BLUEBACK BASE - Portland, OR

History


Bob Wonsley, USSVI National Secretary, and Tudor Davis, Past Commander of US Sub Vets WWII, had a dream of starting a United States Submarine Veterans base in Portland, OR. Bob and Tudor contacted all the Submariners they could find and organizational meetings were held at the NCO club at the Portland Air National Guard Base. The first official meeting to form the Base was on 9 December 1992.

Our founding E-board consisted of Commander, LeRoy Vick; Vice Commander, Rudy Valencia; and Secretary/Treasurer, Dave Hosford. This interim E-board remained in place until we received our Charter from USSVI. Bob Walters volunteered to publish our newsletter “Venting Sanitary” to keep our membership aware of Base activities.

United States Submarine Veterans Inc. issued Blueback Base our National Charter on 1 June 1993.
We are the 18th Base chartered by USSVI.

Scheduling problems with the Guard base caused Blueback Base to move to the Portland Police Athletic Assoc.(PPAA). As membership grew, it was decided to move to our current location at the VFW hall in SE Portland.

During our existence, Blueback Base has participated in Veterans Day parades in Albany, OR; Veterans Day parades in Vancouver, WA; and the 4th of July General Canby Day’s parades in Canby, OR. Our Base also provided volunteer services for fund raisers at the Oregon Public Broadcasting television studios.

Since being chartered, Blueback Base has sponsored Memorial Day ceremonies at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the USS Blueback. We have also assisted in two "B-girl" Reunions for the USS Barbel, USS Blueback, and USS Bonefish that took place in Portland, OR.

Blueback Base hosted the USSVI National Convention in August of 1996. Our own Base member Bob Wonsley was elected as National Commander of USSVI at this convention.


Base Plank Owners:
         
         
         
  LeRoy Vick Bob Walters Rudy Valencia Dave Hosford
  Warren Gosney Bob Wonsley Dennis Solheim Dan Mallery Sr.
  Mike LaPan Clair Pense Tudor Davis Mike Whitmarsh
  Chris Stafford John Barrett Tim Ciri Robert Click
  Steve Daniels Phil Philipps Jr. Dallas Dolan Cullen Edwards
  Daniel Fong David Ford Rick Forrester Ken Groves
  Marcus Hazelett Chuck Hughes Pat Kelley Dan Mallery Jr.
  Steve McClure Chuck Nelson Bill Olszewski Les Savage
  Richard Wong Elmer Wirtz Pat Whitmarsh Gary Thrall
  Richard Click Al Dobbins Chris Field Ron Schachner
  Brian Stanley Lance Garretson Wayne Schwartz Truman Winnett
  Cliff August Dennis Bullock Randy Silbaugh
         

Base Officers:
Prior to Charter

1993

Base Commander: LeRoy Vick      
  Vice Commander: Bob Walters      
  Secretary: Rudy Valencia      
  Treasurer: Dave Hosford      
           
After receiving Charter
1993 Base Commander: Rudy Valencia 1994 Base Commander: Rudy Valencia
  Vice Commander: Bob Walters   Vice Commander: Bob Walters
  Secretary: Chris Stafford   Secretary: Chris Stafford
  Treasurer: Chuck Nelson   Treasurer: Chuck Nelson
           
1995 Base Commander: Rudy Valencia 1996 Base Commander: LeRoy Vick
  Vice Commander: Bob Walters   Vice Commander: Dick Burgess
  Secretary: Dallas Dolan   Secretary: Chris Stafford
  Treasurer: LeRoy Vick   Treasurer: Glen Anderson
           
1997 Base Commander: LeRoy Vick 1998 Base Commander: Searl Stevens
  Vice Commander: Dick Burgess   Vice Commander: James "Pat" Patterson
  Secretary: Boyd Bywater   Secretary: Boyd Bywater
  Treasurer: Glen Anderson   Treasurer: Glen Anderson
           
1999 Base Commander: Searl Stevens 2000 Base Commander: James "Pat" Patterson
  Vice Commander: James "Pat" Patterson   Vice Commander: Scott Duncan
  Secretary: Chris Stafford   Secretary: Chris Stafford
  Treasurer: Glen Anderson*   Treasurer: Bob Walters
           
2001 Base Commander: James "Pat" Patterson 2002 Base Commander: Elbert "Collie" Collins
  Vice Commander: Scott Duncan   Vice Commander: Dallas Dolan
  Secretary: Chris Stafford   Secretary: Ray Lough
  Treasurer: Bob Walters   Treasurer: Scott Duncan
           
2003 Base Commander: Elbert "Collie" Collins 2004 Base Commander: Elbert "Collie" Collins
  Vice Commander: Dallas Dolan   Vice Commander: Dallas Dolan
  Secretary: Ray Lough   Secretary: Ray Lough
  Treasurer: Scott Duncan   Treasurer: Scott Duncan
           
2005 Base Commander: Chris Stafford 2006 Base Commander: Chris Stafford
  Vice Commander: Boyd Bywater   Vice Commander: Boyd Bywater
  Secretary: Ray Lough   Secretary: Ray Lough
  Treasurer: Scott Duncan   Treasurer: Scott Duncan
           
2007 Base Commander: J.D. Corbett 2008 Base Commander: J.D. Corbett
  Vice Commander: Duane Sanger   Vice Commander: Duane Sanger
  Secretary: Ray Lough   Secretary: Dave Vrooman
  Treasurer: Scott Duncan   Treasurer: Scott Duncan
           
2009 Base Commander: Chuck Nelson 2010 Base Commander: Chuck Nelson
  Vice Commander: Gary Webb   Vice Commander: Gary Webb
  Secretary: Dave Vrooman   Secretary: Dave Vrooman
  Treasurer: Scott Duncan   Treasurer: "Collie" Collins
           
2011 Base Commander: Ray Lough 2012 Base Commander Ray Lough
  Vice Commander: Gary Webb   Vice Commander Gary Webb
  Secretary: Dave Vrooman   Secretary Larry Johnson
  Treasurer: "Collie" Collins   Treasurer Tim Smart
           
2013 Base Commander: Ray Lough 2014 Base Commander: Ray Lough
  Vice Commander: Bob Jackson   Vice Commander: Bob Jackson
  Secretary: Larry Johnson   Secretary: Dennis Smith
  Treasurer: Tim Smart   Treasurer: Mike Worden
           
2015 Base Commander: George Hudson 2016 Base Commander: George Hudson
  Vice Commander: Jay Agler   Vice Commander: Jay Agler
  Secretary: Dennis Smith   Secretary: Bill Long***
  Treasurer: Mike Worden   Treasurer: Mike Worden
           
2017 Base Commander: Bill Long 2018 Base Commander:  
  Vice Commander: Jay Agler   Vice Commander:  
  Secretary: Al Brodie   Secretary:  
  Treasurer: Mike Worden****   Treasurer:  
           
* Relieved by Bob Walters
** Relieved by Chris Stafford
*** Elected and Relieved Dennis Smith at April 2016 meeting
**** Relieved by Scott Duncan


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