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June 08, 2016
Dear Shipmates,
It was never my intention to use this newsletter as an obituary but the sad truth is that we are beginning to age and so many of our members are in their senior years. 

If you have any news that you feel fellow minemen would like to read, please send me the details.



The first indication we had that "Chief Zoc" was ill came from his daughter, Patty Chuhay Newman. She wrote the following to Chin Sing:
This is Patty Newman, Zoc's daughter.  I just wanted to let you know that we have called hospice and he is now bedridden for the most part.  He has become weak and not himself.  I will keep you posted on his health. 
Thank you for staying in touch with my Dad.  How did you meet and where were you stationed? 
Thank you, 
Patty Newman"


Chin wrote back: 

"Hello Patty,  In the early 1950s, I was stationed in Yokosuka Japan.  The mine shop was attached to NOF (naval ordnance facilities).   I was a second class mineman and Chief Chuhay was my boss.  I don't remember how he got the name ZOC, but that's what we called him, Chief Zoc. Our job was to maintain the supply of mines. We would tear them apart and refurbish them for ready issue.  I remember Zoc's favorite expression when ever something went wrong. Zoc would yell out "HOLLY BALLS" 

Not sure but I think I was stationed with Zoc at a few other mine shop. Maybe Subic Bay or Long Beach.   I'm 85 now and my memory is not what it use to be. 

There aren't too many of us old mineman left.  Take care Patty, it was nice to hear from you.  Chin Sing MNC/ret"  
Shortly thereafter, Patty informed us that her Dad was not doing well:
"Hello Chin,  I hope you're well.  Just wanted to let you know that my dad is not well.  He is now sleeping more and Hospice is keeping him more comfortable.  I appreciated the photos you sent of my Dad.  He didn't think those were of him but I could tell.  Thank you for staying in touch with my Dad. You said that you didn't know how my dad got the name "ZOC"?  Those are his initials..full name is Zygmund Otto Chuhay. 
Take Care, will email later.  Patty Chuhay Newman"

Not long after moving into hospice, Chief Zoc breathed his last:
Zygmund Otto Chuhay ("Zoc") died peacefully on June 3, 2016 in Pensacola, Fl. He was 95 years old. Mr. Chuhay was born February 14, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio to Zsigmond and Emma Chuhay. "Zoc" enlisted in the United States Navy in 1940 as an Apprentice Seaman. Following boot camp in Norfolk, Va. and Mine Warfare School, he went on to serve at numerous commands to include USS Mississippi BB41, USS Adams DM27, USS Magpie AMS 25, MAD 4 Tinian (Marianas Islands), Yokusuka (Japan) and additional commands in Japan, The Phillipines, California, Nevada and Panama City, Fl. where he retired as a Chief Petty Officer in February of 1971. He was a proud member of FRA Branch 346. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Chuhay. He is survived by his sons Thomas (Sherry) of Panama City, Fl. and Terence of Marrietta, Ga. and his Daughter Patricia Newman(Bill) of Pensacola, Fl. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tanner Newman, Clara Newman, Katrina Northcutt, Adria Wofford and one great grandchild, Leila Northcutt. Zoc never met a stranger and was very fond of his dear friend, Betty Franzone as well as many of the residents of Broadview Senior Living. The family would like to thank the staff of Emerald Coast Hospice for their support and guidance during a difficult time. They would also like to thank those nurses and staff at Broadview Senior Living, who provided compassionate care for Mr. Chuhay. Friends will be received Wednesday from 10-11 am at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 am. Private burial services will take place Thursday at Barrancas National Cemetery.
Those choosing to share a memory of leave a condolence can do so at the web site. Zoc's daughter may be reached at:

Death has overtaken the wife of Chief George Kelly, MNC who passed away back in March of 2008. 
Nancy A. Kelly, 81 of Phoenix passed away on May 23, 2016. Nancy was born in Cody, Wyoming on April 4, 1935 and moved to the Valley in 1973. She is preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, George Kelly (whose death was reported in the Spring 2008 DASHPOT) Nancy is survived by her three daughters, Elaine, Cindy and Stephanie, 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Nancy was a hair dresser, and an artist who enjoyed painting. She was also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed. Private services are planned for a future date. Please go to Shadow Mountain Mortuary to share condolences.


Published in The Arizona Republic on May 29, 2016




John Loonam recently reported the sad news of the passing of a distinguished civilian engineer that many folks at the Mine Depot were familiar with:
NEWPORT NEWS - Joseph I. Brown, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. He is preceded in death by his mother, Marion Axtell Brown, and sister, Eunice Weber Brown Pitts. Joe was born in Springfield, Mass. and moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. as a young child. After graduating from St. Petersburg High School, he attended Georgia Tech and completed his degree in mechanical engineering in 1959. He accepted a position with the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company and worked on the USS Enterprise where he developed a correction for the throttle assembly to make the propulsion controls to function more effectively. After the USS Enterprise was commissioned in 1961, he accepted a position with the Naval Mine Engineering Facility in Yorktown, Virginia where he was employed for 31 years. While at the Weapons Station he worked to design the MK25, MK52, MK55 mines that were used in Hanoi. He attended the Naval Mine School in Charleston, SC. and was sent on the Inspection Team to Iceland, Scotland, Crete, and Japan to determine the readiness of these facilities. On six different occasions, he testified before the Armed Service Board of Appeals when government contractors sued the US Government concerning issues with the mine drawings. During this time he earned a Master Degree from George Washington University. Joe was an active member of the Denbigh Lions Club for 46 years and held the office of District Governor for the Multiple District 24-D of Virginia and Chairman of the Council of Governors. After he retired from the Naval Weapons Station, he continued his community service by building 57 houses for Habitat for Humanity during a 12 year period. He was a member, Lay Reader, Eucharistic Visitor and trustee of St. George's Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Christopher Newport University Lifelong Learning Society. Joe met his wife, Barbara Ann Lawson while in high school and they were married for 58 years. They have two sons: Joseph Jr. and his wife, Debra of Central, South Carolina, Edwin and his wife, Catherine, granddaughter, Amy Hernandez and her husband, Eduardo, and grandson, Matthew of Allen, Texas, nephew Eugene Pitts (Chip) and his wife, Lori of St. Petersburg, Florida and his niece Karen Pitts Gehle, and her husband Dan of Topeka, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Peninsula Funeral Home on Friday, June 3, 2016. A service will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 2 PM at St. George's Episcopal Church in Newport News, officiated by Rev. Anne Kirchmier. Interment will be in the family plot in Norwich Bridge Cemetery, Huntington, Mass. Memorial contributions may be made either to the ALS Association, DC, MD, VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rock Hill, MD, 20855, St. George's Episcopal Church of Newport News, or the Denbigh Lions Club. Published in Newport News Daily Press on May 29, 2016



Respectfully submitted,

Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator