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1953 - USS Cusk (SS-348) Year by Year History

Crewmembers, Pictures and Memorabilia

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Click here to see a list of the Cusk crewmembers who came aboard in 1953

Memorabilia and pictures from 1953:

Article in San Diego Union newspaper

about the Cusk's new missile capabilities

January 11, 1953

Text of San Diego Newspaper Article

Artists sketch of how the Loon is launched and guided onto its target

(Parade Article, 11 January 1953)

Another article written about the Cusk.  Editor actually went to sea for a day aboard the Cusk, February 16, 1953

(Article courtesy of Vernon Maxon)

5 May 1953 , the Cusk fires an exercise torpedo at the USS McDermott, DD-677.  A small arrow can be seen on the left center of the picture showing the location of the nose of the torpedo - clearly, a solid hit amidships had this been a warshot torpedo fired at an enemy ship.

1953 Crew Picture

Captain C. B. Momsen, Jr., LCDR

Coming into port, 1953

(Photo courtesy of Vernon Maxon)

Early A. Murray, Jr., SO2(SS)

Earl was a Cusk plank holder having been a

member of the original crew in 1945.  He was

also probably the longest serving Cusk

crewmember having served aboard over 7 years.

1953 Crew Picture Collage

(Picture courtesy of Clay Gatlin)

View of the Cusk's midsection while in dry dock

 

 

Crewmembers who served aboard the Cusk in 1953:

