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Wows, I just came across this crew members list and am blown away. I know so many of these names from 1978-1980. I am PO3 Branam...John Branam, HT with chief James and Chief Marsh. Came aboard in Philly shipyard and departed in Jan, 1980.
I an blown away because of this fire. I knew nothing about it until today and my buddy Bob Stewart is mentioned as helping to put it out. He was an HT as well and slept in the bunk across from me. I remember coming out of Rota and we hit a swell and the ship crashed down, HT1 Eanonie and HT2 Riener came crashing down on
I taught Ensign Tobias everything he knew about Damage He was a fresh Ensign out of Annapolis. He wasnt a very good student though.
Commander Wallace.....he was acting Commander and signed my collage release before the last Med cruise I would have gone on. Then 4 days before the cruise he tells me the plans were changed and I had to make the cruise. I missed the ships movement to uninroll in collage, get out of my apartment lease and talk the dealer into taking my car back. Not good...but fond memory.
I remember Ibeza and the eribus(spelling?) the liqueur from the tree root...dang that was good. I saw the Alps and went skiing there. Tunisia, Greece.....was all good times. Anywho, Y'all be safe, thanks for the memories and thanks you for your service to America.

John Brown
Thursday, 16 February 2017 at 18:04:00

I was a seamen when I first went aboard the U.S.S.Nitro in 1972. I was a Bm3 when I left the Nitro in 1974 at the end of my enlistment. I was in the 2nd division on the deck force. I boarded the Nitro in Subic Bay in the Philipiines . Mostly after I made Bm3 I was put in charge of the sidecleaners. I chummed around mostly with 2 guys by the names of Chuck and Ray. One of these guys's last name was Sedor. I would love to hear from one of these guys as well as anyone else that was on the ship and was on the deck force at the time. I remember that our Bm1 had the last name of Hackworth. My email is Please contact me if you were on the U.S.S,Nitro during this time.
Donald Hess
Hummelstown PA USA - Tuesday, 7 February 2017 at 17:07:00

TAD 1970, MM3 assigned to A-Div
Only ship I served on that ever had "Swim Call"! Yea!!
Probably the only one in A-Div to miss a roll-call because I fell asleep on the workbench in our "Shack" with the hatch closed. Embarassment doesn't begin to describe that!

Brice Vineyard
Springfield OR USA - Tuesday, 02 August 2016 at 20:37:00

1/73 - 7/75 - Came aboard with Capt. Bassett in Subic Bay as FA. Became EN YN when Cherry Maderry left. Made YN3 with Earl Zoll. Shockley, Bissonette, and the whole Engineering gang were my friends. Syverson and Payne were my officers. Finished WESTPAC cruise, made GITMO and 2 MED cruises. Was Gig Engineer last Med cruise until rough seas dumped me and BM overboard while being lifted aboard the ship in Naples, Italy. Was discharged for early release at Earle, NJ to attend college. A perfect Navy Day - "A light gray sky on a dark gray sea."
Doug Brown (Brownie)
Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 at 03:57:51

Seamen, deck ape 1st & 2nd division and gunner mate 3rd division. On board 1976 to 1979 went to 1 med Cruz
Jeff Barr
Monday, 23 February 2015 at 08:24:00

HMC, reported Jan 75, Retired while ship at the Naval Base Philly June 77.
Lloyd Goodrich
Tamarac FL USA - Saturday, 22 November 2014 at 14:08:00

Served on board the USS Nitro AE-23 from 1973-1977, as a cook in the officers mess. They called me OJ. Thanks
Otha Davis
Friday, 17 January 2014 at 10:49:00

HT3 / R-Div, 75 - 77. Made the " evaporator " med cruise, and parted ships company in Jan 77 at Philly. Assigned to USS Detector ( MSO ) in Newport RI for reserves until 1980.
Mike Perry
Alburgh VT - Saturday, 17 August 2013 06:33:00

OSSA from 1979 to 1980…Nitro was my first ship after graduating from OS "A" school in March 1979...I served as a Wardroom Mess Cook, as an OSSA in 1979...LT Noe, the Chief Engineer onboard during my time, was the Mayor, here in Pine Hill, NJ, where I live (LOL...small world)back in the 1990s...I still think I owe CWO2 Bear $5.00 I borrowed from him...After cranking, I went up to CIC and worked with OS1 Smith, OS2 Lansing, OS2 Morris, OS3 Graf and OSSN Hatzenbeuhler and a couple others who I can’t recall...I hung out with QM3 "Willy G" and SKSN Phifer...I was aboard when CDR Jockel was the CO, LCDR Chown was the XO and LT Shepard was the Ops Boss...I went to XOI (Chown was a BIG, SCARY guy) for wearing sneakers on Liberty during the time CDR Jockel said we must wear shoes...Made SOQ in 1979, then decided to take the extra year for Push Button 3rd to OS3, and transferred off Nitro and commissioned USS CLARK (FFG-11)...I did two tours on Clark and two tours at Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, at Navy Recruiting Station Berlin, NJ (My hometown)...Retired, after 12 years, in 1991, on disability, as an OSCS(SW)...Graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, and went to work in corporate as a salesperson...Moved up to VP of Sales, and fully retired in 2008...I see some very familiar names here and would like to get in contact with those who I knew...
Steven DeCord, OSCS(SW), USN (Ret)
Pine Hill NJ USA - Monday, 27 May 2013 at 15:39:27

I served aboard Nitro as an FT from March of 1971 through April of 1974. I was discharged as an FTG2, and spent much of my time loading Nitro's cargo holds and replenishing carriers off the coast of Vietnam.
Robert W. Klimek
Friday, 15 March 2013 at 12:02:00

Served on Nitro from 77-80.
Bryan Burke
Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at 18:45:00

served on board 1978-1980 as an engineman/a-gang. i just ran across this and was amazed at the people i recognized still and served with. lyle powers, james nye, dave rogers, ronnie burke, and the rest of the a-gangers. also someelse who could make me always laugh corky! miss all you guys hard to believe its been 32 years since then.
Scott Hartman
Sunday, 9 September 2012 at 13:39:29

Served as an OS3 in CIC from 1970 to 1972
Anthony C Caputo Jr
Roaring Brook Twp PA USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at 08:34:00

I was in R division. We did shipboard repair and firefighting. I was assigned in June, 1967 to February,1970. I was there for the pier crashing in Cuba. We also ran aground chasing a fishing boat. We all had a good time swimming with the sharks in the Mediterranean. I remember the birthday partyheld for me in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thanks guys. "Pop"
James P. "Pop" Bell
Scottsburg IN USA - Sunday, 27 May 2012 at 13:35:58

QM3-Quartermaster. Joined the crew right out of Class A School. Served onboard from mid 1974-May 1978 Participated in 2 med cruises and shipboard overhaul in Philadelphia. Served in the Navigation Department, and was one of the underway replenishment helmsmen. I was fortunate to be given the conn one night while on watch by the Officer of the Deck. I also served as a member of the Security Alert team while onboard. While in homeport, I served as duty driver. I made many trips up and down the pier to pick up my crew mates!
David Davis
Tuscaloosa AL - Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 15:10:00

Joined the Nitro crew in August 1978 after decommissioning the USS Mitscher DDG-35. Earned my E-5 while on board serving in M Division. Left in September 1979. Great folks. Great memories.
Blair Tolbard
Saturday, 11 February 2012 at 12:20:00

radioman on board from sep.70-mar.72 lots of great guys in operations, jim schultz, joe christiano, ed hymas, frank (who was the ham) just to name a few. mostly good times, a couple not so good, but will always remember the good ones
Rick Gillis
Racine, WI USA.- Monday, 11 July 2011 at 21:16:00

2nd Division 1975 - 1976 went on one Med Cruise and had the time of my life. The Nitro was fun and made a lot of friend and would like to hear from any of you now.
Michael A. Jacques
Keene NH USA - Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 22:07:00

BM2 from May 69 to Mar 70, first division. Great to find this page will be joining association. Feel free to contact.
Wayne Hapgood BMCM retired
Middletown Ct USA - Tuesday, 07 December 2010 at 23:00:00


Richard Simpson
Monday, 04 October 2010 at 08:58:00

BM3; I was in 1st div. and J div. Served aboard the Nitro from 1975 to 1979. I thought it sucked at the time but now are a lot of my fondest memories. Made some really good friends. I still keep in touch with some. Joey Anez, Charlie Ball, George Woodward. My good friend Bob McGee passed away this past August of 2010. Let me hear from you if you remember me.
Phillip Weatherford
Memphis TN USA - Saturday, 4 Sep 2010 at 19:41:48

MM2, J Division, 5/76-11/79. I remember friends from Nitro's J Division: Joey Annez, Rich Kindl, Gerry Fiore, Bill Hodge, Aaron Shaw and James. 3 Med. Cruises, Gitmo, Overhaul in Philly, Brooklyn Shipyard, Norfolk, Charleston. I went to the Nitro straight out of A-school and did a lot of growing up on her. I may not have thought so at the time, but they are now all good memories.
Rich Tanner
Naples FL USA - Thursday, 17 June 2010 at 09:04:00

RM3 1971 to 1972. Came aboard in Boston Dry Dock. Did GITMO shakedown cruise. Was there for the "Magnificent Seven" served guard duty when they were in the brig to Hawaii. Was "editor" of the on-board newspaper. The Captain told me to stop the editorializing or I would have to stop the newspaper. So I stopped editorializing. Chief Carpenter was a good man to work for.
Santa Rosa CA USA - Monday, 28 June 2010 at 14:08:00

Served aboard our worthy ship in 71-72, including drydock at Boston, refresher training at Gitmo, and our deployment to Westpac, as an OS2. Did Ozzie really catch a shark when we were dead in the water below Cuba?
Richard L. Auchey
New Oxford PA USA - Friday, 11 June 2010 at 09:42:00

I was onboard from late 69 to Sept 71. Left as an ETN3. What a blast reading these entries and seeing names that bring back a flood of memories. Anyone remember the ship's newspaper, the Poseidon, or the "radio station" from the ET shack with our home-grown DJs, transferring the fire truck, the bomb threat at Davisville, Hymas diving off the flying bridge, "sneaking up" on a Russian ship in the Med, putting the dent in the JP Kennedy or fighting the Klingons in the neutral zone? (oops, wrong ship) Take care & God bless.
David Cote
Princeton MA - Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 09:24:00

Served 78-79 GMGSN, Recall a storm as we were headed for Italy. We were in some rough seas then it felt as if someone had hit the brakes. Recall a little folksal jumping going on before it became real rough. There was a large wave that had damaged the forward magazine. Just recall the face of that warrant officer when I handed him a 3" 54 shell in the canister that was now 20 inches long rather than the 36". I recall some good memories. Sorry to hear of the fire.
Ben Ruddock
Tulsa OK USA - Monday, 18 January 2010 at 15:58:00

EMFN; E-Div; A-Gang; 77-80; (2) Med Cruises, Once to Gitmo Bay; Brooklyn & Philly; Met lots of good people and learned much.
Andre' Landry
Yarmouth ME USA - Tuesday, 08 December 2009 at 20:50:00

Floyd W Bonnell
Naples FL USA - Friday, 16 October 2009 at 08:08:00

I served aboard Nitro from 74 to 78, I was at 1st in 1st Division, then later for about 3 years in Xdivision, I was YNSN, I served with YN DJ Stewart, John MILLER, Dan Largy, Chief Cappello, I had many friends who I would love to make contact with, Dan Bobb, Sonny Zapanta, Jim Kirby, Jackie Robinson, Tom Cress, Bill Gilmore and I have a wonderful feeling for my old ship, had wonderful times, made 2 Med Cruises, spent the summer of 75 in Norfolk, loved being in our home port of Earl, as I lived in New York, Would Love to connect with some of my shipmates.
John White
Thursday, 03 September 2009 at 05:20:00

I served onboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) from May 1970 thru Feb 1972, 3Rd Div, My rank was GMCS. I retired from the Navy Aug 1976 as GMCM. Had a lot of good times on the Nitro. Would enjoy hearing from any of my old shipmates.
Julian Barnes
Hope Mills NC - Tuesday, 11 August 2009 at 17:24:00

I cannot believe I found this great site on the web. I spend less than a year aboard (1975-76) - then a number of months in the orthopedic ward in a Navy hospital in Norfolk, VA due to surgery on my left foot. (I was admitted to the hospital while the AE-23 was in Norfolk for tender availability and repairs. The last time I saw her was when I left for the hospital.) I hated ship life but met and remember great people, enlisted and officers alike aboard the Nitro. Most of the time on-board, I chipped paint and two terms mess cooking in officer's country, as a non-designated SN. I volunteered for the second term as mess cooking was better than chipping paint! After the hospital stay I completed active duty assigned to the JAG office at RTC/NTC Orlando. Then served three years in the active reserves while attending and graduating from Pfeiffer (now University) College(BA) in North Carolina (back home). For graduate school (MS) I returned to Orlando, Florida (Rollins College) and stayed for a career as a state probation & parole officer and supervisor. I eventually earned a Ph.D. (Barry University) and am a college administrator and faculty as a second career, back home in North Carolina. Please feel free to contact me, as I would really like to hear from shipmates. David (Dr. David Streater, BA, MSCJ, Ph.D)
David Streater
Monday, 22 June 2009 at 22:36:00

1978-1980 ICMEN 3rd class Broke my leg in road of spain with the help of ICMEN Hugho, ICMEN Corkrin, and store specialist oheara. I think about you guys all the time. I still live in Jersey, get back to me.
Timothy Stryker
Sunday, 14 June 2009 at 22:51:00

hey guys was on the nitro from 1975 to 1979 e-division e-5 wish i could rember all the good times we had, feel free to contact me to chat
Tony Teti
Buffalo NY USA - Friday, 15 May 2009 at 14:01:00

Reported aboard 11/69 at Athens as a S/A left Nitro 07/71 as BM3 in 2nd DIV.I was on the bridge as petty officer of the watch for replenishments when we hit the KENNEDY. Met some great guys on there. Glad I was along for the ride.
Bill Heater
Thursday, 14 May 2009 at 17:39:01

Served on board Nov.1976-Nov.1980. Reported as BM1 LPO 2nd div. Advanced to BMC mar 1978, served as CMAA, until 1980 med cruise, returned to deck dept. as LCPO. Transferred in Nov.1980 to USS CARON DD-970.
Charles Watts
Friday, 27 March 2009 at 20:43:00

I was aboard the Nitro from November 1968 after "A" School to February 1972 when I was discharged in Davisville. I was in E division as an EM2C, then specialized in the FAST equipment. I made three Med cruises, one Carrebean cruise. I remember other members well; Joe Price, Dave Lesso, and Gary Bardelli. Also Jake Dunleavy, Mr. Israel, Egan, Chief Heally, Chief Shenk, Bobby Blalock, and Charlie Barnum.
Pottstown PA USA - Monday, 23 March 2009 at 21:49:00

I was an IC-Man aboard the Nitro from 4/78 - 7/81. I had the pleasure of making many life-long friendships. My wife, Cindy, and I still get together with IC3 Jim Hugo and his wife & children several times each year (Jim remains one of my best friends to this day)!
I also want to thank my friends, especially the HT gang, for putting out the "fire" in June 1981! If it weren't for you guys, I would not be typing this note today! I will never forget what you did. HT's Stewart, Thomas, Murphy and MacClellan...I am deeply appreciative!
I have many fond memories and the friends I met will remain with me forever. My nephew (Mike D'Aniello) just completed boot camp at Great Lakes...he's going to be an airedale, but don't hold that against him. My wife and I don't have any kids, but I'm proud that OUR legacy (yours & mine) will continue through my nephew and his shipmates!! May you always be guided by fair winds and following seas! Aboard the Nitro: 1978-1981

Dan (Corky) Corcoran
Schenectady NY USA - Monday, 16 February 2009 at 22:49:00

YN2, 72-75.  I reported aboard when Nitro pulled into Subic after it's 1sr trip to Nam. This page has brought back memories for shipmates that I had forgotten about.
Earl Zoll
Sunday, 25 January 2009 at 15:50:00

Served on Nitro from 1973 to 1975 First Division . Would like to find old shipmates that served with me during this time and would like to hear more about the history of the old ship after I was discharged from service. Would also like to know how I could obtain a copy of the yearbook , I had one but it was destroyed in house fire.
Mike Fisher
Sunday, 25 January 2009 at 10:01:00

