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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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June 2021 Holland Club Induction Ceremony photos

Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) conducted a Holland Club Induction Ceremony (50 years qualified) for Jerry Allston, Kelly Grissom, David Metje, Alan Miller, Carl Miner and Don Schafer on June 12, 2021.
Separate Holland Club Induction Ceremonies were also conducted by Jim Denzien and George Woods at the homes of Robert Hayball and Wayne Hembree who are on the Binnacle List and were unable to attend.
View more pictures HERE.

Veterans Crisis Line

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. It is confidential and available every day, 24/7.
Click on the picture, above, to go to the VETERANS CRISIS LINE.

USS R-12

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
78 years ago, on June 12, 1943, the USS R-12 (SS-89), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
While underway to conduct a torpedo practice approach, the forward battery compartment began to flood. Orders were given to blow main ballast, but the sea was faster. In about 15 seconds R-12 was lost. Only two officers and 3 enlisted men survived.
42 men were lost.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmates.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

May 2021 Memorial Day at Salt River photos

Perch Base members Joe Trotter and Howard Doyle attended the Memorial Day ceremony and wreath laying by Nikki Stratton (Sponsor for USS Arizona SSN-803) at the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River in Scottsdale, AZ, on May 31, 2021. The Salt River Indian Community’s American Legion Bushmaster’s Post 114 performed military honors at USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River including a 21 gun salute, laying of the wreath, and playing TAPS. View more pictures HERE.
Other Perch Base members attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, AZ. See the adjacent article.
You can learn more about the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River on the Perch Base website HERE

May 2021 Memorial Day photos

Seven Perch Base members and wives attended the Memorial Day ceremony conducted by the North West Valley Veterans Association (NWVVA) and held at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, AZ, on May 31, 2021. The ceremony was opened with a flyover by the Falcon Warbirds and a drive-by by the Legion Riders of Legion Posts #96 and #62.
Distiguished guests included Uncle Sam (Joe Delgado,) the Keynote Speaker, Col. Theodore (Ted) M. Stults II, United States Army (Ret), and the Rosie the Riveter Association Sun City Chapter. View more pictures HERE.
Other Perch Base members attended the Memorial Day ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River. See the adjacent article.

USSVI logo

The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc., USSVI, was chartered 55 years ago on May 22, 1964.

May 2021 Chris Urness Commendation Photos

Congratulations to Chris Urness. At the May 8, 2021, Perch Base monthly meeting, Western Region Director Vic Van Horn awarded a Letter of Commendation to Chris Urness, Co-Chairman of the Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) for his efforts leading to the completion and dedication of the Memorial. A similar Commendation has been issued for the other Co-Chairman Marcus Hensley, who was not present at this meeting.
This was the first meeting back at Dillon's BBQ restaurant in a long time due to the Coronavirus. It is good to be back, and the attendance reflected that!
View more pictures HERE.

May 2021 New Officers selected

We had vacancies in the positions of Chief of the Boat (COB) and Base Historian. The Perch Base Policies and Procedures Manual states that those positions are appointed by the Base Commander with the concurrence of the Board of Directors. Per the Manual, our Base Commander, George Woods, has appointed Don Robertson (left) as our new COB, and Chuck Emmett (right) as our new Base Historian.
The COB vacancy resulted from our previous COB, Carl Miner, being elected as the Base Vice Commander. The Base Historian position had been filled by since May 2015 by Chuck Luna, who is also our Communications Officer, and MidWatch Newsletter Editor. Chuck Luna is so busy with his other roles, that it was time to reassign the Base Historian position.
The Perch Base Board of Directors thanks Carl Miner and Chuck Luna for their service in their previous positions and looks forward to working with Don Robertson and Chuck Emmett in these new appointments.

Angus McPherson

Angus McPherson Eternal Patrol
Perch Base Life Member and Holland Club Member Angus Howard McPherson, departed on Eternal Patrol on April 4, 2021, at the age of 94. Our condolences to Clista McPherson and the rest of the family.
There was a graveside service on Tuesday April 27th at 1100 hrs. at the National Cemetery.
Angus was born in Chinook, MT on 08/01/1926, joined the Navy in November 1944, and was assigned to USS Gabilan (SS‑252) relief crew.
He was then reassigned to the USS Pomodon (SS‑486) relief crew. He was a Seaman Engineman EMFN(SS) when he left the Navy in June 1946.
Angus was a member of the Submarine Veterans of World War II (SVWWII card #17006).
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

KRI Nanggala (402)

The Indonesian Navy designated the submarine KRI Nanggala 402 lost on 24 April, 2021, based on debris recovered, depth of the ocean of 850 meters (2,800 ft) which is beyond crush depth, and duration beyond the available oxygen on board. Perch Base Submarine Veterans extends our condolences to the families of the crew of 53 souls on Eternal Patrol.
Indonesia submarine KRI Nanggala (402) went missing on 21 April 2021, after it failed to report in while undertaking a simulated torpedo firing in preparation for a live firing later this week. The submarine had received clearance to dive and then immediately lost contact.
View the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmates.

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April 2021 ASSM Dedication Photos

The Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM,) located in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, just east of the Arizona Capitol Building was dedicated on April 17, 2021. Over 120 people were present for the ceremony, including Jack Holder, one of two remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese.
The Keynote Speaker was Vernon J. Parks Jr, Captain, USN, retired.
View more details and 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."

April 2021 ASSM Paver Installation Photos

The Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) finances the cost of continuing maintenance by donations, challenge coin sales and sales of paver bricks.
Go to the ASSM website to purchase pavers.
On Saturday, April 10, 2021, Perch Base members added new pavers to the Memorial, in preparation for the official ASSM Dedication Ceremony, scheduled for the following Saturday.
Additionally, the ASSM artist, Nate Decker, was onsite to do some "touch-up" work on the Monument.
Note the Missile Tech with the hammer! View more details and pictures HERE.

Carl Miner Installation

Congratulations to Carl Miner, our new Base Vice Commander.
The recent installation of George Woods as our new Perch Base Commander resulted in a vacancy in his previous position as our Vice Commander.
Carl Miner replaced George as our Vice Commander and took his Oath of Office at our April 10, 2021, meeting. The photos show Carl, on right, taking his Oath of Office from Vic Van Horn, the USSVI Western Region Director, on left, while our Perch Base Commander, George Woods looks on from the center.
Thanks, Carl, for your previous service as our Chief of the Boat (COB)!
Our previous Membership Chairman, Jim Andrews, has accepted the appointment as our new Chief of the Boat.

Vaccines for Vets

Our Perch Base Life and Holland Club member and Base Event Coordinator, Don Unser, was at the Phoenix VA hospital on Tuesday, March 23rd and they were accepting walk-ins for vaccinations. They are for anyone who is a vet regardless of the age group. Even as you walk into the hospital they are offering shots to people. There was no waiting and it went super smoothly.
So if you're a veteran and haven’t received your vaccine you may want to head on over there. They use the Pfizer vaccine.
The expanded program includes all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, including Veterans who are not eligible to enroll in VA health care.

United Arizona Veterans (UAV)

Jim Denzien is our Perch Base representative to the United Arizona Veterans (UAV.) Jim is looking for an alternate.
The UAV meets monthly, and Jim stated that all future meetings through the end of 2022 will be ZOOM meetings, so little effort is required.
We haven’t had an alternate since Lou Reynolds went on Eternal Patrol.
If you are interested, or want to know more, contact Jim or one of our Base Officers.

