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USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631). 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 247 crew members registered for the USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631).

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NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Gallagher, LawrenceFTGC(SS)1976 – 1978weapons
Wilson, MichaelMM2-SS1976 – 1980MachineryNickname was "Tex" thanks to TimPalmer. I was on both Gold Crew and Blue and did the shipyard refit in Newport News. and Caribbean sea trials. Made 1st class as I was being "short cycled" to the George C Marshal
Nance, TerryET2(SS)Mar 1976 – Apr 1979RC
Van Aken, David (Troll)Oct 15, 1976 – Nov 30, 1980Engineering (ICI don't remember the actual day I first joined the Grant. I served on the Gold crew first, then the overhaul crew, and was switched to Blue after overhaul at Newport News SB and DD Co. My last and best CO was CDR W.G "Jerry" Ellis.
Grey, Robert / BobQMC(SS)Nov 1976 – Apr 1979Navigation (QM Gang)Came aboard just before overhaul at NNSB. DASO run at the cape. Was selected for CWO2 and commissioned at Fort Lauderdale By CDR D.E. Watkins (CO) MTC Bob Morrow received silver dollar as first enlisted to salute me.
Hall, William "Tom"IC1(SS)Jul 1977 – Nov 1981Interior CommunicationsFirst boat. Shipyard at NNSY then DASO and 5 patrols out of Holy Lock. Transfered to TTF Bangor, WA final retired July 96 ICC(SS) Still in WA work at the shipyard.
Pettengill, Michael (Megawatt)EM1 (SS)Oct 1977 – Feb 1984ELECTRICALMost of us started here trusting relative strangers to becoming life-long comrades, brothers really. No regrets at all.
Berkshire, RandyQM2/SSOct 15, 1977 – Dec 1, 1982Quartermaster
Trowbridge, AlexET2(SS)Nov 1977 – Jul 1981Reactor ControlsShipyard Newport News, DASO, and 5 patrols (Gold Crew) Holy Loch. Qualified EWS. Left Navy. BSChE (Chemical Engineer) Purdue 1981. Married, 2 kids. Now in SC. Technical Engineering Supervisor FujiFilm.
Goodrow, Tim "Doc"HMC (SS)1978 – 1980X Admin"Patients are not an interruption of my day; rather, they are the reason for my day" To cut is to cure !
Liles, Paul profile iconMM1(SS)1978 – 1980M-DivisionJoined the crew at Newport News Shipyard, and did 2 patrols out of Holy Loch before transferring to Sub School in Groton. Cdr. Ellis was the CO and we reconnected in Fort Myers, FL (his home town) where I now live
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Lansford, RichardSTS2/SSFeb 1978 – Jul 1981Sonar
Etheridge, DanET2(SS)Feb 1, 1978 – Sep 1, 1981Reactor ControlsCame aboard during overhaul in Newport News in early 1978. Worked in RC Div until I left in September 1981. I worked for 39 years in the civilian nuclear industry before retiring in 2021. Currently living in Michigan.
McLain, James/jimSTS2(SS)Mar 12, 1978 – Mar 1, 1980Sonar
Kidd, JackMT-2/SSApr 1978 – Mar 1981missile
Jennings, Sherman (Jj)STS2Apr 1978 – Mar 1982Sonar
Smith, DennisSTS2(SS)Apr 15, 1978 – 1981SonarMy first boat..will always hold a special place in my memories. Thanks to my brothers who made this a great time in my life.
Rudenga, GarySNMay 1, 1978 – Oct 1, 1980
Simpkins, rexTM3/SSJul 1978 – Apr 1981
Allbritton, Tim (Ok, Abdul)ET2/SSSep 2, 1978 – May 6, 1982Reactor ControlsLooking up old friends from the day. When I got the the Grant, we were still in Newport News, prior to the crew split, so I'm interested to see my old buddies that went to the Gold Crew also.
Gaydos, TimMT2/SSOct 14, 1978 – Jun 15, 1982Missile Technician part of WeaponsGood crew with many fond memories. Also had a bad XO named PA Good. Otherwise, pretty good patrols.
Gaydos, TimMT2/SSOct 18, 1978 – Jun 20, 1982Weapons/MTGreat MT Division closely tied to the A-Gang and Nuc-ELTs. Kennedy, Taylor, Shelby, Pridgen, McCarthy, Borer and Syphard, Holtz, Sanders, Hopkins, Cutno. A-Gang McBride, McCutheon, Thomas, Roberts, Sheffield and the ELTs Crone, Albritton,
Francis, BrianSTS2(ss)Dec 1978 – 1980SonarFirst of three boomers I was assigned to, and still my favorite. I'm now a registered nurse living on the west coast.
Pierson, GrantMM21979 – 1982M
Anderson, MarkET2(SS)Feb 1979 – Oct 1982Reactor ControlsWow, what a hoot to see some of you on this list. Hope everyone is happy and healthy! I spent 13 years at MIT and than changed careers. Now Im an airline captain.
Thomassen, Terje/tjET-2Feb 1979 – Dec 1983NavigationDid 8 patrols on Grand Gold out of Holy Loch stationed in Groton, Conn. After 6yrs and 8 patrols took a discharge and went civilian except for a 2 yr stint in the Navy Reserves. Presently live in Houston, Texas.
Brown, DavidRM2Mar 1, 1979 – Jun 26, 1982Radio/Nav Ops
Svestka, Michael / RayET2 (SS)May 15, 1979 – Sep 25, 1983NAVETI rode the Grant from the FLEXOPS following the yard period ending in 1979 (?) plus seven more deterrent patrols. The Grant was a good boat with a good crew. I had nightmares about being transferred to other boats (like the D. Webster!)!
Svestka, Michael / RayET2 (SS)Jun 1979 – Oct 1983NAV/OPS(I said this before, but it's worth saying again): The Grant was a great boat with a great crew! I will ever remember my years on the Grant, Patrols 44 - 56 (inclusive). I'm grateful to have served there & then.--RS
Crowley, SteveFTB1(SS)Jul 1979 – Apr 1981FTBI learned an awful lot in the short time I was aboard
Cable, ChristopherSTS1/SSOct 1979 – Jun 1984Sonar
Parsons, MarkDec 16, 1979 – Jan 15, 1981Operations/RadioLast Boomer to hit the Med!
Anderjack, StephenFTB2(SS)Dec 18, 1979 – Feb 5, 1983FTB division
Coleman, TimE5/FTB21980 – 1985Fire Control
Carr, ThomasTM 3 SSJan 1980 – 1983Weps.
Pacl, TimothyEM1/SSJan 1980 – 1984E-DivI was on blue crew from 1980 to 1983, left for EMC7 school, then returned for last patrol before shipyard in Portsmouth. Transferred just before shipyard and went to Andrew Jackson.
Kostura, JimSTS3(SU) - STS1(SS)Mar 1980 – Aug 1986SonarFrom non qual to Duty Chief.
Jones, GeorgeRM1(SS)May 1980 – Dec 1983Communications
Crone, LewisMM2 (SS)May 5, 1980 – May 1, 1984M-DIV, ELTI am grateful for the many friends I made and still keep in touch with, including: Megawatt, Abdul, Droid, Chimp, Big Bird, Dawg, Bill Pike, Man from Kam, Otter, Handsome John, Tumor, Dirt, Smokey, Flounder, and Weaze.
Lemieux, Pepe Le Pew profile iconMM1/SSMay 15, 1980 – Jul 31, 1986A-gangYou can't say what you want here, it might be "inappropriate" so I'll just say Hey , how's it goin' eh?
Fratto, MikeSTSSNSep 1, 1980 – Mar 1, 1982Atlantic Fleet, SonarLate night hot dogs waiting for the liberty launch. Sleeping in the missile compartment lower level. 3 Knots to know where. Transiting that wicked storm.
Costello, TimSSBN 654Oct 1980 – Sep 1981Missile
Batson, Mike (Batman)MM2(SS)Oct 1980 – Sep 1986A-GANG
Blums, AndyMT2SSNov 1980 – May 1983Missile Division

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