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USS Lafayette (SSBN 616) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Lafayette (SSBN 616). 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 213 crew members registered for the USS Lafayette (SSBN 616).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1968 | 1969 – 1974 | 1975 – 1979 | 1980 – 1986 | 1987 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Smart, Johnchief1961 – Jan 19632ndlast boat i was on.passed away april 12 1965
Biddle, LarryRM3(SS)1962 – 1964Communications
Bartilson, David Bart profile iconRM2(SS)1962 – Oct 1964OperationsPlank owner. Still communicate with some of my shipmates. Great experience aboard one of the nations BEST deterrents to Soviet aggression. Going to name my 36 ft sailboat Silent Running with a pix of the Lafayette.
Keating, TomMT-2/IC (SS)1962 – 1970WEAPONS-MISSLEI'M RETIRED NOW BUT, I SURE MISS THE GOOD OLD DAYS ABOARD THE LAFAYETE & IN CHARLESTON. HOPE ALL YOU OLD CREWDOGS ARE DOING OK ? MAYBE I'LL SEE YOU AT THE NEXT REUNION. SMOOTH SAILING, TOM K.
Phipps, FrankTM3 TO TM1 (SS)Apr 1962 – May 1967Missile, Torpedo, DeckOn Commissioning Crew. Great crews.Later made Warrant/LDO and return as AWEPS on the VON STEUBEN. Retired after 34 yrs as a Commander
Larson, EricMm1(SSS)Apr 1962 – Oct 1964M-div ELTGreat crew (blue) great memories
Armentrout, RobertMM3 -- MM1SSApr 17, 1962 – Sep 7, 1967Main Prop / NUCCommissioning crew member / plank owner .Left the Navy to seek my fortune in civil life -- still searching for it . missed the first reunion but will be there for the next
Rodgers, TomSNOct 1962 – Oct 1963SupplyRemember most the "luxurious" barge at EB while "in service special". mess cooking and working on qualifications.
Wirkala, AllanIC 2 (SS)Oct 1962 – Mar 1963Engineering
Gibson, JamesETOct 1962 –NavigationCommissioning Crew (Gold)Oct 1962-- Sept 1966 Blue Crew Jan 1970 - Nov 1974
Horton, JerryFTB1Nov 1962 – 1967
Henson, George (Rebel)TMC1963 – 1967WEAPONSWAS THE COB OF THE BOAT AS WELL AS THE WEAPONS DEPT. COMMISIONED THE SUB
Summers, JoeQM31963 – 1966navagation
Mitchell, Thomas profile iconSTS21963 – Jan 1966OperationsNothing but great memories of a fabulous crew Started out with Captain Hanifin Completed six patrols
Reisinger, MichaelMM3Jan 10, 1963 – Sep 29, 1965APlankowner, commissioned
Johnson, John "Jj"MM 3 (SS)Mar 1963 – Sep 1965BallistCame aboard while being built-plank owner-did 5 sea trials as part of commisioning crew and 4 patrols-didn't know how much fun I had till I was reminded--it started my career
Haigh, JonQM3Jun 1963 – Sep 1965Nav
Evans, DonYNCS(SS)Sep 15, 1963 – Jul 20, 1965AdminServing on Lafayette was a life changing experience. Met the greatest people in the world and learned a lot about life and people. Don't miss the next reunion!!!
Polkowski, Al (Ski)FTB2(SS)1964 – Jan 1970WeaponsWhen I came aboard there were gray rubber diamond mats on the decks, no bunk curtains, and not much formica, but 616B did the job and did it the best.
Murphy, Murph The SurfETN2(SS)1964 – 1969NavigationThe best of times, the worst of times. It was a dark and stormy night, and
Harvilicz, CharlesRM2(SS)1964 – 1966
Ralph, JohnRM2(SS)Mar 15, 1964 – Feb 15, 1968Communication
Harvilicz, CharleyRM3 (SS)Apr 1964 – Apr 1967CommunicationsI worked with Ralph! Transferred at sea. One foot on an ATR, and one on the Big L. Soviet Trawler coming down between 'em! What a day in a 18 year old boy's life!
Rhoten, TimothyTM3Jul 1964 – Jun 1967weaponsI was a torpedoman missle launcher technician for 6 patrols.
Cummings, BillEM1Nov 1964 – Jul 1968Engineering, Electrician
Cummings, BillyEM1Dec 1964 – Jul 1968ERemembering Rota
Pearson, Marvin / RedTM2 (SS)Dec 4, 1964 – Sep 22, 1967WeaponsThe torpedo and missile gang were a great family sorely miss the gang.
Crowell, DonaldSTS21965 – 1966OPSSpent 113 Days underwater. Still talking about it.
Wiley, RonYN3(SS)Feb 1965 – Jun 1967Ship's OfficeYoung and immature but I truly enjoyed the experience.
Phillips, RossRM2(SS)Jul 6, 1965 – Sep 14, 1966Awwww....Rota Bay...!!!
Swan, Stevenic1 (ss)Aug 1965 – Aug 1967nukegreat boat, great crew,good time: looking for mike s. smith, Thomas j. Roy, and peaches.
Keith, Tom / ZackMM1 (SS)Sep 10, 1965 – Dec 30, 1970M Nuke, ELTLots of good memories. Hope to see shipmates at the Tunica reunion.
Ciminel, Robert (Whopper)MM1(SS)Oct 1965 – Jul 1970MGreat ship, great crew, great mission.
Dixon, JohnRM1(SS)Dec 10, 1965 – Sep 15, 1970OPS/RM
Perry, JohnET1/SSOct 1966 – Jun 1970Reactor Controls
Fraser, William "Bill"ET2 (NAV)1967 – Jun 1969Nav ETJoined Blue crew during refurb at Newport News
Shipwash, DavidMM11967 – 1969Engineering
Hull, DavidSK5 (SS)Feb 5, 1967 – Jan 6, 1970SUPPLYI'M NOT SURE WHY. BUT I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT LATELY OF THE TIME I SPENT ON THE 616.
McMonigle, George "Magoo"SN(SS) STS3(SS)1968 – 1971Deck/SonarLeading seaman out of Newport News. Qualed on 1st. patrol. Did 5 more out of Rotten Rota.
Sharpe, JoeLT/LCDR1968 – 1971ENGINEERA great crew, super COs, XOs, fast learning curve.
Watkins, DavidCommisaryman 2nd ClassJan 4, 1968 – Sep 1, 1971GalleyReported to the boat out of Sub School in Newport News. Qualified on 2nd run. Learned a great deal from the experienced guys. Had a great time and looking forward to another reunion.
Knight, BillyRMC(SS)Mar 1968 – Mar 1975COMMUNICATIONSRETIRED IN JAN 1986 AS LDO LT
Kessler, Dick profile iconET1(SS)Mar 1968 – May 1971NavETStarted in the shipyard (NNSBDD) and stayed for four patrols. I still have dreams about the boat 50 years later!
Young, III, JohnQM2-SSApr 7, 1968 – Dec 23, 1971Rode it out of refit and made 7 patrols.
La Dow, Louis (Lou)MM1(SS)May 1968 – Aug 1969AOverhaul, shakedown, one patrol to rota and gone.
Tiller, JamesETN-2Aug 1, 1968 – Oct 26, 1972Navigation ET
Brown, Larry/aceTM2(SS)Sep 1968 – Sep 23, 1971Weapons

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