USS Little Rock CG4
Decommissioning Crew
of record

On November 22, 1976

Important: see Notes below.

Page last updated: 20 July, 2018



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(Go HERE to see list of personell by Rank / Rate)

A

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  • Abidog, - EM3
  • Agan, - SK3
  • Agnor, R.J. - LT
  • Albornoz, - MSC
  • Alleman, - FTM3
  • Allen, James D. - LTMC
  • Almanzor, - MSC
  • Alonzo, - EM3
  • Ames, - EN3
  • Arcaina, - SK2
  • Atwater, - HTC

B

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  • Baker, - ENFN
  • Baker, - GMG3
  • Ballaaoo, - FN
  • Bartrum, - MMFN
  • Bashore, - QMCM
  • Bechter, - SA
  • Beemer, - SK3
  • Berry, - HN
  • Blasiman, - SN
  • Bochter, - MM3
  • Boller, - SN
  • Borrero, - DK3
  • Bowen, - GMM1
  • Breau, - MM1
  • Bridgeman, - SH3
  • Brown, - DK3
  • Burlaza, - DKC
  • Burns, - MMFN
  • Burr, - MM3

C

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  • Callahan, - EM3
  • Carter, - SHC
  • Chamberlin, - LCDR
  • Chapin, - BT1
  • Chavez, - MMFN
  • Choate, Dennis W. - FTM2
  • Clements, K. - SA
  • Clune, Stephen E. - HM3
  • Cole, - FTM2
  • Cole, Steve - MSSA
  • Collins, - FTM3
  • Consolacion, - EMFN
  • Crossley, - YN3
  • Curry, - EM3

D

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  • Dady, - HT2
  • Dahly, - SA
  • Daloisio, - MSSA
  • Daugherty, R.M. -
  • Davis, - MMCS
  • Davis, - RMSN
  • Davis, Kenneth E. - SA
  • Davis, L - FN
  • Dawkins, Dennis - CPL
  • Deforge, - GMMC
  • Delrosario, - MS2
  • Demakis, - RMSN
  • Denis, Robert R. - CDR
  • DeSotto, Mark A. - OSSN
  • Devine, - EM3
  • Devries, - BTCS
  • Dickerson, - HT3
  • Diller, - ET3
  • Dillon, Everett E. - SHSN
  • Dizon, - MS1
  • Doan, - SK1
  • Dobson, - FN
  • Donald, - ET2
  • Dooley, - SN
  • Dornbos, D.H. - EM3
  • Dorsey, Joseph J. - MS3
  • Dutkiewicz, Thomas C. - MS3
  • Duvall, J.M. - FTM3
  • Dye, Kenneth T. - ET1

E

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  • Echevarria, - SK3
  • Echizen, - FN
  • Egan, - RMSA
  • Ello, - MS2
  • Endeman, Gerald H. - MMFN
  • Engh, - FA
  • Epperson, - PN3
  • Erickson, - FTMSN

F

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  • Felix, - PNC
  • Fernandez, - OS3
  • Fetterolf, - BTFN
  • Fisk, R.L. - CWO3
  • Fitzgbrald, - SKSA
  • Fitzpatrick, - HM1
  • Flynn, - OSSN
  • Ford, - MM3
  • Frank, - MMCM

G

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  • Gafner, - PN1
  • Garcia, - SK3
  • Gardner, - SN
  • Garrison, - GMCS
  • Giancotti, Alfred A. "Al" - ETR3
  • Gibson, John R. - SN
  • Gordon, - SH2
  • Gorman, - BMC
  • Goudie, - RM1
  • Graham, - OS3
  • Graham, - PN1
  • Graves, - BTFN
  • Green, - EN3
  • Greenwood, - HT3
  • Guthier, - PCSN
  • Gutierrez, Juan D. - BT3

H

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  • Hadley, Richard K. - RM1
  • Hallman, - MR1
  • Hancock, - MM3
  • Hand, Eddie W. - LTJG
  • Handwerk, - LTJG
  • Hanner, Gail C. - BT3
  • Harris, J.D. - LT
  • Hartsock, David W. - BT3
  • Hassenberg, - BM3
  • Helfrich, - BT1
  • Helgeson, - YNCS
  • Hicks, - FTM2
  • Hill, - FTM2
  • Hill, - SH1
  • Hilton, - PNSN
  • Hinton, - SA
  • Holmen, J - BM2
  • Hopson, - SN
  • Hosle, Ronald R. - ETN2
  • Howard, - SA
  • Hubbs, - EM3
  • Huffman, - SN
  • Huggins, R.W. - LCDR
  • Hume, George D. "Dan" - SN

