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Submariners Convention Set For Sunday Through Sept. 12 In Pittsburgh
Staff, The Times Online, Aug 31

PITTSBURGH – A submariners convention is coming to town next week and more than 650 participants, who include retired and active duty service people who serve or have served on submarines, are expected to participate.

The convention, sponsored by the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. and the Pittsburgh USS Requin Base, starts Sunday and runs through Sept. 12, at the Westin Convention Center downtown.

The convention provides submariners an opportunity to unite with their fellow shipmates and submariners from other boats.

Among the activities planned is a memorial service and tolling of the bells on board the USS Requin at 10 a.m. Sept. 11. Capt. Jeffrey S. Coran, commanding officer of the Steel City NROTC, will preside over the ceremony.

At the concluding banquet on Sept.12, there will be a special appearance from Vice Admiral William Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Any active duty or veteran submariner that is interested in joining the United States Submarine Veterans can find more information at






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Base Picnic Summary

(Posted Aug 30, 2015)


On the first rainy Saturday in at least 3 months, about 40 showed for the annual picnic at the BPOE Bremerton facility on Pine Road. (Nice the Elks  has a sheltered area that provided us all seating and cover.)


A brief meeting was held recognizing two new Holland Club Members, Al Sanders and Greg Baer. HC Chairman Dick Litscher gave brief talk on the inception of the Holland Club to the USSVI.  Each recipient gave a brief on their careers, of which both were very unique. 


Al's uniqueness was his entry into the submarine service at age 33.  Greg, after  serving on two diesel boats on active duty, retired as a STC(SS) with combined active and reserve service of 21years.


All filled up on burgers, brats, hotdogs and liquid refreshments provided by the base and sides brought to share by attendees.  Vcdr Steve Corcoran and COB Wayne Petersen are to be congratulated for setting up, cooking and serving the rest of us.

It was a great time.


L-R:  Cdr Jim Demott, Al (Top) & Greg, and HC Chair Dick Litscher

To right are L-R: COB Wayne and VCDR Steve.

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USS Will Rogers SSBN-659 Veterans Association Deterrent Park Brow Gift Dedication

(Published Aug 30, 2015)

Mal Wright of the USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) Veterans Association hosted a new brow dedication to Deterrent Park as part of the association's reunion activities this past week.

Base Chaplain Fred Borgmann on new brow.

On Friday afternoon, 28 August, about 70 former crew members and guests participated including former skippers, retired Capt Mal Wright, retired Radm Larry Marsh officiating the ceremony .  NBK skipper Capt Zwolfer  accepted the brow for Deterrent Park from the association president  Frenchy DeFrehn. The brow contribution by the Will Rogers Veterans Association is a significant improvement to Deterrent Park.


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(Updated  Sept 1, 2015)


Update on Sonny Dilg,;he had surgery yesterday to change the pump in his LVAD.  Came through fine.  He is in ICU for a couple days till he starts improving then back to a regular room.  2 weeks recovery.  He has been in there since Aug 10th home for 2 days and back again when he fell and broke his shoulder blade.  Now it is wait and see what happens next.  Hopefully nothing. Wife Kari Sends...


Sept 5 Blueback trip

(Posted August 5, 2015)



(Bremerton Base members invited)

I’m glad to say that the response to our Sept 5 Blueback trip has been much better than expected.

(On Saturday Sept 5, 2015 Seattle Base members will ‘cast off all lines’ and go on a ‘special op’ day trip to Portland to visit the BLUEBACK, with a stop in Chehalis and a visit to the Veterans Memorial Museum there.)

With 31 people signed up to date, it is much more practical to charter a bus than to car-pool, and will be a lot more fun and comfortable as well. Nobody has to drive and insurance is covered as part of the rental.

This bus is fully loaded with DVD • 6 monitors • Touring windows and can carry 36 passengers, so the first 36 to sign-up will have seats, any others will be wait-listed in case someone already assigned has to drop out. A 40 seat bus is the next step up and the event that we get a total of 56 people wanting to go, we can upgrade to a 56 passenger bus.

Because it is necessary for us to contract with the bus company, seats will be guaranteed as payment is received. There can be no reservation refunds unless there is a wait-listed person available to take your place. The total cost per seat, including admissions to the Blueback and Chehalis museums, is $55.00.

The trip rally point is the Kent-De Moines Park and Ride lot, and departure is at 8 AM. Several have asked for pick-ups further south, which will be handled as discussed.

Please mail your check made to USSV Seattle Base to Jim Harper, 12105 48th Dr SE, Everett, WA 98208-9106 and notate who the payment is for. (especially for those bringing guests.) Because we must pre-register and pay for the individuals on the BLUEBACK tour, the cut-off date to receive your check is August 28th. Sooner the better, tho.

If you are not already on the listing below and want to participate, please email to let me know who and how many.

Patrick Householder
USSVI Past National Commander 2008-2010
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