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February 7, 2015

Dear Shipmates,

 

The dates for the 2015 AOM Reinion in Reno, Nevada have been established.

All details will appear on the Reunion web site. Mike Femrite and Dick Schommer are the reunion planners. Write to them if you have questions.

 

DEATH CLAIMS LONG-SUFFERING SHIPMATE

 

Our fellow shipmate, Ron Gentry, has been in poor health for several years. After much suffering, he was unable to hold on any longer. At one time, his attendance and that of his family at AOM reunions could be countered on. Ron will be deeply missed by all.

 

  

LT Ron Genrty at change-of-command ceremony, MOMAG-9, 

 NavMag Subic Bay, September 1981

 

 

His obituary in the 2-7-2015 Orlando Sentinal reads:

 

Ronald Earl "Dragon" Gentry, 74, LCDR Retired, USN, died on February 3 at his home in DeBary, Florida. Born on April 26, 1940 in Toledo, OH, he grew up in Chicago Ridge, IL. A former Chicago Ridge and San Diego police officer, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December of 1960 and served as Torpedomanmate Technician aboard the diesel submarine USS Blackfin (SS-322), various underwater weapons facilities and torpedo commands. Early on he served in Okinawa, Japan and San Diego, CA. Gentry served as warrant officer in Yorktown, VA, after which he attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, earning dual Bachelor's in Admin. of Justice and Government (Int'l. Relations), and an MA in Mgmt. Through the 70s and 80s he served the Mobile Mine Assembly Group (MOMAG) across the world in Charleston, SC and Long Beach, CA as well as Pakistan, Crete, Scotland, Sicily and the Philippines. In the Philippines he was appointed to Lieutenant Commander, and his last assignment was as Director of Training for Service School Command, Naval Training Center, in Orlando, FL. He retired in 1988 after 28 years of service. A love for old corvettes and classic cars fueled a second career, Dragon Corvette, in DeBary, FL. Gentry restored cars from shells and parts to mint condition. An expert in mid-year corvettes, he appraised vehicles, was a master judge for National Corvette Restorer's Society (NCRS) car shows, and also wrote for many hot rod and corvette magazines. He owned several Harley Davidson motorcycles, and "DRAGON" was an active member of US Military Vets MC since 1999. Ron is survived by his four children, Buck (Molly Ford), Daniel, Debbie, and Roxanne; Pat Saunders, his loving friend and companion; three grandchildren, Avery Ford, Brianna and Gregory Taylor; many nieces and nephews in the Indiana area; many loyal friends and his pet "Dawg-ee." He is preceded in death by his mother, Naomi Lively, his father, Earl Gentry, and his two brothers, Edward Lively and Donald Kreskai (Joan). In lieu of flowers, a donation to the National Parkinson's Foundation may be made at Parkinson.org. A memorial celebration to be hosted by family is planned for late April.

 

His faithful companion, Pat Saunders writes of Ron:

 

"Just wanted to let you know Mr. Ron passed away this afternoon [Feb. 3] very peacefully.  For some reason I went over to his house from 6-10AM this morning (gut instinct) so I had the chance to say I loved him and to stroke him softly and wear off his skin as Buck says.  He is at peace now and so am I that he no longer has to suffer.  He will be buried at sea from a Naval Vessel with all the honors bestowed on him that he so deserves.  He will leave this earth a proud man just as he lived it.


 "I will miss him so much but our memories are ones to remember, plus the friendship you and I have developed and the joy and laughter will keep it together for me. Keep his children in your prayers and I am so glad they were all at home with him. Not at the exact moment but they were all there including doggies."

 

Funeral condolences may be left at this site.


 
Personal notes of condolence may be sent to:

 

 - Pat Saunders <psaunders42@att.net>
 - Debbie Gentry <debragentry@hotmail.com>

 

Either or both will convey your condolences

 to the other surviving family members. 

 

LATEST NEWS FROM AN HONORED AOM MEMBER
  

 Few of our newer members are acquainted with AOM Honorary Member #11, Jorgen Strange Lorenzen (CDR, Royal Danish Navy, Ret.). As a resistance fighter in the Danish Resistance during WWII, his exploits are well known in his native land. He graduated from the NSMW-Yorktown, VA in 1952 and is featured on his own web page. We wish him an early birthday wish as he turns 90.

 

 
 


 

 I recently received a letter from Jorgen which he requested be shared with the MINEMAN NEWS readership. I'm sure that you will find it interesting.  Read his letter here


 

Those wishing to send a note of congratulations for reaching 90 years are invited to write Jorgen at:

 

CDR Jorgen Strange Lorenzen

Veronikavej 9

DK 2610 Roedovre

Denmark


 (1st Class letter rate to Denmark is $1.15)


 

 

MYSTERY MINEMAN IDENTIFIED

   

 

This Mystery Mineman was correctly identified as Maurice "Toby" Horn. Correct guesses came from: Bob Hart, Dick Schommer, Bill Roberts, Ross Maddocks and Jim McDonough.


 The WO is John O'Brien. Toby worked for him at Atsugi and again at Whidbey Island.  

 

MYSTERY MINEMAN

 

Who can identify this mineman? Last issue's Mystery Mineman was too easy. This one should stump most of you.

 

  

 

If you know who this mineman is, write me back.

 

 

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BAD E-MAIL ADDRESSES 


The following e-mail addresses have bounced. 

If anyone has a current address for them, please let me know.


 

Mason, Garry  -  - Undeliverable e-mail at:  mashous@tas.net

Martin, Richard - Non-existent e-mail at:  mr03@frontier.net
 Hogan, Tommy - Undeliverable e-mail at:  tommyhogan@centrytel.com

Adams, Philip W. - Non-existent  e-mail at:  frog971@comcast.com

Goldsmith, Charles D. - Undeliverable e-mail at:  gold49@mountian.net

 

 

Also, if anyone has any news about Charles "David" Goldsmith, please let me know.

The last I heard was from Jim Spencer informing me that David was ill.

 

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