I

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  • Iten, - SK3

J

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  • Jackson, - HT3
  • Jamieson, Ricky D. - FTM3
  • Jenson, - LI3
  • Jewell, D.J. - RM1
  • Johnson, - MMFN
  • Johnson, - DS2
  • Johnson, A. - SN
  • Johnstone Jr., William A. - FN
  • Jones, - EN2
  • Jones, - FTMC
  • Jones, - SK3
  • Jones, H. - SN
  • Jordanger, Rodney W. - GMGSN

K

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  • Kaiser, William - EM3
  • Kaufman, D.L. - LTJG
  • Keane, - BM3
  • Keller, Gene - RMSN
  • Keller, - FTG3
  • King, - RMSA
  • Kingsbur, Norris R. - SHSN
  • Klingensmith, - EM1
  • Koeing, - SKSA
  • Krauss, Donald J. - LTJG
  • Krout, - FTM3

L

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  • Laino, - MSSA
  • Leach, - BM2
  • Lee, - RM2
  • Lesh, - HTFN
  • Libbey, G.D. - LCDR
  • Light, - HTFA
  • Limbag, - SH2
  • Lisenbery, Mark F. - MSSN
  • Lloyd, - MS1
  • Long, William K. - PC3
  • Lynch, - BTFN

M

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  • Mabry, - SN
  • Malone, - ET2
  • Marchese, - HT3
  • Marek, - FN
  • Marrero, - SA
  • Martin, - FN
  • Martin, - HTFA
  • Martin, William R. - CAPT
  • Massey, - BTFN
  • Mathis, - EMFN
  • Maygar, - ICFA
  • Mayne, - SN
  • McCarthy, - PN2
  • McClaren, - HTFN
  • McClellan, - SN
  • McClinton, - HT3
  • McCormick, Orville J. - GMM1
  • McCracken, - HT3
  • McCrorey, - SN
  • McGulre, - FTG2
  • Mckettrick, - GMMSN
  • Mclntire, P.G. - LT
  • McMullen, - SA
  • McNeal, - RMSN
  • Meree, - SMSN
  • Miller, - PN3
  • Mitchell, William C. - OS2
  • Miteff, David E. - BT3
  • Mompher, - BT3
  • Mongelli, Robert F. - GM3
  • Monton, - ICFN
  • Moorcroft, - MM1
  • Moore, Theodore R. - RM2
  • Munns, - BM1
  • Murray, Ammon - FTMSN
  • Murray, - LTJG
  • Musmanno, Daniel G. - LTJG

N

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  • Neeley, Kenneth E. - FTG3
  • Nelson, - BTFN
  • Nerup, Robert K. - LCDR
  • Nonato, - EN2

O

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  • O'Connor, - PC3
  • Oldham, - SN
  • O'Neal, L.L. - LT
  • Osgood, - MM3
  • Osman, - HTFN

P

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  • Pacardo, - ICFN
  • Paradis, - RM3
  • Paradissis, - FN
  • Parnnello, - DK3
  • Patrick, - SN
  • Paul, - FA
  • Pederson, - ET3
  • Pender, - SHSN
  • Perkin, - GMM3
  • Peterson, - ET2
  • Phillips, - FA
  • Plouffe, William J. - CS-3
  • Polk, - BM2
  • Polley, - FTMSN
  • Porter, - HTFN
  • Porter, - SN
  • Poulson, - BTFN
  • Prather, Edwin L. - SN
  • Price, - BT3
  • Pron, Peter - SKCS
  • Pudsey, Richard F. - IC2

Q

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R

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  • Raucci, - FN
  • Rauth, - SN
  • Ray, - HM1
  • Raymond, James B. - CWO
  • Reddick, - SH3
  • Reyes, - EM1
  • Rhoten, - BTFA
  • Ridenour, William L. - YN2
  • Rider, - MS1
  • Riley, - ICFA
  • Robey, - SH2
  • Rodgers, - SA
  • Roe, - BTFN
  • Roseth, - BT2
  • Rozanski, Michael C. - MMFN
  • Russo, - FTMSN
  • Ryan, - SN

