|February 26, 2002
Chief of the Boat
I know that you are very busy, but I'd like to ask a few minutes of your time for a matter that is very important to me.
My name is John Carcioppolo. I am a retired Submariner of 22 years service. I served onboard USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678), USS BILLFISH (SSN 676) and Chief of the Boat of USS DALLAS (SSN 700).
At present I am the Base Commander for U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS Inc. Groton Base.
The purpose of this letter is to discuss ETSN Dean Adams, and his pending Qualification in Submarines. Over a year ago, Dean's path and mine crossed. He was in the Silver Dolphins (Note) at Naval Submarine School and was participating in one of our events.
I kind of grew a liking for this young man. I was impressed by his intelligence, his motivation, and his aspirations. So I basically adopted him. I have stayed in contact with him through Submarine School till the present where he is presently serving on your Submarine.
I understand from a recent conversation with Dean that he is not too far away from his qualification in Submarines.
I have enclosed my Submarine Dolphins that were presented to me by Captain Sibley L. Ward III when I qualified in Submarines aboard USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678) on 26 July 1976. They were engraved with this information on the back side.
It would mean a lot to me, and I know to Seaman Adams if he were to receive these Silver Dolphins upon completion of his qualification in Submarines. I have also provided a membership card for U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS that may also be presented to him at the same time.
It would also mean a lot to me, if you or the CO were to read the attached letter at his Dolphin presentation, and possibly provide me with a picture.
Thank you COB for your time and efforts in this manner.
John J. Carcioppolo RMCM(SS), USN, (Ret.)