Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 Events

Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while in the military service. Additionally, it marks the start of summer and vacation season.

Here are a couple events Seattle Base USSVI is attending.
A view of Mt Rainier from Tahoma National Cemetery
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery. 
The ceremony is on Monday, May 25 and starts at 1 PM. It will commemorate Memorial Day and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The keynote speaker will be Vietnam veteran and former First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, with additional remarks from state Senator Joe Fain. Remember that parking is limited.

Tahoma National Cemetery (click here for a map and directions)
18600 SE 240th St
Kent, WA 98042

Cruzin to Colby Car Show 
The Seattle Base float will be at the Cruzin to Colby car show in Everett WA all day on Monday, May 25. Be sure to stop off and say hi while you’re enjoying the vintage cars. There are events planned for Sunday and Monday, be sure to check the Seattle Rod-tiques website (event calendar) for a list of events and photos from past shows.

We hope to see you at one or both of these events!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 2015 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, May 20. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.

Our guest speaker this month will be Paul Harvey, a former Naval Aviator who flew the Lockheed P-2 Neptune. Paul is a dynamic speaker, a docent at the Museum of Flight, and you will not want to miss this presentation!
A P-2 Neptune ASW Patrol plane
Prior to the introduction of the P-3 Orion in the mid-1960s, the Neptune was the primary U.S. land-based anti-submarine patrol aircraft, intended to be operated as the hunter of a '"Hunter-Killer" group, with destroyers employed as killers. Several features aided the P-2 in its hunter role:

Sonobuoys could be launched from a station in the aft portion of the fuselage and monitored by radio. The AN/ASQ-8 Magnetic Anomaly Detector was fitted in an extended tail, producing a paper chart. A belly-mounted AN/APS-20 surface-search radar enabled detection of surfaced and snorkeling submarines at considerable distances.

Paul also spent some familiarization time sailing aboard USS Cutlass (SS-478). He will talk about his experiences in ASW Patrol Squadron VP-17 (White Lightnings), the ASW Air community in general, Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) operations, and flying ASW Patrols.
VP-17 patch
All area Submarine Veterans, current members or not, are invited to join with us for this informative and interesting talk. Also feel free to bring along your friends and family.

We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Armed Forces Day Events

Seattle Base will be celebrating "Armed Forces Day" at the Cabella's Tulalip store (9810 Quil Ceda Blvd Tulalip WA 98271) with another "Meet and Greet" on Saturday May 16, 10:00 to 16:00. We will have our float set up outside the store with other veteran organizations and supporters. It should be a good time and it is always great to get out and talk with the public and other veterans, so come join us for as much time as you can spare.
A photo from last year's event
The Cabela’s store has events planned throughout the weekend, be sure to check their website for the schedule.

Another option to consider would include a scenic drive to Bremerton for their 67th annual Armed Forces Day Parade. Bremerton USSVI Base will be attending the Bremerton parade and would be happy to have you join them. You can see more information on the Gertrude Check.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May - June Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The May - June issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

This issue has information about the latest Seattle Base raffle, photos from the March event at Cabela’s and the field trip to the Museum of Flight restoration center, and the list of currently planned activities for the Seattle Base, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.
You can win your choice of one of these museum quality submarine cutaways from the Seattle Base Raffle. The drawing will be held at the June meeting and you do not have to be present to win. Be sure to get your tickets soon!

Hardcopies of the newsletter will go out this weekend. I hope you all enjoy it.

As a reminder, we’ve introduced a way for you to get copies of the Dolphin Brotherhood sent directly to your email inbox. If you would like to get the PDF, full-color, version of the newsletter by email, just send a message to the email address: with the subject “Subscribe” and include your name in the message. Alternatively, you can just speak with me (Dave Schueler) at a base meeting or event.

As always, don't forget to check back here on the blog for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Seattle Base Captures Traveling Dolphins

Bremerton Base has held the Western District 4 “Traveling Dolphins” for over a year, but they were ‘captured’ by Seattle Base on Tuesday April 21 2015 at the Bremerton Base meeting by Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzalez, Karl Krompholz, and Pat Householder.
Karl Krompholz, Pat Householder, and Dick Gonzalez receive the Traveling Dolphins from Bremerton Base Vice Commander Steve Corcoran
The Traveling Dolphins program was established by then District Commander John Mansfield for Western District 4 and the program has spread nationwide since inception. The reason for this fun program is simply to encourage more base-to-base interaction within the district.

The ‘rules’ are that the base wishing to capture the Traveling Dolphins must make a visit to the base holding the dolphins at their monthly meeting with at least three base members, one of whom must be a current base officer. As part of the turnover, the receiving base members relate a personal ‘sea story’ to the base members present. In the case of two bases attempting to capture the Traveling Dolphins, the one with the most members present wins. If there is a tied number of members, a coin toss determines the winner.

The Traveling Dolphins started with South Sound Base and were first captured by Bremerton Base, then by Olympic Peninsula Base, then returned to Bremerton Base, and now to Seattle Base.

You can be sure there will be a ‘raid’ on Seattle Base to capture the Traveling Dolphins again, maybe as early as our May meeting.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 2015 Meeting Notes

The April meeting started off with Tolling the Boats lost in April, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions. We also celebrated the 115th anniversary of the U.S. submarine force and the 16th birthday for the Seattle USSVI Base.

Old and New Business: 
Base Calendar – We set June 14, Flag Day, as the date for our appearance at the Bass Pro Shop in Tacoma. Be sure to mark it on your calendar, we will be looking for volunteers to help out on that day. We also have upcoming events on Memorial Day at Tahoma National Cemetery and we will once again be at the Cruzin’ Colby car show in Everett. Steve Shelton will have the signup sheet for our Smokey Point fund raiser on July 1st through the 3rd at our next meeting. Be prepared to join us at Smokey Point. Remember to check the Base Activities Calendar page for more upcoming events.

Cablela’s Event - We recapped the Cabela’s event on March 28 and 29 and talked about how great they are to our group. We took in over $400 in donations from the event, which helps our bottom line. Be sure to check the calendar and blog for more events at Cabela’s throughout the year.
Seattle Base float outside Cabela's at the March 22-23 event

Field Trip - Base Commander Dick Gonzalez talked about the field trip to the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Those that went had a good time, saw some interesting planes, and enjoyed the excursion.
Getting ready for the trip to the restoration center
Base Float Update - We need to find a new place to store the Seattle Base float. After the tolling in August, the current storage location will no longer be available. We need a place that is approximately 10 feet by 22 feet for the float and its cover. If you have a spot or an idea where we can find one, please let one of the Base officers know.

Seattle Base Raffle - Pat Householder reminded us about the raffle to win a submarine cutaway. You can read more about the raffle at this blog entry. The raffle tickets can be purchased for $5.00 each or five for $20.00. The drawing will be held at our June meeting and the winner will get their choice of cutaways. They are beautiful to look at and you will be proud to own one.

April Program:
The speaker for April was our own Bob Opple. Bob took us back to when he was growing up during World War II and immediately after. He told us about what motivated him to join the Navy, even though he had a number of scholarship offers for college, and volunteer for submarine service.

Bob told us about his experiences at DC Electrician School and Submarine School. He then talked about reporting aboard USS Razorback and life aboard the old diesel submarines. He told us about an 87 day patrol on Razorback and all the friends he made. Bob finished up by talking about his trip to Turkey to see Razorback and bring her back to the U.S.
Bob at the sticks on Razorback
It was fun to hear Bob talk about his old times. He is a great speaker and we always enjoy his presentations.
Bob gets a certificate of appreciate (featuring Razorback) from Base Commander Dick Gonzalez

Binnacle list: 
Admiral Horton Smith is status quo for the moment. His memory is fading but his spirit is high. He is currently at the Aegis Living facility on Madison in Seattle and would enjoy having some visitors. But please call before going to visit to make sure he isn’t out when you want to visit.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 2015 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 15. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.

We are departing from our usual guest speaker routine and have asked one of our own, Bob Opple, to make a presentation at this month's meeting.
Bob Opple talking at a previous meeting
You know Bob as a former Base Commander, a great USSVI supporter, a traveler, the founder of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club, and for his undying love for the US submarine service.

Bob will provide his perspective of life on diesel boats and include a few tidbits to make you laugh.

You will want to join us and to also share some of your "sea stories" as well.

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander