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USS Swordfish (SSN 579) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Swordfish (SSN 579). 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 182 crew members registered for the USS Swordfish (SSN 579).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1966 | 1967 – 1972 | 1973 – 1979 | 1980 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Hudson, GeorgeIC2/SS1967 – 1969IC Gang
Murray, Billqm31967 – 1969qm
Miller, WadeTM2 (SS)Mar 3, 1967 – Jan 28, 1970WeaponsThese were some of the best years of my life. Nothing can come close to the exciting times while aboard Swordfish. I met and became great friends with some of the most amazing people I have ever known.
Gordon, JimET1 (SS)Jun 1967 – Mar 1971Fwd ETMany fond memories including the Shellback ceremony on Aug 20 1968 just south of Singapore.
Weeks, MikeTMO3(ss)Jun 1967 – 1968weapons
Smith, R. A. STS 3 (SS)Aug 15, 1967 – Jan 5, 1970SUBDIV 7An interesting and exciting time in my life. "Smokey" Miles was the best cook in the Navy! Hydrobatics were fun, as long as I was at the helm.
Schroeder, WayneSTS3 (SS)1968 – 1971SonarIt was one of the most fun and interesting part of my life.
Gordon, JimET1 (SS)1968 – 1971Forward ET
Faus, GlennIC-1Feb 1968 – Oct 1968
Smith, JerryMM2(SS)Sep 1968 – Nov 1970Engineering
Beveridge, BobETR2(SS)Sep 1968 – Dec 1971Reactor ControlsMy first and only sub. My uncle served during WW2 and was in the PI on Dec. 7, 1941, aboard the USS SAILFISH. My time on 579 got me a great job after the Navy and convinced me go to college. Am still in touch with shipmates from that period.
Smith, R ASTS3(SS)Sep 1968 – Dec 1969SonarRemember the great chow.
Simpson, GaryETR2 (SS)Sep 8, 1968 – Apr 1, 1969Reactor ControlsEarned my dolphins during this tour. Would be great to hear from others who served with me.
Allen, Rick profile iconMM2(SS)Nov 1968 – Jun 1973Engineering4 1/2 of the best years of my life! My time on SSN 579 was great, even when the XO demanded we clean "all inaccessible areas" for an upcoming inspection.
Cole, Phil Cole Rmc(Ss) RetiredRM1(SS)Dec 1968 – Dec 1970Operatons, Radio
Pearman, JackQM1SSDec 1968 – Jun 1971NAVIGATION DEPARTMENTGREAT DUTY, GREAT COMMAND
Gerrie, Dave "Gomer"Sgt. USMC1969 – 1970Com techsThe duty Marine spook. Two patrols and many gray hairs serving with some solid and, er, odd folk.
Chiappazzi, Gerald. (Chip)YN2 (SS)1969 – 1971ADMINReported on board SU with no clue. COB Sturtz guided me in getting settled. Great crew, learned my job and tried to take care of the crew. Enjoyed the WestPac Liberty ports with my shipmates.
Zimmermann, DanRM2SSJan 10, 1969 – Oct 20, 1971opsMy time on the swordfish has given me an interesting outlook on life.
Caulford, Scredriverinsain first classMar 6, 1969 – Feb 3, 1970sonargreat ship looking for holt he was electrian
Puthuff, MichaelIC 3Apr 11, 1969 – Feb 15, 1972ElectricalHad a great time,glad we did't go under north pole
Byrnes, TerrySK3(SS)Jul 14, 1969 – Apr 25, 1972SUPPLY STOREKEEPER
Ellis, PaulMM2 SSAug 1969 – Apr 1973MWest Pac 1969 and 1971 What A Ride! " Air charge on two AYE ! " Two Screws are better than one " Every days a Holiday"
Hancock, JamesETR-3Oct 1, 1969 – Mar 1, 1971Reactor OpsGreat crew, Great times. Still in touch with Exec of the boat.
Diaz, CraigMM2(SS)/ELTOct 15, 1969 – Mar 20, 1971NukeGreat experience, I hope to have a real conversation with a fellow crew member. Sorry to have missed the last reunion.
