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Gone But Not


While doing some research yesterday I happened upon the obituary of William P. “Bud” Gruner. Most of you will remember him as the captain of the USS Skate (SS-301) during the Pacific war. He also served as a consultant to the folks who developed the original Silent Hunter submarine simulation. There were sixteen interviews with Bud in the simulation in which he discussed his adventures as commander of the USS Skate, use of the Target Data Computer, diving procedures, and his biography, just to name a view. The interviews are all very interesting and you can learn a lot from them. After WWII was over, he resigned from the Navy and worked on or headed several important strategic programs such as the Polaris and Trident Ballistic Missile systems. He was a highly regarded engineer and manager. He had three children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. His wife, Sallie, preceded him in death. Bud died peacefully in his sleep on July 21, 2002. He was 89. At his request, no service or ceremony was held in his remembrance. But I am certain that he will always be remembered fondly by anyone who ever used the original Silent Hunter. Thank you Bud for serving our country and for sharing yourself with us. Rest in peace.

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