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Piper Launch Cover
26 June 1944
Photo courtesy of Obediah Hill



Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Launch Tag
26 June 1944
Photo courtesy of Obediah Hill



Piper Commissioning Party Invitation (cover)
19 August 1944
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Byther Kutasy



Piper Commissioning Party Invitation (inside)
19 August 1944
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Byther Kutasy



Robert W. Byther, Seaman 1/c
Served aboard USS Piper 24 August 1944 to 11 November 1945
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Byther Kutasy



Robert Byther (standing) in Hawaii with friends
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Byther Kutasy



Robert Byther (center) with friends
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Byther Kutasy



USS Piper Insignia created by Robert W. Byther
circa - August 1945
Photo courtesy of Cynthia Byther Kutasy



USS Piper - Early Days
Piper at anchor flying the Flag and Union Jack but notice the lack of hull number. If anyone can identify the place and year the photo was taken, please notify Mike Bray (mikebray@chartermi.net)
Photo courtesy of Brandon Johnson



William Arthur Lindblad
Circa 1944, 1945
Born 1924, died 1995
Photo courtesy of Carolyn Lindblad Farrer



Arthur Duskin
Circa 1944, 1945
Born 1926, died 1981
Photo courtesy of Sanford Duskin



Piper Crew of 1944
Ship's Party at Portsmouth, New Hampshire (presumably the Fall of 1944)
The officer to the far right of the first row is Lieutenant USNR Orren A. Holt, who served on Piper during all three war patrols.
If anyone can supply more info on this photo, please email
Mike Bray: mikebray@chartermi.net. Thank you.
Photo courtesy of David Kelly, son of shipmate Robert B. Kelly who served from 1943 to 1945



Piper Crew of 1944
Ship's Party at Portsmouth, New Hampshire (presumably the Fall of 1944)
First row, third from right, is Lieutenant USNR Orren A. Holt. Directly behind him is his wife, Dorothy Holland Holt.
If anyone can supply more info on this photo, please email
Mike Bray: mikebray@chartermi.net. Thank you.
Photo courtesy of David Kelly, son of shipmate Robert B. Kelly who served from 1943 to 1945



John Clarkin - Hawaii, 1944
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



Crew of Piper at Midway, April 1945
This photo was taken prior to departure on 2nd war patrol to the Sea of Okhotsk
John I. Clarkin - Fourth row, 7th from left (wearing jacket).
Robert F. Farison - Fourth row, 9th from left.
Robert W. Byther - Last row, 6th from left.
Photo contributed by John Clarkin, who received the photo from shipmate Burt Ebaugh.



Hawaii, 1945
Standing: "Pablo" and "Wiz". Seated: John Clarkin
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



Officers of the USS Piper - Pearl Harbor - July 1945
Photo copy of Piper Officers, July 1945, 3rd war patrol.
Other than Captain Beach, I cannot identify the other officers. However here is the rank and names:
Lieut. Comdr. E.L. Beach, U.S. Navy; Lieut. G.M. Reeves, U.S. Navy; Lieut. A.R. Christiansen, U.S.N.R.;
Lieut. W.A. Bowman, U.S.N.R.; Lieut. O.A. Holt, U.S.N.R. (back row, far left); Lieut. G.F. Eberle, U.S.N.R.;
Lieut (jg) J.K. Appeldoorn, U.S.N.R; Lieut (jg) W.R. Harrison, U.S.N.R.;
Lieut (jg) L.R. Porter, U.S. Navy; Ensign B.E. Englund, U.S.N.R.
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



Torpedoman "Stinky" Hinton with 2 Jap Prisoners
Taken August, 1945 in the Sea of Japan
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



Shipmate (can't remember who) with 2 Jap Prisoners
Taken August, 1945 in the Sea of Japan
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



Joe Foglio, X, and "Pablo" (without his beard)
Taken September, 1945 enroute to Pearl Harbor
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



Captured U-Boat - 1945
The U 3008 was captured shortly before the war ended. The boat was located at the Sub Base, New London when the photo was taken.
Photo by Tom Taylor - USS Piper, 1945-1951



Captain Edward L. Beach
CO, USS Piper - 1945 - Third War Patrol
Born 1918, died 2002



