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USS Bolster (ARS 38) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Bolster (ARS 38). 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 123 crew members registered for the USS Bolster (ARS 38).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1970 | 1971 – 1980 | 1981 – now

Inchausti, JohnEM3Jan 10, 1971 – Mar 29, 1972aI really enjoyed the time spent on board. Got to know some very good people.
Letendre, Paul profile iconEngineman PO3May 1971 – Oct 26, 1972A gang Main Engine RMMeet the Ship@ Koshung Tiawan Served under Chief Walters And EN2 Vergill. My buddy was ENFN Fernando Hernandez West pac cruize was great. Made a lot of friends, Saw my brother at a stop in Yokohoma.
Rolf, Danems3Sep 1971 – Jul 1975sdLooking for friends I served with on the Bolster
Bowers, LarryRM3Sep 6, 1971 – Jul 20, 1972CommunicationsGreat WestPac cruise while on board. Went to Guam, Subic Bay, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan. Just read about the Bolster being part of Operation Wigman...a 1955 nuke bomb test off San Diego. Lots of cancer reported after the experiment.
Hillis, Marrion FTM1Nov 1971 – May 1974SALVAGE
Perry, James W.MR1May 14, 1972 – Aug 8, 1974A-Gang
Garza, Victore-4 enginemanSep 1972 – Jun 25, 1975e gangi`am looking shipmate Taberna e-3 (1973) I have a photo of him on the quarterdeck portside we both went to hiaphong harbor during operation end sweep . please e mail
Knies, Erwine41973 –serviceworked as a cook. Was in the task force that cleared the mines in heighfog habor Vietnahm
Gower, JeffEM3Jul 1973 – Feb 1976electrical
Niemoeller, Charles {nemo}GMG3/DV2Dec 30, 1973 – Apr 1976DeckThe friends I hung out with on the Bolster were Black, Brown and White. They used to call us the "Brotherhood". My fondest memories were liberties on Wespac and the recreational dives we got to do. Especially on Kapingamarangi Atoll.
Barber, Darrellmm1/dv1974 – 1976dive lockerSpent 2 years on Safeguard then 2 yrs on Bolster. Great ships and shipmates had a lot of fun in Hawaii and on cruises. From Hawaii went to Gilmore in Sardinia. Medical retirement in 1983 and now in Las vegas
Heinemann, FrankEM 3Mar 1974 – Dec 1976E-divisionMany fond memorys. Hopefully Rodney O Rear, Mike Carmack or Bush will sometime get on this website
Carnot, GaryGMG1(DV)Jul 15, 1974 – Aug 10, 1977My time on the Bolster was generally fun. The work was hard, but the liberty ports were great. I was a GMG1 and "Nemo" was my striker. Due to a motorcycle accident, Bolster was my last duty station. I have been a school teacher for 25 yea
Walden, LanceJun 1975 – Jun 1977Hole Snipe
Gardner, Louis J. (Jim)BMCJun 1975 – May 1977DECKMade chief right after I came aboard, then off to west pac good cruise.
Gardner, Louis J. (Jim)BMCJun 1975 – May 1977DECK
Early, Michael JSK1 (SW)Oct 4, 1975 – Oct 7, 1977S-1
Fesi, Joseph (Flea)EMFNApr 1976 – 1977E SNIPE sparkyshipped on Yokosuka westpac great guys aboard oahu awesome Ken Roberts,Alex Toth,Dean Stratton,Hawkins,bumper trials great,salvage training not so much
Clevenger, Roberte4Oct 8, 1976 – Feb 9, 1978Enginemannone
Trogdon, Scott1977 – 1979Engineman PO3Bolster was my first ship and my best memories of my time in service. It's great to hear that she is being restored by the Fleet Tug Museum. Great ship, great crew.
Brigham, MarkBM1/DV11977 – 1980DeckJust a quick hello to all my fellow shipmates ~ fairwinds and following seas!
Jordan, Larry JodanEN31977 – 1979ENGWas my first ship and best crew ever served with. Lot of fun.
Dennert, PaulEM2Jul 1977 – Aug 1979EngineeringAh the exciting times towing three barges across the Pacific to the Marshall Islands, Guam and the Philippines, at all of 3 knots. Best birthday ever, January of 76 in Philippines! Great party’s in the pineapple and sugar cane fields. Oh, and skydiving
Temple, RobertBM1(DV)1978 – 1980Deck & SalvageYea, me and Mark, we kicked some ass. Enjoyed the cruise too. Good hard Navy days.
Ludlow, Anthony TonyYN11978 – 1982OperationsHad a great time aboard Bolster. Crew was like family. Would like to get in touch with some of my old buddies. Hope some of you remember me and will contact me. My Email address is
Jones Jr, CaseyQM21978 – 1982NavigationHello to all my crew members, It's been a long time! I remember all the fun we had in West Pac. Terp are you still in MI? Please email me at
Collins, BobEM3Feb 1979 – Jan 1982EngineeringThe best days, the worst days. Definitely memorable like the night the work boat started itself. Looking for GM3 Heath and EM2 Devitt.
David, ScottEN2Mar 1979 – Jan 1982EngineeringGreat times in Haywire. To all on the list that I knew , we sure had some great times. 2 west pacs and dive quals everywhere. The Lobster
Haley, JohnE5Mar 6, 1979 – Mar 4, 1983Engineering
Hollobaugh, JohnRM3Apr 20, 1979 – Apr 24, 1982COMMUNICATIONSHello to all you Lobsters this was 1st ship and Became a SHELLBACK on 1st Westpac. I enjoyed Hawaii and all the good party's we had at Bellows Beach my email is Retired as a RM1
Kojetin, John (Kojack)HT3Aug 1979 – Jan 5, 1982
H0lleman, RobertFRAug 4, 1979 – Feb 12, 1982DeckSmithy,tom smith
Smith, Thomas / SmittyEN / E5Sep 1979 – Dec 1981Engineering
Terpenning, JimOS2-OSCNov 1979 – Oct 1982OPS DeptServed on five ships during my naval career. Bolster was by far the best in every respect. About the closest thing to Mchales navy.
Loera, Robert (Bob)SK21980 – 1983SupplyHello All, I'm still alive. Looking back those were some of the best days of my life. Great memories. I live in Austin, Texas and would love to hear from some of my old friends. Email address is
McMahon, Tim,.."mac"EN3Aug 1980 – Jan 1981A gang and B - 1to all of the guys I sailed with some of the best times I had
English, RickEN3Sep 5, 1980 – May 16, 1984EngineeringHi all , Had some great times on West Pacs ,Bellows blowouts . Bullis , Beck and myself are planning on meeting and staying at Bellows March of 2013 and have another Bellows Blowout .
Doka, AlE-5Sep 17, 1980 – Apr 26, 1984SupplyIt was alot fun.Had great times hanging with the crew.A shout out to all I served with.It was 4 great yeasrs.I hope everybody is doing well .
Hansen, NeilLTNov 15, 1980 – Oct 30, 1982OpsMy first ship - after completing dive school and SWOS, I served on her as Commo and then Ops. I was already headed that way, but this completed my conversion to confirmed tug-thug. 2 years well spent. I remember fondly my days and shipmates on her.

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