Deck Log May '24

11 May 2023

Hawkbill Base Address:

Scott Ullsperger

1181 Kortnee Drive

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402


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Base Commander:     Ross Carroll – Firth 208 520-1112         Senior Vice Commander: Gregg Smith – Idaho Falls        208-357-8524

Secretary- Treasurer:                   Junior Vice Commander:

Scott Ullsperger – Idaho Falls            Darrell Pfannenstiel

208-520-2199                                     208-523-4695 


Our Creed:

“To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds, and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution”.

Next Hawkbill Meeting: 

Saturday, 15 June 2024 at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.

Last Meeting:  

Saturday, 20 April 2023 at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.

Present were:

Ross Carroll                      Denny and Beverly Kemp

George Riddle                   Jason Clough

Bob Chapa                        Steve Cole

Scott Ullsperger                Bob and Kathy Beckwith

Don Hulse                         Tony and Wanda Anderson

Darrel Pfannenstiel           Doug Stutzman  

Ralph Van Lieu                  Robert Peterson

Tom Tomlin                       Chris Lindemann                   

Ken Lembich                     Bob and Sandy Reinisch

Larry and Pat Shores       Lange Morrison                     

Bob Skinner                       Eric Boling                   

Mike Obrien                       Jeff Brower

Fred Kovach                     Harvey Lengel




Tracy Bruce From the Blackfoot Veterans Cemetery


Tracy Bruce From the Blackfoot Veterans Cemetery

Old Business:

  1. USS Idaho Committee – At this time due to the ships schedule it appears there will be no crew visit to Idaho this year.
  • Idaho Science Center – May 18th a working party is going to the museum to clean up and rearrange the exhibits currently displayed in the navy building. Scott is putting together a plaque order for Arco.  Anyone interested contact Scott. The city of Arco has received a grant and will be updating the posters in the gazebo as well as painting the gazebo.  The museum’s opening weekend is May 25-27.
  • Gregg Smith indicated that members should visit the HAWKBILL website and to join the Facebook and Instagram pages. More visits to the sites will improve overall internet visibility. PayPal and Venmo are now available on the website to allow for electronic donations and dues payments.
  • The next Camp Magical Moments Sam’s club fund raiser is scheduled for May 25th.
  • Ralph Van Lieu set up a program with Jersey Mikes Subs in Idaho Falls where Camp Magical Moments received 10% of the proceeds of all sales on Friday April 26th.  CMM received $519.00 in direct donations and $668.00 from sales.  The total for the day is $1187.00.

New Business

  1. We plan on having a fall 2024 BBQ, Fred Kovach has agreed to head the committee and have the BBQ at his house.  Anyone wanting to work with Fred on the committee is encouraged to volunteer. The fall BBQ is scheduled for September 21st.
  • Hawkbill base would like to do more for the Pocatello community.  Items discussed include identifying events where we could place the table and banner and a food drive.  Anyone interested from the Pocatello area please help us coordinate these activities.
  • As part of our recruiting efforts, we want to place our table and banner at more locations.  Anyone having information on possible sites please share this information.
  • On 24 May at 0700 Broulims in Ammon will host a veteran’s breakfast.  Hawkbill base will have the float and display table at the event.
  • During the Memorial Day weekend celebration at Freeman parks Field of Honor, Hawkbill base will conduct a tolling of the boat ceremony. This is scheduled for May 26th at 1:45 PM.
  • We have three upcoming car shows where we will be displaying the club table, June 8th at North Hiway café, June 15th in Shelley and July 13th in Rigby.
  • Ross finished the work to provide a headstone for IC2(SS) Jim Reynolds.  Due to a tight schedule Ross fronted the money for the purchase. A motion was made and passed for the Hawkbill base to reimburse Ross for his expenses.
  • A motion was made and passed to donate $500.00 to Champ’s heart.
  • A discussion occurred concerning a Fall group outing to either Hill Air Force Base or the National Military Vehicle Museum. More information will be discussed in further meetings.
  1. Heads and Tails distillery in Idaho Falls is featuring a Cocktail of the month.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Camp Magical Moments.  Heads and Tails is located at 310 Park Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.
  1. The INL is celebration it’s 75 anniversary in 2024.  They will be providing tours of certain facilities.  More information can be found at, “register”.  The tours are ATR on 6/14, MFC on 7/12 and REC on 8/9.

Financial Report:

Balance                                                   $ 11,162.05

Camp Magical Moments                         $   859.31

USSVI (50/50)                                            $   460.00

Brick purchase                                           $   140.00

Magnets/Stickers/CMM items               $   793.36

Headstone                                                 $   250.00

Balance                                                   $   8,623.38


50-50:  $75.00 won by Jason Clough, he donated $40.00 to the base funds. $75.00 goes to the USSVI scholarship fund.

Boats Lost in April


USS Squalus (SS 192)

USS Gudgeon (SS 211)

USS Lagarto (SS 371)

USS Stickleback (SS-415)

USS Scorpion (SSN 514)

Prayer List




Schedule of events

May18Idaho Science Center cleanup1000Arco Idaho
May18Blackfoot Elks Club Veterans Dinner Blackfoot Elks Lodge
May24Veterans breakfast0700Broulims in Ammon
May25Camp Magical Moments fundraising SAMS club Idaho Falls
May26Tolling of the Boats1:45 PMFreeman Park
May25-27Opening weekend of the Idaho Science Center Arco Idaho
May31East Idaho Vet Center summer BBQ11-1 PM1000 Riverwalk Drive
June1Beerfest Sandy Downs
June8North hi-way cafe car show 460 NORTHGATE MILE, IDAHO FALLS,
June15HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elks Lodge
June15Swap meet and car show Shelley Idaho
June21CMM Submarine Veteran Day  
July12,13Rigby Hot Classic Nights Car Show Rigby Idaho
July18Soup Kitchen Support  
July19,20Atomic Days Arco Idaho
July25All Veterans Picnic5:30 PMTauphaus park shelter 3 Idaho Falls
September21Annual Fall BBQ