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U. S. SUBMARINE VETERANS
P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA
USSVI National Office Tel
(360) 337-2978 (6-12 PST)
January 20, 2018, 1000
FRA #29, 521 National Ave,
(Guest Speaker YN1(SS)
Annual Breakfast Social at
the Bremerton Elks Lodge
Morning , February 17,
We shall not forget those that
were lost in defense of our nation!
purpose is to: "Perpetuate the
memory of our shipmates who gave
their lives in the pursuit of
their duties while serving their
“Shorty” Garoutte's Memorial Service
Posted January 14, 2018
Bremerton Base Commander Sends
Hello to all
Bremerton Base Members;
I must share my experience at Shorty's celebration
of life ceremony today. It was an awesome event. He was
a true submariner and served his country with integrity,
honesty, and really took care of his crew. He also took
great care of his family. It would have been a privilege
and honor to get underway with him and do some sea time
with him. I echo that sentiment with the rest of you, as
you are all my brothers and sisters, who served this
great country, and earning your dolphins. Not all can do
what we accomplished on submarines. I will not dismiss
our associate members either. We all served in one way
or the other, and I appreciate the hell out of each and
every one of you. I am humbled by being associated with
Today's celebration of life was an experience. I
said a few words about Shorty and his career, and what
he did for
Bremerton Base. After I read the Eternal Patrol
Certificate, a standing ovation followed in honor of
Shorty. I was awe struck looking out at 100+ people
standing and clapping. This was a first for me, after
reading the certificate. It made me VERY proud to be
Base. I want to especially thank those Base members that
attended (noted below). If I forgot anyone, I do apologize. It was a
Days like today, even though it was a day to
remember a shipmate, again reinforced why I am a life
member of U.S.S.V.I. and
Base and enjoy our camaraderie. Thanks for your support.
I do appreciate it.
On another note, in addition to our guest speaker
at next weeks meeting, Western District 4 Commander Jim
will administer the oath of office to the re-elected
Base Officers. Hope to see you there. Take care, be
safe, and see you soon. You know where I am if you have
any questions or concerns. Go VIKINGS. BRING IT HOME.
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704
Bremerton Base Up-date
Posted January 11, 2018 updated
Bremerton Base Commander Sends
Thanks to all of you for your support of
the base. We have a good time. Remember the recruiting
effort for new members and former members to renew.
Invite an old (or young) shipmate to a meeting to check
us out. If you have any questions or concerns, you know
where to find me. That's it for now. Take care, be safe,
and see you soon.
- As I mentioned in my previous
e-mail. Puget Soundings editor Dave Pittman is
looking to improve our newsletter even more. Please
send him photos, articles, or anything you feel
would be appropriate for the newsletter. I
appreciate Dave's effort in this. He does a great
- Saturday, February 17th - This
will be our annual breakfast meeting. It will be
at the Elks on Pine Road in East
Bremerton. Breakfast will be served
between 0900 -1000. A short meeting will take
place and then we will have entertainment from
Black Magic Entertainment. Western District 4
and Immediate Past Base Commander Jim
DeMott took charge of this endeavor and
if it is anything like our past events and
entertainers, I believe we will be in for a good
time. Please inform any E-board member or me if
you plan on attending. Karen would like an
approximate head count to plan accordingly for
breakfast. I hope you can attend.
Hello to all base
members, I just wanted to mention a few
things for our up-coming meetings;
- Saturday, January 20th -
Suraya Mattocks has agreed to be
our guest speaker. She is a new member to
our base and qualified on the U.S.S.
SSGN 727 in 2017.
YN1 Mattocks is one of the first female
enlisted sailors qualified in submarines and
will share her process and the challenges
she faced while
qualifing for her dolphins. I am
interested to hear how the qualification
process has changed the last few years (10)
since I retired from the submarine force.
She has recruited additional active duty
Bremerton base and continues to
communicate our creed to her shipmates. I am
looking forward to hear her speak.
Base Life Member Goes On Eternal Patrol
Posted January 9, 2018 updated
Base Commander 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 Jim L. Shumard, on Sunday,
December 31st, 2017. Jim qualified in submarines
on the USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN- 630) in 1970.
He also served on SSBN-726. Jim was a Senior
Chief Petty Officer when he left the Navy. He
joined USSVI in 1992 and was a member of the
Bremerton Base. With Jim departing on Eternal
Patrol, let it be known we have lost another
Sailor, rest your oar!
