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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

Hartman, ScottEN31978 – 1980a-gangmy first and best command of my 12 years.
Landry, AndreEMFN1978 – 1980E-Div & A-GangMet some great people and learned a lot.
Bardwell, JerryHTFNJan 1978 – Sep 1978Was a crew member for only 8 months, but certainly they are memorable ones. Was transferred to Newport RI Naval Base the day before Nitro deployed to the Mediterranian for 6 months. Would like to hear from anyone from my era and/or division.
White, BillSEAMANJan 1, 1978 – Feb 1, 1979ships boatswhat happen to everyone? scott died.I been fighting fires for 23 years
Hall, WilliamBM3Mar 15, 1978 – Jun 21, 19792NDHello Bill White and Scotty Gilbert and Crew Members Bill seen your message
Blair, MichaelEM2 (SW)May 15, 1978 – Oct 24, 1982/Didn't know this site existed. Does anybody remember the main space fire we had? LCDR Donald Chown was XO, CAPT H.H. Loving was CO, my Division Officer was CWO Donald Bear, LCPO EMC Akers, Ens Lippa was MPA, LCDR Wallace CHENG.
Tolbard, BlairMM2Jul 1978 – Sep 1979MTransferred from Norfolk just in time for Med Cruise 1978. Great times. Great friends.
Posemato, Tim PosieSN1979 – 1981WeaponsMy first ship, met some good friends there. Had good times in Earle and overseas.
Bolstridge, DennisShsn1979 – 1981SupplyLove to reminisce with old friends
White, JohnMS3Jan 8, 1979 – Sep 7, 1982Supply
Turley, Jeromebt3Apr 17, 1979 – Feb 12, 1982boiler
Chown, DonnLCDRJun 10, 1979 – Dec 22, 1980XOMy most enjoyable sea tour in the Navy. Great ship, with outstanding people on aboard. Spent a lot of time at sea, but had some great port visits in the Med and Northern Europe.
Catherwood, DuwayneE-5 EM1980 – 1981electricalI remember the day the fire broke out in the enigine room. It was at exactly 1600 that the alarm; fire,fire,fire, this is not a drill went off. Then we lost all power. It is a day i will never forget.
Lipham, KeithSK31980 – 1983supplyWhere did Clyde Willis and I go horseback riding?
Stinson, Patrick (Pj)GMG3Feb 1980 – Feb 19813rdCaught last 2 ports-o-call on 79-80 Med. Did the N. Atlantic and Caribbean cruses. Sailed back cross Atlantic and detached at Rota a few months before the big fire. So I guess GMC "checo" can't blame me for that! Great "boat" even
Oreilly, EugeneMS3Feb 1980 – Jul 1983SupplyWe had some crazy cooks and even crazier times. I can't believe how young we were. I've come a long way since then. When I tell my kids sea stories they just sit their with their mouths open.
Lain, KennethMS2Mar 10, 1980 – Jan 12, 1984Supply
Pacheco, MichaelSN-GMG2Apr 18, 1980 – Jul 19, 19843RDIts was 29 years ago and I still remember Nitro like it was only yesterday, I had plenty of stories to tell about my adventures with that Ship and Crew, from my 1st deploymwent to the North Alantic to the Great fire of 1981, and lots more.
Willis, ClydeSKCJun 1980 – Jul 1983SupplyFirst ship. What a ride! North Atlantic, Main Space fire, GITMO. Great times though. Retired 1999 at SKC. SK1 Riveria, yes I remember all those. Contact me at
Leinster, RichardLTAug 1980 – Jun 1982Ops OfficerGood times: Bergen, Aarhus, Rosyth, Le Havre, Monte Carlo, Palma, Naples, Cartagena, Toulon, and even Athens. A “can do” crew that delivered the goods and saved the ship from the Main Space fire. God Bless you all
Rice, ReginaldLTOct 10, 1980 – Jan 16, 1982Deck, then Ops(EMO)One cruise that no one will ever forget...winning the battle against the main space fire!! You gotta do what you gotta do!
Mrkvicka, MichaelHOSPITAL CORPSMAN/E-3/E-4Nov 10, 1980 – Sep 3, 1981medicalthe Nitro was my first shipboard duty, and what a long strange trip it was. the north atlantic tour fall 198o, perth amboy nj, and the med cruise 1981, including the fire outside of athens, and a med evac to germany. call 815 226-4096,for any updates
Dover, GaryHM2Nov 19, 1980 – Nov 19, 1981x
Edlin (Shleprock), ThomasSN1981 – 1985RAZ,2ND,1STId Love to hear from my old shipmates, if you where onboard Nitro between 1981-1985 and or know who i am or where one of my close friends,give me a call 270-312-2600 I'll be waiting...
Swalef, FredBT-11981 – 1981BCame aboard just before the med cruise - TAD from USS McCloy FF-1038 left the ship right afterthings settled after the Machinery room fire off the coast of Greece. Great times in port.
Duma, Richard RickBM3 E-41981 – 1985J Div /2nd DivWhen i reported on board the ship was in Athen Greece after a mainspace fire. I was put in j - div where i meet a MM1 (pappy) BM1 rowe MM1 marty d. along with some other guys that i got to work with. Good memoires
Major, MarkEM2Jan 1981 – Jun 1981EWhile temp attached to NSA Earle with six months of a six year contract left I was suddenly assigned to Nitro prior to Med deployment. Having been a 'Bachi sailor 4 years I didn't think they could do me worse...then y'all set it on fire.
Major, MarkAE 23Jan 3, 1981 – Jun 15, 1981E
Breton, GerryE-5/BTApr 1981 – Sep 1985B-DivisionArrived just before the fire! Made great friends while on board. Would love to hear from those who were there from 1981-1985.
Brewerton, David (Chewy)OS1 (SW)Sep 1, 1981 – Jun 1, 1987OS01
Brewerton, David (Chewy)OS2(SW)Sep 2, 1981 – Apr 30, 1990OI01Miss the old days on a daily think I could of retired 7 years ago (%$##*^%$^). Give me a shout...would love to reminisce or reunite. Remember...Heaven was afraid to take us...Hell was afraid we'd put the fire out.
Hall, JeffBM1Oct 1, 1981 – Sep 1, 19841stI worked witm BMCM Mike La Porte and BM2 Prest
Tivitt, GeraldQM3Nov 10, 1981 – Jun 20, 1985NavigationService abord Nitro created life long friends. Will never forget the long hours to complete missions assigned to the entire crew.Good job to all my shipmates during this time. Think of you often.
Damico, TonyMMFN/MM31982 – 1985MHey guys any of you remember MMFN BOB LEVY ??
Damico, TonyMM3Feb 15, 1982 – Jan 3, 1986MWould love to hear from anyone who remembers me and the good old days of Mr Mac !!! LOL And the ship yard times , partying in newyork ect.
Smith, Price [buddy] profile iconMM3Mar 1982 – Jun 25, 1986A-ganglooking to reconnect with "old" friends. i see that the of best of best men is regestered "HELLO DONNY". Anyone who remembers me and is interested in reconnecting my e-mail is
Marullo, Josephbt1/e6Jun 1, 1982 – Jun 1, 1984B-division
Edlin, Tom "Sleprock"E3Jul 1982 – May 1985DeckI miss all my friends i had on Nitro,and all the neet ports we went to..I came onboard around 81 after the big fire in Greece Nitro was in dry dock.. I miss the old times.. I was very sad to hear of the decomissioning of Nitro.
Feather, WilliamMMFNAug 1982 – Jun 1985
Budas, TimEM2(SW)Sep 1982 – Apr 1985J-Div
Dickson, JohnMM2Oct 1982 – Nov 1983
Welch, DonMM2 (E-5)Nov 1982 – Dec 1986A-Division (but stood watches in main space)Some of the best times of my life came while I was stationed on Nitro. I sometimes miss those times.
Heckert, William (Wolf)OS1Dec 1982 – 1984OI

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