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  1. Lt. Col John Stevens was a Life member of Marine Corps League Gen. J. C. Breckinridge San Francisco Detachment # 10. He was a humble man, an outstanding Marine and a inspirational wise and superb leader who will be missed by all who knew him.

    Lt. Col. John Stevens was born in Butte Montana on April 22 1921 and the Lt. Col. took his place upon the streets of Heaven on 25 May 1921 while residing in the City of San Francisco Ca. On 1 May 1962, Lt. Col John R. Stevens retired from the Marine Corps after nearly 23 years of service to the Corps. As you read the info below you will learn about one of the finest Marines that you will ever read about. His accomplishments are many one of which was that the Lt Col. was the officer who as the CO of A/1/5 successfully recommended one of his Platoon Leaders 1st Lt Baldomero Lopez for the Congressional Medal of Honor (Incheon landing)

    Lt. Col Stevens enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939. After completing boot training at the Recruit Depot in San Diego, he was assigned to the 1st Defense Battalion. The 1st Defense Battalion was moved to Pearl Harbor in February 1941 aboard the USS Enterprise. Detachments of the 1st Defense Battalion were sent to Wake Island, Palmyra Island and Johnson Island. Late in 1941, Lt. Col Stevens, then a 20 year old Sgt, was among a group from the 1st Defense Battalion who were sent to Midway on a relief mission, returning shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the remnants of the 1st Defense Battalion that were still at Pearl Harbor were moved to Palmyra Island. Lt. Col Stevens then a Sergeant was field commissioned a second lieutenant,in August 1942, on Palmyra. Subsequent to that he was sent back to Midway.

    Lt Stevens returned to Gen .H. M. Smith at Camp Elliot CONUS in July 1943. After a short tour he was assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. This was followed by a number of other assignments before being assigned to the 1st Marine Division in 1944 as executive officer of the 1st Signal Company, on Pavuvu Island Russell Island group. While in this capacity, Lt. Col Stevens, then Capt, participated in the assault and subsequent occupation of Okinawa.

    From August 1945 until June 1946, Capt. Stevens served with the 7th Marines during the occupation of North China, based at Peitaiho Beach, North China. He returned to the U.S. in June 1946. After a tour at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego then Capt. Stevens was sent to a one year tour a school in Great Lakes, after which Lt. Col Stevens joined the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. He was assigned as the commanding officer, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in 1949 and took that unit to Korea as part of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade in July 1950. While in Korea he participated in the Pusan Perimeter campaign, the Inchon landing and capture of Seoul, the Wonsan Landing, and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign up to the end of November 1950.

    Returning to the United States, Lt. Col Stevens was assigned to various tours, including Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks Naval Supply Center, Oakland; as assistant G3, Parris Island Recruit Training Depot, Senior Instructor Weapons Training Group Basic School, Quantico; Student Junior Amphibious Warfare School; and Commanding Officer Headquarters Battalion, Basic School. This was followed by a tour at the University of Maryland, where he received a BS Degree in Military Science.
    Subsequent to that, Lt. Col Stevens was assigned, under the cross training program, to the 2nd Marine Air Wing at Cherry Point, N.C., where he served in various general staff assignments for two years. Following that assignment, Lt. Col. Stevens joined the 1st Marine Brigade in Kaneohe, Hawaii in July 1959, as assistant G3.
    From June 1960 to July 1961, he was Executive Officer of the 4th Marine Regiment, Reinforced and in July 1961 until retirement, was assigned as the Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Brigade.

    Following his retirement, he joined IBM where he served in various systems engineering and marketing management positions.
    He left IBM in 1969 to found a software consulting company specializing in the insurance industry. In 1980 that company entered in to a joint venture with Quotron Systems and the Continental Corporation to market turnkey hardware/software computer systems to the independent insurance agency market place. He left the active management of that company (Insurnet) to co-found a new telecommunications management company in 1983. That company became public in 1987. Leaving the active management of that company in 1986, he founded an information management company, Stellar Net, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer until 2001.
    Lt. Col Stevens is solely responsible for bringing together a team of US Marine Corps Korean War Veterans for the purpose of constructing the Korean War Memorial in the San Francisco Presidio and establishing an educational program dedicated to that war.

    A recap of civilian business executive positions held by John Stevens is as follows:
    • Chairman and Founder 1969-Current American Information Development, Inc.
    • Chairman 1971-1974 Life Equity Information, Inc.
    • President 1980-1983 Insurnet, Inc.
    • Vice Chairman 1983-1985 Insurnet, Inc.
    • Co-founder,Chairman, CEO and President 1983-1985 Centex Telemanagement, Inc.
    • Vice Chairman 1985-1989 Centex Telemanagement, Inc.
    • Founder and Chairman 1987-2001 Stellarnet, Inc
    • Chairman 1986-2001 Industrial Work Hardening Center
    Other Positions:
    • Past President Pacific Heights Homeowners Association.
    • Vice President and Founder Honolulu Civitan Club
    • Past President Northern California Chapter 1st Marine Division Association
    • Past Vice President 1st Marine Division Association (National)
    • Past Deputy Vice President, West, 1st Marine Division Association
    • Past Board Member Marine Memorial Association, San Francisco CA
    • Past Board Member Vantage Med Corporation, Sacramento Ca
    • Past Board Member Collimated Holes, Los Gatos Ca
    • Founding President of the Chosin Few Golden Gate Chapter
    • Member, Marine Corps Coordinating Council of San Francisco
    • Board member, USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation
    • Founding Member Korean War Memorial Foundation

    John Stevens’s awards include:
    • 2 Bronze Star Medals, (all with Combat Vs for valor)
    • Combat Action Ribbon
    • PUC with 2 Stars
    • Good Conduct Medal
    • China Service Medal
    • American Defense Medal
    • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal/ 2 stars
    • American Campaign Medal
    • Victory Medal WWII
    • National Defense Service Medal
    • Korean Service Medal with 3 Stars
    • UN Service Medal
    • Korean Presidential Unit Citation
    The Lt. Col. will be laid to rest at Arlington with full military honors. John is survived by his wife Joanne (Jody) Stevens, formerly Jody Swartz his four children; Carole Ann Clark, Mitch Stevens, Sherry Wilson and Steve Stevens and his 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

  2. Lt Colonel leaves a remarkable legacy of service as U.S. Marine enlisted man, “mustang officer”, active veteran, businessman, family man and community leader!
    Rest easy Marine. Semper Fidelis.

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