First Name :   Dave
Last Name :   Whipple
City :   Noblesville
State :   IN
Great job on web site Pat. I served on the Thornback from 1966 to 1969 in the engineman gang.I will
see you at Charleston.E-mail is dlwhipple45@msn.com
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First Name :   Claude
Last Name :   Cruce
City :   Altamonte Springs
State :   Fl
Great site with good information keep up the good work
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First Name :   Henry
Last Name :   Holly
City :   Ocklawaha
State :   Florida
Pat: Great website!! Having served for 8 years with Joint Commands during my military career I gained
a deep respect for you guys who served in the Submarine Service!! You should be proud and I salute
you!!
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First Name :   Harold
Last Name :   Donahue
City :   Ocala
State :   Fl
Thank you Pat for doing a great job of what you do best. Recording and disseminating historic
imformation. Sincerely ,Classmate 1957
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First Name :   Don and Kim
Last Name :   DeWitt
City :   Lady Lake
State :   Florida
Outstanding web site. I just retired from the Army and look forward to my new career and final
retirement as well. My hats off to you submariners! Great Job!!!
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First Name :   Buddy
Last Name :   Culbreth
City :   St Petersburg
State :   Florida
Nice job
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First Name :   Donald
Last Name :   Campbell
City :   Littleton
State :   Co.
A job well done,a lot of fine pictures and memories.
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First Name :   Bob
Last Name :   Acor
City :   DeLeon Springs
State :   Florida
I served on the Sea Poacher SS-406 and Sea Cat, both in Key West, from 59 to 61. I just joined
SUBVETS
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First Name :   Chet
Last Name :   Bickford
City :   South Pasadena
State :   Fla.
Hi Pat This is just fantastic I know all your friends will appreciate this
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First Name :   Philip
Last Name :   Dill
City :   Clearwater
State :   Florida
I served on the Thornback from 1954-1956 in Key West, Florida. Fond memories of the many cruises
to the Carribean cities. Thanks Pat for a job well done.
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First Name :   Cecil
Last Name :   Spangler
City :   Ocala
State :   Florida
Great site Pat! I served on the USS PROTON AKS28 from 1952-1954. Our home port was Sasebo,
Japan and all our trips were on top of the water. I dont think I could have done the subs.
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First Name :   Luther
Last Name :   Deese
City :   Ocala
State :   Florida
Great job Pat -- from a Zoomie and later a ground pounder -- I hope we can do nearly as well. LH
Deese, SSGT USAF & CW3, USAR, ret
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First Name :   Jim
Last Name :   Barnes
City :   Elkhart
State :   IN
Best site for the best boat and absolutely the best crew I ever had the honor to serve with, thanks Pat.
Job well done.
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First Name :   Bob
Last Name :   Palmer
City :   Louisville
State :   Kentucky
Great job in preserving our past..memories ..wow was on boat 1954-57..looking for buddy..Walter Rich.
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First Name :   Tom
Last Name :   Loudenslager
City :   South Haven
State :   MI
This is terrific. I want to get tonight and look for some of my pictures of the T-Back. Thanks for the
memories.
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First Name :   Norm
Last Name :   Hammond
City :   Oceano
State :   California
On board 1956-1959. Would like to contact someone who was on board the Thornback during the
Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962.
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First Name :   Cheryl
Last Name :   McGee (Dill)
City :   Clearwater
State :   Florida
Really enjoyed the web site and all the pictures of the handsome sailors on the Thornback. My dad is
Phil Dill. Have fun at the reunion next month. Super job Pat!
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First Name :   John
Last Name :   Spear
City :   Mt. Pleasant
State :   SC
Sailed as CO Nov.68-July 71. Great ship and greater crew!! Best years of my Naval career. Many
memories of our Gitmo and Med trips. The Turks now have her in their Maritime Museum.
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First Name :   Ed
Last Name :   Wiggin
City :   W. Warwick
State :   R.I.
