Published monthly by the USS
Razorback Base of the United States
Submarine Veterans, Inc.
Base Commander, Greg Zonner
Editor, Jim Barnes
Commanders Corner we take position of the boat.
Wow, What a year so far. We had a great It’s a catch 22 for us. Deposits
Anniversary Dinner on November 1 at Mayor Hays, Both our Senators Pryor
the Velda Rose Resort Hotel in Hot and Lincoln and our Representative $180.00 Base Dues
Springs. I want to thank Mary Christians, Snyder have met with the state 75.00 Donations
Ray and Barbara Wewers and my wife department a couple of time over the last 140.00 National Dues
Bonnie for setting everything up and the month to get them to change this 10.00 Stores
decorations. The place looked great. requirement. We have already been in
Thanks also to those who attended. I touch with Lloyds of London for $405.00 Total Deposits
believe everyone had a great time. I want insurance and planed to cover the tow
to give a special THANK YOU to Vice with an insurance policy. The State Expenses
Admiral Jon L. Boyes, retired who was department doesn’t want to change their
our guest speaker. What a job he did. I stance. Mayor Hays is in Turkey right $70.00 National Dues
could have listen to him all night. Maybe now and is meeting with them to see if 246.25 Stores
he will be able to join some of our future we can get them to accept the terms that
meeting and you will all get a change to our State Department requested. $316.25 Total Expenses
talk to him. He has some great stories to This has thrown everything back and
tell. now it’s a wait and see. I’ll keep you all $1287.17 Ending Balance
Barge work continues and they are posted.
starting to take shape. Ray Wewers put That’s it for now. I hope to see you all Hope everyone has a great time in Hot
in insulation and him and Carl Eubanks on the 13th. Springs.
and Jim Franks put glass in all the Z
broken windows and doors. Jim Barnes, ^^^^^^ Wendell D.
David Farmer, Jim Franks, and Ray Chaplains Office ^^^^^^
Wewers have all the lights working also. Never let loyalty and kindness get away
Base Christmas Dinner
So we are a go for our meeting on Saturday, December 13, 2003
form you! Wear them like a necklace;
December the 13th. It’s nice and cozy in write them deep within your heart. Then
1700 Social Hour
the barge now. Now if I could just keep 1800 Dinner
you will find favor with both God and
Jim and Ray from catching them on fire. people, and you will gain a good
Yep, they did it again. The barges are ready for us. We will be
We are still working on getting the dining on Barge #1 (the other one) on
Razorback to the US. Our State above date. It is totally enclosed and
Chose a good reputation over great
Department did approve us to get the insulated and lighted.
riches, for being held in high esteem is
boat but they put 2 stipulations on the Bob and Mary Christians have
better than having silver or gold.
transfer. volunteered to deep-fry the turkeys.
One the torpedo tubes have to be Ray and Barbara Wewers will provide a
wielded shut. We knew about that and
^^^^^^ ham, butter and paper products. (Sorry,
had already made arrangements to have Hey Guys no china or silverware.)
that done. The following list is for persons whose
The other one was title transfer could not Here is the Treasurer's Report for last name begins with:
take place until the boat was in the US. October. A—F: Vegetable Dish
Turkey wants us to take title as soon as
$1198.42 Beginning Balance
G—R: Salad Dish (cranberry, fruit or received, a message ordering an in damage to the enemy. PICKEREL's
other) immediate reply was repeatedly sent. No fifth patrol was a passage from Australia
Sa—St: Desserts answer was received, and plane search to Pearl Harbor for refit, with a short
Sy—Z: Bread / Rolls along her expected course revealed patrol in the Marianas en-route. She
This will be a BYOB event, coolers will nothing. As a result, she was reported damaged a freighter on this run. On her
be provided with ice for drinks. lost on 12 May 1943. sixth patrol PICKEREL went to the
Each person is asked to bring a toy for a Antisubmarine attack data submitted by Kuriles to patrol the Tokyo-Kiska traffic
child valued at less than $20.00. The the Japanese at the end of the war list lanes. In sixteen attacks, she sank a
toys will be given to the toys for tots one attack, which could conceivably freighter and two sampans, and did
campaign in the area. have been on PICKEREL. This attack damage to another freighter and eight
So come and enjoy good friends, good occurred on 3 April 1943, off Shiranuka sampans.
food and celebrate the coming of our Lighthouse, on the northern tip of ^^^^^^
Lord. Honshu. This position is outside the area Students in an advanced biology class
^^^^^^ assigned to PICKEREL, but no other were taking a mid term.
Lost Boat History submarine was there. USS FLYING FISH The last question, worth 70 points or
USS PICKEREL SS-177 I (SS229) was en-route to the area none at all was: Name seven advantages
12 May 1943 between Honshu and Hokkaido and of mothers milk. The student in question
74 Men Lost arrived there on 6 April, but PICKEREL had also partied the night before, and
might well have moved into the northern was hard put to think of 7 advantages.
Displacement: area for a few days until FLYING FISH's He wrote:
1335 Tons Surfaced arrival if she found hunting poor in her 1. It is a perfect formula for the child.
1997 Tons Submerged own area. Indeed, unless the Japanese 2. It provides immunity against several
Length: 301 feet attacked a submarine, which was the diseases.
Width: 25 Feet product of their own imaginations, they 3. It is always available as needed.
Test Depth: 250 Feet must certainly have attacked PICKEREL 4. It is always at the right temperature.
Speed: on 3 April, since no other boat of ours 5. It is inexpensive.
18.8 Knots Surfaced was near the area of the attack. 6. It bonds the child to the mother, and
8 Knots Submerged However, a special notation is made on vice versa.
Torpedo Tubes: the Japanese records to the effect that And then, the student was stuck. Finally,
Four 21 Inch Forward Tubes they are inaccurate for the month of just before the bell indicating the end of
Two 21 Inch Tubes Aft April 1943. Thus there is every reason to the test was at hand rang, he wrote:
Guns: speculate that, if PICKEREL did survive 7. It comes in such cute containers.
(1) Three Inch-Fifty Cal. the attack of 3 April, she may have been He was the only student to ace (100%)
Crew: attacked later in her own area and the the exam
5 Officers 45 Enlisted attack may not have been reported. We ^^^^^^
Class: “Perch” know that there were Japanese mine Just a friendly reminder that
plants along the coast of Honshu, but a USSVI annual membership
Keel laid by the Electric Boat Company, study of the track chart for PICKEREL's
sixth war patrol, conducted in the same expires as of January 1, 2004.
Groton, CT 25 March 1935 Please send in your dues now.
Launched: 7July 1936, Sponsored by area, shows that the Commanding
Miss Evelyn Standley; Officer was accustomed to staying ^^^^^^
Commissioned: 26 January 1937 with Lt outside the 60 fathom curve. Mines are
Leon J. Huffman in command; normally ineffective in water that deep. Hello Folks
The probability as to the cause of
USS PICKEREL (SS177) commanded by PICKEREL's loss is that she was sunk by Wanted to let you know that John Archer
Lcdr. A.H. Alston, Jr., the first enemy depth charge attack. Operational sent $30 donation to help with the
submarine to be lost in the Central casualties or mine explosions represent expense of mailing the newsletter to him
Pacific area, set out from Pearl Harbor possibilities, but are not thought to be vice email.
on 18 March 1943 and, after topping off likely.
with fuel at Midway on 22 March, began During the six patrols before her final Thanks much.
her seventh war patrol off the eastern one, PICKEREL sank five ships totaling
coast of northern Honshu. She was never 16,100 tons, and damaged 10, totaling Wendell D.
heard from after her departure from 9,100 tons. On her first patrol she did no ^^^^^^
Midway. damage to the enemy. Her second, Rapists
She was ordered to remain in her area conducted between Manila and A group of rapists and date rapists in
until sunset 1 May 1943 and then to Surabaya, resulted in the sinking of two prison were interviewed on what they
return to Midway. Standing orders freighters. PICKEREL's third patrol was look for in a potential victim and here
required her to transmit by radio prior to conducted along the Malay Barrier and are some interesting facts:
entering a circle of radius 500 miles again no successful attacks were made. 1) The first thing men look for in a
from Midway, and this report was In her fourth patrol, in the Philippines, potential victim is hairstyle. They are
expected by 6 May. When it was not six attacks were made, but none resulted most likely to go after a woman with a
ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle fight back. Again, they are looking for won’t have to hang it over the side on
that can easily be grabbed. They are also an EASY target. this trip.
