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Friday, February 14, 2014 05:33 AM




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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USSVI Yakima Base (Member John Dominguez reports)

(Posted 2-12-2014)


USSVI Member at Large EMCM(SS) (Ret) Samuel Dawson Mitchell, age 83, went on eternal patrol February 4, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA  due to natural causes.


Sam served on Tiru, Rock, Dentuda and Volador. He retired in 1965.


Sam's obit may be viewed here.  Sailor, rest your oar!


Canadian Submarine Centenary

 and commemorate the 1914 commissioning of HMC Submarines CC1 & CC2.

(Posted 2-11-2014)


Tuesday August 5th ~ Friday August 8th, 2014

 in Greater Victoria, British Columbia


During 2014 all Submariners are invited to join the Submarine Association of Canada (West) for the Canadian Submarine Centenary and
commemorate the 1914 commissioning
of HMC Submarines CC1 & CC2.

All details are not complete,  however the agenda is, and it and some details may be viewed on SAOC(West) Website, specifically on Centenary Page. 

An important note for you should consider immediately is possible accommodations at CFB Esquimalt, located at the bottom of the Centenary Page. Action needs to be taken NOW.

From personal experience, I can attest to the  fantastic hospitality  SAOC(W) hosts provide.  Updates later. /ed


Bremerton Base Members Attend South Sound Base Meeting

(Posted 2-10-2014)

Left to right: John Cox, Dave Richardson, Paul Christofferson, Tommy Robinson, Mike Ellis, Jerry Peeling, Red Bassler, Ralph Harris, John Mansfield.

A few Bremerton Base members joined South Sound Base members for a Saturday (8 Feb,2014) afternoon meeting at the Eric G. Sandstrom VFW Post 969 in Tacoma.


Bremerton Base's SK Ralph Harris brought his goods to sell, and WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson gave a brief talk about his duty in WWII on USS Raton, the only boat known to have had  been fired on by another US Sub during WWII. 


Lucky they were duds, because a least one of two fired hit the Raton.


Paul then joined the Army for combat duty in Korea and Viet Nam, then retirement.


We beat the snow home.



February General Membership Meeting (Breakfast + Comedian)

(updated 2-08-2014)


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



Stolen USS Puffer plaque? USS Naubuc? Puget Sound?

(Posted 2-08-2014)  Yakima Base Member sends


I've been contacted by a local Sheriff's Detective,who is trying to find some information.  They've seized some metal plaques from a suspected thief, and one of them is a USS Puffer SSN652 plaque.  Another says USS Puget Sound.  A third is from USS Naubuc YRST-4, a WWII net laying ship.

If anyone has an idea where these plaques came from, please let me know; I'll put you in touch with the Detective.  He thinks they might have been removed from a gravestone, but let's not limit our thinking to that.  Help us find the rightful owner!

I'm assuming these probably hasn't traveled too far, probably belong to someone in Washington State, but I invite you to forward this to anyone you know who isn't on my list.

Photos of the plaques are attached.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Gary Brown

Either all come to the surface,
Or no one does.


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)

(updated 2-9-2014)


Recent visitors report Robbie has improved significantly.  Give him a call.


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!





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