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1951 - USS Cusk Year by Year History

In 1951, the Cusk continued making history with many missile launches as CDR Charles B. Momsen, Jr. assumed command of the Cusk from Fred B. Tucker.  Missile launching and tracking technology continued to improve as the Cusk successfully launched her 77th missile and then submerged to guide it to its target.

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Offshore near Pt. Mugu, California ready to launch

4 October 1951

T-0, Missile is away

Missile accelerates as the JATO rocket lifts it from the deck of the Cusk.  The gas

JATO pack and skid falls back into the Pacific as the missile continues its flight.  At the same time, the Cusk submerges to continue tracking and controlling the missile.

Christmas Menu (outside)

December 25, 1951

Christmas Menu (inside)

December 25, 1951

Jim "Hump" Humphries relaxing in the Forward Torpedo Room

(Photo courtesy of James Humphries)

Publicity photo of the Cusk with its missile hanger and launch ramp

77th Launch Certification award presented to Cusk crewmembers by Captain Momsen

(Photo courtesy of Bob Waldeck)

 

Crewmembers who served aboard the Cusk in 1951:

Last Name

First & MI

City State Rank/Rate Years on Board Eternal Patrol Date Comments
Aldrich Chadwick J     ENFA(SS) 49 - 51    
Ancinec Henry Joseph Alpine CA QMC(SS) 47 - 51 25 July 2008  
Anderson Ralph Walter La Mesa CA TM3(SS) 50 - 51 30 May 2012  
Baker Garrett E "Lightning" Ft. Worth TX RM2(SS) 50 - 55    
Barry Robert O     SN(SS) 50 - 52    
Bateman Arnold Frederick Kansas City MO TM2(SS) 50 - 52 1 August 1987  
Bauman Joseph W     ENC(SS) 50 - 53    
Beals Theodore W Winter Haven FL QM2(SS) 50 - 51    
Bell Robert L Clovis CA EMFN(SS) 49 - 52 Date Unknown  
Berg Harold Andrew Orangevale CA EMC(SS) 50 - 51 7 March 2012  
Borchardt Charles O     ET1(SS) 50 - 52    
Boushley, Jr. Charles "Charlie" Mesa AZ EM2(SS) 48 - 52    
Brinkerhoff Jack O Traverse  City MI SOSN(SS) 50 - 53    
Brown Robert E     QM3(SS) 50 - 51    
Bryant Gladis     SD2(SS) 50 - 51    
Bucknell, III Howard LaJolla CA LT 49 - 52 1 October 1986 Guided Missile Officer
Burgess Charles William     EM1(SS) 49 - 51    
Burke Alfred Irving     HMC(SS) 47 - 51    
Burrett Lyle R     YN1(SS) 50 - 51    
Cannady John J     SN(SS) 49 - 51    
Cannon William M     ICFN(SS) 51    
Carkeek Norman J Tacoma WA EN3(SS) 49 - 51    
Cobb Harold N     SN(SS) 49 - 51 1963  Passed shortly after being commissioned
Comperini Robert Dominic Appleton WI EN3(SS) 49 - 52 1 December 2015  
Dawdy Joseph N     TM2(SS) 50 - 51    
Dexter Robert Royal West Topsham VT ENC(SS) 48 - 51 18 December 1991  
Dixon Harold "Doc"     HMC(SS) 50 - 52 6 April 1975  
Dobbs Robert I     SA(SS) 49 - 51    
Donovan Emmett William "Pappy"     ENC(SS) 50 - 53 31 January 1974  
Draper, Jr. Edward Commodore "Ed" Port Orchard WA EN2(SS) 47 - 51 11 August 1994  
Dunaway Jack H "Sam" Hurley NM ET3(SS) 49 - 51    
Dussinger Marvin L     EM3(SS) 50 - 51    
Finley Doyle Bruce Oceanside CA RMC(SS) 50 - 51    
Fischer Robert L Hayward  CA SN(SS) 51 - 53 4 November 2008  
Fouts William L     CS2(SS) 50 - 53    
Fraga Frank Zamarron Roanoke TX EMC(SS) 47 - 52 & 61 - 63 25 June 2007 Chief of the Boat on his second tour aboard Cusk
Franklin Gordon Scott San Diego CA ENFN(SS) 50 - 52 7 August 1982  
French John Marrion     CSC(SS) 49 - 52 Date Unknown  
Gamer, Jr. Louis E Glastonbury CT SN(SS) 48 - 51    

Gatlin

Clayton N Brandon MS EN2(SS) 51 - 55 6 September 2012  
Gilbert Ted C     FN(SS) 48 - 52    
Gillespie Almon D     EM2(SS) 51    
Ghiselin John Shankland "Red" Bremerton WA END1(SS) 50 - 53  18 July 2000 Received commission later in career and retired as LCDR
Goodman Robert Burnley     EN1(SS) 50 - 52    
Graham Herbert William     RM1(SS) 46 - 53 Date Unknown  Plankowner
Green Jack H     SN(SS) 50 - 51    
Guarasci Silvio Frank Port Orchard WA TM2(SS) 49 - 52    
Hagerdon Lester F     GMD2(SS) 50 - 51    
Hakin David L Springfield OR RM3(SS) 48 - 51 Date Unknown  

Walter F Hanau

  Chicago IL SN(SS) 50 - 51 10 March 2013  
Harlow George Urban Ash Flat AZ SO2(SS) 49 - 53 16 September 2014  
Hartman Lowell M     CS3(SS) 50 - 51    
Hervey Roy A     CSSN(SS) 50 - 52    
Hirt Dave P Glendale CA QM3(SS) 51 - 53 22 August 2016  
Hodnett William Lee Mt. Aukum CA RMC(SS) 50 - 51    
Hoffman Albert Lawrence

