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Now you can say you've really seen it all! Here are some old videos contributed from some of your shipmates taken at reunions and from their time on Caiman. Some of them came to me in the form of a VHS tape or on a DVD. Of course, all the videos from the Caiman days were made with an 8mm movie camera so there is no sound. If you have any videos that you would like to contribute, please send them my way.

Most of the videos are listed down the page but there are also some on YouTube. Go to YouTube and search on FlaminCaiman and you will find them. Here's a link to the latest one: Caiman DBF

Just click on the video title listed below, and the video will play provided that you have the Flash Player plug-in installed with your browser. If you don't, you should be asked to install it. If not, go to Adobe and get it.

After you click on a video it might take several minutes for the video to load depending on the speed of your connection and the size of the file. Some of the videos have visible controls and some don't. If you don't see the controls, place your cursor over the video and the controls will appear - click on the > and it will play.

If you have any problem in getting the videos to work, send me an email. If you would like to have your own copy of any of the videos, please send me an email and I will be glad to send it to you.

Now, sit back and enjoy the show.

2014 Reunion - Greg Baer

The videos from our 2014 Reunion in Coeur d'Alene Idaho are in the photo gallery. Go to the gallery and select the 2014 Reunion album and go to the last few pages to find the videos.

2012 Reunion - Greg Baer

Here are the Luncheon and banquet videos from the 2012 Reunion in San Antonio.
Title:  Luncheon Intro
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Welcome to 2012 USS Caiman Reunion.
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Title:  Luncheon - Donations and Plan of the Day
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Donations are what makes it all possible.
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Title:  Luncheon - Holland Club and the passing of Fred
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Qualified for 50 years - Fred gets out of the bag.
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Title:  Luncheon - John Scofield's poem
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Remembering our favorite liberty watering holes.
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Title:  Luncheon - Roast
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Gerry Shafer is roasted by Smitty the roastmaster. (This is a very big file - give it time.)
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Title:  Banquet - Intro
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Smitty starts things off and presentations are made for candidate locations for the next reunion.
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Title:  Banquet - Voting for the 2014 reunion location
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:We pass out ballots to determine the next reunion location.
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Title:  Banquet - Perpetual Caiman Throw Raffle
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:We raffled off the perpetual custom knitted Caiman throw. The winner has to bring it back to the next reunion where we will raffle it off again.
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Title:  Banquet - Raffle for Hotel Rooms and free Parking and 32 Custom Caiman Cups
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:The Holiday Inn donated 16 free nights and 8 free parking spots. Robert Johnson's son donated 30 handmade cups with the US Navy Seal and a set of dolphins on each, plus each cup had different pictures taken from our web site on them so each cup was unique. The cups are made by a friend of Robert's son who is an Iraq War Veteran. We raffled them off in pairs.
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Title:  Banquet - Raffle for about half of our many prizes.
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Smitty starts the raffle and dumps the bowl of tickets. (Note to self - Have a table by the podium at the next reunion for the bowl.)
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Title:  Banquet - The rest of the prizes are raffled off.
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:As usual we had a lot of great prizes. Some were donated and some not. The grand prize was a 35 pound 3-D laser engraved crystal likeness of Caiman.
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2010 Reunion - Greg Baer

Here are the videos taken in Reno. Thanks once again to Smitty for his digital camcorder.
Title:  Luncheon Intro
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Welcome to 2010 USS Caiman Reunion.
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Title:  Holland Club Induction
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:50 Years Qualified in Submarines.
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Title:  Troutman Roasted and Skewered
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:John Troutman walks the hot coals.
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Title:  John Jurcheck Thanks Everyone
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:John leads applause for the Association Board and all that helped plan and run the reunion.
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Title:  Ken 'Goat' Sanderlin Delivers News about Smitty
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Goat reads a letter sent to Smitty from the Navy Department.
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Title:  Banquet Intro
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Smitty gets things going for the banquet.
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Title:  Toast to our Shipmates departed & Tokens for Goat and Pops
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:A tribute to those on eternal patrol + gifts for Ken 'Goat' Sanderlin and Warren 'Pops' Pospisil.
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Title:  Banquet Raffle #1
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:USS Caiman (SS-323) flags and Pete Bucher prints.
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Title:  Banquet Raffle #2
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Ballast Tank Diagram and Wood Carved Plaques.
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Title:  Banquet Raffle #3
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Wood Carved Dolphins and Caiman Brass Plaque.
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Title:  Banquet Raffle #4 - See You In 2012
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Last of 25 free nights at Circus Circus, Submarine Bird House, Custom Throw with USS Caiman (SS323).
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2008 Reunion - Greg Baer

Here are some videos taken at the reunion in Branson. Thanks to Smitty for bringing his new digital camcorder.

