USS Queenfish (SS-393)


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Entry: 83957
Subject: NAVY VET.

Ron Thompson wrote on August 19, 2012


City and State: SIMI VALLEY CA

Unit: USS QUEENFISH

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Deck gang Blenny, Butch Hahn COB
Deck gang Queenfish, Sam Seaton COB
Injured on Queenfish 1954
Qualified Queenfish 54
Discharged Queenfish Oct.1954

Keywords: Blenny SS324
Queenfish SS393



Entry: 72872
Subject: QUEENFISH SHIPMATES

Kenneth Jacobs wrote on December 24, 2009


City and State: LAKE GROVE NY

Unit: IC ELECTRICIAN SS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served aboard 10/45 thru 10/47. Left her just prior to her "Northern Run" up under the ice. Had great crew, great officers and Capt Shamer was the best, as was Jack Bennet, Exec.

It was my honor and privledge to have served.

Keywords: U-boat cmdr.



Entry: 69392
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES ON QUEENFISH.

Denise McMains wrote on March 7, 2009


City and State: CARROLL IA

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: does anyone have any pictures of my dad who was on the queenfish? he has passed away last year..his name is dudley...thank you.

Keywords: daughter of a salior on the uss queenfish..



Entry: 65593
Subject: I SERVED ON THE QUEENFISH 56 59

Donald Hackworth wrote on May 13, 2008


City and State: HILTON HEAD IS SC

Unit: USS QUEENFISH

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

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Entry: 62596
Subject: 'OPERATION PETTICOAT

John Griffin wrote on October 14, 2007


City and State: LIGHTHOUSE POINT FL

Unit: USS QUEENFISH SS393

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: After a good night's sleep, I remembered the 3rd Class Electrician's name who later got commissioned and retired as a Commander. It was Bill Clark of Calfiornia.

Keywords: Griff



Entry: 62591
Subject:

John Griffin wrote on October 13, 2007


City and State: LIGHTHOUSE POINT FL

Unit: USS QUEENFISH SS393

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served aboard Queenfish from October 1957 to June 1959 when I was tranferred to ComSubPac Hawaii. I came aboard as a Seaman Apprentice, and left as a Yeoman 3rd Class.

I worked with Chief Yeoman Johnson, who got commissioned as an Engsign and YN1 Snelling onboard Queenfish. We made the cruise to Australia, via Hawaii (where I met up with my brother who was a Sgt. in the Army), and then Yokosuka, Sasebo, Fiji, and Newcastle, Australia.

Earl Guida was our COB and Ma Caton did a great job as the Chief Cook, and took care of me during my mess cooking stint. LT RODGERS, LT Durocher LT Botwell, and ENS Shirley were a some of the officers that I remembered. One of our Engineers, Nick Ricci, also got commissioned and I met up with him years later.

When we got back to San Diego we were boarded by people from Republic Pictures for the weekend to film "Operation Petticoat" We had the chance to mingle with Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joanne O'Brien and Dina Merrill. I had a chance to stand duty on the aft-deck while the stars sat around rehearsing their lines, and I helped spectators get their autographs. I was also in the last scene with the Ships Captain, played Officer of the Deck to Commander Tony Curtis. We had several shots taken of us but they ended up on the cutting floor.

While I was aboard I was a good friend of Bill (and his last name escapes me now) an Electrian. He was married and had a daughter named Dawm. That name stuck with me about 25 years later when I ran into Commander Bill ? who had taken a commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program and ended up in the Pentagon, where I was also stationed.

I got a commission later on and retired as Commander in 1994. However, I still recall and relish my first experience with the Navy onboard Queenfish.

Now, I'm just an old retired sailor, and retired professor, gradually fading away.

Thanks for endulging in my memoirs.

John Griffin

Keywords: Griff



Entry: 61426
Subject: LOOKING FOR DAD'S SUB

Maureen Tobin wrote on June 26, 2007

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am trying to learn what submarine(s) my late father served on. His name was Bernard ("Bun") Tobin, He was in the Navy 1950-54, transferring from the Battleship Wisconsin in 1952 or 1953. At one point he was based in New London, CT. He was involved in navigation in some way. He died of natural causes in 1978, just after his 46th birthday. His wife, Joan, died several years later. Did he serve on the Queenfish?

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Entry: 60043
Subject: HELLO EXSHIPMATES

Brun Imberg wrote on February 16, 2007

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City and State: STILWELL OK

Unit: USS QUEENFISH SS393 1955 TO 1957

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: It would be fun to hear from ex-shipmates.

Keywords: MOOSE KINDER NICKNAMED ME STUMBLEING BUMBLING BRUIN THE BEAR CUB.



Entry: 53401
Subject: VPB-108 USS QUEENFISH 393 RESCUE APRIL 12, 1945.

