USS Stark FFG-31
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Sept. 3, 2011

I am writing to you to thank you. I was a SM2 who was a Beirut Veteran and had PTSD when the Navy was going to return me to sea duty they asked me where I wanted to go and offered me first choice of duty because of Beirut. I said the newest Frigate out of Mayport and he said "I have the Stark" and I said that's mine. Well about two months later the Navy decided to discharge me and I did not go. I have always carried some guilt about the SM1 who replaced me, he died because of me. If you have any contact with his family please send a message expressing my sorrow and I am so sorry that he went instead of me. I have carried this for years and I think it is time to say something.


Apr. 14, 2010

Just wanted to add a comment to your page. I am retired Navy (came in as an RMSR, retired as an IT1(SW) ). I was telling a friend of mine about the Stark and how she was hit back in '87, and the heroic men who saved her. I was stationed on the Stark from 93-95, my first ship. In retrospect, I must say that it was one of my most satisfying commands. I don't think I ever learned as much about being a sailor and being a communicator as when I served on the Stark. I appreciate the work, time and effort that you've put forth and just want to say BRAVO ZULU. Thanks and keep up the fine work.

Glenn Colvin
USS Stark (FFG-31)

Aug. 14, 2009

I just wanted to say thank you for this site. I was a petty officer on board the U.S.S. Stark FFG-31 from 96-99, on her remaining last few years of service. I had reported to the Stark in March of 96 after my Fleet Combat Training School to become an Operation Specialist or OS, during which she was getting refitted in South Carolina, and 3 months later we were back in Mayport, Florida getting ready for 1 of 2 last deployments. 

We had done a back to back deployment in 97-98 doing what they had called at the time S.N.F.L or Standing Naval Forces Atlantic, pretty much was a booze cruise all over Northern Europe and the beginning of the Med. I would have to say though it was probably the greatest time in my life especially for the rest of our crew. Just seeing these pictures brings back a lot of those great memories, and seeing the pics from 87' def bring back some memories of meeting a few of those sailors that were on the Stark when it was hit, there stories were intense and sad at the same time. So again I just wanted to say thanks and definitely keep up the great work.

Kristopher Blankenship
OS3, USN Vet.
U.S.S. Stark FFG-31

Aug. 18, 2008

My name is Craig Beeler I served on the USS Stark from May1983 to July 1985 and would like to have contact with shipmates who served with me during this time.

Thank you,
Craig R. Beeler

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