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USS Merrill (DD 976) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Merrill (DD 976). 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 558 crew members registered for the USS Merrill (DD 976).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1977 | 1978 – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – 1995 | 1996 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Bielecki, KennethOS2 / OS31978 – 1983OPSI remmber the first team and tests of the tomahawk with Budda standing watch over us
Lucas, BobSTG11978 – 1980aswcontact me at blucas01@adelphia.net it has been along time and alot has happend.
Williams, EllisFTG21978 – 1980
Budoff, MartyOS21978 – 1983OIHey OI division, where are you?
Taliana, MikeEM31978 – Jul 1981ElectricalServed from pre-com to summer 1981. First west-pac, first tomahawk launch. Lots of fond memories, wild times, would love to hear from my old buddies. Reently lost an old shipmate,MS2 Pete Haydock may he rest in peace!
Armitage, RobertCTM11978 – 1981OZ
Holborn, Mike --- Nick Was SpikeMS 3Jan 1978 – 1979SUPPLYPRECOM TILL I RODE THE BLUE RIDGE TO YOKOSUKA STARTED AS MESS CRANK BECAME MESS SPECIALIST ,LOTS OF FOND MEMORIES LOOKING FOR DON CAMPBELL . ANY PRECOM GUYS EVER IN KAUKAUNA WI STOP BY FOR A FREE LATTE @ KAUKAUNA COFFEE&TEA
Begnoche, DavidHT2Jan 1978 –R DivisionPlank Owner
McKay, AlOS2Jan 1, 1978 – Aug 1, 1981OIPlankowner...Remember serving proudly on the cleanest ship in the navy. Almost killed the XO during the 80 Westpac playing softball. Great crew. Looking for Clyde Woody.
Hanson, MarkBM3, BM2Jan 7, 1978 – Sep 15, 19811stplank owner
Ross, Jonathan RoosterJan 19, 1978 – Jan 15, 1980DECKhad a good time
Hobaugh, Michael (Hobie)ETR2Feb 1978 – Jun 1981OEPlankowner. Lots of memories. Very tight crew. You guys trained me well. Retired Nov 1996 as ETC(SW). Last command was FTSCLANT East Coast CSRR coordinator for communications equipment.
Ware, SteveET2Feb 1, 1978 – Jul 4, 1981OEPlankowner - Remember her well, would have liked to see the decom. I wanted my plank. Still in touch with a few old friends from there. Looking for others, Mike Westbrooks and Clyde Woody?
Abbott, LarryET1Mar 1978 – May 1981CEPlankowner
Degandi, TimOS3Mar 1978 – May 1981OIMerrill Plankowner - I remember her commisioning well, it was my 20th birthday!
Jensen, Jay (Beech) Lol!GSM-5Mar 10, 1978 – Jul 27, 1981MPHad a Blast on West Pac! Sorry to hear they sunk her..
Schaffer, DavidSeamanMar 11, 1978 – Oct 16, 1978DeckWas on her when commissioned, sorry to hear she was sunk. Great boat.
Sullivan, JamesE-1Mar 30, 1978 – Mar 30, 1980Gunners Mate MissilesThis was a cool ship, sleek, fast, powerful.
Hahnert, MikeQM2Apr 1978 – Dec 1981NavBest Ship in the Navy. Best time in the Navy.
Macdonald, Dr. BruceSNApr 1978 – Dec 1980Deck/Sick BayMerrill was my first and only ship. I was a deck seaman and eventually became an HM2 before leaving the Navy in 1984. I have a picture of Merrill hanging in my study. As a result, I sometimes think of all the shipmates I served with and I still lift
Bandolas, BanjoE4Apr 29, 1978 – Jun 21, 1981EngineeringGood lord am I so ancient they had to sink my old boat?
Bandolas, BanjoGSM3Apr 29, 1978 – Jun 6, 1981MP - EngineeringAre we getting old or what? I live in Oregon now and get around quite a bit because I work for a beer magazine called Realbeer.com and travel around the country attending beer fests (hey somebody's got to do it) Love to hear for you guys
Abbott, LarryET1May 1978 – May 1981OE/CE
Shaw, MichaelFTG3Aug 1978 – Aug 1979Weapons
Adams, SidSTG 2Aug 1, 1978 – Jun 1, 1980ASWD gaD 409 Cleanest ship in the navy. Looking to get in touch with the stonar gang..
Wilkins, DavidEW3Sep 1978 – Jul 1980OZFirst of three EW's with SLQ-32 expierence to come aboard. Stayed on board until half way through their first West-Pac
Davis, James (Bubba)CTM2Oct 31, 1978 – Nov 20, 1981OZMy first and only ship PCS, retired as CTMCM in Nov 06. My favorite tour in 30 years.
Taylor, Eugene DaleET2Dec 1978 – Jun 1982OE/CEFondest memories I have had. I still remember reporting in at Long Beach during the Retro-fit thinking "What did I get myself into?" LOL Anybody hear from Craig Palmer? Hey, Steve Ware! Target practice! How DARE they!
Bruce, JeffreyE-3Dec 17, 1978 – Sep 17, 1982A-GangWasn't the best Sailor ever but had alot of respect for my shipmates and our mission. Just missed bein' a Plankowner and a Shellback. LOL would love to here from other crewmembers!
Rehmeyer, DavidE-31979 – 1981Deck
Caporusso.jr, TonyOS3Jan 5, 1979 – Jan 5, 1981OPSGreat Experiance
Sanders, MichaelLTJan 5, 1979 – May 24, 1980Communications
Curry, Darryl KidENFNMar 1979 – Apr 1980I found this website and saw some famillar names. Daughtry, Melby an good ole Jeff Bruce. Served with all of you !!! GO A-GANG !!!
McGinn, KevinDECKMar 1, 1979 – Aug 31, 1982DeckWould like to hear frm any shipmates I served with.
Melvin, WilliamGMT2Apr 1, 1979 – Sep 1, 1981CAYoungest daughter Kalei Fae investigated ship after I saw it breaking in half sinking on t.v. It made me sad. I saw the two foundations for the tomahawk launchers for a second and I was positive it was the USS Merrill. Many good memories.
Small, JosephGMT 2Jul 1979 – Jun 25, 1982weapons three yrs. of my life I would love to do it again, I look back and realize that as good as it was if I wasn't so immature and stupid it could have been even better. But I ruled that ship. sorry she's gone.
Rood, DaveGMG3Jul 1979 – Jul 21, 1981GunzIremember Chief Botine, Bill Sadler, Mac, Gunner Parkhurs,t Fitts, Rod, Ftg Bob white, great times Joe Small from Philly never forget the merrill (Dwrood @syr.edu)
Ellison, DaveET2Jul 10, 1979 – Aug 4, 1981CEat least I got to see her with my kids just before decommisioning. Warrant Officer Sopha and Chief Bullene, I turned out ok. Thanks for your leadership in helping a young man grow. I did listen!!!
Behling, ChrisE3Sep 1979 – Mar 19811stGreat Ship. Commander Goff was a good Old Man too. Boxed on the first Smokers tourney and have lots of pictures from the Helo Deck from that. Had lots of fun messing with BM2 Bonta. Fond Memories of the Club Westerner in Nat City too!
Nelson, HenryGMT3Sep 1, 1979 – Feb 1, 1981Combat/CALiving the life, hunting and fishing. Farming when I have to. Get to B.S. Bill Hendricks every once in awhile. Would like to hear from any of the old gang.
Nelson, Henrygmt3Oct 21, 1979 – Jan 14, 1981ca

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