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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Good Bye!

The time has come for me to stop writing posts for "The Master Chief's Lair".  I began writing this blog.  Why?  First of all because I have progressed further down the road on my journey with Lewy Body Dementia.  And that disease is not seriously impacting my judgement and my short and long memory.  Truthfully, I am out of "Sea Stories" and personal experiences to write about.  And, the loss of my social filters leaves me vulnerable to write thongs about people and events that I should not write.  Finally, I simply do not have the mental energy to write both blogs and I want to continue to record everything I can about my LBD journey, until I am unable to write anymore.

I have had fun writing this blog and I appreciate each of you reading and commenting on my posts.  We did not always disagree and I respect the views and positions of those who did diskette with me.  I will admit I may have been wrong a few times.   But, I hope I was always accurate to my own memory of my life.

This was my way of telling my Navy story and telling you about some of the wonderful professionals I had the honor and pleasure to serve with.  Everyone I served with taught me something valuable.  Everyone I worked with after I retired from Active Service did the same.

Many of my shipmates have gone on to their reward.  James Smith, Vern Van Matre, Harold Wheeler, Bill Mowery, Dave Kelly, Larry Boyette, Tim Melody, John McGinn, Kevin Flynn, Kenny Colden, Hank Sahut, Silas Marshall, George Russell, Jerry Hudson, and many more that now escape recollection.  Others still are there for me and keep in contact and for that I am appreciative.

Again, I will continue to write the LBD Blog (Sharing my Life with Lewy Body Dementia) as long as I can.  But even that has become difficult and sensitive for me.  

Take care of yourselves.  Please try to keep in touch.  Never give up!!

Your friend and Shipmate to the end;
Don Dolence


  1. So long old friend, I'll miss your posts and our shared memories.

  2. Thank you for all your energy, time and service. It has been enjoyed, appreciated and valued. God bless you and your family.

  3. Best wishes to you Master Chief. I will miss your blog and your sea stories.

  4. Master Chief, thanks for your efforts on this blog. Though your voice goes silent, the Old Navy is not dead yet!

  5. I'm gonna miss you. I take some pleasure in telling a Master Chief that he is wrong. On my Destroyer we had 3 engineering chiefs one of whom was seconded to be the Gunnery Chief. He was A gang and a hydraulic specialist. The Captain and Risko considered him a suitable fit for a very weak division that needed all help and assistance. I was the Fox Divo and had a good time with them. It was my second tour as a Divo after being an Engineering Officer in a warzone on the Middle East Force Flagship.

    I'm here to tell you to keep posting here. Don't stop. This is not important but it keeps the fires lit and that's the goal once we get into retirement and post retirement.

    I note that your posts were largely about post retirement and being an undisputed master chief. I disputed them a lot. They largely survived on myth voodoo and legend.

    You can go back to being a mount captain on a Mk 42 mount. I remember on the Connole our Mount Captain wore a viking helmet there in the dome so we could see our viking blasting targets like a viking.

    And if that is not to be Master Chief, may I bid you fare well and following seas.

    It was real.

  6. "Fair Winds and Following Seas."

  7. Grandpa-
    I want you to know that I have saved each and every one of your words written here, so that no matter what may happen to the servers they are hosted on, they will be preserved for years to come. Not only because I want them to be, but on the grounds that they deserve to be- your wisdom, accrued from years of experience, mistakes, learning from those mistakes, being wise enough not to make them again, pain, joy, tribulation and triumph is not something to be taken as lightly as I did when I was younger. I'm saving everything you wrote, not just for me, your grandson, but for your great-grandchildren (should any happen to crop up) and the world at large. Because you may be a Master Chief- but you are also something even better than that (hard as it may be to imagine such a thing exists)- a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and the type of man I hope to be like one day. A role model that I have been blessed to have in my life, who sets a standard in life that most men are measured against and found wanting.