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USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17). 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 608 crew members registered for the USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1965 | 1966 – 1969 | 1970 – 1971 | 1972 – 1974 | 1975 – 1976 | 1977 – 1979 | 1980 – 1982 | 1983 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – now

Varsanyi, Peter (Mr. V) profile iconLTJG/LT1980 – 1982WEPS - 3rd DivHappy Harry, greatest double-ender back in the day. GTMO, Iranian Hostage Crisis, IO Beer, and PERTH!. BZ to all my FTM's on watch and during MISSILEX's. Shout out to my teammates on our Championship Flag Football Team
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Fenske, HarryBT21980 –EngineeringProud to serve. Enjoyed friendships and blue water
Jones, LeoSK2Jan 1980 – Sep 1982SupplyFavorite friend was DK2 Mark Tree. Did the 7 month IO cruise mainly between the stacks, sunbathing.
Baker, JamesBTFNJan 10, 1980 – Aug 27, 1982
Beamer, JohnHT2Mar 15, 1980 – Apr 1984enjoyed being part of such a great ship and crew,especially our indian ocean cruise in 1980 when we went to austrailia
Lauginiger, DavidFTM2Jun 10, 1980 – Dec 22, 1983
Sherman, JamesOperations Specialist 3RD ClassJun 15, 1980 – Mar 1984Operations Department My 3 years on board were some of the best times of my life. I learned many, many things about myself, and the world around us.Had many friends in most all dept. that I will remember always. I salute them all .
Smith, BryanOS2Jun 19, 1980 – Jun 29, 1984Operations
Nix, MarkEM2Jul 1980 – Jul 1983EIt's great to find this site and possibly hear from old shipmates.Great years, Great people, Great Ship
Schmidt, DonBT2Jul 1, 1980 – Aug 20, 1981Forward Fireroom
Clynch, TroyOS2Jul 15, 1980 – Jan 15, 1984OIThought I was crazy when I was there, buy would not trade it for anything now. Hey "Big Coop" where you at. I see Ricky T. on here. Anybody else from CIC, give me a mail.
Pierson, Mark "Teach"GS-12Aug 1980 – Feb 1981High School Studies InstructorI was the High School Studies instructor during the Indian Ocean Cruise when we went to Australia. It was rewarding to see the improvement of my students, and would very much appreciate hearing from them.
Brush, GeorgeIC1 SWSep 20, 1980 – Nov 10, 1983E-Division
Webb, GlennOS/E-5Oct 1980 – Nov 1983OI
Coleman, DarrylGMMOct 1980 – Apr 19832Waterfront football champs. Kicked Helsinki's butt in football. Big Dave Cooper, Varsanyi,Scotty,Thorny. Getting kicked out of the missle house and running the armory.Diego Garcia,Perth,the compound in Istanbul.Great times. I'm on faceboo
Vance, BarnesYN2Oct 1980 – Apr 1983ON?Only ship I was stationed on. Met some good friends whom I've unfortunately didn't keep in touch with. Would enjoy hearing from some of you.
Pettingill, GuyFTM2 (FC2)Oct 1, 1980 – Sep 19, 19843rdGood times, good companionship. The 'Happy Harry' will remain in my heart and the men who served on her in my memory.
Coleman, DarrylGMMNov 1980 – Apr 19832Great time. All the boys in the fore & aft missle house. Me getting in trouble and moving to the armory. I was the MVP of that Helsinki football game. I'm on facebook.
Buss, Jeff profile iconMS3Nov 1980 – Apr 1982S-2
England, EddieIC3Nov 18, 1980 – Aug 6, 1984ehad great times on the hey had a blast would like to hear frome some of ya
Greene, SteveE-5Dec 12, 1980 – Jun 26, 1983FOXBecame a Corman in the reserves and served on DS/D storm, was a Advance Lab and W / Marines4FSSG. I remember the IO and all the Med cruises, I remember most is CPO' "Norbert” Chief Smith LOL hope to hear from you on FB2
Neal, KevinRM3Dec 15, 1980 – Apr 30, 1983RadiomanWent to the Med, North Atlantic, St. Thomas twice and 7 months in the Indian Ocean. Had a great time crossing the equator twice and being the 2nd ship through the Suez after it opened back up.
Lima, DavidE21981 – 1982HTSome of my fondest memories, us fresh air snipes had it all! Great memories of Beemer, Sooper, and the other guys. Yeah, even Chief Petty Officer Merritt...
Leeper, Dennisoperations specialist1981 – Mar 17, 1983operationsI still remember the good times I had boxing in the smokers matches, as well as the soccer games over seas.And the great guys I served with.
Smith, BryanOS21981 – 1984Operations
Murray, BrianEW2Feb 14, 1981 – Oct 22, 1983owgreat time became a shellback
John, Mervin (Cool Breeze)PN2Feb 15, 1981 – Mar 8, 1983ONGreetings! One of my most amazing military career. Met some great friends whom I will never forget. Continued my career with the National Guard (Active). Retired E7 after 24 years military. Good Luck to everyone.
Burgess, MarvinRM3Apr 17, 1981 – Oct 24, 1984oci remember when i was in rm'a' school and i seen the ship name yarnell i wanted to go on that because my middle name rhymed 'darnell' i asked for a cg i was granted my wish. the harry and from their i aquired some good frien
Burgess, Marvin (George)RM3Apr 18, 1981 – Oct 24, 1984ocmouse, hope to hear from you soon...
Colson, Donald ( Sugarbear)OS2May 1981 – Oct 1986OIRemember a lot of good times and of course not so good times, but I wish I could do it all over again.
Guidry, EugeneFTM2/1Jul 1981 – Jul 19833rdSecond tour, great
Swartz, SteveDSCM(SW)Sep 1981 –ODBest ship ever
Toomer, RickeyOSSep 1, 1981 –OIThat was one Steaming MOTHA.One heck of a Great Crew.MISS YOU GUYS.WARRIORS&WARSHIP FOREVER!
Crawley, MichaelRM1Sep 4, 1981 – Aug 19, 1982Operations
Aliff, BrianBTFIREMENSep 24, 1981 – Sep 25, 1985engineeringsteaming along in the big blue made a few friends did a little growing up saw a good part of the world while serving our country looking back i'd doit again, turn to , you know the drill if it looks old paint it, if it moves tie it down an paint i
Owens, Knox (Doc)HM3Nov 8, 1981 – Mar 15, 1983I had a wonderful time on board HEY, meet some great people. A great first ship, one of the best
Ferro, GiovanniFTM 3&2Dec 28, 1981 – Dec 13, 19853RdMy first ship of four CGs, and a 20 year career. Also on Belknap CG-26, Anzio CG-68 and Leyte Gulf CG-55. Retired FCC(SW) July of 2000. Yarnell still lives in my memories and the great guys I served with.
Vervoort, JohnMM2(SW)1982 – Jul 1985AGreat ship. Worked with some excellent guys and had some great times aboard her.
Cawley, GlennSKSN1982 – 1983S-1Where is everybody? I reflect back on those days often, all you guys from supply and deck, ops and eng. What happened to Baranya, Haugen, Zupan of S-1 I do see you here Hoggy! I was not on board long!
Taft, JimSTG-11982 – 1984AS
Hill, JoeLT1982 – 1984FCO
Cawley, GlennSKSN1982 – 1983S-1To any and all aboard the Harry E in the 80's drop me a line at or hit me up on facebook. Been along time, I was aboard only a year or so before I broke my leg and got pcs'ed away!! Remember??
Averi, MarkGMM2- E51982 – 19852ndI was a very young sailor back then, but I learned about life real fast on the Harry E. and met a good bunch of brothers and hope to connect back up with you. Contact me at or hit me up on facebook.
Smith, AlanMM3Jan 7, 1982 – Oct 16, 1985M- Forward engineroomSo many great guys and fun times. I remember alot of you guys. I think its because we were young and grew up together. I retired as GSMC, never thought I'd play the game so long. It was fun back then.
Yerardi, JoeHT2Jan 10, 1982 – Sep 26, 1985Rhad some great times onboard
Macdiarmid, JimMSSNFeb 2, 1982 – Sep 25, 1985S-2Being in the Navy and serving aboard the Yarnell has been a wonderful experience in my life. I find myself looking back on those days often. It was a pleasure cooking and baking for everyone on the ship.
Good, BillBT2Mar 1982 – Mar 1984Engineering
Detert, RandalMar 1982 – Jul 20, 1984
Warden, Jeff "fuzzy"MM3Mar 1982 – Jan 1985M
Brown, BrownBT-2Mar 1, 1982 – Sep 10, 1985BAssigned to the after fire room. Feel free to e-mail me anyone that I served with Look forward to hearing from anyone.
Brugnano, ChrisBT2Mar 1, 1982 – Sep 1984BHad a great time on the Harry. Lots of good memories. Still in contact with Billy B. Good and Brian Brown from "B" Division and Steve Smith from "M" Division
Warden, JeffMM3Mar 15, 1982 – Jan 10, 1985M division
Minard, BrianBT3/2Apr 1982 – May 1985BFirst ship...Great ship..Still serving in the Worlds Greatest NAVY.
Young, GeorgeFTM3Apr 17, 1982 – Apr 26, 19843rdWow I'm just reading comments and see a lot of faces I remember well. Had a great time and sometimes wish I listened to Senior Chief''s reenlistment speech and stayed. Will always remember the Harry E
Wilson, RodneyBT2May 1, 1982 – Mar 17, 1986BLean mean steamin 17. Fondest memory is of BT2 Seale wiping down tanktop in Aft Fireroom. Ship rolls, BT2 down from tanktop, trips fuel oil quick closing valve, only boiler on-line, lights out, DIW, in the Straights of Gibralter w/ then USSR task for
Little, DavidIC 2May 2, 1982 – Aug 1, 1985E DivThe best crew and ship!!!
McCreary, Leon "Mac"MM2 - MM1Jun 1982 – Dec 1986Good ship, Geat crew, I too remember going "Cold-Dark & Hot" in the Straights of Gibraltar, I was MMOW with CWO Troupe in 1 E/R! WHAT FUN in the wee hours of the Morning!
McKain, RayFTM-2Jul 1982 – Nov 19843rdHey .. does anybody remember Chief Little passing out and banging his head on the FCS console !!! Or what about playing Amercian Football against that team in Helsinski? Greetings to all who remember
Haugen, DennisSK2Jul 2, 1982 – Sep 18, 1986S-1Don't remember being inport much, always underway! From Brazil to North Pole, we did it all.
Hildebrandt, EmersonRM1Jul 20, 1982 – Jun 12, 1984OPS/OCGood captain and crew although I have irritated some people sometimes, my apologies wishing all warm weather and flowing seas Sonny Rm1
Little, DaveIC2Aug 1, 1982 – Aug 1, 1985Hello All, great times and great people
Malek, TimothyHT2Sep 1982 – Oct 1984R DIVISIONA LOT OF MEMORIES ON OL' # 17!!
Simpson, Lee V. Jr. profile iconMM2Oct 1982 – Aug 11, 1986ENG/ A-GANGHAZE GRAY AND UNDERWAY
Eliff, ChristopherSN, BM3, BM2Oct 1982 – Jun 19861stI was on the Happy Harry from 82-86 in deck division, as a SN, BM3, SN, BM3, BM2, in that order. I remember Chief Haith, and Senior Chief McDonnell, what ever happened to BM1 Simmons, (aka Bullwhip)?
Curtis, Chrisew3Oct 1982 – Oct 1985owgood memories, demetrius randall ?, rick Bowers? joe drake? matt minicozzi? dan burch? hope all is well
Chase, AlanQm 3Oct 1982 – Dec 1986Ops/OnFrom shellback to beruit to bluenose all in 1 cruise what a ride I live in nc with my wife and youngest daughter. find me on facebook
Hinz, KevinBM3Oct 1982 – May 1986boatswainsmategreatest years i can remember. What ever happened to kenny hilt or bullwhip anyone?
Miller, MikeMM2Dec 1982 – Jun 1987Mretired after 20yrs of service in 2002 and have to say the crew of happy harry was the best shipmates, best ship and best of times. I see people on this list that I lost contact with and hope all is well. sail on happy harry.....

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