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USS Lester DE-1022

A Dealey-class destroyer escort, named after Fred Faulkner Lester, a Navy Medical Corpsman serving with the U.S. Marines during the battle of Okinawa, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Veterans: 5
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2014

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Started by Donald John Shields, Jr. Jul 11, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone from the Lester. Sept 4th is the reunion of the Dealeys and its in Boston Ma. Would like to see a better turn out from the Lester. Its nice to get together with you navy friends from…Continue

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Comment by Larry Peacock on July 11, 2014 at 7:46am

Don, I won't be able to come this year but I expect my finances to be a lot better next year. I'll start planning now for my trip then.

Comment by Larry Peacock on July 11, 2014 at 7:32am

I agree 100% Don. And I thank you for joining this Lester group. The Lester had a bunch of good men riding around on her. Were you aboard when she went to Bermuda?

Comment by Donald John Shields, Jr. on July 11, 2014 at 7:28am

Hey Larry Peacock what's going on. I finally found this page. I talked to Dave Guyear last week and we were talking about our days on the Lester. We talkl to each other about every 2-3 months. Its nice to talk to some of your old shipmates. Hope you can make it to the Lester reunion.

Comment by Larry Peacock on October 30, 2013 at 8:26pm

Yes I remember old Eddie. Be sure to tell him hello for me. He's doing alright I guess?  I'm in Ga. Don is in Chicago. Where you & Eddie from. Eddie was kinda tall wasn't he?  Try to get him to join this group if you can. What was your rate Freddie? I reread your first comment & know why I don't remember the gunboats. I came on around Nov. of '69. Do you have contact with anybody else from the Lester? OK I guess I'll talk to you later.

Comment by Freddie Cummings on October 30, 2013 at 5:22pm

I remember you Larry, and Don.  You probably remember Eddie Bartlett.  He was a GM and lives near me.  I married his sister in law after the Navy.

Comment by Larry Peacock on October 30, 2013 at 4:40pm

Hey Freddie. I thought I'd give you a yell. Do you remember a Don Shields or a Mark Priest that work in admin. Or Steven Kirchhoff that was an EM-3. He was on there about the same time we were. I was just alerted today on Steven & sent him a message to join this group.  David Guyear was a Gunners Mate like me. He & I have kept in touch for 41 years. Kinda tells how old we are I guess. Well hope to hear from you again soon.

Comment by Larry Peacock on October 16, 2013 at 8:54am

Welcome aboard, Freddie. Glad to have you. Please if you will mention this site to any old shipmates that were there with us.  My old memory can't recall the gunboats right off hand. Wish I could. I imagine it was a trying time. Later...

Comment by Freddie Cummings on October 15, 2013 at 10:17pm

I served on the USS Lester from Feb. 1969 until about Nov. 1970.  Anyone remember the time in Gitmo when we were surrounded by Cuban gunboats?

Comment by Larry Peacock on January 16, 2011 at 1:34pm
OK, Shipmates from the USS Lester DE 1022. Lets get some more members on here. Lester was a small ship but I know there's plenty of you out there who where on board. I was a GMG3 when I was on there from 11/1969 to 08/1972. Retired in 1989 as a GMG1. Looking to hear from you.

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