Bennett Scharf

Bennett was a Navy Electronics Technician from December 1978 to December 1984. He served aboard the Hess from May 1980 to March 1982. He served watches in NIC, Sonar, and SCC and was a watch supervisor and command duty officer toward the end of his tour. An avid electronics hobbyist, he used the electronics lab to build audio amplifiers, preamps, and single board computers.

During his enlistment Bennett attained an Associate of Science from Mohegan Community College, an FCC General License with RADAR endorsement, and multiple certifications from the Electronic Technicians' Association.

Bennett has been working in information technology since leaving the Navy. He eventually graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from Excelsior College. He is blessed with a loving wife, daughter, and granddaughter.

H. H. Hess Photos 1980-82

The Crew of OcUnit 3 c. 1981

USNS H. H. Hess (T-AGS-38)

SS Canada Mail

As a merchant ship sailing for American Mail Lines, prior to conversion to survey ship USNS H. H. Hess.

Panama Canal Transit at Night

Note the unusual tripod shaped masts.

In the Pilot House

Photo probably taken during a Panama Canal transit.

USS George Washington (SSBN-598)

Transiting the canal in 1984. I was the ships photog at the time. Got to shoot it from an escort gunboat.

This was the first operational US ballistic missile submarine.

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