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USS Sanctuary (AH 17) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Sanctuary (AH 17). 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 160 crew members registered for the USS Sanctuary (AH 17).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – 1969 | 1970 – 1972 | 1973 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Trosper, Harold (Harry)HM2/HM1Jul 1069 – Jul 1970Worked with Dr Hudgins Lcdr/Dr Hamilton Capt/XOWorked as Assistant/2nd Scrub in Nuro-Surgery/Had friends through out the ship. Anyone who remembers me get in touch. It's been a long time.
Kovall, LeonardPHM 3/CJun 1944 – Dec 24, 1945SHIIPS MEDICAL DETAILI WAS IN THE ORIGINAL CREW, EMBARKING IN HOBOKEN, NJ, THEN SHAKEDOWN CRUSE . THEN FULL SPEED THRU THE PANAMA CANAL AND ON TO GUAM, WHERE THE PEACE TREATY WAS SIGNED AND WE PROCEEDED TO JAPAN AND EVACUATED POW'S.
Ginsberg, CharlesPHM2/C1945 – Mar 3, 1946We were in Wakayama where we loadedEnglish P O W's held by the Japs, took them to Okinawa and then returned to Nagasaki where we had an accident that necessitated our return to Hunter's Pt.,Ca for repairs. Then back to Hawaii.
Ducharme, PaulSeaman 1st Class1945 – Apr 19461st divisionPlank owner -- part of the original crew when the Sanctuary was first commissioned. Great life experience , great crew, great memories. Photograph of the ship proudly hangs on my wall today.
McDonald, BobDT3Jun 30, 1965 – Jul 30, 1968DentalWould like to know if anybody remembered me?
Roman, George T.HM3Jul 28, 1965 – Apr 15, 1968Medical AdministrationServed on USS SANCTUARY from Jun 1966 to Mar 1968; did recommissioning, stocked supplies, New Orleans, San Diego, Vallejo, Hawaii, Phillipp. Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapor......ROTA, SPAIN disch Jul 1969
Nagal, JosePO31966 – 1969
Interdonato, SteveHM31966 – Dec 15, 1966Neuro SurgeryBoarded during Commissioning in New Orleans, Cruised through Gulf of Mexico, through the Panama Canal to California,. I then got orders for Aircraft Carrier CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Kittrick, JackE4SHIPFITTER METAL SMITH1966 – 1967e shipfitterrecommissioned ship in new orleans and went with her to viet nam where she participated many actions supporting our troops in country !!!
Edwards, BubbaHM21966 – Feb 28, 1968Triage/Patient Affairs
Linkous, ErnieQM11966 – 1969Operations and DeckAny one remember when we had to let go of the anchor in Da Nang? I think it was around May of 67. We were being fired at. I was on the anchor detail and got injured. I need to substantiate my injury for VA disability.
Weber, PaulHM31966 – 1966HMCame on precommisiong crew in Norfolk,then to New Orleans.made trip to Vietnam ,and worked in ICU.Retired in 1982.Worked in nursing,and finally in Respiratory Therapy.Retired from Group Health Seattle after 30 yrs.
Goble, Melvin/melE7HMC1966 – 1968clinical laboratoryoriginal pre commissioning detail in New Orleans. Worked on design and outfitting of lab. Wonderful crew. Worked long,hard, rewarding hours off the coast of Vietnam. Looking forward to hearing from shipmates.
Frano, LarryE31966 –EnginemanWould like to know if anyone is still alive from that ship that would like to contact me. I was in air condition and refrig. Plus I took care of the diesel engines onboard.
Bruns, MarvinHM21966 – 1966MedicalVery interesting. I'm now living just a few blocks from my very first duty station, Portsmouth Naval Hospital. My time on precom and the year i spent on the ship, were great.
Phipps, PaulMM2Jan 3, 1966 – Apr 5, 1968M and Aremember taking the nurses and doc's into Da Nang for the O club in the capt GIG and going into thr PX and loading up on goodies
Clark, MatthewSFM3Mar 11, 1966 – Nov 15, 1967R divisionPlank Owner was in New Orleans before rest of crew arrived.
Polomsky, Frank HM1Apr 1966 – Dec 1967SOQ & LaboratoryServed on the Sanctuary Recommisioning crew. On her from New Orleans all the to Nam. Great stop in Hawaii going over. Great crew who served tirelessly. 648 bed Hospital that was full + 100 at times.
Giordano, Anthony 'Steve'HM3May 1966 – Nov 1967hospital crew-operating room technician,neuroWas operating room technician, worked mainly with Dr. Fred Jackson, neurosurgery, but we all did everything. Was part of nucleus crew in New Orleans, outfitted the ship with goods, from desks to mattresses. Online 4/1967
Rossi, Carl "carlo"HM3 - HN - HM3 - HN (BUSTED AGAIN) HM3 Jun 10, 1966 – Apr 10, 1968HNGave about half the beginner acoustic guitar players on the ship advanced acoustic guitar lessons except for Mike C. who gave electric lessons to the other half.
Roman, GeorgeHM3Jun 20, 1966 – Mar 24, 1968Still treasure many memories of AH17, despite the horrors of the war...i have met some life long friends.God Bless all those who served aboard.
Peterson, LarryHM3Jul 1966 – Sep 1967HS Div. Med RepairHelo deck sign "You find 'em, we bind 'em. Open 24 Hour's". Played guitar with Carl Rossi. Good times/bad times on line off Viet Nam. Great steak cookouts on Helo deck on way to Subic Bay. R&R Hong Kong. Enough said.
Seymour, DavidYN3/LATER YNCJul 10, 1966 – Nov 30, 1967X DIV/OPS DEPTWould love to hear from all (ship's company/hospital). I put AH 17 in comm 15 NOV 1966 & took her to Nam. I know lots of news about our shipmates. Pls get in touch.
Cluxton, EarlHM1Aug 1966 – Apr 1968HAWas LPO oin Patient Affairs Office and had aa excellent personnel to work with.
Jackson, RobertHM3Aug 1966 – Feb 1977Urology ClinicPart of the original nucleus crew at Avondale ship yard in Loisiana
Haviland, JimSeamanAug 1966 – 1968Deck ForceIn port I was Captain's Driver. Part of the time at sea I was chaplain's assistant. Part of the time I was part of the "burn" detail.
Kober, StaceyMM3Aug 1, 1966 – Dec 1, 1967M ships evaporators FIRST CREW PICK UP AT NEW ORLEANS
Boggs, James profile iconHM2Aug 8, 1966 – Mar 8, 1968HMIn Norfolk for Pre Commissioning Training and the New Orleans for Commissioning. Then to Far East through Panama Canal. Had great time with great crewmates. Drop me an E-mail.
Anderson, PaulHM3Sep 1966 – Jan 1967MedicalGood ship great duty the friends I made were the best sailors ever. Proud to have served aboard her.
Powers, Michael J.SK3Sep 1, 1966 – Feb 8, 1968Supply DivisionPlank owner. Great duty. Worked with excellent minded officers and crew. Fond memories of Panama Canal, Mare Island, Hawaii, Singapore, Hong K, and of course, who could forget Subic Bay. Ordered to CVA-43 in late 68.
Roman, GeorgeHM3Sep 14, 1966 – Mar 20, 1968HAOne of the best experiences of my life; despite the miseries and horros of war, this was a mission of hope and caring for many of the sick and wounded. God Bless, George T. Roman
Peek, Sanford/samSM2Oct 1966 – Mar 1968OPS
Caruso, RandyHM3Nov 1966 – Mar 1968HMI joined the ship in New Orleans which was an expierence in itself. I remember the very first patients we received- 10 Marines burned when their tank detonated a landmine. I'll never forget those guys.
Vasek, StephenHM2Nov 14, 1966 – Dec 8, 1967HA
Summy, Charles 'randy'HM3Dec 1966 – Dec 1967OPERATING ROOM
Costes, Precilio "Pete"HM3/Hospital CorpsmanDec 20, 1966 – Jan 10, 1968HU DIV.I was part of of the original crew of the Hospital Staff from the Commissioning to our first year in Vietnam.
Bliss, MarcHM31967 – 1968hospitalworked on soq and then c-5
Graybill, JerryChaplain's Asst1967 – 1970ChaplainJerry was our brother and served two terms on the USS Sanctuary. He spoke with great fondness of the time he served as an assistant to Father Rice. Jerry lost his battle to brain cancer on June 23, 2014. RIP Brother!
Alles, Larryhm31967 – 1968?looking for Terry mellenbocker -mellow yellow- had some good times when u were trying to help me acquire a taste for beer in alongapo in subic bay
Bobbitt, Harry profile iconSFM31967 – 1968R DivisionPlank Owner, Assistanted in retrofitting ship in New Orleans prior to traveling through the Panama Canal, Philippines and sat off the coast of Viet Nam during the so called Conflict.
Kent, StephenHM3Feb 1967 – Nov 1968MedicalMet ship in Vallejo (Where I was born in Naval Hospital Mare Island, Vallejo in "47); traveled to Hawaii (resupply) then on to Philippines then on station Vietnam.
Kelly, Sean MMM3 -Feb 14, 1967 – Nov 26, 1967M EVAPORATORS FIRST CREW PICK UP AT MARE ISLAND (MOM WAS ALSO STATION WW 2 MEDICAL) WENT FROM SN TO FN TO MM3, 1ST RATED DIDN'T GO TO A SCHOOL, SHELLBACK. CHIEF ENGINEER MR A-Z.. REMEBER HELO GOING DOWN. SKIPPERS COLLINGWOOD AND DUFNER.
Bartzer (Nilsen), RickHM3Apr 2, 1967 – May 1, 1968HMWorked on B Wards.
Stites, CarlBM2May 15, 1967 – Jul 15, 19692ND DIVISIONi came aboard when bm2 lund was in charge of the 2nd deck divison and i was the first salior of the month.i took over the 2nd divison.would like to know the where about of others that served on board when i was there
Coffee, Gary L.HM2Jun 1967 – Apr 1968Medical Ward
Martinek, GregE3Sep 1967 – Oct 1968s1
McClure, JimmyMCCLURESep 1, 1967 – Sep 1, 1968ENT WardMiss the Old Girl
Walker, JerryRetiredOct 1967 – Nov 1968SupplyStarted on deck as a volunteer for the Helo ops until an opening came up in supply for a storekeeper striker. With the help and guidance of SK1 Terry Hinch, I became a storekeeper. Great crew. Helped with the kids.
Nortmann, EdwardE3-HNOct 10, 1967 – Oct 9, 1968medical. can't remember, possibly AH division.My 1st Cmd after Hospital Corp School San Diego. Worked in Triage and on call duty for incoming directly across from Triage. Worked Medical wards and ICU. Left on a chopper on 09 October68 back to the Big PX.
Lyons, DavidCS2Oct 14, 1967 – May 5, 1969S2I was a cook aboard the USS Sanctuary, I am now retired. I belong to the Viet Nam of a America chapter 1106
Orluk, WilliamHN3Nov 1967 – Nov 11, 1968USS SanctuaryEnjoyed my tour from 11/67-11/68 on the Sanctuary. Kept busy, especially TET of 68, January-February. Some sad and traumatic times but also some good times with an excellent crew.
Pebernat, DavidIC3Dec 1967 – Dec 1968EngineeringIf anyone member of the ship's crew thought that serving on this type of ship isolated them from the effects of Vietnam they were wrong. I saw the hospital crew in action during Tet. The meat locker below the Mess deck was used as a morgue
Meyer, Raymond ( Oscar )MR3Dec 1, 1967 – Dec 1, 1968MAnybody that worked in engine room, Evaporators or DC Generators out there? I was the machinist who took over for Pierce that year.
De Long, JackHM3Dec 27, 1967 – Dec 19, 1968ICUI would like to reconnect with fellow shipmates to help me fill in the gaps while on ship. I worked in the ICU unit and also I also went ashore in DaNang. Anyone recalling shipmates in ICU or remembers me please write.

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