Hampton

VA EN1(SS) 49 - 53 13 July 1991  
Holton Donald C Washington NC SO3(SS) 49 - 51    
Hord Paul O     QM1(SS) 47 - 52 Date Unknown  
Huckings Joseph Q     EMP3(SS) 50 - 52    

Humphries, James M "Hump"

J     EN3(SS) 50 - 52 24 October 1987  
Hunt Thomas J     EMFN(SS) 48 - 51    
Kane James R     EM2(SS) 49 - 53 Date Unknown  
Kaze Leonard S     YN3(SS) 51 - 52    
Knoche Eugene Alfred St. Louis MO EN2(SS) 51 - 52 20 February 2004  
Kokeas Christopher L "Nick" San Diego CA EN1(SS) 50 - 52 2 July 1996  
Lawless Mike L Glendale AZ ET3(SS) 51 - 54    
Lehman Leonard Frank     EM3(SS) 49 - 51 15 April 1986  
Leo Leonard Portland OR ETC(SS) 49 - 51 29 July 2011  
Longnecker Everett Glenn San Diego CA EM1(SS) 46 - 47 & 50 - 51 22 February 1987 Plankowner
Marcum Claud "Mark" Ft. Gray WV QM2(SS) 50 - 53    
Martin Alton Dewitt     EM1(SS) 50 - 51 16 May 1991  
Mathers Mickey Benjamin San Diego CA END1(SS) 51 5 May 1998  
Maxon Vernon P. "Barney" Des Peres MO LCDR 51 - 53    
McDonald Robert F Charlotte NC EN3(SS) 51 - 53    
McGaughey Earl L Klamath Falls OR QMS3(SS) 51 - 52 19 September 1998  
Miller Robert F El Cajon CA EM3(SS) 51 - 52    
Momsen, Jr Charles Bowers "Swede" Goleta GA CDR 51 - 53 21 October 2002 5th Captain of the Cusk
Mortenson, Jr Everett Theodore Roseburg OR EN3(SS) 50 - 51 18 April 2002  
Munson Clair W. "Bill"     SN(SS) 50 - 52 4 March 2016  
Murray, Jr Earl A     SO3(SS) 46 - 52 Date Unknown Plankowner
O'Halloran William Joseph "Bill" Ft. Collins CO ET1(SS) 51 - 52   Retired as LCDR
Paul Kenneth H M     CSSN(SS) 50 - 51    
Peckenpaugh Ray M Cottage Grove OR EN3(SS) 50 - 52 4 November 2014  
Pierson Irwin Bruce Bremerton WA EM2(SS) 50 - 52   Retired as LCDR
Quinlivan, Jr Frank B El Cajon CA TM1(SS) 49 - 53 1 December 2009  
Ray Valton L "Val" Harrells NC CS2(SS) 50 - 51 29 May 2001  
Richard James Everard Virginia Beach VA EN1(SS) 50 - 51 10 September 2005  
Rives John L     SD2(SS) 49 - 52    
Roberts, Jr Charles S "Robby" Damascus MD TM3(SS) 50 - 51    
Ronne John R     SN(SS) 50 - 51    
Rowley Robert R Sequim WA ET3(SS) 51 - 52    
Sanchez Panfilio     YN3(SS) 51 - 52    
Sanders Richard William San Diego CA EN1(SS) 47 - 51 31 July 2003  
Saunders Paul Golden "Swish" Dunnellon FL GMGC(SS) 46 - 51 Date Unknown Plankowner, Chief of the Boat, One of the most decorated enlisted men in the US Navy
Schoenberger Herman Henry Pascagoula MS TM1(SS) 51 - 52 22 December 1995  
Schurr Kenneth M     RMSN(SS) 49 - 52    
Senior Harry B Orange Park FL SDC(SS) 46 - 52    
Shippee James Kenneth     GM2(SS) 50 - 52    
Shrope Frank Oliver Las Vegas NV CSC(SS) 51 - 56 11 November 2009  
Smith Austin J     EM2(SS) 50 - 51    
Smith Eugene Edgar "Smitty" Vallejo CA EMC(SS) 48 - 52 29 June 1980  
Smith Frank W     SA(SS) 50 - 51    
Smith

Leroy Ralph

Long Beach CA TM3(SS) 46 - 51 7 November 2003 Plankowner
Smith Robert L     CS3(SS) 50 - 51    
Speed Laverne Wright "Vern"     TM1(SS) 49 - 52 11 March 2006 Later commissioned and retired as Lieutenant
Staggs Harold Earl Azusa CA TM1(SS) 50 - 51    
Sweeney Miles Joseph     RM1(SS) 50 - 51    
Thompson Joseph Douglas Manteca CA YNC(SS) 50 - 51 1 December 1995  
Toni Alfio San Francisco CA EMFN(SS) 50 - 53 4 June 2010  
Tucker Frederick Birchfield     CDR 49 - 51   4th Captain of the Cusk
Ullman Robert W Chula Vista CA EM1(SS) 50 - 51 24 March 2003 Retired as CDR
Walther Peter E Polson MT ET1(SS) 51 - 55    
Webster Douglas Alan     FCC(SS) 47 - 52 5 August 1988  
Weyenberg Richard J "Dick" Kimberly WI FN(SS) 48 - 52 20 September 2003  
Wiley Edward James "Jim" Auburn CA SN(SS) 49 - 52  Date Unknown  
Wilkie James P "Jim" San Diego CA SN(SS) 50 - 51 1 August 2003  
Wilson Waldo W Encinitas CA LCDR 51 - 52    

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