John Douglas Bartleson, Jr.
R.I.P.1936 – 2016
Camp Pendleton’s Commanding General,Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard,
released this statement Thursday night: Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the
families of the Marines we lost yesterday. Explosive Ordnance Disposal is a small and
tight-knit community, not just in the Marine Corps, but in the entire US military. Our focus
now is on ensuring these families receive the help and support they need.
The Marines were killed in an explosion in the Zulu impact area, a live-fire artillery range in
the middle of Camp Pendleton. According to base officials, they were trying to dispose of unexploded ordnance. Base officials said there was no live firing on the Zulu range at the time of the accident. The investigation is ongoing, and detailsabout the accident are still limited. Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Names-Released-of-4-Marines-Killed-at-
Richard Takahashi Sea Story on how he Met his Wife
Date: Jan 22, 2012
Richard Takahashi wrote:
Apparently just about everyone on Guam new of the pending Japanese invasion during WWII.
Jo’s parents and Jo’s Dr. Uncle were in the process of relocating back to the States when the
Japanese invaded Guam on Dec. 8, 1941 (same day as Pearl Harbor, but on the other side of
the International Date Line). Jo’s uncle had already sent his wife and daughter back to the
states, but before he could leave, the Japanese invaded. Jo’s parents wasn’t quite so fast, so
they were all still on Guam.
Soon after the Japanese occupied Guam, along with the troops, they sent to Guam a Medical
Unit. Quite by coincidence, the head Japanese Army Doctor happened to be a classmate of
Jo’s uncle when he was going to Medical school in Louisville, KY. As a result, Jo’s family faired
a lot better than most of the Guam natives. As you know, the Japanese were quite brutal.
The Japanese Doctor set up their MASH type unit on Jo’s Dad’s Ranch, and took over one of
their bedrooms for his own. Jo’s Dad was a member of the Guam Insular Force (as a Musician),
and as a result, he was imprisoned for a couple of years. Jo’s Uncle was allowed to take care
of the native Guamanians medical needs, and even provided medicines.
Toward the end of the war, as the Japanese knew of the invasion, so they told Jo’s family to
high-tail it into the boonies to avoid all the bombardment and fighting. They did so, and a few
weeks later after the liberation of Guam, they re-emerged to find their houses completely gone.
They were not able to find out the fate of the Medical Crew.
In 1972, the same year that Sgt. Yokoi, a Japanese Army straggler came out of hiding, and
surrendered, one of the Japanese Corpsman who was in the group using Jo’s Dad’s ranch
returned to Guam as a tourist, and looked up Jo’s family. He told them that all the entire
Japanese Medical staff were killed when the island was invaded, and that he, fortunately, was
the only survivor (probably surrendered in lieu of committing ‘Hara-Kiri!’).
Jo’s Aunt and her cousin waited out the war in Louisville, KY. Her Aunt worked in one of the
Defense Plants during the war. After the war, Jo’s Uncle re-located to Long Beach, CA. He
was the Administrator of the Long Beach Municipal Hospital and also owned a Drug Store in
Belmont Shores, near Long Beach when we were married. He owned a big mansion on Ocean
Blvd in Long Beach, and we rented the Guest house on his estate for a while after we were
Anyway, that’s the story…..
A Seastory at EOD School by Sidney Perryman & Dick Cyrus
On Mon, May 9, 2011
Perryman, Sidney email: Sidney.Perryman ( AT) dhs DOT gov
EOD page is great. Let me think about joining. It would be an honor.
From: Erasmo “Doc” Riojas
Sent: Monday, May 09,
To: Perryman, Sidney
Subject: Bomb Dog on Raid
You know Dick Cyrus , right?
where and when? he cannnot remember you and thought that I knew you first hand.
From: Perryman, Sidney
Date: Mon, May 9, 2011
Subject: Bomb Dog on Raid
To: “Erasmo \”Doc\” Riojas”
I know Dickey from EOD school we were classmates. I almost got kick out of EOD school because of him. It was the night of his Chief’s initiation and Dick, Kevin Costello and I stay out until almost time to go to class drinking everything.
At about 1000 I was rudely woke up by some a-holes pounding on the door of my barrack room in Indian Head, MD. It was 2 very pissed off EOD instructors looking for me, Kevin and Dickey. I was ask where they were and as far as I knew they were on class. They were not.
