Increasing the unity and support between military type museums was exercised last summer when an inert MK-37 MOD 3 torpedo was presented to the Fleet

From left, Harold Warner, Don Johnson and Peter Papadokos with the donated torpedo. (Tony Hughes photo)

Increasing the unity and support between military type museums was exercised last summer when an inert MK-37 MOD 3 torpedo was presented to the Fleet Reserve Association, Mohave Valley Branch 260 that will be used as a display at their museum in Golden Valley, Arizona.  The torpedo shape is now on display as a war memorial to the 52 submarines last during World War II plus two in the cold war.  Several 3 inch 50 headless shells were also given that could be used around their displays.  The torpedo shape and shells were donated to the Fleet Reserve Association by the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum (HOM).

Don Johnson, President of Fleet Reserve Association, accompanied by his wife, Janice, came to Hawthorne to receive and transport the torpedo shape back to Golden Valley.  The Johnsons were met in Hawthorne by the late HOM Chairman and Curator Herman Millsap, Peter P. Papadakos, from Reno, Assistant Curator of Hawthorne Ordnance Museum and Weapon Placement Specialist and Harold Warner the chief volunteer and forklift operator.  Assisting in loading was HOM volunteer Stoney Poulson.