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USS Grayling (SSN 646) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Grayling (SSN 646). 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 215 crew members registered for the USS Grayling (SSN 646).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1971 | 1972 – 1977 | 1978 – 1984 | 1985 – 1989 | 1990 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Patterson, Don (Chief Pat)ETC(SS)1966 –ETPre Com in Pourtsmouth how well I rember the Spec Ops with the CT's on board. Great time of my life with a great bunch of guy's
Thoreson, JimPN1(SS)1967 – 1969Admin
Pedersen, ThomasMM1(SS)1967 – 1970M DivisionPlank owner.
Lapierre, Dennis (Pete)ET2Jan 1967 – Nov 1967RCI was on the pre-commisioning unit in Portsmouth, NH. I got to ride her down the ways. Got transferred to the Teddy Roosevelt because they were short one RO.
Larson, James (Ding)EM2(SS)Mar 1967 – Dec 11, 1971ERoad her down the ways and was part of the commisioning crew, plank owner.
Dykstra, Lou (Ron)MM2 SSMar 1967 – May 1970M-DivAlways was looking for reunion info, never found any
Krnc, RichardIC2Mar 1967 – 1969ETransferred off the boat due to a severe bilateral hearing loss. I will always have great memories of my fellow "nukes".
Evers, WilliamEM2(SS)May 1967 – Sep 1970EngineeringI served on Grayling in the Pre-Com Unit during new construction, and then for about a year of service in the Atlantic Fleet. Our homeport then was Charlston, South Carolina.
Matthews, GeraldQMC(SS)May 10, 1967 – Oct 27, 1971NavPlank owner, Made chief here. Drove the captain home from the club more times than I can remember!
Mitchell, JohnFTG2(SS)Jul 1967 – Apr 1970WeaponsPlank owner 1st to qualify
Jenkins, Everett (Rett)ET1(SS)Sep 1967 – 1970OPSThe USS Grayling was number 3 of the 5 boats I served on. I am a Plank Owner. #1 George Washington Carver SSBN 656 #2 Sargo SSN 583 #3 Grayling SSN 646 #4 Seahorse SSN 669 #5 DSRV Mystic DSRV-1 COB Retired 1984 ETC(SS)
Dodson, CliffE6 ET1968 – 1970OPS
Kelby, William (Bill)QM2 (SS)Mar 1968 – Sep 1971NAVRaised the American flag at Commissioning. Builders sea trials, MK48 trials. Went back on board as an Inspector for PNSY in the late 90's. Was part fo the groundbreaking for the park where her sail now sits.
Grubbs, FrankQM2(SS)Aug 1968 – Feb 24, 1974NavBroke the commissioning pennant on Oct 11, 1969. Part of Mk 48 evaluation tests at AUTEC. Remember the Lampost! Bill Kelby where are you??
Grubbs, FrankAug 1, 1968 – Feb 22, 1972
Milne, TomSTS11969 – 1972SonarPlank Owner, reported on board just in time for fast cruise and first sea trial. On board for Mk 48 testing and certs. Enjoyed many good times at the Cape.
Thoreson, JimPN1(SS)1969 – 1970Admin
Lambert, Darrell (Butch)ETN2 (SS)Mar 10, 1969 – Feb 15, 1971OPS/NAVPre-com unit. Comissioning and first topside watch. Re-enlistment at test depth. The flooding off of Andros Island. And of-course the spooks. My run in with Admiral Rickover. Getting qualified.
Diyorio, GeneMM2/SSJun 23, 1969 –ENGINEERINGReported the day after launch. Plank owner. First submarine qual. First time at sea. A great experience.
McKee, DavidFN/SSNov 4, 1969 – Jun 10, 1971Deck DivisionI spent 24 years in the Navy. Retired as PHCS/SS
Caspersen, GaryMM1(SS)Dec 1969 – Jun 1976M (div)Miss, Cocoa Beach, the Green House, and good friends. The adventures are still fondly remembered. MK48 ops. Under the ice, the shipyards and the rental on York Beach, the Med run and Sardinia.
Blake, Al(Sugar Bear)IC3(SS)1970 – 1972Interior CommunicationsI served with great crew mates and have fond memories of my time on the Grayling
Hensley, Larry profile iconFTG11970 – 1975SubmarineLarry Hensley was my brother. So very proud of him & his accomplishments on the USS Grayling 646. He passed away frm an accident while teaching in Groton. Our family is looking to connect w/ anyone who knew/remembers him
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Emory, JayEM2Apr 1, 1970 – Apr 25, 1974ELECTRICAL
Powell, Ron (Pink)MM1(SS)May 1970 – Apr 1973E.L.T.made all of the mark 48 trials, including emergency surfacing from deep submergent ( I will never forget that). North atlantic was the worst. Great crew - sorry to have lost contact over the years.
Tracey, RandyMM1 (SS)May 1, 1970 – Aug 3, 1974Geeze how time flies. Seems like yesterday that I saw the Grayling for the first time. If you recognize my name here, e'mail me. I saw Xerxes listed here. What a guy!
Smith, Ricky DaleMM1 (SS)Jun 1970 – Jan 14, 1974M (Nuc)Coco Beach, MK 48 Testing & Charleston, SC and overhaul in Portsmouth Shipyard
Spencer, KenQM 2 (SS)Jul 1970 – Aug 1973Navigation
Woody, GeneRM2(SS)Jul 19, 1970 – May 29, 1973RadioDirect input after 9 years in the navy. First trip on a boat, went to test depth. I remember QM2(SS) Spencer and Grubbs, ET1(SS) Lambert, RMCS Mills, RM1(SS) Moore. How did the green house survive us?
Rengers, TerryST1 (SS)Aug 1, 1970 – May 15, 1977SonarAKA Squat..... lives in Dallas, Texas
Haun, Jay profile iconSN (SS)Dec 29, 1970 – Mar 12, 1972SeamanMK 48 Test Trials, loading of Torpedoes, Helmsman/Planesman in every possible maneuver a sub can go through, what happens when you do not show up for work and how long it takes to load 2 tons of flour, coffee, and sugar.
Dievert, DennisTM2/ss1971 – 1974WeaponsGreat times Cape Canerval, Cocoa beach, Ft Lauderdale, Halifax , Nothern run.. Battle "E" two consecutive years. Remember Herbert, Carroll, Young, Rauck, McCunn, Lowe, Squatty, Pangrazio, Seatoad and many many more.
Tracey, RandallMM1 (SS)1971 – 1974M-DivPeople say, "Thank you for your service". I say, "Thank you for the opportunity to serve aboard the finest submarine in the world"
Davey, LenMM2/SSSep 10, 1971 – Dec 20, 1975"A"-gangNick was a dick, but the crew was outstanding !!!
Herrington, XerxesFTG1/SS/DVOct 15, 1971 – Dec 15, 1974WeaponsMk 48 Torpedo Test evaluations in Coco Beach and Andros Island. Shipyard period in Portsmouth, NH. Great ship and crew.
Davey, LeonardMM2/SSNov 1, 1971 – Dec 23, 1975AuxiliaryThe finest crew, ambivalent leadership
Kelley, DouglasQM2 (SS)Nov 20, 1971 – Jul 27, 1975NavigationWe made all the weapons test runs Cape Kennedy and South. Shipward in Portmouth NH / Kittery Maine. Made the Med run in 1974-75
Nolan, William profile iconRM2 (SS)Dec 1971 – Dec 12, 1973oPERATIONS
Rago, John profile iconSTS 3Dec 2, 1971 – Nov 10, 1972SonarI will always remember the great times on the Grayling and the great shipmates I had. Looking back I realize what a wonderful experience it was to be a member of this fine crew.
Jones, Frank JonesMM1(SS)Dec 23, 1971 – Oct 30, 1976Nuclear EngineeringMade many Carribean runs, one Med run and one Northern run. Served with the 'Killer' and lived! Many good memories. Fair winds and following seas to all who served on Grayling!

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