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  Issue/Date 20140721

Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Puget Soundings - Base Newsletter

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P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465


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Bremerton Base HC & Life Member Goes on Eternal Patrol

(Posted 7-25-2014


Greg Fessler, 73, went on eternal patrol yesterday morning, July 24th, at home, a victim of pancreatic cancer, diagnosed about a month ago.  Greg served in Ronquil, Rasher, Tunny, Perch,  Bugara, Nautilus and Cobbler.  Sailor, rest your oar!


Greg's wife, Connie Sends:


"I wanted to let you know that Greg passed away peacefully this morning at home. Fortunately, he did not seem to be in pain. Our 3 daughters have been here to help out, along with his only sister. Please pass the word to the other sub vets. He was so proud to have served his country in the US Navy, especially being on the boats (DBF). And he enjoyed his Friday lunches with the guys.

We are meeting tomorrow with the funeral home to see about the memorial service, hopefully next Friday (not to interfere with your lunch - ha). I will let you know when that is finalized. He stated he wanted to be buried at sea from a submarine. Would you know who to contact to see about having this done?

Thank you so much for everything.

Connie Fessler"

Fessler's home phone # is 360-871-2395, and Connie's e-mail is  Their mailing address is: 1475 Yukon Harbor Rd SE, Port Orchard WA 98366-8507.



Base Commander Sends:

Silverdale Annual Whaling Days Parade

(Posted 7-25-2014)


This e-mail contains information concerning the Whaling Days Parade. The parade is this Saturday, July 26, in Silverdale. The parade starts promptly at 1000 and heads south along Silverdale Way, approximately one mile. For anyone who cannot walk the parade route, there is plenty of room on the float to ride. Any family members who would like to join us are more than welcome. Parking is available in the Kitsap Mall or Target parking lots. We will be staged on Kitsap Mall Blvd. after checking in. Check in time is between 0815 and 0930, behind the Target store, in the South East corner of the parking lot. We will be assigned a staging number at check in.

After the parade, we plan on going to Tracyton Public House for a no-host lunch. The address is 403 Tracy Ave. in Bremerton. All are welcome to join us there.

I am looking forward to seeing you all!

Jim DeMott
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base


Base Commander Sends:

SUBVETS Night At the Aug 1  Kitsap Bluejackets Baseball Game

(Posted 7-22-2014)


   USSVI members will be recognized at the Kitsap Bluejackets baseball game on Friday, August 1st.  It is a home game against the Walla Walla Sweets, and will be played at the ball field by the Fairgrounds.  The first pitch is scheduled for 1835.

   The Bremerton Base is planning on getting tickets for all those who would like to attend this event with us.  This includes all Base members and their guests.  We also would like to invite any members of other bases ( Olympic Peninsula, South Sound, Seattle, etc.).  Hopefully we will get a good turnout for this event, as it should be a good time.

   In order to get an idea of how many tickets we need, I am asking that everyone who wants to go contact me by e-mail ( or phone (360-895-0547h / 360-710-0411c).  You may also contact Vice Commander Steve Corcoran (  Let us know your name and how many people you need tickets for.  The deadline for the ticket requests is July 30th. 

   I hope that you all can join us for the game, and be sure to wear your colors!

Thank you,

James E. DeMott

Base Commander

USSVI Bremerton Base



Annual Picnic Draws Near 40

(Posted 7-21-2014)


Cdr Jim DeMott opened The 2014 Annual Picnic with a short meeting last Sunday (7-20-2014) at the Bremerton Elks picnic grounds.  The meeting included the Pledge of Allegiance, Tolling of the Boats for July, recognition of other bases' officials & guests, WWII Member Paul Christofferson and the invocation..


This was followed by the induction of three members into Holland Club to recognize their 50th anniversary of their initial qualification in submarines.  They were Chuck O'Hara (Shark), Ed Soriano (Blenny) and Bud Sullivan (Grouper).

Holland Club Recipients L-R:  Chuck O'Hare (HC Chair Dick Litscher, Cdr Jim DeMott), Ed Soriano, Bud Sullivan

Photos provided by Dennis Nardone


Upcoming events including parades, baseball game and meetings were announced before the  meeting closed.


Then we got into the serious part of the day with the brats, big dogs, and hamburgers supplied by the base along with the special side dishes and desserts provided by the participants.


COB Wayne Peterson assisted by VC Steve Corcoran did an outstanding job putting the picnic together and doing the cooking and clean up. Thanks guys!



Photo provided by Dennis Nardone                                                                 



Groton Subvets getting act together
Group has new commander, regains some autonomy
By Johanna Somers
Publication: The Day
Published July 16. 2014 4:00AM

Groton - The U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base has named a new commander to serve the remainder of former Cmdr. John Carcioppolo's two-year term, is cooperating with its national organization and has recovered some of its autonomy.

Last year the national organization, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., investigated the Groton Subvets base, which includes a clubhouse with a bar. The investigation came after Carcioppolo mailed letters to Subvets members, including National Cmdr. T. Michael Bircumshaw, asking for tax-deductible donations totaling $15,000 to go toward back taxes and penalties. Read All
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Welcome Aboard New Member:  Chad Lunceford (Ohio, Georgia)

(Posted 7-13-2014)





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