Great to see and hear from so many shipmates.keep up the excellent work!! lots of memories all good
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First Name :   Bruce
Last Name :   Schofield
City :   Grosse Pointe Woods
State :   Michigan
Hello Sailors, I served aboard 57-59. Youll remember me as one of the cooks (along with Shelley &
Tillis) who tooled around in the Jaguar roadster. AT 70 Im retired, healthy, still married and glad I had
the opportunity to serve with you.
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First Name :   Ted
Last Name :   Russell
City :   Lafayette
State :   Louisiana
Thanks to all you guys who served on the Thornback.
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First Name :   Paul & Shirley
Last Name :   Lindquist
City :   Pearland
State :   TX
Old friend of Gary Penley, author, oil man, rancher, man of the prairie and the West. May she ever be
free.
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First Name :   Ed
Last Name :   Cirucci
City :   Norfolk
State :   VA
May 1964 - May 1969 Great job to all putting together this site.
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First Name :   robert
Last Name :   kuykendall
City :   richmond
State :   texas
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First Name :   Ken
Last Name :   DeKing
City :   Wolcott
State :   NY
dekink@webtv.net Would love to hear from old shipmates. Looking for John Tillis, old drinking buddy. I
served on Thornback from 10/56 thru 12/59. EM2(ss)
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First Name :   John C.
Last Name :   Miller
City :   Reedville
State :   VA
Great site, Pat. I was aboard in 59 & 60 and had a blast. By far the best boat I ever served aboard.
Never forget the Med and Jamacia trips. Thanks for putting this together.
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First Name :   Jim
Last Name :   Walker
City :   Nacogdoches
State :   Texas
Was on T-Back 1965-1968 as ENC(SS) Retired off T-Back Sept. 1968 My web site: http://www.
jimewalker.com
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First Name :   Zoe
Last Name :   Burns
City :   Osceola
State :   IN
Neat site to see what my Dad did while he served in the Navy My Dad is Paul Overhulser
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First Name :   IC2(SS) William (Bill)
Last Name :   Wilson
City :   Summerville
State :   SC
Thank you for a great website. The THORNBACK was a great sub and may her legacy live forever
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First Name :   Barry
Last Name :   Friedel
City :   Lawrenceburg
State :   Kentucky
Sailed the T-back from 67 -70 in the yards and on the Med. run as leading FT, (FTG2/SS). Then
transfered to Odax 484. Retired end of 87 a FTGC/SS (25 years).
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First Name :   John
Last Name :   Dooley
City :   Lafayette
State :   Louisiana
I went on board the Thornback in 1953, when it was recommissioned in Portsmouth....I think your web
page is great....will send photos
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First Name :   Bobby
Last Name :   Grissom
City :   Trinity
State :   Tx.
served 59 to 62 IC gang
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First Name :   James (Joe)
Last Name :   Adams EN2 (SS)
City :   Broomfield
State :   Colorado
I was on board in 66-67. Made a Northern run. Served with Nig, Barney, Lube Oil, Lightnin, Pappy, Tip
ONeal, etc. was the swimmer, etc
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First Name :   Larry Bull
Last Name :   Durham
City :   Rapid City
State :   SD
Hey Pat, nice web site. keep up the good work.
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First Name :   Jim
Last Name :   Amason
City :   ST. Augustine
State :   Florida
Reviewed Thornback Website. Want to say Thanks! for the memories.
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First Name :   Uri
Last Name :   Dotan Bochner
City :   Tel Aviv
State :   Israel
Great site!!! Very exciting and informative. Keep the good job Pat, and always keep your bubble in the
middle and your bilges dry!
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First Name :   Don
Last Name :   Evans
City :   Houston
State :   Texas
This is outstanding!
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First Name :   Don
Last Name :   DeWitt
City :   Dunnellon
State :   FL
Pat Gurr, you are doing a terrible, terrible nice job putting together something all your comrades will
be sure to enjoy.
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First Name :   Raymond
Last Name :   Prys
City :   Virginia Beach
State :   Virginia
prys-ray@cox.net
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First Name :   Homer
Last Name :   Coulter
City :   Lecanto
State :   Fl
You did a great job!! Thanks for the memories.I remember some of these scenes as if yesterday.
Keep it up.
