Von Steuben Crest

USS Von Steuben
SSBN 632

  USS Von Steuben

The USS Von Steuben was one of (41) Poseidon nuclear missile submarines on patrol in the oceans depths that were ready to launch as a deterrent to war. She was decommissioned in 1994 as a part of the Salt II treaty at the end of the cold war. Mike Petsch had the privilege of being a member of the crew from 1973 to 1976.

The
USS Von Steuben SSBN632 was scrapped and all that remains are the planes (or fins) that are part of a sculpture part in Miami Florida. For more information on this project see the website:

http://faculty.washington.edu/jtyoung/fins.html

A few comments concerning my experiences on the visit to the Miami sculpture park are avialable at this link:

MiamiFins.pdf

While this has very little to do with our business, we'd still love to hear from any other submariners.
 

Commisioning

   

Holy Loch Scotland 

   

Subs alongside Tender during a missle load 

 
   

Jaws Bottom Paint

 

DeCommissioned 

 
   
The following list is a memorial to US submarine sailors ............... and those who remain on patrol for all eternity.
USS F-4 Skate (SS-23)
Lost with 19 Men on 25 March 1915 when it foundered off Honolulu Harbor.
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USS E-2 Sturgeon (SS-25)
Four men lost 15 January 1916 when hydrogen explosion erupted while
entering New York Harbor. Boat repaired and returned to service.
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USS F-1 Carp (SS-20)
Lost with 19 Men on 17 December 1917 when it was sunk after collision with the USS F-3 (SS-22) off San Clemente, California.
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USS G-2 Tuna (SS-27)
Lost 30 July 1919 with 3 men when she foundered in the Long Island Sound.
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USS H-1 Seawolf (SS-28)
Lost on 12 March 1920 with the loss of 4 men when it grounded off Santa Margarita Island, California.
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USS S-5 (SS-110)
Lost 1 September 1920 when it foundered 40 miles offshore of the Delaware Capes. The crew escaped through a hole cut in the hull in the tiller room.
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USS O-5 (SS-66)
Lost 29 October 1923 with 3 men when sunk after collision with SS Ababgarez off the Panama Canal. Torpedoman's Mate 2d Class (SS) Henry Berault received the Medal of Honor,
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USS S-51 (SS-162)
Lost on 26 September 1925 with the loss of 33 men when it was sunk after
collision with SS City of Rome off Block Island, Rhode Island.
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USS S-49 (SS-160)
4 men were lost in a Battery Explosion on 20 April 1926. The Boat survived.
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USS S-4 Snapper (SS-109)
Lost with 40 men on 17 December 1927 when it was sunk after being rammed by USCGC Paulding off Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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USS Squalus (SS-192)
Lost 23 May 1939 with 26 men when flooded and sank off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Boat salvaged and recommissioned under a new name.
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USS O-9 (SS-70)
Lost 20 June 1941 with 34 men foundered off Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire
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USS Sealion (SS-195)
Lost with 4 men on 10 December 1941 by aerial bombs during a Japanese air
attack at Cavite Navy Yard, Republic of the Philippines
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USS Seadragon (SS-194)
Boat survived but one (1) man was lost during a Japanese air attack at Cavite Navy Yard, Republic of the Philippines, on 10 December 1941.
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USS Bass (SS-164)
Lost 25 men during flooding off the Panama Canal in 1942, Boat survived.
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USS S-36 (SS-141)
Lost 20 January 194, destroyed after she ran aground on the Taka Bakang Reef in Makassar Strait, Indonesia, near Makassar City. Crew rescued.
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USS S-26 (SS-131)
Lost with 46 men on 24 January 1942 in the Gulf of Panama, 14 miles West of San Jose Light when USS PC-460 rammed it. 2 men survived.
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USS Shark (SS-174)
Lost with all hands (59 men) on 11 February 1942 when it was sunk by surface craft East of Menado, Celebes Island as a result of one of three Japanese attacks.
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USS Perch (SS-176)
Lost 3 March 1942 when sunk by Japanese surface attack 30 miles NW of Surabaya, Java. 60 men taken prisoner, 8 men died as POWs.52 survived war.
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USS S-27 (SS-132)
Lost on 19 June 1942 when it grounded off Amchitka Island, 400 yards off the island of St. Makarius Point near Constantine Harbor. The crew was rescued.
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USS Grunion (SS-216)
Lost with all hands (70 men) on 30 July 1942 off Kiska Island, Aleutians (Alaska) to unknown causes.
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USS S-39 (SS-144)
