Steve Weber, EM2
Semmes 1962-1964

I was raised in the Boston suburb of Arlington MA.

After graduating High School in 1960, I joined the Navy in September and went to boot camp at Great Lakes.

After Boot Camp, I had shore duty at Philadelphia, at the Reserve Fleet command (Inactive Ships Maintenance).

In the fall of 1961, I was back at Great Lakes for EM "A" School, graduating in early December.

My first sea duty was aboard the Command Ship USS Northampton CC1. I served on Northampton from 12/61 until 08/62 when I received orders to Pre-Comm. school in Newport RI for the new Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Semmes, DDG-18. I enjoyed my 3 months in Newport because I was close to home and I had met my new shipmates and developed new friendships.

I served on Semmes for the remaining time of my enlistment and departed the ship on 9/4/64. I enjoyed my time on Semmes, my exposure to the city of Charleston and the comradeship of my fellow crewmates.

In May of 1965, I married my wife Dot, whom I met while stationed in Philadelphia. We have 3 children, Elizabeth, Rita and Stephen Jr. All are grown and married and have provided us the pleasures of 6 grandchildren, ages 2-11.

I worked for 30 years as an Electrician and Electrical Supervisor at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. I had the opportunity to work on many fine ships including the Semmes for 2 overhauls and once again for another overhaul when she returned as the HS Kimon D-218.

After the Shipyard closed in 1995, I went to school in the computer field and I have worked at Aetna/US Healthcare in Blue Bell, PA since May of 1996 in the Information Technology Dept.

My wife and I enjoy cruising and have just recently booked our fourth, a 10 day cruise to the Panama Canal sailing out of Fort Lauderdale in March of 2003. Needless to say, we enjoy our time together and with our grandchildren. We have lived in New Jersey since 1966 and in our present home since 1978

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