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December 12, 2016

Dear Shipmates,


The MINEMAN NEWS and the officers and Board of Directors wish all members and their families a warm and wonderful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of a member's wife. AOM members and all the friends of Mike Whitener and his family join in sending their sincere condolences over the passing of his wife, Jeanie. 

Jeanie Bell McGlamery Whitener, 77, of Goose Creek, SC, died Friday, December 9, 2016. Her funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel, 2180 Greenridge Road, at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Jeanie was born April 23, 1939 in Bainbridge, GA, daughter of the late Paul Alonzo McGlamery and the late Rose Lee Hunt McGlamery. She was a life insurance agent for Gulf Life. She is survived by her husband, Sr. Chief Mineman Michael Whitener, USN (Ret.); children: Glenna Bush of Goose Creek, SC, Richard Godbey (Christina Kennedy) of Bryceville, FL and Jennifer Stiles (Steve) of Las Vegas, NV; stepdaughters: Christy Smith, Elaine Whitener and Donna Whitener all of Goose Creek, SC; grandchildren: Shane Bush, Jessie Gesmond, Larken Godbey, Sterling Godbey, Styles Carter, Jordyn Godbey, Morgan Berluti, Michael Whitener, Krai Treadway, Dalton and Dylan Martin; great-grandchildren: Paige Godbey, Paxton Godbey, Jade Bell Godbey, Zach Carter, Devlin and Michael Thomas Whitener; sisters, Alma Hart of Bainbridge, GA and Ann Smith (Bill) of Ocala, FL. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy McGlamery and Paul McGlamery. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at 

A note of sympathy may be left at the funeral home  Guest Book.



One of our most distinguished AOM members (and an honorary member at that), CDR Jorgen Strange Lorenzen, RDN (Ret.), attended our 2016 Reunion at Williamsburg. He keeps in touch with us on a frequent basis, keeping us informed about his activities  in Denmark. One the few remaining Danish Resistance fighters, he attends nearly all World War II memorial ceremonies and is recognized as one of Denmark's most distinguished WWII veterans. 

CDR Lorenzen asked that his letters to me be shared with the membership. The first letter contains some of the photos he took during the reunion. This letter has been placed on its own web page. Another letter illustrates  the memorials he recently attended. Since the text is in Danish, you might want to try your skills at "Google Translate." This letter can be found here.





Respectfully submitted and Merry Christmas
Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator