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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 663 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 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – 1995 | 1996 – 1997 | 1998 – 1999 | 2000 – 2001 | 2002 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Winfrey, TimIC31996 – 1999
Rafus, GlennE6/ET1 (RET)1996 – 1999CEOne of the best commands I ever had and the best crew!
Jones, KevinE3 MS1996 –Supply
Dozier, Sean (Triple D)  NEWEN3/E-41996 – 2000A DivisionGreat memories, great crew. Happy to have the privilege of serving with the crew on the thorn
Kressig, JamesEM2Feb 1996 – Oct 2000ELots of good times on this Old Girl
King, RoyGSM 3Feb 1996 – Apr 1998MPGREAT SHIP AND CREW. THE CAPTAIN AND XO THAT WAS ON THIS SHIP DURING MY TIME ONBOARD WERE THE BEST THE NAVY HAD TO OFFER.
King, Jr., RoyGSM3Feb 24, 1996 – Apr 15, 1998mpthe med/nag cruise of '97 was the best cruise i ever had in my 5 year navy career. the capt. and xo of that cruise was the best the navy had to offer.
Barto, BobHT2Feb 28, 1996 – Jan 23, 1998REPAIRCRASH HT SMASH MEF 97 ROCKED Any one have an extra 97 mef cruise book? I never got mine!!!!!!!!
Turney, Jody T-dogIC3Mar 1996 – Nov 1998engineering Had some really good times,and had some really good friends.
Stegemann, Scott D.DC3Mar 11, 1996 – Dec 20, 1999mp,a-gang,oil lab ,&dcTHE THORN EXPERIENCE WAS ONE THAt STAY WITH A PERSON. I MET SOME OF THE BEST PEOPLE A PERSON COULD KNOW AND HED SOME EXPERIENCES THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. GO SCHLEPROCKS.
Carey, Gorman Ray , IIIMS3Mar 28, 1996 – Sep 4, 1999S-2
Underwood, MaxCDRApr 1996 – Oct 1998XOBest crew I ever served with. Did more with less than humanly possible. No love for Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. Thanks for many positive Thorn memories.
Kiger, Rick "Kig"GSM1(SW)Apr 16, 1996 – Nov 20, 1999MPCool ship. Good crew. Miss some of the guys. Retirement is set for 31MAR06 here in FL. Going to be one heck of a party. How 'bout it 3 Generator "Brew Crew"?
Lockamy, ChristianE-5/RM2May 1996 – Jul 1999OCI grew up on the Thorn.....served with many good men that I will never forget.
Currence, Ryan AnthonyDC2 (SW)May 21, 1996 – May 16, 2001RepairThe memories of the "Mighty Thorn" will last forever. Best engineering plant in the Navy. No other boat could touch the Damage Control we had on THORN!
Fowler, JdDK1 (RETIRED)May 25, 1996 – Aug 26, 2000S-4 DisbursingWhat a tour! What memories! The best ship I ever served on, was sad to see the old girl de-commd. Hopefully everyone's pay record is still squared away.......I did my best!
Robinson, Demetrius C.ITCJun 24, 1996 – Dec 13, 1999OPSI reported to this ship as a First Class and had three an a half great years onboard. I completed two cruises that were great and met some wonderfull friends while onboard.
Schlegel, DavidFCCS(SW)Jul 1996 – Jul 1999Combat Systems
Rose, MartyCTR1(SW)Aug 1996 – Jul 1999OTI had alot of good friends on Thorn, Im glad I was there. But I wouldnt do it again. I surprised Andy Blackburn is still alive.
Medlock, Gregory MaddogMS3Aug 16, 1996 – Feb 28, 1998S2THE BEST COOK THE BOAT EVER HAD
Pearsall, ZackGSE2Sep 1996 – Jun 1999MPI'll never forget those days on Thorn. Learned a lot there and met some great people. Never thought I would but I miss it sometimes.
Archibald, Rick (Archie)SK3Sep 1996 – Dec 4, 1999S-1Made some great friends and had a blast at ports. Overseas was fun except all the unreps and crank duty in the scullery in the middle of the gulf
Bozeman, GregoryOS2Sep 1996 – Jun 1999OIThorn was the best shp and crew I was ever a part of.
Van Amburg, KristopherOS2Sep 3, 1996 – Sep 3, 2000OperationsKnow me give me a shout, well talk about hte drinks, troubles, and good times!
Love, AllenPC1(SW)Sep 14, 1996 – Sep 1, 2000Got my ESWS on there. This ship had one of the best Supply Dept. I've ever served with.
Huffman, MarkSKC(SW)Oct 10, 1996 – Oct 10, 2000SS01Best destroyer in the fleet during my tour onboard due to the dedication of the sailors I served with.
Bivins, MatthewE-3Oct 10, 1996 – Aug 16, 1997OD HEy the best of times with those lil dudes down in OD!!Thanks for the laughs and the momories.....wish my time could have been longer...but unforantionally it was not...but..."Here's to the crew....and the Cap. ---- Thank You!!!!!!!!
Nesbit, DexerOSC(SW)Nov 1996 – Nov 1998OIGreat crew great time.
Caballero, PaulCSCS (SW) RETIREDDec 31, 1996 – Feb 28, 2000S2Many fond memories onboard the "THORN in my side" Solid CPO Mess! Earned my star on that dog! Best supply department on the waterfront then. Too bad she was sunk--I guess now, she really is dead in the water.
Monday, NealOS 2Jan 1997 – Aug 5, 2000OIThorn was good times. I hope I don't forget
Gallahan, JimmyGSM2/E-5Jan 1997 – Jun 2000MPThe Mighty Thorn was a helluva a ship becuase of that Engineering department! What is up with those Shlepp Rocks?
Jacknick, JoeGSM3May 1997 – Aug 28, 2000EngineeringMP division, best of the best on the east coast. Wont ever forget the mighty thorn
Jacknick, Crazy JackGSM3May 1997 – Aug 2000MPBest of the best on the east coast. Wont ever forget the thorn.(at the end of every rainbow)
Allread, JohnathonEM2(SW)Sep 1997 – Sep 1999EWhat's up my homies... I am out and will be back in shortly. Got my degree coming... I hope to see yall in the fleet sometime. Fair winds my friends.
Beattie, EthanIT2(SW)Sep 1997 – Jan 2001OCUpdating email contact.
Garduno, PatrickET1Sep 1, 1997 – Feb 1, 2000CEMy first boat, and the best one I have ever served on!!!
Fox, KevinGM 3Sep 1, 1997 – Oct 1, 1999Combat SystemsI was a SAR swimmer while aboard and had an ok time. Many probably remember me for my drunken exploits ashore the most. I am happy to report that I have been sober for 9 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree and work as a Financial Analyst now
Hagemann, Ericgsm3Nov 1997 – Aug 2001mp
Burton, JasonIC3Nov 28, 1997 – Feb 8, 2000CS
Perkins, BrandinE-5/FC2Dec 5, 1997 – Nov 27, 2001CSI miss the great crew members I lived with for 4 years. I met some of the coolest people I have ever known on this ship. The food was usually awesome (thanks to Pone and Will). Shot 2 Rim-7 Sparrow missiles my last year. Best rush ever!!!!

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