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Robert "Bob"  Milton Kilmer

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Prior Reunions

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Our Ship

Our journey began in 1955, and we are still "Sailing..."

We will periodically highlight one of our shipmates. 

Our  current featured shipmate is

Tom Stowell.


Remembering those who have passed

    In Memoriam...

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of shipmate Robert “Bob” Kilmer.   He passed away July 28th from Parkinson’s disease.   Bob served on the Mauna Kea 1969-1970 (SHSN).

He and his wife Hong attended the reunions in St. Augustine, Charleston, and San Diego.  They have four children and seven grandchildren.   

Bob was an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and searching for arrowheads.  But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In his civilian life, Bob owned a barber shop, a water softener company, and was a “gentleman farmer”.  At one time, he considered selling his livestock but could never give them up. He loved the farm so much that his decided that he wanted to spend his last days there and then have his ashes scattered on the fields of the farm.

His Celebration of Life will take place on August 6 in his hometown of Hannibal, MO.

...Fair winds and following seas...

 Liberty Call 2018-  San Diego

​​March 17, 1947

​​Our Shipmates

                                            USS Mauna Kea Reunion

TUCSON, AZ - Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel

October 9th thru October 11th (check-out October 12th)

Yes, it's finally going to happen!!!


                        In Memoriam...

July 28, 2022.

If you ever served on the USS Mauna Kea, we want to be sure you are included on our roster so you can receive emails from us.  Go to our "Contact Us" page for information regarding being added to the roster.  If you are on our roster, be sure to keep your information updated.


USS MAUNA KEA AE-22   Reunions