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SHARKHUNTERS Advisory Board
Members from around the world have this to say about their Membership in SHARKHUNTERS?
Membership includes the majority of U-Boat Skippers, officer & crewman
veterans. These veterans are not affiliated with any other history
group or lend their support to any others outside Germany.
All these veterans give their input to make our KTB Magazine THE official word on U-Boat history.
President Ronald Reagan has been a Member since 1990, and he writes:
"Regards and admiration to SHARKHUNTERS for keeping this history alive."
OTTO KRETSCHMER was Skipper of U-23 & U-99 and was the most successful submarine Skipper of any nation in World War II, decorated with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaf and Crossed Swords, the U-Boat Combat Badge in Gold with Diamonds, and many more awards and decorations. He was a Member of SHARKHUNTERS from 1985 until his untimely death, and a Member of our Advisory Board. He wrote:
"Many thanks for the KTB. Be sure that my best wishes for your health and happiness are on their way across the Atlantic with the velocity of light."
KARL-FRIEDRICH MERTEN was Skipper of U-68, decorated with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaf, the U-Boat Combat Badge in Gold with Diamonds, and many other awards and decorations. He was a Member from 1984 until his death. He wrote:
"Regards and admiration."
HELMUT RATHKE, Skipper of U-352 that was sunk off the Carolina coast, wrote:
"Many thanks for the Magazine, Reading the KTB, I feel to be in the midst of you."
Otto Kretschmer Karl-Friederich Merten Hans-Georg Hess
Member since 1985 Member since 1984 Member since 1985
HORST HASLAU, U-1230 radioman when they put two German spies ashore in the USA in November 1944:
"I am amazed at how much authentic material about German submarines you have collected and catalogued. The KTBs arrive here like clockwork and keep me well informed about past, present and future. SHARKHUNTERS is doing a terrific job ferreting out old stories and coming up with a great mix of topics. Thanks for the LABSKAUS."
OTTO DIETZ medical corpsman who served aboard both U-180 and U-505 wrote:
"THANKS a lot for the extraordinary great KTB. You know more about German submarine warfare than most Germans."
At just barely 21 years of age, HANS-GEORG HESS was Skipper of U-995 and so became the youngest combat submarine commander of any navy in WW II. He was decorated with the Knights Cross, and has been a Member since 1985, served 10 years on our Advisory Board, is our "bridgepost" in Germany - and he writes:
"I have to thank you for the KTB. They become bigger and better."
The LIBRARY OF CONGRESS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA writes:
"It is my pleasure to acknowledge, with many thanks, receipt of the monthly KTB Magazine."
CAPTAIN JOE ENRIGHT Skipper of USS ARCHER-FISH who sank the 65,000 ton Japanese super-carrier SHINANO (the largest ship EVER sunk by a submarine) was decorated with the Navy Cross. He was a Member for many years. He writes:
"I have enjoyed reading my KTB Magazines and find several familiar names."
President Ronald Reagan Rear Admiral Eugene Fluckey President George Bush
Member since 1990 Member since 1992 Member since 1995
Rear Admiral EUGENE FLUCKEY was Skipper of USS BARB. With the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, FOUR NAVY CROSSES and too many other decorations to count, he is the most highly decorated American Submariner ever in history. He has been a Member for many years and is currently serving on our Advisory Board. He writes:
"I find SHARKHUNTERS interesting. Let's get submarining back to what it truly is; teamwork, persistence and determination. Keep up the good work. God bless you."
The NATIONAL ARCHIVES of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA writes:
"Your publication must require a lot of work, but I am impressed with the amount of news and the number of features."
Retired top-level CIA agent TOM RACHELS writes:
"It is amazing what is in the KTB."
PETER STANFORD, President of the NATIONAL MARITIME HISTORICAL SOCIETY writes:
"We've been following the affairs of your remarkable organization here at the National Maritime Historical Society and have heard glowing reports."
