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USS De Soto County (LST 1171) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS De Soto County (LST 1171). 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 23 crew members registered for the USS De Soto County (LST 1171).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Mathews, Hubert MattJan 15, 1958 – Mar 15, 1961
Cregg, FrankSN1959 – 1961Deck
Wine, Howard Franklin1960 – 1964
Denoncourt, DenoE3Sep 15, 1962 – Sep 12, 1964DeckFond memories of the Great Lakes cruise, on the helm, midnight to 4 through the St. Lawrence Seaway, over 300 course changes....busy! Before that,tied up in Panama Canal Zone for 59 days with no liberty!
Denzler, EdwardBMSNOct 1962 – Feb 10, 1966DeckStill remember that month in PANAMA tied to the pier. And that Con Fib 8 Landing exercize in Spain, you guys were AWESOM.
Fulk, SteveSFP3Jun 20, 1963 – Jun 20, 1965navy
Moore, NealEM2Aug 1, 1963 – Jan 26, 1965
Lovelace, JohnSFM2May 1965 – Aug 1968RGreat memories of those years - would like to hear from old shipmates to see what became of everyone- i keep in touch with Tom Benson and Neill Traxel and Scott Gorton- email john.lovelace.sr@gmail.com
Wendt, PatSNOct 1965 – Jun 23, 1969Ops, Deck, and SupplyHerbert & I played music on and off the Big D, Kable and I threw potatoes at the bridge while underway, I traded my Martin guitar for a 52 Triumph bike. Love to ole Pop Fidler and Davies DMC. Dobbleman & I still talk.
Long, TomSNFeb 1966 – Jan 19671st Division
Diehl, JimSNApr 28, 1966 – Jun 28, 1968DECK
Sobut, WallyFTG3Jun 1966 – Dec 1968GunneryGood crew & Good times. E-mail at: crzcat9@yahoo.com
Gorton, ScottYN2Aug 5, 1966 – Jan 30, 1970ADMINGreat crew, great ship. Lots of good memories, New Orleans, St. Thomas, San Juan, The MED. Shipmates, feel free to contact me at msgorton@verizon.net
Upton, GarySgt E5Aug 1967 – Feb 19681st battalion 2nd MarinesMade a Med cruise in 1967. Was a lot of fun making landings in Amtracs! Really enjoyed liberty in Barcelona, Genoa. When we got back to the states i got orders for grounf forces Vietnam. That wasnt much fun.
Willingham, Frank J. profile iconBm3Aug 1, 1967 – Feb 1968DeckLooking for J. Odier, LT. Skaggs, Executive officer. Lt. Gallagher, Deck Division, R. Peterson. If anyone knows anything about these individuals, please contact F. Willingham at dosohoes@aol.com
Godbold, JohnE2Feb 18, 1968 – Jan 15, 1970Anfibs
Gelbman, DannySN1969 – 1970Deck
Fetzer, BarrySGT E-5May 1969 – Sep 19692nd MarineI served aboard the Desota County as part of Amphibious Squadron TEN as a unit of Carib 2-69rd
Wilson, WayneBMSNMay 16, 1969 – Sep 1969ACB @I was with the CB detachment. I was the guy with all of the books on the 69 Carib cruise. I played hoops for PHIBLANT
Dibbell, ChristopherFTG2Nov 1969 – Mar 1972GunneryI arrived on De Soto County out of FT A school as an SA. I left as an FTG2. I constantly have dreams I am back in the Navy getting underway on the "Big D"
Jimenez, JoseSN31970 – 1972SupplyThe best years of military service, made lot's of friends and memories.
Xander, Donald/ X Or Big XRD31970 – Jun 1972OperationsLooking for old ship mates to reconnect, via e-mail. Chris Dibblle if you remember me, I use to sell a lot of my weekend watches to you.
Hodolitz, ThomasBM 3Mar 1, 1970 – Aug 1, 1972Deck

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