019.

Leif was born to Ray (Lehtivuori) and Levi Norrholm on August 8, 1944 in Overmark, Finland. In 1952, they moved to the United States and he was raised in the Bronx, New York City. Leif lived in New York, NY, Gales Ferry, CT, Charleston, SC, Turnersville, NJ, Darnestown, MD and most recently resided in Boynton Beach, FL.

He attended City College of New York, where he received a degree in Physics. He enlisted in the US Navy, attended Officer Candidate School, and then went on to become a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy. After resigning from active duty as a Lieutenant Commander, he worked for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a resident inspector, subject matter expert on the Commissioner's staff and ultimately as a Branch Chief. Leif retired from the Naval Reserve as a Commander and retired after reaching the Senior Executive Service from the NRC. Leif had many hobbies, including collecting stamps, coins and photography.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ellen Norrholm, of Boynton Beach, FL; his sons, Scott Erik Norrholm (Margi) and Seth Davin Norrholm (Andria); his sisters, Christina Norrholm and Helen Maddeloni; and five grandchildren.

The burial will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11:30am at Maryland Veterans Cemetery Crownsville, 1122 Sunrise Beach Rd, Crownsville, MD 21032.


Orndorf, Robert L. STSCS(SS)

Cold War Submariner Robert Lee Orndorf, 75 of Howard, passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at his summer home in Manilla, Philippines. He was born in Lock Haven on March 26, 1946 a son of the late Edwin and Mary E. Young Orndorf.

Bob proudly served his country for 25 years in the United States Navy throughout the world.

Bob qualified in submarines on the USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632) in 1973 and was a STSCS(SS) when he left the Navy.

He rose to the rank of Sr. Chief Sonar Technician and would spend a great deal of his time on submarines patrolling waters all over the world. Following retirement he worked as a postal carrier for the U.S. Postal service and then as the Veterans Affairs officer at Career Link of Lock Haven where he took great pride in being able to help his fellow veterans.

Bob enjoyed hunting, transporting his Amish friends and neighbors, and vacationing at his home in the Philippines.

He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Edward, Harold Sr., Dale Sr., and Dean Orndorf Sr., and a sister, Lela Sweely.

Born on March 26, 1946 - Entered into Eternal Patrol on October 24, 2021.

Paine, Lee

Sonar Tech -- Blue Crew On board approx. 1984-88 passed away, along with his dad, in an auto accident in Atlanta, Ga., sometime prior to 1993.

Obituary: Lee S. Paine, 25, of Austell, GA died Wednesday.  Funeral services will be at 2pm today at Gene Davis Funeral Home with the Revs Bob Baxter and J. E. Wix officiating.  Burial will be at Riverview Memorial Park.  Mr. Paine worked for Paine Electric in Austell.  He was a US Navy veteran.  Survivors include his mother, Nancy Black Paine of Austell; one sister, Rebecca Lynn of Austell; paternal grandmother, Jewell Paine of Austell.


Pelton, Greg W.   MM1 80 - 86 Gold crew

Bangor, WA Eternal Patrol on July 18, 2020.  Greg was born on July 10, 1961.Greg was very active in the Ultra-marathon community.  He left us much too soon.

Parry, Thomas L.

Tom served as Gold crew Engineer from 1968 to 1971.

Captain (USN) Thomas Leighton Parry, Jr.
Born 19 October, 1942 in Forty Fort, PA. died, unexpectedly, at Cleveland Clinic 10 February, 2016, 10 days after heart transplant surgery. His son, Michael, and daughter, Robin, were at his bedside. He is survived by Hollis (McLane) Parry, his wife of 33 years, and his children, Robin Sherwood, David Parry, Chloe Gellenthein, and Michael Parry as well as grand children, Thomas Gellenthein, Wyatt Parry, and Zack Sherwood. He was pre-deceased by his wife Marilyn Sue Altschull (Cookie) who died in 1977. 

He had a distinguished 30 year Navy career. His personal and unit awards included 4 Legions of Merit and 4 Battle Efficiency E's. He was qualified to wear both the Surface Warfare Officer badge and Submarine Officer Dolphins. He commanded USS Philadelphia (SSN690) for 5 years, USS LY Spear (AS-36) for 2 years, and Guided Missile School, Dam Neck, VA for 3 years. He retired from active duty in 1994. In his retirement years he enjoyed golf, snowboarding, sailing Mariah, his beloved 38' cutter-rigged sloop and delivering large sailing vessels between New England and the Caribbean.

Pearce, J. Randall

J. Randall Pearce , CDR
Cold War Submarine Veteran, Dr. J. Randall "Randy" Pearce, DDS age 69, of Morristown, Tennessee passed away December 25th from complications of Covid. Randy grew up in the Rocky Hill area of Knoxville and was a "We're so Fine, Class of 1969" graduate of Bearden High School. During his years in high school, he enjoyed being a drummer for the band, The Spectors.

He enlisted in the US Navy during Vietnam and served as a nuclear reactor operator on the USS Francis Scott Key submarine. He would continue to serve in the US Naval Reserves after being honorably discharged from active duty. He would later retire as a Commander.

He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and University of Tennessee Health Science School - Memphis where he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He started his general dentistry private practice in Morristown where his patients became and remained beloved friends for over thirty years. He became a forensic odontologist and helped train law enforcement officers in criminal techniques at the Forensic Anthropology Center and the National Forensic Academy. He was honored to work with Dr. William Bass, the faculty and students at University of Tennessee - Knoxville. As part of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), he served at the World Trade Center after the catastrophe of 9/11. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his daughter, Kimberly Peterson, son in law, Greg, and his granddaughters, Fiona and Tilly Stapleton. HIs grand daughters meant the world to him and he was continuously doting on them. Dr. Pearce was a beloved figure in Morristown, famous for his halloween costumes and decorations, his practice of serenading his patients with songs from the 1960s, and his never-ending generosity, kindness and compassion.

Perkins, William L.STSCS(SS)

Passed away on 11/24/2016.  USSVI Base: Southern Colorado

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 11/24/2016
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-618, SSBN-657, Qualified in submarines on the USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618) in 1964 and was a STSCS(SS) when he left the Navy. SSBN-619

Persons, Bill -
On April 14, 2008 I received an e-mail from Mark Persons, Bill's brother.  He found Bill's name on the Key's eternal patrol list.  Mark was kind enough to send more information on Bill.  Here is Mark's commentary.
Bill enlisted in the Navy 23 Oct 1969 in Salt Lake City, UT., and after 2 years in basic and nuclear power school he served on the Gold crew of the USS Francis Scott Key.  He attained the rank of ETR3\SS and was the Sub Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator - Reactor Control on the Key from 1971 - 1975. He earned the National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Award; Enlisted Submarine Dolphins; Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Patrol Insignia with 2 stars. According to a letter received from his CO P.M. Beard Jr., Bill's duties included serving as an Electronics Technician, publications petty officer, ship's qualification petty officer and his watchstanding duties were Reactor Operator & Shutdown Maneuvering Area Watch.   In addition to his service on the Key he also served on the USS AJAX AR-6; NPS, Vallejo, California; NPTU, Idaho Fall, Idaho. His nick name was "Half-Life" and he always said that he earned this because of his role working with the radioactive systems of the ship.  After the Navy he returned to Colorado to attend school at CU Boulder and then began his career in civilian life as a quality control engineer working for several medical manufacturing companies in Colorado.  Bill was born on 19 June 1951 and died after fighting lung and brain cancer on 14 September 2001. 
Here is a copy of his obituary.

William Bader “Bill” PERSONS:  50 years old: Quality Engineer


Bill Persons passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer on September 14, 2001. Bill was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 19, 1951, to the late Rev. William R. Persons and Mildred Persons. He served in the United States Navy for six years aboard the Submarine, U.S.S. Francis Scott Key.  For more than 25 years Bill has worked for several medical and manufacturing companies in Colorado as a quality control engineer. He was an accomplished photographer and writer. He loved the outdoors enjoying camping and hiking during all seasons.


He is survived by longtime friend, Madalene Becker, of Edgewater; his mother, Mildred Persons of Littleton; three sisters, Diana Wright of Houston, Texas; Peg Beach of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Judy Faulder of Littleton; one brother, Mark Persons of Overland Park, Kansas; five nephews and five nieces, cousins and an Aunt and Uncle.

I was 11 years younger than Bill but I remember when he enlisted as he was fresh out of High School and looking to find something he could call his own.  When I went to pick him up six years later in Charleston, SC. on his discharge I could tell that he was a changed man and he had found on the Key that which he would call his own.  After the Navy Bill struggled to find the same deep connections and level of trust that he experienced in the sub service. I don't know that he ever trusted anyone as much as those he lived with on the boat. I know that there is something shared among the crew that the rest of us will never understand or comprehend. I know that what ever it is, it changed Bill's life and created an unbreakable link to the boat and those who served her. I think your web page helps keep the links strong and I appreciate your work.
All my best.
Mark Persons

Peterson, Gus "Pete"

COB mid 70's Gold Crew.  Death reported by his brother.  Gus died in 2006 of a stroke followed by a heart attack. Click here for his obituary.

Received 11/21/07 from Thomas Ryan 70-71 A-Gang Gold - I am sad to read of "Pete's" passing, one of the true Characters you could ever hope to meet. I recall my checkout on either T&D or M&V, after answering a zillion questions and my third trip back with "look it up's" I was late to turn in my Qual Card for the week, Pete sharpening his knife and me all but begging for his signature, he asked to see my hand, and zip, he sliced my thumb and I hollered and he laughed and cut his own thumb then signed my card, I grabbed it and hauled ass to COB Jordan he looks at my card and smiled and asked who Mickey Mouse was, of course I had one more trip back to Pete, who laughingly finally signed his name. I miss him and the boat. I have come to realize the short time I spent on the boat was the most fun, gratifying experience of my life.


Received from Philip Crump 69 - 75 Gold Crew (11/12/2007)

I was sad to hear of Pete's Passing.  A fond memory is going to him for Trim & Drain check off for qualification.  Once I got my nerve up, I approached him.  He gave me his classic look and asked me to draw the Trim and Drain system.  After completing the drawing, I handed it to him and as he looked at it he again gave me that look.  I figured I had really messed up.  He asked me a lot of questions and then had me go look up the ones I didn't know.  When I returned, he signed my card.  Later I was approached by some other non-quals who were unhappy with me.  Pete had taped my drawing on the back wall of the mess hall with a note: To all non-quals, this is what Iexpect from you as well.  Apparently he liked my drawing.

Received this e-mail on 01/08/2007 from Gary "Dutch" Kaiser: -

"Ralph Harris related this story to me at the Memorial for Gustav "Pete" Peterson.
Ralph Harris and I both new MMCM(SS) Gus Peterson as we were stationedwith him on the USS Francis Scott Key SSBN657. Ralph became the COB on the Gold crew when we left overhaul at PSNS in 1973. Ralph had the Chief of the Watch and Gus was the Diving Officer while an inspection team was aboard determining whether the ship was ready to receive missiles and proceed on patrol. Suddenly some of the gages on the Ballast Control Panel became very erratic and Ralph reported to Gus and asked him if he knew what was going on. Gus
Peterson looked at a box and saw a Lt. from the inspection team pulling modules out of the box. Gus said, "Get away from that box and don't pull anything else out or I'll deck you." The Lt. said, "You can't talk to an officer that way," and a voice of someone who was watching the action from the Conn said, "Oh yes he can!"
That's the kind of Chief Gus was and we had a great Captain (CDR Beard) who stuck up for his men when they knew what they were doing.

Received this e-mail on 02/16/07 from Mike Robertson:
My name is Michael Robertson TM2 SS and I served aboard the Key in the early 70's . I was saddened to read of the passing of Gustav A. Peterson. I knew him well, so well in fact that he had no problem showing me just how sharp his home made knives were. One day while I was traversing the ladder in AM1 to upper level Missile, Pete was sitting in his usual seat honing one of his knife blades. I made the mistake and asked if it was sharp yet. One quick swipe and that question was answered. I can look at that shin and smile now. Then, I was too busy stopping the bleeding. I am inclosing a few photos of Pete in hopes that you can find a place for them for others to enjoy. He was a character for sure." Click here for picture 1, picture 2 of Gus.

