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Norman S. Wehner EMC(SS) 1958 -59 12/14/2018
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Edward A. Ulicny F1/c 1947-47 12/22/2019
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Donald R. Gressman EN2(SS) 1948-51 1/6/2020
Mike Trombley EN2(SS) 1959-62 4/28/2020
Joseph B. Palmer ET3(SS) 1960-63 4/28/2020
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Little Ski

Kenneth L. Szablewski September 11, 1939 - August 2, 2008 GRISWOLD - Kenneth L. Szablewski, 68, husband of Victoria (Wawrzynowicz) Szablewski of 69 Burdick Lane, Griswold, died at his home Saturday morning. Born in Norwich on September 11, 1939, he was the son of the late Louis and Staffie (Misiaszek) Szablewski. A retired U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War, he served from 1957 through 1977 and was honorably discharged with the rank of MS-1. He also retired from General Dynamics Electric Boat as a Plumber-Pipe fitter. Ken served as Assistant District Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, and was also a past Scout Master in both Montville and Voluntown. He was also a Life member of the Sub Vets of Groton, the Mystic Rod & Gun Club, and the N.R.A., and was a member of the National Field Archery Assoc., and National Archery Assoc. On December 23, 1977 in Montville, he was united in marriage to Victoria (Wawrzynowicz) Szablewski who survives along with two daughters, Megan Szablewski of Ballouville and Shelly Consolini of Torrington, one son Stuart Balestracci of Pine Mountain, GA, five grandchildren, a brother Richard Szablewski of N.J., a sister Nancy Scrapchansky of Montville, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside Services with Military Honors will take place on Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 at 1 p.m. at Pachaug Cemetery, Route 138, Griswold. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made in his memory to Friends of Webster B.S.A., c/o John Haskell, 100 Lake Rd., Jewett City, CT 06351. Arrangements by Labenski Funeral Home.

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Sailor rest your oar. It was a pleasure to serve with you. One day we will all be together again and have one hell of a "Bobbin Robin" bash.

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Ski was doing geat until last thurday and he started down hill, and once he started there was nothing they could do for him, at least he did not suffer long.

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Ski, Rest your oar.

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This Shipmate touched alot of lifes ..I'm glad one of them was mine. Little Ski "Rest Your Oar"


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Ski found my Sea Robin page, not too long after I first put it on-line, back in 1997.

As it turns out, he must have transferred off Sea Robin days after I reported and we did not know each other, but shared many shipmates that I ended up serving with.

I ran into him at the 97 USSVI Convention in Hagarstown, where he was hosting the GW reunion. He put the bug in my ear about doing a similar thing for the Sea Robin. I was a little hesitant, but decided to put a 'local' gathering together in March of 1998 which turned out to better attended than I expected. Ski was there with his memorabilia, pictures, sea-stories, etc. It was a grand day.

From that humble beginning, the RENO REUNION of 1999 was formulated. I'll never forget when Buttons walked into the 'ROOM 1509' hospitality suite at the Peppermill. I had not seen him since about 68 or so. Ski was busy behind the bar, and for some time they did not recognize one another. Great moment.

"Sailor, Rest Your Oar"


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I'm glad I got a chance to talk to him a couple of weeks ago. He knew he didn't have much longer. We had a lot of good times together. A lot of good sea stories came out of the trips to Jackman. You couldn't ask for a better shipmate than Ski. He was unique. He will be missed. I will never forget him.

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I never knew a single person who didn`t like Little Ski. He will be missed.

Sailor rest your spatula.

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A great Shipmate and a **** good cook as I recall. Sailors rest your oars.


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"Little Ski" was put to rest today @ 1300 hrs. in his hometown of Voluntown, CT.

Most in attendance were family and friends & Boy Scout leaders. I saw two other uniformed vets there.

But I made certain the the family knew how sorry and saddened we were that he had Sailed On Eternal Patrol. That he had many friends on the SS-407 and we did not forget him.

I felt it my duty and responsibility to represent all of his Shipmates that were unable to do so personally.

Hand Salute.


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You did a fine thing Paul, Thanks.

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We couldn't have had a better representative than you Paul. I'm sure it meant alot to his family, but always a tough thing to do. Thanks.

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Thanks, Paul. It's hard to attend funerals of friends. As we get on in years, we see more and more of our friends laid to rest.


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It certainly is. Here is that picture of Little Ski that you wanted posted.

You had sent me that before, but is was too dark, so I did some Photoshop tricks to being out some details. Do you recall where the picture was taken?

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Thanks Paul,
I wasn't able to make it. Mom is in the hospital for a couple of days. I'm glad you were able to attend. I have a lot of good memories of Ski.

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Buttons, sorry to hear about "Mom".

I hope it is nothing serious.


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Paul, thanks for asking. She should be home Monday. At 94 she is doing well.