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USS Valley Forge (CV 45) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Valley Forge (CV 45). 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 176 crew members registered for the USS Valley Forge (CV 45).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1952 | 1953 – 1960 | 1961 – 1966 | 1967 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Davis, Carl EdwardABGAN1953 – 1954V1MOVED AIRCRAFT ON FLIGHT DECK. WAS A BOOT-LEG BARBER ON THE SHIP. THE BARBER ON THE SHIP WAS FROM LINCOLN CO,WV. REMEMBER FULKS FROM NORTH DAKOTA. BUYING A UNIFORM FROM WEEKLY WHO WAS DISCHARGED TO CALIFORNIA.
Zolman, DonaldAC2Feb 22, 1953 – May 15, 1954Air Operations
Capraro, Anthony/tonyDTApr 15, 1953 – Nov 10, 1954DENTALCAME FROM THE AR14 REPAIR SHIP CADMAS. THE CHANGE WAS UNBELIEVABLE. THE VALLEY WAS A GRET SHIP, AND I ENJOYED SERVING ON HER. THERE WAS A STEWARTS MATE THAT HAD AN ABSESSED TOOTH, I REMOVED IT, IF YOU READ THIS LET ME KNOW.
Roy, FrankAM3Jun 18, 1953 – Jan 2, 1955V3My regular duty was in the Metal shop. During flight ops I was on flight deck catapults port side
Vaughan, James (Jimm)seamanOct 14, 1953 – Jul 1, 1955x-divisionWas a yeoman striker in the air office. Worked for K. Markley, yn2.
Keagy, RoyBT3Aug 1954 – Jul 1956B
Zuelsdorf, Richard/zuelsBT 1Nov 1954 – Jul 13, 1958BAKERI BOARDED THE VALLEY FORGE IN PORTSMOUTH VA JUST OUT OF BOOT CAMP. I WAS ASSIGNED TO #2 FIREROOM AND TRANSFERRED TO # 1 FIREROOM IN FEBRUARY OF 1955 WHERE I COMPLETED MY ENLISTMENT
Skiba, RobertFireman1955 – 1957BAKERI AM A RETIRED CHIEF BUT I AM LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES OF MY FATHER IN LAW, JIM (EMMIT) FIELDS WHO WORKED IN ONE OF THE ENGINEROOMS AS A FIREMAN FROM 1955-1957. HE IS STILL KICKING AND HE TALKS A LOT ABOUT HIS DAYS ON VALLEY FORGE..
Arbaugh, WilliamBT 3Sep 1955 – Feb 1960BakerLooking for anyone serving with me in # 1 fire room.Kimble brothers or Richard Zuelsdorf or Paul Trost from evaporator room.
Bartlett, Richard (Bart)IC ELECTRICIAN 2ND. CLASSNov 1955 – Jul 7, 1959Ei WAS IC 2ND. CLASS, LOOKING FOR TOM JACOBS, BOB KABALA, (ELECTRICIAN) RICHARD ALEXANDER, JACK SHAY, ROBBIE ROBINSON, JOHN HART, CHUCK FULLER, AND ANYONE ELSE THAT REMEMBERS ME.
Skinner, RichardAIRMANNov 16, 1955 – Jul 16, 1959V3i went aboard CVS 45 in 1955 was there until 1959
Walters, John (J.j.)RDSNMar 1956 – Nov 1959Operations IntelligenceAssign to CIC (Combat Information Center) Radarman .
Costigan, TomAIRMANOct 1, 1956 – Sep 30, 1958V1Reported aboard Porthsmout ship yard. Assigned to V1 div. Pushed planes, held fire bottles. Flight deck control telephone talker. Last year was plane director. Spotted the port catapult. Enjoyed my tour on the Valley.
Perrott, RichardAN1957 – 1959V1Repair 8
Creech, JerryDC5May 1957 – Jul 1962R DivMiss some of my ole buddies like Pringle,speedy, Zimmerman,Presley and others. 67 ports in 4 yrs! Dona,The big storm when we had a large part of our flight deck tore off and punched holes way below water line, 17 levels.
Moore, James J.r.E=31958 – 1963S=2Enjoyed my tour on Happy Valley. Would like to do it again.
Morrisseau, RonaldSN1958 – 19602nd Div, OS, PNAnyone who can refresh my memory about my time on the Valley, love to hear from you.
McKenzie, Joel Lewis McKenzieSEAMANFeb 15, 1958 – Mar 21, 1961S3 Laundry I am trying to contact Ray Kirby.
Vawter, JohnSNMay 1958 – Jun 1960Flag
Marcellino, VincentE-3Oct 1958 – Feb 1961BMWas onboard Valley Forge from Oct 1958 to Feb 1961 in deck division. Would like to hear from anyone that remembers me.
Boles, JohnSM/3Oct 17, 1958 – Sep 23, 1960OS-DivMade sm3 just before leaving ship
Davis, SheldonFNDec 1958 – Apr 1960Engine CrewEngine Room assignment spent side cleaning, etc. @ January 1960 I was re-assigned to Machine Shop. In April received orders to MR school. Became MR2 in 1962
Collins, DoodieSEAMAN1959 – 1962Just looking up old friends
Hart, Williammm11959 – 1962mlooking for shipmates in M division/generator gang.
Gray, Edward " Ted" ABH 2Jan 20, 1959 – Aug 26, 1962 V-1Went aboard in brooklyn when they Repaired the fwd flight deck with the USS Franklin bow.worked in pri fly and went on deck after being rated...worked on deck as mid ship flight deck PO. and LSE. Worked through task group alpha..to LPH.
Morrison, Robert BobApr 10, 1959 – Oct 23, 1959aircraft tool locker
Briggs, ArtIC3May 1959 – Dec 21, 1961E
Chaney, DarrelYN3Jul 1959 – Jun 1961Xgo to www.happyvalleyreunionclub.org to locate old shipmates
Herman, EugeneE5 Radioman 2nd classAug 1959 –NavyLooking for any pics from fellow crew mates. Possibly with myself in them.
Hagerman, Karl (Ron)EN3Sep 22, 1959 – Sep 21, 1961E
Kilmer, JoeE3Oct 1959 – May 1961V3/V2
Leininger, Larry profile iconE3Oct 1959 – Mar 1960FoxThe Happy Valley was the first carrier I served on. Left the ship to go to FT A & C school and from there I went to The USS Franklin D Roosevelt CVA 42. Left the Navy in 62 as FTG2
Dubreuil, LarryABF31960 – 1964V4Shipmates James Orlando Doublas Vierra Birdwell Clevenger
Hoggatt, DanielIC2Feb 1960 – Oct 10, 1962E Division
Gilbert, AlanAT-3Mar 1960 – Feb 1961HS-3I served with HS-3 during several cruises on the "Happy Valley", including a Med cruise in the summer of 1960. If you were in HS-3 at that time, please email me.
Hoggatt, DanielIC2Mar 10, 1960 – Oct 3, 1962EI served in the IC gang under Master Chief Sloan and then Chief Thomas Bankston after Chief Sloan retired. Officers were LT Harold Spillars and Ltjg Thomas C. Zacharias. I have the names and addresses of several other IC's from that time
Francis, LeonardABH3Jul 28, 1960 – Jul 24, 1964v-3Looking for mates from LPH-8 Valley Forge 07/29/1960 to 07/24/1964 flight deck
Kozak, DonAG2/P1Aug 1960 – Mar 1961OA
Green, RusselABH3Aug 1960 – Jul 11, 1962V3My time aboard the Valley Forge was some of the best times of my life.I belong to the Happy Valley reunion club and we are having a reunion in Branson MO. Nov 7 through 11.
Bessell, FredBM 3Sep 29, 1960 – Aug 4, 19601st,2nd,3rd,boatcame on board in Norfolk,went thur canal,homeported Long beach,made West Pac cruise. Was a coxswain. have a buddy named TenEyck. I recall Bosun Chief Temte & have written him
Voelker, ThomasBM 3Dec 27, 1960 – Jul 28, 19641ST & BOATWSA IN FIRST DIV.MADE 3RD CLASS MAY OF '62,WAS GIG COXSWAIN FROM JUNE OF '63 UNTIL SEPERATION IN AUG '64

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