I was on Nitro from 69-72. We made a west pac and med cruise. Chief Cumming, MM1 Ferland, and Chief Balf were the big guys. My rating was MM3. Some of my shipmates were Gunnar Nilson, Randy Riggs, Roger Sherwood, and Rossi.
Gary Greenlee
Alpharetta GA - Thursday, 11 December 2008 at 17:16:00

GMG, Served aboard the Nitro from 71 thru 75. Struck out of Deck Div 1 to Gunnery Div 3. Watched the now infamous "Nitro 7" jump into the sea in Narragansett Bay on the way to West Pac, knew them all well. Was on deck when the Oriskany slammed into us in the So China Sea, scariest night of my life to this day! Put out a fire in No 4 Hold during unrep with some ship, can't remember who. Still close with Chip Chapin and Jack Minogue. On board buds with Sal Capardi, & Jack Haberther from NJ, Webber from Columbus Ohio, Andy Santos from LA, Matt Ridgeway from Up State NY and many others whose names escape me while I write this. Those times are often vivid in my mind and I cherish the memories. Living and loving life in the Finger Lakes of NY (Seneca). PS: Just heard the old girl was sold for scrap.
George Thompson
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 at 20:03:00

BM2, 1st, 2nd, and J division...was on the ship 75-79
Roy Harris
Tucson AZ USA - Tuesday, 09 September 2008 at 15:50:00

Dias SHB2..... I was on the Nitro from 1968 to 1972 and was the only barber on the ship during that time. I picked up the ship TAD on the AE Mazarma in Rota Spain, and was discharged when Nitro was in the shipyard during May 1972. I made 2 Med. trips, and countless war games in Gitmo during that time. I mostly hung with Ship Service and the Cooks.... has anyone heard from Billie Bear, or George Argy???? As the only barber on board, every swab, from officer to deckmate, sat in my chair for 3 1/2 years........
Mike Dias
Naples FL USA - Wednesday, 03 September 2008 at 11:52:00

I was on USS Nitro from 74-79, HT2, R-div & J-div
Michael Courville
Center Conway NH USA - Monday, 18 August 2008 at 22:39

OS3 West. Assigned CIC/OPS '79-'81 separated after the Big Med BBQ!! I remember some of the names, and I remember a lot of faces in my mind. I remember the fun, the pranks and the tragedies!! Thanks for the memories!!!
Joseph A. West
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 at 05:33:00

1979 - Oct 1980 HM2 DOC Still have some pics of the cruise. Including the crazy one for the coming home..ran into a few of ya over the years... now old, fat and happy.. fondest memory - doing the carribean, the med, and the baltic in one year!
Monday, 09 June 2008 at 06:49:00

BM3 on board 1969-1970 one Med and one gitmo cruise great crew ,and we did have a lot of fun in the Med,O by the way I was one of the guys who got that flag In Spain
Al Shaw
Buffalo NY USA - Friday, 21 March 2008 at 11:13:00

Was a striker and became an EM3 shortly after the med cruise. Knew Johnny Johnson and Eric Lloyd. We had many bible studies on the flight deck and enjoyed many good friends along the way on many adventures to the east. Was on board from 1979 to 1981.
Michael J Benoit
Friday, 22 February 2008 at 20:12:00

LTjg: I was aboard from '68 to '70 serving as 1st Division officer and later as Assistant First Lieutenant. Great ship and great crew.
Doug Williams
Rio Rancho NM USA - Monday, 29 Oct 2007 at 19:25:05

I served onboard from Feb 72 to June 75. Made all deployments and adventures during that time. Would like to be in touch with shipmates from those times. I had the distinction of stealing the police car in Providence with Legal Officer Martin Torrey on his first liberty after the ship's return from Westpac. I think Marty was glad he didn't deploy with me.
Al Voss
Friday, October 12, 2007 at 22:14:00

BUNNELL FL USA - Tuesday, 8 May 2007 at 08:12:00

M Division Chief from 1979 to 1981. Left the ship just before the fire. I was in "LMET" instructor school and read about the incident in the newspaper. The men involved did a fantastic job of controlling and extinguishing the fire. Truly a dangerous situation to deal with and impossible to imagine unless you were directly involved. It must have been like hell especially with a powder keg next door. My highest regards and respect for you guys.
Stan Trosky
Hickory NC USA - Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 16:24:00

Served onboard her from 1979 - 1981. Spent 15 out of 20 months Haze gray and underway. Served with some great men who became lifelong friends. Learned a lot about the UCMJ and NJP but wouldn't trade one minute of it. Hope all is well with my shipmates. Fair winds and following seas.
Paul J Nolan
Hulmeville PA USA - Friday, 16 February 2007 at 11:16:00

PNSN, X-Division & Engineering Office, 1977 - 1980. I found all of you on a NITRO site, and to be honest, some names I have not recalled in over twenty-five years. Have not seen anyone with the exception of Jimmy Nye, about 1992, he was in Albuquerque for business and we spent half a day visiting. Would very must like to contact Jimmy Nye, Dan "Wild Man" Campbell, Joe Powell, Dan Corcoran, Tom Hogan and all those crazy f@#%ers from New England.

Yes, I was one the bunch that left our beloved NITRO in Norway. We all went back to Philadelphia, PA for the separation, drove my gold V.W. and spent a few days at Jimbo Nye's place in North Carolina and then back to Albuquerque. After the unemployment benefits were exhausted, and spending every night chasing bar flies, I enrolled in a computer technical school, learned to program main frame and mid-range IBM computers via GI Bill.

Got married to a beautiful girl and will celebrate 24 years in June. Two children, Roy 22, senior @ NMSU Las Cruces, NM; Julie 18, senior @ HS. I remain to earn a living in the computer technology industry. Quit working for W2 employers in 1997, started a computer consulting business, incorporated in 2000, and currently serve as owner, president, and senior consultant.

Would love to here from anyone!!! Please forward any e-mail, telephone, or contact info from above mentioned shipmates.

Leif Johnson
Silver City NM USA - Friday, 09 February 2007 at 17:29:00

B-div BTFN-BT3-BT2 1971-1974 Been there, done that!
Keith Vincent
Clio MI USA - Friday, 02 February 2007 21:23:00

HT2 Dial, 74-77, "R" Division. If you remember 3 Med cruises, then you didn't have any fun. Ah, to be young and foolish again. I think I'm turning into Chief Ski, yikes!
Robert (Bob) Dial
Mesquite TX USA - Friday, 8 Dec 2006 at 22:38:46

ETN2 Served aboard Nitro 1970-1972 Operations Division
I see many familiar names on this list and the recounts numerous stories that I will never forget. I was standing OOD when the flash message arrived - sending us off to WestPac just a few days after a Gitmo cruise. One Med cruise - quickly learned drinks for the B girls were very expensive also spent 6 straight days on SP duty in Naples due to high seas - what a Christmas, the yards in Boston, 2 Gitmo visits - drunk in St Thomas - I think we visited Haiti once too, aboard for the first 5 months of WestPac - got ripped off by hookers in Hong Kong - Olongapo - what a great zoo - Monkey meat and all.

Ed Carpenter
Lake Mary FL USA - Monday, 6 Nov 2006 at 14:30:58

MR3-M Division 1977-1980
Darrell Jones
Pooler GA USA - Saturday 22 Jul 2006 at 16:39:50

1971-1972 HM3 - Was stationed on board during the refit in Boston before you went West Pac. Have good memories of the people
George Lowery
Cumberland MD USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 21:12:00

To make a long story short....I joined the good ol USN in August 1971. After basic and "A" school it was off to NITRO in 1972 (bound for WestPac). After WestPac, I was onboard for Gitmo and then the Med Cruise. I departed NITRO in 1975. Over the years I had been told that your first ship will always be your best. Guess they were right. Reported on board Nitro in Earl, NJ (WestPac load adjust) 3rd Div (GMGSN). There for the "fender bender" with the Big 'O' (Oriskany). Got to be pretty handy with the old 45/70 "line gun". Still had 45 Thompsons and BAR's in the Armory at that time. We lost at least one forklift over the side and another one into elevator pit. After WestPac and Gitmo and then it was off to the Med (just not the same). Renlisted for the PI (75), assigned to the Armed Forces Police unit in Subic. Been on the West coast ever since. Retired in 1991, did my last two years with the Seabees.
Michael Chivington (GMG1-Ret) AKFORT7@YAHOO.COM
Oxnard CA USA - Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 17:43:00

I can't believe I found this site. It brought back alot of memories. I was aboard the Nitro between 78-80. I was part of the Supply Div. with Kevin Knox, "Steel" Bill Whalen, Joe DeBride, Pete Hare, Billy Lunden, Danny "TAZ" Phifer, The Johnson Boys. I remember some of the guys who wrote in already. Jim Hugo, Dan Corcoran, Dan Campbell,Kim Lyle, Lyle Powers and The Haze Gray Ghost Riders, Leif Johnson, Larry Badgely etc. Would luv to hear from anyone...let me know what's been going on.
Keith Talmadge
Monday, March 27, 2006 at 10:59

I was a EM2 September 1973 to August 1976. To find this extensive website brought back fond memories of the kind of friends you only make as shipmates. Would love to hear from anyone by e-mail, fax, phone, etc. I am living in the high mountain desert in West Texas and enjoying life. Would like to hear how some of you are doing.
Truman Andrew (Oscar) Rea
Alpine TX USA - Friday, 7 Oct 2005 at 17:21:40

MM2 J Division I was on the Nitro from 1973 to 1979 - a record. All the things that made me leave the navy had been erased by time - interestingly - the fond memories and the best friends I ever had remains vivid in my head: Bill Kohlrus, George Girod, Scott Fleagle, Eugene Hoover, Phil Weatherford , Richard Kindle, Richard Tanner, and many many more. Hope to hear from any one of you one of these days.
Jose Anez
New York NY USA - Friday, 29 Apr at 2005 02:45:09

What a great site! I was onboard as a YN3 from about late 77 through 79 and served in the ship's office as well as B Division Yeoman during my last year on board. I recognized a bunch of names in the crewbook and I had to dig out my 78 Med Cruise book to put some faces with the names. Man that old book sure smells moldy! I still keep in touch with FA Nick Spano from time to time. If anyone has heard from HM2 John M. Clair or Leroy, our mailman, I'd love to know how to get in touch with them.
John Solberg
Sunday, 3 Apr 2005 at 23:51:16

I served aboard the Nitro fom early 1977 to Jan. 1981. Her home was in Earl NJ. She was in dry dock in Philly when I first reported. I made a couple of Med. crusies, a North Alantic, and a Carribean which included a stop at Gitmo. I was a SH3 and worked in the store, babrer shop, and records office. Boy I hated bringing on stores. If you think you remember me e-mail me at
Kevin Knox
Fort Wayne IN USA - Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 at 03:20:20

I came onboard the Dump of D-ville as an EMFN(E-Div) around Mar.'73 and was discharged Sept.'73. I served with Stankowski, Bailey, Shockley, Manley, Robinson, Ferretti, Tinsler,Hoover, IC3 Lucia, Wolfe, EM1 Atchinson,& Lt. Paine. Many good times to go with a few bad ones.
Michael Nelson
Portland OR USA - Saturday, 1 Jan 2005 at 14:51:35

1979-1984, MMFN, M. Div. It's been several years since I visited this website. I'm sorry to see that many of the names that were registered then are now missing. I have tried to forget the memory of living on that pile of razor blades, but I still remember many of the Men I served with, grew up with and despite my arrogance, respected. Yes I do remember the great weenie roast of June 1st, 1981, and the one man who jumped overboard. Heaven knows where he thought he was going to go. I have photos of the engine room though. "Sorry Healy"
James Jefferson
Portland OR USA - Saturday, 12 Jun 2004 at 17:40:20

RD3 onboard from 1971 - 1973. I was looking up something else tonight and nearly fell off the chair when I found this super site with all of these great old names and faces! I imagine it happened to everyone this way. What a pleasure! Chipped paint in Republic Steel, to mess cooking through canal/ Hawaii (Jack o' the Dust) finally to CIC. So ... So many names: Wayne Frankenfield ( GAF right?), Big Paddy , Mortsnerf , Rick Henderson, Twardowski, Paul Descotau, Tressler ... wow ... all important Sparks! I bet I missed a couple. How about "Ozzie" Cliff or Eugene Nelson?? Rick Richardson? I am retired ... in Virginia Beach ... had some throat surgery so may sound a bit mechanical if you call. 1-757-420-7400
Chuck (Charlie) MOODY EWING
Virginia Beach VA USA - Saturday, 3 Apr 2004 at 01:05:20

I was on NITRO from 75-78, in B-Div.
Steve L. Martin
Saturday, 12 Jul 2003 at 0236:01

I just found this site and it is great. I was stationed aboard the USS Nitro from about Mar '73 to April '74, and was assigned to "M" division. I came onboard as MM3 and made MM2 shortly after. Not very long thereafter, I was LPO after the first class P.O. was busted in Athens, Greece. If you were on board then you will remember what I am talking about. I was scheduled for another Med cruise but had to stay stateside and undergo surgery. Was temporarily assigned to the Reserve Center at Perth Amboy while the Nitro was in the med. Nitro was homeported at Earle, N.J. at the time. Would love to hear from anyone.
MM1 William T. Harrison
Sulphur LA - Saturday, 21 Jun 2003 at 17:59:14

OS2 Griffin, 73-76
Tuesday, 10 Jun 2003 at 19:22:17

Served aboard from early 1976 until early 1978. Spent most the time in drydock in Philly. Great bunch of guys, really had a blast. Like to hear from anyone who might remember me. Had some "interesting" adventures with a few of you. Best of luck to all....and remember........................ Nitromen do it with a bang! But..... Radiomen do it with more frequency! Later------
Mike Mullen
Merrimac, MA. USA - Saturday, 31 May 2003 at 00:39:04

SPRINGFIELD MA USA - Wedneday, 1 Jan 2003 at 14:21:21

bm3 2nd divison uss nitro ae23 1972 1975 would like to hear from 2nd divison who sailed at this time
terry [henry] hamilton
Thursday, 12 Dec 2002 at 21:39:17

E3/ Boiler Tech, 1977-1978
Joseph J. Harfman, Jr
Montgomery NJ USA - Friday, 29 Nov 2002 at 21:02:27

Bayville NJ USA - Tuesday, 03 Sep 2002 at 09:50:44

MMCM Retired. Came aboard Nitro in "72 and retired from the Navy on her Oct.73. Almost missed tour to "Nam" on her due to appendectomy. Would love to hear from crew members that served same time as I did.
James J. Balf
Beachwood NJ USA - Monday, 27 May 2002 at 19:46:09

RM2. Served onboard the Nitro from Dec 69 to Aug 71.
James Schultz
Monday, 13 May 2002 at 08:52:12

SM., J. Division, 1975-1976. Came from the USS Flint. Almost a Year In Earl, NJ Would like to find Joey Anez and George (I can't remember his last name). He was stationed in Greece before coming to the Nitro. His home state was Virginia. Anyone Remember the night of the home brew party on the flight deck in 76. and the fishing while we anchored in the med. The Oil we burned (wink-wink) Write back I have movies of that cruise.
Tuesday, 30 Apr 2002 at 23:42:23

1976-1980 First Div. BMSN I came aboard with BM1 Hall. Has anyone heard from Weatherford, McGee, Virgin, Laster, Lindal, Bowman, Goode, Lawhorn, Pittman, Weston, Wacky White, Conger, or any others. I visited Marty Laster over the summer.
Chuck Ball
Wednesday, 13 Feb 2002 at 21:36:19

Served aboard the Nitro from Aug. 73-aug 76, with the biggest group of pirates that the good lord ever assembled in one place, but wouldn't have missed it for the world. Left that old bucket with some fond memories, and good friends. Served in ''E'' division as a p.o. 2. Would like to hear from some of you old timers. Drop a line to Steve "the Buff" Bissonette at the "E-mail" address below.
Steve Bissonette
Stamford NY USA - Saturday, 2 Feb 2002 at 21:01:28

