April 2014 • Issue #34 View as a webpage Share with a friend
Submarine Museum Force Museum Library Association

Happy Spring from all of us here at the Museum Association!

The Museum is currently undergoing its semi-annual spring maintenance and things are looking clean, bright, and ready to go for the busy spring and summer season!

Each year the Submarine Force Library & Museum Association holds an Annual Meeting and all current members are invited to attend. If you are a current member of the association and wish to attend this meeting and reception, and have not received your invitation, please call us at 860-448-0893, to RSVP. If you are not a member, but are interested in learning more about museum membership please visit our website at:


This month we continue our coverage of Medal of Honor recipients with an article on CAPT John Philip Cromwell.  Click here to read more about CAPT Cromwell’s heroic acts.

Spring break is around the corner. During the week of April 16-19 from 10-2 pm each day, we will be hosting the BUILD-A-BOAT Contest for children of all ages (adults included!) It’s fun and free to the public! Click here for details

We invite you to come and enjoy a beautiful spring day here at the museum; and while here, please be sure to check out our updated and expanded gift shop!  All the proceeds from store go toward supporting the museum and its current programs and exhibits. (Yes, shameless plug.) If you are unable to visit us in person, you can still browse and shop at our online store.

If your travels find you here at the museum, we hope you enjoy our new museum audio tour, powered by ONCELL. With a smart phone, you can listen to the audio tour while watching videos and viewing additional photos from many of the exhibits. Don’t have a smart phone? You can still dial the tour phone number and listen to the audio tour through each stop!

Lastly, we are extending the deadline to our PING SUBMARINER STORY OF THE MONTH essay and photo contest!  We invite all members to submit their own special submarine story and photo.  The winning story and photo will appear in the JUNE issue of PING* The winner will also be given one of our popular ball caps (you get to choose the cap from our store)! Click here for details!

*The winning essay and photo will be published in the PING e-newsletter which is distributed on our web site, on our Facebook page, on our LinkedIn page on Pinterest, and to all Association members.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your stories! Look for the winner to be published in our June edition of PING.

And, as always, we hope to see you soon so check out our website for upcoming events!

Thank you for your continued support,

Gretchen Marion
Executive Director


CAPT John Philip Cromwell,

April 2014
Medal of Honor Recipient

Captain John Philip Cromwell was born on September 11, 1901, in Henry, Illinois. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1920. Upon graduating in 1924, Cromwell served two years with the surface fleet, aboard the battleship USS Maryland (BB-46). In 1926 he attended Submarine School and was assigned to the USS-S-24 (SS-129). Cromwell subsequently served on a number of shore commands, including as Staff Commander SUBPAC, and SUBDIV 203 & 44. He was also assigned commands on a number of submarines including the USS S-20 (SS-125).

On November 5th, 1943 Cromwell, now a Captain, was briefed on a new operation called GALVANIC, which outlined the invasion of Tarawa.  As a high-ranking officer, he was entrusted with the knowledge of GALVANIC, as well as the understanding that the Japanese Naval shipping code had been cracked by naval code breakers.  Captain Cromwell was cautioned not to let this information fall into the hands of the enemy, even in the event of capture.  Cromwell understood his orders.

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All engines full ahead to our
new online store

As you know, we launched our new online store in February. We have since added many new items to the Nautilus Ship's Store and invite you to check it out here!

SFLMA - Nautilus Ship's Store

Remember, all members are
eligible for a 10% discount.


PING Story and Photo Contest

Enter your submarine 
stories or photos here

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Build A Boat Contest

Put your boat building skills to the test — join us over spring break for FREE all-ages fun!

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New this month is the launch of our blog which is updated daily and contains even more submarine history!

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