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John Schmidt

e-mail

jschmidt45@nc.rr.com

Location:

Raleigh, NC

Thu, March 23, 2006 20:09 IP: 198.133.105.244


Great Site. Hello to all who served from 1984 to 1990.


Fri, March 24, 2006 00:29 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome to the site. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

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Rob Jones

e-mail

rjones726@yahoo.com

Location:

Port Orchard Waahington

Wed, March 1, 2006 21:19 IP: 140.178.162.122


I was in A-gang from 84-89. I just retired a month ago and I'm working as a training specialist at Keyport Wa. This sure does bring back a lot of memories...most of them good!


Thu, March 2, 2006 01:38 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome back! I'm happy you found some feel good stuff here.

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Mike Barney

e-mail

mp.barney@insightbb.com

Location:

Dixon, IL

Mon, February 27, 2006 16:47 IP: 12-203-29-152.client.insightBB.com


Russell was my first boat, first LPO position, Boat where I got my Dolphins & made Chief. Lots of great memories of lots of great friends. Bert Hart was my junior YN, so was Larry Marvin. I remember Flatrock, Dirty Earl, Derf Magellan, Chaslino, Jeff Davis, Chief Tom - I could go on and on.


Mon, February 27, 2006 21:34 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome to the website. I hope you found it both fun and informative.

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Jeff Seiter

e-mail

jams723@cox.net

Location:

Russellville, Arkansas

Sun, February 12, 2006 19:19 Host: ip70-173-103-38.fv.dl.cox.net


Hello Shipmates,
I served on the RBR from 1987 till 1991 as an EM1/SS. Since then I have spent one year in
Oak Ridge, TN and the rest in Russellville, AR (ironic RBR and Russellville). Along the way I have been a Radiochemist, and Reactor Operator and finally am now a Senior Reactor Operator, Control Room Supervisor at Arkansas Nuclear One. I finally obtained a BS from Arkansas Tech University (though those who know me may claim I already was well versed in B.S.). I have lived through one bad marriage and am in one fantastic one that has made me appreciate the trial and tribulations of life that much more. I have talked to Chris Gunnoe who at the time lived in Judsonia, Arkansas of course Chris Brenner (RIP you Bud Elf, rest easy in the hands of our Lord) and Mike Brubaker (Mike was the one that sent me the link to this website). I have laughed and cried with the pictures and may memories have flooded my mind. It drives home that there is an unbreakable link between all who served on the RBR not forged of steel and wire but of flesh and blood, sweat and struggles, bad time and good. I am honored to call anyone who served on her my shipmate. If I can find where I have my stash of pictures I will be sending some in for posting.
I say to everyone, Fair Winds and
Following Seas in everything you attempt in life.


Sun, February 12, 2006 21:12 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard, Jeff. I'm thrilled you were moved by the site and wish you the very best, always.

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Gary Wing

e-mail

Hawk@FamilyofWings.net

Location:

Benicia, Caifornia

Sat, January 28, 2006 09:20 IP: 209.12.251.130


I still have alot of memories of the RBR and seeing some of the pictures and stories brought back a few more. I was on the RBR Sept 86 to Feb 94 and got to work with a bunch of GREAT people. Keep up the Great work and thank you Steve for what you started and Doc took over.


Sat, January 28, 2006 13:30 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc Mac":
Welcome back,
Gary, and thank you for all the contributions you've made with pictures and other stuff to help build this site. Best wishes, always!

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Scott Zarn

e-mail

scoob64@hickorytech.net

Tue, January 24, 2006 15:27 Host: kato-cityofkato-ws-1.dsl.hickorytech.net


I see I put the wrong email address...here is the correct one!! Has anyone seen or heard of seaman Douglas? He was a great cook.

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Scott Zarn SK3

e-mail

scob64@hickorytech.net

Location:

St Peter, MN

Tue, January 24, 2006 15:24 Host: kato-cityofkato-ws-1.dsl.hickorytech.net


Hey all!! It is great to see that someone has taken the time to make sure 'history' hasn't gone by the wayside!! Thanks to 'Doc' for getting this site up and running!! (were you on board in 84-85?) I was there from January 84 to February 85. Anybody else that reads this, would you please put your dates of service on too? I do recognize some of the names.....keep up the good work!!! I'll beback!!


Wed, January 25, 2006 02:19 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc Mac":
I believe I left during the summer of 85. "Doc" Edzel (sp?)took charge and great care of the crew from that point on.

