James (Blackie) Blackwelder

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JT-STS627g
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Which Years on Board: 1970-74
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James (Blackie) Blackwelder

Post by JT-STS627g » Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:37 am

It saddens me to report that I have received word of the passing of James Blackwelder, Blackie, as he was known aboard the boat. He passed away yesterday in Palm Harbor, FL after suffering several strokes complicated with heart problems.
Blackie was part of the Gold crew sonar gang during the '70-'74 era. Served aboard during Poseidon conversion, post conversion sound calibrations and shake-down cruise. He completed the first couple of patrols after conversion out of Holy Lock. He was a great shipmate and a good personal friend and will be missed dearly.
Services will be Oct. 1, 11:00-12:30 at Vinson Funeral Home, Tarpon Springs, FL. The funeral will follow at Florida National Cemetary. Sail-On Submariner.
JT
Sonar gang '70-'74 Gold

TERRY DUHN
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Last Name: Duhn
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Which Years on Board: 1970-74
Special Crew?: Neither
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Re: James (Blackie) Blackwelder

Post by TERRY DUHN » Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:21 am

Saw Jimmy "BLACKIE" at the last reunion in Kings Bay Had a great visit He was so proud of his daughter who had retired as a Cheif PO. Thanks for the info JT He was a great man to serve with. Always had a smile. Terry Duhn
Terry Duhn-Dingus
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1970-1974 Gold Crew
Glenwood,Mn

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