Sunday, May 26, 2013

Submarinea Mystery Officer Mickey Mouse Connection

Gleaned from the USS Sea Robin (SS-407) Log Book

See entry 09/26/97 17:30:41 GMT (Excerpt):    "Of note we had a LT (jg) by the name of Mike Ralston, who was Mike on the Mickey Mouse show." - Bob Gilmore (QMCM ss)

Sea Robin was decommissioned 1 October 1970.   The Mickey Mouse Club TV Series ran from 1955 to 1959. According to IMDB's cast directory  there had been a Michael A. Smith (1945-1982), who played himself (6 episodes in 1955) but no Mike Ralston.

Commander Michael G. Ralston was commissioned in 1967 as a NESEP graduate (University of Kansas). After completing submarine school, Ralston had served his initial tour as Communicator on board USS Sea Robin (SS 407).  - Source:,S.C/Welcome%20Aboard%20Charleston%201983.pdf

Well, we are not faulting Master Chief (SS)'s memory. There are a few possibilities that would make his Mickey Mouse tale true. But, knowing submariners reputation (saved for a later post) our best guess of what really transpired regarding Lt (jg) Ralston on USS Sea Robin presents a slightly different picture (below).
What do you think? That's what we thought.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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