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Name (please include middle initial): John R Nelson
E-mail address: JohnOrBev@Bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1967-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ETR3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I transferred to the USS Grenadier in Key West from the USS Chivo out of Charleston in early 1967. I made several trips to GTMO and Bahamas, in addition to a couple of stops in Ocho Rios and St. Thomas (where a I and a couple of shipmates flew to San Juan for the weekend). I also remember the time when the diving compensation was not calculated correctly and our bow (heavy forward) came close to being buried in the sand (300 feet below). Then there was the time in the North Atlantic where (while standing lookout on the bridge) I could scoop salt water in my hand (the sea was extremely rough [state-5 I was told]. Some of the officers and crew I remember are: Suddy, Dennis Kitchens, Lt. Fulgum, Lt. Santucci, Cmdr. Robey, Fred Soski (ST), James Stafford (ST), Frank Hekenberger (TM), Charlie Pierson, and our cook Rutledge.

I fondly remember the time in the crew's dinette when Kitchens (one of our Electricians) asked Rutledge (our cook) if there were anymore mashed potatoes left. Rutledge replied, "Yes". Kitchens then told Rutledge to [para-phrasing] "throw them away". Rutledge then proceeded to throw a meat cleaver at Kitchens (missing him thankfully), but, definitely displaying his dissatisfaction with Kitchens suggestion. My, what a great time it was. I actually thought the spuds were pretty darn good.

Then there was the time (while doing a stint in GTMO) we had been operating off of GTMO and were headed back in when sonar detected a Russian sub. We chased it and tried to force it to surface but it slipped away.

Then, there was the time that we were headed back to Key West from GTMO. I went up to the bridge to take the mid-watch lookout. Is I climbed the top ladder leading to the bridge, I looked over portside and saw an unusual sight. It was a strange orange glow that came from aft of our beam. When it reached our port beam it slowed and began pacing us. Believe me, it was not a Cuban searchlight as it was not bouncing off of the clouds like the searchlights were doing. Besides, the searchlights were "white" in color and this looked like and orange football. Anyway, after a few seconds, the "object" sped off in our same direction of travel.... not to be seen again. All of us on the bridge agreed to not report the object, as no one would believe us anyway. What a night.

If the Grenadier wasn't the best Boat in the Navy, it would certainly take a close second. I have wished on many an occasion I had never left the Navy. What a great life and experience I had. I have never regretted it.
Tuesday, July 16th 2013 - 06:56:27 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Gerald (Jerry) Luglio
E-mail address: luglio58@optonline.net
Homepage URL: http://luglio58@optonline.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1971-1973
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM3 SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Joined the boat in the yards in Philly and served in forward axillary and main power underway
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 - 06:46:58 AM
Name (please include middle initial): LeRoy A. Ras
E-mail address: freddie0812@gctel.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1958-1961
What was your rate/rank on 525?: 2nd class/sonar
Friday, February 1st 2013 - 07:03:52 AM
Name (please include middle initial): David F Davis
E-mail address: hike5137@cut.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1962
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FT E 3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I arrived on board right after sub school. I was an 8802 program for the ballistic missile weapons system. I went on sonar ops from key west, Fla. The exciting part was being part cuban missle blockade. I thought it was world war three. Only on board 4 months or so. I"ll never forget my experience and time as a shipmate. I learned the ropes. Thank you all! D Frank Davis
Comments: Age 72 7 years Navy 3 SSBNS later. A lot of cold war patrols. Discharged 1968.
Monday, January 28th 2013 - 08:11:46 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Theodore F. Davis
E-mail address: tdavis119@cox.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: Feb68 to Jan 60
What was your rate/rank on 525?: LCDR USNl
Please tell us about your time on SS525: In early 1959, Grenadier surfaced the first Soviet Missile-fring submarine after holding contact until the Soviet was forced to surface due lack of battery and air. For that, we received a case of Jack Daniels Black Label whiskey from the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic. As Commanding Officer I am pleased to say the Grenadier Crew was the finest I ever served with in 35 years service.
Comments: A 35 year Highlight.
Saturday, January 12th 2013 - 07:16:20 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Roy I Gregersen
E-mail address: rgregers@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1950-1953
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ET1(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was transferred from the USS Bumper (SS333) to the Grenadier in November, 1950 as a plank owner. In June 1951 I was one of five crew members who were the first to re-enlist on the Grenadier.After commissioning and fitting out, we were stationed in New London. Our shakedown cruise included stops at Guantanamo Bay and Santiago, Cuba.
In the fall of 1952 we proceeded to England and, after picking up some civilians and electronic equipment, we proceeded to Murmansk Harbor where we stayed for several days submerged. Then in December, 1952 we were sent to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for overhaul and installation of new electronic gear. Early in March, 1953 I was suddenly transferred to Groton, Ct. to the USS Hardhead (SS365) which was being commissioned and converted to a Guppy. That ended my tour on the Grenadier.
Thursday, August 23rd 2012 - 01:55:27 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Gary a. Lange
E-mail address: Maryconti16@Yahoo .com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969-1972
What was your rate/rank on 525?: En3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: New batteries,big dent in pressure hull a lot of dry dock time,but most of all making thebest of any situation.I remember a young dive officer esubmerging th boat without checking trim to much water forward caused quite the down bubble com. robey climbed out Of his stateroom into control to hit 3000 psi air. pretty intense moment!! This all started in 1969 when Big John Grotvik welcomed me aboard I was 21 my birthday hello gate bar luck would have it across the street a crystal hamburger joint thanks John. Okay I rambling on ,many years later went into Reserves a Seabee came out with 21 years total .fair winds and following sea to all
Sunday, June 3rd 2012 - 01:37:10 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Gary a. Lange
E-mail address: Maryconti16@Yahoo .com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969-1972
What was your rate/rank on 525?: En3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: New batteries,big dent in pressure hull a lot of dry dock time,but most of all making thebest of any situation.I remember a young dive officer esubmerging th boat without checking trim to much water forward caused quite the down bubble com. robey climbed out Of his stateroom into control to hit 3000 psi air. pretty intense moment!! This all started in 1969 when Big John Grotvik welcomed me aboard I was 21 my birthday hello gate bar luck would have it across the street a crystal hamburger joint thanks John. Okay I rambling on ,many years later went into Reserves a Seabee came out with 21 years total .fair winds and following sea to all
Sunday, June 3rd 2012 - 01:34:42 PM
Name (please include middle initial): David L Jueneman
E-mail address: jueneman@frontiernet.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969-1972
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FTG 3 SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was the most tenured guy on the boat when I got out in December 1972, right before it was decommissioned and sold to Venezueala. I reported on board in September 1969 and was on the Grenadier the whole time I was in the Navy. I was the only FTG on the boat for most of that time. I made 6 GITMO trips and a number of other cruises on the Grenadier. I saw a number of crew members come and go. The ones I remember most were David Scott-Scotty, Jesse Gabrano, Lindy Brown, Chuck Doherty. We still keep in touch with most of them.
Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 12:49:31 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Joseph H. Adams
E-mail address: joanfdc@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1962-1963
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ENS/LTJG
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Grenadier was my first shipboard duty. Have good good memories of the officers and crew. Remeber the Cuban missile crisis/Med cruises/Mardi Gras in Mobile and New Orleans. Key West was a great homeport.
Tuesday, August 16th 2011 - 07:26:45 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Robert Lantier
E-mail address: rlantier99@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1971-1972
What was your rate/rank on 525?: SN(SS)
Monday, July 4th 2011 - 06:09:11 PM
Name (please include middle initial): carlos antonio roberto watkins
E-mail address: grenadierve@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
What year(s) were you aboard?: 74/83
What was your rate/rank on 525?: officer
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Ijoin 1974 comunication electronical and sonar oficer we assets and made a contract with the argentina navy in order to overhaul the ship for 6 months we spent 2 .5 years we orerated patrolling ,unitas exer,ocean venture,and the ship about 1986 have a problem with circulariry and retired of the active services.we change the batteries to 23ur8 varta grmanyand for curios record the hidrogen alrms statted by 2.
Comments: The ship was part of my life a know pretty well all the sistems i was the diving officer ,nice home my eldest son born in that time by the way and i got married also.
Thursday, May 26th 2011 - 06:24:50 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Michael D. Duggan
E-mail address: mdd@austin.rr.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 61-63
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Following sub school in OCT of '61, I reported on board the Grenadier for my first (and only) boat. At the time I was an ETSN. After a stint on the deck gang, was made leading seaman and later switched my rate to QM. I enjoyed the work a lot better and made Third Class. I qualified on board.

I made the The Cuban Missile Crisis (two side trips to Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, Jamaica) and a Med run in '62.

Still remember Gene Aasen on the navigation deck making out with the girl while everyone on the pier watched. OOD didn't have the same sense of humor about it, though. I remember a lot of the names listed on the crew list.

Left the Navy and the boat in SEP '63 and headed back to Texas for college. I have many memories of the boat; some good, some not so good, but I have to rate it all as a very rewarding time in my life.
Comments: Probably would surprise a lot of my old shipmates to learn that I did graduate from college and spent 29 years teaching and coaching in public high schools. I also joined the Naval Reserves in SEP 1985 and changed my rate (one more time) to SK. I retired in OCT 2002 as SKCM (SS).

Fair winds and following seas to all.
Thursday, May 19th 2011 - 07:59:30 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Kenneth D. Summerfield
E-mail address: kksd525@verizon.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1955 1959
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN3 {ss}
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Went aboard Nov 55 qualified Nov 56 started out in seamen gang switched to firemen rate went to air cond. school made many trips to bermuda A med trip boat was transfered to Key West Time spent aboard was one of the greatest times of my life enjoyed it immensely



Tuesday, November 9th 2010 - 03:05:38 PM
Name (please include middle initial): charlie syrie sr
E-mail address: pappy39466@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 63-64
What was your rate/rank on 525?: RMSN
Comments: This was the best time of my life.
Monday, May 24th 2010 - 02:25:32 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Roger T Ashley
E-mail address: joanashley@hardynet.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 62-65&69-71
What was your rate/rank on 525?: LT & LCDR
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I already have an entry in the Dreambook-- after John Davis tracked me down here in the hills of WV I realized that my email dope was out of date-- so this is to correct both inaccurate entries. My email address is joanashley@hardynet.com and phone # is 304-358-2572.
Saturday, May 22nd 2010 - 03:48:03 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Jimmy N. Brown
E-mail address: beachcomberbrowns@verizon.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 66-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ENC (SS) (DV)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: The best boat I ever served on. Great comraderie,always look forward to reunions.
Tuesday, May 18th 2010 - 07:23:17 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Leighton C. Clemons
E-mail address: Lkclemons64@sbcglobal.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1960--1962
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM2
Comments: I would like more information about how to get re-connected with my shipmates, and how to get any hats or clothing with Grenadier.
Sunday, May 16th 2010 - 06:01:11 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Ed (Eddie ) Rangel
E-mail address: edrangel@windsteam.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM2SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I met some great guys during my short stint on the Grenadier, It was great to see this web site. Thanks.....
Tuesday, May 11th 2010 - 02:19:31 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Bill Cunningham (slypig)
E-mail address: cunind@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 68-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ic3 ss
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Great web page. Seeing old shipmates brings back found memories. Finally retired, hope to make the next reunion.
If any old shipmates are in the Chicago area e-mail me and we can meet up.
Saturday, January 16th 2010 - 09:27:09 AM
Name (please include middle initial): David O. Thatcher
E-mail address: thatch@digital.net
Homepage URL: http://my.earthlink.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1953 -1957
What was your rate/rank on 525?: em1
Saturday, December 19th 2009 - 04:15:40 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Peter J. Marino
E-mail address: pmarinodept16@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1970-1971
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM3ss
Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 07:26:47 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Allen R. Bailey
E-mail address: aribroab@cox.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 63-65
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM1
Thursday, July 16th 2009 - 07:47:18 AM
Name (please include middle initial): gary lange
E-mail address: glange1947@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969-1072
What was your rate/rank on 525?: e5
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I remember knowing the best sailers in the world, just found out about this web site, cant wait until i find someone that serves with me.
Comments: e=mail me
Monday, May 25th 2009 - 07:10:53 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Shirley (the Kid) Edwards
E-mail address: homesbyshirley@gmail.com
Homepage URL: http://homesbyshirley.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
What was your rate/rank on 525?: N/A
Comments: Enjoyed your web site. Brought back a lot of memories from the year 1968 in Charleston SC. Great seeing the pictures of old friends and their families.
Monday, May 11th 2009 - 12:27:12 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Darrell F McKinley Jr
E-mail address: darrellmckinley#gmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1958-1959
What was your rate/rank on 525?: RMSN/RM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: After I got out of Sub School, I went to SS525 at Navy Yard
Philly,Pa. Served with RMC(SS) Bass, RM1(SS) Perry, RM3(SS)
Dunagan, RMSN (Night FOX) Hughes. When we got back from THE NORTHERN RUN, RM Thurlow and I changed boats and I went to Charleston, SC, on the SS343 Clamagore which was a better Liberty port than Key West for a young single sailor. COB was Bob White and CO was Capt. Davis. RMSN Hughes and I were the only Non-Quals in OPS so we got to do extra Mess cook duties. I went on the Retire in 1976.
Wednesday, April 29th 2009 - 03:14:36 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Thomas J. Hearty
E-mail address: tomhearty@charter.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1961-1963
What was your rate/rank on 525?: Qm3 SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I came aboard in December of '61, right out of sub school. I arrived just in time to go to the ships Christmas party where I won a door prize, a liter of rum, and I was underage. Some of my new ship mates and I promptly got rid of it.

I was lucky to be on such a good ship with such a tight crew. Those guys were like family. I was a single guy so I would often take the weekend duty of some of the married men when we were in Key West and in return I'd get extra days ashore when we were visiting other ports. I'm from New Orleans and one year we visited N.O. for Mardi Gras and another year it was Mobile. I had a ball both years.

While we were enroute to the Mediterranean we got word that our ship had earned the battle efficiency "E" and the CO was eager to display it on the sail before we got to Rota, so I, the most junior quartermaster, got to ride in the bos'n's chair and paint the "E" while we rocked and rolled in the middle of the Atlantic.

There was some serious stuff going on in the world at the time. But The Cold War and the Cuban Blockade could not keep us from having fun. The Mediterranean cruise was a wonderful experience for me but our experiences in the Cuban Blockade were probably more memorable. Weeks moored at the ammo pier in Guantanamo and weekends visiting various ports on the northern coast of Jamaca. Weekdays living in an ammo barge, weekends visiting luxury hotels in Jamaca. The seriousness of the times was lost on this young sailor. One really memorable time was when we set up tables on the ammo pier and had Thanksgiving Dinner under the beautiful blue sky. I only learned to appreciate that experience many years later.

The Grenadier was a good ship to serve on and her crew made the work fun.




Comments: I've got lots of pictures from my time on the Grenadier, soon I'd like to share some of them.
Monday, January 26th 2009 - 09:11:41 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Thomas J. Hearty
E-mail address: tomhearty@charter.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1961-1963
What was your rate/rank on 525?: Qm3 SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I came aboard in December of '61, right out of sub school. I arrived just in time to go to the ships Christmas party where I won a door prize, a liter of rum, and I was underage. Some of my new ship mates and I promptly got rid of it.

I was lucky to be on such a good ship with such a tight crew. Those guys were like family. I was a single guy so I would often take the weekend duty of some of the married men when we were in Key West and in return I'd get extra days ashore when we were visiting other ports. I'm from New Orleans and one year we visited N.O. for Mardi Gras and another year it was Mobile. I had a ball both years.

While we were enroute to the Mediterranean we got word that our ship had earned the battle efficiency "E" and the CO was eager to display it on the sail before we got to Rota, so I, the most junior quartermaster, got to ride in the bos'n's chair and paint the "E" while we rocked and rolled in the middle of the Atlantic.

There was some serious stuff going on in the world at the time. But The Cold War and the Cuban Blockade could not keep us from having fun. The Mediterranean cruise was a wonderful experience for me but our experiences in the Cuban Blockade were probably more memorable. Weeks moored at the ammo pier in Guantanamo and weekends visiting various ports on the northern coast of Jamaca. Weekdays living in an ammo barge, weekends visiting luxury hotels in Jamaca. The seriousness of the times was lost on this young sailor. One really memorable time was when we set up tables on the ammo pier and had Thanksgiving Dinner under the beautiful blue sky. I only learned to appreciate that experience many years later.

The Grenadier was a good ship to serve on and her crew made the work fun.




Comments: I've got lots of pictures from my time on the Grenadier, soon I'd like to share some of them.
Monday, January 26th 2009 - 09:10:03 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Roger J. Cousin
E-mail address: rleecousin@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1952-53
What was your rate/rank on 525?: SnSS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Cripes, where can I start? The Gren was my first boat out of Sub School at New London. Boy do I remember how this scared kid of 18 felt that day, even before coming across the brow...there was the COB and two of his old cronies deep in conversation, and me standing there looking like a giant seagull waiting for him to see me . Finally, he turned and said, "What the hell are you doing listening to my top secret discussion?" I didn't know if I should S--t or go blind. Finally he took me below, showed me to my bunk...bottom tier, Starboard side aft, right next to the head door in the Crews Qtrs. It took me however just a few days, and one tiger cruise in the Sound to realize I was now at last living a life-long dream of mine...being a crewman aboard a submarine.
Comments: It was during our "Operation Springboard" cruise to Rio that I qualified and also earned being thrown over the side as we crossed the Equater. I'll never forget it! Rio too was fantastic, and so were all the ports we crused to while aboard. What a great crew! Cdr. Dozier was our Capt, and our EO was LTC Kavenaugh. Dozier I understand is still alive living in Hawaii...Kav however passed away as a young guy sometime later in the 50's. I remember one time as a deckape coming into port, Doz and Kav were standing topside BSing while we were laying out lines fron the linelocker just aft of the Sail...Kav turned to walk further aft, and fell 5 feet into the open pit. Man, he was ripped from his dong to his knees and was as furious as a gorilla during mating season. Guess I couldn't blame him now that I think about it. Sure pray that this incident had nothing to do with his passing.
No better crew or ship ever sailed. I only wish I had stayed in touch with my old shipmates. By 54, I was putting the Angler SSK240 into re=commisioning alongside the Nautilus at EB. But that's another story. Any shipmates from those day, please contact me. (Past Cdr and Co-Founder Arizona Perch Base). Roger Cousin
Sunday, November 2nd 2008 - 03:25:18 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Roger J. Cousin
E-mail address: rleecousin@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1952-53
What was your rate/rank on 525?: SnSS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Cripes, where can I start? The Gren was my first boat out of Sub School at New London. Boy do I remember how this scared kid of 18 felt that day, even before coming across the brow...there was the COB and two of his old cronies deep in conversation, and me standing there looking like a giant seagull waiting for him to see me . Finally, he turned and said, "What the hell are you doing listening to my top secret discussion?" I didn't know if I should S--t or go blind. Finally he took me below, showed me to my bunk...bottom tier, Starboard side aft, right next to the head door in the Crews Qtrs. It took me however just a few days, and one tiger cruise in the Sound to realize I was now at last living a life-long dream of mine...being a crewman aboard a submarine.
Comments: It was during our "Operation Springboard" cruise to Rio that I qualified and also earned being thrown over the side as we crossed the Equater. I'll never forget it! Rio too was fantastic, and so were all the ports we crused to while aboard. What a great crew! Cdr. Dozier was our Capt, and our EO was LTC Kavenaugh. Dozier I understand is still alive living in Hawaii...Kav however passed away as a young guy sometime later in the 50's. I remember one time as a deckape coming into port, Doz and Kav were standing topside BSing while we were laying out lines fron the linelocker just aft of the Sail...Kav turned to walk further aft, and fell 5 feet into the open pit. Man, he was ripped from his dong to his knees and was as furious as a gorilla during mating season. Guess I couldn't blame him now that I think about it. Sure pray that this incident had nothing to do with his passing.
No better crew or ship ever sailed. I only wish I had stayed in touch with my old shipmates. By 54, I was putting the Angler SSK240 into re=commisioning alongside the Nautilus at EB. But that's another story. Any shipmates from those day, please contact me. (Past Cdr and Co-Founder Arizona Perch Base).
Sunday, November 2nd 2008 - 03:21:30 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Carl E . Morse
E-mail address: ma61853@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1968-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM3(SS)
Saturday, August 9th 2008 - 08:20:11 PM
Name (please include middle initial): James R Stafford
E-mail address: jimflfish@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1967-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: STS3SS
Tuesday, February 26th 2008 - 02:09:39 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Maxie L. Mullen
E-mail address: maxnwinnie@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 62-64
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM2
Friday, January 4th 2008 - 07:23:29 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Fred Soski
E-mail address: fred@chrisitsjustforewe.com
Homepage URL: http://christisjustforewe.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1966-69
What was your rate/rank on 525?: STS3(SS)
Wednesday, January 2nd 2008 - 08:00:08 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Allen R. Bailey
E-mail address: aribroab@cox.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1964-1967
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM1
Friday, November 23rd 2007 - 12:57:57 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Pete C. Cocita
E-mail address: slidelll@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1968-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: e-3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: great experience and traveled the carribean and atlantic
Saturday, October 20th 2007 - 03:15:06 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Charles Irvin Frisinger
E-mail address: 396cif@centurytel.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1970-1973
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC3 (SS)
Comments: My mailing address has changed also: Post Office Box 548, Cumberland, Wisconsin 54829


This is updated information so please change it on the Crew List.....Thank You
Monday, April 23rd 2007 - 06:04:47 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Jesse Gabrano
E-mail address: jgabrano1@comcast.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1070-1972
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM3/SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I remember from never been out to sea to going aboard the Grenadier which was tied along side the Bushnell to take on stores for 8 week operation trip to Quantanamo.

