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September 8, 2016

Dear Shipmates,


Time is passing by so quickly that many of us have waited until the last minute to make Reunion reservations. PLEASE, if you haven't done so already, make your reservations as soon as you can. The hotel reservation form is on the web. You can either call the hotel or mail in the form.


The banquet and dues form needs to be filled out and returned to Mike Femrite as soon as possible. Hope to see you all there!

Our dear friend, Toby Horn will be having heart surgery today. He has provided the details of the procedure and the time he will be laid up. A card of cheer would probably be welcomed. His address is 54 Rivers Point Row, Charleston, SC 29412-3620

He writes:
"My heart surgery will be early AM on 8th September.  They say I'll be in ICU for at least a day, then moved to the floor where I'll be another 4-6, depending on my condition.  'Had a long talk with the surgeon yesterday and I feel very confident with him.  My regular GP says he is one of the best in the country.  After hospital recovery will require a low profile for about 6 weeks.  'Guess I'll catch up on my reading a bit, and maybe able to work on my memoirs.  If all goes well, I should make Yorktown/Williamsburg reunion with no sweat.  I don't know what my email access ability will be, so until I can find out and let you know, please hold email traffic to me.  Thanks for your prayers and thoughts in advance.  I'll keep you posted.  Toby"
Recognizing the fact that the Chaplain is expected to attend the East and West Coast reunions, this can act as a hardship for those where extensive travel has become difficult. Our current Chaplain, Bob Hart, is tendering his resignation following the current October reunion.

He Writes:

"All, By this message, I feel that my resignation as AOM Chaplain must be submitted. My health at this time is generally good (for an 82 year old man with a bad back.) Driving long distances is out of the question, therefore, this reunion will probably be my last.  I would appreciate if someone else could pick up where I leave off at the coming reunion. I will bring the AOM Ceremonial bell to Williamsburg. Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.        --Bob Hart"

A Chaplain needs to be appointed soon. With that in mind, the duties of Chaplain, according to our by-laws, are:

1. Perform any special duties relating to sickness, distress or death of a member as may be requested by the President.
2. Conduct the opening prayer at the annual dinner meeting.
3. Read the names of Association members, their families, and friends that have passed away during the past year at the annual dinner meeting. Cause a minute of silence in respect to their memory and a tribute to their service to our county.

Since AOM began to accumulate artifacts and publications, the burden has been on John Loonam to house our extensive collection of material. The time has come to turn over all this material to someone who has the time, room and patience and who is dedicated to the cause.

John writes:
"Just wondering if we have any repository for AOM stuff. I have my house up for sale and need to get rid of my AOM collection. all Dashpots, most reunion booklets, the materials used to produce 9 years of Dashpots, and things of the sorts. I have taken the nameplates off all my wall plaques and will donate them to the auction. At 83, I think it's time to pass this stuff off to someone that would make good use of it r preserve it posterity. My kids would probably just put it in the trash."
The ink on John's letter was hardly dry when a volunteer stepped forward.

Stephanie Cowart, hostess for our October Reunion offered to act as AOM Archivist. It that is a position/title that needs to be made official, the BoD will determine that during the business meeting at the Reunion.

What preparations need to be made when our time on earth ends? I'm sure most of us have made plans on what arrangements need to be made by the time of our demise. Eddie Atkins found a very helpful document that pertains mostly to Navy members.
He writes:

"When I lose a friend, as I did recently, I tend to revisit my bucket list for additions and changes.
I keep stuff like the attachment in a file so my daughter [who will be my executrix] will not have to hunt it down on that fateful day.
While perusing my bucket list I found the attached guideline. With God's blessings, hopefully none of us will need it for a while. It is the guideline for stopping our Navy retired pay and initiating the survivor benefit. You may or may not have this, so I sent it to you.

If you do not have this information, I hope it is useful, if your wife or family does have something similar I pray it is a long time waiting to be used. A couple of you recipients are not Navy, but it may be useful to you." The document can be found here.


Don DeCrona, one of our senior members, recently provided a report on the U.S. Navy pay structure and rating badges. 


Here, he provides an additional list of pay, as it existed at the beginning of World War II. Many thanks to Don for his expertise.

Pay grades shown below were the basic pay per month for each indicated grade, as established in 1942.
Pay per Month
Class or Rating
Chief petty officers, permanent appointment.
Chief petty officers, acting appointment.
Petty officers, first class.
Petty officers, second class.
Petty officers, third class.
Nonrated men, first class.
Nonrated men, second class.
Apprentice seamen.
Men could receive additional pay in some circumstances:
  • Men on duty where quarters or rations were not furnished were granted a daily allowance of $2.75 to $5.00 a day, depending on their station.
  • For awards of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross or Navy Cross, $2.00 per month was added to the man's pay.
  • For each three years of service, base pay increased 3%, to a maximum of a 50% increase.
  • After one year's service, a $35.00 clothing allowance was granted, paid in quarterly installments of $8.75. 

From time to time, I receive something that falls outside of the definition of "news." This is just such a colorful submission.
Bill Carlsen was kind enough to send me an article that has been passed from sailor to sailor over the years. 
This one, entitled, "Sailor Bars -- A Trip Back in Time -- Forever Gone" contains familiar memories for me and perhaps for you. Not for the faint of heart, it brings back memories, some poignant, some acerbic. A little too long for the newsletter, please go to the web site to read it.






Respectfully submitted,
Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator