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SSBN 657 Pictures - 1970's

Updated -7/11/2020

These are photos taken in the 1970's on the KEY or during off-crew times.  They are thumbnails so you can click on them for a full size image.  If you have some pics to share, send them to Russ at

Angles & Dangles 1971

Harry Baker is standing straight, the boat is heading down.

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Launch Operations Station

Wayne Roske, Russ Christie, David Hall at launcher.

Blue Nose Night 1970 blue crew

Jim Belew, Ron Shouse, Russ Christie, Dave Kearney, A-ganger?

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Ship's weathervane

Panama Canal 1972

Marlin McDougall MT2.  We had to wake him to go topside for the cookout.  He was thrilled:-)

Topside Line 6

Russ Christie- center, A-weps Fred Clayton on right

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Al Singleman getting qualified.  CO Yarger with the grin.  Note: Al founded the Key reunion committee and is primarily responsible for the reunions and the first version of this web site. We all owe Al and his wife Diane a debt of gratitude for all their work through the years.

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l to r: Dave Kearney, Russ Christie, Gary Storm 1971 starboard aft missile middle level.

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Dave Kearney, Vebber at Launcher during  drill - 1971

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l to r: Bob Rude, Jim Belew, Ron Shouse at Launcher 1971

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Looks like Bob Rude and Dave Kearney at Launcher 1971

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l to r: Jim Belew, Bob Rude, Dave Kearney at Launcher 1971

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Clyde Lewis at Launcher 1971

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l to r: Ken McCracken, Clyde Lewis, Dan Miller at Launcher 1970

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Danny Miller in torpedo room 1970 - Submitted by Ron Shouse

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l to r: Ken McCracken, Clyde Lewis, Ron Shouse at Launcher 1970

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Ron Shouse in torpedo room where he belonged - permanently.

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Ron Shouse in torpedo room berthing area.

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Tom Cruise?  No - just Shouse again.

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Lounge rats - 1970 - I'm pretty sure the guy on the right of the photo titled "Lounge Rats -1970"  is David Gecy. (pronounced getsie)

That could be me (Bil Hole) across from him holding the cards.  I was a regular at that table across from Gecy.

Re-enlistment ceremony in Key off-crew office 1972. l to r: XO Richardson, Capt Bump, Russ Christie, A-Weps Fred Clayton, Weps Ron Kimmel, Chief Windsor -COB

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Key leaving Port Canaveral for Poseidon shot after first overhaul at PSNS. 1973 Submitted by Gary Youngwirth


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The next 12 pictures are from 1972 blue crew heading to and through the Panama Canal.  These were from Dave Hall's album which he brought with him to the 2012 reunion.  L to R in the picture: Dave Hall, Russ Christie,  ????, Jim Belew in Panama Canal.

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Wayne Roske

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1972 Blue Crew

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In Panama Canal

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Steaming through the canal.

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Russ Christie and Jim Belew in Panama

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Jim Belew and Harry Baker

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Dave Kearney

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Dave Hall

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Another canal shot.

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Holy Lock 1970/71 submitted by Gary Youngwirth.  Dry dock in the background

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Next to the tender in Holy Lock 1970/71/  Looks like Mike Pomarez on duty.

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Key passing Ft Sumter in Charleston, SC

Harry Baker at Launcher -  November 1972 according to calendar in background

Harry Baker - Panama Canal Lock #2.  Cookout was underway in background

Jim Belew, Russ Christie and Dave Kearney, 1971- haircuts

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Torpedo Room gang Blue 1971 back to front, l to r:  TM1 Ray, Danny Miller, Gary Storm, Roger LaBarre, Ron Shouse, Jack Tasony

Ron Shouse Blue Nose 1971

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Clyde Lewis in Scotland

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 Vaughn "Skippy" Stahl SK blue crew 1971

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Can't remember name, blue crew 1971 in Scotland

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Dan "Mole" Mullen 74/75ish


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Refueling stop at the Azores in 1970.  Submitted by Bil Hole.

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Casino night on patrol 1970

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New Year's party 1970.  CO Yarger pops a bottle of champagne.

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Champagne for everyone - hic

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CO Yarger and XO Harner toast the New Year with the crew on patrol 1970.  Submitted by Bil Hole.

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Capt Yarger toasting, XO Harner still
pouring.  Messcook Stan behind Capt Yarger, toasting. CS3 Gregg Snell to the right of XO Harner with somebody's cup partially hiding his face.

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Rick Stiger standing topside watch 1973.

Swim Call 1973

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Ron Shouse cleaning the crapper after his golden flapper - 1973.  Submitted by Rick Stiger

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Capt Bump taking the plunge during swim call in 1973

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Nice picture of CO Bump topside 1973

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Joe DePasquale mess cooking - the hardest job on the boat - bar none.

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Men overboard! - No just swim call again.

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Ron Shouse during swim call - or maybe sleepwalking - 1973

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Chief Nordahl is standing straight as we take a 10degree up angle.  Notice the level of the bug juice on the counter.

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10 degree down angle in the galley.  Notice the angle of the hanging cooking utensils on the bulkhead and (I think) Gregg Snell (left) hanging on to
whatever's on the stove

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Topside lookout

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Panama Canal 1972 - Bremerton Bound

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Gus Peterson in 1971.  Read about him in Eternal Patrol

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Gus Peterson and Tom Courtien Sept 12, 1971 in Rota at BBQ

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Mike Robertson and Tom Courtien at Launcher in 1971.

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Gus Peterson and "Coz"

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1971 Rota barbeque during Gold Crew quarantine for Larry Cole's death.  Weps Off Lt Tom Broderick center with beard.

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RM2 Tom Anderson in torpedo room where he bunked and worked part time.  Only radioman I know of that slept in the torpedo room.

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1973 Cape Kennedy DASO.  Telemetry mast up.  Gold Crew.  Submitted by Greg Weber.

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Greg Weber 1973 on patrol, NAV Center

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Greg Weber next to the Simon Lake in Rota early 70's.

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NAV Center.  SIMS on left side looking aft

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Greg Weber heading to the slop shoot.  Phil Crump topside watch.

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Weber getting dolphins from CO Forsythe in 1971

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Half way night spring 1974 Gold


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Promotions on patrol in fall 1974 Gold crew - CDR Beard, XO, Weber, Engineer LCDR Jones, Steve Roche

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Half Way Night spring 1974 Gold submitted by Steve Roche

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Chief Peterson and Chief Harris - COB 

I believe, sitting down toward the left with the beard (red), is Lt. CDR Witzenburg, Engineer.. Standing in the center in front of guy with stripped shirt is Charles Hughes.   Marty Clemens, M-Div, 72-75, Gold  

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CO Beard and more...

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CO Beard gives Steve Roche  a Keyman award for pulling the crapper valve when sanitary 1 was being blown.

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Spill drill?

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IC Roche in IC Alley in ULOPS

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CO Beard and Chief Peterson

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Carroll Coon in center. Read about him in Eternal Patrol.

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Key tied up at Lambert's Point DEPERMing Staion, Norfolk 1974

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Key tied up at Lambert's Point DEPERMing Staion, Norfolk 1974

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Key at the Norfolk DEPERM pier

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Key leaving Charleston for Port Canaveral, FL - COB Harris topside. Taken by Bob Sminkey 1974.  Picture taken from the Machinery 1 hatch.


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 The second picture of the decks awash go with the first picture I sent labeled Key leaving Charleston for Canaveral.  I remember the Captain Beard yelling down to the COB to get below NOW!  They were having a problem with one of the line locker bolts.  I was stationed at the Mach 1 hatch ready to shut it if a big roller came across the deck.  It was actually funny.  The COB forgot to undo his harness from the deck traveler track and was halfway down the hatch when he realized what he had done.  By the time he got back up on deck and  unhooked, and back down the hatch, we took on a lot of water down the hatch.  We all had a lot of water to clean up in Mach 1.  What great fun we had!

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From Ron Shouse:  Mike Holden was STS3 (ss) we were roommates one off crew.   He went to sonar C school while we went to the yard and I believe he may have been transferred back to the Key Gold while it was in Charleston . I remember he was in Charleston while I was an instructor at Sub School . His daughter was born on Ashley Phosphate Road while rushing to the Charleston Hospital , and he and his wife Debbie named her Ashley Phosphate Holden.  It really looks like Mike and the picture is in Sonar !  I would bet it is him !  I believe I have some other pictures of him somewhere to compare against, beard and all.

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MT 2 Skip Masker becoming an MT1. Charleston, SC 1975 from CDR Hastie

Middle Level Missile by ELT Shack, Medical and Supply.


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Warren Bennett and Mike Robinson at Launcher 10/71 Gold Crew

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Key in floating drydock in early 1971 in Holy Lock.

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Key in Rota in late 1971 next to tender.

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FTG2 Richard Andis in the torpedo room.


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MMC Mike Turner Gold A-gang


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MTC Joe Wright sorting the re-issue of cracker jack suits with COB Len Reneau, Bob Bethel and QMC John Troia.

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 DC Meeting. Chief Turner with QM2 Jeff Walter sitting on right rear.  Don Lennex on right, Ethan Slee, Marty Weaver and Mac McDonald

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CO George Mensch and Richard Tojek

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Richard Andis, COB Len Reneau Gold Crew with midshipman on planes. 1978

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Cape Canaveral just prior to first Trident launch. 1978

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 Trip to Halifax 78/79

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Trip to Halifax 78/79

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XO LCDR Jack Johnston at door on right, MCM Jay Bloom on left, Skip Singer kneeling, LT Douglass MPA on right. ET1 Steve Crannell on phones, Jay Wells was next to phone talker but not shown.

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First Trident I being loaded.  

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Looks like the loading of the first Trident I missile into the Key.

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Topside - open missile hatch.  Note the markings on the hatch.

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AMR1 looking aft. Those are MG sets, and its spill time.  I see a dosimeter on the starboard MG set and a plastic cleanup bag taped there. 

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 Pre launch of first Trident I missile.  Click Identified above for more details.


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 Midshipmen coming aboard for tour and short cruise between first and second Trident launch.


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Key lookouts - Don Lennex and Ron Bowden leaving port in late 1970's.

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Mark Zgela A-Div Gold Crew at the BCP in late 1970s.

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Leaving Weapons Station in Charleston, SC.

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 Left is AWEPS LT Pittman, in skirt is Jerry Peterson. At right is LT Straight.  Performing a half way night skit.

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See picture to the left for details


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See left most picture for details.


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Midshipman is Mark Swarthout who I found on Nov 18, 2006 on the internet.  He mentioned the Key on his personal web site so I e-mailed him and ask if he was in any of the pictures of midshipmen

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Left side is Dave Sparks, Right side with fork is Don Lennex, Mark Paul is looking down.  Roger Kulavich is on the left of  Don Lennex, the guy with the fork in his mouth.  The guy on the right in the beard with no face showing is Tom Petersen


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Larry Hildebran, Terry Gulczynski, Brian Hubert, Don Galedo Gold Crew line handlers 1978


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Joe Wright Diving officer, Marty Weaver by ladder, Don Lennex on planes with beard.

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Gold Crew fixing problem in reactor compartment. Roger Barnes looking in bag.

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Alfonso FTG3 on Gold Crew 1978

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Line Handlers - Gold Crew 1978/79

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Looks like Halifax harbor but could be Annapolis

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Line handlers Gold Crew 1978/79

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USS Stanley being torpedoed by the Key during an exercise in 1976ish. Sent by Tim Brooks

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Chris Moffett & Larry Kielion topside during MK48 certs in 76.

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Qm2 Tim Brooks - blue crew -  on flying bridge during MK48 certs in Bahamas.

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Gary Furst getting some sun during MK 48 certification in Bahamas

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Gene Hunt in luxurious crew berthing on Key.

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QM2 Tim Brooks airing out the armpits after running out of deodorant.

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Wonderful liberty beach in Bahamas during MK 48 certs. The sign reads: Swim at own risk.  Shark season in progress.  Notice the crowd.

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Talk about luxury, berthing on tender for sub crews. At least Tim Brooks did not have far to go.

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Dennis Pyne, cook on the Key now deceased, and LarryKeilion

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Tim Brooks ready for R&R.  Did we really ever dress like that?

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Steve Melton, Quartermaster and horse lover.  Note the Key plaque on the wall.

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Ward Room set for dinner circa 1979


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USS Canopus- Go to Sea Stories to read about the fire on the Canopus when Key was along side

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Richard Andis, FTG1 76 - 80 Gold.  Richard found this site in Jan of 2007 and recognized this picture.  Says it looks more like his 20 year old son now.

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Looks like Billy Plucket.


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Captain Bump about to take a dip. 1974

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NY Senator Moynihan cake. He visited the Key after first Trident launch.  

Len Reneau - COB - I gave the senator a tour of the boat.  At the Li-Br Plant he said the boat was real shiny.  He was a 2nd class BM in WW2.  That's about the only thing I remember about him.  I believe we were at the cape at the time.

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Officer in corner is Lt Douglass, also Richard Tojek facing camera.  ET1 Steve Crannell on left.

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Capt Mench  wanted it up.  It was the second battle E of 5 in a row.

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Launcher area in late 1970s.

Jim Belew and Dave Kearney give Russ Christie a haircut in 1971.