 


Wed, January 25, 2006 02:22 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc Mac":
For the record, TM1 Steve Rakers was the first to establish this site. Without his work, this current version would not exist. I happened upon it at a time when I had a good deal of free time and his was shrinking. I've merely taken what he created and reworked it and added a bit of my own research and findings. Glad you enjoyed your visit

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Pete

e-mail

ThirdbornNo1son@hotmail.co.uk

Location:

Hereford, England.

Sun, January 22, 2006 19:46 Host: bn-cache1.ealing.mdip.bt.net


:D
I can remember operating with the RBR sometime in the late seventies or early eighties. I also got a look around in
New London. I was serving on HMS Swiftsure then. It's all coming back, many fond memories indeed, the USN Submarine Service always made us most welcome, thank you.
Pete.


Sun, January 22, 2006 19:56 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc Mac":
Welcome! Operations with the Royal Navy were always memorable and fun. I hope you enjoyed your tour of the website. Best wishes, always!

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Bert Hart

e-mail

berthart@att.net

Location:

Dallas, TX

Thu, January 12, 2006 21:46 IP: 66-142-253-80.ded.swbell.net


I was the junior yeoman from 77 - 79. I have some really fond memories of that time. I'm glad I finally found this site.


Thu, January 12, 2006 23:14 Host: host85.155.212.252.conversent.net

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"Doc Mac":
Welcome aboard the virtual version of the USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687). I hope you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes!

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ETCS(SS) Mark A. Delagasse

e-mail

n6hyf@elltel.net

Location:

Selah, WA

Sat, January 7, 2006 17:59 IP: 12.144.247.159


Thanks for the web site, the Russell needs to be remembered. I left the ship in 1986 with lots of good memories. My final shipping over, getting married at the chapel in Mare Island, being the first diving officer to take her down after spec op conversion.

Fair winds and calm seas.


Sat, January 7, 2006 20:21 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc MacDonald":
Welcome back, Mark!

I hope the years have been good to you. May you always dwell where life is lived to the fullest.

Fair winds and following seas!

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Thomas News

e-mail

jager83@yahoo.com

Location:

Philadelphia, Pa

Fri, January 6, 2006 22:49 Host: pcp04130198pcs.walngs01.pa.comcast.net


Hi all. I served on 687 from 1985-1988. Looking back, it was one of the best times of my life. Everything, the boat, what we were doing, the shipmates, San Francisco, all of it. I was very upset to hear the Russellfish was scrapped.

If anyone has contacts for John Schmidt or Calvin Hancock, please LMK.

Thanks.

Tom


Sat, January 7, 2006 07:17 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc Mac":
Hi Tom,

Welcome back aboard the USS Tricky Dick! I hope you had a nice visit. Good luck with hunting down shipmates

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Mike Brubaker

e-mail

michaelbrubaker@bellsouth.net

Location:

Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Fri, January 6, 2006 05:33 Host: adsl-153-138-176.cha.bellsouth.net


Hey,

I was in M Div from 1989 until 1990. You might remember me as the guy who broke both my elbows the day before we were to depart for parts unknown. I never did get to thank my shipmates who manned the ambulance that took me to the hospital.

My elbows are still messed up, but I made the best of it. I became an Operator at the Fermi2 Plant, a BWR near
Monroe, Michigan got my Reactor Operator License in 1994, my Senior Reactor Operator License in 1997 and became a Shift Manager in 2000.

I left Fermi in 2005 and am currently in the Shift Manager training program at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant run by the TVA in Soddy Daisy,
Tennessee.

This is a beautiful website Tony. Y'all did a great job.

John Yokom, we worked together 15 years and I never knew we served on the same boat.

Mike


Fri, January 6, 2006 05:37 Host: adsl-153-138-176.cha.bellsouth.net

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Mike B:
Dangit, I meant to say hello to Tony Cuthbertson, not say he created a nice website!

 


Fri, January 6, 2006 14:30 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc Mac":
Welcome back to the USS "Tricky Dick"! Bad elbows or not, it sounds like you are doing well. Here's wishing you and every person whoever served aboard the USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687) a healthy, happy and very prosperous New Year!

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Bill Colby

e-mail

bcolby@aol.com

Location:

niagara falls ny

Thu, December 22, 2005 04:01 Host: cache-mtc-ab03.proxy.aol.com


I remember a lot of good times and great friends on the old "dicky b". I ended up becoming a lifer and just retired a few months ago. I was on the RUSSELL from 86 to 90. I enjoyed the website and it brought back some great memories. I just wanted to say hey to all the guys I served with and partied with.
Take it easy,
"wild bill" Colby


Thu, December 22, 2005 09:51 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome back to the RBR. You're always welcome here and it's nice knowing that you enjoyed the visit.