S

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  • Salatielu, Utusia - SM3
  • Salzwedel, - MSSN
  • Sanborn, - MMFN
  • Saylors, - EM3
  • Schilling, - LI3
  • Schumacher, - HTFA
  • Scott, - PNSN
  • Scott, - BM3
  • Scott, - HTFA
  • Scrivner, - HA
  • Sherry, - MM3
  • Sherry, Michael J. - MM3
  • Shivers, - HTFA
  • Shoemake, - SN
  • Shorter, - YNSN
  • Shumate, - MM2
  • Siegel, Kent R. - CDR
  • Simmons, - SN
  • Simpson, - YN3
  • Sinisi, - SN
  • Sison, - SN
  • Slater, - SA
  • Smetts, - BM3
  • Smilari, Nicholas B. "Nick" - LTJG
  • Smiley, - OSSN
  • Smith, - SK2
  • Smith, - GMG1
  • Smith, - MS3
  • Smith, - SK3
  • Smith, N. - HTFN
  • Smith, T. - HTFA
  • Stapleton, Gary L. - OSSN
  • Starnes, - MS2
  • Steele, Richard A. - FTCS
  • Sterbling, - EM2
  • Stone, - LTJG
  • Strackbein, - BM2
  • Sudik, - CWO2
  • Suggs, - PN3
  • Swoager, - SA

T

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  • Teschler, Mark A. - SN
  • Thomack, - BTFN
  • Thompson, - RMSA
  • Thornton, - FA
  • Torres, - MS2
  • Trousdale, - ETCS
  • Truner, - HTC

U - V

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  • Urbain, - HTFA
  • Valdez, - YNSA
  • Van Horn, Robert G. "Bob" - LTJG
  • Vogel, David J. - LTJG
  • Vogel Jr., Robert J. - RMSN

W

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  • Walden, - EM3
  • Walker, Vincent E. - HT2
  • Warren, - HTFA
  • Watson, - FTGC
  • Watson, - FN
  • Watson Jr., Harold S. - FTGC
  • Weaver, Christopher S. - YNSN
  • Wesolowski, Daniel - SMSN
  • West, - SA
  • Whitman, - HTFA
  • Whitten, - SN
  • Wilkins,Robert H. - DS1
  • Williams, - SK3
  • Williams, Christopher - FTMSN
  • Williams, P.J. - SA
  • Willis, - MM1
  • Wing, Thomas - OS3
  • Witmyer, - PN3
  • Woodruff, - BM1
  • Word, - GMM1
  • Wright, - HTFN
  • Wright, Orville - SMSN
  • Wyatt, - RMSA

X - Y - Z

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  • Yapo, - MS2
  • Ymzon, R.A. - CWO4
  • Zekas, - MSSA




Decom Crew listed by Rate / Rank


Officers

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  • Martin, William R. - CAPT
  • Denis, Robert R. - CDR
  • Siegel, Kent R. - CDR
  • Chamberlin, - LCDR
  • Huggins, R.W. - LCDR
  • Libbey, G.D. - LCDR
  • Nerup, Robert K. - LCDR
  • Agnor, R.J. - LT
  • Harris, J.D. - LT
  • Mclntire, P.G. - LT
  • O'Neal, L.L. - LT
  • Hand, Eddie W. - LTJG
  • Handwerk, - LTJG
  • Kaufman, D.L. - LTJG
  • Krauss, Donald J. - LTJG
  • Murray, - LTJG
  • Musmanno, Daniel G. - LTJG
  • Smilari, Nicholas B. "Nick" - LTJG
  • Stone, - LTJG
  • Van Horn, Robert G. "Bob" - LTJG
  • Vogel, David J. - LTJG
  • Raymond, James B. - CWO
  • Sudik, - CWO2
  • Fisk, R.L. - CWO3
  • Ymzon, R.A. - CWO4


Rated Personnel

BM - Boatswain's Mate

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  • Gorman, - BMC
  • Munns, - BM1
  • Woodruff, - BM1
  • Holmen, J - BM2
  • Leach, - BM2
  • Polk, - BM2
  • Strackbein, - BM2
  • Hassenberg, - BM3
  • Keane, - BM3
  • Scott, - BM3
  • Smetts, - BM3


