2012 Fireworks Sale
Those who have gone to the effort of contacting
TNT fireworks have starting getting their
discount coupons, which if not used
should be turned into the Fireworks Chairman so
we can give it to other buyers to run their
purchase up over $50, increasing Base
share of the profits. If you do not intend
to use the coupons,
turn them over to Mike Sullivan or leave them
with the Fireworks stand, opening this Thursday,
located at its traditional spot in front of the QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.
For the sales force,
everybody, please encourage your friends and
neighbors to buy their fireworks at our stand,
for submarine veterans and their children, and
grandchildren will be supported by their
Welcome Aboard New Member: Gary
Siemens MM1 (SS), USN (Kentucky)
Ralph Harris Invites Parade
Participants to Party After Fathoms of Fun Parade, Saturday,
Muster up in your finest colors for the Saturday, June 30
Fathoms of fun Parade. Staging will be on Port Orchard Bvd.
Muster at 1700. Parade starts 1800. May be
able to park at the Bethel Lutheran Church on the corner of
Tremont and Port Orchard Blvd.
"Drinks and snacks after the parade at my place, 3131 Forest
Villa Ct., Port Orchard, I will be parking at the church on
Tremont by parade starting place, which is Pt. Orchard Blvd.
Attendees can follow me home. 5 minute drive. Last year Sam
brought everyone back to the church on the float. Worked out
well. Wives not watching parade can go right to my place."
USSVI Participates in Reenlistment
Contributed by Fred Borgmann
On June 15, 2012, a group of SubVets from the Seattle and
Bremerton Bases gathered at the Keyport Undersea Museum and in
front of the USS Sturgeon sail to participate in the
re-enlistment ceremony of Garry Siemens MM1(SS) of the
Bangor Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF). Garry’s
grandfather, Charles Rowan, served on the USS Spinax
(SS-489) as an EN2(SS),so to honor his grandfather’s memory,
Garry wanted to re-enlist with a former Spinax CO conducting the
ceremony. Jay K. Davis CDR, USN (Ret), a former CO of the
Spinax and a Seattle Base member, enthusiastically agreed. After
the ceremony, Garry was presented with a membership in the USSVI
and a Base membership in the Bremerton Base.
Photo by Dennis Nardone
(L-R) James Creighton ETC(SS) of the IMF, Schell Harmon, Sarge
Preston, Jay K. Davis, Katie Moxon (Garry’s fiancé),
Gary Siemens MM1(SS) and Fred Borgmann
Bremerton Base Awards Eight $1000
Last evening, Tuesday, June 19th, eight $1000 scholarships were
presented to eight deserving graduating high school seniors and
continuing collage students. Six were present for the
presentation. Scholarship Chair John Gardner and
Base Cdr Jim DeMott presided.
The major $300 raffle winner was drawn and will be contacted
Other prizes will be drawn this week. More to follow.
Photo by Dennis Nardone
Norfolk Convention Heads Up!
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 6/18/2012
A important message for all potential attendees that they need
to get their registrations in soonest if they plan to attend the
banquet or the cruise.
John Pearl of Hampton Roads Base, the host reports "Both hotels
we contracted with for the convention are booked up. We are
looking for more hotel rooms now.
Projections indicate we will reach the maximum capacity for the
Spirit of Norfolk Cruise and the Awards Banquet. This means that
at some point we will be having to tell people there is no room
left for them. We are keeping track of the time and date we
receive registrations and only those who get their reservations
in before we meet the maximum number can participate.
We are checking to see in the Spirit of Norfolk Cruise will be
operating on additional nights so that attendees can book
reservations themselves, once our trip is full.
We cannot do much regarding the banquet, about 900 attendees.
The only options we have to get another hundred or so in is to
do away with the band, dance floor and head tables.
Wanted: Navy Wool Donald Duck Flat Hat
Ralph Harris (360 876 0830) is looking for subject
flat hat to wear with his parade uniform.
FLASH-01: The USSVI National Election
is now open
Submitted by: Pat Householder - Elections Master on 6/15/2012
Please give this message the widest possible distribution.
