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USS Growler (SSG-577)

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Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

David E. Bishop Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 118
Scope and Contents David Bishop served on Growler as a torpedoman third class from December 1959 to September 1961. He began his interview by explaining his decision to join the Navy when he was seventeen years old. Bishop then noted boot camp in San Diego and submarine schools in San Francisco, stating that submarined schools taught you the basic systems aboard a submarine and that the actual operation of these systems occurred once you were on board a boat. As Bishop continued, he described his first day on...
Dates: September 16, 2016

Dennis Y. Sloan Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 114
Scope and Contents Dennis Y. Sloan served aboard Growler from 1959 to 1960, as a commissary officer and a torpedo officer. He began his interview with a summary of his service, from his time in the Naval Academy to his time on Growler. Sloan then discussed his life before the Navy, noting that his father was in the Air Force and that his family spent the war years in Iowa before moving to Arlington, VA. The conversation then returned to the Naval Academy, and Sloan stated that after graduating from the Academy,...
Dates: September 14, 2016

Ed Clark Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 141

Helen M. Mehl Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 138
Scope and Contents Helen M. Mehl married Lieutenant Wayne Mehl in 1961, and spent three years living in Hawaii during Wayne’s service aboard Growler. Mehl began her interview by discussing her childhood and her upbringing in a traditional Methodist family. She then stated that after graduating high school, she attended Stanford University to study art and art history. This was where she met Wayne Mehl, and she noted that by her senior year, they were engaged. Mehl then continued, stating that she moved to Hawaii...
Dates: June 29, 2017

Jack Gabler Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 142
Scope and Contents Jack Gabler served aboard Growler as a sonarman third class from 1963 to 1964. He began his interview by stating that he had initially planned to become a veterinarian, however he explained how a turn of events and a chance meeting with a Navy recruiter resulted in him joining the Navy. Gabler then discussed boot camp, which he described as a “real eye awakening moment.” He also recounted his introduction to the submarine service, stating that submarines sailors came to speak with the recruits...
Dates: August 23, 2017

James W. Day Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 130
Scope and Contents James Day served aboard Growler as a hospital corpsman from 1961 to 1963. He began his interview by discussing why he joined the Navy and providing a brief overview of his service. Day noted boot camp, hospital corps school in San Diego at the Balboa Naval Hospital, operating room technician school at Bethesda Maryland Naval Hospital, being stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, and his time as an OR tech aboard the hospital ship Haven during the Korean War. Day also stated that he left the...
Dates: May 24, 2017

Nancy E. Sloan Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 115
Scope and Contents Nancy Sloan married Dennis Sloan, who served aboard Growler as an officer from 1959 to 1960. She began her interview by explaining that she met Dennis through a blind date during a visit to the Naval Academy and noting the initial hesitation that her family expressed when she eventually married a “Navy guy.” Sloan then spoke about her introduction to life as a Navy wife, which occurred when Dennis was in submarine school. She also described her trip to Hawaii after Dennis was assigned to...
Dates: September 14, 2016

Robert L. Owens Oral History (First Interview)

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Identifier: OHP 059
Scope and Contents Robert L. Owens served aboard Growler, first as executive officer, then as commanding officer, from February 1960 to December 13, 1963. Owens began his interview by stating where he was born and raised and discussing his service in WWII. Owens explained that after boot camp and electrical school, he rode Intrepid from Alameda to Pearl Harbor, where he served aboard the submarine tender USS Bushnell. He then went aboard the USS Tinosa and made seven war patrols. After providing additional...
Dates: October 1, 2014