Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 2017 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, July 19, 2017. 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.
Come to the meeting and say hi to everyone!
We should be back in the main meeting room this month. We’ll get a recap of the Kirkland parade and have an opportunity to discuss upcoming events and activities, including the August Tolling the Boats ceremony. We will also have a Navy related speaker for the evening.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 Kirkland Independence Day Parade Photos

Once again the city of Kirkland did a nice job with the parade and all the festivities for celebrating Independence Day. The weather could not have been better for the 2017 Kirkland Independence Day Parade. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot, in the morning and during the parade.

As usual, veterans were presented with a boutonniere and we had some pizza before the parade. We had a good turnout from the submarine veterans and Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC). The parade route was lined with a large and enthusiastic crowd.
The traditional veterans photo at Heritage Hall
Subvets meeting up at the float
Maureen and Kathy who always make sure the veterans are welcome and in the right place
Roy signing in, while Jerry gets some help with his flower
Kathy helps Pierre sign in
Cliff and Ralph enjoying the weather
Everyone enjoying some pizza in the shade
Kerry, Dutch, and Dave getting in a few bites before the parade
Seattle Base and SSMC members
Kerry and Ric ready for the parade
The parade started off with the Honor Guard, followed by some vehicles with World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, and the veterans group from Lake Washington Technical College.

Then the Seattle Base USSVI with our submarine float and Silent Service Motorcycle Club - Thresher Chapter.
Seattle Base banner leads
And Jim towing the float
A closer picture of the float
And then the Silent Service Motorcycle Club
As usual, there were a few stops along the way
We also had a malcontent or two ...
The were a lot of parade viewers and they seemed happy to see us
And we had an interesting lone viewer too
We all had a great time at the parade. We're looking forward to next year's parade and hope to see a few more members there.

Don't forget we are planning our Tolling the Boats ceremony for August 19 at the Kirkland Marina Pavilion.
Fourth of July crowd at the pavilion

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kirkland Independence Day Parade Reminder

Seattle Base and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club will be participating in the Kirkland parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2016. The City of Kirkland goes all out for veterans and always has treats, lunch, and boutonnieres for all military members and veterans in the parade.
Veterans photo from the 2016 parade
You can start arriving around 9:00 AM. The city will start closing down streets near the parade route around 9:30. If you are arriving after that time it is best to plan to get to the parking areas from the north heading south down Market Street.

To get to the assembly area from I-405, you take Exit 18 off of 405, head west toward Kirkland. This road turns into Central Way. Follow Central until you reach Market and turn right to find parking at Heritage Park. You’ll pass Heritage Hall while looking for parking. Parking is available north of Heritage Hall in the boat ramp parking area and at Waverly Park.
Kirkland parade route, along with the parking area and assembly location
We will meet near Heritage Hall, the large white two-story building on the north side of the corner of Central Way and Market Street. The Seattle Base float will be in place in the assembly area around 9:30 and all submarine veterans and motorcycles can meet near the float. We should be near the start of the parade.

Refreshments will be served around 11:00 and we will gather for a veterans group photo shortly after that. The main parade starts at noon.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 26, 2017

July – August 2017 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The July – August 2017 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
Seattle Base SubVets at the 2016 Kirkland Independence Day Parade
This issue has information on the upcoming Kirkland Independence Day parade, pictures from the Cabela’s and Smokey Point Rest Stop events, and the usual submarine related articles.

Hardcopies will be mailed out later this week. I hope you all enjoy the newsletter.

Remember to check back here for base updates and other articles of interest. Please note that the Dolphin Brotherhood archives link is no longer working and the link on the blog doesn’t go anywhere right now. I’ll be shifting the archives to a new location soon.

Dave Schueler
Seattle USSVI Base Newsletter Editor

Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 2017 Meeting Notes

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

Old and New Business: 
May Event Recaps – We had some quick reports on what happened at the Cabela’s meet and greet, Memorial Day events, and Cruzin to Colby. We met a few submariners at Cabela’s and we hope to see them at a future meeting. Overall, we took over $800 in donations during the month from those events. Thanks to everyone that attended and helped with all the events.

