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USS Caron (DD 970) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Caron (DD 970). 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 590 crew members registered for the USS Caron (DD 970).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1977 | 1978 – 1980 | 1981 – 1982 | 1983 – 1984 | 1985 – 1986 | 1987 – 1988 | 1989 – 1990 | 1991 – 1992 | 1993 – 1995 | 1996 – 1998 | 1999 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Nichols, ChrisSTG2 NOW STGC0000 – Oct 1, 1997CSAFIRST SHIP, LEARNED THE HARD. WHAT DOES NOT KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER. CAN-DO.
Swift, ClydePH31968 – Jul 28, 1968I graduated from High School with Wayne Caron, Middleboro, Ma 1966. He was one hell of a person. I am so proud to read your comments. If you knew the man you would be even more impressed. Wayne was a hero, he was my friend.
Carlson, BruceGM31975 – 1980WeaponsPlankowner
Lancaster, SteveGSCM (SW) RET1975 – 1981MPI made Cheif on her on the first Med cruise in 79. Great ship, greater shipmates.
Pendley, Mike (Gunner)GMG-21975 – 1979WeaponsThe crew made the Caron the best in the Navy. I was proud to have had the opportunity to serve aboard this fine ship. It was a great feeling to shift colors and get underway. Man was she fast and quite well-armed.
Goss, StephenFTG2Feb 1, 1975 – Sep 8, 1980FoxStill proudly working for the US Navy
Klimzak, KeIIth profile iconGSE3Mar 1, 1975 – Aug 19, 1979EPlank owner...... Had a great time with some great people on a great ship.
Hayden, MichaelSTG-1Aug 1975 – Sep 19812ndPLANKOWNER Best ship in the Navy. Lots of good people and some of the biggest assholes I have ever met.
Galway, Kirk Howard/DebraGSM-21976 – Jun 1979EngineeringSHe was alot of work, but alot of fun. I'll never forget the long hours tracing and learning systems for commissioning and the things learned in the main engineering spaces.
Spiegel, CharlieSTG-21976 – 1980CAPLANKOWNER An excellant ship an crew. We had some great times and hard times too. I still support the Navy in the USWCS arena.
Klahn, William (Clint)operations specialist third class1976 – 1979operationsI often think about my old crew mates. We had some great times.
Teebo, NormanHTI1976 – 1979R DIV
Shearon, KevinOS21976 – 1978Operations
Pritchard, JimPN3Mar 1976 – Feb 28, 1978Ships Office NavigationI was the first Person to report aboard the The Pre-com Unit and I interviewed Wayne Caron's Wife Loraine for our Ship's Newspaper "The Remedy". Every new Member reported to me when coming aboard. I am a PLANK OWNER.
Hayes, TonyOS2Apr 1976 – Sep 1979OIGreat experience on Caron. I was a 17 year old did when I was assigned to the pre-commissioning crew and a 21 year old man when I left her on her first Med Cruise. Some of my best memories were those years.
Takala, Alan "tack"OS2 - OSCApr 1976 – 1983OI
Zipfel, ThomasIC3Apr 15, 1976 – Jan 25, 1980EPlankowner zipfelt@yahoo.com
Connor, MarkSM3May 1976 – Feb 1980OCPlankowner.
Baumgarner, FrankGSE1May 1976 – Jan 1980E/MPPlankowner. Outstanding ship and shipmates!
Oppenhuizen, Ron "Oppie"GSM2Jun 1976 – Jan 1980EngineeringI was part of the pre-com crew and a plankowner and served aboard the Caron from her commission in 1976,until 1980.I worked in MER#2. Worked with a bunch of "wild and crazy guys !!!!" We all worked hard and played hard !
Walton, Robert E.GMT1Jun 1976 – Mar 1981CAPlankowner. Good ship,Good crew. We could do anything. The best ship of my 27 year Naval career. I would gladly trade my eagles to do it again.
Gibbs, FredSM1-SMC RETIREDJun 1976 – Feb 1978OIGreat ship and great crew. Was asst CMAA and leading SM. Reenlisted and went ashore to Navy Recruiting. Retired in 1988.
Leach, RickGMCMJun 1976 –I was on her when they comissioned her.
Walton, Robert EGMT1Jun 1976 – Mar 1981CAPlank Owner. Sad to watch the video of "Can Do" Caron sinking. Fine ship. She was "Clean, Mean and Regular Navy".
