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Champions (VA 56) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Champions (VA 56). 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 56 crew members registered for the Champions (VA 56).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1979 | 1980 – now

Carotto, LouYN4Oct 3, 1960 – Feb 23, 1964
Ed Mattocks, ElwinADJ1Dec 17, 1962 – Oct 23, 1965
Komar, JeffADJ31967 – 1970Enterprise cruise in 1967 and Ranger cruise in 1969
Deland, DonAQF21969 – 1970
Jerome, Jerry profile iconE4Feb 1969 – Jun 1971This was a great time in my life. Made many friend (can't remember names). Based in Lemoore, USS Ranger cruise in 1969 ame USS Midway cruise in 1971. Home base Oregon but full time RV'er for now.
Deland, DonAQ21970 – 1971
Knight, Richard  NEWE-4Mar 21, 1970 – Nov 19, 1971Great Ship,good times! still looking for my Chief George Pennington
Richards, RayAQ2Aug 1970 – May 1973Still remember the A-6 Crash in October 1972 when we lost AO2 Mitch Blankenship. Also Lost Lt Gary Shank. Best to all that served.
Clark, SteveYN3Nov 1970 – Aug 1972
Patterson, DavidlieutenantDec 5, 1970 – Dec 10, 1971Retired in AL.
Reina, Roy RAMH 3 Class1971 – 1973I was proud to serve with my Brother Fred Reina
Savage, Ken profile iconADJ-3Jun 22, 1971 – Feb 1, 1972I was assigned to the VA-56 Line as an A-7 Plane Captain. I loved working on the flight deck. My time on the Midway is a time I'll never forget.
Dowell, DevonAE4Mar 1972 – Aug 1973
Berger, RalphE4Apr 1972 – Mar 1973
Armstrong, DennisADJ3Jul 1, 1972 – Jul 1, 1972Looking for a few friends, Ed Bishop with VA 56 & Dave Taylor with VA 93
Westover, FrankAMH-ANDec 1973 – Jun 1975Worked the Airframe Shop and the Corrosion Control Shop
Cross, BrianE-51974 – 1975
Adams, RobertAD 2Sep 1974 – Sep 1975
Burton, GregoryE3Sep 10, 1974 – Jul 1, 1976looking for any of my buddies
Hammond, DanielADJ3Apr 1, 1975 – May 1, 1977Served on the line as a plane captain, later assigned to Power Plants; worked the flightdeck as a Troubleshooter.
Kappen, Kenny (Kap)AE2Dec 1975 – Dec 1977Plane Captain- AE Shop-Troubleshooter-Shellback, Served under the coolest skipper of all *Starbird* We weren't called the "Champs" for nuthin, by far the most superior attack squadron in the Navy.
Montgomery, BillAD21976 – 1978Hello to anyone I served with, been so long ago I cant remember the exact dates. Some Great memories of the guys I was with and the places we've seen.
Lanier, Jon (Cowboy)AMEJul 1976 – Jul 1979What a Great Time
Garten, TomAD3Sep 1976 – Oct 1978
Gruninger, LouisAZ3Nov 1976 – Dec 1978
Baird, DaveAMS31977 – 1980Had a great time worked for an excellent squadron. Was there for the first hostage episode in Iran.
Yoshizumi, AlanAE21977 – 1980
Murphy, Kevin, Murph The SurfAD1Jan 21, 1977 – Jul 14, 1979I will never forget the great times with all of my mates. Friends forever. Sad to know that several are no longer with us. It would be great to get a bunch of us together again. My last name is now Beck. Had to change it. Contact me.
Servatius, RickAT 3Mar 1977 – Mar 1979Looking for Murph and Mark Johnson (Ronald Mark Johnson?) We have reunions all the time y'all, where are you?
Milthaler, JimAMH2May 29, 1977 – Apr 11, 1979A fantastic experience. Working with some of the best professional pilots, officers, and enlisted men ever. The travels around the world will forever be embedded in my memories.
Snow, JohonAO1Sep 1, 1977 – Aug 10, 1981
Snow, John W Snow Jr JohonAOCSep 10, 1977 – Sep 10, 1981
Singleton, Samuelpn2Jan 15, 1978 – Sep 20, 1981Looking for anyone officer/enlisted who was stationed with me at va-56. Especially looking for Scottie Dennis. psl email me at
Blank, EdwardAMS2Feb 1978 – Mar 1980Any Champ Airframers who were on the winter '79 cruise.
Lopes, MarioMS-3Feb 2, 1978 – Dec 21, 1980Loved that ship...The USS Never Dock ...we used to jokingly call her..I Had a bunch of cool hommies in my Squadron and in Supply. .i stayed in trouble with command ...but had a ball i remember going AWOL in Australia
Watts, JohnAMS 3Nov 1, 1978 – Nov 15, 1980GREAT TIMES
Hayward Jr, WarrenAE-2Dec 7, 1978 – Dec 5, 1979I was with the Midway for one year, with the CHAMPIONS of VA-56.
Orena, FrankAT21979 – 1981
Pasker, Herman Amh-1AMH-1Feb 1, 1979 – Mar 1, 1984Its been a long time but the memories of VA-56 and Midway magic have held fast all these years.
Williams, DavidAE2Nov 1, 1979 – Nov 1, 1981It was a great time, would like to hear from people I served with.

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