The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Blueback (SS 581). 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 104 crew members registered for the USS Blueback (SS 581).
|Hinkle, Gary||ET-3(SS)||Oct 1, 1959 – Jul 1, 1961||ECM Gang and messcook affiliates||My first boat. Got my dolphins. Saw BPS-52 get ripped out. Made 1st Westpack trip. We rode out a typhoon in S China sea. Only one that went swimmin in Yokahama Bay as we returned from 63 days at sea. COB Bowling lived thru that patrol! RIP|
|Haley, Carl||SN(SS)||Oct 15, 1959 – Nov 3, 1961||Deck||Plank owner and first crew member to become qualified in submarines onboard Blueback|
|Zamora, Necito||EMC(SS)||1960 – 1962||Electrical|
|Merritt, Larry||EN3(SS)/EN2(SS)||Feb 1961 – Jun 1964||E MAIN POWER||What a wonderful ship and crew! I served on 7 submarines during 20 years in the Navy and none could stack up to this one. The Navy needs more like the "B" Girls.|
|Scott, Gordon||ET3||Sep 1961 – May 1962||Operations||The Blueback was my first submarine duty and the most memorable! Being an ET, I was involved in the operation and maintenance of the Radar and ECM gear. I was also the boat's photographer.|
|Scott, Gordon||ET3||Sep 21, 1961 – Jul 1962||The Blueback was my first boat and the best one as well. Retired now and live in New Mexico, nothing here to sail on except the sand!|
|Jones, Glen||EM1(SS)||Nov 11, 1962 – 1963||E||I qualified on the boat drank my dolphins in Australia. It had a great crew and I made great friends.. I have fond memories of them and the boat. I made one west pack cruise including trip to Australia.|
|Comstock, John (Lightning)||STS2||1963 – 1966|
|Shilman, Barry||QM3(SS)||May 1963 – Jan 1965||control room gang||Qualified on West Pac return in '63. Missed the whole damn Coral Sea Celebration in Australia!|
|Gill, Don||TM2||Jun 30, 1963 – Aug 30, 1966||weapons||i served on the USS Blueback,i am now a retired Greyhound Bus Driver,i live in San Francisco|
|Beery, John||ET-3(SS)||Aug 1963 – Aug 1965||ECM|
|Comstock, John (Lightning)||STS2||Sep 1963 – Sep 1966||Sonar gang||lost track of crew Pat Ryan, Skivy John Ewert, etc. anyone still alive?|
|Hagan, David||eng e5||Oct 1963 – Mar 1966||charged of air comp||it taught me a lot about life being just a young kid would do it again retaired from owing a mobile truck service for 30 years toured it in 2004 still the same as it wase in the 60s|
|Murphy, Don||STS-3 SS||Dec 1963 – Jun 1965||sonar||can't find info on the Captain, the COB, rest of the crew. Is there a list somewhere|
|Jauernig, Carl||ENFN - EN2SS||Mar 13, 1964 – Aug 31, 1965||Enginge room|
|Bisler, Lawrence/larry||RM1(SS)||Apr 15, 1964 – Jun 15, 1967||Operations/radio||Ordered to Blueback because they needed a radioman to go to a 4 mos westpac. Best thing that ever happened to me. Spent 3 years aboard then shore duty in Groton.|
|Schumacher, Ron - Shoe||EM1-SS||Jun 1965 – Jan 1969||Electrical Gang|
|Myers, Verdel||QMC/SS/Ret||1966 – 1972||Navigation||This was my first boat. I served with Muddy Waters (nickname), Miles, Mahaffy, Jones. Of all the boats I served on, this was the best.|
|Myers, Verdel||QM1||1966 – 1972||Navigation||First Inmaship also served as ships photographer|
