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USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Tarawa (LHA 1). 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 1044 crew members registered for the USS Tarawa (LHA 1).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1975 | 1976 – 1977 | 1978 – 1979 | 1980 | 1981 – 1982 | 1983 – 1984 | 1985 – 1986 | 1987 – 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 – 1992 | 1993 – 1994 | 1995 – 1996 | 1997 – 1998 | 1999 – 2000 | 2001 – 2002 | 2003 – 2004 | 2005 – now

Taylor, BrucePVT/E-11976 – 19772nd Bn/ 7 Marineslate '76 or early '77, my first ship, I served on the first shakedown cruise on the Tarawa after the Panama Canal passage. I spent 71 days on Mess duty floating around off the coast of Camp Pendleton.
McKenzie, MacE-31976 – 1979A gangmore celulube baths than anyone rhiner e-mail me at
Miller, CharlesSGT/E-51976 – 19771st Battalion/7th MarinesWe boarded the Tarawa at North Island. We boarded landing crafts and hit the beach, came back and did it again, and again. I was assigned to one of the ramps below as cargo etc was on its way to the flight deck.
Kavanagh, EdGMG 31976 – 1979WeaponsPlank Owner. Pre-com in San Diego or a few weeks. Went to Pascagoula. First West Pac. Remember some great times.
Jones, James ( J J )AE-31976 – Sep 16, 1978I started out working in Deck department/ then manage to go to avionic departmenthey... mac, frank badd, , thumper, Moe pus, dirty lowdown, and My great buddy, Pat, what up fellows? Ah man... those were the days. We were crazy ... um. the things we did. while serving in the navy.
Johnson, James (Jim)MM1Jan 1976 – Jun 1977APlankowner
Truax, DavidEM1Jan 1976 – Aug 26, 1980EE01Plank Owner
Howell, Dexter/fly DogABF3Jan 1976 – Sep 1979V-4Plank owner.Panama,Acapulco,San Francisco first West Pac.Still remember going in circles off Seal Beach.Looking for guys in V4 and particularly Jesse Mercer.Stenton,congrats on the CWO.Sorry to hear about Martin.
Moore, StevenBM2Jan 1976 – 19791st/2ndServed onboard from precom-1979. During TARAWA'S first deployment, TAD to 7th Fleet Shore Patrol in Subic Bay. Re enlisted in Subic, transferring to San Miguel, RP as the Command Investigator.
Wittmann, Rick profile iconABF1Jan 1976 – Jul 1979V4**Plankowner** Would love to hear from old shipmates. Was on Eagle of the Sea from Precom to first deployment. Also served Navy Recruiting NAS Miramar USS Kitty Hawk CV63 USS Peleliu LHA5 USS America CV66
Stelman, TimABF2Jan 4, 1976 – Jun 29, 1979V-4Plankowner, USS Tarawa was a good ship. It was an Honor for me to serve aboard her and to be along on the maiden deployment. Saw many places and made many friends. It was hard to see Her be Retired.
Arcena, Conrad V.E-4/AMS3Jan 5, 1976 – Aug 15, 1978AIMDPlankowner
Clatt, Gary BABHJan 15, 1976 – Sep 25, 1979V-1For anyone stationed on the Tarawa, we are having a reunion on August 1st this year in Las Vegas . Lots of good times and people. This will be our second bi-annual reunion . Please contact me at
Blaser, BruceASM3Jan 21, 1976 – Jul 1, 1977AIMD Support EquipmentPlankowner. Worked with Art Steele, Bob Wolfe, CB Payne, Bob King, Andy Powrie and worked for the infamous ASC "Doc" Gillespie. Great guys all. Sorry I didn't know about the decom ceremony. Info is hard to get in the sticks. Hi to all
Mudri, RobertBt3Feb 22, 1976 – Sep 22, 1983engering
Carter, RussellYNSNMar 1, 1976 – Jul 14, 1977Engineering Log RoomPlankowner. Pascagoula, Panama Canal, Acapulco, Coronado...memories. Proud to have served.
Colon, RoyOS2Apr 1976 – Aug 1979OIProud Plank Owner. Met a lot of good people. Still in touch with a few. Still lookingh for some more.
Yee, PrestonBT3Apr 1976 – Sep 1980MP
Smith, MikePN1Apr 1976 – Feb 1979ExecutivePlank owner. Looking crewmembers of the Personnel Office from commissioning to the day of the first Wes Pac deployment.
Aho, K.c.SH3Apr 15, 1976 – Jan 12, 1979S-3
Kemp, Roberte2Apr 15, 1976 – Feb 7, 1977A Gangdidnt have my act togather while on board ,but made some good friends,great times went by Wolfpup. does anyone know the wherwabouts of Al The Bat Dingler?really would like to hear from him
O'Keefe, DennisYN5May 1976 – Jan 1980ExecutiveA good time was had by one and all. Would never change a thing about the time I spent onboard.
Spare, JohnDCC(SW) RETIREDMay 14, 1976 – Nov 1978R DIV.I WAS A PLANKOWNER ON THIS SHIP.Had a lot of good friends but did not like the ship.
Rhiner, JamesEN3May 29, 1976 – Dec 10, 1979AI know how to fold the deck edge elevator, do you?
Rowe, RobertMACMJun 1976 – Dec 7, 1978CMAAFirst CMAA and Chief Command Investigator assigned to Tarawa after the ship moved from Mississippi to home port of San Diego. Retired from the US Navy on 12//7/78.
Ford, Bryan/doctor ShockEM3Jun 25, 1976 – May 23, 1977EngineeringElectrial Safety Petty Officer. Over The Hill.
