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Sailors, Rest Your Oar
In recognition of the Bergall crew who served her so well and have accepted their final orders, we salute you.

There is a port of no return, where ships
May ride at anchor for a little space
And then, some starless night the cable slips,
Leaving an eddy at the mooring place...
Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.

Leslie Nelson Jennings
"Lost Harbor"

There are stories told about knights of old and the shooting of Dan McGrew
And the classic tale of the great white whale still thrills us through and through.
There’s Farragut and John Paul but the saltiest of them all
Were the boys in blue from World War Two who answered Freedom’s Call.

Now I won’t boast so I’ll drink a toast to the boys who went down under.
With Navy pride they fought and died when their boats were ripped asunder.
They learned their trade, our debt they paid in the world beneath the sea
And there they sleep in waters deep, a part of history.

Those noble ships with sonar blips once fought their way to Glory
And the men inside, because they died, left none to tell their story.
Proud Argonaut, you had your shot, you and the Amberjack,
‘Twas near Rabaul you gave your all and never more came back.

Pompano, you and Runner, too, were lost in forty-three.
Your gallant crew went down with you, defending liberty.
The Pickerel too, the sleek Wahoo, the Grampus and the Herring,
The Albacore, all lost in the war, have taken their last bearing.

So many more, subs by the score, went to their watery grave,
In silence deep they lie asleep, the young lads and the brave,
But this I know, somewhere below lie those who paid the price,
Our debt is paid because they made the final sacrifice.

