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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 1171 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
Taliento, MikeSGT E51979 –MWCS-18 " Combat Cargo"Hitched a ride to Pohang Korea for Team Spirit '79. Had a great time even if I had to climb over the side on a cargo net. I'm sorry she had to go. I'll never forget her!
Mullaney, TroyRMSN1979 – 1983CR
Piearcy, RussellE 41979 – 1980GOLF CO. 2/3 WEAPONS PLT. 0331I REMEMBER NOTHING BUT GOOD TIMES ABOARD THIS GREAT SHIP! MEMORIES OF MY YOUTH THAT CAN NEVER BE RELIVED BUT IN MY MIND. THE GOOD FRIENDS I MADE , THE GOOD TIMES, AND ALSO THOSE GREAT PORT CALLS IN THE P I .4 EVER IN MY HEART OKI !!!!!!!!!
Stiefel, DaveAMS31979 – 1984AIMDIt’s really good to see familiar names M. Snyder C. Marlow T. Diesley and others. Still look at Shellback pics of M. Snyder and I with C. Marlow holding his fire hose that he used liberally on Mitch & I.Some great Times!
Anderson, Shelleydc3Jan 19, 1979 – Oct 28, 1984dc
Johnson, Doug/the PhotomanPH 3Feb 1979 – Mar 1981OPERATIONSI HAVE MANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SHIP AND THE MEN WHO LIVED ON HER.WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEM JUST GOTTA FIGURE OUT HOW. ANYONE REMEMBER WHY THE OKI WAS NOT LET BACK ON OKINAWA . WISH I COULD GO BACK
Rosman, Ken "Guns"E-3Feb 3, 1979 – Feb 3, 1982V-4Chief Alfred gave me the name Guns for playing around with aft 3"50's. My time on the OKI was the best of times. Great Buddies. Great Ports. My Service Plaque and Shellback Certificate hang on my wall with pride. All the best to my Shipmates.
Mason, JerryABH-3Mar 1979 – Apr 1981V-1 CRASHI enjoyed the proud lady / killer ship
Townsend, CharlieAD2Mar 1979 – Jul 1981AIMD AircerwOKI-3 Crew, great times for a young man. I don.t know if I would do it again but it was great fun at the time. Will never forget Capt Bill Terry, The tow to Hawaii and the times in the IO. look me up on facebook under trent townsend
Mann, Kevin J. "Kj"EN3Mar 12, 1979 – Jun 18, 1981- Boat ShopChiz, Fricke, Pouncey, Codydog, Chase, All my other brothers whom which I served with/partied with. The memorey will live with me forever. Long live the "Pig Boat" and all who served aboard her!
Dunson, C. G.BMCMMar 23, 1979 – Feb 28, 1983First
Piearcy, RussellE4Apr 28, 1979 – 1980GOLF CO. 2/3 WEAPONS PLT. 0331I SERVED ON THIS SHIP ON MY LAST WESTPAC. THERE WERE GOOD TIMES AS WELL AS BAD. THE GOOD IS WHAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER WHEN I THINK OF THE OKINAWA. THE PEOPLE ,THE PORTS OF CALL , FLYING OFF THE DECK IN HELOS. AND SUBIC BAY!! RIP OKINAWA.
Verhalen, ChrisAA E-2May 15, 1979 – Aug 25, 1981V-4I worked with a great bunch of guys, and had loads of fun. I had to leave the command early for a death in the family.
Moreno, David R.RM3Jun 1979 – Dec 1981CR DivHad some good time on the WestPac's. Got to know alot of good radiomen. Best time in P.I.
Yanz, DaleRM1Jun 6, 1979 – Sep 11, 1980OCI HAD ONE OF THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE ABORD THE OKI. GREAT CREW AND GREAT TIMES OVER SEAS.
