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USS Orion (AS 18) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Orion (AS 18). 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 1123 crew members registered for the USS Orion (AS 18).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1952 | 1953 – 1960 | 1961 – 1963 | 1964 – 1966 | 1967 – 1969 | 1970 – 1971 | 1972 – 1973 | 1974 – 1976 | 1977 – 1978 | 1979 – 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 – 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 – now

Louder, MonteIMSN1987 – 1989R-2Italy was a blast. I miss it.
Elwell, StevenMLFA1987 – 1989R-6 foundryI had an awesome time it really made me appreciate the good old USA
Saleeby, AlexisIC31987 – 1989QAIt was a difficult environment to work in. However, I enjoyed windsurfing when I had time off.
Hamilton, DennisET21987 – 1988MicrowaveLugo, Dioguardi, Diedrichsen
Lynch, DennisMR1987 – 1990R-2 31AThe days have come and go but best time was on ship in La Madd
Burroughs, Edward profile iconIc11987 – 1991r-8/qaim looking for people who had served with my dad po1 edward burroughs if you know him please let me know If you knew my dad please contact me at
Daigle, ByronRM-31987 – 1990R-4 communicationsI often think of Sardegnea.What a great bunch of RM'S.What a beautiful place. Anyone that ever wants to chat shoot me an e-mail.I am working in Afghanistan.It would be great to hear from one of you guys
Hall, WillieHT1987 – 1989R_1My first ship, it was real navy. Learned a lot. Dan vernon,sean fluck, Ray vidgil, Jimmy Thatcher, "cari`" kalafan, Doug bullhorn.. hard work and some great people.
Hamilton, SamHTFN1987 – 1989R3 57BMy first command. "The stupid will be punished" Late nights at the CMO. Rode her to Charleston and back.
Wells, JamesE4/Postal clerk1987 – 1990Deck DepartmentHello i am looking for a shipmate of mind who was on board with me his name was Dove Troop. He was a tm2
Kalfayan, Cary/ KalHT31987 –R1Miss my buddies in the Weld Shop. Hard working guys, long days; remember forever. Sean Fluck, Jimmy Thatcher, Doug Bloedorn, Will Hall, Pete, Floyd Hertzgaard “pops”, Sims, Gary Horn! Where are you all?! Ciao bambinos!!
Ford, Patmssn1987 – 1988s-2Looking back it was quite an experience
Cain, William /billSNJan 1987 – Jun 1988WeaponsGet this I Arrive In La Madd the ship coming in from a deployment and they crash the ship into the pier. Had a drunken blast while on this ship. Went UA with couple guys while in Spain. Remember TMSN Tate, Tm3 Vacerella,TM! Randy Jacobs.
Meinema, Rob "Bobo"MS3Jan 1, 1987 – Jun 12, 1989s-2Sure made lots of friends had a great time living in La Madd. grew up alot thanks mostly to Chief Keough you were the best teacher i ever had. cant believe we went to the yards just to be decommisioned a few years later
Scott, RonnieHTJan 6, 1987 – Jan 6, 1989R-6Good times.Peroni beer.Trips to pink beach.Remember the shooting on christmas eve?
Hill, AnthonyHT3Feb 1987 – Oct 1987R-8NDT Lab....had a great time but had to leave early due to wife having a difficult pregnancy I hated to leave.
Johnson, KennethSNFeb 22, 1987 – Feb 22, 1989Port Services W-2Started in P/S,put in to go w/the ship to SC,got put in Weapons. I frequently had a guitar with me.My PA caught fire at the CMO.That gig was a nightmare <lol> BMC Eicholz (P/S),FTG1 Mike Biery (W-2),suck it.
Smith, JamesBM3Mar 1987 – Oct 1989DeckHad some great times.
Mirzaian, ToddSK2Mar 1987 – Apr 1989Supply (S1, S5, S6)Great Memories of a great place and great shipmates. Seems so long ago at time but think about it often. Shout out to Larry Grant, Hutch - you can contact me at
Morrison, ToddMar 1987 – Mar 1989
Moody, ToddENFNMar 1987 – Mar 1989Aft EngineroomHello to all of you who worked in the Fwd and Aft Enginerooms. Been along time my brothers. I enjoyed working w/ you all except 2 people, and I think you know what 2 I'm talking about. They made my last days miserable.
Buckhalt, EddyYN3/YN2Mar 1987 – Mar 1989X (admin)I worked in the Ship's Office. When I left ORION I went to DS "A" as a YN2. Left active duty in 1995 as a DS1. Joined the Navy Reserve in 1997. I am now an ETCS and getting close to High Year Tenure with 26 years.
Izquierdo, RicardoCWO4Mar 1987 – Apr 1989XYN1 during this tour. Retired after 31 years.
Morrison, ToddSK2(SW)Mar 1, 1987 – Mar 10, 1989S1/T-SHED
Malloy, Jeff profile iconLI1(SW)Mar 6, 1987 – Apr 10, 1989Admin
Harig, JeffreyMS1Mar 25, 1987 – Mar 26, 1988S-2Enjoyed Sardinia, and the travel
Nara, JohnSJApr 1987 – Mar 1989S-1
Hammel, MichaelTM3/TM2Apr 1987 – Apr 1989Weapons W-1, W-6I remember having a lot of fun times while on board, in La Madd, Palau and all of the other places that we got to travel. Looking for TM3/TM2 Allan Reigler, MM3 Steve Smith and MM3/FT3/HT3? Robert Sims.
Ripplinger, StephenE6Apr 1987 – Apr 1989R6Had the greatest time at this command met a lot of great people who I've stayed in touch with. Love Italy
Adams, WarrenETSNApr 1987 – Sep 1988R-4Met the ship in LaMadd. Sailed her to Athens, Naples, Toulon, Barcelona, and Palma. Did a 96 in Rome. Then sailed her back to dry-dock in SC. Fixed com gear on tended units and copiers on board.
Nathan, Todd (Nate)SK3Apr 8, 1987 – Apr 1, 1990T-SHED/S-1/S-7 What a blast for my first tour of duty. To all I served with...Thanks for a great tour. I finally retired Nov 06.
Hall, RobertSK1Apr 29, 1987 – Apr 1, 1990Supply Dept S-1 DivisionStoreroom supervisor all stores. "Now muster a 10 man working party on the pier with SK2/SK1 Hall" I really hated that everyday then, but now miss it.. Good people and good times from what I can remember. Miss it all. v/r Robert Hall, SKC
Books, MikeMM3May 1987 – May 1989R-9Had alot of good times. I would like to take the family to all the places that the ship went to while steaming around the Med.
McGuire, JimmyMM1Jun 1987 – Jun 1991R8Started R9, then R8/93T, R8/93B, made QAS there. Learned a lot, esp about caffine, pastery, and good food. Mostly hung out with locals on waterfront around their boats. Good life, worked around the clock way too often. Miss my friends.
Thorn, SteveDM2Jun 1987 – Jul 1989Great tour in Sardegna, Italy. Good friends, fun times traveling in Europe.
Brightenburg, GeorgeYN1(SW) Ret.Jun 1987 – Jun 1989Admin DepartmentA great tour if you enjoy taking a mike boat to work and the Commissary. Still have friends on island and miss the base.
Palmer, Edwardml 3Jun 1987 – Jun 1989repair
Willadsen, StevenE-4 TMJun 6, 1987 – Oct 25, 1989W-3
Kalfayan, Cary..."Kal"HT3Jun 13, 1987 – Feb 10, 1989R1..weld shopGood times in La Madd (hell onboard!)....sono Americano, non parlo Italiano!! Horne, Fluck, Thatcher, Bloedorn, Sims...thanks for the memories (uh...where are you all?).
Sims, Robert "Sydney"HT2Jun 18, 1987 – Jan 1, 1991R-1Love that place and miss it, and most everyone there. Hey DogHead, Ray boomboom garcia, Kal, Steve Smith, Philadander, Mike swerdloff, and the infamous Walter K. Mendoza. Still looking for you buddy.
Bartlett, LarryE-4 Petty Officer 3rd ClassJul 1987 – Mar 1988SupplyHello all that I served with on the Orion..I hope you are all doing well. It was my pleasure to have served with you Mess Specialists. If it hadn't been for the don't ask don't tell law I would have retired.
Forbes, Al (Sags,rasta,dread)EMFNJul 13, 1987 – Jul 10, 1989Eng E-div Pwr shop
Crock, JasonE5Aug 1987 – Aug 1989S8
Butcher, Edward (Butch)SN STRIKING IM THEN GMGAug 13, 1987 – Oct 24, 1989R-2 &W-2 I loved the Orion and miss the crew. For a first ship it was a GREAT one.
Obrien, KevinHNAug 14, 1987 – 1989MEDICALLA MADELENA ITALY.
Degener, DegGMG2Sep 1987 – Mar 1988G Div (Armory)A skimmer gunner who was hated by the bubble heads, Sent TAD to La Madd Security Det till transfer in 1989 from La Madd
McCollough, JohnSNSep 21, 1987 – Sep 26, 1989PORT OPERATIONS
Sperling, JohnHT3Oct 4, 1987 – Oct 13, 1989R-1 (Shipfitters Shop/11A)OMG, the flight there from N.Y., the 12 hour layover from da Vinci Airport to Olbia, the 50min. or so van/bus ride to take the 25 minute LCM ride to the site. 2 in the morning or so and the 1st words I heard was, "It's not the end of the
Bonaventura, PaulHT2Nov 1987 – Nov 1989R-1/Pipe Shop 56A
Schumann, JohnLTJGNov 1987 – Dec 1989R-8 NDT/QA
Jones, IsaacET1(SS)Nov 1, 1987 – Nov 1989R5Took early retirement in 1997, and came home to Oregon. Retired again in 2011, now singing and playing bass guitar.
Grant, LarrySK1Nov 18, 1987 – Oct 15, 1989S^
McNellis, MichaelCWO2Nov 30, 1987 – Nov 1989R-9

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