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First Name :   Mark
Last Name :   Prys
City :   Colorado Spings
State :   Colorado
Son of Raymond C. Prys. Contact information, E-mail- prysmr@adelphia.net
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First Name :   Jack
Last Name :   Ross
City :   Bend
State :   Oregon
Great Job Pat!!!!
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First Name :   Thomas
Last Name :   Simon
City :   Wheeling
State :   Illinois
Great job on this sight! The past will now live forever for the future to observe, respect & love.
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First Name :   Alan
Last Name :   Ackley
City :   Huntersville
State :   NC
The site is getting better every day Pat. Your shipmates will be happy to see it.
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First Name :   Paul E
Last Name :   Overhulser
City :   Osceola
State :   Indiana
Great job Pat
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First Name :   Hammond
Last Name :   Norm
City :   Oceano
State :   California
Pat, You're doing a great job on your Thornback Website! Its great to go back in time and see so
many of our old undersea shipmates. Diesel Boats Forever! Norm Hammond * * *
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First Name :   Phillip
Last Name :   Bardin
City :   Mexia
State :   Tx
Was TAD on a northern trip. We all came aboard as (radiomen). Remember Lube Oil, Nig, Dirty Rich,
Peaches.
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First Name :   Serkan
Last Name :   Kul
City :   Istanbul
State :   Türkiye - Turkey
The beautiful life of a lifetime.unforgettable memories..Best wishes from all of you...unutulmaz bir
yaşam...ve anılar...hepinize sevgilerle.
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First Name :   John
Last Name :   Poffenberger
City :   Waynesboro
State :   PA
EM2 Onboard for recommissioning 1953-12/55.Enjoyed my time onboard. Great website with good
information. Great Boat
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First Name :   Frank
Last Name :   Carroll
City :   Charleston
State :   SC
Reported on board in 68 in shipyd,qual. on med run in 69 great crew,great boat! (HM1)
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First Name :   Kirk
Last Name :   Berkhimer
City :   Moyock
State :   NC
Father was on the boat somewhere around 58 - probably Ensign of LTjg Berkhimer. Quite a nice site.
CDR Kirk Berkhimer, USNR, Ret
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First Name :   DON
Last Name :   CLARK
City :   NESBIT
State :   MS
Great site enjoyed photos. My step-dad was aboard from 56-59 (H.G. Clark) Been aboard her a few
times myself as a kid.
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First Name :   James
Last Name :   Dible
City :   Grand Junction
State :   Co.
Was aboard original com. and decom. in 1946 very interesting.
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First Name :   Homer
Last Name :   Coulter
City :   Lecanto
State :   Fla
Great job Pat!! homerhdc@yahoo.com  I need to get together with you  I know some of the missing
names from pictures.
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First Name :   Duane
Last Name :   Ziegler
City :   Holmen
State :   Wi
I was on the Thornback from Oct 66 to May 69 when I was transferred to the Odax. Have lots of great
memories & this web page brings back lots more. Ziggy dzieggs@gmail.com
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First Name :   Pamela K.
Last Name :   Pitkin
City :   Alexandria
State :   Virginia
Thank you for keeping this site alive. My Dads command of the Thornback was one of the bright spots
of his life. Respectfully, Pamela K. Pitkin, daughter.
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First Name :   Bill
Last Name :   Lacina
City :   Rosemont
State :   Minnesota
Great job--Served 63-67 Great memories. After eng room
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First Name :   Christopher
Last Name :   Kading
City :   San Diego
State :   CA
My grandfather Bobby Glaze served on the USS Thornback and has a lot of pictures of the crew and
boat. I'll try to submit these in the future to add to your site.
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First Name :   Russell
Last Name :   Richard
City :   Kings Bay
State :   Ga.
My father is Lynn (Dirty Rich) Richard, attended first reunion in Arkansas, 1994 and 1998 reunions.
I'm the young guy in front of 94 photo. Great site! MTC(SS) Beaux Richard
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First Name :   Dean
Last Name :   Lickly
City :   Hemlock
State :   Michigan
I served and qualified on board Thornback from early 1962 to late 1965. ETC(ss) ETR2(ss) on the
418.
