USS SENNET (SS-408)
All Hands Newsletter

March 2020

The 2019 Reunion . . .

Our 2019 all-hands reunion was a huge success.   Attendance was small, but we all had a great time and made plans for the next reunion in 2021.   Here's who came to the 2019 Charleston reunion:

Carl & Lucy Albury (1963-1965)
Ernie Barwick (1962-1966)
Bob Brown (1966-1968 decom)
Bradley & Annie Butler (1968 decom)
James & Marguerite Dunbar (1956-1959)

Nelson Gainey (1965)
John & Lee Goodman (1965-1967)
David & Grace Hardy (1962-1966)
Mike & Nancy Hory (1964-1966)
Ed & Sherry Long Jones (1962)

Richard & Lula Kochtanek (1955-1957)
Ralph & Sharon Luther (1964-1968 decom)
Keith & Kathie Malone (1967-1968 decom)
David & Pat Molnar (1964-1967)
Gizzy & Daphne Phelps (1957-1959)

Stan & Carol Pollard (1967-1968 decom)
Gaines & Melba Rogers (1960-1962)
Larry & Gail Sayetta (1960-1966)
Woody & Sally Seiler (1957-1960)
Jim & Yvonne Vernon (1964-1967)

Charlie & Betty Weller (1945-1946)
Marvin & Nancy White (1960-1962)
Dick Wiley & Stephanie Michael (1955-1957) & 1959-1960)
Chuck Wrayno & Leslie McDonald (1963-1968)

The 2021 Reunion . . .

The current planning is for our next reunion to be held in the fall of 2021 in the Mobile, AL area.   Mike and Nancy Hory (64-66) have volunteered to research, contract and host the reunion.   They are familiar with the Mobile, AL area and have many exciting thoughts on things to do and see.   It's too early to have detailed information, so stay tuned.   There's more to come.

Let me stress that there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work in hosting a successful reunion.   Mike and Nancy will certainly welcome all help and suggestions.   You can contact Mike at e-mail:   masterchief04011@yahoo.com or snail mail him at: 11717 Rolling Pine Ln., Port Richey, FL 34668.


Blue Jackets . . .

Uniforms first adopted for the Royal Navy included a short, blue jacket.   No universal uniform was prescribed for U.S. Navy enlisted personnel until the 1850s.   Therefore, in the early days of that century, many U.S. Navy men unofficially wore the blue jacket of the Royal Navy.   That's how enlisted personnel came to be referred to as blue-jackets.


Eternal Patrol . . .

We have recently learned that the following Sennet shipmates have passed away:

SA Burnett R. Crispell (1946) departed September 05, 2017.
TMSN(SS) Charles R. Heater (1948-1950) departed October 31, 2018.

GM3(SS) Phillip Katz (1946) departed October 17, 2018.
QM3(SS) Sherman A. Long (1956-1957) departed July 07, 2018.

STS3(SS) Fred F. Maphis (1965) departed December 27, 2019.
LTJG Robert B. McComb (1955-1957) departed September 12, 2018.

QM3(SS) Thomas J. Nevins, Jr. (1952-19-55) departed November 08, 2019.
TM2(SS) Albert L. Ouzts (1967-1968 decom) departed November 10, 2017.

EMSA(SS) Kenneth L. Schmidt (1961-1962) departed January 05, 2020.
FTG3(SS) William J. Scott (1962-1963) departed September 03, 2019.

S1c(SS) Charles A. Weller (1945-1946) departed November 30, 2019.
EM2(SS) Marvin M. White (1960-1962) departed November 01, 2019.

EMC(SS) Wayne L. Winans (1964-1966) departed February 05, 2018.

Operation High Jump . . .

In 1947 the U.S. Navy sent a task force under the command of Admiral Byrd to Antarctica to explore extreme cold weather operations.   Included in that task force was USS Sennet.   MGM made a movie of that expedition.   The movie, titled “The Secret Land” is narrated by Lt Robert Taylor and Van Heflin.   I brought a VHS copy of the movie to our reunion, and Carl Albury (63-65) generously made five DVD copies for me.   I will bring one to the next reunion, but if you would like to see the movie now, contact Stan Pollard at 408.stan@gmail.com or Stan Pollard, 3016 Bayberry Cv., Wooster, OH 44691, and I will loan you a copy.


Ship's Store . . .

We stock some Sennet unique submarine items like:

  • T-Shirts - $22 – Navy blue shirts with the Sennet logo embroidered above the pocket and a submarine veteran screen print on the back.   Sizes Lg, XL, and XXL.

  • Ball caps - $12

  • Ships patches (cloth) - $5

  • Hoodies - $30 – submarine veteran screen printed on the back.   Only in size XXL.

  • Submarine wife pins - $5

  • Sennet challenge coins - $5

Prices do not include postage.   Contact Ralph Luther for availability and total cost.   All revenue goes 100% into the Reunion Fund.   Make checks payable to: USS Sennet SS-408 Reunion Fund and mail to:

USS Sennet SS-408
c/o Ralph Luther
P.O. Box 864
Summerville, SC 29484-0864

Email:   rluther107@gmail.com
Cell  
843-991-1451

Due to limited demand, we will probably not restock the ship's store, so check the supply with Ralph and get your orders in now.

Some great generic submarine items are available on the Internet like dolphin flags, Navy flags, dolphin license plates, metal license plate frames, bumper stickers, etc.   Contact Stan at 408.stan@gmail.com or cell: (330) 749-7151 if you need assistance in finding them.   He has some good sources, and it's just not economically possible for us to stock all these items in our ship's store.


How Many Submarines . . .

This listing, courtesy of Global Fire Power, does not make a distinction between nuclear-powered and diesel-electric types nor does it take into account submarine type (attack, nuclear-capable, etc...) system age or construction quality.   Data presented on this list is through 2020.   Estimates are made when official data is not available.

1) North Korea – 83
2) China – 74
3) United States – 66
4) Russia - 62
5) Iran – 34
6) South Korea - 22
7) Japan - 20
8) India - 16
9) Turkey – 12

10) Columbia – 11
11) Greece – 11
12) United Kingdom – 10
13) France – 9
14) Pakistan – 8
15) Italy – 8
16) Egypt - 8
17) Australia – 6
18) Brazil – 6

19) Germany – 6
20) Vietnam - 6
21) Norway – 6
22) Algeria – 6
23) Israel – 5
24) Indonesia - 5
25) Sweden – 5
26) Peru – 5

15 additional nations have four or fewer submarines.


Future Sennet Reunions . . .

Remember, submarining is an “all hands” evolution and so are reunions.   We are open to any and all suggestions, recommendations, ideas and especially, offers to help.   Contact me:

Mike Hory - Reunion Coordinator
11717 Rolling Pine Ln.
Port Richey, FL 34668


Email:   masterchief04011@yahoo.com
Cell  
386-847-1297



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