January 2019 Minutes

Requin Base Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2019

Baden, PA


Base Commander Huey Dietrich called the meeting to order.

Attendees: Mike Allen, Tino & Sally Bolcato, Lee & Patsy Bookwalter, Clair & Nancy Bouts, Don Bright, George Brown, Ron Campbell, Joe Campisi, Huey & Edie Dietrich, Gerry & Linda Gaylor, Dick & Beverly Geyer, Bob & Lynn Gourley, Art Kalimon, Bill & Sandy Lindsey, Chuck & Nancy Loskoch, Bat Masterson, JB Messer, Marian Miller, Vince Metzke, Frank Nicotra, Mike Pellegrino, Jim & Sondra Schwarz, Chuck Shrump, Harry Sills, Jeff & Eileen Simon, Carl Stigers, Jack & Jenny Sutherin, John Swords, Chad Underkoffer, Mike & Tina Wyckoff

Base Commander Huey Dietrich: Quote of the day: “Submarine life is not a service but a religion”

Requin History: Launched January 1, 1945. January 20, 1948 given hull classification OSSR-481 and modified to the Migrain II radar picket configuration. January 15, 1951 entered Mediterranean until May when she returned to normal operations on the US east coast and in the Caribbean. January 1, 1953 maintained her schedule of Second and Sixth Fleet operations but at the end of the year put into Philadelphia PA for extensive modernization overhaul that among other things removed her last remaining anti-aircraft cannon.

Base Commander Huey Dietrich: Let us at this time, with a moment of silent prayer, remember our Shipmates who made the supreme sacrifice that we may gather here in Peace. We dedicate this meeting to our Shipmates on Eternal Patrol, to perpetuate their memories in our lives and to honor our Shipmates on active duty in the service of the first line of defense of our Nation.

Boats Lost:

USS SCORPION (SS 278)              January 05, 1944

USS ARGONAUT (SS 166)           January 10, 1943

USS SWORDFISH (SS 193)          January 12, 1945

USS S 36 (SS 141)                           January 20, 1942

USS S 26 (SS 131)                           January 24, 1942

We also honor our departed shipmate of the Requin Base, John Good, Robert Goodley, Tom Stewart, Earl Wood, Ed Cramer, Ed Paul and Vince Segeleon. Finally let us remember all the brave submariners who died performing their duties aboard submarines, some individually and some in groups, but where the submarine itself was not lost.

Chaplain Carl Stigers gave the Invocation.

Base Secretary Jeff Simon led the Base in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members introduced themselves and the boats they qualified on.

Base Secretary Jeff Simon reported that Minutes of the previous meeting and Executive Board Meeting were published on the Requin Base website. With no objections, the minutes were approved as published.

Treasurer Lee Bookwalter gave an accounting of base assets, expenditures, and deposits are available upon request. With no objections, the report was approved.

Other Reports:

Binnacle List: Lois Stewart, Aaron Ellis, John Lukasik

Membership stands at 178.

Storekeeper Frank Nicotra reported on available small stores.

Memorial And Ceremonies

Members are encouraged to see the Calendar on the Requin Base Website for upcoming activities, events, birthdays and anniversaries.

Old Business:


New Business:

Joint meetings with Cod Base are being planned.

Relations with the Science Center were discussed.

Requin Base Officers were sworn in.

Members are asked to volunteer for assistant Base Photographer, assistant Newsletter Editor.

Base budget for 2019 as published in the Executive Board Meeting minutes was discussed and approved by the members present.

For The Good Of The Order:

Volunteers are need for the following committees: USS Pittsburgh visit in March, Requin Base 25th anniversary on September 1, and Christmas luncheon.

Commissioning of SSN-790 USS South Dakota will occur in Groton CT on February 2.

Chaplain Carl Stigers gave the Benediction and blessing of today’s meal.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting: Baden PA American Legion at 1230 hours on February 9, 2019