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Mehl, Wayne J.



Wayne J. Mehl served on board the submarine USS Growler (SSG-577) from March 1961 until the submarine was decommissioned in 1964. He was a lieutenant. During his years on the submarine, Mehl served as the engineer, the nuclear weapons officer and the qualification officer. As the nuclear weapons officer, his role was to arm the Regulus I missile prior to launch.

Before his time in the Navy, Mehl went to Stanford University, where he met his wife, Helen. After leaving the Navy, he went to work for the ROLM Corporation. Mehl became active in Beyond War, an anti-war movement that seeks to bring about a future without war.

The Museum recorded an oral history interview with Mehl, and a separate interview with Helen, in 2017. See OHP 137 and OHP 138.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Helen M. Mehl Oral History

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...

Richard Lee Meyers Oral History

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...

Wayne Mehl Newspaper

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.

Wayne Mehl Papers

Identifier: A2017.28
Overview 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.