Andrew N. Urbanc, Captain(MC) - Passed away May 20, 2001 in Fallbrook, California. Born: May 4, 1926.
Nickname: "Andy" & "Doc" Gold Crew Plank Owner. Medical Officer. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1965. Doctor Urbanc is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Urbanc of Fallbrook, a
son and daughter-in-law Steven and Maeve Urbanc of Durango, Colorado, a daughter
and son-in-la Susan and Michael Flynn of Herald Harbor, Maryland and granddaughter
Anna Urbance of Durango. Career History: Doc Urbanc was aboard the Grant from commissioning through
the Panama Canal on New Years Eve of 1964 and into port in Hawaii, where the Blue
Crew took over the boat. He was then transferred to the USS Ben Franklin, which was
under construction. He was a member of the commissioning crew of the Franklin and
made one patrol aboard her. Doc Urbanc was then reassigned to Subron Sixteen as the
Medical Officer in Rota, Spain for two years. He then returned to the states and took a residency in Dermatology and practiced at Camp Pendleton for the next 10
years. He then retired from the military as a Captain, Medical Corps, and opened his
own private practice in Fallbrook, California. In January of 1990, he 'retired from
everything' (his words), and had been working with some researchers on Gulf
War illnesses. Memories: The Doc had been searching for a submariner who was a crewman on the
ill-fated. Scorpion when he was the SUBRON 16 Medical Officer in Rota aboard the
tender Canopus. Dr. Urbanc had examined the crewman in May of 1968 and decided
he should stay with the medical unit on the tender for a few days. Arrangements were
then made for the crewman to fly home on one of the many Polaris Crew flights
that came to and from Rota for change of command. This Scorpion crewman
was spared from the tragedy of the Scorpion. Anyone who ever met Doctor
Andrew Urbanc would not soon forget him. He was a very pleasant person, easy going, liked to chat with crewmembers, had a good sense of humor and most of all
- - was a darn good Doctor. He will be remembered by many for the good man he was.
James Thomas Valentine, MT2(SS) - Passed away December 9, 2009 in New Albin, Iowa
due to an overdose of prescription drugs.
Dates Aboard: 1979 to 1982.
George C. Vanicek, ENC(SS) - Passed away November 15, 2005 in Murrieta, California. Born: Oct 20, 1937. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1967.
Willliam Herbert Vickers, ETCA(SS) - Passed away 15 July 1988 in Hanford, California. Born: June 2, 1931. Blue Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1965. Survived by wife Carol. Career History: Achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer, ETCS(SS).
Gary L. Wagner, ET1(SS) - Passed away May 26, 1996 in Houston, Texas. Born: Apr 23, 1953. Blue Crew Plank Owner Dates Aboard: 10/63 to 04/66. Gary is survived by his wife, Mary J. Wagner, a son Erich J. Wagner and his
wife Sharon, a son Kurtis M. Wagner and his wife Ruth, a daughter Andrea J. Wagner
and two grandchildren, Alex and Austin, sons of Erich and Sharon. Career History: Gary graduated from Submarine School in Groton in 1958,
attended "B" school at Treasure Island, CA and Navdac Tech School in Dam Neck,
VA. Gary served on the USS Cavalla (SS244) from 1958-60, the USS
Seawolf (SSN575) from 1960-61. Gary worked at N.C National Bank in Charlotte, NC after leaving the service in 1966. In October of 1967,
he went to Houston to work for Lockheed Electronics at NASA. Gary founded
Computer Extension Systems Inc. (CESI) in Houston in 1977. The company is still owned by his wife
Mary and his son, Kurt, who is now President of the firm. Memories: Gary loved to sail on his Catalina 30 sailboat and camp in the East
Texas Piney Woods. His wife Mary remembers Gary's excitement about the
First Patrol out of Pearl Harbor in January of 1965. They enjoyed spending time
at Sunset Beach at their home during the three month R&R's. Gary loved
having his "Guys" over to cookout and relax. Many of them were single and needed
some place to go besides Honolulu. Gary was a good husband, father and
shipmate. Although we will miss him, he will always be in our memories.
