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Was in Main Control from prior to commissioning in 1968 to June 1969


  • Name: USS NEW JERSEY VETERANS INC.

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TO THE SPAM ADVERTISERS, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING OUR WEB SITE TO ADVERTISE. OUR WEB MASTER HAS MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS TO ATTEND TO THAN TO KEEP ELIMINATING YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS, THIS WEB SITE IS FOR THE SAILORS AND MARINES WHO HAVE SERVED ON BOARD THIS SHIP DURING FOUR CONFLICTS. PLEASE GIVE THEM THE COURTESY THEY DESERVE AS THEIR SERVICE IS THAT WHICH GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO ADVERTISE IN THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU, LARRY K. BTC USN RET, LIAISON OFFICER, USS NEW JERSEY VETS. INC.


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Trying to locate a picture of a World War Two USS. New Jersey Veteran by the name of MELVIN VAP. Grandson is a First Sergeant in our Army unit and would like to get him a copy of the picture.


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Hello, I was on board from 1986 to 1989- "R" Division and would like to get in contact with fellow shipmates! I'm currently living in Austin,Texas- so send me an email so we can chat. Regards, Ht2 Weber


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I just wanted to share a very big "thank you" to the guys who were at the USS New Jersey yesterday, Friday, April 28th.  As a former USS IOWA BB-61 sailor, I was totally impressed at the condition of the ship and how well we were treated. You guys are a class act and wish I lived close enough to help with the maintenance and as a guide. I highly recommend the tour of the ship to anyone, especially all IOWA former crewmembers, as the Jersey is a carbon copy of the IOWA in her layout and where the compartments and work centers are located.17 years and it felt like I was home again as if I'd never left. I love the battleships and you guys should all be proud at what you've done with her, she looks great! Thanks again. I'll post on the IOWA website as well. Dan Burdette, former DC2,R-division USS IOWA BB-61


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looking for information about this party on 7/1/06  Please send to fray6@oponline.net .


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My husband {John Moritz} and I {Tresa Moritz} would like to present a plaque commemorating the first "mini" meeting of the USS New Jersey Veterans. This was held in Champaign, Il. somewhere around the summer of 1981. We have a few names, but would like to get the names of all of the 35 Veterans who were there {Mostly WWII Veterans}. We would appreciate receiving information from anyone who knows the names of the veterans who were there. Please send info to the email address above. Thank you. Love you all!!!!


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This is a great site and it has nice people doing the work to make it what it is.


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Is there anyone out there who would have the exact dates the New Jersey was ported or within 12 miles of Korea during our WestPac 1986 (May - Oct). I know we went to Inchon twice and once to Pusan, but I don't have the exact dates. I know we spent a lot of time off the coastline also, but have no idea how long we were there. There is a Korean Defense Service Medal authorized now for those who served in Korea or within 12 miles of the coastline for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive. Trying to find out how much time we had in the eligible area. I could order a "deck log" but that will take forever.


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Patti Kruegel <pkruegel@piasanet.com> wrote: From: "Patti Kruegel" <pkruegel@piasanet.com> To: <peterv_bb62@yahoo.com> Subject: Trying to Locate a shipmate Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 18:42:32 -0600 Dear Peter, My name is Patti Kruegel and my father Jack Kruegel is a WWII vet. He served on the USS New Jersey, and is trying to contact Edwin Aken ( a former shipmate). My dad has old information (in Oklahoma) and it is inaccurate. Could you please contact Ed Aken (aka "Screwdriver") and see if he would like to get in touch with my dad? You may contact me either via email, my telephone (618-465-4180), or by "snail" mail. My mailing address is "Patti Kruegel, 322 Prospect St., Alton, IL 62002. In case Mr. Aken recognizes that address, I bought my parent's home this past year after my mom passed away, and my dad (Jack) is living close by in a retirement community. If you are unable to do this legally, please advise as soon as possible! Thanking you in advance for your help, Patti Kruegel Daughter of Jack Kruegel


