A Sailor's Story: Fire Control Chief Jeffery Warren Shukers

Fire Control Chief Jeffery Warren Shukers was born on February 24, 1962, in Cedar Rapids Iowa. He graduated from Union-Whitten High School in 1980 and enlisted in the US Navy shortly afterward. 

Fire Control Chief Shukers specialized in electronics and was assigned to the USS Saratoga.  He deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  

On December 22, 1990, while the Al Tovia was ferrying the sailors from shore in Haifa Israel to the USS Saratoga, the ferry sank and Fire Control Chief Shukers drown.  He rests at the Union Cemetery in Cedar Rapids Iowa.