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FTC (SS) Myron Prevatte, USN, Ret.

Myron Prevatte of Whigham, Ga, Departed on Eternal Patrol on Wednesday, 15 July 2015; Myron would have been 88 on December 17th this year.

Myron was a Life Member Submarine Veterans of World War II, AlaFlo Chapter, having qualified on USS Greenfish (SS 351) and later serving on USS Pompon (SS 267) and USS Corsair (SS 435).  After advancing to Chief Fire Controlman (SS) in the early 50's, prior to the creation of Senior & Master Chiefs, Myron decided that with no further advancement opportunities he would get out of the Navy and create his own Fire Control business and sell his wares back to the Navy.  A very successful businessman Myron worked with the Navy and particular the Submarine Force for many decades creating and perfecting fire control equipment for all classes of submarines for years to come.  The Pentagon became his work arena.  Even after retirement he retained close ties with the Pentagon on Submarine Programs and would keep those of us who were interested up-to-date on submarine programs.  After retirement he moved to his childhood home of Whigham GA, not far from Climax GA.

Myron is survived by his lovely wife Edie. There will be visitation on Friday 5-7 PM at Clark Funeral Home, 334 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828, ph 229-377-1414, web clarkfuneral.com.  Burial will be Saturday at 9 AM. Cards may be sent to Edie at PO Box 499, Whigham GA 39897-0499. 

Sailor, Rest Your Oar........

LCDR John Carl Holdorf, Jr., USN, Ret.

John Carl Holdorf, Jr. of Eau Claire passed away on July 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

John was born Feb. 1, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of the late John Carl Holdorf, Sr. and Dolores Isabella Conrad. John was raised in Eau Claire and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1942. John married Delores Mary Wucherpfenning on Dec. 27, 1948 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. John enlisted in the United States Navy in Milwaukee in January 1943. He completed basic naval training at the Naval Training Center in Farragut, Idaho. He retired from the United States Navy in July 1973 as a Lieutenant Commander. John served at sea during World War II aboard the submarine USS Gar SS-206. He also served in the Korean War and Vietnam War aboard other submarines, two submarine tenders, and an aircraft carrier. He served as the repair officer at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut and as a Staff Engineer for Submarine Squadron Two and finished his naval career as an instructor at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.

Upon retiring from the United States Navy, he was employed as Senior Engineer for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corporation in the Trident Submarine Program and retired in March 1986. John was a life member of the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc., the Naval Submarine League, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Veterans of America, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Goldsmith Council #974 of Chippewa Falls.

John was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather.

John is survived by: two sons, John Thomas (Mary Rita) Holdorf of Charlotte, North Carolina and James Patrick (Antoinette) Holdorf of Gales Ferry, Connecticut; four grandchildren, Jeremy Allen Holdorf, Jessica Ann Holdorf, Amanda Christine Torres and Jason Phillip Holdorf; one great-granddaughter, Lailah Marie Torres; two great-grandsons, Damien Sergio Torres and Niko John Torres; and one brother, Richard Conrad (Ruth Mary) Holdorf. John was preceded in death by: his wife, Delores; his parents; one brother, Donald Fredrick Holdorf; and three sisters, Gretchen Elizabeth Creamer, Suzanne Marie Lund, and Dolores Ann White.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23 at Resurrection Mausoleum in Eau Claire. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.

Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com

CAPT Charles Birney Bishop, USN, Ret.

Captain Charles B. Bishop died on June 18th, 2015 in San Diego CA at the age of 94.
He was born 8 August 1920 in New Haven, Connecticut and raised there by his mother Kathleen. He attended the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating 19 December 1941. During WWII he served aboard USS Cummings (DD-365), USS O-7 (SS-68) and USS Piranha (SS-389). After the war he continued in the Navy serving as XO, USS Segundo (SS 398), CO USS Barb, XO USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823), CO USS Baya (AGSS-318),
CO USS Bashaw (SSK-241), CO USS Witek (EDD-848), CO USS Arneb (AKA-56) and Commander, Amphibious Squadron Seven. He served on the staffs of ONR, the CNO and NAVMAT in undersea R&D positions. He was instrumental in bringing the Deep Submergence Vehicle TRIESTE to the US and fostered the development of deep ocean exploration. His final tour was CO, Naval Undersea Center on Point Loma.
After retirement he was the Assistant Director of the Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography for 15 years. He received the Roger Revelle Award in 2002 for his contributions to Ocean Science.
He was a member of the Marine Technology Society and enjoyed community service including the San Diego Ocean Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 500.
He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years Alnora and is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and by the second great love of his life Jane Walker.
Services will be held at St Agnes Church at 9:30 AM on 19 July. Internment will be at Fort Rosecrans in a private ceremony. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, the San Diego Ocean Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 500. 

 http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Charles-Bishop&lc=7056&pid=175134410&mid=6491679

Mrs. Mary 'MiMi' Cooper

Mary 'MiMi' Cooper passed away on June 7, 2015. Memorial Service for Mary 'MiMi' Cooper will be held  Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of The Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Rd., Burke, VA 22015. 703-323-5400. Reception following at the church after the service.

VADM A. J. Baciocco, Jr., USN, Ret. 

     Memorial Services for VADM A. J. Baciocco, Jr. USN (Ret.) will be held at 1000 on 13 June at Stella Maris Catholic Church (1204 Middle Street) on Sullivan's Island, SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in our father's honor to Mercy Home (www.mercyhome.org), a charity that was important to both our parents.

We will continue to use the McAlister-Smith Funeral Home website http://www.mcalister-smith.com to disseminate information updates, as well as information regarding our father's burial at the U. S. Naval Academy when that date is finalized.

Vice Admiral Joe Williams, Jr. USN, Ret.

     Vice Admiral Joe Williams, Jr. USN (ret) died peacefully on May 15, 2015 at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania at the age of 92.  His wife, Margaret, was at his side.  He was a native of Magnolia, Arkansas and attended college for a year following high school prior to joining the United States Navy in October 1940 as an apprentice seaman.  Thirty-seven years later, after holding all rates and ranks through Vice Admiral, he retired from the Navy.  Among other decorations, he received the Legion of Merit with Gold Star and the Distinguished Service Medal.                  

     During World War II, Vice Admiral Williams served as an enlisted man in the Atlantic and Caribbean, and after being commissioned Ensign in April 1944, he spent the rest of the war in the amphibious forces through the New Guinea and Philippine campaigns.  He ended the war as Commanding Officer of a rocket launching LCI(R).

      After the war, Vice Admiral Williams attended Submarine School in June 1949 and later commanded one diesel and two nuclear submarines for a total of eight years.  He served as Deputy Director Special Projects Office in Washington, the group responsible for Polaris, Poseidon and Trident Weapons Systems.  He then served as Chief of Staff for Submarine Force Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia.  Subsequently, he was selected to Rear Admiral and became Director of Submarine Warfare at the Pentagon.  His next tour of duty was Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, the Navy’s largest shipyard.  After being promoted to Vice Admiral, he finished his career with three years as Commander Submarine Atlantic Fleet and Commander Submarine Forces, NATO.                  Vice Admiral Williams retired from the Navy in 1977 and for the next four years was Director of Nuclear Submarine Construction, General Dynamics.  He left that position to form his own nuclear utility management firm, providing consulting services to various utilities.  He served as Senior Vice President, Nuclear for both Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company and Toledo Edison Power Company.                

     While in the Navy and under Navy auspices, Vice Admiral Williams attended the United States Naval War College, the United States Nuclear Engineering School, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland, from which he earned a B.S. in Business.  In 1978, he was honored as outstanding alumni of Southern Arkansas University, which he had attended prior to enlisting in the Navy.  He was a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation and of the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Connecticut, where he served as a member of the Executive Board.                 

     Vice Admiral Williams was married to the former Margaret Smith of Cotton Plant, Arkansas and they have been living in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  He is survived by his wife of 73 years; his son Clark Williams of Pendleton, Oregon; and daughters Marcia Bohannon of Tarija, Bolivia and Susan Jo Williams of Austin, Texas.  Also surviving are grandchildren Dr. Stewart Williams of San Francisco, and Margaret Heil of Nahant, Massachusetts who is married to John Heil and has two children, Collette and Nathaniel.              The Admiral was a true patriot – he loved his Navy and his country and considered it a privilege to have served his country with honor for 37 years. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00p.m. on June 14, 2015 at:
 The Crosslands Campus (at Kendall-Crosslands Communities)  
1660 East Street Road (off Route 926)
 Kennett Square, PA 19348


An Interment Ceremony will take place at 10:00a.m. on June 15, 2105 at:
The U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium
101 Cooper Road
Annapolis, MD 21402  

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic Department of Development
                                                     200 First Street, SW
                                                     Rochester, Minnesota 55905

or

 The Submarine Force Library and Museum1 Crystal Lake Road 
 Groton, Connecticut 06340
Please make contributions in memory of: Vice Admiral Joe Williams, Jr. USN (Ret)
                  538 Crosslands Drive
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348


Mr. Don Messner

Don E. Messner, 80, Nashwauk, went on “Eternal Patrol,” (a Submariner’s saying) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

For more information: http://www.doughertyofhibbing.com/obits/obituary.php?id=547126

 

 
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