GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTENSailor Rest Your Oars , We Will Take It From Here


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He was getting old and paunchy And his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in And the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales became a joke, All his buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer, For ol' Joe has passed away, And the world's a little poorer For a Veteran died today.

He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife. For he lived an ordinary, Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, Going quietly on his way; And the world won't note his passing, 'Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth, Their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing, And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories From the time that they were young, But the passing of a Veteran Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land, Some jerk who breaks his promise And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran, Who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians With their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, With your enemies at hand, Would you really want some cop-out, With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran His home, his country, his kin, Just a common Veteran, Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran, And his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict, We find the Veteran's part, Is to clean up all the troubles That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor While he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline In the paper that might say:

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Ted Dick, Radioman and Plank Owner on Wahoo.
Passed away on December 10, 2015.
From Mesothelioma.
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former CO passed away April 1, 2010
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TMC(SS) Walter W. Bishop lost on USS Scorpion (SSN 589)
22 May 1968 commissioning crew
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Chuck Venezio, served on Wahoo early 50s
Passed away Jan 30, 2015
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Cant Roy Riley, USA (RET)
Wahoo's XO 1969-70
passed away Sept 7,2016
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YNCS(SS) Leo W. Weinbeck lost on
USS Scorpion (SSN 589) 22 May 1968
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Wahoo's 1st CO passed away July 11, 2013.  He was 95 years old.
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Donald P. Buhrer served on Wahoo As Plankowner
Passed away May 8, 2013
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ADM William J. Crowe, USN served on Wahoo as XO
Passed away Oct 18, 2007
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George Smith TM1(SS), served on Wahoo l960 to 63. 
Passed away Dec 2012
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Duke Ford, served on Wahoo 50s
Passed away Sep 9, 2009 after short illness
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Ernie Taggart, served on Wahoo in the 60s
Passed away Feb 25, 2007
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JJ Harned, served on Wahoo late 50s to early 60s COB
Passed away Oct 30, 2008
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John McBriar TM1(SS), served on Wahoo 1955 to 60
Passed away March 28, 2015
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Thearo Snider. Served in Wahoo late 50s.
Passed away in Dec. 8, 2011.
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Ed Creekmore, served on Wahoo in the mid 60s.
Passed away February 2008
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Norm Heller served on Wahoo in the early 50s
Passed away November 26, 2017.
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Robert "Spider" Spide. Served in Wahoo 1955-57 as ET.
Passed away in Oct 19, 2005.
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Pappy Heriford, served on Wahoo 1952 to 59 Commissioning Crew
Passed away March 2005
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Pat Baron. Served in Wahoo 1959-61 survied Stickelback sinking.
Passed away Dec 17, 2012.
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Frank Holden
on Wahoo 1955 to 1959
Passed away 12/16/2018
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Bob Peterson EN2(SS)
on Wahoo 59 to 63
Passed away 8/13/2018
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LCDR Bob Gavazzi XO
Served on Wahoo 1963
Passed away 8/8/2019
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J.T. Lewis. Served as XO/Nav on Wahoo in early 60's
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LCDR J. P. Shelton CO
Served on Wahoo 1959- 1961
Passed away 6/28/2020
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Carl D. Sloan, HMC(SS)
Serviced on Wahoo 1963 to 65
Passed Away August 20, 2020
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Al Weiss
Serviced on Wahoo 1962 to 664
Passed Away September 2, 2021
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Capt Thomas U. Sisson, Jr
Passed away Aug 31, 2020
Served onWahoo in 1955 to 1957 as Lt.
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Frank Howe was on board 69-75 Senior Chief TM
Passed away January 13, 2021
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George Darfus
Onboard 1955 to57
Passed Away 11/28/21
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ET George Albert
Passed away April 5. 2020
Served onWahoo in 1961 - 64
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Keith Lyon
Passed away on June 2, 2018
Served on Wahoo 1958 to 1959
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QM1(SS) Darrel Skelton served on Wahoo in late 60's
Passed away in early 80's
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ENC(SS) Bob Gomes. Served as COB on Wahoo 1963/65
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Byron Robert Higgins
December 11, 1929 - April 17, 2018
XO 1965-66
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George Sureth EM1(SS)
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Al Guthrie, served on Wahoo 1961 to 63.
