Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 17:59:54 -0400
From: "Teddy Gray" <>
Subject: Henry Clay Alumni

Sir / Ma'am,
        I served onboard the Clay for her last patrol and decom as a young MT3. I
reported onboard in late 1988 and left in October 1989. My name is Teddy
Gray and I was on the Gold crew for patrol 78 where I received my fish (that
I still wear to this day). I am currently stationed at NSSC (Naval Submarine
Support Center) Kings Bay, GA. I have 17 years in the Navy and plan on a few
more. Hoping to make Senior Chief in a couple of years or maybe go the
Warrant Officer route. I have completed 17 patrols on four different boats.
USS Henry Clay (1), USS U.S. Grant (5), USS Pennsylvania (6), and USS Maine
(5). If you need any more information just email back.

v/r,    MTC(SS) Teddy Gray

Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 19:40:14 -0700
From: "Gary Buster" <>
Subject: people finder - Henry Clay

Hi, just found this website - pretty nice. I served on Henry Clay from
May of 1963 through the summer of 65. I was on the  Blue commissioning
crew in the Reactor Controls division as an ETR2(SS). Made three
patrols, one rather scary when we thought we were being tracked by a
Ruskie. Left to go to ETB school in San Fran.

Gary Buster
783 Ralph Way
San Diego, CA 92154

would love to find others from that era. Thanks for the website.

Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 09:54:46 -0500
From: "Neil Morris" <>
Subject: Uss Henry Clay

Fredricke McNeil. Morris ETR-2 (SS) March 1963 - May 1966 Navigation
Gang Blue Crew....Commissioning and 5 patrols...left Clay in 1966 to
Vanderbilt University under the NESEP Commissioning Program...Became a
Naval Flight Officer in 1971 and served in VX-1 and VS-32...Retired in
Jun 1981 after 20 years...worked for Lockheed, Texas Instruments,
Allied-Signal and EFW in Ft worth, Tx where I retired again in 1997 as

Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 09:02:18 -0700 (PDT)
From: john colvin <>
Subject: From a Tin Can Sailor

It was ' 64 I think, and my ship, the USS Forrest B. Royal ( DD 872 ) was in
Cape Canaveral when we tied up near the Clay. Through an exchange plan, we
swapped some of our crew with yours and out to sea we went. I never forgot
that remarkable trip aboard that fantastic sub. I was 19 then and was in awe of
all I experienced. We dove, surfaced, I got a chance to look back at the Royal
under pursuit, and was amazed at the air conditioning, and great food. I remember
Sherwood Forest and the " glow " through a window behind a ladder. If any mates
recall that cruise please respond.  The memories were beyond belief.  I thank you.

John Colvin BM 3   ' 62 - ' 66 USN. 

From Michigan's North Woods..........

Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 07:14:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bobby Pounders <>
Subject: Add to list

My name is Robert W. Pounders.  I was on the Henry Clay from 1982 to 1984.
Gold crew I believe.  I now reside in Astoria, Oregon.  I've been out of work
for close to 3 years.  I've gone back to college to try to get more education.
While on the boat we docked in Kings Bay.  Put into port in Portugal.  Loved
Scotland.  Especially the fish and chips.  Went to both Glasgow and Eddinburough
while stationed on the Henry Clay.   I need info on my fellow submariners on the
boat.  I need anyone on boat with me to contact me.  I have not heard from anyone
since I was dischared.   My email is

Thx, Bob


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