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USS Leader (MSO 490) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Leader (MSO 490). 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 73 crew members registered for the USS Leader (MSO 490).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1978 | 1979 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Trowbridge, RichardSTG1 (SW)Jan 18, 1979 – Apr 12, 1981OPS3rd of 5 MSO's. First time as LPO. Did North Atlantic deployment and was later involved in Cuban refugee operation.
Trowbridge, RichardSTGCS (SW) RetiredFeb 1979 – Apr 1981OPS LPO
Spangler, MarkHMCM(SW) RETIREDNov 9, 1979 – Dec 14, 1982NAV) I was the “Doc” on the Mighty-490 from 09 November 1979 until 14 December 1982. I have wonderful memories of great shipmates, and good times on the Leaded. Most memorable was our deployment to the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. A
Norton, Carle1Nov 29, 1979 – Jul 14, 1980min
Buetow, DonaldMSN E-3Jan 10, 1980 – Nov 5, 1983I met the ship in Chatum England she was in dry dock I got into trouble the second day I was there Wow whot an expierance I met alot of wonderful people I still think of them often I wish I could do it again Best times of my LIFE
Burdon, JayCAPT1981 – 1984XOUSS LEADER (MSO-490). I spent 25 years in the Navy, had command of 3 ships and retired as a Captain. Retired Captain Don Owens (LEADER CO) attended my retirement in 2004. We both agreed this was our BEST Ship and Crew.
Jordan, ThomasENSIGN1981 – 1983CHIEF ENGINEERMCM-83: (4) MSO'S DEPLOY FROM CHARLESTON SC TO THE MED AND NORTH ATLANTIC, IN SUPPORT OF STANNAVFORCHAN AND FUN WITH THE ALLIES Q-ROUTES/ SWOS QUALIFICATION
Drennen, DonCDR (RET)Mar 20, 1981 – Mar 1, 1985Ops/SupplyI spent 4 great years on Leader and worked with some great people.The 2 Northern Europe/Med cruises in 81 and 83 were the highlight and I have memories that will last forever.The entire crew learned to do more with less and were very sharp.
Heath, Williamos 2May 1981 – May 1983operations
Barnes, BradSTG2Jun 1, 1981 – May 28, 1986OperationsWas aboard late 81 to may 86 cruises included mediterranean/north sea and panama canal. some great memories which have lasted the test of time.
Jordan, TomLtJgJul 1981 – Oct 1984Chief EngineerI spent 3 great years with some great people. 2 Northern Europe/Med cruises in 81 and 83 were highlights and I have MRCI memories that will last forever, along with our NATO brethren: Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, PalmaDeMayorca, Portuga
Ferree, AlEN2 (SW)Sep 1981 – Aug 1983Engineering1st Assigned to Forward Engine Room. During overhaul at Detyens Shipyard 1982, took Over as LPO Main Engineroom and Qualified EOOW under ENC(SW) Davis and LtJg Jordan
Kubus, JohnBMOct 1981 – Jun 1982Deck Dept
Williams, Richard Scott/ profile iconOperations specialists 2nd classApr 15, 1982 – May 22, 1986OperationsI'll always remember my time spent aboard the leader and the brave crew who sailed her. And served with me .Thanks for the memories
MacKenzie, KevinEN-3Mar 1984 – Sep 1985ENGINEERINGI learned a lot on that ship , But had to get off after that Panama stint, very rough seas off Cape Hatterious? nearly had the entire crew sick.
Crowe, Victor (Vic)EM2(SW)Oct 1985 – Dec 1988EEO1Great ship and crew, one of my favorites during a 20+ year career. I learned more in my first year aboard than I had in my previous 4 years in the USN. I'm now a retired EMC following tours on 5 MCMs and 4 years at MWTC in Ingleside, TX.
Wade, Arthur WadeEM2 (SW)Jul 1987 – Jul 1991I will always remember the Gulf war and the hard work we went though. But I will never have friends again like I did on that ship. That was a tight crew! I live in Hiram Ohio. Still married to DeAnne.
Duncan, Martin (Chance)EMCFeb 10, 1988 – Dec 1991Electricalserved with the crews for the persian gulf runs
Solum, GunnerGMG1 (SW)1989 – 1991Deck / WepsHighlight of my career, loved and trusted all my shipmates, Lots of tense moments. Thanks for pulling through
Tran, VuSK2Jan 1989 – Aug 1991SupplyThe Leader was my first duty right out of bootcamp and supply school. I was naive and inexperienced. My duty on USS Leader was an unforgettable part of my Navy career. It continues to shape me up as a Navy Chief today.
Lewis, RickSKC(RET)Mar 1, 1989 – Mar 30, 1992SupplyThe leader eas the best command I had while in the Navy the crew was the best and the CO And XO where the best officers I served under in my 21 years in the Navy
Haney, TimSM2Apr 5, 1989 – Dec 1991I've been on six ships and the leader was the best.
Barnes, CedricRM2Apr 15, 1989 – Jul 2, 1991COMMThe times on board the LEADER will be with me forever the good, the bad and the ugly. you had to be there to know what I mean about that. Hi to all that servied and god bless.
Bressler, GaryLTDec 1989 – Aug 1991EngineeringI served as CHENG on the Leader during the first Gulf War. It was by far my most favorite ship and the Engineers and the rest of that crew are still the best men, I had the privilege to serve with .
Heath, Ben profile iconSTG31990 – 1991Ops
Weston, QuentinET#Jan 1990 – Dec 1991Ops
Jordon, DavidEn3Apr 1990 – 1992EngineeringI served on this ship during operation desert storm. The proudest moment in my life was serving in the navy. My ship mates were and r the best
Parlier, JamesCMDCM(SW/AW/FMF)May 20, 1990 – Dec 12, 1991Was HM1 and made HMC onboard. Remember some unique crewmembers and serious times when in Desert Storm/Shield. It was a hard task in decommissioning her, remembering all that served onboard.
Mallory, DarrenEN3Jun 1990 – Dec 12, 1991EngineeringOf the 7 ships I have served on, the Leader was the greatest and the one with the most pride. I measure all other experiences against those I had there, both good and bad. I admire all of you who served as well on this great vessel. God Bless you!!
Tampas, PeteMSC(SW)Aug 1990 – May 1991SupplyIn my 22 years in the Navy. The crew of the USS Leader (Desert Shield/Storm) was by far the bravest shipmates I ever served with in my career. 18 FEB 1991 was bar none that crews greatest team effort. IRON MEN!!
Dyer, JohnOs2 (sw)1991 – 1992OI operationsGreat ship with greater shipmates!
Shelby, AndreE5/BM2Apr 1991 – Dec 12, 19911st
Willard, BillyRMCSep 21, 1991 – Feb 7, 1991MINE WARFARE STAFFI WATCHED SUPER SERVANT DROP LEADER INTO THE PERSIAN GULF. SERVED AS MINE WARFARE'S STAFF COMMO AND SAILED WITH LEADER'S CREW WHEN NOT ONBOARD TRIPOLI. FROM ABU DHABI TO ALI JEBEL TO FAYLAKA ISLAND AND KUWAIT, IRON MEN ON WOODEN SHIPS BZ

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