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Welcome to the SSBN 657
USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
Crew Home Page - Blue & Gold
This web site is dedicated to the men of the Key and their families, and to the 41 For Freedom FBM Submarines, anyone else just would not understand. As George Orwell wrote: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." The Crew List of the Key contains the names of those men.
From Greg Ott: The
picture on the home page of the Key emergency surfacing was taken in Eluthera
Sound at AUTEC during acoustic trials. The photo was taken from the deck of the
sound trials ship, not the Pulaski. I was on the boat standing OOD and we staged
the picture. The boat came up much closer than anticipated.
August 2022- Well it has been the longest gap between updates since I started doing this web site in 2006. Lots of things have happened in that time. The reunion in Charleston went off in grand manor with a record of 4 former CO's in attendance. If you attended, please send along a few pictures. It was announced that the next reunion in 2024 will be held in Frederick, MD, the location of the 2014 reunion. We had such a good time at that reunion, it was decided that it deserved a redo. Hope to see many of you there.
20 Aug 2022 - New Shipmates added in August - Allen, Benjamin D. 66 - 67 Plank Owner; Brown, William; Wick, Clayton; Mann, James; Baynes, Harry. Check Crew List for details. If you see any details missing and you know them, please send them to me.
Unfortunately, we also had several shipmates added to the Eternal Patrol listing:
William K Brown, Clayton P. Wick, Rodrigo Rimando, Jared P. Kennedy, James W. Mann, Wilbur J. McConnell jr, Robert Orndorf, Harry Baynes and Craig Stoner. Very sad to see so many of our shipmates listed here. We wish their families and friends only the best as we issue their loved ones their final command. Rest your oars shipmates. Job well done. We have the watch.
Brown Wick Rimando Kennedy McConnell Orndorf
April 2022 - New Shipmate added: Pace, Dennis 87 - 89. Check Crew List for details
April 19, 2022 - The final list of attendees for the 2022 Reunion is now available. Click here: Reunion 2022 Attendees.
April 10 - Jeff Buss informed us that the Key Bench has been placed at Patriots Point in Charleston. For those attending the reunion, a visit is planned during the Patriots Point tour.
Mar 17 - If you are planning on going to the 2022 reunion in Charleston, SC in May, you have to return your registration forms to Diane Singleman by April 3, 2022. If you have any questions please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17, 2022 - New Shipmates added to the Key Crew List, Brown, James P early 80's; Grace, Bobby 67 - 69. Check Crew List for details.
March 16, 2022 - Sorry to announce the passing of three more shipmates: James P. Brown; Bobby Grace and Ken McCracken. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to their families and friends. Obituaries available in Eternal Patrol. Rest in peace shipmates. We have the watch. Job well done.
J. P. Brown Ken McCracken Bobby Grace
New shipmates added in February 2022 : Czulewicz, Tom 75 - 77; Derr, David 91 - 92; Woodson, Bill 89 - 92 and McConnell, Wilbur. More info in Crew List. I added 8 new photos at the bottom of the 1970's photo area. Take a look and let me know if you recognize anyone. The photo's were taken by Raymond Cote 69 - 71 NavET. His daughter found the images in a cigar box of her late father's and sent them along to us.
Feb 9, 2022 - Unfortunately, several more name to add to the Eternal Patrol list: Michael L. Boling; Wilbur McConnell; Grant Moxley. The crew of the Key sends its deepest sympathies. Obituaries are available in Eternal Patrol. Rest your oars sailors. Job well done.
Mike Boling Grant Moxley and wife at 2008 reunion
Feb 8, 2022 - To all those who live or are staying with friends in the Charleston area, be sure to still fill out the registration form and send it to Diane before the first of April. Everyone attending must be accounted for on a registration form.
Jan 26, 2022 - The Key 2022 reunion is still a go! Our reunion coordinator, Diane Singleman, has asked me to let you know that plans are for a normal reunion this year. Diane asks that if you are planning to attend, that you send in your registration form now or at least drop Diane an e-mail to let her know you are planning to attend. Also, don't forget to reserve your hotel room. If you are like me, you can't wait to get out and mingle around other humans again. However in our case, we will just have to settle with mingling with other subvets. Hope to see you all in May!
To access all Reunion 2022 updates, just click here: Reunion Info.
Oct 18, 2021 - Shipmates! I have been in contact with Al and
Diane Singleman concerning a bench for the Cold War Memorial at Patriot's Point
in Charleston SC. I got in contact with the Memorial POC, Rusty Pickett, and we
have ordered a bench. Al and Diane Said that we have more than enough money in
the Reunion Fund to pay for this so donations will not be asked for. The bench
was ordered on 15 Sep 21 and should be done in 10-12 weeks. It will be put in
place before our Reunion in May 2022. I will be going to Patriot's Point soon to
take pictures around the Memorial and post them on our two Facebook Groups and
this web page. As a group, we can vote on where we would like the bench to be.
