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The names are listed in the order of the time period that each of you served onboard the USS Newport News. That is, sorted by the date month/year you came onboard. This way, people who served together will be listed together. We hope you all use this to page to visit with your old (and new) shipmates.
 

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Steve ("That Aussie officer")  Youll 
LEUT RAN/Visitor
01/68 to 02/68
stephenyoull@ ozemail.com.au
Royal Australian Navy until 1984, Now defense consultant.
Canberra, Australia
Was briefly in NEWPORT NEWS in early 1968 as an RAN exchange officer from HMAS PERTH.   Rode the bridge with CAPT McCarty, main battery with Bill Foxwell and main battery control with Dexter Goad.  She was a mighty, powerful and happy ship.   Am signed up for the reunion, principally to provide some Aussie couth and culture.  Resigned as a CDR, including DEG command.  Am still in the game - my company provides all the 5"/54 and VLS training to the RAN and we represent, among others, United Defense, Kollmorgen and AlliantTechsystems.  Am also the President of the HMAS PERTH National Association, so my links to "Thunder" continue.


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Huey Mckeller
SN/special services
01/68 to 06/70
hdm3227@ aol.com  
Radio Announcer
Dacula, ga
I was one of the main ones to put the ships radio station on the air while on our tour of vietnam 68/69


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David Williamson
LTJG/6th & Side Cleaner, Ass't 1st Lt.
01/68 to 10/69 
williamson@ ulm.edu
Associate Professor, Head, Dept of Psychology
West Monroe, LA 71209

 

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George (puppy dog) Marrazzo
SN/Ship service
01/68 to 11/69
dblackwatch30@ aol.com
Plumber
Montauk NY

 

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John Hanback
GMG3/6th Division 3"50 cal
02/68 to 11/69   

Retired Firefighter
Culpeper, Va


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Daniel Kocher
SK3/S2 Division
2/68 to 12/69
dankor99@ hotmail.com

Haines City FL

 

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Ralph I (DJ3) Digiacomo 
FTG3/fox
03/68 to 02/71
rdj3@ attbi.com
Office Manager S. Strock & Co /banking 22 yrs loan officer
Malden, Ma
Time flies-often wonder how shipmates have been and look 
forward to communicating on the web. Looking forward to 
reunion in June and e-mailing shipmates


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Tom (Turtle) Ertle 
FTG1/FOX
03/68 to 02/71
ERT2@ SBCGLOBAL.NET 
Self employed after working all my life
Brackettville TX
Have often wondered where every one went even "Thunder Duck"


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Randolph P.(Randy) Huber
LTJG/CS
03/68 to 10/69
randolph.p.huber@ gmail.com 
Systems Analyst
Canaan, Maine

 

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Thomas R Roark
YN3/OE Division
03/68 to 07/69
tominsite@ hotmail.com
Sales/Estimating for construction
Goodyear, AZ
Saddened to find out the ship has been scrapped, but she served well.

 

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Jeffrey E. Fossum
LTJG/S2/S3 Divisions
03/68 to 03/70 
joyruden@ aol.com 
Attorney at Law
Littleton CO
Would love to hear from the men in my divisions and fellow officers. I have many fond memories of the ship and crew.

 

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Donald R. (Buddy) Hammer 
QM3/NANN 
04/68 to 12/70 
B628537@ gmail.com
Physical/Environmental Scientist (GS-1301) 
San Antonio, Texas 
Would be happy to receive information about the Newport News.


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Thomas N Reed
SN/OL
04/68 to 12/69  
threed@ greenvillecounty.org 
Master Deputy Sheriff Retired
Greenville, S.C.


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Gary  Averett    
ENS/R
04/68 to 07/69  
gaverett@ wbhsi.net
Government Contractor, Joint   Total Asset Visibility Program 
Site Manager, PACOM
Tucson AZ
My first Navy tour and what a great ship on which to learn 
about the Navy.  Super camaraderie, critical mission and some terrific liberty calls.  I hated to see the Newport News get decommissioned and have often wished to be able to go aboard again. I served on an SSN, a CV and an LHA, but none compare to "Thunder".  Am returning to Washington, DC in June, 2000.
CAPT Gary Averett, SC, USN (Ret) 


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Mike (Harvey)  Harveth
SN/Second, Turret Two
04/68 to 12/68
mh74114@ aol.com 
Managing Partner, Principal Financial Group
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Great memories of the Gray Goast, liberty ports and most of all shipmates! I transferred off the ship before the 68-69 cruise books came out. Would like to hear from anybody who may have one.


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John R. Edwards
BT3/B--#1 machinery space
04/68 to 12/69

oilshack@ yahoo.com 
 

maintenance mechanic/plumber
Mars Hill, North Carolina
feels great to be "home"!!!  found the site while looking at a map of nam with my brother(he was in the 1/5 air cav at hue in 68). sorry to hear the ship with the best crew afloat was retired. i would like to hear from any and all.


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Ronald  (Ronnie) Smith
EN3/A Division
04/68 to 11/71
catmanrsmith@ yahoo.com 
Diesel Mechanic
Odessa, Texas
28 years and running for the Warren Cat equipment company working on cat engines and machines.  Any old running buddies who remember our good times at Virginia Beach and Subic Bay send me an e-mail.  Looking forward to hearing from you.


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Augustine Rivera (augie) Cotto
GM3/5thDivision
04/68 to 02/70
heavens_naughty_lil_angel_69_23@ yahoo.com  
painter
Lansing MI

 

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Porter J. Jefferson
YN3/S Division
04/68 to 05/71
porterjefferson@ prodigy.net  
President, Goldberg, DeSilver & Copperfield, LLC
Fort Washington MD 20744
This is something I have wanted to do for a long time; just found the right web page.  Let's talk.

 

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Kenneth Wright
YN3/EX Division
04/68 to 11/69
wright1947@ hotmail.com
Retired Civil Service
Brandenburg KY

 

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Harvey J Thompson
SABM/7th
04/68 to 07/74
kf4kpr@ hotmail.com

Pensacola FL

 

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Jerry (Rickey) Farrar 
SN/1st
05/68 to 11/69

farrarmarilyn@ sbcglobal.net  
Retired Ford Motor Company Employee 
Spencer, Indiana 
If anyone recognizes me, contact me.


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Wilbur E. Meadows Jr. 
ETN2/OE
05/68 to 11/69
wd8jvx@ msn.com
Telecommunications Specialist for Ameritech Corp. 
Davisburg, Michigan


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William (Weasel) Messick Jr
FN/M Division
05/68 to 02/71
Tman343272@ AOL.COM
Self Employed Auto Detailer
Salisbury, Maryland


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Jim Bialek
SM-2/CS
05/68 to 12/71

Ret NCCS, Currently Operations Manager
New Hartford, N.Y.
Many members already have stated " It was an experience I will never forget." " Regina Maris" Queen of the sea".


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Bill Dixon
ETN2/OE Division
05/68 to ?/70 
billdixon67@ etczone.com
own Adamo's Pizzeria & Italian Grill
Greensburg, IN
I was only in the Navy four years, two on the News, yet I have a lifetime of good memories and stories.


