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USS Southerland (DD 743) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Southerland (DD 743). 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 88 crew members registered for the USS Southerland (DD 743).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Goettl, GutBT-2Jul 1968 – Aug 1970B-DivRemembered when we pulled into Hiawii to refuel on our way to Vietnam. They were shooting the movie Tora Tora Tora. Was nice to see the movie when the 743 was on the silver screen.
Dinwiddie, LouGMG2Sep 1, 1968 – Mar 1, 19722nd
Dinwiddie, LouGMG2Oct 1968 – Mar 19722nd
Granger, WilliamLTJGOct 1968 – Jul 1970OIIt's been a few years but just trying to stay in touch with past memories.
Lee, PeterBT3Oct 16, 1968 – Sep 5, 1969BMy last ship & Westpac cruise - the ship headed to the yards in Long Beach just before I was released from active duty. Not sure why the yards but a trip to Seal Beach led to another reason ; the ship hit the pier
Engelter, HalSM 2Apr 16, 1969 – Apr 1, 1971OCLiberty in Subic Bay, that was some place.
Stark, Dennis RayGMG3 May 1969 – Dec 12, 1972Enjoyed 3 westpac cruises on her. Was a BM mate and GMG. Ron Cameron and James Kline, also, Fred Rackal(sp?) and Denwoody all served with me in the gun mount.
Shastay, TonyMM2Mar 1970 – Jun 1973MIt was a hell of a hard ride, but I miss it along with all my former shipmates. I've been working power plants ever since. I thank the Navy for the vocation, but I've got asbestosis, just like so many others. I think I could still Lite-of
Smart, WilliamETN#Apr 14, 1970 – Apr 2, 1973OPS
Moore, William (Bill)ETN3May 1970 – Dec 1973OENow living in Safety Harbor, Florida and working at Jabil Circuits as a Failure Analyst. Looking to talk to anyone aboard during the same time as myself. would really like to get in touch with Bruce Harkness, ETN2.
Pierce, BillRM3Jun 4, 1970 – Jun 4, 1973OPSGreatest time of my life. I met a bunch of life long friends, have a bunch of great stories and great memories. However 2 WESPAC cruises were enough. I dont think my body could have stood another one.
Henry, RobertBT3Jan 1971 – Nov 1972after fire roomI enjoyed sailing on the southerland made my first westpac crews on her. Went to A school late 72 new orders to EDSON DD946 2 west pacs on her,smooth sailing to all. yea I have asbestosis also.
Svehla, RonEMFNFeb 1971 – Nov 1972engineeringLooking for any shipmate that was on the USS Southerland WestPac Vietnam in June - Dec. 1971. Need infor re: docking in Da Nang and being in Vietnam waters for VA. email/ call: 727-861-2122
Huggins, JerryETN3Mar 21, 1971 – Sep 15, 1972One WESPAC. Strange, later after the Navy, while returning to college in Colorado, I had come across former shipmate, ETR3 Jan Fritch, still chewing tobacco.
Raynor, EdBM 2Apr 1971 – 19721stI checked on as a BM2 & left as a BM1 going to the east coast. Made Westpac in 1971 & off the coast of Nam. Returned to San Diego and rode her to the Long Beach shipyard for decommissioning. That was the real Navy, TINCANS.
Achurra, Sk profile iconSK3 AchurraApr 1971 – Jun 1975SupplyRetired SKC now...this was my first duty station out of Boot Camp! Looking for ship mates that were stationed with me during this time!
Dale, JohnPO3Apr 11, 1971 – Oct 4, 1973ASWAsroc Launcher capt on Southerland - Helped invent Paintball in the 80's now in it for a large company - My best friend from the Southerland, Larry Dumas died at 49 of Cancer.. Miss him and remember him today because vet
Kassner, GilbertRADARMANMay 23, 1971 – Jul 24, 1972RADAR
Craven, ChuckYN3Nov 11, 1971 – Jun 10, 1975X-NAVWhile in the yards in Long Beach the SOUTHERLAND football team was undefeated until we played the Marines. We had such a tight crew it was so much fun being on the ship with all my shipmates.
Schrager, MichaelEM31972 – 1973Electric ShopHomeported in San Diego, Westpac my last 6months, great times
Samborski, StephenETN-3Feb 1972 – Dec 1974OperationsLots of good boys on board. Wish Vietnam hadn't mess me up so much. Still a great ship. Only one I rode in my short career. Working in the Electrical Engineering Dept at Garmin INT. in Olathe, KS.
