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Saturday, September 28, 2013 08:27


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....................

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


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SSB Bubbleheads in touring over 500 vintage vehicles

(Posted 9-27-2013)


All SubVets from Seattle and Bremerton Bases are invited to join the SSB Bubbleheads in touring over 500 vintage vehicles at the LeMay Marymount Event Center on SATURDAY 5 October 2013. Mark your Calendar and Muster at Noon in front of the Gift Shop. Mud and Gut Bombs (coffee and donuts) will be on hand for the crew. (SSB Members, this is in lieu of our regular October meeting.)

The normal General Admission fee is $15.00, but for our group of bubbleheads, it is only $10.00 per person! Our tour will shove off at 12:30, so don't be late! Plan on a 2-2½ hour tour of the extensive collection of vintage vehicles located here.

From its roots as the original automotive collection of Harold & Nancy LeMay, started in the 1960's, the LeMay Family Collection Foundation (LFCF) is an expression of the continued growth of the LeMay Collection and a desire from the community to preserve the amazing LeMay Collection for the future. The LeMay family collections include over 1,500 vintage vehicles, plus related Americana (dolls, toys, antiques, farm equipment, etc.) and much of that is located at Marymount, a distinct campus with a unique history all its own.

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Mike Ellis at  / 253-222-6948



Bremerton Base on Facebook, OMG

(Posted 9-26-2013)


We have finally succumbed to the world of social media. Like it or not, you will find it very helpful and immediate in expressing your thoughts and suggestions to improve the base.


Essentially this is a web blog registered with Facebook.  Member Dale McVey volunteered his expertise in this area and is the Webmaster of this site.  However, you are the ones that provide the content (text and images).  Dale will monitor the site and has the authority to edit out what he thinks is inappropriate. 


In order to participate you must register with facebook, takes a minute. But you can view right now without registering, but cannot comment. Being a newbie myself, I can't give you much help, but let your conscious be your guide, the whole world is watching!/Red



USSVI WRD 2013 Review Of Rochester, Minnesota Convention

(Posted 9-20-2013)


My overview of the 2013 USSVI Rochester, Minnesota convention:

Kudos to the Minneapolis/St Paul subvets, wives and friends who hosted a very nice convention.

From checking in at the registration table to the final departure breakfast, everything ran smoothly,

efficiently and without complaints. Lots of great items in the 'goody bags' including a can of Spam.

The Grand Kahler Hotel staff was friendly and rooms nicely outfitted.

There were many nice restaurants to choose from depending on tastes, and a 'Peace Plaza' event, outside the hotel was held

every evening with varieties of entertainment.

I attended the Pre ABM, ABM, Post ABM, District Commander and Base Commander meetings. All held with cordial decorum.  The ABM was entirely too long with many topics repetitious in other meetings.  Meeting minutes will be posted on the USSVI website in a few weeks, says National Secretary Tom Conlon.

The following District Commanders were sworn in at the ABM:

Jim Denzien, District 1, and Bob Bissonnette, District 6 and I swore in Gene Nagel, District 2 and Pete Juhos, District 5 via phone on my way back to Washington.

The Tolling of Boats ceremony at Rochester's beautiful veterans memorial field was excellent; shuttles were provided to and from the event using trolley cars.

There were plenty of vendors but it appeared that many were disappointed in sales. Suggestions are being made to havebetter coordination regarding vendor mall hours and tours.

There were many tours available such as the paddle boat dinner cruise, fly fishing lunch, golf tournament, Mall of America, Treasure Island Casino, a wine tour with lunch, an October fest on Peace Plaza, Amish country with lunch, Spam Museum,and self guided tours of Rochester.

The Award Banquet was nicely done and guest speaker RADM Mark Kenney gave an inspiring talk. He shed his business suit coat revealing his USSVI vest, to a round of applause.

 Many awards were given out.  My shipmate on Menhaden (SS377) in 1963-65, Steve Bell was awarded District Commander of the Year. He is also Base Commander of Carolina Piedmont base that walked away with seven awards.  Western Region Awards were Golden Anchor for South Sound Base, Robert Link Award to Bob Opple of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club, and Golden Anchor Award to SSMC as well.

Lots of fun in the hospitality room all week, with plenty of sea stories (some are even true), raffles (I won a $25.00 gift card to Target), and a nice bar where beer and pop was only a buck.

The only drawback for me was on the way home, just outside of Gillette, Wyoming, I hit a deer that did about $1,100 damage to my car.  I covered 4,119 miles on the round trip.

All in all, the convention was very well done.  We look forward to our 50th anniversary convention in San Francisco next year.

It has been decided that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will host the 2015 convention and 2016 in Reno, Nevada.

Best regards,


John MansfieldWRD

360 569 0507



Biannual Base Officer Elections

(Up-dated 9-20-2013)

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

Here are the candidates:
Steve Corcoran Nominated for Commander and Vice Commander
James DeMott Nominated for Commander
Dennis Nardone Nominated for Treasurer
Wayne Peterson Nominated for Vice Commander and Chief of the Boat
Wayne Sieckowski Nominated for Secretary

Please post this list on Gertrude Check and Puget Soundings and remind the
membership that nominations are open until October 30th and elections will be
held at the November Business Meeting.



Welcome Aboard: John Norris (Sterlet, Sargo,  Greenfish, Andrew Jackson, Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton)

(Posted 9-19-2013)


USSVI Bremerton Base Monthly Meeting Summary

(Posted 9-18-2013)


The September monthly meeting commenced with traditional opening ceremonies and the introduction Olympic Peninsula Base Cdr John Clear and his motley crew which included WWII Subvet Eddie Ferris.  Other guests, potential and new members were invited to introduce themselves.


Evening Speaker, Past National Commander Pat Householder had prepared a short video that reviewed the 2013 national convention he attended in late August and commented it was the best one he had ever attended, emphasizing the convention organization, the friendliness and hospitality of the people in Rochester, MN.


A short break was followed by the business portion of the meeting.  Upcoming Base Elections, Veterans Day events were among items discussed and will be reported later in the meeting minutes which will be located here.


John Clear and his motley crew then went up to the podium to claim the Traveling Dolphins.  After a spirited discussion between John and Vice Cdr Steve Corcoran they were reluctantly turned over to the Oly Base.  Ed Ferris then gave a short, but very amusing sea story about a lady he encountered in his 89 years of travel in the world.  Oly Base member Dale Derricote gave inspiring comments on the submarine service and its veterans, us!


Meeting was adjourned before 2030 with Chaplains closing benediction.



Deadline for Deterrent Park Engraved Brick Orders Extended to October 15th

(Posted 9-15-2013)


Two factors caused the extension of your opportunity to order engraved bricks by October 15, 2013.


1.  Engraver will be very busy through mid October

2.  An extension of the deadline could result in additional bricks orders, installed in late October.



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.


Monthly Meetings

Winter Hours

Starting in October
3rd Sat, 1000

 at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA


2014 Calendar below, Email  Red to change
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Auburn Veterans Day Parade

(Posted 9-20-2013)


POC Shipmates,

I attended the Auburn Veterans Parade Committee meeting Tuesday and received the following:

Please distribute this info to all Base members.


The Auburn Veterans Parade is the 7th largest this side of the Mississippi.


For more details, forms and full schedules of events, visit


Best regards,

John Mansfield



   Photo Provided by Dennis Nardone  (9-13-2013)

Whiskey Creek, Keyport


(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.



Deterrent Park - Oct 15, 2013 Deadline for

Donation Brick Order

(Updated 9-15-2013)


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




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