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USS David R. Ray (DD 971) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS David R. Ray (DD 971). 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 718 crew members registered for the USS David R. Ray (DD 971).

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 | 1994 – 1995 | 1996 – 1997 | 1998 – 1999 | 2000 – now

Jurena, PipeBM30000 – Aug 20, 1998first (deck ape) :)Got to love it out at sea on the 96 or 97 what ever pac. No fresh water??? Damm the evaps...Fresh water unrep what the hell??? ONLY ON THE RAY
Bacus, JohnGSE 30000 – Apr 19, 1986engine roomjust wanted to say thanks to all my shipmates who helped me out back in 86
Pingle, JeffOSAug 30, 1974 – Sep 5, 1979OIHarrr Mates... fair skies and following seas to ya! Pass that their rum!
Olson, NoelGSE21975 – 1979EPascagoula----- OMG.. out behind the barricks during precomissioning Mosquitoes....... Crabs anyone..... I still got the plank around here somewhere....
Clark, JimFTGCMar 1975 – Sep 1979Fox
West, StephenSTGCSSep 1975 – Apr 1979ASWent through precom and departed 1979
Denison, WilliamGMT1Dec 1975 – Jan 1979WeaponsPlankowner
Parra, MichaelE-31976 – 1980DeckPlankowner.
Benoit, ThomasRM1976 – 1981OCPlankowner. My first duty station and still the best- it spoiled me for all other ships. It's the ship I learned the most on, had the most fun on and made the best friends on in my 20 years in the Navy. I retired in 1995 as an RMC(SW). E-mail me
McBride, RobinGMT21976 – 19802ANpre com planker owner order of the ditch lord of the locks domain of golden dragon shell back and one good west pac
Hedlund, RobertRMSN1976 – 1980oc divisioni was a member of the precom/commissioning crew. it was my first command. wished i could of stayed longer. sorry i missed the decommissioning. best command i servered with. reach me at
Thornburg, TimEN21976 – Jun 17, 1980EngineringPlankowner
Partridge, AlanSHCFeb 25, 1976 – May 29, 1978S3
Owen, WallySTG3Mar 1976 – Feb 17, 1979SonarPlankowner, fifth crewmember assigned to the ship - our whole sonar gang went through '53 school together and spent the first 5 months at FTG San Diego waiting for Ingalls to finish building the ship.
Gonzales, JoseENCMar 30, 1976 – Feb 15, 1978MPlankowner M-Division Chief. Discharged in 1976, reenlisted in 1980, never converted to GSM. Served on two additional percoms USS Germantown LSD-42 and USS Rushmore LSD-47. retired in 1992 as Command Master Chief of the USS Rushmore LSD-47.
Fountain, RickET2Jun 1976 – Sep 1978OEPLANKOWNER ~ Spent some of the greatest times of my life on board this ship,except when I had to stand shore patrol !! Made some great friends and saw some wonderful parts of this world.
Valdez, JesseRM3Jun 1, 1976 – Feb 3, 1979CommunicationsAnyone out there that knows me, get in touch @
Smith, BarryYN3Jun 6, 1976 – Jun 6, 1979WeaponsPrecomm crew and plank owner. Lots of great memories. Acapulco was not bad liberty.
Scott, RichardGMGCJul 1976 – Jul 1979GunneryPlankowner
York, StevenSTG2Jul 1976 – Dec 2, 19782ndPrecom detail through commissioning in Pascagula, home ported in San Diego.
Floyd, StephenSK1Sep 1976 – 1980S1 Hey Mates, Hope all of you are doing well. The crew on board is by far the best I ever served with, Thanks for all the good memories. Write if you like.
Garry, PetersOS2Sep 7, 1976 – Apr 13, 1980OIbest ship i served on in my Navy career. great crew. I wish all the ships I served on were as "classic" as the old DRR.
Parra, MichaelE-3Sep 17, 1976 – Jul 7, 1980Deck
Nyberg, Richard (Rick)OS1 RETIREDOct 1976 – Dec 1980OILooking for any one from the original precom OI Div. You can contact me at
Mickle, GaryFTG1Oct 7, 1976 – Mar 1, 1981Fox DivisionSpent a lot of time in precom then a few years aboard after commissioning. She was a good ship!
Wies, Rodney profile iconE-6 - E7Oct 31, 1976 – Jun 18, 1979OEPrecomm/Plankowner. LPO OE Division. Leading Chief when I left OE. Retired June 1988 as ETCM. This was the best ship I was on in the Navy. Great crew. Great time. Enjoyed the Westpacs and trips to Acapulco.
Johnson, StevePN2Nov 1976 – Apr 1979OperationsPrecon crew, Plankowner, and Decommissioning Ceremony. It was great to see all those who showed up. Funny looking back at it, as I get older, I miss it all. Great group of guys back then.
Hansen, StephenRM3Nov 1, 1976 – Dec 8, 1979OCHad an awesome time aboard w/lots of friends. Was the first plankowner to be VERTREP'd off the ship. Met my wife at the San Diego USO. OC Division please contact me...
Richardson, BillDS1Dec 1976 – Jan 1981OEPLANKOWNER I have many fond memories of the time spent on the ship.
Dryer, Homer CurtisOS1Dec 20, 1976 – May 15, 1978OI DivisionPre-Comm and Commissioning Crew. Naval service 6/21/1969 to 10/31/1991 retired as OSCS (SW) (AW)
Grey, JamesE-4/MS31977 – Aug 6, 1979S-2Retired From KY.Army National Guard.Currently Corrections ASST.Food Manager in KY.
