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veterans day 2018

Welcome to the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) Association and website. Feel free to take a look around, and leave a comment here to let us know you stopped by, and what you liked (or didn't like!).

If you'd like to see more, you are invited to register for full access to the site, which includes thousands of photographs and sea stories from the men who served on the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680). See the tab on the right side of your browser window on almost every page.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the administrators using the CONTACT link at the bottom of every page.

In the meantime, the smoking lamp is lit, so grab a cup of joe and relax as you wander around and experience what it was like to serve on one of the most sophisticated submarines dedicated to bringing an end to the Cold War. 

Don't forget to leave a comment! 

Brad Williamson - Lead Administrator

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Kevin Houley
Thank you
My name is Kevin Houley. My dad was CO from 75-78. We are sitting in my living room in Annapolis, MD and I am taking him through this wonderful website. He is filling in a lot of blanks for me and smiling ear to ear. His favorite tour and most rewarding time of his life. Thank you for providing us a trip down memory lane. My goal is to get him online and onboard again!! Happy Thanksgiving 2020. Regards. K Houley
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Brad Williamson
Our Pleasure!
Great to hear from you, Kevin! Your father actually registered with this website back in 2009, but we haven't heard much from him since. If he still has his same email from back then, he can reset his password if necessary by clicking Password/Username Reminder in the Watch, Station, & Quarter Bill menu to the right on almost any page. If his email has changed, email me directly at bradwmson (at) ssn-680.org, and I'll update his email and get him signed back in again.. There is a great deal more to see once he logs back in. Glad to have him back - let me know how I can help.

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TIMOTHY F MAZZA
Book launch
Those shipmates from the early seventies will remember Lt. Dean Macris and YN3 Tim Mazza.
Dean and I have written a book, and of course there's a submarine in it. It's a great story about family, honor, duty and revenge.
The book launches 12-1-20 and is titled "Moral Revenge. The end of a legacy"
Great early reviews so far. Would love to hear from our shipmates.
Tim Mazza

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Brad Williamson
Tim, I emailed you on November 13, but hadn't heard back. Check your email spam, and let me know how we can assist you with promoting your book.

Brad

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George M. Sands
Good Times
Carl Pate was the breakout cook who burnt water! Strong as an ox!
The Billy B was my first boat and I have to admit the best since the crew was beyond awesome! I served with great men in A Division and learned much! Five years on the Billy B and I am proud of every year!
I want to catch up with as many people as I can! I have found only Tom O'Donnell.
I still have the Power and Light Company patch!
Too many things to put on here and yet I remember the great times we had as a crew, the Med run was great and as I tell many people after 20 years of serving on or working on a submarine.
What I miss are the friends I made and the places I went to see!
What I do not miss is going to sea or patrol on the many boats yet the Billy B stands out because we went to sea all the time it seemed actually! Especially with Commander Houley (Can not remember how to spell his name) the second commanding officer of the USS William H. Bates (SSN-680).
I still have my first pin put away safe!
I hope to hear from my friends who served on-board what we were told many times was the best submarine on the east coast and then not longer after that we were sent to the west coast! Go figure!
Well until I write again!

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Patrick Lawson
Dawg Years
Dawg is calling all SSN-680 shipmates who helped make my 3+ years on the Bouncing Billy awesome and unforgettable.
I miss EACH & EVERY ONE of you!
Thanks for your service and your friendship!

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Jonathan Smith
Crew Member
Hi there,
I was stationed on the Bates in Pearl Harbor from 1994 to 1996 as the Bull Nuke.
Tough duty...

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Albert Frankel
Our Doc
It is great to see Doc Whitesel on here at last. He took care of us all. Welcome Doc!
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John Mark Oliver
Bubbles?
Does anyone know what happened/or where "Bubbles" (Benny Dinnell) is? He was a cook 80-84. Ollie
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Jeff Galli
Benny
Benny and I were connected on Facebook for years, then he became a monk (literally) and left FB. He was still in Red Bluff /Sacramento area.
It would be awesome to see you John Mark. Come to the reunion next year!
Miss you,
Jeff

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