Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Submarine Aircraft Carriers

I ran across this website on submarines and the use of Aircraft. Just about everything you would want to know that has happened or is being proposed is there. Lots of cool stuff to look at and read.



Monday, September 29, 2008

Funeral Arrangements Michael A. Gentile

Service Date: October 1, 2008 at 6 pm

Location: Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street in Fairfield, Maine

Visitation Date: October 1, 2008 from 4 to 6 pm

Location: Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street in Fairfield, Maine

Burial: Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 1 pm at the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road in Augusta, Maine.
Funeral Home
Sign the Memory Book on Legacy.com


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Legacy.com - Michael A. Gentile

I have initiated a Legacy.com site for the passing Of Michael A. Gentile of the USS Nebraska SSBN 739. Furthermore, As a central point and news provider for the Submarine Community, I have taken the liberty of sponsoring the first year for Petty Officer's Gentile's Legacy.com account. I have placed credit simply to the Submarine Community for all Brothers of the Phin, regardless of nationality to pay their respects. It will remain in the custody of TheSubReport.com unless requested relinquished by the Family or another responsible suitable sponsor. May the Lord bless Michael A. Gentile and all that sailed the deep and served or died in the preservation of a free Nation.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The New Navy Boot Camp

Found this video out on Myspace.com. Navy Boot Camp sure has changed.

navy bootcamp


Hurricane Ike Recovery Help Wanted!

Dear Shipmate,

Link: http://messdeck.com/History/Ike_Recovery.pdf

All of our volunteers made it safely through hurricane IKE although
the losses were devastating for some. Some returned to
Galveston to find their homes swept away.

The situation at our Seawolf Park is grim as well. We lost some of the buildings including the storage container of artifacts. The ships floated out of their berths and didn’t make it back into
their trenches. Our Destroyer Escort is listing dangerously to starboard.
While the ships look sound, a great deal of work will go into restoration of the exhibits. Some of our volunteers are already at work and look for your help.

Our foundation is a 501 c 3 not for profit association and donations are tax deductible. We are selling IKE Recovery Crew Tshirts, in dark blue cotton, similar to our very popular Restoration
Crew T-Shirts. Please consider helping by:

• Volunteering for work at our Seawolf Park. We are tentatively
setting aside Saturday October 11th as a kick-off day
for new volunteers. Please send us an e-mail to gharrison@
amp173.hbs.edu should you be interested to help so
we can confirm the date and arrangements.

• Donating $50.00 and we will send you one T-Shirt (sizes
available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL) and a CHF membership ($25.00

• Donating $100.00 or more and we will send you a T-Shirt, a
CHF membership and a U.S. Navy battle flag (Don’t Tread
on Me”) with a certificate of having been flown on our ships.
We thank you again for your support,

Grady Harrison
President, Cavalla Historical Foundation.
Tel. (713) 824 4736

The Cavalla Historical Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization

Friday, September 19, 2008

Talk Like a Pirate Day

(Wikipedia) International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday invented in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Corvallis, Oregon, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with "Hello," but with "Ahoy, me hearty!" The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy.

According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry's column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme.

How to Talk Like a Pirate

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Submerged in Space

Submariner and now Astronaut Steve Bowen is closer to making history as the First Submariner in Space. Although the roll out of STS 126 Space Shuttle Endeavour has been delayed, Capt. Bowen's ride should roll out to Pad 39B Friday. Endeavour will later be Launched to the International Space Station in November.

Shuttles on Launch Pads at the same time for possible Rescue Mission
Endeavour will be on standby when Atlantis blasts off from neighboring pad 39A on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. It would only be launched on a rescue mission if Atlantis sustained damage that endangered the ship and its crew.

Check back here at Decks Awash! and TheSubReport.com for Mission updates and coverage of this Historic Launch.

Florida Today
The chance of bad weather overnight prompted NASA officials to push back rollout of shuttle Endeavour at least 24 hours.Launch managers met tonight and were concerned thunderstorms north and south of Kennedy Space Center might creep into the area and damage the spaceship during a seven-hour move from the Vehicle Assembly Building out to launch pad 39B.The shuttle had been slated to begin the 4.2-mile trip at 12:01 a.m. The start of the journey is tentatively being rescheduled for the same time Friday.

Bowen is the first Submarine Officer selected by NASA. He was selected as astronaut candidate in July 2000. He reported for training at the Johnson Space Center in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was initially assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch while awaiting assignment to a Shuttle fligh as a Mission Specialist. Bowen was originally assigned to STS-124 but was moved to a later flight to allow the Shuttle to rotate an ISS crew member. Bowen is currently assigned to the crew of STS-126, targeted for launch in November 2008 to the International Space Station. STS-126 will carry a reusable logistics module that will hold supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, a second treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware. (Nasa Bio)

World War II Submarine Veterans History Project

The State of California is proud to partner with the Library of Congress in support of the Veterans History Project, a national effort to preserve our military history for future generations. The California Center for Military History, working in consort with the California State Military Museum, and in conjuction with the California Military History Educational Project, proudly introduces its unique history project geared toward actually documenting the never before told true-to-life stories of this nation's submarine veterans of World War II.

Video Preview: To Fly Beneath the Waves
Website: http://www.oralhistoryproject.com/


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lucy And The Submarine (1966)

The Lucy Show - Lucy And The Submarine 2/3 (1966)

The Lucy Show - Lucy And The Submarine 3/3 (1966)



2009 USSVI Submarine Calendars

The 2009 USSVI Submarine Calendars are available to order! This year's calendar features the submarine museum boats.

Remembering Our Heritage - Our Museum Submarines

Our 2009 full color submarine calender salutes the U.S. Submarines on public display, ranging from USS Drum (SS 228) the oldest on exhibit to the newest, USS Blueback (SS 581). Also featured is a map display showing where these historic subs are located. The Loss dates for all U.S. Submarines sunk or destroyed are listed in addition to other historic dates in both U.S. Submarine Veteran and U.S. Naval Submarine History

Individual calenders are $11.95 plus $2.00 shipping.
Reserve yours today by sending check or money order made payable to "USSVI" to:

Huey Hahn
USSVI National Store Keeper
P.O. Box 122. Husser,LA 70442-0122

email: subhuey@aol.com Telephone (985)748-8459


Grandson of World War II Hero and Second Generation Submariner Receives Dolphins

By: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class (SW) Cynthia Clark
Retired Machinist Mate Senior Chief (SS) Henry Kanahele, plank owner, USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) pins the Submarine Warfare breast insignia on his son, Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SS) Nanikamaikaiamekaoluoluokanoho-Lokahipuanaonahoahanau Kanahele at a ceremony at the submarine piers, Friday, Sept. 5. The Kanahele’s father and grandfather Ben Kanahele, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Medal of Merit in 1945 for heroism on the island of Ni’ihau following the attack on Pearl Harbor. According to the junior Kanahale, keeping up the family tradition was a no-brainer. “This was awesome,” said Kanahale. “It was indescribable to have my father pin on my dolphins; all my hard work has finally paid off.”


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Submarine Stories

Your Assistance Is Requested

From: LCDR Thomas Sousa USN (Ret.)

This letter will serve as a request for your assistance in helping me continue and complete an endeavor to commemorate our time as Submariners. As I am sure you will all agree the time spent in the Submarine Service was without a doubt one of the highlights of our time on this Earth. Despite the long hours, family separations, danger, stress and confined spaces, its hard not to look back fondly at our time in the “boats”.

Part of that fondness and respect is knowing that what we were doing was important. For you “elder” submariners it was fighting an enemy that had attacked our country and was determined on world domination. For us Cold Warriors it was knowing that we were the front lines in the battle to contain the spread of Communism and provide the world with a better alternative. And todays Submariners find themselves in a very different fight, that involving the global fight against terrorism.

But even more motivating than all of this was the thrill and uniqueness of being part of that submarine crew. What kept bringing us back to the hardships of sea duty was that internal gratification of being part of an elite group of sailors. Sailors who, more than in any other discipline, had to rely upon each other for their lives. You had to have complete and unadulterated confidence that when you went to your rack for a few hours sleep, that those shipmates on watch literally held your life in their hands. I for one always slept soundly, if not for long, knowing the finest shipmates in the Navy stood the watch.

I have always felt it was important to get the story of our submariners out to the public. Clearly I am not alone in that respect as over the last 10 years or so an increasing number of books have materialized with accounts of the magnificent activities of our submarines and the men who manned them. Admittedly these have been written by Submarine heroes and experts from their unique perspective. These books cover the innumerable heroic activities of our submarines from the Civil War to today, again very important information that the American public has not been privy to previously from the ”Silent Service”.