Smokey Point Rest Stop Event – The Smokey Point event had wrapped up earlier in the day. Steve Shelton was at the meeting to let us know how things went. Because we weren’t required to man the coffee booth overnight, it was a lot easier to cover shifts. But we still had a few holes in coverage. It looks like we will end up with around $350 in donations from the event. Thanks to Steve and everyone that stood a watch (or two).

Kirkland Independence Day Parade – We are planning on participating in the Kirkland parade on the 4th of July. Event plans are like previous years. We will meet near Kirkland’s Heritage Hall in the morning. The Kirkland Police will begin blocking roads near the parade route around 9:30, so you will need to be there early or come in from the north. Lunch will be served around 11:00 and the parade will start at Noon. Check the blog and newsletter for more details. We hope to see you there.

Bonney Lake Salute to Armed Forces Concert – We have been invited to man a booth at this concert event on July 26. We will be looking into what is needed for this and let everyone know if we will participate.

2017 Holiday Luncheon – Dick Gonzales met with the staff at the Meydenbauer Yacht Club and it looks like we have a tentative agreement for the event on Saturday, December 2. We will let you know the full details soon, but we expect it to be similar to last year’s event.

Seattle Base Float Home – We are still looking for a new home for the Seattle Base float. If you know of a place or have some storage ideas, please contact one of the Base Officers. We really need to find a place to put the float or we might have to think about giving it up.

Jim DeMott at the June meeting
Jim DeMott, previous Bremerton Base Commander, stopped off to talk with us about Bremerton Base’s recent trip to Yakima to bring the District 4 Traveling Dolphins back to Bremerton. He also invited us over to the Bremerton Base events this summer. Finally, Jim wanted to let us know that he will be running for Western District 4 Commander position in this year’s elections. He wanted to encourage us all to vote in the USSVI local, district, and national elections.

June Program:

Postcard picture of USS E-2, one of the submarines discussed in the June program
Our program for June was by Ric Hedman on a near mutiny in the US Submarine service. The event, as reported by local newspapers, occurred in 1912 in the 2nd Submarine Flotilla at Cape Cod and Newport. The newspaper reports talked about abuses of the crew by the submarine officers and the sabotage of the engines on one of the Flotilla’s submarines. Letters were written asking Congress to investigate and charges were filed against some crewmen, but the outcome of these has not yet been discovered. Ric is still researching the information and provide updates as he learns more.

Good of the Order:
The Navy Exchange has posted more information about the Veteran Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB) on their website. The benefits start on November 11, 2017, but you need to register before you can use the benefit. You can check your eligibility through a website called VetVerify.org. To use the website, your records must have been digitized by the DoD. If your records have not been digitized or you don't want to register online, you can call 1-844-868-8672 to get information on what you need to do. Be sure to check the information and Frequently Asked Questions on the Navy Exchange site. If you have questions that aren't covered on the site, you can contact the Navy Exchange program at email: VOSB@nexweb.org or phone 888-343-8672.

Eternal Patrol: David Glassman

Seattle Base member David W. Glassman departed on eternal patrol unexpectedly on June 12, 2017 in Bellingham, WA.
Dave was born in Anacortes, WA on November 1, 1963 to Karen (Aschim) Bishop and Everett Bishop. His sister, Dawna, was born in 1968. Years later when their mother remarried, they were adopted by William Glassman.

Dave graduated from Anacortes High School in 1982 and then went to study electronics at Phoenix Institute of Technology. After graduating from PIT, Dave enlisted in the Navy, beginning his adventure on August 7, 1984. After completing basic training and submarine school, he was transferred to Bangor, WA and was assigned to USS Michigan (SSBN 727 Gold) where he served as a navigational electronics technician until he was discharged on August 6, 1990.

After leaving the Navy, Dave began working in the continually changing field of computers. From computer repair to CAD, and on through the other tasks such as maintaining server and network operations, domain management, cloud hosting, etc. He strived to excel at what he did and help others to also excel.

