Stennett, B.N.

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  • Gender Male 
    Person ID I26898  Ronneberg Family | Decesandents of Kristoffer Rønneberg I328
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2008 

    Father Stennett, Raymond C.,   b. 10 Apr 1910,   d. 1 Jun 1983  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Døving, Rachel Johanna,   b. 11 Jul 1910, Portland, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 2008, Portland, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Family ID F9433  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Benz, V.R. 
     1. Stennett, M.B.
     2. Stennett, A.C.
    Family ID F9435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bruce and Virginia Stennett in Kongsvinger Festning, Norway
    Bruce and Virginia Stennett in Kongsvinger Festning, Norway
    Virginia and Bruce Stennett at the cannon and the threesome is Bruce's cousin Terje Normann Linge, his wife Nina, and grandchild Olave.
    Bruce and Virginia (Benz) Stennett
    Bruce and Virginia (Benz) Stennett
    Taken at the Pendleton,OR Round-up in September of 2009
    Thurlow Wauchope at Fort Casey in Pudget Sound
    Thurlow Wauchope at Fort Casey in Pudget Sound
    This picture was taken at Fort Casey in Pudget Sound and is of the type of coast artillery used at Fort Stevens and elsewhere. Uncle Thurlow Wauchope is on the left and self (Bruce Stennett) on the right. Virginia took the picture and a great friend and true American John Heinz took us there from Port Angeles. This was back about 1998 and Thurlow passed away in February, 2000. Yesterday, Nov 11, 2009, being Veterans’ Day brought this all back to me, being the family historian. Thurlow was like a little kid at Christmas around that giant gun.  The guns were first designed in 1895 and used up through WWII. The one here was acquired by the Washington State Parks Dept. from the Philippines, where Uncle fought the enemy.

    The sub, I-25, that shelled Fort Stevens on June 20, 1942, went on down the Oregon coast and launched a small plane which bombed the area just to the north of the California border and east of the city of Brookings. The pilot dropped incendiary bombs to start forest fires but our rainy weather didn’t allow for that. The sub also torpedoed 2 freighters and sank a Soviet sub with an American liaison officer on board. I-25 then went down to Australia on recon missions and was sunk in 1943 by the USS Patterson. The pilot of the plane which bombed us came to Oregon a few decades ago and presented his family samurai sword to the City of Brooking, which is just a few miles north of the California border. He came in peace and was welcomed warmly and rode in the annual Brookings Memorial Day Parade.   His sword is on display at the city hall. The pilot passed away a few years ago.
    12” mortars at Fort Stevens Oregon
    12” mortars at Fort Stevens Oregon
    This picture was taken by Uncle Thurlow’s brother Max in the 1930’s. These 12”mortars (along with the 10 inch guns at Battery Russell) might of sunk Japanese sub I-25 which was shelling the area back in 1942, but the new commander relied on the radar on the Washington side to determine the sub’s position instead of the plotting people at Fort Stevens. The Fort Stevens Coast Artillery was the best in the nation and the plotting people had that sub in range for a brief moment but the new commander refused to fire at it in fear of giving away our positions. The troops were so disgusted with him that many went AWOL and got drunk. The old commander would of said “Shoot at those bastards, even if we don’t hit them!!!” My good friend Harry Duncan, who lead the Band of the 249th, said the Japanese shelled the new dugout at the baseball field just in front of Battery Russell. Uncle Thrulow was at Battery Russell that day and Aunt Mabel, who was at Fort Columbia on the Washington side, thought it was just the guns of Battery Russell in practice fire. I (Bruce Stennett) have a piece of the shrapnel from a Japanese 6" shell. A wicked looking piece of steel it is. Harry Duncan also said we had Japanese naval cadets touring Fort Stevens and Battery Russell back in the ‘30’s so they knew where everything was anyway!!

    Our Uncle Thurlow went on to the South Pacific, as did Uncle Norman, who was in the Navy preparing for the invasion of Japan. Uncle Thurlow fought the Japs with 105 mm fire, blasting them out of their tunnels in the Phillippines.   Uncle Thurlow would chuckle when he talked about those days.

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