|Stricklin, Jim||MM1(SS)||Jul 1966 – Feb 1969||M DIVISION-ENGINEROOM||Ordered to Blueback after graduating "Nuke school" with L toZ. Then they finally called me back. Should have stayed aboard. Best crew and best boat of the three I was on.|
|Selim, Richard||mm2||Aug 1966 – Oct 1969||auxiliary gang||great experiance & memories|
|Johnson, Al||MM2||Aug 1, 1966 – Jan 15, 1970||Engine|
|Eckerle, Keith||EM-2||Aug 28, 1966 – Oct 15, 1969||E-Div||First boat. It was agood boat and crew.|
|Smith, Alan||MM2||Oct 15, 1966 – Oct 15, 1968||Enginemen gang||Served with L to Z, Terry Brasch, Ron Schumaker, George Horner, Terry Mahaffey, Bob Montgomery|
|Irvin, Don (Slo Irv)||RM2SS||Oct 17, 1966 – Oct 10, 1969||Now Sailing Mexico and the South Pacific on "Freezing Rain" My sailboat.|
|Sirois, Jim||EM3 SS||1967 – 1969||E-GANG||First Qual Boat|
|Myers, Glen (Texas Red)||ET(N)3||Jan 1968 – Oct 1968||NAV||Was stashed for 8 months awaiting nuke school. Qualified during first run on WESTPAC.|
|Zaprala, Joe||RM5||Feb 12, 1968 – Jan 8, 1972||Radioman||Great memories. Enjoy thinking and telling others about my experience. Miss old friends. Wheres Rod Tinney RM1, never forget you. Your friend Joe|
|Hicks, Ken||EN3 ((SS)(DV)||Dec 1968 – Apr 1972||Engineman gang||I miss the ol' gang,- Mooker, Al Kelly, Jim Tilley, L2Z, Animal, Cmdr Gimber, Gary Marek, Shinkle and all the group. Great memories of the softball team, bowling team, tug o war, Westpac's and scuba diving for the boat.|
|Schmidt, John (Mooker)||1969 – 1973||M||Another tour 1975 to 1977|
|Harris, Richard||LTjg||May 1969 – Apr 1971||Supply|
|McCann, Russ||STS2 (SS)||1970 – Aug 21, 1974||ops/nav||Tough times and long months at sea were made much easier with the great bunch of guys in the crew. The 2 westpacs were unforgettable...Enjoyed the company of lots of Honeyko's.DBF.|
|Davis, James||IC/First Class||1970 – 1972||Blue|
|Hainsworth, Wayne||MM3 (SS)||Jul 1970 – Nov 1973||AUX||Greatest experience of my life. Met a great bunch of guys who made me a better person; met & still married < 35 years! >to the lady of my life while serving on board.|
|Gilmore, Tony||YN2(SS)||Sep 15, 1970 – Feb 15, 1972||SS581 Pearl Harbor Sub Base||Some of the best people. We had the best crew of all the submarines at Pearl.|
|Cronin, Chet||SN, RM3(SS)||Oct 1, 1970 – Feb 1, 1974||Deck, Comm||Best tour of my life. You guys are terrific!!!!!|
|Cronin, Chet||RM3(SS)||Oct 1, 1970 – Feb 1, 1974||WEPS/COMM||There is only one boat worth serving and that is SS-581.
I had a wonderful tour onboard that girl ... very speical.
Only a B-Girl sailor understands !!!!|
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|Ayers, Jesse||EN 2 SS||Sep 1971 – May 1974||Engineering|
|Lewis, Harvey||FTG 2 (SS)||1972 – Sep 1975||Weapons|
|Wilson, Jeff (Willy)||YN3(SS)||1972 – 1974||Ship's Yeoman||Have great memories of friends on Blueback! If you can, go see her in Portland.|
|Diehl, Rob||QM2(SS)||May 1972 – Sep 1975||Quartermaster|
|Butler, Scott||IC2/SS||May 15, 1972 – Jul 13, 1975||IC Gang||DBF Best boat - best crew - best times ! WestPacs Forever ?|
There are currently no planned reunions.