Issue/Date 20141006


 Friday October 10, 2014


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...

Lest We Forget:   October


USS Darter (SS-227)

USS Tang (SS-306)

USS Seawolf (SS-197)



USS Shark (SS-314)

USS Escolar (SS-294)

USS Dorado (SS-248)



USS Wahoo (SS-238)

USS S-44 (SS-155)

USS O-5 (SS-66)

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Google Street View Shows Pittsburgh’s Incredible Transformation BY VIRGINIA MONTANEZ  June 24, 2014  (Click)

The history of Pittsburgh began with centuries of Native American civilization in the modern Pittsburgh region. Eventually French and British explorers encountered the strategic juncture where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio. The area became a battleground when France and Britain fought for control in the 1750s.

Following American independence in 1783, the village around Fort Pitt continued to grow. The region saw the short-lived Whiskey Rebellion, when farmers rebelled against federal taxes on whiskey. The War of 1812 cut off the supply of British goods, stimulating American manufacture. By 1815, Pittsburgh was producing large quantities of iron, brass, tin, and glass products. By the 1840s, Pittsburgh had grown to one of the largest cities west of the Allegheny Mountains. Production of steel began in 1875. By 1911, Pittsburgh was producing half the nation's steel. Pittsburgh was a Republican party stronghold until 1932. The soaring unemployment of the Great Depression, the New Deal relief programs and the rise of powerful labor unions in the 1930s turned the city into a liberal stronghold of the New Deal Coalition under powerful Democratic mayors. In World War II, it was the center of the "Arsenal of Democracy", producing munitions for the Allied war effort as prosperity returned. Read All!





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Submarine Videos

The Largest Submarine in WWII

Jon Jaques Submarine Museum

Submarine Base 1943 WWII THRILLER

Pride Runs Deep (1978) - Full Length Documentary on Nuclear Submarines

SSBN History

SUBMARINES, SECRETS AND SPIES - NOVA - Discovery/Military/History (documentary)

Merge of Nuclear Power & Submarine Hull Design Video

Top Ten _ 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

The Largest Submarine in The U.S. Navy

Ohio Class Submarine | Combat Countdown

Trident Missile Launch From a  Submarine

Submarine Service In The 1970s

Watch out from below

Fast Attack

NEW SUBMARINE! U.S. Navy Takes Delivery

of PCU Minnesota

Submarine nucleare (DOCUMENTAR)

Russian submarine History

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

Submarine Patrol 3/3 - Chasing the Enemy

Oberon Arrival in Halifax

RCN Submarines HD


Burial At Sea


Recently HC Member Mel Cross  went through a research project for the wife of a deceased shipmate that wanted to be buried at sea from a submarine. The results of his research are  linked to a PDF file and on the image below.

Also, a Deterrent Park  memorial service may be set up by contacting Regional PAO Sylvia K. at 360-627-4031


The Gift Garden

327 Pacific Ave

Bremerton, WA 98337

(360) 377-5544

Buy One, Get One 50% off

September 1st – September 15th, 2014

Some item restrictions apply


The "NEW" Horse And Cow

536 4th Street, Bremerton, WA


Communications Supporters

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Congratulations to our submarines and submariners | In Our Opinion
By: rwalker Veterans Life

“Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners.”

That quote is widely attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, the great World War II prime minister of Great Britain. It sums up better than we could the dedication and commitment of those who patrol our seas from the depths.

And so it is with great pride that we salute the United States Submarine Force for successfully completing its 4,000th nuclear deterrence patrol since the ballistic-missile submarine USS George Washington completed the first deterrent patrol in January 1960.

