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Daniel Boone (SSBN-629)


Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Bravo - charlie

Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 6 February 1962, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 22 June 1963; Commissioned, USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), 23 April 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 18 February 1994; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 4 November 1994 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) received the following awards and citations during her career: Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (from 12/64 through 02/68) Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (from 01/91 through 12/92) Navy "E" Ribbon (SubRon 16 Battle E Award winner, 1992) National Defense Service Medal (two awards for 1964-1974, 1990-1994).


Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 7,250 t., Submerged: 8,250 t.; Length 425' ; Beam 33'; Draft 32'; Speed, Surfaced/Submerged 20+ kts; Complement 120; Test depth 1,300'; Armament, 16 missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes; Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, two geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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Daniel Boone92kPortrait of Daniel Boone. Not sure if it hung in the wardroom or on the mess decks.USN photo # 63088 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone122kKeel laying ceremony for the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 5 February 1962. The speaker is RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN, shipyard commander and Capt. Buckingham (Chaplain) seen standing and has given the invocation. USN photo # NY9 53843-2-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone135k The Shipyard Commander, RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN is about to autherticate the keel of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 5 February 1962. Honorary keel-layers look on. They are from left to right: Mr. Tony Smaker, Quarterman Machinist; Mr. Bernard A. Burke, Industrial Relations Officer; Mrs. Theresa Borgwardt, Supply Department (At the time on the keel laying she had 47 1/2 years of federal service.); Mr. Joseph H. Honodel, Master Woodworker, President of the Master Mechanics & Foreman's Association; and RADM Honsinger.USN Photo # NY9 53844-2-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone116kThe official Keel Laying party is at attention while the National Anthem is played at the start of the keel laying ceremonies at Mare Island on 6 February 1962 as (SSBN-629). From left to right are: RADM L. V/ Honsinger, Mrs. Theresa Borgwardt, Mr. Joseph H. Hondel, Mr. Tony Smaker and Mr. Bernard A. Burke. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Andrew Jackson226kBow view of the Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) just prior to its launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 15 September 1962. The bow of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) is visible to the right. USN photo # NY9-56201-9-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone189kThe "Champagne Walk" is led by Mrs. James H. Wakelin, sponsor, and RADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander, for the launching of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. USN photo # MSA 59598-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone369kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) is being prepared for launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1963. Note: Kamehameha (SSBN-642) is under construction on the ways to the left.USN photo # MSA 59595-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone186kColor version of the above photo, or within moments of it bring shot. Bow view of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on the building ways just prior to her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. Note: Kamehameha (SSBN-642) is under construction on the ways to the left. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone169kStern view of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on the building ways just prior to her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone116k Mrs. James H. Wakelin is about to christen the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1962. RADM Edward J. Fahy (Shipyard Commander) stands ready to left to assist the ship's sponsor and Capt. P. F. Straub (Production Officer) is behind the sponsor. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone174kRADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander, assists Mrs. James H. Wakelin, sponsor, in christening the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. California champagne was used for the christening. Daniel Boone was the 503rd ship, the 9th nuclear powered submarine and the 4th Fleet Ballistic Submarine built at the shipyard.USN photo # MSA 59604-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone359k Mrs. James H. Wakelin, sponsor, christens the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1963.USN photo # MSA 59889-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone2.50k Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) going down the ways at Mare Island on 22 June 1963.USN photo # 59604-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone358kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) is half way down the building ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1963.USN photo # MSA 59605-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone377kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) is at the end of the building ways during its launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1963.USN photo # MSA 59607-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone125kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) in middle of the Mare Island channel after her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone196k Navy tugs wait to take Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) under tow after her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. USN photo # MSA 59893-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone95kBroadside view of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) in mid channel after her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963 on her way to dry dock. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone130kThe Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) enters dry dock #3 at Mare Island after her launching on 22 June 1963 to drop her launching cradle. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone172kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) enters dry dock number 3 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard after her launching on 22 June 1963 to drop the launching cradle. USN photo # MSA 59612-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone187k Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Ship's Sponsor, and Mrs. Dexter K. Strong, Matron of Honor, for the launching of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) are shown at the reception after the launching, 22 Jun 1963. USN photo # MSA 59616-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone174kThe Honorable James H. Wakelin, AstSecNav, speaker; Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Sponsor; and RADM Edward J. Fahy, Shipyard Commander are pictured at the reception after the launching of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 Jun 1963. USN photo # MSA 59617-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone89kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the launching of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sea Trials - Pre Commissioning