Anyway, I was marched off to the diving locker, still drunk. A few minutes later Kevin was standing next to me. It was like something out of a John Wayne movie, “Donovan’s Reef”, we were being told we were being kicked out of school and other stuff when.
Capt. Dave Schiable rescued use. Dickey showed up we were all I believe on the pool deck getting ready to swim some laps. A few minutes later there was Capt. Schiable.
Anyway, a few weeks later Dick picked up LDO as a diving officer and off he went to salvage school in DC. There is more to the story. There really was a pig, a corvette, and I am not sure what all. I did have fun.
I do believe we have crossed path. I am almost positive we have.
I joined the Navy in 1966 and served until 1970. I was a Seabee with the following units; 21st Naval Construction Regiment, Davis Valley, RI. Later, I was in a battalion at Gulfport, MS and I was transferred to Amphibious Battalion 2, Little Creek, VA. There I worked on 2 special projects for the Man and the Sea Program, Tektite 1 and Tektite 2, Prior to getting out in 1970 I worked on Project AFAR detail Yankee, at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), at Andros Island, Bahamas.
In 1969, I was on a Mid cruise with Ernie Hacker, Preston Hood, Paul Wiley, John White, ?? Davis (big guy), and some others. We were on the USS Casa Grande. I tried out for UDT training while on a landing in Crete and passed, but my Chief Rage Dawson talked me into going into dive school because there was a need in the Seabee’s for divers. The rest is history.
I have enclosed a few more pictures at a funeral for an EOD teammate who dead last year of cancer. About 2 weeks after Al Ashton. Bad year. The young man in black was one of his sons, Ed Jennen.
EOD Reunion 2010 Photos by John Hobbs
From: Pat Thomas <n-mceoda-secretary [at] cox.net>
Date: January 16, 2008 1:41:51 PM PST
To: ah2a [at] cox.net
Subject: N&MCEODA Update 2008-07
Carly Behan < behanca2000 [at] yahoo.com >
wrote: Hi there,
I’m Joe Behan’s wife, and I am looking for any of his old diving buddies. He was a diver in San Diego, EOD MU3 and two others, one on 32nd street and also the unit that trained dolphins, from 1996-2001. You’ll have to forgive me; we were just dating at the time. Joe left diving (although he says he’s a diver for life!) and put on his naval aviator wings last year. He currently flies the EA-6B Prowler and is about to leave on deployment. He constantly talks about his diver friends and has been looking all over the web for them, but you all are hard to find!
I wanted to see if I could get in touch with anyone that he went to dive school with (1996?) or was in a unit with. Also, is there a website that I can search for Navy divers???
Thanks in advance for any help!
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I am Charles E. Lindler II and I need to inform you of the passing of BMC ( Ret ) Charles Edwin Lindler, Tuesday morning, January 15, 2008. Please let me know what else I need to send to fill in his time in the U.S.Navy as a Diver and EOD Specialist.
Charles E. Lindler II ( Jody ) jody714 [at] bellsouth.net
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DoD Identifies Navy EOD Casualties in Kirkuk, Iraq
Story Number: NNS070410-05
Release Date: 4/10/2007 11:11:00 AM
Special release from the U.S. Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of Defense announced the death of three Sailors who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They died April 6 from enemy action while conducting combat operations near Kirkuk, Iraq.
Killed were: Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Gregory J. Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, Ky.; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall, 24, of Burley, Ind.; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Joseph A. McSween, 26, of Valdosta, Ga.
All three sailors were assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit 11, Whidbey Island, Wash.
For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.
MASTER CHIEF GUNNERS MATE JOHN K WHITE
CROSSING THE BAR 08/19/2005
MASTER CHIEF GUNNERS MATE JOHN K WHITE, HILO, HAWAII.
JOHN AND I HAD SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS. WE PICKED COTTON IN OUR YOUNG DAYS
AND WE WERE BOTH LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE STATIONED WITH
MASTER DIVER, JIM MESSERSMITH, (AT DIFFERENT TIMES) IN OUR EARLIER DIVING CAREERS.
JIM WAS VERY GOOD DIVER, WHO HELPED US TO BECOME BETTER AT OUR JOBS.
