2013 Lt William "Willie" Spoon Memorial Scholarships
University of Washington
Klahowya Secondary School
Grand Canyon University
Your new edition (2013-1) electronic American Submariner is
posted on line at
Press "USSVI Magazine" and read or download after you log
The delays we have
recently suffered would appear to have greatly improved the
AS in photo quality.
We should be back on
track with future editions. I wish you all a great read.
Story of USS R-12
Thanks to Ric Hedman of Seattle Base, A project
to produce a documentary film about the loss and location of
the hulk of the USS R-12 recently came to the attention of
your USSVI Board of Directors. As you know, it is the
primary purpose of USSVI to "Perpetuate the memory of our
shipmates who gavetheir lives in the pursuit of their duties
while serving their country."
This project seems a natural fit for our interests and
purposes, so your Board voted to pledge $ 1,000 towards the
completion of this mission.
The board endorses and encourages ALL bases and members to
join with us in also pledging financial support towards
completion of this project. A unique factor in this request
is that we are asking you to 'PLEDGE' your support now. They
need to raise $ 89,000.00 by June 30, and your pledgewill
convert into a donation ONLY if this goal is reached by that
Your participation via Kickstarter will enable them to
complete thedocumentary "Twice Forgotten". Our collective
participation will help empower them to finally tell the
story of the USS R-12 Submarine's tragic sinking, the
families left without any information and the quest to solve
the mysteries that have been unanswered after all this time.
The history books are wrong, it is time to do things right!
How does it work:
1. Go to
2. Click the Green BACK THIS PROJECT button
3. Choose your support level and click the CONTINUE button
4. Complete the Log-in information and enter info for AMAZON
When complete you will get a email notification thanking you
for the pledge. At the end of the pledge drive on June 30,
the donor list will be reviewed by us so that USSVI gets
recognition for all our collective donations. This
project will only be funded and your pledge converted to a
donation ONLY if at least $89,000 is pledged by Sunday Jun
30. $20,400 has been
pledged as of the date of this message.
Overview: The WW-II submarine USS R-12 sank off the coast of
Key West, Florida at midday on June 12, 1943. She took 40
American sailors and 2 Brazilian officers to their grave at
600 ft on the ocean floor. They have been missing for nearly
70 years until found in 2010 by a team of explorers working
with state of the art technology and fascinated by R-12's
story and the mystery.
Since USS R-12 was discovered in late 2010 the team has put
forth a herculean effort to locate the family members of the
entombed, research government and historical files and
launch a major expedition to film and document the sub in
its final resting place at 100 fathoms in the Straights of
Florida. The documenting of the data and family information
amission to resolve the mystery of the sinking while
bringing closure to thefamilies, recognition to the entombed
men of R-12 and raise awareness of alost and forgotten crew
to a young generation of people.
The team continues to work under Navy permits and needs to
return to site for filming underwater in the summer of 2013.
They have been assembling a documentary of our findings,
interviews, underwater robotic technology, exclusive
underwater footage of the submarine in her final resting
place and have been on a quest to solve the mystery of her
sinking. This is an
important and significant discovery and we are dedicated to
sharing it withthe public. These entombed servicemen deserve
to be acknowledged today (70years later) as any of our lost
and missing military would deserve if theirremains were
found seventy years from now.
USS R-12 is the sixth WWII US submarine to be found of the
fifty-two missingand the only US Sub to sink within the
continental United States.
Pride Runs Deep,
T. Michael Bircumshaw
Bremerton Base Life
Member Takes the Helm of USSVI Western Region District 4.
It is my esteemed pleasure to inform you that Al Durkee
(CDR USN Ret) and a 20 year member of USSVI and Bremerton
Base, has been appointed Western Region 4 District
Commander, relieving John Mansfield.
He was given the oath of office today, May 16, 2013 by
Western Region Director, John Mansfield, and has agreed to
have his name placed on the upcoming District Commander
election ballot in June.
Al's brief bio:
He entered the US Navy as a FN in 1951 and retired as a full
Commander in 1978.
His ships were
USS Esperance CVE88
USS Neches AO47
Qualified on USS Grenadier SS525 in 1957
USS Seawolf SS575
USS Becuna SS319
USS Hunley AS31
Submarine School Staff
Fleet Submarine Training Facility Norfolk
Submarine Repair Officer, Bremerton
Operations/Security Officer Submarine Base Bangor.
