The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) Blueback Base, a Portland-based group of United States Navy submarine veterans, announced today that it will participate in the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver on Saturday, November 5, 2016. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this historic community event honoring Veterans of all branches of the Armed Forces. One of the largest Department of Veterans Affairs-sanctioned parades on the West Coast, the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade attracts more than 120 entries with approximately 2,500 participants.
Nearly 4,000 American submariners have sacrificed their lives on the altar of American freedoms according to George Hudson, Commander of the Blueback Base. “The mission of USSVI,” says Hudson, “is 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.” According to Hudson, “Participating in the parade not only affords us the opportunity to honor and remember our shipmates who have gone on Eternal Patrol, but to pay tribute to all Veterans, from every branch of the military, including those who have served throughout our Nation’s history as well as those who continue to serve our Nation today.”
The Blueback Base is named for the USS Blueback (SS-581), a Barbel-class submarine of the U.S. Navy and the second submarine to bear the name. Decommissioned in October 1990, Blueback has been maintained as both a submarine memorial and a museum ship in Portland, where she has served as an integral part of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) since 1994.
The USSVI Blueback Base meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, Post 4248 at 7118 SE Fern Street in Portland at 7:00 pm. Membership is open to all Active, Retired, Reserve, or Honorably Discharged veterans who have earned the designation, “Qualified in Submarines.”