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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 554 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
Eldred, BillIC11980 – 1986E
Moon, GregDS21980 – 1985
Swartwood, BobRM21980 – 1983OCGlad to see many of my Old RM's on this list. Had a great time sorry to hear she was sunk.
Eldred, BillICI1980 – 1986Glad I found this website. Paul just received a call from Dale Fletcher last week
Barber, JoeET31980 – 1981CESome of the best times of my life were spent on this boat! joeb33350@yahoo.com
Ledford, BarryCTO2Jan 1980 – Sep 1983OZI would love to hear from people who served her, I can't believe she was sunk.
Clough, JohnOS3Jan 1980 – Jun 1982OICame on board the Merrill just prior to her First West-Pac Cruise.
Brewczynski, Paul Alan "Ski"HTFNJan 1, 1980 – Mar 31, 1983EngineeringI was so excited to see all my old shipmates names. Please contact me, especially FAT DOG! If anyone has heard from Frank Gambale, please let me know. Thanks.
Sickels, StephenSTGC(SW)Jan 8, 1980 – May 2, 1982CAJust surfing the web and came upon this so just signed in. Been looking for an SKC Lewis online who also served on Merrill. Will keep looking. Recognized a few names.
Garcia, JonathanCTRCFeb 1, 1980 – May 1, 1980OZdave, bill, ens lumis, bubba, clark, chadwhick and to the rest of oz. god bless.....
Thompson, Dennis (Tomboy)EN2Feb 28, 1980 – Oct 15, 1983MP & A GangProud member of Snipes Castle, Grew up alot and ran with a lot of good people. Sad to hear they put Her down but the Mean Mutha probably didnt go easily. For those who new him we Lost Marmo @1992. Old freinds welcome to contact
Haydock, PeterMS3Mar 1980 – Mar 1981supply
Lamkin, JerryEN2Mar 1980 – Feb 1984MP/A-GangGood to see so many names of good friends I have not heard in many years
Taylor, Steve "Pig Farmer"STG 2Mar 1, 1980 – Dec 15, 1982CAThe firing of the Tomahawk cruise missile. The first WESTPAC. Great crew, Great ship. Sad to read about her demise.
Pinkston, PinkyHT2Mar 15, 1980 – Mar 15, 1982REPAIR
Pinkston, John (Pinky)HT2Mar 22, 1980 – Mar 23, 1982R-DivisionGeez, a target, to bad
Hume, LarryLTMay 1980 – Dec 1982OC/OIA lot of good memories, and some not so much - but mostly good, particularly after 30+ years.
Lightner, BillBm3May 7, 1980 – 19821st div, deck
Lightner, Billbm3May 10, 1980 – May 16, 19821ST beck
Womack, TerryMS2May 15, 1980 – May 22, 1984SupplyMy time aboard the Merrill was some of the best times in my life. I whish I could do it all over again. Sydow where's the rest of the cooks? Does anybody know where SK2 Freddy from Mississippi is?
Stanley, RicchardTM3Jun 1980 – 1981weapons
Royce, Don "Fat Dog"ENFAJun 1, 1980 – Sep 9, 1982A-GangI don't think that there was a better ship in the NAV and you guys, my Shipmates were some of the best friends I've ever had.
Boetker, Gary (Bo)HT2Jun 1, 1980 – Feb 1, 1982EngineeringShe was a great ship and had a great crew. Go snipes. It was sad to hear that she was sunk
Johnson, Craig / CkBM2Jun 1, 1980 – Mar 1, 1983DeckMade some great friends during my time on the Merrill. I found out one lives 40 mins away. I wonder how many stayed Navy. I got out for 10 years and came back in as a Reservist. Go Navy.
Vannest, MarkETJul 1980 – Aug 1982
Wuhrman, JimAug 1980 – Jun 1982snipesThe Merrill was a heck of a ship. I have fond memories of her and my fellow crewmembers...
Pratt, DwightGSM2Aug 1980 – Sep 1985MPI have a lot of memories of her, it's too bad we'll never be able to visit. I got to do part of a WestPac then we became the test platform for Tomahawk . Check out the Merrill page on Facebook. Sign up!
Armstrong, RobertFTGSNAug 1, 1980 – Oct 1, 1983CG
Pedersen, NealDD 976Nov 1, 1980 – May 1, 1981sonarI was in the reserve and involuntarily called to active duty and nearly dragged to the quarterdeck of the Merrill.It was one of the best times of my life, and I'd do it again in a minute.I can't believe she's gone.
