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November 30, 2016
Dear Shipmates,
Some of you are reading MINEMAN NEWS for the first time. Many fleet Minemen have been added to the mailing list at the request of Ron Swart. As we noted before, Ron Swart has been named as DASHPOT editor. We wish Ron much success with this important task. Some folks have submitted material for both the newsletter and the DASHPOT. It has been judiciously used in both publications, depending on timeliness, space available and appropriate content. We continually request material that is fitting for both publications.
For DASHPOT submissions, the deadline for the Winter 2016/2017 DASHPOT, please sent it to this address. Appropriate newsletter submissions or material that is relevant to the web page should be sent to me at this address.
Some time ago, I became acquainted with fellow genealogist, Norm Myers. Norm was a certified cousin, as we shared an ancestor who served in the Revolutionary Way. Another commonality was that we both served in the Navy. I asked Norm if it would be OK to erect a web page, showcasing his U.S. Navy career and he agreed, sending me photos to include. It may be found here.

Norman Lewis Myers   October 21, 1932 - November 26, 2016
Today, I received an email from Norm's son, Jeff, notifying me of Norm's passing. It was rather unexpected as I had always assumed that Norn was 'bullet-proof.'
It is with a heavy heart that I'm writing today to share news about the passing of my dad, Norman Myers, last Saturday the 26th.
"Late last year, dad experienced a significant dementia (this was new to his health history) and congestive heart failure event. After a few weeks in an Orlando hospital followed by some time in a rehab center the end of December/beginning of January, we agreed that it would be best to move him up to our home in Michigan, so we would be better able to help him through these challenges.
"After 10 good months, dad started experiencing more breathing difficulties in October and he was admitted to a Grand Rapids hospital. After a week he was discharged, but he ended up right back in the hospital three days later with continued breathing issues, which were worsened by the pneumonia he picked up. He spent the next four weeks, including a week in ICU, in the hospital trying to get on top of things. He was finally able to fight off the pneumonia and we were able to get him home, but two weeks later his long list of medical issues ultimately became too heavy of a burden for his body to recover from. Dad slipped away peacefully in our home just before kickoff of the Ohio State-Michigan game. We're confident that though he had left us, he was certainly watching the game from heaven and that "Big Norm" had a hand in the Buckeye victory.
"We'll be having two memorial services, one at his church home in Winter Park, Florida and the second at his church home in Derby, Ohio:
Saturday, December 3rd-1:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Winter Park
1021 N. New York Ave.
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Thursday, December 8th-11:00 am
Derby United Methodist Church
11792 London Rd.
Derby, Ohio 43117

The Central Florida Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
368 Croton Dr.
 Maitland, Florida 32751-3114
The First Baptist Church of Winter Park
Music Fund
1021 N. New York Ave.
Winter Park, Florida 32789
"Speaking on behalf of our entire family, thank you so much for sharing your love and friendship with dad over the years. We will miss him terribly, but we have all been enriched having him in our lives. He was an amazing man in life and will continue to be in our hearts and souls. Please feel free to reach out to me at any of the below email/web addresses if you have any questions"

The Jeff Myers Family

A guest book has been provided so friends may leave a condolence message for Norm's family.

AOM members have been following Tom Hoffman's struggles with cancer. He has been keeping us abreast of his trials and travails, in and out of hospitals and doctor's offices. I recently received the following note from Tom. He asked that I share it with you.
"To all my friends and those interested: February 5th, at The University of Michigan Hospital, I spent about seven hours on the operating table for cancer. I was sent home after three days. On May 16th I returned for my first 6 month check up. The results were no cancer cells located. I was scheduled again for my next 6 month check up on Monday, November 14th, a couple days ago. I spent a full day having test given to me. The doctor, Alon Weizer, checked me out physically and said I was in great shape BP 114/68 Pulse 79 Temp 98.1. My blood work was all normal except for Glucose that was a little high. Damn those Whoppers and Hershey Bars I have been eating daily. He said as soon as my results came back from radiologist he'd send me the results. Needless to say I was nervous waiting. At 8:45am this morning I received an email on my U of M Portal from Doctor Weizer. NO CANCER OR CANCER CELLS LOCATED. This doctor is fabulous and I would recommend him to anyone. I thank God for Dr. Weizer. 
Tom Hoffman"


Don DeCrona has provided several articles on the Navy pay and ratings structure. This should conclude the series that he has shared with us.
In the past, I provided a little of our Navy history on ratings when then Grade 7 is now E-1 and Grade 1 is now E-7. Then we talked about the various ratings and about the right arm and left arm ratings. What I didn't mention was the non-rated sailor. Old Grades 5, 6, and 7 (now E3, E2, and E1). Under the old rating the grade of the person was worn on the cuffs of the dress uniform. Grade 7 (Third Class) had one complete strip around the cuff. Grade 6 (Second Class) had two complete strips and Grade 5 (first Class) had three complete strips; the same as we have on the cuffs today. This was before the ratings were moved to the upper arm. I remember when on liberty and you were a Grade 6 or 7 you would turn your cuffs up to cover the one or two strips, Cuffs stayed down when Grade 5  First Class. 
Non-rated uniforms also had a complete strip around the top of the sleeve of their uniform. They were also colored to indicate specialty. What I remember was on dress blues above deck was white and below deck was red. Aviation I think was blue. A lot to remember.



Respectfully submitted,
Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator