In Memoriam - U.S. Navy Minemen



William (Bill) Snyder

CPO William (Bill) Snyder passed away March 29, 2010 in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio. He was 53. I have been unable to find the death notice in the Zanesville Times Recorder but will share any information I am able to locate at a later time.

Meanwhile, all AOM members are encouraged to send a note of encouragement to Barbara at



Eugene 'Gene' Harold Stanton

WOOLWICH -- Eugene Harold Stanton, of Woolwich, passed away May 17, 2010, at home, with his family by his side, after a struggle with cancer.

The son of Harold Trout Stanton Jr. and Glenda Wright, he was born in Bath on June 26, 1943. He graduated from Morse High School, class of 1961. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy and had a 20-year career, retiring at the rank of chief petty officer in 1980. Gene had an extensive military career including tours in Vietnam and the Mediterranean. He ended his naval career at the Pentagon, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Rochester, N.Y., as a systems analyst from 1980 to 1984. When the family moved back to Maine in 1984, Gene went to work for the state of Maine as a manager of Maine's hospital inpatient database, where he was known nationally for his pioneering work in health care reform. After 26 years of service, he retired May 1, 2010.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Yvonne Galuza Stanton; his son, Deane Erick Stanton; daughter Tracy Melvina Stanton Nolon; daughter-in-law Amy Elizabeth Stanton; brothers Michael "Brock" Stanton, Daniel Stanton, Scott Stanton and Brian Stanton; sister Veda (Stanton) Ferris; and extensive family.

He was a wonderful family man who supported and cared deeply for his wife and children. He was deeply satisfied with his great life and adventures, but he will be greatly missed in our future adventures.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Woolwich Firefighters Association, c/o Deputy Chief of EMS Deane Stanton, 13 Nequasset Road, Woolwich, ME 04579, in Gene's memory.

A service will be held at 4 p.m. on June 5 at the West Bath Fire Department on State Road. [Published in Kennebec (ME) Journal on May 21, 2010]
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Ronald Clayton Chapin

Ronald Clayton Chapin, CWO4 Navy (Ret), 76, of Ladson, died May 21, 2010, at his residence. Born June 3, 1933, in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of the late Melvin Chapin and Mary Powell Chapin. He graduated from high school and went on to enlist in the Navy fighting in both the Vietnam War and Korean conflict. He served our country proudly for over 32 years as part of the Mobile Mine Assembly Group. In his later years, he was very active with the VFW Post #3433, the American Legion and also the Fleet Reserve. He will be sadly missed by his sons, Michael Chapin of Charleston, WV and Ronald David Jeffery Chapin and his wife, Dotty of Logan, WV; his daughters, Veronica Chapin Catalano and her husband, Steve of Jacksonville, FL, Missy (Brenda) Allport of Martinez, GA, Linda Follett and her husband, Dan of West Palm Beach, FL, and Arlene Phelps and her husband, William of Summerville, SC; his brothers, Paul Chapin and his wife, Sue of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and David Chapin and his wife Peg of Elma, NY; and his sister, Marjorie Schunk and her husband, Art of New Smyrna Beach, FL. The family will receive friends Monday, May 24, 2010 from 6-8 p.m., at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the funeral home chapel with burial to follow at Plantation Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 5900 Core Rd, Suite 504, North Charleston, SC 29405. Arrangements being handled by McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Ave., Goose Creek, SC 29445 (843) 553-1511. Visit our guestbook at  [Published in Charleston Post & Courier on May 23, 2010]

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Gordon Allen Lee

Gordon Alan Lee, retired MN2 USNR passed away this afternoon, Friday, May 28, 2010, in Oklahoma from cancer. He was attached to the old Oklahoma City NR MOMAG which was disestablished in the 90's and consolidated at CDS MOMAG Dallas then to JRB Ft Worth TX MOMAU. All his active duties were performed with MOMAG/MOMAU 8 in Guam.

Colleen (Schad) Whipple  (aka Auntie C), YNC Ret, NR MOMAG/MOMAU Admin from 91-02, Edmond OK



Harold W. Perry

Harold  'Jack'  W. Perry
 (10 June 1921-12 June 2010)

Harold  "Jack"  W. Perry - 89, passed away peaceful on Saturday June, 12th 2010. Born June 10, 1921 in Sparta, TN to Gertrude and Walter Perry. They moved to Decherd, TN in 1928 and he graduated from Franklin County High School in June 1940. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy on August 5th, 1940, Jack served on three naval ships (USS Brooklyn, USS Roper & USS Henry Wiley) during his career and attended the Naval Mine Warfare School in Yorktown, VA. In addition to these assignments he also served at the Naval Ammunition Depot in Hawthorne, Nevada. Accommodations awarded were American Defense Bronze (A), Asiatic Pacific, American Area Bronze (1), European Africa Bronze (2), Victory and Good Conduct medals. He was honorably discharged in 1946 as a Mineman, First Class and served in the Naval Reserves until 1951. Jack began with Steel Service Company in Knoxville in 1960. During his 26 year career there he was the Shop Superintendent and was recognized for his attention to detail and conscientiousness regarding a safe and clean working environment for his employees. He retired in 1986. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lola B Perry; brother, Charles K Perry and sister, Louise Barker. He is survived by his daughter, Connie & son-in-law Jerry Carr (Chattanooga, TN); son, John Perry & daughter-in-law Jan (Carson City, NV) and son David Perry (Knoxville, TN); sister-in-law: June Perry; five grandchildren: Piper (Carr) Fly, Zachary, Lucas, David III, and John Wesley Perry; two great-grandchildren: Landon Perry and Adelaide (Addie) Fly. The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Monday at Weaver's Chapel with a Rosary to follow at 7 pm. Monseigneur Xavier Mankel officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 am Tuesday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for an 11 am interment. Arrangements Weaver Funeral Home. [Published in Knoxville [TN]  News Sentinel from June 13 to June 14, 2010 ]



John Louis Frey

MNC John Louis FREY, 77, of Tampa, Florida, passed away Sunday, August 15, 2010. John was born July 19, 1933 in the Phillippines and was married to Lilia Libunao.
He was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War in the E.O.D. His last duty station was on the USS Midway (CV-41). He was awarded the Naval Reserve Meritorious service medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Commendation medal w/ combat V, Good Conduct award (Five Awards) and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
e was a Master Diver, carpenter, fisherman, boatsman, gun and antique sword collector. John was preceded in death by his mother, Angeline Esther Frey and father, Frank E. Frey.


Leonard Carvell

Entered into eternal rest on the morning of August 19, 2010 , Leonard Carvell, widow of Doris Lee Carvell. Residence, Goose Creek SC. The relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral services on Sunday August 2010 at 11:00 O'clock A.M. at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Friends may call from the hours of 5 :00 to 7:00 PM at Carolina Memorial Funeral Home.
Leonard was born September 30, 1926 in Hughes Mine, WV the son to the late Frank Carvell and Mary Spino Carvell. Mr. Carvell had been a mineman in the Navy achieving the rank of Chief with 30 years service. He also worked for 20 years with the Naval Base Police in Civil Service. Leonard was an avid Mountaineer fan and loved bowling in bowling leagues for many years.
He was predeceased by his wife Doris Reffitt Carvell, survivors include his daughters Michelle McCall of Moncks Corner, SC, Robin Lunsford of Moncks Corner, SC and Joyce Hogue of Goose Creek, SC a son, Michael L. Carvell of Goose Creek SC, sisters Elizabeth Christenson of University Park, FL , Esther Carroll of Lancaster, NY, Angela Watson of Bridgeport, WV and brothers John Carvell of Murphysboro, IL, Richard Carvell of St. Albans, WV and Joe Carvell of Yorktown,VA , 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Leonard's son, Michael is listed as the occupant of the home at 124 Salina Lane, Goose Creek, SC 29445-4813. Phone (843) 797-3524 (lately disconnected-sorry)
I can't offer an opinion on belated condolences but I'm sure that Michael would be pleased to know that his father's shipmates care enough to offer condolences.


Don C. Risk

Don C. Risk

Don C. Risk, 73, passed away September 1, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was born 3 Mar 1937 in Muncie, Indiana, to Donald and Reigna Risk. Don joined the Navy at 17 and enjoyed an adventuresome 20 years before retiring. He was a Mineman, served in Vietnam and a decorated diver in the Sealab program setting the World Record for the deepest dive of 1,025 feet. He was later chosen as a diver for "special projects" that were very instrumental to the security of the United States in helping to end the Cold War. He was awarded several medals, the most significant being the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation. He is survived by his loving wife Frances, sons Victor and Don Jr., daughters Kim, Reigna and Kris, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, siblings Kay, Jill, Jim and Wendy, and many friends. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 18th, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. [Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on October 17, 2010]



