Issue/Date 20120521


P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465

Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2012 07:55

Fireworks Watch List

Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a  universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer

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Supporters pack Bremerton streets for 64th annual Armed Forces Day Parade

(Published 5-20-2012)

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The Kentucky Crew



Calling all U.S. Submarine VeteransClick for Navy Memorial Site
Shipmates, Friends and Families
(Published 5-18-2012)

Greetings, Shipmates! We have the opportunity to have all Submarine Veterans recognized in a prominent place on the historic Commemorative Plaque Wall at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. Known as the Memorial “Quarterdeck of the Navy”, to date over 600 ships, squadrons, Navy veterans and Navy family plaques have been installed on the Wall. They can all be viewed on the web site:


All Submarine Veterans and their supporters are urged to donate to this tax deductible, Navy Memorial Plaque project. This is an outstanding way for us to remember our shipmates and be recognized for serving our great country in the Silent Service. Please respond ASAP using the info below so that we might completely fund this project and hold a memorable Dedication Ceremony on the 50th Anniversary of USSVI at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.

This ceremony will be open to all Submariners and their supporters.

Yes! I would like to make a tax deductible contribution towards the plaque to honor all United States Submarine Veterans for their dedication towards keeping America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Send your tax deductible contribution made payable to USSVCF and marked for ‘Navy Plaque Fund’ to


United States Submarine Veterans
PO Box 3870
Silverdale WA 98383

For more information call 877-542-DIVE or email







May Base Meeting Notes

(Published 5-16-2012)


Tuesday evening, May 15th provided us a view and value of your own storekeeper aboard the boats.  As was pointed out there were  few in the boats before 1965.


Recognized was Don Loughridge, 89, WWII Subvet.Base Secretary Wayne Siekowski


After routine opening ceremonies, Base Secretary Wayne  Sieckowski gave an interesting speech which included his experience in the Navy before submarine service, which appeared to help his boat CO's get their jobs done using his knowledge and personal contacts.  (Similar to those in civilian life that succeed.) His talk contained some humorous stories, all true. 


Wayne's introduced his "Sea Daddy", Jim Doucett, a senior submariner for sure, from Florida


Past PS Editor

Thanks Wayne!


Also we owe a debt of gratitude Sam Swenson for his long and tireless work (6 years) as the editor of the Puget Soundings.. I know this was a challenge for him not only never serving aboard a boat, but learning computer programs that were mostly new to him.  Sam, thank You!


PS Editor Dave PittmanOur new editor, Dave Pittman has taken over.  A generation younger than Sam (or I, for that matter), Dave will likely provide articles of more interest to that generation, but still recognizing the deeds of his predecessors.


He will need content (images, announcements etc with descriptions), E-mail Dave.




Welcome Aboard

(Published 5-14-2012)


Welcome aboard new members: Craig Montgomery (Henry M Jackson); Marion Windell (Wahoo, Archerfish, Triton, Medregal, Daniel Webster); Wayne Peterson (Woodrow Wilson) and associate member Jack Delaney.



Deterrent Park:  Semi-Annual Paver Installation

(Published 5-14-2012)Click for "real" big picture, be patient


On a beautiful Saturday morning, May 12th, the base members pictured here installed 20 individual sponsored and a base sponsored base Medal of Honor display of engraved pavers (bricks) in the missile deck of the full scale top side model of the of the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624), at Deterrent Park, NBK Bangor, in front of COMSUBGRU Nine Headquarters.  They are, left to right, Steve Corcoran, Sam Swenson, Mike Sullivan and Jim DeMott.


CSG9 Rear Admiral Robert Hennegan came by and passed on his appreciation to the Subvets for their endeavors to maintain and improve the park.


The next brick install will be in Sept/Oct of 2012.  If you have an inclination to donate engraved bricks that include a family or group, please give it broad ranged thought as we cannot go back and rearrange rows.


Go to Deterrent Park to locate installed bricks and more information.



Gertrude Check 101

(Published 5-5-2012)


Please take a look at some information at this PDF file that hopefully will explain how the the newly formatted Gertrude Check web site is organized, etc.


As with most web sites today, many links are used to quickly get you to something that may interest you, vice scrolling down a long page. Most will be bolded in Red or Navy Blue (with no underline, but exceptions sometimes); so please use your mouse cursor to glide over text and graphic to locate links.


Upwards of 10 browsers are used  to view the web; Firefox, Chrome and IE dominate.  I am not a professional and really do not have the time to check how Gertrude Check looks on even those browsers, let alone all the rest.  My advice is to use one of the dominate browsers with the latest update.  They are all free to download.


I expect to receive your help in working out the bugs.  So feel free to help me (and provide content too).




Don "Red" Bassler

Gertrude Check Web Master



Do Something to Help Other Veterans

(Published (5-3-2012)



Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton, W


Click on Date to Show Events



Soup Down

Click for Rogues Gallery

Ralph's Ware's



Communications Supporters

They help us keep up our communication efforts, i.e

these ads here and in Puget Soundings



2012 “Tolling Of The Boats”

(Published 5-2-2012)

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May 24, 2012, at 10.a.m.      
Naval Undersea Museum
Sturgeon Sail – Fair Weather

Auditorium – Foul Weather

This annual event is filled with pomp & circumstance; crews from many Bangor Boats, guest speakers and this year

ADM Bacon will be honored and inducted into the Holland Club.

John Mansfield
WRD4 Commander
360 569 0507

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2012 Fireworks  (See Watch Bill)

(updated 4-20-2012)


In preparation for the subject event, please consider signing up for a watch at the Fire Works Stand. Early bird gets the worm!  E-mail or call Sam or Mike.  See Watch Bill here.


It will be located at its traditional spot in front of the QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.

Base Fireworks Sale Manager Mike Sullivan suggests that we join the TNT club to help the base make the most out of our hard work, selling fireworks. No matter whether you work the sale or buy fireworks, or not participate, you can still help. Join the TNT Club on-line. Besides their literature you will be sent a $10 discount certificate by snail mail and also one by e-mail for purchases totaling over $50. If you do not use them, turn both of them over to Mike and he will ensure that those credits are made to people that are buying at the fireworks stand, and it will not effect our bottom line, but will be used to encourage buyers to purchase over the $50 mark. Go to TNT Fireworks and sign up. The fireworks sale is our primary money maker that supports base functions and our charitable donations, like scholarships. Help Please!




U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)


  2012 Election Proposed Amendments
  The USS OMAHA Sail Project

  Hiding in Plain Sight…

  John Wynn, a widely known and loved shipmate, shoves off on his final patrol on 5/12/2012.

  USS Snook Base needs your help...

  Central Region adds a new District

  Finding and updating Submarine Reunion Info

  SUBASE New London Celebrates 48th Anniversary Celebration of the SUBVETs
  Cast Your Vote! Help Preserve USS Growler Submarine

Other News of Interest to Submariners (Links +Back Page)

A WWII Skipper Who ‘Went Down Swinging’

WiFi For The WarfighterNavy Let Its Sub-Hunting Skills Slide While China & Iran Built More Submarines

$2.2M Sub Mishap Was ‘Avoidable,’ Report Says

Two Female Submariners Found Guilty Of Financial Fraud

North Carolina Visits Subic Bay During Western Pacific Deployment

Patrolling The Seas With Deepwater Robots

The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma III

Submarine School Begins Turning Out Computer Wizards

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