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July 9, 2014

Dear Shipmates,


It is sad to know that the passing of a shipmate is often followed by another. This is one such sad case.



I have been notified by LT Stephanie Cowart of the passing of her close friend, MNCS(SW) Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez. She writes: 


It is with a heavy heart that I send you the obit of one of my closest and dearest friends, MNCS(SW) Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez. One of the finest damn MNs to ever wear the uniform. Tony and I went through "A" school together and on to MMU 11 for another 3 years together. He was a member of the AOM at one point in time. He had been battling colon cancer for several years and was medically retired in May 2014. 




  Antonio Serna Rodriguez 47, of Corpus Christi, TX formally of Queen Creek, AZ passed away on July 1, 2014. Antonio was born in Phoenix, Arizona on February 25, 1967 to Ramon and Margarita Rodriguez. Antonio recently retired as a Sr. Chief Petty Officer from the U.S. Navy in May of 2014 and proudly served our country from 1992 to 2014. Antonio is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his children, Tisha, Tiffany, Cassandra (Jezi), Cynthia (Rachel) and Victor Jr.; 5 grandchildren, Isaiah, Brianna, Caleb, Ava and Gavin; his siblings, Pedro, Ramon Jr, Raul, Carmen, Adrianna, Rosa and Alice; 9 nephews, 4 nieces and 4 great nephews. Antonio is preceded in death by his father, Ramon and his brother, Robert. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, 1562 East Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Parish, 440 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ with burial to follow at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Memories and condolences maybe made by visiting the online obituary guest book at  Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary.   

 A Guest Book has been provided for those who choose to leave a message of condolence.




In the last newsletter [July 8, 2014], I shared what information I was able to glean from several sources about the passing of Richard A. Woodson. In the past day, I have been able to clarify additional details.

Richard Aaron Woodson, Sr., 81, of Christmas, Florida died December 6, 2013. His family includes his wife Dorothy, son Richard, two nephews and one niece. Arrangements entrusted to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Titusville, (321) 264-6131. [Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2013]


His widow, according to the funeral home, requested that only the information appearing above be disclosed. A card of condolence may be addressed to her at: Dorothy V. Woodson, 25346 Luke Street,  Christmas, FL 32709


The Guest Book appears to still be open should anyone choose to leave a message.

Here are a few of the recollections that Dick's former shipmates shared with me:


 Dick Schommer writes:


Derick, I'm sure that the Woodson listed in the Taps/FRA mag is Senior Chief Woodson that I was stationed with in the 70's, and 80's. We were in Long Beach, and when that started shutting down/moving a large group of us came to Comomag Charleston. Woody was one of them. He made a couple of tours with Momag, then he went to the Inspection Group for a couple of years or more, then he transferred to Orlando, as a boot pusher.  He lost his wife a short time after retiring.  I spoke with Woody several times before he retired, but lost track of him shortly after his retirement.  



Doug Guy writes:


Hi Derick, I was stationed with a Woodson in 1960 at project 4 in Yorktown.  Also station with him in Long Beach in approx. 1970.  When I made chief he came to my house at 0200 and took me to a bar under the San Pedro bridge and we started drinking until my initiation at 1400.  Then he had me put on a diaper and had me drag a calf's nursing bottle around and serve drinks at the Chiefs club. This Woodson I knew married a girl from Gloucester, just across the river from Yorktown. I do not know his first name but I hope this is not him.  I don't think the Woodson I knew would have been in the reserves.

I don't know if this helps any at all but there it is.  




Don Parks writes:


The Dick Woodson from Christmas, FL is the one that was at the Mine School in 1968 / 69.



Cecil Martin writes:


Derick,  There was an MN2 Woodson (Woody) in P-4, Yorktown while I was there in 1960 (Bob Hart came from Rota to Yorktown in 1960). I believe Woody was in Charleston when I returned from Vietnam in 1969. I don't remember Woody's first name.





While checking my Facebook page, I encountered something that really stunned me. LT Stephanie Cowart has some serious intentions of retiring!
I met Stephanie at an AOM reunion and can say without any contradiction that once you have met her, you have a friend for life. Check her out on her Facebook Page




Respectfully submitted.




Derick S. Hartshorn

Communications Coordinator