Monday, December 31, 2012


War Veteran Status for 2013

Submitted by: Alfred H Singleman Jr NJVC on 12/31/2012


As of today we are 34 members over the 90% requirement for War Veteran Status. This means we good to go to take in Tax Deductable Donations for 2013. While checking the data base for War Veterans Status I noticed some Bases are NOT including time in service info in the applications for new members. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FILL IN ALL THE APPLICATION INFO AND MARK THE WAR VETERNN BOX IF THE MEMBER IS A WAR VET SO THE DATA BASE IS CORRECT. Not doing so will affect our War Veteran Status and we need your help in keeping the number over the 90% limit.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

1945 Japanese Surrender

Japanese Surrender - Priceless - A Rare Record Of History

1945 - Japanese surrender - a keeper
This film is believed to have never been seen before, only shots of the surrender were known.
If you are a history buff you will enjoy this. General McArthur's voice is a rarity in these old film clips.
Japanese Surrender- Amazing Footage Sept 2, 1945.

This is a 'must see' for the WWII history buff or anyone interested in history.
Interesting - the other signers to the document, from New Zealand/Australia to Europe/Russia.
This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to General Douglas McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September, 1945 onboard the USS Missouri.
Actual voice of the General. Never been shown to the general public before.

We always saw the "stills" but never the film itself.
Click here: Japanese Surrender

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Billy F. Williams, RM3(SS) 45-46 aboard the Sea Fox, sailed on Eternal Patrol on

Friday, 21 Dec 2013.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

William E. Lee USS Snook (SSN-592)

USSVI lost a very good friend and shipmate when William (Bill) E Lee shipped out on his final patrol today, Dec 10, 2012.

Bill qualified in submarines aboard the USS Snook (SSN-592) in 1962, and also served aboard USS John Calhoun and USS Scorpion. Bill was a MM2(SS) and ELT when he left the Navy.

In the course of his involvement in USSVI, Bill was Base Commander of the Lockwood Internet Base, Base Commanders Group Commander, National Constitution and Bylaws Chairman, Member of numerous other bases in various capacities (Tucson, Cyberspace, USS Marlin, Jefferson City), USSV Charitable Foundation Board of Directors member for several years, USSVI Online Submarine Memorial Manager, USSVI online Submarine School Class Photos manager. He was very data savvy and was always willing to help a shipmate with PC problems. He also worked with Tim VeArd and Pat Householder for years to improve the Decklog System, and maintained the USS Scorpion crew records in Decklog as well.

Most recently he was involved with the City of Omaha as Site Manager for Freedom Park (Military Museum) in Omaha, NE, the location of USS Marlin museum sub, and was actively involved in getting the sail of USS Omaha.

According to Mark Thompson of the USS Marlin base, He collapsed shortly after a meeting with the city concerning the erection of a memorial to the USS Omaha (SSN-692). He passed away shortly afterwards.

As all of us know, Bill was very active in many capacities. We knew him as a member of the Marlin Base and a key interface with the city parks department (primarily focused on Freedom Park), the local Boy Scout troops, and the USS Omaha memorial project. He was also very active in the Lockwood Base and a true historian/preservationist.

As a former USS Scorpion crew member, he had a unique perspective that truly exemplified the phrase, "Pride Runs Deep".

He will be sorely missed.

You stand relieved of your earthly duties, Bill. We who remain will carry on and maintain the watch.

Friday, December 7, 2012


 Ervin  O. Schmidt RM1/C (SS)  USN-RET  before submarine service  (USS TORSK SS-423) was aboard the USS CALIFORNIA  moored at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Ninety-right crew members were lost and sixty-one was wounded. A motorized launch pulled Schmidt from the water. In the confusion he was listed as missing in action. Before his family learned differently, they held a funeral in his honor. This
information was provided by Mr. Schmidt for his story to be included in the book Submarine Stories of World War II.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


I received this from Bob Philipps (70-71) concerning his father, “PP” Philipps (69-71).

More prayers for a shipmate and his family.

Not sure if you know yet but my dad was diagnosed with liver cancer. We admitted him to the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University. He had his first dose of chemo on 16 Nov and was released to go home on 19 Nov. Next dose is 13 Dec. It will be out patient so he will be going home afterwards. My sister and her husband are in Ohio with him and my mom are holding down the fort while he is undergoing cancer treatments.
Bob Philipps


DAVID K KRAMER (53-56 SEA FOX Shipmate) has been diagnosed with lung cancer. His home is in Gresham, OR. He is being checked out this week to see if it has spread anywhere else. Probable operation following.  Prayers for him are requested.   Bill Zilar