Sunday, December 18, 2005

WINNER! Guess This Former Naval Officer's Identity

UPDATE: Winner is UQNM's own MT1(SS); Answer (confirmed by trr) is Lt. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, a prolific American author and the controversial founder of Dianetics and Scientology.
Not Lt. Jimmy Carter.

Submarine saga: Hubbard received anti-submarine warfare training. Upon graduating, he commanded subchaser USS PC-815 (in Oregon). When his crew detected what he believed to be two Japanese submarines near the mouth of the Columbia, Lt. Hubbard attacked the area with 37 depth charges, after which he claimed at least one Japanese submarine had been sunk. The Navy's subsequent investigation concluded Hubbard's vessel had in fact been attacking a "known magnetic deposit" on the seabed, and postwar casualty assessments found no Japanese submarines had been anywhere near the Columbia River at the time. Lt. Hubbard mustered off active duty in 1945. He resigned his commission in 1950.

Degree of difficulty: Moderate (only first answer from each reader will be considered).

Hints: He was an Eagle Scout. Prior to the Navy his studies included Atomic Physics. He held desk jobs before convincing the Navy of his future value as a commanding officer. His aborted naval career included an episode wherein Navy blimps aided an unsuccesssful hunt for submarines. This man achieved national notoriety in the 1970s. The photo was obviously taken later, in civilian life.

First correct answer: Wins ME's Honorary Naval Historian distinction for 2006, joining Submandave, winner of 2005's contest.


At 10:16 AM, Blogger MT1(SS) said...

All the facts point towards one Lieutenant Hubbard, Commanding Officer of PC-815 during his Navy stint.

I seem to recall Mr. Hubbard being one of the youngest recipients of the Eagle Scout honor. I'll try and look that up.

LT Hubbard

At 12:25 PM, Blogger trr said...

Yep. MT1(SS) got it first. It's LRH.

BTW, you said "Prior to the Navy his studies included Atomic Physics."

True, but it should be noted he never completed any degree and I believe he got rather poor grades (maybe F?) in Physics.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger trr said...

PS: see all of his Navy Records:

He didn't have a trouble-free Navy career.
See, for example:

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Vigilis said...

Congratulations to mt1(ss)! You are now Honorary Naval Historian for 2006.

Your correct answer, L. Ron Hubbard, a founder of Scientology, is bound to surprise many.


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