Friday, August 29, 2014



Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Twin Lakes Base Submarine Veterans, Mountain Home, Arkansas meet at the Elks Club today, Tuesday, August 26,2014 - Lunch 11-noon - Meeting noon-1 p.m.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014



The Silent Service is sharing reunion schedules at

All reunions as of June 8, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Submarine Veterans of WWII USS Sea Fox

USSVI records indicate that he was COB sometime during his time aboard.  He was aboard the Sea Fox 1946-47 as TMC(SS)

We have no other records. (Space Coast, FL)

Robert Henry Willyard, LCDR, USN, Ret., 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Cedar Creek Life Center, Merritt Island on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen in 1999, and is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Gaynor and stepdaughter, Gillian (Gill) Smith and their families. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a loyal and cherished friend to many. Bob was born in Grand Rapids, MI on July 3, 1921. He enlisted in the Navy on June 4, 1940 and served for 30 years on submarines [S-48, R-20, Shad, CSD-62, Lancetfish, Apogon, Sea Fox, Sarda, Trumpetfish] and support vessels [Fulton, Proteus, Bushnell] before retiring July 1, 1970. He was a member of the Snug Harbor Base U.S. Submarine Veterans Chapter. His retirement years were divided between Argyll, Scotland and Merritt Island, FL. Bob's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Cedar Creek Life Center and Vitas Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 5555 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Charitable Foundation of USSVI. Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2014


SVWWII-L-09055 (CA)

William Stavosky Jr., a resident of San Leandro, CA, passed away peacefully at home August 20, 2014. Bill was born April 21, 1921(and raised) in Oakland, California. He joined the Navy and proudly served in WWII in the submarine service[Gar]. He married Marilyn Ferreira and they raised 3 children. Bill had a long career as an engineer at Underwriter's Laboratories. After Marilyn's death, Bill met and married Jo Marie Seeberger. Bill was predeceased by his parents, his brother Ray, and his wife Marilyn. He is survived by his wife Jo Marie, his loving companion and recent caregiver; and his beloved children, Jill (Michael), Jim (Andrea) and Janet (Peter), and grandchildren Luis and Alec. Friends are invited to attend services at Assumption Church, 1100 Fulton Ave, San Leandro; Rosary on Friday 8/22/14 at 7 PM, and Funeral Liturgy on Saturday 8/23/14 at 10:30 AM. Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Rosary Makers, c/o Assumption Church. Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 22, 2014



Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Watch the youtube video. Reminds me of the pers transfer made from the USS Portsmouth SSN 707 near Okinawa 1987.

Daring Rescue at Sea

CARTAGENA, Colombia, Aug 18
CARTAGENA, Colombia - In the early hours of 18 August the Peruvian submarine BAP ISLAY conducted a coordinated aerial MEDEVAC of a sick crewmember with the Colombian Navy. 

This evacuation, a rarity in in the submarine business, was conducted without incident via Colombian Navy helicopter about 150 nm NNW from Cartagena, Colombia. 

The crewmember was then transferred to Cartagena where he is currently under medical care at a Colombian Navy military treatment facility.  The BAP ISLAY, commanded by CDR Luis Leon, is currently enroute to the U.S. East Coast to commence Peru's 11th deployment under the U.S. Navy's Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI).  

The DESI program partners with South American navies to employ diesel-electric submarines in support of fleet readiness events off the East and West Coasts.  DESI was established in 2011 by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and has Commander Submarine Force Atlantic acts as the program Executive Agent. 

The BAP ISLAY is a 1300 ton German Type 209 diesel electric submarine with a crew compliment of about 45.







Sunday, August 17, 2014

Submarine Stories of World War II is with an Agent

Loiacono Literary Agency welcomes Mary Nida Smith and her nonfiction military dedicated to submariners, Submarine Stories of  World War II.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


National Navajo Code Talkers Day
VJ Day
Japanese Surrender 1945

Navy plans for Women on Submarines

Date: 7/27/2014

To: Distribution List

 NEWS-01: Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020 Submitted by: Office on 7/24/2014

By 2020, the Navy plans to have women make up 20 percent of the enlisted crew on seven of the 18 Ohio-class submarines, according to the Navys latest integration plan. The plan also calls for enlisted women to begin serving on attack submarines after 2020, when the Block IV Virginia-class submarines begin entering the service.

 Go to the link for the story...

 NEWS-02: Submarine Crew History Project - 2014 Submitted by: Pat Householder on 7/26/2014

Look up your shipmates at under the Boats and Crews button, either by Boat Name or the individual's name.

 Started in 2006, now over 105,000 submariners, living or on Eternal Patrol, are accounted for in the database and linked to each submarine they served aboard, and the record grows daily.

NEWS-03: The Story of Submarine Warfare in the Pacific (1946) Submitted by: Office on 7/27/2014

This film was completed shortly after the end of the War and contains rare footage on US submarine operations you won't find anywhere else.

There is a cameo appearance by Japanese Fleet Admiral Nagano who discusses (in English) the effect of US sub operations on the ability of the Japanese to make war. That because the "pig boats" inflicted military and transport losses on the enemy that were far beyond their own tiny numbers.

 The program is introduced by Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr, the legendary commander of Pacific submarine forces.
Go to the link for the video...

This is an official email communication from the United States Submarine Veterans. 




Sunday, August 10, 2014


Jerry “Patch” Paciorek

USSVI Tarheel Base COB / POC

Newsletter Editor, ALL CLEAR


Thursday, August 7, 2014


August 7th, Purple Heart Day.
Robert Wayne Lents served in the Navy 1941-1945 on the USS Perch (176). He is one of five survivors of that ship and was a Japanese prisoner for 44 months. You can read more about Bob's ordeal on the Twin Lakes Base site (Mountain Home, AR)  and http://www.Valorawards/  Bob, is from Bridgewater, Iowa and resides in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

It appears each issue we receive of the POLARIS (U.S. Submarine Veterans World War II)  or the AMERICAN SUBMARINER (United States Submarine Veterans) magazines we read where a friend has went on Eternal Patrol; this time it was Robert Keith Wight of Springdale, Arkansas and a member of the USS Shook Base. He qualified on the USS BECUNA IN 1945.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Groton Subvets Celebrates 50 Years

: Brothers beneath the waves: Groton Subvets celebrates 50 years Submitted by: Office on 5/4/2014

Groton Looking into the audience of submarine veterans of different eras, Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge told them that "submariners are submariners" and "the symbols we wear on our chest transcend time and war and circumstance."

"What binds us together, what carries us through the challenges and pressures of five decades, what makes us stronger today more than ever, is the common heritage of demanding service and sacrifice beneath the waves," said Breckenridge, the director of the Warfare Integration Division.

Go to the link for the story...


NEWS-02: Submarines: Cheaper By The Dozen Submitted by: Office on 5/6/2014

At the end of April 2014 the U.S. Navy ordered ten Block IV Virginia class SSNs (nuclear attack sub) at a cost of $1.8 billion each. These are to be delivered at the rate of two a year through 2018.

Go to the link for the story...


NEWS-03: NeRDs for the Nukes

Submitted by: Office on 5/11/2014

As a security measure the U.S. Navy limits the number of electronic devices the crews of SSBNs (ballistic missile carrying nuclear subs) can bring on board.


That means no electronic book reading devices (like iPads or Kindles). Thats annoying to the crew, who like to read in what little spare time they have. Space is limited on a sub and you cant bring that many books (even paperbacks) on board. So the navy came up with a solution, a book reader with no networking capability and no data connectors (like USB).


Called the NeRD (Navy eReader Device) it is pre-loaded with 300 books and only has a port to have its battery recharged. Five are being sent to each nuclear sub so the crews can try them out.


Books can be added or  but you have to disassemble the device and replace the NAND Flash data chips. This does not make it impossible for a spy on a nuclear sub to use a NeRD device to store data stolen from submarine systems, but it would be impractical.


For the effort required there are easier ways to take data. That appears to be the thinking behind the way NeRD was designed. If the user tests are a success a device like NeRD has space for thousands of books.


The navy runs surveys to find out reading preferences of its submariners and thus periodically updilable on the NeRDs.



NEWS-04: Volunteer Base Memorial Report

Submitted by: Office on 5/13/2014


Volunteer Base Cdr Vinny McCrum reports "We are submitting the application this week to allow our USSVI base sponsored USS Darter memorial to be placed on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville next to the WWII Lost Submarines memorial. Tennessee was assigned to memorialize the Darter by the US Submarine Veterans of WWII but we are 1 of 3 states that has not placed a memorial for their designated submarine."


NEWS-05: A Question about maintaining Memorial Sails Submitted by: Office on 5/14/2014

The USS Snook Base is exploring the possibility of constructing a replica of the USS Snook [SSN 592] sail and erecting it at the Bella Vista Wall of Honor Veterans Park [verbal approval pending.]


One of the issues we're facing is how to keep kids [especially] from climbing on it and graffiti off of it.


The USS Snook Base Commander asked that we put this out on a POC broadcast as a question and ask comments/suggestions come back to him at the email address below.


Reply to


Pete Rathmell

USS Snook Base Commander


NEWS-06: Submarine Themed 5 x 7 Greeting cards now available Submitted by: Office on 5/14/2014

Order through your Base or National Storekeeper!

Submarine Themed 5 x 7 Greeting cards with envelopes are now available in packs of 25 cards ea.  The USSVI logo is inside the card and the package features a diesel 'fleet boat', a 'skipjack' class SSN and a "Boomer."

The cost of the package is $ 25.00 plus shipping.  That breaks down to only $ 1.00 a carda screaming deal compared to most commercially available greeting cards!

Uses for the cards includes special invitations, base chaplain use for cheering up members on the binnacle list, Condolences to family members of a member on eternal patrol, general correspondence, birthday greetings and more.
Go to the link below to see the cards,

or go to and choose Stationary








Okay Shipmates here’s the straight skinny,


We have been grinding away at making plans and arrangements for the 2015 Reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Dates have been set so get out your 2015 calendars, day planners and computer calendars. Circle the dates of Sept. 20-24, 2015. We’ll be using the Landmark Resorts again. We stayed there for a previous reunion. They did a great job then and promise more of the same this time. I’ll transmit room rates and activities costs and plans in the very near future. This notice is to notify you of the dates so you can dial them in to your planners.


Also, once again I’m calling for volunteers to help with the snail mail to those that aren’t on my email list. Keep in mind that this mailing is very important to a successful reunion. I send out to those that volunteer a list of address’ to mail copies of newsletters containing reunion information. Prompt mailing of the newsletter is most important. The list of names and address’ I give out to each volunteer won’t be more than 10. If at anytime a volunteer can’t do the mailing, let me know right away so that I can get a cover for you. Any questions, rattle my cage via phone, email or snail mail.

Thanks a bunch


Friday, August 1, 2014

Submarine Library

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If you wish to purchase a customizable product from "Designed for Submariners", like a business card, or digital color prints, please go to the URL link below my signature (at the bottom of the page) and select the product in which you have an interest from the "Product" section, you'll find it listed in the navigation menu bar found at the top of each page.
USS Cutlass (SS-478) as a GII, Further refined color
USS Volador (SS-490) New as a GIII, Created from Black and White
USS Tang (SS-563) Further refined color
USS Gudgeon (SS-567) Further refined color
USS Triton (SSN-586) New Up-Close, Created from Black and White
USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) New Up-Close, LA Class
USS Birmingham (SSN-695) New Up-Close, LA Class
USS Ohio (SSBN-726) New, before reconfigured to SSGN
USS Greenville (SSN-772) New, Up Close, LA Class
The Seawolf Base (Panama City, FL, George Hackett, Base Commander)
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The Meaning of Freedom - Not to be taken for granted!!!

Tibor Rubin--what a story!

 Every once in a while we hear about someone who demonstrates extraordinary human spirit. This man is one of those individuals. He may be hard to understand at the beginning, but you will be enthralled with this story.

 Take the time to watch the entire video remembering that this man wasn't even born in this country. Listen and watch what he did. Be proud and thankful for being an American. God Bless America! 

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This is so special .... don't miss it...

“O God, our help in ages past, our hope in years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.”

                                                        Hymn by Isaac Watts




Number one submariner's rule - make the number of Surfaces equal the number of Dives