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USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640). 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 122 crew members registered for the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1974 | 1975 – 1981 | 1982 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
William R. Fields, Billy RaySTS3(SS)1982 – 1984Sonar
Byers, Mike profile iconTM3/SS1982 – 1984Weapons1st boat. had a blast playing softball with: Hoots, Baker, Tripus, O'Donohue, Connors, Duffy, Waters, Bevins, etc...
Murdock, Robert (Bob)STS1(SS)_1982 – 1987SonarGood Times - Great Friends
Francis, BrianSTS2(ss)1982 – 1983SonarI remember the skipper backing her into the barge and we had to wait for a new screw! First boat moored stern-first in the PNSY dry dock after Thresher! I'm now a registered nurse living on the west coast
Zakem, TomE51982 – 1984IChad a great time learned a lot after the Franklin i did back to back patrols going aboard the Vallejo hope every one is doing well
Engler, BillMM1Sep 15, 1982 – Feb 15, 2000M
Kent, James "Jim"CAPTAIN, USNR (RET)Oct 1, 1982 – Jun 15, 1983ElectricalFirst sub. Bad time. Good crew. Many enemies in wardroom as a non-qual JO. Derserved it. Transfered to SSBN 664.Earned my Gold Dolphins. Left actives in 1986 for USNR. Retire as CAPTAIN Dec 2005. Natural Gas Trader for Washington Gas.
Bisceglia, Paul profile iconMS1(SS)1983 – 1985Food Service
Murphy, LorenMT-1/SS1983 – 1985Missile
Fitzpatrick, DenisE6/ET1983 – 1983Reactor Controls
Russell, WayneYN(SS)Jun 1983 – Dec 1984Exectuive
Whitted, KennethETC(SS)Dec 15, 1983 – Dec 18, 1985NavigationLCPO for NAVETs and was ship's DAPA. Requalified NAV SUP, "SS", Inport Duty Chief, and Chief of the Watch. Made patrols #48, #50, #52, and #54 out of Kings Bay, GA. Designed crew's patch for the golden "50th" patrol.
Cahill, SeanQM31984 – 1988QMTwo patrols before Newport News/Charleston shipyard debacle. 18mo doing middy ops in Norfolk and never once called any of the them "sir" as ordered. Hurricane Gloria. Living on the barge in Charleston. RIP TP Smith!
Stone, SteveMM1 (SS)Mar 1, 1984 – Apr 30, 1985M
Schweizer, RobertEM2/SSNov 1984 – Feb 1989ELECTRICAL
Karig, TomSTS2/SSJan 1987 – Sep 1991Sonar
Czbas, JamesMM3/SSJul 15, 1987 – Jun 17, 1990A GANGI was tad to your boat as MM3/SS James Czbas from the USS Benjamin Franklin SSBN 640, A gang, during patrol 61, where I had a mishap in the Torpedo Room after going down in the bilges with the Auxillaryman Forward Watch. Deck Plate became un dogged an
Naylor, ChuckEM1(SS)Aug 1987 – Nov 1989ElectricalBy far the best boat I ever served on. The other 4 paled in comparison. She was my second sea tour and it was on the Benny that I learned how to be an electrician. I will never forget my time on her and deeply regret leaving when I did.
Shively, BarryET2/SSAug 1987 – Aug 7, 1992NavET
Soper, JeffreyMM2Aug 1987 – Dec 1990RLBlue Crew MM2/ELT. Arrived at the boat when it was completely disassembled in the Charleston Naval Shipyard, received my dolphins during a patrol on the USS Tecumseh, and experienced Hurricane Hugo during offcrew.
Stearns, TroyMT2(SS)Sep 1, 1987 – Sep 1, 1991Missile Technician
Dagle, TroyMT2/SS1988 – 1992
Perkins, TimFTB1988 – 1991Enjoyed all but my last couple months on the Franklin
Hughes, ShaneETJul 18, 1988 – Dec 19, 1993Reactor ControlsGood times/bad times - good crew/officers, bad ENG. The bad fades, the good never does. Met a lot of great people. Decom was a special experience. Assisted in 1st startup after refuel overhaul, did final shutdown in '93. Was one man refit - 1992
Harmon, John1989 – 1991RL/MWould love to hear from anyone!
Yaw, ChadE5 IC1989 – 1992
Iwaniuk, WilliamMMC(SS)Jan 5, 1989 – Jun 1, 1991MachineryI learned a lot about being a Southerner and about leading men on a ship here. Some of my fondest memories are here (Bill).
Price, JoelQM2Apr 1989 – Feb 1993QM
Walker, BradLTJun 1, 1989 – Jun 14, 1991WepsI loved my time on the Be Jammin Franklin. Great crew.
Bolin, ChuckETC1990 – 1993NAV-ETI discharged from the Navy at my 12 year point.
Kemmerer, GlennFTG2Jan 1990 – Dec 1993FTGDecom Crew
Wilson, JohnMM2Mar 1990 – Nov 23, 1993M-Div
Vyhnanek III, EdwardMS2 (SS)May 1990 – Jun 1992Supply
McCabe, Matthew (Big Mac)MM1-SSJun 25, 1990 – Jan 3, 1991A-Gang1st time blue crew
Kelly, CharlesSTS2/SSJul 18, 1990 – Jun 21, 1993SonarMy first submarine. What an experience. The Franklin was the beginning of a career that led to service on three attack submarines, and was the beginning of the road from Basic Sonar Operator to Sonar Supervisor.
Cain, AllenMM2Aug 1990 – Nov 1993MM and ELT
Moore, JoeMM1Nov 20, 1990 – Oct 30, 1992A GangHad a really good time meet great people and had some fun
Hamilton, DougET2Jan 1991 – Dec 1993RC
Geathers III, SandyET3(SU)(SS)May 1992 – Oct 1993NavigationFirst Sumarine. Got my Dolphins. Rode her to Mare Island, CA for decommissioning. Great Times!!!!!!

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