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2018 Armistice Day Photos

Armistice Day
Perch Base members attended Centennial Rededication of the World War I Monument at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in front of the Arizona State Capitol Building on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 2018, on the the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I.
View more details and pictures HERE.

2018 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Gilbert Veterans Day
Several Perch Base members attended the 2018 Town of Gilbert, AZ Veterans Day Ceremony on November 8, 2018, at the Gilbert Municipal Center.
They say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," but local restaurants fed us, too!
View more details and pictures HERE.

USS Growler

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
74 years ago, on Nov. 8, 1944, the USS Growler (SS-215), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Growler’s 11th and final war patrol began out of Fremantle on 20 October 1944 in a wolf pack with Hake (SS-256) and Hardhead (SS-365). On 8 November the wolf pack, again headed by Growler, closed a convoy for attack, with Growler on the opposite side of the enemy from Hake and Hardhead. The order to commence attacking was the last communication ever received from Growler. After the attack was underway, Hake and Hardhead heard what sounded like a torpedo explosion and then a series of depth charges on Growler’s side of the convoy, and then nothing. Although officially unknown, she possibly was sunk by one of her own torpedoes, but it is probable that the convoy's escorts sank her.
86 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

ASSM Summer Promotion prizes


The deadline to enter our ASSM special raffle is rapidly approaching. You can win one of the two $500 Gift Certificates towards the purchase of your choice of a replica of one of Mel Douyette’s Cold War Submarine models as advertised in the American Submariner magazine. All mail in donations must be received by NO LATER THAN 11/15/18. Website donations will be open until 11/20/2018. The winner’s names will be announced no later than 11/30/2018. Winners will be contacted, and their names will be posted to the ASSM website at: www.arizonasilentservicememorial.org.
The Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) is getting close to the goal. The funding is up to 90% ($90,000) and we now have sponsors for all 65 Lost Boats. Follow this LINK to see the Lost Boat sponsors.
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, follow this LINK to the flyer.
Other bases, non-members, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to support the ASSM in the raffle, memorial paver purchases and donations.

Anthem Veterans Day photos

Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float to the Anthem (Daisy Mountain Vets), Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
View more pictures of the Anthem Parade HERE.

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EXTRA, EXTRA, Read all about it...
The latest Perch Base Newsletter has hit the streets. Perch Base members should have received their copy via email, but the newsletter is also on the Perch Base website HERE.

September 2018 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Gudgeon Base Picnic
The Perch Base escaped the Phoenix summer heat while attending the Gudgeon Base Picnic on September 15, 2018 in Prescott Valley, AZ. Nineteen Perch Base members and wives attended. (some are dual members of both bases.)
Among the fine food and company, Tom Warner, the Gudgeon Base Commander showed off the award that the "US Submarine Veterans Gudgeon Base/Perch Base" entry won in the "Walking Group" category in the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
View more pictures HERE.

Shipmate George Crider

George Crider
Perch Base Life Member and Holland Club Member George Crider, STSCS(SS) departed on Eternal Patrol on August 16, 2018.
Our condolences to his wife, Sharon, and the rest of the family.
There were 2 services, both on the same day, Thursday, September 20th.
The first was a service at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona and the second was a Celebration of George Crider's life at the Sun City Salvation Army chapel.
George first qualified on the USS Sea Devil (SS-400) in 1960 and served on 6 boats during his service from 1958 to his retirement in 1979.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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Cisco Systems sponsors ASSM Lost Boat USS Cisco

Cisco Sponsors the Cisco!
One of the fundraising promotions we started for the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) project was the Lost Boat Sponsorship Program which was launched in August 2015. For a $500 donation, individuals, businesses and veteran’s organizations could sponsor one of the 65 submarines that we have lost since the inception of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service in 1900.
Tim Moore, the ASSM Chairman, first contacted Cisco Systems in Phoenix in December 2017 and made a proposal to them to sponsor the USS Cisco SS-290 lost on 28 Sep 1943. At the time, management was very enthusiastic and supportive of the idea. Tim was asked to coordinate the idea with Larry LaVeque, a Cisco Account Manager. They said Larry was ex-Navy and would be the ideal person to promote this idea.
Tim was invited to come into their office on August 16th for check presentation for the $500 for the Lost Boat Sponsorship for the USS Cisco SS-290.
ASSM is extremely grateful to Jerod Adkins, Larry Laveque and the entire Cisco System Southwest Regional team here in Phoenix. It is because of local businesses like Cisco Systems, who participate in veterans’ projects, that we have been successful with our ASSM Lost Boat Sponsorship program.
The photo shows (L to R:) Jerod Adkins, Cisco Systems SW Regional Manager, Tim Moore, ASSM Chairman, and Larry LaVeque, Cisco Systems Account Manager
Thank you, Cisco Systems.

