Saturday, November 22, 2014

Binnacle List: Ken Murray

Seattle Base member Ken Murray had surgery last week to remove a brain tumor.

The surgery went well and Ken is currently recovering.

Please keep Ken in your thoughts and prayers during his recovery, and cards would be appreciated.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 2014 Meeting Reminder


The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, November 19. 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.

This is our last meeting of 2014. In December we will hold our holiday luncheon at the Meydenbaur Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue. You can find a copy of the registration form in the most recent issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood newsletter on page 11 or at this link. Don’t forget to get your registration form in before November 20.
Angus McDonald at the Tolling the Boats ceremony
Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker, Mrs. Rebecca Harrison, had to cancel her trip. However, Seattle Base member Captain Angus McDonald has agreed to step up and offer us a glimpse of his long and distinguished career as a US Submarine Commander followed by his service in the Pentagon and Pearl Harbor. We know you will want to hear Captain McDonald's account of US Submarine history during the years from 1951-1967 and beyond.

USSVI Seattle Base Commander
Dick Gonzales

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Auburn Veterans Day Parade Photos

It was a beautiful day for the Auburn Veterans Day Parade. The morning fog burned off well before the start time and it was warm out (unless you were sitting in the shade). We had a good turnout for the parade with members from Seattle, Bremerton, South Sound Bases, and Silent Service Motorcycle Club showing up. The crowd was enthusiastic and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Here are some photos from the event.

This year we took the group photo before the parade and it was lot easier to get everyone together
Because we have to get in place early, there was plenty of time to talk with everyone before the parade.
Bonefish float before the parade.
Some pre-parade chatter.
SSMC comparing notes about their bikes
Getting closer to parade time
Our newest Submariner Wife Marilyn Harper
Riders aboard the Seattle Base float
Other groups were getting ready too.
U.S. Army Color Guard and state flag group lining up.
Gold Star families
Then it was time for the parade to start.
A helicopter fly-over kicks off the parade
Bremerton Base led off the SubVet group
Then the Bonefish float
Followed by SubVets on foot
Then the Seattle Base float
With the SSMC bring up the rear
Here are a couple photos of the crowd along Auburn's Main Street.

Thanks to everyone that came out for the parade!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Reminder for 2014 Veterans Day Events

 Auburn Veterans Day Parade 

Saturday, November 8th, is the Auburn Parade Veterans Day. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965 and the parade has grown into one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States.

Seattle Base is joining members from Silent Service Motorcycle Club, Bremerton Base, and South Sound Base. In addition to the Bonefish and Seattle Base floats, there will be a couple cars for people to ride in. There is plenty of parking available at the parking garage on 2nd St. in Auburn (near the Transit Center). Check-in starts at 9:30 and we expect to meet at the staging area near L St. SE and Main St by 10:00 AM. The parade starts at 11:00.

There are lots of other events going on in and around Auburn, be sure to check the Auburn website for more information about the other events.

Tahoma National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony 
For those of you not participating in other events on Veterans Day, Tuesday November 11th, plan on attending the Veterans Day ceremony at Tahoma Cemetery at 11:00. Be a member of the Color Guard, or be a spectator and enjoy meeting other Veterans and grateful civilians. We need 4 sub vets to carry the flags, contact Karl 'Dutch' Kromholz if you would like to help out.

The Keynote Speaker for the ceremony will be Col. Anthony J. Davit, Commander 627th ABG, JBLM. The main speaker will be State Rep. Mark Hargrove (47th District)

Tahoma Nation Cemetery is located at 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

November - December Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The November – December issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

This issue has information about the 2014 Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon, including the registration form, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.
Seattle Base float at last year's Veterans Day Parade
This year's Holiday Luncheon will be at the Meydenbaur Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue and you can also find a copy of the registration form at this link. Don’t forget to get your registration form in before November 20.

Hardcopies of the newsletter will be in the mail this weekend. 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 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, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Meeting Notes

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

Our Storekeeper let us know the 2015 USSVI calendars are available for $10. This year’s calendar focuses on nuclear powered fast attack submarines from USS Nautilus (SSN-571) to USS Minnesota (SSN-783). It also includes a photo montage of early 20th Century submarines and post-WWII non-nuclear attack submarines.
USSVI 2015 Calendar
Also, don’t forget that Seattle Base members are allowed to wear the Golden Anchor Award patch, which can be purchased from the Base Storekeeper for $4. Money from items purchased through the Base Storekeeper go to fund Seattle Base events throughout the year.

Old and New Business:
New Senior Vice Commander – Last month Art Thompson submitted his resignation submitted as Senior Vice Commander for personal reasons. We hope he soon will return as a contributing member of our Base. In the meantime, Base Commander Dick Gonzalez has appointed John Roberts to the position. John has done a wonderful job with our annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and Kaps for Kids program, and we know he will be an excellent Senior Vice Commander.
John Roberts being sworn in as Seattle Base Sr. Vice Commander

Seattle Base Christmas Luncheon – The Seattle Base Christmas Luncheon is set for Saturday December 20 at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. The doors will open at 10 am and we will finish up at 2 pm. The Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club is located at 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue WA and there will be ample parking in the lower parking lot near the club. You can get download and print a registration form from this link There will also be a copy in the upcoming newsletter.

Auburn Veterans Day – We will be participating in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on Saturday November 8. The parade starts at 11 am and we’ll need to be in place around 10 am. Our staging area is near L Street. We will send out reminders with more information as the parade gets closer. Please pass the word to all your members so they can plan on making this one of the largest Sub Vet turn outs yet.

Mark Your Calendar – John Roberts reported that we have reserved the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion for August 15, 2015 for the 2015 Tolling the Boats ceremony. Be sure to pencil it in on your calendar.

October Program: 
Keith Watson preparing his presentation
This month’s program was a presentation by former Base Commander Keith Watson on American Submarines before 1900. Keith started out talking about the sub Turtle which tried to launch attacks on the Royal Navy in 1775 during the American War for Independence. He went on to talk about submarine developments during the American Civil War, including the Union’s Alligator and Confederate H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy warship. Keith also talked about other submarine firsts from Civil War subs; including snorkels, diver lock-out chambers. Keith continued with information about attempts to build submarines in the late 1800s, including early submarine efforts by John Holland and Simon Lake. It was interesting program with lots of information about early American submarine efforts.

Good of the Order:
Don Ulmer wanted to let us know that efforts to move the USS Clamagore to Knoxville Tennessee are moving forward. He thought there were lots of encouraging signs from the local organizer and community. You can follow developments on Facebook at:

In recognition of all the programs they have put on or helped out with, Seattle Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presented Ric Hedman, Dave Schueler, and Keith Watson each with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 2014 Meeting Reminder


The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, October 15. 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.
Alligator being lowered into the water, by Jim Christley
For the October program, former Base Commander Keith Watson will provide a presentation on American Submarines before 1900. Keith has invested a great deal of time and energy producing almost a dozen similar and engaging topics over the years and we're looking forward to his presentation.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Commander