A Poem by: Robert L. Harrison Oct. 16, 1997 Greenfield, Indiana

Name Rate tour           Nickname Date of
Final Orders
Albert F. Abel RM1, SS 320 49-50 5/11/2008
Sam Abernathy FTGU2, SSN 667 68-70 9/23/2012
Ed Adams SS 320 49-50 9/3/2004
Norman Alger F1, SS 320 46-47 2/15/2012
Robert J. Anderson Lt., SS 320 54-55 Bob 7/5/2012
Raymond Anderson FTG3, SSN 667 75-79 Andy 11/23/2014
William Anderson ENC, SS 320
Harry Argentino EM2, SS 320 44-45 early '90s Memories
Eldon Wayne Armer S1, SS 320 45-47 3/18/2012
Stephan (n) Artymowicz EMC, SS 320 48-49 8/18/1961
Robert Wilson Ashabraner TM1, SS 320 44-45 4/9/1996
Donald Bailey Lt., SS 320 45
Bud Baker QM2, SS 320 1991
Dave Baker QM3, SSN 667 12/?/2006
Richard C. Barringer SN SS 320 51-52 4/8/2013
Robert Bartlett SS 320 6/25/1995
Donald Basham RMC, SSN 667 70-75 8/15/2013
Marmaduke G. Bayne Lt., SS 320 45 1/27/2005
William Clay Bearden, jr Ltjg., SSN 667 74-76 8/31/2013
Robert Belkowski EM2, SS 320 44-45 12/25/2008
Norman K. Berg LT jg, SS 320 55-56 4/14/2014
Ronald Bergum SS 320 2/28/2000
Joseph A. Bernard SS 320 11/13/'07
Chester A. Berryman TMC, SS 320 56-57 8/8/2009
George "Al" Besler IC3, SS 320 54-55 3/20/1972
Gary Bisby MM1, SSN 667 76-79 2009
Billy B. Blackburn TM3, SS 320 50-51 4/11/2010
David Michael Blank SSN 667 7/26/1996
William Bort QM1, SS 320 44-45   Memories
Leo Boucher RM1, SS 320 44-45 10/27/2015  
Charles Stuart Bowcock Ltjg, SS 320 46-47 9/14/2013  
Walter E. Brame SN, SS 320   11/20/2014  
Ed Branin EM2, SS 320 44 2007 Memories
Harold Branson SS 320 10/14/2003
Leroy Breese RM3, SS 320 55-56 12/31/2006
Maynard Arlie Brood ETS, SS 320 46-48 Smokey/Arlie 1992 Memories
Charles E. Brown CSC, SS 320 5/13/2014
Herbert Browne ENC, SS 320
Lloyd M. Butler S1, SS 320 53 4/18/2015
Edward N. Browning F1, SS 320 5/7/2008
L. Larson Byrd MoMM2, SS 320 45 12/09/2010
Tracy Calame SS 320 7/1999
Robert Mack Carolus MMC, SS 320 55-56 10/30/1995
Oramel R. Carr EM1, SS 320   Tubby 1/15/2003
Joseph Francis Cavanaugh CS1, SS 320 44   8/4/2009
Louie Cegelis EM2, SS 320 55 Light Lunch Louie 8/15/1989
Wendel Chaffee MoMM3, SS 320
Mike Chaffin ELT, SSN 667 Memories
Gabe Chellew MCS, SSN 667 81? 4/1/2/12
Warren Lucain Church, Sr SN, SS 320 2/1/2009
Richard Kevin Clack STS?, SSN 667
John (Jack) Cody CS1, SS 320
LCDR Charles Louis Coleman SS 320 1/19/2005
Donald J Compton MMCS, SS 320 9/14/2015
Robert Conlin MoMM1, SS 320 1/3/1999
John E.Conner Lt.jg, 44-45 1/18/2011
Allen Cook MoMM1, SS 320 44-45 ?
Kenneth Cost TMC, SS 320 44-45 11/14/2000
Earl R. Daetz EM2, SS 320 49-51 4/12/2007
Benjamin Davis GM2, SS 320   11/22/2014
Howard C. Davis RM1, SS 320 51 6/21/2006
Norbert J. Davis FN, SS 320 54 12/24/2010
Nishan Derderian CRT, SS 320 44-45 11/3/2014
Donald Deremer S1c, SS 320
Cecelio Diaz SD1, SS 320 27/12/2000
Robert Dickeson TMSN, SS 320 9/2000 Memories
Norm Dineen YN3, SS 320 54-57 4/19/2010  
Richard Di Blasi ETN2, SSN 667 74-78 10/6/2011
Dennis Di Salvi QM3, SSN 667 9/21/2005
Walter Dondzilo TM3, SS 320 7/1994
James T. Doucett CS1, SSN 667 68-70 Frenchie 5/3/2013
William Dowling SS 320   Bill 3/6/2005 Memories
Nick L. Dudley ET3, SS 320 49-51 2010 ??
Clinton E. Dutcher EN1, SS 320 7/9/2002
H. N. Dutton S2, SS 320 46-47 Neil 10/15/1980
John H. Dykes EN1, SS 320 2/16/1978 Memories
Robert E. Engle YNC, SS 320 4/23/2015  
Robert W. Faselt QM2, SS 320 44-45 Bobby Sox 11/17/1973 Memories
Wayne Ferris SK1, SSN-667     ~1975
Peter Field MoM1, SS 320    
