Christmas Party a Great Success
members and guests attended the annual Christmas
Party at the Bremerton Elks' Club, Saturday, Dec
13th. Of all the the parties in the past at the Elks
Club, this was the best meal we have experienced as
well as the service.
awards were presented to those present. Four
Holland Club presentations were made.
hat for the base's annual donation of gifts to the
folks at the VA home at Retsil created over $300.
That will added to a base donation of $200.
Chaplain Fred Borgmann will buy the gifts and
present them to the home.
and images will appear here later in the week.
Bremerton Base Makes Donation to Naval Undersea
Bob Paul sends:
DeMott, Base Commander, Presented a $1,500 check
to Bruce Harlow, Rear Admiral USN (Ret),
Foundation President and Mary Rayn, Curator,
Naval Undersea Museum.
On December 5, 2014 The Submarine Veterans,
Bremerton Base was proud to make a monetary donation
of $1,500 to the Naval Undersea Museum Foundation to
be used in support of the museum's new exhibit, The
Thresher Legacy: A Better, Safer Navy.
Thresher’s sinking on April 10, 1963, with 129
officers, crewmembers, and civilians aboard, was the
worst submarine disaster in history. The new
exhibit, The Thresher Legacy: A Better, Safer Navy,
examines how the tragedy became a defining point in
submarine and deep submergence history, propelling
the Navy to establish the two programs that became
Thresher’s legacy — the Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE)
Program and the Deep Submergence Systems Project.
The US Submarine Veterans purpose is to: "Perpetuate
the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in
the pursuit of their duties while serving their
country”. This new exhibit goes a long way in
support of our goals.
Peninsula Base Founder and Bremerton Base Life
Member Loses Wife to Cancer (millie)
It is with great sadness that I send this
message. I have received word that Millie
Clear, wife of John, passed away at
0835 Monday morning, December 8, 2014. Services
will be scheduled after the first of the year.
I would ask that you all keep John and his
family in your prayers and thoughts.
USSVI Bremerton Base
WWII Submarine Memorial
News 17's Kristin Gitchell Reports
know about Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941,
but few may realize that 19 miles from here, 28
submarines made their last stop before heading into
battle in response.
The ships were commissioned in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
and cruised through the Chicago River, right under
Lake Shore Drive, making their last stop in Lockport
before being tugged down to the Pacific to help win
“Initially submarines were supposed to just be used
as scouts – to scout ahead of the fleet and report
back on enemy fleet location and numbers and stuff
like that,” said submariner Frank Voznak.
“But because of Pearl Harbor, the mission changed
and the submarines actually became the first line of
defense. They sent the submarines out then to hunt
the Japanese fleet which they did very effectively
so the mission changed in that context.”
Frank Voznak is the Vice Commander of a submarine
veterans group called Crash Dive Base, whose creed
is to perpetuate the memory of their lost comrades
who died in duty.
“Through the war, there were 52 submarines that were
lost, they were one of the highest percentages of
losses in the fleet,” said Voznak. “These guys kept
volunteering, as submarine services were all
volunteer organization, you can non volunteer at
anytime if you choose, and these guys kept going
back time after time after time. I think it says
something about the character of these veterans at
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Base Commander's Wife Passes
It is with great sadness that I send this message. I
have received word that our Past Base Commander,
Dave Niemy, has lost his wife of forty years. I
would ask that you all keep Dave and his family in
your prayers and thoughts, and if possible, consider
attending the memorial service. A copy of the
obituary follows this message.
USSVI Bremerton Base
"Bonnie Lynn (Nace) Niemy passed onto the
next stage of existence early in the morning on
Friday, 28 November. She left peacefully in her
sleep after a 3 year battle with cancer. The breast
cancer from 1995 came back into her bones and it
took her life. She was a warm, welcoming, honest,
and unique person. She enjoyed league bowling,
thrift store treasure hunts and hand beading
jewelry. As a Navy Wife she maintained a warm and
inviting household and cared for three children
while her husband, David, served in the Submarine
Service both at sea and ashore. Bonnie and David
recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. This
wonderfully eccentric, beautiful woman will be
missed. Memories of Bonnie will continue to be with
us in our quiet moments and in the telling of fun
stories around the wine bottle. She is at peace
amongst the stars.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 12,
at 1 p.m. at Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home. Please
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USS WILL ROGERS (SSBN 659) REUNION
Dates: 27-30 August, 2015
Location: Bremerton, Washington
Points of Contact:
Dave Talley – email:
email@example.com, phone: (210) 834-4234
Mal Wright – email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (509) 308 7450
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:
See who is attending
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