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  Issue/Date 20131209



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


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Sunday, December 15, 2013 05:30


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, This Saturday, Dec 14, 1200, Bremerton Elks (Click)

Still can get ticket at the door

(Party attendee who submitted only the carbon copy of his $40 Check #10225, please call Hank at 360-377-1370)

Boosters Boost!

Join us on a run to capture the Traveling Dolphins from the Oly Base

(Posted 12-8-2013)


This event has been cancelled!   



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

(Posted 12-5-2013)


Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep (Click)

by Tommy Robinson

(Posted 12-5-2013)


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.


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.





(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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Winter Hours

Starting in October
3rd Sat, 1000

 at FRA 29
521 National Ave,

           Bremerton, WA


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Recovering at Northwoods

in Silverdale

360) 698-3930

Ed  Soriano

(Blenny, Grouper, Queenfish, Hawkbill)

Al Sanders

    (Snook, Permit)


May 2014

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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


Submarine Videos


Submarines of World War 1

How a World War II Submarine Works



The Silent Service (in color) - U.S. Navy WWII

U Boat War : Documentary on the Submarine

Battle of World War 2

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

Watch out from below

Fast Attack

Submarines - Sharks of Steel Episode 1 - Submariners

Submarine USS Virginia Documentary

NEW SUBMARINE! U.S. Navy Takes Delivery

of PCU Minnesota

Megastructures - Super Submarines

Submarine nucleare (DOCUMENTAR)

Russian submarine History

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



Famous Dave's, Silverdale

Photos provided 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."





U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)

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Go Navy! Beat Army!

Son Of Tomahawk Takes It Slow

2014 Candidates Forum

Navy launches drone from submerged submarine


2013 Rochester Convention Financial Report

A key feature of the Thresher Memorial Project in Kittery ME now installed.



Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

Houston Visits Singapore During Western Pacific

Retiree COLAs targeted in bipartisan budget deal

Inside the Secret Interior of the Navy’s First Stealth Destroyer

Pearl Harbor Wasn't Only Surprise Attack that Day

John Lehman: More Bureaucrats, Fewer Jets and Ships

Accusations Dog Russian Copter Deal

Vietnam POWs - 40 Years Later

The Navy Reports on Pearl Harbor - DEC 1942

Sunken Japanese WWII Submarine Discovered Off Hawaiian Coast

America’s Military at a Crossroads

Japanese Subs of WWII

What it Takes to Become an IDF Submariner

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