Base Events

Attached is a flyer regarding the planned Veterans celebration at Or Shalom. We are celebrating Veterans day at our Friday evening services. We are having Lake County Honor Flight attending with an information table. You may already know this, they have expanded their program to now include Korea and Vietnam Veterans.  Regards, Bret

Attached is a flyer regarding the planned Veterans celebration at Or Shalom. We are celebrating Veterans day at our Friday evening services.
We are having Lake County Honor Flight attending with an information table. You may already know this, they have expanded their program to now include Korea and Vietnam Veterans.
Regards,
Bret

September Commissioning

Latest Commissioned Submarine USS Washington

Latest Commissioned Submarine USS Washington

Crash Dive Member Peter Stephenson Inspecting USS Washington

Crash Dive Member Peter Stephenson Inspecting USS Washington

USS Washington (SSN-787) is a Virginia-class submarine. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. This ship is the fourth of the Block III subs which will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs. Construction began on 2 September 2011 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. On 13 April 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, announced SSN-787 will be named after the State of Washington, which was celebrated during a naming ceremony in Seattle on 7 February 2013. The Navy christened the ship on 5 March 2016, during a ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, and commissioned this past weekend.
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September 23, 2017
National Civil War Collectors Show & Sale
Collectors & Arms Dealers Assoc. Show & Sale

Come and visit us at this show

Come and visit us at this show

Zurko again Combines Two Great Shows Into One
September 23rd 2017
Civil War Show and C.A.D.A.

Wheaton, Illinois – DuPage County Fairgrounds, Saturday September 23 rd 2017 will host the “CADA”  Arms Show and the Civil War & Military Extravaganza,  for Civil War Enthusiasts & Collector and Vintage Arms Collectors. The Chicagoland National Civil War Show and the C.A.D.A. (Collector’s Arm’s Dealers Association) will have something for everyone! With one admission price for two shows, in two separate buildings – everything from Civil War treasures, Spanish-American & Indian Wars, mountain men, bowie knife, fur traders, & World Wars I and II memorabilia to collector guns, pistols, rifles, parts, military, knives, & swords, and much, much more!

C.A.D.A. (Collectors Arms Dealers Association) is a national association of dealers of the highest integrity who offer quality collector arms for the novice to the advanced collector! Combining the two shows into one event affords something for everyone, for a grand day of treasure hunting!!

Special guest! The September 23rd CADA Illinois gun show welcomes the “Chicago WWII Submarine Veterans Memorial” – DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187!

For additional dealer or collector information on this “Mega-Collectors Event”, contact Zurko’s Midwest Promotions, 115 E. Division St., Shawano, WI 54166; phone 715-526-9769, fax 715-524-5675

Visit Crash Dive Base at this event and say “HI”!

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Crash Dive Crew at Antioch Gun Show

Working for the Memorial

Working for the Memorial

Abby Yost and Dakota Didier, left, spend a few moments learning about submarine life with veterans Glenn Barts, holding binder, and Greg Miller during the end-of-summer edition of the Lake County Gun & Sportsman’s Show held at the Antioch VFW Post 4551, 75 North Ave. on Sunday, Aug 27. Miller and Barts were on hand at the show raising donations for the WWII Submarine Veterans Memorial Fund. The city of Chicago has promised to donate land along the Chicago River for the memorial but an estimated $250,000 in contributions are needed to actually construct the memorial. A part of the memorial’s purpose is to honor submarine sailors past, present, and future. Submarines played a vital role in winning WWII. Twenty-eight of these vessels were built in Manitowoc, Wisconsin from 1942-45. A total of 52 subs were lost, taking the lives of 374 officers and 3,131 enlisted men with them. The Lake County Gun Show features new, used, and vintage firearms for sale. Both new and vintage knives, fishing gear, and accessories were also available to shoppers. The event also holds a special raffle held for all attendees 17 years old and under with a parent present with the winner taking home a Henry model H001 .22LR youth rifle. The popular show attracted residents from both sides of the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Organizer Mike Quist of Vintage Arms of Illinois said gun safety and proper training in the use of firearms is a major focus of the event. For more information of on the Submarine Veterans Memorial, visit the website http://crashdivebase.com.

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Coming Soon…

Fun for the whole family and a chance to visit an American WWII Submarine!

Crash Dive Base & USS Chicago Base will be here... Look for us and stop and say "HI."

