Special Thanks to Ken Henry
SSBN 640 Obituaries
Michael J. (Soupy) Campbell, Sr., who
as a Radioman on the Blue Crew from 1971 - 1974, passed away on
September 16, 2012.
67, passed away Nov. 13, 2010, in Brentwood, Calif., after a brief
medical complications from a stroke. He was born June 22, 1943, in
Field, Va., to Henry F. Slaughter, a U.S. Air Force chief warrant
Marcia (Barker) Slaughter; he was an only child. As part of a military
he lived in various places throughout the United States, graduated high
in Sanford, Fla., and then joined the U. S. Navy where he spent
in the submarine force. He was assigned to operational units including
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) and training assignments at the Groton,
submarine base. His time in the Navy included patrols in Vietnam during
the war. Following
his time in the Navy, he became a management instructor in Connecticut
eventually relocated to the West Coast. David spent much of the rest of
in the greater Portland area. For many years his life revolved around
maritime environment and he greatly enjoyed any profession that kept
to the water. He spent time as a ship captain transiting ships through
Panama Canal, and was the captain of a vessel performing supply
research stations in Antarctica. David then found his way to the
where he spent many years with TWA and then supervising refueling and
support services at Portland International Airport. In 2003, he
relocated to the
Bay Area where he again supervised support services at San Francisco
International Airport until his retirement in 2008. David is survived
Powell, his wife of 14 years; sons, Matthew of Corvallis; John of
Ala.; Christopher of Australia; stepchildren, Christine Gillingham and
Bellisle of Vancouver; and nine grandchildren. The family will be
memorial service in the near future in the Portland area. Family and
wish to attend may e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to
obtain more information. Fair winds and following seas.
"Pop" Coley, Sr.,
resident of 122 Newspring Court, Summerville, SC 29485, formerly a
Montgomery, AL entered into eternal rest on Monday, November 15, 2010,.
the beloved husband of the late Mrs. Julie Mae Coley, his beloved wife
years, and a United States Navy Retired submarine veteran and
Harbor survivor. He is the father of Robert Coley, Jr.
Summerville, SC, Doris Chukes (Frank), Newark, Texas, Jerome Coley of
California, Evon Coley of California; brother of Lugenia Robertson of
Mississippi; brother-in-law of Dan Robertson of Gulfport, Mississippi
sister-in-law, Agnes Marie Primus of Montgomery, AL; grandfather of
grandchildren and eight great-grands. Inhumation: Eastwood Cemetery,
Paul L. Master Chief U.S. Navy Submarines (Ret.) passed
away on July 8, 2010 at Balboa Navy Hospital with his beloved wife of
holding his hand. He was born at Sylmar, Calif., on June 11, 1937. He
San Fernando High School Class of '55, where he met and later married
his wife. He
joined the Navy in '54 and retired in '73. He was on the USS Henderson
Ramsden Destroyers. He attended Submarine School in Groton, Conn. and
was on the
USS Razorback Diesel Submarine, and the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN
640). He was
at Fltsubtrafac, HI, later a Consublant (Staff) in Virginia '71-'73. He
resided in San Diego since '73. He worked for several companies, taught
safety riding to childran for 4H at Glamis and Ocatillo. Paul and his
enjoyed off-roading at Glamis for 20 years. He loved deep sea fishing,
and the ocean. He is survived by his wife Lauraine, daughters, Terry,
and Pauline and his much loved doxie "Sparky", two grandsons, two
granddaughters, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by
sisters, three brothers, several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly
by all. Memorial Service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on
September 2, 2010 at 12 noon. A Celebration of Life gathering will be
his home following the service.
67, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2010. He was born in San
on December 31, 1942. Wayne grew up in San Antonio and graduated in
Highlands High School, where he was the editor of the yearbook. He
attended the University of Texas at Austin on a Naval ROTC scholarship.
