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USS Grampus (SS 523) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Grampus (SS 523). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 34 crew members registered for the USS Grampus (SS 523).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Starnes, JohnOrd SeamanAug 23, 1950 – Jun 14, 1954Radioman
Rock, JosephQM3Sep 15, 1952 – Nov 21, 1953COMSUBATLAFTER SUB SCHOOL IN NEW LONDON CT ASSIGNED TO USS SIRAGO SS 485. NINE MOS LATER SENT TO GRAMPUS UNTIL DISCHARGE 11/1953. WOULD HAVE GONE TO NEW SECRETIVE ATOMIC SUB SCHOOL FOR NAUTILAS IF I HAD SHIPPED OVER.
Munoz, GeorgeSO2Nov 1952 – Oct 1955TopsideThis was the best years of my life!
Galanis, BillEN3[SS]Nov 3, 1954 – Nov 6, 1956aft engine roomenjoied my time onboard the GRANPUS
Watkins, Gerald JerryRM3 SSJul 23, 1956 – Oct 10, 1958OPERATIONSWas assigned to the Grampus after a short assignment on the sub tender USS Orion, Served on the deck force until I qualified and then was assigned to the radio crew. under Lt. Andferson who was the operations officer.
Wirkala, AllanIC 3 (SS)Jun 1958 – Mar 1961Engineering
Skinner, PierceE-3Aug 1958 – Sep 1959deck
Pyle, RobertTM3(SS)Jun 18, 1959 – Nov 16, 1960Weapons
Page, Dick profile iconCDR (skipper)1961 – 1963Sixty OneMy favorite time with some great memories. Finishing out my tour on this planet in Fallbrook, CA
Meiser, RichardQM2(SS)Oct 1961 – Apr 1963NAVMY FIRST BOAT, LOTS OF WWII VETS STILL AROUND, THE STORIES WERE GREAT AND YOU LEARNED REAL FAST THE PRIDE AND DITICATION THEY HAD. T.L., JOE READY AND MORE. SECOND TIME 12 67 TO 4 68 AS ETN2(SS)
Payne, DavidETRSN (SS)Nov 1961 – Jul 1962DeckWnat a fun time! Rode out a hurricane off Cape Hatteras that nearly wiped out Virginia Beach. Was hit by a water spout that rolled us to port enough to loose the bubble out of the inclinomitor.
Thompson, PaulMM2 SSJul 15, 1962 – Jun 18, 1967
Larson, RayQM2(SS)1963 – 1965Navigation
Concepcion, Apolinario (Bob)SK2(SS)1963 – 1965Supply
Sanders, RaymondLTJGJun 27, 1963 – Feb 19651st LT, SupplyLeft for SUBRON 6 and then 5th ND HQ Made LT Jul 66 (USNR) SS Qual Oct 1966 Resigned comission Feb 1968
Kraemer, Stephen (Stan)FTG3 (SS)Aug 20, 1963 – Jun 5, 1965GunneryLooking to contact my shipmates. Enjoyed our cruises and time together. Thanks for Navy/GI Bill.
Saunders, HankCS11965 – 1967SupplyLooking for old shipmates.Tell me about reunions.
Stewart, John (Stew)MM1(SS)1965 – 1967A Gang Engineering
Lightle, RickRMOct 1965 – Jun 1967OpsI was an RM2(SS) when I left Grampus. I hung around with Bob Thompson MM2(SS) and others.
Duffy, RonIC3 (SS)1966 – 1968ElecticalGreat time, great crew, great boat!
Baines, AlbertSTS3Feb 13, 1967 – Jun 18, 1967SONAR
Quillin, JimFTG21968 – 1970WeaponsMost memorable time was Unitas X--Hit every country on coast of SA & became a Shellback both over & under the equator. Went thru upkeep in Philly & WASAT run in the Caribbean.Went thru refit and turnover to Brazil
Breen, RichardSTSC(SS)1968 – 1971Ops (Sonar)Great boat, good crew! Was Direct Input (no Sub School) as an E-7. Loved the diesel submarine! Made Unitas X and did much sailing on SS-523, but the days of the diesel boats were coming to an end, so I went to SSN-673.
Melgaard, LeifEN-2Feb 1968 – Mar 1971Fwd. engine room/later aux.Boarded the USS Gampus in the Portsmouth ship yard. Great captain (Anderson) First went to sea on a Caribbean run and then later Unitas X great times with captain Taylor. Philly yard for battery job and then N. Atlantic.
Morrow, Fred (Rufus)STSSN(SS)Mar 1968 – Aug 1968Sonar (OPS)Fresh out of Sonar School, first boat, in Portsmouth Yards for Overhaul
Bowen, Art profile iconLieutenanMay 1968 – Nov 1, 1969GrampusSan Juan to cartaghena Co, the Panama Canal to Guayaquil Ecuador to Galápagos Islands to Lima Peru to Valparaiso and Vina del mar Chile where we helped celebrate their version of our 4th of July. Early out in Uruguay
Taylor, Arthur H., ArtCommanderJan 13, 1969 – Jan 13, 1969Commanding Officer (CO)USS Grampus operated in South Atlantic in 1969 until deploying on 5 month cruise - UNITAS X in circumnavigation of South American continent; exercising in ASW training with both US and South American naval forces.
Crampton, TerryYeomanSep 1969 – Oct 1971Executive Officer DivGreat Crew! Enjoyed CO Cdr Taylor and EO LCDR Poole especially during the UNITAS X cruise. Had fun in Philidelphia Naval Shipyard along with other DBFcrews. Some very great liberty ports in South America :)
Rettew, William/bill/RM2 (SS)Feb 1970 – Jul 1970RadioI came on board TAD from Sea Leopard. Both boats were in Philly for overhauls, Grampus was just a battery job. All the radio watch standers left ?? and I was drafted to get the boat underway and we went on a NATO ops ending in Halifax NS. Good tim
Paschall, CliffordQM2(SS)Jun 1970 – Jul 1971NavigationWould like to hear from old ship mates
McCarroll, RodneyE21971 – 1972Weapons
Aumen, StephenCS3(SS)Feb 22, 1971 – May 13, 1972CookThis was one of the greatest submarines that I served on until I found the boomers, especially the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN657). Should have stayed. DBF
List, JimMM3Dec 1971 – May 1972Trying toget in touch with old ship mates to trade sea stories.
Newman, CharlieSK2Jan 2, 1972 – May 1972SupplyJust trying to catch up with a few old friends.

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