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USS Nicholson (DD 982) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Nicholson (DD 982). 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 537 crew members registered for the USS Nicholson (DD 982).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1984 | 1985 – 1986 | 1987 – 1988 | 1989 – 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – 1996 | 1997 – 1999 | 2000 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Packer, Derek B.GM30000 –
Rose, RustyE5Nov 29, 1974 – Jun 18, 1980MSPlank holder, really bummed to hear she was sunk. Last I had heard, she was in the Greek Navy
Traylor, KenLJGApr 1975 – Jun 1978BInjured on July the 4th when I fell ~ 30' from the ship's radio tower. Returned to service as soon as I could.
Segrest, Richard " Red"HT31978 – 1979RI WAS FORTUNATE TO BE A PART OF THE BEST CREW THAT COMMISSIONED A NAVY VESSEL.BEST FRIENDS I EVER HAD IN R DIVISION.GITMO SEA TRIALS WERE TRYING,BUT SATISFYING.PROUD TO BE A PLANK OWNER.IT WAS GREAT SEEING THE C/O SINK HIS GIG ON THE REEFS.
Pitzer, KevinENG 2ND CLASS1978 – 1980A Gang
Akin, Clifton (Cliff)ENC1978 – 1981Admin
Way, MonteGMG2Mar 1978 – 1983G div WepsPlank Owner... Hearing she's on the bottom brought a tear to my eye. Lot of good memerys. ie. setting the range record at Veagus, 1st yr in commison. The peir at Gimo.
Phillips, BruceGSEC(SW) Ret.Mar 1978 – 1982ELeft the Nick (and active duty ) in '82 and finished up in the reserves in '93.After 25 years and four ships"There's None Finer" than the ship and men I knew on DD982.Retired from civilian job in 2009 to El Paso,Tx.
Billado, LarryDS1Apr 1978 – Feb 19837th pre-commisioning crew member assigned to the USS Nicholson. Many fond memories. Proud to have served aboard her and with my shipmates. Sorry to see her go....
Worst, PeterGSM2(SW)May 1978 – Jul 1983MPPlankowner- Sad to hear of her on the bottom, she was home to the best shipmates anyone could ask for. I'll always treasure the memories of Precom and our adventures! Fortes Fortuna Adjuvat indeed!
Martell, Steven PDD 982Jun 10, 1978 – Jun 10, 1981weapons amazing times commissioning the ol gal i miss them days dale paul give a call we stay in touch with M Cyr R D cook and Gary WHIITANAN the weapons div was the best gitmo a constant challenge
Risner, Kevin RiseET2Jul 1978 – Aug 31, 1982OEWe are getting old. Best time I have ever had in the Navy.
Murchie, GregoryET2Jul 1, 1978 – Apr 15, 1981OEMade some great friends, worked hard but we were all a little crazy so it was cool. Went back to sea on a carnival cruise ship..Now that's the way to be underway!!
Kline, DavidSM3Jul 17, 1978 – Jul 17, 1982ocUNBELIEVABLE! ARE WE REALLY OLD ENOUGH TO OUTLAST THE FINEST SHIP IN THE NAVY? PLANKOWNER- I WANT MY SEARCHLIGHT.
Williams, John/ JkSEAMAN 3Aug 1978 – Jul 1980Deck CrewDD 982 The Chosen Few. Pre-com in Norfolk, Ingales Ship yard pier (remember when Farmer came home drunk & boarded the wrong ship? Right bunk, wrong ship! Then we sailed Her home. First time out bent a screw. Next stop dry dock in Florida.
Preston, David (Spiderman)EN 3Sep 1, 1978 – Nov 30, 1981engineersPLANKOWNER I had some crazy times during all the "break in" period. I was the ships swimmer/rescue diver. Our plankowner crew set several new naval records. Sorry to see her go, NICHOLSON was a great lady
Paul, DaleFTG2(SW)Oct 1978 – Mar 1982WepsPlankowner and the Nick's first ESWS. She was a fine lady, and part of me will always be with her. Plankowners, please sign up at Nicks Military.com home page!
Lubstorf, KimFTG2Oct 1978 – Jul 1980GSo sad to hear that "Nick" is retired. She was the best!
Rodriguez, GilbertOS1(SW)Oct 1978 – May 1983OIA GRAND SHIP OF MEN, ENLISTED AND OFFICERS, WHO CHANGED MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THOSE GREAT DAYS WHEN WE "WORE YOUNGER MEN'S CLOTHES..." (PLANKOWNER)
Spiller, WilliamGSM1Oct 1978 – Oct 1983MFrom pre-com training in Norfolk thru p-goula, 2 meds a north atlantic and numerous carribean runs, I met and worked with a group of guys I will never forget and who performed in such a way that makes me very proud of my time on the "NASTY NIC"
Pettway, StephenSK2Oct 1978 – Dec 1981S-1PLANKOWNER, sunken gig in Roosey Roads, aground in Gitmo. Remember the "friendly fire" incident when the USS COONTZ fired a Harpoon at us. What a tour! First of five ships I served on.
