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Base Meeting Rescheduled
Shipmates, our normal meeting place, American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 will not be available this Saturday due to activities at the post related to the death of Post Chaplain John Forsythe's wife. The Columbus Submarine Veterans offer our condolences to Chaplain John Forsythe and his family. Our meeting has been rescheduled for 14 Feb, see calendar for details.
Posted by cliff Thursday, February 05, 2015 (01:16:08)
It is with a sad heart that I share the passing of base memberCecil E. Johnson, 74, of Coshocton, he departed on Eternal patrol January 9, 2015 at the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. Cecil served in the United States Navy on the Submarine U.S.S Dogfish SS-350. He worked and instructed for Ohio Bell and Ameritech for 36 years before retiring. He was a member of the Sportsman’s club and Columbus Sub Vets (Holland Club member). In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was also an avid sports fan who loved the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was born May 4, 1940 in Dresden to the late Glen and Nellie (Dickerson) Johnson. Cecil is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Hall) Johnson whom he married May 9, 1964; two sons Dave (Kim) Johnson of Baltimore, OH and Dan (Gisele) of Gahanna, OH; five grandchildren Abby, Kyle, Rory Johnson of Baltimore, OH and Ethan and Aidan Johnson of Gahanna, OH; brother Glen Earl Johnson of Plainfield; sister Faye (Bernard) Maple of West Lafayette. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his brother Harry Johnson. A celebration of life will be held at The Miller Funeral Home, 639 Main St., Coshocton on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mark Granger officiating. Coshocton County Veterans Honor Guard will be performing military honors at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Franklin Cemetery.Columbus Base will make a $100 donation to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in Cecil's’s memory.We will miss you Cecil.Sailor Rest You Oars
Posted by cliff Monday, January 12, 2015 (17:56:38)
The Columbus Base January meeting was held at: American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239, 700 Morning Street, Worthington, OH 43085 (Map). The base welcomed new member Mike Milenovic and son as well as visitor Joe Crimer. Photos of this meeting are posted in the gallery and can be viewed by either clicking on the thumbnails to the left or "Photo Gallery" tab in the main menu.
Posted by cliff Tuesday, January 06, 2015 (15:45:48)
George H. Trace
This past Saturday morning, December 20 2014, I received a call from Bob Wells advising that our friend and shipmate George Trace embarked on Eternal patrol. I've been waiting for the obituary so I could give you more complete information, but it's as yet unpublished. Therefore, in the interest of expediency, I thought it better to at least let you all know now, and follow up later when I have more complete information.George served in the Merchant Marine during WWII. He joined the US Navy in 1945. George was a Yeoman. He served aboard surface craft USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Albany (CA-123/CG-10), and USS Mississippi (AG/EAG-128). In 1951, George reported aboard USS Caiman (SS-323), on which he qualified in submarines. He was subsequently transferred to USS Besugo (SS/AGSS-321) prior to discharge in 1952. George joined USSVI in 2002 and Columbus Base in 2008... becoming a Life Member of both. He was inducted into the Holland Club in 2008, celebrating being qualified in submarines for more than 50 years. George was also a member of the USS Caiman Association.Columbus Base will make a $100 donation to the USSVI Scholarship Fund in George’s memory.We will miss you George. Sailor, Rest Your Oar.
Posted by cliff Sunday, December 21, 2014 (00:01:39)
Christmas / Award / Holland Club Dinner
The Columbus Base annual Christmas Dinner and Firefighters for Kids toy collection was combined with the Awards and Holland Club induction ceremony and held Saturday 7 December at VFW #4931, 2436 Walcutt Road, Columbus OH 43228. Photos of this event are posted in the photo gallery and may be viewed by either clicking the thumbnail in this article or the "photo gallery" button in the main menu.
Posted by cliff Tuesday, December 09, 2014 (17:39:27)
It is with a sad heart that I share the passing on November 26, 2014 of Opal Philipps, spouse of CDR. Phil Philipps. Phil departed on Eternal Patrol August 29, 2013. Opal and Phil were married in 1950 in San Diego. Services will be held for Opal at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home, 133 S. Prospect St., Granville with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 to 12:30 P.M. prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Welsh Hills Cemetery, Welsh Hills Rd, Granville, Ohio. (Funeral Home Link)The family requests in lieu of flowers that, memorial contributions be made to the Licking County Animal Shelter, 544 Dog Leg Rd, Heath, Ohio 43056 or Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.Jim TolsonCommander, Columbus Base
Posted by cliff Saturday, November 29, 2014 (13:54:37)
Veterans Day Parades
Columbus Base Marched in the Columbus Veterans Parade on Friday 7 November and the Logan Veterans Parade on Sunday 9 November. Base Member Charles Sabino Marched in the New York City Veterans Parade. After the Columbus parade we had lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse where newer members had a chance to meet our only active duty member Bruce Sanderson and family. Photos for these events are posted in the photo gallery and can be viewed by either clicking on the thumbnail to the left or the "Photo Gallery" tab in the main menu.
Posted by cliff Monday, November 10, 2014 (12:54:39)
The Columbus Base November meeting was held at: American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239, 700 Morning Street, Worthington, OH 43085 (Map). Photos for this event are posted in the gallery and can be viewed by either clicking on the thumbnail to the left or "Photo Gallery" tab in the main menu.
Upcoming Events: November 7 Columbus Veterans Day Parade-noon step off, November 9 Logan Veterans Day Parade and November 23 (Sunday evening) Gahanna Parade of Lights, We are the color guard and the Sea Cadets will be with us
The Next Columbus Base meeting will be theChristmas / Awards Dinner on December 6, 2014 at the VFW 4931 on Walcutt Road Social hour will start at 17:00 followed by an 18:00 dinner. Cost is $22 per person payable to Jim Koogler. We are supporting – Fire Fighters for Kids Toy Collection this year.
Posted by cliff Sunday, November 02, 2014 (13:20:42)
Oct Meeting and Highway Cleanup
The Columbus Base October meeting was held at: American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239, 700 Morning Street, Worthington, OH 43085 (Map). The fourth and final highway cleanup for 2014 was conducted on 11 October. Photos for these events are posted in the gallery and can be viewed by either clicking on the thumbnails to the left or "Photo Gallery" tab in the main menu.
Posted by cliff Sunday, October 12, 2014 (15:13:58)
The Columbus Base Sept. meeting was held at: American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239, 700 Morning Street, Worthington, OH 43085 (Map). Photos for this are posted in the gallery and can be viewed by either clicking on the thumbnail to the left or "Photo Gallery" tab in the main menu. Our friend Udo Maroscher and the Navy League has extended an invitation to attend the Navy Birthday Ball. It will be held Saturday October 4, 2014 at The Aladdin Shrine Temple 3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Posted by cliff Monday, September 15, 2014 (13:24:44)
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