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  Issue/Date 20140721

Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Puget Soundings - Base Newsletter

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Base Commander Sends:

SUBVETS Night At the Aug 1  Kitsap Bluejackets Baseball Game

(Posted 7-22-2014)


   USSVI members will be recognized at the Kitsap Bluejackets baseball game on Friday, August 1st.  It is a home game against the Walla Walla Sweets, and will be played at the ball field by the Fairgrounds.  The first pitch is scheduled for 1835.

   The Bremerton Base is planning on getting tickets for all those who would like to attend this event with us.  This includes all Base members and their guests.  We also would like to invite any members of other bases ( Olympic Peninsula, South Sound, Seattle, etc.).  Hopefully we will get a good turnout for this event, as it should be a good time.

   In order to get an idea of how many tickets we need, I am asking that everyone who wants to go contact me by e-mail ( or phone (360-895-0547h / 360-710-0411c).  You may also contact Vice Commander Steve Corcoran (  Let us know your name and how many people you need tickets for.  The deadline for the ticket requests is July 30th. 

   I hope that you all can join us for the game, and be sure to wear your colors!

Thank you,

James E. DeMott

Base Commander

USSVI Bremerton Base



Silverdale Annual Whaling Days Parade

(Posted 7-21-2014)


This Saturday, July 26th, the base will participate in the Silverdale Whaling Days Parade.  All muster at 0930 on the Kitsap Mall Blvd near Sears.  Parade starts at 10 AM.  Muster at Tracyton Public House afterward.



Annual Picnic Draws Near 40

(Posted 7-21-2014)


Cdr Jim DeMott opened The 2014 Annual Picnic with a short meeting last Sunday (7-20-2014) at the Bremerton Elks picnic grounds.  The meeting included the Pledge of Allegiance, Tolling of the Boats for July, recognition of other bases' officials & guests, WWII Member Paul Christofferson and the invocation..


This was followed by the induction of three members into Holland Club to recognize their 50th anniversary of their initial qualification in submarines.  They were Chuck O'Hara (Shark), Ed Soriano (Blenny) and Bud Sullivan (Grouper).

Holland Club Recipients L-R:  Chuck O'Hare (HC Chair Dick Litscher, Cdr Jim DeMott), Ed Soriano, Bud Sullivan

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Upcoming events including parades, baseball game and meetings were announced before the  meeting closed.


Then we got into the serious part of the day with the brats, big dogs, and hamburgers supplied by the base along with the special side dishes and desserts provided by the participants.


COB Wayne Peterson assisted by VC Steve Corcoran did an outstanding job putting the picnic together and doing the cooking and clean up. Thanks guys!



Photo provided by Dennis Nardone                                                                 



Greg Fessler up-date :(

(Posted 7-19-2014)


Life Member Greg Fessler is not responding to chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.  His wife, Connie, forwarded this e-mail.


"After going to the oncology clinic yesterday, the Dr. decided that the chemotherapy was not helping Greg and that the cancer was winning. They have put him on Hospice now. Right now, we hope to be able to manage his care and pain here at home. If things get too crazy or that we are not able to care for him any longer here, we will have him transferred to the Hospice house in Bremerton. Greg's sister, Susan, has been such a big help and wants to continue to be here for both of us. Our daughter, Danielle, is flying in today from California and will be staying a couple of weeks or longer, if needed. The original diagnosis said 3 to 6 months. It has now been changed to weeks, maybe days. It's just progressing so rapidly. Fortunately, he is able to sleep most of the time, so the pain doesn't seem to be bothering him. Hope that continues.

There are so many people's email addresses that I lost when I got my new computer, so if you could help me pass the word, I would appreciate it. I appreciate all the cards, notes and messages of your support and your prayers.



Fessler's home phone # is 360-871-2395, and Connie's e-mail is  Their mailing address is: 1475 Yukon Harbor Rd SE, Port Orchard WA 98366-8507.



Groton Subvets getting act together
Group has new commander, regains some autonomy
By Johanna Somers
Publication: The Day
Published July 16. 2014 4:00AM

Groton - The U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base has named a new commander to serve the remainder of former Cmdr. John Carcioppolo's two-year term, is cooperating with its national organization and has recovered some of its autonomy.

Last year the national organization, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., investigated the Groton Subvets base, which includes a clubhouse with a bar. The investigation came after Carcioppolo mailed letters to Subvets members, including National Cmdr. T. Michael Bircumshaw, asking for tax-deductible donations totaling $15,000 to go toward back taxes and penalties. Read All
(Lessons Learned?/ed)



Welcome Aboard New Member:  Chad Lunceford (Ohio, Georgia)

(Posted 7-13-2014)





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