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

Updated: Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:03

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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FLASH-01: USSVI National Election Start info
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 6/2/2012

Shipmates, there has been various information shared by well meaning but misinformed shipmates regarding the start date of the pending USSVI National Election.

The online ballot will appear at at the top of the buttons at the left side of that page when it becomes active.

It will become active when the National Commander is satisfied that the majority of the American Submariner Magazine issues have been received by the membership.

This is because in order for you to make an informed voting choice, you will need the magazine in your hands and open to the voting information.

Those who wish to vote by paper ballot may do so as soon as they receive their magazines and have evaluated the Candidates and Proposed Amendments.

Note the mailing instructions at the bottom of the ballot.

Regardless of voting method, please read and reflect on the proposed amendments and on the qualifications of the good men who have stepped up to run for the various postions that guide USSVI.

Your vote is your voice in the future operation of our organization of American Submariners.


Base Members Present Our Colors at the Submariners' Burial SHankiteRalph at Ivy Green Cemetery

(Posted 5-28-2012)


Ralph Harris and Hank Hollis carried out their Memorial Day ceremony of presenting our colors at the Ivy Green Cemetery.






A Memorial Day Message
Submitted by: T Michael Bircumshaw, NC on 5/28/2012

Greetings Shipmates.

On this somber day we remember and recognize the sacrifices so many of our Brothers in Arms have made over the centuries to insure that we can live "in the land of the free and the home of the brave."

As you pause to reflect and give thanks on our comrades now gone to their final reward, also remember all the brave men and women who have returned to us, many shattered in mind or body, and dedicate yourselves to helping them to live as full and productive lives as their wounds will allow.

U.S. Veterans are a small and exclusive group within our body politic, and submariners a very tiny slice of the total veteran population.

When you see a veteran today and everyday, thank them for their service.They will appreciate it and you will feel good for having done so.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for your service and dedication to our Nation and the ideals of our founders.



Vice Commander Arranges Trip to Tacoma to Retrieve the Traveling Dolphins

(Posted 5-26-2012)


Vice Commander Steve Corcoran is organizing a run to the South Sound Base on Thursday evening, June 14th to bring back the the "Traveling Dolphins".  Take a night out.  Contact Steve Corcoran (360) 471-2704.



Bells toll for lost World War II subs, submariners

(Published 5-26-2012)


KEYPORT —Three World War II submariners joined active-duty and retired sailors Thursday in remembering peers killed during World War II.

Robert Paul, a retired Navy electronics technician, struck a brass bell 55 times during a Tolling the Boats ceremony, once for each of the 52 submarines lost during the war, two for ill-fated Cold War subs USS Thresher and USS Scorpion, and a final time for any Navy submariners who died serving their country.

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Base HC, Life and WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson cuts the cake with other dignitaries at the 112th Submarine Ball

(Published 5-25-2012)




Bremerton Subvets Participate in 2012 Armed Forces Day Parade.

(Published 5-25-2012)Click for the big one!


About a a dozen base members turned out for May 19th parade.  Click on image for big picture.


























May Base Meeting Notes

(Updated 5-25-2012)


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 to 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.






WWII Subvet Don Loughridge accepted Holland Club certificate from Base Cdr Jim DeMott and HC Chairman Dick Litscher.




Flag Retirement, Sat, June 16th

Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton, W


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Soup Down

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Ralph's Ware's



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FlagRetirement, Sat June 16th



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)


   USSVI National Election Start info

   Important Cutoff Date

   Candidate Biographies for the National Officer and Regional Director Candidates

   2011 Convention Financial Report
   Biographies for the National Officer and Regional Director Candidates are available.
   Joe's Job: Submarine wet trainer

   Australia Submariners' Walk Historical Trail
   USS Drum (SS-228) Picture Progress Report
   2012 Election Proposed Amendments on the Ballot

   Cold War and Mare Island Naval Shipyard
   The Battleship Iowa's Transition

   Tolling the Boats ceremony

   The 2012 USSVI Midterm Board meeting minutes
   USS Asheville Base Commissioning June 5 2012
   Submarines And The Master Geek

   A Memorial Day Message

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

A little SNAFU | Editor’s note on the June print edition

Sailor assigned to Naval Base Kitsap killed in Afghanistan

USS Mississippi Executive Officer Plans Commissioning Ceremony

Torpedo Tests And Sonar Techs Life On A Sub

Terry Relieves Kline As Commander Of Alabama (Blue)

Sailors Honor Lost World War II Submarines, Submariners

As Sub Cools, Heroism Evident

Five Things Every Sailor Should Know About Women On Subs

Women On Submarines "Very Successful"

PCU Mississippi Arrives in Pascagoula

USS Bremerton To Visit Namesake City

Seven Injured in Nuclear Submarine Fire

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