USS Drum (SS-228)

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145) Patrick Connolly  Male
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Location
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Sunday, October 8, 2017 02:14 PM Host: Write a comment

My dad served on the Drum. A correction on the spelling Connolly (not Connonly). Thanks to all who worked on this site.I know my dad was very proud to serve on the Drum.
144) Helen Doran  Female
The Woodlands, TX Location
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:55 AM Host: Write a comment

My dad, Hugh J. Doran, who was 60 yrs. old when I was born, would bring me to the Drum reunions as a kid. He looked forward to it every year, even allowing me to miss a few days of school to attend. I learned so much from him and the Crew in those few days out of the year. Thank you for preserving the place that was most special to my Dad and I.
143) Joe Cook  Male
Atlanta, GA Location
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:38 PM Host: Write a comment


Unbelievable job on the restoration...I found those pictures fascinating. There haven't been any pictures since the restoration ongoing or has that work ceased? thx.
142) Gianna Goldy  Female
Woodbine, GA Location
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 02:40 PM Host: Write a comment

It is amazing what you both have accomplished. I think you are super hero's in disguise. My grandfather Phil Williamson served on the Drum for 10 patrols during WWII. When he steps foot on the Drum the first thing he does is salute. He stands tall and straight, beefs his chest up and gives a stern salute. The first time I saw him do that I knew that the Drum was special. You have given something great to these men that few have received. You've given them the history they made. They can relive and feel it. To touch the torpedo and its equipment, to see it as it was, to smell the diesel, to sit in the galley, to climb out of the sub like he did so many times before and relive the experience of finally getting some R&R. You have given them a piece of there life forever.
141) Robert Munch  Male
Smith county Tennessee Location
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Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:42 PM IP: Write a comment

It is a great honor to serve as the 1st officer in the first reenactment on this boat. It is our goal to portray the men and their duties as historically accurate as possible.
Thanks to Tom and Leslie for all they have done.
140) Michael L Geronime  Male
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Location
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:05 PM Host: Write a comment

You guys, the Drum veterans and those of you who are restoring this great piece of history, are Awesome!

I'm currently reading Richard O'Kane's book "Wahoo" (already read his "Clear the Bridge") about his wartime experience on Gato class boats, so watching your video tour of the Drum was really helpful.

Thank you and Keep up the great work!
139) LCDR David Perry  Male
Hawaii Location
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Friday, February 3, 2017 02:29 PM Host: Write a comment

Aloha, I am a serving officer in the Royal Australian Navy currently serving in Hawaii. As a submariner I have collected history from all over the world and many years ago I acquired a US WW2 Submarine Association jacket from USS Drum. The owners name, sewn on the jacket, is Robert (Bob) White, who I see from your records served on USS Drum for all but one patrol. As the jacket now just sits around at home I was wondering if you would like it for your USS Drum Museum where it could be displayed. Please contact me if interested.
As always DBF.
138) Bernard J Habermehl Jr.  Male
Central Pa. Location
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Saturday, January 7, 2017 06:20 PM Host: Write a comment

My father served on Drum on her first war patrol, he told me a number of stories of his experiences on this and other submarines during the war. He enjoyed going to the reunions of Drums crew. I am looking forward to driving down to Mobile to see the Drum this year. My grandsons Boy Scout troop spent the night on the Torsk, another Gato class sub in Baltimore. I got a tiny taste of what it was like to sleep on board. The bunks were spaced so close together I couldn't roll over. Having worked in a shipyard I appreciate the work involved in the ongoing restoration. Good work and God speed! BJH
137) Joe Pezzino  Male
Grand Rapids Michigan Location
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Friday, November 25, 2016 12:33 PM Host: Write a comment

Great ongoing restoration job, thank you Tom and Lesley for all of your efforts.
136) Richard R Abell  Male
Providence, FL Location
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 02:13 PM Host: Write a comment

My Uncle,William K Abell, served on the USS Drum for patrol#11. He is deceased and I have a few of his USN items.

I am an USN retired E-8, AQCS, 1960-1980.
135) brian wixson  Male
Seattle Wa. Location
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Thursday, September 1, 2016 07:42 AM IP: Write a comment

Great Job! The embedded video tour on the website is awesome.

I am curious about the signal flags at the top of the page next to the SS-228 I would have thought it should spell out Drum but it spells NITG.

Keep up the good work, the boat shines!

134) Raymond j Petreshock Jr.  Male
Gloucester,NJ Location
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 05:01 AM Host: Write a comment

I would like to thank the volunteers . My Uncle Steve Petreshock naval artist , one if the founders of the Wisconsin maritime museum and subvet of wwII on the Redfin ss272 . I am an acquaintance of
Philipp Williamsson of your WWII crew and he has a painting of the Drum my Uncle has done .
133) John R Williamson  Male
Grantsville, Utah Location
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Thursday, May 26, 2016 01:59 PM Host: Write a comment

I was able to tour the USS drum in May 2016 with my oldest son and my dad. My grandfather commanded the Drum's 8th and 9th patrols in WWII. The experience is one I will keep with me until I die. Thank you to to all who have had a hand in the restoration and upkeep of this fine machine. Tom, I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to meet you and thank you in person.
132) Joe Frawley  Male
Hemlock, Michigan Location
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Saturday, April 9, 2016 06:07 PM Host: Write a comment

My wife and myself made our 3rd visit to the Drum. This was my first time seeing her out of water. Thank you volunteers for maintaining Drum during all these years of retirement. Your efforts are very noticeable and greatly appreciated.
Happy to see her interior brass work and chrome shine. I've looked forward to each visit as the Drum is the only WW2 submarine that I know of that allows entry into the conning tower. If those bulkheads could talk....
On behalf of my family thank you for keeping up the U.S.S.DRUM and making her accessible to all.
131) Richard Jenkins  Male
Lansing, Michigan Location
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Friday, March 25, 2016 01:48 PM Host: Write a comment

