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USS Sumter (LST 1181) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Sumter (LST 1181). 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 253 crew members registered for the USS Sumter (LST 1181).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1973 | 1974 – 1977 | 1978 – 1981 | 1982 – 1985 | 1986 – 1989 | 1990 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Moore, GregoryRM3Nov 1969 – Feb 1973radioat the time did not know how much fun I was having miss all my old shipmates Plank Owner
Forsythe, DonBMSN1970 – Apr 19722ndPlank Owner, Assault Boat Coxswain, Ships Librarian
Mounts, James (Jim)ETN2Mar 1970 – Jul 1972CommPlank owner to July 1972
West, JerryFTG-3Mar 1970 – Aug 1972GunneryPlank Owner, youngest sailor on board ship for two years. Precommisioning detail, had time of my life, geat friends, Have fond memories of shipmates like David Meyering, (Mort), Morris Kulsinski, (Ski) Ted Morris, etc
Anderson, MitchellBMSNApr 1970 – Oct 23, 1973First DivisionPlank Owner, PMS Co-Coordinator for 1st Div. It was the best experience ever. It was a privilege to serve on board our ship. I am looking for Doug (Shorty) Rogers of Oregon. Our crew, I certainly would like to hear from you too! Andy
Abbott, PeteSNApr 1970 – Jan 1971Gunnersmate DeckforcePlank Owner. Came onboard as skeleton crew in shipyard Philadelphia. Assigned to deck-force, gunners mate division. I remember we carried a WW2 one man sub to the west coast. Great crew. I enjoyed my time on board.
Armistead, JerrySK1Apr 15, 1970 – Jun 15, 1971S-1I was a plank owner. Completed commissioning. Involved in rotation thru Panama Canal. Completed 1st deploymrnt to WESPAC Transfered to Japan June 71'
George, WilliamENCMay 1, 1970 – Sep 29, 1982M/ABest duty station. Plank Owner. Two tours started out as a FN left as a Chief. Steamed both coasts. Had a great crew on both Tours
Lake, Johne5May 1, 1970 – Oct 15, 1976SupplyFirst Baker on the USS sumter lst 1181 Had many hair cuts from Andy Anderson.
Brown, JaySNJun 1970 – Dec 31, 1970Deck YNPlank Owner! Great ship - Great crew!!
Wilfong, AveryEN3Jun 1970 – Sep 1973M DivPlankowner... Made some friends I'm still in touch with today.
Bolton, RoyEN3Jun 20, 1970 – Oct 1971Would like to hear from any other origional plank owners.
Lienau, JosephHT3Jun 20, 1970 – Sep 1972EngineeringPhiladelphia, PA; Norfork, VA; Charlston, S.C.; Jamaica; Panama Canal; Metzatlan, MEX; Long Beach, CA; San Diego, CA; Acapulco, MEX; Hawaii; Guam; Philipines; Okinawa; Japan; Hong Kong; Java; Shri Lanka; Thailand; etc. Best time of my life
Fryer, DonaldBM/SK3Jun 20, 1970 – Feb 28, 19731ST/Supply
Anderson, Gilbert ( Andy)SH3Jun 20, 1970 – Sep 15, 1972SupplyPlank owner,first ships barber,great group of sailors,left the Navy in Aug 1979 as SH1.
Bauer, MikeRM3Aug 1970 – Dec 1972Comm
Kelly, CharlesRMSA - RM2Sep 1970 – Dec 23, 1973Radio
Dennis, Raymond (Ray)RM2Oct 30, 1970 – Jul 1972WestnavfleetMade two Westpacs While ship was home-portedin Long Beach. I was on her first crew after she was built in Virginia.
Wright, Leonard/ GrumpyQMCNov 1970 – Mar 1994navigationlooking for old shipmates who remembered that sailors did have a heck of a lot of fun.
Smay, TommyDC3Dec 1970 – Aug 1972R Division, Shipfitter shopEnjoyed my time aboard the Gamecock, a member of the SF/DC shop with a great bunch of guys, slept in troop berthing in the canvas racks, and always had clean & pressed clothing. Stayed in the Navy, Retired as a DCCM.
Gende, H. TomHT31971 – 1974HULL TECHHas anyone have dates or info when we were over in Vietnam and in dunang horbor ? Trying too file for agent orange prostrate cancer . Any help ? Thanks
Saulls, KenHT-2Jun 15, 1971 – Dec 15, 1971REPAIRMet a lot of good people and was able to go to Acapulco, Mexico. Had a ball aboard and was the first time I tasted lobster while on the Sumter. Great accomodations, slept in troop berthing next to laundry. Always had pressed dungarees.
Grass, WilliamRM3Jun 18, 1971 – Jan 28, 1973OC DIV.Had fun. first ship, not my last. Only bad thing, I missed Canada. Got volunteered for Apollo recovery ship. Best ship I been on in twenty Years.
Griggs, JimSK2Jul 1, 1971 – Aug 15, 1973SupplyDuring my time aboard the Gamecock: we left San Diego; made a WESPAC cruise (Viet Nam, Japan, PI, Indonesia, Thailand); returned CONUS; moved to Little Creek, VA via Panama Canal
Ward, VernonEN1Feb 11, 1972 – Dec 28, 1972EngineeringLots of underway, Marines and racial tension. One tour was enough for me. Although I did retire as a Warrant after 30 years. Love the Navy.
Dowis, MarkBMSNMar 1972 – Oct 1974Deck and then A-Gang for a year or soMiss the days of the Navy. Came on board about a month before we were transfered to Little Creek, Va. My daughter just enlisted last week in the USN and going into electronics A school. My oldest son in Air Force a little over a year.
Davenel, MelHT3Apr 1972 – Dec 1973Hull TechGreat ship. Great crew! Unforgettable memories! (except racial unrest by a few marines) . Viet Nam,The Panama Canal,Thailand,Indonesia,Subic Bay,Ceylon,Puerto Rico. That hurricane was a rough ride! Miss you guys!
Smithwick, Lenual (Dirt Road)RM3May 24, 1972 – Jul 25, 1975OCJOHN BENNETT CONTACT ME
Campbell, Anthony profile iconEN2Jun 10, 1972 – Apr 1, 1974M DivisionReported aboard by Chinook in the Gulf of Tonkin. Saw a lot of places on the Gamecock, Pacific, Atlantic and Med. Great crew, still have contact with some. Let's all get together for a reunion.
Chamberlin, MikeE-3Aug 1972 – Jun 1975Eng. rms.,Auxiliary GangHit a lot of great times that I"ll never forget. Partied with Mark Dowis a lot, Don Via was E1 Worked in Eng. Rm. #3, then went to A-Gang.
L'horty, EdBM3Aug 8, 1972 – Aug 10, 1975second deck aperandy cumby remember the steaks you cooked for me &deb stacey was only 2 then yes frenchy & harry smooth i remember & mcpee & farfundy& dowis had a great time not enough time to name averyone see ya
Robran, Gerald RobranE3Sep 5, 1972 – Jun 18, 1974Fire ControlWhat a great experience!
Sutherland, GeorgeEN2Oct 1, 1972 – Jun 4, 1974MGreat Ship Great Crew
Pafundi, JayMS3Nov 5, 1972 – Aug 7, 1975It was the best time of my life.
Lutz, ThomasIC2Dec 1972 – May 1976RReported to Long Beach, CA and ship deployed that morning to Little Creek VA missed the trip through Panama Canal.
Stevens, LowellE3 ENGINMAN1973 – 1975A GangI worked in A gang and stood engin watches i worked for EN1 MOON and George Sutherland ,I also worked in air cond. and refrigeration.,i stood evaporator watches also.
Batts, WilliamEM-21973 – 1975R
Jordan, BarryE31973 – 1976EngineShout out to Ken Harry, Dean Chance and Hector Ortiz.
Cumbie, Randy (Gumby) profile iconGMG31973 – 1975FOXLooking for Buddha..."Pete Stohberg"
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Frechette, Bob Aka FrenchyBM3Jan 15, 1973 – Sep 15, 1975DeckLots of great friends, think of those good times often made a couple of Med cruises in 73 and 74 hung out with Harry Smooth, Cumbie, Morrison
Cumbie, Randy / GumbyGMGSNFeb 3, 1973 – Mar 27, 1975FOXMet some Great Friends, Harry Smooth, Frenchy, Buddha, Had some Unbelievable times..God I miss some of these guys.Pete (Buddha), Frenchy, Mcpee...Contact me!!!!
Francis, GeorgeCPL/SGT.Oct 1973 – Mar 1974ships det. 3rd Battillion, 6th Marines- India Co.the rocking and rolling of this flat bottom ship made me thank god I was a Grunt. At least I could get to dry land when need. But it was a great time wouldn't trade it for anything.
Lamphire, Louis (Mike)PN2Dec 1973 – Feb 1977Admin Dept.Have a lot of great memories of crew. Retired from Recruiting Duty in Richmond Va Jun 80.

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