Conrad L. Mangseth

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  • Name: Conrad L. Mangseth
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 26, 1936
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Rolf and Thora Mangseth
  • High School and Class: 1955 - Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Vocational Training
  • Highest Rank: E-4
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: June 6, 1954
  • Place Sworn In: Minnesota National Guard, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (Captain Shaw)
  • Date of Discharge: May 12, 1956
  • Place of Discharge: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    Basic Training at Great Lakes, Illinois
    May 14, 1956 June 6, 1956 Submarine School at New London, Connecticut
    June 1, 1956 July 7, 1958 USS Batfish SS-310 at Key West, Florida
    July 10, 1958 USS Growler SSG-577 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    USS Growler at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
    USS Growler at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    December 7, 1959 Treasure Island, California
    November 21, 1962 Reserves
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    After submarine school, served on the USS Batfish at Key West, Florida. Worked on anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with United States Navy and Canada. With USS Ranger Battle Group at Key West and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    USS Growler at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Plank Owner (a plank owner is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when the ship was placed in commission). Comm. crew - test dives, torpedo testing, inertial naval school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    1958 - Atlantic Fleet Baseball Championship in Washington, D.C.

    Training at Roosevelt Roads Missile Testing in New London, Connecticut.

    October, 1958 - Panama Canal

    October, 1958 - arrived a Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    Performed Cold War patrols. Not certain if they are still classified or not.
    Discharged on December 7, 1959 at Treasure Island, California.

    The USS Batfish (SS310) is now in a museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. If you "Google" it. There is a 2nd Comm crew picture.

    The USS Growler (SSG-577) is now in the Intrepid Museum in New York, New York.

    ? Submarine ?
    "When asked about where and when you were really a submariner there is finally a legal answer we can give without losing clearance.

    "Yes...on the sub I was on we did do some of the stuff we did, and we didn't do some of the other stuff we did, because if we did do it, it was secret. So we didn't do some of the other stuff we did, because if we did do it, it was secret. So we didn't really do it. Even though we really did. But not really. Those medals me and my shipmates got that we didn't get for doing what we didn't do that we did. I really got those. Except not. But, yeah. That's because we never went where we were, so we weren't there where we were. And even though we weren't where we were, we did do the stuff we didn't do while we weren't there, not doing it.

    As far as what boat we on when we didn't go there on it, and didn't do the stuff we did while to doing that either. So the bottom line is that while we weren't on the boat I won't mention, not doing what we were doing where we weren't...we didn't do that either.

    I hope this clarifies things. I really was a submariner."


    Author: unknown

  • Wars Involved:
    Cold War

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Link Belt Corporation in Chicago, Illinois

    1960-1965 - Engineering Dept

    1965 - 1997 - Electrician at Eveleth Mines in Forbes, Minnesota

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