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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 710 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

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Ewald, Craig1985 – 1988
Norsworthy, PatrickGMM 11985 – 1989Asroc
Weeks, RobieFC11985 – 1987CM
Taylor, RobertOS21985 – 1989OI
Griggs, RoberttmsnJan 1985 – Jun 1988CA
Hartman, ScottEM3Jan 3, 1985 – Jan 30, 1988EHas anyone seen the sound power telephone batteries! How about the HT Punch! Ha! Those where funny time!
Howerton, DavidGSE1Feb 1985 – Aug 1989MPLots of good memories there, along with a couple bad. Sorry to see her already taken out of commission. Shoot me an email if you know me....
Howarth, SeanGMTSN/GMM1Feb 1, 1985 – Nov 15, 1990CA/CT
Lee, JimFC3-FC2-FC3-FC2Apr 1985 – Mar 1989CMAlot of fun-, jim@bitvision.com
Lyons, PaulE-3Apr 10, 1985 – Dec 10, 1987A-GANGi don't miss captains mast, any drr sailors, feel free to contact me, especially any a- gangers
Finney, TimothyFC1(SW) RET.May 1985 – Jul 1988CGBelong to the one and only Gunnery Division! What ever happened to Fred Huerta?
Phillips, Larry J.FC1May 1985 – Dec 1988CG
Kelly, PhilIC3May 1985 – 1988E
Craft, RobertOS3May 1, 1985 – Nov 25, 1989OD/OIStarted in Deck, then BMC Ledbetter encouraged me to become an OS. This was my first command and as a "kid" they took me half way around the world and back. Also to Frisco and Seattle. Thanks for some great memories.
Echols, Enoch "tee"EW2Jun 1985 – Jan 1987OETIM,TONY, AND THE REST OF THE GUYS . I AM STILL KICKING. WE HAD ALOT OF GOOD TIMES.
Jurman, MarkFC1Jun 6, 1985 – Sep 20, 1989CG / CSF1I have looked over this web site and I am glad that so many of you are doing well. CG Division; serving with you was an honor, a pleasure and an adventure that I will never forget.
Bacastow, MichaelET3Jul 1, 1985 – Nov 20, 1986CE
Sambrano, BenEN2Aug 1985 – 1989A-Gang / Oil LabHey Guys! Hope to keep in touch with some past crew members!
Wilson, BurtEM3Aug 28, 1985 – May 5, 1988EGreat times!!! West-Pac and opportunities that most people will ever have. Thank you US Navy!!!
Kirland, BrianOS "Busted To Many Times"Sep 1985 – Sep 1989OINever looked back, as soon as Pete Long left.
McClure, SeanEW3Sep 6, 1985 – Jan 6, 1989OW/OII spent 3 1/2 years aboard the David R Ray. I seen a lot of sea time during those years Had some incredible times with the friends from the operation berthing.. Mr. Worthless we had some memorable times.
Yukne, ThomasPN3Sep 8, 1985 – May 4, 1987NXWE HAD THE BEST CREW IN DESRON 23 BEATING OUT THE ENTERPRISE FOR THE BATTLE E GODSPEED DAVID R RAY & CREW
Ritter, RobertOS2 - OS1Sep 9, 1985 – Oct 9, 1987OII miss the old gang, D Birmingham, Ty Henson, and nicknamed OSC "Mumble" Grey
Stephens, VincentGSM2Sep 10, 1985 – Oct 30, 1990MPHad to actually get outta the Navy to escape the friggin' oil lab. I still have nightmares about #3 generator room. Har har har. Doin' artwork these days is a lot less threatening to what's left of my sanity.
Huerta, FredGMG@Oct 1, 1985 – Aug 1989CG/ GunsJust had a get together with Blanchard, Cornwell, Phillips,Mullins and myself in Breaux Bridge, LA for the crawfish festival. Had a great time.
Reynolds, LarrySNOct 5, 1985 – Jan 6, 1988OFDeath before dust balls!
Rock, DonFC3/2Nov 1985 – Jul 1989CMWorked sparrow and learnt the ropes here.
Duffy, PatrickSTG1Nov 1985 – Dec 1989CAThink of the ship and crew often. Sorry to see her go. Miss the fun we had. Doing music,wooden boat restoration and custom woodworking now in Northern New York. I get underway a 13' kayak now. I miss the mid watch in sonar control.