Kenneth Parker SR. wrote on October 3, 2005

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City and State: FRESNO CA

Unit: VF-194-ATG-1 USS BOXER 1953

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: On April 8, 1945, a PB4Y-2 with VPB-108 out of Tinian on a return leg of a combat patrol crashed in the ocean about 200 miles southeast of Honshu, Japan. On April 12, the USS Queenfish 393 made a successful pick up of the 13 man crew. My brother, Wiley C. Parker, AMM3c was among the crew.

I am looking for any member of the Queenfish who was on the boat at that time. I have a photograph shot from the conning tower of the two life rafts lashed together just prior to bringing them aboard. I am writing a documentary for our family of my brother's involvement with VPB-108 and would really appreciate getting info from any member of the Queenfish crew who has info or was involved in this rescue. The pilot of the aircraft was Lt. William R. Hazlet,USNR

For many years, the crew exchanged Christmas cards and some came to visit at his home in Ahoski, N.C. Wiley Parker went to be with the Lord December 7, 1993 at the age of 68. If there is anyone out there who has this info about this incident, I would be grateful if you would contact me by e-mail goldeneagle34@hotmail.com.

Thank you very much and God Bless America.

Ken Parker

Keywords: VPB-108 PB4Y-2 Privateer ditching. USS Queenfish 393 rescue April 12, 1945. Fifth war Patrol.



Entry: 35360
Subject: GREAT DUTY

David (Mac) McCalman wrote on July 8, 2003

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Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served on the Queen from late 57 to early 61.
Best duty I ever had. We had a cook named Ma Caton, more than a cook. A chief. Pappy Miller was our Chief
engineman. Nordell ran the after engine room. Scrappy Howell ran the after torpedo room. I was in the after engine room with Jim Marrow, Leonard (Feroner), Muly Richards and Jeter Brock. We pulled some great liberty.
Thanks for giving me this chance to remember old shipmates.
Mac en2SS

Keywords: USS Queenfish SS 393



Entry: 29378
Subject: GROWLER STORY

James Morr wrote on November 8, 2002

Deceased

City and State: LOMPOC CA

Unit: COMBAT CAMERA GROUP,,PACFLT

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was the underwater cameraman on the Growler story shot aboard and around the USS Queenfish,I was in Combat Camera Group PacFlt at the time,,,Film starred ward bond,,ken curtis,,I also acted in it when they dove the sub out from under another ccg er by the name of Richards,,it was deemed to dangerous to use the actors so Richards and I were kinda asked by John Ford the director to do this little task,,,drank a lot of sea water that day,,,it was the H.W.Gilmore story,JAM USNRET.

Keywords: Rode the USS PRINCETON,CV.37,,,AND CVA.37 DURING THE KOREAN WAR



Entry: 16753
Subject: AWAY BOARDERS/THE GROWLER STORY

Pat Ridley wrote on May 24, 2001


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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the USS Queenfish SS393 from 1953 to 1957. While aboard, a moive was made called "Away Boarders/The Growler Story" directed by John Ford.
Does anyone out there know where one could buy this movie.

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Entry: 12896
Subject: CORRECTION

Darrel Fritts wrote on November 11, 2000


City and State: ORANGE CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Typo correction to my previous entry. My Captain was Mr Lowman (Not Larson.)

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Entry: 12895
Subject: FORMER QUEENFISH CREW MEMBER

Darrel Fritts wrote on November 11, 2000


City and State: ORANGE CA

Unit: USS QUEENFISH 1954--1957

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Ship's nickname at Squadron 5 while docked at the Sperry was "Queerfish" and the codeword for our ship was "Fairyboat". In 1956 we made a movie "The Growler Story" directed by John Ford. The movie had Ward Bond and Ken Curtis acting in it. We had a gigantic party afterwards at the Royal Hawiian Hotel. This movie was a documentary for Navy Recruiting which I was finally able to view in 1973 while serving as a Field Engineer at Patuxent Naval Base. I served as electronic Tech.

Keywords: Served under Captain Larson, Excutive Officer Lt. "Ma" Becker (Later Exec. Lt. Cronander.



Entry: 7969
Subject: 1952-56

Jack Goodner wrote on April 13, 2000

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City and State: DANVILLE IL

Unit: USS QUEENFISH SS393

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS Queenfish SS393

The submarine I was on was in Korean waters, during the Korean Conflict. Our main priority was to be quick to pick-up downed pilots, 'if and when', however we never were at the right place at the right time, although a lot of other subs picked up downed flyers.

Campaign ribbons listed on my DD-214, are, Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Ribbon, National Defense, and Good Conduct Ribbons.

I was in the Navy from 3-52 until 3-56. Served on
Queenfish SS393, and Blackfin SS322, total time,
except for sub school and Torpedoe school.

The Good Conduct Ribbon was awarded for
"4 years of Undetected Crime", ha!ha!

Thanks

Jack

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