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Published monthly by the USS Razorback Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. Base Commander, Ray Wewers 479-967-5541; email@example.com Editor, David Grove 501-223-0698; firstname.lastname@example.org Current Executive Committee: Base Commander Ray Wewers email@example.com (479) 967-5541 Vice Commander Paul Honeck firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 241-0691 COB Joe Mathis email@example.com (501) 565-6021 Chaplain Carl Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 843-7855 Treasurer Greg Schwerman email@example.com (501) 804-0386 Yeoman Bonny Zonner firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 316-6641 Webmaster Greg Zonner email@example.com (501) 316-6641 Membership John Barr firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 663-6622 Storekeeper Bob Christians email@example.com (501)-922-1586 Holland Club Lee Huss firstname.lastname@example.org (501) 922-1216 Memorials/Ceremonies Billy Hollaway email@example.com (501) 758-3266 * Upcoming Events: August---date to be determined---Play at Murry’s Dinner Theater or The Rep September 15-22----National USSVI Convention---Alaska Cruise August 2007 Commander’s Corner have to stand in line while we write Central Region Director, Charitable Summer has arrived. It checks to the theater. Make the Foundation Chairman, National seems we have been blessed with a check to me and I will provide a Junior Vice Commander and cooler than normal June and part of check and the list of people who are National Commander for the base’s July, but now the heat and humidity paid to the theater host and all they contribution to the Charitable have arrived. have to do is check your name when Foundation over the past two years. We held our July meeting you enter. Due to our generosity, it has been last Saturday at the American Legion My address is: Ray Wewers considered in our requests for money Hut in Little Rock and it was well 918 Barborek Lane for the Air-Conditioning Fund. We attended. A highlight of the meeting Russellville, AR 72802 have just been approved for an was Sheri Hollaway’s report that the September 15-22 is the additional $1000 for the fund. bank account from the Convention National Convention Cruise and Thanks to all the base was being closed out and she was there are still cabins available and members who help with tours on the writing a check for $599.01 to the time to register for the cruise. Go to weekends. I know several have Base. A motion was made, the USSVI website and link to the been doing this for quite some time. seconded and approved to put this Convention 2007. If you are able to help out on money into the Razorback Air- October will be the Navy weekends, please give Greg Zonner Conditioning Fund for the next unit to Anniversary Dinner at a location and a call and let him know. I know any be installed. Minutes of the meeting time to be determined. Al Malone is help will be appreciated. are included in this newsletter. considering organizing a golf day in If you have ideas on how to Our next activity is the late September for base members, improve the base or have activities Murry’s Dinner Theater production of family and friends. At present, he is that you think might be entertaining, “Singing in the Rain” on Sunday, planning to hold this event in Heber please let your officers know so we August 26. Doors open at 1100 and Springs at one of their courses. If can make changes. This is your we will eat lunch and then enjoy the you are interested, please drop him a base and we want to make it as show which starts at 1245. If you are note or call him at enjoyable as possible to participate planning to attend, please send me firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-362- in its activities. your check for $26.00 per person in 2623. your party so we can expedite our We have received letters of Ray Wewers, Base Commander entrance into the theater and not thanks and commendations from the Submarines Lost During the Month of August USS Grunion (SS-216) 1-Aug-1942. 