History of Personnel--Civilian and Military and the Mission

Until March, 1, 1965, the TRIESTE I and II were under the operational control of the Naval Electronic Laboratory, San Diego, California, and many personnel assigned to the bathyscaph were on temporary duty, rather than assigned as crew. Listed in Table 1-17 are the personnel, both civilian and military, who have been associated with TRIESTE I and II since the purchase of the original TRIESTE in 1958. The listing is alphabetical rather than. in order of association, due to a lack of certain dates, but the present crew (as of July, 1965) is noted.

Table 1-17.

Personnel Associated with TRIESTE I and II-- Naval Personnel

Rank and Name
Current Status
Lieutenant R . B . Davey..
Lieutenant D. F. Helms Present Crew. Student Pilot
Lieutenant J. H. Howland Present Crew Assistant Officer in Charge / Pilot
Lieutenant Commander D. L. Keach . Officer in Charge / Pilot
Lieutenant G. W:. Martin . Officer in Charge and Pilot
Lieutenant Commander J. B. Mooney Present Crew Officer in Charge / Pilot
Lieutenant D . E. Saner Present Crew Hull Officer and Student Pilot
Lieutenant Commander L. A. Shumaker Present Crew Pilot
Lieutenant R. D. Waer Present Crew Student Pilot
Lieutenant D. Walsh . Officer in Charge / Pilot
Lieutenant J. T. Worthington Present Crew Student Pilot
Enlisted Personnel:
Adames, EM3 .
Armstrong, G. DEM3 Pres. Crew
Bays, P. E. YN2 Pres. Crew
Brandenberg, EN1 .
Carroll, J. H. STCPres. Crew
Cearley, R.D. SFP3 Pres. Crew
Deberry, T.B. IC2 Pres. Crew
Devoe, ETC .
Gray, W.E. BM1 Pres. Crew
Hart, EM2 .
Hersh, ET3 .
Karr, R L. EN3 Pres .Crew
Knott, FN .
Legg, ET1 .
Lichenberg, SN .
Mc Gee, EM1 .
Michel, E. J. MRCS Pres. Crew
Olson, R. L. EN3 Pres. Crew
Palumbo, BM1 .
Adams, C. M. EM1 Pres. Crew
Barnett, ENC .
Bob, EM3 .
Bulos, G . R. EN2 Pres . Crew
Castelli, N. EM2 Pres. Crew
Chandler, ENC .
De Good, EMCM .
Gordon, SF1 .
Harnly, P.A. 1C1 Pres. Crew
Hedgecoth, T.A STC Pres. Crew
Hoffpauir, F. L. SFM3 Pres. Crew
Kieley, EM2 .
Kuczkowski, J, EM2 Pres. Crew
Lewis, C.W. PHC Pres. Crew
MacCartny, EN 1 .
McGrail, M.A EN2 Pres. Crew
Norman, ENC .
Page, ET3 .
Perry, P. J. SF 1 Pres. Crew
Pope, S . J. ETR2 Pres. Crew
Rochat, E.H. 1C:2 Pres. Crew
Safford, W.H. ETl Pres. Crew
Szymanski, W.A. EN3 . Pres. Crew
Taylor, R . H. ET 1 Pres, Crew
Walstead, BMC .
Wigdahl , A.G. SF 1 Pres. Crew
Zachary, C.R. YN2 Pres. Crew
Zober, EM1 .
Ross, C.M. ETR3. Pres. Crew
Smith, N. D. STS2 Pres. Crew
Tague, SO 1 .
Wallace, J.A. EM2 Pres. Crew
Whittington, M. D. EN2 Pres. Crew
Willis, F. M. Enl Pres. Crew
Ziler, FN .
Civilian Personnel:
Mr. W.H. Armstrong Mechanical Engineer NEL
Mr. G. Buono Bathyscaph Engineer and Safety Officer .
Mr. K. Mackenzle Deep Submergence Programs Coordinator NEL
Mr. J. Naylor Electrical Engineer NEL
Mr. A. Nelson Deep Submergence Programs Coordinator NEL
Mr. A. Piccard Bathyscaph Inventor .
Mr. J. Piccard First Bathyscaph Pilot .
Dr. A. B. Rechnitzer Deep Submergence Programs Coordinator NEL
Mr. A. J. Schlosser Project Engineer NEL
TRIESTE II relationship with the navy:
After the submarine tragedy which saw the loss of USS Thresher ( SS 593 ), a Deep Submergence Systems Review Group was formed and reported its findings to the Secretary of the Navy. SECNAV placed portions of the report under the Deep Submergence Systems Project Office to be implemented by the Director of Special Projects . Under the Deep Submergence Systems Project, five specific operational requirements were established:
  1. Man-in-the-Sea Program (Sea Lab I and II) which will increase knowledge about the depth at which man can do useful work in the oceans.

  2. A program to develop vehicles to search the sea floor.

  3. A plan to develop vehicles which would be capable of rescuing men from submarines (down to the sub's collapse depth, but below the depth at which it could recover).

  4. A small-object recovery program which will establish guidelines for study of suitable vehicles and equipments to recover objects such as mineral deposits from the sea floor.

  5. A program to establish large-object recovery up to the size of an intact submarine.

The TRIESTE II and her crew have been selected as the nucleus upon which the operational knowledge of the Deep submergence Systems will be built.

TRIESTE II and her crew serve directly under the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, with operational control by the Commander, Submarine Flotilla One, and administrative control by the Commander, Submarine Squadron Three. Under this organization TRIESTE II will be used to train new personnel, develop new techniques, and test new vehicles and materials for the Deep Submergence Program.