We’re Keeping the Tradition Going!

Our Membership is made up of Veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War,


Present Day Conflicts Including Global War on Terrorism


If your service to our country involved or involves mine warfare 

such as minelaying by ship, submarine, aircraft, etc.

or were in countermeasures, Join us, you ARE one of us!

Membership Initiation fee is only $5, annual dues $30, over 80 years old, $25.


With your membership you will receive “The Silent Defenders”, the official Naval Minewarfare Association magazine

Editor: Bill Clark


Printer: Phil & Cyndi Crews; Publication Printing

PO Box 130, Waterloo, NE 68069

Tel (402) 779-4696  Email: 

Read actual first-hand accounts of events spanning from

WWII to today; experienced by our members on their missions .

Contribute your own stories to be archived in the The Silent Defenders Magazine.

Got a Sea Story You Would Like to Share; Email Bill Clark:        

For Membership Application Click Here

Sadly, we don’t have a reunion  planned for next year.

However, we do have a Naval Minewarfare Association plaque dedication coming up at the

US Navy Memorial in Washington DC; and you are invited to attend. 


The Memorial is Free.

The time and date for the Dedication will be at 12:00 Noon on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Part of the ceremony will be our Memorial to those members not honored since the San Diego Convention, using the Memorial’s Ship’s Bell.  They will speak and so will we.  

We will have a lunch opportunity after the presentation, involving a box lunch, served with table linen, silverware, etc.  They can accommodate from 2 to 60 persons at $16 each.  

We will know in advance which of their brass will be involved that day.


United States Navy Memorial The Lone Sailor

For More on the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC Click Here 

Address: 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004



“…how do you find the perfect gift for that much loved one and admire (if sometimes a bit grumpy) Naval Minewarfare Association members who just happens to be your Dad, Grandpa, or even Great-Grandpa?

We’ve got a couple of suggestions and one of them is even free!

In May, 2017 the NMA will place a plaque in the Commemorative Plaque Wall in the United States Navy Memorial, Washington, DC.    

A Dedication Ceremony will be held in their Theater and details of that event will be presented in the next issue of the silent defenders (and this web site).

The other gifts might require a pooling of family treasures, but could be worthy of consideration for that the NMA guy who “has everything.” A twin of the NMA plaque which will be a dedicated next year can be purchased from the U.S. Navy Memorial for $150.” Noted from The Silent Defenders Magazine,

Photo is shown above.

 Click here to go to the Navy Log Enrollment Form

Click here to go to the Plaque Replica Order Form

Click here to go to the Box Lunch Order Form  


 Our last reunion was in San Diego; we had a great time!


We went to Mount Soledad; Point Loma

We were guests aboard the USS Champion (MCM 4)


USS Champion (MCM 4) "Dominant in Battle"

Click Here For More About Our San Diego Reunion   


About TheNaval Minewarfare Association



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 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 Breese, Boggs, Gamble, Montgomery, Perry, Preble, Pruitt, Rail, Ramsay, Tracy, Trover, Wasmuth, and Zane.

The NMA is a nationally recognized organization that today has about 548 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. We welcome to membership all U.S. Navy and other Armed Forces members who served, or are now serving, in some facet of mine warfare utilizing naval mines. An Associate Membership is also offered to the families of our shipmates and to those persons with an interest in naval mine warfare. 

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; 2014 San Antonio Texas

The NMA thus represents a special group minecraft sailors may join. Even though our DMs and DMSs had been converted from destroyers, their crews did not consider themselves to be Tin-Can sailors. The many AM, YMS, AMc, AMS, and MSO sailors also had nothing to join, and the small size of all crews compounded the problem of getting together for a reunion of the kind we now enjoy as members of the Naval Minewarfare Association. (Updated July 10, 2015).

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Rick Richard