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Terry Peterson

e-mail

tkennedy@umw.edu

Wed, December 14, 2005 03:47 IP: 69-174-53-193.chvlva.adelphia.net


Hey "Doc"

My son saw your website and told me all about it--if you want to look for Capt. Peterson, it's Walter H. Peterson not "E" and you can probably find him if you look among Navy civilians. I know he talked to Steve several times and sent him a bunch of pictures--he's still the same, but the youngest son (8 years old) has him wrapped around his little finger.

Good luck with the site.

T


Sun, December 18, 2005 05:19 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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"Doc" MacDonald:
Thanks for the tip, Terry. You are correct. Capt. Peterson's name is on my Submarine Qualification Certificate as Walter "H" Peterson. I'll follow your advice and search the navy civilian sector. I hope this finds you in the midst of a fantastic holiday season. Steve sent me all of the pictures he had and there were none of Captain Peterson. Any help with filling this void would be greatly appreciated.

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Joe Darby (nuc MM/ELT)

e-mail

darby@pwcsa.org

Location:

Woodbridge, Virginia

Mon, December 5, 2005 17:57 Host: host238.pwcsa.org


Dickie B. was my only boat; Jan 78 to Sep 81. I still remember all the great people and good times, and enough of the other stuff that made one enlistment enough for me! The names & the pictures bring back a lot of fond memories. Thanks for all the work to put the web page together.


Tue, December 6, 2005 01:19 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back. Enjoy the ride. This time there will be none of "the other stuff", just friends and good memories

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David (Blaze Man) Blakeney

e-mail

d.blakeney1@wavecable.com

Location:

Port Orchard, WA

Fri, December 2, 2005 02:07 IP: 24.113.97.244


They did indeed "Save the best 'till last"! The Russell was my first boat and by far the best I have served on in 21 years of Naval service. God bless all of you old Russell sailors with Fair winds and following seas!

V/R

Blaze :-)


Fri, December 2, 2005 02:39 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back to the Russell Fish. I hope you enjoyed your tour. Best wishes, always.

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Nathan Adams

e-mail

nla721@hotmail.com

Location:

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Wed, November 30, 2005 09:13 Host: h162.92.255.206.cable.htsp.cablelynx.com


Hey all! The RBR was my first boat and will always be dear to my heart. I served only a short time 92-93 but you never forget your first boat, right? I left just before decom. I still keep in touch with some of my buds from the boat. This is a great site!


Wed, November 30, 2005 11:15 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back aboard. It's nice knowing that you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes!

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Tom Keheley

e-mail

keheley@msn.com

Location:

Richland,WA

Thu, November 17, 2005 19:58 IP: 160.84.253.241


I was the second person to report on board, became the first LELT. Reported on board from the USS Lapon (SSN-661). If you ask any Lapon sailor they will tell you that Captain Mac walked on water, but I think that Captain Brons would have given him a run for his money. Any of you Russell guys come through town, let me know and we'll drink some beer and swap some lies. I'll tell you about me and Terry Ford holding Bubba Ball upside down and using the deck as a level to cut his hair, or Peterson answering the phone between the SSTG's saying "Hi, this is the Tricky Dick," and it was the CO calling, or the first Southern run, etc.


Fri, November 18, 2005 01:47 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back aboard! I hope you found your tour of the site interesting, fun and full of memories. Best wishes to you and your's

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David Talerico "RICO"

e-mail

dtalerico@sbcglobal.net

Location:

San Francisco

Fri, November 11, 2005 04:46 Host: adsl-69-105-239-126.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net


I served from 84-87. Loved it and miss it like only a submariner can understand. Now I work for a homeless veterans organization in San Francisco. I saw the picture of her lined up waiting to be "scrapped" and it literally brought a tear. I reflect on that time with the fondest of memories. To all She ever held in Her belly,may we forever remain connected. Excellent job on the site!! "Dirty Earl" if you're out there drop me a line.


