Korean War vet remembers sub duty
In sub school, they weeded out the people they thought might be claustrophobic,” said Hugo Waughmbaugh, 83. “I thought I would be one of them, but I wasn’t claustrophic and it wasn’t hard for me.”
A recent Mountain Democrat story about Shingle Springs resident Walter Larsen, who served aboard the sub tender the USS Sperry, sparked memories for Waughmbaugh.
When Waughmbaugh joined the Navy at the age of 18, he was hoping to fly planes. WWII was over and the Korean War hadn’t yet begun. “There were all these little schools that sprang up because the WWII vets had the G.I. Bill to pay for schooling. I started at a refrigeration trade school, but they were just taking names and collecting money, so I decided to go into the Navy.”
He volunteered to train as a pilot. “I took all the tests and passed them all, but two weeks after boot camp, when I got my orders, I’d been assigned to submarine school,” he said.
Waughmbaugh graduated from sub school May, 1949 and was assigned to ...