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The USS Cusk made history as the world's first missile submarine on February 12, 1947 when she successfully launched a Navy "Loon" missile near Point Mugu, California.  With that launch, the Cusk became the forerunner of all ballistic and cruise missile carrying submarines.  The Loon was essentially a recycled German V1 "Buzz Bomb" from World War II.  A few years later, the Cusk again made history when she launched another Loon and then submerged and tracked it for 105 miles.

Welcome to the homepage of the USS Cusk (SS-348, SSG-348, SS-348 and AGSS-348).  In her 24 years of service, the Cusk served in three wars, made submarine and US Navy history many times, and never once failed a single mission.  Those of us who sailed this great ship are very proud to be a part of her history.

 

"Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners."  - Sir Winston Churchill

 

See the bottom of this page for Cusk Crewmembers recently departed on Eternal Patrol.

Additional information, pictures and obituaries may be found on the "Eternal Patrol" page.

 

LATEST AND PREVIOUS REUNION NEWSLETTERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AND DOWNLOAD!  CLICK HERE for the "Newsletter" PAGE

FREE!   USS Cusk Dive Ringtone.  Click here for your copy

SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THE CUSK

Listen to actual recordings of the Cusk diving, going to 150', conversing over the underwater telephone (UQC-8), returning to 100', setting Condition Baker", returning to periscope depth, and surfacing.

"Clear the Bridge, clear the Bridge"

Dive!  Dive!

Listen as XO Tommy Sawyer commands the Cusk to submerge.  Quartermaster Lee Krabill counts out the men coming down from the bridge and engineering officer John Troutman closes the hatch and reports, "Last man down, Sir!"

WHAT'S THE MOST LOVED SOUND ON A SUBMARINE?

Prepare to Surface

Click on buttons to hear the sounds, or visit the "Sounds & Video" page for more

Start making plans for the

USS Cusk 2016 Reunion

Cocoa Beach, Florida

May 17 to 22, 2016

 

Visit the "Reunions" page for more information on 2014 and other Cusk reunions

 

Pictures from the 2014 Cusk Reunion coming soon!

 

THE MOVIE ABOUT THE CUSK

"The Flying Missile"

This movie was made about the USS Cusk in 1950 starring Glenn Ford and Viveca Lindfors.  Ford plays the fictitious Commander Talbot, a submarine captain who was determined to show that missiles could be launched from submarines. 

This movie uses actual film footage from some of he Cusk's early missile launches, as well as footage of launches from the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the USS Carbonero (SS-337).  These missile launches took place off-shore of the Point Mugu, California test site where the Cusk also made her famous first launch.

 

Visit the "1950" page for more information

Togetherness is an overworked term, but in no other branch of our military service is it given such full meaning as in the so-called “Silent Service.”  - Dr. Joyce Brothers

Cusk Makes National News!

Parade Magazine article about the Cusk

 January 11, 1953 - the article was about the Navy's new long range weapon system.  Few imagined that this would be the birth of today's Trident ballistic, and Tomahawk cruise missile submarine weapon systems.

Visit the "1953" page for more recordings and footage

"Down the Ways"

The USS Cusk is launched, July 28, 1945

The Cusk slides down the ways at Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut

Visit the "1945" page for more pictures & information

HOT, STRAIGHT, AND NORMAL

This picture was taken May 5, 1953 as the Cusk fired an exercise torpedo at the USS McDermott, DD-677.  A small arrow can be seen on the left center of the picture showing the location of the nose of the torpedo - clearly, a solid hit amidships had this been a warshot torpedo fired at an enemy ship.

Visit the "1953" page for more pictures & information

OKINAWA 40 YEARS LATER

Remember White Beach?

The club on the hill?

The old wooden pier?

Those strange rock formations?

Click here on "Okinawa" to see more pictures

USS Cusk Service Medals

The USS Cusk was one of only four submarines to earn the Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation for Meritorious Gallantry.  This medal was awarded to the crew of the Cusk during one of her most daring surveillance and reconnaissance missions during which she was detected and pursued by enemy destroyers.  The entire mission was actually conducted completely outside Vietnamese territorial waters.

Republic of Vietnam

Meritorious Unit Citation for Gallantry

Visit the "Cusk Patches" page for more information

Cusk Sinks the USS Constellation

During an exercise off the coast of Long Beach, California, the Cusk penetrated a screen of three U.S. Frigates, anti-submarine helicopters, and anti-submarine P3 Orion aircraft to "sink" the USS Constellation, CVA-64 as she emerged from Long Beach.

Connie Down

A U.S. Navy helicopter can be seen through the Cusk's #1 periscope as it dips a sonar buoy in the water and searches in vain for the Cusk.  In the background, a Navy frigate, the USS William H. Standley, DLG-32, is blasting away with its SQS-25 sonar while trying to find the Cusk.  Minutes later, an attack approach was made on the USS Constellation (CV-64), a solution was obtained, the Cusk simulated firing a spread of torpedoes, and then launched a symbolic flare and "Black Smoke" from the Cusk's After Torpedo Room.  A brief message was also broadcast over the UQC-8 underwater telephone advising the task force that their screen had been penetrated, and the USS Constellation had been sunk.  (Boy, was the Admiral pissed about that!)

Click here on "Constellation" to see more pictures

LAST KNOWN PICTURE OF THE CUSK

Stripped and Mothballed at Hunter's Point April 30, 1971 - Cusk is first boat on left.  To the right of Cusk are the USS Rock (SS-274), USS Bashaw (SS-241), USS Spinax (SSR-489), USS Pomodon (SS-486), USS Medregal (SS-480), and USS Diodon (SS-349)

These dolphins, once you pin them on your chest, leave deep marks, right over your heart, long after the uniforms have been put away.” - Bud F. Turner ex-MT2(SS)

 

SubFlot1 News - 1968

Visit the "1968" page for more pictures & information

Remembering Yoko

Some 1967 memory jarring pictures of Yokosuka, Japan

Two skimmers walk past the "Brass Rail", a popular kicker bar in Yokosuka.

(Pictures courtesy of Rick Greer)

Anyone have a picture of the "Starlight Bar"?

Visit the "1967" page for more pictures & information

USS Cusk's artifacts, pictures and history...

On permanent display...

Actual Cusk artifacts, pictures and historical

data may be viewed firsthand in a permanent

display case located in the "Brevard Veteran's

Memorial Center and Military Museum" on

Merritt Island, Florida. 

Click here to visit the Museum's Website

"I saw the submariners, the way they stood aloof and silent, watching their pigboat with loving eyes. They are alone in the Navy. I admired the PT boys. And I often wondered how the aviators had the courage to go out day after day and I forgave their boasting. But the submariners! In the entire fleet they stand apart!” - James Michener

BOOM!!!

During a launch attempt on July 7, 1948, a Loon Missile exploded on deck.  When the smoke cleared, the Cusk had disappeared leaving witnesses on nearby Navy ships thinking that the Cusk had been sunk by the explosion.  Fortunately, the quick thinking Captain Fred Clarke had submerged the Cusk immediately to put out the fire and save the boat.

Visit the "1948" page for more pictures & information

 Sea Stories

What's the difference between a Fairy Tale and a Sea Story?

Easy - A Fairy Tale begins with, "Once upon a time...".  A Sea Story begins with, "This is no sh*%..."

AIR POWER - Norm Carkeek tells how the Cusk fanned the air with her screws.

What Grandpa did during the Cold War - Some great stories, reminiscing, and Cusk history by Billy Hrbacek

BUNK BAGS - Unique to submarines, these all purpose nylon bags were priceless.

THE SUB THAT SANK A TRAIN - The only ground operation against the Japanese motherland during WWII was carried out by crewmembers from the USS Barb including one who would later be COB on the Cusk.

THE PUPPY - Sam Lyons tells what to do with a puppy at sea when it's got to go.

PAINT JOB - Ken Van Hoy's innovative way to paint the deck in record time.

Home at Last

Cusk returns home from her last patrol

March, 1969, the "Reserve Pier" in San Diego - the Cusk is returning from her last Cold War and Vietnam War patrols.  The flag in the foreground is the in-port flag flying from the stern of either the USS Perch (SS-313) or the USS Razorback (SS-394), both of which were docked at the pier.  A Navy band played as friends and families waited on the pier.

Visit the "1969" page for more pictures & information

Merritt Island, Florida

"Where Dreams are Launched!"

Where is Merritt Island?

Answer: Where is Kennedy Space Center?

Click here to see live KSC WebCams

Includes views of Launch Pads, VAB, High Bay, etc.

(...and yes, as a matter of fact, I AM a rocket scientist.)

"Karaoke"

Where it all began...

Most people do not know that "Karaoke" was actually invented by USS Cusk crew members during a ship's party at Port Hueneme, California in 1956.  They are shown here singing Perry Como's "Hot Diggity".  The Cusk sailor sitting down smoking a cigarette is Clarence "Ed" Brenke.  He's holding up the words to the song on poster board.

Visit the "1956" page for more pictures & information

USS Cusk Museum Display

 

A scale replica of the Cusk complete with missile launcher and hanger is on permanent display along with the Cusk's depth gauge, and numerous patches, pins, lighters, news articles, letters, pictures, etc.

(Pictures of new cabinet coming soon)

 

 

GROTON, Conn. - The Submarine Escape Trainer was the base icon for more than 60 years. Looming over Lower Base, its tower is still a central figure in the base seal. Thousands of Sailors passed through it during their strenuous training to become submariners.

GROTON, Conn. - The Submarine Escape Trainer was the base icon for more than 60 years. Looming over Lower Base, its tower is still a central figure in the base seal. Thousands of Sailors passed through it during their strenuous training to become submariners.

Article from "The Dolphin" 4/2/09

Click on picture to see entire article

DIESEL SUBMARINE WEBSITES

USS Archerfish (SS-311)

USS Bang (SS385)

USS Cavalla (SS-244)

USS Cod (SS-224)

USS Grayback (SS-574)

USS Hawksbill (SS-366)

USS Menhaden (SS-377)

USS Raton (SS-270)

USS Rock (SS-274)

USS Sabalo (SS-302)

USS Sealion (SS-315)

USS Spinax (SS-489)

USS Torsk - Great color interior pictures of a boat that looks very much like the Cusk inside.

(Photo courtesy of Herman Stickland)

Cusk is shown submerging off the coast of Oahu, 1963.

Visit "1963"  for more recordings & footage

 

 

Help save this great boat that avenged Pearl Harbor in the Philippine Sea.

SUBMARINE WEBCAMS

Ledgelight Lighthouse - View of New London Harbor at the mouth of the Thames.  Watch submarines come and go from Electric Boat and the submarine base at New London

Silverdale & Hood Canal - Puget Sound - View of sound near the submarine base at Bangor, Washington.

Point Loma Submarine Base - View from camera at Cabrillo National Monument on top of Point Loma.

 

NUCLEAR SUBMARINE WEBSITES

USS Nautilus (SSN-5761)

Launch of the USS New Mexico (SSN-779) "Down the Way" has a whole new meaning with this launch.

USS Sunfish (SSN-649)

 

 

USS Cusk in 1963 coming out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The USS Remora (SS-487) and another unidentified submarine can be seen in the background.

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USS Cusk Pictures

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USS Cusk in 1968 near Point Loma Sub Base  (Picture size is 5714 x 3912 or 4.38 MB)

In the beginning...

     In the beginning was the word, and the word was God and all else was darkness and void and without form.  So God created the heavens and the earth.  He created the sun and the moon and the stars, so that their light might pierce the darkness.  And the earth, God divided between the land and the sea, and these He filled with many assorted creatures.

     And from the slime, in a land called Lympstone, God made dark, salty creatures that inhabited the seashore.  He called them Marines, He dressed them accordingly, in bright colors so that their betters may more easily find them in the holes and burrows that they'd scoured out of the ground.

