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(Founded in 1981, Membership today is (252V)

P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465  

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April 20, 2019

FRA 29, 521 National Ave,

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Submitted by: Wayne Standerfer, National Commander on 3/19/2019


We are now half-way through our 2019 awards nomination period and to date we have only received a total of 18 nominations. Please read the individual award requirements and submission procedures described in the 2019 USSVI Awards Manual and take the steps to recognize the accomplishments of your Shipmates, Bases and Newsletters.

The Manual can be found by following this link.
2019 Awards Submission Timeline

FEBRUARY 1, 2019: All USSVI Members in good standing submit their Award nominations to the National Awards Committee Chairman John Stanford.

APRIL 30, 2019: All Award nominations (with exception of Newsletter Award) must be received by the National Awards Committee Chairman.

MAY 15, 2019: Deadline for submission of Newsletters for Newsletter of the Year Award.

We have many individual Members and Bases that contribute untold hours working to help their shipmates, advance our organization and follow the directives of our Purpose/Creed. Unfortunately, too many of these efforts and accomplishments go unnoticed because they take place at the local level and remain under Nationals Radar.

All Award Nomination go to Awards Chairman John Stanford at:
John G. Stanford
National Awards Committee Chairman
3026 Cesery Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32277-3527

Please direct any questions to John at: or Cell (904) 502-8586
All the Best,
Wayne Standerfer
National Commander

This is an official email communication from the United States Submarine Veterans.  Contact the sender if you do not want to receive these messages.


Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704


Welcome Aboard New Members:

Philip M Paugh (Alaska, Michigan, Kentucky, Jimmy Carter, Henry M Jackson)

Dale Sanders  (Michigan)

Returning Member: Mike Waller (Rock)

March 16th General Membership Meeting Summary

Posted March 17, 2019


Base Commander Steve Corcoran opened meeting with traditional ceremony recognizing Lost Boats.  Introduction of new and potential new members followed.


Holland Club Chairman  Dick Litscher then conducted the Holland Club awards ceremony.  Each new HC member was presented his certificate, etc, then asked to give a brief review of his submarine service and significant events he encountered.


Holland Club Awards


Dave Pittman Sends:

USSVI Bremerton Base Holland Club Chairman Dick Litscher (far right) congratulates the following Bremerton Base shipmates for their induction into the Holland Club (left to right): Donald Quinn (USS Gurnard SSN 662), Keith Phillipy (USS Sargo SSN-583), Gregory T. Lee (USS Sea Owl SS-405), Robert L. Hickman (USS Von Steuben SSBN-632), Charles E. Gibbs, Jr. (USS Sea Fox SS-402), and Norman D. Crawford (USS Robert E. Lee SSBN-601).

The HOLLAND CLUB is named after John P. Holland, designer of the first US Navy submarine.  It is an exclusive group within the US Submarine Veterans organization, where the core requirement for eligibility is the designation “qualified in submarines” for a minimum of fifty years.

A short business meeting followed with routine reports.  Noted were the Dolphin Dash at Bangor Base on  Saturday, April 13, and on Saturday, May18th the Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade . (This will replace the Base  May General Meeting.)


Updated March 9, 2019

If you plan to attend, please follow the link to the Washington event and accept the invite. Any questions, please contact me. Thanks.  Steve

March 30: WASHINGTON - Seattle / Silverdale (Noon at Kitsap Mall Barnes & Noble, party at Yacht Club Broiler)


Base Commander Sends:


Hello all, just a quick note to pass along some news. I received the following e-mail from Rick Campbell, the author of just a few Submarine Thrillers.

Hi Steve,

I'm Rick Campbell, a retired bubblehead and author for Macmillan / St. Martin's Press, and a USSVI Life member. Each year, I donate 3,000 books to Navy veteran and youth organizations. I sent your Bremerton base a copy of Ice Station Nautilus last year, and I hope it was well-received.

I plan to send you a signed hardcover of the next book in the series (Blackmail) to the same address as last time (see below). If you'd like me to ship to a different address or no longer want to receive the books, please let me know.

