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)

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

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