     And God said, "Whilst at their appointed labors they will devour worms, maggots, C and K rations and all creatures that creep or crawl".  The flighty creatures of the air, He called Airdales, and these He clothed in uniforms which were ruffled, perfumed, and pretty.  He gave them great floating cities with flat roofs in which to live, where they gathered and formed huge multitudes.  They carried out heathen rites and ceremonies by day and by night upon the roof amidst thunderous noise.  They were given God's blue sky and their existence was on the backs of others.

     And the surface creatures of the sea, God called Skimmers, who supported the Airdales and with a twinkle in His eye and a sense of humor only He could have, He gave them all gedunks, polluted with much stickywater, to drink.  God gave them big grey "targets" to go to sea in.  He gave them many splendid uniforms to wear.  And He gave them all the world's exotic and wonderful places to visit.  He gave them pen and paper so that they could write home every week, and He gave them ropeyarn Sunday at sea and a laundry so they could clean and polish their splendid uniforms.  (When you are God it is very easy to get carried away with your own great and wondrous benevolence) .

     And on the seventh day, as you know, God rested from his labors.  And on the eighth day at 0755, just before Colors, God looked down upon the earth and He was not a happy man.  God knew He had not quite achieved perfection, so He thought about his labors, and in His infinite wisdom, He created a divine creature, His masterpiece, and this He called a Submariner.  A child of heaven.

     And these Submariners, whom God created in His own image, and to whom He gave his most cherished gift, great intelligence, were to be of the deep, and to them He gave more of his greatest gifts.  He gave them black steel messengers of death called the "Smoke Boat" class in which to roam the depths of his oceans, and He gave them His arrows and slingshots, the Mark 14 torpedo of burnished brass and black, and the Mark 37 of green, to wage war against the forces of Satan and all evil.

     He heaped great knowledge and understanding upon them, in order that they may more easily win their greatest challenge, to pass their Qualification Test and be skilled in the great works God had charged them with.

     The finest of these men, God called "Diesel Boat Submariners" for they made all happen beyond the understanding of other men.  He gave His Submariners hotels in which to live when they were exhausted and weary from doing God’s will.  He gave them fortitude to consume vast quantities of beer and booze, to sustain them in their arduous tasks, performed in His name.

     He gave them great food, submarine pay and occasionally, subsistence so that they might entertain the Ladies of the "Starlight", "White Hat", and the "Horse and Cow" on Saturday nights and impress the heck out of the creatures He called "Skimmers” and "Jar Heads".

     And at the end of the eighth day, God again looked down upon the earth and saw all was good in His realm.  But God was not happy because, in the course of His mighty labors He had forgotten one thing.  He had not kept a pair of "Dolphins" for Himself.

     But He thought about it and considered it and finally He consoled himself, in the certain knowledge that - - -

"Not Just Anybody Can Be a Submariner!"

- author unknown

GREAT SUBMARINE LINKS, BOOKSTORES, ETC.

 

Submarine History:

California Center for History - Submarine History - Historical information about submarines in California including the ones built at Mare Island and the west coast submarine base at San Pedro.

CNO Submarine Warfare Division - Submarine History - Submarine historical information and pictures from the Chief of Naval Operations "Submarine Warfare Division".

HNSA Submarine War Patrol Reports - Historical Naval Ships Association with links to information to most diesel submarines from "S" class to Fleet boats.

Submarine History Online - An illustrated survey of key events in submarine history including timelines and original concept drawings.

Submarine Research Center, Bangor Washington - A free information site by a small group of retired submariners who in civilian life performed various kinds of research and who have applied this knowledge and ability to collecting and disseminating information about submarines.

UBoat.net - An extremely comprehensive and detailed website about German U-Boats.  Information includes U-Boat commander listings, battles stories, books, history, etc.

US Naval Academy Submarine History - Overview of submarine history with pictures.  Very little on diesel submarines but some links about nukes, boomers, submarine officers, etc.

Wikipedia - Submarine - Wikipedia's "Submarine" page with numerous links to submarine related sites on a worldwide basis.

Submarine Organizations:

Fleetsubmarine.com - a great, highly comprehensive diesel submarine website.

Naval Submarine League - a professional organization for submariners and submarine advocates.

PigBoats.com - Ric Hedman's great site that is a consolidation of a number of differing but related subjects concerning submarines and submarining.

USSVI (United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.) - National organization of submarine veterans that is a comprehensive resource of U.S. submarine information including links to bases, historical data, reunions, boat crews, etc.

Submarine Stores, Books, Games, etc.:

Rontoni's Submarine Book Store - Probably one of the oldest submarine sites out there, Ron Martini's is a great and information packed visit.

Stars & Stripes Shop - Submarines - Has just about everything Navy with a great submarine area.

St. Mary's Submarine Museum - A wide variety of Submarine artifacts, memorabilia and information are available for viewing.

Submarine Ball Caps

Submarine Books      

Submarine Simulations and Games - Contains news, forums, games, store and many other submarine related items of interest on a world wide basis.

Submarine Veterans Store

Submarine Ship's Store

Submarine Shop

The Submarine Store

Torpedo Junction - Submarine & U-Boat Books

USSVI Ship's Store     

 SUBMARINE VIDEOS:

 

Science in Action - Submarines - (Part 1)     (Part 2)     (Part 3)    (Part 4) Learn all about diesel submarines and the USS Nautilus from Admiral Nimitz and Admiral Lockwood as they take you through all aspects of submarine life.

S-117 Diving - Small craft films the dive while running alongside (It sure takes nukes a long time to get under!)

The Silent Service -  Nice historical video about the evolution of submarines

Silent Service - Submarines Part 1    Submarines Part 2     Submarines Part 3     Submarines Part 4     Submarines Part 5    Outstanding History Channel videos about U.S. fleet submarines during World War II.  Highly recommended

U. S. Submarine Force Museum - Numerous interesting pictures from this museum with some annoying music playing in the background.

Yellow Submarine - Yes, just Ringo singing the famous Beatles song and nothing more.  For group sing, substitute "old gray" for "yellow".

Other Online Videos:

The Boomer Life - Navy Times video about submarine sailors aboard a ballistic missile submarine

 

In Memoriam...

Cusk Sailors Recently Departed on Eternal Patrol

Sailors, Rest Your Oars!

Kevin F Flanagan S1c(SS)

Departed: 26 July 2014

Served aboard Cusk in 1946

David C Lawrence STS3(SS)

Departed: 12 April 2014

Served aboard Cusk from 1968 to 1969

Gary Carr EMCM(SS)

Departed: 29 September 2013

Served aboard Cusk from 1963 to 1969

Greg Czech, LCDR 

Departed:  6 April 2013

Served aboard Cusk from 1964 to 1962

Lyle Smith, EM2(SS)

Departed:  2013

Served aboard Cusk from 1955 to 1956

Clayton N Gatlin EM2(SS)

Departed:  6 September 2012

Served aboard Cusk from 1951 to 1954

Dewayne Mobley EM2(SS)

Departed:  15 August 2012

Gordon Stafford TM2(SS) 

Departed:  28 June 2012

Served aboard Cusk from 1948 to 1949

       Donald Call, CS2(SS)  

Departed:  22 February 2012

Served aboard Cusk from 1953 to 1954

        Frank Vogel, IC3(SS) 

Departed:  6 January 2012

Served aboard Cusk from 1963 to 1966

      Jack Kimball, SOS1(SS) 

Departed:  20 August 2011

Served aboard Cusk from 1961 to 1966

Charles Rutherford, EN1(SS)

Departed:  9 January 2012

Served aboard Cusk in 1950

Visit the "Eternal Patrol" section of this webpage for more information, obituaries, etc.

 

 We welcome your comments, and especially your historical contributions if you have any to share or donate.  If you are a former crewmember, we especially anxious to hear from you so please contact us at your earliest convenience.  Many or your shipmates have been looking for you and an email to the Cusk Webmaster (link below) will put you in touch with them.

Ask a former crewmember about the Cusk and the answer you will most often hear will be, "She was a good boat, probably the best I ever sailed.

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