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Oct 21 – 28, 2018

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P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465  

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

The Dolphin Dash, April 14th , Sat, 0900, NBK Bangor


Tuesday Evening April 17th. 1900, Monthly Meeting, at the FRA 29


Tuesday Evening May 15th. 1900, Monthly Meeting, at the FRA 29


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

March 17th General Monthly Meeting Summary

Posted March 19, 2018

Base Commander Steve Corcoran opened the meeting with traditional ceremony which included the Tolling of Boats lost and the introduction of new members and guests.  Of the 40+ members present, at least 5 were from the Blueback Base (Portland, OR), and Seattle Base.

Some Blueback Base Subvets were there to take the coveted Traveling Dolphins from Bremerton Base.  They provided us with a couple of sea stories that were entertaining and inspirational. From left to right are the conspirators Norm Ernst, Dave Vrooman, victim Steve Corcoran - Bremerton Base Commander, Bill Long - leader of the troops and Alan Brodie.

Blueback side can be viewed here.

A short business meeting was conducted.

The speaker for the evening was Seattle Base Commander (3 times) Ric Hedman  who gave us a slide presentation on his research on two U. S. submarine enlisted sailors from the early/mid 1900's. One, MM2c Alfred G. Prien, in Squalus,  survived and helped others to survive.  After serving in several other subs, Prien retired only to die in a fresh water boating accident.

And the other, a child,  was able to join the Navy at age 13 and served as a stewards mate and cook , and was discharged at age 15.

Be it known that Ric is an avid United States submarine historian for many years. The results of his research can be found on Pig Boats.com

Drop Dead Date for Ordering Engraved Bricks for Deterrent Park Semi-Annual Installation

Posted March 18, 2018

New engraved bricks are installed semi-annually in the missile deck of the full scale top side model of the USS Woodrow Willson (SSBN 624)  at Deterrent Park on the submarine base, NBK, Bangor. Newly ordered bricks are installed in May and November.

Since day one, the year 2000, 2400 engraved bricks have been installed.

In less than two months, the drop dead date for ordering bricks for May 27th installation is May 10th, 2018.

The price per brick is $40.  Half of that goes for bricks & engraving, while the other half goes into the base treasury tagged for charitable functions such as scholarships for Subvets children and grandchildren.

Go to http://deterrentpark.org for more info about Deterrent Park.


Holland Club Certificate Presented to Life Member Paul Middents at His Home

Posted March 19, 2018












Base Cdr Steve Corcoran led several members of the base to a special Holland Club Certificate presentation to retired Capt. Paul Middents at his home on March10, 2018. Pictures provided by Larry Brown.

Paul qualified in submarines 50 years ago.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration

Posted March 14, 2018

Base Commander Sends

Good afternoon Steve,

The staff at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum would like to invite the Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base to a Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemoration on March 29 at noon. We just posted a Facebook event with all the details, but I wanted to reach out to you as well. Here is the event description we posted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/1000987073385339/):

Just as those who came before them and those who serve today, our Vietnam Veterans serviced their country with honor, courage and commitment. Join us at U.S. Naval Undersea Museum on Thursday, March 29, at noon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. U.S. Navy Region Northwest Command Master Chief Ted Calcaterra will read the Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and all Vietnam Veterans in attendance will be recognized. Veterans should RSVP by emailing NUM_Operations@navy.mil or calling 360-396-5548. Along with Veterans' attendance, the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum invites regional Sailors and the public to join the event to say "thank you" to our Vietnam Veterans.

If you could share this information with all your members, we would love to have you all here. We are asking Vietnam Veterans to RSVP because we will have 50th anniversary lapel pins and certificates to recognize them with. Feel free to serve as my main POC for RSVPs, or if Veterans would like to RSVP individually, that is completely fine as well.

We look forward to seeing you and the USSVI Bremerton Base members here. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

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

Carlton Black (Michigan, Alaska & Hawklbill), Benjamin Pastori (George Bancroft & Georgia) and Tom Lee (

Cutlass, Sea Leopard, Carp, Whale & Batfish)


U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base up-date 3/4/2018


Base commander sends:


Hello to all base Members. I hope this e-mail finds you doing well. Time for up-date on up-coming events and base news.

