Decklog 18 November, 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, 13 January 2024 at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.

Last Meeting:  

Saturday, 16 September 2023 at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.

Present were:

Ross Carroll                      Ken Lembrich

Marty Sattison                   Bob and Sandra Reinisch

     George Riddle                  Lange and Bobbie Morrison

Mike Baker                        Steve Cole

Scott Ullsperger                Larry and Pat Shores

Don Hulse                         Tony and Wanda Anderson

     Darrel Pfannenstiel          Denny Kemp      

Ralph Van Lieu                 


Letter of thanks from Kenneth Earls, US Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation Board of Directors.


Richard Colburn

Russel Johnson

Terry Thonssen

Keith Keller

Old Business:

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

Camp Magical Moments –

  1. The moms retreat will be held October 20-22.

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.

New Business

  1. We plan on having a fall 2024 BBQ, a chairman and committee members are needed.
  2. The Santa crawl is scheduled for December 16th.  Our participation includes gathering donated food at the Idaho Brewing Company.
  3. Base dues are currently $10.00 per year.  These dues will increase to $20.00 per year on January 1st.
  4. The base conducted a soup kitchen food drive and raised 24 cases of canned for plus $755.00 to purchase Beef/Bison from Intermountain Packing.
  5. Ross covered the highlights of the recent base member survey.
  6. The Hawkbill base presents Camp Magical Moments with a $200.00 check from our fall 2023 fundraising efforts.
  7. On Thursday November 30th at 7 PM Idaho Public Television will present Idaho’s Nuclear Navy. There will be a lunch with the USS Idaho CO, COB and MM1 to be held at the American Legion Hall located a485 Constitution Way in Idaho Falls from 1200-1300. 
  8. Guest speaker Lori Marvin discussed the efforts of the Blackfoot Elks club in promoting / supporting veterans in Southeast Idaho.

Financial Report:

Balance                                                      $ 8162.48

Camp Magical Moments                         $   140.31

USSVI (50/50)                                            $   150.00

USSVI Dues                                                $   295.00

Brick purchase                                           $   105.00

Balance                                                      $ 7472.17


Marty Sattison showed an A1W challenge coin and indicated that S1W and S5G were also available.

Scott reminded everyone to give him an updated E-mail if you are not receiving anything from the Hawkbill secretary.

50-50:  $70.00 won by Scott Ullsperger which he donated to the Hawkbill base and $70.00 is for the Dolphin Scholarship fund.

Boats Lost in November

USS Corvina (SS 226)

USS Sculpin (SS 191)

USS Albacore (SS 218)

USS Scamp (SS 277)

Prayer List

Doug Stutzman’s wife Pauline passed away this Tuesday. Funeral services are being held November 18, Doug has requested nothing from the club, he has family in the area.




Schedule of events

December16Santa Crawl Idaho Brewing Company
January13HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elk’s Lodge
January20Idaho Farmhouse Ale Group Outing  
February17HAWKBILL Meeting1300Blackfoot Elk’s Lodge
April11-13USSVI Western Regional Roundup Silverdale Washington