Attendees to the 2000 Reunion
Left to right: Front row:
Hank Norde, Robert "Doc" Melanson, Capt. Scanland, Walter "Doc" Rohre, Ellis Augsburger, Bennie Compton, Paul Murdock.
Don Biggs, C. Frank Frankfurt, Revis Carman, Eric Schroder, John Stull, Ed Updike, Paul Comer, Clyde House, Ken Meuser.
Aubrey Hamlett, Don Krueger, Vernon "Carl" Carlblom, Walt Rohde.
Joe Kail and Lee Story not present for Photo.
Left to right:
Eunice Meuser, Myrna Augsburger, Eleanor Biggs, Betty Frankfurt, Ann Hamlett, Bernadette Carman, Alice Murdock, Betty Carlblom, Ruth Updike, Dorothy Stull, Virginia High, Shirley Schroder. The lady with her face hidden, behind lady with white hair and blue shirt is Dorothy Melanson. Rosalie Kail was absent for picture. Dorothy Scanland seated.
A reunion of Manitowoc Built Boat Submarine Sailors was held on September 28, 29 & 30 - 1998 at Manitowoc, WI.
Reunion at Manitowoc in 1998
by Ellis Augsburger
Report from Manitowoc: seven of us from the Hawkbill, plus five of our wives, Rex Murphy lost his wife earlier this year and Bennie Compton has been a widower for many years. Six boats had reunions for a total of about 80 husbands and wives. The most memorable and moving part of these reunions is the Lost Boat Ceremony often times done at the banquet, as was done at this ceremony. Fifty two small sub replicas, each with the name of a lost boat and a candle inserted on the conning tower are placed on the dining tables. Lights are dimmed, candles lit, and as the name of each lost boat is called and the bell tolled, someone near that replica snuffs the candle on that boat. It is a very moving experience!
Most of the attendees usually visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the Cobia. This is a great museum and the director Issaco Valli and the staff, are very hospitable to the Sub Vets. This museum is a must see for people interested the the subs built there as well as those who are interested in Great Lakes shipping vessels of the past and present.
Picture of Hawkbill reunion attendees in front of the submarine, Cobia, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. The life preserver, carrying the name, Hatsutaka, came from a destroyer sunk by the Hawkbill in 1945. Left to right: Eric Schroder, Don Biggs, Lloyd Finstad, Rex Murphy, Bennie Compton, Ellis Augsburger and Paul Murdock
Revis Carman (on left) and Gene Crisp display the battle flag.
Reunion at Manitowoc in 1996:
Standing L to R: Lloyd Finstad, Bennie Compton, Ellis Augsburger, Don Krueger, Don Biggs, Doug Nichols.
Seated L to R, John Wrestler, Hank Norde, Eric Schroder, Ken Helgeson, Paul Murdock, Ken Meuser.
Reunion at Manitowoc in 1988:
Top Row: Biggs, Finstad, Helgeson, Kendrick, Carlblom
Middle Row: Fockele, Krueger, Norde, Murdock, Updike, Augsburger and Compton
Bottom Row: Schroder, Scanland, Tucker and Murphy