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Sidewinders (VA 86) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Sidewinders (VA 86). 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 54 crew members registered for the Sidewinders (VA 86).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1978 | 1979 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Hudson, CarsonAE1Jul 1, 1955 – Sep 1956 VF84 was decommissoned 1 July and we were commissioned VA86 at the same time with the F7U3M [gutless] Cutlass A/C.
Miller, Frederick RAIRMANAug 1955 – May 1958TAD to NAS Oceana Photo Lab. I volunteer for mess cooking if I could be sent TAD to the Photo Lab.
Dusch, ThomasADJ31959 –Was Proud To Have Served in VA86 before I was discharged.
Bobbett, GarryMay 19, 1959 – Jun 4, 1962
Wilson, Wayneadj-31961 – 1963trying to locate somone from the USS America, Francis L Rowell jr.
Martin, PriceAO2Jul 24, 1961 – Jun 16, 1964Checked in as AO3 and left as AO2. I left the Navy as AOC. I can honestly say this was the finest Ordnance crew in the finest squadron of my career.
Laudeman, BillADJ3Apr 12, 1962 – Dec 1965A GREAT CREW AND SOME REALLY GREAT FRIENDS
Fugate, Hoy LAO3Apr 19, 1962 – Dec 31, 1965
Fick, SteveAZ3Jul 1964 – Jun 23, 1966Would love to hear from some of my old shipmates
Roy Jr, GerardAMH-31965 – 1968
Manzi, FeliceAME-3Jan 19, 1965 – Sep 8, 1967anyone in VA-86 in 19965 to 1967
West, BobAO-3Apr 25, 1965 – Mar 30, 1967
Baumann, George (Bo)ADJ3Mar 1966 – Jan 1968
Brincat, EdwinADJ 3Jun 15, 1966 – Jun 15, 1970
Case, GeorgeATN2Apr 10, 1967 – Aug 12, 1969Iwas a memeber of the IWT for the first westpac cruise of an eastcoast ATA/A7B squandron . I am also a plankowner f of the sidewinders A7 Squadron
Demmon, ErnestAQ 2Aug 1967 – Jul 6, 1971I joined VA 86 on board the USS America in the Tonkin Gulf and make the next trip on the Coral Sea with some of the best guys I ever met
Diaz, AllenAME - 2ND CLASSAug 14, 1968 –I am looking for Bill Krug who was in another squadron aboard the west pac cruise. If anyone can help me locate him I would appreciate it.
Sanders, John profile iconADJ-2 (Jet Engine Mechanic)1969 – May 1971A-7 Attack Squadron flying Corsair II's
Ham, WilliamYN21969 – 1971Served aboard the USS CORAL SEA....Sept 1969 - July 1970
Hunt, RichardAMH21969 – 1972
Osborn, LionelAO2Jun 1969 – Oct 17, 1970WORKED WITH A GREAT GROUP OF MEN! PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A 'SNAKE!!
Manganiello, Louis4E1971 – 1972Just wondering how many of the guys I worked with during those times are here or where they might be
Milligan, DenisAME-31971 – 1973Although I did work on Egress systems, I was mainly the LOX man...
Veitch, GooberAMH 2Apr 1, 1971 – Sep 30, 197471 med cruise, 72 west pac, 74 med cruise, Chief Welch was my mentor, CDR Yonke commanding officer, LT Jacobson favorite pilot. Close buddys were Ams1 Tisor, AMH3 Brown, AMS3 Leach, McGurit, McLaughlin, JD Hall
Richards, DallasAT-2Aug 1971 – Oct 1972Med cruise 1971; SE Asia/Vietnam 1972; both very memorable.
Richards, DallasAT-2Aug 1971 – Oct 1972Med cruise 1971; SE Asia/Vietnam 1972; both very memorable.
Kovacs, StephenAMH-2Aug 30, 1971 – Aug 20, 1973Was a VA86 Fight-deck Troubleshooter for the first 2/3 of the cruise, then went to AIMD Hyd. Shop. Enjoyed my time on board and got to know a lot of good people back then. Wouldn't change it for the world.
Cavalieri, KennethAO-3Apr 3, 1972 – Jun 16, 1975Meet a lot of great guys while serving. Ralph Capel was our 1st Class but can't remember the chiefs name. Sure would like to see a squadron reunion!
Collins, RonAE3Jun 5, 1972 – Nov 28, 1972What a way to grow up fast on the CVA-66 flight deck! Is there anyone left from the Avionics shop? I remember my first R&R in the Philipines"WOW". Frank and Roy always guided me! Mostly bad, thanks.
Milligan, DenisAME-31973 – 1973During the 71 med cruise I was attached to the laundry dept, 72-73 I was the Lox man and did some work on canopies and ejection seats...would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.
Diehl, Miles (Bobo The Clown) profile iconAQ31973 – 1975I am the oldest son of Miles Diehl. He passed away in August of 2015 and is resting at the National cemetery in jax fl. He always talked about his buddies and loved his ship. God bless you all!
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Myers, James(Jim)AQ1, AQCApr 15, 1974 – May 1974Great bunch of guys
MacHovec, MacAD-3Aug 26, 1974 –it is and was a great sqn/ along with a great ship to serve on
Holt, Thomas/tomAE-21975 – 1978Will never forget my first squadron
Trueamn, ThonasAMS31975 – Mar 8, 1979Started with 86 on first runs with Nimitz, Plank owner in `75 completed 3 cruises, down time stationed on Cecil Feild.
Denenny, MarvinAE2Oct 21, 1976 – Sep 13, 1978Served in VA-86 but was part of AIMD while at Cecil Field and aboard CVN-68
Soltis, CharlieADJ1Nov 15, 1976 – Dec 31, 1980One of my better squadrons during my twenty years of service
Born, Rolf-michaelPR2Dec 1977 – May 1978
Wallace, JoeYNC(AW)Mar 1978 – May 1981Retired
Davidson, RonaldAE2Apr 9, 1978 – Apr 7, 1981Looking for AE2 Ray Battle
Stepp, RayAT-2Oct 14, 1978 – Oct 10, 1980Cant believe I looked on here and saw crawdaddys name. Remember the days of roofing in Jacksonville.Also hey to smitty.

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