Requin Base Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2019

New Castle, PA


Base Commander Huey Dietrich called the meeting to order.

Attendees: Lee & Patsy Bookwalter, Clair & Nancy Bouts, George Brown, Ron & Nita Campbell, Joe Campisi, Huey & Edie Dietrich, Dave Cochenour, Sandy Ellis, Rick & Judy Elster, Hank FranzGerry & Linda Gaylor, James Gowher, Dick & Beverly Geyer, Bob Gourley, Lou Hammil, George & Barbara Harrah, Bill & Sandy Lindsey, Chuck & Sandy Loshkosh, Ed Masson, Bat Masterson, Jim & Sandra Messer, Vince Metz, Bob & Jude Myers, Frank Nicotra, Mike Pellegrino, Chuck Shrump, Bernie & Dottie Sigler, Jeff & Eileen Simon, Jack Sutherin, Chad Underkoffler, Mike & Tina Wyckoff

Base Commander Huey Dietrich:  Quotes of the day: “No one gets too old to learn a new way of being stupid.”

Requin History: On October 1, 1947 Requin moved north for exercises with her sister radar picket submarine Spinax SS-489.  On October 1, 1966, Requin cruised around the South American continent with various South American navies.  On October 20th Requin was dedicated as a memorial and exibit and opened for tours.,

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.

USS SEAWOLF (SS 197)               October 3, 1944

USS S-44 (SS 155)                           October 7, 1943

USS WAHOO (SS 238)                   October 11, 1943

USS DORADO (SS 248)                 October 12, 1943

USS ESCOLAR (SS 294)               October 17, 1944

USS SHARK II (SS 314)                October 24, 1944

USS DARTER (SS 227)                  October 24, 1944

USS TANG (SS 306)                       October 25, 1944

USS O-5 (SS 66)                               October 29, 1923

We also wish to remember our shipmates of the Requin Base: Jack Hart, Thomas Wayland, Eugene Camarota, John Clarkin and Charles Tolbert.  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 were published in the SVD and on the Requin Base website.  With no objections, the minutes will stand as published.

Treasurer Lee Bookwalter informed the members that an accounting of base assets, expenditures, and deposits was available for review.

Other Reports:

Binnacle List: Grew Bushko, Edie Dietrich

Membership stands at 185.

Storekeeper Frank Nicotra nothing to report

Shipmate Vince Metz nothing to report

Social Events

November 9, Veterans Day Parade in Pittsburgh muster 0830 hours at German Club Pittsburgh PA

November 16, Base meeting will be in Baden PA at the American Legion

December 1, Christmas luncheon at the German Club

Old Business:

Thresher Memorial Service was held at Arlington Cemetery on September 26

Navy Ball activities were discussed

New Business:

Bernie Sigler is appointed Election Chairman.  Nominations are being accepted to be read at the November meeting

For The Good Of The Order:

Meeting with Commander Jason of USS Pittsburgh was discussed

Decommissioning of USS Pittsburgh is on January 17, 2020.  Base members will attend.

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

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting: Baden PA at 1230 hours on November 16, 2019