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USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN 618) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN 618). 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 194 crew members registered for the USS Thomas Jefferson (SSBN 618).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1966 | 1967 – 1970 | 1971 – 1975 | 1976 – 1978 | 1979 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Underwood, JohnET1 (SS) P3 ROFeb 1962 – Jun 1965RCBlue Crew Plank Owner - made 4 "Cold War" patrols. TJ was test boat for "Sub Safe" subsequent to Thresher disaster. I was on patrol when Kennedy was assassinated. Cap'n Rathbun (Blue) & CMDR Priest (Gold) were the best.
Menefee, DaveENCS SSFeb 1962 – Feb 1964MachineryPlankowner. Rode her down the building ways into the James River on February 24, 1962.
McClure, JimETR2(SS) & ET1(SS)Feb 3, 1962 – Jan 15, 1966NAVETCommissioning Crew in Newport News. A great time in my life.
Young, James L. (Jim)ET1 (SS) SDMar 1962 – Aug 19, 1965RClast position LPO RC Div., Ships diver, member qualification board
Latham, Bobby (Curly) profile iconTM1 (SS)Jun 1962 – Mar 1965LANTFLTThis is for my dad, died Sep 06. Looking for feedback to clarify any awards/medals. Im establishing memorium in his hometown. Any help of info appreciated contact me robin.riddle@us.army.mil. Yes, I am US Army (Ret)
Leddy, MikeFNMMJul 1962 – May 1964AUXILARYMEN
Breslin, PaulQM2Sep 1962 – May 1965Navigation
Nadarzynski, EdwardETN2Sep 1962 – Mar 1965Navigation
Como, MikeCS3Dec 1962 – Oct 1964I was a cook on the comissioning crew, with PB Johnson, Bates and smitty.I did sea trials and the first two patrols.I left the Navy in oct of 64.
Ouellette, ArmandQM-2(SS)1963 – 1966NavOne or two patrols with Capt (Rathbun ?) who was plank owner then Capt Jim Walsh. The best crew anyone could have. Hard to believe cutting edge technology back then is now so laughable....
Cook, JohnMM2(SS)1963 – 1965M DivELT, left for instructor duty at West Milton, NY
Benito, JzOM11963 – 1977UnknownResearching for any information on my father, Jose "Joe" Benito (RIP 12/21/11). Any submates out there who can provide me more information about my father?? ANy info would be greatly appreciated.
Leach, Bob/lurchMM2SS1963 – Dec 1966M divisionGood crew, good memories
Sweat, JohnMM1 SSMay 31, 1963 – Dec 6, 1965A-DivGreat boat Made the first five blue patrols with some of the greatest guys going. We are having a reunion sept or october 2010 in groton pleaqse plan on attending jvsweat@sbcglobal.net
Sweat, JohnMM1SS AuxSep 7, 1963 – Dec 9, 1965AHi SHIPMATES. We will be holding the TJ reunion this September 2014 in Charleston S.C. We need for all you guys to attends this special event. See you there. John Sweat
Pearson, DonaldCS3Sep 15, 1963 – Aug 8, 1964Commissaryman Galley ships "Baker"Served aboard the Jefferson, until I made rate, I was transferred to the Sam Houston
Fitzsimmons, Charles (Fitz)MM3 to MM1(SS)Nov 1963 – Dec 1967"A" DivisionVery good crews on Blue and Gold.
Lowery, KirkIC1(SS)Dec 1963 – Nov 1966Nuc ICGood shipmates, good times. Capitain Priest the best I ever knew
Clark, JimETR 2ND CLASSDec 1, 1963 – Jun 30, 1966
Barry III, JamesQM1(SS)Dec 1, 1963 – Jun 30, 1964
Psillas, WilliamMM2 (SS) ELT1964 – 1965Main PropulsionAny contact is welcomed!
Derryberry, JerryMM21964 – 1964M Division
Barrett, Robert (Bob) profile iconETN2(SS)1964 – 1966RC DivArrived on board at last minute due to a shorthanded situation (prior RO left unexpectedly), Had to qual quickly due to P & S watches. Great crew, made many friends. Will never forget the TJ.
Van Leeuwen, Richard  NEWTM1(SS)Jan 5, 1964 – Apr 1970Torpedo
Dawson, MillardFTB3 ?Jul 1964 – Mar 1966Seaman Gang
Schwerha, John/jack (The Toad)IC1 SSJul 20, 1964 – Apr 1970EBlue before yard and Gold after. Started with Deputy Dawg and ended with Purdum and his Pirates. Contact for info on the Assoc. and Reunions.
Pearson, DonaldCS3Sep 10, 1964 – Sep 10, 1964CookWas later transferred to the USS Scorpion SSN 589
Kish, RobertETR2(SS)Oct 1964 – Nov 1968RCLeft the Navy in 68. Back in the Navy in 74 as an Optometrist. Retired in 93. Twenty Seven years. Still practice. Some day I will retire.
Thomas, Brian---tomRM3Nov 15, 1964 – Dec 18, 1966RADIO GANGAny body from that period is welcome to contact me. e-mail address is briantgator2@peoplepc.com I would like to hear from you. Tom
Varso, JackQM21965 – 1969QM GANGWOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE CREW, I SERVED BOTH THE BLUE AND GOLD CREW AND TOOK THE BOAT INTO THE YARDS FOR OVER HAUL.. I REMEMBER CHIEF TAYLOR, MKIE HANSON, AND COX (ALL QM'S)
McCarthy, KenKENNETH MCCARTHY MM1(SS)Apr 1965 – Apr 1969Propulsion
Tranquillo, DaveRMC(SS)May 15, 1965 – Jul 15, 1966
Coleman, PhillipMASTER CHIEF/EM9 CHIEF OF THE BOATJun 1965 – Jun 1969Blue FleetRetired out of Mare Island and have been in Vallejo every sense.
Hanson, MikeQM2 (ss)Oct 1965 – Dec 1968navglad to have survived this long very proud to have served on the Jefferson over 50 years ago.
Bulger, GaryETCOct 1, 1965 – Jan 1, 1970NAVIGATIONRETIRED AND LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH VA
Hanson, MikeQM2(ss)Nov 1965 – Dec 1968Navigationwould love to hear from any crew.
Roberts, Kenneth, (Robby)MM2 SS1966 – 1970Made one patrol and then took her through the refit in Newport News and then five more patrols.
Sabatino, AlMT1[SS]May 1966 – Apr 1967Weaponsworked Polaris A-2 missle systems, made 2 patrols including 75 day before shipyards
Lane, David profile iconEM1(SS)May 10, 1966 – Oct 18, 1969Electrical DivisionChecked aboard while in shipyard at Newport News, VA. Made 3 patrols then discharged from USN only to re-enlist 19 months later.
Jenkins, ''doc'' DavidHMCS(SS) USN RETJun 1966 – Jul 1969MEDICALTook boat through yard at Newport News, made Alpha trials, only 2 of us qualified as Chief of Watch BCP operators, was a busy time
Lawson, TomRMC(SS)Jul 1966 – Aug 1969OperationsWas on Blue crew prior to overhall in Newport News then Gold on completion
Thomas, AlvinETN2(SS)Sep 1966 – Dec 1968NAV CENTER
Thomas, AlvinETN2(SS)Oct 1, 1966 – Dec 1, 1968Navigationwent on patrols in holy loch and overhaul

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