USS MAINE BASE          

United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated (USSVI)


To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds, and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.


Since the early days of the organization there have been US Submarine Veterans of WWII who felt that full membership in the organization should be open to "non-veterans".

They felt that opening full membership to non-veterans would be necessary in order to accomplish the long term recognition of the efforts of those who were veterans and especially those shipmates who were on Eternal Patrol.

At the National Convention of US Submarine Veterans of WWII at Dallas, Texas in August, 1963, an attempt to open full membership in the organization to "non-veterans" was made. That attempt was defeated by 2 votes. It was then that Joe Negri announced that he was going to start USSVI.

Subvets was incorporated nationally in 1963, and the first base incorporated was in Groton in 1964, with about 75 members. In 1965 the shipmates decided they needed a clubhouse, so they bought a gold Cadillac, auctioned it off at $10 per chance, and bought the School Street building with the proceeds.



Where and when do we meet?

During a given month, when we are not participating in a parade somewhere in the state, USS Maine Base meets in Augusta on the third Sunday of the month at 1300 in the downstairs meeting room of the Veterans Memorial American Legion Post 205 on Rte 17.  (See our current meeting and events calendar on the web site Announcements page.)  When our meeting dates conflicts with some holidays, for example, Easter, we usually meet the Sunday before the holiday. Traditionally, our Christmas Social/Potluck meeting is held on the second Sunday in December to help avoid member absences as the time “compresses” for everyone as Christmas Day approaches.