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USS Leary (DD 879) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Leary (DD 879). 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 63 crew members registered for the USS Leary (DD 879).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1969 | 1970 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Laforce, James WillardFireman First class1941 – 1945unknownn at this timeIam his daughter and would like to talk to anyone who served with my father. He often talked about his tour in the Navy during WW2.
Nemire, JohnRM31945 – 1946Radio gangA friend Mitchell and I used to sing together. I wonder if he is still around. I am 86 now and have been retired from teaching since 1984.
Digges, BillSeaman First Class1946 – Nov 1947Fifth FleetRemember being aboard ship when we ran aground in the channel at Pearl Harbor.
Quinn, Raymondcommisary seamanJan 10, 1949 – May 15, 1952commisarythe greatest ship in the navy
King, DougMachinist Mate 3rd Class1953 – 1957?I am entering this for my Daddy. I have grown up listening to Navy stories and treasure them. If anyone remembers Doug King, I would love to hear from you!
Surak, Martin John2nd ClassJul 1953 – Jun 1957Fire Control TechnicianI'm adding my dad- he does not have a computer. So I don't know the division.
Donnell, JoeLieutenantSep 15, 1954 – Jun 15, 1958WardroomMy first ship. Spent 4 years aboard. Learned so much from the enlisted PO's! QM1 Hall, BTC Sweezy, HT1 (?), MM1 Jim Westbrook, BM2 Ruvo and many others! A great ship. The best of all the 100 (plus) DD's in NorfolK.
Selvick, Richard (Dick)SHBSNJan 7, 1957 – Oct 25, 1959SupplyI started out in 1st Div. under 1st class Jackson & Sterling S. Day BM2. I transfered to Supply via Chief Grims about six months later. Mostly I was the Ships Barber, Ships Store operator. E-MAIL rselvick@bak.rr.com
Porter, ArthurSenior Chief/BTCSNov 28, 1958 – Mar 2, 1961B DivisionReported aboard Leary as an FN and assigned to forward fireroom. (2) shake down cruises to Cuba and (2) 7 month Med cruises. Attended 1960 Summer Olympic games in Rome, Italy. Attended 1961 New Years mass in the Vatican
Ridgley, Fred [hoosier]mm3Jan 1, 1960 – Apr 9, 1963m-2 div.
Cox Jr., OrvilleRM3Dec 1960 – Mar 4, 1964radioGreat ship, Great crew
Roger, HeuckEnsignFeb 1963 – Mar 1964ASWBest Sonar men in the Navy
Lutz, JimST2Aug 15, 1963 – Apr 15, 1964WeaponsMy first ship. Took her on one Med cruise, then brought to drydock for FRAM. Reassigned to USS Steinaker undergoing final completion of FRAM Boston yards. Can't remember too much about crew members. Would like to hear.
Jones Jr, Hugh CSK3Nov 20, 1963 – Mar 20, 1967Supply Enjoyed time onboard Leary . Lots of great memores people/ places & times.Looking for AL REASNER GM3 BOB LENORD STG 3 RD MOLES LTJG FG KLINE 3rd LTJG.
Richard, BarbatoRD21964 – 1966radarIt was a wonderful ship . great crew
Day, JamesSTG2Sep 1964 – Sep 1965ASW
McMahon, MartinBT3Sep 10, 1964 – Sep 10, 1966Aft boiler roomThe best time of my young life, can you believe that the training that I got on the Leary carried me all of me working life. Me a good living and now retired.
Pomerville, LesSNDec 15, 1964 – Oct 25, 1966FirstStarted off as BM, then assigned to radio division
Pomerville, LesSNDec 18, 1964 – Oct 20, 1966DECKAfter leaving the LEARY, I was transferred back into the Reserves, where I remained until discharged 14 JUL 69. Re-enlisted into the Naval Air Reserves for four more years, than re-inlisted back into the regular Navy Reserves for two years.
Johnston, HiramE-3 Fireman1965 – Apr 10, 1967Forward Engine Room
Englehart, John (Tom)MM3Jan 1965 – Dec 1966MAft engine room.Ran with Cade,Erwine,and Medows.Remember pulling into Norfolk from a Med cruise and getting a emergency full back bell,ran up the ladder in time to see us bump into a sub.
Kelly, JerrySM2Mar 1965 – Jan 1969OCBroke or set all records for this Class. Absolutely great ship and crew. Miss every man I griped about. Became a man on her decks. Always were the troubles were. Sad ending for an A-1 ship
Johnston, HiramE-3Dec 29, 1965 – Apr 10, 1967Forward Engine RoomIts been a long time since I took that Med Cruise on the USS Leary DD-879. I can't recall the port where the ship ran into the pier during a docking operation. Does anyone who was aboard during that incident recall?
Lynng, GaryRM3Apr 20, 1966 – Sep 23, 1968USS Leary DD-879 (Radio Shack)I have several friends that were aboard the Leary that want to know if anyone has any records of our "brown water" time while in Viet Nam in 1967-68. If anyone has any info it would be great to hear about it.
Diaz, ChesterQM2May 18, 1966 – May 18, 1970OR
Blenden, Samuel SamE-3Sep 30, 1966 – Sep 23, 1968A/S-TorpedoemanEnjoyed my time on the Leary,went from Boy to a Man real quick.Served with Frank Bogdan on the Torpedoe Deck.Commander Leary was Our Captain.
Mercer, ThomasRD2Dec 4, 1966 – Oct 2, 1969OIWould like to find shipmates of this period
Crider, John EdwardETN1967 – 1970ETMy name is John Edward Crider.Looking for any shipmates suffering from Agent Orange exposure. If you have any information please email me at cccjb35@gmail.com Thank you
Brennan, BrianQM2May 1967 – Feb 1968operations
Connors, MichaelSEAMANJul 1, 1967 – May 15, 1968DECK
McCormick, JohnRD2Sep 1967 – Jun 1970OI
Coxon, DavidFCCS - RETIRED1968 – 19732ndHave great memories of my time aboard the Leary. Great crew, great times. We worked hard and played hard. Fair winds and following sea to my old shipmates. Take care.
Schmader, Duane (Snake)RD21968 – Nov 1971OIMy first and only ship for 4 years. I have great memories of my fellow OI Div. shipmates. I Would like to locate Charles J. Dickens, Jim Johnson, and others I served with. Reunion in Pittsburg, PA. 9/14-18, 2016.
Haidon, Michael profile iconMM3Jan 1968 – Oct 1969M-2Looking for shipmates whom served w/Lou Fiske
Slater, CharlesSD1Apr 12, 1968 – Feb 25, 1970S Division
Curtis, William [mike]bt3Aug 1968 – Dec 26, 1971mi aft fire roomhello to all that served with me
Katechis, George The GreekDECK SEAMANSep 1968 – Apr 1971the best ship the best crew many thanks to all gkatechis@yahoo.com
Katechis, George The GreekSep 1969 – Apr 1971
Spriggs, DavidLTJGSep 1969 – Apr 1971ENG - Main Propulsion AssistantLEARY was my first ship. I reported aboard as a green ensign, found my "sea daddy" (MM1 Gene Blair), who taught me how to be a snipe, and departed as a salty LTJG, ready for my next job as CHENG on a Patrol Gunboat.
Whaley, MarkseamanDec 1969 – 1971supply

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