CDR Alexander K. Tyree
CO, USS Piper - 1946-48



Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Piper Radio Shack - 1947
Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Piper Officers - 1948
Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Piper in Portsmouth Drydock - 1948
Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Piper - Summer of 1948
This photo was taken in the Summer of '48. We were headed back to the sub base after spending about a month at Gitmo with the Midshipman effort and the swells along the way let Piper send up some spectacular sprays.
Photo by Karl Krull



Fleet version of piper
1949



Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Photo courtesy of Tom Taylor - USS Piper 1945-1951



Vice Adm. M. G. "Duke" Bayne
CO, USS Piper - 1955
Born 1921, died 2005



Sub Base New London, Conn - 1954
From Left: Joe Dooley TM2, Ross Morrison ENFN, Richard Kendall TM2 and X
Photo courtesy of Ross Morrison



Sub Base New London, Conn - 1954
Top: Richard Kendall TM2, Bottom: X
Photo courtesy of Ross Morrison



Nassau - 1954
Francisco Torres EN1 and Robert Batscher QMSN
Photo courtesy of Ross Morrison



Nassau - 1954
X, X, Robert Batscher QMSN, Francisco Torres EN1, Shorty Wolters TMC (COB) and John McGee EM3
Photo courtesy of Ross Morrison



Piper Ship's Party - May, 1954
From Left: Gary and Marty Booth, Robert Pipe and Ross Morrison, Manuel Siso and X, Richard Hartfielder and Aletta Butler, Richard Klintman and X, Richard Kendall and X
Photo courtesy of Larry Boutelle



Dancers - May 15, 1954
Far Left: Gary and Marty Booth. The gentleman next to them is Ross Morrison.
Photo courtesy of Larry Boutelle



Piper Ship's Party - May, 1955
Front row: Rich Collins (cook), Frank Mazzuchi QM1, X, Robert Conradson EN2, X, Dale Carlyon, John Chichon ENC
2nd row: William Carson EN1, Weldon "Gunner" Caudill GMC, X, Charlie Crim EN3, Robert "Brew" Taylor TM1, Shorty Wolters TMC (COB), CDR Joseph Beadles Captain, Richard Klintman FA, Robert "Red" Deming, LTjg Robert Denbigh, LT D.B. Carpenter XO
3rd row: Gerald Rescorla ET2, Shorty McEwen TM2, Clyde Derricott, LT Robert Thompson, Gerhardt Fleischer ENC, Stanley A. Mead EM1, Al Dube, Tom McGirl QM3, Richard Hartfelder IC3, X, Rocky Bridges RM3, Bill Meminger, Earl Davis SD1, Alfred Sims SD3, Gary Booth SN, Frank Torres EN1
Top row: X, Ross Morrison ENFN, Augie Kohler QM1, Bob Pipe, Richard Kendall TM2, Howard Clark QM, Larry Boutelle IC2, Eugene Zakutansky SOSN, X, Barney D. Wixom RMC
Photo courtesy of Larry Boutelle



Piper after Guppy and before Hunter Killer conversion
Ca 1955
Photo courtesy of Jim Burke



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Piper's Commissioned Officer Contingent - January 1956
Charlotte Amalie harbor, St. Thomas
Front: LT Pinto (Peruvian Navy), LTjg Irving Voyer, X, Ensign Uhlman
Standing: X, LTjg Robert Denbigh, Capt Joseph W. Beadles, XO Thompson, LTjg Cameron
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper Ship's Party - February 1956
Front: Robert "Red" Deming EN1, Al Dube, Willis Clifford, Bob Pipe, George Locke, X, Lester "Shorty" McEwen TM2, X, CDR Joseph W. Beadles, Jr. Captain, Stanley A. Mead EM1, LT Robert Denbigh, Manuel Siso (cook), Ensign Uhlman, Bob Conradson EN2, John Cichon ENC, X
2nd Row: Claire "Denny" Dinsmoor EMC, Voegtlin EMC, Gene Shirley ET3, Harry "Greek" Alevras (cook), X, X, Barney D. Wixom RMC, Jerome "Shorty" Wolters TMC (COB), LT Robert Thompson XO
3rd Row: Ronald Kimmel FT3, Charles Jones EMFN, Larry Boutelle IC2, Gerhardt Fleischer ENC, Eugene Zakutansky SOSN, Joe Pow SN, Stuart Duckstein MM2, X, George McQuillan EM3, LTjg Cameron, LT Pinto (Peruvian Navy), LTjg Irving Voyer Engineering Officer
Back Row: Kenneth LeRoy ET1, Marvin McCamis EM1, Robert Bobowicz IC3, Edward Downey BM1, Edward J. French QMC,Don Zechman TM3, Bud Webster Davis EN3, Jack Drennan EMFN, Pappy Masters RM1, Jerry Rodgers RMSN
Photo Courtesy of Larry Boutelle



On Liberty
Jerry Rodgers and Paul Azarian in Charleston, SC, during a Piper visit
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Peter Alevras - 1956
This photo is from 1956, and the subject is none other than 1st class stew burner Peter Harry Alevras, the Lebanese dynamo.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Messcooking for Harry Alevras, CS1(SS) - February 1956
Messcooks Joe Pow and Jerry Rodgers
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Squadron Commander and VIP Welcomed Aboard Piper - St. Thomas, January, 1956
Captain Joseph W. Beadles, Jr., stands on the left as he welcomes the VIP's. Lt. Pinto, in the foreground, back to us, is the OOD. Jerry Rodgers is the topside watch.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Torpedo Retrieval
Photo taken during Operation Springboard, January 1956
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Cruising the Caribbean - 1956
On the Bridge:Edward French, QM; Captain Beadles; Lookout Joe Pow
On the Deck: Drennan, Boutelle, Robert Bobowicz, Duckstein, Joe Butler
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Havana Cuba, on the pier - 1956
Torpedo guru Joe Dooley gets a shoe shine as he and Harry Alevras have a discourse with Los Cubanos.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Ashore in Havana, Cuba - January 1956
Donald Zechman, Dale Carlyon, Edward French (in dungarees, back to us), Edward Downey, Paul Azarian, Willis Clifford
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Red Lead Seamanship - 1956-57
Joe Pow and Albert Dube demonstrating red lead seamanship.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper Ship's Party - Early 1957
Front row: Robert "Red" Deming EN1, John Pfusch SO1, X, Howard Clark QM3, Edward "Moose" Conwell CS1, X, X, Glen Mathews IC1, X, LTjg Robert Denbigh, LTjg Daniel Donovan
2nd row: X, Eugene Zakutansky SO3, Sterling Ridlon EM1, George Locke FN, X, Hugh Jameson CS2, Jerome "Shorty" Wolters TMC (COB), Robert "Brew" Taylor TM1, Cloyce Eugene Shirley ET3, X, X
3rd row: Robert Conradson EN2, Robert McCary ENC, LT Robert Thompson, Edward French QM1, Eugene Burt SDC, Stanley Mead EM1, Robert Marble TM1, Marion Neue EN3, CDR Joseph Beadles Captain, LCDR Bowcock, Ensign Uhlman, LTjg Irving Voyer, LCDR Oliver Hallett XO
Top row: Charles Dorsey HM1, Jefferson Masters RM1, Joe Pow SA, Jimmy Mohon TM3, Edward Ritzhaupt EN1, Jack Drennan EMFN, Jerry Rodgers RM3, Charles Jones EM3, X, X, Barney Wixom RMC
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper Ship's Party - Early 1957
Seated: Joe Pow; Jerry Rodgers; Eugene Shirley; Shorty Wolters, COB (in profile)
Standing: George Locke; Jimmy Mohon; Eugene Zakutansky
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Qualified Submariners - 1957
Captain Bowcock pins dolphins on W.W. Barr, SN, and Phil Lecky, EM3, while the crew stands at attention.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Cooking Crew - 1957-58
"Moose" Conwell, head cook and CM3 Beck, who did most of the baking.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Kingston Jamaica 1956 or 57
Baker Beck and Joe Butler on liberty.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Pappy Masters - 1957
Pappy Masters with Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, in the background.
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper Ship's Party - Spring, 1957
First Row Squatting: Robert "Red" Deming EN1, Steward "Bobadoo", Willis Clifford SN, Edward "Moose" Conwell CS1, Albert Dube SN, Ray Colbaugh EN3, Jerry Rodgers RM2, Webster "Bud" Davis EN2
2nd Row Sitting: Donald Wright ET1, Hugh Jamison CS2, Captain C.S. Bowcock, X, LT Dan Donovan, X, Cloyce Shirley ET2, LTjg Cameron
3rd Row: Robert McCary EN1, Robert "Brew" Taylor TM1, X, David Mathis TM1, Hartman QM1, Perry EN1, Paul Azarian EMFN, Skelton QM2, X, LT Gould, Donald Zechman TM3, Hugh Moran EN3, LT Oliver Hallett XO, John Pfusch SO1, X, Charles Dorsey HM1, Kenneth Leroy ET1
Top Row: Charles Jones EM2, X, Stanley Mead EM1, LTjg Irving Voyer, Ensign Uhlman, Howard "Buddy" Clark QM, Eugene Zakutansky SO2, Edward French QM1, E.P. Voegtlin EMC
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Pinocle Tournament - 1957
Steward "Bobadoo" and Ray Colebaugh
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Pinocle in the Crew's Mess - 1957
X (cook), Harold Wallace, George Locke. With his back to us, French
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Pinocle - 1957
Clockwise from front: Joe Pow, Steward "Bobadoo", Ray Colebaugh, Donald Wright, Ensign Uhlman
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Radio Shack - 1957
Bobby Baker and Jerry Rodgers
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper Ship's Party - Early 1958
Front Row (Squatting or Sitting): Manfred "Rudy" Reudiger TM1, Weldon Caudill GM1, David Rollason SN, Captain C.S. Bowcock, LT Rowan, X, E.P Voegtlin, Jr. EMC
Second Row (Standing): Skelton QM, George Angelo EN1, Edward "Moose" Conwell CS1, Steward "Bobadoo", Eugene Shirley ET2, Ray Colebaugh EN3, Jerry Rodgers RM2, McDonald EM2, Kelly IC3, Webster "Bud" Davis EN
Third Row (Standing): LT Oliver Hallett XO, Robert "Red" Deming EN1, Kenneth LeRoy ET1, Paul Azarian EMFN, Robert Baker RM2, Hartman QM1
Last Row (Standing): Barney Wixom RMC, X, Eugene Zakutansky SO2, Philip Lecky EM3, Clair Dinsmoor EMC
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Phil Lecky Taking Readings in the After Battery
Photo Courtesy of Phil Lecky



Ernie Kertzscher RM3 and Joe Clark EMFN
Photo Courtesy of Phil Lecky



8,000th Dive - C.O.B. Marble Takes Her Down
August 7, 1958
Photo Courtesy of Phil Lecky



Radiomen - 1958
Rodgers, Perkins and Vincent
Photo Courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper in waters off Nova Scotia
1958
Photo courtesy of Jerry Rodgers



Piper after Hunter Killer conversion
(Note the absence of limber holes along the superstructure as compared to the photo above)
1964



Retrieving Torpedo
Photo courtesy of Mike Hubbard



Torpedo Gang
Standing: Robert Marble TMC (COB), X, LT Robert Hinton, X, Manfred Ruediger TM1, Willis Clifford TM3, Keith Cisewski TM3, X, Chester Berryman TM2, Floyd Hodge FT1
Kneeling: Lester "Shorty" McEwen TM2, X, Nelson TM2
Photo Courtesy of Larry Boutelle



Piper Chiefs, circa 1959
Robert Marble TMC (COB), Ennis ENC, X, Valera CSC, X, Romnerski YNC
Photo courtesy of Larry Boutelle



Ship's Party - 1960

Front Row:
Schott EM2, Tom Whalen TM2, X, X, X, Arnie Miliefsky EN3, X, Kelly IC3
Second Row:
LCDR Ben Sherman CO, X, "Gibby" Gibson, Jim Scales FT1, John Donkus IC1, Gilbert EN, Jim "Mother" Burke CS1, X, John "Scotty" Hendry EM2, Riggins IC3, LCDR Watkins XO
Third Row:
Squad. Commander, X, Aires CS3, Ennis ENC, Bob Kuhn CS2, Chester "Humphrey" Berryman TM2, Monty Glover EN1, Joe Marmaud EN1, LT Fox
Last Row:
Valerie CSC, X, X, X, Rocky ET3, X, Mclaughlin EN3, X

Photo courtesty of John Donkus



Maneuvering Room's No-Leaki-Tiki - 1960
Photo by Charlie Patch



Ready to go on liberty - 1960
"Rip" Spooner, Mike Bray, Richardson, Al Franusiszin, Sharp, Bob Bishop
Photo by Charlie Patch



The Boat's "Best Uglies" - 1960-61
Donkus IC1, Valera CSC, "Stash" Polovitch EM2
Photo courtesy of Charlie Patch



Springboard - 1961
Piper nesting in San Juan, softball team warming up
Boats nesting inboard to outboard: USS Seawolf (SSN575),
USS Argonaut (SS475), USS Piper (SS409), USS Toro (SS422)
Photo courtesy of Charlie Patch



Operation Springboard - 1961
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
USS Triton SSRN-586 entering port
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
USS Triton SSRN-586 entering port
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
USS Triton SSRN-586 entering port
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
USS Triton SSRN-586 entering port
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
Foreground facing away - "Gibby" Gibson, steward and Chester Berryman, TM1
USS Toro SS-422, USS Piper SS-409, USS Argonaut SS-475
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
Nest of diesel boats tied outboard of USS Seawolf SSN-575
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
Jim King sporting his goatee
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
Photo by Jim King



Operation Springboard - 1961
Smith, Auxiliaryman; Mike Bray, EMFN and Charlie Patch, ICFN
Photo by Jim King



Ten Grander Cake - 1961
Mother Burke tests the frosting
Photo courtesy of Charlie Patch



10,000th Dive - 1961
Chester Berryman, Division Commander, Jim Burke, Captain Sherman, "Rudy" Ruediger, Don Del Core, X, "Scotty" Hendry
Photo courtesy of Charlie Patch



10,000th Dive - 1961
Division Commander cuts the cake
Photo courtesy of Charlie Patch



Ten Grander Card
Courtesy of Charlie Patch



10,000th Dive Cover
Courtesy of Obediah Hill



Arnold "Satch" Cross and Jim "Mother" Burke - 1961
Photo Courtesy of Cal Sutliff



Chief Engineman Flannigan - 1961
Photo Courtesy of Cal Sutliff



Party at Don Del Core's place in Poquonnock Bridge June 1961
Pat Ryan, SM1 and Wife and ?
Photo Courtesy of Don Del Core



Party at Don Del Core's place in Poquonnock Bridge June 1961
Bob Kuhn, CS2 and Wife Sandy and Mother Burke
Photo Courtesy of Don Del Core



Celebration of 1,000th Foghorn Blow - 7 September, 1961
Using the Captain's sword, Westall, Starboard Lookout, cuts the cake baked by Mother Burke in celebration of the 1,000th foghorn blow while Piper was anchored off of New London, CT on 7 Septermber, 1961.
Photo Courtesy of Cal Sutliff



Shipping Over Ceremony, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - 1962
USS Piper Commanding Officer, LCDR V.O. Harkness, Jr., administers re-enlistment oath to:
A.D. McMakin, MMFN; R.P. Moore, MMFN; W.D. Deryck, MMFN; R.J. Hobel, ICFN;
C.H. Munzner, ICFN; L.J. Heckelsmiller, MMFN and J.R. Reeves, EM2(SS).
Photo courtesy of Larry Heckelsmiller



USS Piper, October 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



X, "Mother" Burke, Doc Bowman, X, October 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



USS Essex through scope, October 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Tom Calabrese, October 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Tom Calabrese, Tom Kucharski and "Frenchy" Cormier, Karachi Pakistan, November 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Camel and "Beetle" Bailey, Karachi Pakistan, November 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Tom Calabrese and COB Joe Negri, Karachi Pakistan, November 1963
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



USS Piper and USS Tench, Monaco, January 1964
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Tom Calabrese, Mrs and Doc Arnold, Monaco, January 1964
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Doc Arnold, Mrs Arnold and Doc Bowman, Monaco, January 1964
Photo courtesy of Tom Calabrese



Christmas in Monaco, 1963
Photo courtesy of Phil Pattison



Christmas in Monaco, 1963
Photo courtesy of Phil Pattison



Christmas in Monaco, 1963
Photo courtesy of Phil Pattison



Piper in Malta, December 1963
Photo courtesy of Fred Durrette



Princess Grace visits Piper and crew members open Christmas presents, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



Puzzle Time, 1963
Photo courtesy of Phil Pattison



'Pat' Pattison and Piper Shipmates enjoy Karachi Pakistan, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



DeCarolis - Shipmates in Djibouti, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



Wine 'Samplers' Beetle Bailey, Spencer and Floyd Kye, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



DeCarolis - Cundiff and DeCarolis, Lisbon Portugal, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



'Pat' Pattison enjoys City View and 'Pat', Cundiff and DeCarolis Scan the Mountains, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



Port Said and Bum Boats, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



Carter and Gould - LTjg Goodrich, 1963
Photo Courtesy of Phil Pattison



Charlie Schwartz's Wedding

I'm sending a picture that I just got from Charlie Schwartz. Now this was a Piper weekend to remember. I don't know who is next to Charlie, but then comes Tom Kucharski, Frank Whitty, Butch LeBrasseur, and Tony Stomboly. Quite the crew.

Photo courtesy of Frank Whitty



Holland, 1964
I have attached a picture of a "plaque" I bought in Holland. It shows the PIPER tied up inboard of the SEA ROBIN in Rotterdam in 1964, with a picture of a canal and wind mill on the other side. It resides just above my computer monitor where I see it every day.

PIPER, best boat, best shipmates...........ever!

Zoomie

Photo courtesy of Ralph Norman



USS Piper Petticoat Cruise - Ca 1965-66
Here are some photos taken of a Petticoat Cruise during the 1965-66 timeframe. The photos were contributed by Mrs. Herbert Crane who’s husband was XO of Piper at that time. Mr. Crane can be seen in the lower photo entertaining guests.



13,000th Dive - 1966
Seated: Cormier, EM2; Nuvayestewa, MM2; Whittier, IC3; Endoza, TN; Cardier, TM1; Cross, QM2; Waring, EM1
Standing: Burke, CS1 and Bates, EN1
Photo courtesy of Jim Burke



USS Piper SS409
Tom Bartlett, who was on Piper during 1966-67 sent this beautiful photo of Piper.
Photo courtesy of Tom Bartlett



Tom Bartlett and Doug Ward - 1966
Photo courtesy of Tom Bartlett



Doug Ward - 1967
Photo courtesy of Tom Bartlett



Phillips, Grispo and Doug Ward - 1967
Photo courtesy of Tom Bartlett



Tom Bartlett - 1967
Photo courtesy of Tom Bartlett



USS PIPER (SS409) Decommissioning Crew - April 1967

Kneeling (Left to Right)
1-Lebrasseur, EN2(SS); 2-Posey, TM1(SS); 3-Lashell, TM3(SS); 4-Grispo, MM3(SS); 5-Osborne, IC2(SS); 6-Ronzeni, EM2(SS); 7-Cimon, SN; 8-Breuhan, STSSA; 9-Endoza, SD3(SS); 10-Gramenz, STSSN; 11-Bellard, EN1(SS); 12-Short, SN; 13-Mills, SA; 14-Wilcox, FN; 15-Alvear, TN; 16-Mangubat, TN(SS); 17-Miller, IC2(SS); 18-Wimberly, SN; 19-Gillespie, SMSN; 20-Erfe,TN; 21-Bullermore, SN; 22-Giles, SN; 23-Pittman, FN; 24-Hamblin, ERT2(SS); 25-Campbell, RM2(SS); 26-Hamrick, SN; 27-Reinhold, SN; 28-Lund, YN3; 29-Decker, SA; 30-Dombrowski, EN1(SS); 31-Haley, FN; 32-Bartholomew, MMFN; 33-Stomboly, EN2(SS)

