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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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USS Grayback

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
73 years ago, on Feb. 26, 1944, the USS Grayback (SS-208), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Grayback’s tenth patrol, her most successful in terms of tonnage sunk, was also to be her last. From captured Japanese records the submarine's last few days can be pieced together. Heading home through the East China Sea, on 27 February Grayback used her last two torpedoes to sink the freighter Ceylon Maru. That same day, a Japanese carrier-based plane spotted a submarine on the surface in the East China Sea and attacked. According to Japanese reports the submarine "exploded and sank immediately," but antisubmarine craft were called in to depth-charge the area, clearly marked by a trail of air bubbles, until at last a heavy oil slick swelled to the surface. Grayback had ended her last patrol, one which cost the enemy some 21,594 tons of shipping.
80 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

JOIN US AT A MEETING.
We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."

David Fledderjohn

David "Flapper" Fledderjohn
Perch Base member David "Flapper" Fledderjohn departed on Final Patrol in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 7th.
A memorial and committal service is scheduled at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (Cave Creek) on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM.
See more details HERE.

SAILOR, REST YOUR OAR! YOUR WATCH HAS ENDED.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Feb 2017 Tale of Two Cities Parade Photos

We Won First Place!
Perch Base participated on February 4, 2017 in the Avondale & Goodyear "Tale Of Two Cities" Parade.
The parade theme was "An International Celebration." Our entry won First Place for "Best Adaptation to the Theme."
View more details and pictures HERE.

January 2017 Annual Awards Banquet Photos

Annual Awards Banquet
Congratulations to Davy Jones who received the "Sailor of the Year" award at the Perch Base Annual Awards Banquet on January 21, 2017.
Steve Stanger was inducted into the Holland Club (qualified submarines for 50+ years.)
Capt. Kevin Peppe, USN (ret) gave the keynote address.
View more awards and pictures HERE.

Veterans Heritage Project logo

Veterans Heritage Project
Perch Base member Dick Noreika, Capt. USN (ret) encourages any submariners, but especially diesel boat sailors, to register for the Veterans Heritage Project. Many or our older sub sailors are sadly going on eternal patrol with stories that will be lost forever.
Contact Dick to get registered by emailing him at jnoreika@hotmail.com, or snail mail to P.O. Box 5272, Carefree, AZ 85377-5272.
Students in the Veterans Heritage Project (formerly Arizona Heritage Project) from chapter schools have conducted nearly 1,000 interviews with veterans from World War I to Afghanistan. An important reason to collect these narratives is to preserve them for future generations with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, which has collected over 85,000 stories to date.

Bob Wright USS Ray (SSR-271) plank photos

USS Ray Plank
Perch Base member Dan Marks (r,) who rode the nuke boat USS Ray (SSN-653) presents a piece of the deck planking from the diesel boat USS Ray (SSR-271) to Perch Base Holland Club member Bob Wright (l.) The boat was decommissioned after the war, but recommissioned in 1952, converted to a radar picket submarine and redesignated as SSR-271. Bob was a member of the recommissioning crew
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Pearl Harbor Day photos

Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Perch Base attended the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event on 12/07/2016 at the Wesley Bolin Plaza by the Arizona State Capitol to place wreaths during the ceremony.
We placed two wreaths. One for the WW2 Submarine Veterans and one for Perch Base.
View more details and pictures HERE.

Pfc. Daniel Hunt

Pfc. Daniel Hunt
Perch Base members attended the interment of Army Pfc. Daniel Hunt, 18, of Columbiaville, Michigan at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on December 2, 2016 with full military honors. Pfc. Hunt was previously MIA from the Korean War.
View more details HERE.

2016 Phoenix Veterans Day parade photos

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11, 2016.
That's a real bald eagle on the firetruck!
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Gilbert Veterans Day
The Town of Gilbert, AZ, invited Perch Base back for their 2016 Veterans Day Ceremony. We took the USS Phoenix float to the Municipal Center for a static display on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
They say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," but local restaurants fed us, too!
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Black Canyon City Veterans Day Photos

Black Canyon Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Black Canyon City, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016, but first, we must stop at the Rock Springs Cafe for our traditional slice of pie.
View more details and pictures HERE.

2016 Anthem Veterans Day Photos

Anthem Veterans Day Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Anthem, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016. We were accompanied by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps - Phoenix Division. We had a big garbage truck in front of us, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio behind us, so we probably had the safest position in the parade!
View more details and pictures HERE.

RAdm Mike McLauglin and Dan Moss

ASSM
Perch Base member and Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Foundation Chairman Dan Moss (r) presents a model of the USS La Jolla (SSN‑701) to Rear Admiral (ret) Mike McLaughlin (l). RADM McLauglin commanded the USS La Jolla, a Los Angeles class boat, prior to becoming the Commander of Submarine Squadron 11. Since his US Navy retirement, he is the Vice President of Site Support at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.
View the ASSM website HERE.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag

When should I fly the American Flag at half staff?

Check out the Arizona Half Staff Notification web site.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

Need to reach us or have a question?
communications@perch-base.org

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USSVI Creed:

"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

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. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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IF YOU'VE EARNED THESE...

Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins

...WE WANT YOU!

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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine brothers performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to http://www.perch-base.org/Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.

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