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USS Harlan County (LST 1196) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Harlan County (LST 1196). 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 413 crew members registered for the USS Harlan County (LST 1196).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1972 | 1973 – 1975 | 1976 – 1977 | 1978 – 1981 | 1982 – 1984 | 1985 – 1987 | 1988 – 1990 | 1991 – now

Skidmore, Mark (Skid)EM31985 – Oct 1989E (Electricians Mate)I served on the Harlan County in the late 80's under "Gator John" O'Neil. I did a Med, a UNITAS, South Africa, and a bunch of Carribbean time. Drop me a note!
Luebke, JeffBM21985 – 19891st, 2ndThe best of times.
Morris, JoeOS2Jan 1985 – Jul 1988OIHad a great time, made a lot of friends. wish i was still there some days.
Bray, James//////boswain BrayE4/BMJan 1985 – Apr 1987DECKStill here guys,..????OUR EXPERIANCES MOST LIKELY HAD A BIT TO DO WITH IT......ROCK THE HELL OWN., 2515041323
Kovacs, Robert (Cb)CM3Jan 31, 1985 – Jul 30, 19861st, 2nd, SidesI am in contact with many former crew members from my time. We had our first reunion in 2017 in Harlan County, KY. Our next reunion will be back at Harlan County, KY. Updated 9AUG18
McLachlan, Robert (Mac)BM 3Feb 3, 1985 – Feb 3, 19891stHad a lot of good times, made a lot of good friends. i sure miss Jeff Luebke, Mark Turner, Tory McGee, John Walker, Gonzo, Shook, Webster, Cambitze. had a lot of wild times during, Unitas, WATC, and Med cruises.
Oneil, TipHT3Mar 1985 – Nov 1988R
Gates, DarinRM3Mar 6, 1985 – May 13, 1988OPSHad a great time on the Harlan and wonderful memories! I can never forget those trips to South America, Africa, Europe, and the mediterranean. Not to mention the SHELLBACK ceremony! Where else do you get to do that?!
O'Neil, DougHT3Mar 10, 1985 – Nov 17, 1988RepairI really miss the good times we had, and all the friendships that were made. Love to all. e-mail me!!
Wheeler, RichFC 1May 1, 1985 – Aug 31, 1989electronicsUse up all your "bongo bucks" for christmas! Comming up on 20 in, 20 out.
Coleman, CraigEM3May 18, 1985 – Jun 21, 1986A&EGood times onboard. Wish I could get in contact with Jeff Eikstadt, Mervin Stout or anyone else. Skaggs, ENS Fossa, ENS Robinson good to see you all. Give me a holler sometimes at I'm still in for another year.
Borsey, PatricksksnMay 27, 1985 – May 27, 1989supply
Adams, AllenBtFnJun 1, 1985 – May 1988M div boilers evapsKellogg baker Lopez Rg Hill Frantzen. Broke my right hand in Italy and left the ship. Got out in 95 in SD. Had a good crew and good time.
Lusk, Michael R.SGT/E-5Jul 1985 – Jul 1985embarked MarineSpent one night aboard before a beach landing at Camp LeJeune, NC for a training operation. Proud to be a small part of a big tradition.
Febus, TonyOSSNJul 1985 – Nov 1988OI
Fossa, JamesENS - LTJGJul 11, 1985 – Feb 8, 1988A&E, 3rd
Triplett, Tracy ( Gator Trip )EN5Jul 25, 1985 – Jul 25, 1990M # 3 Eng Room A-GangStill hear 2A and 2C and have yet to recover from all the lost sleep. 21 knots to the closet bar. gator turns !!!! "Once a hole snipe, always a hole snipe". OPPEE anyone?
Kellogg, BrianBT3Oct 12, 1985 – Apr 15, 1990engineeringHey there i was just wondering how the 2 boys form engine room 3 were doing. its been a really long time. sure would like to hear from you triplett and booter. hope that you can remember me.
Pearsall, MarkFNNov 1985 – Jan 1987how could I forget unitas!!!!!
Spangler, Duane (Spanky)Sm3Nov 1985 – May 1988Deck/opsMany great memories and experiences on the Darlin, it always brings a smile to my face. Unitas, shellback ceremony, and the med.
Robinson, RussellENS-LTJGNov 25, 1985 – Apr 6, 1988Weapons officer,Cic officerI remember great times aboard the Darlin' Harlan county. Im still in the navy (reserves)LCDR and looking forward to retirement. I will always remember the Harlan County!
Dan, BaderRM1(SW)1986 – 1990OC
Webster, ScottGMG31986 – 19893rdStarted in 1st and ended up in 3rd. Still remember my "DECK APE" which was all about working hard and playing harder.
Heath, Stacy profile iconHM1986 – 1988OX
Wiedeman, James ("J.r.")RM2(SW)1986 – 1988Operations - Radio/CommunicationsI was an RM2 and earned my ESWS during a Med Cruise aboard this ship. I will never forget that cruise or the West African Training Cruise that followed. What a rough ride she could be!
