Storekeeper Has Replenished Inventory of Base Challenge Coins
(Posted Nov 27, 2015)
Base Storekeeper Ralph
Harris has replenished his supply of base Challenge Coins.
They make great stocking stuffers for the youngsters in your family,
while reminding them in the future of your service to your country.
At soupdowns, meetings etc, Ralph usually has them there for sale.
Also you could phone him 360-876-0830, 620-2022 or
of Nov 21 General Membership Meeting
(Posted Nov 22, 2015)
After routine opening
ceremonies Cdr Jim DeMott introduced the evening's speaker,
PSNS Pipe Shop Deputy Sup
Timothy Meeson II (BIO).
Tim (38), introduced his Dad, an Air Force vet., and his Son, a
high school senior.
|Tim Meeson II, PSNS CTD
Director / Deputy Pipe Shop Superintendent (image provided
by Steve Cocoran)
Tim, with 20
years in the yard, told of his experience on the way to achieving
his current supervisory level, with 900 employees under his
leadership. Tim's positive, no bars held exuberance, almost hyper,
has vaulted him beyond the normal level for a person his age.
employees' average age is 25. They have little experience, and
management has brought retired employees back to train them.
On the bright side, PSNS still
stands a top the nation's 4 Navy shipyards. (In my mind
is: where was management during these changing times? Perhaps
the change has been too fast and few could keep up. Sounds like Tim
took the challenge!. /ed)
Commander Steve Corcoran presents Tim with Base challenge
by Steve Corcoran)
(Tim, thank you for an
informative look at today's shipyard work force/ed)
break, base officials reported on their activities. Of
note should be your attention to the next month's
see menu, and info above and below this article.
Nominations person, Dutch Kaiser called for nominations from
the floor for any or all of the 5 elected base offices.
No one took the opportunity, and those previous nominated members
were all voted in unanimously under a recent bylaws amendment
permitting the raising of the hand by a majority of members present to approve the
new officers for 2016. They are:
- Steve Corcoran
Commander - Douglas McKay
Secretary -Wayne Sieckowski
Treasurer - Dennis Nardone
Chief of the Boat - Wayne Peterson
IAW with the bylaws, Jim DeMott will serve
as the 6th voting e-board member as Immediate Past Base
The 2016 officers will be sworn in at the January
16th, Sat morning meeting.
Cdr Jim then
gave a detailed and informative review of his trip to San Diego to
witness a routine DASO launch from USS Kentucky at the invitation of
the Navy (CSG9). Also reps from the Navy Olympic Peninsula and
Submarine Leagues were invited. (Too my knowledge, this
is the first time a USSVI Bremerton Base rep has been invited to
such an event/ed)
(Jim, thank you/ed).
A Great Christmas Present Recognizing Some One You
Respect, or Perhaps Yourself
(Posted Nov 21, 2015)
the holiday season approaches, please give some sincere thoughts of
shipmates, friends and others that have, or had a positive impact
on your life, or the lives of many.
Also, individuals can
their names are in submarine history.
To do this, your thought(s) can
be made public, by making a donation to Deterrent Park via an
engraved brick. If someone desires to know who made the donation,
it is available on the internet at
Please give this idea some
consideration; any surplus is applied to USSVI Bremerton Base
charitable giving. Go to
http://deterrentpark.org/ for more information.
Medal of Honor Recipients
(Posted Nov 19, 2015)
Lieutenant Jesse T. Barrick, Union Army, 1841 - 1923
SGT, USA, (1872-1945)
Machinist Donald K. Ross, USN, 1910-1992
Reinhart J. Keppler BM1, USN, 1918-1942
Captain Richard M. McCool, Jr., USN,
John D. "Bud" Hawk, SGT, USA, (1924 − 2013)
Auburn's Veterans Day Parade Award
(Posted Nov 16, 2015)
Received this message. Good job to those of you
who were there.
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 23:24:59 -0800
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Subject: Auburn's Veterans Day Parade Award
It is with great pleasure that I announce to the USSVI Bases
and SubVets of WW II that participated in the Auburn Parade
that we are the Winner of the:
"Memorial Award to Harold Page - Best Veteran Service
This is the third Highest Award given by the city to Parade
Congratulations to all!!!
I will be bringing the Award plaque to the November 18th
day is Veterans Day for WWII sailor
Ed Friedrich - Kitsap Sun
5:07 PM, Nov 11, 2015
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BREMERTON — Herman
Gehlhausen blew the first kamikaze headed for
Louisville out of the sky, but couldn’t stop the second.
The Japanese plane exploded
into the cruiser’s bridge about 10 feet above his 20 mm
anti-aircraft gun. The Japanese plane exploded into the cruiser’s
bridge about 10 feet above his 20 mm anti-aircraft gun.
“I could’ve grabbed the plane that hit us,” Gehlhausen said. “I
tried to reach for it.”
The last thing the 22-year-old Indianan at the time remembered was
the anti-aircraft director telling the team good job in his
earphones. He woke up feeling as if he were floating beneath a
bright blue sky. Beside him lay the gun’s loader. The gunner had
darted away. Their gun was destroyed.
“I said: ‘Tucker, where the hell are we? Are we dead?’” said
Gehlhausen, who as the spotter aimed the gun.
It wasn’t heaven, a far cry from it. Sailors were descending the
ladder from the bridge, clothes burned away and limbs blown off.
“I can still see it,” the 94-year-old tearfully recalled Wednesday
at his East Bremerton home.
The kamikaze attack occurred Jan. 6, 1945, as the Louisville was
headed toward Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines. Forty-one sailors
and one Marine were killed, according to Navy records, though
Gehlhausen believed the number was much higher. Despite extensive
damage, the cruiser shelled the beaches and shot down several enemy
planes before departing for repairs at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in
Read on back page!
Mystery light over ocean was missile test
By Pauline Repard | 7:12 p.m. Nov. 7, 2015 | Updated,
(Updated Nov 11, 2015)
(Disregard a previous post concerning Jim's
participation in this event. It was based on a verbal
conversation with other e-board members, and misinterpreted by me/ed)
Bremerton Base Commander Jim DeMott accepted an invitation
from the Navy, CSG9, to observe this test. Jim informed
me that he was among 3 leaders of local Navy supporting
organizations invited. Likely Jim will give us more details at
our next meeting at the FRA on Saturday morning, 21 Nov, at 1000.
Jim bought back.
Trident missile the Navy tested off Los Angeles Saturday
night is shown from the Fourth Street bridge over 110
Freeway in Los Angeles. Photographer Preston Newman was on a
photo shoot at the time.
— Preston Newman Photography, on Instagram at
A mysterious light that streaked across San Diego’s night sky
Saturday, visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona, was a Trident
missile test-fired by the Navy.
Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted the
scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from the
Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, in the Pacific
Test Range off the coast of Southern California, a Navy spokesman
The test was part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test,
said Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy’s Third Fleet.
Perry said launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to
ensure the continued reliability of the system. “Each test activity
provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing
to assurance in our capabilities,” he said in a statement.
The missile was not armed and Strategic Systems Programs does not
routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test
launch of such missiles is classified prior to the launch, Perry
The test range is a massive area northwest of Los Angeles. The Navy
periodically uses the range to test fire Tomahawk and Standard
cruise from surface ships and submarines.
(Posted Nov 11, 2015)
Chief of the
Boat Wayne Peterson has announced the details for the annual
Bremerton Base Christmas party. This year the party is being
held on Saturday, December 12, 2015, and will be at the
Bremerton Elks. Doors open at noon, with a brief Base meeting
starting at 1230. The meeting will include presentation of
longevity awards. Any Holland Club inductions will be after
The cost for
tickets is $20.00 each, $40.00 per couple. After December 4th
the cost will go up to $25.00 and $50.00. Tickets can be
purchased by sending payment to Wayne Peterson, 3249 Phillips
Ave., Bremerton, Wa 98310. Payments should be made out to
“USSVI Bremerton Base”. Tickets will also be available at
the next membership meeting on Saturday, November 21st.
will take the place of our regular monthly meeting in December.
Any members that would like to attend the meeting portion are
welcome, at no charge. If there are any questions, feel free to
contact Wayne or myself.
I look forward
to seeing you all there.
USSVI Bremerton Base
Bremerton Base Turns Out Nine Members for Auburn's 50th Veteran's
(Posted Nov 8, 2015)
Under the leadership of of
Steve Corcoran and Treasurer Dennis Nardone, we did not
let the rain stop us from participating in this annual event.
Sam Swenson took charge of the Bonefish float, pulling in
this event for the last 9 or 10 years. (Except for maybe once or
As the parade started, the
rain stopped until we were clear and on our way home.
This collage shows all that attended, Of note, 2 WWII
vets, age 90+, joined us. They were Raph Sterley,
Seattle Base and Paul Christofferson, Bremerton Base. Click for Big Pic
Images by John Mansfield and Dene Rogers
20 Subvets marched or rode the floats. The crowds were
fantastic, thanking us all for our service to the USA. We were