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Tribute to Roy Treta Goodwin


No two submarines are alike - they are similar. We would like to think that the differences is because of her crews. The Sea Cat was a unique submarine in that her first crew in 1944 set a high standard of proficiency, teamwork, esprit de corps and family atmosphere then passed that tradition down to each succeeding crew. Submariners put in longer hours, performs more diversified tasks and the risks are greater than surface ships. At sea there was never enough water for showers, hot bunking was a norm, the air quality wasn’t that great but we had one thing in common - we all smelled alike. But there was good food, more pay, movies, mid-rats, informality, good-natured crews, rules were less rigid and a interesting challenge always around the corner. Submariners are family because of their dolphins and experiences - no civilian will ever know what it feels like at 400 feet below the ocean in a steel cylinder absolutely depending on each others proficiency and skills for survival. 

 Roy “Zeke” Goodwin , 1958-1965, was one of our shipmates who demonstrated all the above standards with outstanding leadership. In 1990 Roy Goodwin, along with Richard Moon and others, had an idea to hold a Sea Cat submarine reunion in Kissimmee, Florida. That was the beginning of our reunions and we will always be indebted and very grateful to shipmate Goodwin for his idea, making it happen, and bringing our family together once again to visit with old friends and make new ones who shared a common experience aboard a great submarine. 

We must not forget that behind every good man is a great woman and Treta Goodwin is that great lady. Roy and Treta were the leaders of the Sea Cat Association for the fifteen years. Zeke, you made it happen.  

From all your shipmates and their ladies, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your sacrifices and hard work during this period of time. Both of you are greatly appreciated. Thanks for a job "Well Done". 

Crew of the USS Sea Cat SS-399:  1944-1968.




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2009 - 20th Annual Reunion USS Sea Cat SS-399


USS Sea Cat (SS-399)
20th Reunion
September 14 - 18

Groton Inn & Suites
99 Goldstar Highway
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: 860-445-9784



Shipmates and Ladies,

We have finalized the reunion package.
Rate - $89.00/per night - All rooms two double beds or one King size bed.
Full hot breakfast of choice for 1-2 people per room.
All rooms include: microwave, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker and CD/IPOD clock radio.
For additional $20.00 anyone can upgrade.

Airport is 48 miles: T. F. Green at Providence, RI
If you want to check in a day early on Sunday 13th - the lady said it should not be a problem.
Banquet will be held on Thursday, 17th at the Inn.
Check out on Friday morning the 18th.

Important! For Security Clearance - For the submarine/sub base tour, please send your Name, Place of Birth, Date of Birth and the last four digits of your social security number to Lynn Trump (email: - phone: 937-548-6116) or any of the other directors.

The cutoff for the USS Sea Cat reservation's group rate is August 13, 2009. After August 13 the motel will release any unused rooms and you may have to pay the standard rate if reservations are made after that date. If you have made reservations and unable to attend - all the motel needs is a 24 hour notice.

Additional information will be posted as tours are finalized.



Submarine Base Tour Schedule - 2009

Notice: #08-053
 August 14, 2009
From:               PAO
To:                   CO
Via:                  XO

Subj:        SubScol Tour (Unclassified) USS Sea Cat (SS-399) Reunion) 

On Wednesday, 16 September, (approximately) seventy (70) shipmates and family members of USS SEA CAT (SS-399) will tour selected NSS trainers as part of their reunion activities in SE Connecticut. 

Please Note:  Visitors are reminded heightened protective measures, to better assure the safety of all visitors and members assigned to Submarine Base, are in place. Your cooperation and patience is requested, expected and appreciated. Visitors should develop a complete roster of guests and forward it electronically to David Berner, SUBASE Security (; 860-694-4098 and ). Please also bring a paper copy of the roster on the day of your visit.

Guests are traveling in chartered coach buses. Security screenings are requested at Gate SEVEN (a/k/a “Truck Gate”). Submarine School tour escorts will meet guests, assist them in coming aboard SUBASE, escort and remain with them throughout their SubScol visit.   

