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USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37). 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 887 crew members registered for the USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – 1970 | 1971 – 1972 | 1973 – 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
Browning, RogerBM31900 – 19003rdGreat times ,good people, good experance.
Lair, JohnMM 1May 1965 – Oct 1969A DIVPlank owner, had good times aboard. wish we have some ship reunion contact me --hobocamp@aol.com
Stephens, RichardTM21966 – 1967WeaponsPre-com crew.... came aboard from the USS Prairie AD-15 in San Diego. Pitcher for the first FatSam fast pitch team in Bremerton. Worked for the best CWO in the USN,Mr. B..... first qualified helmsman on board
Tradup, StevenBT41966 – 1969M & B DivisionPlank Holder on Samuel Gompers, destroyer tender. Commissioned on 1 JUL 1967. Served as Boiler Tech, Oil King and Training Officer. Honorable discharge in 1969 just prior to arrival in San Diego.
Swaney, Charles ( Russ )MM2Jan 7, 1966 – Dec 11, 1969MI was a plank owner (never recieved a plank )I was first in charge of evap. room then oil king and finally the engine room when I left
Grott, JoeMM E4Mar 1966 – Jun 1967Outsied RepairI am a PLANK OWNER of the Gompers, but my ex-wife destroyed my certificate. The time spent readying her for launch was the best period I had in the Naavy. I was the "official" comshaw for our unit, and the captain. Hey, Guys! How goes
Beesley, WaltDP2Mar 10, 1966 – Jun 10, 1969
Peralta, FrankE-4 PIPEFITTERMar 14, 1966 – Mar 13, 1967Ship Repair and Damage ControlI was up in Bremington when the Gompers was Commissioned and went on 2 WestPac. I missed the ship at 32nd st. and climbed back aboard on a rope while the ship was leaving port.
Vancil, AlanE-6Sep 10, 1966 – Jul 25, 1969R-1Weld Shop, NDT Lab
Hatty, JoeLISNDec 16, 1966 – Oct 10, 1968COMCRUDESPACTwo of the best years of my life! I complained all the time I was in and cried when I left. I met a lot of great people, and learned a lot of great life lessons. I served on five differernt ships in less than two years with COMCRUDESPAC
Pearson, GarySN1967 – 1968ThirdPlank Owner
Rhoads, John BobMM11967 – 1969mi was on the precom crew and served onboard two years it was the best time of my eight years of service
Wise, GaryFTM31967 – 1969R5Plank owner, 2 cruises, great ship but greater crew many good friends still remain.
Dewitt, PaulSeaman 31967 – 1970Second
Freeman, D.j.OM 21967 – Sep 9, 1969Repair ?I am a plank holder, I was there in the beginning and for the first West Pac cruise. Why no IM or OM on this crew list?
Judd, BruceEM31967 – Sep 19, 1970R3PLANKOWNER, MADE 3 CRUISES. STARTED OUT IN REWIND SHOP, FINISHED IN OUTSIDE REPAIR.
Clor, Dave profile iconMR21967 – 1969Machine ShopWorked in the machine shop from pre-commissioning to about 1969. Made two West-PAC cruises. Served with Hackerott, Russ Sessons, Leo Gouette, Jim Herrick, Frey, Crean, Cole, Steve Byam, Bob Bradshaw, Timperly
La Bo, TomFTG31967 – 1970R-5I had great shipmates to serve with. I learned a lot from them and finally grew up. My four years on the Gompers was an experiance I will always treasure. Playing on the ships softball team was a privlege.
Clark, RobertBM 31967 – 19703rdRetired, now living in Dickson Tennessee, formerly of Richmond Indiana. Looking for Albert D Joiner from 3rd Division. Played on ship softball team, played 2nd and outfield - nicknamed "Shorty". Also commissioned ship.
Dougherty, JonSN1967 – 1968WeaponsPlank owner, enjoyed the service and crew, and it was an honor to serve on this fine ship.
Chalfin, JohnEM21967 – 1969R-3Plank Owner. Went back to College Electrical Engineering. Later in life became a paramedic. Now Coroner of Hamilton County Indiana.
Kase, MichaelADR SECOND CLASS1967 – 1970DASH REPAIRLooking for anyone who was a aboard in this time period
Villar, MarcelinoSKCJan 1967 – Nov 1967SUPPLY S1i was in pre-commissioning crew and a plank owner.I passed the test for SKC on GOMPERS and wore it in 1967 Washington DC. I checked out on the day before the ship left for 1st WestPac cruise..Looking for SK1 tONY BACOCA
Hansen, KennethSF1Jan 1967 – 1969RI enjoyed my time aboard. My wife got to ride the ship from Bremerton to San Diego which she enjoyed very much.
Beron, RobertE-4Jan 1, 1967 – May 1, 19702ndHey guys, remember me in 2nd Division? I was on the ship when it was comissioned, and made 3 cruises on west-pac. Please contact me at Beron1@aol.com I miss you all.
Watkins, Chuck profile iconDPCSJan 13, 1967 – Nov 14, 1968SupplyEnjoyed being on the Pre-Com crew. Learned about the building of the ship. Got to redesign the computer spaces. Had an awesome crew of DPs. This tour help me make DPC. Enjoyed the sea time and time in Sasebo, Japan.
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Mosley, JamesHMCS(SS)Feb 10, 1967 – Jan 14, 1968Medical DepartmentI was in the commissioning crew of this ship and enjoyed my time aboard. We had an outstanding crew and I felt honored to be a crew member.
Wild, Robert ( Bob)SNMar 1967 – Apr 1968Admin/PIOI was a Plank owner and relly enjoyed my only Navy Cruise. I went from the Gompers to Nam....
