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Jim Newman 90th birthday party 10/05/2019

Happy Birthday Jim Newman
Perch Base Life and Holland Club Member Jim Newman (left in photo) celebrated his 90th birthday at a party on 10/5/2019.
Jim is a (1995) charter member (a.k.a., Plankowner) of Perch Base and was our first Base Commander.
Jim served as an Engineman in the Navy from 1948 to 1952 and qualified in submarines in 1950 on the USS Sea Leopard (SS-483). He also was assigned to the USS Tambor (SS-198)
Special thanks to Perch Base Life and Holland Club Member Jim Denzien (right in photo) who attended the party and provided the photos. Jim Denzien is also our Western Region Director.
See more pictures of Jim HERE.

USS Escolar

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
75 years ago, on Oct. 17, 1944, the USS Escolar (SS-294), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
Information supplied by the Japanese on anti-submarine attacks gives no clue as to the cause of the USS Escolar's loss, but the Yellow Sea area (where she was patrolling) was thought to have been mined. Her course as transmitted to another US submarine did not cross any known Japanese mine fields, but positions of mines laid before April 1945 are not precisely known. However, the most likely explanation for her end remains that she detonated a mine.
82 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

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Retiree Appreciation Day
Saturday, October 20, 2019
Time: 08:00-11:30
Navy Operational Support Building
BRING YOUR CAMERA: See the F16 & F35 close-up, Talk with Pilots & Crew Chiefs
BRING YOUR ARMS: Immunizations will be provided by the Med Group
BRING YOUR CURIOSITY: Check out Security Force & Their Dogs, Up to 50 Info Booths + ID Card Renewal
BRING YOUR LEGAL QUESTIONS: Judge Advocate members will be there to assist retirees with legal issues
BRING YOUR APPETITES & YOUR WALLET: Club 56 Food booth, Commissary Sidewalk Sale, BX Blow-Out Sale
Enter at the South Gate, take first right onto Fighter Country Ave. and follow the signs to Building 300 (Navy Operational Support Center)
View the complete flyer: HERE.

Russ Rutowski

Russ Rutowski
Cold War Submariner Russell Arthur Rutowski was born on August 9, 1952 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and passed away on September 28, 2019 in Chandler, Arizona.
Our condolences to his wife, Diane, and his family.
Russ enlisted in 1970 and qualified in submarines in 1974 aboard the USS Pollack (SSN-603). He also served aboard Lapon (SSN-601), Tunny (SSN-682), Cincinnati (SSN-693) and John C Calhoun (SSBN-630), retiring in 1991 as MMCM(SS).
He was a member of USSVI Perch Base in Arizona since 2015.
No memorial service has been announced and he is expected to be buried at sea.
View the Eternal Patrol notice with additional pictures HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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Herminio Gonzales, Ship’s Cook, Third Class

The Perch Base Webmaster, Dan Marks, has been working with Charles R. Hinman - Director of Education & Outreach, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu, Hawaii, creator and manager of the On Eternal Patrol website. Every submariner on Eternal Patrol has a memorial page in the On Eternal Patrol website at http://www.oneternalpatrol.com.
For the past 3 years Dan performed genealogical research to find missing photos of sailors on Eternal Patrol from Arizona. The effort included Ancestry website research, newspaper research, contacting schools for yearbook searches, contacting family members, and National Personnel Records Center inquiries.
During the past month, a photo of the last sailor, Herminio Gonzales, Ship’s Cook, Third Class, lost with the crew of the USS Grampus (SS-207) on March 5, 1943 in or near Blackett Strait was found and added to the On Eternal Patrol website.
Photos were previously found and provided for James Edward McGahan, Quartermaster, Third Class, of USS Snook (SS-279), and Charles Sherman Barker, Seaman, First Class, of USS Canopus (AS-9).
View more pictures HERE.

September 2018 Gudgeon Base Picnic Photos

Gudgeon Base Picnic
The Perch Base escaped the Phoenix summer heat while attending the Gudgeon Base Picnic at Bob Edwards Park on September 21, 2019 in Prescott Valley, AZ. Ten Perch Base members and wives attended (some are dual members of both bases.)
Among the fine food and company, Wink Winkleman, the Gudgeon Base Commander showed off the award that the "US Submarine Veterans Gudgeon Base/Perch Base/Tucson Base" entry won in the "Fraternal - Church - Non-Profit - Municipal" category at the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
Read more details and view more pictures HERE.

