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February 3, 2016

Dear Shipmates,


The ground hog saw his shadow so spring will arrive shortly (or so it is said). 


It's never too early to plan for the 42nd annual AOM Reunion. This year, it will be in the Tidewater area of Virginia, a short drive from the former NSMWF at Yorktown. Further details will be provided here, on the web page and in the Dashpot.


One of our shipmates passed away recently. I have waited for further details to be made available on his life but no funeral home or newspaper account has yet appeared. I am detailing what I have been able to put together from various sources.
Dennis V. Linner, MNCM (US Navy ret.) of Port Ludlow, Washington passed away in January, 2016. He was born on 4 Jun 1937 and leaves his wife, Barbara with whom he was married in 1961.
Cards of sympathy may be sent to his wife at:
Barbara Linner
1107 Shine Rd
Port Ludlow, WA 98365-9510
His last known e-mail address is

Edward J. Milanowski (LT-LDO and former MNCS) passed away some time back but notification was made only a short time ago.

Renee the daughter of Edward J. Milanowski (LT-LDO and former MNCS) notified Don DeCrona that her father died in March 2015. At 95 years of age he suffered from poor eye sight and dementia. Ski joined the Navy on 9 September 1940 and retired 1 November 1970.
Ed's wife, Esther Milanowski was born in 1923 and died in 2012. Her extensive bone loss lead to the collapse of the spine, and her back situation never improved. She was confined to her lift chair 24 hours a day.
For several years Ed and Esther lived with Renee and her husband at Virginia Beach, VA. Esther moved first and then Ski, to an Assisted Living facility, where they lived until until their death.
Ski and I were very close friends through the years until he came down with dementia and was not able to remember that I had even called him. We first met at NAD Hawthorne, NV. in 1951. He was MN1 and I was MN3. In 1952 he was promoted to MNC and I to MN2.
When we were both stationed at NAD West Loch, Oahu, HI, my third son Anthony was born and Ski became his godfather at his baptism.
In so many ways Ski was like a big brother to me. I have missed him. [Don  DeCrona]
His grave and vital details are provided at the Find-a-Grave web site. 

I was recently reminded by John Loonam that I had fallen behind in reporting deaths in the Mine Force community. While all known deaths are reported in this newsletter, I also list them on the TAPS page.
I have attempted to locate and record the actual burial places of those who served in the Mine Force. A linked icon beside the names of our shipmates will provide the same kind of information that was provided for Ed Milanowski, above.
Eventually, I will have the entire page reflect the details on the grave sites. Thus far, I have only been able to provide the available information on the web page from surnames A through J.
If anyone has any questions or detailed information they would like to have placed on these memorials, please write me.

Respectfully submitted,

Derick S. Hartshorn