|FORMAL DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY OF THE
DIAMOND CHAPTER WW II SUBMARINE VETERANS
Thanks to the USSVI Snook Base for Hosting this event.
|THE SUB VETS OF WWII DIAMOND CHAPTER
Sat. October 10, 2009, the formal decommissioning of the Diamond Chapter was conducted at the Clarion Hotel, In
Bentonville, AR by the USS Snook Base of USSVI. US Submarine Force Master Chief Jeff Garrison paid tribute to the
WWII veterans for their courage and example in accomplishing the sinking of over 55 percent of all Japanese Naval
warship losses and over 1,150 merchant ships with only 1.6 percent of the total Naval Manpower. Master Chief
Garrison assured the WWII Sub Vets the tradition continues as he provided the State of the US Submarine Force
Congressman John Boozman presented each of the WWII Sub Vets present or a member of their families with a copy
of the Congressional Record which recognized the accomplishment of the Submarine Veterans of World War II.
The formal decommissioning ceremony included the Tolling of the Boats lost in WWII and presenting the flag from
the USS Snook Memorial to Bob Wight the last commander of the Diamond Chapter. There were many USS
Razorback Base members present at the festivities. Greg Zoner spoke for the Base members assuring the Diamond
Chapter vets the USS Razorback Base accepted the challenge as stated in the purpose of the Sub Vet WWII
organization. “To perpetuate the memory of those shipmates who gave their lives in Submarine Warfare: to further
promote and keep alive the spirit and unity that existed among United States Navy Submarine Crewmen during World
War II; to promote sociability, general welfare and good fellowship among its members . . “.
The Diamond Chapter members were shown current pictures of the USS Snook Memorial to demonstrate the efforts
of the Razorback Base and the City of North Little Rock to perpetuate its maintenance and assured them the up keep
of the memorial would be ongoing until the last Submariner was on Eternal Patrol.
Submitted by Jim Franks, USS Razorback Base