Douglas Scott 'Doug' Harriman

Douglas Scott "Doug" Harriman, age 46, a resident of Strasburg passed away, Thursday, September 9, 2010, at his residence. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, September 13, 2010 at Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester with Pastor John Morrison officiating. Burial will follow in Lebanon Church Cemetery.
He was born on September 19, 1963 in Norfolk, VA a son of Andrea Crabill Harriman and the late Robert B. Harriman, Sr. He was a 1982 graduate of Strasburg High School and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Winchester. He was an Explosive Engineer & Blaster and was employed by Winchester Building Supply. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Harriman, Sr.
Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Faith T. Harriman of Strasburg; his children, Dustin M. Harriman and girlfriend Kymberli B. Dixon of El Paso, TX, and Heather N. Harriman Moreland and husband, Michael A. Moreland of Strasburg; his grandchildren, Landon M. Moreland, Tyler R. Harriman, Taylor F. Moreland, and Braxton K. Harriman; His Mother, Andrea Crabill Harriman of Lebanon Church; his maternal grandmother, Mildred H. Crabill; Brothers David S. Harriman and wife, Dorothy H. Harriman, and their children, Hallie and Rachel, Robert B. Harriman, Jr. and wife Shannon B. Harriman, and their children, Robert, Connell, Gavin, and Nilah.
Pallbearers will be Scott Brown, Richard "Dick" Wilson, Russell Stickley, Brad Bockey, CR Wotring, Sam Earle, Scott Wallen, and Darby Price.
The family will receive friends at Stover Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 6-8 pm. "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall live even though he dies, John 11:25"
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Doug to Fellowship Bible Church, 3217 Middle Road, Winchester, VA 22602 or Blue Ridge Hospice 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601
To sign the guestbook and submit condolences to the family please go to  Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg is serving the Harriman family.



Lloyd Hammond Steele
(19 May 1946 - September 13, 2010)

Lloyd Hammond Steele, 64, passed away unexpectedly on September 13, 2010. Mr. Steele was a Mental Health Counselor at Lakeview Center after serving honorably for twenty years in the United States Navy. Mr. Steele started out in the Navy as a Mineman and then went on to become a computer technician and was sent to England. Next he went to Guam where he was in charge of the computers that tracked hurricanes and was instrumental in keeping the island informed during Super Typhoon Pamela. Back in the states, he went to school to learn the Myers Briggs Typology and became a counselor at Lakeview Center and earned his Master's degree while working there.
Survivors include: wife, Jackie; sons, Jon and Verlin; mother-in-law, Josette; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Joe (Cyndi); sister, Tracy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was a devoted and loving father and husband. He never met a stranger and he was quick with a witty response in any conversation. He will be sorely missed by many.
Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at Barrancas National Cemetery. [Published in Pensacola News Journal on September 22, 2010] 
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Sabre A. Patterson


Former mineman, Ron Patterson MN2, recently suffered the loss of his daughter in a tragic motorcycle accident.
The details read: Sabre A. Patterson, 19, of 103 Hazen Ave., Ellport passed away Saturday September 25, 2010 at 1:30 am as a result of a motorcycle accident. Sabre was born on December 17, 1990 in Okinawa Japan to Ron Patterson, Jr. and Hope Wood Gebhardt. She was a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 2009, and attended the Savannah United Methodist Church in Shenango Twp., Pennsylvania. Also, Sabre had been working at the Save-A-Lot grocery store in Franklin Twp. as a cashier. Sabre is survived by her mother and step father Hope Wood Gebhardt and Ken Gebhardt of Ellport, her father Ron Patterson, Jr. of Beaver Falls, one brother Dustin Patterson and his fience Amanda Spignesi, one sister Shannon Patterson and her fience Brett Evans, a half sister Nicole Lynn & Tony Taylor of Ellwood City, a nephew Josh Smith, a niece Emma Callahan, her maternal grandmother Hilda Wood and her companion Tom Tocyloski of Ellwood City, her paternal grandparents Ron & Judy Patterson, Sr. of Beaver Falls, her step grandparents Kenneth & Elaine Gebhardt of Ellport, several aunts & uncle, and numerous cousins.Sabre was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Carl Wood.Visitation will be held on Monday from 11:00 am until the time of services at 1:00 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..Services will be held on Monday the 27th at 1:00 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Mark Goswick officiating. Internment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The funeral home web site is at:

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Robert W. 'Willie' Wilson

Robert W. Wilson
September 1, 1935 - October 20, 2010

During our 2010 AOM reunion, Robert “Willie” Wilson was elected to lead AOM as our new President. He was proud of the opportunity to take the helm from President Bob Hart and our membership looked forward to Willie’s enthusiastic leadership.

An unexpected tragedy occurred several days later, taking his life and leaving his wife Betty in critical condition. The local newspaper reports:

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ,  October 21, 2010. Police have identified the two people involved in a fatal one-vehicle crash on Wednesday as a married couple from the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.
Robert Wilson, 75, died after the crash at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, according to Chief Jerry Vasto. His wife, Elizabeth, 73, was flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where she remained listed in critical condition today, Vasto said.
At about 12:31 p.m., Robert Wilson was driving a van with his wife in the front passenger seat, heading east on Route 36, when he crashed into a tree, according to Vasto.
An investigation is still ongoing and an autopsy on Robert Wilson is scheduled for later today, Vasto said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Patrolman Brian Phair at 732-291-1212.
[By Renee Ernst, Staff Writer, Asbury Park Press • October 21, 2010--

His obituary reads:

