Binnacle List - USS Virginia Base

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EDITED: 12/11/2018
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
Tom Jones
December 6th update from Tom:
"Got out of hospital Tuesday after ER visit on Friday. Bleeding ulcer on output of my stomach. Touch and go. Carole needed to make decision on what to do because of the risk of filling my lungs if it did not go well. After taking pain pills for 2 months, I believe it caused the ulcers. It took 2 sonic procedures to blast the stone. At home now still in quite a bit of pain in my lower right back. Don't know yet what from. Confined. Tied down 2 days in hospital with tube down my throat. Couldn't talk. Torture.
Meeting on Saturday doubtful. Thanks for your prayers. Tom
Merry Christmas to you and Della if I don't make it."

Tom has been suffering from a kidney stone that won't budge. He will be having a lithotripsy procedure to pulverize the little devil and we wish him well.
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7725 Surreywood Drive
North Chesterfield, VA 23235-5737
Bob Kutzenberger
December 6th update from Bob:
"As for my situation right now, yes, the pain is a thing of the past and I'm ever thankful for that!  I was in absolute agony from about the third week in September until I had my surgery on November 16th. What I hadn't counted on was how long I would be in recovery. While I felt fine after the surgery, I was given strict instructions to wear a neck brace and not engage in any kind of activity other than walking until advised otherwise. The neck brace limits motion of my neck and head, and that has proved to be a royal pain when attempting to do the simplest things. Heh, as an example, I can't look down to pee when standing over the pot and have to rely on sound to tell me I'm not pissing on the floor!  It is also very uncomfortable to use the PC (Can't get the keyboard/screen in a position where I can view and use it without looking down.), and my communications over the last couple of months have been curtailed because of that. Amazing how many things we do by moving our head and field of view up and down!  I'll be glad when the brace is gone!
Thank you for all your prayers. It is appreciated. Hope you and Della have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!  I look forward to seeing you all next year!"

Bob reported late Friday afternoon, November 16th, that despite a long delay in getting started, his surgery went like clock work. The procedure took about 45 minutes and went well. Bob will now be wearing a collar to keep his neck aligned while healing from the surgery - and says it is wonderful to no longer be in pain.

Bob is suffering from a herniated disk in his back and will be having spinal surgery on Friday, November 16th. We wish him a successful operation and a quick recovery.
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2406 Whitehall Lake Drive
Maidens VA 23102
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