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Updated Saturday September 20, 2014




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

Lest We Forget: USS Cisco (SS-290),  USS Grayling (SS-209), USS Pompano (SS-181),  USS S-51 (SS-162), USS S-5 (SS-110)

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Base September General Membership Meeting Summary

(Posted 9-17-2014)


Last evening, about 25 to 30 members met for the monthly meeting at the Bremerton FRA 29 facility.  Primarily a business meeting, some time was spent listening to comments of those that attended the national convention in San Francisco.


(It is easy to criticize, but for those who have had direct involvement in putting on such a large affair, can sympathize with the logistics and planning that goes on to make them successful.  Most convention organizing members involved did not live close to Burlingame.  Now that National is involved in these events, they can share credit for the level of success, as well as the local members.


Comments by those who have attended a few conventions, me, for one believe, with exceptions, that smaller cities seem to be able to do a better job, as they appreciate the business./ed)


One item that was important was the fact this was the USSVI's 50th anniversary and little or no hoopla was made of it.  Enough said!


Base officers and committee chairmen gave their reports, all in order, with an increasing balance in the base treasury.


We need a volunteer to pull the Bonefish float at the Auburn Veterans Day parade, Sat, November 8th.  Parade starts at 11AM. Call or e-mail Cdr Jim DeMott (360-895-0547).


Also, the fireworks sale needs a volunteer to manage it.  The profit of this sale is generally split in some manner between the general fund and the scholarship fund. Please Call or e-mail Cdr Jim DeMott (360-895-0547).  It is worthwhile and rewarding, but time consuming for the manager for a 2 or 3 week period in late June and early July.




(Posted 9-16-2014)


Dates: 27-30 August, 2015

Location: Bremerton, Washington

Points of Contact:

Dave Talley – email:, phone: (210) 834-4234

Mal Wright – email:, phone: (509) 308 7450

General Information:

The 2015 Reunion will be held in the Bremerton/Bangor/Silverdale area, where there are plenty of attractions and many submarine connections.  Hotel reservations will be available near the Reunion headquarters in downtown Bremerton, close to the Ferry Terminal.  Interested shipmates are encouraged to access the reunion website:

PS: See who is attending



Deterrent Park Engraved Pavers Order Deadline: 30 Sept 2014

(updated 9-18-2014)


Nine donations for engraved pavers to be installed in late October, 2014 in the missile deck of the full scale model of the USS Woodrow Wilson's top side at Deterrent Park are in house. The cut off date for donations for this installation is 30 Sept 2014.  Go here for donation form.



Active Associate Member's Wife Passes

(updated 9-10-2014)


Condolences are in order for associate member Ed Foskett and family.


Ed's wife, Joanne ,suffered a a severe stroke on Sept 3rd, and passed away in the early morning hours of Sept 5th.  A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Lutheran Church in Seabeck on October 18 at 11 a.m.

National Convention Summary

(updated( 9-10-2014)


From strictly a attending member's view, my associate member wife, Dee, and I enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Regency. We were generally self toured so cannot comment on convention arranged tours.  Prices were high as expected. 


Business meeting was carried out in a two hour period sked. No real adverse problems arose. 

The new officers for 2014-2016 were sworn in.


Requin Base Commander Huey Dietrich (2015 Convention Chairman) and his Pittsburgh PR Associate gave a very positive view of the "new" Pittsburgh and all it has to offer and it was very informative.  They were open to any suggestions members have that may avoids pitfalls noted in previous conventions. I know I want to go based their remarks.


Banquet was good. The meals were great and served by professional staff in a quick and orderly manner.

Bremerton Base Vcdr Steve Corcoran and  COB Wayne Peterson enjoy Banquet.  See more photos here.

Personally I was honored to receive a Robert Link award for service to the USSVI, as did other recipients. (ed)







Monthly Meetings

Winter Hours

  3rd Sat , 1000 (

at FRA 29, 521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA


2014 Calendar below, Email  Red to change
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Lops Corales Restaurant

Photos provided by Joe Gavasso


Submarine Videos

Jon Jaques Submarine Museum

Submarine Base 1943 WWII THRILLER

The Story of Submarine Warfare in the Pacific (1946)

Pride Runs Deep (1978) - Full Length Documentary on Nuclear Submarines

SSBN History

SUBMARINES, SECRETS AND SPIES - NOVA - Discovery/Military/History (documentary)

Merge of Nuclear Power & Submarine Hull Design Video

Top Ten _ Submarines

Beautiful Submarines

Admiral Rickover

Navy Submarine Force - Silent Service

Sea Spies


Submarines of World War 1

How a World War II Submarine Works



The Silent Service (in color) - U.S. Navy WWII

U Boat War : Documentary on the Submarine

Battle of World War 2

The Largest Submarine in The U.S. Navy

Ohio Class Submarine | Combat Countdown

Trident Missile Launch From a  Submarine

Submarine Service In The 1970s

The Cold War- Submarines: In Enemy Depths

Cold War Spy Secrets Under the Sea

Watch out from below

Fast Attack

Submarines - Sharks of Steel Episode 1 - Submariners

Submarine USS Virginia Documentary

NEW SUBMARINE! U.S. Navy Takes Delivery

of PCU Minnesota

Megastructures - Super Submarines

Submarine nucleare (DOCUMENTAR)

Russian submarine History

Secret Russian Sub - Mission Invisible

Megastructures - Soviet Doomsday Submarine

Seconds From Disaster - S03E03 - Sinking Of Kursk

Raising the Kursk Part 1

Raising the Kursk Part 2

The Kursk Cover Up - Russia


Secret Submarine Rendezvous : Documentary on the

World War 2 Secret African Mission

HMS Victorious Trident Class Nuclear Submarine

How to build a Nuclear Submarine (2010)

Submarine Patrol 3/3 - Chasing the Enemy

Oberon Arrival in Halifax

RCN Submarines HD


Deterrent Park Brick Sponsors

for October 2014 Install


Lear (2)




(In Memory of Greg Fessler)

Daigle (2)




The Gift Garden

327 Pacific Ave

Bremerton, WA 98337

(360) 377-5544

Buy One, Get One 50% off

September 1st – September 15th, 2014

Some item restrictions apply


The "NEW" Horse And Cow

536 4th Street, Bremerton, WA




Communications Supporters

Use or lose


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 30 SEPT 2014

U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK


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2014 Awards Winners

2014 National Election Results and Details.




Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

Destroyer CO, XO and CMC Relieved in Command Climate Probe

Trident Missile Launch (Double Trouble)

Watch: Future USS John Warner launched into the James River

Secret Russian Sub - Mission Invisible

Overboard USS New York Sailor Rescued After Five Hours In Atlantic

Information and Security Issues Associated with the Loss of the USS THRESHER

Submarine that found a lost H-bomb: 'Alvin' reveals the mysteries of the deep

Northwest CPO's kick off 25th Annual Blackberry Festival

American War Generals' a sobering reflection on U.S. failures in Iraq

Navy Tests Its Ships in This Indoor Ocean

USS La Jolla Returns from Final Deployment

Pacific Northwest Sailors participated in morning colors at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor

Former Navy SEAL Admits Swindling Other SEALs

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