Monday, March 23, 2015

Upcoming Events and Activities


During our meeting on March18th we talked about some fundraising plans and Base outings. Here is some information on a couple upcoming items.

The first 2015 meet and greet/fundraising event at Cabela’s Tulalip store (9810 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271) is happening this coming weekend March 28 and 29.

We will have the Seattle Base float parked at their front door and our exhibit times are from 10 am until 4 pm on both days.
Seattle Base members at a previous Cabela's event
We can use some support from the membership for manning. Ideally we’d like to have six shipmates on each day with some in the morning (9:30 AM to 1 PM) and some afternoon (1PM to 4 PM). But if you can only make it by for an hour or two, that would be great! Whatever your schedule allows is okay, we just want to see you there.

If you can make it, please email Pat Householder so he can get a rough count.

Boeing Restoration Center Tour
Our first 2015 field trip is a visit the Boeing Restoration Center at Paine Field in Everett on Saturday, April 11.

This Restoration Center is like no museum you’ve seen and is staffed by volunteers, primarily former Boeing employees. These men bring years of experience and the skills required to bring back to life almost any type of aircraft imaginable. Some volunteers have logged over 20,000 hours of dedicated service, It is a must see.
Museum of Flight Restoration Center
We plan to meet at Jimmy Jacks restaurant (13428 Hwy 99, Everett, WA 98204) for breakfast at 9am. From Jimmy Jacks we will congregate at the Boeing Restoration Center entrance at 10am (the center is just a couple miles from the restaurant). The cost of breakfast is at your expense and the Restoration Center fee is a whopping $5.00.

We have made arrangements with the Restoration Center to provide a guide for our party.

If you would like to join us for the tour, please contact Dick Gonzalez by email or phone (425-228-6327) so he can get a head count for final arrangements.

The sooner you let him know, the better. We would really like to hear from you, if possible, by the end of March. Let Dick know the number of people in your party (including yourself). Of course exceptions will be made if you need to decide later than the end of month.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 2015 Meeting Notes

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

Because of the speaker for tonight’s meeting we tried to move quickly through the old and new business portions of the meeting.

Old and New Business: 
Seattle Base Fundraising Events and Ideas – Doug Abramson and Pat Householder are working with Cabela’s Tulalip store to organize some meet and greet/fundraising opportunities. The first will be on March 28/29 (see a separate blog post for more information), followed up by events on May 17 and sometime in August. The base float will be at the event and we will be looking for volunteers to help out.

Doug and Pat are also looking at a similar meet and greet event at the Bass Pro Shop in Tacoma. Stay tuned for more on this.

Seattle Base is also planning a raffle for a three-dimensional cutaway submarine model. We have had similar raffles in 2011. Tickers will be $10 each or 5 for $40. The winner will have their choice of boats, including Balao, Tench, GUPPY III, Sturgeon, Los Angeles, and Lafayette class submarines.
A GUPPY III cutaway

Seattle Base Member Activities Ideas – We are looking into planning several base activities for the year. First up, we are looking at a tour of the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett with a pre-tour breakfast at Jimmy Jacks on Saturday, April 11. Watch for an email and separate blog post for more information on this.

We would like to take a group trip to Portland to see the submarine Blueback at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. We are looking at a trip in late July or early September. If you would be interested in this, be sure to let one of the Base Officers know.

Also, as mentioned at a previous meeting, we are also looking at alternative dates and locations for our monthly business meetings.

March Program:
Our March program was by World War II Army Air Corps veteran and French Legion of Honor recipient JW Roundhill. JW started out by reminding us of some of the similarities between submarines and airplanes, such as small, tight-knit crews and that even when part of a larger organization, you are mostly on your own. He then went on to talk about his life and experiences during World War II.
JW Roundhill
JW was born to English parents in Seattle in 1923, but when he was 10 years old the family returned to England. JW began working in an RAF factory at 16 and later transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He initially worked as a liaison delivering reconnaissance photos taken by operatives in France to the 8th Air Force headquarters, but he wanted to be more involved in the war effort. So he transferred to the 379 Bomb Group as an aircraft identification instructor, but he soon volunteered to act as a replacement gunner for the B-17 bombers. As a replacement gunner, JW would be assigned to a bomber that was missing a gunner, so he didn’t spend too much time with a single crew or plane. His first mission was on February 20, 1944. His fifth mission was the first daylight raid on Berlin by American bombers on March 6, 1944. JW went on to complete 32 missions and on later missions he acted as the bomb toggler to release bombs from his plane.
A map showing the location of JW's 32 missions
In addition to stories about his actions during World War II, JW told us about a trip he had taken to France long after the war. He recounted a story about staying in Paris and meeting up with members of the French Resistance. On the same trip he had the chance to visit several of the cities that were targets of bombing missions he was on, including one that was bombed on D-Day. He talked about always wondering what happened to the target towns and how he was happy to have gotten the opportunity to see them and talk with the people there.

It is always great to hear stories from our World War II veterans and we appreciate and salute their service. After the presentation, Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presented JW with a copy of Don Ulmer's latest book and a certificate of appreciation from Seattle Base.
Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presents JW Roundhill with a book and certificate
There was also cake to share.

JW helps cut the cake
In support of the Army Air Corps, base member Patti Lynn also brought along a shadow box with medals her father earned during World War II.
Medals earned by Patti Lynn's father

Good of the Order: 

Reminder of upcoming events – Seattle Base has signed up for covering the Smokey Point Rest Stop on July 1, 2, and 3. Steve Shelton will have sign-up sheets to cover shifts soon. Also, be sure to mark August 15 on your calendars for the annual Tolling the Boats memorial ceremony.

