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USS Skill (MSO 471) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Skill (MSO 471). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 37 crew members registered for the USS Skill (MSO 471).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Meagher, Desmond JohnEN31955 –Mine Div 84 Get Under WayMy Dad was a plank owner and a crew member. He passed away in 1983.
Parthe, Wm. L. (Bill)LTJGJun 2, 1955 – Jun 30, 1956Deck/SupplyPlank owner.Came from The USS Doyle (DMS34/DD494). Was 1st Lt/MS Officer as well as Supply & Commissary officer. Transferred to Navy Reserve after leaving the Skill and spent another 13 years in the active Reserves,retiring as LCDR
Beane, DonaldEN 2Nov 1955 – Jan 1959EngineeringAugust 1955. Pre-Commissioning Detail, Charleston, S.C.
Blumenberg, Hymie Or Sonny  NEWrm 31958 – 1959operationsanyone in operations
Fleming, JohnSK2Jan 4, 1958 – Sep 27, 1960SUPPLYI AM FROM PHILADELPHIA, PA AND WENT ABOARD THE USS SKILL JANUARY 4, 1958 IN JACKSONVILLE, FL AT DRY DOCK. TRANSFERRED TO USS WAXSAW AND THEN TO THE USS TACONIC AGC17. HON DISCHARGED 9-27-61 AS AN SK2. NOW AT TRAFSGT587@AOL.COM
Flynn, JamesE-4Jul 1959 – 1962EngineeringI requested to go aboard the USS Skill to serve with my half brother, Gerald Robert Anderson.
Sheets, JerrySN E3Aug 1959 – Apr 5, 1965deck
Mitchell, JohnRM21960 – 1964OEServed on the Skill after re-enterning the Navy from broken service. Many Caribbean cruises, 1 med cruise and the Cuban blockade. Remember doing the u-turn off the coast of Florida after our Caribbean cruise was over.
Whelan, KevinFNJun 1960 – Jun 1961ENGMY FIRST SHIP WAS EM STRIKER. MY BROOKLYN ACCENT-STUCK OUT LIKE SORE THUMB. DID 20 IN NAVY AND 23 AS CIVILIAN WORKING FOR DEPT OF NAVY. FULLY RETIRED IN NC NOW. THE SKILL AND CHARLESTON ARE GREAT MEMORIES
Dexter, BruceEN\E4Nov 1960 – 1962Enginering
Burbank, RobertEN2May 1961 – Aug 1963Engineering
White, JohnETN-2Jun 1, 1961 – Nov 1, 1963OperationsHad a great time,crused the Carribean,East Coast,Mediterranean,participated in the Cuban missile crisis,great bunch of Officers and Men.
Dick, Donald profile iconEM1Aug 20, 1961 – Jun 4, 1962EngineeringLooking for LTJG Wallace. He encouraged me to get more education and it was very instrumental in my life. I just want him to know how appreciative I now am.
McCormack, Mikesn1962 – Jul 1965operationsI was a singnal man and did navagation as well.
Cranford, Robert "Bob"FNJun 28, 1962 – Apr 3, 1964Engineering/Damage ControlMade cruise to Halifax Nova Scotia, the Mediterranean, and participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Was aboard when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Pennington Jr, HaroldEm2Sep 6, 1963 – Apr 10, 1967EngineeringLoved shark fishing, in the windward passage,while checking for Russian, ships sending Missles. Men of Steel, Ships of Wood. All ships can be a Minesweeper, ONCE!
Morton, Joseph W.ETR2Oct 26, 1963 – Jul 30, 1965Operationscontact for reunion information. I maintain a directory of 80 crew. Just returned from our 6 th reunion.
Ziegler, William1965 – 1969SUPPLY
Southern, SamE-4Jul 15, 1965 – Nov 3, 1967?Cook
Hickman, LewisETR'3Oct 1, 1965 – Jul 21, 1966
Miley, Marion K.1966 – Aug 1970Infomation submitted by widow, Hazel Miley
Hernandez, GilbertFNJun 1, 1966 – Dec 1, 1968E Division
Routley, Larry Bgmg3Jun 14, 1966 – Oct 1, 1967deck crewgunners mate
Matthews, JohnSM3Jul 10, 1966 – Sep 8, 1969operationsI was on this ship for about 3 yrs. 3 months and did 2 Caribbean & 1 Med cruise in '68. i still am in touch with Ed Myrter RD3 if you wish to contact him (only by phone)...Please write to me..love to hear from 'ol buds!
Henkel, Gary profile iconEM2Jul 21, 1966 – Jul 1, 1968Minesweep OperationsHope to hear from some crew members who I served with.
Risti, JoeBMNov 28, 1966 – Jun 1968
Goad, LarryCS21967 – 1968S-2
Cooper, JimPO3Mar 1967 – Nov 1968SupplySpent this time serving with my brother Richard PO2 until he went to Little Creek Va for Navy Divers Training. Multiple Caribbean deployments, 1 Med cruise. Many good times with good shipmates. I now live in sarasota Fl
Vennard, DaveLTJGJun 1967 – Jan 1969
Vennard, DavidLTJGJun 1967 – 1969operationsI saw the USS Skill in Kearny, NJ the day she was broken up for scrap. This was in 1984. I was able to remove the Quartermaster logs for the period 1968-1970. Also took the Captain's Mast record book.
Clark, DougETAug 1967 – Dec 1968OperationsI remember a two-week storm in the Med...thought the Skill and the crew were going to sink to the bottom! In the Spring of '68, we spent a week searching for the lost submarine, Scorpion.
Brundage, JamesRD2Oct 1967 – Oct 1970OperationsAfter radarman A school in Great Lakes I was assigned to the Skill as an E2 and spent the rest of my time in the Navy on Her. I made one Med deployment from Jan 1968 to Jun 1968, during which we participated in the unsuccessful search for the nuclea
Hebert, Bob, Robert, HerbyEN 3Aug 1968 – Dec 16, 1970EngineeringServed aboard the Skill until her decom in 1970, lots of great memories!
Bumgardner, MickeyYN3Aug 1968 – Jun 1969AdminUSS SKILL was my first duty station out of boot camp. My time on board was an experience I'll never forget. Would love to hear from some of my old shipmates.
Goldstein, AlanSNDec 29, 1968 – Sep 30, 1969DeckDivision LPO was BM1 Alfred Burns. Also BM2 Jerry LaPorto
Jordan, Kenneth (Kenny)SA1969 – Dec 1970DECK
Schlieper, Markcs 3Nov 26, 1969 – Feb 1971ships cookAs the Skill was being decomissioned i was transferred to the Naval Hospital . I would love to hear from crew from that time 69-71. I was the other cook with Bill Franks of Akron, Oh. I am from Rye, NH.

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