What hasn’t been adequately addressed is the more personal side of our time in submarines. That is the gist of my efforts. To meet that goal I would like to get as much input as possible from the submarine community and its veterans to make that happen. My goal is to gather and publish those “ sea stories” unique to the Submarine Service that we all have experienced on patrol and deployment. How often have we thought of those times we sent a young seaman searching the boat with a request chit for some “relative bearing grease” or 600 feet of “waterline”.

Therefore I hereby humbly ask that you pass this request along to your members so that they may submit their memories and stories of their time in submarines. This can include sea stories, personal anecdotes, family grams or just any fond memory that portrays the personal side of the submarine force. Please include name and boat so that proper acknowledgement can be made. My intention is to have these stories published to put a more personal face on a force that until recently has reveled in its anonymity. It’s important that we get this story out especially as we continue to lose those aging submarine heroes of World War II whose stories would otherwise be lost forever.

Your assistance in this effort is greatly appreciated. As a career submarine officer myself I greatly look forward to your inputs in this both personal and professional endeavor. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Very Respectfully,

Thomas Sousa
SSBN 610 (G), SSBN 601 (G), SS 567, SSBN 733(B), T-AGM 22

LCDR Thomas Sousa
109 Bel Aire Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, FL. 32937

Democratic Party War Room

I'm not really a big fan of either party using Hitler or Nazi's to make a point in politics or campaigns, but this is pretty good.

From the Video Author: Advocate1234

The funny thing is that some people think I was actually trying to compare Obama to Hitler. I just liked the yelling and hysteria.Had Rosie O'Donnell been yelling and throwing crap, and yelling at people, I would have used a video of her.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Submariners for Palin

If you want to join Sub Guys for Palin started by Sandy and I, go ahead and copy the logo below and use it on your website or blog. Let me know and I will list your site here as well. I have the logo linked to http://www.johnmccain.com/ or you can link back to this post.

Submariners for Palin
Sandy Salt

Blowing San #1

Boomer Rider

No Slack, Fast Attack


Stories and Experiences Requested on WWII Subs for Documentary

Via- http://www.militarywriters.com/Events%20&%20News.htm

Alex Buder, associate producer at Story House Productions, a television and film documentary company based out of Washington, DC. They are in pre-production of a new TV documentary series of American Submarines in the Pacific Theater during World War II and experiences of crew members to be shown on the History Channel. They produced the documentary on the USS Cole. Their website is http://www.storyhousepro.com/

Mr. Buder is requesting stories from WWII Submariners to be sent by e-mail or by regular mail to:

Alex Buder
Associate Producer
Story House Productions
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007


Dear Mr. Obama

Make sure to watch this all the way to the end...

Friday, September 5, 2008

My Best Pal and Shipmate is Voting for Obama!

I have done my best to bring him to his senses, because like a lot of people in this country, he only kind of pays attention politics, But my best pal and self proclaimed life long voting Republican is in the tank for Obama. He is simply voting for Obama for change.

I really tried to explain that Obama is as Liberal and Marxist as they come, but he wont listen to reason. Well, he punched holes in the ocean like the rest of us and sure has earned the right to support whoever he wants. Speaking of Marxism, a shocking photo of my best pal and shipmate has emerged. This is like right up there with Sarah Palin Troopergate stuff.
I always wondered what those FTB's were doing behind that locked door in MCC..

Can you blame him! Obama's new socialist plan. 2 hot commie chicks for everyone.

He is a great Chef though!


Now Take Your Socialized Medicine and Like it!

Did anybody else notice how John McCain announced one liberal social program after another last night. It was fun watching the crowd try to get excited about these programs as he announced them. They were like "Hey, wait a minute, that's not conservative, but I will clap anyway, Go John McCain! USA, USA,USA!" Doesn't anyone else remember when John McCain was the media darling during the primaries? They loved this guy, because he is liberal like them. They pretty much appointed him to the Republican ticket. So the socialist win regardless who gets elected this 4 years. I like how the liberal commentators said the speech had no substance on what he plans to do the next 4 years. The only thing Obama drove home was that he was going to raise taxes on corporations and the rich! They are just going to pass that off to us, the consumers. At least McCain laid out some of his social programs. But I'm going to pull for McCain this November simply because he knows and practically is the military. The other saving grace is Sarah Palin. But, how is he going to keep her in check as he tries to sell these social programs to the American people. I just cant imagine Sarah Palin from what we know about her just sitting idle in the wings. So McCain/Palin gets elected, and Palin starts calling him on these social programs, can he ask her to resign? I don't know if he realized what he got himself into with Sarah Palin. He defiantly asked her on to the ticket to get the conservative base, but he is going to get the whole package whether he likes it our not. It will be interesting couple months running up to the election that's for sure. Obama and McCain trying to out socialize each other and Sarah Palin preaching hard core conservatism. Let the games begin!

