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USS Laffey (DD 724) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Laffey (DD 724). 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 47 crew members registered for the USS Laffey (DD 724).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1971 | 1972 – now

Henderson, GeorgeNov 18, 1945 – Oct 20, 1946
McCusker, GeorgeRM3Jan 1, 1952 – Nov 15, 1953Communications
Reed, Donalddont know1954 – 1954boiler roomMy dad served during korea. Anyone remember him?
Penn, KennethMM1954 – 1956Boiler RoomDeceased - December 29, 2005 Image: Penn on left aboard ship, unknown on right) (
Prock, DonaldMM2Apr 22, 1956 – May 28, 1958EngineeringCame a board 1956 in Norfolk,Va made shake down to Cuba ,San Jaun, Port of Prince. also Med CruiseRed Sea Italy/with Pappy Short Forward Engine Room Discharged 1958, Re-up 1958 Serve on DE 624 USS WHITEHURST discharged 1963 (viet-Nam)
Blake, HerbertIC3Jul 22, 1957 – Feb 21, 1963EngineeringBegan as BTFN then switched to ICFN then advanced to IC3
Morris, BillySeaman1958 – 1960ServiceI worked in the laundry, the kitchen, and as a barber. After my discharge I returned to my home town (Pickens, SC). I have worked at various trades but spent the last 20 years of my working life building log homes.
Ploth, GeorgeST31959 – 1961FOX
Phelan, RobertMM3Jun 1, 1959 – Nov 1, 1962Engineering DivisionI was a machine’s mate in the after engine room.
Keeton, Orvillebt3Jun 9, 1959 – Aug 20, 1964bloooking for as many crew members that i can find
Garvey, SamuelYNSNAug 1959 – Jun 1962operationsI am retired and living in Pittsburgh and enjoyed serving on the Laffy.
Patchell, RobertLTJGFeb 1960 – 1963OC DivisionAfter I left the Laffey, I remained in the Naval Reserve and retired after almost 22 years of service.
Kozlowski, Gary profile iconmmfnAug 1960 – Jan 1964EngineeringRetired living in Michigan--- Lifetime member of USS Laffey Association
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Peterson, Ronald LBT3Oct 1960 – 1964Mwould like to hear from the 1960-64 guys.
Bergeron, RichardFTG3Sep 1, 1961 – Jan 31, 1962FoxI am now writing novels about undercover police in the 1960s Navy. My two books presently published are "Needle on the Haystack" and "Operation Firethorn." I hope to have 7 books in the final series. On Amazon.
Heidecker, TomICFN1962 – 1964RLife member of the USS LAFFEY ASSOCIATION 8159435160
McCullough, KennethBM21962 – Aug 1972First
Hoover, ChrisIC-2Mar 1962 – Dec 1963ECame aboard in Portsmouth for the FRAM II update, was on the Argencia Newfoundland trip. Tom Heidecker was the only guy that would service the Anemometer! Had best time on this ship! Was on five ships in my four years.
Tribe, EdwardSNMar 20, 1962 – Feb 1, 1963?Served aboard as Corpsman striker and Postal Clerk.
Bruner, JamesETR2Feb 1963 – Dec 31, 1965EEnjoyed my stay on the Laffey and the two Med cruises as well as the equator crossing!
Dumont, Richard (Dick)LTJG and LTJun 27, 1963 – Apr 10, 1965ASW and WeaponsGreat ship and great crew. During the summer of 1964, The Laffey successfully completed a highly important mission following a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean. Laffey and it's crew won praise from CNO.
Bailey, James (Beetle)MM3Nov 12, 1963 – Nov 18, 1964R DivisionEnjoyed my time onboard
Campbell, KipEM 31964 – 1966
Rivera, OscarE3Feb 1964 – Feb 1967deck departmentI worked as a leading seaman. After the navy I worked for navy as a civilian then got married in1972. Retired from post office in 2004. And currently enjoying grandkids. currently living in PR since1983.
Sellers, Marty profile iconRD 3Jul 11, 1964 – Jul 10, 1967RadarmanI am the widow of Marty Sellers and I am just trying to reach out and locate those who may have served with my husband from 07/64 to 07/67 to share with his grandchildren. Thank you Sarah (Sam) Sellers
Davis, JamesFN1965 – Jun 4, 1966ENI liked serving aboard the Laffey 724. After our med cruise and tied up in Northfork I was an FN then I switched over from ships power to shore power. I found out, FN's were not allowed but I knew how to do that.
Smith, John (Smitty)SK-3Jan 1, 1966 – Dec 12, 1967SupplyLIFE Member USS LAFFEY assocation.
Lutz, JimST2Apr 8, 1966 – Aug 1, 1966WeaponsI was detached from USS Steinaker. Assigned to Laffey for nuclear sub-chasing research off Norfolk coast. Short duty as I was honorably discharged after 4 short months.
Burdick, Warren ( Butch)Machinist mate 2nd classJun 7, 1966 – Dec 10, 1969M
West III, BillBT1SWSep 1968 – 1970B DivWent on board as a BTFN. Went many deployments.
Pergram, Russgmg3Sep 1, 1968 – Apr 10, 1972WeaponsTwo med cruises and 2 Caribbean cruises. Spent my first Christmas away from home at Gitmo in '68. Was Gun Captain of Mt. 52 and operated the V.D.S on the fantail.
Danks, CharlesSSF3Mar 15, 1969 – May 30, 1971R
Aust, Thomasmm2Jun 1969 – Dec 1970mServed in aft engine room. Did 2 Med cruises and 1 Caribbean cruise. Finished service time in Naval Reserves in Dec 1973.
Cowin, PaulPN 1Oct 1969 – Feb 1971ON Division I done all of the leave papers and checking personnel in and out
Gwin, Jimfn1970 – 1971engwas a EM/FN left for A school in 71
Pinto, GeneSTG31970 – 1972SonarMed cruise in 70, Gitmos, miss it all. Retired now living in NY and NC.
Michael, FarinellaSTG21970 – 1973SonarI have been in contact with members of the Sonar crews from USS Laffey DD724 and the USS Mullinnix DD944.
D'Archangelo, Nick profile iconMM2Jan 15, 1970 – Apr 15, 1971M DivisionI made 1 Med Cruise and 2 Caribbean Cruises on her. I stood Top Watch in the Main Control Room for all 3 Cruises. Before her I was assigned to the USS CASA GRANDE LSD13 out of Little Creek VA.
Stange, DavidMMCMApr 1, 1970 – May 13, 1972MDivisionShe was old and ragged, but she was a proud ship. I’m still extremely proud to have served on her.
Shipley, Randy profile iconFTGSN1971 – 1972Gun Fire ControlMy battle station was at the gun fire director

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