Last Known Activity Randall Dean Buss, 71, passed away at Sunrise of Countryside in Sterling, VA on Tuesday September 25, 2012. Born on December 29, 1941 in Pierce, NE, to the late Ernest and Inez (Kettler) Buss, Randy grew up in the Pierce and Norfolk, NE areas and enlisted in the US Navy in 1959 as a seaman recruit. He served his country for 20 years first as a submariner and later on the USS Guam. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Two in 1979 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University and assumed a career as a Technical Training Program Manager until his retirement from Lockheed Martin. Randy married Patricia Edgehille of Quincy, Massachusetts in 1967 and raised two children in Herndon, VA. He was an avid fisherman and member of the Redeyed Bassmasters of Virginia, and a member of the American Legion. Randy attended and ushered at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon for many years and when he moved back to Nebraska in 2005 he became a member again at Zion Lutheran Church, where he was baptized as a baby. At the time of his death he was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk, NE. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia (Edgehille) Buss, one sister Leo Nina Jones, and his brother Chester (Chet) Buss. He is survived by his his two loving children and their spouses: Kathleen and Rob Carlson of Richmond, TX, and Sean and Kerry Buss of Herndon, VA. He is also survived by his two devoted sisters: Jerdine (Mrs. Delmar Luebe) and Karen (Mrs. Don Hogendorn) and three grandchildren: Dorothy Carlson, Gavin Buss, and Colin Buss. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Chain of Command Lieutenant Commander Robert H. Bount in command.
Other Memories USS Permit (SSN-594) became the lead ship of her class of submarine when the former lead ship, Thresher (SSN-593) was lost. She was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the permit, a food fish, often called "round pompano," found in waters from North Carolina to Brazil.
The contract to build her was awarded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 27 January 1958 and her keel was laid down on 1 May 1959. She was launched on 1 July 1961 sponsored by Mrs. John A. McCone, and commissioned on 29 May 1962, with Lieutenant Commander Robert H. Bount in command. She spent five weeks of trials in the Puget Sound area, and then three weeks at Mare Island for checkout of the SUBROC missile system. During late-summer and early-fall, Permit underwent shakedown in the San Diego, California, area. After final acceptance trials in January 1963, she participated in a thorough evaluation of the SUBROC missile, and on 28 March, became the first submarine to successfully fire one. During 1964 and 1965, Permit engaged in more testing and training of an advanced nature.