USS GROWLER (SS 215)

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...But the submariners! in the entire fleet they stand apart! ~ James Michener, Author

LOST WITH ALL HANDS - 08 NOV 1944

MINSY - Boats Under Construction
 
Welcome to the Cold War Boats Association!

The Association exists for three specific reasons:

    • Assisting shipmates from years ago in reconnecting, simply, easily, and without compromising their privacy,
    • Preserving the unclassified history of Cold War submarine crews and their boats in the form of photographs, stories, artifacts, and audio or video recordings, and
    • Honoring the sailors and families who sacrificed so much to help bring an end to the Cold War.

This is the future home of the Cold War Boats Association website for a specific boat. Someday in the not too distant future, this will be a place for everyone who ever served on her. You'll be able register, allowing you secure access to a family of shipmates that served in one of the most rigorous assignments in the United States military, the Submarine Service. 

Here you will be able to reconnect with shipmates who, like yourself, will have already registered with the Association, allowing you to reach out and connect without revealing any more personal info than you choose. This isn't Facebook, we respect your privacy here, and we have designed Cold War Boats so that shipmates and friends can contact you without revealing your email, phone numbers, street address, and anything else you choose to keep private.

One day, you'll find a huge collection of photographs from back in the day, dozens of sea stories, actual copies of ships documents like Personnel Diaries and Deck Logs, as well as forums for talking about the things you want to talk about, reinforcing the bond you built with a few other sailors who also earned their dolphins, reserving a place in this community and the living history that is Cold War Boats.

Like a combat submarine being constructed in a shipyard, it doesn't happen overnight! There is a lot of work to get from a slab of hull metal laid down for the keel to an operational boat on mission. The same is true of this site, and it will be evolving continuously. To see an example of what this site might look like, check out the USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) website here. This is what the future will look like!

So what does this mean for you? 

One, you'll have to be patient. It's going to take time and energy.

Two, you'll have to register - if you don't, you won't be counted as an active member, and there may be shipmates that would like to reconnect.

Three, you can help us out photos and stories. Contact the admin to contribute.

Four, you can volunteer. We need Site Leads for each boat. No experience required, your responsibiities are limited to content - photos and articles and members - locating and registration. We do all the hard work of of managing the website behind the scenes - you don't have to know anything about how websites work! (We prefer, but do not require, Site Leads that served on the boat or boats they manage.)

Five, subscribe! Membership, and access necessary to reconnect will always be free, but there is a cost to maintaining the Cold War Boats Association and the website you're viewing right now. Your subscription or one-time contribution is vitally necessary to continue this service, enabling us in:

    • Assisting shipmates from years ago in reconnecting, simply, easily, and without compromising their privacy,
    • Preserving the unclassified history of Cold War submarine crews and their boats in the form of photographs, stories, artifacts, and audio or video recordings, and
    • Honoring the sailors and families who sacrificed so much to help bring an end to the Cold War.

In the meantime, grab a cup of joe, visit the Bates site, and learn your way around. 

We are pleased to have you here!

 

Cold War Boats Association needs your help!

PHOTOGRAPHS: We need photos of your boat and crew. Photos of the boat specifically, in port or at sea, inside or out, with or without crew members. 

Images should be: 

    • Original (you took the photo, or public domain)
    • Digital - if prints or slides, contact the Ship's Photographer - we will scan them and return them unharmed, and pay for shipping both ways.
    • High resolution - 2000 x 1100 minimum for slideshows
    • Uncorrected - we will color-correct and eliminate dust and scratches using our photo editors.

SITE LEADS: No experience necessary - you are not responsible for the website template and coding, no knowledge of computer programming required.

Responsibilities include:

    • Managing content - articles, photo galleries, soliciting and uploading sea stories, etc.
    • Registering shipmates, vetting registrations, locating missing shipmates
    • Posting reunion information
    • Preparing your ship's newsletter

Please contact the Chief Archivist at chiefarchivist@coldwarboats.org if you have photographs to submit or the Fleet Detailer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to learn more about the responsibilities of the  site manager for your specific boat.

Let us know you were here!

The fact that you are reading this means that the USS Growler (SS 215) website has not yet been commissioned, and is still on the ways.

The Cold War Boats Association has an enormous task ahead - developing the websites for each of nearly 400 submarines that served during the Cold War. You can help us enormously by letting us know that you have seen this page, so we can prioritize which boat's website should be completed next.

As a side benefit, your comment will encourage others who visit here to do the same, which encourages us to complete this boat's website sooner rather than later.

All you have to do is leave a comment, by clicking the Comments link below. A simple comment like "I was here!" is sufficient, though we certainly want to hear any feedback you have.

If you have feedback that you would like to provide privately, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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