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U. S. SUBMARINE VETERANS
P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA
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
15th. 1900, Monthly Meeting, at the FRA 29
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
March 17th General
Monthly Meeting Summary
Posted March 19,
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
conspirators Norm Ernst, Dave Vrooman, victim Steve Corcoran -
Bremerton Base Commander, Bill Long - leader of the troops and Alan
Blueback side can be viewed here.
A short business meeting was
speaker for the evening was Seattle Base Commander (3 times)
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,
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
Drop Dead Date for
Ordering Engraved Bricks for Deterrent Park Semi-Annual Installation
Posted March 18,
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
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.
more info about Deterrent Park.
Holland Club Certificate
Presented to Life Member Paul Middents at His Home
Posted March 19,
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.
War Veterans Day Commemoration
Posted March 14,
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
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!
U.S. Naval Undersea Museum
Carlton Black (Michigan,
Alaska & Hawklbill),
(George Bancroft & Georgia)
Tom Lee (
Leopard, Carp, Whale & Batfish)
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base up-date 3/4/2018
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.
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.
may have more than a few
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.
P.O. Box 6216
Deterrent Park Volunteer,
(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
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.
Celebration of Life
(Updated February 18, 2018)
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.
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704
Bremerton Base USSVI announces 2018
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
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