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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

McFall, Scott DRM21982 – 1986OCI see Luis made RM2 after I got off in 1986. I think I spent more time at sea on the Merrill shooting Tomahawks than I did on two Westpacs on the Tripoli LPH 10 from 1976 to 1980. Sad to hear they sunk her a few mos's ago though.
Sparkman, Michael SpoonbillYN31982 – 1986MP/AdminStarted fleet life in forward engine room under the skillfull tutelage of Steve "Da Man" Dannenberg, but in time left for the Administration world, but my heart and soul stayed in engineering.
Fejedelem, JimGMG21982 – Sep 1984CG
Weiss, BillFC1Mar 1982 – Mar 11, 1986CGWhat a great ride it was during the Tomahawk trials. Worked with a great FC and GM crew and hope all is doing well. Cheers to Al and Ed!
Ray, WallyE3Mar 12, 1982 – Dec 28, 1984NAVADStarted out as a Boatwain's Mate and cross rated over into the Navad Dept. and became a Yeoman
Farmer, AlanFC2Mar 15, 1982 – Aug 15, 1985CGSuch a blur!!!!
Dowlen, J.D.CTRC(SW/NAC)Apr 1982 – Mar 1985OT-01Miss the good ole days!! The "Mighty Mo" was one of my better tours (even enjoyed my FSA days.) Would like to get in touch with Dave Abbott, John Lucky, Dave Leazer, Dave Wheaton, Mike Steel, Paul Street or anyone from OT division between '
Garth, DavidSM3Apr 8, 1982 – Mar 19, 1986NX
Harris, StaceySTG3Apr 10, 1982 – Oct 10, 1983CA
Bell, VincentYN3Apr 10, 1982 – Nov 9, 1985SupplyFirst ship. Yeoman 3rd Claas member of the first vessel to fire Tomahawk missile.
Harris, StaceySTG2Apr 14, 1982 – Oct 10, 1983CA
Frein, RichardOS3May 1982 – Jun 1985OIWOW!!!!!! You can also reach me at or on Facebook
Bouie, JamesRM2Jun 1982 – Jun 1983OC
Ackley (Jones), ShermanOS2Jun 21, 1982 – Aug 9, 1985OIThis was my first ship in the Navy. The greatest as far as I am concerned. Nothing like earning your sea legs on a great ship with a fine crew
Covington, GeorgeRM2Aug 1, 1982 – Jun 26, 1986OCEnjoyed growing from a Boy to a Man on that ship. I really cherish the times we had. Lots of hard work, too much fun, saw the world and embraced the California life style. It was some of the best times in my life.
Nelson, RonENFNAug 15, 1982 – Sep 10, 1984a-gangThe Merrill was my one and only ship in the navy,I did a lot of growing up on her.I had lots of good times and some bad ones that I wish I had to do over.Made a lot of friends.Sorry to hear she is gone.
Swift, DavidSTG2Aug 17, 1982 – Jun 13, 1986WepsServed during Tomahawk tests
Fejedelem, JimGMG2Sep 1982 – Sep 1984CS
Gregg, TonyIC3Sep 10, 1982 – Nov 15, 1986EngineeringWell boys I'm a little more sober these days. I was on the Merrill from 82-86 and boy were there some good times oh Ensenada at Senoir Frogs. Finally after 4years and a 3 month delay we set out for historic west pac no carrier. Thanks
Timmons, GaryEM-5Sep 13, 1982 – Oct 1, 1985EngineeringNo Westpac Puerto Vallarta our exotic trip. Lots of time on water waiting for 'fishing boat' to leave to do missle tests. Sunday cookouts and boxing at sea Was good time and got to see 84 Olympics when docked in L Beach. 2 many midwatches
Miller, DannyGSM2Sep 18, 1982 – Oct 30, 1987MP Division,Aft hole,and Oil ShackHad some memorable times on the Mean Mutha,sad to hear she is gone.Seems like only yesterday we were cruising the Pacific on her.
Matthews, AlanSTG2Oct 1982 – Feb 1985CAWhat a ride!?
Daniel, EricGMGSNOct 5, 1982 – Mar 8, 1985CG divisonIt was a shame to sink the first surface ship to fire a tomahawk, but it was a fun time on board
Briggs, LennyBM2Nov 1, 1982 – Nov 1, 1986deck
Deiters, JohnOS2Nov 17, 1982 – Mar 16, 1986OIThis was my first ship and I couldn't have asked for a better one. I still keep in contact with a few shipmates Braxton Smith Mark Finney Dan Smagacz Vat Thompson Pat Martin and Dave Spangler just to list a few.