Sat, November 12, 2005 01:11 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back home, Rico. I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. It's still a work in progress and as I get more free time, progress will occur. :-)

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Bob DiNicola

e-mail

rd1eagle@aol.com

Location:

Massachusetts

Tue, November 8, 2005 14:20 IP: 158.140.2.102


Great to see the pictures of the boat & crew It brought back lots of memories of installing the bustle. :-)


Sat, November 12, 2005 01:12 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back. Great to have you back aboard

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Frances Flaherty

e-mail

dollfin_lover@excite.com

Location:

Wisconsin

Tue, November 1, 2005 00:54 Host: adsl-65-43-63-121.dsl.euclwi.ameritech.net


Just wanted to sign in guestbook. I am the wife of Mike aka Flatrock. We currently reside in WI. Not sure much more info but am learning a lot on this website. Thanks to whoever and all who have contributed.


Fri, November 4, 2005 01:27 Host: 2416424hfc249.tampabay.res.rr.com

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Joel Bebermeyer:
Hey Flatrock! Man I still remember your goooood cooking!

 


Sat, November 12, 2005 01:12 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome to the site. I'm happy you enjoyed the site. I hope "Flatrock" did as well.

 


Thu, January 12, 2006 21:40 Host: 66-142-253-80.ded.swbell.net

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Bert Hart:
Hey Flatrock!! Let me hear from you soon. I spoke with Mike Barney just the other night.

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john cooper

e-mail

johnecooper@wavecable.com

Location:

port orchard wa

Mon, September 12, 2005 01:50 IP: 24-113-64-122.wavecable.com


Very fond memories of this boat and the good times that ensued. you guys are the shit


Mon, September 12, 2005 03:34 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back

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Don Petty RMCS(SS) CSL BSQ-5

e-mail

donald.petty@navy.mil

Location:

COMSUBGRU NINE BANGOR NSB

Wed, August 24, 2005 20:44 Host: gate2-sandiego.nmci.navy.mil


That nice A GANGER WAS MMC(SS) M. KEENE. I just surfed through your sight and I see he passed. I remember his wife and their very large dogs. They lived down the street from RMCM(SS) STEVE BELL (CSDR12)


Wed, August 24, 2005 22:42 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
The best part about doing this website is finding out how people have done since their days aboard. The worst part is finding out that some of those young men that run around in your memory got a bit older, a bit more frail or passed away. I wish I'd not worried so much about photography and submarines and took more pictures when I had the chance. Thanks for signing the book, and you are right about burning bridges. You just never know.

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Don Petty RMCS(SS) CSL BSQ-5

e-mail

donald.petty@navy.mil

Location:

COMSUBGRU NINE BANGOR NSB

Wed, August 24, 2005 20:30 Host: gate3-sandiego.nmci.navy.mil


I RODE THE RUSSELL ON MANY TRIPS WITH THE RUSSELL BUSTLE (BSQ-5) I WAS ON THE CSL STAFF. DENNIS SULZER WAS MY BEST FRIEND. A VERY NICE A GANGER BY THE NAME OF KING GAVE ME HIS RACK EACH TIME I RODE THE BOAT. I HAVE BEEN RETIRED AND WORKING ON THE STAFF AT COMSUBGRU NINE. ADMIRAL SULLIVAN, CAPT MACK, AND CAPT FARMER HAVE A BEEN MY BOSSES, REMEMBER DO NOT BURN YOU BRIDGES... R/Don


Wed, August 24, 2005 22:37 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Hi Don, Welcome back! It's nice to see your name on the board. Still bass fishin' for prizes? I remember well Mike Keene being teased about giving up his bunk and not being able to see his belt. Great memories. I was saddened to hear about Mike and Dennis. They were both great guys.

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Tony Cuthbertson

e-mail

Cuthbertson@northstate.net

Location:

Archdale N.C.

Sun, August 21, 2005 09:30 IP: 198.137.214.36


Great site! I served from 87 to 91. Great memmories.I remember you David price. Where is the rest of IC div?


Sun, August 21, 2005 17:17 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard. I'm glad you enjoyed the site. Best wishes to you and yours.

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Mike Howard

e-mail

howardmw@chung-hoon.navy.mil

Location:

Pearl Harbor, HI

Sun, July 31, 2005 16:55 Host: cache-ntc-aa10.proxy.aol.com


This is a great site. I was onboard from 88-90 and some of the best times of my life there. Met some really good friends and learned alot. Does anyone remember Hammer or what happened to him. I lost touch with him after I left. Glad to see that the time has been taken to keep the memories alive.


Sun, July 31, 2005 18:05 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard. I'm happy you found the site enjoyable. Best wishes to you and yours.

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David Price

e-mail

smiling.dave@sbcglobal.net

Location:

Sacramento, CA

Wed, July 27, 2005 16:59 IP: 066.103-113-64.ftth.swbr.surewest.net


I wonder how many of you guys remember me? Served onboard from 88-93, IC1/SS, left for a short recruiting duty stint before the LDO program. Ended up getting out in 96 thanks to my ex-wife. Seeing some of these names has really brought back memories...most of them good. I honestly miss the time spent onboard. I am currently working for a Accounting Firm in Roseville, CA, and would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. And I happen to find a box full of pictures which I'll have to send in.


Wed, July 27, 2005 20:09 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard, David. I hope you enjoy the site and find your long, lost shipmates. Best wishes to you and yours.

 


Wed, July 27, 2005 20:11 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
PS: Pictures are always welcome. Credit will be given and if you want a page structured a particular way, just let me know:
webmaster@ssn687.net

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kevin brown

e-mail

kevinbrownm@aol.com

Location:

mechanicsburg pa

Mon, July 25, 2005 17:46 Host: cache-rtc-ab03.proxy.aol.com


i was on the dickey b from mar.79 to feb.81 it was the best boat i was on while i was in the navy and i was on five other subs it had a great crew and a great command and i have a lot of good memories. ps this is a well set up web site.


Mon, July 25, 2005 20:27 Host: 24.147.221.157

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back to the old "Dicky B". Thanks for the kind review of the site. I hope you enjoy the time you spend here. Best wishes, always!

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Peter W Lee

e-mail

petewlee@hotmail.com

Location:

Miami Beach, FL

Fri, July 15, 2005 07:15 Host: adsl-10-147-244.mia.bellsouth.net


I was driving home this evening and I'm not sure why I thought to Google the Dicky B...thanks for the site, it has brought back some good memories!


Fri, July 15, 2005 14:08 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard. I was happy to read that you found enjoyment with some of the site. Best wishes, always.

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Brian Conway

e-mail

bconway32@yahoo.com

Location:

Fort Collins, Colorado

Fri, July 1, 2005 05:28 Host: c-24-9-94-70.hsd1.co.comcast.net


*Excellent* site.

Kudos, Steve & Doc.

I served in Russell's A-Gang as an "Uncanny Ex-Nuke" from late '90 till Decom. She was my 1st and last boat, and the essence of my "Navy Experience".

I've worked for Hewlett Packard for the last decade in an office environment very much like that depicted in the
Hollywood cinematic masterpiece "Office Space". Some days it seems surreal to me that I ever lived in that stinking tube for months at a time doing things like blowing sanitaries, lining up the diesel, shooting trash, peeling spuds, starting up the HIPAC, shutting down C02 Scrubber#2, or cleaning - whatever - with a "chem-wipe". It all now seems like something that happened to some other guy, not a guy who works a 9-5 Joe Job and has a lawn to mow.

Here's to blowing San#2 content (100 or so gallons worth) all over the Goat-Locker Head, DCA Lieutenants who shall remain nameless, yet legendary, getting drunk and smashing their shiny new sports cars into the main gate at Sub Base Point Loma, The Horse & Cow on a Friday night, and the smell of hydraulic particulate in the morning. Smells like... Well, refried cowflop actually. :D

Coop, Eagle, Bake, Potlicker & all the rest -

Cheers!

Ex MM2/SS
Conway
A-Gang, Das Russellpig


Fri, July 1, 2005 11:43 Host: c-24-128-153-94.hsd1.ma.comcast.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back to the RBR. After reading your piece, I wish I'd comeback to the boat in 1989 instead of retiring. It's amazing how much you can miss the silly stuff!

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Chris Terribile

e-mail

sub687@hotmail.com

Location:

Bisbee, AZ

Sun, June 26, 2005 21:14 IP: 3.132.218.209.transedge.com


Hey anybody out there?? Nestor I havent heard from you for a few years. Anyways the dickey "B" was the best time I had, I still can't stop grinning when I think back to the times out at sea with about every walk of life the USA had to offer. You all made me laugh and it kept the stress off. And how is Mr. Hale these days? Thanks
Chris


Sun, June 26, 2005 22:49 Host: dirge.anonymizer.com

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back aboard. Hope you enjoyed your visit and that it helps you to find Nestor and Mr. Hale as well as any others you're looking for.

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Mike Chaisson

 

 

Location:

South Carolina (for now)

Thu, June 23, 2005 20:32 IP: 24-197-102-222.dhcp.spbg.sc.charter.com


Served on the “Dicky-B” from 1987-1990 in RC-Div. I am very happy to have been part of the crew and about my decision to get out and join the society we were protecting. My favorite memories are the kidnapped Smurf, the XO’s door, and the race for the turtle. The crew was full of remarkable men that I am proud to have known. Since then I have completed a couple of degrees and presently work in business development for Honeywell.


