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USS Illusive (MSO 448) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Illusive (MSO 448). 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 130 crew members registered for the USS Illusive (MSO 448).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1972 | 1973 – 1981 | 1982 – now

McCallum, OzeE31982 – Nov 1984ETWent to Europe in 1983, part of Standing Naval Forces Channel. Visited Bermuda, Spain (ncluding parts of the Med), Protugal, France, England, Belgium, Azores.
Manning, MarkOS3Feb 15, 1982 – May 1, 1985operations"We came, We saw, We survived, We got the hell out." The toughest assignment, The hardest truths, The Greatest Iron Men, of the fleet!
Williams, Joe XSTGJan 1983 – May 1986ops/deck Went up and down the rank ladder. SR. SA. SN. STG3. SA SN. What fun.
Lassandro, RussellENC (RET)1984 – 1988EngineeringGold Crew.....The worst and best of times....Great crew, hard work, but most rewarding of all commands!!
Malley, JoeEN2Jun 1984 – Apr 1988EngineeringI remember the Bullnose being ripped off. It was 1987 on our way to Persian Gulf
Patchell, WadeDec 4, 1984 – Jan 23, 1986deckI got into alot of trouble but met alot of great people
Conley, SteveBM31985 – 1989DeckUSS Exultant / USS Illusive Gold crew. Skeeter where are you? Shipmates email me at
Friedrich, MikeE4 hull techJan 6, 1985 – Aug 21, 1987eng (repair)What's up to all that I served with
Warden, Buel (Tom)0S4Feb 1985 – May 1987CICI HAD FUN TOO PATCHELL
Wise, CharlesBM2Mar 10, 1985 – Feb 23, 1989Deck I was there for the Iraq mining ops with Barge Hercules. No one mentioned the collision at sea where we lost our bullnose and the USS Grappel had to escort us to the Bahrain yards
Torbert, JamesET2 ETC (SW/AW) RetApr 1985 – May 1987Ops
Tucker, RonSM1(SW)May 1, 1985 – Jul 1, 1987NAV - SIGSWhere have all the REAL ships gone? This was the hardest but most rewarding ship I had the pleasure to serve on.
Geis, JohnLTJG/LT (CDR RETIRED USNRJun 1985 – May 1988TAD to Eng then OPS after SWOSGreat crew! Hard work, but what an adventure. I saw an earlier post about the loss of the Bullnose....My Midwatch....followed a few days later by being spotlighted by a missle boat from Israel.
Fox, ChesterET2Jun 1985 – Sep 1988OPSI remember the night we lost the Bullnose I had just told Biff Taylor to go F himself when he woke me for the midwatch and wondering what hapened also remember getting called to radio central by my lpo for a clogged filt
Hickman, NathanRM2 (then)Aug 1985 – Nov 1987OPS RadioSome of the hardest work in the Navy and the best memories. I too remember the Bullnose incident.
Cornell, CurtisEN2Dec 1985 – Jul 1989EngineeringI remember the Bullnose incident well. It was October 24 @ 11:40ish pm, I do not recall the year, '87 / '88. I have photos of the wreckage; let me know if anyone wants a copy. Actually, it was not really a collision as it was the towing
Tavel, JavierLT1986 – 1989USS Exultant/USS Illusive (Gold Crew)
Tate, RandyE7/EMCJan 1986 – Mar 1990
Bridgeman, JamesRm3Feb 10, 1986 – Feb 9, 1988oc
Durham, DennisHt3Mar 1, 1986 – Jan 1, 1989Repair
Cross, Robert  NEWENFNMar 1, 1986 – Mar 1, 1988Auxiliary Engineering
Johnson, JayEN1 RETAug 1986 – 1988A Gang
Leff, KenET1 (ETC(SW) RET)Aug 1986 – Jan 1988
Pusinsky, JohnBM3Nov 20, 1986 – Aug 21, 1989DeckMinesweep operations under LtCmdr Ligget
Kuhn, DavidEM31987 – 1987(Battery Locker)Gold Crew (TAD From USS YELLOWSTONE (AD 41)
Deraney, FredSK2 (USN RET)1987 – 1990SupplyUSS Exultant/USS Illusive - Gold Crew member 88/90. Wooden ships - Iron men
Long, DarrellET11987 – 1988OPSI had the pleasure of riding over to the Gulf. I was just reading LT Geiss' comment about loosing the bullnose on his mid-watch. I just happened to be on watch with him on the fly-bridge. What a night! What a list!
Westberry, Steve (Wes)EM21987 – 1989Electrical DeptYeah I was there! I remember alot you guys, especially Curtis Cornell! I too remember the Bull Nose incident, and the fact that at least we could make water and have hot showers after firing up our own engines!
Norris, Jerold "Chuck"BM21987 – 1989DeckJohn Helsel, E-mail Chuck Norris
Worthington, ScottET21987 – 1990OPSYO Cowboy! Alive and kicking! E-Mail me
Siepp, Steven profile iconET31987 – 1988OE(1985) I only spent 4 months onboard Illusive TAD while my other ship was in the yards. Great crew, hard work, good times. Shame everyone can't spend time on a Sweep
Green, Steven profile iconQM21987 – 1987NavigationI was sent to the Command from Mt. Baker for the cruise to the Persian gulf. I was there when we lost the bullnose. I was wondering if we got any awards for our time there. Sent to DESRON4 no info after. Help.
Taylor, KeithMS1Mar 1, 1987 – Dec 21, 1988SUPPLYwe started training on the Impervious MSO449 then deployed to the USS Illusive in the persian gulf. any body there then. we had a realy great crew.
Dyer, JohnOS2Mar 1, 1987 – Jun 1989OpsI remember the bullnose and coming into Israel.
Jones, NolanRm2May 25, 1987 – Nov 7, 1989OCI too remember the bullnose incident also remember hurricane HUGO but had a great time with great shipmates
McAlpine, John "Mac"HTFNJul 1, 1987 – Jun 1, 1988Hull TechYes the Bullnose incident! From the rack to GQ in early AM, boat being drug on its side thinking we were under attack and going down in the Gulf of Aden. Remember it like it was yesterday.
Digregorio, Matthew STG3Nov 1987 –OPS
Brown, Jerrod W.SM2/SM1(SW)1988 – 1990OPSPart of the GOLD rotation crew. Flew to the Persian Gulf, Manned the Illusive, sailed her home to Mayport FL. and decommisioned her. GREAT CREW! Would love to hear from James Bostick.
Brookshire, Bobby Aka CowboySEAMAN1988 – 1989Stinger Gunner / Struck GMGWhere's all the Illusive Persian Gulf sailors. Scott Worthington, you still alive. CPT Bobby J. Brookshire U.S. Army "Always a wood hull swabby"!
Simmons, KevinE-5/IM21988 – 1989repair
Davis, Albert (Al)HT11988 – 1989R DivisionThis is a drill, this is a drill....I remember the first time it was the real deal...we set ZEBRA in record time...But, that's why we were the GOLD crew! Email me anytime....
Russell, John H.RM2Apr 26, 1988 – Aug 23, 1988Ops/Radio
Matthews, WalterLTJG THEN, NOW CDR USNR - RETIRED (SELECTIVE RESERVIST)Dec 1988 – May 31, 1989SupplySince 1989 worked on various different mine counter-measure projects. Degaussing systems for MCMs and DDGs (civ) and UUVs for Office of Naval Research (Navy Reserves). Worked with MNC Myers (1997) was SM1 in 1989.
Tretchler, JohnSTG31989 – 1989OPSMAC(EXW/SW) RETIRED
Grigsby, BrianSMSR/SGTNov 1989 – 1990Hey there SM1(SW) Brown! Since our short time together (5 months) I have made SM2(SW) and served on 4 other ships, including the Paul, McInerney, George Philip and Philippine Sea, and am now a SGT in the TXARNG deployed at Camp Bucca, Iraq.
Hildebrant, DarreallSK1Nov 1989 – 1990SupplyI was sent TAD fron TacRon-22, to fill a IDSK billit. One of the greatest adventures I have ever taken. Tight crew, everyone had to pitch in to get stores aboard. Poor repair parts support resulted . Loved it. Thanks

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