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Darrel Tate & Mike Saucier Panama Canal 1972

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Supply officer Howard Richardson III and SKC Bennji Evans - Gold Crew 1974.

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Robert Yager ca 1971

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Capt Beard is in the center of this picture in the back.

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The guy with his hand on his head is Dave Fuller MM2, ELT - about 1974


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Swim Call in 1977.

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Ron Marchand in sunglasses getting a "slider" during swim call in 1977

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TM Roger Wagner is under the planes on shark duty during 77 swim call.

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Jim Belew and Ron Shouse circa 73/74


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RM2 Priece Rich getting his dolphins from CO Beard in 1974

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2nd from left is RM Priece Rich,  MT Marlin McDougall (shaking the Co's hand) both making E5 from CO Bump during Overhaul #1 in Bremerton 1972


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2nd from left is RM Priece Rich, far right is MT Marlin McDougall both making E5 from CO Bump during Overhaul #1 in Bremerton 1972.  Pic #2 - Priece in radio.

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LT or LTJG Brawley who was the Supply Officer on the Blue Crew circa 70-71.


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Priece Rich on bus to Charleston Airport at start of patrol cycle 1976


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RM2 Priece Rich Topside in 1976 probably during sea trials.


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Captain Percy Beard - Gold Crew 1974


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ETCS(SS) Weich. 1974 - on Eternal Patrol


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Tim Brooks - waiting for a bus?


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FTG2(SS) Terry Asher

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IC2(SS) Paschall
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IC1(SS) Carroll Coon (Liberty Bus from site 2) - on eternal patrol

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MM2(SS) Dalriphal (spelling incorrect)

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MM2(SS) Kevin Donahue

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MM2(SS) Rodrego Barnes and IC2(SS) Phil Carson

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BrandonMM2(SS) Thayer (back), MMCS(SS) Gus Peterson (middle) , and ET1(SS) Wallace (front)

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MM3(SS) Brandon

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MM3(SS) Bryant (1975)

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MS2(SS) Thayer and MS1(SS) Rimando (sitting front)

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PN3(SU) McConnell

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QM2(SS) John Carroll

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QM3(SS) Chapman and IC2(SS) Scullion.

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QMSN(SS) Joe Gann and SN(SU)

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RM3(SS) Keith answering the question "Which finger doesn't hurt?"

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STS2(SS) Bradshaw

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STS3(SU) Pink.

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Priece Rich found this picture of himself in the WHO? photo area taken in 1974 during halfway night celebrations on patrol.

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Guy with the camera is Chuck Tremaine, circa 1974 Gold Crew.


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(left to right) MM3(SS) Gary Bryant, MM2(SS) John Callison, QM3(SS) James Chapman (in Rota) 1974

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CO Hastie and Ken Davidson Key Blue 1976

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Ken Davidson

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Ken Davidson

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Tim Brooks in center

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Ever wonder what the backup was in the event we couldn't launch the missiles?

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Ken Davidson in Nav Center

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Ken Davidson and DAN McRae - Don't ask - don't tell.

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Bill Furlong, Ken Davidson and Connie Baisemorein center in Nav

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James Cortell   "BRUTUS" 

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Tim Brooks on right

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Richard Grube

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Ken Davidson

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Dan McRae

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Ken Davidson in Nav Center

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Ron Newton

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Connie Baisemore - Nav center 1974ish

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James Toth

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Missile Compartment berthing - with Playboy magazine on the bottom rack.


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Key arriving in Halifax, NS 1978 submitted by Ken Raridan

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Key tied up in Halifax

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Christmas 72

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IC Land

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Brian Bigon IC Div 72 - 74 Gold

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Brian Bigon

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From Mike Robertson - Next, for those modern navy boys, here is the business end of a Mk 14 mod 5 Steam powered torpedo.  I think we carried 4 of them.  They had 700 pound warheads that required a 180 degree rotation to install the exploders.  Made for a fun day.  Can't say I miss all those screws.  No wire attached to these babies.


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1970 topside target practice

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Aux 1 1970 William Moray and TM Steve Rosen.

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Leaving Scotland 1970

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Steve Rosen with weapon, XO Harner in background - 1970

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William Moray and ?  1970

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Ron Shouse on left, Tom Conlon on right.  Center ?

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l to r: Chief Chester Baptise, Mark Loring and Bob Rude playing poker in Bremerton during overhaul # 1.

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Key getting Golden Snipe Award from SecNav, 1975.