Lost on 1 August 1942 when it was destroyed after grounding on a reef south of Rossel Island Louisande Archipelago. The crew was rescued.
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USS Argonaut (SS-166)
Lost with all hands (84 men) 10 January 1943 in Java Sea by Japanese surface attack.
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USS Amberjack (SS-219)
Lost with all hands (74 men) by Japanese aerial bombs and surface craft on 16 February 1943 off Rabaul in the Solomon Sea.
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USS Grampus (SS-207)
Lost with all hands (71 men) by Japanese surface attack in the Solomon Islands on 5 March 1943.
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USS Triton (SS-201)
Lost with all hands (74 men) by Japanese Surface Attack off New Guinea on 15 March 1943.
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USS Pickerel (SS-177)
Lost with all hands (74 men) by Japanese Surface Attack off Honshu, Japan, on 3 April 1943.
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USS Grenadier (SS-210)
Lost on 22 April 1943, 10 miles West of Lem Voalan Strait. Sunk by aerial bombs. 61 men taken prisoner, 4 men died as POWs, 57 survived the war.
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USS Runner (SS-275)
Lost with all hands (78 men) by possible Japanese mine between Midway Island and Japan in June 1943.
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USS R-12 (SS-89)
Lost with 42 men off Key West, Florida, to unknown causes on 12 June 1943. 3 men survived.
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USS Grayling (SS-209)
Lost with all hands (76 men) to unknown causes on 9 September 1943 when it was sunk in or near Tablas Strait, Republic of the Philippines
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USS Pompano (SS-181)
Lost with all hands (76 men) by possible Japanese mine off Honshu, Japan in September 1943.
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USS Cisco (SS-290)
Lost with all hands (76 men) on 28 September 1943 during a Japanese Air and Surface attack in the Sulu Sea.
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USS S-44 (SS-155)
Lost on 7 October 1943 with the loss of 55 men when it was sunk by surface craft off Paramushiru, Kuriles. 2 men survived and were taken prisoner.
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USS Dorado (SS-248)
Lost with all hands (76) by an air attack in SW Atlantic 12 October 1943.
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USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Lost with all hands (80 men) during a Japanese air and surface attack on 11 October 1943 in La Perouse Strait off Japan.
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USS Corvina (SS-226)
Lost with all hands (82 men) on 16 November 1943 during a Japanese submarine attack off Truk.
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USS Sculpin (SS-191)
Lost with all hands (40 men) on 19 November 1943 when it was sunk by a Japanese surface craft north of Groluk Island near Truk. 42 men were taken prisoner but only 21 men survived the war.
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USS Capelin (SS-289)
Lost with all hands (78 men) on 2 December 1943 by an unconfirmed Japanese Surface attack in the Celebes Sea.
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USS Scorpion (SS-278)
Lost with all hands (76 men) on 5 January 1944 by possible Japanese Mine in the Yellow Sea off China.
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USS Grayback (SS-208)
Lost with all hands (80 men) on 27 February 1944 during a Japanese Air and Surface attack off Okinawa.
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USS Trout (SS-202)
Lost with all hands (81 men) on 29 February 1944 during a Japanese Surface Attack in the Philippine Sea.
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USS Tullibee (SS-284)
Lost with 79 men on 26 March 1944 north of Palau. Sunk by her own torpedo. One man survived and was taken prisoner.
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USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
Lost with all hands (78 men) during a Japanese air and surface attack on 12 May 1944 in Northern Marianas.
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USS Herring (SS-233)
Lost with all hands (84 men) on 1 June 1944 by a Japanese shore battery and surface craft off Matsuwa Island, Kuriles.
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USS Golet (SS-361)
Lost with all hands (84 men) during a Japanese Surface attack off Honshu, Japan, on 14 June 1944.
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USS S-28 (SS-133)
Lost with all hands (50 men) when she foundered off the Hawaiian Islands.
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USS Robalo (SS-273)
Lost with 78 men by possible Japanese Mine off Palawan on 26 July 1944. 4 men believed to have survived as POWs.
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USS Flier (SS-250)
Lost with 78 men on 13 September 1944 when sunk by Japanese mine in the Balabac Strait near Mantangule Island. Eight men survived and were later rescued by USS REDFIN (SS 272).
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USS Harder (SS-257)
