Bernie Stadiem was aboard USS Midway from May 1951 ~ December 1953 as a member of the ship's band.
Update: Wednesday, March 30, 2005:
I received an email today from Bernie's friend informing me of his passing on Monday, March 28, 2005. Through several emails and his photos, I became friends with Bernie and am greatly saddened at his passing. This page is now my memorial to this Midway Sailor and it is my hope that Bernie lives on in our memories through these photographs and slides.
April 06, 1930 ~
March 28, 2005
Obituary from the High Point, NC newspaper, High Point Enterprise:
Owner of Bernie's Craft & Hobbies
HIGH POINT - Bernard "Bernie" Edward Stadiem died March 28, 2005.
He was known to friends as Bernie and was born in Thomasville on April 6, 1930. He graduated from the Georgia Military Academy. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict, serving part of his time on the carrier, Midway, as a member of the U.S. Navy Band. After completing his military service, he studied photography in New York City and worked there for some years as a professional photographer (he continued his interest in photography his entire life).
He returned to High Point, where his parents, Mose and Frances Marks Stadiem, had built a home several years previously. An accomplished musician on the trombone, he played with a variety of local bands after returning to the area. He then opened Bernie's Craft and Hobbies, a business he continued in several locations in High Point, until closing in the early 1990's.
Over the past several years he was involved with the Smithsonian in Washington and established a relationship with many individuals from there until his death. He was a member of the B'Nai Israel Synagogue in High Point.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday with Rabbi Jerome Fox at Sechrest Funeral Chapel on E. Lexington Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorials to the "Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund" at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
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