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Old 16 January 2011, 06:44
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RFI: Two SEALs killed aboard USS Grayback 16 Jan 1982

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I'm looking for Pics and Bios/Obits of the two SDVT1 SEALs killed in the escape trunk accident aboard USS Grayback on 16 January 1982. I'm sure somebody on SOCNET knew QM3 Richard D. Bond and ENS William C. Robinson. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Old 16 January 2011, 10:35
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Here's a pic of LT Dry.

http://ussgrayback574.com/Dry870a.JPG

We had used the Greyback in 1981 and were prepping to return to use it again in Feb 1982 when the accident occurred and our mission changed due to the investigation taking place during our deployment to NSWU-1.

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Old 16 January 2011, 11:49
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I've already got tons of info on LT Dry. Thanks anyway though. I was hoping to get more info on the Jan 82 accident and the guys that died.
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Old 16 January 2011, 17:54
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Senior, What do you need it for? I might be able to hook you up.
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Old 16 January 2011, 19:05
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Here is the sub's tribute website, with links to a bunch of photos: http://ussgrayback574.com/.

And its own Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...10953&v=photos.

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Old 17 January 2011, 00:32
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Here is the sub's tribute website, with links to a bunch of photos: http://ussgrayback574.com/.

And its own Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...10953&v=photos.
Thanks Trident. The copy of the article on the Facebook page is a huge help.

Frog, I guess all I need now are pics of Bond and Robinson, the two UDT-11 guys who died in the accident. I want to create an album for them on Fallen US Navy SEALs on Facebook.

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Old 14 May 2011, 09:10
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RFI: Two Seals killed aboard USS Grayback 16 Jan 1982

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I came across this blog after I googled Grayback, and thought I might be able to help out. I was the Chief Quartermaster on Grayback when the accident happened. You may already have this info, but I do remember that Bond had a brother that was also onboard at that time. Even after almost 30 years, the reason I recall this is HMCM Johnson, (rest his soul), met us on the pier when we pulled back into Subic right after the accident. We had about 14 personnel in our chamber (6 divers, 6 more divers trying to revive them, a diving med tech, and a diving medical officer). HMCM and MRC Grath from the SRF dive locker and ran the chamber for about almost 2 days us after we got pierside, and I remember HMCM telling me that there were 2 Bonds in the chamber. Johnny had told me that, sadly, it was a case of one brother trying to revive his brother.
It may not have happened exactly as I recall and unfortunately both HMCM Johson and MRC Grath passed away within 2 years of the accident.
Just passing this info along to you with the hope that it may help a bit. Take care.
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Old 17 May 2011, 11:02
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Plaque at SDVT-1
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Old 17 May 2011, 16:11
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Nice touch. We are once again reminded that there is inherent danger in the day to day jobs of these extraordinary men.
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Thanks to png and Carl for the new info!
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I wish my mom could of seen the plack in Hawaii that honors my dad (Charles Wayne Bloomer also known as Chuck) and other four divers that were with him. If anyone knew him please message me.
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Corie please post an intro according to the email you got thank you.

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Did you know my dad Charles Bloomer also known as Chuck?
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Old 4 June 2011, 19:17
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Did you know my dad Charles Bloomer also known as Chuck?
No I did not. We were brifed in Dive Sup and Trunk training


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Old 11 June 2011, 04:19
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Hi Corie,

This is Phillip Gregory from the Grayback and DBF sites. The only survivor of the accident was BMCM(MDV) Hayden (Hy) Spaulding. If I recall correctly, he worked with your Dad quite a bit. I will try and see if I can get in contact with him, and then I will let you know. Hy never did talk much about the accident, but he may open up a little knowing you're Chuck's daughter.
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Old 11 June 2011, 11:06
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Hi Corie,

This is Phillip Gregory from the Grayback and DBF sites. The only survivor of the accident was BMCM(MDV) Hayden (Hy) Spaulding. If I recall correctly, he worked with your Dad quite a bit. I will try and see if I can get in contact with him, and then I will let you know. Hy never did talk much about the accident, but he may open up a little knowing you're Chuck's daughter.
If you need help finding Spaulding, let me know.
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Old 11 June 2011, 21:35
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If you need help finding Spaulding, let me know.
Thanks Carl, I found Hy on Facebook. Hard to believe that tough old goat does Facebook. By the way, I migrated the pic you took of the Grayback memorial at the SpecWar compoud over to the Grayback's Facebook page. I mentioned that the credit for the pic goes to a gentleman that posted it on another site. I lot of ex-Grayback sailors that were onboard when the accident happened, myself included, never knew that the memorial existed. We all want to thank you very much for posting that pic.
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Old 12 June 2011, 00:45
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During DDS training at SDVT-1, the Grayback Incident was a huge learning discussion about DDS and SDV Ops. The one survivor(Spaulding) survived because he fell onto the valving in the bubble in the hanger which kept him from drowning. The others fell into the water and drowned. Now, it is impossible to create the same scenerio due to a design change in valving and operational procedures.
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Back in the early 1970's there was another loss of life during submerged operations. It was a U.S.Army Diver who had drown. It had taken place during an open hanger door evolution. It had happened shortly before one of my deployments.
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