Calkins, Jeffrey Lawrence, FC3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
FC-1102-MK 92 Fire Control System Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1987-1987, FC-1102, USS Stark (FFG-31)
Service Years
1985 - 1987
FC-Fire Controlman

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Richfield Springs, N.Y
Last Address
Richfield Springs, N.Y

Casualty Date
May 17, 1987
Hostile, Died
Persian Gulf
USS Stark Incident (Iraq)
Location of Interment
Saint Josephs Cemetery - Richfield Springs, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
# 349E grave 8

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USS Stark FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2014, USS Stark Fallen [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffUSS Stark (FFG-31)
  1985-1985, SA-0000, Basic Electronics and Electricity School (BE&E) Course
  1985-1986, FC-0001, (FC) Fire Controlman Technician A School
  1987-1987, FC-1102, USS Stark (FFG-31)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1987-1987 USS Stark Incident (Iraq)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
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  Jul 21, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Stark was deployed to the Middle East Force in 1987. The ship was struck on May 17, 1987, by two Exocet antiship missiles fired from an Iraqi Mirage F1 fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. The fighter had taken off from Shaibah at 20:00 and had flown south into the Persian Gulf. Shortly after being routinely challenged by the frigate around 22:10, the fighter fired two Exocet missiles. The frigate did not detect the missiles, and both struck without warning. The first penetrated the port-side hull; it failed to detonate, but spewed flaming rocket fuel in its path. The second entered at almost the same point, and left a 3-by-4-meter gash—then exploded in crew quarters. 37 sailors were killed and 21 injured.

This has been called the U.S. Navy's deadliest peacetime disaster before the gun turret explosion onboard the battleship Iowa.

Because the U.S. and Iraq were not at war at the time, the attack was likely not authorized. According to Iraqi officials, the pilot who attacked the Stark was not punished.
The Annual Jeffrey L. Calkins Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Richfield Springs, NY is named in his honor. 

Calkins joined the Navy after graduating from Richfield Springs High School three years before. He had rose to the rank of petty officer 3rd class fire controllman aboard the Stark. He is survived by his parents, who live in Richfield Springs.
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