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Oct 21 – 28, 2018

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P O Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465  

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

Annual Breakfast Social at the Bremerton Elks Lodge

Saturday Morning , February 17,  0900

This is a "free" event,  email Cdr Corcoran with head count



Saturday, March 17th Monthly Meeting, 1000,  at the FRA 29


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

Jim Shumard's Celebration of Life

(Posted February 12, 2018)

Base Commander Sends:

Hello all, I just received a text from Janene Shumard. Jim's Celebration of Life will be Saturday, 31 March, 1400, at the Bremerton Elks on Pine Road in East Bremerton. She hopes to see us all there. Please join me in paying our respect to Jim and his family, and please wear your colors. Any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you.

Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

(Posted February 8 , 2018)


Welcome aboard a new base life member, Jim Gibson (Congor, Spinax, Bass, Carbonero, Rock, Pomfret, Catfish & Coucal). Jim is USSVI Life, Holland Club & Cuttlefish Base Member.


Bremerton Base Up-Date 2/8/2018

(Posted February 8 , 2018)

Base Commander Sends:

Hello all I just wanted to send a quick e-mail to keep you all informed on a few items.

Breakfast meeting Saturday, February 17th, at the Elks on Pine Road, in East Bremerton. Breakfast at 0900-1000, followed by a brief meeting and then entertainment. We have 32 individuals that have informed they are attending. If you have not yet contacted me stating you will attend, please do so soon, so we can give Karen a good head count. Thanks to those that have e-mailed me.

1. The COB and I will not be attending the event in San Diego next week. It was postponed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances and may be re-scheduled in the near future. Good news is, now we can attend the breakfast meeting.

2. We have been invited to the Enlisted Submarine Ball. It will be held at The Sheraton Hotel in Seattle on April 7th. Please let me know if you would like to attend so I may reserve tickets. Hopefully I will get more information soon to pass along to you.

3. Dolphin Dash will be held at Bangor on Saturday April 14th. 0800 muster time. Volunteers are needed for various duties. It is a fun time and good community exposure for our base.

4. Guest speaker in March will be Ric Hedman from Seattle Base. I have info stating they will also be after the Traveling Dolphins. I may need to misplace them for awhile.

5. I am looking to have another basket raffle at the Fleet Reserve. More to follow.

Well, I think that is it for now. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Take care, see you soon, and be safe.

Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

Puget Soundings On-Line

(Posted February 6, 2018)


January Monthly Meeting Summary

(Posted January 21, 2018)


Saturday Morning at 1000 sharp, Jan 20th,  traditional meeting opening ceremonies were carried out, which included the introduction of 2 new members, Leroy Howard & Stuart Smith and recognizing Jim Shumard recent passing, Cdr Steve Corcoran introduced speaker YN1(SS) Suraya Mattocks of USS Michigan SSBN727. 


USSVI Bremerton Base member Petty Officer Mattocks, originally from New Hampshire, is a 16 year Navy veteran and qualified in Michigan last summer. She is one of  36 enlisted women assigned to her Michigan crew.


Mattocks is married and has a 4 year old daughter.


She reviewed her Navy career which included duty in Navy Air, the CBs and surface ships. (Quite a varied career compared to most of us.)


Mattocks told of her experience in qualifications and admitted it was much more difficult than the others she has completed in other assignments. She answered many questions about her job and thoughts of her duty in Michigan and the Navy in general.


After a 10 minute donut break, base officers and committee chairmen told of their activity since last meeting.


2018-2019 Base Officers were sworn in.


From L-R: Secretary Wayne Sieckowski, COB Wayne Peterson, Commander Steve Corcoran, Vice Commander Don Carpenter, Treasurer Dennis Nardone & Immediate Past Commander/Western Distict 4 Commander Jim Demott



Cdr Steve reminded us of next month's breakfast meeting at the Elks, 0900 on Saturday, the17th of February.  Dist 4 Cdr Jim DeMott described a family oriented Magician that will be on hand to entertain us.

















Bremerton Base USSVI announces 2018 Scholarship Program

by Wayne Sieckowski, Scholarship Chairman

(Posted January 18, 2018)

The Bremerton Base United Submarine Veterans is concerned that the educational potential for their dependent sons, daughters and grandchildren may not be realized due to financial constraints. The membership believes that all young people who are academically qualified for admittance to an accredited college or vocational school should have the financial means to enable them to attend a school of higher education that will allow them to attain their goals.

In keeping with this belief the EBoard has approved the awarding of 5, $1,000 Scholarships for 2018. Applications and information about applying for the Scholarship can be found at the base’s web site http://gertrude-check.org/scholarshiphistory.html or can be obtained from the Scholarship chairman Wayne Sieckowski Wsieckowski@gmail.com

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FRA #29, 521 National Avenue, Bremerton

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       "Isn't it scary that doctors call what

               they do "practice"?



Port Orchard

February 9, 2018

Photo by Don Bassler


Geezer's clinic. 

Get your treatment for $500; if not cured, get back $1,000.

"Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.  So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic. Dr. Young:  "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth.  Can you please help me ??" Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth.

"Dr. Young:  “Aaagh!! -- This is Gasoline!

"Dr. Geezer:  "Congratulations!  You've got your taste back.  That will be $500.

"Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.  Dr. Young:  "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything." Dr. Geezer:  "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth.

"Dr. Young:  "Oh, no you don't,  -- that is Gasoline!

"Dr. Geezer:  "Congratulations! You've got your memory back.  That will be $500.

"Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days. Dr. Young:  "My eyesight has become weak -- I can hardly see anything!!!!

”Dr. Geezer:  "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so, here's your $1000 back." (giving him a $10 bill). Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!

Dr. Geezer:  "Congratulations! You got your vision back!  That will be $500

Moral of story  --  Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer"!


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