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USS Hayler (DD 997) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Hayler (DD 997). 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 509 crew members registered for the USS Hayler (DD 997).

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

Eckels, Peter [ship Astronomer ]gsm 3Jan 2, 1981 – Jan 2, 1988gas turbine systemstrying to get ahold of the plank-owner captain who commissioned me as 'Ship astronomer' i have a telescope I'd like to show him peter eckels
Taylor, PernellDS21982 – Jan 1987Combat SystemsI look fondly back on my days aboard the USS Hayler. The experiences I had served to mold me as I continued through life. The crew I served with were some of the greatest people I have ever known.
Hogan, BradDS21982 – 1984Combat SystemsFantastic Ship - too young to be decommissioned! Great first crew...
Casey, JohnSTG21982 – 1984CAPlankowner
Jolly, TomGMT21982 – 1985CAPrecom -1985, Plankowner
Bowers, Dave {zippy}FTM21982 – 1985CMplankowner, Any of you guys remember, "it doesn't matter if it works, as long as it's clean"?, hope to hear from some of you, I had a great time aboard the Hayler.
Woodward, MichaelDS21982 – Feb 1987CE
Daigle, StevenEM21982 – Feb 1986E
McQuerry, BillIC21982 – 1985
Smith, Mel "Smurf"GSE21982 – 1986Plankowner
Marwood, ChrisGSM21982 – 1985MPlankowner
Riggin, Richard RickQMSR QM1 SW[RET]1982 – 1988NAV/ADMINPLANKOWNER
Lefevre, Phil FrenchyDC21982 – 1985Rhad much fun, learned a lot, transfered to the Midway. Thanks all.
Stephan, DaveEM21982 – 1985E Excellent time of my life (didn't know it at the time, though!) Met many great people, too. In seeing all of the crew that stayed in and then retired, my hats off to you, BZ!
Del Vecchio, BillLT1982 – 1984ASWPlankowner
Limbach, John ( Bad Attitude)gsmfn1982 – Sep 15, 1985Engineering / Aft engineroomPlankowner and Hayler descendant
Behm, JeffSTG21982 – 1984ASWow it's been 30 years! My Plank Owner certificate hangs proudly in the man cave. Still waiting for my plank....
Wigley, ChesterHTC (sw)1982 – 1984R-DivisionPlankowner, R-Division CPO
Laszczak, JerryEM31982 – 1985EPlank Owner. Crazy times on this ship. Great friends and awesome card games.
Braun, BruceYN21982 – 1986NAVADMINHAYLER was an incredible experience and I learned from every moment. Very fond memories of friends and adventures.
Williams, RudolphPN2Jan 1982 – Jun 1985XNAV
Williams, RudolphPN2Jan 1, 1982 – Jun 1, 1985XNAVI'm in search of my old navy friends.
Beck, KenENC(SW) RETIREDJan 5, 1982 – Apr 1984A-GANGPLANKOWNER!!! EN-2 back then. I wonder about Lopez, Dexter, Ketteyle, and numerous other shipmates thru the years..Retired in 1995,,,21 years! Man what a damn good ship and crew!!! May she rest in peace!!! K. Beck (ENCSW) Retired
Follano, DavidGSE 2 / PLANKOWNERFeb 1982 – Nov 15, 1985Engineering I remember the days at the shipyards in Pascagula, MS. The shakedown cruiz and the near infinite circles in the Indian Ocean. Good People, Can it be over twenty years ago? Incredible...I'm now living in Minnesota. I ran into Jeff Dexter
Fisk, MarcusLTFeb 1982 – Apr 1984NavPlankowner. Commissioning Navigator.
Souza, JeffFTM2Feb 1, 1982 – Apr 15, 1984Weapons
Fisk, MarcusLTFeb 10, 1982 – Apr 14, 1984NAVA great precom crew! A great CPO mess! Wardroom -- an eclectic mix! Proud of: NAV Team @ GITMO; QMs Williams, Riggin, & "Mudbone" Blevins; 'Firing' the CMDMC; YNs Lowe & Caldwell News; 'Saying g-nite to Doc Arnold
Daniel, Joseph M. Jr.QM2Feb 28, 1982 – Jan 21, 1983
Case, DanFTM1Mar 13, 1982 – Feb 20, 1985CSMThe messages sent on here don't always go through. I can be contacted at
Arnold, DocE-7 HMCApr 1982 – Apr 1986NXPlank owner, good ship,good crew. Bobby Lowe, you're my man.
Whitehurst, JohnOS1Apr 1982 – Oct 1984OIproud member of the commissioning crew. Many years have past since my Navy days. Doing well. Proud daddy to a beautiful pre-teen girl. Living in Deming NM and working as a nurse in a nursing home. Best wishes to all.
Blakemore, JerryEW2May 1982 – Nov 1985CEPLANKOWNER, and I know what BP stands for
Goughan, LarryLCDRMay 1982 – Mar 1986CSOPlankowner
Peters, JohnLTMay 1, 1982 – Jul 31, 1984CICOMy memory of Hayler is as a newly commissioned ship. Hard to believe she has done her time and is retired.
Lowe, BobbyYN3May 7, 1982 – Dec 25, 1984Nav/AdminHer name is Hayler, she's second to none, she'll be the cleanest ship when the fightings done. So grab your swab and your ________ brush, the adventure's just begun. hahahaha.
