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USS Ranger (CV 61) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Ranger (CV 61). 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 1846 crew members registered for the USS Ranger (CV 61).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1957 | 1958 – 1960 | 1961 – 1962 | 1963 – 1964 | 1965 | 1966 – 1967 | 1968 – 1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 – 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Yaeger, KennethBT21978 – 1981P-2/P-3Did 2 tours on Ranger, was in #3MMR, 2/78- 10/81 and again 7/87- 10/87. Was BTOW, steamed many an hour, met some great people, any one out there from that period, send me a message.
Crockett, DaveABE21978 – 1981V-2 WaistcatsWill never forget the great times I had while stationed on board the Ranger. Still tell stories about our job, the Ship and of course our West-Pac cruises. Met many characters, and some great individuals. Would "DO IT" again in a heart be
Manske, TomPN31978 – 1981ESO2 WESTPAC's, 2 NJP's, 2-many friends, lot of memories, Hauling vehicles back to San Dog, Vancouver pub party, eating red hotdogs in PI, running into other ships, driving navy van on fire over coronado bridge etc
Gray, Charles (Chuck)MM1978 – 1981P-2 (2MMR)Still steamin boilers! Would like to hear from old friends!!
Platero, Michael Miguel "Pluto"ABE11978 – 1982V-2YouTube: Miguel Mike Platero Funeral Service He loved this ship ... our children grew up listening to dad's stories - thank you all for your service - many rich blessings..
Quittner, IanAT21978 – 1981AIMD WC 642
Wells, James O. (Joe) profile iconAMS31978 – 1981attack squadron VA145/ The Swordsmen/A6EI served aboard the Ranger as part of VA145. We flew A6E jets. I made 2 WEST/PAC's aboard the Ranger. 1979 and 1980/81. I made many friends while serving in the Navy and would love to hear from them.
Stitt, William C.ABH21978 – May 1980V-3
Steiner, JosephE-31978 –3 MAIN
Eison, Barry MM21978 – Jun 9, 1979Main PropulsionIt would be great to hear from anyone who served during 78-79 time-frame. I was actually on duty (throttleman- MM1 when we ran into the oil tanker (Liberian, I believe) and my EAOS came up while we were still in Japan
Donnelly, SteveAmH 31978 – 1979RVAH-7As part of the airborn fleet, I was able to cross the equater twice and go through the shellback process once, lots of great memorys ,But wasnt home very much due to deployment commetments
Payne, WilliamE-31978 – 1982V-2 waist cats#3Scott don't remember no monkey do remember a stack of coins on a beer bottle tho. C ya
Lewis, Robert profile iconMM31978 – Jun 1981A DivisonUSS Ranger, my first sea duty tour as a MMFN. Made two WesPacs. Was on watch in the FWD O2N2 plant transiting the Straits Of Malacca during the collusion. What a time!
Porter, ThomasPN2Jan 1978 – Aug 1979ESOwas onboard for WESTPAC when we collided with the Liberian tanker. I am an academic now, and have had occasion to tell my colleagues that the finest people I have ever known were those that served in the US Navy.
Davis, GlenLieutenantJan 1, 1978 – Jul 2, 1982X-1, Admin, KRAN-TV, PAO , 3rd Div Deck Deptupdate 11/12/13: Great site. It would be great to reconnect with old shipmates. Spent a long time on Ranger, two WestPacs. Lived 15 yrs in the Bay Area; now in San Diego since 2001 working with homeless vets.
Johnson, StanPC3Jan 10, 1978 – Aug 25, 1979X-1
Caflisch, PeterCplJan 16, 1978 – Feb 12, 1980Marine DetachmentHad alot of great memories of serving on the Ranger. Lately, I've been wondering what happened to all of the Marines I served with.
Batman, KevinFTM2Feb 1978 – Apr 1981Weapons - FoxI came aboard right after the ship returned from overhaul. Made two Westpac's on her. Hard to believe that has been 30 years ago! Anyone who remembers me, send an email.
Wilson, VicChiefFeb 1, 1978 – Feb 1, 1981CR - Technical Control Chief and CMS Custodian
Lunsford, FredAMS3Feb 8, 1978 – Dec 16, 1980va 25saying hi to old fistys
Gubbe, KevinEN2Feb 10, 1978 – Jun 30, 1981AI made two cruises on the Ranger and consider my service on board to be my best times and memories. I often think of them and share my stories with friends and family.
Cowan, BobbyHTFR- HT2Feb 14, 1978 – Oct 21, 1980REPAIR my first Command, made 2 WesPac's, was on watch when we hit the Tanker, Crazy Ole Pete was sure having fun that day...........30 yrs in the Navy ......retired in 2007
Duran, LeroyEM2Feb 15, 1978 – Jul 15, 1981E DivI worked in E div, 440 Shop, Motor Rewind, E-Div Supply
Thompson, Billy/bgHULL TECHFeb 28, 1978 – Jun 2, 1981RI came aboard in Bummertown Washington and rode down with all the dependants, car and motorcycles to SanDiego. I was aboard when we hit the tanker. Two West Pacs.
Santner, MikeFTM2Mar 1978 – Jun 1981WF
Hodges, JohnABH2Mar 1978 – Mar 1980V-1I worked as a yellow shirt in all flys and was the V-1 Supply PO. I spent the last few months on board Ranger on the MAA force. I can truthfully say "There's nothing stranger than the Ranger" I retired from the Navy March 2, 1992.
Pettaway, SteveAMS2Mar 1978 –AIMDI worked the night shift, in April '79 off the coast of Sngapore. Heard the alarm, the one time we go to GQ during the dark it's no drill. Sorry Midway. We were in Japan when my daughter was born.
Arndt, CarlEMFN-EM2Mar 1978 – Aug 14, 1981E-DivLot of fun, lot of learning, no regrets. Lighting Shop,Distribution,Supply P.O. Load Dispatcher Two West-Pacs, one collision, a safari,ancient ruins, oh and a few bars.Good Times!
Kelly, MikeBT2Mar 1978 – Jun 1981Engineering P-2Top watch 2MMR I USE MY NAVY TRAINING EVERY DAY. I STILL WORK ON BOILERS.
McGillvray, MacMs-3Mar 6, 1978 – Apr 6, 1981S-5 and S-2. VA-25 TAD TO Galley or WardroomGood to see there are a few cooks on the web site,, it was hard work but had some great times ,, if I could turn the clock back a bit I would do it all over again !! DROP A LINE AND WE CAN TRY TO RECALL GOOD TIMES !!
Case, Mitchell (Weasle)em2Mar 20, 1978 – Jul 10, 1981Eworked as a electrian in powershop, movie booth, and distrubtion.
Teran, AlfonsoDS1Apr 1978 – Jun 1982OE
Christiansen, RussellOS2Apr 1978 – Apr 1980OIGood times on the Ranger. Miss playing and writing music with Kim and Jim just aft of CIC in CATCC. Also some Acey Deucy games.
Borders, WilliamAMS3Apr 10, 1978 – Apr 10, 1982VA145 line
Thornton, Rm2 James D. (Big Jim)RM2 (CT/ET/ESWS/DCPO)May 5, 1978 – Aug 30, 1980CR DivisionI turned in Drug Dealers and Loan Sharks on the Ranger. End Result..., 2 Friends were set on fire in their sleep, Paul Trerice, MS3 Reed and another were murdered. I was raped by the men I turned in and lost everything.
Thime, PeterAD2May 15, 1978 – Sep 14, 1979VAQ-137One of my most memorable Westpac cruises. Spent a lot of time in PI (after the ship hit the SS Fortune) where we were affectionately known as "Building 61"...
Stewat, SterlingazMay 31, 1978 – Jan 15, 1987squadronI was on the ranger that day in April 1979, that was truly an experience. I was on google and started looking up some things and ran across Eddie Payne's name that we lost on the WestPAC ( GOD BLESS HIM)
David, WhyteRM3Jun 1, 1978 – Feb 1, 1981CRGreat site. Just read a post by Ron Romero who join the ranger on the day that I was born - 6/15/59. What a coincidence that I should join the exact ship, division as a Radioman.
Andrianis, GeorgeABEJun 23, 1978 – Jan 15, 1980v2arresting gear eng rm 3,spn44,opr,regards to rich barg ,bobby freeman,and the rest of flt deck crew,it was one hell of a rock and rollin ride for almost 2 years,west pac 79,yea..... !
Raymond, GarryYN2Jul 1978 – Jul 1981Captain's Office1979 collision in the Straits of Malacca. Yeoman for Roger E. Box, he caught me in his kitchen eating his icecream! Oops! Known as SOB Son Of "Box". Made Chief of Police on the outside. Always look forward!
Freeman, OrvilleCPLJul 1, 1978 – Jul 7, 1980Marine DetachmentHad a great time was proud to serve with all of you.
Shadwick, James profile iconAG1Jul 1, 1978 – Jul 31, 1981OA
Shadwick, James A. ,jr. (Shad)AG1Jul 2, 1978 – Jul 16, 1981OPS/OAWas aboard for two westpac cruises.
Knecht, Allen (Aka Jr)3rd class petty officerJul 4, 1978 – Aug 5, 1981V-2 Bow catapultsExcited to find this site. Met alot of good guys and had some fun times. My shipmates know me as JR. I was console operator cat 1. I made two west pac cruises 79, 81. I remember the collision of 79 with a tanker.
Nazarenus, PhillipBM-2Jul 7, 1978 – Jun 16, 1979firstI WAS ON BOARD FOR MOST OF THE CRUISE, I WAS ON THE FORCASTLE WHEN WE COLLIDED WITH THE TANKER-(ON MY BIRTHDAY}. MESSED UP THE REST OF CRUISE ESPECIALLY AUSTRALIA. E-MAIL ME!
Gasch, JimPN1Jul 15, 1978 – Jun 15, 1979VAQ-137San Diego was a great homeport.
Hancock, DanielRM3Jul 29, 1978 – Nov 2, 1979RadioJust remembering the Good Ole Days Feel feel free to contact me.
Doyle, Mike (Doc)ABE2Aug 1978 – Feb 1981V2Bow Cats. Not counting wife and kids. Best time of my life.
Begley, Steve profile iconABEAug 4, 1978 – Sep 1, 1982V2omg---jimmy leggs in the groove!!! Quack Quack pac 79,Honey co I love you bring me M&MS. Done it all seen it all
Haworth, JerryRMSR-RM3Sep 1978 – Jul 1981CRIn search of old shipmates who served between 78-81. Send me an email.
MacDonell, RoryLCDRSep 5, 1978 – Oct 1980OCCATTC Officer. On board durinig incident with FORTUNE in Straits of Malacca in 1979. Enjoyed my time in WESTPAC aboard RANGER. My shipmates in CATTC were extraordinary, as were the entire crew. A belated thank you for all of your efforts
Jostedt, Ted (Callsign Tijuana)OS2Sep 7, 1978 – Sep 12, 1981OI"TJ, Bullet 201 - Is that a radar screen or are you staring at the trash can, AGAIN !" Bless you all and the youth I spent with you. ☺
Weaver, DennyMM1Sep 19, 1978 – Dec 10, 1979P-1 4MMRSo much fun!
Daniel, DerrickEM4Sep 27, 1978 – Jul 22, 1980EElectrician's Mate, Westpac, On Ranger when a tanker crashed into us and we dry docked in Japan.
Cirillo, FrankBM3Sep 28, 1978 – May 22, 19822ndLooking for some old ship mates
Capelety, MikeAE 2Oct 1978 – Feb 2, 1980IM 3
Miller, MichaelE-3/airmanOct 1978 – Jan 1982V-3
Haste, Richardbmsn e3Oct 1978 – Dec 1979thirdWould like to make contact with any member of 3rd division that served on ranger from Oct 78-Jan 79 and may have memory of a hazing incident in which I was the victim. This incident lead to a general discharge by.002 pts
Harrington, RobertLTJGOct 1, 1978 – Apr 28, 1981Asst DCA & OEBest softball team that never won a championship. Enjoyed creating the first digital GQ billet listing in the Navy
Holland, JohnABE2Oct 1, 1978 – Jun 5, 1982V-2
Capelety, MikeE5 AE2Oct 15, 1978 – Feb 2, 1982AIMD/IM3
David, EliAK1Oct 15, 1978 – Dec 15, 1981S-6One of the most exciting experience of my Navy Career while aboard the USS Ranger CV-61. Proud to served with the best crew I have known with two Westpac deployment
Szobota, Scott (Bota)BM3Oct 17, 1978 – 19803rd Divisiontwo westpacs with the glorious third herd , deck dept. Shout out to the barrio,and the ghetto, if Mchales Navy was fiction we were the next closest thing to the reality I will remember you all and the times we had
Fox, BarryAC 2Oct 18, 1978 – Dec 10, 1979OCLoved the ship we share the same birthday. Hope she becomes a museum in Portland
Duran, FernandoAMSNov 1, 1978 – May 30, 1982VAW117Anyone who was assigned to VAW117 between 1978-1982 would like to hear from you,especially sosa,chile and mingo
Capelety, MikeE-5 AE2Nov 10, 1978 – Feb 2, 1982AIMD/IM3
Sosa, WilliamAME1Nov 18, 1978 – Jan 1979VAW-117I served her faithfully and am always looking to connect with past shipmates. I was onboard when the collision with the tanker occured. I was on mid-ship flightdeck watch at the time. It was the scariest time of my life!
Withey, Douglas A.k.a. SpidermanANNov 26, 1978 – Feb 2, 1982V-1Where are all the R.S.T.D's or the Yellowshirts ?
Rivera, NelsonE-2/ABHDec 1978 – Aug 1979Hanger deck ABH crewI was mostly the chuck and chain Guy for Aircraft on Hanger Deck and Elevators. I was on board when Ship was hit by a Liberian Tanker.
Bray, Chris (Pony)OS1Dec 1978 – 1985OIHappy to reconnect with old shipmates. Anybody seen Lt. Blackie or Lt(jg) Taggert?
Boatwright Jr, John profile iconAMSANDec 1978 – Nov 1980V-1 and IM-2Came aboard the Ranger in Dec 1978 as an undesignated striker. Assigned to V-1Division. Made the 79 WESTPAC, Then TAD to NAS Memphis for A School. Then returned to IM-2 Div. for the 80-81 WESTPAC.
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