Bell & Shirt Dedication by CAPT Anderson

At the Horse & Cow in Bremerton, WA, on the eve of the Decommissioning Ceremony, a restaurant full of USS Bremerton alumni and crew, with drinks in hand, gathered with deep respect for the man who was the Los Angeles Class fast attack submarine’s first Commanding Officer, plankowner CAPT. Tom Anderson.

As he stood at the center of the main floor he shared his thoughts about the new home for this ceremonial ship’s bell.

 

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The BELL DEDICATION

 

“First of all, it’s GREAT to see everyone here, it’s fantastic… What I really want to do here is, this bell that was at the last reunion, it was something that I got and I was very lucky. But the luckiest I ever got was to serve as the CO of the USS Bremerton …”

[big cheers]

 

“… here is my thought, I’m not going to spend too many more years on this planet, I don’t really want it to go where I go, but it needs to go to somebody or something. Since I’m probably the oldest crewmember, it might be appropriate to go to the oldest crewmember, but then you have to think about  ‘when that person passes how do we find the next one?’

“It should remain in some place appropriate where [people] can see it and enjoy it, so… is this the place?”

[ a great chorus of approval]

“Who’s in charge of the Horse & Cow?”

[audience encourages the owner forward, front and center]

Capt Anderson continues, “If this remains here, or whichever way you put it, the tradition should be if some patron comes in and rings the bell, simply because they see it, what happens?

[crowd erupts “THEY GOTTA BUY ANOTHER ROUND]

“… so, if somebody doesn’t really know that, can get to it and see if it really works… then the rest is history.”

 

 

The SHIRT DEDICATION

 

“The last little thing, it may be offensive to a few people here… I notice the Parche has a T-Shirt up there, but at one time in my career, and this was after I left Bremerton, I was on my way to become the CO of the Blue Crew of Ohio.  Somebody, I don’t remember who, gave me this fine piece of wearing apparel….and I’ll hold it up so everyone can see it”

[crowd erupts in laughter and approval]

 

 

 

Captain ANDERSON writes a personal inscription on the now famous shirt

 

 

I’d like to thank Plankowner Tom MacPhillips for the video I used to transcribe the CAPT’s speech and capture some images and Plankowner John Scanlan for the photos

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PRE DECOMMISSIONING GATHERING AT THE HORSE & COW

 

Photos and Images

Bremerton Captain’s Chris Lindberg, Alan Beam ((CO#3), and Tom Anderson, plankowner and CO #1
Front: Martin “Bubba ” Russell, Joel Walton, Donald Jones, Tom McPhillips. Back: Dave Morris, Conrad Bilgrien, Frank Hamilton
Bobby Schmidt and Greg Carroll
Bill Patterson, Juan Acosta and Joel Walton
Dave “SpIzZ” Withers, Chris Friesen, Jim Baker, and Marty Russell
John Brunkalla, and Tim Payne. Back: Conrad Bilgrien
Rich Crombie and Bob Schmidt
The owner of the Horse and Cow and Capt Anderson. Capt Beam seated in background in green sweater
Oh, yeh, not making any buddies on the boomer side….

 

John Scanlan’s “before and after challenge”
Barbara and Bob Schmidt
The LAST CO and the FIRST
Mrs Lindberg
The OWNER

 

Dave Shaw
Chris Shinn
Ron Shirey
Greg Carroll
Matt Weber
Tom McPhilllips
Don Jones
Joe Polizotti
Sean Hankin
Conrad Bilgrien
Mike Trail
John Esau
Rich Boltin
Marty Russell
Frank Hamilton
Tom Canter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Joel Walton, Rich Crombie, Bill Patterson, Juan Acosta, John Scanlan, Bob Schmidt, and probably missed someone, also Facebook Live by Joel Walton and Rich Crombie

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DECOM DINNER RSVP BY MAY 13TH

Courtesy reminder of anyone monitoring this website and planning to go to the DECOM/REUNION DINNER

MAY 13th is the RSVP DATE

To make your reservation send an email to:

bremertonreunion.alumni@gmail.com

SUBJ: KIANA RSVP

  1. State your name and, if applicable,  your guest’s name.
  2.  State whether you will ride the free shuttle to and from the Fairfield Inn

It’s only $25 at the door

Cash or Checks only. Checks made out to “Bremerton Navy League”
NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

 

To learn more about this rare event, please go to the link below:

 

USS BREMERTON (SSN-698) DECOMMISSIONING CELEBRATION at KIANA

698 DECOM-LIVE LINKS

698 Decommissioning to the Broadcasted Live by COMSUBGROUP9

 

In order to receive the live broadcast of the USS Bremerton’s Decommissioning Ceremony

You will need to have access to Facebook or YOU-TUBE since COMSUBGROUP 9 is using these platforms for the video feed.

Please make sure you can access the link below before May 18th (earlier the better) so you may have access to the event.

You may try clicking on this link to be routed to CSG9’s Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/SubGru9

 

 

You may try clicking on this link to be routed to CSG9’s YOUTUBE Channel

https://youtube.com/user/submarinegroup9

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SET YOUR CALENDARS

The Decommissioning Ceremony is scheduled for

TUESDAY, MAY 18th, 2021 at 13:00 (PST)

Please be ahead of schedule to allow for any technical issues or pre-event coverage.

 

 

If you have any technical questions or concerns, please contact webmaster via email at:

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698 CELEBRATION DINNER – NIGHT OF THE DECOM

Special DECOM/REUNION Event

USS Bremerton (SSN-698) Decommissioning Dinner

Reservations Required

This is a preparatory blogpost just to key-in 698 Reunion attendees on the need for an accurate headcount for the DECOM DINNER to be held at the beautiful Kiana Lodge.

 

Click Here for details

https://bremertonreunion.net/uss-bremerton-ssn-698-decommissioning-celebration/

Basics:

Tuesday May 18th – 17:00 -22:00

  • reservations required
  • Cash payment of $25 per person AT THE DOOR
  • Succulent specially prepared Salmon part of the main course
  • No-Host Cocktails
  • Complimentary transportation provided for reunion attendees with reservations to and from the Fairfield Inn, in Bremerton

Please feel free to leave comment to signal your desire to attend before the official webpage is released.

 

 

Sponsored by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League