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USS Waddell (DDG 24) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Waddell (DDG 24). 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 220 crew members registered for the USS Waddell (DDG 24).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – 1975 | 1976 – 1982 | 1983 – 1987 | 1988 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Huff, MichaelRadarman 2nd ClassApr 1968 – May 1970OI
Gelke, John J.LCDRJul 1968 – Jan 1970Executive OfficerServed as XO during the shift of home ports from Long Beach, CA to Yokosuka, Japan. We ever hardly missed a month of combat pay since we were regularly in the combat zones of Vietnam. We had a great, hard working crew!
Jones, RandyMM2Aug 1968 – Aug 1971A Gang and Main ControlShe was a great ship with a fantastic Captain and crew. I can still hear those turbines sing.
Trahan, John/ PanchoPC31969 – Feb 1972personelWhile I had the Privilege of serving on board the USS Waddell ,I feel like it was definitely a highlight of my youth. I was also the boxing coach while I was aboard.
Lilly, MichaelCAPTAINFeb 26, 1969 – Dec 1, 1969OIWas OI Division Officer; left in November to become Flag Lt. Com7thFleet. Retired as Reserve Captain.
Rinock, JackRD2Apr 18, 1969 – Aug 13, 1970OITransfered from the USS Reeves DLG-24, anyone have info on her?
Burton, JamesE-3Apr 30, 1969 – May 5, 1970DeckWhat an education this was. Hard work and a lot of fun during underway refuel. Excelent shipmates and command
Hailey, JimTM2Jun 1969 – May 1970ASWReplaced Roger (?) from Wyoming also a TM2. Was best friends with Vince Lombardo GMM2 while onboard. Had lots of work restoring both sets of Mk32 tubes to functional working order. Competent crew. Good ship.
Launius, RobertBT-1Jun 9, 1969 – 1970B
Monteiro, Theodore Nickname MontyMechinist mateAug 1969 – Jan 1973snipe
Brown, TimHM31970 – 1972NavExcellent photos of th Wadoo Maru. Have many fond memories of those days.
Gomes, GerryRD3Jan 1970 – Nov 1970OI
Penczek, PaulSMC(E-7)Jan 1, 1970 – Nov 1, 1970OC
Liesch, WilliamGMT2Jul 1, 1970 – Aug 31, 1973Weapons-ASW
Case, Richard/rickE5/HT2Jul 25, 1970 –RWorked with one of the finest destroyer crews on the Pacific Ocean. Had a great time and our Captian always brought us home without a scratch.
Laukat, JamesSTG2Sep 1, 1970 – Sep 1, 1973Weapons - ASWLooking for other shipmates for 1970 thru 1973.
Dwight, MichaelRM2Sep 11, 1970 – Nov 12, 1973OCI was a radioman and was on board for over 3 years. This was the bulk of my active duty. We went to Westpac 2 times, NGFS. We got the NUC and CAR for NGFS.
Fernandez, RichardE-4 BM3Oct 1, 1970 – May 1, 1972WD div.the waddell was many my 3rd ship I served on, had many good times on this ship and our west pac tour from nov. i971 to until I got off on may 1972
Brengolini, DonaldBT3Dec 10, 1970 – Nov 21, 1971Served in forward fire room. Remember Ed Lyons of Senora, CA. Great crew.
Salazar, DavidOS2Jan 1971 – Jan 7, 1974O.I.
Lemmen, RichardBT 2Aug 12, 1971 – Dec 14, 1973# 1 Boiler RoomI hated everyday except liberty
Case, Richard/rickHT2Sep 1971 – Jul 1975RI served aboard the Waddell during its finest hours in & out without a scratch. Serving aboard the Waddel was great for me, I saw my dad in Vietnam more than state side. I served with a great & professional crew. I also used to care for ships logo
Vegazo, ClarkBT3Oct 1971 – Aug 16, 1972BThe Cruise book used a dozen of my pictures, like "The Hole" with Horsma & Loga, inside the Steam Drum on page #8. P#72 Ethiopian bar with Murfin, Horsma, Firth, Fred, Googin, Clem, Miller, & Sanchez. 1st-cl Reynolds was on my case!
Smith, Jim (Smitty)MM2Nov 1971 – Apr 1975Engineering Aft EngineroomGreat times Great friends Great Memories
Steinly, William F (Guns)GMG2/E5Nov 1971 – Apr 1974Gunnersmate
McHugh, JimIC3Nov 1, 1971 – Aug 19, 19737 FleetThe USS Waddell was always going some where due to the GOLD E.
Perkins, VictorE-1Feb 11, 1972 – Feb 11, 1974cook/deck handlooking for crew members that was with me on the USS Wadell
Karaffa, MichaelE-3Apr 1, 1972 – Nov 18, 1975WEAPONS/DECKI LIVE IN ANCHORAGE,ALASKA. WOULD LIKE TO FIND MY OLD BUDDIES OUT THERE.
Giglio, Raymond profile iconBTFNMar 15, 1973 – Dec 31, 1973BGREAT SHIP AND SHIPMATES
Brown, LaryMM3Apr 1973 – Aug 1973MI served on the Waddell only for part of one WESTPAC cruise. I was a temporary assignment and never a regular part of the crew, but it was my first ship and my first trip outside the US. Very special memories.
Brooks, Melbm3Apr 16, 1973 – Sep 19, 19771st divjeff whitebook i hope u write back
Burger, FrankETR2May 19, 1973 – Aug 31, 1978OE3 westpacs and a yard period
Lucka, LawrenceGMG-3Sep 4, 1973 – Jun 6, 1976WeaponsJust want to say hi to all my buddies thst i served with from 1973 to 1976. 40 knots no smoke that was our motto and we had Gold E's on the whole ship when i was there. We worked hard to get them.
Buxbaum, Terry profile iconMM2Apr 1974 – Jun 1975M DivisionWent on westpac almost immediately after reporting aboard, made some friends, spent some time at sea and finally made it down under, enjoyed every bit of it.
Houghtelling, RichardFTM2May 1974 – Mar 1975Second
Basco, WarrenBM3Nov 5, 1974 – Jul 23, 1977DECK /1ST DIVISIONWAS ON THE WADDELL FOR 40 KNOTS NO SMOKE RUN, SHIP YARDS LONG BEACH, HIT LAPLIA PEER SANDIAGO, KANGAROO II , ON BOARD FOR GOLDEN "E" PACIFIC FLEET AWARD . HAD A GREAT TIME, GREAT SHIP MATES, BEST DAME SHIP, GO WARSHIP
Basco, WarrenNov 15, 1974 –
Barnes, Pat AutoMM31975 – 1976M
Holecek, Harold "Ralph"BT11975 – 1978B40 Knots no smoke!
Lechnowskyj, SteveQM 2Feb 2, 1975 – Feb 2, 1979OPERATIONSEVERY ONE CALLED ME SKI, MY NAME TAG WENT FROM ONE SIDE OF THE SHIRT TO THE OTHER THE 40.2 KNOTS WAS ON MY WATCH, I HAD THE HONOR OF RECORDING IT IN THE SHIPS LOG
Wade, NealOS3Mar 1975 – Aug 1978OI
Enlow, Brad profile iconOS-3Jun 1, 1975 – Jun 1, 1977O IYup Forty Knots, No Smoke. Still have the certificate. Was part of Navigation team, in CIC, plotting speed. Os's said 40.5 and Qm's said 40.2, so it went down as official 40.3 Knots.
Crowell, CharlesLtJun 10, 1975 – Feb 10, 1977MPA & ASW Officer40 knots and no smoke !!! Achieved after LBNSY overhaul in 1976 Best damn DDG in the fleet Probably the best ship I served on in 30+ years Great crew great wardroom great CO's
Vice, JoelSASep 1975 – Apr 19791st
Whitebook, JeffreyE-3Dec 5, 1975 – Aug 25, 19791st Division / Weapons Yeoman40knots No Smoke - From Longbeach Shipyard. Capt Anderson had his girlfriend onboard overnight- threw a great party! Where are you guys - Brooks, Berry, Drayton, Downing - Haze grey and underway! Go Warship Waddell.

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