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USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686). 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 162 crew members registered for the USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1981 | 1982 – 1988 | 1989 – 1996 | 1997 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Morrissey, PatrickEM2-SS1972 – 1975E
Cushman, RichETN2/SSJan 1973 – 1975ETPRE-COMM CREW MEMBER - GREAT TIME! GREAT CREW!
Peck, EldonMM1(SS) RETIRED LDO LTFeb 1973 – Dec 1975A-GangPreCom Crew, worked on M.G.Vallejo before PreCom formed.
Thomas, LarryYNCS(SS)May 1973 – Aug 1974Admin
Picazo, Esteban (Ed)MM2(SS)May 1973 – Aug 1975Engineering (propulsion)Plank owner - but no one sent me a piece when she was decommissioned. Still work as an itinerant nuclear scientist, but on land. Our Commissioning crew was THE BEST!
Taylor, JayMM1(SS)May 1973 – Apr 1977M
Burnett, RickQM3/SSJun 1973 – May 1975QMGreat adventures. Needed emergency reactor start and had hull problems during shakedown cruise in Virgin Islands. EO became CO of Atlantic Fleet.
Smith, Benjamin "br"MM1(SS)Jul 5, 1973 – Sep 29, 1978MachineryMy first, my last, my everything...
Habel, Pat profile iconMM1(SS)Nov 1973 – Nov 1976MFirst boat. Great boat
Archibald, JohnSTS1 (SS/DV)1974 – 1976SonarPlank owner
Hodge, Harry (John)ET1(SS)1974 – 1977ETA real experience. Some hard times. Some great times.
Steffen, ArthurMM2Jan 12, 1974 – Jan 5, 1975Auxzillary I am a plank owner and I was part of a great A-Gang
Martorana, Thomas (Marty)E-4 QMFeb 4, 1974 – Aug 18, 1977NavigationBest years of my life. Enjoyed the med cruise. Wish I was still there.
Simpo, GeneYNC(SS)Aug 10, 1974 – Sep 25, 1975ADMINPLANK OWNER
Schweikert, SteveEM2 (SS)Sep 1974 – Sep 1978Plank Owner - Best crew, many memories.
Vertullo, Michael (Mikeyss) profile iconMS2 SS1975 – Sep 1979MS17 and scared crapless…...was the best time of my life with an even greater crew.
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Orr, EmmettFTG 2/SSMay 13, 1975 – Apr 1978Fire Control
Williams, MikeMM2Oct 1975 – Apr 1977A GangWorked at CNSYD after EAOS. Then TRFKB
Everett, RussSTS-2/SS1976 – 1978SonarYou guys were pissed when I got my early out,P.I. (political influence)carries a lot of weight. It ain't what you know it's who your related to.
Thigpen, BillEM1(SS)Jun 1976 – Feb 2, 1978"E"
Deberry, JimSTS2(SS)Oct 1976 – Sep 1978weapons
Easter, LloydTM2Oct 1, 1976 – Aug 15, 1979weaponstm2ss
Craig, James JackSTS3Mar 1977 – Aug 1978SONAR
Olson, TomMS2 (SS)Apr 10, 1977 – Sep 1, 1980SupplyGalley rigged for angles and dangles
Sherman, BobSTS2(SS)Jun 1977 – Jun 1980Sonar
Schroeder, BillQM1 (SS)Jun 1977 – Dec 1981Navigation
Dicken, TomET2(SS)Jun 20, 1977 – Nov 13, 1979RCThe best 2 years of my short career.
Joe Kimmel, JoeMM21/MM1Apr 1978 – Mar 1981MachineryGreat beginning to 22 years on Submarines. I will always remember Chief Matile and Senior Chief Richardson.
Pitman, Edgar, JrSKCM(SS)Jul 6, 1978 – Jul 6, 1981CHIEF OF THE BOATRetired as Command Master Chief of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in October 1983. E-Mail address....edgarpitman@Yahoo.com
Lewis, ThomasE5Sep 1978 – Nov 1981Storekeeper/Supply
Corbin, Ray TQM2Dec 1978 – Jun 1981Quartermaster
Kennedy, JohnSts31979 –Sonar
Kain, DanielTM2/SSApr 12, 1979 – Sep 1, 1982TorpedoA good time was had by all!
Gundelach, BillIC-1 SSSep 9, 1979 – Sep 9, 1981Interior ComDan Cain and me got so drunk in La Mad, I still have trouble remembering. He saved my life that night
Wolf, FrankSTS1Jan 1980 – Dec 1980SonarLast one I served on.
Nystedt, RogerEMC(SS) RETIRED EMCS(SS)Feb 1980 – Mar 1982EGreat Sub Great Crew
Whelan, RobertETC(SS)Mar 1980 – Jan 1984RCBest ship of the class
Gorencel, Christopher "chip"MM1(SS)Sep 1980 – Aug 1984Great Crew, Fun Times
Eastman, ToddMM1/SSDec 1980 – Dec 1983Reactor Laboratory
Christesen, PaulE-41981 – 1983
Lagasse, Paule61981 – 1984EM
Keith, MarkIC1/ss1981 – 1985Interior Communications
Abel, BobbyMM2Jan 15, 1981 – Jul 11, 1985A-ganggreat memories. there were some characters.
Ross, ScottSTS1/SSMay 1981 – Dec 1985Sonar
Carson, BillyDS2/SSMay 7, 1981 – May 8, 1985FTEnjoyed my time and experiences aboard the Rivers.
Kelly, RonaldET2Oct 3, 1981 – Jun 1984Reactor ControlIf there is such a thing as having a good time on sea duty, this was it. Great ship, even better friends.

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