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USS Nitro (AE 23) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Nitro (AE 23). 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 338 crew members registered for the USS Nitro (AE 23).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1968 | 1969 – 1972 | 1973 – 1977 | 1978 – 1982 | 1983 – 1986 | 1987 – 1990 | 1991 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Sanyk, MikeMM21969 – 1971MCame aboard while ship was in Boston Navel Shipyard after being fitted with fast gear. Ship ran aground off Cuba during shake down cruise. Tugs put her through a pier at Guantanamo. Made two Med cruises. Served with the best.
McClintic, DouglasRD21969 – Dec 1971Operations
Hewell, JimSK2Feb 1969 – Mar 1971SupplyGreat crew during my time on board. I recognize quite a few of the names on the ship's crew list..
Graham, JamesFMMar 1969 – Mar 1970
Robinson, Mike "Robby"EM2Mar 8, 1969 – Feb 23, 1971ABOARDED IN THE COLD. DID 12 WKS. MESS COOKEN. WENT INTO A GANG AS AN E3. WORKED MOSTLY ON AUX. EQUIPMENT AND THE SMALL BOATS. WAS GIG ENGINEER AND UNDERWAY LIFEBOAT ENGINEER. ENDED UP LEADING PO FOR "A" AFTER OUR 1ST & 2ND LEFT. A BLAST.
Cote, DaveETN3Nov 1969 – Sep 7, 1971ET Shack (Electronics)What a great ship & crew. Especially in retrospect after 30 odd years. Davisville, Med & Carribean luxury cruises I'll never forget.
Caputo, Anthony (Tony)OS-31970 – Jun 1972Operations
Schworm, W. IvanMM31970 – 1972Enginering M- divI knew Gunnar,Greenlee, Jeff Price Randy, Dough, plus others in A gang. Friend Ivan
Szerencits, DonaldE31970 –MM
Holden, ScottBM 3Jan 3, 1970 – Aug 10, 19732nd Div.Med & Westpac cruise . Many great times! Miss old shipmates!
Leger, KenBM-3Jan 6, 1970 – Jul 2, 19742nd DivisionLooking to reconnect with shipmates
Baker, Jerry {bake}E 3Jul 15, 1970 – Aug 30, 1972R DIV DAMAGE CONTROLFIXED UP OLD JEEP PAINTED BABY BLUE, SHAVED TOP OF MY HEAD WROTE 49 DAYS TO GO! CAPTON MISPLACED JEEP IN HAWII!
Gerrity, PatrickSNAug 1, 1970 – Apr 10, 1972Deck 2ndGreat memories of my time on the Nitro, no regrets. Two Caribbean cruises, Med Cruise, Boston yards. Still in touch with Jeff Marlow 3rd Div. My youngest son Mike, STG2 serving proudly on the USS Chung-Hoon DDG-93 in Pearl Harbor.
Nilson, Carl Gunnar (Swede)MM-3Sep 1, 1970 – Sep 5, 1973Machinist MateI served with a crew I would be glad to serve with again. The Med Cruise, The Sailors jumping overboard as we left for Nam. Every day an experience. I located Randy Riggs and Jeff Price. Still looking for other friends.
McCormick, MelvinFIRST CLASS STOREKEEPER1971 – 1972SUPPLYNITRO'S SENIOR WHITE HAT WHILE ABOARD. SERVED UNDER CAPT. HARRY DAVIS - WAS ABOARD IN JUNE 1972 WHEN WE COLLIDED WITH USS ORISKANG CVA 34 DURING REPLENISHMENT. RETIRED , BECAME COP FOR 21 YEARS AND MISS YOU GUYS, ESPECIALLY J. J. GLASPIE SH1.
Lenihan, Brian (Lenny)SN1971 – 1973JCharter member of J division. Had many great days onboard the Nitro.
Mayhall, TomSEAMAN1971 – 1972DeckServed in Vietnam. Stationed at Subic Bay.
Gary, Walter (Deadeye-nickname)MM31971 – 1974MLooking for shipmates aboard USS Nitro AE-23 for 1971-1974.
Dave Bosworth, BozSH-2 (E5)1971 – 1972SupplyCame aboard for the Boston refit and left after the Oriskany mash up while in Subic for repairs. I'm lucky to have served with some fine people and those days are never far from my memory. My best to you all. ;-)>
Kukasky, DaveSN 31971 – 1973decksaw the people jump when leaving for Nam , was Boatsnmate of the watch when Oriskany hit us sounded GQ
Carpenter, EdETN2Mar 1971 – Sep 1972OperationsWas on board for Med, Boston. Gitmo x2, Vietnam. See many familiar names.
Gary, WalterE4Mar 23, 1971 – Mar 23, 1974machinist mateThis is the son of Walter Gary Sr. I am adding my dad to this page. Anyone out there serve with him?
Anderson, GregoryGMG3Apr 1971 – Apr 19733 Sailed from Quonset Piont R.I. to South China Sea. 1972-1973. I would like to hear from any members of that crew.