What a rude awakening that was.
Comments: I wouldn't trade my experiences on the Grenadier to anything.
Friday, April 6th 2007 - 07:44:49 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Edwin E Tidwell
E-mail address: gtidw@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 71-74
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN1SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Had a great time on grenadier
Best crew that i ever served with
Thursday, March 1st 2007 - 03:05:03 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Norris Dean West
E-mail address: norris.west@areva.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1960
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Went on after sub school. My home was Miami at the time the boat was stationed in Key West so that was convienient. After med cruise, went to nuke school just month before the Cuban missile crisis started. Then signed on to the USS Grant SSBN 631.
Tuesday, February 6th 2007 - 10:39:24 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Dick L. Dalton
E-mail address: djdalton486@valornet.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 64-66
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN2
Sunday, October 1st 2006 - 07:36:41 PM
Name (please include middle initial): dick buschelman
E-mail address: zzzcornhusker@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: im dick buschelman oldest nephew of lyle sawatke, lyle was serving on the grenadier in 1943,,this well loved and proud american passed away march 31 st 2006 and was laid to rest april 4 th 2006 in crofton nebraska. he talked of his love for the men who were in the pow camp. i met several of them when the convention was in sacremento. may he rest in eternal peace. he was our hero. dick buschelman omaha nebraska
Saturday, April 8th 2006 - 05:57:49 PM
Name (please include middle initial): dick buschelman
E-mail address: zzzcornhusker@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: lyle lane sawatzke age 83 passed away march 31 st and was laid to rest apr 4 th in crofton nebraska. this man was proud of his time on the grenadier and the men he served with from 1943 to 1946 in the pow camp. he was a well loved man and will be missed by all dick buschelman omaha nebraska
Saturday, April 8th 2006 - 05:34:06 PM
Name (please include middle initial): dick buschelman
E-mail address: zzzcornhusker@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: lyle lane sawatzke passed away march 31 and was laid to rest april 4 th in crofton nebraska. lyle was a member of orginal sub that went down and was a pow from 1943 to 1946. he was proud of his grenadeir.the men he served with.and america, may this loved by all man rest in peace, his nephew dick buschelman omaha nebraska
Saturday, April 8th 2006 - 05:28:37 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Richard M. Stroud
E-mail address: RStroud522@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Please tell us about your time on SS525: While in sub school, one of the school boats I went out on was the Grenadier. I thought it was the most beautiful sub at New London, then when assigned to the Amberjack, out of Key West I was so pleased to be on one just like the Grenadier.

You guys have one of the best home pages I've seen and I have really enjoyed all the photos. They recall some very fine memories of my time "in the boats".
Thursday, March 30th 2006 - 11:44:04 AM
Name (please include middle initial): richard allen buschelman
E-mail address: zzzcornhusker@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: i.m oldest nephew of lyle sawatzke,,he went down on orginal sub,,he is in a home in yankton south dakota and at present is doing fine,,he informed me that there were 17 orginal crew members alive,,love the site dick buschelman omaha nebr
Tuesday, March 21st 2006 - 09:08:42 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Robert J. Roderick
E-mail address: joebifnik@talkamerica.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: I was in KWest 57 to 61 on the Picuda (382 Boat) Subron12
Just wanted to log in and say hello. Nice site. It is great
that the SUBFORCE is so well represented on the web. I am
a life member of USSVI. Those of you who read this and are
NOT MEMBERS, please join. Lets keep this thing we have
alive.
DBF
Saturday, March 4th 2006 - 07:56:41 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Herman K. Ruhlmann
E-mail address: hruhlmann@cox.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1954-1957
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ET2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Great Boat, Great Crew, Great times and a Great experience. It is hard to believe that after so many days and hours looking out thru the periscope on the Grenadier, I would spend the rest of my career after completing college as a Systems Engineer involved in Submarine Electromagnetic Systems, primarily periscopes.
Thursday, February 16th 2006 - 11:28:56 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Gene L. Aasen
E-mail address: george111242@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1961-1963
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EMFN
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I went on a med cruse with the 525 during which we sank nearly everything afloat in the med (war games only)without being detected and then, feeling smug were matched with a group of Canadian folks just after we entered the atlantic. They had us every time and we neveer got them. (I don't think they were cheating and we got a healthy respect for the Canadian navy.)
I was also aboard when we went to Charlston to get groceries and warhead torpedos and then off to Gitmo. We were diving from aircraft when one almmost hit us at over mach 1 about thirty feet off the surface and close enough so that I could see the pilot looking at us. We were completely submerged in less than 30 seconds.... The rreason was, that no one gave the alarm, the sonic boom had us all moving at the same time. There was water running in the conning tower hatch as the last man came through. I was a lookout and that last man was me the OOD passed me on the way down by skipping the stop and turn at the bottom of the second level.
Theere was also the time that I was a lookout in the med. WE were in a heavy storm with huge waves. The captain had us snorkling on the surface so we could keep the engines running. The waves weere huge and we road directly into them. For a while, we were taking quite a beating from the heavy spray and some solid water. I remember the OOD asking for permission for us to go below but the captain refused. He wanted all the eyes looking for shipping that he could get, both periscopes were up and manned and three of us were on the bridge. We couldn't see s#^& but we were trying. After a short time, we went up one giant wave and down the other side. The bow of the boat drove into the next wave which was even larger. The boat went completly submerged, long enough for the head valve on the snorkle mast to shut and long enough for the engines to shut down. We three on the bridge were completely under for what seemed to be a week but probably was less than a minute. Whenwe recovered from our scare, we all went below on the orders of the OOD.
Comments: My time on the SS525 was one of the greatest highlights of my life. I qualified on her and am veery proud of it. I even remember the last qual question the captain asked me.
"Your in the fwd battery, the torp room is flooded, the after battery is on fire as are both engin rooms. How do you escape?" I didn't know. The Captain said "take the battery bus."
Thursday, February 2nd 2006 - 11:55:29 AM
Name (please include middle initial): T.J. LAWSON
E-mail address: tj_lawson@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: My father Jack Lawson sailed on the Grenadier. I'm not sure of the dates but I have some pics I will scan and send if you want.
Thursday, February 2nd 2006 - 03:31:48 AM
Name (please include middle initial): MacLean Donald B.
E-mail address: noworky1@charter.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 60--62
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ET3 SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: My first (of 5) boat. Great crew,proud crew.

Atule (403), Mackerel (SST-1), James Monroe (SSBN 622)
and Nathaniel Greene (SSBN 636) followed.
Friday, January 27th 2006 - 05:42:10 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Dennis W Liberty
E-mail address: dliberty@ix.netcom.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969-1973
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ETR2SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Nothing but schools up till then. Got teased a lot but it was a great crew and great officers. Like the time we shot ourselves in the butt off of Gitmo or the time we tried to surface under the Tringa or the time we had to transfer that guy with the appendicitis off of Novia Scotia at night in a storm or ......
Monday, January 16th 2006 - 09:15:42 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Karl F. Mohns
E-mail address: kmohns@cox.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1966-1967
What was your rate/rank on 525?: Ltjg
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I reported aboard after sub school as a Nuc to qualify in subs and then join Rickover's Navy. The time aboard the Grenadier was the best time I had in the Navy - DBF! Fritz Hahn was skipper, Tony Demarco was Ops, Mike Sherry was Weps, and because of engineering probs we got Diablo (Art Walker) as Eng. Art was my sea daddy and unfortunately we will never see him again (as you all know). His brother Johnny was always was nothing but trouble. Key West was great duty (the big Bamboo Room, Capt Tony's and a little known folk singer named Jimmy Buffet).
Thursday, December 29th 2005 - 01:49:21 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Howard B. Murray
E-mail address: howardmur@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 69-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FTG2(SS)
Saturday, December 17th 2005 - 05:34:15 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Richard H. Kremer
E-mail address: rhkremer@juno.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1954-1957
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC2 (SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: The crew was a great bunch of guys who knew how to work hard but also how to play hard.

I remember our being the first submarine to take the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal. We enjoyed the town espically a tour of one of their breweries and their hospitality room with drinks and food. It was impossible to get your glass more than half empty.

One of the highlights of our Med cruise was being the first American submarine to go through the Corinth Canal which is only 85 feet wide and over 3 miles long, it seperates Greece from Peloponesus Island and connects the Agean Sea to the Ionian Sea.

Another first was finding a reef off the coast of Bermuda. I guess that wasn't such a difficult task since a British cruise ship was able to find it a few months later.

The most exciting thing to happen to me was having a battery cell blow its top right behind my head while taking gravity readings during a battery charge. Luckily I escaped with just an acid shower which I followed with probably the longest regular shower ever taken on a submarine.