August 2018 Scholarship presentation Photos

Base Scholarships
Congratulations to the 2018 Base Scholarship recipients.
Jaid Urness
Cameron Millette
Jacen Millette
Cole Norieka
The Arizona Submarine Veterans Perch Base (Perch Base) believes it is part of our mission to assist, where possible, the dependent sons, daughters and grandchildren of our members in pursuit of a post-high school education.
Jaid Urness, Chris Urness' daughter, was at the meeting on August 11 to accept her scholarship.
View and read more about the Base Scholarship presentation HERE.

July 2018 Jim Andrews visits San Diego Photos

Jim Goes Back to Boot Camp!
Perch Base Membership Chairman and Life Member Jim Andrews visited the former San Diego Recruit Training Center (RTC), now Liberty Station Park. Jim was accompanied by his wife, Marcie. Many of us (including your Webmaster) went there for Boot Camp when we enlisted.
This may bring back great memories, or terrible nightmares, including shaved heads, wake-up calls with banging trash cans and endless marches on the grinder. Jim's RTC visit included the USS Recruit. In my day, we called it the USS Neversail.
Ater visiting the Recruit Training Center, Jim and Marcie toured the USS Midway Museum.
View more pictures HERE.

Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial

July 5th through July 9th, the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial was displayed at the Mark Coronado Park in Surprise, AZ.
Click HERE to learn more about the wall.
The Perch Base Webmaster and Life Member Dan Marks visited the Wall.
It was a touching experience.
View some pictures of the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial and rubbings and citations of the six Navy personnel who were given posthumous Medals of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War on the Perch Base website HERE.

June 2018 Prescott Parade Photos

Prescott Frontier Days® Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float up to Prescott, Arizona on June 30th, 2018, for the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
According to the July 1, 2018, Prescott Daily Courier, the "US Submarine Veterans Gudgeon Base/Perch Base" entry won the "Walking Group" category in the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
After the parade, we had a BBQ lunch at Sherry and Tom Warner's home in Prescott Valley.
View more event pictures HERE.

June 2018 USS Phoenix Reunion Reception Photos

USS Phoenix Reunion
The USS Phoenix (SSN-702) held their first Reunion in Phoenix, AZ on June 15 and 16, 2018.
The crew held a reception at Aunt Chilada's Mexican Restaurant on June 16. Perch Base brought the USS Phoenix float to the reception and 8 Perch Base members and wives attended.
Terry Goddard, who served as the Mayor of Phoenix from 1984 to 1990, on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District from 2001 to 2003 and as the 24th Attorney General of Arizona from 2003 to 2011 was the keynote speaker. Mayor Goddard established the city's Phoenix Commission to help maintain the relationship with the submarine. The commission helped organize the sub cruises and crew visits to Arizona.
View more USS Phoenix Reunion Reception pictures HERE.

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The purpose of the Boat Sponsorship Program (BSP) is to make the active duty submarine force members aware of USSVI and provide them with information about our activities through sponsorship of the American Submariner to the various Submarine related organizations. After all, these force members represent the future core membership of USSVI.
Perch Base is a sponsor, but did you know that individual members may sponsor each Fast Attack Submarine and/or each crew of the Boomers? Magazines are also sent to VA hospitals, NROTC units, schools and other places. The cost is $30 per year for a total of 12 magazines (three each of the four annual volumes.)
Our Perch Base Life Member Vic Van Horn is the USSVI BSP Program Manager. Let’s make Vic proud. Check your copy of the American Submariner to sign up for the program.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

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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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.

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The Loss of the Perch

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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.

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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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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


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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine Brothers of the 'Phin performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the Korean War Educator 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.