Received this e-mail on 8/23/07 from Ronald "Lonnie" Marchand ex RM2(SS) Key Gold 75 - 78: 

"It sadden me greatly to learn that Chief Pete had passed. I posted this tribute:
Chief Pete was my COB during my 3 years onboard Key Gold (Radio). He knew more about the Key than anyone onboard. He prep me for my Qual Board and of course he was first in line to "Tack" on my Dolphins after Captain Beard pinned me. He hit me so hard it nearly killed me LOL, but I was very proud to have him do that. You see, Chief Pete only "tacked" on the Dolphins of people he respected. He was a great man. Smart, funny, and knowledgeable. He also assigned Carroll Coon as my "Sea Daddy". Best thing that ever happen to me. I was never on the "Dink" list because I did not want Chief Pete on my case. On of my fondest memories of Chief Pete was when I got my last siggie on my Qual Card, he took a match to my card, I still have that Qual Card today. Lastly, Chief Pete was not only my COB, but my friend. He molded me and made a lasting impression upon my life. Rest in Peace Chief.


A few years back, I was in contact with QMC(SS) John "Hollywood" Troia. Those who knew him, knew why we called him that. He told me that my "Sea Daddy" IC1 Carroll Coon had passed. I was proud to be Coondog's "Sea Slug". I also saw where Chief Weich, Wags,  and Pullen had also passed. Great Guys, Great Shipmates.

For the Record: Every year I was on the Key we won the "3 Battle E's", 2 "A's", and 1 Communications "C".
Ronald Marchand
Base Communications Manager - BCO Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX."


Peterson, Robert W. - ENC Plank Owner Blue Crew

No funeral services for Robert "Bob" Wayne Peterson, 79, of Hollister, will be held at this time. He will be buried at sea on a later date. Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

He died Aug. 13, 2018.
Bob was born Jan. 4, 1939, in Bradford, Penn., son of Francis and Violette Rodgers Peterson. He served in the U.S. Navy as a submariner on the following submarines: USS Wahoo (SS-565), USS Irex (SS-482), USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657), and Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle #1 (Mystic). He had previously served on the USS Kirkpatrick (DE-318). He was a member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans organization, Ozark Runner (SS-476) Base, in Springfield. After his discharge from service, he worked as a Marine Engineer on tugboats for Cargill, retiring after 19 years. He also raised cattle for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Survivors include his significant other, Lilia Mortell, of Hollister and friend, Martin Frantz, of Bradford, Penn.


Philbrick, Chester C.

I searched the web site for any former members of the USS Francis Scott Key.  Mr. Philbrick name appeared.  As I read his obituary, I soon realized he was on a different F.S. Key.  I did not know there was another ship in the navy ever named after Key.  Well there was.  It was a liberty ship, as they were called during the war.  I've decided to add Mr Philbrick to our Eternal Patrol listing as he was an original member of the original F.S. Key.  Here is his obituary.

Chester Charles Philbrick

AGE: 92 o Old Bridge, NJ

Chester Charles Philbrick, "Chet," 92, passed away October 21, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer and heart disease. He was born on August 30, 1922 to Celia Karr Philbrick and Orland "Bill" Philbrick in Sherman, New York. He was the oldest of 18 siblings- full- half, and step- and was beloved by all. Chet was predeceased by Mary, his wife of 48 years, who passed away on October 31, 1993. he is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Philbrick, his care-giver, of Old Bridge, and Carolyn LeComte of East Sandwich, MA and her husband Michael. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Jessica DiPaolo of Madison, NJ, and Theresa Piontkowski of Northborough, MA, as well as six great-grandchildren, Julianna, Sophia, Dylan, Violet, Sienna, and Colton, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, sisters, and brothers. He served his country faithfully and fully in the Navy and Merchant Marine and was a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. As a Gunner on Liberty Ship, the USS Francis Scott Key, he was a survivor of the "Forgotten Convoy" to Murmansk, Russia in 1943, where the supply convoys braved artic temperatures, ice floes, and constant German bombardment to reach the Russian front with badly- needed supplies. Marooned in that forbidding frozen landscape for nine months. the sailors then took it upon themselves to try for home without a battleship escort. They received a hero's welcome upon arriving in a New York harbor after having been given up as lost. Throughout his years, he was an accountant and enjoyed his business of preparing income taxes. He was also a Genealogist and a Historian. Chet met a lot of people and made many friends through his work and social activities, and rarely met a person who did not become a friend. His many, younger relatives have unceasingly regarded him as a fountain of wisdom and guidance, and he was always willing to listen and advise. Throughout his life, Chet maintained a unique optimism, a positive outlook and contentment, even through difficult times.

Chet was an avid historian and took on the daunting task of researching his family's history back to the Mayflower and even earlier. Genealogy became a passion that filled his time, and he was always ready to entertain with wonderful anecdotes of ancestors throughout the ages. He was a member of The Mayflower Society, The American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Chet was a great believer in upholding the art of letter- writing and did his best to exemplify this belief. His beautifully-written epistles were always anticipated and welcomed by many family members and friends. He enjoyed doing crosswords, research, reading- especially history, and he loved animals, having shared most of his life with furry and feathered family members. Chet was a kind and compassionate presence in the lives of all who knew him, especially his family members who can still hear him say, "I have the best family in the world!" He will be deeply missed. Relatives and friends are invited to visit the Old Bridge Funeral Home 2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 on Friday October 24, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday October 25, 2014 at 11am at the Funeral Home followed by burial in the Holy Cross Cemetery, East Brunswick, NJ. For more information or to leave an online condolence for the family please visit our website

Pyne, Dennis


Torpedoman - 75 - 78    Died of cancer  following unsuccessful surgery .in July 1979.  Reported by his friend and shipmate Tim Brooks.  Click here for a picture of Dennis shown standing on the left.


10/15/2007 - We received this e-mail from Stephanie, the sister of Dennis Pyne.

I was surfing on the internet and discovered your site. I was sad to see my brother Denny's name on eternal patrol. I would so appreciate your updating some of his information. I am happy to see you have a picture of him and that his information was passed on to you by his friend Tim Brooks.


My brother Dennis passed away on July 27, 1979 - from a pulmonary embolism due to a surgery from cancer. He was a wonderful guy. I was 15 when he died. Denny was seven years older than me, and like all little sisters, he was my hero. I can still see his smile and hear his laugh when I close my eyes. I am fortunate to have all good memories of him. His life was cut short, too short. He had a love of music and enjoyed people and loved his family. His love for cooking and baking was passed on to him from our Mom. He was fortunate to join the Navy and see the world. His commitment to the military - he got that from our Dad. Daddy was in Korea and than he was a member of the NYFD. My parents were so proud of him. He enjoyed his time on the Key. My brother taught me to drive, when he would come home on leave, he would take me out driving. I had my first beer with him, he said - "I know you are gonna drink, so you will have your first one on me", he was being a cool big brother. His way of making sure that I could handle a beer and knew what to expect, so I wouldn't have a bad experience.  Denny was the kind of guy that made you want to be a better person.  I remember when I got my first car, after he passed away. My Daddy ordered a vanity plate for me - it was SSBN - 657. I got stopped more times than not - not for speeding, but because it was a magnet for active and retired alike. It was a lot of fun to be able to tell people that it was for my brother. He passed away too soon. He had a zest for life and the spirit to go along with it. He never worried about things until they happened, and if they did happen - he handled things and got on with it. Always made me feel safe - something big brothers do. I so appreciate seeing his name associated with the Key. I thank all of you for the comfort that he will always be remembered. As there is not a day that goes by where I don't think of him and remember his beautiful smile.

Stephanie Pyne-Esler
Ormond Beach, FL 32176

Received 1/04/08 from a friend of Dennis

My name is Rick Meuser, and I grew up with Dennis Pyne in a town called Commack which is on Long Island. We were best buddies - we played sports together such as basketball, baseball, football and hockey. Most importantly we listened to a lot of music together, particularly The Beatles and The "Brothers". This led us to starting our first band together (embarrassingly called "The Beatles of Invention", although we thought that it was cool at the time). Denny was the drummer in the band, and he was also a big Yankees fan - he would have his AM radio on his lap with earphone in place while playing the drums during band practice, which used to drive me nuts. Sometimes I think he did it on purpose just so he could chuckle at my reaction - and he had a great laugh. I really miss his laugh. He also used to crack us up by doing this dance where he would stick his bare belly out of his shirt and thrust his arms out sideways which would make his belly jiggle - it was a sight to behold.

When you lose a close friend, you lose a piece of your heart. Dennis was a close friend and a great guy, and my heart still aches for him. My heart still aches for his father who passed on several years back. My heart still aches for his mom and his sister Stephanie, who have endured great loss. This was a loss that came way too soon. I don't question God's choices - the only thing that I can do is fill the void left in my heart with fond memories of my good friend Dennis Pyne, of which there are many. God I miss him.

Potts, Robert L

FTBC -- Blue Crew Aug.79-Oct. 82 ---If anyone who served with him would like to contact his wife, Nancy, she would love to hear from them.  She still lives in Union Grove, Al.. Robert passed away on Sept.16, 2001.

Received 11/17/07  from Dave Carter - 80 - 83 Weapons Gold   

I was really sorry to hear about Bob Potts' passing, he was always a good guy and I know how he loved to fish... I'll drop Nancy a line soon.

Puckett, Billy

Gold crew  1978 - 1982 -  Shown here in the laundry room on the Key

12/13/2007 - Received this e-mail from Jeff Burke:

I didn't remember until recently that William (Billy) Puckett (Key Eternal Patrol) was on the Madison the same time I was. William was serving on the USS Madison in 1991 and had just been selected for Chief when he died of a massive heart attack while playing Wally Ball in Kings Bay. He was promoted to Chief posthumously and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery

03/02/2012 - Received the below papers from Billy's funeral.  They were sent in by Brian Hubert. Click on them to read in full size.

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Pullen, Craig


Missile Tech on board late 70's- early 80's

from Ron Marchand 8/23/07 - A few years back, I was in contact with QMC(SS) John "Hollywood" Troia. Those who knew him, knew why we called him that. He told me that my "Sea Daddy" IC1 Carroll Coon had passed. I was proud to be Coondog's "Sea Slug". I also saw where Chief Weich, Wags,  and Pullen had also passed. Great Guys, Great Shipmates.


From Woodley Frampton 4/4/09 - I was a shipmate of Craig Pullen on the Casimir Pulaski in the mid 1980s. We were both MTs in the same duty section. He would drive a group of us from King's Bay to Charleston for weekend liberty in his pickup truck. As a first class, he was always a good leader in the missile division and willing to help when asked.

Ray, Edward T


TMCS/SS Edward T Ray 3/3/45 - 3/4/15 passed away this morning at 0010 hours. He served on active duty from August 1963 to April 1987. He served aboard the Alexander Hamilton, Robert E Lee, George W Carver, Francis Scott Key, Seahorse as COB, and City of Corpus Christi, the picture is from is retirement ceremony aboard the City of Corpus Christi. He also served multiple tours as an instructor and one tour as a company commander. He was the 3rd of 4 generations of Navy and his service and love of submarines influenced his son in becoming a member of the submarine community. He will be buried at sea with a ceremony aboard a submarine.


Reese, Robert E.  68 - 70 MT1 Blue Crew

  We were notified of Bob's passing by his son Kevin.  

Robert Earl Reese Sr. passed away January 17, 2021 at San Gorgonio Hospital in Banning CA. He was born October 6, 1945 in Atlantic City, NJ, the son of Robert Wallace Reese and Elizabeth Mabel Parker. He graduated from Lackey High School in Indian Head, MD in 1963. He attended the University of Maryland until he joined the US Navy in February 1966, as a member of the US Submarine service. During his active duty years he met and married his wife, Ann, in 1969 and they began their family. While in California he worked for Data Design Labs, General Dynamics, Hughes, and Kaiser.

Preparing for retirement, he and Ann moved to Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning in 2003. He fully retired from Kaiser in October of 2006 and began his life as an avid golfer, devoting his days to improving his game.

Bob is survived by his wife Ann, his sons Robert and Kevin , five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a sister Lee Robinson and many nieces and nephews.

Bob led a full, complete, wonderful life and built a legacy to last generations. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but he left them all with joyful loving memories which will comfort them in the years ahead.

Webmaster's Note:  To Kevin Reese:  This is Russ Christie, Key webmaster. Diane forwarded me your e-mail. I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He meant a lot to me. When I reported to the Key out of missile and sub school, your father was my mentor (Sea Daddy) on the Key. He even sat on my submarine qualification board. During my board questioning, he noticed how nervous I was, so to break the tension he asked me about the Boston Celtics. I was from Boston and he knew I was a big fan. He asked who my favorite player was and I said John Havlicek, who had stole an inbounds pass and led to a championship for the Celtics. I did an impersonation of Johnny Most, the Celtics radio announcer, making the famous call on the radio. All this loosened me up and I passed the board with flying colors. At every reunion we would joke about John Havlicek and I would do my Johnny Most impression. He would laugh and say, "That was the only qualification board in the history of the submarine service that has someone scream, "Havlicek Stole The Ball!!!"

