Bartleson, John, Jr., CWO4

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Last Service Branch
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrant Officer
Last Primary NEC
748X-Warrant Officer - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1980-1984, 748X, EOD Training and Evaluation Unit 2 (EODTEU 2), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 (EODGRU 2)
Service Years
1954 - 1984
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrant Officer
Chief Warrant Officer 4

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Contact Info
Home Town
Fort Myers, FL
Last Address
4501 N. Hessian Rd
Va. Beach, VA

Date of Passing
Oct 12, 2016
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA
  2018, Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA [Verified]

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Last Known Activity
Enjoying retirement in VA and FL Plank Owner member of Navy & MC EOD Association, Inc. NEODA former historian - Researched and wrote the history of Bomb and Mine Disposal in WWII. Volunteer at SW Florida Historical Society in Fort Myers. Although my NEC EOD, my rating was Mineman. The EOD Rating was authorized in June & Oct of 2006.

Bart's obituary:
CWO4 John Douglas "Bart" Bartleson, Jr., USN Retired, age 80, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away on 12 October 2016. Bart was born on 27 May 1936, Ft. Myers, Florida.  He is survived by his wife Kay (Kay passed away on 22 November 2016), daughter's Ann, Pat and Lori, son's John and Mike, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

John was an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout in his youth. Preferring fishing, swimming, and camping to book work, he enlisted in the Navy in 1954 as a diver and Mineman before transferring to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He married his high school sweet heart Judith Ann Corbitt in June 1956 who preceded him in death. During his 30 year career, Bart made several contributions to the EOD community, authoring a 60 Series Civil Ordnance EOD publication, participating in the clearance of ordnance from the Suez Canal, serving as the first Navy EOD Exchange Office to the British EOD School, and obtaining recognition as Navy's Master Blaster for having the longest consecutive EOD service. He is a Plank Owner of EODGRP 2, Ft. Story, Virginia where he retired in December 1984.

John enjoyed many hobbies and interests; he served as a Boy Scout Leader in Indian Head, Maryland, designed and built furniture, served as the Navy EOD Association Historian, and contributed to the Artilleryman Magazine to name a few. He married Kay Addison of Ft. Myers, Florida in August 1990, and was an active member in his church. John was raised a Master Mason in Perseverance, Maryland Lodge# 208 in 1962 and became an active and faithful brother of the Virginia Lodge Willis V. Fentress# 296 in 1984 until his death.

He will be greatly missed by his family, neighbors, community, lodge brothers and service members. His memorial service will be held Saturday 29 October 2016 at 3p.m. at Willis Fentress Lodge, 6060 Providence Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Willis V. Fentress Scholarship fund at the above address.

Bart is the author of History of U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal, 1 January 1992, History of U.S. Navy Mine Disposal, 20 October 1995, and Civil War Explosive Ordnance, 1861 - 1865, 1972
Other Comments:
Plank Owner of EODTEUTWO 1980. First PEP insturctor exchange to the Defence EOD School, Kent, UK; made a Honorary Fleet Chief Petty Officer Diver by Captain HMS Vernon in 1975; third Navy EOD Master Blaster; PM, Willis V. Fentress Lodge #296 A.F.& A.M. PDDGM 56th. District, Virginia.

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Navy Master EOD Badge
Second Class Diver Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1954, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 280
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training CoursesNAVSTA Key West, FLUS Naval School Underwater Swimmers CourseNaval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)
EOD Unit 2USS STALWART(MSO-493)Naval EOD Technical Center, Indian HeadUSS Aggressive (MSO-422)
USS Adroit (MSO-509)USS Yosemite (AD-19)Instructors Training SchoolUSS Forrestal (CVA-59)
COMNAVACTUKUSS Santa Barbara (AE-28)Explosive Ordnance Disposal  Group 2 (EODGRU 2), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
  1955-1955, MN-0000, (MN) Mineman A School
  1955-1956, MN-0000, NAVSTA Key West, FL
  1956-1956, MN-0000, US Naval School Underwater Swimmers Course
  1956-1957, MN-0000, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)
  1957-1960, MN-0000, EOD Unit 2
  1958-1958, MN-0000, USS STALWART(MSO-493)
  1960-1960, MN-0000, (MN) Mineman C School
  1960-1963, MN-0000, Naval EOD Technical Center, Indian Head
  1964-1967, MN-0000, EOD Unit 2
  1965-2003, MN-0000, USS Aggressive (MSO-422)
  1966-1966, MN-0000, USS Adroit (MSO-509)
  1967-1967, MN-0000, USS Yosemite (AD-19)
  1968-1968, MN-0000, Instructors Training School
  1968-1969, MN-0000, USS Forrestal (CVA-59)
  1968-1972, MN-0000, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)
  1973-1975, MN-0000, RAF West Ruislip, London, England, COMNAVACTUK
  1975-1978, MN-0000, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)
  1978-1979, 748X, USS Santa Barbara (AE-28)
  1978-1980, 748X, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 (EODGRU 2), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
  1980-1984, 748X, EOD Training and Evaluation Unit 2 (EODTEU 2), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2 (EODGRU 2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1958-1958 Operation Bluebat (Lebanon)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Navy & Marine Corps EOD Association1
  Jan 15, 1955, NTC, Great Lakes, IL, Jan 19552
  Feb 02, 2005, EOD Rating Badge Design1
  Apr 21, 2007, Navy & Marine Corps EOD Association, Inc. Join Us!1
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