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

Updated:  Sunday, 16 December 2012 07:59

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

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"Tales from the Deep"

(Posted Nov 18, 2012)


On Saturday, Nov 17th, at the invitation of Kitsap Library's Bremerton Downtown Manager, Sussan Lavin, three base members gave some incite on submarine duty to a small group of listeners. 


Secretary Wayne Siekowski reviewed his career on bommers and SSNs; and provided the group with a typical daily routine of boomer sailors at sea.


Base Cdr Jim DeMott, a veteran also of boomers and SSNs, focused his comments on duty aboard USS Pittsburg SSN-720, in the Persian Gulf and also on drug interdiction in the Eastern Pacific,off California, staying submerged for 3 months and working with the Coast Guard.

Webmaster Don Bassler briefed his life from birth to today, then focused on a near collision with a freighter at night  in the North Pacific in 1967 on USS Remora SS-487.  Remora was transiting on the surface in a darken ship condition.


(Although many aspects of submarining are similar, these guys provided information, i.e. "tales" that were unique and made it very interesting to me.  GCed.)





Monthly Meeting, Tues, Nov 20th at 1900  (FRA 29, 521 National Ave, Bremerton)

(Posted Nov 18, 2012)


This meeting will feature as speaker, Base Life member and WWII submarine veteran Paul Christofferson. (MOMM3 (SS)). Paul made war patrols #2, 3, and 4 on USS Raton (SS-270).  Paul, 87, served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. Qualifying in 1942, Paul has been qualified for 68 years. After his Navy service, he served in the Army and retired as a Master Sergeant.



Lost and Found: Submarine Medallion “String Tie”

(Posted Nov 13, 2012)


A submarine veteran lost his Submarine Medallion String Tie at the Monday, Nov 12th Veterans Day Event at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion but was recovered by staff.  It may be picked up at the front desk in the “Eagle’s Nest Building”, which is downstairs, Tues - Fri. 


Bruce Waterbury

Recreation Specialist

Kitsap County Parks & Recreation

1200 Fairgrounds Road NW

Bremerton, Washington 98311




Base COB Posts 2012 Christmas Party Notice

(Updated Nov 19, 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.


Holland Club Inductees and Longevity Awards for 10 and 20 years will be presented.  Those receiving longevity pins are:

10 Year Awards

Acord, William C.
Becker, Richard W.
Cameron, Lawrence C.
Carpenter, Donald R.
Fessler, Gregory D.
Foraker, Allen Shane
Hart, Wayne
Jahn, Edward A.
Kaiser, Gary E.
Kunkle, Gailard
Marenbach, Harry A
Peeling, Gerald E.
Pritchett, Dale E.
Risley, David A.
Rogers, Thomas
Slaton, Steve
Standish, Allen J.
Stitt, Guy Ames
Stott, William H.
Sweet, Donald B.
Ulin, Robert
Webster, Lawrence

20 Year Awards

Durkee, Albert W Shumard, Jim L.
Terney, Edward Clinton

(Note:  Longevity pins for 5 year increments are available from the storekeeper)


In the past, the Bremerton Base has taken up a collection to provide a holiday gift for a worthy cause.  This year, the Base continues the tradition and once again has selected the Retsil Veteran’s Home.  Money raised will go for buying phone cards and other gifts for the veterans residing at the home.


On December 8, 2012, at this year’s Base Christmas party, we will “pass the hat” to collect for the donation.  The Base has agreed to match up to $200.00. The gifts will be presented after the party, on a date not yet determined (but before Christmas).


If you don’t plan on attending the party, you can still contribute.  Donations can be made, payable to “USSVI Bremerton Base”.  Please note that the contribution is for the Christmas Party collection.  Contributions can be given to me, Base Treasurer Dennis Nardone, or mailed to USSVI Bremerton Base, P.O. Box 465, Silverdale, Wa, 98383-0465.


Thank you for your support in this venture.


Jim DeMott

Base Commander


Please note, last day to get $20/head rate is Nov 20th.



USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623)  Reunion

(Posted Nov 13, 2012)


Nathan Hale is having a reunion in Branson Mo in September of 2013. Interested parties contact me via email, preferred or my home phone is (843) 569-6012.


Ed Stank, MMCM (SS), USN, Retired



Subvet John Gardner Tolls the Bell at Veterans Day Ceremony

(Posted Nov 13, 2012)

—Retired Marine Col. Charlie Tyrian encapsulated the United We Stand Veterans Day event Monday in three words: sacrifice, service and celebration.

Tyrian, now a motivational speaker and leadership, sales and customer service trainer, described three dramatic sacrifices.

Roy Matsumoto, sent to an Arkansas internment camp during World War II, joined the Army, served as an interpreter in Burma, saved fellow soldiers and became one of the most decorated Japanese-American veterans of the war. He lives in the San Juans, his daughter on Bainbridge Island.  Read more\


Auburn Veterans Day Parade was Great!Click for Big Picture

(Posted Nov 11, 2012)  (BIG PICTURE)


Members of Bremerton, Seattle and South Sound Base attended, including a least 2 WWII vets and 5 active duty sailors were in our midst.


Our parade floats and old cars were tuned up to peak, as was the weather for the event.


Too bad the media had to focus on the Vets for Peace as they were very, very small part of the parade.  What jerks! (The Media) Disrespect for the veterans that have made their life great through vets sacrifices.)  See what I mean here! But see how it was really was here.




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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.





Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at

FRA 29

521 National Ave, Bremerton,




The USS Scorpion Memorial Committee is selling tee shirts for $25.00 to raise money for the 45th Anniversary Memorial Service in May 2013. If interested, please contact me at Thanks

FYI: Mary Etta is the daughter of the Scorpion's COB TMC(SS) Walt Bishop.


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Soup Down Fri, Nov 16th - 17 in attendence




Storekeeper Ralph Harris sold 95 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.


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