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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 908 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
Prantner, LarryET41975 – 1976OPERATIONSTHEY PUT A 20MM CANNON ON THE BOW. PUT TO SEA FOR TARGET PRACTICE, DROPPED THE ELECTRICAL LOAD TWICE GETTING OUT OF THE HARBOR. SHOT HOLES IN THE WATER, NEVER HIT THE TARGET; ALMOST GOT THE TUG,THO. THEY REMOVED THE GUN A COUPLE DAYS LATER.
Clay, DavidMR-11975 – 1980R-2A great time, a lot of good friends. Seems like a life time ago, but I remember it well.
Spears, William(Eddy) profile iconmlfn1975 – 1977foundryWas there for the shake down and the river colision
Bishop, Robert (Bob)SK21975 – 1977SUBSATI just found this site and am wondering if there is still anyone from my group in stores between late 1975 - 1977 around. If you are, give me a shout. I miss all you guys. Remember when we were on the Spear, it was men.
Dzikowski, ChrisMMfn1975 – 1977R 31FHad some good times there. Last of the strip (RT's etc.). Oceanview and that stupid coaster. Hurd, Skip, all you guys. Hope you're all doing ok.
St.clair, MikeE4 HT1975 – Nov 1976RepairLooking for my card playing buddies Art Hunt and Beetle Baily
Zwirn, DonnMM3Jan 1975 – Jun 1975Outside mach shopWorked the boats dashpots and sea valves.Worked for a Schadel (sp) and FMAG Chief. E-5 seal in there too. One run, hard time breaking free of coffee grounds under and around ship. Xfered to Finback SSN 670.
Acord, RandyTMT2Jan 1975 – Jan 1977Weapons MK37Had a great life experience serving in the military and meeting many good people on L.Y.Spear and Howard W. Gilmore during my service.
Weaver, HalhtfnJan 1, 1975 – Jan 1, 1976repairremember smitty,roger smith valdez felton creamer woody
Frechette, Michael Or FrenchyMRFNFeb 1975 – 1977Repair divisionStill kicking it 63 out here in Tennessee
Swayer, RandyMM2Mar 1975 – Dec 1977A (O2 N2 Plant & Steam Shop)Really sad shape when I checked onboard. Chief Eng went nuts. Spent allot of hours making repairs before & during the shipyards, but we made it to Cuba & back. Sorry to see her decommissioned & sunk. Met some really great people.
Gooch, BruceSK2Apr 1, 1975 – Mar 1, 1978S6Does anyone remember our journey to New Orleans??? After colliding with a barge..landed us right into dry docks!!!
Gooch, Bruce AlanSK2Apr 1, 1975 – Mar 1, 1978S6Had a great time...some of my friends names, who I have lost track of: SK2 Eddie King, SK2 Douglas Clifford, SH3 Thomas, SK2 Bertelson, SK3 Bob Bishop, another friend, Tom Parker was in Repair Dept. JP Bondurant was LtJ
Lancaster, EdMR3-MRCApr 4, 1975 – Dec 15, 1980R-2Norfolk, Portsmouth, GITMO, NOLA, Alexandria, Diego, Athens, Malaga, 12 SSN's for Christmas, shift work for two years. Those where the days!
Boyles, JackMM2Jun 17, 1975 –a gang
Walker, JohnHT2Aug 1975 – Apr 1977R-1/Shipfitter ShopHope everyone is doing great!
Hurd, RogerMMFNAug 1, 1975 – Oct 31, 197738 Outside Machine ShopGreat memories of days past. Some of the best people I have ever met were shipmates on the Spear. I have tried to look up some of my friends, but no luck. D.J. Day, Dan Barrack, Rohrer (roach). Look me up guys, drop me an e-mail.
Hedrick, MarkMR-2Aug 17, 1975 – Feb 17, 1980R-2 31A, R-3 92AIt does seem like yesterday. The machine shop was the best group of guys I ever worked with. The big Kaboom up the Mississippi.Going to the Grand Cayman's this summer to dive the Kittywake. That should be awsome.
Fletcher, FrankieE-3Sep 1975 – Apr 24, 1978NavigationI was on the Bridge during the collision on the Mississippi Delta.
