melvin e. "bud" cole: qm1 us navy (ret)

Melvin E. (Bud) Cole QM1 (SS) (DV) USN ret. is currently our vice president for the second consecutive year. Cole served on the wooden hulled minesweeper USS Engage MSO-433 during "Operation Market Time" out of Cam Rahn Bay, south Vietnam in 1971. They stopped and searched suspected infiltrator junks, some of which were carrying north Vietnamese regular army and supplies for the enemy. These infiltrators were sunk.
Cole was awarded the Vietnam service medal with two bronze stars, National defense medal, Navy expeditionary medal, unit commendation medal. personal commendation medal and the Republic of Vietnam campaign medal .
During his Navy career Cole served aboard a heavy cruiser, USS Rochester CA-124 as a 1st loader on a 3"50cal antiaircraft gun, He attended Basic enlisted submarine school in 1959 and served on three diesel electric boats and three nuclear powered boats. On board Scamp SSN-588, a Skipjack class sub. (their sister ship the Sculpin is still at 8,500 ft off the Azores islands with a Russian torpedo up in the rear of the the sail) he was the assistant navigator, ships 1st lieutenant, and nuclear safety officer in charge of the handling and stowage of nuclear weapons. Cole retired in August of 1977 from the Los Angles class fast attack submarine USS Drum SSN- 677. In twenty years service, Cole was awarded ONE good conduct award. All of his commanding officers agreed that underway, Cole was the best sailor on board, however his conduct ashore left much to be desired!