USS Alexander Hamilton




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2011 Alexander Hamilton Reunion Information!!!

Started by Stan Tribble May 16, 2011.

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Hello former shipmates of the USS Alexander Hamilton, SSBN 617 - or sometimes affectionately known as the A. FROG! I was a Missile Technician on the Gold Crew from 1979 to 1984. If I only knew just how fast the years would blaze by after what seemed like patrols that would never end. I feel fortunate to have survived those days - not so much the patrols, but those very intoxicating off crews! I am thankful that many of us have remained in touch over the years, but wanted to do my part in helping others reunite. After all we are not getting any younger.

We are blessed to live at a time whereby technology has afforded us the opportunity to relive memories such as this. Think about it. You can dig out your old photos you took on the boat, scan them, upload them, and bring back a ton of memories for lots of shipmates here.
There are a few websites with information on our submarine (see links at the bottom of this page). One that deserves headlines though has been around for a while and is worth a visit. Add yourself to the crew while you are there. Here it is:


There is also a Facebook page for the boat, so make sure you visit there as well.

Feel free to invite other shipmates that you may know. Make sure you share a sea story or three by using the Forum tool on the left side of this page. Also feel free to add photos - past and present. Many of you have photos from the boat that we would love to see, so break out those scanners and start scanning those photos. I have added a lot of photos from the boat that I have scanned and uploaded here. I gave descriptions to each photo (mainly to name the people in them), but my memory is like a steel sieve and I have forgotten some of the names. Help me out in that endeavor by letting me know the names that I have forgotten .

By the way - in the photos you see on the sides of this page you will see the Hamilton when it was in drydock during a cold winter in Holy Loch, Scotland. That is former shipmate Bruce Johnsen (MT) standing on the wingwall of the drydock.

Gold Crew Patrol 53 Crew List (Summer 1981)

I have bee fortunate enough to have recent contact with former Gold crew Captain Sam Badgett.  He provided me a crew list for the Gold Crew Patrol 53 (Summer 1981).  There may be a few typos, but it still brings back memories.  I made a couple of minor corrections in parenthesis and in red font, but not guaranteeing I am correct.


==> Gold Crew Patrol 53 Crew List (Summer 1981)

Good luck!

Stan Tribble


!!! 2015 Alexander Hamilton Reunion Information !!!

The following is an email I received from shipmate Jim Koogler on 10/31/2014.  My sincere apologies for taking so long to post this reunion information on here.


G'day, shipmates.


Now that we're less than a year away from the Hamilton reunion, you can make your hotel reservations at any time between NOW and Aug 22, 2015. Reservations can be made by phone or internet.



Call the Hilton Mystic Hotel directly at 1-800-572-0731 and identify yourself as a member of the USS Alexander Hamilton group. Call-in reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Reservations cancelled within 24 hours will be charged the first nights room rate.


Go to Follow the normal online reservation procedures (enter the preferred dates, check availability, etc), enter AH617 for the "group code", hit <Enter>. You will then get a listing of the available rooms... all with a rate of $129.00 (+ tax). From then on, follow the requests and instructions to make your reservations. If you have questions or problems, feel free to call the hotel directly, or call me or Jim/Rita Carey.


As a reminder, the dates and location are:

Wednesday 23 September 2015 to Sunday 27 September 2015 at the

Hilton Mystic Hotel

20 Coogan Blvd

Mystic, Connecticut  06355

Phone: 860-572-0731

Fax: 860-572-0328


Rooms will be $129.00 per night, plus 15% tax ($129.00 + $19.35 = $148.35). This same rate is good for the 2 days before (Monday Sept 21st) and 2 days after (Tuesday Sept 29th) the reunion dates. Considering that our dates are very close to peak fall season, this is a GREAT rate. 


Our 2015 reunion coordinators are shipmate Jim Carey (FTB Gold 1966-67) and his wife Rita.  From now until the reunion, you might receive information from them or from me. If you have questions, you can contact me (see my contact information below) or Jim and Rita at email or home phone 1-845-225-6168. Please note that the Careys and I live in the Eastern time zone.


Registration information will be available in the spring 2015 timeframe... March or so. You will be notified as soon as the information is available. In the meantime, as usual, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Jim, or Rita.


Jim "Clutch" Koogler


Blue Crew '68-'70

USS Alexander Hamilton Assn Treasurer


2402 Lyncross St

Grove City, Ohio   43123-8438

614-620-9445 (cell)

614-991-5689 (home)






Links you should visit

Captain Robert S. Badgett
Captain R. S. Badgett was our CO somewhere around the late 70's/early 80's timeframe. I did a google search on him and found an interesting story on him.

Wikipedia - Alexander Hamilton
(This is a good link to find names of former shipmates. Everyone who has ever served in the military is listed here. You will have to join (free), but then you will be able to do name searches)

More to come...

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