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USS Colonial (LSD 18) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Colonial (LSD 18). 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 33 crew members registered for the USS Colonial (LSD 18).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Poirrier, Nolan FrenchieBM3Aug 1952 – Jan 19561stI was the youngest on board during my deployment. I would like to know if there is any other member of my unit still living.
Roberts, JamesSeamanFeb 7, 1958 – Oct 29, 19592ndI am the USS Colonial Assn. crew locator. I have located between 1200 & 1500 crew members so far. We are having reunions , every year this year it's in Northern Ky. across the river from Cincinnati Oh. in Sept.
Bengyak, CharlesE31960 – 1963B & MI was 17 when I came aboard the Colonial. I just couldn't seem to stay out of trouble for infractions that today are pretty tame. All the same I have some very good memories of some of the guys and places we went.
Hummel, JamesRM2Apr 1961 – Jul 1963oc
Daum, Lawrence (Larry)MM3Jun 1961 – Apr 1964M DivisonI went aboard as a Fireman and left as a MM3 I worked in the Engine Room & Pump Room. I made 2 West Pac cruises. I was aboard during the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962. I was discharged in San Diego in April 1964.
Chaffin, BobRM2Oct 1962 – Jun 1965O/C
Chaffin, BobRM2Oct 25, 1962 – Jun 3, 1965
Francis, William E-4Jan 29, 1963 – Jan 1967EAnyone else remember that crazy storm we went through? I'll never forget having to check the anchor to make sure it was always at 12 o'clock. We were really rocking that day
Kidd, CharlesRM2Jun 1963 – Jul 1965O/CMy first ship....I thought it was great....have been to some of the reunions. RM3 Walter L. Washburn, where are you?
Decamp, LarryQM3Oct 1, 1963 – Oct 15, 1966NThose were the days. How about the 70+ days at sea off the coast at DaNang. Anybody remember that period?? Also the trip up the Saigon river to deliver the Dredging Barge. More stories later.
Barth, Jerry (Gunner)GMG3Oct 15, 1963 – Jun 7, 1965GunneryOn board on the approximate dates above. Viet Nam once (never got relieved as promised) On the way to Viet Nam again on June 1965 with 2 weeks left, got off in Hawaii, flew us to Frisco. Anyone know the status of Bill Harvey?
Therrien, ErnestE-3Jan 12, 1964 – Jul 21, 1965E
Fox, Robert P.E3Feb 1964 – Sep 1966DeckEnded up on the Bridge as Signalman...skivvy waver. Great crew and I have always been proud to have served with everyone.
Abrams, ArthurbBOILER TENDER THIRD CLASSMar 10, 1964 – Nov 11, 1967
Fox, Robert P.E3Nov 1964 – Sep 1966Deck Crew/BridgeI started out on the deck crew, and became a signalman. Not sure of the exact date I came aboard the Colonial, but I mustered out in September of 1966. We had a good time, enjoyed a bunch of good guys, and enjoyed the Navy.
Tiedeman, Lawrence "boats"BM2May 1965 – Aug 19662ndDoes anyone know the location of John Fagan BM1 1st division and Billy Euing, seaman? We had a lot of good times, and I would like to make contact with them.
Clark, Richard (Drifty)MM2Oct 1965 – Jan 1969MLooking for Roger Lewis, MM2 and Donald G Weaver, MM3 who served with me.
Russell, MikeE-3Oct 10, 1965 – Aug 15, 19672ndgreat times! like to hear from anyone that era. was to a couple reunions but no-one from our crew
Burelison, JeraldRM1Nov 5, 1965 – Mar 25, 1968O/CLooking for a shipmate named Eddie Payne from Tucson, AZ
Schluter, CharlesRD2Dec 7, 1965 – May 16, 1969OIFond memories of 2 1/2 WesPac's, San Francisco, Astoria & Alcapulco - San Diego too. Question - When did we go up the Saigon to retrieve the barge 'Norfolk', 66, 67 or 68? To the best, the 'DaNang Vung Tau Express'.
Lutz, Richard E.SM3Aug 1966 – 1967OPSCame to Colonial as SMSN after 2 stints in Viet nam with PHIBCBONE WESPACDET out of Yokosuka Japan. Left Colonial as SM3 for Vancouver LPD 2. Colonial was a great ship to serve aboard.
Cohen, WoodyIC3Mar 1967 – Dec 1968E Division
Joaquin, ReynaldoTN, RETIRED ASC(AW) 1992.Apr 14, 1967 – Dec 26, 1969S Looking for someone who might have informations or knows how to obtain date of coming ashore in Danang in one of the Westpac Cruises.
Kieck, KennethEM2Jul 1967 – Nov 1968Engineering
MacGregor, Don/big MacSFP-3Dec 2, 1967 – Aug 7, 1968R
Jansen, Godfried (Jay)E21968 – 1970Deck ForceMiss all you deck apes and crew members
Houston, Billy PRM31968 – 1970Comphibron 3My dad, Bill, passed away on 09 Aug 2008. Several months before his death he tried very hard to reach out to shipmates. As far as I can tell it looks like most of his attempts ended with incorrect addresses. I'm doing my best to help..
Wicklund, SwedeSH2Jan 1, 1968 – Jun 30, 1970Supply DivisionStarted out mess cooking, then went to deck force, then to supply division and the ships laundry .Worked with a guy named Augie and then Entzminger
Baker, Charles R. (Chuck)ET1Feb 1968 – 1970OperationsI served on board from Feb. 1968 to 1970. I was an ET1, leading Petty Officer for Operations Div., a JOOD, and Master At Arms for a short time. Retired after 20 yrs in 1978.
Casas, TonyRM2May 1, 1968 – Sep 19, 1969OCMy first ship after two years of shore duty. Took over as LPO...remember Phillips, Houston, Medford, Franklin CYN3, retired as CWO3 on USS Arkansas CGN-41.
Ward, RobertGMG3Nov 1968 – Jun 19703RDActive duty 1968-1970 aboard the USS Colonial LSD-18. Gunner's Mate 3rd class 3rd Div. Tour of Vietnam 1969. Decommed USS Colonial. Drilling navy reservist from 1973 to 1998. Retired CWO3 Ordnance Tech.
Reyes, RichardSM3Apr 1969 – Mar 1970ON
Allen, JerryDK2Dec 30, 1969 – Jun 7, 1970Supply/Disbursing

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