Volunteer Base Meetings


USSVI Volunteer Base Meetings

2nd Saturday of Each Month @ 11:00 AM
Andrew Jackson VFW Post
1907 Lebanon Pike Nashville TN 37210

April 11th, 2015

posted Apr 27, 2015, 4:55 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 4:56 AM ]

February 14, 2015

posted Feb 22, 2015, 11:30 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Feb 22, 2015, 11:30 AM ]

Swimmer Delivery Vehicle presentation today given by Gene Tidwell. If you were unable to make the meeting you can download the attached file and take a look.


December 13, 2014

posted Dec 15, 2014, 4:03 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 4:03 AM ]

Saturday December 13th we had our base meeting and Christmas party.  What a fun time!  We had about 30 in attendance with several wives and family members.  We had Ham and Turkey and more side dishes than we could possibly eat.  Also, dirty Santa, made his rounds as well as the package swapping took place.



If you want to see more pictures CLICK HERE











We also had two new members join this month.

Gayle Carlaw as an Associate member and wife of Keith Carlaw.  As a reminder, spouses and next of kin to shipmates in our submarine force can join the USSVI as an associate member!

Dennis Guillette.  Dennis served on the USS Barb SSN-596 and the USS Greenling SSN-614.  

We welcome both Dennis and Gayle as members.

October 11, 2014

posted Oct 12, 2014, 7:28 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Oct 12, 2014, 7:50 AM ]

We had a good meeting today at the USSVI base.  We had 14 in attendance.  No speaker, but we did 
have discussions about the upcoming Veterans Day parades for Nolensville and Nashville.  More information will be emailed about these events in the upcoming weeks.  After the meeting several went to eat at Monells out by the airport.

September 13, 2014

posted Sep 14, 2014, 8:38 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Sep 14, 2014, 8:41 AM ]

Our CD5 District Commander Marlin Helms attended our base meeting yesterday and made a presentation on the status of the Knoxville area's Save the Clamagore's efforts. 

The historic USS Clamagore, a submarine on display in Charleston, may get a new life in Knoxville, Tennessee. That was the subject for discussion today at the Nashville chapter (Volunteer Base) of US Submarine Veterans. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheclamagore .. and LIKE their Facebook page. Thanks to Marlin Helms, commander of the Smoky Mtn Sub Vets chapter for coming over to give a brief.

Here's a scanned copy of the Friends of the Clamagore's tri-fold Save 343! handout from yesterday's Base meeting. 



August 9th, 2014

posted Sep 1, 2014, 8:43 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Sep 1, 2014, 9:03 AM ]

Tommy Tomlinson discusses Veterans Benefits.

At today's meeting we had a guest speaker, Tommy” Tomlinson from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs.   He works at the VA Hospital in Nashville. He discussed veteran's benefits, including navigating the healthcare system, as well as other benefits of interest to older veterans.  This was one of the best speakers to date.















July 12, 2014 - Volunteer Base Picnic

posted Jul 13, 2014, 10:41 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Jul 13, 2014, 10:59 AM ]


2014 Volunteer Base Picnic was a total success.  A big thank you to everyone who made it possible.

There were approximately 35 - 40 people who came out for the picnic at the Cheatham Dam and Lock picnic area outside of Ashland City.

There was some great food and deserts!

If you were no able to make it, hopefully you will be able to next time.  

Here are some other pictures I took during the day.

I believe you can print pictures at the following locations right from the website or you can download the pictures, save them and print them at any location: 

  • Printed Art
  • Shutterfly
  • Walgreens
  • LifePics Network of Local Photofinishers
  • fotoflōt
  • Ritzpix
  • Snapfish

June 14th, 2014 - Tolling of the Boats Ceremony

posted Jun 22, 2014, 8:06 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Jul 13, 2014, 10:42 AM ]

We had a great turnout for the Tolling of the Boats ceremony on June 14th.  


April 12th, 2014

posted Apr 12, 2014, 1:50 PM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Apr 12, 2014, 2:01 PM ]






Today at our base meeting we inducted two more shipmates into the Holland Club signifying 50 years qualified in Submarines. 

Congratulations Tim Cantrell and John Carrothers!

March 8th, 2014

posted Mar 23, 2014, 9:36 AM by Scott Vaden   [ updated Mar 23, 2014, 9:36 AM ]


Bob “Bulldog” Ousley MAJ USA (RET) was our guest speaker today at our United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) Volunteer Base monthly meeting at the Andrew Jackson VFW Post. 

Bulldog gave us a great presentation on Operation Stand Dow...n, Nashville, running down the many services OSDN provides our local veterans. We are now on the OSDN mailing list so that we can pass on volunteer/donation opportunities to our Volunteer Base members. Living in Clarksville I was pleased to hear that OSDN may open a branch office in the Clarksville area which would make it easier for our northern base members, like myself, to volunteer our time and efforts. 

A big BZ goes out to Bulldog on his presentation and a bigger BZ goes out to OSDN to being there and supporting our fellow veterans!!!

J Vinny McCrum
USSVI Volunteer Base Commander

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