Tim Moore at München (Munich), Oktoberfest

Tim Moore
At the München (Munich), Germany Oktoberfest

Perch Base Life and Holland Club Member Tim Moore went to München (Munich), Germany for a gathering of Submariners on 09/05/2019.
Of course, he couldn't pass up a visit to the Oktoberfest!
Tim is the Foundation Chairman of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) that will be erected in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza located in the "front yard" of the Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ.
Now that the initial fundraising goal has been met, we are seeking the necessary approvals to proceed from the State, hopefully in early September. Announcements for our groundbreaking ceremony and then finally the dedication ceremony will follow.
This could be later this year or early next year. We will know more when we finalize our construction timeline.
See more pictures of Tim in München HERE.

Cap'n Noreika - Hula Warrior

Cap'n Noreika
Hula Warrior

Although Hula dancers are often pretty woman, the origin of the Hula dance is a warrior dance!
A Hula dancer came to LivGenerations, where Perch Base USSVI Life and Holland Club Member Captain Dick Noreika lives, to perform for the residents.
She happened to see Dick wearing his USS Kamehameha cap and promptly invited him to perform with her.
Captain Noreika was commanding officer of the USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) from 1974 to 1978. He qualified on the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), was Engineer on the USS Tinosa (SSN-606), XO on the USS Batfish (SSN-681), and Prospective Commanding Officer of the USS Michigan (SSBN-727) during its construction. He also commanded the Trident Refit Facility in Bangor, WA and worked closely with Admiral Rickover conducting Operational Reactor Safeguards Examinations (ORSE).

Harold Weber

Harold Weber
Former Perch Base Member Harold Weber ETC(SS) departed on Eternal Patrol on August 24, 2019.
Our condolences to his sisters, Jan Harding and Beverly Henson, and the rest of the family.
The memorial service was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Monday, September 9, 2019.
View the Eternal Patrol notice with additional details and pictures HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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Karl Bergstrom

Karl Bergstrom
Perch Base Life Member and Holland Club Member Karl G. Bergstrom, AWC(SS)(AW) (ret) departed on Eternal Patrol on August 5, 2019.
Our condolences to his wife, Susan, and the rest of the family.
Services were not announced.
View the Eternal Patrol notice with additional details and pictures HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

USSVI 2019 National Convention Photos

2019 National Convention
Several Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) and wives went to the 2019 USSVI National Convention held from August 14 through 20, 2019 in Austin, Texas, hosted by Central Texas Base and Brazos Valley Base.
Thanks to those who sent pictures to the Webmaster.
See more pictures HERE

Diabetic Foot Care Presentation

Diabetic Foot
Care Presentation

Dr. Tim Sekosky, D.P.M., gave a presentation on diabetic foot care during the August 10, 2019, general meeting.
Dr. Sekosky discussed how to care for our feet and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. He also provided a handout.
Dr. Sekosky offered a free introductory screening appointment during August, September and October 2019, to the Perch Base members who are veterans. His contact information is in the handout.
Thanks to Dr. Sekosky for the presentation and to Perch Base Life Member and Event Coordinator Don Unser for extending the invitation.
See the handout and more pictures HERE

2019 Scholarship Presentation

Scholarship Presentation
Congratulations to the children and grandchildren of Perch Base members who each received $1,000 scholarships during the August 10, 2019 general meeting. The Perch Base treasury provided $500 toward each scholarship and the Perch Base Charitable Foundation provided the other $500 toward each scholarship.
The Scholarship recipients were Jaid Urness, Cameron Millette and Jacen Millette.
Jaid Urness is the Daughter of Perch Base member Chris Urness. Cameron and Jacen are Grandsons of our Perch Base Commander Howard Doyle.
The photo (l-r) shows Chris Urness, Howard Doyle, Jacen Millette and Cameron Millette.
Jaid was already at school, and was not able to accept the scholarship in-person, thus it was accepted on her behalf by her father, Chris.
See more pictures HERE

Jim Andrews in uniform

Jim Andrews
Back In Uniform

Perch Base Life Member and Membership Chairman Jim Andrews is back in uniform!
Jim helps keep his fellow residents in Sun City West, AZ safe since he joined the Sun City West Sheriff's Posse.
The Posse works closely with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The Posse is the eyes and the ears that provide the day to day patrolling coverage and theft deterrent that comes from having their patrol cars on the street virtually 24 hours per day. That means a much safer community since the Posse is the first line of security as part of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Link to Pinups For Vets website