Passed away June 6, 2010
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Calvin Reid Council, 68, of Lynnfield, MA died suddenly Monday, February 10, 2014, while vacationing on Kauai, Hawaii.
Had only recently received his Sub School grad certificate at our reunion in Groton May 2013.
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Wayne Kirby Ltjg
Was on Wahoo 1971-73
Passed away Aug 20, 2018
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Charles Allen Simmons III. Served on Wahoo 1960 to 1962 as TM3(SS)
Passed away Oct 25, 2014
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Ron Reek FTG2(SS)
Served on Wahoo 1965=67
Passed away Aug 21, 2018 of cancer.
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Jim Ferqueron,
Passed away April 2013
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Elmer Scott YN2(SS) Served on Wahoo 1969 to 1972
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Paul E. Perris RM1(SS) Served in Wahoo in 1968
Passed away Feb. 8, 2010.
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Lt. Donald Leo Campbell
On Wahoo 1955-58 as ET3(SS)
Passed away 11.4.2017
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John T. Cleghorn Served on Wahoo 1962 to 1963 as IC(SS). Ret CWO4
Passed away Aug 20, 2016
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Richard Spear
Served on Wahoo 1959 - 1960
Passed away Aug 10, 2018
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James D. Stults CDR 16 Sep 2016 Wahoo ICFN(SS) 1959
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Warren (Skip) Chase served in Wahoo late 58 to 60
Passed away summer 2005
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Commander Robert E Hatcher served on Wahoo in early 60s on his way to CO of Trigger.
Passed in May 2016
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Capt. George Parish Jr. was XO in 1959 & 1960.
Passed away on January 17, 2016
He was 89 years old
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CDR Douglas L. Lowrance went on Eternal Patrol on 8 Jul 2017. Doug served on Wahoo 1967 – 1969 as the XO.
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Peter (Archie) Moore ICC/SS.
1972 to 1974
Passed away June 16, 2017
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Johnson, Johnny , E.T. TMCS(SS) 
passed away in Nov. He was on the boat 55-57 time frame, he was a world war 2 vet
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ENCS(SS) Charles E. Harris
Passed away29 April, 2019 served on Wahoo 1975-58
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Captain Henry Hannsen
Served as CO of Wahoo from 1955 to 1957
Passed away May 1, 2003
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Robert Victor Gamba   Capt
CO Wahoo in 71
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Capt Les Guille
Passed away Oct 9, 2010 of colon cancer
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COULTER, Jr, Herbert J. served on Wahoo 1959 to 1960 as EN3(SS).
He passed away on July 31, 2025 of Lung Cancer.
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Reuben F. Woodall
XO in 1952. Eternal Patrol 4 Mar 2012
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Capt LCDR James B. Campbell
Passed away May 1, 2011. Jim died of complications after the successful treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).
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Erv Crosby Eternal Patrol, Sep. 29, 2009.
Passed away of cancer. Owner of Kite Shop, he was born on June 29, 1938 in Seattle, WA. Made great Wahoo models.
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Johnson, Johnny , E.T. TMCS(SS) 
passed away in Nov. He was on the boat 55-57 time frame, he was a world war 2 vet
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Michael J Ryan,
qualified on Wahoo in 1962, passed away Jan 31 2017
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John Senew, Wahoo's first COB
Passed away June 10, 2010
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Paul 'Chico' Nix
Commissioning Crew, Passed away May 11, 1998
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Captain William R. Anderson.
Passed away February 25, 2007.
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Joe Lamphere

1952 Plank Owner
Passed away 2007.
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Bob Serfass.
Passed away in 1995 of ALS. Served in Wahoo early 60s
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Tom R.(Sweetpea) Haley TM3(ss)'61 to '64 Died in a single vehicle accident sometime in '65
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Thomas Pyzik HM1(SS)Served on Wahoo 1967/71. Passed away Aug 2004
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LCDR Lou Urbanczyk Served on Wahoo as CO Nov 60 to Nov 61
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MMC(SS) Sam Smith Served on Wahoo 1955 - 1960
Passed away in June 27, 2000 of Asbesto problems
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ENG James Bocek Served on Wahoo from 1952 to 1964
Passed away Aug 1990 of cancer.
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John Smarz Jr.. Served on Wahoo in the 50's lost on Thresher.
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EN1 F. S. (Paul) Phagans. Served on Wahoo in the 50's
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Capt. Hugh G. Nott, LT on Wahoo 1956/57
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HMC Richard F. Kincade. Served in Wahoo mid 50's
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Orville A. Taylor, FCC(SS), Plank Owner
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E.R. Barcewski ENC(SS) Commissioning crew
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Raymond Marshall, ENC(SS)
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Nick Bukoff, ENS(SS)
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John K Evans, RM1(SS)
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J.W. Anderson, Electrician 55-57 Passedaway Oct 2016
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Eric v Anderson Served in mid 50's
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Donald Pittsley, ET1(SS) Commissioning Crew
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CS1 John T. Soderstrom. Passes away in mid 90's.
Marker in Punch Bowl. Served in Wahoo in 50's
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Engineman Richard P. Brann. Went down on Thresher.
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Ham Kupper. Served in Wahoo late 50s.
Passed away in Nov. 25, 2006.
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LTjg Murry Nixon. Servied in Wahoo 1962 -63
Passed away in Dec. 12, 2002.
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Terry Castleberry. Served in Wahoo 1952/3.
Passed away on Wed, August 1, 2007.
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Dale Hickok. Served in Wahoo in mid 60s.
Passed away from medical complications, Oct 2002.
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SK1(SS)John Barlett Served in Wahoo from 1961/1966.
Passed away in 1999.
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Vice Admiral Baciocco
Served on Wahoo in early 50s. Passed away in May 2015
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Charles E. Hodges MM2(SS) onboard 1962 – 1963
Eternal Patrol on 31 Mar 2018
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Ralph Fink TM2(SS) served on Wahoo from 1968 to 1970.
Passed away Dec 20, 2014.
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William R. Walker ENC(SS)
Passed away Jan 3, 2013
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Eugene T. Johnson Eternal Patrol, 15 Jul 2011.
Wahoo, 1955 to 1957, as a TM1, retired as a TMCS
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Jeff Duncan, served on Wahoo early 60s
Passed away May 5, 2014
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Mathews, Thomas A. ENC (SS) passed away 11/7/2010
He was on the boat 66- 68
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Gary Lee Stewart IC1(SS)
served on Wahoo 197. Past National Commnader USSVI
Passed away Jan 31, 2010 of heart attack
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Captain H. N. Larcombe
Passed away July 4, 2005.
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Donald Andersen TRCS(SS)
Onboard 1971 - 1974, Eternal Patrol 25 Jan 2012
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John Maguire.
Passed away in 2004.
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Colman (Skip) Curry served in Wahoo late 50s to early 60s
Passed away Jan 5, 2005
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Ed Joy Served on Wahoo 1955/56. Passed away Sept 13, 2001
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George Allen Served on Wahoo in early 50's. Plank Owner
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Captain Charlie White Served on Wahoo as CO in early 1971/73
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TM1(SS) Daniel L. Toomey Qualified on Wahoo in 1956
Retired as TM1(SS)
Passed away on 15 June 2003 in Salinas, California
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Dewey Pannell Served on Wahoo in early 1950s, Plank Owner
Passed away Dec 28, 1977
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ENC(SS) Bob Smilko Served on Wahoo 57 to 58
Passed away May 10, 2004
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TM1 Eldon R. Wilson. Passed away 29 March 1994.
commissioning crew
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RMC Norman A. Ennulat. Passed away in 1962.
Served in Wahoo in mid 50's
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CS1 Thomas F. Carmody. On Wahoo in mid 50's
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Carl D. Wade TMC(SS) was COB 1964 67
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Ernie Guimond, EM1(SS)
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Chief J.B. Boles. Served in mid 50's.
commissioning crew
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Kelsey Baker, EN2(SS)Commissioning Crew
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ENC E.W. Wineberg. Served in mid 50's
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Charles E. Mitchell TMC (SS) Passed
2008 Served onboard 1957
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TM Kenneth R. Bolton.
commissioning crew
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HMC(SS) Joe Waters Served on Wahoo in late 50's and early 60's
Passed away June 1999
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William McNay EMC(SS)
Passed away Jul 29, 2021
Served on Wahoo 1957-61
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Robert Haslan EMC(SS) passed away 9 Feb, 2020
Served on Wahoo 1970-71

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Roger Sawie IC3(SS)
  passed away July 7,2020
Served on Wahoo 1954-57

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Tom Dryer
Passed Away July 26, 2020

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 (Red) Richard E. Marlin  passed away 19 Oct 2019
Served on Wahoo in early 50s.