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2007 REUNION AT SAN DIEGO, CA. WOULD HAVE GOTTEN 29 AUG. 07 - 03-SEPT- 07, BUT TOO MUCH BICKERING SO LOST THE TIME, OTHER AVAILABLE DATE WAS THIRD WEEK/ FOURTH WEEK OCT. 2007, WEATHER HERE IS LOUSY DURING THAT TIME, HAS BEEN COLD THE LAST COUPLE OFF YEARS. SAME PRICE DURING THE AUG. DATES AS WOULD HAVE BEEN IN OCTOBER. INFO AT A LATER DATE: PLEASE INFORM YOUR ERA REP. OR DISTRICT VOLUNTEERS. ##1.YOU WILL ATTEND OR ##2.MOST LIKELY TO ATTEND SO I CAN HAVE A BETTER GRASP ON FUNCTIONS. WWII/1940'S REP.BOB LAVINE, BLAVINEBB62@AOL.COM, WALTER BARDIN,SOUTH, MISANBAR@MSN.COM, KOREA/1950'S REP. R.ESSER,ESSER3@MSN.COM, DON EGGLETON,EAST,NO1EGGIE@YAHOO,COM, BILL HIXON,WEST, BILLHIX@COX.NET, LARRY KALAKAUSKIS,NORTH KALSKIBB62@AOL.COM, HUGH SELMAN, SOUTH SELMAN@COX.NET, VEITNAM/1960'S REP. JOE WOZNIAK,JOEWOZ@JUNO.COM, BOB WILLIAMS,EAST,ROBERT382@ADELPHIA.NET, MARK BABCOCK,WEST, MBABCOCK50@EARTHLINK.COM, BILL MEREDITH,NORTH, WAMSR@FRONTIER.NET,NORTH HANK STRUB,SOUTH, HMS@TRIAD.RR.COM, LEB./PERSION GULF/1980'S REP.MARK FINBY,SB510@ADELPHIA.NET, CARL HEALD,EAST, CHIPSTER@INTREX.NET, DUANE CUNNINGHAM,WEST, BB62GUNS2YAHOO.COM, DIRK GUNDERSON,NORTH, IAMDIRKSTER@MSN.COM, SCOTT HENSON,SOUTH, SCOTT.HENSON@NIKE.COM, DATES;;;;;; Thurs. 23 August 2007, thru Monday 27 August 2007. Breakdown of events to follow later. We have the rooms blocked as such below. Mon.= 20 Aug.- 10, Tues.= 21 Aug.- 20, Wed.= 22 Aug.- 75, Thurs.= 23 Aug.- 200, Fri. = 24 Aug.- 225, Sat. = 25 Aug.- 225, Sun. = 26 Aug.- 225, Mon.= 27 Aug.- 55, Tues.= 28 Aug.- 20 WEB site http://www.hanaleihotel.com/


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Looking for information on below Sailor, He was my grandfather, I don't know for sure it was the USS New Jersey but his info is as follows: Jessie Lamar Rowe Service Dates Approx: 1942- 1945 SSN: 427-26-7100 Birthdate: 03-27-1921 any information that can be provided on him will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, David Rowe


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I was a proud member of King (K) Division from September 1952 until August 1953. My rich uncle afforded me an opportunity to visit Korea during the spring and summer of 1953 (until hostilities ended). Unfortunately, I departed the ship on emergency leave and did not have the opportunity to say good-bye or keep in touch with my shipmates. Although it has been a long time since I departed the ship, I would appreciate hearing from any K division shipmates from that area. My time on the ship was very exciting. We visited France, Guantanamo Bay, traveled through the Panama Canal, stopped off at Long Beach, short visit to Hawaii, and then high speed to Yokohama and to our final destination, the Sea of Japan, off the coast of Korea. These were very exciting times for the entire crew, we were finally putting our many years of great training to use. If there are any members from 'K' division that served during this period I would like them to contact me.



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ATTENTION SOUTHERN DISTRICT VIETNAM VETS: One of the reasons I don't pass along information on a regular basis is because I keep getting emails bounced back to me. I work 40+ hours a week AWAY FROM HOME and I don't have time to waste sending out emails to people who can't keep their mailboxes either up to date or emptied. This applies to the following email addresses: garywhipl@alltel.net sespoquet@att.net skblanks@att.net gunnerbach@earthlink.net wholloway@gorilla.net deb123ev@hotmail.com ronstevens@logisltd.com chuck@mesh.net BallNNChain@msn.Com bmcmtomsant@msn.com ABAITKE@NMHG.com rhubarbk@peoplepc.com seaberbs@peoplepc.com jandrd@voltage.net I also had a problem with these emails: ritawred@aol.com batshp62@aol.com vamos53@aol.com jkingbb62@aol.com If your email is listed above or has changed, get in touch w/me (hms@triad.rr.com) so I can update the roster. Also, the spamware filters need to accept my email address; I won't resend if I can't get through. Thanks, Hank Strub Southern District Volunteer Vietnam Era


  • Name: Hank Strub hms@triad.rr.com

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Garrett Green, The dial you are referring to on the foremast of ARIZONA was a range clock. This was part of an early form of range and direction finding for the main battery. I was in the Enlisted Personnel Office just aft of 4th Division's berthing area - yea, it's quite a change from when we were on board in the late '60's.


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Ship looks great. Just the way I remember it .


