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USS Okinawa (LPH 3) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Okinawa (LPH 3). 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 1166 crew members registered for the USS Okinawa (LPH 3).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1962 | 1963 – 1964 | 1965 – 1966 | 1967 – 1968 | 1969 | 1970 – 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 – 1975 | 1976 | 1977 – 1978 | 1979 – 1980 | 1981 | 1982 – 1983 | 1984 – 1985 | 1986 – 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 | 1991 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Esparza, Arnoldo/arnieRM2Jul 11, 1897 – Aug 17, 1990CRI left the Navy in Sept. 1990. I'm living in Lakeside, CA. I've been married for 16 years and have 4 children. I would like to hear from former shipmates, especially from my division.
Fannon, BillMM3Sep 1960 – Jul 1964M
Corbett, KevinFN1961 – 1963BPlank owner on board 1962 - 1963. Had some great times with great men. Dick Theirs-watch those chains - sea sick R Doughty - Trips from PA to MA & Me Anyone give me an e-amil.
Overly, HarryQM21961 – Feb 23, 1964
Brown, Jime-41961 – Aug 1965navigation & administrationCaptains Writer Yeoman
Skelton, Stanleymm2 mm3 mmfmn1961 – Jul 24, 1964m&ahad agreat time obviously some times too great
Henry, EdFTG3May 4, 1961 – Jan 1965FoxPlank Owner. Second one aboard in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Underway Watch station was Helm and Lee Helm... perfect one to get seasick on ( even moorage in Norfolk) Does anyone remember Robert Miller FTG1
Deorazio, Richard (Rich)SMSNNov 1961 – Dec 1963Signal - OSPlank owner on USS Okinawa - was one of the original first 20 crew to report aboard from Brooklyn Naval Yard - Signal Division was a close group of guys - many fond memories
Cass, Chester/herkAG2Nov 1961 – Apr 1964OAgreat ship and crew. a bunch of missfits pulled it together on shakedown. even though we lost a scre on the cuban crisis. would like to hear from some old ship mates
Campbell, WilliamSANov 1961 – Mar 1962firstAny one that was in the front gunmount (5" 38 ) please contact me.
Garberg, LeonAG2Nov 1961 – Dec 1963OABeing the first crew on the Okinawa meant we had to rearrange the OA Div office and Weather Balloon room to make it workable. That was fun and challenging. Good group of guys.
Moore, F.j.SNDec 1961 – May 19631stwas on pre-comm cew that started in Brooklyn, NY.
Daniel, NormanSA/SN/SK3Dec 1961 – Dec 1963SupplyPlank Owner, assigned to her at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Then to Norfolk, Gitmo, Cuba missile crisis. Sure had some good times that are lasting a life time. Live in Pennsylvania.
Koebel, CarlCS3Dec 8, 1961 – Sep 11, 1964S2 DivI remember shake down cruise, Cuban Missile Crisis, and JFK being shot.
Baldwin, DelbertsksnDec 28, 1961 – Apr 15, 1964s1my first ship went to precom in little creek and commishioning in april 62 had allmost 3 of the best years I ever had aboard the big O lots of memories and some lifetime friends
Thompson, James A.AO3Dec 29, 1961 – Oct 29, 1963V4Original Plank Owner: Of my nine years of Naval Service the 22 months I spent on the Okinawa was one of my most enjoyable tours of duty.
Smith, Ronald C.SM31962 – 1963CS SIGNALMANI WAS A PLANK OWNER ON USS OKINAWA LPH3 AND THE USS GUADALCANAL LPH7. HOMETOWN IS WAYCROSS, GA.
Ponder, CharlieSFP-21962 – 1965Rplank owner great ship fine times and the best of guys
Alsip, RobertFIREMAN1962 – 1963Aoriginal crew member--plank owner
Bernard, RolandRM31962 –ORI WAS A PLANK OWNER. I ENJOYED EVERY DAY I SERVED ABOARD THIS FINE SHIP. IT WAS A SAD DAY WHEN I FOUND OUT SHE HAD BEEN SUNK.
Wiltshire, DavidADR-31962 – 1965V-6 & MAAFor a short period of time I served as aircrewman on the ships hello.
Young, DavidSM11962 – 1968OS/MAAMY favorite Ship in my whole carreer. I was in the commissioning crew and went aboard right after the bridge was put on the hull.went aboard as a SM3
Kirkendall, William (Kirk)SFM31962 – Jun 1966I had the best times of my life,and gained some great friends for life from the experience.
Dumont, DougEM-31962 – 1966E
Wyatt, WilliamE-5 / RD21962 – 1962OPERATIONS PLANK OWNER /Precommission / onboard while in drydock/ launch/ degaussing / GITMO/ to dock in RD-3 Norfolk/ Transferred to USS Guadalcanal LPH-7( AFTER 6 MONTHS Back to Philly Shipyard to repeat launch sequence. ..
Kairevich, MikeQM21962 – 1965NavigationPlankowner. A wonderful expierence. Served with a great Captain, Bill Lemos,2 wonderful leaders in SM1 Butzbach and QM1 Enquist.
Furman Jr, FrancisSN/DM31962 – 19631st/XCame aboard as seaman in 1st Div.,moved to DM3 in X Div. Tranfered to LPH 7 commisioning in 1963
Mahoney, JoeMM3 - MM21962 – 1964B - M - A Divisions
Johnson, James / JimmyRm31962 – 1965communicationsWas assigned to ship before it was completed. Went to radio school then back to ship. Have many good memories. Would Like to locate William Hutchenson who took pictures. Left. 1965.
Curry, RodneyYN SN (E-3)Jan 1962 – Apr 1963AdminUSS Okinawa commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in April 1962, later docked out of Norfolk, VA and part of the Cuban Blockade.
Lloyd, ClydeMM2Jan 1962 – Jan 1963MI was a plankowner tranfered to USS Mount Mckinley agc 7 Jan 1963
Schaaf, GlenSFM3Jan 1962 – Mar 1963RPlank Owner. Gitmo Bay shake down cruise. Cuban Missile Crisis. Many good times with crew members.
Kelly, JerrySMSNJan 1962 – Sep 1963Signal OSPlank Owner---Shakedown Cruise---Cuban Missle Crisis or Blockade...great crew--alot of great times..our signal gang still keeps in touch after 45 years!
Mills, James/jimLCDRJan 8, 1962 – Jun 11, 1964first lieutenantgreat crew, great spirit.
Mayotte, JimQMSNJan 31, 1962 – Sep 23, 1962NavigationPlank owner, loved the ship
Lecomte, JimFMFeb 1962 – Jul 1963Electric
Snyder, William (Bill)EM3Feb 1962 – Feb 1965EProud plank owner, engineering won 1st E (red). Did Cuban Blockade, alot of time at Gitmo EM club. Also TransAtlantic crossing to France & England. Transfered to USS Mahnoman Cnty LST 912. Sad moment seeing Big O leave Norfolk without me.
Schuster, StephenLT.JG.Feb 1962 – Oct 1963Deck -Plank owner, 1st, 2nd & Fox division officer during tour, Cuban Missle Crisis, Gitmo shakedown & RefTra. Next stop - department head on LST-1174
Thomas, WilliamSeaman - E-3Feb 1962 – Aug 1963OI - Operations IntelligenceTo the Radar gang on board the USS Okinawa - Greetings and Peace to you all. Looking especially to connect to Robert Gamble. Cuban Missile Crisis was tense- recall going to Mayport to pick up 2000 Marines. We made it!
Johnson, ThomasAO2Feb 1, 1962 – Aug 1, 1963v4I look back with fondness of my time spent on this ship
Harrison, RayMM2Feb 7, 1962 – Feb 14, 1966MPlankowner
Conaway, Glenn R.SEAMANFeb 10, 1962 – Mar 21, 1964SIGNALMANI WAS A PLANK OWENER
Johnson, Frank K. ,LTFeb 12, 1962 – Feb 10, 1964Boiler GunneryIt's like hearing about the lose of an old friend. As with all plank owners, I guess, a little bit of me and my sweat went down with the old girl.
Augustine, GarryFNFeb 13, 1962 – Oct 14, 1964BT
Harney, Benjamin G.MM1Apr 1962 – Jan 1964Assistant Chief Master at ArmsPlankowner, last ship served on.
Best, DrueBT1Apr 1962 – 1964B
Reynolds, GlennE-4Apr 10, 1962 –V-1ENJOYED MY TIME ABOARD,ESPECIALLY TUCKER JOHNSON AND THE GREER BROS. LIKED GITMO,WHERE THERE WAS A WOMAN BEHIND EVERY TREE.HA-HA...
Doughty, Richard S.BT3Apr 14, 1962 – Nov 1965BPlank owner, some great memories with a bunch of great guys.
Bradley, Kevin M.DK3Apr 14, 1962 – May 20, 1964S4PLANK OWNER. ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE ABOARD THE OKINAWA. SORRY TO HEAR OF HER DEMISE.WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM CREW MEMBERS 1962-64
Thiers, Richard/big StickBT 3Apr 14, 1962 – Jun 14, 1965BHad some good times and bad times but just remember the good ole times. I wish the ship had made it to the Med cruise. Sure would like to see some of the guys I met on the ship. I'm in Warsaw New York, give me a call.
Nelson, DavidAG3Apr 14, 1962 – Oct 28, 1963OAGreat times and some great shipmates
Milewski, HenryHM2Apr 14, 1962 – Apr 27, 1964HLoved the ship and those in it from the beginning as precomisioning plank owner. It is a shame she is on the bottom of the ocean now. I never saw a get together notification which would have been nice.
Best, Drue RBT1Apr 14, 1962 – Aug 8, 1964B DivPlank Owner Of A Great Ship And Crew And Good Eng. Dept. Headed Up BY Chief Eng Lcmdr S.W. Secrest
Mc Donald, JackSM3Apr 14, 1962 – Jul 28, 1965SignalmanPlank Owner, we still keep in touch ' I wish I could go back. The US Navy is the best in the world.
Myers, DavidSNApr 14, 1962 –ALog Room Yeoman. Made YN3. Transferred to ETA School, Great Lakes. Retired in 1979 as ETCS. Plankowner
Le Cates, BillABH3Apr 15, 1962 – Feb 14, 1964V-3We were the best. Great times and great shipmates. Captain Lemos was great skipper.
Scarfone, DonADR3Apr 16, 1962 – Jul 1964V1Upon completion of Basic Training On April 2, 1962, I received orders to the USS Okinawa. I was on board during the initial shake-down and the Cuban Crises. I made a lot of friends and had many good times.
Fenwick, BillANApr 21, 1962 – Jan 16, 1963AIRStill remember my time aboard the Okinawa. Some good and some bad like the Cuban crisis. We did not know how close we came to all out war. I am a proud Plank Owner.
Hogg, WilliamENSIGNJun 15, 1962 – Sep 15, 1962EngineeringSpent to summer as a wet behind the ears newly commissioned Ensign. Boarded in Norfolk and went on shakedown to GITMO. Left to go to flight training in Pensacola. Spent the rest of my Navy flying helos.
Hine, Lawrence HinePN3Jul 12, 1962 – Jul 20, 1964X
Yale, RobertLTJG SCOct 1962 – Feb 1965S2 & S5
Benoit, PaulLTJGOct 1962 – Feb 1964Joined the Okinawa at sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Made many good friends and have many fond memories. Did not learn of the ship's decommissioning until 9/06. Very sad news.
Gaines, James Aka Jungle JimHM3/FMFOct 1, 1962 – Nov 7, 1962Embarked Marines 1st Batt. 6thMarinesScary time of bad dreams of mushroom clouds. Okie was my 1st ship and had the smell of a brand new car. Great gedunk,mess and top notch crew. Hated to leave as I was assigned to B Company on board USS Thetis Bay LPH6.
Stanbro, DonAIRMANNov 1962 – 1964V3I would like to hear from anybody that served during this period.
Krause Jr., SpindlerFIREMANNov 12, 1962 – Nov 1, 1963RSPENT WHOLE TIME PHILADELPHIA, NORFOLK & GITMO. FINALLY GOT A CHANCE TO GET OFF AND GO TO MED FOR 6 MONTHS USS FRANCIS MARION. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO LT. FELHOFER. BOY, HE HATED ME FOR GETTING A TRANSFER!
Wiltshire, DavidADR-3Nov 19, 1962 – May 25, 1965V-6 MAAI served on the ships hello crew for about 1 year

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