|Foreword by Pat Taylor:
While I never had a reason to study the Naval Academy's 1926 class crest before reading Eddy's letter to his classmates in the 50-Year After book ... the similarity is amazing ... the bow on sub with bow planes rigged out and flanking dolphins ... not yet straightened out as in our proud insignia. Click here for the 1926 US Naval Academy sketch Size 34 KB
Many of you out there may well know the origin of the submariner's dolphins ... but here's a little insight you may not be aware of ... I thought it worth sharing with many old shipmates, including my Sub School Instructors, engineroom petty officers, DivComs, and Admirals.
The following comes from a personal note found in my father-in-law's Class of 1926 (USNA) Fifty Years After book ... wherein fellow classmates were invited to forward an anecdote and boast of grandchildren.
This story is told by William C. ( Bill / "Crawf" ) Eddy ... who, among other things, had been the featured cartoonist of the Log and a heavy oarsman on the crew at the Naval Academy.
Here's his story ... Just thought you'd like to know.
|William C. (Bill or Crawf) Eddy, cartoonist
par excellence, inventor, and electronics wizard, was one of the few who
qualified in submarines without attending submarine school. He achieved
this distinction while serving in S-35 on the China Station where, as some
people claim, "Anything can happen."
Regarding his submarine service, Crawf
While still at New London, Crawf and
Simon Lake collaborated to build a 156 mc transmitter using a single modified
201A tube in a tin can atop a periscope for short-range inter-submarine
communication. About this time, the medicos caught up with his deafness,
which had become more acute, and he had to retire as a Lt(jg).
The following is quoted from a June
1977 letter from Crawf regarding a matter of interest to all submariners: