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Remembering "The GOOD TIMES " Have you ever thought about all of the GOOD TIMES you remember in your youth . Have you ever tried to relive those and get the same feelings you experienced then . Doesn't work does it ? I have thought about this for a long time and decided to write a poem about it .

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Sailor Rest Your Oar


Obituary For Gerald C. McLees


Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 11:34 AM

Subject: Squalus survivor dies at 90

Last local Squalus survivor dies at 90

By MICHAEL GOOT

Portsmouth Bureau Chief

PORTSMOUTH - Gerald C. McLees, one of the last men to survive the tragic sinking of the USS Squalus submarine off the Isle of Shoals, passed away at his Portsmouth home on Thursday. He was 90.

Although his lifetime included military service at Pearl Harbor, dinner at the White House with former President George W. Bush, 10 combat missions in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and escaping the Dust Bowl in Kansas in his youth, McLees was best remembered for surviving the USS Squalus.

McLees was among 32 other submariners rescued on May 23, 1939 when the USS Squalus sank in 243 feet of water just southeast of the Isle of Shoals during a test dive. The men were underwater for 39 hours. Twenty-six sailors died when the interior compartments flooded.

"It is with deep sadness that Portsmouth Naval Shipyard bids farewell to Mr. Gerald McLees. Mr. McLees proudly served his Navy and this nation with heroic courage and commitment that continues to inspire those in service to our country today. He with his shipmates aboard USS Squalus forever changed the course of history for our Navy," said Debbie White, public affairs officer for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

"For those of us at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the conning tower of USS Squalus stands as a constant reminder of the sacrifice, dedication and selfless service of great men like Gerald McLees. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mr. Gerald McLees," she said.

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Bob Ruppel Bob was inducted into the Holland Club. This is an honor, bestowed by the Submarine Veterans Assoc., to men who are celebrating the 50 yr. anniversary of their qualifications to be Submariners. It was a great day and these are some really great men, who should be honored for their service and dedication. Bob Served on the USS REDFIN SSR 272 .

 

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Someone asked "Where is the USS REDFIN SSR 272 now " ?

Completing her fourth war patrol 7 January 1945, she proceeded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard,San Francisco Bay, California, where she received special mine detection gear. Underway fromPearl Harbor 30 May to 10 July, and later from 30 July to 5 September she made mine surveys first off Honshū and Hokkaidō, and later off Kyūshū, Japan.

Radar picket submarine, 1953–1959[edit]


In April 1959 she entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and received an inertial guidance system. Redfinbecame a laboratory and training ship for the testing of inertial guidance systemsused in Polaris submarines. She preceded the first ballistic missilesubmarine George Washington (SSBN-598) as flagship of Submarine Squadron 14.Decommissioned at New London, Conn., 1 November 1946, she entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in April 1951 for conversion, and was reclassified SSR-272. Recommissioned 9 January 1953, she engaged in radar-picket duty for the next 6 years in American coastal waters, off northern Europe, and in the Mediterranean.

Auxiliary research submarine, 1959–1967
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After searching for the lost Thresher (SSN-593) in April 1963, she was reclassified AGSS-272 on 28 June. Operating in the Atlantic, she continued to assist in special research and development projects, including the Polaris A-3 missile, until she was decommissioned 15 May 1967 to become a Naval Reserve Training Ship at Baltimore, Md. Redfin was struck from the Navy List on 1 July 1970 and sold to the North American Smelting Co., Wilmington, Del., on 3 March 1971.

Redfin received six battle stars for World War II service.

The USS REDFIN SSR 272 was not just a HULL NUMBER but a home to ALL who served aboard her . The smeltering pot cant melt the MEMORIES .

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Life On A Sub https://www.navy.com/inside/life-on-a-sub.html

 

Choice food , includes Lobster ,steak , fresh baked bread . Extra hazardous duty pay , Very lax uniform restrictions . Officer crew relationship GOOD . You dont get lost going Fwd to Aft or visa -Versa . ( Pun ) Overall excellent life aboard .

 

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USS REDFIN SS272 nineteen hundred four ------ The inscription was never finished . The bell made for the Redfin was almost ready to be installed on the Redfin as she was being completed in Mantiwoc, Ship building Co . Wisconsin . The Navy made a decision not to install bells on future subs as this could cause detection by sound of a submerged sub. The bell dissappeared for many years . Jack March (deceased) now . was contacted by the people who had the bell . It was being used on their farm to call the workers in from the field for lunch . They generously offered it to the Redfin Reunion Committee . Jack and Jim Martin drove to the farm to retrieve the bell . It was on display with the supporting frame built by Jack March at our Mobile Reunion . Jim Gradeless the crewmember with the longest time spent on the Redfin was asked to ring the bell in rememberence of ea. crew member (deceased) as their name was called out . This was a very moving time with the remaining crew who were present at the Mobile Alabama Reunion .

 

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Here's a couple of the USS Pampanito at berth in Frisco:

 

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Great shot! "Feels" like it could be 1944 or so when I look at it.


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Thanks! I must give credit to my wife who shot them. I was stuck at work back east & couldn't make the San Fran trip. She'll appreciate the compliment.

Thanks,

Tim

Great shot! "Feels" like it could be 1944 or so when I look at it.

 


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Life On A Sub https://www.navy.com/inside/life-on-a-sub.html

 

Choice food , includes Lobster ,steak , fresh baked bread . Extra hazardous duty pay , Very lax uniform restrictions . Officer crew relationship GOOD . You dont get lost going Fwd to Aft or visa -Versa . ( Pun ) Overall excellent life aboard .

 

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