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April 9, 2015














We are all saddened by news of the passing of Millie Reid, wife of AOM senior member, Fred Reid, recently passed away. Please join me in offering condolences to Fred and the family. Millie was a frequent attendee at AOM reunions and crocheted afghans for the reunion auction. Millie was Freddie's strong right hand. I think I can speak as one when I say that she will be sadly missed. Her recent obituary reads as follows:




Millicent S. Reid, 86, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at her residence. She was the former Millicent Spanyer, a retired registered nurse, member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, a graduate of Presentation Academy and also the former St. Joseph School of Nursing. She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Reid; parents, Joseph A. and Margaret Spanyer; brothers, James L. and David Vincent Spanyer; and sister, Barbara Eckert. She is survived by her loving husband, Fredrick A. Reid; daughter Linda Reid Knox (William); son, James Reid (Joy L.); daughter-in-law, Melissa A. Reid; brothers, J. Carroll Spanyer (Toby) and Jerry Spanyer (Judy); sisters, Gale Morris, Catherine Vessels and Martha Smith (Cecil); grandchildren, Robert Knox, Shannon Reid (Cory O'Brien), John, Jennifer, Peter and Michael Reid; and great-grandchildren, Sophia, Rhys, Abigail, Hunter and Audrey. Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Rd. with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday and 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mass of the Air or the Rosary Club.


The newspaper obituary is at Highlands Funeral Home web site


          Condolences may be left at this site




How often do you have the opportunity to get together with former shipmates? If not, you are missing a lot. Several of our former shipmates and their wives and companions are gathering in Southern California to renew friendships and remember the events of the past. This page is dedicated to the good times that they continue to renew every few months. 

Please visit their web page to witness how they share the good times.


If you and other shipmates gather together and would like to share your memories with us, write me.



As the years pass, a good deal of documentation, correspondence and mine memorabilia somehow falls by the wayside.  Few of us realize that a good deal of effort is required to maintain and archive facts, events, photos and documents for future reference.  Over the past several  decades, Mineman archives  and evidence of our existence has survived only through the extraordinary efforts of a few. One of these extraordinary gentlemen who has exercised the skills required to preserve our heritage is CDR Ron Swart  (USN Ret). Challenged by shipmate, Don Jones, Ron has made every effort to preserve existing records. He writes:





"I have been challenged to track down the old MWTC/CMWC archives and repository that was moved under BRAC from its home at the schoolhouse in Charleston to Corpus Christi in the early 90's.  Prior to the move from Charleston, a 'team' of individuals, (reportedly Naval Reserve personnel), and ostensibly screened the collection culling the valueless from the valuable.   What remained was shipped to CCTX and, since the school had no funding for someone to replace Iris Rubio, the librarian and caretaker, what was left of the repository was held in CMWC spaces.  It remained there until the former CMWC was absorbed by Navy Mine Warfare and Antisubmarine Command and moved to SDGO, CA.  CDR Wes Cooper, CO, MWTC, filled in some blanks: the repository ended up at the new MWTC in SDGO and since MWTC had no funding for a librarian, and there were no other takers locally, it was sent to the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard.  The NHHC website offers the below guidance and criteria regarding the submission of material for archiving. I've been in touch with their curator and if you agree, will send them a list of the historical material I have in my possession, including the objects that Don left with me for proper display and archival.  The material that is accepted remains available to the general public for research, and when appropriate, put on display.  Since we don't have a place to archive our own historical AOM/MN material, perhaps the NHHC would be a good place to retain the most valuable objects and such.  Your thoughts and guidance will be most welcome.  All the best,  Ron"






Mystery Mineman: MN1 Fred A. Letor being presented with achievement award by LCDR Harold Elston.  Only a few folks were able to guess who he was. Most incorrect guesses identified him as Phil Beckwith.    





If you know who this Mineman is (or the CDR who

 is swearing him in for a re-up), write me back.





Now that Toby Horn is out of the woods, the focus is on wife, Janie. She has experienced a difficult time with sciatica, a term physicians use for the pain associated with the pain, tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. This is truly a painful experience and we all hope and pray that Janie will find solace in this difficult time.





Respectfully submitted,



Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator