HAROLD IRA STEVENS
Harold Ira Stevens, 88, of Duluth, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Twin Ports Health Services.
Harold was born in Kelsey, Minn., on Jan. 26, 1928 to William and May (Preston) Stevens.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March of 1945. He received assault training in the Seabees and shipped to the Pacific, arriving in Japan in September. He returned to the states and was discharged in December 1946. Finding civilian life uninteresting, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on Nov. 11, 1947. He was shipped to Korea and assigned to the Korean Military Advisor Group until May 1948 when he was sent back to Japan and assigned to the 8th Combat Engineers, 1st Calvary Division. He then transferred to the military railroad service where he served as a conductor on allied trains. After the war broke out in Korea he was assigned to the 8th Army headquarters as a driver/escort protecting war correspondents and delivering ammunition to the fighting units. After 17 months of combat, he was rotated back to the U.S. in October 1951. In February 1952, he returned to Korea as a gun chief in the 25th Division firing 155 millimeter howitzers. In February 1953, he was medically evacuated to Japan. Following his recovery, he was assigned to XVI on the island of Hokkaido, where on April 28, 1954, he married Chiyoko Okada "Mike". In May 1954 they returned to the United States and served in several states until August 1965, when he was transferred (with Mike) to Germany. In December 1966, after 22 years, he retired from the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Chiyoko "Mike" Okada Stevens; full siblings, Harvey, Lula, Lorin, Dorothy, Floy, Howard and Shirley; half siblings, Sefton Beriah, Margie, Gladys and Marion.
Harold is survived by many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.
VISITATION: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 in First Memorial Funeral Chapel 4100 Grand Ave. Duluth. Military Honors will be provided by the Duluth Honor Guard. Harold will be laid to rest next to his wife Chiyoko at Forest Hill Cemetery. First Memorial Funeral Chapel 218-624-5200.