Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bob Holzapfel Service.

Bob Holzapfel member of The Submarine Veterans Inc., Mountain Home, Arkansas. He will be missed.

There will be two viewing times for Bob; Friday, May 30th from 7-8PM and Saturday, May 31st, from
1200-1300; the service will be at 1400. The Robertson-Drago Funeral Home address is 211 W. Main St in West Plains, MO at the intersection of West Main and Langford Street. Langford Chapel is just north of the funeral home.

Saturday, May 24, 2014



  Thank you, for your service - You all are special and several are in my book, Submarine Stories of World War II

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Submarine Stories of World War II

I am very excited for I have an agent interested in my out-of-print book, "Submarine Stories of World War II.". It will have new information, photos, stories and hopefully a new cover. This means I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I feel this book is very important especially to inform the younger generation.

During our local authors book sale and signing last December at our library, a young man about ten years old picked it up, wrapped his arms around it while he held it tightly to his chest. It is written for ages ten and up.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


As for what boat we were on when we didn't go there on it, and didn't do the stuff we did while not doing that either, apparently I'm not supposed to even mention the USS Haddo SSN-604 because I guess I'm not allowed to refer to the Haddo for security reasons, so I won't do that. Mention the USS Haddo SSN-604 I mean.


 The other stuff, it's okay for me to not mention that too.
So the bottom line is that while we weren't on the USS Haddo SSN-604, which I'm not going to mention, not doing what we were doing where we weren't, we didn't do that either.
I hope this clarifies things for ya.



After having re-read the above, the only thing I can think of that's left to say is that now you have me scared, because I sound like a Congressman.
But I'm not. I really was a submariner, though. Can you tell?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Navy Exhibit World's Fair, Flushing, New York.

Chuck de Caro
Thursday, 5/15/14, 6:17 AM
Hello. In 1965 as a 15 year old teenager, I met a lieutenant who was assigned to the Navy exhibit at the World's Fair in Flushing New York. Although it has been 50 years and I do not remember the officer's name, I certainly remember his stories about the Sea Fox. As the talk had an effect on my later military service, I would certainly like to talk with that officer once again. Can anyone help? Chuck de Caro
Washington DC


Monday, May 12, 2014


Received from Bob Caskey, Reunion Coordinator for the 2015 reunion.  This information is also on the association website at:  http://seafoxassoc.homestead.com/2015-Muster.html


Friday, May 9, 2014

Upcoming Election

Base Commanders,


Please forward David Faran's Biography and qualifications for Central Region Director  and encourage them to vote for David in the upcoming USSVI National elections.  David is a conscientious and dedicated USSVI member and shipmate.




Ray Wewers



David Farran (Iowa Base)

2014 Candidate for Central Region Director.


US Navy 1960 -1966. Qualified on USS Bream SS243 (1961) and USS Scamp SSN 588 (1963).

First joined USSVI in Dec 1985, as MAL.  Lost contact in Jan 1993. Rejoined USSVI Feb 2001 and became a Life Member 12/14/2002.

Served as Iowa Base Vice Commander 2006 and Commander 2006 to 2010.

Created original design for S-36 Memorial Project and with input from USSVI and WWII Sub Vets Members, designed the memorial stone that was adopted. (Same basic design was used at Iowa Veterans Cemetery and at Wahoo Memorial in Wahoo, Nebraska.)

Served as Committee Chairman for the S-36 Memorial Project from 2006 through completion and dedication 23 June 2007. Coordinated Iowa and Placoderm Bases and Iowa Chapter of WWII SUBVETS actions to gain State approval to install the S-36 Memorial at the Iowa State Capitol, Also helped  with the Iowa Sub Vets Memorial at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.

Worked with the Iowa Base of World War II Submarine Veterans to establish the John C Marino Submarine Section in the Library at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Served as Central Region District 3 Commander from 2008 to present.

Chartered USSVI Marlin Base, in Omaha, NE, partnered with the City of Omaha for maintenance and development of the USS Marlin Memorial and Freedom Park.

Participated with Iowa Base in KapSS for KidSS visits at University of Iowa Hospital.

Currently present USSVI Eagle Scout Awards in Winnebago Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Worked with Minneapolis/St Paul Base to host 2013 National Convention in Rochester, MN.

Attended several National Conventions beginning at Reno in 2003 and have attended pre-ABM, post ABM and ABM’s as District 3 Commander.

Inducted into USSVI Holland Club – 2011.

My goals if elected to Central Region Director will be:

Support our Constitution and ByLaws, the National Officers and the USSVI Membership.

Find ways to improve two-way communications between the National Organization and the individual Base Members.

Recruitment: Increase the awareness of today’s Submarine Force and recent Submarine Veterans about USSVI’s goals, purpose and the value of membership. Provide contacts for USSVI members to help them learn what Veteran’s Benefits are available and how to apply for them.

I would appreciate your support and your vote in the upcoming election.

David L. Farran CR District 3 Commander