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Thunderbolts (VA 176) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Thunderbolts (VA 176). 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 46 crew members registered for the Thunderbolts (VA 176).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1986 | 1987 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Buckles, RayE41958 – 1960
Murphy, Roy MurphAirmanJan 31, 1959 – Jan 20, 1961Not looking for anyone special, just anyone that sailed on the Essex for the Med. cruse in Sept. 1959
Woody, GaryADR-3Nov 15, 1965 – Aug 10, 1966All airmen in VA-176 may contact me. Like to know who is still kicking. :-]
Chase, RonnieE4/AMS21966 – 1968
Woody, GaryADR3Aug 10, 1966 – Aug 10, 1966Looking to locate friends from my era. I live in Chattanooga, tn.
Moreaux, DonE-5Jun 12, 1968 – Dec 4, 1971It wasn't a job, it was an adventure. Fortunately, I finally found a job.
Prince, JamesAirman1969 – 1970anybody in VA-176 that year give me a e mail from you had a brother in same unit
Smith, JimATN2May 1969 – Dec 1970Operation Storm Fury Det 1969. Flight deck troubleshooter Med cruise 1970
Williams, BruceAQB3May 2, 1969 – Aug 10, 1971
Bartels, Russ profile iconAE31970 – 1971I came from VA-128 at Whidbey Island WA. then to Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam immediately after the 1971 Med cruise. I got there just in time to turn the base over to the South Vietnamese and get an early out.
Boswell, Dan- Bozz profile iconAN1970 – 1971
William Houghton, Bill profile iconAE/E51971 – 1973I am looking for anyone who was in VA 176 who might have known me. My name is Bill Houghton I was an AE flight deck troubleshooter in the early 70s on A6's.
Knapp, RobertYN2Jan 2, 1971 – Jun 21, 1974At present I'm living in Clinton, Connecticut and retired professional mover. Would love to hear from anyone who was in VA 176 during the med cruise and stationed at Oceana.
Bennett, Bill profile iconAO3Mar 1971 – Nov 1972
Albrecht, ChrisAT2Jul 1971 – Oct 1972Arrived when squadron was at NAS Oceana. Participated in work ups leading up to 72 Med cruise. I was transferred to 176 from the A-7 community, so my inexperience with the A-6 made me perfect PO to send to the MAA force.
Fugate, JamesAME3Sep 7, 1971 – May 8, 1972Good Times
Harris, Bobamh4Feb 10, 1972 – Dec 9, 1972I was tad from VA-87 To the "Bolts" for the 1972 Med cruise. Worked with the tanker crew.
Stacey, MichaelAE 2Mar 15, 1972 – Dec 12, 1974AE/AQ Flight Deck Troubleshooter for A6 Intruders of Va 176. Also a Plane Captain.
Gray, Richard (Db)AMH 3 TroubleshooterSep 14, 1973 – Mar 29, 1977Worked the cats as the airframes troubleshooter with Malcolm Roberts. Have never had a job since with that level of adrenaline. Industrial accident amputation resulted in last 15 years as OSHA inspector. Now retired
Williams, EdAQ=2Sep 1, 1974 – Dec 12, 1977A very formative time in my life. Many friends, many experiences, and many memories. Thanks shipmates.
Jordan, SteveAD31976 – 1979one of the best times of my life
Metcalf, MikeLtJan 1, 1976 – Jul 1, 1978The most memorable people in my life were the ones I worked with as a Thunderbolt.
Olbes, Edgar LPN1 - PNCNov 1976 – Nov 1979Deployed to the Mediterranean on board the USS America (CV-66) and USS Independence (CV-62)
Cassidy, JoeE-4Jun 30, 1977 – Jun 30, 1980I was a plane captain.
Paluscsak, DanAK3Mar 1978 – Aug 18, 1981The people of VA-176 helped mature me into the man I am now. They showed me strength, integrity and spirit. Chief Zdrojewski and Chief Higgins lead me to a life in the Holy Spirit. Skipper Frank Stauts showed me you can be a leader.
Vosburgh, BillAME2Oct 20, 1978 – Dec 20, 1982
Barr, BobAME2Jan 21, 1981 – Mar 24, 1984What a great time I had serving with this squadron. We sure did have some fun. Perhaps a bit too much at times but what a blast it was.
Puckett, LarryAD3Feb 1981 – Jul 1984T-BOLTS! Had a blast as a T-Bolt. Throws in the line shack, marching back to fleet landing in Naples after drinking WAY too much Ouzo. Anybody hear from Slinger or Burt lately? Living in the Atlanta area now.
Bash, RobertYN2Mar 1, 1981 – Feb 16, 1984
Robinson, Samuel/robbyAE1(AW)Jun 1, 1981 – Jun 1, 1984"I was known to many as "T-Bolt" had some good and bad times but learned a lot that helped me through life.
Stricklen, MarkAE-2Jun 8, 1981 – Jan 19, 1984We sure had a lot of good times together. And some rough ones too. I look back and am amazed at how we ever got through some of them. Oh what fun. No really I mean it.
Ormanovich, Rudy JrAE31982 – 1984Greetings to all old friends" would enjoy hearing from some of ya's
Stierle, WilliamAMS-2Jan 1, 1982 – Nov 29, 1986
May, MichaelAA/ AKFeb 1982 – Aug 1982Was sent tad to the ships laundry during workups, made it to the bahamas where we provided an air show for local populice a lot of digintaries came aboard as well.. went to med sent tad to ships supply. for 3 months .
Conrad, MarkE-3Feb 1, 1982 – Sep 1, 1986T-Bolts
Riley, Kennethame anApr 14, 1982 – Apr 14, 1986
Snowden, BenjaminAQ21983 – 1986
Simmons, RaleighE-31983 – 1985What experience. The All Navy Basketball Team, Interservice USA. Team, Cat shoot off the Aircraft Carrier CV-62 Isreal tour, Bob Hope, London, Port Smith England, Spain, Napples Italy, Sue s Cannel, Istanbull Turkey etc
Wilchenski, Randy (Ski)AZApr 1983 – Oct 1986
Laporte, BrucePN21986 – Feb 1988Some of the happiest days of my life was being part of the Thunderbolts. I hope you're all doing well.
Burroughs, CharlesAE31986 – 1989Had the best times in that squadron
Breton, RolandAD3May 1, 1986 – May 1, 1990had a great time in my years with va-176 Playing softball the 3 battle E s The Med and IO cruise Would like to fine AD 3 Pat McDonald from Texas

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