Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 2016 Meeting Notes

We began the October meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in September and October, followed by birthday wishes for our members, introductions, and the officer reports.

Old and New Business 
Membership Recruiting - Kerry Ryan gave an update on his membership drive efforts. He is currently contacting veteran services offices at colleges and technical schools in the area. He is talking to them about posting membership flyers at their school. If you have time to help Kerry or any suggestions for other membership expansion ideas, please contact the base officers and Kerry.

Auburn Veterans Day Parade – The Auburn Veterans Day Parade is set for November 5th and the Submarine Veterans will lead off this year’s parade. World War II submarine veterans Ralph Sterley and Paul Christofferson are the Grand Marshalls for the parade. They will be followed by Western District 4 Commander Al Durkee and the rest of the submarine veterans, including the Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC). We are planning on having four floats (Seattle, Bremerton, Yakima, and Rogue River – Umpqua) at the parade and want as many people as possible to show up. Because we are near the front of the parade, we need everyone to show up early. We would like everyone to be in place by 10 AM. We will be meeting at E Street and Main in Auburn (some float might be directed to F Street and Main depending on the situation). Note that there will be free parking in the parking garage by the train depot. There are several places we can meet for breakfast before the parade and we are hoping to meet for lunch with some of the other USSVI members after the parade. The parade will start at 11 AM with a flyover of an Air Force C-17 transport. Please help spread the word about the parade to other submarine veterans. Thanks to Ric Hedman for helping to organize the parade this year. There are several related events going on before and after the parade, be sure to check the parade website for more information.

November Meeting – Due to other meetings at the VFW post, our November meeting will be held in the small meeting room under the main VFW hall.

Holiday Luncheon - The Seattle Base USSVI Holiday Luncheon is set for Saturday, December 3 at the Meydenbauer Yacht Club in Bellevue WA. It is a great end of year event for all submarine veterans and associates. We are working to keep the costs close to last year’s event, but we will not have a hosted bar this year. The registration form for the event can be found at this link and will be included in the next newsletter.

New Sr. Vice Commander - Dick Gonzales nominated base member Carl Minor for the position of base Senior Vice Commander. Dick listed Carl’s qualifications for the position and invited any discussion. We voted on the nomination and elected Carl as our new Sr. Vice Commander.
Base Commander Al Smith swears in new Sr. Vice Commander Carl Minor
Here is the text of Dick’s nomination:
Carl J. Miner, the nominee joined the US Navy June 15, 1969 and proceeded directly to NTC San Diego, CA for boot camp. Just few months after graduation he married Joan his lifelong mate for 55 years. He proceeded to Virginia Beach, Dam Neck for A and C Schools and graduated MT-C school number 3 in his class and promoted to MT3.
In October 1970, he transferred to New London for Basic Submarine School with follow on orders to USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618). He qualified halfway through his second patrol in October of 1971. He also qualified as Missile Compartment Roving Patrol, Missile Tech of the Watch, and Launcher Supervisor. He later transferred to the USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) and proved his worth with special qualifications in the Poseidon missile responsibilities. He left the Navy, after serving 6 years, on June 14, 1975. Carl served a total of 9 deterrent patrols during his time in the Navy.
After discharge Carl attended Shoreline Community College and earned an AA degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He held positions as Senior Lead Technician in Telecommunication Electronics at Teltone Corp, Production Supervisor at GLI Corp Electro-Hydraulic Controls, Applications Engineer for VMC Corp, Mine haul trucks and down hole and blast hole drilling equipment. In the mid-nineties, after his children had graduated and left home, Carl became the owner of Goldie Road Kennels in Oak Harbor, WA. and co-owner of Kabik Afghans. During the years between 1980 and 2002 he raised and showed Afghan Hounds and trained under the supervision of Chris Terrell. He was also active with the Evergreen Afghan Hound Club, Greater Portland Afghan Hound Club, and the Puget Sound Borzoi Club. During this time, he sat on the board of directors of each club and was the President of the Evergreen Club, along with being the Vice President of the Portland Club. Carl excelled in every aspect of planning, managerial, and operational functions, including: planning and implementing specialty shows, providing for emergency services, insuring liability protection and developing emergency disaster plans.
The last 18 years of Carl’s remarkable working career he worked within the food service industry providing service installations and build of computer systems terminals and printer used for processing orders and processing credit cards within the restaurant industries.
Carl retired in July of 2015 and celebrated his 47th anniversary on August 30th. He also became an active member of our Seattle Base in May of 2016. Carl has great business acumen, organizational skills, and drive. We are pleased he accepted the post of Sr. Vice Commander and confident he will be positive force and contributor to our Base. 

