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Message Number: 68 - Sunday, August 20, 2017 18:13:55 PDT
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Name:  Alex Cookhouse

Hi all,

My grandfather, Harris I Sloper, seaman 2/c, served onboard in 1943. I was hoping that someone may have a collection of photos that would have him in them (photo below) or any other infornation as well is always welcome!!

Thanks a bunch,

ALex C

Message Number: 67 - Private Message

Message Number: 66 - Monday, April 3, 2017 12:19:28 PDT
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Name:  Lydon John

My father was Mike Lydon, plankowner of the USS Stevens. There is a new book out that some may be interested in, called, 'Tin Can Titans' by John Wukovits. It is about another Destroyer squadron, Desron 21, and the three Fletcher class destroyers; Nicholas, O'Bannon, and Taylor. These 3 ships led Admiral Halsey's fleet into Tokyo Bay to accept Japan's surrender. They were the most decorated Navy destroyer squadron of WWII.

Message Number: 65 - Thursday, March 9, 2017 17:51:09 PDT
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Name:  Leonard C Kies

My father, William Clyde Kies served aboard Stevens as Seaman 1/C, probably in late 1943-1944. Bill passed away in Sept 1997 at age 72. From his few personal belongings and papers, it was evident that one of the most important things in his life was his naval service. It certainly influenced my own decision to serve in the tin can and brown water Navy during Vietnam (USS Cowell, DD-547 & USS Kretchmer, DE/DER-329). Thank you to all who serve and have served.

Message Number: 64 - Sunday, September 4, 2016 06:15:52 PDT
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Name:  Nancy Renna

My father, Pete Renna, served on the USS Stevens. He attended many reunions and was proud of being part of the crew. Pete passed away on September 2, 2016 at the age of 91. His children are proud of him and those who served with him.

Message Number: 63 - Sunday, July 26, 2015 13:25:42 PDT
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Name:  Nancy Renna

My father ,Pete Renna, served on the USS Stevens, I believe, from July 1945 - Jan 1946. He attended many of the reunions and has every pin attached to the USS Stevens hat he wears all the time. He will be 90 years old on August 6th and he remembers every ship he was on and all the ports of call. He is so proud of his time in the navy and we are so proud and thankful for him and his service as well as all of those who served. His seven children (5 boys/2 girls) 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren will be celebrating his 90th on Aug. 8, 2015.

He also served on the W.P. Bidle, John Penn, Pres. Adams, Wiley.

Thank you all for your service.

Nancy Renna

Message Number: 62 - Thursday, November 27, 2014 09:35:46 PDT
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Name:  John Lydon

I am thankful today for my father's service on the Stevens and for the contributions from all of the men of the Stevens. Our debt of gratitude can never be fully repaid, only acknowledged with humility and admiration for those who served. God bless you all and your families. Please enjoy 'The Truly Great', posted below.

The Truly Great


I think continually of those who were truly great.

Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history

Through corridors of light, where the hours are suns,

Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition

Was that their lips, still touched with fire,

Should tell of the Spirit, clothed from head to foot in song.

And who hoarded from the Spring branches

The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious, is never to forget

The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs

Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.

Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light

Nor its grave evening demand for love.

Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother

With noise and fog, the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields,

See how these names are fĂȘted by the waving grass

And by the streamers of white cloud

And whispers of wind in the listening sky.

The names of those who in their lives fought for life,

Who wore at their hearts the fire’s centre.

Born of the sun, they travelled a short while toward the sun

And left the vivid air signed with their honour.

Message Number: 61 - Thursday, November 14, 2013 09:45:22 PDT
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Name:  Gary Honaski

My father Henry J. Honaski, Radarman 3/c was an enlisted plank owner on the USS Stevens. He was very proud of his service. I just wanted to let every one know that he recently passed away on September 18, 2013. - Gary Honaski

Message Number: 60 - Saturday, September 14, 2013 18:36:30 PDT
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Name:  charles f thompson 111

Enjoyed your web site. I looked up my uncle Orvin James GM3 . Enjoyed the history of the USS STEVENS. Also a U.S Navy Vet . Serving aboard the USS Coral Sea. Thank yoj for your sevice AE2 Charles Thompson

Message Number: 59 - Sunday, July 28, 2013 16:25:13 PDT
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Name:  Ken Duzy

My father's brother was Al Duzy, who served on the Stevens for much of WWII. I saw Uncle Al and his family pretty frequently as a child in the 1950s, and it was great to see him in two photos on this site. Regrettably, he passed away in 1995. Thanks for producing and maintaining this site.