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What's New

  • December 19th, 2014 -- All of the photos and videos from the 2014 Reunion in Coeur d'Alene are now posted in the Photo Gallery. The videos are in the last few pages in the photo gallery instead of on the separate Videos page. If you have any photos or videos that you would like included in our Gallery, send them my way. Enjoy!
  • Our web site was hacked in early March 2012 and the photo gallery had to be completely redesigned. It's up a running as of March 29th, 2012. Let me know if you notice any problems with it.
  • The photos and videos from the 2010 Reunion in Reno are posted in the Gallery. Check it out - Cheers.
  • The Photo Gallery went down mid May 2010 because our web host provider moved the site to a new server. I got it back up June 27th. It looks different, but you can see the pics.
  • Check out the over 150 new photos and the new stories added to the Stories section. There were also some good additions made to the History section. Thank you to all that contributed to this latest round of updates. We've got one of the best libraries on the Internet of all the old smokeboats - thanks to all of our shipmates. If you've got some old pictures or any other stuff from your days on Caiman, bring it to the next reunion or mail it to me.

  • If you haven't visited the Video section of the library, you are missing out. Several of our members contributed videos (VHS tapes and DVDs) of their time on board the Caiman or from our reunions.

  • The History section now contains the War Patrol Reports. Take a look.

  • You will also find some new stories in the Stories section. Check it out.

  • If you've got any good Caiman Sea Stories, history, photos or videos to share, send them to me.


Welcome to the Flamin Caiman Gallery! Thanks to our many shipmates that have taken the time to send in their pictures, stories and even a few recordings and contribute to the USS Caiman history, we can really bring back the memories of our time on Caiman. The more we can drop into these archives, the more cob webs we can clear away and the more fun we can have at our reunions! The Gallery is a work in progress.

We have photos spanning Caiman's entire service from her commissioning to her transfer to the Turks. We've got images of the boat from the inside, outside and underneath. You'll see pictures of crew members on the boat and on liberty. Also, we have a lot of pictures of Caiman things like lighters, patches, qual cards, polly wog charge sheet and on and on. All in all there are over 1000 photos in the gallery. There's room for more!

Not only do we have still photos, we have videos. Several of our Shipmates managed to do some 8mm movie filming while on board and on liberty. You can see the efforts of their great productions right here in the Videos section of the Gallery.

You will really get a laugh from reading the many real stories. Stories of life at sea (as in sea stories) and stories of the crew on liberty or whatever. Nothing but the truth of course. If you've got a good one, we want to hear it.

Not only can you see and read things here in the Caiman Gallery, you can also hear sounds from Caiman. Most of these came from Greg Baer (Flamin Caiman Webmaster) who made a few tapes during the Wespac in '71. You will hear recordings of chatter on the 1 and 7mc and in the sonar shack and a few sonar sounds as well.

You can read all about Caiman's 28 year history in the history section including the WWII War Patrols. This was put together from many sources and will continue to grow. If you've got some info to help us fill in the blanks, please email us your information.

Got any thing to contribute to the Gallery? Please send it to the Webmaster.


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