Last Name First & MI City State Rank/Rate Years on Board Eternal Patrol Date Comments
Anderson Robert G     CS3(SS) 50 - 53 Date Unknown  
Andrade N L     FT2(SS) 53    
Ashcroft Jerome L "Jerry"     LT 53 Date Unknown  
Ashley T R     CS1(SS) 53    
Bagley D D       53    
Baker Garrett E "Lightning" Ft. Worth TX RM2(SS) 50 - 55    
Baskett   Reavis P     TMC(SS) 53    
Bauman Joseph W     ENC(SS) 50 - 53    
Baxley Ben Cupertino CA LT 53 13 January 1978  
Berry Ralph T     EMFN 52 - 53    
Bowman         53    
Brinkerhoff Jack O Traverse City MN SOSN(SS 50 - 53    
Burlamachi, Albert H       EM1(SS) 53    
Burns, Newell C       TMSN(SS) 53    
Call Donald C Pensacola FL CS2(SS) 53 - 54 19 February 2012  
Cannon L       53    
Carpenter Jim L Commerce City CO TM3(SS) 53 - 56    
Casper, Gordon H   El Cajon CA FC1(SS) 49 - 53  Date Unknown  
Charvat, Robert G   Westchester IL FN(SS) 53    
Chesser Samuel Lowell     LTJG 53 3 February 1972 Retired as Captain in '72 from ComSubDiv 13 in Pearl
Clement J H     ETSN(SS) 53    
Coffman, Robert E   Burbank CA EN3(SS) 53    
Corwin, Jr Gordon B "Doc"     HMC(SS) 53    
Covington Alvin W     TM1(SS) 53 29 March 1997  
Crofts Charles Willott Greer SC IC3(SS) 53 - 54 22 November 2010  
Davidson John A     EN3(SS) 53 - 55    
Davis Leon Joe     QMSN(SS) 53 Date Unknown  
Dedrick Walter Eugene     LTJG 46 & 52 - 55 28 September 1997 Plankowner, Executive Officer
Donahue J M     ET3(SS) 53    
Donovan Emmett William "Pappy"     ENC(SS) 50 - 53 31 January 1974  
Dorsey Horse       53    
Fischer Robert L Hayward CA SN(SS) 51 - 53 4 November 2008  
Fouts William L     CS2(SS) 50 - 53    
Furrh, Jr James L "Jim"     LTJG 53    
Gary Robert O "Bob" Hixson TN YN3(SS) 53 - 54    
Gatlin Clayton N Brandon MS EN2(SS) 51 - 54 6 September 2012  
German R K       53    
Ghiselin John Shankland "Red" Bremerton WA END1(SS) 50 - 53  18 July 2000 Received commission later in career and retired as LCDR
Graham Herbert William     RM1(SS) 46 - 53 Date Unknown Plankowner
Green Donald A     QM3(SS) 53 Date Unknown  
Hall Charles "Pat" Cheyenne WY AF2(SS) 53    
Hansen Max Eugene     RMC(SS) 53 18 February 2001  
Harlow George Urban Ash Flat AZ SO2(SS) 49 - 53 16 September 2014  
Harrell Max Alan Sebring FL FCC(SS) 53 - 54 1 November 2011 Retired as LCDR in 1969
Heiner         53    
Hirt Dave P Glendale CA QM3(SS) 51 - 53 22 August 2016  
Hoffman Albert Lawrence Hampton VA EN1(SS) 49 - 53 13 July 1991  
Jeter F L     TM3(SS) 53    
Johnston Michael O'Neill Tucson AZ ET3(SS) 53 - 56    
Jordan Paul Junior     SD2(SS) 53    
Kane James R     EM2(SS) 49 - 53 Date Unknown  
Kimmerly J R     TM3(SS) 53    
Klinger Donald K Wabasha MN YN3(SS) 53 - 54    
Knutson C R     LTJG 53    
Kunkel  Leo Paul Jacksonville FL ENCS(SS) 45 - 48 & 52 - 58 18 February 2015 Plankowner
Langstaff James A     ENC(SS) 53    
Lauffenburger Arthur L     SN(SS) 53 Date Unknown  
Lawless Mike L Glendale AZ ET3(SS) 51 - 54    
Lawrence Orsen S     ENC(SS) 52 - 53    
LeMaye Joe R     TM1(SS) 53 - 54    
Lyons Sammie E Ash Flat AR EMCS(SS) 53 - 59 5 October 2004  
MacLellan C J     EM2(SS) 53 - 54    
Marcum Claud "Mark" Ft. Gray WV QM2(SS) 52 - 53    
Margelot, Jr W R "Maggy"     GM3(SS) 53 - 54    
Markham, Jr. Carl Robert Cottage Grove OR TM1(SS) 52 - 53    
Maritle R L       53    
Maxon Vernon P "Barney" Des Peres MO LCDR 51 - 53    
McBriar John A Lynwood WA TM3(SS) 52 - 54 28 March 2015  
McDonald Robert F Charlotte NC EN3(SS) 51 - 53    
McGuire Richard A "Dick" San Diego CA SO2(SS) 53 - 55    
McKenzie, Jr. William W "Mac" Silverdale WA LT 52 - 53    
McLellan C J     EM3(SS) 53 - 54    
Melton Paul O Miller's Creek NC EMC(SS) 53 - 57    
Meyer David D "Dave" West Richland WA EN2(SS) 53 - 55    
Miller Darrell G Pittsburg PA ICFN(SS) 53 - 54 21 May 2008  
Momsen, Jr. Charles Bowers "Swede" Goleta GA CDR 51 - 53 21 October 2002 5th Captain of the Cusk
Nieto Alexander F Denver CO RM3(SS) 53 26 March 2016 Qualified in submarines aboard the USS Diodon (SS-349) in 1952. Was a RM3(SS) when he left the Navy.
Paridis Kenneth R     ENFN(SS) 53    
Peckenpaugh Ray M Brazil IN   53    
Pena L A     SN(SS) 53    
Pettipiece Jack     RM3(SS) 53 Date Unknown  
Phillips D T     SN(SS) 53 Date Unknown  
Pridonoff Eugene "Gene" Yorba Linda CA LCDR 53 - 55 6 November 2011 6th Captain of the Cusk
Quinlivan, Jr Frank B El Cajon CA TM1(SS) 49 - 53 1 December 2009  
Richards Bobby C     ENC(SS) 53    
Rowe Glenn H Santee SC RM2(SS) 53 - 57 2 September 2014  
Rushlow, Richard G   Scarborough ME ET1(SS) 53 4 March 2017  
Russell D E     ET3(SS) 53    
Santee Cyril Irwin Sparks NV EN1(SS) 53 9 March 1973  
Schrope Frank O Las Vegas NV CSC(SS) 53    
Shuler John A     EM2(SS) 53    
Sinclair M P     FN(SS) 53    
Smith James R     QM1(SS) 53 Date Unknown  
Solari, Vincent     TM3(SS) 52    
Southern Theodore C "Gunner"     GMCS(SS) 52 - 53    
Stahl Douglas "Doug" Honolulu HI LT 52 - 55    
Stark Charles Benjamin LaCygne KS EN3(SS) 53 17 April 2013  
Shrope Frank Oliver Las Vegas NV CSC(SS) 51 - 56 11 November 2009  
Sweeny J C     SN(SS) 53    
Thomas Wayne Stillman Valley IL EM2(SS) 53 13 March 2009  
Toni Alfio San Francisco CA EMFN(SS) 50 - 53 4 June 2010  
Tracey John J Bradenton FL TM2(SS) 52 - 54    
VanMoppen R G     IC1(SS) 53    
Viney S L       53    
Walker P P     RMSN(SS) 53    
Walther Peter E Polson MT ET1(SS) 51 - 55    
Webb Robert H "Ace" Largo FL ENC(SS) 58 11 August 2002  
Wetering Delmer L Tea SD TM2(SS) 53    
Whitehouse Robert W "Bob" Granbury TX MM1(SS) 53    
Wikeen Donald B Charleston SC Capt. 53 - 54    
Williams E W     EMSN(SS) 53    
Williamson, II Robert F San Diego CA LT 53 - 54 9 July 2003  
Wilson D       53    
Wright Robert Herold     TMSN(SS) 53 13 April 2002  

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