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September 13, 2013

 

Dear AOM Officers and senior members,

 

A recent e-mail from AOM member, Phil Smith contained an offer to design a tartan for AOM. Not being familiar with the procedure and believing that only entities of Scottish origin had the exclusive right to wear a tartan, I am submitting this for possible discussion at the reunion.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Derick S. Hartshorn

 

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Derick,

 

I joined the Naval Reserve to avoid the draft in 1951. My first summer was Boot Camp at San Diego. The second summer I was assigned to the "Swan", AMS 27, out of Long Beach. We swept the Catalina Channel every day for weeks -- but seeing a photo of a minesweeper hitting a mine off Korea convinced me that I was in the wrong end of the business. Third summer was eight weeks at Yorktown, VA, where I became a Mineman. The stories bring back memories.

 

The fourth summer I went on active duty. I tell my grandkids that, "I joined the Navy to see the world -- and got sent to Hawthorne, Nevada."

 

Philip Smith (ex MN1) 

 

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Derick,   
O.K.  I am a professional writer(books on Scotland, Scottish Tartans, Names, etc.) so I understand.
 
I am also a fabric designer of tartans -- all Scots are "color coded" as are many American states and universities. Can I design a tartan for the Mine Service? I'd be happy to. My latest design is for the Island of Marthas Vineyard -- where my family lived from 1635 until 1867. It was accepted last year by the Scottish Society of MV. I have designed over 150 tartans including the states of Arkansas, Arizona, and Utah as well as several universities.
 
Phil.

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Derick,

 

In this day and age ANYBODY can have a tartan from the Royal Society of Ophthalmologists to Cherry Valley, NY.

I have designed tartans for a number of smaller Scottish families (Todd, Rutherford, Colvin, Kirk), a number of American States(Z, WI, UT, AK), several Scottish places (Ayrshire,). Indian -- Whoops, "Native American") such as the Echota Cherokee, cities (Amarillo, TX), Universities (U. N.C.- Greensboro, Clemson), Clubs and Societies (Scottish Heritage-USA, Council of Scottish Clans, St. Andrews of Philadelphia -- America's oldest Charitable Society in continuous existence) Socieies and so on. -- over 150 in all. As well, I have discovered and recorded over 50 "lost" Scottish tartans (as well as Portuguese and Japanese) -- I've been there about 30 times and plan one final trip for next year.

 

I am a Life member and Founder of the Scottish Tartans Authority and received from them a "Life-time Achievement Award" several years ago. I have served on the Board as an officer or Trustee of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations almost since its beginning -- my books "Tartan For Me!-9th edition", the triology "Tartans :Abbotsford to ... Yukon", and "Tartans For The Irish" are staples in the Scottish Community. If you take The Highlander my picture is in the back with several others.

 

I would propose to submit six designs for the group's approval -- and then record the choice with The Scottish Tartans Authority and if the group approves, for a fee, with The Scottish Archives. I would suggest a Committee to chose the proper design as I have worked with both large and small groups in the past. Small is better.

 

Anyhow, I will be at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in mid-October (near Atlanta). Any chance you can make it?

 

Phil     

 

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Respectfully submitted,

 

Derick S. Hartshorn