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Fought side by side Shannon on USS STETHEM. A great soul, sailor, and human. The universe only takes the best from us. He is onto much bigger and more important things. Things that we cannot even comprehend. He made me a better person and for that I am eternally grateful. Love you brother, please watch over us.

Posted by: Smitty    Mar 19, 2014

Hard to believe it has been almost a year, Chief. We all miss you dearly, and wish we had you to guide us this past year into our own. I like to think you still do, and we hope you are at peace. We will remember you always.

Posted by: Jeff - Dumfries, VA - Friend   Dec 23, 2013

Thoughts and prayers go out to your family Blake, I'm so sorry to have read about this. I remember when you arrived to the Stethem. We were in the same workcenter and worked together every day for a couple of years, from which many good memories come to mind. I knew he would make a great sailor and so sorry that a promising and energetic life was cut short. RIP

Posted by: Leyes    Sep 13, 2013

Rip blake you were a great person and great prayers with you and your family..steadfast and courageous..never be forgotten

Posted by: joe raymer - council bluffs, IA   May 13, 2013

I am sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great guy, and will surely be missed.

Posted by: GM2(SW) Montminy, Robert - Alta Loma, CA   Apr 03, 2013

I'm so saddened to hear of my fellow Chief Shannon's passing!! It seems all of the good ones go early. I served with him on board USS Stethem and he ALWAYS had a smile on his face!! I'm a better person for knowing him!!

Posted by: Mike Ledwedge - San Diego, CA   Feb 11, 2013

A professional and shipmate in the truest sense of the terms.

Posted by: Chris Butler - San Diego, CA   Feb 07, 2013

Steve and Linda,
I can't tell you how sad I am to hear of your loss. Steve and my Tom (who passed in 2004) would talk so many times about Shannon and the military and fishing. I pray for you both and know that our kind and loving Lord will give you some peace. Loosing a child is the most tortuous event known.

Posted by: Janus (Fortmann-Bond) Fanning - Henderson, NV - friend of parents   Jan 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve & Linda and the rest of the Blake family. May God comfort you through this most difficult period. We know you must be extremely thankful for the opportunity you had to spend time with Shannon recently.

Posted by: Jeff & Barb Peterson - Merrill, WI   Jan 22, 2013

So sorry to hear of your son's passing. May the Good Lord give you and your family comfort and peace.Norb &Judy Doering

Posted by: Judy Doering - Merrill, WI   Jan 21, 2013