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  Issue/Date 20140623

Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014

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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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6-25: Only 21 base members have voted, 8% of base membership

Note From the Vice Commander

(Posted 6-26-2014)


Hello all, just wanted to share some info. Still looking to fill the rest of the watchbill. Thanks for all the support. On another note, Mike Friend has stated if anyone wants to relieve him at night and utilize his awesome trailer they are more than welcome to do so. Red could you please advertise this on Gertrude check. Here is hoping to having a successful sale this year. See you at the stand and the parade this weekend. Thanks again.

Steve Corcoran
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704



Associate Rests His Oar

(Posted 6-25-2014)

Carl Sandquist passed away on June 24th.  He was the organizer of the project that cut our flagpoles in half and put new pipe threads on the cuts.  Ralph Harris and Dutch Kaiser solicited bids for the job and quickly found out that it is very hard to find pipe fitters with dies big enough to cut the threads.  He was also responsible for obtaining the couplings needed to fasten the cut flagpoles together for display.  He was a veteran of the aviation navy, an Aviation Boatsman Mate, which those of you who have ever served on aircraft carriers, will recognize as a very dangerous job. 

Sailor rest your oar.



Fourth of July Party Invitation, Noon to Dusk

(Posted 6-24-2014)


Greg Fessler's Daughter, Dedra Morris Sends:


Hi, Don, thanks, again, for reading the message from dad regarding Justine at the scholarship event at the last meeting.

Traditionally our family has a party on the 4th of July down at mom and dad's house. This year we are opening it up to be an open house for dad's friends to stop by and say hi. Would you please pass along the attached invitation to your fellow sub vets? I know I heard about something going on on the 4th, but, maybe some will still be able to come by.

Thank you so much!  (See Invitation Here)




Retired Submarine Captain Dies in Tragic Accident

(Posted 6-23-2014)



We lost a fellow submariner last week, June 18. CAPT David Middleton was killed in a tragic accident while visiting his brother who lives on one of the Canadian Gulf Islands. He fell while hiking around the island, struck his head and died a few hours later. Dave commanded the USS Nathan Hale and SUBASE BANGOR from about 1985-1988. He was USNA Class of 1961.

There will be a graveside memorial service at 11 AM Wed. June 25 at Forest Lawn Cemetery Bremerton.

CAPT Paul Middents USN Retired (Bremerton Base Member/ed)


Fathoms of Fun Parade, Port Orchard, Muster at 5pm., Saturday, June 28th

(Posted 6-22-2014)


The Parade starts at 6 PM., with lineup beginning at 3 pm. (Only Festival Floats may arrive beginning at 2 pm) Lineup area is on Port Orchard Boulevard. The Boulevard will be closed at 2 pm. We are in position #23 near the beginning of the parade, near the bottom of the blvd.




Help STILL Needed to Fill In Fireworks Sale Watch Bill (updated 6-22)

(Posted 6-22-2014)


We still need more help in selling fireworks from 28th of  June through  the 4th of July.

Times slots from 1400 to 2000 are open.  Please lend a hand!


 Go to the watch bill, pick a watch or two where needed and e-mail your choice to Mike or Sam, and cc me.


PS:  This sale supports all base activities including the SCHOLARSHIP FUND.


Greg Fessler on Binnicle List

(Posted 6-22-2014)


Life Member Greg Fessler has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, liver and pancreas.  He commences  chemotherapy Tuseday.  He would appreciate his shipmates calling (360-871-2395) or emailing (  him.




Welcome Aboard new members: Bud Sullivan (Grouper, Plunger) and Robert "Scott" Bruneel (Michigan)



Summary of Monthly Bremerton Base General Meeting Tues, June 17, 2014

(updated 6-19-2014)


The June meeting featured the presentation of 6 Bremerton Base Annual Lt William "Willie" Spoon Memorial Scholarship Awards, each $1000.  Four of the recipients were present. 



Four of the recipients present. 

L-R:  Cdr Jim Demott, Dylan Heber, David Deanen, Justine Morris, Rebekah Kordray and Scholarship Chairman John  Gardner.

Photos by Dennis Nardone

Two recipients not present were represented by their Dads as shown above.

L-R: Member Steve Wiltz, , receiving Joseph's Wiltz's award, and member James Sheridan receiving daughter Bethany Sheridan's award.


Base Commander Jim Demott has issued the scholarship raffle prize winners list.  Please review the pdf file listing to see if you are one of the lucky winners.  More to follow.



Message from the Commander

(Posted 6-11-2014)


It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Today I received an e-mail from the National Office that informed me of the passing of Theron Davis, on Friday, June 6. Theron qualified in submarines on the USS Sea Owl (SS-405) in 1966 and was a LCDR when he left the Navy. He joined USSVI in 1999 and was a member of the Bremerton Base. With Theron 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



Attention Soup Down Participants - Schedule Changes

(Posted 6-10-2014)


A recent review of Soup Down restaurants who have not donated to the scholarship raffle have caused us to change the schedule to reflect those establishments that have made donations.  Some of those changes make the schedule in the recent issue of Puget Soundings obsolete. Please check the base calendar which does reflect the latest changes./Red




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Celebrating 50 years of USSVI
Submitted by: Michael Bircumshaw Natl Cdr on 6/9/2014
On the 24th of May 2014, to the day exactly 50 years since the official launching of USSVI, we honored the creation of our organization with the dedication of a historical plaque now forever enshrined in the Navy Memorial in Washington DC.

Officially dedicated, the USSVI plaque is now displayed in the Naval Memorial Foundation building in Washington, DC.

It is to be noted that the USSVI plaque is on the obverse side of a rotating panel on which is mounted the WWII Sub Vets plaque that was initiated and completed by Charley “Scurvy” Brown (recently deceased) a WWII Submariner Stew Burner, whom I was privileged to know and in fact spoke with him on the day (13 May 2014) he went on Eternal Patrol. His last words to me were, “Please don’t forget us.” I promised him that we would not ever forget.

There were about 100 shipmates and guests in attendance and I was honored to read the history of USSVI as written by Peter Koester. I will admit that I had trouble reading about the Thresher SSN 593, which was one of the primary motivating factors in Joe Negri’s desire to form USSVI. I lost one of my best friends, Laird Heiser MM1 (SS) and the shipmate I went to SINS school with in 1961,Roger Van Pelt, who took the SINS job on the Thresher so I could go the USS Scamp SSN-588.

Sincere congratulations to everyone involved in the celebration, from Al Singleman NJVC, who organized it and made it happen to Paul Halle, Director of the Memorial, to RADM Fritz Rogge of OPNAV and RADM Walker, who always improves the quality of personnel in attendance, wherever he shows up.

The parade on Monday was a hoot. I rode with Pete Koester in his jeep with no top, which allowed me the opportunity to stand in a precarious manner for the entire parade, not know or ever having seen the “King” wave, I went ahead and used the “Queen” wave for the duration of the ride.

Four bases had floats in the parade, Columbus Base, Rhode Island Base, Marblehead Base and Nathan Green Base.

Most of us wandered around the museums and memorials. The WWII memorial was particularly impressive and to tell the truth.  Not only myself, but everyone that I spoke to within our group had a great time and USSVI was very well represented by the marchers and the Bases who pulled the floats and sounded those Klaxons



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