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USS Valley Forge (CG 50) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Valley Forge (CG 50). 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 507 crew members registered for the USS Valley Forge (CG 50).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1985 | 1986 – 1988 | 1989 – 1990 | 1991 – 1992 | 1993 – 1994 | 1995 – 1996 | 1997 – 1998 | 1999 – 2000 | 2001 – 2002 | 2003 – now

Fitelson, TimothyGSM31993 – 1996MPWhat can I say. I loved the ship, and I hated it as well. Maked the end of my time in the Navy. Learned some hard leasons, about life and myself while onboard. Oh, one other thing, "WHO TOOK MY BOOTS?".
Grimes, BillyHM31993 – 1996MH
Krause, KiwiFN1993 – 1995AWhat a great time it was on this ship! I have so many memories from this first 2 years in the Navy. I started as a FR and left there as SN on my way to OS "A" school. Great bunch of guys!
Baumgardner, Steven Curtis profile iconEW21993 – 1995OMUpdate this later
Bezilla, Charles ChuckET21993 – 1995CELots of memories. Sad to hear she is gone.
Knight, SonnyE51993 – 1995SupplyLike to see or get in contact with some of my old shipmates.
Jones, JamesSN/E31993 – 1995DECKWas OD div for a little time, struck off to go to "A" school in dental... only did one small cruise, we busted the largest drug dealer in years.
Mayfield, PaulEW1(SW/AW)1993 – 1996OIMy favorite command memory. I learned so much on this ship, EWC's Lou Strowger and Dan Jordan, EW1 Holland were my biggest influences and enabled my growth into one of the best EW's on the San Diego waterfront.
Lytle, BradE-3Jan 1993 – Aug 4, 1994ODThe Valley Forge was quite the learning experience. Will miss seeing her in port on my visits to San Diego. No regrets to the time spent and would do it all over again!
Aldrich, JayFC 2Jan 1993 – Aug 1996FCSI almost miss the old ship and was sorry when I heard it was gone
Pauley, AaronBM2Jan 1, 1993 – Jan 1, 1995Deck
Lytle, BradE3Jan 1, 1993 – Aug 1, 1994ODWhat an interesting time! Fresh outta highschool! Good Times!
Russell, KellyYNC (RET.)Mar 1993 – Nov 1993Admin
Heady, IanDC3Mar 2, 1993 – Aug 1, 1994RepairJust seeing if there is anyone out there i know.
Zuniga, Ramiro SnApr 5, 1993 – Apr 5, 1995DeckHad a great time on board, EOS was in 2006.
Suero, AlexMS3Apr 19, 1993 – Apr 19, 1997S-2Man oh man...great memories here. Thanks to the Forge for taking care of me while I was away from my family. To everyone I knew and/or knew of me, I wish you all the best.
Correia, JimSTG3May 6, 1993 – Mar 30, 1997CAGreat ship with some fond memories... anyone remember Cdr Kear and the "Dick Clark-Ex" to celebrate New Year's Eve in 1996. It's a shame that she had to leave the fleet so early.
Butler, JamesGMG2May 10, 1993 – Mar 31, 1997CGThe crew was my family and the ship became my home. I miss seeing her pierside but many fine memories of our adventures stay with me.
Key, Gregory Scott (Scotty)QM3Jun 1993 – Oct 1997Nav.I can't believe they decommissioned my ship!I mean, yeah,it was a floating asylum most of the time(i.e. COMPARTMENT CERT.),but it was MY floating asylum! As I get older,all I remember is the fun I had.(SAR).Anybody seen Jimmy Pelosi?Drop me a lin
Wetzlich, MichaelIS1(SW)Jun 15, 1993 – Jun 30, 1996OMA good ship with great Captains, while I was aboard anyway. Great group of CT's and IS, can't say much for the EW's even you Wes, you whinner.
Gomez, Jesus Antonio M profile iconEN1Jun 15, 1993 – Aug 15, 1995EngineeringI servied on the VF as an EN3, had some great times and some bad. It's a sham that anothr great ship is put to rest. May Dave Jone's take care of her.
