USS Newport News (CA-148)

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USS Newport News CA-148
Weapons/Gunnery Department

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 "

Russell Johnson - GMG2 - Weapons Dpt. 5th. Div. Mt.53 then Mts. 51, 52, 53. Then T-1 | September 1st. 1968 - December 24th1972
I arrived aboard as a Firemen Apprentice and was told that the Engineering Dpt. was full so I had choice between Deck gang or Gun gang. The ship was in the shipyard and I was working in Mt.53 and I saw guys covered in soot with pales of bricks walking by and asked the Mt. Captain what they were doing and when I found out that they were haling boiler bricks I asked how I could become a Seamen Apprentice he told me to fill out a chit. I made 2nd. Class some time in 1972 and became responsible for maintenance of Mts. 51, 52, & 53 and not long after that Gunner Smith asked me if I would like to become Turret Captain of T-1 and I said yes. Newport News was the best ship I was ever on. I left the Navy in 1980 as a GMGC. Email:

Frederick "Tim" Shafer - SN 6th Div. Weapons Dept. 1965-1966 | Email: Ph: 617-688-9665
Address: 631 6th Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652

Administration Department

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

John L Hofmann - OS2(SW) Served onboard The USS Newport News CA-148 From July 1970 till July 1974. Was assigned to 4th Division after Mess Cooking till I went to PN A School.Then assigned to Personnel Office from 72 till 74 left as a PN3. email: 

Tom Sprtel - 1966-1968 EX Division, Public Affairs Office JO3
Zeeland, Mi 49464

Gene Perry - EX - W-1, CWO-2, LTJG - Served as Ship’s Secretary. I served from January 1969 till December 1971 Email:

Philip Shaw - EX Div. PN3 1968-1971 Email: Address: 11107 Bondurant Drive, North Chesterfield,  VA 23236
Phone: 804 356 5231

Guy L. Pace - JOSN 1970-1973 EX Div. Email: Phone: 206-240-9961 Address: Spokane, WA 99223
Attended a memorial service in Springfield, PA for Joe Grisaffi in 2015. Hope to make the 2022 reunion.

Communications Department

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.

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

Ed Price - CR Division RM3 - Circuit Controller in Communication. March 1966 until October 1968 - 2-1/2 years. Email:
Address: 2879 Dearborn St, Lake Station, In 46405

Deck Department/Sidecleaners

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

Thomas Drummond jr - DM3 (Draftsman) 1962-1963 - I was in 4th Div. Deck Dept.. I made DM3 (Draftsman) a rate I don't think they have anymore. I was transferred off to the USS Sierra. I am now an Architect in Ca. With my own firm. email:

Leonard Murdoch - 1st Div. - SN  1967-68 |Retired Chief Navy Counselor. Retired in April 2004. Email: 
Address: 45700 N. Honeysuckle Road, Ash fork, AZ 86320 | Ph: 928-380-0071

Engineering Department

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

Thomas Fletcher - B-Div - BTFA (Retired Dec 31,1994 as BTCR-R) email: - 721 SW Claudia Ave - Ph: 410-627-0218

Bill Parker - B-Division - BT2 - I served with Charlie McCoy, Robert Rhoades, Bob Morton, Jimmy Oakley, John Mountjoy Dennis Wolfenburger, and I might add the Newport News was the Greatest ship I served on. There are many more shipmates I served with some have passed away and some I can’t reach if you are out there please contact me, all who has served on her I consider my shipmate.
Email: - Ph: 856-848-5701 - Address: 418 Warwick RD Deptford, NJ 08096

Helmut Boehl - R division - E5 - I came aboard in June of 1966 to November 1969. Email: - Ph: 862-273-2689
Address: 6147 W Red Sky Circle, Tucson, AZ 85713
Glad to be member!

Charles W. McCoy - B-Div. BT2 - May, 1965- May, 1967 - I was in boiler # 4. D. Lynn Bates, was the BT1 in charge. I am in touch with several shipmates. I have been to several reunions. The last one was in 2017. Email: Ph: 270-877-6534 
Address: 4157 Salt River Rd. Rineyville, Ky. 40162

Bill Elliott - E Division - EM2 1965-1968 | Best Lady of the sea and great shipmates I served with during my tour. Email: 
Address: 913 Park Place Lane, McKinney, Texas 75071 | Ph: 678-756-8556

John fusco - R Div. HT3 '73-'75 | Feel free to call. love hearing from old friends. Email: Ph: 603-475-2586
Address: 18 patricia St - Windham, NH

Thomas Ford - Eng E div. - IC3 1966-68 | Two + great years aboard a great ship with a great crew. Earned my E-5 but didn’t have time left to be given my rate. Throughly enjoy the work parties and reunions to discuss the good times! Email: 
Address: 3971 Cora Dr Dubuque, Ia 52002 Phone: 563-663-0107

Pat Lankford - E Div - EM3 1968-1972 | 'Getting old sucks, but the memories are still intact.' Email:
Address: 1050 N Whitmore rd. North Huntingdon, PA 15642

Roland Hall - MP Div. MM2 - spent 3 1/2 years aboard 1955-1959 Email: CSH27@YAHOO.COM Ph: 1-772-205-9256
Address: 5915 walnut pk ln Fort Pierce, FL.