Crash Dive Base & USS Chicago Base will be here… Look for us and stop and say “HI.”

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April 29, 2017

National Civil War Collectors Show & Sale

Collectors & Arms Dealers Assoc. Show & Sale

Zurko Combines Two Great Shows
Into One – April 29th
Civil War Show and C.A.D.A.

Wheaton, Illinois – DuPage County Fairgrounds, Saturday April 29th will host the “Mega-Collectors Event”, for Civil War Enthusiasts & Collector and Vintage Arms Collectors! Billed as two shows in one; The Chicagoland National Civil War Show and the C.A.D.A. (Collector’s Arm’s Dealers Association) will have something for everyone! With one admission price for two shows, in two separate buildings – everything from Civil War treasures, Spanish-American & Indian Wars, mountain men, bowie knife, fur traders, & World Wars I and II memorabilia to collector guns, pistols, rifles, parts, military, knives, & swords, and much, much more!

C.A.D.A. (Collectors Arms Dealers Association) is a national association of dealers of the highest integrity who offer quality collector arms for the novice to the advanced collector! Combining the two shows into one event affords something for everyone, for a grand day of treasure hunting!!

Special guest! The April 29th CADA Illinois gun show welcomes the “Chicago WWII Submarine Veterans Memorial” – DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187!

For additional dealer or collector information on this “Mega-Collectors Event”, contact Zurko’s Midwest Promotions, 115 E. Division St., Shawano, WI 54166; phone 715-526-9769, fax 715-524-5675

Zurko

April 29, members of Crash Dive Base & USS Chicago Base will be at this event.  Stop by to say "HI" and to consider making a contribution towards our WWII Sub Vets Memorial project.

April 29, members of Crash Dive Base & USS Chicago Base will be at this event. Stop by to say “HI” and to consider making a contribution towards our WWII Sub Vets Memorial project.

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MAINTENANCE WEEKEND ON THE COBIA
Crash Dive Members Greg Miller (Vice Cdr.) and Ed Dowling spend another weekend helping to maintain Cobia

 

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Wheaton (IL) French Market

October 29, 2016

October 29, 2016 saw volunteers from both Crash Dive base and USS Chicago Base “work the crowd” at the open air French Market located in Downtown Wheaton IL.  Thanks to the “crew”  who volunteered their time for this event.  Thanks to all who stopped by for a conversation and contributed.   It was chalked down in the books as “Successful.”

"The Crew" working the crowd.  Members from USS Chicago Base with members of Crash Dive Base.

“The Crew” working the crowd. Members from USS Chicago Base with members of Crash Dive Base.

Kane County (IL) Flea-Market

October 1 – 2, 2016

October 1 & 2, 2016, Volunteers from Crash Dive Base manned a “Booth” at the Kane County Flea Market, held at St. Charles Illinois. Though it rained hard, off and on Saturday, and hours for that first day were shorter than the second day, overall turnout was good and we were able to raise our ‘submarine on the fund-meter’ up another notch. (Go to the Memorial page in this website and look to the donor page.) For further information about the memorial, visit the Memorial page. Any and all donations to help build this educational memorial honoring our WWII Submarine Veterans are gratefully accepted. Information on how to donate is located at the bottom of the memorial page.

A "Sailor and Three Pretty Girls" at the Kane County Flea-market - Oct 1 & 2

A “Sailor and Three Pretty Girls” at the Kane County Flea-market – Oct 1 & 2

September Cobia  Work Detail

Greetings Submarine Lovers,

Once again our beloved submarine, USS Cobia, was in need of some well-deserved maintenance.  The main deck aft was showing serious signs of wear and needed to be returned to “submarine black.”  Rags, rollers, wire brushes, scrub brushes, and other implements of destruction and many hands were needed to get the job done.

Scheduled dates for the project were arrival Sunday, September 11.  Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, were work days, securing  September 14.  There are many other projects besides the deck which need to be done so if painting isn’t your thing, feel free to volunteer at a future date.  Civilian volunteers are always welcome.

The museum had graciously offered overnight accommodations on the boat or in the museum building gratis.  There are also many fine hotels in the area for a comfortable stay.  Local restaurants and fine chocolates are nearby.  Suffering is optional.

If you enjoy the company of submariners (and who doesn’t), care about the boat, or are just looking for a way to get away for a couple days, feel free to join the party.  Just drop me a note.  If you have any questions, I’ll try to answer them.  Hoping to see you in the future at Manitowoc.