Guy J. Wakefield, MT2(SS) - Passed away December 13, 2014 in Danielson, Connecticiut. Born: Jul 18, 1955. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1982 to 1983. Survived by son Glen. Buried at High Street Cemetery, Dayville, Connecticut.
Robert G. Wallace, LT(MC) – Died 1968 of an overdose in Hawaii. Gold Crew
Dates Aboard: 1968
Calvin O. Walton, TM1(SS) - Passed away Sept 13, 1997 in Charlotteville, Virginia. Born: May 1 1931. Nickname: "Wally" Gold Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 01/64 to 07/66. Survived by wife Arlene, three children, Pamela, Cindy and Kevin, and nine
grandchildren. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia with full military honors. Career History: Served aboard USS Wasp (CV18), three diesel boats, the Tench, the
Sea Robin and the Sea Leopard and three FBM's, Thomas Edison, Ulysses S. Grant and
the Henry L.Stimson. He was sworn in as TMC(SS) Walton upon reporting to
the Stimson. Served as an Instructor at Submarine School in Groton, CT. He retired
from Navy after 20 years on Sept 8, 1969. Wally was employed at Electric Boat in
Groton for 22 years as a Test Operator Engineer. He spent the last two and one-hal
years of employment at Vickers Shipyard in England as a consultant to the Royal Navy
Trident Program. Memories: Calvin "Wally" Walton loved his family and his fellow submariners. He
was a good husband and father and had a positive impact on all he touched. We will all miss this wonderful man.
Rick Lee Wampole – Passed away on September 17, 2015 at the Luther Mayo Hospital
in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Born: January 18, 1949 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Dates Aboard: Unknown
Survived by wife Sandy; sons Shane, Eric, and Dean; parents John and Virginia Vitek;
Stepdaughters Tammy McDonald, Lisa Lutz and Stacey Hessel; 15 grandchildren;
brother Gary; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Preceded in death by brother Craig Viteks; stepson T.J. Drabek; grandparents; the
Balmers and Viteks; and mother of his sons, Judy Wampole.
Buried in the dual veterans section of the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward Wisconsin.
Military honors were accorded by the U.S. Navy Honors Program and the Hayward
American Legion Post 218.
Career History: Joined the Navy on November 8, 1967. Served on the USS
Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB42), then the USS Kamehameha (SSBN642)and USS
Ulysses S. Grant(SSBN631). Rick was honorably discharged from the Navy and
became a police officer, serving in Eau Claire and the state of Connecticut. He returned
to Eau Claire and began work as an Army National recruiter and served from 1963 to
1991 and retired from the Army as a Staff Sargent. In his time in service with the Navy
and Army he had earned both the Army and Navy Good Conduct Medals, National
Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Meritorious Unit
Commendation, SSBN Deterrent Patrol Pin with one silver star and four bronzes stars,
ASW A Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional
Development ribbon, and Expert M-16 Badge. After he retired from the Army he returned to Hayward, where he became president of the Veterans Association, an active
Member of the American Legion and a regular on the Veterans Military Honor Guard
for military funeral services. On May 3, 1996 Rick was joined in marriage to Sandy
Drabek. In his spare time he liked to hunt, fist and paint. He loved cooking and would
cater out of the Veterans Center. He also enjoyed feeding the Hayward football team
before a game. He will be remembered for his funny shirts, stupid jokes and his
playfulness with his grandchildren.
Russell Schmelling Washington, ICC(SS) - Passed away October 15, 2008 in Albany,
Georgia. Born: May 10, 1937. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1967.
George Eugene Watson, MMCM(SS) - Passed away December 29, 2007 in San Marcos,
California. Born: May 26, 1931. Nickname: "Gene". Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 12/65 to 07/68. Survived by his wife Mary and sons George and Robert Watson. Career History: Retired as a Warrant Officer in 1973. Served on USS St. Clair
County (LST 1096) and the USS Paul Revere. Graduated Nuclear Power
Training School in 1961 and then served on USS Tinosa (SSN606) and USS U.S. Grant
(SSBN631). Received the Navy Achievement Medal Meritorious Unit Commendation
while serving on the Grant. After retirement, he worked for SDG&E for 20 years at
the Encina Power Plant as a Shift Supervisor. He retired in 1994. He was an avid
bowler and bowled a perfect 300 game in 2000. Gene enjoyed playing cards and
vacationing with his family in Hawaii. His leadership and loyalty to his shipmates are
remembered by all.
