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The Final Duty Station This forum is presented by Retired GySgt Bill Conroy. It is a listing of those that have received orders for their final duty station. These Marines have given their all. We now give our honor.

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Donald Baur Steinaker, Sept 15, 1922 - Oct 8, 1942, Syracuse, NY (Navy Cross)

October 8, 1942 Donald Baur Steinaker was born in Syracuse on September 15, 1922, son of prominent dentist and oral surgeon, Dr. Werner L. and Mabel (Baur) Steinaker. He was the brother of Werner John Steinaker and Carol Steinaker Garben. As a child he rode horses with his brother Werner John. In the early 1930s, like his brother, he won a few of the New York State Fair Horse Show pony jumps. He also played football and was on the Syracuse Central High School football team. He graduated in 1941 and married Hazel Burton of Syracuse in 1942. On March 20, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. During World War II, he was assigned to the First Marine Raider Battalion (Edson's Raiders) and was KIA on October 8, 1942, on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. A heavy toll was taken of the approximately 150 enemy Japanese forces after heavy hand-to-hand combat by the small group of Marines to which he was attached. He was posthumously awarded the U.S. Navy Cross, and the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Steinaker (DD863) was named in his honor. Launched on February 13, 1945, at the Staten Island yard of Bethlehem Steel Company, the USS Steinaker at 2,200 tons was the largest and most powerful cruiser-destroyer in the world. Assigned to the Sixth Fleet, the vessel participated in 18 deployments in conjunction with NATO operations mostly in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean before being decommissioned in February 1982 in Newport, RI. Werner Steinaker, Donald's brother, received the ship's flag and several other ship artifacts at that event. In Syracuse the administrative building at the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center at Hancock Field was named Steinaker Hall in his honor as well as a chalice at the family church, South Presbyterian. He was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI. In April 2007 a display of USS Steinaker memorabilia was held at a gathering of relatives and friends of alumni of Syracuse Central High School at the Onondaga County Public Library. The Steinaker family contributed several items from the ship to the exhibit. Steinaker Family: The three Steinaker siblings were the children of Dr. Werner LeGrand and Mabel (Baur) Steinaker, lifelong residents of Syracuse's South Side. As a child Dr. Steinaker played football and baseball with the Alpha Zeta Fraternity. He attending Rugby Preparatory School and Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he played football with the legendary Jim Thorpe. He graduated from Buffalo Dental College in 1916. In World War I he had volunteered to do dental work but on induction was treated with an infected needle, which cost him the loss of all his teeth. His army war service ended with this mishap. In 1918 he married Mabel Baur of Syracuse, and for the rest of his life he was a practicing dentist and oral surgeon first above his father's store, the WJ Steinaker grocery store at 1911 South Salina Street and later at the adjoining Steinaker Building, which he had built in 1928 at 1901 South Salina Street. The 1906 victorian house, then at 1901 South Salina Street where he and his wife raised their three children, was moved in 1927 to an adjacent part of the Steinaker property facing East Borden Avenue to make room for the Steinaker Building. He was a member of several national and international dental societies, Salina Lodge 955, F&A Masons, Alphadelphia Lodge 44, Beta Theta Pi and Delta Sigma Delta fraternities. Throughout his working life he gave a significant amount of his time doing complicated dental work on underserved area children at no charge. Most of this work was done at the House of the Good Shepard on Marshall Street. He was a charter member of the Syracuse Yacht & Country Club at its founding in 1928. Located in South Bay on Oneida Lake, it now is the Lake Shore Yacht & Country Club. His sons Werner John and Donald Baur boarded their horses there and won many local horse jumping contests in the 1930s. The family had a cottage nearby on the Oneida Lake shore. Mrs. Steinaker was active in the Republican Committee of Onondaga County, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Danforth Mother's Club. Dr. Werner L. and Mabel (Baur) Steinaker and family were communicants of South Presbyterian Church and were buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Dr. Steinaker had no surviving siblings. Mabel Baur Steinaker had one sibling, John James and (Eleanor Crowell) Bauer, who also had three children. Baur/Bauer Family: The three Steinaker siblings grew up in the 1930s and 1940s with their three first cousins, Jacqueline Bauer Grove, Donald John Bauer and John Christian Bauer. Throughout the last half of the 1900s, the greater Steinaker and Bauer families had many outings together in the summer at the Bauer family cottage in Thousand Island Park on Wellesley Island on the St. Lawrence River and in Syracuse the rest of the year. The Steinaker siblings are survived in Syracuse by their cousin, Donald J. Bauer, his wife Edeltrud, their children and grandchildren. They're also survived by the children and grandchildren of Mr. Bauer's siblings, John C. Bauer, who passed away in April 2007 and Jacqueline Bauer Grove who was killed in the I-481 wrong-way head-on collision in Clay, NY on July 10, 2009. The Steinaker family sold the Steinaker Building in the 1940s. Bauer Plumbing, Roto-Rooter is located next door in the original WJ Steinaker grocery building. John J. Bauer purchased the building and adjacent property from his Steinaker family in-laws in 1943 to carry on a business started by his father and the Steinaker siblings' grandfather, John Christian Baur, in 1888. In 1937 John J. Bauer and his son Donald J. Bauer went to Rochester to review the new sewer cleaning capability offered by Roto-Rooter. The firm immediately acquired the Roto-Rooter franchise for Onondaga County. Donald J. Bauer, after returning from Korean War service in the 1950s, along with his brother John C. worked with their father at the firm until John J.'s death in 1972, at which time Donald J. became president. Bauer Plumbing, Roto-Rooter continues to operate at this location, now under the ownership and management of Donald J. Bauer's daughter, Christine Bauer Armstrong, and her husband. In the 1950s, the Baur family changed the spelling of their name to "Bauer" so customers could find the plumbing firm in the phone book under a more common spelling of the name. German Grandfathers: The Steinaker siblings' grandfather, Werner John Steinaker (WJ), was born in Bern, Switzerland, the son of John Jacob Steinacker of Berlin, Germany and Victoria Mueller of Bern. His father was likely dodging the draft sweeping Germany in the Revolution of 1848 when he moved to Switzerland. The family initially settled in Corning, NY, in 1853 but went to Denver, CO, in October 1871, passing through Chicago on the first train allowed to cross the Illinois River westbound after the Great Chicago Fire. He split with the family in 1882 as they left nearby Georgetown, CO, to settle Vernal, UT, with the Homestead Act. His parents were buried in Vernal. Utah's Steinaker State Park in Vernal bears the family name. Within a few years of his arrival in Syracuse in 1882, he opened the WJ Steinaker grocery store on South Salina Street at East Colvin Street, carrying on a trade as a butcher like his father. As a member of the national Retail Grocers Association, he traveled the country annually from the 1880s to the 1920s to attend their conventions. In 1913 he bought property in the 1900 block of South Salina Street and had a two-story building built at 1911 South Salina Street, where he moved his WJ Steinaker's grocery business into its downstairs and his family into its upstairs, the building and property today being owned by Christine Bauer Armstrong and her husband and where their plumbing and sewer cleaning company is located. Onondaga County deeds show the 1913 Steinaker property purchase to have been part of the original Colonel Thaddeus M. Wood farm that the Gothic Cottage a few blocks to the north was also a part of. In 1806 Colonel Wood was deeded Onondaga County Lots 76, 77, 78, 92, and 93. After the South Side's native forests were cut in the 1830s and 1840s to provide lumber for booming Syracuse a mile to the north, what would become the Steinaker property in Lot 77 changed hands several times among some prominent land developers of the day, including Dr. David S. Colvin and Sumner L. Hunt. The city of Syracuse in 1887 annexed the portion of the town of Onondaga and its Lot 77 and adjacent Lot 92 to make up what is today Syracuse's South Side. Mr. Steinaker bought the vacant piece of property fronting South Salina Street in Lot 77 from Mr. Hunt's children in 1913 and commenced building his grocery store and residence. Today both the 1928 Steinaker Building and the adjacent 1913 Bauer Plumbing, Roto-Rooter buildings are just south of the South Salina Street Historic District. The Steinaker siblings maternal grandfather, John Christian Baur, was the son of Gottlieb Baur from Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany, and Cunigunda Roeschlaub from Bavaria. After growing up on Burt Street in the Seventh Ward, Mr. Baur and his brothers became tradesmen in plumbing, tin smithing and carpentry and worked throughout their lives building homes and business buildings of the growing South Side from the 1880s to the 1930s. Mr. Baur founded the original Baur Plumbing in 1888. Anglo-Saxon Grandmothers: The Steinaker siblings' grandmothers were descendants primarily of English families that arrived in the New England states and Long Island as members of Puritan, Quaker and Pilgrim migrations in the early 1600s and included several Mayflower passengers. Their grandmothers also were descendants of 1600s Dutch and 1700s Palatine German families that settled in eastern NY. Their ancestors surnames included Moses, Aldrich, Van Antwerp, Wormuth, Wheeler and Wood. The name Donald came in to the family from the siblings great-grandfather MacDonald from New Brunswick, Canada. In occupations as woodworkers, boat builders, farmers and a few ministers, their ancestors cleared the early forests and built up the colonial communities of New England and New York. Some dozen of their ancestors participated in the many area battles of the Revolutionary War including a few who fought at the Battle of Concord, MA, in 1775 and the Battle of Saratoga, NY, in 1777. After the Revolution these families' descendants settled in the rural woods of central New York, converting them to farming communities by the middle 1800s. In the late 1800s as Syracuse became a growing metropolitan area, their grandmother's families skilled in woodworking crafts moved to the South Side. Both grandmothers married their German grandfathers and gave birth to their parents in the 1890s. Most of the Steinaker family descendants have left the area. Most of the Bauer family descendants remain in and around Syracuse.


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