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USS Damato (DD 871) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Damato (DD 871). 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 119 crew members registered for the USS Damato (DD 871).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – 1972 | 1973 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Berkman, Morland (Pat)EM3Feb 12, 1949 – Jul 1, 1952EngineeringI enjoyed the trips to the Med and the times in G'tmo.
Anderson, RoanldJul 10, 1955 – Aug 31, 1955Oregon State College NROTC
Buehler, CyrilENS/LTJG1956 – 1958SupplySupply/Disbursing Officer
Moran, TerryEM3Apr 30, 1956 – Sep 1957EngineeringSea duty!. But exciting ports around the world. Shipped out to Sub School in late 1957. Shipmates Bill Bartling,Red Perry, Charlie Donovan, Manny Cords in Electrical shop.Any of you guys still kicking?
Carty, JohnMIDSHIPMANJun 1957 – Aug 1957Midshipman DetachmentI became a Shellback on Damato on the way to Santos, Brazil. She was a great ship and I have many fond memories of the crew, who taught me so much. I and another Mid who was aboard ended up in the Marines, in the same unit, in Vietnam.
Hoffman, DanielQM-2Jul 1957 – Jan 1961OperationsThe Dirty D - quite an experience.
Anderson, Warren/andySEAMANJan 15, 1958 – Feb 11, 1959Aft DeckShoot Straight-Consume Moderately-Inquire Later
Eddie, Fred (Cowboy)TN-3Mar 1958 – Aug 1959SupplyGot my sealegs aboard the (Dirty D). A name of endearment around the wardroom. Of course if it wasn't classified the stewards knew it.
Oglesby, DonSOG2Sep 4, 1958 – Dec 1961FoxMy first ship, loved it! Spent 11 1/2 years in the Navy, got out as STC in '69. enmlisted in CG in '71 as ST1, retired in '82 as CWO3 Bosun.
Borden, William (Bill)bt/fn - bt3Oct 15, 1958 – Jun 15, 1961Boilertender (B)On board during inland water cruise for dedication of St Lawrence seaway, Rode out heavy, heavy storm from Maine to Bermuda. Became Shellback while pursuing modern day pirates aboard SS Santa Maria.
Mason, DickMM3Dec 14, 1958 – Dec 21, 1961mlooking for crazy fred ulmer and other snipes from this time period
Seyler, BobRM31960 – 1962OCIs crazy Fred the guy that jumped overboard? The nite before I was in the head showering after watch. He was painting partitions. He said "I hate this navy...whats the water temp? I'm jumping over the side" Next day gone
Wilson, Phillip (Waterproof)DD 871Jan 2, 1960 – Aug 16, 1963OI
Purden, HarryEM3Apr 1960 – Aug 3, 1962RMED. Cruise / Cuban Blockade / Shellback--The take over of the Santa Maria. DD871--"Dirty D'. Does anyone know where EM2 Trawick, EM3 Lou Amato.EM3 Durbin and EM3 Gray are?
Martin, TomE-3Jun 1960 – Sep 19611st DivisionJim Kerns and I were riding down a mountain in Gitmo and my petal got cought in his from wheel. He went flying and broke his arm. The Cuban guy who rented them to us had a few choice words to say to us in Spanish.
Feaster, Tom (Snipe) MM3Aug 18, 1960 – Oct 20, 1962M FWD. ENG. Room MED. Cruise / Cuban Blockade / Shellback--The take over of the Santa Maria. DD871--"Dirty D'
Luzier, ClarkEMFNSep 1960 – Nov 1962EBecame "Shellback" while in pursuit of Pirates, in the Caribbean, that had hijacked the Santa Maria. The experience and education was, and still is, an honor, and,..may the warrior ghost of the "Dirty D"...always be....
Kerns, JohnQM3Sep 1960 – Jun 1962OIGitmo, Chasing The Pirates & Santa Maria, Med. Cruise were just some of the highlights. I enjoyed piping chow-down, helm-duty, and the maps & charts. I didn't enjoy 2 tours at mess-duty though. Remember crazy Fred Ulmer? I laughed a lot
James, JerrySOG21961 – May 1963FoxScary times particularly during the Cuban blockade - stopped several Russian ships and tracked several nuclear subs. Remember the A/C went our and our transducer would not transmit signals due to heat. A lot of neat experiences.
Soriano, JimseamanJul 1961 – Feb 12, 1963aft division. Lt BarneyArlo Smith was the guy that jumped overboard during asw ops.
Kelley, DanET3Sep 28, 1962 – Aug 29, 1966operations
Prokity, MelRMCNov 17, 1963 – Sep 30, 1965OCFRAM II - Great radio gang...DesDiv 222 onboard early '63 ---
Luden, Robertdeck apeDec 29, 1963 – Jul 19642nd divisionworked for BM2 conners for seven months. Was sent to sonar school to make room for middies. Left navy in April 67 as STG3 attached to Commander Oceanographic Systems Pacific (Treasure Island) (SAN FRANCISCO).Sweet!!
Fisher, Thomas (Tom)ETM3Dec 30, 1963 – Aug 15, 1966OperationsRemember all those trips to the Med, Gitmo, and the endless days and nights steaming off the Virginia capes. What fun!
Ray, Daniel (Dan)RD3Jan 5, 1964 – Aug 25, 1965OpsRemember a Russian destroyer playing chicken with us coming so close we thought we would collide. Was able to attend a number of C schools while serving on the "Dirty D" What a wonderful education for a young adult.
Hetrick, BobYN3Oct 10, 1964 – Sep 7, 1966OCTwo Med Cruises in two years! Very fortunate.
Sonntag, BobRD3Nov 27, 1964 – Jun 1967OPSMany fond memories, except for blasting through Hurricane Betsy in Sept. '65.
Bruno, FrankE-2Jan 10, 1965 –deck
Bruno, FrankE2Jan 12, 1965 – May 15, 1965Deck
Little, FredSTG3Sep 1965 – Jun 1967sonarI live in vermont and have all of my life.I am married with two children and own a retail business.
Gilbert, LarrySEAMANDec 1965 – Aug 1966Bosun MateI was a "Nut Bustin", "Ball Breaking", "Deck Swabbin", "Bosun Mate" Assigned to the Damato until my "Class A" school position opened. Did a Caribbean Cruise, and a Med Cruise while aboard. Act
Millett, Marty profile iconBT11966 – 1971Boiler-Bbest duty of a 20 year tour
Megill, LaurenceRM31966 – Jun 1967CommunicationWhen I came aboard the ship was getting ready to go to Portsmith dry dock. After dry dock shake down cruise Key West & Guantanamo Bay Cuba.R&R in Jamaica. We used to fish off the stern while in port in the evening.
Thornal, FayetteRMSNJan 1966 – Jul 1967Radio
Kaiser, DaleBT 3Jan 1, 1966 – Mar 9, 1969BI met the ship in Istanbul,Turkey 1966 and served through the West Pac and South America cruises and then transfered to the Leary. Would like to hear from anyone who served in the same period of time. I just retired from Coors, I am married, 4 kids
Henning, RobertFTGSNJun 1966 – Aug 1967GunneryCame on board in time for Westpac, had some runins with XO, left not long after cruise. I remember Tony, Larry, Bradley, VanWormer, any others, and of course Charlie. It was a good cruise in spite of the hits (ASROC deck
Shockley, DavidEM2Aug 1966 – Jan 1967RCame aboard in 1966 for NAM cruise and was transferred upon return to CONUS. Retired as a CWO4 in 1989.
Cranford, Jim (Country)CS3Aug 1, 1966 – Jan 5, 1970SUPPLY (COOK)GITM0 (SEVERAL), WESTPAC, UNITAS IX, MED.
Truesdale, BillQM3Aug 1, 1966 – Apr 20, 1970MED, WestPac, South America, GITMO to name a few.. Navigation / bridge duties. Ships log, charts, Refueling/GQ helmsman. Sustaining memories: DONG HOI - counter-battery ! Great sites and shipmates. Love the smell of the sea !
Christos, GeorgeE31967 – 1969RADIOLooking For A copy of the Ships Log when the Damato was sprayed with Agent Orange 1967
Pirnie, ScottCDRMar 1967 – Feb 1969EngineeringI was the chief engineer for out deployment to Vietnam for 7 months in 1967. We saw combat action off of North Vietnam. We were hit once by a North Vietnamese/Russian 81 mm mortar during DASH operations. Later UNITAS.
Neally, Charles "Pat"STG2-ST1Mar 10, 1967 – May 10, 1969AS
Badley, BruceRD2/RD1May 1967 – Oct 1969OIMade the Viet Nam cruise. Lot's of excitement. No sleep. Ship received two direct hits at Dong Hoi, and was cought in a cross fire Between mainland and island. Does anyone know where RD1 Gerald Mills is?
Quod, KennethSeamanJun 27, 1967 – Nov 2, 1968Deck/fire control technicianI was on board during "Operation Sea Dragon" in Vietnam Sept- Jan 1967-1968. We were hit and had to be repaired in the Philippines.
Scott, SteveLTJul 1967 – Jun 1969WeaponsI was on board during Viet Nam, Unitas 9 cruise and made transit to the Med May-June of 1969
Deveso, RussellJul 4, 1967 – Feb 20, 1968FIRST AND SHIPS SERVICEWEST PAC - DES DIV,222, WE WERE THE FLAG SHIP. PARTICIPATED IN OPERATION "SEA DRAGON' CAUGHT IN CROSS FIRE AT BATTLE OF DONG HOI, SEPT., 1967.

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