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November 30, 2013

Dear Shipmates,


 This is a short newsletter announcing the loss of a shipmate and a reminder of any change of addresses.







Friends and shipmates of MNCM John Keen will be grieved by news of his passing. He was a down to business Master Chief who entertained shipmates as "Shore Patrol" at the 2008 reunion in Charleston. His passing will be saddened by those who recall John.


John H. Keen, Jr., 81, of Goose Creek, passed away November 28, 2013. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late John H. Keen Sr. and Ethel Marie Paine Keen and husband to the late Rosita Panisa Keen. Upon graduating from high school Mr. Keen joined the United States Navy where he enjoyed a thirty year career retiring as a Master Chief and serving as an instructor in the mine warfare school at the Charleston Navy Base. After his military retirement he worked in industrial maintenance as well as residential maintenance in military housing. He also taught Industrial Maintenance at Trident Technical College. Mr. Keen was an avid shooter and loved various shooting sports. Mr. Keen was a member of the American Legion Post 166, Goose Creek and Life Member of the NRA. He attended Northwood Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Keen and wife Monica of Goose Creek and Christopher Keen of Goose Creek; five granddaughters, Madison Keen, Maryn Keen, Mahaley Keen, Reilly Keen and Karisa Keen; sister, Carmen Devlin of Reading, PA; niece, Cheryl Vaccaro of Reading, PA; brother and sister-in-law, Esco and Lita Catallo of Goose Creek. Mr. Keen was preceded in death by his wife, daughter, Carmen Keen and son, John H. Keen, III.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel. Condolences may be made in the guest book HERE






  It seems like every cycle of the DASHPOT, somebody moves and the paper is returned, postage due. If you don't tell us that you have re-located, you won't get your copy of the DASHPOT and may very well miss all others until we discover where you are. PLEASE send a letter or e-mail to Mike Femrite and let him know where you are. The e-mail is The mailing address is at the bottom of this newsletter






Respectfully submitted,


 Derick S. Hartshorn