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This blog entry has pictures from the pre-ceremony picnic and social time. We tried to get at least one picture of everyone.

We hope you enjoy the photos and remember to just click on a picture to see a larger version of it.
Paul Christofersson, Fred Esslin, and Andrea Geisler with Roscoe the submarine schnauzer
cooks for the day Doug Abramson and Steve Shelton
Lois Twelves and Ralph Sterley (WWII submarine veteran)
Jim Harper and Marilyn
John, Fran, and Dick Gonzales
Angus McDonald
Arlene Ritzhaupt and daughter Anna
Teri Robertson and daughter Sue Greenfeld
Bill and Diane Giese
Sandra, John, and Katherine Roberts
Sandy and Ed C. (Shortly Shelton's daughter)
Bob and Dani Haslan
VFW Post 2995 Honor Guard
Ric Hedman and Patti Lynn
Bill Lightfoot (WWII Merchant Marine veteran)
Rich Glaza and Cliff Nutter
David and Grace Cunningham (son and widow of WWII submarine veteran Claude Cunningham)
Dolores and Morgan Stewart (widow and daughter of WWII submarine veteran Chuck Stewart)
Steve and Lynda Shelton
Bob Haslan and Pierre Bruneau
Karl 'Dutch Krompholz (center) with Dave (L) and Hunter Lillie
Don and Shirley Ross
Lynn and Dave Schueler
Kathleen and Eileen Warren (daughter and widow of WWII submarine veteran Jack Warren)
Paul and Aecha Christofferson (WWII submarine veteran)
Josie and Fred Esslin (WWII submarine veteran)
Doug Gilman and Mark Sheehan
Kimberly Brooke and Sylvia Brooke-Ferris (daughter and widow of WWII submarine veteran)
Lei-Lah and Horton Smith
John Baker (WWII submarine veteran) and Charlotte Roth
Pat Householder and Al Smith
Judy and Keith Watson
Marilyn Nadeau and John Bush
Kami McGrath
Kathleen Warren and Tim Floersch
Marc Vellat and Dave Schueler
Kirkland Mayor Amy Whalen and husband Jim
WWII submarine wives and widows

Thanks again to all those who organized and helped put on the Tolling the Boats Ceremony and to those who showed up to share lunch and remember our fallen shipmates.

.


Seattle USSVI Base held our annual Tolling the Boats Ceremony on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Kirkland Marina Park pavilion. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. We had a good turnout for the ceremony and pre-ceremony picnic.

We have a bunch of pictures from the picnic and the Tolling Ceremony, so I've split them up into two blog entries. In this entry, I'm including pictures from the Tolling Ceremony. You can click on a picture to get a larger view of it.

The Seattle Base float drew the attention of people in the park, as usual, and a number of them stopped by the pavilion to ask questions.
A view of the Seattle Base float from inside the pavilion
The Tolling the Boats Ceremony is a memorial service to honor our lost submarine brothers who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duties with valor, integrity, and courage. This ceremony is a fundamental part our creed as members of U.S. Submarine Veterans, "To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in pursuit of their duties while serving their country."
A last minute conference before the ceremony starts
John Roberts acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Tolling. 
John Roberts starting the ceremony
In addition to honoring the lost submariners and our World War II veterans, this year we wanted to remember the ladies: the wives and widows of World War II submariners.
WWII submarine veteran wives and widows being saluted by the Honor Guard as they are escorted to their seats
World War II submarine veterans (L to R) Ralph Sterley, John Baker, Paul Christofferson, and Fred Esslin
Admiral Horton and Lei-Lah Smith with our other World War II veterans
The Honor Guard from VFW Post 2995 was on hand to 'Present the Colors' and provide other honors for the ceremony.
VFW Honor Guard presenting the colors
Music for the ceremony was provided by Kami McGrath. Kami helped start the ceremony by singing the National Anthem and provided music throughout the ceremony.
Kami singing God Bless America
Seattle Base Chaplin Andrea Geisler provided the invocation and benediction for the ceremony.
Seattle Base Chaplin Andrea Geisler giving the invocation
After the invocation, Dick Gonzales, Seattle USSVI Base Commander, welcomed everyone and provided some opening remarks.
Dick Gonzales opening remarks
John Baker, World War II submarine veteran and Lockwood Chapter President, gave us a short history of the Lockwood Chapter of Submarine Veterans of World War II and talked about the closing of the chapter. John also brought the Lockwood Chapter’s bell for use in the Tolling Ceremony.
John Baker talking about the Charles Lockwood Chapter of Submarine Veterans of WWII
The Lockwood Chapter Tolling plaque and bell

Past USSVI National Commander Pat Householder gave a tribute to recently departed shipmates Ervin Schmidt and Robbie Robertson.