> I will sadly add your dad to the Eternal Patrol listing on the Key web site. Please give my deepest sympathies, and those of all the Key shipmates who knew your dad, to your entire family.

Reeve, Richard K.

September 2012 - Received an e-mail informing us of Richards passing in 2001.


My father wasReeve photo.jpg (689899 bytes) in the Navy in late 60's to mid 70's and spent most of his time on the Scott Key. I'm trying to find anyone who knew him. He passed away on August 2nd 2001. I'm his son, I'm currently in the Army as a helicopter mechanic (all my family is Navy but boats aren't for me). I would greatly appreciate any help, it would mean the world to me.

Thank you,

Richard is on left getting his dolphins from CO Yarger. Click on picture for larger image.

 Restivo, Jeff

MM2 - A-Gang Gold Crew 74 - 78 submitted  4/12/2010 -

Jeff was a good man, a great friend and a great A-ganger.  After Jeff left the Navy, he became a great husband to Janet and a great father to three daughters. 

On Jeff’s first patrol, while he was mess cooking and qualifying, he got so sleep deprived that he wouldn’t get out of his rack even under direct orders.  He went to Captain’s mast and got a letter of admonishment.  But he qualified subs in one patrol and got a letter of commendation 2 ½ weeks later.  Captain Beard laughed about it as he was giving him the letter of commendation in front of the crew.  

He will be missed by all that knew him.   

  Tim Brandon  

Here is Jeff's obituary from his Omaha newspaper:

Restivo, Jeffrey  Michael
Aug 24, 1955 - Feb 26, 2010
Taylor, MI. Preceded in death by mother, Evelyn Restivo. Survived by wife, Janet Restivo; daughters Jessica, Jennifer and Justina; father, Joseph "Rusty" Restivo and wife Velma; sister, Angel Restivo; brother, Tom Restivo (Sharon); nephews: Joe Restivo, John Restivo and James Henderson; niece, Kadina Henderson.
SERVICES Saturday, 12:30pm West Center Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park with military rites by Millard American Legion Post 374 & VFW Post 8334. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Rice, Don - MS3(SS)

MS3 on board in the late 70's  died in an auto accident in Oregon  

Rinehart, Michael Jay 

Michael Jay Rinehart, age 72, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at his home.
Born August 23, 1948 in Kokomo, Indiana, he was a son of the late Robert Jay and Dorothy Leslie Rinehart.
After a distinguished career in the United States Navy, he retired as Command Master Chief aboard the USS Francis Scott Key, SSBN-657. He was highly respected by his shipmates.
Mr. Rinehart deeply loved fishing, although Kathy caught most of the fish. He was quick with the fish tales and his jokes were never-ending. He was fiercely protective of his family. He never met a stranger, always treated everyone equally and was beloved by his family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
Mr. Rinehart is survived by his wife, Kathy Lane Rinehart, they were inseparable and loved each other unconditionally. He is also survived by his children, Andrew Rinehart of Jacksonville, Jessica Rinehart of Greenville, Stacie Williams and Troy, William Evans and wife, Kristi all of North Augusta; he was "Peepa" to his four grandchildren, Ashton Williams, Madison Evans, Camryn Williams and Kylee Evans; he is also survived by his step-sister, Sherri Rinehart (Sylvia); and step-brother, David Rinehart (Carmen).
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Tunnels to Towers, two charities that he was passionate about.

Robison, William

Passed away  on 11-04-05 according to John Selleck. 9/22/08 An update on William Robison. He was in Gold crew A Div. 69-70 , he was best known as Robie. He died 11-04-2005 of cancer, he was from Pascagoula Mississippi. Wish I had more to add he was great friend and sailor.  John F. Selleck

William J. Robison , 64, of Vancleave, died 11/4/05. Visit.: 1-2 p.m. Tues., 11/8, Holder-Wells F.H., Moss Point, with service at 2 p.m.

Rimando, Rodrigo   MSCM(SS)

Qualified in submarines on the USS Angler (SS-240) in 1961 and was a MSCM(SS) when he left the Navy.

Rodrigo "Rudy" V. Rimando, Sr. is remembered as a warm and friendly man, always with a ready smile and a great sense of humor. He was called home to the Lord on February 25, 2022 at the age of 85.

Born in 1936 in the Philippines, Rudy enlisted in the US Navy there, then completed submarine training in Connecticut. He spent his military career as a Submariner, which took him all over the world before he retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer from Naval Submarine Base Bangor.

Retired from military service, Rudy remained active in community service. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, active in the American Legion, and in various civic and cultural efforts on the island. He was also active in the US Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base, and was inducted into the prestigious USSVI Holland Club.

Rudy also served for 20 years as the president of the Filipino American Community of Bainbridge Island and led a campaign to designate the Filipino Community Hall there as the first Filipino cultural site recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. He participated in FilAms throughout Kitsap and the Pacific Northwest.

Most of all, Rudy was dedicated to his family, who survives him. He was the loving husband of 58 years to his dear wife, Emma. The pair were known for their graceful dance moves at events. He was the unwaveringly supportive father to Rodrigo Jr. (wife Melissa), Rex, and Rosannette (husband Michael Chareunsap). He was also a favorite uncle to so many more. And he was a doting Grandpa/Lolo to Ryan, Craig, Rodrigo and Bibiana. Rudy is also survived by two sisters, Tarcila and Aurea in the Philippines, and is preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.

Rudy Rimando will be honored at a funeral mass on Saturday, 4/23/2022 at 11 am at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (1310 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Is.). A Celebration of Life will follow at the Filipino American Community Hall nearby. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Rudy's name to the Filipino American Community of BI and Vicinity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit through this link:


Rosen, Stephen

05/31/2013 - Just received word of the passing of a shipmate and friend, Steve Rosen.  Steve's friend of 45+ years, Jesse Sims, sent me the notice along with these words that Steve wrote for the Key Memories book that was put together back in 2009.... Russ

Steve is in the center of this picture

Figured a quote from Steve for "Key Memories" says it all. I hope he's out there sailing today! Jesse

I am a sailor still.

I erupt with harsh, strong language in tack, thank you very much. The ocean still

captivates me. I seldom do serious offshore anymore, but just the other side of

Fishers Island is the real ocean, and "...your ocean is so great and my boat is so

small" applies nearly every weekend.

Sailing quietly in a pea soup fog, hoping your navigation gets you to Block Island

and not Portugal, the 30-knot squall line that hits you in the middle of a quiet day

sail, or having to head home against a howling Westerly and of course against the tide...

"It all brings me to like and where I want to be. It is true; sailors belong on ships,

and ships belong at sea."

Steve Rosen, Blue Crew

Here is Steve's obituary....

  Rosen, Stephen Edward of Wayne, NJ, formerly of Old Lyme, CT and Sea Cliff, NY, died on May 27, 2013.  Son of Bud and Elaine (Kusmin) Rosen; husband of Briana Rosen for 42 years; father of Caroline and her husband Todd LaFiura of Raleigh, NC, and Sarah and her husband Makis McDonald of Denver, CO; brother of Peter and his wife Michu of Hingham, MA, and Douglas and his wife Sherry of Jacksonville, FL; grandfather of Britt and Greer LaFiura; and uncle of Paul, Benjamin, and Annie Rosen and Owen, Tom and John Zurhellen.   


Steve was a Navy veteran having served in the Submarine Corps. He was also a lifelong avid sailor.  He worked in marketing over his career and was an innovator of computer software marketing.

Memorial service will be held at Whitting Funeral Home, 300 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY, on Monday, June 3 at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow at Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY. Celebration will take place following interment at Page One Restaurant, 90 School Street, Glen Cove.

Expressions of Sympathy in Steve's memory may be made to Valley Hospice, c/o Valley Hospital Foundation, 223 North Van Dein Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Steve topside on the Key 1970

Rudolph, Richard, Earl - Plank Owner ETCS Blue Crew 66 - 69

Richard Earl Rudolph Sr, ETCS/SS Retired, passed away on May 22nd 2019 after a long illness in Forney TX. He was born in Blytheville AR as the eldest child to George and Elma Rudolph. He completed HS in Mobile Ala. Joined the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician and went on to become an Electronics Technician submarines. He retired from the US Navy on Aug 23rd 1974 at the Naval Submarine Base NLON. He went on to finish is education with a Bachelor of Arts at Johnson State College in VT. He enjoyed life. He always wanted to get to the bottom on any project or know how something worked. We have followed him through his extraordinary life as a sailor, a restaurant and apartment owner, a New London CT Counsel member, an artist, a farmer, a sailboat captain, a risk taker, a mountain climber, a skier, you name it he had probably tired it. But for his family he is best remembered as a Wonderful husband, Loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather with his many BIG smiles and Fantastically long HUGE hugs. We love you and know you are feeling like your old self now. God Bless You Dad.

He was a Plank owner.

Thank you,
Bev Seeley
USN SK1 Veteran


Rynerson, Roderic Roy Sr.

Roderic Roy Rynerson, Sr., 1959 - 2014 Roderic 'Ryno' Roy Rynerson Sr., 55, died June 21, 2014 with his wife and son by his side.


***** Please provide any details you might have on Roderic such as his years on the Key, crew, duties, etc

Santos, Richard M. - E5

COLUMBUS - Richard Manuel Santos passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
He was born in San Jose, California on Dec. 31, 1946, to Manuel and Evelyn Santos, the oldest of their seven children.
After serving six years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during the Vietnam Conflict, he married Mary Jane Shafer Santos on March 18, 1972 in Bath, Ohio. They relocated to Delaware in 1973, where they raised their three children­­, Scott (Anita), Jeffrey, and Amy Jo, all of whom reside in Delaware.
Together with his son Jeff, Rick owned JeffRick Heating and Cooling, LLP, from which he retired in 2012.
Rick was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.
Along with his wife and children, he is survived by grandchildren, Tucker, Hunter, and Nora? brother, John of Eagle River, Alaska? sisters, LouAnn (Marc) Stureman and Vivian Cross of San Martin, Calif., Diane Santos and Susanne (Gerald) Dickey of Genola, Utah? uncle and aunt, Lucas and Evelyn Zaballos of Santa Cruz, Calif.? and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Mark.
A celebration of Rick's remarkable life will be held in the afternoon of Sunday, March 29 at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Lions, P.O. Box 381, Delaware, OH 43015 or to Delaware County District Library, 84 E.Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015.

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 3/1/2015 Born Dec. 31, 1946, Eternal Patrol March 1, 2015
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-598, SSBN-657


Scanlon, Michael F

Plank Owner Weapons Div - Passed away on Jan.17, 1996--His daughter, Michele (Scanlon) Ippoliti, would love to hear from any crew members that remember her dad. Email or phone 215-879-5461 as would his son, Steve: phone: 267-882-7763. Steve contacted me on 07/26/09 to ask that I add his name and contact info so that any of his dad's old shipmates could reach him. I asked Steve if his father talked much about his time on the key. Here is Steve's reply:
"He sure did tell me some stories. Looking back I wish I would have prodded him for some more stories. I remember him telling me how he & the guys would smuggle beer onto the deck in bags that were supposed to have softball bats and gloves. I think I recall him saying that happened in Spain.

 It's really nice to see some pictures in his younger days. At his viewing we had the Plank Owner certificate over his casket and my mother still has it. Thanks for your work on the site. Steve"

Mike Scanlon is on the right in this picture

Obituary: Scanlon, Michael F. suddenly, Jan 17, 1996, husband of Susan R. )nee Ewalt), father of Michael and Steven Scanlon, son of Catherine Scanlon, brother of Thomas, Maureen, and Shelia Scanlon and the late Elizabeth DeWitt. Relatives and friends invited to funeral Tues., 9am at the Koller Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial 10am St John' the Baptist Church.

Seader, Lamarr A.

Received notice of Lamarr's passing from JOHN MARKIEWICZ CWO2 -USSVI

Lamarr Seader departed on Eternal Patrol on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at 8:17 pm. Lamarr's loving wife Kathy has made his funeral arrangement and asked that flowers not be sent. Cards may be sent to Kathy at 3855 Windsor Castle Blvd, Milton, FL 32583-5005

Funeral will be Friday, 15 December 2017 as follows: 0930: Visitation at Grace Lutheran Church, 6601 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504. 1030: Service at the Church. 1130: Procession to Veterans Cemetery, Barrancas NAS Pensacola. 1200: Burial at VA Cemetery, Barrancas NAS Pensacola. Phone nr of Church: 850-476-5667

Master Chief Quartermaster (SS) Lamarr Seader, USN(Ret) was born 21 June 1939, departing on Eternal Patrol 07 December 2017, just a month short of his 79 birthday. Lamarr did thirty-one years in the Navy. His first four years were in the surface Navy, reporting to his first submarine and qual boat, Halfeak (SS 352), as an SM2, in 1960. Following boats included Entemedor (SS 340), Bang (SS 385), Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657), and James K Polk (SSBN 645). His last twelve years was as a Career Recruiter.


Lamarr A. Seader


Lamarr A. Seader, 78, of Milton, FL, passed away on December 7, 2017.

Lamarr commenced his journey on life on 21 January 1939. He served 31 honorable years in the U.S. Navy retiring as a QMCM (SS) having served sixteen years in the Submarine Force. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Heidelberg, Germany receiving his BS degree. He married his best friend and soul mate, Kathleen and after retirement he enjoyed real estate and traveling. His journey in life ended after a battle with cancer. He is now on Eternal Patrol safely with his Lord.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the funeral service begins at 10:30 am on Friday, 15 December 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, 6601 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 with Rev. Dr. Gary J. Carstens officiating. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Shehane, Don

From Bob Gomez: Don Shehane, MM1(SS) ELT, passed away 1/11/2021. Don and I served on the Gold Crew in the late eighties together. Good guy, always had a smile and a good sense of humor, even under the most trying circumstances (and there were several).

Donnell Alan Shehane, 61, of Idaho Falls, passed away January 11, 2021, at Sportsman's Park.
Don was born May 19, 1959, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Donnell Shehane and Joyce Edith Natzel Shehane. He grew up and attended schools in Biloxi, Mississippi, and graduated from Biloxi High School. He also attended U.S. Navy Nuclear Training. He served in the United States Navy for eight years.
On April 23, 2006, he married Cynthia Marie Shehane in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Don and Cynthia made their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Don worked as a Training Specialist for Fluor Idaho. They would have been married fifteen years this coming April. Between them they had five kids, and nine grandkids They were soul mates and loved each other in a way that most of us could only dream about. They were together in life , and now together in death. Cynthia passed away August 11, 2019.
He was a member of Bowlero Monday Twilight, WestPoint Wednesday Scratch, and Skylines Northgate transmission Sunday Nighters bowling leagues. He enjoyed bowling, spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Don is survived by his daughter, Chasity (Michael) Baker of Vicksburg, MS; daughter, Kelly (Aaron) Wicker of Vicksburg, MS; son, Kevin (Amanda) Shehane of Vicksburg, MS; son, Steven Kelly of Tennessee; daughter, Nicole Kelly of Tennessee; sister, Shari (Arnold) Graham of Biloxi, MS; brother Kenneth Shehane of Biloxi, MS; grandchildren, Michael and Max Hearn, Danielle and Kevin (JR) Shehane, Peyton and Hunter McKenzie, Trey, Emma, and Tristan Kelly; and his nieces, Tami and Sara.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Shehane, and his parents Donnell and Joyce Shehane.


Shelp, Roger H. - STCM(SS) of Haddam CT

Passed away on 12/16/2009

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 12/16/2009
Ships / boats served on: SS-240, SS-246, SSN-585, SS-242, SS-311, SSBN-610, SSBN-657, AS-11

Skinner, Wayne I.

Received a copy of this obit from Tom Courtien who noticed it in the newspaper.  Anyone who remembers Wayne, please send us some details.

Wayne Ivan Skinner, MCPO, USN, Ret., 71, of Goose Creek, SC, husband of Terry Ann Boatwright Skinner, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013. Wayne was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1942 in Portsmouth, VA, only child of the late George A. Skinner and Coleen Chapman Skinner. Wayne joined the Navy in 1963. His Naval career spanned from 1963 until 1989, where he served these duty stations: Submarine schools - RTC in San Diego, CA and GMS in Dam Neck, VA, followed by Naval Bell Diving School in Key West, FL. He was then assigned to the following duty stations: USS Simon Bolivar, Instructor at Fleet Ballistic Submarine Training Center in Charleston, USS Francis Scott Key, Pomflant NWS in Goose Creek, USS Mariano G. Vallejo, and Submarine Tender Holland NWS in Goose Creek, until his retirement in April 1989. He spent 24 years of his 26 year enlistment home ported in Charleston. In June 1987, he became a U.S. Licensed Captain. In 1992, he became a U.S. Merchant Marine as a Licensed Boat Captain, which he continued until his death. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Fleet Reserve, U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. at Charleston Base and was a certified P.A.D.I. Open Water Diver. He is survived by his wife of Goose Creek; his son, John Howell Skinner (Rachel Morga) of Summerville; his daughter, Wendy LeAnne Crimmins of North Charleston; his grandson, Tyler John Skinner; his granddaughters, Parker Rae Crimmins and Jordan Nicole Crimmins; and his mother, Coleen Skinner of Deland, FL. His funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 10, 2013, in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road, at 3:00 pm. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in Stuhr's Northwoods Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, SC 29406, Alzheimer's Association SC Chapter, 2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130, Charleston, SC 29407, Fleet Reserve Association of the Lowcountry, 99 Wisteria Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445 and/or United States Submarine Veterans, P.O. Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Dec. 8, 20

Sminkey, Robert Loys

Received from Bob Sminkey on July 28, 2008 
My father passed away today 25 July, 2008. I was wondering if you could enter his information in the Eternal Patrol section of your site. Here is his info

Robert L. Sminkey, Lt. (SS)
Plank Owner Gold Crew

I would really appreciate it very much. My father was very proud of his service on the Key and told me many "sea stories". He really enjoyed his tour. I was attempting to take my father to the last reunion, but he was too sick. He would have really enjoyed the reunions.2/25/2013 - Mark Persons sent in this obituary which he found on the internet:

Robert Loys Sminkey
[Published Friday, August 1, 2008 in the “Southern Maryland News”]
Robert Loys Sminkey, 76, of Leonardtown died July 25, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown.
Cmdr. Sminkey was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Philadelphia, the son of the late Loys Albert and his wife, Dorothy, of Rochester, N.Y., who will shortly be 96.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; children, Robert of Summerville, S.C. and Sue Drew of Beverly, Mass.; brothers, Bill of Rochester and Don of Bowie; and grandchildren, Jonathan Drew of Austin, Texas and Kimberly Drew of Chicago.
The 31-year U.S. Navy veteran retired from active duty in 1979, ending a distinguished Navy career. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1948. His enlisted service as a quartermaster included sea duty on board USS Sea Leopard, USS Burrfish, USS Sennet, USS Guavina and a shore duty tour as an instructor at the Submarine School in New London, Conn. In April 1958, he was ordered to Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and upon graduation was commissioned an ensign. He subsequently served in USS Becuna and then in USS Sea Robin. He reported to the Fleet Intelligence Center at Port Lyautey, Morocco for duty as an underseas warfare officer in March 1963, and the following year transferred with that command to Jacksonville, Fla. After completing navigator training at Dam Neck, Va., in 1965, he made four deterrent patrols as navigator in USS Francis Scott Key and then served as executive officer in USS Threadfin. From 1971 through 1976 Sminkey directed the operations of the Mediterranean Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Force for commander Submarine Flotilla 8 and commander Submarine Group 8 at their headquarters in Naples, Italy. He was further assigned as assistant operations officer, force navigator and Trident program manager on the staff of the commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va. He completed his career as the first commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Support Base, Kings Bay, Ga. on June 6, 1979. His awards include three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal with European clasp.
He kept himself very busy upon retirement and relocation to St. Mary’s County. He was an active member of the Thomas Stone Chapter of the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution, St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society and the U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II. He enjoyed researching and writing countless ship’s histories for the organization’s Web site.
He was fond of his faithful parrot Chico.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at Fort Myers Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., with burial to follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Arrangements are being handled by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown.

Smith, Barry Lewis

Barry Lewis Smith of Mossy Grove, Tennessee passed away at Methodist Medical Center on September 4th, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his brother Jeff Smith and Stepfather Ross Jones

He leaves behind wife Laurel Smith, his twins Jacob Smith (Kendra) and Amanda Crouch(Cale) and Kylie Richardson. His beloved grandchildren Hannah, Ava, Ina Smith and Caleigh, Evan and Reese Crouch. His mother Joan Jones of Mossy Grove and Father Edward Smith of Elgin. Brother Chris Smith and Sister Molly Smith, and his Toledo sisters Kim, Jody, Kelly and Karry along with a host of family and friends.

Barry was a graduate of Wartburg Central school class of 1975. There he played basketball, baseball and football and could be frequently found at home games with other Alum reminiscing and giving their game tactics to anyone that would listen.

Barry served in the US Navy for almost 17 years from 1976-1993. He served on the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) where he retired as Missile Tech(SS) First Class Petty Officer.

He could be spotted on the golf course, at Wartburg Central High school games, and UT Knoxville supporting all Vol sports!
He enjoyed his retirement spending time with his wife, reconnecting with classmates and old Navy buddies, and his beloved grandchildren.

It's hard to describe such a big personality in a small space. He lived life to the fullest and made everyone feel like a friend. His big smile and laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Go Vols!

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 8, 2022 Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg from 4-6 pm. Memorial Service will follow at 6 pm with Bro. Jim Disney officiating. Military Honors provided by American Legion post 149 will follow the Memorial Service.

Sparks, Kermit A.

  Kermit was a Machinist Mate and Plank Owner reporting to the Key Blue in 1965.  We were notified of Kermit's passing by his wife Pat.

SPARKS, Kermit Ammon, was born on January 7, 1945 and passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Kermit was a resident of Vichy, Missouri at the time of passing. Kermit proudly served his Country in the United States Navy on a U.S. Nuclear Submarine. In addition to his parents Kermit A. SR and Mae Sparks, he was preceded in death by his son Kermit Ammon Sparks III.

July 31, 2019 - Here are some comment from his shipmates upon learning of Kermit's passing:

A shame. Crotchety, but I loved that guy. My wife, Bonnie, just asked a couple weeks ago when we got the info for the Charleston reunion if I thought Kermit was going to be there. She liked him as well.  Will miss his laugh and devil may care attitude.
Bil Hole

Crotchety ? Kermit ?
No way, he was the kindest and gentlest person I knew on The KEY ! He was so easy every NQP (non-qualified person) wanted him to sign their qual card!


Smooth Sailing and Run Silent Run Deep, Kermit !

Ron Shouse (SS)

Thanks for the information.  Kermit was a wonderful character and a good shipmate. He will be remembered by all who had the honor of knowing him. Rest your oars ya crazy Bubblehead. We have the load.
Frank Gavigan

Kermit was my go-to for quals in the engine house. He signed my qual card several times too. And sent me on a wild goose chase a couple of times too. Looking back it was quite a learning experience. Went through shakedown cruise and 5 patrols with Kermit.
Paul Filmore

Crotchety? Oh, yes! But not in a bad way. Kind? Yes. But also obstinate and ornery. You obviously didn't get to spend much time with him at the reunion in Fredrick, MD. There he even admitted to being so.
That being said, he WAS kind and more importantly a friend! Also a good poker player! And while he could be easy on the qualifying he also made sure you knew your stuff (and his) before you got his sig.
His stories were never ending and kept me in stitches, and his resounding laugh still rings in my ears (along with the constant tinnitus). He was a good man and shipmate and one of the many you wanted to be there in times of emergency.
He is gone but not forgotten, and as long as he remains in all our memories he lives still.
Bil Hole


Spaulding, Richard L


Plank Owner 1965 - 1967, Cook, Gold Crew.  Passed suddenly on June 27, 2000 at the age of 63.  Richard's wife Dolores notified us of his passing July 18, 2008.  A memorial quilt patch was created for Richard on the National Kidney Foundation -Donor Families web site.  To the left is the quilt patch and below is the story that accompanies it.

Richard L. Spaulding

3/26/37 - 6/27/2000

Richard L. Spaulding (SPUD) was born in N.H., joined the Navy at only 17, didn't weigh enough, so had to go out and eat bananas. He joined with 2 other boys, they said they were going to be lifers, a person that retires from the Navy, Richard was going to get out after 4 years, well the other 2 got out after 4, and Richard retired after 20 years. He was a cook in the Navy, but he always looked like he needed a few more bananas. He was proud of the fact he could still get his uniform on after 20 years

Springsteen, Thomas A.

I received an e-mail from William Hall on November 26, 2011 telling me that he found this obituary for Thomas Springsteen - Storekeeper, Gold Crew 69 - 72, while he was doing a search on the web to reconnect with him.

Thomas A. Springsteen, 61, of North Arlington, N.J., died suddenly on Sept. 19, 2011. Services will be held today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Funeraria Alvarez, 66 Passaic Ave., Passaic, N.J. 07055. Born in Greene, N.Y., Tom settled to North Arlington. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 10 years, Dawn; loving daughters, Allison and Dawn; son, Tom Jr.; stepchildren, Nicole, Samantha, and Jaykup; grandchildren, Joseph and Brooklyn, and his sister, Helen Anne Salzano.

Stanfield, Donald D.

Jesse Sims sent an e-mail informing us of Don's passing.
Here are Jesse's comments:

"Don was a MT2, blue crew weapons.
He and Frank Gavigan shared a "snake ranch" with me on Laurel
Hill in Norwich Ct. down the street from Rosen and Snell.
He was a shipmate.....and a friend. My wife introduced him
to his first wife."

Here is Don's obituary
Mr. Donald D. Stanfield, 69, resident of Scribners Mill Rd in Culleoka, passed away
Friday, January 17, 2014 at his residence.
The family will celebrate his life with private services at a later date. Heritage
Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Donald was born November 3, 1944, in Orlando, FL to the late Ralph Stanfield and
Hazel Baron. After high school Donald joined the US Navy. He was self-employed in
Computer Operations.
Donald leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife: Margaret, daughters: Denise Savage
of Spring Hill, TN; Dawn Spinney of Lewisburg, TN; sisters: Joyce Sutcliffe of
West Newton, MA; Nancy Wilson of Phoenix, AZ;and five grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his previous wife, Donna Belisle Stanfield.
You may share condolences with the family at

Stanko, Peter M.- RMC(SS)

Passed away on 8/13/2012.  Member of USSVI Base: USS Chicago

Ships / boats served on: SS-303, SSBN-657, SSN-660

Stoner, Craig Sonar Tech 80 - 82.  Passed in 2019.


Stopen, Dennis C - Plank Owner. ETN 65 - 70

Dennis C. Stopen of Deerfield Dr., Gowanda, NY passed away unexpectedly at home Sunday August 27, 2017. Dennis was 76 years old.
Born in Niagara Falls NY August 24, 1941 the son of Theodore and Anna Patricia (Maley) Stopen . Dennis graduated from Wayland High then attended Indiana Tech before enlisting with the United States Navy . Dennis honorably served his country during the Vietnam War . Den's US Naval Submarine base was in New London and Groton Connecticut where he was aboard the USS Francis Scott Key one of the more notable missions of his military career. Once discharged Dennis finished his education and received his Bachelor of Science degree In Food Science from the University of Wisconsin @ Madison. Dennis was one of only a very few Master Cheese Makers in the state of Wisconsin, he went on to work in the food service field until his retirement working for Sorrento Foods in Buffalo and Mico Welding Food Equipment in Chaffee to name a couple. Dennis was currently employed with the Town of Perrysburg where he was the elected Supervisor for the town , a position he has held for several terms. Dennis was an active member of the American Legion Post 409 in Gowanda he could be seen cooking the hot dogs at the clubs annual picnic , a tradition he maintained for many years.

Not only was Dennis a life Member of the Legion Post he was also a life member of the James Cruden VFW Post 5007 in Gowanda.
Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine A. Zemlicka whom he married August 1, 1966 along with their children , Todd ( Debbie) Stopen of Fondulac, Wi, Trina P. Stopen of Gowanda and Kristin A. Stopen of Madison , Wi. Dennis also has 6 grandchildren Rebecca, Rochelle, Autumn, Xavier, Caitlyn and Stellah and 4 great grandchildren. Two sisters Suzanne Stopen and Karen ( Tim) Stothers all of Warsaw, NY and several nieces and nephews also survive .
Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME 44 Center St. Gowanda fro 4:00 to 8:00pm on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 at 11am from the St. Joseph's RC Church , East Main Street Gowanda ( please assemble at church) Dennis will be buried in the Bath National Cemetery to join his brethren that have fallen before him.

Sturgis, David H. - Navigator Gold Crew 79 - 82

Mr. David Herman Sturgis, 73, of Panama City, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017 at his home.

David Sturgis was born on November 17, 1944 in Augusta, GA. Mr. Sturgis enlisted in the US Navy in 1965 and in 1968 was chosen for the Naval Enlisted Scientific Educational Program and was commissioned as an officer in 1973 after graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He then served as a Submarine Weapons Officer and Navigator and finished his career as the Executive Officer at the Charleston Naval Submarine Training Center, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1985. David had the 'knack' and could make anything out of nothing, which he did often around his house and for his family, whom he loved deeply. One of his greatest joys was the annual 'beach week' that he took with his family each year. In addition to his quick wit, humor and love of learning, David had strong convictions and fought his whole life for things he believed in. He passed this trait along to his daughter, Erin, and his son, Doug. He loved to play Texas Hold'em poker and loved to ride his bike all over Panama City and the world. You probably saw him on the road in his colorful spandex. David was one of the founding members of Grand Square Rounds where he and his wife, Sandy, were teachers and cuers. He was also a long-time member of the Swinging Squares Dance Club where he loved to "square up".

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sanders Sturgis of Panama City; his sons, Douglas James Sturgis of Katy, Texas and Paul Wesley Brown of Colfax, California; his daughter, Erin Sturgis-Pascale of Copake, New York; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Southerland Family Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Sam Bundick of Old Ocean, TX, officiating. The family will begin receiving friends at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to all the friends who have surrounded them with love and care during this sad time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Swinging Squares Dance Club at 6323 Oak Knolls Road, Panama City, FL 32404, in memory of Mr. Sturgis. Alternatively, you could tune up your car and check your tires. He would have wanted that.

Sutton, Jon R. - RMCM(SS)

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 6/28/2011
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-618, SSN-646, SSBN-629, SSN-667, SSBN-657

Qualified in submarines on the USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618) in 1963 and was a RMCM(SS) when he left the Navy.

Radioman Master Chief (SS) Jon Roger Sutton, USN Retired, 71, husband of Roberta "Bobbi" Sherman Sutton of Ladson, SC died Tuesday, June 28, 2011. The friends and relatives of Jon R. Sutton, MCPO (SS), USN Retired are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at J. HENRY STUHR, INC. NORTHWOODS CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC. A Two Bell Ceremony and Military Honors will recognize MCPO Sutton's service to his country. Entombment will follow at Plantation Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

A native of Nebraska, Jon was born May 20, 1940, son of the late George Beverly Sutton and Eunice Dayle Williams Sutton. Jon was devoted to his country; serving faithfully in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, SS for his service as a submariner. Following his military retirement, he worked with TDS as a boat equipment installer. Proud of his naval service, and through his involvement in the community, Jon was a lifetime member of the Sub Vets and belonged to the Masons, Shriners, Fleet Reserve, VFW, and the American Legion.

Mr. Sutton is survived by his loving wife of forty-nine years, Bobbi Sutton; daughters, Jonna Whipple of North Charleston, SC and Becky Grammer of Moncks Corner, SC; grandchildren, Chris, Bryan, Shelly, Katelin, and Gabriell; great-grandchildren, Rilee, Avery, MacKenzie, and Brianna; and sisters, Jill Ferlise of Arizona and Michelle Redden of Nebraska.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.

Swanson Jr, Theodore A

USSVI Groton Base issued this notice that we received on April 2, 2008 regarding Plank Owner Gold Crew Ted Swanson Jr 

   It is our sad duty to inform you all of the passing of a shipmate.  Theodore Arnold Swanson Jr., 77, passed away on March 28, 2008, at Cape Cod Hospital.  Born on Nov. 9, 1930, in Norwich, Conn., he was the son of the late Theodore Arnold Swanson Sr. and Lillian (Barnes) Swanson. He was the husband of Lois (Woodard) Swanson of Osterville.   He is survived by a son, Jeffrey E. Swanson and wife Teresa of Glen Allen, Va.; three grandchildren, Stephanie, Brian and Matthew; a brother, Ronald of Connecticut; several cousins; and stepchildren Kimberly, Karen, Kevin and Brian.
    He was a 1948 graduate of Norwich Free Academy of Norwich, Conn.  Ted retired from the Navy after 20 years of faithful service as an ET1(SS).  He was assigned to submarines, and while serving on the USS Batfish (SS 310) he received his Dolphins signifying his warfare qualification. He completed three strategic deterrent patrols while assigned to these ballistic missile submarines that were part of "The 41 for Freedom," USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610) - Commissioning Crew (Gold) USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633) - Commissioning Crew (Gold) USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) - Commissioning Crew (Gold).
    After retirement from the Navy, he worked in the nuclear power field as an operations supervisor for both Wisconsin Michigan Power Co. and Virginia Power. He also taught the operations of nuclear power generating systems to utility companies from the U.S. and Asia while working for General Electric and Combustion Engineering, before retiring again and moving to the Cape.
    Ted joined USSVI Groton Base in 2002, he was a Life Member and he was inducted into the prestigious Holland Club, signifying having received his submarine qualifications more than 50 years ago, in 2006.  He was also an avid ham radio operator.
    A service with military honors will be held on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 2 p.m., at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Stebbins, Thomas J.

Plank Owner - First Gold Crew COB - passed May 25, 1995.  We received this e-mail from his daughter Cathy on January 8, 2008:

My father, QMCM (SS) Thomas J. Stebbins served on the Key from December 1965 until 1967 I believe.  He was chief of the boat, gold crew, at the commissioning.  My Dad died May 25, 1995, my mom, Betty, died March 11, 2005.  It is hard for us children to believe that our parents are no longer here but we still remind each other of the sub stories that Dad told that make us laugh and keep us in awe of those who serve/served on submarines.  I was 11 years old before I knew that there were vessels other than subs in the Navy fleet! I am in contact with some friends of my parents from their Navy days and love to hear their stories.  I am proud to say that I am the daughter of a submariner and I am also a wife of a retired submariner. My sons have visited this web site - it is a great way to let them see what Navy tradition is about.  Thank you.  Catherine Stebbins Freel

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 5/25/1995
Ships / boats served on: SS-426, SS-566, SSBN-657, SS-435, SSG-577, SS-90, AS-18, SS-476
Pawcatuck, CT: Qualified in USS Runner (SS-476) in 1945 and was QMCM(SS) when he transferred to the Fleet Reserves. Buried at Section 64, Site 1397, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211

Suarez, Orlando 

Electrical Officer and DCA Blue Crew 1990-1992 -- Died unexpectedly in Mar. 2004 in Bangor, WA as a result of injuries he suffered while in a bicycle accident while in training for a triathlon. At the time of his death, he was the XO of USS Nevada (Blue). He was in his 27th year of Naval service.

Orlando was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Below are thumbnails of his service.

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Sukow, RE. jr - ICC(SS)

Robert Edward Sukow Jr., 65, electronics technician, died Thursday. Services pending. Mobley-Dodson, Sand Springs.

Eternal Patrol: 2/12/2004, born 6/24/1938
Went on Eternal Patrol on: 2/12/2004
Ships / boats served on: SSN-575, SSBN-620, SSN-592, SS-341, SS-311, SS-382, SSBN-657, SSBN-610

Sutton, Jon R.

Jon Roger Sutton LADSON, SC - The friends and relatives of Jon R. Sutton, MCPO (SS), USN Retired are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at J. HENRY STUHR, INC. NORTHWOODS CHAPEL, 2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC. A Two Bell Ceremony and Military Honors will recognize MCPO Sutton's service to his country. Entombment will follow at Plantation Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends at the chapel one hour prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at

Tate, Darold Dean Jr

Darold Dean Tate, Jr., age 69 of Bellevue, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. Darold was born June 15, 1951 in Kansas City, KS the son of Mary (Jacobson) Pettyjohn and the late Darold D. Tate, Sr.
Darold served in the United States Navy serving on the submarine USS Francis Scott Key. He was also a member of the American Legion in Sandusky.
In addition to his mother, Darold is survived by his daughters: Harmony (Chris) Cote and Saiard (James) Cullen; grandchildren: Cheyann (Alex) Iannantuono, Koen Cote, Kaitlyn Cullen and Ashlee Cullen; great-grandchild, Helaina Iannantuono; sister, Kathy Vomund; and half-brother, Danny Pettyjohn.
In addition to his father, Darold is preceded in death by his sister, Diana Tate.
Services for Darold will be held privately.

From his daughter: "He was so proud to serve his country and even passed with his favorite US Navy hat on."

