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USS Opportune (ARS 41) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Opportune (ARS 41). 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 155 crew members registered for the USS Opportune (ARS 41).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1968 | 1969 – 1977 | 1978 – 1988 | 1989 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Reed, JimEN31969 – 1971Engine manLot of good memories a board the opportune. Hello to Barney and mike from Jim Reed. Live in alliance ohio.
Bartholow, Paul DouglasSK31969 – 1973opperationsBarney wruble and i came aboard in malta, the last two months of med tour. Being the newbies we got the full initiation. All in all the crew was great! glad to have served
Ricci, Mike A.k.a. Rickyen3Apr 1969 – Feb 1972main engine roomlooking for wally warren dc2. we spent a weekend in rome 1971 . he has photos I would like to see. visited j.a. reed en3 and en1 fouch in ohio in 73 or 74. em3 gene Johnson married my sister,now divorced
Ronald R Wruble, Barneye3May 28, 1969 – Apr 28, 1971bupersman matelooking to hear from some of the guys on the ship with me?
MacDermid, BruceLTJGDec 24, 1969 –
Bails, JohnMR21970 – 1973RSerching for crew members that served under LTCDR Don C!
Morgan, Richard/rickSM21970 – 1971OCTransferred from COMSERVRON6 Naples, to Oppie just before she left for the Med. Had the best division officer LTJG McDermid. Had some unreal experiences on Oppie. Capt Craft was great.
Enlow, JackIC3Mar 1, 1970 – Aug 24, 1972EngineeringLoved my time on board, wish I would have changed a few things in my life to have stayed. But alas..
Mody, PeterHT2Apr 10, 1970 – Aug 25, 1972engeneringGood ship with great shipmates, A lot of good memories
Sutcliffe, Herb (Mocliffe) profile iconETR 2/ET1Jun 19, 1970 – Dec 19, 1972OPSA couple of Med cruises, Caribbean, and Key West I remember LTCMDR Craft
Morgan, RichardSM2Aug 1970 – Jul 1971OCGreat crew. Crazy QMC, but replaced by a really great one after the Med. Wish I could remember his name. Enjoyed my short time on her.
Long Jr., JohnE3Aug 5, 1970 – Aug 5, 1973AtlanticUSS Opportune ARS 41 years 1970-1973
Ihde, RickYN3Sep 1970 – Oct 1971
West, PierceHM1Sep 1970 – Sep 1972Medical Department Rep/Medical Deep Sea DiverGreat tour of duty with CDR Craft as CO
Littlefield, WinstonBT2 (DV1)1971 – Feb 20, 1973Scuba lockerI was on board from 1971 until Feb 1973 then to sat. diving school .HTCM (MDV) Bennett was the master diver the best master I ever dove for.
Legare, ThomasSN1971 – 1972Boatswain mateSpent about a year on USS Opportune. I'm looking for John Reynolds who also served on same ship.
McDonald, JohnIC21971 – 1971EI spent the last months of my duty on the USS Opportune, I pick it up at Rota, Spain to Little Creek, VA.
Trammell, William HEN1Apr 1, 1971 – Jun 5, 1973M This ship was the best, The CO was a leader of men, I would have followed him to hell and back. The crew worked hard and played even harder The Oppy did alot of good work
Phinney, AllanElectrician Mate 3rd ClassApr 30, 1971 – Nov 6, 1972EngineeringHad some interesting experiences aboard the "Oppy", some good, some not so much. All in all a great learning experience for a young guy.
Perry, William (Bill)w1. w-2May 6, 1971 – Mar 10, 1974chief engineerEnjoyed my tour. lots of great people. Don craft. bob fred(RIP re engined with cats 3 med cruises includung recovering jfk anchor and chain. I was OOD when we found it.
Haubert, PhilipRM5Jun 10, 1971 – Aug 10, 1972CommunicationsIf you were on board when I was, please contact me at e-mail "philip.haubert@hotmail.com. Thanks.
O'Hara, KevinEN-3Dec 1971 – Feb 1974Engineeringkevino1@comcast.net or O'Hara.Kevin@orr.sysco.com
Pierce, SteveENS1972 – 1975Communications Officer/Salvage Diving OfficerMy first ship. Great Med cruise, including recovering USS JFK's anchor and chain off Cannes, France. BMCS Okey Southers took me to USS Recovery to meet Carl Brashear. Many great memories. Looking for John Mulkeen.
Hutchinson, Eric (Hutch)EM3Feb 1, 1972 – Dec 14, 1974engWas on the Oppy for the JFK lift in the Med in '72. Hell of a lot iron to get off the bottom.
Werneke, Robert (Bob)EN2Oct 15, 1972 – Jun 6, 1975SalvageAwesome time aboard the Oppy. Interesting time in History coming out of Vietnam. Always busy, Robert Fred CO, Bosn Ryder Salvage Officer, Okey Southers Master Diver. Absolutely a great time of my life. Cheers
McVehil, JohnE5/RM1973 – 1976COMMUNICATIONS
Hanes, RobertOS1/OSCJan 1, 1973 –OperationsWould like to say hello to all my shipmates. Was promoted to chief while on a Med cruise in early 73' .I continued my career and retiring as Chief Warrant.
Engelhardt, Gary profile iconIC2Jan 1, 1973 – Mar 1, 1975Only IC man on boardGitmo cruise, Shore leave in Ocho Rios Jamaica, pulling targets and floating drydock from Quonset Point, RI. Left the Oppy just before the Suez cruise. Remember going to VA beach and party with Mike Gourlie and gang.
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Gourlie, MikeEM1Jul 1974 – Apr 1976Electrical DivisionServed aboard the USS Opportune during its deployment to the Suez Canal Zone area in 1975 as an adjunct to Task Force 65. The Opportune was the first ship to travel the entire canal after its closing in 1967.
Gourlie, MikeEM!Aug 1974 – Apr 1976ElectricalWas on board for the Med Cruise to the Suez Canal. First ship to traverse the Suez Canal since 1968. Go Oppy! Retired LTC (O-5), Wisconsin Army National Guard. Active duty combat tour in Afghanistan, Aug 2004 - Aug 2005.
Brummett, CarlARS 41Nov 23, 1974 – Jul 3, 1977EngineeringAboard the Oppy during the Suez Canal Tour. Met a lot of good men and friends.
Phaneuf, DaveRM2Jan 1975 – Oct 1977
Summann, MartinRMCJan 1975 – 1978Operations/CommunicationsGreece Nato Bouy Pickup. Suez canal Clearance
Ryan, RoyEMFNMar 1975 – Dec 1975Suez was a trip
Milender, LeonardETN3Apr 1975 – Nov 1975OperationsSuez Canal trip. Only US NAvy vessel to ever be caught in a sand strom!
Pitzer, PaulLTNov 1975 – Nov 1978Operations/SupplyMed, Being the Target in Gtmo, Diving Ops, Death of Mike Martin, Trouble in Rota
Nowicki, Thomas " T.J. "EN2Feb 1976 – Sep 1978Assigned to Engineroom B-2 Was on Board for MED Cruise of 1976 ....GREAT times !! Does anyone know where Rip Van Winkle is ?? E-mail me at TEEJAY41@aol.com I Live in Buffalo , NY now and work for the U.S. Postal Service. I'm in the book..LOL
Immel, KirkEM-1Jun 15, 1976 – Jun 15, 1981EngineeringCool site! ...never knew about this. I run engineering for a Gov Contracting Company called SEIDCON today. After navy, finished school, stayed in So Cali until 2008, moved to Palm Coast FL. Drop a note :)
Barrett, SteveRM31977 – Aug 1979
Stack, TracyBm3 DiverJun 1977 – Mar 1981Dive Locker
Gill, ThomasHT2Sep 19, 1977 – Feb 13, 1981EngineeringI am trying to find my old buddy David Tharp who was in deck Division. I would like to hear from any of my shipmates who might remember me. Good ship, best experience of my life. Great memories
Guadagnino, Robert /guadBm2. DiverSep 30, 1977 – Sep 28, 1980DeckFirst I was part of the Deck division. Then moved to the diver locker
Butler, Stephen SeaLIEUTENANTOct 1, 1977 – Dec 20, 1979Operations Officer and Navigator (Great Ship!)OPS in: Med (2), Sea of Mamara,Turkey; Persian Gulf; US East coast, Carribean; Central America. Towed "Observation Island" from Balboa, Panama, ordnance clearance of U-352, diving on USS Monitor w/Coustea&Calypso, nailed by MK-86 GFCS GIT

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