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USS Vital (MSO 474) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Vital (MSO 474). 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 20 crew members registered for the USS Vital (MSO 474).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Butler, JohnEM2Feb 1957 – Sep 1959Mine 84Looking for any of my old friends who served on board at that time. Contact me.
Rovnak, PaulEN2Jul 15, 1957 – Dec 31, 1959Engineering
Monks, Elbert S. (Bert)SEAMANDec 1957 – Nov 1960Mostly out of Mine Defense Lab. Panama City Fl.
Pechin, Richard (Dick)SM1Nov 16, 1959 – May 10, 1965O/CWOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO MY OLD SHIPMATES, FOWLER, EARNEST, PICKETT, ETC., THAT WAS ABOARD AT THE TIME I WAS ABOARD. I RETIRED IN 1976, AS SMC, AND HAVE RESIDED IN VENICE FL., FOR THE LAST 31 YEARS.
Taplin, GarySM21964 – 1966Communications
Mason, JerrySNFeb 2, 1964 – May 5, 1965SupplyGreat duty with some very good guys.
Pierce, MikeEM2Mar 26, 1964 – Jul 14, 1967Mine Division 81Panama City, was best duty anyone could have had. Made 2 Med trips and up the Mississippi River to the Memphis Cotton Festival. Wish I could remember all of my shipmates but time has taken it toll.
Stotlar, Richard. DickSM 3May 4, 1964 – Jun 6, 1964OperationsWonder what happened to Sam Kreiger, Phil Morris, and Spike. Have had contact with Kermit Hanvold, Gary Taplin and Mr Yeend. Hope everyone has Fair Winds and Following Seas. Dick Stotlar.
Stotlar, Richard. DickSeaman. Sm3Jun 1964 – Apr 17, 1966Operations. SignalmanRemember working under Dick Pechin with Gary Taplin. I had the pleasure of working the flag bag, we were usually the fastest during drills over in the Med. I would appreciate hearing from anyone or everyone. Spanky
Hanvold, KermitRM2Sep 20, 1964 – Oct 5, 1966communicationsMiss my shipmates but not the Navy
Wenk, FredRD31966 – 1968Mine Division 81Served on the Vital 1966 thru 1968. Went to GITMO the day after I reported aboard. Made a Med cruise and the Cotton Festival trip in 1967. We were drydocked in New Orleans when I left the ship.
Markham, BudRD21967 – Oct 1968?I reported aboard as lead radarman in Panama City. Shortly after, we went to New Orleans for dry dock. I was sent to Charleston to do ships inventory for six months, then back to New orleans. I was a bus driver from the
Howes, Charles (Hippie)EM3Jan 1967 – Jul 1968
Cacicio, John Aka VitoRM3Jan 16, 1967 – Feb 5, 1968I SERVED ON VITAL ALL THROUGH 1967. MY RANK WAS RADIOMAN THIRD CLASS. ANY OF MY OLD SHIPMATES STILL OUT THERE?
Gage, Robert/bobRD2Jul 1968 – Apr 1970OperationsThe dates I've listed are approximate. At the time it seemed like I was on board forever, but now I see how quickly that time went by.
Windsor, LinwoodEM2/EM1Aug 7, 1968 – Mar 24, 1970EngFirst and only Med trip made. Evaporator compressor motor quit between Bermuda and the Azores. Left motor in Azores and picked up in Italy? or Belgium.
Whitcraft, CarlRD2Sep 6, 1969 – Dec 8, 1972Mine Div 81 changed to Mine Div 21 Jan 1971Arrived in Panama City from Radar A school. Home port changed to Charleston in Jan 71. Vital was decomissioned in Sep 1972. Vital towed Jax. Fla. Remained with 6 shipmates in Fla. until Vital was vacumn sealed Dec 72.
Parish, DennisOS2Jan 27, 1971 – Sep 22, 1972operationsI served on the decommissioning crew of the Vital, and therefore was one of the last crew members aboard her.
Veihl, GarrettCSSAApr 14, 1971 – Mar 31, 1972Food ServiceMY frist ship, had a big problem with seasickness. Did not stay on board very long but had a good time while their. Had a frist class PN give me best advice of my life. told me to read readers digest to improve reading.
Eldred, RogerEMCSSep 1971 – 1972Anyone serve with my dad? I think from his paperwork he was a commanding officer. Thanks

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