Famous Sailors - Introduction

Famous Sailors

This list is comprised of people whose main fame comes from their life OUTSIDE their military service,
and should not be confused with "Noteworthy Sailors", although the two are not mutually exclusive.

To view a FABULOUS clip of USS Wisconsin's
16 Inch Final Gun Firing, click here!

- Specially compressed for us by Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.)
('64) of VA - 07/03/04
Thanks, Dave!

NOTE: To hear the full effect of the gun firings, you may very well wish to push the "stop" button
on the midi console at the top of the page before clicking the 16 inch gun link.
To return to "Famous Sailors" following the video, simply push the "Escape" button on the top left of your keyboard.

June 20, 2004 - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on the East Coast 1978 - Farmington, MO
Carol, Joshua, Brent, Lewis,
and Randolph Harty
June 21, 2004 - S-3B Viking being launched from the deck of USS Enterprise
Courtesy of http://www.news.navy.mil,
at the suggestion of Joe Madagan ('57)
of FL - 06/29/04
Thanks, Joe!
"I'm not a sailor, but I played
one in a skit."
Courtesy of http://www.news.navy.mil,
at the suggestion of Joe Madagan ('57)
of FL - 06/29/04
Thanks, Joe!

USS Newport News CA-148





I am also attaching four pictures of the USS Newport News CA-148, a 17,000 ton Des Moines class heavy cruiser
built at
Newport News Shipbuilding, launched in 1948 and in commission between 1949-1975 -
two when it was in its glory, two at the scrap yard in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993.
- Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 02/26/09
Thanks, Eric!

Old Ironsides, Boston, MA Old Ironsides, Boston, MA Contrast in Naval Warships, Boston, MA
Images by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/27/04
OOOH!  Thanks, Joe!
The Submarine Base in Groton, CT  Submarine Museum, Sub Base,
Groton, CT
Submarine Museum, Sub Base, Groton, CT
Images by Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/27/04
  Thanks again, Joe!


The History of the Boatswain's Call or "Pipe"  



 Courtesy of Capt. David A. Spriggs, USNR (Ret.) ('64) of VA - 07/03/04
OOOH!  What FUN!!!  Thanks again, Cap'n Dave!




Navy Songs

United States Naval Academy
Al Varelas' Naval Academy Pages

Naval Academy Days
Around the Yard
U.S. Navy.mil
Naval Historical Center
Blue Angels
Navy Band
The Battleship Page
Forrestal Fire
Battleship Wisconsin.org
U.S.S. Wisconsin.org
Hampton Roads Naval Museum

United States Naval Institute
U.S. Navy Images from Around the Fleet

Hi, Carol:
Surely this (attached photo of Humphrey Bogart) deserves a "Wowzer"!
Bogie was a rated coxswain in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in May 1918 and ordered to the USS Leviathan (SP-1326).
Semper Fidelis

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/27/04

   Well,  Id say that certainly deserves all that and more!  I saw that image once on Biography,
and never was able to find it online.  I suppose, as my mama used to say, I just didnt hold my mouth right. 
Thanks so much!  This is a treasure!

- Carol

May I nominate Father John "Jake" LaBoon as a Famous Sailor.
Graduate of USNA, football player, awarded Silver Star for heroism
in rescuing a downed Navy aviator while serving in USS Petro (SS-265)
by diving in from the deck and swimming to rescue the aviator.
He resigned his commission after WWII and entered the ministry.
Later, he became a Chaplain and was known as "Father Jake" and "Sleepy LaBoon" serving Marines and Sailors.
The Corps insists on "nicknames" for everyone.

The link below will give you a great photo of him. The ship was named after this Famous Sailor.


- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/21/04
Certainly, Joe - thanks!

Eternal Father, Strong to Save - The Navy Hymn
(Original Words)

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

- The Rev. William Whiting
(1825 - 1878)


"Victory at Sea" midi courtesy of http://contexas.com/midispat.html at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/19/03
 Thanks, Dave!

Navy Flag courtesy of http://www.4armedforces.com/product/0100_F2NS also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/29/04
Thanks again, Dave!  And those four gold bars are for you, Captain.

"Don't Tread on Me" Flag courtesy of Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/29/30
Thanks, Joe!

U.S.S. Wisconsin images courtesy of http://navysite.de/bb/bb64.htm at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/11/04
OOOOH!  Thanks, Dave!

Famous Airmen
Famous Coast Guardsmen and Famous Merchant Marines
Famous Marines
Famous Soldiers
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If you (or a family member) served our nation as a member of the United States Navy,
and would consent to being included on this page, please send your full name,
date and place of birth, other occupations, and images in uniform
to the Web Mistress:

Carol Buckley Harty of NC: cluckmeat@yahoo.com

Thank you.