To whom it may concern:  If you are an annual dues paying member, your 2016 dues should be paid by the

end of 2015 to take advantage of the current annual dues rate; $20 for national and $20 for base.

In fact, this may be the time to take a national multi year or life membership at the 2015 rate.

Nat’ Dues 5 Yr term $ 90.00; 3 Yr term  $ 55.00;  1 yr term, $20
Nat’l Life: 76+ yrs = $100.00; 66 thru 75 yrs  = $200; 56 thru 65 yrs = $ 300.00; 46 thru 55 = $400.00; Thru 45 yrs = $ 500.0

 After 31 Dec 2015, the national annual rate will increase to $25 and the base remains at $20



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Updated: Friday, November 27, 2015 07:04:32 AM


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BPOE 1181 - 4131 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton

Cost $20 /person (before 4 Dec) $25 after

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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 email him.

Summary 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.


Tim's 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)

Vice Commander Steve Corcoran presents Tim with Base challenge coin.

(image provided by Steve Corcoran)


(Tim, thank you for an informative look at today's shipyard work force/ed)


After a break, base officials reported on their activities.  Of note should be your attention to the next month's Christmas Dinner, see menu, and info above and below this article.


Then 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:


Commander - Steve Corcoran

Vice 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 Commander.


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)

As 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 ensure 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  for more information.


Happy Thanksgivng/Red

Local Medal of Honor Recipients

(Posted Nov 19, 2015)


 Second Lieutenant Jesse T. Barrick, Union Army, 1841 - 1923


John H. Nibble, Quartermaster, USN, (1847-1902)


Gotfred Jensen, SGT, USA,  (1872-1945)


William C. Horton, SGT, USMC (1876-1969)


Machinist Donald K. Ross, USN, 1910-1992


Reinhart J. Keppler BM1, USN, 1918-1942


Captain Richard M. McCool, Jr., USN, (1922-2008)


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

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 Organization Entry"
This is the third Highest Award given by the city to Parade Entries.

Congratulations to all!!!

I will be bringing the Award plaque to the November 18th Meeting.

Ric Hedman

Every day is Veterans Day for WWII sailor
Ed Friedrich - Kitsap Sun
5:07 PM, Nov 11, 2015
5:12 PM, Nov 11, 2015
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BREMERTON — Herman Gehlhausen blew the first kamikaze headed for the USS 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 California. Read on back page!

Mystery light over ocean was missile test
By Pauline Repard | 7:12 p.m. Nov. 7, 2015 | Updated, 9:13 p.m

(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. Please view images Jim bought back.

A 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 @Newman_Photos

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 said.


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 said.

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. Read All

Base Commander Sends

(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 dinner. 

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.

   This event 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.

James DeMott

Base Commander

USSVI Bremerton Base


Bremerton Base Turns Out Nine Members for Auburn's 50th Veteran's Day Parade

(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 twice)


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

Over 20 Subvets marched or rode the floats.  The crowds were fantastic, thanking us all for our service to the USA.  We were humbled. 





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