Lieutenant Duane Elmer Stenbak

Lieutenant Duane Elmer Stenbak

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, August 24, 1990

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Duane Elmer Stenbak

Lieutenant Duane Stenbak, Lieutenant Craig Lerner, Lieutenant Paul Perlt, and Petty Officer Matthew Baker were killed in an airplane accident while conducting a drug surveillance operation in the Caribbean.

The Grumman E2C Hawkeye experienced a wing fire and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at U.S. Naval Air Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Lieutenant Stenbak had served with the United States Coast Guard for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Puerto Rico

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You would be proud to know that your daughter has chosen to follow in your footsteps of serving our great country. She is now a proud member of the Navy Nusing Corps in the Navy Reserves. Your inspiration and loving relationship as her father and your sacrifice has instilled within her the drive to become a wonderful wife, mother, nurse and sailor. She works every day to be the woman that you would be proud of. As her husband I can attest that you would indeed find her successes inspirational and that she would make you proud. I will always carry the regret of not having had the chance to know you. But if your daughters, Stacy, Jody, and Jennifer are any indication of your pedigree you were truly an amazing father, son, Coast Guardsman, and I am proud to call you my Father-in-Law. You, and your sacrifice will always be remembered and honored. You are missed.

Steve Parkrr

August 23, 2018

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