Association, Uss HaylerASSOCIATIONMay 8, 1982 – Aug 25, 2003AllCome sign the Q'Deck Logbook! Welcome home; your shipmates welcome you as well. If you have any pictures you would like to share you are welco
Taylor, JimBM2May 26, 1982 – Oct 11, 1984First /deckPlank owner. I was on the Hayler when men were made of steel and ships were made of wood....
Blakemore, JerryEW2Jun 1982 – May 1985PLANKOWNER, And I know what BP stands for/
Sterk, StevenGSM2Jun 1982 – Jul 1987MI had a great time onboard, I only have the best memories. I enjoyed serving with everyone, Our crew was tight, never had one like it afterwards.
Stephan, DavidJun 1982 – Sep 1985EHayler Days were the best times of my life (I just didn't realize it!) Great div., dept., and crew, 4.0 all the way!! BZ to all you guys that stayed and and retired, I salute you! I was proud to have served on her!! "key stations!"
Faulkner, Vincegsm2Jun 1982 –engineeringBeing a part of this ships company was one of the best experiences of my life.
Kopec, AndyMS3- NOW CSC(SW/SCW)Jun 1, 1982 – Apr 1, 1986supplyIt was a great time on the latest and the gratest. She will be missed
Frey, WayneLCDRJun 8, 1982 – Sep 3, 1985Chief EngineerShip's go the way they start. Ingalls built us a good ship. We had a great commissioning crew, and the long blue line of pro's who relieved us kept it going. It was an honor and priviledge to serve the fleet and our nation as a Hayler sailor.
Dexter, JeffEN2Jul 1982 – Jul 1986A-Gang
Rhoades, DamonGSM1Jul 1982 – Aug 1987M DivisionIn the twenty three years spent in the Navy, the Pre-Com crew was the closest of any crew I worked with. The best of times / the worst of times but one thing was for sure, we stuck together.
Carter, DonovanDS2Jul 1982 – Oct 1986Combat SystemsI was known is Don Carter AKA Dirty Don. I presently live in Atlanta, GA. My son is a main character on the HBO show Ballers.
Dockstader, Michael (Doc)GSM 2 - GSM 1Jul 1, 1982 – Oct 31, 1984MPPlankowner Could not have asked for a finer PRE-COM crew. I left on terminal leave prior to her maiden cruise. The SEABEE base in Gulfport MS threatened to fly me to Italy to wait for the ship so I could be discharged on my last day.
Smith, Brent L.OS2(SW)Aug 1982 – Feb 1987OI/OPERATIONSPLANKOWNER
Hess, DougSK3Aug 1982 – Jan 13, 1986Supply Time sure does fly by! From being a member of Navy Key Watch to being 'gonged off' the Hayler in Dec of 1985 on terminal leave. Rest easy on the bottom!
Thiers, JohnGSM2Aug 1982 – May 1985MBest ship in the Navy, She was decommed too soon.
Parker, RalphOS1 (SW)Aug 1982 – Oct 1987OIAs I retired and reflected on my 23 years of naval service. I would Like to thank the officers and crew of the Hayler, for the wisdom and insight gained. To the CO's XO's and Dept heads I served with,Thank you. You molded me and made me a suc
Ranson, William (Bill)OS1Aug 1, 1982 – Aug 1, 1984OIPlankowner
Coble, ThomasHM2Sep 1982 – Dec 1986NX
Carlson, Chris (Bp)EW2Sep 1982 – Sep 4, 1985CSPlankowner, Early Wiberty
Cater, LonnieFn-HT2Sep 1982 – Oct 1984RMy time on this ship was the best of my whole career. I recall memories of several friends and shipmates still to this day. And yes I do remember the dead bug! I was proud to be a plank owner.
Florke, RalphGMG2Sep 4, 1982 – Aug 1, 1987weaponsI want to say hi to all my plank-owner buddies,,and as i browsed through the names the memories came back and i just want to say I love you all, the times that we shared priceless and there where so many of them. Always SECOND TO NONE
Johnson, Robert H.EN2Sep 18, 1982 – Jun 9, 1986A-Gang/MPlankowner
Lewis, Russell profile iconFA(SW) - HT2(SW)Sep 19, 1982 – Apr 22, 1988Repair / NAV-ADMINHas to be the best command I served in. The only command where I still keep in touch with some of my old (yes we're ALL old) shipmates. Wouldn't trade those memories for anything!!! I miss my old WANG system... :-)
Nakroshis, RickEW1Oct 1982 – Oct 1984Combat SystemsEW1 -- Leading EW aboard Hayler, and proud Plankowner
Hundley, JerryRM2Nov 1982 – Jun 1986Ops / CSPlankowner
Basham, Danny (Bash)HT2(sw)Nov 1982 – 1985R-DivI spent 21+ yrs in the Navy and 5 different ships and the Hayler and the crew was the best I ever served with. As a Plank Owner it's hard to see how it ended. How can you forget the Dead Bug!! softball anybody?
McIntire, GaryGSM2Nov 5, 1982 – May 20, 1985M DivMER2
Mercer, DewittSTG2Dec 1982 – Sep 1984ASPlankowner
Pernell, Paul (Rick)STG2Dec 7, 1982 – Jan 5, 1984ASPlankowner

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