On August 16, 1986 Dave married Carla Dite (also from Anacortes) and they lived in the Belfair area until 2001. While living in the Belfair area of Hood Canal, Dave spent his free time studying Butokukan Karate, learning Flint knapping and primitive skills, and being an awesome dad to his two young daughters, Katherine and Alestra.

In 2001, Dave, Carla, and the girls moved to rural Sedro-Woolley. After some time, Dave was inspired to become a ham radio operator. Once that was done, KF7LQQ directed his focus on ensuring his wife and daughters also became hams. Succeeding in this, he moved on to the next adventure, aquaponics. In Feb. of 2015, the first aquaponics system was started, but it was only the first. Three more followed and who knew where it would have ended had not he been called home by our Father in heaven where he will dwell in the port of his God forever.

Dave is survived by his wife, Carla; daughters, Katherine and Alestra; mother, Karen Glassman; father, Everett Bishop; sister, Dawna Bennett; half-sister, Lin Stephens; half-brother, Earl Bishop; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

A small family reception was held at Little Brown Chapel on Saturday, June 17th.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 2017 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 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.
The VFW is still re-furbishing the main meeting room. So, we will be meeting in the upstairs area on Wednesday.

We’ll get a recap of the Smokey Point Event and have an opportunity to discuss upcoming events and activities. Our speaker for the evening had to cancel and we’re currently looking for a replacement. But there will always be good sea stories and comradeship.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Update on Smokey Point Event and Online Exchange Shopping for Veterans

The Smokey Point Rest Stop event is set for next Monday through Wednesday (June 19 - 21) and the list of volunteers for event can be found here. As you can see, there are still some empty slots for the event. If you have some time and can fill in a slot, we could really use the help. Please contact Steve Shelton (his contact information is on the list) if you can help out.


Online Exchange Shopping for Veterans Update
In March we posted a story about the Department of Defense (DoD) planning to open online shopping at the exchanges to veterans.

The Navy Exchange has posted more information about the Veteran Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB) on their website. The benefits start on November 11, 2017, but you need to register before you can use the benefit.

You can check your eligibility through a website called VetVerify.org. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, SSN last four, the last branch you served in, and an email contact. To use the website, your records must have been digitized by the DoD. If your records have not been digitized or you don't want to register online, you can call 1-844-868-8672  to get information on what you need to do.

Be sure to check the information and Frequently Asked Questions on the Navy Exchange site. If you have questions that aren't covered on the site, you can contact the Navy Exchange program at email: VOSB@nexweb.org or phone 888-343-8672.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Smokey Point Reminder and Event Photos

We have a few photos to share from a couple of the May events.

But first, we want to remind you that the Seattle Base is manning the coffee booth at the north-bound Smokey Point rest stop on June 19, 20, and 21 (Monday through Wednesday). We can still use more volunteers and donations of goodies. Be sure to contact Steve Shelton if you have any questions, want to volunteer, or provide some donations. The people manning the booth would also appreciate it if you stopped by to say hi.

Now for the pictures. Thanks to Seattle Base member Patti Lynn for sending some pictures from the Cabela's event. The Seattle Base float was set-up at the store entrance, and we had plenty of people stopping off to talk and ask questions. Thanks to everyone that showed up to help out.


  



We also have some pictures from the 69th Bremerton Armed Forces Day parade. Thanks to John Mansfield for forwarding them. 



Thanks again to everyone that made it out to the events. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Kirkland Independence Day parade on July 4 and the Tolling the Boats ceremony on August 19.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Notes

The May meeting started with Tolling the Boats lost in May, followed by birthday wishes for our members and then the normal officer reports.

Old and New Business:
Kingsley Parker Memorial Service – We were reminded that the will be a Celebration of Life service for Kingsley Parker on Sunday, May 21 from 1 – 3 at the Renton Pavilion.

Memorial Day Events – Once again we will be carrying flags at the Memorial Day service at Tahoma National Cemetery. The service start at 1 PM on Monday May 29. Additionally, the Seattle Base float will be at the Cruzin to Colby car show on Sunday and Monday.

