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USS Wichita (AOR 1) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Wichita (AOR 1). 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 628 crew members registered for the USS Wichita (AOR 1).

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

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Lusbag, PedroCKLAug 30, 1942 – Feb 24, 1946cklhe is my grandfather died january 26, 1981 lost but never forgotten
Farr, DaveseamanNov 15, 1967 – Nov 15, 1970firstI served on the USS Wichita on a dry rig.
Gumabay, PeteCPO1968 – 1974Stores - SuppliesPete served as CPO in Stores - Supplies for many WESTPAC tours. He passed away on September 2, 2006 with his family at bedside. He was very loved and an honorable sailor and parent. Please contact his son, agent_jun@yahoo.com for any messages.
Roegner, JerryEM-21968 – 1971EngineeringGreat Crew and Great Times-Plank Owner-I have some pictures and videos around.
Elmore, Danny profile iconYN31968 – 1971Deck YeomanPlank owner and what a trip taking her around to Long Beach...Acapulco was a few days to remember...wish I could have stayed longer
Cripe, Kenynsn1968 – Feb 1, 1972 X I was the sixth man on board and started as a deck hand, then went to be a yeomen.Made ships plaques,handled directives and was the captain's phone talker on unreps.I also helped commissioned the ship in Boston.
McGinley, WadeBM31968 – 1971FirstI remember good times with Danny Elmore from TN and others. I also remember taking bells to a Vietnamese village for a school/church.
Hart, JoeBM3Feb 1968 – Dec 19701stPlankowner & Rig captian station #12 on Wichita's first West Pac Cruise. Would like to hear from BM's from that time.
Miller, DonYN3Mar 1968 – Sep 1970XPlank Owner - I remember reporting to the ship while still in Quincy, MA. Renting a house with several other guys in Hull. Remember Postal Clerk Tom Feuger (spelling??). Remember commissioning and sailing to Long Beac
Arellano, MarioPC3Apr 1, 1968 – Apr 2, 1972Xcommissoned ship in 1968.Plank-owner.Departed ship upon return to states on 4-72 and discharged. Many happy memories of friends and experiences on the high seas.Served with pride.
Strable, StevenRD3Jul 15, 1968 – Jul 15, 1970Operations / RadarStarted with the USS Bridget DE1024, with one tour to Vietnam, greatcrew and trip, but glad to be off a small ship, then transfer to east coast to commision the USS Wichita AOR1, plank owner, different life one a big ship, but over all a good time.
Acevedo, Carlos (Ace)SeamanOct 22, 1968 – Sep 29, 1972First
Verville, TomMM2Nov 1968 – Dec 1971EngineroomI was one of the first to report for duty while the ship was being built by General Dynamics. There were about 5 to 7 of us that rented a home in Hull, Mass. Still have pix of the goods had there.
Schunk, RickLI 3Nov 15, 1968 – Sep 15, 1969Deck force?I was on the comissioning detail, a "plank owner." The dates listed are close. We were stationed in Providence, RI, then onboard the ship in Boston, MA. Sailed her around to Long Beach, CA. Landed the day Armstrong "landed" on the moon
Harper, DickMM2Dec 1968 – Apr 1972A and then EI was the first enlisted man to report to the ship and remember renting a house in Hull with a couple other guys whose names I do not remember. I started in the A gang and ended up in the engine room. I remember a lot
Hewatt, TonyDK3Dec 1, 1968 – Jan 5, 1969SupplyLooking for some guys on board USS Wichita 1968-70 I was DK Did a tour to Vietnam Murray Miller, Johnnie Shannon, Wallace, Hail
Groshong, DavidE-5 SHIPFITTERDec 24, 1968 – Jun 15, 1971Repair
Rothrock, Charlie (Rock)MM3Dec 31, 1968 – Sep 4, 1972A GangI was a Plank Owner and My Bosses were Cheif Mills and WO3 Mr Collins. I was the first Sailor to recieve a Man of the Month Certificate after Captain Deibler Flushed the Head on MY HEAD while gas freeing Tanks. God Bless
Dorning, KevinBT-21969 – Sep 1972BWas a plank owner. Actually we were station at Newport RI, then Boston, then around to Longbeach Ca. Looking for contacts with any crew from those days (1969 - 1972) especially B Division.
