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The Return of the Greek

On Saturday, 21 September, William "Greek" Apostolos returned to visit one of the many submarines he served on. In his 26 year Navy career, he also served on the submarines Flying Fish, Toro, Burrfish, Shad, Odax, Angler, Sea Dog, Haddock, Sea Lion, Conger and the tender Sperry.

Bill had recently turned 90 and as a surprise, his daughter Sue Bachta and her husband Tony worked with Albacore Park Executive Director John Maier to set up the "Bill Apostolos Day" at the Park. John put the word out and 20 of the Greek's former shipmates showed up at the Park to celebrate the Greek's return.

Shipmate Norm Bower served as master of ceremonies. Sea stories and other tales were told. Bill Birtles played his banjo and led several sing-a-long numbers. There was a specially decorated cake and soft drinks for refreshments. John Maier presented Bill with a special photograph of the Albacore.

Thanks to John for putting the event together and to Norm and Glenda Bower for their support of a very successful mini-reunion.

Note: Suzanne Laurent was kind enough to send many of the photos she took that day in support of the article she wrote that appeared in the Fosters Daily Democrat newspaper and on the Seacoast Online electronic paper.

These and other photos taken during the day can be found in the Photo Gallery section of our website.




The Greek and Shakey

Left to right: Ken Pitman, Tom Keefe (behind Ken), Butch Jordan, Larry Leppard, Frenchy Tranchemontagne, Dick Carey (kneeling) Dave Cahill (behind Dick), Bud Fisher, William (The Greek) Apostopos, Shakey Graves, Jim Hamel, Herm Stolzenberg, Bob Pomella, Jack Hunter, Norm Bower, Bill Birtles


William (The Greek) Apostopos






John Maier presents the Greek with a picture of Albacore at the end of a rainbow