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Winter 2013

From the Desk of the President

The Winter 2013 Klaxon!

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David M. Goebel RADM, USN (Ret) President

David M. Goebel


The 40th Annual Meeting of the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Museum.

The Museum doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting will commence at 5:45 p.m. Nautilus will be open for tours until 7:00 p.m.

A reception will follow the short business meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. All members in good standing are invited to attend and to bring a spouse or one guest.

Election of Association Officers for 2013 will be held during the short business meeting. Any member in good standing may submit nominations for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each nomi-nation must identify the office for which the in-dividual is being nominated, and must include a written statement from the nominee indicat-ing that he/she consents and will accept the nomination and serve if elected. Nominations will close 72 hours prior to the commencement of the Annual Meeting.

Submit nominations to:

CAPT Arne C. Johnson USN (Ret), 186 Jerry Browne Rd, #1043, Mystic, CT 06355-3052.


Welcome to 2013 and the annual Donor Registry issue of The Klaxon. As you know each year we publish a registry providing names of all who have supported the Museum in the previous year with a donation. We also include names of those loyal supporters who have attained certain lifetime support goals. We always endeavor to accurately acknowledge all gifts; however, being human, we do occa-sionally err and miss someone, misspell a name or incorrectly categorize a gift. We apologize in advance, and if you do spot an error please let us know and we will publish a correction.

You may have noticed that publication of The Klaxon has been erratic and perhaps wondered what is going on. You are also probably aware, we have been publishing our monthly electronic newsletter PING for over a year now, and it is growing steadily in readership. Surveys have shown that most folks would prefer to receive the newsletter via electronic means, and our ultimate goal, is to publish only the electronic version of the newsletter. Doing so will allow us to both increase the content of the newsletters and significantly reduce costs. Reducing costs, of course, means more funds will be available to support the Museum, and that is the goal of the association in the first place. We recognize that some of our readers may not have capability of receiving electronic media and our aim is to continue providing The Klaxon to those members as long as possible. We encourage all of our readers to provide us with a valid email address so we can ensure you continue to receive all member communications.

Send your email address to: and say you would like to be placed on the PING mailing list.

Facebook remains a hugely popular form of social interaction and the Submarine Force Museum Facebook fan page continues to grow, now with over 8,400 fans. The Museum posts a daily article titled “Tidbits of Submarine History”, a short write up about interesting happen-ings in submarine force history. These articles have been extremely well received. We have included in this issue of The Klaxon a few of our favorites for 2012 based upon staff selection.

The Submarine Force Library & Museum Association Annual Meeting will be held Friday May 10, 2013 at the Museum. All members are invited to attend, and to bring one guest. We hope to see as many as possible at that event.

Many of you also know we kicked off a commemorative brick paver walkway project last spring whereby you may purchase a brick paver, and become a permanent part of the Museum. The brick pavers are a wonderful way to honor or remember a submariner or loved one. If you haven’t yet had a chance to get your brick why not do so now by filling out the order form in this issue.

Remember, we are open year round, even in winter. Come visit your Museum when you get a chance.

David M. Goebel,  RADM USN (Ret)