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Chargers (VF 161) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who were assigned to the Chargers (VF 161). 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 60 crew members registered for the Chargers (VF 161).

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

NameRank/RatePeriodRemarks/Photo
Fischer, Ronald profile iconAE3Jan 1, 1961 – Jul 22, 1963NAS Cecil Field, Fla; Deployed to Boca Chica for Cuban Missile Crisis. Squadron transferred to NAS Miramar, CA and to WESPAC on USS Oriskany in 62. Deployed on USS Kitty Hawk in 63 for weapons demonstration.
Buono, RobertAMH2May 10, 1966 – Aug 8, 1969Best time of my life. Did a lot of growing up there, took 3 cruised to do it. Met a bunch of really good friends. Would like to reconnect with any one from the chargers back then.
Pridgen, Bobby (Pappy)SN1967 – 1968deployed aboard the uss coral sea and I worked in the ready room with petty officer george. Volunteered for submarines and left in dec 68. served onboard the uss alexander hamilton ssbn 617 and the uss lewis and clark ssbn 644. retired nav
Smith, Richard / Dick / SmittyAQF3Feb 1967 – Dec 1967went aboard the Coral Sea, in June of 67, for deployment to Viet Nam.
Carter, WileyE-4Jul 7, 1967 – Oct 4, 1968The time in the service of the US Navy rates at the top of yesterdays good times. I enjoyed my time in service very much. Social pages: LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter ... Google it.
Whybark, Paul (Mini-squid)AMH21968 – Apr 1, 1971Two tours to Viet nam.
Corrao, AnthonyAT3Jun 1, 1968 – Apr 22, 1970Proud to serve on two Nam deployments in 68 and 69.Worked on the flight deck in 68 and in the shop in 69. VF -161flew the F4 Phantom, and to this day i can still hear the roar of the engines when it went to AB! BEST
Mendiola, FrancisAT3Dec 1968 – May 1971
Mortimer, PaulPR2May 1969 – Jul 1970VF-161 Para loft, West Pac 69-70 & TAD Cag 15 Lox Crew aboard U.S.S. Coral Sea
Reynolds, WalterPN1Sep 12, 1969 – Oct 16, 1972What an incredible tour of duty this was. "Awesome" group of people that I could call shipmates and friends. I have since written books "Monk"s Journey", "Reach", "The Custodian" and "The Cave"(due
Normandy, EdAE21970 –Looking for someone to confirm my in-country service
Ketterer, TimAMS 3Jan 1970 – Oct 1972Made two west pac cruises to Viet Nam aboard the USS Midway.
Desch, DonaldAO3Apr 1971 – Nov 1972Was on board for WESPAC 71 & 72 cruises, worked in VF 161 ord shop.
Wooten, Billy, WooterAO2Sep 23, 1971 – Aug 11, 1974I was attached to Vf-161, with 3 deployments aboard the Midway. onboard late in the 71 cruise, assigned to mess deck. Made the long cruise of 72/73 in the squadron. Made the homeport move to Japan. Went to phantom reunion 05 in Diego.
Rintoul, WayneAQ3Oct 1971 – Dec 1972Looking for anyone on the '72 Cruise in the South China Sea (Gulf of Tonkin"
McGuire, Mike (Mac)AMH-2Oct 15, 1971 – Jul 15, 1974P/C and flight Deck troubleshooter. Retired in 98 as LCDR. Back to the boat a couple of times in SD. She seems so small now. Glad we ran that deck when we were young. 500lb'ers and 85 lbs of chains...whew.
Gjoraas, WayneAMS 31972 – 1973Worked in the airframes shop. Would like to share stories on the record breaking wes pac cruise of 72-73.
Marquis, RichardPR2Apr 1972 – Mar 1973I was TAD to airwing to run LOX crew on flight deck during 72-73 cruise.
