Crew Photos

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These photos were provided by SM2 Dale I. Bronson

Lt. Comdr. G. W Graber (reading his orders to assume command of the USS Stokes AKA-68) USS Stokes crew salute as colors are hoisted and the National Anthem is played. Commissioning Pennant
Lt. Comdr. G. W Graber (reading his orders to assume command of the USS Stokes AKA-68 on 4 November 1944) and Captain G. E. Baker (Captain of the Yard) looking on. USS Stokes crew salute as colors are hoisted and the National Anthem is played.
Commissioning
Pennant

These photos were provided by EM2 Axel H. Anderson

Dry Dock, Seattle December 1945 20 MM Gun Turret, Port Side Super Structure 5 Inch - Fan Tail
Dry Dock, Seattle
December 1945 
20 MM Gun Turret
Port Side 
Super Structure
 
5 Inch - Fan Tail
 
IC Room Starboard Sound Powered Phone View from port hole Puget Sound IC Room Aft 
IC Room Starboard
Sound Powered Phone 
View from port hole
Puget Sound 
Puget Sound
 
IC Room Aft 
Crow's Nest Dry Dock, Seattle IC Room Forward and Gyro Compass C Room Forward Control Panel
Crow's Nest
 
Dry Dock, Seattle
 
IC Room Forward
& Gyro Compass 
IC Room Forward
Control Panel 
Shipmates  The Royal Court, Crossing the Equator 14 March 1945 Shipmate Axel Anderson, EM2
Shipmates  The Royal Court
Crossing the Equator
14 March 1945 
Shipmate
 
Axel Anderson, EM2 

These photos were provided by BM1 Robert E. Ellis, USN, Ret.

Commissioning Crew Charleston, SC 1944 Robert Ellis - Paul Woods, Ship's Cook - Pancho Arens Robert Ellis - Paul Woods - Pancho Arens - Cook, All recently promoted Mt. Suribachi
Commissioning Crew
Charleston, SC 1944
Robert Ellis - Paul Woods
Ship's Cook - Pancho Arens
Robert Ellis - Paul Woods
Pancho Arens - Cook
All recently promoted
Mt. Suribachi
Robert Ellis - Paul Woods Cook - Paul Woods - Unknown Pancho Casinto Arens and Girlfriend Jim Holt, Ship's Boxer
Robert Ellis
Paul Woods
Cook - Paul Woods -
Norman Erickson
Poncho Casinto Arens
& Girlfriend
Jim Holt
Ship's Boxer

These photos were provided by Byron Schiesz, grandson of S2C Otis J. Joiner

Crossing the Equator USS Stokes crew USS Stokes crew Otis Joiner with parents, Urie & Mary
Crossing the Equator USS Stokes crew USS Stokes crew Otis Joiner with
parents, Urie & Mary
Joiner on right and friend known as "Cyrus" Otis Joiner & wife, Sara Elizabeth Equator Crossing USS Stokes wallet used by S2C Joiner
Joiner on right and
friend known as "Cyrus"
Otis Joiner
& wife, Sara Elizabeth
Equator Crossing USS Stokes wallet
used by S2C Joiner

USS Stokes (AKA-68)

USS Stokes (AKA-68)


These photos were provided by Donald C. Guelick, QM1c, USN

In the crew photo, Lt. (jg) Zirkle, Navigator Officer, is on the left with QM1c Guelick beside him and far right is Lt. (jg) Ryan, Radar & Radio Material Officer. The other crew members are unidentified. The location of the USS Stokes is unknown.

