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The U. S. S. Steinaker is one of the DD 692 Sumner Class, long-hull destroyers developed late in
the last war for the purpose of accompanying fast Naval Task Forces on extensive operations on the high
seas. She was built by the Bethlehem Steel Company of Staten Island, New York, and was commissioned on
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26 May 1945. From that tnnc until the close of hostilities she served in the Atlantic Area, an since t en
has been a part of the U. S. Atlantic Fleet.
Tl 'X shii is named in honor of Private First Class Donald Baur Steinaker, United States Marine
Corps Beserve, who was killed at the age of 20 during the early and crucial period of fierce fighting for the
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conquest of the Japanese-held island of Guadalcanal in the Soutlm est Pacific. As a mem er o e
Battalion, Steinaker participated in a violent hand to hand battle against overwhelming Japanese forces early
in the morning of 8 October 1942. In the dark jungle twelve marines were killed and twenty two wounded, but
d d ' h li her Fiftv nine Japanese died in the desperate attack. Private Steinaker
the toll of enemy ea was muc 1 g . I -
refused to be dislodged from his position and died heroically at his post. For this action he was posthumously
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awarded the Navy Cross. He now lies buried in the United States Naval Cemetery at ua a cana , o o
I l d . This destro er was named after Donald Baur Steinaker to perpetuate the ideals for which we fought.
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O F 'da A ril 13, 1945, the commissioning crew was mustered for the first time at the Naval
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aboard the Steinaker for the first time on May 25th, at the Brooklyn Navy ar an y
mission pennant was hoisted. Among the visitors was Miss Steinaker, sister of Private Steinaker.
Af her commissioning in May 1945 the Steinaker made her shakedown cruise to Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, and then returned to Norfolk, Virginia in September for a period of intensive training. December
1945, she went to Newport, Rhode Island, and participated for the first time in tactical exercises. This was
f 11 d b o erations up and down the Atlantic seaboard and as far south as Trinidad, British West Indies.
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marine warfare training at Key Wfest, Florida during October 1946.
Fleet exercises were next on the schedule in the Caribbean early in 1947. After returning from the
Guantanamo Bay operating area via Bermuda, the Steinaker was readied for her first European cruise in
November 1947, where she was to be attached to the Mediterranean Fleet. Her first port of call was Gibraltar
on 23 November 1947, to be followed in succession by the Grecian ports of Patras, Corinth, Rhodes Island,
and Piraeus. Italy was next on the schedule with visits to Naples and Leghorn and thence to Augusta, Sicily.
The itinerary led to one more stop in Italy at the city of Taranto and then back to Gibraltar.
The Steinaker left Gibraltar on the morning of 6 February 1948, enroute to Bremerhaven, Germany
E l d After com letion of the tour of duty in the North Sea, she returned to the States,
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arriving in Norfolk, 11 March 1948,. Exercises were then held on the eastern seaboard with stops at New
York and Boston.
The Mediterranean cruise of 1949 included visits to Greece, Italy, France, Monaco, and Algeria.
During this year she crossed the Arctic Circle on the 12th of November.
The third Mediterranean cruise was made during 1950 and included visits to the principal European
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countries: England, France, Germany, Holland, Ire an , ta y, y s , . . .
The countries visited during the 1951 Mediterranean cruise were Algeria, Sicily, Italy, Greece,
I.. b d France During the summer of 1951 the Steinaker participated in a Midshipman cruise
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and visited New York City, Colon, Panama, and Guantanamo, Cuba. In October and November the Steinaker
participated in Lant Flex 52. i
v The Steinaker has made numerous excursions that covered most of the Atlantic between the Arctic
C' 1 d Trinidad, B.W.I. Previous to the present cruise, she has anchored in 62 different ports, gn 23
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different countries and four continents, and has been within one mile of the shores of a fifth continent, ou
The fifth Mediterranean cruise, and the last scheduled cruise before conversion to a DDR, is the
subject of this cruise book.
The first commanding officer of the Steinaker was Commander S. A. McCornock, who was in com-
mand until August 1947. Commander W. J. Dimitrijevic until July 1949, when Commander J. H. Raymer
became uskippern. In November 1950, Commander W. A. Hunt, Jr. became top man until our present Captain,
Commander A. B. Register, relieved him in November 1951.
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