JOHN WAS THE FIRST GUY I KNEW TO MAKE MASTER CHIEF AFTER THE E-8 AND E-9 OPENED UP.
ENLISTED IN THE NAVY IN 1941, RETIRED IN 1969.
HE SERVED IN DESTROYERS IN THE PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II.
EOD SCHOOL IN EARLY 1950s, 1969 RECOVERY DIVER AT KWAJALEIN FOR 3 YEARS.
COMMERCIAL DIVING SUPERVISOR TAYLOR DIVING AND SALVAGE OUT OF
BELLE CHASSE, LA FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS. M.S.T.S. FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS.
JOHN AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER WHILE WE WERE AT
KWAJALEIN SITTING OUT ON DECK OF THE DIVING BARGE AT NIGHT.
WE JUST SEEMED COMFORTABLE WITH EACH OTHER.
JOHN WAS ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN.
HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS A LUCKY MAN BECAUSE HE HAD DONE
EVERYTHING HE WANTED TO IN HIS LIFE AND
HAVING HIS WIFE FELY MADE HIS LIFE COMPLETE.
‘OLD SCOUT’ WAS HIS FAVORITE WORD TO HIS FRIENDS.
AND I’LL SURE MISS OLD SCOUT.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS IS PENDING.
WILL NOTIFY WHEN FIRMED UP.
JOHN WILL BE CREAMATED AND BURIED AT THE NATIONAL CEMETARY IN HILO.
Seal Beach CA 90740
From: “Matt Christiansen” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “‘Doc Riojas'” <email@example.com>
Subject: EOD Photos
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007
These photos were from EODMU Five Detachment 53.
The one where we were all painted was for a night time land navigational / hostile fire exercise during our work up’s prior to deployment.
The photo with the C-5 aircraft was taken in Diego Garcia on our way to the port of Jebal Ali . The entire aircraft was filled with nothing but our gear and us.
The last photo of me is where I just got done searching the bottom of a bunker ship in the Gulf before it would be allow to come along side one of the collation ships for fueling or supplies.
Thanks, Matt , EOD
It is with again sincere sadness I must report the loss of three of our Navy brothers. Yesterday a team from EODMU11 Det 1
(Whidbey Island, Washington) was transitioning between operating locations when their convoy was hit. Sadly this is almost a daily occurance here, but it hits especially hard when it is one of our own.
Please take a moment to honor these fine men, and to say an Easter prayer for their families and loved ones.
EODC Gregory Biliter EOD1 Joseph McSween EOD2 Curtis Hall
As always the Dover team will do our best to keep you apprised of any funeral information.
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NNS070330-27. Whidbey Island EOD Unit Receives Bronze Stars
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bruce McVicar, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det NW
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS) — Rear Adm. Robert Passmore, the vice commander for Navy Reserve Forces Command, presented Bronze Star medals to 15 members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 in an award ceremony March 28.
The Bronze Stars were awarded for heroic or meritorious achievements in Operation Iraqi Freedom while deployed during June 2006 to January 2007.
“It’s a great day for me to meet the members of this unit and present awards,” Passmore said. “I’m humbled to be in the presence of so many heroes.”
“I like the fact that the every member of our team is receiving awards,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class David Hawxhurst.
“We are truly blessed and fortunate that the entire team is back with no causalities,” said Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rodric Gagnon. “That fact is more important then the award.”
“It’s a unique situation to be honored in this way,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Brian Stanley.
The awards came from U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of the Multinational Corps in Iraq.
“It’s great being recognized but it doesn’t diminish the contributions each member of the entire explosive ordnance unit accomplishes, from the top on down” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Anthony Tubolino.
“The effort this team put forth to complete the job during a difficult deployment was incredible,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Justin Jewett.
The 15-member EOD unit identified, rendered safe and disposed of unexploded ordnance, weapons caches, captured enemy ammunition, improvised explosive devices (IED) and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.
“This award is all about teamwork,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Bert Marley.
“It’s nice to be recognized for what we completed on deployment,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Andrew Lehtinen.
After the ceremony Passmore addressed the unit, thanking them for their contributions.
“The outstanding role this unit is providing makes a huge difference in Iraq,” he said. “You truly are the very best at your job.”
Passmore also spoke individually with spouses and family members who were in attendance. “It’s very hard on the families who watch these Sailors deploy,” Passmore said.