Engle, William / BillEN21977 – Apr 1980A gangPlankowner
Gehres, MarkGSE11977 – 1983Engineering
Williams, MichaelFTM21977 – Feb 16, 1982FoxI am proud to have served in the Navy and on board the David R Ray. (A diamond in the rough is what she was called in the shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.)
Totten, KeithSTG31977 – 1979Weapons
Krupp, TomCDR USN (ret)1977 – 1979Operations DepartmentExcellent ship/Excellent crew.
Partridge, AlSHCJan 1977 – Dec 1978S-3Plankowner. Doug or James Sullivan - where are you???
Landers, MarkSEAMAN RECRUITJan 1977 – Oct 1979deckPlank Owners Re-Unite! Anywhere, Anytime. Got a AIM.. My screen name is markalanders
Mohler, KennySTG3Jan 1, 1977 – Jun 4, 19792nd
Smith, Dean "Lil Doc"HMJan 5, 1977 – Feb 4, 1979NXPlankOwner - Yep still have it. Came across this list while looking for other stuff.. got out after 10 - went to the decom... sad now fat and happy - working in London UK
Schroskey, Tim profile iconPO2/EMJan 5, 1977 – Jun 6, 1980E DivisionPreComm-San Diego, Commissioning- Pascagoula, Dry Dock- Long Beach, West Pac. Lots of good times & Memories with Ya'll. Bob Tyndall, Tom Lightbourne, Noel Olson, Simmons, Feagins, Stork, Steve Carroll, Ed Greenwell.
Everly, CurtMs2Jan 5, 1977 – Apr 1979Mess SpecialistUSNRET JUNE 1995, Still have dreams of being out to sea haze gray n underway next ship Edson, CV 66, last USS Ashland
Martinez, Jose (Marty)SH2Feb 1977 – Aug 1979S-3plankownwer
Grantham, RichardDS1Mar 1977 – Jul 1980OEPLANKOWNER. Best ship I was ever on. Great crew to boot. Believe it or not I miss the ship. Anyone who served from 1977 - 1980. Contact me shipmates!
Chambers, DanielHT2Mar 1977 – Jun 1980RHi guys i just came across this web site and was sorry to see that she was put out to pasture. I was a plank owner to june 1980.I would like to here from some of you guys so drop me a line.
Carter, One EyeEN1Apr 1977 – 1982call One Eye at 804 398-3369 you were a Signalman Chief). Also would like to hear from Bear (A signalman) How's the family doing? Marie and Charles
Kalebaugh, MattGMC(SW) (RET)Apr 1, 1977 – Dec 8, 19801st & GStruck out of deck to Guns
Jameson, Roy profile iconSH2May 1977 – Oct 1981S-3Plankeowner and another one of 2 brother teams onboard. I'm with the David R. Ray now, boy does she look great...
Fountain, Richard "Rick"E5 - ETMay 17, 1977 – Sep 15, 1979Operations ~ OEPlankowner and Shellback. Man I didn't even know this site existed till now! It's great to just scroll through the names and try to remember faces. Anyone who worked out of OE Division should remember me. Send me an email.
La Faye, RobertSH/SKMay 27, 1977 – May 27, 1980SuppplyHey people remember me, and I still have a grudge or two Plankowner
Jameson, WarrenOS2Jul 1977 – Oct 1980OIPlankowner and one of two brother pairs on the DRR...
Gregory, GeorgeSM 3Jul 2, 1977 – Nov 20, 1978operationsJim Benson. I am living in Knoxville TN. Drop me a line sometime so we can catch up.
Benson, JimSM2Aug 10, 1977 – Dec 15, 1979CommsPlankowner , Met quite a few shipmates at Decomm. in Washington , had a good time , wish more could have made the trip , looking for Gerorge Gregory , any one having info on his whereabouts , let me know.
Mullins, KevinDD 971Sep 1977 – May 1979E
Looney, DavidFTG2Sep 1977 – Feb 1980FoxI have very fond memories of my time aboard ship.
Smith, PatrickCWO3Sep 1977 – Dec 1981E Plankowner Reported aboard as IC1 departed GSCS Dec 1981
Walker, HaroldQM2 Harold WalkerSep 6, 1977 – Jan 3, 1980NX plankowner hey johnnie
Ward, DonaldE-3Oct 1977 – Jun 1980
Lloyd, Michael profile iconE6-E7Oct 1977 – Jan 1982CAPre-Commissioning Crew, Plank Owner, Sonar Technician and Underwater Fire Control Technician, Chief Master At Arms and 3M Coordinator.
Stowers, SamuelOSCOct 10, 1977 – Jul 10, 1980OI
Rogers, RickSNOct 18, 1977 – Jul 20, 19801STPLANKOWNER Im living in Panama City Beach, FL. Come on down for a visit guys.Contact me at 770-875-1716 or Ive stayed in touch with Steve Carroll.Love to hear from yall!
Avila, ErnestoSTG2Oct 30, 1977 – Apr 7, 1981Second DivisionPlankowner
Presley, RichardDS1Nov 1977 – Mar 1981OEPlankowner
Parrish, Jim "Boot"STG2Nov 1977 – Jul 19812ndHey Guys, Boot here-still living in Louisville. Saying HI to the old gang. All's well. Ph#502-738-9890 Had a blast at the Decom cerm. Wish everybody could have been there!
Swanson, Stevensk2Nov 1977 – Jan 1981supplyThe best 4 years of my life.
Powell, MarkRMNov 17, 1977 – 1979OperationsPLANKOWNER - Now living in Colorado! You can contact me at
Pence, Alanen3Nov 17, 1977 – Jul 10, 1979A Gangreally miss all of our former when you get a chance.....206-354-1814
Mickle, Gary D.FTGCNov 19, 1977 – May 15, 1981Fox
Coffman, HowardBMNov 19, 1977 – Jul 2, 19781stStill hanging there in Northern CA, Howdy to all!

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