Leon, WilliamMA1(SW)Jul 1, 1979 – Nov 17, 1980XBest ship and crew I had the privilege of serving on and with in 20 year career. Great CO with Captain Zirbel. I remember the 80 Cruise and the Hostage Rescue attempt. Also the pierside fire on 9/30/80 that burned for 25 straight hours.
Clemons, SteveDS2Jul 8, 1979 – Jun 16, 1982S7Good times - USS Gridley tow to Pearl when we broke down half way there outa San Diego on WestPac. Fishing for sharks with padeye hooks and whole chickens. Flying mag tape into the antenna masts of following ships. Who, me???
Cody, Brian/codydogEN3Jul 17, 1979 – Feb 14, 1982A-GANGI HAD SOME OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE ON THE PROUD LADY OF THE PACIFIC. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS IT WAS ME AND KEVIN MANN WHO PARTIED TOGETHER ALL THE TIME.
Ferro, Fred (Skeet)ABH3Jul 29, 1979 – Jul 29, 1981V1Was a pain to Afred. I think we did have an uderstanding. He needed me at Co's mast. And i needed him from Going to Mast. He let me out of V1 and i did a TAD to Subic Bay. Then MAA office. MAC Mac. What a great guy. Did 22yrs. hated the Gator Navy
Carlin, John R. (Jack)L/CPL (E-3)Aug 1979 – Oct 1979Vma-542 AV8A HarriersIn support of Operation "Team Spirit and "Display Determination" I earned my Sea Legs on her and ate some great Chow. She was a beauty and I'm sad to have learned of her unfortunate demise. "Semper Fi"
Gaudreau, Stephan W.SGT.Aug 1979 – Apr 1980H/S 3rd.Batt. 3rd Mar. Ward Room F/SThe good Old Brokinawa..Sleepin on the flight deck when the air conditioner went out.Or how about sitting in Subic Bay Harbor Broke down and cant pull back in..Now that was torture.Calling all Navy and Marines.Drop me a line and share some Stories..
Brooks, FredRM 2Aug 1, 1979 – May 23, 1982RM/ET
Ryan, MichaelABHAug 11, 1979 – Dec 15, 1982V-1Hey Guys, She was the good old brokinawa. I use to see her being stripped down when she was in Suisun Bay in N. California. Bummed me out when she was used for SINKEX 2002.
Ford, PatFTM3Aug 25, 1979 – Sep 29, 1980FOX
Lawson, WillE1 THRU E4Aug 30, 1979 – Aug 31, 1984ENJOY THE OKIE, MET MR. D (LT. DYSON) AND MY BEST FRIEND BUBBA (BRADY BROWN) WHO IS GONE NOW, HAD SOME FUN TIMES WORKING IN THE POST OFFICE
Kutch, TonyEM 3Oct 15, 1979 – Oct 10, 1981Elooking for old crew mates i used to have a good times with.
Sheridan, KennethBNSM3Oct 21, 1979 – Jun 30, 1983DeckProudly served on the proud lady for 3.6 yrs. Did two wes pacs got to see places I never would have as a civilian. Haze Gray and Underway oohrah!
Sheridan, Kenneth Capt. HatchBMSNNov 1979 – Jul 23, 1979Deck
Shaffer, JimDPSNNov 1, 1979 – Dec 1, 1980S-7What memories, cherry-boy on his first mission over shit river, long clap line after Pattaya, beautiful aussie babes in Perth. She was the best ship id been on - carriers suck in general but an LPH only has 600 crew hell you get to know most of em.
Gonzales, Paul (Gonzo)YN3Dec 1979 – Oct 1982ADMINWorked in the Captain's Office with YNC R. Root and WPC with LT McDowell. Basically grew up overseas in 2 WestPac's. I will never forget these memories.
Dunker, StephenSGT./E-5Dec 1, 1979 – Jun 1, 1980MAUYes she broke down but we loved her. I had to tie myself to a Cobra when we had to sleep on the flight deck. We loaded stores when the elevator broke, some guys were solid white from flour sacks leaking. The hostage crisis was intense...
Seritt, RickAZ2Dec 15, 1979 – Aug 15, 1983AIMDHAD ALOT OF GOOD TIMES, GOOD FRIENDS - TONY BATSON- CHARLIE BURGESS - SCOTT GREEN - HAD FUN IN THE PI. I STILL HAVE DREAMS ABOUT THE OKIE. CROSSED THE EQUATOR A COUPLE OF TIMES.
Lamarche, GardnerRM1Dec 16, 1979 – Feb 15, 1979CR - RadioMade 2 deployments on the OKI, both to the Persian Gulf and great stops in Kenya, PI, Singapore, Perth, Sydney, and other places. Had a great time working and playing with great shipmates.
Zarate, JohnBTFRDec 27, 1979 – Apr 30, 1980bafter boot camp i attended 2 weeks of training because there wasn't a slot for me at "A" school yet. I reported for duty on the okinawa and the next day we left for west pac. what an introduction to the fleet. west pac cut short for BT &quo
Rogers, Anthony Keith (Raj)PN31980 – 1984ADMINHad lots of fun. Met a group of wonderful people. Funniest Division Officer was LT R.A.J. Hawks.
Darling, Mikee31980 – 1982enigenering
Crisp, Keith " Cowboy"E-21980 – 1980Echo 2/3We were ready
Roden, TyE5/ Sh21980 – 1982S3Managed the Ships Barber shop in 1981. Had some good times during those days. Rneroty@Yahoo.com
Forbes, BrianSHNN1980 – 1983Ship servicemen
Burr, DonaldRM3, RM21980 – 1982CR CommunicationsTransfered in as RM3, trained as 2318 Engineer and advanced to RM2. Did a Westpac, and made a lot of great friends aboard the ship. Accepted TAD to NRD Los Angeles which changed my mind on reenlisting.
Miller, Dennis(miller)AMH-2Jan 1980 – Feb 1, 1983AIMDI was broken hearted to hear the Okie was used as a target. I had some good times while serving on her. Two West-Pacs, Australia, Thailand, etc. etc.
Miller, DennisAMH-2Jan 1980 – Feb 1983AIMD
Castro, JulioL/CPL E3Jan 1980 – Jul 1980BLT 3/3 H&S COMMHAD A GREAT TIME WHILE SERVING ABOARD THE OKINAWA . WAS MY FIRST DEPLOYMENT . ENJOYED THE GOOD TIMES AND ENDURED THE NOT SO GOOD TIMES . FAREWELL TO A GRAND LADY .
Love, SteveET-2Jan 1980 – Sep 1983OE
Love, SteveET-2Jan 1980 – Sep 1983OE
Allen, MikeBM2Jan 1, 1980 – Jul 13, 1983DeckAs much as I counted down the days to get out, I wouldn't go back and change a minute of it. I had some of the most memorable experiences of my life and had great shipmates to share them with. I hope you are all doing well.
Fanugao, LeoHTCJan 1, 1980 – Jun 6, 1983R divLove this ship...Even it's sucks but lots of good memories specially during west pac in subic bay....
Deisley, Thomasaaz3Jan 9, 1980 – Oct 14, 1984aimdkinda weird hearing the place where a lot of us is now a reef
Hill, WilliamCPLJan 15, 1980 – Jun 1, 1980MAAwas deployed on the desrt one float; would like to get in touch with chief MAA Kennedy
Hall, Mardisl/cplJan 15, 1980 – Jul 19803rd battion 3rd marines53 days in the I.O on board that piece of junk. but i had a good six months.
Hill, WilliamcplJan 31, 1980 – Jul 3, 1980maaLooking to get in touch with CMA Kennedy, or anyone who served on the MAA during the 1st I/O float
Snyder, MitchAEFeb 1980 – Mar 1983AIMDdid alot of growing up on that old okie! howdy to my old buddies!dave stiefel,chris marlow,tom diesley ,rick serrit charlie townsend!they were some good times! PI/kenya/austrailia.gotta love it!SHELLBACKS!
Shawl, TerryGMG3Feb 1, 1980 – Jul 25, 1982Deck/Weapons
Dale, GoffLI2 ON OKI, RETIRED AS FCCFeb 1, 1980 – Apr 9, 1984Deck & AdminLots of great memories. The Oki was my first ship. I still have a bunch of pics that were taken onboard and out in town on West Pac. Jeff Marotz was my best friend on the Oki and we are still friends today. Hey Gonzo...long time!!
Soriano, ChrisE-3Feb 10, 1980 – May 24, 1983V-1had a great time on the okinawa spent a night in tiajuana jail and a couple brig trips paul crouse , dan tillman, jim kornagy, eddy boyd. i remember you guys.I have 3 great kids and and a great masonry buissness. 215-892-3566.
Soriano, ChrisABHFeb 26, 1980 – Mar 19, 1983V-1
Mark, Vangundybm3Feb 29, 1980 – 1984deckwould like to say hi to all deck dp had fun would not chang a thing had fun loved it made some good memorys and friends mlvangundy @hotmail.com like to hear from you bmmc dunson, sheridan and the rest of the crew
Jones, Rick JonesyABF-3Mar 1980 – Aug 1981SUPPLABF Jones reporting as ordered. I want to say hello to everyone I made friends with. I'm searching for my buddies, Chris Verhalen, Ray Dukes, Willie who was ABE-2, all the crews on the flight deck, Bob Radical in the mess hall. God Bless
Dooley, KevinABH2Mar 2, 1980 – Mar 2, 1983V3I was the stright up 4.0 guy that every one hated. It would be fun to see what happend to everyone. I am really woundering what happend to Master Chief Curry.
Benson, WilliamLTApr 1980 – Dec 1985Weapons and OpsCame aboard as an Ensign, departed as a Lt. Served in various positions. Fond memories of some interesting times.
Stare, Dougmm3Apr 1980 – Jan 1984mAH YES OKI CITY IN CHULA VISTA HATED IT LOVED THE BOAT
Studer, RandyABH 2Apr 18, 1980 – Sep 25, 1982V-1With Chief Mike Alford
Tilman, Dan (Tlly)ABH3May 1980 – Aug 1983Great time! Hung out with Pup Ryan and Chris Treadwell.
McCoy, MichaelRM3May 10, 1980 – Jun 15, 1981
Conway, RobertMS2Jun 1980 – Jun 1984Supply
Hampton, JohnE3Jun 1980 – 1983ocstarted out in v4 then transferred to oc
Kimble, ThomasHM3Jun 6, 1980 – Jun 5, 1983Medical
Hogan, ErnieMMFNJul 1980 – Dec 12, 1983Msure was sorry to see what happened to the old oki boat but was happy to get in touch with some of my old friends. best wishes to all!
Slaughter, JohnE5Jul 1980 – Nov 1980ENGINGNERRING
Starnes, ThomasMM2Jul 1, 1980 – Apr 13, 1984A Gang
Marotz, JeffDM2Jul 7, 1980 – Aug 16, 1981X (PrintShop/ Drafting)In the Drafting shop during my tenure. Lots of Guitar w/ Ron Brown and Dale Goff. The fire pierside in GSK, Nav/admin berthing no AC, hot showers(wanted COLD) and OOD watches as a E5. Those "Crossing the Equator" certs holding up yet?
Scott, CabrayANJul 23, 1980 – Feb 17, 1983V-3 / OP Photo labMy Experience on the Okinawa were some of the most memorable ones of my life! I met some really great people there. Westpac 80 and 81 were incredible experiences that I fully appreciate today. I'd love to hear from you!
Erickson, RonBM3Jul 30, 1980 – Mar 30, 1983DeckA time I will never forget. Some of the best people I have ever served with. Really a great place to grow up.
Hamm, Mark , Y-boneHT3Aug 1980 – Feb 1984RSad to see the old girl was laid to rest.Fond memories,good times.Was in Shipfitter shop most of my time on board also was member of firecracker team and fireparty sceneleader.Have her Aussie picture on wall. These days I am a skydive photographer.
Parker, TonyAGCAug 1, 1980 – Mar 15, 1982OAWent thru the Shellback initiation and two weeks later went thru the Chiefs Initiation. I was hurting. Good group, AG1 Voss AG2 Deroy, AG2 Lee, AGAN Crisp,AGAN Malloy, AGAN Sawyer, AG3 Kollar to name a few
Thomas, TerryHT2Aug 8, 1980 – Jul 12, 1984Hole SnipeYes I am still alive living in Arkansas. Look me up you Oki boys
Ford, Gerald (Brad)RMSAAug 15, 1980 – Jul 9, 1981COMMUNICATIONSLeft many friends behind, Living again in San Diego, CA. If any old crew remains drop a line. Totally enjoyed being aboard her!
Olivo, AngeloDPCAug 15, 1980 – Oct 31, 1982S-7I really enjoyed my time on on Okinawa, she had the best CPO mess. The crew was hard working and always prepared. The two major fires on board attest to the preparedness and valor of the crew.
Hendrix, Byron LeeE-4Aug 15, 1980 – Jan 1, 1984Personel Dept.I end up in the Personel, Dept. as one of the ship's drafters. Followed by several years in college, City College of San Francisco Architecture Technology (A.S), Associate Arts (A.A.), CSUEB Construction Mgm't (CMBS).
Woodard, CharlesE5Aug 18, 1980 – Apr 26, 1984V-4I was stationed aboard the Okinawa for 4 years and met some great people. Since it was before cell phones and the internet I lost contact with everyone there.
Simonson, Christopher QMSep 4, 1980 – Sep 6, 1983NavigationGood times were had by all! Go Navy!!!
Garza, Steveic-3Sep 22, 1980 – Sep 22, 1981electricalwas an IC-man on the uss okinawa.
Billmire, SteveDP3Oct 1980 – 1983S-7My first and only ship. CPO Olivo took me under his wing. Had some great times with Grein, Labbe and Butler. WestPac 81 was a good experience. It was fun joking about the brokinawa. Oh, sorry Steve Clemens, here is to harrassing Doc.
Silagy, DanPN3Oct 29, 1980 – Jan 3, 1983XI served in the Personnel Office with some great guys. I became a Shellback with these guys. I eventually SWAPPED to the East Coast Navy USS INCHON LPH12 because PNC Aranas had it out for me :)
Reyes, GilbertMM3Nov 1980 – Jun 1984M-DivI enjoyed my time onboard, saw parts of the world that I would never have, and can honestly say that I did not dis-like anyone on board. 81' wespac and started the 84' wespac, but recieved my early out papers.
Wells, RobertBT3Nov 11, 1980 – Sep 1, 1984BSome wild times for sure. Been doing air conditioning work in North Texas every since I got home.
Vest, Winston (Red)EM 3Nov 15, 1980 – Nov 15, 1983Electrical ShopI had a great time as a electrician's mate, we used to go to Mexico on weekends and we did a westpac, visited phillipines, Australia, Mombasa Kenya ect... Can not remember the nam eof all my buddies but do remember John Spatholt, frank dev
Wells, Robert(chickenhawk)BT-3Nov 28, 1980 – Oct 28, 1984
Pringle Jr, Clyde "Chip"Dec 1980 – Sep 23, 1984A
Cannata, PauldpsrDec 7, 1980 – Jul 7, 1983s-7served with some good people looking to find jeff oden he served with me on board email me at paul_c62@yahoo.com jeff or anyone i served with.
Crisp, JeffAG2(aw)Dec 16, 1980 – Jul 27, 1984OAGreat time in a young mans life would'nt trade the experience,our skipper and crew were the most proffessional in the gator navy at the time.For us old guys now, lets hope it stays that way.underway,shift colors always.

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