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Barry L. Dunn
SFP3/R Division
05/68 to 06/70
barry_dunn@ sbcglobal.net    
Printer
Kansas City, Ks.
It sure is great to see all the guys from "R" Div. in here. I had a blast and learned a lot from all you guys, thanks! (and had some damn fine times too!) I also want to thank the shipmate who made and runs this website. Fine job. I didn't think I'd ever see or be in contact with these guys again.


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Gary L. Schneider
EMFN/ E Division
05/68 to 12/71
leadfoot_gs@ yahoo.com  
Signal Inspector with Canadian Pacific Railway
Oneonata NY

 

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Bobby G. Warren
SF5/Repair
05/68 to 12/71
weldermouse@ hotmail.com  
fitter/welder
bristol,tn
hello to all my shipmates

 

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Harvey Ludlam
LT/Weapons Dept ( 6th and 2nd Div Officer and MBO)
05/68 to 05/71
hludlam@ hotmail.com
Retired as President  of Prudential Healthcare Plan of Georgia
Marietta, Ga
Great web site that brings back so many memories of 3 very formative years which I still think about often. I'm sure many of you remember when the chaplin refused to let the ship's crew and officers see Jane Fonda in "Barbarella" during 2nd Nam cruise. It was hard to believe then and even more so today. Perhaps 2nd division gunners mates who stood watch in the turrets will remember me for making batch after batch of popcorn to help keep us all alert and fed while on watch. I took my three grown sons to see the NN museum on the Salem and it was amazing how easily memories came back. I highly recommend a visit.

 

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D. Wayne Funkhouser
YN3/EX Division
05/68 to 11/69
Wayne432@ webtv.net
Plant Facilities, major hospital
Jacksonville, Florida
My memory is pretty fuzzy. I would like to hear from anyone who was in EX Division

 

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Phil (PT) Shaw
PN3/EX Division
05/68 to 11/70
hphilipshaw@ cs.com
Yard Supervisor
Richmond VA
The Newport News was a great ship.  I have an office in my home and on my wall is a framed drawing of her.  The crew was pretty good too.  I enjoyed my time on board and was sorry I got transferred.

 

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Tim Wallace Thompson
RM3/Communications
05/68 to 05/70
lttt32@ hotmail.com
Lieutenant with the Pottawattamie County Sheriffs Office
Avoca, Iowa
Myself and RM2 Rich Taylor came to the Thunder after returning from Viet Nam aboard the Uss Blandy. We flew to Pearl and picked up the Newport News there. Rich, sadly was killed in a auto accident two years ago while in Ga. I stll miss him. We stayed freinds all these years. I left the service in 1970 and have been a law en forcement officer since. I have been looking for another shipmate, Kieth Noble if anyone knows where to find him.

 

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Rich Taylor
RM2/ Communications
05/68 to 05/70
 
submitted by fellow shipmate Tim W. Thompson
Georgia
Rich Taylor and I served on the Uss Blandy off the coast of Viet Nam in 1967; we both transfered to the Uss Newport News in 1968 as the Blandy was heading home. We served together on our 2nd Westpac Cruise in 1968. rich Taylor was a RM2. Rich retired from AT&T after 30 years with them and lived in Georgia with his wife Mel and his step kids. He and Mel were on a road trip through Georgia in 2005 when their car was struck by another. Rich had time enough to tell Mel that he loved her and then was gone. Mel has recovered from her injuries and still makes her home just north of Atlanta. I will miss him forever.


Deceased
2005


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Ronald Stewart
BM/1st Division
05/68 to 10/69
RJSTEWART@ NEFCOM.NET

macclenny.fl
 

 

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Terrry R Sheffield
LT/Ops/OI/OL
05/68 to 01/71
terryandnancy@ gmail.com

Carlsbad CA

 

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Jerry Kjelsrud
MM3/M Division
05/68 to 06/71


Englewood CO

 

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Steve Thomas
QM3/NAN
06/68 to 04/70 
scthomas72903@ cox.net

Fort Smith, Arkansas


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Russell (Mack) Mack 
BM3/1st Division 
06/68 to 06/70
mackdr@ comcast.net
Technical Assistant   -   Design Center

Bennington, VT. 05201 
Would like to hear from Ray Augustine,anyone know where he lives?


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Leland S. (Andy) Anderson III
GMGSN/SN/ 2nd. Div. (Main Battery-Turret 2)                   
06/68 to 07/70
Gigadogs@ aol.com
Construction Project Manager, Dept.  of the Navy                    
Freeport, ME.


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Dennis (Tea pot) Tebout 
MM2/A
06/68 to 12/71
Tebout@ aol.com
Superintendent Heating & Air Conditioning Co.                    
Lansing, IL.
Any crew member who remember me please send me an email.


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Bruce H. Brown
CYN3/CR
06/68 to 05/72
brownwick@ knology.net
L.N.G. Specialist
1619 West Robinhood Drive Charleston,  SC 29407


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Lawrence A.(Lindy) Lindauer     
MM/FM/A
06/68 to 05/72  
deptdawg49@ yahoo.com
28 years as appliance tech with General Elec.
Milwaukee Wis.
Would like to hear from old shipmates/freinds


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Leon Morris
ETR1/OE
06/68 to 06/69  

Senior Customer Engineer for EMC Corporation.
Phoenix, AZ


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Andy (SKI) Skowronek
CSSN/S-2 Division
06/68 to 11/69

NC Machinist
Roseville MN.
My Nick name was Ski. I worked in the Chiefs mess and worked the big kettles. I also worked the Bake Shop and worked the Radio Station on board. I think the call letters were "WBLC" My radio name was Randy Cook.


DECEASED
1-7-2009


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Lawrence (Gut) Gutleber
MM2/M Division
06/68 to 09/70
gonavy148@ hotmail.com
Post Office Supervisor
Coplay Pa 18037-1107
Get to see Tom Coar a good friend. He got me thinking about gray ghost. Good times in Subic. Hi Glassman, Boggs, Merrick 30 years ago seems like a lifetime ago and someone else not the 54year old guy typing this note with 3 daughters a wife and soon to be grandfather.


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Dennis Morse
EN2/A Division
06/68 to 07/69 
njcoats@ indy.net  
Retired Correction Officer
Indianapolis, IN


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Wasil w (Chiz) Chischnijak
FN3/A Division
06/68 to 02/71
chiz1249@ aol.com 
security supervisor   phila.pa. zoo
phila.pa.


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Larry (Smokey) Fones 
MM3/M
06/68 to 06/72
smokyleefones@ cs.com
Tool Repair
Grantville MD
Want to find the old shipmates,  Doug Modica, Doug Harvey, Danny  Nichols, Jimmy Echert, Michael  (Goober) Gasgow, Steve Alimar.


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Bill (Wild Bill)  Mikanovich
MR3/A Division - Machine Shop
06/68 to 05/72
mikanovich@ bigzoo.net 
Mfg Engineer
Chandler, the east valley of Phoenix AZ
I'd like to hear from ship mates of A Division & those of 714A East Chester Street in Virginia Beach . . . We are heroes too . .


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Richard D. Herndon
Deck Division
06/68 to 04/70

worked for the railroad
P.O. Box 943, Talihina, OK 74571
Hi, I'm Richards brother who served aboard the uss springfield from 71-75 and I'm trying to help my brother locate a crewmember who's name is BT2 J.L.Herndon. also I wanted to help my brother for he's not in good health as for a christmas present for me to him. For any crew member who knew me, please write me.


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David R. Daniels
FN/R/Pipe shop
06/68 to 07/70
ddaniles@ pwless.net
Cabinetmaker/carpenter
Bridgewater Maine
Would like to hear from some of my shipmates. It's been such a long time.


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Harry Spencer
PH 2/PHOTO LAB
06/68 to 06/69 
littleharry@ ec.rr.com
Retired
Swansboro, NC


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Paul (Dezz) Deslo
IC3/E Division
06/68 to 12/71
vaq45@ aol.com 
Facility Manager/Stationary Engineer
St. Louise MO
Hell,I couldn't wait to get off that ship,and now,I wish I were back on-I was cocky then but mellow now,Where did the time go? seems like yesterday.

 

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Arthur W. Ellis Jr.
SN/1st Division
06/68 to 04/70
aellis02@ nycap.rr.com 
retired
Cohoes, New York
GQ gunner mount 54,(deckape) In port duites(night worker)


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Roger Condrey
RD3/OI Division
06/68 to 03/70 
recondrey@ aol.com
Police Officer
Richmond VA
I am currently a School Resource Officer and I was talking to a group of 150 middle school students about Veteran Day and what it means to be a Veteran. One of the teachers told me about this web site. It was great to see names like Tom Luckett, Brian Garvey, and others. Great site...Great Memories!!!

 

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John W Porter
RM2/CR Division
06/68 to 11/69
jw_porter@ verizon.net
Retired Navy reserves and Civilian US Air Force
Plattsburgh NY

 

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Clarence (Mike) Michael Mobley
SM2/OS Division
06/68 to 09/71
mmobone@ aol.com
MSG Retired Army NG Roto-Rooter Sales
Joppa MD
Times I will never forget. Friends I will never forget. What a great time.

 

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Al LeCroy
CWO/S3/S4
06/68 to 04/70
daniellelecroy@ yahoo.com
Retired
Portsmouth RI
Great memories on a great ship. Would love to hear from old shipmates. I am looking for Uwe Siemers. So glad I found this website.

 

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Andrew Stokey
ETR2/OE Division
07/68 to 07/69
ctrlline@ charter.net
elevator technician
New Orleans,  Louisiana


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David Burt 
EM3/E 
07/68 to 05/72
davidburt@ charter.net 
Corrections Officer and Criminal  Justice Instructor                     
Southampton, MA 01073 
The time that I was on the ship was the greatest learning experience of my life. Was it John Wooden who said, "It's what
you learn after you know it all that counts." Well in my case that's just what happened!


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Daniel (Dan) Aragona 
FT2/fox division
07/68 to 07/72  

Information Management for GE of Schenectady, NY
Scotia, NY
It will be great to see all the guys that were in my division.


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Terrence ( Terry-ElGato ) Righi
FTG2/Fox
07/68 to 10/70
righiterrence@ msn.com  
GS-12 Range Controller at White Sands  Missile Range
LasCruces, N.M.
I am glad to see so many names from Fox Division
Looking for, my little brother, Mike W. Smith from Fox Division  


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Mike McDonald
ETR3/OE Division
07/68 to 05/72
mikemc_d@ msn.com 
Sr. Designer CAD
Fremont, Ohio
Four years seemed like an eternity back then. Now it almost didn't seem long enough. Wouldn't trade all the great memories for anything.


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Tom Sheridan
DC3/R Division
07/68  to 12/71  

Bricklayer (Retired)
Sacramento, CA
Is this site great, or what? I would like to hear from any of the guys around when I was on board


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Herb  (or) Blake Werner
SN/3ird Division
07/68 to 08/69 
hbw1@ cornell.edu
Research tech.
Ithaca NY
Not many here from the 3rd, though we were only 12 strong? Give me an email if you remember me. kruger i can't find your email addy so you should get ahold of me if you wish. That was a fine ship. i spend the better part of the navy attached to boats like tugs and asst service craft.  That was my introduction to the fleet. Glad i got to serve with a good crew on a fine vessel.

 

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Gary L. Gunter
CS3/S2 Division
07/68 to 05/72 
guntergl@ hotmail.com
Classification
Arkoma OK
It was great to see web site for the ship

 

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Bill Berry
LT/Engineering
07/68 to 10/70
billwberry@ sbcglobal.net  
Retired
Fort Worth TX
Most memorable tour of duty in 20 years of naval service.

 

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Bob Nelson
PN3/EX Division
07/68 to 04/70
ransr@ verizon.net
Sales manager
Roanoke VA
This web site brings back such great memories of the Newport News. It's amazing how often I run into people (especially when I'm wearing my ships cap) who were on other ships or other branches of the service who have stories to tell about the Grey Ghost.  I had an ex-Marine see my hat and come up to me and tell me how our gunfire support "saved their butts" when they were pinned down by some VC.  We can all be proud to have served on one of the great ships in Naval history

 

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Dave Charles Scott
ETN3/OE Division
07/68 to 03/69
charles.scott01@ comcast.net
Equipment Specialist Electronics/Retired
Swan Point MD

 

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Ronald Jach 
E3FN/E 
08/68 to 11/69 

Electrician
Riverside, Ill


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Andrew L. (Gib) Geary
RM3 / CR Division
08/68 to 06/72 
algeary@ atlanticbb.net
General Manager Fabrication & Weld Co.                     
Uniontown, Pa. 


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Gregory (Nick) Nicharico
LI3/EX Division
08/68 to 05/70 

High School Teacher
65 Grove St., Lindenhurst, NY 11757


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Mike Auber 
FTG2/Fox 
08/68 to 02/73
mauber@ wowway.com 
Computer Technician 
Kent, Ohio 
Lot of memories of "THUNDER"


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Ric L. Geverink      
SF3/R 
08/68 to 05/72  

Auto Repair Technician 
Dearborn, Mi 
Bring back Olongapo City!!!!


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Fred Welch
SA/S-2 Cook
08/68 to 05/70
F034920@ netzero.net 
work at jersey shore medical center - transport aide
Ocean Grove, New Jersey


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Dennis (Den) Kruger
SN/03
08/68 to 08/69  

Retired from UW West
Amery, Wisconsin soon to be living in duck haven in Webster, South Dakota
Wondering if there are any of the 03 division guys out there, if so, please write. (especially Herb Warner)


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Lee R Williams
GMG3/5th Division
08/68 to 05/72
lwilliams200@gmail.com
Sr.Engineering Tech / LabView Programmer
Export PA


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Doug Modica
DC3/R Division  
08/68 to 12/71
WhiplashD@ aol.com 
carpenter
Massapequa, New York
I found Smokey Fones. I would like to find Calvin Harvey, Jim Valletti, Ken Hadley.


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Patrick (Pat) Lankford
EM3/E Division
08/68 to 05/72  

Engineering Technician
North Huntington, PA


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Gary (Hayseed) Asleson
IC2/E Division
08/68 to 05/72  

Electrician for a major aluminum company
Ravenswood, West Virginia
Traveled the world with a bunch of crazies. Had a blast but never realized it at the time. Got a wife and two grown daughters who teach school. God bless all you old swabbies.                     


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Paul A. Fries, Jr.    
LCDR/Supply Officer
08/68 to 01/70
kipafisf@ toad.net
Logistician (retired, now)
Chester, MD (Kent Island - eastern end of Chesapeake Bay bridges)
Transferred from "Thunder" when promoted. Went to USAF Grad School and M.S. degree in Logistics Management. Served in JCS as Chief of Logistics Analysis and retired in 1975 after 20 years service. Spent 17 years with government contractor and retired as Vice President for Logistics Research. After a few years of independent consulting, took up golf and am active in the VFW.


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Christopher (Crash) Wreck
GMG3/2nd Div Turret 2
08/68 to 07/71
k2hve@ msn.com  
Lithoghrapher
Bayonne NJ
i served in turret #2 And went on the 2nd VietNam cruise. Would like to hear from any gunner's mates during that time. God Bless Thunder's Crew


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Ken (Baldy)  Balderson
RD3/OI Division
08/68 to 09/72
Threeb@ prodigy.net
Service Tech.
Winter Park Fl
Found 10 old shipmates, Now if they only remember all good times!!!


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Russell (Russ) Allphin
BM3/deck div. sail locker
08/68 to 11/69
rcallfun@ charter.net 
Pipe fitter
Marietta, Ohio
Had a wild time with Jim Sizemore in the saillocker and crazy nights on the beach!


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Paul (Rebel) Harrison
BR1/B Division
08/68 to 07/69 
rdnkbama@ bellsouth.net
Retired
Vero Beach FL
Military Service 7/1954 to 4/1977. was on the Westpac cruise 68-69,when on the news, i was a Boilermaker 1st class. i had the oil shack.after retiring from the Navy in 1977, I went into law
enforcement.I put in 20 years with the Indian River County Department in Vero Beach, Fl retiring in 1997. While at the sheriffs Dept my main area op expertise was in weapons/range Instructor.i was the dept Armorer. I loved the News, she was a great Lady.


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Ronnie (Red) Redden
CS2/S2 Division
08/68 to 10/70
ronniescals@ aol.com 
state natural resources dept
Holts Summit, Missouri
I am thankful for my two years I spent on "the News", the best ship to ever float! Lots of hours in the galley working those coppers with Ski and ol' Chief Hardin making us hold field day at night!! Thoughts of the Newport News always brings a smile on my face.


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Daniel T. Keiner
PO3/E Division
08/68 to 05/72
 binghambay@ gmail.com  
Owner; Bingham Bay Bait and Taxidermy
Marenisco, Mi
I am looking for anyone who served with me.

 

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James Peck
bm3 bmsn/01 02 deck
08/68 to 12/69
chillipeck@ cs.com
retired
norfolk va
want to hear from anyone me

 

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David E Williams
GMG3/5th Division
08/68 to 05/72
dwilliams148@ gmail.com  
Truck Driver
Elm City NC
Would like to hear from former shipmates from 5th Division

 

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Daniel R (Barney) Barnwell
GMG3/Sidecleaners/2nd Division
08/68 to 11/71 
danbarnwellsr@ yahoo.com
Manager at a beer wholsesler
Liverpool, New York
One of the greatest periods of my life. What an experience. Great friends, lots of work. Have a picture of the ship still in my office. Was devestated by the accident. Wasn't on board at the time, but when I saw some of the interviews on TV, and recognized the men,it hurt. My buddy Clem. Don't know why I thought of this page after 36 years but it came to me last night. Have alredy contacted two old friends. Godspeed.....

 

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Terry Pennell
SN/DECK Division
08/68 to 07/69 
penn128@ bellsouth.net
Diamond Tooling Sales
Hiddenite NC
Great memories of a great time in my life.

 

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Harry (Crazy) Kyttle
FN/B Division
08/68 to 06/72
baldman58@ comcast.net
Driver
West Haven CT
It was a pleasure and honor to serve with you all

 

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Ernest Earl Dupie Jr
EN2/B Division
08/68 to 08/70


Conway SC
Ernest passed away 29 Dec 08. He is survived by his wife, three sons and their wives and six grandchildren. He never shied away from hard work or a friend in need. He had much left to teach the world. We have lost one of the good ones.

 
DECEASED
12-29-2008


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Dennis Helmick
SA/4th Division
08/68 to 04/70
bannersstar@ comcast.net
Retires masonary labor
Windthrop Harbor IL
I had a few good friends abord the ship,I think it would interesting talk about old serves day's on the uss newport news

 

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Dennis Mason
PO3/M Division
08/68 to 05/72
kpm48@ aol.com

Bolton MS

 

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Joe Decker
BM3/4th Division
08/68 to 12/70
bigjoedeck@ msn.com
Sales/warehouse manager
Franklinville NJ
Had some fun times and made alot of friends on Thunder and some interesting times on the beach Subic bay to name one
I was in the forward 5in mount on the port side and the bow hook on Capt Snyder gig with "Mac" McMullen and Anthony
White I am from the Philly area and seen CA148 tied up for years as you cross the rt 95 bridge it was a sad when I crossed the bridge and seen it being dismantal a great lady may be gone but never forgotten

 

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Calvin (Buck) Harvey, Jr.
DC2/R Division
09/68 to 11/71  

Fire Fighter (CS) (Retired)
Doylestown, PA and Susan, VA
It was a great four years on NN. I will never forget my shipmates. I will be at the 2001 Reunion in Norfolk; hope to see you there.


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Jim (depends on who was yelling) Wieske 
AN/OL/OA (striker)
09/68 to 04/69  

Law enforcement
Bedford, TX
I finally found a picture for my desktop wish it was in color


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Lawrence G. King
FA/E
09/68 to 10/69 

Electronics Technician
Macon, Georgia
Just found this page today & thought it was pretty neat to see some of the names and look back through the cruise book.


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Jerry Johns
SN/Side Cleaners
09/68 to 06/70
reefer54@ zoominternet.net
Turbine mechanic
Rising Sun MD
Remember well the 68-69 vietnam cruise and the NATO cruise,my grandsons after seeing the photos understand why "POP POP" doesnt get sea sick
 

[ Jerry Johns 1998 ]

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Rodney F. Sayers
YN1/EX (Legal Department)
09/68 to 01/71

Club Manager
Warren, Ohio


Deceased
10/05/2002

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F. F. (Ed) Edwards 
EN3/A / diesel gang
09/68 to 05/72
bugout1984@ yahoo.com 
Owner-Op Pest Control Co. Paramedic/Instructor.
Port Mansfied, TX.
Looking for anyone who served with me.


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Howard Porter
ETR3/OE
09/68 to 06/72
hoshen@ aol.com
Field Service Engineer
Southfield, Michigan
Seeing the Names of former shipmates brings back a lot of memories.


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Tom E (Eric) Erickson
SN/OL
09/68 to 11/69
tomerickson48@ yahoo.com
RetiredTransit Supervisor for the city of  Santa Monica, Ca.
Would like to hear from any shipmates that remember me.


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Dave Foley    
MR3/A
09/68 to 03/71
foleyd@ fuse.net
Machinist at GE Aircraft  Engine Component Repair
Cincinnati, Ohio 45218
 


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Stephen L. Raymond
SM3/CS
09/68 to 07/70
shariandstephen1@ verizon.net
Conservation officer
Athol,NY
Very few days pass when I don't think of the old "navy days" - the hours on watch, your old friends, liberty in Subic , the gunline , etc. I don't know if it was the happiest time of mylife, but it sure was the most intense. I wouldn't trade a minute of it.


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Joseph J. Rimassa
SK3/Supply/S1
09/68 to 01/70
JCRJPC@ aol.com 
Firefighter Lieutenant city of NY 26yrs
Staten Island, NY 10306


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Russell M. (Russ) Johnson
GMG2/5th and 2nd
09/68 to 12/72 
garplool1@ aol.com  
Episcopal Priest
Hilo HI


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Paul Johnson
IC2/E Division
09/68 to 05/70 


http://www.firebaseeagle.org  
Data Entry Verizon
Altoona PA
I am an ordained Baptist minister now and will always be thankful for the ship and crewmembers of The Gray Ghost from the east coast God bless


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Lenzo C. (Grits) Kohn , Jr.
QMSN/NAN Division
09/68 to 03/70
LKohn69093@ AOL.com  
Manager. Postal Service   34 years
Irmo, SC
I went aboard ship in June of 68.  The first message I got was that we were going to Viet NAM. I experaince many work parties that included rearming.  I look back on those days as some of the best days of my life.  Hit me up with E-Mails.  Looking for Howard Porter ET


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Doug Miller
GMG3/2nd Division
09/68 to 06/72  

Corporate Purchasing Manager
Springdale, Arkansas
Unfortunately, many of my friends were aboard the ship when it blew up in 1972.  However, does anyone know anything about Gary Inlow, Dan Manchester, Lt. Elliott, Tom Popavich?  I'd be interested in hearing from shipmates.


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Tom Coar
MM3/M
09/68  to 1969
tcoar@ adelphia.net
Scranton, Pa.


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Merlyn D. (Merl) Lind
CS2/S2 Division
09/68 to 05/70
keno2man@ yahoo.com
Retired MSC, C-store owner with cafe and meat market
Cherokee Village Arkansas
looking for CS3 Steve parker who in 1969 lived in Moultrie GA


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Tom ( crooked face) Boggs  
MM3/M
09/68 to 01/70 
tomboggs@ bellsouth.net
Retired
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2011 in Norfolk.


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Rober C (Doktor Strange) Piers
PN3/EX Division
09/68 to 10/69 
trainman98@ yahoo.com
Retired
Chino Valley AZ 
The National Liberation Front and the Webley Vickers Motorcycle Club proudly present....By the Sacred Books of the Great Vishanti....The Doktor Strange Show on WBLC radio, the sound of the Thunder Guns!

 

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Ford Swanson
RD3/OI Division
09/68 to 11/69
ford.swanson@ cwtfx.net
Commoditys
Wichita falls TX
I Remember it well. Loved the Panama Canal,
Left in 69 for a tour in country.

 

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Michael A. (Moon) Mullins
MM3/M Division
09/68 to 02/70
shellymullins@ mac.com
Chef
Cottonwood AZ

 

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Monte Dwayne Fritz
CS3/S-2 Division
09/02/68 to 12/23/69
mdblfritz@ netzero.com 
Special Education Teacher
Niangua Missouri
I worked n the bake shop most of time.  It was a trip of a lifetime from the West Pacafic to the North Alantic. It is good to see many of my old crew members names from S-2 Division. 

 

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Fred (Rusty) Ristine
PH3/Fox EX
09/68 to 03/71 

photographer
Wilmington DE

 

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Daniel (Danny) Peeples
GMSN/5th Division
09/68 to 02/70
 bluesbar128@ aol.com  
 Club Owner
Greenville MS
I have a lot of good memories of serving onboard NN. I met the best friend a man could have while on board SAM TOWNSEND of Knoxville,Tn. I worked on the mess decks when I first got on board until Tom (I can't remember his last name) got me transfered to the gun division. Tom was in 3rd division. When was assigned to mount 5. Iran into an old school mate while on board (Charles Fisher) he was in 2nd division. It really is a small world we live in. I retired from American General Life & Accident Ins. Co. and now a Blues Bar in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Any one coming this way stop in or a visit. Ilove to meet and talk to people who have served our great country.

 

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Ed Aubin
FTG3/7th and Fox
09/68 to 05/72 
eaubinsr@ comcast.net 
Local #2 Elevator Constructor/ Union Business Representative
Bloomingdale, IL.
Many fond memories onboard ship and many great friends not forgotten.  I'm glad I came across this website.

 

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LaVerne  Phillips
L/Cpl/Marine  Detachment   USMC
09/68 to 09/70 
laverne_phillips@ bellsouth.net 
Retired  Magistrate  Judge   &  Deputy  Sherriff
Lake  Junaluska  N.C.
Served with the Marine Detachment while the USS Newport News was in Vietnam  in  1968-69
I would like to hear from some of the other Marine

 

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Henry (Hank) Long
SN/Fox Division
09/68 to 05/70
hlong@ luthercare.org
Facility Manger
Columbia PA
Where did all the years go?  Seems like only yesterday we were leaving for "WestPac".  I saw a few familiar names and faces on this web site.  Would love to hear from anyone.

 

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Bob Stamps
LI3/EX Division
09/68 to 09/71
stampsr@ us.ibm.com
IBM Burlington VT
Morrisville VT 05661
Would like to hear from anyone who might remember me. I was on the 2nd Nam cruise. Worked in the print shop.

 

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Miguel A. (Tony) Ramos
SN/S2 Division
09/68 to 09/70
RiosRamos@ aol.com
Retired from the P. R. Telephone Company
Bayamom, PR
I was borned in Puerto Rico, but lived in New York when I signed up for the Navy. I did my training during 6/1967 to 8/1967 in Great Lakes Il. If you did training during the same period, please feel free to contact me. After leave, I was assigned to the USS Newport News on 9/1967. I was part of the Operation Sea Dragon on 10/1967. I would like to hear from my shipmates.
After the Navy, I lived in New York for a while and than moved to Bayamom, PR where I got a job with the P.R. Telephone company and moved up the ranks until my retirement. Currently I am the father to four daughters and the grandfather of three wonderful grandsons.

 

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Samuel (Sam) Townsend
EN2/mess cook then A Division
09/68 to 09/70
samueltownsend@ yahoo.com
Field Service Engineer, Unisys Corp.
Louisville, Tennessee
Had some great friends,Danny Peoples,Jay Tournay,Tom Helton,Jackson,Skip many more.Great Times and great people.I messed cooked for 3 months then was in A Div. where I work on the ship's aux. equipment

 

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John (Rugged Rogg) Rogers
BT3/B Division
09/68 to 01/72
OLDFART68044@ yahoo.com
Retired from AT&T
Nickerson Nebraska
found this site by chance and see a lot of old buddy's on it and it's been a long, long time

 

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Larry Kriegel

09/68 to 11/69
margaretkriegel@ yahoo.com

Fair Oaks Ranch TX

 

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James L (Wep or Jim) Weppler
QM3/NAN Division
09/68 to 01/70
jim4457@ aol.com
retired Sgt NYPD
Melbourne FL
Great ship, great crew. WesPac cruise was the best. I find as I get older I think more and more about those times on th NN. God bless to all.

 

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Robert ("Bob") Ackerman
YN3/OE
10/68 to 09/69 
staymel2001@ yahoo.com
Sales Manager
South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080
Attended work party on USS Salem and connected with Al Siegel & John Noll. Then attended reunion in Charolette. It was great to see these guys after 30 years.


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John Forsythe
LT/Admin Dept Head
09/68 to 06/70
jforsythe@ bgf.com
Market Manager Industrial Textiles
Kernersville SC

 

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Mike Ryan
JO3/EX Division
09/68 to 09/69
ryan1946@ comcast.net
Iron worker/grounds keeper retired
 Vancouver WA
On board during '68-'69 cruise. Served with a great bunch of sailors. So sad to hear Subic Bay closed down - hard place to descibe to a civilian! Life's been a real adventure and those days while serving on "Thunder" were a big part of it.
 

 

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Art Tobin
CYN3/CR Division
10/68 to 06/70
atobin@ frontiernet.net
Fire Captain, Yonkers Fire Dept
New Hampton, New York


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Bob Rightmyer
SFM2/R 
10/68 to 12/69
BRIGHTMYER@ FRONTIERNET.NET
Retired
Rochester NY
Out of all of the ships I servered on, my most tresured memories are from the News. Subic!the North Atlantic, cookouts on the fantail, and playing in the ship's band. Great ship, great crew, and most of all, working with a super bunch of guys in the Shipfitter Shop. Hope all is well with all of you.


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Jack ( "RED" and "Alfred E") Wingate
FTG3/FOX
10/68 to 09/70 
jwingatejr@ carolina.rr.com
Architect/ VP of an AE firm.
Charlotte, NC
Many fond memories of my time on board. Great comrades on a great ship! Sometimes I wish I could go back.........


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Gregory G. Petersen
DK3/Disbursing
10/68 to 06/69
greg@ lawnet.com 
Attorney
Newport Coast California


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Ronald L. (Ron)  Ermlick
SN/S2 Division
10/68 to 09/70 
ermlick2@ comcast.net 
Chemical plant worker
Charleroi, PA
The time I spent and the memories I have are priceless. We were all lucky, We served on the Queen of the seas. THUNDER


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Marty Johnston
IC2/E Division
10/68 to 09/71
 mkjbike2@ sbcglobal.net   
Communications Tech for Southwestern Bell Telephone
Haltom City, TX
Good to see so many from "Thunder" are here.


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Brian (Mac)  McGarvey
SN/OI Division
10/68 to 0970  

Mixologist
Atlantic City
I remember everyone leaving and not saying good-bye..because maybe the bond was so strong ,that We would be together again some day..for a couple of beers...would you care to indulge OI DIV. 68-70 Brian McGarvey.....Murawski's old friend


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Doug (Hogbody)  Harley
ICFN/E Division
10/68 to 02/70 
ajufsm@ aol.com
Bus Driver
Louisville KY
In 1974 entered the Army Natonal Guard.I was a helecopter crew chief then MP. 1980 active duty Army MP. Retired from Army in 1995. 11 years with the local Sheriff's Office. Finally bought a HARLEY-DAVIDSON in 2004. Semi retired at this time.Four son's all married and 11 grand children. My beautiful girl friend lost her late husband in Iraq.She has 6 grand children. 


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Jim Eckert
DCFN/R Division
10/68 to 07/70 

Marina Owner
Osage Beach, Missouri


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Richard M. (Dick) Crouch
LT/Communications Dept.
10/68 to 07/71  
n6rc@n6rc.com
Founder/Chairman of the Board, CAT Technology, Inc.
Saratoga, California
My three years on Thunder were some of the most memorable of my life - I would not trade them for anything. I went to the NN
reunion in 1993 and hope to go again in the future. Many of you may remember LTjg Henry Mathis in Engineering - sadly he died
in an auto crash in KY around 1982 or 1983. LTjg Don Miller is a successful architect and LTjg Mike Yopp (2nd Fleet Staff) is a
successful lawyer, both in Nashville, TN. Many of you may remember me as WA4END/maritime mobile, as I ran phone patches
to home on amateur radio for many of you when we were at sea on our trip to England, Finland, Germany, Brest, and Casablanca
on our NATO cruise with 2nd Fleet!


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Daniel (Dan) Green
SK3/S1 Division
10/68 to 07/70
dwgreen123@ hotmail.com
john deere farm machinery dealer
240 stevenson drive, frankfort, kentucky  40601
the only memories of my time on board thunder are good ones.


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Larry (Mac) McIntyre
EM3/E Division
10/68 to 01/70
rockingkkk@ hotmail.com  
Firefighter -US Air Force Academy
Chipita Park.Co
Great web site. It'll be nice to have a ship's hat again. Thanks


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Bill Slater
SN/3ird Division
10/68 to 03/70
esphila@ aol.com 
Supply Chain Manager
Engleville PA


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Kendall G. ( "KG" or Smitty )Smith
CYN3/CR Division
10/68 to 07/70 

supervisor/Bell South Telco./Retired
3454 Hamby Rd. Georgetown, Ind. 47122T
The older I get the more I miss both my shipmates and "MY" ship.


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Dan Harrison
YN3/CR Division
10/68 to 12/69
dnlharrison1@ gmail.com
Social Worker
Bronx, NY


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Lou (New York Wop) Bocchetti
CYN3/CR Division
10/68 to 7/70 
lou@ sndi.net
locomotive engineer
brunswick md
just yesterday logged on and look what I came across. be glad to hear from anyone i served with


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Thomas Lehr
GMG3/5th Division
10/68 to 05/72
tom238238@ yahoo.com
leather manufacture
Gloversvile NY
Would like to hear from shipmates,especially 5th   division members.

 

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Ed Allyn
PH3/Fox/2nd Division
10/68 to 04/71
edward_allyn@ yahoo.com 
Retired from computers
Sodus Point NY

 

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Bruce (speed) Neilsen
JO3/Admin
10/68 to 08/70
bruneilsen@ verizon.net
Retired
Boston MA

 

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James (Dave)  McMahon
RM3/Communications
10/68 to 09/69 
james_mcmahon@ us.aflac.com 
Insurance Sales
Watertown NY
 

 

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Richard (Dick) Kelbaugh
LT/Damage Control Assistant
10/68 to 12/70
RKelbaugh@ routesixsigma.com 
Retired GE Master Black Belt
Louisville KY
Our trip to Vietnam built an incredible team.  Our cruise to Finland, Cassablanca and Breast built memories.  The Helsinki Boat cruise and the train trip to Paris wil never be forgotten.


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Dempsey J. (Dee)  Barsh
CPL/Marine Detachment
10/68 to 10/70
dbarsh3@ yahoo.com
Retired Army
Glennville GA

 

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Jerome (Jerry) Kuehl
QM3/NAN
10/68 to 10/69 
jeromekuehl@ att.net
Retired
Cuyahoga Falls OH
Great memories from the 68-69 Nam cruise

 

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Thomas R (Spider) Sauer
MM3/M Division
10/68 to 08/68 
tray56@ nvc.net
Retired, now park maintenance
Crandall SD
would like email from M Division people who remember me

 

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Brian F McGarvvey
SN/OI Division
10/68 to 06/70
onespudone@ hotmail.com

Ventnor NJ

 

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Joselito C. (Joe) Eugenio
DK1/S-4/S-5 Divisions
10/68 to 01/73
vegaskid541@ yahoo.com
Retired
North Las Vegas NV
Lots of good memories and some bad memories to live with. The T2 explosion, the number of our shipmates who died in the line of duty, I am still having nighmares about the explosion. I also remember them good guys in the S-5 division, Mario Ibisate, Boy Salazar, Fidel Mercado, who switched rate to MR/A Div., Roger Concepcion, SDC Salera, SDCS Norberto Labrador, DKCS Mendoza, and all the good crews of the mighty NN. Please let me hear from anyone who remember the disbursing office for a "Special Pay" request. Will be nice to hear from anyone of my shipmates.The Disbursing Officers, CWO Anisko and CWO Kelley...nice people to work with.
 

 

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Robert V Hester
QM3/NAN
11/68 to 06/69
rvhester@ duke-energy.com
Engineer
West Union, SC


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Jim Colombo
SK/3 S-1 DIVISION
11/68 to 07/70
jamesdcolombo@ gmail.com
Employed University of Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware


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Dan (Wisey) Weisenburger 
YN3/Fox/A Division
11/68 to 07/70 

kw4t@ arrl.net
CEO/President Northeast Florida Homes
North East FL
Retired from telecomm as a Senior Engineer and start my own Real Estate business.  Still love to sail and love the Real Estate empire we're building.  We do a lot of work with NAVY types that retire here or change duty stations.  We serve Mayport and NAS JAX.  So if you're in the area be sure to say "hi"  Also, am Net Control Station for Hurricane Watch Net at 14.325 for you hams out there.  73, KW4T


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Steve (The Worm) Grubbs 
SN/Fox 
11/68 to 3/71
sgrubbs@ kconline.com 
Maintenance Manager at  Fabwel  Inc,
Nappanee, IN 
Argos, IN 

[ Steve Grubbs - 1998 ]

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Bob Monize
JO3/Admin.
11/68 to 07/72
ramonize1@ aol.com 
Creative Director
Milford CT


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Gene O'Brien   
YNSN/Operations Dept
11/68 to 06/70

geneob43@ yahoo.com
Sales/Sears Roebuck
New York NY 
I Might be remembered as the disk jockey on the ships radio station/I played all the Led Zepplin and hard rock music/the show was called OB underground/I Had my entire record collection that I brought from home at the station/ if anyody remembers me, drop me an E-MAIL..


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Luis A. Rosado
SH2/Ships Serviceman
11/68 to 08/72
slotech@ comcast.net  
I currently work as a slot tech., at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey
6200 Old Harding Hwy. B-2 Mays Landing New Jersey 08330
Remember Subic, Nato,& WestPac.


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Jerrold Gunter
RD/SN/OI Division
11/68 to 02/71
rottiesami@ aol.com  
Tire Builder
Charlotte North Carolina
Sure was great to see pictures of the old gray ghost and to read comments from all you guys. Would like to hear from all my old friends in OI Div. 


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Tom (Lucky)  Luckett
YN3/Operational Intelligence
11/68 to 06/70
tomluckett@ mindspring.com
Manufacturing
811 Florence Ct Owensboro  KY  42303-6423
Nice to find this site.. maybe I can catch up with
some old friends.. seems like ages ago we were off
the coast of 'Nam and blasting away night and day!
will be nice to see all of you! take care!!


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Gene (Madman) Mazzei
Electrician/EM2/E
11/68 to 11/71
mazzguys@ metrocast.net  
Retired Electrical Supervisor,  Public Service Company of NH         
Belmont, NH
Would like to hear from former E Division shipmates.  Please send me an email.
Visit the USS Salem, our sister ship, if you ever get a chance. She is so much like our old "Thunder". I guarantee many lost memories will return as you walk her passageways & compartments.


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Donald Spaulding
RD3/OI Division
11/68 to 05/70 
donald1233@ comcast.net
Police Sgt.
81 Hartford St Natick, MA 01760


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Rich Taylor
RM2/OI Division
11/68 to 07/69 
ep65@ att.net 
Retired from AT&T after 32 years
Marietta,  Georgia
Transferred from USS Blandy DD943 the day after returning from Vietnam. Flew to Pearl to meet up with the Newport News while on her way back to Vietnam. Discharged July 1969. Hometown Evergreen Park, Il. Employed by AT&T in 1970. Transferred to Atlanta, Georgia in 1993 and retired from AT&T in December 2001.


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Clyde Hallman
GMG3/2nd Division 8"55
11/68 to 06/69
rtd4x4@ aol.com
Registered Respiratory Therapist Supervisor
South Daytona, Fl
A very memorable cruise and a growing up experience for me. I left after this cruise to return to Viet Nam and Market Time. Stationed at Cam Rahn Bay.


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Steve Patrick
PN3/EX Division
11/68 to 06/71
steve.patrick@ state.tn.us    
regional manager, TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Murfreesboro,TN


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Rpbert B (Bo) Chapin              
LT(jg)/1/68 to 02 /7o       
11/68 to 02/70
bochapin@ rmi.net
Atorney
Snyder CO
In addition to the OL and NAV divisions, I was assigned to the flag staff of CRUDESFLOT 9 on the 1968-69 WESTPAC cruise, the second of NN's three deployments to Vietnam/Tonkin. Gulf. After short summer of 69 in Norfolk, NN deployed again to the North Atlantic as the flagship of Second Fleet on a NATO exercise and goodwill cruise to northern Europe and Morroco. I very much enjoyed my time on board and met some great people.

 

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Amos C. (A.C.) Purvis
BM3/1ist 2nd 3ird
11/68 to 07/72
Champb397@ Aol.com  
Home Land Security, Dept of Transportation Security Administration.
San Antonio, TX
I spent the 1968-69 Viet Nam cruise in 1st division.  I was in 1st division for 2 1/2 years, transfered to 2nd division for 8 months.  I made BM-3 while working in the Gun Gang and was transfered to 3rd as LPO, where I spent the 1972 Viet Nam cruise.  I was high lined off the NN in July 1972.

 

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Robert Merrell
SN/OL/NAN
11/68 to 06/70
buck4@ numail.org 
Head of maintence for Sygma.
Newnan GA
Wonderful to see a website for the News.I see some names i remember well.if anyone remembers me please contact me.

 

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David Rodney Stack III
SN/Radioman
11/68 to 06/69
patchwrk@ bellsouth.net  
School Teacher
Spartanburg SC
University Of Florida, College of Architecture, 1976: Florida Atlantic University, Education, 1986

 

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Larry (BO) Bowen
RM3/CR Division
11/68 to 11/69
bowen747@ swbell.net 
Retired from SW Bell in 2002 currently drive a bus for Metro Transit
Norman OK

 

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Donald Kile
FTGC/Fox Division
11/68 to 11/69 
 
Retired
Greensboro NC
Received a fast set of orders to NN in late Oct of 68, while stationed in Monterey. Little did I know that Thunder was setting sail for WestPac the day after reporting aboard. The WestPac and North Atlantic cruse of 69 was without doubt the most memorable sea duty that I had. As I was one that was always looking ahead and never back I lost track of all the fine men that I served with. Now retired for the third time I am starting to reminisce. Where did those great times go?

 

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Robert W. (Crow) Oden
RM3 CR Division
11/68 to 05/70
tailgunnerbob@ yahoo.com
independly wealthy----retired
houston texas
retoring a b-17-g bomber

 

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Peter J. (Seal Beams/PJ the DJ) Richards
SH3/CR/OE/S3/& 7th
11-68 to 05/72 
RicharP@ amtrak.com
Material Manager for Amtrak
Glendale, NewYork
I was thinking about my old navy days when I happened upon this website. Wow, were we ever that young?

 

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Timothy W Robinson
SN/7th Division
11/68 to 06/69
timndru1@ verizon.net
toyota auto service advisor
Philadelphia PA
I sang with the on board rock band

 

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Ear T (Tim) Leeke Jr
PN1/Admin
11/68 to 08/69
 timleeke@ Yahoo.com
Rancher
Salinas CA
After reporting aboard, Captain Snyder selected me to be his personal Yeoman and Phone Talker. I had the best of jobs, and was lucky enough to work for a man I grew to love and respect. Sadly, he is not with us any longer, but his memory rests with all of us who knew him personally. I retired in 1980 as an NCCS, went back to school earning a degree in Theology from San Jose State University, married and have two daughters, 20 and 13, now. Once on the gun-line, Capt Snyder told me to watch a plateau shaped mountain we had just started shelling. After about nine hits, the whole mountain caved-in: it was full of tunnels. Most of my memories are snapshots, not too many as they had to survive the Chief's Club, and 10-years of asian delights as a single sailor. I've been a very fortunate and lucky man both as a sailor, and a civilian. I sometimes pray that when I depart this life, I will be able to see those I have known like Captain Snyder, and others I knew while aboard Thunder. Blessings to all. Tim

 

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Samuel Lee (Fergie) Ferguson
SK3/S1 Division
11/68 to 08/72 
rebecca2lexi@ yahoo.com
maintenance mechanic
Gibsonville NC
I'd love to get in touch with some of my old shipmates. I'm also looking for Willie Hayward. It's been way to long...

 

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Martin (Marty) Kalasz
SN/OI Division
11/68 to 02/72
Martinkalasz@ yahoo.com

Belleville MI
Like to hear from guys

 

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Charles Huncke
ETR2/OE
12/68 to 03/72  
 charlesjcco@ sbcglobal.net     
  
Import manager
Little Rock, AR


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Michael (Goober) Glassman 
MM2/M
12/68 to 06/72
mglassman6@ integra.net
Retired Science Teacher
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Enjoying retirement, building my own airplane and drinking lots of coffee.  Think about you guys all the time. 


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John (Rocky)  Roberts
RM3/CR
1968 to 1972 

Business Owner
Conyers, Georgia


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William (Bill) R Walker
YN2/Weapons Dept
68 to 70
mtbbill@ verizon.net 
Civil Servant, DoD, US Army, Fort Monmouth
Point Pleasant, New Jersey
I have to go find my NN pictures and papers. I originally worked for the Chief Bosin. Short, heavy set, cuss up a blue streak. forget his name.

 

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Lindsey Jones
SN/OL Division  
68 to 69
ussko@ cox.net  
Decorative and Fine Art Appraiser, Auctioneer
Portsmouth VA

 

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Terry Walcott
E4/4th Division
1968 to 1972
darrinusmc@ yahoo.com 
retired lineman
Monticello KY

 

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Wayne Snyder
BMSN/3ird Division
68 to 70
sny4650@ gmail.com
Hospital  Maintenance/ Elect.
Mobile,Alabama
The Grey Ghost had a great crew and i hope everybody is doing fine. I remember a lot of the crew on the roster list. Ive included my email address in case anyone would like to write. Good luck to you all !!!!!!

 

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BILL ( NEW GUY)  EISFELD
BT/2 B DIVISION
1968 to 1972
MANZANEDO@ AOL.COM 
OWN AND RUN A PRINT SHOP & A  BASKIN ROBBINS
BOHEMIA  NEW YORK
 I WAS ALWAYS PROUD TO BE ON THE NN AND THINK BACK FONDLY OF HER FOUND THIS SITE BY ACCIDENT JUST DID A SEARCH ON CA-148 AND I GOT HERE

 

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Charles (Slicker) Tryon
PH3/Operations Div
1968 to 1969
ctryon@ earthlink.net
Retired Police Investigator,Police Diver, & Photographer I.D.
263 Old Loudon Road, Latham NY
Thanks to "Spence" for giving me a chance at the
work I enjoyed, PHOTOGRAPHY. It was quite a time
at the "TONKIN GULF YACHT CLUB" with US and the
USS New Jersey .  OK ,  "Slicker"

 

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Franklin R. (Smitty) Smith
BM1/4th Division
1968 to 1969 

Retired Restaurant Owner
Dade City FL
Sorry it took so long to get back in touch with fellow shipmates of that era.

 

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Joselito A. Madlangbayan
SD1/S-5 Division
1968 to 1970
oscarnova2@ sbcglobal.net 
Retired US Post Office
Vallejo CA
It was a great experience to be on aboard a very beautiful and notable ship.  I can be contact through my eldest son's email address.

 

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John E Carter
EM2/E Division
68 to 72
jec965@ aol.com
Retired Electrical Contractor
Pembroke Farms FL
I served with a bunch of good guys. Married 40 years w/3boys & 3grandkids. Retired after 35 years as Electrical Contractor.

 

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Dale M. Quier
SA/S2 Division
68 to 69
jasonanddean@ comcast.net


Listing posted by Jason Fox looking for anyone who may have know his Uncle. He was on leave in August of 69 and was killed in a car accident. Please contact Jason at the above email if you may have known his uncle.


Deceased
August 1969


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