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USS Point Defiance (LSD 31) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Point Defiance (LSD 31). 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 300 crew members registered for the USS Point Defiance (LSD 31).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1961 | 1962 – 1965 | 1966 – 1969 | 1970 – 1972 | 1973 – 1976 | 1977 – 1980 | 1981 – now

Melugin, Garry MeluginEM31962 – 1964Electical
Black, Thomas (Tom)RM21962 – 1965OperationsRemember Lacoe, Pete Colvin (introduced me to my wife) Norman Gill, Garoutte, Pokepro, RM1 H.K. Hunt, Donald Wheary,(sonar) Harold Mackee (Mac ET3). D C Jackson, Jack John Byrne, Some really great times. ( 919 609 9752
Barnett, CurtisSNJan 1, 1962 – Jan 1, 19651STI served under Earl Ballard, BM1 in first division as an assalt boat coxsain.
Burken, EdETN2Jan 1, 1962 – May 20, 1963OperationsServed 16 months aboard Point Defiance. Had a great Operations team. Enjoyed many good times on the beach with fellow Defiance sailors.
Allison, JoeGMG3Apr 10, 1962 – Apr 10, 1965GRETIRED from gov
Schlagel, ChuckEM3May 12, 1962 – Jul 12, 1965E DIV.HAVE YOU SEEN A SEA BAT
Slagle, Burgess WayneSEAMANMay 20, 1962 – May 20, 19652ND
Garoutte, CharlesRM3Jul 29, 1962 – Jul 6, 1964oc
Quinn, JamesEM3Sep 1962 – Sep 1964ElectricalWestPac, Panama Canal, most time spent at sea. Looking for Wayne Chasteen, Darman Sherman
Verbracken, LouieMM3Oct 24, 1962 – Aug 26, 1964MJust checked out this site and remembered a few of the names on the list, Jack mitchell, Greenbaum. almost 50 years ago seems like yesterday. email me or call 951-755-7206, it was a great ride. I now live in Banning, CA Retired and enjoying
Behan, LarryRD31963 – 1964OperationsRecognize many of the names and I remember my travels and friends on the PD fondly. Can it really be 45 years?
Andrus, Frank / AndyBM 3Jan 1963 – Aug 19661st & 2nd Div.TookTrieste for USS Thresher search, 3 west-pac tours, went to assault boat coxswain school on Coronado island in 63 to run LCVP's, ran gig for Capt. Graham & Holbrook, it was command boat on Operation Starlite. Aug 65"
Austin, John LHM2Mar 15, 1963 – Apr 20, 1964HI went aboard one day before we got underway for west pac. HMCS Warren Phelps USN showed me how to be a ships Corpsman. Thanks, HMCS John L Austin (SW/FMF) USN (ret)
Acton, DonaldSEAMAN Apr 1963 – Mar 22, 19651 st.
Hunter, JamesBT3Jun 1963 – Sep 25, 1966B
Hutchings, RogerCWO- LTJGJun 15, 1963 – Jul 25, 1964Engineering E Division OfficerI was onboard during two deployments to Vietnam and during a colision with Oiler USS Pouncatoola North West of Hawaii
Rhinehart, DouglasPO 2ND CLASSAug 23, 1963 – Aug 19, 1967OII can remember so many of the guys, Curtis, Beckman, Wright, Nicolosi. My wife and I go almost every year to the USS POINT DEFIANCE reunion. Would like to see so many more of us there! My PHONE IS 541-442-5459 Am looking for Dave Curtis
Ayer, MickBT2Dec 1963 – Aug 12, 1967"B"
Ayer, MickBT2Dec 1963 – Aug 1967B Div.
Williams, NickETN-3Mar 1964 – Sep 1967Comm tech, ship to Landing craft comms. Names remembered, Rhinhart, Terrebrood, McKee, Bitner, Carlson, Beckman, Clenard, Young, Miller, Jones, Black, Stanley, DeVries, Letlow, Curtis
Bjorkman, RobertEN3May 1964 – Mar 1966R
Bass, JerryShip Serviceman 3 Class E4May 14, 1964 – Aug 14, 1967Ship ServicemanI was on the Point Defiance from May 1964 to Aug 1967. I am looking for Jim Ayers of Florida ,good friend Call me at 432-413-8832
Bass, JerrySHIP\'S SERVICEMAN 3 (SH 3)May 15, 1964 – Aug 14, 1967Aboard PD '64-'67. Enjoyed every minute. Made lots of friends. Would like to hear frrom you (432-413-8832) Looking for Jim Ayers from Flordia. Good friend aboard PD. Worked deck force, Ship's Store, Soda Fountain, and laundry.
Miller, WilliamRD3Jul 1964 – May 1966OIGreat memories
Graham, WoodrowCaptainAug 1, 1964 – Aug 1, 1965COFilling out what I can for my dad who is no longer with us. He loved the Navy, this ship and her crew....
Jackson, DannyRM2Aug 15, 1964 – Mar 15, 1966OperationsOnly fond memories of my tour of duty aboard the "Point D." Would like to know what happened to the radio gang. I can be contacted at 714 296-6661. Email me at
Stutesman, Jim [stutes]SFM3Sep 1964 – May 1968R
Clenard, CaryRD3Sep 1964 – Sep 1967OPERATIONS
Roush, GarySNOct 1964 – May 1968Gunnery DivisionGuys I remember are Bobby Jack Hunter, Dean Puckett, Charles Vancamp, Larry L. Livermore, Dan Izzard, John Runnels, Edward Canning, Tom Winberg, Willie Allen, Amoroso. Don't seem like it has been 47 years ago.
Stephens, Mike/steveSNOct 20, 1964 – Oct 13, 1967secondbmsn under eddie thomas bm1 ships helmsman for three years steered ship into da nang first time in may 1965.
Beckman, RobertETR2Nov 1964 – Aug 11, 1967OIMany good memories; Wish i had found this site sooner. Found Doug Rhinehart today after looking for so many years. A long conversation today catching up after 54 years. Last name legally changed to Beckmann ... 2 nn's
Phillips, JimSH3Dec 1964 – Jul 1967DECK
Rush, TimE-31965 – 1967G
Hutchings, RogerLT1965 –EngineeringUS Navy retired
Wright, Raney "budd"EM3Mar 1965 – Mar 1967EThree WestPac cruises on the PD. Best of all are the reunions.
Wright, Raney profile iconEM 3Apr 1965 – Sep 1967E (Electrial)Served onboard USS Point Defiance - LSD 31, USS Alamo - LSD 33, and UDD Catamount - LSD 17.
Burkett, BenApr 21, 1965 –I was wondering if any one remebered my dad his name is Benjamin Burkett
Atwater, JohnHM3Jun 1965 – Dec 1967OperationsHad a great time everywhere I went. Remember Jones HM3 with a rubber glove full of ice at 2 AM waking me up in Portland. Or.
Aiken, CarlSNJun 29, 1965 – Jul 30, 19671st DivisionServed in 1st Division under Eddie Thomas. Oh those memories. Good mates under trying times. I will never forget.
Smith, MikeIC SEAMANJul 16, 1965 – Dec 1968ElectricalServed 3 years. Got married, had 3 children, lost wife. Working Elastec in So. Illinois
Peterson, John PeteEN1Aug 30, 1965 – May 25, 1967EngineeringGood duty station stayed busy keeping everything working and Ballasting during Vietnam. Had a good crew in the Boat shop.
McGinley, TomE3Sep 10, 1965 – Sep 30, 19671st&2nd
Nicolosi, John ( Nick )MM3Sep 23, 1965 – Jul 18, 1969MReunion organizer for our ship Contact me at Somebody had to get the ball rolling. H# 978-532-0717 So Come on board, Nick
Januario, KennethEM 3Nov 1965 – Aug 1968Eit was a learning experience and good time. Made some lifetime friends that I look forward to seeing at yearly reunion. The 2016 reunion is in Branson, MO, Sept 7-11.
Nicolosi, JohnMM3Nov 18, 1965 – Jul 18, 1969MWould like a crew list from 1966-1967 USS Engage MSO-433
McGinley, TomE3Nov 25, 1965 – Sep 30, 19671ST&2NDso long ago smiling 2 westpac tours in two yrs lot of memorys most good not all,can,t count how many times we pulled into subic bay cross over s##t riveronto masaysay road&smiled nothing but bars.
Nash, JimDec 1965 – Jul 1966

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