BT - Boilerman

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  • Devries, - BTCS
  • Chapin, - BT1
  • Helfrich, - BT1
  • Roseth, - BT2
  • Gutierrez, Juan D. - BT3
  • Hanner, Gail C. - BT3
  • Hartsock, David W. - BT3
  • Miteff, David E. - BT3
  • Mompher, - BT3
  • Price, - BT3
  • Fetterolf, - BTFN
  • Graves, - BTFN
  • Lynch, - BTFN
  • Massey, - BTFN
  • Nelson, - BTFN
  • Poulson, - BTFN
  • Roe, - BTFN
  • Thomack, - BTFN
  • Rhoten, - BTFA


CS - Commissaryman

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  • Plouffe, William J. - CS3


DK - Disbursing Clerk

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  • Burlaza, - DKC
  • Borrero, - DK3
  • Parnnello, - DK3
  • Brown, - DK3


DS - Data Systems Technician

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  • Wilkins,Robert H. - DS1
  • Johnson, - DS2


EM- Electrician's Mate

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  • Klingensmith, - EM1
  • Reyes, - EM1
  • Sterbling, - EM2
  • Abidog, - EM3
  • Alonzo, - EM3
  • Callahan, - EM3
  • Curry, - EM3
  • Devine, - EM3
  • Dornbos, D.H. - EM3
  • Hubbs, - EM3
  • Walden, - EM3
  • Kaiser, William - EM3
  • Saylors, - EM3
  • Consolacion, - EMFN
  • Mathis, - EMFN


EN - Engineman

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  • Jones, - EN2
  • Nonato, - EN2
  • Ames, - EN3
  • Green, - EN3
  • Baker, - ENFN


ET - Electronics Technician

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  • Trousdale, - ETCS
  • Dye, Kenneth T. - ET1
  • Donald, - ET2
  • Giancotti, - ET2
  • Malone, - ET2
  • Peterson, - ET2
  • Diller, - ET3
  • Pederson, - ET3
  • Hosle, Ronald R. - ETN2


FA - Fireman Apprentice

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  • Engh, - FA
  • Paul, - FA
  • Phillips, - FA
  • Thornton, - FA


FN - Fireman

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  • Ballaaoo, - FN
  • Davis, L - FN
  • Dobson, - FN
  • Echizen, - FN
  • Johnstone Jr., William A. - FN
  • Marek, - FN
  • Martin, - FN
  • Paradissis, - FN
  • Raucci, - FN
  • Watson, - FN


FT - Fire Control Technician (Guns)

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  • Steele, Richard A. - FTCS
  • Watson Jr., Harold S. - FTGC
  • McGulre, - FTG2
  • Keller, - FTG3
  • Neeley, Kenneth E. - FTG3


FT - Fire Control Technician (Missles)

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  • Jones, - FTMC
  • McGulre, - FTG2
  • Choate, Dennis W. - FTM2
  • Cole, - FTM2
  • Hicks, - FTM2
  • Hill, - FTM2
  • Alleman, - FTM3
  • Collins, - FTM3
  • Duvall, J.M. - FTM3
  • Jamieson, Ricky D. - FTM3
  • Krout, - FTM3
  • Erickson, - FTMSN
  • Murray, Ammon - FTMSN
  • Polley, - FTMSN
  • Russo, - FTMSN
  • Williams, Christopher - FTMSN


GM - Gunner's Mate

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  • Deforge, - GMMC
  • Garrison, - GMCS
  • Smith, - GMG1
  • Baker, - GMG3
  • Jordanger, Rodney W. - GMGSN
  • Bowen, - GMM1
  • McCormick, Orville J. - GMM1
  • Word, - GMM1
  • Mongelli, Robert F. - GM3
  • Perkin, - GMM3
  • Mckettrick, - GMMSN


HA - Hospitalman Apprentice

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  • Scrivner, - HA


HM - Hospital Corpsman

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  • Fitzpatrick, - HM1
  • Ray, - HM1
  • Clune, Stephen E. - HM3
  • Berry, - HN


HN - Hospitalman

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  • Wallace, Dennis E. - HN
  • Wallace, Roger M. - HN