DBF

Greg Miller   Vice Commander, Crash Dive Base, USSVI
Phone:  630-543-7855
Email:  fourkats4me@yahoo.com
Back in the "Seaman Gang"

Back in the “Seaman Gang”

...and never a dull moment

…and never a dull moment

.....not too bad!

…..not too bad!

Annual “SUB FEST” Event
Manitowoc, Wisconsin

 

Subfest 2016 hosted by the City of Manitowoc, WI, July 8-10, was a festival to end all festivals. Centerpiece of the fest was USS Cobia (SS245) which is under the loving care of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Staff, as well as volunteers, have made Cobia one of the best-kept submarines in the country.
Subvets from all over converged in support of the event as well as to enjoy the festivities over the 3-day weekend. Bases represented included Crash Dive, Wisconsin, Great Lakes, USS Illinois, USS Chicago, Iowa, Peoria and probably others as well. A very touching Lost Boat Service was presented by Wisconsin Base and participating dignitaries included Crash Dive Base former Commander, Ed Potts, who came from Virginia along with his wife, Yvonne, and granddaughter, Kelsey. Good to see old friends again.
Other fest activities included excellent live entertainment, sub sandwich and “torpedo” eating contests, a dazzling water ski show, lighted boat parade, demonstrations of model submarines, fireworks, whistle-blowing engine starts, food booths, sidewalk sales, huge farmers’ market, sightseeing tour boat, subvet-guided tours of the Cobia and more.
Crash Dive members Ed Dowling, Greg Miller, Herman Mueller, and Jon Stines, joined by USS Chicago V.C. Steve Benicke, all suffered bravely while presenting Cobia’s finer points to visitors. Crash Dive Base’s Commander Clay Hill and C.O.B. Larry Warnke were also on hand contributing to the festivities and all shared some not-too-spicy sea stories. Preliminary guesstimates are that well over 2,000 people toured the submarine over the weekend, a new record!
The Maritime Museum graciously permitted use of a space to promote the Chicago Submarine Memorial project to sell candy bars. Special thanks to subvettes Mary Miller, Jan Hill, Yvonne Potts, and Penny Dowling for standing watch and encouraging sales.
This hardly covers everything about Subfest, but in order to fully understand it, you had to be there. To those who participated, much thanks. For those who missed it, we hope to see you at Subfest 2017 the weekend after 4th. of July in Manitowoc.

Special “THANKS” to Subvettes Penny Dowling, Yvonne Potts, Jan Hill and Mary Miller, who manned the Submarine Memorial ‘booth’ inside the museum. From experience, this is a challenging assignment.
And a ‘BZ’ to the crew of the USS Chicago Base, who like wise set up outside and asked for donations to help build our Memorial. Sorry that I do not have any pictures to share.

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'Subfest from a distance

‘Subfest from a distance

Ken Tupman, USS Chicago Base 'pushin' for the memorial

Ken Tupman, USS Chicago Base ‘pushin’ for the memorial

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'Cobia'  (SS 245) SubFest 2016

‘Cobia’ (SS 245) SubFest 2016

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Candle light Bowl, April 30, 2016

Thanks to all who attended and made this fundraiser a success…………

Herman & Team starting the evening off

Herman & Team starting the evening off

Lining up on the lanes

Lining up on the lanes

Some really good raffle baskets

Some really good raffle baskets

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Judges Corner

Judges Corner

Fun Corner

Fun Corner

REALLY GOOD Baskets

REALLY GOOD Baskets

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Hello Sub Lovers,

Cobia recieved some TLC from an all volunteer working party this past February. The after torpedo room needed help in the waterways ( moved the torpedoes out of our way for that) and the crew’s shower area also needed help. Schedule was as follows:

Arrived Monday, February 8, before 1600 for berthing arrangements and chow.
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9 and 10, made the boat happier.
Thursday, February 11, final cleanup and headed for home.

The museum was closed Tuesday and Wednesday so we didn’t need to accommodate visitor concerns. Accommodations were available on the boat and in the museum. Sleeping bags were handy.

This was an opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of shipmates as well as doing a good deed for the boat. Previous participants have yet to report any serious suffering. It’s mostly fun.

If you would like to participate in the future, or have any questions, please contact me. Hope to hear from you.

DBF.

Greg Miller
Phone: 630-543-7855

Results of Working Party

Results of Working Party

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Feb Working Party

Feb Working Party

Feb Working Party

Feb Working Party

Feb Working Party

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From the Crash Dive Crew

From the Crash Dive Crew

At the Dec Meeting, District Commander Vic VanHorn (right), officially announces Crash Dive Base's two newest members of the Holland Club, Commander Clayton Hill (center)and Past Vice Commander Frank Voznak (left)

At the Dec Meeting, District Commander Vic VanHorn (right), officially announces Crash Dive Base’s two newest members of the Holland Club, Commander Clayton Hill (center)and Past Vice Commander Frank Voznak (left)

Charlie Wedel

New Item from the Base Storekeeper

New Item from the Base Storekeeper

Derse Tribute

Harry Tribute

A Shipmate who will be missed...

A Shipmate who will be missed…

SUBVETS PICNIC – Aug 8, 2015

Picnic started at 1000 hrs. Thanks go out to Judy who placed decorations

Picnic started at 1000 hrs.
Thanks go out to Judy who placed decorations

Will the sea stories ever end?

Will the sea stories ever end?

Just enjoying the day

Just enjoying the day

Lenny K & Barnacle Bill are overseen by Pat Hoffman

Lenny K & Barnacle Bill are overseen by Pat Hoffman

Rescue Dogs that work with Disabled Veterans were welcomed

Rescue Dogs that work with Disabled Veterans were welcomed

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1ST ANNUAL SUBFEST
Manitowoc Wisconsin
July 10th thru 12th, 2015

Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the City of Manitowoc hosted their 1st. Annual Subfest Thursday through Sunday, July 9 – 12, 2015. This was intended to be Manitowoc’s 1st. annual big Submarine related festival and was combined with the annual “Krazy Daze” sidewalk flea market to make a really big tourism event. Featured were screenings of classic submarine movies at the Capitol Civic Center and Rahr West Museum with an appearance by Jim Bates, one of the actors of Run Silent, Run Deep. In addition, there were rigged-for-red tours of the Cobia, new exhibits at the maritime museum, a big band USO show at the Capitol Civic Center, tolling of the boats at the Cobia with whistle blow, fireworks, and much more. The plan is for each year to feature a different era of the Submarine Service. This year’s focus was on World War II.

Thursday was a Subvet open house abroad USS Cobia and a Roof Deck Social. Overnight accommodations on Cobia were available at $25 each. All proceeds went to the Cobia dry dock fund.

Visitors numbered in the thousands, mostly Friday and Saturday, too many to hold the usual guided tours of Cobia. Instead, visitors were allowed to move through the boat at their own pace. This created a bit of a security problem for Cobia as museum staff is small and were stretched to their limits. Volunteer Subvets answered visitor questions, present compartments, and were on the look out for valve twisters and button pushers and went a long way to ensure the success of this endeavor. Basically, it was like standing a compartment room watch. All volunteers received a free $25 wristband for admission to the museum and all Subfest events and activities.

Sunday’s events include the Tolling of the Boats, more submarine movies at the civic center, and, yes, more visitors.

It was great that Manitowoc had chosen to put together a big festival about the Submarine Service. It’s about us and those who have gone before.

Lastly, the Museum allowed us to set up a table to advertise the WWII Submarine Veterans Memorial project that we are working on with USS Chicago Base. We handed out hundreds of fliers, sold the World’s Finest chocolate fundraiser bars, and picked up several cash donations. All in all a good weekend.

Visiting Boat during SubFest

Visiting Boat during SubFest

Herman Mueller Control Room Tour Guide

Herman Mueller Control Room Tour Guide

Herman Mueller standing watch

Herman Mueller standing watch

Compartment Watch Crew

Compartment Watch Crew

After Battery "Crews Mess" Visitors

After Battery “Crews Mess” Visitors

Remembrance Table...

Remembrance Table…

WWII Submarine Veterans Memorial Information Table

WWII Submarine Veterans Memorial Information Table

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Greg Miller Honored By Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Crash Dive's Representative to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Crash Dive’s Representative to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum

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U.S. SUBMARINE BIRTHDAY & WWII SUBMARINE VETERANS MEMORIAL BANQUET
April 11, 2015

THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF RESPONSE

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USO DELIVERY
March 8, Glenn & Betty Barts made a quick delivery of items always needed by the USO, pictured below. Also, pictured, is a “pattern” for a pillow case, the the USO is also in need of, for the troops to use during lay-overs.

Items dropped of at the USO located at Terminal 2, O'Hare International Airport

Items dropped of at the USO located at Terminal 2, O’Hare International Airport

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UPCOMING COBIA WORKING PARTY

Hello Submarine Fans,

A WP will be held at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum to get Cobia all ship shape and gleaming. As always there’s plenty of painting, cleaning, organizing, not to mention, the repairs to the bow plane rigging mechanism. Brushes, scrapers, rags, old clothes and wrenches and maybe a step stool will all be useful. Accommodations will be available either on Cobia or in the museum depending on your preference. Bring your sleeping bag. Geedunk machines are located in the museum. Area hotels are also available.

“Civilian” volunteers are always welcome so tell your neighbors, friends and others to join the party. It’s an opportunity to help the museum, as well as enjoying the fellowship and fun of being with like-minded people. Suffering is optional.

Schedule is as follows: Sunday, March 22, arrive at museum prior to 1600 to settle in, have dinner at a nearby restaurant, and afterwards probably watch one of the many submarine movies. Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, work days. Wednesday, March 25, final cleanup and head for home.

The museum is also preparing for its first annual Submarine Fest so it would be nice to have Cobia put its best foot forward. It’s going to be a happening.

Here’s hoping you will be able to make it. Any questions or suggestions, give me a shout and let us know you are coming. Should it be that you are unable to attend for the full duration, just do what you can and it will help. Thanks.

DBF

Greg Miller
Crash Dive Base
Phone: 630-543-7855

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February 2015 Base Meeting

Gary Walters of Wisconsin Base, USSVI presents a scale model of the memorial to Crash Dive Base at our February meeting.  Model was made & donated by John Peroutka

Gary Walters of Wisconsin Base, USSVI presents a scale model of the memorial to Crash Dive Base at our February meeting. Model was made & donated by John Peroutka

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January 2015 ‘Chilli Dump’

Preparation is so important. Frank Walter, January Chief Cook.

Preparation of Chili is so important.
Frank Walter, January Chief Cook.

'First Call'..........

‘First Call’……….

Several members volunteer to bring down their chili to 'dump' it all together into one batch....... Makes for Good Chili!

Several members volunteer to bring down their chili to ‘dump’ it all together into one batch……. Makes for Good Chili!

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Crash Dive Base Members at Last Meeting of the Year

Crash Dive Base Members at Last Meeting of the Year.
Top Row L-R.Dick Anderson, Ray Ratliff, Greg Miller, Clayton Hill, Glenn Barts, Ron Spooner, Larry Warnke
Bottom Row L-R. Frank Walter, Herman Mueller, Chris Gaines, Tom Polzin, Frank Voznak

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Ryan P. Zakin, New Eagle Scout, Troop 13, Fox Valley District-Three Fires Council, receives his award from Mr. Ted Rotzoll, Crash Dive Base Member and Council Leader

Ryan P. Zakin, New Eagle Scout, Troop 13, Fox Valley District-Three Fires Council, BSA, receives his award from Mr. Ted Rotzoll, Eagle Presenter for Crash Dive Base and Advancement Chair – Troop 13, Nov. 23, 2014

Charles P. Vyskocil, new Eagle Scout,  receives award from Mr. Ted Rotzoll, a Crash Dive Base Member Qualified in Submarines, Sept. 7, 2014

Charles P. Vyskocil, new Eagle Scout,Troop 13, Fox Valley District-Three Fires Council, BSA, receives award from Mr. Ted Rotzoll, Eagle Presenter for Crash Dive Base and Advancement Chair – Troop 13, Sept. 7, 2014

AUGUST HOLLAND CLUB PRESENTATION

Ray Ratliff receives Holland Club Award from Crash Dive Base Commander Clayton Hill

Ray Ratliff receives Holland Club Award from Crash Dive Base Commander Clayton Hill

Ted Rotzoll receives Holland Club Award from Crash Dive Base Commander Clayton Hill

Ted Rotzoll receives Holland Club Award from Crash Dive Base Commander Clayton Hill

Any Regular Member who has been designated “Qualified in Submarines” for fifty (50) years or more and who is either (a) a National Life Member in good standing, or (b) an annual member in good standing for five or more consecutive years, is eligible to become a member of the “Holland Club” within the organization. Holland Club members will pay no further National dues, but may be required to pay Base dues as per Base Bylaws.

