USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans We are a chapter of the US Submarine Veterans Incorporated (USSVI). All US submarine qualified veterans are invited to join with us. We meet on the 1st Saturday of the month at 1 PM, at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791, located in Tinley Park, IL.

Our members have served during many periods of history: WW II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam era, up to the present. We have had a Pearl Harbor survivor, Diesel boat sailors (DBF), and Nuke boat sailors, both fast attack and boomers. We are a diverse group, yet we all have one thing in common, we proudly wear our "dolphins", the insignia of a person who is "qualified in submarines." We are truly brothers of the 'phin and take pride in our submarine heritage.

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USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Oct. 14th A...
10/15/2021

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Oct. 14th Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC) direct burial ceremony for unclaimed veteran remains. After the ceremony we enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Silver Dollar Restaurant in Elwood.

Shipmates!Checkout the newest addition to my tap room.  It's a 1/15 scale Balao Class submarine built be two members of ...
08/26/2021

Shipmates!
Checkout the newest addition to my tap room. It's a 1/15 scale Balao Class submarine built be two members of USSVI Peoria Base. After some years of use, they could no longer store or use it. I'm happy and proud to give it a new home at Hickory Creek Brewing.
Cheers!

Shipmates!
Checkout the newest addition to my tap room. It's a 1/15 scale Balao Class submarine built be two members of USSVI Peoria Base. After some years of use, they could no longer store or use it. I'm happy and proud to give it a new home at Hickory Creek Brewing.
Cheers!

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the July 13th A...
07/26/2021

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the July 13th Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (ALNC) direct burial ceremony for unclaimed veteran remains. Because of the Covid pandemic it's been more than a year since ALNC has held this ceremony. The next ceremony will be in October, assuming that the pandemic doesn't interfere. After the ceremony we enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Silver Dollar Restaurant in Elwood.

USS Chicago Base participated in the 2021 Carbon Hill Homecoming parade which was held June 27th. It should've been our ...
07/05/2021

USS Chicago Base participated in the 2021 Carbon Hill Homecoming parade which was held June 27th. It should've been our 3rd parade of the year but because of the Covid pandemic this was our first. It was a very good parade. The crowd was large and appreciative as usual and the weather cooperated for a change. Afterward we enjoyed lunch at a local establishment. Our last parade for 2021 will be the Grundy County Corn Festival Parade on September 26th.

USS Chicago Base members John Connon and Don Schlegel participated in this event. John is shown on the right of the phot...
05/27/2021

USS Chicago Base members John Connon and Don Schlegel participated in this event. John is shown on the right of the photo.

Chicago Base visited Cantigny Park May 15, 2021. During our visit we toured the Visitors Center and the First Infantry D...
05/17/2021

Chicago Base visited Cantigny Park May 15, 2021. During our visit we toured the Visitors Center and the First Infantry Division Museum. Afterward we ate lunch at the Cantigny Golf Course restaurant. They have very nice gardens at Cantigny too but it was a rainy day so we didn't spend much time touring those. The Cantigny Park website is located at: https://cantigny.org/plan-your-visit/visitors-center/

Chicago Base visited Cantigny Park May 15, 2021. During our visit we toured the Visitors Center and the First Infantry Division Museum. Afterward we ate lunch at the Cantigny Golf Course restaurant. They have very nice gardens at Cantigny too but it was a rainy day so we didn't spend much time touring those. The Cantigny Park website is located at: https://cantigny.org/plan-your-visit/visitors-center/

Dan Baxter received the Holland Club award from Commander John Connon at our May meeting. The Holland Club award signifi...
05/03/2021

Dan Baxter received the Holland Club award from Commander John Connon at our May meeting. The Holland Club award signifies 50 years of submarine qualification.

Here are photos from a USS Chicago Base road trip to visit Cleveland, OH from March 19th to the 21st. They met USS Cod B...
04/07/2021

Here are photos from a USS Chicago Base road trip to visit Cleveland, OH from March 19th to the 21st. They met USS Cod Base members there, went out to eat with them, attended a Cod Base meeting, toured USS Cod, toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and toured the Liberty Aviation Museum on the return trip.

