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USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631)

- decommissioned -

USS ULYSSES S. GRANT was the 14th LAFAYETTE - class nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarine and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on June 12, 1992, the ULYSSES S. GRANT subsequently entered the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Recycling was finished on March 29, 1993.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 20, 1961
Keel laid: August 18, 1962
Launched: November 2, 1963
Commissioned: July 17, 1964
Decommissioned: June 12, 1992
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.
Propulsion system: one S5W nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 425 feet (129.6 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)
Draft: 31.5 feet (9.6 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 7,250 tons; Submerged: approx. 8,250 tons
Speed: Surfaced: 16 - 20 knots;Submerged: 22 - 25 knots
Armament: 16 vertical tubes for Polaris or Poseidon missiles, four 21" torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Mk-14/16 torpedoes, Mk-37 torpedoes and Mk-45 nuclear torpedoes
Crew: 13 Officers and 130 Enlisted (two crews)

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS ULYSSES S. GRANT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS ULYSSES S. GRANT:

April 7, 19873 miles off Portsmouth, NH.Two sailors are swept from the deck of the ULYSSES S. GRANT in rough seas. One is rescued but is pronounced dead and the other one is lost at sea.

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About the Ship's Name:

Ulysses Simpson Grant - born on 27 April 1822 at Point Pleasant, Ohio - graduated from the United States Military Academy on 1 July 1843. He served with distinction in the war with Mexico - under Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott, taking part in the battles of Resaca de la Palma, Palo Alto, Monterrey, and Vera Cruz. He was twice breveted for bravery: at Molino del Rey and Chapultepec. After growing restive during frontier duty in the peacetime Army, he resigned his commission in 1854 and attempted to pursue careers in business and farming.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was commissioned a colonel in the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He later became brigadier general of volunteers on 7 August 1861. Following the captures of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in February 1862, President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. These victories opened Tennessee to federal forces, and earned Grant the nickname of "unconditional surrender."

He doggedly pursued the Confederate Army and won impressive - but costly - victories at Shiloh, Vicksburg and Chattanooga. His willingness to fight and ability to win impressed President Lincoln who appointed Grant lieutenant general and gave him overall comm and of the Army.

Grant left Major General William T. Sherman in immediate charge of all boons in the west and moved his headquarters to Virginia where he turned his attention to the long frustrated Union effort to take Richmond. Despite heavy losses and difficult terrain, the Army of the Potomac kept up a relentless pursuit of General Robert E. Lee's troops and won bloody contests in the Wilderness, at Spotsylvania, at Cold Harbor, and at Petersburg. His relentless pressure finally forced Lee to evacuate Richmond early in April 1865 and forced him to surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on 9 April 1865. Within a few weeks, the War between the States was over.

Grant became interim Secretary of War on 12 August 1867 - when Johnson suspended Secretary Stanton - and held the office until early the next year. He ran for the presidency on the Republican ticket in 1868 and won the election. His two terms were marred by economic, social, and political turmoil, but Grant himself was not involved in the scandals, and his personal reputation emerged untarnished.

He devoted his twilight years to writing and completing his two volumes of Personal Memoirs which were published the year of his death. Grant died on 23 July 1885, at Mt. McGregor, N.Y.

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