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USS Hoist (ARS 40) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Hoist (ARS 40). 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 173 crew members registered for the USS Hoist (ARS 40).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1964 | 1965 – 1975 | 1976 – 1984 | 1985 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Dorrer, John3d class electricians mate1965 – 1966engineeringMet ship in Philadelphia shipyard and was on board for salvage of drydock in Charleston River and until recovery of bomb. Certainly remember shipfitter striker Topp and DC3 Markoweitz. Left ship for shore duty Danang.
Thurmond, JerryJan 20, 1965 – Feb 19, 1966supplyI served on four ships during my 4 years, the time aboard the USS Hoist was by far the most exciting time, there was always something going on
Labrack, KenE2Jan 5, 1966 – Jun 15, 1966I served on the Hoist as a look out and helmsman crossing the Atlantic to find the Hydrogen Bomb.I was waiting for my top secret crypto clearance for CT school. I was near MasterDiver Carl Brashear when he lost his leg pulling up the H Bomb
Busic, Gerald O. (Jerry)FNMay 4, 1966 – Dec 27, 1966Engine roomIn my short stay with ship we salvaged the USS STALWART MSO-493 in San Juan, did a special operation in Vieques, torpedo recovery duty with VP-24/44/49, special buoy operations with USS SHAR & USS TORSK and saw a change of command on ship.
Holmes, RobertEN2Dec 17, 1966 – Feb 9, 1970Engineering
Sidman, Frank / Aka SidRM21967 – 1969operationsLTCDR Walter Kurz was in command . The experience aboard this ship was outstanding. we did so much with so little. The experiece continues to guide me thru life.
Butler, H.p."butch"BM31967 – Jul 15, 1968DECKIt was a great ship & a great crew. Served under LCDR Walt Kurz. The Med cruise of '68 was interesting as we spent about 60 days salvaging what we could of the USS Bache (DD-470) after she grounded at Rhodes, Greece.
Petrillo, MikeSNMay 1967 – Nov 1968DECK FORCEGREAT DUTY......ALWYAS AT SEA.....ALWAYS GOING PLACES AND HAVING A GREAT TIME WITH A GREAT GROUP OF FIRST RATE SAILORS....
Casilli, AnthonyCS3Oct 1, 1967 – Dec 14, 1967SupplyTransferred from USS Nantahala SO-60 Newport, RI to the Hoist, for a total of 2 1/2 months.
Whitley, DonnieYN11968 – 1970Operations
Nacke, LarryE4 MR3 (DV)1968 – Jun 26, 1969EngineeringI enjoyed my time aboard the USS Hoist as a hard hat diver trained by the great Chief Carl Brasshaer in December 1967 in Comservlant, VA.
Skirbe, RobertBM3Jan 1968 – Nov 22, 1968Deck
Skirbe, RobertBM3Jan 1968 – Nov 1968DeckCdr Walter C. Kurz was captain. He was a BMC during WWII and appears in the US Naval History of WWII. He was an excellent CO and a fine gentleman. I had a great deal of respect for him.
Mazzola, HankETN2Aug 10, 1968 – Jan 12, 1970operationsHoist was a great ship and had a terrific crew. Cmdr W.C. Kurz was a great skipper. Divers and crew were worthy of the label as a "can do" outfit. Raising the ex-USS Hake was a real feat for 1969.
Baumhardt, PeterBM2Sep 29, 1968 – Nov 28, 1972Deck CrewI was in the Dive Locker for first two years, then the Deck crew for last two years
Koenig, RickQM2 / DV2Dec 1968 – Jan 1971OperationsI remember the Hoist like it was yesterday. Served under Capt Walter C Kurz. Participated in SubSalvEx 69. Ed Lefebvre was XO, great guy.
Smith, Bruce/smittyDCFNMar 1969 – Jul 1970ENGINEERINGSTARTED OUT AS A DAMAGE CONTROLMAN ONBOARD THE HOIST. BECAME INTERESTED IN BECOMING A DEEP SEA DIVER WHILE ONBOARD. RETURNED TO THE HOIST AS A DIVER IN APRIL 1976 AND SERVED ONBOARD UNTIL JULY 1978 AS AN HT1 DV1.
Shepler, Thomassf2May 1969 – Feb 1973eng.i was knowen as chicken hawk and on the my whole inlistent . my time on the hoist and the people will never be forgotten . like most capt kurtz was the best.