Billy Sellers - E3 B Div. I spent 2 years aboard. Email: Phone: 843-855-5997 Address: 2066 Fawn Run, Myrtle Beach, SC

James Ayres - OE Dept. ETN2 | 1961-1963 | Look forward to the next reunion.  Email: Phone: 614-404-9147
Address: 2667 Pine Marsh Dr.

James Valletti - HT3 - Engineering Dept. 1969-1973 | I always think about Oct 1st Turret 2 explosion, we had a great crew.
Phone: 646-462-5093 Email: Address: 2070 N 165 Drive Goodyear, AZ

Fox Department (Div)

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.

Edward M. Aubin - 7th & Fox Division - FTG-3 -  October 1968 – May 1972 - Thunder was a great ship with a great crew. I left the ship in Subic Bay on May 9th 1972 after four years aboard on an hours notice. Never got to say goodbye to many friends & shipmates. Hope everyone uses this forum to keep in touch. Hope to see everyone at the next reunion. Email: Address: 266 Biscayne St. Bloomingdale, IL 60108

George Schwartz - FTG3 FOX Division, Feb 71-April 74 | Email: IILABDAD@ICLOUD.COM Ph: 740-506-5716
Address: 9025 Pringle Benjamin Rd  London, OH 43140-8870

Joe Hughes - FOX Division - SN to FTG3 | Nov 1971 to Decom - I was the last to reenlist aboard the USS Newport News while she was commission. Email: Ph: (319) 693-6233 Address: 42 Portsmouth Dr Bella Vista, AR 72715

Marine Detachment

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:

Medical Department

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

Dan Hooper (Dan Keyes) - 5th division & H division - SN - I started out in 5th div, was there when T2 exploded, I became a corpman striker and moved to H div. Upon return from Nam, I went to Corpsman school and Psych School finished my service at Bethesda Naval Hospital serv in those in need. I remember Fred, Terry,Lou,Diaz,Kav,McCaulley,Pinky,O'keefe,Apple,Hill,Cox, Chief Hines,Zender,Siegle,Hawley,Doc Fulchiero...and many more.. I am on page 86 in the 72 West pac book. Many memories. email: Ph: (240) 993-6351
address: 12375 Aden Rd, Nokesville VA. 20181

Michael Gallo - H-DIVISION HM3 - December 1964 - May - 1966 | Enjoyed my time on board. Email: Ph: 860-861-4199 
Address: 830 Margaret Henry Rd.

Leonard Maharowski - SN - H Division 1967-1968 Vietnam TET.  Started in Executive Division photo lab and moved to H Division as a Corpsman Striker. Email:

Joseph W. Phillips - H Divison - HM3 / HM2 - 1959 to 1961 - I was in the Navy for 30 years. Retired HMCM, Don't know if any of my shipmates from the NN is still alive. Email: Ph: 407-249-1188 Address: 14008 Furman Ave, Orlando FL 32826

Navigations Department

Jerome Kuehl - NAV - QM3 - Great memories of westpac 2 - Email: - Ph: 330-957-2488 
Address: 3853 Northampton Road ,Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223

Operations Department

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:

John Hanson - O/I Division - RD3 Later RD2 - Of the 3 ships I was on, the Newport News was by far the best. email:

George Sedares - OI Div - RD3 - In contact with two close div. shipmates and a great ET in MI. I have a few hundred nice slides from 60 Med cruise available to share on the net. email: Address: 285 PLANTATION ST # 101

Louis Pezzuti - OI Div. RD3 - Last name changed-- Original name was Pizzutti - Email: Ph: 610-377-3101
Address: 139 Todd Lane

Joe Vetillo - RD2 OI Div. 1965- 1968 - 1st.Nam cruise.
4646 Hammock Circle Delray Beach, Florida 33445
Ph: 561-496-6118 

Ralph Kern - OI Div - RD3  1966-1968 | USS Newport News was a great ship so sad she is gone. So thankful for the people who keep the memories alive. The reunions are great. Ralph Kern. Email: Ph: 724-376-2861
Address: 5714 Sabndy Lake Polk RD, Sandy Lake, Pa.16145

Leon Morris - Operations/ OE Division - ETR1 - 1968-1969 Vietnam Cruise | I will never forget the Panama Canal passage and the Days in Hawaii.
Email: Address: 216 Dartmouth Woods Dr. Dartmouth, MA 02747

Supply Department

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 is: 631-281-0521

Gary Underwood - 1971 - 1972 | Supply SK3 - Really enjoyed my time on the USS Newport News. Email: 
Address: 1816 Bloomfield Drive Virginia Beach VA 23453 - Ph: 757-239-0816

Marvin Cirota - Supply - SK3 | Spent 1 1/2 years aboard, February 1964 until September 1965. Would like to hear from shipmates who remember me. Email: Address: 226 Down East Lane. Lake Worth, Fl. 33467

Joseph Spataro - SN 1st Division and then S-2 Division | Powder Handler in Turret #1 and also 1st. Division, before transferring to Supply S-2 Division, Spud Locker and then on to Issue Room. Email: Ph: 1-702-218-8705 Address: 8817 Stafford Springs Drive

Family & Friends of NN Crewmembers

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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