Stephen Carnig Ananian
1922 - 2017
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Stephen Carnig Ananian

Greenville, SC

Stephen Carnig Ananian, 94, of Simpsonville, husband of the late Isabel G. Ananian passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Born in New York, NY, Stephen was born on Christmas Day 1922 as the youngest of four children. He was an engineering student enrolled at NYU when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. The next day, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps going on to graduate the Aviation Academy as a Second Lieutenant fighter pilot.

Stephen was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in England flying P-51 Mustangs. On his first combat mission, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to parachute into the North Sea. After over an hour in the icy waters, he was rescued and hospitalized. Two days later, he returned to duty and flew an additional 62 combat missions. In February 1945, he was credited with destroying the first German jet in air to air combat. Stephen received a number of medals for his service including the Distinguished Fly Cross with nine oak leaf clusters.

In August 1945, First Lieutenant Ananian was discharged from the Army Air Force. He married his one and only love, Isabel Gefairjian, in April 1946.

Stephen was a skilled photographer and worked for over 35 years in the photoengraving industry and participated in the early use and development of electronic image scanners and digital processing.

He was one of the founders of the St. Thomas Armenian Church in Tenafly, New Jersey and served on the parish council for ten years. He was also active in the local school district and was President of the Regional Board of Education for two years.

In his retirement, Stephen served as president of the 339th Fighter Group Association for eight years and editor of the quarterly newsletter for seventeen years.

He is survived by his two sons, Clifford H. Ananian and wife Pamela, and Stephen C. Ananian, Jr. of Greenville, along with 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, July 9th at 2 PM at Christ Church in the Markley Chapel. Stephen and Isabel's ashes will ultimately be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Announced by The Mackey Mortuary

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Published in The Greenville News on Jul. 5, 2017.
Memorial service
02:00 PM
Christ Church in the Markley Chapel
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June 19, 2018
Steve was our leader at the 339th Squadron Reunions. He kept us together with his wonderful newsletters and stories. We will remember him always.

With love from Carolyn Bennett Benum
March 26, 2018
An American Hero. Thank you sir.
Tony D'Aprile
November 2, 2017
Sorry to hear of Stephen's passing.

--Stephen E Ananian
July 20, 2017
So sorry to hear this sad news. This is a great loss. Steve really helped me to finish my last book My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Philippe Saintes
July 20, 2017
So very sad to hear about Stephen's passing. I still have fond memories of meeting him and many of his comrades back in the 1980s during 339th FG reunions at Fowlmere, over here in England.

Like so many veterans of the Mighty Eighth, to whom all of us owe so very much, he was a very special guy and will be sorely missed.

Blue Skies Stephen,

Steve Gotts,
Friends of the Eighth
Bottisham Airfield Museum
Steve Gotts
July 12, 2017
So sorry to hear this. Mr. Ananian was very encouraging and helpful to me several years ago via email. He helped me with some Eighth Air Force research. God bless your family. Prayers at this time.Bob BrunnSavannah, GA
Bob Brunn
July 8, 2017
P51 and my bike
Jamie Bertolini Sr
July 7, 2017
I am so sorry about Mr Ananian. I was Isabels Oncology nurse and got to know them well and loved them both. He truely loved her and was a great husband-I still have the family cookbook he gave me and I use it every Christmas. Love, Mary Ellen Fisher RN
Mary Ellen Fisher
July 6, 2017
Deepest sympathy to the Ananian family. Mr. Ananian was a wonderful man. It was a great honor to me to have known him.
Craig Harwood
July 5, 2017
I am so sorry for your lost. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:6-7.
July 4, 2017
Although I never met Mr. Ananian, his life's story is a perfect example of the
Greatest Generation. Praying for the family on this July 4th.
J. Dan Bibb
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