Pat Householder remembering Ervin and Robbie
Past Seattle Base Commander Keith Watson explained the significance and origins of the Tolling Ceremony, which led to the reading of the lost boats.
Keith Watson giving details about the ceremony
Bill Giese and Dave Schueler read the lost boats
Jim Harper tolls the bell for the lost boats
When the reading of the lost boats was complete, Teri Robertson, widow of Robbie Robertson, placed the memorial wreath to honor the lost submariners, then VFW Honor Guard provided the gun-salute and while Hunter Lillie played Taps.
Lois Mezek assists Teri Robertson in placing the memorial wreath
Hunter Lillie playing taps
Before concluding the ceremony, Seattle Base presented a memorial medallion and set of miniature dolphins to Kami McGrath, in appreciation for her work providing music for the ceremony over the past few years, and to Kirkland Mayor Amy Whalen, thanking her for all the work the city has done with the Seattle Base.
Dick Gonzales present Kami McGrath with the medallion and dolphins
Mayor Amy Whalen receives the medallion from John Roberts
After the ceremony we gathered the members of the Lockwood Chapter of US Submarine Veterans of World War II for a group photo.
Lockwood Chapter members
Thanks to John Roberts all those who helped make this year’s Tolling Ceremony a success.


The annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic is set for this Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion (25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive).

Set up will start around 10 AM and the picnic starts around 11:30. The ceremony will get underway between 1:15 and 1:30.

The Tolling ceremony is an important part of our organization's creed. It is also an opportunity to honor our World War II brothers, each year we see their numbers getting smaller and we definitely to show our support for those who are there.

We hope to see you on Saturday and be sure and bring your family and friends.


I hope you are enjoying this summer of great weather with your family and friends. Like most of you I have a full plate of things to do including volunteering at the Museum of Flight, Seattle Veterans Hospital, and tending to some of our base activities. I am thankful to many of you who are keeping me afloat, and by your selfless commitment to our base.

The Northwest is blessed with abundant lakes and the Puget Sound, where one of my favorite things do is paddling or Kayaking as most people refer to it. I am in the process of introducing my eleven-year-old grandson, Nathan, to Kayaking and, excuse the pun, he is taking to it like the preverbal “Duck to Water.” We are anxious to purchase a kayak kit for him and construct it over the next few months. It will give him a sense of pride when he completes it and, hopefully, provide me with a new paddling buddy.

Like many of you, I have been following Bob Opple’s daily account of his incredible journey with his sidekick, Roscoe the “Bike Dog.” It’s like a good novel, interesting, sometimes amusing, and truly inspirational considering the basis for his sojourn.

Bob has the right stuff and we are proud to have in in our ranks as a “Brother of the Phinn”. We wish to express our gratitude to Bob for sharing insights to his friends and family. Bob: Travel Safe, and keep well.

We hope to see all of you at the Tolling the Boats Ceremony and picnic on Saturday, August 16. Set up will start around 10 AM, with the picnic starting around 11:30 and the ceremony getting underway between 1:15 and 1:30.

Also, don't forget that we cancelled the August business meeting. The next regular business meeting will be September 17.

“Remember: Some gave all, all gave some”






Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander


Seattle Base Members,

Seattle Base and Holland Club member Jay Davis suffered a stroke and has been admitted to Overlake Hospital earlier this week.

I visited Jay Davis today and he probably will be discharged in a few days and transferred to Evergreen Hospital for rehabilitation.

Jay also has pneumonia and is having trouble conversing. So we are not recommending visitation at this time. We do expect that he will be ready for visitors after he is transferred to Evergreen Hospital.

Please keep Jay and his family in your thoughts and prayers, he appreciates your concern.

