“From Moonshine Mountain to the Sea”
On Friday, May 20th, 2016 members of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. began gathering for what would be the 14th Annual Moonshine Mountain Memorial Observance, Banquet and the NC Subvets 2nd Quarter Meeting.
That Friday was filled with shipmates getting together for fellowship, for some it was their first experience, for most it had been a year long separation. With each passing year the stories seem to get better and better. Old friendships were rekindled and new shipmates were found.
After a nights rest, on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 @ 1000 hours the 14th Annual NC Subvets 2nd Quarter Meeting began. During the meeting issues were discussed about the floats, memorials, membership and new owners of the Moonshine Mt. “Lost Boat Memorial”. All base members were asked to take the information back to their respective bases and each base is to make a report to the NC SubVets CDR on all issues.
At 1400 hours, all hands mustered high on top of Moonshine Mt. to pay their respects to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom by observing the services at the “Lost Boat Memorial”. It was a good spring day and the weather held out for the services. From the parading of colors to the playing of taps and the bagpipers “Amazing Grace”, each person’s attention was focused on the selfless and brave men that went to sea on the boats knowing what could happen, but did their duty without waver.
After the service, a banquet was held at the Big Lynn Lodge. In attendance along with the Subvets, family and friends was the owner of the Moonshine Mt. property. Tuyet Merkert and her family being special guests of all the SubVets for her continuing support with the services each year at the memorial. After the dinner Tuyet and the family expressed their gratitude and states “She was honored to play a small part in honoring these brave men”.
After dinner the fun started with some bases putting on a variety show for all, with singing, dancing, stand-up comedy (if that is what it was Mr. Bagman?) to skits. The prestigious “Crusty Sock” award went to the USS Asheville Base. A challenge from the USS Asheville Base to all bases anywhere “Come and get the award if you dare, we will be waiting for you”.
In closing, we would like to thank everyone that took part in the events; and those that came out to support us, for without you the weekend would not have been possible. Remember to not only thank those that have served; but think those that are serving today for they are the ones standing the watch we had long ago.
Eugene (Pox) Ipox, USS Asheville Base Commander