The Holland Club was named after John Philip Holland an engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
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OPERATION: USO PILLOWCASES
August 12, Crash Dive dropped of the first donation of “pillow cases” to the USO. Troops who either get stranded or are waiting for their flight, can go to the USO at either terminal at O’Hare and rest a little easier with these home made, patriotic pillowcases. For information, please contact Greg Miller, Email: fourkats4me@yahoo.com, Phone: 630-543-7855, if you are interested in helping out.

Greg & Mary Miller present pillowcases to Lindsay Wadas, O'Hare Center Director

Greg & Mary Miller present pillowcases to Lindsay Wadas, O’Hare Center Director

L.to R. Lindsay Wadas, Director, Greg Miller, Lamartine Philemon, MMS, Berek Littmann, SECF (on their way to Sub School @ Groton CT.) & VCDR Frank Voznak

L.to R. Lindsay Wadas, Director, Greg Miller, Lamartine Philemon, MMS, Berek Littmann, SECF (on their way to Sub School) & VCDR Frank Voznak

Assorted Patriotic Pillow Cases handmade by various Crash Dive Members Wives, and many thanks to Judy Struck, Eileenmary King, and Donna Bowers, members of Needle's Nest Chapter of EGA, for their contributions

Assorted Patriotic Pillow Cases handmade by various Crash Dive Members Wives, and many thanks to Judy Struck, Eileenmary King, and Donna Bowers, members of Needle’s Nest Chapter of EGA, for their contributions

Joan Murphy, a volunteer at the USO O'Hare Center, and Mary Miller, co-ordinator of Pillow Case Project

Joan Murphy, a volunteer at the USO O’Hare Center, and Mary Miller, co-ordinator of Pillow Case Project

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UPCOMING COBIA WORK DETAIL
Greetings Submarine Lovers,

A working party for USS Cobia (SS245) is scheduled for August 25, 26. Arrival on Sunday, August 24, at the museum prior to 1600 would be best so that berthing arrangements, offloading stuff, and other miscellaneous activities can be finished.
Accommodations are available on the boat or museum gratis or, if you prefer, Best Western can provide a corporate rate. The museum does have showers and necessary facilities, but bring your own soap, towel and a sleeping bag. The museum also provides lunch. Popular priced eateries and gin mills are within staggering distance.
Projects are TBA. Just figure to bring old clothes and your best sea stories. As always “civilian” volunteers are welcome as can be–male or female, young or not-so-young, just willing to work.
Any questions or assistance, just drop me a line and I’ll do what I can. Thanks.

Greg Miller
Crash Dive Base
Email: fourkats4me@yahoo.com
Phone: 630-543-7855

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HOLLAND CLUB CEREMONY AT CRASH DIVE MEETING July 19, 2014

Ed Dowling accepts Holland Club Membership from CDR Hill

Ed Dowling accepts Holland Club Membership from CDR Hill

Eric Clauson accepts Holland Club membership from CDR Hill

Eric Clauson accepts Holland Club membership from CDR Hill

Any Regular Member who has been designated “Qualified in Submarines” for fifty (50) years or more and who is either (a) a National Life Member in good standing, or (b) an annual member in good standing for five or more consecutive years, is eligible to become a member of the “Holland Club” within the organization. Holland Club members will pay no further National dues, but may be required to pay Base dues as per Base Bylaws.

The Holland Club was named after John Philip Holland an engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

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BOB KRAUTSTRUNK – JULY VET OF THE MONTH
18 July, 2014, Our own Bob Krautstrunk, a SVWWII Illinois Commander, and Crash Dive Base member, has become the Illinois Veteran of the Month.

Bob Krautstrunk with family & friends, about to recieve award

Bob Krautstrunk with family & friends, about to recieve award

Mr. Rodrigo Garcia, acting Dir. of Il. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, presents award

Mr. Rodrigo Garcia, acting Dir. of Il. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, presents award

Ken Tupman, CDR of USS Chicago Base, presents Bob with plaque

Ken Tupman, CDR of USS Chicago Base, presents Bob with plaque

"SPEECH"

“SPEECH”