We will keep the Base up to date on his recovery.
Cards may be sent to Jay at:
401 100th Ave NE #223
Bellevue, WA 98004-5455 

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle USSVI Base Cmdr.


Here are some photos from the Smokey Point Rest Stop event.

We had a great time handing out coffee and telling sea stories. The Base took in about $700 in donations over the weekend. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out and BZ to Steve Shelton for organizing and running the event.
Don Dufour and Doug Abramson
Steve Shelton ready to serve some coffee
John Roberts and daughter
Kerry Ryan
Larry Abbott
Art Thompson getting the coffee ready
Jim Harper, John Roberts daughter, and Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz





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

Old and New Business: 
Smokey Point Rest Stop Event – We had a fun time at the Smokey Point Rest Stop handing out coffee and telling sea stories. After tallying up the donations and deducting expenses, it looks like the Base made around $700 over the weekend. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out and BZ to Steve Shelton for organizing and running the event. We will be getting pictures from the event up soon.

Kirkland Independence Day Parade – We had around 40 submarine veterans, including the Silent Service Motorcycle Club, at the Kirkland Independence Day Parade. The crowd was very enthusiastic, the parade organizers provided a pizza lunch for all the veterans, and everyone had a good time. You can see photos from the parade in a previous blog entry.

Seattle Base Tolling the Boats Ceremony – The annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic is set for August 16 at the Kirkland Marina Park. Set up will start around 10 AM, with the picnic starting around 11:30 and the ceremony getting underway between 1:15 and 1:30. We will have more information on the start time as we get closer to the event, but be sure to mark it on your calendar.

August Meeting Cancelled – Due to the timing of the Tolling the Boats Ceremony, we voted to cancel the August business meeting. The next regular business meeting will be September 17.

2014 Holland Club Inductees – We added five new members to the Holland Club roll this year. Doug Abramson and Karl ‘Dutch’ Krompholz were at the meeting to pick up their certificates and patches. We mailed the certificates and patches out to Romeo Delarosa, Jim Kingman, and John Soth. Congratulations to all the new Holland Club members.
Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz and Doug Abramson receive their Holland Club certificates and patches from Base Commander Dick Gonzales

2014 USSVI Elections – Don’t forget that the last day to vote in the National USSVI elections is August 28 (paper ballots must arrive by August 28). The ballot was included in the latest issue of The American Submariner and can be filled out and mailed to the Election Master. You can also vote online through the USSVI website by clicking the Vote Nat Election button in the upper left, entering your login information (if you haven’t used the website before, just follow the on-screen instructions) and make your vote.

Challenge Coins – Ken Murray presented all the meeting attendees with a special Veterans Day challenge coin he received from a friend that works at Boeing.

July Program: 
Lt. Matt Boehm answering a few questions

Our speaker for July was Lt. Matt Boehm USN. Lt. Boehm is an assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Washington, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Lt. Boehm qualified on USS Connecticut (SSN-22) and talked to us about life aboard a state-of-the-art attack submarine. He talked about life aboard Connecticut, including operations in the western Pacific and Arctic. He had some great sea stories and pictures to share from his time at sea. He also shared information about his current work at the University of Washington in teaching, with the ROTC unit, and trying to get new volunteers for the submarine service. After his talk, Lt. Boehm was happy to answer questions for us about his naval experiences and the current submarine fleet. The presentation and Q & A provided us with insight into today’s submarine force. Thanks to our shipmate Don Ulmer for facilitating Lt Boehm’s appearance.
Base Commander Dick Gonzales presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Lt Boehm at the July meeting.


The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, July 16. 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.

Our guest speaker for July will be Lt. Matthew Boehm USN. Lt. Boehm is an assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Washington, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Lt. Boehm has an amazing resume including expertise in submarines, nuclear power plants, engineering, operational planning, including national security activities to name a few. Lt. Boehm will provide a glimpse of his remarkable career and talk about submarines in general including Arctic operations.
USS Connecticut (SSN-22) surfaced through the Arctic ice
Thanks to our shipmate Don Ulmer for facilitating Lt Boehm’s appearance.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Cmdr.


