Thurlow - In Harrison
(Posted May 24, 2016)
Bremerton Bse HC Member Al
Thurlow's wife, Pat, has been admitted to Harrison Hospital in
Bremerton with an intestinal blockage. Pat and Al are regular Soup
Down attendees. You can reach Pat in Rm 406, phone # 360-377-3911.
Commander Sends - Run to Tahoma
(Posted May 24, 2016)
Deterrent Park Semi-Annual Engraved Brick Installation
(Posted May 23, 2016)
On Sunday Morning, May 22th,
base members Ray Pitts, Sam Swenson and Ron Lewis installed
14 engraved bricks as shown in the images below. Next install will a
week or two before Veterans Day (November 11, 2016).
|Brick Installers; L-R: Bremerton Base Members Ron Lewis,
Sam Swenson and Ray Pitts
(Sponsors may want to view this
collage which shows your donations to the park. You will be
notified by e-mail in the next 3 days of the exact location of your
brick donations, Thank You/ed)
Bremerton's 68th Armed Forces Day
(Posted May 23, 2016)
About 9 base members braved the weather in this
annual event on a cold (54o), rainy Saturday morning, May 21st.
|L-R: Steve Corcoran, Wayne Peterson, Sam
Swenson, Dutch Kaiser, Dennis Nardone, Jim DeMott, Dave Pittman,
Dene Rogers, and Ralph Harris. (Photo provided by Dennis
They were greeted by very
appreciative parade watchers. It was a rewarding experience, as
Saturday, May 21st-
Bremeton's Armed Forces Day
Parade, additional info on Gertrude or please contact me if you have
Friday, May 20th - Soup down- ***CHANGE OF
VENUE*** We will meet at Cash Brewing Company in
3388 NW Byron St Ste 100,
Silverdale, WA 98383. It
is in Old Town. Red has it on Gertrude.
Hello to all. I just wanted to send a quick
note for up-coming events that our base will be attending. I
hope you can join us. Thanks for the support.
Commander Sends: Up-coming Events
This message has been
Bcc'd to all
Bremerton Base members;
We will stage in
Section D on 6th St between Roosevelt & Hewitt Ave.
All Base members are encouraged to march or ride the float in the
The parades are a fun event. Hope to see you
Saturday, May 28th- Run to
Tahoma, Port Orchard Court
House. I will get more info and have it posted on Gertrude, or you
can contact me. This is a very moving memorial service. I hope to
have a good number of members attend.
Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day - Our annual wreath
at Ivy Green Cemetery.
Normally at 1300. I will send additional info as I get it, and again
it will be posted on Gertrude.
Thanks again for
all your support at our events. I do appreciate it. If you have any
questions or concerns about base functions or events, please contact
me. I will help as much as I can. Take care my friends
P.O. Box 6216
Cell (360) 471-2704
Office Manager Looking for a Member to Assist 2hr/Week
(Posted May 18, 2016)
USSVI National Office Manager Fred Borgmann is
in search of a volunteer to to spend 2 hours a week at his office in
Silverdale. Under his guidance, the job requires mailing out
letters to members for various reasons.; i.e, new membership cards,
thank you notes etc. It is rewarding, and keeps you up to date on
current events. Freds's telephone # is
360-337-2978 and email:
General Meeting Summary
(Posted May 18, 2016)
Opening ceremonies, with
about 30 members attending, Cdr Steve Corcoran introduced
submarine book author, retired Navy Commander
Rick briefed his life, Navy and new
Rick gave a thorough review of his
first, of three books,
THE TRIDENT DECEPTION. He
then gave a few hints on his latest,
ICE STATION NAUTILUS
which involves a US submarine & a Russian submarine collision under the
North Pole ice cap and the recovery response. It sounds exciting.
It will be on sale June 28th, with a Kick Off at the Silverdale Yacht
After a break with hotdogs provided by the base, an efficient business
meeting was conducted with no new or exciting news. All upcoming
events are addressed below, or you will be informed by website updates,
and/or e-mail from the base commander.
Drumm Takes a Fall - In Recovery at North Woods, Silverdale
(Updated May 24, 2016)
HC Member Jerry Drumm's
wife, Eileen, fell while approaching her car at the Silverdale
Apparently she passed out and fell
hitting the pavement hard. Transported to St. Josephs She is
now recovering in recovery at North Woods
Recovery Center in Silverdale. See or call her. Rm 43,
Base Commander Sends: Immediate Past Bremerton Base
Commander as Assistant Vice District Four Commander
(Posted May 12, 2016)
this message has been Bcc'd to members of Bremerton Base.
