Base News

This section is for articles about the Volunteer Base. 

2016 Base Picnic

posted Jul 11, 2016, 11:51 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 3:31 AM ]

Saturday, July 9, 2016 the USSVI Volunteer Base held it's annual picnic at the Cheatham Lock and Dam.  We had a great turnout, lots of food and plenty of heat and flies to round out the picnic.  Here are a few pictures of all the festivities.

Tolling of the Boats - June 2016

posted Jun 13, 2016, 7:55 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 7:56 AM ]

Mark Parrish - Eternal Patrol

posted Mar 5, 2016, 6:00 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Mar 5, 2016, 6:03 AM ]

We are saddened by the loss of our friend and shipmate, Mark Parrish.  Mark left for eternal patrol on February 22, 2016.  There was a celebration of his life held at the Pennington United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 25, 2016 and many of our USSVI members were in attendance.

Click on the link below to see the information provided at the celebration of life ceremony.

Rest your oars sailor!  You will be missed.

2016-01-08-Base Meeting

posted Jan 10, 2016, 5:22 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 2:22 PM ]

The first USSVI Volunteer Base Meeting for 2016 was held today and the swearing in of new officers took place.
Keith Carlaw was sworn in as the new USSVI Volunteer Base Commander by the previous Base Commander, Vinny McCrum.

After the swearing in of the new Base Commander, Keith swore in the new 
Vice Commander, Jeff Holman
Secretary, Vinny McCrum
Treasurer, Scott Vaden

Other Items of discussion were the location of the base picnic in July, the presentation of the Holland Club awards in April, and a survey to the members for deciding on activities for members in the upcoming year.

2016-01-09-Base Meeting

Christmas and Base Election Meeting

posted Dec 15, 2015, 6:01 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Jan 10, 2016, 7:25 AM ]

December 12th was the base Christmas Meeting.  Elections were held for the new base officers for the next two years.  Base Officers Directory.

Presentation of dolphins to the out going commander for a job well done!

Other pictures taken during the event provided by Gene Tidwell.

Veteran's Day Parade- Nashville - 2015

posted Nov 11, 2015, 3:35 PM by Scott Vaden


2015 Veteran's Day Parade - Nolensville

posted Nov 8, 2015, 5:52 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 3:15 PM ]

It was a great day for a parade in the small town of Nolensville, TN .  The weather was great and people lined the streets to pay their respects to the veterans who have served and still serve our country.

Left to Right
  • Joe Hall
  • Gene Tidwell
  • William Stuple
  • Vinny McCrum
  • Keith Carlaw
  • Mike Anderson
  • Scott Vaden



Screaming Eagle Honor Flight

posted Oct 17, 2014, 2:18 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 2:19 AM ]

The Middle Tennessee Honor Flight is scheduled to return at 9:15 PM at the Nashville Airport Saturday Evening October 18th. The Veterans will be coming in on Concourse C which is the last concourse on the left (next to the Southwest ticket Counter.)

There is no free parking and parking fees are determined by the length of time you park your vehicle and
the lot you park your vehicle in (at least there are free shuttle rides to and from each lot). Here is a link to the lots & parking fees.

Parking Information

As veterans, you know the sacrifice these WWII soldiers have made. Come out Saturday evening to the airport and welcome these guys back to Nashville.

2014 Veteran's Day Parades

posted Oct 14, 2014, 8:39 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 16, 2014, 2:43 PM ]

This is probably one of best opportunities we have all year of promoting our base and encouraging other submariners to join and get involved.  Having a big turnout is CRITICAL!  

Put this on your calendars now and make plans to attend!  

Nashville Parade

Tuesday, November 11th

This will be the 16th consecutive year we have participated in the Nashville Veterans Day events and parade.  As promised here's the location & directions to the Nashville Veterans Day (not-free) breakfast & parade. As in the past we will meet for breakfast at 8 AM which gives us time to be seated, order, and eat before traveling to the Nashville parade assembly area.

Breakfast Location:
Cracker Barrel
4323 Sidco Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-4509

The Cracker Barrel is located on Sidco Drive at Exit 78 at I-65 & Harding Place.

Parade Assembly Location:
Parade line up starts at 10 AM on Broadway @ 16th Ave S. but we meet up in the Off Broadway Shoes Warehouse parking lot located at 16th Avenue S. & McGavock St. The attached map shows the 2 easiest routes to the Off Broadway Shoes Warehouse parking lot.   The parade starts at 11 AM.

Click on map for a larger view

Nolensville Parade

Saturday November 8th

This is really a nice parade and I actually enjoyed it more than the Nashville parade.  It is relatively small and quaint, but it is a lot of fun.  This will be the 3rd year we have participated in the Nolensville Veterans Day events and parade.  Nolensville is a real nice small southern town just below Nashville and those of us that that participated in their events last year had a great time.    As promised here's the location & directions to the Nolensvile free Veterans breakfast & Veterans Day parade.

Breakfast runs from 8:30 AM to 10 AM

If you are going to participate in the breakfast, please fill out the form.
Providence Baptist Fellowship
1668 Sunset Rd
Nolensville, TN

Parade Assembly Location:
Parade line up starts at 10 AM on Oldham Drive (2 streets south of Haley Industrial Blvd).
The parade starts at 11 AM

Click on map for larger view

Mark Parrish Honored at Predators Game

posted Oct 10, 2014, 5:45 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 5:48 AM ]

Mark Parrish, and Brother of the Phin, was saluted by the Nashville Predators and their full house crowd during the military tribute. Mark served as a Torpedoman's Mate aboard USS Growler in the Pacific in WWII on combat war patrols against the Japanese Navy, including the patrol during which the Captain, Howard W. Gilmore, earned the Medal of Honor for the actions that cost him his life in a night surface attack against a Japanese convoy. Mark was one of the crewmen who sailed the damaged Growler back to Australia for repairs and a return to the fight. Well done, sailor.

Thanks Vinny for making this happen and to Pat for the write up!  Great job guys.

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