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USS Sea Cat SS-399 2014 - Branson, MO - Come Visit your Shipmates and listen to some real sea stories

1944 - 1968
WWII - Balao Class Submarine


The purposes of the USS Sea Cat Association  are fraternal and historical. Because of our dolphins and shared experiences, there exist a common bond among Sea Cat submariners. It is a bond of  friendship, brotherhood and solidarity. The Sea Cat had a unique and distinguish career and all who served aboard are proud of her service and history.



Reunion Info will be published in the Spring 2014












USS Sea Cat News

March 2007 Don Wilson, New London, CT departed on eternal patrol.
May 26, 2007 David C. Farmer, Philadelphia, PA departed on eternal patrol.
June 2007 Raymond Boswell, Bland, VA departed on eternal patrol
  Reporting onboard Alan W. Hurlbut, IC3, (60-62)
  Reporting onboard:
Thank you for your good work in keeping SEA CAT vets in touch.
I was aboard in Summer 1965 as a midshipman from Georgia Tech. Because of the terrific shipmates and great experience, I chose subs for my active duty and served 4 years active aboard USS WHALE (SSN 638) and 24 years reserve. Retired in 1994.
To update my info, first name is Barry and date served on SEA CAT is 1965. I guess my grade aboard SEA CAT would be MID'N. Please keep me on distribution for future SEA CAT reunions and other events.
Barry Benator, P.E., CEM
Captain, USN (Ret)
2007 Maitland Pearce, EM, (1945), departed on eternal patrol
March 2008 Branson, MO reunion information is available - Click on the Reunion page.
March 2008 Reporting on Board - Charles A. Hall, TM, (1958 - 1959) - Mandeville, LA. Welcome Aboard
March 2008 We got an email from Jack McCall (65 - 68) - Jack is sharing some of his Sea Cat photos.
March 2008 Gil and Darlene Menendez's (63-64) son, Mark, passed away March 3 - Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. You may send condolences at: Message: Mark's messages Please visit the Notice for Mark Allen Menendez.
March 2008 Received this letter of thanks from Karen Eastey:
Thanks, all you Sea Cat sailors, for sending me the hat from last year's reunion.  Jim Robinson mailed it to me, along with a Sea Cat patch and T-shirt.  I appreciate having these things for my "Jerry Corner."  I just reframed an old Sea Cat picture that Jerry used to hang in the garage.  Sure do miss him.  Thanks for your thoughts and good wishes.
Eastey's Wife, Karen 
March 28, 2008 Just received word that Jimmy Johnson's mom passed away today. She was 95 years old. Jim, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim's email address is
April 2008 Sam Stanford, EN, (1955-58), departed on eternal patrol.
May 2008 Just received word that Robert Broderson, Walter Smith, Owen Stabler and Victor Powell departed on Eternal Patrol. (See Taps).
May 2008 We got an email from Charles E. Smith's (1960) daughter, Carla Pettersen, that her father departed on Eternal Patrol in 2006. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May 2008 New shipmate reporting onboard - Dave Wampole, EN, 1967 - 68. We had a nice visit with Dave today. He and his wife will try to make it to Branson for our reunion. Welcome aboard, Dave.
October 2008 Received news that Treta Goodwin had to have a "pace maker" and Zeke's condition has deteriorated and had to place him in a retirement home. Please keep Zeke and Treta in your thoughts and prayers.
November 2008 We received this greeting from RADM Mike Rindskopf and we need to share it with all our shipmates.

To All SHIPMATES and Spouses:

Glad to see the updated webpage.

I am still going strong at 91 plus, living in BayWoods of Annapolis, a great retirement spot on Chesapeake Bay. It is hard to believe that it was 61 years ago that I reported as CO in Panama, and to recall that my first assignment was to become a member of our Panama championship basketball team.

As all of you will agree, there is no better job in the Navy than going to sea in a submarine--and if you are lucky enough to be the skipper of a great crew--that's a bonus.

Sylvia and I send greetings for successful reunions in 2009 and years to come. RADM Mike Rindskopf, CO DRUM SS228 1944, CO SEACAT SS399 1947-49.

November 2008

Shipmates and Ladies, 

We just received this email from Zeke’s daughter with some sad news. Roy “Zeke” Goodwin departed on Eternal Patrol November 10. In 1990 Zeke founded the USS Sea Cat Association and we hope to keep it going as long as we can. He was a good friend and shipmate – he will be sorely missed. Please keep Treta and the Goodwin family in your thoughts and prayers.

Email from his daughter. 

Zeke passed away the 10th of November quietly and in peace with his family at his side.   He was buried on the 11th of Nov, Veterans Day, At Morris Chapel Cemetery.  From Wanda MacPherson, Daughter

April 2009 Just received this email - Captain Orr was CO of USS Sea Cat 1945-46.
Ellis "Burt" Orr, Captain, USN (Ret) of La Feria, Texas passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 at the age of 95. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1936 and served as an officer on the USS Oklahoma, USS Porpoise, USS Rasher, USS Lancefish, USS Sea Cat and the USS Remora during his distinguished career. He also served as a Commanding Officer at the Charleston, S.C. Mine Warfare School before retiring from the Navy in 1961.
He then moved to La Feria and taught math at the La Feria High School for a few years before embarking on his second career as a citrus farmer.
Burt was involved with many aspects of citrus production on Orr Farms, and always said he enjoyed the role of a self-employed citrus farmer too much to consider a total retirement.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Patrick Householder
April 2009 USS Sea Cat War Patrols 1944-1945 - Recently declassified - Click on the History tab to view.
June 2009 Received word from L.D. Baird that Betty is in a nursing home for some therapy after a long hospital stay. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
August 2009 Received this email from shipmate Burrell Dworkin (Plank Owner):

My son informed me of this great website he came across today on the history and general info about the SeaCat. Being that I had the honor of being one of the original crew and am one of the few plank members that served on the SeaCat for all her war patrols, your website brings back a lot of memories. I am sorry to see the list of the departed, especially the crew members that I served with and became very close at that time. So far, my health is fairly good. At 84 years old, my health is hanging in there. My wife Rita and I have been married for62 years and still going strong. We share our time between Lincolnwood,Il and Aventura, Fl. My regards to my old time crewmates. Burrell Dworkin
August 2009 Received this email from Rita Schmidt concerning Archie Warnock - Archie is a WWII veteran and Sea Cat plank owner. Archie has been to most of our reunions. Please keep him in
your thoughts and prayers.
Hi y'all, had a nice conversation with Archie yesterday and he said he probably won't make it to the reunion. He recently found out he not only has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) a problem breathing and need O2 most of the time but he just had the little toe removed because it was getting gangrenous. He found that problem when he was admitted to the hospital for a urinary problem, couldn't pass his water for many hours and had to have a catheter put in. He is on insulin and is hoping to recover but doubts he can get to CT. I told him he had time to get better and we'd all keep him in our thoughts and prayers. He asked that I inform all of you that when you vote for next years reunion, think of those in the middle part of the country. Please keep him in mind, Rita Schmidt
October 2009 We received a card from Rose Marr - Our good buddy Ron Marr has esophageal cancer and going through chemo. Please keep Ron, Rose and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
March 2010 It was sad to hear Yogi "Bear" Gillette passed away in November 2009. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Natalie and family.
March 2010 Let me use this channel to inform all SEACAT sailors that my wife, Sylvia, passed away quietly on 23 March in Annapolis, MD at age 92. She was a great asset to making the officers and crew of the 1952-54 SEACAT what they were. We still proudly display the elegant silver service received at our farewell party in June 1954 in Key West when CDR Chuck Leigh relieved me.
Best Wishes for a successful reunion. RADM MIKE RINDSKOPF USN (RET)
May 2010 LeRoy Artzer, 82, Topeka, passed away May 18, 2010 at Aldersgate Village. He was born in Topeka on August 4, 1927 to Adam and Margaret (Hefner) Artzer.He attended Hayden High School until 1945, before serving his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the submarine, USS Sea Cat (SS-399), and was later employed as a bridge superintendant for Shawnee County. He married Grace Dick on February 13, 1954 at Harrisonville, Missouri. 
July 2010
Hello, I am a funeral director at
McDow Funeral Home
1701 W. Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
(540) 949-8133 
We will be handling funeral arrangements for Robert Pinkerton, and I believe that he was a member of the Sea Cat's crew during WWII. 
All arrangements are pending. 
P.S.- I love your website, and I am cooincidentally a submariner! I was a sonarman on the Memphis, SSN 691.  My shipmates and I always looked up to the crews of the pig boats.  Your valor is legendary!
Jeffrey O. Hodge
July 2010 Victor K. Webb, Jr., 85, died July 5, 2010, at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach, FL. Born in Providence, RI, son of the late Victor K. Webb, Sr. and the late Mary (Wood) Webb. He was the husband of the late Jean (Sychta) Webb, and the late Estelle (Derocher) Webb, and devoted father of Janis (Bunny) Ricciardi of Vero Beach. He was the brother of Ruth Thayer of Warwick, RI, Robert Webb of East Greenwich, RI, and the late Arline Goes of Warren, RI. He is also survived by his companion Helen Paltell of Vero Beach. He lived in Warwick, RI most of his life, and came to Vero Beach two years ago, from East Greenwich, RI. An avid sports fan, he followed the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots his entire adult life. He was a decorated World War II veteran of submarine warfare in the Pacific. He served on the U.S.S. Perch (SS313) and the U.S.S. Sea Cat (SS399). He also served as part of the crew that brought the Japanese submarine I- 14 from Japan to Pearl Harbor after the war ended. Burial will be at the RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
July 2010 On the afternoon of Saturday, July 17, 2010, our shipmate ETCM(SS) Francis [Frank] J. Young departed on Eternal Patrol. Frank was a member of Charleston Base, the Holland Club, and the Naval Submarine League.
Present plans are that Frank will be buried in Arlington. At this time it is unknown as to what part the SUBVETs will play in Frank's local funeral arrangements. As soon as I know I will let everyone know.

July 2010
November 2010
Hi , just got through talking to Archie Warnock and he said that Bob Maxwell called and told him Leona died yesterday (Oct 30). I
don't know any more than that. Don't think we can get over there because of dr and xray appointments etc. Archie is seeing about having his eyelids operated on and that appointment is tomorrow.   Rita Schmidt
November 2010 Congratulations to Neil Chandler and Bennaz Hawkins - finally set the maneuvering watch last month and was deployed into the beautiful state of matrimony and we wish them continued happiness in their lives.
April 2011 Received this note from RADM Rindskopf - April 11, 2011: I had a stroke in Nov, 2010 and am progressing slowly in Annapolis. RADM Rindskopf.

For the USS Sea Cat War Patrol Reports:1944-45 - Click on the "History" Button

Binnacle List

A binnacle was the stand on which the ship's compass was mounted.   The binnacle list gets its name from the ancient nautical practice of posting the ship's sick list on the binnacle each morning for the captain.

An email, card, phone call or letter would do wonders to cheer up a shipmate. Please contact one of the directors below for addresses. Also, please let us know of any updates and if any shipmates need to be added to the binnacle list.

60 - 62 Ralph "Doc" Tingley Parkinson


2013 Reunion - Chattanooga, TN

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Director Personnel

Lynn Trump (Chairman) 937-548-6116
Dave Garrawary 931-287-0255
Gene McLeod 936-594-5112
Ed Hymer 319-635-2175
Thurston Powell 207-752-3827
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