15 JUNE 1985…Steelworker 2nd Class Robert D. Stethem of Underwater Construction Team 1 was killed by militant Shi'ite hijackers of TWA Flight 847.

Stethem was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Section 59, Grave 430 (

38.8780°N 77.0658°W), near other American victims of international terrorism.[3]

On August 24, 2010, in Yokosuka, Japan, on board the ship named after him – the USS Stethem (DDG-63) – Stethem was made an honorary Master Chief Constructionman (CUCM) by order of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. His brother, Kenneth, accepted the certificate and decorations on behalf of the Stethem family.[5]

On April 24, 2015 Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented the Prisoner of War medal to Mr & Mrs Stethem and the surviving members of Underwater Construction Team One, EO1(DV) Jeffrey J. Ingalls, CE1(DV) Tony Watson, EA1(DV) Stuart L.J. Dahl, SW2(DV) Kenneth M. Bowen, CE2(DV) Clinton Lee Suggs.

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