USS Alexander Hamilton
Forty for Freedom
One for Spare Parts
Photo taken Spring 1975 (provided by Ed Legier)
The Boat, The Crew
This page is dedicated to the "Island Boys" and to all the fine USS
Alexander Hamilton shipmates who rode under the waves on a deterrent patrol.
In memory of John F. Johnson, EM3, and Richard P. Engelhart, ETR2.
Nuclear power and submarine school classmates assigned to the USS
Scorpion (SSN-589) just prior to her last run .... now on Eternal Patrol.
WEBMASTER: Dean W. Habhegger
Taken from the Commissioning Program cover
Alexander Hamilton 1967 - 1971
A. Hamilton Information
Update from Dean:
I have just updated the History Section of the page. Several years ago I obtained copies of "Command Histories" for each year the boat was commissioned. These are completed by the Commanding Officer at the end of each year and are mostly a lot of facts and dates. Some were more complete than others but what I have is what is on that page with some editing. Someone commented recently on facebook that the history of the later years of the HAMILTON was a bit "thin" so I hope this is helpful. I continue to update the Crew listing page and the Eternal Patrol page on a regular basis and I thank everyone who sends in current information for those two pages. Dean
We have new information regarding Reunion XIV. Click on "Reunion below for details.
Intersting tidbit about the USS ALEXANDER HAMILTON SSB(N)-617. At the time of decommissioning it had completed 1,002 Dives (more than any other SSBN). Don't know if we still have that record but
I suspect that could hold for the "41 For Freedom" Boats.
USS ALEXANDER HAMILTON FACE BOOK PAGE--Yes we have one! Click Here
to have a look. It is being run by "Lumpy" Viola. If you have not signed on, you should. There is a lot of fun stuff
to read and tons of photos being posted.
I continue to update the Crews List,
so keep sending in names and other pertinent data.
|Ships History Find out where She's been
and what She's done. She even held Patrol and Diving records.
Crew's List Look here for
shipmates. I will be updating this regularly with any new information I get. If you have sent me an e-mail and I have not
not responded, please send it again but to the above email address. Also, IF YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS NOT
please send me the correct one and if you have a friend/shipmate who needs to update please remind them to do so.
Reunion Information The latest news for REUNION FOURTEEN in Greenbelt, MD in the Washington DC area. October 4-9, 2022.
Shipmates On Eternal Patrol Over a thousand sailors
made patrols on the USS Alexander Hamilton, some have crossed the bar. This page
is a memorial to them.
and is updated regularly
AN ALEXANDER HAMILTON AUTHOR--Yes we have one of those too! Gary Penley sends the following note:
My name is Gary Penley. I served aboard the USS Alexander Hamilton from 1963-1966. I have recently
completed my fourth book, a true story titled,
DEEP VENTURE: A SAILOR'S STORY OF COLD WAR SUBMARINES
This book is told from the viewpoint of an enlisted man. Unlike most other submarine books, it concentrates a
lot on the type of men who inhabited the boats, and what we did, both onboard and off, to cope with the stresses of
submarine life. As you might guess, this leads to a lot of hilarious situations, because most of the things we did to
cope were pretty zany. The book is a memoir, military history, and adventure story. During the Six-Day War in the Middle
East in June 1967, I was aboard a submarine on a top-secret mission in the middle of the war zone. I am sure that all
submariners and ex-submariners, as well as anyone interested in military/adventure stories will enjoy it.
My book, in hardback, is available in book stores or you can order on
Amazon.com and get a discount price of $16.14. You can direct order from this Amazon link Amazon Link
Fair winds and following seas,
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return for updates.
Interesting Hamilton Stuff
Other Submarine Links
Submarine Veterans Web Page
Stan Tribble's SSBN-617 Site
Hull Number.com Site
Wiki SSBN-617 Site
A Special Thanks to Jack Semelsberger for the original Alexander Hamilton webpage that inspired this site.
About the Hamilton History Interesting
Stuff Reunion Crew's
List Eternal Patrol
Site updated on January 2022