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Our ShipVie​w facts, stories, and pictures of our ship and crew.  

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See information, including pictures from prior reunions.  We have had 10 reunions over the past 20 years.  We will always be shipmates.   

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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

Casey Garcia


Remembering those who have passed

In Memoriam...


Liberty Call 2018-

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Our Shipmates

USS MAUNA KEA AE-22   Reunions

In Memoriam

Steven Thummel

April 5, 1948- February 26, 2019

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing

of our shipmate and friend Steven Thummel.

Steve was a Radarman who served in the Combat Information

Center aboard  the Mauna Kea from 1967 – 1970.

We all enjoyed spending time with Steve and Delita at our reunions in  St. Augustine, Charleston, and San Diego. 

Steve was very proud of his family.  He and Delita had two sons.  His son Aaron and his wife Danyelle live nearby, with their daughter Adalynn.  Their oldest son, Ensign Bryce Thummel and wife Rachel, live in Port Orchard, Washington.  We met Bryce   at two of our reunions.

Steve was very ill last spring and summer, but he was determined that he was going to attend the 12th Mauna Kea reunion in San Diego in September, 2018.  He fought very hard, and amazed everyone by accomplishing that goal.  We are grateful that we were able to spend time with him again.

He spent many years in Dodge City, Kansas before moving to Kansas City, Missouri.  He was a Sheriff’s Deputy in Dodge City for 10 years. 

You can re-visit Steve’s Highlight  

fair winds and following seas…


The funds have been secured for the memorial plaque for Captain Sells, which will be

placed at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.  You can still make a donation

to Dick States, and would become a contributor to the memorial.  The design work

and application requirements are nearing completion.  Any access funds will be

applied to the 13th Reunion expenses.