Tiru Maru
January 2006

Editor: USS Tiru (SS416) Association Secretary, Joe Hedgepeth


of 23 January 2006


The 2006 TIRU Reunion will be held from the 17th to 20th of August 2006 in Silverdale (Bremerton) Washington (our first west coast reunion). The details are posted on the TIRU website, www.usstiru.org, in the 2006 Reunion section. Registrations are at a record rate; we currently have 23 shipmates (plus 17 guests) registered to date. Reunion registration may be made on the website, by fax, by email, or by postal mail. If you do not have Internet access please call and we will fax or mail you the registration form, schedule of events, and hotel information.

Sandra & Earle Smith, 2006 USS Tiru Reunion Coordinator
7169 SW Dunraven Lane, Port Orchard, WA, 98367
(360) 876-0255, fax: (360) 876-0257


We have been sending newsletter mailing by postal service to Shipmates for which we do not have an email address. If you know of any additions for this list, please send addresses to news(at)usstiru.org or mail to Booth, Box 40, Sorrento, BC, V0E2W0, Canada.

The email version of the newsletter is purposely lacking graphics and links in hopes that it will not be considered emailspam by other mail programs.

Please let us know if you change your email address. If you received this newsletter by postal mail it means that we do not have a good email address for you.

Senior Editor: Joe Hedgepeth, secretary(at)usstiru.org

USS TIRU SS416 WEBSITE NEWS: www.usstiru.org

The website continues to grow and we averaged 44 visits (1096 hits) per day for the month of September. Major format changes to the site are in progress. The site is being transitioned from a MS Publisher based site to a MS Front Page site. This change will reduce the workload in maintaining the site and also hopefully make it easier to use. During this transition expect some errors to occur. With your help in auditing the site for bad links and errors we hope to keep the disruptions to a minimum. If any problems are noted please email to the webmaster. Thanks for those who have sent in suggestions and comments. We may be able to implement some of the earlier suggestions now that we are using Front Page to maintain the site.

The following sections of TIRU's website have recently been updated:

2006 Reunion: continually updated as the reunion date approaches.

History: significant changes to the Chronological section; new details for 1973 operations and many newspaper article additions to the 1966 Grounding incident.

Photos: new photos – 50’s local ops, Panama Canal transit, Med 71 deployment, & 1969 Westpac.

News: new inquiries & greetings, see the Website News section for up-to-date additions to TIRU’s website.

Association: Final 2005 Financials posted.

Special thanks this month to:


Ralph Mummery for ’66 photos, Mrs. Art Stone for ’56-59 photos, Barry Toth for ’71 photos.


Ralph Mummery for ’66 grounding articles, Barry Toth for 1973 command history and Korean war ops.


If you have registered and have not received a reply please try again or send email to webmaster. You should get an acknowledgement within one to three days if everything is working correctly. We continue to have problems with email to AOL members due to its emailspam control.

Webmaster: Dave Booth, webmaster(at)usstiru.org


The 2004 Crew Meeting minutes and the 2005 Financial Report are posted in the restricted section of TIRU’s website. If you do not have Internet access and wish a mailed copy, contact the association president.

Shipmates Deceased during period 1 January 2005 to date:

William Ummel (September)

Dwight W. Groom (September)

Russell Caswell (September)

Captain Patrick Gray (July)

William Cernich (March)

Jack Jarvies (January)

(see Memorial section of website for obituaries)

Message from the Association President:

In just 3 short years, we have built a wonderful association to be enjoyed by all Tiru shipmates and family. We have been able to renew old friendships and establish many new ones. At the reunion in Silverdale, we will elect new officers. My watch at the helm will be complete. I do not ever recall having a more wonderful experience. The Tiru team is one of which we can all be very proud.

With the establishment of our data base, we are able to reach out to all who served at any time during Tiru's life. We have been able to establish a memorial fund to send our condolences to our shipmates who will be forever on patrol.

At our next business meeting, I hope that we will update our bylaws and establish more positions to allow for even greater participation.

It is my most fervent wish to see us establish a long range plan to perpetuate Tiru's memory through a permanent site for our rapidly growing memorabilia collection so that our future family and friends can look back with great pride at our accomplishments.

I can never express my gratitude to each and everyone of you for allowing me to serve as your president. I hope I did not let you down.

Until we meet in Silverdale,

I wish you all,

Fair winds and following seas,


Association President: Charles Steinert president(at)usstiru.org.

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