Padulchick, MarcusOS3Jun 1, 1976 – Nov 19, 1978OpsI was part of the pre commissioning crew and was a plank owner. I served on board as an Operations Specialist. Great Ship, fantastic crew. Sad to see her go
Martel, RonaldYN1Jun 14, 1976 – Jul 18, 1977NavMy 2nd precom but by far the best
Pattengale, DavidDS 2Jun 15, 1976 – Mar 1, 1979Plank owner
Fite, Russell (Fido)EN3Sep 1976 – Mar 1980A-GangPlankowner - one of the old heads
Krueger, BernieEN2Sep 7, 1976 – Nov 12, 1979A GangHad to re-register since changing email address. Best Spruance Class in the fleet! Crew kept me laughing every moment. Shared the fun and sweated the tough times and long hours. Visted the ship when in port several times and my kids were impressed.
Salinas, PedroGMG2Sep 19, 1976 – Sep 19, 1979WEAPONSPLANKOWNER
Anderson, KennySNSep 22, 1976 – Sep 23, 1979Deck 1stPlankowner
Incze, Daniel (Alias "Z")DS2Oct 30, 1976 – Sep 25, 1978OPSI don't remember the exact date of reporting, but it was before commissioning. I remember her dearly. Would enjoy reunions with plankowners, especially those I worked with.
Henderson, Danny/tazENFNNov 1976 – 1978Engineering DepartmentHey Lancaster, glad you are still around; you were a good teacher, and I am proud to have served with you. Say hi to Thome. The USS Caron DD-970 was my favorite ship to have served on..MER 1- Taz
Bratton, Stephen (Steve)SK3Nov 8, 1976 – Oct 10, 1978SupplyOriginal Plank Owner and Commissioned the Caron. I feel proud to have served on such a fine vessel. Was sorry to see her go.
Ward, RobertBM3Dec 29, 1976 – Aug 15, 1980Deck DepartmentI had an experience of a lifetime during my 4 years assigned to the ship.
Lairson, Robert [pedro]HT3Jan 1977 – Aug 1980Plankowner Had great time on the Caron with alot of good friends sad to see her gone.
Benton, Andrew "Drew"GMG3Jan 2, 1977 – Sep 16, 1980weapon'sPlankowner
Burns, CharlesE-3Jan 3, 1977 – Aug 24, 1979A-GangPlankowner ... Left her in the med. Still making water .
Krueger, BernieEN2Jan 5, 1977 – Nov 12, 1979A GangPlankowner A-Gang, Cool quarters, hot showers, and kept the toilets flushing....most of the time.
Dufrene, DickTMSN/ TMC RETJan 7, 1977 – Jun 1, 1978WeaponsPlankowner, Went on board back in 1998 before I retired almost looked the same.
Gerdes, William (Bill)BM 3rd classJan 10, 1977 – Mar 10, 1981Boswain Matedrove captians boat plank owner
Berg, Larry profile iconE3Jan 15, 1977 – Feb 8, 1978E DIVNot onboard all that long but am Plankowner. Commissioned her in Pascagoula and transferred about a year later.
Sanders, ColbertFeb 1977 – Feb 1980My FatherHello Sirs, Im the son of BM1 Colbert Sanders, my father served with you and was a plank owner. He was killed this Mem Day 5/26/08. If any of you have any memories or photos email me @ deioslux@yahoo.com. Service will be held 6/2/08 thank u
Bowerman, DavidFTG1Mar 1977 – Sep 1979FoxMy first tour with her as a Plankowner. Return 1982 thru 1984 as FTGC. Retired 1991 and live in Orlando.
Vasquez, JohnFTG1Mar 1977 – Jan 1979FoxPlankowner
Shinn, RandySNMar 1977 – Dec 1980WEP/DECKYep Can Do Caron one of four ships that I was on and also the BEST! Hey SMITTY Remember me? Had some great times at some nice Beaches with SWISH, Brad, and of course Murray. SORRY to see her get Retired! rshinn01@hotmail.com
Franklin, FloydMar 1, 1977 – Mar 1, 1982OEPlankowner Made Chief aboard her First Med cruise with Classic outboard North Atlantic cruise was exhausting Sad that so many of our sister ships have joined Caron at Bottom
Brown, JamesE2Mar 1, 1977 – Oct 15, 1979#2 engine roomPlank owner. Beautiful Ship, Very Fast Ship and new equipment for the times. A lot of great people. Spent a lot of time doing sea trials Enjoyed the first Med Cruse and first American ship to enter the black sea.
