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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

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Kipke, BobOS1980 – 1983OI
Whitney, BenSM 21980 – 1982OPS
Dacon, KenOS21980 – 1982OIHad many good times. And a few bad, but the good out weighs the bad. Even if it ended up as my last tour. The two I remember the most were Wayne and Bob.
Cates, Stephen1980 –
Carroll, Jeromesm21980 – 1984oclots of menories, Like the dirty 30, I need to contact HMC cook, anyone know where he is?
Hahn, Mark ( Dutch )OSSN1980 – 1981OPS/NAVI SEE A FEW OLD PALS HERE , I WAS ONLY ON HER FOR A SHORT TIME , I WAS GLAD TO SEE SHE DIDN'T GET SHOT OUT FROM UNDER ANYONE ! AS I REMEMBER SHE WAS BEST SUBTRACKER IN THE FLEET !!!! AMSTERDAM , HOLLAND WAS VERY COOL !!!
Carr, WayneDS2Jan 1, 1980 – May 1, 1984OELike everybody else, I miss the ship and remember having a great time. Best time of my life with the greatest people I ever knew.
Kahler, SteveHT2Feb 22, 1980 – Oct 26, 1983R / ERO9Friends onboard remembered me as "Chewy" long ago. Now I'm a DCCM in the Reserves. Sure miss the old days and never expected to see her retire before I did. Really going to miss her. Fair winds and following seas to the Johnny H. DCCM Stev
Pauley, DanGSM2May 3, 1980 – May 30, 1983MPAh the glory days. A bullet proof second class. Thank you chief Harlan. Taught me a lot. Where are you now?
Baker, DaveIC2Jun 1980 – Dec 1982EI ended up staying in & retired as ICC in '94. The Hancock was easily the most fun I ever had in the Navy . We worked our asses off, but we always managed to act the fool when the opportunity arose. Greetings to all.
Masters, TomRM1Aug 23, 1980 – Jun 23, 1984oco1Great to have served onboard john hancock.. Made alot of good friends there.. Stayed in for 17 yrs and then got out due to family hardships..Last duty sta, NAS KEYWEST FL.. Fair winds to all.
Kowal, DaveGMGSep 1980 – 1983G
Kiger, RandallHM3Oct 10, 1980 – Mar 23, 1982Navigation/MedicalLooking back it was the best experience for me. My IDC couldn't have been better than HM1 Charlie Cook
Turpin, JamesOS1 (SW)1981 – 1986OI01Some of my best memories were on the "johnny H"
Thompson, RonaldRMC1981 – 1985OPSSeeing the Johnny H. brings back a lot of memories. I was on her during the persian gulf and made it to overhaul in mississippi. She was a fine ship and great crew. I made ESWS and chief on her. Miss them days
Runnels, BillOS31981 – 1982OPSwas on a Knox Class, like going from a VW to a Rolls Royce
Schadt, SteveGSM31981 – 1984
O'Connell, Mark profile iconEm31981 – Jun 1984ESo sad to loose such a beautiful ship. So many good memories.
West, TimSM21981 – 1983CommunicationsFeel free to contact me. Tim
Sullivan, SeanE4 TM31981 – 1984AS (anti-submarine)Kenny Evans (& Williamsons!)-- Crazy 'Cold Iron' story; recently found an old cassette of us. Sought-out and acquired an old boom-box, just for tape (ran it thru my Bose 301's to crank- ha!)... [978-397-1727, for rest..]
Gallaway, RodgerMS2 (SW)Jan 1981 – Oct 1984Supplygreat Ship Great Crew..
Carr, WayneDS2Jan 1, 1981 – May 1984OE
Stringer (Marshall), RandallE-4Jan 15, 1981 – Jan 15, 1984OCI was a Radioman. My last name was Stringer then (Now Marshall). I sometimes miss the "Johnny H." However, it led me to a lifelong career serving overseas with the U.S. State Department as an IT careerist. Shellback and BlueNose Certified.