A request for permission to purchase lunch in the Galley has been forwarded to CNIC, via XO, SUBASE under separate cover. Payment for meals should be with one check for total number of guests, payable to “Food Service Officer, SUBASE NLON”.  Meal cost is $4.25 per person.

 0900                 Guests arrive for screening                                                         GATE SEVEN
                        And are distributed into four, smaller groups for NSS tour 


0930‑1000         Virginia Ship Control Trainer (VSCOT)                                          PENNINGTON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) Christopher Franks/

                         MMCS (SS) George Hunt, 2187) 

1000-1005         Depart Pennington/Arrive English Hall 

1005-1035         SPAN Submarine Piloting and Navigation Trainer                           ENGLISH HALL
                        (ETC (SS) Andrew Frischer, 5259)           

1035-1040         Depart English/Arrive Vahsen Hall 

1040-1110         Damage Control Trainer                                                             VAHSEN HALL
                        (MMCS (SS) Donald Mikolajczak, 2192) 

1110-1115                  Depart Vahsen/Arrive Wilkinson Hall 

1115-1145         Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS)                                            WILKINSON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) James Ambrosia/

                        MMC (SS) Christopher Schaeffer, 2085)

1145-1150         Depart Wilkinson/Arrive Cross  


0930‑1000         SPAN Submarine Piloting and Navigation Trainer                           ENGLISH HALL
                        (ETC (SS) Andrew Frischer, 5259) 

1000-1005                  Depart English/Arrive Vahsen Hall 

1005-1035         Damage Control Trainer                                                             VAHSEN HALL
                        (MMCS (SS) Donald Mikolajczak, 2192) 

1035-1040         Depart Vahsen/Arrive Wilkinson Hall  

1040-1110         Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS)                                            WILKINSON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) James Ambrosia/

                        MMC (SS) Christopher Schaeffer, 2085)

1110-1115          Depart Wilkinson/Arrive Pennington Hall 

1115-1145         Virginia Ship Control Trainer (VSCOT)                                          PENNINGTON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) Christopher Franks/

                         MMCS (SS) George Hunt, 2187)

1145-1150         Depart Wilkinson/Arrive Cross  


0930‑1000         Damage Control Trainer                                                             VAHSEN HALL
                        (MMCS (SS) Donald Mikolajczak, 2192) 

1000-1005         Depart Vahsen/Arrive Wilkinson Hall 

1005-1035         Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS)                                            WILKINSON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) James Ambrosia/

                        MMC (SS) Christopher Schaeffer, 2085)

1035-1040         Depart Wilkinson/Arrive Pennington Hall  

1040-1110         Virginia Ship Control Trainer (VSCOT)                                         PENNINGTON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) Christopher Franks/

                        MMCS (SS) George Hunt, 2187)

1110-1115         Depart Pennington/Arrive English Hall

1115-1145         SPAN Submarine Piloting and Navigation Trainer                           ENGLISH HALL
                        (ETC (SS) Andrew Frischer, 5259) 

1145-1150         Depart English/Arrive Cross  


0930‑1000         Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS)                                            WILKINSON HALL
                        (MMC (SS) James Ambrosia/

                        MMC (SS) Christopher Schaeffer, 2085)

1000-1005                  Depart Wilkinson/Arrive Pennington Hall 

1005-1035         Virginia Ship Control Trainer (VSCOT)                                          PENNINGTON HALL
                        (MMC (SS)Christopher Franks/

                        MMCS (SS) George Hunt, 2187)

1035-1040                  Depart Pennington/Arrive English Hall 

1040-1110         SPAN Submarine Piloting and Navigation Trainer                           ENGLISH HALL
                        (ETC (SS) Andrew Frischer, 5259)

1110-1115                  Depart English/Arrive Vahsen Hall 

1115-1145         Damage Control Trainer                                                             VAHSEN HALL
                        (MMCS (SS) Donald Mikolajczak, 2192) 

1145-1150                  Depart Vahsen/Arrive Cross Hall 


1150-1250         Lunch at The Galley                                                                   CROSS HALL 

Conclusion         At conclusion of lunch, all reunion guests will be returned to
HS Nautilus and Submarine Force Library and Museum for facility tour and/or
other reunion activities. 


