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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 342 crew members registered for the USS Nitro (AE 23).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1968 | 1969 – 1972 | 1973 – 1976 | 1977 – 1981 | 1982 – 1985 | 1986 – 1989 | 1990 – 1992 | 1993 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Lewis, MikeBT21986 – 1991BoilersMet lots of good friends and had good times.
Frazier, BernardICFNJan 10, 1986 – Mar 18, 1988ElectricalThe more years that past the more I can say it wasn't all that bad.
Yetter, RobertYN2Feb 9, 1986 – Feb 10, 1990XA lot of hard working SOBs on her. Hines, Knowlton, PNC Barker, Fales and Hornbaker are a few names I recall. I remember smoking butts and watching over the horizon and thinking these days will never end. WOW, they are long gone now!
Speer, John DavidMar 22, 1986 – Jul 12, 1989BThe ship was old, broken down and under staff. The workdays were long and the liberty was rare, but I couldn't ask for a better bunch of men to be in hell with.
Roman, RonSAApr 1, 1986 – Dec 28, 19881 st DivisionI survived the USS Nitro and all I got was a dumb Zippo lighter lol
Wilds, JimCWO2Apr 9, 1986 – Apr 8, 1989SHIP'S GUNNERI REMEMBER VERY LONG DAYS AND VERY LITTLE TIME OFF. MIKE BARTLETT AND MARK BERMAN HELPED ME KEEP MY B/p DOWN. GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS ON AN INCREDIBLELY OLD SHIP.
Lamar, David profile iconSK3Apr 17, 1986 – Aug 21, 1989RAS and later SS01(Supply)Wow! I saw a lot of names that I had not thought of in a long time. The most fun I had was the Northern Atlantic Cruise, when I became a bluenose, the first Med (87), OPPE in Gitmo, and the second yard period(Brooklyn).
Benton, RobertGM2May 1986 – May 1989
Phillips, JohnBT-3/BTFNMay 15, 1986 – Dec 2, 1988my name is john phillips. i served with the likes of bt2 rebuck,bt2 spots, bt2 mike lewis bt1 smith bt1 jones and numerous mm drop a line if you served during this period
Hines, TyroneMM3Jun 10, 1986 – Sep 25, 1989a - gang engineeringlooking fwd to seeing and speaking with anyone from this time period. i want my son to know that part of my history. besides the comraditity amongst trut men of honor should be seen and heard by our family and friends. remember gitmo.and the med pac.
Young, Michaelmm2Jul 6, 1986 – Jun 30, 1990RAZIS fresh air snipboo boo well i had a problem of breaking things.had a read good timr at the nitro .good and i do mean good friends .a good team to work with. the comand ppl was was great toi w4ork with the CO was pretty cool good timer
Roswell, ChuckBMC(SW)Jul 20, 1986 – Jul 20, 1990RAS
Taughinbaugh, PatrickSNAug 1986 – Oct 15, 19892nd
Michell, PaulSM3Aug 1, 1986 – Aug 10, 1989OPSStarted out in RAS and struck signalman.
Castiglioni, David ( Cast Iron )E-3Aug 1, 1986 – Nov 29, 19891stIWasn't easy but I have alot of good memories. I live in FLA now.Married with kids twin girls which are singing up to join the Navy. HEY BUSHNER,I TOLD YOU, YOU WERE A LIFE'ER. LOL...It would be great to hear from any old ship mates..
Mays, BrianENGINEMENOct 1986 – Jun 1989auxI remember those hot days and nights in the engine room standing watches. Gitmo was the hottest. I saw a couple of names I remembered but can't remember the ones I worked with, Drop a note if anyone remembers me.
Lesher, ArthurET1Dec 1986 – Dec 1988OE
Felton, Anthony/ (Young Blood)RM3Dec 31, 1986 – Jun 10, 1990OC02I report 3 days before my first Med. I served with DEAN DANSFORTH, RM3 HORTON,CHIEF KANOUS, RM1 LONG. RM3 WOLLET. RM2 VIVEAR( WITH HIS MEAN BEHIND. I THINK IF I SEEN HIM TODAY, I WOULD PROBABLE PUT MY FOOT IN HIS BEHIND. BUT IT HELP ME IN LIFE.
Edwards, DarrylRM21987 – 1989OC SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE BROTHERS. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST. THE MEMORIES ARE LIFELONG AND LASTING. FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEA SHIPMATES. BT AR//DRE
Kelly, TommySMSN1987 – 1990OpsGood to see all the squids names I served with. Drop me an E-mail!
Deman, SeamanE3Feb 1, 1987 – Jan 1, 1989FirstVery good group of shipmates. Learned alot in the two years aboard. Some good, Some bad! I had a great group of friends and hope they are all doing well.
Wack, AlexOS2May 1, 1987 – Dec 31, 1997OpsMed, N.Atlantic, Gitmo
McKenna, DanGMG3Jul 24, 1987 – Jul 24, 19893rdSee many familiar names here. Slung a lot of bombs and fixed a lot of mag. sprinkler systems in two years. 20+ years later I remember it all like it was yesterday. Hey Gunner, nice to see your name. mrandmrsmc@aol.com
Rich, FrankE-6/ET1Aug 1987 – Nov 1989OEServed when Joe Lepine, Tony Bareka, Derek Hartley, Keith Agee, Juan Carrion, Mark Berman and Mark Carr, to name a few were aboard.
Uss Nitro, MannySM3Aug 12, 1987 – Sep 20, 1991OPS
Murphy, Rob ("Murph")BT2Sep 1987 – Oct 1989EngineeringFrom Central PA,served with Phillips,Rebuck,Spotts,Lewis, Speers,anyone remember me getting sea sick above deck taking a dozen sailors to carry me to sick bay? Currently a State Trooper in Central PA. Would like to hear from anyone.
Bushner, MichaelGM1Sep 21, 1987 – Jan 18, 19923rdI had a lot of good times in 3rd division. I think being on the Nitro has taught me a lot about myself. It was tough but we sure played hard and saw a lot of things. I now serve on an LSD with one of our Nitro shipmates SN Phares. Now BM2 Phares.
Boudreau, DonDC2Oct 23, 1987 – Jun 21, 1991rHard work long hour good friend good times grenade over the side grenades for deer hunting. forktruck down the elev.shell back GAS GAS GAS. GW1 hey Vito,Fuller,Chachio,Sypeck,Owen,Reaves,Omar,Biff, Nolan
Lynberg, JoeMM3Jan 1988 – Jun 10, 1992MGreat times looking back, sometimes a pain in the moment. Would like to talk to someone from my era.
Timmons, JeffOS3Feb 1988 – Feb 19913rd
Momberger, Thomas PGMGSNMar 9, 1988 – Jun 15, 1992gunnermate
Espinosa, RafaelLTApr 1, 1988 – Sep 30, 1989RASOne of my best tours in the Navy, and the hardest working crew I've known! No matter how tough it got, my guys were famous for injecting a little levity. Still remember giving my guys special libs on a bar napkin from the Hard Rock Cafe!
Fuller, ChuckGMG2May 1988 – Jan 19923rd
Simulis, VytoE-5 DC2Aug 1988 – Apr 1992rJust found this crew list, I would like to hear from some of my old friends
Clark, TheoBTCDec 1988 – Oct 1991BGreat bunch Of guys and gals. I remember the long hours with BT3 Miller in the Oil Shack. I hope by now HtCM Lange and Cmdr. Ward are gone and in hell where they belong. Hi to Debbie and Pam (O that ass!)
Fetter, PatrickEM3 BACK THENDec 28, 1988 – Aug 28, 19922nd then raswould love to here for old shipmates. please drop me an email if you would like to be invited to a navy myspace page. enjoyed my time on the nitro. often dream about roaming the p-ways. i can still smell that stench of the reefer decks.
McKenzie, KevinMM21989 – Apr 1993A gang/ MI still love to tell the stories of desert storm to my kids. I know they get tired of hearing them. Those experiences will never be forgotten.
Walker, JohnnyE-31989 – 1992
Casillas, JoseRM31989 – 1992OC
Birkeland, StevenGMG3Jan 1989 – Jun 1990third
Bufford, VirgilBM1Feb 14, 1989 – Feb 19911st & 2nd DeckGreetings, Whew, what a tour..... I hope all of the old shipmates are doing well, Best Reguards, Bufford
Licalzi, PaulE3Mar 1989 – Mar 1992Snipes
Gonzalez, Alex Gonzomm3Mar 3, 1989 – Aug 2, 1992eMy God. Didn't think I see this page its Ben a long time I have3 boys the oldest is 18 and usage bound remember all the bilge rats down in the engineering. Department and never will forget desert storm will love to talk
Weed, MichaelMAC(SW)Apr 1989 – Sep 30, 1991adminRetired September 1991. Think about our time in the Gulf often. What a crew!!!!!
Martin, Lisa "sid The Tattooed Chick"BT3Jun 1989 – Jun 1993SNIPES all the way!!!! The first women on board 27 of us to be exact. I remember the first time I heard Duke of Earl and laughing but now I miss it. oh I do not miss Piss alley!
Savage, Chrisos3Jun 1989 – May 1993oswould like to hear from anyone that served with me
Busacca, TonyMM3Jun 7, 1989 – Jun 7, 1993M
Marcello, JoeDmsnJun 20, 1989 – Sep 1991RasGreat crew ,espanosa used to give us liberity passes written on napkins , just so we can carry him back to the ship. Marcellojoseph282@gmail.com
Ellis, Gordon HMCJun 30, 1989 – Jun 1, 1992NXShips IDC during Desert Storm and preps. Good ship (needed work but gum and duct tape goes a long way) Determined crew , very fond memories now working as a Registered Nurse in Colorado Springs Colorado retired 2004
Miller, JoelBT3Jul 1989 – Jul 1991BOil King
Kelley, RussellE-2Sep 1989 – Nov 1991deckSad to read that the ship was sold for scrapping:( I remember sailing from Cuba and around the bend you could see her the Statue of Liberty. What an awesome site to see. We knew we were close to home.
Donahoe, MichaelCDRSep 26, 1989 – Aug 1, 1991XOGood ship. Brought everyopne back safe from Desert Storm.
Lowrance, JohnE3Nov 1989 – May 19922ndMiss my friends Mike Sharpe & Julian East. Lost touch with Mike,But not Julian
O'Brien, TomMR3Dec 1989 – Jul 1990MAlthough I was only on board for a short time, I enjoyed almost every minute.
Sharpe, MichaelE-3Dec 1, 1989 – Aug 1, 1993Deck/RASEnjoyed my time there. Visited many ports on med and desert shield/storm. Married now for 13 years, adopted little girl from China. Finished my PhD last year. Fondest memory- Stabbing LTJG Fowler in the hand, playing chicken. Good Guy!

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