by Rear Admiral M.H. Rindskopf
|This monograph is the third in a series
in which the heroes are submarines, old and young: or men who helped make
the Submarine force what it is today.
The first document was the Submarine History section of "Steel Ships Iron Men", a book of more than 600 biographies of submariners published in 1994 by the Turner Publishing Company of Paducah, Kentucky. The senior officer represented is Admiral Hyman G. Rickover of the Naval Academy Class of 1922. He is, as well, the only deceased officer included.
The second paper was a natural follow-on which included all the ships in the U.S. Navy which were officially designated submarine tenders (AS). There were 35 such ships, of which 16 were named for people. These biographies and the derivation of the names of the other ships - mythological characters or heavenly bodies - form the concluding section of "Steel Ships Iron Men".
This monograph describes 54 buildings on nine Naval Installations named for submarines, officer and enlisted and two aviators whose contributions were significant in the development of the Submarine Force and to its success from the cold war forward. This story is told geographically, commencing with the Submarine Base, New London, CT, journeying down the East Coast, then to the West Coast, and concluding at the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor.
There are also rooms named in memory of submariners within buildings, named and unnamed. These are presented following the main portion of this paper.
The emphasis in these biographies is on the submarines in which these men served.
The author knows full well that he will be informed in sometimes strong terms that he omitted some structure and some person somewhere. Let it be stated that a second edition of this monograph can be published whenever the need arises.
I appreciate the contributions of many organizations and people in the preparation of this paper. They are listed in the attachment.