Rohrer, DaleMM3Oct 1, 1975 – Dec 10, 1977Repair - 38 ShopHad a lot of good times and met some great people on the Spear. I'd love to hear form any of my old shipmates. Drop me an email
Pilkey, DanBt3Nov 1975 – Nov 1977B
Foltz, Dalton "duck"MR-3Nov 15, 1975 – Jun 25, 1979R2USS Never Sail, The Big Crash, Became a truck driver after leaving the service, I've seen more places in a truck then floating on the sea. Harkleroad says Hey. Lives in Western PA, works for Reliant Energy.
Chastain, RonMMFNDec 7, 1975 – Nov 18, 1977R-2 Shop 38AMet a bunch of great guys and remember some crazy times. Demolition Derby on the Helo deck in office chairs, rag football and baseball.
Harvey, SteveBM21976 – 1980Deck 1st - R-1BHalf the tour was great half sucked, Was in Deck Division, LPO of Canvas shop. I too was on board when we hit the ZEPHYROS on the mighty Missip, had the bridge watch as it occurred, many funny stories come from my 4 years on board.
Jay, MichaelSK31976 – Jan 1, 1979S1Great memories, I had no idea how this experiance would have a permanent hold me for the rest of my life, good friends.
Kurtz, KevinIC31976 – 1978R7
McCotter, PatrickMM31976 – 1977RepairOutside machine shop, R-5 RadCon. Went to Pascagoula with her - the collision cruise.
Day, Dan1976 – 1979Shop 38
Whittington, Francis (Buddy/whit)MMFN1976 – 197838A Outside Machine Shop & Hydraulic Shop2 1/2 years onboard the Spear. I see a few of you guys I worked with here. Shields, Rohrer, Chastain and Rodger Hurd (a fellow Marylander if I remember right). Good to see some old friends. Remember New Orleans?
Gardner, MikeETN-21976 – Sep 15, 1978OperationsWas on the 04 level when Spear collided with another ship in the Mississippi Delta; a wild ride. I re-wired radio central in dry dock and never got the labeling done. I’ve often wonder how many guys cussed us for that
Johnson, Stephen Big Jbm31976 – 19791st division deckalot of memories new orleans, gitmo, gilliam on the 1mc at midnight saying the russians are bombing, collision in the mississippi. what else. friends dan barrack,larry simpson, bob shields jimmy hawkins, javier gayton, and who ever else i missed. w
Minor, WilliamEM11976 – 1979ECame aboard as the Junior EM2, left as the Senior EM1.
Stclair, StephenTM 11976 – 1978W 1MK 37 Shop
Yates, MikeyHTFN1976 –RepairIt was a good time--definitely one of the more important periods in my life
Barron, TroyTM21976 – Dec 1979Weapons
Burnette, LarryTM2Jan 1976 – Aug 1979W-3, MK 14/16 Shop & Weapons QA OfficeI work with some great guys, TM3 Randy Bentley, TM3 James Putney, Too many to list! Remember hanging out at the Blue Jacket Inn? I'd love to hear from some of the crew that remember me.. e-mail sometime @ snafu7351@aol.com
Davis, JamesTM3Jan 1976 – Aug 4, 1979W2great memories, great times, made some great friends in our time together...I also remember Gitmo, New Orleans, the accident on the Mississippi, the MK48 torpedo that got stuck on one of the subs, would love to hear from some old friends ..
Ackland, DonE3MLJan 9, 1976 – Aug 21, 1978R-1 FoundrySpear Cast, the good times we had and the crew of 81A were great. Where is Jack Cooper, Mitch Hinkle Ron Alcerez?
Bridgewater, MarkBT3Jan 10, 1976 – Jul 10, 1978BWent thru rebuild in Porthsmouth, Gitmo in Cuba and was aboard when ship collided with another ship on the Mississippi River. Spear was my first ship after A school. After that I went aboard the John F. Kennedy
Svercl, MichaelPM3Jan 10, 1976 – May 13, 1979R-1Worked in the Pattern Shop, making patterns for the foundry. Worked with great guys Schaffer, Beane, Brown, Sutton, Oneil and others
Buehrig, David StretchTM-3Jan 11, 1976 – Jun 23, 1979W3Known as STRETCH, Did Portsmith GITMO and the collision
Smith, MarkTM E-5Feb 1, 1976 – Aug 28, 1978W3 Subroc ShopGood times aboard the Spear! Wondering what has become of old friends like J. Goodwin, B. Wright, D. Gentile, M. Zarharko. Perhaps they will see this and we can reconnect.
