It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friends and shipmates.
Peter Galera, TMCS(SS) January 16, 2019
Retired from the Navy in 1968 as TMCS(SS)
Niantic – Peter Galera, 93 of Niantic and beloved husband of Angela (Barone) Galera, entered eternal life on Jan. 16, 2019. He was born Dec. 25, 1923, the son of the late Gabriel and Evelyn Galera. He was a retired Navy veteran and vice -president of Mystic Color Lab.
Melvin Patterson Polen, HMC(SS) January 4, 2019
Melvin Patterson Polen passed away peacefully on January 4, 2019, at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas at the age of 88. Melvin was born on July 18, 1930, in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of Mary Irene Patterson and Lloyd Lewis Polen.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school and served for 20 years, training as a Hospital Corpsman and qualifying in submarines. His distinguished service awards included a Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, and several Good Conduct Medals. Following his military retirement, Melvin and his family moved to EL Paso, Texas, where Melvin worked for several automobile dealerships before returning to school to study accounting. He subsequently ran a thriving bookkeeping practice serving small businesses in the El Paso area. Melvin relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in the late 1970s, where he embarked upon a long and successful career in insurance sales. Melvin was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and also was active in the Elk’s Lodge. He devoted much of his free time to these institutions, as well as to the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. Dallas base.
Melvin enjoyed traveling, sports, music, and dancing. He was also a history buff and particularly enjoyed visiting our nation’s capital. Melvin was known for his great sense of humor and always enjoyed making people laugh. He adored children and was also known for taking in many a stray pet.
Richard Wendell Stein, EN3(SS) November 10, 2018
Richard Wendell Stein, age 87 of Kettering, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Walnut Creek Nursing Center. He was born October 17, 1931 in Tiffin, Ohio to the late Wendell A. and Ida M. (Shank) Stein.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne M. Stein; daughter, Karen L. LeFrere, son, Robert W. Stein, grandchildren, Jesse Emile Williams and Dawn Marie Smith and sisters, Sharon K. Davis and Norma J. Brown.
Richard was a 1950 graduate of Co-Op High School in Dayton, OH and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Jallao submarine during the Korean War. Richard was employed by NCR as a tool and die maker for 27 years. He went on to work and retire from Rainbow Tool in 1996. Richard enjoyed many past times over the years including archery, golf, target shooting, darts and gardening.
James Paul Gallagher, HMC(SS) November 6, 2018
Born Nov. 6, 1936 in Big Mine Run, PA. Son of Anthony and Mary ( Kane ) Gallagher. Survived by wife of 63 years, the former Catherine Helen ( Smith ) Gallagher. Jim was a pioneer in the occupation of Physician Assistant in the Cambria County Area. He provided primary care to the people of Nanty Glo and the surrounding area from 1975 through 1998 at the Ebandjieff Community Health Center. Jim was a 1975 graduate of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Penn State Campus in the MEDEX Physician Assistant program. Retired from active duty in the U.S. Navy in 1974 with 20 years of service and earned the rank of Chief Hospital Corpsman (HMC). He served on several ships, among them, the USS York County, USS Charles P. Cecil and submarines Jallao and the Tinosa. He enjoyed a long retirement, wintering in Davenport, FL., his interests included playing cards, darts, square dancing and golf. He enjoyed large family gatherings and spending time with family and friends.
Gibbs Deforest Lincoln, QM3(SS) August 29, 2018
Born 12/4/1925, Eternal Patrol 8/29/2018, age 92. SVWWII card #16237. Served on SS-198 and SS-368.
RFD from CSD-43 (USS Tambor) 7/1/45, 4th War Patrol, TRF to R/S San Francisco, CA 4/15/46.
A Seattle native, Gibbs was born on December 4, 1925 to Clark and Alpha Lincoln. He died August 29, 2018 with family at his side. Gibbs grew up in Laurelhurst and attended Roosevelt High before entering the Navy at age 17. He served for three years on the Submarine Force in the Pacific Theatre and was aboard the USS Jallao in the Sea of Japan when the war ended. Afterwards Gibbs attended the University of Washington during the day and Seattle college in the evenings. Gibbs had a variety of interests and passions leading him to a variety of careers throughout his lifetime. He started out as station manager at KIRO radio and later worked for many years as a stockbroker before testing his entrepreneurial strengths, creating a magazine titled Washington Welcome, and opening a successful restaurant in Poulsbo. He married Shirley Torrance in 1953. After Shirley passed, Gibbs renewed a lifelong friendship with Claudia Eland and enjoyed another 11 wonderful years. After Claudia’s death in 2012, Gibbs moved to Parkshore Retirement Community where he served as Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President while in his 90’s. Gibbs loved engaging with others and had a true gift for meeting people and making them feel special. He loved learning, everything outdoors, animals, helping others and most importantly, spending time with family and his many friends. He held a special place in his heart for Parkshore staff who greatly added to his happiness while at Parkshore. Gibbs was truly one of a kind. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
Patrick G Lyon, CS1(SS) August 8, 2018
Lyon, Patrick Gerald 84 years old of Minneapolis passed away August 8, 2018. He served his country for 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a retiree of the Minneapolis Park Board. Preceded in death by parents, Everett and Marianne Lyon; sons, Donald G. and David J. Lyon; and brother, Terrence Lyon. Patrick is survived by son, Jack (Tammy) Lyon; Nicholas Anaya; & sister, Marianne (Richard) Seakamp.
CDR Matthew Clark Swanson June 22, 2018
Cdr. Matthew Clark Swanson USN (Ret), son of the late Sigurd V. and Clarice W. of New London, CT, passed away surrounded by family on June 22, 2018. He married Eleanor Johnson (deceased 2015), daughter of the late Victor S. and Ruth M. Johnson. They had three sons: Matthew of Supply, NC, Mark (deceased), and Luke of Virginia Beach, VA.
A graduate of Bulkeley High School, he went on to graduate the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point (B.S.) and George Washington University (M.S.). While in the Navy, attended the US Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. and the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
He served on the destroyer USS Hyman (DD 732); the submarines Hardhead (SS 365), Albacore (AGSS 569) and the Jallao (SS 368); the US Naval Staffs of Commander Submarine Force Atlantic, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force; and the NATO Staffs of Commander in Chief Western Atlantic and the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.
Upon retirement from the Navy, he made his home in Virginia Beach, Va. He worked for the Atlantic Analysis Corporation of Norfolk, VA. and Techplan Corporation of Washington, D.C.
Clark was an enthusiastic supporter of community sports programs, coaching teams in boys baseball, and football, winning three city championship basketball teams at midget, intermediate, and junior levels.
He was an ardent sailor and loved to cruise the coastal waters of the East Coast on his boat “Valhalla”.
James Ray Pickett EN2(SS) May 30, 2018
James Ray Pickett, 95, of Del City passed away May 30, 2018. James was born April 24, 1923 to Cassus Clay and Vera (Costie) Pickett in Marietta, Oklahoma. James graduated from Marietta High School. Following high school, he joined the United States Navy and served his country from 1943 to 1962. James was an avid golfer and loved to be out on the green. He scored a lot of hole in ones. He also loved to hunt with his bird dogs. James was a helicopter pilot and instructor. James loved numbers as he almost had a photographic memory for numbers. This came in handy for his love of playing dominos and bingo. James is survived by his wife, Mary (Coffey) Pickett
Nolan Nixon EN1(SS) May 26, 2018
December 4, 1948 in Livingston, Texas to parents, Oscar Lee Martin and Betty (Tovrea) Martin, and passed away February 19, 2018 in Livingston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents.
He’s had several medical struggles in the last couple of years, but was always able to overcome whatever his tired body dished out. Some of his fondest times were serving in the US Navy and in particular on the Jallao. He was an amazing husband, dad and grandpa…and most just called him “Big” as did his two grandchildren. He remained a very patriotic American for all his 69 years. He owned several businesses throughout his working years and had retired several years ago.
John “Walt” Lafollette ENC(SS) March 18, 2018
John Walter LaFollette, 83, of North Port, Fla., passed away on March 18, 2018. He was born on December 29, 1934 in Kenova, W.V., to Robert and Mary LaFollette.
John proudly served his country in The United States Navy.
Gregory Scott Martin IC3(SS) February 19, 2018
Born December 4, 1948 in Livingston, Texas to parents, Oscar Lee Martin and Betty (Tovrea) Martin, and passed away February 19, 2018 in Livingston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents.
He’s had several medical struggles in the last couple of years, but was always able to overcome whatever his tired body dished out. Some of his fondest times were serving in the US Navy and in particular on the Jallao. He was an amazing husband, dad and grandpa…and most just called him “Big” as did his two grandchildren. He remained a very patriotic American for all his 69 years. He owned several businesses throughout his working years and had retired several years ago.
David John Schwab (SS) February 6, 2018
David John, 70, of Pensacola, FL passed away on Tuesday February 6, 2018. David was born on October 10, 1947 in Ashland, OH, the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant. He lived in California, England, Georgia, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Germany, Colorado and Michigan. After graduating from Grosse Pointe High School in Michigan, he attended the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT and then served on the submarines USS Bang (SS-385) and USS Jallao (SS-368). Following service he worked for Pratt-Whitney in CT, but was transferred to Florida where he also joined the Air Force Reserves as a Staff Sergeant
Gardner W. Brown Sr., EM2(SS) January 27, 2018
Qualified in submarines on the USS Jallao (SS-368) in 1961 and was a EMC(SS) when he left the Navy.
Richard A Herter TM2(SS) January 9, 2018
Richard “Dick” Herter, 75, of Parkersburg died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. He was born May 11, 1942 in Evergreen Park, Illinois, son of Henry and Emilie (Brookins) Herter. He married Ivadean Haskenhoff on July 6, 1963 in Hawkeye, Iowa.
He graduated from Calumet High School in 1960 and served in the US Navy during the Cold War Era. He was a Journeyman Wireman with IBEW Local 288 and then a delivery driver for Varsity Cleaners, retiring in 2005. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church; a lifetime member of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post #49 and past Commander of the United States Submarine Veterans Iowa Base.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Robert E Lee (SSBN-601) in 1963 and was a TM2(SS) when he left the Navy.
Lawrence Russell Bentley EM3(SS) December 19, 2017
Lawrence “Larry” Russell Bentley, 81, passed away December 19, 2017. Larry was born March 10, 1936 to Clyde Bentley and Eleanor Edwards Bentley in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Larry was a United States Navy Submariner, 1954-1956, and served in the Reserves for 4 years. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Electrical Engineering. He spent his work life in Civil Service at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio and Eglin AFB where he retired after 34 years in 1995.
Larry married the love of his life, Dolores, on January 23, 1960, in Lafayette, Louisiana. They raised their 3 children here in FWB since 1964. The family enjoyed the beach, boating and camping together. Larry was an avid runner and logged hundreds of miles on the streets of Ft Walton and Eglin. He later coached the cross country runners at Choctaw.
Larry is a member of the Shalimar United Methodist Church; Elks Lodge 1795; Mobile Roadrunners RV Club; and the Submarine Drum Base.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Jallao (SS-368) in 1955 and was a EM3(SS) when he left the Navy.
John Owen Lowry Gatewood CSC(SS) November 8, 2017
Owen Lowry Gatewood of North Port, FL passed away peacefully on November 8, 2017. He was born in Crown City, OH on September 1, 1934 to Melvin E and Annabelle (Owens) Gatewood. A 1952 graduate of Jackson High School in Jackson, OH, Owen served on a Navy submarine from 1953-1973, during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. On October 5, 1971, Owen married the love of his life, Barbara (Caisse) and lovingly adopted her 3 daughters. For 25 years, Owen worked as a painting contractor in the Norwich, CT area and in 1997, he and his family relocated from Baltic, CT to North Port, FL.
Owen cherished the experiences he had and the memories he made during his career in the Navy. His proudest time was being on board the George Washington during the firing of the first Polaris missile off Cape Canaveral, FL. He greatly enjoyed his associations with the Fleet Reserve, Submarine Veterans, American Legion, VFW and Elks Club, but most of all, Owen loved time spent with his family and friends.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Toro (SS-422) in 1955 and was a CSC(SS) when he left the Navy.
David William McGraw, MM3(SS) October 30, 2017
David William McGraw, 77, died October 30, 2017, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was born June 6, 1940, in Blue Hill, the son of William H. and Anna L. McGraw.
Dave graduated from George Stevens Academy and joined the Navy. He served aboard the USS Jallao SS-368. After four years in the service he went to Billings, Montana, to work and attended college under the GI Bill. It was in Billings he married his high school sweetheart, Ann Wentworth, and they were married for 52 years.
After graduation from college, he and Ann moved back to Maine. David started Blue Hill Plumbing and Heating, and Flye Point Marine where he built boats. A few years ago he had a rock wall built the length of his submarine on his property by a good friend, Kevin Piper. He had it dedicated to all submarines lost at sea. David was very proud of this wall.
He is survived by his wife, Anntwo nephews, Stephen and Joseph McGraw; several very special cousins; and two dear gals, Teri Slaven and Ciona Urbrich.
Benjamin C. Flynn, SN(SS) October 18, 2017
Benjamin Charles Flynn, 83, of Billings, passed away on Oct. 18, 2017, following a brief illness. Ben was born on Jan. 2, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to John and Lucille (Murphy) Flynn. He was one of 13 children.
Following primary education, Ben enlisted in the Navy, where he would serve for over 20 years. Primarily, his duties were assigned to submarine services, but his skill as an electrician allowed him much opportunity in the Navy. He achieved the highest-ranking enlisted Chief Petty Officer and was honorably discharged as Master Chief in 1961. Ben was married to Elizabeth Krug in 1956, and two children joined the family, George and Bonnie. They family lived in various places throughout his service time. They divorced in 1987.
Following Ben’s discharge from the Navy, he received his BS from Rocky Mountain College and was proud of his 4.0 GPA. He became a teacher and later worked as an electrician until retirement.
Ben married Marjorie Timmons in 1991, welcoming her children Jacquie and Mark into the family. Throughout his life, he enjoyed hiking, traveling and bowling, especially at Sunset Bowl.
Ben was a kind and generous man, and an Irishman through and through. He was a dedicated provider for all those entrusted to his care and he will be deeply missed by everyone he knew and loved. Retired from the Navy as EMCM(SS)
John David Hanniford, ENC(SS) September 23, 2017
John David Hanniford, 88, formerly of Uncasville, CT died peacefully on Sept. 23, 2017 at Colchester, CT. He was the devoted husband of maritime artist Sultana (Issideridy) Hanniford who predeceased him. Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (Kennedy) Hanniford. At age 16, John joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the Great Lakes and around the world. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and went into submarines. He attended Great Lakes Boot Camp and Basic Sub School, and afterward served on the USS Grampus, USS Cavalla, USS Spikefish, and the USS Conger. John attended NUE School in New London, CT and NTU in West Milton, NY in 1960, and then served on the USS Ethan Allen. From 1964-67, John was a Basic Sub School Instructor and then served on the USS Alexander Hamilton. After retiring in 1971 as a Chief on the USS Jallao, he worked on the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton in the heating plant. He was a member of the Submarine Veterans and was a member of SubVets Holland Club Groton Base. John was also a docent for the USS Nautilus Memorial Museum in Groton, CT. John enjoyed going to art shows with his wife, watching John Wayne movies, cheering for the UConn Woman’s Basketball team and reading submarine history.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Grampus (SS-523) in 1952 and was a ENC(SS) when he left the Navy.
Louis J Fisher, September 20, 2017
Fisher, Louis J. 71, of Marine City, entered eternal life on September 20, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at his side. He was born February 27, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Louis and Elizabeth Fisher.
Louis entered into the United States Navy and served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. He worked for Ford Motor Company for over 30 years and after retirement he found a new career as a bus driver for Richmond Community Schools. As a bus driver Louis drove students with special needs and he found much happiness knowing he was making a difference in the lives of the children and their families. All the children had genuine love for their “Mr. Lou”. From a child and into adulthood Louis enjoyed a close relationship with his father that included boating, fishing, snowmobiling, hunting, and doing cement work. Those interests stayed with Lou throughout his life, and he was always happiest when enjoying the outdoors. To his family and friends Lou was known as the eternal jokester and he relished in teasing and pulling fast ones on his loved ones while always keeping a straight face. You knew he loved you if he was inclined to playfully mess with you. Of course, he passed this on to his three sons as his “Fish Tales’ Legacy” lives on.
Thomas P. Burke EM3(SS) August 8, 2017
To the friends of Thomas “Tom” P. Burke. Our father passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, and we sincerely thank those that showed kindness and friendship and sat under the tree at the Swap Meet with him. He is survived by his two children, Doug Burke and Kathy Burke-Morris.
Retired from the Navy as EMCS(SS)
Donald Hirt, EM3(SS) July 22, 2017
HIRT, Donald J., 81, Estero, FL and Legend Lake, WI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 22, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on February 9, 1936, to the late Harold Hirt and Jane (Hufschmidt) Bair. On November 16, 1957, he married Viva Jean Oetzel in Milwaukee, WI. Don was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Shawano, WI. He graduated from North Division High School, Milwaukee in 1953 and he served his country in the U.S. Navy as a submariner from 1956-1958.
Joseph Stipetich, July 6, 2017
Joseph Michael Stipetich, 92, of Benwood, WV, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Peterson Rehabilitation Center, Wheeling, WV. He was born November 2, 1924 in Boggs Run, WV a son of the late Joseph M Stipetich.and Rose (Bosnic) Stipetich Predavec. Joseph was a 1943 Graduate of Union High School, retired employee of Olin Chemical Company, US Navy Veteran serving in WWII aboard submarines USS Jallao and USS Chub, member of St. John Catholic Church, Benwood, member of Blake Brothers Post #46 American Legion, Benwood and member of the former Croatian Cultural Club, Benwood.
Thomas P Heard, QMC(SS) May 23, 2017
Thomas was born on March 15, 1939. He was retired a US Navy Veteran honorably serving our country from 1957-1978 and coached the Navy Youth Football League for several years.
James Samuel Morris, ICCS(SS) April 1, 2017
MORRIS, James Samuel, succumbed to a short illness on April 1, 2017. Jim was born in Brownwood, TX on September 29, 1942 to Ernest and Alice Morris.He was a generous, gentle soul always willing to help those around him. He was preceded in death by both parents. Survivors include his wife Teresa, two sons, Jim in Kerrville and Kael in Brownwood, six grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous cousins and a brother Bob and his wife Candi. Jim graduated from Brownwood High School and, shortly thereafter, enlisted in the US Navy from which he retired 20 years later. He was a member of the submarine service and worked on Sealab 3, the naval program for astronauts. He ended his regular service in recruiting at a number of different locations, the final one being Brownwood. He was an avid outdoorsman/hunter and the quieter side stayed involved in writing. Jim had a deep appreciation for life that was occasionally put to a test by his love for powerful cars. Always willing to share, he has many friends and will be missed by one and all.
Julian B Helms Jr, MTC(SS) March 3, 2017
Qualified in submarines on the USS Segundo (SS-398) in 1953 and was a MTC(SS) when he left the Navy.
Rev. Helms was born on December 19, 1932 and passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. Rev. Helms was a resident of Lumberton, North Carolina at the time of his passing.
He attended Louisburg College and completed his Bachelors degree at NC Wesleyan College. He received a certificate of completion from Duke University Divinity School.
Rev. Helms retired from the US Navy Submarine Service.
He was married to Carolyn.
David Allen Johnson, MMCS(SS) February 3, 2017
JOHNSON, David Allen, 69, of Snohomish, WA, died Friday, February 3, 2017 after a long illness. He was born Sept. 28, 1947. David served 20 years on Navy submarines and retired as a Senior Chief. He loved the Navy and served on three diesels and one nuclear submarine. He also served 20 years with the US Post Office in Everett, WA. He liked to fish, hunt, and go to the ocean. He is survived by his wife, Pat Johnsonand son, Joe Johnson
Charles B Schwartz QM1(SS) January 19, 2017
Qualified in submarines on the USS Piper (SS-409) in 1962.
Charles Benjamin Schwartz, 74, lost his yearlong battle to pancreatic cancer on January 19, 2017 at his home in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Born October 4, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey to the late Charles James Schwartz and Mary Wilma Postell. Charlie served his nation for ten years in the US Navy during the 1960s and was a proud Submariner. He served as a Quarter Master (QM1SS) on board several diesel subs (USS Piper 409) and finished his naval career on nuclear sub (SSBN 608). After leaving the Navy he moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts to raise his young family. He spent 36 years as a police officer for the Ipswich Police Department, the last 17 years with the force he was overjoyed to serve as Assistant Harbormaster. Charlie, The Man, as he had loving become known, retired in October 2007 and moved to the west coast of Florida. He soon became a regular fixture at the Country Hound restaurant, where he earned a Counter Trash t-shirt, of which he wore proudly. He only lasted 6 months before he sought out working on the water again, when he found Palm Island Transit (PIT). He served as a Load Master for the ferry service, which transported vehicles and pedestrians across the Intracoastal to a small group of barrier islands. Most recently he had obtained his 100-ton US Coast Guard captains license and drove the water taxi for PIT. This is where his charm and efficiency would, once again, touched lives and gained him many friends, and his new family.
Frank Blauvelt, TM2(SS) January 18, 2017
Frank was born to Alice and Franklin Blauvelt on August 15, 1939 in Nyack, New York. He was very proud of his service in the US Navy aboard The USS JALLAO submarine and the New York Police and Fire Department. Loved ones that knew Frank the closest were blessed.
Carl John Berg (SS) December 15, 2016
Carl John Berg, Jr., born Sept. 26, 1936, died Dec. 15, 2016 after a long illness at age 80.
Carl was a creative man and spent his life creating beautiful things professionally as a carpenter and as master cabinet-maker — his favorite thing. He also built toys for his children and grandchildren, and built homes with his son and Joan. For several years, Carl fished commercially off the Washington coast for Chinook salmon and is credited for his heroism in a great storm surge when he risked his own life to rescue a fellow fisherman. From 1956-58, Carl served proudly in the United States Navy on the USS Jallao submarine out of New London. The Jallao was commissioned by the Sixth Fleet and its crew trained the Italian Navy, took part in fleet exercises through the Suez Canal, visited eastern and southern Africa, and crossed the South Atlantic to take part in exercises with Uruguayan and Brazilian destroyers.
Edward Tomlin Schwarberg, FC2(SS) December 14, 2016
SCHWARBERG, Edward Tomlin, 93, was born on November 23, 1923 and passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Edward was a resident of Edgewood, Kentucky at the time of his passing. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy where he fought in a submarine in the Pacific Theater where he was awarded several medals [CSD-22, Swordfish, CSD-45, Jallao]. He was married to Rose Schwarberg.
Harry Culbreath, Sr. SCSN(SS) December 7,2016
Harry “Doc” Culbreath was born December 8, 1923, to the late Ira and Willie Lee (Culbreath) Culbreath, in Saluda, SC, and spent his childhood years in the area known as “the bungalows” which were located in Ivy Rock, (Plymouth) PA. Harry attended Black Horse School and later continued his education in the Norristown Area School District after his family moved to East Norriton in 1937. Yearning to see more of the world, Harry joined the Navy in March 1941. While stationed in Seattle, WA, he met and married Anna E. Trigg. From this union was born two children.
Harry completed the basic training in Norfolk, VA, and spent his first few years assigned to various naval stations and vessels. In April of 1959, after completing a course of study at the U.S. Naval Submarine School, at the U.S. Submarine Base in New London, CT, he broke barriers by being among the first “Negro’s” to acquire the position of “Submariner.” He served on several submarines: USS Jallao (one of the first nuclear subs), USS George Washington, USS Ethan Allen, USS Bang, USS Patrick Henry and ending his assignments with the USS Skate. He was a veteran of the following wars: Korean, World War II, Bay of Pigs and Viet Nam. Harry had a winning personality and loved to tell tales of his family and travels. During his military tenure he received numerous service and good conduct medals. He was popular with the dishes he prepared. The officers and crew members cherished his culinary achievements.
In 1969, he relocated to New London, CT, where he remarried in 1975 to Frances (Webster) Culbreath and remained until his return to Norristown in 2012. Although it was never one of his assignments, one of his highlightes is the fact that the USS Titania was renamed the USS Harry Culbreath. He claimed to have been around the world three times. After 30 years of active and in-active service Harry was retired from the Navy in November of 1973 with the rank of Steward Second Class.
Throughout his years with the Navy and after his discharge he worked at various jobs including the Post Office while in California, Strohmen Bread Company, Norristown State Hospital, and he retired from a machine shop in CT.
Jerome F Connolly, IC1(SS) November 5, 2016
Qualified in submarines on the USS Jallao (SS-368) in 1961 and was a IC1(SS) when he left the Navy.
Warner D Young, GMCS(SS) August 21, 2016
Warner D. Young, 85, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, August 21, 2016 at Pine Rock Manor in Warner, NH. He was born on April 27, 1931, son of Will and Lula (Glass) Young of Opelika, Alabama.
He was the husband of the late Patricia (Sotiroupoulos) Young for 47 years. They were married on November 11, 1954 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Warner entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 as a Seaman Recruit in 1948. He served during the Korean War as well as on several ships, cruisers and had special duties that qualified him for Submarine Service, which included tours on the USS Cubera, and USS Sablefish. He received “Enlisted Instructor of the Year” Award when he taught Navigation at the Fleet Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island. He retired honorably from the Navy as Quarter Master QMCS(SS) in 1969.
After retiring from the Navy, he managed Kingstown Mobile Home Park in Epsom, worked for the State of NH as a Licensing Officer in Concord and his last job was working for Centorr Associates wiring Industrial Furnaces in Allenstown, NH.
Warner was an avid golfer for many years, and loved making golf clubs for many of his friends. He enjoyed striped bass fishing, hunting, working on Volkswagen engines, building model ships, becoming a Tai Chi Master, ballroom dancing, traveling to Alabama for Family Reunions, watching Patriots football and spending time with his family.
Albert R. Mackey, EM2(SS) August 14, 2016
Albert R. Mackey, 67, passed away suddenly at his home in Bradenton, FL accompanied by his wife Cindy Mackey. Albert was born in Albany, NY on Feb 2, 1949 to the late Dale and Eleanor (Goodrich) Mackey. He was a graduate of Columbia High School and Hudson Valley Community College, and he served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Hardhead 365 as an Electrician’s Mate. As a young boy he understood the value of hard work and was a paperboy for many years. He worked for Winthrop Laboratories, Ralph Beyer Trucking, and Freihofer’s Bakery before going into business for himself hauling mobile offices. He also worked for Lane Trucking Enterprise. Albert went by many names. He was known in the Navy as Al “Bull” Mackey. Family frequently called him Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal, or just Al for short. Later in life he enjoyed playing Santa Al at the DAV Christmas party for children. He was always a very active man who loved boating, water skiing, golfing, bowling, baseball, and riding his motorcycle. Al was very active with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), where he served as the Adjutant for 6 years. He drove disabled veterans to and from their doctor appointments and participated in fundraising activities in support of veterans.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Hardhead (SS-365) in 1970 and was a EM2(SS) when he left the Navy.
Silverio Amos Basilio, SD1(SS) July 6, 2016
BASILIO, Silverio Amos, 89, of Wrightstown, NJ, passed away with his loving family by his side on July 6, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton. He was born August 8, 1926, in San Antonio, Zambalas, Philippines, to the late Juan and Ines (Amos) Basilio. He enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served in World War II, the Korean War, the Cuban Missle Crisis and the Vietnam War. During his 22 years of submarine service, Silverio was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal. He was very proud to be a US citizen and loved all that the US stood for. After retiring from the Navy, he went to work as a barber which became his lifelong profession and livelihood. He was known for dancing with his beloved wife, Barbara, well into his eighties. Everyone knew Silverio for also being a very talented cook especially for his Filipino cuisine. As a cook in the Navy, he had many memorable stories of cooking for the Officers and staff on the submarines. But most of all, he adored his family up and until his last day. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. Silverio is predeceased by his parents and 3 siblings. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years Barbara Basilio (Myers)his son, Tony Basilio of Californiahis daughter, Dolores Basilio of Californiahis grandson, Shawn Daoud and his wife Dulceand two great-granddaughters Soroya and Sharlize, all of California.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Runner (SS-476) in 1957 and was a SD1(SS) when he left the Navy.
Rebert Carlton Wade, MOMMFN July 6th, 2016
WADE, Rebert Carlton 91, passed peacefully on July 6th, 2016, in Toledo, OH while holding the hand of his wife and best friend of more than 70 years. Rebert was born in Springfield, OH on August 11, 1924 to Clyde and Laura (Mahan). He graduated from Lawrenceville High School in 1942 where he was a star basketball player. Rebert served in the United States Navy, on the USS Jallao (submarine), and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Rebert married his one and only love, Betty (Gearhart), on October 4th, 1945, and had one daughter, Belinda. He owned his own construction company, R.C. Wade Builder, and built many homes in the Springfield area. He was past president of Clark County Home Builders Association and a 60-year member of the Clark Lodge, F&AM. Rebert was a past president of the North Hampton Lions Club and member for over 50 years. He was honored as a prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow, and attended 18 International Lions Conventions. Rebert and Betty enjoyed traveling here and abroad with their daughter and her family. He enjoyed building and spending time at Apple Creek Stables. He will be most remembered for his huge heart, unfailing love, and sense of humor.
Jack L Parker, MM2(SS) April 28, 2016
JACK L. PARKER, age 69, loving father of Melanie Hutlock and Jack A.grandfather of Justin, Maia, Colin and Miles; brother of the late Anne McLemore, Jeanette Tube and James N. Parker, Jr.; uncle of many. Retired member of Pipefitters Local 120. U.S. Navy Veteran.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Sablefish (SS-303) in 1957 and was a MM2(SS) when he left the Navy.
Lloyd Carson, GMCS(SS) April 24, 2016
Lloyd 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.
Leo Ralph Palmer, HMCM(SS) April 10, 2016
PALMER, Leo Ralph, died Wednesday, April 10, 2016. He was born December 16, 1921 to Ralph Bower Palmer and Ethel Mae Nevin Crawford in Anthon, Woodbury, Iowa. He grew up on a farm in Washington, Iowa with two younger brothers, Willard Glenwood and Richard Wayne. A World War II veteran, he joined the Navy in 1941 and served on the submarine USS Sea Cat (SS-399). In 1965, Leo retired from the Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer and began a successful career with Acacia Mutual Life Insurance. Ballroom dancing was Leo’s avocation. While teaching dance for Arthur Murray, he met Gladys Powell, whom he married November 7, 1947 and with whom he danced for 54 years of marriage. Gladys died November and Leo then married Merrlyn Jackman Hughes October 16, 2004. She died March 6, 2016. He is survived by his adoring children: Linda and Larry (Kim)grandchildren Jeremy (Carrie), Deanne, Matthew, Jesse, and Janelle and great-grandson, Robert.
Alger Wayne Sine, SA April 10, 2016
Qualified in submarines on the USS Kraken (SS-370) in 1944 and was a QM3(SS) when he left the Navy.
Alger was born on October 13, 1925 and passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Alger was a resident of Kalispell, Montana at the time of his passing. He was married to Beth.
Peter J Toppa Jr., MM2(SS) April 3, 2016
Peter J. Toppa, Jr., 74, of Voluntown died Sunday morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born in Newport, RI on August 17, 1941, the son of Marie Yvette (Deschamplain) Toppa of Voluntown and the he late Peter J. Toppa, Sr. Peter was owner and operator of Toppa’s Plumbing & Heating for 38 years before retiring. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service.
Qualified in submarines on the USS Tench (SS/AGSS-417) in 1962 and was a MM2(SS) when he left the Navy.
Harry D Shuris, SO2(SS) March 16, 2016
Harry D. Shuris, Of Winchester passed away peacefully on March 16, 2016. Beloved husband of Maria (Guarino) Russo Shuris. Loving stepfather of John Russo of Winchester and Marisa Davidson and her husband Justin of Northborough. Cherished grandfather of Marc, Gianna, and Daniella. Dear brother of Mary Kokaras of Arlington and the late Betty Antonakis and Vasiliki Villas. Late Veteran US Navy, USS Jallao.
Clifford McMann, Jr., SM3 March 14, 2016
McMANN, Clifford, Jr., 90, a registered professional engineer, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016. Cliff was born in Grand Rapids, MI on June 27, 1925, the son of the late Clifford Sr and Alice (Seline). His family resided in the small community of Tallmadge on Leonard Rd in Ottawa County just west of Grand Rapids. He served in the US Navy during WWII [in USS Holland (AS-3), CSD-61, CSD-242, CSD-191, and finally] as a Signalman Third Class (SM3c) in the submarine USS Jallao (SS-368). He married Marie Palazzolo on September 2, 1947. Their love affair lasted more than 63 years. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1950. He served as the East Grand Rapids City Engineer and Assistant City Manager for 40 years. He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife Marie on February 26, 2011, his sisters and brother-in-law’s Eleanor (Anthony) Pellerito, Helen (Joseph) Garcia, Margaret (John) Pellerito, and infant brother Richard James. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his daughters Sally (Terry) Howard, Susan (Russel) Hendricks, Michelle (Douglas) Wyn, and Patricia (Robert) Hendryxten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Sonya (Don) Olds. Cliff will be remembered as a very generous, kind and fair man. He loved spending time with his family, especially Tuesday lunches. He and Marie enjoyed travel and Friday night dates. Those who knew Mac knew he loved golf!
George W. Costantino EMC(SS) February 28, 2016
George W. Costantino age 80, loving groom of Patricia A. Costantino, 885 Gungywamp Road, Groton, passed onto unending life on 28 February 2016 at home with family.
As a young man of seventeen, George joined The United States Navy where he served twenty-two years. His service had a great support system–his family. Because of his loving family, he was able to accomplish these years of service to the United States Navy. As a Naval Instructor, he educated others so that they would succeed with their accomplishments. While in the USN, George learned and loved his trade as an electrician. Following his military career, he started Costantino Electric and also worked for the Town of Groton as Electrical Building Inspector for a few years. He loved the greater community involvement and projects that provided opportunity to help or give his expertise. His trade is symbolic to his magnanimous light that will continue to be a blessing.
John J. Christopher (SS) February 22, 2016
John J. Christopher, 72, of Gloucester, husband of Ida M. (McDonald) Christopher, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 in the Addison Gilbert Hospital. John was born in Gloucester, MA on May 14, 1943. He graduated from Gloucester High School with the Class of 1961. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in August of 1961 serving proudly aboard the USS Jallao Sub 368. When he came home he had worked for the Cape Ann Tool Co., B.F. Goodrich and for the last 40 years was employed at Gloucester Engineering. John also retired as Chief of the Gloucester Auxiliary Police after 35 years of dedicated service. Striped bass fishing and bowling were favorite pastimes of his, as well as his weekly coffee runs with his good friends Richard Anderton and the late Charles Gardner. Not to be forgotten were Ida’s and his monthly trips to Twin River and Foxwoods casinos. Most of all he enjoyed his family get togethers with his children and grandchildren.
John E McCurdy, HMC(SS) January 18, 2016
McCURDY, John, passed away on the evening of January 18, 2016, after 85 years of a very full life. Mac, a retired Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1930. He first came to Florida in 1948 from Great Lakes, Illinois, and later served in Hawaii and Kwajalein and on many submarines and surface crafts throughout his military career, traveling all over the world. After twenty years of service, he retired from the Navy, and in 1968 moved from Virginia to Florida with his wife and their four children. In Orlando he worked at Sears as an appliance repairman while attending Jones College in the evenings and earning his BS degree in management. Mac was an Assistant Scoutmaster and enjoyed hunting, fishing, surfing, and camping with his children. He retired for the second time after ten years with Sears and moved to Cocoa Beach in 1979. He was an avid sailor, taking multiple trips to the Bahamas and he continued to surf well into his 70’s. He owned several motorcycles throughout the years and enjoyed taking trips around the country. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of twenty years, Carol McCurdy and his oldest son, Michael McCurdy. He is survived by his daughters, Ruth Ziegler and Susan Plauche, his son, Rick McCurdy, his grandchildren, Tiffanie, Chelsi, Hali, Brianna, Daniel, Angela, and Brittany, seven great-grandchildren, and many others who loved him and also called him Papaw-Mac. At his request, his ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean with a “burial at sea” ceremony performed on a United States Naval vessel. The ship will depart from Norfolk, Virginia, the location where Mac met and married the love of his life, Carol, and where they started their family.
James Edward Northrop, EM1(SS) December 10, 2015
James (Jim) E. Northrop June 10, 1925 – December 10, 2015 LEMON GROVE James (Jim) E. Northrop, age 90, passed away on December 10, 2015. May your hearts be shielded from sorrow knowing James’ life was well lived. Jim was born in Oswego, New York on June 10, 1925. He joined the US Navy as a teenager. A patriot, he honorably served thru WWII in the elite “Silent Service,” better known as the Submarine Service. After the war, Jim worked for General Dynamics 38 years as a top notch Electrical Design Engineer. Jim’s “finger prints” may be found on many critical defense programs, including the Tomahawk Cruise Missile. When not at work, Jim was an avid diver, owned his own boat(s), and brought home a bounty of seafood. In 1961 Jim “landed” a record 16 1/4 pound lobster.Qualified in submarines on the USS Queenfish (SS-393) in 1945 and was a EM1(SS) when he left the Navy
Harry J Backes, SA November 13, 2015
Harry J Backes, 87, of Hollywood, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015. He was born on June 12, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late Harry G. Backes and Emma Kruhm. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1946-1948. Survived by his be loved wife Margaret, daughter Kim (Robert) Sterner, 3 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Ronald L Primeaux, LT November 2, 2015
Born October 21, 1945.Qualified in submarines on the USS Jallao (SS-368) in 1963 and was a LT when he left the Navy. Ronald L. Primeaux, 70, of Gales Ferry passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London. He was born on October 21, 1945 in Lake Charles, LA. Ron was married to the former Geraldine M. ‘Jeri’ Tuplin in 1969. He was a Vietnam veteran of the Navy having served for over 28 years. Ron worked his way up thru the enlisted ranks, and as a Mustang, retired as a Lieutenant. Following his retirement, he had worked for several years as a power plant manager on Plum Island. Ron was a member of the V.F.W. in Rocky Hill, the Holland Club, Sub Vets, German Club, the Portuguese Club and the Westerly Yacht Club.
Sylvester Henderson, MSCM(SS) October 23, 2015
Sylvester “Ray” Henderson, Jr. was born August 8, 1937 in Batbush, North Carolina to the late Lillie and Sylvester Henderson. Grade school boyfriend and girlfriend that reunited many years later, Ray is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dorothy Henderson.
At the early age of 13, Ray became interested in baseball that continued throughout his life. At the age of 17, Ray was invited to try out for the White Sox Minor League in Sarasota, Florida.
At the age of 18 in 1955, Ray went into the US Navy which would be the beginning of a career that spanned over 30 years. Ray would retire from the US Navy honorably as an E9, the highest level for an enlisted man.
It was during his time in the Navy that Ray developed his passion and skill for cooking. Ray was known for his culinary efforts and in this day and age where it’s just as easy to go out to eat, he preferred staying at home and cooking himself.
Ray, who was considered a loner, loved the water and also loved to fish. He would spend hours where the solitude of fishing by the water would give him peace.
An avid gardener, Ray was always known for having the best lawn and garden on the block. Often silent and in the background Ray was the strength behind those who knew him.
Charles E Ballor, CS2(SS) October 5, 2015
Charles was a resident of Meridian, Mississippi at the time of passing. Charlie was a veteran of the United States Navy which he proudly served for thirty-four years. Charles was married to Betty.
George Julian Cohen, TM3(SS) July 18, 2015
Changed name to George Coe for show business purposes.
George Coe, a film, stage and television actor died on July 18 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86. Mr. Coe, whose half-century-long career encompassed roles on Broadwayin movies like “The Stepford Wives,” “French Postcards” and “Kramer vs. Kramer”; and — in a seminal if seldom-remembered achievement — in the original cast of “Saturday Night Live,” also served for more than a decade on the board of the Screen Actors Guild.
George Julian Cohen was born on May 10, 1929, in the Jamaica section of Queens and reared on Long Island. He adopted the surname Coe early in his acting career.
After attending Hofstra College (now Hofstra University), he spent four years as a Navy submariner during the Korean War. Aboard the sub, he did a comedy radio broadcast, fell in love with performing and on his discharge studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 1975, Mr. Coe, playing various roles, was seen in the first episode of Season 1 of “Saturday Night Live.” In that episode, and in nearly a dozen subsequent appearances on the show, he served as a conspicuously grown-up counterweight to the youthful anarchy wrought by Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and their ilk.
Peter Roger DeWitt, ETCS(SS) July 1, 2015
Peter Dewitt, age 72, born May 31, 1943, of Jacksboro departed this life on Monday, July 1, 2015 at LaFollette Medical Center. He was a devoted Ham Operator, retired Senior Chief Petty Officer in the Navy after 21 years of service and volunteered for the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 20 years. He was a very loving husband of 35 years that enjoyed getting everybody together and cooking for them for the Holidays.
He is survived by his wife Judy Dewitt of Jacksboro, son Jamie Dewitt of Windsor, VA, Lorie Jarvis of LaFollette, sister Grace Martino Strid of Norfolk, VA, 2 grandchildren and a host of loving family & friends.
William C. Gooch, EM2(SS) May 31, 2015
Born 1/28/1925. William Curtis Gooch, 90, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015.
Walter I. Glassmoyer III, TM1(SS) April 20, 2015
Walter I. “Bud” Glassmoyer, III, 67, of Willow Street, PA passed away while vacationing on Monday, April 20, 2015. He was the husband of Dianne (Steinmetz) Glassmoyer and the late Bonnie L. (Sapp) Glassmoyer who passed away in 2010.
Born in Lebanon, PA on March 31, 1948 he was a son of the late Walter I. Jr. and Florence E. (Salkeld) Glassmoyer. Mr. Glassmoyer was a 1966 graduate of Conrad Weiser High School and proudly served in the US Navy. He was a master plumber retiring from Conestoga View Nursing Home. Bud also worked for Gutflesch Plumbing, Armstrong and RCA. Bud along with his wife Dianne were very active members of Lampeter Church of the Brethren where they did many things including feed the homeless every other month on a Thursday. He was an avid fly fisherman and was a master in fly and tying. Bud enjoyed woodcarving, woodworking, painting, cooking, photography, soccer, baseball especially the Yankees and traveling to Alaska, Texas and Florida. He was a volunteer and taught fly tying and fly fishing with Trout Unlimited. Bud was a member of the Washington Masonic Lodge in Quarryville and was the six time and current Grand Master.
Qualified in submarines on the USS James K Polk (SSBN-645) in 1969 and was a TM1(SS) when he left the Navy.
Allison Burton Hayes, Jr, RM3(SS) April 7, 2015
Allison B. Hayes, age 90, passed away April 7, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Louise Lively Hayes.