Hughes, MarkAZ2Jun 1972 – Sep 1975After leaving the Navy 1975 I moved over to the Air Force and eventually obtained the rank of 0-6 Colonel. Was a squadron Commander of 3 different Squadrons and 3 different Groups. Served in the desert and in Europe.
Noble, DennyAE3Aug 1972 – Jul 1973Worked both day and night shirts in vf161 electricians shop to fix f-4's. 12 on 12 off Man those were some long days.
Varca, JoeAOAN / AO3Apr 1973 – Jul 1975I was in the AO Shop. also TAD AIMD ORD . spent most of the deployment in AIMD ORD Retired Sept 93.
Clayton, JesseaocsApr 1, 1973 – Aug 1, 1973By far the best Ship/Squadron I was ever associated with in my 20 yrs in the Navy.
Finley, Cecil profile iconAE2Jun 30, 1973 – Jul 10, 1976Midway Magic! What an adventure! Will try to see her in September.
Moody, Cecil BADSep 1, 1973 – May 5, 1975
Wright, Danny profile iconAMS2Apr 1974 – Oct 1976The very best duty I experienced in my 11 years in the Navy! The men aboard the Midway were MAGIC.
Rivera, Anthony "Tony"AZ3Jun 14, 1974 – Sep 21, 1976Looking for guys who served with me, especially ADJ3 Jorge Saenz, AMH3 Steve Trujillo, AMS3 Norman Blankenship, and AMH3 Dennis Maldonado.
Olmos, GarryAZ3Nov 24, 1974 – Jan 15, 1976One of the Highlights of being in this squadron was that I made my first arrested landing when I came onboard and I also made my 1st Catapault take off, when I transferred. I was involved in Operation Frequent wind, plus
Pollard, MichaelPNSN/PN3Dec 20, 1974 – Sep 16, 1976Did not really appreciate Hotel 41. But touring her in San Diego really brought back some fond memories. Even saw my old passageway that I waxed and buffed almost every morning outside of Ready Room 6.
Berry, AndyAO-31975 – 1977Like to hear from a few. Good times.
Davis, WarrenAMS3Mar 1975 – Mar 1977mess cooked fwd bakery during frequent wind-line shop for about 18 months-went to cag lox night shift afterwards-like to hear from anybody...
Gonyer, DonaldAE3Sep 1975 – Sep 1977Worked in Generator Shop with PO1 Holt and PO1 Proctor. Looking for any of the guys who worked there with me.
Sherwood, Mike/dagwoodAMS3Sep 17, 1975 – Sep 20, 1975Miss the awesome friends I had in VF-161
Blagrave, BobASOct 4, 1975 – Aug 9, 1977
Orther, BobAE3Oct 15, 1975 – Oct 31, 1977I was a member of theVF-161 Chargers and was on the USS Midway from oct 1975 till Oct 31 1977. I was glad when my tour was over, but I miss it now. Where is AD2 Drinkwater?
Lewis, JerryAO2Nov 15, 1975 – Nov 15, 1977
Deguzman, ArthurAMS-3Jan 1976 – Jan 1978I am always be a Charger...will not forget working with F-4 Phantom Jet Airframes Division. After two years, was transferred to another F-4 Squadron (VF-33) aboard USS Indy...whew....the thing is ..God Bless USA
Long, DylumphAMS3Jan 6, 1976 – Jan 8, 1978
Hopkins, WilliamAO2Apr 1978 – Jun 1981Lookin for info on AO Muray Gervickas any info drop me a line thanks
Alfrey, DougE3Nov 1978 – Jul 1981LOOKING FOR GUYS FROM THE OLD ORD. SHOP..FROM '78-'81. LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!! ITS BEEN A LONG TIME... Doug Alfrey
Denihan, BjAT1Nov 1978 – Dec 1980I was assigned TAD to AIMD IM3 Div W/C 640. Currently living and working in the Chicago Area. Feel free to contact me via my E-mail Address - denib@comcast.net. Look forward to hear from my fellow Gonzo Station Mates.
Smith, DonnieAT1Dec 1978 – Jan 1983

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