Submitted by George Roarick


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Next several pictures Submitted by Tom Courtien (TC):  George Maule MT2 and Bill Collins TM2 at Launcher

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(TC) Launcher 1971 - Doug Marshall, Bill Collins, George Maule and a QM I don't remember his name


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Tom Courtien and Bobby Lewis (Rosebud) on Line 1 along side dry dock in Holy Loch.

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Aft starboard middle level missile - Doug Marshall working on Quals.  Don't remember the guys getting or giving the haircut.

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(TC) LT(jg) Mickett A-Weaps or right and Supply Officer on right in Holy Loch

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(TC)Line handlers in Holy Loch as Key gets underway

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Tom Courtien in hatch in 1971.  It's sunny so it must be Rota.

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(TC)4 TMs at launcher 1971 - Doug Marshall, Steve Berry, forgot the other 2.

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TM Mike Robertson, RM Troll Anderson in torpedo room circa 1970

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(TC)Key in dry dock in Holy Loch in 1970

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(TC)Key in dry dock in Rota in early 70s

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From Mike Robertson - We launched the A3 T in 1970 somewhere in the Southern Atlantic and sent them flying back towards Florida.  I don't remember the details or the photographers name...maybe held upon request...not sure anymore.  I had this stored in my boot camp book.   Nice shot for sure


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For any of the Torpedomen who serviced these beasts,  I found the  NAVY DEPARTMENT BUREAU OF ORDNANCE Service manual at this URL.  Man did it bring back memories

From Mike Robertson TM2 70 - 72 Gold


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TM Steve Rosen and Chief Wall (Bulkhead) firing Thompson's off of Holy Loch in 1970

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1974 photo taken in AMR2 upper level.   Lower bottom Gary Youngwirth.  Behind Gary L to R Randy Tinsley, Chief Lowman, and Mike Marotz.  Back row L to R Jim Milheiser, Gene Woodhouse, and Jim Winslow. 

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Wayne Wilson and CDR Yarger on the Key

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MCC 1975 from Chris Fowler

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MCC Christmas tree 1975

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Launcher 1975

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Launcher 1975

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Robert "Hogrider" Hogge, (currently Monica F. Helms) receiving Dolphins, April 1974

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Scale model of Key built by Monica

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ET1 Robert Murdoch get commendation from Commander Submarine Group Six in 1976

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Dennis Mijanovich October 25, 1971 along with Captain Forsyth.

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Mike Stanley and Bill Grey

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George Straight, Reactor Control Officer, Gold Crew 76 - 78

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George Straight

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George Straight

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George Straight getting Patrol Pinned

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George Straight on the planes

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Larry Keller  ETN2 Blue, 1970 in Scotland

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l to r: Harry Heilman, Michael Delasco, Bob Naney, Fred Van Doren, Lenny Cismouski  all ETs engineering blue crew

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Panama Canal transit 1972.  USS Edison is in the background.  They made us clear the decks for the picture.  Someone forgot to tell the Edison crew.  This picture is in the 1974/75 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.



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Raymond Cote NavET 69 - 71 took the next 8 pictures.  Recognize anyone?  Need names for pictures.  Click on each picture for larger size.

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Several of the photos on this page were found by YN Jeff Buss during the second Key Overhaul. Here is the story of how he found them.  

Jeff Buss sent us the 50 photos below which he found on the Key. Here is the e-mail accompanying the photos: The boat went into overhaul in late 1982, and by the time I arrived in April 1983, the ship's offices had been relocated to a building outside the shipyard gates. Later, they moved us again - this time to a barge inside the shipyard, closer to the boat. Then when the boat finally became habitable, we moved again back to the boat. During this time frame, they tossed a lot of stuff. Being in the ship's office, we went through things one-by-one and decided what was going and what wasn't. I found a box of 35mm slides in the pile of stuff going to the dumpster. I rescued them (I hate throwing away pictures) and eventually they made their way home with me.

These slides were not taken during my tenure on the boat, they were taken before that. So I don't know anybody in the pictures. There are some clues in here that may date the photos. The clues I found were: 1) There appears to be a midshipmen's cruise in some of the photos.  2) There is a cake welcoming Senator Moynihan. I did an internet search, and found he was a Senator from New York from 1977-2003 So I have to guess these photos were taken from 1977 to 1982. You might ask the crew's assistance in dating these photos and identifying the people. - end of e-mail.

Update: We have identified most of the pictures. Shipmate Bill Kaczmarek and Don Lennex recognized the photos as gold crew about the time of the first Trident launch and has identified several of the pictures. COB Len Reneau, gold crew 77 - 80, recognized many of the pictures and they have been updated with names and dates.