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USS Thorn (DD 988) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Thorn (DD 988). 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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Capt. R. E. Pearsall, USN (ret.), Commanding Officer of DD 988 from 1982-1984, is currently working in conjunction with the USS THORN DD 647 Association (who successfully "sponsored" DD 988 into the Fleet) to petition the Navy through the Congress to commission a new THORN. They are targeting the last of the unnamed DDG 51s so time is very limited and they need your help to get letters in the mail to Congress. Below you find the necessary documents:

Instruction Letter         Petition Letter



There are 661 crew members registered for the USS Thorn (DD 988).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1990 | 1991 – 1992 | 1993 – 1994 | 1995 – 1996 | 1997 – 1998 | 1999 – 2000 | 2001 – 2002 | 2003 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Malham, ChrisMS30000 – Mar 28, 1985S-2I worked in S-2. Anyone remember the wild UNITAS cruise in 1984? I use to fight with MS3 Zona and MS3 Stoutmire all the time.
Tallman, JosephBMSNMay 13, 1962 –
Smith, RandallDS 11978 – 1981CEHave some fond memories, diving in Saint Croix and Puerto Rico. Saw our Lt Kelly made adrimal!
Eldred, RickBM1Dec 27, 1978 – Jun 18, 1992DeckAnyone that knows where or knows how to get ahold of Mike Ross (BM3) Please call me (802-868-5404) and the same for Pat Creley (BM2).. any PLANKOWNER that knows me can call..I have been in touch with others...
Burns, FredBMC1979 – 19811stI would like to know when the ship will be decommissioned.
Hartman, MarkHT 21979 – Feb 28, 1981RepairPre-Comm crew and Plankowner, Great crew, Good times and GITMO who could forget that! everyone is welcome to send me an email to catch up on old times and new.
Horton, Michael REN1979 – Feb 1982A DivIt is with great sadness that I post the passing of EN HORTON. He passed away unexpectedly in Jan 2007. He always spoke of good times aboard the Thorn.
Welsh, RandallEN21979 – 1983A GangHope life is Great for all !
Cook, Robert ( Cookie)MS31979 – 1982S2I enjoyed serving with the Officers and Crew of the USS Thorn and only wish I hand known about this site sooner.
Evilsizor, Harold EM31979 – 1984EPlankowner of The BEST crew that was ever assembled and became a family of friends forever. Would love to hear from you guys! Retired EMC 1995 now in Ohio.
Arnold, MikeHT2Jan 1979 – May 1987RWow! I don't know what to say. I would like to visit some of the gang... (email thru my wife)
Soper, KevinEN 2Jan 6, 1979 – Jan 4, 1983A GANGI will always rember A GANG. and everything we did. I was a PLANKOWNER. I live in Bear Lake MI now. Love to hear from some of you. kevinsoper91@yahoo.com.
Petry, Jeff profile iconEN2Feb 1979 – Sep 1982A DivisionWithout question the high light of my life was serving my country with the crew of the USS Thorn, and more specifically the "A Gang". My only regret, leaving at the end of my four year enlistment. Thanks to all of you.
Wojcik, TimothyFTM3Apr 1979 – Jun 20, 1981Combat SystemsPlankowner, Had a great time on shakedown cruises. Many great friends and memorys. Hope you are all well.
Zimmerman, RobertENS - LTApr 1, 1979 – Apr 30, 1983CEPlankowner, first duty as a LDO, served as the EMO with a great group of enlisted and officer.
Zimmerman, RobertLTApr 1, 1979 – May 1982OE
Hottel, Glenn (Capt Ret.)ENS TO LT / DCAMay 1979 – Apr 1983RBest group of HT's and MR ever assembled - no tasking they couldn't accomplish - they made my career! Easily best tour of my 31 years. Best memory: the night the CO put beer in the soda machine. Saddest memory: the loss of OS1 Strange.
Hammil, George "Buddy"ET1Jun 1979 – Apr 15, 1981Combat SystemsPlankowner. I am now an Army Chaplain! Please, feel free to contact me.