Bryer, RickeyGM3 & GM2Nov 1985 – Sep 1989CBLooking see all my old shipmate at reunion and I retired as a GMC.
Counts, CraigFC3Nov 20, 1985 – Sep 1989Sea Sparrow
Meeks, WesleySTG3Dec 7, 1985 – Jan 1988Combat SystemsMade a lot of lifelong shipmates on board this tin can. I was proud to be a destroyer sailor and the members of the Sonar Gang made my short 2 years on her unforgettable. WEST PAC 1986!!! email=stgc.retired@gmail.com
Yukne, ThomasPN3Dec 10, 1985 – Apr 25, 1987NX
Sapanza, NickENCDec 15, 1985 – Oct 17, 1999A-GangMissed the good old days.
Childress, Shannon..................homer/elvisBM3Dec 25, 1985 – Oct 7, 19891st div. /DeckAnyone who served with me, Please say hello at kanojash@yahoo.com
Corp, JohnE-61986 – 1990EngineeringIf you know me shoot me and email
Amelang, JamesUSS DAVID R RAY1986 – 1990
Woodard, ScpttBM31986 –US Coast Guard TACLETServed three weeks aboard. Boarded Seattle Puget Sound for cruise to gulf of alaska for LE vessel movement. My unit station San Diego. Many flights on helo. One involve disintegration of winshield wiper and concern for FOD into turbine. Wow
Johnson, Russ (Puppy)DC2 / E51986 – Sep 12, 1989R-DivOnly to be able to do it all again.
Hunter, TerryGSMC/GSCSJan 1986 – Sep 1988MPOne ship that was "haze gray and underway". Seemed underway from the day I stepped on in Hawaii until we dry docked her in Long Beach in June 86.
Brannon, PatrickSTG1Jan 1, 1986 – Jan 1, 1988CA I have great memories of the Haze Gray Underway David R Ray. We sure did a lot of time at sea. Miss the sonar gang and all the good times as well as many of the shipmates that sailed her. Drop me a line sometime brannonp@hotmail.com
Crane, KennethDS2Jan 10, 1986 – Jan 1, 1991CEJoined the ship in the shipyard under Coranado Bridge and left following the 1990 Deployment.
Guarian, KirkET1Jan 10, 1986 – Jul 27, 1989CE/CSE-1Good to see you all. Stayed in until 1993 and got out as an EHF tech-god! Great memories. Has anyone seen CWO Capito? I can still smell the tobacco :)
March, Chris "Private Pyle"GMM3Jan 14, 1986 – Jul 19, 1989OF, CT
Underwood, MichaelE2Mar 1986 – Jul 1987DeckMy experiences weren't perfect. But I wouldn't change them for the world. I learned and grew alot thanks to my time on the Ray.
Gourley, MarshallRM1Jun 1986 – Feb 1991OC01Long time on the DRR. Plenty of good times. Lead test OP for the EHF SATCOM system, and some not so good ones. Lockdown in Panama, DIW in the Gulf.
Hoffman, JeffGSE2Jun 1986 – Oct 1989MP
Leduc, JamesE2Jun 1986 – Jan 1988Eng
Smith, TonySTG2Jul 1, 1986 – Apr 19, 1990Combat Systems
Blakeslee, EdEW3Aug 1986 – Jan 1988OWBroke my teeth on the DRR. Still remember the good times, Sean and Brian where are you?
Howard, Dana SnailmanGSE 3Aug 1986 – Oct 1991M.P.
Jackson, Chuck (Zume)ET3/2Nov 1986 – Jun 1990CEHow can anyone forget being stuck in Panama with both engines broken?
Uy, NelLTjgNov 1986 – Feb 1987Electronic DivisionServed TAD for 3 months with CWO George Caputo. Got small arms and rifle with GMC Rodriguez, remember skipper was CDR Pete Long. Department Head was LT Grant.
Thomas, Robert S.OS/E-5Nov 1, 1986 – May 20, 1990Operations
Reed, BillFC1/E6Nov 10, 1986 – Feb 6, 1989CMAnybody from CM remember sitting in the Sparrow equipment room with our shirts off, feet on the desk, listening to Pink Floyd and smoking big fat cigars?

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