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CITATIONS


From Homeoftheheroes.com:

CITATION:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lowell T. Stone, Commander, U.S. Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LAPON (SS-260), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine during the period 13 February 1944 to 1 April 1944, in enemy controlled waters of the Southwest Pacific. Through his experience and sound judgment Commander Stone brought his ship safely back to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


From MilitaryTimes.com:

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Donald "G" Baer (NSN: 0-78684), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LAPON (SS-260), on the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine during the period 4 September 1944 to 31 October 1944, in enemy Japanese-controlled waters in the South China Sea Area. Skillfully maneuvering his ship, Commander Baer conducted a series of three attacks upon heavily escorted enemy shipping convoys, which resulted in the sinking of four hostile vessels. Although his submarine was subjected to severe depth charge attacks, often close to shore, he succeeded in bringing the LAPON safe to port. By his courage, professional skill and devotion to duty, Commander Baer upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


From Navy.mil:

CITATION:

During the 2009 ceremony, Sturgeon-class USS Lapon (SSN 661) was the 11th submarine inducted into the Submarine Hall of Fame. Selection into the Hall of Fame is merited by the submarine's contribution to national security, and selection is conducted by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the U.S. Submarine Veterans organization.

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Peter Flannery, served as guest speaker. Flannery is a former commanding officer of USS Lapon, and also former commander, Submarine Squadron 6 and commander, Submarine Squadron 8, both home based in Norfolk.

Lapon was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism while conducting some 1969 operations of vital importance to national security, said Flannery. She is only one of five post World War II submarines to be recognized. The citation specifically cited the courage, resourcefulness, persistence, and aggressiveness of the officers and men of Lapon.

Our nation expected Lapon's crew to be physically harder and mentally stronger than any adversary at sea. Lapon's men persevered, never quit, and thrived on adversity.

We are more skillful as submariners today than we were forty or sixty years ago. We have better equipment, are more connected, and technology allows us to make good decisions more consistently. But make no mistake, the technological advancements will be diminished if we do not understand and then act on the need for sustaining the submarine culture that breeds such outstanding performance and accomplishment.

USS Lapon Shipmates on Eternal Patrol

Our condolences to your families. Fair winds and following seas. RIP brothers

Plankowners

  • Chester "Whitey" Mack passed September 25, 2008. Whitey was the CO of Lapon from 1967-1970 and was a CDR(SS). Whitey Mack was a Plank Owner.     OBITUARY
  • John Hicks passed on December 24, 2019. John was a QMC(SS), served as the COB, and was on board Lapon from 1967-1968. John was a Plank Owner.     OBITUARY
  • Chester Donald Grenade passed on December 22, 2019. Don was an FTG2(SS) and served on board starting in 1967. Don was a Plank Owner.     OBITUARY
  • Ron Lockwood passed away on Nov 5, 2019. Ron was an IC1(SS) and served on board from 1967-70. Ron was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • Bill LeFave passed on February 1, 2008. Bill was on Lapon from 1967-1969 and was a ETN2(SS). Bill was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • Charles "Carl" Ketola passed on April 4th, 2019. Carl was an ETN2(SS) and served on Lapon from 1966-1969. Carl was a Plank Owner    
  • Millard Dawson III passed on May 28, 2018. Millard was an FTG1(SS) and served on Lapon from 1967-1969. Millard was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • Dennis Kimmel passed away on Mar 5, 2016. Dennis was a MM1(SS) and served on USS Lapon Jan 67-Jan 70. Dennis was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • Johnathan Warthin passed. Johnathan was on Lapon from 1967-1968 and was a LCDR. Jonathan was a Plank Owner    
  • Thomas "TJ" Whalen passed Oct 20, 2014. TJ was an MM1(SS) and served on Lapon from 1966-1970. TJ was a Plank Owner.     OBITUARY
  • Timm Driscoll passed on September 25,2013. Timm was on Lapon from 1967-1972 and was a ET1(SS). Timm was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • William Whittemore passed. William was on Lapon from 1967-1968 and was a STS1(SS). William was a plank owner
  • Clarence Sowers passed on March 21, 2010. Clarence was on Lapon from 1967-1970 and was a MM2(SS). Clarence was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • William Burchell passed. William was on Lapon starting in 1967 and was a RMCS(SS). William was a Plank Owner
  • William Sholtens passed. William was on Lapon from 1967-1969 and was a ETR2(SS). William was a Plank Owner
  • Roland Steele passed. Roland was on Lapon starting in 1967 and was a TM1(SS). Roland was a Plank Owner.
  • Ralph Tindal passed on August 2, 2012. Ralph was on Lapon from 1967-1969 and was a LCDR(SS). Ralph was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • David Clark passed. David was on Lapon starting in 1967 and was a QMC(SS). David was a Plank Owner.
  • Paul Lascelle passed on June 20, 2015. Paul was on Lapon from 1967-1972 and was an STS2(SS). Paul was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • John MacKinnon passed on Nov 22, 2019. John was on Lapon from 1966-1968 and was an LCDR(SS). John was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • David Morency passed on June 27, 2015. David was on Lapon from 1967-1969 and was an LT(SS). David was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • Mervin Pfau passed on November 23, 2016. Mervin was on Lapon starting in 1967 and was an IC2(SS). Mervin was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY
  • Ernest McGuirk passed on February 12, 2017. Ernest was on Lapon from 1967-1969 and was an CS1(SS). Earnie was a Plank Owner     OBITUARY

