SCAMP MEMORIAL

Excerpted from an article in the August 1990 issue of

The Scuttlebutt News

by: Jack Tolliver, who was

Deputy State Commander at that time

On June 19, 1990 the US Submarine Vets of WW II added a plaque to the Scamp Memorial located in the Capitol Building Rotunda in Jefferson City, Missouri. Dr. John Taylor was Master of Ceremonies.

The colors were presented by the Missouri Championship Color Guard, which consisted of ILL-MO and MUDDY-MO members, and after the benediction there were the introductions. The engineering officer, COB (Chief of the Boat) and two men of the crew, all members of the USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) expressed their pleasure in being there and able to participate in the memorial program. Dr. Taylor gave a resume of Scamp operations and elaborated on how the Scamp was selected as our state boat when Dewey "Dutch" Dalwitz was State Commander. "Dutch" was a crewmember of Scamp and received the Navy Cross for his valiant effort in stopping a flooding condition through the sound head log that would have resulted in loss of the boat had it been allowed to continue.

The plaque which was added to the memorial was from the Pearl Harbor Sub Base Memorial which had been replaced and re-dedicated in April of '88. Harold Ballenger and Jack Tolliver were in attendance at this re-dedication and through the efforts of Past National President, Harold, the original bronze plaque was obtained for Missouri. The plaque displays the names of all crewmembers that were lost with the Scamp and is an appropriate addition to our State Memorial. To my knowledge, this is the only memorial located in a State Capitol building and is viewed daily by visitors, especially secondary school students, probably the most visited of any memorial.

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