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

Updated: Saturday, 03 November 2012 13:12


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

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Fall Install of Deterrent Park Bricks Complete
(Posted Oct 26, 2012)


This past Saturday, October 27th, Vice Commander Steve Corcoran, Fireworks Sales Manager Mike Sullivan and Parade Float Manager Sam Swenson didn't let the weather bother them as they installed 16 engraved bricks into the missile deck of the USS Woodrow Wilson full scale top side replicate at Deterrent Park, NBK Bangor.  The last 11 bricks were installed in row M4.  The next install will be in May, 2013.


Location of bricks can be viewed on a pdf file here.


Hawkbill is having a reunion in Las Vegas May 19-21, 2013

(Posted Oct 26, 2012)


The Golden Nugget is where the reunion will be held.  More information on their facebook page at USS Hawkbill (crew only). Contact Paul Rutter, Chris Gehrke, or Merlin Alcorn for more information.




Two Former Willie Spoon Scholars to Afghanistan

(Posted Oct 23, 2012)


I am writing to alert you that my daughters CPT Heather McColl Morgan and 1LT Amber McColl are both deployed / deploying to Afghanistan for nine months. Heather is the Battalion Intelligence Officer for a Stryker armored / mechanized infantry battalion. Amber is part of the brigade headquarters to which Heather's unit belongs.
Please share with the Base and ask them to support as they see fit with good thoughts and prayers for their safety, wisdom and determination to do their jobs well. I've attached a photo. Amber on the left / Heather on the right.
Both were previous awardees of Willie Spoon Memorial Scholarships, and I wanted the Base to know that their confidence in Heather and Amber in awarding them the scholarships is being returned to the nation in a big way.
Thank you.
Best regards,
(Angus is a Bremerton Base Life Member/GC ed)


Awards Presented at October 16th Meeting

(Posted Oct 21, 2012)

(Images provided by USSVI WRD John Mansfield, taken by Dennis Nardone)


Cdr Jim DeMott led the Oct 16th meeting off with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Creed, the Tolling of the Boats for October and the Chaplain's invocation.


Jim then introduced the evening speaker, active duty submariner and USSVI life member John Perkins, a devote patriot serving on a fast attack at Bangor.


John, a proud quartermaster, set his eyes on a Navy career at age 5 when he visited a submarine at Ballast Point in San Diego.  A Bremerton native, John joined the Navy after high school and qualified on Ben Franklin in 1992 and served on SSBN's and SSNs through 16years of service.


At 42, John, with a family, wife Ruth, and  5 children, broke service a few years ago for 4 years.  He roared back, serving in a fast attack that launched Tomahawks in the gulf war(s).


John's talk reviewed his life since birth, which included humorist statements such as when he was mess cooking and "Cranking for Freedom".


John, thanks for your talk, it was not only interesting but  also entertaining.


After a break, Jim introduced our new Western Region Director, John Mansfield, who presented the base the 2012 large base (125+ members) Golden Anchor award for many accomplishments we achieved during the past year. Most ongoing but a couple new. He enumerated them in his written recommendation to the National Awards committee.


John then presented, then Puget Soundings Editor Sam Swenson, with the 2012 large base best Newsletter

Award.  Sam can be very proud in his service to the base in this capacity for 6 years.


We can thank John, in his last year as WRD 4 commander, he took the time and effort to write the recommendations that were awarded to us.


The business meeting, 50/50 drawing and Chaplain's benediction closed the meeting.



Kaps4Kids on Tacoma TV
(Posted Oct 14, 2012)


Western Region Director John Mansfield is interviewed to explain the program.
See video here:



Have two stamps ready for your ballot

October 11th, 2012 by Steven Gardner, Kitsap Sun

Walt Washington, county auditor, issued a statement saying ballots will begin arriving Oct. 19 and that this year’s ballot will require two first-class stamps should you choose to mail it back. Or you can weigh it to get the exact postage. The bottom line is one stamp won’t be enough.




Duncan Man Replicates Second World War Boat in Backyard

(Posted  Oct 12, 2012)

Forwarded by SAOC (West)


See replica of U889 on You Tube Here


See History Here




Naval Undersea Museum Operations Manager Announces Upcoming Events
(Posted  Oct 7, 2012)


1.  Navy Birthday...The Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport and the Puget Sound Navy Museum in
Bremerton will be celebrating the Navy's 237th birthday on Saturday,October 13th. Join us for cake and fun Navy activities. Both museums are open from 10am-4pm.

2.  CIA Sponsored Event at the Museum...The CIA is sponsoring a presentation at the Naval Undersea Museum on
Saturday, November 3rd, at 11AM.  The event is in recognition of the declassification of a Trieste II (the submersible on display outside the museum) mission to recover a secret spy satellite capsule from 16,400 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Members of the CIA, the Trieste II crew, and other participants will be coming to the museum to speak about the
mission. Please join us for this exciting event!



Three Veterans Day Events in Early November

(Posted  Oct 7, 2012)


The Bremerton Base will participate in 3 Veteran Day events in early November.

They are:


1.  Thursday, Nov 8, Brownsville Elementary School Program at 9:30 AM


2.  Saturday, Nov 10, Annual Auburn Veterans' Day Parade, Muster @9:30 AM at Auburn Parking Garage


3.  Monday, Nov 12, Annual Veterans Day Event at Kitsap Pavilion at Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  Doors open at  9 AM, Ceremony commences at 10:30 AM.  John Gardner will operate booth for the base.



Base COB Posts 2012 Christmas Party Notice. 

Posted  Oct 7, 2012)


Hank Hollis has posted a flyer for the 2012 Base Christmas Party.  It will be at the Bremerton Elks on Pine Road in Bremerton on Sat, Dec 8.  Doors open at 12, ceremonies commence at 12:30 followed by buffet dinner.




(Updated Oct 16, 2012)


Storekeeper Ralph Harris sold 90 of the 100 base challenge coins .They are special with a lot of detail on the logo side and room for unique etching on the back side. Ralph also sells them at Soup Down. Call Ralph @ 360-876-0830.


Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at

FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton,



Vice Commanders' Corner


I am continuing to look for meeting speakers.  Especially into the new year.


Current Sked:

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.




 Steve Corcoran

 Vice Commander


Soup Down 

   (10-12-2012 Sizzler, East Bremerton)

    Photos by Don Bassler



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Call SubVet Ervin Schmidt at 425-265-1022 or write to Ervin Schmidt. 520 112th St, SW, Apt 246, Everett, WA 98204.
If you are down in Yuma, AZ and would like to view our park model, call Shipmate Al Durkee at 928-342-368.






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