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Friday, February 07, 2014 06:53 PM



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





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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Special February General Membership Meeting

(Posted 2-02-2014)


The Bremerton Base monthly meeting, will be Sat., Feb 15th.  Details below.


Base Members,

I am sending this e-mail in order to invite Bremerton Base members, and their guests, to our next monthly membership meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 1000. It will be held at our usual meeting location, FRA 29, 521 S. National Ave., in Bremerton.

Our scheduled speaker is Cris Larsen, also known as the Great Cris. In past years, Mr. Larsen has been very instrumental in the organization of the Armed Forces Day Festival in Bremerton. He is also a touring comedian, who last year performed 1042 shows. In his career, he has performed over 300 shows for the Troops.

Prior to the start of the meeting, the Base will provide breakfast to all Members and their guests. We have made arrangements with Hot Mama’s Tamales & Grill, the kitchen staff at the FRA, for a buffet breakfast, between 0900 and 1000.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Jim DeMott

(360) 710-0411
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base



2014 Pacnorwest Officers' Submarine Birthday Ball

April 12 - mark your calendars and get your formal attire in order.
(Posted 1-28-2014)

Announcing the 2014 Pacnorwest Officers' Submarine Birthday Ball, sponsored by Commander Submarine Group Nine, and celebrating 114yrs of Submarine Service. The event will be held at the NBK Bangor Plaza Ballroom on April 12th, 2014. Social hour will start at 1800 with dinner to follow. We hope to see everyone at the event. Keep an eye out here for new announcements!



'Joe Negri' shipmate Gilbert P Shaddock Departing...

PNC Pat Householder Informs

(Posted 1-28-2014)


With great regret, I must tell you that our Shipmate Gil Shaddock departed on his final patrol on Jan 28, 2014.

In his 32 year Navy career Gil rose from E-1 to O-5, and qualified aboard USS Grampus (49-51) in 1950.

He also served aboard USS Tunny 53-57, USS Darter 58-59, USS Robert E Lee 59-63, USS Simon Lake 64-68 and USS Hunley 71-74.

In recognition of his many accomplishments and service to his USSVI Shipmates, Gil was chosen USSVI "Joe Negri Shipmate of the Year" for 2010, received the 2009 Bob Link Nat'l Commanders Commendation Award, and was Holland Club Vice Commander for many years.

Gil joined USSVI in 1997 and was a member of the Snug Harbor (Founding Base Commander), Lockwood Internet and Scamp Bases.

In addition, Gil was President of the Robert E Lee association for many years, and was a member and supporter of the Naval Submarine League.

Gil was instrumental in helping Tim VeArd with his DECKLOG project from the start, which 'transitioned' into the vital USSVI online database that we use today and it was my pleasure to work with Gil on this project for many years.

In Gil's honor, a Gilbert P Shaddock Scholarship program was established several years ago, which now becomes the Gilbert P Shaddock Memorial Scholarship.

Gil had been in declining health for several years and, truth be told, was ready to join his beloved wife in eternity.

Gil slipped the lines of life in the comforting presence of his faithful friends Ralph and Leslie, and he will be laid to rest in honored glory at Arlington National Cemetery.

For those wishing to honor Gil's memory with a contribution to his Scholarship Fund, you can send a check made to USSVCF and notated for the Gilbert P Shaddock memorial scholarship, to USSVCF, PO Box 3870, Silverdale WA 98383.


WWII Bremerton Base Life & Holland Club Members in Recovery

(updated 2-05-2014)

Ervin O. Schmidt (Up-date)


This will in all probability be the last post on Erv Schmidt current binnacle list entry. Would you post it please?

On Tuesday 4 Feb Ervin Schmidt was able to return to his home. Thank you all for your outpouring of love for him. It is nothing short of miraculous to announce that he is home and exceedingly grateful to be back in a familiar environment.

He still has a way to go to fully recover to his pre-ordeal condition. His next milestone is Monday, February 10th when he will celebrate his 98th birthday!

Ray, if you don't hear from me again, please take down the binnacle list entry in a week or so.

Thanks for your service.




Yet another WWII Subvet is in the hospital


Our most senior and revered member, Ervin O. Schmidt, nearly 98, of the Seattle Base, Bremerton Base and the Barbel Base was admitted into Overlake Hospital in Bellevue WA. on 23 January with a suspected stroke.  He has been incapacitated little if any.  He is in the South Tower room 418, 400 - 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.

A member of his family is with him.  More to follow as his diagnosis is further developed.


Erv served in surface ships and submarines from 1941-1946.


As a radioman, he was a USS California (BB-44) survivor at Pearl Harbor and also survived sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Chicago (CA-21) sunk in action off Renell Island 1/27/1943.  Then Erv lucked out again,  and was assigned to ships that were designed to sink, the USS Saury (SS-189) for 5 war patrols and the USS Torsk (SS-423) for 2 war patrols.


Erv left the Navy in 1946, an RM1(SS). (more action than most of us have seen in a Navy career/ed)


Robert "Robbie" Robertson USN (Ret)


One of my WWII Subvet heros is recovering from a pneumonia at Anderson House in North Seattle.


Mustang Commander Robert "Robbie" Robertson USN (Ret), 88, has been suffering from a pneumonia since early January, while in and out of the hospital and recovery house a couple times. Robbie also has a bad heart and suffered a heart attack in January. He is weak but would like to accept phone calls and visitors (best after 6PM).  I am sure he would like a get well card too.


As a young sailor, Robbie served in USS Tirante (SS-420) with Medal of Honor recipient  Lieutenant Commander George L. Street III on all Tirante war patrols. An electrician, Robbie converted to ET, served in Amberjack and Odax before going to Nuke School in 1953 and qualified as an officer in Seawolf (1955-1960). Robbie then went on in repair billets and was promoted to commander before retiring in 1974.


Robbie is an active member in several veterans organizations.


Direct Telephone Number to Robbie: 206-418-5264

Address: Anderson House,  Rm 41, 17201 15th Ave, Shoreline, WA 98155

Terry's number:  206-525-1553


Please make Contact!



USS Nautilus: A record-breaking sub

Listen to narrative and Nautilus sailors here

(Posted 1-23-2014)



 (Posted 1-21-2014)


New Bremerton Base Member WRD John Mansfield (Menhaden)



January Monthly Meeting Summary

(Updated 1-20-2014)


   Photo provided by John Mansfield


This past Saturday morning, the base held its January General Meeting at the FRA.  After traditional opening ceremonies, 2014-15 Base Officers were installed by USSVI Western Regional Director John Mansfield.

 Photo provided by John Mansfield


They are left to right: COB Wayne Peterson, Vice Commander Steve Corcoran, Commander Jim DeMott, Treasurer Dennis Nardone and WRD John Mansfield. (Absent was Base Secretary Wayne Sieckowski)


This event was followed by ceremony recognizing outgoing Cob Hank Hollis for his dedicated and long service to the base as COB.  Below image Vcdr Steve presenting Hank with a Challenge coin while Cdr Jim looks on.

Then our guest speaker, Capt George Norman, skipper of USS OHIO (SSGN 726), gave a presentation that informed us of the weapons and type missions the SSGN's are tasked to accomplish.  He described in 3 letters what his ship's does, SSN.  After answering questions related to technical items, Capt Norman addressed Navy personnel items.

Photo provided by John Mansfield


Above, Capt Norman accepts challenge coin from Vcdr Steve while his son, Andrew, and Cdr Jim look on.



    Photo provided by John Mansfield


This was followed by a break, a business meeting, and National Office manager Fred Borgmann showing us a banner that represents a USSVI partnership with 5200 other organizations nation wide recognizing Viet Nam veterans' service on the 50th anniversary of the Viet Nam War.



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