Robert W. Wilson, of Port Monmouth and Port Orange, Florida, was called home, Octoher 20th in an automobile accident. "Bob" spent his childhood in Illinois and Iowa and settled in New Jersey after marrying Betty. He was a devoted husband, father, and "Pop Pop." Bob served with honor in the US Navy for 20 years. He was part of the "Brown Water Navy" during the Vietnam War and was awarded multiple Bronze Stars with Valor and Purple Hearts. Bob was personally cited, and his team highlighted, in the book River Rats by author Ralph Christopher.After retiring from the Navy, Bob held several positions in sales and operations management at UPS. He enjoyed many hobbies, including boating, shooting and fishing, but his favorite enjoyment was simple conversation with his many friends. He knew no acquaintances or former friends, only "friends for life."He gave of his time, his help and his means generously and with passion. He actively supported the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Association of Minemen, the American Legion, and was formerly a sustaining member of the NJ Naval Museum. He quietly supported friends and family in times of need. He is survived by his wife Betty, of 52 years (nee Topolewski); his son Chet Wilson and companion Dawn Ziffer of Middletown; his daughter, Dee Williams and husband Jerry Williams of Connecticut; a brother David Harper of Iowa, and sisters, Janet Tegtmeier of Iowa, Nancy Hammond of Michigan and Mary Lynn Ponce of Florida; grandsons, Bryan, Damon and wife Geni, and Bailey; his granddaughter, Jordan; great-grandchildren Kayla, Bryen and Xsenia ; and his "grand-pal" Shane. Surviving in-laws and extended family members can be counted among the very many friends who will miss him. Family will be accepting friends on Monday 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Ave, Keansburg. On Tuesday there will be a mass held at St. Anns Church, Keansburg at 10:15AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Jude's Research Hospital, American Cancer Society or US Navy Minemen Scholarship Fund, letters of condolences can be sent to

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As a Vietnam vet and "River Rat," Willie wrote the following poem:


MNC Robert “Willie” Wilson
River Division 592/ RPG-56
(Courtesy of Ralph Christopher)



David Michael Houston

David Michael Houston, 57 of Clarksville, died November 5, 2010 at his residence. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Chapel, with Rev. R.H. "Mickey" Richaud, Rev. Dorothy Chatham Hartzog and Ralph Conklin officiating. Committal services with military honors will follow at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, KY. He was born April 29, 1953 in Calloway County, KY and was preceded in death by his father, Joe Rob Houston and his mother, Novie Louise Cole Wylie. Mr. Houston was employed by OME Tube Assemblies, Clarksville; a U.S. Navy Desert Storm Veteran, and a member of First Baptist Church, Clarksville. Survivors include his daughters, Vanessa Ann (John) McMillion, Amelia, VA, Keileigh Tuckett, Linden, UT; son, David Michael Houston II, Helensburg, Scottland; brother, Bob Houston, Clarksville; grandchildren, Shelby and Ryan and Kian. Arrangements in the care of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home, (931) 647-3371. Online condolences may be made at [Published in The Leaf Chronicle [Clarksville, TN on March 20, 2011]



Charles J. 'Chuck' Chavka

Charles J. "Chuck" Chavka, of Hermitage, PA passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at John XXIII Home, Hermitage. He was 87. Chuck was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Farrell, a son of Peter and Anna Vasic Chavka. A lifelong area resident, he graduated from Farrell High School in 1941. He retired as a millwright in 1983 from the former Sharon Steel Corporation's Farrell plant after 42 years of service. Most recently, he worked as a bank currier for First National Bank of Hermitage from 1990 until June 2010. Chuck was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Hermitage, and the former St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Farrell, where he was involved in many church activities and offices. Chuck was an accomplished golfer, enjoyed bowling in numerous area leagues, and was an avid gardener and woodworker. A decorated veteran of the United States Navy, he served during World War II in the Pacific Theater of operations as a gunnersmate and a mineman. He was a lifetime member of both VFW Post 5286, Farrell, and American Legion Post 299, Sharon, and was a former member of e American Legion Post 160, Farrell. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy Cashier, whom he married on May 3, 1947. He leaves his two daughters, Barbara M. Keller, of Winter Haven, Fla., and Nancy S. Chavka, of Pleasant Gap; His two sons, Charles Chavka Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Hickory, N.C., and Richard D. Chavka and his wife, Oliviya, of South Kent, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Fred "Mick" Chavka, of Hartford, Ohio. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sophie Kolar; and a brother, Anthony Chavka. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Charles J. Chavka to John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148. In keeping with Mr. Chavka's request, there will be no visitation at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to his family by visiting A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5130 E. State St., Hermitage, with the Rev. Dennis Blauser officiating. Inurnment was at Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage, PA. [Published in Centre Daily Times on December 12, 2010] Read more:



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