Issue/Date 20130121



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


Monday, 21 January 2013 09:37 AM


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

Gertrude-Check Available for viewing on Smart Phones

(posted 1-20-2013)


Thanks to Life member Grant Romaine's request, arrangements with the provider, Aplus, have made it possible for you to view Getrude Check on your smart phone, i.e., iphones, window phones and the like.  I have been informed that within 5 years most folks will use mobile devices to read the web to keep up on the latest.  Good Luck.



Red Bassler

Your Editor


Speech given by VADM Al Konetzni USN (Ret) at the decommissioning ceremony of our World War II Submarine Veterans Charter

(posted 1-20-2013)


I am forwarding the attached speech with great pride and sadness. This is the speech given by VADM Al Konetzni USN (Ret) at the decommissioning ceremony of our World War II Submarine Veterans Charter.

The ceremony was conducted at the Joint Gathering of Submarine Shipmates of the World War II era and those of us who have followed and are now known as the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated (USSVI), September 2012 at Norfolk, VA, home of the largest U.S. Naval Base in the world.

Len Heiselt
Western Region District 6 Commander



Jan 15th General Membership Meeting notes

(posted 1-20-2013)


After opening ceremony, Sheriff Boyer, USSVI Life Associate MAL, gave a short talk on his duties, his career, family etc and took questions from the members. Of note that the sherriff's patrol hasm been reduced by 35 officers since 2008 and the ratio of officers to population  would require an additional 175 to equal Bremerton's staff.


Base officers and committee chairs gave their short reports.  All in order with dates of events and places updated in base calendar.


Base Challenge Coins in Stock ($12 with plastic Capsule

(Posted 1-20-2013)



Base SK Ralph Harris will have base challenge coins available to purchase at meetings!

Or come to soup down, he is usually there with them too.

or contact: Phone: 360-876-0830. Email



Request for Advertisers for Puget Soundings and Gertrude Check.

(Posted 1-6-2013)


Please consider asking your business acquaintances to consider taking an ad in Puget Soundings which will also be posted on Gertrude Check.  These ads help publication expenses of the newsletter.  Sample of the newsletter may be found at


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Half Page, 4 issues - $250 Single issue - $70

Quarter page, 4 Issues - $125 Single issue - $35

Eighth page, 4 Issues - $60 Single issue - $20

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call him at 360-602-0250 for details about advertising only)



Monthly Meetings, 3rd Tue, 1900 at FRA 29

     521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA 

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Deterrent Park Engraved Brick for May 2013 Installation, Gift?

Click for Application

How about lasting memory of your family member(s) and/or shipmates?  It would make a good gift and show your love and respect for someone. Go to this page for details and order form for your donation.



Communications Supporters

They help us keep up our communication efforts, i.e

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Annual National & Base Dues Deadline is January 20, 2013

(Posted 1-6-2013)


Annual Dues are $20 for National and $20 for Base. Both are due on Jan 20, 2013. You may find a base life membership is a lesser expensive way, but you have to be a national life member to qualify. Send check to

U. S. SUBMARINE VETERANS BREMERTON BASE (ATN: Treasurer), P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465



FLASH-01: War Veteran Status for 2013

Submitted by: Alfred H Singleman Jr NJVC on 12/31/2012
As of today we are 34 members over the 90% requirement for War Veteran Status. This means we good to go to take in Tax Deductable Donations for 2013. While checking the data base for War Veterans Status I noticed some Bases are NOT including time in service info in the applications for new members.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FILL IN ALL THE APPLICATION INFO AND MARK THE WAR VETERNN BOX IF THE MEMBER IS A WAR VET SO THE DATA BASE IS CORRECT. Not doing so will affect our War Veteran Status and we need your help in keeping the number over the 90% limit.


U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)

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        2013 National Convention Advertising

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        Second Call

        45th USS Scorpion Memorial

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