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Below is a post by shipmate Jerry Mitchel informing
us of the passing of shipmate Don Atkins. Our
thoughts and prayers go out to his family:
Shipmates, it is with a heavy heart that I must
inform you that our shipmate Don Atkins
passed away this morning. Don was one of the
longest serving crew members of the USS
Bushnell. He served almost 11 years, from
January 1955 until December 1965. He enlisted
in August of 1954 and retired as BM1 on
October 1, 1973.
He served in Vietnam on the river
swiftboats, earning the Navy Commendation
Medal. He and Dixie celebrated 63 years of
marriage on August,23, 2015. The couple
attended many of our reunions and will be
sorely missed by all that knew them. Our
prayers go out to Dixie and the family. May
he rest in peace and find fair winds and
following seas. Sailor, rest your oars.