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USS El Paso (LKA 117) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS El Paso (LKA 117). 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 569 crew members registered for the USS El Paso (LKA 117).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1969 | 1970 – 1971 | 1972 – 1974 | 1975 – 1976 | 1977 – 1979 | 1980 – 1982 | 1983 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Kretz, MichaelHT21980 – 1981RHad a good time aboard El Paso, Did a Med/Indian Ocean Cruise. Crossing the equator was a blast with all those slimey wogs. Good ship to finish my enlistment on.
Snider, JonDECKAPE1980 – 1983DeckHad a great time !!! do it all again anytime!!
Kent, TomMS3 RETIRED MSC1980 –Supply S-2To all of my old shipmates hope all is well with all of you. Although the years have flown by it still seems like yesterday.
Pilson, RandyGMG31980 – 19824thAll my fellow Gmg's feel free to contact me ,if you wish. (Stonier, Mc Clintock. Obergon, Douglas)
Burhans, Dennis Michael BurhansMS21980 – 1984S-2served this ship during pre-com USS Yellowstone
Aygarn, WillEN-31980 – 1982A-GangI see some names I recognise. Howdy, Chris D.! Had good times and not so good but the good times are what I think about. Foreign ports and more adventure than a farm boy normally has.
Devine, ChuckSK31980 – 1982SupplySee a few names I remember, but was hoping to find more from my department. Those that remember me, how bout them parties in the storeroom. Putnam was always trying to bust us, but never succeeded!
Speed, Gene Fat DaddyMM31980 – 1983M
Fluhr, John (Sea Sick )SR1980 – 1980Boat
Pope, MitchellQM1980 – 1982Navigation
Jacobs, MalcomMS3 Mess specialistJan 13, 1980 – Jun 26, 1982S1I served aboard Elpaso, first as a deck hand non rated. then became a Cook on 117 till end of obligation date. Captain France commanding. at that time.
Elson, JamesBT2Mar 1980 – Oct 1983ENGLooked through the list and it was hard to find familiar names
Atchison, Dave "wally"BT3Mar 3, 1980 – Aug 15, 1982B looking for James Elson and any bts from that era. i left a message on the other el paso web site with a blog of my life since the gator freightor. i saw a posting there from elson and morris, and would like to hear from you guys, wally
Fluhr, John (Sea Sick )E-3 AND A SHELLBACK AFTER CROSSING THE EQUATORJun 8, 1980 – Jan 10, 1981DECKI WAS SEA SICK THE ENTIRE TIME I WAS ON EL PASO. MANY THOUGHT I WAS FAKING BUT IT WAS REAL ! I REMEMBER SAILING 3/4 OF THE WAY AROUND THE WORLD AND SEEING NORWAY, EUROPE AND THRU THE SUEZ CANAL TO KENYA TO THE PERSIAN GULF.WHEN HOSTAGES WERE IN IRAN
Gehrs, Eric FlankSAJun 21, 1980 – Mar 3, 1982DECKNeed more action!
Storo, LouisFiremanJul 9, 1980 – Jul 16, 1982BosnmateI remember Mediterranean/Indian Ocean Cruise - Off the coast of Iran during Iranian Hostage Crisis. We were all ready and willing to die for our Country!
McCorquodale, JonYN3Mar 1981 – Jan 1983Admin!!! LT McKnight (AO) PNCS Spangler (PO)Had to leave when she went back to the Active Fleet!
Mensching, Brian02Mar 1981 – Mar 1984Supply/Disbursing
Williams, Kevin OSKSR - SK3Mar 1981 – Mar 1983S1
Delay, DaleE-4Jul 1, 1981 – Apr 1, 1984AuxiliaryFirst & best ship. Lots of memories, mostly good. We worked hard and played even harder. Some of the best cruises were the Caribbean and Aruba. Longest was the Mediterranean/Lebanon. Even after 23 years of service, I think about the El Paso and th
Goff, BruceET1Sep 1, 1981 – Jan 2, 1985OEWAS 3M COORDINATOR FROM 1982-1984 AND WENT TO BERUIT AND SIT OFF COAST WHILE MARINES BARRACKS WAS BLOWN UP AND ASSISTED IN RECOVERY OF 223 MARINES AND V.P. BUSH SHOOKED MY HAND AND THANK ME FOR ALL MY HARD WORK THAT WEEK 1983
Gavin, JohnSMSN-SM3Sep 20, 1981 – Jun 10, 1984Comms
Durbin, DonRM2Oct 20, 1981 – Feb 22, 1983CR
Falasco, JosephSHSN1982 – 1983S3Had some great times on our steel beach picnics while in Beirut and liberty call inCatania,Sicily.I left early for A school,but I made some great friends.Miss all my shipmates on the ElPaso.
Gulley, Michaele-41982 – 1985navigationwell we worked hard all day ! and partied all night long. i was so lucky to be a part of that crew.especially the guys i met in deck division.their personalities and friendships made it a fun three years.thanks!
Sendejas, EdwardBT31982 – Oct 25, 1986B-divGrown and learned alot from military experience .Always will remember the fun on liberty and tragedy of Lebanon
Martin, KennyBM2Jan 1982 – Jul 19853rd BoatsI had a great time while on the El Paso had great friends, we worked hard and palyed even harder.
Kuhn, Jeffrey Kuhndawgseamen/ ICmanJan 1982 – Aug 1985deck/engineeringI started in deck 1st div,(E nothing) struck out to engineering e division ended up E5 I C man
Kuhn, JeffreyIBM/IC 2Feb 8, 1982 – Aug 30, 1985Deck at first then EThis is Coon Dog shipmates ATTENTION on DECK. It was a pleasure serving with all of you crazy SOBs. Hope to see you all again some day. Peace!
Boggs, PatrickBM3Feb 14, 1982 – May 10, 19843rd I'll never forget the great people that I met and got to hang out with. Good times, bad times. Definitely an amazing time in my life.
Sholar, JohnJun 1982 – Jul 1983MWorked for Chief Rimmer, Good Ship
Greene, Lloyd/navigatormmfnJun 10, 1982 – Nov 23, 1986mWas part of the rock brothers with party martin coco cavana Was is micheal heath/ james oliver/desmond campbell/robert taylor Remember Beirut cruise Oct 83 good time on board. Just located this web site
Crim, Terrybt-3Jun 24, 1982 – Jun 23, 1987bserved in b- divsion , thanks for all the good memories and training in the boiler room , im still a boiler operator for the federal goverment here at fort detrick most of my co workers are navy bt,s
Spinks, AlbertHM1Jul 1982 – May 5, 1985CorpsmanHad the greatest time of my life on the El Paso. The worst day was Oct. 23rd 1983. Those Marines we got to know and partied with will always be with me in spirit.
Denson, Ronald profile iconOS2Aug 1982 – Sep 1984OI
Hedrick, WayneMS-2Aug 17, 1982 – Sep 21, 1984S-2had some reall good times and some rough ones but it was and still is the best crew i serve with in the navy you good shipmates if i had it do all all over again i would and only change the ba parts
Armstrong, LouissnAug 23, 1982 – Aug 18, 19862nd divisionhad a great time & met some great folks would do it all again love to have a reunion!!!
Whear, JohnGMG 3 AND DECK SEAMANAug 28, 1982 – Mar 19861,2,3,4The USS ELPASO worked hard and partied hard. When the ships crew was called the job was done.
Mara, Kenneth profile iconSMSep 1982 – May 1985OCBest ship that I served on.
Snyder, RobertBm2Sep 1982 – Dec 19841st div. / Deck / BoatsArrived on board as a Bm2, I soon discovered that just learning out of the books wasn't near what I needed to know. The Marine barracks was a terrible experience. But the ship didn't miss a beat. Retired n gone fishing.
Ritner, Michael, “rit”BM3Sep 1982 – Mar 19862ndWow, what a time. North Sea, Beirut, Still remember all the crazy Liberty calls Hello to all the Deck Apes Send me a message.. svslacktide@gmail.com Living the dream on my own sailboat
Van Horn, MikeMM2Oct 1982 – Jul 1984MM-Division was over-run with HOMOS. The misconduct resulting from this and the racial issues forever dishonored this ship.The issues are a matter of Congressional, Navy, JAG, and DVA record.
Darnell, Ronaldgmg3/gmg2Oct 1982 – Aug 19844th gunnerylots of fun, lots of hard work.
Dorsey, RandyYN2Oct 1982 – Jun 1986AdminI had a great time on the ship. To everyone in the administration office, I told you I was not a Lifer! Thanks Chief (LCDR later); you were a great inspiration to me!!!
Gantt, IbenQM3Oct 17, 1982 – Oct 17, 1984NavigationI will never forget the bombing of the Marines Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon!!
Gingerich, KimSH2Oct 20, 1982 – Oct 14, 1984S-3Was a great time. Meant alot of great people. This was the only time i was stationed on the East Coast after a 20 yr career.
Gustchen, MichaelBM2Nov 1982 – Nov 1984Gunnery/2ndArrived during crew augment after ship returned to full active status. Med cruise/Beiruit in '83, NATO in winter of '84. Really hated leaving.
Salas, Mark (Marko)GMG3Nov 1982 – Jul 19854 Div (Gunnery)The time on " El Barco Magnifico" is unforgettable. Met a lot of great people. We worked hard and played hard. We went to some places around the world that I'll never see again. Thanks for the memories guys! Hoorah!
Plaza, Anthony / OzzyMS3Nov 1982 – Jul 1990S2Looking for my friends
Oliver, DarrylBT3Nov 2, 1982 – Nov 1, 1987Bwent alot of places and meet alot of people enjoyed my time on board
Oliver, DarrylBT3Nov 2, 1982 – Nov 1, 1987"b"Hello, I worked in the Boiler room and worked in the Oil Lab
Sherman, RobbOS3Nov 15, 1982 – Aug 1, 1986OI
McSheffrey, BrianPNCDec 1982 – Aug 1985ADMINGreat Ship, Great Crew, Captain Lind & CDR Carter were demanding bosses but taught me well. Retired in 1998 as a LCDR. Have to admit Dekle was a challenge.
Dekle, Mikepn3Dec 1982 – Jun 1986adminI served as a PN in admin from 12/82 to 06/86 and know quite a few of the names listed. Though my experience on the ship was not the highlight of my life, it was a prvivilege and an honor to serve with many of you!
Dekle, MichaelPN3Dec 5, 1982 – Jun 15, 1986adminlearned a lot of good things, seen alot of interesting places. Have the deepest respect for Capt Conklin, he was a great man. Now PNC McSheffrey left a lot to be desired. All in all, I'm glad I joined.
Thurman, Tracey TexasjakeSK2Dec 27, 1982 – Jan 16, 1987SUPPLYGreat ship and made me become a man. Currently retired NCC after completing almost 20 years recruiting. We need to schedule a reunion or get together in Norfolk, VA.

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