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William (Bill) Karr ETC(SS)
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  • Bradenton, Fl
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"I reported aboard in 1972 in La Maddalena Italy. Started out in 1st Div deck force, and in 1973 went to the signal bridge as an SM striker..I was transferred from the ship while she was in NORVA in 1977 as an SM-2....I can still close my eyes and…"
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USS Fulton AS-11

The USS Fulton (AS-11) was launched 27 December 1940 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. A. T. Sutcliffe, great-granddaughter of Robert Fulton; and commissioned 12 September 1941, Commander A. D. Douglas in command.
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Train officers and enlisted sailors in the basic knowledge and skills upon which operational submarine commands in the Atlantic and Pacific can build competence and proficiency in operating and maintaining submarines and all their systems.
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Martin A Brent replied to William (Bill) Karr ETC(SS)'s discussion Where in Florida? in the group Florida Navy Veterans
"Like Adam Teece, I too, live in Lehigh Acres since 2010. Started off in Cape Coral in 1999, from California. Hey Adam, if you're still in LhAc let me know where.  You can contact me at mb06vans11(at)"
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David Lock replied to William (Bill) Karr ETC(SS)'s discussion Where in Florida? in the group Florida Navy Veterans
"Been in Florida since 86 when I retired from NavCamsMed, Naples. Currently live in Sun City Center and love it. David G. Lock"
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Chief Petty Officer
Enlisted Rating
Electronics Technician
Where were you or your family stationed?
Active duty May 1959 - April 1963
1959 USNTC Great Lakes, Camp Barry, Company 219
1959 - 1960 US Naval Academy Preparatory School, USNTC Bainbridge, Md
Jan 1961 Missle Fundamentals, GS "A", GMS, Dam Neck, Va
1961 Submarine School, USN S/M Base, New London, Ct
1961 Enlisted Basic Course, USN S/M Base, New London, Ct
1961 Mare Island, Ca
1961 Guided Missle Unit Ten, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1961 - 1963 USS Halibut SSGN587, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1962 First Deterent Patrol
1962 Regulus Missle "C" School, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1962 Second Deterent Patrol
1962 Qualified "Nuclear SS" aboard USS Halibut SSGN-587
1962 underway to Mare Island, Ca (Cuban Missle Crisis)
1963 Mare Island Shipyard, Ca - Core Change
1963 underway to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (USS Thresher lost)
1963 USS Cusk SS-348
1963 NAVRECSTA, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
1963 US NAVRECSTA, T.I., San Fransisco, Ca - Separated from Active Duty
1964 NRSD 3-1 (M), USNRTC, Bridgeport, Ct - Inactive reserve
1964 REG 3/17, USNRTC, Bridgeport, Ct - Inactive reserve
1964 Active Duty - USS Tigrone AGSS-419, New London, Ct
1964 NRSD 3-1 (M), USNRTC, Bridgeport, Ct - Inactive reserve
1965 Naval Reserve Manpower Center Inactive reserve
26 May 1965 Honorably Discharged as MT2(SS)

16 Jul 1976 Enlisted in Naval Reserve Advanced Pay Grade Program, ET1(SS) Temporary, New Haven, Ct
16 Jul 1976 - 25 Dec 2000 Naval Reserve
See Blog ETC(SS) Retired William (Bill) D. Karr for details of all 30+ years of Naval Service
Veteran of Foreign War
The Cold War
Current Status with the US Navy
Start date of your service
May 27, 1959
End date of your service
December 25, 2000

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We Lost a Founder Today: ETC(SS) William D. Karr

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 1:00pm 10 Comments

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of ETC(SS) William D. Karr, my father. When I started NavyVets, my father was alongside me. The Chief welcomed all of…


ETC(SS) Retired, William (Bill) D. Karr - History

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 11:22am 8 Comments

Currently residing in Bradenton, Florida

Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Active duty May 1959 - April 1963 27 May 1959 Enlisted, US Navy Recuiting Station, 346 Broadway, NY,NY 28 May 1959 - 6 Jun 1959 USNTC Great Lakes, Camp Barry, Company 219

6 June1959 - 12 June1959 USNTC Great Lakes, Camp Porter, holding company

28 Aug 1959 - 20 Jun 1960 US Naval Academy Preparatory School, USNTC Bainbridge, Md

Graduated NAPS 20 June 1960 - 8 July 1960 OGU, USNTC…


U.S. Navy Submarine Veterans

Posted on November 8, 2009 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Howdy, folks, I have just found a great site for Submariners.
It has many interesting features, one of which is the ability to access photos of you Sub School graduation class.
Try it out.
Bill Karr

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At 11:05pm on July 18, 2013, Jim Decota said…


   We all here( I have communicated with several about our loosing the Chief) are with you in our thoughts in this time! We know the Chief will remain here with us as well. Our prayers are with you, your son and the family. We are honored that you would fill in for him!

At 11:22am on July 17, 2013, Michael Hammer said…

"Out of the winds' and the waves' riot,
Out of the loud foam,
He has put in to a great quiet
And a still home.

Here he may lie at ease and wonder
Why the old ship waits,
And hark for the surge and the strong thunder
Of the full Straits,

And look for the fishing fleet at morning,
Shadows like lost souls,
Slide through the fog where the seal's warning
Betrays the shoals,

And watch for the deep-sea liner climbing
Out of the bright West,
With a salmon-sky and her wake shining
Like a tern's breast, —

And never know he is done for ever
With the old sea's pride,
Borne from the fight and the full endeavour
On an ebb tide."

At 7:28pm on January 11, 2013, Deanna Little said…
Happy New Year shipmate 2013*
At 7:21pm on May 22, 2011, Lawrence "Ski" Gorski said…
Still can't update a photo for my profile. I will attempt to contact Doug, if I find out how. The official looking Navy photo of me in uniform is what I want to put as my profile picture, however it just won't go for some reason. I've tried various ways, including the upload a picture from my footlocker page on this site. I am at a loss.
At 11:41am on May 3, 2011, Leslie Ann Reinhart-Chaffin said…
Thank you for the welcome to the site. Proud to be here. ;-)
At 10:16pm on January 1, 2011, Tommy Ray Locklear said…

Thanks Chief! I'm a Mustang, selected to Chief Gunner's Mate in 1995, Commissioned CWO2 in 2000, and LTjg in 2003. An Ordie and member of the mess. Take care! I.Y.A.O.Y.A.S.!!



At 9:00pm on January 1, 2011, Dennis Patrick Glass said…

I really enjoy your site & the article's about the San Diego Recruit training Center & the 

way it is now. The video about the AD Skyraider's were the first planes in my Squadron

and were known as AD5 Queen's.  They were replaced by the Willey Fud's with the dome

on the top like a smaller version of the Awacs today. I was on the USS yorktown the same

cruise as Denny Witham & am his lifetime friend as well. He wrote the comment Dec


At 11:05am on December 29, 2010, dennis e witham said…

hi bill, I was looking at the command section and noticed that you didnt have anything about the USS YORKTOWN, she is a naval musuem in charleston sc. and some young vets need to visit her to see how much they missed out on, no ac ,

 no tv ,no internet ,no female personel[maybe good thing, ha] .become a member of the YORKTOWN ASSOTATION. thought you might need this information.

At 6:31am on December 24, 2010, Alan Whitcomb said…

looking for cds or any recordings of Blue Jacket Choir.  I was a member in 1970.  I do not care when the recording was made. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Whit Whitcomb

At 7:30am on December 22, 2010, Simon Schiller said…
if you or your shipmates scored 68  on your gct or better you are eligible to join mensa

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