Wayne served in several campus organizations and lived in the "Crow's
Nest," the housing for Naval ROTC midshipmen. He graduated from UT in
with a BA degree in mathematics and a minor in German, and was
the US Navy as an Ensign. After attending nuclear power school in
California, he was then stationed in Idaho Falls, Idaho, for nuclear
prototype training, which he completed in June 1966. On July 3, 1966,
his college sweetheart, Joan Arrington. They moved to New London,
where he completed submarine school in December 1966. Wayne served as
officer on the submarine USS Odax (SS-484), based in Charleston, South
and the nuclear submarine USS Benjamin Franklin based in Guam, while
Hawaii.When his service commitment was satisfied, he left the Navy
his business career with Houston Lighting and Power and soon joined the
office of Arthur Andersen, later Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
obtained an MBA degree from the University of Houston in 1973. He was
to Partner in 1981 and retired from the firm on his 50th birthday,
1992. Throughout his career Wayne was an enthusiastic supporter of
Achievement, serving as Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of
Texas. In retirement Wayne enjoyed playing golf on a daily basis. In
being an avid golfer, he was a supporter of the University of Texas
Foundation. He will always be remembered as a caring husband, father,
grandfather.Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joan
Miers; his son, Jeffrey Todd Miers, his wife Amy, and their daughters,
Brooke; his daughter, Stacy Miers Rider, her husband Tim and their son,
his mother-in-law, Ruth Ramsay Arrington; his sister-in-law, Joyce
Smith; his niece, Jamie Smith Luff, and her husband Martin; and other
his extended family. He was predeceased by his mother and stepfather,
Billy L. Tinkle, and by his father-in-law, James R. Arrington.There
will be a
visitation on Monday, February 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 o'clock in the
Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079. A
funeral service celebrating Wayne's life will be held on Tuesday,
February 9, at
11 o'clock in the morning at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery,
reception following in the Windows on the Terrace Room at Raveneux
9415 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379. In lieu of flowers, the
requests that contributions in Wayne's memory be made to the UT
Foundation, c/o Bob Brown, 2365 Bolsover Houston, TX 77005, or to
Achievement of Southeast Texas, 2115 East Governors Circle, Houston, TX
13, 1952 to Sept. 12, 2007
Lewis Brubaker, 55, of Poulsbo died from a blood clot Sept. 12, 1007,
was born July 13, 1952, in Lebanon, Pa., to Lloyd and Dorothy (Kreider)
Brubaker. He graduated in 1970 from Palmyra High School in Palmyra, Pa.
married Becky Wright in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, 2006.
served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1976. He was an officer with the
Police Department for about 24 years, retiring July 31, 2005, and then
long-haul truck driver. Mr. Brubaker enjoyed fishing, outdoor
trying to grow a goatee, spending time with his family, having coffee
friends at the Mucky Duck and eating onion rings at Burger King with
was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd H. Brubaker.
is survived by his mother, Dorothy Brubaker of Pennsylvania; sons,
Dutton (Alicia Erickson) and Jessie Dutton, both of Poulsbo; a
Cassandra and Steven Saunders of North Las Vegas; a brother, Gene
Pennsylvania; a sister, Larene Brubaker of Florida; a granddaughter,
Saunders; and the “Brotherhood” of the Poulsbo Police Department,
County Sheriff's Department and Washington State Patrol; and his
friend, Kenneth Knobel.
Captain, US Navy (Retired)
January 20, 1933 - August 18, 2008
McKay Morrison (USN Ret.) was born January 20, 1933, in New York City
to Mary Phifer and Loyle Alexander Morrison. Bob was
, and graduated from
High School in Alexandria
VA. In 1955, he
commissioned in the
U.S. Navy and received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cornell
University , where he was in the NROTC
Bob then served in
USS Noa (DD841) and USS Joseph K. Taussig (DD1030). After attending Submarine
School in 1958, he reported to USS Bang
(SS385), followed by
Officer Nuclear Power
Training in 1960. His first nuclear submarine was USS Tinosa (SSN606).
became Executive Officer of USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN 617) (Gold).
he became Commanding Officer of USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) (Blue). Shore duties included tours at Commander,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet,
; Headquarters US European Command,
; and Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Systems at Commander,
Forces, US Pacific Fleet,
retirement from the Navy in 1981, he served as the Hawaii Manager for
Inc. of New London
Connecticut , Director of Facilities Services
Permanente, and as an energy
conservation consultant. He was past
President of the Aloha Chapter of the Naval Submarine League, served on
Board of Directors of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association,
a member of the Honolulu Council of the U.S. Navy League.
Bob is survived by
his wife of 47 years, Susan Keyes; sons Robert McKay, Jr. of
, VA and Thomas Charles of
; daughter, Carolyn Avery “Cammy” Bean of Littleton, MA; six
and his brother, Commander Lawrence Alexander “Sandy” Morrison (USN
On December 8,
will be inurned with full military honors at Arlington
My name is Larene Brubaker, and I am Rodger Brubaker's sister.
It is with heavy heart to inform you my brother passed on
09/12/07 of complications related to Lung Cancer (malignant
mesothelioma), which he fought for 1.5 years.
My brother served on the USS Benjamin from 1976-1979. I have
every postcard he ever sent to me, his Sailor cap I used to sleep
in and he swore I would wear out, as well as his treasured duffle bag I
was allowed to carry down the airport for him.
He used to be my show & tell when he came on land to my
elementary school where he would bring in his reel to reel tapes of the
underwater sounds of whales, etc. What I wouldn't do to have hear those
tapes with him one more time.
His passing has been a shock to his mother, brother, my aunts
& uncles, and I miss him more than is humanly possible.
I happen to live north of Naples, FL, and would love to
attend the November 2011 Reunion in Naples. IIt would be an honor to
visit with his crew members, and have the chance to hear memories come
alive. If permitted, please send as much information as it becomes
Please feel free to share this information, and my contact
name/email with the crew. Any memories and stories, that can be shared
would be greatly appreciated.
Larene E. Brubaker
Cape Coral, Florida
GROTON BASE ETERNAL PATROL NOTICE
SUBMARINE VETERANS GROTON BASE
40 School Street
Groton, CT 06340
It is our sad duty to inform you all of the passing of a Shipmate. Robert
L. "Van" "Hoobie" Van Compernolle, 60, of 957 Old Buddington
Road, in Groton, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Lawrence &
Hospital. Van was born on April 26, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., the son
R. and Frances M. (Hazen) Van Compernolle. He had been married to the
Sandra J. Smith, on February 21, 1979 in Groton.
Van was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Navy from
his retirement in 1994. He Qualified submarines on board the USS
FRANKLIN (SSBN 640) in 1974. Van joined us at USSVI Groton Base in
1998, he was
a Life member.
A celebration of his life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday,
June 14 at
the Groton Lodge of Elks. All
members, Shipmates and friends are welcome to attend. The Honors Detail
muster at 5:15pm and go on at 5:30pm, the uniform, if you have it, will
Vest, Garrison Cap, Short Sleeve White Shirt, Black Pants, and Black
Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., is assisting the family
is a port of no return, where ships may ride at anchor for a little
And then some starless night the cable slips, leaving only an eddy at
Gulls veer no longer, Sailor rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore."
L. "Van" "Hoobie" Van Compernolle. . .Rest your oar.
Mr. Edward H. Barron, age 68,
of Newark, DE, died on Sunday, July 10, 2011.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, on
September 9, 1942, Mr. Barron was the son of the late Henry Barron and
Mary Kizis Barron. He proudly served his country in the US Navy as a
submariner during the Vietnam War. In civilian life he retired as the
marine operations manager for “K” Line America in Virginia.
He is survived by his wife,
Xenia Cajias Barron; stepsons, Michael Berkowitz, Paul Berkowitz, Adam
Berkowitz, and Michael Voss; brother, John Barron; nephews, Tom Wilbert
and Jeffrey Wilbert; grandchildren; and extended family.
Viewing will begin at 11:30 am
on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W.
Park Place, Newark, DE, followed by a funeral service at 12:30 pm.
Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465
Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart
Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714, to aid in the cure for pancreatic cancer.
Michael McGinn, age 63, of Dunnellon, died September 8, 2011 at home.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 18, 1947, a son to the late
Thomas James McGinn and Mary Christina Kilroy McGinn of Riviera Beach,
FL. He was retired from the United States Navy and truly loved his
service to his country. He leaves behind to cherish his memory in
addition to his mother a sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Robert
Zuppinger of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and two nephews Michael Thomas
Zuppinger and Ryan McGinn Zuppinger. The family will have a memorial
service at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Forest
Lawn Funeral Home, Ocala, Florida.
Bailey McBroom Jr.
May 10, 1950 - Sept. 25, 2011
Joe Bailey McBroom Jr., 61, ended his brave battle with cancer on
September 25, 2011. Joe proudly served his country in the USN as a
submariner and was a Mayor of Rose Bud, Arkansas for 3 years. Joe
helped countless veterans during his career at the Arkansas Employment
Security Division as a Disabled Veteran Representative before retiring
in 2007. Joe was born May 10, 1950 in Alvin, Texas and resided in
Jacksonville, Fla. for the past 5 years.
He leaves to cherish his memories: loving wife, Suzanne; two proud
children, Aaron and Nicole; and best buddy, “Mack.”