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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
Allen, SteveGSCS1998 – 2002MPGreat group of Engineers with an awesome Chiefs Mess. Some of the best memories of my Navy life.... thanks to all.
Purcell, Danny profile iconGMC1998 – 1999G
Thompson, MatthewHN / 84041998 – Jun 15, 2000Medical / SupplyI am looking to speak to some of the guys I used to go to shore with as well as the guys that welcomed me into their work spaces while we were as sea.
Paleo, ChrisE-5/DC2Jan 1, 1998 – Jun 1, 2001R-DivisionWhats up everybody, miss all of you! Had some of the best times of my life on board with you guys. Contact me @ my E-mail dc2cpaleo@yahoo.com.
Leavitt, DavidLTjgJan 15, 1998 – Aug 5, 1999RepairGreat first ship, learned a lot and met some wonderful people.
Vinson, JasonCTR3Feb 1998 – Aug 2000
Bowers, JimPNCFeb 1998 – Apr 30, 2000AdminPersonnel Officer. Hated by some, needed by all....
Vinson, JasonCTR3Feb 1998 – Aug 2000Was on here once years ago. Just wondering what happened to every one. I'm a paramedic living in cleveland. I married a nurse(which makes for really gross dinner conversation) and we have five kids. Everyone let me know how they're doing
Shuma, DanielETCS(SW)Mar 1, 1998 – Dec 30, 2001CS/CSEGreat crew, the E-6 and below made the Thorn what she was, great. THe crew is what made her special, thanks to all.
Gary, AnthonyE5/STG2Apr 1998 – Sep 2000CAEarn my ESWS Pin and got promoted from STG3 to STG2 while doing two deployments.
Hawkins, JimmyE-6/GM1Apr 2, 1998 – May 30, 2002CG/CSI had a great time on Thorn and I'm looking forward to get back to VA.
Parnell, JasonBM3/E-4Apr 5, 1998 – Oct 25, 2001OD Raise your hand if you hated BM1 "high pitched howard"
Thomas, JermainE-5/HTApr 20, 1998 – Apr 10, 2002I ENJOYED MY FIRST COMAND AN ALL THE FUN THAT I HAD OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND (OVERSEAS) WITH MY OUT STANDING SHIPMATES HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ABOUT THE FLEET
Lynch, JonathanE-7/ITCMay 1, 1998 – May 1, 2002OPSNetwork Admin...Best Ship I've been 2...Checked on as E-5 lefted as E-6 and made Chief 1st time up at next command due to this ship....
Stranahan, BrianLTJun 1998 – Jun 2000Combat SystemsYou never forget your first... what a place to sharpen your SWO teeth!
Ogle, JohnEM4Jun 1, 1998 – Jun 30, 1999EMO3I want to say hi to EMC Santiago, He was so right when he said that after all the shit those two had been through, I am suprised they are still together after all this time. I remember you Mr. Horton, EMC Santiago.
Halvorsen, Jason/halviCTM/E-5Jun 22, 1998 – May 2, 2002OTHad some great times on Thorn. I miss all of the great friends I had on Thorn. I will never forget meeting Schaeffer in Akzas Turkey, I knew from that point that me and him would harrass allot of people. And where the hell is Pauley Mayer?
McNulty, Robert E JrFC2Jun 23, 1998 – May 1, 2002CF
Cassidy, Stuart/cassOS2Jul 1, 1998 – Feb 18, 2002OIFTW! Great port visits. Great Casinos. Alot of crazy, but hazy, times. Alot of watches spent sleeping...some things never change.
Salter, BillFC/2Jul 1, 1998 – Aug 1, 2002Combat Systems
Foether, JeremyENFAAug 1998 – Nov 1999
Canales, LouFC2(SW)Aug 1998 – Sep 2002CFGood Times and Great friends. So many memories with these clowns.
Pierce III, AlbertCWO3/7441Aug 15, 1998 – Sep 8, 1999OTGreat Crew and Ship! I was CTRC(SW) and the Outboard/EW LCPO during our 99 SNFM Deployment. We kicked off the KOSOVO campaign.
