I served aboard in '69 just before decommissioning as a midshipman for an 8 week training cruise. Do I qualify as a veteran?
Served on board from 82-84 as a Bm2 in 1st div.
Looking for Kevin Fleener or Rock Foley. Also Would like to get my hands on the cruise book, I was discharged before I received my copy. Good luck to all.
I reported to NEW JERSEY in January 68 in Philadelphia. Served until June 69. Left ship in
Seattle during midshipmen cruise to place USS DETROIT AOE4 in commission in Bremerton. Was able to attend decommisioning ceremony in Bremerton. It
seemed to me like a relative had passed away. I saw a lot of tears that sad day.
I worked in the M Division office with CWO2 Gary Blanchard. I was an MMCS then and the LCPO of the Division. Would like to hear from anyone from the 60,s crew. Gary L Whipple,
Just discovered the web page. Glad to see it. I will visit it often along with the USS IOWA Assn web page
on which I served from 12/55 to 04/57.
Jim LaDuke, FA Div, are you still in The Outback?
How is Karen? Litten, "butch".
Crew member 68-69, SHS3, GQ Station 5" upper handling room port side.
CREWMEMBER FROM SOMETIME IN 1955 TO DECOMISSIONING IN BAYONNE NJ. MEMBER OF OI DIV, WENT ABOARD RIGHT AFTER HER RETURN FROM KOREA. WORKED IN CIC AS A
RADARMAN. RECENTLY VISITED THE USS MISSOURI IN HAWAII WITH MY WIFE AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING THE GREAT NJ SOON.
EMAIL IS DENJAN1@JUNO.COM
I served on the Big J from 1952 to 1955 started out as a machinist mate 3rd class and finished cooking for the Chief Petty Officers. Served two 9month cruises to Korea. Great ship and glad to see it back home in New Jersey. Any shipmates wanting to contact me e-mail is
Best day on the big "J" was when all the 5" and 16" guns were fired at once.
- Name: A.C. ANDERSON, MACM, USN (RET)
I wanted to tell everyone who served in NEW JERSEY during her Viet Nam era as well as her recommissioning about a wonderful shipmate. He was FTCM Albert
GAMBETTA. He was the Command Master Chief during pre-com and after she was recommissioned with
missiles and he served aboard her during the VN deployments as a fire controlman. As many of you know he was diagnosed with throat cancer while still aboard the ship in Long Beach. He was allowed to travel to Balboa almost daily for chemo and radiation treatment. He was medically disabled and retired to his home in Winlock, WA. I kept in touch with him and his wonderful wife. About 6 years ago he was diagnosed with colon cancer after he had gone 5 years w/o any more problems with throat cancer. It finally took him and he was and is missed by all of us who knew him. Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you because I know many of you knew him. Andy
- Name: Alan C. ANDERSON, MACM, USN (RET)
Served aboard THE battleship as CMAA, X Div. Officer and CPOIC of the berthing barges from October 1981-February 1983. Would like to become part of this illustrious group!
- Name: FTG2 John Spero FA div 82-84
I am looking for a copy of the cruise book in 83 or 84
If anyone can help, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name: John Spero FTG2 FA Div 82-84
There are just so many memories ........ where do I start. When there were about 50 on that first barge near pier echo. The softball team. All those Mk37 GFC classes. That long strange trip that went around the world. The chow to chow watches. Sky 2 Wrecking crew. My mind is overwhelmed with the memories now. I've lived in AZ,NY,PA,CA since then.
My E-Mail is email@example.com
- Name: Mike Prime-SH-3-12/67-12/69-S-3 Div.
Merry Xmas and happy New Year to all former crew members. Just a note to all that we had a great reunion in Daytona Beach in Sept. 2000 and hope to have an even better time in Branson in
2001. Get your reservations in the mail and get confirmed to attend, don't be
late. Many kudos to Ed Campbell for all his great work on our web site, it gets better every time
I sign on the net. I would like to hear from any former shipmates from my
era, Vietnam. My e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
or 703 Seneca St.,
Fulton, New York 13069. I am right in the middle of SNOW country here in central New
York, and its still snowing right now. BYE BYE
- Name: Ken Kersch MR2 67-69
Hi to all fellow "Jersey Ship Mates" I served on the Big J from Phila in 67 to Long beach in 69.
I was assigned to the Machine Shop in A Division.
She is a great ship. Glad to see this site up and running. Keep up the good work.
My Email is email@example.com and would like to hear from fellow shipmates.
I served on the New Jersey in 1956-57. Was in
M-Div., Main Control, MM2. I was discharged in
January,1957 when the ship was going to be decommissioned. I hope someday I can walk her decks
one more time.
E-Mail < firstname.lastname@example.org >
great site-----brings back a lot of memories I am very proud of being a former crew member---
c s division 1947
- Name: ANTHONY R. TRAMAGLINI
- Name: ANTHONY R. TRAMAGLINI
I was looking for a cruise book from 55-57 for the New Jersey. First I want to say Thank you so much to everyone that emailed me with information, you all have been so nice and helpful...thank you again. A gentleman that was on the New Jersey has sent me his 1955 cruise book to look at. Can anyone tell me if there ever was a 56 or 57 cruise book that anyone can remember? I was looking for a copy for my father if there ever was one... If 55 was the only year in that time frame a cruise book was produced maybe it will bring back old memories at least....thanks and Merry CHRISTmas to you all.
debra purvis email@example.com
- Name: John (Andy) Anderson
Hey Shipmates, "DADDY'S HOME", Have a great holiday, and be safe!! Served on the BIG "J" from 84-87, from Beruit to the
P.I. Had alot of good times.. Just call me "BOATS"
JRA213@AOL.COM or JRA213@iWON.COM
- Name: John (Andy) Anderson
Hey Shipmates, "DADDY'S HOME", Have a great holiday, and be safe!!
Served onboard the new jersey from 1968 to until decommissioning in 1969 I was a mm2 at that time.
I worked in aft steering. I have a few pictures and all the cruse books I can scan some of the pictures if any one would be
I was aboard USS New Jersey 1985 to 1987, I just came across this web site,
looks great look forward to checking back, keep up the good work. HT2 Timothy Reardon FLTMAINT DET 2602 USNR
- Name: HT1(SW) C Holtquist
I served aboard from Apr. '87 to Oct. '91 taking part in her last two
WESTPACs. Had a blast coming of age in that wonderful piece of this great nations history. Would be intersted in making contact with friends from that time of my life again. Stayed in touch with a few and have ran into a few over that last 10 years. If anybody knows the
where abouts or contact information for HT2 Billy Sables or BT3 Wayne Patchin, drop a quick note to Chad at
Chadcheri@aol.com God is Love!
My father was on the USS New Jersey when she was decommissioned in 1957. He never received a cruise book from that time frame. If
anyone has or knows of someone that has a cruise book from 1955-1957? , please let me know. I would love to have a copy made for him - for Christmas if possible. I have looked
high and low for one with no luck. His name was William "Bill" Taylor...maybe someone will remember him.
Thanks so much,
Rode the Lone Ranger for all the miles she steamed in the 60's commissioning. I think I still have one of the few photos of her with Captain Snyder's "NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL" banner painted in 3 foot high letters across the helo deck. It's a long story that other 60's crew may remember.
Served 82-85 in both 5TH division and G-1 Division. Dreadnaught62@CS.com See you In Sept 2001.
I served aboard the New Jersey for three years starting with the second cruise to Korea in 1953 and ending in 1956 when the ship was in drydock at Portsmouth, VA. During that time I had the privilege of serving as a Communications Watch Officer in the C Division, Signal & Q Division Officer and as Personnel & Administration Officer and EX Division Officer. I am looking forward to the time when we can go back aboard and visit this great ship when reopened as a museum. Bill Lynch
Interested in hearing from anyone in "B" Division,
Number Three Fireroom from 1951-1954.
Contact me at:
4985 Byron Road
Memphis, TN 38812-4317
- Name: William F. Cockrell, FT3, FA Div.
Every once in a while I look over my 1955 cruise book and recall the wonderful time I had as a young man aboard the "BIG J." It would be nice if all the crew members from the different eras were on the net so we could reminisce and keep in touch. She is a great lady and I had the pleasure of visiting her just before she left Long Beach for the mothball fleet after her last tour of active duty.
I just wanted to say hi to everyone, I am a plank owner, stationed on the New Jersey in Philadelphia during the
re-commissioning and took it around to Long Beach, its home port. Went to Nam and then was
transferred when we got back to the states. I was a MM-3 assigned to A division. I am proud to say I was part of HISTORY.
I Served on the USS New Jersey during WWII 1943-1946.
I am looking to get in touch with some old shipmates
I can be contacted at:
7663-A Lake ville Ct.Lake Worth, Fl.33467
- Name: Lawrence J. Bachman CWO4 USN (Ret)
I am A USS New Jersey plank owner and served on board in 1968-69,from recommissioning to just before decommissioning. I was an FTG1 assigned to FM Division. Just prior to decom I was transferred to the USS Saint Paul CA-73, which was in drydock at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Reporting aboard the "Fighting Saint", as a (somewhat cocky) 24 year old First Class Petty Officer, I found my way down to the Weapons Office; being assaulted by the din of air hammers, needle guns and grinders; tripping over hoses, and choking on sand blasting dust. When I met my Division Officer he asked me what I thought of the ship, to which I replied; "I am not impressed". He then asked; "Don't those big guns on the main deck impress you"? I must admit that my reply was rather smug but I couldn'd help myself when I said to him; "I just came off a Battleship, those eight inch are not big guns". The look on his face was priceless.
- Name: Ian Anderson BT3 84-88
Was assigned to the B-Div Oil Lab off Broadway, Great times, e-mail me if you want.
- Name: Mike Haugen - WestPac '86
The Chief was reading the alphabetical list of names and their assignments out of Sea School, and as he reached my name, he paused. "Haugen, Michael D. >>>>>>>>...<<<<<<<<
U.S.S. New Jersey, Battleship 62. BravoZulu Sailor, you got Big "J"!
I was only aboard for 9 months (12JUL86 to 30APR87) but the memories and Pride will be a part of me forever. My E-Mail address was contacted through Classmates.com and they have more than just school listings there. They also have a section for prior Military. Thank you to everyone who made this website possible, and for keeping the memory of Big J in
everybody's face. I served in 5th Div. and PowderMag Gun 55. Love to hear from some of my shipmates. Mike Burbo and Ed Stevens in particular. Carry on to All, and keep the Guns HOT!!!
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I entered a few days ago, I forgot my e-mail it is email@example.com
. I am the Vern of Jim Varneys commercials, as well as Leslie Neilson's Bad golf made easy. Celebrate with us of the Wisconsin on Dec 7. Our joy will be full. God Bless each and everyone who served.
- Name: Robert L.Lawson Jr.
My father is Robert E. Lawson. He is a plank owner and member of the Battleship Association. He served on the New Jersey on her first crew. During his tour of duty he not only served
bravely at his battle station during major conflicts, he was also heavy weight champion on the boxing team. He is so proud of this battleship and I am so proud of him. He currently lives in So. Calif. and wears his USS New Jersey cap wherever he goes. I know he would love to hear from any shipmates who remember him. He won't tackle a computer yet but E-Mail will be forwarded from
firstname.lastname@example.org . God bless the USS New Jersey and the men and women who served on her.
- Name: Lawrence Lee Walters
I served on the New Jersey from 1953-56. I was in the 7th DIV- Gunner's Mate 3rd Class. I worked on the 40mm on the top of turret 2. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.
She was, truly the best ship that I ever served aboard. I was an HT3 in R-1 DIV from 1984 to 1987
Thanks to Jack McDonald for letting me know about this website.
I was assigned to the ship before it was commissioned in May of 1943. I was assigned to the Navigation division, because I had been a steerman in the Merchant Marines. I was on the ship until April of 1945. At that time, of the 30 original Navigation division, there were only three of us left -
Bazzinotti, Filkins, and myself Gohlke.
In addition, I was onboard form Aug 85-Nov 89. A-Div. I currently know where MM3/C Al
Millermon, DC3/C Lass, BT3/C Stoneburner are stationed.
Happy to be here and part of the crew. Looking forward to joining the membership.
I was on the New Jersey for a short time in 1989-1990. I was an FC3, assigned to the
Missiles Division/Harpoon work center. I got onboard halfway through the last
WestPac. I remember the
disappointment I felt when we got the word that she was to be decommissioned again. I also will never forget our trip to the Portland Rose Festival. On our way up the Colombia River, thousands of people on the riverbanks, waving American flags and cheering the Big J...I was never so proud to be a U.S. Navy Battleship Sailor as I was that day!!
I got my "C" school orders not long after she went into dry dock, so I wasn't able to attend the
decommissioning and say goodbye to the old girl. I will definitely do my best to be there next year, to feel that Battleship Sailor pride one more time!
Looking for a John Carey who was ships photographer during Vietnam Deployment. My
e:mail is Stephen_M_Leonard@icpmech.navy.mil
A FRIEND OF MINE WHO WAS ON THE NEW JERSEY FROM 1954 TO 1957 IS LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES, HE DOES NOT HAVE A COMPUTER. I BELIEVE HE WAS IN THE DECKFORCE
DIVISIONS, HIS NAME IS TOM JOHNSON ONE OF HIS FEATURES THAT IS HARD TO FORGET IS THAT HE HAD SILVER
(GREY)HAIR WHEN HE WAS 17 YEARS OLD AND STILL DOES TODAY. IF ANYONE OUT THERE REMEMBERS TOM AND WANTS TO GET HOLD OF I CAN PASS THE WORD MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS
email@example.com regards john
WW 2 navy vet. BB62 crew member 12/26/43 [Boston]
til 3/46. 4th div. boot camp Bainbridge NTC.[Md]
port 5 inch 38. GQ upper handling room. BB62BATDIV7@aol.com
Congratulations, you have a good site, I am a Wisconsin sailor 51-52. I was looking for list of names to see if anyone lived near me. We are all proud of our country, ships, and the great men who served aboard them. God Bless all of you. I have the great
privilege of being on the Wisconsin when we take her to the Nautulis Naval Museum. Dec 7.
I served aboard the BB-62 from 85 to 88. I was in #1 Boiler room with the best crew of guys in the world. BT2 Martin's the name. I came aboard as a pushbutton 3rd and made 2nd in under 2.I hauled many a brick out as the Masterchief had us rebrick the boilers ourselves in long beach. I loved those guys and those times overseas and I will always have bragging rights for having served aboard one of the mightiest warships of all time.
Researching for my grandfather, Raymond Dunlavey, F-Division, 1950-1951
Jerry Sellar, PN3 EX Div 1952-54
Excellent start that hopefully will bring more of us together. Look forward to hearing from anyone from this cruise period.
I was aboard the New Jersey from 1952 t0 1954. I was a Sargeant in the Marine Detachment. Our detachment was made up of 66 enlisted and 2 officers. I would like to hear from old ship mates.
I'm glad to see the Battleship is still alive, I had some great times aboard BB62. I live close to Branson so I'll try to make it in 2001.
What do I think about "The" Ship? When I first saw her coming over the horizon off the coast of
Lebanon I thought there is the most beautiful, graceful, deadly creation man has ever made and I'm going to be part of that. My history goes all the way back to 1968, in Boot Camp Company 60, Vietnam as a Seabee, to 1983 off Beirut. She's been a part of my life for a long time and she is as beautiful today as she was in '68. I still get that feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think about her. Fair Wind and Following Sea.
- Name: randy watts bm3 82 to85
I had the pleasure of serving aboard the New Jersey
from 82 to 85. She was the only ship I served on. I
have a lot of great memories of people and places over those years. The WestPac
cruise and our time off the coast of Lebanon are some of my fondest memories. I look forward to getting in touch with ship mates. At the moment I do not have a email address of my own but until then you can reach me at this address.
Working as an OS in OI division from '88-'91 was awesome. This was by far the Best Battleship! To all of my shipmates, peace and God be with your and yours during this upcoming holiday season.
I had the honor of being assigned to the USS NEW JERSEY (BB62) right out of boot camp in Aug 1956 and was on board for her decommissioning Aug 1957.
I was assigned to the Deck (3rd Division). Later I was a gunner's mate striker in the 16" guns (#3 turret). During my 30 year Navy career, the BIG J always stood out as the best duty I ever had. Would love to hear from anybody onboard during this time. Web site is superb!!!
I was part of the Beirut deployment. FTM3 Bay work with Fire Control Division. Spent many hour down at Mark 1A and in radar towers.. Never will forget the trip home after Beirut what a nice way to return LOL
Excellent job on the website! I was only on board for BB 62's last year, and served on post decom crew with BMC Ferris and the 1st LT. All of my shipmates have made a significant impact on my life, and I remember you in high regard.
- Name: Robb Sawin-Email correction...
This is a correction for my E-mail address I submitted below in a previous message. My E-mail address is as follows...
firstname.lastname@example.org and NOT
email@example.com Hope to hear from anyone I was on board with from 1987-1989 who may have known me or was a part of 6th Division. Thanks. Robb Sawin 11/12/00 (618)559-3102
- Name: Tom Loveland DC2 R- DIV.67-69
Went on board new jersey @ philly ship yard Dec.67 went to nam on her and was dischared in long beach may of 69 worked in dc shop near mess deck GQ sta.was repair 5 would like to hear from other members of my div.Tom Lee are you out there ?
I PUT THE USS RANGER CVA 61 IN COMMISION IN 1957 IN NEWPORT NEWS VA I AM FRIEND WITH A TOM JOHNSON WHO SERVED ON THE NEW
JERSEY FROM 1954 TO 1957 HE WAS A DECK JOCK ANY BODY OUT THERE KNOW HIM REGARDS JOHN
I HAD THE HONOR OF BEING PART OF THE CREW FROM
1981-1985 IN # 1 FIRE ROOM AND THE OIL LAB
SO MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THEN. BUT MY TIME
ABOARD HER WILL NEVER BE FORGOT, FROM LIVING ABOARD
THE BARGES TO OUR FIRST SEA TRAILS, AND THEN SEA BOUND WE WERE, LIFE ABOARD HER WAS
GREAT, EVEN THOUGH
WE WERE HOT AND DIRTY MOST OF THE TIME IT WAS STILL FUN, I HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU IN SEPT 2001.
DAN LANCE A NOCTURNALMAN@AOL.com
I forgot to say, I was in 4th div from 90-91.
Bm2 GQ station was mt. 52 upper hanling room. My ears are still ringing.....
I was a member of New Jersey and was part of the final decommisioning crew. What a sad day that was. Prior to that on the final tour we did a little cruise up the west coast what a thrill. It seemed as every one knew it was the Big J's final finale. We did the Portland Rose Festival that year and had lines of people that stretched, it seemed like forever just to walk on her decks. then that was all over and we were off to the ship yards for
decom. The persian gulf Heated up and so did Capt. Tucker. He was off to washington to persuade them to put New Jersey back together and get her underway to the Gulf. However his efforts failed and the decom went as planned. Then came that fateful day in Feb 91. The decom ceremony at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. What a ceremony, one that will stay with me forever. A sad and solomn crew stood on her decks for the last time Then capt Tucker read the orders and it was done. We all walked off the decks, said our goodbyes to all the friends we made during aur tour on New Jersey. Then we all went on. You could see everyone as they walked away, they would keep looking back.
To this day, I can still remember almost everything about my tour there. I cant imagine New Jersey
didn't leave that impression on everyone who stood on her decks, beautiful, graceful and yet not to be rekoned with. This was NEW JERSEY BB-62 THE MOST DECORATED SHIP IN THE NAVY..
I love the site keep it up. so many others should get a little bit of what it was like to be a BATTLESHIP SAILOR.
thanks again. Boats
Great web site! Brings back lots of memories.
Bill Collari #2 Engine room. MM/1/C. Plank owner served on the Great Lady 1943-1945. Mike Plato was chief of #2 at that time. Anyone else around from that time period. Would like to hear from you.
#1 Engineroom LPO Nov. 81 to Dec. 85 Made that long beirut deployment...
Retired Jan 97 MMCS(SW)U.S.N. Ret.
- Name: LEO J. COX MM2/C B&M DIV
LOOKING FOR , JOHN LINO LAGOS B DIV AND JAKE (JJ) SINGER BOILERMAKER B DIV WW2.INFO APPRECIATED. THIS IS AN EASIER E MAIL ADDRESS 4 ME
Does anyone know if there was a sailor named John E. Bushnell who served on the NJ during the war? Please e-mail me a
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any info. Thank you.
I am trying to find a photo of my uncle - Stephen Balogh who served from 52-56. Would like one in uniform. Want to surprise him with memorial for Vet. Day. Thank you.
Hello to all my former "SHIPMATES"!
I'd love to hear from anyone who was on board the New Jersey from 1987-1991 who may have known me or was in 6th Division with me.
I hope to be re-united with many of you in 2001 when the ship FINALLY opens up and we can once again roam the decks and spaces we
were once a part of! Feel free to call me or E-mail if you can. Best wishes to ALL...!
611 East Park Street #117
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Hello to all shipmates. I served on board the Big J as Missiles Officer from Aug
88 to Apr 90.
I was on the ship from September 1950 to April 1954.
I was a gunner's mate in mount 55 and 16 inch turret #3. My nickname was "Frenchy". While I was on the ship I went to France, Portugal, Korea, Hong Kong, Formosa, Norfolk, Hawaii, Cuba, California, Haiti, Puerto Rico,
Culebra, Panama, Japan, Mexico. I got on the ship when it was in mothballs in Bayonne, New Jersey. We
recommissioned it in Brooklyn, New York. Anybody who would like to contact me should write to me at P.O. Box 162, Central Village, CT 06332
To Gene Consolo -Hi Gene. I was aboard 1956 to decommissioning in 1957-Em3 Bill
Chiappi-Power Gang and also Turret 1 Electrician
- Name: Steven A. Halverson
I was on the ship from July 86' till March 90'. I was a BT and worked in number 2 and 4 fire rooms. Is there
any one elese that was on ot that time? My e-mail is email@example.com
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
for any of my old shipmates who would like to stay in touch.
- Name: MICHAEL SKINNER, OC DIV
Looking for those of you from the 80's. I was in OC DIVISION 1982 - 1984.
Boilerman 3rd BT3, I served on the big J from March '55 until decommissioning in 1957. Number 2 fire room. I would like to hear from any crew members from that time. I can be reached at PO Box 85 Rose, NY 14542. No e-mail.
- Name: FC1 Mcgee, Chuck L.
GM Div. CIWS Tech. 1984-88. Also served on USS Wisconsin BB-64 from 1988-1990. Very prestigious ships on which I am proud to have served. I'm happy to hear that there are proud crewmembers still out there standing watch over them.
GM Division 1985-1989
LaPlume -- you didn't give an e-mail address.
Part of recommission crew in 66 Turret I GMG3 at Philly..The Nam cruse until decommission M.Spence
I was a crewmember in FM Division during her tour in Viet Nam...1968-69. She surely is a grand lady and love'd
being a part of her glorious legacy. Glad to have a web site for the proud battlewagon sailors
Just surfing and found this site. Crewmember from 1981-1985 in GM Division.
I'm looking for anyone who may have served with my father, Jesse P. Evans. I
believe he was in the Engineering department. My dad did two tours on the Big J, WWII & Korea. Any info at all will be helpful. My dad passed away on Dec 7, 1980, and I guess I have become much more nostalgic in trying to track his Naval service.
Please send all info to: LAE519@aol.com , and I will answer all E:mails ASAP.
HI EVERYONE! SERVED IT NAM IN 4TH DIV. GQ STATION WAS MT. 52, (LEFT GUN)
PROJECTILEMAN. 2ND TURRET WOULD TRAIN RIGHT NEAR US AND FIRE AND WE ACTUALLY HAD TO SLEEP THROUGH IT SOME NIGHTS!! (ALL THE WHILE USING SOME GUYS FOOT AS A 'PILLOW'. WE DID IT THOUGH!!! AND I STILL KEPT MY HEARING TO THIS DAY (KNOCK ON TEAKWOOD). BYE GUYS, AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. RAY
HELLO TO THE CREW OF THE USS NEW JERSEY BB-62. I SERVED ON BOARD FROM 1955 THRU DECOMMISSIONING IN 1957 AS PART OF THE E DIVISION. I WORKED OUT OF THE ENGINEERING LOGROOM AND THE E DIVISION OFFICE. IF ANYBODY OUT THERE WAS ON BOARD DURING THAT PERIOD, DROP ME A LINE THRU THIS ENTRY LOG.
I transferred aboard late '45 in Long Beach Cal. Was aboard until April '47. Discharged in Bremerton. Ship board rate WT 1/C. Would respond to any crew member before, during or following my service. I came from a destroyer so you wood deck guys know the scope of the change that was for me.
Joe Newton email@example.com
Gun shoots, and more gun shoots. GQ station was
Sky 2,3, and 4. I remember fire balls, and concussions from the 16's, sharp stacatto barks from the 5's, and the sound only CIWS can make.
FA Div. from 84 to 86.
About time we got a web site!
I transferred on to the Big J when she arrived in Yokosuka on her first tour in
Korea. I was in the 6th division but was billeted with the band. After our tour in Korea we came back to then
states, homeported in Norfolk Va and made a cruise to Gitmo. I was discharged in Norfolk summer 1951.
I have Tried to find shipmates but have only located one. Great site for a GREAT SHIP.
My grandfather Vernon Dee Griffin served aboard the USS New Jersey during WWII. He was a Gunner's Mate Second Class, and was discharged Feb. 1946. He passed away on May 27, 1974 in Memphis, TN. I was the only grandson he lived to see. Would like to find someone that may have known him. Thanks for the information.
SERVED ABOARD THE USS NEW JERSEY DURING THE KOREAN WAR. DURING THE YEARS OF 1952 TO 1956 IN THE M DIV. HAVE ATTENDED THE LAST 13 REUNIONS.
Had problems trying to access the membership. Was doing it on behalf of my father, Charles Belt,BB-62 51-53.
TERRIFIC JOB ON THE SITE. WHAT METHODS ARE USED TO LOCATE SHIPMATES? I ASKED THIS OF SEVERAL IN THE PAST WITH NO REAL ANSWER. WOULD IT BE PRACTICLE TO UTILIZE A SEARCH ORG. TO FIND OUR OLD
SHIPMATES. I'M SURE THEY DON'T KNOW THEY ARE LOST. THERE WAS A COMRADERY ON THE NJ LIKE NO OTHER WITH THE WW 2 CREW. WE SHOULD TRY TO NURTURE THAT BOND. WE ARE DYING OFF AT AN ALARMING RATE, AS IT WAS ONCE SAID TEMPEST FUGIT. HOW TRUE!!
- Name: Ed Campbell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a short note, (I hope) to all who read this. Obviously, not every former crew member or current organization member has an e-mail address. Behind our firewall, we have addresses for everybody listed. In some cases we even have phone numbers. If you are trying to contact an old friend/shipmate, who does not have an e-mail address, let me know and we can forward your message via snail mail. We won't give out that person's address, without permission (yours either, for that matter), but we will let him know you're looking to communicate.
- Name: Kenneth Hobbs, RD3, Korea
Looking forward to the time we can go on board the
New Jersey again, even if it is just to walk the
main deck. I remember watching North Korean shells
flying over us when my general quarters station was
on the Air Control Forward deck, O-11 level. What
a feeling that was. My only wish is that more members can be found from the 60's thru 80's era to
keep the memories alive.
Hi. My father John Marvin Bodin served on the ship during WW2. I am trying to find out if anyone knew him. He left me a suitcase full of pictures. If anyone has stories to share, please email me at
JWB080856@aol.com . Thanks.
great site---I am very proud to have served aboard
the new jersey--was aboard 1947 as a quartermaster
striker---made a midshipmen cruise to England-- Scotland--Norway---I will never forget that time
of life---looking for shipmates from the CS division Joe Dunnigan
- Name: cpo koos robert p usn 145-58-2288
it was a honer to serve my country abord the finest battle ship in american history the
u.s.s. new jersey. to her crew and to the country she served us well and always brought us home safe. now the mighty ship has found her rest and we her crew must never forget her and honer her menory always. any of her crew that care to write me i would like this. she will be open to all in camden
n.j. in the summer of 2001 hope to see you there.
- Name: Hank Strub PN3, X-Div. 1968-69
Well, we finally made it! Good site - with more to follow, I'm sure. I hope to see all the friends I've met at prior reunions NEXT year (2001)on board NEW JERSEY! Have a blast a Daytona!!!
Just a quick note to express my appreciation for all of the comments. We're still working on the site and expect it will be some time before we feel it's "finished".
The purpose of the site is to promote the USS NEW JERSEY and the Veteran's Association. To remind people of the contribution of this and the other battleships to "peace" efforts, over the past 50 years. Finally, to bring together all of the former crew members to celebrate a very special time in our lives.
If you have photos, stories, questions or needs, just let us know. We appreciate the help and the opportunity to help.
- Name: MM1 Robert McGeorge USNR
Never thought I would see this sight on the web. Served In No. 1 Engineroom from April 84 to
- Name: John L.(Jack) Mc Donald QM2/c
A suggestion. Recently I talked with a guy that was on the uss missouri. He said that when they replaced the teak deck they cut the old deck into sections about 12 inches long, sanded them to bring out the color, inscribed them with the Navy Seal, put on the ship's name and the words "Plank Owner" Assigned before her first commissioning I, as other crew, became "Plank Owners". I would like to have a Plack showing "Plank Owner" He said these had to be purchased by individuals to off-set the cost. Jack McDonald QM 2/c
- Name: John L.(Jack) Mc Donald QM 2/c
A story. I was assigned to the New Jersey April of 1943 one month before commissioning. Work on her was still going on around the clock. Coming back from liberty one evening I saw the Chief Gunner standing on the dock next to the 16 in. turrets. They hadn't been put on yet. He had hash marks to the elbow. I asked him how accurate were the guns? He said " If there was a guy out there at 27 miles and you
told me to hit him in the eye, I could ask you which eye. There are many stories like this one that should be put into print or they'll soon be gone forever.
- Name: LCDR Richard H. Kerr, USN, RET
I was privileged to serve in the USS NEW JERSEY during the Vietnam era. 1967 through 1969.
It was a wonderful tour, probably the most remembered of my 30 years. I would certainly like to hear
from anyone who served during that period. My email address is: email@example.com
I work with computers on an almost daily basis, and I think this site is very good. I'm sure it will improve
as time goes on. Many thanks to those responsible.
Great job, well done!!
- Name: William A. Robie, Jr.
I just dropped in to see what was on the site.
I'm proud to be the son of a plank holder, William
A Robie, Sr. (then Lt. J.G., I believe, but retired
as Capt.). My dad was one of the ship's medical
officers during WWII.
- Name: Jim (Bear) Robare MM3 M Div.
Would just like to say hello to all who served on the Big J. I served during Viet Nam
era. Engineroom 4.
Just want to say hello to all my fellow New Jersey crewmembers. I was part of the last MARDET and that's quite an honor. I can't wait to see her again.
On 8/10/00 I had the honor of returning onboard the BIG J. She looks a little rough but
didn't we all at some point of our tour onboard. Many memories returned to me as I Waited to go onboard.If there is anyone out there from B Division having served during the years of 1985-1987 drop a line
- Name: Doug Hinson 1954-1957
I would like to say hello to all the men in M div Commander Bitting, Doug Hoag, Bart Papora B Div.
Is there anyone out there that knew my father, Capt. A.D. Kilmartin. He was navigator
aboard the New Jersey, at one time. I believe he was a Lieut. J.G. at the time. My email is
I like to say hello to my former shipmates that were on the battleship from 1988 to 1991.
- Name: John Schultz, RM1(SW), USN, Ret. (USS IOWA)
Just a quick note to say "HI" to all my fellow battleship sailors on the mighty NJ! We in the IOWA Veteran's Association wish you Fair Winds and Following Seas! Welcome to the web!