HT - Hull Technician

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  • Atwater, - HTC
  • Truner, - HTC
  • Dady, - HT2
  • Walker, Vincent E. - HT2
  • Dickerson, - HT3
  • Greenwood, - HT3
  • Jackson, - HT3
  • Marchese, - HT3
  • McClinton, - HT3
  • McCracken, - HT3
  • Lesh, - HTFN
  • McClaren, - HTFN
  • Osman, - HTFN
  • Porter, - HTFN
  • Smith, N. - HTFN
  • Wright, - HTFN
  • Light, - HTFA
  • Martin, - HTFA
  • Schumacher, - HTFA
  • Scott, - HTFA
  • Shivers, - HTFA
  • Smith, T. - HTFA
  • Urbain, - HTFA
  • Warren, - HTFA
  • Whitman, - HTFA


IC - Interior Communications Electrician

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  • Pudsey, Richard F. - IC2
  • Monton, - ICFN
  • Pacardo, - ICFN
  • Maygar, - ICFA
  • Riley, - ICFA


LI - Lithographer

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  • Schilling, - LI3
  • Jenson, - LI3


MM - Machinist's Mate

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  • Frank, - MMCM
  • Davis, - MMCS
  • Breau, - MM1
  • Moorcroft, - MM1
  • Willis, - MM1
  • Shumate, - MM2
  • Bochter, - MM3
  • Burr, - MM3
  • Ford, - MM3
  • Hancock, - MM3
  • Osgood, - MM3
  • Sherry, - MM3
  • Sherry, Michael J. - MM3
  • Bartrum, - MMFN
  • Burns, - MMFN
  • Chavez, - MMFN
  • Endeman, Gerald H. - MMFN
  • Johnson, - MMFN
  • Rozanski, Michael C. - MMFN
  • Sanborn, - MMFN


MR - Machinery Repairman

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  • Hallman, - MR1


MS - Mess Management Specialist

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  • Albornoz, - MSC
  • Almanzor, - MSC
  • Dizon, - MS1
  • Lloyd, - MS1
  • Rider, - MS1
  • Delrosario, - MS2
  • Ello, - MS2
  • Starnes, - MS2
  • Torres, - MS2
  • Yapo, - MS2
  • Dorsey, Joseph J. - MS3
  • Dutkiewicz, Thomas C. - MS3
  • Smith, - MS3
  • Lisenbery, Mark F. - MSSN
  • Salzwedel, - MSSN
  • Cole, Steve - MSSA
  • Daloisio, - MSSA
  • Laino, - MSSA
  • Zekas, - MSSA


OS - Operations Specialist

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  • Graham, - OS3
  • Fernandez, - OS3
  • Wing, Thomas - OS3
  • Mitchell, William C. - OS2
  • DeSotto, Mark A. - OSSN
  • Flynn, - OSSN
  • Smiley, - OSSN
  • Stapleton, Gary L. - OSSN


PC - Postal Clerk

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  • Long, - PC3
  • O'Connor, - PC3
  • Guthier, - PCSN


PN - Personnelman

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  • Felix, - PNC
  • Gafner, - PN1
  • Graham, - PN1
  • McCarthy, - PN2
  • Epperson, - PN3
  • Miller, - PN3
  • Suggs, - PN3
  • Witmyer, - PN3
  • Hilton, - PNSN
  • Scott, - PNSN


QM - Quartermaster

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  • Bashore, - QMCM


RM - Radioman

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  • Goudie, - RM1
  • Hadley, Richard K. - RM1
  • Jewell, D.J. - RM1
  • Lee, - RM2
  • Moore, Theodore R. - RM2
  • Paradis, - RM3
  • Wyatt, - RMSA
  • Davis, - RMSN
  • Demakis, - RMSN
  • Keller, Gene - RMSN
  • McNeal, - RMSN
  • Vogel Jr., Robert J. - RMSN
  • Egan, - RMSA
  • King, - RMSA
  • Thompson, - RMSA


SH - Ship's Serviceman

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  • Carter, - SHC
  • Hill, - SH1
  • Limbag, - SH2
  • Robey, - SH2
  • Bridgeman, - SH3
  • Gordon, - SH2
  • Reddick, - SH3
  • Dillon, Everett E. - SHSN
  • Kingsbur, Norris R. - SHSN
  • Pender, - SHSN


SK - Storekeeper

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  • Pron, Peter - SKCS
  • Doan, - SK1
  • Arcaina, - SK2
  • Smith, - SK2
  • Agan, - SK3
  • Beemer, - SK3
  • Echevarria, - SK3
  • Garcia, - SK3
  • Iten, - SK3
  • Jones, - SK3
  • Smith, - SK3
  • Williams, - SK3
  • Fitzgbrald, - SKSA
  • Koeing, - SKSA