Eight of the nation’s 14 ballistic missile submarines are based at Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor. Ballistic missile submarines patrol the Pacific and the Atlantic 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “This operational tempo is one of the highest among any of the nation’s military forces,” writes LCDR Brian Badura, public affairs officer for Commander, Submarine Group Nine, in Silverdale. “… Strategic deterrence remains a cornerstone of U.S. national security policy in the 21st century, particularly in today’s turbulent global environment.” Read All!
Get to know American Legion Post 109 | My View
By: rwalker Veterans Life
Guest columnist

“Silverdale has an American Legion post? Where is it?”

These are the two questions frequently asked of our members when the public sees one of our distinctive Legion blue caps.

The answers are simple.

The John D. “Bud” Hawk Post 109 has been in Silverdale since 2012 and we don’t have a post home, yet. We do, however, meet monthly on the third Monday at 7 p.m. at All Star Lanes, 10710 Silverdale Way.

Our post honors World War II veteran John D. “Bud” Hawk. Mr. Hawk was awarded the Medal of Honor and was a local educator and principal of Brownsville School. He passed away in November 2013.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization on the four pillars of: a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs.

Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to more than 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at more than 2.3 million wartime veterans in 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

In just over three years, Post 109 has expanded in membership to almost 70 members consisting of veterans who have served honorably for less than a year to more than 30 years. Read All!

Base HC Member loses home due to July Forest Fire

(Posted 10-5-2014)


Ed Terney, of Mallot, on the Okanogan River in Eastern WA, lost home. See Bremerton Base Face Book for his e-mail ad.


"This may be of interest to some of the base members. I lost my house (home) and everything. A friend called me while I was watching the recorded news, said I had better look outside where the fire was. I went outside and I was about 2 city blocks from me moving about 20 mile per hour in my direction. Went back inside got my overnight case out of the bedroom closet, new razor and charger on bat...hroom sink, picked up my camera on kitchen table and that is all I saved. Stayed with some friends till 10th of August and have been living in a motel since waiting for my new house to be built. I’m thankful that my insurance paid of the 3rd day after the fire and I was able to purchase another place, got a builder and plans for a new house in a different location closer to town. I would appreciate it if you would pass my e-mail address to my shipmates. Ed Terney, YNC(SS) USN(RET)"




(Posted 9-16-2014)


Dates: 27-30 August, 2015

Location: Bremerton, Washington

Points of Contact:

Dave Talley – email:, phone: (210) 834-4234

Mal Wright – email:, phone: (509) 308 7450

General Information:

The 2015 Reunion will be held in the Bremerton/Bangor/Silverdale area, where there are plenty of attractions and many submarine connections.  Hotel reservations will be available near the Reunion headquarters in downtown Bremerton, close to the Ferry Terminal.  Interested shipmates are encouraged to access the reunion website:

PS: See who is attending



Active Associate Member's Wife Passes

(updated 9-10-2014)


Condolences are in order for associate member Ed Foskett and family.


Ed's wife, Joanne ,suffered a a severe stroke on Sept 3rd, and passed away in the early morning hours of Sept 5th.  A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Lutheran Church in Seabeck on October 18 at 11 a.m.


 Having passed the enlistment physical, Jon was asked by the doctor, "Why do you want to join the Navy submarine service, son?" 

"My father said it'd be a good idea, Sir." 

"Oh? And what does your father do?" 

"He's in the Army, Sir."





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U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK


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Wine Glasses from the 2014 convention

Veteran Affairs notice


I need some help to fill appointed positions in USSVI

Email address change for National Commander Al Singleman

New York City Veterans Day Parade




Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

Sub Henry M. Jackson celebrates 30th anniversary

100 years of NUWC Keyport Pt. 2

What It Felt Like to Test the First Submarine Nuclear Reactor

A subvet witnessed the surrender of the Japanese fleet

The Largest Submarine in World War II

100 years of NUWC Keyport

Submarine rescue vessel joins Keyport's fleet

Navy stands up first cyber type command

Submarine history was made 60 years ago today!

Navy Seeks to Adapt Training for Millennials

India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka

No more shenanigans

PACOM Keeps Watch on Potential ISIL Recruits

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