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USS Growler (SSG-577)

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Found in 42 Collections and/or Records:

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

Robert L. Owens Oral History (Second Interview)

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Identifier: OHP 126
Scope and Contents Robert L. Owens served aboard Growler, first as executive officer, then as commanding officer, from February 1960 to December 13, 1963. He began his second interview by recalling his early Navy career when he was drafted during World War II. Owens stated that he attended boot camp in Farragut, ID, and electrician school, before volunteering for submarine service and completing five war patrols on Tinosa. After discussing his experiences in the submarine service during World War II, Owens...
Dates: March 14, 2017

Samuel Higa Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 120
Scope and Contents Samuel Higa served aboard Growler as a seaman from 1963 to 1964. He began his interview by discussing his family’s relocation to a concentration camp for Japanese Americans in Heart Mountain, Wyoming. Higa then stated that his family moved to Southern California, where he completed high school and briefly attended UCLA, before joining the Navy. After explaining how he enlisted, Higa discussed boot camp, electronics school, submarine school, and SINS (Ship’s Inertial Navigation System) school....
Dates: September 16, 2016

Shaun O'Shaughnessy Papers

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Identifier: A2018.51
Abstract Shaun O’Shaughnessy served on board USS Growler from 1962 until 1963. He was a missile technician third class (MT3). His papers include correspondence and certificates from his Naval and submarine training, a letter to his parents, his discharge papers, and other ephemera. Included in the papers are two sets of qualification drawings, which were required before O'Shaughnessy could qualify on Growler and earn his dolphins.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1960–1966

The Portsmouth Periscope

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Identifier: A2016.76
Scope and Contents Newspaper; The Portsmouth Periscope, Vol. XVIII, No. 10. portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H.

Newsletter of the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, NH. In addition to describing the events of the shipyard, there is an extensive article on Growler and the missile tests they were conducting there at the time.
Dates: November 21, 1958

Uel Smith Elephant Expresses

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Identifier: A2014.132
Scope and Contents Newsletters; The Elephant Express, April 14, 1960; May 16, 1960

Includes: international, political, navy, and sports news; crosswords; notices about Growler business such as keeping the mess hall clean; cartoon drawings; a poem; and a letter from the captain on the occasion of the end of the cruise.

Dates: April 14–May 16, 1960

Uel W. Smith Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 113
Scope and Contents Uel Smith served aboard Growler as a seaman from 1958 to 1960. Smith began his interview by discussing the first time he saw Growler and explaining how he came to serve aboard Growler. He then backtracked and stated that he joined the Navy with a group of friends from Missouri when he was 17 years old. Smith continued, noting that he attended boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland, and sub school in New London, CT. He described the submarine specific training he received, such as exercises involving...
Dates: September 14, 2016

Wayne J. Mehl Oral History

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Identifier: OHP 137
Scope and Contents Wayne Mehl served aboard Growler as the engineering officer and the nuclear weapons officer from 1961 to 1964. He began his interview by discussing his childhood growing up on a naval base in San Francisco during World War II and noting how his father, a lieutenant during the First World War, heavily influenced his decision to join the Navy. Mehl then discussed his education at Stanford University and explained his decision to join the NROTC program, stating that his engineering degree, along...
Dates: June 29, 2017

Wayne Mehl Newspaper

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Identifier: A2017.47
Scope and Contents Newspaper; Mare Island Grapevine, Vol. XXIII, No. 41, April 3, 1964.

Headline at the top of the front page says "Grayback and Growler Arrive To Up Workload Here". There is a small article about them underneath the headline.

The rest of the newspaper covers news from around the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and the naval fleet.
Dates: April 3, 1964

Wayne Mehl Papers

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Identifier: A2017.28
Abstract The Wayne Mehl Papers contains papers from his time aboard Growler in 1961 and after. The collection includes a commendation Growler received, correspondence sent home to the families of crewmembers, an address list, newsletters from the naval base at Pearl Harbor, and a blueprint of Growler General Plans.
Dates: ca. 1963