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Swordsmen (VA 145) Crew List

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There are 31 crew members registered for the Swordsmen (VA 145).

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Hall, Richard (Rick)AD2Mar 1955 – Sep 1956AD2 Line LPO under ADC Duffy on Boxer (CVA-21) TO WesPac June '55- Jan56 Retired ADRC to Co. Springs Jan 1975 I'm in the book
Fernandez, Joe LPO-2 (E5)1959 – 1962While attached to VA-145 we made a cruise to Westpac aboard the USS Oriskany in 1960. In 1961-1962 we made a second cruise to Westpac this time aboard USS Lexington. I am a life member of VFW post 1022 in Coffeyville Ks
Morris, WayneATR-3Apr 15, 1964 – Apr 15, 1966
Wheeler, DougADR3Jan 1965 – Jan 1968Made a WestPac on Ranger in '66 as a plane captain on 507. I was sent TDY to VA 176 in Mayport in '67 and did a Med Cruise on Saratoga and returned to VA 145 in December 67 in Alameda. I now live in southern California.
Mehlhaff, Jerry.az3Mar 16, 1965 – Mar 16, 1967i did the 1966 cruise on the ranger cva 61 worked in operations. when dieter dengler was shot down and escaped six months later
Gentry, MikeAO 3Apr 1968 – Dec 1971Wildman I know your out there, is anybody else?
Clay, RoyceAMH 2Jun 1968 – Jul 1969
Garnett, Dave AO 3Sep 1968 – Apr 1970May GOD have mercy on the souls lost 1-14-1969 while we served aboard the USS Enterprise CVA(N)65.
Henry, James -boatsABF 2Sep 1968 – Nov 1969went TAD as MAA in chow hall until Jan.15 1969 then went back to VA 145 as plane captain was trapped below decks during fire near laundry area .Loved the ship.
Cedillos, ManuelAviation fire control Second class petty officerOct 15, 1968 – Jul 2, 1971Came to squadron late 1968. Onboard during the 1969 fire on the USS Enterprise. Did a tour of nam. Second tour on the USS Ranger. After returning to stateside went to the east coast
Jorgensen, ThomasAQB3Jan 1969 – Jul 1969Came aboard with VA-145 in January 1969. I Worked in the AQ shop until after the fire of January 14, 1969. After the fire II served as an AQ flight deck troubleshooter with AQ1 Bob Richardson.
Sanchez, Daniel M.AQB3Jan 1969 – Jul 2, 1969I was transferred from NAS Oceana AIMD in November 1969. I was assigned to the AQ Shop as we completed mods to our A6A Intruders. When we came aboard the Big E, I was transferred to IM3 and worked in the SACE shop.
McCartney, PatAMS 2Jan 4, 1969 – Sep 29, 1973
Weber, Henry (Hank)AT-3Apr 1969 – Jul 1969
Wikoff, PaulAMS3Aug 1, 1971 – Aug 7, 1972Had agreat time in Whidbey. Wish I would have made the cruise with them .Got out right before the westpac
Mickles, CrawfordAirman E-31972 – 1973Transferred from VA-165, 1972. Enjoyed time at Whidbey and Westpac aboard the Ranger. Began separation in PI just before end of cruise in April or May 1973. Wished I could have finished.
Norfleet, William/fleetadj-3Jun 1972 – Aug 1974Enjoyed serving on the Ranger
Richards, Larrye5Jan 22, 1974 – Jan 16, 1978
Wells, James O. (Joe) profile iconAMS3/E41978 – 1981 2 WESTPACS with VA145. 1979 and 1980/81. Served with alot of great people. Made some good friends. Crud crew night shift! Remember the riots in Japan? J&S bar in Po city? Want to hear from my shipmates from then.
Factor, KennethAO21978 – 1983The Swordsmen were my first command out of A School in Millington, TN. Made a few brothers while I was there. Jose Acevedo, Greg Thompson, Miguel Bosse, and Gene Pierce were some of those.
Wells, JoeE41979 – 1981
Cabrera, Ricardo Aka Rick The Shark From MiamiAD2Aug 28, 1979 – May 22, 19831980-81 Westpac aboard USS Ranger CV-61 as a PC in Line Division with Chief Cecil Rivers and AD1 Mithuen 1982 Westpac aboard Ranger with Power Plants Branch w Chief Calvin Mithuen- Thanks for life lessons taught Gents
Murphy, Michael profile iconAASep 1980 – May 1981I was sent straight from Boot-camp to Hawaii to meet the Ranger for my 1st West-Pac. I will never forget all the wonderful places I visited, or the day I read in the Rangergram, "Ex-Beatle shot dead by screwball"
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Gray, LeroyAMS31984 – 1988
Koenig, GregADANApr 1987 – Jan 1990Met some good people during my time in VA145. Ones that I'll never forget!! Ken Hough John Dressler Scottie Thompson John DeGolia Ken Long Chris Calhoon David Harpol Greg Conner and so many more!!! Good times!
Winfield, Gregory08212Mar 29, 1990 – 1994
Nunez, Roldan The ManAME 31991 – Jan 1993Lots of fun memories. Great crew and great ship
Bignall, BarnabasADAN1991 – 1992
Menzer, HansATAN1991 – 1993Great time with VA-145 and whidbey island going back this spring for the first time
Figueroa, Erick "fig"AD- MECHApr 28, 1991 – Oct 4, 1993
Attwood, Reuel profile iconAZ2Aug 20, 1992 – Oct 15, 1993Looking for anybody I know ...

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