George Woods Installation

Congratulations to George Woods, our new Base Commander.
George is shown, above, taking his Oath of Office at our March 13, 2021, meeting, from our now Past Commander, Howard Doyle, who has been our Base Commander since he stepped in to complete the term of Richard Kunze when he passed on to Eternal Patrol in August 2017. Thanks, Howard, for your service!
View more photos HERE.
As stated in Flash Traffic 3-3-2021, with George Woods becoming the new Base Commander, we need to fill the vacated Vice Commander office for the remainder of his term.
Nominations are now being called for and will be accepted upon the written consent of the nominee that they accept the nomination and will serve if elected.
The Secretary shall ensure all candidates are Regular Members in good standing, with the election being held at the April 10 regular Base meeting.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact any Perch Base officer.

10/10/2020 Meeting Photos

In an uncommon alignment of the sun, moon and planets, four past Western District 1 (AZ, NM) Commanders were in attendance at the October 10, 2020, Perch Base USSVI meeting.
(l-r) Jack Messersmith, Jim Denzien, Dennis Ottley and Vic Van Horn.
Dennis has been filling the District Commander position since the previous District Commander (Our Perch Base member Vic Van Horn) was elected as the Western Regional Director. The election of a new District Commander (or perhaps re-election of Dennis, if he runs) is now open for nominations. The detailed requirements for the position and how to nominate a candidate can be viewed HERE.
In summary, the basic requirements are that the Regional Director or any regular member in good standing within a District may nominate any other regular member in good standing living within the same District for District Commander of that District provided that: 1. The Nominee is currently serving or has previously served as a Base officer. Currently serving District Commanders are eligible to continue to serve in their positions, irrespective of this requirement. 2. The nomination is accompanied by a letter from the Nominee indicating that they have read and understand the requirements of the position and indicating their willingness to accept the nomination and willingness to serve, if elected. 3. The Nomination Letter includes details of the Nominee’s qualifications in less than one hundred (100) words.

Lou Reynolds

Lou Reynolds Eternal Patrol
Perch Base Life Member and Holland Club Member Lou Reynolds departed on Eternal Patrol on February 3, 2021. Lou was a dual member of both Perch Base and White Mountain Base. Our condolences to Beulah, and the rest of the family.
Lou joined the Navy in 1943. His first submarine assignment was as a Radioman (RMSN) on a Sub Relief Crew and assigned to the USS Hackleback (SS‑295) in 1944 which was also his qual boat.
Lou also served on the USS Sawfish (SS‑276) and the USS Apogon (SS‑308) in 1946, the USS Blenny (SS‑324) in 1947, and the USS Tilefish (SS‑307) from 1951 to 1952, prior to his discharge as a RMN2(SS) in 1952.
A Celebration of Life service for Lou Reynolds was held February 23rd at Thompson Funeral Home and followed by the Interment later that day.
Read more about Lou and view more pictures in the full Eternal Patrol Notice HERE.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

Steve Hough Eternal Patrol
Perch Base and Holland Club Member Stephen Hough, EM2(SS) departed on Eternal Patrol on February 11, 2021. Our condolences to his Daughter Erin Duncan and the rest of the family.
Steve joined the Navy in 1961, qualified in Submarines aboard USS Cubera (SS‑347) in 1962, and was a EM2(SS) when he left the Navy in 1965 as a Senior Controllerman in Maneuvering.
Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

New Facebook Page

Visit Our New Facebook Page
Come and visit, LIKE and FOLLOW our new Facebook Page, USSVI Perch Base Arizona.
Building a successful Social Media network for any organization is no longer a "we’ll think about it" topic. Today, it is a MUST DO for all nonprofit organizations, including United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) and its Bases. It is critical if we want to expand our membership growth and communicate our unique mission story in an effective and cost-effective manner.

We Trained For This Photo

We Trained For This!
With all the recent activity and cancellations as a result of the Corona Virus, this speaks for itself!

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
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."
NOTE: Several recent meetings have been cancelled or moved due to the coronavirus. Check our SAILING ORDERS page before "dropping in" on a meeting!

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

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 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.