USS Seawolf SS-197
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Dec. 2, 2017

Respects to my paternal grandfather I never had the opportunity to know, Electricians Mate 1st Class George M. Needham who is on eternal patrol aboard the USS Seawolf SS-197. May your seas be forever calm.

J. C. Needham

Apr. 26, 2016

I am the grandson of Lt. Clinton Jobe, of the Seawolf. I am looking for anyone on the boat that is still living that would have known my grandfather.

Mike Jobe
Marion, Ilinois

Feb. 4, 2016

In honor of my father, Roy W. Bateman.

George R. Bateman
Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Mar. 21, 2015

My husband's uncle was the Seawolf's cook- Wayne H. Cotton. Proud of his and the others brave and selfless service for all! We are grateful.

Alan Cotton
Midland, Texas

Mar. 20, 2015

My fathers cousin, Loyd R. Balch, was an electrician on the Seawolf when she was struck by friendly fire. In memory of Richard and my father Robert Bovee who served in the Battle of the Bulge.

David Bovee

June 5, 2013

Just writing you today to thank-you for your site. My uncle was Dallas V. Bolon who was on the Seawolf when she was presumed lost.  I had a question that maybe you can answer. Since they have never found her will they ever consider her crew KIA instead of MIA? This may sound silly but I have wondered about this for a long time. I am 61, and my mother, Dallas' sister is 87. Has there ever been any attempt to find her? Thanks again for what you are doing.

Thank you,
Tom Frank

Reply 1
June 5, 2013

The crew were considered KIA as of Oct. 7, 1945. The rule was that service personnel were considered dead one year and one day after they went missing. I don't know of a current attempt to locate the boat.

Michael W. Pocock

Mar. 3, 2013

In memory of my relative Robert F. Devitt, aboard USS Seawolf SS-197 Oct. 03,1944. Wish I had known him.

Terry McTavish
Nepean, Ontario, Canada

Nov. 28, 2012

In remembrance of my grandfather, Motor Machinist's Mate First Class James W. Saint, who was lost on the Seawolf on Oct. 3, 1944. Though his loss means I never met him, I am proud of his service and honor his life.

After the war, my grandmother, understandably got remarried.  Her husband was a very nice man, another naval serviceman, and a good grandfather.  So, I never felt comfortable asking about JW Saint.  My grandmother and “grandpa” are now passed away.  Are there any organized groups of descendants who perhaps would know more about the crew members on the Seawolf that I could at least learn a little more about what J. W. Saint did, or the people who were his comrades on the submarine?  I would like to at least compile what information is out there to pass down through our family.  Otherwise, it seems such a sacrifice goes largely unremembered, which is a tragedy itself.

Robert Mitchell
Phoenix, Arizona

Nov. 11, 2012

Has the USS Seawolf ever been positively identified as to wreck location?

Mike Jobe
Granadson of Lt. Clinton Jobe of the USS Seawolf

Dec. 15, 2006

In memory of my father, ENC Roy W. Bateman who passed away in 1994. He maintained those diesel engines for CMDR. Warder. God bless them all!

George Bateman

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