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Puget Soundings - Base Newsletter

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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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Enjoy 4 or 5 days in Victoria

(Posted  5-27-2014)

Save $10

By Registering for the Canadian Submarine Centenary Commemorative (5-8 Aug 2014) by 15 June 2014


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Ivy Green Cemetery Memorial Day Service

(Posted  5-27-2014)


Below, on Saturday, May 26, in the section designated for submariner burials, about 18 base members attended the annual Ivy Green Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony.  We were joined by our (hopefully) newest member, Rear Admiral Kuhlmann, CSG9.  Also shown are Vcr Steve Corcoran, WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson and Cdr Jim DeMott marching up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  to lay the base wreath in memory of those that gave the ultimate price to keep us free..

Red Says "Click on image for Big Picture"                                                                              Photos provided by Dennis Nardone



Welcome Aboard Three New Members

(Posted  5-25-2014)


Please welcome aboard 3 new members.  They are: Adam Phillips (Tennessee, Ohio, Nevada), Donald Floyd (Cusk, Spinax, Lewis and Clark, Nathan Hale) and Larry Timby (Daniel Boone, Alabama)


USSVI Bremerton Base Life Member Memorial Service Announced

(Posted  5-25-2014)


Ervin's Schmidt's Memorial will be held on Saturday, June 7th a 1300 at the First Baptist Church Church, 22800 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace, Wa.  WRD John Mansfield Sends.


USSVI Bremerton Base Life Member Goes on Eternal Patrol

(Posted  5-25-2014)


Base Commander Sends:



It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Yesterday I received an e-mail from the National Office that informed me of the passing of Edward Eugene Blake, on Thursday, May 22. Edward qualified in submarines on the USS Redfish (SS-395) in 1967 and was an ENCS when he left the Navy. He joined USSVI in 2001 and was a member of the Bremerton Base. With Edward departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known that we have lost another hero. Sailor, rest your oar!

James DeMott
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base"


(Will post obit if it is published./Red)



Puget Soundings, Apr-Jun 2014 Issue On-line

(Posted  5-21-2014)


Puget Soundings editor Dave Pittman published the on-line Apr-Jun 2014 digital edition of the Bremerton Base quarterly newsletter. (CLICK HERE).  Please note that the digital on-line color version has 4 additional pages than the B&W paper copy you will receive in the near future.



May Base Meeting Summary

(Posted  5-21-2014)


The USSVI Bremerton Base May General Meeting was held at the FRA#29 facility at 521 National Ave, Bremerton on Tuesday Evening, May 20th at 1900.   After opening  ceremonies, Cdr DeMott introduced WRD John Mansfield and WRD4 Commander Al Durkee, two new members and Dene Rogers' family.


VC Corcoran entertained the crew with a Silent Service video about the sinking and rescue of 33 submariners from the USS Squalus (SS-192).


(Image provided by John Mansfield)


After a break, South Sound Base Commander John Mansfield and two other base officers, Mike Ellis and Gary Dillard came to retrieve the coveted Traveling Dolphins from Vice Commander Steve Corcoran. They each gave a humorous sea story.


The business meeting was conducted.  Of note were the events concerning Memorial Day that were addressed.  About 35 members were in attendance.



Deterrent Park Spring Engraved Brick Installation

(Posted  5-18-2014)


Sunday, May 18th, USSVI /Base Life Member and Bremerton City Councilman Mike Sullivan, assisted by Red Bassler, installed eight engraved bricks donated by the sponsors shown in right column. Note, a little rain will make these bricks clean and fit in with others installed last fall. 


Exact locations can be found on this pdf file:



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Bremerton Armed Day Parade, Sat, May 17, 2014

(Posted  5-18-2014)


The base with other bases participating had a great turn out for the 66th Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade.  As you can see below, the weather cooperated plus we we had active duty base members in our ranks along with WRD John Mansfield, who also provided these pictures. Dene Rogers put his old time vehicle in the parade that a some youngsters and their dog enjoyed.

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Sub vets contribute | Members of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Bremerton Base address the crowd from their USS Bonefish float during the 66th annual Bremerton Armed Forces Day parade. (Northwest Navy Life, Fri, May 23rd)


American Submariner, Volume 2014 Issue 2, on-line

(Posted  5-15-2014)


This issue of the AS has all the 2014 national officer candidate's bio's and proposed amendments (PA's) to the constitution and bylaws.  It also has detailed instructions for mail-in ballots as well as on-line voting,  which opens June 1. 2104.



The preferred voting method is on-line (, the third button down on the left.) This will be available starting June 1.


Either paper or electronic, each member must complete his own ballots, but the member must complete his paper ballot in his own hand. paper ballot by mail to the Election Master at the address below. I must receive your ballot no later than August 27, 2014, so get your ballot in the mail in time to reach me by that date.

Mail your ballot to:


Tom Conlon, PNC
USSVI Election Master
8 Davis Ave.
Harrison, NJ 07029


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Monthly Meetings

Summer Hours

Starting in April
3rd Tues , 1900 (
 at FRA 29

521 National Ave,

Bremerton, WA


2014 Calendar below, Email  Red to change
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Port Orchard, 5-23-2014

Photos by Dennis Nardone


May 2014

Deterrent Park Brick Install








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Submarine Videos

Merge of Nuclear Power & Submarine Hull Design Video

Top Ten _ Submarines

Beautiful Submarines

Admiral Rickover

Navy Submarine Force - Silent Service

Sea Spies


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




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U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK


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Message for Convention Attendees staying at the Hyatt Regency

Memorial Day.. Celebrate it!

USSVI & the 2014 DC National Memorial Day Parade



Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

News: Memorial Day observances prosper in Kitsap County

Ceremony honors our fallen submariners

Michelle Obama to leave her mark on submarine at Quonset Point keel laying

Hainan's Yalong Bay: China's new nuclear submarine base

Remembering the USS Squalus 75 years later.

Adrift 500 Feet Under the Sea, a Minute Was an Eternity

Poulsbo native lends services to submarine USS Hawaii

Commander: Navy must improve female retention rate

Missouri Navy vet chronicles losses on WWII submarines

RIMPAC to Use Aluminum Trimaran, Drone

USS George Washington's Future Uncertain

Forgotten Soldiers remembers Bataan and Corregidor

New crackerjacks approved

Top Navy SEAL's life advice: 'Make your bed'

Ask the Lawyer: 'Mixed signals' may be defense against sex charge

With Ukraine, Russia Drives Wedge Between EU, US

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