Bob recieves Il. flag from Mr. Garcia

Bob recieves Il. flag from Mr. Garcia

All who came to  bestow Veteran of the Month to Bob Krautstrunk

All who came to bestow Veteran of the Month to Bob Krautstrunk

Excerpts from the Robert Krautstrunk Ceremony

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Veteran of the Month Award honors the work of veterans whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty as they dedicate their time and energy to assist their fellow veterans and service members.
Nominees are evaluated based on their achievements, as well as the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited, and provided inspiration to other veterans. In addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois.
Our veterans understand the value of service and sacrifice for the greater good – they’ve lived it. Through their past experiences, they’ve embodied this virtue to the greatest extent.
Whether it be service to one’s country, one’s family, friends, neighbors, or community, the example set by our veterans illustrates how far individuals are willing to go in order to help their fellow citizens. Both on and off the battlefield, veterans exemplify the meaning of selfless courage and compassion. In this way, they are the exact role models we need in our communities.
We….. honor Mr. Krautstrunk for his numerous contributions and his steadfast commitment to Illinois’ veteran community.

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JUNE 2014 COBIA WORKING PARTY

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Morning Muster

Morning Muster

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USS Lagarto Rememberance Ceremony

Base Members attended on Saturday, May 24th @ 1:00 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum
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USS Lagarto was a Manitowoc Built submarine that was “lost” with all hands on May 3, 1945.

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March Cobia “Working” Party

On 17 March while others were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a crew of submariners from Crash Dive and USS Chicago bases were in Manitowoc celebrating USS Cobia’s birthday.  Her keel was laid 17 March, 1943.  After singing her Happy Birthday, the crew consisting of Steve Benicke, Jack Medrick, Jeff Trimborn, Tom Ramsay, Pat Habel, Greg Miller, Frank Indoe, and Jim Daniels rolled up their sleeves and set to work preparing Cobia for her annual Navy inspection.  (Inspections are such fun!)  Peeling paint, new shelves, and organizing repair/spare parts were among the tasks addressed.  Just like in the Navy, we didn’t get fired!  Many thanks to these crewmen for their participation.

Also, credit must be given to CEO Rolf Johnson, COBette Karen Duvalle, and the rest of the staff at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum for their excellent work and most gracious hospitality.  A good time was had by all.

Next working party is scheduled for 16, 17 June so put it on your calendar.  We’d love to have you join us.  Details TBA.

Greg Miller
Crash Dive Base

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UPDATE:
Good evening all you Submariner’s,
For those who were asking about how the boat faired with the cold weather, all in all it was pretty rough this past winter. The ice packed 3′ thick between the boat and the pier, and the pressure pushed the gangway back 8” or 10″ with all the lines getting pretty tight. The solution was to put an aerator in the ice where the drilled holes were and lo and behold it broke up the ice and the 3 degree port list that was on the boat, came back to zero.
A number of guys from the Chicago and Crash Dive bases, and others, got the boat ready for the Navy inspection, of which they found only minor items, and they were corrected. It took a lot of elbow grease, with wiping down the bilges and storing items. Removing the old shelving in the after batter compartment and installing some new shelving gave us some needed room to get the parts off the deck and onto the shelving, and a general clean up took place, I say, thank you guys for “A JOB WELL DONE”.

This past weekend Pat and Jud started up the air compressor and also moved the after engine room clean fuel oil pump to the forward engine room, this took up a great deal of time, but job completed.
Pat also help Bud and myself checking out the 1 & 2 MB system, from Control, Conning tower and maneuvering room. We found lights out in the 1MB in control and the alarm bells weren’t working, (overhauling them now, will reinstall next time to the boat). We also installed two missing sound powered phones, and checked out all the XJA plugs using the new head set, and all are working properly. We also found other hand held phones that aren’t work properly ( will make the necessary repairs next time). Between the 4 of us, helping each other it was a very good day, we accomplished all that we wanted to do for the day.

Tack

Pride Runs Deep

April

Submarine Birthday Ball

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Parkway Chateau, Kenosha, WI

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JANUARY 2014 HOLLAND CLUB

Dick Anderson receives acknowledgement for being "QUALIFIED IN SUBMARINES" FOR 50 years.

Dick Anderson receives acknowledgement for being “QUALIFIED IN SUBMARINES” FOR 50 years.

Any Regular Member who has been designated “Qualified in Submarines” for fifty (50) years or more and who is either (a) a National Life Member in good standing, or (b) an annual member in good standing for five or more consecutive years, is eligible to become a member of the “Holland Club” within the organization. Holland Club members will pay no further National dues, but may be required to pay Base dues as per Base Bylaws.

The Holland Club was named after John Philip Holland an engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy.