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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
Hartley, GaryHTFN1978 – 1981RDon't forget Hansen and Lairson (Pedro). Terry Smith, I saw your name in here. Wow. Boelk, are you lurking around here somewhere?
Kindred, GregoryOSSA-OS2(SW)1978 – 1981OPS/OI17 and naive and mentored by Tack, Ski, Mike Lay, Johnny Hanvey, Bill Stein, Jack Stacy, Tony Hayes and Chuck Zimmerman - Lucky to be alive and not in jail or therapy! Best Men, Ship and Teamwork in my career!
Tarbet, Charlesgmm11978 – 1980weapons nato seasparrow
Calhoun, RonaldPN31978 – 1980NavigationGreat Ship and the best Shipmates. Haze Gray and Underway!
Owen, RichardGSM31978 – 1981MPA very good ship
Britt, KimFTM2Jan 4, 1978 – Mar 3, 1982FoxThe Caron was a good ship with a good crew. I hope they will name another tincan after Wayne Caron.
Goodell, HarryGSE3Feb 1978 – Sep 1980MP
Singleton, LarryET-2Feb 1978 – 1980OEGreat group of guys, a real cast of characters. Chief Tony and I worked at the same company (TRACOR) for a short period of time, working on the replacement ships (CG-47/DDG-51 Classes) for the Spruance Class.
Goodell, Harry P.GSE2Feb 1, 1978 – Sep 29, 1980MP
Branche, RodneyOSSNFeb 3, 1978 – Feb 3, 1982OperationsI had a great time for those years in OI division. Work Hard, Play Hard. Lot's of fun, a little trouble, but great memories and fantastic friends who I will never forget after all of these years. rodneybranche@yahoo.com
Goodell, HarryGSE3Feb 8, 1978 – Sep 24, 1980MPI would like former shipmates to contact me.
Taicsich, EdENS/LTJGApr 1978 – Dec 1980OCGunnery Officer/Communications officer-best ship in the fleet; unforgetable experiences; still keep in touch with several shipmates after 20 plus years
Conner, Frank " Bucket "GSE2Jun 7, 1978 – Mar 10, 1980Engineering
James, KennethGMM1Aug 15, 1978 – Nov 15, 1983WepsBest ship I served on.
Banta, Jeffrey. FTM2Sep 10, 1978 – 1983FoxThe Caron was my only ship. Came aboard while the ship was getting outfitted with Sea Sparrow. It was the most exciting time in my 10 years in the Navy. I miss my fellow Ft's in Fox Div.
Henderson, Danny/tazENFNNov 1978 – Dec 1978EngineeringHello everyone...It was great to find this Website, it has brought back some great memories. "Nick, Nick, Nicola; Nick, Nick, Nicola; what the heck is going on?" :)
Cook, FrederickRM1Nov 28, 1978 – Mar 1, 1982CRI was the LPO Radioman for 3 med and 2 north atlantic cruises. I earned my ESWS on this ship. The caron will always be close to my heart.
Ripsom, Steve"Ripper"BMSNDec 3, 1978 – Sep 1, 1982DeckI served on the "Can-Do" Caron from just after commissioning through its first three Med Cruises,two Blue Noses;one to Murmansk,USSR, El Salvadore, and visit to then communist Romania. Revisited her in Groton,Conn just before decomissioning in
Warren, JamesENS/LTJG1979 – 1982MPA/AUXGreat fun when I was on her, really missed her when I left. Can't believe we sank her!
Adolphi, GeneEN31979 – 1983A-GangSeen world wonders in Europe and made history serving on this tin can. "Can Do Caron" we called her. Worked with the finest crew. First and only ship I served on. Do remember Romania. We signed autographs were treated like supper stars.
Baker, TomMR31979 – 1983R divisionMy first and only ship. I believe I might have been the first non-plank owner but not positive. My very best to all I haven't had contact with in all these. Years....I can't. Believe she has been sunk...
Cosby, AretusSH3Jan 1, 1979 – Jan 1, 1982would like to hear from anyone that remember me.every body called me "COS". YOU CAN CALL ME AT 856-848-0120.
Ottinger, Albert (Otto)E4Feb 1979 – Jun 1981EngineeringGreat ship, great people, wild times.
Harris, Bernieht2Mar 1979 – May 1983eng. hole snipe3 med cruises 2 north atlantic black sea ops twice blue nose panama canal. she was a steamin machine. changed aft engine in rota spain. color gaurd helsinki fin. seen the world made good friends learned a trade.rip
Garey, McLesterDS2Apr 1979 – Aug 1982OEI was on the "Can Do" for her first MEDS, cruses from Central America to Romania and Northern Russia. I met thousands of people and had a great time, all while serving on the best ship with the best crew in the NAVY. She will be missed.
Cooper, GordonCTI1May 1979 – Sep 1979TDYWas alpha tester for Tomahawk fire control system, Med and Black Sea cruise. Interesting Times....
Bollinger, Anthony LMID3May 1979 – Jul 1979DeckAboard for the Cribb shakedown and trip to Med. Disembarked at Rota. USNR - Marine Corps Option from the Citadel.
Hamilton, Nathaniel NateEM3May 26, 1979 – Feb 10, 1983ElectricalI have many good memories of my service aboard the Caron and even though over time I have lost contact with my ship mates I would like to reconnect with them. The Caron was my home for 3 years and 9 months.
Hall, MarkSEAMANJun 1979 – Jun 19801st deck
Davis, Charles Aka ChuckE-3Jun 1979 – Jul 1981E
Bannon, Eugene (Gene)EW2/EW1Jun 1, 1979 – Oct 1, 1982oeThe best ship I severd on the the 24 yr carrer in canoe club. Will remember Aug 1981, line of death, off coast Libya. BEST EW GANG every severed with.
Marsden, William DouglasENS - LTJun 10, 1979 – Dec 20, 1983DCA (R / First Lieutenant (DeckMy first ship. The most exciting and formative 42 months of my entire naval career. CARON was always the vanguard platform sent in harm's way to serve as a sharp stick in the eye for those who opposed freedom. God bless her memory (and Be-No Weeks
Gibson, WayneOS2Jul 17, 1979 – Jan 14, 1983OICaron was a great ship and I'm glad I served onboard for those 3 1/2 years.
Featherer, BobCTTCAug 28, 1979 – Apr 18, 1982OTClean, Mean Fighting Machine! Can-Do was the best tour in 27 years. Chief's Mess was the best in the fleet.
Rud, GregOSSNSep 20, 1979 – Feb 12, 1983Operations"Work hard, Play hard". I had some great times on the Can Do Caron. Got to see the world and learned alot. Some really great people and great experiences. Thanks for the memories.
Peck, JaysonGES2Dec 1979 – Mar 1984MPNever ending memories
Fast, ChrisHM2Dec 1, 1979 – Sep 30, 1981NavigationI remember the can do Caron.I remember Madi gra 1980.Gulf of Sidra.The Tanker episode.The north Atlantic.The Med.Flight Quarters.I am a RN now.
Sweeney, JoeOSC(SW)Dec 7, 1979 – Sep 1, 1983OIHi Yall, Its been a busy time, Me and the wife have 5 grown Kids, I retired after 20, went to work for NHRA, Now I am a Supervisor for Mentally handicapped, I had alot of great memories on the Caron drop me a line
Moore, Clifton (Skip)ICFN1980 – 1982EngineeringThis ship was A J squared away and gave me great pride to be aboard.
Marriott, Jeffry profile iconRM21980 – 1983OCGot onboard Just before 81 Med/.Black Sea/N Atl. What a Great Ship and Especially the Crew. Axley my Bro, Bryan 'BadAss', Chamberlin, Cook, Ellis, Fowler, Dodd and the Sig Crew. Yea Senior Chief and LT were cool too !
Kitts, EverettBM31980 – 1983BMLawless Ship at times.
Baldwin, TonyYN2Jan 6, 1980 – Nov 3, 1982Navigation/AdminReported on board as a YNSA. Transferred as a YN2(SW). Currently a CWO3. Retire 1 Jan 09 with 30 years and 2 months of service. First Ship! Best Ship! Hey Chris Light!
Gibson, JawzYN2Jan 15, 1980 – Jul 7, 1983Ship's OfficeI had some fun times and went to many places while assigned to this fine vessel...Caron RIP beneath the reefs of Puerto Rico.
Pepper, RalphETC(SW)Feb 1980 – 1984OPS/CS1. BERUIT watching the sky light up from the battle ship firing her guns. 2. CONSTANA, ROMANIA 3. GRANADA - pickup up the AIRBONE from the water. 4. PASCAGOULS, MS - overhaul May - Dec.
Flynn, ShaunEN/DCFeb 1980 – Jun 1983A GANG MP-1 & 2 Haze gray and under way!
