Armed Forces Day Parade – May General Meeting Reminder


Last week was extremely busy but also very rewarding.

The funeral for John Mansfield was moving and a great time of sharing stories about a man who lived a very well lived life. It was a reminder that family and friends are important.

On Saturday we had two concurrent events, with the Vice Commander Ileene Davis, Past Commander Steve Corcoran, Past Vice Commander Don Carpenter, WD04 Commander and Base Member Jim DeMott along with… founding base member Tudor Davis, attended the Blueback Base meeting and recaptured the Travelling Dolphins. This was particularly poignant as along with crew, John Mansfield’s vest was displayed. It was John who had founded the Travelling Dolphins program and he was there in spirit as we retook the Dolphins from the Portlanders.

The Travelling Dolphins will be displayed at our June Meeting (June 17th), at which time we hope to have a special presentation with the Mansfield family in honor of the return of the Travelling Dolphins.

Also on Saturday, eight Base members (plus a couple of spouses) attended the Irrigation Day Festival Grand Parade in Sequim. The Parade is a pretty big deal up there and the crowd was easily the biggest I have seen at a parade. The Float was very much enjoyed by the crowd, and the organizers are eager to have us back again next year.

This week, we have the Bremerton Armed Forces day Parade, which will also be the May General Meeting. As usual, we will muster along 6th Street at 0930 ready to begin the Parade. Let’s have a great turn out and a great parade in Bremerton!

Three Important Events This Week (May 8-13)


This week we will have three MAJOR events:

John Mansfield funeral will be on Thursday at 11:30am

Services will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 on May 11, 2023 at 11:30AM. Remembrance gathering immediately following at VFW Post 969, McKinley Avenue, Tacoma. WA.

On Saturday, the float will depart from the Silverdale VFW at 0800 for the Irrigation Festival in Sequim. The float judging occurs at 10am, with the Parade kicking off at 12pm. After the parade those who have participated will gather at the Mariner Cafe in Sequim for a Soup Down post-parade lunch.

Also on Saturday, Steve Corcoran will be leading a delegation to attend the Blueback Base meeting in Portland. As you may know, John Mansfield was instrumental in the creation of the Traveling Dolphins, which have been held by the Blueback Base for quite some time, due to COVID and other factors. In remembrance of John, Steve will lead the delegation to recapture the Traveling Dolphins for the Bremerton Base.

If you have any questions or need any more information, please eMail me ASAP at

This will be followed on May 20th by the annual Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Bremerton. As usual, this parade will be our May General Meeting. further information regarding this parade will be promulgated next week.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing as much support for these important events as possible.

-Dave Bowman, Base Commander