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USS O'Brien (DD 975) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS O'Brien (DD 975). 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 661 crew members registered for the USS O'Brien (DD 975).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1977 | 1978 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1988 | 1989 – 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – 1995 | 1996 – 1998 | 1999 – 2000 | 2001 – 2002 | 2003 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Alford, DocHMC1976 – 1979NXPlankowner. Great crew and many great memories. Remained in the Navy and retired in 2006 as CAPT.
Hesterberg, Michael (The Hammer)LTSep 3, 1976 – Apr 26, 1980Communications and CICI was the commisioning Communications officer and CMS custodian. I served on her for 4 year and took her to her first West Pac. I left her as the CIC officer.
Baeyens, PaulGSE21977 – 1980MPlankowner
Elmore, GeorgeIC21977 – 1980Plankowner, Shellback, Order of the Ditch
Shaw, JoeSH31977 – 1981SupplyPlankowner
Welch, Steve ( The Stew Burner )MS21977 – 1980SUPPLYPLANKOWNER: IF BULKHEADS COULD TALK : THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. AT LEAST WE DIDN'T SINK HER.
Morris, MichaelSM1 CONVERTED TO MA11977 – 1979OC/ADMINplankowner..SM1 converted to master at arms (MA1) on board and transferred
Jensen, Bryan1977 –I was part of her commisioning crew (Plankowner) when she was built at Ingals Shipyard in Pascagula, MS.
Riley, DennisQM21977 – 1981navgationI can't get over the fact that she gone. I wanted to see the ship one more time,to late now. I will never forget the fun I had on that ship.
Hawk, ThomasGMG31977 – 1980Plankowner
McEwan, William "mac"STG1977 – 1980WEAPONSADMIRAL OLIN!! What are your orders,SIR!-PLANKOWNER,Order/Ditch,WSTPAC
Brewer, JosephSTGC (SW)1977 – 1985CAPlankowner and Shellback. I loved this ship. I worked with some of the best people onboard O'Brien. I am especially proud of those that were in my division (CA).
Feldhauser, BruceOS11977 – 1979OIPre-Comm... I figured if Sharp and Bjelland could do it, so could I... LDO Retired at 30 as LCDR...
Cole, BillySN1977 – 19801stPlankowner
Goo, MicahGSM21977 – 1980M-DivPlank Owner, Lot of memories and friends. Left her to go to GLakes for FFG 7 School, where half of M-Div followed me
Cunningham, LarryMS31977 – 1979Supply DivisionPlank Qwner
Baker, DavidGSM21977 – 1979M
Hovatter, ThomasSH11977 – 19782Registering my father SH1 Hovatter, Thomas A. retired/deceased. He was a plankowner aboard the USS O'Brien from the pre-commision for approximately one year.
Jewett, LarryGSE21977 – 1978EPlankowner, tranferred to DD965 USS Kincaid to fill GSE2 slot.
Felty, RichardRM/Cwo21977 – 1980RadioPrecomm, plank owner, three times thru Panama Canal, two times in Pascagoula and one time in Long Beach. Didn't get to stay onboard for the westpac or the home port change. Retired 1992 CWO2
Ostergaard, Steve GSM 31977 – 1979Main propulsion Hey mates. 35 years repairing construction equipment, cranes ,trucks . 4 kids 4 grandkids Self employed and loving it. My wife &I have traveled to many countries on mission trips. May God bless all of you too.
Trimmer, ThomasLTjg (LDO)Jan 1977 – Jun 1979OEWas the Precom EMO. Loved the ship and crew, great bunch of guys. See that several of the Precom crew achieved officer status. Great! Left the ship before any WestPacs. Sorry bout that. Retired as LCDR with 25+ years.
Lamb, RobertSKSNJan 1, 1977 – May 3, 1980SupplyPlankowner, The bulkheads did talk that is why they sunk the poor old thing! I will always cherish the memories of getting in trouble on that wonderful ship.
Shaw, JoeSH3Jan 17, 1977 – Feb 24, 1981SupplyPlankowner. from Precom to Pascaguolla, to the OB, to WestPAC
Vaessen, JeffETFeb 1977 – Sep 1981OperationsFair Seas and following winds RIP OB
Nicklas, W.e.DSC/CWOApr 1977 – May 1981CSEI only wish I could have fired at least one round into the bridge. RIP OB
Louis, SouzaPNCMay 15, 1977 – Sep 15, 1979NAVIGATIONReported to PRECOM early enough to welcome all but about 6 of the original crew. Those were some crazy days in San diego.
Hayes, VincentOS2Jun 1977 – Jan 1980OIPlank Owner
Best, Jeff / Sir JeffreyEM3Jun 1977 – Nov 1980EGreat ship, great crew. Lots of unforgettable memory's.
Ford, GeorgeOS2Jun 1977 – Sep 29, 1979CDCPlank Owner
Breeden, HaroldDS1Jun 1977 – Apr 17, 1981OEPreComm, Pascagoula, Plank Owner, Panama Canal, Balboa, Acapulco, Esquimalt, First WestPac, Shellback, one of last Plank Owners to "depart". Good memories of the O'Boat. Sorry to see her go!
Navarro, GilbertOS3Jun 14, 1977 – May 11, 1979OIPlank Owner
Gilger, Randal H.E-3Jun 22, 1977 – Jun 23, 1981engineering I went to the mormon church. I worked in the oil lab under Chief petty officer Birch. I am a plank owner.
Nolte, RoyHT2Jul 7, 1977 – Sep 15, 1978RepairPlankowner Look for our precom crew reunion on Facebook
Ericson, EdDSCSJul 10, 1977 – Feb 1980OperationsI wonder about how the men I knew there are doing. Any careerists like me?
Lyon, DavidFTG2Aug 1977 – Jul 1979FoxPlankowner-It doesn't matter if it works, is it clean?
Vann, JohnnieOS2Aug 1977 – Jan 1980OIPlankowner. OB, thanks for the many memories. You brought us home safe.
Cunningham, LarryMS3Aug 1977 – Aug 1979SupplyPlankowner, Shellback, Order of the Ditch. Great ship, would like to get ahold of some of my old friends and original crew. Joe Shaw, Leo Carrol, Stanley, Duff McFadden, Steve Welch, John G.
Bueno, ManuelGSE3/2Aug 1977 – 1980E/MPlank owner. Worked with builder's crew to bring one of the finest Spruance Class Destroyer to serve the USN. Left in 1980 for GLakes to prepare the upcoming fleet crew on duties as an Instructor.
Baeyens, PaulGSE2Aug 19, 1977 – Aug 12, 1980EPrecom crew, Plankowner, Shellback when she first crossed the equator, Panama Canal, Middle East. Served with Capt J.J. McMullen, finest Captain and crew I ever served with. I will always remember her as the pristine "emerald" ship that she onc
Zengerling, Dale (Zing)FTG2Sep 1977 – Oct 1980FoxPlankowner, Order of the Ditch, Shellbabk, WESTPAC 80, Attended decommissioning ceremony 9/24/04
Duncan, RonBM3Sep 1977 – Jul 19811STPlankowner
Wagoner, Jeff - Daddy WagsPN2Sep 1977 – Jun 1982NXArrrrr, me hearties!!! Navy just wasn't the same after serving on OB. Cheers to me old shipmates!!!
Boscarino, Michael (Bosco) profile iconSR-BM2Sep 1977 – Jun 19801stPrecomm and PLANKOWNER I am bummed that I missed the Decommissioning! I thought I would have been sent a letter and get a piece of the ship before she was sunk. :-( The Best Ship I served on!!!
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Gustitus, GlennE-5 RadiomanSep 1977 – Jun 1979CommunicationsI was editor of the first yearbook. What a blast we had in precomm and reftra! Panama 3 times.
Tm2 Leon, GutierrezTorpedo Man 2nd classSep 1977 – Jan 1984Combat SystemsI started out in Deck Division. And it was crazy. I made friendships on the OB that will b with me till my last breath
Hawk, Thomas profile icon  NEWGMG3Sep 1977 – Jun 1980WeaponsPlankowner - Started in Deck division and left as 3 class Gunners Mate
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Nathan Gossett, Nate The SkateIC2Sep 1, 1977 – Jun 21, 1981ElectricalPlankowner,first sailor to drop the electrical load trying to shift from ship to shore power,was hela sea sick on shakedown out of pascagoula. Was attendant on Minotaurs raids through the ship. now a Correctional Officer at a California State prison,
Honda, ThomasRM2Sep 20, 1977 – Jun 1, 1979OCretired from Navy reserves in 1998
Rodriguez, Richard "Rod"EM3Sep 27, 1977 – Jun 21, 1981ElectricalPrecom crew, Plankowner, Shellback when she first crossed the equator, Panama Canal, Middle East. Served with Capt J.J. McMullen, finest Captain and crew I ever served with. I will always remember her as the underway ship.
McFadden, DuffRM3Oct 1977 – Oct 1980CommunicationsPlankowner & Shellback. Trying to amass database of O'Brien Plankowners. Please send me your address. Thanks
Romo, Robert (Bob)OS3Oct 1977 – Jan 1979OIPlankowner
Fleck, DavidSH2Oct 1977 – May 1982S-3 SUPPLYPLANK OWNER, PANAMA, ACAPOLCO,FIRST 2 WESTPAC;S AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Harvell, CaptainRMSNNov 1977 – Aug 1980OpsDS9 PreCom Crew, Shake Down, and 1st WestPac, The Memories will live on God Bless /. . /./. //. /.. . /./ /.. /.... .... .../ /.. /.... / ./. . ... / .. /. .//. . ./ /./. . /... / ./ ./.
Burk, JohnGSM2/1Nov 1977 – May 1979MPlankowner Retired USN Nov 1992
Sharp, LarryMR1, MRC,ENSNov 1977 – Apr 1980RWent through precom with her made Chief on her and was selected for LDO. Eventually retired fron Navy as a LCDR after 30 years. She was and is still a great ship, with a great crew
Chayan, JimBMNov 2, 1977 – Aug 5, 19801stWhat a ride !.
Olin, GeorgeSTGDec 1977 – Sep 1982CAIt was a wild time and the best of times. Funny how we can forget chipping paint, unrep etc... Hope all my former shipmates are well.
Meadows, MauriceEN2/ENS(SW)Dec 1977 – Sep 18, 1979"A" Div.O'Brian was a great ship and remains so in my heart. The crew I served with was outstanding. I returned aboard her for a visit in the Gulf in the early eighties. It was sad to see her slip beneath the waves.
Thompson, KennethLTjgDec 1977 – Aug 1980NavigationI was the first Gunnery Officer when Obrien was commissioned. Also served as Navigator until the ship's first deployment. Retired as a CAPT in 2006.
Anttila, VernFTM2Dec 1977 – Mar 1981FoxShe was a great ship with great shipmates. Remember well that 1st WestPac. Pattya Beach was a blast. Came aboard as a E5 and left a ShellBack, E6, and one of the first 2 whitehats to get ESWS.
Capper, Brian/cappSM3Dec 3, 1977 – Apr 26, 1982OCPLANKOWNER remember partying with Mullins in P.I. ?
Springstead, Duane - "Stead" profile iconE-3 - Fireman / SeamanDec 3, 1977 – Jun 20, 19801st Division then Engineering -Electrians Division- IC DepartmentI was originally in 1st Division as a Seaman, later I switched rates to ICmen / Fireman worked with George Elmore, JR Noyes and the Electricians Division. I loved my time in and later didn't extend for the second WestPac. Best Ship Ever.
Taylor, JohnPC2Dec 3, 1977 – Jun 21, 1981nxprecom/plankowner-retired U.S. Postal Service. Lets talk-----(253)797-1977 ta ta then!
Calhoun, CarrollETCDec 4, 1977 – Dec 4, 1978OEPlankowner
Blea, CarlosGSM2Dec 4, 1977 – Dec 1978EngineeringPlank Owener. I got transfered to teach gas turbine at great lakes. Sorry i missed the decommisioning
Nelson, MikeUSS DD Hull Tech.Dec 21, 1977 – Jun 13, 1981R-Divisiongreat guys great road trips great times

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