CDR David Richard Stephan

CDR David Richard Stephan

Birth
USA
Death 4 Apr 1945 (aged 34)
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Section: L; Lot: 27; Site: 1
Memorial ID 158976394 · View Source
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US Navy. Buried in the Pacific Ocean.
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Commander David Richard Stephan was born December 5, 1910 to Alice Grace (Clark) and David Edgar Stephan, He served as Commander of the USS Franks during WWII (6/30/144 - 4/2/1945), and died as a result of injuries serving his country on April 4, 1945, and was buried at sea (Pacific Ocean).

Survived by parents, Alice and David, sister Alice Elizabeth (Stephan) Joyce, and brother Rear Admiral Edward Clark Stephan. Preceded in death by brother, John Ralph Stephan.

From the commemoration remarks of crewman Michael Bak:
“... "During a heavy storm on April 2, 1945, and while on duty as Plane Guard Ship, USS FRANKS began maneuvering to return to our assigned outer screen position from behind the aircraft carrier USS YORKTOWN as night flight ops ended at 2100. Steaming at 23 knots, the USS FRANKS then side-swiped the 55,000 ton battleship USS NEW JERSEY , and the collision fatally injured CDR Stephan, our Commanding Officer. Two days later, Cdr. Stephan was buried at sea with full military honors...."

Opening Prayer Honorary Chaplain - Melvin Jett Collins Commemoration (CMDR David Richard Stephan) - Michael Bak Memorial Service - William J. Herrick - Radioman 1/C Honorary Captain - William Shattuck Torpedo Officer Wreath Ceremony - Michael Bak


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  • Maintained by: Tina
  • Originally Created by: W. Warder
  • Added: 6 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 158976394
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CDR David Richard Stephan (5 Dec 1910–4 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158976394, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Tina (contributor 48824954) .