Paul M. Fields F1c, SS 320 44-45   7/28/1999 Memories
Michael W. Finn TM2, SS 320     11/04/2003  
Carl N. Fox (Sr.) MOMM1, SS 320     9/1978
Glen A. France CSCS, SSN 667     11/1984
Charles B. Fresh IC3, SS 320     2/2/2008
Charles A. Gallagher CS2,SS 320 54-55   ?/2010
Walter Gallie QM2,SS 320 44-45   10/25/2011
George Gambel TM3, SS 320 48-52   4/20/2011 Memories
Harold Gandy SS 320     4/30/1996
Isaac Generally SSN 667     11/13/2006 Memories
Jack B. Gibb MoMM3, SS 320 44 8/17/1996  Memories
Philip T. Glennon LCDR, SS 320 50-52 10/25/2010 Memories
Martin H. Gold QM3, SS 320 11/29/2012
Donald Norman Graham CTM, SS 320 2006
Howard S. Green, Jr. Lt., SS 320     8/5/2005
Tex Grisham TM1, SS 320
Warren Grossetta LCDR, SS 320 54-56 Moose 10/14/2012 Memories
Richard Halloran LT jg, SS 320 56-58 3/15/2013
Richard W. Hammes SSN 667 11/10/2004
Keith Hansen CWO3, SS 320
Rodney Hansen ETM2, SS 320 12/1/2004
John Quincy Hargrove III SS 320   Jack 3/22/2005
Gary Harris MM2, SSN 667 68-71 4/21/2010
Herbert B. Harris-Warren CO, SS 320 56-57 10/1/1972
Alexander J. Hecker EN3, SS 320 54-56 3/25/2012
Keith E. Herington TM2, SS 320 44-45 7/8/2007
Stephen Jay Hersch IC1, SSN 667 68-71 1/2/2016
John F. Hessler EM1, SS 320 44-45 8/1981
Roy Lee Hill, Jr. S2, SS 320 Memories
Roy Lavelle Hodge, Jr. MM2, SSN 667 10/29/2000
Henry Hoffman MoMM2, SS 320 45-46 4/6/2006
Roy Henry Hoffman, Jr. S1c, SS 320 57-58 6/1/2010
William E. Hoffman SN, SS 320 44 12/25/2008
Sid Hoialmen RM1, SS320 44-45 1/7/2012
C. John Horwath CTM, SSN 667 6/7/2002
John Holman SS 320 1999?
Donald Hoppel SS 320 7/23/1989
Melvin B. Huff MoMM2, SS 320 46-47 Scotty 11/2004
James Hughes TM3, SS 320
John Huston EM2, SS 320 44-45 8/31/2001
John Hyde Captain, SS 320 44-45 Johnny 6/8/1981
Fred Ilsemann Lt. jg., SS 320 ~ '1998
Robert Ison Lt. Cmdr, SS 320 44-45 1988
Kenneth Jackson SS 320, MoMM3 44-45 1/20/2010
Merle Jacobson SS 320 5/2000
Benjamin Jarvis Lt. CMDR, SS 320 44 2/22/2008
James Jefferies Lt., SS 320 54-55  
Flloyd Jewel Jones QM3, SS 320 3/12/1993
A. J. "Sonny" Joachim ENC, SS 320 1985
Stephen Johnson Lt-Cmdr., SS 320 48-50 Slick 10/2000
Tom Johnson MMCS, SSN 667     1991
Johnnie Jones A-ganger, SSN 667 12/2002
Robert Karcher Lt.jg, SS 320 1987
Michael Karhan FC2, SS 320 44-45 2/8/2001
George Karlesses SS 320
Leonard Katlen EN3, SS 320
Guy Clinton Keemer TMC, SS 320 12/22/2012
Charles Kennedy EM2, SS 320 44   9/16/2016 Memories
Ralph Kennedy EN1, SS 320     4/30/2005
Oscar Kennerly MoMM2, SS 320     1999?
Paul E. Kilduff SS 320     11/14/2014
Thomas K. Kimmel Captain, SS 320     1998 Memories
Harry Kramer MoM1, SS 320
Charles Krans SS 320 56-57 4/29/2007
Charles Kuenneke ICC, SSN 667 11/14/2002
Ray "Pappy" Kuhn ETCM, SSN 667 3/21/2005
Bob Kunhardt CDR, SS 320
Charles Lambert EMC, SS 320 3/7/1998
Charles Larson SSN 667 7/26/2014
Frank Lee SS 320 11/24/1998
Robert E. Leeney EM1, SS 320 9/2/2015
Mark A. Lensch MMCM, SSN 667 6/5/2000
George Lewis SS 320
Herbert C. Loehrke EM3, SS 320 7/1991
John P. Logan EM2, SS 320
Frank Ludwig SS 320
John Lynn EM1, SSN 667 68-70 6/20/2010
Edward Majchrzak CS3, SS 320 67-70 55 5/16/2014
James L. Maney RMCM, SSN 667 67-70 Jim 3/30/2014
Christopher J. Marlis STS2, SSN 667 81-84 Si / Sli 6/21/2008
George Marquis TM3, SS 320 44-45   2/17/2015 Memories
Harold Martin CphM, SS 320 44-45 Doc
Melvin H. Martin Lt., SS 320 44 6/21/1978 Memories
Eugene Franklin Maxim SN, SS 320 49-50 1/6/2011  
Russell R. McKecknie Lt. Jg., SS 320   Russ 2/28/2002 Memories
Jack McKee Lt. Jg., SS 320 1998
Bruce McLean RM2, SS 320 3/20/2000
George McMillin SS 320
Lawrence McNamara MoM, SS 320
William Miles SS 320 4/9/2000
Luther R. Millard F1, SS 320 46-50 6/30/2011
Paul N. Mitchell Lt.jg., SS 320 1981
Ronald Moomey EN3, SS 320
Peter Angus Morgan MM1, SSN 667 68-70 4/1/2013
Mark Morris STS2, SSN 667 79-82 11/10/2014
Brad Nelson COB, SSN 667 88-91 2/5/2001 Memories
Paul Newlove Lt. Cmdr, SS 320 50-51 4/12/10  
Preston S. Nonnemaker TM3, SS 320 44-45 4/17/2004  
Jack Claude Norris FC, SS 320 45-46 11/3/2015
Ray Northam QMC, SS 320 44-45
Joseph Nowak GM2c, SS 320 44-45 8/2000 Memories
Stephen O'Leary Lt., SS 320 50-52 5/23/2010  
Joseph John Ott ENC, SS 320 44-58 1/11/2009 Memories
Bill Newman SS 320 45-46 06/11/2011
Terry Noble MCCT, SSN 667   12/15/2013
Jack Norris FC, SS 320 45-46 11/3/2015
Norwood Outten QM3, SS 320 06/29/1995
Joseph Parenteau QM3c, SS 320 44-45 11/25/1964 Memories
Jack Peach BKR, SS 320 46-49 2/13/2007 Memories
Cliff Perry TM3, SS 320 5/10/2003
Frederick Salvatore Piperata       EM3, SS 320 45 9/20/2004
Richard Poffley    QMSN, SS 320 45-46 10/21/2010
John Puras      EMCA, SS 320 52-56 2/8/'10
Orin S. Purintun Lt. (jg) 44-45 Pudgie 8/14/2008
Billy Ray Reese STS1, SSN 667 70-75 12/23/2015
William Relyea QMC, SS 320
William Rice EM2, SS 320
Eugene Richter EN1, SS 320   Gene 1/16/2003 Memories
Sterling W. Ridlon EM3, SS 320 49-51   2/2/2013
A.E. Roe TM3, SS 320 46-47   12/23/1999
John Anthony Rutkosfske CWO3, SS 320 1/24/2001
William "Sandy" Sandeford Lt., SS 320
Paul Sayles EM1, SS 320 1993
Peter Seniuk EM2, SS 320 47-48 12/6/1985
William H. Shafer CQM, SS 320  
Wilbur Shultz SS 320 1999?
Walter G. Simmons QM2, SS 320 44-45   2/2009
Bennie Singleton YN3, SS 320 49-50 Hoss 6/12/2008
Ed Siska SS 320 9/21/2005
Donald Small RM3, SS 320 44-45 12/11/2013
Andrew J. Smith EM3, SS 320 49-51 11/6/2013
P. Smith SS 320
Patrick Smith SS 320
Troy Smith TM, SS 320 44-45 09/07/1991  Memories
Woodrow Soals Lt., SS 320
Morris Soiett SC3, SS 320 12/28/1993
Anthony Sonnessa RMC, SS 320
Wilfred St. Amant GM1, SS 320 49-50 04/24/1998
Stephen Standarowski FC2, SS 320 10/2001
Robert Dache Steele LT, SS 320 45-48 4/17/2014
Wilbur Stromquist SS 320 10/22/1999
Harry Sullivan EN1, SS 320 12/29/1999
Irving Bernard Thompson TM2, SS 320 44-45 I.B. / Ben 8/29/2010
Francis Travis MM2, SS 320 11/16/1998
Hugh Trimble Rdm3, SS 320 44 Bud 2010
Ken Turner SSN 667 2003
Benjamin S. Travisano YN1, SS 320 53-57 12/14/2008
John Vaccaro MoMM3, SS 320 44-45 8/3/1983
Albert Van Acker Lt. jg, SS 320 45 9/17/2001 Memories
John M. Van Fossen MoMM2/c, SS 320 7/31/1999
Warren Valero EN3, SS 320 46-48 7/1/2011  Memories
Robert Vander Ploeg EN3, SS 320 55-56 Pappy 12/29/2015 
Frank Vodopich MoMC, SS 320 11/1/1989 
Howard Waggoner EN1, SS 320 44-?
Jack Waldron MMC, SSN 667
Robert Walsh TM3, SS 320
Jack Robert Walton TM2, SS 320  7/1996
Frank (Bud) Walters ET1, SSN 667 68-70 7/26/2016
Irwin "Doc" Webber HCC, SS 320 1998
Carl Anthony Adam Weber RM3, SS 320 45 5/2/2013 Memories
Ed Welch Lt., SS 320 44-45 1999
Sidney N. Wellborn Jr MoMM3, SS 320 44-45 1/13/2009
Harry White ENC, SS 320 50 1/7/2006
Irvin.D. Williams EN1, SS 320 46-51 Willie / I.D. 7/6/2012  Memories
Harold Wilson S1, SS 320 7/20/2006
Marvin Wilson FN, SS 320 49-52 5/17/2015
Ralph Wolmeldorf SS 320 4/17/2007
Ray Wyatt CDR, SSN 667 73-76 2/19/2012 Memories
John A. Zetes Lt., SSN 667 early 70s 7/23/1997  

A SAILOR’S PRAYER
by Bob Harrison

Oh, Lord, I’m sick and tired and old and my strength is going too,
But ere I leave this earthly shell, I’d like one thing from You.
You know I sailed the seven seas for thirty years or so,
And I’d like to make one more patrol before I have to go.

I’d like to walk the main deck of a Navy fightin’ ship,
And feel the salt spray on me as the bow begins to dip
Beneath the wave of stormy seas, oh, Lord, You caused to be
A peril to seafaring men who go down in ships to sea.

Lord, I want to hear the throb of diesels one more time
And take my turn at standin’ watch and cleanin’ out the slime
From the bilges, as a punishment for failin’ to obey
The Captain’s standin’ orders that were posted for the day.

And, Lord, I’d like to hear the bosun’s whistle once again
As he calls the crew to breakfast, or in the evening when
It’s time for evening movies and the starboard watch is set
And the port side knows by heart the movie that they’ll get!

I’d like to stand on topside and watch the moon upon the sea,
And wonder at the beauty, and how all things came to be,
The morning comes, the sun breaks through, another awesome sight,
To see the shimmer on the waves, like Your Eternal Light.

So when my cruise is over and I soar to heights unknown,
And I kneel before You, Lord, as You sit on Judgement’s Throne,
As You contemplate some small reward that you think applies to me,
Just assign me to Your fastest ship on Your Eternal Sea.

Bob Harrison
March 12, 1998
Greenfield, Indiana

This page is dedicated to the memories of the men that served on the USS Bergall and have received their final orders.

Gentlemen, we salute you and thank you for your service!