BTW - I’m having a book signing for Treason at the Kitsap Mall Barnes & Noble on 30 March, followed by a release party at the Yacht Club Broiler again. I’ll send you an invitation in a week or two, and please let your shipmates know that they’re invited as well.

Best regards,

The last book signing and release party was a fun event. This one is also on a Saturday. I hope you can join me. I will share the invite when I receive it.
Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

National Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration
Posted March 9, 2019
Good morning Steve,

The staff at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum would like to invite the Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base to a National Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration on March 29 at noon. We posted a Facebook event with all the details that you are welcome to share. Here is the link to the Facebook event: The attached Word document has the same information as the Facebook event. We are asking Veterans to RSVP again this year so Captain Schrader can recognize them during the event.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to having you and our Vietnam Veterans at the event. Thank you.

Olivia Wilson
Operations Manager
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum
Tel:  360-396-5548
Fax:  360-396-7944

Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315

2019 Lt. William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship
(updated March 3, 2018)

The 2019 Bremerton Base Annual Lt. William “Willie”Spoon Memorial Scholarship Drive is underway. This year the board has approved to provide five, $1000 scholarships to children or grandchildren of qualified Submariners. The 2019 scholarship applications are available from local high school senior class counselors, the main USSVI office or from the scholarship chairman Wayne Sieckowski ( Many of the local high school senior class counselors have sent thank you notes thanking us for supporting local students. Click here for application.


PS: National also has a scholarship program Application process here and Contact Rear Adm Robert Frick, USN (ret)  for details.

Blueback Base annual Picnic at Champoeg State Park on Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hello Shipmates,

The Blueback Base would like to invite you and your members to our annual Picnic. We have reserved a Pavilion at Champoeg State Park for Saturday, August 10, 2019. All Washington and Oregon Bases are invited to attend, the area has a lot to offer so please consider on attending and meeting new shipmates or seeing old ones. The Picnic will start at 1100 we will have pulled pork and corn on the cobb with members bringing a dish to pass if they are able. If you would like you are also welcome to bring store items to sell to other members. So bring your cash.

Champoeg State Heritage Park
8239 Champoeg Rd. NE
St. Paul, Or 97137
Oak #4 Picnic Area

Non-campers will have to purchase a Day Use Pass for $5.00 and display it in their vehicle. The pass may be purchased at the information center at the Park entrance. If camping, camp receipt acts as the Day Use Pass.

If camping, RV'ers may make their own camping reservations. If you wish to stay at the campground. It is advised to make your reservations Now as they fill up very fast. You can call You can reserve by calling 1-800-452-5687, Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or go online.

If not camping but wish to stay more than the day, hotel/motel facilities are available in Woodburn (OUTLET MALLs) or in Newburg (about 11 miles from the Park).

If you have any further questions or suggestions please let me know. If you are planning on attending please R.S.V.P. by July 15, 2019 so we can get a head count.

Best regards,

Bill Long
Base Commander
USSVI Blueback Base
Ph. 503-939-4134

Upcoming Elections

Posted February 25, 2019




Base Commanders,

I am forwarding this information, pertaining to the upcoming election for District Commander.  Please make this available to your Base membership. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Jim DeMott

Western District 4 Commander

(360) 895-0547 (h)

(360) 710-0411 (c)


Forwarding on behalf of Western District 4 Commander Jim DeMott

Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

2019 Submarine Birthday Ball +

Posted February 19, 2019

Base Commander Sends:

Hello Bremerton Base Members,

 I hope you are all doing well. I am looking for feedback/numbers on those interested in attending the Pacific Northwest Submarine Ball. I have not had much response. I need to get a head count to our representative by Monday for planning purposes. That is not the final day, but he does need numbers. We have unlimited invitations and transportation will be provided if you request.

Date: Saturday April 27th, 1700, Seattle Sheraton

Next Bremerton Base General membership meeting will be March 16th, 1000 at the Fleet Reserve on National Ave. Looks as if we may present a few Holland Club awards. Base Commander will also provide a traditional St. Patrick's Day feast of corn beef, cabbage, red potatoes, and carrots, with bread, for no charge. Just save me a plate, please.

Take care friends. Be safe and see you soon. Cheers.

Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

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