NEWSLETTERS

Prepared by Paul Wittmer with material from Dallas Dolan, who is The National Newsletter Liasion Officer.

From the outset of the organization, submarine men and their wives were quick to realize that a National Publication (The Polaris) was just not enough to meet the needs of the many chapters that were forming. As a result, enterprising writers and novice editors surfaced, and became the backbone of the local communications networks. It was these newsletters, and their editors, that kept the members informed of local meetings, affairs, events and all the news of a local, state or regional scope.

A number of newsletters, designed to keep the crews of specific boats informed of their friends, families and those important "Boat Reunions," usually held annually.

The following 1999, list of Newsletter Names with the City and State of publication and a brief description may be of interest.

Note: Newsletter Names were often derived from the submarine men's terminology used during WWII.

 

7- MC, COARSEGOLD, CA. A regional newsletter. The 7-MC term refers to the radioman's terminology.

ALABAMA STATE NEWSLETTER, MILTON, FL. A regional newsletter.

ALL CLEAR!, CHARLOTTE, NC. A regional newsletter. The ALL CLEAR term is an expression used to indicate, it is now clear to surface to boat.

AMERICAN SUBMARINER, DESOTO, TX. A regional newsletter.

ANGLES & DANGLES, PALM HARBOR, FL. A regional newsletter. ANGLES & DANGLES, probably derived from the up or down angle of the boat during a dive. If the angle is very steep, one would dangle from some perch.

ARGONAUT, VALLEJO, CA. A regional newsletter. The ARGONAUT was the name of a boat. This represents the only chapter, named after a boat.

ARIZONA PIGBOATER, SUN CITY WEST, AZ. A regional newsletter. A PIGBOAT was an old expression for a submarine.

BLOW & VENT, STANWOOD, WA. A regional newsletter. BLOW & VENT, is an expression used to either blow the main ballast tanks, with compressed air, or to vent any excess air from the main ballast tanks.

BOWFIN, NOKOMIS, FL. A boat newsletter.

BUCKEYE BOATER, BUCYRUS, OH. A regional newsletter.

BUMPER - TIMES, SYRACUSE, NY. A boat newsletter for the USS BUMPER.

CACTUS CHATTER, TUCSON, AZ. A regional newsletter.

CHAPTER CHATTER, NASHUA, NH. A regional newsletter.

CHUB 329 NEWS, CINNAMINSON, NJ. A boat newsletter for the USS CHUB.

CLEAN SWEEP, HAYWARD, CA. A regional newsletter. CLEAN SWEEP was an old submarine expression, used upon the return to port indicating, the boat swept the seas clean of enemy ships.

COBIA CLARION, PHOENIX, AZ. A boat newsletter for USS COBIA.

COLORADO DIGGER, MANZANOLA, CO. A regional newsletter using the term DIGGER, to commemorate the friendly Australian relationships of US Submarine men with these people.

CORNHUSKER TRIM PUMP, OMAHA, NE. A regional newsletter.

COWTOWN LOOKOUT, FORT WORTH, TX. A regional newsletter.

DECKWATCH, BELLAIRE, TX. A regional newsletter. A topsides or DECKWATCH was posted whenever a submarine was tied up at a dock.

DIAMOND CHAPTER NEWS, EUREKA SPRINGS, AR. A regional newsletter.

DOLPHINETTE GAZETTE, DENVER, CO. The WIVES National newsletter.

FLORIDA TANG DIALOGUE, BRANDON, FL. A regional newsletter. The USS TANG was the name of a boat.

FOX SKED, METAIRIE, LA. A regional newsletter. FOX SKED is an expression used by the radiomen.

FREMANTLE EXPRESS, LOUISVILLE, KY, A regional newsletter. FREMANTLE is a port in Western Australia, used by US Submarine forces during WWII.

GANOMIE NEWSLETTER, LAS VEGAS, NV. A regional newsletter. GANOMIE is a variant expression of GNOME, first used by the divers on the recovery of the USS Squalus.

GEORGIA SEALION, ROME, GA. A regional newsletter. The SEALION was a boat.

G-FISH HERALD, SAN DIEGO, CA. A boat newsletter.

GOLDEN RIVET, POTTSTOWN, PA. A regional newsletter.

GOONEY NEWS, GOLETA, CA. A regional newsletter. The GOONEY bird, also know as the Albatross was seen on Midway Island. Most Pacific theater submarines during WWII visited this place.

GOONEYVILLE EAST, PITTSFORD, NY. A regional newsletter.

GREENBOARD, NORTH BALDWIN, NY. A regional newsletter. The expression GREENBOARD indicated that all hull openings were closed and the boat could continue its dive procedure.

HOGANS ALLEY, LEVITOWN, PA. A regional news letter.

ILLINOIS SCOPE, ELMHURST, IL. A regional newsletter. SCOPE a variant for periscope.

IOWA PATROL, WEST DES MOINES, IA. A regional newsletter.

