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In the meantime, the smoking lamp is lit, so grab a cup of joe and relax as you wander around and experience what it was like to serve on one of the most sophisticated submarines dedicated to bringing an end to the Cold War.
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Brad Williamson - Lead Administrator
Good TimesCarl Pate was the breakout cook who burnt water! Strong as an ox!
The Billy B was my first boat and I have to admit the best since the crew was beyond awesome! I served with great men in A Division and learned much! Five years on the Billy B and I am proud of every year!
I want to catch up with as many people as I can! I have found only Tom O'Donnell.
I still have the Power and Light Company patch!
Too many things to put on here and yet I remember the great times we had as a crew, the Med run was great and as I tell many people after 20 years of serving on or working on a submarine.
What I miss are the friends I made and the places I went to see!
What I do not miss is going to sea or patrol on the many boats yet the Billy B stands out because we went to sea all the time it seemed actually! Especially with Commander Houley (Can not remember how to spell his name) the second commanding officer of the USS William H. Bates (SSN-680).
I still have my first pin put away safe!
I hope to hear from my friends who served on-board what we were told many times was the best submarine on the east coast and then not longer after that we were sent to the west coast! Go figure!
Well until I write again!
Dawg YearsDawg is calling all SSN-680 shipmates who helped make my 3+ years on the Bouncing Billy awesome and unforgettable.
I miss EACH & EVERY ONE of you!
Thanks for your service and your friendship!
Crew MemberHi there,
I was stationed on the Bates in Pearl Harbor from 1994 to 1996 as the Bull Nuke.
Our DocIt is great to see Doc Whitesel on here at last. He took care of us all. Welcome Doc!
Bubbles?Does anyone know what happened/or where "Bubbles" (Benny Dinnell) is? He was a cook 80-84. Ollie
BennyBenny and I were connected on Facebook for years, then he became a monk (literally) and left FB. He was still in Red Bluff /Sacramento area.
It would be awesome to see you John Mark. Come to the reunion next year!
Cooks on the BatesJohn, That cook's name was probably named Talley. His cooking was mediocre at best. The other one at that time was Carl Pate. He was a terrible cook! Those were good times. The crew was awesome.
SPECOP RiderExcellent site! The Bates was my first SPECOPS mission in NOV74-JAN75. The Crew was excellent! The chow (all us Rider's loved to eat) was great except for one meal when the Cook (I don't remember his name but he was a PO2) that cooked El Rancho Liver I believe. It was terrible and everyone on the Boat let him know.
2009 ReunionFolks; It was great seeing all of you, even if I didn't serve with most of you (and the rest of you had a hard time remembering). It was a great time and I look forward to the next "Regroupex". Take care all ... Michael Wickstrom
Submarines Once Submarines Twice...Holy Jumping...Brad, The Lord Blesses You! You may not remember me, however I do remember you. I was a QM on the Bates for 1 year.
I have very great memories of you and your crew. I remember that you displayed the kindness of the Lord.
This web page is very nice.
I still have a few pictures, one of which was the Hump Day middle of the deployment when we all dressed up for a surf & turf dinner!!
Last year I did see a profile for CMDR Bienhoff at navylog.org. (from the lone sailor at navymemorial.org) I would like to tell him thank you someday.
I trust that you are well and still walking by faith in Jesus Christ.