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USS Opportune (ARS 41) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Opportune (ARS 41). 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 179 crew members registered for the USS Opportune (ARS 41).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – 1974 | 1975 – 1984 | 1985 – 1990 | 1991 – now

Phaneuf, DaveRM2Jan 1975 – Oct 1977
Summann, MartinRMCJan 1975 – 1978Operations/CommunicationsGreece Nato Bouy Pickup. Suez canal Clearance
Ryan, RoyEMFNMar 1975 – Dec 1975Suez was a trip
Milender, LeonardETN3Apr 1975 – Nov 1975OperationsSuez Canal trip. Only US NAvy vessel to ever be caught in a sand strom!
Wilmoth, JamesLtMay 1, 1975 – Apr 1, 1976Xo
Pitzer, PaulLTNov 1975 – Nov 1978Operations/SupplyMed, Being the Target in Gtmo, Diving Ops, Death of Mike Martin, Trouble in Rota
McVehil, JohnRM21976 – 1976communications
Nowicki, Thomas " T.J. "EN2Feb 1976 – Sep 1978Assigned to Engineroom B-2 Was on Board for MED Cruise of 1976 ....GREAT times !! Does anyone know where Rip Van Winkle is ?? E-mail me at I Live in Buffalo , NY now and work for the U.S. Postal Service. I'm in the book..LOL
Immel, KirkEM-1Jun 15, 1976 – Jun 15, 1981EngineeringCool site! ...never knew about this. I run engineering for a Gov Contracting Company called SEIDCON today. After navy, finished school, stayed in So Cali until 2008, moved to Palm Coast FL. Drop a note :)
Barrett, SteveRM31977 – Aug 1979
Hall, Kurt ReddogBm(dv)1977 –Dive lockerGlad to see so many great shipmates names the med getmo really a good time
Stack, TracyBm3 DiverJun 1977 – Mar 1981Dive Locker
Gill, ThomasHT2Sep 19, 1977 – Feb 13, 1981EngineeringI am trying to find my old buddy David Tharp who was in deck Division. I would like to hear from any of my shipmates who might remember me. Good ship, best experience of my life. Great memories
Guadagnino, Robert /guadBm2. DiverSep 30, 1977 – Sep 28, 1980DeckFirst I was part of the Deck division. Then moved to the diver locker
Butler, Stephen SeaLIEUTENANTOct 1, 1977 – Dec 20, 1979Operations Officer and Navigator (Great Ship!)OPS in: Med (2), Sea of Mamara,Turkey; Persian Gulf; US East coast, Carribean; Central America. Towed "Observation Island" from Balboa, Panama, ordnance clearance of U-352, diving on USS Monitor w/Coustea&Calypso, nailed by MK-86 GFCS GIT
Bessette, GregBM31978 – 1980Deckjust wondering what ever happened to some of the friends I remember ,Tracy Stack,Quad,Eddie Puruit ,Jeff Reed, and others from the crew.
Sedlak, KevinEM2Jul 30, 1978 – Oct 24, 1981engineringwhat tub but, I miss the people. HAZE GRAY AND UNDERWAY
Boyer, Mike profile iconEMFN/EM31979 – 1982E DivHad some roaring good times on that boat. 1st reenlistment was done in engine room in front of throttle flats. Remember the Red Sea and all that trolling for that plane. Who could forget that.
Swinehart, StevenEN3Mar 1, 1979 – Dec 11, 1981EngineeringWorked in B-1
Alvarez, AlexanderQM2Jun 1, 1979 – Jan 1, 1980Navigation
Parrish, RalphSM11980 – 1983OPSGood Ship, Good Crew, close knit. Got my ESWS and OOD underway quals onboard. One of my best friends I met onboard, Lyle Davenport, was in a motorcycle accident a month ago and unfortunately passed away.
Stark, MichaelHT1/DV1980 – 1983DivingThe best crew I ever served with!
Clark, JosephRM1(SW)Feb 1980 – Sep 1981OPSBest crew I ever served with, small but tight. Miss a bunch of you guys....CDR West was one of the best skippers I had to privilege to know. All of the crew were great guys, even you, Ralph!
Bernstel, DennisE5/BMMar 1980 – Jan 30, 1984DeckMy Career started on this Poor excuse of a Navy Vessel. This was no doubt the working Navy. It is hard to believe that many people lived aboard this vessel. Good shipmates
Acevedo, MarkE1Apr 14, 1980 –Deck
Pope, RichardBM3May 8, 1980 – Dec 11, 1982DECK DIVISIONHARD WORK ENJOYABLE CREW
Collier, DonEM2Feb 1981 – Jan 1985EngineeringGood memories. 2 Med cruises and Suez.
Wilson, MikeSKAug 1981 – Apr 1984SupplyWhat an interesting journey it was... Learned a lot and met some really good guys. Haze Gray Underway - We Do what Others Advertise!
Weaver, Reggie (Rufus) profile iconRM3Sep 1981 – May 1983RadioGreat crew. Tightly knit. (had to be) Great med. Trying to remember all the ports in 81-82 med?
Hardin, Howard CarlousE-5Nov 11, 1982 – Nov 11, 1985Hull techBest souvenir ever ! Met some of the BEST people ever on this Ship !
Bowen, RickEN1/SW1983 – 1986B-1
Jordan, MikeLTJG1983 – 1985OpsMy first command. Went on to do 30 years in the Navy. Learned a lot on Opportune from a great crew.
Dube, DanielEM3Apr 1, 1983 – Aug 10, 1986EngineeringAh, who could forget the "sloppy oppy", had some good times on her though. Made 2 Med Cruises-83 & 85. Spanish and French Rivieras. Transited the Korinth Canal in 1985. Challenger Recovery in 1986.
Reece, KevinHT2 (SW)Oct 1, 1983 – Oct 1985R DivGreat Ship. Good times, good crews. It was sad to read about Lyle Davenport passing, I remember him alot on there and that is where he made Chief. I currently work at the VA Hospital Boiler Plant Operator Iowa City, IA
Smith, Charles/ SmittyRM31984 – 1987OPSWas onboard from 84-87....I remember the Challenger salvage and when we towed an oiler to Beaumont Texas. Had fun on the Opportune and miss my shipmates
Folk, EddieEM31984 – Apr 11, 1988EngineeringIt seems like a lifetime ago.
Cawley, GlennSK31984 – 1986S-1Looking for anyone from the old Opportune, you can reach me at or facebook. Sure would like to hear from you!
Cawley, GlennSK3Apr 1984 – Jan 1986S-1Just to say hello to the crew I knew in 1984-1986. A lot has changed in the Navy! If your out there Mr. Howes and anyone else from that period of time, I would love to hear from you guys!
Kehoe, ChristopherEM3Jul 1984 – Apr 1986e-divHad a great time.
Raven, GregEN2Oct 1, 1984 – Oct 1, 1987enghad some good times on the tub wonder what happened to 84-87 crew

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