U. S. SUBMARINE VETERANS BREMERTON BASE
P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465
Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2012 07:55
Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer
Supporters pack Bremerton streets for 64th annual Armed Forces Day Parade
The Kentucky Crew
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.
United States Submarine Veterans
May Base Meeting Notes
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.
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
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!
Our 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 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
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
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).
Gertrude Check Web Master
Do Something to Help Other Veterans
Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29
Click on Date to Show Events
They help us keep up our communication efforts, i.e
these ads here and in Puget Soundings
USE EM' or LOSE EM'!
2012 “Tolling Of The Boats”
This annual event is filled with pomp & circumstance; crews from many Bangor Boats, guest speakers and this year
FlagRetirement, Sat June 16th
2012 Fireworks (See Watch Bill)
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!
2012 Election Proposed Amendments
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
SUBASE New London Celebrates 48th
Anniversary Celebration of the SUBVETs