Volume 34 | August 19 2018
U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc.
SUBVETS Groton Base
"First and Finest"
Home of USSVI and Dominic "Joe" Negri Memorial Clubhouse
Your weekly news & updates
Photo of the week
Advanced Screening of USS Triton SSN-586 Documentary
Advanced screening of USS Triton documentary - the first submarine to sail around the world submerged. Her voyage started on 24 February 1960 and was concluded on 10 April 1960. In 60 days and 21 hours USS Triton circumnavigated the globe. Please join us for an advanced screening of USS Triton with the Director, Mr. Kevin Finch. The movie will last just under one hour with question and answers to follow. We hope to see you there to learn about this important piece in U.S. Submarine Force history! 

Location SFML-HSN, Groton, CT on Monday, 08 /20/2018 11:00 AM
Steak & Lobster Dinner
This year’s Steak n Lobster Dinner will be held on September 15, 2018

Price is as follows:

a) 1 Steak or 1 lobster : $16
b) 1 Lobster and 1 steak : $25
c) 2 steaks or 2 lobsters $25
Signups are at the clubhouse. Call the clubhouse at 860-445-5262 for information on the dinner. 
filet mignon steak with lobster tail surf and turf meal
Reminder Boat Notes are due by 1 September. Let’s continue the great job we have been doing on communicating the happenings of our base and all Submarine related activities tour membership. Send any articles to Commander@ussvigroton.org
It is that time of year where we are starting our preparation for our 18 th annual Thanksgiving Dinner that we provided to our Veteran’s, EMS Personnel and Sailors. Look for a separate broadcast with our Thanksgiving request. We will be asking for Volunteers, donations (Turkeys, pies and etc..). Last year we provided 1,100 meals - lets continue what we do best. 

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Chaplain's List
Call, send a note, or a visit - A phone call or a visit from a shipmate means a lot, even if you don't know the person.   If anyone knows of a shipmate that should be added, I don’t. Please let me know. 
A reminder, there are many who have recently had or are having scheduled surgery. In most cases they have asked that I don’t put their names on this list. Your thoughts and prayers are requested for each of them. 

Also, I do send an Eternal Patrol certificate and a letter of condolence to the spouse or child of a Groton Base member whenever I hear of their passing.  National does a fine job of letting me know, however, some fall through the cracks. Let me know if you hear of one’s passing.  


Jim Drodz is in a nursing home in IL. He has a stomach issue. Pray for his early recovery.

Thank you to those members who were able to attend the service for WWII SubVet Warren Wildes this past Thursday. 

Binnacle List
Please say a prayer for all who may also be under the weather including spouses and relatives. Special note: This should include those who are suffering from some debilitating illness, and may be in a nursing home, etc. There are many who come to mind that had previously been on this list.   
God bless. Jack
Eternal Patrol - August 2018
Shipmates, It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of a WWII Shipmate Warren Freeman Wildes , 92, a retired home builder, went to his eternal custom-built home on August 8th, 2018, after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Warren was born in Willimantic, CT on November 19,1925, as the the youngest son of Willis (“Parker”) and Dorothy (Lamb) Wildes.

He grew up in Noank, CT and, at the age of 17, joined the U.S. Navy in January 1944. Warren served thought the end of WWII, and was seperated in May 1946 as as a EM3(SS). Warren was deployed in Submarines and was in the Hell Cats invasion of the Sea of Japan in 1945.

He Qualified in Submarines in 1945 on the USS Flying Fish (SS-229). Waren also served on the USS Corporal (SS-346).

After the war, Warren moved to Long Beach, CA where he fell in love with the woman he would marry, Emily David, a Connecticut native. They eventually returned to Connecticut, where Warren joined his father and brother in establishing W.P. Wildes & Sons Custom Building Company.

Throughout most of his life, Warren was an avid golfer. During his retirement years, he painted landscapes and rendered ocean-side scenes on lath and slate. Opera, Broadway musicals and classical music were a passion. He was a kind-hearted man who brought the gift of his smile and loving spirit to all. His memory remains vibrant in each of us. 

Warren was a life member of the U S. Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) Groton Base since 2000. He was very proud of his volunteer activities for his local chapter of World War II Submarine Veterans, where he served a term as president.

He was extremely proud that he was a distinguished member of the USSVI Holland Club, an honor for those submariners that were "Qualified in Submarines" for 50 years or more (since March 2001).

Warren was pre-deceased by his brothers: Robert, Russell and Kenneth (“Bunk”).

He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 70 years, Emily David Wildes of Groton; two beloved children, Doretta Wildes of Middletown, and Linda Wildes of Glastonbury; three adored grandchildren, Alex Maffucci of West Hartford, Emelie Winiski of Middletown and Max Maffucci of West Hartford; and his dear and only sister, Bette Thomson of Groton. He also leaves behind many caring nieces and nephews and their families. Special thanks to the nursing staff at Fairview for their loving care and support.

A memorial service will be held at Groton Congregational Church, 162 Monument Street, Groton, on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at Par Four Restaurant, Groton. 

The Honor Detail will muster at Groton Congregational Church (162 Monument Street, Groton) [ The Stone church up the hill from clubhouse] on Thursday August 16, 2018 at 1615. We are awaiting the time we will be going on from the minister.
Uniform should be black trousers, white (short sleeve) shirt, the Honor Detail tie (if you have one), black shoes, vest, and hat.

"There is a port of no return, where ships may ride at anchor for a little space. And then some starless night the cable slips, leaving only an eddy at the mooring place. Gulls veer no longer, Sailor rest your oar. No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore."

* Hand Salute * EM3(SS) Warren Freeman Wildes . . . Rest your oar. Ready Two ! 

USSVI Groton Events
Visit our new website at USSVI Groton Base Events and Meetings

August themes:
  • Membership Renewals
  • Members update biography in National Database at https://ussvi.org

  • 08/21/2018 11:30 AM - 1130, Holland Club luncheon
  • 08/21/2018 4:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 08/22/2018 9:00 - 11:00 AM, RSVP Veterans' Coffeehouse, Norwich
  • 08/22/2018 - Committee Budget submittals due to Base Treasurer NLT 5 September
  • 08/23/2018 - Chairman reports due to Base Secretary
  • 08/23/2018 8:30 – 10:30 AM, RSVP Veterans' Coffeehouse, Pawcatuck
  • 08/24/2018 - Boat Notes input due 1 September
  • 08/26/2018 10:00AM– 12:00PM - Brunch

This week the Committee Chair reports are due to the Base Secretary for the events they had over the last month and those planned for the next. Negative reports are required. 

Additionally, the 2019 Budget and Boat Notes are coming due.
Happy Birthday Shipmates
Clubhouse & Bar Hours
  • Sunday 10AM to 6 PM
  • Monday 11AM to 5 PM**
  • Tuesday 11AM to 9:30PM
  • Wednesday 11AM to 9:30PM
  • Thursday 11AM to 9:30PM
  • Friday 1AM to 12:30 AM
  • Saturday Closed**

** Open/expanded Saturdays and Mondays Evenings for Scheduled Event s
Base Commander | USSVI Groton | 860.445.5262 | commander@ussvigroton.org