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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Western Regional Roundup - in Las Vegas - April 23 - 28.       ★       Click HERE for new MidWatch.       ★       Annual Picnic Meeting - May 13 - at White Tanks Park.
Eternal Patrol Dolphins

George Long
Perch Base Holland Club member George Long passed on to Eternal Patrol April 22, 2017. No services have been announced.
George joined the Navy in 1950, qualified in submarines on the USS Sea Fox (SS-402) in 1958 and retired from the Navy as a Chief Electrician’s Mate, EMC(SS), in 1973.
See more details HERE.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

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. . .
74 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.

Ray Marshall Qualified 75 Years Photo

Qualified 75 Years!
Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) awarded Ray Marshall a "75 Years Qualified" rocker and Quilt of Valor on April 8, 2017.
Ray, a USSVI Life Member and Holland Club Member, joined the Navy in 1939, and retired as a Chief Engineman, ENC(SS) in 1959.
Ray qualified in 1941 on the USS Porpoise (SS-172) and served on 7 submarines.
See more pictures HERE.

John Phillip Holland Photo

The “Submarine Force Birthday” is 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."

2017 Paradise RV Park Parade

Perch Base celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2017, 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, rode with us on the trailer.
See more parade pictures HERE.

Desert Palms Presbyterian

Sea Stories
Perch Base member Dick Noreika, CAPT, USN (ret) will be speaking to the Desert Palms Presbyterian Men's Group, 13459 W Stardust Blvd, Sun City West, AZ 85375, on Tuesday, March 21 in the church Fellowship Hall (corner of Stardust and 135th). The Program starts at 8 AM with breakfast. Dick will start at about 8:30 AM with about a half hour of The Submarine League short Program (about the Status of the Submarine Force) and some Career Events/Submarine Sea Stories and about a half hour of questions and answers.
The Church Men's Club can accommodate FIVE additional Perch Base members at the event (including breakfast). The first five people that contact Dick at (480) 626-8750 or Email (dicdic@msn.com) will be put on the list to attend. Those who get on the list should wear their USSVI Vest and Cap. Arrival at the event starts about 7:45 AM. Dress is casual.

March 2017 Richard Kunze installation as Base Commander

New Officers
Perch Base voted and installed new officers at the base meeting on March 11th. Richard Kunze was elected Base Commander and Howard Doyle was elected Vice-Commander.
This photo shows the installation of Richard by our Perch Base member and Western District 1 (WD1) Commander Jim Denzien.
Pictures of the installation of both Richard and Howard can be viewed HERE.

Southwest Veterans C of C check to ASSM photo

ASSM Gets Gift
Pictured here (l-r) is David Linhart, President of the North Glendale Chapter of the Southwest Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC), Dan Moss, Arizona Silent Service Memorial project (ASSM) Chairman, Tim Moore, ASSM Vice Chairman, and Tom Sheets, Executive Director of the SWVCC presenting the ASSM with a $100 check from the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce for a memorial paver.
The SWVCC currently has three chapters in the valley, one of which is the North Glendale SWVCC Chapter, which meets at our 59th Avenue Dillon’s. As stated on their website, "The vision of the Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce is to be the most Veteran supportive organization in the state of Arizona and for Arizona to be the most Veteran supportive state in the nation". All three SWVCC chapters have been very supportive of the ASSM memorial project and have assisted with fundraising.

2017 Western Regional Roundup raffle photo

The Arizona Silent Service Memorial Foundation is sponsoring a fund raising raffle.
Three prizes will be awarded:
2nd Runner-up – A $100.00 pre-paid gift card.
1st Runner-up – An 8”x 8” Arizona Silent Service Memorial paver. A $250.00 value.
Grand Prize – A wood carving of the boat of your choice. A $300.00 value.
The Grand Prize winner will have his or her choice of a hand carved submarine model made from exotic woods (see photos above).
Raffle sales will begin at the March Perch Base monthly meeting. The drawing will be held at the April 2017 Western Regional Roundup in Las Vegas. You need not be present to win!
View more details in THIS FLYER.

Feb 2017 USS Phoenix (SSN-702) painting party photos

Field Day!
Base members who volunteered to assist with the Base Float painting work party met at the Goodyear Self-Storage on Wednesday, February 22nd and repainted the float. The working party consisted of Jim Andrews, John Carpentier, Kelly Grissom, Bill Woolcott and the COB Richard Kunze. It was an easy chore to complete and an enjoyable time. On Friday March 3rd, Richard and Howard Doyle met and attached the draft markings and hull numbers.
View more details and pictures HERE.

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 was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (Cave Creek) on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM.
See more details HERE.

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.

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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.

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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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 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.