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Website History

    This website was begun on 14 May 2000 and will continue to grow as crew members contribute photographs, history, biography, and sea stories.  A history of major events in the website development follow.

  • Spring 2000. Patrick St. Romain was writing a biography of Captain Eric Lloyd Barr, Jr., Bluegill's World War II skipper, for the May 2000 issue of the Phillips C. Stryker, Jr., USSVI sub base and Nimitz Silver Dolphin Chapter USSVWWII sub base newsletter. In the process, Captain Barr told Patrick he wished he could find two photographs: (1) Bluegill steaming into Pearl Harbor with all her "go to hell" flags flying and (2) Admiral Kincaid pinning the Navy Cross on him. And so Patrick began a search for these photographs which turned into this website as noted on the timeline below.
  • 26 April 2000. Patrick completed his biography of Captain Barr for the May 2000 newsletter of the Phillips C. Stryker, Jr., USSVI sub base and Nimitz Silver Dolphin Chapter USSVWWII sub base. This newsletter is now available on the Web Site Bibliography.
  • 30 April 2000. Patrick looked up former Bluegill crewmembers who served 1943-1946 on Don Gentry's excellent SubmarineSailor.Com Web Site and found e-mail addresses for John Deane, George Folta, and Ken Killmaster. Patrick e-mailed all three asking for photographs.
  • 1 May 2000. George Folta gave Patrick e-mail addresses for Hugh Story and J. Read Gwyer.
  • 12 May 2000. Hugh Story mailed Patrick some terrific photographs of the ship and crew, including the two Captain Barr was looking for. Since Hugh was good enough to share such precious memories with Patrick, Patrick thought he should share them with everyone else.
  • 14 May 2000. Patrick began this web site with nothing but Hugh Story's photographs.
  • 16 May 2000. Don Gentry adds the new Bluegill web page to his terrific SubmarineSailor.Com Web Site.
  • 17 May 2000. J. Read Gwyer sent Patrick a boat history he compiled and the patrol diary by Ed Goessel. These are now available on the Web Site Bibliography.
  • 19 May 2000. Don Gentry gives the web page a special advertisement on his SubmarineSailor.Com main page, giving it some good visibility.
  • 26 May 2000. Ken Killmaster sent some great photographs of the ship and crew.
  • 1 June 2000. Don Gentry contacted Patrick on behalf of Darryl Rehr of Graystone Productions who was producing "The Silent Service" video series for the History Channel and wanted to interview Captain Barr. Patrick put them in touch. You can order Darryl's finished product from the Web Site Bibliography
  • 10 June 2000. Audrey Anderson sent me photographs of the Australian Z-Force.
  • 4 July 2000. Patrick used the July 2000 newsletter of the Phillips C. Stryker, Jr., USSVI sub base and Nimitz Silver Dolphin Chapter USSVWWII sub base to share the Bluegill photographs of Hugh Story and Ken Killmaster with the Phillips C. Stryker, Jr., USSVI sub base and Nimitz Silver Dolphin Chapter USSVWWII sub base newsletter.
  • 23 September 2000. Darryl Rehr of Greystone starts collecting photographs which appear on the Bluegill website for his History Channel documentary "The Silent Service".
  • 8 January 2001. Darry Rehr's History Channel documentary "The Silent Service" first airs on the History Channel.
  • 19 August 2001. Ray (Basil) Phipps' daughter loaned Patrick Ray's five albums of Bluegill photographs to enhance the web site and to take to the September 2001 Bluegill reunion in New London, CT.
  • 3 September 2001. Patrick put on-line a very major overhaul to the web site that included a WW2 "guided tour" made from many of Ray (Basil) Phipps' photographs, documents, and other memorabilia.
  • 15 January 2002.  Patrick obtained the "http://ussbluegill.org" domain for this web site and began using it as a domain forwarding tool.
  • 14 July 2007. Patrick put on-line a very major overhaul to web site to really spruce it up in format and to add a roll call of the WW2 crew and life stories of as many as were available.  He also moved it to a different on-line directory but redirected the "http://ussbluegill.org" domain forwarding tool to that directory.
  • The website will continue to grow as crew members contribute photographs, history, biography, and sea stories.
Captain Barr and Patrick St. Romain Captain Eric Barr, and Patrick St. Romain at the 1999 Christmas Party of the Nimitz Silver Dolphin Chapter (USSVWWII) and Phillips C. Stryker, Jr., Sub Base (USSVI)
Photo courtesy of Patrick St. Romain

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