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Reno, NV

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Twenty-nine Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) and wives went to the 2016 USSVI National Convention held from August 14 through 20, 2016 in Reno, Nevada, hosted by Corvina Base.
Chuck Emmett received a Robert Link Award. Perch Base received a Golden Anchor Award. Howard Doyle and Keith Post both received Silver Anchor Awards. Bravo Zulu to all.

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The Convention was opened with a Proclamation by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval proclaiming August 15-20, 2016 as U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS APPRECIATION WEEK IN NEVADA. After Governor Sandoval's Proclamation, a gift of appreciation was given to the Governor.

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A Holland Club breakfast was held to honor those who have been qualified for over 50 years. Here are photos of several of our Perch Base Holland Club members at the breakfast.

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"If you didn't get enough while in Navy blue" (for those of you who know the Tommy Cox and Bobby Reed submariner song,) some of us rode the MS Dixie II on Lake Tahoe.

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Many Perch Base members "stood watches" at the Arizona Silent Service Memorial table in the Vendor Area.

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I was honored to meet and go to dinner with WWII Submarine Veteran Maury Wortham, Capt USN (Ret). Maury served on the USS Haddo, SS-255, as a Chief Hospital Corpsman, HMC(ss). He qualified and served on the Haddo for war patrols 8, 9 and 10. After the war was over, he completed his college and training to become a dentist, and then returned to the Navy as a Medical Officer and served on the submarine tender USS Simon Lake, AS-33, and retired as a Captain from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California as the senior dental officer in 1977. He is 100 years old and told sea stories during our dinner with his son, George. He is a Holland Club member and Life Member at the Mare Island Base.

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A Memorial Service, including the Tolling of the Boats, was conducted to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country.

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The Annual Business Meeting included swearing in of the newly elected officers and award presentations.

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The Awards Banquet included a keynote address by Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, who lived in the adjacent Lake Tahoe and Virginia City.

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Perch Base Members at the Awards Banquet. (My apologies to Jim Denzien who had stepped away and I missed getting a picture of him.)

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The POW/MIA table setting.

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Perch Base members received four awards:

Keith Post received a Silver Anchor Award.

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Howard Doyle received a Silver Anchor Award.

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Perch Base received a Golden Anchor Award. The award was accepted by Chuck Emmett as our Base Commander.

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Chuck Emmett received a Robert Link Award.

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