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 our 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.