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USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 31) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 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 353 crew members registered for the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 31).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1951 | 1952 – 1958 | 1959 – 1961 | 1962 – 1964 | 1965 – 1966 | 1967 – 1968 | 1969 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Sponseller, JackSK11942 – 1944Submitted this for my dad. He passed away in 76, but he was proud to have served on the Bon Homme Richard during WWII.
Collins, Robert / BobLCMR1942 – 1944VF(N)-91For my Grandfather, he passed away in 1984.. Was a Naval Aviator / Night Fighter
Callahan, ClarenceQM11942 – 1945Added in memory of my deceased father, who hung a plank certificate on the wall next to the ship. He was proud to have served on her, to the day he died
Richerson, Willard LeslieAS, S2, S1, COXWAIN1942 – 1948SEAMANI AM LISTING THIS FOR MY FATHER THAT DIED ON JANUARY 27, 1999. HE ENLISTED IN 1942 AND WAS DISCHARGED IN 1948. NEED HELP WITH DATES SERVED ON THIS SHIP BUT SERVED ON SEVEN SHIPS DURING HIS SERVICE IN USN.
Hession, John2nd class boatswain's mate1943 – 1945USNMy Dad, John "Red" Hession served on the Bon Homme Richard as a 2nd class boatswain's mate. He was the guy with the flags - that guided the airplanes on and off that ship. He died in 2005 - i want to honor his service.
Bazarian, JosephpvtJan 1, 1943 – Jan 1, 1946navyI just wanted to honor my father in some way, and he spoke about his time in the Navy and from there joined the Marines and fought in the Korean War
Stone, Philip profile iconSeaman First Class USNR v6Nov 4, 1943 – May 10, 1946V6In memory of my Father, Henry "Stoney" Stone Seaman 1st Class / Aviation Mate Third Class WWII Victory Medal American Area Ribbon Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon 2 - stars USS Bon Homme Richard
Orcena, LawrenceWT3C1944 – 1946
Karr, Earl1944 –marine gaurdI am trying to substanciate the memory of our dad. He mentioned traveling through the panama canal on the Bonnie Dick with F D Roosevelt. A relatively hushed cruise. Can anyone verify? teakarr@yahoo.com
Ruggiero, Carmen "charlie"1944 – 1946THIS IS FOR MY GRANDFATHER..I DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT WHAT HIS RANK WAS OR THE YEARS HE SERVED BUT HE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT BEING IN THE NAVY..AND HOW MUCH HE LOVED IT AND THE MEN HE WAS WITH.
Hemlepp, JosephPHAR MATE 1ST CLASS1944 – 1946i' m entering this info on behaf of my deceased father. A veteran of the us navy WWII who served aboard the Bon Homme Richard. He was an Pharmacist Mate 1st class, was on the shake down cruise, and a plank owner. he passed Oct. 1992
Foughty, Glenn (Red)Seaman 1C1944 – 19453rd DivisionI notified the Officer of the Deck that the ship was adrift when we were in Apra Harbor.
Sheaffer, Richard F. (Dick)Seaman 2nd Class1944 – 1946mEntering this for my Dad. He was extremely proud to be a plank owner on this fine vessel. In his later years he enjoyed attending reunions and reuniting with his old ship mates. He died in May 1994 at the age of 78
Tomasik, Johnchief petty officer1944 – 1947101THIS FOR MY DAD, STANLEY, STLL LIVING,LACKAWANNA/BUFFALO NEW YORK WHO CLIMBED THE ANTENNA IN THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD TO PLACE THE COMMISSION FLAG,UPON THE ANTENNA .. SAILED ON HER UNTIL SHE WAS DECOMMISSIONED IN SEATTLE
Munsey, Dean EAviation Ordanceman1944 –4Posting for my Dad he was a plank owner , just wanted to see if anyone knew him or could tell me some stories about time on the ship during WWII
Cassady, Henry, E.seaman 1st class1944 – 1945gunneryMy dad, "Bud", died in 1968. He was proud of his service to our nation aboard the Bonhomme Richard!
Heike, OscarS 1/CApr 4, 1944 – 1946This is for my Dad. He went to Great Lakes in Waukegan for training April 4, 1944.
Dinmore, George1ST CLASS MACHINISTApr 29, 1944 – Dec 23, 1945MGeorge passed away.
Stoneberger, RobertAviation Boatswain's Mate (PH) 3C USNR V- Aviation Boatswain�May 9, 1944 – May 18, 1946USS BON HOMME RICHARD CV-31NTS Sampson, NY New Constitituion, Newport, RD USS BON HOMME RICHARD (CV-31) PSC USNB BREMERTON, WASH. Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory
Petty, BillEM1/IC1Sep 1944 – Apr 1946Engineering (IC gang)
Shaw, Walter H.PHOTO MATE 2ND CLASSOct 1944 – Dec 1945v2
Marquis, Joseph Florian H (Little Joe)B2Nov 1, 1944 – Jun 9, 1946BServed during WWII, when war ended we were 80 miles from Japans coast, Captian A. Orule announced "War was over, shoot attacking planes down in friendly manor", so we did.
Hill, Jr., Ned W.RDM2CNov 15, 1944 – 1946Combat Information CenterMemories include Christmas in New York, 1944, going thru the Panama Canal, beer parties on Leyte, loose in Apra harbor, night ops off Japan, victory message, and three days of cleaning ship.
