YORKTOWN, VA MINE CONFERENCES
1973-1977

These gatherings were designed to share mine warfare developments and to foster camaraderie among present and former minemen. They would eventually evolve into the present-day AOM Reunions that would meet beyond Yorktown and become "bi-coastal."

 

MINE CONFERENCE - 1973


[Photograph courtesy of Richard Martin]
(L-R, front:) LCDR Homer Kocher, MNCM John Keen, LT Ed Oyer, CDR Earl Roberts, CWO-4 John Loonam, LCDR Robert Rines, LCDR Bob Benintende, LCDR Dick Anderson (L-R, middle) LCDR Don DeCrona, LCDR Ralph Rulhand, CWO-4 Jack Smoot, LCDR Phil DeChene, Tommy Hogan  (L-R, back) LCDR Richard Martin, MNCM Dale Wheelock, LCDR Dick Billings, CDR Ed Sprecher, LT Bud Kreps

 

MINE CONFERENCE - 1974


[Photograph courtesy of Richard Martin]
(L-R, front) MNCM Dale Wheelock, CDR Ed Sprecher, (L-R, second row:) CWO-4 Jim McDonough, LCDR Paul Hanks, MNCM John  Keen, MNCM Ken Harder, CWO-4 Ron Chapin, CWO-4 John Loonam, (L-R, third row:) CDR Toby Horn, LCDR Dick Anderson, LCDR Phil DeChene, LCDR Bob Benintende, (L-R, fourth row:) LT Bud Kreps, CDR Earl Roberts,  LT Richard Martin, LT Ralph Padgett, CWO-4 Jack Smoot, LCDR Don DeCrona.
 

MINE CONFERENCE - 1975


[Photograph courtesy of Richard Martin]
 (L-R, Front:) LCDR Bill Roberts, MNCS Harold R. Hajnal, CWO-4 Sam English, MNCM John Keen, LCDR Bob Benintende, CWO-4 John Loonam, LCDR Don DeCrona, MNCM Don Krupczyk (L-R second row) CWO-4 Jim McDonough, LCDR Phil DeChene, LCDR Dick Anderson, MNCM Marvin Bryan, LT Richard Martin, CWO-4 Jack Smoot, (L-R, third row) LT Ralph Padgett, LCDR Dick Billings
 

MINE CONFERENCE - 1976


[Photograph courtesy of Richard Martin]
 
(L-R, front)  LCDR Toby Horn, CWO-4 Sam English, CDR Lyal Stryker, LT Cecil Martin, LCDR Bob Benintende, CWO-4 Jim McDonough, MNC Christian Roberts, (L-R, second row) MNCM Marvin Bryan, LCDR Bill Fortner, LCDR Phil DeChene, LT Richard Martin, LCDR Richard Anderson, LT Tom Shipley.
 


[Photograph courtesy of Cecil Martin]
Same order as above, with addition of Rear Admiral Roy F. "Latch" Hoffmann

 

MINE CONFERENCE - 1977


[Photograph courtesy of Cecil Martin]
Front row: LCDR Bob Benintende, CAPT Christensen, LCDR Bill Roberts, LTJG Cecil Martin, RADM A.J. Monger, CWO4 Sam English, MNCM John Keene, CDR Lyal Stryker Back row: LCDR Unknown, Unknown, LT Phil DeChene, LT Martin, MNCS Harry Bright, CWO-4 Jack Smoot, MNC Bergy, LCDR Billings (I think), Unknown, LT Shipley, ENS Jim Longway
 

 

[If you can identify any of the "unknowns," please contact me]


 

BACK TO MINEMAN MEMORIES

Derick S. Hartshorn - 2012-present
Last Modified: