Honor Pages Index
Religion Pirates Churchhill T.S. Eliot Quote - Going too far Brotherhood Home Address

TERRY CRISWELL, 54, Dacula, GA, died 01-03-2011.

Arrangements: Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc..

Published in The News-Press on January 5, 2011



Dottie Selander called and told Terry Fessner that MM2 Terry 'Turk' Criswell passed away from stomach cancer in early January this year (2011).   He was onboard the Bates in A-Gang from 1975-1981.

  • Turk was at first glance the consummate A-Ganger...strong, bold, assertive...maybe even brash. Early on I regarded him as someone I didn't want to cross, mainly due to the size of his biceps. Toward the end of my career aboard BATES, however, I got to see a different side of the man when he roomed with my friend Frank Allen in an apartment in Bremerton. He was quiet and contemplative. It jolted me the first time I saw him with a cup of tea, which soon became a familiar sight. So, in all, he was an enigma to me, but definitely a friend...I still see him smiling and hear his voice. One of many characters aboard the Billy B, but an indelible one. Though I haven't seen him in 30 years, I miss him more now knowing he is no longer with us.

Please login to comment

Current Watchsection

Fund Sailing List Research!

Help fund SSN–680.org research and recover Personnel Diaries and Quarterly Muster Reports from the National Archives, helping us in our goal to identify every sailor that sailed on the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) and add them to the Master Sailing List.


© 2019 Brad Williamson
and/or the
USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) Association
or respective image owners
All Rights Reserved
Permission is granted for not-for-profit reproduction of text and images under the condition that all attribution as to owner and source is included,
and additionally, when republished electronically, a link to is provided.

U.S. Naval Institute News

17 JAN 2019

  • SECNAV: Adversaries Remain but Expect Defense Budget Increases to Disappear
    ARLINGTON, Va. – With increasing threats abroad and anticipated tighter defense budgets ahead, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer will spend 2019 instilling a sense of urgency into how the Navy and Marine Corps operate. Since taking office, Spencer has focused on training, capabilities and the way the Navy and Marine Corps invest resources. Now, a […]
  • Navy Wants 2 Variants Next Common Auxiliary Hull: One for People, One for Volume
    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy now plans to design and field two hulls under the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) program, after the program office realized the five mission areas CHAMP seeks to cover fit neatly into people-centric and volume-centric categories. The Navy last year began work to find a common design as a […]
  • VCNO Moran: Navy Must Do More to Harness Data to Help Win Future Fights
    ARLINGTON, Va. — If the Navy’s going to leverage revolutionary technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning to help make decisions in combat it needs to improve how it handles its data, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, Moran made a plea […]