JUMPING FIREWORKS, DOVER, DE. A regional newsletter.

KANGAROO EXPRESS, TEMECULA, CA. A regional newsletter. KANGAROO related to Australian bases during WWII.

KANSAS DRY DOCKED DOLPHIN, WICHITA, KS. A regional newsletter.

KLAXON (SAN DIEGO), SAN DIEGO, CA. A regional newsletter. The KLAXON was an alarm used for diving and surfacing signals.

KLAXONETTE (SAN DIEGO), SAN DIEGO, CA. A regional newsletter for the Wives of the San Diego Chapter.

LEHIGH VALLEY SOUNDING, ALLENTOWN, PA. A regional newsletter. To take a SOUNDING, means to determine the depth of the water.

LOGGERS LOG, PORTLAND, OR. A regional newsletter. A ship's LOG is the record of the ship's voyage.

LOOKOUT, ABSECON, NJ. A regional newsletter. The LOOKOUTS were important posts when the submarine was surfaced.

LUAU (SPADEFISH), CAMP HILL, PA. A boat newsletter.

MAIN INDUCTION, EDINBURGH, IN. A regional newsletter. The MAIN INDUCTION was a large diameter pipe or tube, used to supply air for operation of the diesel engines when the submarine was surfaced.

MARYLAND MAIN BALLAST, CATONSVILLE, MD. A regional newsletter. The MAIN BALLAST tanks were used to control buoyancy, surfaced or submerged.

MICHIGAN BATTLE STATIONS, FLINT, MI. A regional newsletter. BATTLE STATIONS, a command to man your battle station submerged or surfaced.

MINNESOTA VIKING, WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN. A regional newsletter.

NEW MEXICO LOOKOUT, RIO RANCHO, NM. A regional newsletter.

NIMITZ DOLPHIN, SAN ANTONIO, TX. A regional newsletter. Named after Admiral Chester Nimitz who came from Texas.

NOW HEAR THIS!, BILLINGS, MT. A regional newsletter. The expression, NOW HEAR THIS is used to introduce a broadcast message over US Naval ships and stations intercom systems.

OKLAHOMA PLANESMAN, OKAY, OK. A regional newsletter. The PLANESMAN was a duty station used to control the forward or the aft diving planes.

PERI-SCOOP, SACRAMENTO, CA. A regional newsletter. PERI-SCOOP a variant of periscope and newspaper jargon to scoop a story.

POLARIS, NORFOLK, VA. The National Magazine of the US Submarine Veterans of WWII. POLARIS, the name of the North star, used by mariners to get a navigational position.

RHODE ISLAND R-12 FOX SKED, KINGSTOWN, RI. A regional newsletter. The R-12 was a boat.

ROADRUNNER NEWSLETTER, YUMA, AZ. A regional newsletter.

ROCK NEWS, EDMONDS, WA. A boat newsletter. The USS ROCK was a boat.

RUNNER CHAPTER REPORTER, WANTAGH, NY. A regional newsletter.

S.E WISCONSIN CHAPTER NEWS, KENOSHA, WI. A regional newsletter.

SAGE BRUSH NEWS, POWELL, WY. A regional newsletter.

SCUTTLEBUTT NEWS, MANCHESTER, MO. A regional newsletter. SCUTTLEBUTT was the name of the drinking water fount. Also a slang expression for news or information.

SENNET REUNION NEWS, ORLANDO, FL. A boat newsletter. The USS SENNET was a boat.

SILVER DOLPHINS, PITTSBURGH, PA. A regional newsletter.

SPILLWAY NEWS, PARADISE, CA. A regional newsletter.

SPOTLIGHT (SS 413), ANNAPOLIS, MD. A boat newsletter. The USS SPOT was a boat.

SUB-VET NEWS, LEWISTON, ID. A regional newsletter.

SURFACE!, MAYWOOD, NJ. A regional newsletter. SURFACE is the command to surface the boat.

SWAMP FOX JOURNAL, NORTH CHARLESTON, SC. A regional newsletter.

TENNESSEE PATROL REPORT, BRENTWOOD, TN. A regional newsletter.

THAMES RIVER SOUNDING, WATERFORD, CT. A regional newsletter.

THE TINOSA BLATT, A boat newsletter. The name BLATT first used on newsletters distributed on board USS Tinosa, during war patrols.

TORPEDO NEWS, LONG BEACH, CA. A regional newsletter.

TRADEWINDS, HONOLULU, HI. A regional newsletter.

TUBES FORWARD, PLANO, TX. A regional newsletter. TUBES FORWARD was the term used to identify the forward torpedo room.

USS IREX NEWSLETTER, FRESNO, CA. A boat newsletter.

USS SIRAGO SS-485, LEVITOWN, PA. A boat newsletter.

WOLFPACK, DALLAS, TX. A regional newsletter.

ZERO BUBBLE, LEMOYNE, PA. A regional newsletter. ZERO BUBBLE, was an expression used to indicate that the boat was operating without an up or down submerged angle.

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