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USS Ashtabula (AO 51) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Ashtabula (AO 51). 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 147 crew members registered for the USS Ashtabula (AO 51).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1968 | 1969 – 1975 | 1976 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Troiano, BobSNAug 1969 – Mar 1970Deck, 2nd DivisionEndless Unreps.
Allen, JerryMM2Oct 1969 – Nov 1971Engine roomCame to the Ashtabula by helicopter from Camp Tien Sha via the Coral Sea and was lowered by cable to the deck. Worked in protestant lay ministry with Jim Wood in 1970. Painted the Snoopy "Feelin' Groovy" on the port LP Turbine case.
Steck, Donald (Count Dreck)MM21970 – Jun 1972"M" Div.Reported on board as a MM3 and "clicked" with MM3 Stan "the Man". Did two West Pacs while station on the Bula and made MM2 between the two cruises. Also spent time with Jerry Allen and Jim Wood.
Ellis, RoyDC-2Jan 1970 – Sep 1971RPlayed drums, we had a band! played for a few ships during UNREPs. Had a great crew in R division. Lot of good times.
Sullivan, PatrickSF/FNFeb 28, 1970 – Mar 1, 1972R divisionGot E-Mail Ron York He heard from Ray Venning I rember Jimmy ,Till Bob Cottom
Acuna, Gilbert3RD CLASSMar 3, 1970 – Jan 14, 1974E
Smith, RichardRM2Apr 1970 – Mar 1972OCHave lots of fond memories for those years.
Watts, Steven profile iconmmfnMay 27, 1970 – 1971A Divbest duty station for me, mates
Back, DarrolSNOct 1971 – Aug 1977Stream
Fred Waltman, :"REB"GMG31972 – 1974GUNNERY "Armory"
Muenster, Allan /zekeE31972 – 1975E GANGI CAN SAY WE HAD ALOT OF FUN ON THE BULA THE ONLY US NAVY WAR SHIP WITH A BIG ORANGE SMILE FACE PAINTED ON THE SUPER STRUCTURE !
Polecheck, DanET21972 – 1975Ground ElectronicsStarted at Ground Electronics and then ended up in ADMIN as we were closing the base. i was one of the last military to leave.
Blackwell, RichardE-3Jul 1972 – Jul 1974communicationsI love my ship
Stevens, BillSNOct 1972 – Jul 1975DeckLooking Back it was one of the best times of my life. I would like to here from others who served with me.
Clark, MikeySNOct 3, 1972 – Nov 25, 1976FNThe Happy Face on the super structure was a friendly reminder of how crazy life onboard the Bula was...good times!
Hall, JackMM 2ND CLASSNov 1972 – Aug 1976M & A
Jewell, DanielSK 3Nov 1972 – Jun 1975SupplyI would like to hear from some old ship mates from the ash AO-51. 1972-1975 I got an early out while at Pearl Harbor before ship left for 3rd west pac cruise. I sure had some good times with some good friends.
Judge, JamesE-3Nov 1, 1972 – 1975IC MenWhat a time on the Bula.
Judge, JamesE-3Nov 1, 1972 – 1975IC MenWhat a time on the Bula.
Miller, Richard "Doc"HM2Dec 20, 1972 – Apr 26, 1974MedicalI served as a Corpsman. Homeported out of Long Beach, we did a WestPac cruise in 73-74. sailed to Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, the Gulf of Siam (Cambodia), sailed with a battle group to the Red Sea during the 73 Yom Kippur war.
Contreras, RubenE31973 – 19752ndlooking for E5 gutierrez and the rest of the guys , home port long beach
Contreras, Ruben profile iconsn1973 – 1975a divlooking for kurt gray
Presto, RenatoE31973 – 1975ALooking for my buddies.Best time of my life.west pac liberties
Bohn, LarryOS2May 15, 1973 – Nov 10, 1976OII made three WestPacs 73-74, 75, and 76!
Hackworth, Cyrus Skip...bobo...meatballRADIOMANJun 1973 – Jul 1975communicationwaz up hommes...give me a holla....
Seacott, GordonHT3Sep 7, 1973 – May 30, 1976R DIV.Was in the weld shop,fuel lab,and ran the board in Cargo Control on unraps. Two West Pacs 73/74 and 75 Vietnam Evac.
Hrindak, GregFNDec 20, 1973 – Apr 27, 1976R div
McAdams, Big MacMM2Dec 27, 1973 – Oct 9, 1981Looking for people on AO145 and AO51 in eng.
Bonnett, Phillip profile iconYN1974 – 1976ADMINyA the Bula was fun. The cargo nets at night. The smily face, sure wish had a pic of that. Outta Hawaii on tropical work hours and being 18 years old ya that was fun. Yes I remember the refugees and that box of money.
Castle, James  NEWHT21974 – 1976R DivReported aboard in Long Beach before we changed HomePort to Pearl. Aboard for Westpack into early 76 when left to attend Dive School
Sutherland, JaysonMMFNJan 1974 – Dec 1974MWhere is everybody from M division?
Andre, PaulHM 2Apr 1974 – Jun 1976MedicalI joined the Ash Just after a WestPac and just before leaving for Pearl for a new homeport. Served most of my time under Capt. Mo Peele. Was aboard during the "last Vietnam" WestPac during the VietNam evac Boat People & Mayaguez incident
Wheeler, KennethFAApr 1974 – Apr 1975M divisionI remember the friends I made and good times we had.I was too young to appreciate the help I received from ones I knew
Kapaldo, Kidd (Bill)IC2Apr 1974 – Jul 1977STREAMJust found this site and it makes me wish I could do it all over again! Proud member of the STREAM TEAM but just as proud to have been a Happy Ash crew member! So many good people to remember! We got'er Done, didn't we!
Zemlicka, RandyE-2Apr 3, 1974 – Dec 22, 1976deckCame aboard in long beach had a blast remenber bart rudy carl booth dennis potter though were the days
Glasgow, ScottSMSep 1974 – Jun 1976SignalmanEnjoyed my tour on the Bula, and all the guys I served with, and the last trip to the South China Sea and the South Vietnam evac. Anyone remember the box of money handed up from one of the smaller evac boats?
Ames, WilliamMM3Sep 30, 1974 – Oct 5, 1976STREAMLooking for any STREAM guys from West Pac cruises 1975 and 1976
Grupe, Douglas profile iconMM3Dec 1974 – 1976M DivisionLooking to make contact with those I served with aboard the Ashtabula especially in 1975 as I'm looking to document our service during Operation Frequent Wind in the territorial waters of Vietnam to submit a VA Claim.
Matthes, StevenFTG2Dec 16, 1974 – Aug 12, 1975Weapons
Smith, John1975 – 1978
Ryan, Joe / DriftyEN-21975 – 1977A Gang/DieselsHas anybody found a picture of me shooting the moon to the Russians yet?
Finkbeiner, MichaelEN3Mar 1975 – Mar 1977
Schillinger, Joe (SLINGSHOT)BTFNMay 15, 1975 – May 14, 1977BAnyone out there from this time? We had some great times out at sea-two westpacs-in hawaii.Anyone remember the top of the smoke stack? Sure miss everyone.Hope everyones doing fine. SLINGSHOT Love to here from all.
Radke, RobertE4Aug 26, 1975 – Aug 25, 1979Lead petty officer 2ndI SERVED ON BOARD BULA FROM 1975-79 2 WEST-PACS AND PLENTY OF DAYS OUT AT SEA ..WE WERE THE BEST AND I MISS THE BUDDYS I SERVED WITH ...
Tucker, BrianE3Oct 1975 – Aug 1976BHad some great times on my first WesPac. I will never forget initiation when I got on board.
Brackett, DonBM2Nov 28, 1975 – Mar 24, 19782nd DivisionGood crew great weather in Pearl Harbor
Dutt, BruceMSSNDec 1975 – Dec 1977Supply
Mueller, DeanMM2Dec 1975 – Dec 1978M
Olsen, MikeMM3Dec 28, 1975 – Jan 10, 1978M

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