USSVI lost a good friend and shipmate when William (Bill) E Lee shipped
out on his final patrol today, Dec 10, 2012. Bill qualified
in submarines aboard the USS Snook (SSN-592) in 1962, and also served
aboard USS John Calhoun and USS Scorpion. Bill was a MM2(SS)
and ELT when he left the Navy.
In the course of his involvement in USSVI, Bill was Base Commander of
the Lockwood Internet Base, Base Commanders Group Commander, National
Constitution and Bylaws Chairman, Member of numerous other bases
(Tucson, Cyberspace, USS Marlin, Jefferson City), USSVI Online
Submarine Memorial Manager, USSVI online Submarine School Class Photos
manager. He was very data savvy and was always willing to
help a shipmate with PC problems. He also worked with Tim
VeArd and Pat Householder to improve the Decklog System, and maintained
the USS Scorpion crew records in Decklog as well.
Most recently he was involved with the City of Omaha as Site Manager
for Freedom Park (Military Museum) in Omaha, NE, the location of USS
Marlin museum sub, and was actively involved in getting the sail of USS
According to Mark Thompson of the USS Marlin base, he collapsed shortly
after a meeting with the city concerning the erection of a memorial to
the USS Omaha (SSN-692). He passed away shortly afterwards.
As all of us know, Bill was very active in many capacities.
We knew him as a member of the Marlin Base and a key interface with the
city parks department (primarily focused on Freedom Park), the local
Boy Scout troops, and the USS Omaha memorial project. He was
also very active in the Lockwood Base and a true
As a former USS Scorpion crew member, he had a unique perspective that
truly exemplified the phrase, "Pride Runs Deep".
He will be sorely missed.