Huntley, RichardQMCAug 1970 – Jul 1975QMGood ship,and good crew.Looking for Bruce Burleson,M3..and Robert Kirchhofer IC1. Does anybody remember the ATTABOY award Last reunion I knew about was 2003...
Gardner, Rod/rodneyMM2(SS)Jan 20, 1971 – Jul 10, 1974M Division (Nuclear)First sub assignment and qualifying sub.
Curry, DennisSTS1/SSMar 1971 – Mar 1974SonarWest PAC 71, "Help me make it though night" song for the NUC's, long shipyard period, underway on barge power, many good friends and shipmates, footprint up on the bow.
Weber, Herman (Butch)RM2(SS)Nov 19, 1971 – May 10, 1975Operations / RadioLoved the friendship and cruises, hated the flooding at test depth, emergency blow to the surface broaching and hitting Maui at an excessive depth! Only remember Dennis Curry, the Sonar Lead from this list.
Mason, Darrell - Smilin'jackMM2 (SS)Dec 27, 1971 – May 24, 1974M
Mason, Darrell - Smilin'jackMM2(SS)Dec 28, 1971 – May 24, 1974- "Every Day is a Holiday"I have fond memories of my time spent on the Rust Bucket. Only made one WestPac, one year of local ops and then the shipyard. Most importantly, I have not forgot the long, hot, hard hours we spent statisfying ole' Capt Bildge.
Roberts Jr., John R. Nickname Jr Or Oral(roberts)E-21972 – 1973SupplyJust a fill in. This was a TAD assignment off of SSN-621.
Nemmers, Jim/jtFTG2 (SS)Jan 1972 – Jul 29, 1975WeaponsHad a lot of good times.
Mroczka, Jim MurphEM3 SSJan 1972 – Nov 1975Swordfish Power and LightSame Nuc class as FERGU THE WONDER HORSE. I rember hard work (snipyard) several parties inport ORSE flag football and many many great people. I am now retired after years of fixing subway trains.
Overbey, James (Randy)EM 1Jan 1972 – Jul 1975E2 fires, flooding, toxic gas, running into a mountain. All part of submarine life. Retired in 1989.
Martin, Edward - Fast Eddie - Lone WolfMM1/SSJan 20, 1972 – Jan 20, 1977Nuc EngineeringGood friends. Started in Dry dock. Slammed in a underwater mountain on sea trials Drank too much. I have the photographs of all the Sargo Clas at sea.
Davis, MikeIC 2 SS/DVMar 10, 1972 – Sep 30, 1975engfor-got all the bad(running aground-flooding etc.)and remembered the best --all the guys-the best shipmates in all the world!!!!!!!! I often think of all of you and all the fun we had,on and off the beach--my son now serves on the759SSN
Ferguson, James FtwhEM1 (SS)Apr 18, 1972 – Mar 11, 1975CaintRemember ORSE 24 on 8 off for a week. Being on the boat was and is still one of the best times of my life. Now retired in El Paso
Brooks, BenETR3(SS)Jun 6, 1972 – Aug 8, 1972RCEnjoyed getting off in Maui to see the sights.
Gerber, GregoryETR2 (SS)Jun 14, 1972 – Dec 18, 1975RC DIVEnjoyed the friendships I made, The people were fantastic, Met a few people I knew on the boat here in Idaho. Never will forget bouncing off the bottom off Maui during Sea Trails. We were Awesome Football Champs
Medina, JayEM2 (SS)Aug 4, 1972 – Dec 31, 1974E DivMet the ship in Pearl Harbor Shipyard for overhaul and refueling. Left for 'C' school before sea trials.
Foster, JamesMS3SSNov 22, 1972 – Nov 22, 1976SUPPLY
Foster, Jamessd3 ss james fosterNov 22, 1972 – Nov 22, 1972supplycame on in the shipyard we had the best football softball team for years the crew on the swordfish is why i stayed in navy went on wespac 1976 had a good time in guam hope someone was there then dive

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