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ADAM C. THOMPSON MoMM2/c 1944-45 - 3/14/1977 PLANKOWNER
STANLEY J BOHARA ENC(SS) 1951-54 - 6/25/2010 COB
Robert G. Fariello TM2(SS) 1952-54 - 6/3/2011
FRANK E. PENOYAR EN1(SS) 1969-70 - 8/16/2012
William H. "Woody" Webb EN2(SS) 1966-68 - 10/24/2013
JOSEPH J CRONIN EN1(SS) 1951-52 - 2/22/2014
PAUL L TISCIA TM 1970-70 - 11/9/2014
Robert A. "Bob" Pomella EN3(SS) 1956-60 - 2/17/2016
PETER J. TOPPA MM2(SS) 19-- -- - 4/3/2016
JOSEPH E. O'CONNOR LT 1956-59 - 6/4/2016
LEON J. STATZ EN2(SS) 1963-66) - 3/10/2017
Roger A. DUNGAN Em3/c 1945-45 - 5/7/2017
GARY R. DARDIA FN(SS) 1962-62 - 6/19/2017
EDWARD D. RABBITT RM1(SS) 1961-63 - 12/09/2017
MICHAEL G JENSEN ET3(SS) 1960-60 - 12/19/2017
RICHARD A. GARRISON ET3(SS) 1951-52 - 12/20/2017
RICHARD "Dick" MCGIRR ET1(SS) 1965-65 - 1/12/2018
SILAS D. "Danny" PONDER EN1(SS) 1954-59 - 1/15/2018
Gilbert F. "Bert" Lomax. Sr TN(SS) 1948-48 - 4/25/2018
James A. Adams IC2(SS) 1960-61 - 6/21/2018
Stanley L. Preneta RM2(SS) 1951-52 - 7/4/2018
Karl B. Eagar SN 1947-48 - 7/18/2018
David D. "Dave" Wilkinson ET3(SS) 1964-65 - 11/17/2018
Lee. G. Mather SN(SS) 1955-56 - 11/30/2018
Robert G. "TOMMY" Tucker QM2(SS) 1964-66 - 12/4/2018
Frank R. Berkhimer CDR (CO) 1968-69 12/27/2018
David J. Olson EM2(SS) 1970-70 12/28/2018
John F. Lyding LCDR - (XO) 1963-65 1/25/2019
William "Bill" Von Der Lieth EM1(SS) 1949-52 3/23/2109
Raymond P. Jebing EN3(SS) 1962-66 4/9/2019


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I was relating a story about how we trashed #4 ME in the MED 1965. Engine stalled on light-off and a slug of water got back in the engine while it was still rolling over, big BANG, instant blackness with all the wet soot.

Leon was AER throttleman and slowly emerged out the the BLACKEST-black engine room I could have imagined soaking, dripping wet to announce "flooding in the after engine room", calmly as hell. I was sitting on the jump-seat in maneuvering at the time.

I just had an instinct to google his name and found his obituary. I HATE when that happens.

SAILOR REST YOUR OAR, I'll always remember how cool you were that day.

Leon James Statz, 72, Lebanon, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at his residence.
He was born on Jan. 13, 1945 in Imperial, Nebraska. Statz was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired mechanic.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Fredrick Wilhelm and Dorothy Knight Statz; three brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include: his wife, Jean Statz of Lebanon; two sons, Fred Statz of Virginia and Kevin Statz of Indiana; three daughters, Terry Hampton of Illinois, Kris Pope of Florida, and Tiffany Statz Lang of California; two brothers; three sisters; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon, with interment in Lebanon National Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard. Dr. David Whitlock officiated.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Wounded Warriors or to the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Bagwell, Tim McCann, John Masterson, Randy Turpin, Vince Culver, and Patrick Ping.
Bosley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.