Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 2016 Meeting Notes

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

Old and New Business Base 
Activities Calendar – The 2016 USSVI Seattle Base Activities Calendar has been printed up and will be mailed out with the next newsletter. It is also posted on the blog with a link at the top of the page, right under the photo of the Bonefish.

Bangor Tour – Dick Gonzalez has organized a tour of Bangor submarine base, Trident Training Facility, and a submarine (based on submarine availability). The tour is planned for Thursday June 16, 2016, but screening information must be provided by May 18. The tour will be limited to around 30 people and there is a $12.00 for lunch. You can read more about the tour, requirements, and find a link to all the paperwork at this previous blog post.

April Program
The April program was a presentation on the submarine USS F-4 by Seattle Base Member Ric Hedman. F-4 was lost on March 25, 1915 off Honolulu Harbor. The boat was built at the Moran Shipyard in Seattle and launched in 1910. Ric showed some great photos of the construction and testing in Elliot Bay and off Port Townsend. He went on to talk about how F-4 had a reputation as a “hard luck” boat due to groundings and mechanical difficulties. He went on to talk about it service with the Navy in San Francisco and the transfer to Hawaii after World War I started. He went on to talk about the conditions in Hawaii at the time and the eventual loss, salvage, and disposal of F-4. But that wasn’t the whole story. In keeping with the USSVI creed to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates that gave their lives in the submarine service; Ric went on to give background stories about some of the men on F-4. He concentrated on the men with northwest connections, talking about where they came from and passing along details from their lives. We often hear about the boats and know those names, but it good to remember and get some background on the men on one of the lost boats.
Ric Hedman (on the right) answering some questions from his presentation.

Good of the Order
Salmon for Soldiers – The Salmon for Soldiers program is having a Beer tasting fundraiser on April 30 in Snohomish. They also planned their 2nd Annual Golf tournament for August 13 and their annual fishing event for September 17. This is a great organization that supports Veterans. Please check their website for more information about the organization and their events.

Binnacle List
  • Base member Roy Burt is recovering from hip surgery. 
  • Fran Gonzalez, wife of past Base Commander Dick Gonzalez, is recovering from hip surgery. 
  • Lois Mezek is having shoulder surgery on May 5.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 2016 Meeting Reminder


The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, April 20, 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.

For our program, Seattle Base member Ric Hedman will be presenting information on USS F-4; covering her northwest roots, the crew, and side effects of her sinking.
USS F-4 (ex-Skate)
We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Service for Gene Posel

Gene Posel’s service will be held this Friday, April 8, at St Pius X Catholic Church in Mountlake Terrace (22209 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043). The Rosary will be prayed at 10:30 with the Funeral Mass immediately following at 11:00 AM. There will be a reception gathering at the church hall after the Mass.

You can also read and share memories of Gene at this memorial page

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bangor Submarine Base Tour


Seattle USSVI Base is planning a visit to the Bangor Submarine Base for a tour of the Trident Training Facility (TTF) followed by a submarine tour for Thursday June 16, 2016. This is a really great opportunity to see how today's submarine sailors train and get a chance to see an operational boat.

The excursion can accommodate up to 35 people on a first come, first served basis. Preference will be extended to submariners or those who have never visited Bangor. Participants must be over the age of 11 and prove their US citizen status.

While the tour is planned for June 16, 2016, screening information must be provided by May 18 and there is a small fee for the tour and lunch.

If you are interested in the tour, you can learn more about the tour and requirements by reading this document. Each person going on the trip must provide personal information (name, date of birth, SSN last four numbers), fill out a Request to Tour waiver, and fill out Privacy Act Statement. You can download all the forms you will need here. Note that the requirement to provide a witness can be signed by the Navy tour guide in the event you do not have a witness.

If you have other questions, please contact Dick Gonzalez by phone: 425-228-6327 or email:

We hope to see you there!