Ah, the memories . . . Dave's right - LUCK had a lot to do with the boat even making it to decommissioning.
I was on from April '75 to August '78. I remember Bingo and Bob Boyles and Heck and Art Baker and Steve Burt and
Bucky and Dunkle and MadDog and Spaz and WW a lot of the other guys who are logged into SubmarineSailor.com.
(And I'm proud to say I was qualified on helm/planes by Rookie Grove - who just retired as Master Chief of the
Submarine School. "Local boy makes good.") (By the way - check out www.classmates.com - they have a database
based on high school graduation and military service. There a quite a few T2 sailors there, too.)
There are also a couple of names from '78 that I should remember but don't. The old T2 (and Loucks) had taken a lot
out of me by then, so if I was an A_ _H_ _ _ to you, I sincerely apologize.
If you'll indulge me, I'm inspired by Bingo and Dave Heckman to recite a couple of my own memories of the T2. Now
twentysomething years later, I'd love to hear YOUR memories. Please do a "reply all" with them for all of us to enjoy.
1. I got to Tullibee out of prototype. On my first day George Ward (E-div LPO) assigned me to help John Cortese put
the DC battery exhaust fan back in after rewind. (I think it was rewound 3 times in my 3? years - could that indicate a
problem?) The fan was on the starboard side of AMS, outboard, forward and behind everything else. The fan was
about 18" in diameter and there were about 16 bolts in each flange on each side of the 2 rubber isolation boots. For
access to the BACK of the fan there was about 2?" of clearance under it and the same over it. In that 2?" you had to
reach in, put in the bolts behind the fan, hold them in place, install a lock washer and nut on each one and then tighten
them up with a wrench and ratchet. After about 2 hours, Johnny picked up his toolbox and THREW it across the AMS.
I won't go into his verbiage, as I'm not looking to defend a "free speech on the Internet" suit. Anyway, then he was
gone and I was left to finish it. I think it took me the rest of the day to do 72 bolts. That was my first day. Naturally
when it failed later and had to pulled and put back, guess who got picked because he "already had experience doing it."
2. I was a nuc IC-man (back when they had such a thing - I guess IC is merged with EM now.) So I spent a lot of time
up forward doing port-and-starboard with Rudy Bagos as Aux Elect Forward. I think we were on the way to the Med
and I'd recently read an article about the Scorpion and what it would have been like as she went down. This article
described a "wall of compressed air" passing through the boat from wherever the hull breached, followed by a wall of
water. One day I was making Aux Elect Forward rounds, I came past Sonar and the After Plotting Table and was just
coming up to the periscope stand when I really and truly felt a W-A-L-L of compressed air rush past me. I broke into a
run for the forward hatch, but I knew I'd never get there in time to even reach it, much less close and dog it. As I
passed Fire Control, COB Colin Ingraham, who was Diving Officer of the Watch, yelled "Hey, John. I forgot to tell you
but I just vented the Negative Tank." That scared the S_ _ _ out of me.
I am truly interested in everyone else's experiences on Tullibee. If you have memories please share them with us.
Maybe we can make up a website devoted to tracking down everyone who served on T2 and hearing their memories.
(By the way, have you seen what a brass Tullibee plaque is going for on Ebay? Unbelievable.)
I'm still trying to figure out that part of my life. I know that the important thing from my T2 experience is the people I got
to know and am still learning from. There are so many guys I lost track of (Broken Arrow/Nick Parham, Goober, Mike
Debay, Johnny Cabral, Al Tafa, John LaVoie, Schmuck, Dangerous Dave Dvorak, Earnie Dickson, Ed Bader, etc., etc.,
etc.) If you have addresses for people from the boat, please share them, as well.
ALSO - THERE WAS A CREW PICTURE TAKEN WHEN CHARLIE ARNEST RELIEVED KEN FOLTA - I THINK IT WAS IN
LA MAD (1976?). DOES ANYONE STILL HAVE A COPY OF IT?
Hoping to make it to the reunion next year,