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Hello USS Bashaw SS/SSK/AGSS-241 Shipmates,

The next BASHAW REUNION dates are:
Sunday, September 28th thru Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Iowa Falls, IA The Heartland of American Agriculture and Rural Culture

AmericInn - 810 South Oak Street, Iowa Falls IA 50126 (on US Hwy 65 South)
o Hotel General Manager: Monica Olmstead
o Register under the Group Name: Bashaw Submarine Reunion
o Rate: $69.00/night
A block of 30 rooms has been reserved (25 rooms are on the first floor)
The block (rate) will only be available until September 6th
Choice of 1 King size bed or 2 Queen size beds (units)
Sorry, Dave & Bev have already chosen the finest room It will be hospitality headquarters.
o Hotel is smoke-free
o Pets are not allowed
o Free home-style hot breakfast (above average)
o A 58-room facility
o Check out the hotel by going to: (this is a real good review)
o Reservations via:
Direct-to-hotel: 641-648-4600
National -Toll Free: 800-634-3444
Note: There was a recent rate increase so the National Reservations Line will quote you $73/night. Dont let that stop you from making the reservation Monica will honor our $69 rate and will correct the price once the reservation hits her computer.
Website: sorry you cant reserve within the Bashaw block via the website.

Campground options for those traveling with an RV
o South Park RV Park 641-648-5597
.5 mile to AmericInn
o Circle C Campgrounds 641-648-9936
4.5 miles to AmericInn
If there is a rodeo that weekend, this one could fill up
o Bessman-Kemp Park Campground 515-858-3461
6 miles to AmericInn
Its new (very nice) and next to the river dam in Alden, IA (population 800 and just west of Iowa Falls.)

Other places to stay (you make your own arrangements and not at the center of the action)
o Scenic Inn Motel 641-648-2553
o Rivers Bend I.F. Bed & Breakfast 928-951-1910 (
o Bed & Breakfast Cabin Cove 641-648-9571 (
o Super 8 855-799-6862

This is going to be a big deal in little Iowa Falls (5,000 people). By the time you get here, anybody that is anybody is going to know youre coming. To get you geographically positioned we are 60 miles north of Des Moines on I-35 and 20 miles east on US Hwy 20.

NEXT: Scheduled daily events survey your inpiut needed - click here

Feel free to call us any time if you need clarification on anything.

Dirk & Bev
Home: 641.648.9609
Work: 641.648.4872

Dave Dirksen
Dirksen & Associates
2209 Washington Ave.
Iowa Falls, IA 50126
(641) 648-4872


European River Trip March 2015

Interested in taking a European River trip and perhaps a side trip to the US Military hotel in Garmisch? see info below:

Hi folks

At the last reunion in San Diego a few us, in amongst the sea stories, happened to share stories of enjoyable European river cruises...and.came up with the idea that it could be fun to form a group of like-minded Bashaw folk/friends/relatives for one of the cruises in 2015.

During our discussions it was noted that a few had already taken a European river cruise, many had not, all were interested in starting and/or ending in Germany, and there was some concern about cost (of course). There seemed to be agreement that it was preferred to go during non-peak tourist season (nominally Mar-Apr or Oct-Nov). Val & I have tried some tour companies and have found one, Grand Circle Tours (see:web site here) that seems to have very good tours/ships at nominally the best price.

Val has talked with our contact at Grand Circle. He said that the 2015 cruise dates will be similar to 2014 (which are on the web site) and will be out in January or February 2014.

For those of you who want to check the Grand Circle web site (see:web site here), go to "small ship and river cruises" you will see some European options. Of course, they only show through 2014.

Based on the previously mentioned criteria and Val's discussion with our Grand Circle contact, we think a strong candidate would be "Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague," in March of 2015. There are optional (for a price) pre-trip (Hamburg) and post-trip (Munich or Poland) add-ons ashore. PRO: It is a newly added cruise that someone in our group probably has not made; it is the least expensive; it is during Easter when they will do something special on board; the trip spends most of the time in Germany; the trip ends in Prague which is a very popular and interesting city. The ships are slightly smaller (~90 passengers vs ~150 on the larger river ships) CON: It is during Easter when some may not want to be away; cabins are slightly smaller; weather is chilly and might be damp.

Another option is the "Great Rivers of Europe." Also has optional add-ons. PRO: It is a few days longer so the cost per day is less and you will see towns, castles, etc. from Amsterdam to Vienna. CON: some may have already taken it and may not want to go again; weather is chilly and might be damp

Another option is "The Romance of the Rhine and Mosel." Also has optional add-ons. PRO: see some of the Netherlands and Germany; CON: starts in Netherlands and do not get to Germany until day 6; early start day in March mean that it will be quite chilly and probably rather rainy.

As noted: in order to get the lowest prices (cruise and airfare), it means that we will be traveling in the less-traveled tourist season wherein there is a 50% chance of some sort of precipitation. During our travels in this time frame, the rain has been heaviest in the Netherlands but sunny or light drizzle in Germany. If we select one of the cruises for 2015 before December 31 2013, Val & I can put down a deposit for a cabin, and our contact at Grand Circle will reserve a block of rooms for the 2015 cruise. Then, you will be allowed to put down a deposit (for your choice of cabin type/price) which is fully refundable until two weeks after the dates are announced in January or February 2014. (Now you know why the lowest priced cabins mysteriously are never available when the dates are publicly announced.) Once the dates are out and you make your final decision, there are various payment plans with varying discounts; those who pay a year before the cruise get a 10% discount. By having Val set it up, you can also get a $100 discount per person if this is your first tour with Grand Circle.

PLEASE GIVE US AN INITIAL INDICATION OF YOUR CURRENT THINKING! ARE YOU INTERESTED? PLEASE let us know your first, second and third choices. ALSO, let us know if you would rather go a month or two later and accept the increased cost. All of the trips end in a city that is about a four-hour train ride from Munich. So why end close to Munich you ask? Well, should you desire to spend some more money and time in Germany in order get the best "bang for your buck" out of the airfare, you might be able to take advantage of the military resort in Garmisch: see web site here.

If you go to the Edelweiss website, it is not immediately obvious that it is on a secure facility associated with a US Army base. Click on the "faq's" at the bottom of the home page to find out more about the eligibility and activities. At least one member of our group must have a retired military ID, i.e., one of us, who can sponsor/travel with those who do not have a military ID. (Two government-picture-IDs such as a drivers license and passport are still required to enter the base.) Val and I have IDs and would consider such an option. Val & I took advantage of one of their retired senior tour packages and totally enjoyed it. Note that Grand Circle can get you air fare at a very good price, and it includes picking you up at the airport upon arrival and transfer to the ship. You can choose to have Grand circle set up air travel from cities and tour dates different from the start and end cities for a fee. You can make also make your own air reservations, but, unless you show up when they have a bunch of arrivals, it probably will not include their free transfer to the boat. We also assume that some of the Bashaw folk may like to be able to invite any close relatives and friends who they believe would fit in with our motley crew (and not be too embarrassed).

John & Val


The 8th Bashaw Reunion was held in San Diego
between October 13-17, 2013 Sunday through Wednesday. departure on Thursday

Location is the Holiday Inn Bayside at 4875 No. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92106. Ten minutes from the airport. The rooms are $109.00 for single or double. We have a nice hospitality room and the banquet will also be at the hotel. There's a pool with bar handy, jacuzzi, tennis courts, gift shop, coffee shop and restaurant. To see hotel web site click here.

Navy Exchange gas station and convenience store is within walking distance. The Kirbys and Pranls are planning this reunion and getting together to firm up the tours, activities and etc. It'll be here before you know it!! Adios for now.

If anyone is planning on bringing their R.V. and doesn't know where to park it, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. I have set up a separate E-mail address for just the reunion. So if you'd like to correspond with the Kirbys' it'll be at The Pramls' will remain the same,

The Schedule:
Sunday Oct. 13th 2013 the hospitality room will be open at 2:00. From 5:00-6:00 there will be a reception for us in another room with heavy hors d'oeuvres and roast turkey. No need to go out for dinner unless you want to.
Monday Oct 14th it will be a free day. The sights in San Diego are: The Zoo, Sea World, Midway Aircraft Carrier, Wildlife Park, Padre baseball park (a good tour), Little Italy and the Submarine Memorial. We didn't want to make a tour of these since some are a little pricey. This will be up to the individual.
Tuesday Oct 15th we will have a Trolley sight seeing tour of Old Town, Hotel del Coronado, Seaport Village and Balboa Park. It will be a 90% Bashaw paid charter that you will have time to get off and look around at these sights.
Wednesday Oct 16th is another free day with the banquet in the evening.
Choices for food are:
Chicken Coq au Vin: Tender Boneless Breast of Chicken marinated in Burgundy Wine, served with Mushrooms & Pearl Onions, finished with a Bordelaise Sauce.
Halibut with a macadamia nut amaretto cream sauce.
Beef Bourguignon: Top sirloin sauteed with mushrooms topped with a burgundy sauce and served over a bed of fettuccini.
All these include a choice of tossed green, caesar, gourmet spring mix or greek salad, rolls and butter, potatoes or rice pilaf, fresh seasonal vegetables, choice of one desert and kona coffee, brewed decaf, hot tea.
If you can get your selections in to us at least a month before, that would be perfect.
Thursday Oct 17th will be 'goodbye' for some and 'have a good time' for those that are staying to see more sights or other reasons. Please ask any questions about anything. We'll do our best to get the answers. Goodbye for now, John & Ruthann Kirby

U. S. S. Bashaw San Diego Reunion Registration Form
October 13-17, 2013
Registration fee per couple - $25.00 required
Trolley per person - $10.00
Banquet Dinner per person - $34.99
Your name, address, phone and name of guest(s)

Please check the item(s) you want and send this slip (just write the info on a piece of paper if you can't print this) and check or money order made out to Bashaw or Bill Larime to: William Larime 2910 Hozoni Rd, Prescott, AZ 86305.

Any questions regarding registration fee email Bill at


If you haven't received an e-mail from us recently (since August 2012), we probably don't have your current email address, please e-mail us at @ peoplepc. com so we get you on our email list to receive general info about Bashaw crew members and the reunions.


This site is maintained on behalf of the USS Bashaw Association formed March 08, 2001 during the first known reunion of all USS Bashaw crew members which was held in Estes Park, Colorado.

Thanks to the efforts of Fred Mochel (and Bob Palmer who put together the first known listing of all Bashaw sailors), the first Bashaw reunion was a great success. Held in Estes Park, Colorado, the event attracted about 50 former Bashaw sailors from the 1950's and 1960's and even a few brave spouses. That's a significant turnout for the first-ever gathering of Bashaw personnel. We hope to see some of you World War II vets at the next reunion. A lot of old pictures were passed around and sea stories abounded. Rumor has it that some of them even contained a grain of truth. There was a clear desire among all who attended to continue the reunions, develop a Bashaw web site, continue efforts to find "lost" shipmates and start a newsletter. An informal organization was created to accomplish these objectives: Organize Next Reunion: Dave (Rod) Sutherland (EN3) Develop a Web site: Jim O'Dea (EM2) Publish a Newsletter: Ed Fischer (EM3) Maintain Crew Roster: Roger Collins (EN2) Establish Treasury: Bill Larime (TM2)

At that reunion it was agreed to establish dues to provide seed money for the next reunion. (Example: it costs almost $300 just to print and mail the crew roster and related material.) If you want to stay in touch with your former Bashaw shipmates, send a $25 check (payable to William Larime) to become a member of the USS Bashaw Association. Mail to: William Larime, 2910 Hozoni Road, Prescott, AZ 86305 Tel. 928-899-0133 days 928-899-8821 evenings or Email Bill here.
Bill has set up an account in the National Bank of Arizona as: William Larime USS Bashaw (SS241) REUNION 2910 Hozoni Road Prescott, AZ. 85305

  • To register as a USS Bashaw On-line crew member click here. " This will take you to the web site where you can register for all the boats you were on. It won't make you a member of the USS Bashaw Association but it will let other crew members know how to get a hold of you.

    A description and pictures of the 2009 Reunion at Las Vegas,NV can be seen by clicking on the 6th Reunion Report to read all about it.

    A description and pictures of the 2008 Reunion at Pensacola,FL can be seen by clicking on the 5th Reunion Report to read all about it.

    A description and pictures of the 2006 Reunion at Niagara Falls,NY can be seen by clicking on the 4th Reunion Report to read all about it.

    A description and pictures of the 2004 Reunion at San Antonio, TX can be seen by clicking on the 3rd Reunion Report to read all about it.

    Pictures of the 2002 Reunion at New Orleans can be seen by clicking on the 2nd reunion.

    A description and pictures of the 2001 Reunion at Estes Park, CO can be seen by clicking on the 1st Reunion Report to read all about it.

    This website was begun on 27 May 2001 and will continue to grow as crew members contribute photographs, history, biography, and sea stories.

    Send comments, questions, Bashaw related pictures, video and audio recordings regarding the bashaw and this website to Jim O'Dea at


    If you served on the USS Bashaw and haven't been getting email updates from us about the Reunions and occasional email updates of interest to crew members we probably don't have you in our crew listing, please email Jim Hunnicut at and let him know you would like to be added. Please include your dates on board and rate on while board.

    Interesting Submarine Sites.

  • Some good reading of "Life on the Diesel boats"
  • "Getting Underway" by Robert "RC" C. King SOS2(SS
  • U. S. Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) national organization  
  • USS Blenny SS-324 site

    The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's online: click here

    This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mail room and processing time.

  • From the 1930s through the 1970s, the U.S. Navy used hundreds of asbestos-contaminated products in all of its vessels, which led to hazardous asbestos exposure among thousands of veterans. Many veterans who worked in shipyards and aboard submarines were exposed to asbestos through standard operations.

    The Mesothelioma Cancer Center offers information to veterans about asbestous related cancer and the VA claims process. Click here for a link to the site


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