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Ronquil Panther Appropriation Team Print E-mail
Contributed by John Jenkins   
Jul 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The Ronquil Panther appropriation is related in another article by Ray Olszewski, who details the admirable escapades of a well trained crew conducting successful covert operations. After all these years, the names of the operation team have been declassified and we're proud to finally be able to present their names.

RONQUIL PANTHER APPROPRIATION TEAM

17 April, 1959

AFTERNOON ATTEMPT (FAILED) 4/16/59

Swimmers: Sawyer, Jenkins

Got caught and given haircut: Fred Garth

EARLY MORNING ATTEMPT (Successful) 4/17/59

Forward Torpedo Room Hatch: Tom Samulsen

After Battery Hatch: Don Parod

Conning Tower Hatch: Charles Bonner and Ray Olszewski

(Bonner was caught/painted and given a shave on one side of his chest and head)

Engine Room Hatch: Charley Smith

After Torpedo Room Hatch: J. J. Jenkins Jr.

Panther chiselers: Elo Foyt and Buzz Sawyer

Pretended to be new man reporting aboard: Richard Copeland

Fred Garth took care of the topside watch while the rest of the crew performed their functions.



User Comments

Comment by Gerry on 2011-07-21 17:02:56
Ray -- more details,please. I know there's a longer version of this story lurking out there somewhere. 
 
Gerry

Comment by admin on 2011-07-21 18:30:57
Gerry, 
 
Check out "The Submarine Versus the Panther" - Lots of details there. 
 
Jim

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