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1964 - USS Cusk Crew, Pictures & History

In addition to another WestPac in 1964, the Cusk received two important awards.  She was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Award and in November that same year, the Cusk was awarded a second battle efficiency 'E' for Submarine Division Twelve for the fiscal year 1964.  Commander William Von Christierson assumed command as the 12th captain of the Cusk from CDR Campbell.  WestPac stops in 1946 included Kobe and Sasebo, Japan.

Click here to see a list of the Cusk crewmembers who came aboard in 1964

Cusk memorabilia and crew pictures from 1964:

Cusk on local ops

Pearl Harbor, 1964
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Eric Copt & Joe Diskin topside near the stern
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Qualified at last!!!

Eric Copt gets his dolphins from the

Captain, LCDR Comstock
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Unidentified Cusk crewmembers in Control Room
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Alternate view of IC Panel & Control Room
(Photo courtesy of Eric Copt)

Custom Engineering Section patch, 1964-1968

(Patch Photo courtesy of Brian Errigo)

 

High & Dry

The Cusk's fuel tanks are empty as she sits beside

her tender in San Diego

 

Crewmembers who served aboard the Cusk in 1964:

Last Name First & MI City State Rank/Rate Years on Board Eternal Patrol Date Comments
Bauer Jerry F Rockfall CT LT 64    
Bealfield William R Bay City TX MM3(SS) 64 - 65    
Beaumont Eugene A G Ashburn VA LCDR 63 - 64   Executive Officer
Benitez Bayani R Waipahu HI E9(SS) 64    
Berg Merlin F     TMSN(SS) 64    
Bisler Lawrence A National City CA RM3(SS) 64 - 65 20 February 2012  
Blue Lowell Royce Southaven MS RM1(SS) 63 - 64    
Blue Paul Tulsa OK ETR3(SS) 63 - 66    
Bumber Paul Lawrence Newberg OR EN3(SS) 64 - 66 11 December 2010  
Burns Robert J     EN1(SS) 63 - 65 1 January 1970  
Carr Gary Jay Bremerton WA EMCM(SS) 63 - 69 29 September 2013  
Clark Paul Denny Bowling Green KY EM2(SS) 64 - 66    
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    
Duran Juan Panama City Beach FL QM3(SS) 63 - 65    
Errigo Brian       64 - 68    
Farkas Lou Oceanside CA LT 64 - 67    
Foreman William "Bill" Marysville OH ETN3(SS) 64    
Gallagher Lawrence Sebastian FL ETR2(SS) 64 - 66    
Gibson, Jr. Robert Bryan "Bob" & "Hoot" Tionesta PA LT 58 - 62 & 64 - 66 26 March 2013 Executive Officer
Gilliam Herbert D. Blue Ridge VA EN3(SS) 62 - 64 Date Unknown  
Haake L E "Roy" Reading PA EM2(SS) 63 - 66    
Hegg John A "Pappy" Port Orchard OR EN1(SS) 64 - 67 1 August 2003  
Heral Edward "Ed" Machesney IL   63 - 64 20 January 2016  
J W Hickman   Biloxi MS IC2(SS) 54 - 57 5 September 2014  
Hurst Michael L Palm Beach Gardens FL EM2(SS) 64 - 65    
Johnson Donald E Fernley NV RMC(SS) 61 - 64    
Katlin Spence ET2(SS) 64 - 66    
Kotrola-Chipps Joe Don "Pivo" Round Rock TX EM2(SS) 64 -66    
Keelin Mike     STS2(SS) 63 - 66    
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    
Kriehn Robert D Boulder Junction WI IC3(SS) 64 - 66    
LaPierre David J.   WA STS3(SS) 64 - 66    
Loflin Dennis   64 - 65    
Mahany Vince T "Mac" New Goucester ME IC3(SS) 64 - 66    
Mahony Terrence Michael "Terry" Seattle WA LT 64 - 65   Ops & Navigator
Markwell Gary Wayne Brocton IL TM3(SS) 64 - 66    
Mattox Edward J. "Josh" Burnsville MN TM3(SS) 64    
Mellin Charles YN3(SS) 64    
Michaels William L "Bill" Dallas TX TM3(SS) 64 - 67    
Miller, Jr. Joe Sacramento CA EN2(SS) 64 - 65    
Murphy Richard J "Murf" Clearwater FL MM1(SS) 62 - 64    
O'Meally, Jr. Arthur "Art" North Charleston NC RM1(SS) 64 5 October 2016  
Provins Robert G "Bob" Santee CA STS3(SS) 63 - 65 11 January 2003  
Ramirez Rick     STS3(SS) 64 - 65 1966  
Ratliff Reagan S Rolling Meadows IL FTG2(SS) 63 - 66    
Scarlett John Anita IA   64 - 65    
Schmidt William R Bothell WA EMCS(SS) 63 - 64 27 October 2006  
Shook Ron St. Petersburg FL   64 - 66    
Smith Peter B North Conway NH ETR3(SS) 63 - 65    
Sorg Bobby STS2(SS) 64 - 66    
Spielman Gerald "Jerry" Yellville AK EN1(SS) 60 - 66 30 December 2015 Left Cusk in 1966 after volunteering to serve ashore in Vietnam.
Stills Charlie New Virginia IA   64 - 65    
Swift, Jr. Charles Justin Yacolt WA LT 61 - 65    
Tattersall Joseph F Fairfield CA TM1(SS) 64 - 65    
Terney Edward Clinton Omak WA YN1(SS) 63 - 64    
Thompson Ronald L     SN(SS) 63 - 64    
Tweter George A Port Orchard WA EMC(SS) 64    
Vogel Frank J Pittsburgh KS IC3(SS) 63 - 66 6 January 2012  
Von Christierson William Walde     LCDR 64 - 66 15 November 2015 12th Captain of the Cusk
Wagstaff Richard B "Rick" Pine Grove CA QM3(SS) 64 - 66    
Weisensee William J. "Guber" LT 64 - 67   Retired as the highest ranking LDO in Navy history.
Weller Dennis Costa Rica   STSSN(SS) 63 - 64    
Willis Roy West Palm Beach FL EN2(SS) 64 - 66    
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 1964 (or any year), please contact the Cusk Webmaster. Thanks!


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This page was last updated: 11/17/16