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Don Vogt ETR2 (SS)
 
RC Div Jan 72 to May 75. Met the boat in drydock at Portsmouth NS. Two Med runs. Hope to make the reunion. Excellent site.
 
JAMES R. OUELLETTE
 
Served in interesting times with some great guys.'70-'74.Returned to fishing as a boat captain.J
 
LT Randall Cleveland
 
STS2(SS) on Lapon from 85-89. I traded in my Dolphins years ago for Navy Wings of Gold. I am now a P-3 pilot stationed at VP-45 in Jacksonville, FL. Although I would love to attend, I will be on deployment in October and will miss the reunion.I think about my time aboard Lapon often, remembering the friends that I made and regret having lost touch with them.
 
Randy Treadway
 
Communications Officer for Capt. Mack and later Navigator under Capt. Green. Enjoying the sunshine in Arizona, but would trade a year of sunny days for an hour back under the waves.
 
Rick Kadlick
 
Served on Lapon from Sep 70 to Apr 74, including E,IC,RC (wing commander Kadlick), sonar/emo, MPA, and acting Engineer while Bower was on leave for the October 73 mid-east war in the Med. Commanded USS DACE SSN-607. Retired in 94 after six years in DC as a major weapons systems project manager. Living in Jacksonville, FL. Responsible for all railroad signaling for CSX Transportation, largest freight railroad east of the Mississippi.
 
GERALD R. JOSEPH TMC(SS)
 
CAME ABOARD IN 1968, LEFT IN 1969 FOR RIVER BOATS IN VIETNAM. MADE IT BACK WITH A FEW MINOR WOUNDS AND RETIRED TO WI. IN 1978 AS TMCM. RETIRED FROM POWER COMPANY (THAT R.J.COTA WORKS FOR) IN 1995. NOW I WORK FOR THEM AS A CONTRACTOR TWO DAYS A WEEK IF I HAVE NO FISHING OR HUNTING TO CATCH UP ON. WOULD LIKE TO MAKE REUNION BUT I HAD A MOOSE HUNT PLANNED PREVIOUSLY.
 
Rick Locke TM3 (SS)
 
Served aboard the Lapon from 68-72. Had a ball for 4 years. Can't wait to see all the guys at the reunion. Live in Mass. near Boston. I got stuck with the nickname precious for four years. Lucky me!!!!!
 
Tommy Cox
 
Aboard Lapon for three runs in 68. Only spook to qualify in submarines aboard Lapon. Wrote collection of songs about submarine service including "BALLAD OF WHITEY MACK." Retired as CTICS(SS) in '79. Lapon was the greatest boat/crew of 11 submarines rode for 16 missions. Looking forward to seeing old friends (we're all old now) at reunion. Anybody know about Billy Burchell? Request info on my sea daddy. BT AR
 
Jim Van Fleet
 
Operations Officer 1969-1970, when left the Navy. Currently working at Defense Programs, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
 
Roy C. Lemons IC2 (SS)
 
Served on the Lapon 1978 - 1981. I had the best years in the Navy on the Lapon. Lots of memories, most good, some bad, and some spooky, like when we went bump in the night during the Northern Run. I would like to hear from some of my old shipmates and see how you are doing. I will try to get to the reunion if I can talk my boss in rescheduling so I can take vacation at that time.
 
David Alston
 
QM3 85 - 86 Went on the IO run in 85. Does anyone else still miss Australia?
 
Don Selby
 
Plank owner 66-70. Forward ICman. HAVING BEEN ON THE BOAT IS LIKE A BOTTLE OF WINE, IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE.
 
Bruce Mouw
 
Plank owner and first E/RC Officer. Left in 1970 as Navigator and joined the FBI. I still can't talk about anything that I've done in the last 35 years. Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion.
 
Robert Browne
 
Came on the Lapon right after leaving the shipyard in '67 and stayed for alittle over two years. Went to the RAY.
 
Earl C. Meggison STS1/ss
 
Q5 SuperTech with my buddy David Newman. I was on the Lapon from Nov. 81 to Nov 87. Six wonderful years. I worshipped my mentor ET1/SS Brodrick and worked with Dave to give STS2 Krammes a difficult time. Lets not forget the misery we brought to Shrope and Moose. Has anyone seen that Jim Keyes?
 
Dave Duryea
 
Aloha, GREAT website!! I was a JO on Lapon from 84-88. I am now the Force Engineer on the Subpac staff.
 
Dave Johnson
 
Came aboard in late 68 and left as EM2(SS) in 71. Was promptly given the handle of "Sweet Dave". Hope to see everyone in October.
 
Bill Charlton RM2(SS)
 
Spent my last fifteen months on board from 4/72-6/73 and enjoyed every minute(mostly). Chief Knapp was my COB. Tim, I expect you'll be there, but I'll have to think about it. It's a long way from San Diego and the timing is not great for me. It would be nice though to see some of the old faces again......
 
Brian Brock
 
was in e div from march 91 until decom. still have fond memories of cleaning under the Romulan cloaking device.
 
Jeremey (Jerry) Myers YN
 
I reported to Lapon straight out of Sub School. I was very young (18) and very foolish. I made friends right away and had alot of fun. Shortly after reporting aboard, the ship was scheduled for a Med Cruise. I thought going abroad was pretty cool but really liked coming home. I couldn't figure out all the money stuff. Anyway, we came home 7 months later. I got into some bad trouble sometime in '79 (which I regret to this day) and got transfered to a different command. I made another Med run in '80 then got discharged shortly after. I have good memories of Lapon and shipmates. Some of the names I remember are: Jack Liike, a Radioman I think...I sold him a sweater I had. Jerry Simon, was a deck div guy but I think was a MM striker Rob King, he was from Connecticut like me. A good guy who was VERY into Disco Chief Stamms, ship's photographer. Snapped a pic of me as a messcook. Ron Semple, an FT. Probably my closest friend on board. Lives in GA. Grogan, that's all I remember. He was always DINK and a real idiot! Gordy German, an ST1. He was a cool guy I liked him. Jim Shipp, this guy was GUNG HO!!! Cox, a TM. He was a real nut! Used to eat cigarette buts and hydraulic oil! Vince Bova, an MS. Hated being on a sub! Claimed he didn't volenteer!I remember alot of other guys but just not the names. If anyone remembers me, you can send a mail.
 
Jim Rogers
 
Served on board from '73 to '77. Arrived with Dan McGovern during the '73 Med Run in La Spezia via Athens and Naples. On an EM3, left as EM1(SS).Currently, Manager, Nuclear Engineering - Test @ Newport News Shipbuilding, for all boat work and for CVN65 & CVN69. Can you believe it? A boat sailor on flat tops. Living in Yorktown, Va. Would not miss the party.
 
Mike (Flash) Fuller
 
1974 Relieved the watch, conditions as before. . . 1975 Worked for Tom Ashley, w/ Dave Poole, Glenn Higginbotham, and Tony Hardin. Spent a lot of time half-asleep in Machinery II lower level, and a lot more making sure NNSY drydock was dry. 1977 Properly relieved by NPTU Ballston Spa.
 
Jeff Schmidt
 
EM2(SS) Served on board from October 1974 until October 1977. Good to see that some of you are still around. Looking forward to the reunion.
 
JERRY VENABLE
 
SERVED FROM DEC 66 TIL JUNE 70. ONE OF THE ORIGINAL A GANG MEMBERS. LIVED ON BARGE WITH SELBY FOR TWO WEEKS. PLANK OWNER. LEFT AS MM2(SS). LOOKING FOWARD TOO SEEING ALL THE GUYS IN OCT. IF ANYONE HAS INFO ABOUT JIM DONALSON CALL AT 828-648-7472.
 
Mike Gambogi
 
Served 1971-1974 Reported to USS Lapon following sub school. Became ships commissary man while on board. Did cruise to the Med. June 73'to Dec 73'. Drydocked Oct. 71-72 in Kittery,Maine.
 
Jim Rogers EM1(SS) 73-77
 
Hi Shipmates, This site sure does bring back the memories. As a result, I started to look up some others that I served with that were not listed. One of those was Gatewood Wright Leathers III ETCM(SS). As far as I know, only two people from Culpeper County, Virginia ever served in boats, Wright and myself. We ended up on LAPON together. In fact, Wright went to school with one of my uncles. My family lived in Brandy Station and his in Elkwood. Only a few miles separate these two little Post Offices. I thought he would get a real kick out of the site. Anyway, I did an easy phone search. How many Wright Leathers can there be in this world, in Elkwood, Virginia? When I called, I believe I talked to his mother. Well, this is the bad news. She told me Wright has been in the VA hospital, in Salem, Va., for the last two years with Alzheimer’s and is very bad off. He should be somewhere in his mid sixties. I just thought I would pass the info on to those who sailed with him. Again, thanks for the site.
 
John Scherr
 
Plankowner, ET1(SS) - RO Best part of my seven plus years in the Navy was time spent on the "661"! Was part of the "M Gang" that's M for motorcycle! I've never forgotten my "watch" with Admiral Rickover! Thanks for saving me Cap'n! I now work at the Callaway Nuclear Plant in MO. Plan to be at the reunion.
 
Dave Wadsworth
 
Pork Chop from 74 to 77. 74-75 Med run and many local ops. Other half of tour in NNSY.
 
Dave Roessner
 
Served aboard 72-74. Great site I hope to make the reunion.
 
Doug Cox
 
Former TM2/SS On board USS Lapon from 1977-1982. Served with the best. Looking forward to the reunion.
 
Jim Rogers
 
Hello again, Shipmates, I just saw 'U-571'. Went with an old fleet boat buddy, Des Donnelly MMCM(SS) (ret). We both thought the movie was great. Give it a go if you like action packed boat movies.
 
Leo MacDonald
 
RC Div from Apr 68-Oct 72 (ET2SU NQP to ET1SS RC Div LPO), was trained by the Plankowners & never forgot it. Knew the Lapon better than any boat or prototype - Casey and I did a long-form precrit in 1.5 hours (never beat that.) Stayed in 20+ years and NEVER had a C.O. approaching Capt Mack's ability as a Sub driver / Leader, Period - the rest was downhill. Pete 'gave' me the "Green Mac" award in the "Speed Sport Weekly Dirt" for my flaps on the "Green Band" policies. Lost all 4 MCPs at Ahead Flank off Burmuda, that was a rush - though Hogjaw would calibrate me. Anyone heard from Goliday (ETC/SS.) I'll be at the reunion 'come hell or high water.' 860-859-9600 or 860-447-1791 x3605. Fair Winds, Leo
 
Gregg Miller
 
Does anyone who rode Lapon during the 80(?) med run remember the USMC spook who rode us? I remember something about him requesting to eat in the wardroom since he was the COMMARDET ( commander marine detachment ) even though he was an E3 or E4. I think he made sergeant during the run. He used to come to battle stations in control with his helmet and flak jacket on. I remember him locking himself in radio and telling everyone he was cleaning his pistol and if we were going to be captured he was going to have to shoot the whole crew. I think he fell asleep sunning himself on the beach in Africa, he was soooo sunburned, but being a marine he wouldn't show any pain!!
 
Bruce Tarleton EM2 (SS)
 
First boat, April 82 to Nov 86. Made the IO run in 85 (round the world cruise) and northern run in 86.
 
Daniel Cavanaugh
 
STS2(SS) from April 86 through June 90. Many memories of working with great people under all sorts of conditions. Anyone from this time frame going to the reunion? Hoping to be there myself. Even after all of the bizarre situations that could only happen in fast attack life, I still remember the good times the most...
 
Tommy Cox
 
Saw the picture of Howard Jones. I ran into Howard circa 1981-82 in New London. Howard was a LCDR working on the tender. He picked lead guitar for me for about a year at Norm's Lounge and the EM Club. He's another Lapon sailor who done good. If anybody knows where he is, please let me know. Would love to see him again at the reunion. You're absolutely correct; Howard was the best "picker" (guitar) aboard Lapon. I'll never forget when we did "Battle of New Orleans" at the Faslane Petty Officers' Club. What diplomatic shipmate requested that song in that place and time? Howard was with me at the Brooklyn Fair in '81 where we played (music, you turkeys) with Jeannie C. Riley. We let Jeannie's husband into our beer cooler. Baaad decision! Will send George a pic. Tom
 
Steve MacLaren IC2(SS)
 
Former Lapon Crew Member From 71 to 76. I had a lot of great times with a lot of Great People. Looking forward to seeing them at the reunion.
 
Ron Guess MM1(SS)
 
"A" Division October 1972 until February 1978 MM1(SS). Two med cruises and not a single Thanksgiving at home in six years. I now drive for ROADWAY EXPRESS, live on my farm in south Georgia and am looking forward to my retirement.
 
Mike Carlson
 
MM1(SS) Served from Jan '87 to October '88. Made the '87 Northern Run or exercise, and the '88 ICEX. I'm the guy who took all of those pictures from the bridge and on the ice. Believe it or not, I am sailing again. This is being writted from the dining room of the M/V Caribbean Mercy just finishing a Medical and Relief outreach in La Union, El Salvador. After Lapon I ended up working for VA Power as an Operator at Surry Power Station, left there Sept '99 for training for this mission organization. (Mercy Ships, www.mercyships.org) I am now serving as a Motorman in the engineroom, hoping to get my 3rd Engineer License in the next year or so.
 
Rich Irelan
 
I was a Sonarman on that great boat from 1978 through 1983. Just retired in 98. Saw lots of other boats but Lapon was the best.
 
Bill Smith
 
Served as STS-3 between 1974 and 1976. Left Lapon as an STS-2(SS) to head to BQQ-5 school in San Diego. Tim Waggett was one of my bosses. I worked at NASA in White Sands, New Mexico for 13 years as a computer engineer after leaving the Navy in 1984, now working at New Mexico State University as a Network Administrator.
 
YN2(SS) John Hourican
 
served onboard and shipyard duty (decom crew) 89-92. "Go GIANT Burger!" Still have flicks and original qual card from 89.
 
Glenn Higginbotham
 
MM1 ELT/LELT I served on the Lapon from 4/73 to 1/77. This was the only boat I served on. I was on her for two Med Runs as well as innumerable Spec Ops. I can still remember fondly the weeks of boredom interspaced with minutes of terror. I won't be able to attend the October Reunion due to Refuel Outage at the Nuclear Plant where I work. Definately want to gett in touch with those of you I served with.
 
Paul H. Davis (Panda)
 
Served on Lapon as an A-ganger from Sept '81 to Feb '86. I only see a few names from my time. Anyone know where Jelenik, Dave White, Redmon, Colmenero or any of that ilk have gotten to? I last saw the Lapon in Bremerton, waiting her turn. Hope to see you all at the reunion. Panda

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