Thursday, December 13, 2007

Haney presents WWII sub patrol reports to SFLMA

By Steven L. Myers
December 13, 2007

Rear Adm. Cecil Haney, Submarine Group 2 commander, presented a set of digitized WWII submarine patrol reports to the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association (SFLMA) during a brief ceremony Dec. 7.

The 29 discs contain 1,620 patrol logs of 255 submarines during WWII. The war patrol reports contain a summary of submarine daily activities and whereabouts, and include detailed information concerning sightings of enemy planes and warships, weather and sea conditions, enemy anti-submarine measures and attacks on enemy targets.

"It was an honor for me to present these war patrol reports to the SFLMA on behalf of retired Vice Adm. Roger Bacon," said Haney. "These reports contain numerous tales of bravery and sacrifice from submarines like USS Wahoo (SS 238), USS Batfish (SS 310) and USS Albacore (SS 218)."

Bacon advocated the movement before the microfilm and microfiche slides decayed and the information was lost to history. Bill Galvani, Naval Undersea Warfare Museum director, retired Chief Petty Officer John Clark and other volunteers worked vigorously for nearly a year moving more than 60,000 pages of patrol reports to DVDs.

"The format was chosen to bring them back into the 21st century and make them more user-friendly," said Cmdr. Randy Tupas, officer in charge Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Library and Museum (SFLM) director.

The SFLM became one of only a handful of institutions to have these war patrol reports in a digital format.

"We are extremely grateful to receive these reports," said Tupas. "The public now has another great opportunity to review the history of their submarine force."

The SFLM serves as the official repository for the records and history of the U.S. submarine force. Within its walls are more than 6,000 titles and 2.5 million archival documents and photographs relevant to submarine history.



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