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USS John R. Craig (DD 885) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS John R. Craig (DD 885). 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 73 crew members registered for the USS John R. Craig (DD 885).

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Williams, GarySM 3RD CLASS0000 – Mar 15, 1970OC
Thompson, James R.1944 – 1946
Young, J.d.Seaman 2CAug 30, 1945 –?....
Harrison, William (Harry)SA1951 – 1953I was a cookDoes anybody remember when Wayne Reinstettle and a Lieutenant went overboard during a hurricane?
Tillitson, GeorgeET2Sep 1951 – May 1954Enginering & Operations
Garza, TrippRD21952 – 1954CIC
Moulder, GaylandTORPEDOMAN 2ND CLASSMay 1952 – Jun 1955GunneryLots of good time and good friends. Hopefully we helped make a positive impact on the Korean War.
Gunderson, David / GundyQM 3Aug 1952 – Jun 1954operations
Hunter, John D (Big H)BT3May 1956 – Oct 15, 1959MI was proud to serve on the Craig and want to say hi to all of my shipmates.
Oligney, Jack2nd class petty officer1957 – 1961Engine room
Haber, WayneRM2Oct 1, 1957 – Jan 30, 1960Communications Radio
Fouts, Leroy (Lee)MM21958 – 1962MHey Ralph Jones. My sister says hi. Mind your zipper.
Jones, RalphMMFA/MM2Sep 4, 1958 – Sep 4, 1962MI worked in the aft engine room.
Craig, RobertETR 2Dec 8, 1959 – Mar 31, 1962OI
Cierley, FrederickPN3Mar 18, 1960 – Mar 10, 1962
Erben, FredMM3Apr 10, 1960 – Oct 1, 1962M DivisionWent on the Craig out of boot camp in San Diego in 1960 & left for WestPac cruise 2 weeks later. Went to Hunter's Point for FRAM but left for Nuclear Power School, Mare Island in Oct. 1962.
Vail, Paul V.RD11962 – 1964OI
Smith, Douglas (Smitty)RD31962 – 1962OI DivisionCame aboard the Craig on a Sunday pier head jump swap from the USS Perkins (DDR877) at San Diego.. The Craig was leaving the next day for a FRAM conversion in San Francisco which was close to my home at Stinson Beach.
Rodgers, HarryRD21962 – 1966OI
Schmelzer, JeffRD31962 – 1964OI
Andres, Richard (Andy)EM3Jul 1, 1962 – Aug 16, 1965E -Please look on the Web Site: for the reunion association. Join and attend the reunions. Open to all Shipmates who served on DD885.
Rodgers, HarryRD2Nov 1962 – Oct 18, 1966OISail on 3 Westpac cruises. shore bombardment and aircraft carrier plain guard .
Lehtola, Henry "Hank"EM3Nov 4, 1962 – May 24, 1966"E" Div.Join the John R. Craig DD-885 Reunion Association. You won't regret it.
Kitsch, BarryADJ31963 – Apr 1964airNoticed no other Dash program pers on your list. After leaving JRC I continued my career retiring in 1986 after 27 years. Worked for rolls-royce 20 years and the as independent contractor until now.
Dawson, Leroy profile iconSH3Mar 19, 1963 – Mar 4, 1968S3Went on to retire and work civil service as a supervisory Contract officer GS1102-14. retired Dec 2012 combining with navy time and civil for 40 yrs. love the Big I
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Davis, DewardSTG-31964 – Sep 1966Sonar
Kirts, Robert (Bob)E5 IC21964 – Nov 17, 1967EEnjoyed my time aboard the Craig and miss my shipmates.
Cronan, MaxEM3Jan 7, 1964 – Dec 1967E-DivisionI would like to invite all crew members of the John R. Craig to attend the Ship's Reunion in Chattanooga. TN.....Sept. 8-12, 2010. call me or e-mail for more info or check out the Craig's home page.
Braunling, JerrySTG2Nov 1964 – May 1967AS
Sparger, Davegmg3Nov 25, 1964 – Nov 20, 1967Gretired
Langlie, KonradTM 2Jun 1, 1965 – Jun 2, 1966ASRetired March 2005 as Colonel US Army
Bonnar, DonEM2Feb 13, 1966 – Nov 29, 1969e
Estrup, Hector F JCTR3/RM2Jun 1966 – Dec 1969OCMany great stories about Jolly John - I've written about some of them in War Stories For My Grandchildren - see more at and other sea stories at Fair winds!
Foster, DonSM3Aug 19, 1966 – Apr 22, 1968
Bengle, LarryPO 2Feb 1967 – Jul 1970OperationsPromoted to Radar (RD 3) man in one year and RD 2 in two years.
Bagby, OthaJan 8, 1968 – Nov 14, 1969Machinist MateI solute my shipmates who served with me on the USS John R. Craig.
Bagby, OthaE2Apr 1968 – Nov 11, 1969Machinist Mate
Lundelius, William (Bill)RD21969 – 1970CIC
Bailes, DavidTMO2Feb 21, 1969 – Aug 28, 1972ASStarted in 1st Div as SA. Made 3 westpacs, got out in 8/72 to go to school. Reentered in 8/74 as GMT2 (via SCORE) made GMTCS, then CWO and retired in 1990 as W-3. Living in NW Arkansas Ozarks.
Burnett, JeffreyLtjgAug 19, 1969 – Aug 20, 1971E-Division, prospective MPA; 1st Lieutenant; CIC Officer; Acting Ops OfficerFrom the moment I was lowered by a helo in the Gulf to leaving for US Naval Destroyer School from 32nd St, I had a great life experience on the Craig. I have many wonderful memories of the many people with whom i worked

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