August Base Meeting Summary
The USSVI Bremerton Base August General Meeting was held at the FRA #29 facility at 521 National Ave, Bremerton on Tuesday Evening, August 19, at 1900.
Holland Club Chair Dick Litscher officiated a ceremony presenting inductees Shirley (Marty) Crutcher and Ron Lewis with their certificates and paraphernalia for their long standing (50 years), "qualified in submarines". Marty qualified in Pickerel and Ron in Sargo in 1964.
Bruce Harlow, Rear Admiral USN (Ret) gave a very educational short talk on his experience as a legal authority is creating a treaty with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. He gave all, credit for their submarine service during those times which showed our potential advisories a deterrent to be reckoned with. He closed with a short review of his experience in leadership establishing and ongoing help at the Navy Undersea Museum at Keyport which included an effort to obtain Narwhal for the museum.
This was followed by a rousing introduction of Mike Loby, operator of the H&C. He made a review of his family's ownership of the famous "Horse and Cow" and its newest location on 4th Street in Bremerton. He then provided schnapps for a toast to his Dad and Uncle for all in attendance.
After a break, a business meeting was held.
Celebrating Military Service Parade, Daffodil Festival, Tacoma
Photos provided by Don Bassler. Dutch Kaiser and Jim DeMott (see this page for full size pictures)
(Our showing was good, but from my prospective, the spectator numbers were not what I would expect from the 3rd largest city in WA/ed) (Also backed up by the Tacoma Tribune.)
Web Master Needed (and noted)
In response to "Web Master Needed", I responded to the National Commander offering my support (i.e. advice) of his initiative. His response is below.
(I see this as a very positive step in the right direction to involve and recruit younger members "to perpetuate the memory". /ed)
Base Storekeeper Ralph Harris is placing an order for base challenge coins. He also wants to order base challenge coins of silver. The cost to you would be $75/ea. Assuming silver coins would vary in worth as the metal markets change, in the long run, inflation would make them a worthy investment and perhaps a nice gift to a loved one.
If you are interested, please contact Ralph (360-876-0830)
July - September Puget Soundings on-line
Click here for a color copy with more definition than this printed black and white copy!
Bluejackets Host Subvets
The Kitsap Bluejackets Baseball Team hosted the Bremerton Base members for an August 1 evening game against the Walla Walla Sweets. About a dozens members showed up. John Mansfield and Ralph Harris threw out the first balls. The weather was perfect for the game.
Bluejackets lost to Walla Walla Sweets 4-2. See all pics
Greg Fessler Memorial Service, Sailor, Rest your Oar!
Bremerton Base members, near 18, were in attendance at Greg's memorial service at the Christian Life Center in Port Orchard, Friday afternoon, August 1.
Two to three hundred people were attendance. It was clear that Greg, a local boy, was highly respected as a person and a submarine veteran. We made comments about Greg when attendees were asked for input.
Greg's participation in base activities was also shown in a very nice video tribute.
Connie Fessler Sends:
"Please pass on to all the other sub vets for their attendance at the memorial service. Seeing all those guys with their vests on made me so proud to have been a part of that special organization.
Thanks for all the help you have given us.
Connie (and family)"
at FRA 29, 521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA
2014 Calendar below,
Photos by Dennis Nardone
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