Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Subject: Fw: Ozark Runner Base Calendar and Spring Party
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:42:42 -0600

All Central Region District One Base Commanders,


This is always a great weekend.


Ray Wewers

CRD1 Commander


On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM, Ray Wewers <> wrote:this is always a great time for all who attend.


Ray Wewers


From: Ronald Athey

Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 3:31 PM

Subject: Ozark Runner Base Calendar and Spring Party



Once again the Ozark-Runner Base is planning a Submarine Birthday Party and Birthday Weekend in Branson, MO. We would like to extend our invitation to our shipmates in the CR and in CD1 to join us. Any Submariner or their guests will certainly be welcome to join us. We are working to make this event an annual event. Wed like to request that you forward the attached flyer to the rest of the bases in the Central Region.

Attached is the Invitation to this event. Ive also attached the Ozark-Runner Bases 2014 Calendar.



Cc: O-R E-board


Green/Straight Board and Dry Bilges

Ronald L. Athey TMC(SS) USN Ret

Base Commander
Ozark-Runner Base USSVI

We the people are the rightful masters of both
the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.

USSVI Business

From: "USSVI POC: Pat Householder" <>

Subject: USSVI OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2013-080

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:01:57 -0500


Date: 11/26/2013

To: Distribution List



NEWS-01: VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) Submitted by: Office on 11/26/2013


VA is implementing a comprehensive national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) to give enrolled Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental and MetLife at a reduced cost. Participation is voluntary. Purchasing a dental plan does not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment. VADIP opens November 15 for the purchasing of plans, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014.


Go to the link for the details...




VET-01: VA warns of new 'marketing scam'

Submitted by: Office on 11/26/2013


The Veterans Affairs Department is warning veterans about a “marketing scam” that reportedly targets callers trying to reach two of VA’s national call centers.


A marketing company  two phone numbers that differ from the real VA numbers by one digit.  If a veteran misdials and calls the bogus number, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain sensitive personal data, to include credit card information.  Please note that the VA will “never” ask for credit card or banking information over the phone.


Go to the link for the story and details ...




VET-02: Veterans Identification Card

Submitted by: Office on 11/26/2013


The VA has published this statement on their website:


Veterans are warned to keep their VIC safe and secure.


The VIC protects the privacy of Veterans' sensitive information, as it no longer displays the Social Security Number or Date of Birth on the front of the card.


BUT, Some bar code readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the Veteran’s social security number. This could make the Veteran subject to identity theft if the card is lost or stolen.


Go to this link for the details ...




VET-03: The Veterans Administration, Obamacare and you.

Submitted by: Office on 11/26/2013


The Affordable Care Act, also known OBAMACARE, was  to expand access to coverage, control health care costs and improve health care quality and care coordination. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans’ out-of-pocket costs.


Three things you should know:


Go to the link for the details...






Monday, November 25, 2013


From: "USSVI POC: T. Michael Bircumshaw" <>

Subject: USSVI OFFICIAL BUSINESS: SubVet News - #2013-079

Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:14:45 -0500


Date: 11/24/2013

To: Distribution List



NEWS-01: Online Submarine Museum

Submitted by: Office on 11/18/2013


USSVI has an online submarine museum on Facebook and in addition to comments, is loaded with pictures of boats by class, interiors, sub bases, tenders, sub cartoons, patches, etc.  (click on the word "Photos" on the page.)


If you like what you see (and I think you will), please click the LIKE button.



NEWS-02: American Submariner Editor Change Submitted by: Chuck Emmett on 11/21/2013


Shipmates, My name is Chuck Emmett and, beginning with 2014, I will be the new editor of our magazine, the American Submariner. To ensure that a clear pipeline is available for information flow to me, I have established a dedicated phone line and e-mail address just for the magazine. They are:






NEWS-03: Submarine Dallas heads home from final deployment Submitted by: Office on 11/22/2013


The attack submarine Dallas is coming home to Groton for the holidays — and for good, following its final deployment after more than 30 years in service.


Dallas has deployed to every operational theater, circumnavigating the globe and passing through the Panama Canal in 1984. It later supported operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Click on the link for the story...




Complex Repair Under Way On Submarine Montpelier Submitted by: Office on 11/22/2013


More than a year after a collision that tore off the upper rudder and damaged the hull, the submarine Montpelier remains under repair at Newport News Shipbuilding, Va. The work, envisioned early on as needing only a few months, turned out to be much more extensive, and the ship isn’t expected to be returned to full service until April.