Campbell, Kevin J.FTM 2Feb 1981 – Feb 1985FOX
Sullivan, SeanTM3Feb 1981 – Aug 1984ASFriendships that last 20 yrs. later...Places I'd never have seen otherwise...Experiences that, whereas they failed to kill me, have made me stronger. I.O; Gulf; Shellback; Bluenose; Marksman.
Goebel, Don/richardRM3Feb 1981 – Aug 3, 1984OC This was my first and only ship of my career. I enjoyed the people that I met. She was a sweet ride with those gas turbine engines. I worked in Radio and when not on duty I could be found playing music. If you remeber me contatct me.
Williamson, JoeGSM2(SW)Feb 1981 – Oct 1987M.P.Hey guys glad to see your still kicking.I have some great memories from that ship.Ray I have your ballcap on my studio wall,Kevin are you still playing pool?well to all you guys I hope your having great lives.I'm still playing music
Sullivan, Sean F. (Frank) SullivanTM3Feb 1, 1981 – Sep 15, 1984ASNew email.
Gallaway, RodgerMS2 SWFeb 21, 1981 – Sep 11, 1984Supply
Freeman, WebLT (CDR ret)Mar 1981 – Dec 1983MPA - Main Propulsion
Campbell, KevinFTM2Apr 1981 – Feb 1985FOX
Keville, MickLT/LCDRMay 1981 – Nov 1982OPSMany great memories and friendships.
Austin, BobET1May 1, 1981 – Apr 15, 1987CSENone
Dyer, Lawrence ( Larry )GSM2May 13, 1981 – Jun 10, 1983ENGINEERING
Ferrell, James (Mellow Man) profile iconOS1Jun 15, 1981 – Apr 15, 1985OIDidn't know it then but those were good years on the John Hancock. Had some crazy times with Swann,Pugs,Seabat,Kirk and Clem. Shoot me an email.
Burke, GregoryPNSNJul 25, 1981 – Dec 23, 1984Too many to nameI have a lot of fond memories of the Johnny H. Just wish I had ben more career-conscious while I was onboard. I made up for it later, after re-entering the Navy in 1986.
Broge, GaryFTMAug 15, 1981 – Jun 1, 1983FOXHad some really great times. First cruise to Amsterdam was crazy. Definitely remember the Persian excursion and the steel Beach. If you remember, I was one of three painting the blue nose. Got my shell back in the IO.
Pages, Mario 'salty Dog'IC3Sep 1981 – Nov 1984e engineringmade my bones on the JH that lead to 22+ years @ att , made 2 IO/GULF deployments & became a full shellback in 82
Horton, MikeElectricians Mate 3rd ClassSep 26, 1981 – Nov 30, 1984Electrical DivisionI would love to contact some old shipmates. We went through a lot of tough times. Our laughter got us through. Looking back...those were the best times of my life.
Stecz, GeorgeMR 2Oct 1981 – Oct 1985RepairGreat ship, suprised to find out she is gone! However, wonder what ever happened to the cannons!
Hancock, TomOS2Oct 15, 1981 – May 18, 1984oio1I spent the last 3 years of my naval career on the Johnny H. I had a great time with some really cool people.
Caradori, BrianE-4/PN3Oct 21, 1981 – Sep 15, 1983NavigationWorked in Ships Office with YN3 Edwards, PNC Wesley Clark, YNC Ray Kehm
Fischer, JeffreyGMT2Nov 9, 1981 – Nov 10, 1984CAI was there for 2 gulf cruises. Remember the Tanker wars? Crossed the line when we were still allowed to have a proper Shellback initiation. Retired in 2000
Dye, RobertGSE5Dec 15, 1981 – Oct 23, 1983Main PropulsionI served aboard USS John Hancock during the approxamate dates. I was a "Polar Bear" on the first cruise, a "Shell Back" on the second cruise, and went in the yards in "82 for dry dock.
Kirschbaum, Tom profile iconEW2Dec 17, 1981 – Nov 9, 1984OE - OISomething I did right out of high school. Now retelling the stories to my sons. Went back to Charleston in 2010. Spruill Av still not very pleasant to visit. Some things don't change over the years.

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