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If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky stars
To be living here today.
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
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From sea to shining sea,
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And New York to L.A.,
Where there's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say:
That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free,

And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today,

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
'Cause there aint' no doubt I love this land (love this land)
God Bless the U.S.A.

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USS Hunley (AS-31)

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USS Hunley (AS-31) was a submarine tender of the United States Navy launched on 28 September 1961 and commissioned 16 June 1962. The Hunley was designed to tend most of the long-term requirements of the Polaris Class of submarines. The ship achieved several records and milestones in its long service. The Hunley was decommissioned from the regular navy, in 1995 transferred to the US Maritime Commission, and in 2007 sold as scrap to a metal recycling company in Louisiana. In September 2008, during Hurricane Gustav, the decommissioned ship broke free of its moorings in the New Orleans Inner Harbor, but caused little or no damage while adrift.

Design and Construction

Hunley had the distinction of being the first ship designed and built from the keel up to service and maintain the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Fleet. She had complete facilities for servicing the complex Polaris Weapons Systems and for accomplishing any submarine repair other than a major shipyard overhaul. The hull was laid down in by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia and sponsored by Mrs. J. Palmer Gaillard, wife of the Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. The ship was named in honor of Horace Lawson Hunley, the designer of the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel in naval history, the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley.


With Captain Douglas N. Syverson in command, Hunley sailed 25 July 1962 for shakedown training off Cuba until 6 September 1962. She visited several Gulf and Atlantic ports and returned to Norfolk 28 September for post-shakedown alterations until 8 December, 1962. After which the Hunley paid a 3-day visit to New York City to host the Naval Reserve Officers Seminar "New Ships for the Modern Navy". She departed from the Norfolk Operating Base 29 December 1962 for Holy Loch, Scotland, arriving 9 January 1963. Almost immediately she began taking the load off USS Proteus, whom she officially relieved 15 March 1963 as tender to Submarine Squadron 14 at Holy Loch. This duty continued until 12 April 1964 when Hunley sailed for conversion that provided capability of handling the new A3 Polaris Missile. She resumed her duties at Holy Loch on 15 June 1964.


A Polaris milestone was reached in December 1965 when USS Thomas A. Edison came alongside to commence the 100th refit of a nuclear ballistic submarine (SSBN) by the Hunley. This signified that one hundred SSBN submarines had gone out on time from Hunley and not one of them had to make an early return from patrol. This represented some 200 months of Polaris on station or 16½ years of submerged strategic deterrent since Hunley's arrival in Holy Loch 9 January 1963. Hunley's motto was "We Serve to Preserve Peace". Hunley returned to the United States late in 1966 and in 1967 operated out of Charleston, South Carolina.


Hunley was decommissioned on 30 September 1994 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 3 May 1995 and turned over to the Maritime Commission on 1 May 1999. Hunley was subsequently sold to the Southern Scrap Materials Company on 5 January 2007 for scrapping.

Advanced capabilities

Among jobs carried out by Hunley was welding on SSBN pressure hulls or reactor plant fluid systems. Once unheard of in submarine tending, these jobs were only a few of many carried out by Hunley's crew. These and many other alterations were carried out as a matter of routine to keep SSBN's on the line with the newest possible technical improvements and safety devices. For example, an auxiliary "Sub-Safe" package was accomplished on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in which over 40 fittings and more than 100 feet of new piping in a major system were installed. A battery replacement for the USS Ethan Allen was completed in only 11 days. Hunley met demands from making water-borne propeller replacements to encapsulation of AC induction motors; delicate repairs to navigation and fire control, and many other varied tasks to ensure that each SSBN had the finest of care on each refit.


Stowaway incident

After a 1973 port call in Sydney, en route to Pearl Harbor, two teenage girls from New Zealand were found hiding out in one of the Hunley's missile crane control cabs, when a sailor was spotted carrying food up the ladder to the crane. Hunley was diverted to Brisbane to offload the stowaways, and the "helpful" sailors were disciplined.


Horace Lawson Hunley


Awarded: 16 November 1959


Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company

Laid down: 28 November 1960


Launched: 28 September 1961


Commissioned: 16 June 1962


Decommissioned: 30 September 1994


Struck: 3 May 1995


Motto: We Serve to Preserve Peace


Fate: Sold for scrap 5 January 2007


General characteristics

Class & type: Hunley-class submarine tender

Displacement: 19,000 tons


Length: 599 ft (183 m)


Beam: 83 ft (25 m)


Draft: 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m)


Speed: 18 kn (33 km/h)


Complement: 1,190


Armament: 2 x 5"


USS Hunley (AS-31) Commanding Officers
Rank And Name Dates
Capt. D. N. Syverson, USN Jun 62 - Nov 63
Capt. R. G. Black, USN Nov 63 - Sep 65
Capt. J. H. Heald, USN Sep 65 - Oct 66
Capt. A. H. Thomas, USN Oct 66 - Jun 68
Capt. S. G. Anders, USN Jun 68 - Jul 70
Capt. R. A. Frost, USN Jul 70 - Mar 72
Capt. H. S. Clay, USN Mar 72 - Jun 74
Capt. W. A. Williams, USN Jun 74 - Jan 75
Capt. L. B. Hebbard, Jr., USN Jan 75 - Oct 76
Capt. H. A. Glovier, USN Oct 76 - Feb 79
Capt. R. F. Bacon, USN Feb 79 - Jun 80
Capt. R. G. Loewenthal, USN Jun 80 - Aug 82
Capt. T. J. Camilleri, USN Aug 82 - Jul 84
Capt. W. J. Hastie, USN Jul 84 - Aug 87
Capt. C. D. Bean, USN Aug 87 - Aug 89
Capt. J. S. Almon, USN Aug 89 - Jul 91
Capt. T. R. Kenk, USN Jul 91 - Jun 93
Capt. W. Helfen, USN Jun 93 - Sep 94







Surface Vessels


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USS Hunley (AS-31)

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Terry, Timothy, PO3, (1976-1978) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Rogers, James, PO1, (1977-1987) MM MM-0000 Fireman
Sisk, Steve, LCDR, (1970-1998) MM MM-3376 Chief Petty Officer
O'Neal, Michael, CWO4, (1968-1990) MM MM-4283 Petty Officer First Class
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Smith, Patrick, MCPO, (1963-1983) EN EN-4333 Master Chief Petty Officer
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Davis, Jerry, LCDR, (1966-1996) SO SO-9533 Chief Petty Officer
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Kelly, William, SCPO, (1965-1988) HM HM-8482 Chief Petty Officer
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Long, Bruce, CPO, (1974-1989) DP DP-0000 Chief Petty Officer
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Coleman, Nelson, PO1, (1970-1991) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Gonder, Terry, PO1, (1974-1982) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
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Jones, Cal, CMC, (1973-1995) IC IC-4721 Petty Officer First Class
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