Thursday, April 14, 2016


The last submarine I remember my Dad serving aboard was the USS SENNET (SS 408). He enjoyed taking pictures, though seldom inside the vessel. Herewith a few shots taken underway and in various ports, and a few of individuals. I will use the identifications as noted. First, here is a nice shot of the boat underway in 1967. It was a Balao-class named for a kind of barracuda, and had been launched on 6 June 1944, which made it a fairly old boat. It managed to squeeze in four patrols in the Pacific at the end of WWII. The crew sank around ten ships during its run. When my Dad was aboard the Sennett was stationed at Charleston, S.C. and operated with the Atlantic Fleet. She was struck from service on 2 December 1968, and my Dad was part of the last crew. I remember him bringing mementos off of the ship, some of which he later donated to the Navy museum in Groton. I know we slept many times on the heavy bunk mattresses.

Two shots of the boat arriving at a pier at the Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba.

Here we have the boat sailing out of Guantanamo, June 1967.

CO Art Thompson presenting a Sennet plaque to Chaplain Jerry D. Moritz (TF 86 Staff) while in port at Punta Arenas, Chile, probably 1967. The shorter officer standing between and behind then is probably Bob Burnett. You can just see my father's face, touching his lid, right behind Thompson.

Here it looks like Rear Admiral Frederick J. Harlfinger (then operational commander for UNITAS VIII), also at Punta Arenas, October 1967, as he comes aboard. I do not know who the sailors were.

The crew assembled on deck for the visit. None of these men are identified.

Basically the same shot as the Gitmo one, but this time the Sennet is in the Straits of Magellan October 1967.

While in the Straits, we have a picture of Tom Luckman.

The CO, turned away from camera, escorts the vice president of Uruguay and the U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay on a visit to the boat. The officer identified facing the camera is Lt-jg Peter Kurtz.

The CO chats with the VP.

Here the Sennet enters Rio de Janiero, Brazil, November 1967.

While in Rio Dad visited Sugar Loaf aboard the cable car. Are these men also from Sennet? I don't know.

Much later, in 1968, not long before she is to end her service, she is anchored in the lagoon at Port Antonio, Jamaica. Her paint job seems much brighter here.

This officer is identified as Paul Thorn.

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