USS Growler (SSG-577)
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
Identifier: OHP 111
Scope and Contents Allen Odette served aboard Growler from August 1961 to December 1963, as a fire control technician (missile guidance systems) second class. Odette began his interview by speaking about his decision to join the Navy. He noted that he first went into the reserves in Illinois before joining the regular Navy after moving to California. He also discussed his experiences in boot camp as well as his decision to apply for the submarine service after receiving a tour of a submarine from a friend of a...
Dates: September 14, 2016
Abstract The Jack Gabler papers contain a newspaper clipping, three envelopes, and two letters from Gabler's time aboard USS Growler. Jack Gabler served on board USS Growler as a sonarman third class (SO3) from June 1963 through April 1964, just after the submarine was decommissioned.
Dates: Majority of material found within June 21, 1963–April 3, 1964
Identifier: OHP 112
Scope and Contents John “Andy” Anderson served aboard Growler from August 1961 to May 1963, as a fire control technician (missile guidance systems) third class and was the torpedo fire controlman aboard Growler. Anderson began his interview by stating that his father served aboard German submarines during World War I, which influenced his decision to join the Navy and serve aboard submarines. He then briefly discussed his childhood before explaining why he joined the Navy. Anderson continued, describing his...
Dates: September 14, 2016
Scope and Contents Diary; December 11, 1962–February 7, 1963. Green fabric covered diary that has "Pierre" written vertically on the cover. The title page has "Pierre // Gregory // Kochera" handwritten in pencil.The diary is a document of life on board the submarine. Kochera discusses such aspects of daily life as grooming and hygiene, food on board, entertainment, crew member relations, and other topics. The diary serves as a long letter to an unidentified person about Kochera's time aboard...
Dates: Majority of material found within December 11, 1962–February 8, 1963
Identifier: OHP 037
Scope and Contents Richard Meyers served aboard Growler as a machinist’s mate second class from October 1961 to September 1963. Meyers began his interview by explaining his decision to leave his construction job in Wyoming and join the Navy. He then discussed boot camp and volunteering for the submarine service. Meyers continued, recounting the first time he saw Growler. The submarine was in dry dock in Pearl Harbor, which gave Meyers the opportunity to walk underneath Growler and see the submarine from a...
Dates: July 2, 2014