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USS Dayton (CL 105) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Dayton (CL 105). 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 41 crew members registered for the USS Dayton (CL 105).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1947 | – now

Kiernan, Walterc21941 – 1945dont rememberwould love to talk to other shipmates , i am 86 and living in florida
Westfaul, Edwardseaman 2ndJun 1942 – Feb 1946V
Harris, Denver Leeunknown1943 –unknown This is my father who has been gone since July 1992. All I know he was drafted for WWII. He was from KY., but moved to Hamilton, Ohio, He was married to Nina Pearl (House) Harris, they had 9 kids, he built our home.
Coleman, NylonFC11943 –Fire ControlI'm FC1 Nylan Coleman's grandson IS1 Roberts
Klimke, ArnoldCPOJan 1, 1943 – Dec 1, 1945Radar/RadiomanThis was my father, now deceased. He often told stories about being on board the USS Dayton, like the time he fell overboard. Also, the story about getting stuck in Tokyo Harbor. Any interested may contact me at
Houde, AlbertSEAMAN 2ND CLASSApr 2, 1943 – Aug 19463rd
Gutierrez, JoseWT 2nd classApr 17, 1943 – Mar 29, 1946unknown
Long, HarrisonSK 2cNov 1943 – May 1946SupplyAs a Storekeeper I was the first crewman assigned to the Dayton. I inventoried and stowed all spare parts loaded on her by the shipbuilders. She was launched 3/14/44
Thivierge, Francis Philip (Fran)1944 – 1945Gunners MateThis was my father who passed away in 1976. If anyone reads this who knew him I would love to hear from you just to make the contact. Please email or
Solomon, Leroy E.E.M. 2/c1944 –Division ELee Solomon was my dad and served on the USS Dayton in 1944-45 if not longer. Not sure. I have a complete photo album that he kept of some of his buddies and the ship and even ship "news" about what was happening.
Cureau, FrankRadar man1944 – 1946Not sureThis was my father who died in 2008. He was very proud to have served on the Dayton.
Degenhardt, William (Bill) profile iconSeaman 2nd/Fireman 1st1944 – 1946F division / A DivisionGood ship, good captain, and great crew. I left the ship in the spring of 1946 thinking that we were going back to the pacific. The orders were changed after I left and the ship went to Europe. I missed some good times.
Eldridge, LesterSeaman 1/c1944 – 1946Gunners Mate
Joseph, WilliamSEAMAN THIRD CLASSMar 1944 – May 1946BI am an original plank owner and I have attended the ship's reunion for the last 10 years or so. I was a boiler fireman. I am looking for a crewmember by the last name of McRobbie from Boundbrook, NJ. He was a cook.
Nauman, FredWT 2cApr 5, 1944 – Sep 13, 1945will addMy grandfather served on the USS Dayton. I have in my possession the original cruise book of the Dauntless D. I'd be happy to e-mail photos to anyone interested. Drop me a line if you remember Fred Nauman.
Fazio, RichardUSS DAYTONJul 18, 1944 – Jun 10, 1946CICAnyone how is still around, you can call my grandson cell phone or email him. I would love to hear from some of my crew mates. Cell # (914) 438-7154
Duke, EdwinSeaman First Class,USNRJul 31, 1944 – Jun 5, 1946USN HERS SEP CEN Great Lakes, Ill
Healy, Joseph (Jack)S/M 3RDSep 1944 – Jun 1946Communication
Biddle, DelosFC 3 3RDCDec 24, 1944 – Sep 17, 1945FIRECONTROLi guess I am luckey, I am still here. 07-17-2010. Just turned 84 years old seven days ago. Ashamed I do not remember one name that was ships company. Bless you all and all service people, DeLos.
Coleman, Nylan Winfred (Nw) profile iconI don't know what his rank was1945 – 1947I don't knnow what his Division wasThis was my Grandfather, he would never talk about the war. If you knew him or have any information please contact me at or call 580-583-2434 ask for Stormie she is his daughter or Kim Inman I am his Grandaughter
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Player, William LouisF2c(WT)1945 – 1946BoilerMy father Bill died in Oct. 1968 but I found some old records of his service.
Terrell, Benjamin Edwin (Ben, Ed)Seaman, First Class1945 – 1946DeckMy dad, Benjamin Edwin Terrell, was on USS Dayton CL-105 sometime between March 1945 and October, 1946. If anyone knows him, I would love for you to contact me at Have pictures to share.
Brennan, Irish RedSeaman second vlass1945 – Jan 7, 1945F squadHarold 'john' Edward Brennan was on the f squad and served in 1945/46. My grandpa told me many tales and I met many of the crew. I am writing a book about thier experiences called a patriotic legacy.
Francisco, Roger BS 2CJan 1945 – Jul 1946Roger was my late father-in-law. He was very proud to be part of the original compliment of the Dayton.
Verhey, HaroldJan 7, 1945 – Sep 13, 1945This is my father, he is now deceased. his rank was mm3c (T)
Cooper, AlfredMachinist 1st ClassJan 7, 1945 – Mar 19, 1945unknownThis is my father. He is deceased. I'm trying to find more info on the shake down cruise. Was the Dayton in San Diego before going to Pearl Harbor in 1945? Was she is San Pedro from November1945 to Jan 1946?
Clark, William R.Seaman 2nd classJan 7, 1945 – Dec 21, 1945First
Austin, JamesFIREMAN FIRST CLASS1946 – Jul 12, 1946This was my Father I am not sure when he reported aboard but it was some time in the spring of 1946. He served on here till his seperation 12 July 1946. He passed away in 2003 so I don't have any other details at this time.
Ditton, Charles1946 – 1947
Colglazier, Zorus/whitey/docHM21946 – 1947HI don't have the exact yrs/months handy, but the above should take care of most of the yrs that I was aboard the Dayton.../s/zpc
Matchan, RobertSignalman1946 – 1947UnknownRobert was my Great Uncle. He passed away in Birmingham, Alabama on 5 Mar, 1999. I just thought someone might like to know. He certainly should be remembered and added to this list.
Levan, Donseaman1946 – 1948unknownThis was my father who passed away in 2009. If you remember him or have any information, please feel free to contact me.
Nichols, GeorgeSEAMAN 1ST CLASSJan 1, 1946 – Sep 1, 1946
Wrobel, LeonardFIREMAN FIRST CLASSJan 24, 1946 – Nov 24, 1947
Newell, Charles WillardSeaman First ClassJul 1946 – Aug 1948Second DivisionGreat experience! Looking for old shipmates, especially William Morrison from Ohio.
Proulex, Rayseaman 1st CLASSAug 16, 1946 – Jul 27, 19474thThis is my father and he is 87 years old and he would like to find photo's and friends that were on the Dayton during 1947 or 1946.
Fearn, JoeRM 3-CSep 1946 – Dec 1947CMy watch was 3 a.m. and copyed radio press and copied it to everyone on board. Pitcher USS Dayton Baseball Taem. Pitched against USS Leyte in Istanbull, Turkey and the island of Crete.
Cherry, Orman EldredSeaman 1st ClassSep 1946 – Dec 1947NavigationCherry here .. Com Nav Med living with my daughter in NC.. Miley, Nelson, Black, Barnhardt, if you guys are still around, God Bless you ..
Loughlin, Thomas1classSep 22, 1946 – Jun 28, 19486thWould like to find ship mate James McGarvy of West Phila we had some great times I'm now 87 years old and I still remember it like it was yesterday
Walton, Robert, LSEAMEN 3RD CLASSFeb 3, 1947 – Mar 1, 1949DeckHe was my Dad now deceased.He died in 2006 and was buried in The National Cemetary,in Chattanooga,TN.I am very proud of his service in The United States Navy. If anyone remembers him feel free to contact me.
Van Tornhout, CharlesEMP2cDec 15, 1947 – Dec 20, 1948E-DivisionI took the test and passed, was promoted to Elec. Mate Power 2c. Worked in Fwd. Fireroom and Engineroom on all 440volt circuits, plus two 1250 KW generators. Would still be serving in the Navy if they hadn't decommissi

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