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USS Forrestal (CV 59) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Forrestal (CV 59). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 1723 crew members registered for the USS Forrestal (CV 59).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1955 | 1956 – 1958 | 1959 – 1960 | 1961 – 1963 | 1964 – 1965 | 1966 | 1967 | 1968 – 1969 | 1970 – 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 – 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Branam, John W. , Jr.MU21964 – 1965Assigned to AdmiralBass Trombone player. Would love to hear from any Navy musician.
Watson, RichardE 31964 – 19672ND
Rogers, Glenn T.CV 591964 – 1967My dad was on the ship during the fire of 1967. He has since passed away, but the memories of his time aboard the Forrestal were forever with him.
Phillips, Alan/philAQB31964 – 1965VAH6
Holcomb, Gary profile iconetr31964 – 1966OEI would like to find my good buddie Larry Sager
Don, HughesAO2Jan 1964 – Oct 1967GM DivisionI was on deck as the guided MIssile Flight Deck Petty Officer on the day of the fire. I continue to pray for my fallen brothers and their families to this day. They were all young men who showed extreme bravery.
White, JerryPR3Jan 1, 1964 – May 8, 1967v-6I worked in the V-6 division parachute loft. I would like to hear from anyone in the air dept. especially V-6 division or the air wing parachute riggers.I met a lot of different people since we done a lot of sewing.
Merrill, JamesLTJGJan 4, 1964 – Mar 2, 1967EsecutiveGreatest experience of my life. Outstanding crew and pilots.
Hughes, DonAO2Jan 10, 1964 – Sep 7, 1967Guided MissileI'm now 61 yrs old and still carry the proud feeling of being a part of Forrestals history. Friends made and lost then and now, but you can never erase the memories & great liberty times "Jack Tarr & Dave Hamel" I've tried to
Giovengo, JohnnieSHIPFITER E-4Feb 1964 – Nov 1966RWelder aboard ship
Guadagnoli, TomE4Feb 1964 – Dec 1964V4I was on the Ship until December....an emergency at home occurred and i returned to the states........Later I re enlisted into the Airforce and volunteered for Vietnam....
Delaney, Johnny LE3Feb 27, 1964 – Dec 15, 19674 TH To All My Friends That I Served With I think Of You Often , To All Who Served on July 29 1967, I Know We Will Never FORGET. To The Shipmates We Lost They Will Forever Be In Our Hearts.
Johnson, BobAO2Mar 10, 1964 – Jul 21, 1967G DIVLeft the FID at Subic Bay. Great memories. I pray for my shipmates lost in the fire. The book Sailors To The End is a great read. Would like to hear from guys from G DIV.I am living in Wisconsin.
Ackerman, ThomasSeamanMar 12, 1964 – Dec 1, 1967First DivisionInterested in friends who served with me. I spent 3 years 9 months aboard had alot of good times but also had some hard times. It would be great to hear that the ship could somehow be preserved.
Stephens, William (Billy) profile iconE3-EMMar 20, 1964 – Feb 21, 1966Engineering2 Med cruises & I'm sending a shout out to all who served. Lot of Fun, Lot of Entertainment & a lot of growing up. I'd like to hear from many of my old CVA-59 buddies. I got inducted to the bowlers Hall of Fame last year
Imdahl, BernieSNApr 20, 1964 – Apr 10, 1968S-3Miss my old shipmates
Imdahl, BernieSK3Apr 22, 1964 – Apr 25, 1968S-3 and S-2Thanks for the great memories a great ship gave me, too many shipmates to list here to thank for all the wonderful times I had.
Naisbitt, EdBT 3May 1964 – Dec 1967B
Lovatt, WilliamMay 1964 – May 1966S-6
Moorefield, BillAG3May 1964 – Jul 1966OAGreat times on 2 Med cruises. Saw ship in Subic after fire in "67, what a disaster! Retired now, living in AZ desert, kayaking the Colorado River and photographing nature and wildlife to stay active. Miss the travels I experienced in USN.
Caretto, MikeFN E3May 1964 – Feb 1966EServed in E Div
Lanford, LelandCorporalJun 1964 – Jun 1966Commander Carrier Division 4
Oney, RonaldETR3Jun 24, 1964 – Jun 24, 1966OEETR3 RONALD JAMES ONEY. REPAIRED SPN RADARS USED BY CCA.
Hull, JimQM1Jul 1964 – Apr 1966Navigation
Kelley, ClintET2Jul 1964 – Jun 1965OEJoined just before Med Cruise and had a great trip.
Schoneman, MichaelAZ-3Jul 1, 1964 – Mar 14, 1965VAH-6A Great ship with a great crew! What a way to see the world. Thanks everyone for your professionalism. Does anyone know where I can get a cruise book for the 64-65 Med Cruise? Keep the faith.
