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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

Widmark, Paul HMM11973 – Dec 17, 1977Engineering
Meyer, Walter WallySTS1/SS1973 – 1976Sonar Two screws are better then one! I retired in 1997 as an STSCS (ss)
Oldham, Wade "cowboy"EM 1 (SS)Mar 1, 1973 – Jul 15, 1977E NukeJames E. "The Big Fergu" was my sea dad. Got dolphins 10/31/73. On board for grounding at 550', fwd torpedo room flooding, and partial insertion in Yokosuka harbor. Also served with John-boy and Rey Dominguez. Good times!
Child, ScottMM1(SS)Apr 1973 – 1977ELT
Reiter, Johann (John-boy)E-6/MM1/SSNov 1973 – Oct 1977LGood boat, good crew. Can't remember any bad times, but there must have been a reason I didn't ship over.
Shafer, WarrenMM1(SS)Feb 1974 – Aug 1977M
Dominguez, Jr, Reynaldo / ReySTS3May 1974 – Jun 1977SONARGot my dolphins July 1975, just before I got married in El Paso. Lots of great shipmates; "Cowboy", "Igor", Mike Davis, Greg Davis, "Stormy" in SONAR, Tony Adams, Rick Brewster, Brian Metz, and Matt Dixon. A
Harlow, Steve ( Otto) IC 2 SSJul 13, 1974 – Jul 20, 1978 interior communications4 years I will never forget, Great Men
Harlow, Steve ( Otto) IC 2 SSJul 13, 1974 – Jul 20, 1978interior communications 4 Years I will never forget, Great Men
Jones, Larry -SK3/SK2 (SS)Apr 1975 – Sep 1977Storekeeper - we know where all the bones were buriedServed with Wade "Cowboy" Oldham, Duck Drake, Rey Dominquez, John-boy Reiter, Pierce "Igor" Eckhoff, Terry "Trunk" Chief Wild Bill Acker, Ron Katalinich and many more. Had some great times and grew up a lot!
Kestler, Bo (Elbert)MM2Jun 1, 1975 – Feb 18, 1978EngineeringLoved my experiences and hated them too.Still have some of the best friends a man can have from here...
Potthoff, Duncan (Potsy)CSSN(SS)Aug 1975 – Nov 1977CookCurious to find out how everyone has faired over the years.
Hodges, Leonard (Lenny) profile iconMS3 SSOct 1975 – Dec 1979Mess ManagementMy time on the Swordfish and the people I served with was one of the best times in my life. I often think of the good times we had. I enjoyed 2 Westpac's while serving. Hope to hear from me @
Harper, EllwoodQM1/ssJan 1976 – 1979Operations
Ball, DdET1/SS/DVJan 1, 1976 – Jun 1, 1979rc
Conant, ChrisEM2(SS/DV)Mar 16, 1976 – Apr 12, 1978ElectricalThe best friends I'll ever make, the best training in the world. Love those West-Pacs!
Davis, GregFTG1 (SS)Apr 4, 1976 – Dec 3, 1980WeaponsTruely one of the most interesting/adventurous times in my life. Met some of the most marvelous, dedicated, intelligent and resourceful on that boat. Great memories!
Ellis, TonyMMFN / MM3(SS)Aug 21, 1976 – Apr 1, 1977AuxMy first command and assigned under Chief Smidgel (spelling?) in the Aux Group. Did most of my time under "Cappy" as a messcook. Brewed tea for the crew. Accepted to Nuc School & earned Dolphins before I left for school. Proudest time in
Toth, MarkETR2/SSOct 1976 – Oct 1980RCA good crew, an often long workweek, some tales, on a slow approach classic boat.
McLeod, BobMM1(SS)Dec 1976 – Jul 1980LProud to have served with you guys on the old Swordbucket.
Dixon, Matthew profile iconSTSC (SS/DV) - LCDR (Retired)Jan 5, 1977 – Dec 30, 1983SonarWhen I transferred off SWORDFISH, I had spent over a quarter of my life on that boat. Served as the cornerstone of all my accomplishments thereafter. Always looking to stay in touch with past shipmates. Retired 2004.
Dixon, MattSTSC (SS/DV)Jan 6, 1977 – Dec 30, 1983SonarSeven Years on SWORDFISH - Great Memories - Without a Doubt, the Cornerstone of My Adult Life. Retired as a SWO (LCDR) in 2004. Its always great to hear from past shipmates.
Gram, MarkSTS1Mar 1977 – Jan 1981Sonar
Scarbrough, DwightMM1 (SS)Mar 19, 1977 – Dec 23, 1980Auxillary DivisionThe best 4 years of my 20's. I really enjoyed the Westpac missions, especially pulling into Hong Kong, Pusan, South Korea, Subic Bay, Phillipines, & of course good old Guam! I think about my Swordfish days quite often.
Payne, Kenneth (Ken)RMC(SS)Apr 1977 – May 1980RadioI must first remember a good friend and shipmate, Nick Jurgens (RM2&1SS) Passed age 61 in Denver. He was one of the most professional men I ever had an opportunity to serve with. Great WESTPAC crew. Great memories.
Payne, KennethRMC(SS)Apr 1977 – Mar 1980RM
Barton, ChuckIC1(SS)Apr 1, 1977 – Jun 20, 1980Interior CommunicationsLooking for old friends and memories and trying to remember the TM2 that had a heart attack in Guam, I know that he was a 2nd class TM(?) First name was Rodney(?)
Jurgens, NicholasRMCS(SS)Apr 10, 1977 – Jan 5, 1980RadioWas RM2/1(SS) while onboard, Retired RMCS(SS) in 1995 off USS Constellation CV64. Live in Colorado, and contrary to what Ken Paynce posted, have not passed at 61.
Martin, Harry ( Grape Ape )TM3Apr 15, 1977 – Jul 20, 1978WeaponsHad some great times in the Phillipens and Korea. Like Pusan and trips to the outer islands like Maui on dependence cruises.
Martin, Harry ( Grape Ape )TM3Jun 10, 1977 – Jul 15, 1978Weapons Torpedo GangI was aboard lond enough to see a change of comand and a prospective co runover a tug boat while trying to leave pearl. I first reported aboard in pusan. I had the pleasure of going to Hong Kong to and no blisters at the beach party on Guam
Williams, RobertEM1(SS)Jun 21, 1977 – Jun 16, 1981E Was also onboard Jun 85-Jun 87, just couldn't get enough. Lots of fun, lots of misery: life wouldn't have been the same without it.
Turner, BrentEM1Jul 1977 – 1979ElectricalJust thought I would see if any of the guys I served with wanted to hook up for chats. Looking for the guys who served on the West Pac that lead to our Navy Expeditionary Metal.
Garity, TomET3 (SS)Aug 1977 – Feb 1980ESM
Stueckemann, DanielMM2(SS)Oct 1, 1977 – Jul 1, 1980- ELTGreat boat at perfect time - young, dumb, single goin' to places on Westpac and doin' things you just can't do anymore. There really is a difference between boat crews and the rest of the Navy. Great friends and shipmates.
Morgan, Glen "Ray"QM1 (SS)Oct 29, 1977 – Mar 1, 1980NAV/OPSLooking up old shipmates, and BOATS
Zimmerman, RobertMM3(SS)Feb 1978 – Oct 1981AuxilliaryFirst boat assigned to. Qualified submarines on this boat. Man, there were things you could do back then that just can't be done anymore. I have fond memories of Swordfish and really miss it.
Iverson, IverMM2Feb 1978 – Mar
Beauchamp, CharlesQM2/SSMar 1, 1978 – Jul 16, 1982OperationsSome of he best years of my life were on the Swordfish. WESTPAC trips in 79 & 80.
Siedlicki, ChuckFTG2 (SS)Jun 20, 1978 – Jul 31, 1982WeaponsWould love to hear from old shipmates.
Wetmore, DonnMSSN MS3 SS1979 – 1981supply
Rychlec, TimE4/MM1979 – 1984AUXILLARY
Wood, TomE6/IC1979 – 1983ICI am still recovering from Bubba's Chili! Looking forward to seeing the Swordfish Dive Station at the Pearl Harbor Museum. Doesn't that make you feel old?
Sittaro, ErnieIC21979 – Jun 1983IC
Plue, MikeJan 1979 – Mar 1981
Coggins, MikeMS3 (SS)Jan 8, 1979 – Jul 1982Supply/ MSI just wanted to say that I miss my brothers on the Swordbucket & the Slammin'Sammy USS Sam Houston SSN 609
Retelle, John "jr"EM1 (SS/DV)Feb 9, 1979 – Apr 1, 1983ElectricalCouple of West Pacific runs then shipyard for refueling. To many experiences and sea stories. On to NCSU for BS Physics and MS Nuclear Engineering.
Cronin, Chet profile iconRM1(SS)Feb 10, 1979 – Mar 10, 1981COMMGreat tour ..fantastic shipmates. ...
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Alvarez, OscarMM3(SS)Feb 15, 1979 – Jul 15, 1982A'GangGreat memories, who am I kidding it was a blast. I visited Chuy Espinoza and his mother when I deployed to Iraq while Fort Bliss, TX . I never got over that. I ran into Chief Jensen in Iraq of all places.
Retelle, JohnEM1Mar 1979 – May 30, 1983EM
Cronin, ChetRM1(SS)Apr 1, 1979 – Jun 1, 1981COMMWhat a great tour as LPO/LCPO and Qual PO. Great Memories.
Bradford, Eugene...aka...genoET1Jun 1979 – Jun 1979ETMy first boat. Wooden decks and iron men. Had a great time in Hawaii. Doug, Doug and Matt hope all is well!!! Geno Jr is a college grad now.
Thompson, DaveTM2 (SS/DV)Jun 9, 1979 – Apr 21, 1982TorpedoMANBest tour of my life; 2nd Boat. Post 26 years active duty I still have the UstaFish plaque on the bulkhead in my office. Undoubetedly the tightest crew, we partied hard and worked hard; O'Shea, Plugh, Goza, Andy, Wilk.
Hall, LonnieMM3/SSJun 10, 1979 – Jun 10, 1981ENGINEERINGsome great memories of west pac 1979!
Norris, Jim ......nastyEm2/ssAug 1, 1979 – Aug 1, 1983Are we not men?....No we are E-DivWestpac 79 & 80, Richie Walker and the Hotel Street Band at the Jazz Celler, Jesus Espinosa- left us to soon.
Woodward, WoodyQM1(SS)Nov 1979 – Dec 1981NavigationGreat crew. Lots of memories and the WESTPAC was great. Looking for STS3 Kelish.
Goza, FrankTM2Nov 11, 1979 – May 10, 1983weaponswould love to here from shipmates

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