Beesley, WalterDP2Mar 15, 1967 – Jun 1, 1970S-6I WAS ON THE GOMPERS AT COMMISSIONING AND MADE TWO WEST-PAC CRUISES. WE VISITED SASEBO, YOKOSUKA, KAOSHUNG, HONG KONG, AND SUBIC BAY.
Big Al, Alphana Hobbs,ph.d.BM3Mar 15, 1967 – Jul 12, 19693I was on the Gompers at Commissioning and made two West-Pac cruises. We visited Sasebo, here I play basketball there. Yokosuka Kaoshung, Hong Kong and Subic Bay. I was trans fer swift Boats when we was Subic Bay.In swift I went to Vietnam 69-70.
Dent, RodgerMM 3Mar 15, 1967 – Apr 1, 1969A DivPlank Owner, Started out during precomm. Went to A Div for a year then to M Div. Left the ship in the Phillipines in April 1969.
Ruiz, Daniel P.SF 1 E6 RET.HTC 1981Apr 1967 – Jul 1976R1SF shop 11
Finley, David profile iconFNApr 1967 – May 1969Breported to sammy g apr 67 before it was comm left ship in may 69 for vietnam. looking for Tim Knies and Mike Mesko, please leave message
Crago, DavidDP2Apr 1967 – Jun 1969S-6Fond memories of great shipmates.
Cox, LarryMR-2Apr 5, 1967 – Oct 2, 1970R2 Division
Rindal, Terry AllanSNApr 15, 1967 – Oct 20, 1968Admin, Photolab, GalleyPlank owner on the Samual Gompers AD-37 I have a lot of old photo of the Gompers and the ships she tentred too.
Barstow, EdDT5Apr 15, 1967 – Apr 5, 1969Dentalwas first dental tech to check aboard the Gompers in April 1967...total of 10 eventually checked aboard...commissioned it in summer of 1967...what a shake down cruise thru the straits of San Juan DeFuca...anyone aboard will never forget
Martin, Robert (Marty)TM3Apr 17, 1967 – Nov 10, 1970WEAPONSI WAS ON FAT SAM MY ENTIRE ENLISTMENT AND MADE THREE WES PAC CRUISES. I WAS THE SHIP'S SOFTBALL PITCHER FOR THREE YEARS. I WAS IN THE WEAPONS DEPARTMENT. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF MY OLD SHIPMATES.
Crean, LeonardMR2/E-5May 1967 – Dec 18, 1970R-2Blank Owner with many fond memories of my steaming days from 3 Wespac tours.
Leitch, MikeLTJGMay 1967 – Aug 1968Engineering, DCAI was the guy who reported to the Captain after Peralta was dragged aboard leaving San Diego.
Moody, WoodyETRMay 1967 – Feb 1970R-4Plank owner. Outstanding command. Mr Baney was a marvelous division officer. Made two WesPac cruises. I was the catcher for the FATSAM softball team the entire time on board. Great experience.
McClure, RonaldML2May 1967 – Nov 1970R2precomp-november 70 first ship retired as PMC in 1987.Loved every day of my navy career especially my time on FATSAM worked in the foundry as FA- ML2 good times great shipmates GO NAVY any of my shipmates contact me pls
Dodson, Davestg2May 5, 1967 – Jun 5, 1969R-5Plankowner
Black, PeterSTG3May 15, 1967 – Apr 6, 1968R5Part of Commissioning Crew and booted off the ship in Koasung, Taiwan on Big Sam's maiden voyage. .
Brice, JamesEM3Jun 1967 – Jan 1969R3This was my first ship out of boot camp.I was part of the commissioning crew. I am a plank owner. I learned how to rewind electric motors. I learned and worked with a bunch of great men. It was a great ship to be on.
Fleenor, CharlesCYN3Jun 1, 1967 – Nov 1968Operations
Block, Jr, ThomasEM3Jun 15, 1967 – Nov 6, 1970EPlank owner. Stayed my entire enlistment. Made 3 cruises had a great time met alot of really good people. Sure would be nice to get in touch again.
Watson, JohnMM3Jun 15, 1967 – Oct 9, 1970Aplank owner 3 vacations/wes pac cruises i miss mid rats san miguel beer all my asian girlfriends and my steaming buddies 6844 23rd ave ne sea wa 98115
Benavides, RichardE4Jun 15, 1967 – Jul 15, 1968e
Sides, HowardTM2Jun 24, 1967 – Aug 30, 1968WeaponsI was just trying to locate some of my old friends
Bowman, Michael BBT- 3Jul 1, 1967 – Jun 2, 1970Bcommissioned the gompers in bremerton wa,and had two great westpac cruises aboard her, worked in the aft boiler room , and the boiler repair shop made lots of friends, and finally got shore duty, AFPD seattle washington, then left the navy in 1974,
Wyatt, Wesmm3Jul 1, 1967 – Nov 23, 1970AI hear some old A gang buddies looking for me. Was good to see John Lair this year.
McAvoy, JohnOM2Aug 1967 – Sep 1970R-4 and R-5Made 3 WestPac cruises. Remembering underway fueling, ORIs and WestPac liberty.
Hastings, Thurman (Mick)DCFNAug 1967 – Nov 1968EngineeringLooking for anyone from the ships Repair Division
Teno, JamesTM2Aug 1, 1967 – Jan 20, 1968WeaponsWeapons Division
Gogan, MichaelETR2Sep 11, 1967 – Sep 17, 1968R-4My first ship, and it was quite anexperiance. I miss the "Super Guppy"
Russell, JamesTM3Oct 1967 – Oct 18, 1968weapons, torpedo sectionWas assigned to the MK46 Torpedo Section directly from Torpedo School. Left on the first cruise to Japan with a stop in Hawii for 4 days. Went to Yokushka Japan and then to Sasebo. Trip to Sasebo was during a gail force

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