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2018 National Convention Western Caribbean Cruise

Oct 21 – 28, 2018

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(Membership 267v)

P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465  

USSVI National Office Tel (360) 337-2978 (6-12 PDT)

General Membership Meeting,

Saturday, November 18, 1000

FRA 29, 521 National Ave Bremerton

Followed by

Annual Christmas Party

Sat, Dec 16th 1200

Send $20 per person by check made out to USSVI Bremerton Base,  PO Box 465, Silverdale WA 98380-0465 by Dec 8th

Bremerton Elks Lodge 1181,

4131 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton, WA 98310










Base Boosters Building




We shall not forget those that were lost in defense of our nation!

USS Corvina


USS Sculpin


USS Growler


USS Albacore


USS Scamp


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

Base Life Member Recovering From Stroke at Harrison Medical Center

Updated November 17, 2017



Base Life Member Jim Shumard has been in Harrison (Bremerton) for over a week recovering from a stroke with other complications.  Jim is in RM 2232.  Jim cannot talk, so no use calling him (effect of stroke).  Call before you go. Harrison # 1-360-744-3911.




DETERRENT PARK: USSVI Bremerton Base Members Complete Fall Engraved Brick Installation

Posted November 15, 2017


This past Sunday morning, Nov 12th, base members Ron Lewis and Don "Red" Bassler, accompanied by 6 docents, led by Tom Halvorsen. from the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (EASM), McMinnville, OR,(home of the "Spruce Goose")  installed six (6) engraved bricks into the Missile Deck of the full scale model of the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN624) at Deterrent Park, Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Base (In the rain).


Base Life Member Ron Lewis installs engraved bricks donated by Elliott Abram's fellow docents from Evergreen Air and Space Museum (Photos by EASM Member Tom Halvorsen)



                                                   These photos (not so good) were taken by me, Red

Also shown above are bricks from the Thompson's showing Naval service totaling over 40 years.


The EASM docents had contributed two engraved bricks in respect for deceased base member C Elliott Abram, a Past Bremerton Base Commander, Deterrent Park development volunteer and EASM docent. They had many questions, but wanted to see Elliott get his recognition.


L-R Base member Don Bassler, EASM Members  Gary Sohn, John Jennings, Charles Nail, Donn Anderson, Ed Miller, Tom Halvorsen, and Base member Ron Lewis

2 Vietnam-era veterans describe very different experiences




Comparing the experiences of men and women in the U.S. military today is strikingly different from those who served in 1960s and 70s. Two Vietnam War-era veterans from the Seattle area help illustrate that.

One is a male. He's an Army pilot who was shot down, captured, brutally tortured and held as prisoner of war - the last POW taken during the Vietnam War.

The other is a female - a Navy captain who wasn’t even allowed on a ship because she was a

Bill Reeder and Sandra Smith volunteered to join the military in the early stages of the Vietnam War - Reeder in the Army, Smith in the Navy. But that's where their similarities end.

Smith said laughingly, "People ask me to do public speaking about my experiences, and ask, ‘Do you have a picture of you on a ship?’ And I answer, 'No.' The culture was so different then. When I enlisted, women in the Navy weren’t even assigned pants - only skirts."

While Smith was fighting for equality stateside in the Navy, Reeder paid an unspeakable price for his service in the Army. On May 9,1972, his Cobra helicopter gunship was shot down in South Vietnam, and he became the very last American soldier taken prisoner in the Vietnam war.

Many of his fellow POWs died in captivity. Bill says faith and family helped him survive the atrocities that began immediately.

“I was interrogated, abused, and brutalized for three days, including having my arms tied behind my back until my shoulders dislocated," he said.


It got much, much worse from there - he was held in jungle cages with his feet in wooden stocks, he had to march the horrific Ho Chi Minh Trail, where he was further tortured at the infamous Hanoi Hilton (the same camp that held John McCain), before he was finally freed when the war ended. And yet, Reeder shows no outward bitterness.

“The military is a brotherhood,” he said. “I am what I am today because of my military experience. Good and bad.”


Sitting next to Reeder, who is a longtime friend, Smith is almost apologetic for how much she enjoyed her Navy career But she’s proud for the role she played in changing the way women were treated.

"We never dreamed women would be on those combat ships,” she said. “And now, women are on carriers, they’re on submarines. Women have commanded carriers.'’

Reeder agreed.  "Now, women can fly apache helicopters. They can fly fighter jets, every opportunity is available, and I think it’s a wonderful thing.”

They retired as an Army Colonel and a Navy Captain - essentially equal in rank, after journeys that illustrate the stark differences between the military then and now.

Reeder has published a book about his harrowing experience - “Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam.”

Bremerton Base Leads USSVI Subvets in Annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade

(Posted November 12, 2017)


WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson rides base float he helped build.. ( Photos by Dutch Kaiser)

Saturday, November 11th, ten Bremerton Base Subvets joined 20+ other Subvets from the Seattle Base and Thresher Motorcycle Base in the annual march down Auburn's Main Street to the cheers of hundreds, and if not thousands of folks that respect our military, past & present

Two active duty sailors from the Bremerton Navy Hospital led the contingent bearing the American & Navy Flags.

At least two WWII submarine sailors were also in the group, in their 90's.

Shown below is a group shot:

See more about parade here an a collage here.

November General Monthly Meeting, Saturday, Nov 18th, 10 AM


This meeting will feature a presentation USSVI 2018 National Convention Western Caribbean Cruise.  Details will be presented by AAA Agent Kim Hedges at the meeting.


Also 2018 Base Officers' Election will be held at the this meeting. Below are those who have been nominated, to date.  Others may be nominated up till the election is conducted, at the meeting


Also, Base Bylaw changes will be voted on.

Bremerton Base Life Member Goes on Eternal Patrol

Updated  November 10, 2017  (See complete obit on  back page)


This message has been Bcc'd to Bremerton Base e-mail listing.


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  Norman D. "Shorty" Garoutte, on Sunday, October 29th, 2017. Norman qualified in submarines on the USS Grayback (SSG- 574) in 1958. He also served on SSBN- 619, SSBN-645, SSN-592, SS-334, SSBN-655, and SSBN-642. Norman was a CMDCM(SS) when he left the Navy. He joined U.S.S.V.I. in 2001, and was a member of the Bremerton Base and the Holland Club. With Norman departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known we have lost another hero. Sailor, rest your oar!


Stephen J. Corcoran
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base

USSVI Bremerton Base  2018 Base Officers' Nominations

(Posted October 21, 2017)


Nominations Chairman Dutch Kaiser Sends:


They are in alphabetical order as specified in the Base Bylaws.


for Vice Commander. - Don Carpenter


for Treasurer - John Clear


for Commander - Steve Corcoran


for Chief of the Boat - Wayne Peterson


for Secretary - Wayne Sieckowski


Thank you.






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