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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
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August 2017 Richard Kunze Eternal Patrol Photos

Richard Kunze
Our Perch Base Commander Richard Kunze departed on Eternal Patrol on August 14, 2017.
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Surprise/Sun City Salvation Army.
See more details HERE.

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

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Sunland Memorial Park

…and a free lunch!
Perch Base member Governor Joy will be giving a presentation on VA death benefits on Saturday, August 26th at 11:00am at the Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, AZ.
You must contact Governor (623-933-0161 or Governor.Joy@DignityMemorial.com) for a reservation to attend because lunch will be served during the presentation. Sunland Memorial Park is located at 15826 Del Web Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85351
There is also information about VA death benefits on the Perch Base website (thanks, in part, to Governor Joy) HERE

Sample Poloshirt

The USS PHOENIX (SSN 702) Cold War Monument Foundation is selling cotton poloshirts for a fundraiser. The shirts are available in a variety of colors and sizes for men and ladies. The Foundation is raising funds to install the USS Phoenix sail and rudder in Phoenix, currently projected at the Steele Indian School Park near the Arizona State Veteran Home.
Perch Base participated in the Welcoming Ceremony at the Papago Park Military Reservation on August 12, 2016, and the Site Dedication at the Steele Indian School Park on March 22, 2016. Click on the links to see pictures of those events.

USS Flier

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 Aug. 13, 1944, the USS Flier (SS-250), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
While on her 2nd war patrol, on 12 August, as she transited Balabac Strait on the surface, she struck a naval mine. Traveling at 18 knots (33 km/h), she disintegrated and sank in less than a minute, but several of her crew managed to escape. After a tortuous and painful journey, the few crew members reached Perth.
78 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

USS S-39

75 years ago, on Aug. 13, 1942, after four (4) war patrols, USS S-39 (SS-144) ran aground off Rossel Island (the Coral Sea.) Repeated efforts to free her failed but the entire crew was rescued by the HMAS Katoomba.
There was no loss of life.
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Jim Denzien

Western Region District Commander 1
Our own Perch Base Holland Club and Life Member, Jim Denzien, is running for Western Region District Commander 1.
The ballot was sent in Flash Traffic #07-01-17.
All of our members are encouraged to fill out and return the ballot to Bob Bissonnette no later than Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

Charity Benefits Unlimited donation to ASSM

On Tuesday, 11 July 2017, Tim Moore, Chairman of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial Foundation was presented a check in the amount of $925.00 from funds raised in a silent auction event sponsored by the Dillon’s Bayou location at Lake Pleasant. This silent auction event was facilitated by Charity Benefits Unlimited, a local company that assists charitable organizations with silent auction fundraising events. Dillon’s KC BBQ has four valley locations and are huge supporters of veterans and veteran’s organizations. We are extremely grateful for this support and I wish to thank Dillon’s and CBU for their contributions to the Arizona Silent Service Memorial Foundation project.
Pictured here, from l to r, is George Valverde, Founder and Owner of Dillon’s KC BBQ, Tim Moore, ASSM, Scott Nickels, Sr. Sales Fundraising Specialist for CBU and Keli Kozup, who does marketing and promotions for Dillon’s.

July 2017 Prescott Parade Photos

Prescott Frontier Days® Parade
Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float up to Prescott, Arizona on July 1st, 2017, for 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.


Perch Base, Holland Club and Life Member Dick Noreika gave a presentation about the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) at the Arizona American Legion Riders annual meeting at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center on Saturday, June 24.
Dick was accompanied by Perch Base member John Crane. John is also the Vice Mayor of Carefree.
The purpose of the ASSM memorial, to be located in Wesley Bolin Plaza by the Arizona Capitol Building, is to honor all submariners who have served or are still serving in the "silent service" of the United States Navy.
Dick was the Commanding Officer of the USS Kamehameha (Gold crew) from 1974-1978 and Commanding Officer of the USS Michigan from 1980-1981.
Visit the ASSM website.

Birthday Cake Photo

Perch Base was chartered by the USSVI on June 20, 1995, thus our base is 22 years old. See pictures of the original meeting and granting of the charter HERE.

May 2017 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 29, 2017.
View more event pictures HERE.

May 2017 Perch Base Mesa Marketplace Photos

Mesa Marketplace
Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) took the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) float to the Mesa Market Place Memorial Event on May 27, 2017.
This was our first time participating in this event.
View more event 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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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.

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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.