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Kenneth Johnson
Passed away June, 2010, servered on Wahoo 1960-64
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Wilson Westbury EN1(SS)
On Wahoo 1956
Passed away 5/1/2016
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Dennis Fosjer IC1(SS)
On Wahoo Some time between 59-66
Passed away July 17, 2019
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Jerry Harwood
Passed away 7/27/19
Was onboard 1961
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Richard E. Marlin LCDR
went on Eternal Patrol 19 Oct 2019
He served on Wahoo as an EM1(SS) 1952 – 1956. 
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Ed Schack. Served in Wahoo as CO.
Passed away in April 18, 2004.
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Roland (Nick the Greek) Whitridge
Served on Wahoo in the early 60s
Passed away Feb 16, 2017.
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Larry W. Borman SOS3(SS) 31 Aug 2016 Wahoo 1956 – 1957
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QMC(SS) Gary Powell. Served in Wahoo in 1959/61.
Died in Bend, Oregon 1996.
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LT Earl Lee "Andy" Hardy. Servied in Wahoo 1962 -63
Retired as LCDR Navy Engineer
Passed away in Aug. 12, 1991.
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IC2(SS)Sam Elsner. Served in Wahoo in 1959/61.
Passed away December 2003.
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William Foggo CSC(SS)
Service on Wahoo in 60s
Passed away 7/19/2015
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Verlan Roberts SA to TM1(SS) served in Wahoo 57 to 63
Passed away 1994 of cancer.
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J. W. Waters
Served on Wahoo as IC man in med 50s. Passed away on Dec. 6, 2014
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Herbert J. Coulter Jr.
On Wahoo 58/59
Passed away July 31, 2015
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CSCS(SS) Dale (Sam) Arden Hill
On Wahoo 60-61 time frame
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Paul Lawrence BUMBER, served on Wahoo 67-71
Passed away December 11, 2010 of heart failure related to end stage kidney disease.
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Dick Guertin, served on Wahoo 62-63
Passed away February 24, 2011
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Robert Y. McFarlane (Scotty) ENC(SS) Retired Served in Wahoo 59-61
Passed away 31 August 2007
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Theodore L. Czarnecki EMCM(SS)
commissioning crew
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Joseph G. Gerulaitis ETN2(SS)
Onboard 1969 - 1973, Eternal Patrol 1 Jan 1982
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William Carpenter.
Passed away June 06, 2006 - On boat 68-70.
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FTG2 (SS) Bobby Winford.
Passed away in Feb 2008, Served on Decom Crew.
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IC man James Thomason passed away March 12, 1999
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Frank Dostal. Passed away Jan 2005
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Al Reed Served on Wahoo 56 to 59. Passed away June 2004
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Leroy Ingles, former COB, passed away April 12, 2001
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CS1(SS) Harry Wellman Served on Wahoo in early 60s
Passed away Feb 17, 2001
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Victor Gamba Passed 2019 LTJG
Served onboard 1971
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Dennis R. Fisher IC1 (SS)
Served onboard No date listed
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Marion Nowak Passed 2019 YN3 (SS)
Served onboard 1955
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John E. Harris Passed 2019
Served onboard 1975 -78 COB ENCS (SS)
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Robert A. Bryant Passed 2019 IC2 (SS)
Served onboard 1957-58
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Charles M Hodges MM2 (SS) Passed 2018
Served Onboard 1962-63
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Byron R. Higgins CDR Passed 2018
Served on Board 1965-66
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Harold D. White LTJG Passed 2018
Served onboard no date listed
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Maurice L. Laubach QM 1 (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1969
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Arthur N. Baird ET2 (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1955-58
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Kenneth E. Morrison MM3 (SS)
Passed 2017 Served onboard 1970-73
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Richard W. Harris MS (SS) Passed 2017
Served on board 1976-77
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Richard W. Harris MS (SS) Passed 2017
Served on board 1976-77
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Eugene Deaton EM2 (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1979-80
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David L. Gibbens EMC (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1970-72
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Ervin P. Weston ENC (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1961-62
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Elmer A. Scott YN 2(SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1969-71
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Michael J Ryan ET 2(SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1962
