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USS Point Defiance (LSD 31) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Point Defiance (LSD 31). 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 293 crew members registered for the USS Point Defiance (LSD 31).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1961 | 1962 – 1965 | 1966 – 1969 | 1970 – 1972 | 1973 – 1976 | 1977 – 1980 | 1981 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Mitchell, William C.YN3Aug 28, 1952 – 1955PersonelPlank owner, Pre. Commissioning. School Norfolk, Ship Commissioned in Pascagoulla, went Through Panama Canal to Long Beach which was home port, took 1st trip to far east. Great times were had.
Barton, GeorgeSEAMAN COMMISARYSep 1953 – Sep 1954I am looking for Spenser, second class corpman. Would like to have him contact me. 603-340-4026 c, or 603-267-6306.
Obinger, PaulSEAMEN FIRST CLASSNov 25, 1954 – Dec 23, 1956Boatswain MatePlank Owner; commissioned in Pascagulla; steamed the Far East for nine months with stops at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Japan. Got into a fight at the Bar Baby in Yikuska, Japan. Made Third Class Boatswain Mate three times, never got it on my arm.
Waite, William/billMM2Mar 1955 – Apr 1958Forward Engine RoomPlankowner. Went aboard right out of MM School. Enjoyed the trip through the Panama Canal on my birthday. Made the first 2 trips over to Japan. Met a lot of fun guys on board but have lost track of many of them.
Patz, William profile iconIC2Mar 1955 – May 1, 1956EI was a Plank owner and this was my second assignment. Going thru the Panama Canal for the third time was as interesting as the first 2 times. New ship, new equipment, new people made the time interesting.
Mosley Jr., HaroldSNMar 1, 1955 – Nov 19, 19562NDPLANK OWNER,PUT PD IN COMMISSION AT PASCAGULLA, MISS.MADE FIRST CRUISE TO FAR EAST,I THINK I WAS FIRST TO HAVE SUMMERY COURT MARSHALL FOR AWOL ON PD.WORKED WITH MUNCY BM3-LENAHAN BM2, IN 2ND DIV.RAN PETER BOAT #3, CRANE OPERATOR.EMAIL ME,AS
Miler, RichardFT3Mar 6, 1955 – Oct 8, 1956GunneryPut shiP in commission , one of original crew. One Westpac tour.
Lenahan, AndrewBM2Mar 31, 1955 – Jan 14, 19612ndI am his son....Andrew Lenahan. My father passed away 6/22/98 I have several photos of the cruise that I would like to post. My father was at the Great Lakes Training Center 6/30/52 to 1/20/55 prior to the USS Point Defiance
Yeager, CliftonSA Seaman ApprenticeMar 31, 1955 – Mar 31, 1958unkI am son. Dad passed in 2007, was on board from the beginning, and was on board for Commissioning Ceremony. I know he went to Japan, unk what other missions. Thank You for doing this, he would be thrilled. Paul Yeager
Mayle, Sherley / SamE-4 BT1956 – 1958BLooking for other plank owners to contact
Jerry, PhilbrickSeaman1956 – 1957GGood Times..Good bar room brawls...Anyone remember Foxy Grooms, Chic Swenson, Zerlander,1st Class Yates? Gil Laird and I still friends after all these years.
Puent, Frederickrm31956 – 1959operationsJoined PD in dry dock in Frisco and loved every minute of it. Saw Japan Hong Kong and a lot of other places. I was on the ship when we went to Pago Pago with the nike/asp rockets and i became a shellback. Great ship
Thomas, Hatmm2Jan 7, 1956 – May 15, 1957m engine roomgreat duty lots of great guys great memory
Wickstrom, Gail (Wick)GM3Mar 1956 – Sep 1957Gunnery/Fire ControlAlmost two fantastic years in the Pacific; boarded in Sasebo, Japan. Am now retired engineer. I remember Obinger's fight at the Bar Baby. Lenahan was with him and they did what was needed to be done. Would like to hear from Jerry Wilcox
Biermann, WalterSEAMANMay 18, 1956 – Nov 25, 1957Boatswain MateMemories of swimming in the well deck and being a helmsman!
Miali, GuySeamanMay 30, 1956 – Jan 15, 1958Deck ForceI operated the crain, I worked under Lenahan and I was trained to paint the side of the ship all the way to the water line by Mosely. Whatever happened to Mertz and Zayley? Great Memories!
Lackey, Charles KENFNJun 15, 1956 – Jun 15, 1962RThe PD was my first ship and after 6 yrs, I hated to leave. I enjoyed every cruise - especially to the Phillipines and to Samoa on the Danger Island Cruise. I went on to make EN1. I retired in 1975 and enjoy all the memories.
Hainey, Gordon1957 – 1959
Cowan, JamesMM2Jun 1957 – Jun 1958mFwd. engine room
Sloan, Howard Aka Red DogMM3Aug 27, 1957 – Mar 2, 1961M DivisionServed with buddies, Dave Burke, John Broderick, Peter Murphy, Tiny Knuppenburg, Jasper Richardson, Jim Stephenson, Jack "Moon" Mullins, Jack Pratt, Dave Rewoldt "Waldo". And many other great mates. Two Westpac tours.
Smith, BobIC21958 – Jun 30, 1959DIVISION EI CAME ABOARD SHORTLY BEFORE WE LEFT FOR AMERICAN SAMOA. WHAT AND EQUATOR CROSSING. MANY ON BOARD WILL REMEMBER THAT. WE WERE ASSIGNED A NUMBER OF SCIENTIST TO CAPTURE INFORMATION FROM THE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.
Rea, Edward (Scooter)FN (E-3)Feb 6, 1958 – Sep 10, 1961EngineeringEnjoyed watching MM1 Close retire. Hope Greenbaum finally got sober. Great duty! Retired and now living on Hilton Head Island, S.C. (806) 283-0285
De Wey, Mike profile iconE-3Feb 18, 1958 – Aug 25, 1960DeckThis was my first duty station out of boot camp. Worked the starbord wing wall and both cranes. Eventually ran LCVP landing craft. Andy Lenahan was my supervisor. Great ship. 1958 IGY expedition to Danger Is.
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Tibbs, EdElectrician's Mate 2nd ClassMay 1958 – Jun 1961E-DivisionWas on the ship when it went on the Eclipse Expedition in the Samoan Islands. In San Diego we loaded 8 3-stage Niki missles and crossed the Equator with 32 scientists and Lowell Thomas.
Baker, RobertET2Aug 1958 – Nov 1958OWent temp duty to South Pacific for IGY (ecclipse of sun) Oct 12, 1958. My ship, LSD 28 had a flooded engine room and couldn't go. Crossed equator and became a Shellback! Wow! Fond memories of Samoa, climbed Rainmaker Mt. in Pago Pago harbor.
Seach, PeteS.F.P.2Nov 24, 1958 – Jan 16, 1962R ShipfitterWent aboard in Long Beach, Calif. right from boot. P.D. just returned from Somoa. Became a shellback, enjoyed the yards at Seattle (Yard birds went on strike) ship was hung up for 4 months. Lots of good memories and friends. P.D. reunion every year.
Evans, JimSM3Dec 16, 1958 – Mar 21, 1961OPERATIONS
Jones, GaryMM21959 – 1962M/Forward Engine RoomI still have a lot of good memories of the PD, ports we visited, shipmates.
Burke, DaveMMJun 1959 – Nov 1962MAfter eng. room
Burke, Davemm2Jun 1959 – Nov 1962M div.
Grzywinski, GusMM3Nov 1959 – Apr 1963Engineering Aft engine roomThanks to Jerry Fleming I just learned of this site. I'll always have fond memories of time and tarvels aboard the Point Defiance. We had some great times. Will never forget WestPac cruises and the Missle Crisis.
Jones, GaryMachinest Mate 2/CDec 29, 1959 – Jan 31, 1963M DivisionEnjoyed my stay on the PD and all my shipmates. I will remember them and the ship. Sad to say the PD was scrapped not long ago.
Noh, JerryMM31960 – 1962MLots of god memories. Retrd, Live in Apple Valley, CA. Contact me and let me know how things are. I need picts. I served in aft eng room & was master at arms.
Ross, JerryBT-31960 – 1963Engineering
Greenbaum, MichaelMACHINEST MATE FIREMANJun 5, 1960 – Jun 5, 1963Anybody remember the old days give a holler.
Colley, Clayton/spadeMM3Aug 15, 1960 – Feb 15, 1963aft engine roomcame aboard at night, was slated to be an EM, but was bunked in M division, they were short handed, so stayed on' First long cruise was to Okinawa, many other ports, but favorite was station ship in Subic Bay, Phillipine
Ericksen, ErikBT2Oct 1, 1960 – Jul 1, 1963Some of the fondest memories of my life!West Pac cruise 1962.Many hours in aft. fireroom.Cuban Missle crisis 62.Two trips through Panama canal.Brought bathascope to Boston when the Thresher went down.Sad time!! Smooth Sailing!!!
Wegner, RobertRM2Oct 10, 1960 – Jan 4, 1964OPERATIONS/CRYPTOABOARD FOR THE LANDING OF THE FIRST "COMBAT TROOPS" AT BANKOK, THE CUBAN CRISIS, THRESHER DISASTER, AND SURVEYING CHRISTMAS ISLAND FOR OPERATION DOMINIC
Hopkins, EddPC3Jan 30, 1961 – Jan 24, 1963Operations
Whitener, Glennonen3Feb 24, 1961 – Oct 15, 1962RGreat ship, great crew
Marshall, DennisAG1Jun 21, 1961 – Jul 5, 1961N/AI was aboard TAD for a missile test. We crossed the equator and I became a Shellback, however I can find no record of the date in late June 1961 and have lost my certificate. Can anyone help with this?
Langham, JackieSFM2Nov 1961 – Jul 1965RGreat memories! 3 WESTPACs, shellback, 2 trips to the Caribbean/Atlantic, Cuban crisis, Thresher. Wanted to fly Navy, no chance. Civilian pilot 38 yrs still flying Learjet out of Bakersfield, Ca.
Fleming, JerryMM2Nov 1961 – Nov 1963mJust found this, great time of my life, working w/Mitchell, Sid Dupin, Greenbaum, Burke, Lou Kennedy, Ohara, Stevenson, great cruises, Panama, Christmas Island, Boston, worked for Manzanares, and Chief Bull. Oh yeh, Grzywinski, many others
Elmore, TerryYN3Nov 15, 1961 – Feb 15, 1963OperationsCuban Blockade, Thresher search, Panama Canal 4 times, Boston, Wespac twice, Marines in Bankok. Went to college, taught history and English, school counselor, family, two boys...I just remarried...do antiques and massage...in Boise, Idaho.
Mitchell, Jack (Mitch)MM3Dec 1961 – Jan 1965MI am retired and living in Lyle,Tx.Gentlemen,It's been one hell of a ride!!!!! Call me 512-268-1297
Barnes, BuckSEAMANDec 15, 1961 – Dec 15, 1964FirstI have been looking for some of you guys
Payne, Stephen Joe (Huck)RADARMAN 3RD CLASSDec 27, 1961 – Jan 27, 1965Operations IntelligenceAfter leaving the navy, I married, had one son whom I lost in 2003 at age 36 to juvenile diabetes. I went to college, worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for 33 1/2 years retiring in 2000. I speak Spanish, am a photographer and writer.

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