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USS Essex (LHD 2) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Essex (LHD 2). 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 433 crew members registered for the USS Essex (LHD 2).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1991 | 1992 – 1992 | 1993 – 1994 | 1995 – 1996 | 1997 – 2000 | 2001 – 2003 | 2004 – 2005 | 2006 – now

Jump, DannyE-31992 – 1996V-4hated v-4 but would not change a thing. PLANKOWNER......... LOVED THE TIME I SERVED ON THE LITTLE DEUCE COUPE....
Russell, DonaldAN...AT FIRST.....1992 – 1995V-1 / V-4Most of you remember me as the"rock". Hated most of my navy life, or lack of one. Much better at being a cheezy strip club dj in the civilian life. Anyone seen Johnson and that orange corvette? be sure to visit a Deja Vu near you.
Trader, DanABF1992 – 1994Air Dept. V-4Glad I only had to do a couple of years but I'm happy to have served with those I met.... for the most part. I'm just dumb enough that if I had it all to do again... I would!!!
Jamison, MichaelE51992 – Nov 1996CEFeels like yesterday...can't believe 14-15 years have gone by. A lot of good memories and some bad from my time on Essex. It was one my most exhilarating experiences in my life. I will never forget it.
Crowley, GeorgeFN1992 – 1994engI worked in the fwd engine room...trying different things but evap watch was my main thing...
Autry, BobbyDS21992 – 1996CDHave a lot of good memories, and lifelong friends from those days. Best memory, "DS2 Autry, Plankowner, departing".
Lambert, WillSN1992 – 1994DeckPlank Owner, Shellback
Talton, MichaelAT11992 – 1998IM3
Dykes, Todd profile iconE31992 – 1994RadiomanShellback, plank owner, Order of the Ditch. I remember when we went through the Panama Canal with all of our cars loaded on and nearly knocked down the power lines. Dont you miss the smell of Pasagoula!!
Long, LarryFN1992 – 1994MP2
Hiday, BosnCWO41992 – 1995Deck BosnMade Essex first Westpac that was my worst ever. Captain Cassidy did not know what a good liberty port was. Perth was the best. We did however evacuate our people from Somalia. Retired at end of deployment
Hutchison, DanielHT1/SWJan 1992 – May 1995Plankowner. Not to bad but the old man was a pain in the butt.
Ivey, MattMM3Jan 1992 – Jun 15, 1995MP1 & A-GangLooking back, had a great time. E-mail if you want.
Marx, Marc AndrewPC2Jan 1992 – May 1993Admin/SupplyI am a Plankowner. Iam currently living in Cedar City Utah. I received a BS degree in Business Administration. I really enjoyed the USS Essex LHD-2.
Emerson, Daniel ("Dutch Boy")BM3Jan 1992 – Jun 1996Deck/2ndAm a Plankowner. I loved the ship then, the CO (Capt. Berg) was great. Capt. Cassidy not so great. West pac was great. Am out now but would love to be back on any ship. Was what most consider a Lifer. Any one drop me a line if you remember me.
Payne, SteveMM3Jan 1992 – Jun 15, 1995MP1&A-GANGOutstanding time, lots of fun, lots of beer and a great group of guys. E-Mail if you like.
Wright, DionshJan 1992 – Jan 1997s-3All this & pay too, WHOOOOO!!!!!!! In the imortal words of Capt. R. V. "Ice" Berg
Fatooh, RichardIC2Jan 1992 – Jul 1995EGreat ship and crew. Lifelong memories and friendships established. Yo Bowers, my roll has finally slowed!
Mittereder, CharlesMM2Jan 1992 – Oct 1993A gangSee you at decommissioning! Working in nuclear power field now!
Labounty, RichardOS2Jan 1, 1992 – Jan 1, 2000Operations
Austin, ChuckMSSRJan 1, 1992 – Jun 1, 1996S-2/S-5Boy that pre-comm Per Diem was nice, but the friends I made on the ship really made it a good tour. Cross rated out of that cooking though it was for the birds. Crossed to AMS and looking at retiring sometime soon.
Vance, MichaelRM3Jan 6, 1992 – Mar 1996CommunicationsWhat's up everyone?!?! Give me a shout radio guys!
Austin, Charles (Chuck)MS3/AMC NOWJan 6, 1992 – Jun 18, 1995s-2/s-5Had a lot of great times with some great people took a while to sink in. helped me decide not to be a cook.
Weddle, AaronETJan 10, 1992 – Sep 23, 1996the worst onePlankowner/Pimp. What ever happened to ETC Brokenballs? Did you continue your career in Gay porn? Dave are you serious about Chuck?
Pena, ElvinABF2 (AW)Jan 10, 1992 – Jul 17, 1996V-4Plank Owner, pre-commissioning crew. Ingalls Shipyard, panama canal.