“It meant a lot to stand here with every member of my team,” said Lt. Kevin Gamble. “To come home with no injuries or loss of life makes this award special.”
The team’s efforts provided protection to coalition forces by neutralizing hundreds of IEDs overseas.
For related news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.
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Sailors Gather with Community for Military Appreciation Day
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Angela Grube, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Detachment Northwest SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) —
Hundreds of service members and civilians gathered at the Kitsap Mall, here, March 31 for the sixth annual Military Appreciation Day. More than 70 booths lined the mall to showcase military might in the area. Some booths featured static displays and others were interactive. “We serve the United States …the taxpayers, in an indirect way, they’re our bosses,” explained Lt. Marc Yoon, of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 Detachment Bangor.
“They have to know what we do and what our capabilities are; they also have to know exactly what we can offer them.” The EOD booth was one of the more popular booths and was informative for not just civilians but the Navy as well. The booth primarily featured the robots used in initial contact when dealing with unknown objects. Patrons were allowed to operate the robots and see what they could do. EOD body armor and equipment was also laid out for everyone to pick up and even try on. “Not many people know what EOD does, even in the Navy,” said Yoon.
“This is a good opportunity for people to get hands-on with the equipment. They can see exactly what we do and ask us questions that they couldn’t otherwise get answered from their ships and bases. It’s good face-to-face time with the community.” Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCo), Bangor, showed their support by displaying a Lenco Bearcat, doing combat face painting and conducting “Baby Boot Camp.” The Bearcat weighs approximately 17,250 pounds and is fully armored and bullet proof. Children were able to climb in and out of it and climb up top to enjoy the view of the mall from up high. “We are giving them a chance to get up on the turret and see what it’s like to be on post and get behind the big gun.” Lance Cpl. Joshua Vincent, MCSFCo Bangor.
“The parents are getting a chance to get some great pictures.” Another popular booth featured the military working dogs. One of the canines in attendance was an 11-year-old beagle named Moses.” Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (FMF) Mary Collins, military working dog handler, said though the public was not allowed to pet the dogs on duty, they really enjoyed seeing them. “I think it is important to give the public knowledge and give more of an understanding of the military,” said Collins. “Maybe we can change the public perception and show them we have some really great programs out there.”
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mandy McLaurin,
Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) —
The Navy SEAL Accelerator tour visited the Virginia Beach Convention Center March 28-31 to promote Navy Special Warfare/Special Operations (NSW/NSO) ratings to high school wrestlers from across the nation. The SEAL Accelerator Tour is a promotional tool used by Commander, Navy Recruiting Command in conjunction with the advertising company Campbell Ewald. The tour visited the three-day National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Wrestling Championships with active duty representatives from NSW/NSO commands including Navy Sea, Land, Air (SEAL), Navy divers, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and special warfare combatant-craft crewman (SWCC).
Sailors talked to high school students about opportunities available within these communities. The accelerator also included a trailer containing information and recruiters were standing by to answer any questions visitors may have. “By having the Navy SEAL Accelerator here, we are looking to find qualified young men and women to enlist in the Navy, possibly in the SpecOps ratings,” said Steelworker 2nd Class (SCW) Michael Freeman, a Navy recruiter from Navy Recruiting District Richmond, Va. “Who else is better qualified than wrestlers? They are in great shape.”
During the wrestling championship, students and guests viewed the Navy SEAL Accelerator display, talked to the representatives and some even took part in the SEAL challenge, the physical fitness test SEAL applicants must pass before being considered. To become a Navy SEAL, or any other NSW/NSO rating, individuals must pass a strenuous physical endurance test consisting of pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, running and swimming. The SEAL Accelerator had a chart of minimum and competitive scores for pull-ups, sit-ups and push-ups so people could rate their own performance against SEAL standards. John Lewis Jones, a wrestler from Oak Hill High School in West Virginia, checked out the SEAL Accelerator. “I’ve been thinking about what to do after high school. Wrestling might be over for me and this will keep me in shape and part of a team,” said Jones. “I did this [SEAL challenge] because I wanted to see what the training was like.”
