USS Robert E. Lee Videos
This 2 DVD set was given to all who attended the Portland reunion.
Remaining sets were offered for a donation to the Association's Memorial
Fund. All proceeds were used to fund our plaque at the Naval Memorial
and our Christmas For Troops project.
We have completely "sold out" and there are no DVDs
Click here to download the DVD Table of Contents Flyer
(expanded version of what is shown below)
DVD #1 Label
DVD #1 - Video Menu
The History of the Lee
This 1st video contains over 450 documents and photos. It
also has several movie clips and submarine sounds & music. The video
follows the Lees time line from 1958 to 1991, with these images and
clips appearing as closely to their place in time as possible. It
features recorded video and audio messages (clips) submitted by
several of the USS Robert E. Lees Commanding Officers (COs) and
Chiefs of the Boat (COBs). During segments that dont feature
a COs or a COBs recorded remembrance, submarine music or songs
that relate to the Lee are played while images are displayed. The
USS Robert E. Lee Association appreciates Tommy Cox (CTCS(SS), USN
ret) for donating the use of his music from the "Take Her Deep"
album. His music also appeared in the History Channel's two hour
documentary about the book "Blind Man's Bluff".
Crew Photos Back Then
(28 minutes): This 2nd
video has about 500 snapshots of the crew, shown in random order.
These photos were all taken while they were on the Lee. It's a Power
Point presentation shown at the 2007 Reunion in Portland, OR that
was converted into a video with submarine music in the background.
(29 minutes): The 3rd video displays about 400members of
the crew in alphabetic order. It only shows shipmates that we had
photos of. It shows their Rate/Rank symbols, Dolphins & Patrol Pin,
NOW & THEN photos, time onboard info, Naval career info and what
they were doing in the year 2007. These images were produced using a
computer program written by Tim VeArd to extract information from
websites hes donated to the Lee, the US Submarine Veterans and the
Naval Submarine League. It's a Power Point presentation shown at the
2007 Reunion in Portland, then converted into a video. (Note: weve
asked everyone, for years, in newsletters and E-Grams to submit
DVD #2 Label
DVD #2 - Video Menu
Waiting on the Robert E.
Lee 1962 *
(30 minutes): This is an official US Navy promotional film
about the Lee. It's in black & white. It was shot during an early
Gold Crew patrol, around 1962, when VADM Joe Williams, Jr. and CAPT
Reuben F. Woodall were in command. It shows an early patrol that
starts in Naval housing in New London. It has scenes showing a crew
flight, traveling through Scotland, staying on the tender and change
of command. Then it shows a patrol with many shipmates and ends with
the actor shipping over for another tour.
Panama Canal & DASO Launch - Fall 1966
(8 minutes): A home movie shot by Ron Jansen (ET3(SS), Blue
Crew NavET 1965-66) during the Lee's transit through the Panama
Canal in 1966 after the first yard period in Mare Island. It also
has the DASO launch of the Lee's first A3 missile. RADM James D.
Murray was in command. It's in color.
Gold Crew Patrol #18
- February to April 1967 *
(30 minutes): A home movie shot and narrated by Ships Doctor, CDR
Eric Kindwall. It's in color and has lots of footage of the crew
below decks in unclassified spaces, from crew flight to the end of
that patrol. CAPT Richard Hoover was in command, but it shows the
Blue Crew at the change of command with RADM James D. Murray on the
Cold War Ceremonies from Reunion #8 - May 2005
(15 minutes): Videos of the Lee association's bench dedication
ceremony, shot by Lynda VeArd, at the Cold War Memorial in
Charleston, SC during the 8th Reunion in May 2005. It
also has the emotional Cold War Pin ceremony at the end of that
reunion, where our COs and COBs presented these pins to all who
served under them.
Videos produced in the fall of 2007 all rights reserved by the
USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN/SSN-601) Association
created & narrated by Tim VeArd, Association President, Blue
Crew NavET 1965-70
Video clips by
in order of appearance
|Vice Admiral Joe Williams,
Jr., Commissioning Gold Crew CO, 1960-64
Rear Admiral James D. Murray, Jr., CO Blue & Gold Crews, 1964-68
Captain Le Roy B. Hebbard, Jr., CO Blue Crew, 1968-70
Captain Lester F. Demmin, CO Gold Crew, 1972-73
QMCM(SS) Francis X. Baldwin, COB Gold Crew, 1981-82
ET3(SS) Ron Jansen, Blue Crew, 1965-66
Commander Eric P. Kindwall, MD, Gold Crew Ships Doctor, 1967
Lynda R. VeArd
Audio clips by
in order of appearance
|Vice Admiral Charles H.
Griffiths, Commissioning Blue XO 59-62, CO Blue 62-64
TMCS(SS), Calvin R. Shirley, Commissioning Gold Crew COB,
FLTCM(SS), Franklin A. Lister, COB Gold Crew, 1967-69
ICCS(SS) Thomas J. Lents, COB Blue Crew, 1972-75
MMCM(SS) Robert C. Meyer, COB Blue & Gold Crews, 1978-80
Captain Bernard D. Greeson, PhD, CO Blue Crew 1980-81, CO
||CTCS(SS) Tommy Cox, from
his "Take Her Deep" album
Neil Diamond, from the movie "The Jazz Singer"
The US Navy Band, from an official US Navy film
These DVDs may not
play on older DVD players, but should play on all computers.
Each DVD has an interactive
menu with clips from each chapter . Use your remote controls cursor
buttons (right, left, up & down) to scroll to a chapters clip, then
press the SELECT button to view just that one. Or play all chapters,
staring with the first, by pressing your PLAY button, which will
show each chapter in order that you see them in the clip windows.
Each chapter ends by playing the next one.