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USS Stein (DE 1065)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"Indomitable"
Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Stein (DE 1065) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to the Lockheed Corp.
  • 1 June 1970: Keel laid by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co. at Seattle, Wash.
  • 19 December 1970: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Rose S. Parks
  • 08 January 1972: Commissioned, Cmdr. Nepier V. Smith in command, assigned to the Pacific Cruiser-Destroyer Force at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1065)
  • 19 March 1992: Decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego after 20 years and 2 months of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 January 1997: Sold to Mexico for $7M, renamed ARM Ignacio Allende (E-50), still in service
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    77k Tony Stein was born to Austrian Jewish immigrants in Dayton, Ohio on 30 September 1921. He attended Kiser High School in Old North Dayton, and was involved in the Golden Gloves Boxing Program. As a youth he was credited with saving the life of a young boy drowning in the Mad River. During the Depression he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, and later took a job where he trained as a tool and die maker. On 22 September 1942 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. After the completion of boot camp and airborne training he became a member of the elite Paramarines and served in Headquarters Company, 3rd Parachute Battalion, 1st Parachute Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. After fighting in the Vella Lavella and Bougainville Campaigns, where Stein shot five snipers in a single day during the latter operation. While on Bougainville two Marines came up with the idea of turning a .30 cal. aircraft machine gun into a portable squad automatic weapon. This weapon became the AN/M2 machine gun, nicknamed the "Stinger" because it had "quite a sting." When the Paramarines were disbanded in 1944, Stein returned to Camp Pendleton.

    After returning to Camp Pendleton, Stein was promoted to corporal and assigned as an assistant squad leader in Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, in the newly formed Fifth Marine Division. Assigned to "G" Company was machine gunner Sgt. Mel Grevich who had served with Stein in the Paramarines. Grevitch oversaw the building of six "Stinger" squad weapons, one of which was assigned to Corporal Stein. On the morning of 19 February 1945 the 28th Marines landed on the island of Iwo Jima. As his unit moved inland, immediately after coming ashore, his platoon was halted by Japanese fire. Stein held his "Stinger" light machinegun on target and destroyed enemy pillbox after pillbox by charging them alone and destroying the crew inside while firing away with his weapon. The weapons' extremely high rate of fire quickly led to him running out of ammunition. Kicking his shoes off and throwing his helmet down he ran back to the beach to get more .30 caliber ammunition for his weapon. As he ran he picked up a wounded fellow Marine and carried him back to the beach to obtain aid. He repeated this feat no less than 8 times, bringing a wounded man back to the beach, grabbing a few belts of ammunition to fire at Japanese pillboxes, and then returning with a smoking weapon and another wounded Marine. Later that day he performed a rear guard action covering his unitís withdrawal.

    On 01 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.     (CONTINUE.... Medal of Honor Citation)

    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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Stein 215k 19 December 1970: Seattle, Wash. - The future USS Stein (DE 1065), prepped and ready for launching. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    Stein 587k 14 December 1971: the Pacific Ocean - USS Stein (DE 1065) taking water over the bow in the Pacific. Note her typical un-modernized DE-1052-class configuration.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #USN 1150414 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1150415 and #USN 1151088 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Stein 272k
    Stein 315k 18 December 1972: the Pacific Ocean - USS Stein (DE 1065) off San Diego, California on Monday, 18 Dec. 1972.

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #K-96763 and #K-96764 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Stein 183k
    Stein 464k 28 September 1974: the Pacific Ocean - USS Stein (DE 1065), off the Hawaiian coast, with an HS-2 Sikorsky SH-3A "Sea King" hovering over her flight deck .

    (U.S. Navy National Archives photo #K-105199 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Stein 147k date / location unknown -
    **Reasoner / Stein** 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.)
    Stein 50k date / location unknown William Aylesworth
    Stein 167k 1984: the Pacific Ocean - Photo taken from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during her 1984 WestPac Cruise. This was taken during the "Tiger Cruise" transit from CONUS to Pearl Harbor Mike Hiscano
    former MM2, USN
    USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
    Stein 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)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
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    Stein 169k 1987: An aerial three quarter port side view of Stein underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-05-06668 from the DVIC)
    Stein 104k 02 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)
    Stein 109k 02 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)
    Stein 218k 02 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)
    Stein 172k 02 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)
    Stein 363k 02 March 1987: the Pacific Ocean - USS Stein (DE 1065) underway (black and white version of previous photo).

    ( U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107478 photographed by PH2 T. Hensley, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Stein 762k 14 July 1987: A port bow view of Stein underway.

    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09075 from the DVIC)
    Roark 766k 01 August 1992: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - View of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington. The following ships are identifiable (front to back): Three Agile-class minesweepers, with USS Pluck (MSO 464) as the first in the row; USS Hornet (CVS -12); USS New Jersey (BB 62); USS Roark (FF 1053); USS Stein (FF 1065); USS Oriskany (CV 34) with a Knox-class frigate; two Asheville-class gunboats; USS Bennington (CVS 20) with an old WWII-submarine alongside; USS Midway (CV 41) with six Knox-class frigates. The active carriers USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are visible in the background.

    (U.S. Navy photo Digital ID #HAER WASH, 18-BREM.3-2 from the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
    ***Roark / Francis Hammond 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
    ***Stein / Roark*** 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 / Roark*** 155k
    ***Stein / Roark*** 222

    Stein Memorabilia
    Ship's Lighter
    (as DE)
    Stein
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Table Lighter
    (as DE)
    Stein
    Courtesy of
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    Ship's Plaque
    (as FF)
    Stein
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Ship's Lighter
    (as FF)
    Stein
    Courtesy of
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    Stein History
    View the USS Stein (DE 1065) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Stein's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   08 Jan. 1972 - 01 Jul. 1973Cmdr. Nepier Vrabel Smith (Annapolis, Md.)
    2.)   01 Jul. 1973 - 26 Jun. 1975Cmdr. Walter Alvin Reister (USNA '58) (Sparta, Mich.)
    3.)   26 Jun. 1975 - 27 Dec. 1976Cmdr. Norman Leroy Rentle (OCS '55) (Redding, Cal.)
    4.)   27 Dec. 1976 - 02 Jan. 1977Capt. Robert C. Gardner
    5.)   02 Jan. 1977 - 12 May 1979Cmdr. Robert Milton Gillett Jr. (OCS '58) (Navy Jr., San Diego, Cal.)
    6.)   12 May. 1979 - 19 Jun. 1981Cmdr. Ronald F. Walters (USNA '63) (Hays, Kan.)
    7.)   19 Jun. 1981 - 27 Sep. 1983Cmdr. Harold John Grosser Jr. (New York, N.Y.)
    8.)   27 Sep. 1983 - 14 Dec. 1985Cmdr. Benjamin J. Binford
    9.)   14 Dec. 1985 - 09 Jan. 1988Cmdr. Howard K. Kline (USNA '69) (Tucson, Ariz.)
    10.) 09 Jan. 1988 - 19 Jan. 1990Cmdr. Roger Clinton Adams (USNA '70) (Navy Jr., Bethesda, Md.)
    11.) 19 Jan. 1990 - 19 Mar. 1992Cmdr. Michael James Miller (OCS '72) (Rockford, Ill.)

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    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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