Other Upcoming Events – We had updates on several upcoming events in the area. In addition to the ones listed on the blog, we were told about the upcoming Missing in America project procession on Saturday May 27 from Port Orchard to Tahoma National Cemetery. The event starts at 9:15 in Port Orchard and several Seattle Base members are meeting that Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife at 8 AM to go to the event.

Smokey Point Rest Stop Event Information – We will be manning the coffee booth at the north-bound Smokey Point rest stop on June 19, 20, and 21 (Monday through Wednesday). The shifts are filling in nicely, but we can still use more people and donations of goodies. If you want to volunteer for a particular shift, contact Steve Shelton.
Cabela’s Event – There will be a fund raising ‘meet and greet’ opportunity at Cabela's Tulalip store on May 20 – 21 (Armed Forces Day weekend).

Kirkland Independence Day Parade – We are planning on participating in the Kirkland parade on the 4th of July. We will have more information as it gets closer, but be sure to make plans to attend.

Tolling the Boats Committee – Lois Mezek gave a short update on planning for the Tolling ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday August 19 at the pavilion in Kirkland. We still need additional people to help the committee. Be sure to check with Lois to see what needs to be done.

Seattle Base Float Home – We are still looking for a new home for the Seattle Base float. If you know of a place or have some storage ideas, please contact one of the Base Officers. We really need to find a place to put the float or we might have to think about giving it up.

Salmon for Soldiers – The Salmon for Soldiers event is happening again this year. We voted to donate $100 to help support this worthwhile event. Be sure to check their website for more information about the organization and to sign up for events.

May Program:
Our program was a presentation by Keith Watson on the USSVI websites. Keith talked about how to get to the websites. He then showed all the different sections of the National website and what items that can be found there, including the USSVI member information and the links page. After the National website, Keith talked about the Seattle Base website and Seattle Bases blog. He covered how to find contact information for Base officers and members, along with the stuff that can be found on the blog. It was a good reminder of all the assets available through both National and local websites.

Good of the Order:
The Bonefish memorial book, with information about all the men lost on USS Bonefish, is missing. If you know anything about what might have happened to the book, please talk with one of the Base Officers.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eternal Patrol: Milford S. Terrass

Seattle Base and Inland Empire Base member Milford ‘Terry’ Terrass departed on Eternal Patrol on 9 May 2017 in Richland, WA.
Terry was born in Los Angeles, CA on 8 November 1925, he entered the US Naval Academy in June 1944 and as a member of the class of 1948A graduated in June 1947. During his 21 years in the Navy he mostly served in submarines. He served on the USS Cochino before it sank on 25 August 1949, and two other diesel subs before entering Admiral Rickover's Nuclear Navy. There, he was assigned to duty on the prototype of the sodium cooled reactor plant and the subsequent commissioning of USS Seawolf (SSN-575). He went on to direct the enlisted academic course at the Nuclear Power School in New London, CT, serve as executive officer on USS Croaker (SS-246) and as commanding officer of USS Trutta (SS-421). Terry then commanded USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602), his favorite submarine, for 6 years, through 9 patrols and a major overhaul. Declining a promotion to Captain, he retired and moved the family, much to the delight of his wife Jackie, to Palo Alto, CA, and earned an MBA at Stanford University in 1970.

Having returned to the nuclear industry, he then moved to Richland in 1978 to work for WPPSS, now Energy Northwest. Participating in a variety of nuclear training activities, he was particularly proud of his role in making it possible for nuclear plant personnel to earn accredited Bachelor of Science Nuclear Technology degrees.

His retirement in 1991 allowed him and Jackie to accelerate the world travels they had begun in 1953. He had met Marion "Jackie" Jackson, a pilot, in 1946 and they married in 1949. Three daughters, Cheryl, Adrienne and Leigh, followed. After Jackie's death in 1998, Terry continued to travel both domestically and abroad. He made a "Final Grand Tour" in 2008, driving over 11,000 miles within the U.S. and seeing many old friends and Navy sites. His last two years were marred by the sudden death of his oldest daughter, Cheryl.

Terry is survived by his daughter Adrienne, her husband Aldo Tarigo and son Theron; his daughter Leigh and her daughter Sitar; and his son-in-law Dick Naslund, and his and Cheryl's children Sterling, Skye, Neelam, Kalindi and Cambria.

A party to celebrate his life will be held at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W Sylvester St, Pasco WA on Saturday May 20 at 1 pm.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017 Meeting Reminder

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 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.
We will have a an opportunity to discuss upcoming events and activities. The VFW is currently re-furbishing the main meeting room. So, we will accept their invitation and use the upstairs area for the meeting.

Keith Watson will provide an overview of and some great tips for navigating our USSVI website. In addition we will forego regular midrats and make it a “Pizza Night”.

Come and join us!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Upcoming Local Events

Here are some reminders about upcoming events in the area.

Armed Forces Day Weekend at Cabela's 
Earl Greening with the Seattle Base Float at Cabela's for a previous event
On Saturday May 20, Armed Forces Day, and Sunday May 21 Seattle Base will set up our float in the parking lot of Cabela's Tulalip store (9810 Quil Ceda Blvd Tulalip WA 98271).
We will be there both days from 9AM to 3PM. If you are planning on attending, please contact one of the base officers or you can just show up. We hope to see you at Cabelas, lets make it a banner outing.

Bremerton 69th Armed Forces Day Parade, Saturday, May 20
The Kitsap Credit Union Armed Forces Day Parade held in Bremerton is the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation. This year is the 69th year of the event, held on the third Saturday in May in downtown Bremerton. This event includes the Puget Sound Energy Heroes Barbecue that provides a free hot dog, chips and soda to all active-duty, reserve, retired and veteran service personnel.
The parade's annual attendance is 25,000 to 40,000 people from all over Western Washington. Entries come from as far away as Oregon and Spokane to participate in this event. The parade includes all branches of the military, police and firefighters, youth organizations, dignitaries, commercial businesses, car clubs and more. The parade starts at 10AM

Tolling of the Boats event at Deterrent Park at Bangor Base
Thursday, May 25th, 1030, Bremerton Base will partake in the "Tolling of the Boats" event at Deterrent Park at Bangor Base. This is the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. John Clear of Olympic Peninsula Base has taken charge of this event along with Pam Love of Group 9. Please check the Bremerton Base website for more information.

Battle of Midway Commemoration
The Battle of Midway by Bill Schanefelt
The Naval Order of the United States (NOUS), Northwest Commandery is hosting a brunch on Saturday, June 10 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The event will be held on Naval Station Everett at the All American Restaurant and will begin at 11:30 am. A video will be shown and an informative handout will be available to attendees.
Cost of brunch is $8.95 per person. Members of the Naval Submarine League and USSVI are invited to attend this event and can RSVP to Seattle Base member Curt Maier at (cell/text) 425-505-3649 or (email) curt@curtmmaier.com.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Eternal Patrol: Kingsley Parker

Seattle Base member Kingsley Parker departed on Eternal Patrol on May 2, 2017. He qualified USS Tang (SS-563) in 1960 and was a QM3(SS) when he left the Navy.
You are invited to join us at a Celebration of Life Ceremony for:
Kingsley G Parker
QM3/SS USS Tang (SS-563)
May 8, 1939 - May 2, 2017

Come and join us to honor the memory of our dearly departed shipmate and “Brother” Kingsley G Parker.

Kingsley was a unique individual who was highly respected in his community both in business and social causes. Kingsley started the Renton “Blue Ribbon Initiative”, was a leader of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Kingsley was most proud of his US submarine heritage and, although found his mobility greatly diminished, attended our last Holiday luncheon at Meydenbauer Yacht Club in December. He will be missed. Kingsley is survived by his son Jason and his employees who he considered family.

