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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

Windle, JerryPNSN1983 – 1984NAV AdminDeck Div to Nav Admin then comissioned via BOOST Supply Officer - miss the crew! Dave Stephan and Vic Agosto - what a cruise book! Still look thru the pages! Thanks to Cdr. Ecker for his encouragement. Get in touch
Kettyle, JohnEN 2Jan 1983 – May 1986A Gang
Alexander, MichaelEN3-ENFAJan 1983 – Jun 1986A-GangLots of good Memories.I think the best Memory was that of comissioning a ship. What an Honor and priviledge. Although I wasn't one of the best I still have many good memories. Precom through our IO cruise.Left in June 86. May she rest in peace.
Hernandez, MarcoDSCJan 1983 – Mar 1986CEHi guys in CE Division. We had a great time on this great ship, we experience some low moments but we had a great deal of good moments. I got commission on the HAYLER and retired in 2002 as a CWO4. God bless you a
Dexter, Jeff P.EN2Jan 10, 1983 – Jul 23, 1986A - GANG PLANKOWNER BEST CREW AND BEST TIME EVER
Tillman, MartyMR2Mar 1983 – Jun 1986CSCommissioned the ship with the greatest bunch of sailors I ever worked with in the Navy.
Simpson, OscarPLANKOWNERMar 5, 1983 – Jun 15, 1985MLike the Nautilus we found our final port.I hope we all have the same escort as we gave her.
Swinson, David/swedeOSSA OS2Apr 3, 1983 – Aug 1987OIWhat a GREAT crew and a GREAT ship. To much fun to list, starting at Campo Alegra and finishing up in Rio. Met some awesome people along the way and some major losers too. Hung it up in '02 at NAWC Pt Mugu, CA. Shame
Pitner, MichaelTM2 / E-5May 1983 – Dec 24, 1987CSA3
Douglas, JohnDS2May 1983 – Nov 1988Combat SystemsI learned many lessons aboard the Hayler that shaped me later in life and made me successful. I would like to thank dirty Don Carter and Jamie Chavis for taking me under their wing and keeping out of trouble.
Carter, Thelton MEN2May 4, 1983 – Oct 1, 1984A
Yeager, ToddE-4Jul 15, 1983 – Aug 15, 1985Was on the precom crew, Got to Ingalls when She was in three pieces on the dock. Hey anyone remember the B,B and G (Buffalo Bar And Grill) or Thunders, Great Ship And a Great crew, First fire #3gen exhaust pipe/insullation.
Snead, JerryET2 (SW)Aug 15, 1983 – Dec 15, 1986CEWas an ET2 onboard. Got out after 8 at Bangor subase WA as an ET1(SW) in 1990. Even 20 years later the best group of guys I have ever known were those I served with on the Hayler.
Baril, GaryBM2Nov 1983 – 19851stBroke three ribs as I fell upon the portside kingpost, I was standing on the boat winch and slipped. Got taped up in Puerto Rico . They didn't shave me, just taped me up. Painful when they ripped the tape off.
Battle, AnthonyRM2Dec 3, 1983 – Apr 20, 1987COMMSReally enjoyed my time on the Hayler. We had a tight Comms crew (too many to name) throughout my 4 years. Also enjoyed the UNITAS cruise in 85, & the times we spent ballin in the Helo hanger where I got to posterize a few of my shipmates!
Tomlinson, StevenGMG1984 – 1986
Hughes, MichaelLCDR1984 –Ops BossGreat pre-comm and commissioning crew and memories. But I still don't understand why such a fine ship was destroyed in her prime.
Agosto, VictorOS21984 – 1987OPSBeing on the Hayler was a great experience starting with the maiden deployment in '84. Served with many great sailors and saw many parts of the world. Hated to hear the news that she was sunk.
Swenson, MichaelFC2(SW)Jan 1984 – Aug 21, 1989CSM1
Pepe, RichGMT3Jan 1984 – Nov 1986CAGreat memories, great ship. UNITAS in 86 was amazing. Anyone know where John "the Rat" Ceri is?
Kretschmer, Joe (Smokin Joe)STG3Apr 1984 – Oct 1987CAI miss the ship and the guys I served with. Was a sad day when I heard that she was decom. and sank
Peck, KevinGSM1Apr 1984 – Dec 1989MA lot of long hard days and I learned a lot!
Cooper, LeeET2Jun 1984 – 1987CEHad some good times as well as the bad. UNITAS was a blast.
Morrison, Davegmg3Jun 1984 – Sep 1985wepsHad great time on the Hauled making the first deployment and getting to see the world. Sitting tied up to that sub in Singapore. And my final trip escorting the Nautilas up to it final resting place.
Owen, KyleEN3 & 1/2Jul 1984 – Apr 1988MRemember that interview Christofaro had with the aft watch about port and starboard? And Messina having a stroke because of it?
