Scrapbook of LCDR Ken Brown - 1966 - 1968
LCDR Ken Brown was Commanding Officer of USS Razorback from March 1966 until May 1968.
His personal scrapbook consists of 56 pages containing a total of 228 photographs, telegrams, newspaper clippings, letters and other documents related to his time aboard Razorback. Some of these photographs show the routine of Navy life - promotions, re-enlistments, awards, arrivals in port, etc. Others show a more candid look at life aboard a submarine during the Cold War - Bingo Nights, New Years Eve celebrations at sea, birthdays celebrated far from family, and even dealing with anti-Vietnam War protests during a port visit to Canada.
Finally, a large group of photos and other documents are related to Razorback's rescue of two airmen from a Navy S-2 Tracker ASW aircraft that crashed during an exercise. The aftermath of the rescue, including the emotional arrival back in port and the awards the resulted from the rescue are detailed.
Some highlights of this scrapbook are:
USS Razorback underway, Forward port quarter view, undated
- Items related to the Change of Command Ceremony, 11 March 1966
- Events and Ceremonies
- Life at Sea, including
'Invitation' to the Shellback Initiation, as Razorback crossed the equator. (12MB Adobe Acrobat PDF)
- Training with SEALs
- Highline transfer between Razorback and USS Ozbourn (DD 846)
- Playing Bingo
- New Years Eve 1966 at Sea
- Swim Call in the Pacific
- Birthdays at Sea
- Open Ocean Rendevous with USS Spinax (SS 489)
- Periscope Photography
- Port Visits
- Items related to the rescue of two men from a crashed Navy S-2 Tracker ASW aircraft in the early morning hours of 08 August 1967
Many of these photographs are on display in the museum, and all items have been scanned and are available in electronic format for review by researchers upon request.