Title:  Luncheon Intro
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Welcome to 2008 USS Caiman Reunion.
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Title:  Bent Thanks You
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Bent Christiansen thanks the USS Caiman Association for helping his family get back on their feet after the Katrina disaster.
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Title:  Goat Roast
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Like all Caiman crew members, Goat (Ken Sanderlin) can take it well.
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Title:  Holland Club Inductees
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:Qualified in Submarines for 50 Years.
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Title:  Branson Belle Outing
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:We set the manuevering watch and got underway for lunch.
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Title:  Branson Belle Variety Show - Part 1
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:A little song and dance for desert.
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Title:  Branson Belle Variety Show - Part 2
Contributor:Greg Baer
Info:A little more song and dance for desert.
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Title:  Magic Show
Contributor:Christopher - Edited by Greg Baer
Info:Magic Show on the Branson Belle staring RC Thompson and Laura Lafond. It's a big file so it will take awhile to download.
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2004 Reunion - Mike Bury

Thanks to Mike and his camcorder we can revisit the evening of our 2004 reunion banquet. His video was split up into several smaller videos. Make sure you turn up your volume.

Title:  Photo Shoot
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Attendees on the way to the photo shoot.
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Title:  2004 Banquet Start
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Video at the start of the banquet.
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Title:  Captain Minnigerode
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Captain Minnigerode's remarks. Bryan was the prime mover behind starting our Association and setting up this first USS Caiman Reunion.
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Title:  Captain Hyde
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Captain Hyde's remarks.
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Title:  Captain Helm
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Captain Helm's remarks.
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Title:  Caiman Barooom Song.
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Did you know that Caiman had its own song. If you would like the lyrics, you can find them in the Top Side Log.
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Title:  Sammy Samaniego
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Sammy explains what his time on Caiman meant to him and gets Captain Minnigerode to re-sign his qual card.
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Title:  Jim O'toole
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Jim O'toole's remarks.
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Title:  Sandy Sanor
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Sandy Sanor's remarks.
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Title:  Doug (Smitty) Smith
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Smitty's remarks.
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Title:  Gerry Shafer
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Gerry Shafer's remarks.
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Title:  John (Yeo) Fagereng
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:The Yeo's remarks.
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Title:  Marjorie (Honeybun) McKenzie
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Mac McKenzie's wife, Honeybun, tells it like it was (is).
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Title:  Jack Warden
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Jack Warden's remarks.
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Title:  Jim Cooney
Contributor:Mike Bury
Info:Cooney the cook.
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Releasing Prisoners - 1945 - Stan Malikowski

Title:  Releasing Prisoners
Contributor:Stan Malikowski
Info:Interesting video. I know Stan told me about this, but I don't remember the details. I would like to add the story here that goes with this. Anybody?
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Photo Show 55-57 - Robert Walters

Title:  WestPac 1955-57 Part 1
Contributor:Bob Walters
Info:Bob did a great job of putting his photo collection together along with the music of the time.
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Title:  WestPac 1955-57 Part 2
Contributor:Bob Walters
Info:Thanks to Bob, we can revisit a few familiar sights.
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Title:  WestPac 1955-57 Part 3
Contributor:Bob Walters
Info:How about some Hong Kong pics.
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Title:  WestPac 1955-57 Part 4
Contributor:Bob Walters
Info:Next stop - Brisbane, Australia
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Title:  WestPac 1955-57 Part 5
Contributor:Bob Walters
Info:You will get a kick out of this last part - pics in the boat, equator crossing, Hawaii beaches and dry dock.
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WestPac Videos 58-61 - Lloyd Willette

Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 1
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:On the way to Brisbane.
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 2
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Pier Side - Loading Stores
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 3
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Crossing Equator Ceremony - Polywogs turn into Shellbacks
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 4
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:We did it again.
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 5
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Third time we got it right
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 6
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Maybe you will remember some of the sights of Japan
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 7
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Here's Hong Kong some 46 years ago.
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 8
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Brisbane Australia
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 9
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Not sure where this was filmed but I received an email from a former Caiman crew member's wife (Annie) that the memorial shown in the video is the Kranji War Memorial. Kranji now houses a cemetery and a the war memorial and is located in Kranji district, Singapore. The memorial walls list some 25,000 plus names of allied servicemen and women whose bodies were never recovered. The names are on the 12 columns at the center of the memorial. Thank you Annie!!
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 10
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:On the beach in Hawaii.
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Title:  WestPac 1958-1961 Part 11
Contributor:Lloyd Willette
Info:Hong Kong One More Time
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WestPac Videos 1961 - Neil Harrer

Title:  Sail Damage - 1961
Contributor:Neil Harrer
Info:This video shows the sail damage resulting from the USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) ramming the USS Caiman (SS-323) during ASW exercises near Okinawa. The Caiman continued on to Yokosuka to make repairs.
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Title:  Snorkel Test
Contributor:Neil Harrer
Info:After repairs were made to the sail and masts from the accident with the Rammin Sammy, this test was conducted to check out the snorkel system.
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Title:  Arriving Pearl - 1961
Contributor:Neil Harrer
Info:On our way home to San Diego on our last leg of this WestPac we stopped off as ususal in Pearl.
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Title:  Touring Japan - 1961
Contributor:Neil Harrer
Info:Popular sights of Japan
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Title:  Tokyo in 1961
Contributor:Neil Harrer
Info:Here is some great footage of Tokyo by day and by night.
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Title:  Hong Kong - 1961
Contributor:Neil Harrer
Info:Views of the city taken from the city and from Caiman.
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