I have met many interesting people since I arrived in Rhode Island, but none more so than WW2 veteran Bill. Bill was a US Navy submariner who served in the Gator class submarine USS Rasher, which was based out of Fremantle in Western Australia in 1943/44. She racked up an impressive array of kills, the second highest in the US Submarine service during WW2, and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.
The Rasher went on to continue a very interesting career, being refitted into a radar picket boat for the Korean war, and refitted again as an auxiliary submarine for the Vietnam war.
Bill was onboard Rasher as a young sonar man throughout the war and he told many tales over a beer or two....or three. Of great interest to me also was the fact that Bill was the first sailor to use the experimental underwater telephone aka GERTRUDE to speak to a submarine from a surface ship. This really tickled me as I've taught a lot of people how to do that over the years.
|USS Rasher's Battle Flag from WW@|