Judd, MichaelBM21981 – 19851st
Johnson, Paul { Firemain Johnson}IC31981 – 1985ENGINEERINGI JUST CAME ACROSS THIS WEBSITE SORRY TO SEE THE MERRILL IS NOW A MANMADE REEF.I WAS PROUD TO SERVE ON "THE MEAN MOTHER" GOOD TIMES, GOOD FRIENDS. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE I SERVED WITH!!!!
Spangler, DavidOS31981 – 1984OI
Smith, FrankJan 1981 – Feb 1984NXHad a great time on my first ship. I'm loving retired life in Florida. Drop me a line sometime.
Crenna, TomEW3Feb 1981 – Nov 1982Electronic WarfareThe best of the west pacs.
Sydow, BobMSSN/MS3Mar 1981 – Jun 1983SupplyFinished first enlist. as cook in 83. Reenlisted Nov 84 changed to RM rating. Took early retirement in 95 as RM1. Had a great time serving aboard the Merrill. Anyone know where is SH Joe Benedetto, or YN Frank Smith Let me know
Clarkston, EmmanuelPC2Apr 10, 1981 – Apr 10, 1983xhi,i was the postal clerk on the merrill.i would love to hear from david garth or anyone else who was aboard at that time . i am living in new orleans.happy mardi gras
Jacques, RussellE-5/ET2Apr 22, 1981 – Aug 21, 1984CEMade E-6 at Glenview Naval Air Station. That base is closed also. Suprised to hear they sunk the Merrill as a target hulk. Still drilling as a SELRES.
Jacques, RussellET1Apr 22, 1981 – Jul 29, 1984CERetired from SELRES January 2005.
Bayne, Alex (Tj)DS2May 1981 – Jul 1984CDA start to a great 20 years!
Barr, DarrylMR2Jun 9, 1981 – Jun 10, 1982Rmy first ship,port of call Urika CA lots of fun.Managed the great gumbalie in his smoker debut he lost to merriweather.Ski let me no where your at.
Goodman, PhilipBM2Jul 1981 – Aug 19861stAbsolutly best WESPAC ever. Nothing beats your first tour especially serving with such a fine ship/crew (well until Bonta came back, did he ever make Chief?).
Rowe, DukeOS 2Jul 1981 – Jan 1984OPSCIC Watch Sup. ASAC. Tomahawk Data Base Manager/Launch Controler. Myself, Ken Sweet, and Deren Lorenz were the first OS's in the Navy to operatre the Tomahawk. We were the OS part of the test and development team. It was fun.
Ken, SweetOS2Jul 1981 – Jun 1984OI
MacK, BrettSTG2Jul 1, 1981 – May 8, 1985It'd definitely be cool to here from anyone who remembers me. I miss the good 'ole days!
Eggers, ScottE-3 SIGNALMANJul 22, 1981 – Aug 20, 1984DeckWorked with the deck crew as well as the corpsman. Ran the paint booth while on the deck crew. Most of my friends called me "Eggs"
Bur, ArnoldE-2Aug 1981 – Jan 21, 1982Deck ApesIt was great working for a guy who had a life sentence to the Navy and a Chief who made it a point to work us like dogs. The Exec. Officer made him stop working us 12 hours a day, In Port.
Casio, CarySTG2Aug 6, 1981 – May 1983AS
Rice, JimGSM1Sep 1981 – Jul 15, 1986MP
Baker, SteveYNCSep 20, 1981 – Jul 30, 1983Not sure of Division - Ship's Office/Personnel
Wheaton, DaveCTM1Oct 1981 – Jun 1985OZJD, I didn't stay in for life, but 25 years is close.
Eggers, Scott "eggs"SMSNOct 1, 1981 – Aug 29, 1984signalmandid the deckcrew for awhile then moved up to the signlcorp. Also help the corpman really enjoyed that.
Fletcher, Dale , Aka Big FletchHT 2Oct 5, 1981 – Jun 5, 1985R divWhat a bummer, SUNK ?, My name is welded under the deck grids in fwd pump room. 2009 and I just looked her up. Steffy, Reindel, Bruder ha, Bruder, Merch where are you. After 23 yrs in S.D. Back in Erin Tn. Where's B.C.?
Claypool, RackslugENFNDec 1, 1981 – Sep 1, 1983enganeringi wished i would have made better choices and made my superiors proud of me i meant a lot of good people and greatful for that
Leazer, DavidCTTCDec 7, 1981 – Jun 16, 1984OZLooking for other OUTBOARD crew members and EW's.

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