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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 294 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
Williams, RonLCPL1970 – 1971NOT SHIPS COMPANY
Ditzenberger, Noel (Ditz)MM21970 –Engineering machinist MateDairy farmed. 38 years. Asst supervisor at Swiss Colony. Married 47 years. 2 sons. #1 son served 3 Years aboard ship. #2 son 8 years in Seabees. Live in South Wayne WI.
Houle, BobSM3May 1970 – Jul 1971OpsI was on board for one short West Pac Jan. to May 1971, otherwise in port at Long Beach most of the time.
Fulton, AndyBM3Jun 1970 – Aug 19741st.
Dote, TerryE-3Sep 1970 – Jul 1971I served on board in the aft engine room. When I got out in 1973 my seabag was lost with cruise books and all. Can't remember names and places we went. Any help out there?
Schmidt, Glenn BRM3Sep 1970 – Aug 1971COMMUNICATIONSSERVED IN THE RADIO SHACK. MANY GOOD GUYS. HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH A FEW OF THEM. MANY GOOD TIMES TWO QUICK TRIPS TO VIET NAM TO BRING BACK MARINES AND THERE SHOT UP GEAR. GREAT TIME. GOT TO SEE THE WESTERN PACIFIC. TRULY APPRECIATE USA.
Munster, TomRM3Oct 1970 – Nov 1971operationsWould like to hear from old shipmates
Anfuso, "Frank Zappa"E-3Nov 1970 – Apr 1973cookAT THE TIME DID NOT LIKE IT. BUT NOW, KNOW IT WAS GOOD FOR ME. I'M NOW 52 AND RETIRED, BREEDING SNAKES AND ENJOYING FAMILY. IF YOU REMEMBER ME E-MAIL ME AT INFO@CENTRALCOASRCORNSNAKES.COM
Clark, WilliamRM31971 – 1973great r&r in Hong Kong wish i had brought the 57 chevy i got in long beach home with me. great crew and memories
Gannon, JohnBT11971 – 1973BWorked with Willie Munn, BTC Smith, BTC Hartman. Trained Bro.White to be oil king. LPO FFR. Was UPWARDS Seminar facilitator, Anyone remember those? Swapped to DLG 22. Retired 1981 as BTCS.
Mummey, Bartine mm21971 – May 1974M divisionMade many friends and have fond memories of the good times we had. Enjoyed my time on the ship and in port. Laid back and living the dream now.
Scott, KennethBT31971 – 1973BWas On the PD West Pac to Vietnam, worked with Boo_Ray, Chester Wills, Davies, Munn,Sly Dog,Ted, Presley, Czarnota and many others. Great crew.
Heath, LennyBM2Jan 23, 1971 – Dec 8, 19722nd
Mulyck, TimMMFeb 1971 – Dec 1972mworked in the aft engine room. Can still see the big yellow smilely face on the DA tank. Dave Higgens was our CPO.
Czarnota, JimBT2May 1971 – Dec 1974BMade 2 WastPac Cruises. Ran Aft fireroom 2nd cruise. First homeport was Long Beach then moved to San Diego. Discharged Dec. 74 while in Portland Shipyard after 2nd Wast Pac Cruise.
Amans, SamMM2May 26, 1971 – Jul 12, 1974MLeft on 1st westpak 3days after reporting on.Made 3 all total.Lots of time off the coast most of it seeming to be 4&4 watches.Lots of friends Honea,Ditz,Mummy,Peterson,Taylor&electrician Patterson
White, RandallBT2Jul 15, 1971 – Aug 20, 1975BWorked Aft Fireroom w/ BTC Hartman, BT1 Willy Munn, CZar, Prestly, Ted Shereburnicof, BT2 Davies, and "Sly Dog" I was Oil King before reenlisting.
Casanova, LeonelSK2Jul 19, 1971 – Dec 9, 1974SupplyI enjoyed my time on the PD. Made lots of friends, Heath, Nelson the SMS, Wallace the SH, Hansen the DK, Chief Manzano my boss, Huntington the SK, Gonzalez and the Munoz the GMs, Sink and Even the SHs and Hutchings.
{ptterson, DavidEM3Aug 1971 – Dec 15, 1972EGreat adventure deploying to the Vietnam war. My only regret is that upon returning, I disembarked at Pearl harbor and took leave, thus missing out on the final leg of the voyage.
Patterson, DavidEM3Aug 1971 – Dec 15, 1972EWent on the last WestPac spring 1972. Was an EM3 and would like to contact others who served during this time.
Riley, DouglasEN2Aug 15, 1971 – Mar 15, 1972TAD LCM8 CrewHope no one minds a Temp crew man. Fond memories of this ship and her crew on our RVN cruise. First ship and first cruise. Great parties when we finally got the rare shore leave.
