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|77k||Tony Stein was born in Dayton, Ohio on 30 September 1921 and enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve from that state in September 1942. As a member of Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, he landed on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945. Immediately after coming ashore, when his platoon was halted by Japanese fire, Stein single-handedly charged a series of enemy pillboxes, deliberately exposed himself to draw fire and several times helped wounded comrades to safety as he returned to the beach for more ammunition to continue his assaults. As the battle raged on, he helped destroy a stubborn pillbox and later in the day covered the withdrawal of his platoon.
On 1 March 1945, following days of intense combat on Iwo Jima, Corporal Stein was killed in action while attempting to locate enemy machine gun emplacements that were holding up his company's advance. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life" during the 19 February actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Tony Stein is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
USS Stein (DE 1065) (1972-1992) was the first ship named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 103903 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
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|91k||USS Reasoner (FF 1063) showing hull number 1065 vice 1063, with Stein across the pier. We (Reasoner) had just returned from a FLEETEX where we were the "bad guys" and had painted a "5" over our "3." Stein was in the same FLEETEX and the "good guys" never took a shot at us. When we returned from the FLEETEX it was night and the XO of Dixie (AD 14) kept trying to ward us off saying Reasoner, not Stein has the tender availability.||Keith Ott
Captain, USN (ret.)
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|165k||1987: An aerial port side view of the frigate USS Stein (FF 1065) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06676 from the Defense Visual Information Center)||Navsource|
|169k||1987: An aerial three quarter port side view of Stein underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06668 from the DVIC)|
|104k||2 March 1987: An aerial bow view of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and its Battle Group underway. The ships are, front row, left to right: Stein, guided missile cruiser Halsey (CG 23), frigate USS Barbey (FF 1088); second row, guided missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG 994), ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE 29), Kitty Hawk, combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS 1), and guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) with the fleet oiler USS Willamette (AO 180) following. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10341 by PH2 Hensley from the DVIC)|
|109k||2 March 1987: An aerial bow view of various U.S. Navy ships of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk Battle Group underway. They are, left to right, front row, Stein, guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG 23), frigate USS Barbey (FF 1088); second row, aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and the combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS 1). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10712 by PH3 Martens from the DVIC)|
|218k||2 March 1987: An aerial port bow view of the frigate Stein, the guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG 23) and the frigate USS Barbey (FF 1088) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10730 by PH3 E. Martens from the DVIC)|
|172k||2 March 1987: An aerial port bow view of Stein underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-87-10299 by PH2 Hensley from the DVIC)|
|213k||14 July 1987: A port bow view of Stein underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09075 from the DVIC)|
|180k||July 1994: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Sailfish (USS 572), Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Stein and Roark (FF 1053) in mothballs at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Photo by Gilbert Gyssels).||Gilbert Gyssels|
|155k||27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Stein, Roark (FF 1053), and New Jersey (BB 62) in mothballs, nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Photos by Gilbert Gyssels)|
|Stein's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 08 Jan 1972 - 01 Jul 1973||Cmdr. Nepier Vrabel Smith (Annapolis, Md.)|
|2.) 01 Jul 1973 - 26 Jun 1975||Cmdr. Walter Alvin Reister ('58) (Sparta, Mich.)|
|3.) 26 Jun 1975 - 27 Dec 1976||Cmdr. Norman Leroy Rentle|
|4.) 27 Dec 1976 - 02 Jan 1977||Capt. Robert C. Gardner|
|5.) 02 Jan 1977 - 12 May 1979||Cmdr. Robert Milton Gillett, Jr. (San Diego, Cal.)|
|6.) 12 May 1979 - 19 Jun 1981||Cmdr. Ronald F. Walters ('63)|
|7.) 19 Jun 1981 - 27 Sep 1983||Cmdr. Harold John Grosser, Jr. (New York, N.Y.)|
|8.) 27 Sep 1983 - 14 Dec 1985||Cmdr. Benjamin J. Binford|
|9.) 14 Dec 1985 - 09 Jan 1988||Cmdr. Howard K. Kline ('69) (Tucson, Ariz.)|
|10.) 09 Jan 1988 - 19 Jan 1990||Cmdr. Roger Clint Adams ('70) (Bethesda, Md.)|
|11.) 19 Jan 1990 - 19 Mar 1992||Cmdr. Michael James Miller (Rockford, Ill.)|
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