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USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). 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 258 crew members registered for the USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1993 | 1994 – 1996 | 1997 – 1999 | 2000 – 2002 | 2003 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Alexander, AlexIS1Apr 1966 – Apr 2002OTBest tour I had in a 20 year carrier. The crew was great and the work was exciting. We deployed during one of the hardest times our country has seen.
Jobe, SonnyCWO3Jan 10, 1982 – Sep 1, 2003
Evans, BlaineHT2/E-51992 – 1994RPlank owner
Cocuzzi, RonEW11992 – 1995OT
Hillhouse, BobSTG2(SW)1992 – 1996CAPlankowner
Moore, Brian (Doc)HMCS (SW)1992 –Plankowner. The BEST duty I had in 20 years of service. Great CPO Mess...still the best friends I ever made.
Corbett, BrianSKCS(SW)1992 – 1995S-1Best CHIEFS MESS ANYWHERE. The crew was 4.0 in all it did. It was even hard to not like the officers. PLANKOWNER
Galbraith, NealDSCM(SW)1992 – 1995CMCPLANKOWNER
Busby, RussRMCS1992 – 1996OCAwesome ship, Awesome crew and One Hell of a Chief's Mess. Time of my life. I wish everyone well. Best regards my friends!!!!!
Williamson, Roger / Big RogerOS1(sw)1992 – 1997OIPlank Owner. The last Plank Owner to leave the Ship.
Hellert, Michael "Hellcat"EM31992 – 1995EngineeringPlank owner Proud to serve, and would again. Great knowing everyone I served with!
Watson, LarryFCC1992 – 1997CSPlank Owner – This ship and her crew MADE my Navy career. I went from FC1 to FCC to ENS all on Turbo Dog and later retired as a LCDR. I owe much of my success to this ship and her great sailors – thank you.
Cummings, GarrettGMG21992 – 1995COPLANKOWNER - and very proud to have served with all of my Navy friends. Served 20 years and now I am retired. I miss all of you and wish I could go to sea again. I still have not received my Cruise Book either, oh well.
Tallent, Ron profile iconFC21992 – 1994CF (02)The Navy was and still is the best "Job" I have ever had. My time on CG-72 has proven to be my most invaluable experience. Thanks Captain Xefteris!
Smith, Scott,big SmittyEM21992 – Dec 1994EPlankowner,great shipmates and great capt.Never forget his cool corvette "Big Smitty"
Deutermann, DavidLTFeb 2, 1992 – Jun 30, 1996Honored to serve on the finest ship in the Fleet with the people who influenced me the most.
Bellaran, Gilbertos3Mar 1, 1992 – Mar 1, 1993operations
Thurston, Mike "Yogi Half Of Yogi And Boo Boo"BMApr 1992 – Jun 1995Boatsman MateLOL The memories, on this joint, me, my man Nic, OS, Harris, Getting in trouble just cause we was from DC LOL
Lovell, JamesGSCSApr 13, 1992 – May 1995m
Waters, Ed "Muddy"OS1 (SW/AW)May 1992 – Sep 1997OIPlank Owner - Many memories. I was there from the very beginning. First Float, First Cruise, First helo landing, First women on-board, etc. Its the people that made the difference.
Gransbury, TimothyFC1(SW)Jun 1992 – Jun 1995CF - AEGIS ComputerPlank Owner -
Hipkins, DavidOS1 (SW)Jun 1992 – Apr 1, 1995OIPlankowner - Great Ship!
Pratt, StevenGMG1Jun 11, 1992 – Jul 13, 1995
Lyles, JohnRM3 NOW IT1(SW)Jun 14, 1992 – May 18, 1994OC// PLANKOWNER // One of the First to be in the shack. Watched from keel to finish. Had the best first crew in radio. Bugjuice, Dee, Mcgee, Shorty, and me Big Guy. We were the first to bring the ship fm Pascagoula to Norfolk. The originals.
Slay, DarrieNC1 (SW)Jul 1, 1992 – Sep 1, 1995CFPlank Owner. Would love to reunite with others that were on there during that time frame. Switched rates to NC now, was FC then. Thanks Capt. Xefteris!!
Barton, IvanFC2Aug 1992 – Jul 1996CSPlankowner.
Richardson, JohnOSCSAug 1992 – Aug 1997OIWHAT A GREAT TOUR. GLAD TO BE PART OF THE FIRST CREW. HAD MANY GREAT TIMES AND HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET SOME PRETTY INTRESTING PEOPLE. WOUNDN'T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD.
