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USS Newport News (CA-148)

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W.C. (Bill) Gowacki - GMTSN 2nd Div. 8"/55 Turret-3, Jan.'73-Jun.'75 Decomm. Crew.
email: - St. Pete., Florida.
Phone: 727-336-0377 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
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Anthony L. Pinkerton - Email: - Reported on board April 72 three days before Westpac deployment . Rate GMGsa . Made GMGsn Oct. 1 1972 served in mount55 under Fred Blind GMG3 . Transfer to chafroc & mt 33 in 1973 made GMG3 Sept 1973 was transferred to ships armory 1974 til decomm. prepared mt 51 for mothballs . Discharged Jun. 26 , 1975.
Nickname " Gunner Pinky "

David S Alexander - B Div. Nov. 66 – Sept 68, E-3 Aboard (passed E-4 test), received E-4 after discharge from NN.
email: - Port Saint Lucie FL.

Vinny Montemurro (Monte) - IC3 - E Division. email: - I was stationed on the Newport News from Nov '73 (After Nato cruise) until Jan '74 when I started Nuke school. I was IC3. I was on board for cruise to Puerto Rico in late '73. Those who knew me knew me as Monte. I live in Casa Grande Az.

Samuel Townsend (Sam) - email: - On board from Sept 68 thru July of 70. Started as mess cook, advance to fireman. Went into A Div. Made EN3 and EN2 while on broad. Was a member of hydraulic gang and then care taker of ships small boats and was regularly assigned as engineer on Captains GIG . Got transferred to DD864 in July of 70.

Michael W Smith - Served 71 to 75 Bt3 B division boiler number 1 - email: 
phone: 419-685-1900 

Terry Lewallen - I was on NN from April 72 until December 74. Assigned to Engineering Dept, E Div. Rate IC2. Email: phone: 501-317-8027
Mail address is: 228 Frontier St, Grand Junction, CO 81503

W.G.”Bill” Elliott - 65-68 E Division - Engineering EM2
ph: 678-756-8556 

Greg Hinchman - EM 2. E div 66-71
Ph: 757 729 8803
Address: 350 Knell's Ridge Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23320

James H. Friedman - OS-1, USN Retired - Aboard 12/70 - 09/71 . I was an RD-2 while aboard the News OI Division. Retired from active duty 30 September 1984. email: 
Phone number is 423-329-4574, Current address is:
1695 Main Street Mosheim, TN 37818

Ken Balderson - OI Div. RD3 - 9/68-9/72
2570 Banchory Rd. Winter Park,Fl 32792

Tom Lane - I served aboard Newport News during the 3rd WestPac cruise ('72 through '73) I started out in a deck division but quickly moved to Operations Department about half way through my time aboard. My best friends were (and still are!) Frank Calabrese, Kurt Biggers and Ed Rossi.
My home address is:
474 North Center Drive, Apartment 2A
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49544
PH: 616-516-2418 

David H Butler -  years aboard NN,1961-1963 Div, Department OI - rate, SN 
Home address: Danvers Ma.--- Kissimmee Fl.,
phone # N/A

John C Noll - Aboard 66 to 70. Started in S2 division Admiral’s boat crew in 7th division. Then ETN-2 OE division. Currently live in Acworth NH - email:

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John C Noll - Aboard 66 to 70.
Started in S2 division Admiral’s boat crew in 7th division. Then ETN-2 OE division. Currently live in Acworth NH - email: 

Charles (Bud) Bennett -  S3 Div - Aug 1967 to Nov 1968. Lives in Newfoundland, Canada - email: 

Thomas Beyster - On board 11-65 to 6-68 was in 4th division for about 5 months transfer to S1 was outside Storekeeper while in port was assigned to the paint locker at sea transferred off as a SK 3.

William (Bill) Webb -  I was on board Oct.1969 to Nov. 1970 in Supply S-3 Div came on as E2 SA, transferred when I made E4 SH3 to USS New DD 818
My email is:
address is: 6 Ocean Avenue, Mastic, NY 11950
home phone: 631-281-0521

USS Newport News CA-148 Crewmember Listing

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Henry Abegg - Fox Division, April 1970 thru December 24th 1972. Work station Sky 2, GQ station radar operator Sky 1. Discharged on arrival Norfolk Dec 24th, 1972. email:

Alan Gorman - Fox Division - FTG-3 - Discharged Jan. 23, 1973 - email:

Steve Loth - Fox Div. Arrived April '66 Departed Oct '68
Home Port.. Aledo, TX 76008 Email: 

Jack Wingate - USS NEWPORT NEWS CA-148
On board 1968-1970 FOX Division FTG3
Worked in After Secondary Plot. Where the TV was located.