Trevino, MarkABHANJan 10, 1992 – Jul 15, 1995V3Original Plankwoner, Shellback. One of the greatest experiences of my life
Toth, StephenE3/RMSNJan 26, 1992 – Dec 14, 1994RadioI've found a few of my shipmates now. Shoot me an email so we can catch up.
Jones, ThomasHT-3/V-3Feb 1992 – Feb 1996ht-3-v-3hey guys hows everyone doing? would like to contact you guys call me 330-522-4113 lets bullshit about old times
Reyes, RobertBT2Feb 1992 – Oct 1995MP One of t the best times in my navy career. Great group of of guys I served with, Would love to hear from any of u engineering shipmates.I'm now retired 7 yrs., still in SD working civil service.
Haley, StacyABHAR/E-1Feb 1992 – Oct 1994V-1Just wanted to be added because I don't understand why I was erased from everything.
Wilbur, ThomasABH3Feb 1, 1992 – Jul 11, 1996V-1Crash and Rescue crew changed my life.
Sightler, KeithE4/SM3Feb 1, 1992 – Oct 1, 1994OCHad fun in Long Beach and Hawaii.. Did a lot of diving while on that ship with Rick Gilbert... Also lots of fun trips to LA with Steven Toth.. Lots of memories... and crazyness...
Siron, ChadAC3Feb 15, 1992 – Jul 25, 1995OPS/OCyou will never get me to go back to Pascagula. hated the work, but loved the friends i made. now i live outside of Seattle and loving life.
Smith, Timothy (Beaker)FNMar 1992 – Mar 1994MP-2
Summers, Rod "Hollywood"BT3Mar 1992 – Mar 1994Engineering P-2Plankowner... and Proud of it! Good to see so many names I recognize! Had a great time... Pascagoula, Panama Canal, San Dog, Hawaii, San Fran - Softball - Shellbacks!
Roberts, Jason "Rob"BT3Mar 1992 – Mar 1994EngineeringSome of the best times of my life. Such great memories. Proud to be a Plank Owner on the Essex.
Bertuca, BobbyET2Mar 1992 – May 1996CE Combat ElectronicsI did not realize just how good the Essex was until I transferred. I truly miss those days and Weddle, Peters, Hankins, Sanchez, True, Murphy, Haney, Crazy Dziopala, all my fellow plankowners...I think of you often.
Demery, RodneyMA2Mar 1, 1992 – Feb 1, 1994ExecutivePrecomm and Plankowner
Thomson, DionFNMar 2, 1992 – Mar 3, 1994AuxilaryShort timer from first day. Two year easy street with honor.
Reno, TyLHD 2Mar 8, 1992 – Mar 8, 1995I am still in the Navy. I am a NAVY DEEP SEA DIVER! HO YA!
Depaola, DouglasSNMar 9, 1992 – Mar 8, 19942ndServed in 2nd division. Haze grey and underway WHOO
Waskey, RichardMMFNMar 15, 1992 – Mar 10, 1994P-1, A Ganghey, I'm looking for Gilbert, e-mail me if you get a chance....
Ferino, RandyAC2Mar 27, 1992 – May 26, 1994OCPre-com was not what I thought it would be. Clean clean clean all the time, and daddy (RV Berg) was always on our case. Still, I found it to be a rewarding experience that has helped make me stronger in my everyday life. Plankowner forever..
Reeves, Marvin/ ChrisBM3Apr 1992 – Aug 1995deckPlankowner, remember alot of peeps from here. Had fun while it lasted. Anyone remember me, e-mail
Hogan, CliffHM-3Apr 1992 – Apr 1, 1994MedicalPlankowner, great memories and shipmates.
Wilson, Charles "Chill Will"USS ESSEX LHD-2Apr 1992 – Aug 1994supplyWhat up to all my old shipmates. Remember me? Original plankowner/Shellback. I ran the little ship's store next to the galley, cut ya'll hair, and even did your damn laundry! "2 on the hull, but 2nd to none"!
Rushton, WalterIC1(SW)Apr 1992 – Sep 1997EPlankowner/Shellback > PRECOM Apr-1992 until Sep-1997. Long time but a good time. Good people. Good ship. Capt. Berg (PRECOM CO, a.k.a. "The Pirate"). One of his sayings, "Sailors belong on ships and ships belong at sea!"
Williams, Tom/ Willy PeteAO3Apr 1992 – Sep 1995Combat WeaponsOrder of the Ditch, Shellback and Plankowner. That was back when we earned it the hard way. fair wind and following seas shipmates. I'm a Seabee now! Many great friends and many hard but rewarding times.
