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USS Bennington (CV 20) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Bennington (CV 20). 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 176 crew members registered for the USS Bennington (CV 20).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1956 | 1957 – 1961 | 1962 – 1965 | 1966 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Shonyo, BobAN1957 – Mar 1959V 2I was in the arresting gear section of the V 2 Division. I ran hooks ,checked all gear top side before every flight ops. did maintaince on all the arresting gear equip.relieved the deck edge operators.
Shaw, RobertAirman1957 – May 20, 1960V-6
Sellers, LarryIC3Aug 1957 – 1958radarWent to Sub school from the Bennington, SS Trigger SS-237, 1958, changed rating from seaman to fireman. ended up on USS Yellowstone, AD27. Portsmouth, R.I., IC3, discharged 1960. Nice group of guys in IC repair dept.
Smith, Irving RE-3Oct 1957 – Jun 1960Aviation Fuel Handler
Kiniry, James "Birddog"BT-3Nov 28, 1957 – Oct 28, 1959BRemember the fun times we had on liberty especially and 2 good friends, Dick Brigance and Vernon Stolz.
Schweizer, KeithSK21958 – 1959S-1
Rutledge, WilliamGM31958 – 19595th Division GunneryHe was my Father. I am looking for any photo's of him. He started off on the ship as a Draftsman before changing to Gunners-mate. He arrived on the Bennington in 1958 and left in 1959.
Waters, LarryPH2Jan 1958 – Aug 1959OP
Martinez, RayFN / BM3Jan 2, 1958 – Oct 13, 1961B / FirstSpent first year in # one fireroom. Transferred to First Divison until seperation.Lots of good times and shipmates. Officers were great with Mr Yoland, Mr Skinner, Mr Seacat, Bill Winters stand out. Our Bosn was one smart sailor.
Waters, LarryPh2Jan 15, 1958 – Aug 21, 1959OperationsServed in the Photo Lab, Flight Deck, O7 level, and Aerial Photography.
Sebright, William(bill)FN/MM2Apr 15, 1958 – 1959AMade Wes-Pac cruise 1958- Remember old ship mates -Leistman,Mahan, Chief Murphy, Culbertson, Clock, Tex, Dingle, Chief Hunsinger, Canfield (still have picture of) Hannock, McCurdy, and many more.
Hartman, DarrellETRSNMay 1958 – Apr 1959OEIn charge of SPN-8 landing radar.
Holland, Perry3rd classMay 1958 – Sep 1959Boatswain mate
Martinez, RobertMM 2May 4, 1958 – May 10, 1962M divisionWorked in forward auxiliary room and forward engine room
Ramirez, JaimeJun 1958 – 1959
Sowers, ErsulBT2Jul 1958 – 1961B Divison
David, CarsonMachiest E31959 – 1961A DIVISION
Slingerland, WesleyrdsnJan 30, 1959 – Sep 1, 1961OIwould like to communicate with shipmates from the OI div during my time onboard.
Oquinn, TerryGM2Apr 1959 – Mar 1, 1963G DivisionSome of the best four years of my life. Made two WestPac cruises. Came on board as a boy and left the ship a man. Lots of memories and lots of great adventures abroad. The Bennington was a great ship.
Fleming, Robert L. FlemingE4 GUNNERS MATEMay 7, 1959 – May 3, 1963SHIPS ARMERYLOOKING FOR R.E.WHITTINGTON AN F.E.BRAY
Law, Albertmm3May 17, 1959 – Jan 22, 1963Mwould like to hear from any body who served with me
Slingerland Sr., WesleyRDSNJul 15, 1959 – Sep 1, 1961OI
Mixon, JohnneyBm3Aug 1959 – Aug 8, 19632 nd. deck div.
Drake, StewAE-2Oct 1959 – Nov 1961V-6MET SOME GREAT MATES ON BOARD. TRANSFERED TO VT-29 CORPUS CHRISTS,TX.
Woolley, JohnLEGALDec 1959 – Sep 1961XLooking for a Nelson Shirley in PIO office
Clackum, DaveABH3Dec 12, 1959 – Sep 15, 1961V1 FLIGHT DECKWAS A FLIGHT DECK YELLOW SHIRT MOSTLY SPOTTING STARBOARD CAT. RETIRED FROM LOCKHEED MARTIN IN MARIETTA GA IN 1997
Starr, ThomasPC31960 – 1962X DivisionShip's Post Office
Hadley, RobertEM2Mar 1960 – May 1963E-DivisionWorked in the Lighting Shop and took care of flight deck lighting and all running lights. Retired from a public utility and working as a management consultant in the power generation industry. Live in Cary, NC.
Forster, PaulET3Apr 1, 1960 – Jul 18, 1963OEI was ship board ET.
PARRY, DARRYLRM1Sep 16, 1960 – Jul 10, 1962RadioRetired Banker, living in West Central Florida
Martin, JerryE3Oct 1, 1960 – Aug 15, 1962GMServed aboard with GM division aviation ord. for two cruises 60/62. Nickname Marto.
Willig, RandyRD-2Nov 1960 – Sep 1962OIThere are a bunch of us old scope dopes that get together every summer. Contact me for info.
Vaughn, John W. (Jack)COMMANDER1961 – 1963This is my Grandfather, the dates may be a little off. He served as Navigator
Bowers, BobbyAB31961 – 1962V4Aviation Fuels Repair 7 Group for shipboard aviation fuel systems from main tanks in the bowels of the ship to fuel lines and pump stations on hanger and flight decks. Our group worked everywhere.
Wolfe, DouglasMU31961 – 1961Com Car DivDid the standard Westpac tour (Yokuska, Sasebo, Kobe-Osaka, Okinawa, Philippines, HongKong) with some time in the Gulf of Tonkin as things heated up before the Vietnam fiasco.
Theriault, RichardE5Jan 1, 1961 – Mar 15, 1964EI made 2nd Class Petty Officer at 19 years old and realized I loved being a boss. This set my career path. 3 college degrees and 55 years in engineering management left me very comfortable in retirement.
Austermann, CharlesRD 2May 1961 – Oct 1962OI
Madison, DougAMH3Jul 1961 – Oct 23, 1964V-3ELEVATOR #1,#2 &#3 OPERATOR ON HANGAR DECK FIRST, THEN WENT WORK IN AIR DEPT. OFFICE, AS DIVISION YEOMAN. THE BEST THING THE NAVY TAUGHT ME WAS TEAMWORK-NO MATTER WHAT YOUR JOB WAS. ATTENDED 1ST REUNION IN 2008-FABULOUS TIME!
Pfeiffer, George RussellRM 3Sep 1961 – Aug 28, 1964OR/CRI reported aboard the Bennington is Sept. of 1961. The next three years were some of the best days of my life and if I had to do it over again it would have to be with the same shipmates because they made the good times.
Todd, Carl,dickATIOct 15, 1961 – Apr 2025v6Am not too sure of the dates.
Lock, Leonard profile iconSk3Nov 10, 1961 – May 10, 1963S-1West pac 1962
Weers, LorenRM3Dec 2, 1961 – Jan 29, 1965OR/CRAm retired. Also Secretary of USS Bennington Association, Feel free to contact me to join and also for information on reunion planned for Sept 2017 in Deerfield Illinois, (Great Lakes NTC close by)

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