On Eternal Patrol


John Cameron
 ???? – 2016

(Webmaster needs an Obit)


Jim Hayes

James Michael Hayes ETR2(SS/DV) U.S. Navy Submarine Service went on Eternal Patrol on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  Jim was born on 18 June 1948. Originally from Spring Valley, New York he joined the Navy and qualified in submarines on the USS Carbonero (SS-337) in 1968.  During his tenure in the Navy he also served on USS Rock (SS-274), USS Pomfret (SS-391), USS Salmon (SSR-573), and Trieste II (DSV-1).

After his naval service in 1974 Jim studied Criminal Justice at Imperial Valley College, graduating in 1977.  He then joined the Imperial County (California) Sheriff’s Department.  Later, he decided to lateral to the Buena Park (California) Police Department where he became a SWAT team member as well as a well-respected Detective.  Jim was also a member of the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force (OCATT), a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program. In his past time Jim loved horses and airplanes.

Jim’s final resting place is at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

He is survived by his wife Jan, a son Rick, and daughters Sarah and Tina.

Biography by Bob Cox, webmaster


Bill Jonker
1935 – 2014


Bill Wendel Jonker ETCS (SS) US Navy Submarine Service went on Eternal Patrol on Sunday, December 21, 2014 with his wife Marion and his 2 precious dogs at his side. He fought a valiant 13 month fight against Lung Cancer.

Born in Los Angeles 3-16-1935 he joined the Navy in 1952 and retired in 1974 as a Senior Chief Electronics Technician. Living on the east coast after retirement then returning to California in 1998. He leaves his wife, Marion Jonker of Hemet, one daughter Deborah Kasevich of Florida, three sons, Stephen Jonker of Hemet, William and Ronald Jonker of Florida. Six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One sister, Sharon Weiller of California, 2 brothers, Kevin Jonker of California and Dudley Banks of Illinois. He was preceded in death by his son Dennis Jonker.

Bill was always fixing stuff, in 1993 he built an airplane which he brought to Hemet in 1998 and he flew out of Hemet Ryan Airport for many years. He could often be seen flying his remote control planes in Hemet and was well known at the hobby shops and automotive parts companies in the area. He was Chief of the Nuclear Division (Gold Crew) that built the nuclear powered Polaris ballistic missile submarine, the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1962-64, and was a member of the Woodrow Wilson Reunion Association, Life member of the Trieste Base of the United States Submarine Veterans in Murrieta, the Fleet Reserve, the Holland Club, and had been a member of the Hemet Valley Cruisers for many years winning awards for his classic cars especially his Cream Colored Cord.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Valley in Murrieta, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675-8517 were his wish both of these were dear to his heart.


Jack Abels
1917 – 2011


Jacques ‘Jack’ Abels of La Qunita, California departed on eternal patrol on May 10, 2011. He was born on October 23, 1917 in Boston, Massatuchetts and was raised in Brookline, Massatuchetts.

Jack joined the Navy on August 22, 1939 as an enlisted man. Shortly after the U.S. entry into World War II he was assigned to the USS Pelias (AS-14), a submarine tender, which he reported to on December 26, 1941. He served on Pelias as a Yeoman Third Class until August 20, 1942. He was then reassigned to Submarine Squadron SIX pending assignment to a submarine. Later in 1942 Jack was reassigned to the Tambor Class submarine USS Thresher (SS-200) where he made 3 War Patrols between 1942 and 1943 and left as a Yeoman First Class. In 1944 Jack received a commissioned and served on the USS Shad (SS-235) until the end of the war. He was discharged a Lieutenant senior grade shortly after the war ended.

Jack was a proud Life Member of Submarine Veterans of World War II. He was also a dual member of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. and was a member of Bonefish (Primary), LA-Pasadena, and Trieste bases. Jack served as Vice Chairman of the La Quinta Planning Commission, he was active in the Rotary Club of La Quinta, and the U.S. Navy League Palm Springs Council.

Jack is survived by his wife Alyce Abels and two children, Judy Abels of Orangevale and Jerry Abels of Palm Desert; and one grandson.

Biography by Bob Cox, webmaster


Herman Krantz
1918 – 2010


Herman Krantz departed on Eternal Patrol on May 15, 2010.

Herman Krantz joined the U. S. Navy at Washington, DC in 1943.  Prior to World War II, the Department of the Navy, Bureau of Ships (BUSHIPS) employed Herman as an Engineer.  It took Herman 2 years to fight his way out of BUSHIPS.  Once he received his release from BUSHIPS he attended Midshipman School at Fort Skyler, New York. Out of his entire Midshipman class Herman was the only volunteer for submarine duty. He next reported to New London, CT for 3 months of Basic Officer submarine training. He was then stationed in New Hampshire at an ammunition depot.  It was there he received orders overseas to report to Perth, Australia and become part of Submarine Division 121 submarine relief crew.  Herman waited patiently for an opening, until the USS Lapon (SS-260) pulled into Perth for refit.  Then his dream came true when they needed an Ensign.  Herman participated in USS Lapon’s last 3 war patrols.  The Lapon’s first patrol was deemed successful and earned him the coveted Submarine Combat Patrol pin.  Each subsequent patrol was also deemed non-successful for the awarding of the Combat Patrol pin.  Herman ended the war with the Combat Patrol pin and 1 star.  Ensign Krantz was promoted to LT(jg) prior to Lapon’s 8th patrol.  As the USS Lapon was readying for her ninth war patrol the war ended.  Herman was sent to Great Lakes Naval Base for separation.

After Herman was separated, he and a friend opened up a manufacturing business. They manufactured coils for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration units.  After spending 22 years in the manufacturing industry he sold the business and retired.  Herman is married and as he put it, “regretfully had no children.”

Herman served his country for 31/2 years during one of our countries greatest moments and it was an honor to know him.


George Ellis
1937 – 2010


George Ellis departed on Eternal Patrol on May 25, 2010 in in Santa Barbara, California, after a hard fought battle with cancer.  According to his wishes, there was no service or obituary.


Bill Hagendorn
1923 – 2009


Bill Hagendorn departed on Eternal Patrol on November 8, 2009.

A submarine veteran of two wars, World War II and Korea, Bill Hagendorn was born in 1923.  Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 at the age of 17 years old (his dad’s “kid cruise” was in 1909).  He received basic recruit training in Newport, and went to new construction (first and only opportunity), reporting aboard the USS LONG ISLAND (CVE-1) as part of Squadron VS-201.  He broke in on “neutrality patrol” until December 7, 1941, at which time they left for the west coast.  He never had an opportunity to leave the ship until September of 1942, when he put in for submarines.  Bill flashed through Spritz’s Navy, Submarine School and Torpedo School, and by Christmas of 1942, reported aboard the USS DOLPHIN (SS-169).  This ship was originally built as the V-7 (SC-3) and was redesignated the DOLPHIN (SS-169). He served aboard the DOLPHIN until the old “D” was declared unsafe at any speed and was ordered to New London, Connecticut.  Bill stayed on at Pearl Harbor where he found that the submarine USS GROWLER (SS-215) was in need of a good lookout. Luckily, he was hired, and even luckier, got off in time as the GROWLER was lost with all hands.  In 1946, he was discharged from the Navy, but was recalled in 1949 (Korea) and was again discharged in 1951.

Bill married Rosa Fonseca in 1959 and in 1985 retired from the jewelry business.  He was an active member of the Los Angeles Area “Diesel Boaters” Chapter of U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II and a member of Trieste Base in Murrieta, California.


The following members are On Eternal Patrol –
we need obit information

Harold B. “HB” Williams



Ray Hamilton



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