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USS Spruance (DD 963) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Spruance (DD 963). 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 636 crew members registered for the USS Spruance (DD 963).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1975 | 1976 – 1977 | 1978 – 1980 | 1981 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – 1996 | 1997 – 1999 | 2000 – 2001 | 2002 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Taylor, TracyGMM21984 – 1987CS/ASROCAlways enjoyed painting the top of the ASROC launcher (Bright White) to reflect the sun. This was to keep the ASROCs cool, but outcome was reflecting the sun into the bridge windows...
Krug, ChristopherFC21984 – Aug 1988CGGood times!!!
Howard, JamesRM1984 – 1986OC
Matullo, MichaelGSM31984 – 1986engineeringthis was my first and last ship. I had some of the best times of my life aboard this ship. I also made some great friends.
Albrecht, CurtisIC31984 – 1987Combat systemsOne of the highlights of my youth. Great people I served with and grew up with. Lots of great life experiences and learning.
Bovan, Vandell1984 –
Thompson, MonteE31984 – 1988Communications
McCartt, TomCTT21984 – 1988OZ
Buscemi, JosephPN2Jan 1984 – May 27, 1987NavigationI had a great time! I remember QM3 Lawson, PC3 Stevens & Schultz,YN3 Wojtaszek & YN3 Frantz, Yn2 Rios & ofcourse sabu
Bain, Joel R.HT2Jan 2, 1984 – May 20, 1987RepairI miss all the freinds that I had made while serving on the Spruance. I would like to go back and visit and to be able to go back out to sea on the Spruance once again.
Walsh, TomEW1Jan 14, 1984 – Apr 1, 1988OZNorth Atlantic Cruise, Med Cruise, 1 year in Pascagoula, Miss. Then we moved to Mayport. Twice to Gitmo. It was a great 4+ years. We had a great crew and I wouldn't have done any of it different.
Aiello, Dan OllieOS 3Jan 20, 1984 – Nov 20, 1985OIRemembering the good times. Where's Gring, Hipp, Mejia, Rich O'conner. Hey Merritt, Bon the Bru . Hey Buscemi remember me. Roughead is CINCPACFLT.
Feller, WilliamCTOSR-CTO3Feb 1984 – May 1987OZ
Martin, JohnBM 3Feb 1984 – Feb 1987DECKWe worked hard for Clark, but we partied even harder for ourselves!! Hope everyone's enjoying the rest of your lives. I will never forget crew and ship
Rivers, Norman (Stormin)EM3TO EM2Feb 3, 1984 – Aug 8, 1987ENGINEERINGHAD THE BEST TIME ON MY 10YR STOP IN THE NAVY . IF IS WAS NOT FOR EM1 JORDON PUTTING A BOOT UP MY BUTT I WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT THANKS(ONEWAY)
Rivers, NormanEM-3Feb 3, 1984 – Aug 8, 1987Cargo/wepeons/eleavatorsThe Spruance was my first ship had the best timeof my naval career on that ship. <et a lot of great people on that boat some ill never for get
Bean, Thomas\"OS\"3 E-4Mar 1984 – Jan 1986OPS/O-IOH YEAH!!! And good times were had by all.From GITMO to the Black Sea.We made a serious wake in the ocean.I was DAMN proud to serve on the FIRST AND FINEST.We even servived a couple of hurricanes at sea.
Stone, WillySTGSNMar 1984 – Jul 1986CWHad a great time on the Spru until I got cross ways with the DIV/O McWithy. Then I left abruptly.
O'Rourke, John J. O'Rourke Jr.HT1Mar 3, 1984 – May 9, 1987RepairSmooth ride compared to my first destroyer, an old Fram 2 class destroyer, U.S.S. Johnston DD821. I'm retired from the navy now, and teach at a local college in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Krug, ChristopherFC 2Apr 1984 – Sep 1988CGWent to Gitmo with Vern Clark, what a treat!!
Smith, ThomasFC3Apr 1984 – Jun 1987CSG
Merritt, WayneRM1Apr 1, 1984 – Aug 1, 1987OCThe SPRU MARU - I couldnt believe that Vern Clark Became CNO - I am still in Shock. But anyway, the med cruise, Gitmo 1/2 million times, GOULA where I got married along with half the crew, and of course the short stay I had in Mayport!!
Tufts, GregGSE1May 15, 1984 – Sep 15, 1986MPWhat is there to say about the Spru Can at this time. Some good guys and some not so good ones. Only thing that kept me in the Navy was reenlisting for orders off of it. GSM1s Sybrant and Macoy were the worst.
