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USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36). 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 909 crew members registered for the USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1969 | 1970 – 1971 | 1972 – 1974 | 1975 – 1976 | 1977 – 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 – 1982 | 1983 – 1984 | 1985 – 1986 | 1987 | 1988 – 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 – 1993 | 1994 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Archibald, MaxTM2(SW)0000 – Mar 10, 1994W-1 (Torpedo Repair), W-6 (Weight test)Looking for old shipmates, Burt, Karen, Mike & Janet Rollings, Tracey all good friends miss you all, and ya I am still doing the Navy thing..
Williams, LewisMR21085 – 1987R2Looking for old shipmates.
McCannon, RobertTM21969 – 1971WeaponsI was assigned to the Spear when delivered to NNSY in Portsmouth for out-fitting from Quincy, MA. Ship was commissioned in NYC and underwent shakedown in Gitmo. I was reservist assigned to 14/16 shop and 37 shop. Captain Gormley was skipper.
Sweeney, Thomas F.LI31969 – 1970X- SHIP'S PRINT SHOPPLANK OWNER,HAD A GREAT TIME ONBOARD,WOULD WELCOME CONTACT FROM ANY SHIPMATES I SERVED WITH!!!
Bolles, Randy (Jr)ETN21969 – Apr 1974Ship's CrewI am a plank owner, went on the shakedown cruise to Gitmo. Lots of memories.
Korba, OscarE=61969 –s-1plant owner
Steinke, TerryMM-21969 – Jul 14, 1969Engineering/engineroomI was on shakedown cruise to gitmo.Enjoyed my 2yrs aboard her.
Thompson, PaulSH31969 – 1972Met ship in Portsmouth VA
Gussler, DelmarE31969 – 1971A-GangSteam shop , ships loundry
Swanson, RobertETR21969 – 1972R4PLANK OWNER - LIVED IN HULL MA DURING CONSTRUCTION - I REMEMBER LADIES NIGHT AT THE BEACHCOMBER. REMENBER THE "SPEAR" BURGERS? MY JOB WAS TO REPAIR ELECTRONIC TEST EQUIPMENT. IT'S FUNNY HOW WE ONLY REMENBER TH GOOD TIME
Errington, Biff profile iconSTS21969 – 1971R4Served with Bruce Bugbee, Rob Riffle, Dave Johnson, Jim Dimytrow, Bob Gipe, Denny Hakala , Ed Fansler and many others. Never forget Chief Carter.
Rieker, StephenBM31969 – 1971Canvas Shop 1st DivisionLooking for Canvas Shop, Lagging, Pipe Shop shipmates on commission crew...
Maahs, MichaelE-3Jan 1969 – Mar 1971AWas stationed at Norfork waiting for ship. Went abord in Portsmith,did shake down, Cuba, Charlston, back to Portsmith, Great experience, loved the sea.
Duke, RogerMR1Jan 5, 1969 – May 5, 1972R2
Huston, ThomasE5Feb 1969 – 1971Shop 38Was Fun I learn a lot
Kneeream, DaveCYN 3Feb 1, 1969 – Apr 1, 1971communicationsanyone this period remembering andyone in com,signal or cic
Paradise, JohnPN2Jun 15, 1969 – Aug 15, 1971Admin (XReported to Quincy, MA Naval Air Station as part of the USS L. Y. Spear precommissioning crew. Made some great friends and enjoyed the ship. If you know any PN or YN's on the ship during my stay, please e-mail me.
Gonzales, Thomas (Speedy)TM1Jul 1969 – Jun 1982W-3Original Planker Owner. I transferred from the USS Orion AS-18 to The USS L.Y. Spear without even leaving D&S Piers, Norfolk VA.
Riffle, RobETN3Jul 1969 – Jan 14, 1974R4Served with Senior Chief Lee Carter, Biff Errington, Joe (JL) McCorristin, Bob Fischer, Denny Hakala, Dave Johnson, Jim Dmytrow, "Shakey Jake" and Chris in the Sub Antenna Repair shop. What a great bunch of swabbies and one super shop leader.