Daniel Boone114kA series of photos showing colored water slugs being fired from a missile tube aboard the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island in February 1964.USN photo # 61778-4-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone97kA series of photos showing colored water slugs being fired from a missile tube aboard the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island in February 1964.USN photo # 61779-4-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone95kA series of photos showing colored water slugs being fired from a missile tube aboard the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island in February 1964.USN photo # 61860-4-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone95kBow view of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on builders trials in February 1964. Photo commemorates her commissioning on 23 April 1964, at Mare Island.USN photo # 62578, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone178kBroadside view of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on builders trials in February 1964. Someone in the photo lab added the larger than scale hull number.USN photo # 62581, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone249kThe Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) departs Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 16 February 1964 on the first phase of her sea trials. Photo was taken from Vallejo side of the Mare Island channel and shows the ammunition depot in the background. USN photo # 63206-6-64, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone1.60kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) returning from sea trials in mid February 1964. Ships in the background are decommissioned and include the Sirius (AF-60) and several light cruisers.USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone107kA plaque identifying a replica of Daniel Boone's Famous Kentucky flintlock rifle presented to the ship by the Kentucky Historical Society. See next photo. USN photo # 63116-4-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone128kCDR Alan B. Crabtree (PCO Gold Crew) left and CDR George P. Steele (PCO Blue Crew) hold the replica of Daniel Boone's famous Kentucky flintlock rife prior to the commissioning of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 23 April 1964. USN photo # 63119-4-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Steele 161k VADM. George Peabody Steele was the commanding officer of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) from 23 April 1964 to 14 July 1966. Photograph from the Seadragon (SSN-584) website & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Commissioning
Daniel Boone44kADM U.S. Grant Sharp, USN, CINCPACFLT, arrives at the commissioning ceremony of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), at Mare Island on 23 April 1964. Admiral Sharp was the principle speaker at the ceremony. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone1.27k9 Page PDF Commissioning program for the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), 23 April 1964. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone35kPhoto of the forward portion of the sail of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 23 April 1964 during her commissioning. USN photo # 477248-041, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone98kThe crew of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) are at quarters during the commissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 23 April 1964. The Southerland (DDR-743) is forward of Daniel Boone.USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone77kThe commissioning pennant is raised on the sail of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on 23 April 1964 at Mare Island. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone65kThe colors are raised for the first time during the commissioning ceremonies for Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on 23 April 1964 at Mare Island. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone1.20kCommanding officers of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at the reception following the commissioning of the ship. Left to right: CDR Geroge P. Steele II (CO Blue Crew), Mrs. Steele, Mrs. Crabtree and CDR Alan B. Crabtree (CO Gold Crew). USN photo # 477428-4-64 TH05, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone55kActor Fess Parker who had the leading role as Daniel Boone in the television series "Daniel Boone" was present during the commissioning of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), on 23 April 1964 at Mare Island. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone53kDaniel Boone's (SSBN-629) patch and first commanding officer of the Gold Crew, Commander Alan B. Crabtree, USN. Photo contributed by Jack Treutle.
Service - Decommissioning
Daniel Boone833kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629), the first Polaris firing submarine to be assigned to the Pacific Fleet, transits the Panama Canal while returning to the West Coast after missile tests at Cape Kennedy, Florida. Daniel Boone , commissioned 23 April at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, is the first fleet ballistic submarine to make the round trip through the canal. She is shown at Port Amador, Canal Zone. Photograph released 2 September 1964.USN photo # KN-9736, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Photo added 11/25/15.
Daniel Boone79k Starboard side view of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) underway, taken 16 October 1970 off Puerto Rico. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone281kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629), at sea in May 1971.USN photo # 01965-5-71 S31, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone34kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629), May 1978 in Port Canaveral, FL for post overhaul shakedown and DASO.USN photo contributed by John S. Sandy (MM1/SS).
Daniel Boone80kA Poseidon C3 missile is launched from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) near Patrick Airforce Base, Florida on 15 May 1978. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DF-SC-86-09147 by PH1 Varney, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Daniel Boone2.01kNineteen page PDF Welcome Aboard program of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), 1990.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Daniel Boone259kStarboard bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) underway off Port Canaveral (alternately near Patrick AFB), VA, 1 February 1991. Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard S. Bennett.
Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-91-05225 by PH1 Varney, contributed by Bill Gonyo, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Daniel Boone77kA balistic missle is loaded aboard the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), possibly circa 1991. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Daniel Boone265kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629), underway, date and place unknown.USN photo courtesy of Keith Weitemeyer.
Daniel Boone50kPort side view of the crew of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) dressed in whites, ready to go dockside in this undated photo. USN photo courtesy of pelicanharborsubvets.
Daniel Boone2.56kThirtreen page PDF Inactivation program of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), 10 July 1993.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Daniel Boone1.01kSeven page PDF Decommissioning program of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), 18 February 1994.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Reactor Compartments83kTrench 94, Hanford Site, Washington, 1994. Hull sections containing defueled reactor compartments of decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are put in disposal trenches. Once full, the trench will be filled with dirt and buried. The compartments are expected to retain their integrity for more than 600 years. USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
Spent Fuel569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

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FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines


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