Congratulations to Immediate Past Base Commander
Jim DeMott. Well
From: USSVI, WD 4 Commander Al Durkee
On 2 May 2016 I appointed Immediate Past Bremerton Base Commander as
Assistant Vice District Four Commander. His appointment was
the Western Region Director, Bob Bissonnette on 6 May 2016.
appointment is made in accordance with the decision of the USSVI Board
of Directors as documented in in the notes of the USSVI BOD Online
meeting dated December 18 2015.
Please note that what appears to be a
redundant title is in fact what was adopted by the USSVI BOD.
This appointment is meant to accomplish two objectives: first to assist
the District Commander with his administrative commitments and second to
ensure that at least one additional past Base Officer is up to speed with the
business of the District and the requirements of the office of District
While I did receive a commitment (as much as any of us can commit) from
AVDC Jim Demott to run for the DC4 position when my current term
expires, his appointment in no way should be construed as limiting any other
qualified candidate from becoming involved with the business of WD4 and preparing
himself to also be a candidate. In fact, I would welcome such an
Base Commanders: please inform the membership of this appointment as the content of the USSVI website may be delayed by the impending
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704
Smith Goes on Eternal Patrol
(Updated May 19, 2016)
the Base Commander's request, Base SK Ralph Harris and I attended
Admiral Smith's funeral service at the Washelli Cemetery in Seattle this
past Tues, May 17, 2016. About 75 were present including about a
dozen USSVI Subvets in colors, and I am sure a few other retired Navy
veterans. Several attendees made eulogies to the deceased Admiral
including his stepson. All validated his life as depicted below. An
active Navy duty honor guard gave him a gun salute and bugler
He worked in many roles including Attorney, King County
Superior Court Judge, and most notably as a Rear Admiral in the United
RADM Horton Smith was commissioned in 1945 from the University of
Washington Naval ROTC. He graduated from the University in 1947. RADM
Smith's first command was patrol craft 555. By the time he was 21, RADM
Smith was the commanding officer of Landing Service Medium (LSM 288). As
an active member in the Naval Reserve, he made the switch to the
submarine fleet. As a LTJG, RADM Smith was the first Naval Reserve
officer in the 13th district to earn his submarine warfare pin.
RADM Smith was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict. He
was first assigned to the USS CORSAIR (SS-435) and later transferred to
the USS GROUPER (SSK-214). The USS GROUPER was retrofitted as the Navy's
first "hunter-killer" submarine and during his time aboard, he qualified
for command and served as the boat's executive officer.
After the Korean Conflict, RADM Smith returned to the Navy Reserve where
he served as a commander on both a destroyer and a costal minesweeper
home ported in Tacoma, Washington. As a Captain, he was assigned as the
Navy Liaison to the State of Washington Adjutant General staff, where he
served under Major General Howard S. McGee. RADM Smith also spent time
in Washington, D.C. on the policy board for determinations of Navy and
Navy Reserve. He also served as a quasi-instructor at the National
Defense University, and was a Blue and Gold Officer for the Naval
Academy. He achieved the rank of Rear Admiral in 1975 and in 1976, RADM
Smith commanded region 22 of the Naval Reserve Readiness Command.
During his civilian career, RADM Smith graduated from University of
Washington Law School and served in the King County Juvenile Court
during the Vietnam years. He was also elected as a King County Superior
Court Justice, a position he held for almost 20 years. He would later
return to the active duty life as an enlisted Coast Guard Able Seaman in
1980 and after 9/11, he became the oldest active member serving in the
Persian Gulf. He served as Third Deck Officer on both the USNS JOHN
LENTHALL (T-AO-189) and the USNS LEROY GRUNMAN (T-AO-195) whose primary
mission was to provide jet fuel and accompany aircraft carriers in the
RADM Smith remained an active member and ardent supporter within the
submarine, Seattle civic, and University of Washington communities.
RADM Smith is survived by his wife Lei-llah Smith, his son Vern, and his
daughters Caroline and Corenne. He will forever be loved and missed by
those he leaves behind, and known far and wide for the incredible career
and legacy he created.
An outdoor gathering will be held in RADM Smith's honor on Tuesday May
17th at 1:00pm, at the Washelli Cemetery next to the Doughboy statue.
(PS: RADM Smith was a member of
the USSVI Seattle Base, attended all Auburn Veteran's Day Parades,
either marching or riding with the NW USSVI Bases./ed)
Annual Tolling of the Boats Ceremony
26th, 1030 - Deterrent Park, NBK Bangor
(Posted May 8, 2016)
This year, the Tolling of the Boats Ceremony will be held
inside the NBK, Bangor Base.
(To me, this is sad, as as it does not allow the public to
witness the serious ceremony that past and active
duty submariners do to show in their respect for those who
sacrificed their lives to bring all the standard of living
we and most countries in the world enjoy today./ed)
Your presence would be appreciated.