Post Commissioning-1980

  • Gerald E Green passed away February 13, 2021. Gerald served as the second Captain of the USS Lapon.     OBITUARY
  • Tom Murray passed away September 12, 2020. Tom served as Captain from 1977-1981. Capt Murray was a reunion regular and will be missed.     OBITUARY
  • John Franklin Jordan passed away January 28, 2021. Frank served as Engineer from 1971-1973.     OBITUARY
  • Broce "Skip" W. Cope passed away September 28, 2020. Skip served for eight years in the engineering department.     OBITUARY
  • Jon Sutton passed away Feb 29, 2020. Jon served from 1969 to 1971. Jon was an ETC (SS) and a regular attendee at USS Lapon Reunions.      OBITUARY
  • Gerald "Jerry" Knapp Sr passed away Feb 28, 2020. Jerry served from 1970 to 1974 and he was an RMC(SS). Jerry served as the COB.     OBITUARY
  • Russell Rutowski passed away on September 28, 2019. Russell was an MM1 (SS) and served on board from 76-78.     OBITUARY
  • Charles "Chuck" Armitage passed away on February 27, 2012. Chuck was a LT and served on board Lapon from 1969-1973.     OBITUARY
  • Charles "Chuck" Veir passed away on Sept.13, 2019 while in the hospital at Va. Beach. Chuck served on Lapon from 74-77 and was a QMC (SS).      OBITUARY
  • James "Jim" Marrin passed on June 5, 2018. Jim served on Lapon from 1969-1971. Jim was the supply officer and was a diving officer in 1969     OBITUARY
  • Bruce Harrington passed away on December 2, 2017. Bruce served on Lapon from 1972-1973.     OBITUARY
  • Daniel J Howell passed away on October 27, 2017. Daniel served from 71-78 on Lapon and left as MM1(SS).     OBITUARY
  • George Schill passed away on September 30, 2017. George served on Lapon from 69-73 as IC1 (SS).     OBITUARY
  • Lyman Keisecker passed away Feb 9, 2017 after a 6 1/2 year battle with prostate cancer. Lyman was an ETN2 (SS) and served on USS Lapon from 1969 to Mar 1973.     OBITUARY
  • Charles "Chuck" Bankhead passed away Jan 7, 2016. Chuck was an STS2(SS) and served on USS Lapon from 1975-1978
  • Richard A. Bergman passed on April 8, 2021. Richard was on Lapon in the mid 1970s and was a YN3(SS)     OBITUARY
  • James A Donalson passed on April 21, 2009. James served on Lapon from 1968-1970 and was an IC2(SS).     OBITUARY
  • Kenneth McGuire passed on July 2, 2013. Ken was on Lapon from 1976-1979 and was a MM3(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Jerome "Jerry" Simmons passed on September 23, 2017. Jerry was on Lapon from 1977-1980 and was a MM3(SS)     OBITUARY
  • William Godfrey passed. William was on Lapon from 1977-1979 as a LCDR.
  • Thomas Masker passed 25 Sept 1978. Thomas was on Lapon from 1975-1978 as a LT.     OBITUARY
  • Edward Robert "Bob" Ganly passed on Oct 10, 2008. Bob was on Lapon from 1976-1980 and was a MM1(SS).     OBITUARY
  • Kim Smith passed. Kim was on Lapon from 1977-1981 and was a STS(SS)
  • John "Jim" Bing passed. Jim was on Lapon from 1972-1974 and was a MMCS(SS).
  • Ernie Goodwin passed in 2010. Ernie was on Lapon from 1973-1974 and was a TM1(SS)
  • James Hall passed. James was on Lapon from 1968-1970 and was a EMCS(SS)
  • James R. Cunningham passed on May 16, 2020. James was on Lapon from 1979-1980 and was a ET1(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Raymond Kropp passed. Raymond was on Lapon starting in 1970 and was a FTGC(SS)
  • Gatewood Leathers passed on September 23, 2003. Gatewood was on Lapon starting in 1969 and was a ETC(SS)     OBITUARY
  • James Neiswonger passed on December 24, 2010. James was on Lapon from 1969-1970 and was a RM1(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Jerry Noma passed on March 13, 2013. Jerry was on Lapon from 1970-1973 and was a MM2(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Jerry Pollard passed on August 21, 2014. Jerry was on Lapon from 1971-1975 and was an ET1(SS)     OBITUARY
  • James "JC" Poole passed on October 5, 2004. JC was on Lapon from 1970-1974 and was a QMC(SS)     OBITUARY
  • James Messer passed on September 12, 2014. James served on Lapon and was a EN2(SS)     OBITUARY
  • A.J. Pourciau passed on September 27, 2007. A.J. was on Lapon from 1970-1972 and was a EN2(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Michael Rhoads passed on November 12, 2004. Michael was on Lapon from 1977-1979 and was a IC3(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Gerald "Jerry" Ruble passed on November 12,2009. Jerry was on Lapon from 1975-1978 and was a ETN2(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Stephen Henry passed on November 12,2009. Stephen was on Lapon during Vietnam and was a STS(SS)     OBITUARY
  • John Savage passed on May 3, 2014. John was on Lapon from 1969-1971 and was a YN3(SS)    
  • Robert Goehring passed on April 13, 2020. Robert was on Lapon from 1969-1972 and was a LT(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Russell Duffy passed on October 3, 2020. Russell was on the Lapon briefly in 1969.     OBITUARY
  • James White passed. James was on Lapon from 1971-1974 and was a MM3(SS)
  • Dave Leiser passed. Dave was on Lapon in the early 80's and was an MMC(SS).

1980-Decommissioning

  • David Abel passed away July 28, 2002. Dave served on Lapon from 1977 to 1992. Dave retired as an MMMC(SS) and obtained the position of Command Master Chief.      OBITUARY
  • Rich Irelan passed on September 23, 2013. Rich was on Lapon from 1978-1983 and was a STS2(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Glen Brock passed on June 2, 2011. Glen was on Lapon from 1983-1985 and was an MM2(SS).      OBITUARY
  • Darryl Drake passed. Darryl was on Lapon from 1978-1982 and was a STS1(SS)
  • David John Culligan passed on June 17, 2008. David was on Lapon from 1980-1981 and was a TMC(SS)     OBITUARY
  • William Dabney passed on January 5, 2008. William was on Lapon from 1985-1988 and was a LT(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Graciano Colmanero passed about May 1, 1995. Graciano was on Lapon from 1980-1985 and was a MM2(SS)
  • Paul Falcon passed in 2006. Paul was on Lapon from 1988-1990 and was a YN3(SS)
  • Oscar Bowlin passed on July 5, 2018. Oscar served on Lapon from 1988-1992. He was a STS2(SS) while on Lapon but retired as Lt. Commander.     OBITUARY
  • Daniel Brian Bruce passed on January 2, 2021. Daniel served on Lapon from 1990-1992. He was a PN1(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Bruce Burns passed on January 15, 2014. Bruce served on Lapon from 1985-1987. He was a MMCS(SS) while on Lapon.      OBITUARY
  • Robert Whelley passed August 16, 2016. Bob was an STS2(SS) and served on Lapon from 1986-1990.     OBITUARY
  • Paul Austin passed on December 18, 2017. Paul served on Lapon from 86-90 and was an ET2(SS).     OBITUARY
  • Clyde Shaw Jr passed om April 17, 2017. Clyde served on Lapon until 1981 and was a EM1(SS)     OBITUARY
  • William "Jory" Core passed on August 4, 2017. Jory was on Lapon from 1989-1992 and was a FT(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Keith Smith passed on September 24, 2011. Keith was on Lapon from 1982-1987 and was a MM1(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Michael "Mick" Ramadas passed on May 7, 2002. Mick was on Lapon from 1990-1992 and was an EM2(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Pete Manias passed on August 25, 2012. Pete was on Lapon from 1988-1991 and was a STSCS(SS)     OBITUARY
  • Timothy Overbey passed on December 28, 1992. Tim was on Lapon from 1990-1992 and was a MM2(SS)     OBITUARY

SS-260 and other Shipmates

  • Donald G. Bear passed on November 28, 2008. Donald was onboard Lapon in 1944 and served as the CO.     OBITUARY  CITATION
  • Oliver Grafton Kirk passed on March 5, 1981. Oliver was onboard Lapon in 1943 and served as the CO.     INFORMATION
  • Lowell Thornton Stone passed on March 30, 1971. Lowell was onboard Lapon in 1943 and 1944 and served as the CO.     INFORMATION  CITATION
  • Samuel Francis passed on April 6, 2006. Samuel was the Captain of the Lapon when she was gifted to Greece.     INFORMATION
  • Donald Scherer passed in September 2009. Donald was onboard Lapon in 1943 and served as the XO for one war patrol.     OBITUARY
  • Eli T. Reich passed November 30, 1999. Eli was onboard Lapon for a short time in 1943 and served as the XO.     OBITUARY
  • Robert C. Gillette passed in February 17, 2010. Robert was onboard Lapon during WW2 and served as the Navigator and XO for eight war patrols.     OBITUARY
  • Walter Mokito passed away on March 4, 2004. Walter served on the Lapon as well as several other submarines during his 20 year enlistment. OBITUARY
  • Clarence Eugene Price passed away on March 6, 2016. Clarence served on the Lapon from 1943-1945. OBITUARY
  • Robert Day passed in January 16, 2014. Robert was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • Halver Leo "Pappy" Swindell passed on January 5, 2010. Pappy was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • Earl Caldwell White Jr passed on March 1, 2014. Earl was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • Raymond C. Schwartzhoff passed on October 7, 2003. Raymond was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • William Weber passed on April 10, 2017. William was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • James L. Moon passed on September 23, 2010. James was onboard Lapon during WWII and served six war patrols.     OBITUARY
  • Edward "Ed" Stoiber passed on January 7, 2009. Ed was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • Wilber Roland Talbert passed on October 4, 2014. Wilber was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • Everett Elroy Kelsey passed on June 23, 2009. Everett was onboard Lapon during WWII and served for 3 years 8 months.     OBITUARY
  • William Jackman "Jack" Orner passed on July 16, 2002. Jack was onboard Lapon during WWII.     OBITUARY
  • Webster Wallace passed. Webster was onboard Lapon and was a MMCS(SS)
  • Robert Pastor passed. Robert was an RMC(SS)
  • John Rowe passed.
  • Lawrence Day passed on October 23, 2019. Lawrence served on the Lapon and was an EMCM(SS).     OBITUARY

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