Rodriguez Jr, Rafael/hot RodSH2Jul 23, 1993 – Mar 1, 1998s3thanks for the memories and the world tour. it is sad to see her decommissioned. now I am a firefighter in el paso texas
Kline, RogerGSM3Aug 1993 – Aug 1997MPThe experience of a lifetime, I still can't believe it's decom. I'll think of it every time I shave... I believe "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
Howie, MichaelHT3Aug 1993 – Feb 6, 1996Some of the best years of my life were on the valley forge. Regret getting out of service. Miss the guys of R-DIV MR1 Baxter,HT2 Brash,DC3 Prince
Carpenter, AbrahamGMM3Aug 1993 – May 1996CMGood memories onboard the Valley Forge. I had a lot fun with some cool people that really looked out for me. Sometime, I think about how i used to get "BLEW OUT." Special thanks to CM division for giving me the "DOPEST FRO" award.
Perez, EdE-2Aug 1993 – Jan 1995
Messick, ChristopherOS3Aug 2, 1993 – Oct 20, 1996OperationsMarried with 3 children. 2 boys 1 girl Reside in Maryland. Work as a HR Professional in Operatons. Proud to be a veteran. Earned BS in Computer Studies
Dutell, Bryanet3Sep 1993 – Sep 1997CE
Bumgardner, Jason/ "Bum"E-3Sep 1, 1993 – Aug 2, 1995Ships officeIf you remember me we partied together!
Cerny, MikeSN/QM3Sep 20, 1993 – Sep 20, 1995OD then NavAt the time it was the longest two years of my life; looking back it went by in a flash. I learned a lot and moved on, and had a fair amount of fun in the process. Drop me a line at
Kanemoto, JesseGSM2Oct 1993 – Nov 1994MPI had a great time, but I would be lying if I said I missed cellblock 50.
Beeson, JeremyE-3Oct 1993 – Sep 1995E
Bettini, AndySTG3Oct 21, 1993 – Dec 7, 1997ca
Muehlebach, EricOS3Nov 1, 1993 – Apr 29, 1996OII served for 3 years on the Valley Forge and participated in a South Pac 1994 - 1995. I got out in 1996 and went on to get my BS in Information Systems. I am currently married with no children, and work as a computer systems analyst for a major sof
Angstadt, KevinCTRC(SW) RETNov 13, 1993 – Jun 1, 1995OMWas a great home to me. Living in VA, retired in 97
Griswold, ChadSTG21994 – 1997CAI'm proud to have served aboard such a fine ship defined by an outstanding crew. Most of the days aboard were hard, the days that were easy are vivid in memory. CA - Where are all you guys? (Waters and Bettini??) How old is Pops now??
Holt, YancyDCFN1994 – 1995RepairDoes anybody remember the VF Liberty Movement of the early 95 Crib cruise??? I was the one who stole Oscar. Had alot of fun, had one hell of a crew, funny thing is i enjoy times aboard her... Alot of fun and alot of pain.. RIP VF
Raley, WilliamSNJan 1, 1994 – Mar 1, 1995om
Miller, JasonSTG3Feb 1994 – Oct 24, 1997CAMarried with twin daughters. Currently working with the U.S. Border Patrol in Nogales, Arizona. Had some really good times on the Valley Forge.
Griffin, WilliamGMM1 (SW)Feb 10, 1994 – Mar 24, 1994CGI was only onboard Valley Forge for a couple of months I believe, due to an injury I was transfered off, to Nav Sta Security Dept. The end date is not correct, but I had to put something in it
Hughes, JeffFC2(SW)Mar 29, 1994 – Mar 27, 1999CGAlthough I did not realize it, some of my best times at sea were spent aboard the Happy Valley.
Todd, EricGSM3Apr 1994 – Jun 1998MPEnjoyed my time onboard some of the best GSM'S that i learned a great deal from. Miss the comraderie we had on that ship, everyone had a great time. Never forget the 1997 deployment Best by far in my navy career.
Baldueza, ElmsGSE1(SW)Apr 12, 1994 – May 8, 1999MPone of my best times in the navy great liberty buddies too!!
Boxwell, RyanGSMFNMay 1, 1994 – Jan 1, 1996MPI wasnt on the Happy Valley near as long as I would have liked but I enjoyed the time I had there. I met alot of guys that turned out to be some of the best I have ever met. I hated being in the engineroom but thats the breaks.
Caffee, John profile iconOS2May 1, 1994 – Nov 1, 1997OI DivisionHad some good times on the Valley, had some bad ones as well, but the good outweighs the bad. Seen alot of places i would had never been able to see otherwise and met alot of good people, my brothers know who they are!
Burnett, Kerwin J. "Congo"IT3May 6, 1994 – Jun 15, 1999OPSAfter coming back drunk one time too many, it was home and the best looking woman in the world.
Kent, JeffreyGMM3Jun 15, 1994 – Jul 13, 1996CombatHad a blast with a great bunch of friends. Would do it all over again exactly the same.
Koval, JasonIT2Jul 1994 – Aug 1998OCA great Crew and a great ship - minus big red - for those that remember. Be safe be strong and always rule with an iron fist!
Brower, Donald (Don)CTR1(SW)Jul 5, 1994 – Jul 7, 1997OM
Athans, KennethGMG1Aug 1994 – Aug 1997CGAn amazing ship manned by the finest sailors in the fleet!! Valley Girl will truly be missed.
Nielson, WesleyE-4/EMAug 5, 1994 – Oct 18, 1997E
Wilson, Timothy "Moose"EN3Aug 11, 1994 – Aug 1996AuxilliaryLot of hours logged and missed. But Man I bitched the whole way"
Flores, RogerBM3Aug 17, 1994 – Aug 16, 1997I remember all the great times with some of the best guys I've ever met. Homan,Christian,Asturias,Hood,Key, Brock,George.The rest of you guys know who you are. I guess all those compartment certifications were all for not!!!!
Leyden, HJCTOSR - CTO3Sep 1994 – Sep 1997OMI learned alot, had lot of fun, and was eager to leave. The memories were great it's sad to see her be the first to get decommed.
Gessner, Gravy DavyGSM2 SWOct 1994 – Oct 1995MPI never looked back
Johnson, SteveSMCOct 1994 – May 2000COMWhat a wild 3 1/2" years. I hope you all still have the lousy cruise book I made for the Forge. It is not the ship being gone but you guys being gone that stirs the memories. I live in San Diego with 2 sons. I am now retired. Took 24 years
Nemeth, MichaelBM3Oct 1, 1994 – Jun 1, 1998OD DECK
Homan, MikeBM3Oct 10, 1994 – Jan 5, 1999DeckInspite of all the time wasted, and all those I despised; it was a good run...good time...great ship.
Smith, BrianS2Oct 22, 1994 – Sep 15, 1994deck seamanbest ship ever
Horton, Chris "Styx"GMG 3Oct 22, 1994 – Apr 19, 1995DEck /WeaponsI enjoyed the brief period aboard the ship. I only wish that I had been able to spend more time onboard her .Unfourtunately , illness took me from the Navy early .
Merrick, BobRM3Oct 23, 1994 – Oct 24, 1997OCDoug Manor, Pfin, Ham, Santee, Scoony, Mikuta, Halderman, Essig, Looney, Koval, Hood, Ruiz, Reynolds, ET2Mike, Phil, OS1Bob, Protsman, Nielson, all great guys. Still talk to Looney, Ham, Manor, Hood. Email
Essig, Michael"Wonderbread"RM3Nov 1994 – Dec 1999OCEmail: to anyone i worked with. Now too all i met on the happy valley, it was rough at times but also great at times. I learned alot from all my co-workers and friends. I was the sports guy on 3 deployments.
Spickes, MichaelOS3Nov 1994 – Feb 1995OPSOnly there for a few months. Cool ship, though!
Bustamante, HelmutmssnNov 4, 1994 – Nov 4, 1998s2what a ship good and bad, was up to all the homeboys
Roberts, ThomasGMG3Dec 1994 – Sep 1997CGBest ship ever...we all had good times travelling the 7 seas together. Question?? who played NAVY SEAL in Rodman Panama and attacked the shipping lanes after a long night on the town?
Branch, Robert ClaySK3Dec 1994 – Jul 1998SupplyNever thought I would look back fondly on my time in the Navy. But I have to admit, I met some great individuals I'd like to reconnect with.
Day, JosephSADec 12, 1994 – Sep 6, 1996DeckI think i am still high from the paint fumes. we must have painted that ship a hundred times or more. it is hard to believe the old girl is not on the water anymore. i met good people on board and will never forget the good times.

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