VADM CHILES (former ComSubLant) wrote:
"Thank you for my Membership in SHARKHUNTERS INTERNATIONAL and for the KTB Magazine. I look forward to receiving each issue."
BERNIE MEYER, US Merchant Marine veteran of World War II writes:
"SHARKHUNTERS is doing a great job and has done a lot to promote the history of WW II. SHARKHUNTERS have revealed information never before disclosed until the advent of this organization."
CAPTAIN MASSMANN, Skipper of the German U-137 & U-409, has been a Member for many years and is now serving on our Advisory Board. He writes:
"I appreciate very much to be part of this fine group which pays such a unique tribute to the gallant, brave encounters of submariners of both sides so unpretentiously. The KTB Magazine makes it a principle to be fair, impartial and objective. And even more-does not refrain to touch taboos. Bravo!"
VADM KOMORAV, Retired Deputy Chief of Staff of the Social Navy writes:
"The Soviet Navy greatly appreciate your efforts to expand friendly contact between military men from different countries."
Rear Admiral MAX JUSTO GUEDES, head of the Brazilian Navy Archives has been a Member since 1985:
"In the name of the General Documentation Service of the Brazilian Navy and in my own name, we are pleased to inform you that we receive the KTB and we thank you for the favor. I assure you that this acquisition will continue to enrich our knowledge about the submarine war in 1939-1945. I take this opportunity to congratulate you on the excellent news service which demonstrates the high level of the KTB."
MAJ. GEN. PYOTR BARABOLYA writes from Russia:
"Heartily thank you for making me a Member of such an important organization as SHARKHUNTERS is. I will try to take an active part in preparation of the Soviet Materials to light them up in your Magazine."
JOSEF TILLY of the Austrian Naval Association writes:
"It is an honor for me and my Kameradschaft that we are Members of SHARKHUNTERS. My comrades and I are very happy. I remember the fine time which we all had in Austria."
ERICH GIMPEL was one of two spies landed in the USA from U-1230; the only one of ten German spies placed in the USA by U-Boat still living, and from South American he writes:
"Thanks to SHARKHUNTERS, I enjoyed eight marvelous days in Chicago. I am sure everyone loved it."
One of the most popular features of each monthly issue of the KTB Magazine is PETER'S PAGE, written by PETER HANSEN, a former ABWEHR Agent and Peter pulls no punches, but gets right to the nitty-gritty of what made the War work for one side and not for the other. He goes into new and never-before revealed historical secrets and one of our Members has great things to say about PETER'S PAGE. This Member is currently a 'spook', an active Intelligence agent so his name cannot be used - he writes:
"Let me tell you that, as an ex-Army intelligence Analyst (DIA) and ex-COMINT/SIT operator (ASA/NSA) I absolutely Love Peter's Page in the KTB. The stuff he is letting go about ULTRA (as well as other aspects of WWII 'spookery') is great. A lot of propaganda and disinformation is beginning to be peeled away these days regarding the Second World War and SHARKHUNTERS KTB is right in the vanguard of this movement."
The youngest submarine Skipper of World War II, HANS-GEORG HESS, writes:
"The KTB OF OUR PRESIDENT AND MY FRIEND HARRY COOPER has a high standard-from the very beginning, now with more than 100 issues, the quality surfaces in historic views, fairness and chivalry. Who today remembers in Germany the dead former U-Bootfahrer or other brave soldiers? HARRY does it; for example in the recent death of Jürgen Wattenberg and before of Ali Cremer.
The remembrances in 'the President's corner' are always grand and go straight to the heart; recently on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII, today about the stupid destruction, defamation of history just by the Germans (or we say better than the German politicians and history writers). Harry, we say to you what Prussian King Frederick the great said in Latin - SEMPER TALIS! Always forward! And many thanks."
SHARKHUNTERS Advisory Board
The SHARKHUNTERS Advisory Board is made up of great Naval officers of all nations, of historians, of 'Spooks' from many Intelligence services. They add a great deal to the success of SHARKHUNTERS and the accuracy of our history. Click here to meet them.
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