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August 23, 2014

Dear Shipmates,


In just six weeks, we will be gathering in Charleston, SC for our 40th annual AOM reunion. Time to make those last minute arrangements--don't miss out.






Our go-to guy, Toby Horn has fine-tuned the plan for activities and eats at the picnic. The year, it will be held at the Bohemian Bull Tavern and Beer Garden on James Island. A description of what will be happening has been posted.

 Toby asked us to include a final message on the reunion and picnic:


We're going to try something a little different for our reunion picnic this year.  Due to the new renovations at our hotel, we would be required to have our picnic inside in one of the ballrooms.  I know we have done this before, but we really don't quite get the 'picnic' atmosphere we'd like to enjoy.  The new management would also require us to have menu items served by staff, which would make the cost prohibitive.  So...I looked around and explored several options.  Bingo!  I think we have one that everyone will like.

 We will be having our picnic hosted by the Bohemian Bull-Tavern and Beer Garden located on James Island.  It's a hidden treasure that promises a lot of fun.  The owner is a young man (by our standards) from a military family and understands our reunion picnic needs.  The place has a great outdoors picnic area that has a bocce-ball court, corn-hole tosses, a fire pit (if we need one), and lots of table room.  The inside area has lots of room in case of inclement weather and we are free to set up our auction table and conduct our auction when we want.  For the picnic price, you will have a choice of one of six special menu items - all of which are a meal by themselves.  These include:  Giant Bratwurst Sandwich, House Special Cheeseburger, Smokey BBQ Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, 12 Wings (choose your option), or the Hippie Black Bean Burger (vegetarian - other vegetarian items available, but these would have to be ordered special from the house menu). We will have a beer keg on tap just for us, and ice tea, hot coffee, or soft drinks will be available for those who aren't chuggers.  Toby and Jane Horn joined Sue and me for an exploratory visit to check things out.  The food is delicious, the coffee hot and the beer is cold.  What more could you ask for other than to attend a Ross Maddocks 'marlinspike' class, win the bocce-ball tournament, or retrieve the line-toss championship title back from the Loonam family.


Charts showing the way will be available at the hotel and our early-bird and dinner functions.  The chart will also show it is only a hop, skip and jump from Toby and Jane Horn's home that will be hosting an early-early-bird reception at their home on Sunday evening.  The location also provides easy access to the Municipal Golf Course (for those interested call Toby Horn), or go a little further and enjoy the quaint town of Folly Beach - advertised as 'The Edge Of America" on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean. 



I am asked to remind anyone that wants one of our Mk 6 Mine name tags, to please let us know.  Cost is a $10 donation to the general fund.  I need the name you want printed on it so it can be made in advance.  Cutoff date is 15 September!





Our friend and Honorary AOM member, Jorgen Strange Lorenzen, is seen here at the 150th anniversary of the Second Schleswig War, which was a major battle between the Austrian Empire, allied with the Kingdom of Prussia, and Denmark, in 1864.    

 Jorgen reports his health, at age 88, has begun to present "special problems" and that he will be reducing his workload and concentrating on staying well.

A note of cheer to Jorgan can be sent to: <>



Respectfully submitted.


Derick S. Hartshorn
Communications Coordinator