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What USSVI members and Bases Do

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    Posted: 12 Dec 2019 at 12:51pm

WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME?  What are the Benefits of belonging to USSVI-U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc

Is your Base/Chapter putting together a “Welcome Aboard” brochure for new or prospective members or have you been asked what USSVI does.  Perhaps your old members have forgotten what we do or can do. We have 12,600 members in 166 Bases/Chapters in all states except Alaska.  There has to be many former submariners who don’t know of use or what we can do. 

The following is a list of just some of the things Bases/Chapters do that might be attractive to prospective members or to help retain members year after year.  If some are inappropriate for your area, simply edit those items.   

·         The American Submariner magazine is a quarterly  48-page detailed magazine with news, stories, new members, past members, ads. Get Reunion information for your boat.  Some have their reunions at our National Convention

·         You get Holland Club membership with your 50th year of  qualifying with certificate, card, patch, coin and meeting/breakfast at the Conventions

·         National USSVI Conventions every year in different parts of the country: Austin, Tucson, Orlando, Rochester, Reno, San Francisco, Cruises, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Atlantic City, Duluth, Mobile, and many more

·         Some areas have Regional and or District meetings/roundups. There are 4 Regions and some 22 Districts

·         Ability to sponsor the A/S magazine to active boats and commands

·         Some Bases form close relationships with their namesake boats. Some Bases are named for Boats: Scamp, Harder, Bowfin, Cheyenne, Topeka, Barb, Drum, Maine, Scranton, Nautilus to name a few

·         Help with finding long lost shipmates. There is a list of some 20,000 submariners coming soon

·         Each member gets a patch and a decal and information on getting other patches

·         Camaraderie at local meetings and sharing of experiences and sea stories

·         Scholarships for children, grand-children and great- grand-children

·         Free Veteran information for VA members or just for Veterans

·         Ability to run for office to effect change

·         Base newsletters to further keep you informed on your local group

·         Several on-line bulletin board systems and Facebook forums you can join

·         Find out what happened to your old boat

·         Take part in Base functions in your community

·         Help build a submarine float for parades to spread the work about USSVI

·         Take part in your local Base with its fund raising events

·         The Kaps4Kids program gives Honorary Submariner caps to children with debilitating diseases

·         Pride in belonging to the largest submarine veterans group in the world or join the International Submarine Assoc.

·         Participate in the very moving “Tolling of the Boats” ceremony that commemorates the lost boats

·         Associate with or help restore some 21 Museum boats that need help constantly

·         Assist with getting streets, highways, bridges name for Submarine Veterans

·         Work with Sea Cadets, NROTC, and schools to help them educate the public about submarines

·         Free admittance and or discount information is published periodically.

·         Perhaps an active submarine might give tours to SubVet  groups

·         Guest speakers at Base meetings

·         Meet submarine book authors at meetings and conventions

·         You can effect change in the organizations Constitution and Bylaws

·         Wives and children can become Associate members

·         Be part of the effort to help submariners in disaster situations

·         Help you Base maintain its nearest memorials and  monuments in every state

·          Find out where you can donate your memorabilia and books about submarines

·         Our National Web site at has a plethora of facts, pictures and location of submarine memorials. It is here that you can find local Bases and information on their meetings.

·         Become an active part in our on-going efforts to find submarine veterans who do not know we exist

·         Be a docent/guide on several of the museum boats around the country

·         See the USSVI National Library at the Ark. Inland Maritime Museum

·         Visit the USS Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum at Groton (outside the Base gate.)

·         Visit the St. Mary’s Submarine Museum and store at St. Mary’s, Georgia

·         There are 27 Submarine Memorials in California alone you can visit

·         Visit the first submarine base at New Suffolk, LI, NY

·         Visit Manitowoc, WI where 28 WWII Submarines were built and where one still is on display

·         Admirals Lockwood, Nimitz, Turner and Spruance are buried at San Bruno, CA cemetery

·         Did you know you can get on Submarine Base with an active member sponsor or a retiree

·         Vendors of submarine memorabilia, books, clothing, jewelry, coins, patches attend Conventions

·         Did you know if your rode a FBM boat you can join VFW and now any Veteran since Dec. 7, 1941 can join the American Legion

·         The TV series Silent Service is free

·         Visit with some remaining WWII SubVets at the National Convention. 2020 in Tucson, 2021 in Orlando and 2022 in Buffalo, NY.

·         At 40 School Street in Groton, you can visit the first and largest SubVets owned building filled with memorabilia, ships plaques, a bar, and a restaurant.

·         Get to listen to a top Admiral or two at the National Conventions

·         Once a member  you can search the system for shipmate. Non-members cannot do this.

·         55 boats won the Presidential Unit Citation.  Was your boat one of them?

·         You can win award/s at the National Convention for your deeds in USSVI such as leadership, newsletters, special deeds and actions, recruiting and historical achievement. 

·         There are lists of Medal of Honor winners, Navy Cross, Silver Star on our Web site

·         Search the USSVI site for your boat and many have Web sites

·         There is a very comprehensive listing by date of boat events/patrols/losses

·         670 boat photos are displayed and many Battle flags and boat patches

·         A listing of sounds/alarms we all heard are available

·         138,000 Submarine Veteran database.  You must sign on get their addressing info

·         There are 982 SubSchool class pictures in the USSVI system

·         Find out and buy the yearly USSVI Calendar showing boats of a particular class or era

·         The National Web site contains many videos

·         Visit the site of the National Storekeeper for many patches, pins, etc

·         Write articles, book reviews, poems  for or share news to American Submariner magazine

·         Read the many poems written by submariners or write your own with a Web search

·         Start and share a YouTube collection  of Submarine videos

·         Display your duty stations and boat patches on a vest that many members wear

·         Want a boat cap?  National SK can make for your boat

·         There are Submarine Motorcycle groups, ham radio groups, stamp collectors, and RV owners groups

·          There is a Sub-Committee not with USSVI but which is a group of Radio Controlled sub enthusiasts and model builders. They have shown their models at our Conventions.

·         There is an ISA-International Submarine Assoc.  with yearly meetings around the world

·         There is a Submariner’s Dictionary you can buy from a USSVI member

·         Be able to discuss with other Bases the problems they have had with meetings, retention, planning, and corrective action they have taken.

·         Participate in the various trips, excursions, and other side bar opportunities offered at each Convention

·         Enjoy hearing how all of your favorite sea stories have evolved and changed through the years.

·         Meet and discuss issues with the individual USSVI leadership members. All Officers are open to all and all meetings of the organization is open to all members even if not a member of that group, committee or Base

·         Watch and enjoy celebrity performances during the banquet night festivities. The Cowboy Cheerleaders showed up at the Ft. Worth Convention one year 

·         Opportunity to have your special tailor make USSVI Vest to display your patches and pins

·         Read a good submarine book lately? Send a review to the American Submariner magazine

·         Some Bases have bake sales, salsa and chili contests to raise money for their projects

·         One Base sent playing cards to their State named boat

·         Another Base sent 750 paperback books to the Squadrons at Groton

·         USSVI has a Charitable Foundation.  Your donations are tax deductible

·         Get to play golf at new and different courses at the Conventions

·         Get to meet other campers with their trailers, motor homes, in local trailer parks at Reunions

·         Learn a lot of history about the area where the convention is located

·         Get to try the best local cuisine around the convention location

·         Wives are able to get together for their selected activities at Conventions

·         Listen to guest speakers at Base meetings

·         See trailer size submarines at conventions or in nearby parades

·         Buy prints of your boat done by the USSVI National Artist

·         Order checks with your boat picture or rank/rate on them from a USSVI member

·         Buy challenge coins on-line or at the Conventions of your boat or other commands

·         What happened to your boat?  That information is available

·         Your sea story might be printed in the National magazines along with poems and jokes

·         Need a quantity of patches for a reunion?  The National SK can provide

·         Find a Base in your state or area. There are 22 chapters in Florida alone

·         The list of lost boats are on the USSVI Web site

·         What happened today in submarine history

·         Need a submarine cookbook?

·         Want a submarine dictionary?

·         Links to 1000’s of submarine pictures

·         There are several links to submarine coloring books

·         All meetings within the organization are open to any active member

·         There are photos of the many submarine floats that have been built also submarine BBQ units

·         84 Bases have their newsletters on line

·         There is a listing by name of all submariners who have passed in the line of duty

·         See the listing of winners of all the major medals

·         All messages sent to the Bases are on-line.  All 279 pages worth


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