These photos were taken at our March 2021 base meeting at the Tinley Park, IL VFW. Our base was formed March 2004 and we...
03/07/2021

These photos were taken at our March 2021 base meeting at the Tinley Park, IL VFW. Our base was formed March 2004 and we celebrate the event at the March meeting every year.

These photos were taken at our Feb. 2021 meeting at the Tinley Park, IL VFW. The photos show Commander John Connon prese...
02/09/2021

These photos were taken at our Feb. 2021 meeting at the Tinley Park, IL VFW. The photos show Commander John Connon presenting a certificate to WW II veteran Jim Wilkins in honor of the 75th anniversary of his qualification in submarines.

Here are photos taken at the World War II Submarine Memorial dedication ceremony held Sept. 19, 2020 in Morris, IL. This...
09/29/2020

Here are photos taken at the World War II Submarine Memorial dedication ceremony held Sept. 19, 2020 in Morris, IL. This memorial honors the memory of the 28 submarines built at the Manitowoc, WI Shipbuilding Co. during World War II. These submarines were built in Manitowoc, tested on Lake Michigan, and when complete they transited the river system on a special barge from Chicago to New Orleans. They all passed Morris, IL during their journey. They then sailed via the Panama Canal and the Pacific Ocean to their wartime assignments. They were very well built submarines. Four of them were lost with all hands. USS Chicago Base submarine veterans worked with the City of Morris, Morris Mayor Dick Kopczick, and the Reeves Funeral Home, Morris, IL to accomplish this project. We'd also like to thank Morris VFW Post 6049 for their assistance during the ceremony and with the luncheon afterward. We'd like to thank everyone for their cooperation. Without their support we wouldn't have had this memorial project completed as fast as it was. USS Chicago Base is proud to honor the memory of the World War II submarines and crews that this memorial is dedicated to. We feel that Morris, IL is a fitting site for the memorial.

09/27/2020
Voted The Most Realistic American Submarine Movie

This film was made as a one hour primetime television special in 1986. The documentary won the blue ribbon at the American Film Festival and was voted the most realistic American submarine movie. It is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qt7dyhB-jg. Submarines and the life onboard submarines isn't usually depicted correctly by Hollywood. I believe all submarine veterans will agree that this is "how it was".

You can get this film here - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001LQL6A . I made this one hour primetime television special in 1986. At the time, it was a big deal ...

New Lenox 4th of July Parade. USS Chicago Base participated in this parade. As can be seen from the photos we had a nice...
07/05/2020

New Lenox 4th of July Parade. USS Chicago Base participated in this parade. As can be seen from the photos we had a nice turnout. Afterwards we went to the Hickory Creek Brewing Company for a few beverages and food. It was a nice day. Hot but nice.

USS Chicago Base participated in the 2020 Tinley Park Irish Parade. The weather was nice and the crowd was very large an...
03/14/2020

USS Chicago Base participated in the 2020 Tinley Park Irish Parade. The weather was nice and the crowd was very large and vocal. We had a nice time. This is our first parade of the year. Our next parade will be May 3rd in New Lenox.

USS Chicago Base participated in the 2020 Tinley Park Irish Parade. The weather was nice and the crowd was very large and vocal. We had a nice time. This is our first parade of the year. Our next parade will be May 3rd in New Lenox.

USS Chicago Base held our March 16th anniversary meeting. We held a short meeting, a catered meal, and then finished the...
03/14/2020

USS Chicago Base held our March 16th anniversary meeting. We held a short meeting, a catered meal, and then finished the meeting. We had a nice turnout of Submarine Veterans as can be seen from the photos. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy cadets were our special guests at this meeting.

USS Chicago Base held our March 16th anniversary meeting. We held a short meeting, a catered meal, and then finished the meeting. We had a nice turnout of Submarine Veterans as can be seen from the photos. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy cadets were our special guests at this meeting.

USS Chicago Base held their February 2020 meeting at the Hickory Creek Brewing Co., New Lenox, IL. It's a wonderful plac...
02/11/2020

USS Chicago Base held their February 2020 meeting at the Hickory Creek Brewing Co., New Lenox, IL. It's a wonderful place to enjoy a craft beer. We'd like to thank our base member Gary Meyers for allowing us to meet at his nano-brewery. More information about Hickory Creek Brewing Co. can be found at: https://www.hickorycreekbrewingil.com/.