As a testament of his standing in the Renton community, Mayor Dennis N Law mandated the flag be flown at half-staff in his honor until Friday. It is expected that several hundred people will attend his ceremony.

The ceremony will be Sunday, May 21 from 1 - 3 PM at the Renton Pavilion (233 Burnett Ave So., Renton WA)

Kingsley’s family requests in lieu of flowers please consider donations to the “Parker Family Memorial Fund” at www.rentonfoundation.org

You may also check out his business web site King & Bunny’s appliances.

Sailor, Rest Your Oar

Monday, May 1, 2017

May - June 2017 Newsletter Posted

The May – June 2017 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
This issue has a few local items as we prepare for the Smokey Point event and continue the search of a location to store the base float. It also has an update on SSN-787 PCU Washington, an early history of NR-1, and the usual submarine related articles from around the world.

Hardcopies should be in the mail soon. I hope you all enjoy the newsletter.

Remember to check back here for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also linked on the right side of the blog.

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2017 Meeting Notes


The April meeting started with Tolling the Boats lost in April, which was followed by birthday wishes for our members and then introductions around the room. This was followed by the normal officer reports.

Old and New Business
Jay Davis Memorial Service – We had a brief recap of Jay’s memorial service. There was a good turnout of submariners at the service. The service was held at the Meydenbauer Yacht Club and while we were there the manager invited us to continue to hold our holiday luncheon there. Miri, Jay’s wife, also made it a point to invite as well. Dick Gonzalez and Jim Harper will be meeting with the manager to work out the details.

Smokey Point Rest Stop Event Information – We were reminded that we will be manning the coffee booth at the north-bound Smokey Point rest stop again. This year we drew June 19, 20, and 21 (Monday through Wednesday). As mentioned at the last meeting, we are not required to man the booth between midnight and 5 AM, which will help with scheduling. We will have more information and sign-ups as we get closer to the date. If you want to volunteer for a particular shift, contact Steve Shelton. Be sure to mark this on your calendar as a reminder.

Cabela’s Event – We are working on putting together a fund raising ‘meet and greet’ opportunity with the Seattle Base float at Cabela's Tulalip store on May 20 – 21 (Armed Forces Day weekend). We will need some volunteers to help man the area. We will let you know more as more details become available, but mark it on your calendar.

Tolling the Boats Committee Volunteers – Lois Mezek and Ralph Sterley volunteered to be on the committee for this year’s Tolling ceremony, but we need additional people to help them out. You don’t have to be the leader for the event, but we really need more people to step up and help make sure it runs smoothly. Home for the Seattle Base Float – We are still looking for a new home for the Seattle Base float. If you know of a place or have some storage ideas, please contact one of the Base officers.

USSVI Associate Members – We heard some new rules from USSVI National Associate Members. USSVI National is putting temporary stop on allowing associate members to join our organization unless the person applying is a veteran that served during the government specified war status times. USSVI recently lost its War Veteran Status because too many members (including Associate Members) did not serve during the specified times. To be considered a War Status Veteran you must have served during one of the following times: Dec 7, 1941 to Dec 31,1946; June 27, 1950 to Jan 31, 1955; Aug 5,1964 to May 7, 1975; or Aug 2, 1990 to present.

April Program:
Ric Hedman gave us information about his web site, Pig Boats.com, which covers the United States Navy submarine service from its start until Dec 31, 1940. He went through the how the website started, where he gathers the pictures from, and how he receives information and stories about the people and pictures. There are a lot of great photos and stories on the website. Ric has been manning Pig Boats for close to 20 years, so you can imagine how detailed it is. Be sure to check it out, you will be glad you did.

Binnacle List:
Seattle Base Commander Al Smith could not attend the meeting due to back issues.

Good of the Order:
Schell Harmon is in need of a ride to the meetings. He lives in the Bellevue area. If you can help him out, please give him a call or contact one of the Base officers.

PBS is showing a documentary series on the Vietnam War, some of which was recorded at VFW Post 2995. Be sure to check your local listings for dates and times.

You can find the full meeting notes here.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!