Roberts, RandyOS3Oct 1978 – Feb 1981OperationsPlank Owner, it was great to serve on the Nick, great crew.
Hartman, JoeEN2Oct 2, 1978 – Jun 23, 1980A gangPlank owner Never forget the Captian sinking his boat. Had a lot of good times.
Willits, DarSMSNNov 1, 1978 – Jan 17, 1980CommunicationsPLANKOWNER. Part of the original crew and actual raised the original commissioning pennant at the ceremony on May 12, 1979. I have a secret. It saddens me to find that she was sunk as a target, as I remember it as a once glorious vessel.
Runion, DougSTG1Nov 13, 1978 – May 30, 1983WeaponsPlank owner. Some of the best times of my life.Our motto "There's none cleaner" Green soap forever. I got to work on her at CNSYD in 94/95. She was a grand lady and I will miss her.
Chapman, PaulGMG1Dec 1978 – Jun 1981G-DivisionPre-Com, Man what a ride that first year was.Getting everything set up and running,the new crew up to speed,sea tirals.Onloads of tools and parts,3-M.ComNavSerfAlant INspection..Met a lot of great people.
Robare, DonRM2Dec 1978 –OCto all the great radiomen who pre-commed the nick you were the best.
Oliver, JerryBM21979 – 1982Boatswain Mate Looking for the people that were in my division.
Littlejohn, LjGMG21979 – 1982weaponsCan't believe she's gone...never forget the smell of that "GREEN SOAP". Anyone heard from STG Tony ELMORE or HART.
Weber, FredSTGCS(RET)1979 – 1982Sonar Gang
Drotovick, MarkDK21979 – 1983The Nick was the only Navy life I knew. It brings back such great memories. The crew was awesome helped me grow into the man I am today. Sorry to see you that you had to go. We will miss ya!!!
Berube, ReneEW1979 – 1980OE
Wright, David/orvilleEN31979 – 1983Auxiliary Equipment
Skaggs, GarySTG11979 – 1981ASPLANKOWNER. Believe it or not I missed going to Sea, the 3am unreps.
Reid, RandyE-41979 – 1982supplyAssigned at precompiled unit in Norfolk Va, boarded her at Ingles shipyard, plank owner, first command, and she was a great ship, the best command I was ever assigned to. My tour on board will never be forgotten,
Hart, William (Bill)RM2(SW)Jan 1979 – May 1983OCPlank Owner
Jackson, AndyGSM2 (SW)Jan 1979 – Sep 1983Main PropulsionFrom Pre-Com in Norfolk, the snake pit in Pgula, 2 Med, 1 N Atlantic and tons of Caribbean runs. Nothing like sharing 4 toilets and 4 showers with 72 other guys! Remember "We Love it Here" and the old POD stand-by Titivate the Ship
Freeman, ShawnQM3 AT THE TIMEJan 1, 1979 – Mar 4, 1983OPS (QM-Gang)Plank Owner. I was the First Master Helmsman and the first to go to Captains Mast. (Not that this is anything to be proud of)
Lockhart, DavidSTG1Jan 3, 1979 – May 5, 1981ASGreen soap and sponges. Half the crew fighting, half the crew cleaaning up the mess. Watch out for line 6. It likes to part every other sea detail. Plankowner.
Norwood, JackMS3Jan 3, 1979 – 1981FOOD SERVICES I drove the bus from the hotel to the Nick, the best Ship and Crew, ever! PLANKOWER. I was The first to bring food aboard the USS Nicholson from Pensacola FL. All Plankowners assisted in loading provisions into storage facilities. Ahoy!
Mac Conley, Kevin "mac"GSE1Jan 10, 1979 – Jan 20, 1983
Giraulo, CarloMS2Jan 26, 1979 – Oct 31, 1979SupplyPlankowner
Yeargin, EddieSA TO QM2Jan 30, 1979 – Nov 2, 1982Dec to NavigationDD982 the chosen few! There will never be a finer gathering of sailors on any US Naval ship. Went from SA to Leading Quartermaster with the help of QM3 Freeman and QM1 Jackson. I would also like to remember QM3 Gordy, may you rest in peace.
Bagot, BrianHM3Feb 1979 – Aug 29, 1981NavigationThe Nick mothballed? The Navy lost the best. LONG LIVE GREEN SOAP! PLANKOWNER
Ferguson, JohnHT2Feb 1979 – 1982EngineeringPlankowner. I remember the green soap and yellow sponges. Can't forget the waxed floors so shiny you had to wear sunglassed.
Ferguson, JohnHT2Feb 1979 – Jun 1982EngineeringPlankowner. I still remember the green soap and yellow sponges. The wax so shiny you had to wear sunglasses
Snyder, DaveGSM2(SW)Feb 1979 – Feb 1983M Div.What a great place to learn about the NAVY and being a grown-up. Whenever I think about good times in the NAVY, the Nasty Nick is the first thing that comes to mind. Fortune does indeed favor the brave...
