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APRIL ONLINE USSVI BOD MEETING
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Posted 2019-04-09 9:57 AM (#15138)
Subject: APRIL ONLINE USSVI BOD MEETING
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The April 2019 USSVI Online Board of Directors Meeting is now called to order.

Please take a Moment of Silence to honor “Our Shipmates” who have rested their Oar and departed on Eternal Patrol.

Tolling of the Boats for the month of April:

April 3, 1943 - USS Pickerel (SS-177)
74 men lost
Lost on April 3, 1943 with the loss of 74 officers and men,
while on her 7th war patrol. She was lost off Honshu. The
exact cause of her loss has never been determined, but her
OP area contained numerous minefields

April 8, 1945 - USS Snook (SS-279)
84 men lost
Lost on April 8, 1945 with the loss of 84 officers and men.
She was lost near Hainan Island, possibly sunk by a Japanese submarine.

April 10, 1963 - USS Thresher (SSN-593)
112 crew 17 civilians lost
Lost on April 10, 1963 with the loss of 112 crew members
and 17 civilian technicians during deep-diving exercises.

April 18, 1944 - USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
79 men lost
USS Gudgeon (SS-211) was probably lost on April 18, 1944
with the loss of 79 men SE of Iwo Jima, Gudgeon was the first US submarine to go on patrol from Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack. On her first patrol, she became the first US submarine to sink an enemy warship, picking off the submarine I-173.

April 22, 1943 - USS Grenadier (SS-210)
no loss of life
Lost on April 22, 1943 near Penang, with no immediate loss of life. She was on her 6th war patrol. Of the 76 crew members taken prisoner, 72 survived the war.

In conclusion to this tolling, remember all the brave submariners who died in the course of their routine duties aboard submarines not only from the United States, but from around the world, some individually and some in groups, where the submarine itself was not lost.

Please take a moment to read our Purpose/Creed.

Our Creed: "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.”

MEETING AGENDA:
1. Update on Status of Website – Wayne Standerfer
2. National Chaplain – Wayne Standerfer
3. Veterans Affairs Committee (Action Item) – Wayne Standerfer
4. Membership Card Printer (Action Item) – Paul Hiser
5. Discounted Shipping Expenses – Ken Nichols
6. Good of the Order

With the possibility of having a large number of participants due to an emphasis on increasing our District Commander participation, we will dispense with a time-consuming roll call and move directly to Agenda Item #1.


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