Stephen J. Corcoran
USSVI Bremerton Base
Aug. 20, 1942
to Dec. 31, 2017
L. Shumard, 75, of Bremerton, Washington, passed away on Dec. 31,
2017. Born Aug. 20, 1942 in Monticello, Illinois, Jim graduated from
Champagne High School in Champagne, Illinois and then enlisted in
Jim served on a variety of ships, submarines and commands from
1960-1983. His service including being selected as a commissioning
plank owner of the USS Ohio SSBN 726 from where he retired as a
Senior Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, he went on
serving his country the next 31 years working with various
contractors supporting the Trident Submarine program, finally
retiring in 2014 from General Dynamics Corporation.
married to the love of his life, Janene Uebelhoer, in Champagne,
Illinois. They spent a lifetime together raising their family,
enjoying trips throughout the northwest RV camping, vacations with
family and charter boat fishing.
Jim was a member of the Bremerton Elks, the Bremerton base of the
Submarine Veterans Association, and newlife of Central Kitsap.
Jim’s memory lives on with his wife, Janene; son, Larry V. Shumard
(Judy) of Port Orchard, Washington; daughter, Jan Gardner (Shawn) of
Bremerton, Washington; granddaughter, Alexandria Lizzy Gardner of
Bremerton, Washington; and his sister, Mary Hibler (Mike) of
A private celebration of life will be held on a later date. A burial
at sea will be conducted by the Navy. An online memorial can be seen
at www.lewischapel.com .
Welcome Aboard Associate members William &
As I begin my second term as your commander,
I want nothing but the best for our base. I am just your
representative. If you desire or have any ideas to improve
how we do business, please contact me, or any member of the
e-board. I value your feedback, whether it is positive or
negative. We have a great base. That is all for now. As
always, if you have any questions or concerns, please
contact me. I appreciate your support. Be good, be safe, and
see you soon.
- Membership (x2) - If you have not
renewed your membership, please do so, I would hate to
see you drop off the membership log. We have fun, come
back and see us. We appreciate your participation and
support. As Base Commander, I am always looking for new
ways to make our base better. Please help me in this
- Membership - It is our duty as
base members, to recruit and maintain a strong
membership to maintain a successful base. Membership
for the first year is no charge for Active Duty
Military. Please advertise this when applicable.
Bremerton Base Commander Note
Hello all, I hope you are all
doing well. I just wanted to share a few items
concerning the base.
- We have an entertaining event scheduled for our
February breakfast meeting. Jim Demott has
entertainment lined up. Free of charge, and it looks to
be a good time. The Elks has proved to always provide
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704
call for nominations for the 2018 National Elections
Posted January 1, 2018
Shipmates you have until March 1st 2018 to put in your nomination
letters for the 2018 National Elections.
So far the Nominees are:
National Commander - Wayne Standerfer
National Senior Vice Cdr- Jon Jaques
National Junior Vice Cdr - Steve Bell
National Secretary - Ray Wewers
National Treasurer - Paul Hiser
Western Regional Director - Jim Denzien
Central Regional Director- Tom Williams
- Carl Schmidt
Eastern Region North Director - Les Athschuler
Eastern Region South Director - Ken Nichols
If you feel you would like to run for any of the above positions
please send me an e-mail at
with your nomination letter stating your qualifications for the
position and a statement that if elected you will accept the
Pride Runs Deep,
Al Singleman, Jr. Nomination's Chairman.
New Year From USSVI National Commander
Posted January 5, 2018
Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, safe and
prosperous New year.
As always remember our service men and women who are deployed and/or
serving in harms way that can not be home to celebrate the New Year
with their families and friends.
Keep our veterans in your hearts and prayers as well as many of them
are struggling with health and other issues.
Nine Important Facts
Remember as We Grow Older
#9 Death is the number 1 killer in
is sexually transmitted.
#7 Good health is merely the
slowest possible rate at which one
#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger
and hanky panky, and they can't tell
them apart. If you see a gleam in
his eyes, make him a sandwich.
#5 Give a person a fish, and you
feed them for a day. Teach a person
to use the Internet, and they won't
bother you for weeks, months, maybe
#4 Health nuts are going to feel
stupid someday, lying in the
hospital, dying of nothing.
#3 All of us could take a lesson
from the weather. It pays no
attention to criticism.
#2 In the 60's, people took LSD to
make the world weird. Now the world
is weird, and people take Prozac to
make it normal.
#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno
peppers. What you do today may be a
burning issue tomorrow.