Tate update info Jan 2024

Darold Tate Jr. was laid to rest at Leavenworth National Cemetery last week (2023) we had a service with Navy Honors. I am happy to provide his location for any of the fellow shipmates if they ever visit the cemetery and would like to see him or I know they have a directory at that location and should be able to access his info with just his name. I’m sure it sounds crazy since he passed almost three years ago but were finally able to get through all of his things and get him where he wanted to go ( he was cremated). 
Thank you!
Saiard Cullen

Taylor, Kenneth

From Mike Delasco June 21, 2011 - Please pass this along to our shipmates.

I received a phone call this morning from Ken Taylor's wife Rosalie. She called to tell me that Kenneth Taylor had passed on June 11, 2011. I am proud to have known and served with Ken on the Key Blue Crew. We made six patrols together. He always had a smile and enjoyed joking around with everyone. When the chips were down, you know that you could count on Ken in every respect. On one occasion we had a fire in the Engine Room, lower level. Ken had the roving watch and was forward in Machinery Room 2. I was the reactor operator at the time. When the alarm was sounded, I heard a commotion and peered through the Maneuvering Room doorway and saw Chief Taylor yelling "hold that door!" as he dove head first through the water tight door into the Engine Room. He slid down the ladder to the lower level to help Kermit Sparks extinguish the fire. Afterward, I told Ken that I was impressed that he ran into the burning compartment. He said "On a submarine, you always run toward the problem". That was good advice and I never forgot it. We stood watch together a lot and I enjoyed working with him. He was a fine man and will be remembered always.

Obituary added 12/12/2011 from
Kenneth N. Taylor of Plymouth, June 11, beloved husband of Rosalie (Sarazin) Taylor. Loving father of Tina V. (Taylor) Kelley of Plymouth and the late Robert Taylor.step father of Michael Barnhart of Dighton and Michele Frost of Bridgewater. Brother of Margaret Clark of R.I. Grandfather of Chris, Chelsea, Whitney , Nicholas, Evan, Shane and Emily. Great grandfather of 5 Godson of Veronica Menard of Sturbridge.
Born in Fiskdale, Ma. April 3, 1938 a son of the late Robert and Evelyn (Cuskie) Taylor. He graduated from Cole Trade School in Southbridge and Northeastern University. He was a Senior Nuclear Training Specialist for Boston Edison Co. for 23 years. A member of the American Legion Post # 40, John Alden Sportsman Club and the Fleet Reserve Association. Kenneth served in the U.S Navy for over 20 years. And served on the submarines USS Leyte CVS32, USS Skate SSN 578, USS Ethan Allen SSBN608, USS Stonewall Jackson SSBN634, USS Francis Scot Key SSBN657, and USS Skipjack SSN585.
Funeral from the Cartmell Funeral Home 150 Court St. Plymouth on Friday at 9:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Bonaventure Church, Manomet at 10:00 am. Visiting hours on Thursday from 7-9 pm. Burial in Vine Hills Cemetery in Plymouth. Memorial donations may be made to Cranberry Hospice 36 Cordage Park Circle Suite 326, Plymouth, Ma. 02360.


Thornal Jr, Fayette "Frank"  Radio 77 - 81 Blue Crew


From the USSVI:

Cold War Submariner Fayette (Frank) Thornal, Age 72, of Kingsland GA departed on Eternal Patrol 2/11/2020

Frank Joined the USN in 1965 and retired in 1985 as a RMC(SS). He qualified in submarines in 1967 aboard the USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641). He also served aboard USS Henry Clay, USS James Madison and USS Francis Scott Key 77 - 81 Blue.

Frank joined the St. Marys, GA Police Dept. upon retiring from the USN. Attained the rank of Police Capt. and after 23 years retired again.

He was a Holland Club member of USSVI Kings Bay Base. Sailor, Rest your oar.



Fayette Millard "Frank" Thornal, Jr., 72, of Kingsland, Ga died Tuesday evening (February 11, 2020) at St. Vincent's Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville, Fl after a brief illness. Mr. Thornal was born in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Fayette Millard Thornal, Sr. and Mary Grace White Thornal and had made St. Marys his home since 1981. He was proud 21 year veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Chief. After his military service he joined the St. Marys Police Department where he retired after 25 years as a Lieutenant. He was an active member for many years in the VFW Post 8385 where he was recently serving as Quartermaster.

Mr. Thornal loved riding motorcycles, he was the first motorcycle officer for the St. Marys Police Department. He loved it so much that when he started he chose to ride his own motorcycle while on duty. Between his military service and working for the police department he became an exceptional marksman, he even loved to target shoot outside of work. He was a great craftsman and woodworker and above all he loved and cherished his grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lea Becker Thornal and a brother, Thomas Lawrence Thornal.
Mr Thornal is survived by four children, Patricia Ann Hair husband Buster of Summerville, South Carolina, Teda Barrows husband Lee of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Janet Gohl of Kingsland, Fayette Thornal, III wife Pam of Lyman, South Carolina; 9 grandchildren, Donnie Hair wife Emily, Joseph Hair wife Tiffany, Anna Huggins, Jacob Barrows, Michael Barrows, Emily Hartley, Sharon Ingram, Zac Thornal, Ben Hill; 10 great grandchildren, Jaxson L. Hair, Gabrielle Hair, Marisa Barrows, Kayleigh Barrows, Adelyn Barrows, Eleanor Barrows, Tyler Huggins, Brandon Huggins, Liam Huggins, JoyAnna Huggins; expected great grandchild, Baby Frank; numerous other relatives.

A funeral service will be held Sunday (February 16, 2020) at 3:00pm at the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA, 31548. The family will be receiving friends Sunday from 1-3pm at the VFW. The family requests the St. Marys Police Department serve as honorary pallbearers and should be at the VFW by 2:45pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the VFW Post 8385, 150 Camden Woods Parkway, Kingsland, GA, 31548


Tonkin, Charles 

We were recently notified (Dec 2023) of his passing.  The Navy Log had him listed as serving on the Key and he retired as a Commander.  

Charles (Chuck) Thomas Tonkin (age 84) passed peacefully at his home on 21 December, 2023.Born on 16 July, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, Chuck graduated from Brecksville High School (1957) before attending Ohio's Miami University (1961) on a ROTC scholarship. A music lover, Chuck played trombone in the ROTC drum and bugle corps and formed "Chuck's combo," a popular trio in which he played piano to provide entertainment around campus and town. A
mathematician, Chuck also spent many hours in the dormitory perfecting his bridge game with friends.

Chuck's first duty station after graduating as a US Navy officer, was on the USS Willis A. Lee in Newport, Rhode Island. While stationed there, he met his future wife, Marsha Bennett, who was attending nursing school. They married on August 24, 1963, drove off together in Chuck's Austin Healey convertible, and remained devoted to one another for 60 wonderful years. The following year, Chuck applied for submarine school in Groton Connecticut, graduated six months later, and began his naval career as a submarine officer. Over the next 13 years, he sailed the high seas on the USS Hardhead, the USS Francis Scott Key, and the USS Sunfish. During that time, Chuck and Marsha moved up and down the East Coast raising their three children: Laura Jane, Debra Sue, and David Charles.

A dedicated family man, Chuck loved summer vacations spent fishing and playing cards with his immediate and extended family on their favorite lake in Canada, or soaking up sun on the beach in the Outer Banks. He also enjoyed socializing and playing badminton, tennis, and racquetball with family and the many lifelong friends he made in the service. Chuck continued to pursue his musical interests by singing in a church choir and a large community ecumenical choir in Ledyard, Connecticut.

After 20 years of service, including 5 years at the Pentagon, Chuck retired from the Navy and began his civilian career in federal contracting, where he became a self-taught computer
programmer, excelling at designing operations and training programs for US Navy submariners-in the days when DOS, floppy discs, and Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets dominated the
IT landscape.

In his retirement, Chuck actively pursued his interests in music and racquet sports. He played trombone in the City of Fairfax Main Street Community Band for 10 years, picked up tennis
again, and eventually played with the Fairfax Golden Racquets where he served as treasurer. Chuck's tennis game led him to become an avid pickle ball player-back before pickle ball was cool.

When at home in his Fairfax, VA, neighborhood of 40 years, Chuck enjoyed relaxing on his carport visiting with the long-time neighbors and friends who passed by, playing bridge with his family, and hosting major family events and holidays-where he-to his wife's chagrin-was known to enjoy an occasional stinky limburger cheese sandwich.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Marsha; three children: Laura Vaughn, Debra (Stephen) Werrlein, and David (Michele) Tonkin; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Toothman, John R. - FTG2(SS) of Ironton, OH

Passed away in 2015.  Member of USSVI Base: MAL

Ships / boats served on: SS-410, SSBN-657
Qualified in submarines on the USS Threadfin (SS-410) in 1965 and was a FTG2(SS) when he left the Navy.

John "Bob" Toothman (1940-2007) John Robert "Bob" Toothman, 67, of Ironton, died Monday in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1940. His wife, Catherine Katy Lange Toothman, preceded him in death. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at O'Keefe-Baker Funeral Home in Ironton. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 8850. Friends may call after 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

Trubee, John - A. -  65 - 69 Gold Crew Plankowner - A-Gang

John was one of the original founders of the Key Reunion Committee and helped organize the first Key Reunion in 2002..

John A. Trubee, age 76, of Pittsford, passed peacefully, November 30, 2018 at his residence surrounded by love. He was predeceased by his parents, John K. Trubee and Marie Clarkson Trubee; sister, Joan Trubee Ferland. John is survived by his children, Marie Katherine "Kate" Trubee (Bill) Gerew of Pittsford, Michael Kenney of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Lauren and Jack Gerew, Joshua and Flynn Kenney; brothers, David (Elaine) Trubee of Maine and William (Sally) Trubee of Wisconsin; many nieces and nephews. John was born May 24, 1942 in Rumford, ME the son of John K. and Marie Clarkson Trubee. He was a proud Navy submarine veteran, loving patriarch and a long-time business owner in Scottsville. John had a strong sense of duty to God, country and family. No prior calling hours. His Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 21 Church St. in Pittsford. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor John may make memorials in his name to Disabled American Veterans ( or the Boy Scouts of America (

Tulodieski, Donald Sr.

SOLANA BEACH -- Donald B. Tulodieski Sr., 58, died Monday. April 9, 2001, at his home.

Born Sept. 25, 1942, in Trenton, N.J., he lived in Solana Beach for 13 years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy class of 1965 and served in the submarine service while on active duty. He was a self-employed nuclear engineering consultant.

Mr. Tulodieski is survived by his wife, Ronnie Tulodieski of Solana Beach; sons and daughter-in-law Donald Jr. and Julie Tulodieski of Kennesaw, Ga., Christian Tulodieski of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren Jack and Molly Elizabeth; mother Bertha Tulodieski of Norfolk, Va; and brother John F. Tulodieski of Norfolk, Va.

Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. and a funeral Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at Nativity Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Interment will follow at Camino Memorial Park in San Diego.

El Camino Memorial, Encinitas Chapel is handling arrangements
Added 3/31/2011 e-mail from Thomas A. Springsteen (SAPA)
I just read of the passing of Lt Tuleodieski, young he was, I have this to say of him, during my time on the Key there were many mates who helped me along, he certainly was one of them, Lt Tuleodieski was my qualifying officer during the walk thru phase. He was tough very tough, not hard nosed, but tough, however compassionate, he sensed my desire to qualify, but never gave me an answer, he did however give me time, for this I have never forgotten that effort, during my lifetime. As Lt Tuleodieski said to me, "you never stop learning" . Thanks for this web site Russ and please post this.


Turner, Thomas W.  Ast Engineer  Plank Owner  66 - 67

Thomas W. Turner CAPT USN (Ret)

November 19, 1942 - May 15, 2023 Age 80

Tom served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring as a submarine captain.
Dear Tessa, family and friends of Tom,
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Tom´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow "Bubblehead" departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Hardhead SS-365, USS Francis Scott Key SSBN-657, USS Trepang SSN-674, USS Howard W. Gilmore AS-16, USS George C. Marshall SSBN-654, and as Commanding Officer on three boats: USS Sam Rayburn SSBN-635, USS Augusta SSN-710 and USS Georgia SSBN-729.

Preceded in death by his parents Thomas Marshall and Jean Wagner Turner; first wife Marjorie Turner; brothers John H. Turner and Edwin G. Turner.

Survived by his wife of 22 years Tessa C. Turner; son Tom Turner (Tara) and their children Thomas J. Turner, Trevor W. Turner, Ty G. Turner, Tucker J. M. Turner, Tian M. M. Turner, Trace Y. L. Turner, and Talia J. P. Turner; son George G. Turner (Kristin) and grandsons Caden M. Turner, Caleb T. Turner, and Gavin Turner and their mother Stacy Schoonover; 6 great grandchildren; siblings Peter L. Turner (Kathryn), Marsha Skarka; sister-in-law Janet M. Turner.

Visitation: Tuesday, May 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Bellevue Memorial Chapel.

Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 24 at 9:30 am at Thanksgiving Church, 3702 370 Plaza South, Bellevue.

Inurnment: Omaha National Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 pm

Military Honors: U. S. Navy Honor Guard & American Legion Post #331

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the American Cancer Foundation or Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB).


Varese, Joseph

He went on eternal patrol in Feb 2013 from lung cancer caused by asbestos. Joe was a plank owner on the Key serving from 1966 to 1967 serving as an IC-man on the blue crew. Joe V1.jpg (1348508 bytes)

Vincent, Charles ET Gold Crew PreCom  - 1968 Plankowner

John Linville notified us of Charlie's passing..  Here are John's comments:  I remember going to the Key offices about the time the Blue Crew went on Patrol 1. I had just finished sub school. Charlie came to the office with all the kids, guess he was picking up something as Gold Crew was officially in off-crew status. Those 8 kids all lined up by height against the file cabinets, the best behaved group of kids I had ever seen. Made a lasting impression on me. And they turned out to be great kids. His daughter Ann (surgical nurse in Boston), who called my daughter about his passing, has a son Danny who became good friends with Charlie's grandson David. Small world. As I said I met Charlie again at Seabrook Station in the 80s but the actual meeting was at Sanel Auto Parts in Exeter, NH. I was on a stool waiting to get a part and this guy comes in and sits down on the adjacent stool. I looked at him, did a double take and asked if he had sailed on the 657G and if his name was Charlie Vincent. Funny how things happen. Fair winds and following seas to a grand sailor and a great human being.


Charles "Charlie" Vincent, 80, of Summerville, widower of Sarah Eccleston Vincent, passed away unexpectedly Thursday November 15, 2018. Family and friends are invited to attend his visitation Tuesday November 20, 2018 at St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church. 11001 Dorchester Road, Summerville, from 6-8 PM. A funeral mass will be held at St. Theresa's on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at 9 AM. Charlie, son of Albert and Olive (Maple) Vincent, was born on February 18, 1938 in Burlington, VT. As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In May of 1966, God placed Sarah Eccleston Dunkerley, a beautiful widowed mother of six, in his path. At the time, Charlie was a single father of one. Charlie and Sarah married and soon had another child. Together, they proudly and lovingly raised their eight children. Sarah was the love of his life. They were married for 50 years, separated only briefly upon Sarah's death, but now reunited in heaven. Charlie retired from the Navy after 20 years, earning the rank of Master Chief. During his naval career, he served on numerous nuclear submarines and eventually as a Navy electronics instructor. After the Navy, he had a second career in the nuclear power field where he was employed by VA Power in Virginia and Seabrook Power in New Hampshire. Charlie and Sarah retired in Summerville, SC. Charlie was a member of St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church in Summerville and the Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted husband, father, "Grampy" and "Great-Grampy." He loved his family and cherished his friends. He was a man of great character and had a heart of gold. Charlie was a master story teller, a smooth talker, and a great dancer. He had a quick wit and an infectious laugh. His favorite mantra was "life is good." We will miss his humor, kindness and unconditional love. Predeceased by: His wife of 50 years, Sarah Eccleston Dunkerley Vincent; Sons, David M. Dunkerley, Peter J. Dunkerley (Secia); Parents, Albert and Olive (Maple) Vincent; Brothers, Donald and Wayne Vincent; Sister, Mary Wierzbicki; Grandson, Brandon Dunkerley. Survived by: Children, Michael T. Dunkerley (Janie) of Summerville SC, Susan Dunkerley Evans (Bruce) of Locust Grove VA, Tracy Vincent Spivey (David) of Caroline VA, Kathryn Dunkerley Lawrence (Michael) of Conroe TX, Christopher A. Dunkerley (Theresa, deceased) of Stratham NH, and Ann Vincent Lozeau (Jody) of Newmarket NH; Brothers, Alan and Daniel Vincent; Sister, Barbara McConville; Grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Ryan, Benjamin, Jordan, Tyler, Marc, and Jacob Dunkerley, Becky Hilton, Sarah, Bobby, Anthony and Sam Evans, Michelle Hall, Matthew Thompson, Kristine Lawrence Faldik, Kelly Lawrence, David Lozeau; Great-Grandchildren, Elijah and Carson Dunkerley, Charlie, Cooper and Elliott Evans, Aiden, Kyler, Reaghan, Greyson, Xander and Lincoln Hall, Ella Thompson and Jacob Johnson; Multitude of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church, 11001 Dorchester Rd. Summerville, SC 29485 or a charity of your choice. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at


Vincent, Donald A.

Died 1/16/2017 in Port St. Lucie, FL. Retired ENCS.

Served on: SS-341, SS-420, SS-228, SS-385, SSBN-657, SS-417, SS-338

Vogt, Larry W. - MMC(SS)

Larry W. Vogt
Larry W. Vogt, 59, died Saturday at his home in Enfield, N.H.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Jan. 6, 1949, a son of the late William and Doris (Schultz) Vogt.
He grew up in the Butler-Chicora area and graduated from Butler High School in 1966.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and served a 22-year enlistment, retiring in 1992. He served on nuclear submarines and taught at the Naval School in Groton, Conn. During his 22-year career with the Navy, he received several citations, including the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Strategic Deterrent Patrol Pin with one Silver Star and four Gold Stars, Navy Achievement Medal with one Gold Star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, several Letters of Commendation and more than five Good Conduct Medals.
He was an honor student at Westminster College in New Wilmington.
Larry married Cynthia Stillwagon Sept. 25, 2004. They made their home in Grove City until moving to Enfield two years ago.
He celebrated 28 years of sobriety and was a proud member of AA.
He loved woodworking, remodeling, motorcycling and cooking.
Larry is survived by his wife Cindy of Enfield, N.H.; a daughter, Stacey Reyes and her husband, James, of Seattle, Wash.; a son, Chad Vogt of San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren; a sister, Kathy Madden and her husband, Larry, of Butler; a brother, Dr. Danny Vogt and his wife, Dr. Margie Vogt, of Delaware, Ohio; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
VOGT - Memorial services for Larry W. Vogt, who died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 Sunset Drive, Butler.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory of Lebanon and Enfield, N.H., assisted the family with arrangements.

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 11/11/2008
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-657, SS-482

Volgenau, Douglas

Engineering Officer, Plank Owner Blue Crew 65 - 69
Douglas Volgenau, RADM, USN, Ret., 76, succumbed on March 25, 2014 as a result of complications associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Disease. Admiral Volgenau was raised in Clarence, New York, a small town outside of Buffalo. He attended a one room school through the sixth grade, Amherst Central High School and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1959. At sea, he served on a destroyer and four submarines, commanding the USS Billfish (SSN 676), a Sturgeon Class Fast Attack Submarine, for three years. Ashore, Admiral Volgenau commanded the Naval Nuclear Power School at Mare Island, California, served as Senior Member of the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, commanded Submarine Squadron 10 in the New London, Connecticut, and then served as the Commander of the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC), including the laboratory in Newport, RI and the Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, CT. As a flag officer, he served as the Director of Submarine Combat and Weapons System in the Naval Sea Systems Command and then as the first Program Executive Officer, Submarine Combat and Weapons Systems. He retired in 1991, after 32 years of service. Following retirement from the Navy, Admiral Volgenau became a consultant for the Defense and Department of Energy agencies and their support contractors. He spent 20 years as an outside Expert for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. In this capacity, he assisted the Board Staff in the oversight of the Department of Energy's extensive nuclear weapons facilities complex. Admiral Volgenau is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Sue. She was chosen by him to be the 1959 USNA Color Girl. They have three children, Gigi Bruce (Scott), Douglas, Jr., and Andrea Beach (John) and eight loving grandchildren. Memorial Service on Friday, March 28 at 10:30 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church Lafayette Square 16th and H St., NW Washington, DC.11776256 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter. 7507 Standish Place Rockville, MD 20855 or The Dorothy Coleman Volgenau Scholarship Fund, Amherst Central High School, 4301 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226. Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 27, 2014
Lt Douglas Volgenau was a plank owner and engineering Officer on the Key 65 -?.  I served with him on the first 5 patrols blue crew, 67 - 69.
Paul Fillmore RM2(SS) FSK Blue

Weaver, Martin Dale  - A-gang, COB, 77 - 88 Gold Crew

Mr. Martin Dale Weaver, 57, of the Cagle Community passed away at his home Monday August 10, 2015. He was retired from the US Navy after 30 years service. He was born in Tullahoma, Tennessee on November 4, 1957. He was preceded in death by his father, William Bedford Weaver and his wife, Shirley Darlene Estes Weaver.

He is survived by his daughter, Megan L. Weaver; mother, Amy Lou Brewer Weaver; sister, Linda Weaver Jones; brothers, Wilson (Renee) and Andy (Roslyn) Weaver.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Ministers, John Potts and Riley Anderson officiating with burial to follow in the Fall Creek Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard. Visitation: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday at Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, Tennessee


Wagner, Roger


TM3 -- Died in April of 1977 while a member of the Gold Crew in Charleston, SC.

From Ron Merchand - 8/23/07 - A few years back, I was in contact with QMC(SS) John "Hollywood" Troia. Those who knew him, knew why we called him that. He told me that my "Sea Daddy" IC1 Carroll Coon had passed. I was proud to be Coondog's "Sea Slug". I also saw where Chief Weich, Wags,  and Pullen had also passed. Great Guys, Great Shipmates.


Weeks, Charles D. M.

Charles Daniel Madenfort Weeks,  born Oct 27, 1930, died on Sept 30, 2009.  Last home address-840 Maxa Road, Aberdeen MD, 21001.  He is burried in the Harford Memorial Gardens cemetery in Aberdeen, MD.

October 27, 2011 - Just learned of the passing in 2010 of blue crew NavET chief CJ Weeks.  He was on the Key around 1970 as that was when he signed my qual card.  I Here is the e-mail I received from his son.

Hello,    I was looking at the Key website and saw a post from John Howard, Blue Crew in the late 60s, looking for info on ETCM Weeks. He is my father,
passed away two years ago, if it is the same Chief Weeks. He was a plank owner on the Seawolf (575) and the Andrew Jackson (619) before the Key. If
anyone has John Howard's contact info, I'd love to get in touch and see if he could share any memories of my Dad with me. Thanks, David Weeks

Duty Stations





Weich, Ivan E. " Bud"

ETCS --Gold Crew 1975-1978 ( possibly in the late 60's also).  Passed away March 8, 2000 in Bremerton, WA of cancer.  8/24/07 from Ron Marchand - A few years back, I was in contact with QMC(SS) John "Hollywood" Troia. Those who knew him, knew why we called him that. He told me that my "Sea Daddy" IC1 Carroll Coon had passed.  I also saw where Chief Weich, Wags,  and Pullen had also passed. Great Guys, Great Shipmates.

Wendt, Gilbert A

FTB1 - Gold Crew 69 - 72 -  March 5, 2010,  I received this e-mail from Ron Larsen FTB1 Gold Crew: " I ran across the attached obit for Gil Wendt, FTB1(SS) while I was looking for something else.  Gil was on the Key Gold crew about the same time I was.  He was FTB div LPO."

VIRGINIA BEACH - Gilbert Alan Wendt, 66, died March 17, 2007, following a brief illness. Mr. Wendt was a native of Santa Ana, Calif., and was the son of the late Rev. Lyman August Wendt and Helen Gilbert Wendt. Mr. Wendt was educated at Ramona High School in Riverside, Calif., and the University of Texas, Austin. He was a former longtime employee of General Physics Corporation where he specialized in Homeland Security training and development. He also served in the United States Navy aboard

submarines until 1974.


He was a member of numerous professional organizations and was a charter member and past president of the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors (TASC). He was also a member of Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.

Whitesell, Gary E. - MT1 Gold Crew 69 - 73

Gary Edward Whitesell passed suddenly, on August 28, 2019 of Atco, NJ. Age 71 years. Beloved husband of the late Carol J. Whitesell (nee DiCerbo). Devoted father of Christopher Whitesell (Jennifer Snyder). Dear brother of Sandy Polino and her husband Joe and Sue Schuler and her husband Al. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Gary was a United States Navy Veteran serving his country during the Vietnam War and was a Freemason. The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday evening 6:00PM-7:00PM at the COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME 231 W. WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN, NJ 08009. Family Eulogy will begin at 7:00PM. Cremation will take place privately. Interment of ashes 11:00AM Friday morning Brig. General William C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery Wrightstown, NJ.

