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Sunday, 08 September 2013 06:21:51 AM


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

Our purpose is: "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country....................Click



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This is a “heads-up” from Ken VeArd on the database support team.

“It looks like the Weekend after next we will be relocating the servers that host Decklog and USSVI. Current plan is to physically move the servers either Saturday or Sunday Sept 14th or Sept 15th.

The servers will be back online Monday Sept 16th.
I will do my best to minimize down time, but the Decklog/USSVI database including SVWWII records will be offline for up to 48 Hours as I physically move the server from the current hosting facility to the new hosting facility.

As soon as I know exactly when the servers will be moved (the 14th or 15th and at exactly what time), I will let you know.”

Note: Aside from the time outage, database tools access will remain the same as before.


Patrick Householder
Database Facilitator
Decklog Boats and Crews Manager
USSVI Past National Commander 2008-2010


2013 USSVI National Convention Review

Pat Householder, Past National Commander

(Posted 9-03-2013)


Shipmates, I just returned from the USSVI Rochester MN convention, which had something over 500 in attendance, and this is the first convention I have ever attended that there was virtually no bitching about anything!

The local folks were friendly and welcoming, prices were good, the venue was good, the food was good, the beer was good, the entertainment was excellent, the memorial service was inspiring. A city of approximately 110,000 residents, it is a place I would be happy to return to.

Seattle Base Members in attendance included John Mansfield, Pat Householder, Sam Ronnie, Louis Mesak, Scott and Beverly Milne.

Bob Opple received the National Commander’s Bob Link Commendation award in absentia.

BZ to the host base, Minn-StPaul Base!

Coming next, The 2014 50th Anniversary Celebration dedication of the USSVI Plaque in Washington DC at the United States Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue NW will happen a day or so before memorial day.

On Memorial Day, USSVI will lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington
and then participate in the National Memorial Day Parade with floats and as many shipmates as can come.

The next subvet conventions will be held in San Francisco (Burlingame) (2014), a special convention in Pittsburgh PA (2015) and then Reno NV in 2016.
More info to follow as the details develop.



Sailor, Rest your Oar

(Updated 8-27-2013)



It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Earlier today, I received an e-mail from Bruce Loughridge that informed me of the passing of his father, Donald Loughridge. Donald was a WWII veteran, a Life member of USSVI and a Holland Club member. He joined USSVI in 2005 as a member of the Dolphin Base, and made the Bremerton Base his primary base a few years ago when he moved here. With Donald departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known that we have lost another hero. Sailor, rest your oar!

James DeMott
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base



WWII Sub Veterans Have No Regrets, But Lots of Stories
By Ed Friedrich
Posted May 22, 2009 at 12:01 a.m


Twenty-five World War II submariners swapped war stories last week at Silverdale Beach Hotel. The tales didn't need any embellishing.

Ninety-three-year-old Ervin Schmidt was among the group, which was joined at a conference by another 95 postwar submariners and family members. The Edmonds man survived the torpedoing of the battleship USS California at Pearl Harbor and the 1943 sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Chicago before switching to submarines.  .........


Don Loughridge felt the same way. Ships were just targets.

"We thought it was only proper we were killing them. They were trying to kill us," he said.

Except for once. While Loughridge was a junior officer aboard the USS Lizardfish, its mission was to destroy Japanese tankers in the East Indies. But by the time he got there, they were mostly gone.

What remained were sub chasers and small wooden ships used to transport goods. The latter were too small to torpedo, so the sub surfaced to blast them with its guns.

They found seven or eight of the ships along the Sumatran coast.

Loughridge, of Saratoga, Calif., and two other gunners shot at a person steering one of the boats "and we could see we all hit this man at the same time and he just disappeared," he said. "I felt like we just killed this guy who was doing the best he can. That's one case where we later felt a little bad about it."

Loughridge's biggest moment on the Lizardfish came when they spotted several enemy ships in a small harbor in Java.

Just before attacking a sub chaser, the captain spotted about 20 Japanese sailors returning on a liberty ship. He waited until they came aboard and then "shot the torpedo at them and blew them all to pieces," the 86-year-old Loughridge said. Then the sub surfaced and "shot up everything on the beach. We claimed one sub chaser, a number of small landing craft and 20 palm trees."

Loughridge, a communications officer, said the submariners were proud and well trained.

"We were all there because we wanted to be there," he said. "I think that's why we've always been so close."

Read more:

God bless Don and those that made life great for us to enjoy!/(ed)



Photos Provided by Joe Gavasso

Bremerton Base Participated in Tacoma's Military Service Parade

(Updated 8-25-2013)


A small contingent of base members led by Cdr Jim DeMott and Vdcr Steve Corcoran marched in the Tacoma Military Service Parade with the Bonefish float pulled by Bonefish Mgr Sam Swenson this past Saturday evening during the annual Daffodil Festival.  Its significant to see WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson and our youngest and active duty member Joe Hanisko  in attendance.   Paul did combat duty in the war and Joe shows his appreciation for that while serving our country in a special way.  Its a good sign that represents our membership.


Cdr Jim DeMott reports:                                Photos by Donna DeMott


On the evening of Saturday, August 24, the Bremerton Base participated in the first Celebrating Military Service Parade in Tacoma. The weather was very cooperative, with no rain and a comfortable temperature. Our parade entry consisted of the Bonefish float, along with six Base members, including WWII veteran Paul Christofferson and active duty member Joseph Hanisko. We were also joined by a retired Navy Chaplain, in uniform, who rode the float with Paul. Some sections of the parade route had few spectators, while others were pretty crowded, but we were well received throughout. Probably the best part was the wait for the start of the parade at the staging area. We were in a mix of participants from different services and organizations. There were a lot of people in a small area, but everyone was very friendly, sharing stories, memories, and a few laughs!

More about the parade here.



Base Members Joined Olympic Peninsula Base Members in Dinner Affair

(Updated 8-26-2013)                                                                            

 Photos by John Clear


Olympic Peninsula Base and Elks Members put on a steak and fish dinner and auction to aid the the Subvets Caps for Kids program on Saturday evening, Aug 24th at the Port Townsend Elks Club.  Led by Cdr John Clear and Chef and Life Member Milo Vandecar along with Elks members arranged the evening.  Ralph Harris, Dutch Kaiser and Don Bassler attended from Bremerton Base with their wives.  Ralph laid out his storekeeper wares and conducted business.



Base Storekeeper Represents Base at Kitsap County Fair  (photo by CPOA's STC(SS)  German Sotelo)

(Posted 8-25-2013)


Giddy Up! Hard charger Base Storekeeper  Ralph Harris helped the CPO Assn at the fair this year perform their volunteer function of security at the fair.  Ralph is always on duty.  Ralph says that he was returning the help the CPOs gave the base at the Fireworks sale and encouraged others to help at the fair next year.












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being awarded the "Golden Anchor" award for class III bases in U.S. Submarine Veterans



   Photo Provided by Dennis Nardone  (9-6-2013)

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Resignation of our National Treasurer, Richard McPherson.
 Submitted by: Alfred H Singleman Jr on 8/13/2013
 It is with regret that I inform you of the resignation of our National Treasurer,
Richard McPherson. He resigned for personal family reasons.

It is always a setback when any one of our officers, whether at the Base or the national level, decides to step down.


We are fortunate in having past National Treasurer, John Markiewicz, accept the appointment and be confirmed by the BOD to serve out the remainder of this elected term which will end in September of 2014.

John is well schooled in all of our treasurer procedures and is responsible for developing many of the procedures and policy currently in place.

T Michael Bircumshaw
USSVi National Commander

(Posted 8-16-2013)

So you want to be a Snow Bird and enjoy a beautiful winter in Yuma, AZ. Rent this neat park model home, completely furnished for $750/month. There is a three month minimum. Bring your soul mate, your clothes, car, or fly into Yuma Airport. You could rent a car or buy one.

Call SubVet Ervin Schmidt at 425-316-8922 or write to Katie Purdue. 15611 22nd Ct. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

If you are down in Yuma, AZ and would like to view our park model, call Shipmate Al Durkee at 360 908 3050.


Biannual Base Officer Elections on the Horizon

(Up-dated 7-21-2013)

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

Treasurer: Dennis Nardone




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.



Deterrent Park - Sept 15, 2013 Deadline for

Donation Brick Order

(Updated 8-25-2013)


You can apply NOW, and pay by September 15 when order is sent in.




2013-2 American Submariner
(Updated 8-25-2013)


Your new edition (2013-2) electronic American Submariner is posted on line at

Press "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after you log in.

The delays we have recently suffered would appear to have greatly improved the AS in photo quality. We should be back on track with future editions. I wish you all a great read.


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Webcast: USS Minnesota Commissioning Sept 7th starting at 0900
USSVI Website and Data base will be down for move on September 14th & 15th

Death of a Hero!

The 2014 USSVI Calendars are available

USSVI National is looking for Volunteers!

Correction in 2013 Chairman's Reports Supplemental




Norfolk, San Diego focus groups show few fans of 'global force' slogan

Statue Unveiled at Battleship Missouri Memorial

Nimitz Sails to Red Sea As Hearings Start on Syria

Chicago Visits Stirling During Western Pacific Deployment

Cod Submarine Memorial in Cleveland Starts Engines After More Than 40 Years

Lost Boats

War hero Hawk recognized by local veteran’s group

Military Times: SitRep Online for August 26, 2013

Full details: Navy's plan to reduce flag-officer billets

US Officials: Navy Boosts Carrier Presence in Gulf

Two developments on the anti-veterans front

7 arraigned in USS Midway theft case

Commander: Pacific Strength Vital to U.S. Interests

Part 1: 'Even our bosses don't know exactly where we are'

British Nuclear Sub Surfaces Off Gibraltar' As Row With Spain Heats Up

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