Standing (Left to Right)
1-Schepp, HM1(SS); 2-Silliker, EM1(SS); 3-Musser, SN; 4-Wood, SN; 5-Clark, STS2(SS); 6-Turner, FN; 7-Phillips, MM1(SS); 8-Carlton, EMFN; 9-Druck, ETR3(SS); 10-Faller, TM3(SS); 11-Smirnoff, RMSN; 12-Barber, QMSN; 13-Lyerly, RM3(SS); 14-Alexander, STSS2(SS); 15-Rosenberg, SKSN; 16-Hyland, SK2(SS); 17-Waring, EM1(SS); 18-Hervey, QMSN; 19-Peltier, CSSSN(SS); 20-Wright, CS1(SS); 21-Paquette, ENCS(SS)(COB); 22-Kovalycsik, MMC(SS); 23-Hayes, YNC(SS); 24-Holst, EMC(SS); 25-Hill, EMC(SS); 26-Pittman, ETC(SS); 27-Yoder, EMC(SS); 28-Smith, QMC(SS); 29-Sestito, ENC(SS); 30-Bates, ENC(SS); 31-CO, CDR Preble; 32-XO, LCDR Jensen; 33-NAV, LCDR Thomas; 34- ENS Haase; 35-ENG, LT Sawer; 36-GUN, LT Spencer; 37-COMM, LTJG Boydell; 38-SUPP, ENS Barker; 39-Cross, QM1(SS); 40-Wiley, RMSN(SS); 41-Ronfeldt, QMSN; 42-Gibbons, EN2(SS); 43-Anderson, TN3(SS); 44-Parsons, FN; 45-Bertlett, FA; 46-Whitty, FTG3(SS); 47-Kenny, TM3(SS); 48-Randall, TM3(SS); 49-Carder, TM1(SS); 50-Zahniser, FA; 51-Scott, IC1(SS); 52-Smith, EM1(SS); 53-Mazuc, EN2(SS); 54-Ward, MM3

Personnel not present in picture
1-Barkman, FTC(SS); 2-Bonham, TM3(SS); 3-Bolbeck, FTG2(SS); 4-Dugan, RMSN; 5-Magurno, EM2(SS); 6-Morgan, RMC(SS)

Photo courtesy of E. J. Wilcox



Lt. A.E. Smith and Piper at Brodhead Naval Armory, Detroit Michigan
See Newspaper Clippings link on the News page for story
Photo courtesy of Clarence Smith



Photo courtesy of Charlie Jones - USS Piper 1954-1957



Captain Edward L. Beach and Chet Skrocki
Photo courtesy of John Clarkin - USS Piper 1944-1945



James C. Burke
Also known as "Trigger" Burke and "Mother" Burke
Photo courtesy of Jim Burke - USS Piper 1958-1966



Jim and Pat Burke
Photo courtesy of Jim Burke - USS Piper 1958-1966



2001 Piper Reunion

First Row
Jimmy Evans, Bill Brann, Michael Lally, John Donkus, Billy Ray Jarrett, Bill (Beetle) Bailey, Terry Welsh
Second Row
John Hendry, Stosh Polovitch, Chuck Halbing, Michael Hubbard, Ernie Kertzscher, Jim Burke, Ray Belliveau, Frank Pertiko, Jim Delaney, Bob Marble
Third Row
Philip Lecky, Clarence Spencer, Jim King, Ed Cushman, William Fuchs, Ken Westall, David Shoaff, Tom Gibbons, Larry Heckelsmiller, Paul Barlow, James Morris, Frank Whitty, Tom Kucharski
Last Row
Bob Lloyd, Frank Mayo, Jerry Rodgers

Photo courtesy of Jim Burke



USSVI Convention, Duluth 2002
Need help on this one
Front row: X, X, X, Mike Hubbard, X
Back row: X, Al Dube, Larry Heckelsmiller, Gerry Herring, Ken Westall
Photo courtesy of Mike Hubbard



USSVI Convention, Duluth 2002
Al Dube, Mike Hubbard and Larry Heckelsmiller
Photo courtesy of Mike Hubbard



USSVI Convention, Duluth 2002
Mrs and Ken Westall, Al Dube peeking
Photo courtesy of Mike Hubbard



USSVI Convention, Duluth 2002
Larry and Mrs Heckelsmiller, Mike Hubbard, Ken (Sid) Westall, X
Photo courtesy of Mike Hubbard



Mini-Reunion, Groton 2003
This was taken at Groton around 2003. From left to right we have Butch LeBrasseur, Ralph "Zoomy" Norman, Frank Whitty, Charlie Schwartz, and Mike Lally. Notice that Joe Negri, who was COB when all of us but Lally were on board in the mid-sixties, is keeping an eye on us. Pretty neat getting him in the picture with us. By the way, this was an impromtu mini-reunion as LeBrasseur, who couldn't make the clambake we'd held in August, was passing through
Photo courtesy of Frank Whitty



