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USSVI BONEFISH BASE

(SS-223) and (SS-582)

Redlands California

August 26, 2017

 OUR CREED:

Our organization’s purpose is “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.”

1200 Hours:

At the sound of the klaxon, Commander Daryl Brock convened the meeting of the Bonefish Base. Joe Canchola, George Riolo, and Karl Waterman read Our Creed.  George Kinnison was asked to lead members present in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Michael Williamson gave the opening prayer.

Tolling of the Boats:

The following boats were lost during the month of August.

USS Bullhead (SS-332)

Lost on August 6, 1945 with the loss of 84 crew members in the Lombok Strait while on her 3rd war patrol.  Bullhead was sunk by a depth charge dropped by a Japanese Army plane.  Bullhead was the last submarine lost during WWII.

USS Flier (SS-250)

Lost on August 13, 1944, with the loss of 78 crew members while on her 2nd war patrol.  Flier was transiting on the surface when she was rocked by a massive explosion (probably a mine) and sank within less than a minute.  Thirteen survivors, some injured, made it into the water and swam to shore.  Eight survived and 6 days later friendly natives guided them to a Coast Watcher and they were evacuated by the USS Redfin (SS-272)

USS S-39 (SS-144)

Lost on August 13, 1942 after grounding on a reef south of Russel Island while she was on her 3rd war patrol.  The entire crew was able to get off and rescued by HMAS Katoomba.

 USS Harder (SS-257)

Lost on August 24, 1944 with the loss of 79 crew members from a depth charge attack by a mine sweeper near Bataan while she was on her 6th war patrol.  Harder had won the Presidential Unit Citation for her first 5 war patrols and CDR Dealey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.  Harder is tied for 9th in the number of enemy ships sunk.

USS Cochino (SS-345)

Lost on August 26, 1949 after being jolted by a violent polar gale off Norway caused an electrical fire and battery explosion that generated hydrogen and chlorine gasses. In extremely bad weather, men of Cochino and Tusk (SS-426) fought to save the submarine for 14 hours.  After a 2nd battery explosion, Abandon Ship was ordered and Cochino sank.  Tusk’s crew rescued all of Cochino’s men except for one civilian engineer.  Six sailors from Tusk were lost during the rescue.

Guest/Member Introductions:

Commander Brock introduced guests present and provided the opportunity for all Bonefish Base members present to introduce themselves and note the Submarine on which they had qualified.

Minutes:

Commander Brock informed members present that the Bonefish Base Meeting minutes of July 22, 2017 had been posted on the website and the Secretary had copies for anyone wishing to review them. It was subsequently moved (Bob Schive) and seconded (Dan Rowland) to approve the minutes as printed. The motion was unanimously approved.

 Treasurer’s Report:

Bonefish Base Treasurer Everett Noyes presented the following report for the month of July 2017.

 

Beginning Balance:                                                                                              $3,387.68

 

Expenses:

 

Paid Willie for scout patches:                                                                        $  13.05

Rocky won opportunity $10 and donated it back:                                 10.00

 

Total Expenses:                                                                                           $   23.05

 

Income:

 

Opportunity Drawing                                                                           $  15.00

Arizona Memorial (Willie $13.05, Brick $3)                                                   16.05

New Inland Empire Hats,                                                                        40.00

Donations                                                                                                  10.00

Total Income:                                                                                                 $   81.05

 

Ending Balance –July 31, 2017                                                                      $3,445.68

 

Frank Campbell moved and Dan Rowland seconded the motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Binnacle List:

Dennis Fuqua

Allan Kilpatrick

Frank McCoy

Don Noyes

Howard Hoyt

 Old Business:

Commander Brock informed members present of the following pending events:

Elections:  Members wishing to volunteer for any of the elected Bonefish Base positions should

notify Frank Campbell or any eBoard member

Hi Deser Marines:  This activity takes place on Saturday, September 9th.  Commander Brock

asked for a show of hands of those who were going to attend. Only Frank Campbell and Dan

Rowland indicated that they would attend providing Frank can make the necessary arrangements

to tow the float.

Membership Renewals:  For those Base members who pay their duews on a yearly basis, it is

time to pay the dues.

Western Region District 6 Commander Ballots:  Commander Brock encouraged those        members who have not already done to cast their ballots.  Mike Williamson is a candidate and would be most appreciative if all base members would cast their vote.

Program:

The Program for this meeting was a presentation by Grant Gautsche, Director of Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services.  Mr. Gautsche spent considerable time describing the services provided to veterans by his office as well as the procedures for accessing these services.  After his presentation Mr. Gautsche addresses specific issues, concerns, and questions addressed to him by members present.

Good of the Order:

George Kinnison was asked by Commander Brock to comment and/or update the membership on 7th Fleet current events.

Members present were reminded of the October 4th and 5th Bourns Science Technology, Engineering Partnership (STEP).  Members were encouraged to schedule their participation in the event and inform Bob Schive when they can help.

George Riolo proposed that along with the Tolling of the Boats the base should also have an event titled “Tolling of People”. The idea being that there are many individuals who have made  outstanding contributions to the Submarine service and should be recognized.  The suggestion was well received and George will initiate his idea with a presentation at the October meeting.

Sailing List:

Members
Gene Adams Izar Martinez Dave Sullivan
Daryl Brock Everett Noyes Jay Sullivan
Frank Campbell George Riolo Karl Waterman
Joe Canchola Dan Rowland Michael Williamson
George Kinnison Bob Schive  
Associate Members
Shirley Williamson
Honored Guests
Marcia Campbell Joseph Pantess Julia Thorness
Jadin Campbell Lucille Sullivan

Adjournment:

Commander Brock adjourned the meeting at 1:00 PM. Shipmates in attendance subsequently enjoyed lunch together.

Respectfully submitted,

Izar A. Martinez

Secretary

Meeting Dates:

The Bonefish Base (SS-223)/(SS-582) meets at 11:30 hours on the fourth Saturday of the month. Currently meetings are being held at The Zacatecas Café, 3767 Iowa Avenue, Riverside, California.