USS Chicago Base held their February 2020 meeting at the Hickory Creek Brewing Co., New Lenox, IL. It's a wonderful place to enjoy a craft beer. We'd like to thank our base member Gary Meyers for allowing us to meet at his nano-brewery. More information about Hickory Creek Brewing Co. can be found at: https://www.hickorycreekbrewingil.com/.

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Jan. 13th A...
01/15/2020

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Jan. 13th Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery direct burial ceremony for unclaimed veteran remains.

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Jan. 13th Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery direct burial ceremony for unclaimed veteran remains.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans who also volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit atten...
12/22/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans who also volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit attended the 2019 Holiday Party at the museum.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans who also volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit attended the 2019 Holiday Party at the museum.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans who also volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit atten...
12/21/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans who also volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit attended the 2019 Holiday Party at the museum.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans who also volunteer at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry U-505 exhibit attended the 2019 Holiday Party at the museum.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans participated in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Wreaths Across America event. ...
12/21/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans participated in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Wreaths Across America event. This is an annual event for our base.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans participated in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Wreaths Across America event. This is an annual event for our base.

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans
12/10/2019

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans attended the Dec. 6th Great Lakes Naval Station Recruit Training Command (RTC) graduation as special guests. After the graduation we were given a tour of the Naval Station Engineering schools. It was a great experience, especially for those of us who attended boot camp and schools at Great Lakes. We'd like to thank the officers and men at Great Lakes Naval Station who invited us and who worked with us to make it happen.

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans
12/10/2019

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans at the December meeting and Christmas party.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans at the December meeting and Christmas party.
12/10/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans at the December meeting and Christmas party.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans at the December meeting and Christmas party.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans attended the Dec. 6th Great Lakes Naval Station Recruit Training Command (RTC) gradu...
12/10/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans attended the Dec. 6th Great Lakes Naval Station Recruit Training Command (RTC) graduation as special guests. After the graduation we were given a tour of the Naval Station Engineering schools. It was a great experience, especially for those of us who attended boot camp and schools at Great Lakes. We'd like to thank the officers and men at Great Lakes Naval Station who invited us and who worked with us to make it happen.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans attended the Dec. 6th Great Lakes Naval Station Recruit Training Command (RTC) graduation as special guests. After the graduation we were given a tour of the Naval Station Engineering schools. It was a great experience, especially for those of us who attended boot camp and schools at Great Lakes. We'd like to thank the officers and men at Great Lakes Naval Station who invited us and who worked with us to make it happen.

USS Chicago Base member Jim Daniels marched in this parade with the submarine veterans from the Virginia Beach, VA area....
11/13/2019

USS Chicago Base member Jim Daniels marched in this parade with the submarine veterans from the Virginia Beach, VA area. He took these photos and sent them to me. Thanks Jim.

USS Chicago Base member Jim Daniels marched in this parade with the submarine veterans from the Virginia Beach, VA area. He took these photos and sent them to me. Thanks Jim.

The Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy commissioned their new school building and it was a fantastic ceremony. USS Chicago ...
11/08/2019

The Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy commissioned their new school building and it was a fantastic ceremony. USS Chicago Base submarine veterans were invited as guests and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We're proud to be associated with this school. See their website at: https://www.rickovernaval.org/

The Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy commissioned their new school building and it was a fantastic ceremony. USS Chicago Base submarine veterans were invited as guests and we enjoyed ourselves very much. We're proud to be associated with this school. See their website at: https://www.rickovernaval.org/

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Oct. 21st A...
11/04/2019

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Oct. 21st Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery direct burial ceremony for unclaimed veterans.

USS Chicago Base, along with other area veterans, veterans groups and interested people, participated in the Oct. 21st Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery direct burial ceremony for unclaimed veterans.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the ann...
10/16/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the annual memorial service was held by the base to commemorate U.S. submarine S-44 (SS-155). S-44 was lost with 56 crew members Oct. 7, 1943. Once again we had very able assistance from cadets of the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, located in Chicago. They did a great job and we'd like to thank them for their help. More information about S-44 can be found at: http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08155.htm.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the annual memorial service was held by the base to commemorate U.S. submarine S-44 (SS-155). S-44 was lost with 56 crew members Oct. 7, 1943. Once again we had very able assistance from cadets of the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, located in Chicago. They did a great job and we'd like to thank them for their help. More information about S-44 can be found at: http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08155.htm.

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans
10/07/2019

USSVI USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the annual memorial service was held by the base to commemorate U.S. submarine S-44 (SS-155). S-44 was lost with 56 crew members Oct. 7, 1943. Once again we had very able assistance from cadets of the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, located in Chicago. They did a great job and we'd like to thank them for their help. More information about S-44 can be found at: http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08155.htm.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the ann...
10/07/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the annual memorial service was held by the base to commemorate U.S. submarine S-44 (SS-155). S-44 was lost with 56 crew members Oct. 7, 1943. Once again we had very able assistance from cadets of the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, located in Chicago. They did a great job and we'd like to thank them for their help. More information about S-44 can be found at: http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08155.htm.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans held a monthly meeting at Tinley Park VFW Post 2791 on Oct. 5th. In addition the annual memorial service was held by the base to commemorate U.S. submarine S-44 (SS-155). S-44 was lost with 56 crew members Oct. 7, 1943. Once again we had very able assistance from cadets of the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy, located in Chicago. They did a great job and we'd like to thank them for their help. More information about S-44 can be found at: http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08155.htm.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans participated this year in the 9th annual USO U-505 Navy History program at the Chica...
10/03/2019

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans participated this year in the 9th annual USO U-505 Navy History program at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. In cooperation with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) and through the generous support of Tawani Foundation, the USO U-505 Naval History Program with Pritzker Military Library places Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees as volunteer museum docents at the museum’s famed U-505 Submarine exhibit as part of their CPO advancement training. USS Chicago Base submariner veterans joined in the training to impart their knowledge and experience to the selectees, building connections between future Navy Chief Petty Officers and past generations. These photos were taken at the museum and at the fulfillment ceremony at the Pritzker Military Library.

USS Chicago Base submarine veterans participated this year in the 9th annual USO U-505 Navy History program at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. In cooperation with the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) and through the generous support of Tawani Foundation, the USO U-505 Naval History Program with Pritzker Military Library places Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees as volunteer museum docents at the museum’s famed U-505 Submarine exhibit as part of their CPO advancement training. USS Chicago Base submariner veterans joined in the training to impart their knowledge and experience to the selectees, building connections between future Navy Chief Petty Officers and past generations. These photos were taken at the museum and at the fulfillment ceremony at the Pritzker Military Library.

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GOOD DAY CHICAGO BASE!!!! My name is Wade Kiger- STSCS/SS, Qual'd Oct 1989 on the USS BATON ROUGE SSN- 689, and a 5 year USSVI member in COLUMBUS BASE................ I am calling out for my submarine brethren in IL. My buddy who quald on the BR in 1991 was (as im sure you are aware) was shot a few months ago: http://abc7chicago.com/amp/news/naperville-amtrak-shooting-victim-idd-charges-pending-against-shooter/2005039/ Mike is going home TODAY in Homewood, IL after 2 months in ICU, and several surgeries to reconstruct his abdomen. (Reminded me of a "ventilation" drawing- pipes and tubes EVERYWHERE😊)... He is truly LUCKY to be alive. As there are several of us here in OH (who were involved in the 92' collision) that have been to see Mike, we intend to do the following with your help..... We are passing the hat for a membership to the CHICAGO BASE, and intend to buy his SUBVEST with all the trimmings. We would be HONORED to have CHICAGO BASE do the official presentation of the vest in welcoming into our brotherhood of the USSVI. (He may already be a member, but same applies if he is) We will be planning a "party" sometime this summer in Homewood as he still has a long way to recover. If this is something you'd be interested in, then please have your base officers me at 937-926-1019 so we can "hatch a plan"??? Your support is desired, but not required. I would also like to extend the invitation to the Drs and staff that truly "saved his life", so we can SHOW them how SUBMARINERS take care of tier own. I humbly "wait with baited breath" for your reply whether via FB or phone. Sincerely, I pray, STSCS(SS) Wade R. Kiger, USN Retired ([email protected])