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1963 - USS Cusk (SS-348) Year by Year History

Crewmembers, Pictures and Memorabilia

In 1963, Captain Frank Comstock took the Cusk south of the equator and the crew had a rare visit to Tahiti.  As mandated by crossing the equator, all of the "Pollywogs" on board were required to undergo Kink Neptune's initiation as "Shellbacks.

Click here to see a list of the Cusk crewmembers who came aboard in 1963

Cusk memorabilia and crew pictures from 1963.  Click on any picture to see its full size:

Cusk steaming toward Tahiti, 1963
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Cusk Publicity Photo, 1963
(Source of photo unknown)

Swim Call

Somewhere near Tahiti, July 1963
(Photo courtesy of Herman Strickland)

 

Shellback Initiation - July 1963

Herman Strickland (front center) and other

Cusk crewmembers look like they've just

crawled out of the "garbage chute" during an

initiation while enroute to Tahiti.
(Photo courtesy of Herman Strickland)

Control Room

Looking forward and starboard at 3000# Air

and Low Pressure Air Manifolds
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Bow Planes & Dive Manifold
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Eric Copt's Shellback Initiation

Tahiti, July 1963
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

A very young Eric Copt
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Cusk in Japan during the Cuban Missile Crisis
(Photo courtesy of Mike Stephenson

Shellback Certification - Domain of Neptunus Rex
(Photo courtesy of Mike Stephenson

 

Cusk in Pearl Harbor Dry-dock
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Cusk Overhaul, Pearl Harbor
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Scaffolding around Cusk's Sail

Pearl Harbor, 1963
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Cusk's hull cutaway for generator overhaul

Pearl Harbor, 1963
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

 

Crewmembers who served aboard the Cusk in 1963:

Last Name First & MI City State Rank/Rate Years on Board Eternal Patrol Date Comments
Aleman David Corpus Christi TX RM2(SS) 62 - 63 15 August 1998  
Barney George     TMC(SS) 62 - 63 Date Unknown  
Beaumont Eugene A G Ashburn VA LCDR 63 - 64 26 January 2016 Executive Officer
Berryhill Bob     ET3(SS) 61 - 63    
Blue Lowell Royce Southaven MS RM1(SS) 63 - 64    
Blue Paul Tulsa OK ETR3(SS) 63 - 66    
Boak Jerry Detroit MI EM3(SS) 61 - 63 2002  
Boles George     MM2(SS) 62 - 63    
Brisbin Charles D     SA 63    
Burns Robert J     EN1(SS) 63 - 65 1 January 1970  
Callihan Larry G Forsythe MO FTG2 62 - 63    
Carr Gary Jay Bremerton WA EMCM(SS) 63 - 69 29 September 2013  
Christensen Chris     ET2(SS) 61 - 63    
Comstock, Jr George Frank "Tiger" Mill Valley CA LCDR 62 - 64 28 December 1991 11th Captain of the Cusk
Copt Eric Georgetown TX EM3(SS) 63 - 66    
Crosby Stuart W. Keizer OR IC3(SS) 61 - 63    
Cunningham Jack "Fish"     TM1(SS) 58 - 63 April 2008

Retired as TMCS(SS)

Czech Greg Martinez GA EN3(SS) 62 - 63 6 April 2013  
Dollar Bertice G     SA 63    
Duback Clyde L Vancouver WA TM3(SS) 60 - 63    
Duncan Robert D "Bob" Cape Coral FL YN3(SS) 63    
Duran Juan Panama City Beach FL QM3(SS0 63 - 65    
Fallatt, III Michael San Diego CA STCM(SS) 61 - 63 12 November 2006  
Fraga Frank Zamarron Roanoke TX EMC(SS) 47 - 52 & 61 - 63 5 June 2007 Chief of the Boat on his second tour aboard Cusk
Fraley Larry L Las Vegas NV IC3(SS) 62 - 63 2 February 2008  
Gallagher Lawrence Maryville TN ET1(SS) 63 - 66    
Gerrish Clarence L     ETN2(SS) 62 - 63    
Gilliam Herbert D Blue Ridge VA EN3(SS) 62 - 64 Date Unknown  
Greenwalt         63   Executive Officer
Griffith       CDR 63   Executive Officer
Haake L E "Roy" Reading PA EM2(SS) 63 - 66    

Charles F "Chuck" Harner, Jr.

  Vienna VA LT 60 - 63 1 March 2017

Operations & Navigation Officer

Harner Charles F "Chuck" Vienna VA LT 60 - 63  

 

Harrison Coy E Gresham OR MMFN(SS) 62 - 63 23 March 2010  
Heral Edward "Ed" Machesney IL   63 - 64 20 January 2016  
Hrbacek Billy P Shelton WA ETR2(SS) 59 - 63   LPO for E Division. Advanced to ETCM & CWO2 on same day. Retired as CWO3(SS)
Huber Douglas     TM3(SS) 61 - 63    
Johnson Ollie     SN3(SS) 61 - 63    
Johnson Donald E Fernley NV RMC(SS) 61 - 64    
Karr William D Bradenton FL ETC(SS) 63 16 July 2013  

Michael "Mike" Keelin

  Cedar Park TX STS2(SS) 62 - 66 31 May 2017  
Kilpatrick Allan M "Killer" Palm Desert CA MM3(SS) 63 - 66    
Kimball Jack S Sun City West AZ SOS2(SS) 61 - 64 20 August 2011  
Knapp Gerald Grand Rapids MN RM1(SS) 63 - 64    
Kraus Roger Castro Valley CA QM2(SS) 62 - 63    
Laesch David W     MMFN(SS) 62 - 63    
Lee John S     MM1(SS) 63 - 69    

Loewenhardt

Joseph H Honokaa HI EM2(SS) 60 - 63 7 August 2016 Died in an glider accident in Minden, Nevada
Lucier Robert Edward Vero Beach FL QM3(SS) 62 - 63    
Mabry Gene     ET1(SS) 63 - 63    
Marchwinski James C Wyoming MI ETR2(SS) 61 - 63 30 December 2002  
Matula, Jr. Charles Joseph Rockdale TX EM2(SS) 63    
McCormick David "Nasty Mac" Murphysboro IL SOS2(SS) 61 - 63    
McCrae Gary     QM2(SS) 61 - 63    
Meyers Richard Lee Westminster CO MM2(SS) 63   TAD to Cusk
Mitchell Jerry       61 - 63    
Montera Guy G     MMFN(SS) 62 - 63    
Murphy Richard J Clearwater FL MM1(SS) 62 - 64    
Paskowitz Selwyn Sid Willow Street PA LTJG 61 - 63    
Phillips Jack A Vacaville CA IC1(SS) 63    
Probert William E Renovo PA EM3(SS) 63 - 64    
Provins Robert G "Bob" Santee CA STS3(SS) 63 - 65 11 January 2003  
Ratliff Reagan S Rolling Meadows IL FTG2(SS) 63 - 66    
Rhoads Jerral E Fair Oaks CA ETR3(SS) 62 - 63    
Robinson Stephen M "Robbie" Ocean Springs MS MMFN(SS) 62 - 63    
Safarik Delbert Leroy     EM2(SS) 62 - 63    
Schmidt William R Bothell WA EMCS(SS) 63 - 64 27 October 2006  
Sessions, II Thomas Franklin     LT 61 - 62   Communications Officer
Shreve George Port Charlotte FL YN1(SS) 62 - 63    
Smith George A     SN(SS) 62 - 63    
Smith Peter B North Conway NH ETR3(SS) 63 - 65    
Sommer Robert J "Bob" Sarasota FL RMSN(SS) 63   Retired as LCDR
Spielman Gerald "Jerry" Yellville AK EN1(SS) 60 - 66 30 December 2015 Left Cusk in 1966 after volunteering to serve ashore in Vietnam.
Steed Charles W "Charlie" San Jose CA SO1(SS) 62 - 63    

Stevenson

Michael King "Mike" Lakeport CA ET2(SS) 61 - 63 22 November 2016  
Strickland Herman Pittsboro NC RM2(SS) 63    
Swift, Jr. Charles Justin Yacolt WA LT 61 - 65    
Terney Edward Clinton Omak WA YN1(SS) 63 - 64    
Thompson Ronald L     SN(SS) 63 - 64    
Trommer Jack Bedford NH ET2(SS) 61 - 63    
Vogel Frank J Pittsburgh KS IC3(SS) 63 - 66 6 January 2012  
Watterson Rodney K     LTJG 63    
Weller Dennis Costa Rica   STSSN(SS) 63 - 64    
Wilson John C     RMCM(SS) 60 - 64 2 January 2013  

If you have any information, pictures, history, or crewmember names/information from the Cusk in 1963 (or any year), please contact the Cusk Webmaster. Thanks!


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This page was last updated: 01/31/17