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Nice site! Nice site! I served a board the USS Tirante SS420 out of Key West. I spent three years on her and then left the Navy at the end of my enlistment as I was accepted at Penn State.
Chuck Shrump former EM3 SS SD


Added: May 26, 2009
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In 1946 I enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. I lived in Chicago, IL. There was a Naval Reserve station at Navy Pier and they had a submarine unit, and that is what I opted for.

For the first 'cruise' I was sent to New London, CT for training. I took the pre-qualification tests (escape tank, pressure chamber, etc.) and was assigned to Torsk for my first cruise. I was in seventh heaven. I was aboard Torsk for two weeks (extended cruise) in the after torpedo room. I decided to make submarines my permanent choice.

The following year, much to my chagrin, Navy regs were changed and because I wore glasses, I could no longer qualify for the boats. So I ended up on Tin Cans.

I served a total of 8 years, 4 in the Reserve and 4 in the regular Navy on Tin Cans - Laffey DD-724, Haynsworth DD-700, and on Destroyer Tender - Yellowstone AD-27. My first love is still the smoke-boats.

The web-site brough back fond memories of my days as a 'bubblehead'/


Added: April 24, 2009
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I was amazed to the men that onced served on the Torsk Still ltheir keeping her alive and running. To beable to see the history in person will never be forgotten. BZ

Added: March 30, 2009
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I just found your trip to the USS Orion to strip it of some parts. Thanks for the great pictures and the memorys. I served on the Orion from 1980 to 1981. Brought it over to LaMaddelena, Sardinia, Italy to replace the Gilmore. I always wondered what happened to the Orion. Wasn't sure if it was turned to scrap or not and now I know. Thanks. I was a Machinery Repairman on the Orion. The pictures of the Machine Shop were great. Remember it well. Made some very important parts for Fast Attacks back then. I now work at Kings Bay Naval Base in GA. Boomer base!!!! Part of the Marine Corp Security Force. Anyway, great job on your restoration.
Have a Great Day.
John


Added: March 2, 2009
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Great pictures of the Torsk. I was on the Argonaut in the 60's and we made a med run together in 63. I'm looking for a Torsk crew member, name of David Williamstein. We went to TM A school and sub school tegether. He was aboard in the 63- 64 timeframe. Can anyone help? Thanks. Gary Vernon

Added: February 26, 2009
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Just viewed some pics taken of your great looking Memorial Boat--congrats to all and keep up the great work. Wish I lived closer to be able to volunteer. Someday we will get back your way to tour her ourselves. Best wishes, Jim [Froggie] and Marlene Farquhar USS Trigger SS 564 1961-'65 Charleston, SC.

Added: February 20, 2009
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I just bought a Sub Base sweatshirt from you guys. Took it out and couldn't believe the smell - darn - I was right back in the after battery of the Ronquil SS396 that I rode in the late 60s. Speaking of "Diesel Boats Forever!' How'd you get the diesel smell! Anyway, a great sweat shirt. (I'm going to order 2 more) Thanks for remembering New London. Have a great holiday.

DBF!


Added: December 10, 2008
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Great site, I rode a tench class (USS Argonaut SS475 ) it does my heart good to see the old boat class .

Added: November 18, 2008
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Nice site and an even greater submarine it�s a bummer that i good only see the outside from the sub when i was in Baltimore two years ago!! It still hurts.
keep up the fine work and keep him alive!


Added: November 1, 2008
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Just Surfin.. Hello From Gold Coast Australia.. Well Done.

Added: August 21, 2008
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