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Knightriders (VA 52) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Knightriders (VA 52). 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 42 crew members registered for the Knightriders (VA 52).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1987 | 1992 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Wanker, Jim profile iconAE31963 – 19642 Westpac Cruises 63-64
Hedlund, Donadr3Dec 20, 1963 – Nov 1965
Doran, Jim "Gunner"AO3Jan 1964 – Jul 1966Retired as CWO4. Work for WV DVA
Aulgur, Robert (Bob)ADR-3Sep 1, 1964 – May 10, 1967WAS WITH VA-52 BACK WHEN WE FLEW SPADS. MADE THREE CRUISES TO WESTPAC ON THE TICONDEROGA,CVA-14. I REMEMBER MANY GOOD TIMES AND SOME NOT SO GOOD. I WAS PROUD TO CALL MYSELF A KNIGHTRIDER!
Vassallo, Charlie (Chuck)AQ2Sep 1966 – Jul 1971So proud to have served in the Navy. Think about my friends I made while serving VA-52. Steve, John, Arni, Dave frequently. Now that I am semi-retired from an illustrious Biomedical Engineer career, I do consulting.
Naylor, DennisAO21967 – Oct 2, 1969Member of the FIRST WESTPAC TOUR.aboard the USS Correl Sea lCAB 43.when we started we did not even have any airplanes for the month .
Painter, Barry ADJ21967 – 1969One of first A6 Plane Captains, along with David Meng and E6 Frank Barrow. Made West PAC cruise on CVA-43 , Sept 68-April 69. Great bunch of guys!
Lorio, PatrickAOFeb 1967 – May 2, 1970I made the 1st WESPAC with the A-6 (68-69).
Briggs, Robert/bobAMS2Jun 6, 1967 – Dec 6, 1968VA52 airframes dept. worked flt line as trouble shooter went to Fallon & Yuma on workups for deploy to USS Coral Sea Froze Skunk to death with the Gaint Fire Bottle on wheels in the Bunk Room at Yuma! HA! HA!
Backhurst, DonnieAMS3Aug 1967 – 1971Served 1 tour on Coral Sea and 1 on Kitty Hawk, as plane captain. Stationed at Whidbey Island.
Rollo, RobertAE2Aug 1, 1967 – Oct 15, 1969Was there for the transition to A-6. Made the first Westpac on the Coral Sea. Worked on the flight deck as an AE troubleshooter. Also made trips to Yuma and Fallon.
Kreis, JackAO21968 – 1969I made the '68-'69 Westpac Cruise on the Coral Sea in VA-52's AO shop
Bloom, JeffAD-2Feb 7, 1968 – Jul 1, 1970I was a plane captain during the first A-6 cruise on the Coral Sea.
Bolger, Edwardadj-2 E-5Apr 15, 1968 – Apr 15, 1968I WAS SHIPS MA FORCE ON OUR FIRST CRUISE TO THE TONKIN GULF AND SHIP'S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR ON OUR 2ND TO THE GULF OF TOKIN.
Shearer, MichaelADJ - 3rd class petty officerJul 15, 1968 – Jan 15, 1970Served on board the U.S.S. Coral Sea with squadron VA-52 in Viet Nam From October 1968 until May 1969.
MacAluso, EddieYN2Sep 1968 – Feb 1971WestPac cruise on USS CORAL SEA WestPac cruise on USS KITTY HAWK
Mickey, Tim (Mick)AO3Sep 7, 1970 – Apr 16, 1974Westpac 70-71, 72-72 73-74. Made 2 trips to Viet Nam, one for the hell of it.
Woodard, StevenAMH-11971 – Dec 19, 1975I spent two cruises on the Kitty with VA 52.
