Hurley, Robert, YNCS

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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
YN-2526 - Personnel Administration
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1983-1986, YN-2526 , COMNAVSUBFOR/Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR)
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
YN-2505-Naval Intelligence Clerk
Service Years
1959 - 1986
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Six Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Career Counselor US Navy Retired 30 Recruiter

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

 Military Association Memberships
Trident Chapter Kings Bay BaseNaval Submarine League
  1995, Submarine Veterans of WW II, Trident Chapter (St. Marys, Georgia)
  1995, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI), Kings Bay Base (Member) (Georgia) [Verified]2 - Chap. Page
  2003, Naval Submarine League

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Submarine Enlisted Badge

 Duty Stations
US NavySchool Assignments - StaffUSS Tench (SS-417)USS Albacore (AGSS-569)
Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)USS Grayback (SS-574)Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (NAVSUBASE Kings Bay)
COMNAVSUBFOR/Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR)
  1959-1960, 00-0000, USS Sea Lion (LPSS-315)
  1960-1961, SA-0000, Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS)
  1961-1962, USS Tench (SS-417)
  1962-1962, SN-0000, USS Albacore (AGSS-569)
  1962-1963, YN-0000, USS Cavalla (SS-244)
  1963-1963, YN-2526 , USS Albacore (AGSS-569)
  1963-1964, YN-2526 , USS Tullibee (SSN-597)
  1966-1968, YN-2526 , USS Tullibee (SSN-597)
  1968-1969, YN-2526 , USS Roncador (AGSS-301)
  1969-1972, YN-2505, USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
  1972-1975, NRD San Francisco
  1975-1977, YN-2526 , Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1977-1980, YN-2526 , USS Grayback (SS-574)
  1980-1983, YN-2526 , Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (NAVSUBASE Kings Bay)
  1983-1986, YN-2526 , COMNAVSUBFOR/Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 08, 2012, General Photos15
 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am enjoying full retirement life here in St. Marys, Georgia playing with my 1946 Plymouth Club Coupe, 2004 BMW Z-4 Convertible Sports Car, and riding my 2010 Kawasaki 900 cc Vulcan Motorcycle. I Play golf twice a week a week with my buddies and once on the weekend with my wife. My most important achievement in 10 years of playing golf was getting a "Hole in One" on the 16th hole of the Trident Lakes Golf Course on SUBASE Kings Bay, Georgia in October 2009. I also swim laps at the SUBASE Kings Bay Olympic size pool three times a week. In addition I also stay actively involved with the St. Marys Submarine Museum and Submarine Veterans Organizations locally as a Past Base Commander and SubVets WWII Georgia Vice Commander. I try to accomplish ONE small "Honey Doo" item each day to feel I accomplished something! My primary responsibility and full time job is devoting the majority of my time trying my hardest to keep my lovely wife happy every day!!!

Other Comments:
I was proud to serve as a member of the Secretary of the Navy Retiree Council from 1999 through 2002.

While assigned to COMSUBDEVGRU TWO Staff  in April 1963 I was told I would be required to drive the Commodore up to Kittery, Maine and ride the USS THRESHER (SSN 593) out on sea trials with him to get my sea time for Submarine Pay. The night before we were scheduled to leave, the Commodore received a call from Admiral Grenfell (COMSUBLANT) telling him to cancel his trip to THRESHER and come to Norfolk for an important meeting. Three days after our trip to THRESHER was cancelled we received a message that THRESHER was missing. Later it was determined that THRESHER had sunk at sea in the Atlantic Ocean with 126 men aboard. Everyone in the Submarine Force was shocked. We had not lost a submarine since WWII. I felt very lucky that fate had left me back in New London instead of riding the THRESHER out on sea trials. I was extremely saddened at the loss of all those men. I had served with both of the THRESHER Yeoman while on the ALBACORE. I also lost a 19 year old Seaman {cousin of mine} who I had helped get assigned to THRESHER and an Uncle (a shipyard worker} who were both from Portsmouth, NH. I had also been shipmates with several of the other navy men that went down with THRESHER.  It was a terrible tragedy that will never be forgotten by those who have served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Force.

In February 1977, USS GRAYBACK (SS 574) home ported in Subic Bay, Philippines needed a leading yeoman. Considering that I was a "single chief" and didn't want to have to place this burden on my married constituents, I quickly volunteered to represent my country in the Philippines for a 15-month tour. Upon arrival in the Philippines I was amazed to learn that all the "Wonderful Sea Stories" I had heard being stationed there were all true and even better than I had imagined. I felt like a kid in a candy store with a hundred dollar bill. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven! Needless to say I was so happy there that I agreed to keep extending and stayed there for 3 1/2 years. Six months prior to transfer back to the "real world" a "sweet and innocent" 19-year old Filipino Ship Repair Facility Apprentice worker (Madelyn Borja) came on board the GRAYBACK to put some tile in the Wardroom. I had a touch of temporary insanity. I allowed myself to be captured, married Mady, and brought my newly acquired "Philippine Souvenir" back to "reality" in the good old USA! It turned out to be the best decision I've ever made!!!
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