John M. Burchfield, 33°, Personal
Rep ., Valley of Asheville, NC
The word nonagenarian is an uncommon one. It refers to someone who is in their nine-ties. Well, we’re getting ahead of the
story. Where were you on your
last birthday? The above right
photograph is of Ill. Edwin A.
Horhorouny, 33°, a member of
the Valley of Asheville, NC. You
might ask, “What is so special
about this photograph and this
day?” On Saturday, October 14,
2017, as the Valley of Asheville
was engaged in the first day of
its Fall Reunion, Ill. Horhorouny
was once again at his post getting the robes together and assisting the
members with their various costumes.
It was his ninety-first birthday!
On October 1, 1944, just thirteen
days shy of his eighteenth birthday, like
hundreds of his high school classmates
and thousands of other young men, Edwin A. Horhorouny was inducted into
the US Navy.
After boot camp, he was assigned to
work as a seaman aboard the USS
Montague (AKA-98). The Montague was an
Andromeda-class attack cargo ship. Can
you take a wild guess as to who was at
the helm of the Montague when she was
launched, and who steered her while at
sea during his watch? Seaman Edwin A.
Horhorouny! According to Horhorouny,
the Montague transported several Ma-
rine divisions of men
and cargo into the cen-
tral Pacific. A week after
the invasion of Ryukyu
Islands, Seaman Ho-
rhorouny found himself
still on-board the Mon-
tague in the waters off the coast of the is-
land of Okinawa. The Battle of Okinawa
is believed to have been one of the last
battles of World War II and is described
by many as one of the bloodiest.
Fortunately, Horhorouny made it
through this terrible war and completed
his service in June of 1946. Shortly thereafter he was honorably discharged as the
USS Montague docked in Norfolk, VA.
Also, fortunately for our great fraternity,
he was initiated into Pelham Lodge No.
712 in New York in 1953. As of this date,
Brother Horhorouny has now been a Mason for more than 64 years! In October
of 1958, he sought membership in the
Scottish Rite and received his degrees.
He later was coroneted as a 33° Inspector
General Honorary in October 2005.
Having moved his family from
New York to Florida after the
war, and then to North Carolina,
Ill. Horhorouny affiliated with
What an honor it is for those of us
who know him. We salute you Illustrious
Sir. Thank you for your service, both to
our country and to our fraternity.
A Scottish Rite Mason of
THE GREATEST GENERATION
Illustrious Edwin A. Horhorouny, 33°, is a remarkable man
and Mason who possesses all of the character traits of those
endangered individuals who are referred to by many as “The
(Above) Ill. Horhorouny, 33°, at
his Scottish Rite post in the robing
room of the Valley of Asheville,
NC.; (left) USS Montague (AKA-98)
underway off New York City, 1945.