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USS Merrill (DD 976) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Merrill (DD 976). 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 576 crew members registered for the USS Merrill (DD 976).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1977 | 1978 – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – 1995 | 1996 – now

Moon, GregDS20000 –CE
Cosper, RickGSM21977 – 1980
Harbaugh, JohnRMCS1977 – 1979OCNow retired to Texas
Phillips, GaryMS31977 – 1980SUPPLYPlankowner. Got off just a week before 1st WESPAC sorry I missed it. Sad to see they sank her. Never got my plankowner piece of her but the only thing I wanted was the coffee thermos that used to roll around the air vent in supply berth
Toomajon, JohnSTG31977 – Jan 1980SonarPlank Owner
Toomajon, JohnSTG31977 – Jan 1980SonarPlank Owner
Monusko, Anton (Tony)RM11977 – 1978OCone of two ship of this class pre=comm
Harrison, John (Harry)Sonar STG1977 – Sep 1980ASBest ship ever!Served on the HW Hill and PF Flyer before I got out ,but this was the best.Yeah,I said it.And I mean itThanx for helping me grow Sidney and Tomahawk;Glad to see you made it
Clark, Gilbert (Gil)CTR1 (SS)Jan 1977 – Jan 1981OZGreat crew!
Darnell, KenEMC/GSEC/GSCS/CWO2Jan 1977 – Oct 1981E/MPPlank owner
Hays, MarkSTG3Jan 1, 1977 – Jun 8, 1981SonarI was part of the commissioning crew and took her on her maiden voyage from Pascagula, Mississippi to San Diego via the Panama Canal
Gerson, BarryGMT 3Jan 11, 1977 – Jan 10, 1979ASWI hope you see this Zane
Melbye, Scott (Catfish)EN2/ENCM(SW)Feb 1977 – Oct 1979After serving 21 yrs my best memories were on the Merrill. I miss that ship, but nothing can replace the good times I had with my shipmates.
Reed, RichardEN2Mar 1977 – Apr 1979A-GangPlank Owner. Joined the ships crew in San Deigo as part of the first crew members. Met many good guys there. We all went to Pascagola ship yards to learn all about our areas of the ship as they were still finishing up.
Carson, zaneGMT3Mar 11, 1977 – Jul 1, 1979asrockplank owner had a lot of fun precommishing grew and maiden voyage hate to hear the sunk her went
Carson, zaneDD976Mar 16, 1977 – Aug 24, 1979gmtbarry and tc zane
Kuxhausen, KurtEng Apr 1977 – Dec 1979Engineering
Parkurst, DanielGMG2Apr 9, 1977 – Jun 20, 1979WEAPONSHad a great time aboard the Merrill. Only spent 3 years in service,but attention to detail lessons learned kept me alive thruout a 26 year carreer as an ironworker, now retired.Sorry to Chief Scripto for calling you a freak of nature.
Westbrooks, Michael/mikeSM3Jun 1977 – Sep 1980OCPLANKOWNER
Boecker, SteveOS2Jun 1977 – Mar 1981OIBest job I ever had. Except for my time in the Field Artillery. Shout out to Tim Degandi and Gary McLain.
Richardson, JimFTG1Jul 1977 – Apr 1978WeaponsI was a plankowner aboard this ship and departed a Chief selectee. My tour was short but interesting.
McKinnon, LarryMS3Jul 30, 1977 – Aug 30, 1980supplyWas a plankowner and was proud to serve on the U.S.S. merrill left as a MS3 would be glad to hear from anyone I served with.
Dotson, JimHT2Aug 1977 –Repairplank owner
Falkner, Doug FalknerDS-1Aug 1, 1977 – Jul 1, 1981CEPlank Owner
Duarte, George M.BM3Aug 13, 1977 – Aug 13, 1979FirstPlank Owner Only God can be a BM.
Bonta, James , IIBM2 / BM1Sep 1977 – Aug 19801sthey shipmates a fine she wassry too see her go,, did her twice,sept. 86 to dec 87
Curtis, CraigIC2Sep 1977 – Jul 8, 1982EPlankowner, joined the Precomm unit in September 1977. Was technically the 2nd "snipe" to report for duty. I have numerous fond memories of my old shipmates and friends. Would definitely like to hear from old shipmates.
