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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 310 crew members registered for the USS Point Defiance (LSD 31).

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MacKey, FrederickENC-RETIRED1972 – 1974Can remember from Atwater & Holdstock Cotner & Nelson RIp and Yard period in portland
Cooper, DonBT21972 – 1974B Division Forward Fireroom
Nabbefeld, Gary "Nabber"PO31972 – 1975BT
Martin, Philip (Fritz)MM21972 – 1975M DivisionAft hole screw crew. Reported 72 to Vietnam, Long Beach to San Diego, 74 Westpac, yards in Portland, Alaska. They worked our asses off. Great crew, good times & good memories. M & B Divisions were the best on the boat.
Jones, RonE-5 EnginemanJan 1972 – Apr 1975A Division
Allen, WendyOS3Jan 1, 1972 – Jan 4, 1974OperationsSome of my best memories are of hanging out with my shipmates. I steamed alot with several of the Radiomen. Namely, Bill Clark and Barry Kunert. I bought Bill's 1957 Chevrolet just to sell it back to him when I left.
Edwards, BobE-3Feb 1, 1972 – Apr 15, 1973boatswain
Brantmeier, William L.OS3Feb 1, 1972 – Jan 4, 1974OperationsSailed West Pac cruise under Command of Captain Gorder during the Viet Nam War
Riley, DouglasEN3Mar 28, 1972 – Nov 23, 1972DeckTAD (ACU-1 LCM8) with the Pt D to VN. Great crew!
Dowling, DonRM3Apr 1972 – Dec 1972Embarked/BMU-1 BPT-FNavy BPT for the '72 cruise. Remember Roy, Glenn, George in Radio gang when I volunteered to augment crew in ships Radio between Ops. Remember Ops in PI, Japan, and off coast of VN when the task group came under arty fire. Good Times.
Sterzik, DavidRM3Apr 24, 1972 – Aug 28, 1973Great Experience, even though I didn't like it at the time. I owe a lot to the Navy if the truth be known.
Anthony, Edward PPFCApr 27, 1972 – Oct 27, 1972B-Co 3rd Shore Party Bn 1/4 3rd Marine DivisionTo the crew of USS POINT DEFIANCE LSD 31 Thank you for a wonderful experience and memories. As a Young Marine at sea for the first time and in Vietnam Waters thank you for a lifetime of fond memories Semper Fi Navy
Batting, WilliamHT3May 1972 – Aug 1974RAssigned to the carpenters and shipfitter shops
Atwater, NormanHTCAug 1, 1972 – Oct 1, 1974RHad a good time on this ship and a lot of fire main leaks to fix HTC Holdstock & HTCM Redwine passed Shipmates call 864-209-8211 or
Gogolin, TomHT3Aug 5, 1972 – Feb 28, 1973SHIPFITTERI am looking for shipfitters or damage control/ Hull Technicans who were in my division during the same time as me. I have some questions I am trying to find out the answers to. Any help will be greatly appreciated
Nelson, OswaldSM3Sep 19, 1972 – Sep 2, 1975OC DivisionBreak in ship for me,was rookie,fresh out of boot camp. Initially assigned to Deck Division,transferred over to oc and became an sm.Westpac outstanding along with great shipmates,old ship but strong ship,hope all is well
Ballah, ChrisHT 3Oct 1972 – Mar 1976RMid-watch, ballast detail and off loading ammo (wonderful times).
Bernhardt, BerniePO 3ED CLASSOct 1972 – Sep 1975m/m
Robinson, Don Or RobbieETN2Oct 1972 – May 26, 1975OEFond memories of movie nights on the flight deck and pelting the marines with glow sticks.
Estill, AugieE1Oct 18, 1972 – Dec 17, 1973BoilermanMy brother Augie passed away on April 24th, 2006. He always talked fondly about his Navy days. Hope someone out there remembers him!!
Prejmak, John / Little JohnBT3Nov 1972 – Jun 1975B DivHad a great time serving with a great group of guys in B and M Divs. Re-joined Navy years later as a reserve and attained rank of DCC.
Meadows, DaleBMNov 1972 – Apr 1975Deck
Miller, BillSADec 1972 – Jun 1973DeckThe first time CPT Bader ballasted down, I thought we were sinking.
Guenley, EdwardHT31973 – Nov 9, 1976RStill alive and well as I hope all that I had the pleasure of serving with on one of the last diesel powered LSD’s in the navy
Weaver, DennisHT3Jan 1, 1973 – Dec 8, 1975I was on the crew list web site and would like to send /recieve e mail from guys I served with.
Gilliatt, Larry (Big Boy)MM2Mar 1973 – Sep 1976MForward engine room. two West Pacs. Got out Sept. 1976. I worked with Cole, Norris, Cola, and Little John.
Highley, DeeHT3Mar 1973 – Dec 1975RAnybody know where Dan Fagin is?
O'kane, DavidFTGSNMay 1973 – Jan 1975GunneryMiss the many poker games in the control room, while at sea. We had great crew and always a good time.
Gibson, Stevee-2Jul 31, 1973 –deckwould like hear from ship mates i served with.
Gillis, RichardHTFNSep 11, 1973 – Nov 2, 1975R-DivOn FB, hit me. Lost track of Ed Gunley, Zack, Scaggs, Pierson, Marshal, Dansy, even Durbin. Great crew great PAC liberty. Stayed 26 years and made HTCS (SW/DV) Sorry to hear Holdstock and Redwine passed. Any other news?
Nin, Gonzalo (Gonzo)MM3Oct 1, 1973 – Jun 1, 1974engineroomThis was my first command
Swanson, ChrisMM1Oct 24, 1973 – Oct 25, 1977MAh the memories. Came on board a MM3 and left a MM1. Chief Jefferies, Mummy, Fritz, Cole, Randy White, Mike Whitney to name a few.
Wood, RogerQM1974 –navDoes any body remember the port of calls we made on west pac in 1974, if so send me a email to
Cole, DavidMM3Mar 11, 1974 – Jun 11, 1977MNaval Propulsion Engineering School. Main Control Forward Engine Room. #1 Nozzleman on Fire and Rescue Team. July 4, 76 Korean conflict. 3 Westpacs, Shellback, Operation Kangaroo 2. Some great friends-(Navy, Marines, UDT's,Seals).
Keane, MartyBTFNMay 5, 1974 – Jun 8, 1976BWorked in the forward fireroom loved it. It took a certain kink of person to work in the engine room. Went on despair, / crossed the equator became a shell back worked with Dave young Ken Foy and many others.
Cotner, PaulMCPO E9Jun 1974 – Jan 1978SupplyI am looking for old shipmates
Miller, KimEMFNSep 1974 – Oct 1976E DivisionReported aboard in Sept 1974, Separated to reserve forces Oct 1976, continued enlistment in active reserve, retired Sept 1995. I've retired from my regular job as an electrician, 30yrs service IBEW 48.
Ojeda, JoeMSSN E-4Sep 1, 1974 – Jun 1, 1977Supply
Taylor, Richardsh3Oct 15, 1974 – May 24, 1978supply

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