Owen, Kyle (Hatch)EN3Jul 1, 1984 – Apr 24, 1988The Main EventSo many years have passed, I look back and I have to smile. Although I didn't know it then, those were some of the best days of my life. I hold my glass up to you all who served.
Nickerson, Ken (Birddog)RM2Aug 8, 1984 – Feb 16, 1988OPSIt was really sad to hear she's already gone. Just seems like yesterday. Good to see you're out there Battles. SM2 K. Davis---great memories---Throw one down like the old days. I'm in the mountains now. RMC Clark--Glad you were there!!!
McLean, Harry "Bonzo"SNAug 15, 1984 – Nov 15, 1985DeckYes I was a Hayler Sailor. She has a very special place in my heart as does all the crew I served with on her. I was young an she truely was magical. The towing op the AAA flag, south gonzo station, the escort of the Nautilus. Rest Well My Lady.
Sebastian, William/billQM3Sep 15, 1984 – Apr 1, 1988NavRetired in Bremerton, WA 2005. Sad to see the fate of such a fine ship. Hayler was in a class of its own. It was one such ship designed to last 50 years but others saw different. Fair winds & following seas shipmate!
Boyd, MichaelBM2Oct 1984 – Feb 19881stServing my country on board the Hayler was a great life changing experience. I am proud to be a Hayler sailor.
Dubanski, DavidYN3Oct 1984 – 1987eng/adminone heck of a ship, people were great, some great memories, love to hear from old shipmates,living in indiana now
Young, DaveBM2 (SW) when departed, Now BMC(SW) Ret.Oct 2, 1984 – Mar 10, 1987Deck Div.Good Ship. Capt. Macinia was a good fellow. I enjoyed the Ft. Lauderdale trips and the Unitas. However I was glad to return to the gator navy...
Pace, RonGSM2Oct 3, 1984 – Apr 20, 1988M
Dubanski, DavidYN3Oct 10, 1984 – Jun 8, 1987Admin/Engineering
Vitale, Paulem3Nov 1984 – Jul 1988engineering
Dalton, KelvinSM2 (SW)Dec 30, 1984 – Dec 1, 1989Operations
Christofaro, MarkE41985 – 1988eI still have yet to experience anything that can top my adventure on the Hayler and the US Navy
Rutkowski, PaulMS31985 – 1989Hey Guys , looking for McCracken and Owen.. shoot me a email at
Grider, Anthony (Chuckie)HT31985 – 1988RI now remember great times now on her although I could not wait to get off her then. I was sad to hear they sunk the Hayler, she was a great Ship and it was an honor to serve on her!
Jay, SnyderRM21985 – 1987Hard to believe she's be scuttled. Remember the "long rides home" from the possum hollow in Pascagoula. Or the cattle car in Gitmo. Still serving in the NC National Guard. HOOAH!!
Jay, Snyder1985 –
Segal, MarkLCDRFeb 14, 1985 – Sep 23, 1987EngTwo tours E Div, MPA Engineer June 1989-Dec 1991
Norris, Dwight "Chuck"STG3 TO STG2Mar 1985 – Mar 1987
Nist, Chuck profile iconSTG1(SW)Mar 1985 – Aug 1987CASecond Unitas cruise while 1st wife was on Med cruise on Vulcan. Blown dome replaced in mobile dry dock Norfolk in 30 days. Great fun! Anyone remember watching a watch set to watch the watch set to watch the workers and log activity?
Kennedy, JohnTm2Mar 15, 1985 – Sep 19881st division
Hawthorne, RonaldRM3May 20, 1985 – Jul 20, 1988OC/COMMSRich,Rus,BTTLE,Junkyrd,Bdog,Smart,Legs,Nickrsn,Tinch,CrisR,Cobb,Hundly,Clark, Hey guys memory ain't the same but u guys were great shpmtes & I often to this day laugh about mements in the shack. Steady ass she goes fellas....mrrh6365@yahoo
Mcclaflin, BrianET2Jun 1985 – Nov 1989CSEWhat great memories of the UNITAS in 1985!
Alexander, JacobJun 1985 – Nov 1988Nav
Schultz, Chris SnoodlesHT3Aug 1985 – Dec 1989rflowers snake kresich moyes thankyou for all thegreat memories and unitas and piper alpha in the north seait was all worthwhile my first boat
Worden, ScottQM3Nov 1985 – Aug 1988I'd like to say hello to any of the Hayler crew from the mid 80s and my shipmates from Sonar/Deck Div./QM "All chronometers have been wound and compared."
Blankenship, Charles T.ET3Nov 3, 1985 – Jun 1, 1989CSEI love Chief Hernandez!!!
Haczynski, CliffIC1 (SW)Nov 21, 1985 – Mar 19, 1991E

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