September 2019 Minutes

Requin Base Meeting Minutes

September 14, 2019

Baden, PA


Base Commander Huey Dietrich called the meeting to order.

Attendees: Mike Allen, Lee & Patsy Bookwalter, Clair & Nancy Bouts, Don Bright, George Brown, Ron Campbell, Joe Campisi, Huey & Edie Dietrich, Sandy Ellis, Gerry Gaylor, Dick & Beverly Geyer, Bill & Donna Greenlee, Bob & Lynn Gourley, Doug Johnston, Bill & Sandy Lindsey, Jim & Charlene Lift, Bat Masterson, Jim & Sandra Messer, Vince Metz, Marian & John Miller, Frank Nicotra, Harry Sills, Chuck Shrump, Jack & Jenny Sutherin, Chad Underkoffler, Mike & Tina Wyckoff and guest Jene Eloise

Base Commander Huey Dietrich:  Quotes of the day: “The reason why worry kills work is because more people worry than work”

Requin History:  September 18, 1945 Requin arrived at Staten Island, New York, to begin what would be in the words of Commander Cutter, “a dull and boring assignment” essentially becoming a target for sonar school ships.  September 30, 1963 Requin completed her 5000th dive.  September 4, 1990 Requin arrived at the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA

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 S-5 (SS 110)                             September 1, 1920

USS GRAYLING (SS 209)             September 9, 1943

USS S-51 (SS 162)                           September 25, 1925

USS CISCO (SS 290)                      September 28, 1943

We also wish to remember our shipmate of the Requin Base, Donald Miller, Marion Irons, Don Lennox, and Monty Silvers.  Finally, we honor 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.


Treasurer Lee Bookwalter led the Base in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members introduced themselves and the boats they qualified on.

Minutes of the previous meeting were published in the SVD and on the Requin Base website.  With no objections, the minutes will stand as published.

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

Other Reports:

Binnacle List: Judith Gervais (Underkoffler), Chip & Sharon Porter, Lois Stewart

Eternal Patrol: Robert Klein QM3(SS)

Membership stands at 184.

Storekeeper Frank Nicotra reported on available small stores

Shipmate Vince Metz reported on status of Eagle Scouts presentations

Social Events

September 20, Ronquil/Cod meeting in Cleveland OH

September 26, USS Thresher Commemorative Monument in Arlington VA

October 11, Navy Ball, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall

October 12, Base meeting will be at 1200 hours in New Castle PA at the Crain Room

November 9, Base meeting will be in Baden PA at the American Legion

November 9, Veterans Day Parade in Pittsburgh

December 1, Christmas luncheon at the German Club

December 7, Pearl Harbor Day remembrance

June 2020, Shawn McGinty boat reunion

Old Business:

Requin Base 25th reunion was discussed

E-Mail from Lawton Gains was read

New Business:

Meeting with Commander Jason of USS Pittsburgh was discussed

Thresher Memorial Service will be held at Arlington Cemetary on Thursday September 26 at 16000 hours.

For The Good Of The Order:

Veterans Day Parade with be on Saturday November 9 in Pittsburgh PA.  Muster at 0900 hours, parade starts at 1000 hours.  Base meeting for November is cancelled.

Benediction and blessing of today’s meal

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting: New Castle PA, Crain Room restaurant at 1200 hours on October 12, 2019