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ADAM C. THOMPSON MoMM2/c 1944-45 - 3/14/1977 PLANKOWNER
STANLEY J BOHARA ENC(SS) 1951-54 - 6/25/2010 COB
Robert G. Fariello TM2(SS) 1952-54 - 6/3/2011
FRANK E. PENOYAR EN1(SS) 1969-70 - 8/16/2012
William H. "Woody" Webb EN2(SS) 1966-68 - 10/24/2013
JOSEPH J CRONIN EN1(SS) 1951-52 - 2/22/2014
PAUL L TISCIA TM 1970-70 - 11/9/2014
Robert A. "Bob" Pomella EN3(SS) 1956-60 - 2/17/2016
PETER J. TOPPA MM2(SS) 19-- -- - 4/3/2016
JOSEPH E. O'CONNOR LT 1956-59 - 6/4/2016
LEON J. STATZ EN2(SS) 1963-66) - 3/10/2017
Roger A. DUNGAN Em3/c 1945-45 - 5/7/2017
GARY R. DARDIA FN(SS) 1962-62 - 6/19/2017
EDWARD D. RABBITT RM1(SS) 1961-63 - 12/09/2017
MICHAEL G JENSEN ET3(SS) 1960-60 - 12/19/2017
RICHARD A. GARRISON ET3(SS) 1951-52 - 12/20/2017
RICHARD "Dick" MCGIRR ET1(SS) 1965-65 - 1/12/2018
SILAS D. "Danny" PONDER EN1(SS) 1954-59 - 1/15/2018
EDOUARD N. "Ed" CADORET EMP3(SS) 1956-58
Gilbert F. "Bert" Lomax. Sr TN(SS) 1948-48 - 4/25/2018
James A. Adams IC2(SS) 1960-61 - 6/21/2018
Stanley L. Preneta RM2(SS) 1951-52 - 7/4/2018
Karl B. Eagar SN 1947-48 - 7/18/2018
David D. "Dave" Wilkinson ET3(SS) 1964-65 - 11/17/2018
Lee. G. Mather SN(SS) 1955-56 - 11/30/2018
Robert G. "TOMMY" Tucker QM2(SS) 1964-66 - 12/4/2018
Frank R. Berkhimer CDR (CO) 1968-69 12/27/2018
David J. Olson EM2(SS) 1970-70 12/28/2018
John F. Lyding LCDR - (XO) 1963-65 1/25/2019
William "Bill" Von Der Lieth EM1(SS) 1949-52 3/23/2109
Raymond P. Jebing EN3(SS) 1962-66 4/9/2019




                    

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Dec 22 - 23, 1944

December 22
0630 Dived
0907 Surfaced. Seas have abated; state # 2. Conducting surface patrol. At
2305 Sea had abated to number one. Decided to take advantage of this good weather
to convert # 4 FBT to a main ballast tank to improve the sea worthiness of the boat
since we had been taking a beating in the heavy seas caused by the N.E. monsoons.Slowed to 8 knots and headed into slight swell. There were no white caps. Sent three
auxiliarymen on deck with proper tools and wearing life belts. Two auxiliarymen were in
the superstructure and one was tending them on deck. Commanding Officer,
Navigator, as well as Officer of the deck, were on the bridge and a quartermaster was
stationed aft on cigarette deck to watch men working on deck. At
2325 Received freak cross sea which swept across aft deck, about one foot deep.
Quartermaster saw man go overboard to port. Man was lying flat on deck when he
went over the side and it is believed that he was injured by striking his head on 5” gun
or deck. He made no outcry and did not struggle. Immediately went to man-over-board
stations, cut in Dead Reckoning Tracer (DRT), and maneuvered ship to recover man.
Man lost was GRIFFIN,Thomas Wilson, 842-34-29, MoMM2c, V-6, USNR. GRIFFIN
was an excellent swimmer and had life belt. Put eight lookouts on watch and with
alternate calling and listening and use of DRT searched area for seven hours during
darkness. A two mile square area about the point was searched.

December 23. At
0401 Contacted Guardfish by SJ radar. She informed us she would assist with our
search. At daylight she joined us for a coordinated search. With her help and use of
DRT searched during next six hour period a ten square mile area about the point
GRIFFIN was lost overboard. No results. The search was given up as hopeless at
1115 as the man was not on the surface of the water. It is believed that he was injured
and sank immediately after going over the side. Position was Lat. 20-16.0° N, Long.
114-56.0° E.
0837 Guardfish dived.
0850 Dived. Had APR contact145 m.c. (A/C #4).
0856 Exchanged signals with Guardfish by QC. She informed us she had SD contact
8 miles.
0914 Surfaced and resumed search.
1057 Lookout sighted Mavis on port beam, 6 miles. (A/C #5). Dived.
1110 Notified Guardfish, “Search completed”. At
1334 Surfaced and set westerly course.


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