Last updated: June 08 2015

Roll CallÖ Fair Winds to Fallen Shipmates

We honor USS Harry E. Yarnell shipmates who have passed, remembering their achievements, courage and dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices. We will recite the names during the Opening Ceremonies at each USS Harry E Yarnell Veterans Association Reunion, always held during Veteranís day weekend to honor these shipmates along with all brave men and women who have proudly served this great Nation.

Our Yarnell shipmates came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities. They possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity Ė all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than oneís self.

Many of them didnít ask to leave their homes to sail the oceans of the world and put themselves in harmís way. They didnít join the Navy because they loved fighting but were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways to every challenge they faced as part of our great Navy.

Veteranís day, originally called Armistice Day, was originally designated as a day to celebrate the end of World War I. The First World War ended November 11, 1918 and the legislation that created Veteranís Day was, and I quote, ďdedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.Ē

Today, people throughout the country will gather together to remember, to honor, and to pay gratitude to those who have served our country. Our gathering is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation today and every day. Itís not a lot, but it is one small way we can honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom.

We always honor Commander Rob Schlegel firstÖRob was killed in the 9-11 attack of the Pentagon and to our knowledge is the only Yarnell shipmate to die in combat.

God bless you and your families, God bless our sailors, soldiers and airman and God bless America.

USS Harry E Yarnell Roll Call
Fair Winds to Fallen Shipmates

Rob Schlegel Paul J. Kroll Reid Raymond Robert Rankin
Al Weston R. Benner Jack Bogart Alva Manly Bowen
James Brickley Joseph F. Brown Jerry Carroll Jimmy Dove
David Gaumer Douglas Hebb Robert Lesnia Bruce Macafee
Tim McGovern Leon N Mundin Vincent John Pugliese Paul Rothmeyer
Robert Shae Carl J. Stillwagon Roland Worster