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USNS Mars (T-AFS 1) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USNS Mars (T-AFS 1). 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 152 crew members registered for the USNS Mars (T-AFS 1).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1972 | 1973 – 1978 | 1979 – 1989 | 1990 – now

Dickerson, MichaelJO31973 – 1975Serving aboard the Mars was an experience I'll never forget. Old shipmates - feel free to contact me.
Keller, Michael (Mike)AT21973 – 1974HC-3Some good times and some great guys. Crossing the equator was a blast. Going in circles in the Gulf of Tonkin was a surprise.
Hunter, BertIC31973 – 1975E
Pitts, DavidSK2Jan 1973 – Dec 1974S-2 Cargo Div.Home ported in Sasebo, Japan. Made one of the last AFS deployments in support of the Vietnam War supplying the Minesweepers that were clearing the Gulf of Tonklin and the Haiphong Harbor.
Ponta, Tom "Buddha"OS2Jan 9, 1973 – Aug 12, 1976OI
Noteware, DavegmgApr 1, 1973 – Mar 1, 1975gunnery
Hendricks, GlennMM3Sep 1973 – Sep 1975MM Division, Rosie Beckett was my top watch for most of the time. Was there for the fall of Saigon and the Viet Nam Evac.
Briesemeister, JohnMM2Oct 5, 1973 – Sep 14, 1974M DivisionI sure wish I could find Rosie Beckett and I remember being on throttles in the engineroom while in Haiphong Harbor in 1973. We had a great team in both the engineroom and fireroom!
Coghlan, JohnMMFNMay 31, 1974 – Jun 22, 1974EngineeringTDY
Walker, HerbPN 3Jun 1974 – Aug 1975X
McCarty, DavidMM2Oct 1974 – Oct 1979Stream
Jeffery, RobertSK 3Dec 1974 – Sep 1976S 2
Knowles, RandallMMJan 20, 1975 – Nov 11, 1977machinist mate
Buchert, MarkHTFNMar 1975 – Dec 1977repairHI Phil Dysart.Hi how are ya?
Mosley, RandyMM3Mar 1975 – Sep 1979STREAM
Gibson, JamesCWOMar 10, 1975 – Jun 15, 1976X / AWe had a good time back in Repair 3
Smith, WilliamBT3May 1, 1975 – Feb 1, 1979BHey how about PI. Lots of fun.
Lilligren, DaveYNSNJun 1, 1975 – Aug 1, 1976BOriginally in X division, but transferred to B division as Log Room Yeoman. Transferred off MARS (to Subic Bay) shortly before ship's return to States.
Onuschak, ThomasAKANSep 1, 1975 – Mar 6, 1976Squadron HC-3 Pacific Fleet was assigned duty to supply fuel for jet aircraft and order parts for aircraft.
Davis, KenBM3Nov 29, 1975 – Oct 15, 1978First
Teig, LarryRM21976 – 1980SC-02Hi Martians.
Tauschek, RaymondPNCSJan 1976 – Jan 1979XServed as Personnel Officer and Command Career Counselor. Reported when ship was still homeported in Sasebo, Japan. Ship was AFS-1 when I was onboard.
Miller, DavidHM2Jun 1976 – Jul 1980HospitalAvast ye-maties....Came onboard when home ported in Sasebo, then Subic, then Hunters Point. I was sleeping in the cargo nets when the Cook slammed us....Was underneath the edge of the Coral Sea during ConRep when she almost took us out...
Fellows, RandyOS3Aug 1976 – Jun 1979OIMy first ship. Many good memories except for May 14th 1979 when I was not sure what my future would be.
Hay, G RussellSK2Nov 14, 1976 – Apr 1, 1980S-2
Chapman, SteveEM2Jan 1977 – Jan 1980EHey guys, I thought at the time this was like a prison sentence, but who knew it would turn out to be among my most cherished memories. Sad to hear they sunk her. Hope your all doing good. Shipmates forever!!
James, Robert/dannyGMG2Jan 2, 1977 – Oct 20, 1981GHad alot of fun and traveled Southeast Asia
Reimer, MikeBM3Apr 1977 – Nov 19792ndLooking for John Spano or Tom Hobbs or Bimm Branscom or anybody who played in the ships band this era
Yetka, Robert (Gundeck)BM3May 1977 – Nov 19802ndCame aboard at Hunters Point drydock in "77" left after 2nd Westpac in "80". Was at the helm during the fateful collision with the USS Cook ("On course following orders Admiral") in heavy fog trying to get our 2nd helo lande
Arends, RayMM1Sep 1977 – Oct 1978MSpent most of my time on board in the Engineroom till LTJG White tossed me out one night. After that I spent the last couple of months in the Hydralics Shop. Pretty decent time while on board though.
Neumann, KenE5/BM2Sep 21, 1977 – Sep 21, 19811ST & 2NDShould have retired from the US Navy. Captain James Hutchings was the best. Captain Ralph was an idiot. I now have 4 children from 10-21 years old. College graduates. Had a great time aboard the ship. Memories never to be forgotten.
Baker, ChrisEN2Dec 20, 1977 – Aug 28, 1981AWho can forget the nights running boats at Diego Garcia in the I.O.
Curts, JayEN-31978 – 1980A
Case, HalE6/MM11978 – 1983Stream Div Started out in the Eng. Room then got transfered up to Stream. Loved that job. Had one heck of a crew. Remember the Uss Cook incident like it was yesterday. Retired out of the Navy in 1988.
Moffitt, TerrySK2/E5Jan 1978 – Apr 18, 1980SupplyHad a great time on '78 WestPac, unfortunately didn't get to cross the equator due to another "fuel crisis". Remember vividly the "Cook-in on Mars" incident of May '79. What a wild time that was!
Davis, WalterOS2Feb 1, 1978 – Aug 19, 1979OII was on during the collision with USS COOK, the ship that landed on MARS. Looking for SM1 Dennis Woods. Contact me at I am in San Diego area now.
Brown, TonyYN3Mar 1978 – Mar 1979X-Division
Miller, DerekRMSNSep 1978 – Jun 25, 1981OperationsWas standing next to Mad Ralph on the starboard side, when USS Cook came out of the fog. Watched it roll back and forth. Remember it like yesterday. Went to San Diego for the inquirey. Caught the end of 1978 and all of 1980 Wespac's.
Solomon, LesterRM2Sep 1, 1978 – Sep 1, 1980OCHad some good times and good friends back then. I lived on base housing on treasure island. Rm1 Cruse was a great leader. Would like to know how he is doing. Also to the rest of the gang, keep on trucking!
Parisi, Anthony (Tony)E4/QM3Oct 16, 1978 – Jan 1, 1980NavigationChannel fever!!!
Price, Sandysk-3Dec 1978 – Dec 1979s-1. s-2. Not sure was in hold 1

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