70 men lost. USS S-39 (SS-144) 14-Aug-1942. No loss of crew. USS Harder (SS-257) 24-Aug-1944. All hands lost (80). Commander Samuel Dealey, USN was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for Harder’s fifth patrol. USS Flier (SS-250) 13-Aug-1944. All hands lost (80). USS Bullhead (SS-332) 6-Aug-1945. All hands lost (84). After WWII USS COCHINO (SS 345) 26-Aug-1949. One man lost. An additional six men from TUSK (SS 426) were lost in rescue attempt. USS Cochino August 26, 1949 - 7 Men Lost Not much can be said about USS COCHINO (SS-345). Her career was stopped so short. Not by a foreign enemy under combat conditions, but by the ocean she was born to travel through, under simulated combat conditions, to test equipment and train her crew in the North Atlantic. No member of her Naval crew was lost, but a civilian engineer riding aboard was, but not while aboard. There were six Submariners lost, but from another boat, USS TUSK (SS-426), coming to assist. Everything that happened that August, in 1949, could have happened to any other submarine under similar conditions. Everything that could have or should have been done was done by the Submariners in her and aboard TUSK. That's what they train for -- that's what they dread. USS Cochino (SS-345), a Balao-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the cochino, a triggerfish found in the Atlantic. Her keel was laid down by Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 20 April 1945 sponsored by Mrs. M.E. Serat, and commissioned on 25 August 1945 with Commander W.A. Stevenson in command. Cochino joined the Atlantic Fleet, cruising East Coast and Caribbean Sea waters from her home port of Key West, Florida. On 18 July 1949, she put to sea for a cruise to Britain, and arctic operations. Her group ran through a violent polar gale off Norway, and the joltings received by Cochino played their part on 25 August in causing an electrical fire and battery explosion, followed by the generation of both hydrogen and chlorine gases. Defying the most unfavorable possible weather conditions, Rear Admiral (then Captain) Rafael Celestino Benitez (1917-1999), commander of the Cochino, and his men fought for 14 hours to save the submarine, displaying seamanship and courage. But a second battery explosion on August 26 made "Abandon Ship" the only possible order, and Cochino sank. The USS Tusk's valiant crew rescued all of Cochino's men except for Robert Wellington Philo, a civilian engineer. Six sailors from Tusk were lost during the rescue. Razorback Base Meeting this event. Date and place to be be brought before the National Minutes determined. Officers at the Annual Business July 28, 2007 Old Business--- Meeting. There was none Restoration Committee has not forthcoming. Meeting called to order by base met for some time. However, Carl Schimdt led the commander at 1600. Razorback now has two base in a closing prayer. Tolling of the boats functioning air conditioners. Billy Hollaway made conducted by Joe Mathis, Additional units will be motion to adjourn, seconded by followed by Pledge of installed as money becomes Greg Schwerman, approved Allegiance led by Jim Franks. available. We have received unanimously. Meeting closed Chaplain Carl Schmidt another donation of $1000 from at 1650. led the group in prayer. USSVI charitable Foundation ^^^^^ Jim Stovall from for Phase II of the air- Houston, AR was introduced to conditioning project. Navy News the group. Convention account Greg Schwerman gave the closeout---Sheri Hollaway treasurer’s report. Motion made reported that she is closing out to accept by Al Malone and the Convention Bank account seconded by Lee Huss. and will write a check to the Approved unanimously. base for $959.01. Billy Dates in American Naval History Billy Hollaway accepted Hollaway made a motion to put the Storekeeper position from the money in the Air- August 1 Bob Christians. Thanks to Bob conditioning fund. Approved 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) for taking on the storekeeper unanimously. submerges under Arctic ice cap duties for the interim. Carl Schmidt has talked near Point Barrow Billy Hollaway had with Governor Beebe August 2 nothing to report on the concerning possible 1943 - PT-109, under command memorial other than the contributions to the Razorback of LTJG John F. Kennedy, cut veterans’ memorial is still being Air-conditioning. The in half by Japanese destroyer pursued. Governor requested we get back Amagiri Activities---Al Malone to him after July when he gets August 3 talked about the Murray’s the 2008 budget available. 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) Dinner Theater presentation set Thank you letters for is first ship to reach the for August 26 at 1100. Please contributions to the USSVI geographic North Pole send check for $26.00 per Charitable Foundation from submerged. person to Ray Wewers, 918 Central Region Director, 1970 - USS James Madison Barborek Lane, Russellville, USSVI Charitable Foundation (SSBN-627) conducts first and Ar 72802. Al also is Chairman and National Junior submerged launching of planning a golf outing for late Vice Commander were read. Poseidon nuclear missile off September in Heber Springs. Razorback Base Cape Kennedy There will be no received a Sponsorship August 6 meeting in September due to the Certificate for the Boat 1945 - Atomic bomb detonated National Convention. Sponsorship Program. We are over Hiroshima, Japan. Navy October is the Navy sponsoring