Lester, JohnBM3Mar 3, 1977 – Sep 3, 1980First divsionI had a lot of good times and met a iot of good people
Emery, RichardHTCApr 5, 1977 – Mar 28, 1979 R- PLANKOWNER The Best of the fleet in her days. Great ship. Had some real good Spruance Class PreCom training. Great crew. Retired off her in 1979
Zimmerman, ChuckOS2Apr 23, 1977 – Sep 15, 1979Operations-CICPlankowner-was there for the decommissioning Oct 2001; sad day. Greatest crew; after 6 years in the Navy, I spent 6 years in the Army-just isn't the same. The sea gets into your blood. Tony Hayes, Paddlefoot, Buck Wilkinson, Bobby Burkhardt, Eddie
Carney, FrankGSM2Jun 1977 – Sep 1981MP MER2Plank owner on the Caron,worked in MER2 with oppie , Sasser, Herman, Kenny Sperlock and the rest of the guys, great ship, great crew,
McAdams, TomET3Jun 1977 – Jun 9, 1980OEGreat times and friends! Miss you all!
Lay, MichaelOS1Aug 1, 1977 – Feb 1, 1982OPSThe best duty I ever had while serving in the Navy
Smith, TerryBM3 /GSEEAug 29, 1977 – Jul 2, 1982Desk / EPlankowner, started in E div and finished in deck. Retired from USN in 2001, BMCS. Best ship and crew in my 25 yrs. Check out YAHOO groups for more shipmate info. Later, Smitty
Mapes, GlenQM2Sep 1977 – Dec 1980Navigation
Volpone, Stephen (Pony)ET5Sep 11, 1977 – Jan 25, 1980OperationsJoined just before commissioning. Great crew, great friends, great adventures.
Pittinger, RickFTGCOct 1977 – Apr 1980FOXI came aboard just after the ship was commissioned. The times were very good on the Caron. It was an honor to be on a ship named after an enlisted man and the ultimate sacrifice he made.
Michael, Tim ("radiomichael's)RM2Oct 1977 – Oct 1980opsPlankowner. Would like to hear from other ops personel. Great ship, sorry to hear of her demise
Summerall, GarlandENCOct 1, 1977 – Nov 28, 1977XWas on precom for over a year. I was the first 3m coordinator. A great ship and crew. Glad to be a plankowner and a TINCAN sailor.
Kite, Mitchell (Mike)GSCSOct 1, 1977 –I was part of the commissioning crew of the USS Caron.
Michael, Tim ("radiomichael's)RM5Oct 1, 1977 – Oct 22, 1980OpsPlank owner..saw half the world with her. 2 Black Sea, 1 med, 2 north atlantic, many caribbean. Was very sorry to see her final moments
McQueen, RobertEN-3Oct 15, 1977 – Sep 1, 1980A-GangA new ship when I arrived and still cruizing when I left. Enjoyed memorable moments with many from engineering and others. Still working for the Navy, but as a civilian. Love to hear from fellow mates if you have the time.
Sanders, Colbert C.BM 1Oct 17, 1977 – Aug 1, 19811 stCommisioned with the ship and plank owner, 1st division with chief Watts and with damagge control. Was killed on memorial day of 08. Looking to do a memorial book on the ship, contact me if your interested.
McDonald, John "mac"DD970Oct 25, 1977 – Aug 10, 1981Navgation and First Met her just before sea trails, spent alot of the first months in the cleanest AFT Steering I ever saw. Still keep in touch with a couple of the plankowners. And enjoyed layin alot of tracks on her, God speed to all her crewsmembers.
Townsend, TerryGSM3Nov 1977 – Feb 1980MP MER#2Worked with a bunch of great guys and still talk to some from time to time. E-Mail me
Edenfield, WiltonSR. CHIEFNov 1977 – Jun 1979G
Phillips, Rich (Flip)GSM 2Dec 1977 – Jun 1982Main PropulsionHAZE GREY ....and underway! Served in both enginerooms MAIN 1 and MAIN 2. Strong , powerful and FAST. Jaws dropped in shock when we pulled away from UNREP @ Flank 3 speed... CO always did like to show off.Was FUEL KING!

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