Thu, June 23, 2005 23:06 Host: 24.147.221.157

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back aboard. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

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Thomas Ballenger

e-mail

thomas.ballenger@nmci.navy.mil

Location:

San Diego Ca

Wed, June 8, 2005 21:36 Host: gate3-hawaii.nmci.navy.mil


I enjoyed working with all the Russell guys when they got to Mare Island and regret not taking orders to the boat when offered. I went on to Drum, San Fran and the Buffalo

It was a good boat!!


Thu, June 9, 2005 20:28 Host: 24.147.221.157

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Doc Mac:
Welcome back aboard!

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Anna Iannelli (Dunphy)

e-mail

aiannelli@sunflower.com

Location:

Lawrence, KS

Fri, June 3, 2005 02:43 IP: 162.100.cm.sunflower.com


My brother, Sean Dunphy, served aboard the Russell until he died in a car accident in 1987. I was so moved to see his memorium and pictures on your website. I often reflect back on the "good ol times" when he was in the Navy. His group of friends were great guys and we all had so much fun together. I'm currently reading the book, "Blind Man's Bluff," about submarine warfare. It's been fun reading about the Richard B. Russell and the Horse and Cow. That's such an amazing book. I have complete respect for all submariners!! I am still very proud that Sean was on a submarine, especially one of such high caliber as the Russell. I managed to survive the "Horse and Cow" days and I'm now married with four kids. I would love to connect with anyone who knew Sean. Thanks!


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Rick "Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome to the website. Please accept the sincere condolences from the officers and men of USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687). His loss is a loss to all of us and the Nation. Best wishes, always, to you and yours.

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John Yokom

e-mail

rcom125@aol.com

Location:

Monroe, MI

Tue, May 31, 2005 08:48 Host: gwv.dteenergy.com


I served on the R.B.Russell from Feb.1979 til Oct.1982 as a 'nuke' (MM). I still have a lot of fond memories of the boat and crew - a lot of good times, some really neat places we visited and the bonds that we formed. It's true, over time you do forget the bad times (well, almost all of them).


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Doc Mac:
Welcome back aboard. Hope you enjoyed your visit back. Best wishes for a safe Memorial Day

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Francis S. Glassmire, Sr.

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FSG1958@juno.com

Location:

Radcliff, KY

Sun, May 15, 2005 03:13 Host: ACAA9BC8.ipt.aol.com


Dear Shipmates,
I was an ETRSN(SU) who served on the Russell from 12/76 to 9/77 when I was discharged from the Navy. I have always been proud of the Russell, my service in the Navy, but sorry for some of the things that happened while I was aboard. I'm sorry that a few of you took it upon yourselves to decide I wasn't fit for submarine duty. Thanks to you, I receive 100% service-connected VA disability for PTSD. All that crap aside, I miss our Chief RM who carried me back to the boat in Italy after a wee bit too much wine, or our Doc, who always thought he could climb down the ladder head first when he was drunk, only to fall on his butt! I was sad to see that the Russell has been decommissioned. She is, and always shall be, the finest sub, with the finest crew, ever to serve. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her, or you knuckleheads that I served with. I miss and love you all, and no hard feelings for the past. Please e-mail me and send me any more info. on the Russell and the old gang. Take care.


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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard, we're all glad to have you. The nice part about this time is that no one gets disqualifed here; so, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

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David Ross

e-mail

dcrossmd@earthlink.net

Location:

Mobile,Ala

Thu, May 12, 2005 18:40 Host: addr44.mimc.com


I was sonar officer on the commisioning crew in 1975. Just wonreding who else is out there. Still have fond memories of the comeraderie and dedication.


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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard, sir! I hope your are successful in locating and re-engaging former shipmates. Best wishes!

 


Sat, May 21, 2005 02:01 Host: 1Cust46.an4.stl10.da.uu.net

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Francis S. Glassmire:
Hey,Dave! Weren't you still aboard in '76-'77 when I served aboard the Russell? Your name sounded familiar to me, and I remember a sonar tech trying to teach me a little about the sonar's operation. Do you remember Chief Wallrich, the RM Chief? Well, if you get this, drop me a line. Take care.

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Joel Bebermeyer

e-mail

bucfanman2003@yahoo.com

Location:

Florida

Sun, May 8, 2005 12:54 IP: 26.228.165.24.cfl.res.rr.com


I briefly served on the Russellaround 1980. Although my time was short due to being immature and very young I have great memories of the Russell. I want to take this forum to say I am sorry to all my shipmates for letting you down.

Chief Horkey I owe you a an apology as well. I am sure I could of learned alot from you and I regret that I let that opportunity slip away.

I currently live and work in
Florida. I have a great job with a Power Company. I am a Substation Electrician.

I have a great wife and 2 children. I have been in contact with a couple of crew members and it brought back a flood of memories.

I want to thank Steve Rakers for this site. It has given me an outlet to say sorry after all these years. Some of you who read this may not care about any of this but for me it's been good.

I have a picture of the Russell in my office to this day.
Joel Bebermeyer


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Doc Mac:
Once a crew member, always a crew member. Welcome aboard and welcome back. It sounds like whatever happend helped you to grow in a positive direction and that's a big part of what being a submariner is all about. Best wishes to you and yours.

"Doc" Mac ~ I replaced "Doc" Woody in 1980; so, I'm not sure we ever met

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Mark Adams

e-mail

subchef143@yahoo.com

Location:

Pearl Harbor, HI

Sun, April 10, 2005 11:15 Host: pcp0010519157pcs.gambrl01.md.comcast.net


The RBR was my first boat and I was able to be there as part of the decom crew. What a great experience for me and the rst of the wet behind the the ears Sailors. I wish every new Sailor could have an experience like that and come to the fleet ready to fight instead of coming out the way they are now as a bunch of whiners. ;-)


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Doc MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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Paul Bonnett

e-mail

SaintPaul127@aol.com

Location:

Kennett Square, PA

Wed, March 23, 2005 02:12 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com


Russell was the first of two boats. I reported aboard in Feb 1974 as an EM3 and tranfered in Dec 1976 as EM1(SS). Some of my favorite memories were of the Dicky B. It was exciting to take her to sea for the first time out of NNS&DD Co. Cdr Brons was the best, as was the entire Plankowning Crew!


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"Doc" MacDonald:
Welcome back aboard. Feel free to check out the entire site.

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NICK STEYER RM1

e-mail

NSTEYER@HVC.RR.COM

Location:

SAUGERTIES NY

Sat, March 12, 2005 16:12 IP: 204-210-138-83.hvc.rr.com


GREAT JOB DOC... YOU AND STEVE DO WELL...
LIKE MARVIN I ALSO HAD A MIXED CAREER ON DICKEY B... FORTUNATELY IT GOT MUCH BETTER AT CSG-2 AND CSS-10.. I OFTEN THINK ABOUT THE MANY GOOD TIMES I HAD THERE.. I'LL NEVER FORGET NAMES LIKE CHAS... DERF... SOMF.. BILLY KRAUS.. JACK GOLDSMITH...JIMMY LYONS... WOW I GUESS THE LIST OF THESE PEOPLE WOULD GO ON FOREVER...


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Doc Mac:
Welcome Aboard, Nick

Like Marvin, I also enjoyed your presence on the "Dickey B", y'all kept things lively and interesting. Great hearing from you!

 


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Francis S. Glassmire:
Hi, Nick! I was just wondering, was the Jack Goldsmith you mention above an ET? My best friend on the Russell was a ET3 Jon E. Goldsmith. He was from Massachusettes. Did he ever have to stop ducking every time he went through a hatch? I couldn't believe they let a guy that tall on a sub. Well, if it wasn't the same guy, now you know there was another one. Take care!

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Laurence Marvin

e-mail

lmarvin@berry.edu

Location:

Rome, GA

Wed, March 9, 2005 17:39 Host: berfw.berry.edu


I remember Bill Brewer and some of the same things he does--I stood sonar watches as a radioman during that particular transit to Mare Island. Unfortunately I slept through the Panama Canal part so all I remember is the canal from a distance. I had a checkered beginning on that boat but learned from my mistakes. Those really big lessons from early on have never left me. I'm sure glad I stuck it out.


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Doc Mac:
Welcome aboard! I hope you find some of the interactive stuff on the site useful and fun. Best wishes.

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Bill Brewer

e-mail

bbrewer@softcom.net

Location:

Waterford, Ca

Tue, March 8, 2005 17:01 Host: ppp-209-142-54-101.stk06b.softcom.net


This was my first boat. I have alot of good memories and some bad ones. The trip from Connecticut to Mare island, going through the Panam Canal seems like yestrday for some reason. The only COB that I can clearly remember is FTCM/SS Williams. I still hear from Steve Tripp.


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Doc MacDonald:
Wecome aboard, Bill! The other C.O.B. was Master Chief "Jack" Cromer. I can't remember what rating he had, but he was a great C.O.B. - always looked out for the kids. Best wishes.

 


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Bill Brewer:
I was going through an old box of things and found some original RBR patches. I also found copies of the ransom demand and reward when Garfield and Odie were kidnapped from ET3/SS ( NAVET) Don Williams. I would like to hear from him. I will make copies and send them to the DOC if he wants to post them, they brought back some laughs.

 


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Doc MacDonald:
I remember that ODIE and GARFIELD kidnapping. That was hysterical. I'd be happy to put up anything you have on that. It'd be kinda cool for browsers to see some of the ways submariners occupy their free time to make that at sea time pass quicker.

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John K. Dorey

e-mail

jkd3rd@netzero.com

Location:

Pottstown, PA

Tue, March 8, 2005 01:46 IP: 66-2-141-162-phi-01.cvx.algx.net


While the RICHARD B. RUSSELL was the only sub I served on, I knew I was part of something special. I hope our memories remain alive due to your efforts.

John K. Dorey, III
June 1984 - Dec 1987
YN2(SS)


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Doc Mac:
Welcome Aboard and thanks for sharing your family picture with us. Best wishes to you and yours

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Chas Cialino

e-mail

chaslino@aol.com

Location:

Kittery, ME

Tue, March 8, 2005 01:28 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com


I was a NAVET served onboard from 1977 - 1981. RBR was the best sub I served on and the crew was the best. Have many fond memories (Derf's Halloween Party, halfway night beauty contest, etc.). If anyone runs into Dirty Earl, tell him Chaslino wants to get in touch with him.


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Doc Mac:
Welcome Aboard. I'd like to hear from crazy ole' Dirty Earl also. He was a great character on a character filled submarine. Best wishes!

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Ed Shaw

e-mail

deepced@aol.com

Location:

Oceanside, CA

Mon, March 7, 2005 14:09 Host: cache-ntc-ad06.proxy.aol.com


The Russell was my first of 5 boats from 76 to 84 and by far the best.


Mon, March 7, 2005 17:56 Host: c-157-221-147-24.ne.biz.attbb.net

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Doc Mac:
Welcome Aboard!

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Kent F. Gunn

e-mail

kentgunn@hotmail.com

Location:

Redwood City, CA

Mon, March 7, 2005 05:20 IP: 64-121-74-49.c3-0.rdwd-ubr1.sfrn-rdwd.ca.cable.rcn.com


The Dickey-B was my first boat. I showed up as a fresh-faced ET3 in the Navigation Dept. I left after only a year and some change to go to Nuke school. The RBR was the only boat I served on as a forward-type. It was the best time I ever had on a sub.


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Doc Mac:
Welcome Aboard

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Steve Rakers

e-mail

ssn687@comcast.net

URL:

http://www.geocities.com/ssn687/

Location:

Chicago, IL

Mon, March 7, 2005 00:37 Host: c-67-167-217-205.client.comcast.net


Hello all fellow shipmates. Thanks to all of you who have sent me pictures and stories of the 687 these past several years. The site has grown to the point that it now needs its own dedicated site and someone to build it to the next level, and Rick "DOC" MacDonald has offered to assume this important role. I hope new material will continue to be sent so that "Doc" can add it. All the best and I still look forward to hearing from all of you.


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Doc Mac:
Welcome Aboard!

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HMCS(SS) Richard T. "Doc" MacDonald USN Retired

e-mail

docmac@ssn687.net

URL:

http://www.mac-donald.com

Location:

Billerica, MA

Sat, March 5, 2005 07:27 IP:


This site was created by TM1(SS) Steven Rakers. I have merely assumed responsibility for hosting and providing occassional updates to the site. Without TM1(SS) Rakers the RBR would have silently slipped into oblivion. We should all thank Steve for his effort in collecting information about the best boat that ever cruised the high seas. His original site is still available at www.geocities.com/ssn687


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Mr.&Mrs. FS Glassmire, Sr:
Thanks, Doc, for keeping up this website. I have felt lost since leaving the Russell and the Navy. Your website has helped me to come to grips with the past, both good and bad. Are we ever going to have a reunion of the Russell crew? That would be awesome!! I hope you keep us posted if such an event were to take place. Thanks again from me AND my family.

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