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In Memory of Navy ADJ2

Wendell Warren Stewart

Wagner, South Dakota, Charles Mix County

 March 4, 1945 – August 3, 1967

Died of Injuries Received aboard the USS Forrestal

Wendell Warren Stewart was born in Wagner, South Dakota, March 4, 1945, to Marvin and Louise (Reelfs) Stewart. He had two brothers, Richard and Cletus, and three sisters, Marilyn, Thelma, and Linda. He lived in Wagner for all of his life, and his sister Marilyn told us, “He was a loving and caring young boy. He grew to a fine young man and was always good in school, and had after school jobs. In the navy he was always proud of his job, his 1966 Chevy Chevelle, and a girl he hoped to marry when he got out.”

ADJ2 Wendell Warren Stewart entered the service on September 4, 1963, at Omaha, Nebraska, and trained in San Diego. Then on July 21, 1967, Wendell was sent to Vietnam, and was stationed on the USS Forrestal as an ADJ2 in Squadron 06.

Just days later, on July 29, 1967, a bomb from an American plane leaving on a mission exploded on the flight deck of the USS Forrestal. In the explosion, ADJ2 Wendell Stewart was critically injured in the fire, suffering burns over 70% of his body. His parents received a telegram which included the following words: “Your son is presently hospitalized aboard the USS Repose where you are assured he is receiving the best possible care and treatment. When further reports are available concerning his condition you will be promptly informed.” Then on August 3, 1967, Wendell Warren Stewart died of his injuries on the USS Repose. He had been scheduled to be discharged that same week.

The body of Wendell Warren Stewart was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors in the Wagner cemetery.

ADJ2 Wendell Stewart is currently survived by Louise Stewart, his mother, and Marilyn Larson and Linda Quartier, his sisters. In closing his sister wrote the following about her brother: “Never a day goes by that we don’t think about him and wish we could have had him longer. He will always be missed by his family.”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Mitchell Olhausen, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on October 3, 2005. Information for this entry was provided by Marilyn Larson, sister, Lake Andes. Additional information was provided by a Vietnam veteran’s bonus application. Profile approval by Marilyn Larson.


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