The USS  TUNNY (SS-SSG-APSS-LPSS) 282 Information


Raymond Vance Olszewski

Former Crewmember and Boat Yeoman

USS TUNNY (SSG-282) 1958-1962


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Last Update: June 4, 2024

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New Postings

Message from USSVI 2023 National Convention

Update form David Buehn APSS Era (see below)

Former Tunny TM1(SS) Ron Lewis Info (See below)

USS Tunny Visit to Tahiti Jan 1961

Tunny 282 Historical New Items

Tom Rose (APSS Era) Shares New Photos

Regulus Missile Launch

  The Tunny Association, an entity that is dedicated to perpetuate the memory of USS Tunny 282 and 682 has re-established a website. Below is a list of the links associated with it. (Note: Not secure) (secure) (secure) (secure) (secure)

   One particular feature  that new site offers is that it gives former crewmembers the opportunity to add their name and contact information. Also, there is a blog or comment feature.

   Since there are still many of us left who served on Tunny 282 when it served as an SS, SSG, APSS, and LPSS, all under the hull number 282, my website continues to serve to perpetuate those who served on her and offers new found historical information relative to the USS Tunny 282.  My book did a fair job of that, but more information about the old gal continues to surface.  The objective here is to continue to perpetuate its memory and all those who served on her, as long as I am able.

   Of note is that as far as can be determined, all those former crewmembers who served on Tunny SS 282 during World War II have departed on Eternal Patrol.

   Contact me directly about any and all posts on this website about Tunny 282.  If you need to make contact with the Tunny Association you need to contact Jim Diervorst.

   If you want a copy of the latest roster of former Tunny 282 crewmembers, please contact JJ (John Joseph Jenkins, Jr.) directly by email and he will send you a copy. You can update your status with JJ. 


THE LATEST Tunny 282 News
   Posted:  9 June 2023.  It is with sad, very sad news to post that Commander Douglas Stahl, USN (Retired) departed on eternal patrol on 5 June 2023 while living in Thailand with his wife Kanchaya "Joy" Stahl.  Doug would have turned 97 on 11 July 2023 was Tunny's last surviving Commanding Officer.  Doug was Tunny's 10th CO, and he also served previously as an XO at the time that the USS Tunny (SSG-282) became the Navy's first operational guided missile submarine that fired the Regulus I. Preceding him in death were his first two wives, Margaret "Peg) and Virginia "Ginny".  He leaves his and Peg's 11 children and many, many friends and shipmates.  An extensive biography for Doug Stahl can be found in my book, USS TUNNY: A History, Tribute, and Memoir. 
  David Buehn of APSS fame surfaced saying his work at the General Patton Museum, Chnaco Summit, CA continues.  He sent a link about the museum (click here) and another unloading a restored Sherman tank (click here). Posted: 23 Apr 23
  Ronald "Ron" Ulysses Lewis former Torpedoman First Class surfaced recently sending a note about his research into the origins of "Hogan's Alley."  Ron who lives in Seabeck, WA with his wife, Yoshie, said that while he was reading my book about TUNNY and my accomodations in the After Battery's Hogan's Alley, he set off on a research effort at a local library and uncovered Dex Armstrong's article that describes the origins of the 'untamed dump'.  Ron who does not do email, wrote out a note and sent that along with a printed copy of Dex's article.  Click here to take you to a 718-page series of great 'sea stories' that Dex Armstrong wrote and published over the years which includes the one about the origin's of Hogan's Alley.  

     Ron, himself, served twice on Tunny, once in 1965 when it was transitioning from SSG 282 to APSS 282 and then later from 1968 to 1969 on both APSS and LPSS 282. Ron's own sea story about Tunny's MK-14 Torpedo Kills a Sea Snake Without Firing! Whaat? can be found on page 391 of the book. Thanks Ron for the note and reference.  Keep those stories coming!

   Gail Splane, the widow of former Tunny SSG crewmember shown on the right with Dennis Splane who served as an electrician's mate on Tunny SSG 282 sent me a box containing an abundance of Dennis' archives. Dennis was an avid researcher, an effective communicator and was one of the first former crewmembers who initiated an effort to find and make contact with former Tunny 282 crewmembers.  Dennis along with a number of others, worked diligently to produce the earlier construction of Tunny's Roster. 

   Among Dennis' items was a VHS tape of Tunny's Jan 1961 Tahiti visit.  I had the tape converted to digital format and it is published on at the following link: Click here.  The no sound 17-minute video captures the initiation of 67 Tunny crew polliwogs into Neptune's realm of Shellbacks.  The video also shows Tunny's arrival at Papeete, Tahiti and its departure a few days later. From a historical account, it turns out that this was Tunny's second visit in its history to cross the equator and conduct the initiation Click here to take you to the page that contains photos of the time when Tunny SS 282 crossed the equator during World War II.  SSG Jan 1961 trip as well as a list of those crewmembers who made the 1961 trip.  Maybe your name is on it? 


Gail and Dennis Splane


All of Dennis' archives has been indexed and sent to the St. Marys Submarine Museum for retention. 


Click here for the index along with a number of selected Tunny 282 related items of historical interest.



(Look for your name. If you find it, your name is in the TUNNY book.)

The Tunny 282 Personnel Diary Database (1942-1969)

Tunny and Agent Orange Information

Special Recognition to the family of Tunny CO George Ellis Pierce

Russian Magazine publishes the U.S. Regulus Program

Boat Yeo's Honor Bios

Tunny Book Reviews and Comments


Tunny SS SSG APSS LPSS 282 Photo Galleries:

USS Tunny World War II Era (SS-282) Crewmember Photo Gallery

USS Tunny World War II Era (SS-282) Vessel Photo Gallery

USS Tunny Korea War Era (SS-282) Crewmember Photo Gallery

USS Tunny Cold War Era (SSG-282) Crewmember Photo Gallery

USS Tunny Cold War Era (SS, APSS & LPSS 282) Crewmember Photo Gallery

USS Tunny Cold War Era (SSN-682) Crewmember Photo Gallery

USS Tunny Reunion Attendee Photo Gallery (NEW 2019 & 2022 images)


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