SM - Signalman

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  • Salatielu, Utusia - SM3
  • Meree, - SMSN
  • Wesolowski, Daniel - SMSN
  • Wright, Orville - SMSN


YN - Yeoman

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  • Helgeson, - YNCS
  • Ridenour, William L. - YN2
  • Crossley, - YN3
  • Simpson, - YN3
  • Shorter, - YNSN
  • Weaver, Christopher S. - YNSN
  • Valdez, - YNSA


Non-Rated Personnel

SN - Seaman

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  • Blasiman, - SN
  • Boller, - SN
  • Dooley, - SN
  • Gardner, - SN
  • Gibson, John R. - SN
  • Hopson, - SN
  • Huffman, - SN
  • Hume, George D. "Dan" - SN
  • Johnson, A. - SN
  • Jones, H. - SN
  • Mabry, - SN
  • Mayne, - SN
  • McClellan, - SN
  • McCrorey, - SN
  • Oldham, - SN
  • Patrick, - SN
  • Porter, - SN
  • Prather, Edwin L. - SN
  • Rauth, - SN
  • Ryan, - SN
  • Shoemake, - SN
  • Simmons, - SN
  • Sinisi, - SN
  • Sison, - SN
  • Teschler, Mark A. - SN
  • Whitten, - SN


SA - Seaman Apprentice

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  • Bechter, - SA
  • Clements, K. - SA
  • Dahly, - SA
  • Davis, Kenneth E. - SA
  • Hinton, - SA
  • Howard, - SA
  • Marrero, - SA
  • McMullen, - SA
  • Rodgers, - SA
  • Slater, - SA
  • Swoager, - SA
  • West, - SA
  • Williams, P.J. - SA


SR - Seaman Recruit

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  • Steele, - SR


MARINES

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  • Dawkins, Dennis - CPL


Notes:

The above lists are derived from the 1976 Decommissioning Program. If you know of corrections that should be made, please contact the Webmaster.

Navy Traditions / Decommissioning

The ceremony of decommissioning a ship terminates its active service, although in many cases decommissioned ships may be placed in reserve and recommissioned many years later in time of need. Decommissioning ceremonies are generally serious, if not sad, occasions, however, and are conducted far less elaborately than those that bring a ship into service.

  • After arrival honors for the senior officers and officials attending the ceremony, the national anthem is played to commence the ceremony.
  • The chaplain gives an invocation, then the commanding officer makes welcoming remarks and introduces the guest speaker if there is one.
  • After the guest speaker's comments, the commanding officer calls "Attention to orders!" and reads the decommissioning order.
  • The commanding officer then says, "XO, make preparations to decommission United States Ship [name]." The executive officer responds, "Aye aye, captain. Reports."
  • The heads of various departments then make their reports, to which the executive officer responds, "Very well."
    1. The first lieutenant: "All secure about the decks. The running lights have been extinguished, the cannonballs have been removed and the cannon has been spiked."
    2. The engineer officer: "The shafts have been locked. All valves closed and the seachest secured. The tiller has been locked amidships."
    3. The supply officer: "All rations have been commuted and the galley fires doused."
  • After the last report, the executive officer reports, "Captain, [name of ship] is ready for decommissioning." The captain then asks the senior officer present for permission to decommission the ship.
  • The senior officer and guests, if aboard, are piped ashore, with any appropriate honors, then the captain orders the executive officer to have the ship's company lay ashore. Once the crew is ashore, the captain orders, "Strike eight bells," terminating the final watch, and "Haul down the colors."
  • All present salute as the national ensign and jack are lowered. Finally the commissioning pennant is hauled down.
  • The executive officer finally orders, "Secure the watch." With this, the continuous cycle of watch relieving watch aboard a ship in commission is broken and the ship is no longer in commission. The captain reports this fact to the senior officer present and relinquishes command, then directs the executive officer to have the members of the crew carry out their respective orders.

After the decommissioning, tradition has it that the commanding officer is presented the last commissioning pennant to fly over the ship to keep as a memento. The crew member with the most years of service keeps the last ensign flown by the ship.

*Article from Sea Flags website.




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