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Member Ed Preston Goes on Eternal Patrol

(Posted Sep 30, 2015)


   It is with a heavy heart that I send this message.  Yesterday I received an e-mail from the National Office that informed me of the passing of Edward Preston, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  Edwa
rd qualified in submarines on the USS Spinax (SS 489) in 1964.  He also served on USS Salmon (SSR 573), USS Guardfish (SSN 612), and USS Simon Lake (AS 33).  Edward was a CWO3 when he left the Navy.  He joined USSVI in 2010 and was a member of the Bremerton Base and the Holland Club.  With Edward departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known that we have lost another hero.  Sailor, rest your oar!

James DeMott
Base Commander
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Base Storekeeper to Replenish Challenge Coin Inventory

(Posted Sep 26, 2015)

Base Storekeeper Ralph Harris is going to order/replenish the base challenge coin inventory.  They are antique bronze and sell for $10 as shown here.

Note I had mine engraved by Ken Northfield, a base member.

Ralph also would like to order the same in fine silver (.999), but needs to hear from those, who may want one or more.  They sell for about $75.

Please give Ralph a call if you desire one or more.

They would make a nice gift to your children or grandchildren as a keep sake, especially if you had your name engraved on it.  Ralph’s number is: 876-0830.

By Fred Borgmann

(Posted Sep 23, 2015)

1. The 2016 Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada in mid-August at the Sierra Resort Hotel, the former Hilton.

2. The 2017 Convention location is still undecided but the Orlando FL area is being considered with Disney being the convention planners.

3. Dues for annual members will be increased by $5 starting January 1st. No change in Life dues.

4. The new web site that is being developed is expected to begin testing during December 2015 and implementation either February or March.

5. Sam Swenson was awarded the Robert Link award and was accepted by the District 4 Commander, Al Durkee.

6. The banquet was unusually long at 4.5 hours but had an excellent musical show conducted by kids ranging from 7 years old to 16.

7. Bremerton Base member Ed Terney of Malott WA was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday with an attack of COPD. He was released on Thursday.

8. No significant items were raised at the Annual Business meeting.

Base Life & HC Member goes on Eternal Patrol

(Updated Sep 25, 2015)


From the Base Commander



It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. On Tuesday I received an e-mail from the National Office that informed me of the passing of Nelis Vander Pol, on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Nelis qualified in submarines on the USS Rasher (SS 269) in 1964. He was an EM2 (SS) when he left the Navy. He joined USSVI in 2004 and was a member of the Bremerton Base and the Holland Club. With Nelis departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known that we have lost another hero. Sailor, rest your oar!

James DeMott
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base

Nelis Vander Pol, 73,  went on eternal patrol Sunday morning, Sep 20th at 8:30 a.m. at Franciscan Hospice House in Tacoma. Nelis suffered from liver cancer.

Van served on the  USS Rasher AGSS-269  as an EM in the 60's.  Complete obit to follow.  Sailor, rest your oar!


Wife Shirley Sends:

Nelis Lee "Van" VanderPol was born July 22, 1942 in Lynden, Washington. At the age of 6, he moved with his family to Sunnyside, Washington where he attended Sunnyside Christian School through the 8th grade and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1961. He then joined the US Navy. He served aboard the the submarine USS Rasher from 1964-1966 during the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged from service in 1968. He worked as an electrician at PSNS for 10 years and then as a supervisor at Trident Refit Facility, Bangor for 22 years. After his retirement he enjoyed working on and restoring old tractors, many of which he used in tractor pulling events.

On September 20, 2015, he passed away at Franciscan Hospice House in Tacoma, after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Shirley, son Todd, daughter Amber, son-in-law Jason, grandson Colton and many loving family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home on Saturday, October 3rd from 1:00-4:00 pm. Another is being planned in Sunnyside later in the month. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Franciscan Foundation: PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401 with funds designated to Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care Fund. Or online at

From the appointed USSVI Bremerton Base Nomination Chairman:
(Posted Sep 12, 2015)

Please send nominations for USSVI Bremerton Base elected offices in accordance with the base By-laws to:

Written nomination will close 30 days prior to the November meeting (Oct 16th).

An opportunity to verbally nominate someone will occur at the November meeting.

The Base elections will be held at the November 2015 Meeting:

Offices: Commander, Vice Commander, Treasurer, Secretary and Chief of the Boat.

Thanks and Cheers,

Base Commander Sends

(Posted Sep 10, 2015)



   Recently, a member of the Base proposed an amendment to the Bremerton Base By-Laws.  The proposed amendment is to Article VIII. Biennial Elections.  Section 3 currently reads, “All elections shall be by secret ballot vote of the members in good standing.” The proposed amendment will change Section 3 to read, “For any position with more than one candidate, elections shall be by secret ballot vote of attending members in good standing.  If any position has only one candidate, election may be determined by simple showing of raised hands of attending members in good standing.”


   This amendment will be voted on by the regular members attending the general business meeting of the Bremerton Base on Saturday, October 17.  The meeting will start at 1000.  If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Thank you,

James E. DeMott

Base Commander

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