Smith, Mark/smittyE5/TM2Feb 26, 1976 – Aug 29, 1979W3 Special Weapons (SUBROC)Great memories & experiences! The Mississippi collision,Gitmo, my training,DIW in storm off of Hatteras in 77! Good friends & good times! Actually, I enjoyed the DIW experience as I learned about the awesome power of "Mother Ocean" I mat
Williams, SteveRM2Mar 12, 1976 – Mar 11, 1980cr
Kavajecz, RichardHTFNApr 1976 – Sep 1977Carpenter Shop
Penwell, BobRMSNApr 1976 – Mar 1977Radiohad a wonderful time. now working for the army(civilian)
Creamer, MickHTFNApr 1976 – Mar 1978repairI was assigned to the sheetmetal shop. That was a day on the Mississippi. But we still had a great time in the Big Easy. Hey Joe Felton if you see this e-mail me.
Lawrence, Danny "lawrenzo"BMSNApr 1, 1976 – Dec 11, 19781stI remember coming back to the ship around midnight in Gitmo only to learn that crazy Gillman announced on the 1mc after taps "This is not a drill,this is not a drill, the Russians are attacking us." I think he got the section 8 he wanted.
Dobbins, Donald J.EN3Apr 19, 1976 – 1978engineering (steam shop)I was on board the Spear during the Bicentenial (1976). It was fun to meet sailors from other countries when their subs were docked beside us for supplies. I worked in the steam shop on the stern of the ship.
Shields, TimMM2May 1976 – Sep 1978R2Made a lot of good friends and had a lot of fun . We worked a lot of hours overhauling submarines and that experience has made me successful today. Would like to contact Senior Chief Scott and thank . He had a positive influence on my life.
Engler, LawrencePH2May 1, 1976 – Oct 15, 1979R6WORKED THE PHOTO-LAB WITH PHC DUNN who later became Photo Officer on a carrier, PH1 LINCOLN, PH1 KENNEDY who retired to MD, and PH3 OLSON. Had fun taking pictures of our collision on the Mississippi with an oil tanker. Lots of good times.
Morgan, Melih profile iconbm2May 14, 1976 – Jan 6, 19781st divlooking for mates from 76 to 78 on I do remember Gaytan ,Snead, Hawkins, in first div boats
Hertzog, Charles / CharlieSK1Jun 1976 – Jul 1977SubmartIf anyone remembers me please contact me. Had a great time and could not find a better ship to retire from. I built submart , it was the best in the fleet.
Bennett, BillHT3Jun 1976 – Jun 1978DCamazing how much we hated it!! Miss those days...the good people in our life then. Provost, Meyers, Gronbeck, Parker, Hollingsworth, Thompson, Clayton, Crisp, to name a few. Bowling teams, GTMO, collision-all good experiences!
Perry, DanBM3Jul 1976 – Jul 19792ND Good Memories --- was in charge of the crane crews --- was on board during the collision in the Miss River ----
Maleno, FrankSMAug 1976 – Dec 19762ndI was only on the Spear a few months but I enjoyed them and made a lot of friends. Sad to see the old girl is being scrapped.
Hanvey, RichardTM 3Sep 5, 1976 – Feb 10, 1977Weapons MK 14 Shop
Swytzer, RodneyRM3Sep 29, 1976 – Sep 29, 1980COMMUNICATIONSAlmost went to war in 1980! Cuba an all listed events during enlisted period.
Goff, StephenHT1Oct 1976 – Sep 1979R-8/NDT LabBest bunch of guys i ever worked with
Harkleroad, Ed (Hark)MR2Oct 1976 – Mar 1980R2 AI have a lot of great times ,a few not so good, but over all am glad and proud to have served on Spear. remember coolent on Capt. T and blueing shop phones.
Storm, Louis profile iconCDROct 1, 1976 – Feb 1, 1979Supply DepartmentOn the Bridge for the collision. Damage was NOT minor. Mississippi River Pilot was out of his league handling the SPEAR. Injuries but, thankfully, no deaths. I was called to testify @ the Inquest.
Erickson, JeffBM2/DV1Nov 1976 – 1979R1I had the privileged of working with two great Master Divers and "Karl Brashear". Worked in the sail locker and the rigging loft between dives. Proud to be with the first ever crew that changed a screw on a sub.
Feinstein, ChuckPN2Dec 1976 – Feb 1979XMy first ship. I worked in the Personnel Office. Most vivid memories are the Shipyard, Gitmo, and the little incident with the tanker ship. Left the ship to crossrate to OT. Retired 9/30/98 as an FCC.
Johnson, KarlE3Dec 1976 – Apr 27, 1977E

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