Lost with all hands (79 men) during a Japanese depth charge attack off Luzon, Republic of the Philippines, on 24 August 1944.
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USS Seawolf (SS-197)
Lost with all hands (102 men) on 30 October 1944 when it was mistaken for a Japanese submarine and sunk by friendly destroyers just north of Morotai, Republic of the Philippines
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USS Darter (SS-227)
Lost on 24 October 1944 when it became grounded on Bombay Shoal off Palawan and then destroyed. The submarine USS Dace rescued the crew.
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USS Shark (SS-314)
Lost with all hands (90 men) 24 October 1944 when it was sunk by Japanese surface craft in the channel midway between Hainan and Bashi Channel.
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USS Tang (SS-306)
Lost with 83 men on 25 October 1944 when it was sunk by her own torpedo
in the north end of the Formosa Strait. Nine of the crew were taken prisoner and survived the war. Her commanding officer received the Medal of Honor.
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USS Escolar (SS-294)
Lost with all hands (82 men) by possible Japanese Mine in the Yellow Sea off China on 17 October 1944.
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USS Albacore (SS-218)
Lost with all hands (86 men) by possible Japanese Mine on 7 November 1944 between Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan.
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USS Growler (SS-215)
Lost with all hands (85 men) on 8 November 1944 by a possible Japanese Surface attack in the South China Sea.
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USS Scamp (SS-277)
Lost with all hands (83 men) on 11 November 1944 when she was sunk during a Japanese surface attack in the Tokyo Bay area.
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USS Swordfish (SS-193)
Lost with all hands (89 men) by a possible Japanese surface attack or mine on 12 January 1945 off Okinawa.
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USS Barbel (SS-316)
Lost with all hands (81 men) on 4 February 1945 during a Japanese air attack off the entrance to Palawan Passage.
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USS Kete (SS-369)
Lost with all hands (87 men) on March 1945 to unknown causes between Okinawa and Midway.
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USS Trigger (SS-237)
Lost with all hands (89 men) in the East China Sea on 28 March 1945 during a Japanese air and surface attack.
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USS Snook (SS-279)
Lost with all hands (84 men) on 8 April 1945 to unknown causes off Formosa.
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USS Lagarto (SS-371)
Lost with all hands (85 men) on 4 May 1945 in the Gulf of Siam during a Japanese surface attack.
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USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Lost with all hands (85 men) on 18 June 1945 during a Japanese air attack off the Bali Coast.
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USS Bullhead (SS-332)
Lost with all hands (84 men) off the Bali Coast by a Japanese air attack on 6 August 1945.
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USS Salmon (SS-182)
On her last war patrol, she survived a Japanese attack but was considered a total loss on 24 September 1945 and was decommissioned. No loss of life.
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USS Cochino (SS-345)
Lost with one man lost on 26 August 1949 off the coast of Norway due to a battery explosion and fire. 6 men from the submarine USS Tusk (SS-426) were also lost in the rescue operation.
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USS Stickleback (SS-415)
Lost 30 May 1958 when it sank off Hawaii while being towed, after collision with the USS Silverstein (DE-534). All the crew was taken off before sinking.
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USS Thresher (SSN-593)
Lost will all hands (129 men) on 10 April 1963 off the New England coast.
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USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
Lost with all hands (99 men) on 22 May 1968 due to a possible Torpedo detonation 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
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USS Bonefish (SS-582)
Lost three men on 24 April 1988 during a fire and explosion off the coast of Florida. The boat was considered a total loss and decommissioned.
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USS Nathaniel Greene (SSBN-636)
Ran aground in the Irish Sea on 13 March 1986, causing rudder and ballast tank damage, with no loss of life. However, the damage was so severe that she was decommissioned and scrapped.
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USS San Francisco (SSN 711)
At 12 noon, January 8, Guam Time, the USS San Francisco hit an unchartered undersea mountain while traveling at high speed some 525 feet below the surface. San Francisco was able to surface and head back to Guam under its own power. One critically injured sailor Machinist Mate Second Class, Joseph Allen died January 9, while 23 other crewmen were treated for injuries. Submarine expected to be returned to Service