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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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Need 2 Judges for Cook Off at Alabama Picnic, Thursday Jun 12th

(Posted  6-02-2014)

Master Chief Bosco called me yesterday and the below message reflects his
invitation for the Bremerton Base. They would like 3 or 4 of us to be judges
at a "cook-off" at the ship's (USS Alabama) picnic. I volunteer for one of
the positions as a judge. Maybe this can be published in Gertrude Check and
I will be the POC and then notify the ship of our volunteers.



FLASH-01: Election Ballot Typo to be aware of
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 6/1/2014


(Posted  6-02-2014)

Please share this info with your base members ASAP!

There is a a typo error on AMERICAN SUBMARINER page 32 (Election Ballot).
"PA 2014-3" should read "National Junior Vice Commander" instead of
'National Senior Vice Commander".
The full text of the proposed change is properly stated applying to the
Natl Junior Vice Commander in the Proposed Amendment 2014-3 shown on page 27.
Kudos to Shipmate Vic Van Horn for catching this error!

This is an official email communication from the United States Submarine Veterans.
Contact the sender if you do not want to receive these messages.



The USSVI online voting booth is now open to all Regular members (US Submarine Qualified).
(Posted  6-01-2014)

The Candidate’s statements and the Various Proposed Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws are printed in The American Submariner. Please read them carefully and then vote for the candidate of your choice and vote to approve or reject the Proposed Amendments.

To vote online in the 2014 USSVI election, go to WWW.USSVI.ORG. When you get there, click on the green [VOTE NAT ELECTION] button (in the upper left corner). This will take you to the login page.

1. Enter your login name and password.
2. If you do NOT know your login info, CLICK the Red [GET PASSWORD] button and answer the questions there. (Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth, 3 digit hull number of your first qual boat)

This will, in turn, take you to the ballot page. When you get to the ballot page, make your choices accordingly and then cast your ballot.

The ballot is also printed in The American Submariner magazine. To vote using the paper ballot, remove the appropriate page from the magazine, mark your votes, include your name and Base on the ballot and send it to the Election Master at the address printed on the ballot. Make sure you include your name and Base, otherwise your vote will not count.

You can also download a copy of the ballot from the web site. Go to the USSVI web site, click on the green “Documents” button (lower left side) and then click on Elections. The ballot for the 2014 election will be available for you to download. Complete the ballot and send it to the Election Master.

A word to Base Commanders: you may print as many copies of the ballot as you require and bring them to your Base meetings between now and when the election closes. Members may complete their ballots at the Base meeting. However, each member MUST complete HIS OWN ballot in his own hand. Members may assist other members, but each member must complete his own ballot.

Also, you may bring a computer to your Base meeting for the convenience of members to vote online during the meeting. However, as before, each member must log in himself and complete his own ballot.

As a reminder, the USSVI Constitution does not allow “proxy” voting. Proxy voting means that one member casts a ballot for another member. The election Master will reject such ballots.

Finally, the electronic voting booth will remain open until August 28, 2014. If you are mailing your ballot, it MUST arrive at the Election Master no later than August 28 as well. If you’re mailing your ballot, make sure you mail it out early enough to reach the Election Master by that date.


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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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(Click on image provided by Sam Swenson)


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)





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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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Bremerton Base Founder Turns 90!

Silverdale, 5-30-2014

Photos provided 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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50th USSVI Anniversary Memorial Day Week End (W/E) Activities

The USSVI 50th Naval Plaque Dedication Ceremony was conducted on May 24, 2014 in Washington DC at the Navy Memorial Foundation Building. The planning for the USSVI 50th Dedication Ceremony and Washington Parade was done by Al Singleman NJVC with the assistance of the Eastern Region Director Michael Naughton, NOVA and Capital Base that made this event such a success. Guest speaker was Rear Admiral Frederick “Fritz” Roegge (SS). Introduction of quests by Al Singleman Jr. History of United States Submarine Veterans by: USSVI National Commander T. Michael Bircumshaw. Tolling of the Boats by Northern Virginia Base Commander Howard Chatham. There were nearly 100 Submarine Veterans and quest in attendance. Closing remarks were by M/C Al Singleman Jr. USSVI NJVC. Carl Schmidt NSVC and Tom Conlon NS were in Attendance. The USSVI plaque is now displaced in the Naval Memorial Foundation building in Washington, DC. A BZ to all that made this event a success.

Parade Memorial Day

There were four Submarine floats in The Washington Memorial Day Parade. The following bases had floats in the parade, Columbus Base, Rhode Island Base, Marblehead Base and Nathan Green Base. USSVI was 16th in the parade line up. All floats had Klaxons sounding throughout the parade which the parade participants cheered when submarine floats passed. Again a BZ to Al Singleman NJVC for all the planning and working with the parade committee and his two trips to Washington, DC. prior to the Memorial Day W/E to made both events on the Memorial day W/E a success.

Shipmates please forward this summary of the 50th Anniversary and Washington, DC. Memorial Day parade  to your USSVI shipmates and other submarine veterans on your e-mail list.


Carl schmidt


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50th USSVI Anniversary Plaque Dedication and National Memorial day Parade

USSVI National & Region Elections are now Open

Message for Convention Attendees staying at the Hyatt Regency

Memorial Day.. Celebrate it!



Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

Submarine commander recounts how disaster was narrowly avoided

Commander of USS San Juan Relieved of Duty

Brazil building new nuclear submarine to safeguard offshore resources

Ivy Green Memorial Day observance still thriving

The Pillars of Submarine Safety

Memorial Day Services at Subase, Pearl

Submarine Veterans Memorial near Igo, Ca.

Navy Celebrates 100 Years in Subs (Canada)

News: Memorial Day observances prosper in Kitsap County

 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

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