Lemon, Vance profile iconCRENov 26, 1944 – Feb 19, 1946NavyWriting this for my father who served on the Bon Homme Richard during WWII and was part of the original crew with a plank owners certificate. He passed away in June, 1988, I know he was always proud to serve his country
Obniski, Chester John profile icons1cNov 26, 1944 – Jun 14, 1946ATOI am Plank holder on Bon Homme Richard 44-46 active duty USNR. 8 more inactive. VA wont process my pention benefit because i was ONLY a reserve. Need Help!
Eubanks, DonnieSn 21945 – 1946LookoutAdded for my gransfather, who was a plank-owner on Bonnie Dick, and served through-out remainder of WW2. He served as a lookout.
Cain, Troy "D"Unsure1945 – 1946UnsureMy grandfather was on this ship and I would like to reach out to anyone who may have served with him. He is from Cook Springs, AL, which is near Birmingham. He passed away in 1993.
Jones, Ben T.ACMMJan 23, 1945 – May 5, 1945CVG-16/VT-16 Torpedo Bomber SquadronIn memory of my father who served proudly on the Bon Homme Richard during latter stages of WWII. He volunteered and had to work hard to get his transfer from Norfolk to CVG-16.
Dansie, Derrell J.PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS / STORKEEPER 3RD CLASSMar 1945 – Jun 1946StorkeeperMy Dad served under Capt. A.O.Rule durning WWII toward the end of the War. Spent 78 days without seeing land going up and down the coast of Japan.
Hill, HenryPvt.Mar 1945 – Mar 1945MarinesMy Uncle, Henry "Hank" Hill rode her back to Hawaii from Iwo Jima.
Gire, Eugene (Gene)AOM 2/CMar 10, 1945 – Jun 6, 1946V-2, V-4Attended reunion in San Francisco.Met Red Ainsworth(Now deceased ) and Jim Clark. A period of my life growing up. Good times and bad. Proud to be a member of the Ordnance gang. Went to College. Taught High School 41 Yrs.
Chimbole, FrankARM2/C(T)(CA)May 21, 1945 – Oct 25, 1945Night Torpedo Squadron 91In memory of Frank Chimbole 11/27/23 to 8/23/72
Rachfalski, AndrewS2CJul 21, 1945 – Aug 2, 1946UnsureSubmitting this for my Dad, ANDREW C. RACHFALSKI, who enlisted at the age of 17. He loved serving his country, along with brothers Henry [Rocky], Ed, Thaddeus, and others.
Naples, SebastianS1COct 1945 – Aug 1946boatsman - deckhandI am entering this for my father who served on this ship with his twin brother Nicholas. They have shared great stories of their time aboard. Both are well at 91 yrs old. We are taking them on an honor flight June 2018
Naples, NicholasS1COct 1945 – Aug 1946boatsman - deckhandI am entering this for my uncle who served on this ship with his twin brother Sebastian. They have shared great stories of their time aboard. Both are well at 91 yrs old. We are taking them on an honor flight June 2018
Davis, Norman DaleHM21950 – 1952H DivisionWas assigned to tempory duty with air wing. Looking for Pete Petrinee or anyone that remembers me. Probably not many of us left.
Loughlin, TedIC 2Dec 1950 – Sep 1952"E"Went aboard in Bremerton to recommission her. Recommissioned 15 Jan. 1951. Capt. Cecil B. Gill. Still in WWII configuration. Had Sound Powered Phone Shop.
Ostrowski, Gene (Skee)AD2Dec 1950 – May 1953V4Berthed in the "Prop Shop" 02 deck on the fantail.
Harper, WilliamSEAMAN1951 – 1951Task Force 77I'm listing this for my father.
Lawrence, RobertLT1951 – 1951VF-781entered on behalf of my father who died in non-combat active service in 1955. he preferred to go by the nickname, "Jim", and was probably know by his ship mates as Jim Lawrence.
McConaughy, DonAb31951 – 1953V-2 CatapultI'm listing for my Dad who died in 1975. All I know is he was stationed aboard the BHR during these years and worked on the catapults. I have lots of pictures of him in uniform and he enjoyed his service life.
Campbell, JackAIRMAN 1st ClassMay 1951 – Nov 1951VA923 SquadrenMY 6 MONTH CURISE ABOARD THE 'BON HOMME RICHARD STARTED IN MAY OF 1951. I WAS PLANE CAPTAIN TO COMANDER FUNK WHO FLEW MY AD-SKYRAIDER. I WAS 25 YEARS OLD. I AM GOING ON MY 87th BIRTHDAY, STILL FONDLY REMEMBER THAT TIME
Brown, Richard E.LieutenantMay 1951 – Dec 1951VF874Im entereing this for my Dad who passed away 10/17/19. He cruised to Korea with USS BHR in 1951. He was so proud of that fulfilling time in his life. I have loads of pictures, paperwork and memorabilia from this time.
Delaney, Eugene ForrestE-8Jun 1, 1951 – Oct 26, 1953TF-77I am not sure of the real dates my father served but he was in Korea in 51 with TF77 on the CV31. He was a parachute rigger master chief. son greg@bjerkbuilders.com

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Sep 21, 2020Doubletree Hotel Hotel 1973 Craigshire St. Rd St. Louis, MO 63146I have been attending since I retired in 2012. Checkout the BHR WEB Page at (http://www.ussbhr.org/BHR_Reunion_Page.html) for complete information and updates every year.

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