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USS Harlan County (LST 1196) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Harlan County (LST 1196). 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 434 crew members registered for the USS Harlan County (LST 1196).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1972 | 1973 – 1975 | 1976 – 1977 | 1978 – 1980 | 1981 – 1983 | 1984 – 1986 | 1987 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – now

Cumpston, DonaldEN31970 – 1973m & aprecom, kiel germany, gitmo 1st trip combat training gitmo 2nd trip marine division change out, med cruise i also never received any decom info. i live in houston, texas work for contiental airlines as a a&p (aircraft mechanic)
Pope, JimRM/2May 13, 1970 – Apr 15, 1974Operations
Pope, JimRM/2May 13, 1970 – Apr 15, 1974Operations
Woodruff, Forrest (Woody)BM 31971 – 19771Hell-o to all my shipmates. Sum of my best memories ever was while on board the Harlan County. Great bunch of sailors.
Wood, Paul/woodyRM11971 – 1973OC
Allen, Andrew (Drew)Ensign/LTJG1971 – 1973CICPre-Com Balance Crew in Norfolk. Became second OPS Officer as an ensign (thank you RADM Smith!) after LT Al Buerlein. Retired as a CAPT after 30 years. Best command and skipper I ever served with. It was an honor!
Strief, DougEM21971 – 1972EngineeringPlank Owner and Shellback from the maiden cruise. Picked up the crew and flew to Long Beach. Captain wanted Shellback so we went to the equator before transversing the Panama Canal. Great crew, good times.
Hannigan, WilliamEMCJan 2, 1971 – Mar 3, 1975EngineeringLooking to find shipmates who put ship into commission contact
Hannigan, William (Bill)EMCSJan 20, 1971 – Feb 11, 1974EngineeringPlankowner
Rowe, Charles A , JrENCApr 1971 – Jul 1975OPS#M cordnator
Hill, FrankE4Apr 1, 1971 – Apr 1, 1975com crew eng.was part of com crew in 1971 was never notified of decom but i am a plankowner and would like to find out what is going on with every body else email me at
Hill, FrankEN3Apr 1, 1971 – Apr 1, 1975eng lst
Hill, FrankEN3Apr 1, 1971 – Apr 1, 1975eng lst
Allen, JohnEN2Jun 8, 1971 – Jul 2, 1975EngineeringBoarded in Long Beach-Left from Treese, Italy by helo. Spent 3 1/2 years on board. Seems like a life time ago. Still in NC. Married 31 years, 2 grown kids.
Kincaid, JohnEM-2Nov 3, 1971 – Jun 4, 1974
Welch, TomBM31972 – 1973DeckPlankowner
Graham, JohnnieBM21972 – Jan 19732ndI live in small town of Leesville, S.C. near Columbia. Would love to connect to some of the crew. Had a lot of fun with 2 I remember . John Porco and Joe Csstelli.
Smith, GarySN1972 – 19732nd
Batchelor, JohnENS/LTJG1972 – 1975ENG.I was finally told about this site! Great to meet up with you guys
Holbrook, RickRM2Jan 1972 – Nov 1973OperationsJoined pre-comm crew in Va and flew to Long beach,Ca to get the ship ready for commissioning.Wont forget crossing the equator.Went to Kiel, germany, Gitmo, 73 med cruise.Great times. Worked in radio shack.any reunion info? Live in N.C.
Riggs, Gerald (Doc)HM3Jan 10, 1972 – Mar 3, 1973Medical RepresentativeStill one of my life's greatest experience. Plank Owner /Pre-Comm./ Commission / Shell-Back, it does'nt get much better. I often times refered to the Crew as Family and we were, I appreciate each and everyone of you guys. Any reunions ?
Powers, Ed "Doc"HMCJan 21, 1972 – Jan 30, 1973Medical RepresentativePreComm Crewmember and PlankOwner. Chief Hospital Corpsman on Independent Duty. Attended decommissioning ceremony Apr 95 with plankowners: CDR Vernon Smith(VADM Ret), YNC Whitney (YNCM Ret) and FN Eddie Perez(MCPO still on Active Duty at the time)
Butts, DavidEN2Jan 21, 1972 – Oct 24, 1975M and APrecommision Crew and Plank Owner. When is the next reunion
Sweeney, JamesFN/EN3Jan 21, 1972 – 1974precom/plankowner
Porco, JohnBM3Feb 1972 – Jan 19732ndPlank Owner
Grimes, JoeLN2Feb 1972 – Jun 1974LegalmanOnly legalman onboard, was part of the commission crew in San Diego and a plankowner, Took Olympic sailboars to Germany in 72 Mideast crisis in 73. Transfered to the Independance CV 62 in 74
Combs, RobertCS3Mar 1972 – Jun 1973supply
Nix, HowardGMG3Mar 5, 1972 – Oct 19, 1975ThirdHello to all fellow plank owners.
Castelli, JoeBM3Mar 7, 1972 – Mar 6, 1974 1st from precom to first deployments, most formative years of my life. Who can forget crossing the equator, gitmo or those darn olympic racing boats. also the 1973 mid east war. Also those always hungry marines. Best wishes to all shipmates.
Woodhouse, John (Woody)CS3Mar 17, 1972 – Mar 23, 1974Started out as SMBM and changed to Commissary status. Enjoyed being onboard during the Commission in San Diego and sailing to the equator and becoming a plankowner. We had the best Barber in the fleet.
Johnson, Donald/docSN/HN STRIKERMar 18, 1972 – Feb 21, 1973!st/Sick BayPlank Owner, precomm to Feb. 73 wanted to say thanks to HM3 Riggs and Chief Powers for encouraging me to go to Hospital Corps School. I will never forget crossing the Equator, Kiel, Germany, GITMO, or Barcelona Spain. Aft.steering smoke !!
Bowles, RonaldET2Apr 1972 – Dec 1975OPSThe finest ship with the finest crew. Became the best years of my 12 years of service I ever experienced.
Prusia, DavidGMG3Apr 1, 1972 – Oct 4, 19733rdbest wishes to all plank owners and shipmates.
Medina, Alfonso profile icongmg 1Apr 1, 1972 – Apr 1, 19723rd division gunnerymy first and last assignment. commissioned this ship, became a shellback and plank owner all in the first 3months of coming aboard. took u.s. rowing team over to 1972 olympic games. my email ajm1117@ WOW!
Carroll, Ernest Paulbm3Apr 4, 1972 – Jul 26, 1974deck dept
Loomis, StevenIC3Apr 8, 1972 – Jun 1, 1973IC-Gang / EngineeringThe Harlan County was my first real ship. I had been in the Navy almost three years before I went to sea. I was both a PLANK OWNER and SHELLBACK, and passed through both the Panama and Kiel canals on the Darlin' H...
Shea, TomSNApr 8, 1972 – Sep 27, 19732ndHey, they decommissioned her, why weren't the plankowners notified...we were supposed to take a souviner from her!!!!!
Topper, JanBM3Apr 8, 1972 – Apr 19762ndWas on pre commissioning and plank owner Was a good ship to be stationed on. Remember our logo " You Call We Haul " We were always on the go and not much time at home. Loved it though. Great guys to work with also.
Perez, Eddie "Jose"FNApr 8, 1972 – Apr 4, 1974M and A gangDoc- Great seeing you at the decom along with PNC and Cdr Smith. Thanks for the promotion to MCPO though I retired prior to adv. So... SCPO is good enough for me. My First Ship and Shipmates was the greatest experience of my life.
Butts, DavidEN 2Apr 8, 1972 – Oct 24, 1975Plank Owner Precommision Crew. Work in #1 Engine Room/#3 Engine Room and A-Gang
Dunn, SteveSNApr 8, 1972 – Jul 15, 19742ndHello to the plank owners of Harlen County and all my shipmates!
Kline, KennethBM3Apr 8, 1972 – Oct 30, 19751sthad some great times / i remember the olympic racing boats and going up the kiel canal GOOD LUCK TO EVERBODY
Topper, JanBM3Apr 8, 1972 – Apr 19752ND DIVISION
Morris, EzekielApr 25, 1972 – Apr 28, 1974
Bowles, RonaldET2Jun 1972 – Dec 21, 1975OPSA great ship with the finest crew ever to set new records at Gitmo. The best time of my Naval career. Send me an email sometime.
Smith, Darryl TBM3Aug 8, 1972 – Jul 26, 1974Second Divison BoatsWas in boat divison the whole time on the Harlan assault boat coxswain and GiG driver. If any one remembers please drop me a line.
Marcotte, AlHTCSNov 1972 – Apr 1975RepairServed as a First Class on the Harlan, went on to become a Senior Chief, and retire with 20 yrs
Hamilton, StanleyFNNov 20, 1972 – Jul 25, 1975ENGINEERING
Miller, JohnEN3Dec 28, 1972 – Oct 3, 1975EngineeringI served in "A" division first then was PO in charge of #2 engineroom "M" division. My daughter just enlisted in the Navy Jan 04. I hope all my ex shipmates are doing well.
Lynskey, TomENS/LTJGDec 31, 1972 – Oct 20, 1975Deck / NavigatorGood ship & good crew. It was an honor to sail with all of you.

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