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 The USS Plunger SSN-595

Displacement. 3070 tons (surf.), 3500 tons (subm.); length. 278.5'; Beam. 31.8';
Compliment. 9 officers - 76 enlisted men; class. "PERMIT"

Keel laid down by Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, 2MAR60;
Launched: 9DEC61; Sponsored by Mrs. Clinton P. Anderson;
Commissioned: 21NOV62 with Cdr Will M. Adams, Jr.,  in command;
Decommissioned: 3JAN90;
Struck from the Navy List 2FEB90

My home away from home for three and a half years.

Western Pacific (WestPac)

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Bremerton, Washington

San Diego, California

Vallejo, California


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(Cameras were not allowed in secret areas, however Marie managed to get some photo's) 

The only photo of me on board Plunger (last person on Right)

Maneuvering, one of my watch stations. The propulsion system was controlled from this area.

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Left side Steam Plant Control Panel (SPCP), Center Reactor Control Panel (RCP), Right Electrical Control Panel (EPCP)

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Results from not using a turn signal

Wild ride during an emergency blow.

A note in memory one of my Commanding Officers

Commander Alvin L. Wilderman, was washed overboard from the bridge of PLUNGER (SSN-595) on 1 December 1973 outside Golden Gate while the ship was enroute to routine post-overhaul sea trials. In spite of an intensive search by air and sea, his body was never recovered.

How to Simulate Submarine Life in your own Home


General Quarters  Sonar Ping  Emergency Blow  Dive Alarm  

My Duty Stations

Aviation Cadet Flight Training, Pensacola, Florida

Boot Camp, Great Lakes Navel Training Center

Machinist Mate Training School, Great Lakes Navel Training Center 

USS Sierra AD-18, Norfolk, Virginia Caribbean, Mayport, Florida

Nuclear Power School, Bainbridge Maryland

Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Submarine School, Groton, Connecticut

USS Plunger SSN-595, WestPac

USS Halibut SSN-587, WestPac


For more information on the Plunger and the Submarine service, please visit

USS Plunger SSN-595 Tribute Page

The Cold War Submarine Memorial

Submarines in the Cold War