Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 2017 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, November 15, 2017. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6PM with business meeting at 7PM.

This is the last business meeting of 2017 and will be a good chance to turn in your registration form for our annual Holiday Luncheon, which will be at the Cascade Club at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge on Sunday, December 10. The registration form for the event can be found at this link and it is included in the most recent newsletter. Remember, the number of spaces available will be only 65 people, so you’ll want to reserve your place as soon as you can.
It will also be a good time to pick up your 2018 USSVI calendar. This year’s calendar features submarines of the Pacific Fleet and includes some great photos of submarines in the Puget Sound area. Calendars are available from the Base Storekeeper for $10.95. Be sure to get your copy before they are gone.

Finally, it is time for annual members to renew their membership. If you haven't already taken care of this, then the coming meeting would be great time to care of it.

2017 Auburn Veterans Day Parade Photos

It was a cool, cloudy Saturday for the 52nd annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade. The rain showers came and went, but the rain stopped once the parade was ready to start.
Submarine Veteran Group photo
The crowd was enthusiastic as ever and everyone seemed to enjoy the parade. Our turnout was a little lighter than normal, with members from Seattle Base, Bremerton Base, and Silent Service Motorcycle Club showing up. Even with the lighter turnout, it was a good time and great to see all the veterans out for the parade.

Here are some photos from the event.
We had a little bit of a walk to get to the staging area
There was time for pre-parade chatter
We were joined by Color Guard members from Bangor Submarine Base
Silent Service Motorcycle Club
We took some time to talk with the other veterans
And took some time to tell a few sea stories


WWII SubVet Paul Christofferson had flyers to hand out that talked about the new submarine USS Washington
The parade kicked off with a C-17 flyover
The leading Color Guard for the parade
Bremerton Base getting ready to move out
Seattle Base ready to go
Seattle Base float on the move
Doug Abrams brought along his pickup
A view of the Bonefish float from inside the parade
Looking back the the Seattle float
Auburn's Thank You Veterans banner
Seattle Base member, and former USSVI National Commander, says "Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you next year!"


Sunday, November 5, 2017

2017 Auburn Veterans Day Parade Reminder

The Auburn Veterans Day parade is on Saturday, November 11. This year Seattle Base, Bremerton Base, and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the parade. We will meet near the junction of Main and K Streets in Auburn. Please arrive between 10 – 10:30. The parade will start at 11:00.
Active duty submariners at the 2016 Auburn parade
There is free parking in the transit garage by the train depot at A Street and 2nd Street. You can see more about other parade and Veterans Day events on the City of Auburn website.
Parade route information (click to enlarge)
If you can't make it to Auburn, don't forget that Tahoma National Cemetery will also have a Veterans Day Ceremony starting at 11:00 at the flagpole assembly area.

We hope to see you at one of these events. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

November - December 2017 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The November – December 2017 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
Submarine Veteran Group photo from the 2016 Auburn Veterans Day Parade
This issue has information about the upcoming Auburn Veterans Day Parade, the registration form for the Seattle Base December Holiday Luncheon, and the usual submarine related articles.

Hardcopies will be mailed out later this week.

I hope you all enjoy the newsletter. As always, remember to check back here for base updates and other articles of interest.

We hope to see you at the Auburn parade!

Dave Schueler
Seattle USSVI Base Newsletter Editor

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eternal Patrol: Ron B Thody

Seattle Base member Ron Thody departed on Eternal Patrol on October 13, 2017.
Unfortunately, we do not have a photo of Ron. So we are using a 1955 photo of Ron's qualification boat, USS Spinax
Ron was born on April 12, 1933 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1950. He qualified on USS Spinax (SS-489) in 1952 and was a SN(SS) when he left the Navy in 1954.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Edmonds Yacht Club on November 12, 2017 at 1 PM.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 2017 Meeting Notes

The October meeting started off with Tolling the Boats lost in October, followed by birthday wishes for our members, and introductions.

After the introductions, Ric Hedman was inducted into the Holland Club. The Holland Club is named after John P. Holland, designer of the first US Navy submarine. It is an exclusive group within the US Submarine Veterans organization, where the core requirement for eligibility is the designation “qualified in submarines” for a minimum of fifty years.
Congratulations to Ric!
He also showed off the new Holland Club challenge coin.
Holland Club challenger coin front

Holland Club challenger coin back

Old and New Business:

December Holiday Luncheon – Our annual Holiday Luncheon will be at the Cascade Club at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge on Sunday, December 10. The registration form for the event can be found at this link and it will be included in the next newsletter. Remember, the number of spaces available will be only 65 people, so be sure get your registration form to Jim Harper as soon as possible.

Auburn Veterans Day Parade – Seattle Base, Bremerton Base, and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. We will meet near the junction of Main and K Streets in Auburn. There is free parking at the transit center. Please arrive between 10 – 10:30. The parade will start at 11:00. You can see more about other parade and Veterans Day events on the City of Auburn website. Additional information will be posted on the blog and newsletter.

Veterans Day at Tahoma National Cemetery – If you can’t make it to Auburn, you can consider going to the Tahoma National Cemetery for their Veterans Day ceremony. It will start at 11:00.

Seattle Base Elections – The nominations committee turned in their recommendations for Seattle Base officers for our January elections. Here is the list of officer nominees:
  • Base Commander – Ric Hedman 
  • Sr Vice Commander – Larry Abbott 
  • Jr Vice Commander – Earl Greening 
  • Secretary – shared by Bill Giese and Lois Mezek 
  • Treasurer – Jim Harper 
Committee Chairs:
  • Chief of the Boat – Ralph Sterley 
  • Membership – Kerry Ryan 
  • Base Chaplin – Andrea Geisler 
  • Storekeeper – Ralph Sterley 
  • Webmaster – Steve Shelton 
  • Newsletter Editor – Dave Schueler 
If you would like to throw your hat in the ring or nominate someone for a position, please contact Larry Abbott or Kerry Ryan with the information.

October Program:
The October program was a presentation by Greg Emerson on life during the American Revolution and how young Americans helped change the world. Greg is the Color Guard Captain for the Cascade Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and was dressed as a colonial militiaman for the presentation.
Greg Emerson
Greg started off by talking about life in the colonies in the 1770’s and how most Americans lived outside of cities. He talked about general trade and commence in the colonies. He then continued with information on why the British imposed taxes on the colonies, the formation of the Continental Congress to address the taxes, and the declaration of independence by the colonies.
Greg showing a replica Continental dollar
With the revolution underway, Greg talked about how families participated in the war, with many families following the fathers to war. He also covered the uniforms and weapons used by both sides.
Greg showing a Continental Army uniform
Greg finished up by recounting stories of young people that helped out during the revolution, including Sybil Ludington, Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and Alexander Milliner.

The presentation was an interesting and enjoyable look back at early America history.

Binnacle List:
• Tim Floersch is still recovering from his back surgery and hopes to be at the next meeting.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Eternal Patrol: Pierre Bruneau

Seattle Base member Pierre Bruneau departed on Eternal Patrol on August 29, 2017.
Pierre was born in Wenatchee, Washington, but he also lived in Milwaukee, Chicago, Seattle, Silverdale and finally settled in Redmond, where his family owned the Skyline Chicken Ranch. Pierre attended Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Nathan Hale High School in Milwaukee, Lincoln High School in Seattle, and Lake Washington High School in Kirkland.

Pierre enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1947 and served his country a total of twelve years. He was a submariner, serving on seven submarines, and very proud of his military contribution. He developed his superb upholstery skills at Lynch Furniture in Seattle, worked for Boeing - earning numerous awards and accolades, sold and repaired mimeograph machines and other office equipment for Olympic Distributors, began his own firm, Bruneau Upholstery and finally returned to Boeing where he retired as a senior supervisor.

He married Bernadine Porter in 1949 - a marriage lasting sixty-four years until her passing in 2013. They had two children and are both survived by Edmond Bruneau and Renee (Bruneau) Colleran. He was also blessed with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who loved him very much.

Pierre loved fishing, square dancing, puzzles, games and magic. He adored the RV life, sharing with Bernie many adventures and travels, including wintering in Arizona. A private memorial was held in Bothell on October 8. Contributions in his honor can be made to the American Heart Association.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar