PRIMARY RECOVERY SHIP CAPTAINS

Mission

Primary Recovery Ship

Captain

Mercury-Atlas 1 USS Casa Grande CDR John B. Meehan
Mercury-Redstone 1 USS Valley Forge Capt. Clarence Agree Melvin
Mercury-Redstone 1A USS Valley Forge Capt. Clarence Agree Melvin
Mercury-Redstone 2 USS Donner Cmdr. R. A. Brackett
Mercury-Atlas 2 USS Donner Cmdr. R. A. Brackett?
Mercury-Atlas 3 USS Donner Cmdr. R. A. Brackett?
Mercury-Redstone 3 USS Lake Champlain Captain Ralph Weymouth
Mercury-Redstone 4 USS Randolph Captain Harry Edward Cook, Jr.
Mercury-Atlas 4 USS Decatur CDR Royal Thomas Daniel Jr.
Mercury-Atlas 5 USS Stormes CDR Walter J. Millar1
Mercury-Atlas 6 USS Randolph (Designated)
USS Noa (Actual)
Captain Max Arnold Berns, Jr.
CDR John Dryden Exum
Mercury-Atlas 7 USS Intrepid (Designated)
USS John R. Pierce (Actual)
Captain J. L. Abbot, Jr.
CDR Adrian Lorensten
Mercury-Atlas 8 USS Kearsarge Captain E. P. Rankin
Mercury-Atlas 9 USS Kearsarge Captain E. P. Rankin
Gemini 1 None N/A
Gemini 2 USS Lake Champlain Captain James Longino, Jr.
Gemini 3 USS Intrepid Capt. J. G. Smith
Gemini 4 USS Wasp Captain James W. Conger
Gemini 5 USS Lake Champlain Captain James Longino, Jr.
Gemini 6 USS Wasp Captain Gordon E. Hartley
Gemini 6A USS Wasp Captain Gordon E. Hartley
Gemini 7 USS Wasp Captain Gordon E. Hartley
Gemini 8 USS Boxer (Designated)
USS Leonard F. Mason (Actual)
Capt. Albert O. Morton
CDR Alan Michael Hazen
Gemini 9A USS Wasp Captain Gordon E. Hartley
Gemini 10 USS Guadalcanal Capt. Raymond Edgar Hill
Gemini 11 USS Guam Capt. Stephen Thomas De La Mater
Gemini 12 USS Wasp Captain Melvin R. Etheridge
MOL USS La Salle  
Apollo 201 USS Boxer Capt. Albert O. Morton
Apollo 203 None N/A
Apollo 202 USS Hornet Captain Van V. Eason
Apollo 1 (Fire) USS Essex Capt Edward G Dankworth
Apollo 4 USS Bennington Captain Richard Graffy
Apollo 5 None N/A
Apollo 6 USS Okinawa Capt. William Alex Mackey Sr.
Apollo 7 USS Essex Capt John A. Harkins
Apollo 8 USS Yorktown Captain John G. Fifield
Apollo 9 USS Guadalcanal Capt. Roy M. Sudduth
Apollo 10 USS Princeton Capt. Carl Mann Cruse
Apollo 11 USS Hornet Captain Carl J. Seiberlich
Apollo 12 USS Hornet Captain Carl J. Seiberlich
Apollo 13 USS Iwo Jima Capt. Leland Erwin Kirkemo
Apollo 14 USS New Orleans Capt. Robert E. Moore
Apollo 15 USS Okinawa Capt. Andrew F. Huff
Apollo 16 USS Ticonderoga Captain Edward Ayes Boyd
Apollo 17 USS Ticonderoga Captain Norman Kenneth Green
Skylab 1 None N/A
Skylab 2 USS Ticonderoga Captain Norman Kenneth Green
Skylab 3 USS New Orleans Capt. Robert Wilhelm Carius :RADM
Skylab 4 USS New Orleans Capt. Ralph E. Neiger
ASTP USS New Orleans Capt. Ralph E. Neiger

Notes:
1. Email (Feb 2011) from Ash Pipkin who was First Lieutenant on the USS Stormes on November 29, 1961

References
a) http://www.navsource.org/archives
b) individual ship's homepages
c) signed Recovery Ship covers from personal collection
d) Captain's covers

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