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USS John Hancock (DD 981) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS John Hancock (DD 981). 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 507 crew members registered for the USS John Hancock (DD 981).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1986 | 1987 – 1989 | 1990 – 1991 | 1992 | 1993 – 1994 | 1995 – 1996 | 1997 – 1998 | 1999 – now

Everett, CurtisAMHCApr 1975 – Oct 1975VF211I am looking for buddies and info on while I was aboard. Please contact me at my cell [541][5213114] Thanks Curtis Everett
Cole, JackHT 2Nov 17, 1975 – Nov 16, 1981rsad what they did to our ship
Klein, James D.HMC1977 – Dec 1980MedicalI am a Plank Owner. One of the best experiences of my Navy career. Retired off the Hancock in Nice, France. HM1 Cook was my relief on board.
Bogdan, JefferyENFA- MS31977 – Nov 1981RADCON then S-2Plank Owner. I read many of the names and they bring back a flood of memories of the Johnny H. I still talk to some and I know that we have many long time Sailors that have done well for themselves and the Navy.
Mason, Claude "Clint"e3Aug 1977 – Aug 1981GAS TURBINE
Collins, LarryDS21978 – Dec 1982OPSPlank Owner-Lots of good memories
Reakes, PatSTG31978 – 1981WeaponsPlankowner. I was actually assigned to the JH before commissioning. Had a ton of good times in the Caribbean, Med Cruise, etc (even Gitmo and Pascagoula!). Hated to see it was sent to the scrap yards. Last saw it on a visit to Jax in 2000.
Cover, RickIC11978 – 1981DivisionRick was a plank owner. He passed away 10/24/2010. We met at Lakeside, 31 years of marriage, 1 son, 5 grandchildren. Cleared of all charges for those that remember. Retired from Navy 1996. Always talked about you guys.
Eggers, Robert (Bob)SH21978 – May 1981SupplyPlank Owner, three of the best years of my life.Thanks for the memories.
Bass, BrianSK31978 – 1981Supply
Heinrichs, Harold (Rocky)RM21978 – 1981OCI remember the RMs SMs, and some of the OSs and ETs on the list. Got an Electrical Engineering degree with the GI Bill after leaving DD-981 and have had a pretty good life. Still have fond memories of my time in the USN.
Bowling, GarryRM2Jan 1978 – Aug 1982OCI am a plankowner of the John Hancock. I remember the day the ship was commissioned.
Bruner, Anthony (Tony)RM2Jan 1978 – Jun 6, 1982OCA plank owner on the "Bonnie Johnny"... Eventually got commissioned through the LDO program, and preparing to retire about 24 years later than I thought...
Cornett, TroyDD 981 FTGSEAMANFeb 1978 – Aug 1980weapons
Longenecker, EvanGMG2Mar 1, 1978 – Oct 20, 1981GMHad a good time with a fantastic crew. It couldn't get any better
Welch, RandallOS2Mar 10, 1978 – Aug 21, 1981
Jackson, DonnieRM1May 1978 – Sep 1, 1983OCPlank Owner - Looking for Mike Sheridan.
Tricquet, Robert (Buddy)OS2Jun 1978 – Apr 10, 1981OIPlank Owner stood the first official watch
Watson, PhillipLTJGJun 1978 – Feb 1980FFirecontrol Officer/SWC/plank owner/balance crew. John Hancock was the best and worst of times. Outstanding ship,crew, XO, dept heads, division officers.
Swarthout, StevenGSEC (SW)Aug 30, 1978 – Dec 7, 1981EngineeringGreat ship and wonderful last duty station.
Fink, JoelSTG 2Sep 15, 1978 – Mar 18, 1982ASPlankowner: I remember so much from that experience. I went back twice to see her, the last time for the decommisioning. What a way to enter adulthood. To this day, I still have dreams about being onboard.
Schooler, AaronOS2Oct 1978 – Feb 1982OPSPlankowner
Wagner, JeffLTOct 1978 – Feb 1981Supply Officer
Labit, Roy (Chuck)STG1 (later STGCS)Oct 10, 1978 – Jun 10, 1979CAAssigned to pre-commissioning detail in Norfolk, VA. Joined the ship just before a hurricane hit 'Goula (what fun to ride out a storm tied up to a pier). Left the ship due to hardship in June '79.
Tricquet, Robert (Buddy)OS2Oct 20, 1978 – Apr 10, 1981OIPlank owner stood the first offical watch.
Crean, Sean F.ENSIGNNov 1978 – May 1981SupplyPlankowner Disbo/S3- First ship. Great crew, best wardroom.
Jones, James ESH1Nov 1978 – Sep 5, 1982SupplyPlank Owner, Shell Back, Blue Nose, are the distinations, which were bestowed on as a member of the 1st Crew... During pre-com we had to learn and learn fast what we needed to know how to place the Ship in Commission, and we did a good job.
Thomas, JamesENCNov 1978 – Jun 30, 1980NAVPut Her in commission, Leading Chief of Nav,Retired from her June 30, 1980. Last saw her in in 2003 ,inactships,Philly,PA
Martin, Jimmy LeeGSE3Nov 8, 1978 – Sep 20, 1983E DivisionPrecomm Norfolk, Pascagula (Snakeside), Plank Owner, ESWS 1980, EOOW 1981, Shellback, Blue Nose, Suez, GITMO survior. Orginal Member Sleeze Team 1. Great parties, lots of hard work, played hard. GSCS (SW) Ret.
Behrends, LarryGMT1Dec 1978 – Feb 1983I remember good times, friends long hours and hard work. Precom living at lakeside riding the ingalls bus. Buffarillo's reftra gitmo psa ntpi endless inspections and quals. Med cruise persian gulf north atlantic kenya and shellbacks. GMCS [SW] RE
Waltz, RickE6/ET11979 – 1984OEMany great folks, and good memories.
Hoover Jr, Hoover/rockyhtfn1979 – Sep 1981engplankowner had fun still intouch with good friends
Custer, DavidSmsn1979 – 1979CommunicationsBest years of my life....looking 4 my old buddies...really would like 2 find Ron Fleming , chito Hernandez , Andy Weinstein ,and elden duggar
Hagen, JohnHM2Jan 1979 – Aug 1980SickBayNow that I look back ,I had some fun times there. Good food cooked by Dave Halberg and working with HMC Klein was very enjoyable. Great fishing in Cuba and the other islands.
Callahan, WilliamSTG 2Jan 1979 – Jun 1983ASI miss them days and I also miss the people.
Swarthout, Steven profile iconGSECJan 19, 1979 – Jan 31, 1982GSEGreat ship and great crew. Excellent people in the division
Farmer, DaleSTG2Feb 1979 – Jan 1, 1982AS
Pepper, HowardGSE1Feb 2, 1979 – Oct 30, 1980EngineeringI went aboard as a GSE1
Swartz, DonnySK2Feb 10, 1979 – Oct 10, 1982Supply I didn't realize it then, but I look back now and realize that I met the most interesting people, and made the most friends during my time aboard the Ship. I too was a plankowner
Spath, WayneOSC(AW)RETFeb 10, 1979 – May 25, 1982OIGrand memories of the JOHN came on as OS3 left as OS1 Great cruise and shipmates fair winds and following seas shipmates
Walker, BrianSK2Feb 11, 1979 – Aug 30, 1982SUPPLYI too was a plank owner and had a lot of good memories, and good friends. I'll never forget hanging over the stern of the ship and putting the first signature on her.
Meyers, Robert Big BobSTG3Feb 16, 1979 – May 20, 1982weaponslots of crazy memories/ and great buddies to go thru a start up
Russell, TimDS2Mar 1979 – Sep 1982OEAs part of the commisioning crew, the John Hancock will always have a fond place in my memories. It doesn't get any better than this!
Robinson, PaulLTMar 1979 – Jun 1981OS and Operations OfficesComissioning CIC Officer, Finished as Operations Officer. Wonderful memories
Wilson, DougGSE2Mar 10, 1979 – Aug 1, 1981MPPlankowner, original GSE. Commissioned ship as EMFN, converted to GSE when rate was created. Just glad to have survived Gitmo!
Kendall, BillMar 10, 1979 – Feb 10, 1981Got out of Navy on Hancock in Med. Worked for Charleston Shipyard for several years. Went into USCG Reserve and retired in 2005 from reserves.
Buford, JimmyRM3Apr 4, 1979 – Oct 21, 1981OCI met a lot of great people on board the Hancock. Because of the foulks on board, I have enjoyed a great life. I came on a kid but left as a man.
Fleming, RonaldSM2May 7, 1979 – Feb 14, 1982communicationPlank Owner. Cant believe its gone already.I must be getting old. Buffarillo! I remember!!!
Hernandez, Horacio (Chito)SM3May 25, 1979 – May 25, 1980Communicationsalso a Plank Owner man we had some good time here anyone remember Rainey Dickens what a charater anyway sad to see it decommissioned but the memories we'll always have Gitmo, Bahamas, Jamaca, virgin Islands wow feels just yesterday.
Bates, AlFTM2Jun 1, 1979 – Jul 11, 1983FoxSpent 4 of my 6 Navy years onboard. 2 Med cruises, 1 Persian Gulf, 1 North Atlantic, lots of time spent in Caribbean - Virgin Islands, St. Barts, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica. Still remember lots of the guys I used to work/drink with. Shoot an e-mail!
Miller, T.w. (Tommy)STGCJun 5, 1979 –CAI was onboard twice. 1979-1983 and 1989-1991
Miller, Tommy "T.w."STGCJun 14, 1979 – Aug 16, 1983CAI was on the Johnny H twice, 1979-1983/1989-2001. She was new when I went aboard. I went from STG3 to STG1 before I transfeered. I returned as an STGC in 1991. It is hard to believe she is gone. I had some great times and some hard times on that ship
Simon, Mike "Diamond" SimonSAJun 28, 1979 – Feb 22, 1982Botswain mateI remember Capt. Wilgenbush, he was a great captain, he cared enough about me to BUY me a new pair of boondockers ( keep them shined sailor),I miss the Seabat and many deckapes,I still miss the open seas, Bluenose,Gitmo.
Lloyd, GaryENSJul 1979 – Jul 1982Many great memories of many great friends.
Madden, ScottDS3Jul 10, 1979 – Aug 1983OPSOne of the great adventures of my life!
Joyce, PatSTG3Jul 15, 1979 – Sep 10, 1981ASHad a lot of fun on the Johnny H. Met a bunch of great people.
Gaderon, ColinEN3Sep 22, 1979 – Feb 16, 1982EM02my first ship in the us navy, very adventurous, really enjoyed most of the crew especially during the med. curise, lots of fun. close friend Eric Faulkner from ohio
Martinez, MichaelRM2Nov 18, 1979 – May 16, 1983OPSI still remember those days, I am a Chief(ITC) now in the Naval Reserves and glad I am still associated with the Navy. I remember you Bowling/Kiger. Hope things are well. (Marty)

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