Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Black Diamond Labor Day Event Invitation


We need a few of people to step up in support of the Labor Day Black Diamond Parade. Unfortunately at this point we only have a contingent of a few, far less than needed to support the float and make a good showing.
Settle Base float at the 2012 Black Diamond parade
Please take another look at your schedule for Monday the 7th and let Keith or Dutch know if you can make it.

Here is some more information about the event:
The Labor Day Event in Black Diamond is very well attended and it starts with a parade along Highway 169. The parade starts at 10 AM and the submarine float will be featured at the Museum on Railroad Avenue after the parade. The event is on the school playing field located alongside Highway 169 and Baker street and on Railroad Avenue.

There will be many activities on the playing field along with vendor booths. Free ice cream and peanuts and lots of people.

Two blocks down from the playing field on Railroad Avenue is the famous Black Diamond Bakery Restaurant, Museum, Smoke House Meat Store, Antique Store, Eagles, and Deli. The Museum is in the oldest building in town which was commissioned as the Train Depot in 1886. The Museum will be featuring a restored 1947 fire truck that was one of the original fire trucks in the town. There is also a locomotive and caboose that can be visited. If you haven't been in the Museum you are in for a treat - it is loaded with artifacts that have been collected for the past 40 years. On the grounds of the Museum there is a Coal Miners Memorial with a 8 foot long granite wall containing over 1100 names of coal miners who were killed in the coal mines of Washington State and looking down on the wall is a life size bronze statue of a coal miner.

Across the street in the Eagles parking lot there will be over 200 antique cars and trucks for you to look at and BarBQ food cooked by the Eagles. The Antique store is next to the Museum and is full of antiques that are for sale. The meat store features smoked meats and special cuts of meats that are really Delicious.

The submarine float will be placed along side the fire truck just south of the museum. It will give you a chance to talk with people and perhaps receive donations.

Join us by meeting at the museum, 32627 Railroad Ave. Black Diamond, at 9AM for donuts and coffee and then a walk up to the parade area two blocks away on 2nd Avenue for a walk in the parade. Enter the Museum at the door opposite the locomotive.

The parade starts at 10 AM and you need to be here early to get a parking place. Check in time for the float starts at 9AM at the fire house opposite the school on Baker Street for placement on either 1st Ave. or 2nd Ave. in the parade.

YES - You can pass out the "U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS Freedom Is Not Free" buttons to the crowd. 

Be sure to take a look online at "Black Diamond Labor Days"

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle USSVI Base Commander

September - October Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The September - October issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
The Memorial Wreath from the Tolling the Boats Ceremony
This issue has photos the Kirkland Independence Day Parade and August Tolling the Boats ceremony along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.

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

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 at the Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor

Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 Tolling the Boats Ceremony - Part 2

This blog entry has pictures from the pre-ceremony picnic and social time. We hope you enjoy the photos and remember to just click on a picture to see a larger version of it.

Be sure to look at the Tolling the Boats Ceremony photos at this blog post.
Our sign letting the public know what was going on

Cooks Doug Abramson, Steve Shelton, and Bill Thompson (although I don't think Bill did any cooking)
Thanks to Diane Giese, Barb Krompholz, Lynda Shelton, and Marilyn Harper for helping with the picnic
WWII veteran Buell and Gloria Hembree
Pat Householder and Ken Durrance
Recently discharged SubVet Ying Ye with his wife Valeree and son Elias
Paul Christofferson and Larry Abbott
Marc Vellat and Dick Gonzalez
Linda Peterson, WWII Veteran John Baker, and Karl Peterson
WWII veteran Fred and Josie Ensslin
WWII veteran Bill Lightfoot and Don Ulmer
Western District 4 Commander Al Durkee
Cliff Nutter and Schell Harmon
Judy and Keith Watson
Tolling organizers John Roberts and Lois Mezek
Kimberly Brooke and Sylvia Brooke-Ferris
Larry Aasness
Pat Householder and Andrea Geisler
Teri Robertson and daughter Sue Greenfeld
Pierre Bruneau, Dani and Bob Haslan
Our picnic food line
Everyone had a good time at the picnic. It is always great to catch up with old shipmates and share a few sea stories over some good food as we prepare to remember submariners on Eternal Patrol.

2015 Tolling the Boats Ceremony - Part 1

Seattle USSVI Base held our annual Tolling the Boats Ceremony on Saturday, August 15, 2014 at the Kirkland Marina Park pavilion. We had a good turnout for the ceremony and pre-ceremony picnic. The day started out a little cloudy, cool and breezy, warmed up as the day went on.

We have a bunch of photos from the picnic and the Tolling Ceremony, so I've split them up into two blog entries. In this entry, I'm including pictures from the Tolling Ceremony. You can click on a picture to get a larger view of it.

The Seattle Base float drew the attention of people in the park, as usual, and a number of them stopped by the pavilion to ask questions.
A view of the Seattle Base float by the pavilion
The Tolling the Boats Ceremony is a memorial service to honor our lost submarine brothers who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duties with valor, integrity, and courage. This ceremony is a fundamental part our creed as members of U.S. Submarine Veterans, "To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in pursuit of their duties while serving their country."
John Roberts acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the event
The Honor Guard from VFW Post 2995 was on hand to 'Present the Colors' and provide other honors for the ceremony.
Presenting the Colors at the start of the ceremony
After which, we our World War II veterans were escorted to their seats and the audience gave them a round of applause.
World War II vets (L to R) Fred Ensslin, Buell Hembree, Paul Christofferson, John Baker, and Bill Lightfoot
World War II SubVet Paul Christofferson shared a short remembrance with us about almost being left topside during a dive.
Paul sharing his story
Next, Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzalez provided welcomed everyone and provided some opening remarks.
Seattle Base USSVI Commander Dick Gonzalez
And Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet also welcomed the group.
Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet
Our Keynote Speaker for the ceremony was State Representative and submarine veteran (qualified silver and gold Dolphins) Chad Magendanz.
Chad Magendanz
Past-Base Commander Ric Hedman explained the history and significance of the Tolling the Boats ceremony, which lead to the reading of the lost boats.
Ric Hedman talks about the origins of the Tolling
Former Seattle Base Commanders Cliff Nutter and Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz read the names of the lost boats
Jim Harper rings the bell for each lost boat
When the reading was complete, World War II submarine veteran Fred Ensslin laid the memorial wreath to honor the lost submariners and the VFW Honor Guard provided a gun salute.
Fred Ensslin placing the wreath
Thanks to John Roberts and all those who helped this year's Tolling the Boats ceremony a success.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Reminder: 2015 Tolling the Boats Ceremony

Seattle Base's annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic is set for this Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion (25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive).

Set up will start around 10 AM, the picnic starts around 11:30 and the ceremony will get underway around 1:15.

The featured speaker this year will be Washington State Representative, Submariner, and fellow Seattle Base member Chad Magendanz.

The Tolling ceremony is an important part of our organization's creed. It is also an opportunity to honor our shipmates on Eternal Patrol

We hope to see you on Saturday and be sure and bring your family and friends.

Monday, August 3, 2015

August 2015 Commander's Corner


The Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic are set for Saturday, August 15 at the Kirkland Marina Park. The picnic will start between 11:30 - 12:00 and the Tolling the Boats ceremony will start at 1:15 PM. This year’s event promises to be the best ever. Kirkland’s splendid pavilion and park facility offers a spectacular view over Lake Washington. It is a befitting site to honor our brothers on Eternal Patrol.

We are grateful for the work of so many of our shipmates like our Vice Commander John Roberts, Lois Mezek, and Bill & Diane Giese to name a few.

In attendance will be the city of Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet, offering a welcome message, our WWII veterans and wives, and our keynote speaker Chad Magendanz, State Representative for the 5th Legislative District. Chad is also a member of the Seattle Base, and former submarine LCDR and qualified on the USS Georgia (SSBN/SSGN-729) in 1988.

Ric Headman, past Base Commander, will offer the significance of the Tolling Ceremony. Cliff Nutter and Dutch Krompholtz will read the names of the lost boats, while Jim Harper rings the bell.

Our vocalist, Kami McGrath, will offer her rendition of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. Redmond VFW Post 2995 will provide the ceremonial honor guard for the event, which will be enhanced by Neil Hubbard’s playing of the Scottish bagpipes.

Laying the Wreath and the honor guard rifle salute will highlight the ceremony and it’s significance.

We plan to have a great lunch set up before the ceremony; this is one event you will want to invite your family and friends.

Again, we can’t name everyone who helped to make this event possible but we recognize whom they are, for this we thank them.

Finally, don’t forget we will not have our usual meeting during the month of August due to the picnic and Tolling the Boats ceremony.

Dick Gonzalez
Commander, Seattle USSVI Base

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Update on USS Clamagore Presevation

As many of you might remember, Seattle Base member Don Ulmer has been involved with an effort to preserve his old boat USS Clamagore (SS-343), which is a last surviving Guppy III submarine.
He passed along the following update and request.

My old ship, USS Clamagore, now a historic landmark at Patriots Point, SC. has fallen on bad times. Unless major maintenance is undertaken, it looks like the wrecking yard is her next stop. A fast moving campaign is underway to move her to Knoxville, TN.

Funding is always a problem, but popularity diminishes it significantly. Businesses, political figures are influenced by the numbers of supportive people. A simple ‘Like’ on the webpage has more positive influence than one can imagine. You can help without spending a dime.

I would greatly appreciate your "Like” on our Facebook page, and forwarding this information to your friend and family with an encouraging endorsement.

Best and many thanks,

The group trying to move the boat has also formed a 501(c)(3) organization and can accept tax deductible donations for the effort. You can find out more about the organization at their website,

Please take a moment to have a look at how you can help preserve this historic ship and don't forget to like the Friends of Clamagore Facebook page.