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These are photos taken in the 1960's on KEY or during off-crew times.  They are thumbnails so you can click on them for a full size image.  If you have some pics to share, send them to ssbn657@comcast.net.

SSBN 657 Pictures - 1960's

updated 01/31/2013

 

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First piece of Key being laid.

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Down the ways. 

Day 1.

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Launching

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At the Cape

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Breaking the champagne bottle on the Key's bow.

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Launching brochure showing FS Keys relatives and first COs. Submitted by Charlie Burrow

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Bob Sprecher sent in this picture of the crew assembling for the commissioning ceremony

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Commissioning ceremony

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Ron Chim

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Liberty call

Topside - Ron Chim

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Swim Call

View from AMR1 hatch

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Off crew office

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Ron Chim blue nose

On the beach - literally

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Swim call
Bill Satchell & Bill Stovall
near Cape Canaveral, Florida
April 1967

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Underway after swim call
near Cape Canaveral, Florida
April 1967

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First sea trials -Liberty call!
Jerry Barry
Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
February 1967

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Shoeshines & Suds
Dick Neal, Charlie Burrow & G.W. Rose
Catano, Puerto Rico
February 1967

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Topside liberty - during sonar trials
off St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Cruisin' off  St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Deep sleep fishing
John Glenn, civilian technician, with pole
off St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Don't spit into the wind
Charlie Burrow
off St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

Thanks Charlie for all these great pictures!

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Returning from daily trials
Tom Doran, line handler, at the ready
Frederickstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

 

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SSBN 657
returning from daily trials
Frederickstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Tied up for the night
Joe Dooley & R.L. Abernathy
Frederickstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Sightseers
Fred “Mo” Vavra, J.P. Smith & Tom Cowart
Christianstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Loading liquor
1 gallon (5 “fifths”) per box
Frederickstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Loading liquor
Watch for that “moisture in tube” alarm!
Frederickstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967.  Supply Officer Geo. Singer arranged for the liquor.  Everyone over 21 got to take back 5 bottles into the USA fror about $25.

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Manning the capstan controls
Captain Graham supervising (on left, without hat)
Frederickstad, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
February 1967

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Departing on 1st patrol
Captain Frank Graham, on the bridge & under the bridge
Cooper River, Charleston, South Carolina
June 1967

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Departing on 1st patrol
with destroyer escort
Cooper River, Charleston, South Carolina
June 1967  Pictures taken by Clyde R Lewis MT2 - Lookout.

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Departing on 1st patrol
with dolphin escort
Cooper River, Charleston, South Carolina
June 1967

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Departing on 1st patrol
ready to dive off Charleston, South Carolina
June 1967

First of many, many patrols. Dive! Dive!

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Submitted by Gary Walters MM2. Key Gold's first patrol Aug 22, 1967 - Rota.

L to R: Edward Vatentine, Harry Salvato, Gary Walters, William Lightcap

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John Linville in UL Engine Room in the late 1960s

 

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Crew's Mess on the Key.  From the commissioning Booklet.  Harold Wilber SK1 rear left.  

 From Bil Hole: the man on the far right is "Nellie" Nelson.  He was a Steward.  He had a trick knee and often as he walked down the passage way from the Wardroom to the galley, during heavy seas, it would give out.  How he juggled the plates of food without spilling was a wonderment.
 
Also, Paul McMahon, Nellie and I went to the slop shoot in Rota and sat down in the corner table in front of the juke box to the right of the door.  Nellie sat with his back to the juke box.  I put in some coins and played "Fire" by "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown".  Keep in mind that Nellie was a Christian Scientist.  When the song started with "I AM THE GOD OF HELLFIRE AND I COME TO BRING YOU -- FIRE!", Nellie's eyes got big as saucers and he about jumped over the table to get away from the voice!
 
After laughing our asses off, Paul and I bought Nellie some "Homboogar & Fray Frys".
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From the Commissioning Brochure - Torpedo Room.  Left to Right: Eugene Kretowitz - TM1; James Mustin TMC; WR Carter TM2; FJ Haigh TM3; Thomas Cowart TM2.

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Haigh and Joe Heflin in 1967 - First patrol

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Jerry Berry (coat) and Joe Heflin Before first patrol at EB

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MT's LaChapelle and Lafferty - 1966

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Weapons - Christmas, 1966
Standing - Left: Pinkert, Stovall, Dooley, Melher, Burrow
Sitting - Front: Satchell
Sitting - Left: Berry, Smith, Valella
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Davenport on the right

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Scanlon in front at Launcher

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Hamil, Ivan Meixell, Jeff Trexler 1968ish Holy Lock

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First Blue Crew change of command 1968 submitted by Jim Keach

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Jim Keach getting his dolphins from CDR Yarger, February 1969

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FTG1 David Lyon III with Jerry Berry sitting in rear in 1967.  Dave is on the Eternal Patrol list. Dave returned to the Key in 1971 and became COB in 1974.

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Steve Rosen and Bob "Fonebone" Reese in Holy Lock

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Steve Rosen and Bob Reese in UL missile - late 60's.

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Steve Rosen in the torpedo room

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Steve Rosen on watch - late 60s

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Steve Rosen working during Weapon's Night in the crew's mess

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Nav Center Chief Richard Rudolph and Charlie Parkins

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MT 1 Joe Milazzo

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Back to camera is LT Murphy - A-Weps

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2nd from left is LT Murphy Weps officer, CDR Bo Bohannor XO is to his right.

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Jerry Berry in the middle

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lt to rt: LTJG Tom Turner, Lee Williams (in back), RM Tom Miner and  Lee Williams in Radio.  From commissioning brochure.

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Crew's mess decked out for a "Weapons Party" in 68/69 time period.  Submitted by Bil Hole.

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Looks like Wally Greene snuggling up to Marion "Stokes" Carmichael.

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LCDR Chuck Harner (Francis Scott
Key Jr. as "Daddy Wags" Wagner named him).  Catfish Tom Cowart in the yellow and Jesse Sims in the red stripes.

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CO Yarger always seemed to have a lovely lass nearby.

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Party Time!  and our families thought we were defending freedom...

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Christmas 1969 sent in by Bil Hole.  CO Yarger opens his gift.

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XO Chuck Harner stirring the pot (again) of dehydrated egg nog.  CS3 Burgess Washington standing.YN3 Griswald sitting facing forward.

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CS3 Burgess Washington pouring the egg
nog into the 5 gallon stainless steel milk container as YN3 Griswald holds the container.  XO Harner looks on while the work is done.  Bill Wise is the blond guy on the right

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Bil Hole adding salt to some recipe in the Hobart ca 68 or early 69.  Notice no sheetpan/pie rack above Hobart machine

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CS1 Charlie Sabbath mixing up some fine meatloaf ca 68 or early 69

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CSC Nordahl and CSSN Bathalow ca 1971.  Notice sheetpan/pie rack now above the Hobart machine

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John Drahos (The only guy we knew who spend 1/2 an hour combing his hair before watch while on patrol)  threatening CSSN Hole with a cleaver ca 68-69.  Must not have liked the way his eggs came out that morning

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Bil Hole in front of family shrine to him

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Casino night late 1968 or early 69 LTJG Mercer. Submitted by Bil Hole

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Casino night Greg Snell on left

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Chief Tiny Kirkwood

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Casino night Kermit Sparks dealing.

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68-69 CS1 Charlie Sabbath with his
loot, cigarettes (Salems of course) and his ever-present coffee cup in the Chief's Locker.  MM2 Richard Macko on left.

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Casino night Carmichael and Sam Lewis

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Carmichael try his luck with the slot machine in middle level missile

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Bob Sprecher and wife leaving home for the submarine ball 1968

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At Submarine Ball 1968

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Bob Sprecher mess decks 1967.

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Bob Sprecher home after patrol 5.

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Christmas 1968

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Christmas 1968

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Here goes after 40 years. top guy name unknown but was a sonarman, 2nd from top last name Ford, 3rd thats me Buster Davis ,far left was from Mass we called him Bimbo, center was Bunkner from Texas and far right Ken Baghley from Poughkeepsie NY, Croteau Sonarman
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Buster Davis at his retirement in 2003 as an E-9 in the Air Force.  Buster was also in the Army and served a total of 34 years.

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Bill Wise and John McAdam in NAV Center in 1968

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Stanley "Jesse" Sims ship's diver and that might be Billy Morey sitting topside in the background

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P J Melher and Stanley "Jesse" Sims on Weapons Night....Mexican food.

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Launcher mascots during patrols 1 & 2 submitted by Joe Heflin

 

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Ron Larsen in MCC 1969

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Warming by the DGBC Nov 1969 - Ron Larsen

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Ron Larsen and Dave Delong fishing in Holy Lock- Mar 1970

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Ron Larsen snags a sea hag.

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You wouldn't want to eat anything that came out of that Loch.

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PB&J was the best I could find that day.

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Oct 1970 Blue Nose Initiation - Since I (Ron Larsen) was already a Blue Nose, I was appointed Royal Barber and Capt. Forsyth was dressed as N Rex (King Neptune) complete with Trident..  It's a shame the pictures are not in color, the Captain dyed himself bright blue.

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I don't remember what the eggs were for, but I'm sure they served a useful purpose.  We had a crockery jug (left over from a previous Garbage Night) filled with Royal Swill (bug juice and a lot of Tabasco sauce) and all of the initiates had to take a chug.  I still have that jug - made it into a lamp.

Bil Hole and mess cook Arnold on the mess decks in 1969

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The hairy ones are Grant Moxley and Bobbie Grace, Gold Crew Sonarmen on the Key @1967-69

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Key in 1967 sent in by Billy Burton

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Billy Burton on watch in mid level missile in 1967

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Billy Burton on left playing ball in Rota: 1967

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Billy Burton at launcher in 1967

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Medical Officer LT Jim Earls