Lee, LloydEN3 (DV)Jun 1969 – May 1971EngineeringJust looking for shipmates aboard at the same time
Hopley, VernFiremanJan 18, 1970 – Jan 26, 1972Atlantic
Buoye, DennisEN 2Jun 1970 – Jul 10, 1972Engineering / B2 Motor Room / A gang
Johnston, Michael R (Mike)RD2Aug 1970 – Dec 1971OPSTransferred from USS San Diego [AFS 6]. The Hoist was a great working ship of the US Navy. I proudly finished my enlistment aboard her, and returned to civilian life. Any of my shipmates may contact me at mrj_mba@bellsouth.net
Labine, Daverm31971 – 1973radio shackMade two med cruises, two caribiean cruises, new york city, and a few other places on the way. Had a good time, Would like to see Dave Sealy, Michel J. clark and Harley Nasser, to name only a few, one more time.
Heise, BillEM21971 – 1972E Division/EngineeringStood throttle watches with some great guys. I remember one engineman who would get very seasick. He would start taking dramamine long before we got underway.
Watson, RonaldETN2Aug 1, 1971 – Sep 30, 1972OPS
Naeser, HarveyRM2Aug 15, 1971 – Dec 30, 1973OperationsThe Navy helped to shape me as a man and the Hoist was a part of that. She was a great ship with lots of memories. Sad to see her scrapped. It was a great crew, guys you could trust to look out for you. I will always remember.
Shewmaker, James (Shew)SNJan 7, 1972 – Sep 30, 1973DeckAlways Ready to Steam- 40 days,40 nights
Labine, Daverm3Aug 16, 1972 – Aug 18, 1973operations div. Radio crewalways had a good time on the Hoist, even when the co found our peanut butter, jelly and crackers in a filing cabnet durning a zone inspection.
Rowland, RickBMSN 3rd classDec 9, 1972 – Jun 14, 1975DeckEnjoyed my time on the HOIST (mostly) 2 med tours,git mo,dry tortougus and Little Creek and all the bars. Love to hear from Mike Carrano,John Grein,Lee Parker,Randall Fletcher or any others on Hoist from 72-75..
Smith, RickEM4Feb 1973 – Sep 1976EngineeringOther than Boot Camp & "A" school I spent my entire Naval service aboard this proud ship. Exciting duty with divers, demolition and who can't forget "Beach Gear." All who served need to watch "Men of Honor" for a g
Buckert, SteveMR3Apr 1973 – Jul 1975Eng40 Meaning 4.0 alway ready to leave port, perfect score
Ostrom, DaveEN FNNov 1973 – Apr 15, 1977EngineeringWow! What memories...Beach gear, Med cruise, towing the Belknap back from Naples and before that to Naples from Sicily, the 5 XO's masts and 4 CO's masts....smh. Being in the yards in Newport News Va, Bermuda 2x.
Gardner, EricE31974 – Jun 1977DECKSN Eric Gardner. Any crew mate who remembers me, feel free to contact me. 678 687 4614 or dragginhouse@gmail.com
Brewster, LewisE4 Radioman1974 – 1977Operations
Glover, AlanSNFeb 4, 1974 – Mar 3, 1974A-GAMG
Reno, RogerGMG2 E5Jun 7, 1974 – Jun 6, 1976Deck I Had A Good time on USS hoist lost contact with most of them
Cochran, DennisEN 3Nov 1974 – Dec 1976B2/ A gangGood times. Great shipmates. Gitmo, Bermuda and the Med. The time in the ship yard and the motels. Bringing the Belknap back. The Dry Tortugas cruise.
Russell, AlanEM3Jan 1975 – Jun 1978
Hildestad, LarryEM3May 1975 – Feb 1977EngineeringRemebering the Med Cruise in 75,and 76 towing the USS Belknap back. Had a lot of good times with this crew and divers. Homeport was Little Creek VA. Looking to make contact : larryhildestad@ca.rr.com
Bittler, ThomasE5 ENMay 1, 1975 – Dec 15, 1979B1 engine roomHad a great time, remember towing the USS Belknap back to the USA. Removing research tower outside Bermuda, Towing barges to Scotland and many other cruises
Rubenstein, Gary (Rube)E4Dec 15, 1975 – Dec 5, 1978DeckFun times in Little Creek. Found Hester and Gaines, looking for Brady, Gilliam, Eck. gerube1122@yahoo.com

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