The work has involved completely rebuilding the rudder assembly and replacing a large chunk of the pressure hull over the engine room.


Go to the link for the story...



NEWS-05: Call for Proposed Amendments

Submitted by: Office on 11/23/2013


Our Constitution and Bylaws Chairman is


Richard Nelson

901 Canterbury Ln

Keller, TX  76248-5224



He is the one to send Proposed Amendments to for consideration for the national ballot.  By email is preferable, but snail mail will also work.


It is his job to ensure the Proposed Amendments:

1. Are complete statements which will stand on their own merit.

2. Clearly state the intent of the author and the section of the organization policy affected.

3. Reflect the estimated or actual cost, if any, to the organization.

4. Are legible, limited to one agenda item, and conform to procedures as established by the Committee Chairman.

5. Are signed and dated by the author.

6. When proposed amendments to both the National Constitution and the National Bylaws are received for review, ensure there are neither duplicated nor frivolous submissions on identical subjects, and place them in the proper wording for inclusion into the Constitution or Bylaws when if passed. In the event of conflict between two or more proposed amendments, determine if they are essentially the same and compose wording without change to the original intent and make the decision as to whether one or both proposed amendments are acceptable to be placed on the ballot. The committee shall make a conscious effort to identify and remedy any proposed amendment that may cause a ripple effect.

7. Upon completion of review and with the committee’s comments attached, submit proposed amendments to amend the Constitution and Bylaws to the National Secretary in time sufficient for the Board of Directors to review and approve the proposed amendments for preparation of the National Ballot.




NEWS-06: AMERICAN SUBMARINER - Submitting Material for Publication Submitted by: Chuck Emmett on 11/24/2013




There is but one single motivating factor for the existence of this notice.  The main objective of the Editor and Staff of the American Submariner is to entertain and inform our readers with the best information available, and these guidelines will help us in the creation and production of the best possible publication for our Sub Vets and others in our submariner community.


The input is what determines how good a magazine is. Articles about what we all have experienced, about community projects that the bases have participated, reunions of the different boats, and other submarine-related news. All these things factor into how good a magazine is or will be.


This magazine is not a forum about religion or politics. Articles with reference to these topics will be rejected out of hand.


The amount of material received per issue is huge. All articles are reviewed by the editor for that upcoming issue. Some articles are rejected, while others may not appear in the magazine but on the electronic version. Of necessity, the Editor is the only person deciding which articles go into the magazine.



1.    Write something related to the submariner community that is of National Interest to our reading audience. Something based on a personal experience or that of a shipmate to which the audience can relate is always a plus.

2.    Write the best article using proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. Get help from your family, friends, and use spell check and grammar check options on your computer.

3.    Articles should be submitted in MS Word (*.doc) format if at all possible. Otherwise, it should be submitted as a “txt” file. Use single spacing with proper upper and lower case letters. NOTE:  I CANNOT USE ARTICLES SUBMITTED IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

4.    Photos “make” a story and should be used whenever possible, BUT NOT embedded in your article. YOU MUST PROPERLY IDENTIFY PEOPLE IN YOUR PHOTOS. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN REJECTION.

5.    Your articles and photos must be transmitted digitally. If you yourself cannot accomplish this, find a friend with a computer and either have it sent by e-mail or loaded onto a CD-ROM and that in turn mailed.

6.    Articles should be emailed to or, if not possible, on a CD disc to Chuck Emmett, 7011 W. Risner Road, Glendale, AZ 85308-8074.


Things to Remember . . .


Story Quality: None of us are “Ernest Hemmingway.” Don’t try to a masterpiece. Put down the classic information, “who, what, when and where,” and I’ll do the rest. Of course, the less work an article needs the more natural it may be for me to consider it. BUT I WON’T REJECT A GREAT STORY JUST BECAUSE IT’S WRITTEN POORLY. I can scan in stories on paper but they must be typed and clearly legible.


Picture Quality: Pictures must be the highest resolution you can get (this is the “dpi” or dots-per-inch) and in either “jpg,” “png” of “tiff” format. A resolution of 180 dpi is good, 300 dpi is better. 72 dpi or less just won’t make it. If you can’t get this, send the original photograph (BUT THEY CAN’T BE RETURNED!)


Title:  Your article must bear a suggested name (it must have a Title.) The Editor will assign the final “Title” (Headline) to your story.