Pueblo, Michael/micheal0007DK2Jun 29, 1976 – Sep 5, 1977SupplyAnyone recall "The Chicken of the Sea"? I did payroll for the crew, we had a Great group of Sailors and even made friends with a couple of the Jarheads! HTs thanks again for the HOT WATER.
Seaman, JohnSTAFF SERGEANTJul 1976 – Nov 1979NFLS
Woolsey, WilliamPC 3Jul 7, 1976 – Aug 1979AdministrationWould like to know of 30th Anniversary Commissioning Ceremony plans. Weren't those the good old days!!!
Herndon, Glen A.MR2Aug 26, 1976 – Mar 11, 1980AA-Gang, MR Shoppe, Flying Squad. I still have a copy of the "Tarawa Blues" sung by Mark Brogdon! Remember the Tarawa Jam on our Maiden Deployment, '79? Earl W. Gitchabod? I thought of you snipes over the years, Hope all is well w/y
Satchell, IanIS2Sep 10, 1976 – Jun 1, 1979OZRefTra. 1st Deployment. Patya Beach. South China Sea and the first baby born aboard. Capt. George Church. I would follow him to hell.
Elder, Mike (Ole Man)AD3Nov 26, 1976 – Aug 26, 1979AD Jet Engine Shop
Jolly III, JwHT-2Dec 26, 1976 – Nov 28, 1978R-DivHad re-enlisted after 17 month out, had to reduce from Ht-3 to HTFN, but made Ht-3 back, then HT-2, got out Nov 1978, went back into Law Enforcement, and retired in '05 worked with some really great guys in R-Div&A-Div.
Petrach, CharlesOS21977 – 1982OI
Clark, EdmundRMSN1977 – 1979RADIO
Wyke, ChuckMM31977 – Sep 1979MP forward Engine RoomWent on the ships first west pack. Looking for some old ship mates from the hole.
Eickhoff, KennethAK21977 – 1980S-6
Bailey, Jesse (Beatle Bailey)MM21977 – Jul 1981MP divisionGreat memories! Hope everyone is doing well.
Hill, Scott profile iconPH31977 – 1980OZ
Osborn, Larry profile iconSNBMJan 1977 – Sep 19801st Division - Deck DeptGood times. Looking for any shipmates. Would especially like to hear from Danny (Dana) Jones. Some of you might also remember my twin brother Garry who served on the Tarawa (plank owner) from 1976-1979.
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Harrelston, Jim (Chico)IS3Jan 1, 1977 – May 28, 1980OZI came on board at approximately 2am New Years Day 1977. What an honor to serve on the first crew and take a ship on its first Westpac Served with some great people and made some great friends. One of my best friends came from this crew.
McFerron, BrianRM2Jan 1, 1977 – Jul 1979CRJust looking for fellow RM's here. I have found a few of them on Facebook. Best, Brian
Day, Gregab seaman e3Feb 1977 – 19802nd divisongood times good buddies miss you all
Britt Jr, William2nd LTFeb 1, 1977 – Mar 1, 1977MCDEC MARINE CORPS DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION COMMAND QuanticoWas part of the Op Eval in 1977.. With the Marine Corps... First real assignment right out of the Basic School. Really was one of the best times in my life.
Yokum, AlQm3Feb 20, 1977 – Feb 9, 1979navigationshe was a good ship and the crew was great and fun to be with 1979 was a good year.
Nelson, Rocky RichardOS 3Mar 7, 1977 – Apr 10, 1978OperationsLooking for JJ,or Carter, or Danny White or anyone that remembers me. I went by Rocky, the name Rick Carter gave me. Also chief Cross, Lt Golish, Lightfoot, been so long I forget the rest. I remember the shock test LOL.
Armour, Randall (Randy)PC3Apr 1977 – Aug 1979Admin (Post Office)Came aboard in Long Bch.then to San Diego before serving on 1st WestPac.Did the equator thing. Had great times on board and ashore. Enlistment ended before cruise did. Wish I'd stayed in touch with friends.Hope it's not too late. pls repl
Lapating, EdwardCDR (retired)May 1977 – Aug 1980R-Division/ ER09 and Assault DivisionGreat ship! Learned a lot from the Os/ LDOs/ WOs/ Chiefs/ LPOs and men I served with. Lots of good memories and good friends. Maiden deployment was second to none. Fair winds with following sea to all shipmates.
Fa'Aita, Poasa (Pose)PNCM(SW/AW)Jun 1977 – Jun 1980ExecutiveI was the junior CPO in the Executive Division, having 3 SCPO's and 4 CPO's. They agreed to have me as Division Leading Chief (LCPO), which I accepted and the XO, CDR Gamboa, concurred. I made SCPO and MCPO shortly.
Cummins, TracyIC3Jul 1977 – Feb 1981EHad a great time! Made a lot of great friends that I still have. Lot's of good memories.
Dreaden, Fred EDK1Jul 7, 1977 – May 10, 1982DisbursingWhile on board were good and bad times.
Addison, MoodyABF-3Oct 17, 1977 – Aug 12, 1981V-4Grape Apes it was a long time ago but some times it was yesterday. Some good time and some bad but I wouldn't change a thing. It's all good.
Hill, ScottPH3Dec 1977 – Jun 1980OZ
Zamora, ArthurDS2Dec 15, 1977 – Jan 3, 1979odHad a good time short stay wished I had made the WestPac.
Cottrell, ChuckDK2Dec 28, 1977 – Nov 5, 1978SupplyWould be nice to hear from some of the guys I hung out with while on the Tarawa. Brian, Bill, Tom (from personnel)email me sometime.
Petrach, CharlieOS2Dec 31, 1977 – Apr 1982OIstarted on Tarawa went to recruiting duty in Mich then to the USS Reid ffg 30 then to Tacron 12, last command Fctpac retired in 95.

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