Gookin, WilliamAMH2Jan 1971 – Jul 1974
William Gookin, BillAMH3Feb 1971 – Jul 1974
Wahlstrom, DougADJMay 1971 – Jul 1975Always looking for Butch and Blackie, both AO's
Freudenthaler, James profile iconAMS3Sep 1971 – Aug 29, 1973WESTPAC 1972 USS KITTY HAWK CVA63 I WAS ASSIGNED TO CORROSION CONTROL AND WORKED OUT OF THE FLAMABLE PAINT LOCKER ON THE HANGER BAY OF THE KITTY HAWK. WE PAINTED THE KNIGHTRIDER AND LANCES ON A6A'S AND EA6B'S.
Weinheimer, EricE2 E3Feb 1, 1972 – Apr 1, 1973
Fisk, Clintonae2Jul 11, 1972 – Apr 1975Looking for anyone who remembers me.
Powers, FrankAE2Sep 1972 – Sep 1975
Rogers, RichardE-4Dec 1972 – Oct 1975Was on the Kitty Hawk for 2 tours in 1973 and 1974
Perry, Robert profile iconE-4Jan 1, 1973 – Oct 12, 1975I was a plane captian. My rank was ADJ-4. Some of my fellow Georgians that served with me are Charles Clark, Clarence Hunt, Joseph Simon and Omeir Reid. We are all still kicking and are still in contact with each other.
Varney, EarlAQ2Jun 10, 1973 – May 1, 1975OMA shop. Went on to work for Grumman as a Systems Engineer for 14 years. Saw last A6 fly out of China Lake, CA headed for bone yard. Loved those ugly aircraft. They were my life for 20 years.
Selby, BobAMH 3Sep 27, 1973 – Oct 26, 1975Airframes and Plane Captain in VA 52 for two cruses 73-75.
Calhoun, MikeAN/E3Nov 1973 – Oct 1975I was a plane captain from 1-1-73 to 10-9-75. I was plane captain of the operating period in may of 1974.May be remembered as one of the three Georgia Boy's that came from the same town. I'm the only one of us left.Steve and Randy have died
Spadoni, Steve SpudAQ2May 1, 1975 – Jan 7, 19771975 cruise with VA 52 on KITTY HAWK was a great experience - I wouldn't have missed it. I went on to work at the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton WA for the next 29 years in the Electrical Engineering and Planning Division.
Palmer, Milton/butch profile iconAZ3Mar 12, 1977 – Jun 15, 1980Worked in M/C went TAD WestPac 77-78 To laundry, and Officers Mess/Wardroom M/C Supv on advance det to PI...Looking for a Donald Anderson fm VAQ 131
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Hendrix, RobertAMEAN E-3Sep 2, 1977 – May 30, 1981I was just a young kid when I first got to the Miss Kitty. I got sent down to S- 3 Laundry..
Baird, Robertae-2Dec 20, 1982 – Jun 10, 1985did maiden world cruise 1983.,west pac 10/84-4/85., ae shop.,obviously whidbey island,oak harbor.,
Crane, TomANMar 1983 – 1984Can't remember the exact dates, but did all the workups, and the cruise. Got off in Hawaii. VA-52 power plants
Carr, Kennetha031984 –Hope you made out ok gunner with that crushed leg sorry that had to happen , I hope you got to that fishing ! ,,,,coop rock on that strat , I am, ,shout out to James Valentine AKA Wildman ! Peace my brothers
Rolfe, DeanAMH3Jun 1985 – May 3, 1988Worked AIMD most of the time, but still had many good friends in the squadron. What a great squadron while I was there!!
Salsbury, Irving-jewbagelAE3Jan 2, 1986 – Mar 10, 1989Hey, great to see the old squadron stuff. Let's reconnect and have some drinks...
Wheeler, Jim- WheelsAD3Oct 1986 – Sep 1989Took S-3 from Diego Garcia, pretty much straight to TAD in scullery, Line shack. Plane captain and power plant shop. I remember the house we rented and all those parties there. Rememer that Irving,Mac and Coop?
Green, Jimmy FugginAMH3Jun 1987 – Mar 1991Plane captain 1988 Westpac & 1989 PacEx, Airframes 1990 Westpac until transfer to NAWS China Lake. I currently work for TEREX Ind. in Waco Texas. Shalom Irving, crazy Jew.

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