Gertrude check


  Issue/Date 20130624



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




Saturday, 29 June 2013 05:26:37 AM


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

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Bremerton Base Fireworks Stand Open for Business

(Posted 6-27-2013)

Today, Friday, June 28th, the fireworks stand is open starting at 0900 and closing at 2200 each day through the Fourth of July, Independence Day; the Day our country's founders declared our freedom from Great Britain. BE PROUD!

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(Posted 6-27-2013)

Fathoms O’ Fun’s 46th GRAND PARADE

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 6 pm. over 110 entries, 1500 participants, Over 10,000 viewers at the parade.

(Posted 6-24-2013)


We are in position #26.  Float must be in place by 5:00PM and setup by 5:30. Parade check-in is at the top of Port Orchard Blvd.  The Blvd is open for floats between 3:00PM and 5:00PM. Parade starts at 6:00. All are invited.

John Gardner

Base Member on Eternal Patrol

(Posted 6-24-2013)

John Myron Kidder, MOMM3(SS), Anacortes, WA, Passed away on 6/7/2013

Served on: SS-323, SS-0, SS-308.  Sailor, rest your oar!

Editor Posting Events on CSGRU9 Face Book Page

(Posted 6-23-2013)

I'm entering some events on subject page.  If someone knows how to post pictures there, please reply with instructions./Red

Biannual Base Officer Elections on the Horizon

(Posted 6-23-2013)

Nomination Chairman Dutch Kaiser reports the following members in good standing have been

Commander:  Jim DeMott,  Stephen Corcoran
Vice Commander:  Wayne Peterson,  Stephen Corcoran
Secretary:  Wayne Sieckowski


Section 1. The Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall conduct the nominations for the

five elected offices.


Section 2. The chairman of the Nominating Committee shall call for nominations of eligible candidates for

the five elected offices to all members on or before August 30. Nominations shall be submitted by

any member in good standing on or before October 30, to the Chairman of the Nominating

Committee, but only if such nominations are accompanied by consent of the nominee that he will accept the nomination and serve if elected and he must be a member in good standing. Upon

receipt of all nominations, the Chairman of the Nominating Committee shall have published the

names, in alphabetical order, of all candidates properly nominated, at least thirty days prior to the

date of elections. Additional nominations, when called for, shall be made from the floor, on the

day of the election, and shall be accepted upon the oral or written consent of the nominee that he

accepts the nomination and will serve if elected. Elections will normally be held at the business

meeting in November. The new officers shall be installed during the month of January. (Amd

10-19-10 & 10-18-11)


Section 3. All elections shall be by secret ballot vote of the members in good standing.

Scholarship Night Also Brings in New Members

(Posted 6-22-2013)


Western Region Director John Mansfield, and Western District 4 Commander Al Durkee were introduced and gave comments to kick off the meeting after traditional opening ceremonies honoring our fallen shipmates.


Present from the South Sound Base to take our Traveling Dolphins was Cdr Al Smith, WRD John Mansfield and Gary Dillard. They had no competition from the Olympic Peninsula Base as Cdr John Clear assured us he and his crew would be here to take em'  back home.  John M. filled their duty by telling a sea story about how his boat, the Menhaden, ramming the stern of the Salmon while mooring in San Diego.

L-R: Base VCDR Steve Corcoran turns over Traveling Dolphins to South Sound Base's WRD John Mansfield,  Base  Cdr Al Smith and Gary Dillard  (Photo provided by John Mansfield)


Six local children or grandchildren (or their reps) were presented, each, with a one thousand dollar check from the the base's Lt  William "Willie" Spoon Memorial Scholarship Program this past Tuesday night June 18th, at the FRA 29 facility in Bremerton.

L- R Caitlin Heber (MIT/Math), Joseph Wiltz (Grand Canyon U/Christian Studies), Bethany Sheridan/KSC, Justine Morris/SKHS, John Gardner,/Scholarship Chair. Not present, but represented: Kimberly Gray (UW), Arianna Sheridan (TCU/Med).  More Pictures Here (Photos by John Mansfield)


Some new members were recruited including the base's first full fledged qualified female, Lt Britta  Christianson (OHIO) and COB, CMDMC Eric Antoine (JIMMY CARTER).  (All new members will be welcomed aboard in the near future in this venue)

Bremerton Base Members Disguised as Pirates Take Traveling Dolphins Home

(Posted 6-14-2013)

Last Evening, Thursday, June 13th, 5 members of Bremerton Base, led by VC Steve Corcoran, disguised themselves as pirates and captured their coveted traveling dolphins from the Olympic Peninsula Base weak force of 8 base members.


The Oly Base a put together a very nice custom carrying case for the dolphins.  Of course it had their patch sewed on to it.  They also had made a couple nice quotes under a pair of gold and silver dolphins on the back of the dolphins.  It was a fine job.


Photos by Don Bassler

Welcome Aboard a New Member: 

(Posted 6-12-2013)

Martin Wattenbarger (Runner, Ethan Allen, Will Rogers, George Washington Carver, William H Bates)

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.

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 at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA

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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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