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Key Papers & Stuff

updated 05/17/18

Throughout our time on the Key, there were many documents and souvenirs,  that passed through our hands.  I thought it would be appropriate to try to save some of these images to document our lives on the Key.  Some examples might be: liberty passes, Qual cards, meal passes, official letters, announcements, family grams, items that followed you home, etc.  Anything that would help us document life on the Key.  E-mail your Key papers to  Below are thumbnails of the documents.  Click on them for a larger version.

Trident Time ship's newsletter from 1980.  Submitted by Charles Bell.  Click here for pdf file of the whole 6 pages


Key Hole newsletter, gold crew 1967 by Gary Walters -for entire newsletter pdf file, click here - Key Hole

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The Garboon Tribune ships newspaper.  Click here for entire issue.

I was recently sent about a dozen past issues.  I'll try to get them online soon.

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Liberty Pass submitted by Jeff Buss

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Meal Pass  by Jeff Buss YN3

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Meal Pass by Jeff Buss

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Qual letter to parents by Jeff Buss

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Dolphins sent to parents

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Qual letter/Dolphins envelope

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Homeport change letter

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Pay record.  Weren't we overpaid?  I'd do it again for free - well almost.

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So that's how it works.  A handout of the Key's systems.

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Trident bumper sticker

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Key People bumper sticker. From the early 1980's

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The Key launched the first Trident and this bumper sticker let the crew brag a bit.

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Award for great food - 1977

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Laundry bag.  Wasn't that a fun thing to try to do.

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Keychain. By Charlie Burrow
Given to each commissioning crew member.

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Plank Owners Lighter - Charlie Burrow

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Necklace. Charlie Burrow
Given to each commissioning crew member.

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Charlie Burrow's Plank Owner Certificate

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One of these aluminum tags was attached by a braided cord to each commissioning ceremony booklet

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Commissioning booklet front side

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Commissioning booklet rear side

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Commissioning envelope issued the day the Key was commissioned.

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Launching announcement envelope issued the day Key was launched.

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Blue Nose Certificate

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Key ship's bell. Located in the Submarine Museum, Groton, CT

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Key ship's bell close up.  Submitted by John Zlotucha, Gold crew  67 - 71.

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Sign at Sub Museum by ship's bell.

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Hope you never needed one of these - Stenke Hood.

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Gary Walters film badge

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Gary Walters EB access badge used during the Keys construction.

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Gold Crew Enlisted Roster from Jim Shirley NavET 84 - 87

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Gold Crew Officers Roster with Key history to date.

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Key belt buckle submitted by Mark Swarthout a midshipman who took a two-day tour on the Key in 1978.

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Plan of the Day for July 9, 1977

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Plan of the Day for July 11, 1977

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Battle "E" October 1977

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Battle "E" August 1976

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Gary Walters: Here is a copy of my original orders to the Key SSBN 657.  Transferred from the USS Greenfish (SS-351) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Reported @ 1610,  31 Dec. 1965  General Dynamics Corp. , Groton Conn  Original to the Blue Crew, later during new construction assigned to the Gold Crew.  Note: I received $195.00 (0.06 per mile) Travel expense.

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Gary Walters orders to the Key page 2.

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Ron Marchand - ORSE Letter of Appreciation 1976

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Gary Walters Qual Guide Cover Page from 1966

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Gary Walters Qual Guide from 1966 typical page.

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Invitation to Commissioning of the Key submitted by Joe Heflin

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Commissioning admittance cards

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Launching Card

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Leather jacket patches

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Shoulder bar

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First ships patches still in original packing

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Joe Heflin's Commissioning booklet with tassel.

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Joe Heflin's Key pocket knife/file.

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Key's last Change of Command program submitted by Cory Curtis

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Last Change of Command program

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Last Change of Command program

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Last Change of Command program

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Jesse Sims Sub School Certificate

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Kings Bay Badge from 1992

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Key last cruise card from Cory Curtis

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1992 Panama Canal Card

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Wood battery shims from the Key

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Gold and Blue crew name tags

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Commissioning pennant

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Presented to the Key in the 1980s.  Found in the trash during decommissioning in 1992

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Last plaque awarded to the Key on her way to Hawaii.  Found in trash during decommissioning.

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Captain's letter to blue crew families, 11/16/70 - page 1

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Captain's letter to blue crew families, 11/16/70 - page 2 submitted by Jim Keach

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On patrol joke memo about some crew members having to report to St Albans mental hospital - by Jim Keach

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Captain's letter to blue crew families, 11/01/69 - page 1


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Captain's letter to blue crew families, 11/01/69 - page 2


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Click here to see a November 1970 Blue Crew Family Phone Tree in a pdf file format.  These phone trees were the emergency contacts for each crew member. Family Tree