It was a sunny, warm day for the 2014 Kirkland Independence Day Parade. We had a nice turnout of submarine veterans, including the Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC), and their families. As usual, the city of Kirkland did a nice job with the parade and all the festivities for celebrating Independence Day. Veterans were presented with a boutonniere and we had some pizza and other treats before the parade. The parade route was lined with a large and enthusiastic crowd. We all had a good time at the parade.

Here are some photos from before and during the parade.
Sharing a few sea stories before the parade
SSMC members signing in
A few more sea stories
Jim Harper, Diane Giese, Barb Krompholz, Marilynn Birdsall enjoying some shade
Dick Gonzales, Ralph Sterly, and John Roberts waiting for the parade to begin
Andrea Geisler, Doug Abramson and Doug's daughter
Bob Opple with Veteran's parade organizer Maureen
Schell and Av Harmon with family, representing five generations
Pat Householder, Katie Carlson, Phil Carlson, and Dave Schueler
Seattle Base and SSMC members
The All Veterans group photo in front of Kirkland's Heritage Hall
Veterans enjoying a little pizza before the parade
Then the parade started
The Lake Washington VFW leads the parade
Parade Grand Marshall
The Combat Wounded Golfers group from American Lake Veterans Golf Course. You can find out more about them and the golf course at www.veterangolf.org
Seattle Base SubVets
Seattle Base float
Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC)
Another view of the SSMC
And another
Admiral Horton Smith enjoying the ride
Doug Abramson's vintage truck brings up the rear of the SubVet portion of the parade
We are looking forward to next year's parade and hope you will join us.


We are only a couple days away from the Kirkland Independence Day parade on July 4. The City of Kirkland goes all out for veterans and always has treats, a pizza lunch and boutonnieres for all military members and veterans in the parade.
Seattle Base will have our float plus the Silent Service Motorcycle Club riders will be there, so it promises to be a great time for all. We will muster near Heritage Hall, the large white two-story building on the north side of the street, at the corner of Central Way and Market Street. All members should be in place by 10:00. If you run into problems at any street barricades, just tell the police that you are marching in the parade.

The Children’s Parade starts at 11:30, followed by the main parade at noon.

To get there, you take Exit 18 off of Hwy 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.


This blog entry has pictures from the pre-ceremony picnic and social time. We tried to get at least one picture of everyone.

We hope you enjoy the photos and remember to just click on a picture to see a larger version of it.
Paul Christofersson, Fred Esslin, and Andrea Geisler with Roscoe the submarine schnauzer
cooks for the day Doug Abramson and Steve Shelton
Lois Twelves and Ralph Sterley (WWII submarine veteran)
Jim Harper and Marilyn
John, Fran, and Dick Gonzales
Angus McDonald
Arlene Ritzhaupt and daughter Anna
Teri Robertson and daughter Sue Greenfeld
Bill and Diane Giese
Sandra, John, and Katherine Roberts
Sandy and Ed C. (Shortly Shelton's daughter)
Bob and Dani Haslan
VFW Post 2995 Honor Guard
Ric Hedman and Patti Lynn
Bill Lightfoot (WWII Merchant Marine veteran)
Rich Glaza and Cliff Nutter
David and Grace Cunningham (son and widow of WWII submarine veteran Claude Cunningham)
Dolores and Morgan Stewart (widow and daughter of WWII submarine veteran Chuck Stewart)
Steve and Lynda Shelton
Bob Haslan and Pierre Bruneau
Karl 'Dutch Krompholz (center) with Dave (L) and Hunter Lillie
Don and Shirley Ross
Lynn and Dave Schueler
Kathleen and Eileen Warren (daughter and widow of WWII submarine veteran Jack Warren)
Paul and Aecha Christofferson (WWII submarine veteran)
Josie and Fred Esslin (WWII submarine veteran)
Doug Gilman and Mark Sheehan
Kimberly Brooke and Sylvia Brooke-Ferris (daughter and widow of WWII submarine veteran)
Lei-Lah and Horton Smith
John Baker (WWII submarine veteran) and Charlotte Roth
Pat Householder and Al Smith
Judy and Keith Watson
Marilyn Nadeau and John Bush
Kami McGrath
Kathleen Warren and Tim Floersch
Marc Vellat and Dave Schueler
Kirkland Mayor Amy Whalen and husband Jim
WWII submarine wives and widows

Thanks again to all those who organized and helped put on the Tolling the Boats Ceremony and to those who showed up to share lunch and remember our fallen shipmates.

.


Seattle USSVI Base held our annual Tolling the Boats Ceremony on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Kirkland Marina Park pavilion. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. We had a good turnout for the ceremony and pre-ceremony picnic.

We have a bunch of pictures from the picnic and the Tolling Ceremony, so I've split them up into two blog entries. In this entry, I'm including pictures from the Tolling Ceremony. You can click on a picture to get a larger view of it.

The Seattle Base float drew the attention of people in the park, as usual, and a number of them stopped by the pavilion to ask questions.
A view of the Seattle Base float from inside the pavilion
The Tolling the Boats Ceremony is a memorial service to honor our lost submarine brothers who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duties with valor, integrity, and courage. This ceremony is a fundamental part our creed as members of U.S. Submarine Veterans, "To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in pursuit of their duties while serving their country."
A last minute conference before the ceremony starts
John Roberts acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Tolling. 
John Roberts starting the ceremony
In addition to honoring the lost submariners and our World War II veterans, this year we wanted to remember the ladies: the wives and widows of World War II submariners.
WWII submarine veteran wives and widows being saluted by the Honor Guard as they are escorted to their seats
World War II submarine veterans (L to R) Ralph Sterley, John Baker, Paul Christofferson, and Fred Esslin
Admiral Horton and Lei-Lah Smith with our other World War II veterans
The Honor Guard from VFW Post 2995 was on hand to 'Present the Colors' and provide other honors for the ceremony.
VFW Honor Guard presenting the colors
Music for the ceremony was provided by Kami McGrath. Kami helped start the ceremony by singing the National Anthem and provided music throughout the ceremony.
Kami singing God Bless America
Seattle Base Chaplin Andrea Geisler provided the invocation and benediction for the ceremony.
Seattle Base Chaplin Andrea Geisler giving the invocation
After the invocation, Dick Gonzales, Seattle USSVI Base Commander, welcomed everyone and provided some opening remarks.
Dick Gonzales opening remarks
John Baker, World War II submarine veteran and Lockwood Chapter President, gave us a short history of the Lockwood Chapter of Submarine Veterans of World War II and talked about the closing of the chapter. John also brought the Lockwood Chapter’s bell for use in the Tolling Ceremony.
John Baker talking about the Charles Lockwood Chapter of Submarine Veterans of WWII
The Lockwood Chapter Tolling plaque and bell

Past USSVI National Commander Pat Householder gave a tribute to recently departed shipmates Ervin Schmidt and Robbie Robertson.

Pat Householder remembering Ervin and Robbie
Past Seattle Base Commander Keith Watson explained the significance and origins of the Tolling Ceremony, which led to the reading of the lost boats.
Keith Watson giving details about the ceremony
Bill Giese and Dave Schueler read the lost boats
Jim Harper tolls the bell for the lost boats
When the reading of the lost boats was complete, Teri Robertson, widow of Robbie Robertson, placed the memorial wreath to honor the lost submariners, then VFW Honor Guard provided the gun-salute and while Hunter Lillie played Taps.
Lois Mezek assists Teri Robertson in placing the memorial wreath
Hunter Lillie playing taps
Before concluding the ceremony, Seattle Base presented a memorial medallion and set of miniature dolphins to Kami McGrath, in appreciation for her work providing music for the ceremony over the past few years, and to Kirkland Mayor Amy Whalen, thanking her for all the work the city has done with the Seattle Base.
Dick Gonzales present Kami McGrath with the medallion and dolphins
Mayor Amy Whalen receives the medallion from John Roberts
After the ceremony we gathered the members of the Lockwood Chapter of US Submarine Veterans of World War II for a group photo.
Lockwood Chapter members
Thanks to John Roberts all those who helped make this year’s Tolling Ceremony a success.


The annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic is set for this Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Kirkland Marina Park Pavilion (25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive).

Set up will start around 10 AM and the picnic starts around 11:30. The ceremony will get underway between 1:15 and 1:30.

The Tolling ceremony is an important part of our organization's creed. It is also an opportunity to honor our World War II brothers, each year we see their numbers getting smaller and we definitely to show our support for those who are there.

We hope to see you on Saturday and be sure and bring your family and friends.


I hope you are enjoying this summer of great weather with your family and friends. Like most of you I have a full plate of things to do including volunteering at the Museum of Flight, Seattle Veterans Hospital, and tending to some of our base activities. I am thankful to many of you who are keeping me afloat, and by your selfless commitment to our base.

The Northwest is blessed with abundant lakes and the Puget Sound, where one of my favorite things do is paddling or Kayaking as most people refer to it. I am in the process of introducing my eleven-year-old grandson, Nathan, to Kayaking and, excuse the pun, he is taking to it like the preverbal “Duck to Water.” We are anxious to purchase a kayak kit for him and construct it over the next few months. It will give him a sense of pride when he completes it and, hopefully, provide me with a new paddling buddy.

Like many of you, I have been following Bob Opple’s daily account of his incredible journey with his sidekick, Roscoe the “Bike Dog.” It’s like a good novel, interesting, sometimes amusing, and truly inspirational considering the basis for his sojourn.

Bob has the right stuff and we are proud to have in in our ranks as a “Brother of the Phinn”. We wish to express our gratitude to Bob for sharing insights to his friends and family. Bob: Travel Safe, and keep well.

We hope to see all of you at the Tolling the Boats Ceremony and picnic on Saturday, August 16. Set up will start around 10 AM, with the picnic starting around 11:30 and the ceremony getting underway between 1:15 and 1:30.

Also, don't forget that we cancelled the August business meeting. The next regular business meeting will be September 17.

“Remember: Some gave all, all gave some”






Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander


Seattle Base Members,

Seattle Base and Holland Club member Jay Davis suffered a stroke and has been admitted to Overlake Hospital earlier this week.

I visited Jay Davis today and he probably will be discharged in a few days and transferred to Evergreen Hospital for rehabilitation.

Jay also has pneumonia and is having trouble conversing. So we are not recommending visitation at this time. We do expect that he will be ready for visitors after he is transferred to Evergreen Hospital.

Please keep Jay and his family in your thoughts and prayers, he appreciates your concern.

We will keep the Base up to date on his recovery.
Cards may be sent to Jay at:
401 100th Ave NE #223
Bellevue, WA 98004-5455 

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle USSVI Base Cmdr.


Here are some photos from the Smokey Point Rest Stop event.

We had a great time handing out coffee and telling sea stories. The Base took in about $700 in donations over the weekend. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out and BZ to Steve Shelton for organizing and running the event.
Don Dufour and Doug Abramson
Steve Shelton ready to serve some coffee
John Roberts and daughter
Kerry Ryan
Larry Abbott
Art Thompson getting the coffee ready
Jim Harper, John Roberts daughter, and Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz





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

Old and New Business: 
Smokey Point Rest Stop Event – We had a fun time at the Smokey Point Rest Stop handing out coffee and telling sea stories. After tallying up the donations and deducting expenses, it looks like the Base made around $700 over the weekend. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out and BZ to Steve Shelton for organizing and running the event. We will be getting pictures from the event up soon.

Kirkland Independence Day Parade – We had around 40 submarine veterans, including the Silent Service Motorcycle Club, at the Kirkland Independence Day Parade. The crowd was very enthusiastic, the parade organizers provided a pizza lunch for all the veterans, and everyone had a good time. You can see photos from the parade in a previous blog entry.

Seattle Base Tolling the Boats Ceremony – The annual Tolling the Boats ceremony and picnic is set for August 16 at the Kirkland Marina Park. Set up will start around 10 AM, with the picnic starting around 11:30 and the ceremony getting underway between 1:15 and 1:30. We will have more information on the start time as we get closer to the event, but be sure to mark it on your calendar.

August Meeting Cancelled – Due to the timing of the Tolling the Boats Ceremony, we voted to cancel the August business meeting. The next regular business meeting will be September 17.

2014 Holland Club Inductees – We added five new members to the Holland Club roll this year. Doug Abramson and Karl ‘Dutch’ Krompholz were at the meeting to pick up their certificates and patches. We mailed the certificates and patches out to Romeo Delarosa, Jim Kingman, and John Soth. Congratulations to all the new Holland Club members.
Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz and Doug Abramson receive their Holland Club certificates and patches from Base Commander Dick Gonzales

2014 USSVI Elections – Don’t forget that the last day to vote in the National USSVI elections is August 28 (paper ballots must arrive by August 28). The ballot was included in the latest issue of The American Submariner and can be filled out and mailed to the Election Master. You can also vote online through the USSVI website by clicking the Vote Nat Election button in the upper left, entering your login information (if you haven’t used the website before, just follow the on-screen instructions) and make your vote.

