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Oct 21 – 28, 2018

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(Membership 267^)

P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465  

USSVI National Office Tel (360) 337-2978 (6-12 PST)


Monthly Meeting, January 20, 2018, 1000

FRA #29, 521 National Ave, Bremerton, 

 (Guest Speaker YN1(SS) Suraya Mattocks)

followed by

Annual Breakfast Social at the Bremerton Elks Lodge

Saturday Morning , February 17,  0900


We shall not forget those that were lost in defense of our nation!

USS S-36  


USS S-26


USS Argonautt


USS Swordfish



  Our purpose is to: "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country..."

N.D. “Shorty” Garoutte's Memorial Service

Posted January 14, 2018

Bremerton Base Commander Sends


Hello to all Bremerton Base Members;
     I must share my experience at Shorty's celebration of life ceremony today. It was an awesome event. He was a true submariner and served his country with integrity, honesty, and really took care of his crew. He also took great care of his family. It would have been a privilege and honor to get underway with him and do some sea time with him. I echo that sentiment with the rest of you, as you are all my brothers and sisters, who served this great country, and earning your dolphins. Not all can do what we accomplished on submarines. I will not dismiss our associate members either. We all served in one way or the other, and I appreciate the hell out of each and every one of you. I am humbled by being associated with you all.

     Today's celebration of life was an experience. I said a few words about Shorty and his career, and what he did for Bremerton Base. After I read the Eternal Patrol Certificate, a standing ovation followed in honor of Shorty. I was awe struck looking out at 100+ people standing and clapping. This was a first for me, after reading the certificate. It made me VERY proud to be representing U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base. I want to especially thank those Base members that attended (noted below). If I forgot anyone, I do apologize. It was a big crowd.




Steve Corcoran

Bob Aronson

Mike Gray

Dave Pittman

Dick Litscher

Don Bassler

Dutch Kaiser





Larry Kramer

Ray Pitts

Jerry Drumm

Bobby Baker

Fred Borgmann

Bob Hickman

Ralph Harris



     Days like today, even though it was a day to remember a shipmate, again reinforced why I am a life member of U.S.S.V.I. and Bremerton Base and enjoy our camaraderie. Thanks for your support. I do appreciate it.
     On another note, in addition to our guest speaker at next weeks meeting, Western District 4 Commander Jim DeMott will administer the oath of office to the re-elected Base Officers. Hope to see you there. Take care, be safe, and see you soon. You know where I am if you have any questions or concerns. Go VIKINGS. BRING IT HOME.
Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

Bremerton Base Up-date

Posted January 11, 2018 updated

Bremerton Base Commander Sends

Hello to all base members, I just wanted to mention a few things for our up-coming meetings;

 - Saturday, January 20th - YN1(SS) Suraya Mattocks has agreed to be our guest speaker. She is a new member to our base and qualified on the U.S.S. Michigan SSGN 727 in 2017.

YN1 Mattocks is one of the first female enlisted sailors qualified in submarines and will share her process and the challenges she faced while qualifing for her dolphins. I am interested to hear how the qualification process has changed the last few years (10) since I retired from the submarine force. She has recruited additional active duty members for Bremerton base and continues to communicate our creed to her shipmates. I am looking forward to hear her speak.


 - Saturday, February 17th - This will be our annual breakfast meeting. It will be at the Elks on Pine Road in East Bremerton. Breakfast will be served between 0900 -1000. A short meeting will take place and then we will have entertainment from Black Magic Entertainment. Western District 4 and Immediate Past Base Commander Jim DeMott took charge of this endeavor and if it is anything like our past events and entertainers, I believe we will be in for a good time. Please inform any E-board member or me if you plan on attending. Karen would like an approximate head count to plan accordingly for breakfast. I hope you can attend.
 - As I mentioned in my previous e-mail. Puget Soundings editor Dave Pittman is looking to improve our newsletter even more. Please send him photos, articles, or anything you feel would be appropriate for the newsletter. I appreciate Dave's effort in this. He does a great job.
Thanks to all of you for your support of the base. We have a good time. Remember the recruiting effort for new members and former members to renew. Invite an old (or young) shipmate to a meeting to check us out. If you have any questions or concerns, you know where to find me. That's it for now. Take care, be safe, and see you soon.
Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
(360) 471-2704

Base Life Member Goes On Eternal Patrol

Posted January 9, 2018 updated

Base Commander Sends:


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 Jim L. Shumard, on Sunday, December 31st, 2017. Jim qualified in submarines on the USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN- 630) in 1970. He also served on SSBN-726. Jim was a Senior Chief Petty Officer when he left the Navy. He joined USSVI in 1992 and was a member of the Bremerton Base. With Jim departing on Eternal Patrol, let it be known we have lost another hero.

