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July 6, 2013

Dear Shipmates,






Another sad passing to report. AOM Board of Directors member, Eddie Atkins, reports the death of his son, Doug. 


Doug Atkins  


His obituary reads as follows: 

Edward Douglas "Doug" Atkins died July 3, 2013 after a lengthy illness at the age of 52. He was born April 12, 1961 in Newport News, VA and lived most of his adolescent and adult years in the Williamsburg area. He worked in the building construction and maintenance field and stated his last work status as 'retired'. He was predeceased by his grandparents, W.E. and Peggy Atkins of Hampton, VA and Lenny and Ruby Foster of Richmond, VA. His passing is grieved by his mother and father, Barbara F and W.E. Atkins, Jr. of Williamsburg, VA; a sister, Suzy (Vern) Orrell of Chesterfield, VA; sons, Christopher Mayne of Bermuda; and Edward Austin Atkins of Gloucester, VA; uncle, Ernest (Tami) Atkins of Hampton; aunt, Anne (Maurice) Duke of Richmond, VA; and long term companion, Kelly Johnson of Williamsburg, VA.

Doug was buried in a private family service. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00

PM. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at after July 10th.






Since many of our AOM members are in our senior years, health and medical issues are one of our major concerns. Military families often have unique problems that civilian counterparts don't experience.  With that in mind, the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has authored a publication entitled: Making Your Healthcare Wishes Known Through an Advance Directive: Guide for Active Military and Military Beneficiaries. This article was co-authored by Marta Hoffman, wife of AOM Board Member, Tom Hoffman.  This is an important guide for all those concerned with these important health issues. A copy has been provided here to inform you of vital issues that need to be decided before "time runs out."  Click here for a copy.






AOM members have experienced a difficult year with 14 mineman families reporting the passing of a loved one in 2013. The TAPS ceremony at the Whidbey reunion will ring the bell for at least 22 folks who have passed since last we met. deaths  I try to send out any death notifications that are reported to me in a timely manner so that, if possible, folks can attend viewings, wakes and funerals. Please report any passings to me AND to Bob Hart


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Among those who passed away this year was LCDR Richard H. JOHNSTON, Jr., of, Weatherford, Texas who left us on January 22, 2013. I have no details regarding his life, service or his passing. If anyone can help me with a newspaper announcement, obituary, etc., please contact me.




Respectfully submitted,


 Derick S. Hartshorn



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