- On the Cover
The Submarine Force Bids Farewell to NSA La Maddalena Board Basics from the Bureau of Personnel SSGN—Global Presence with Global Support The SSGN Success Story: Concept to Capability in 39 Months SSGN: From the Commanding Officers’ Perspectives The Challenges and Successes for the Crew of the new SSGN From USS Barb to the Ohio-class — The Use of Missiles on Submarines Regulus on Surface Ships
In keeping with UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine’s charter as the Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force, we welcome letters to the editor, questions relating to articles that have appeared in previous issues, and insights and “lessons learned” from the fleet.
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UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine is pleased to say that we successfully put Mr. Pierce in contact with Col. Jones to further discuss the Argonaut, her bell and the late-Lt. Cmdr. Pierce. Here is an excerpt from Col. Jones’ reply:
“An honor to correspond to you and to have written the article. Thank you for your service to your country. I am sure you kept the spirit of Argonaut and your father alive.
After joining the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1993, I had three trips to Oahu, which is where I first saw USS Wahoo’s (SS-238) bell at the USS Bowfin (SS-287) Museum.
So, it was by chance, after seeing Wahoo’s bell, that I saw the sign on wall of beside the old Submarine Base Chapel at Pearl Harbor. It mentioned that the Argonaut’s bell was in the belfry. Getting into that belfry was a nightmare and I must have taken a thousand slides of the bell since I knew I would never be getting up there again.”
Col. Charles A. Jones, USMCR
Thank you for contacting UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine. Unfortunately, we do not have any of that information on hand but we would recommend contacting the Naval Historical Center. They are located in the Washington Navy Yard and their website is http://www.history.navy.mil. Our other recommendation would be contacting other WWII submarine memorials, such as the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Buffalo, N.Y., home of USS Croaker (SSK-246), or Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas, home of USS Cavalla (SS-244). Best of luck with your search!