great website....Keep up the great work.. Stories and experiences
great. Happy Holidays to all..
I am looking for any of my fathers shipmates who know him, his name is Alvino P. Lopez. I believe people know him as "Doc" being that he was a medic. His 56th birthday is next September and I would like to surprise him with a trip to the next reunion. If any of you could contact me I think it would be a great thing for him to see you guys. I nearly forgot, he served on her during the Viet Nam era. Thanks, hope everyone has a great Holiday Season.
Looking for C Division crew members. I was on board 1955-56.
There is a new book out about the USS New Jersey. It covers from the laying of the keel to Opening day in Camden. It's limited as far as photos during then some era's, but it is a nice addition to a BB62 sailors library. I found it for sale at this web site and ordered one.
I waited until it arrived before passing on the information. Happy Holidays To All. "Ding"
What to say. Well it all started on early morning when I approached her while moored in LB. She was so
beautiful I knew it would be the time of my life. I remember a trip to San Francisco, then the
Australia West Pac, the Persian Gulf WestPac, PacEx 89, Christmas overseas. What a time. Some of the best, and a few of the worst, times of my life. I would not change it for the world. What a time.
MM3 in #1 and 4 enginerooms, remember the Class "B" fire in #3 engineroom
(watch out for those paint cans), Master Chief Baker, Full Power run, engines wide open. What a time.
Anyone out there like to talk or maybe meet up again, drop me a line, I live in the Bay Area.
I was nineteen when I went aboard the BIG J , and was twenty one as I got my discharge while in the
Norfolk ship yards. I WAS IN THE S-3 div 54/55/56. I would love to hear from any of you guys that are still around. My name is Thomas Johnson
I'm 66 yrs old I live in Hamilton Ohio 10 Hollow Tree Court 45013 . I'm semi retired and we are planning a trip to take a good look at this old girl, we all called home for all those many months. I hope to see some of my shipmates in Feb of 2002 .
- Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
TO ALL MY FELLOW BATTLESHIP SHIPMATES OF BB 62: IOWA HAS LOST A BIG PART OF HER FAMILY.
CAPT JOHN J CHERNESKY PASSED ON DEC 13 2001. HE WAS IOWA'S FIRST XO DURING THE
1980'S. HE LATER WENT ON TO COMMAND USS MISSOURI (BB-63). MORE INFO ON HIM CAN BE
FOUND ON IOWA'S WEB SITE AT WWW.USSIOWA.ORG
. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE OF MY SHIPMATES IN BB-62 TO WISH HIS FAMILY WELL.
I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS OR WORKED AROUND A MAN BY THE NAME OF
JAMES A. PERCE IN THE MID 1950'S. HE WAS A FIREMAN IN BOILERROOM # 2 OF
THE USS NEW JERSEY. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON, OR
REMEMBER PEOPLE WORKING ON, THE 4 WESTINGHOUSE TURBINES AND GOULD PUMPS ON BOARD
OF THE USS NEW JERSEY DURING THE 1950'S. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS,
PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS WE ARE SEEKING COMPENSATION FOR MR. PERCE'S FAMILY MEMBERS
WHO HAVE SUFFERED THE TERRIBLE DEATH OF THEIR LOVED ONE DUE TO MESOTHELIOMA
(CANCER) AND ASBESTOS EXPOSURE.
I HAVE A COUPLE OF NAMES OF NAVY MATES THAT WERE ON THE USS NEW JERSEY WITH
MR. PERCE. I GOT THEM FROM HIS YEARBOOK, AND I AM TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH
JOHN F. DWYER
BILLY D. FIELDS
RICHARD H. HAGAR
JOHN K. KAVANAUGH
JAMES D. PUGH
WILLIAM F. RYAN
MY NUMBER IS 1(800) 438 9786 EXTENSION 867. YOU MAY
ALSO REACH ME BY EMAIL AT SENCAOUA@WEITZLUX.COM.
I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP AND COOPERATION.
(Ed note: Today is December 15, 2001. This message will be removed
January 1, 2002.)
May I suggest that a snail-mail address be included. As Editor of the Jersey Bounce, I could include your message in the published edition for those who do not have computers. My home address is:
Oneil Leonard, 7723 Legion Rd, Ventress, La. 70783-3701.
SFM-3 R Division 1968-1969
I have two uncles who served on the New Jersey. Cliff Hager and Robert Zuber. Cliff passed on many years ago. His son Faro served in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist's Mate. Bob is still alive and kicking and living in Pa. Can't wait to get down to the museum as soon as we can get Bob to go.
Keep up the good work.
I previously left a message for anyone who knew my father or had any memories to get in touch. Unfortunately his name was
misspelled. His name is Jack Donoher YN3 and he served on board from 55-57 in
personnel in the engineering log room with B Div. Many thanks to everyone who has already contacted me. A happy
Christmas to all at the site and all past guests of the Big J.
My wife Ellen & I just got back from visiting our ship in Camden on WED. 12-6-01 and wanted to let all crew know that the job done by the Homeport Alliance and the volunteer tour guides is just great. The ship has a fresh coat of paint and looks beautiful.
Just as we arrived there was a special ceremony taking place to honor our fallen comrades killed at Pearl on DEC.7th.
They had a color guard detachment of Marines plus a large number of dignitaries as well as approx. one thousand guests. It was a very moving experience for me to go aboard again after forty seven
years, the day I last left her was June 8th 1954.
I wasn't able to go below decks to check things out in the mess hall etc. or other areas due to fact they aren't ready w/ lighting yet but they assured me these areas should be ready by the time we have our Sept. 2002
The new pier and visitors center w/store are very nice also.
I did notice while onboard that the ship has a slight list to port which I find a little odd, but I would hope the marine engineers the Homeport Alliance hired are aware of it.
Lastly all I can say is she is a beautiful sight to behold and for all of us to enjoy.
Don't miss the chance.
She'll be waiting.
I AM A RET. GOV MAIL CLARK 35 YEARS WITH THE IRS
AND WOULD LOVE TO WORK ON THE BEST BATTLESHIP
Recently a select group received a letter from the
NORTHEAST CHAPTER USS NEW JERSEY VETERANS. I want to
emphasize that this GROUP is not affiliated in any way, shape or form with the USS NEW JERSEY VETERANS,
For anyone searching the Website and Deck Log, let
me stress again the organization known as the NORTH-
EAST CHAPTER USS NEW JERSEY VETERANS is not part of
the USS NEW JERSEY VETERANS, INC.
If you have any questions feel free to call me any-time.
Richard Esser, President
USS New Jersey Vets. Inc.
3930 Meister Road
Lorain, OH. 44053
440-246-0737 (Fax.) firstname.lastname@example.org
I served aboard the fine lady from 1968-1969 and decommissioned her 1969. I was a
BT3 in number 3 fire room. I am trying to be there for the annual reunion.
Hope to see some of my shipmates there.
I would like to contact my old ship buddies from the Third & R-div.
that shipped with me from Nov.1950 til June 1954. Would appreciate any e-mail from all who have known me.
GENE CONSOLO. MY WIFE AND I VISITED THE BIG J ON NOV 1 OF 2001. WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR ME. I, LIKE MANY BEFORE ME, HAVEN'T SEEN THE SHIP SINCE I LEFT HER IN 1957 IN BAYONNE, NJ. WE MUST HAVE TOURED AND REMINISCED FOR 4 OR 5 HOURS. I STILL WASN'T ABLE TO SEE THE ENGINEERING
LOGROOM, BUT I'LL SAVE THAT FOR WHEN I VOLUNTEER TO SERVE ON THE NJ NEXT YEAR. I WANT TO SAY HI BOB WALTERS WHO IS CURRENTLY SERVING ON BOARD. HOPE TO SEE ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE WHO SHOWED US AROUND DURING OUR VISIT AT A FUTURE REUNION. GENE C.(1955-57)
- Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
JUST PASSING THE WORD TO ALL MY SHIPMATES OF BIG J THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN BATTLESHIP ASSOC DAVE GRAHAM HAS BEEN VERY ILL THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE FOR THE CREW OF NEW JERSEY ALL ERAS TO WISH HIM WELL
- Name: shaun myers rivrat707138
I was glad to find this site. I served on the " BIG J". from 1968 to 1969 as an EN in A GANG. I was saddend to see so many of our shipmates passing on.
My wife and I along with Don Stobb, Bob Hedrick,Joe Gallienne and Bill Socko and their wives visited the Ship on 10-20-01. We all had served in M div. in #1 and #4 engine rooms at the same time. It was in the 1954-1957 era. We really enjoyed getting together again, and also seeing the ship again. The Home Port Alliance has done a great job on the Ship. She looks Good. The people treated us as if the ship was ours. We look forward to another visit later. Doug Hinson
I would imagine that if you are a member of this association, your yellow membership card would be sufficient. If you don't have one, contact Richard McDowell, Treasurer/Membership Chairman, 83 Queens Way, Port Orange, FL 32119-4036. The best identification is a copy of your "DD-214", the form issued by the military when you are discharged, it lists all your military duty stations. If you don't have your original copy of this form and it was one that was lost in the fire, you may have filed it with the city or town that you returned to when you were discharged. It was recommended, but it was also up to the individual to do this, so you may or may not have done it. Hope this helps.
I read in the comments that admission was free for ex - crewmembers with identification. What is acceptable "identification? If I would have "snitched " an old liberty card, of which I had 5, It would now be 43 years old and it's condition would be questionable. They took my
i. D. card when they discharged me. I ask again, How can I prove I was ever
assigned to this ship. I asked the gov't for my records, only to find they were burned up in the Kansas city fire of a
gov't warehouse. I guess you now need to tell me what I need for identification.
My trip with my family this weekend was great. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. I liked the fact you walked from station to station and a guide explained about the area he was at. I will recommend seeing the New Jersey to my friends and will return in the future. Keep up the good work and god bless
My son, Captain Byron K Price, invited me to Long Beach, California to attend the recommissioning festivities of US BB62 in l982 I had Christmas dinner aboard the ship with him. We heard President Reagan's wonderful speech. My mother and two sons were also present. At that time Captain Price was an Ensign. He has been serving our country for twenty years and I am very proud of his service to our country. On Veterans Day Nov. 11,2001 Captain Price made a brief speech aboard the battleship. If someone could tell me how to get copy of the video please let me know.
I visited the ship on Oct. 20 and I just remembered the one thing I did not see and sorely missed. All the
Macramé or knotted rope decorations that always decorated the quarterdecks. I know it was made by the deckhands and we had some of the finest. What a nice memorial it would be if the past deckhands made and donated these decorations for the quarterdeck, and the volunteers created a brass plaque for their names. What a fitting memorial, both for the ship and for the men. As I recall , we had some of the finest decorations on our quarterdecks and our barges. That too compliments the ship. I even searched for my
Blue Jackets Manual to try making some to donate but it does not describe this art. Does anyone know where one gets these instructions?
It is very nice to see a site like this is around. I have some great memories of my time on board THE BIG J. I was a member of the
decommissioning crew; and a turret 2 gunner. I am doing well and wish all my shipmates well.
Served 1952-1955 B Division fire room. Looking for Larry Boe, Adam
Delifamina, Charles Deasparo, Bill Ennis. Would like to meet you aboard ship.
Visited ship 11/6/01 and it brings back lots of memories. Please contact me.
I serve on the Jersey in firerooms one & two from April 43 until Nov. 45. Looking forward to seeing her again soon.
I was a FTG2 and served on the Ship all of the Viet Nam era. I was on her when we woke her up in Philly and also when we put her to sleep in Bremerton.
Last week I was in Philadelphia and went aboard the ship. I met E. B. (I forgot his last name) who does the television work on the ship. He escorted my friends and I down to the after
plotting area and I was able to explain to my friends my old job. Thanks EB that
meant a lot.
Visited the ship in October. It was great, Marinee Brennan was fantastic, hospitable, cordial, cooperative and all those good things. She is priceless, don't ever let her go.
Served on USS New Jersey from about 1/15/46 to about 7/1/47 as a AAA gunner on both 20 and 40 mm AA guns. Also acted as Captain's and Exec's
orderly. Like you should guess. I was in the Marine Detachment. I am interested in visiting the ship if I can find time to get up to NJ. Being retired like I am, time is at a premium. I am also interested in joining the association.
George Matthew Myers, PFC
Here is the link to the page with USS New Jersey articles listed at the newspaper I mentioned below.
Fellow BB-62 shipmates, Check out the recent article in the South Jersey Courier newspaper concerning the planning of our future reunion. There are also quite a few articles about the ship archived on this site. They start back in World War 2 and go up to now. Bob (E-Div, '67-'69)
Your website is great! I'm a former sailor with 15 years in the US Navy and Reserves in the aviation field. 3 aircraft carriers and 2 amphibian ships.
I'm looking for information on my grandfather Lawrence M. Smith who was onboard the USS New Jersey around 1942-43. My mother was told by her father that he was onboard and went to Italy and was later
transferred back to the states due to medical problems. I'm currently waiting papers from the NARA
(Nat. Archives) for his service record. Any information will help. Thank you.
UNOFFICIAL and OFFICIAL CERTIFICATES, IE.
BLANK CERTIFICATES OF: EQUATOR (SHELLBACK) CROSSING, INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE (ORDER OF GOLDEN DRAGON),
PLANKOWNER, PERSIAN GULF, TRANSITING PANAMA
CANAL (ORDER OF THE DITCH), ETCETERA! COST FOR PERSON VARIES ON WHAT YOU WANT. YOU CAN FIND ON THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES;
www.usni.org Average price for Blank Certificates are $4.50 - $6.50 Plus Shipping. Good Luck.
Liaison Officer, USSNJVI
In my 16 years with the Marine Corps, active and reserve, this was my greatest duty station (1986-1988). There were no finer men than onboard the New Jersey and especially amongst the Marine Detachment. Go Mount #55! I would love to hear from some old buddies
(Avitia, Earl, etc...)
Please forgive me I put me e mail address in the wrong way This the right one
- Name: email@example.com
I would like to know if anybody knew my father. I think he was in the 5 div If anyone knew him I would appreciate it as he passed on when I was 10
I was ship's artist in 1968-1969 WestPac Tour VIETNAM. She sure does look good in Camden New Jersey, home at last. I'd love to take just one more flight off the fantail "New Jersey
International" (AIRPORT). Many fond memories. I'm also a plank owner. She was built just two miles from here in Philadelphia Naval Yard. We use to look at the three of them sitting there in
mothballs for years, Iowa, Wisconson, and the New Jersey. Boyhood memories as well as pride of serving on her. God Bless The USA
I'm the son in law of John Glenn Yeager. He was an officer on one of the gun batteries when the New Jersey was commissioned. Sadly he passed away this year. I would love to hear from anyone who knew him and would pass on any memories they might be willing share to the rest of his large family. I would also like to know which gun position he was posted to. Thanks for any information you might provide. This web site provides an excellent service
I visited the ship, Oct. 20 and found to my delight that I needed to
apologize to a few hundred people.
The tour was excellent, even the admission charges that I complained about were rectified. I didn't see any charges for "students". I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and special thanks to the very personable girl who conducted the tour for the past crewmembers. I don't remember her name, I think it was something like "Bremmenen". She was a delight and
very polite and accommodating. She should be singled out as one who does an outstanding job.
You people have renewed my pride in the old girl and I look forward to future visits. Thank you
Past crewmember 1955 to 1957
Cool website... Love the pictures seems to me that I am first to visit. Served aboard 1946/47 Went to dedication at the new museum Camden NJ and really enjoyed the program.
Thought I'd post this for John and the others who are having trouble finding info on BB62. I forget the
official website but a great one built by one of the volunteers is www.ussnewjersey.com
. It has a lot of info on it.
Today was the first Saturday the ship was open, and they sold out for the day by 12:30pm! For the first few months while the weather is nice I would recommend getting there early (before noon).
The USS New Jersey is open seven days a week from 9 am to 3 pm October through March and 9 am to 5 pm April through September.
Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis until an advance-sales office opens. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children younger than 12, senior citizens, and veterans with identification. Active military personnel in uniform are admitted for free (As are ship veterans w/ID). Parking is at Lot 1 of the Tweeter Center and costs $6.
The toll-free number for the museum is 866-877-6262.
Any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Webmaster note: The website for the Home Port Alliance is www.battleshipnewjersey.org
. You'll find directions to the ship at that site but, they still haven't
posted ticket prices NOR do they indicate there is also a cost for
parking. Thanks, Mike. Ed)
I just visited the USS NEW JERSEY, for the first time, it was great!! I'd like to say "thank-you" to all the veterans who served on this, and all the other ships, and also the volunteers who conduct the tours, it was a very moving experience.
I would like to see some more USS NEW JERSEY mementos in the gift shop, like magnets & postcards, the next time I visit.
thanks again. J McCully
Reported onboard October of 1987 and stayed the "Big J" 'til the end.
One of the saddest days I ever had was in Feb. of 1991 the last time I
was onboard the "Battlewagon". I must have seen over 2000 faces full of pride
of great men knowing that they served on the greatest war ship ever!
MS2 Brian Unsicker
PORTAL CRANE # 13
I WAS BM 3 RD CLASS IN THE 4TH DIVISION. I AM LOOKING FOR ANY 4TH OR 5TH DIV
THAT WAS ON THE CREW DURING THE VIETNAM ERA.
My name is Amy Higley and I am the spouse
of a former seaman of the USS NEW JERSEY.
And I look for the
newest thing for my husband (seaman Shawn Higley) about the big J and put
it in a folder named the USS NEW JERSEY. This is a special folder that I have
made for Shawn and I know that he is very proud to have served on the USS NEW
I am proud of the
way that he tells our children about his time served onboard the Big J
and how much he misses the ship. He has gotten in contact with about four
of the old shipmates that served with him.
I just wanted to thank everyone that has done
work aboard the New Jersey. We are looking forward to coming to New Jersey and
seeing the ship next year.
Please keep up the GREAT work that all the
volunteers are doing and hopefully someday we will be able to meet and say
"I served aboard that beautiful gal".
Crew Member 83-84
As a Philly kid its nice to see her home. Mom and family told me she looked fantastic. The family association goes all the way back to her building when my uncle, John
Meagher, worked on turret two during her building. I am looking forward to a reunion when I next get back to Philly to see Mom.
I didn't serve on the USS New Jersey that long, but the time I spent onboard her
I will never forget. I was a GMG2 that worked in turret #3(G-3 division). I'm proud to be a
South Jersey native who served aboard her. To the guys of G-3 division from '88-'90 hope your doing well and still just as crazy as ever.
Just wanted to say it was a real honor to meet so many former crew members who attended BB62's pre-opening event Sunday (10/14). From my vantage points, (at the police checkpoint before the event and below, near the ship's store after), I was able to talk to many of you that had not seen her in 10 to 50 years.
I know I can speak on behalf of all the volunteers when I say the looks on your faces and your comments when first seeing her up close made the past year of restoration all worth it.
She is now open for visitors and hopefully the Annual Reunion can be held near the ship next year.
hey, any of my buddies please contact me
I am pleased to report that the USS New Jersey will be and open to the public for guided tours starting Monday, 15 OCT 01 at 0900.
The Trustees and staff of the Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey Inc. want to thank all of the volunteers that put in thousands of hours of labor to make her shine once again. We also want to thank the various public and private companies and individuals that donated over $20,000,000 to make it happen. Any veteran or supporter that wants to tour the ship should go to the website
for tour and ticketing information. Phil Rowan, Trustee and Treasurer
First let me say that I enjoy your sight. Second, I never served in the Navy unless you
consider "Voyage Staff" (in charge of 1,102 private E-2's) on the "General Maurice Rose",
time in the fleet. I have described that lovely naval vessel as a round bottomed footed
bath tub with as much speed and grace as a rubber ducky in the tub. Take that ride for
through two winter Atlantic storms from Brooklyn to Bremerhaven. I found the sea at
my feet and in my face and wondered why I went RA (Regular Army 64-68) ASA in stead
of USN, Naval Security Group. Would you count my Uncle being Rear Admiral, Henry
Hartley. Fraid not! Check web sites " www.hartleysnavy.com
" www.ov2000.com/de1029/ . DE1029 was built at New York Ship in Camden, N.J.
Although a wee lad, I did attend her launching.
My only other naval experience was the gracious gift of being allowed to board the
Battleship New Jersey, last year, just after her arrival in Camden. They even gave
me a certificate. I had to break an enemy code to get a certificate from the Army.
(Sad Sack humor).
I have a friend, Jesse White of Philadelphia, whom I promised to take aboard when
she opened for visitors. Jesse is an older gentlemen an not in good health. He
served on the Battleship Missouri and the New Jersey is the closest to tour. Jesse
is one of my heroes of the Second World War.
I am still checking out your site. Need to know when she is open to visitors. Wish
your photos had descriptions on the site with them.
Hey! Maybe she'll be refitted. I would like to see some nuke cookers on her with multi
level turbines and retractable foils. 50 + knots possible. Oh well! One can dream. In
any case, she is a thing of beauty. Have Artillery-Will Travel
FINALLY! BB62 is set to open to the public on Mon 10/15.
Ribbon cutting at 8:30am, public access starting at 9:00am. The guided walk through will last 1.5 - 2 hours. I am sure it will be kind of crazy for the first week or so while the kinks are worked out etc, and the pier is finished. Directions to her berth are on the "Location/Directions" link at
NOTE: The pier elevators are not completed at this time, entry and exit is via a standard brow. Which is a "steep
ramp, landing and walkway" English. I will post a note when she is easily wheelchair accessible.
America's most beloved battleship is now ready for her adoring public.
Thanks to all the volunteers who regularly traveled from all over NJ, PA, DE,
MD, VA, NY over 300 of us have put in well over 200 hours. A special thanks to the volunteers who came from all over the US and the World (Europe and Australia that I know of) just to put in a few days, your extreme dedication inspired the local group even more.
From a wife of a Navy vet, "Let's Roll"! You have the support of all of
US! Gabi Fae
Served aboard the "Big J", 1953-1956, B Division, No.4 Fireroom, Lower Level, also M
Division, No. 4 Engineroom. Was a MM3/C.
Hello to any and all who might remember me. Would really like to get in touch with some of the guys, Dick Bagwell, Robert Dent, ol buddy Max Smith, from Zanesville, Ohio I think. Jack Mouser, that crazy
Texan, Jerry L. Ryan. Does anyone remember
our ol Chief Lenwood L. Mullen BTC? Does anyone remember when we "smoked", the number one shaft steaming up
Chesapeake Bay to pick up the "Middies" for their cruise? I can still see Bob Dent running across the decking and dumping a five gallon can of lube oil into the top of the shaft bearing.
Hope to visit the ship with my youngest Son when it is opened up.
I got aboard the Big "J" last week. They are really doing a great job in fixing her up. To all she is looking a lot better then when she arrived.
Hope they open her soon. I got to look around her a little. Brings back many memories. Hope all get the
chance to tour her.
Was part of the original 110 to report aboard with orders that read Vallejo CA rather than Long Beach, CA. I had the pleasure to serve aboard many other ships but will always cherish the many memories aboard "THE" Battleship. Even our 11 month shakedown cruise is a fond memory. A true class act she was, nothing has come close since. Any
ol' shipmates out there can reach me at
BB62KRETZ@LYCOS.COM . Fare winds and following seas...
great site, I reported to duty on the USS New Jersey
in December 1982 while she had just gone into dry dock, I worked in fireroom #3!
FR D. McKenzie USN
looking forward to see the best bb in the world
Thanks for the pictures. It's been a long time for me. I started my Naval Career aboard the USS New Jersey BB-62. I was assigned as a
BMSN to 4th Division Deck from 1989 to 1991. Decommissioned the Jersey and left for Hospital Corpsman
School. Let me know how to rejoin the Association
My Dad Bob Martin served as Gunners Mate 3d Class May 1956-sept 57.
I was a crewmember on the USS WISCONSIN BB64.Have a friend in upstate New
York that put his time on board the Jersey. They were two grand old ships and I certainly would like to see them back in action with
their sisters. Taking care of business with those terrorists. All replies are welcome.
I'd just like to take a few lines to express my appreciation to all who visit this site.
If you're a former crew member, please take the time to sign up on our E-Mail address list. We like to know where you are.
If you're a family member of a former crew member, we'd appreciate a status report on our shipmate.
If you a Battleship enthusiast, thank you for visiting our site. We hope you
enjoy the tour as much as we enjoy making it possible.
We're proud to present our ship.
There is now a downloadable APPLICATION FORM to join the USS NEW JERSEY VETS. INC. All eras. All you
lollygagers, you can find it on the Membership Information page. Lets start joining up, we need you, especially you younger ones. Lets make this as large an organization as we can.
I'm sorry I didn't mention that I was on the Iowa before transferring to the New Jersey in Norfolk.
The shooting had stopped when I was assigned to the New Jersey. I swapped duty with another radarman so
I could return to the west coast. I still live in California and was fortunate to meet the USS Iowa when she came into San Francisco May 20 2001.
I had not seen the ship for 50 yrs. I was on the Potomac, FDR's Presidential
Yacht based in Oakland and, we escorted
Iowa upstream about 35 miles to Benicia Ca her temporary resting place for 4 yrs then hopefully to San Francisco
permanent berth. You have a great web site - brought back many emotional moments for me. Feel free to e mail me would like to hear from any of my old shipmates
Originally on board about April, 1951, served entire enlistment on board until discharged Nov. 1954.
Radarman K Div.
USS NEW JERSEY HAS MOVED !
Under orders to keep it secret from the Coast Guard BB62 was towed up river at sunrise Sunday. She should be open in a couple of weeks, but right now she is looking good and standing tall on the Delaware river across from Center City
September 11 destroyed many things in this nation including the grand and proper arrival due one of this nations most beloved ships.
My Dad, Joseph J Miller, served on the New Jersey during WWII, '42-'45, I think. He passed away in March, 1976. I would enjoy hearing from any of you who may have served with him. He was one of the ship docs.
Bill Miller email@example.com
Came aboard the ship with a few other sailors via a tugboat when the Jersey left
Brooklyn. If I remember right, the weather was lousy and that tugboat was really bouncing
reservist recalled to the New Jersey. Was on board from Jan. 51 to Nov. 52. Any guys out there who
remember starting their tour this way? Was Yeoman in the Gunnery Office.
I just came back from my first reunion and did I have a great time!!! I congratulate
the officers and committee for their effort.
I was well met by shipmates from all eras of service. They made me and my wife feel welcome and at ease.
It was great to see guys that I haven't seen in over 30 years.
I'm glad I was able to go and renew old friendships and make many new ones.
I plan to go to the next on in New Jersey.
We have been hit, hurt, and angry. But as old salts, we say, "Damn the torpedoes
full steam ahead". GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Hey guys, I was a YN in X1 Division (CO's Office) for a while then the Engineering Log Room Yeoman. Onboard from 1982-1985. Been looking for a few people, YN2 Gary
Scrivanich, YNC Michael Whitcomb, YN1 JD Stawther, YN2 Barney Daily, YNC Pete Peterson PC2 Floyd
Raska, and of course the Worlds most
infamous Ships Secretary, CWO4 Fast Freddy Pokrant. Lost track of everyone after we left the ship and went to our next stations.
Anyone who remembers me or they guys above, feel free to drop me a line. Share some sea stories, I need a good laugh these days.
Just wondering if anyone served with my dad, Vernon Dockter, I believe he served on the New Jersey between 54-56 in one of the boiler rooms. If so e-mail me.
Good update - we need to try to get some pictures of the last decommissioning. I have a copy of the program, will can it in and send it when I find it again.
Friends, Colonel Kevin Benson here, US Army. I am attending MIT right now vice going to the Army War College. There is a professor here who claims that after the Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut in 1983 the New Jersey emptied her 16" magazines into the hills above the city and destroyed multiple villages. This prof cited this as one of the acts done by America that causes folks in the region to hate us.
I was not there. I seem to recall New Jersey providing DS NGF in support of the BLT as well as firing counter mortar and counter battery fire missions. I need some help here men. It sort of bugs me that this guy, a respected
prof, is convincing the young people at this place that the US military acted without orders to do this. You know the kids lap it up. I got a promise of equal time at an up coming gathering. Can anyone out there provide some first person info or point me in the right direction? You can get me at home or at
I was in the Beruit Memorial online today and saw a request from Christina Grochinski (ETC
Gorchinski's) eldest daughter. Any of you who knew Chief Mike send her a E-mail through the memorial web site. She was only 6 yrs old when Mike was killed on 23 Oct 1983. Also please do not forget the other Marines, Sailors and Army
personnel who lost their lives on that day. The happenings of the last 2 days brought back that day to me. We were only 2-4 miles off of the beach when the BLT was destroyed.
I have just discovered the web site. What a fantastic job! I am trying to locate my father Jack Donahue who served on the Big J in 1956-57. I would be grateful for any memories or information that anyone can give me. Vicki McFarlane
I SERVED ABOARD THE JERSEY MAY 1945 thru FEB 1946. I WAS IN THE AV DIVISION
S1c. I WENT ABOARD ON THE JERSEY'S SECOND CRUISE. WE SAILED INTO TOKYO BAY SEPT 16th
1945. WE PULLED OCCUPATION DUTY TILL FEB 1946 THEN WE CAME BACK TO THE STATES.
WHEN I WENT ABOARD THEY HAD JUST REPLACED THE OS2U KINGFISHER WITH THE SC1 CURTIS SEAHAWK. THE KINGFISHER WAS A TWO
SEATER, THE SEAHAWK WAS A SINGLE SEATER.
Trying to locate Jack Donahue who served in '56 and came over to Portsmouth with the fleet. would be interested to
catch up. Mac
EN2 Franklin A Division
Served aboard USS New Jersey from '81-'85. Looking for the Enginemen from Aft Diesel C-701-E.
Served on USS New Jersey 1953-1955 Marine detachment. I'd like to hear from anyone who served with me. Thanks,
Sergeant John Walsh.
Fred Andrews SN1/DC2 wishes to hear from former shipmates of the 3rd and R
Div's from 1950-1954.
- Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
AFTER SERVING ON BOTH BB 61 AND 62, I REPORTED TO USS WABASH (AOR-5), HOMEPORT IN LONG BEACH CA. DURING THIS TIME BOTH BB 62 AND BB 63 WERE BOTH BACK IN SERVICE. I
REMEMBER YOU GUYS ALWAYS TIED UP AT PIER 6 BUT THE BIGGEST THING I REMEMBER IS
THERE WAS NO LOVE LOST BETWEEN THE BIG J AND THE MO. EVERYBODY ON THE OTHER SHIPS
HOME PORTED THERE HATED TO STAND SHORE PATROL WHEN NEW JERSEY AND MISSOURI WERE IN PORT. JUST
GOES TO SHOW YOU THE PRIDE A BATTLESHIP SAILOR HAS IN HIS SHIP.
My father, Armon Ford (went by Ford) served on the USS New Jersey between 44 and 46, seaman first class. He is still alive but
doesn't use a computer. If you remember him please contact me. He would enjoy hearing from you, I still hear the great stories.
was aboard in the 80's pre-com-decom. would like to hear from old shipmates. ret in 91,
precom- decom, wisconsin bb-64. good web site.
I was on on the ship from 52 53 in 7 div. I am a trustee of the battleship historical Society any one that has any thing they want to donate to us let me know. we are having our Museum on the ship in the ward room. thank you shipmates Bill hart
I am entering my brothers name for entry on the log. His name is Edward J.
O'Neil Yeoman third class. He served on board from Commissioning in 1943 to his separation from service in 1946. He died in September
of 1985. If any shipmates remember serving with him I would appreciate hearing from you. Robert L.
(Ed Note: Edward O'Neil is listed on our TAPS page. Robert is listed as
an Assoc. Member in our E-Mail roster.)
Thanks Ed and John for a great web site. I was a radioman (RM2) on the
re-commissioning crew 1981 - 1984. I hated the long hours and endless projects, but loved the prestige of being a part of the best crew in the navy. Thanks again for the site!
My grandfather Edward Grossman served on the New Jersey during WWII. He never really spoke much about his time there and I never really asked. He died two years ago and I want to learn a little more about him. If anyone out there knew please let me know. I think he was on the New Jersey from 42-45.
I served aboard the USS New Jersey from 1944 to 1946.I would like to hear from anyone who served
at this time. My address is 403 Crestline Dr. High Point, NC 27260
I am the widow of a former crew member of the New Jersey, MM2 Eugene M.
Kemedy. He served during the Korean War from 1951 to 1954. He would be so proud today to know that his ship was being refurbished and will be open for visitation. His children and grandchildren are looking forward to visiting the New Jersey. Gene passed away, at a very young age, in 1974. He was only 44. It is interesting for his family to read some of the stories during the time of his service. Thank you for filling in that part of his life for us.
Nannette Kemedy Begley
I am looking for a color print of the 1983 crew picture (in whites) "Beirut 83" from Ed
Roldan, as seen on the 80's photo page. I have seen this picture in color and full size, the one on the picture page has been cropped. If anyone knows where I could get a copy of this picture could you let me know. I was onboard the New Jersey for that part of the cruise as a midshipmen and did not get a chance to get a copy of the picture when they came out. You can e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for any help you can give. Scott Dennis
John Picone GMC USN(RET) The Big "J", 1981 - 1985. Turret Two. Hello
Served on board the big "J" from 4/56 to 7/57 in B-Division. Worked in #4
Fireroom...Some great times on a great ship..
Excellent site, my first hit. How can I get some Jersey items? Looking for sweat shirts and the cruise book from the 86
West Pac. Also looking for anyone from emo1 from 84-86.
looking for, Ray Berry, n.c.graun N.Y. would like to hear from you
9/67-9/69 LTJG/LT. I was the 5th Div OIC. I would sure like to hear from any one in the 5th Div. I would even read anything from the rest of the
Reported to New Jersey Precom in 67, was 30th to check aboard, was transferred in 69 just prior to decommissioning. Was the YN2 in charge of the Log Room. Have a lot of good memories serving with the snipes for the NJ. Retired in 1990 as a
served my time in the butchershop in S-1 div. 1952 to 1955 steak and eggs at night was great
- Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
TO ALL MY SHIPMATES ON THE BIG J CANT WAIT TILL SHE OPENS UP FOR VISITORS BOTH BB 62 AND 61 BOTH SHIPS ARE
ALWAYS IN MY HEART US IOWA GUYS ENVY BUT WE ARE STILL FIGHTING TO GET HER TO HER
FINAL PLACE OF HONOR ITS ALWAYS BETTER TO SEE BB 61 IN MOTHBALLS THAN A SCRAP
YARD AS MANY OF US IOWA GUYS SERVED WITH YOU BIG J GUYS WHILE YOU WERE OFF
BEIRUT DURING THE 1980S ON IOWA'S MESS DECK WE HAD A GIANT PHOTO OF BB 61 AND 62 STEAMING TOGETHER DURING WW 2 THIS WAS TAKEN DURING JAN 1944 WITH BOTH BBS REPORTING IN FOR THE
PACIFIC WAR HOPEFULLY THAT PHOTO IS STILL THERE WE OF BB 61 NEVER FORGOT OUR SHIPMATES IN BB62 SO WE HOPE YOU GUYS ARE IN THE BATTLE WITH US TO GET BB 61 TO HER PLACE OF HONOR AND
DON'T FORGET TO DROP US A LINE AT WWW.USSIOWA.ORG
I HAVE MANY PHOTOS OF BB 61 BB 62 AND BB 63 I PLAN TO DONATE THEM TO THE BIG J WHEN I COME FOR A VISIT TILL THEN ITS FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS [BOATS]
I am the brother of Edward J. O'Neil who served aboard the USS New Jersey from its Commissioning to his separation from service in 1946.
He was a yeoman 3rd class. He died in September 1985. I would like to hear from anyone who served with him and if there is anything you could tell me about him while serving onboard. My phone is 1 401 333 3677. My fax is 1 401 333 3677 and my email is as above. Thank you Robert L. O'Neil
I served on a destroyer that often accompanied the New Jersey in the western Pacific and always envied the battleship sailors for their better, more spacious living facilities. Now I understand why they envied US.
I am a brother of Edward J. O'Neil who served aboard the New Jersey from
Commissioning to separation from service in 1946. He was a Yeoman 3rd class. He died in September of 1985. I would like to hear from anyone who served with him and if there is anything you could tell me about him while serving onboard. My
address is 156 Bear Hill Road Apt. 205, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864.My phone # is 1 401 333 3677, Fax 1 401 333 3677 and my email is as above
email@example.com . Thank You Robert L. O'Neil
My Dad, Raymond Lester, from West Virginia, served aboard the New Jersey in WWII during '43 - '44 I believe.
He passed away in 1994, but always spoke highly of the New Jersey and of his shipmates.
Do any of you WWII New Jersey vets remember my Dad?
looking for the USS Warrington DD843
I was aboard the greatest ship in the world from July 9th 85-Feb 24th 89.1st div and 5th div.
Great memories!! I would love to hear from anyone I served with. Write, call, or e-mail.
1629 23rd St NW
Canton, Ohio 44709 Phone: 330-455-9363
p.s. Felix Barrientes and Al Gidaro- I wrote you guys and never got a response.
I SERVED ON THE BIG "J" DURING VIETNAM IN FA DIV. THAT WAS FROM PRECOM 1968 TO
DECOM 1969, ALTHOUGH AT THE TIME IT WAS MORE OF A GROWING UP EXPERIENCE NOW THAT I'M OLDER I THINK OF THOSE DAYS
A LOT AND MISS HER. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO HAVE HER IN ACTIVE SERVICE THAN AS A MUSEUM. I HOPE I FIND A COUPLE OF OLD SHIPMATES---ESPECIALLY A GOOD FRIEND--FTG3 DON YODER.
BT2, B Div., 1950 - 1952. Transferred from the Block Island, CVE 106, to recommission the "Big J" in 1950. Shook her down in "Gitmo" and did first tour in Korea in "51". Made the "Middie" cruise in "52". Discharged Oct. "52". Spent almost the entire two years in No. 2
service 1954 to 1957 7th div.
My great uncle, Richard Eckhart, was a radar operator on the USS New Jersey during World War II. I was wondering if anyone visiting this website remembers him, and if they do, if they could contact me. My dad, who does the family
genealogy, has been corresponding with him about his experiences, and when I came across this website, I thought it would be neat if I came across anyone who has any memories of Richard
As the story goes, Richard was assigned to the USS New Jersey battleship. Richard was a radar sk airsearch operator.
Scott R. Eckhart
9683 E. 22 Mile Rd.
Manton, MI 49663
(231) 824-9402 firstname.lastname@example.org
I found this site when looking for the name Kochsmeier as part of my genealogical research.
I found a Bt1 Kochsmeier! Don't know what it means.
Will try to find out.
Regards, Harald Kochsmeier
Message for Richard Guthrie. Have been hunting for you for a few years now. Assuming you had to use a PC to leave a deck log entry, you hopefully have e-mail access. Please add your name to the Association roster along with your e-mail address, so myself and others know how to get ahold of you. Looking forward to chatting after all these years.
I served on board the USS NEW JERSEY FROM 1952 to 1956. I would like to hear from some of my old buddies. My name is Leo
DeLuca. If anyone is out there and knows me, please contact me. LEO
This is a great website! I just discovered it and I would like to know what I can do to help keep the memory
of this great ship alive. I was in the New Jersey from May, 1952, through November, 1953. I was a Storekeeper 3rd. Class (SKG-3), assigned to the Supply Office. I had a great time and have told many stories of life aboard ship and of the "crazy" situations that arose; it was one of the best experiences of my life. I still get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye when I see a picture of the ship on television.
My E-mail address is: email@example.com
Thanks for your work with the association and the fabulous Web-site. Let me know where the ship is berthed now.
My name is John Bello and I had the privilege of serving aboard the "Black Dragon" Big J and other worthy names. I was an FP2 from 53 to 54 and I sure do miss all the friends and shipmates.
I'm trying to find a friend named Bill Rooney also known as Stoker Rooney from Chicago.
I've read a lot of the messages in this log and I guess I'm not the only one who misses her. She is a great ship and I hated to see her struck. The most decorated ship in the history of the US Navy.
Can't get any better than that.
I have a daily log of the tour in Korea 53. I wrote everyday what we did and where we were how many rounds fired etc.
I served aboard the Jersey from 89 to 91 with the MARDET and was sorry to leave her. She was a great ship and I was proud to serve on her. I'd like to hear from any other Marines out there.
So many fond memories of knocking sailors over during security alerts.... ;-)
Looking for anyone that remembers Naples, Italy port stop visit April 1984 when SH3 Robert L Littlefield disappeared. Please email me!
Here is a e-mail address for anyone interested in checking on "CRUISE BOOKS" at the Auction, Manion's
I think this mag is the greatest thing.
served aboard the USS New Jersey from 1989 to her de-commissioning in 1991 (Mar
Det) (gator). Would love to hear from former ship-mates.
I have some good pictures!
- Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
SHIPMATES AND BB FANS NOW THAT USS IOWA BB61 HAS MADE IT TO THE WEST COAST THE ORG THAT WANTS TO TURN HER INTO A MUSEUM RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS VETERANS OF THE IOWA CLASS SHIPS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES TALL TALES AND MEMORIES OF SERVICE ABOARD THE IOWA CLASS BBS THEY WANT NAME RANK DUTY STATION PERIOD OF SERVICE THEIR ADDRESS IS HISTORIC SHIPS MEMORIAL AT PACIFIC SQUARE P O BOX 191242 SAN FRANCISCO CA 94119 1242 HOPE TO SEE AS MANY SHIPMATES AND BB FANS AT
IOWA'S HOMECOMING DON'T FORGET TO DROP US A LINE AT WWW.USSIOWA.ORG
FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS [BOATS]
My grandfather, Ralph Robbins, served aboard the New Jersey from 1944-1946 in the M-Division. I am very interested in any information/photos that anyone may have. My son and I are trying to locate photos of him and crew members for a surprise birthday or Christmas present. If you have any information on other crew members that he may have served with, or stories about my
ornery Grandpa, please contact me.
I served aboard the New Jersey 1968 thru Nov. 1969.
I worked in the enlisted men's office. The Officer in charge there was Lt. Wilcox. Stood duty many hrs in triple C.
The time aboard the New Jersey was the best time I had in the Navy.
Richard L. Guthrie,Pn2...
My Father, James P. Harlan, served on the New Jersey in WWII. I am looking for a current address or information on how I may reach Ed
Peregrin, a former shipmate of his. I last heard from him in 1994 when my Dad passed away and Ed had sent me a gift Dad had given to him on December 25, 1944. After all these years, I've lost touch and would like to reconnect with him. Any info is greatly appreciated. Signed ... DiAnn Harlan-Gray
Served aboard USS New Jersey Jan 1,1944 till Feb. 1946 - 5th Division. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Branson.
For information to Korea Veterans, U.S. Marine Detachment Col. Lemuel C. Shepherd III, 76yrs.
Passed away July 18 2001 in La Jolla, Calif. He was the son of the 20th.Commandant of the Marine Corp.. Col. Shepherd was the Marine Detachment Commanding Officer of Marines
aboard USS New Jersey during the Korean Conflict. He joined the Marine Corp. at the age of 17, Commissioned a 2nd. Lieu. in 1946,
Thought You would all like to know
USS New Jersey Vets - Add your name to this:
Assigned to "Q Div" on "Big J" 9/52 to 10/54. Retired SMCS in 1970. Would like to hear from any of the guys I served with. (E-Mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org )(Tel: 401 886 5928)
Any one needing help to find out about missing servicemen during W.W.II, try this web
site; WWW.AWON.ORG or call 540-310-0750, source from July Issue of American Legion,
Great site; I would like to hear from shipmates with whom I served, 1957-58. Look forward to hearing from you.
To those of the 80's there is a web site for The Beruit Memorial Online it is :
ETC Mike Gorchinski is on the list. The memorial is located outside of Camp Lejune in Jacksonville, NC. visit it if you can. Please add this to links if you can ED.
Proud former crew member 1950 to 1953, FM Div.GM3/c Thank you for this site and the chance of meeting up with former ship mates. Battleship sailors are very lucky to be a part of naval history.
Hey, Big "J" shipmates...MM3 A Div.67-69
It is nice to see the old girl, has not been forgotten. After I found this
site, I had to get out
my cruise book to see all the faces I would remember. Wow!!! Were we young!
Anyways, I would like to hear
from former shipmates. As for this site, you have done a great job.
Thanks for the Memories.
Hello. Does anyone remember Milton Vonderlinde GMG/1 ..?? He served aboard the New Jersey in 1968 during her WestPac cruise.. Previously he had served, as a shipmate to me, aboard Damato DD-871.. Gunner was well respected aboard
In fact Damato's 1967 WestPac cruise book was dedicated to him.. Gunner had been in the Navy 27 years (as of`67) 21 of those years as a first class, and had served on several battleships.. USS Arkansas, West Virginia, Indiana, and Wyoming, and he had earned 21 battle stars.. He was aboard NJ when she relieved my second ship, Furse DD-882 in Oct. 1968.. If anyone knows of his
where-abouts, please contact me...Thanks and take care....Steve