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USS Forrestal (CV 59) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Forrestal (CV 59). 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 2009 crew members registered for the USS Forrestal (CV 59).

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NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Leverich, RoyAM-2 & AM-11959 – 1961VAH-5Two Med cruises with A3D-2 aircraft
Wilkenson, Wayne F. (wilkie)AQ21959 – 1962VAH 5Six months at sea and six months in Sanford, FL. It was great. Was aboard when John Glen made his first orbit around the world
Lumb, William (Bill)E31959 – 1961V2I would like to hear from anyone who served during this time on the USS Forrestal from the V2 division.
Heather, LawrenceYN1959 – 1962Admin
Hinton, Raymond (Ray)Securiy Yeoman Personnel1959 – 1961Hatron 5Enjoyed the Navy... it has helped to define my life's career my abilith to understand my fellow human beings and the world.
Pavlo, WalterE-41959 – 1962V-1Cat spotter
Brake, TomPC-21959 – 1962X-divcision
Garee, Ernest profile iconAN1959 – 1960V 1Plane pusher
Blansett, Charles profile iconchief E5Jan 1, 1959 – Jan 1, 1963mechanicFor my Father Charles Blansett Jr. Reciprocating mechanic The greatest man in my life. Not sure what his rank aboard 2nd Med cruise.
Wissinger, Harold/buckBT2Apr 1959 – Apr 1963BGreat ship .some of the best times of my life
Krivonak, PaulEM3May 1959 – May 1961ESpent about a year in lighting shop and then a year in the battery locker.
Reno, Frank profile iconSK2May 1, 1959 – Sep 18, 1961S-1
Batten, JosephABE 3Jun 1959 – 1960V2--Aft CatsMet some great guys Joe S, Ron B., Bill T, John G. and a whole lot more
Stratton, TomRADIOMAN THIRD CLASSJun 15, 1959 – Jul 12, 1961crproud to have serve3d on the Forrestal and have attended 2 reunions.we have a mini reunion now and looking for more guys to come.Any info is welcome
Easter, EdAT@Jul 1959 – Jul 1962Flight Crew
Meiser, RichardSA TO QM3Aug 1959 – Jun 19613RD & NAVLEARNED ALOT ABOUT BEING A GOOD SAILOR FROM SOME OLD SALTS. GOOD MED CRUISES GOT TO SEE THINGS I WAS LEARNING IN SCHOOL 6 MONTHS PRIOR
Kinnear, JimairmanAug 1, 1959 – Feb 3, 1961v-1had some of the best memorys of my service time on the med cruise. sure would love to see the ship turned into a museum.i was on the flight deck the hole time i was abourd. i started as a blue shrit & tractor driver. ..
Gleason, Nicholas "Nick"FASep 1959 – May 1960LIGHTING SHOPBOOT CAMP TO CVA59 & 3RD. MED CRUISE. THEN IN MAY60 AT ATHENS LEFT TO EM SCHOOL GRTLKS, THEN TO AE6 SHASTA. MADE EM3ON AE6. I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER NEW YEARS EVE 1959, I RELAMPED THE HANGER BAY CEILING LIGHTS.
Harris, CharlesABE3Sep 1959 – Sep 8, 1961V-2Worked in arresting gear. Hook runner,SPN-12,and control tower.Early discharge for college.Retired from the Naval Reserve as a GMC. Live in North Carolina.
Gleason, Nickelectrician's mate 3Sep 10, 1959 – Jun 1960E division
Knez, Oren R. (Foxy)FN (BT)Sep 12, 1959 – Dec 10, 1960B DivisionWent aboard right out of boot camp in awe of the entire structure. Had no idea of the size. Made Med Cruise in '60. What a ride! I remember Split Yugoslavia do you?
Sturm, RobinAnOct 1959 – 1961V1 tractor driver rep 8Looking for Dallas Diamond if anyone bows him please contact me email >>> free.nation@mail.com
Ferrugio, MikeE3Oct 17, 1959 – 1960V4Would love to Connect with old friends
Hopper, Donald R.SM2Nov 1959 – Feb 1, 1961CS
Stuard, Tom/stuQM3Nov 30, 1959 – Nov 1962NWould like to hear from old shipmates from N div. (or any div.). Sure hope FORRESTAL doesn't wind up in the scrap yard, the least they could do is scuttle her for a reef. I'd like to see her as a museum someplace.
Hobbs, RoyABH3Dec 1959 – 1961V3 DivisionIt was a great experience for a 17 year old. Two Med. cruises. I am now a Independant Heavy Equpment Adjuster working for myself at 75 years old. A Christian Loving Life
Funke, Gary L.EM-2Dec 29, 1959 – Jun 11, 1962E-Served with both my Brothers aboard theForrestal. Made 2 Med cruises and several Carribean trips. Worked with a great bunch of guys in the power shop.My brother Bob was a DC-2 and brother Loren an EM-3.
Smith, Robert F SmittyAMSAN1960 – 1962CAG#8 VF74 BedevilersSquadron was Stationed @ NAS Oceana V>A Beach
Welch, Bennie1960 – 1963
Brown, KenDK31960 – 1962S-4Great ship! The Forrestal CVA-59 was my first ship. I retired as a DKCS.
Coker, Leon profile iconAirman1960 – 1962V-1Retired mechanic
Gourd, HermanABNANJan 2, 1960 – May 28, 1963v1life was good saw alot
Wadle, James (Tex)AIRMANJan 21, 1960 – Nov 20, 1963VA81I took three Med Cruises and two Gitmo cruises and had a great time wish I could hear from some of my old shipmates.
Fisher, LarryLTJGFeb 7, 1960 – Jan 20, 1963A and FoxEWO and OOD underway...it was a great experience
Blair, JamesABF2Feb 15, 1960 – Oct 15, 1966V4flight deck refueling, avi gas pump room, jp5 pump room, repair 7
Braun, JackSNMay 6, 1960 – Jan 5, 19614th
King, GeorgeSEAMANJun 5, 1960 – Sep 10, 19642nd
Berard, JerryBMSNJun 29, 1960 – Jul 22, 19681stServed aboard Forrestal OI Div 60-62. At ComServLant HQ 62-64 Looking for Paul"Smitty"Smith MDMAA at ServLant.64-66 Civilian.66-68 aboard C.P.Cecil, Looking for all former Crew Members I am currant President of Reunion Assoc. '04 at Baton R
Sokolowski, Paul. Big SkiAirmen.E3Jul 1960 – Jun 1962V2. forward cats
Hofmann, Eric G.IC3Sep 1960 – Dec 1963E
Burwood, Roger profile iconEM3Sep 1960 – Mar 1963E Division Ok I'm making this account for my dad-he passed away in 2008. I'd like to find some pictures of him or maybe old crew that can tell me more about him. I know some but not all about it. He was an electrician.
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Drashman, Bruce/mooseSNOct 1960 – Jul 19621stMade Lead Helmsman Watch1-3;FADTC, Damneck for 5/54 Mod42. After storm damage in 1962, assigned to Callagan Rec. Center, Norfolk Shipyard for 4 months running the Bowling Alley (4.0)! Had a great group of shipmates.
Mayhugh, Garry (Magoo)AO3Oct 1, 1960 – Sep 10, 1963GRan forward weapons elevators and loaded aircraft ordinance on weapons loading team. 3 Med cruises, lots of flightdeck time, and a lot of time with some really great guys. Remember the hurricane tracking in 1962?
Kelley, Marvin KelleyPT1Oct 24, 1960 – Jan 29, 1964op (aio office)
Harbauer, Walter /ADR3Nov 1960 – Jul 1964V4Anyone here who served with me?
Backes, Floyd R.sm3Nov 1960 – May 22, 1963cs1st yr. in the navy assigned to n.a.t.t.u . (photo school) ships co. pensacola, fla. then came aboard forrestal 1st into 4th div. then 90 days in mother hobb's kitchen then into the signal gang left 5/63 as sm3 backes
Podunavac, Louie profile iconMM2Nov 1960 – Nov 1963USS ForrestalNow resides in Ashland, KY
Pitts, RonaldE4Nov 1960 – Mar 1964Guided MissileI did in fact see quite a bit of the world, with two Med cruises, and time in the Caribbean, and at Norfolk of course. I remember Burnside and Holczy and Chuck Wright of Kalamazoo, others less clearly. I am now in NY.
Mittler, VernonMM3Dec 1960 – Jul 1964MI served aboard the Forrestal for four years and it was the best experience of my life. I was on four Med cruises, Carribean cruises and to eastern US seaboard ports. I have seen air shows that would facinate any young man.
Cassens, MichaelEM2Dec 1960 – Sep 20, 1963E1 light shop
Kiernan, JamesEM3Dec 1960 –EM
Bailey, James (Beetle)MM3Dec 6, 1960 – May 8, 1963R3 DivisionLearned a lot about the world while serving onboard theForrestal.
Melonson, GeorgeLTJG/LTDec 10, 1960 – May 1963electronics/operationsResponsible for the demise of the sector array radio antenna system!
Racine, Wayne E.SKCDec 28, 1960 – Nov 28, 1965S-3I enjoyed my Navy carreer, however, 5 years aboard any ship is too long, especially for a married person. Hopefully, the Navy has improved its sea to shore rotation policy.

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