USS Simon Lake AS33 Association
This site is Hazy Grey and Under Way.
We are busy working on the 2024 reunion. We are close to selecting a hotel, so announcements should be coming soon. The NEXT REUNION page will have items appearing about the 2024 Reunion as information becomes available. Hope to see as many of you as possible in New Jersey, September 2024.
Many of us (including your webmaster) served on her in places like Spain, Italy, Charleston, New London, Kings Bay and the war zone during the first gulf war that are all big and important parts of her history. However, she served several tours in Holy Loch and many of our shipmates, as well as many residence of Dunoon have fond memories of our ship there. Thanks to Jean McAulay Mackay who originally posted this on Facebook and to Danny and Judy Poole who got us a cleaner, digital version from the publisher.
Four days ago we reported the passing of Tom(above). Now it is our sad duty to report the passing of Charlie Whitler. Charlie was a DP in the early 70's on our ship. He had recently begun attending the reunions and is seen here with 2 of his XD Division shipmates at the 2023 Reunion. He will be missed by all of us who knew him from the ship or got to know him at the reunions.
Twin sisters, both gone now.
We are sad to report that another shipmate from the early years has passed away. Clyde "Sonny" Ball lost his fight with the effects of COVID-19 on September 7, 2021. Sonny was an HT2 on AS33 1967 to 1969 as well as another favorite at the reunions. He was always making us laugh. Sonny, you will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Midge and family.
Fair winds and following seas shipmate. We have the watch.
It is with great sorrow we mark the passing of another active member of the Simon Lake Association and regular part of the reunions. Reginald (Butch) Colby was a BT1 on AS33 1973 - 1975. Butch was quick to make friends with all who attended the reunions and had some great stories of his Navy years.
All of us send thoughts and prayers to his wife, Jill, who was also a big part of our reunions.
Fair winds and following seas Butch. We have the watch.
The Simon Lake arriving at the Port of Brownsville, TX at the end of her final voyage.
About 1700 hours CST, 2/27/2019. She leaves the ocean for the last time after about 55 years.
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Yet again, with sorrow, we report the passing of another shipmate, ENC Everett Wallace Sr., who with his daughter, Penny, attended many reunions and shared some great stories. Chief Wallace was a plank owner serving on AS33 until 1968. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Fair winds and following seas Chief.
Last Update - February 16, 2024
We lost another shipmate who recently attended the 2022 reunion in Lancaster. Sam Owens served on the USS Simon Lake during it's early years in Holy Loch as a SFP3. His son shared that he considered the reunion one of his last great memories. I think those who spent time with him considered that time a great memory for us.
Sadly we report that Tom Thompson, who served on our ship in the early years, has served his last earthly watch. Tom attended may reunions over the years and brought his daughter, Sandy Kal, with him the last couple of times he was able to attend. Tom started his Navy carrier as a Seaman, but retired as a Lt. Commander. He always enjoyed being with his shipmates, even if they served at different times. We will miss his company and stories. Tom was the first to start this website!