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Amoeba Races! For those in the know, Amoeba Races are the grand-daddy of SSN-680 reunions. The first known Amoeba Race was held at Ocean Shores, WA, on August 29, 1998. Attended by crew members from the late 70’s (and Ted Mercure) the festivities of the day charted the course for USS William H. Bates reunions to come.

For those of you that dream of simpler times, when a group of shipmates could gather and reminisce (OK, lie their way through dozens of sea stories) without much advance notice, cost, or effort, your time has come. For those of you that can’t wait to reconnect until June of next year and REGROUPEX 20, this may be just the thing.

Terry Stanley has thrown out the invitation to all of us to join him on his farm in Theodosia, Missouri, on September 21st of this year for another of the much-heralded Amoeba Races. He has offered to smoke 4 or 5 slabs of ribs, chickens, brats, hot dogs, etc., and whip up a batch of beans for anyone who wants to spend the day on the farm with all the similarly inclined shipmates willing to muster.

The Master Sailing List Research Project was started at the beginning of March last year with the intent of identifying all officers and enlisted that have been assigned to the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) and incorporating them into the Master Sailing List.

To do so, it would be necessary to obtain all of the boat’s muster official muster reports, known as Officer and Enlisted Personnel Diaries, from the National Archives and Records Administration. Using these documents, as well as Enlisted Distribution Verification Reports and Officer Control and Distribution Reports, it was anticipated that we would be able to verify all existing members and identify all personnel that had been assigned to the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) then incorporated them into our Master Sailing List.

At the time, I naively estimated the project could be completed by the end of 2018, but, as they say, little did I know!

Attention in the boat!

REGROUPEX 20 is tentatively scheduled for June 2020, plus or minus, in the Seattle/Bremerton area. Which is something like saying liberty ports are confirmed through Hobart, if you happened to fall victim to WestPac 83-84! It’s our goal, however, to do better than that!

Note specifically that June 2020 is only 15 months away, and there is work to be done to confirm the exact dates and locations. I am currently researching optimum dates, possible hotels/accommodations, and activities of interest to our Association members and need some help.

This is a call for anyone living in the Seattle/Bremerton/Northwest Washington area reach out and let me know three things.

The REGROUPEX 20 Planning Survey was completed on the 8th of March, and the results are in. Well, sort of. Kind of. Maybe.

You get what you get.

We had 69 complete responses, and another 11 that were never completed, but provided partial information, which I appreciate nevertheless.

I wanted to personally thank each and everyone of you who participated. Not only did the general drift of your contributions bring some clarity to the process, but your comments and suggestions were insightful and well thought out, not to mention sometimes humorous and endearing.

We’ve come a long way since those days on the boat!

It has been a busy few months, and I have been remiss in keeping you up to date on the news that comes our way. It's hard enough keeping up with the good news, let alone getting lost in thought about shipmates from a long time ago that have crossed the bar and are no longer with us. Every shipmate that rests his oar reminds each of us that our days our numbered, and, like getting underway, there’s not a moment to lose.

It is my duty to report the passing of CDR(SS) Kurt M. Trautman 1945 – 2018 and SDC(SS) Manuel (Manny) C. Chavez 1938 – 2018.

As I’m sure you have heard, or at least wondered about, privacy concerns and  commercial use of personal data are becoming a big concern on Facebook. Some of us have known about the vulnerabilities for many years, which is one of the reasons that none of the ‘good stuff’ regarding the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) and her crew gets posted on Facebook.

While we are always alert to security and classified information issues that could compromise today’s submariners, (not today, ISIS!) not to mention the promises we made back in the day, there are lots of photos and stories that are best not made public for the sake of our spouses, family, and friends, not to mention our own personal and business reputations.

The REGROUPEX 20 Planning Survey has been active for over two weeks, and already we have had over 50 of you chime in with your opinions and wishes for the next reunion. For those of you that have submitted your responses, Bravo Zulu, and I thank you. Making decisions in a vacuum is a challenge, so I appreciate that you have taken the time to share your thoughts.

For those of you that have not yet taken the survey, I again ask you to set aside about 15 minutes, log into the website using the link below, and offer your input. This task is hard enough without trying to guess at what you want to see in your next reunion. The time you invest to take the survey goes a long way in influencing our next three or four reunions, so if you want your voice to count, this is your chance!

Fund Sailing List Research!

Help fund SSN–680.org research and recover Personnel Diaries and Quarterly Muster Reports from the National Archives, helping us in our goal to identify every sailor that sailed on the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) and add them to the Master Sailing List.

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U.S. Naval Institute News

25 MAY 2019

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