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First Name :   Don
Last Name :   Day, SA USNR
City :   Suwanee
State :   Georgia
Served on training cruise Charleston area June, 1960
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First Name :   Kenneth
Last Name :   Wakefield
City :   Chesapeake
State :   Ohio
I was on the boat in 63 and made the Med cruse. Thanks for the website. kuken@netacs.net
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First Name :   Paul
Last Name :   Vincent
City :   Rushville
State :   IL.
My great uncle Loren Kinsey served during the war (engineer). He passed in the sixties. My
grandmother had a picture of him and the crew. Would love to hear from anyone that served with him.
Thanks, Paul.
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First Name :   Jim
Last Name :   Marostica
City :   Johnstown
State :   Colorado
Although its been 45 years since I served on the Thornback, I still have some vivid memories of our
cruise from Charleston to Quebec.
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First Name :   James
Last Name :   Askins
City :   Tavares
State :   Fl
Great Site James E. Askins Jr TM-2 (SS) USN Retired
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First Name :   Capt.Murat
Last Name :   YILMAZEL
City :   ÝZMÝR
State :   TURKEY
My Father, a retired Turkish submarine sub-officer, had served on this glamorous submarine between
1972-1977, under the name of SS Uluç Ali Reis, now shes decommisioned and at a museum in
Ýstanbul.
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First Name :   Charlie
Last Name :   Spears
City :   El Dorado
State :   Arkansas
Dusty Charlie EN2(ss) 1964-1967
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First Name :   Franz
Last Name :   Schultheis
City :   Key West
State :   Florida
Nice website! It brings back a lot of good memories. Especially enjoyed the cartoons. Squirrel
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First Name :   Edward
Last Name :   Budd
City :   Montz
State :   LA
Great site! I met some guys from my era at the Portland reunion and hope to contact more. 1-985-287-
0134 -- 105 Arline Court, Montz, LA - 70068-8979
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First Name :   Pete
Last Name :   Moe
City :   Fresno
State :   California
My father is Robert Moe. He is a planker serving from 1944 to decommissioning in 1946. He has an
active memory of Thornback combat. moefamily1@sbcglobal.net
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First Name :   Rick
Last Name :   King
City :   
State :   
I served under Capt. Spear on the decommissioning crew. I was the last man to qualify on Thornback. I
was EM3(SS). Would enjoy reconnecting with anyone from that last Thornback crew (DBF).
rickkingcpa@comcast.net
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First Name :   Phil
Last Name :   Kendig RM3 SS
City :   Troy
State :   Montana
Great site. I got to talk with Fat Albert after 39 years. stubbs502@frontiernet.net
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First Name :   Art
Last Name :   Shaw
City :   Lawrenceville
State :   GA
A fine web site! I am happy to have made a small contribution to the history of Thornback.
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First Name :   Michael
Last Name :   Smith
City :   Omaha
State :   Ne
Great website!! Really enjoyed the pictures- served fron July 1966 to October 1969
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First Name :   Ken
Last Name :   DeKing
City :   Zephyrhills
State :   FL
I have just moved from Wolcott, NY to Zephyrhills, FL. Starting out a new life with a new wife. I just
bought a Suzuki Bergman scooter to help me relive my younger years.
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First Name :   Paul
Last Name :   Bucurel EM3(SS)
City :   Meridian
State :   MS
Served on Board 1966-1968. Great website. Thanks for caring enough to put it together. Super
memories.
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First Name :   Robert (Bob)
Last Name :   Palmer
City :   Louisville
State :   Ky
I love this site. I am the goateed jerk 2nd row 3rd on left in group pic. Onboard 54-57. will leave bio
when I can.
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First Name :   W. Neil
Last Name :   Drysdale
City :   Havelock
State :   North Carolina
It was a pleasure to view your website, and a surprise to see some familiar names (Norman
Hammond). Semper Fi Gentleman, from Gilbert Drysdales youngest boy.
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First Name :   Bobby
Last Name :   Grissom
City :   Trinity
State :   Texas
Servrd on the Thornback 59 to 62 as an ICman ,Went to shore duty on reserve boat in Maryland.
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First Name :   Mike
Last Name :   Lawrence
City :   Troy
State :   MI
My dad James Red Lawrence served on the Thornback and we are interested in attending the next
reunion in 2007. If any one has any information about the upcoming event please let me know.
jamesmlawrence68@hotmail.com
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First Name :   Ed
Last Name :   Buffum
City :   Portland
State :   Oregon
Having just read some of the sea stories I came to the conclusion that many of events and
experiences aboard the boat didn't change much between crews from one generation to another,
(WW2 to the Cold War). We remember the best and the worst of it, but more
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First Name :   BILL
Last Name :   BRYAN
City :   VANCOUVER
State :   WA
QUALIFIED '57, ON BOAT FROM '56-'59, EN3 VERY NICE WEBSITE!
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First Name :   Frank
Last Name :   Kamin
City :   Las Vegas
State :   NV
What a fine site Mr Gurr. Have renewed some forgotten names and faces I'm sure as I revisit will pick a
few more. Will do a mug shot at a later time. Racefan406@cox.net
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First Name :   Erwin Ed
Last Name :   Buffum
City :   Portland
State :   Oregon
This was the first time I have really explored your website in some detail. I was amazed at what an
excellent website it had become. Of course, having been on the Thornback during its patrol off Japan,
I was particualy taken by the E-mails submitted by Bi
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First Name :   Dave
Last Name :   English
City :   Johns Island
State :   South Carolina
Lightnin strikes from english_david@bellsouth.net
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First Name :   Charles
Last Name :   POWERS
City :   El Cajon
State :   California
YNSN(SS)/YN3(SS) 1960-61. QUAL BOAT - FIRST OF 11 ONE OF THE BEST. GREAT SITE
YNCSSSUSN@AOL.COM
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First Name :   Bobby
Last Name :   Grissom
City :   Trinity
State :   Texas
A long time since i was on the Thornback 1958 to 1961 as an IC man, hi to all
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First Name :   George
Last Name :   Morrell
City :   Farmington
State :   Mo.
Everybody knew me as Mo...64-67
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First Name :   Glenn
Last Name :   Keller
City :   Slidell
State :   La
Served May 1955 - May 1958 Enjoyed the photos
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First Name :   Robert
Last Name :   Hammond
City :   Honolulu
State :   Hawaii
Some things will never change, and that is the people who make it happen! Sea stories are great...
Once a sailor, always a sailor. BUC(SCW) R.R. HAMMOND (Norms son)
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First Name :   Molly
Last Name :   Habenicht
City :   Coeur dAlene
State :   Idaho
Very interesting, good job by all placing this together. A piece of history that should never be lost.
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First Name :   Donald
Last Name :   Walkowiak
City :   Plant City
State :   Florida
Great sight was reading deep dives and seem to remember same thing happening in about 1956 after
overhaul and installation of auto dive system served on Thornback 1955 to 1957 captain was Com.
Wilson and then Bryan
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First Name :   Howard
Last Name :   Bowen
City :   Topock
State :   Az.
Wonderful job. Great memories. Best wishes to entire crew.
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First Name :   Ed
Last Name :   Eldridge
City :   Dallas
State :   Georgia
It is amazing to be able to see some of the folks that I served with some 40 years ago. Great job on the
web site.
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First Name :   Larry
Last Name :   Todd
City :   Tallahassee
State :   FL
Without a doubt, one of the very best websites on submarining I have ever seen.
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First Name :   Gerald (Jerry)
Last Name :   Wieduwilt
City :   Port Charlotte
State :   Florida
Pat, Your web site is coming along great. Keep up the Good work. Any one know about Joe T.
Lemons? Lost my house in 2004 to Hurricane Charley. Rebuilding started in January. e-mail-Captain-
jerry@juno.com  Captain of Sail Boat Luna Sea for 12 Years.
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First Name :   Art
Last Name :   Shaw
City :   Lawrenceville
State :   Georgia
Dropped in for a revisit to see if any new photos found there way to the web site.
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First Name :   David
Last Name :   Broussard
City :   Blacksburg
State :   VA
I spent many holiday dinners on the Thornback with my Dad and family. I have a lot of good memories.
