THE NAVAL MINEWARFARE ASSOCIATION was founded on December 5, 1982, in San Antonio, Texas, during the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association convention. Sixty-six sailors from 14 of the 24 minecraft at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, held their own mini-reunion for the purpose of establishing a minecraft organization that would hold its own reunions and stay in touch through a 'newsletter'. Before the meeting was over the group adopted the recommendation that the new group should encompass the entire spectrum of naval mine warfare and its personnel and not just the seagoing members of the naval mine warfare community. Many of the charter members were from the USS Oglala (CM 4), flagship of Mine Squadron One, which was damaged and sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The other ships represented at this reunion were the USS Breese, USS Boggs, USS Gamble, USS
Montgomery, USS Perry, USS Preble, USS Pruitt, USS
Rail, USS Ramsay, USS Tracy, USS Trever, USS Wasmuth, and USS Zane.
The NMA is a nationally recognized organization that today has several hundred active members. Our membership consists of those men who served, or now serve, on one or more of the more than 700 ships and stations relating to mine warfare during the time frame of World War II and up to the present. They share one trait - they served, or now serve, their nation through some connection with sea mines.
The NMA publishes a semiannual newsletter - The Silent Defenders; which in part keeps members updated on convention plans. Our annual convention is held in a different part of the continental U.S.
Conventions began in 1983. For example, we met at Fort Mitchell in Northern Kentucky in 1998; San Antonio, TX, in 1999; San Jose, CA, in 2000; Buffalo, NY, in 2001; Denver, CO, in 2002; San Diego, CA, in 2003; Mobile, AL, in 2004; St Louis, MO, in 2005; Seattle, WA, in 2006; Chattanooga, TN, in 2007; 2008-Branson, MO; 2009-Cruise on SS Glory; 2010-Quincy, MA; 2011-Tempe; AZ; 2012-Myrtle Beach; SC: 2013-St. Louis, MO; 2014-Portland, ME; 2015 San Antonio Texas; 2016 San Diego, CA, and 2017 Plaque dedication Navy Memorial Foundation, Washington, D.C.
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I just received the latest issue of The Silent Defenders, and noted there is a disconnect regarding the material about my books.
The material on pages 21-22 is the preface to the second book I wrote, "Wooden Ships and Iron Men: The U.S. Navy’s Ocean Minesweepers, 1953-1994."
The material on page 23-25 is from the first few pages of Chapter 1 of my latest (tenth book) titled "Home Waters: Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and U.S. Navy Mine Forces Battling U-boats in World War I." These pages are a prelude to the real purpose of the chapter (titled A Dark Day), which describes the loss of the USS Richard Bulkeley, which is brilliantly depicted in the cover art by Richard DeRosset. Bulkeley was one of twenty wooden-hulled minesweeping trawlers leased from the British by the U.S. Navy to augment the efforts of Lapwing-class steel-hulled minesweepers during mine clearance in the North Sea.
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