Clark, Todd D. ClarkRM2Jun 1984 – Jun 1988OCHey to all the old OC Div gang from 1984-1988. gr82bavol2@yahoo.com
Balzer, BillSONAR TECHJun 20, 1984 – Feb 27, 1988Deck/CA45 months on the Spru and I had one hell of a good time. Working for BMC Idi Amin was an experience that I'll never forget. I sure do miss rocking the boat during chow time.
Hayden, CarlMS1Oct 1984 – Dec 8, 1987S-2
Hayden, CarlMS1Oct 1984 – Dec 1987S2Great memories.Great crew.To bad they decomm.+sunk her.would have liked to go aboard her one more time retired in 1992.
Thompson, MnteVARIOUS HE HEOct 1, 1984 – Sep 1, 1999ComWell, definitely a strange time. Good ship, good life lessons. Pretty good people for the most part.
Payne, WilliamAMHANNov 1984 – May 7, 1985HSL 32 Det OneRetired in 2003 AM1 (AW/SW), My first cruise, MED, Had a blast. Worked on the Kaman H-2 Seasprite, can anyone remember those? Finished up my career with tours in HSL-42 and HSL-48, Rotary Wing Pax River, VX-1 Pax River.
Burris, BretSNNov 11, 1984 – Feb 5, 1987DECKWOW!!! WHAT AN AWAKENING FOR A 19 YR OLD! MED CRUISE '84, STARTED FOR ME IN SPAIN. PORT/STARBOARD WATCHES OFF THE COAST OF BERUIT WAS FUN. NOT!!! MET SOME GREAT GUYS, AND GREW INTO A MAN QUICKLY!
Rodriguez, RobertoBM3Dec 27, 1984 – Jul 4, 1987Operations/Deck
McGovern, TimothyEM3 TO EM11985 – 1989EVery interesting four years. Started by missing the 1985 Med Cruise; Burnin' Vern was the CO; had the major refit for VLS; shifted from Norfolk to Mayport; ran aground in the Bahamas; the 1988 cruise. Quite a tour. BZ to all the Flexible Warriors
Taylor, Vernone41985 – 1988oco1
Adams, TerryFn/GSM 31985 – 1989MJust reflecting back to the beginning of a journey in my life.
Hribal, CliffET2Jan 1985 – Aug 1988Combat Sys/SPS-40BCDI remember mess crank-in in the wardroom when Vern Clark was there. Riding the hurricane Norfolk?86, Pascagula ?87 seeing the Wisconsin being towed in for overhaul. DOD, V.A. and now FAA as Comm Tech. Curr. ET1 in Reserves, D.C. area
Pepperdene, KenGMG3Jan 1985 – Feb 1987Combat SystemsOne and only tour aboard a ship. Caught up to her during the Med cruise and left her in the yards. Made some good friends and miss them all. What a Hell of a ride it was....
Cheatham, ReneENFNJan 10, 1985 – Apr 15, 1986A-GANG
Bradley, SeanEW2Feb 1, 1985 – Jan 6, 1988OZThe Med cruise, the ship yards in Pascagoula and that fun filled Carribean vacation in Gitmo were some memorable times. Old friends email me at dbasean@yahoo.com
Dray, JanLTMay 1985 – May 1987OZLiving on a barge in Pascagoula, MS. Aye, it was a fine Navy life. Really, it was. Great ship. Great crew.
Bradley, SeanEW2May 1, 1985 – Jan 1, 1988OpsIts amazing that we have sites like this so we can all keep in touch.
Bovan, VandellSH3Jun 1985 – 1989supply
Zuchegna, David ZuchegnaFCCJun 21, 1985 – Jan 21, 1989CG
Gillman, StanETCS (SW) Ret.Jun 30, 1985 – 1988CEGood times, good friends, some great memories. Retired now, teaching 8th grade math in southern Arizona
Long, JimRM2Aug 1, 1985 – Jul 1, 1988OCHoly cow! RM1 Merritt - what's going on!!! I'm still active duty (O-4 now!). Hoping to get in touch with old shipmates. The memories still haunt me.
Dietrichs, Paul / DustyBMSNAug 10, 1985 – Oct 19891stgood people allaround
Dietrichs, Paul / DustyE-3Aug 15, 1985 – Oct 19, 1989deckthanks for taking on a kid and making him a man

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