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USS Kankakee (AO 39) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Kankakee (AO 39). 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 26 crew members registered for the USS Kankakee (AO 39).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Hall, Richard MarionChief Machinist MateMar 1, 1941 – Oct 15, 1945MachinistPost is for my father. Served on AO 39 for 42 months in WWII. Dates are approximate not exact.
Campbell, BillyUnknown1950 – 1955UnknownI am Billy's daughter, this is a memorial post for my Dad. I have a few photos of him during his enlistment, if anyone can identify the ship/place for me.
Cahill, CasonGm3Jan 1, 1952 –DeckServed on board AO39. Boarded in San Pedro. Steamed to SF and Richmond then up to Aleutions in Alaska. Months later we were in the Mediterranean refueling Midway when the two ships collided. It was bad. Steamed back USA.
Turner, Stephen J. (Red)QM2May 6, 1953 – Jun 25, 1954Operationssteboared
Collins, Billseaman1961 – 1963deckHope you remember me george. I have a photo of a bunch of us in a bar in San Juan I have you Rick Orgera, New York, Jim Olson, Minn.And G.R.Underhill Vermont and I am from St. Louis Mo. their is also a hooker at our tabl
Bilbrough, Williamem11961 – 1963don't knowLooking for anyone who might have known my husband. Gail Bilbrough
Ross, WillRM2Jan 1961 – Feb 1963Radioman operationslooking for operations people who served in this period
Eads, RobertRM 2nd classAug 14, 1961 – Nov 25, 1962operationslooking for shipmates 1961 to1962 aug 1961 to nav 1962
Bolen, TimBM3Nov 1961 – Aug 1963FirstToo much fun... New Orleans, Newport, Norfolk, Boston, Montego Bay, San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas.... Gunnery schools. Utility Boats.
Dobbins, GaryRM2Nov 5, 1961 – Dec 28, 1964Operations
Smyrnios, George (Gus )SEAMAN 1ST CLASSNov 24, 1961 – Jun 23, 19641 st
Solen, WilliamEN31962 – 1963engineeringI was assigned early 1962 and left the end of July 1963 prior to the 6 month Med cruise. The only Engineman 3rd during my time onboard. Aux division was mine. Later retired a Sgt from Miami-Dade PD.
Panzer, BobRMSNFeb 1963 – Feb 1964operationsWould like to contact anyone in the radio shack at that time.
Koblentz, Barrysn1964 – Feb 1966aWho could ever forget my "sea daddy", Pete Wynn BM!
Peek, JimBM3May 20, 1964 – Dec 17, 19671st and 2nd DeckDeck Hand, Yeoman, Career Councelor, Rig Captain Av Gas, Boat Coxswain, Christian Lay Services Director (Chaplan) known to many as "Preacher"
Young, John(Soul)snJul 1964 – Feb 1967deck 2nd divisionI would like to get in touch with some of my old buddies, George Spencer, Warren Coachman, George Bell
Browning, RichardMM3Dec 12, 1964 – Dec 12, 1968M
Reynolds, Charles1965 –
Ukele, Donald (TomBM31965 – 19671st DivisionRig Capt. NSFO black oil rig 4. 40' utility boat coxswain 36' motor whale boat life boat coxswain Underway BMOW 3" 50 cal. gun mount pointer Optical director operator.
Barnard, SamMM3Mar 1965 – Dec 1, 1967MOur Annual reunion is occuring in San Antoinio Tx this week 10/7-8/ 11
Gates, EdwardHMCMMar 14, 1965 – Feb 10, 1967MedicalMy last ship, but not my last sea duty. The last two years were spent with the Marines in Okinawa and Cherry Point MCAS.
Murray, JamesSeamanSep 5, 1965 – Dec 6, 1967Radioman
Gilbert, RowlandDCC E-7Sep 15, 1965 – Jun 15, 1967RLooking for Mr. Obrien , who was the ships Bosn on USS Kankakee. (1967) .Lt. jg . Obrien later transferred to USS Sacremento as 1st Lt then later in 1969 was Commanding Officer of a seagoing tug # 205 in Subic Bay Phillipines .
Reynolds, CharlesBM 3Jul 20, 1966 – Jul 20, 19682nd
Brazelton, BrazSNSep 8, 1966 – Sep 8, 19681st DivisionI miss Marty, Del, Vinnie, Peek, Zyrnekie. 'Hope they're doing ok.
Koons, FredericksrDec 18, 1967 – Oct 30, 1972shipfitterI am listing my dad on this site to help reconnect with his shipmates.

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