Stephen, BrockwayHT2Aug 20, 1971 – May 24, 1973R Divison
Roby, DanSM3Oct 1, 1971 –SignalmanDan died May 2009. I am his widow and would love to hear from anyone who might remember him.
Nelson, SteveQM2Dec 20, 1971 – Sep 13, 1973NavigationRemember task group taking fire from island artillery VN. WestPac cruise in 1972. Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Subic Bay, Hong Kong. Captain Gorder was great ships captain..Enjoyed the experience with great group of shipmates.
MacKey, FrederickENC-RETIRED1972 – 1974Can remember from Atwater & Holdstock Cotner & Nelson RIp and Yard period in portland
Cooper, DonBT21972 – 1974B Division Forward Fireroom
Nabbefeld, Gary "Nabber"PO31972 – 1975BT
Martin, Philip (Fritz)MM21972 – 1975M DivisionAft hole screw crew. Reported 72 to Vietnam, Long Beach to San Diego, 74 Westpac, yards in Portland, Alaska. They worked our asses off. Great crew, good times & good memories. M & B Divisions were the best on the boat.
Jones, RonE-5 EnginemanJan 1972 – Apr 1975A Division
Edwards, BobE-3Feb 1, 1972 – Apr 15, 1973boatswain
Brantmeier, William L.OS3Feb 1, 1972 – Jan 4, 1974OperationsSailed West Pac cruise under Command of Captain Gorder during the Viet Nam War
Riley, DouglasEN3Mar 28, 1972 – Nov 23, 1972DeckTAD (ACU-1 LCM8) with the Pt D to VN. Great crew!
Dowling, DonRM3Apr 1972 – Dec 1972Embarked/BMU-1 BPT-FNavy BPT for the '72 cruise. Remember Roy, Glenn, George in Radio gang when I volunteered to augment crew in ships Radio between Ops. Remember Ops in PI, Japan, and off coast of VN when the task group came under arty fire. Good Times.
Sterzik, DavidRM3Apr 24, 1972 – Aug 28, 1973Great Experience, even though I didn't like it at the time. I owe a lot to the Navy if the truth be known.
Anthony, Edward PPFCApr 27, 1972 – Oct 27, 1972B-Co 3rd Shore Party Bn 1/4 3rd Marine DivisionTo the crew of USS POINT DEFIANCE LSD 31 Thank you for a wonderful experience and memories. As a Young Marine at sea for the first time and in Vietnam Waters thank you for a lifetime of fond memories Semper Fi Navy
Batting, WilliamHT3May 1972 – Aug 1974RAssigned to the carpenters and shipfitter shops
Atwater, NormanHTCAug 1, 1972 – Oct 1, 1974RHad a good time on this ship and a lot of fire main leaks to fix HTC Holdstock & HTCM Redwine passed Shipmates call 864-209-8211 or norman243@gmail.com
Gogolin, TomHT3Aug 5, 1972 – Feb 28, 1973SHIPFITTERI am looking for shipfitters or damage control/ Hull Technicans who were in my division during the same time as me. I have some questions I am trying to find out the answers to. Any help will be greatly appreciated
Nelson, OswaldSM3Sep 19, 1972 – Sep 2, 1975OC DivisionBreak in ship for me,was rookie,fresh out of boot camp. Initially assigned to Deck Division,transferred over to oc and became an sm.Westpac outstanding along with great shipmates,old ship but strong ship,hope all is well
Ballah, ChrisHT 3Oct 1972 – Mar 1976RMid-watch, ballast detail and off loading ammo (wonderful times).
Bernhardt, BerniePO 3ED CLASSOct 1972 – Sep 1975m/m
Robinson, Don Or RobbieETN2Oct 1972 – May 26, 1975OEFond memories of movie nights on the flight deck and pelting the marines with glow sticks.
Johncola, Bob / ColaMMOct 15, 1972 – Jul 15, 1975MWORKING WITH THE AFT HOLE SCREW CREW WAS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE THE TRAVEL WAS GREAT AND THE CREW WAS A GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS GOD BLESS.!
Estill, AugieE1Oct 18, 1972 – Dec 17, 1973BoilermanMy brother Augie passed away on April 24th, 2006. He always talked fondly about his Navy days. Hope someone out there remembers him!!
Prejmak, John / Little JohnBT3Nov 1972 – Jun 1975B DivHad a great time serving with a great group of guys in B and M Divs. Re-joined Navy years later as a reserve and attained rank of DCC.
Meadows, DaleBMNov 1972 – Apr 1975Deck
Miller, BillSADec 1972 – Jun 1973DeckThe first time CPT Bader ballasted down, I thought we were sinking.

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