Trefsger, Ht1 "T"HT1Jun 1, 1979 – Jun 1983RBEST BUNCH OF GUYS I EVER SERVED WITH
Moya, EdisonQM3Jun 5, 1979 – Jun 5, 1983navigationI had one of the best times of my life on board The Thorn. Travel all over the world, met some grat people.Looking forward to see them on decomission day. Edison Moya
Henry, Paul B.BM3Jun 12, 1979 – Apr 15, 1983ODPLANKOWNER. Mike Ross,Steve Auge. Where are you! My self and Rick Eldred are trying to get in touch with all Plankowners or early crew members. We are compiling a list of addresses and phone numbers for a reunion. please call(407)695-1768
Tallman, JosephBMSNJun 13, 1979 – Jun 1982
Price., MontySNJun 14, 1979 – Jun 14, 1983OD Division/Operations DepartmentI have good memories of the Thorn. Rotate and Radiate. Give me some Dap!!! George being thrown in the the water while at sea. cprice2@twc.com or cmpric2@facebook.com, 859-687-0835. Contact me if you like?
Kennedy, RobertHT3Jun 15, 1979 – Jun 15, 1983Plankowner.
Ballentine, FrankSTG1Jul 1979 – Jul 1984CAThe best sailors in the NAVY!!!!!!!!! A hard good 5 years. Retired in 1993 STGCM(SW)
Mallo, KeithLTJul 1979 – Jun 1982OCKathy and I both have fond memories of our time with the Thorn. We had a great crew and Wardroom!
Quintero, Mario "q"GSE1Jul 10, 1979 – Feb 15, 1982MPReported aboard as GSE2 from GS school in GLAKES. Plankowner and made first deployment. Detached to GLAKES as instructor in CCS maintenance. Great memories from the ship and crew.
Aubuchon, EugeneEN-1Jul 22, 1979 – Aug 20, 1981A-GANGPart of the oringinal precom crew. I was in charge of A-Gang and reitred in 1990 as an ENCS
Iossi, TomEW2Aug 1979 – Nov 1982Combat SystemsPlankowner- almost. Some good people and am still in touch with Chris Block and Bob Vandiver. We all miss OS1 Mike Strange. Hope all my matey's are well. Godspeed...Yos
Jones, GeorgeRM2Aug 1979 – Feb 18, 1980OCPre-commissioning Crew. Volunteered for Submarines and departed 3 days prior to first Med Cruise. Still have the Commissioning pennant from 1st day in commission along with POD for first & last days onboard. Lots of photo's of sea trials.
Valencia, Humberto "The Federation"DK3Aug 5, 1979 – Aug 4, 1982SupplyWho can forget FOAD had a blast plank owner.pulling into SC with pa system blasting "The Boys are back in town". I Miss the passing of EM 3 Hiram Gonzalez back in 84, Godspeed and God bless the men of the USS Thorn. 305-388-8669 posted 1/10/05
Dahilig, LarrySN/SH2Aug 10, 1979 – 1983S-3Hafa Adai from Guam, I'm Larry the quite chamorro guy. I had fond memories as a plank owner Remember Jimmy, Kevin Meehan, Donnelly Williams, Kevin Murphy, and can't forget SH1 Liwanag who took us out from Deck. God bless
Flowers, RobertDS3Aug 20, 1979 – Jul 14, 1984I don't really remember when i was onboard but I do remember commission ceremony. I am a PLANKOWNER!
Mitchell, CharlieRM2Aug 25, 1979 – Jan 15, 1981OCPRE-COMM CREW , ONE OF THE FIRST ONES ON AND PROBABLY THE FIRST ONE OFF. PLANKOWNER DEPARTING.
Mossman, FranklinET2Sep 1979 – Jun 1983Combat SystemsPre-Com Norfolk... Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula MS... Charleston Naval Base... Shakedown Cruise & Training Ops Caribbean Sea... America's Cup, Rhode Island... 2 Med cruises... Persian Gulf... North Atlantic, Norway
Powell, Jim2ND CLASS PETTY OFFICERSep 1, 1979 – Mar 16, 1981
Beard, DaveET1Sep 15, 1979 – May 5, 1982Decomissioned? What a jip! Plankowner. Bizarre times in Pascagoula, Charleston-Capt. Harry's Blue Marlin bar!!! Liberia-Land of giant beers, getting chased by anti-sailor mob in Norfolk. What a hoot! I'd do it again in a minute...hahahahaha, NO
Donahue, TomSTSN/STG2Sep 19, 1979 – Jan 26, 1983CAPrecom fall of 79 left jan 83 friends knew me as the rock! looking back the greatest bunch ever served with, enjoyed all the good times we had together! tomsyr46@aol.com 315-723-6145 or facebook me CHIEF B THANKS ROCK!
Hill, MarkDS2Oct 1979 – Dec 1981Combat SystemsPlankOwner - Great memories of the 4/5/6 club,BB&G,Thunders AND how our cruise jackets said we went places & didn't! It's great to see the familiar names!
Estey, JohnRM2Oct 1, 1979 – Apr 30, 1981OPSPre-Com crew/Plankowner. We put Thorn bumper stickers on everything from Norfolk to Pascagoula. Broke my ankle in Rota Spain upon In-Chop of first MED cruise.
Shepherd, NeilSK1Oct 1, 1979 – Jun 1, 1983SupplyNot sure of the period dates, but was one of the earlier Pre-coms & Plankowner. Best memories include the greatest crew ever, Senior Chief Rossa, and Steel Beach. Still in touch with Jeff Hutka. Would be great to hear from others.
Bachman, RobertSH3Oct 1, 1979 – Jun 18, 1982DECK / SUPPLY S3I MISS THE THORN AND THE SHIPMATES I SERVED WITH. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. I MADE THE NAVY A CAREER AND RETIRED IN 2003 AS SHC.
Powell, JimOS @ND CLASSOct 1, 1979 – Mar 16, 1981OperationsOne of the original plank owners. Great time. Great Memories.
Hill, MarkDS2Oct 1, 1979 – Dec 1, 1981CSE
Newcomb, Larry C.DS1Oct 15, 1979 – Jan 4, 1981OEWith pre-com unit "plankowner" retired as DSCS in 1993.
Wallbank, JimRM2/1Oct 15, 1979 – Jan 15, 1982OCPrecommunit THORN, Comissioning Crew USS THORN (DD988). Med Cruise 3-81. Most rewarding two years of my career.
Goldy, PaulSTG2Oct 19, 1979 – May 10, 1982Combat SystemsMemorable time on the Thorn. Worked with some of the best guys in the Sonar gang and the other weapons groups. Never forget those 60+ days at sea off the coast of Lebanon. Thanks Chief Ballantyne for keeping us in line.
Johnson, Jimmy { Jimmy Head}MS3Oct 20, 1979 – Jan 28, 1981S2REMEMER THAT KID THAT STARTED HIS LOCKER ON FIRE IN NORFOLK. RUNNING OUT SIDE IN SKIVIES. HAD LOTS OF FUN ON THE THORN. WHEN I GOT OFF THE SHIP AND THEY RANG THE BELL "PLANKOWNER DEPARTING" IT PUT TEARS IN MY EYES.
Loewen, FrederickHT2Nov 1979 – Jun 1983RPlankowner
Harlow, GarySM3Nov 1979 – May 1982OPSI have great memories of the ship and crew. I have met up with several members over the past couple of years. Feel free to send me an email: Gary.Harlow@gmail.com
Poirier, ChuckGSM1Nov 1979 – Jan 1984MPHAD SOME REALLY GOOD TIMES ON THIS SHIP WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT STILL REMEBERS ME. RETIRED AS A GSCS IN 91
Loewen, FrederickHT2Nov 1979 – Jun 1983rplankowner- miss the old crew drop me a line anytime
Petersen, Thomas (Tom)GMCS(SW)Nov 1979 – Sep 1, 1983CARetired as CWO4 and am currently living in South Dakota and am serving as a pastor.
Perez, DavidE3Nov 10, 1979 – Mar 14, 1982DECKCrazy Puerto Rican from New York. Close Buds with Eddie Moya, Andre Lopez, Mario Quintero, Jesse Baumgarten, Humberto Valencia, Hiram Gonzalez, Peacock, Malloy, Brown, etc.
Campbell, ScottGSM1Nov 16, 1979 – Nov 17, 1984MPPLANKOWNER
King, William J. profile iconGSM1Nov 19, 1979 – Nov 19, 1983MPPLANKOWNER Great bunch of guys and alot of great memories !
Clark, PaulSTGSN-GMT3Dec 1979 – Jun 1982ASPlank Owner made a med cruise when we went 65 days at sea. Went back and visited the Thorne in 2002 at Norfolk. They took my ASROC launcher off. Any one ever hear from Mike DeBerry?
Gilman, CharlesGSM3/2Dec 1979 – Sep 1982MPPlankowner

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