Mahaffey, Robert Ken ( Hoof)GSM 2Feb 1, 1980 – Feb 7, 1985MP division
Fuller, VictorSTG 3Mar 14, 1980 – Mar 14, 1984STCan Do Caron best Ship in the fleet
Harding, MichaelCTM2Mar 15, 1980 – Aug 24, 1983OTA great ship to be on. Three pivotal years in my life
Vanlone, Dylan Aka VanSTG2Apr 1980 – Aug 1984deck/csano other crew i would rather go to sea with!!
Smith, Johnny, SmittyGMM 3May 1980 – Apr 1983WepsGreat Ship
Kebbell, DocHMCSMay 1980 –MedicalRetired from the Navy in 1990. Sailed on Tagos ships after that. Also did a period of time with Military Sealift. Now enjoy retirement life with wife fully. Wife was ombudsman for the latter part of my tour.
Pelletier, SpikeCTRC(SW)May 1980 – Jan 1983OTMy most rewarding tour of duty in my 29 years of service. Great ship, Superb crew.
Betsworth, EdGSM2Jun 1980 – Oct 1, 1983MPSome great times on her, Navy was never the same after that.
Foxwell, RichEN3Jun 1980 – Apr 1981MPA lot of great memories for such a short tour. Got my ticket punched to Gas Turbine school. Great people, great times......can't remember any bad. What a waste to sink her
Ruff, MarkGSM1Aug 1980 – Jun 1983MPI worked with a lot of talented people during my tour. I'm sadden by the fact she was used for target practice; I would have thought the "Cadillac" of the fleet would have had a more dignified exodus.
Labit, Roy (Chuck)STG1/STGC(SW)Aug 15, 1980 – Jul 10, 1982CSAI made Chief on the "Caron", so it holds a very special place in my heart. Some really special memories are the day Bob Featherer made WO-1 and the Chief's undefeated volly ball team retired and catching live fish heads off the coast of El
Bott, AlPN3Sep 1980 – Jul 1984Nav/AdminSeems like only yesterday.
Allen, BryanRMSNOct 1980 – Sep 1983OCI see Rodney Dodd and Dondi Grays who served while I was on board. Did a N Atlantic Med cruise carribean and a yard period in Pascagoula. Goodtimes. I registered so I'll be checkin back. Hope to see more people on the list,sites a good ide
Casey, TimBMSNOct 10, 1980 – Feb 27, 1983DECKMed, North Atlantic, Constanta, Panama Canal, YArds at Pascagoula, unworthy end to a fine ship and the superb crew that proved the "CAN DO" Caron the best in the fleet.
Pernice, CharlieEM3Nov 1980 – Oct 1983EA lot of great memories from my days on the Caron and it brought a lump to my throat when I found out how she ended her career.
Miller, AlfredEN3, 2Nov 1980 – Sep 1982A GangBest ship in the Fleet.Sorry to see Her career end that way
Licht, ChrisNC1Nov 1980 – Dec 1983Nav/Admin
Henke, StevenENFR-EN2Nov 1980 – Jul 3, 1984A-GANGFreshwater, waterhours, lots of good times, still can not believe she is gone. Workhorse, YES she never missed a movement.
Thompson, TonyOS2(SW)Nov 1980 – Oct 1982Operations
Thompson, TonyOS2(SW)Nov 1980 – 1982OIFirst ship, awesome command Went TAD to Unitas/WATC when Caron went into Pascagoula 1982, returned early 83 and transferred to west coast Can you say SPECOPS? jeez
Gwin, Ron (Cy)E-5Nov 15, 1980 – May 15, 1984MP (oil lab) and A--Gangthey sunk it?
Toth, MichaelSTG2Dec 1980 – Jul 19852ndThe BEST ship, bar none. Always ready. Granada, Beirut, Lybia. Med Cruises, North Atlantics, Panama Canal, Black Sea. It was all good.
Ditmars, MartyGSM3-GSM1Dec 20, 1980 – Mar 15, 1986EM/MPGreat times and a career builder. Retired GSCS that Caron made happen. A sad end to a good ship.
Hogan, BobDS2Dec 21, 1980 – Mar 7, 1984OperationsWas sad when I found out what had happened. Feel like part of my life was taken away.
Hogan, RobertDS2Dec 21, 1980 – Mar 7, 1984OEGreat ship. Best of the fleet. Great crew. Grew up on the Caron.

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