Lois Mezek will be accepting worn out flags to be disposed of on June 14th, which is Flag Day. If you have an old flag that is ready for retirement, please bring it to a meeting.

Binnacle List: Pierre Bruneau is back from his rehab and we hope to see him at our meeting soon.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 2015 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, March 18. 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 March meeting will feature an outstanding speaker and member of our Greatest Generation, J.W. Roundhill. He will provide us with a unique perspective to the WWII conflict as he lived it.
379 Bomb Group patch
Here is a little taste of his story; J.W Roundhill was born to English parents in the US, but moved back to England in 1939. At the age of 16 J. W. began working at a factory producing aircraft for His Majesty's Royal Air Force. That was the beginning of a long and fascinating story, culminating with a completion of 32 missions over Europe and Germany in the US Army Air Corps 379 Bomb Group. J. W. also earned the highest honor given to a citizen by the President of France, the Order of the Legion of Honor.

J. W. Roundhill is a true American Patriot and his amazing history is too long to tell here, but if you would like to hear him speak make sure you attend on the 18th.

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Eternal Patrol: William Lambright

Seattle Base member William L "Bill" Lambright of Everett WA slipped his lines at the pier of life and departed on Eternal Patrol on March 4, 2015.
Bill served aboard USS Redfish (SS-395) 1958-1959 and qualified in 1959 [NAV ET]. He also served aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) in 1959-1961.

Bill leaves his wife Judy to mourn his passing. A sailor to the end, Bill made arrangements to be buried in his navy jumper, wearing dolphins, rate and Redfish insignia. Hand Salute, shipmate!

If you can, please make arrangements to attend his committal service at Tahoma National Cemetery near Seattle on Monday, March 9 at 9:30 AM. Sub vests or other identifying marks to show you are a Submariner brother are recommended.

Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 Southeast 240th Street
Kent, WA 98042-4868

Sailor, Rest Your Oar

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March - April Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The March – April issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

January and February were slow months at Seattle Base, so this issue has submarine related articles from the past, present, and future of the U.S submarine force, and articles about foreign submarines, along with the usual base news.
Cmdr. Wes Bringham shows off Adm. O’Kane’s personal cribbage board on USS Bremerton. Traditionally the cribbage board is carried by the oldest submarine in the fleet. You can read more about USS Bremerton's visit to its namesake city in the newsletter (photo by Kitsap Sun)
Hardcopies of the newsletter will go out this week. 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 hers 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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 2015 Meeting Notes

We started off the February meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in February, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.

Old and New Business:
Brisbane Submarine Memorial – The US Submarine Memorial at New Farm Wharf in Brisbane, Australia was discussed (you can read more about it at this blog link). The memorial is working to raise additional funds to install three permanently lit flagpoles (one each for the U.S., Australian, UK flags). The USSVI Charitable Foundation – Memorial Fund has donated $1,000 toward the cause. A motion was made, and passed, for the Seattle Base to donate $100 to support this memorial. Several members also volunteered to make additional individual contributions.

VFW Open House – The VFW Post 2995 is holding an open house on Saturday February 28, 2015 2PM to 12AM. John Roberts will be our primary representative for USSVI to explain our organization to visitors and hopefully to unaffiliated submarine veterans as well.

Seattle Base Fund Raising – Fund raising was briefly discussed, most specifically about displaying the boat float in front of Bass Pro Shop in similar fashion to what we do at Cabelas. Doug Abramson and Pat Householder visited the store and secured their agreement to have us set up in a similar fashion to what we do at Cabelas. Now we need to set a time certain to move ahead on this.

February Program:
The February program was a presentation by Jeff Hunnicutt, Director of VA Puget Sound Health Care System Volunteer Affairs. Jeff oversees approximately 1,000 volunteers and explained how the PSHCS functions and the vital role the volunteers play in supporting the veteran clientele. For more information about this program and how you can get involved, visit

Good of the Order:
Tim Floersch reported that the Missing in America project will have a motorcycle procession to Tahoma National Cemetery to provide escort and honors to 29 inurned and unclaimed remains of Veterans recovered from various Funeral Homes in the area.

Steve Shelton reminded us that we have signed up for July 1, 2, and 3rd for the Smokey Point Rest Stop this year. We also have the Cruisin’ Colby event on Memorial Day weekend, which we will be participating in again.

Lois Mezek will be accepting worn out flags to be disposed of on June 14th, which is Flag Day. If you have an old flag that is ready for retirement, please bring it to a meeting.

Binnacle List:
  • Jay K Davis remains in an assisted living facility and is still in rehab from his stroke.
  • New member Bill Lambright (USS Redfish) has entered Hospice care due to advancing cancer.
  • We are checking on the status of Horton Smith, since he has not been in touch with the group recently.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 2015 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, February 18. 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 is Jeff Honeycutt, Director of Volunteer Services for the Puget Sound Healthcare System. Jeff has served the VA system for over thirty years and has distinguished himself a tireless worker and advocate for vets.
Puget Sound Veterans Facillities

Jeff has the responsibility for managing hundreds of volunteers at the American Lake facility in Tacoma and the Seattle VA hospital.

Jeff will provide an overview of his responsibilities and offer some insights to the system.

I am sure you will enjoy meeting Jeff so be sure to attend if you can.

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander