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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Billy Greives

Passing of a Shipmate and Friend
On Tuesday, April 19, Billy Grieves, departed on Eternal Patrol. He apparently just slipped his lines and drifted off. The family has no plans for any service.
Billy recorded an oral history in 2007 of his war patrols
Follow the link to his video HERE.
"Sailor, rest your oars, we have the watch."

USS Grenadier

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 April 22, 1943, the USS Grenadier (SS-210), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
She was attacked by Japanese aircraft near the Strait of Malacca, survived but was damaged beyond repair. The crew abandoned ship, were taken prisoner, and all but four (4) survived the war.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

John Phillip Holland Photo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The “Submarine Force Birthday” was April 11. Holland VI was purchased by the U.S. government for the sum of $150,000 on 11 April 1900 from John Phillip Holland's Holland Torpedo Boat Company. She was considered to be the first truly successful craft of her type. Holland VI was modified after her christening, and was renamed USS Holland (SS-1) when she was commissioned. The United States Government soon ordered more submarines from Holland's company, which became the Electric Boat company. These boats were to be known as the Plunger class. These became America's first fleet of underwater naval vessels.
Some Submariners consider April 11 to be "Wear Your Dolphins to Work Day."

USS Gudgeon

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
72 years ago, on April 18, 1944, the USS Gudgeon (SS-211), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
USS Gudgeon was sunk 18 April 1944 by a Japanese aircraft south-east of Iwo Jima. Although there has been some confusion in past translations of the Japanese accounts casting doubt on the report, the pilot of the attacking aircraft, reported he was patrolling to the south-east of "sulphur island" when they sighted the sub. "Sulphur" in Japanese is "Iwo" so there is little doubt at this point that Gudgeon met her fate south-east of Iwo Jima on April 18th.
79 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

USS Thresher

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
53 years ago, on April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher (SSN-593) sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Lost on April 10, 1963 with the loss of 112 crew members and 17 civilian technicians during deep-diving exercises. 15 minutes after reaching test depth, she communicated with USS Skylark that she was having problems. Skylark heard noises "like air rushing into an air tank" - then, silence. Rescue ship Recovery (ASR-43) subsequently recovered bits of debris, including gloves and bits of internal insulation. Photographs taken by Trieste proved that the submarine had broken up, taking all hands on board to their deaths in 1,400 fathoms of water, some 220 miles east of Boston.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Items for sale

Herb, our Base Storekeeper is promoting some items in stock to reduce excess inventory. Visit the Storekeeper's page to see available stock and prices. First pick is to the Base membership at the Base Meetings.
Visit the Perch Base Storekeeper's page.

March 2016 USS Phoenix Park Site Dedication Photos

Perch Base members displayed the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) float at the USS Phoenix Cold War Monument Park Site Dedication at the Steele Indian School Park on March 22, 2016.
The USS Phoenix sail, diving planes and rudder will be located just north of the Arizona State Veterans Home at the park.
View more pictures of the dedication HERE.

2016 Paradise RV Park Parade

Perch Base celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2016, at a parade for the residents of the Paradise RV Park.
Perch Base member Bill Woolcott who is also a Paradise RV Park resident half the year while escaping the Wisconsin winters, was the Parade Grand Marshal.
See more parade pictures HERE.

ASSM Spring Fling Raffle prizes

ASSM SPRING FLING
The Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Foundation is running a Spring Fling Raffle. The winner of the raffle drawing can select either a hand carved submarine model of their choosing (perhaps your qual boat) made from exotic woods, or, a check for $200.00. The drawing will be held at the May 14, 2016, Perch Base Annual Picnic. You do not need to be present to win!
During this ASSM Spring Fling fundraiser, there are two ways to win. You may buy raffle tickets or you will also receive raffle tickets when you purchase memorial pavers.
For details, including a $50 Off Spring Fling special discount coupon, for the memorial pavers, follow this link. Also, for your convenience, there will be ASSM brochures and paver order forms available at the March and April Perch Base meetings.
Other bases, non-members, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to support the ASSM in the raffle, memorial paver purchases and donations.

Feb 2016 Tale of Two Cities Parade

Perch Base participated on February 20, 2016 in the Avondale & Goodyear "Tale Of Two Cities" Parade.
During the parade, Howard Doyle and his Granddaughters Alanah, Sophia and Savannah presented a copy of Korea Reborn, A Grateful Nation to Perch Base Korean War Veteran Lou Reynolds. The book was issued by the Republic of Korea to honor and thank War Veterans for 60 years of growth.
From the Foreward: “The blood, sweat, and tears shed by veterans of the Korean War sowed the seeds of today’s freedom, peace, prosperity and plenty. This precious book was published with the combined support of the Korean government, people, and business community and expresses our appreciation to the countries that came to our aid during the War.”
See more parade pictures HERE.

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."

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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

Script suitable for parades or other public events. An anchor line separator
Click here for the Submarine Glossary

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

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