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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
Dick Martin Richard Martin*
 EN (E4)  USS Amberjack (SS-522) 1963    Dick Martin early years
Wayne Orrison_current Wayne Orrison* Sr. Vice Commander STSC (E8) USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643) 1967  USS Galveston (CLG3)
USS Southerland (DDR-743)
USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631)
USS Mystic (DSRV-1)
Mark Dykstra Mark Dykstra
Jr. Vice Commander, Membership Chair,& Kaps 4 Kids Coordinator
EM2 (E5) USS Gato (SSN-615) 1992    
Bruce Pickering_current Bruce Pickering*
EN2 (E5) USS Baya (SS/Agss-318) 1967    
Patrick O'Brien_current Patrick O'Brien*  Secretary MM2 MM2USS Tench (SS-417) 1959 USS Grayback (SSG-574)  
Tom Ramsay*
Immediate Past CDR
USN Ret.
MS1 (E6) USS Tecumseh (SSBN-628) 1967 USS Halibut (SSN/SSGN-587)
USS Omaha (SSN-692))
USS Indianapolis (SSN-697)
Phil Owens*
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)
Terry Elmeier
Storekeeper &
Scout Program Coordinator
TM1 (E6) USS Gato (SSN-615) 1973  
Kate Ramsay
Newsletter Editor & Webmaster
  Associate Member      

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    
  Tim Deneen RM2 (E5) USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) 1972    
Bob Flect_current Robert Fleck* TM3 (E6) USS Bugara (SS-331) 1969    
  Nathan Heft EMN1 (E6) USS Buffalo (SSN-715) 2000 USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)  
Jim Helsell_current Jim Helsell (E6) USS Gato (SSN-615) 1980    
  Jim Hill MMC (E8) USS Seahorse (SSN-669) 1975

USS Columbus (SSN-762)

USS Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644)

USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632)

USS Cincinnati SSN-693)

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 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)

Charles Mongan, Jr.* EN2 (E5)  Hardhead (SS-365) 1969   USS Gato (SSN-615)  
  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    
Dave Spencer_current David Spencer* EN3 (E4) USS Remora (SS-478) 1968   Dave Spencer early years
Jan Lundquist-Spencer_now Jan Lundquist-Spencer   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)

  John Wankowski STS3 (E4) USS Flasher (SSN-613) 1971

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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.