Douglas A. Watts, FN(SS) - Passed away September 2, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born: Nov 4, 1945. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1967. Career History: Retired as SGT in US Air Force.
Willie Waugh, SD1(SS) - Passed away September 10, 1993 in Calverton, New York. Born: Nov 8, 1927. Blue Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 1964.
Francis E. Weed, QM2(SS) - Passed away July 24, 1996 in Belton, South Carolina. Born: June 26, 1939. Gold Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 1964 to 1965. Buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in North Sedgwick, Maine.
James Roy Wehner, LCDR - Passed away May 25, 1977 in Utah. Born: May 16, 1935. Blue Crew Plank Owner. Operations Officer. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1965. Survived by his wife Joann and daughters Victoria and Janice. Buried at Garland Cemetery in Garland, Utah. Career History: Retired as LCDR. Also served on USS Chopper in Key West.
Norman E. Welandt, CS2(SS) - Passed away December 17, 2007 in Spokane, Washington. Born: Apr 12, 1941. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1968. Career History: Retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer CSCS(SS).
Richard T. Welzant, EN2(SS) - Passed away April 23, 2002 in Preston, Connecticut. Born: Mar 9, 1937. Nickname: "Weasel". Gold Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1966. Survived by wife Caroline and son Richard Jr. Career History: Achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, MMC(SS).
Robert J. Whalen, MMC(SS) – Passed away January 24, 2015 in Ord, NE
Dates Aboard: 1968-79 Blue and Gold crew
Career History: He was raised in the Davis Creek area in Valley County and
graduated from North Loup Scotia High School. Shortly after high school he entered
the United State Navy and served on a nuclear submarine. He retired from the Navy
after 26 years of service as MMCM(SS).
Thomas E Witherow, SN(SU) - Passed away March 30 2016 in San Diego, CA
years and was honorably discharged in 1975. He was a Draftsman (DM) Second Class
Petty Officer and was also a Vietnam veteran. After discharge, he was active in the
National Guard. He graduated from the Police Academy in 1982 and was
commissioned as a police officer. He was employed at Shippensburg University until
retirement in 2005.
George Herbert Wilcox Jr., RM2(SS) - Passed away August 22, 2000 in Charleston, South
Carolina. Born: May 29, 1948. Blue Crew. Dates Aboard: 1970 to 1974. Buried at Whispering Pines Memorial Gardens, Strawberry, South Carolina. Career History: Retired from Navy in 1992 as Master Chief - RMCM(SS).
Richard Allen Wilkins, Ensign - Passed away December 7, 2010 in Providence, Rhode
Born: April 18, 1944.
Dates Aboard: 1980.
Survived by wife Jane and daughter Kellie.
Buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, Connecticut.
Career History: Retired from the Navy in 1984 with the rank of Lieutenant.
Danny George Williams, STS3(SS) - Passed away May 28, 2000 in Seattle, Washington. Born: January 21, 1946. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1967 to 1968 (3 patrols). Career History: Served aboard the USS U.S. Grant and the USS Queenfish
Jospeh Paul Williams, RM1(SS) - Passed away August 8, 1969 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Born: Apr 7, 1941. Blue Crew Plank Owner.
Dates Aboard: 1964 to 1965. Buried at Pawtuxet Memorial Park in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Garfield S. Wilson, FT1(SS) - Passed away October 17, 2009 in Homer, Michigan.
Born: July 24, 1935 in Canada. Blue Crew.
Dates Aboard: 1969 to 1972. Survived by his wife Sharon, three sons and two daughters. Career History: Served in the U.S. Army, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve
Aboard Nuclear Submarines. Retired as FTC(SS). After the military, Garfield worked
for 24 yearsas a Tool and Dye maker.