It can't be under a tree and has to have room for a boom truck to put it in
Jeff Burke RMCS(SS) Ret USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY SSBN657 BLUE
October 18, 2021 - Regretfully, we have to announce the passing of another shipmate, Lance Scott Hartman on June 6, 2021. We all send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Lance served on the Key Blue Crew in the early 70's. His obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol. Rest in peace shipmate. Job well done.
August 9, 2021 - Reunion News: From Diane Singleman
To access previous Reunion 2022 updates, just click on Reunion Info link on the left.
August 9, 2021 - We have recently lost two shipmates and have been informed of two others who passed in 2019.
Danny Lee Miller TM2 Blue Crew 68 - 71 passed on July 15, 2021; Timothy J. Kersey 86 - 90 passed on July 30, 2021; Gary E. Whitesell MT1 Gold Crew 69 - 73 passed on Aug 28, 2019 and Leif J. Norrholm RCA Gold Crew 67 - 69. The obituaries for these fine sailors can be found in Eternal Patrol. Our deepest sympathies go out to their families and friends and to all their shipmates. Rest your oars sailors. We have the watch. Jobs well done.
Leif Gary Tim Danny
Jun 2021 New shipmates added in June 2021: Allison, Peter 89 - 92; Sherrill, Gary 90 - 92; Clements, Wesley early 80s; Cammaratta, Don 83 - 85; Couture, Gerry 77 - 80. Check Crew List for details.
Jun 11, 2021 - Reunion 2022 news: Diane Singleman tells me that the plans for the next Key reunion in Charleston, SC is well underway. Save the first week of May, 2022 (exact dates to be announced soon). It will be great to get together again after this long break.
Jun 11, 2021 - Received the below e-mails regarding the health of Key shipmate George Lefebre 69 - 74 E-Div.
I am Dennis M. Dunn MM3, DD789
My wife and I were classmates and are friends with George & Val Lefebre. We still visit them every two weeks in Jackson, Wyoming. I am sorry to report that George has severe dementia and an MRI shows that many areas of his brain have atrophied. He no longer remembers his days on the boat or in the Navy. Hell, George doesn't remember us and we drank a lot off beer together.
If you have a reunion this year drink a glass to him, and Val could use your prayers.
I responded to Dennis that I would put his message on the web site and be sure to toast George at our next reunion. He responded:
Thank you for the kind reply.
George and Val are headed to Australia in early June. His daughter is to be married there at the end of June. Val is Australian and she told us last weekend that they may stay. George is noticeably worse and he can receive much more intensive help in Australia than here.
If Sandra and I hear anything we will let you know.
If you are in Indianapolis around the 9th of September 2021 the beer is free.
Please keep George in your prayers as he goes through this most difficult time of his life. And also do not forget to include his Key wife Val, a true angel.
Jun 11, 2021 - Unfortunately we must add more shipmates to Eternal Patrol. Gary Kaiser FTCS 71 - 74; Jerry Edwards 72 - 75; Wesley Clements early 80s. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these great shipmates. They will be missed. Rest your oars sailors. We have the watch. Job well done. Obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol.
Gary Kaiser Jerry Edwards Wesley Clements
Apr 3, 2021 - New shipmates added in April 2021 - Stiver, John 74 - 76; Polomski, Michael 86 - 90. Check Crew List for details.
Apr 3, 2021 - We received notice of the ill health of a Key shipmate Dick Morin Blue Crew 78 - 82. Dick was injured years ago in an accident and was paralyzed from the neck down. Some friends of his contacted us and wanted to get a Key ball cap for him for Christmas. No way were we going to let them purchase the hat. On behalf of the entire Key family, we send Dick a Key Hat. You can see him in the photo below proudly wearing the cap. If any of you remember Dick, please let us know and we can put you in contact with him. He would love to hear from old shipmates.
Dick Morin in his Key hat.
Apr 3, 2021 - Unfortunately, we have lost more Key shipmates, at least two from the Covid 19 virus. Please take all safety precautions and get your shots. Shipmates Michael J. Rinehart Key Command Master Chief Blue 84 - 89, Don A. Shehane Gold 86 - 88, Scott Holtan Gold 81 - 82, and J. Randall Pearce 72 - 76. To the families and friends of these four great sailors, we send our deepest sympathies. Obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol. Rest your oars shipmates. Jobs well done.
Scott Holtan J Randall Pearce Michael Rinehart Donnell Shehane
Feb 3,2021 - New Shipmates added in February 2021. Morin, Richard 78 - 82; Yager, Robert 71 - 72. Check Crew List for details.
Feb 3, 2021 - Four shipmates have recently passed. Carl Beck, an FT1 in 70 - 71 blue crew; Robert Reese, an MT1 in 68 - 70 blue crew; Raymond Cote NavET 69 - 71 blue crew and Michael Naughton, Weapons Officer 76 - 80 gold crew. To the families and friends of these three great sailors, we send our deepest sympathies. Obituaries can be found in Eternal Patrol. Rest your oars shipmates. Jobs well done.
