Service in the Community

The purpose of USSVI is to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country that their dedication, deeds, and supreme sacrifice may be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments, and to pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

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I joined the Volunteer Base of USSVI (Nashville, TN) on July 4, 2003 and am currently serving as Base Chaplain. In November 2021, I was humbled and honored to be appointed as National Chaplain for USSVI. An old shipmate named Pete Juhos, from my first boat (USS Bergall, in the late 1970’s), had nominated me upon the sudden passing of the previous Chaplain in the autumn of 2021.

Pictured below are fellow USS Bergall shipmates (L to R) – me, Nik Lewis and Curt Escher, at the Bergall reunion in Nashville, TN, September 2017. We hadn’t seen each other since the early ’80s. Reunions are probably the best part of serving together in the military.

Below are more USS Bergall shipmates (L to R) – Bill Padgett, Pete Juhos, me, and Lenny Krug, at the annual USSVI convention in Buffalo, NY, in August 2022.




SAR is the largest male lineage organization in the United States and consists of 50 state-level societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies (including Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), and over 33,000 members. Prominent SAR members include sixteen U.S. presidents, U.S. senators and representatives, local business and community leaders, as well as foreign dignitaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, and    Kings Juan Carlos I and Felipe VI of Spain.

SAR members have also answered their country’s call in every major American conflict beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, and continuing to the present day, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, and the recent actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor.

  • Remembering Our Past….By honoring those who served or assisted the colonies during the Revolutionary War.
  • Promoting Core Values….By protecting our Constitution and perpetuating American ideals and traditions.
  • Shaping Young Minds….By educating our youth about the Constitution and those who developed the American ideals and traditions.

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My application to join the SAR was approved on Sep 15, 2017. My Patriot Ancestor is Colonel Benjamin Logan, Sr. (1742-1802) of Kentucky,

Benjamin McKinley Logan, Sr. – my 5th g-grandfather

and I have one Supplemental Ancestor approved so far, Judge Caleb Baker Wallace, Sr. (1742-1814) of Virginia and Kentucky.

Caleb Baker Wallace – my 5th g-grandfather

In September 2022, our Stones River Chapter of the SAR donated 637 American flags to Rutherford County (TN) Schools, for use in their classrooms.

L to R: Doug Dickerson, Jim Sandman, Harlan Dabney



The Villages of Murfreesboro

Every third Sunday I bring a chapel message of Hope and Heaven to residents at The Villages of Murfreesboro, a senior living community.



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