NSW/NSO personnel showed visitors how to do each part of the physical fitness test correctly and told each individual what they were looking for in a good candidate. “We’re promoting Naval Special Warfare and Special Operations for the Navy because, right now, all special warfare areas are undermanned and we’re out here looking for top athletes to be tomorrow’s athlete warrior,” said an active duty NSO representative.
For more information about the Navy SEAL accelerator visit www.navy.com or contact your local recruiter. For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil. -USN-
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NNS070406-10. Eight Mobile Unit 3 Sailors Receive Bronze Star Medals
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Shannon K. Cassidy, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific
CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) — Eight explosive ordnance and disposal technicians (EOD), making up Detachment 59 from Mobile Unit (MU) 3, received bronze star medals at a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base on April 3.
Assigned to Convoy Support Center Scania, in Multi-National Division Baghdad (MND-B) were Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Joshua E. Dowden, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Christopher Gardiner, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Travis Schellpeper and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Richard Cote.
Lt. Andrew J. Pajak, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Donald Walkey, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Christopher Romero and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Derek Brundage were assigned to Camp Echo in Multi-National Division Center South (MND-CS).
The Sailors conducted training in improvised explosive device (IED) and EOD response along main supply routes (MSR) and auxiliary supply routes
(ASR) as well as mentoring and partnering with the 8th Iraqi Division Army Bomb Disposal Company.
Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of Multi-National Corps Iraq, awarded the Sailors the medals for their exceptional, meritorious service and achievements as well as their contributions and dedication to duty.
Detachment 59 was divided into two division boundaries in groups of four that worked under the operational control of the U.S. Army, 3rd and 79th Ordnance Battalions. The teams participated in a total of 99 missions in addition to mentoring, training, and equipping the 8th Division Iraqi Army Bomb Disposal Company to help ensure the future success of Iraq and its military.
The teams operated in multiple counter-IED missions in the MND-B and MND-CS areas of responsibility (AOR) to protect coalition and Iraqi forces as well as develop tactics and techniques to combat insurgents in Iraq.
While in Iraq, Detachment 59 conducted large-scale unexploded ordnance disposal operations to prevent the manufacturing of IEDs as well as the disposal of unexploded ordnance following in-direct fire (IDF) attacks upon coalition bases.
They provided intelligence assessments to base commanders to prevent further IDF attacks and all completed successfully, which led to an overwhelming success during Operation Iraqi Freedom in June through December 2006.
The four-man elements’ main mission was IED and EOD response along the main supply route as well as various other MSRs and ASRs.
By rendering safe IEDs along the routes, they helped to ensure the safety of coalition convoys and personnel traveling to and from various coalition bases in Iraq.
“I feel that these medals are well deserved and serve as a great credit to the guys who were there,” said Dowden. “This is a significant accomplishment by all of us.”
“We were always together as a team,” said Romero. “The way we responded in our AOR directly saved the lives of troops, both U.S. and Iraqi, as well as civilians. That’s the best reward, knowing that we had a direct impact on their safety.”
Despite being faced with challenges on a daily basis, the team kept moving forward as a team.
According to Pajak, early in the deployment, a rocket struck one of the command posts destroying equipment much-needed for these operations. The rocket was launched by insurgents and was part of a complex IDF attack against Camp Echo aimed at killing Iraqi day laborers, U.S. and coalition troops, as well as civilian contractors. The rocket was one of nine rockets to hit the base during the attack, and yet, no one was injured as a result.
“This is the most impressive team I’ve ever been a part of,” said Pajak. “To an outsider, we are a text-book example of team work, and I’ve never been more proud to serve with an unbelievable group of people.”
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“Merlin Simonson & Charles Richardson Iraq 2003.” Charles is the handsome
An EOD sailor assigned to a Virginia Beach-based SEAL team has died and six of his comrades were wounded in combat in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Saturday, Feb 9, 2008. The slain sailor was identified as Petty Officer 1st Class Luis Ariel Souffront, 25, of Miami. Souffront, an explosive ordnance disposalman, was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two, based in Virginia Beach. His was the third combat death last week among personnel assigned to that unit.
EOD Reunion 2008 San Diego CA
Photos by John Hobbs & Mary Hobbs
Front Row: L-R: A.D. Clark, Baker, Higgle, BM1 Lackey Back Row L-R: ? , ? , Knaub, Singletary, Larry Hart, ?, ?, ?, Jim Wallace