Richard J Brenner - Fox Division April 1972-1974
SN transferred as an FTG3, Forward main battery plotting room. Retired December 1993 FCCS (SW)
PO Box 69 Liberty SC 29657

Jimmie D Gregory - FTG3, Fox Div. Jan '67-Aug '69.
232A Elaine Way, Bowling Green, KY. 270-799-1475

Joel E Greenberg - FOX DIVISION 1966-69

Dennis Showman - I served in Fox Division as a Radar operator on Sky IV director. From early 1972 when I earned my FTG3 rating until 2/19/74. I was in Sky IV but earlier I had worked in all the other Sky I, Sky II and Sky III gun directors. email:
I now reside near Phoenix, Arizona. 

Louis J. fricano - 7th Division. I left the NN at the end of 1960

Gary Strine(Boats) BM3 - Arrived on board during dry dock in Portsmouth March 1970. Assigned to 7th Div. after initiation in the scullery, where I stayed until discharge Secretary r 1973. Duties were chipping, painting, holy stoning etc.. Assigned to Officers boat coxswain then Captains Gig Coxswain and Honors BM. Serving on “Thunder” was an honor with the “best crew”! email: 

Willam (Bill) Walker - SN and then YN3. Side cleaners. Did ship/deck maintenance and then became admin for Chief BOSN (his maindeck office) and then Weapons Office, below deck. I was on the NN from Aug 1968 to Jun/jul 1969. Reported aboard when NN was in dry dock, in Newport News, VA. Was on 2nd westpac tour. Next assignment was COMSERVLANT. email: 

Michael ORear - (Ballcap) Seaman 1st Div 1970-1973
phone: 423-488-7038 email: 

Louis C Brzoska - 1969-1973 - 7th Div.
125 Perch Dr, Kennerdell, PA 16374 Home ph: 814 498 2728 
Cell: 814-493-5038 email: or
'nic-name' BOZO

Dennis J Records - BM3 - I came on board May 70 high lined off ship June 72, served 1st, 3rd, Honor BM, 7th. Living in Winter haven FL, having retired as a Contract Transportation Specialist for the US Postal Service

Dom Bottone - BM3, 7th division. Came aboard December '71. Spent time as mess cook, then assigned to 7th division deck crew. Also assigned to Captains Gig as seaman and later coxswain. Crewed with some of the finest sailors during my 4 years aboard Thunder. Was part of the decommissioning crew until my discharge in '75

Danny Raburn - Marine Detachment from 1971 till 1973 including 72 Vietnam Deployment. Looking for other Marines that were in the Detachment during that period. Email me at:

William Kosakowski - email: - Served aboard the USS Newport News 55/56 as a Radioman. Came aboard as a RMSN, left as an RM2 for shore duty at sub base New London, Conn.

David Walter Wikholm - Radioman - 1967 - 1969 - passed away July 13, 2016. Wife, Charlene: "I am in communications with some of the crew that served with him, but not all of them. Would like to see who I am missing." email: 

Richard J Myers - Served onboard from March 1967 ‘til August 30, 1968 in the CR Division...Initially went aboard assigned to ComSecondFlt...transferred to ships company just prior to departure on first WestPac Cruise.

Joe Vetillo - RD2 OI Div. 1965- 1968 
4646 Hammock Circle Delray Beach, Florida 33445
Ph: 561-496-6118 

Stuart Edinger -  I was onboard the News from 1967 to 1970, originally OR division but then they changed it to CR (communications radio) division, I came onboard as an RMSA out of RM "A" school (Bainbridge Md.) and attained the rate of RM2 before being honorably discharged August 1970.
Address: 6 Lisa Court, Parlin NJ

Rafael (Ralph) Mulero - email: - Served on Newport News from Sept 1966 to June 1968. Started as Mess Cook to RMSN on Newport News. Ships company and TAD to Second Fleet and Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla 11 in Vietnam on Newport News.
Served on Topeka CLG 8 and Power DD839. Honorable Discharge Jan 1970

Chuck Zendner (Doc Zee). Served on USS NN 1972-1973. Hospital Corpsman, H-Division. Current Home is Salem Oregon.
Phone me at: 503 463-0495 

Charles Webster - HM3 Aboard 1970-1972 Medical Division
12307 Spanish Moss Dr. Hudson, Fl 34667
Phone: 727-237-2030

Kathy Zendner - I am the Wife of Shipmate Chuck Zendner. I'm a US Navy veteran and Hospital Corpsman.
I'm also a "Life Member", of Vietnam Veterans of America.
I love supporting "Thunder"! I was involved with the Sept. 2002 work party. I cleaned in T2 for two days!

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