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USS Firedrake (AE 14) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Firedrake (AE 14). 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 28 crew members registered for the USS Firedrake (AE 14).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Rutherford, PeteE3/Seaman1955 – 19571stI'm looking for anyone who served with my Dad, Joseph "Pete" Rutherford from Creole, La. He passed away in 1990. I would love to find out when he "crossed the line". I lost his cert in Hurricane Rita.
Carney, HermanMMFA - MM2Mar 1955 – Sep 1957M DivisionIt was while I was on the Firedrake that I met my futures wife.
Bunn, Edward (Ed)YN3Nov 1958 – Apr 1961AdminWent aboard FIREDRAKE NOV 1958, transferred APR 1961. I retired from Navy, May 1975 as YNC.
Gardner, DonMM31959 – 1962ENGINEERINGI loved that old ship, made many life long friends
Ryden, Bruce E.BRUCE RYDEN MR3Jan 1959 – Dec 1960
Roberts, Edward (Ed)FT21960 – 1962FIRE CONTROL
Lyons, John (Jack)RM2Jul 1, 1960 – Apr 1, 1961CommunicationsOne remarkable and exciting event of my life. Some of the best friends I ever had were aboard this old ship. Wish I could see them again but it has been over 50 years. The home port in CA is now a national monument.
Andreano, AndyYN31964 – 1966Log room YN2 WestPac, lots of work, but great crew and great times
Baron, RichardE31965 – 1966Boiler Room (Black Shoe)Still alive, and Retired. Went to WEST PAC, and was told that we hand some Atomic Bombs on board. About 8 to 10 days out, we stopped and got to go swimming in the deep blue sea, fun time for all that got to swim.
Brister, LonnellRM2Mar 2, 1965 – Sep 2, 1967OThere was racist Rm Wilson & RM Vezorak. . HM G. Klemiads was a good friend.
Wilson, JohnHM1Oct 1965 – Feb 1968MedicalI spent 11 years in the Navy. My most memorable time of this period was aboard the USS Firedrake, She was old, but she got the job done with an excellent crew and command structure.
Barton, James, JimSK2Jan 1966 – Oct 1967SupplyGreat Ship, Hard working crew
Hessick, GregE3 SEAMANJul 1966 – Apr 19681st
Blanton, RonaldRd 5Jul 1966 – Feb 1970OPSJust thought a few more of us should be listed.
Shipley, Reginald ( Reggie )SHS3 E-4Sep 12, 1966 – Jan 9, 1970SupplyI've been looking for old shipmates that served aboard the 'Drake". I was the ship's soda fountain operator as well as the lead Laundryman from 67 to 69. LtJG Kawasaki ran our department. Real good times, 3 Westpac cruises. Pleas
Mitchell, SteveMM31967 – 1971M DivisonJust looking for anyone I served with that might want to talk about the day ( I have put together 100's of slides on a DVD )
McManus, SteveGMG2Mar 14, 1967 – May 14, 1968G
Wimmbauer, GerhardEM2Jul 1967 – Oct 1969E divLooking for Icman Bob freil and EM3 John H Wolking.Have contact with George King EM3
Alan, ShepherdGMG31968 – 19703rd
Flanders, James (Jim)Seaman / EM-31968 – 1971EMMy whole active duty was spent on this great ship. I also remember the USS Sacramento ramming us. I remember the alarms rig for collision then maybe 20 seconds later it was brace for collision.
Dobson, DavidBM2Jan 15, 1968 – Mar 1, 19711stYes I remember! I was climbing up a ladder from the 1st division gear locker because the collision alarm was sounding and I saw the side of our ship rip open as the collision with the USS Sacramento took place.
Smith, MikeE3 Boiler TechFeb 10, 1968 – Nov 12, 1970B DivGood Time. Any body remember the USS Sacramento that rammed us.
Smith, JamesSHLSNApr 10, 1968 – May 16, 1970supplylooking for fellow ship mates.
Gibson, DennisJun 1968 – 1968Onboard a short time, but loved it. Tried to stay, but Cap't Lee thought it best I continue on to NUCSCOL.
Finnell, TracyEMFN1969 – 1970
Hinkson, LeoFA E2Feb 10, 1969 – Jun 19, 1969electrical apprentice/arm-comwas on stbd S-structure @ capt wire com when Sacramento ram the Firedrake, big V hole in the bow, inches abv water. Karma kicks, cause the Sacramento got rammed @ Persia Gulf @ Iraq times, both rusted waiting TX.
Virden, Robert (Bob)ETN3Oct 1969 – Dec 1970OpsI worked in Radio Central repairing equipment. I stayed in the Navy for 22 years and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer, working for COMNAVAIRPAC.
Hampton, Robert PcPC2Oct 15, 1969 – Dec 1, 1970operationsI only served 13 months on the Firedrake, but it was the best time I had in my 4 years. Would love to hear from anyone that was on board in the 1970 Westpac tour. Went to Vallejo last year. Navy is gone. Neat town tho

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