Real J. Cyr, EMC(SS) USN (Ret);
William "Bucky" Walters FSC3(SS) USN
Albert J. Childs, Jr.RM3(SS) USN
USS MAINE BASE – USSVI
Minutes of Base Meeting October 15, 2006
This being a special meeting for the induction of three
members into the
of a Regular meeting was not followed. Nineteen USS Maine Base members were present as were several
family members and guests of our three Holland Club inductee members. Parade Coordinator Larry Ferrell
brought the Base Boat Float for all to see. Many pictures were taken in front of it in the parking lot. Also
in attendance were members from Groton Base and several VIPs were present as follows:
CO Tom Conlon and wife, Gina; Eastern Region Director John Carcioppolo and wife, Dee; Eastern
Region District 1 CO PW Louthain and wife, Sandy; FTCS(SS) Michael Collett, COB, USS Salt Lake City
SSN 716 and wife, Teresa; and Scott Parsons, representing Submarine Association of Canada (SAOC) (East).
Approximately 1420 Commander Al Childs called the meeting to order. CO Childs provided an explanation
of the days planned Holland Club Induction ceremony and introduced VIP guests, representatives, and Base
officers at the head tables. CO Childs then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
USS Maine Base Chaplain offered an appropriate prayer.
Tolling of Lost Boats.
COB John Morrill assisted at our bell while the CO read the boats lost during the month of October.
Holland Club Ceremony.
CO Childs turned the meeting over to SVC Starbird. SVC Starbird called the members to be inducted
into the Holland Club to the podium. After introducing members Real J. Cyr, EMC(SS) USN (Ret);
William "Bucky" Walters, former FSC3(SS) USN; and Albert J. Childs, Jr., former RM3(SS) USN
Starbird read a brief biography of each man.
SVC Starbird read a tribute to submariners. It was observed that there were more than one pair of moist
eyes in the audience.
The following speakers were introduced and made presentations to the inductees:
CO Tom Conlon; Eastern Region Director John Carcioppolo; and Eastern Region District 1 CO PW
Louthain. FTCS(SS) Michael Collett, COB, USS Salt Lake City SSN 716; Scott Parsons, Submarine
Each speaker spoke in terms of the service, dedication to country and valor of each of the inductees and
presented each with commemorative certificates. Among the presentations, of course, were the hallowed
Holland Club membership certificates presented by USSVI National Commander Tom Conlon. Others
included certificates from the Maine Legislature presented by Speaker of the Maine House, John Richardson.
SVC Starbird announced that US Senator Susan Collins could not attend but had mailed a certificate signed
by President George W. Bush, Commander-in-Chief o each inductee.
FTCS(SS) Collett, COB of the USS Salt Lake City SSN 716, updated us with an inspiring speech about
the modern submarine force with emphasis now being placed on the force being prepared for littoral warfare.
Fellow member, singer-song writer and author, Tommy Cox, performed several of his songs for us. Thanks,
Tommy! Your lyrics are very moving as always.
Willy Waugh, Chaplain, SCOA (East) offered an appropriate prayer.
Attendees enjoyed an informal Social & Cocktail period which allowed all to greet and meet. Many checked
out the goodies at our Base Store table, manned ably by Storekeeper Harlan Brown, and several availed
themselves of this opportunity to buy Tommy Cox's book, "Tango Charlie", which Tommy happily
autographed. Remember to buy a copy! It's a dandy read!
This period of convivality was followed by a super spaghetti dinner prepared by our very own Chef
extraordinaire, Richard Harris! Thanks, Dick, and thanks to your crew, too: fellow members Roy
Gorman, Ed Cockburn and wife, Sylvia and occasional mess cranks SVCO Starbird, who did a great as
Master of Ceremonies throughout the afternoon; COB John Morrill; and several other Base members,
notable among them, John McCutcheon, observed all afternoon working his tail off doing one thing
or another. Many members helped set up the tables, chairs and helped bring food to the serving area.
And, many thanks to all the other ladies for helping out, too. Thanks to great teamwork we actually
concluded the event ahead of schedule!
Next meeting will be Saturday November 11th in Portland for the Veterans Day parade. Look for the
Boat Float at the intersection of State and Congress Streets! Remember! There will be a brief meeting
and eats after the parade at the VFW Hall on
Respectfully submitted by Brian Spaulding
Letter to Submariners of Canada
Albert J. Childs, Commander
(207) 965 – 2151 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald H. Brown, President
Submarine Association of
Dear Mr. Brown,
We, at the USS Maine Base, are preparing the agenda for our
upcoming Holland Club induction ceremony, which recognizes and honors those
members who have been qualified on submarines 50 years or more. One of our
members, Real Cyr, began his long navy career in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941
as a seaman on a corvette escorting convoys between North America to
Now 82 years young, Real will be one of five members
inducted into our Holland Club in October 2006 at a meeting in
Albert J. Childs, Commander
United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.
U.S.S. Maine Base
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Cmdr., Sr. VCDR & COB will stand by at entrance to meet incoming VIP
w/ COB taking VIP to their seats. Canadian contingent to be seated in reserved section.
**During this time period volunteers will arrange tables and seating for meeting.
2:15 PM Call to Order (Childs)
Brief introduction and explanation of planned days events
Introduction of VIP guests, representatives, and base officers at head table
2:20PM Invocation (Base Chaplain Terry Schmidt)
2:23 PM Introduce Rep. Tom Allen for presentation (with brief statement why he is being
called early in program)
2:45 PM Call group to stand – followed by Pledge of Allegiance
COB called to
Commander & COB perform
3:10 PM Commander turns over meeting to Sr. Vice Commander ( Starbird)
(brief explanation of this maneuver will be given by Commander)
3:15 PM Introduction to Holland Club Membership (what it means to qual.) (Starbird)
Call men to be inducted to stand (half turned) to one side of head table facing membership and VIP. (These men will be arranged by qual date with oldest being first). Brief biography of each man presented by Starbird.
(1) Real J. Cyr, Elec.Mate Chief (SS) USN (Ret) Life Member USSVI, qualified 1942 aboard USS Herring (SS 233)
(2) William “Bucky” Walters, FC3(SS), Life Member USSVI, qualified 1944 aboard USS Porpoise (SS 172)
(3) Albert J. Childs, RM3 (SS), Life Member USSVI qualified 1956 aboard USS Halfbeak (SS 352)
(A) Call National Commander to make presentation (USSVI Certificates)
3:35 (B) Call House Speaker Richardson to make presentation (Gov./Legislature)
Call Senior Chief (COB) USS
Call Peter Ogden, Director of Veteran Services in
(F) Call John Carcioppolo, Eastern Region Director, to speak
(G) Call PW Louthain, District 1, Commander to speak (?)
(H) Call Donald “Buster” Brown, Chairman, Canadian Sub Vets (East) (?)
4:20 PM Introduction of Tommy Cox who will provide entertainment.
** Tommy will have CD’s & his book for sale (table for sales needed)
4:50 PM Informal Cocktail and Social Gathering (Beer & Wine w/ snacks)
(tables will be prepared for meal by volunteers during this time)
5:30 PM Meal served w/ head table to include inductees and wives (Harris)
(spaghetti, meat balls, bread, salad, coffee & tea. Cake for desert)
6:30 End of Meal