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Page 10. MAINE COASTAL NEWS June 2013

U. S. Navy News: Missing Sailor Identifi ed/MONTFORD POINT/USS MINNESOTA/X47B Waterfront News

Sailors Missing From Vietnam War Identifi ed

From Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Offi ce (DPMO) announced April 30 that a Navy pilot, missing from the Vietnam War, has been accounted for and will be buried with full military honors along with his crew. Navy Lt. Dennis W. Peterson of Hun- tington Park, Calif., was the pilot of a SH-3A helicopter that crashed in Ha Nam Province, North Vietnam. Peterson was accounted for on March 30, 2012. Also, aboard the aircraft was Ensign Donald P. Frye of Los Angeles, Calif.; Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technicians William B. Jackson of Stockdale, Texas; and Donald P. McGrane of Waverly, Iowa. The crew will be buried, as a group, on May 2 at Arlington National Cemetery.

On July 19, 1967, the four servicemen

took off from the USS Hornet aboard an SH-3A Sea King helicopter, on a search and rescue mission looking for a downed pilot in Ha Nam Province, North Vietnam. During the mission, an enemy concealed 37mm gun position targeted the helicopter

as it fl ew in. The helicopter was hit by the anti-aircraft gunfi re, causing the aircraft to lose control, catch fi re and crash, killing all four servicemen.

In October 1982, the Socialist Republic

of Vietnam (S.R.V.) repatriated fi ve boxes of remains to U.S. offi cials. In 2009, the remains within the boxes were identifi ed as Frye, Jackson, and McGrane. In 1993, a joint U.S./S.R.V. team, investigated a loss in Ha Nam Province. The team interviewed local villagers who identifi ed possible burial sites linked to the loss. One local claimed to have buried two of the crewmen near the wreckage, but indicated that both graves had subsequently been exhumed.

Between 1994 and 2000, three joint

U.S./S.R.V. teams excavated the previous site and recovered human remains and air- craft wreckage that correlated to the crew’s SH-3A helicopter. In 2000, U.S. personnel excavated the crash site recovering addition- al remains. Analysis from the Joint POW/ MIA Command Central Identifi cation Lab- oratory subsequently designated these addi- tional remains as the co-mingled remains of all four crewmen, including Peterson. DoD scientists used forensic tools and circumstantial evidence in the identifi cation of the remains.

Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Mont- ford Point

From NAVSEA Offi ce of Corporate Communications Public Affairs SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy accepted delivery of the fi rst Mobile Landing Plat- form, USNS Montford Point (MLP 1), from General Dynamics-NASSCO, May 14, in San Diego, CA.

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class of ship and highly fl exible platform that will provide capability for large-scale logistics movements such as the transfer of light and heavy vehicles and equipment from sea to shore.

“MLP-1 has gone from concept to delivery in under fi ve years, a remarkable feat refl ecting the diligent work of the Navy and shipbuilding team from design through testing and trials,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, PEO Ships’ program manager for strategic and theater sealift. “With its open, reconfi g- urable mission deck, USNS Montford Point will deliver innovation and exceptional

fl exibility to future Fleet operations.” Delivery of Montford Point represents

the offi cial transfer of the ship from the ship- builder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship’s transition to operational status. Delivery follows the successful completion of Acceptance Trials, evaluating the ship’s major systems and equipment. Named in honor of the 20,000 Afri- can-American Marine Corps recruits trained at Montford Point Camp, N.C., MLP-1 is a modular, adaptable platform that may

Continued on Page 21. Passed Over the Bar: H. Joe Gott

Harrison Joseph Gott PENOBSCOT – Harrison Joseph Gott, 52, died unexpectedly at his home 24 April 2013. He was born 30 November 1960, in Blue Hill, the son of Harrison and Ethel (Allen) Gott.

Joe graduated from George Stevens Academy in 1979. He worked building wooden boats with Eric Dow for 26 years. JBJ Editor: This is where I had the pleasure of meeting Joe and for years we had many an interesting conversation, mostly about boats. He certainly appreciated the classics and especially if they were built of wood. His son Lucan came to work with his father at Dow’s shop when he was still in high school and has not left yet. Joe taught him well and it shows in Lucan’s ability and knowledge. Joe for the last couple of years had been working off site in a boat storage facility and I only saw him a couple of times, but as always it is a fun conversation. I will miss the talks and his great sense of humour. He is survived by his mother, Ethel of Brooklin; beloved wife of 33 years, Jacque- line; family, Lucan and Megan and Joshua and Tessa; one very special granddaughter,

MacKenzie; sister, Angie and husband, John; father-in-law, Murray Bates; many special nieces and nephews; and his extend- ed family and friends. We will all miss his famous “quivering thigh.” A celebration of Joe’s life was held Sat-

urday, 4 May, at the Bagaduce Boat Storage, across from Snow’s Plumbing and Heating, in Brooksville.

Newport International Boat Show 12-15 September Continued from Page 9.

September 14th

will showcase new products and boat models unveiled for the fi rst time to the public, as well as announce the winners of the popular Newport For New Products program that recognizes the best new powerboat, sailboat and boating product introductions for the 2014 model year. Visitors will also enjoy opportunities to attend the 3rd


Cruisers Party hosted by Cruising Outpost, and get out on the water with Discover Boating and the Hands On Skills Training Program.

Show hours will run from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 12th Friday, September 13th

, and Saturday, PM on Sunday, September 15th

, and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 . Online

tickets are available through the Newport International Boat Show website. Tickets for Thursday, September 12th

, VIP Day, are $27

in advance and $30 on the day of the show. Admission for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, September 13th

, 14th or 15th is $15 in advance

and $18 on show days. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult each day of the show. On Friday only, visitors with a valid Military or Newport County Resident ID receive half price admission. For more information on the 43rd Annual Newport International Boat Show and to purchase tickets, please visit www.

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