Richardson, JohnOSCSAug 9, 1992 – Jul 28, 1997OI
Yarger, PaulEN3Aug 19, 1992 – Dec 15, 1996a-gangplankowner
Twitty, TonyIC1Aug 20, 1992 – Sep 9, 1994CEOriginal Plank Owner, DIVO A HOLE
Duerksen, Shane (Duerk)OS2Sep 2, 1992 – Sep 2, 1996OIGood times! Would love to hear from you guys.
Hall, DwightEMCS(SW/AW)Oct 1992 – Jun 1995EPlankowner. Best Captain, officers, chiefs and crew I served with in my career.
Rice, John (Jr)OS1(SW)Oct 1992 – Jan 2000OIGreat Ship, Great crew. It helped me prepare for the rest of my career.
Ludwick, KeithEW1Oct 7, 1992 – Dec 10, 1997OTPLANKOWNER! Went from Third Class to First Class during time onboard.
Misch, PaulSH3Oct 20, 1992 – Jul 16, 1996S-3PLANKOWNER
Yencer, ScottET2(SW)Nov 9, 1992 – Mar 31, 1993syencer1@msn.com
Myres, Will "Tex"ENFNDec 1992 – Aug 1996A-GangPLANKOWNER, "COWBOY UP"
Girouard, RolandPN2(SW)1993 – 1996Plankowner
Dery, Brian KPC31993 – 1996S1PLANKOWNER
Titus, GabrielQM31993 – Jul 31, 1997NavigationI had one long enlistment on the ship. But I'm glad I had a chance to commission it. I met a lot of good sailors and take the experience with me. God Bless all you PLANKOWNERS and all who continue to keep it going.
Cardona, SaulLT (O-3)1993 – 1995Senior ChaplainFirst ship's chaplain; finest cruiser in the fleet.
Clay, JeremyIC1993 – 1995Plankowner
Jackson, WillieMA11993 – 1998OCThe best ship anyone could ask for. Plankowners set the standard for the fleet not to mention the best Signal Bridge in the Navy!! I STILL WANT MY CRUISE BOOK!!!
Borello, RussellDK31993 – 1996SupplyHad a ball on this ship. Looking to see whats up with the crew from back then
Kessinger, DavidET1/E61993 – 1996CEPlank Owner.
Malone, RichardOS11993 – 1997OI
Sharp, Akita "big Worm"SH31993 – 1997SupplyMan I grew up on this ship!!! The number one barber on this fine Navy vessel!!! I would like to see some of the old homies again, Sudberry, Toman, Elliot, Andre Neal, Senior Chief Freeman, etc. one hell of a ride!!!
Steelman, Larryen-21993 – Jun 1995a-gangPlankowner
Riggin, JasonFC31993 – 1994Combat Systems
Shaw, Bruceem31993 – 1996e division
Tubbs, DarrellFC1(SW)1993 – 1997CFGreat ship! Loved her.
Conright, JamesFC21993 – 1997CS PLANKOWNERTurbodog will always be a part of me. She taught me responsibility and showed me new lands. Although I wasn’t the easiest to get along with at times, I certainly hold respect for most who have shared her with me.
Lewis, GaryGSM31993 – 1997engineering
Nicholas, ClarenceFC21993 – 1997cs
Desamito, CezarGSM2Jan 8, 1993 – Jun 1, 1996MPPLANKOWNER
Anderson, PeterltjgJan 24, 1993 – Oct 9, 1994xx
Starkey, PhilipRM3Jan 26, 1993 – Mar 28, 2004
Barton, JonMSCFeb 1, 1993 – Apr 21, 1996S2Plankowner, 11th person to receive ESWS
Russell, John H.RM2(SW)Feb 17, 1993 – Oct 7, 1997OCPlankowner
Juanillo, ArnoldGSM2Mar 1993 – May 1996MPPLANKOWNER
Veen, TobyFNMar 1993 – Oct 1995OTPlankowner
Dery, BrianPC3Mar 1993 – Aug 1996S1Great times on this ship. Great times in the Navy. Wishing the best to this ship and her crew members of present, past and future.
Sigler, John profile iconBM3Mar 1993 – Nov 1996OD01Plankowner....my one and only command but I had a blast...for the most part. Wasn't too bad being a BM3, toting a coffee cup all day. Made some great friends and memories, would like to hear from anyone I served with.
Smith, Edmund A. "smitty"OS2Mar 13, 1993 – Oct 28, 1997OI baby!Great times, Good people!