USS Stokes crew USS Stokes (AKA-68)
USS Stokes crew members USS Stokes (AKA-68)

This painting of Mount Suribachi is by USS Stokes crew member, Lt. Howard Cleland

Mt. Suribachi painting by Lt. Howard Cleland


These photos were provided by Steve Carver, son of F2c George R. Carver

USS Stokes commissioning crew USS Stokes commissioning crew USS Stokes commissioning crew USS Stokes commissioning crew

The above photos of the USS Stokes commissioning crew were taken on 4 November 1944

George Carver & shipmate
Ripley's "Believe it or Not"
George Carver & shipmate Ripley's "Believe it or Not"



These photos were provided by BM3 James M. Tietz (see his other photos in Equator Crossing)

Jim Tietz and shipmate in Honolulu Shipmate Lanctot Alonso, the baker Shipmate Abe
Jim Tietz on Left and
shipmate in Honolulu
 Shipmate Lanctot Alonso, the baker Shipmate Abe
Ship's officer on watch Laundry Officer's Mess Port side 40mm
Officer  on watch Laundry  Officer's Mess  Port side 40mm 
Ship's Office Sick bay Wheel House 2nd Div. Special Detail
Ship's Office  Sick bay  Wheel House  2nd Div. Special Detail 
Jim Tietz and shipmate Crew members Jim Tietz, Coxswain in Captain's gig CPO Mess
Jim Tietz on right
and shipmate 
Crew members  Jim Tietz, Coxswain
in Captain's gig 
CPO Mess 
Ship's galley Harpers Ferry, Seattle Seattle liberty, running to ferry Shimate Bohonan
Ship's Galley  Harpers Ferry, Seattle  Seattle liberty, running to ferry  Shimate Bohonan 

BM3 Jim Tietz display case with medals and citations
BM3 Jim Tietz display case

The following photos were provided by Russell W. Benson, grandson of S2c Russell E. Benson, a commissioning crew member of the USS Stokes (AKA-68). 

S2C Benson, wife Gladys and son, Wayne Company 821, Camp Peary, VA, August 1944
S2c Benson, wife Gladys, and son Wayne Company 821, Camp Peary, VA, August 1944
Benson, Branham, and Garner were assigned to the USS Stokes.

The following photos were provided by Randy Day, son of SM3 Hubbard Day

SM3 Day on right with shipmate SM3 Day 2nd row left with shipmates SM3 Day front row left with shipmates USS Stokes shipmates
SM3 Day on right SM3 Day 2nd row left SM3 Day front row left Shipmates
SM3 Day on left with shipmates
SM3 Day on left Dry Dock, Seattle USS Stokes (AKA-68) Stokes loading supplies
SM2 and Seattle friend SM3 Day on left with shipmates SM3 Day on right with shipmates SM3 Day
SM2 and Seattle friend SM3 Day on left SM3 Day on right SM3 Day
USS Stokes shipmates SM2 Day center front with shipmates USS Stokes shipmates Shipmate
Shipmates SM3 Day center front Shipmates Shipmate
SM3 Hubbard Day with signal flags and sipmate USS Stokes shipmate SM3 Day in Japan USS Stokes in dry dock, Seattle
SM3 Day with flags Shipmate SM3 Day in Japan Dry Dock, Seattle
Mount Suribachi SM3 Day on right with Japanese family Wakayama, Japan 1945  
Mount Suribachi SM3 Day on right
with  Japanese family
Wakayama, Japan  


The following photos and were provided by Jim Stingel, son of S1c Francis John Stingel
He normally went by his middle name "John"

S1c Francis John Stingel S1c Stinge,l taken 6-22-1944  
S1c Francis John Stingel Photo taken 6/22/1944   S1c Stingel and shipmate

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USS Stokes (AKA-68) crew members
GM2 James "Jim" F. Kyger SM2 Dale I. Bronson QM1c Donald C. Guelick
GM2 James "Jim" F. Kyger SM2 Dale I. Bronson QM1c Donald C. Guelick
EM2 Axel Anderson BM1 Robert E. Ellis S2C Otis J. Joiner
EM2 Axel Anderson  BM1 Robert E. Ellis S2C Otis J. Joiner
F2c George R. Carver  BM3 Jim Tietz  Howard Cleland, Lt., USN
F2c George R. Carver    BM3 Jim Tietz  Lt. Howard Cleland
Charles M. Schmitt Carroll J. Rudolph, CMM, USNR S2c Russell E. Benson, USNR
Charles M. Schmitt CMM, Carroll J. Rudolph S2c Russell E. Benson
SM3 Hubbard Day S1c Francis John Stingel Allo, Howard F., F1c
SM3 Hubbard Day S1c Francis John Stingel F1c Howard F. Allor