In Memoriam

If you know of a former shipmate that has passed, please let us know.  Go to our Contact page and send us all of the info you have i.e. dates of death and service on board, and any general bio info.  If you have an image please send that as well.




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* John C. Ruff  (Captain)   1938 - 2000

Captian Ruff was Wadsworth’s first Commanding Officer, and by all accounts one of the most decent men to command a Naval vessel.  He Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1962.

His tours of duty includes USS Stribling (DD-867) as MPA, USS Meredith (DD-980) Operations Officer, River Patrol Officer in Vietnam, USS Coontz (DLG-9) as Chief Engineer, USS Steinaker (DD-863) as Executive Officer.  His Command history includes USS Wadsworth (FFG-9), USS Cape Cod (AD-43), and PACFLT INSERV.

He was laid to rest at sea from the USS Wadsworth (FFG-9) on 9/10/2000

Charles R. Burchell  (Captain)   1943 - 2006

Captian Burchell was Wadsworth third Commanding Officer.  Capt. Burchell devoted almost his entire career to being at sea and had 3 Command tours ending with CO of USS Vincennes (CG-49), and retiring as Deputy commander at Military Sealift Command.

* Charles McGathey  (SKC)   1944 - 1981

SKC Charles McGathey passed away of a heart attack while the ship was at sea off the coast of California.  Chief McGathey was a great guy, and was well liked among all of his shipmates.  He will be missed.

* Michael E. Finley  (GSCS)   1949 - 2000

GSCS Michael Finley passed away from lung cancer in Jacksonville, FL. He was a well liked shipmate, and retired from the Navy as an GSCS.

* Dennis J. Janisch  (GSM1)   1948 - 2008


* Gary Prust  (RMC)   1944 - 2015

RMC Gary Prust passed away from natural causes in Red Oak Texas. He was one of the original crew of the Wadsworth and a well liked shipmate, he retired from the Navy 1988.

OSCM Paul C. Dolan III passed away after a battle with brain cancer.  At the time of Wadsworth’s commissioning he was the LPO for CS1 Div. and very much liked by all of his shipmates.  Paul went on to a successful 25 year career in the Navy, serving in various duty stations all over the world and ending his career as a Command Master Chief.  Paul was a consummate sailor, and will be very missed.

* Paul C. Dolan III (OSCM) AW/SW   1952 - 2017

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