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USS Blueback (SS 581) Crew List

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).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1972 | 1973 – 1985 | 1986 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Hinkle, GaryET-3(SS)Oct 1, 1959 – Jul 1, 1961ECM Gang and messcook affiliatesMy 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 profile iconSN(SS)Oct 15, 1959 – Nov 3, 1961DeckPlank owner and first crew member to become qualified in submarines onboard Blueback
Zamora, NecitoEMC(SS)1960 – 1962Electrical
Merritt, LarryEN3(SS)/EN2(SS)Feb 1961 – Jun 1964E MAIN POWERWhat 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, GordonET3Sep 1961 – May 1962OperationsThe 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, GordonET3Sep 21, 1961 – Jul 1962The 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, GlenEM1(SS)Nov 11, 1962 – 1963EI 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)STS21963 – 1966
Shilman, BarryQM3(SS)May 1963 – Jan 1965control room gangQualified on West Pac return in '63. Missed the whole damn Coral Sea Celebration in Australia!
Gill, DonTM2Jun 30, 1963 – Aug 30, 1966weaponsi served on the USS Blueback,i am now a retired Greyhound Bus Driver,i live in San Francisco
Beery, JohnET-3(SS)Aug 1963 – Aug 1965ECM
Comstock, John (Lightning)STS2Sep 1963 – Sep 1966Sonar ganglost track of crew Pat Ryan, Skivy John Ewert, etc. anyone still alive?
Hagan, Davideng e5Oct 1963 – Mar 1966charged of air compit 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, DonSTS-3 SSDec 1963 – Jun 1965sonarcan't find info on the Captain, the COB, rest of the crew. Is there a list somewhere
Jauernig, CarlENFN - EN2SSMar 13, 1964 – Aug 31, 1965Enginge room
Bisler, Lawrence/larryRM1(SS)Apr 15, 1964 – Jun 15, 1967Operations/radioOrdered 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 - ShoeEM1-SSJun 1965 – Jan 1969Electrical Gang
Myers, VerdelQMC/SS/Ret1966 – 1972NavigationThis 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, VerdelQM11966 – 1972NavigationFirst Inmaship also served as ships photographer
Stricklin, JimMM1(SS)Jul 1966 – Feb 1969M DIVISION-ENGINEROOMOrdered 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, Richardmm2Aug 1966 – Oct 1969auxiliary ganggreat experiance & memories
Johnson, AlMM2Aug 1, 1966 – Jan 15, 1970Engine
Eckerle, KeithEM-2Aug 28, 1966 – Oct 15, 1969E-DivFirst boat. It was agood boat and crew.
Smith, AlanMM2Oct 15, 1966 – Oct 15, 1968Enginemen gangServed with L to Z, Terry Brasch, Ron Schumaker, George Horner, Terry Mahaffey, Bob Montgomery
Irvin, Don (Slo Irv)RM2SSOct 17, 1966 – Oct 10, 1969Now Sailing Mexico and the South Pacific on "Freezing Rain" My sailboat.
Sirois, JimEM3 SS1967 – 1969E-GANGFirst Qual Boat
Myers, Glen (Texas Red)ET(N)3Jan 1968 – Oct 1968NAVWas stashed for 8 months awaiting nuke school. Qualified during first run on WESTPAC.
Zaprala, JoeRM5Feb 12, 1968 – Jan 8, 1972RadiomanGreat memories. Enjoy thinking and telling others about my experience. Miss old friends. Wheres Rod Tinney RM1, never forget you. Your friend Joe
Hicks, KenEN3 ((SS)(DV)Dec 1968 – Apr 1972Engineman gangI 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 – 1973MAnother tour 1975 to 1977
Harris, RichardLTjgMay 1969 – Apr 1971Supply
McCann, RussSTS2 (SS)1970 – Aug 21, 1974ops/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, JamesIC/First Class1970 – 1972Blue
Hainsworth, WayneMM3 (SS)Jul 1970 – Nov 1973AUXGreatest 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, TonyYN2(SS)Sep 15, 1970 – Feb 15, 1972SS581 Pearl Harbor Sub BaseSome of the best people. We had the best crew of all the submarines at Pearl.
Cronin, ChetSN, RM3(SS)Oct 1, 1970 – Feb 1, 1974Deck, CommBest tour of my life. You guys are terrific!!!!!
Cronin, Chet profile iconRM3(SS)Oct 1, 1970 – Feb 1, 1974WEPS/COMMThere 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, JesseEN 2 SSSep 1971 – May 1974Engineering
Lewis, HarveyFTG 2 (SS)1972 – Sep 1975Weapons
Wilson, Jeff (Willy)YN3(SS)1972 – 1974Ship's YeomanHave great memories of friends on Blueback! If you can, go see her in Portland.
Diehl, RobQM2(SS)May 1972 – Sep 1975Quartermaster
Butler, ScottIC2/SSMay 15, 1972 – Jul 13, 1975IC GangDBF Best boat - best crew - best times ! WestPacs Forever ?

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