CREDITS AND RECOGNITION
I HAVE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE TO THANK FOR
THE CREATION OF THIS WEB SITE:
Ron Martini of Sheridan, Wyoming, Webmaster of the Submarine
World Network, also provides an online bulletin board: Rontini's
Submarine BBS. The BBS is intended for Submariners, as well
as others, to post messages. The Creation of this Web Site is the direct
result of two messages posted on the BBS, which were:
Posted by Thumper on March 26, 1997:
I was able to watch the cutting up of the Menhaden in Everett, Wash.,
a few years ago. . . . I hung onto a few small artifacts. Contact me if
you are interested in any of them.
Re: USS Menhaden Artifacts
Posted by Carl Callender, LCDR, USN (Ret.) on April 18, 1997:
In Reply to: Menhaden Artifacts posted by Thumper on March 26, 1997:
While I do not have any MENHADEN artifacts, I would like to offer an
interesting note concerning that boat. While serving as the last CO of
NAVCOMMUNIT Marquette at K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI, I often had lunch with the
1st CO of MENHADEN, Capt. Dave McClintock, who still lives in Marquette,
MI. At our last lunch in April of 1993 at the officer's club at K.I., I
gave him a clipping from the Bremerton (WA) SUN that detailed the "last
cruise" of the MENHADEN when it was taken from SUBASE Bangor over to a
shipyard in Seattle for scrapping. Well into his 80's now, he's one of
the last WW II submarine heroes!
I read that message with stunned amazement! It seemed almost
unbelievable! I looked up his phone number, then called Captain Dave McClintock
and talked with him for over an hour. In that time, he briefly told me
the story of the USS Darter, Dace and Menhaden. When I mentioned that I
had served aboard the Menhaden from 1961 to 1963, he said that during that
time period, he was the Commander of Submarine Flotilla One in San Diego
-- the same Flotilla to which the Menhaden was attached!
Captain Dave McClintock also told me about the Darter, Dace
and Menhaden Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October of 1997, and gave
me the name, address and phone number of the person who was coordinating
it. When Captain McClintock told me that he would be attending the Reunion,
I said that I, too, would be there to meet him.
Less than six months later, when I went to the Reunion in Las
Vegas, it was really enjoyable to meet and talk with not only Captain Dave
McClintock, but also with many of the other men from the USS Darter and
Dace who had actually participated in the events depicted on these pages,
as well as the post-war crew members of the USS Menhaden.
If it had not been for Ron Martini and his BBS, and the messages
posted on it by Tom "Thumper" DeBartolo and Carl Callender, all of that
would not have happened! Thank you, Ron, Thumper and Carl!
My brother, John "Shotgun
Jack" Carpenter, Webmaster of Shotgun
Jack's Home Page, in January of 1998, taught me the "Basics"
of how to create this Web Site, using Netscape Communicator 4.03 Page Composer.
The lessons consisted of: 1) here is how to create a Web Page; 2) this
is how to put an image on the Web Page; and, finally, 3) this is how to
link one Web Page to another, or to another Web Site. From that simple
beginning of two Pages and three Menhaden images, this Web Site has grown
"much larger" than I had ever anticipated at the time! I'm not sure that
I should be grateful to him or not, because he didn't tell me that I would
never be finished with it! Well? . . . Okay! . . . Thank you, Bro!
Some of the information on this Site was gleaned from a book
written by a former crew member of the USS Menhaden, John Mansfield, Jr.,
RM2(SS), 1963 to 1965, which is entitled: "Cruisers
for Breakfast." The book -- liberally interspersed with comments
from the crew members -- is a detailed account of the War Patrols of the
USS Darter (SS-227) and the USS Dace (SS-247), including the events which
led to the Darter's crew getting a brand new submarine, the Menhaden. John
was kind enough to loan me all of the photos in his book so that they could
be included on this Web Site. Thank you, John!
My good friend, Jim "Texas
Jim" Kelley, Webmaster of the Special
Forces List Teamhouse, spent many countless hours scanning John
Mansfield's photos for the initial images used on this Web Site. Thank
Other information for this Site was extracted from Theodore
Roscoe's book, "Pig Boats." Copyright, 1949 and 1958 by the United States
Naval Institute. (Originally published under the title: United States Submarine
Operations in World War II)
Some further information for this Site, as well as photos and/or
images, were provided by former USS Darter, Dace and Menhaden crew members.
Thanks, all of you!
After finding out from John Reilly, Chief Archivist, that brief
summaries of the Menhaden's history were on file at the Naval Historical
Center in Washington, D.C., I contacted Arizona Senator John McCain's Staff
in January, 2000. I was sent the information that I needed to complete
the Menhaden's history in time for the United States Submarine Force Centennial
on April 11th, 2000. Thank you, Senator John McCain and your Staff!
Kid," I haven't forgotten you! Robin "The Brat" Ator, aka "Daisey
Duke," Webmaster of Daisey Dukes's Military Tribute
Page, made all of the "push buttons" for this Web Site! Thank you,
On June 15th, 2001, my five-year old "dinosaur" computer "crashed"
for the final time! A month and a half later, I managed to send an e-mail
message from a remote location, Bookman's Cyber Cafe, which had a connection
to Infomagic, stating: "Please inform everyone that my computer has "crashed"
and I can't afford to buy a new one right now. Although the Web Site is
still up and running, I am no longer able to edit it."
Within days of receiving that message, unknown to me at the
time, several former Menhaden crew members began to organize a campaign
to collect donations to buy me a new computer. John Mansfield, Editor and
Publisher of the "Scuttlebutt," the newsletter for all former USS Darter,
Dace and Menhaden crew members, even published a "Special Edition" of the
newsletter in August, informing everyone of my situation.
Two months later, in early October, I received a letter from
John Mansfield, stating: "On behalf of all of your shipmates and friends
in the Darter, Dace and Menhaden group, I am very proud to enclose this
check in the amount of $1,200 in hopes that it will allow you to get the
necessary equipment to get back into business with the Web Site, photos,
crew lists, etc." The Contributors to the "Grog" Computer Fund included:
Werner and Irene Alchenberger (Darter/Menhaden)
Floyd Angus (Darter/Menhaden)
Bladen D. and Poppy Claggett (Dace)
Jim and Marilyn Clepper (Darter/Menhaden)
Bob and Marcia Frier (Menhaden)
Douglas Guerrero (Menhaden)
Les and Nancy Guille (Menhaden)
Wilma James, widow of T.R. James (Darter/Menhaden)
Ira King (Darter/Menhaden)
Henry and Rita Krautter (Dace)
John and Lori Mansfield, Jr. (Menhaden)
David H. McClintock, Jr., son of Captain David H. McClintock
Don and Marquita Miller (Darter/Menhaden)
Charles and Shirley Robinson (Dace)
Bill Stokes (Darter/Menhaden)
Robert and Dorothea Toner (Darter)
Walter and Mary Welch (Dace)
Tad and Carol Whitehead (Menhaden)
Anonymous Members of the McClintock Recognition Committee, Marquette
Maritime Museum, Marquette, Michigan, the hometown of Captain David H.
Grog, "Da Neanderthal 'Pooter Geek," happily whacking on the
keyboard of his brand new "state-of-the-art, high-tech, whiz-bang" computer!
Hopefully, I will now be able to edit and maintain this Web Site for many
more years to come. Thank you, all of the Contributors to the "Grog" Computer