Al lives in White Salmon, Washington six months and in Yuma
Arizona six months.
His primary Base is Bremerton and is Past Base Commander of
Barbel Base (where all the snowbirds migrate)
Al's contact info:
Phone: 360 908 3050
WRD4 POC's, please distribute to all Base members.
WRDC's, please welcome Al into our region.
Thank you for stepping up, Shipmate.
For all you young whippersnappers out there, Al is 83 years
young and looks forward to meeting you along the way and at
Western Region Director
360 569 0507
New Base Meeting
Banner May be installed at FRA by Next Meeting, May 21
It will be 8'x3' and look like
Museum's Annual Tolling the Boats Ceremony
The Naval Undersea
Museum's annual Tolling the Boats ceremony will be held on
Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00am. This ceremony is held
every yearto honor the submarines and crews lost during
World War II. The principal speaker for the event will be
CDR Jeffrey S. Smith, Commanding Officer, USS Kentucky (SSBN
The Navy Band
Northwest will also perform. The ceremony will take place
outside the museum in front of the USS Sturgeon sail. In
case of foul weather, the ceremony will be held in
the museum's auditorium.
Prepares for Memorial Day at Ivy Green
Submitted by VC
Corcoran and Dutch Kaiser
VC Steve Corcoran has taken the lead on the base's
participation on this Memorial Day Ceremony at Ivy Green
Cemetery on Monday, May 27th. He has ordered the wreath
shown in these pictures.
He urges all members to attend.
FYI: Bremerton Subvets have an area reserved for we Subvets
to be interned. Details may be found here. Ivy Green is at
the corner of Naval Ave. and 13th street in Bremerton. Some
of our members may not be familiar with
Ivy Green if they don't live in Bremerton. The memorial has
started at 1300 for all the memorials I have attended. It is
usually attended by many veterans organizations including
3rd Tue, 1900
at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA
Click Date to Show Event Calendar
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I have not kept a binnacle list on GC. I will if you
inform me when a member is sick and when he/she is well.
Has Good News
Today I received
some great news from the oncologist.
One of the measures of the status of cancer is derived
from a blood test known as CA 19-9. It is a
quantification of the Carbohydrate
Antigen (CA) released by a tumor as it consumes glucose,
for which tumors have a huge appetite.
While CA 19-9 is not to be depended upon as a sole
confirmation of cancer it is a good adjunct test when
combined with other assessments; these I have had and CA
is a reliable measurement in my case.
When first diagnosed in Feb my CA was being generated
both by the pancreatic and lung tumors as well as the
backed up gall bladder duct which forced the liver to
add it's own contribution. It is estimated that the
liver contributed no more than half of the 3300 units/ml
For a healthy person the CA values run from 0 to 37
units/ml, so my 3300 (1600 or more from the tumor alone)
after several chemo
treatments had declined to 160!
Not out of the woods, but it sure is a step in the right
At this rate I think I'll go buy a lottery ticket.
Al Sanders Knee Repl Recovery,Northridge,
Johnny Dilg Serious Heart Op,
UWMEDCTR. Johnny has been at UW for almost 2 months.
They were getting him healthy enough to install Left
Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). He is under several
types of physical therapy at the U and will be there a
few more weeks He able to walk a little bit with help
but has a long recovery ahead. Its a life saver. Lots of
info on the net.
Base Preps for
Annual Fireworks Sale
(27 - Jun -4
Fireworks Manager, Mike Sullivan, passes this
preliminary info along to those of you wish to learn
about this year's Sale. More to follow. Call Mike at
360-377-9243 to coordinate.
STANDS & TENTS
SUNDAY, MAY 19th & MONDAY, MAY 20th
7pm (Doors will open at 6:30pm)
Nominations for Bremerton Base
ElectedOfficers Are Open
by Nominations Committee Chairman Dutch Kaiser
Members in good standing and state that they are willing
to serve if elected can be nominated. See Bylaws
The election will be held at the November business
Installation of 24 Engraved Bricks at Deterrent Park
Twenty Four Engraved
Bricks will be installed starting at 0930 on Saturday, May
25th in the missile deck of the "Woody" full scale model at
Deterrent Park, Bangor,NBK.
Images and brick
locations will be posted on line the following week.
ARMED FORCES DAY