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

Updated:  Sunday, 11 November 2012 07:14

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

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Child Life Specialist at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital at South Sound Base Thursday Evening, Nov 8
(Posted Nov 7, 2012)


Christina Beccera, Child Life Specialist at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, will be guest speaker at our meeting on Nov 8th.  She will talk about the role of Child Life Specialist and the Special Visitor Program at Mary Bridge, where we do our Kap(ss) 4 Kid(ss) visits. Let's give her a nice welcome

Meeting at Eric G. Sandstrom VFW Post 969 3510 E. McKinley Ave., Tacoma, WA 98404 @ 1900.
(1 mile up the hill south of the Tacoma Dome)

John Mansfield
SSB K4K Chairman




Three Veterans Day Events in Early November

(updated November 4,, 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. Float will staged at L Street SE well before start time at 11.


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.




WWII Base Member Succumbs

(Posted Nov 1, 2012)


Our friend and shipmate Richard D ‘Shorty’ Shelton, WWII Vet and member of SVWWII and USSVI received his final orders on Oct 30, 2012. His memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov 17th at Washelli-Evergreen, 11111 Aurora Ave N. in Seattle, starting at 12:00 noon. Sandra Conry (his daughter) asks that the subvets attending his service to please wear their Subvet vests or other identifying marks as submariners.


Shorty served in Guardfish (SS-217, Besugo (SS-321), Puffer (SS-268) Segundo (SS-328) and Charr (SS-328). He retired in 1966 as a Chief Engineman.


Sailor, rest your oar!


Condolences may be mailed to Sandi & Ed Conry, 8336 21st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117


Need A PAYING Job?  Help Wanted

(Posted Nov 1, 2012)



I need a Supplier Quality Inspector that meets the requirements below ASAP. Do either of you know someone? Let me know soon, please.




Thom Gamble <>

Here are the details for the Keyport project:


Raytheon IDS needs a US Citizen, preferably someone with a current security clearance or previously held security clearance.



The Raytheon Company (TRC)

601 Dowell Road

Keyport, WA 98345


Products: Machined Parts and Cables/Harnesses:


Required Skills:

Machined Parts

Sheet Metal

Mechanical Assemblies (both simple and complex)

GD&T to ASME/ANSI Y 14.5

Circuit Card Assemblies

Cables & Harnesses


Electro-Mechanical Assemblies




Industry Requirements:

Minimum 10 years Aerospace or Defense Industry Experience

Must have recent (within 2 years) hands on inspection experience

Working Cell Phone and computer (pref. laptop/netbook/tablet)

Must be computer savvy - inspection documentation is done via eLaunch

Must have high quality background, i.e. Quality Engineer or Quality Manager in job



Full time for approximately 2 months


The Raytheon Company is on a military base in Keyport. Hours are 8-5 and not flexible (i.e. no second shift available).


Please let me know if you need additional information.


Thom Gamble <>




(Posted Oct 28, 2012)\


2012 NOV, DEC; 2013 JAN Issue here, Click!


Editor Dave Pittman Sends



A Good Look at the Virginia Class Submarine

(Posted Oct 28, 2012)


Sam Sends, be patience, it may a few seconds to come up. Click



Call For "Tales from the Deep"

(Posted Oct 28, 2012)


Secretary Wayne Sieckowski asks you to tell your stories of pleasure and peril in the silent service at a Tellabration, The Art of Story Telling. It will be on 17 November, Saturday, 1300-1400 at the Bremerton Branch Library.


Wayne will tell one story and is hoping to get 2 more guys to tell theirs. We can get a little publicity from this. Anyone that wants to take part, please email Wayne .  He will get back in contact with you.


It sounds like a natural for many of us.  Send Wayne a e-mail.



Fall Install of Deterrent Park Bricks Complete
(Posted Oct 28, 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 replica 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.

Help Wanted To Inspect Woodrow Wilson Sail

(Posted Oct 28, 2012)


Tom Roper, Life Member and President of the Pacific Northwest Submarine Heritage Association requests help with inspecting the inside of the Woodrow Wilson Sail at Deterrent Park, NBK, Bangor.  Tom needs to make a structural inspection to assess the integrity of the sail. Please give Tom some help.  Please contact him at 360-271-8415.



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.


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  20 -  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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(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.




Pride Runs Deep
In concert with jewelry designer Ann Hand, the Dolphin Scholarship is pleased to announce two new sizes and styles of men's and women's Pride Runs Deep Pins. These pins represent the Submariner's Dolphins; with all proceeds going to scholarships for the children of Submariners.
Order now to receive your pins before the Holidays!
Large Ladies Pin- $225.00
Medium Ladies Pin - $150.00
Small Lapel Pin - $25.00

Order Form

Contact: for more information
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
4966 Euclid Road, Suite 109
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
(757) 671-3200


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)


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.

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