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USS Thorn (DD 988) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Thorn (DD 988). 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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Capt. R. E. Pearsall, USN (ret.), Commanding Officer of DD 988 from 1982-1984, is currently working in conjunction with the USS THORN DD 647 Association (who successfully "sponsored" DD 988 into the Fleet) to petition the Navy through the Congress to commission a new THORN. They are targeting the last of the unnamed DDG 51s so time is very limited and they need your help to get letters in the mail to Congress. Below you find the necessary documents:

Instruction Letter         Petition Letter



There are 647 crew members registered for the USS Thorn (DD 988).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1979 | 1980 – 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1990 | 1991 – 1992 | 1993 – 1994 | 1995 – 1996 | 1997 – 1998 | 1999 – 2000 | 2001 – 2002 | 2003 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Duresky, JothryEN32003 – Oct 2004A-Gang
Phillips, PaulFC3Jan 26, 2003 – May 28, 2004CFThorn was my first boat, I had a blast, I'll never forget her or the crew.
Phillips, Paul Aka TeetzE5/FC2Jan 26, 2003 – May 28, 2004CF
Johnson, AlisonLTFeb 2003 – Aug 25, 2004NAVWhat a great ship to serve on! And what a great crew to serve with!
Phelps, WilburCS3Feb 26, 2003 – Jan 15, 2004Deck
Mangiaracina, Shelby, ManginaE4/FC3Feb 26, 2003 – Aug 1, 2004CFThorn crew was the coolest ever. P.S.....Hawaii is awesome.
Griffin, BobbyE-6/CTA1Mar 11, 2003 – Jul 27, 2004The best time that, I ever had out to sea. OT Division lead the way. GO CT's.
Scott, JohnOS3Apr 2003 – Aug 2004OII'm on my fourth ship now, and nothing compares to the first. I wish i could have done all my sea time on the Thorn, I had a blast on that boat.
Gomez, CarlosGM2Apr 14, 2003 – Jul 24, 2004CGGreatest Division i ever worked with. Great leader ship in the front office(ENS Solon & GMC Brasdis) we had some great times together that i will never forget.
Plocharczyk, DavidCTR1(SW)Apr 17, 2003 – Aug 25, 2004OTAlthough she was not my first ship, she was the first I loved.
Crane, Eric "Insane"OSSNMay 5, 2003 – Aug 25, 2004OII learned a lot serving onboard Thorn. I've made friends I will never forget. Hope everyone has a successful career in whatever it may be.
Earl, BruceNC1Jun 10, 2003 –Career Counselor Office
Pace, MartyGSM2Jul 23, 2003 – Jul 31, 2004Engineering
Books, RobertET2 (SW)Jul 24, 2003 – Aug 6, 2004CEExcellent crew, great sunset cruise.
Gant, CliffCTO SNSep 1, 2003 – Feb 1, 2004CommsI miss the hell out of each and every one of you guys on this ship. Im sorry I had to leave early. I wish I could take it Back!
Burks, NathanIT3Sep 9, 2003 – Aug 25, 2004OCMy first tour in the Navy, turned out to be the finest. Never again could I receive such a great reward as working with these men. Thanks for all ya'lls help.
Frontera, DominicET2(SW)Oct 8, 2003 – Aug 25, 2004CE
Frontera, DominicET2(SW)Oct 15, 2003 – Aug 25, 2004CEWas my first ship in the Navy and i made some awesome friends and i have some great memories from that cruise!!!
Eberlin, DanOSSNNov 2003 – 2004OI
Mang, EricLTNov 15, 2003 – Aug 24, 2004EngineeringThis was te best ship and crew I've ever had the pleasure to serve with. I wish all ships had a Captain like ours, CDR John Little. We had fun and still accomplished our mission. Got my SWO pin too!
Rodriguez, RayFC2(SW)Nov 18, 2003 – Jun 27, 2004CMCame for the sunset cruise and left with a NAM. I couldnt ask for more. Great memories
Willhite, JimGMSNDec 8, 2003 – May 28, 2004CGTAD. Had a great time.
Buckner, AdamGM2Dec 22, 2003 – Aug 25, 2004CMBest Ship ever on the waterfront. Not just because of her condition, but 99.9% because of her crew. God Bless them all and Good luck to them and their futures.
Broomfield, RichardSNDec 22, 2003 – Aug 8, 2004DECKFirst command and she taught me a lot. The people made the experience (HM1 W., HMC D., FCCS P.) and the guys in deck showed me team work with quirks.
Camacho, JuanSN (DECK APE)Jan 4, 2004 – Jun 1, 20041stGreat crew and boat. Picked up SW here.
Paradinha, CarlosFCCSJan 6, 2004 – Aug 25, 2005CFI have never served with a better crew. She was by far the finest ship to which I ever had the pleasure of being attached.
Taltoan, MiltonSNMar 2004 – Aug 2004DECK

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