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USS Coucal (ASR 8) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Coucal (ASR 8). 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 139 crew members registered for the USS Coucal (ASR 8).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1960 | 1961 – 1969 | 1970 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Marion, VanceEN3May 1, 1961 – Jan 16, 1963EDIVGOOD MEMORYS,GREAT FRIENDS, WILD WESTPACK CRUSE ,REMEMBER WELL LIBERTY LAUNCH RUNNING AGROUND.I WAS DUTY EN
Piet, Dave (Pete Piet)SK 3Jun 26, 1961 – Jun 26, 1965SupplyGood memories. I served with good people
Collins, JoelFN1962 – 1965EngineeringLots of good memories and some wild times
Weitzel, WilliamBM31962 – 1964my e-mail is buconst@yahoo.com. aerved w/ the now fomous brashear and in fact he and i ran a p-boat aground in lahaina. wasn't funny then..... but now
Runn, DavidGMG3Feb 20, 1962 – Sep 23, 1964DECK FORCEGOOD DUTY, GOOD FRIENDS,
Spargo, JamesEN 2May 1962 – Feb 1966EngineeringServed with Chief Ralston, Chief Brashear, Division Officer Lt. Pope. . Main Engine Room Throttleman and Auxiliary Engine Room Maintenance Officer. Two Wespac cruises out of Pearl Harbor.
York, RichardMR3Oct 1962 – Jul 1965
Ribble, Stephen E.E3Oct 1, 1962 – Mar 1, 1966EngineeringI was studying for Interior Communications, but never passed the test for 3rd Class PO. I was aboard this vessel (in Pearl) in November, 63 when Kennedy was shot.
Chavez, Richard profile iconDC21963 –7th FleetActually, my name is David, Son of Richard Chavez, He died in 64, wanted to know if anyone knew my dad who was a diver and who served on the USS Coucal AS8 under Lt Commander Albert Smith. Would really like to know.
Kienel, Leroy (Sam)QMSNJan 1963 – Jun 1964QuartermasterHarold Steinke was CO, I was on board when Bill ran the P-boat aground @ Lahaina, he missed the boat harbor entrance. I went to QM school @ Yokahama late 1963, on board when Kennedy got shot & Cuban missle crisis and !st nuc sub in Japan.
Ford, CecilEM3 E 41964 – 1967EngineeringBasic Training and Electrician's A-School at Great Lakes, Illinois. After A-School, received orders to USS Coucal ASR 8 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1964. Left USS Coucal in1967 as EM3. Discharged from T. I., Calif. in June 1967.
Sigritz, GaryBM3Feb 1964 – Dec 1965I HAVE FORGOTTEN MANY OF MY CREW MATES, BUT I DO REMEMBER SEAMAN KEMP AND HAINSWORTH HE WAS FROM LOUISIANA.
Beavers, SteveRD1965 – 1966OperationsServed aboard USS Coucal 65-66
Bennett, DougETR-2Jan 1965 – Dec 1967OERemembering buddies Larry Dollison, Davey Moore, Catfish (cook) and Navigator Joe Bambridge. '66 WesPac cruise..Da Nang, S. Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Phillipines. Subs in '68.Ret. E-8 in 1982 with 23 years of service.
Sparks, SteveRM3Jan 2, 1965 – Aug 15, 1965ComsubpacI am unable to recall anything about my brief cruise on the USS Coucal. It was a 30 day training cruise. I had some health issues at the time that may have caused amnesia. I hope a shipmate remembers me.
Hulsey, Wyman/surfE3Jun 1965 – Apr 1967Deck ForceLooking for people assigned during this time.
Trapp, JimSTG/StrikerJul 1, 1965 – Aug 1, 1965SonarI was transfered off in Japan to the Hospital.
Myrick, GayleETN2Apr 1966 – Jan 1968OperationsTransferred to Coucal just in time for 1966 Westpac cruise. We played "tag" with a Russian "trawler" for 30 days in The South China Sea. Loved Hong Kong and Japan. Phillipines ehhh. Was lead PO for CIC for most of my stay
James W. Cosgrove, CosCS3/CS2Sep 1966 – Sep 1969SUPPLY/COOKSASR8 MY 1ST DUTY STATION REPORTED @ NIGHT IN PEARL, TIED S 2 WAS GREETED BY BM3 VIRGIL. SCARED, ,LOVED THE CS RATE GOT OUT 69 / IN 1972, AO148 THEN SSBN625,608, TTF BANGOR WA E-8 , CWO2. NSCS ATHENS,CV41 RET W 22
Matthews, HenryE-3Oct 11, 1966 – Sep 11, 1970Eng. ship fitter
Butler, AllenBM3Nov 1966 – 1967DECK
Alley, CharlesE4Nov 1966 – Aug 1968QuartermasterPlease contact at 131 Leach Rd. Johnson City, TN 37601
Dunlap, PaulGMG3 (DV)Jan 1967 – Mar 1968GunneryServed aboard for a little over a year. Was temporarily transferred to Greenlet when she replaced Coucal for WESPAC deployment. Came back to Coucal & on to T.I. for separation.
Wood, John "WoodY"MM2 DV1Sep 1967 – Sep 1968In charge of A & AirhouseWas onboard when Festag was C.O. Poor moral throughout the ship, but still managed to have some good times.
Scherff, AllanIC3Sep 1967 – 1970ENG
Scherff, AllanIC 3Oct 1967 – 1970ENG
McNamara, Larry (Mac)EN3Oct 12, 1967 – Oct 10, 1969Engine room/engMade the '68 west pac and fought the engine cracks to get us there. Left after an auto accident. Festag was commander. Monthly trips to Lahana. Lots of all nighters on the beach. Bignardy was Chief. write
Hansen, GaryEN-21968 – 1970A-gangGreat duty! Remember beer ball games on Lahaina, deep sea fishing off the fan tail, "taking out" the pier on Hilo, Shakey's Pizza after camping on Kaena point, and the filming of Tora! Tora!, Tora!
Avila, Craig profile iconFNJan 1968 – May 1970EngineeringLots of memories... WestPac68, Main engine overhaul at sea, swamped Hawser boat off Maui during Small Craft seas, 4 Point ops, diver ops, going over the side with 2 others during In-Serv Eval. Motorcycles at Kaena Point
Breiner, JamesQM2Jan 18, 1968 – 1971DeckHad a good time aboard.
Thaxton, MikeE-3Feb 24, 1968 – Feb 24, 1972engine roomloved hawaii, japan, and hong kong
Jones, PhilipLt JGMar 10, 1968 – Jan 10, 1971deep sea diving and salvage
Stachowski, Leon ( Ski )BM3Apr 1968 – Jan 1970DeckBest time ever... Even better crew...
Frank, TerryRadioman 2Jun 1, 1968 – Oct 1, 1969Communications
Marvel, BruceETR2Jun 7, 1968 – Aug 10, 1969operationsWas a learning experence.
Fuller, James, JimET1Sep 1968 – Feb 1970Ops
Schwarz, JohnEM3Dec 1968 – Jan 25, 1972EngineeringRemember lots of friends-Navarro,Vanacora,Peterson,Harbinson,Scherff,Avila,Williams,Petchnick,Cherek,Munster,Gee,Blair,Yepsen,Monday,Thaxton,Ackerman,Squires,Bright and so many others. Hope to hear from some of you.
Fuller, JimETN2Dec 1968 – Jan 1971OPSGood ship, great crew.
Schwarz, JohnEM3Dec 16, 1968 – Jan 26, 1972EngineeringLots of good/bad times. Now liberty call...All electricians lay to the fantail!! Remember Navarro,Sherff,Peterson,Vanacora,Squires,CHIEF FISHER!,Blair,Yepson,Reh,Frog(Plath)Muenster,Davila,Munday,Petchnick,Boatright,KataharaHarbinson
Johnson, Kent-- Big JohnBM21969 – 1973DeckGreat crew, would like to find old shipmates, e-mail me.
Tufts, RichardSTSCS(SS) (STS-2)1969 – 1970OPS
Eckert, DennisBM-3Jan 1, 1969 – Mar 3, 1973WOW When i debarked COUCAL i had more time than anyone onboard.FUN.HELL.FEAR.DANGER.ADVENTURE.FRIENDS.CAPT.GIBSON HELLO & THANK YOU.U PUT ME ON LIFES CORRECT COURSE.TRETTER.JAKE.JOHN.JERRY.MIKE. any1 Lts tlk email runoverme1@yahoo.com
Spillers, Charles (Chuck)RM!(SS)May 1969 –I do not remeber the exaact date I signed aboard the Coucal, I only served a year or so and then was transfered back to Subs
Barrett (Elcano), MichaelRD2Jul 1969 – Apr 1971OperationsTruly, the best and most meaningful years of my life.
Gibson, James W.LCDROct 17, 1969 – Feb 19, 1971Great ship, with an even better crew.
Boatright, Thomas E.CWONov 1969 – Sep 1973Eng Dept, Deck Dept, Sup Dept
Kramer, JaySEAMAN1RSTCLALLNov 15, 1969 – Jul 23, 1970boats I was great
Williams, Ernie (Willy)EM3-EM2Dec 1969 – Dec 1970and Water KingI remember Gibson and Benetes,I enjoyed knowing John Wertz En2,Bill Bochat En1,Bill Marsh Mr1,living in the barracks on the hill.Sleeping off a nite in Lahaina in the Banyon tree.the divers were always a trip to go drinking with!
Rush, WilliamPN2Dec 24, 1969 – Jun 24, 1972AdminGood times, great people. Thanks for the memories!

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