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USS Rupertus (DD 851) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Rupertus (DD 851). 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 67 crew members registered for the USS Rupertus (DD 851).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1968 | 1969 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Bradrick, RonBT30000 – Dec 15, 1961Forward Boiler RoomSpent entire time aboard the Rupe while it was in Japan. Great bunch of guys to work with in both the forward and aft boiler rooms.
Lankford, LeonardS1/CSep 1946 – May 1948I WAS POINTER ON QUAD 40Almost shot down c47 towing a sleve target. Standing watch on bridge, spotted whales shooting water up in the air. reported to captain some one shooting at us.I thought it was shells exploding.I loved the typhone off Okanawa.Shellback in 47
Dyer, James(Big Jimf1/cMar 10, 1947 – 1949Eng. Black gangSome high times with Red Hendricks Big John Connely,Don Sloat, Dick Smith. Hanging out in the scrounge lounge.
Lankford, LeonardS1/CSep 1947 – May 1948I was pointer on a quad 40 antiaircraft gunI almost shot down a C47 towing a tarket.Injoyed the typhone off okanawa.Loved becoming a shellback.Liked all of China,Singapore,Beaches of Barneo.Most I loved my shipmates on DD 851.I saw a big part of the world, good /bad. I became a man.
Salter, DavidTORPEDOMAN FIRSTCLASS SEAMANMar 1, 1948 – Jun 1, 1951GunnerySpecial Helmsman for 5.5 hrs south of Okinawa during a Typhoon ship experienced 70 degree roll ,winds approx 200mph. Ship lost power at 4am after the worse of the storm. no injuries, all is well, Sorry bout the bumpy ride boys
Stahmer, JoeFC2Sep 1948 – Aug 1951Gunnery
Coker, Carl profile iconRM2Feb 1952 – Aug 1955OpsKorea, 3 tours. Formosa Straits. Phillippines.
Leonard, Charles/chuck/lennyRD2Jul 23, 1955 – Dec 18, 1958CICPlenty of Formosa Patrol with that Chinese Gun tracking us all the time, a 18incher or better. Remember a Gunnery exercise in 57' or 58' when over we had a perfect score on Night Illumination. Think that was a 1st. Good Captains and Cr
Best, Mike FeathersQMSM3Apr 1957 – Jun 6, 1958OPERATIONSCLUB MEMBERS (FILTHY SIX) WITH TONY LOPEZ, FRED GREATOREX, SWEDE JOHNSON,MYSELF, CERVANTES, AND ANOTHER WHOSE NAME IS LOST IN MEMORY BANKS. ANY OLD MATES PLEASE CHECK OUT THE RUPED ASSOCIATION AND JOIN. THE ORLECK IS BERTHED IN ORANGE TX.
Best, Mike FeathersSM2 TO SMSNApr 1957 – Jun 1958OR SIGNALMAN/QUARTERMASTERCAPTIAN GREAT WESTPAC CRUISE, BAD STORM MY THIRD. GREATOREX/LOPEZ/CANTU/SWEDE, AND THE FILTHY SIX. GOD BLESS EM ALL. SORRY HAD A SHORT TIMERS ATTITUDE.
Carter, Dale / RabbitE3Aug 1, 1959 – Jun 16, 1963
Tipton, James (Tip)SFP3Oct 1959 – Jan 1963RHokkaido Straights Cuban Missle Crisis -- Formosa Straits -- Patroling Vietnam Coast.
Tipton, Jamessfp3Dec 1959 – Dec 1962r
Duncan, Roy SO2Sep 1960 – Apr 1961Gunnery DeptRetired school teacher and enjoy cruising in the Caribbean. Would enjoy hearing from any ship mates. I live in Springfield Mo. (Enjoyed YOKOSUKA CITY!!!!)
Nord, EugeneseamanDec 24, 1961 – Dec 15, 1964istI worked as the weapons yeoman
Fuller, DaveRM31962 – 1963OC
Keller, FrankSTG11963 – 1965ASRetired to Florida March 1980. The Rupe was a great ship. I remember the fond nicknames for the old girl like Rusty Rupe and Hatchie Go Itchy (the hull number in Japanese). Finished my career on the USS W. S. Sims FF
Brewster, AlecSM2May 1963 – Mar 1965)S
Kerby, KennethQM3Nov 1963 – May 1967Operations/NavigationRetired from Navy in Sept of 1987 as QMC(SS)
Walker, RonaldFTG3Jan 31, 1964 – Apr 14, 1965Pacific FleetLooking for Duane Butler from Hondo,Texas.
Penczek, PaulSM2(E-5)Mar 1, 1964 – Jul 1, 1966OC
Walden, WileyEM2Apr 1964 – Jun 1966RThis ship left the USA shortly after I reported aboard in Long Beach, CA for a tour of duty as homeported out of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship returned to the USA after two years, but I remained to put a total of 4 years before returning to the USA.
Rackover, BarrySM2May 1964 – May 1966OPS
Helt, JamesLTJGAug 1964 – Aug 1966WA
Gray, Samuel1965 – 1969GAfter leaving the Rupe I retired in 1989 as GMCM. I am looking for old shipmates to communicate with.
Wilson, TerryFTG 3Jan 1965 – Dec 7, 19673rd Weaponscold watches in director while mess cooking during Formosa patrol. Assigned as radar/rangefinder operator, very accurate with 5"38s. GQ and running to director and seeing smoke pouring from Forrestal. Worked with good GM's & FT's - 1
Cherek, BenRDSN TO RD2Feb 1965 – Sep 1969OIStill alive and well. Belive it or not, retired after 21 years as OSC, this may not be hard to believe,wearing red crow.
Jenkinson, TimothySonarman 3rd Class Petty OfficerFeb 15, 1965 – Jul 1, 1967WAJust stopping in to say hello ...Hope all is doing well
Silverthorn, ArthurFTG3Apr 1965 – Apr 19, 1968WeaponsDoes anyone recall if and when we went up the Saigon River during our West Pac cruise 65 - 66? If we can show any proof we were up the Saigon river for even one day we can be covered for some of our medical issues.
Long, Wendell WPO3Apr 1965 – Apr 1965Destroyer Division 32Served from April 1965 to April of 1968
Pray, RalphSTG3Apr 11, 1965 – Jan 4, 1967W.AEverybody called me Barney
Mattingly, AndyE-3Aug 1965 – Oct 1966WDLoved being at sea on the Rupe! Longest time out was 30 days. GQ station was "Hot Shellman" in GM 51.Lots of shooting in Nam. Was a great experiance. If you know me, drop me a note. "Andym0097@gmail.com"
Keith, KitSNAug 12, 1965 – Nov 12, 1968WGI was the cause of us being along side the Forrestal during the fire. I retired from roseburg VA hospital a few years ago. Sam and Joe were are you.
Donaldson, Willis ' Don'mm2Sep 15, 1965 – May 15, 1969A gangNeed inland waterway dates for Vietnam if you have them thanks email address wd91345@yahoo.com
Andreoli, RaymondSFP3Oct 12, 1965 – Jun 14, 1969RepairRetired may 1992 CWO3.
Schempf, Rick profile iconGMGSNOct 28, 1965 – Feb 20, 19682ndI was on watch on plaine gard duty on the asroc deck when the USS FORASTAL Blew up, and I saw it when the fire broke out and the ship exploded.. Thats one day ill never forget. I was one of the gunnersmates for mt52.
Cheever, SpudEM21966 – 1970E
Bolton, JamesFTG3May 15, 1966 – May 10, 1968weaponsleft rupe in may 68 reported to Na Ba Viet Nam riverboats/ left the Navy in 1970.Joined the Al National Guard in 79 retired in 2006 as SGM (E-9)
Miller, Clarence/allenRM3Dec 16, 1966 – Aug 18, 1969Completed two tours to Vietnam, the last with homeport of Yokuska, Japan
Andrys, JohnRUPERTUS1968 – 1971SupplyHomeported out of San Deigo and shipped out to new homeport out of Yoko, Japan. I left the ship and was transfered to Washington D.C.
Lumabao, BenjaminSN1968 – 1970WAWas with the WD Division and went into WA Divison.
Tabor, BarryMachinist Mate 3rd class1968 – Nov 1971Engine Room
Sutton, JimRD3Mar 1968 – Jun 1970I came aboard as a non-designated striker and ended up as an RD3. I would like to talk to Ben Cherek and Bill Reynolds.

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