Berry, WilliamSH2Jul 1969 – Jun 1971S-3Pre Com , Worked with SK 1 Strong at ware house in Portsmouth before ship came to Virginia from Quincy.
Webber, LarryE-5Jul 1969 – Dec 1970A-gangCurrently retired
King, HowardCW02Jul 1969 – Jul 1971S-2 Food Service OfficePre Com in Quincy, MA, commissioning in Feb 70 NNSY Portsmoth VA. Transferred in Jul 71 to NNSY for shore duty. Spear was a challenge for me as a new WO1 in organizing the S2 Div and providing the 1st meals served aboard
Eatmon, RandolphTM3Jul 9, 1969 – Jul 9, 1972
Kirkland, SteveE 3Jul 9, 1969 – Jul 10, 1973SHIPS POST OFFICEMEMBER OF COMMISSIONING CREW, SHAKEDOWN CRUISE TO GITMO. MY FIRST AND ONLY DUTY STATION. WAS THERE FROM THE START.
Warner, DavidDC3Jul 9, 1969 – Aug 19, 1972Transferred from the Orion AS 18 to the Spear. She was a great ship to serve aboard.
Turner, Richard PBM2Aug 1969 – Jul 19731STThis was my choice after returning from Vietnam i chose new construction was selected as the capt driver while ship was being built at General Dynamics Quincy shipyard this was a great duty station great crew and captain
Baird, RobertETCSAug 1969 – Aug 1972OE/R4CPlank owner/nucleus crew. Best ship ever and the best OE division I ever had the pleasure of leading. Where are the rest of you guys?
Russell, Charles (Charlie)EN-3Aug 1969 – Jun 1973 Boat Shop, Diesel Shop I commisioned the Spear,Plank Owner.Enjoyed all the many good friends.Taking care of Captains Gig,Liberty Boats,going to Gitmo all my friends,Schoonover,Swierkowski,Long,Cody,Bershant.Lots of good memories. Emer.Gen. Room. Ref.Watch.
Weaver, JackBTCMAug 1, 1969 – Jul 20, 1971Member of pre-Commissioning crew, Made cruise to , GITMO, Charleston S.C. Stayed on board until being transfered to the USS Canopus AS 34. I retired in 1987 after 34 years of service. Lots of good memories.
Krajewski, DennisMM3Aug 15, 1969 – Sep 17, 1972AI was assigned to the Spear during construction at the General Dynamics Shipyard in Quincy, MA. Plankowner, shakedown Gitmo, worked in A-gang- AC&R shop with Dan Leonard, MM1. Would like to hear from anyone who served on Spear during 8/69-9/72.
Long, WilliamE-3Aug 29, 1969 – Mar 3, 1973deckwe all had a good time working on ship. remember our shipmate lost in charleston,sc
Bemb, WaltPM-3Sep 1969 – Jul 30, 1973RepairPlank owner, only duty. I loved that ship, probably now more than then. Would love to go aboard again!
Thompson, Michael (Mick)SK2Sep 1969 – Nov 1971supplyWorked in receiving at the head of the pier. Someone had to stay home on those rare trips. Missed sea trials doing final receiving in Charlston, DAMN.
Sturch, RogerE4Sep 1969 – Mar 1972EngineeringPlank owner. Was sad to hear she'll be sank. Remember fire in after magazine on way to Gitmo? Storm in Hatteras on the way back? Crabbing off the pier in Charleston? Hole in superstructure on sub? Any shipmates feel free to email me.
Jessie, Leon profile iconSK2Sep 1969 – Aug 1971SUBSAT (Submarine Supply Assistance Team) Plank owner. Pre-Comm.detail2016 Reunion in Buffalo, NY Sept 7 - 11 Watch for details at www.usslyspear.org or our facebook page. leonjessie@usslyspear.org Leon Jessie Plank Owner Chairman USS LY SPEAR ASSOC.
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Robinson, Anthony "tony" Or "robbie"SNSep 1969 – Sep 1970deckI am a plank owner. This was my first ship out of boot camp. I later served on the Trenton and the El Paso. I would be interested in hearing from anyone serving onboard during that time.
Lee, JohnTM2Sep 1969 – May 1971WeaponsPlank Owner, Co-Winner of Ships Plaque Design, I still have a solid bronze plaque from the award, if someone wants it, let me know, I would like to get it back to the organization, after all these years!
McCutcheon, Kenneth P.SK3Sep 6, 1969 – Oct 1, 1971SUPPLYMEMBER OF COMMISSIONING CREW. MADE CRUSISES TO GITMO,CHARLESTON S.C., AND NYC. REPORTED TO PRE-COM AT QUINCY MA. THEN TO NORFOLK VA.
Jenkins, DonPH2Sep 13, 1969 – Jul 15, 1971Photo/Repair RSTook lots of Photos of you fellow Plank holders. Most of them were positive. Starting at Quincy Mass to GITMO and back. Everything was new on board then sorry to those that had to put her to mothballs she was probably in sore shape then
Harter, James/jimE-3Sep 16, 1969 – Jul 1, 1971YeomanWas living in Korea for the past 15 years, back in the states in Greenville SC. Looking for anyone who served with me at that time.
Chilton, BillHT5Sep 20, 1969 – May 22, 1973Repair/ Ship CompanyCommissioning Crew, ShakeDown to Gitmo 1ST and only duty
Diedrich, BillEM1Sep 27, 1969 – Aug 20, 1973Plank Owner. On Pre-Com. crew in Quincy Mass. Good Duty Best crew in the Power Shop
Paul, BarryMLCSOct 1969 – Dec 1977Repair FoundryPlank owner. erved 8.5 years onboard Spear. Best duty I ever had in the Navy. Fond memories of her, our crews and jobs performed.
Johnston, ChipEM2Oct 1969 – Sep 4, 1971RADCONPre Com in General Dynamics to Gitmo to Charleston and back to Norfolk. Plankowner and proud of it. Radcon Shift Supervisor, still friends with MM2 Naylor. Love to hear from any of my guys. Transferred with CWO-2 Lutz fron Orion AS-18
Dudley, HerbertEM1Oct 1969 – Jul 1972ElectricalGreat Ship Great Division Great Leader EMCM Olson
Colbeck, ErvinEM2Oct 1969 – Jul 1971RADCONA great learning experience.
Brasure, GeorgeEM3Oct 10, 1969 – Jun 30, 1971THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST SHIP AND I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF HER FIRST CREWMEMBERS. FEB. 1970 WE COMMISSIONED HER. I SERVED UNDER MASTER CHEIF LEO OLSON DIVISION CHIEF AND ONE OF THE NAVYS FINEST CO'S CAPTAIN RALPH GHORMLEY. I MISS HER.
Dortch, RobertQM3Oct 20, 1969 – Aug 5, 1971NAVIGATIONPLANK OWNER. SERVED WITH QM1 SANDUSKI, QM2 NEWTON(LIFER) QM2 JOHNSON, ETC.
Kendall, CliffBT3Oct 20, 1969 – Aug 3, 1973B Div
Bush, TerrydnOct 30, 1969 – Oct 1972dentalPlank owner. Two tours with the USMC. Tired DTP1 after 24 years. Did a second tour onboard her from 1986 till 1990
Wilson, Donald F.MR3Nov 1969 – Jun 1972R-2Pre-com, plank owner, made MR2 before leaving active duty..................had a good time
Hughes, PaulTMCNov 1, 1969 – Mar 10, 1989W-1, W-3, ADMINServed 3 tours aboard the L. Y. Spear from pre-com to Gitmo to Diego Garcia. Served a total of 11 years on her, lot of good memories.
Johnson, KentCSSNDec 1969 – Jul 1971S-2From Precom to the day I left, she was the sweetest ship afloat. Had many good friends and memories.
Overkamp, Gary M. profile iconSNDec 1, 1969 – Feb 10, 1971DeckMember of the commissioning crew, shakedown cruise to Gitmo. First duty assignment out of recruit training.
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Jackson, EugeneTM2Dec 1, 1969 – Jul 1, 197137 ShopPlankowner. Gitmo Cruise. Looking for Randy Eatmon. Remember making leather bracelets out of torpedo straps? Please contact me. Also looking for anyone who knows how to get plankowner plaque.

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