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Crusaders / Sunliners (VA 81) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Crusaders / Sunliners (VA 81). 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 23 crew members registered for the Crusaders / Sunliners (VA 81).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
McDowell, GradyAM3Jun 1957 – May 1961
Briggs, JohnE51959 – 1962Adding info for my Dad. He served 1959-1962 in Atkron 81 Crusaders for two Med cruises.
Sunday, Jack (Monk)AMSANOct 1961 – Jun 1963was plane captain for commanding officer (LCDR Rumble) and enjoyed the familiarity of any and all personnel am curious to know the date and name of hurricane the Forrestal was caught in during 62
Lodwick, BobAQ31967 – 1969
Driscoll, ThomasAT1Jul 1967 – Aug 1968
Thyret, Johnadj-31968 –Served with sullivan, scot, and vernon and we're making plans to visit the jfk one more time incase anybody else is interested. We all worked on the line and wouldn't mind swapping some stories...beer would be okay too!
Wright, James (J.g.)AT-2Aug 1969 – Apr 1971
Wright, J.g.AT-2Sep 1969 – Apr 1971
Szymanski, JosephAQ1Mar 1972 – Mar 1976
Thnompson, Clarence (Chick0AT2May 15, 1972 – Mar 13, 1976Made 3 cruises with the airwing CAG 17 and 3 cruises ships company
Pettis, Grege-4Jul 18, 1972 – Aug 19, 1975I was a plain captain
Anaya, ArthurAviation StorekeeperSep 12, 1972 – Jul 31, 1975Most of the first cruise was spent TAD to ships company like so many newbie's.That Cruise was ten months long Boatswin mate Callaway and Livermore were in charge of berthing area. Airman Stoll and Airman Mace Friends
Smith, MichaelAT3 THEN AT2Jul 18, 1974 – Jul 1977
McCombs, LeeAZ21976 – 1980
Gillies, BruceSNJul 1, 1977 – Dec 15, 1978Made the 1978 Med Cruise aboard FORRESTAL. Was in Personnel Office after a brief stint in the Line Division.
Gumpright, Bob profile iconENS-LTJG1978 – 1980
Branning, JohnAMCS E-8Jun 22, 1979 – Jul 2, 1982Deployed twice on USS Forrestal
Weaver, Rickeye-3Oct 1979 – Oct 1987anyone there from the line
Kyser Jr, Ken profile iconAMS31981 – 1984What Memories?.... They will last a lifetime!
Peters, CharlesHM2Jan 4, 1983 – Jun 1, 1986Did first two tours on USS Saratoga. First cruise was love boat cruise. 2nd involved Libya and Achielle Lauro hijackers. But did Christmas in Singapore, stopped off in Diego Garcia. Became a shellback with Sunliners.
Birely, Robert/bobAMS 3Aug 1983 – May 17, 1987
Giblin, MichaelE3Dec 1983 – 1985Hello Line Division VA-81
Honey, Gary (Doc) profile iconAMS3Mar 1, 1987 – Feb 1989

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