Carl Beck Bob Reese Michael Naughton Raymond Cote
Jan 11, 2021 - The daughter of Darold Tate, Quartermaster 1970 - 74 blue crew, emailed to inform us of the passing of her father on December 5, 2020. Darold's obituary can be read in Eternal Patrol. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. Rest your oars shipmate. We have the watch. Job well done.
Jan 11, 2021 - Paul Fillmore notified us of the passing of David Calvin Klinger, plankowner, Sonar officer aboard the Key. David's obituary and summary of his extensive naval career can be found in Eternal Patrol. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family and friends. Rest in peace sailor. Hand Salute! Job well done.
Nov 2, 2020 - New Shipmates added: Ladd, Ronald 85 - 88 XO; Barnes, Ralph 74 - 78; Dunham, George 69 - 76; Caputo, Angelo Plank Owner Blue. Check Crew List for details.
Nov 2, 2020 - Sorry to add two more names to the Eternal Patrol List. Greg Pelton MM1 80 - 86 and Angelo Caputo, EM2 Blue Plank Owner. Rest your oars sailors, we have the watch. Job well done.
July 2020 - New Shipmate Added : Tshappat, Russell 70 - 74; Bickerstaff, Jim 80 - 83. Check Crew List for details.
July 11, 2020 - It has been a while since the last update of the web site. I hope you are all doing well and are pulling through this extended patrol. When people complain to me about staying home, I just respond, " At least you have windows!" Stay healthy. I would say stay sober, but I know better.
July 11, 2020 - We just received notice of the passing, in August 2015, of shipmate Martin Dale Weaver, former COB of the gold crew from 1977 to 1988 and was one of the longest serving shipmates ever aboard the Key. Diane received the below e-mail from Martin's brother Wilson. Martin's obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol. Rest in peace shipmate. Job well done.
"Good day Ms Diane. My name is Wilson W. Weaver, I road
the Haddo and the Seahorse in the late sixties, actually 68-72. I was an IC2SS
when I got out in 72. My younger brother, Martin Dale Weaver, spent a lot of
time aboard the Key. He went in the Navy and because of my influence, entered
the silent service. He was a MM, one of the A gang, as we called them. My
nephew, also a vet, a member of the Army, noted that Marty was absent from the
crew list. He also knew that Marty was there for quite some time, at one point
he was the longest serving member on board. He went on in his career to
eventually become the COB on the Wyoming, SSBN 742, he was MMCM SS by then. I
can try to get a copy of his DD214, but I am sure that there are members that
would remember him. He passed in 2015 from lung cancer, he smoked. What can I do
to get him added to the crew list? It would be a good thing to do in his
remembrance. Feel free to contact me for more information or verification. I
appreciate it and pray you have a blessed day.
Martin D. Weaver
March 17, 2020 - The 2020 Reunion has been cancelled. A lot of things can change in just a few days. The virus outbreak makes the reunion too risky for our shipmates. Al & Diane Singleman have sent out the following e-mail to all shipmates. If you did not get it, Diane probably does not have your current address. Please update her at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please call me 518-355-2119. If we don't
March 4, 2020 - Reunion 2020 info has been removed to prevent confusion.
March 2020 - New Shipmates added: Calloway, Ron IC Div; Spangler, James E. A-Gang 76 - 79; Pimentel, Carlos - Plank Owner EMC. Check Crew List for details.
March 2, 2020 - Sad to announce the passing of shipmate Fayette "Frank" Thornal - Radio 77 - 81 Blue Crew. Frank passed on Feb 11, 2020. He had been planning on attending the Key reunion in a few months. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. Fair winds ahead sailor. Rest your oar.
February 2020. New Key shipmates added: Morris, Larry T. 89 - 92; Wiseman, Alan 1980s; Perry, Mike 65 - 67 plank owner to the Crew List.
January 2020 - New Key shipmate added: Reeder, Robert QM 85 - 87 Blue. Check Crew List for details.
January 9, 2020 - We recently learned of the passing of David Sturgis on December 3, 2017. David was the navigator on Key Gold from 1979 - 82. David's obituary can be found in the Eternal Patrol area. Rest your oar sailor. We have the watch. Job well done.
We also learned from the USSVI web site of the passing of shipmate Timothy Estes, a nuc ET1 on the Key in the late 60s. Tim passed on December 11, 2019. Tim's obituary can be found in Eternal Patrol. We send our sympathies t6o Tim's family and friends. Rest in Peace sailor. Job well done.
KEY NEWS Archives - Be sure to check out the previous years Key news.
That's all the news that's fit to print. We are always adding new material so check in often. Below most of the section links on the left side of the page is the date that section was last updated. Check there to see if anything has been added since your last visit. This is your site so please contribute content where ever you can. Send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(began 9/14/06) Next reunion will be held first week in May of 2024 in Frederick, MD. Exact date yet to be determined.
Key Webmaster is Russ Christie MT1 Blue & Combined Crews 70 - 75 - Please hold your applause.