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June 25, 2013
Dear Shipmates,
It looks like the DASHPOT will be published soon. I have been requested to provide information on those who have passed from our ranks during 2013. Sadly, a year never passes without the loss of shipmates. I have explored every source to uncover details on those who have left us, includding photos. They will soon appear in the DASHPOT but I am providing them for recipients of MINEMAN NEWS at this link
One of our shipmates relates the following on his Whidbey Island experiences:
"I would love to come and take part but, due to my disablites, I am unable to do so with regrets. I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island while attached to VA52, The Night Riders, an A6 Intruder Squadron and deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin with them in 1968. Whidbey Island is a beautiful place and if you ever get the chance to visit don't miss The Deception Pass Bridge. I flew under this bridge while taking a joy ride in an A3D Skywarrior just before deploying to Vietnam. I will not name who was at the stick but he had nerves of steel!"

MN1 Robert Briggs, USN (Ret.)

(Back then it was AMH2)


Remember the Mk 48 torpedo?  How about the old Mk 14? There are torpedos older than that. before the turn of the 20th century, the navy had the Howell torpedo. Until recently, only one was known to exist. Training dolphins to retrieve exercise torpedos has resulted in the discovery of a second Howell torpedo. Don Jones sends this story from the LA TIMES. Take this opportunity to read about it.
If you failed to read about the 2013 Whidbey Island AOM Reunion, please check THIS PAGE. Or THIS PAGE. The reservation page IS HERE.
Respectfully submitted,
Derick S. Hartshorn
Editor-Mineman News.
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