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Here are the results of the 2014 USSVI National Election and Awards. It is a long list and we want to congratulate all the winners.

First up are the 2014 USSVI Award Winners.
Joe Negri Award : Dennis P. Gilbert Redfish Base

District Commander of the Year: James Irwin Albany Saratoga Base

Robert Link National Commander’s Award: (recipients are listed alphabetically)
Edwin F. ‘ Bud ‘ Atkins Groton Base
O. Gordon Banks Tarheel Base
John C. Barr Razorback Base
Donald D. Bassler Bremerton Base
Daryl E. Brock Bonefish Base
Orem A. ‘ Soupy ‘ Campbell Nautilus Base
Joseph H. Clark Nathanael Greene Base
Tomas M. Conlon New Jersey North Base
Daniel K. Craw Tang Base
James R. Denzien Perch Base
Amos Goldsberry Cuttlefish Base
Kenneth C. Henry San Diego Base
Norm Hosking Cuttlefish Base
Gilbert F. Houston Cuttlefish Base
Gene E. Kellar Rocky Mountain Base
Charles T. Key Tang Base
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
Michael M. Munhall Groton Base
Richard N. Nelson Cowtown Base
Richard M. “Ozzie” Osentoski P. C Stryker Jr Base
John F. Rupertus Carolina Piedmont Base
Thomas M. Russell Groton Base
Robert E. Saenz Hampton Roads Base
John S. Starbird, Jr. Maine Base
Kenneth L. Tupman USS Chicago Base
Donald M. Ulmer Seattle Base
Raymond M. Ward Cuttlefish Base
Richard J. Williamson Chesapeake Base

Meritorious Award (Individual)
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
 Patrick F. Householder Seattle Base
Leonard D. Stefanelli Mare Island Base

Meritorious Award (Base)
USS Chicago Base
Carolina Piedmont Base
Albany-Saratoga Base

Golden Anchor Award
Class One - Seattle Base
Class Two - Central Texas Base
Class Three - South Florida Base
Class Four - USS Asheville Base

Silver Anchor Award
Frederick Weilminster Razorback Base
Alan D. Cole Mare Island Base
Thomas S. Beach USS Asheville Base

Ben Bastura Award
Leonard L. Hill Iowa Base

Newsletter Awards 
Class I Charleston Base -- Torpedo Alley
Class II Carolina Piedmont Base -- Piedmont Periscope
Class III Coastal Carolina Base -- The Below Decks Watch
Class IV Polaris Base -- Polaris Fire

Overall Winner -- Carolina Piedmont Base – Piedmont Periscope

Here are the election results for 2014 from USSVI Elections Master Tom Conlon. We had 2174 members vote in this year’s election (a 17% turnout).

National Officers 
National Commander: 
Al Singleman 1188 Votes 55%
Wayne Standerfer 941 Votes 43%
Elected: Al Singleman

National Senior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
John Markiewicz 2045 Votes 94%
Elected: John Markiewicz

National Junior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
William Andrea 2055 Votes 95%
Elected: Wiliam Andrea

National Treasurer
Paul Hiser 1095 Votes 50%
Byron Stratton 973 Votes 45%
Elected: Paul Hiser

National Secretary
Harold Kenneth Recoy 958 Votes 44%
Raymond Paul Wewers 1104 Votes 51%
Elected: Raymond Paul Wewers

Regional Directors
Northeast Region Director (Unopposed)
Michael Naughton 427 Votes 97%
Elected: Michael Naughton

Southeast Regional Director
Diederick (Dick) E. Kanning 336 Votes 61%
Brian Steffen 210 Votes 38%
Elected: Diederick (Dick) Kanning

Central Region Director
David L. Farran 311 Votes 52%
James A. Fox 276 Votes 47%
Elected: David L. Farran

Western Region Director (Unopposed)
Robert J. Bissonnett 432 Votes 98%
Elected: Robert J. Bissonnett Proposed

Amendments 
PA 2014-1: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XII, Section 1 (Conventions). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1486 Votes 68%
NO 688 Votes 32%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-2: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XI, Section 1 and USSVI Bylaws, Article V, Sections 2 and 5 (Prerequisites and Duties for National Senior Vice-Commander and National Treasurer). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1860 Votes 86%
NO 314 Votes 14%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-3: Amends USSVI bylaws Article V, Section 3 (Duties of National Junior Vice-Commander). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1957 Votes 90%
NO 217 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-4: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article VI, Section 18 (Disciplinary Committee). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1951 Votes 90%
NO 223 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-5: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article XVI (Policies and Procedures Manual). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1712 Votes 79%
NO 462 Votes 21%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-9: Clarify Process for New Business at National General Business Meeting. Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1959 Votes 90%
NO 215 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

Please join me in congratulating our new National Officers. We wish them a successful tenure in their new offices.

I want to thank National Commander Michael Bircumshaw for appointing me as USSVI Election Master. I also want to thank NE District 2 Commander/NJ North Base Commander Les Altschuler for his invaluable assistance in tallying the vote. Thanks, too, to Les’s wife Joyce Altschuler for her hospitality and “patience” while Les and I were “camped out” in his computer space and at their summer campground.

Tom Conlon, PNC
USSVI Elections Master

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Shipmates,

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, September 17. 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.

The meeting has a full agenda of items to cover and we hope you will attend, as it will be eventful.

Some of the items on the agenda include: updates on the Christmas Lunch at the Meydenbauer Yacht Club, several speakers offering items of interest, the USSVI Convention, and National Awards recognizing some of our own base members.
Our main speaker will be Dave Schueler with a presentation on the Japanese Submarine Force during WWII. Dave has a special talent for offering great material and superb graphics.

We look forward to a great meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Commander


The September – October issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
Memorial wreath from the Seattle Base Tolling ceremony at the Submarine Veterans plaque in Tahoma National Cemetery. Photo by Lois Mezek
This issue has photos from the Seattle Base’s summer events (Smokey Point, Kirkland parade, and Tolling ceremony) a nice article from Ric Hedman of pigboats.com, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are in the mail. 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


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.


Here are the results of the 2014 USSVI National Election and Awards. It is a long list and we want to congratulate all the winners.

First up are the 2014 USSVI Award Winners.
Joe Negri Award : Dennis P. Gilbert Redfish Base

District Commander of the Year: James Irwin Albany Saratoga Base

Robert Link National Commander’s Award: (recipients are listed alphabetically)
Edwin F. ‘ Bud ‘ Atkins Groton Base
O. Gordon Banks Tarheel Base
John C. Barr Razorback Base
Donald D. Bassler Bremerton Base
Daryl E. Brock Bonefish Base
Orem A. ‘ Soupy ‘ Campbell Nautilus Base
Joseph H. Clark Nathanael Greene Base
Tomas M. Conlon New Jersey North Base
Daniel K. Craw Tang Base
James R. Denzien Perch Base
Amos Goldsberry Cuttlefish Base
Kenneth C. Henry San Diego Base
Norm Hosking Cuttlefish Base
Gilbert F. Houston Cuttlefish Base
Gene E. Kellar Rocky Mountain Base
Charles T. Key Tang Base
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
Michael M. Munhall Groton Base
Richard N. Nelson Cowtown Base
Richard M. “Ozzie” Osentoski P. C Stryker Jr Base
John F. Rupertus Carolina Piedmont Base
Thomas M. Russell Groton Base
Robert E. Saenz Hampton Roads Base
John S. Starbird, Jr. Maine Base
Kenneth L. Tupman USS Chicago Base
Donald M. Ulmer Seattle Base
Raymond M. Ward Cuttlefish Base
Richard J. Williamson Chesapeake Base

Meritorious Award (Individual)
Charles J. Mueller Rhode Island Base
 Patrick F. Householder Seattle Base
Leonard D. Stefanelli Mare Island Base

Meritorious Award (Base)
USS Chicago Base
Carolina Piedmont Base
Albany-Saratoga Base

Golden Anchor Award
Class One - Seattle Base
Class Two - Central Texas Base
Class Three - South Florida Base
Class Four - USS Asheville Base

Silver Anchor Award
Frederick Weilminster Razorback Base
Alan D. Cole Mare Island Base
Thomas S. Beach USS Asheville Base

Ben Bastura Award
Leonard L. Hill Iowa Base

Newsletter Awards 
Class I Charleston Base -- Torpedo Alley
Class II Carolina Piedmont Base -- Piedmont Periscope
Class III Coastal Carolina Base -- The Below Decks Watch
Class IV Polaris Base -- Polaris Fire

Overall Winner -- Carolina Piedmont Base – Piedmont Periscope

Here are the election results for 2014 from USSVI Elections Master Tom Conlon. We had 2174 members vote in this year’s election (a 17% turnout).

National Officers 
National Commander: 
Al Singleman 1188 Votes 55%
Wayne Standerfer 941 Votes 43%
Elected: Al Singleman

National Senior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
John Markiewicz 2045 Votes 94%
Elected: John Markiewicz

National Junior Vice-Commander (Unopposed)
William Andrea 2055 Votes 95%
Elected: Wiliam Andrea

National Treasurer
Paul Hiser 1095 Votes 50%
Byron Stratton 973 Votes 45%
Elected: Paul Hiser

National Secretary
Harold Kenneth Recoy 958 Votes 44%
Raymond Paul Wewers 1104 Votes 51%
Elected: Raymond Paul Wewers

Regional Directors
Northeast Region Director (Unopposed)
Michael Naughton 427 Votes 97%
Elected: Michael Naughton

Southeast Regional Director
Diederick (Dick) E. Kanning 336 Votes 61%
Brian Steffen 210 Votes 38%
Elected: Diederick (Dick) Kanning

Central Region Director
David L. Farran 311 Votes 52%
James A. Fox 276 Votes 47%
Elected: David L. Farran

Western Region Director (Unopposed)
Robert J. Bissonnett 432 Votes 98%
Elected: Robert J. Bissonnett Proposed

Amendments 
PA 2014-1: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XII, Section 1 (Conventions). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1486 Votes 68%
NO 688 Votes 32%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-2: Amends USSVI Constitution Article XI, Section 1 and USSVI Bylaws, Article V, Sections 2 and 5 (Prerequisites and Duties for National Senior Vice-Commander and National Treasurer). Requires two-thirds (2/3) majority of votes cast to pass (greater than 66%).
YES 1860 Votes 86%
NO 314 Votes 14%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-3: Amends USSVI bylaws Article V, Section 3 (Duties of National Junior Vice-Commander). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1957 Votes 90%
NO 217 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-4: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article VI, Section 18 (Disciplinary Committee). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1951 Votes 90%
NO 223 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-5: Amends USSVI Bylaws Article XVI (Policies and Procedures Manual). Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1712 Votes 79%
NO 462 Votes 21%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

PA 2014-9: Clarify Process for New Business at National General Business Meeting. Requires a simple majority of votes cast to pass.
YES 1959 Votes 90%
NO 215 Votes 10%
The Proposed Amendment is adopted

Please join me in congratulating our new National Officers. We wish them a successful tenure in their new offices.

I want to thank National Commander Michael Bircumshaw for appointing me as USSVI Election Master. I also want to thank NE District 2 Commander/NJ North Base Commander Les Altschuler for his invaluable assistance in tallying the vote. Thanks, too, to Les’s wife Joyce Altschuler for her hospitality and “patience” while Les and I were “camped out” in his computer space and at their summer campground.

Tom Conlon, PNC
USSVI Elections Master

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Shipmates,

The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, September 17. 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.

The meeting has a full agenda of items to cover and we hope you will attend, as it will be eventful.

Some of the items on the agenda include: updates on the Christmas Lunch at the Meydenbauer Yacht Club, several speakers offering items of interest, the USSVI Convention, and National Awards recognizing some of our own base members.
Our main speaker will be Dave Schueler with a presentation on the Japanese Submarine Force during WWII. Dave has a special talent for offering great material and superb graphics.

We look forward to a great meeting.

Dick Gonzalez
USSVI Seattle Base Commander


The September – October issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
Memorial wreath from the Seattle Base Tolling ceremony at the Submarine Veterans plaque in Tahoma National Cemetery. Photo by Lois Mezek
This issue has photos from the Seattle Base’s summer events (Smokey Point, Kirkland parade, and Tolling ceremony) a nice article from Ric Hedman of pigboats.com, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are in the mail. 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


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.