DECKLOG 13 January 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                                     208-5234695 


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, 17 February 2024 at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.

Last Meeting:  

Saturday, 18 November 2023 at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.

Present were:

Ross Carroll and Marva    Bob and Kathy Beckwith

Marty Sattison                   Gregg and Lisa Smith

     George Riddle                  Jason and Jenny Clough

Mike Baker                        Steve Cole

Scott Ullsperger                Don Boesiger

Don Hulse                         Tony and Wanda Anderson

     Darrel Pfannenstiel          Doug Stutzman  

Ralph Van Lieu                  Fred Kovach      

Terry Thonssen                Russell Johnson         




Mary Hanek

Jack Blackwell

Old Business:

USS Idaho Committee – The christening is currently scheduled for Spring 2024.

  1. The Santa crawl was a great success, a total of 700 pounds of food and $70 was raised for a value of $3,600.
  • Idaho Science Center –Next year a working party needs to go 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.
  • 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.
  • Ross and Scott will contact the Arco Mayor and attend an Arco city council meeting and nominate Ellie Signor as an honorary submariner.
  • Ross covered the highlights of the recent base member survey.

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.
  • During the February meeting we will have Shelly Norman from the INL as a guest speaker, all members of Hawkbill base are encouraged to attend the meeting to support Shelly.
  • Ralph Van Lieu has set up a program with Jersey Mikes Subs in Idaho Falls where Camp Magical Moments will receive 10% of the proceeds of sub sandwich sales every Friday during the month of February. Jersey Mikes is located across in Ammon at 2681 E Sunnyside Road Suite E.
  • Ross gave out information concerning joining forces with the County military affairs committees.  These committees can aid veteran in a variety of programs including Legal assistance, Estate planning and more.  Ross will work with Bannock/Bingham counties and Scott will be the point of contact for Bonneville County.

Financial Report:

Balance                                                      $ 9608.22

Camp Magical Moments                         $   215.31

USSVI (50/50)                                            $   225.00

Brick purchase                                           $   140.00

USSVI Dues                                                $   140.00

USSVI Dues check #192                           $.     90.00

Balance                                                      $ 8,797.91


The USSVI Western Regional Roundup is scheduled for April 10-13 in Silverdale Washington. (

50-50:  $75.00 won by Doug Stutzman which he donated to the Camp Magical Moments and $75.00 is for the Dolphin Scholarship fund.

Boats Lost in December

USS Carp F-1 (SS 20)

USS S-4 (SS 109)

USS Sealion (SS 195)

USS Capelin (SS 289

Boats Lost in January

USS S-26 (SS 131)

USS Argonaut (SS 166)

USS Scorpion (SS 278)

USS Swordfish (SS 193)

Prayer List

Denny Kemp took a fall at his home and is recovering at EIRMC.

Lange Morrison took a fall and is recovering.

Tom Tomlin is recovering with a bad back.

Tony Anderson requires surgery on his back.




Schedule of events

January18Soup Kitchen0830/1100IF Soup Kitchen
January20Idaho Farmhouse Ale Group Outing  
February17HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elks Lodge
February24Soup Kitchen0830/1100IF Soup Kitchen
March16HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elks Lodge
April11-13USSVI Western Regional Roundup Silverdale Washington
April20HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elks Lodge
April27Camp Magical Moments fundraising0900SAMS club Idaho Falls
May18HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elks Lodge
June1Beerfest Sandy Downs