Robert James Wilson Sr., FTB1(SS) - Passed away August 30, 1014 in Goose Creek, South
Born: Mar 12, 1951. Nickname: "Bob".
Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1970 to 1974. Survived by wife Joyce, daughters Elizabeth, Angie, Julie and sons Robert Jr. and
Adam. Buried at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Strawberry, South Carolina.
Neal Edward Winn, LT (MO) - Passed away May 09, 2010 in Kailua, Hawaii.
Born: Aug 08, 1938. Gold Crew. Medical Officer. Dates Aboard: 1965 to 1966. Survived by his sons Michael and Christopher.
Herbert Hoover Wise Jr., MS3(SS) - Passed away December 23, 2009 in Lompoc,
Born: May 21, 1951.
Dates Aboard: 1974 to 1978. Survived by his son Michael and Goddaughter Lisa.
Buried with full military honors at Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery in Lompoc, California.
Earl Renaud Thaddeus Wolf, YN3(SS) - Passed away January 19, 2011 in Charleston,
South Carolina. Born: Sep 15 1950. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1972 to 1973. Survived by his wife Deboarh and 2 sons, James William Patrick Wolf and Stepehn Joseph Wolf. Buried at Carolina Memorial Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.
Donald William Wolfe, ET1(SS) - Passed away April 3, 2016 in Grand Junction, CO
Born: March 21, 1944 in Hadley, Mercer Co, PA
Dates Aboard: 1965-69, Blue crew
Career History: Bill graduated from Commodore Perry Joint Area School In 1962, and
entered the U.S. Navy where he served as a Reactor Technician on nuclear submarines
until 1968. He then earned a BS degree from University of Colorado. He worked for
various insurance and investment firms throughout his career.
David Michael Woodall, MT2(SS) - Passed away January 18, 2000 in Franklin, North
Carolina. Born: Apr 13, 1954. Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1974. Survived by wife Lizbeth, daughters Hilary, Tiffany, Darylyn, Jessalyn and sons Justin and Cressler.
Ashes interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Career History: Achieved rank of Chief Petty Officer, MTC(SS). Kenneth Henry Wright, MTC(SS) – Passed away October 7, 2015 in Mystic Connecticut
after a waging and valiant battle with cancer.
Born: 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio Gold Crew. Dates Aboard: 1984 to 1986. Survived by wife Cynthia; sons Will and Ken; siblings Bobby, Karen, William, and
John; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Buried at Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic Connecticut with full military honors.
Career History: Joined the Navy in 1970 and served aboard the USS Henry Clay
(SSBN625), USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN618), USS Nevada (733), USS Ulysses S.
Grant (SSBN631) and USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN617). He retired from the Navy
in 1991 as a Chief Petty Officer. After retirement he was employed at Foxwoods
Casino as a floor supervisor until his retirement in April 2014.
Howard G. Wurzbacher, MT1(SS) - Passed away May 30, 2001 in Greensburg,
Pennsylvania. Born: Oct 23, 1928. Nickname: “Wurz”. Blue Crew Plank Owner. Lead Missile Tech on Blue Commissiong Crew. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1966. Survived by wife Alice, four children, Howard G. Jr., Cindy, Karren Banyas, Amand
Barne and eight grandchildren. Career History: Howard was born October 23, 1928 in Duquesne, PA, son of Robert and Johanna Wurzbacher. He served 22 years in the Navy and retired as a Chief Petty
Officer. After his naval service, he worked for Bell Telephone Company for nineteen
years. Howard was an excellent leader and admired by all his shipmates.
Walter Robert Yoho, TM1(SS) - Passed away September 1, 1997 in Oregon. Born: July 18, 1939. Gold Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1965. Career History: Retired as Chief Torpedoman, TMC(SS). Buried at LaPine Cemetery in LaPine, Oregon.
Donald Frank Zimmerman, HMC(SS) - Passed away June 22, 2009 in Goldsboro, North
Carolina. Born: Aug 10 1930. Nickname: "Doc". Blue Crew Plank Owner. Dates Aboard: 1963 to 1966. Survived by wife Rose and three children, Donna, Gerald and Samuel and their
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