Just for the record, McCain did point out that government controlled health care was a bad Idea, so I guess that is contradictory to my title. Its the other social programs he introduced that I'm talking about.

Oh yea, whatever happen to that flat tax program George Bush was talking about years ago? Ahh, never mind..

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sub Vet Spotted at RNC John McCain Acceptance Speech

If you were watching John McCain's acceptance speech at the RNC Convention, your eye's were not deceived. A Submarine Veteran was featured several times along with other veterans during the speech. Here is a screen shot at approx 1:37 in this MSNBC video of the speech.


Now all we need is a name of this now famous brother of the Phin!


I'm in Love!

Sarah Palin - Acceptance Speech (Part 1) - Republican National Convention (09/03/08)

Anytime I talk politics with anyone, I can usually get people to agree the only way to fix the broken machine that is our federal government is to get regular people elected to office. A good start would be to pass a law not allowing Attorneys to run for office. Regular people have common sense and are willing to use it. Regular people that are in true service to their community don't do it for personal gain. Its impossible to get anything done when your beholden to special interest and a mammoth political machine that exist to protect itself first. That goes for both parties.

Finally by some small miracle and the grace of God we have been given the chance to put Sarah Palin a regular person in a place of power in that cesspool Washington D.C. I hope she brings a big broom and mop, and plenty of cleaning supplies if she gets a elected. That's going to be the biggest Field Day that every happened. (Hope that didn't sound sexist for you PC people)

I have been so distant from this election, but when John McCain gave us this gift for his VP choice, I can now say I have never been so confident and on fire for a political campaign. She is the neighbour next door, a regular person like the rest of us. Based on her track record from the PTA to the Alaska's Governorship this is exactly what this country needs. Just wish there was a way to reverse the ticket and make her president.

I will do whatever I have to to get this woman elected. We need more people like her in Washington.

We do need to get her on board a Submarine for a visit as soon as possible. That way I will have photos to start my Submariners for Sarah campaign.

( I have at least one other Submariner Palin supporter here.

I have lost faith in both the Democrat and Republican party's to do what is right for this country. But I have faith in the American people and faith in Sarah Palin!

Now, I need to go find out when the next PTA meeting is..


Other Sub Bloggers on Sarah Palin.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

On the Beach

If you got some time to waste, I have a submarine movie for you that someone posted on You Tube. Like the recent sub blog by Old Coot on the TV Show "Monk", this movie was in a severe need of a Navy advisor. But for what its worth here it is..There is 20 parts in total.

All 20 You Tube epsiodes located here.

On The Beach is a post-apocalyptic television movie released in 2000. It is a remake of the 1959 film, and is based on the book by Nevil Shute. It starred Armand Assante, Bryan Brown, and Rachel Ward who was nominated for a Golden Globe award for supporting actress in a series, television movie or mini-series. It was directed by Russell Mulcahy.
The film updates the setting of the story to the then-future of
2007, starting with placing the crew on the fictional Los Angeles-class submarine USS Charleston (SSN-704). (There has never been a submarine named USS Charleston, and SSN-704 is named Baltimore.) More notably, the morse code signal picked up by the submarine crew in the original novel and film was updated to an automated digital broadcast powered by a solar powered laptop. The ending also differs from both the novel and the first film version in that Towers chooses to remain with Moira instead of heading home with his crew.


Vote for the Rabbit Hash KY Mayor

Back in March I blogged about Submarine Patrol Halfway Night and Rabbit Hash.

Rabbit Hash Kentucky and Mayor JR Card

As the previous post said, Rabbit Hash has been made famous by its unusual Mayor and Candidates.

Rabbit Hash Mayor Current News Updates:

CNN Video: Rabbit Hash Election

You can now participate in electing the New Mayor of Rabbit Hash Kentucky via the Internet.
You can review the Candidates and Vote here for $1.00. If you have another dollar, you can even vote again. I think you will find that these Candidates are more qualified then most current politicians in Congress or Senate.

Exciting Times!