Our shipmate, George A. Gressman, 95, a Submarine Veteran of WWII and a Tarheel Base member who lived off Creedmoor Road in Raleigh, NC departed on his eternal patrol on Wednesday, 27 Feb 13. He wished not to have any services. His body was to be cremated, and then his ashes will be taken back out to sea by a submarine from Norfolk, VA at a later date.
George was born on 06/23/17.
George qualified in submarines in 1940 onboard USS R-14 (SS-91). He also served on USS S-24 (SS-129), USS O-9 (SS-70), USS Spearfish (SS-190), and USS Sea Dog (SS-401). He served on active duty 1939 - 1946, achieving the rank of MOMM1(SS).
George’s oar is at rest.
George’s daughter, Susan K. Lynch and her husband Brian, who live in Raleigh, joined us for breakfast with us at the Golden Corral in Cary on Saturday, 9 March 2013 and were presented with our traditional Book of Remembrance and WWII bronze marker. 38 Subvets also attended this breakfast.
The message below, although addressed to your Chaplain, is intended for all North Carolina Subvets:
"Dear Chaplain Bill: We do not have the words to say how much Brian and I appreciate your invitation to breakfast. It is an event Brian and I will always remember.
"The last few months have been very difficult. Meeting you and all the Subvets could not have come at a better time.
"You all are a wonderful group and we are grateful for your service and your friendship.
"Thank you again for the Book of Remembrance and plaque...two very special gifts.
Wyoming Class Battleship: Displacement 26,000 Tons, Dimensions, 562' (oa) x 93' 3" x 29' 7" (Max). Armament 12 x 12"/50 21 x 5"/51, 2 x 21" tt. Armor, 11" Belt, 12" Turrets, 3" Decks, 11 1/2" Conning Tower. Machinery, 28,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 20.5 Knots, Crew 1063.
Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Cramp, Shipbuilding, Philadelphia, PA., February 9, 1910. Launched May 25 1911. Commissioned September 25, 1912. Decommissioned May 21, 1930. Recommissioned & Reclassified as Gunnery Training Ship (AG-17) July 1, 1931. Decommissioned August 1, 1947. Stricken September 16, 1947.
Fate: Sold October 30, 1947 and broken up for scrap in Newark NJ.