USSVI Yakima Base(Member John Dominguez reports)
USSVI Member at Large EMCM(SS) (Ret) Samuel Dawson Mitchell, age 83, went on eternal patrolFebruary 4, 2014, in Wenatchee, due to natural causes.
Sam served on Tiru, Rock, Dentuda and Volador. He retired in 1965.
Sam's obit may
rest your oar!
Canadian Submarine Centenary
and commemorate the 1914 commissioning of HMC Submarines CC1 & CC2.
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.
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
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)
The Bremerton Base monthly meeting, will be Sat., Feb 15th. Details below.
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!
2014 Pacnorwest Officers' Submarine Birthday Ball
April 12 - mark your calendars and get your formal attire in order.
'Joe Negri' shipmate Gilbert P Shaddock Departing...
PNC Pat Householder Informs
regret, I must
tell you that
departed on his
final patrol on
Jan 28, 2014.
WWII Bremerton Base Life & Holland Club Members in Recovery
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?
Ray, if you
don't hear from
me again, please
take down the
entry in a week
Thanks for your service.
Yet another WWII Subvet is in the hospital
Our most senior
nearly 98, of
Base and the
Barbel Base was
on 23 January
with a suspected
little if any.
He is in the
South Tower room
418, 400 - 108th
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)
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!
Starting in October
521 National Ave,
2014 Calendar below,
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Call Mary Jo for more info: 480-272-0546
Photos by Dennis Nardone
Feb 7, 2014
Comical Irish: Irish Pubs and Other Signs
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