William 860.694.3914
POC: (SEA CAT) Lynn Trump




2008 - 19th Annual REUNION USS SEA CAT SS-399

---Just a few things we did on liberty---

USS Sea Cat SS-399
19th Reunion
September 28 – October 4, 2008
Ramada Resort and Conference Center
700 West Highway 76
Branson, MO


 Shipmates and Ladies, 

In the grand scheme of things when God was creating the world – on the eighth day, he created a divine creature, his masterpiece, and this he called a SUBMARINER. These submariners he gave the gifts of good looks and great intelligence. Then he gave them black steel messengers of death called the “smoke boats” that roamed the depths of the ocean.
He gave them great knowledge so they could pass their “quals test” and good looks so, they could entertain the evening ladies at the Brown Derby, Gate Bar and all the clubs on Duval Street. (God really loved Key West). After these men passed their “quals test” God pinned dolphins on their chest and called them “Diesel Boat Sailors”. 

On a serious note, the average American can never understand the sacrifices and bond between submariners. It is in this spirit that we muster once again in Branson to visit our shipmates and renew old friendships.

The Sea Cat “recon” party arrived in Branson on Friday and Saturday to set up the meeting room and arrange shows and dining events. We owe a huge thank to Lynn and Carolyn Trump for negotiating and arranging all the events at the Ramada Inn. It was a gorgeous place to hold a reunion and we all had a great time.


Saturday, September 27

 We saw our first portable Drive-in Movie Theater next door to the Ramada. It was one of those huge plastic blow up screens – pretty neat. Ed Hymer and I walked down and watched the movie for a while - “Bullet” with Steve McQueen. 
Prior to the movie there was a classic car show.  

Sunday, September 28

Ed, Lynn and Mac played golf at Thousand Hills Golf Club which should be renamed to Thousand and One Hills.
That afternoon check-in processes begin - As our shipmates checked-in, they were issued free black Sea Cat T-shirts with Night Patrol logo on the back. The ladies were issued blue T-shirts with Sea Cat logo. We had enough money in the Sea Cat fund to cover the cost for all attending the reunion. We visited for awhile and went to dinner at the “Red Lobster”. 

Monday, September 29

We all had free breakfasts’ during our stay – we met back at the hospitality room and told some sea stories. For lunch most of us ate at a great country café downtown Branson called the “Farmhouse Café”.
Of course, the ladies did some shopping. That evening we had scheduled to go see the Jim Stafford Show - a very funny man. 

Tuesday, September 30

We had our regular meeting and several places were discussed for our next reunion. New London was selected. Lynn and Carolyn Trump will travel to New London between now and February to arrange lodging and places of interest.
Also, at the meeting Neil Chandler had to step down as President due to various reasons but still wanted to participate as a director. Lynn Trump was elected as President and Ed Hymer was added as a director. Dave Garraway volunteered to help with the contact list in his area.
Some of our shipmates had lunch downtown on the river on a barge converted to an excellent restaurant called the “White River Fish and Steak House”. Great dining! Almost as great as the GITMO Hilton on a barge. That evening we had tickets to see the “Twelve Irish Tenors”. 

Wednesday, October 1

Some of our shipmates played golf at Thousand Hills Golf Club.
Our best ever dinner cruise! We arrived at the State Park Marina early at 1500 for a Memorial Service for all our lost submarines and departed shipmates on Eternal Patrol.
The Showboat Branson Belle located below Table Rock dam departed at 1600. All of us enjoyed a great dinner and a very good variety show and of course being on the water once again. 

Thursday, October 2

We played at one of the most beautiful golf course we have ever seen – just awesome and breathtaking – “Branson Creek Golf Club”. Next to “Branson Creek” is John Daly’s “Murder Rock” golf club – another great course. If you are a golfer and go to Branson, you got to play this course. Jim Aitchison, Ed Hymer, Lynn Trump and Gene McLeod had a great time.
Our Sea Cat auction is fast becoming a real popular event with everyone. Last year we raised over a $1000 for our Sea Cat fund and this year we have matched that. We ordered in pizza for everybody and settled in for a fun night. We had some great prizes that our shipmates donated and a mystery prize that sold several times. Someone looked at it and said it had strong aphrodisiac powers. I think we made $65 on it – can’t tell you what it was because it would not be a mystery anymore. Hint – it had a long tail, four legs and chocolate.  

October 3 – Friday

We played golf; the ladies went shopping and did some afternoon shows.
That evening the banquet was just superb. The food was excellent and we had a great speaker from Branson’s Veterans Task Force – Ron Foreman, USMC (Pilot during Viet Nam).
Some of the other shows visited were Tillis Family Reunion, Roy Rogers, Noah’s Ark musical, Dixie Stamped, Shoji Tobuchi, Titanic, Yakov Smiroff, Baldknodbers and several others.

The ladies said the shopping was great too – Tanger Mall, Factory Outlets, Branson Landing Mall. 
The scenery, atmosphere and friendship made for a great reunion. Thanks shipmates. 

Now hear this! All the above is the straight skinny right from the mess decks and all the sea stories that were retold at Branson were certified 100 percent honest and truthful by Bill Dean our resident historian.


Gene McLeod (1960-63)



USS Sea Cat SS-399 Sailing List
September 28 – October 4, 2008
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 Irene's daughter




Guest Speaker

44 Baird Lyle  
45 Baird Betty  








18th Annual USS Sea Cat Reunion at Virginia Beach, VA

Surfside Inn, 1211 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
September 16 – 22.

Channel fever... Endless inane conversation... Weird smelling air... The cementing of friendships that would last 'til they all crawled into the 'No Deposit, No Return' box and applied for the six foot plot in the Federal Sailors Farm. Good men... Good boat... Strong coffee... Lousy conversation... Silver dolphins.  Wouldn't have missed it for all the money in the world. 
-- Bob "Dex" Armstrong 

Surface, Surface, Surface – Liberty commences upon arrival!


Our shipmates begin mustering in on Sunday and it felt good to renew old friendships. By my count we ended up with a total of 62 shipmates, their ladies and guest in attendance. Personally, I got to met four new shipmates, Thurston Powell, John Watson, Frank Richards and Robert Cochran. The accommodations at the Surfside Inn were just outstanding. Jan and all the ladies at the front desk were very friendly and helpful.  

On Sunday, check in day, the weather was wonderful and we took a walk along the boardwalk. I don’t know the exact dimensions but it had to be more than two miles long with a bike path. We saw a lot of bikers and roller-bladers. There were shops, open air restaurants and free entertainment all along the way. One of the best boardwalks I have ever seen.    

The weather was nice but the wind didn’t cooperate with us – for the next three days the winds blow at 15 – 20 MPH. But it was just right for the surfers and kite-skiing young people – looks like they were having a ball. 

I think it was Sunday that we play a round of golf on the Tom Cat Golf Course at NAS Oceana. The course was just beautiful and except for that girl (Meg Hymer) beating me again, I had a great time! But there is always next year. We got to play at all three Navy golf course – Eagle Haven at NAB Little Creek, Tom Cat at NAS Oceana and Sewell’s Point at Naval Station. We had five hackers and one pro to play. Ed and Meg Hymer, Bill Noland, Thurston Powell, Gene McLeod and Lynn Trump the Pro. 

On Monday morning, our hospitality room wasn’t quite ready so we set up shop just outside the room and logged in our shipmates. The hospitality room was finally ready and we got the all the refreshments move in and started telling 100 percent certified true sea stories.  

Jack Stevenson, 96, drove up from South Carolina in one of those small SUVs and had a little accident. He was backing in a parking space in the garage, it was dark and there was a cement overhang and he busted out the rear glass. He didn’t get hurt – just a lot of glass everywhere. He got it repaired and picked his vehicle on Friday and was good to go. 

A huge thanks goes out to our “Chief of the Boat” Neil Chandler for picking up the shipmates arriving by airplane.  

Virginia Beach has so many good restaurants. We had a great dining experience with all our shipmates and their ladies at Rockafellers, Rudee’s, The Black Angus, Fish Bones, Giardino’s and several other great restaurants all along the Atlantic Boulevard and boardwalk. The crab cakes at the Ravens’ restaurant across from the hotel were very tasty. 

On Tuesday we mustered the troops and headed for the submarine piers at the Norfolk Naval Base. Our Base contact had the day off and after some confusion we finally got to tour the USS Boise SSN-764 and USS Montpelier SSN-765 Los Angeles Class nuclear powered fast-attack submarines. First we notice that the security was very prevalent, guards everywhere and even a lever operated four-inch thick steel barrier at the head of each pier.  Things have really have changed since I walked down that same pier with a sea bag on my shoulder fifty year ago (1957). We really enjoyed the sub tour. A huge thanks to Robert Windburn for getting this tour together. 

We did some tours at the Virginia Aquarium and Nauticus-National Maritime Center. The USS Wisconsin was docked at the Nauticus. The sightseeing boat cruise on the ocean fell through due to heavy seas. I notice the winds subsided and cruises started back up on Friday the day before we departed. 

We were awaken from a deep sleep at 0500 on Wednesday by about 75 Seals running down the board walk counting cadence. There were a few stragglers and they are not going to make it through training. I think NAB Little Creek is their training base which is about 12 miles up the road from our hotel. While dining at Rudee’s Inlet one evening we saw a couple of those funny looking Seal boat navigating in and out the inlet. They were probably just sight-seeing. 

 On Thursday evening and thanks to Lynn Trump, our auctioneer, we had one of the most entertaining and successful auctions that I have ever been to. Lot of shipmates commented how much they really enjoyed it. We want to give a huge thanks to Jack Stevenson, 96 years old, for all his bidding entertainment. He was a blast! Also, we want to thank all the shipmate who donated some great prizes. Especially, Frank Cinetti for donating two large models of the USS Sea Cat and a huge thanks to Jimmy Johnson for all the prizes he donated – it was a very large collection of personal memorabilia. Thanks Jimmy and Frank. The auction raised $1030 for the USS Sea Cat Association fund. 

The banquet on Friday evening was very enjoyable and entertaining. Wine on all the tables and the food was delicious. One of the most moving segments of the banquet was when we recognized our shipmates for their WWII submarine service. Frank Zeigler (Plank Owner and four war patrols), Archie Warnock, Jack Stevenson (eleven war patrols), Neil Chandler (one war patrol) and Lyle Holm were presented with a beautiful glass plaque with engraving and a photo of the USS Sea Cat.   

Our banquet speaker was great surprise to us. Captain Michael E. McLaughlin, Chief of Staff, U.S. Submarine Force, Norfolk Naval Base was our speaker. Of course, he did a great job – he gave up an update on the mission our subs are playing in today’s world and years to come.  

We owe huge thanks to Lynn Trump for organizing the banquet and getting our speaker – a lot of hard work went into it and we really appreciation his unwavering dedication.  

 Also, we really appreciate our “Chief of the Boat” Neil Chandler for his leadership and guidance. 

For me, it was sad to say good-bye – I really had a good time and hope to see everyone in Branson, MO next year and now… Dive, Dive! 

Green Board, 

Gene McLeod
USS Sea Cat Association     

Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share ... being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility. (Author unknown)


2007 Sailing List

  George                              Albert

  Lyle                                  Baird

  Betty                                 Baird

  Don                                  Bloomhuff

  Brad                                 Brooks

  Peggy                                Brooks

  Neil                                   Chandler

  Robert                               Cochran

  Mrs Robert                          Cochran

  Joe                                   Collins

  Marie                                 Collins

  Mary Lou                            Dean

  Bill                                    Dean

  Natalie                               Gillett

  Yogi                                  Gillett

  Ivy                                    Griffith

  Slick                                  Griffith

  Gus                                  Hahn

  Linda                                 Hahn

  Bennaz                              Hawkins

  Henry                                Hayes

  Lyle                                  Holm

  Gail                                   Holm

  Meg                                  Hymer

  Ed                                    Hymer

  Ken                                  Jordan

  Judy                                 Jordan

  Irene                                 Mariano

  Ron                                  Marr

  Rose                                 Marr

Ken                                    McGuire

  Sue                                  McGuire


  Eva                                   McLeod

  Gene                                 McLeod

  Jack                                  Mitchell

  Peggy                                Mulcahy

  John                                 Mulcahy

  Kathy                                Noland

  Bill                                    Noland

  Dianne                                        O’Donnell

  Thurston                            Powell

  Mike                                  Repko

  Shirley                                Richards

  Frank                                Richards

  James                               Robinson

  Pat                                   Robinson

  Margo                                          Rock

  Betty                                 Shafer

  Alice                                 Staats

  Ronnie                               Staats

  Jack                                  Stevenson

  Richard                              Toole

  Linda                                 Toole

  Carolyn                              Trump

  Lynn                                 Trump

  Archie                               Warnock

  Marie                                 Watson

  John                                 Watson

  Robert                               Windburn

  Marie                                 Windburn

  Millie                                  Zeigler

   Frank                                Zeigler





Shipmates that Attended the 2006 Reunion at Jacksonville, Florida


1.       Aitchison, Barbara
2.       Aitchison, Jim
3.       Albert, George
4.       Bloomhuff, Don
5.       Brooks, Brad
6.       Brooks, Margaret
7.       Bullock, Bill (spouse of Cynthia)
8.       Carlson, Nancy (widow of Ralph Carlson)
9.       Carlson-Bullock, Cynthia (dau of Ralph & Nancy)
10.   Chandler, Neil
11.   Clausner, Betsy
12.   Clausner, Ed
13.   Collins, Joe
14.   Collins, Marie
15.   Cooper, Evie (widow of Charles L. Cooper)
16.   Dean, Bill
17.   Dean, Mary Lou
18.   Evans, Sandi (daughter of Virginia Taylor)
19.   Garraway, Dave
20.   Garraway, Marylou
21.   Gillette, Natalie
22.   Gillette, Yogi
23.   Griffith, Ivy
24.   Griffith, Slick
25.   Hahn, Gus
26.   Hahn, Linda
27.   Hawkins, Bennaz
28.   Hayes, Ann
29.   Hayes, Henry
30.   Hogan, Ann
31.   Hogan, Pat
32.   Holm, Gail
33.   Holm, Lyle
34.   Hymer, Ed
35.   Hymer, Meg
36.   Johnson, Jim
37.   Johnson, Wanda
38.   Kicklighter, Ken
39.   Kicklighter, Sandra


40.   Lathrop, Ken
41.   Lathrop, Sandy
42.   Mariano, Irene
43.   Marr, Ron
44.   Marr, Rose
45.   Maxwell, Bobby
46.   Maxwell, Leona
47.   McGuire, Craig (son of Ken & Sue)
48.   McGuire, Ken
49.   McGuire, Sue
50.   McIllvain, William
51.   McLeod, Eva
52.   McLeod, Gene
53.   Menendez, Darlene
54.   Menendez, Gil
55.   Michael, Linda
56.   Michael, Ray
57.   Mulcahy, John
58.   Mulcahy, Peggie
59.   Noland, Bill
60.   Noland, Kathy
61.   Owens, Phil
62.   Phillipps, Chris
63.   Phillipps, Drew (son of Chris & Judy)
64.   Phillipps, Judy
65.   Phillipps, Troy (son of Chris & Judy)
66.   Schmidt, Rita
67.   Staats, Alice
68.   Stevenson, Jack
69.   Streeper, Tom
70.   Taylor, Virginia
71.   Trump, Caroline
72.   Trump, Lynn
73.   Tuckfield, Cyril
74.   Warnock, Archie
75.   Winburn, Marie
76.   Winburn, Robert
77.   Zeigler, Frank
78.   Zeigler, Millie



Neil Chandler: 757-340-3331              email:
Lynn Trump: 937-548-6116                 email:
Dave Garraway: 937-287-0255           email: 
Gene McLeod: 936-594-5112             email:
Ed Hymer: 319-635-2175                    email:



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