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P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465


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Sunday, December 08, 2013 05:28


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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Annual Christmas Party Reminder

$50.00 per couple SUBVETS pay per couple after Nov. 22, 2013

$25.00 per single SUBVET pay per person after Nov. 22, 2013

Boosters Boost!

Survivors recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press
Dec. 8, 2013 3:52 AM ET

Pearl Harbor survivors watch a vintage WWII airplane fly over Pearl Harbor at the ceremony commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — For the first time since the war, Alvis Taylor returned to Pearl Harbor and recalled the surprise Japanese air attack that plunged America into World War II.

He was serving as an Army medic when the Dec. 7, 1941 attack began. His superiors, who were doctors, rushed to hospitals to care for the wounded. He went to Pearl Harbor, about 18 miles south of his Army post at Schofield Barracks, with dozens of ambulances.

"I remember everything that happened that day," the 90-year-old Davenport, Iowa, resident said.

Taylor decided to return to Pearl Harbor for the first time since the war because the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America paid for him and his wife to make the trip.
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Welcome Aboard New Associate Member Nick Desoto



Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep (Click)

by Tommy Robinson


The sea stories of over 45 submariners who served in USS Nautilus (SSN-571) between 1954 and 1980. What one submarine sailor can imagine and tell in great detail, another submarine sailor can corroborate, expand and improve on, in much greater detail. These are their stories.



Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1958 and served as a Radioman. He “qualified in submarines” on USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the worlds first nuclear powered submarine. In 1988, Chief Warrant Officer Robinson retired from the Navy after 30 years of service.



Save the USS Clamagore

(Posted 11- 29-2013)


Shipmates and Friends of the Clamagore:

The submarine Clamagore presently the tour boat at  Patriots Point, SC is in immediate danger of being towed to sea, sunk and turned into a reef. The reason being is that Patriots Point has no funds to overhaul and repair
the Clamagore.

This is the only GUPPY III in existance. Once she is lost
then another species vanishes.

The crew of the former USS Clamagore SS343 have taken on the task of seeking to "Save The Clamagore." We have opened a special account at the PNC Bank in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

You may send funds to: George Bass, 110 River Birch Drive, Salisbury, NC 28146. Funds sent will be used only for the purpose of restoring the Clamagaore back to a beautiful state.

This is not a donation to Patriots Point but to the "Save The Clamagore" account.

We need your help as there are no other means of getting the
funds to restore the Clamagore.

On behalf of the Clamagore - thank you.

Can you get on board?


U.S. Navy Submarine Centennial Monument at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md
by P Wegner


This is a picture of a sculpture at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. It was struck in 2000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Submarine Service. Go to this web site:

to see more pictures of the sculpture, to include the etchings around the base that depict submarine life.


American Submariner Editor Change

(Posted 11- 22-2013)

Shipmates, My name is Chuck Emmett and, beginning with 2014, I will be the new editor of our magazine, the American Submariner. To ensure that a clear pipeline is available for information flow to me, I have established a dedicated phone line and e-mail address just for the magazine. They are:




From the Commander

(Posted 11- 17-2013)


In the past, the Bremerton Base has taken up a collection to provide a holiday gift for a worthy cause. This year, the Base continues the tradition and once again has selected the Retsil Veteran’s Home. Money raised will go for buying phone cards and other gifts for the veterans residing at the home.

On December 14, 2013, at this year’s Base Christmas party, we will “pass the hat” to collect for the donation. The Base has agreed to match the total amount collected. The gifts will be presented after the party, on a date not yet determined (but before Christmas).

If you don’t plan on attending the party, you can still contribute. Donations can be made, payable to “USSVI Bremerton Base”. Please note that the contribution is for the Christmas Party collection. Contributions can be given to me, Base Treasurer Dennis Nardone, or mailed to USSVI Bremerton Base, P.O. Box 465, Silverdale, Wa, 98383.
Thank you for your support in this venture.

Jim DeMott
Base Commander



Longevity Awards

Building and maintaining Base cohesion is an ongoing and never-ending process. Scheduled meetings, memorial services, shared trips, picnics, parades and projects all help us to grow closer as a SUBVET family, enjoying each other’s company, while we honor our fallen heroes and support our current day submarine forces.

Most all our members have busy lives and many demands on their time, yet many willingly set aside the time to actively participate in USSVI related activities and functions. While many members are relatively new to USSVI, we have others who have maintained faithful allegiance for 5, 10, 15, 20 and more years.

When a member achieves a milestone year, it is altogether fitting to recognize and acknowledge their longevity in USSVI. This year, the listed members have reached a longevity milestone. The Bremerton Base would like to say “Thank You” for staying the course in USSVI and helping to make it what it is today.



Jim DeMott
Base Commander


10 Year Awards

20 Year Awards

James Adkins, Jr.

Dale Boyle

Richard Chwaszczewski

Charles Deer

William Delaney

Christopher Dreyer

Henry Fishel

Jack Ford

Donald Goldsberry

Michael Heberling, Jr.

James Henry III

Ronald Hnatovic

Clifford Lightfoot, Jr.

Michael Madden

Richard Maddy

Michael Marfut

Charles Martin

Angus McColl

Charles O’Hara

Jerry Parker

Edwin Parry III

Irwin Pierson

William Ridley

Tommy Robinson

Ken Schonauer


Ted Hunt

William McKenzie, Jr.

Daniel Simmons, Jr.





Medicare/Tricare Rehabilitation now available at Retsil for Spouses of Military Retirees
(Posted 11- 20-2013)

Spouses of military retirees enrolled in Tricare for Life are eligible for admission to Washington Veterans Home, Retsil, located in Port Orchard, under a Medicare/Tricare after a qualified hospital stay and are in need of a rehabilitation skilled nursing stay. This skilled nursing admission entitlement is only for the qualified covered stay, on a space available basis, and upon completion of the qualified covered stay, the spouse will be discharged back to their private residence or to another facility.

Under Tricare for Life, Tricare pays for the first 20 days of skilled nursing and the co-payment from day 21 to the end of the rehabilitation stay, up to 100 days. If the stay extends beyond 100 days, Tricare covers a percentage of the costs and a co-payment is required from the insured spouse.

For more information contact WVH Retsil at 360-895-4700 or 360-791-0951.

Surviving spouses of veterans needing long term care are eligible for admission to WVH Retsil on a space available basis. Applications can be submitted at any time and the eligible surviving spouse will be put on a waiting list if no bed is available at the time of application.

Willie Slusarski                                                                              
Administrative Assistant                                                               

360-895-4453 (Fax)




(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.



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       U.S. Submarines in World War I

Despite ineffectual attempts by both the Russian and Japanese navies during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) to employ “submarine torpedo boats” in Far Eastern waters, modern submarines received their first real baptism of fire in World War I (1914-1918). Even with the global proliferation of submarines during the first few years of the 20th century, it was the Germans and British who first demonstrated their dangerous potential for undersea warfare in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during 1914 and 1915. In acquiring John Holland’s pioneering Holland VI – the progenitor of all “modern” submarines – in 1900, the U.S. Navy had gained a small head start on its European counterparts. But by the time the United States joined the Allied cause in mid-1917, rapid technical and operational developments in Europe – and particularly during the early years of the war – had left the U.S. submarine force significantly outclassed  Read All


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U Boat War : Documentary on the Submarine

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The Largest Submarine in The U.S. Navy

Ohio Class Submarine | Combat Countdown

Trident Missile Launch From a  Submarine

Submarine Service In The 1970s

The Cold War- Submarines: In Enemy Depths

Cold War Spy Secrets Under the Sea

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Secret Russian Sub - Mission Invisible

Megastructures - Soviet Doomsday Submarine

Seconds From Disaster - S03E03 - Sinking Of Kursk

Raising the Kursk Part 1

Raising the Kursk Part 2

The Kursk Cover Up - Russia


Secret Submarine Rendezvous : Documentary on the

World War 2 Secret African Mission

HMS Victorious Trident Class Nuclear Submarine

How to build a Nuclear Submarine (2010)

Submarine Patrol 3/3 - Chasing the Enemy

Oberon Arrival in Halifax

RCN Submarines HD



Family Inn at Manchester

Photos by Dennis Nardone



Canned Humor

A baby sardine and her mother were swimming along when a submarine sped by.  The baby cried, "Look! It's a can of people."





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2013 Rochester Convention Financial Report

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VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP)



Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

America’s Military at a Crossroads

Japanese Subs of WWII

What it Takes to Become an IDF Submariner

Save the USS Clamagore

China sends fighters to ID U.S. and Japan flights

China Looks to Calm Fears Over Disputed Islands

Ex-Navy Workers Sentenced in Travel Voucher Scheme

Hawk memorial focuses on hero’s life after the war

First Navy Ships with CANES Underway

China's Aircraft Carrier Heads to South China Sea

Navy and Industry Perusing New Power and Propulsion Methods

Human skeletons, artifacts recovered from WWII Nazi U-boat discovered off Indonesia (See note of Interest )

How DoD Can Save America’s High-Tech Edge

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