likely to go after a woman with long 12) If you carry pepper spray (this We had a great time with the WW II
hair. Women with short hair are not instructor was a huge advocate of it and subvets in Eureka Springs. Sue and I
common targets. carries it with him wherever he goes,) celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary
2) The second thing men look for is yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and there and as usual the food was great, the
clothing. They will look for women holding it out will be a deterrent. lunch of soup and sandwiches
who's clothing is easy to remove quickly. 13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat outstanding. The Memorial Service was
Many of them carry scissors around to them with strength but you can by just indescribable. Beautiful song by
cut clothing. outsmarting them. If you are grabbed Irma Goodenow and the music and songs
3) They also look for women on their around the waist from behind, pinch> > by the lady at the Thorncrown Chapel
cell phone, searching through their purse the attacker either under the arm between was just the best. Thanks to Bob Wight
or doing other activities while walking the elbow and armpit or in the upper for all your hard work putting this all
because they are off guard and can be inner thigh -- HARD. One woman in a together.
easily overpowered. class this guy taught told him she used The Third Anniversary Dinner in Hot
4) The time of day men are most likely the underarm pinch on a guy who was Springs was great success. Thanks to
to attack and rape a woman is in the trying to date rape her and was so upset Ray & Barbara, Mary and Bonnie and
early morning, between 5 and 8:30 a.m. she broke through the skin and tore out anyone else that worked to make it so
5) The number one place women are muscle strands -the guy needed stitches. good. Thanks to our special guest
abducted from/attacked at is grocery Try pinching yourself in those places as Admiral and Mrs. Boyes it was a
store parking lots. Number two is office hard as you can stand it; it hurts. pleasure to have you
parking lots/garages. Number three is 14) After the initial hit, always go for the I would like to thank all the guys that
public restrooms. groin. I know from a particularly have worked so hard on the barges. It is
6) The thing about these men is that they unfortunate experience that if you slap a hard to remember how they looked back
are looking to grab a woman and quickly guy's parts it is extremely painful. You in May when we started on them. We
move her to a second location where might think that you'll anger the guy and have worked in the rain, beautiful
they don't have to worry about getting make him want to hurt you more, but the sunshine, when it was so hot you could
caught. thing these rapists told our instructor is hardly breath and a few cold days but the
7) Only 2% said they carried weapons that they want a woman who will not bottom line is we have worked with a
because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence cause a lot of trouble. Start causing good sprit and had a lot of fun. When
but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years. trouble, and he's out of there. we were aboard ship it was hot, dirty,
8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, 15) When the guy puts his hands up to cold and sometimes the air was so thin
they get discouraged because it only you, grab his first two fingers and bend we had to take turns breathing but we
takes a minute or two for them to realize them back as far as possible with as accomplished the job we were assigned.
that going after you isn't worth it because much pressure pushing down on them as That spirit has been shown by all the
it will be time-consuming. possible. The instructor did it to me guys (and ladies) working on the barges.
9) These men said they would not pick without using much pressure, and I It has been fun and I look forward to
on women who have umbrellas, or other ended up on my knees and both knuckles working with all you guys as we
similar objects that can be used from a cracked audibly. continue on the barges and on the boat
distance, in their hands. Keys are not a 16) Of course the things we always hear when she arrives.
deterrent because you have to get really still apply. Always be aware of your Jim Barnes
close to the attacker to use them as a surroundings, take someone with you if ^^^^^^
weapon. So, the idea is to convince these you can and if you see any odd behavior,
guys you're not worth it. don't dismiss it, go with your instincts. The assistant asked the blonde if she
10) Several de fence mechanisms he You may feel a little silly at the time, but would like her pizza cut into six
taught us are: If someone is following you'd feel much worse if the guy really pieces or twelve.
behind you on a street or in a garage or was trouble. "Six please," she said. "I could never eat
with you in an elevator or stairwell, look ^^^^^^ twelve!"
them in the face and ask them a question, From the Editor ^^^^^^
like what time is it, or make general As you see this is a smaller newsletter A girl was visiting her blonde friend who
small talk, I can’t believe it is so cold out than normal. We have been working on had acquired two new dogs, and asked
here, we're in for a bad winter. Now the barges trying to get them ready for her what their names were...
you've seen their face and could identify the Christmas Dinner and for concrete in The blonde responded by saying that one
them in a line-up, you lose appeal as a barge 2. Thanks to Jim Franks, Ray was named Rolex and one was named
target. Wewers, David Farmer, Greg Timex.
11) If someone is coming toward you, Schwerman and Greg Zonner we have Her friend said, "Whoever heard of
hold out your hands in front of you and insulation and real lights in barge 1, someone naming dogs like that?"
yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the where the dinner will be. It has a "HELLO".....answered the blonde.
rapists this man talked to said they'd concrete floor and we have prepared a "They're watch dogs!”
leave a woman alone if she yelled or powder room for the ladies so ladies you ^^^^^^
showed that she would not be afraid to Remember to pay your Dues!!!!
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