Issue/Date 20120611


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

Updated: Monday, 18 June 2012 07:01

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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American Submariner On Line

(Posted 6-10-2012)



Your new edition (2012-2) electronic American Submariner is posted on line at
Select "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after you log in. I wish you all a great read.




Puget Soundings Editor Sets 30 June as Cut Off Date for Next Issue Input

(Posted 6-7-2012)


Editor Dave Pittman requests input for next issue of Puget Soundings.  Got an image, article or announcement to submit, e-mail to Dave.



Vice Commander Arranges Trip to Tacoma to Retrieve the Traveling Dolphins

(updated 6-7-2012)


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


At least 5 members plan on going to the South Sound Base meeting at the Eric G. Sandstrom Post #969, 3510 McKinley Avenue East, Tacoma, Washington 98404 Directions


All are invitedMuster at Lowes in Port Orchard, (just off the Rte 16 on the West side of Sedgwick Exit) at 1730 for car pools and/or caravan. Social at 1830, Meeting starts at 1900.



Reprising USSVI 2012 Candidates
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 6/3//2012



We are fortunate to have many good shipmates ready and willing to serve us as National and Region officers in our organization.

We all immensely enjoy the camaraderie that comes with associating with our bubblehead brothers, and that is important, but our primary organizational mission is to see that the men who served and died aboard United States Submarines are never forgotten both now and in future times. Your elected officers are your stewards for that legacy and are responsible to see that our organization is passed on to the next generation of American Submariners in good order and financially solvent.

Having good men of vision and purpose step up to these positions is critical if USSVI is to continue it's purpose for future submariners.

Following this message are a review of the positions and the candidates for those positions. Each are listed in alphabetic order and incumbents are noted as such.

Regardless of who you vote for, they all deserve our thanks for making themselves available to serve us all.

Please give each of these good men your serious consideration before you cast your vote 


(Read Candidates' Bios Here)



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, Steve Corcoran, Wayne Sieckowski and Hank Hollis carried out their Memorial Day ceremony of presenting our colors at the Ivy Green Cemetery.









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,

2012 Fireworks  (See Watch Bill)

(updated 6-7-2012)


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 . See Watch Bill.


The fire works stand will be located at its traditional spot in front of the QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.

Base Fireworks Sales 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!


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Soup Down

Manderain, Fri, May18th, Click

Ralph's Ware's



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FlagRetirement, Sat June 16th


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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U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)


    War Veterans Status report

    USSVI Profit and Loss Statement Available

    Take a ride aboard USS Mississippi!

    Gaining and retaining the Bubblehead Bubbas
   1999 Joe Negri Winner and past Holland Club Commander on Eternal Patrol June 3 2012

  Reprising the Candidates

      National Senior Vice Commander Candidates

      National Junior Vice Commander Candidate

      National Secretary Candidates

      National Treasurer Candidates

      National Commander Candidate

      Northeast Region Director Candidate
      Southeast Region Region Director Candidate

      Central Region Director Candidates

   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.

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

Major Maynard “Rocky” Hoffmann: retired Marine, Pearl Harbor survivor

Albany-Saratoga Base Memorial Dedication

The USS Mississippi Will Be Serving Mississippi Cuisine

Report: Israel Fitting Nuclear Missiles On German-Built Subs

Exclusive Video: Life Aboard a Stealth Sub

USS North Carolina Returns from Her Maiden Western Pacific Deployment

USS Mississippi Joins The Navy In Commissioning Ceremony In Pascagoula

Plank Owner’s Perspective – USS Mississippi (SSN 782)

A little SNAFU | Editor’s note on the June print edition  (Kitsap Veterans Life)

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