Issue/Date 20120702


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

Updated: Monday, 02 July 2012 20:19

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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Here's Where We Are!

Posted 7-01-2012


(Posted 6-29-2012)


(Better than Last Year at this Point)

(Posted 6-29-2012)

Friday's After Noon Crew Shown below


(Posted 6-28-2012)


Veterans Life July 2012

(Posted 6-28-12)


World War II Veterans Fade Away... See Page 9  Members of  Bremerton Base Interviewed


2012 Fireworks Sale

(updated 6-24-2012)


Those who have gone to the effort of contacting TNT fireworks have starting getting their $10 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, please turn them over to Mike Sullivan or leave them with the Fireworks stand, opening this Thursday, June 28th.


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


For the sales force, See the Watch list.


For 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 purchases.



USSVI Participates in Reenlistment Ceremony

(Posted 6-22-2012)

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


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.

John Pearl


Bremerton Base Retrieves the Traveling Dolphins

(updated 6-17-2012)


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 about election procedures.


Click for other pictures

   Photo by John Mansfield


Buy Fireworks From Us!!! Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton,

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Soup Down

    Photo by Don Bassler

Ralph's Ware's


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

these ads here and in Puget Soundings



Blog From Subvet Gertrude Check Reader
(Posted 6-26-2012)

"Looking through the list under Gertrude check……I still have my Dad’s WW2 issue blue wool flat hat….not a chance I’m going to part with it before I die. After that, not sure……

Dolphins are “magic” in that earning them both transform the individual into a unique person who then transcends the common understanding of “sailor.” Sub Sailor…it’s like magic! Congratulations to the First Woman Officer to make the grade…..I’m sure there are more who could (or could have), given the chance. A hearty whoop on the sound powered phone to all the ladies who transcend and qualify! Welcome aboard, and don’t take all the hot water.


Bremerton Base Awards Eight $1000 Scholarships

(Posted 6-20-2012)


Photo by Dennis Nardone


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.

Wanted: Navy Wool Donald Duck Flat Hat (Posted 6-18-2012)

Storekeeper Ralph Harris (360 876 0830) is looking for subject flat hat to wear with his parade uniform.


Barbara Baker, Wife of WWII Subvet John Baker Succumbs

(Updated 6-26-2012)


To All,

The latest, and final information from John Baker regarding his wife Barbara's services: They are to be held at the John Knox Presbyterian Church, Normandy Park, WA on Friday, July 6th at 11:00 a.m. to be followed by a light luncheon with NO graveside services.

The church at Normandy Park is directly west of the west end of SeaTac Airport about three blocks. Off I-5 take the SeaTac exit onto 188th street west, stay on it until it ties to Normandy Park Road, then about two blocks on the left.

The physical address and phone number is;
John Knox Presbyterian Church
109 SW Normandy Park Road
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 241-1606

Arrangements for flower deliveries can be made through the church. With any further questions, please call me. Again, please support this bereaved WWII Subvet with your attendance... Thank You!

Best Regards,


John Clear EMC(SS) USN Ret.
Naval Submarine League PNW Secretary
Submarine Memorabilia, Inc., President
Olympic Peninsula Base, USSVI, Commander
180 Robin Lane
Port Ludlow, WA 98365-9522

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To All,

We truly mourn the loss of our WWII Subvet John Baker's wife Barbara, who left this life last Thursday morning. She had endured a long and difficult fight over too many years and is now finally at rest. John called me this morning, his son and daughter in law are heading back home and now John faces a much quieter and lonelier house.

The "very tentative" arrangements thus far are that there will be a Presbyterian service for her in Burien on the 6th of July at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon with no graveside services. Beyond this I have no further details at this time. There are several churches in the Burien area and I'm not sure which one yet (Lake Burien Presbyterian?) but I will follow up with details as I receive them.

I am sending out this email to, not only our Olympic Peninsula Base members, but those representing our Bremerton, South Sound and Seattle bases. Please pass the word to all in your bases' members and make arrangements to attend this WWII subvets wife's service, it will mean a lot to him I know! I will arrange car pooling from our end of the area, let me know if any of you need help with your own arrangements.

John's contact information is as follows:
Mr. John Baker
434 T Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368-3503
(360) 385-6821

John is also our base Chaplain so could probably use some kind words back from some of you out there to help him get through this rough time. Thank You All.

Best Regards,


John Clear EMC(SS) USN Ret.
Naval Submarine League PNW Secretary
Submarine Memorabilia, Inc., President
Olympic Peninsula Base, USSVI, Commander
180 Robin Lane
Port Ludlow, WA 98365-9522


General Membership Meeting

Saturday, July 14th, 10 AM

Keyport Undersea Museum

Lower Level

Mary Bonnin Room

Guest Speaker

Bill Galvani

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U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)


      Welcome Aboard to the new USS Growler Internet Base!

      USS Miami Fire update
      Do you have stories relating to SUBSAFE?
      The USSVI National Election is underway
      Is the Clamagore history?

      For our WWII Shipmates

      60 Years Of Stuff We Can't Talk About
     Navy recognizes first woman officer to serve on sub and earn ‘dolphin pin’
     Why should I vote?
     How to locate a someone who is or was in the Navy
     USS Triton Bell Rings On

     Requesting a copy of Your Military Service Record (DD Form 214 & SF-180)

     Norfolk Convention Heads Up!

Other News of Interest to Submariners

Below are quick links to articles that may be interest on the back page

WWII DIESEL BOAT ERA (A Great Read, added images))

U.S. Submarine Fire Review Board Set Up

USS Chicago Visits Yokosuka During Western Pacific Deployment

CNO: More Ships Deploy To Meet Growing Missions

Tell us: Do you want the Navy out of your personal life?

50th Anniversary of Loss of THRESHER

Russian Ships Take Part In US-Hosted Pacific Exercise For First Time

US Submarine Docks In Subic

Navy recognizes first woman officer to serve on sub and earn ‘dolphin pin’

Suit Aims To Block Wharf At Bangor Submarine Base

Nautilus 60th anniversary celebrated with those who knew ship well

Essex CO fired, command issues cited

Commander, Submarine Forces Blog: Character

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