Stinson, CharlieLTJGSep 1977 – Aug 19781st
Mulvey, TimSM2Sep 1977 – Feb 1981OCPre-Com through her first West Pac.
Hopkins, BillGSM2Sep 1977 – Feb 1979MP-Division (Aft Engineroom)First pre-com unit. Great ship. Made a lot of good friends. Great skipper, Captain Gee
Eubanks, StevenE3Sep 1, 1977 – 1982I joined precom in 1977 commissioned her while I was mess cooking.Struck for electrician and left the Merrill as E-4
Ethridge, TomHM3Sep 12, 1977 – Jul 24, 1978SICK BAY (ADMIN)Worst duty station I had, period. Personnel's Ltjg Karnesky & Ops officer Lt Petrie, both w/severe authoritarian personal problems, were hostile & continually interfered w/my sick bay work. Petrie almost took a swing at me for not saluting.
Moore, J. P.HT2 (SW)Sep 29, 1977 – Jan 30, 1980RepairPlankowner
Daughtry, John D.EN - 2Oct 1977 – Jun 1981A -I enjoyed the privilage of being a plank owner onboard such a fine ship.There are many fond memories of the places we sailed the Merrill. Hell of an engineering dept. if I must say so myself. Hail Hail to the snipes! cheers fellow shellbacks!
Pierce, RandyGSM2Oct 1977 – Jul 12, 1982MPPlankowner, joined Precomm unit in october 1977. Served aboard for 1 WESTPAC. Many fond memories, and plenty of great friends. She was a fine ship, sad to hear she's gone. Love to hear from anyone who served.
Lawton, DanielGSM2Oct 1977 – Mar 1980MPPlankowner- Sad to hear she was sunk. Would like to hear from any shipmates.
Taliana, MichaelEM-3Oct 1977 – Jun 1981E- Joined the ship in precomm and sailed on her maiden voyage. Started in deck division but later became a snipe. I and 2 other plankowners attented the decomm and was amazed that the skipper did not even mention the original crew. Contact me
Harrison, John (Harry)STG3Oct 1977 – May 1980ASShe was a great ship and I had some great shipmates.I hated to hear she was gone. Liberty Call!
Begnoche, DavidHT2Oct 1977 – Nov 1979RLots of years sure have passed since then.
Raines, ThomasGMT2Oct 1977 – May 1, 1979ASWLoved the Precom experience! Barry, Zane if you're still kicking, get in touch:! Miss the rat pack, Mike and Steve! Haven't had a swim call in the gulf since! At least not on a Navy ship.
Bonta II, JimBM2/BM!Oct 1977 – Apr 1980Deck forcehave some good times onboard her......commissioning was a hard but good time.....retired in 93 as BMC last command was USS Essex lhd2
Martin, TomGSM2/1Oct 1977 – Feb 1979MPGlad to see this site. Like to hear from anyone from precom.thru 79,forward engine room guys. I retired in 91,20 years.16 days, GSMC. fully retired in 2009.Email is
Eubanks, StevenE3Oct 15, 1977 – Apr 15, 1982
Grotte, JohnRM2Nov 1977 – Oct 31, 1980OCFrom Precommissioning until the end of the first Westpac. It was the time of my life.
Mohondro, William (Moe)OSCNov 1977 – Feb 1982CICPlank owner. Came aboard as a first class under OS1 Keesey. Advanced to OSCAR while at the shipyards in Long Beach and was put in charge of best division on the ship, OI. Manager - fleet champs in softball.
Warner, RichardYN2Nov 1977 – Mar 1979Admin/NavigationSorry to hear she was decommed and sunk. She was to young. Retired in 1991 after twenty, only as a YN1 though. Spit happens.
Bush, WaltHT2 / HT1Nov 1, 1977 – Jun 3, 1981RepairIt was an honor to have served with such good people.
Hays, MarkSTG2Nov 6, 1977 – Jun 6, 1981ASW
Smith, ClintRM2Nov 15, 1977 – Jun 15, 1981OCPlankowner. PreCom - June 1981. I had a wonderful experience on this ship. Was fortunate to be part of the first WestPac. Glad to see John Grotte on this roster. Would love to hear from John or any other shipmates at
Potak, JoeGSM1Dec 1977 – Oct 1981MPPlankowner- quite sad to see she was Sunk!!! Would love to hear from shipmates

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