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Mark Dykstra receives USSVI 2020 Meritorious Award

Mark Dykstra, the USS Illinois Base junior vice commander, received well deserved recognition with a national award from the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. We invite you to read about his accomplishments in the September 2020 Green Board newsletter. Mark was recognized for his "can do" service to the USS Illinois Base, to area veterans, as well as for his dedication to his community. Well Done, Mark!

Calling all qualified submarine sailors!

Come and join fellow 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.

The United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI’s) USS Illinois Base, named after one of the Navy’s newest Virginia class submarines, is an interesting base. We are a new base (just two years old) that meets strategically on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. We are one of 162 bases located throughout the country. This local USSVI serves veterans throughout northern Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. Don't let the name USS Illinois Base fool you. We are bi-state submarine veterans group serving one cause—to preserve the history and future of a strong submarine force.

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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