Challenge Coins – Ken Murray presented all the meeting attendees with a special Veterans Day challenge coin he received from a friend that works at Boeing.

July Program: 
Lt. Matt Boehm answering a few questions

Our speaker for July was Lt. Matt Boehm USN. Lt. Boehm is an assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Washington, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Lt. Boehm qualified on USS Connecticut (SSN-22) and talked to us about life aboard a state-of-the-art attack submarine. He talked about life aboard Connecticut, including operations in the western Pacific and Arctic. He had some great sea stories and pictures to share from his time at sea. He also shared information about his current work at the University of Washington in teaching, with the ROTC unit, and trying to get new volunteers for the submarine service. After his talk, Lt. Boehm was happy to answer questions for us about his naval experiences and the current submarine fleet. The presentation and Q & A provided us with insight into today’s submarine force. Thanks to our shipmate Don Ulmer for facilitating Lt Boehm’s appearance.
Base Commander Dick Gonzales presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Lt Boehm at the July meeting.


The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, July 16. 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.

Our guest speaker for July will be Lt. Matthew Boehm USN. Lt. Boehm is an assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Washington, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Lt. Boehm has an amazing resume including expertise in submarines, nuclear power plants, engineering, operational planning, including national security activities to name a few. Lt. Boehm will provide a glimpse of his remarkable career and talk about submarines in general including Arctic operations.
USS Connecticut (SSN-22) surfaced through the Arctic ice
Thanks to our shipmate Don Ulmer for facilitating Lt Boehm’s appearance.

We hope to see you at the meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Cmdr.


It was a sunny, warm day for the 2014 Kirkland Independence Day Parade. We had a nice turnout of submarine veterans, including the Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC), and their families. As usual, the city of Kirkland did a nice job with the parade and all the festivities for celebrating Independence Day. Veterans were presented with a boutonniere and we had some pizza and other treats before the parade. The parade route was lined with a large and enthusiastic crowd. We all had a good time at the parade.

Here are some photos from before and during the parade.
Sharing a few sea stories before the parade
SSMC members signing in
A few more sea stories
Jim Harper, Diane Giese, Barb Krompholz, Marilynn Birdsall enjoying some shade
Dick Gonzales, Ralph Sterly, and John Roberts waiting for the parade to begin
Andrea Geisler, Doug Abramson and Doug's daughter
Bob Opple with Veteran's parade organizer Maureen
Schell and Av Harmon with family, representing five generations
Pat Householder, Katie Carlson, Phil Carlson, and Dave Schueler
Seattle Base and SSMC members
The All Veterans group photo in front of Kirkland's Heritage Hall
Veterans enjoying a little pizza before the parade
Then the parade started
The Lake Washington VFW leads the parade
Parade Grand Marshall
The Combat Wounded Golfers group from American Lake Veterans Golf Course. You can find out more about them and the golf course at www.veterangolf.org
Seattle Base SubVets
Seattle Base float
Silent Service Motorcycle Club (SSMC)
Another view of the SSMC
And another
Admiral Horton Smith enjoying the ride
Doug Abramson's vintage truck brings up the rear of the SubVet portion of the parade
We are looking forward to next year's parade and hope you will join us.


We are only a couple days away from the Kirkland Independence Day parade on July 4. The City of Kirkland goes all out for veterans and always has treats, a pizza lunch and boutonnieres for all military members and veterans in the parade.
Seattle Base will have our float plus the Silent Service Motorcycle Club riders will be there, so it promises to be a great time for all. We will muster near Heritage Hall, the large white two-story building on the north side of the street, at the corner of Central Way and Market Street. All members should be in place by 10:00. If you run into problems at any street barricades, just tell the police that you are marching in the parade.

The Children’s Parade starts at 11:30, followed by the main parade at noon.

To get there, you take Exit 18 off of Hwy 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.