Wick, Clayton P. Operational Officer

Cold War Submarine Veteran, Clayton (Clay) Pierce Wick
January 8, 1946 - May 3, 2022
Kennewick, Washington - Our dear friend's life was unexpectedly taken on 3 May, 2022, in his home.
Clayton (known to many as Clay) was born January 8, 1946, in Duluth, Minnesota. Graduated from Central H. S. in Duluth and went on to complete his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1968. Following graduation, Clay promptly joined the US Navy completing four years' active duty and 16 years' reserves. Clay had served as an Operational Officer on the USS Francis Scott Key, Nuclear Submarine. Clay went on to work as a civilian Nuclear Engineer in the Tri-Cities for more than twenty years. Through over sixty plus years of his life he was always involved in his musical endeavors that he was dedicated to which included playing for many Orchestras, plays, symphonies and so many more events!
Clay was a witty, gentle man with a ginormous heart and an eagerness to help and serve those around him to include investing in a specialty goat farm. He was a friend, mentor, teacher, philanthropist and patriot! He was preceded in death by his parents, Oswald (Ozzy) Wick and Dorothy Pearce Wick and leaves behind too many to count (like family) friends…like Mike Lakey, wife Dawn, their children Ryan, Andrew, Jennifer and Keiyawna. Mike and Dawn's grandchildren Echo, Ryder, Ryan, AdahLeigh, Mason and twins Christian and Charlotte. Also, many more friends like Linda, Darren, Greg and ALL his Symphony, Plays, and Orchestra friends!

Wilber, Harold A.

SK1 Plank Owner - Blue Crew - 1965 - 1970.  His son Tom Wilber sent this e-mail on Jan 29, 2007. 

"Please add to the Eternal Patrol list, my father, HAROLD ARCHIE WILBER, SK1(SS). Dad was part of the precom crew at Electric Boat. He passed October, 1990.  I happened upon the Key web site looking for basic ships data to include in a file about my mom and dad, as part of a family history project. Once I found the web site, I found the pictures and description quite interesting. My only memorabilia of the Key is a bronze ships plaque that my mother gave me.   Both my father and mother are buried at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown , Connecticut ."  

01/29/07 - From Russ Christie:

I remember Wilber from my first patrol.  We shared a bunk room in the missile compartment.  Wilber was an old-salt first class to me.  He never gave me any crap like a lot of the old guys did to new grunts.  I remember him as a very classy guy who also had the biggest ring of keys I ever saw.  He must have had a thousand keys, one for every lock on every storage locker on the boat.


07/14/07 - From Bil Hole

Harold was one of the nicest "Old" guys on the Key.  He was friendly and always had a smile.  As to the
biggest key ring, I think he had a key to every locker and spares as well.  I attended his retirement
ceremony and have always wondered where he went.  His replacement, as I remember it, was Vaughn "Skippy"
Stahl from Frederick, MD.  Harold Wilber: On eternal patrol; gone but not forgotten.
Bil Hole CS3 SS 68-71  FSK 657 Blue


The picture shows Harold sitting in Crew's Mess.  The picture was from the Key's commissioning booklet.  Harold is in the back left of the picture, wearing glasses.

 Williams, George

ETCM(SS) Pre-Commissioning Blue Crew-Passed away in 1968.  At the time he was working for Westinghouse at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant.


Wilson, William C. - TM2

Passed away on 10/10/1990

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 10/10/1990
Ships / boats served on: SS-346, SSBN-657, SSBN-630, SSBN-623, SSBN-655

Winsor, Charles "Chuck"

COB Blue crew, 1970 - 1974.  Passed away on September 23, 2013 in Port Townsend, WA according to an e-mail sent by his wife Bev.

This is from Chuck's wife, Bev. 

It is with great sadness that we inform you of Chuck's passing on 9/23/13 at 5:50 am in Port Townsend, WA. The family would like to invite you to a "Celebration of Life" and service for Chuck at the Escapee Park club house, located at 2481 Anderson Lake Rd; Chimacum, WA 98325 at 1 pm, Saturday, Sept 28, 2013. Come help us celebrate his life. Sincerely Bev Winsor and family


Wise, Richard "Tim"

Richard Timothy Wise (1961-2017)  Served on the Key from 1984 - 1987, IC Division on the Blue Crew.

Richard Timothy Wise (Tim) passed away on June 28th, 2017 after a battle with cancer at age 56. Left behind to honor his life are family members: Renee and Jessica Wise (Daughters) Becky West (Mother) Charles Wise (Father) Charles II and Joseph Wise (Brothers) Katherine Wise (Wife). Other family members include Bobby and Steve West, Melody Wise, Mark Shine, Kim Clarke, Trey, Benji, Bryan, Brenn, and Dianne Butterfield, Knoxene Royal, Scott Bucheit, Timothy Hood, Davette Stein, and Beverly Henderson.

Tim served in the US Navy from 1983 until his honorable discharge in 1989 after completing a decorated record and promotions and service at the Groton CN Submariner School, the USS Pintado, and on the SSBN Francis Scott Key serving as E4 Petty Officer. After serving the US Navy post-discharge responsible for external communications at the Naval Weapons Station Charleston, he went on to serve in various humanity-related capacities, including storm recovery work from the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Central Florida Hospice VITAS. To donate, please visit, and if mailed, please make checks payable to VITAS Community Connection and address your donation to: VITAS Community Connection 2201 Lucien Way Suite 100 Maitland, FL 32751

While the family is sorry for their loss of Tim, they remain focused on honoring Tim and reflecting on his kind and sensitive ways that enriched so many. Vale, non sum oblitus.

Yarger, Luther Dale

Commanding Officer Blue Crew 1968 - 1971


On November 13, 2008 I received this e-mail from Bil Hole:

"Just a quick note to let you know that I just found out that Luther Dale Yarger passed away on February 27, 2007.

I have not confirmed this information personally.  I did find this out, however, from the Secretary of my Masonic Lodge in Kailua, Hawai'i.  Capt Yarger was a member of my Lodge there and this information was supplied to the Secretary by Capt Yarger's wife.

I tried calling his widow at 904.285.5812 and the call was transferred directly to voice mail.  I left a message.

His address is/was 108 Glenmawr Ct, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082

Thought you would like this info for the "Eternal Patrol" page"

YARGER Commander Luther Dale Yarger USN (RET) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL passed away on February 27, 2007 at the age of 76 from lung failure. A native of Clyde, OH, he graduated from the Naval Academy class of 54. Luther's long and illustrious Naval career included being a nuclear submarine commander during the cold war with Russia. He is survived by his loving wife, Marcia; a daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and Randy Bubb, of Virginia Beach VA; son, Scott Yarger, of St. Augustine, FL; seven grandchildren and one great grandson. His family wishes to invite his many friends to join them in a celebration of his life on Sunday, March 4th between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the residence in Ponte Vedra. Services and interment will be held at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD at a later date.

Yeiser, John S. 

Virginia Beach - John Stewart Yeiser, 68, passed away February 21, 2018.

Born in Owensboro, KY, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Daisy Yeiser. He was a retired Senior Sonar Chief Submariner from the U. S. Navy after 20 years of service.

John was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Yeiser. Left to cherish his memory: a daughter, Jennifer M. Archer of Virginia Beach; son, James J. Yeiser of Virginia Beach; sister, Marjorie Wallace of Kentucky; and two grandsons, Dakona Ramos of Florida and Nikolai Archer of Virginia Beach.

A private memorial service will be held at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the United States Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation via mail to USSVI Attention: Subvet Charity, P.O. Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383.


Yoder, Richard A.- EMC(SS)

Richard A. Yoder, Sr.
78, of Wooster, passed away March 8, 2013 in Panama City, Fla. following an apparent heart attack. Born in Midvale on April 29, 1934, he was the son of the late Howard Edward and Ruby Garnet (Newcomb) Yoder. After graduating from Midvale High School, Richard entered the United States Navy where he honorably served his country for 20 years. Throughout his career, he had the privilege of serving on board the USS F.S. Key SSBB 657, USS Piper SS409, USS Sea Leopard SS483, and USS Skip Jack SSN585 submarines. He also served on a variety of other ships throughout his career, retiring as a EMC Chief Petty Officer. Richard returned to Ohio following his military career and was employed with Lauren Manufacturing, Tremco in Ashland, and ultimately retired from Mohican Industries. He married his lifelong companion and friend, the former Dorothy Jean Lenarz, on June 19, 1952. Together, they enjoyed an exciting and fulfilling life of family, friendship, and travel. Richard was an avid golf enthusiast, taking great pride in mentoring his grandson, Andrew, in the sport. He played in numerous amateur tournaments and also enjoyed making custom golf clubs for family and friends.
He will be deeply missed by Dorothy; his children, Richard (Linda) Yoder of West Salem and Joni (Arthur) Wadsworth of Burbank; his grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Yoder; his brother, George Yoder of Dover; and his sister, Mary Bronco of Georgia. Numerous nieces and nephews complete his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be held in the funeral home's chapel on Friday beginning at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. A military graveside service will be held in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Friends are invited to the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wooster following the burial where a meal will be shared. Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Richard by visiting the funeral home website at
Published in The Times Reporter on Mar. 12, 2013

Went on Eternal Patrol on: 3/8/2013
Ships / boats served on: SSBN-657, SSN-585, SS-409, SS-483
Qualified in submarines on the USS Skipjack (SSN-585) in 1964 and was a EMC(SS) when he left the Navy.


Zakarian, George

Newport News, Va. - George "Zak" Zakarian, 72, of Newport News, and formerly of Norwich, CT died peacefully in his home on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, under the loving care of his family.

He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 21, 1946 and enlisted in the Navy in 1966. He served 10 years as a torpedoman in the service, including tours on the USS Francis Scott Key, USS Entemedor, USS Bergall and USS Batfish. He would spend the next 31 years working in the Heavyweight Torpedo Program as a federal employee until his retirement in 2008. He was revered as a "pioneer" in the program with significant contributions in development and deployment of this significant defense program during the height of the Cold War. He mentored hundreds of young sailors and civilians during his career and was the "go-to guy" for problem solving regarding his vast knowledge and experience. His dedication and initiative was rewarded in 2003, with him receiving the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service award, a distinct honor among Navy civilians.

He was loved by all who knew him and was always willing to lend a "helping hand." He had a great love for riding his motorcycle and playing his guitar. His fondest memories were vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and riding his bike through the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

He is survived by those left to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Barbara; his daughter, Carolyn Trasko and husband, Tom; son, Christopher and wife, Rhonda; stepdaughter, Emily Hyde; brothers, John, William and Roy; sister, Roseann Lake and husband, Bob; and grandchild, Kyle Holland.

Funeral arrangements are private at the request of the family.

George Zakarian info from Stan Simms:

Zak was a Seaman on the boat when I came aboard in October 1967.  He was striking to become a Torpedoman at the time.  We made the Blue crews first patrol together.  I don’t know if he was a plank owner or not.  I believe that was the only patrol he made on the Key, but I might be wrong.



Zimmerman, Glen A.

Glenn was a Machinist Mate and a Plank Owner on the Key serving from 1965 to 1969 on the Gold Crew.

STEVENSVILLE, MI - Glen A. Zimmerman, 75, of Stevensville, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at University of Michigan Health System.

A Celebration of Life and Elks Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Military Honors will be given by the Stevensville American Legion and the United States Navy. Burial will take place at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019, also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Major Projects or University of Michigan Medicine Development. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Glen was born on September 4, 1943, to Carl and Jane (Stephens) Zimmerman in South Bend, IN. Glen lived in South Bend and attended Greene Township School until 1959. He then moved with family to Lake Worth, Florida where he graduated from Lake Worth High School. After graduation, Glen attended Palm Beach College. He enlisted in the United States Navy, and served our country for eight years. Glen was employed as an operator at Cook Nuclear Plant for nearly thirty years before retiring. He was a member of the Stevensville American Legion, Post 568, and the Elks Lodge #541, St. Joseph - Benton Harbor, where he was Exalted Ruler from 1997-1998. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing, and skiing. Glen always supported his children and grandchildren in all of their various activities and cherished his family.

Glen is survived by his significant other of 33 years, Irene Hudson; children, Bret (Corrine) Zimmerman of Gross Pointe, MI, Wade (Caroline) Zimmerman of Arvada, CO, Lindsay (Josh) Hunsberger of Niles, Ryan (Jessica) Hudson of South Bend, and Camille (Drew) Lukasewski; grandchildren, Alexandria, Wesley, Tristan, Ally, David, and Claire; and siblings, Carol (James) Anderson, Dale (Joyce) Zimmerman, and Frances Taitt. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Jane Zimmerman. Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 20, 2019