Special Guest - We had a special guest, Sue Stewart, at our October meeting. She was at the meeting to research information about submarine service for her father David Townsley. Here is the message Sue sent to us:
My father served in the "Silent Service" on the USS Sea Cat (SS-399) and the USS Pomodon (SS-486) during the late 40's and early 50's... serving active reserves in between under the 52/20 plan. I was born at Mare Island (Vallejo, CA 1951) while my Dad served as an Engineman 2nd in the retrofitting of the WWII diesel into the GUPPY submarines.
I am in the beginnings of assembling a memory display box to include those few items that were his along with items I was able to acquire after the fact which includes his "Dixie Cup." Looking at photos my Dad appears to have worn his cap in a variety of ways and in some pictures it appears he "squared" his cap. Since the cap I have is new it lacks this unique shape. What I am wondering is whether you have members willing to show me how to imprint this shape into this cap in an effort to replicate his own cap long lost these many years. 

Due to the absence of the laptop and projector for presentations, the program was postponed. However, Ric Hedman gave a short preview of the program he prepared, saying that it was about the man who was watching the “Christmas Tree” control panel during the ill-fated dive of USS Squalus (SS-192) in 1939. We look forward to getting the full story at a future date.

Good of the Order Notes: 
  • Bob Haslan and Pierre Bruneau are looking for someone to bring them to the Seattle Base meetings. They are coming from the Bothell area, but can get closer to I-405 if needed (around exit 22). If you are coming through that area on your way to the meetings and have some extra room, please let us know so we can arrange something. 
  • We will be participating in the Veterans Day ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday, November 11. The ceremony starts at 11 AM, please feel free to join us.

Monday, October 17, 2016

October 2016 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, October 19, 2016. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM and the business meeting at 7 PM.

We will talk about the upcoming Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Holiday Luncheon and a few other business items.
SubVets at the 2015 Auburn Parade
We hope to see you there. But if you can’t make it to the meeting, remember to check back here for more information about the parade and luncheon.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 2016 Meeting Notes

We began the September meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in August and September, followed by birthday wishes for our members, introductions, and the officer reports.

Old and New Business 
Smokey Point Event - Steve Shelton gave us a short recap of the event and let us know we received over $700 in donations during the event. You can see some photos from the event at this blog post.

Black Diamond Labor Day Parade – Keith Watson gave us a recap of the Black Diamond parade (you can see a few photos here) and let us know the float has a new diving alarm.

Salmon for Soldiers Thanks – Earl Greening read a Thank You letter from the Salmon for Soldiers event and told us all about the dinner and giveaways they had.

USSVI National Convention – Ric Hedman provided a quick overview of the USSVI National Convention in Reno.

Base Officers – We reminded that Seattle Base still needs someone to step forward for the Sr. Vice Commander position, the Tolling ceremony coordinator, and Kaps for Kids coordinator. John Roberts was holding all these positions, but is moving to Texas. These are important positions and you will not only have support from current base officers, but also from past base officers and other members.

Auburn Veterans Day Parade – The Auburn parade will be on Saturday, November 5. We are working on nominating a World War II veteran as the parade Grand Marshall and Western District 4 Commander Al Durkee has been invited to ride in the Commander’s Car for the parade. As such the Submarine Veterans units will be at the front of the parade. It will be a crowded event, so please plan to arrive at the staging point (still to be announced) by 10 AM. The parade will kick off at 11 AM sharp. There is free parking on the day of the parade in the Transit Center Garage just off "A" street at the west end of town. We will have more information about the parade as we get closer to the event.

Holland Club Inductions – This year Seattle Base added four new members to the Holland Club. Al Smith, Roy Rasmussen, Tim Floersch, and Carol Burlingame. Al was the only inductee in attendance and received his patch and certificate in person. The other inductees will get their patches and certificates by mail.
Al Smith receives his Holland Club patch and certificate from Keith Watson
September Program 
Steve Vermillion talking about his medevac experience during the Vietnam War
Our speaker for September was Steve Vermillion. Steve also brought along Tom, one of the crew chiefs from his service time. Steve was the aircraft commander of an unarmed Dustoff medical evacuation helicopter in Vietnam from January 1969 to January 1970. He has 1,127 hours of combat time with 1,450 missions that saved 2,210 Soldiers.

Steve began the presentation covering the history of medevac helicopters, starting with Korea and moving to Vietnam. He talked about the lessons learned from early efforts and how those lessons set the stage for helicopter evacuation in Vietnam. He then talked about the early Aeromedical work in Vietnam, starting in 1964, going up to when he arrived at his base in Na Trang, Vietnam.

Steve talked about the conditions at his base, showing photos of the facilities, and the different mission they went on. Steve talked about how the average mission lasted around 55 minutes from take-off to return to base. He talked about the normal landing missions, where the helicopter landed and loaded casualties, and hoist missions, where the helicopter had to hover and raise casualties using a winch. The hoist missions were the most dangerous for the helicopter and crew due to the chance of overheating the engine and because they were exposed to potential enemy fire.

After talking through mission basics, Steve played a recording from one of his missions. It was night hoist mission in an area where the enemy presence was unknown. It was really interesting to hear the radio calls and periodically Steve would stop the recording and explain what was happening.
During Vietnam War the Dustoff medical evacuation team evacuated over 900,000 patients; over 3,000 crewmen flew Dustoff missions and approximately one-third of those crewmen becoming casualties themselves. It was an interesting program on an aspect of the Vietnam War that you don’t often hear about.
Tom and Steve receive certificates from Base Commander Al Smith

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 2016 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, September 21, 2016. 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 7 PM.

It has been a couple months since our last meeting, so we will cover what has happened since the last meeting and talk about upcoming events.

Our guest speaker for the September meeting will be Steve Vermillion. Steve was the aircraft commander of an unarmed Dustoff medical evacuation helicopter in Vietnam during 1969. He has 1127 hours of combat time with 1450 missions that saved 2210 Soldiers.
Steve Vermillion with his helicopter "Hover Lover" in 1969

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Black Diamond Parade Photos

Here are a few photos from last week's Black Diamond Labor Day parade.
Thanks to everyone that turned out for the event!
Seattle Base SubVets
The float all ready to go
Lining up for the parade
Silent Service Motorcycle Club following the float

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September - October 2016 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The September – October issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

This issue has recaps of the Seattle Base July events, a short Thank You article for John Roberts (our departing Sr. Vice Commander, who is moving to Austin), along with the usual submarine related articles.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are in the mail. I hope you all enjoy it.

Don't forget about the Black Diamond Labor Days event this weekend and the parade on Monday.

As always, remember to check back here 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

Monday, August 29, 2016

Black Diamond Labor Days Invitation

Former Seattle Base Commander Keith Watson wants to remind everyone about this year’s Black Diamond Labor Days. There are events planned for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Check out the Black Diamond Labor Days website for a list of events and times.

We would really love to have some base members show up for the Labor Day Black Diamond Parade on Monday, September 5th.

Seattle Base Float in a previous Black Diamond Parade
If you are interested in parade, we will meet at the museum (32627 Railroad Ave. Black Diamond 98010) at 9am for coffee and sweets. The parade starting at 10 with the blast of the museum siren. The float should be in place by 9 with check in at the fire station on Baker Street up the hill from the museum between 8 and 9. Across the street from the museum will be the 200 car display with the restored fire truck in front of the museum.

Please take a look at your schedule for Monday and let Keith or Dutch know if you can make it.