Invitation to 2008 Holland Club Induction

John S. Starbird, Jr.                                                                                                         June 13, 2008

Commander, USS Maine Base

165 Whitmore’s Landing Road

Arrowsic, Maine 04530   Tel: (207) 442-8353

Email:; John.Starbird@Biw.Com


Dear Shipmate:


      I hope you will be able to attend the Holland Club Induction ceremony on Sunday, September 21, 2008. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM and will last approximately an hour and a half. A light lunch will be served.


      The Holland Club was formed by the USSVI to honor those men that reached the unique milestone of having been “Qualified in Submarines” for fifty years or more. 


     This year the USS Maine Base will be inducting Alexander J. Robertson, ENC (SS), USN, Ret., into this group of special Submariners. Chief Robertson qualified in 1958 on the USS Irex (SS-482) and subsequently served on several other submarines and shore duty posts, including duty as a Basic Submarine School Instructor.  Chief Robertson retired from the United States Navy in 1971 as a Chief Engineman. 


     Our featured speaker will be Mary Lee Coe Fowler, author of the book “Full Fathom Five: A Daughters Search”, published in April by the University of Alabama Press.  The book explores the fate and character of her father Cmdr. James W. “Red” Coe, winner of the Navy Cross, lost on the USS Cisco (SS290) in 1943, before she was born.


       The ceremony will be held at the American Legion Post #205, located on Eastern Avenue, Rt. 17 in Augusta, Maine.


     Please RSVP and direct any further inquires to me at the address above by no later than Sunday, September 7th.


                                                                                 John S. Starbird Jr.

                                                                                 Commander, USS Maine Base


On September 21, 2008, the following member was inducted into the Holland Club:

(1)        Alex Robertson, EMC(SS) USN (Ret) Life Member USSVI, qualified 1958 aboard USS Irex (SS 482)

Holland Clubbers all, including Alex's brother-in-law (who also qual'd in USS Irex SS-482) far right, standing next to candidate, Alex Robertson, at the podium

COB Real Cyr - Holland Club, too!  Real is the consummate & ultimate submariner and a pleasure to know!

CO Starbird introduces Al Childs, Holland Club member and Past CO, USS Maine Base

CO Starbird introduces Holland Club member William "Bucky" Walters

About to be introduced: Holland Club members Francis Kacsmar and William "Doc" Chapman, while Mary Lee Coe Fowler, author of the book "Full Fathom Five", looks on.

CO Starbird introduces ME House of Representative attendee and reps for the ME Senate & US Senators Snowe & Collins seated to his left)