Fourth reunion, held in Norfolk.
6 MAY 2009
Well, another one bites the dust! For those of you who participated in the USS Sea Devil Reunion IV, I was very happy to see those who were repeat attendees and to meet those who were attending for the first time.
At the business meeting on Sunday morning, Homer Waters (71-74) was elected your new Association Commander. I am certain that all of you join with me in wishing Homer smooth sailing and will assist him in any way necessary to ensure that our Association continues to thrive.
At the meeting, the voting members decided to hold the 2011 reunion in the New London, CT area. I know that those of you who live in that area will give Homer and Susan all the help they may need to make that reunion better than all the rest.
Reunion IV was a moderate financial success. We started the reunion cycle in June 2007 with a treasury of $1,718.96 and now that all the bills have been paid we have a balance of $2,814.39. This should give us a real good start on the 2011 event.
Finally, I would like to personally thank all of you for allowing me to serve as your Association Commander for the past 2 years. It has been extremely gratifying for me to be able to coordinate these reunions and to see how much all of you who have participated enjoy yourselves. Ruth and I both thank you for your support and friendship over the years. We hope to see all of you in 2011.
"Fair winds and following seas shipmates".
Michael "Mickey" Martin
ETCM (SS), USN Ret.
Sea Devil 70-73________________________________________________________________________________________________
At the business meeting Lew Bearden suggested we start a Sea Devil History with individual crewmembers experience anecdotes. Probably slip in a Sea Devil sea story.
PLEASE SEND YOUR EXPERIENCES TO LEW AT email@example.com
31 MARCH 2009
"Station the Manuvering Watch".
We are 4 weeks away from our 4th reunion and there are a few items that need to be covered.
First, keep sending in your registrations. The form is attached. The hotel has agreed to extend the group rate window till the 9th of April and may keep it open up to the reunion. The hotel can be reached at (800) 422-7474. Remember to tell them that you are a member of the Sea Devil group. Find those shipmates that you are still in contact with and try to get them to attend. We want to see all of them.I have attached the Excel file of those who have registered up to today, 3/28.
The dress code for the banquet is as it always was, clean, casual, and comfortable.
All of you who are members of the SubVets or the USSVI, don't forget to bring your vest and wear it. Let everyone know what you did and where you did it.
We will be voting at the Sunday Business Meeting (adgenda attached) to approve the revised Sea Devil Association Bylaws which are also attached. The main change is the addition of the new Article VIII, Disposition of Assets. Several additional minor changes were made to make the document more workable.
At the present time there are no submarines scheduled to be in port. I am hoping that a schedule change will make a boat available before I have to cancel the bus on 4/6. Got to tell you that at the present time it doesn't look good. I even tried to get us a tour of a large target, the USS Theodore Roosevelt but they will not be accepting visitors due to just returning from a deployment.
If we are able to do a submarine tour, here are the guidelines including the base security procedures:
1. Ladies, remember that you will be going down a
ladder and sailors still being sailors, they will be there at
the bottom to "assist" you. Enough said?
2. Wear comfortable and appropriate shoes so you don't
3. When the bus arrives at the base you will disembark
and go through megnetometers for individual screening.
4. While you are undergoing individual screening, base
security will conduct a security sweep of the bus. You
must take all packages with you when you undergo the
individual screening. No packages can be left on the
This procedure will be repeated each time the bus
returns to the base.
5. As I understand it, cameras are allowed but be aware of
the possible sensitivity of subjects you may want to
capture. I will attempt to get guidelines for this.
If I have to cancel the bus on 4/6 and a boat subsequently becomes available, I will attempt to reschedule the bus. If I can't reschedule a bus, we will have to arrange a carpool caravan. Hope for the best!
I realize that the economy (or lack of) has hit some of our shipmates hard. We will all miss having them in Norfolk with us and wish them well. I hope that the next reunion in 2011 will find us all prospering and able to all be together.
Michael "Mickey" Martin
Sea Devil 70-73
We are rounding the "Sea Bouy" and heading for home. Less than 2 months to go before the reunion. Get all your buddies and tell them to get their registration in so we can all share in the reunion.
I can tell that the economy is really hurting us. Registrations are slow and lower than we had for the Norfolk reunions in 2003 and 2005, but being the eternal optimist, I know that we will see all of you in April.
There are still seats available for the submarine visit. If you have already registered without signing up you can get on the list by shooting me an e-mail at my new address, firstname.lastname@example.org and mail me a check or pay when you arrive.
Due to a lack of participation in the Mariner's Museum (Tour 1) on Friday the 24th and the Nauticus (Tour 3) on Saturday the 25th, we will be cancelling these tours. If you signed up, your money will be refunded when you check in.
There are also seats available for the Harbor Cruise and Luncheon on Friday the 24th. Same deal as the submarine visit. If you want to sign up let me know and you can pay now or later.
The Hilton Hotel can be reached at 1-800-422-7474 or through our website at www.seadevilssn664.org. The hotel is holding our block of rooms until March 24th so make sure that you get your reservation in before the price goes up. When you call to make your reservations be sure to identify yourself as being with the Sea Devil Reunion to get our preferred rate of $94.00 a night plus tax.
I have attached my Excel file of who has already signed up so you can match up with your old shipmates and enhance the reunion experience. Also, if you don't see someone on the list, give them a call and see if you can't get them to attend. We want to see all of you.
Looking forward to meeting again in Norfolk.
Michael "Mickey" Martin
We are just 3 1/2 months away from our 4th reunion and I gotta tell you I am worried. I realize that the economy is bad and everyone is worried about what will happen with the incoming administration but we are way behind on registrations. This makes it extremely difficult for me to properly plan the activities, some of which require a firm commitment by a certain date or we forfeit deposits.
I would urge you to make your hotel reservations and reunion registration selections as soon as possible. The Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel can be reached at 1-800-422-7474 or through our website, www.seadevilssn664.org. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the USS Sea Devil Reunion to get the reduced reunion rate. All the information on the reunion activities and schedules can also be found on the website. The Reunion Registration Form is attached to this message.
As always, please contact any of our past shipmates you may be in contact with and urge them to attend. Any new found shipmates contact information should be forwarded to George Boyle at email@example.com so he can maintain the master roster.
I hope to see all of you in Norfolk.
The time for our reunion is drawing closer! Hopefully, the April 23-26, 2009 event at the Norfolk Hilton Hotel will be our biggest and best. Please contact any and all shipmates that you may be corresponding with and urge them to attend!
Attached is the registration and activities information. Additional details can be found on the website at www.seadevilssn664.org which we hope you will visit often as we get closer to the reunion. Any required modifications or changes, while none are anticipated, will be posted on the site.
We have established a link on the website to the Norfolk Hilton Hotel, 1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk VA. to assist you in making your reservations. If you have any problems you can contact the hotel directly at (800) 422-7474 or (757) 466-8000. Be sure to tell them that you are with the "USS Sea Devil Association" to receive the $94.00 plus tax room rate. The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the Norfolk Airport and also provides RV parking for registered guests. The hotel has set aside a block of rooms for us at the special rate and will hold them open until April 9, 2009. We would request that you make your reservations as early as possible to assist us and the Hilton in planning.
Check the "Missing Mates" section on our website and help us find as many shipmates as possible. Make sure that any contact information is forwarded to George Boyle who maintains our roster. George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org His mailing address is 2541 Tarkiln Oaks Dr, Pensacola, FL 32506 and his phone number is (850) 492-3781.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (434) 589-8298.
For those of you who have made any or all of our previous reunions, we hope to see you again. Those of you who have yet to attend, we sincerely hope that you will this time. All of your shipmates want to see you!
"Make going home turns for Norfolk".
Michael "Mickey" Martin
Sea Devil 70-73
Now for the bill of particulars:
April 23-26, 2009; Thursday to Sunday
(Passover 4/9, Easter 4/12 and expect the Submarine Birthday Ball to be 4/18)
Registration fee, $20.00 includes all spouses, guests, etc.
Norfolk Airport Hilton, Rooms $94.00 plus tax, single or double.
- Group rate is valid 4/20/2009 to 4/29/2009.
- RV parking for hotel guests.
- Indoor swimming pool scheduled to be completed prior to the reunion.
- Airport shuttle service.
- Max & Erma's on-site restaurant seats 245.
- Discount coupons for Max & Erma's breakfast and hotel gift shop.
- Hotel is accepting reservations now with group rate cut-off on 3/24/2009.
- Reservation Specialist Shawn Mullen, 800-422-7474 ext. 271. Identify yourself as
being with the USS Sea Devil SSN-664/SS-400 group.
Banquet at the Hilton on Saturday, 4/25:
- Choice of beef, chicken or fish entree at $30.00 per plate.
- Cash bar.
- Mariner's Museum and River Walk Shopping Complex on Friday 4/24.
- Norfolk Botanical Gardens on Friday 4/24.
- Nauticus National Maritime Museum and MacArthur Mall on Satuurday 4/25.
- Submarine tour on Saturday, 4/25 with bus transportation $15.00 per person.
(Dependent on Naval Submarine Force Commander approval and ship availability.
First come, first served)
* Daily tours run concurrent.
** Times and prices to be determined.
*** All tours are subject to a minimum participation. If the minimum is not met, all funds
will be returned.
Start rooting around in the basement, garage or barn for items that you would like to donate for the "Silent Auction" to be conducted up to the time of the banquet. Anything can be donated, preferably Sea Devil or nautical memorabilia.
For those of you who, for whatever reason, could not make the last reunion in
As your Association Commander for the next 2 years, I will work hard to make the next reunion as good as it can be. You will be hearing from me periodically between now and the reunion time. If you have any questions or special requests, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, (434) 589-8298 or
Keep yourself informed and up to date by regularly visiting the website at www.seadevilssn664.org. Check the "Missing Mates" list that George has on the website to see if you can help find more of our shipmates so we can get them to attend the reunion.
Ruth and I are looking forward to seeing all of you at the reunion.
Michael "Mickey" Martin, Sea Devil 70-73