It was a great crew and we had some great times.
Tuesday, December 6th 2005 - 12:43:19 PM
Name (please include middle initial): William P. Jameson
E-mail address: paulkel123@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 64-66
What was your rate/rank on 525?: STS3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Hammer and Haun were skippers. Dalke was COB when i left. Remember faces but not a lot of names, however some were: Stams (raidoman), Jorenson (FT2), Chapman (radio?), Weeks (quartermaster), Shipiro (TM2), DeMarco (Officer), "Pinky" (Ensign), Crabtree (sonar?), Pacquett (?)...I wish we had taken a picture of the crew each year!
It was a great experience. I have often wished i could go out again. i loved going to sea and used to stand on the deck just in front of the sail just before a dive. liked to feel the spray. We once went down and almost did not come up...at least that is what we thought at the time. 45 degree down bubble and then a 45 degree up bubble. heard later it was a 5-gallon paint can caught in the stearn planes??? shot ourselves once, hit the bottom once and sheared off the sonar dome...It was great. i loved it. But i wanted out after my enlistment was up and the day 525 sailed without me i stood on the end of the mole watching it go to sea and felt very sad indeed.
Paul Jameson ("Jamie")
Sunday, November 27th 2005 - 11:26:16 PM
Name (please include middle initial): PATRICK J. O'MALLEY
E-mail address: pat41526@wmconnect.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1952-1956
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN 1
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Like the crew at that time we had our share of med trips
and springboards Enjoyed my tour and we had one hell of a crew.
Monday, November 21st 2005 - 10:55:09 AM
Name (please include middle initial): John J Heaney
E-mail address: jheaney@pobox.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1962
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ENFN
Please tell us about your time on SS525: After sub school transfered to the USS Chopper but had orders modified to Grenadier to support crew for Med run. After Med run received orders to Nuclear Power School.
Saturday, May 21st 2005 - 09:13:26 AM
Name (please include middle initial): James D. Barton
E-mail address: jimb070@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
What year(s) were you aboard?: 50/52
Comments: I was a plank owner on the Grampus SS523 sister sub to the 525 and would like to contact people who were also plank owners .
Thursday, April 7th 2005 - 01:12:37 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Jack C. Ruppel
E-mail address: lruppeltoo@wmconnect.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1967 - 1969
What was your rate/rank on 525?: LTJG
Please tell us about your time on SS525: First assignment as an officer and at Key West. Served as 1st LT and WEPs. Added golden dolphins to my silver ones. Drank them down at GITMO. Many good friends and fond memories.
Wednesday, March 30th 2005 - 05:36:01 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Stephen K. Kavanagh
E-mail address: skavanag@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: I am gathering information about my father - Robert Thomas Kavanagh - as part of a family history for our children (his grandchildren). I have sent away for his service records, so I'll get the "official" story, but I am also looking for any personal insights or stories about him.

As some of you may know, he served as XO on the Grenadier from 1953(or 54) until early '55. He also taught at Sub school in Groton around that time. He passed away shortly after that (in Dec of 1956). We were all (there were 5 of us) fairly young at the time, ranging in ages from 1 1/2 to 11, so we never really knew him. Any personal recollections about him would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Stephen Kavanagh
Monday, December 27th 2004 - 05:43:12 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Joseph E "Ted" Tingle
E-mail address: tedtingle@webtv.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1954
What was your rate/rank on 525?: fn(ss)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was assigned to the Grenadier when the Dace was in refit to be transferred to the Italians. My stay aboard was brief since I was waiting for the Sea Robin to arrive in New London.
Sunday, December 19th 2004 - 11:51:55 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Robert S. Adler
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1952-1954
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TMT3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Served with R. E. Johnson, from Groton to Rio De Janero, with most of the time out of New London, with an overhaul in Philidelphia.
Comments: 2346 Lakeview Blvd., Port Charlotte, Fl. 33952
Send me a card.
Wednesday, November 17th 2004 - 02:06:35 PM
Name (please include middle initial): James R. Hamer
E-mail address: jhamer@wactc.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969/1972
What was your rate/rank on 525?: CS3/SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Made a lot of Gitmo runs. Had a good time down in Key West.
Wednesday, October 13th 2004 - 01:41:23 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Dwayne E. (Dewey) Reed
E-mail address: dewey.reed@sbcglobal.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1965 - 66
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ST1(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: My last boat in Key West prior to shore duty.
Tuesday, October 12th 2004 - 09:20:12 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Patrick E. Thibodeaux
E-mail address: thibodpe77@yahoo.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 60-61
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC3
Saturday, September 4th 2004 - 01:22:35 PM
Name (please include middle initial): John Van Vessem
E-mail address: john@honn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1964-1965
What was your rate/rank on 525?: YN2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was assigned to the Grenidier directly from sub school. She was in dry dock in Norfolk having a 20 foot section added to the control room. During that time I was fortunate enough to crawl around in the ballast tanks and most of the other tanks outside the preasure hull. My time in Norfolk and my time in Key West was one of the most memorable times in my life. I also was fortunate enough to make a Med cruise with the Grenadier.
Friday, July 30th 2004 - 07:31:47 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Byron K. Lowder
E-mail address: Blowder@1tex.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 63-64
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FTGSN
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I came aboard SS525 while she was in the Portsmouth Naval shipyards in Norfork Va. for a major overhaul. I remember standing lots of fire watches while the pressure hull was being welded. We left The shipyards for a test run, then went to Key West. I was assigned messcook duty for three months, then worked on the deck force as there was only one
FT and his striker needed. I remembeer there were 110 men aboard and the compliment for the boat was supposed to be 88 men. I asked for a transfer to the surface fleet, since I could not work as an FT.
Comments: I remember Dirty Ern, a gunners mate or torpedoman left owing me $20. I remember Malcom Davis, Tyree,and a few others.
Saturday, July 24th 2004 - 01:57:00 PM
Name (please include middle initial): John H. Abbott
E-mail address: jha072443@msn.cvom
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1963-1964
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ETR3(SS)
Sunday, July 18th 2004 - 09:09:06 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Gerard F. Scheuermann
E-mail address: gerwans@iwon.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 66-68
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I remember the Old Man brought us in to the pier in Key West backwards just to prove he could do it.
I joined the crew during overhaul in Charlston and remember a shakedown cruise to New London where the weather was so cold, the horn froze and we had to stand lookout on the bow. No one lasted more that 20 minutes before having to be rotated out. Since most of the crew were southerners, it was a real adventure. Chief Earl Lamb was weapons chief and, being a northerner, he couldn't understand why we had such a hard time with the cold.
Thursday, June 24th 2004 - 02:25:00 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Carlos E. Hernandez
E-mail address: chernadez@net-uno.net
Homepage URL: http://www.fav-club.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: I am enjoy visit your page. I am Venezuelan and as you know the USS Grenadier was transfered in 1973 to Venezuelan Navy where was renamed ARV Picua, S-13 (late S-22). She served wich Venezuela Navy until 1990. I have a lot of digital pictures of Picua and I let me know as can send you them.

Regards,
Carlos Hernandez
Caracas, VENEZUELA
Monday, June 14th 2004 - 11:02:09 AM
Name (please include middle initial): __Russell McDonough______________________________________________
E-mail address: rr.mcd@verizon.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Enjoyed looking at your site. I would like to know if anybody knew anything about my brother Karl P. McDonough who served aboard, the Barracuda, Grenadier, and finally the Thresher. I believe he was a TM3. I was quite young when the Thresher went down and didn't get much of a chance to know him. Any stories, pictures or information about his life would be greatly appreciated.
Monday, May 31st 2004 - 04:52:42 AM
Name (please include middle initial): James R. Slater
E-mail address: james.r.slater@att.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: '54 -'56
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN2 SS
Wednesday, April 21st 2004 - 12:21:42 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Gerald (Jerry) L. Wood
E-mail address: glwood62@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1960 - 1963
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was assigned to the Grenadier directly from Submarine school in New London. My first cruise from Key West to the Charleston, S.C. shipyards was very memerable. The seas were rough, I was sea sick for the entire trip and standing lookout through the periscope only added to my misery. I got to stand "Mess Hall" duty in the barracks instead on board and I was involved in a serious auto accident during a "Ships Party" (April 1961) and spent a month recoving in the hospital.

I was aboard during the Cuban Crisis, a New Oreans Mardi Gras visit, a Mediteranean cruise and numerous other East Coast and Caribean island stops. They were great times. I was also aboard when the bow tank failed to blow while submerging. I was standing watch in the control room. When we finally surfaced, stern first, we rolled and right away word was passed of a "fire in the Galley". The fire tuned out to be minor but it certainly added to an unforgerable experience.

I was glad to become a civilian in July of 1963 but I have great memories of my tour aboard the Grenadier of my shipmates and of couse the poker games.
Wednesday, March 24th 2004 - 02:36:30 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Russell R Laporte
E-mail address: russelllap@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1955-1958
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC 3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I came on board out of sub school. I missed the Bermuda grounding while in an other school.We made tow Med. crusise. I remember looking out the periscope outside of Manaco and thinking, how beautiful. I also remember sitting on the mast head light platform trying to remove the water gronding us out and preventing a battery charge. The most never racking experience, was when a bottle on ammonia left on boad, fell in the Manuvering Room, and brought us to emergency conditions. It took a long time and a lot of French purfume to remove the smell.Russ Laporte
Monday, March 1st 2004 - 05:11:00 AM
Name (please include middle initial): A. A. Eckmyre LCDR. MSC. USN (Ret.)
E-mail address: ---- --
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 56-60
What was your rate/rank on 525?: HM1-HMC
Please tell us about your time on SS525: A fine Boat- one of the best. May I say a quick hallo to all the fine people who served with her. I would like to say to Capt. T. F. Davis, I also remember the preps. made before the trip to the North climes........ Watch the bottles come out of the case!!!!
Tuesday, January 20th 2004 - 03:44:00 AM
Name (please include middle initial): swifty simmons
E-mail address: hermissilkorchid@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 60-64
What was your rate/rank on 525?: cs3
Thursday, January 8th 2004 - 10:03:51 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Joe M.Foran
E-mail address: foran@zensearch.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1972-73
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TMSN
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was known as "Dirty Joe" due to my bilge & tube diving abilities. Hello to my old friends and fellow sub sailors.

I came on board at 17 years and 9 months of age in May of '72. What an experience for a kid who knew nothing from the Arizona desert! Key West is where I learned to drink (and smoke)! Used to run with "Abbie" Hoffman TMSN, Michael "Bubs" Thomas TMSN, George Bonnet TM1, Tubaugh TMSN, "Kip" Mangum, Snyder from Chicago. I always had run- ins with Kirby Key TM2.

I remember being in port about 2/3 of the time because of breakdowns. Key West was great in those days. Many a night spent in the Gate Bar just outside the main gate and cruising Duval St.

The run to GTMO in the summer of '72 I won't forget. The bar we operated across the pier and the drinking contest between "Cricket" and the XO. (The XO won!) We stopped in Port Au Prince, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Enjoyed the exotic beauties at the Black Angus. The "Liberty cruise" to Galvaston & Port Arthur, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana were fun too.

I remember being locked in the AFTER BATTERY when there was a fire on one of the battery cables down below. Van Ness, I believe, grabbed a fire extinguisher and jumped on down there!

I remember the run to Charleston in the blizzard and the Boston naval shipyard run where we participated in "Operation Strong Express" with NATO naval forces about 300 miles off the coast of the U.S.