SIZE MATTERS! Smaller is always better! A 150-300 word story is ideal. There are about 700 words to a page. With 600 words there is no room for pictures. Longer articles may be published as a serial type of story based on the Editor’s decision.


I am new to the Editor, American Submariner role. For the time being, I will try and acknowledge articles. This may become impossible later.


There are two dedicated ways to reach me:

Phone: (623) 478-2653


“In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment . .  .“

-              2nd Paragraph, USSVI Creed




Chuck Emmett,

National Editor, American Submariner Magazine




NEWS-07: Happy Thanksgiving

Submitted by: T. Michael Bircumshaw on 11/24/2013


It is that Turkey time of year once more and I wish each and every one of you the very best for you and your families.  Of special note is the generosity of the members of the Groton Base who managed to put together a 100 Turkey repast for the local Shipmates.  Well done!

Remember that as soon as you finish dinner on the 28th it is time to put up those Christmas and Hanukkah decorations to celebrate in the manner to which you are accustomed, followed almost immediately by Black Friday, so everyone has something to do.  It is always a good time to do something.  How about each of us bringing in a new member between now and the first of the year?

Just One!











Wednesday, November 13, 2013


NEWS-06: 2014 50th Anniversary Patch and Commemorative Coin Submitted by: Barry Commons NSK on 11/6/2013


Barry Commons, our National Storekeeper, is now taking orders for the USSVI 50th Anniversary Coin and Patch. The profits from the sale of the 50th Anniversary Coin and Patch will help offset the cost of the 2014 USSVI 50TH Anniversary Memorial Day activities in Washington, DC.


The USSVI 50th Anniversary Coin is $15.00 ea, the 50th anniversary Patch is $7.50 ea, or in a combination for $ 20.00.


Base storekeepers should call Barry or go to the USSVI NSK website to order quantity coins or patches for their base resale.


Go to the link for images of the patch and coin...



Barry Commons, USSVI National Storekeeper E-mail Phone 925-679-1744


Sunday, November 10, 2013



World War II Submarine Veterans honored on the square in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
This was a couple years ago. Two out of the five have went home to be with the Lord and they are greatly missed. Kirk Smith in charge of the program.

Friday, November 8, 2013


Thanks George Arnold, USS Sea Fox for this information.
2013 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

Applebees - Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

Bar Louie – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, all Bar Louie locations are offering veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a free pizza on Monday, Nov. 11.

Champps -- On Monday, Nov. 11, Champps will offer a free handcrafted burger with waffle fries to veterans and active duty military.

Charlie Brown's Steakhouse – Charlie Brown’s is offering a free meal to veterans and active duty military all day on Monday, Nov. 11.

Cheeseburger in Paradise – Veterans and military personnel receive a free All American Burger with fries on Monday, Nov. 11 with the beverage purchase of $1.99.

Chili's – Veterans and active duty can get a free entrée all day from a special limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.

Denny’s -- Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes on Veterans Day nationwide.

FATZ – Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free entrée at FATZ, up to a $15 value. Veterans who dine at FATZ on November 11 will also receive a $2 coupon for use on their next visit.

Friendly’s – Veterans and active military receive a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee on Monday, Nov. 11.

Golden Corral – Golden Corral is offering a free dinner on Monday Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Hooters –Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal on Monday, Nov. 11.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House – Veterans eat for free on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Krispy Kreme – Krispy Kreme stores are offering a free doughnut and small coffee on Monday, Nov. 11 when presenting a military ID or wearing a uniform.

Little Caesars – Veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread on Monday, Nov. 11.

Max and Erma's – On Monday, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants – On Sunday, November 10, participating McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu.

Menchi's -- All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Monday, Nov. 11.

O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty servicemembers get a complimentary meal from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11.

Olive Garden – On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and current servicemembers get a free meal from a limited menu. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal.

On the Border – Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on Monday, Nov. 11.

Paciugo Gelato Caffè – Paciugo is offering a free 12 oz. Gelatte® to veterans and active duty military on Monday, Nov. 11 at participating locations.

Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Monday, Nov. 11.

Shoney's -- Shoney's will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers on Monday, Nov. 11.

Sizzler – Sizzler is offering active duty and retired military members a free lunch from a limited menu on Monday, Nov. 11 until 4 p.m.

Spaghetti Warehouse – On Sunday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 11, choose one original spaghetti entrée or 15-layer lasagna and get the second entrée free. This deal requires a coupon, which is available starting Nov. 6 at the Spaghetti Warehouse website, the Facebook page, and can be presented from a mobile phone.

Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.

TGIFridays – Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on Monday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill -- Active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a free Churrasco meal on Monday, Nov. 11. They are also offering 10% off the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

Travel Centers of America -- On Monday, Nov. 11, all CDL drivers who are military veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants.

Village Inn – All veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on Monday, Nov. 11. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, Belgian Waffle, or French Toast.

2013 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation:

Colonial Williamsburg – Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents receive free weekend-long admission tickets Nov. 8 through Nov. 11.

Knotts Berry Farm – Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from November 4, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

National Parks - On Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 9-11) veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.

Red Roof Inn - Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

Sea World Parks and Entertainment – Veterans and active duty military can get 50% off single-day admission tickets through Nov.11, 2013.

World of Coca-Cola -- Military members receive complimentary admission year-round, but in honor of Veterans Day they also may purchase up to four half-price tickets for their friends and family Nov. 9-17.

2013 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

Bed Bath and Beyond – Bed Bath and Beyond is offering veterans 20% off their entire purchase on Nov. 9, 10, and 11. This is good for active duty, DoD, reserves, guard, retirees, veterans, and military spouses.

Dollar General – Veterans, active military, members of the National Guard and Reserve and immediate family members get 11% off the total purchase on Nov. 11.

Grace for Vets - Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on Nov. 11.

Great Clips – On Monday, Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot – Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

JCPenney – Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.

Lowe's – All veterans receive a 10% discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only.

Massage Envy – Participating Massage Envy locations in the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia region are offering a complimentary 1-hour massage to active military, veterans and spouses on Monday, Nov. 11.

Sport Clips – Participating locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Monday, Nov. 11.

Walgreens – Walgreens is offering 15% off eligible store items and 20% of Walgreens, Nice! And W brand products on Monday, Nov. 11. This discount is available to all veterans and active duty military personnel.


America's Parade – Veterans are invited to march in this New York City parade on Nov. 11.

Medal of Honor Stamps -- The U.S. Postal Service will issue special Medal of Honor stamps on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Year-Round Veterans Discounts:

Foot Locker – Veterans, servicemembers (active, guard, and reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20% discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items.

Home Depot – Home Depot offers a 10% discount (up to a $500 maximum) to all active military, reserve, retired or disabled veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other veterans qualify for a 10% discount during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Lowe's – Lowe's offers a year-round 10% discount offer for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled servicemembers and their immediate families. All other veterans receive the 10% discount on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. The offer can't be used on sales at, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. You must present a valid military I.D. card to receive the discount

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


 I received an email from a young man in Texas researching his grandfather John Norris military history who served on the USS Guavina during World War II. He was reading this blog where he seen the names of the men in my book, "Submarine Stories of World War II," one of the men was a crew member on the USS Guavina at the same time as his grandfather. I was happy to supply some information he needed. This is why this book means so much to me. I pray I can continue to go forward with the second book. If any one has a story to share for the second book let me know.

I tried to upload a photo  on the square for some reason I have been unable to.

Saturday, November 2, 2013


What boats did he serve aboard?

SVWWII past member #05705 (CA-1971)

William Gordon Longworth, 89, of Wilkinson, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at his residence. Born December 28, 1923 in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Lamar, Colorado. He was the son of the late William Franklin and Mabel Cora (Davidson) Longworth.
He retired as a chief petty officer for the United States Navy serving from 1942 to 1962. A submarine veteran, he was a Holland Club Member recognizing 50 years of submarine service. He retired from Crown Zellerbach in 1985. He was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for 20 years at the 1st Baptist Church of Lillian, Alabama. A member of Shirley Wilkinson United Methodist Church in Shirley and a 32nd degree Mason. He is survived by two daughters, Peggy (Buzz) Etheredge of Marietta, GA, Brenda Daurante of FL; two sons, William Alan (Angela) Longworth of Mobile, AL, Terry (Stephanie) Longworth of Wilkinson; a brother, David Longworth of Vancouver, Canada; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Doris (Winona) Longworth; three sisters and a brother. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 1, 2013 at Serenity Gardens Funeral Home in Theodore, Alabama. Friends will be received Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Serenity Gardens. Local arrangements entrusted to Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Regional Hospital Hospice Unit, 801 North State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140. Online condolences may be shared at Published in the The Mobile Press-Register from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2013