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USS Ortolan (ASR 22) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Ortolan (ASR 22). 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 241 crew members registered for the USS Ortolan (ASR 22).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1974 | 1975 – 1979 | 1980 – 1983 | 1984 – 1987 | 1988 – 1991 | 1992 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Sykes, Jerry LEN21970 – 1974engine roomI am the oldest son of Jerry Sykes.He was on the ortalon when she was commissioned in 1973 in phila.Dad retired from the usn in 1977.worked the next 20+ yrs.in law enforcement.retired again and passed away in 2004.
Saxon, RossLCDRJul 4, 1970 – Jul 31, 1974Executive OfficerAs the first XO I was proud to commission Ortolan; a good ship that suffered some issues due to design, manning, and difficulties with the newly established certification system. A great crew commissioned her.
Smith, ClevelandMN2/DV1972 – 1975Diving OpsRetired in CA
Rosenberg (Rosie), JoeSM 2Jan 1972 – 1974Comm.Plank owner. Started in Newport, R.I. Left in July 1974 for duty at NATTC Memphis. A nyone who remembers me contact me.
Vespa, FrankEN2/DVFeb 13, 1972 – Feb 13, 1973Eng/DivingPrecom in Newport RI. Saxon was XO.Plank owner. Sent to Philadelphia Naval Base, Precom to shake down and commision dive system. Cheif Mullens and Prichard were the Master Divers . Great diving locker. Testagrossa and Allen where are you.
Caldwell, JimEM3Jun 10, 1972 – Aug 10, 1974EngineeringHi guys. I was on commissioning crew. I absoultely had a ball on this ship. We were in Philly ship yard most of my duty. Sailors I hung with were, Russell Doer, Roy Gibbs, Don Smith, Dick Barbour, Dick Harlan.
Doerr, RussellIC 2Oct 1972 – Dec 1975EngineeringI was the GYRO Tech on board the USS Ortolan. I was assigned as an IC (intercommunication tech). I was part of the commissioning crew in Philadelphia and home ported in Norfolk after commissioning.
Drzyzga, KennethFNOct 6, 1972 – Jun 23, 1975ICI was part of the commission crew ., in 1972
Shepherd, SkipSNDec 1972 – 1973DeckPlank owner. Reported aboard while still under construction in drydock. Hey Marty, remember when us kids went to sea for the 1st time. I volunteered for submarine duty and left shortly after the shakedown cruise.
Gaines, Marty1973 – Sep 1976Hey fellas drop me a line mpgaines@msn.com Yes Meldrum still married sorry you couldnt make it. look forward to talking with you.
Heichler, DaveE21973 – Dec 1974DeckPlank owner. I would like to find out information on Trampus Pierce and/or Dan Thomas. Hi to everybody else that served with me.
Slavin, ThomasENFN1973 – 1975ENGMost of time spent was mess duty,but did learn about engines,aux Boilers,Evaps etc. Dated a Philadelphia RollerDerby Queen "The Warriors" ,we raised 3 children as military brats. Retired 1994 Virginia Beach VA.
Rosen, DavidRM31973 –Ops
Balistrire, CraigOS21973 – Dec 1975OperationsPlank owner, was in Rhode Island with the per commissioning crew. We did have a good football team, half the crew including the CO watching us play.
Gillis, BarryASR 22Jan 7, 1973 – Dec 17, 1973
Harpen, Patrick Howard (Nickname: Pat)RM1Feb 16, 1973 – Dec 14, 1974OPERATIONSOn February 16, 1973 I reported aboard the Ortolan Precommisioning Detail in Newport, Rhode Isand. YNSR Robert E. Allen processed me in. We've remained best friends ever since. On January 1, 1997 I retired from the Naval Reserve an an RM
Albright, MichaelEM2Mar 1973 – Jun 1977EPlank Owner
Daly, JosephE3Mar 1973 – Jan 1975ICPLANK OWNER NEVER FORGET THAT RIDE ( SEA TRIALS)
Decarlo, Tom profile iconEN3Apr 1973 – 1975A DIVPlank owner, First duty after I came back into the NAVY.Retired ENC(SW) Feb. 1990
Rovner, JerryLTJGMay 1, 1973 – May 1, 1976Ops/DSOGreat ship sorry to see it go. Stayed in the reserves mostly with MDSU-2 for 30 years Ret as a CAPT
Williscroft, RobertLTJun 1973 – Jun 1974OPS/NAVNavigator when we "broke" the ship.Transferred to Pigeon (ASR-21). Please email me!
Salinas, DanielENJun 13, 1973 – Jul 13, 1975Engineering port engine room
Littlefield, WinstonBT1(DV)Jul 5, 1973 – Feb 15, 1976Scuba lockerI came aboard just before she was commissioned on July 14, 1973. I would like to hear from John Kulczycki, BM1(DV), Cleveland Smith TM2(DV) and Gary Stanton EM3(DV), nicknamed goat.
Testagrossa, GaryPN3Jul 14, 1973 – Jun 19, 1974Admin.Plank owner. Sent to Philadelphia Naval Base in Feb 73 to check in all Ortolan sailors reporting and maintain their personnel records. Worked for Captain Louie Tew when he wasn't at the race track.
Testagrossa, GaryPN3Jul 14, 1973 – Jun 19, 1974Admin.Original plank owner. PN3 assigned to receive personnel checking in from Feb 73. Worked for LCR Louie Tew when he wasn't at the race track.
Allen, RobertYEOMANJul 14, 1973 – Jun 19, 1975AdminI am plankowner of the ORTOLAN. Marty Gaines, you may not remember me. Gary Testagrossa, you should, we together in the ship's office. Call me a 757-825-3297 so we can talk old times.
Kulczycki, JohnBM1(DV)Aug 1973 – Nov 1979DSOHad a great time with a great crew and fond memories during my tour. I changed my name to Kully in 1975 (long story) and had a great 27 years (USN & USNR) before retiring as LCDR in 1993. Fair winds and following seas…
Tomes, GregEN3Sep 6, 1973 – Jul 6, 1976EngineeringMy home on the Ortolan was the starboard engineroom. Had a great time on the Carribean cruises. Had a great time in general. Great crew!
Gaines, MartySep 15, 1973 – Sep 15, 1976SEVERALi AM A PLANK OWNER OF THE ORTOLAN AND INTERESTED IN CONTACTING MY FRIENDS AND FELLOW CREW MEMBERS. PLEASE RESPOND
Bloom, JimETN2Oct 1973 – Jul 1974OPSAfter my ship was decommissioned (U.S.S. Lowry DD770), I was ordered to the Ortolan for my remaining enlistment. Great time! Great crew!
Meldrum, CliffordOS3Jan 30, 1974 – Jan 29, 1978OperationsLT Knueppel I hope you are still alive to read this. I did make it on the out side. I am a Manufacturing engineer working for The Boeing Co.on the Space station building Flight hardware. Thanks for the drive OS3 Mel
Meldrum, Cliffford (Mel)Jan 30, 1974 – Jan 30, 1978OPS
Wiggins, Gwig profile iconsksnFeb 1974 – 1976SupplyWhat's going on fellow shipmates! I know you guys probably don't remember me, but I was called Wiggins. I remember Marty Gaines, Kevin Cradle, Bowens and a few more.
Laurienzo, Tom profile iconICFNApr 13, 1974 – Dec 1975Engineering, Interior Communications ElectricianI have been thinking about the old days lately and the many fond memories of friends I made and the ports we visited. So many stories and situations. I hope to hear from some of the crew.
Gebeau, StaceyOS3Jun 1974 – Feb 1978OperationsHey Everybody, What a fine time in we had in Virginia Beach, Philly (blind mans), tatoos in Miami, special leave in St. Croix, snorkling in St. Thomas and got paid for it. If anyone knows where George Woods is let me know 619-276-9448
Trott, Tom (Hot2)EM2Jun 12, 1974 – Feb 22, 1978E-Division (REHD later)Good, sound and reliable electric plant with 4 16 v71 Detroit diesels powering 4-300KW generators. Bridge crane was A PAIN IN THE ASS, and we never REALLY got it to work right. We were always cleaning up hydraulic oil!
Streit, Phil (Streek)CYNSA, YNSN, YN3Jun 15, 1974 – Jun 1, 1976SHIPS OFFICE; DIVING DEPTBEST FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE NAVY CAME FROM THE ORTOLAN. MARTY GAINES AND I HAD SOME TIMES. SPENT SOME TIME SWINGING ON THE ORANGE BOUYS.....WINDING HOSE....AND THE ONLY SHIP IN THE NAVY WHERE U WOULD CATCH A CPO PAINTING.
Ballard, John (Chop)CWO3 (SC)Aug 1974 – Aug 1976Supply Officer
Landrum, CharlieSK3Sep 1974 – Jun 1978StoresMarty Gaines what's up This will be hard for you all to believe I am now a Safety Proffessional in Ohio, getting ready to relocate to Louisiana. cland5188@yahoo.com still married to Missy 35 years
Belding, BlairRM3Sep 1, 1974 – Jul 10, 1976OPSI've been out of the Navy for quite a few years, but I still have good memories of the Ortolan. We had a great crew and we had a lot of good times.
Kulczycki, JohnBM1(DV)Sep 15, 1974 – Aug 15, 1978Deep Submergence
Gregory, David profile iconPNSN PN3 PN2Dec 1974 – Feb 1978PersonnelThe Big "O". Broke more than it worked. Spent a lot of time in the Philly shipyard. Got mugged on the shipyard. PN1 Sherby Hart and YN1 Jim Dingus (my leaders). Anyone still left?

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