2004 Piper Reunion
John Donkus, Jim King, John "Stash" Polovitch, Charlie Patch
Photo courtesy of Charlie Patch



June 2006
Morris Newkirk RMCS(SS) Piper 1961-62, now residing in Norway, paid a visit to Mike Lally. Left to right: Chief Newkirk, his wife and nephew and Mike Lally.
Photo courtesy of Mike Lally



June 2006
Jim Burke and Frank Whitty at Jim's home in Whiting New Jersey
Photo courtesy of Jim Burke



August 2006
Frank and Dolores Whitty visiting Mary and Jim King in Maine
Photo courtesy of Frank Whitty



Reunion Planning Meeting - August 2006
Butch LeBrasseur, Mike Hubbard, Frank Whitty
Photo courtesy of Frank Whitty



Visit to the Bray's in the U.P. of Michigan - October 2006
Kathy and John Donkus
Photo courtesy of Mike Bray



Visit to the Bray's in the U.P. of Michigan - October 2006
John Donkus and Mike Bray
Photo courtesy of Mike Bray



Tom Whalen and John Donkus - October 2006
John and Kathy Donkus stopped to visit with Tom Whalen in Wisconsin during their month-long trip of the country.
Photo courtesy of John Donkus



USS Piper Aft Escape Bouy Brass Plaque
Sold on E-Bay 26 November, 2006 for $37.33
E-Bay Photo



Piper Reunion - August 2007
The Crew
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
The Ladies
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Piper Reunion, 1960s Crew - August 2007
Front Row: Jerry Harring, Bill Fuchs, Ernie Kertzscher, John Polovitch, John Hendry, Mike Lally, Chuck Halbing, Jim King, Bill Cotter, Arnie Miliefsky, William Bailey
Back Row: Jerry Holland, George Sanderson, Clarence Spencer, Mike Bray, Mike Hubbard, Terry Welsh, Frank Whitty
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Piper Reunion, 1950s Crew - August 2007
Larry Boutelle, Richard Sporbert, Richard Collins, Al Dube, Noah Monsour, Howard Clark, Charlie Jones, Ross Morrison, Bob Batscher, James Delaney
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Piper Reunion, 1940s Crew - August 2007
John Clarkin - Aboard Piper for all three WWII war patrols
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
William (Beetle) Bailey and Mike Hubbard
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
John Donkus and Charlie Patch
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Obie Hill talks to Jim "Mother" Burke
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Janice and Phil Lecky
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Fran Hubbard, Dolores Whitty and band members
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Frank Whitty and his son Patrick
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
The Chris Poudrier Trio
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Dolores Whitty, Terry Welsh, Frank Whitty and Larry Boutelle
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Richard Collins, Pamala Ward and Doug Ward
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Todd Miller, Leo Miller and John Clarkin
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Richard Sporbert and Charlie Jones
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Ross Morrison and James Delaney
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Noah Monsour and Bob Batscher
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Richard Collins, Howard Clark and Al Dube
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
John "Stosh" Polovitch, Mike Bray, John Hendry, Mike Hubbard and Mike Lally
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Mike Lally, Terry Welsh, Chuck Halbing, Frank Whitty and Jim King
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Bill Cotter, John Hendry, Mike Lally and Chuck Halbing
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Larry Boutelle and Ross Morrison
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Jerry Holland and George Sanderson
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Mike Hubbard, Jim King, John "Stosh" Polovitch and Mike Lally
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Leo Miller and Clarence Spencer
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Jerry Harring and Frank Whitty
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Mike and Bernadette Bray and the lobster feast
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Jim and Mary King and Linda Patch
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
John and Anita Clarkin, their daughter Lisa and Bill Cotter
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Piper Reunion - August 2007
Richard and Kaye Sporbert
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Linda Patch, Pat Brann and Kathy Donkus


Bill Brann, John Donkus and Charlie Patch

October 2007
Mike, Thought I'd send along a few photos of my special Saturday guests. Charlie and Linda Patch were on their way from NY state to their home in NC and decided to stop for a visit. Bill and Pat Brann live not too far from me so I had called them to let them know that Charlie and Linda were stopping overnight and ask that they come in for a visit as well...sort of Mini Piper reunion. We had a great time swapping sea stories..strange how we remember the same story but in a different way. John
Photo courtesy of John Donkus




George "Sandy" Sanderson pins dolphins on his son Bruce


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