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Red Rippers (VF 11) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Red Rippers (VF 11). 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 34 crew members registered for the Red Rippers (VF 11).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Barg, William G.AECAug 28, 1950 – Aug 28, 1974
Whitaker, DonAD2May 1, 1952 – Mar 1, 1953Assigned to VF 11 NAS Jax went to Norfolk to board USS Oriskany in May 52 for trip to North Island,CA via Cape Horn. Arr CA late July and Sqd was loaded aboard USS Kearsarge for tour of duty off Korea.
Harwood, PaulANSep 1957 – Mar 1959Anybody left from the 1958 Rippers?
Hoppe, RichardADJ E4Feb 8, 1961 – Feb 5, 1966VF-11 Plane captain/ADJ shop/ CVA 42
Messer, Glenaqf21963 – 1967
Harris, DavidE3 Yeoman1964 – Aug 1965Had fun times both at Cecil Field and aboard the FDR. Remember returning to Bayonne, NJ dry dock for repairs with liberty in NYC. Does anyone remember McCorvey Motors where we bought our cars and used to meet?
Johnson, RonaldAQF3Jun 9, 1964 – Sep 20, 1966
Cook, JoeADJ 3Sep 12, 1965 – Sep 12, 1971Anyone remember those creepy crack watches after the fire down in the roaring 40's?
Parks, George EE51966 – 1969I am listing this for my father who lives in the stone age and has no computer at home. He retired from the Navy in 1983 and still lives in Norfolk with my mother and is also now retired from the airlines (2002)
Casady, ChrisAME31968 – 1972
Adami, John Nickname Was RockE-3 AirmanJul 6, 1968 – Apr 1970I came aboard the USS Forrestal in 1968 and was assigned to Squadron VF-11 the Red Rippers. Had a number of buddies ( Steve Parrish, Mike Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Gabe, ). I am retired now . Living in Minnesota
Thompson, Richard1969 – 1971
Krieg, FloydAO4Jan 1969 – Jun 6, 1973Looking for old friends that I served with during my time with VF-11 Red Rippers
Thompson, RichardAMH-3May 1969 – 1971
Keith, JohnAE3Nov 1969 – Jul 8, 1970Never forget my time on the Forrestal.
Day, DarylADJ3Jan 3, 1970 – Jul 1971replaced one of the adj that was in the fire
Phillips, Gene profile iconAE2Jun 1970 – Feb 1973Plane Captain 70-71 Cruise on Forrestal AE Shop/Flight Deck Troubleshooter 72/73 Cruise
Cantu, JimmieAQ-21972 – 1975I really enjoyed my time on the FID. I made 3 cruses on her. It was not always good, But I made some good friends. I wish I could make contact with some of them.
Johnson, GaryAE2Mar 1972 – 1973
Cantu, JimmieAQ-2May 1, 1975 – Sep 23, 1978For the most part I had an unforgetable tour on the FID. I worked in the avionics shop with the squadron, IM-3 W/C 630 when TAD to the ship. I my last cruse I was a MAA. Looking for shipmates, R. Osborne, D. Charpentier
Jaggers, GroverAQ2Jan 1976 – Dec 1978Hello fellow shipmates, squadron mates. My experience in the Navy and aboard the Forrestal was an enriching experience in life sharing work, travel, play and brotherhood. Enjoy the rest of life to the best you can, remember the memories.
Floyd, DwightMS3Jul 1976 – Dec 1979looking for john veltree, he was the ships taylor. hpoe uare doing well. also looking for Bruce Spell worked in vf-11 jet mechanic.
Miller, Thomas profile iconAK2Apr 4, 1978 – Oct 16, 1981
Wells, Terence (Terry)AD2Oct 1, 1979 – Jul 3, 1982Had some great times with the Red Rippers. Contact me so we can get caught up on where life has taken us. Came aboard for the 78 cruise. Made the 79-80 cruise and then made the switch to F-14's for the 82 cruise.
Gumpright, Bob profile iconLT1981 – 1984
Dolbow Jr, George DAME3Oct 15, 1982 – May 11, 1985
Rodier, Billao31984 – 1988any old friends out there? rodierrap@aol.com
Carey, John "Gizmo"OS1 (AW)Oct 1987 – May 1990AICS c/s Gizmo
Kersh, DouglasAT21988 – 1992
Randall, JamesAMS3Jan 1988 – Jan 1991looking for old crewmates.
Barnard, KennethAT3Sep 2, 1990 – May 1, 1992Deployed on the final active cruise on the USS Forrestal (Operation Provide Comfort).
Stafford, JeffAE/ANJan 1992 – Oct 1994Made transition and first cruise with the F-14D.
Ridgeway, Alan, profile iconAirmanJan 1995 – Jan 1997Looking to reconnect with former squadron mates.
Buck, WilliamAZ1Apr 15, 1996 – Apr 1, 2000I checked onboard VF-11 prior to our cruise on USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and moved with them to NAS Oceana.

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