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Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:28 AM


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

GET YOUR DET PARK DONOR BRICK(S) ORDERED...DeadlineExtended to October 15th, Install by End of October

Remember Monthly Meeting, Tues Eve, 1900 @ FRA 29 - PNC Pat Housholder to review 2013 Convention Proceedings


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Monthly Meeting _Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013

(Posted 9-15-2013)


Past National Commander Pat Householder will be our guest speaker at this meeting. He will review the recent 2013 national convention and certainly will do his best to answer any questions about the National organization.


Meeting starts at 1900 sharp at the FRA 29 Facility.  Opening Ceremonies will be followed by speaker and business meeting.



Life Member Goes on Eternal Patrol

(Posted 9-09-2013)


Captain Charles "Charlie" Meeker USN (ret), of Bremerton, WA went on eternal patrol, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. . He commanded the USS Daniel Webster SSBN626 from 1976-1980, and served on other surface ships and submarines. They were Manatee (AO-58), James Madison, Triton, Ray and James K Polk.  Sailor, rest you oar! See obit


Help Wanted.  Volunteer Again!

(Posted 9-09-2013)


The USSVI National Office in Silverdale is in need of a volunteer that would require minimal computer skills to assist the office manager in conducting national business, primarily mailing out documents.


The volunteer would need to work 1 to 3 hours a week on a day and time negotiated with the office manager.


Helping the organization at the  national level will increase your knowledge of the Subvet doings at the national level and the 160 bases located around the country.  It is also gratifying.


You would be 1 of 5 local volunteers.


Call Fred at 360-337-2978 for more info.



FYI: 2013 USS Alexander Hamilton crew reunion in Silverdale Washington Sept 11-15

(Posted 9-08-2013)


G'day, shipmates.
This will be my next to last reminder for the 2013 USS Alexander Hamilton crew reunion in Silverdale Washington Sept 11-15. We're now less than 1 month away from the reunion and have 75 shipmates and guests registered to attend. If you want to attend but haven't yet registered, time grows short. Reunion and Seattle tour Information and reunion registration form are attached. Fill out and send as soon as possible. Feel free to contact me with questions.
Please note that we've exceeded the maximum number of 35 allowed for the Bangor Base and Ohio class boat tour... and it's now too late to add anyone to the stand-by list. 
To date, I've received (or expect to receive) registrations for the 76 crew members and guests listed below. If your name isn't listed but you plan to attend, please get your registration and money to me ASAP. Also, don't forget to make your hotel reservations.
Jim "Clutch" Koogler
USS Alexander Hamilton Assn Treasurer

Go to thes pdf files for more info:

Reunion Info

Reg form

Tour Options


Current Registrants

Al Allgeier

Jim and Deb Bates

George Bolton

Rod and Dee Bellman

Frank and Christina Bonafede

Frank Bonner

Ed Callaway

Jim and Rita Carey

Robert “Johnny” Cash

Charlie and Margaret Chace

Stephen Corcoran

Rich and Carol Dominy

David and Barbara Doucette

Frederick and Linda Eichhorn

Wayne Emmons

Karl Fickeissen

Ron and Sue Galante

George Gallagher

Gary and Barbara Gibson

James Gill

Dean and Barbara Habhegger cancelled

Doug Haney

Kevin and Jamie Hanley (and maybe their son Ryan)

Arnie Johnson and Eileen Vierow

Bill Kerr

Dave and Flori Kirkpatrick

“Clutch” and Bonnie Koogler cancelled

Bill and Margie Linn

Bob and Jackie McCarthy

YNC Dorene King and Bill Zimmerman (McCarthy guests for dinner only)

Leroy, Geraldine, and Lynnette Nettrouer

Denny Nield

Karl and Jill Noble

John and Josephine (Jo) Norris

Jim Nowell

Dale Parker

Robert and Kathleen Peterson

John and Donna Phillips

Robert Rawlins

Mark and Onita Rowell

JC (Jimmy) Shumate

Charlie Shunk

Roy and Donna Stevenson

Barbara Tiffin and Scott Beck (Barbara’s son)

Cliff Trent and Louise Stevenson

Lee “Lube Oil” Turner

Ralph (Richard R) Van Lieu

Bob Waters

Ted and Rose Wheaton


New Day and Hour for Monthly Meetings

(Posted 9-08-2013)


At the August E-board meeting The E-board passed a motion to conduct monthly meeting on the 3rd Saturday of the of the month at 10 AM for the winter months starting with the October 19th meeting. It was announced at the August picnic/meeting.


The purpose of the change was to encourage older members to attend.  Many have reduced  night vision.


It should be noted that the FRA 29 facility opens at 9 AM on Saturdays and early risers might like to eat breakfast there before the meeting



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)

Monthly Meetings

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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)

All Star Lanes, Silverdale


(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

COB: Wayne Peterson




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)


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