Japanese Minisub

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Comments (10)

Rodger Springsteen on September 29, 2007

Wasn't that about the time the SeaBees craned it into the Marine barraks pool? They moved the sub (when I was last there 03) to the museum down by Sumay Cove Marina. I'll post a pic of it's location.

Bmac01420 on November 7, 2007

I was stationed at the Naval Station in 69 - 70; the story about the sub being put into the pool was known then. The version I heard was that the base commander was so angry with the Seabees he made them take the sub out of the pool and fill it with sand that they had to hand carry in buckets from the beach. I don't know if that story is true but it is a good one to tell. I took care of the pool while working for Special Services which were in some old quanset buildings across from the football field, all gone now!

James M Oliver on December 6, 2007

Hey Jon, This pic was taken at the end of 2001- early 2002. My gunboat unit was sent to Guam after the Sep11 attacks.

John L. Stuart on January 24, 2008

I was there with the SeaBees, MCB5, and we did put the sub in the pool, plus we also tipped it over several times. The base Commander made the Bee's fill it with sand so it was too heavy to lift or tip over. We thought it was good fun at the time, too bad the regular Navy couldn't see it the same way. Good times in that pool, it divided the SeaBees from the Marines, the Marines were in on the deal also yet they didn't get the credit since it was our crane. Thanks for the memories.

Rodger Springsteen on January 25, 2008

Thanks for the story John S. My dad was A/D Navy from 60-64 when he met my mom in Guam then A/D USCG 64-87. He told me stories of Guam from the Navy and the CG from the 60's 70's. Must have been good times.....

John L. Stuart on April 20, 2008

Your welcome. I noticed that there was an entry regarding the last Japanese soldiers came in while he was there. In 1959, I was in the Hospital on the surgery ward and they brought in a Japanese soldier that had been hiding out in the jungle just below a batch plant we operated on the island for cement and cinder blocks. He had been out there since 1944, I think. The poor guy was crazy and couldn't sleep in a bed, only on the floor, urinated everywhere he felt like and weighed about 70 pounds when they brought him in. I understand that he wrote a book when he got back to Japan. What else??

14MAN02 on November 22, 2008

Nice picture, greetings from germany!!!

ChiefinGuam on March 31, 2009

This sub now sits just outside the front gate near Pass & ID.

deaconlughi on January 24, 2010

I was stationed there in oct72-dec73 Aboard USS Inflict MSO-456 Cdr. Lloyd Bucker co of Pueblo was chief of staff for the mine flotilla.

Joecfritz on January 24, 2010

I also was stationed in Guam in the early 70's during the time when the last Japanese soldier was captured. A friend of mine was in the Hospital when they brought him in. I was stationed in Drydock Div.and worked aboard the USS Richland AFDM-8

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 13, 2007
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    by James M Oliver
    • Camera: SONY CYBERSHOT
    • Taken on 2001/10/22 16:22:11
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/193)
    • Focal Length: 12.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash