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Bremerton Base History

December 8, 2009

 

   The Bremerton Base of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI) was formed in November 1981 under the leadership of World War II Subvet, Tudor F. Davis.  He gathered together five others: Thomas Fiacco, Richard Litscher, William Dean, Kenneth Kerns and Charles Whitlock who were the founding members of the Bremerton Base. Bremerton Base was 28 years old on November 5, 2009.

 

   On November 5, 1981, the USSVI granted the Bremerton Base a charter and the base was officially in business.  Tudor was elected Commander. All members that were paid up by July 17, 1982 were considered Bremerton Base charter members.  There were 119 of them.

 

   Early on, monthly business meetings were held alternately between the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard CPO Club and the Bangor Subase CPO Club.  As membership grew and all did not have access to the bases, arrangements were made to hold meetings at the Fleet Reserve Association #29 facility on National Avenue in Bremerton, as they are today.

 

   In 1984, Tudor was elected USSVI National Commander, and he led the way for Bremerton Base to hold the 1985 USSVI National convention at the Bayview Inn in Bremerton.  About 250, counting better halves etc, were in attendance.

 

   From the beginning, The Bremerton Base has been involved in community projects which included (but not only) cutting and providing fire wood for the elderly, tree planting, Deterrent Park inception, development and maintenance, and the annual scholarship program.

 

   Traditional annual events have been a summer picnic and Christmas party.  Participation in three or four parades a year has been a standard of late.

 

   A good number of the Bremerton Base members have held national offices in the past.  They are Tudor Davis, NC; Jim Foote, NSVC; Bud Berg, NJVC and Dick Litscher, NT.  Currently some base members are volunteer workers at the USSVI national office in Silverdale. WA.

 

   Bremerton Base, under the leadership of 2007 National Convention Committee Chairman Bud Berg, organizing and conducted a very successful 2007 National Convention on the 1000 foot cruise liner, ms Oosterdan to Alaska from Sept 15 to 22, 2007. About 1600, including guests were in attendance. 

 

  Current membership, including dual members, is 307. Base wise, by membership numbers, Bremerton Base is fourth, behind, Groton, San Diego and Charleston….to be expected as this area has one of the newer Submarine Bases at Bangor.

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