Still have the bronze de-commissioning plaque, my dolphins and lots of pictures. Oh, what good times were had!
Thursday, December 18th 2003 - 03:21:30 PM
Name (please include middle initial): John M. Kuhlmann
E-mail address: Johnniemaxk@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1954-1955
What was your rate/rank on 525?: CS2 (SS)
Wednesday, October 29th 2003 - 10:26:15 AM
Name (please include middle initial): James R Weiss
E-mail address: jimweiss@ev1.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1953 1955
What was your rate/rank on 525?: Qm3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I served in Korea in 1952. When the war ended they sent me to sub school and the Grenadier.
Friday, September 19th 2003 - 11:41:37 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Forrest C. Leach (Cliff)
E-mail address: fleach1501@comcast.com
Homepage URL: http://
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1955/1958
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ET3/ET2(ss)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I reported aboard directly from Subschool, and in time to make the med-run. Three weeks to cross the big pond at 1/3 on 1. But whan a med trip, ending up with open gangway in Rotterdam. Returned at full speed. I also remember the time comming out of Bermuda and ending up on the rocks. (goodby Capt Clock) from then on the drink of the day was "Grenadier on the rocks". Left during the yard period in Philidelphia. She was my first Submarine, and my only Deisel. Also my FAV. I later retired as Master Chief of the Command for CSG2 in New London. All the memories are to many to list, but we made a difference
Cliff
Comments: "Fair winds and a following sea"
Sunday, July 13th 2003 - 09:47:28 AM
Name (please include middle initial): william e. lowe
E-mail address: dgl05200@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1963-1964
What was your rate/rank on 525?: icfn
Please tell us about your time on SS525: grenadier was my first sub assignment in may 1963 when mcgee was the co.i have fond memories of my time on board in key west,especially as a look-out and plainsman.i am a member of the tarheel base of the us submarine vets,inc. along with engineman jim myers.the trip from key west to portsmouth,va.thru hurricane jenny brings back some harrowing memories.
bill lowe
Friday, July 4th 2003 - 04:15:52 PM
Name (please include middle initial): James Giles
E-mail address: lizeljim@bellsouth.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: Jun '69 to Jul "71
What was your rate/rank on 525?: Ltjg
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I reported on board as a CWO4 and left as a Ltjg. Bill Russ was the CO almost the whole time I was on board. Being on the Grenadier was the high point of my career. It had a great crew! I intend to make the Myrtle Beach reunion this Oct '03.
Monday, June 16th 2003 - 09:49:20 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Keith M. Butler
E-mail address: KMBBUTPA@HOTMAIL.COM
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1951-1953
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ET2/SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I missed the commissioning ceremonies on Feb 10,1951 by two weeks, but I made the First 525 dives on her. I also have a cop of the Christing and commissioning ceremonies program.
Monday, June 16th 2003 - 08:15:30 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Charles K Engelberger
E-mail address: engelberge@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1961-1962
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN3(SS)
Tuesday, June 10th 2003 - 04:57:47 AM
Name (please include middle initial): JIMMY N. BROWN
E-mail address: GOOSE@DMV.COM
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1966-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ENC (SS) (DV)
Friday, May 30th 2003 - 05:45:41 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Edgar H. Paul
E-mail address: ehpaul@zoominternet.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1951-1954
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC3SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I remember one of my first trips out we hit something on the bottom and landed in drydock at the Boston Navy Yard. I also remember the summer we spent in South America..Some time Lots of B & B
Thursday, May 8th 2003 - 06:37:26 PM
Name (please include middle initial): John H. Mitchell
E-mail address: johnh0919@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 50-53 plankowner
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM3SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I came aboard in Oct. 1950, after serving 2 years on the USS Bluebird, ASR19. I was one of the first five guys to ship over on the Grenadier. We all were sworn in together. While on the Bluebird, I was fortunate enough to make a long Far East cruise to Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Guam and several other places of interest, while operating out of the sub base at Pearl Harbor. I enjoyed most of my time on the Grenadier, except for the many hours spent in the battery wells. We went into Halifax, Nova Scotia, and they had a lot of festivities planned for us, but they had to be cancelled due to the death of King George. I, also, remember that we were the first sub to visit Nassau, and we were tied up to the dock right in town. I left the Grenadier in 1953 for shore duty and went to Harbor Defense School at Treasure Island, Ca. I left the Navy in 54. In 1962, when I was managing a dept store in Pascagoula, Ms. I met up with Earl Willis, who had been a QM2 on the Grenadier. He was COB on the Barb when I saw him in 62. I, also, ran into an Auxiliaryman, last name George, who was on the boat in 51 and 52, I believe. Most recently, I have had phone conversations with EH Paul IC3, and CG Brenke EN2 while on the Grenadier, and later retired as a Chief. I'm looking forward to the reunion in Myrtle Beach in October.
Comments: The Grenadier was a great boat, and I know we did a lot of swapping of bacon, sugar, etc., to get a lot of extra chromework done by the yardbirds at Charlestown.
Wednesday, April 30th 2003 - 09:02:37 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Tom D. Wright
E-mail address: agss241@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://webpages.charter.net/agss241/milford.html
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: '59-'60
What was your rate/rank on 525?: IC3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Was aboard during time of surfacing of Russian in
North Atlantic. Left "Grenadiddy" to go to Nuke School.
Tuesday, April 8th 2003 - 09:44:51 AM
Name (please include middle initial): alex
E-mail address: alexisrodriguez66@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: marinero
Please tell us about your time on SS525: tres aņos en servicio aņo 1985 1986 en el escuadron de submarino de venezuela arv picua s-22
Comments: preste mi servicio militar abordo del arv picua s-22 anteriormente uss grenadier ss525 por la armada estaunidiense tengo buenos recuerdo, y fotografias se encuentra en la flota muerta en puerto cabello venezuela
Saturday, April 5th 2003 - 10:41:53 PM
Name (please include middle initial): lucy
E-mail address: lucy@lucyspage.com
Homepage URL: http://www.lucyspage.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Hi, just a quick buzz to say how much i liked your site, keep up the good work, lucy :-)
Friday, April 4th 2003 - 06:46:00 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Roger T. Ashley
E-mail address: roger.ashley@jfcom.mil
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 62-65&69-71
What was your rate/rank on 525?: LTJG/LT&LCDR
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I have an entry in the DreamBook for Sept '01-- My job assignment for my Company - CSC has changed and I am now working at US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) so I am submitting this entry to advise 525 folks of my new email address.
Tuesday, March 11th 2003 - 01:04:47 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Walter Wm. Roye
E-mail address: scorichards@optonline.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 57-60
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TMSN-TM2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Putting it together now. Still in shock finding the web site. I will be sending rocky a letter.
Tuesday, March 11th 2003 - 06:07:19 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Daniel Cooney
E-mail address: cooneyd@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 71-73
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FNSS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I got on board in Key West right after it got back from Philly. I made e-4 right after we gave it to Venezuala.I ended up on the USS Trout, made e-5 and got out . I remember Chief Standish, Chief Powell,Tidwell, Spratt, and Larry(wing-nut)Chrissman. I was the only urban -type in the engine -room , It was a privllege to work with such wonderful guys. I'm a water plant operator for the city of Tampa Water Dept. To this day, if some guy says he's been to San Juan, I say "Black Angus", and see if he gives the correct answer to the password. It was an honor to serve with America's finest--we weren't much to look at, but we got the job done. DBF!
Monday, February 17th 2003 - 03:26:01 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Anita Adkins Spencer
E-mail address: wyette@worldnet.att.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Please tell us about your time on SS525: My brother, Ralph Langley Adkins, was on board the USS Grenadier (SS-210) during World War II and, when it was sunk on April 22(?), 1943, he was captured by the Japanese and taken prisoner. He was sent to Camp Fukuoko on Kyushu Island. I would appreciate hearing from those that are familiar with the submarine or any information that they can give me. Thanks!! Ann Spencer
Comments: Sorry! I wrote my comments in the wrong section.
Monday, February 17th 2003 - 02:30:19 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Howard B. Murray
E-mail address: howardmur@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 69-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ftg2ss
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I just moved this past summer from NY to NC. The address that you have is my old address. Im now at 2100c Yager Creek Drive Charlotte, NC 28273
Sunday, February 16th 2003 - 07:39:53 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Pat Gurr
E-mail address: pggurr@earthlink.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: I enjoyed your web site and all the many photos. Well Done! I served aboard the USS Thornback SS-418 from 1958 to 1960. I came aboard in Key West and in 1959 our boat was transferred to Charleston where I discharged as MM2(SS). Majority of my time aboard was spent in the AER.
Wednesday, February 5th 2003 - 07:41:44 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Carl K. Kicklighter aka [Kick]
E-mail address: sande33876@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://myweb.ecomplanet.com/KICK6756/default.htm
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1960-1961
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN1[SS]
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Was assigned to Grenadier from Feb. 1960 through April 1961. Really enjoyed my time on the Grenadier. They had a great crew and I am proud to have served with them.
Comments: After serving on Grenadier, I also served on USS Ethan Allen, USS Woodrow Wilson,, USS Seacat, and Triante, where I retiered off of the Triante in Key West FL, 1970. I served at Daytona Beach 1963-1966 as recruiting duty.
Sunday, February 2nd 2003 - 04:54:53 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Hugh F. Purdy
E-mail address: durdpurd@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1953-1955
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Grenadier was a school boat during this period. We also spent six months in Portsmouth in overhaul and we also participated in the cruise to Montreal, transitting the St.Lawrence river(the first submarine to make this transit).On our return trip we encountered the Nautilus and attempted unsucessfully to engage in a ocean race.Our Captain had known the Nautilus Captain in Annapolis.
Comments: Even to this day when I see the clock read 5:25 AM it brings very pleasant reminders of the old SS525.
Friday, January 31st 2003 - 05:35:40 PM
Name (please include middle initial): LeRoy A. Ras
E-mail address: laras@rea-alp.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1958-1961
What was your rate/rank on 525?: SOS-2SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: We had a great crew during the time I was on the Grenadier. The most memorable times were the North Atlantic and our run-in with the Russian sub (for those of you not aware of it, the book "Blind Man's Bluff" tells a little about it), our trip to New Orleans, and the several cruises to the varaious Carribean islands. I got married while on board the 525 and am still married to the same gal(we met while I was in sub school). My wife's most memorable time was during Hurrican Donna when we all headed for sea to submerge and ride it out and left the women and children to shift for themszelves.
Comments: We live in Alexanddria MN where we are both retired, Trudy from a bank (30 years) and I from teaching (32 years). I have a fish guiding buisness from May through October and we spend Jan. through April in Florida. I haven't kept track of anyone from those years, but would be happy to hear from any of my old ship mates.
Wednesday, November 20th 2002 - 03:55:59 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Jesse Gabrano
E-mail address: jgabrano1@attbi.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1970-72
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM3/SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Great memories - Wish I had reupped to go on the Med Cruise.
Tuesday, November 12th 2002 - 07:21:54 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Thomas A. Rawdanowicz
E-mail address: TRawdanowicz@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 69-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ETR2SS (DV)
Friday, November 1st 2002 - 01:05:55 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Ben Stairs
E-mail address: encss@charter.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 60-62
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN2
Saturday, September 14th 2002 - 12:56:59 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Charles L. Mericle
E-mail address: charliemericle@comcast.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1959-1961
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN3 SS
Saturday, August 24th 2002 - 05:34:44 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Abel (DEL) DE LA GARZA
E-mail address: delnavy52@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1969-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: RMC(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: CAME ABOARD GRENADIER FROM USS CHOPPER SS342 SEP69. COB
was EMC(SS) Joe Demnicki.. CO WAS ONE OF THE BEST _
CDR RUSS. Had a tall skinny kid from Georgia in my
gang.. he really loved the liberty in Port Au Prince,
Haiti?? We had a really great crew...Wish I could
remember the names... Hope someone remembers me.. would
enjoy hearing from you.... This is a great site!!!
Wednesday, July 31st 2002 - 07:37:07 AM
Name (please include middle initial): RICHARD E WENDELL
E-mail address: MARSHA564@CS.COM
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 68-71
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EN-2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I CAME OF AGE OBOARD GRENADIER. I PROBABILY RUBBED SOME PERSONEL THE WRONG WAY, BUT I FOUND THAT THE PEOPLE THAT INFORMED ME OF THIS ARE A PERSON YOU WOULD TRUST TO WATCH YOUR BACK. AS A (NQP) I HAD TROUBLE WITH MY FINAL WALK THROUGH (I COULDEN'T FIND THE ASPCO GIANT). BUT EM-1(SS)SULLIVAN HELPED TO LOCATE IT IN THE YOEMAN SHACK.
Comments: THE MARINES HAVE SEMTER-FI DO OR DIE! WE IN THE SILENT SERVICE HAVE NO MUF TO TOUGH, WE DIVE TO FIVE DBF. I LIKE THAT MOTTOW BETER. WE ALLREADY (LOST & STILL ON PATROL) OVER 60% OF OUR BROTHERS. SO I SAY DO & LIVE! I WILL ALLWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN MY SOUL & A PLACE FOR MY BROTHERS IN SERVICE TO BUNK WHEN IN TOWN. PS, THERE IS NO FRESH WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PORTLAND OR.
Monday, July 22nd 2002 - 01:57:42 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Robert L. Lookabill
E-mail address: rjlookabill@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1964-1966
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was right out of high school, a reserve and learned a lot in my two years. (I was a 2x6 reserve.)Johnny Kratz, Chief Hoover, at that time TM1 Lamb were all mentors. Great experience and a lot of fun now that I look back. May not have seemed like it at the time. I remeber Mr. Randall was the weps boss. I belive Chief Schreck was chief of the the whole damn boat. He used to jab you in the chest with his finger and say, "Let me point this out to you Homer." Thanks for keeping the site up and maybe I will make it to a reunion one day.
VR/Bob Lookabill
Sunday, June 9th 2002 - 12:47:01 PM
Name (please include middle initial): WILLIAM K. COOL
E-mail address: WKCOOLINC@AOL.COM
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 53 & 54
What was your rate/rank on 525?: YN1(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: FIRST A WARM HELLO TO DIAZ, HULSEBERG, O'NEILL, TOLLBBERG,
TRUITT AND BRENKE AND THANKS FOR THE RECALL OF THE RIO TRIP!
THE GRENADIER WAS THE BEST BOAT IN ANY NAVY, AT ANY TIME,
ONLY EXCEEDED BY THE SS-210 AND HER ULTRA BRAVE CREW OF
TRUE HEROES. THE 210 AND 525 BROUGHT OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE
AND I HAVE YET TO EXPERIENCE FRIENDSHIP THOSE CREWS SHARED.
Comments: A SPECIAL THANKS TO TIM McCOY, SURVIVOR OF THE 210 LOSS, WHO GAVE ME THE 210 PATCH DURING OUR MEETING IN AUSTIN, TX
ON 2-5-96. HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO.
Saturday, June 8th 2002 - 06:59:47 AM
Name (please include middle initial): William H Birney
E-mail address: w.birney@snet.net
Homepage URL: http://mortarbattery.tripod.com/
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Sunday, April 28th 2002 - 11:45:00 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Joop
E-mail address: s804@hrmspotvis.com
Homepage URL: http://www.hrmspotvis.com/
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Very nice site interesting good job.
Bravo Zulu.