Dudley, Darrell BatmanGmgFeb 6, 1979 –GI will miss the nasty Nick and all my crew mates but it was fun my first ship out of four it was the best
Cayo, GeorgeSH-3Feb 15, 1979 – Dec 8, 1980SupplyCan't believe the Navy promoted "CRASH JORDAN" to Rear Admiral!!!!A totally tyranical egomaniac!!!! Ido miss some of my shipmates!!!Can't believe it's been 30 years? Yes I still ride a Harley and always will!!!! BOHICA!!!!!
Talavera, RonSTG2Feb 22, 1979 – May 18, 1985AS/Weaps
Sturgill, DennisIC2Feb 23, 1979 – Dec 23, 1983E DivisionPlankowner. I was the second to the last to leave the ship from the Oringinal Crew. I left the Nasty Nick in the Persion Gulf and never looked back. Made many a good friend while I was on board.
Martinez, Miguel (Mike)SH3Mar 1979 – Oct 27, 1982SupplyPlank Owner
Rogers, LloydGSMFAMar 1979 – Jul 1981M
Skaggs, Gary BozSTG1Mar 14, 1979 – Aug 12, 1981AS
Conover, MikeGMGC(SW)Apr 1979 – Apr 19, 1982G HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROUD OF THE NICK I'M SORRY SHE'S GONE. ALSO SERVED FROM 85-89 PLANKOWNER
Taylor, David "opie"RM2Apr 1979 – Sep 1982OpsPLANKOWNER, The best time I ever had while in the Navy. Really miss the guys that I worked with.
Shackett, JimGMT3/GMT2Apr 1979 – Apr 1980ASROCBest Pre Comm crew. Was a pleasure serving on.
Taylor, David "opie"RM2Apr 1, 1979 – Sep 30, 1982OpsThe greatest time I had while in the Navy. Was a great ship to be part of. We were better than any others and we knew it. Really miss the guys that I worked with. And the most of all I was a PLANKOWNER.
Moore, EarnestIC2Apr 9, 1979 – Jun 9, 1982E DivisonGood first experience
McCarthy, SteveET2(SW)May 1979 – Sep 1983OESo long ago and probably my best time in the Navy with the best shipmates. PLANKOWNER
Tharp, SteveIC3May 1979 – Jun 1982E-divEngineering department you were the best priates I have ever meet thanks for the memories
Miles, PaulOS3May 12, 1979 – Sep 6, 1981OIIf any of my old shipmates are looking for me, I am still out having a good time....Could shumebody point me in da durrrection of the BIIIG boat...Tank You!!
Ioerger, Frank (Igor)BM3May 12, 1979 – Jan 30, 19831stI spent some of the best times of my life on tne Nick. We had one of the best crews around. It's sad to see that the nick is finally gone, but I have alot of good memories.
Ioerger, Frankbm3May 12, 1979 – Jan 30, 19831st DivisionHard to belive that the nick is gone. I have a lot of good memories
Luby, Chris (Qualube)EN3Jun 1979 – Apr 1981A-GangI can't believe all the fun on the med cruise ,all the cleaning and the CO never able to catch us.
Koslosky, Joe / SkiE-5Jun 11, 1979 – Jun 13, 1983A-GangNothing like the Nick, I remember running aground and looking at the beach of everyone sunbathing in Fla. what a way to start the day, and loosing steering in 40 ' seas, but we all made it out just that much BETTER
Pasek, Timothy, TimQMSNJun 30, 1979 – Mar 10, 1980Ist Div-OperationsI missed being a plank owner by about 6 weeks - got on before she went on a shack-down cruise and was there when she ran aground in Gitmo,, Lt Cook beg me to re-enlist and stay on through sea trials - I got out to a MineSweep- (Dominant)
Kaider, D. KeithLCDRAug 1979 – Oct 1981Engineer OfficerPut Nick ("There's None Finer") in commission as the Chief Engineer. I was blessed with great personnel including GSCS Sturm: GSEC Koloko; LTJG Masley, LTJG Rowley, LTJG Johnson and may others. They made me look good under adversity.
Jackson, Bryan (Bj)STG2Aug 10, 1979 – Mar 15, 1984ASI grew up while on Nick; I guess green soap contains some kind of maturing agent. Best Sonar Gang ever put together: Ron, Mike, the other Mike, Doug, Dave, Tony, Paul, Kevin, et al.
Oliver, JerryBM2Sep 24, 1979 –Boatswains
Jacquet, EdwardCWO3Sep 27, 1979 – Nov 26, 1982FOXI am very proud of my service on the Nicholson. The lessons I learned on her helped my to be a better person. Her legacy will live on in our memories.
Collins, KevinENNov 1979 –A Gang
Cyr, Mark L.FTM1(SW)Nov 26, 1979 – Jul 20, 1982FoxWhen you boarded the Nick, the first thing you saw was her crest and motto, "There's None Finer", and you knew this was the truth. We worked hard, and played even harder, and Wesley saw we had enough of both. Be proud, you served her well.

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