Rodger, Douglas BruceSNSep 15, 1972 – Sep 18, 19731st
Anderson, Rick (Andy)E-4 MM3Nov 11, 1972 – Aug 13, 1975M DivisionWe have reunions every 2 years, would like to see all shipmates come. Check out usssoutherland.com
Kidd, CharlesRM!Oct 1973 – May 1978O/CSoutherland was a reserve trainer during my time aboard. She was a fine ship. Wondering whatever happened to RM3 Kevin Duphrene and his Suziki.
Smith, Leslie (Jim)ETR-3Oct 1973 – Sep 1975We were the only ship in the squadron to never missed a mission even though we often went out with just the nucleus crew, about half a full crew because of that we were a tight crew and performed well. My next ship was overmanned and sucked
Earls, DouglasRm3Jun 28, 1974 – Aug 28, 1975OperationsWould like to hear from any old shipmates
McLendon, MacK profile iconMachinist's Mate 3Oct 1974 – Jun 1977Main PropulsionAlso served as Logroom Yeoman and ship's librarian.
Dunaway, DarylEn 31975 – 1977Destroyer
Haas, Robert/bobSTG2Mar 1975 – Aug 1977AS
Kingsbury, AndyETR2Dec 1975 – Mar 1979OE Division
Kingsbury, AndyETR2Dec 31, 1975 – Mar 1979OELooking for Ernie Banks, Bill Konieczka, Bob Yarborough & Greg Harrell
Laplante, Arthur OS3May 1976 – Jul 1977OIOn the Southerland with Capt "Boom-Boom Bob". Off to the gunnery range again (oh no)! Served with Berel, Kincannon, and Hu Andersen.
Coates, L DavidHT3 /21977 – 1981Repair Came onboard end of 77 until Decom. It was a good crew, great people. Everyone got along for the most part. It was a very old ship (WW2 vintage) so there was plenty of things to fix. I would not trade my time on her!
Banks, MichaelETN-2Jun 30, 1977 – Aug 1, 1979OE DivisionMet ship in Long Beach in the yards. Worked with Guy Higley and team. Good ship and crew. Had a ball. Got to go back on board when ship was in moth balls in Bremerton. Sure was spooky
Johncock, JimSTG1Aug 1977 – Feb 1981WeaponsWas on the USS Southerland at the time of it's decommissioning in 1981.
Schneckloth, RayYN1Jan 7, 1978 – Dec 19, 1979Admin OfficeI remember we were late from coming back from San Clemente with the Reserves after a weekend of NGFS and the Skipper told the BTC to "Give me all you can!" I remember twin screws throwin' a rooster tail. What a ship!
David, KingEM3Jan 14, 1978 – Sep 14, 1980engneeringMAIN CONTROL & E GANG
Guenther, RichardBTFeb 1978 – Feb 1981B remember when we almost went to equador?
Williams, Robert (Will)ETC - EMOJun 15, 1978 – Feb 26, 1981Operations10 am on Thursday, 26 February 1981 was a dark day indeed. We were truly out of FRAM. Best Damn Greyhound in the Fleet.
Hansen, BartMM31979 – 1981mOne of the best ships ever
James, Robert Boe profile iconLT (then, now Captain, USN, retired)Jan 1979 – Oct 1980OperationsGreat Ship. Great CREW. Many happy memories aboard. We used to say "When you are out of FRAMS, you are out of Cans" As an NRF ship we did a lot with a limited crew and our fine bunch of SelRes reserves.
Moellering, MoedogBTFNMar 1979 – Feb 1981I WAS STATIONED IN THE AFT FIREROOM THE SOUTHERLAND DD743 WAS DECOMISSIONED IN FEB OF 1981
Doherty, StevenE-2Oct 1, 1979 – Oct 1, 1981Engineernig She was over 45 years old and she could still make Battle eficiency. ent to Accopulco, Portland , Remember when we were there for the rose p[arade and Mt St. Helens Blew her top for the second time. If i recall volcanic ash was $5.00.
Unger, JerryBT1Nov 1979 – 1981BJust letting you all know I am still around!
Smith, Robert (Bob)E-3 / MMApr 14, 1980 – 1981mThe Southerland was the best command that I served on. After decommissioning her I went to the Kiska AE-35 man what a difference, too big. Missed the tin can life.

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