Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Submarine Book with proceeds going to Scholarship Fund

We wanted to pass along information about a new book by Frank Hood, Vice Commander of Marblehead Base, called: Poopie Suits and Cowboy Boots - Tales of a Submarine Officer During the Height of the Cold War
Here a brief introduction from Frank;
Most sub vets would agree that civilians have no idea what we went through, what we endured. To increase understanding, my brother and I have written a book about day-to-day life aboard a US Navy submarine.

Fellow sub vets will enjoy reading it, because the book’s details will take them back to their days on the boat and the funny stories add spice. It is also written in language that civilians will understand, so once a vet has read it, he can pass it on to his children. So they can understand what he went through.

We have designated that all proceeds from book sales should go to the USSVI Scholarship Fund - to help kids and grand-kids of our Brothers of the Phin.

Straight Board,
Frank Hood

Frank has allowed us to post Chapter 11 here for your perusal, so you can see what is in the book.

There are a couple easy ways to order the book:
First, from Blurb.com, where you can order the book in soft-cover or hard-cover or as an e-book. The e-book page also lets you read the first 115 pages of the book.

Second, from Amazon.com, where you can get the book for your Kindle or Kindle app. The Amazon version is also available through Amazon Smile, for those of you that have set up a charity to receive funds from your purchases (if you haven't set this up yet, you can designate US Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation as your charity).

We hope you will consider purchasing a copy and supporting the USSVI Scholarship Fund. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 2018 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, January 17, 2018. 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.
Elections for the Seattle Base 2018-19 officers will be held at the meeting. We also expect to be talking over plans for 2018 and we really want to get input from all our members on upcoming events and items for the year.

Don't forget that we have 2018 USSVI calendars for sale too. You can get your copy at the meeting.
We hope to see you at the meeting!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January - February 2018 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The January – February 2018 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
Don't forget to pick up your 2018 USSVI calendar at the next meeting!
This issue has photos from the Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon, articles about two recently discovered lost submarines, along with other 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 January meeting.

Dave Schueler
Seattle USSVI Base Newsletter Editor

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Triton's Christmas from The Silent Service

The Silent Service was a television series in 1957-58 with episodes based on actual events from the U.S. Navy's submarine service. The series was narrated by Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers and included several actors that went on to more memorable roles, such as Leonard Nimoy, Chuck Connors, and Russell Johnson.

The episode below is about a Christmas patrol on USS Triton (SS-201) in December 1942. We hope you enjoy the show. Click on the Full Screen option in the lower left once the video is playing to expand it to fit your screen.

You can find this episode on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/sjjSYU-ZTjQ, along with a number of other episodes from the series.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

New Submarine Christmas Song

COMSUBFOR (Commander Submarine Forces) shared a new submarine Christmas song video earlier today and we wanted to pass it along. We hope you enjoy this song from the crew on the USS John Warner (SSN-785).
Click on the Full Screen option in the lower left once the video is playing to expand it to fit your screen.

You can find this video on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/6xFfx5hDMJw

Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon Photos

On Sunday, December 10, 2017 USSVI Seattle Base submarine veterans, family, and guests gathered at the Cascade Club at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge for our annual holiday luncheon.

The day started with the social hour, which gave us a chance to catch up with shipmates we have not seen for a while, share our exploits from the past year, and to look at some of the submarine memorabilia on display. We then moved on to opening remarks and started lunch.

After lunch, Dick Gonzalez presented the Shipmate of the Year Award to Dave Schueler. Dave was recognized for his work as the base newsletter and blog editor. Dave’s work keeps us up on to date on Seattle Base events and submarine news from around the world. We also recognized and thanked Base Commander Al Smith for stepping up and serving as commander. We added Al's and Dave's names to the Seattle Base Honor Roll plaque.

Then the floor was then opened for sea stories and holiday remembrances. The microphone was passed around and we heard some old favorite stories, along with a few new tales. We all had a good time at the luncheon and special thanks goes out to everyone who helped organize and setup the event. It is always good to see all our shipmates and get a start on the holiday season with them. We hope you enjoy the photos below.
Social Hour
From another view

Memorabilia table - Pennant from USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)
Memorabilia table - photo of Ralph Sterley's WWII radar school class
Memorabilia table - submarine models
Prepping the wine
Seattle Base Honor Roll plaque
Thanks to the Cascade Club staff
Photos of the attendees
World War II veteran Ralph Sterley and Lois Twelves
Larry Abbott and Judith Dalhquist
Doug Abramson and Karen Bradford
Roy and Linda Burt
Miri Davis and Keith Watson
Tim Floersch
Jerry Gerten and Sue Dale
Bill and Diane Giese
Dick and Fran Gonzalez
Jim and Marilyn Harper
Bob and Dani Haslan
Ric Hedman
Pat Householder and Carolyn Davis
Karl 'Dutch' and Barbara Krompholz
Richard Lanzner, Howie and Diana Dickerman
Bill and Margie Linn
CC Maerz and Tony Putnam
Lois Mezek and Andrea Geisler
Ron and Carol Muecke
Eric and Sherry Muller
Bob Opple and Thea Benjamin
Bob and Thea with Bob's daughters Kirsten and Kelly
Kerry Ryan and his sister Karen
Dave and Lynn Schueler
Al and Vicky Smith
Happy Holidays to all and we will see you in 2018!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Reminder: Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon

The Seattle Base annual holiday luncheon is this Sunday, December 10 at the Cascade Club at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge (23225 NE Greens Crossing Rd, Redmond WA 98053).
There is still some space available. If you would like to attend, please contact Jim Harper or Dick Gonzales as soon as possible (you can find their information on the registration form).

We hope to see you there!