I just read James Scott's book The War Below and I was curious where the Drum was. You guys have a great web site and I loved the tour video. Thank you for working to save her! I am planning to come down and see her.
130) Christine Manning  Female
Douglasville, Georgia Location
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Monday, March 14, 2016 11:30 PM Host: Write a comment

My father, Thomas Manning, served aboard the USS Atule, USS Halfbeak and the USS Crevalle. My husband built a 52" model of a Gato sub in honor of my father and the men who served aboard these boats. We llok forward to taking the tour of the USS drum while we are in Mobile in March of 2016. A big thanks to Tom Bowser, Lesley Waters, and all of the many volunteers in preserving this vessel!
129) Dale Savell  Male
Aiken, SC Location
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Friday, February 26, 2016 02:49 PM IP: Write a comment

My uncle was John D. Harper, Ensign aboard the USS Drum. Married to my Aunt, Emmie Leila Savell Harper. Uncle John later transferred to the USS Shark SS-314 out of Hawaii. He was the executive officer on the Shark. He died during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 24 Oct 1944 when his submarine was sunk.
128) Preston S. Williams  Male
Norman, Oklahoma Location
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Monday, December 7, 2015 11:42 AM Host: Write a comment

My father was David Theodore Williams, he was a hospital corpsman on submarines throughout WWII. The last submarine he served on was the USS Flasher, 6th and 7th war patrol. If you wish to find out more detailed information about the Flasher, contact me about my book, now published, for details of all seven war patrols of the Flasher. Great web site and hopefully my wife and I can come and visit the Drum.
127) Tom Williamson  Male
Mobile, AL Location
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Saturday, November 7, 2015 08:23 PM Host: Write a comment

I am blown away and humbled by the volunteer restoration efforts by Tom Bowser and Lesley Waters. I sat in the crew's mess for a half-hour reading about their efforts. I came from Colorado to see this boat and spent 4 hours inside her. The Drum was one the of the great submarines of the war. While tourists flock to the Battleship Alabama (and it is an impressive ship) it's contribution to the war was insignificant compared to the damage done by the Drum and other submarines. The risk the submarines crews experienced was huge. The Drum was almost destroyed by depth charging and sank many ships, sometimes at great risk. Tom and Lesley are total heroes for the selfless restoration work they have done with the Drum. Three cheers to them!
126) Robert Shonerd  Male
Marietta, GA Location
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 08:18 PM Host: Write a comment

My Dad (William Shonerd) served on the eleventh patrol of the USS DRUM. We want to visit the DRUM soon in remembrance of him. He will have Navy honors given at his memorial service August, 2015 at GA National Cemetery. He lived until 94 and was very proud of serving on the USS DRUM!
125) Art Brown Sr.  Male
Alaska Location
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Monday, July 6, 2015 02:32 AM Host: Write a comment

Tom and Lesly, WOW! I am an old welders helper and worked in a shipyard in Tacoma WA, I'm looking at your work and sweating from imagining the labor involved in handling all that steel and making it do what YOU want it to do! I'm also a WWII history buff especially Pacific theater Submarine Service (That started when as a kid in the late 50s watching "Silent Service", and reading Cdr Beaches' Dust on the Sea)
124) MM1(SS) Robert W. Fellingham, Jr. USNR-Ret  Male
Lake Mary, Florida Location
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:51 PM IP: Write a comment

Great work you two are doing. I was a Nuc MM on the USS James Madison, SSBN 627(Blue) from 1974 to 1978. My Dad, Capt. R. W. Fellingham, Sr. was a diesel boat officer most of my years growing up. He was Officer-in-charge of the USS Tautog, SS-199, in Milwakee, Wisconsin in 1958. She was replaced by the USS Cobia, SS-245, in 1959. Dad tried to get the Tautog saved as a museum as she was the only sub left that had been at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. It has been a few years since my last visit to the Drum. Planning to go back next year. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
123) John S Young  Male
Minnesota Location
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Sunday, June 21, 2015 06:12 PM Host: Write a comment

My Dad John F Young was the CWO on the Drum during the Korean War, the stories he had about being on the Drum and the experiences during the war. My dad has passed away 12 years ago and I sill think of how proud he was to be on that sub. I will one day get to see it in person. Thank you for all the hard work that you folks at
122) Stephen Sass MMCS(SS) Retired  Male
Full time RVer's Location
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:00 PM Host: Write a comment

Happened upon the You Tube video of the USS Drum and the restoration. Being a plank owner of USS Drum (SSN-677) I found this video to be one of the best I have watched on You Tube. I served 5 1/2 years on the 677 Drum and the crew was always proud of its namesake SS-228. Hopefully, one day in our travels we will visit Mobile and take a tour. Great job on doing the restoration which you all should be very proud of.
121) Alan Jones 
Plymouth , Devon , England Location
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Monday, April 13, 2015 01:05 PM Host: Write a comment

I served in the Royal Navy Submarine Service fro 1962-1992 From Stoker to Warrant Officer, From Diesel Boats to Nucs.After leaving I became a Volunteer & Tour Guide for Courageous(SSN06) in Devonport Naval Base. We only have ALLIANCE & OCELOT as SSK Exhibits.Courageous is unique as an SSN Open to the PUBLIC.I have retired now but really did enjoy restoring and presenting the SUBMARINE to the public. To see the faces as you tell it, as it was is wonderful. We pass on our True experiences for the future.
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