(SSN 593)

In Memoriam
April 10, 1963

Ronald Dean KeilerRonald Dean Keiler

Interior Communications Electrician Second Class


Ronald Dean Keiler was born on June 13, 1940, in Green Bay, Wis., the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Keiler.  He attended local schools in Green Bay, and was graduated from Premontre High School, prior to entering the naval service on December 5, 1958.

Ronald received his basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill., and attended the Navy's Interior Communications Electrician School from which he was graduated on June 19, 1959. He volunteered for submarine duty, and upon being accepted, he was enrolled in the Submarine School at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn.

Successfully completing the course of instruction, he was assigned to the submarine U.S.S. Sabalo (SS 302), with the Pacific fleet.  On March 25, 1960, Ronald was qualified as a submariner and received his silver dolphins. He was then selected for advance training in nuclear power and attended the courses of instruction at the submarine base and at the nuclear power training unit at West Milton, N.Y.  In January 1962, Ronald received his orders to the submarine U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593).  During his naval career, Ronald had been awarded the Navy's Good Conduct Medal.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Josephine M. Wergin; his father, Mr. William Keiler; a brother, Jack Keiler, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Mathys, all of Green Bay, Wis.

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