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Meet the crew

(To protect the privacy of our members, we do not release telephone numbers or email addresses on this public website.)

Base Officers

PhotoNameRate/RankQual BoatQual YearOther BoatsNavy Days

Tom Ramsay*
USN Ret.

MS1 (E6) USS Tecumseh (SSBN-628) 1967 USS Halibut (SSN/SSGN-587)
USS Omaha (SSN-692))
USS Indianapolis (SSN-697)
  Charles Mongan, Jr.*
Vice Commander
EN2 (E5) Hardhead (SS-365) 1969    

Mark Dykstra
Jr. Vice Commander & Kaps 4 Kids Coordinator

EM2 (E5) USS Gato (SSN-615) 1992    
 Bruce Pickering_current Bruce Pickering*
EN2 (E5) USS Baya (SS/Agss-318) 1967    

Kate Ramsay
Newsletter Editor & Webmaster

  Associate Member      
 Dave Spencer_current David Spencer*
EN3 (E4) USS Remora (SS-478) 1968    Dave Spencer early years

Richard Martin*
Events Coordinator

 EN (E4) USS Amberjack (SS-522) 1963    
  Terry Elmeier
Storekeeper &
Scout Program Coordinator
TM1 (E6) USS Gato (SSN-615) 1973    
Bob Flect_current

Robert Fleck

TM3 (E6) USS Bugara (SS-331)  1969    
Phil Owens*
Immediate Past Base CDR, currently USSVI Central Dist. 2 CDR
 QMC (E7)  USS Odax (SS-484)  1960  USS Conger (SS/AGSS-477)
USS Archerfish (SS/AGSS-311)
USS Diablo (SS-479)
USS Sea Cat (SS-399)

Crew Members

PhotoNameRate/RankQual BoatQual YearOther BoatsNavy Days
  Michael Barney YNCS (E8) USS Richard B. Russell (SS-687) 1978 USS City of Corpus Christi (SS-705)
USS Sturgeon (SS-637)


Bob Bates_current

Bob Bates* RM1 (E6) USS Darter (SS-576) 1961 USS Trumpetfish (SS-425)  
  Victor Buchholz EM3 (E4) USS Tusk (SS-426) 1967    
  Donald Bosetti* EN2  USS Growler (SS-577) 1959    


Sherm Buetsch_current

Sherman Buetsch* EMCM (E9) USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) 1968    
  John Wankowski STS3 (E4) USS Flasher (SSN-613) 1971 USS Barb (SSN-596)  
  Nathan Heft EMN1 (E6) USS Buffalo (SSN-715) 2000 USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)  


Jim Helsell_current

Jim Helsell (E6) USS Gato (SSN-615) 1980    


Archie Holtz_current

Archie Holte* CM2 (E5) USS Gabilan (SS-252) 1944 USS Bluefish (SS-222)  


Joe Jones_current

Joseph Jones* MM1 (E6) USS Daniel Webster (SSBN-626) 1966    
  Earl Joslyn IC2 (E5) Associate Member  




Renee Martin_current

Renee Martin   Associate Member      
  David Miller MMC (E8) USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633) 1975

USS Severn (AO-61)
USS George C. Marshall (SSBN-654)
USS George W. Carver (SSBN-656)
USS Spadefish (SSN-668)
USS Simon Lake (AS-33)



Patrick O'Brien_current

Patrick O'Brien MM2 USS Tench (SS-417) 1959

USS Grayback (SSG-574)



Wayne Orrison_current

Wayne Orrison* SSTC (E8) USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643) 1967

USS Galveston (CLG3)
USS Southerland (DDR-743)
USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631)
USS Mystic (DSRV-1)

  Kevin E. Preble MM1 (E6) USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) 1975    


Daryl Rorabaugh_current
Daryl Rorabaugh TM2 (E5) USS Ulysses G. Grant (SSBN-631) 1970    


Jan Lundquist-Spencer_now

Jan Lundquist-Spencer   Associate Member      


Connie Stines   Associate Member    


  John Stines* EN3 (E4) USS Raton (SS/SSR/AGSS-270) 1962 USS Nereus (AS-17)


  Gary Walters MM2 (E5) USS Greenfish (SSBN-657) 1967

USS Cobia (SS245)

USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657)

  Brian Willemont
USN Retired
MMC (E7) USS Pintado (SSN-672) 1992 USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720) USS Louisville (SSN-724) USS Newport-News (SSN-750) USS Toledo (SSN-769)  

On Eternal Patrol

The below Shipmates have embarked on their Final Patrol under Heavenly Orders from our Supreme Commander. They have shipped out to calm seas and warm breezes to join company of their shipmates who have gone before him.

Rest your Oar, Shipmate, we have assumed your watch.

PhotoNameRate/RankQual BoatQual YearOther BoatsNavy Days
Rudy Kraut_current

Rudy Kraut*
Left on Eternal Patrol
Click for American Submariner article
for Life & Times of Rudy "Saur" Kraut

TM2 USS Lizardfish (SS-373) 1945 USS R4 USS Blueback (SS-326) Rudy "Saur" Kraut_early years

 * Holland Club Member. Learn more about this prestigious honor.