Binnacle List - USS Virginia Base

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EDITED: 10/10/2018
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Binnacle is defined as the stand or housing for the ship's compass located on the bridge. The term binnacle list, in lieu of sick list, originated years ago when ships' hospital corpsmen used to place a list of the sick on the binnacle each morning to inform the captain about the crew's health.

As far back as Kenn McDermott can remember (2003) our Base has never had a Chaplain - at least not an officially designated and active Chaplain. Kenn has therefore offered the invocation and benediction at Base meetings, and tried to keep up with members who have been sick, scheduled for surgery or otherwise 'under the weather'. Because this has been such a hit and miss proposition we're creating this Binnacle List web page so all members can be made aware of health challenges and opportunities other members or families may be experiencing.

Please send Kenn an e-mail to to let us know when a member, relative, or even another submariner you know, may be sick, scheduled for surgery or have a particular health challenge. Their names, health issue and contact information will be listed below. The main idea here is to pray for these people - but you are also encouraged to send them a card.

Thank you for your participation - and let's remember that just like on the boats, we are a brotherhood of undersea warriors mutually supportive of each other. Also, if anyone would like to officially serve as our Base Chaplain, please let Kenn know.
USS Virginia Base Binnacle List
Member Tom Jones' daughter CherylCheryl had been suffering from Pancreatic Cancer but was in a great deal of pain and could not fight anymore. She passed away around 8:40am on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

She will be cremated, with a memorial service probably in April, as she wished to have that in warm weather. As Tom said - she is out of pain now.
Sympathy Cards to:

7725 Surreywood Drive
North Chesterfield, VA 23235-5737
Member Mickey MartinMickey was operated on for a brain tumor on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at the UVA Medical Center. His 8-hour operation went very well and he is now back home. When Kenn spoke with him on February 9th he seemed very chipper and upbeat - reporting that he felt great.Get Well Cards to:

2542 Deep Creek Road
Palmyra VA 22963
Your Webmaster is Kenn McDermott, LT, USN (Ret) - Copyright 2003-2018
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