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USS Francis Marion (LPA 249) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Francis Marion (LPA 249). 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 35 crew members registered for the USS Francis Marion (LPA 249).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Kale, JamesYN2Dec 9, 1960 – Apr 20, 1962XNucleus Crew. Served under Capt Bill and Cdr Harlan both of whom I have seen in the last few years. Capt Bill passed away a couple of years go.
Turlington, Gerald / TurkSEAMENJul 6, 1961 – Jan 15, 1963FirstPlankowner
Canterbury, DougMM3Aug 1, 1961 – Mar 3, 1963MPlank owner, Gitmo, Hurricane Carla. Served under Capt. Bill and Cdr. Harlan. Cdr. Harlan was also the CO of the reserve center I joined after active duty. Was called back to active duty as MM2 after start of Vietnam War
Myre, William1962 – 1963E
Bailey, EarlPC3Jul 16, 1963 – Jun 4, 1965"X"Was the ship's Postal Clerk during Med Cruise of 1965 Also mail coordinator for the fleet at that time. I remember ships like the Hermitage, Montrail, etc.
Howard, PaulYN31965 – 1966Amphibious Squadron TWOWas the Staff Printer of PHIBRON 2 onboard USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) during later 1965 and early 1966.
Matusewic, DavidSNSep 1966 – Jul 19692nd
Gay, Dan M.HT2Nov 15, 1967 – Jun 15, 1970RI was aboard the Fox when it was a prime vessel. Her crew worked hard and played hard. When I walked down the warf along side of her for the first time it could have been a battle ship and not looked better. I miss those days and the crew.
Teague, William Leonsfms2Aug 1968 – Jan 31, 1970R
King, Robert, LarryPH3Oct 1968 – Oct 1969PHOTO LAB
Cordray, JamesSF 3Oct 5, 1968 – Apr 15, 1971RHaze Grey and underway, loved the cruises, great crew
Stanley, Charles (Stan)MM3Jun 17, 1970 – Dec 17, 1973Mwhere are you Jimmy Buntrock???
Fisher, LarrySM3Jan 1, 1971 – May 15, 1973CS
Blake, MikeQM2Nov 14, 1971 – Jun 7, 1977Old shipmates can contact me at mblake53@cox.net
Snyder, William(papa Bill)BM31973 – 1975decklooking for old shipmates when it was stationed in Norfolk, Va.if any of you yahoots still out there send me an email. hope to hear from someone.
Pickett, RandyBM3Jan 1973 – Dec 19755th Div. Assault Boat Coxswain220
Neyman, MichaelE4Jan 1, 1973 – Oct 1, 1973Corpsman Senior Perfusionist at Southern Heart Center Hattiesburg Clinic Hattiesburg MS. Run the Heart Lung Machine Keeping you alive while heart surgeon works on your non beating heart and stopped lungs.39 yrs in the Business.
Riegner, GeorgecssnJul 1973 – May 1975commissarywas a cook
Compton, RichardMR3Sep 1973 – Apr 1975EngineeringMachine Shop
Hayes, Henry (Hank)EN3Jun 1974 – Apr 1978a-div
Chartier, StevenE-4Jun 10, 1974 – Dec 18, 1976
Campbell, Brian SoupRM2Oct 19, 1974 – May 29, 1978OPSLooking for those misfits n ner do wells, and other good friends that sailed the Atlantic ocean on that fine ship the Frannie Mae.. along with Chuck, the general, fur, Fitz, Face, Fleabag, Juddddderick, and others.
Stonecypher, RobertBMSNJun 1, 1976 – Sep 1, 1978Second DivisionThe Best command I served under.
Loomis, StevenIC3Sep 1976 – Oct 1976IC-GangNorfolk to GTMO on a two week reserve cruise.
Lawson, PaulET31977 – 1979OESeeing if any OLD shipmates are still kick'in
Farrington, FredMM31977 – 1977AC&R Shop
Shelly, Robert / BobHT3Apr 1977 – Aug 1979R DivWhat a long strange trip it was. Sounding and security watch when she collided with the Star Light off Cape Henry Light. Still have pics from the cutter that came along side
Witter, DavidMS1,E-6May 1977 – Sep 1979S-2at the time i was an MS3 when ship was decommissioned, Captain Martin's and Captain Carr's cook, wardroom cook, and galley cook, Northern Wedding Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee. collided with the Starlite
Mullins, Phillip1978 – 1979
Lehn, KarlBM21978 – 19781st
Simmons, DaveHTFN1978 – 1979R DivisionCame aboard from HT A school April '78. The Swamp-Shelly, Louie,ZigZag,Swicker.NATO cruise. Big times in Bremerton, Belgium,Amsterdam,Portsmouth. Hospitalized upon return to USA for 3 months. Missed the collision.
Wendell, RichieFIREMANJan 3, 1978 – Oct 1, 1979Boiler TecAssigned to the Boiler Room as a FA
McNabb, JohnMM3Mar 25, 1978 – May 14, 1978M22 months sea duty while waiting for Nuc School. North end of D&S Piers Norfolk. Could see the old SS United States from our mooring. Remember Ed Sargent MM3. Good Duty.
Mullins, PhillipOct 1, 1978 – Sep 29, 1979HM3My first ship and last in the "Gator Navy". I was there for the collison and Decomm. Sorry the tour was so short, it was a good ship and crew.
Bellavance, ConradSM2Sep 1979 – Dec 1979CSTransferred on to the Francis Marion (LPA-249) for the Northern Wedding operation from the Inchon (LPH-12) into the North Atlantic. Remember the hurricane that hit and the high seas? Have pictures of "blue water" coming up over the bow.

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