Billows, RandyEM31986 – 1989Electic shopHad a lot of fun aboard the harlon county , Would love to hook up with people from my era
Sibrel, DavidEn 41986 – 1988EngineeringServed under the best chief petty officers in my opinion at that time.
Jensen, GregoryEM2Jan 1986 – Jan 1988Electrical division
Reilly, KevinIC2Jan 12, 1986 – Jan 8, 1988A&ELooking for of the old crew from UNITAS/WATC '86.
Charles, JoesnipeJan 15, 1986 – Feb 10, 1988main controlHey every one. Charles from Baltimore. Tripplett you came down a couple of times with drinkwater and Mcgee. Any one know what happen to Donald Werner
Zawada, NickOS2 (SW)Mar 1986 – Sep 1989OIO1I enjoyed my time onboard. Some of my best memories. Would like to say hi to all I sailed with. Hoping all is well.
Leary, SilvesterSK2Apr 1, 1986 – Sep 9, 1988Supply
Willis, ThomasHTC FNNov 1986 – May 1990RepairBest ship in the fleet at that captain. Bust crew. R Division was #1
Blalock, WayneYN3Nov 22, 1986 – Feb 1988OPERATIONSI served on the USS HARLAN COUNTY under Captain BURKE and Captain O'NEIL. I worked in the ships office as a Yeoman. I was very young but had some great experiences that I will remember forever. I went on the UNITAS
Poole, RobertHT 3Dec 30, 1986 – Aug 2, 1990RI am originally from New York City, now living in Greenboro, NC. Great times on the Harlan. MARG Cruise 1988 and WATC 1989. Just missed the Unitas 1986.
Bigelow, PaulSK21987 – 1989s-1
Till, DanielMS21987 – 1989S-2
Cortez, FelixE41987 – 1988MS
Pacheco, Christopher (Chico)SNJan 7, 1987 – Aug 15, 1987DeckWhere is Bob Cromy? and John Chambers, do you remember the Machete in Puerto Rico?? You're welcome!! Sorry I had to leave the ship guys, my accident sucked!!! Doing Great now!!
Koonce, JohnQMCS(SW)Jan 7, 1987 – Sep 29, 1989NavigationWas a good ship and a good crew, Was my last at sea assignment. Retired in 1992 from Virginia Military Instuite. Living in Charlotte, NC now hope to hear from some of the old crew.
Poe, RayEN3Feb 1987 – Jul 1990MAlot of great memories, miss the ship and the crew.
McGuirk, Martin (Marty)ENS, LTJGFeb 2, 1987 – Jul 2, 1990Asst. 1st LT. 1st, 3rdWow, Gonzo and chambers both listed on here! Never forget the days bouncing around in the PL, and nights bouncing around in port! Still serving -- only as a civilian military/DHS contractor in DC area.
Shook, David ShookieGMG3Mar 19, 1987 – Mar 19, 1991
Cunningham, Bruce "Booter"EN2Apr 1987 – Oct 1991Engineering - EMO3I worked in 3 engine room my whole tour. It was very challenging and rewarding. I made a lot of good friends. I'm proud that the Harlan was my 1st tour of duty in the Navy.
Kolb, AlexPCApr 1987 – Feb 27, 1990OXI had a good time there except for sea sickness. I liked all of you and hope everyone is doing well.My regards to Bob Poole, Jeorge Segura, Mike Castor, The Zumwalt brothers and others. 240 characters isn't enough.
Kephart, KeppyBM2Apr 1987 – Mar 17, 19912ndGreat time and many learning experiences on the Darlin Harlan. Does anyone remember the Unitas shell back ceremony? I know we did it around the dateline which would have made us golden shell backs. Let me know!
Drews, TomYN3Apr 1987 – Aug 1990OXGreat memories!
Bovender, JimHT2Apr 1, 1987 – Feb 17, 1990RepairGreat ship and great crew. I should have never left her. I still remember all the good time and people like Mac, Poole, Willis, Deagleman, Triplit and the list goes on. Take care guys and enjoy.
Castor, MichaelPC3Jul 1987 – Jan 4, 1991Hello to all my old shipmates, Have some Great memories from my time on the Harlan. Drive semi over the road now so if ya know me drop me a line (Subject -Harlan county) may be able to meet up out on the American Highway.
Caputo, JoeET3Jul 1, 1987 – 1989OEHad fun and had to go. Left in 89 for a split sea tour. Currently living in Suffolk VA. Also on Facebook.
Eddy, BrianEN2 (SW)Aug 1987 – Jul 1990MHole snipes for the win! I worked in all three enginerooms in my time onboard but Main Control for the most time. Tripplet, Cunningham, been a long time. I now work at NAASCO (they built the ship).
De La Fuente, EdwardSN (THEN) NOW BM1 IN THE NAVY RESERVES (WICHITA)Sep 18, 1987 – Jun 1, 1989DECK (2ndThe Harlan County (SUPERGATOR) Was my only active duty ship in The US Navy. Great ship, Great Crew and I miss you a lot. Thanks for being part of my life.
James, BradYN3/YEOMANOct 23, 1987 – Apr 23, 1991ExecutiveI enjoyed my time onboard the USS Harlan County with our Captain Gartor John. You can contact me at

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