Gertrude check


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



Saturday, 08 June 2013 07:07:06 PM


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

Scholarship Recipients and Prize Donors, Here ............ Fire Works Watch Bill, Here

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Base Preps for Annual Fireworks Sale Continue

(27 Jun - 4 Jul)
(Posted 6-02-2013) 


Fire Works Manager Mike Sullivan, with his relief, Mike Friend, continue to prepare for the annual Fireworks Sales to be held road side in front of QFC on Kitsap Way in Bremerton from 27 Jun to 4 Jul.


This is our major annual money maker for base operations which include charitable ventures.


Right now, we need to fill out the sales staff for the event.  Once you look over the watch bill, call Sam (360-275-3638) with your choices of times on the watch bill.

Bremerton Base Stands Out at Ivy Green Memorial Day Cemetery

(Posted 5-28-2013)                                                                                       Photos by Dennis Nardone

The entire e-board led the Bremerton Base in their first showing  (to my knowledge) at the annual Ivy Green Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony at this Bremerton city cemetery.  At least 13 members plus guests braved the rain in a 2+ hour program that featured speakers, politicians, bands and veterans' organizations.









Cdr Jim DeMott and Vice Cdr Steve Corcoran presented our beautiful wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  See more images here.





Base Makes Semi-annual Engraved Bricks Install at Deterrent ParkClick here for more images (Photo by Dennis Nardone)

(Posted 5-27-2013)

Our crew made their semi-annual engraved brick install this past Saturday morning, 25 May, on the missile deck of the full scale topside model of the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) at Naval Kitsap Base (NBK) Bangor.  Shown here is USSVI Western Region Director John Mansfield, coached by base life member Sam Swenson, installing his brick.  A total of 24 bricks were installed, 12 were members of the Clinefelter clan. More images can be seen here.                                                                                 

Brick sponsors will ne notified later this week of the location of their bricks.

Sub sailors remember fallen comrades at Keyport ceremony
By Kitsap Sun staff
Kitsap Sun
Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:40 p.m., updated May 23, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.

KEYPORT — The ceremony pays tribute to all submarine sailors, but particularly to the men and boats lost at sea during World War II. The names of 52 subs lost during the war were read, and a bell was tolled for each .


Steve Corcoran of Port Orchard bows during the Tolling of the Boats ceremony

 on Thursday at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport. He served on submarines

 from 1987-2007.


The ceremony has been held on Memorial Day weekend since 1977.


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New Base Meeting Banner reordered

It will be 8'x3' and look like this!

"Twice Forgotten", Story of USS R-12  (Posted 5-19-2013)

Thanks to Ric Hedman of Seattle Base, A project to produce a documentary film about the loss and location of the hulk of the USS R-12 recently came to the attention of your USSVI Board of Directors. As you know, it is the primary purpose of USSVI to "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave heir lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country."
This project seems a natural fit for our interests and purposes, so your Board voted to pledge $ 1,000 towards the completion of this mission.

The board endorses and encourages ALL bases and members to join with us in also pledging financial support towards completion of this project. A unique factor in this request is that we are asking you to 'PLEDGE' your support now. They need to raise $ 89,000.00 by June 30, and your pledgewill convert into a donation ONLY if this goal is reached by that time.

Your participation via Kickstarter will enable them to complete the documentary "Twice Forgotten". Our collective participation will help empower them to finally tell the story of the USS R-12 Submarine's tragic sinking, the families left without any information and the quest to solve the mysteries that have been unanswered after all this time. The history books are wrong, it is time to do things right!

How does it work:

1. Go to
2. Click the Green BACK THIS PROJECT button
3. Choose your support level and click the CONTINUE button
4. Complete the Log-in information and enter info for AMAZON Payments

When complete you will get a email notification thanking you for the pledge. At the end of the pledge drive on June 30, the donor list will be reviewed by us so that USSVI gets recognition for all our collective donations.  This project will only be funded and your pledge converted to a donation ONLY if at least $89,000 is pledged by Sunday Jun 30. $20,400 has been
pledged as of the date of this message.

Overview: The WW-II submarine USS R-12 sank off the coast of Key West, Florida at midday on June 12, 1943. She took 40 American sailors and 2 Brazilian officers to their grave at 600 ft on the ocean floor. They have been missing for nearly 70 years until found in 2010 by a team of explorers working with state of the art technology and fascinated by R-12's tragic
story and the mystery.

Since USS R-12 was discovered in late 2010 the team has put forth a herculean effort to locate the family members of the entombed, research government and historical files and launch a major expedition to film and document the sub in its final resting place at 100 fathoms in the Straights of Florida. The documenting of the data and family information amission to resolve the mystery of the sinking while bringing closure to thef amilies, recognition to the entombed men of R-12 and raise awareness of alost and forgotten crew to a young generation of people.

The team continues to work under Navy permits and needs to return to site for filming underwater in the summer of 2013. They have been assembling a documentary of our findings, interviews, underwater robotic technology, exclusive underwater footage of the submarine in her final resting place and have been on a quest to solve the mystery of her sinking. This is an
important and significant discovery and we are dedicated to sharing it with the public. These entombed servicemen deserve to be acknowledged today (70years later) as any of our lost and missing military would deserve if their remains were found seventy years from now.

USS R-12 is the sixth WWII US submarine to be found of the fifty-two missingand the only US Sub to sink within the continental United States.

Pride Runs Deep,
T. Michael Bircumshaw
National Commander

Nominations for Bremerton Base Elected Officers Are Open
Submitted by Nominations Committee Chairman Dutch Kaiser
(Posted 4-17-2013)

Members in good standing and state that they are willing to serve if elected can be nominated. See Bylaws

The election will be held at the November business meeting

Monthly Meetings
3rd Tue, 1900

 at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA

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                  Binnacle List

(Updated 5-22-2013)

I have not kept a binnacle list on GC. I will if you inform me when a member is sick and when he/she is well.


Shane Foraker report he is suffering from
pancreatic cancer.

Johnny Dilg Serious Heart Op,
UWMEDCTR. Johnny has been at UW for 2 months. Johnny is doing well.  He expects to be home very soon.


He has had  all sorts of therapy including speech.

Ervin Schmidt named Grand Marshal of Edmonds 4th of July parade


Pearl Harbor survivor witnessed the beginning and end of World War II


The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Veteran Ervin Schmidt as the 2013 Grand Marshal of “An Edmonds Kind of Fourth” Parade.

Erv, as his friends call him, is a highly decorated Naval veteran, and has been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 65 years.

He lives in Edmonds and is a member of VFW Post # 8870 in Edmonds.

Schmidt was a 25-year-old barber from Marshfield, Wisconsin when he enlisted in the United State Navy in August of 1940.

After completing basic training, Schmidt was assigned to the battleship USS California. In December of 1941, the USS California was docked in what has become known as “battleship row” at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii.

When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred at a few minutes before 8 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, Schmidt was asleep in his bunk several levels below the main deck when the first of two torpedoes struck the California.

One of Schmidt’s bunkmates was killed instantly by the blast. Dazed by the attack, Schmidt and several shipmates tried to make their way to their battle stations.

They were overcome by smoke and fumes on the second deck, and survived only because shipmates carried them to the main deck where the fresh air revived them.

After a second torpedo struck, the ship began to list and the Captain issued the order to abandon ship.

Schmidt was on the main deck and chose to remain on the ship with three of his shipmates, who could not swim. They were the only remaining personnel on the ship, and they manned a 50 cal. anti-aircraft gun to fire at the attacking Japanese planes.

Late in the afternoon, Schmidt and his three friends were evacuated and shortly thereafter, the USS California sunk.

Of the 1500 men assigned to the USS California, over 200 of them were killed in the attack.

In the confusion that resulted in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Schmidt was listed as Killed in Action, and his family was so notified. Six weeks after his family held a funeral service for him, they learned that he had, indeed, survived the attack.

Three days after the attack, Schmidt was reassigned to a heavy cruiser, the USS Chicago. On May 7 and 8, 1942, the USS Chicago participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea, which proved to be a turning point in the War in the Pacific.

After several months of patrolling off the Australian coast, the Chicago was assigned to transport portions of the 1st Marine Division to Guadalcanal.

These Marines participated in the landing on the beach on August 7-8, 1942.

During the battle, the Chicago was struck by two enemy torpedoes. Fortunately for Schmidt, the torpedo that struck his ship directly below his bunk, did not explode, but the second torpedo caused significant damage to the ship.

When repairs were completed, the USS Chicago returned to the Coral Sea in late January 1943.

On January 29, 1943, the Chicago sustained severe battle damage and once again, Schmidt heard the command to abandon ship.

This was the second ship on which he served that was sunk. Following his second sinking, Schmidt returned to San Diego where he volunteered for duty on a submarine.

He was assigned to the USS Saury as a radio and sonar operator. During his five patrols on the Saury, a total of 9 Japanese ships were sunk, and Schmidt and his crewmates survived numerous depth charge attacks and a ramming by a Japanese light cruiser.

In a scene right out of a Hollywood movie, the Saury was forced to lie on the bottom of the ocean at a depth of 200 feet.

After the enemy had left the area, the submarine was able to surface the next morning and return to Pearl Harbor for repairs.

He was now assigned to another submarine, the USS Torsk, which conducted patrols against enemy shipping, first in Tokyo Bay and then the Sea of Japan.

On August 11 and then on August 13, 1945, the Torsk sank two Japanese Naval ships, which were the last two ships sunk by the US Navy in World War II. On August 14, 1945, hostilities in the South Pacific ended.

Schmidt’s submarine returned to New London, Connecticut in October 1945 where he was reunited with his wife and members of his family.

He served in the Navy for one more year before he was discharged in December, 1946.

He served three years in combat in the South Pacific and has the distinction of serving in combat at the outset of WW II and during the last naval action of WW II.

He is a highly decorated Naval veteran, and has been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 65 years.

Schmidt lives in Edmonds and is a member of VFW Post # 8870.

The members of Post # 8870 are proud to honor and recognize Schmidt’s service to our grateful nation.

Erv, 98, is a USSVI Bremerton Base Life member

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USS Bremerton Returns to Pearl Harbor

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EB gets contract to help lighten Spanish sub

Russia to send nuclear submarines to southern seas

No more vehicle decals

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SUBPAC Memorial Day Service

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Hydrogen fuel cells used to power new submarine in Germany

Five things Every Sailor Should Know About The Plans For The Pacific

Furlough letters handed to hundreds of RI civilian Navy workers

New Jersey Teen, Built A Working Submarine

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