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United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated (USSVI)

THE USSVI CREED

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?

According to the Base ByLaws, USS Maine Base meets on the third Sunday of each month. However, other than winter months, typically once a month, but not always, the Base participates in a parade somewhere in the state. After a parade, the meeting for that month is held either at a nearby AL Post, VFW Post, a restaurant or some other venue nearby. In 2017, the September Holland Club induction meeting and the December Christmas Social/potluck meeting will meet at 12:30 PM upstairs at the Veterans Memorial American Legion Post #205 on Rte 17 in Augusta.  (See our current meeting and events calendar on the website Announcements page.)  When our meeting date conflicts with Easter, Mothers Day and Fathers Day, we instead meet the Sunday before the holiday. Our Memorial Day Parade in Bangor usually subs for the May meeting. On Veterans Day the Base often participates in the parade in Portland and the monthly meeting then is at the Deering Memorial VFW Post on Forest Avenue. Traditionally, our Christmas Social/Potluck meeting is held on the first Sunday in December to help minimize member absences because of a third Sunday meeting being so close to the holiday period.

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