Pinups For Vets
Our Perch Base member Rick Simmons is encouraging our membership to support "Pinups For Vets."
Pin-Ups For Vets, a 501(c)(3) organization, raises funds to improve Veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospitals for medical equipment and program expansion, improves quality of life for ill Veterans across the United States through personal bedside visits to deliver gifts, promotes volunteerism at Veterans Hospitals, supports homeless Veterans with clothing and calendar gifts delivered to shelters, boosts morale for military wives and female Veterans with makeovers and clothing, and boosts morale for deployed troops through delivery of care packages.
Visit the Pinups For Vets website at https://www.pinupsforvets.com/
They sell calendars, patches, posters and much more.

July 2019 Prescott Parade Photos

Prescott Frontier Days® Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float up to Prescott, Arizona on July 6th, 2019, for the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
We participated in the parade with Gudgeon Base and Tucson Base. Fifty members and family rode or walked in the parade from the 3 bases!
Our combined entry was the winner of the "Sombrero Hat" award in the "Fraternal / Church / Non-Profit" category!
After the parade, we had a BBQ lunch at Sherry and Tom Warner's home in Prescott Valley.
View more event pictures HERE.

May 2018 Memorial Day Photos

Memorial Day
Perch Base USSVI participated in Memorial Day Ceremonies at the National Cemetery of Arizona, including Tolling of the Boats, on Monday, May 27, 2019.
View more Memorial Day pictures HERE.

Perch Base Life and Holland Club member 
				Davy Jones

As discussed at the June monthly meeting, our Perch Base Life and Holland Club member Davy Jones needs some assistance inventorying his storage locker, to see what he can provide for a yard sale to benefit the ASSM Memorial! It’s jammed, he can’t use his left hand to lift, and the right hand needs to support him! Davy is looking for volunteers, and a volunteer to provide a yard for a yard sale! (and possibly a garage for temp storage!

Dishes from the Deep cover page

"Dishes From the Deep,"
Perch Base published a 140 page Perch Base cookbook titled, "Dishes From the Deep," vintage 1996, as a base fundraiser. Thanks to Layne Moss who provided a copy.
The recipes taste as good today as they did 23 years ago!
View the cookbook and read more about the cookbook's history HERE.

Membership map

The image, above, shows that we have members all over metropolitan Phoenix. Left-click on the image for a larger view. If you are a Perch Base member and would like to consider carpooling, you are willing to pickup another member, or you need a ride to meetings or events, send an email to the webmaster at webmaster@perch-base.org.
The Board of Directors will attempt to match you with another nearby member who has similarly asked to carpool, or is willing to pickup another member. The Board will then provide the name, email, and phone number to the interested members that can then get in touch with each other to make specific arrangements. We are not publicly posting names or personal information to maintain privacy.
Keep in mind that if you wait until the last minute to request a match-up for a particular event, we may not be able to respond in time.

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."

Boat Sponsorship Program patch

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.

USS Finback rescuing George H.W. Bush USS Finback rescuing George H.W. Bush

Lt. (jg) George Herbert Walker Bush
In the upper picture, above, the crew of the USS Finback (SS-230) rescues downed pilot, Lieutenant Bush of Torpedo Squadron 51 on September 2, 1944 after Japanese antiaircraft defense shot down his torpedo bomber between the northeastern end of Minami Jima and the southern tip of Chichi Jima. (Left-click the picture to enlarge.)
In the bottom picture, Rescued pilots and the crew and officers of the Finback. Lt. (jg) George Herbert Walker Bush is second from the left in the front row.
Bush, and 4 other rescued aviators remained on the Finback as "guests" while she tracked and attacked convoys, endured depth charges from Japanese escort ships, and sank two ships (an oiler and small cargo ship). The five ended their stay on the Finback on Midway Island on September 29, after 29 days aboard the submarine (and crossing the international date line).
Read more about how the submarine service performed "Lifeguard Duty" during WW2 in the National Archives HERE.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag at half staff

In coordination with the Presidential Proclamation, Governor Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately today, October 17, 2019 through sunset tomorrow, October 18, 2019 to honor the life of U.S Representative Elijah E. Cummings.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

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. Also check out the related SubVet_News-2019-030 regarding Agent Orange exposure by Blue Water veterans.

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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 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.