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The USS Rich Association is fraternal group comprised of former crew members and officers who served aboard the ship during her 32 years in service to our nation.


In addition to this extensive website and a quarterly newsletter, the Association  sponsors a USS Rich Memorial aboard  the floating museum, USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD950) at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. A memorial plaque has been placed at the Nimitz Museum in Fredricksburg, Texas. 

Members of the association have actively supported the maintenance and upkeep of the USS Laffey (DD724) by occasionally holding a Field Day aboard the ship.  This highly-decorated Sumner-class destroyer is a floating museum located at Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime  Museum in Mount Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina.  Additional volunteer efforts are conducted aboard the Laffey at various times throughout the year.


The highlight of membership is, of course, the annual Rich Reunion held each year at locations throughout the United States.


Membership dues are a nominal $15.00 per year from January 1 to December 31

Former crew members may join the Association by sending your check to:

Gary E. Wilson, Treasurer
USS Rich Association
330 Franklin Rd.  #135a-209
Brentwood, TN 37027


Please include your Name (as you were known aboard RICH),  Rate/Rank (while you were aboard), Tour Dates and Mailing Address. (Only your  hometown and email address will be published on the website.)   Printable Form


USS Rich Plank Owners and World War II veterans who served aboard the RICH are entitled to free Lifetime Membership.


Mail In Form


Board of Directors



Rate Tour


Term Expires


Johnny Skillen 

BMSN 64-66

Pine Bluff AR


 Vice President

John Szabo SOSN 61-61 Chesterland OH



Steve Henry

LTjg 67-70

Hurricane WV



Gary Wilson

SHSN 60-62 Brentwood TN 2016

 Director 1

James Carroll

MM3 65-67

Port Charlotte FL


 Director 2

Jerry Dunnigan

BMSN 65-67

Columbus Grove OH


 Director 3

Don Hogg

BM3 62-64

DeQueen AR






Marshall K DuBois

SH2 62-66

Sarasota FL


Ed Roggenbuck

FM2 46-48

Gulf Breeze FL

Veteran Service Officer Chuck Weber
Ltjg 76-77 Albrightsville PA
Master-at-Arms Sam Compher PC3 67-68 Lovettsville VA
Master-at-Arms Joe Franchetta FN 55-57 Vineland, NJ






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