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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
FRANK E. PENOYAR EN1(SS) 1969-70 - 8/16/2012
William H. "Woody" Webb EN2(SS) 1966-68 - 10/24/2013
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PAUL L TISCIA TM 1970-70 - 11/9/2014
PETER J. TOPPA MM2(SS) 19-- -- - 4/3/2016
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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
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COMPETENT

When I departed USS Sea Robin in AUG 1967 the CO (Denver McCune) was kind enough to write a letter of recommendation for me in the hope that it would assist me in my transition to CIVLANT. It was a bit embarrassing to read, describing me in glowing terms, etc. Is he really talking about me?

Despite what I still consider unworthy praise was a phrase that said I was "COMPETENT & EXTREMELY CAPABLE." I have to admit that I cringed a bit when I first read that, believing it was a way to moderate the former phrases of flattery. But, considering what I have read recently, I offer my THANKS & a hearty SALUTE.

If anyone describes you as CAPABLE or COMPETENT, consider the following.

To the submariner, competence means more than monkey-skills in a narrow specialty. It is in fact, an institutional obsession ranked above all other considerations. In submarines the word competence takes on an extra dimension or meaning: the man who can be totally and absolutely relied upon - one who goes the distance. Marginal sailors and officers in larger units, aided by the barriers of their very size, can hide behind a facade of rank and military pretense. Not so the submarine, with it's confined space and intensely focused tasks the individual becomes an open book to his shipmates.

Competence can be a saving grace for submariners, who for the most part have a natural affinity for non-conformity, harboring disdain for the "recruiting poster" superficialities of military life.

Sid Harrison ETC(SS)