All Regular (US Submarine Qualified) members have several ways
1. Go to
www.ussvi.org, then click
the VOTE NATIONAL ELECTION button.Follow the instructions to log
in as a member, then register your vote. (Be sure to have your
copy of AMERICAN SUBMARINER Magazine at hand so you can review
the full text of the Proposed Amendments and the Candidate
2. In AMERICAN SUBMARINER Magazine, you will find a paper ballot
you can complete and mail in. If you do so, BE SURE to enter
your name and Base on the ballot so that I can verify your
eligibility to vote before entering it into the vote tracking
www.ussvi.org, under the
DOCUMENTS button, then the ELECTIONS button, there are
downloadable documents covering the Proposed Amendments,
Candidate Bios and A Ballot, all of which can be printed out for
It is important to
remember that Proxy Voting is not allowed. This means,
each member must do his own voting, regardless of method chosen.
Bases cannot vote as a bloc, and any votes received as such will
not be accepted. Proxy voting can lead to a loss of membership
for the person attempting to do so.
Your vote is your voice in the future direction and operation of
our organization, so please carefully consider your alternatives
and vote your choices.
Bremerton Base Retrieves the Traveling Dolphins
Bremerton Base, with competition from the Seattle Base, showed
up at the June 14th South Sound Base with 8 members and 1 guest
to retrieve the Traveling Dolphins. All members got to tell a
"true" sea story from their Navy experiences. They were
Jim DeMott, Steve Corcoran, Hank Hollis, Bud Berg, Ralph Harris,
Dutch Kaiser, Wayne Peterson and Red Bassler.
Western Region District 4 Commander John Mansfield, a
South Sound Base member, was on hand to lead the competition.
John is still searching for a relief, as he will need one if he
does win the Western Region Director (an E-board Position)
he is running for. Suggest you vote for John, as he will
give the Northwest some clout at the national level.
Past National Commander and 2012 Election Master Pat
Householder was also present and informed us
Photo by John Mansfield
Base Member goes on Eternal Patrol
Life and Holland Club member Denny Davenport went on
eternal patrol on June 11, 2012 in Longmont, CO.
Denny served in Spinax, Sand Lance, Segundo and Sculpin.
Denny retired in 1983 as an RM1(SS). Sailor, rest your oar!
Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at
521 National Ave, Bremerton,
Click on Date to
The biannual USSVI National election is upon us.
By the time you read this post, the polls will
be open and the latest hard copy edition of the
American Submariner (AS) will be in your hands.
You can vote with a mail in ballot from the AS,
or via the national web site. I prefer the
internet method. It is very simple. See Election
Master’s instructions in left column. If you do
not know how to log in, follow the instructions.
If not call me 360-509-0250, and I will help
On-line voting was opened Friday, June 15th. No
rush, that form of voting will not close until
Sept 2, the beginning of the national convention
in Norfolk. Mail in ballots should mailed in so
they arrive no later than 25 August, 2012
Only 4 of the 8 national positions are
competitive. Senior Vice Commander, Secretary,
Treasurer, and Western Region Director bios are
on pages 26 through 30 of the
Submariner Volume 2012 Issue 2. I have my
preferences and would be glad to express them to
you in person, or by phone. However, all
candidates are willing to compete and have shown
their willingness to lead in the
The details of all proposed amendments are on
pages 29 through 35 of the AS. To me, the
proposed change #2012-02 (PA-2) to amendments to
the constitution is vital and needs to be passed
and my preference of the synonymous names is
“American Submariners”. It will identify us for
what we are from the day we qualified.
Hopefully, it would encourage active duty
submariners to join up as many think they need
to be out of the service to be submarine
veterans. The American Submariners name would
also be easily recognized by all Americans. At
the bottom of page 30 are the details of PA-2.
Also, PA-8, gives the national organization
authority over local leadership of national
conventions. Apparently, the national
organization has financial responsibility but
had but an advisory role in organizing and
operating the conventions. At the bottom of page
33 are the details of PA-8.
I do not think we can expect a volunteer at the
national level to watch dog convention
preparations, as there may 2 or 3 in early to
late stages at once. Most conventions take 2 to
4 years to plan and prepare. I will vote no on
I have no problems with the other PA’s.
Vote, and vote wisely. Don’t vote more than once
for frauds have been detected before.
Bremerton Base Webmaster
Photo by Dennis
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USE EM' or LOSE
First Female Submariners Find Few
by Ed Friedrich The Sun
Bangor— Female submariners are
fitting right in.
Since reporting to their boats in November, 25 women who broke
one of the Navy's final gender barriers have gone on patrol and
been accepted among their crews.
"The men adjusted to us being there, and we adjusted to them,"
said Lt. j.g. Megan Bittner of the USS Ohio gold crew. "It was
quick. There were no big problems. No stumbling blocks along the
way. It was just learning as a junior officer how you fit on the
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