From the Officers and Crew
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)|
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.
Shipmates and Ladies,
We just received this email from ZekeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s daughter with some sad news. Roy ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ZekeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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 ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ 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
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.
|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||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
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.
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
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