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USS Stark attack
April 4, 2017
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Janna
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It's been nearly 30 years since the attack on the USS Stark and 37 sailors losing their lives, one of which was my brother. I'm looking for any and all information about that attack.

I too was in the Navy at that time and I know there is always more to the story. I want to write a book about the survivors and what they did to save the ship. It's past time for their story to be told and bring this attack out from under the rug that our government has swept it under.

If anyone knows anyone or has anything of importance, no matter how small it may be, I would greatly appreciate letting me know. There is always someone out there that has more information than they're sharing or maybe they think it's of little importance. Or they have access and clearance to see what has been hidden away for all these years.

Any help would be greatly appreciated especially since trying to piece together this story after 30 years has passed will be a monumental task in itself.

Thank you.

April 5, 2017
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Janna, if John doesn't have anything in his archives about that incident now, I'm sure this would be something he would do a FOIA request about. With so many things like military reunions of units that served together, you may be able to search for any such things connected with the ship. Might connect you directly with those who served on the ship, or those who were on it during this incident.  

December 21, 2017
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Greeney2,

I do know many of the survivors of that night, as well as many of the shipmates who have ever served on her. I'm also in touch with many of the other gold star families.

You see, I found the stern plate of the USS Stark almost 10 years after it had been scrapped. I restored it and took it back to her homeport of Mayport Naval Station. They formally dedicated a classroom after the Stark and the plate sits in the back of the room. It was thru those efforts I have come to know many of the Stark shipmates and families.

I now help to organize the annual memorial dinners and keep the Stark family informed of things I find or items I've got for the dinners. I also work to get the survivors to come to the dinners because there are many who still suffer from that night (PTSD). And I'm working on locating any shipmates who have not been seen since they left the Stark.

Cheers

June 20, 2017
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Hi Janna,

I think I can help go after documents. What kind of material were you looking for?

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John Greenewald, Jr.
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December 21, 2017
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John,

Anything that tells any details of the attack. The crews firsthand accounts and such.

I've been trying to get a copy of the formal investigation that's not redacted.

Thank you for any help.

Janna

December 21, 2017
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Also, John,

I saw where a doctor had requested the medical records of the remains they identified. I'm interested in knowing the details of where they found all 37. I've been told stories by the survivors but I'd like to read it for myself.

Thank you.

December 26, 2017
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Just so I know - have you received any documents on the incident? 

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December 26, 2017
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John,

I have a redacted copy of the formal investigation, that's about it. I've not had any luck going thru any of the governments sites for information.

Janna

December 26, 2017
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I requested a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of that document, since a lot was redacted.  I will let you know what happens... though it may take some time.

Sincerely,

 

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December 26, 2017
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I realized in my collection, I did have this document: http://documents.theblackvault...../65rev.pdf

 

I  am going after more... but thought you might find that of interest.

Sincerely,

 

John Greenewald, Jr.
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