Whitehead, PatYN1Jul 9, 1964 – Apr 15, 1966VA-81retired July 31, 1985 as Master Chief. would like to hear from anyone from the Sunliners.
Wooten, BenAZ2Jul 10, 1964 – Mar 17, 1965vah-6looking for shipmates vah-662-65
Durham, DennisSK3Jul 11, 1964 – Jul 11, 1966Ship's SupplyI remember when I was in the gunnersmate Division on Mount 56 Port side that the Gunnersmate forgot to take out the emply primer case. I will never forget that one.
Tucker, PhilipE3Aug 1964 – Feb 1965VAH 664'-65'Med Cruise First time on the "BIG POND"unless you've been there you can't know the real thing.Pics.and videos won't work...you gotta live it...
Nuoffer, Roland / NuggetFNAug 10, 1964 – Jul 12, 1966BWork in the evaporator rooms 1 and 2 Aux. I met a lot of great people and traveled around the Mediterainian. Best times with Eddie Leo,James Niese and Russel Henshaw.
Carns, FrankYN2Oct 1964 – Feb 1967Operations Department OfficeReported aboard in Istanbul. Served with great shipmates, chiefs and Officers. 2 Med Cruises 10/64 - 3/65 and 8/65 - 4/66.
Taralli, James ( Jim )SK 3Oct 1964 – Jul 1966S-1Serving in the Navy on this ship was one of the proudest things I have done in my life. I will always remember those days and the shipmates I became buddies with. I remember them by name and hope they are doing well.
Erb, JamesQM3Oct 10, 1964 – Sep 16, 1967Navigationwelcome home
Salg, RobertCS3Dec 1964 – May 1966S2 food service
Megna, AnthonyCaptain(0-6)Dec 1964 – Dec 1966WMy first ship as an Ensign. Great experience and learning tool for a 25 year naval career. Many wonderful role models who showed me the way to be successful. Fond memories of shipmates who were true professionals.
O'Shaughnessy, GregFTG-3Dec 14, 1964 – May 1, 1967FOXI'd love to hear from anyone who knew me (even Milton!) If you email me, please put 'FORRESTAL' in the SUBJ box.
Ritzen, Jacob L.RMC1965 – 1965OA
Kasavicha, JohnRM31965 – 1968CR
Veron, Allen1965 – 1967Deck?This is my brother-in-law. He was so proud of his service. He died in 1999.
Braid, JimAO31965 – 1968G flt dk ord.chop stix loading team had many good times few not so. west pac 67
Waite, MichaelFTG11965 – 1968FOXI was leading PO for most of the time I was on the FORRESTAL.
Novak, BillEM21965 – 1967ENavy training as a Electrician started a long life as a Elecrtician now Retired from EBEW Local # 80
McMullen, Graydon profile iconABE FWD CATS1965 – Oct 6, 1969V2Proud to have served aboard this magnificent lady. Was Cat Captain on #1 cat the day the fire broke out in the Tonkin Gulf July 1967.
Flavin, RobertASM3Jan 1965 – Aug 8, 1969V-6, IMA, AIMDWorked in the Mobil equipment shop head of hangerbay 1
Sessions, Charles B. "Charlie"DC 3Jan 1965 – Jan 1969RI was aboard the Forrestal when it became engulfed in fire in Vietnam. Would like to locate shipmates who may have worked in the carpenters shop.
Flavin, RobertASM-#Jan 1965 – Aug 8, 1969V-6; IMA; AIMD Would like very much to hear from Mobil Equipment Shop personell 65 - 69.
Scott, MichaelETR3Jan 1965 – Dec 1966OEI miss a lot of my shipmates. Some are gone already. Some others I have been trying to contact. The Forrestal was a great ship and home for many of us. Hate to see her go for scrap.
Lopez, FerminCPOJan 1, 1965 – Aug 8, 1968Gladiatorshi my father was Fermin Lopez he was aboard the ship from 65-68 he passed away in mid 1968 i was born in november 1968 so i never met him if there is anyone out there who knew him please contact me @ medevack1@yahoo.com. thank you Fermin
Kihn, Richard JAMS 3Jan 27, 1965 – Jan 20, 1967V-6
Lesnick, RobertL/CPLFeb 14, 1965 – Feb 14, 1967Marine Detachment
Crutchley, MiltonFTG3Apr 24, 1965 – Nov 27, 1967FOXMy first ship and a great start too a Navy career. Served during the tragic fire on 29 July 1967. Retired on the day Forrestal was decommissioned in Philly and I was there for it. Love to hear from Fox Div. members.
Rossi, HankLtjgMay 30, 1965 – Jun 1968M Division
Finley, Robert C.RD-3Jun 1965 – May 1967OIGreat Med Cruise & then a year at Norfolk for upgrades
Knight, JohnAO1Jun 1, 1965 – Jan 1, 1968VAH/ RVAH 11LPO Ordnance Shop,VAH. LPO Photo Shop RVAH until the Fire. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. All the Ordies were reassigned to other shops after the fire. AOC Burt went to Maint control, Tague to Line LPO, Toschlog to Galley
Jennings, JackBM 2Jun 9, 1965 – Mar 1, 19681ST DIVISION DROPPED ANCHORSI WORKED ON THE FORECASTLE.I MADE ONE MED CRUISE,AND I WENT TO VIET NAMN. I MADE A LOT OF FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS. AND LOST SOME TO. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS ME. ITS BEEN A LONG TIME...........
Lore, Paul JE3Jul 1965 – Feb 1967OPMissed you guys, just found out about this site. Hope some other OP boys are out there.
Ulrich, WilliamSeamanJul 6, 1965 – Jan 10, 1966CRRadioman served one tour in the Med.
Croman, PatANJul 10, 1965 – Apr 10, 1969V-4
Steele, FrankEM2Jul 26, 1965 – Jun 7, 1968E DivisionEnjoyed my time aboard and have lots of fond memories of places visited and men I had the honor to serve with.
Rautio, RichBT3Aug 1965 – May 1967B DivisionI was an Oil King: stood watch in #2 Pump Room, Central Control & Stack; pumped tanks to trim ship, repaired pumps & gages, tested fuel & water (boiler & drinking), handled refueling (both ways). Best 2 years of my life!
Haner, Ward (Bud)E3Aug 13, 1965 – Jun 19673rdSome of my jobs were refueling,rearming,replenishing food, special sea & anchor detail, GQ, Alpha Working Party, Man Overboard, was on a 7 man team that worked on the bridge, worked on the helm and lee helm.
Latorre, AngelE3Aug 15, 1965 – Jan 4, 1967BMWORKED IN BOILER ROOM AS BM/i began as an airdale/6 month cruise to europe/guantanamo shake dwn/dry dock in porthmouth in '66/janicola the dj
Coarsey, RaymondSM1Aug 17, 1965 – Jan 18, 1978CSMade one med cruise and the deployment of 67 to westpac.
Morgan, LarryAE2Sep 1, 1965 – Apr 30, 1966VAH-11Med Cruise, 10th Aniversary
Shipp, GeorgeFNSep 10, 1965 – Jul 15, 1967RI went aboard the Forrestal in Beirut Lebanon and made the return trip to U.S. and then made the trip around to Subic Bay in the Phillipinesand from there flew back to Long Beach, Ca. for separation and discharge.
Cook, Don "Joe"ADJ3Sep 12, 1965 – Sep 12, 1971VF-11Plane Captain, West Pac 1967, July 29, 1967
Cook, JoeADJ3Sep 12, 1965 – Sep 12, 1969VF 11
Galang, Ronaldo/rickFNSep 30, 1965 – Sep 19, 1967Damage Control R DivisionWorked in the Pipe Shop doing such duties as welding, plumbing and various other repair details. I was onboard during the fire on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf on July 29, 1967. It was a day I shall never forget.
Needle, MarkFTG-3Oct 1965 – Mar 1968FOX
Helbig, EdwardfiremanOct 1965 – Sep 1968M
Ellison, Carl Randall "mule"BT5 E5Oct 13, 1965 – Oct 13, 1969Engineering Part?I am posting this information for my dad. He was on the Forrestal during 1965-1969 and was a survivor of the fire in July 67. If you'd like to get in touch with him I will glady pass on any emails to him and exchange information.
Lepley, GeraldEM2Oct 15, 1965 – Oct 15, 1967E DIVISION
Berridge, HarryE-3Nov 1965 – Jul 1967GAboard for '65-'66 Med Cruise, '66-'67 yard work and Gitmo ORI post SLP in Porthsmouth VA
Broadnax, WilliamAMS/ANNov 1, 1965 – Nov 28, 1967V-2Worked catapults and arresting gears.
Mabry, Kennethe4Nov 2, 1965 – Jun 6, 1968Gi am looking for shipmate s smith. he was in G division and part of the flight deck crew.
Jenks, BobSN1Dec 20, 1965 – Sep 19, 1966
Avery, JayAK 3Dec 23, 1965 – Sep 29, 1969S-1 3 years, S-6 1 yearWas on board during the fire. It was a great experience. Enjoyed seeing the MED

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