U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc.

Albany-Saratoga Base

American Legion Post #70 34 West Ave Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866
Meetings every 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Minutes from May 2007

Prior to the actual opening of the meeting Cdr. Singleman had a few comments regarding the Albany/Saratoga Base Memorial in that he had meet with Saratoga Springs Mayor Valerie Keehn and had given her material regarding the Memorial. Information was also given to Congresswomen Kristen Gillibrand’s personnel and that also received with enthusiasm. There is a possibility of obtaining the sail from the USS Hyman Rickover for the Memorial.

The meeting was called to order at 1904 and all recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplin Irwin gave the invocation. The Tolling of Boats was announced and each member stood and introduced themselves and WWII Veteran (Ray Koch) was introduced and recognized.

Cdr. Singleman and ED5 Commander Jim Irwin spoke of a possible day trip to New London which would include a demo of firefighting and damage control and a luncheon. More information to follow.

The Base received a letter from the USS Slater (DE-766) acknowledging and thanking the base for the $200.00 donation.

At this point in the meeting Associate Member Ray Misiewicz commenced his presentation “The Loss of the U.S.S. Scorpion”. Ray had spent 35 years at KAPL and has made numerous presentations in the capital district and we look forward to him returning with another for a future base meeting.

Thank you Ray.

New Business

The Base picnic is scheduled for August 25, 2007 (Saturday), sign up sheets are available at Base meeting or you may send an email to Jim Irwin

(jirwin@nycap.rr.com). Payment is DUE by the July Base Meeting.

Purchase of red, white and blue banners for the float was a brief item and

It was agreed that the purchase was essential for the parade float. The float was launched at John Cook’s residence and was commissioned at the Memorial Day Parade in Saratoga on May 23, 2007. All hands who worked on “her” are to be commended. The float was well received by all base members and the parade attendees in Saratoga.

Bravo Zulu” to all.

Our next Parade is the Flag Day Parade in Saratoga on Saturday June 9, 2007

At 1130. Uniform of the Day:

Khaki Pants
Black Shoes
Base Shirt
Ball Cap
Base Jackets (Removal possible pending temperature)

Sub School New London is sending a video presentation of “The Tolling of the Boats”.

Assemblymen Tedisco’s Northern Representative, Mike Miller, has advised the proclamation for the Memorial has not be completed yet and that he is also passing out Memorial information out to politicians in Albany.

Cdr. Singleman will purchase and review Mary Cummings book “And the Baker Boy’s Went to Sea.” and comment on it at next months meeting. Past Cdr. John Cook has read the book and recommends it for Grand-Children stating that it is a good input to Sub Service during WWII.

New Paltz Base has a trip to Groton on the 1st & 3rd Sunday in August. Tour the Base, Sub School and a breakfast.

An idea was presented to all members in attendance regarding a possible day trip for our Base to Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts to visit the Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Battleship Massachusetts, and the Submarine Lionfish. More to follow.

The Creed was recited and the meeting adjourned at 2118.

Next meeting: June 20, 2007

Submitted by Albany-Saratoga Base Secretary

Mike Lynett, U.S. Navy (Ret)

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