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Sunday, 21 July 2013 07:18:51 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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USSVI Seattle Base Will participate in the Museum of Flight’s major SEAFAIR 
event on August 3&4
(Posted 7-11-2013)

This occasion is in keeping with the third purpose of USSVI which states that:

“The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."


The plan is to build a theme based on the rescue of the 504 Pacific Theater WWII pilots rescued by US submarines. Most notable was President George H. W. Bush and US Navy fighter “Ace” Lt John Galvin. See this flic.


This may be be an enjoyable event to attend.  See this site.


DRT Headed for South Sound Base, Thursday, July11th

(Posted 7-08-2013)


The Bremerton Base Dolphin Recovery Team (DRT) (also known as the Pirate Posse) is recruiting members to recover the Traveling Dolphins from the the South Sound Base this Thursday, July 11th.  The DRT will muster at the Port Orchard Lowes at 1700; then car pool to the VFW in Tacoma.

2013 Independence Day-Bremerton Base Submarine Veterans Busy

(Posted 7-08-2013)

(Posted 7-08-2013)

On Thursday, June 27th, Bremerton Subvets kicked off a very busy Independence Day schedule. About 50 active duty, ex and retired subvets and their family members were involved from 27 June through 5 July.

The activities started with the annual opening of the Subvets Fireworks Stand led by manager Mike Sullivan and his assistant, Mike Friend, who was learning the ropes as next year’s manager. This duty is known as “hell” week as these two gents were essentially on duty for 24/7. Preliminary report indicates the base will be able to meet our operational and charitable needs for another year as this event the base’s major funding source.

On Saturday, July 1, Bremerton Subvets participated in Port Orchard’s annual Fathoms of Fun’s parade. Although less than an expected turn out, we drew an active duty subvet, Joe Hanisko (Jimmy Carter) who carried the colors in his Navy uniform. We won first place in the military entry category.

On the 4th of July, the base marched in their favorite parade, the Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth of July Parade. Again we had active duty Subvets marching, some, members of the base.


2013 Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth of July Parade!
(Posted 7-05-2013)






A Success!





Participation in Fathoms O’ Fun’s 46th Grand Parade Lower Than Normal

But a Grand Feed at Ralph & Rose Marie's Afterward

(Updated 7-5-2013)

About 8 or 9 members showed up on a beautiful evening in Port Orchard to participate in this  annual parade. 


John C, Congrats on Oly Base 2nd place prize!

Welcome Aboard New Members: 

(Posted 6-29-2013)


Dave Crawford (Sculpin,  Lewis and Clark, Tunny, Nevada, Alexander Hamilton), Britta Christianson (Ohio) and Eric Antoine (Greenling, San Francisco, Parche, Oklahoma City, Jimmy Carter)

Latest Issue of Puget Soundings Online (Click)

(Posted 6-27-2013)

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.

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Pearl Harbor survivor, 97, will serve as grand marshal in Edmonds
By Gale Fiege, Herald Writer

Ervin Schmidt steps out of the doorway of his Everett apartment, which he has decorated for the nation's big celebration. Schmidt, 97, a Pearl Harbor survivor and VFW member for 65 years, is grand marshal for this year's Edmonds July 4th parade.

Ervin Schmidt steps out of the doorway of his Everett apartment, which he has decorated for the nation's big celebration. Schmidt, 97, a Pearl Harbor survivor and VFW member for 65 years, is grand marshal for this year's Edmonds July 4th parade.

EDMONDS -- Ervin Schmidt is a patriotic man who served in the Navy in the first battle of World War II, and what was one of the last. He doesn't hide the thrill he expects today at noon when he serves as the grand marshal of the Independence Day parade in Edmonds.

It likely will be the last time he wears his prized "digger" or bush hat, which honors the U.S. Navy's allies from Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific during World War II. He also plans to wear a vest decorated with his Navy medals, ribbons, pins and patches from all the veterans groups to which he belongs.

Schmidt, at age 97, is one of the few remaining survivors of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. It's a day he remembers with remarkable clarity, unsettling sorrow and deep thankfulness for his life.

War should never be glorified, he said, but its history must be kept alive.

"Or we'll never learn how to avoid war. The Lord can't help us get rid of war," Schmidt said. "If people weren't so greedy, we could settle things without war."

Schmidt is a 65-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 in Edmonds. For many years, he's talked to school groups around the county, helping young people get a better picture of the history he can share.

More than 2,400 sailors were killed at Pearl Harbor and about 84,000 survived. Today fewer than 1,000 of those survivors are still alive. "Our numbers are plummeting," Schmidt said.

At age 7, Schmidt emigrated with his family from Germany through Ellis Island and on to Wisconsin. When he landed in the hospital last month with a prostate problem, a nurse noticed that he was born in Germany. She spoke to Schmidt in German and he responded right back in his native language.

As a young man, Schmidt served three years in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin. The corps gave him a sense of duty, he said, and so he joined the Navy at age 24.

"I knew the United States would be involved shortly in the war in Europe and in the Pacific," Schmidt said. "I thought we should be prepared."

Schmidt proudly displays his class photo from 1940 when he completed basic training at the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill. He then was assigned to the warship USS California. On the morning of the Japanese attack, it was docked on battleship row at Pearl Harbor.

Shortly before 8 a.m., Schmidt was still in his bunk several levels below deck. He and a buddy planned a shore-leave outing to Waikiki Beach that day. Instead, the California was hit by torpedo fire and one of his bunkmates was killed by the blast.

"We knew then that our war with Japan had started," he said.

Schmidt and 26 of his fellow sailors tried to make it to their battle stations, but, overcome by smoke and fumes from the ship's oil tankers, they passed out. After a second torpedo strike, the ship began to list and the captain ordered his crew to abandon ship. Schmidt didn't hear the order. Had other shipmates not discovered Schmidt and his group and pulled them to fresh air on the main deck, they likely would have drowned, he said.

"So guys were diving into the water to swim to shore," Schmidt said. "I noticed three young sailors who were shaken and confused. They admitted they couldn't swim. I decided to stay with them. Instead of panicking, we went below to get some ammunition to fight back."

The men went below deck in the dark, carried up a heavy wood box filled with shells and climbed up to the anti-aircraft gun above the ship's bridge. "We found energy for this task that we didn't know we had," Schmidt said. "We fired at as many Japanese bombers as we could."

Schmidt and the three younger men were rescued after the bombing had stopped and before the battleship sank. (Three months later the USS California was raised and went to Bremerton for repairs and refitting.)

In the confusion of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Schmidt was listed as killed in action. Six weeks after his family held a memorial service for him, they learned that Schmidt had survived and was serving aboard the USS Chicago. The Chicago was in the Coral Sea backing up Australian and New Zealand forces in fierce fighting there. One night they buried nearly 40 sailors at sea.

When the Chicago was sunk off the Solomon Islands, Schmidt swam away. He was rescued by a destroyer and sent back to San Diego where he then volunteered for duty as a radio and sonar operator aboard the submarine USS Saury, which later sank nine Japanese ships. Near the end of the war, Petty Officer 1st Class Schmidt served as a radioman on the submarine USS Torsk, working among the mine fields laid at the bottom of Tokyo Bay and the Sea of Japan.

At one point, Schmidt remembered, the Torsk surfaced to pick up seven survivors of a Japanese ship the submarine had destroyed.

"The youngest was only 14 years old," Schmidt said, his voice cracking. "We fed them, clothed them and took care of them until the war ended 30 days later."

On the Torsk, Schmidt participated in the final Navy battles of World War II. The Torsk crew sunk four Japanese ships, the last one as the U.S. bombed Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and the Japanese surrendered.

Schmidt and his wife, June, moved to Washington state after the war, living for a time in a rustic shack on Lake Serene and eventually settling in Mountlake Terrace, where their four children attended school and where they worshipped at First Baptist Church.

Schmidt, who worked as a barber before joining the Navy, and June ran their own beauty shops for a time and he worked as a sales representative for Paris Beauty Supply in Seattle. After retirement, they visited Pearl Harbor. Later they lived in Edmonds before moving to south Everett before June's death earlier this year.

The members of Post 8870 were proud to honor Schmidt as their nomination to serve as grand marshal for today's "Edmonds Kind of Fourth" parade, said fellow VFW member Ron Clyborne.

"We recognize Erv's great service to our grateful nation," Clyborne said. "We think the world of him. He is amazing."

Erv is member of the /Bremerton, /Seattle and South Sound Bases

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FLASH-01: John Carcioppolo Findings by Special Committee
Submitted by: T. Michael Bircumshaw on 7/9/2013

 It is regrettable that the recent situation at Groton Base has been made into a circus of controversy.
  John Carcioppolo became the center of attention in an investigation of the Groton Base, Groton Base Clubhouse and Bar due to rather extreme financial difficulties that have brought the whole of USSVI into sharp focus with the IRS. Due to delays and lack of cooperation in responding to questions asked of the Groton Base Commander and Treasurer, under the terms of the Bylaws, Article VI, Section 18, a Disciplinary Committee was convened to investigate the situation comprised of three Region Directors with considerable experience, two of whom are Joe Negri Awardees and also past or current Base Commanders, plus one past District Commander of the Year.
  Ten individuals were interviewed in Groton, including John Carcioppolo. They are not identified in the report, but John C knows who they are.
  Instead of appealing the judgment of the Disciplinary Committee to the full board, John C resigned and then it was taken public by John C and the entire situation was subjected to becoming viral with self serving accusations and mis-representations directed at the national organization and the national officers.
  As a result of the actions taken by John Carcioppolo and others within USSVI, I have written an expanded explanation and am presenting a summary of the Disciplinary Committee’s findings. They may be found at the following links:







Hello all,
     I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks. It has been busy!  We do have a great base. Our members step up when needed. First, we had the Fathoms of Fun parade in Port Orchard. It was a beautiful night and we took first place in the military category. I thank all of those who attended and Ralph and Rose Marie Harris for the awesome after parade get together at their home. They put out a great spread of food and beverages and a nice atmosphere in their back yard. It is a fun time. All are welcome. Remember for next year.

    Next was the fireworks sales at our stand on Kitsap Way in Bremerton. Fireworks Chairman Mike Sullivan and his relief, Mike Friend, did an outstanding job this year. This is our major fundraiser of the year, and the support we receive from our members is awesome. For those of you that supported the watchbill, or just showed up to support the sales, I thank you. I was there on the 3rd and 4th, and I understand it is not easy doing the customer service with a smile for hours on end. I met two members of our base for the first time. Phil and "Lefty", I thank you for your time in the booth. Jim, Red, Sam, Joel, Dick, Nola, Joe,Dennis and all the others, I give you my thanks. If I forgot anyone, I am sorry.You all did a great job. Watching Dennis Nardone run the till on the 4th was a thing of magic.

     The parade on Bainbridge Island was rewarding. They do appreciate us. If we participate in one parade all year, I vote for this one. The people of the Island do appreciate us, and welcome us with salutes and "Thank you, or Thank you for your service". John Gardner deserves an "atta boy" for being our parade chairman. Thanks John!!.
    At our next meeting we will have a guest speaker from the U.S.S.Ohio. Stand by for more info. Be sure to attend. It should be a good event.
     On a final note, the Pirate Posse will head South to the South Sound Base on Thursday, July 11th to retrieve the Traveling Dolphins. All hands are welcome to join this fun event. We will meet at the Lowe's in Port Orchard between 1700-1730. I welcome all Base members to join this convoy. We usually car pool to make it easier.
      As always, if there is anything I can be of assistance with, please feel free to contact me. It is a pleasure serving you all as your Vice Commander. Enjoy the remainder of summer.

Steve Corcoran
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704



Subvets award scholarships to six students

Jim DeMott, left, Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base chapter commander, presents a $1,000 scholarship to Joseph Wiltz during the chapter’s annual scholarship awards night at the Fleet Reserve Association 29 post in Bremerton as chapter scholarship coordinator John Gardner stands by. Six area received the scholarships this year from money collected from fundraisers throughout the year.

At their monthly meeting, June 18, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base chapter gave away a little money. The beneficiaries were six local college bound students who each received $1,000 scholarship toward their education needs.

The awarding of scholarships is nothing new to the organization. The donations were authorized in 1981 with the first scholarship was awarded a year later in the amount of $500. The money is raised annually through several fundraisers in the area. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends solely on monies raised.

“Most of the money comes through our July 4th fireworks booth sales, as well as our scholarship raffle, and the Dolphin Dash (an annual 5 and 10k run) event at Bangor,” said Jim DeMott, Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base chapter commander.

To become eligible for the scholarships, the students must be a relative of one of the chapter’s members. After filling out an official registration form, this year’s students were required to write an essay on something related to submarines in World War II.

Justine Morris, who graduated for South Kitsap High School this year, was one of this year’s scholarship recipients. Her grandfather is a member of the Bremerton Base chapter.

Morris said she wrote her essay on the Gato class submarine USS Harder (SS 257) that served six tours during WWII.

“I plan to use the money when I attend New York University in the fall where I’ll pursue a double major in journalism and political science,” she said.

Also receiving a scholarship was Joseph Wiltz, whose father is a submarine veteran and member of the Bremerton Base chapter.

Wiltz is currently attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. “I’m majoring in Christian studies and plan to one day teach,” he said.

Also awarded were Kimberly Gray who is attending the University of Washington majoring in speech and hearing; Caitlin Heber who is attending MIT in Cambridge, Mass.; Ariana Sheridan, a pre-med student at Texas Christian University; and her sister Bethany Sheridan, a recent graduate of Klahowya Secondary School who plans to attend Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, Fla. majoring in business and merchandising.



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