the USS Norfolk, weaponeer, Captain W.S. Anniversary Month and we plan USS Oklahoma City, NSCC Parsons, USN, armed the to have a dinner with awards Little Rock and NJROTC atomic bomb on the B-29 and Holland Club inductions. Dollarway. bomber, Enola Gay. Mary Christians will coordinate Base Commander asked 1990 - President George Bush if there was any new business to orders Operation Desert Shield, largest overseas deployment completing first submerged 1965 - CDR Scott Carpenter since Vietnam, to protect Saudi under ice cruise from Pacific to and 9 aquanauts enter SeaLab Arabia after Iraqi's invasion of Atlantic Oceans. II, 205 ft. below Southern Kuwait. August 13 California's waters to conduct August 8 1945 - Japan agrees to underwater living and working 1972 - Women authorized for surrender; last Japanese ships tests sea duty as regular ship's sunk during World War II (15 ^^^^^ company August in DC) Treasures Report: August 2007 August 9 August 15 BEGINNING BAL.: $5626.85 1941 - Atlantic Charter 1953 - First naval officer Conference is first meeting appointed Chairman, Joints DEPOSITS: between President Roosevelt Chiefs of Staff, Admiral TOTAL DEPOSITS: $ 000.00 and Winston Churchill William Radford. He served 1945 - Atomic bomb dropped from 15 August 1953 until 15 EXPENSES: News Editor $ 123.93 on Nagasaki, Japan. Navy August 1957. TOTAL EXPENSES: $ 123.93 weaponeer arms the atomic August 17 bomb. 1942 - Submarines USS ENDING BALANCE: $5502.92 August 10 Nautilus and USS Argonaut 1944 - Guam secured by U.S. land 222 Marines on Makin CHARITYS Boat AC Fund $1715.00 forces. Island, first amphibious attack ENDING BALANCE $1715.00 1964 - Signing of Gulf of made from submarines Tonkin Resolution which is 1981 - 2 VF-41 aircraft from Base Charity Fund $2500.00 used as the starting point of the USS Nimitz shoot down 2 Vietnam Conflict Libyan aircraft which fired on TOTAL IN BASE $9717.92 FUNDS August 11 them over international waters 1960 - USNS Longview, using August 21 Submitted by: Greg Schwerman Navy helicopters and frogmen, 1951 - First contract for Base Treasurer recovers a Discover satellite nuclear-powered submarine ^^^^^ capsule after 17 orbits. This is awarded. Base Storekeeper first recovery of U.S. satellite 1965 - Launch of Gemini 5, I have relieved Bob Christians from orbit. piloted by LCDR Charles as Base Storekeeper effective August 12 Conrad Jr., USN, who July 28. We have several items 1944 - LT Joseph P. Kennedy, completed 120 orbits in almost in inventory and possibly too Jr., USNR, the older brother of 8 days at an altitude of 349.8 much of certain ones; namely John F. Kennedy, was killed km. Recovery was by helicopter USS RAZORBACK Black T- with his co-pilot in a mid-air from USS Lake Champlain shirts and navy blue baseball explosion after taking off from (CVS-39). caps. The t-shirts are listed at a England in a PB4Y from August 22 retail of $ 12.00 each and all Special Attack Unit One (SAU- 1945 - First surrender of sizes are available from S 1). Following manual takeoff, Japanese garrison at end of through 3XL. Let me know if they were supposed to World War II; USS Levy you are interested in purchasing parachute out over the English receives surrender of Mille one by e-mailing or telephoning Channel while the radio- Atoll in Marshall Islands me at email@example.com controlled explosive filled August 27 and (501) 758-3266. For you drone proceeded to attack a 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) members of the USS German V-2 missile-launching lands men and supplies on RAZORBACK Association, if site. Possible causes include Luzon, Philippines to support you are interested let me know faulty wiring or FM signals guerilla operations against the as soon as possible and I will from a nearby transmitter. Japanese. bring the shirts with me to 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) August 28 Seattle next month for the arrives Portland, England cruise. The baseball caps are of good quality and retail for $ - OOD - "You're right, that is investigate, but its periscope becomes 15.00 each. I am going to close...I'm calling the skipper to covered with green paint. It, therefore, believes itself to be underwater and request from the base EC that have a look." continues to rise. When it reaches a we mark the shirts down to $ Meanwhile... convenient altitude, shoot it down 10.00 each or three for $ 25.00 - Chief of the Watch (COW) to with Anti-Aircraft Fire. and the caps down to $ 12.50. the Auxiliary Electrician 6) The Economist's Method: Induce Also, we have a large number Forward (AEF) - "Secure the the United States of America to use seawater rather than gold to support its of Dock at the Rock red t-shirts anchor light." currency. The French will which we are making available - AEF - Secure the anchor light, immediately start to sequester it in to base members at no cost, aye." their vaults in such quantities that by limit of one per member. If a the time supply and demand curves non-member wishes to have ^^^^^ cross, the submarines will either be How to find a Sub: (A) aground, or (B) locked up in one, I would request a $ 5.00 High on the Navy's list of priority French safe-deposit boxes. donation be made for the boat's problems is that of Anti-Submarine air conditioning fund. Sizes Warfare (ASW). The detection and ^^^^^ available are S, M and L and localization of a submarine has proven one 2XL. If you are in need of to be a very difficult problem, indeed. The following methods are a few that a USSVI Wal-Mart blue vest have been advanced to help in this with the large embroidered area. USSVI emblem sewn on the 1) The Physicist's Method: Irradiate back, let me know as we have the ocean with high-energy neutrons so that H2O becomes 4H2O. August Birthdays 5L and 5XL. These retail at $ Submarines will become excessively August 4th – Harold Pelton 39.50 each and again I will ask buoyant and cannot submerge. Their August 7th – John Albers the EC to mark them down to $ disposition can then be undertaken August 9th – Stan Walker 35.00 each for base members. I with leisure. August 11th – Jesse Bryant will get Greg Zonner to update 2) The Chemist's Method: Place in the ocean large quantities of lysergic acid. August 11th – Ray Wewers the website very soon to include The fish population becomes terrified August 12th – William Nichols all items available. If you have at the prospect of loneliness and August 12th – Larry Hobby special needs and requests, clusters about submarines in a frenzy August 17th – Lindell Johnson please let me know. of affection and admiration, thereby August 22nd – Joe Blanchett constricting the movement of submarines to a level of difficulty. August 23rd – Bill Hollaway Bill Hollaway 3) The Engineer's Method: Construct a August 23rd – James Barnum ^^^^^ Submarine Humor large filter system having a mesh of August 25th – Riversaleh Saleh Overheard on the conn of a fast- about eight meters and pump ocean August 25th – Nicholas Proctor water through it at the rate of 15 attack submarine: August 25th – Stew Burner million liters a day. This will - Junior Officer of the Deck recalculate the oceans daily. Because August 25th – Sandy Stephens (JOOD), while looking through of the mesh filter, only submarines August 27th – Juanez Stilt will be trapped. the periscope - "There it is 4) The Mathematician's Method: again!" Happy Birthday! Construct a large Klein bottle that can - Officer of the Deck (OOD) - contain the necessary numbers of ^^^^^ "What?" submarines. Note that the submarines REMINDER: Watch out for - JOOD - "That light...the last are initially outside this bottle. kids returning to schools two times we came to periscope However, the outside of a Klein bottle in your neighborhood. is also its inside. Therefore, the depth, it's been there...right submarines are inside this bottle. (Two behind us. I think we're being dimensional submarines may be followed." disposed of by a suitable Mobius strip) - OOD - "Let me take a look." 5) The Ballistician's Method: Equip all surface ASW ships with green paint. - A few seconds later... On detecting a submarine, spread the paint over the sea surface and remain quiet. The submarine rises to Our 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. A pledge of loyalty and patriotism to the United States Government." WW II Boats on Eternal Patrol Sealion (SS-195) S-36 (SS-141) S-26 (SS-131) Shark I (SS-174) Perch (SS-176) S-27 (SS-132) Grunion (SS-216) S-39 (SS-144) Argonaut (SS-166) Amberjack (SS-219) Grampus (SS-207) Triton (SS-201) Pickerel (SS-177) Grenadier (SS-210) Runner (SS-275) R-12 (SS-89) Grayling (SS-209) Pompano (SS-181) Cisco (SS-290) S-44 (SS-155) Dorado (SS-248) Wahoo (SS-238) Corvina (SS-226) Scuplin (SS-191) Capelin (SS-289) Scorpion (SS-278) Grayback (SS-208) Trout (SS-202) Tullibee (SS-284) Gugeon (SS-211) Herring (SS-233) Golet (SS-361) S-28 (SS-133) Robalo (SS-273) Filer (SS-250) Harder (SS-257) Seawolf (SS-197) Darter (SS-227) Shark II (SS-314) Tang (SS-306) Escolar (SS-294) Albacore (SS-218) Growler (SS-215) Scamp (SS-277) Swordfish (SS-193) Barbel (SS-316) Kete (SS-369) Trigger (SS-237) Snook (SS-279) Lagarto (SS-371) Bonefish (SS-223) Bullhead (SS-332) Cold War Boats on Eternal Patrol HAWGFISH SCUTTLEBUTT Scorpion (SSN-589) Thresher (SSN-593) Dgrove2000@sbcglobal.net IN GOD WE TRUST Little Rock, AR 72227 Pledge of Allegiance 144 White Oak Ln. "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, David Grove indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
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