Hammitt, Joshua "Hambone"PN2Sep 2, 1998 – Nov 1, 2001Admin / ExecutiveI had a great time serving with the crew on the Thorn. It was and always will be BEST destroyer of the fleet! And I also agree with DC2 Ryan Currence whom I served with, we had the best engineering plant. "The Mighty T forever it will always be
Gonzalez, Jose (Gonzo)MS2Sep 15, 1998 – Oct 4, 2002S-2 SupplyBusted my ass on that Boat was treated like crap but I made sure my guys had the best meals each day every day
Phillips, Bill (The D.o.c)HMCSep 25, 1998 – Oct 13, 2000MedicalI will echo what everyone else has said, the Thorn was a great ship made that way by the greatest crew who ever sailed. The CPO Mess was second to none, Dan, PC, Steven, Reggie (how ya livin) I hope your all living your dreams.
Ayan, GilLTOct 2, 1998 – Oct 5, 2000MP & RFunny how in our memories, tough times fade away and good times become great times. Thorn, excellent ship, awesome crew.
Grimes, Brian "Busta"RM3Oct 28, 1998 – Jun 20, 2000OC01IT? What is a IT?
Bruso, MikeSTG1(SW)Oct 31, 1998 – Oct 20, 2000CAGreat ship! Miss all the guys and gals I served with on the Thorn. If only I could turn back the clock, but life goes on and I'm doing OK, hope everybody else is too.
Eide, MikeMS3/E-4Dec 25, 1998 – Jul 31, 2002S-2I Did the damn thang
Kepler, AllenIT31999 – 2000OC
Fast, ThomasFC2 SW1999 – 2000CSF1
Halliday, BradE5 BM2 BM3 while on ThornJan 7, 1999 – Mar 15, 1999Decknick name "Jack" hated it, & loved it. Only liked helm duty or working on my own. Too many deck seamen with a big chip on their shoulder. Enjoyed portcalls in Italy, CorfuGreece & Split Croatia. Good Ship
Colocado, KevinGSE3Feb 26, 1999 – Feb 25, 2002MPGreat experience....Engineering Department taught me alot, kudos to my shipmates!!!
Albino, Jose L.IC1 (SW)May 1999 – Oct 2003CEGREAT MEMORIES , GREAT EXPERIENCES , BEING ON THORN MADE ME A BETTER LEADER ! HARD WORK BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT . THANKS TO AGUILAR , THIEL , BYERS ! ALL THE CE CREW SHOWED UP AS A 3RD CLASS LEFT AS A 1ST . THANKS , USS THORN
Rodriguez, Scott L.RMSA - IT1 (SW)May 5, 1999 – Apr 25, 2004OC5 Years on baord. E2 - E6. Couldn't have had it better if I tried.
Rice, JakeIC3May 15, 1999 – Feb 15, 2001CE-5Look a ghost...
Hass, JacobSTG2May 27, 1999 – Aug 23, 2002CA
Moore, John (Mr2)MR 2Jun 1999 – Jul 2001RThe best ship I served on, wish I could have finished my 20 on her.
Adams, DavidET3(SW)Jul 11, 1999 – Jul 24, 2003CE
Mchenry, KeithTM1 (SW)Aug 7, 1999 – Aug 7, 2001Combat Systems
Ansell, SidFC2(SW)/E5Aug 12, 1999 – Nov 28, 2003CS
Illner, JeffSTG 3Oct 11, 1999 – Oct 29, 2002CAWow...what can I say....Good times...Bad times.....and way too much beer...Man, where's my battle horn at....
Henson, ChristopherIC2Nov 16, 1999 – Jan 3, 2003MP, CEGood ship. Great leaders.
Fyffe, JustinOS2 (SW)Dec 1999 – Jul 2004OIFor some reason I only remember the good parts.
Dietz, SteveSTG2Dec 30, 1999 – Nov 23, 2003CAMade me who I am today...wouldn't trade it for the world. Miss being underway and playing late night poker...

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