Fellow Bathyscaph Trieste Alumni Return. Reconnect. Remember. September 13 - 17, 2017 Silverdale, WA Our next reunion is almost here! We last met in Silverdale for a successful and most enjoyable reunion in the fall of 2004. This year, we observe the 50th Anniversary of placing the 3rd-generation Trieste II (later DSV-1) into active service. As you know, nearby Keyport is home to the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum with its Trieste II (DSV-1) exhibit, as well as a temporary exhibit on the USS Thresher disaster. The Museum has again offered their wonderful meeting facilities and exhibits to augment our reunion. Much to see and do as we revisit our memories and Trieste history. Here is the Schedule of Events. Note that some details may change as we proceed. Updates will be available at Registration Check-In and at the Hospitality Room. Wednesday, Sept. 14 4:00 PM Registration Opens, Silverdale Beach Hotel* 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception in the Restaurant* Thursday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hospitality Room Open Daily* Display your personal photos, slides & memorabilia. Watch videos of Trieste and its crew in action! Thursday, Sept. 14 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast on your own (room voucher). 8:30 AM or 10:00 AM Carpool to Bremerton Transportation Center 9:20 or 10:50 AM until either 4:00 or 6:05 PM Shore Leave: Seattle. Take the Kitsap Fast Ferry ashore and get reacquainted with friends while enjoying Seattle’s waterfront attractions. Late Afternoon Return to Hotel. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner on your own 7:00 PM Informal gathering in the Hospitality Room.* Friday, Sept. 15 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast on your own (room voucher). 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Carpool to US Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport 9:45 - 10:00 AM Reunion Group Photo - Navy Public Affairs 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM • Enjoy the exhibits. Docents will be stationed at key locations to assist & inform. • Guided Behind-The-Scenes Warehouse Tours of large artifacts with Mary Ryan, Museum Curator (we’ll be divided into small groups) • Interviews of Trieste Pilots and Alumni by Navy Public Affairs videographers (for museum archives and P.R. purposes) 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch, Keyport Area, and Return to Museum 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM Presentation by Ron Krell, President, USNUM Foundation: DSV Exhibit Preservation 2:15 - 4:00 PM Presentation by Mike Staehle, Pilot #12: The Construction of Trieste II (DSV-1) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Return to Hotel 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner on your own 7:00 PM Moderated Group Discussion: Health issues common to DSV operations, and the VA Disability process. Hosted by Dan DeVoe. Hospitality Room.* Saturday, Sept. 16 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM Breakfast on your own (room voucher). 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Trieste Alumni Association Business Meeting & Election of Officers, Hospitality Room.* Afternoon On your own or with friends. Suggestions: enjoy Keyport Fest 2017, visit Deterrent Park, visit other nearby attractions, or gamble your life savings away. See our “Things To Do” list for more. 5:00 PM (approx.) Return to Hotel 6:00 PM Cocktails 6:00 PM, Reunion Banquet 6:30 PM*, Canal/Marine Rooms. Wear Your Aloha Shirt! After Dinner Program Don Walsh - A Trieste Retrospective Sheldon Rubin - Engineering UUV’s Sunday, Sept. 17 8:00 AM (Open 7:00-11:00) Goodbye Breakfast (room voucher) Group Activities… Optional group day trips/activities may have additional charges (e.g., transportation, event or activity admission tickets, etc.) over and above the Reunion Fee. We will have some group activities planned, and ideas for you if you prefer to do other things. A Little Help From Our Friends? Trieste, White Sands and USS Pt. Loma Alumni with photos, videos and tales to tell please bring your slides, video and memorabilia - at least the easily portable stuff - and share the memories. The Hospitality Room will have a large-screen HDTV with a PC and a DVD player. Reunion Fee… The Reunion Fee will be payable by cash or check (Bathyscaph Trieste Alumni Association) when you arrive at the hotel for the reunion: $125 for the association member, plus $ 60 for the spouse, partner or first guest, and $ 50 for each additional guest It covers the Welcome Reception, Hospitality Room, Reunion Banquet and the various other costs associated with running our reunion. (For people attending the Banquet only, $60 per person.) Hotel Rooms… If you are attending and have not yet reserved a room at the reunion headquarters, call the Silverdale Beach Hotel’s Reservation Line at 1-800-544-9799 or front desk at 360-698-1000, or register online at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.48174.html?groupId=6L9YZ3X7. Identify yourself as attending the Bathyscaph Trieste Reunion. Rooms include 1 daily Voucher for breakfast and 2 complimentary beverages in the bar each evening. Additional guests in the room may purchase a breakfast voucher at a reduced rate of $5/day. Check out their website for photos and information: http://www.silverdalebeachhotel.com . Annual Association Dues… Annual dues are $20 for each regular Member (other than Lifetime and Honorary Members). Your annual dues keep the batteries charged! If your dues aren’t current, please bring either cash or check (“Bathyscaph Trieste Alumni Association”) for 2017 dues to the reunion. For your dues status, please see Stan Reinhold when you check in at the reunion’s registration desk. See You In Silverdale! Bathyscaph Trieste Alumni Association Posterity Initiative The US Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport, WA houses an extensive collection of artifacts related to Trieste II (DSV-1). They are in search of additional items of historical and/or technical value to add to their collection. Many Alumni kept as souvenirs excess items that we worked on, reference materials that we used regularly, our notebooks, etc. to remind us of our unique experiences while aboard Trieste II or one of its support units. Since Trieste II was retired in 1984, there are no more such artifacts being created. And, come to think of it, there are no more Trieste Alumni being created either, so it is appropriate to consider what we can leave for posterity… As we pass the 50th Anniversary mark of construction of the Trieste II (DSV-1) that most of us knew so well, please consider donating to the museum any unique items in your possession. If you visit the museum, you have the opportunity to meet with the museum’s staff in person to discuss your possible donation. Alternatively, you are invited to call or e-mail the museum’s Curator, Ms. Mary Ryan at (360) 396-5517 or mary.c.ryan@navy.mil if you believe you have a suitable donation to make. The museum would be more than happy to review any donation offers based upon documentation and/or photographs so that donors don’t ship items that the museum would not add to their collection. By way of guidance, here is a list describing the types of Trieste artifacts of interest to the museum. This list is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully provides some sense of how they approach collecting. Types of Trieste Artifacts in the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum Collection Trieste items USNUM actively collects: • Qualification books • Photographs and negatives (originals) • Dive logs or other dive records • Technical manuals • Ships information books • Technical reports and other technical documentation • Deep submergence insignia • Blueprints • Video and audio recordings • Letters • Navy records or documents related to service with Trieste vehicle(s) • Booklets (ex: Welcome Aboard, activation or deactivation, anniversary events, etc.) • Compressed Styrofoam cups • Original items off the Trieste vehicles such as viewports, ballast shot, etc. Trieste items USNUM collects on a limited basis: • Plaques • Patches • Newspaper articles/clippings • Cachets/naval covers • Hats, mugs, belt buckles, and other commemorative-type items • Stickers/decals • Models • Pins that are not deep submergence insignia A significant point to note: During some of its active service, almost everything about Trieste II (DSV-1) was classified. It and earlier versions of the bathyscaph carried out classified missions even when operating in the open. If you suspect that you are in possession of materials or artifacts that carry a classification marking or may still be considered classified, discuss that with the museum’s Curator. She should be able to advise you of the appropriate steps required to transmit, transport and transfer custody of them. Thank you for helping to preserve our unique place in history!