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Updated: Monday, 23 July 2012 06:44


Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a  universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer

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2013 USSVI Calendar 'The Victors" available to order
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 7/17/2012

This calendar honors the World War II U.S. submariners and their boats.

In World War II American submarines spent 31,571 days on patrol in the Pacific, attacking 4,112 Japanese controlled merchant ships with 14,748 torpedoes, which resulted in the sinking of 1,152.5 vessels, totaling 4,859,634 gross tons, or an average of 329.5 tons for every torpedo expended.

The loss dates for all U.S. submarines sunk or destroyed are listed in addition to other historic dates in both U.S. Submarine Veteran and U.S. Navy submarine history.

Individual calendars are $ 9.95 + 2.00 shipping.

Order yours today by credit card at or by sending your check or money order made payable to USSVI to Barry Commons, USSVI National Storekeeper, 2603 Main St. PMB 293 • Oakley, CA 94561.

If the base member indicates his base name when he orders online, his base will get $1.00 credit per calendar ordered towards future Base SK purchases.



Have you voted yet?
(Submitted by: Pat Householder on 7/15/2012)

Please give this message the widest possible distribution to your base members.

If you are one of the approx 1,400 members who have already voted, thanks and read no further.

If you HAVE NOT yet voted, our national USSVI election is underway and all Regular (US Submarine Qualified) members have several ways to vote.

1. Go to, 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 Bios.)

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 system.

3. At, 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 use.

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.



I Am The American Sailor (video)

by Ernest Borgnine (an ex-sailor) with the Navy Band.

(Posted 7-15-2012)

Dated, but still appropriate to recognize those you have and are serving our country, and especially those who gave the supreme Sacrifice.



July General Membership Meeting
(Posted 7-15-2012)


On Saturday, July 14th at the Keyport Undersea Museum, Guest Speaker Bill Galvani gave a crowd of 25 or 30 a very interesting educational presentation on "Presidents in Submarines"  He started off with a few questions that we mostly got right.  An easy one was "which president was actually qualified in submarines?", to a much harder one, "which was the first president to submerge in a submarine".  Bill also added many more historical facts to his subject.


Vice Commander Steve Corcoran arranged this meeting with doughnuts and coffee to boot. Thank You Steve and Bill.



Veterans Life July 2012

World War II Submarine Veterans fade into history, intentionally 

(Good Read, Robbie Robertson & Fred Borgmann interviewed)

(Updated 6-28-12)


For many World War II submarine veterans the end of an era will occur in September 2012 when the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II will end its charter and vanish into the waters of history.

The organization had its earliest beginnings in 1955 when founding member Bud Trimble and other submarine veterans organized a national convention in Atlantic City in September of 1955.

The group then incorporated in 1956 in New Jersey and after multiple attempts received its federal charter in 1981 during the Reagan administration.  Read it all

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Base Scholarship Chairman Announces Raffle Prize Donors and Winners

(Posted 7-12-2012)





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U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)


       USSVI National Elections,VOTE!!! VOTE!!! VOTE!!!

      2013 USSVI Calendar 'The Victors" available to order
      Shipmate Whitey Davidson has departed on Eternal Patrol

      Memorial Plaque at US Navy Memorial Heritage Center in Washington DC.
      Have you voted yet?
Help save the Clamagore!
      Contact point and job discription for Chief Operating Officer/Curator, CAVALLA FOUNDATION

      Retraction of POC 2012-060. Correct information for all Shipmates

      Support the suppliers with 2012 Logo licenses

      Kings Bay Memorial Service

      Help save our Heritage!

      2012 Scholarship Awardees

Other News of Interest to Submariners

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

Australian Sub Sinks Target Ship Kilauea During RIMPAC

Note From SAOC (W)

Ballistic Missile Submarines Receiving Honors

USS Ohio Completes Major Maintenance Period, Rejoins Fleet

HMCS Victoria Fires A Torpedo – An Event 10 Years in the Making

Wave Energy To Power Submarine Base

2nd Ship Sunk During RIMPAC Exercises Off Hawaii

Helo squadron XO fired for sexual comments

COB’s affair with midi put crew in the middle

Quick turnaround for Stennis to Middle East

New Commander For Sub Group 9 Announced

Commendation For Entire Boomer Fleet

Recon Marines interact, train with sailors on submarine

NCIS Offers Reward For Shipyard Fire Information

Sub Forces Leader: Stress Integrity To Combat Recent Failure

American Submariners USSVI Olympic Peninsula Base News

US Prepares For Possible Clash With Iran In Strait Of Hormu

USS Nevada Returns From Patrol

Navy To Probe Death Of Two Sailors In Submarine Exercise

HMCS Victoria Arrives in Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC Exercises

Bits n' Bytes

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

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