He entered the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the age of 16. His education was interrupted by WW II. A. B. joined the U.S. Navy at eighteen. Following boot camp and radio school in Bainbridge, Conn, He went to Sub Mariner School in New London, Conn. He served aboard two submarinesthe USS Sea Devil and the USS Jallao. At the end of the war, he was in the Sea of Japan aboard the Jallao War Patrols 2-3-4. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.
After the war, he returned to UNC and graduated with a BS in Commerce in 1950. He was employed by Royal Silver Mfg Co in Norfolk, VA; then as a cost accountant with U.S. Gypsum. He completed his career in 1984 as a senior field agent with the IRS.
A.B. enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising tomatoes. He traveled extensively throughout the U. S. with his wife and especially enjoyed their Condo overlooking the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Henry Towers, Virginia Beach, VA.
Steve S Crittenden, HM1(SS) March 28, 2015
Born April 3, 1938.
Cold War SubVet Steve “Doc/Critter” Crittenden, 76, of Dunlap, Ill., passed away peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2015. Born April 3, 1938, in Long Beach, Calif., Steve married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Eddy. After graduating from Baldwin Park High School, he joined the Navy, serving his country proudly for 20 years as a medical corpsman, achieving the rank of chief petty officer. Steve served aboard the USS Hornet and entered Vietnam on three separate occasions, earning his Air Crew Wings while providing direct and indirect medical support to Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), various SEAL Team Units and other Special Forces Divisions. Also, while serving on the USS Hornet, Steve received the White Hat Award for Outstanding Sailor of the year. He then transitioned to the submarine forces and served aboard the USS Jallao and USS Becuna while stationed at the submarine base in Groton, Conn. During that tenure, “Doc” was awarded the Southeastern Connecticut Serviceman-of-the-Month Award from the Groton Chamber of Commerce. After retiring from the Navy, he went to work for Caterpillar Inc., achieving numerous supervisory positions before retiring in 2000 after 24 years of dedicated service.
Jack Edmunds Magee, CAPT March 7, 2015
Captain Magee, age 89 was a native of Oil City, PA, and was a resident of Norfolk since 1975.
Captain Magee entered the Naval Academy in June of 1945 as an active Midshipman at the age of 19. After graduation in 1949 and commissioned Ensign USN, he reported to the USS G. K. MACKENZIE and was ordered to Pusan, Korea. He entered the Submarine school in July of 1951. Upon graduating from Submarine School, Capt. Magee remained in the submarine community thereafter.
This included command of two submarines, USS CUBERA and USS GRENADIER during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He participated in the commissioning crew of the USS JALLAO and USS BARBEL. Upon completion of command tours, Capt. Magee was assigned to Polaris Operations, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command. Then he commanded the USS HECTOR in submarine support in Sasebo, Japan, and made two deployments to Vietnam. Capt. Magee’s remaining years were in submarine support in the office of Chief of Naval Operations and Naval Safety Center as Director of Submarine Safety Directorate, retiring in 1979 after 36 years of Naval service, having been awarded two Bronze Star Medals and The Secretary of the Navy’s Commendation Medal.
William David Parmenter, EMCM(SS) January 31, 2015
Born 12/21/1939, Eternal Patrol 1/31/2015, USN Retired and a retired Baptist Minister.
William Parmenter THE VILLAGES-William “David” Parmenter, 75, peacefully passed away after a long illness Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. He was born in St. Louis, MO on December 21, 1939. David actively served aboard six submarines, including Diesel, Fast Attack, and FBM’s, for 28 years. He retired in 1985, then attended Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX where he was conferred the degree of Master of Theology. He moved to The Villages from Ewa Beach, HI in 1995 and continued to be active in the ministry as a Biblical languages teacher and other outreach ministries.
James Soloney Petralba, Sr, QM1(SS) January 20, 2015
On January 20, 2015 Heaven gained an angel, our angel James Petralba Sr. He was surrounded by his family and friends that truly loved him.
Jim was born March 23, 1928 to Maximo and Eugenia Petralba. Jim was in the Korean War as a US Navy Submariner [Diodon, Archerfish, Grouper Cavalla, Baracuda, Jallao, Aspro, Rock]. He was a past commander and active member of the Eugene V.F.W Post 293. Jim enjoyed playing his ukulele and singing to everyone, as well as singing with the barbershop quartet. Fixing up his military jeeps was a favorite past time of his. Born March 23, 1928. Retired from the Navy in 1966 as QM1(SS).
(Vasilios) William (n) Apostolos (Apostolopoulos), QMC(SS) January 18, 2015
Chief Quartermaster William (Bill) Apostolos, 91, a long time Manchester resident, passed away on Jan. 18, 2015. He was born in Providence, RI on Feb. 12, 1923, a son of Nicolas and Agora (Pappoulous) Apostolopolous. He was predeceased by a son Thomas and a wife Mary. Bill attended Franklin Street and Central High School in Manchester. Bill served in the U.S. Navy Submarine service for 27 years and sailed on the submarines Flying Fish, Toro, Burrfish, Shad, Odax, Angler, Jallao, Sea Dog, Haddock, Sea Lion, Conger and Albacore. He served on the Flying Fish during the famed “Hellcats of the Sea” patrols in the Sea of Japan and was on active duty during WWII, the Korean and VietNam wars. After retirement from the Navy Bill managed a furniture factory and also worked at West Side Lumber in Manchester. He was known to many as a smart man with a great sense of humor.
Elmer Dewey Davidson, TM2(SS) January 4, 2015
Elmer Dewey Davidson 89, a Kirtland-area businessman and owner of Elmer’s Market who quietly helped families in need, died on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. He was born on Nov. 6, 1925, in Three Point, Ky., and spent his early years in the turbulent coal mining county of Harlan, Ky. Elmer moved to New Mexico in 1930, where his father became a coal mining inspector in the Shiprock area.
Elmer attended Kirtland schools until World War II broke out. Service to his country runs in the family. The descendant of a Revolutionary War soldier who served with George Washington, Elmer enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 in December of 1942 and served in the Pacific on submarines as a torpedo man. On the USS Jallao for War Patrols 4-5-6. He saw much action, once with his sub hiding at the bottom of the ocean while more than 150 depth charges were droped.
After starting his business, he raised seven natural children and then fostered a dozen or more boys in the Kirtland area who were in need of housing and care.