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Illinois Base initiates Operation Dry Dock

Area USSVI Bases have joined us in support of a special fundraising effort to help pay for the much needed hull repairs for the USS Cobia (SS 245), a midwest historical WWII submarine on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, in Manitowoc, Wis. The repairs require the boat, which sits in water, to go into drydock for cleaning and repairs. Her last time in drydock was 25 years ago. We have a monumental task ahead of us in obtaining the amount needed for this task. To assist us, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has set up an automatic donation (as a single donation or as a monthly donations) from the financial institution of your choice. It is an easy way to give! Visit the Maritime Museum's Donation Page for informaton. There is also an opportunity for submarine enthusiasts to join us in future USS Cobia working parties.

World War II Days an event worth seeing
Spread the word about WWII Days, a two-day event, held annually at Midway Village Museum in Rockford Ill, on Saturday Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The USS Illinois Base will have an information table at this event. It is a fun-time for the whole family. It gives our Base the opportunity to share the role of submarines during WWII. Tickets can be purchased at the gate: $19 (for adults ages 13+); $12 children (ages 5-12); Children (ages 0-4) free; $14 for veterans and activity duty military personnel. Bring the family and stop by to say "Hi."

Calling all qualified submarine sailors!

Come and join fellow sub sailors in support of today’s submarine force, to honor fellow sub sailors on eternal patrol, and to relive your days aboard the subs with others who also cherish these memories. Associate memberships are also available for those who just love submarines.

The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI’s) USS Illinois Base, named after a Virginia class submarine, is an interesting Base. Don't be fooled by its name -- our membership meets stragegically on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin and is made up of veterans and submarine enthusists throughout Northwest Illinois and Southwest Wisconsin. We are one of 162 USSVI bases located throughout the country. Our group serves one cause -- to preserve the history and future of a strong submarine force. We would love to have you stop by and visit with us.

Important Links

Official site of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.

USSV Charitable Foundation
Official site of United States Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation, Inc. It is the Charitable arm of USSVI of United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.

USS Illinois (SSN-786)
Official Facebook page for crew of submarine USS Illinois

USS Illinois
Website for the USS Illinois Commissioning Committee

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Explore the nation’s most completely restored WWII Submarine. Visit the USS Cobia (SS-245) located in Manitowoc, WI, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

Submarine Museums
Find a submarine memorial near you.

Naval History and Heritage Command
Official site of Naval History and Heritage Command. View the history of submarines and ships in facts and photos.

Hull Number
Looking for the names of former ship mates?'s mission is to provide a means for shipmates to keep in touch with one another.

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