Storekeeper's Shack

The Storekeeper's Shack is where you can find information about those submarine items you have been seeking.  We will be put different items on this page that our Storekeeper has for sale.  You can also contact Jim if you are looking for something particular.

We are working on an online store which will be opening soon.  You can visit the store by clicking on this link   USSVI Volunteer Base Ships Store, However, it is just not available yet.

Pay for your items here!  
  1. Place your order with the storekeeper.
  2. Get a description and price from the storekeeper, for your purchased items.
  3. Click the Buy Now button below.
  4. A new page or tab will open up on your browser.
  5. Enter a description of the items purchased.
  6. Enter the price given to you by the Storekeeper.
  7. Click the update link. This will update the total price.
  8. On the right hand side of the screen Pay, either by Credit Card or Paypal.
It is that easy!


posted Oct 18, 2014, 5:19 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 5:28 AM ]

These are pictures of T-shirts that I will have available for the November meeting!


posted Oct 18, 2014, 5:12 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 5:12 AM ]

The pictures below the jacket are examples of what can be put on the back, with the front being, your boat name, the dolphins in the middle, and the hull number below. 

All the back artwork is embroidered (I’m getting a windbreaker with my boat name, dolphins and hull number on the front, and on the back an enlarged version of my boat name, the Boomer pin, and the hull number on the back-10 inches in diameter). 

It can be obtained in black or navy, and the sizes are from small thru 4XL, and bigger or tall sizes can be obtained. 

The sizes fit just a tad snug, so if you would normally order an XL, an 2XL would probably be a safer choice, although it might be just a little big. 

Cost for a jacket, including base markup, will be about $45. If you place an order with me quickly, it can be delivered prior to the November meeting.

License Plates

posted Oct 18, 2014, 4:59 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 4:59 AM ]

I am working with one of our vendors, and they have created a logo to go on a license plate. So far we can get them for Chiefs, Senior Chiefs, and Master Chiefs. 

I have included the Senior Chief rank, which would go on the left side of the plate, plus they are going to allow (if you want ) up to 3 lines of information to the right of the rank logo, such as ‘Chief’ on one line, boat name on the second line, and hull number on the third line.

If you are interested in a license plate let me know.


Ships Patches

posted Oct 18, 2014, 4:40 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 5:00 AM ]

Each week I will be providing some of logos of the boats our guys have served on, as well as new designs coming out, for everyone to look at. I have not purchased these specifically, unless asked to do so. 

If anyone sees one that they want to get, at least they know what they look like. Some of these you will recognize, some will be the original drawings, not what ended up after the navy brass got a hold of them. A few will be put out each week. Unfortunately I only have the fast attacks and the boomers. Some of them you will not see, as boats such as the Nautilus, which has their boat logo patented, have refused to grant permission to reproduce it. I will get them out as I get them, so look for your boat (s), and when you see it, order one.


Get your Belt Buckles!

posted Apr 3, 2014, 7:30 PM by Scott Vaden

First the bad news
The manufacturer of the dolphin belt buckles, the buckles I have been talking about for the last 3 meetings, has made some significant changes in their ordering process since my first conversation with them. They have raised the minimum order for the M3 style belt buckles, the chrome rectangular ones I've been taking orders for, from 24 to 100. With only about 12 orders so far I am sorry to say that I have scrapped the M3 belt buckle order list (we will never get to 100 orders).

Now the good news
I talked with to manufacturer and we can get the M6, cast heavyweight buckle, designed to fit on the same web belt, and they can be personalized (each buckle will be different).

The information put on them will be hand-engraved, then painted black on the letters 

Buckle specifics:
I  The dimensions are: oval, 1 3/4” by 3”. They operate exactly the same as the M3, with the ratchet and teeth.

II  The outer ring (where the writing is) can be brushed silver or brass/gold. The dolphins can be gold or silver. I can also get one for non-subs you may have served on.

III The background can be blue, red, white, black, or a flag design (I have included some non-sub pics to show the background color). If you want the flag design, the dolphins will be a little smaller as the flag must have a certain amount of it showing to meet Federal guidelines.

IV Text Engraving: 
Top Line, 24 digits, including spaces, 
Bottom Line, 24 digits, including spaces
Each period is counted as a digit; “U.S.S.” = 6 digits; “USS” = 3 digits.
The more digits, the letters get a little smaller.

Ordering You Buckle(s)
Once you look at the pictures and make your decisions for what you want on your buckle(s) send me the following info in an email on EACH BUCKLE one you want.

1.   Color of Outer ring –silver or brass/gold
2.   Color of background, or the flag background
3.   Color of dolphins, gold or silver
4.   Top Line of text EXACTLY as you want it, letter-for-letter, including spaces
5    Bottom line of text EXACTLY as you want it, letter-for-letter, including spaces

Lines 4 and 5 have to be EXACT, we only get one shot at these to make it right

A couple examples would be:
1.   Silver
2.   Blue
3.   Silver
4.   Andrew Jackson SSBN 619 = a total of 23 letters and spaces)
5.   Jim Early STS1(SS) = a total of 18 letters and spaces
1.   Brass
2.   Red
3.   Silver
4.   USS George C Marshall = a total of 21 letters and spaces
5.   SSBN 654 (G) = a total of 12 letters and spaces

If you need a web belt to put it on, tell me about it with this order. I can get white, khaki, or black. I need to know:

1.         Color
2.         Silver tip or Gold tip

Costs and Ordering
The cost for each buckle is $30 and includes the Base markup. Belts are $7 each. Payment is due at pickup, or we might be able to make other arrangements if needed. They can be mailed as well, so don’t let distance stop you.  If you want one, and can get the money within the next couple of months, place the order then put your money together as you can - or, just drink 5 beers a week versus 6 and set the money for the 6th beer back for the buckle.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, as they will make our order for a minimum of 24, SO DON’T wait on this in case they decide to increase the minimum like they did on the M3 buckles!.  Later on if we want to make another order the minimum will also be 24.  So, if you have friends that are veterans, let them know about this opportunity! I can get surface ships and Army, Marine, Air Force buckles as well.

I need to know quantities ASAP (end of April)! How many of you have had this opportunity since you got out of the Sub Force? I’ve looked for 30 years for this without finding one, so I’m getting two.

My phone numbers, if you have questions or want to do this over the phone, call me at 615-512-9023, or my work number, 615-460-6498 (I answer the phone).
Jim Early
Base Storekeeper

Greetings from the Storekeepers Shack!

posted Mar 14, 2014, 4:17 AM by Scott Vaden

I have placed orders for the following people:
  • Jim Cosgrove
  • Joe Hall
  • Keith Carlaw 
  • Ted Wheaton 
  • Vinny McCrum
I have order requests from the Tidwells from a couple of months back for some black ‘Deep, Silent, Fast, Deadly’ t-shirts. The logo that goes on the back of the shirt I have found out is proprietary, and as such only one company makes those, and they have none in stock. They are supposed to be making some more soon, but frankly, they don’t seem very interested in doing so, so I’ll get them when I can and once they decide to make the effort.

There will be some new items next month, so bring your money. I am including some pictures of items that I can special order, but haven’t bought for the club as I need specific information for that item before ordering.

These pictures are to give you an idea of what is out there in addition to what I have provided at the meetings. The thermos pictures are examples of what is available. I can get them in flasks as well. They are very nice items, and I can get them with pretty much any boat logo, as well as other logos.

If anyone wishes to get a vest, call me at 615-512-9023, or email me at the email address included in this newsletter, and we can quickly get it taken care of. Vests can be in the style that many of us have, or in denim, in white, leather, and several other styles.

Check out the storekeepers shack on the website at
If anyone is interested in specific patches, contact me and I will get them on order.

Jim Early

Vest Lady

posted Mar 9, 2014, 10:17 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Mar 9, 2014, 10:22 AM ]

Get your Submarine Vest from the Vest Lady.  She has a variety of choices, colors, material. She does a great job and will get you vest back very quickly.

Just go to

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