Sailor, rest your oar!

Stephen J. Corcoran
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base


Jim L. Shumard
Bremerton, WA
Aug. 20, 1942
to Dec. 31, 2017

Jim L. Shumard, 75, of Bremerton, Washington, passed away on Dec. 31, 2017. Born Aug. 20, 1942 in Monticello, Illinois, Jim graduated from Champagne High School in Champagne, Illinois and then enlisted in the Navy.

Jim served on a variety of ships, submarines and commands from 1960-1983. His service including being selected as a commissioning plank owner of the USS Ohio SSBN 726 from where he retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, he went on serving his country the next 31 years working with various contractors supporting the Trident Submarine program, finally retiring in 2014 from General Dynamics Corporation.

Jim was married to the love of his life, Janene Uebelhoer, in Champagne, Illinois. They spent a lifetime together raising their family, enjoying trips throughout the northwest RV camping, vacations with family and charter boat fishing.

Jim was a member of the Bremerton Elks, the Bremerton base of the Submarine Veterans Association, and newlife of Central Kitsap.

Jim’s memory lives on with his wife, Janene; son, Larry V. Shumard (Judy) of Port Orchard, Washington; daughter, Jan Gardner (Shawn) of Bremerton, Washington; granddaughter, Alexandria Lizzy Gardner of Bremerton, Washington; and his sister, Mary Hibler (Mike) of Bullhead, Arizona.

A private celebration of life will be held on a later date. A burial at sea will be conducted by the Navy. An online memorial can be seen at www.lewischapel.com .

Posted January 7, 2018

Welcome Aboard Associate members William & Frances Rose

Bremerton Base Commander Note

Posted January 7, 2018

Hello all, I hope you are all doing well. I just wanted to share a few items concerning the base.

 - Membership -  It is our duty as base members, to recruit and maintain a strong membership to maintain a successful base. Membership for the first year is no charge for Active Duty Military. Please advertise this when applicable.
 - Membership (x2) - If you have not renewed your membership, please do so, I would hate to see you drop off the membership log. We have fun, come back and see us. We appreciate your participation and support. As Base Commander, I am always looking for new ways to make our base better. Please help me in this endeavor.

 - We have an entertaining event scheduled for our February breakfast meeting. Jim Demott has entertainment lined up. Free of charge, and it looks to be a good time. The Elks has proved to always provide good eats.
 As I begin my second term as your commander, I want nothing but the best for our base. I am just your representative. If you desire or have any ideas to improve how we do business, please contact me, or any member of the e-board. I value your feedback, whether it is positive or negative. We have a great base. That is all for now. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I appreciate your support. Be good, be safe, and see you soon.
Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315

Cell (360) 471-2704

Second call for nominations for the 2018 National Elections

Posted January 1, 2018


Shipmates you have until March 1st 2018 to put in your nomination letters for the 2018 National Elections.

So far the Nominees are:

National Commander - Wayne Standerfer

National Senior Vice Cdr- Jon Jaques

National Junior Vice Cdr - Steve Bell

National Secretary - Ray Wewers

National Treasurer - Paul Hiser

Western Regional Director - Jim Denzien

Central Regional Director- Tom Williams
- Carl Schmidt

Eastern Region North Director - Les Athschuler

Eastern Region South Director - Ken Nichols

If you feel you would like to run for any of the above positions please send me an e-mail at al@ssbn657.com

with your nomination letter stating your qualifications for the position and a statement that if elected you will accept the position.

Pride Runs Deep,
Al Singleman, Jr. Nomination's Chairman.

Happy New Year From USSVI National Commander

Posted January 5, 2018

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New year.

As always remember our service men and women who are deployed and/or serving in harms way that can not be home to celebrate the New Year with their families and friends.

Keep our veterans in your hearts and prayers as well as many of them are struggling with health and other issues.


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#9  Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

#8  Life is sexually transmitted. 

#7  Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

#6   Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart.  If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

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#4  Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

#3  All of us could take a lesson from the weather.  It pays no attention to criticism.

#2  In the 60's, people took LSD to make the world weird.  Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

#1  Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers.  What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.

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