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Message from the Base Commander

(Posted 3-30-2013)


"If anyone who does not have base access would like to attend the 50th Anniversary Memorial Service for USS Thresher, please contact me as soon as possible so arrangements can be made. I can be reached by e-mail

or phone (360)-895-0547 (h) / (360)-710-0411(c). I will attempt to find a ride for any one who needs it. The ceremony is on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 1100, at Deterrent Park, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor."

Jim DeMott
Base Commander


Message from the Base Vice Commander

(Posted 3-30-2013)


Hello all, I stopped by the VFW off National yesterday. I spoke with the commander and we will be on the agenda for the Memorial Day ceremony at Ivy Green. No date yet, but I will inquire. Actually all we need to do is show up early, speak with the individual in charge of reading the groups as they present their respective wreath. I will check on the progress of our wreath soon. I did get a letter last week from her and she has started it. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks.


To all Western District 4 Base Officers: (WRD4, please forward)

To all bases that failed to come to collect the "traveling dolphins" at our last base meeting. Please see if you can

show your leadership by making the effort in attending our April meeting (Tues, April 16th, 1900) with at least one elected officer and 2 other members to take the dolphins home with you.  Of course the farther away you come from, the longer you may keep them as Bremerton Base will make every effort to get them back ASAP.  Also you must share a sea story as required. Aar, Aar, Aar!


Still need Speakers at future Meetings. You or and associate may speak on any subject you desire for 20 minutes

Call me or e-mail me




Steve Corcoran

USSVI Bremerton Base Vice Commander

(360) 471-2704



Memorial Service marking the 50th Anniversary of the loss of USS Thresher

(Posted 3-26-2013)

10 April 2013, 1100, Deterrent Park, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor -Approx. 20 minutes in length -Uniform NWU or better.

Different times were discussed, but this time best supports all of the Sailors and Civilians involved or that desire to attend.

I would like your Sailors (enlisted and commissioned) assembled by 1050.

Any questions please ask.
Hooyah and
Very Respectfully,

MDCM SS/SW Rusty Staub
Command Master Chief
Submarine Group Nine
Office: 360-396-4254
Cell: 360-434-6918






FLASH-01: U.S.S. Minnesota (SSN-783) Commissioning
Submitted by: Alfred H Singleman Jr on 3/25/2013
 "The USS MINNESOTA (SSN 783) is scheduled for commissioning in ceremonies scheduled for 07 Sep 2013 in Norfolk VA.
 As with previous Submarine Commissionings, per discussions with COMSUBLANT Staff and the representative at the Newport News Shipyard, Groton Base Commander John Carcioppolo will be the designated point of contact for all members of SUBVETS and SUBVETS WWII for tickets.
 For all Base Commanders please provide this information to your members, and collect all the information for those interested in attending the commissioning. Complete the attached spread sheet with information for each of your members wanting tickets, and return it to John Carcioppolo. It is preferred that the Base Commanders collect this information and submit it one time, but individual requests for tickets from members will be accepted as well.
The cutoff dates for requests for tickets is Tuesday 28 May.

The list will be consolidated and submitted to COMSUBLANT/NEWPORT NEWS SHIPYARD by John Carcioppolo. The tickets will then be sent out to all who requested tickets in the July/August time frame.

If you have any questions please contact John Carcioppolo at either

 or (860) 514 - 7064.
Please ensure that this notice receives widest distribution including to those without email and all SUBVETS WWII."

Thank you,
John Carcioppolo

Please use the link included in the POC to get to the form. If you can not go to the link, go to the USSVI website, click on documemts,than forms and the Excel sheet is on the top of the list.

 Pride Runs Deep,
Al singleman,Jr POC Manager



Thank You Note from Thresher Base Commander

(Posted 3-26-2013)



To say we are grateful is an understatement. Bremerton Base has made the largest donation pledge ($1500) to the 50th Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service Fund out of all USSVI Bases.

Your generous donation, along with other donations and pledges received last week, helped us to meet our financial goals in only 8 days.

On behalf of Thresher Base, and on behalf of the 687 family and former crew members of USS Thresher who are attending the 50th, Bravo Zulu to you and your members at Bremerton Base.

Kevin Galeaz
USSVI Thresher Base Commander



NEWS-01: Thresher Base 50th Thresher memorial service
Submitted by: Alfred H Singleman Jr on 3/24/2013

Between cash donations received and donations that have been pledged, Thresher Base has reached its lower limit goal of fundraising for the 50th Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service in an incredible 8 days.

On behalf of Thresher Base, Bravo Zulu and a sincere thank you to all those who stepped up to help us meet this sequestration motivated shortfall in such a short period of time.

All additional donations will be placed in the USS Thresher Memorial Service Fund and used exclusively for future annual USS Thresher Memorial Services.


Kevin Galeaz

USSVI Thresher Base Commander


Senior Holland Club and Life Member Bud Berg Returns Home

(Updated 3-23-2013)


Carl "Bud" Berg returned home from Harrison Hospital. He may answer his cell phone at 360-981-9209.





Message From the Base Commander

(Posted 3-21-2013)


The USS Thresher was lost on April 10, 1963. Each year, the USSVI Base in New Hampshire, which is named for the Thresher, holds a ceremony to remember the loss. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of this tragedy. The Thresher Base has planned to commemorate the date with a large ceremony. The number of people expected to attend has grown so large that a bigger facility was needed to be found to accommodate everyone. At this time, only people that have tickets will be able to attend. The event will not be open to the general public.

Understanding the importance of this historic event, the Thresher Base does not want to exclude anyone from experiencing the ceremony. They plan on telecasting the ceremony on the internet. The Bremerton Base will be showing the ceremony as it happens,at the FRA on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The ceremony starts at 1000(PDST). We will be in our regular meeting room. This is open for anyone who would like to attend, not only USSVI members.

The afternoon of March 19, I received an e-mail message bulletin. The message concerned the 50th Anniversary ceremony. Due to the recent sequestering, the Thresher Base is expecting some financial difficulties with putting the ceremony on the way they originally planned. They requested assistance from other bases that could help.

That night, at our monthly meeting, I made the announcement and explained the situation. The consensus of those at the meeting was that we should make a financial contribution. I called for a special meeting of the E-Board, to be held at the close of the regular meeting. This would give us the opportunity to discuss if and how we could help. Before the regular meeting came to a close, the base members in attendance had already “passed the hat” and collected $423.00 to donate. When the E-Board met, we unanimously voted for the Base to send $1077.00, to make a total donation of $1500.00. I asked the Thresher Base to forward any excess funds to either the National Charitable or Scholarship Fund. And once again, I have to try and find words to express my thanks and tell you how proud I am to be a member of the Bremerton Base.

As of now, we are still planning on gathering on Saturday, April 6. If for some reason the webcast falls through, we can still have our own remembrance. With all the talk of the USS Thresher, several members have shared stories and memories of where they were when they heard the news. These can be shared with all of us that morning. I encourage everyone to attend, help commemorate this day and support our creed.

Jim DeMott
Base Commander
USSVI, Bremerton Base



Deterrent Park Brick Order and Installation                    ORDER FORM

(updated 1-27-2013)


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.


Hopefully, before Memorial Day at the end of May, the base will make their fist engraved brick installation of 2013 on the missile deck of the mock up of the topside of  the USS Woodrow Wilson. The bricks require a donation of $40 apiece which is deductible from the sponsor's federal income tax.


Please consider ordering up a brick or more if you desire.  In the past, families and groups have ordered up together. More than 2300 bricks have been already installed.  The cut off for this order will be May 1, 2013.


Go to this page for details and order form for your donation



Please Get Your  Order

 in for

a Brick  or Several

(Deadline, 1 May)\



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Above the base challenge coin is show in its protective plastic capsule, and engraved ($5) by member Ken Northfield. Below the coin is shown out of the capsule. The coin comes with the capsule for $12.


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







Floyd (2)

Litscher (2)


(Posted 3-30-2013)


Base POCs please give this the widest distribution to each of your Members.

We have the month of April remaining in which to provide the name(s) of Nominees for Western Region District 4 Commander. Click please to find details for qualifications and responsibilities, and how to nominate either yourself or a Shipmate. (Bylaws, Art VII, Section 6) I have been filling the roles of both District 4 Commander and Region Director since last September, and it would be so nice to have someone step up as District 4 Commander.


We have great bases in the district and traveling around to their meetings and events is very rewarding, and you run into some of the neatest people.

I extend my thanks and gratitude to those who have supported my activities these past four years as DC, and know that you guys will turn and burn on putting up our next DC.

Warmest regards to All,

John Mansfield
District 4 Commander

360 569 0507


The 113th Officers' Submarine Birthday Ball will be held April 13th at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront! Come celebrate our wonderful heritage and traditions with your fellow PACNORWEST officers.


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Submarine Sailors Who Lost Their Lives Honored with Memorial Monument, March 18

BARTOW-The beginnings of a memorial for submarine sailors who lost their lives at sea wasgently guided into place in Bartow on Monday.

Eventually, the glossy 21-foot torpedo will become the centerpiece of the memorial, said Jack Merrill, commander of the Bartow-based Sea Poacher Base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. But for now, while the group continues to raise funds for the project, the torpedo will rest on the south lawn of Summerlin Academy in Bartow.

When built, the Roy Holland Gallemore Submarine Veterans Memorial will include a replica of a submarine sail, which is the rectangular element on the top of the submarine, bearing the inscription "On Eternal Patrol."

The torpedo itself will represent the combat readiness of submarines and those who served on them, Merrill said.


The monument has been named for the late Roy Holland Gallemore, a Bartow native who served on the USS Sea Poacher during all four of its war patrols during World War II. He was the nephew of Bartow's Spessard Holland, who served as Florida's governor and in the U.S. Senate.


 Gallemore returned to Bartow after his service in the Navy.

Merrill said the group wanted to honor Gallemore and those who died on submarines across the country.

"We wanted to create a memorial for submarine veterans everywhere, but we wanted the memorial to be here," he said. "We meet at Summerlin Academy, and that seemed like a good place to put it."

Lloyd Harris, a Bartow historian and instructor at the military-based Summerlin Academy, said Monday the memorial is a good fit for the school.

"It's something the kids will see daily," he said. "It will be a reminder of the sacrifices others before them have made."
Merrill said the local veterans group, which came together about five years ago, now counts about 50 veterans in its ranks.

Veterans in the Sea Poacher Base have collected $5,000 to bring the Mark 16 torpedo from Keyport Naval Museum in Keyport, Wash., to Florida.

Volunteers at Bartow Ford restored the unarmed, one-ton Mark 16 torpedo, which was used in the 1950s and early 1960s and is on loan from the museum, Merrill said.

The group needs another $20,000 to finish the memorial and establish a fund to maintain it, he said.

"For now, we wanted to get the torpedo on display, just to get things started," he said.

The group is hosting a ground-breaking ceremony for the monument at 10 a.m. Saturday at Summerlin Academy, 1500 S. Jackson Ave











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