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Edwin T. Basaman FTG 2 (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1962-66
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Harry A. Boyd EM 3 (SS) Passed 2017
Served onboard 1954
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Dominic C. Pacilli TMCM (SS) Passed
2016 Served onboard No date listed
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Billy D. Butz YN 3 (SS) Passed 2016
Served onboard 1957-58
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Rudolph Diaz MM 1 (SS) Passed 2016
Served onboard 1952
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Rudolph Diaz MM 1 (SS) Passed 2016
Served onboard 1952
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Robert J. Miller Passed 2015
Served onboard 1958-60
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David P. Wooten Sr. EN 2 (SS) Passed 2015
Served onboard 1957-58
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Fred Maynes SO3 (SS) Passed 2015
Served onboard 1952
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Richard J. Dzikowski LT Passed 2015
Served onboard Design officer in
Portsmouth NAVSHP YD
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Robert E. Hatcher LCDR Passed 2015
Served onboard No date listed
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Charles A. Simmons III EM 2(SS) Passed
2014 Served onboard 1960-62
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Charles E. Trost Passed 2014
Served onboard 1952-55
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Walter C. Mahn TM1 (SS) Passed 2014
Served on board 1959-60
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Clare B. Billings LT Passed 2014
Served onboard 1958-59
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Lee Otis Jones TM 2 (SS) Passed 2014
Served onboard 1961-62
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George W. Gruver ET1 (SS) Passed 2014
Served onboard 1957
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Dale A. Hill CSC (SS) Passed 2014
Served onboard 1960-61
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Brian H. Ramsey EN2 (SS) Passed 2014
Served onboard 1964-66
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Carl W. Hardesty EM3 (SS) Passed 2014
Served onboard 1951-52
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George A. Wallace HMC (SS) passed
2014 Served onboard No date listed
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Kenneth D. Brenton ENC (SS) Passed
2013 Served onboard 1972-76
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Robert W. Tift SOC (SS) Passed 2013
Served onboard 1961-63
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Roy A. Gruwell TM1 (SS) Passed 2013
Served onboard 1958-59
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C O Eugene P. Wilkinson CDR (SS)
Passed 2013 Served onboard 1952-53
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Roger P. Onorati Capt. Passed 2012
Served onboard No date listed
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Roy H. Moody EMC (SS) Passed 2012
Served onboard 1954-58
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Donald I. Andersen ETG (SS) Passed
2012 Served onboard 1971-74
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John J Fitzpatrick QMC (SS) Passed
2012 Served onboard No date listed
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XO Rueben F. Woodall LCDR Passed
2012 Served onboard 1952
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Robert J. Hotalen CDR Passed 2011
Served onboard 1955
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CO James B. Campbell CDR Passed
2011 Served onboard 1966-69
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Sherred L Guille LCDR Passed 2011
Served onboard 1963-64
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George G. Ellis ETC (SS) Passed 2011
Served onboard 1964
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Dante N. Bisbano YNC (SS) Passed 2011
Served onboard No date listed
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Gary L. Steward IC 2 (SS) Passed
2011Served onboard 1972-75
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Galen R. Plummer Capt. Passed 2009
Served on board No date listed
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William V. Gist Jr. SD 3 (SS) Passed
2009 Served onboard 1955-56
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William V. Gist Jr. SD 3 (SS) Passed
2009 Served onboard 1955-56
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Joseph M. Boyle FN Passed 2008
Served on board 1952
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LeRoy T. Deines TMC (SS) Passed 2008
Served onboard No date listed
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Lawrence T. Teder FCSC (SS) Passed
2008 Served onboard 1951-52
The Final Inspection Author Unknown
The sailor stood and faced God Which must always come to pass He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you sailor. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"
The sailor squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't Because those of us who carry guns Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays And at times my talk was tough, And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here. They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand, I never expected or had too much. But if you don't I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod As the sailor waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.
Step forward now, you sailor, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell