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U. S. SUBMARINE VETERANS
P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA
USSVI National Office Tel
(360) 337-2978 (6-12 PDT)
General Membership Meeting,
November 18, 1000
FRA 29, 521 National Ave
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
Bremerton Elks Lodge 1181,
4131 Pine Rd
NE, Bremerton, WA 98310
We shall not forget those that
were lost in defense of our nation!
purpose is to: "Perpetuate the
memory of our shipmates who gave
their lives in the pursuit of
their duties while serving their
Life Member Recovering From Stroke at Harrison Medical Center
Updated November 17, 2017
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 #
DETERRENT PARK: USSVI Bremerton Base Members Complete Fall Engraved
Posted November 15, 2017
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
installed six (6) engraved bricks into the Missile Deck of the full
scale model of the USS
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
These photos (not so good) were taken by me,
Also shown above are bricks
from the Thompson's showing Naval service totaling over 40 years.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
agreed. "Now, women can fly apache helicopters. They can fly
fighter jets, every opportunity is available, and I think it’s a
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
(Posted November 12,
|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
November General Monthly Meeting, Saturday, Nov
18th, 10 AM
meeting will feature a presentation USSVI
2018 National Convention Western Caribbean Cruise. Details will be presented by AAA
Agent Kim Hedges at the meeting.
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
Also, Base Bylaw changes will
be voted on.
Bremerton Base Life Member Goes on Eternal Patrol
November 10, 2017 (See
complete obit on back page)
This message has been Bcc'd to Bremerton Base
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
USSVI Bremerton Base
Bremerton Base 2018 Base Officers' Nominations
October 21, 2017)
Nominations Chairman Dutch Kaiser
They are in alphabetical order as
specified in the Base Bylaws.
for Vice Commander. - Don
for Treasurer - John Clear
for Commander - Steve
for Chief of the Boat -
for Secretary - Wayne