Base Events 2022


Greetings Sub Fans,

After a long hiatus, we are finally able to get back to maintaining our favorite submarine.  Weather permitting, we still have more work topside on both the main and cigarette decks.  Hoping to defeat some of the rot problems by sealing the counterbores at fastening points.  Below decks, we still have much work to do in the pump room, motor room, and a bit in the goat locker.  Bring your painting gear, old clothes, a putty knife, and a coffee can.

If possible, try to arrive Sunday, June 19, before 1600.  This may interfere with some Father’s Day activities so if you can’t do it, just arrive when you can.  Monday-Tuesday, June 20,-21, will be work days and Wednesday, June 22, will be our final wrap up.  This will also be our last chance to do some serious housekeeping before Subfest.

Berthing accommodations are available on Cobia or in the museum – your choice.  (Bring your sleeping bag.)  Continental breakfast and lunch will be supplied by the museum.  Evening meal will be at a watering hole to be determined later.  Its been a long time in hibernation but we are finally moving back to a somewhat normal way of life.

Please advise if you will be attending so we can schedule tasks and meals accordingly.  Hope to see you there.


Greg Miller

Home:  630-543-7855

Cell:     331-307-9497



Now Hear This!

‘Cobia Drydocking Fundraiser

On April 23, members of Crash Dive Base, USS Chicago Base and USS Illinois Base, joined forces in a fundraising effort for USS Cobia’s Drydock Fund.  The hospitality of Zurko Promotions at their Civil War Show made it all possible.  Participants were Steve Benicke, Glenn Barts and Greg Miller.  Nearly $500 was raised and a good time was had by all.  Many thanks to participants and the patrons of the show for bringing Cobia that much closer to drydocking.

Additional events are scheduled for the future.  Please consider volunteering as raising funds requires boots on the ground.  Volunteers are needed for the following:

June 4 & 5,  Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles, IL,

June 18,  Belvedere Flea Market, Belvedere, IL,

July 2-4, Subfest, Manitowoc, WI,

August 20, Wheaton All-Night Flea Market, Wheaton, IL.

There’s a potential for raising a lot of money but it won’t happen without your help.  If you are in any way interested, please contact me at 630-543-7855 (home) or 331-307-9497 (cell) or greg.mary.miller


 Greg Miller


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Now Hear This!

In accordance with attempting to help provide funding for the upcoming USS Cobia Drydocking, Crash Dive Base assisting USS Illinois Base, will be attending this event.  Stop by and say “HI” to Greg Miller, the lead, and Glenn Barts, U.S. Submarine Veterans, and please consider making a small donation to a very worthy cause.  While there, get information on when and how to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum to go aboard and tour the WWII submarine, USS Cobia.

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Cobia Working Party

Hello DBFers,

We have been hunkered down for a long time but Covid seems to be easing up and I think we can safely go back to work on Cobia.  I have spoken with Cobette and she has no shortage of projects.  The list includes, but is not limited to, a clean up of the forward torpedo room pit,  priming and painting of the forward battery officers’ country, trim installation in crew’s mess, overhaul of the crew’s head, and an inventory of spare parts.  If that isn’t enough, she has more available.

The plan schedule is to arrive Sunday, March 27, prior to museum closing so we can turn and burn on Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29.  We will wrap it up Wednesday, March 30, and head for home.  It is anticipated that a continental breakfast and lunch will be supplied by the museum as well as accommodations either in the museum or on the boat.  All are invited to participate including significant others, family and friends.  It’s still kind of nippy so warm clothes are recommended.

I think it will be good to get back to work again and see folks that I have been missing for quite awhile.  Please advise if you are coming so we know how many to plan for.  Thanks and hope to see you there.


Greg Miller

Home:  630-543-7855