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Al R. Pillman

Profile Updated: December 4, 2016
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Residing In:
Helena, MT USA
Year Reported aboard USS Seattle:
Peggy Pillman
Retired Counseling Psychologist
Heather Born 1974; Brian Born 1977; &
Ali Born 1982
Military Service:
USN & USMC Reserve  
Yes! Attending Reunion
What Years did you serve aboard the Seattle?

1971 - 1972

What Division were you in while assigned aboard the Seattle?

x Division

What Rank were you on the Seattle?

PN2 Petty Officer 2nd

Are you a Plank Owner of USS Seattle (AOE-3)


Are you a member of the decommissioning crew?



Discharged in Dec 1972. Attended Grad School &
received MS in Counseling Psychology. Worked at
University of Montana, Northern Cheyenne Indian
Reservation, and then 13 years as Personnel
Manager for major retail store. Three kids all doing well.
Retired in 2010. Spend free time now doing lots of fishing
and hunting. Gave up golf!! Stupid game! Four
grandkids: Ages 10, 10, 6, & 2

Ship Story:

Leading PO for X Division. Worked in Personnel
Office. GQ station as JA talker on bridge. Unrep
station as relief for all X Division Lookouts and
Phone Talkers. Favorite moment: A Russian ship
cut across our bow while we had the USS Kennedy
unreping to port and a destroyer to starboard. A
destroyer behind us charged ahead to warn the
Ruskie off, but she kept coming. Emergency Breakaway with ships veering everywhich way! Captain
Townsend joked we had a good chance to be in
Time Magazine as we got out of the way and
avoided narrow misses. In the MED somewhere.
Also, at Gitmo, Captain launched a whale boat to help
a mess steward land a HUGE tarpon which he hooked
fishing off the fantail while anchored in the bay.

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USSSVA Charter Member


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Al R. Pillman has left an In Memory comment for Marland Townsend.
Jul 31, 2020 at 3:27 PM

Doc:  As you now sail into uncharted waters, be the sailor you always were - fearless, fair, approachable, decisive, and honorable.  I enjoyed serving under you, Sir!  I relished the nights I worked late in the Personnel Office and you stopped in and we chatted about all kinds of "non Naval" topics.  The hours I spent as your Phone Talker during GQs, especially in GITMO, and unreps gave me good insight into your toughness, plus your wry sense of humor.  Fair winds and following seas, Skipper.   AL


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Jan 20, 2021 at 11:46 PM

Posted on: Mar 15, 2020 at 8:53 AM

Tim- I’ve tried to contact you several times over the past few years, but your old e mail does not seem to work. I am still in Helena MT. 406 443-8742 Call me! Pillman

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Jul 31, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Al, Happy Birthday!!!! We will miss you in SF. Hopefully we will be in he mid-west next year.

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