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Sunday, October 20, 2013 15:43


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

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Summary of Bremerton Base Meeting on 19 Oct 2013 at FRA Bremerton
(Posted 10-20-2013)

Thirty-six Members attended the first Saturday morning meeting of the season. Base Cmdr. Jim Demott called the meeting to order at 1000. There were no dignitaries in attendance. After opening observances Cmdr. Jim Demott conducted Eagle Scout presentation of Letters of Accomplishment to Eagle Scout Joshua Talavera, Brandon Talavera and Jace Barlett. Each Eagle Scout then addressed the meeting describing the project and what scouting means to them.

After the Eagle Scout presentation, the showing of the Submarine Movie had to be cancelled due to operator error. Even with the help of Eagle Scout Jace Barlett the technical problems with the projector could not be overcome.

After a short break the meeting continued. Fred Borgmann reported Gary Carr , Base Member entered on Eternal Patrol. On 9 Nov will be the Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade , we will muster at the parking garage at 0900. The traveling Vietnam Wall will be in Auburn from November 8 – 11 and will be open 24 hours a day. The Veteran’s Day program at the Fairgrounds will be Monday November 11, doors open 0900 and the ceremony begins at 1030.

Bremerton Base elections will be Saturday November 16, you have to be present to vote but not to be elected. Elections Chairman Gary Kaisers posted a list of people nominated in alphabetical order in accordance with the Base By-Laws.

Tickets are on sale for the Base’s Christmas Party on December 14 at the Bremerton Elks. The cost $40.00 per couple until November 22 and then it goes up to $50.00. See COB Hank Hollis to get tickets.

Cmdr. Jim Demott talked about getting involved with the base. Then he adjourned the meeting at 1105. Wayne Sieckowski Sends.



Life and Holland Club member Goes on Eternal Patrol

Kitsap Sun, Published 10/17/2013 at 12:59 p.m.

(Posted 10-20-2013)


Gary Jay Carr crossed the bar Sept. 29, 2013 at Retsil Veterans Home in Port Orchard from complications of Alzheimer's.

Gary was born in Butte, Mont. to Jay and Ethel Helmig Carr on Aug. 23, 1938. He went to school in both Butte and Helena, Mont., where he joined the Navy in 1956. He spent most of his service as a submarine sailor, starting out on diesel submarines and retiring from nuclear submarine U.S.S. Ohio as the COB in 1986 after 30 years serving our country and rose to the rank of master chief. Gary helped build the DSRV, a deep submerged rescue sub, and was a Navy diver. He retired with a chest full of medals and a room full of awards; he never went too far from his Navy. He then spent years working with the inactive ships at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as foreman.

Gary married his true love, Josephine (Jo), in December of 1964. With that marriage, he gained his beloved son, Keith Genovese. Gary and Jo then had a daughter together, Melinda.

He realized his dream of boat ownership and was a member of the Bremerton Yacht Club and the Commodore in 2000. He loved his boat, the Seadragon (named after one of his submarines) and spent many hours refurbishing it. Gary and Jo made many wonderful trips and memories on their boat and with friends and family.

Gary leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 years, Josephine; daughter, Melinda Carr Knapp and her husband, Donny; son, Keith Genovese; grandchildren, Jennifer Genovese, Kimberly Genovese (Mike), Nicole Capron (Paul), Logan, Dylan, and Carly Knapp; sisters, Donna Sinnott of Helena, Mont. and Dolly Ness and her husband Troy of Newport, Ore.; six great-grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews and many beloved friends!

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bremerton Yacht Club Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.


Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) is a USSVI Community Outreach Program

(Posted 10-18-2013)


Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) is a USSVI Community Outreach Program that brings joy to the Children visited as well as to the Sub Vets who visit them! It also provides positive local awareness for USSVI Seattle Base and is in keeping with part 3 of our organization's purpose to engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice.

Seattle Base Shipmate John Roberts is working to establish a connection with Seattle Children’s hospital so that Seattle Base members can participate in this very worthwhile and satisfying program, and he needs to know who amongst us is willing to give a little time to participate in this wonderful program, so please respond back to this email to let us know.

To review the story behind Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS), watch the linked video below

To see what South Sound Base has done at Tacoma General Hospital, open this link


Doug “Abe” Abramson
Seattle Base Commander

Please respond to:
Doug Abramson

Patrick Householder



USSVI Scholarship Program 2014

(Posted 10-18-2013)


The USSVI "Sub Vet" Scholarship Program and Committee are pleased to announce that we are now accepting requests for the scholarship application.


You can do it two ways: one, send your name and address and tell me if you are a high school Senior or a college student. You can contact me by email at

or by snail mail at USSVI Scholarship Chmn.Paul Wm. Orstad; 30 Surrey lane, Norwich, CT 06360-6541.

Second, you can open the USSVI Web Page at . Look to the left for “Charitable Fund” in one of the blue boxes, "click on it". At the top in blue/green look for "Scholarships” and click on it. Now click on "Application" this will give you two applications to down load which you will need. You will then have a total of five pages or possibly six depending on your printer. Click on "Notes and Tips" which is two pages. Page one is for high School and page two is for college students. These are the "Hint" sheets you need to make sure you fill out the application correctly. If you have any problems please let me know as I will snail mail you a clear application next day mail.

Base Commanders, Please use the Scholarship Booklet as information only and not for applications. The document can be found in the document section of the regular USSVI documents and not in the Charitable Foundation Documents.


If you can not find it please contact me and I will snail mail it to you. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me by phone, email or snail mail. 860-889-4750,  , 30 Surrey Ln, Norwich CT. 063696541
Thank you.


USSVI Westen District 4 WWII Subvet Goes on Eternal Patrol

(Posted 10-15-2013)

Our friend and shipmate, Harold J. Schumock, has passed to Eternal Patrol.  He was a member of the Loggers Chapter of the US Submarine Veterans of World War II and a member of the Blueback Base of The Submarine Veterans Inc.

Hal was a proud member of the greatest generation and most recently had made the Honor Flight in September to the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. He was very impressed with the Memorials and especially pleased to be acknowledged by Representative Greg Walden of Oregon as one of the three submariners in the group. On the returning flight, the pilot of Southwest Airlines also praised him during the flight back home.

Hal suffered an aneurism a few years back and had declined to have the surgery to attempt a repair. More recently he had some difficulty with that and had elected to undergo the surgery in spite of the hazard associated.

The surgery began after he had the opportunity of talking to the family members early Sunday morning and it was to be a 4 to 8 hour long ordeal. It was not however, successful and he passed about 7 am Sunday morning.

His wife, Zora, and the family have not yet planned the timing of the ceremonies and will inform us beforehand. He did want to be interred at Willamette National Cemetery.

He will be missed.

Hal was a Torpedoman 2/c and served on the USS Picuda SS-382 and the USS
Sirago SS485, during 1942-1946. He later was in the US Army Reserve and
served as a Lieutenant.


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.







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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  (10-18-2013)

Los Cabos Grill, Bremerton

(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.





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.  


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