Base Preps for Annual Fireworks Sale Continue
(27 Jun - 4
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
http://gertrude-check.org/2013WB.pdf Once you
look over the watch bill, call
(360-275-3638) with your choices of times on
the watch bill.
Bremerton Base Stands Out at Ivy Green Memorial Day Cemetery
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.
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Base Makes Semi-annual Engraved Bricks Install at Deterrent
by Dennis Nardone)
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
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
Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:40 p.m., updated May 23, 2013 at
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
The ceremony has been held on Memorial Day weekend since
New Base Meeting Banner reordered
It will be 8'x3' and look like
Story of USS R-12
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
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
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
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
Nominations for Bremerton Base Elected Officers Are Open
by Nominations Committee Chairman Dutch Kaiser
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
3rd Tue, 1900
at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA
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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.
report he is
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
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
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
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
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
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
After the enemy had left the area, the submarine was able to
surface the next morning and return to Pearl Harbor for
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