I just discovered this Website today. It is terrific! I am sorry I missed out on the Chicago reunion - I live in Aurora, IL. The photo to have of the NITRO sailing towards you showing her Port Bow (and alot of black hull) was taken by me in 1978. I was on the CANISTEO doing some Engineering Drills when the weather turned really bad, and I had to stay over a few days. I saw the NITRO coming up for much needed refueling one day and took that photo. As the Cruise Book Officer I made sure that there were lots of copies around.
I joined the NITRO in 1977 while she was still in drydock in Philadelphia. As a fresh Ensign I was given "B" Division, working with Chief "Zeus" and BT1 Westgate. We survived GITMO and the midnight raid on the Repair Shop by the Cheng (LT Whittle) to retreive our Main Steam Stop Valve. I was shifted to DCA then, just in time for my first Med Cruise.
It was during the 1977-78 Med Cruise that we made some great liberty ports in Spain (Barcelona), France (New Year's Marseille) and Italy (Civitavecchia-Rome). We got home in the Spring of 1978, and spent some time in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I made it to LTJG, and qualified as SWO and CDO.
In 1979, NITRO deployed to the Med again. This time we got to the Majorca Islands, Greece, Alexandria and Tunisia. We also did the first "docking" of a SSN (BLUEFIN?) in Alexandria Harbor. She came alongside and shut down her reactor, using "NITRO-power" to supply all the juice she needed. We also had a "Spook Shack" welded to the upper decks for some classified intel. As I was the COMMO I got to go inside periodically. The air conditioning was first class.
I was sent to Bethesda during the last part of the cruise for a medical problem, and rejoined NITRO at NWS Earle in the Spring. Later that Spring we got permission from CNO to have some of the wives sail with us from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands back to NWS Earle. Even the CO's wife made the trip. The enlisted wives stayed in Sick Bay, and the Officers' wives who came stayed in their husbands' staterooms. The "single" officers moved into empty staterooms. That was the best week of underway ops I can ever remember! Anchors aweigh!

Stephen Swierczek
Wednesday, 9 Jan 2002 at 23:03:41

Went Aboard January 1977, Assigned to Deck Division for a couple of months as an SA. Fondest memory was slush-in Cable. Was PSI to RM"A" School, so I was attached to Radio gang. Went for 3 month as a Dishwasher underway to the the Med. Remember seeing the Exorcist underway, and listening to Rock music over the Ships radio. I remember not so much the names rather the marks and the impact , like the baker with the "Lil Devil" tatoo, going for Coffee during the midnight watch. learning to box a little and "Doc" biting my broken thumb (Showing me it was still broken" Hitting the med port of calls.... Oh my god! Seeing a shipmate siwm to the the ship in Naples "Busted" We laughed for a week. Water hours and Navy Showers. I can never forget her and the times we had together. I went to Phili with her and left a couple of months later for RM"A" School. How can anyone forget the Nitro Adventure. I left as an "SN"
Thu, 3 Jan 2002 at 23:14:36

MM3 M division Feb75 to Sept78 Just found the web site. I think this great. Have alot of good memory's and good times aboard her. Hope to hear from other shipmates.
Tom Eisenacher
Tuesday, 23 Oct 2001 at 08:52:18

BM3,2nd Div,1970-1973 Med, cruise and West Pac. Nitro 7 at Earle,NJ. Good times in Hong Kong at the hilton. The oriskany slam job!! Getting my thumb stuck in shirt presser in ships laundry!! Like to hear from old salts from this time period.
Scott Holden
Latrobe PA USA - Thursday, Oct 2001 at 12:24:22

BT3 Nelsen,Onboard from 1977-1981. Great to see some of the names from the past,Had some really great times along with some really screwed up ones! (captains masts). I think I held the record for going from fireman to bt2 and back down! Remember Most our parties down in the hole! lots of good beer in those bilges!Also the time I turned our drinking and shower water blue! (food dye). Even the E.O. thought it was funny! until the X.O. Started yelling! Sorry guys for going on water hours! And a special thanks to all my shipmates on that day in june 81 (fire) helluva job or we wouldn't all be here.
BT3 Nelson
Sunday, 15 Jul 2001 at 08:03:15

I was an IC3 on board from 78-80. Worked with the likes of Dan Corcoran, Tim Stryker and Dan Sullivan. When I left the ship (in Norway) I went with Dan Campbell, Bill Powell, Jimmy Nye and Leif Johnson. I still get together with Corcoran all the time. We spent the night at BJ Thomas' house in Philly after the Army/Navy game a few years back. Would love to hear from anyone that remembers me (with the exception of a certain E-Div officer). Just living the family life in Upstate NY.
Jim Hugo
Highland NY USA - Saturday, 23 Jun 2001 at 13:34:18

I served with Tom Lowe in CIC for about 2 years I was in O1 division I reported abourd in 1975 when the ship was in NWS Earle, NJ. I left active duty as a OS3 in 1977 when the ship was in the Phildelphia yards. I made one med cruise in 1976.
Patrick Quigley
Philadelphia PA USA - Saturday, 30 Jun 2001 at 09:33:27

Fireman A. Division. Sailed on Nitro 1973-75. Made 2 Med cruises & gitmo's. Miss all the friends on the ship & miss the quiet days at sea. Working in Albany area transporting new cars to dealerships. Would like to hear from some old friends. Take Care BELL
Mike Bellemare
East Durham NY USA - Saturday, 2 Jun 2001 at 11:57:13

USS Nitro - Feb. 1975 to Dec. 1976 M Division USS Nitro - Feb. 1975 to Dec. 1976 M Division. This is Memorial Day and I find myself thinking back to my "Navy Days" and buddies like MM3 Jimmy Leas, MM1 Gerald Strofus, MM3 Powell, FN John Rambo, FN Silva, EM3 Steve Bissonette, FN Caraco, FN Drake, FN Tom Eisenacher, EM3 Mike Jackson, EM3 Red Wildfurer, BT2 Budah Forbes, HM3 Doc Flynn, FN Jim Farrell, FN Dan Campbell, all shipmates worth remembering.
Mark A. Sikes
Minneapolis MN USA - Sunday, 27 May 2001 at 23:29:35

Member of crew 71-73 R-Division, (HT-3). Came on board in Athens Greece Med cruise 1971. Did the West Pac Cruise. Looking foward to hear from crew members that remember me. Now a Police Officer in the town of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Jeff Lewis
Dartmouth MA USA - Wednesday, 25 Apr 2001 at 15:17:01

I reported aboard in 1968 and left in Oct. 1970.I was an SF2 in R div.I have enjoyed reading all the messages from former crew members.This site brings back a lot of good memories.Would like to hear from anyone that I worked with on the Nitro. We had a lot of good times together.Chief Doyle was a good man to work for and I sure wood like to hear from him.
Timothy O'Neil
Port Hope MI USA - Sunday, 18 Mar 2001 at 21:46:12

Served onboard from '75-'78 in R-Div. Came aboard as HTFA and left as HT3. Started my Nitro stint in the Chiefs Mess thanks to Big Chief Ski (HTC Kowalczyk) being the mess caterer at the time! Some of those I worked and "hit the beach" with - Bobby Dial, Frank Keys, Dave Marcoux, Bob Wilchinski, John Coulter, Mike Perry, Mike Courville, Larry Seible, Dan Hather, Dale Parris, Dean (Cowboy) Pittman, Joey Anez, HT1 Marsh, HTC Gordon, HT1 Furr and a slew of others I'm not remembering at the moment.Lots of good memories!
Bob Garven
Clermont FL USA - Wednesday, 14 Mar 2001 at 20:22:01
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PC3, X-Division - I served on Nitro as a Postal Clerk from 1979-1981 with PC2 Vashaw. I re-enlisted in 1982 and was stationed aboard the Uss Iwo-Jima (LPH-2) out of Norfolk, VA.(The Amphib. Navy). The highlights of my second enlistment was being a member of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force, Beirut Lebanon 1983 and Cargo PMCC. I Was also a member of the Salvage/Rescue Team sent ashore after the bombing of the Marine Battallion Landing Team Building 1-8 October 23, 1983 to extract weapons, confidential paperwork and the dead from the rubble. We lost over 250 brothers. An experience which still resinates in my mind on a daily basis.
Kim Lyle PC3
Jersey City NJ USA - 6 Mar 2001 at 06:08:35

BT2 - I served on board the Nitro from 65-66 and again from 67-71. I made 5 Med cruises while I was on board. I would like to hear from anyone who knew me.
Duane Miller
Friday, 23 Feb 2001 at 11:40:03

BT3 A Division. Served on board Oct 1967 thru 1971 under Capt.'s Snyder, Smith and Howe. Remember playing guitars on the flight deck with Leroy Patterson, wearing long hair wigs. Did several Med cruises and still remember the smell of Naples harbor. Was there for the beaching at Gitmo and the pier cutting. It was great sport. Was there for the hippies in New York harbor, the swimming for beer in the med, being rammed by the JP Kennedy, and much more. If any of the guys are out there like, Tom Kren, Leroy Patterson, Carter Kelley, Gary Bates, Tom Moxley and Chief Buttery(Mr. Tatoo) would love to hear from you.
Mike "maddog" Buckman
Kissimmee FL USA - Sunday, 21 Jan 2001 at 18:35:38

I served onboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) from May 1970 thru Feb 1972 , My rank was GMCS. Please send information on the upcoming reunion.
Julian F. Barnes
Hope Mills NC - Monday, 15 Jan 2001 at 14:37:33

USS Nitro (AE-23) 1975-1978 IC2 E-Division. Glad I found this site. It instantly took me back to my days on the Nitro. Would be interested to correspond via e-mail with any of my former shipmates.
Russell Dionne
Yarmouth ME USA - Tuesday, 12 Dec 2000 at 21:29:59

I just stumbled on the Nitro website today!! I was knocked out. I didn't know there was an association devoted to ex Nitro shipmates. Was on board from January 69 to January 70 having just finished up a tour in DaNang. I picked up the Nitro at Davisville just after she was coming back from a Med cruise. I was an SK 2 and I'm not sure you were on board when I was. I would really appreciate a reply to let me know when you left and if you know any other guys that we served with. I look forward to hearing from you.
Tom Ewing
Friday, 13 Oct 2000 at 15:27:13

YN3/X-Div from 1976 - Jun 1980. I worked for YN1 HERRICK. I recall the CO - CDR J. A. JOCKEL, LT KITTS, CWO2 BEAR, LCDR CHURCHWELL, LT DUDLEY, YN3 BEASLEY, QM2 KINNEY, QM3 DRURY, and the list can go on. I got out in June of '80 and went back in. I got out in '92 as a YN2 after Desert Storm. Pink slipped with a bonus. I also served on the JCS at the Pentagon (National Military Command Center) during the Reagan years. Love to hear from anyone who knew me at that time.
Tom Simmons
Tucson AZ USA - Friday, 06 Oct 2000 at 14:32:37

QM2, Operations, reported for duty in June 76 and departed in December 79. I am presently a Firefighter at Fort Monmouth and have been for the last 20 years. I am protecting the homes that a lot of our mates lived in. I still talk with Chuck Graff and hope the rest of you are all well.
Sam Drury Mutly112 @
Port Monmouth NJ USA - Tuesday, 12 Sep 2000 at 19:40:52

OS3 I went on board Beth Steel Boston Aug 71 left from Subic Bay Jan 73 to be discharged at Treasure Island. I recognize several shipmates from that era and have many GREAT MEMORIES!
Bill Connors (Big Paddy) From:
Westwood MA USA - Wednesday, 30 Aug 2000 at 21:38:33

MM2 A-Gang 75-79 Yes I set a record for time spent onboard one ship. Great Memories. Do they have year books for years 75-79? I only have one for 79-80
Dan Campbell
South Carolina USA - Date: Monday, 14 Aug 2000 at 11:36:51

I came aboard Nitro 04 December, 1968, at Naples, Italy, and served until my separation in September, 1972. At my relief, I was LPO of 1st Division, and I left with a rating of BM2. I didn't know there was such an association in existence, and I am proud to be contacted and I hope to help with next year's reunion. Please contact me if I can be of further service.
Hayden Wiley, Jr.
Friday, 28 Jul 2000 at 20:55:05

I was on board the Nitro from Sept 1968 thru June 1972. I was in the Engineering Division as an IC3. I was on board during the Hippie Canoe incident in New York Harbor when 6 crewmen jumped overboard to be with the Hippies. I was also on board during the two collisions with the same destroyer during replenishment. I would like to hear from some of the old E Gang crew (Jake, Blalock, Bowen, Price, Williams, Etc.).
Gary Bardelli
Wednesday, 26 Jul 2000 at 21:35:08

Served onboard from '71 to '74 2nd div, changed to ships baker CS3. Retired March '92.
Michael Hooper
Monroeville AL USA - Tueday, 1 Aug 2000 at 21:22:24

BM3 First Division 1968-1970
Gary Corley gary
Monday, 31 Jul 2000 at 20:10:36

BM2 1st Division 1978 - 1981, I was aboard during the big fire ... what a night! & Much a lot of work to get back to the States! I was a short timer when the fire happened 41 days as I recall! Hey fellow Fire mates!
Larry D. Badgley
Ukiah CA USA - Thursday, 06 Jul 2000 at 17:26:56

QM3, Navigation, 2 years (1971-1973). Looking for members of the West Pac cruise, 1972-1973. CIC, quartermasters, deck crew, or any other crew members that remember me.
Jim Schuster
Fairpoint OH USA - Wednesday, 21 Jun 2000 at 01:40:16

As a GMGSN I reported aboard late '76. She was my third ship, I left USS Nashville after I broke up my leg and took new orders instead of a Med cruise on crutches. I was short when I reported aboard. I waited for her in Earle for a few months at the barracks. The only cruise I did with Nitro was Earle to Philly to the yards. Now there was a treat, a seaman GMG with a shortimer's attitude in 3rd div. on an AE in the yards. Beyond that, she had a good crew, I met some standup guys. I discharged from her in the yards in July '77. The personnel man gave me a Discharge certificate even though I had 2 years inactive reserves to do, that's ok, now I have 2, one color and one B&W. I got to see her again a year and a half or two years later, I was driving south bound on the BQE and what do I see in the Navy yard but the Nitro. It was Friday afternoon, I pulled in and picked up a couple of mates and I showed them around NY. Not Bad.. Greg, Johnston, I'd love to hear from you guys. Its been a long time. Who remembers Mike Dellaposta? A GMG1, made it through the Nam as a River rat only to fall prey to his "friends" on Nitro, after 19 years, a shame I tell you!
Steve Essex;
Bradenton FL USA - Friday, 24 Mar 2000 at 21:37:50

I spent about eight months on the Nitro in 1971. I was an EM-3 assigned to E-Div. When I went on her she had just came back from a Med. Cruise and after two months we went to Bethlehem Steel Shipyards in Boston for an overhaul. I bought a 1971 Med. cruise book even though I wasn't on the cruise I knew most of the people in the book. I still have some good memories.
Steve Taylor
Jacksonville FL USA - Wednesday, 01 Mar 2000 at 20:03:15

Thursday, 30 Dec 1999 at 20:42:05

BM3 early 70's. Would like to hear from anyone I served with.
Glenn Ethington
Friday, 17 Dec 1999 at 16:02:05

EM3 from J Division...sometime in winter of 74 through spring of 76. I boarded the Nitro when it was changing home ports from Rhode Island to Earle. Fork lift repairs were my main responsibility. Thanks for the website. I see Bill Kohlruss's address, and also John Millers.
Scott Fleagle
Monday, 13 Dec 1999 at 14:04:46

Quartermaster Seaman (E-2,E-3) 1978-1980 Navigation/Ops. Reported aboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) in Civitavecchia, Italy in November 1978 as a very young and green QMSA, just out of "A" school. Guys I remember are QMC Klumpp, QM2 Kinney, QM3 Sam Drury, QM3 Mario Fenandez, OS3 "Hatz", MS3 Rudy Steiner (Pardeeville, Wisconsin), BM3 Bannister, ENSN "Gus" Nesbitt, GM1 Brown, GM3 Jaime Maldonado, Capt. Jockle, LTCDR Churchhill, LTCDR Wallace (Cheng), (Bull) ENS Lippa, CWO Bear, Ens. Gold, the"First Louie", LT. J.C.Kitts, among others. After my second Med on Nitro in spring 1980 transferred to the USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) in Vallejo, Ca. In 1982 went TAD to the USS Pyro for a few weeks to assist the QM gang for sea trials. Honorably Discharged as QM2 in June '82, got a "Z-card" and joined MSC-Pacific as an AB. After a few assignments, in October '87 wound-up on the USNS Kilauea (AE-26) . Sailed as AB and Boatswain Mate. Got a Deck License in July 1990 and was sent back to Kilauea in Subic Bay as a Third Mate, just in time to load-out for "Desert Shield". Stayed aboard Kilauea until we arrived back in Subic from "Desert Storm" and the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in June 1991. An appropriate end of a career aboard AE's. My fondest memories though, are from my first assignment- USS Nitro. It was a damn good ship and crew. I am now with the Offshore Division of the Masters, Mates, and Pilots Union and last sailed with Sea-Land Service. I hold a Chief Mate license. Best regards to my old AE shipmates.
Kevin M. Tapp
Detroit MI USA - Saturday, 27 Nov 1999 at 11:12:05

EN2. A Div. served aboard USS Nitro from 1977-1980. I served with Jim Nye, Gus Nesbitt, Lonnie Minton, Scott Hartman, Ronnie Burke, Dave Rogers, and others. I made two med cruises "78" and "79"-"80". I hope to hear from some of my fellow shipmates.
Lyle Powers
Traverse City MI USA - Sunday, 21 Nov 1999 at 17:08:24

QM3 in Navigation Div. from Aug.1971 thru Nov. 1972. This was really a surprise to find. I reported onboarded Nitro while she was in the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard. I did the Westpac cruise with her and have many, many memories from that period including the collision with the Oriskany in the So. China Sea, a real nightmare for all hands onboard.
Jeff Tressler
Burnsville MN USA - Friday, 19 Nov 1999 at 11:52:29

What a great discovery! Served onboard 23DEC69-16APR72 as HM2. Retired HMCM(SS) NOV 90. Now working for Military Sealift Command in San Diego. Home: 619-220-8214 Already see familiar names, will cross check my cruise book.... hope to get in touch. Will update later! My earliest and best memories of active duty come from my first tour of sea duty aboard Nitro!!!
George J. Blanchard
San Diego CA USA - Monday, 15 Nov 1999 at 13:29:24

GMGSN Onboard 1975-1976, Went Gunners Mate A School from there, went on to make GMC before retiring in 1992
Ricky Kidd
Westland MI USA - Friday, 29 Oct 1999 at 14:17:00

The Gunner, summer 73 to 75 plus or minus. From Great Sitkin to Nitro to Earle to Suribachi (four years) and Kilauea (6 years) under MSC. Now Merchant Marine Captain Commanding ocean research ships in the Middle East. Surprise, surprise, surprise.
Ernie Queck
Wednesday, 13 Oct 1999 at 22:00:27

PN3, X Division, January 1975 - September, 1976. We had a band for a short time. Played in clubs around Earle and a few times in the Med. I played drums. I have very fond memories of a particular gig we used to play in Keansburg, NJ. I was just a wide-eyed 17 year old kid when I joined her in Rota, Spain - man, did I do some growing up fast. Two Med cruises, lots of good times and great memories of great friends.
John Lloyd Miller
Brentwood TN USA - Friday, 8 Oct 1999 at 00:02:13

BT3 served aboard the Nitro from March 1974 till Sept.1977. Made 3 med cruises and the Philly shipyards. Have many found memories of the Nitro. Some great friends too. Looking for some to get in touch with James (Opie) Farrel, Felton, Brown, Buzzy, Skeleton just to name a few.
Jose Silva (Pancho)
Sunday, 03 Oct 1999 at 09:40:07

ETN3, on board from fall of '72 to fall '74. Got on board when Nitro returned from 'Nam/WESTPAC. Did two trips to Gitmo and one Med cruise.
Art Sanders
Laurel MD USA - Thursday, 23 Sep 1999 at 14:48:24

RM2/Operations 11/73 - 6/74 Just checking back after a few years to update my email address and look at the the new name additions. Though I was a shortimer onboard I still recognize some of the names and it brought back some smiles :-) Thanks for keeping the site going.
Steve Moore
San Diego CA USA - Thursday, 19 Aug 1999 at 08:58:29, updated Thursday, 01 May 2008 at 23:52:00

For your files: I served aboard the Nitro from August of 1971 to September of 1974. Machinist Mate Third in J Division (an auxiliary snipe division). Done two Gitmo cruises, one Westpac cruise and one Med cruise. Two Oceans, 16 countries and countless Unreps...
William (Bill) Kohlruss
Ormond Beach, FL USA - Friday, 9 Jul 1999 at 12:27:39

GMG3 68 to 71.
Evan Bush
Tuesday, 8 Jun 1999 at 19:22:13

EM3, J-Division. On board April 76 until August 79. I worked with Bill Hodge, Gerry Fiore, Rich Tanner, Joey Anez, Aaron Shaw, and Jim Darby to name a few. On board for 2 Med cruises, Philly Shipyards, Gitmo, and Brooklyn Shipyard after the forward damage from heavy seas on our return from the Med in 79.
Richard Kindl
Sunday, 28 Mar 1999 at 22:16:21

B-Division 76-78
James R Musumeci jimmusu@AOL.COM
Beachwood NJ USA - Saturday, 13 Mar 1999 at 14:03:44

YN-3, Deck/Cargo Office, Third Division, 12/69 - 9/71
Jeffrey F. Marlow
Wilmington NC USA - Monday, 08 Mar 1999 at 00:32:10

What a pleasant surprise! I was aboard her as an ET from 10/68 (in Naples) to 1/73 (Subic Bay). Great memories. 3 Med cruises, who knows how many to the Carib, and 1 to the South Pacific via the Panama Canal. Some great ports and liberty. I have 3 or 4 cruise books and loads of pictures from cruises. Quite a few stories including Capt. Snyder's beer swim call in the Med, the 'Snoopy' detail, a not-so-wise decision to try and pull into Da Nang harbor, and the collision with the Oriskany off the coast of Viet Nam. Great memories.
Terry Richardson
Nashua NH USA - Thursday, 21 Jan 1999 at 12:10:00

QM3 1973-74 made Gitmo and med.
Mike Pollen
Leyden MA USA - Wednesday, 20 Jan 1999 at 13:55:13

Was aboard from March 1973 to January 1975 (apx). Achieved rating of Quartermaster third class. Would like to hear from shipmates. will be watching this page. Thanks
David W. Small
Old Town ME USA - Wednesday, 13 Jan 1999 at 09:21:28

Served as ships serviceman in supply (served under LT Mercogliano) from 11/76 thru 8/77. met her when she returned from med cruise and off loaded and went in philly yards. i ran the ship's store for awhile. ran around with guys named witt, landry, parr, a guy from oregon named kevin akins. took a trip to washington DC with some guys one time. remember SK3 Karcher, and a guy nicknamed OJ that looked like OJ Simpson. anybody that remembers me please write back.
kenneth johnson
Canton NC USA - Monday, 11 Jan 1999 at 22:09:42

Reported aboard as a DC2 in March of 73, was on board for Cuba and one and a half Med Cruise's. Left the old girl in Palma as a HT1 on my way to teach A school in Philly. I remember going to the Races's in New Jersey. The big YN1 who could get through the Port Hole. The guy's in D.C. Div. Fast Ed. our Div. Officer. The Chief Engineer that that got us through Cuba. Helping the HM3 rebuild his car in Va. so he could see his wife in R.I. the next weekend. Klinfelter saying i would get misty eyed leaving my First ship. My Best friend Roy Hale, Thank's GUY'S i grew up alot and learned who i was and what i could be.
Frank L. Gauthier DCC (SW) USN RET
Friday, 08 Jan 1999 at 21:15:51

DC3 - Just found your web site. It was great! Served aboard the Nitro from Dec. 1968 until my discharge May 1970. Had some great times! Swimming with the sharks in the Med. Anyone remember old Pop Bell?
George Mattox
Friday, 25 Sep 1998 at 21:30:52

SN 2nd Division/Boat Crew 1977-1980. Original member of the Haze Gray 5. Cross rated to "Aviation Community, became a Parachute" Rigger. Look forward to retirement Jan 1999. Glad to see this page and would like to hear from former shipmates from the Haze Gray Ghost from the Jersey Coast.
Bill Yale
Pace FL USA - Monday, 14 Sep 1998 at 13:18:44

I was on board her from 1975 to 1977 and made two cruises to the med as a ENFN. I left not knowing I was leaving the best friends of my life. I have pictures proving that we were the hardest work crew to be on her, and the happiest. With a captain named Doolittle ..... We started the Gundeck Club on our own time, that's how close we were ( how could we forget one another ). Please notify me of anything that I can do to help.
Wednesday, 09 Sep 1998 at 18:50:00

mmfn gentleman served on board from 77-81 in m-div.
Joseph Gentleman
Tuesday, 25 Aug 1998 at 20:54:24

I was on the Nitro from Jan. 4, 1974 (hooked up with her in Davisville, R.I.) to June 21, 1977, discharged while in the yards in Philly. Was OS3 in OI Division. On June 24, 1998, I had the pleasure of visiting the mothballed Nitro in Philly, only 14 miles from my home. I did 3 Med cruises on her and one Gtmo cruise. I am still in touch with Ron and Rick Henderson, Tom Acquaro, Jim McDonald, Jeff Payne, Bill Taylor. Would like to get in touch with "Animal" Al Voss, wherever he is. I noticed that Bob "Mailman" Flynn and RM2 Wayne Frankenfield are on the reunion roster-hello folks! I am now a high school history teacher with 3 great kids, my oldest now in college. I have many photos of my June 1998 Nitro visit. I hate to say she's in sad shape after only 3 years in mothballs. Anyone out there to share Nitro memories, keep in touch.
Thomas J. Lowe
Somerdale NJ USA - Tuesday, 25 Aug 1998 at 20:33:07

I served onboard as an MM1 in J div. and M Div. from April 73 to April 75. I sure would like to here from any of my old shipmates.
Dennis Roy Hale MMCS (Ret.)
Strunk Ky USA - Wednesday, 15 Jul 1998 at 08:44:57

BM3 2nd Division 1970-1974 Would like to hear from anyone that was on board the same time I was.
Bill Morgan
Olympia WA USA - Monday, 22 Jun 1998 at 00:41:53

OS3 Graf I served aboard the Nitro from 1976-1980. I worked in CIC or operations. I have kept in touch with Sam Drury and lost track of Tim (Morris the cat) Morris after he moved to some nudist colony in Florida, if anyone sees him tell him to give me a call. I would also like to know what happened to Rusty Graham. I am Retired from the New York City Police Department, Served as a two term town supervisor and one day want to hold a state or federal office. See you on CNN guys. I am the father of three and though it has been a long time the guys that I served with will never be forgotten and are thought of often. A special hello to those in the fan room club. I'll be thinking about all you guys. Your shipmate chuck.
Alfred C. Graf (Chuck)
Saranac Lake NY USA - Saturday, 13 Jun 1998 at 12:47:24

RM2 Columbus Day 1971 - Dec. 1975. Two Med Cruises, Viet Nam Service, two Gitmo Cruises. Yards: Bethlehem Steel, Boston; Norfolk Naval. Arrived as an RMSA and served on the Deck Force in the Beth Steel Yards. Served under RMC Carpenter. Received Christ as personal savior. Viet Nam service 11/03/72. Left the Ship in Naples Italy. Attend and Graduated Liberty University. Three Children Jason, Mark, Robyn. Wife Linda left for Heaven May 16, 1997 (Cancer). Currently pastor Appomattox Baptist Temple, Appomattox, VA. 'Happy in Central Virginia.' I am interested in finding Glenn Hammer, Ron Witmer, 'Bo' Bodecker and the rest of the Westpac radio gang.
Wayne R. Frankenfield (Rev)
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 at 08:10:00

Served from 72 to 75 in both A gang and down the hole as a MM. Made the West Pac and the 2 Med's after that. Interested in hearing from others from that time.
Steve Boerstler
Thursday, 09 Apr 1998 at 12:28:17

Aboard Aug. 77 - Oct. 81 Signalman 2nd class. Still can't get Holtzbauer off my tail. The "Gray Ghost from the Jersey Coast" was a great ride I'll never forget, made lot's of friends, would like to hear from some of you!
Brian T. Knight
Tecumseh MI USA - Saturday, 04 Apr 1998 at 19:34:49

1974-1975 Hooked up with the Duke of Earl right out of A school. Worked in A Gang and swapped to the Piedmont in Naples, Italy after two Med cruises. Quite an experience (and a long strange trip).
Lew Terrey
Tuesday, 03 Mar 1998 at 01:45:36

onbd: RMSN-RM3 5/77 - 4/79. overhaul in Philly, lots u/w time and 1 Med. Served under RM1 Fenstermaker and RMC Murphy. Hello CWO Bear, RM1, Holtz, also I keep in touch with QMC Kenny (he's deputy sheriff at VB). I retired and am presently a Bail bondsman in Virginia, not for a trouble maker for OC div.
Ernest R. Sutton
Va Beach VA USA - Monday, 02 Mar 1998 at 11:23:19

Served from '77-'81 as a signalman. Worked with Brian Knight and Chief Ferrullo. Brian lives in Tecumseh, see him all the time. I married the chiefs daughter 16 years ago, talk about stories to tell, I got a few. I keep in touch with RMC Ernie Sutton (ret). Hi to Chief Toohey, CWO Bear & RM1 Rick F. I served proudly with them all.
Dave Holtzbauer
Wednesday, 25 Feb 1998 at 07:41:32

CWO2, served on Nitro 1978 - 1980
Donald Bear
Saturday, 7 Feb 1998 at 19:00:47

I served on the USS Nitro from 1969 to 1972, First Division, BM3. I have a lot of great memories. I remember the 2 Med Cruises and the Viet Nam tour. I attended the Nitro Decommissioning. It was a very moving experience.
Bob Theirrien
Saturday, 24 Jan 1998 at 18:58:36

I served as a signalman between 7/69 - 10/71. I had the opportunity to attend the decommissioning of the USS Nitro in April 1995. Sounds crazy, but I made peace with both the ship and MYSELF at that ceremony. "Very Emotional for me"
Larry Hammerberg
Paxton MA USA - Saturday, 24 Jan 1998 at 18:58:36

Radioman 1st Class RM OC Division served from 1978 through March 1980. Enjoyed being on a smaller ship, served on 2 carriers seeing the Med and most of the people I worked with. Made some great friends who I'm still in contact with. Any fellow Radiomen out there, I would like to hear from you.
Rick Fenstermaker
Hammond WI USA - Friday, 23 Jan 1998 at 14:27:27

E-3 Radioman. Onboard duty from 1972-December 31 1973. Quidnessett-Point Rhode-Island
Nelson Gabriel
Madison WI USA - Friday, 02 Jan 1998 at 15:14:28

On board Nitro April 76 - June 79 OE Division.
Bill Toohey
Clinton IL USA - Thursday, 11 Dec 1997 at 21:25:31

I served on Nitro from April 1972 until July 1975. I originally was assigned as a "deck ape" in second division, but worked my way up to PC3. I arrived in time to make the entire "WestPac" cruise and a ton of "Med's".
Bob Flynn
Mesa AZ USA - Wednesday, 03 Dec 1997 at 21:52:20

aboard the old AE-23 from April fools day 1970 through later part of December 1970. E-3 Yeoman. anyone out there remember the time the nitro and j.p.kennedy ran in to each other! had a good time on the AE-23 but sure was glad to get the heck out!!
Randy Deitsch
Dover OH USA - Wednesday, 03 Dec 1997 at 21:19:34

MR3 M Division March 1979 - December 1982 Including NitroFire!! We never did get that T-shirt made up.
Charles Cousins
Long Beach CA USA - Thursday, 27 Nov 1997 at 00:59:41

I started as an SN in 1st Division was then transfered to J Division and became a BM3. Caught the Nitro AE-23 in the Philly shipyards in '78 took her to Gitmo then made 2 Med cruises. Left Nitro in June of '80 to seek my fame and fortune in civilian life. Found neither.
Scott Strickland
Grants Pass OR USA - Friday, 21 Nov 1997 at 18:41:44

1st division GM-3 1974-1975 USS NITRO AE-23 Anyone aboard at time Email me. Looking for Sixto DeJesus. First Division. To others who served aboard her God Bless.
Thomas Mascellino
USA - Sunday, 26 Oct 1997 at 00:30:17

2nd Division 1970-1972
Patrick Gerrity
USA - Thursday, 11 Sep 1997 at 00:43:05

Served aboard USS Nitro-AE23-from January 1970 to September 1971. Discharged as a BM-3 E-4
Vincent J. Troiola
46 Dustman Lane Bardonia NY USA - Sunday, 25 May 1997 at 13:07:43

I was on board from 75-77. My rating was boatswain mate E-3. Glad I could find someone interested on The Nitro.
Russell Williams
Union MO 63084 USA - Sunday, 20 Apr 1997 at 22:37:01

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