Goodwin, DennisMS31969 – 1972S-2 SupplyEverybody should remember me - I fed everyone. I was a plankowner. I did at least four Westpac's and remember a lot fo you! Please write to me via email and also, guys - let me know where and when the next reunion will be!
Trimmer, Daniel, Danbm31969 – 19723rdplank owner, did three west pac cruises, rig captain station 9 and then station 7. was in the miss wichita beauty pageant, had a great time. helped organize activities, all fun stuff..remember a lot of you...good times
Kane, DonaldEN21969 – 1971EngineeringMember of commissioning crew--1 tour off coast of Vietnam--then transfered to USS Mount Hood (AE-29)
Mallory, VirgilGMG31969 – 1971WeaponsPlank Owner
Kelley, MichaelE31969 – 1969deckFAST school in San Francisco then Pre-Com. in Newport then Commisioning detail, Plank Owner, later trans- ferred to USS Ponchatoula AO148
Mason, JamesFN1969 – 1970B&MBT Plank owner
Powers, RayBM31969 – Dec 7, 19713rdJust looking for old friends from when I was on the ship. Had many great times and memories
Wilson, Ronald R profile iconE51969 – 1971,This is Ron's daughter Kelly. I don't know too much as it wasn't really talked about but would greatly appreciate any and all info on my dad. He past on Feb 7 2012. Thank you ALL for your Service. kcoulombe@gci.com
Costic, MikeBT E31969 –BTThe Wichita was my first ship. Had many good times and memories with my ship mates. Left the ship in Hawaii with Eddy McLauren to go to our new ship, Uss Mt. Hood AE-29.
Johnson, Billy profile iconSN1969 – 1970WeaponsPlank Owner. Who wants an RC and a candy bar or moon pie
Ragsdale, DaneSN1969 – 1970deck department yeomanplank owner went from Boston naval to long beach first tour to wespack had some great times loved subic bay would like to hear from some of the old crew dragsdale@cwtg.com it really was a good time in our lives!!!!
Peterson, Clarence "pete"E3Jan 1969 – Mar 19721ST/SupplyI dropped the shot gun into the water from the fan tail while standing the 0400-0800 watch. We were in Subic and it was the morning the Witchita was returning to Long Beach after her first Westpac deployment.
Oelschlager, StephenJan 1969 – Nov 1969
Dunnington, JamesET3Jan 1969 – Oct 1970Operationsplank owner, lived in Hull- remember the Surf??. remember the Beach House??? is ET3 Greg Grimm out there- drop me a line- lets not forget RD1 Melvin Taylor. Great ship, great guys-lets do a reunion.
Stahl, RichardBT2Jan 1, 1969 – Jun 30, 1970Boilers/Oil Lab/3M
Ragan, MichaelBT2Jan 1, 1969 – Jun 7, 1971BT Was a plank owner. Station at Newport RI, then Boston, then around to Longbeach Ca. Looking for contacts with any crew from those days (1969 - 1971)
Verhage, DavidCS3Jan 1, 1969 – Dec 31, 1970SUPPLYI am proud to be a plank owner. I would like to see a reunion planned in 2019 for all who served aboard her, the 50 year anniversary of her commissioning. Anybody interested in helping plan this event?
Sonnier, RaymondAOR1Jan 10, 1969 – Sep 5, 1972RI HAD A GREAT TIME ON THE WICHITA. HOPE TO HEAR FROM MY CREW.I AM A PLANK OWNER.WHEN I LEFT JOE CULLEN TOOK OVER R DIVISON.HAS ANYONE HEARD FROM LT. GARICA
Richel, JamesFTG3Jan 15, 1969 – Dec 21, 1970WEPSI was part of the balance crew and came aboard to commission the ship in Boston.We became the "Wichita linemen" during our first westpac cruise in 1970.I came aboard as a seaman and became a FTG3 working under Terry Shingara .Also a plank owner
Rawlins, BobBM-3Jan 18, 1969 – Apr 17, 19701st & 3rdThis was a great ship. the first Lt was a real hard on BM's I remember his saying BM's are the first to arrive and the last to leave.
George, KennethCS2Jan 21, 1969 – Dec 19, 1970supplyi am a plank owner
Balzer, DavidCS3Jan 31, 1969 – Feb 2, 1971S-2Plankowner CS3 David Balzer..."Bowser" Looking for contacts with any crew member from those days (1969 - 1971) dbalzer50@yahoo.com
Hudson, DavidQM3Feb 1969 – Nov 1969NAVA plankholder and this was my only active duty ship. Built by General Dynamics the ship was way over budget when we finally got deployed to the Phillipines and the South China Sea. During sea trials one crew member jump overboard to get out of Navy.
Statuto, PeterYN3Feb 1969 – 1971XThis was a great ship with a great crew who set the the standard for our sister ships to follow.
Hart, JoeBM3Feb 1969 – Dec 19701st&2ndPlankowner, Rig Captian Station #12 on Wichita's first WestPac Cruise in 1970. Would like to get in contact with BM's I served with during this time. Love to hear from you. Any news on reunion, when, where, etc.
Ponder, EddieBM-3Feb 1969 – May 4, 19702 nd divisionPlank owner. Rig captain #2 and #6
Conard, Cliff profile iconQM2Feb 1969 – Oct 1970NavJoined pre-commissioning detail in Providence, RI for training then ship in Boston. Onboard thru Panama to Long Beach and made 1st Westpac til Oct. of '70 .. ORTROOP294@HOTMAIL.COM.
Kautz, WayneBM3Feb 1, 1969 – Jun 20, 19702ndplank owner. sailed through the Panama Canel to Long Beach.
Malone, ThomasRD2Feb 15, 1969 – Jun 15, 1970OIWorst ship of my 7 years..a Plankowner...Glad to get off when I did. A floating bomb is all it was. Glad you guys enjoyed it.
Collins, FloydCWO3Feb 16, 1969 – Nov 1, 1971A/Liquid CargoPlank Owner, Worked with Chief Mills to keep all the winches running. A lot of hard work and fond memories. Contact me at fcollins396@yahoo.com
Meyer, Donald (Don)RM3Apr 1969 – Jun 1972OperationsPlank Owner and Nucleus Crew - Served two West Pac tours June 1970 and August 1971
Mills, OrvalMMC/MMCSApr 4, 1969 – Aug 4, 1971A-GangFrom the pre-com crew to West Pac and back, it was and enjoyable tour of duty. I made MMCM, then changed rate to MACM, retired with 22 years+, living in Goose Creek, SC
Anhorn, ThomasDC3May 4, 1969 – Jun 4, 1971DCI WANTED TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ANY CREW MEMBERS THAT SPENT TIME WITH ME DURING MY CRUISES WITH THE 7TH FLEET IN VIETNAM, IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME. WAS TOLD THAT THIS WAS A GREAT SITE TO FIND MY OLD CREW MEMBERS, IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME.
Shingara, Terrance (Terry)FTG2Jun 1969 – Oct 1972WeaponsPlankowner. Maintained the ftw Mk 56 Fire Control System
Hardiman, DennisYN3Jun 1969 – Feb 1971XAnother "plank owner". Boarded ship just before commissioning and departed after 1st WESTPAC cruise in Feb 71. Had many good times in some foreign lands with a lot of special friends.
Smith, DavidE3Jun 1969 – Aug 1970SUPPLYPlank Owner, worked in the Laundry as well Ice Cream shop sailed the Panama Canal had some memorable times
George, KennethMS2Jun 1969 – Apr 1970CookI was a watch captain and also a baker. Man we put out some good chow on that ship. Al Lockhart and Chief Conover were my bosses. Feel free to contact me.
Shannon, JohnnieE4Jun 1969 – Sep 1970CookWe had some good times Kenneth(Buddy)George,David Balzer,Goodman Voyer, cooking for you guys Sorry to report we lost Buddy George and David Balzer in the past 2 years enjoyed serving with crew of the Wichita 6-4-2016
Griffiths, Al (Griff)BM 3/BMSNJun 6, 1969 – Feb 2, 1971FirstR U receiving compensation for Agent Orange? AOR1 anchored in DaNang Harbor & in bay Hon Chuoi Island during its 1st WPac Cruise. U may be eligible for comp if have presumptive related diseases. See bluewaternavy.org
Charland, RichardGMG3Jun 7, 1969 – Oct 30, 1972WeaponsI was on board for commissioning and I am a plank owner.
Vasilko, LeonardQM3Jun 7, 1969 – Jun 1, 1970 I am a Plankowner ,was there for the Commissioning. The Governor of Kansas was there that day. Home Port was Long Beach California. Missed Vietnam Cruise by 20 days.
Drudy, KeithRD3Jun 7, 1969 – Apr 4, 1972Radar, Operations Dept.Plank owner, Great memories, 2 trips to WESPAC, Be greay to hear from the old gang. Old wich is gone, but not forgotten.
Miller, WIIliam (Bill)EM3Jun 7, 1969 – Feb 2, 1971EPlank owner. Looking for help trying to get VA disability. I have Parkinsons Disease. They keep saying I needed to have boots on the ground.
Calloway, SteveGMG3Jun 15, 1969 – Apr 17, 1970WeaponsHi, to all of my former shipmates!...I was a Plank Owner as well...nice ship with great food!!!
Wood, RonSK2Jul 1969 – Dec 1969SupplyJust a short timer finish up.
Mummert, DaveLTJGSep 20, 1969 – Feb 4, 1972FirstThinking about my experiences aboard the Wichita and interested in communicating with my former shipmates.
Miller, SteveBM-3Oct 1969 – Jun 19722ndRig Captian Station 4 - Two WestPacs
Boynton, JohnRM3Oct 3, 1969 – May 1, 1970OPS
McMahon, ThomasSNOct 15, 1969 – May 10, 1970DeckI am a plank ower, one of the frist guys on the ship, from Calif, Bakersfield, looking for a few guys or anyone that might remember me. looking for Dane Ragsdale, R Lowther, two of my best friends, got out before they did, hello guys
Garcia, Mike (Michael Y.)LTDec 1969 – Apr 1973RBest group of men I had the honor of working with! Every time I hear Wichita Lineman I am back on board with all of you. Hope life has treated you all well and that someday we will meet again! The beer's are on me!
Wagner, RobertQM2Dec 1969 – Jun 1973NavigationHave stayed in touch with some of the crew - I live in the SF Bay Area and saw the Wichita anchored out in the mothball fleet in Suisun Bay - brought back memories of a great crew with a proud record of service.
Murray, MillerYN3Dec 15, 1969 – Sep 1970OperationsOPS Yeoman, Original Crew, Worked for CMDR MEEKS, Plank Owner, Made 1st cruisw from Mass thru Panama Canal on to Long Beach. Made First Vietnam Cruise, Wonderful memories and shipmates. Remember our Radio Station?
Le Blanc, DudleyYN1Dec 26, 1969 – Aug 1971ENGINEERINGHAD A GREAT TIME AS ENGINEERING OFFICER'S YEOMAN. REPORTED AS FIREMEN BUT COULD TYPE SO LT TABAKA HELPED ME SWITCH TO SN. REMEMBER TOM VERVILLE, DENNIS HARDIMAN AND A FEE OTHERS. LIVE IN NEW ORLEANS NOW.

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