(Father is Dalton Joe Broussard) Myself, I did six years Navy as a Fire control man on the USS KING
DDG41. FC2SW David Broussard....
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First Name :   Jeffrey
Last Name :   Wiggin
City :   Warwick
State :   Rhode Island
Looking at Dads old pictures !
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First Name :   Chris
Last Name :   Greer
City :   AUSTIN
State :   TX - Texas
My Father Jim Greer was Diving officer, 6 Nov 1954 at New Orleans. Boat snorkled in the Mississippi.
Anyone remember? Love to hear. chrisgreer22@gmail.com
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First Name :   Melanie
Last Name :  Lawrence (Drysdale)
City :   Bellemont
State :   Arizona
Gilbert Drysdales daughter
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First Name :   Hiram
Last Name :   Brownell
City :   Deer Creek
State :   Illinois
Absolutely a great web site!!!
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First Name :   Russell
Last Name :   Henderson
City :   Gainesville
State :   Florida
Well done to Barney and Nancy and to the others who made this and previous reunions an enjoyable
way to get together with old shipmates. As I look in the mirror and at the pictures old is the correct
description. Wishing all safe voyages wherever yo
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First Name :   Duane
Last Name :   Ziegler
City :   Holmen
State :   WI
My first guestbook entry on page 2 has the wrong dates. I served Oct.67-May 70.The dates may be
fuzzy but the memories are crystal clear especially after viewing the website. Great job! Ziggy IC2 SS,
dzieggs@gmail.com
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First Name :   Jim
Last Name :   Leslie
City :   Clyde
State :   Michigan
Collector of sub stuff. Just Pick up Norman DeWeese grouping. Great sub. Vietnam vet...thank you for
all you did. Gripfast@ameritech.net
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First Name :   Paul
Last Name :   Bucurel
City :   Merdian
State :   MS
Thanks for putting this together. Quite a walk down memory lane on Veterans day.
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First Name :   Judy
Last Name :   Spears
City :   El Dorado
State :   AR
My husband, Charles Spears, aka Dustycharlie was on the Thornback in 1966. We got married in
November of that year. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the reunions that we have attended. I love this
website.
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First Name :   Richard
Last Name :   Cooper
City :   Measd
State :   Washington
I was on the Thornback June 62 to Aug 65 STS2 & STS1. My first boat and like a first love.Coop
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First Name :   Bert Drifty
Last Name :   Wright
City :   Dickinson
State :   Texas
Super job Gurrrrrrrrr. I'm still hanging in. Fun seeing Hammonds cartoons again. Still enjoy being
around water but no longer on the high seas.
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First Name :   Rick
Last Name :   Cornforth
City :   Indianapolis
State :   Ind
I was on the Thornback Aug 66 to Dec 69. in IC gang 68 and 69. Great web site Pat.
rcornforth@sbcglobal.net
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First Name :   BEAUX
Last Name :   RICHARD
City :   ST MARYS
State :   GA
SON OF EN1 RICHARD, LYNN. ABOUT TO RETIRE 22+ YR ALL SSBN. V/R MTC RICHARD, R.S
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First Name :   Chuck
Last Name :   Reith SO2 (SS)
City :   Panama City
State :   FL 32404
I was on the boat from 54 - 57. Made the snorkel trip up the Miss. and trips to Santiago and Havana. I
remember 3 or 4 of us young newly married guys lived side by side in converted WW II barracks in Key
West. My son spent 20 years on the nukes--Grayling,
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First Name :   Fred
Last Name :   Schuster
City :   Downers Grove
State :   Illinois
Pat, thank you for this website keeping our Thornback memories alive. Was onboard 11/66 to 8/68
and still remember it like yesterday. Can still hear the diesels and feel the deck rolling at sea.
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First Name :   BD
Last Name :   Root
City :   Ocean Springs
State :   MS
Great site, thanks to ED and all for the wonderfull time at the Isle reunion,bd.root@yahoo.com. Radio
Root
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First Name :   Chris
Last Name :   Strickland
City :   Goose Creek
State :   SC
My father was on this sub! Great website!
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