States Submarine Veterans, Inc.
Base – Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Meeting called to
1906 by Base Vice Commander Frank McDevitt at the American Legion,
Wilson-Fisher Post in Pocono Pines, PA.
The Purpose of the Organization was
read. The Base Bell was tolled once for each of the following US
Force Losses during the Month of August:
17 August 1942
USS Bass I
29 August 1943
13 August 1944
24 August 1944
06 August 1945
26 August 1949
26 August 1949
6 Men Assisting Cochino
A moment of
of the Boat led the members in
reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call: Members present
were: Frank McDevitt, Mike Smith, Bill Hannon, Steve Vergalito, James
Jeff Owens, Tom Shields, Bob Smith,
George Eckert and Ken Smith. The members
present introduced themselves and their respective boats.
confirmed that a
quorum was present.
The Minutes: The Vice
Commander tendered a motion to omit the reading of last months’ minutes.
1st motion made by
Jeff Owens, 2nd motion made by Tom Shields. Motion carried.
Commander tendered a
motion to accept the minutes as given out at the meeting.
1st motion made by
Jeff Owens, 2nd motion made by Tom
Shields. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: No report
Correspondence: No correspondence.
Fair: The Coolbaugh
Celebration will be held on
Saturday, 9 Sept. 2006 from 1200 to 2030 hrs. The location will be the Coolbaugh Township
We still have not
decided if we are going to attend. We also had a hard time trying to
correct date for the fair.
We will go if we can get a better spot for our
stand. We did well last year even though we were set up in the back.
Hannon contacted Joe O’Hara as part of the ‘name in the hat’ program.
stated that he was honored to be approached as the next chaplain,
think about it. He stated that he does have a conflict with the day of
that we hold our meeting. He does not want us to change the day on his
brought the design of the float. Tom wants to use a piece of 4 x 8
serve as the backbone of the structure and build upon it with
looking for someone to check out prices on the foam. He wants to use
thickest foam we can get and sandwich them in layers, then cut the body
Then he wants to cover the foam with fiberglass for strength. Frank
stated that he would find a place to build the float. The biggest thing
get an overall cost and the volunteers to help build it.
bugle was brought up. The one we are looking at is an electronic bugle.
Smith stated that he would donate a real bugle. Rich Holmes has the
info on the
SubVet picnic is to be held on Sunday, 27 August 2006 at the Mountain View Park,
pavilion #4. Tom was concerned about the number of people showing up.
divided up the calling list again to get a good idea of how many would
We set a cutoff date of 23 August to give Tom Shields time to get the
There were six members at the meeting that said they would show up.
If we did not get enough people, we would cancel the picnic. An
of 25 people were set.
Tom Shields, Rich Holmes and the secretary will split up
the calls like we did for Rev. Vaughan’s’ farewell party. Rich Holmes
people to bring a covered dish. This time when we called,
we asked if they
would bring a side dish, a salad or desert, and try to balance it
Tom Shields stated that he was bringing hamburgers, hot dogs and
Rich was going to bring sodas.
Please submit your ballots to Rich Holmes by
Good of the Order:
farewell get together was held for Rev. Bob Vaughan
and his wife at the Pocono Summit Volunteer Fire Company on 30 July
say that he was surprised was an understatement. The party was held
Fire Company, Sub Vets and other guests in attendance. Tom Shields and
provided the food. Rich Holmes provided
Vaughan with a framed
picture of the USS Quillback (SS 424), this was Rev. Vaughan’s’ qual
guests present signed
the back of the picture. There was a good turnout from the Sub
vets membership. Thank you to Mrs. Vaughan for helping to set this up
letting her husband know about it.
Hannon stated that he would bring a book about the 52 losses during
WWII as a
backup since we did not have a reading from the US Submarine Force
that John Saeli is unable to attend a meeting.
Hannon received the ballot from Grover Kiick. He will mail it on to
Next meeting will be held
at 1900 on Wednesday 20 Sept. 2006 at the American Legion Wilson-Fisher
motion to adjourn.
motion made by Tom Shields, 2nd motion made by Ken
led the recitation
of the Creed of USSVI.
perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the
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
meeting of the Pocono Base adjourned.
The meeting was
adjourned at 1944
Food and drinks
from the legion
A 50/50 raffle
was held. We obtained the tickets from the legion since
the treasurer was not here. Ken Smith won the raffle.
Michael D. Smith
USSVI – Pocono