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At random: Capt. Don Ulmer, USN SS (Ret.), and noted submarine author, began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and in 1949 while serving as an electrical technician E-4 aboard the submarine USS Clamagore, he was transferred to the Naval Academy. When he asked his commanding officer why he was being sent to Annapolis, the skipper replied, "I don't think you're smart enough to make E-5 and I need the bunk space." Ulmer graduated in 1954 and in 1967 returned to command Clamagore, possibly the only officer to command a U.S. warship having served on it as an enlisted man.
DBF C.O. stateroom question
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Bob T
Posted 2014-05-04 2:09 PM (#70898)


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Subject: DBF C.O. stateroom question

Didn't spend much time there, but as I recall there was a gyrocompass repeater in the CO stateroom ("telltale compass" in old Navy). Was there other indication in the stateroom, such as depth or speed (pit log)?

Always felt a bit queasy getting sent to get something signed by the C.O. when I knew he was in his stateroom. OOD told me "we would all be more than queasy if we didn't keep him informed."
Bob T
Posted 2014-05-04 6:55 PM (#70902 - in reply to #70898)


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Subject: RE: DBF C.O. stateroom question

Answered my own question. Gyro repeater and deep depth gauge.
Tx, Pampanito.
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