Regards Joop the Netherlands SubVet.
Sunday, April 28th 2002 - 05:58:20 AM
Name (please include middle initial): James (Jim) L. Corkill
E-mail address: CorkillAZ@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Just visiting your web site. Looks great and good history of the Grenadier. Enjoyed reading it.
Sunday, April 21st 2002 - 11:38:10 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Robert M. MacGregor
E-mail address: SCOTTY58@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1960-1962
What was your rate/rank on 525?: LT
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I reported aboard in Jan 1960 right out of SubSchool and left in September 1962. I rotated through every officer billet except CO/XO. We made one Med cruise and several jaunts to GITMO to irritate the ASW drstroyers. A great boat! We had the "E" when I came aboard and also when I left her.
Friday, April 19th 2002 - 08:27:37 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Marvene Lynch
E-mail address: marv630@juno.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: I am looking for a James Dickson Lucas who was on the submarine USS Grenadier in early 60s. If he sees this please contact Marvene at marv630@juno.com
Wednesday, April 17th 2002 - 08:31:10 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Donald W. Brown
E-mail address: oskiefans.1@insightbb.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Already signed on, but have new email address since @HOME went belly up.
Wednesday, April 10th 2002 - 07:40:49 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Ronny Saxe
E-mail address: r.saxe@skynet.be
Homepage URL: http://users.skynet.be/RonSubCovers/
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: You have a very nice website: keep going on honouring Subs and Subvets.

Warm greetings from Belgium

Ronny Saxe
Thursday, March 28th 2002 - 09:59:35 PM
Name (please include middle initial): J. Michael Shaner
E-mail address: m.shaner@mindspring.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM2
Please tell us about your time on SS525: The Cave. I was transferred off of the Marlin SST2 because of a EM shortage for a trip to Getmo. I was contacted on a Sunday night and left 4am Monday. After the initial shock I came to enjoy my time on the Grenadier. I quickly qualified and stood senior controllerman watches. But the Grendier was a four battery boat and as an EM I spent a lot of time diving battery wells.
Sunday, January 20th 2002 - 08:04:22 PM
Name (please include middle initial): William L Thompson
E-mail address: WTHOMPSON1@kscable.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: Oct. 1960 to Nov. 1963
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM1(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I had the forward torpedo room and went through the full Cuban Crisses.
Saturday, January 12th 2002 - 07:04:45 PM
Name (please include middle initial): John C Patterson
E-mail address: JohnPatt39@earthlink.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: May 61 thru Aug 63
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM1(SS)
Wednesday, January 9th 2002 - 08:02:20 PM
Name (please include middle initial): William H. Enneis
E-mail address: enneis@gru.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was not on 525, but served on USS Tirante (SS420)when 525 was still in commission and part of subron 12 in KWest. I bought a dolphins tie tack from a Grenadier sailor who made it, for .50. Wouldn't take anything for it now, and still wear it (whenever I wear a tie!)after 30+ years. Always liked the looks of 525 and 406, as they were the only 2 boats in the squadron with the north atlantic sails, all the others had the stepped sails. I left 420 in March 68 as an STS2(SS). DBF!!
Wednesday, January 2nd 2002 - 07:15:34 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Donald(Don) W. Brown
E-mail address: oskiefans.1@home.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 61-63
What was your rate/rank on 525?: ETN2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: First time at sea, went to Norfolk for degaussing, and what a job it was pulling those cables to the top of the sail.
Made a med cruise, was involved in the "hold down" of the unidentified contact that Cdr. Magee wanted to shoot. Was deeply involved in the blockade, when we were sent to Gitmo, around the Eastern tip of the island, searching for radar sites. many, many fond memories, and some shaky ones too, like when we ere operating in the deep hole, and lost control making an emergency dive, and thought we weren't going to surface again.
Too many things to list here. Just say it was a great time in my life, and wouldn't trade it for the world
Wednesday, December 5th 2001 - 10:05:18 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Jim Bosserdet
E-mail address: seadog525@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM1/SS
Saturday, December 1st 2001 - 08:27:40 PM
Name (please include middle initial): John K. Rowlingson
E-mail address: qmsspilot@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: I wasn't on the Grenadier but was on the Amberjack (SS-522). I've had a great time going through all of the fine pictures you have posted. They're very similar to the way I remember the Amberjack days. Thanks for the memory.
Wednesday, November 21st 2001 - 04:33:40 PM
Name (please include middle initial): YN2(SS) Mark S. Pitts
E-mail address: mark@msequel.com
Homepage URL: http://msequel.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Very nice website. I will be sure to add it to my links to Diesel boat pages on my website when I get it finished.
Wednesday, November 21st 2001 - 06:26:18 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Leon J. Uplinger Cdr, USN (Retired)
E-mail address: l.uplinger@worldnet.att.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 60-62
What was your rate/rank on 525?: MM2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Really enjoyed my tour on the 525. Met some good friends which I still have today.
Comments: I served on alot of boats including 3 diesels and many nukes, but the comaraderie on the Grenadier wasthe best.
Sunday, November 11th 2001 - 07:05:05 AM
Name (please include middle initial): William (Bill) M. Niland
E-mail address: BillN189@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1955-56
What was your rate/rank on 525?: END3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: While in high school I joined the Naval Reserve. In the fall of 1954 I decided to go on Active Duty and see the world. I went directly to Sub school and then on to 4 week engineering school at New London.

After completing school, I was assigned to the Grenadier in SqDn8 that was at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for overhaul - since Portsmouth is my home town -- so much for seeing the world!!

Upon leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard we went on a shakedown to Montreal and then to sub base in New London, CT for daily operations as school boat.

In January, 1955, we left for Med cruise with usual Ports of Call. While in Beirut all recently qualified were thrown overboard and we took a few of the old timers with us. Upon leaving Med, we made Ports of Call to Roterdam and Portsmouth, England, before returning to New London. The last big operation I took on '525' was to Bermuda and upon leaving we ran aground which took some undoing to get us off and shortly after we had several new officers!!

I really enjoyed my time on board and did see a lot of the world, leaving Grenadier in November, 1956.

After leaving the Navy, I went to work for the US Postal Service and retired in 1990. Now all my time is spent with grandchildren and trying to improve my golf game. I only learned about this website (which is GREAT!) 2 weeks prior to the Florida reunion and could not attend. I hope the decision was made to have another one next year as I would make every attempt to be a part of it.

If any of my old shipmates are ever in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I would love to see them. NH Tel. # 603-436-8700. Would also like hearing from those Grenadiers who did not serve with me.
Monday, November 5th 2001 - 04:46:45 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Charles J. Paradelas
E-mail address: cjpara@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1961-1965
What was your rate/rank on 525?: EM3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: My first submarine assignment; sent to Key West from sub
school. Many fond memories of the cruises and exercises.
Participated in Med cruise, Guitmo run, and east coast run
to Philly shipyard. Seems like we also went to portsmouth,
Va. in shipyard.
shipmates I remember at the moment were: Snyder and
Coglan. REmember many hours in the battery compartment and
maneuvering room and on my knees scrubbing decks. Also was
prsent on the North Atlantic run, where we had to conserve
frest water and I took a "bath" with condensate in the pump
room.
Wednesday, September 5th 2001 - 05:16:40 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Roger T. ASHLEY
E-mail address: ashleyrt@hq.sublant.navy.mil
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: '62-'65 & '69-'71
What was your rate/rank on 525?: LTJG-LT & LCDR
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I reported an board in early Oct '62--CO--Jack Magee
welcomed me onboard by telling me that SS meant Saturdays
and Sundays. Our first week of ops was supposed to be PCO
Ops but Jack Kennedy changed our sked by delaring a
blockade of CUBA--The big G spent the Cuban crisis in port
GITMO--pretty tense time but Thanksgiving Dinner on the
pier in Corinoso Cove was great with Turkey & trimmings
cooked to perfection by CS1 Bagwell. Great Port visit to
Ocho Rios-- tied up to Dr No's Bauxite Pier. Back in KWEST
Hugh Downs made us do about three landings for TV to show
the public what the silent service had done to defend the
country. Snorkeling in February off Eleuthra was a bitch--
got my wings as diving officer many times. GTMO again and
Port Visit in Port Antonio when Thresher went down--we all
felt for Dick Olsen and his concern for buddies who
wouldn't come home. Qualified in OCT '63 and then went
north to Norfolk for overhaul--can't remember the name of
the hurricane that turned around and chased us south as we
were trying to go north--hope the guy who was in the bridal
suite in the after room recovered from being bounced off
the deck on his head--we made a pit stop at CHASN to
Medevac him. Overhaul in Norfolk was great fun--The Safety
Tank Pressure Test comes to mind as does our fued(?) with
the Sea Leopard -- still wonder who called the SS 483
office to tell them that SECNAV had come on Sea Leopard in
Drydock for a visit-- boy did Herm Bushman explode out of
their office--boy was he pissed. Joe Hanzel did you do
that? Dick Olsen ? (Can't ask Jay Broach- but it was
right up his alley). The Mk 16 torpedo that enabled when
it left the forward nest was another real thrill-- If we
had been going just half a knot faster it would have missed
us astern--and hit us amidships on the portside! I think
there were at least three transportation pins that appeared
in the CONN when the torpedo circled. The photo recon at
Ft Jefferson has shown up in other recollections-- we were
doing the recon as the final compet of the year--I was the
photo officer--we had finished the run and were snorkeling
out on two engines with the regular watch set in 105 feet
of water--stern planesman took planes to full dive to
correct an up bubble prob--he couldn't get them out-- I was
in Fwd Bat Pantry developing the film when I felt the angle
come on followed shortly by bow bouancy blowing followed
by crunch on the bottom. You know, nobody ever asked me
why the film got spoiled for that compet; that was the last
photo recon ever done on Ft Jefferson. In Drydock in
Philly we found a 5 gallon paint can cruched near the stern
plane operating gear. I transferred from 525 in March
of '65 just before she went to the MED. My second tour on
525 was from December '69 to Apr '71. Fond memories of
Capt Bill RUSS, Joe Jockel, "Pink Panther" Plehal, Larry
Fletcher and John Davis. St Paddys Day in Savannah was a
blast as were the trips to GTMO--Has anybody heard from QM1
Bosserdet ? He was the Sqdn 12 "Deploying Quartermaster"
Good port visits to Port au Prince and Montego Bay -good
that is for everybody except the Navigator (Anchored out
at Montego on the side of a submerged mountain was really
fun.) Glad we didn't go into the freeport as 525 did a year
or so later. I transferred to XO of Entemedor for her last
hurrah before we Decommed and turned her over to the Turks
in the Summer of '72.
Wednesday, August 1st 2001 - 06:54:04 AM
Name (please include middle initial): T. Scot Brown
E-mail address: TSBrown1@ptd.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: '71-'72
What was your rate/rank on 525?: Cdr.
Tuesday, July 31st 2001 - 09:19:11 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Linford C. Brown (Lindy)
E-mail address: bubblehead02@msn.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 70-72
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FN
Please tell us about your time on SS525: The Grenadier was my first boat after leaving Subschool. I
joined her at KeyWest and shortly after checking in we
shiped out to Cuba. It was then that I realized that I made
the right choice of joining the Submarine Force. I met A
group of men that taught me allot and guided me in the
right direction. One of the was my LPO Bill George, he was
a hard man to work for but fair, he knew when to push and
when to guide. David Juniman was another that help make it
great tour. We made a couple Gitmo trips before I was
transered of the to a Nuc Submarine. The Grenadier and DBF
are and will always be my best memories.
Saturday, July 28th 2001 - 05:26:08 PM
Name (please include middle initial): michael j long
E-mail address: mikess410@webtv.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 68-70
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FTG3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I reported aboard on Halloween Night 1968 in Key West.
Transferred from Nautilus in Portsmouth N.H. Naval Ship
Yard. Qualified on 525 in Gitmo. I recall the Big G being a
4 battery boat and there being very little sleeping room for
NQPs in after battery or anywhere. Was on maneuvering watch
in anchor locker with t-wrench when we collided with Sea
Leopard in main ship channel Key West, next stop ARD. First
guy I met was "Dancing Bear" aka Jim Ivory. Helped write
lyrics to THE GOOD SHIP GRENADIER and the TWELVE DAYS OF
SNORKELING.
Comments: Enjoyed time served and crew. Was sent to MK 106 UWFCS
School in Groton Dec. 1969. Met wife, took back to key West,
kept same.
Friday, July 20th 2001 - 01:59:58 PM
Name (please include middle initial): George M. Arnold
E-mail address: seafox9@home.com
Homepage URL: http://seafoxss402.homestead.com/index.html
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Comments: Just went through the site and enjoyed it very much. I have the new link posted on the Guppy Submarine Tribute page now. Thanks again for the heads up on your new URL.
You have some super photos! Tks, :) AR
Sunday, July 8th 2001 - 01:16:52 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Aaron Ellis Jr.
E-mail address: 19ellis36@adelphia.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1957-1959
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FN(SS)-EN3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: My first Submarine. Reported aboard after Submarine School late Summer 1957. Qualified Submarines on board 525. I recall running the air banks down really low using the Ships Whistle when we were tied up at Monaco New Years Eve 1957. I also recall the pink sub being used in a movie in Key West 1958. Boy those were the days. I Retired from the Navy in 1978 after Serving on two other boats but none compared to the great times and great friends made on Grenadier.
Friday, July 6th 2001 - 05:59:45 PM
Name (please include middle initial): William W. Truitt
E-mail address: foururealty@i-link-2.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: '52-53
What was your rate/rank on 525?: SN(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I went from boot camp to sub school to Grenadier.I reported
aboard either latter part of '51 or first part of '52. Got
qualified in Philadelphia Navy Yard before our glorious trip to Rio de Janiero! I particularly remember the great
party thrown in our honor by the Naval Attache' in Rio. That
party was a very close second to the one thrown in our honor by the German SS bar owners on our last day in port. They thought we "U-Boot" sailors were the greatest. I also will never forget our shellback initiation when we polliwogs had to kiss the peanut butter smeared belly of the royal baby (Dave Tabutt, TM1, FTR.)I often think about a great shipmate, Robert E. Johnson, who was TM1 in the after torpedo room and susequently COB of the Thresher. I see that Ed Hulseberg has signed in. Ed was Johnson's striker. The Captain, LCDR, William C. Dozier was a good and well respected Captain. I vividly remember getting under way in Ciudad Trujillo. The river current was a bit stronger than Captain Dozier anticipated. My manuevering watch was as forward capstan phone talker. We missed colliding with President Trujillo's private yacht (converted U.S. DE) by 18 inches. Alas, an international incident was avoided. I also remember Stacy Power as being one of the finest cooks in the Navy. He came off the Presidential yacht Williamsburg and provided us with fantastic meals. In retrospect, I have occasionally wished I had never left the Grenadier or the Navy. One of these days soon, I am scheduled to get an overnight trip on one of the nukes stationed at Bangor. My days aboard the Grenadier have provided me with some of my fondest memories and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. It was a great crew, great officers and a very special boat. I look forward to renewing old aquaitenances in St Petersburg.
Monday, June 18th 2001 - 10:24:06 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Dennis A Duffy
E-mail address: dennisd13@home.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1958-1961
What was your rate/rank on 525?: et2(ss)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Greatest Guppy 2A boat ever. I think we werew voted the 'Most Chromed Boat' as we left Charleston Shipyard after overhaul in 1960 - even the ladder from COC to Conn was chrome!

Sam Bass was COB - can't remember the skipper.

I left when I extended for nuke school in 1961.... maybe I shouldn't have.....
Saturday, June 9th 2001 - 06:17:42 PM
Name (please include middle initial): David E. Joranson
E-mail address: joranson@facstaff.wisc.edu
Homepage URL: http://www.medsch.wisc.edu/painpolicy
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1963-1966
What was your rate/rank on 525?: FTG2(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I have been wondering for years what happened to the Grenadier and the officers and crew with whom I was privileged to serve. I heard that it had been sold to Venezuela. I came across this website by accident; I had some time to "surf" one night, and I searched for my last name, just to see what would come up. And up came this site! It was a thrill to see all the work that went in to this site, and to see some of the names of men I served with! I discovered the reason the search engine found this site--it was because buried deep in one of the sign-on notes was one from Joe Hanzel, who asked 'what happened to Dave Joranson?'

I have good memories of my time on the Grenadier, which I am looking forward to sharing at the Reunion. My rack was in the forward torpedo room, starboard side, top rack. It was one of those that did not need to be moved when loading torpedos.

We were tied up in Jamaica when the Thresher went down with all hands.

The Gate bar, what was her name, Brandy? Cuban sandwiches, southernmost beach, diving for goosters and coffee cups...

I was the ship's swimmer for awhile, and actually collected one brandy after an exercise--"Put the swimmer in the water!"

Reggie Hamer was a good Captain. We also had one that liked angles--can't remember his name.

Back to Joe Hanzel: after I read his note on this website I got his phone number, we talked, and I stopped to visit him in Florida on a business trip, it was just like old times, believe me! He and Judy are, well, great people.

I was 'extended' due to Vietnam; after I left the Grenadier in 1966, I wrote up one "newsletter" with crude info I was able to come upon about the officers and crew; I'll bring copies to the Reunion.

The TDC was my 'gear,' along with torpedo firing system, the periscopes, the DRT in the starboard aft corner of the Conning Tower and the TBT on the bridge. At the Reunion there WILL be a quiz about operation of this gear. (Just don't ask me about drain pumps and blowing shit through the ship's whistle.)

I send best regards to all shipmates of the 525

Dave Joranson

Thursday, June 7th 2001 - 07:04:18 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Katherine L. Havel
E-mail address: texaggie@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
What year(s) were you aboard?: ?-1943
Comments: I'm looking for any information on my Great Uncle. Lee Shaw served on the original Grenadier and was a POW for 2 years. He also represented the Allied Prisoners of War on the USS Missouri during the surrender signing. If you have any information on Lee Shaw or any pictures, please contact me. Thank you!
Monday, May 28th 2001 - 10:08:12 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Edmund W. Hulseberg
E-mail address: edmund@hulseberg.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 52-55
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: The time spent in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the South American Cruise were the high points for me.
Tuesday, May 22nd 2001 - 11:02:03 AM
Name (please include middle initial): John M. Dill CWO4 USN (Ret.)
E-mail address: jdill1927@earthlink.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
What year(s) were you aboard?: 60 or 61
What was your rate/rank on 525?: USAF Brat
Please tell us about your time on SS525: GRENADIER did a port visit and visit-ship in Gulfport, MS
in the summer of 60 or 61. My mother took me to visit, and
I've never forgotten it. The boat was immaculate, and the
crew treated us like kings. I joined the Navy in '67.
During a tour at SRF Yokosuka, Japan between 72-75, I was a
Ship's Superintendent for USS GRAYBACK (LPSS-574). The
first time I went below in GRAYBACK, the smell hit me -
that unforgettable 'GRENADIER' smell! I've since
discovered that Ross "Simmie" Simcox, GRENADIER sailor, was
the RMC in GRAYBACK at that time and that we were, briefly,
shipmates. I've also heard from Bill "Rocky" Adams, EN1
(SS) of GRENADIER, who was aboard during that Gulfport
visit. It may sound odd, coming from a 30-year Tin Can
Sailor, but I've always had great affection for the diesel
boats. I'd like to thank that great bunch in GRENADIER who
were so patient and courteous to an inquisitive kid, on an
otherwise boring duty day in-port, so long ago. Gunner
Dill, too, says "DBF"!
Thursday, May 17th 2001 - 08:09:55 AM
Name (please include middle initial): ALAN R JAMES
E-mail address: alanjames@securityleisure.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Please tell us about your time on SS525: not a sailor by a true life British Grenadier Guardsman.
intrested in all things grenadier
Wednesday, April 25th 2001 - 06:25:53 AM
Name (please include middle initial): Barlaan, Bobby P.
E-mail address: bncbarlaan@aol.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
What year(s) were you aboard?: late 50 - early 60
What was your rate/rank on 525?: steward
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I am the son of Alejandro (ALEX) M. Barlaan. I was
born in New London and grew up in Key West through the mid
60's. My father was a navy steward on the USS Grenadier.
I know that he also served on the Sub-tender Bushnell and
in the Admiral's mess. I'm looking for anyone who might
have known my father and possibly have pictures of the
Grenadier.
I have many fond memories of growing up in Key West
and even remember a movie being made there about a pink
submarine. I think it starred Tony Curtis. I often make
it back to Key West because it was such a great place to
grow up.
My dad left Key West for an assignment in Washington,
D.C. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who served on the
Grenadier.
Comments: Thanks for taking the time to make this web page!
Monday, March 26th 2001 - 03:41:00 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Johnie G. Smith
E-mail address: johnies@xtalwind.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1965-1967
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM3SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Servied on Grenadier from 1965 to the end of 1967. Would
like to hear from anyone who was on the Grenadier during
this time.
Sunday, March 25th 2001 - 08:02:19 PM
Name (please include middle initial): James R. McCain
E-mail address: jmccain@cfl.rr.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 64/65
What was your rate/rank on 525?: mm3
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Went to SS-525 after dropping out of nuc school. Was in
eng rooms. Remember Amposta, Osterman, Weaver, May.
Enjoyed my tour on the only 4 battery boat in Key West.
RMCS (SS) Sam Bass was best Radioman I have ever met and
served with.
Friday, March 9th 2001 - 06:48:55 PM
Name (please include middle initial): James R Hamer
E-mail address: jhamer525@hotmail.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 69-72
What was your rate/rank on 525?: CS3/SS
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Wow, Where does one start the memories are great and it was
a great part of my life. Gitmo, the islands, being the
only cook in subron 12 that wanted to be a torpedoman,
Savannah, GA for St Patrick's Day and many many more.
Comments: Great boat DBF
Friday, March 9th 2001 - 02:54:24 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Wayne Millington
E-mail address: wmillington123@prodigy.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1959
What was your rate/rank on 525?: RM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Loaned from Atule 403 for a run to Kingston just for the
trip. Then transfered back to Atule
Wednesday, March 7th 2001 - 01:45:38 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Richard M. Stroud
E-mail address: uprocesses@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://na
Were you a Grenadier sailor? No
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? No
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Did not serve on Grenadier but was on Amberjack in 52' and
53'. Went out on Grenadier at New London when in sub
school about May or June 52'. I really admired the
beautiful profile of the sail and from sub school was sent
to Key West to be on the Amberjack - - just like the
Grenadier. I enjoyed seeing the two of these boats docked
side by side at Key West in one of the pictures in your web
site. Wish Amberjack had a site. I really miss those days.
Regards, R. Stroud
Monday, February 26th 2001 - 10:51:33 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Terence E. Kelly
E-mail address: terence.e.kelly@boeing.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: En3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: Transferred from Threadfin in Dec. 1969, left Grenadier in
Nov. 1970. At the time of departure was lead throttleman in
forward engine room.
Wednesday, February 21st 2001 - 12:14:46 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Antoine Richard G
E-mail address: CAntoine@tampabay.rr.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1966-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM2C/SS
Sunday, February 18th 2001 - 08:00:14 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Frank D. Hekenberger
E-mail address: fhekenbe@netnet.net
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 1967-1970
What was your rate/rank on 525?: TM3
Comments: Great finding this website. Always wanted to keep in touch
with some of the great shipmates I had. Looking forward to
the reunion in October 2001 in Orlando. It would be great if
most could make it. Will write more about experiences later,
and; I might add, they were great ones. Some of my best
memories ever. Just wanted to add my name to the Crew List
for now.
Sunday, February 11th 2001 - 05:47:27 PM
Name (please include middle initial): Eugene F. Baldwin
E-mail address: efbald@erols.com
Were you a Grenadier sailor? Yes
If so, may we add you to our Crew List? Yes
What year(s) were you aboard?: 65-67
What was your rate/rank on 525?: QM3(SS)
Please tell us about your time on SS525: I was transferred from the Barracuda to the Grenadier
in Aug 65. I earned my dolphins on the Grenadier and
met a lot of great guys. Coggins (QM3) and Taylor
(QM1) trained me as quartermaster after I had served
my time mess cooking. I also spent some months on
the topside gang eating rust dust and paint chips with
Tim DeCamp and some other great guys. I have many
fond memories: while in drydock, Coggins disguising
himself as a yardbird (removing his dentures made the
disguise!) to get aboard another boat and snatch their
helm. Trips to Ocho Rios (had to put out to sea with
over half the crew on liberty because of rough seas
battering the seawall) and Tampa-St. Pete (the college
girls!). Robbie Robinson loaning me his car when my
girl ("the schoolmarm") came to Key West for a visit one
Easter. We parked and watched the sunset (me and
the schoolmarm, not Robbie!). I married that
schoolmarm after I left the Navy in 67 and we are still
happily hitched. We have 3 children and 1 grandchild.
Thanks, Robbie! Your car did the trick. Harry Monroe
used to bend my ear about farming in Virginia. A great
guy! I was a city boy and didn't know squat about
farming. When Captain Fritz Hahn chewed out the
lookouts for missing sightings, he said we were as
"worthless as titties on a boar hog." Well, I didn't know
what a boar hog was or why it wouldn't have a need for
titties. When another boat rammed the pier and
splintered some pilings, Capt. Hahn said of his
colleague, "They should take his jock strap away!" I had
to think about that one a while, too. I can still picture the
CO on the attack scope in the conn as he took his
bearings on a practice target; he would get so excited,
and we would get so quiet, that all you could hear in the
conn was the sound of him sucking furiously on his
unlit pipe. I rode the 525 to Charleston in June 67 and
got my discharge there. I bought a '65 Datsun from
Meadows (QM1) and drove it home to Baltimore. And
years later here's a stunning coincidence: Our oldest
son became a Navy SEAL in 1989 (always had to
one-up his old man). He met a girl in Va. Beach that he
liked a whole lot, and eventually he worked up the nerve
to ask her to marry him. When he went to New Orleans
to meet her family, it turned out that his fiance's father
was a former Grenadier sailor: Butch Burlette (TM3),
1966! Butch also served aboard the Barracuda and
other boats.
Comments: An excellent Web site! When I looked at those pictures, I
saw faces I haven't seen in over 30 years and when I
read these dreambook entries, it's like it all happened
just yesterday!
Saturday, February 10th 2001 - 06:40:45 PM
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