  • Thanks to all who attended the annual February breakfast meeting. We had a great turnout and had to set up extra tables for additional seating. I counted approximately 62 members and guests. Thanks to Immediate Past Base Commander and Western District 4 Commander Jim DeMott for setting up Joe Black of Black Magic Entertainment for our guest. He delivered a great show and we had a good time. This is always a fun meeting and I hope to continue it. Karen and her crew do a great job. Please plan ahead to attend next year.

  • Saturday, March 10th at 1400, we will present Captain Paul W. Middents with his Holland Club certificate and related items. This will be at his home. Address is as follows:

            12275 Ridgepoint Cir NW
            Silverdale  WA   98383-9493


            Captain’s wife Ellen says 1400 and she will have a “few beers” chilling!  Wants a good 

           session of sea-stories.  She didn’t say how many friends and family.  Thinking he

           may have more than a few friends/family members.
  • Next base meeting will be Saturday, March 17th 1000 at the Fleet Reserve on National Avenue in Bremerton. (St. Patrick's Day) This will be our last Saturday morning meeting until next fall. We will have guest speaker Base Commander Ric Hedman from Seattle Base. I understand he is bringing additional members to capture the Traveling Dolphins. I will provide approximately 3 Crock Pots of corn beef, red potatoes,carrots and cabbage to celebrate the day. There will be no charge as this will be my treat. Please save me a plate.
  • The COB, Wayne Peterson and I, will be representing the base at the DASO event in San Diego. We will report our experience at the April meeting.
  • Enlisted Submarine Ball will be April 7th in Seattle. We have 3 tickets remaining. Transportation will be provided to and from the event. If you are interested, please contact me. I have sent previous e-mails with details and the menu.

  • Dolphin Dash , April 14th, Bangor. Volunteers are still needed. More to follow.

  •  Base Membership drive is continually on-going. Active membership is what makes our base successful. If you know of a shipmate or friend that may enjoy our base, invite them to a meeting to check us out.

The E- Board is looking for additional events to add revenue to our general fund. I am looking to do another basket raffle at the Fleet in the near future. I have also thought of doing a spaghetti feed in the fall, at the Fleet. This is in the early planning stages. It would be open to the public. I am looking at a Friday or Saturday, 1600-2000. Base members would be the Mess Cooks.  I will share more as this progresses. If you have any ideas, please contact any E-board member.

Well that is all for now. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I hope to see you at the next meeting. Take care and be safe.


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

Deterrent Park Volunteer, but.....

(Posted February 28 , 2018)


Recently you may have seen my plea on this site and in the base newsletter, Puget Soundings, for a a relief to take over the administration of the engraved brick ordering, engraving and installation at Deterrent Park, NBK, Bangor.


Right away, the  main installer, Ron Lewis, that enjoys doing the "grunt" work, as he calls it, called and said he would gladly continue on in that capacity, but could not handle the administration.  THANK YOU RON .


So I still do not have a relief on the Admin side.


Please consider this "light duty".  Please call me at 360-602-0250, or 360-509-0250 or e-mail to give you more information. V/R Don Bassler, Webmaster.


Jim Shumard's Celebration of Life

(Updated  February 18, 2018)

Base Commander Sends:

Hello all, I just received a text from Janene Shumard. Jim's Celebration of Life will be Saturday, 31 March, 1400, at the Bremerton Elks on Pine Road in East Bremerton. She hopes to see us all there. Please join me in paying our respect to Jim and his family, and please wear your colors. Any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you.

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




Bremerton Base USSVI announces 2018 Scholarship Program

by Wayne Sieckowski, Scholarship Chairman

(Posted January 18, 2018)

The Bremerton Base United Submarine Veterans is concerned that the educational potential for their dependent sons, daughters and grandchildren may not be realized due to financial constraints. The membership believes that all young people who are academically qualified for admittance to an accredited college or vocational school should have the financial means to enable them to attend a school of higher education that will allow them to attain their goals.

In keeping with this belief the EBoard has approved the awarding of 5, $1,000 Scholarships for 2018. Applications and information about applying for the Scholarship can be found at the base’s web site http://gertrude-check.org/scholarshiphistory.html or can be obtained from the Scholarship chairman Wayne Sieckowski Wsieckowski@gmail.com

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     "Seen it all, done it all, can't

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March, 2018

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