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USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23). 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 243 crew members registered for the USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG 23).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1966 | 1967 – 1972 | 1973 – 1977 | 1978 – 1982 | 1983 – 1986 | 1987 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Richter, WayneSeaman first class1945 – 1946Admiral country
Garguilo, DonSTG2Mar 15, 1962 – Feb 13, 1964ASPLANKOWNER,,,, PRECOMMISSION CREW
Coffelt, BillIC1Nov 1962 – Mar 1965RPlankowner and pre-comm crew.
Howard, AnthonyST-11963 – 1965A & FI was part of the pre-commissioning crew at Todds shipyard in seattle. Assigned to the Byrd after serving on the Charles F. Adams DDG-2. After serving on the Byrd, went on to teach at the SONAR school San Diego.
Syrek, GeneFTM3Jan 1963 – Sep 1966GPlankowner
Vaughan, RonETR2Feb 26, 1963 – Feb 18, 1966OperationsPLANKOWNER -Todd Shipyard. Voted best looking and most likly to succeed.
Renfro, ClayFTM2May 1963 – Feb 17, 1967FoxPlankowner, member of Commissioning Crew
Butterfield, GeorgeMM1Sep 1963 – Apr 1967EngineeringPlank owner for ships comissioning @ Todd Shipyard Seattle Washington. Remember the good times on Pike street and all my shipmates.
Nye, DavidFTG3Sep 1963 – May 1965FOXPlank owner, went aboard at Todd Shipyard Seattle,WA Mustered out near the end of first Med Cruise off Cannes, FR
Cann, AlbertBT2Dec 1963 – Oct 1967reunion Oct.2005, Branson, Mo.
Earnest, BobETR3Dec 1963 – Aug 1966OEPlankowner and member of Precommissioning Crew
Gillispie, Gill profile iconFTM3Dec 1, 1963 – Nov 22, 1964FoxPlank Owner
Campbell, JimRD2Dec 7, 1963 – Nov 3, 1965Plankowner, ECM operator
Jackson, Warren (Jack)rm21964 – 1966operations
Kaminek, RayRM21964 – 1968OperationsI need help with info about Key West '67 test.
Turenne, Emile profile iconE51964 – 1966BTC
Grant, Michael R. STG21964 – May 1966A/SReunions every two years. I'm grateful for the friendships and experiences related to the Byrd. It was an honor to serve aboard her. We had a crack sonar gang - "E"! Plankowner. Searching for Howard Cunningham...
Pheasant, Rickgmg3Feb 1, 1964 – Apr 10, 1967A/SJust returned from the 5th RE Byrd (DDG-23) reunion in DC. 21 fellow Plankowners attended along with 12 other crew members, sure would like to see more in 2011 in Nashville. Reunions always a good time!
Holmgren, LorenHM3Mar 3, 1964 – Sep 18, 1965OC -PLANK OWNER. LOOKING TO CONTACT ANY FORMER PLANKOWNERS. HAVE CONTACTS OF ABOUT 15 OR SO. SAW MM1 BUTTERFIELD'S NAME AND REMEMBER HIM.
Wolfe, BentmsnMar 7, 1964 – Jun 7, 1966a/s
Higgins, MartinFTG-3Jul 1964 – Jun 1967
Mulder, Harry J.SNSep 3, 1964 – Sep 3, 1966First
Wade, RobertMMCNov 1, 1964 – Oct 24, 1966EngineeringFirst enlisted to make Chief on DDG 23, in charge of Bravo Four. Died on 10 April, 1984. Navy detail at funeral was from DDG 23 (Reserves)
Corcoran, Allen CorkyPN3Nov 8, 1964 – Nov 4, 1966OC
Clay, ShermanRM3Dec 1964 – Dec 1966Comm
Colantuono, RichardRM3Dec 12, 1965 –OperationsHad a great time serving aboard the Byrd.
Edwards, DavidQM2Dec 15, 1965 – Dec 8, 1967OC2 great years on this ship. Met some nice people while there. Enjoyed some wonderful tours. Incl. 2 weeks in NYC at St. Alban's Naval Hospital with the crew for a tuberculosis emergency. No San Juan that year. Saw Israeli-strafed Liberty
Latham, RobertYN31966 – 1968Made one Med Cruise, two caribbean, and one North Atlantic. Was on board Byrd when we were dispatched to assist USS LIBERTY which was under attack by Israelis summer 1966. I still believe we were the first Destroyer to get to LIBERTY.
Gronn, FrankSM21966 – 1968Operations
Norton, Billgmm2Jan 1966 – Jul 19702ndshould have stayed. destroyer life was good cause you knew most everyone. Syrek loved J.C.! lol
Raley, ElwoodRM2Feb 20, 1966 – May 28, 1967oc
Raley, ElwoodRM2Feb 20, 1966 – May 28, 1967oc
Ellis, William / BillRM3Jun 1966 – Aug 1967operations
Zacherl, Charles profile iconSTSNJun 5, 1966 – Jan 20, 19674thBoarded in Traonto Italy during Med Cruise 1966, was there for Saint Albans Hospital NY vacation.Hunted Soviet Subs in North Atlantic under the Ice in December 1966.
Doolittle, Richard E profile iconYN3Jun 13, 1966 – Jun 12, 1968Weapons
Jiles, JimIC2Aug 1966 – Oct 1, 1969R
Vettorino, JosephSH4Sep 1966 – Sep 1968
Mulder, HarrySNSep 3, 1966 – Sep 3, 1966FirstTo all the girls in the starboard fanroom I want to say thanks!
Gebhard, BruceBT3Oct 14, 1966 – Oct 4, 1968mOn board for shock test 1967 and Liberty attack 1968
Kropf, FrankSK3Nov 1, 1966 – Oct 10, 1968SupplyP.R.-Med Cruise-Israel conflict1967-thrown out of Istanbul and walked up the leaning tower of Pisa stoned,great fun except for the purple uniform(wine). Gitmo,nearly killed by shark snorkling,Haiti,now that's poverty.I miss Murry's bar in Norfo
Schweitzer, StephenFTM3Dec 1966 – Dec 19673rdFirst ship I served on.Memorable experiences:A USS Lexington A4 reserve pilot,on landing skidded his jet off the flight deck and luckily pancaked into the water.Whaleboat crew got him out just as the plane sank.The other-USS Liberty rescue.

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