BELLMAWR - Retired Naval Commander George Stefencavage, a
former Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Naval Base and decorated
veteran of Vietnam, died February 2, 1990 at his home. He was 57.
CDR Stefencavage, who retired July 31, 1984, from the U.S. Navy,
died of an apparent heart attack. He had been assigned to the navy base
for four years.
He was born in Gilberton, PA, and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated
from Mastbaum High School and graduated Morehead College in
He join the Navy in 1952 and was commissioned an Ensign in 1960. He
attended Communications School at Newport, RI.
He served as an Executive Officer aboard three ships and Engineering
Officer aboard a fourth. He then returned to Newport in 1963 to
attend Destroyer School.
Between February 1968 and January 1969, he served as Commanding
Officer of River Division 532 in Vietnam. He suffered injuries in a fire-
fight in which two of the ten boats he commanded were sunk, and about
half of the men in his command were wounded. He returned to Vietnam
from May 1971 until May 1972 as a Senior Advisor.
He received the Silver and Bronze Stars for Gallantry, in addition to the
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for his first tour of duty in Vietnam.
He also received the Navy Commendation Medal, three Purple Hearts
and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for the same actions.
For the past 18 months, he was employed as a Modernization Coor-
dinator with HUD, working with the Glassboro Housing Authority.
was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7410,
He is survived by his wife Gerri; two sons, Guy at home, and Gary of
Mount Ephraim; a daughter, Gail MacCrea of Magnolia; a brother,
Raymond of Blackwood; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services with full military honors were held at Arlington
The family requests that donations be sent to Deborah Heart and Lung
Association, Trenton Road, Browns Mills, 08015.
Plaque Presented To CDR Stefencavage at his retirement ceremony
I MIGHT BE SATISFIED ASHORE
IF I HAD NEVER SEEN
THE BIG WAVES TOP THE FOCSLE
AND RACE AFT WHITE AND GREEN
IF I NEVER FELT THE WIND
OR SEEN THE LIGHTNING HURLED
OR WATCHED THE STORM CLOUDS BLOWING DOWN
GOD'S WIDE EXPANSE OF WORLD
IF I HAD NEVER SERVED A FLAG
OR HEARD THE BIG GUNS ROAR
OR WORE THE NAVY BLUE, I MIGHT
BE SATISFIED ASHORE
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