U. S. SUBMARINE VETERANS BREMERTON BASE
P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465
Updated: Sunday, 02 September 2012 11:15
Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer
Bremerton Base History
"From Whence We Came". Most maintain their membership in USSVI and the Bremerton Base because they are proud and take pride in their service to our country whether it was for 2 years or 40 years.
At the most recent E-Board meeting, a WWII SubVet and long time base member, Paul Christofferson, showed up unannounced. While this senior submariner was making constructive comments, he urged, more than once, that we (USSVI) not "quit". That gave me the incentive to write this article as sometimes we make comments that demonstrate we have not "looked" back in history, not only at a world or country level, but at our Navy and submarine service histories as well.
I, looking back at history from a longer view than some younger, have noted that over the last 20 or 30 years, the culture of the world has and is changing rapidly, and as we have noted recently, dramatically in the submarine service. I believe the addition of advancing digital technology is greatest factor (Quick worldwide
communications), but there are others, including education.
There were submarine veterans before us, and we should recognize and appreciate their contributions.
The USSVI was organized by WWII SubVets that realized that their service, many draftees and reserves, would be forgotten in history if an organization, such as the USSVI, was not created. Founders met in late 1963. The national organization was chartered in May 1964 with 408 charter members. Lo and behold, at least one of our Bremerton Base members, #32 on that list was Louis Caretti, then serving on the USS Thomas Edison (G). More on USSVI national history.
Over 30 years old, Bremerton Base was founded by WWII Subvet Tudor Davis in 1981. Over 100 members were on the base charter. Several were WWII SubVets, but few are left. More were post WWII submariners and many, including Lou and myself, are still kicking.
"To perpetuate the memory" Please review the base history.
Webmaster Red Bassler
Annual Summer Picnic (collage)
Saturday, August 4th, 35 to 40 members and guests enjoyed the great weather at the annual base picnic at the Bremerton Elks' picnic grounds.
Cdr Jim DeMott led the event off with a traditional ceremony reminding us of our purpose. He then introduced distinguished guests, new members and recognized WWII SubVet Paul Christofferson. That was followed by Jim presenting national scholarship awards to Joe Wiltz and Arianna Sheridan (received by her Dad, Life member Jamie). Jim showed off the first place Fathoms of Fun parade award for the best float and recognized associate life member Sam Swenson for his diligence in keeping the float in top notch shape. Jim also informed all of our first prize award in the Whaling Days parade. Two new members were introduced, Wayne Peterson and Mike Friend. (image collage)
We then sat down and enjoyed a great picnic feast which included, hamburger hot dogs and brots (cooked by vice commander Steve Corcoran) and side dishes and desserts brought by the members. USSVI Regional Director Jim Dunn and his wife Jean stopped by, as did base life member and former national senior vice commander Jim Foote.
COB Hank Hollis,
assisted by Vice Commander Steve Corcoran, make
it all come together. Thanks guys.
Deterrent Park Paver Donation Order Nearing Deadline for Sep/Oct Installation
The semiannual installation of Paver Donations for Deterrent Park's (NKB BANGOR) in the full scale replica of the USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624) submarine topside missile deck will be in late September or early October, 2012. The deadline for making these donation orders is 30 August, 2012. An application order form may be filled out online, printed out and mailed in (w/check).
Please give your order broad consideration as some have made orders and requested additional pavers at a later date and want them placed next to their older donations. This is not the policy. So, if your are considering a group order, which are common for families, boats, divisions etc, please include all that you would like in the order you make.
We currently have seven pavers in the queue for fall installation.. We would like to see it 20 or 30. Please help us out. Below is image of last install. Note pavers will weather and appear uniform in 2 to 3 years. They are a lasting memento.
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Vice Commanders' Corner
I am continuing to look for meeting speakers.
Especially into the new year.
Sep - Active Duty Member John Perkins
Oct - WWII Pilot
Nov - WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson
The E-board is looking into a daytime breakfast or lunch monthly meeting in Feb.
Please let me know if you have any ideas on improving our base in all aspects.
Photos by Sonny Dilg & Don Bassler
Ralph still has 6
Western Style Hats
They help us keep up our communication efforts, i.e
these ads here and in Puget Soundings
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