Taylor, SteveEM3May 23, 1971 – Nov 20, 1971Remember EM2 Williams and Charlie Barnum, Boom Boom Cannon,Chief Shank and rest of Electrical Gang
Wallace, SteveIC2Jun 1, 1971 – Jun 1, 1973EnigineeringMeet the Nitro in Subic Bay and did the nam thing for `13 months and was on board her for 2 years
Zeiler, Ted ( Zee ) profile iconPC3Jul 21, 1971 – Jul 22, 1973XFound the Nitro in dry dock at the Boston ship yards. On board from the Cuban shake down cruise to the return to Davisville from the WesPac. Does anyone remember the wall paper in the ships post office?
Kohlruss, BillMM3Aug 1971 – Sep 13, 1974JCame aboard in Boston (Bethlehem Steel Overhaul). Did 2 GITMO Cruises, the WESTPAC cruise 72-73, and a MED Cruise in 74. Served in J Division as an MM with the best sailors in the fleet. My best to all Nitro Sailors.
Johnston, SteveRM3Aug 21, 1971 – Nov 3, 1972OperationsWould like to contact anyone on board during our Vietnam tour of duty and the period of time where the guys jumped overboard departing New Jersey for Vietnam and the collision with the USS Oriskany.
Wallace, SteveIC2Sep 1, 1971 – Dec 28, 1972On board when it collided with Oriskany in Viet Nam
Jordan, Bill (speedy)SM 3Oct 1971 – May 1975OperationsLooking for crewmembers from the same era. Worked with the Nitro again in 1989 while serving in the Army. Now retired.
Frankenfield, WayneRM2Oct 12, 1971 – Dec 18, 1975OperationsArrived at the ship in the Bethlehem Steel Ship Yard. 2 Med Cruises and the Wespac for 15 months. Was there when the guys dove of the ship to protest the Vietnam war. Received Christ as my savior on board after the Warrington was lost.
Smith, Cw/smitty/charlesRM3Nov 9, 1971 – Nov 15, 1972CRLeft early due to a medical. Spent 13 years in the Navy, leaving on a medical as RM1.
Thompson, GeorgeE3Nov 18, 1971 – Jul 7, 19753Saw the boys jump on the way to Nam. Some of the best and most memorable years of my life spent on The USS Nitro and in the Navy. Think of my shipmates and those days a lot. Still talk with Chapin and Manogue regularly. Email me. GT
Chivington, MichaelGMGSN1972 – 19753rdFirst Westpac in 72 will always be my best. To all those in Weapons Div, Deck Div and to the engineers who kept it all running. Thanx for everything. Take care, I know we'll all meet again someday.
Bracey, MichaelE51972 – 1972Engine RoomI am a researcher at the National Archives and I am reviewing the 1972 Deck Logs for the USS Nitro. I am looking for a mention that the Nitro docked at Danang during 1972, between July - Sep 1972
Quintua, JoseHTC1972 – 1977R & JHTC RETIRED IN 1988 @ FTC SAN DIEGO,CA
Murray, TimMM3/MM2Mar 1972 – Apr 1974MHappy Veterans Day 2009, never thought to google AE-23 till today, hope all are well.
Flynn, Bob (Pc)PC3Apr 1972 – Jul 1, 19752ND; X
Clewell, ArnoldE3Apr 1972 – Apr 1973BM
Wallace, SteveIC3Jun 22, 1972 – Jan 1, 1973E DivisionFlew to Clark AFB in June of 72 and took an interesting bus ride to Subic to meet the Nitro. Re-enlisted by LCDR Atwood in Feb of 73 while still in Viet Nam waters (tax free) and was able to fly home instead of the canal
Sidwell, RonBTFNJul 29, 1972 – Jan 31, 1973BOn the Yankee Station gunline- "praise the Lord and pass the ammunition" - Nitro 7 were all mess cooking in the galley. Spent Christmas underway and New Year's in Thailand.
Scott, RonSdsnAug 1972 – Jul 1973SupplyWas transfered from the Warrington DD843 after she was hit. Had some great times running the the ships entertainment system playing the tunes of the day, and Captain ZigZag and has dog Spot.
Wynn, LarrySH3Aug 11, 1972 – Jan 2, 1976SupplyI am looking for people abourd the same ship I was. If you can help me out or you have any information feel free to contact by e-mail Larrythecutter1@wmconnect.com
Nealis, JimSNSep 1972 – 1973Gunnery divisionStarted in deck div., then after mess duty was assigned to gunnery div. (as records yeoman). Had many great friends and times. Thanks for the support and friendship, to many to name.
Hess, DonaldBM 3Oct 4, 1972 – Jun 12, 19742ndI was in charge of 2nd division side cleaners.Had some great times with some of my ship mates.Would love to reconnect with some of them.We were in Subic Bay a lot.Spent a lot of time in Alongapo City.

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