Antenna and mast arrangement of SSBN 657 submitted by Jim Keach


Aft exterior diagram of SSBN 657



Fwd exterior diagram of SSBN 657


Gold crew list from Sept. 1979 DASO - page 1

Gold crew list from Sept 1979 DASO - page 2

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My name is Rick Stiger and I served on the 657 Blue Crew from 1972 until 1976. I picked up the boat in Bremerton Washington while she was in dry dock for missile conversion to Poseidon. I was a mess cook for sea trials and the trip around to Charleston. I remember making some copies of these plaques out of plaster of paris with some other grunts from the seaman gang. I do not remember why, but we made quiet a few of them. I ended up with one of the brass plaques not by any underhanded means but as a reward from the COB. I made 5 patrols on the 657 before getting my discharge.
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Proud moments.  RM Priece Rich Commendation 1972

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More proud moments.  RM Priece Rich Commendation 1974

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Boyd Nightenhelser Ship's Plaque given to him by CDR Ross when he got his dolphins.  This plaque was probably made by Rick Stiger, see above story and picture of the master plaque.

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Boyd Nightenhelser commendation

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Boyd Nightenhelser Good Conduct Certificate 1981

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Boyd Nightenhalser Squadron 18 commendation

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Attached is a picture collage of a Reactor Pressurizer heater element removed during the shipyard refueling overhaul in Newport News Shipyard from 1982 1984.   The heaters are 45 inches long and were installed in thermal wells to prevent radioactive contamination.

Boyd Nightenhelser ET1(SS) 1980-1986

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Meritorious Unit Commendation May 1970 by Tom Courtien


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August 1969 ship's newspaper about the Manson murders.  Submitted by Bil Hole

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May 1969 Blue Crew Qual PO's Pg 1 & 2

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Qual POs - page 3

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Church Services Bulletin 1969 Blue Crew


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Bil Holes Electrical Diagram Qual Guide


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Piping Diagram Qual Guide Book

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Fire on the Canopus clipping by Greg Weber 1970

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Submariner business card. Submitted by Greg Weber

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Nov 1970 Blue Nose Certificate

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Captains letter to families, August 1970 Gold Crew

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Ship's party invite by Greg Weber

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Funny money from Greg Weber

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Spanish money from the 1970's used in Rota bars.

22 June 71 Blue Crew Plan of the Day.  Submitted by Bil Hole.

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Clock from Captains stateroom saved by Ples Reynolds after decomm.  It says Key made 72 patrols.

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Missile tube 3 door plaque.

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Didn't have this sign in the 70s.

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Union Jack Flag saved by Ples Reynolds after decomm.  Ples donated this flag to the crew of the Key and it is displayed at each reunion.

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Security sign that hung at Launcher

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Newpaper announces the the Key arrived in Pearl for decommissioning

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Ron Chim's Plank Owners certificate

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Ron Chim sent to the Waldorf in NYC for food prep training in 1965

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Ron Chim's Qual certificate

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Vol 1, Issue 1, page 1 of "Deep Reading", ship's newspaper 1965

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Key hot plate given at 1970 or 71 x-mas party submitted by Gary Youngwirth

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FS Key Ash Tray - Gary Youngwirth

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Key Belt buckle, lighter, first overhaul lighter and key chain

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Key plaque and Gary Youngwirth's qual certificate

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Charles Swisegood's piping tab from 1973

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Jeff Buss Pay Stub from 1984

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Tom Courtien sent in this picture of his Key Gold coffee cup from the 1970s.

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Golden Snipe Award given by SecNav to Key Gold nucs in 1975.  Submitted by George Roarick

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Letter from Capt Bump to Chris Fowler's family - 18 Sep 73

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Sept & Oct 91 underway calendar of events and complaints

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Launching invitation submitted by Ron Larsen

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Everyone remembers where my "Key"chain came from I'm sure.  I served
from 90-decom on blue/combined crew and while in decom the EAB system was turned off.  I turned one of the caps into a key chain and have had it ever since. 
EM2(SS) Darin Jett

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This is a heater element from the reactor pressurizer. Removed during the refuel overhaul in NNS 1982-1984. ET1(SS) Boyd Nightenhelser

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The license plate of Bil Hole.  Sent in in October 2010

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Ships Plaques one bronze and one aluminum sent in by Steve Aumen

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Poseidon missile shot by the Key gold crew in 1973 after the overhaul.  Sent in by Steve Aumen

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Steve Aumen's PA license plate.  Sent in Sept 8, 2011

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Wayne Wilson's Blue Nose Card circa 1970

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Key makes 600th Polaris patrol - submitted by Bob Reese

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ET1 Robert Murdoch gets commendation from CDR Submarine Group Six in 1976

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The one picture is drawn my one of the launcher crew of the launcher crew. Some of the individuals are Chief Berry, Johns, TM Richardson, MT2 Mijanovich, MT1 Gary Whitesell, and down in the lower corner is a little Yourkie Pig which was MT3 Donald Austin. Maybe someone else can remember the rest of the individuals. 1971  

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Dennis Mijanovich's Qual cert.

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Dolphins belonging to Jim Earls, Key Blue first Medical Officer


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Frederick County citation recognizing the USS Francis Scott Key.  Click on image for larger version.