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USS Prairie (AD 15) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Prairie (AD 15). 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 564 crew members registered for the USS Prairie (AD 15).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1957 | 1958 – 1963 | 1964 – 1967 | 1968 – 1971 | 1972 – 1973 | 1974 – 1976 | 1977 – 1980 | 1981 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1988 | 1989 – 1990 | 1991 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Morris, Allane-21964 – 1968deck hand-paint lockersaw a lot of the world and met a lot of good friends
MacBride, John (Mac)lithographer 3rd class, lithographer 2nd classFeb 1964 – Dec 1965R2 div, flag div
Dagastine, Gary (Dag)BT2/DV2Apr 1964 – Jun 2, 1971RJust came across the site. I may be nuts but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss the Navy. My time on her molded what I have done for the past 45 years. I miss the old Grandma.
Thomas, Arthur/tonyE3/E1Jun 15, 1964 – Jul 5, 1966Personel/DeckAssigned to the peraonel office,later stripted of designation and placed on the deck where I confronted nothing but trouble
Bailey, JamesIC3Jun 26, 1964 – Jun 26, 1968electrical
Hooper, Donaldbm3Aug 14, 1964 – May 15, 19682ndI was there with the rest of the boat deck crew running the boats to the frank knox dd 742 lot of good times , but they had some bad ones to. would not trade those times, life learning experince love it
Ainsworth, RickSM 3Sep 22, 1964 – Jan 16, 1966Operations/Communications
Ainsworth, RickRM3Oct 1964 – Jan 1966Operations/Communications
Payne, Robert AE3Oct 1964 – Feb 19, 1965Commisary DivisionRetired Teamster for 14 yrs. Got out just before the Prairie was headed to Viet Nam. Last two weeks in Inactive Reserves, the Pueblo was seized. Thought I may be reactivated, but wasn't.
Bare, TonyTM 3Oct 15, 1964 – Jun 1968W2Prairie was a great learning experience. Made some really good friends and are still in contact with several of them.
Hazel, RichardBM3Oct 15, 1964 – May 15, 19682dn DeckI did enjoy my years aboard, I had some good times and some bad times. However, I am sure that I was done wrong by the command, but the times in 1964 were trying time for racial equality even in the US Navy.
Lyons, Dog BreathRMSNDec 1964 – Dec 1965Radio Operations Lookin' for Fred Stiener RM3. Also Robert Miller RM3 Where are you guys? Heave to!
Talbot, MonteMM2Dec 1964 – May 1968M and AI turned 20 watching the Knox on the rocks. Forward Engine Room and Lead PO of A Gang. Still looking for Tommy Lee Smith and Barry Craft
Gaffney, JohnDT31965 – Jul 1, 1966Dental
Atkinson, Arlandship fitter 2classJan 16, 1965 – Oct 13, 1968R-1 divisonone of the best times in my life
Simonton, DeweySNFeb 1965 – Feb 1967?Died August, 2009. He worked as a cobbler and also in the geedunk stand.
Gysler, Raymond (Kelly)CYN3Feb 1, 1965 – Feb 16, 1967OPSThe best time of my life up to that time. Loved Westpac and all the friends I made.
Kissling, Jim (Kiss)2ND CLASS MMMar 20, 1965 – Jul 9, 1969Started in the valve shop for 3 months, then went to diving sch. and was assigned to the diving locker for the remaining time aboard the Prairie.
George, WilliamSNApr 5, 1965 – Apr 5, 1967RARepair Office Yeoman and Drummer for the ships band "The Falcons"
Hughes, Bobby JoeEM 1Jul 1965 – Sep 1971R-3
Hannacher, ChuckIC-3Jul 1965 – Jul 28, 1969EI remember the time we had to show 110volts the deadly shipmate. We spliced in some porn half way thru the film. Just when it got to that part of the film our Div. officer and Chief walked in. Thought I was in trouble...
MacVittie, WilliamGMM3Aug 1965 – Nov 1, 1968R-5I reported aboard the day Prairie came off Pratus Reef. Didn't do anything with missile launchers but alot with gun mounts and turrents in the years I was aboard.
Menard, HaroldBT3Aug 1965 – May 1967EnginereeringHad very very hot days in the fire room but loved it had great experiance
Hall, DonTM2Oct 19, 1965 – Mar 28, 1967W-1 and 1stAssigned to Exploder shop in Mk 46 shop for 8 months till some PNFR dropped my service record behind a file cabinet. Could not verify my clearance - xfrd to Deck for 7 months till they "MAGICALLY" found my record. Back to Weps for 2 months
Balch, DonaldETN3Dec 10, 1965 – Apr 12, 1967Repair 4Worked in the ET gang, played lead guitar with Prairie band the Falcons.
Carlson, ErnieSFM31966 – 1968R-1 ShipfittersGreat times- especially in Hawaii
McClelland, DonIM3Jan 1, 1966 – Aug 8, 1970R-5First Aassignment Deck Division. Painted/ran cranes. Went on to attend IM "A" school at Great Lakes. Returned to ship. Total time aboard 2 1/2 years. Reassigned to Radionman School as IM San Diego until discharge 8/7
Grasso, KenEN2Jun 1966 – Nov 1967boat shop
Demorjian, Harry/hankEM3Jul 1, 1966 – Apr 1968engineeringIts been a long time, I was lucky to come aboard the prairie. I spent two years aboard ship, what a great experience, once discharged soon learned how much I missed it.I'm retired electrician, live with my wife, in De.
Decker, RogerEM2Jul 8, 1966 – Sep 28, 1969eenjoyed my whole time aboard the prairie where are you e - division ?
Crail, RonaldGMG 3Oct 1966 – Aug 1969Foxbeing on board the Prairie was the best years in the navy. I loved it.
Murnock, GregSFM2Oct 28, 1966 – Apr 1968R-1Worked in the Sheetmetal Shop.
Furlong, MikeEN 3Dec 1, 1966 – Nov 15, 1967A Gang EngineeringCruise to Pearl Harbour 1966 Cruise to Peral Harbour 1967
Hatty, JoeDec 16, 1966 – Oct 10, 1968COMCRUDESPACTwo of the best years of my life! I complained all the time I was in and cried when I left. I met a lot of great people, and learned a lot of great life lessons. I served on five differernt ships in less than two years with COMCRUDESPAC
Gilbert, JackE-31967 – 1969not sure
Luppy, John ( Skip)IC 31967 – 1970E Div.
Hall, MichaelSNJan 4, 1967 – Sep 9, 1968deck,1st divim looking for a guy the only name was a nickname and it was buzz he lived in new jersey if any one knows of him. let me know or buzz if u read this contact me at 931-561-7539 it was great serving on this ship.
Weiler, DonDK3Apr 1967 – Mar 1968DisbursingArrived in 1967 as a DKSN fresh out of Boot. Meeting with several the many new friends aboart ship was quite an experience. DK1 Balabus was a very interesting person and a joy to work with. He taught me many things and was simpathetic.
Thornton, TomFTG2Apr 12, 1967 – Apr 24, 1970
Diller, SkipIC3Jun 15, 1967 – Oct 12, 1969R3 GRYO SHOP
Bienstock, AllenLI3Jul 1967 – Oct 1970RGreat Times!
Laughlin, JimIC 3Aug 28, 1967 – Oct 10, 1969E DivOnly ship I was on while serving, Saw a lot of neat places and met some great people. Always wonder where some of them are today.
Dickinson, Daniel EE-4Oct 16, 1967 – Aug 11, 1969Engine room / deck force
Hinton, RaymondYN2Dec 1967 – May 1968AdminI was on the ship for a short period of time as I became eligible for shore duty once I reported for duty. During this period of time I was a temporary legal yeoman and also did two months on shore duty in Long Beach.

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