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USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37). 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 940 crew members registered for the USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – 1970 | 1971 | 1972 – 1973 | 1974 – 1975 | 1976 – 1977 | 1978 – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 | 1987 – 1988 | 1989 – 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 – now

Hall, DonTMC1968 – Oct 1, 1990W-1 and Admin3 tours (68-70, 75-78, and 85-90). Go to to find over 800 shipmates.
Clemency, JohnATN-21968 – 1970
Nies, Anthony3rd1968 – Apr 1, 1970Machinest
Middleton, Harry, GregSFP31968 – 1970R-1Worked in the Pipe Shop! Remember Ron Marshall, Bert Toth, Larry Goetel, Larry Olsen and others! Was Transfered from the Gompers to the Bradley DE1041 and did 3 tours in Viet Nam
Earley, JohnnyE31968 – 1970ships service manWent on the ship 1968 made a lot of friends I will always remember one was Johnny Love from York, SC one was Bill Dulong from Maine, will always be in my heart made one west pack cruise Thank You USS Samuel Gompers
Cochran, CharlesMR31968 – 1969R2 DivisionGreat ship served with Dave Clor, Russ Sessions, Hackerott
Guindon, HowardEngineman 3rd ClassJan 1968 – May 1968Engineering - DASHAlthough I was on board for only a few months, I enjoyed my time on the Samual Gompers. The crew I worked with in the DASH group were especially great.
Wilson, ThomasE-4 MMJan 1968 – Sep 1971R-6I did 3 westpacs with the Gompers and played on the flag football team that won the 11th naval district championship. Good times, good memories and good friends.
Brengel, BobBT2/E-5Jan 6, 1968 – Sep 1971EngineeringI certainly could have taken better advantage of the time while I was aboard!
Phelps, BillDC3Apr 1968 – Apr 1972R-DIVISIONCO2 SHOP
Marshall, RonE-4Apr 10, 1968 – May 10, 1970r-1served in the pipe shop and remember a few guys: John Martz, Harry Middleton, Ist class Kennedy, 2nd class Pixler. Good duty and great liberty in Olongapo!! I miss those days but you are only young once but what great memories!!
Marshall, RonE-4May 1968 – May 1970R-1worked in the pipe shop
Kiermaier, DanielE5Jun 1968 – Nov 1970Medical
Dietz, TomDC2Jul 15, 1968 – Jan 20, 1970R Division Ship's CompanyWas on the ship's 2nd WesPac. Spent most of my time standing next to a fire hose watching ASROCs being loaded and unloaded. Earned the coveted "100 missions over Shit River" patch.
Holmquist, PaulLI2Sep 12, 1968 – Sep 12, 1970R - 3
Hammond, TerrySF1Oct 11, 1968 – Apr 6, 1970R1LPO of the Weld shop
McGough, GeorgesnOct 14, 1968 – Aug 14, 19702nd deckHey Beron I rember you we worked together. Are you still married to the same lady?
Collins, James ( Jim)EN 2Nov 1968 – Jan 30, 1970R2 Dash shopR2 div compartment po, Captians Gigg. Engineer
Maresca, EugeneLTJGNov 1968 – Nov 1969CIC Officer enroute WestPac, then A Div Officer
Hilvers, MichaelGMG3Nov 1, 1968 – Sep 1, 1971GunneryHi I'm currently living in Ohio and am looking to Contact Robert Rosa
Hilvers, MikeGUNNERS MATE 3RD CLASSNov 17, 1968 – Apr 19, 1971gunnerylooking for Robert T Rosa also Warem Officer Leroy Young
Dunlap, JoeMM2Dec 27, 1968 – Aug 1, 1971R-2 Valve shop, Pump shopStill look back fondly on my time aboard. Worked hard, steamed hard, met a lot of good people. Remet a few at the reunion in Nov. 03. Hope to see more at the next one
Garrett, JohnDN (E-3)1969 – 1970DentalMember of 3d WESPAC & it was quite the experience. Took photos but should have taken more. Reunited with the Gompers in 1987 n VA & then as a captain, was given "the tour" after a great meal in the wardroom. Just like a time warp. :)
Hofer, MarkLI31969 – 1971R
Bicking, GaylenLi31969 – 1970RWhat a joy and experience playing on the ships softball team! Marty, my hand is still sore from all your "fast balls" I had to catch! :) After duty on a DDG what a huge difference on the Sammy G! Steak/lobster dinners!!
Hagan, James (Jim) profile iconSFP31969 – 1969DC divisionTwo WESTPACS. Andy Apodaca, Bruce (Bear) Bostwick past friends that I can remember. Nothing about me that would be memorable. Just a squid, having a great time skylarking when I could. AND 4 handed Pinochle!
Wiggins, CharlesRM11969 – 1974R-4
Epperson, Carl profile iconsk31969 – Dec 1972s1great group of men to work with best years of my life.
Cowan, RonIC 21969 – 1971R devisionGyro tech, last to work on Pueblo. Volunteered to serve on Ernest G Small in Tonkin Gulf as they had seral emergency call outs leaving their IC guys in different ports. Good times !!
Fryer, KenIC-3Feb 1969 – Nov 1972ElectricalGreat ship, cruses and duty. The guys of ships company IC dept. were all such good people. My life is much better because of them; they made the military experience at least a half-way cool thing. God bless all mates.
Varriale, SalvatoreE3Feb 3, 1969 – Aug 6, 1971Boiler room/Ship FitterDid three tours. Great ship. (Looking for Gar) Don't remember his last name. I was not in favor of this war, but love my country. God Bless America with His vision to reach the world with His Love
Cestra, VincentEM2Mar 3, 1969 – Mar 3, 1973Electrical Shop 51BI learned so much about life in general not to mention meeting so many new friends from across the states. I value my time aboard the Samual Gompers and looking back it was one of the best times I ever had.
Clark, TerryPM1Apr 1969 – May 1973R1Fat Sam was one of my favorite ships. Many friends, many WestPac's. I still liked her in 87-88 when I was a CWO3 at TraPac and ran her thru RefTra. I retired in 93 as CWO4. Retired again recently from 2nd career in Labor Relations.
Smithhisler, Mike SmittyTM2Sep 1969 – Jun 1973Weapons
Hatheway, MerleHT3Oct 1969 – Jan 23, 1973RCO2 Shop
Smith, Fred Dewayne (Smitty)sfp3/ht3Oct 15, 1969 – Oct 27, 1972R-1Dolansky,Hand,Hellerman,Haugie,Will Franke,where have they all gone?
Capen, Mars profile iconTM2Nov 1969 – Jul 1973W-1
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Mason, Clarence "Tony"E3 SHIP FITTER1970 – 1971R1I was stationed in the shipfitter shop. Injured August 11, 1971. Steel plates fell on me in the shipfitter shop. Looking for others that served at that time.
Young, Arthur/butch1970 –
Birgers, DaveTM21970 – 1973W-2Made two WESTPAC cruises on her. I met a lot of great guys on the ship and still keep in touch with some of them almost 40 later.
Gildea, Tomht31970 – 1973r1
Wolfe, CharlesSFC E-71970 – 1972medicalMy Father, EN1 Bernard Wolfe, served on the Gompers around 1970 to 1972 and I am trying to find people that may have known him. I was 6 yrs old when he died.
Lloyd, Michael profile iconE4-E5Jan 1970 – Jul 1971R5Sonar and Auxiliary Equipment Repair
Guimond, LouCDR Ships XOJan 1, 1970 – Jan 31, 1974Ships XOI'm adding my father to this site. He passed in '86 and never received military honors. I am fixing that and giving him his military send off on 31 Aug, 2009 at 9am Fort Rosecrans. All are invited. His son, Steve
Whitfield, Martin (Pee Wee)SFMFeb 1970 – Feb 12, 1973ship fitter shop
Burden, MichaelEN3Jun 1970 – Jul 7, 1971A (AUX)
Young, Arthur/butchETN2Jun 1970 – 1975R4
Delong, James / Jim / TinkerMRCJun 1, 1970 – Jul 1, 1973R2Made new friends and had new experiences. Old saying "You can take the boy out of the mountains, but you can't keep the man out of the mountains". Live far away from oceans now.
Gordon, DanielHT2Jun 15, 1970 – Sep 17, 1973R DivisionWas on the VietNam trip.
Phillips, PatrickET2Jun 25, 1970 – Sep 1974R-2, R-4, Repair Office, PMS OfficeEveryone remarks on how much fun they had on FatSam. I was there during the VietNam era and spent most cruises in Subic. Only those who actually experienced that understand. Everyone else thinks we are lying. Too much fun. Great ship, great time
Hutchens, HutchHT3Aug 1970 – Jul 1971R1Carpenter shop when Damage control and ship fitter ratings combined to hull tech I was transferred to USS ALBERT DAVID DE1050. Chief Robertson then chief Cochrane was in charge of shop.
Lunt, RandyETN3Aug 1, 1970 – Jul 28, 1971R4workin on board was like a civilian day job. boring sometimes. I hated nesting, the cooks would run out of scheduled chow. I was in test equipment repair and served on special guard duty.
Franck, TrumanRMSNSep 1970 – Apr 1974OPSI have lots of memories, would like to hear from other radioman or admin from that time.
Grant, DaleE3Sep 20, 1970 – May 12, 19721st div boatsBelieve it or not was one of my best time time on wespac.
Wright, T. WadeSK3Sep 24, 1970 – 1972SUPPLY DIVMet some good people on board. Learned how to "drink" alot. Never forget Carl Epperson, LCD Tilley, Buchcan, Gallagher. Sitting on anchor off Da Nang waiting to go between those Mountains was hair raising. Never forget.
Hendricks, ThomasBM3Oct 1970 – Sep 19723rd DeckLooking for Louie LaBarge or Dick Kraklow
MacDonald, William, MacBM3Oct 21, 1970 – Jun 19742ndBoot camp and the AD-37 were the only 2 duty status I had while in the navy, like being on a floating hotel at that time.
McCartney, MikeTM2Nov 1970 – Sep 1973W-1Had a blast on the 1971-1972 WestPac, then reenlisted. I worked in the 44 shop for 'Mac' McConeghy. Had a good time but have gone on with other things. I hope all of you did well. Send email if you'd like to catch up
Ragland, BryceTM-3Nov 1970 – Sep 8, 1972W-2Made one WestPac Cruise, the FATSAM cruise. I had a great time and made a lot of friends. I'm glad I found this website so I can try to keep in touch with more of them. Been able to touch base with Burgess.
McCartney, MikeTM2Nov 1970 – Sep 1973W-1I now live in Utah State now. Send me an email to contact me at
Terry, SteveEM3Dec 1970 – Jan 1973E-DivisionAssigned to the Gompers after boot and school. Lucky enough to get ships company. Spent my entire Navy time on the Gompers getting an early cut in 73. Loved the ship and loved the crew. In charge of the elevator shop.

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