Lloyd "Pete" Bucher and I go back a long way. We were commissioned as ensigns in the Navy in 1953, but we did not know each other then. We first became acquainted in Yokosuka in 1966, when I had command of the submarine Archerfish (AGSS-311) and Pete was the assistant "ops boss" in Submarine Flotilla Seven, which ran the sensitive sub employments in the western Pacific. Pete and I cooked up some hairy operations for my boat, all of which were extremely successful. He always was exuberant, boisterous, the life of the party.
This was the time when the diesel-electric boats were going the way of the horse and buggy. I was lucky and got a command, but Pete was not so fortunate. At the time, he was probably one of what I would estimate as being about 125 fine submarine officers who were officially designated as qualified for command in submarines who did not get it simply because there were no longer enough boats to go around.
Pete was no doubt high on the list of those who got "surfaced," and so was given what was supposed to be the next best thing, a new "Elint" (electronic intelligence) ship.