USS Robert A. Owens Shipmates Association

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Another year has passed and we're all a little older. 

Last summer felt hotter and winter seems much colder. 

I rack my brain for happy thoughts, to put down on my pad, 

But lots of things, that come to mind just make me kind of sad. 


There was a time not long ago When life was quite a blast.
Now I fully understand about 'Living in the Past'. 

We used to go to friend’s homes, football games and lunches.

 Now we go to therapy, to hospitals, and after-funeral brunches.

We used to have hangovers, from parties that were gay.
Now we suffer body aches and sleep the night away.
We used to go out dining, and couldn't get our fill.
Now we ask for doggie bags; Come home and take a pill.

We used to travel often to places near and far.  

Now we get backaches from riding in the car.
We used to go out shopping for new clothing at the Mall,
But, now we never bother...All the sizes are too small. 

That, my friend is how life is, And now my tale is told.
So, enjoy each day and live it up...Before you're too damn old!! 

Our Treasurer Leroy (Ed) Green is under the weather and we ask that you add your prayers to see him through the rough spot and into better health.


May 21, 2018 ·

USS Scorpion, SSN 589. After returning from Guantánamo Bay Cuba, one day after springboard. On this day fifty years ago, the USS Robert A Owens left Norfolk Virginia D&S Piers at about midnight,With about 1/3 ships crew. Myself being in first division forward, Boatswains mate. I was assigned to working the bridge, port and starboard watch. We were taking on 45° rolls, and 5° pitch. I saw a grown man In front of the Engine log telegraph crying for his mother. We experienced very intense weather 40+ft waves. We actually had to tie our selfs to our bunks in first division forward, or go airborne. We all had to take up birthing in the Dash hanger for two weeks.
Re-fueling every 2 to 3 days we cross the Atlantic to the Azores in about 7 to 8 days searching for the Scorpion. We traveled at about 15 knots. As a lookout I can tell you I have never seen so many lightbulbs floating in my life. Trash, everything from lifejackets to barrels and ladders. We had to report everything, and retrieve most. Returning to Norfolk Va. we actually lost power about 4:AM in the morning. Being dead in the water for 12 hours we were finally able to get up steam.��. Scorpion was lost with 99 man, May 22, 1968 located 400 miles South West of the Azores



Have you felt the salt spray, upon your face?

Have you seen the porpoise at the bow, keeping pace?

Have you viewed sea birds, above the wake in flight?

Have you fixed on a star, at sunset burning bright?

Has there been a time, to save a shipmate?

Has the roll of the deck, ever kept you awake?

Has the vastness of the sea, left you feeling alone?

Has a foreign port, made you wish you were home?

If you have weighed anchor, from calm shelter.

If you have crossed the equator, at noon time swelter.

If you have stood your watch, on a pitching deck.

If you have made landfall, on the horizon a speck.

When you have secured the deck, for the night to turn in.

When you have mustered at sunrise, seen a new day begin.

When you have dogged down hatches, in a mountainous sea.

When you have known all these things, a sailor you be.

Contributed by Steven Rosenthal