Havel, Anthony/gatorMM3Apr 1992 – Sep 1995P1, P2, A GangPlankowner--Hey Suave, Payne, Ivy... All the engineering shellbacks..Feel free to contact me email Would be awesome to hear from you... Sitting here with Radel talking about good times!
Radel, Adam/rear AdmiralMM3Apr 1992 – Sep 1995Main propulsion, a gang elevator shopPlank owner remember the great times we all had together on and off ship. We had a ball!! Email my wife at Would love to chat with old shipmates, will respond to all contacts.
Hayes, AaronDK3Apr 1, 1992 – May 12, 1996Supply/S-4Served on the Essex throughout my Naval career. It might not have been that bad if it weren't so bad. ;-) It's all int he past now, we had good times and made good friends!
Davis, CharlesETApr 1, 1992 – Feb 10, 1996CSPlankowner/ Met a lot of great people. Have enough stories to keep my boys listening for years.
Michaud, MikeDP2Apr 1, 1992 – Jan 6, 1996S-7Plankowner, Shellback, Ditchdigger. Miss all the cool people from ADP. Realized I had a great time... now that I'm out! Living the good life in Longmont, CO. If my name rings a bell, shoot me an email Go Broncos!
Anderson, ScottApr 1, 1992 – Oct 8, 1995S-7
Christiansen, DavidMA2Apr 1, 1992 – May 1, 1994ExecutiveI worked with a lot of great guys, I will never forget the guys I went to A School with then went to our first command with.
Nelson, StevenMSCM (SW)Apr 1, 1992 – Jun 4, 1994S2Great tour on a fine vessel with outstanding shipmates...rock n roll! Please contact me at Best feeder in wespac!
Wiley, EddieDCC (SW)Apr 4, 1992 – May 23, 1996RPlankowner. great tour, met a lot of good shipmates.
Weimer, RobertRM3Apr 5, 1992 – Aug 2, 1994CommunicationsOriginal Plankowner for Radio Central, if any of you guys see this, email me love to hear from you guys, The Weimdaddy
Daniels, EricBT3Apr 6, 1992 – Apr 6, 1996P-2
Daniels, Eric/jackBT3Apr 7, 1992 – Apr 7, 1996P2Plank-owner Glad to be a part of history with this ship.
Rodriguez, MichaelPH2Apr 11, 1992 – Aug 10, 1996OperationsFirst Photomate supervisor assigned to Photolab, plankowner, only ships company to have liberty in Panama when ship transit the Canal, creator of first cruisebook. Email address, Lives in Murrieta, Ca.
Ferelli, ThomasAGC (SW)Apr 19, 1992 – Oct 7, 1994OA/WeatherCame aboard in Pascagoula MS 4/19/92 brought the ship to SD for Commissioning 10/17/92 .I was the OA Div LCPO. Proud to be part of this outstanding crew.. Retired onboard 10/07/94. Contact me at
Brown, EverettMA2Apr 24, 1992 – Apr 27, 1994XFirst MA3 to check on board Pre-Com/San Dog and P-Goula. Plank Owner/ Shell backed 16SEPT.92. Loved the STRESSEX. Looking for any PLNK OWNERS. E-Mail me at Land is a navig. hazzard, All this and Pay to... hoa!
Ottum, JasonBT3May 1992 – Oct 24, 1994Engineering Worked in forward main space
Adams, JimmyAMN/ABFMay 1992 – Dec 13, 1993V-4Met alot of good friends and had alot of good times. Plank Owner, Shellback
Rideout, JasonABH3May 1992 – Jan 1994V1Hand picked to work Crash & Salvage in PreDet. Now Fighting Fire in Phoenix Az. Good times in SD
Gilbert, JaimeABF3May 1992 – 1996V4
Fitzgibbons, PatrickFC3May 1, 1992 – Jan 10, 1994CFPlankowner & shellback. Worked on NATO seasparrow as a quad '0'. Missed the maiden deployment. I remember Capt Berg always talking about those lucky ships getting underway while we were tied up. Did my 6 and now living in Deltona, FL.
Farrington, DougABH-3May 5, 1992 – May 24, 1994V-1Director/Yellowshirt
Ikenburg, JamesSH3May 10, 1992 – Jan 23, 1996S-3Captain Berg's- "Whoo, All this and pay to" Captain Cassidy, "Beach Boy Songs" SH-1 Robertson, "Funny walk" Lt Debrah Hart, "Pleasant demeanor"
Hartman, JimAO3May 16, 1992 – Oct 21, 1995COMBAT SYSTEMSDAN, WHERE U AT?
Barreto, StephenFC2May 19, 1992 – Aug 31, 1994CGPlankowner, worked on the three CIWS guns, I guess theres only two now. I had alot of great times with FC2 Pete Macaluso and FC1 Dana Fitch on liberty in different ports, if you guys are out there drop me a line.
Robb, ClarenceE5/GMG2 - CWO2 (Retired Aug 2012)May 20, 1992 – Jul 24, 1997CGPascagoula in our review mirror. If you're gonna hoot with the owls, you'd better soar with the Eagles.
Packer, ScottABF3Jun 1992 – Feb 1996V-4Had a great time on the ship would never pass up the memories. Panama Canal,Hong Kong , many trips to Hawaii. I would love to get back in contact with some of the Air Dept crew, so please e-mail me. and
Raines, DavidE3Jun 1992 – Feb 1994Oil Lab/MP2Plankowner-Loved the time on board. Would love to hear from anyone in the Oil Lab. Does anyone know what happened to Timothy Smith "Beecker" from Florida?
Burke, JerryE5/ABH2 (AW)Jun 1992 – Apr 1996V-1DivisionAbsolutely the best command I was ever assigned too. V1 was the best division on the Essex. The crash and salvage guys, well the best in the fleet. Miss you guys.
Higgins, RhettAN, AW1 (AW/NAC) NOWJun 1, 1992 – Mar 10, 1994V-1, CrashJust trying to get in touch with some of my bro's from V-1 and Air Department.Anyone know what happened to "Mac"?
Foy, RussellSHSNJun 12, 1992 – Mar 16, 1994supplyNo More Laundy !!!! Miss the barbershop and the Scuttlebutt.....
Henson, RichJO2Jun 14, 1992 – Aug 20, 1994PAONo, you can't check out a movie! Went to Stripes Tokyo, never made the first float. Last time aboard Iron Gator was in Okinawa when I was with NMCB 4 in 2002. Retired as a JO1 in 2003 (hard to make JOC). Plankowners Rule! Peace.
Collins, A.j.MR2Jul 1992 – Aug 4, 1995A GANG / RLoved it when I was on west-pac. Reservist now, MR1,lots better. 6 years to go and I leave the canoe club. Great working with Zeh,Horn,Ramos,Taggart,Allison, Miller. Serpent and the Rainbow Taggart!!!!boo!
Shelton, DannyRM3Jul 7, 1992 – Sep 21, 1995COMMUNICATIONHey guys! remember cleaning the damn bulkheads for 8 hours in Mississippi!!
Leddy, WilliamBT3Jul 10, 1992 – Feb 20, 1997MP2
Palado, RonaldBMSA/MS 3Jul 27, 1992 – Sep 10, 19961st 3rd S-2, S-5,S-2 againNo more gilli-gilli in the 1st class mess. Deck Dept.: 3rd class Boastwain's mate is God. Investigate that noise,or report to Whit.
Cortez, RexAG3Aug 1992 – Dec 1995OAHad the time of my life on the Essex. Lots of great memories and good friends. Anyone heard from OS2 Mike Diaz or AG2 Sal Rotollo?
Wolfe, Teddy WolfieE-3Aug 1, 1992 – Feb 3, 1994EngineeringHello Essex Crew. ?WOLFIE?, DC Flying squad reporting in. Just looking for the 1992 to 1994 Plank owner crew. What?s up DC2 Cain.
Myers, KurtE-2 ABHAug 1, 1992 – Jan 10, 1994
Phillips, Patrick W.ANAug 6, 1992 – Aug 5, 1994V3
Reyes, JoseAIRMANAug 10, 1992 – Mar 4, 1994v3had agreat experience,panama canal,hawaii good memories,club metro down in hot south texas,work as atruck driver,now going on ten years driving atruck
Watkins, BretCTR3Sep 1992 – Jul 1994OPSPlankowner, many good memories of being part of the commissioning crew.
Brazier, EugeneET3Sep 1992 – Oct 1993Combat Systemsi am just here trying to see if any my shipmates are out there
Ekloff, RichardABH3Sep 23, 1992 – Mar 12, 1996V1crash&salvageIf I could do it again I would it was a good 4 years of my life
Brown, AlbertCTR2Sep 24, 1992 – May 1994OSPLANKOWNER, ARRIVING...Number 2 on the hull, second to NONE.
Warner, MichaelMS3Oct 1992 – Oct 1996S-2/S-5Holiday rutine for the crew regular rutine for us cooks, would not trade it in for all the money in the world.
Zunie, KevABH3Nov 10, 1992 – May 16, 1996Fly 2/ Pri-FlyHey look man.FOD walkdown, Scuppers, muster...FU
Fitzpatrick, TimothyYN1(AW)Dec 17, 1992 – Dec 20, 1995V-1, V-5, X-1Served as a nonrate Airman and left as a YN3.
Jeskey, BrianABF3Dec 28, 1992 – Aug 15, 1996V-4I'm glad I did my 4 years on the Essex, but I would never do it again...EVER.

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