Ferguson, RichardOS 1 (SW)Mar 20, 1993 – Apr 15, 1997OIPlankowner. Tomahawk DBM. CIC Supervisor. Best Duty in the world. Thanks Capt. Xefteris.
Seabolt, MarkOS2Apr 1993 – Sep 20, 1996OIIt was a good tour. CAPT X was on point. Does anybody remember the two-digit IP number to WEP'S console. I want to beep him when he's not looking.
Dumas, CharlesSMCMApr 1, 1993 – Oct 30, 1995SignalsPlankowner. Greatest ship I have ever served on, especially Chiefs mess and Capt. X. Go Navy. Looking for Vella Gulf shipmates in Florida to meet up with. Located in SW Fl.
Carter, YulRADIOMAN THIRD CLASSApr 21, 1993 – Jul 17, 1997MP/DC/Communication
Watkins, Adrian (Watdogg)BM3Apr 27, 1993 – Nov 25, 1996First DivisionPlankowner, I had the pleasure of commissioning this Strong Iron Beast. Keep up the good work. God Bless the Plankowner and the new crew.
Nesby, JosephEM3May 1993 – Jun 1996ENGAwesome ship, proud to have served as a plank owner. Best CO I have served under, CAPT. Zeph.
Brown, MikeMACS ( SW/AW)May 15, 1993 – Jun 30, 1997Admin (CMAA)I was the Chief Master At Arms. I releived (MAC LOVEJOY) SMC Green when I checked aboard. Captain Zefterus(?) was the CO.
Perkins, ToddFC2May 16, 1993 – Jul 15, 1997CF01Plankowner - FC2 working on SPY1B-(V) radar
Lefty, JimBM2Jun 1993 – Jun 19951stPlankowner. She is a great ship!!
Bryant, BradYN3(SW)Jun 1993 – Jan 1995NAVAs the saying goes, "Misery loves Company". Being my first Naval Experience this tour had many ups and downs. I met some wonderful people during this period and learned a ton. Some notables are Phil A., Jon L., Chris G., and Chester D.
Agner, DavidEM3Jun 1993 – Feb 1997E DIV
Conright, James "R.t. Casbah"FC2Jun 1, 1993 – Jul 17, 1997CS/CS03I enjoyed serving as a plankowner on the CIWS.
Pratte, MikeMS3Jun 15, 1993 – Jun 27, 1996MESS A Plankower is one of a kind!
Thomas, LloydE-5/PCJun 19, 1993 – Jul 17, 1995Supply Department
Lamm, JackETJun 29, 1993 – Jun 29, 1997CEPlankowner
Young, KevinETJul 1993 – Jul 1997CE01Plankowner
Akins, MichaelOS2(SW)Jul 1993 – Jun 1997OIPlankowner
Schuchard, Michael (Wolfman)FC2(SW)Jul 9, 1993 – Jun 6, 1997CFPlankowner
Del Duco, MikeRM2Aug 4, 1993 – Jul 14, 1995CommPlankowner-Miss all the guys in Comm, Bugjuice, Big Guy, Starkey, Denson, Oliver, Glass, Chief Bugsby...Remember the good times at Thunders LOL...
Skomial, AaronGSE2Aug 14, 1993 – Aug 10, 1996Engineering/Main PropulsionGreat times with the guys from Engineering! They knew their jobs and we kicked butt
Smith, Kenneth, "Smitty"FC2Sep 1993 – Sep 1997Combat StrikePLANKOWNER I now pastor a church with about 75 members, and I serve as a member of the City Council in a city of nearly 40,000 people. My time in the Navy was well spent with you all. Anchors away, Anchors away!
McGowan, DavidSTG1Sep 10, 1993 – Oct 15, 1997CAWhat a NICE ship.. Captain Zeph you rocked!!! "I will rip your LIPS off"
Eaton, ChristopherDC3Oct 1993 – Dec 1995Eng
Henson, Eric "Big Red"EN 3 (SW)Oct 1993 – Mar 1996A-GangBest ship ever!!! "PLANK OWNER" I met alot of good shipmates onboard who I am still in contact with today!! Capt. X "you da man" Just wanted to say thanks for everything and you made being at sea worth while!!!!! YEEEEAAAHHHH!!!!!!!
Rodgers, GregSTG2 (SW)Oct 1, 1993 – May 15, 1997CAHad a great time on that ship. I now work as a contractor for the Army (go figure).
Seal, Joseph/joeQMCS(SW)Dec 12, 1993 – Jun 7, 1995Nav/Admin/MedPlankowner

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