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P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465  

USSVI National Office Tel (360) 337-2978 (6-12 PDT)



General Membership Meeting,

Saturday, Oct 21st, 1000

FRA 29, 521 National Ave Bremerton


Base Boosters Building










October                                                                                                           We shall not forget those that were lost in defense of our nation!



USS S-44


USS Wahoo


USS Dorado (SS-248)

USS Escolarr


USS Shark


USS Seawolf (SS-197)

USS Darter


USS Tang


  Our purpose is to: "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country..."

Memorial Service - SKCM(SS) L.V. “Red” Denson

(Posted October 15, 2017

Many folks attended Red's Grave Site and Memorial Services on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Hansville.  Bremerton base was well represented.  Close friends and relatives gave prepared remarks about Red's life.  They all were similar, Red was a a person that could things done with out raising his voice.

Red was one of the last special patriots who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In his 34-year career he served on five ships and two submarines, including serving as COB (Chief of the Boat) on the USS Halibut SSN-587. In Red’s final assignment he served as the first Master Chief of the Pacific Submarine Force.

Sailor, rest your oar!

Life Member SKCS(SS) Julius A. Sanders, USN (Ret.) Goes on Eternal Patrol(Posted October 4, 2017

U. S. Navy Retired Storekeeper Senior Chief Petty Officer Julius Alfred Sanders, 86, active 1950-1974, also retired from Lockheed, passed away in Bremerton, Washington, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Born June 23, 1931, Berwyn, Maryland, Al was a quiet, humble man, with a quick wit that never faded. He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Nancy Lou Williams, whom he wed the day before Valentine's Day, Feb. 13, 1951, prior to shipping-out.

Al and Nancy spent many years at various military installations across the U.S. and in Yoko
suka, Japan during Al's service in the United States Naval Submarine Service. Returning from four years stationed in Japan, Bremerton was his final Naval duty location. He and Nancy loved the Pacific Northwest and stayed. They traveled the United States extensively, by motorcycle initially, then by motor home, connecting with family, many long time friends of their U.S. and overseas travels, and making many more along the way.

Al is survive by his children, Debora M. Lanzilotta (Vincent) of Mannington, New Jersey, Karen L. Baxter (Nathan) of Seabeck, Washington, and Leland A. Sanders (Carolyn) of Saint Simons Island, Georgia. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.

Al will be remembered in a private family memorial. Donations in lieu flowers may be made to the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport, Washington (navalunderseamuseum.org) where Al and Nancy served as volunteers for many years, or to the American Cancer Society. Alliteratively, donations to the charity of your choice.

Nancy L. Sanders, 84 Dec. 13, 1932 to May 30, 2017 Nancy was born on Dec. 13, 1932 and entered Heaven’s Gates on May 30, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Julius Alfred (Al) Sanders, Jr. Other survivors include her children, Deborah Lanzilotta (Vince) of Williamstown, New Jersey, Karen Baxter (Nathan) of Seabeck, Washington, and Leland A. Sanders (Carolyn) of Saint Simons Island, Georgia; and one sister, Barbara Geraci of Olney, Maryland. In addition, she is survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.  

Nancy and Al spent many years at various military installations across the U.S. and in Yokosuka, Japan during Al’s service in the United States Naval Submarine Service.  They eventually retired in Kitsap County in 1971.  Nancy was very active in her community as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Job’s Daughters and a volunteer for many years at the Keyport Naval Undersea Museum.

Nancy and Al were blessed to have spent 66 years of life together. Nancy enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends around the world. She never missed sending a card or gift for every holiday or special occasion to those she loved. 

Nancy will be remembered in a private family memorial on June 11, 2017. Donations in lieu flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.


Deterrent Park Engraved Brick Installation - Drop Dead Date for Orders, 23 October http://deterrentpark.org/

(Posted October 1, 2017)

USSVI Bremerton Base is taking donation orders for engraved bricks to be installed in the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) full scale topside model's missile deck on Sunday, November 5th, 2017. The drop dead date for ordering is October 23, 2017.


The model is located at Deterrent Park in front of the ComSubGruNine headquarters on NBK Bangor Base.

The donation for each brick is $40. Half of the donation is cost, the the other half goes toward base charitable gifting such as scholarships.

Upon of receipt of donation, an acknowledgement will be forwarded to you by e-mail. (Please check
your Junk Mail file.) Please acknowledge receipt of that e-mail.


Contact me, Don Bassler for additional information if required. (360-509-0250)  Also this site provides more information and link to order application.

Bremerton Base Member C. Elliott Abram Goes On Eternal Patrol

Updated October 5, 2017  Check out Elliott's autobiography in 2002 Sept/Oct issue of Puget Soundings when he was Base Commander.  Note I as PS editor. (Tom Halversen, Elliott's docent partner at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville OR Sends)



It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Today, I received an e-mail from the National Office that informed me of the passing of C. Elliott Abram, on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017. Elliott qualified in submarines on the USS Bream (SS- 2433) in 1957.
Elliott was an SOSN (SS) when he left the Navy. He joined USSVI in 1998 and was a member of the Bremerton Base and the Holland Club. I understand Elliott was a past Commander of the Bremerton Base. With Elliott departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known we have lost another hero. Sailor, rest your oar!

Stephen J. Corcoran
Base Commander

USSVI Bremerton Base


From: "Angus McColl" <angusamccoll@gmail.com>
Date: Sep 17, 2017 19:45
Subject: Re: Eternal Patrol Notice - Bremerton Base






So very sorry to read this.  Elliott was a real friend to me when we were moving forward on Deterrent Park.  He got all the bronze plates cast at a wonderful discount by an outfit called The Bronze Works (I think they are no longer in business).  He was also a big help in other ways - quiet but really effective.  What a guy!
I was just getting ready to send him an e-mail as I knew his health had taken a turn for the worse.  I am truly sad I did not act quicker.  
Please be sure that if there is a memorial service and the base has anything to say or contribute that it is said that he was an exceptional volunteer in helping us get Deterrent Park built.  Thank you.
Best regards,



Paul Hansen, (SAOC(W)) Past President and Current "Update" Editor Sends:

Article to be posted in Submariners Association of Canada's next Up-date edition of "Scuttlebut"







2018 Bremerton Base Officer Nominations to Date

Posted September 20, 2017


Dutch Kaiser sends:


Following is the nominations for base offices as of Sept.19, 2017.


Please publish these nominations on Gertrude Check and make clear

that nominations are still open.  Nominations can be presented to any

member of the nomination committee.  


Nomination Committee members:

Dutch Kaiser

Dick Litscher

Ralph Harris

John Gardner


2017 USSVI Bremerton Base Nominations:


Steve Corcoran


Vice Commander:

Donald Carpenter


Wayne Sieckowski


John Clear


Chief of the Boat

Wayne Peterson




Join Us!


Winter Schedule

General Membership Meeting

Saturday, Oct 21st, 1000

 FRA 29, 521 National Ave Bremerton


Next Deterrent Park

Brick Installation

Sunday, November 5, 2017










November Brick Install Sponsors
Thompson (2)


Drop Dead For Application,  23 October



Veteran Voices



The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don’t speak the same language.


For instance, Take the simple phrase “secure the building”.


The Army will post guards around the place.

The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.

The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters.

The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.







"Where do snowmen go to donate their

     sperm? The snowbank.!




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