Clark, SteveQM2Dec 1982 – Oct 1986NavigationStarted in Deck division in 1982, left in 1986 after west pac as Qm2. Met some great people in 4 years on the Merrill. Bm2 Mike Judd, Qm 2 Jim McQ, BM3 "Baby Joe" Carroll, Qm1 Jeff Lathem plus many more.
Goode, Johnny BOS1 (SW)1983 – 1989OIThis was my first ship. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I have not found a finer crew since and will remember the CIC team fondly. We had some good times. Good bye Mighty Moo.
Thurman, JeffEW2Jan 1983 – Oct 1986OZO2
Christopher (Lewis), TerralSN/EN3Feb 1983 – Nov 19871ST/A DivisionWOW is all I can say nice to reconnect with my first and I believe best Ship. Nice to read about some of my old shipmates particuarly from Deck and A-Gang. Also so many of the others out there. Contact me guys.
Tomassetti, JoeE-1Mar 1983 – May 1984engineman
Steffey, Brian/capt FunbucksGSM1Mar 1983 – Jan 1988MPMy best dreams are still of cruising in the Mighty Merrill. Had to wipe away a few tears when I heard she was sank as a target. Went from her to the GTPPT up at GLAKES. Got out in 92. Never made GSMC(too fat).WE NEED TO HAVE A REUNION!!
Romancik, TonyEN3Mar 1983 – Sep 1985"A" GangIt was a Great time Met lots of cool people.Sad to see her gone
Neveleff, JerryET2Mar 1983 – Jun 1986CEThe time on the Merrill was the best part of my time in the Navy. But I agree that those in and outs to test T-Hawk was annoying. Hey to those from Repair 8.
Skidmore, SkipperE-4 GMG3Mar 21, 1983 – Sep 22, 1986WeaponsI started in deck division and worked my way into the Gunnersmate division I remember painting and scraping that ship many times and now I find out that it was used as a target the nerve of the government.
Mendel, DavidET2May 1983 – Aug 1986CEI agree with McFall, we spent more time underway (11 months in 1985 if I remember correctly) than most "normal" ships ever did. T-hawk just about killed us with General Dynamics running our schedule, not the USN.
Anthes, ThomasE6 / EWJun 1983 – Sep 1986OZ02Sad to see that she's gone. A good ship and a great crew, Still remember the westpac in 86 with the New Jersey Battlegroup.
Ferguson, Michael (Fergy)GSM1Jun 1983 – Jun 1988GSM1 MP DIVI loved this ship. Being my first command in the Navy, it left a good lasting impression. You couldn't fine a closer crew.
Ruiz, Ulises (Chico)OPERATIONS SPECIALISTAug 1983 – Aug 1985OI
Coile, JonEnsign to LieutenantAug 23, 1983 – Sep 30, 1986A-Gang Divo, Nav/Ad Dept HeadCapt Roger Miller was the best CO. Supremely confident and skilled, gave people lattitude to excel. XO Fred Cole was also a great officer. Lessons I learned on Merrill have impacted my entire life for the better. Sad end to a great ship.
Smith, Braxton (Aka Tuna)OS2Aug 28, 1983 – Mar 1, 1985OI20 years we are..i've heard from a few, like Finney, Deiters, Spangler, Randolph..good for a start. Still looking for more.
Landrum, WillSTG1Sep 16, 1983 – Sep 16, 1985ASBeing on the Merrill was a special time in my life. I met some really great guys like GMT2 Jim Metzger. He had a crazy idea of making a rock and roll record, and he actually did it. The Sailors of Fortune.
Goode, Scott (Johnny B)OS1Sep 22, 1983 – Sep 22, 1989OI
Salonga, Rick(bongo)SEAMANOct 1, 1983 – Sep 11, 19861st.I just missed the WESPAC,and the MERRILL. Not much has changed, instead of drawing cartoons in the log book, I draw cartoons on TV now "The Simpsons"I had a dream; I was hanging off the side of the MERRILL while pulling into Port.
Andrus, Ray ( Bob )HT2Oct 27, 1983 – Oct 26, 1987ENG.
Van Hees, ChrisSEAMANOct 28, 1983 – May 10, 1986DECK(1st.)All those GOOD TIMES laying in the bottom of the ocean......Let's get a damn house-mouse in here!!! From the berthing to Las Vegas, nothing has changed, I'm still playing POKER(watch me on ESPN)"World Series of Poker"
Post, ToddSN/GMG3Nov 18, 1983 – Jun 30, 1987Deck/wepsFirst ship. Great times. Westpac was awsome! Tomahawk testing SUCKED!!!
Mellenberger, JamesSN-BM2Nov 26, 1983 – Aug 1988OD01Sad ending for a great ship. At least she got to spend time in Hawaii instead of the accursed Merrill Trench! And, for a brief scene or 2 she got on the silver screen in the movie PEARL HARBOR. Spirit of ''76 is not forgotten.

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