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For those flying into and out of San Antonio for the reunion in September, this may help when planning your flight schedules. The association has contracted with Daisy Tours to provide shuttle service between the airport and hotel on September 5-6 and also September 10. After talking with Daisy I calculated that if your flight arrives by 1630 on September 6, you will have enough time to get to the hotel, check in and make the Welcome Aboard party at 1845. When departing on September 10, if your plane leaves no earlier than 1400, you should have time to get to the airport, check in and get through security to make your flight on time. PLEASE BE SURE TO COME TO THE REUNION AND TALK IT UP AMONG SHIPMATES YOU KNOW. LET'S DOUBLE THE 500 PEOPLE WE HAD IN PENNSYLVANIA LAST YEAR!


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Am looking forward to viewing the Battleship Web Site. I have always been intrigued with the Battleship, since I got the model of the Arizona, on my 10th Birthday. The Difference between the USS Arizona BB-39 and the USS Missouri BB-63, is 24. That's 24 Battleships. Totally amazing. Paul Driscoll Waikoloa,Hawaii.96738.


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ATTENTION NORTHERN DISTRICT VIETNAM VETS...If you live in one of the following states: SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, KY, MI, IN, OH, WV or PA then PLEASE read this!. There are a number of you that either changed you email addresses or have not informed me of your correct one. Each time I pass down information I get at least 20 emails returned. If the following email IS or WAS yours please contact me with a current email address: mojchick@webtv.net  polkaqueenholloween@aol.com donlin@alink.com dmpaul@itol.com ralphbucci@msn.com rothbigguy@msn.com m-hiliker@sbcglobal.net  roybeiber@usairways.com bjbsysprog@att.net bwsinc@erols.com gary788@aol.com sekret55@aol.com philzs@aol.com jackiechan849@aol.com loboland5@aol.com cwb1242@aol.com mend0@aol.com mend0@comcast.com. Please reply directly to me at wamsr@frontiernet.net. DO NOT post your reply on the deck log. If you read this and don't see your address  but want to verify yours anyway then send me an email. I'll be happy to reply. May thanks from me your Northern District Vietnam Representative. PS if you have a spamware filter running then teach it to accept my emails. This applies especially to: wademandon@aol.com.


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Technical question. Maybe someone from WWII may know the answer. On the Arizona, there was a dial on the foremast. It was circular, it had 1 hand and there were letters on that dial. It looks like it is the better part of 3' in diameter. What was the dial used for? I had the opportunity to visit the New Jersey last Sunday. First time I have been onboard since I left in the summer of '69. Quite an experience. Even though there are no longer berths in the 4th division berthing area it was quite a feeling standing there. Thanks for the help Garrett Green


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I am a member of the American Legion Post 346 in Neptune N.J. We are in possession of 2 16/50 cal artillery. What we are looking for if you can help me or direct me in the right direction is the tool to remove the base of the shell. We want to secure it to a concrete pad and we need to remove the base. Any help will be appreciated. You can e-mail me at http://www.al346@myhost.com


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From: "The Living Legend" <luckandskill@hotmail.com> To: <ed_campbell@sbcglobal.net> Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2006 8:32 AM Subject: Question about the crew of the USS New Jersey > Hi there, > > A friend and co-worker of mine found some dog tags that read as follows - > > Jeffrey M. Hawriluk > 7-14-94 > USS New Jersey BB-62 > > She and I would like to return them to the Hawriluk family and any > assistance you can give us in locating them would be greatly appreciated. > > Thank you, > > Joseph J. Hackman 3rd >


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TO ALL HANDS, Here is the web site to find much information of "Deck Logs" "Ship's Rosters" and also F.A.Q. about your loved ones or friends. Put this web site into your favorites for future reference. http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/questions/logs.html


  • Name: Jason Rollman

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For Jason, Please give the military guys a break, have a heart. Will you please refrain from tying up our web site with all the advertisements. It is nerve racking for the webmaster to always clean it up. He is a volunteer and his time is important. Thank You L.A.K. USN RET.


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I WAS ABOARD THE JERSEY FROM 1986 TO 1989. I WAS A MM IN #3 ENGINE ROOM (MAIN CONTROL). I WILL NEVER FORGET THE GUYS I SERVED WITH. WE ARE THE BEST TRAINED PEOPLE IN WORLD! I WORK FOR A UTILITY COMPANY REPAIRING BOILERS AND TURBINES. I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY M DIVISION GUYS!


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Subj: Looking for WWII Veteran of the USS New Jersey Date: 2/24/2006 9:09:24 PM Pacific Standard Time From: Jullesone To: KALSKIBB62 Hello. My name is Scott Harris, and I am the nephew of Henry Everett Wade, who served aboard the USS New Jersey during World War II. I am trying to find any information concerning my uncle and his military record during his time on the ship. I have contacted personnel records division in St. Louis, and was informed that all records were destroyed by a fire in 1973. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. I need the information not only for my personal records, but to obtain a headstone for my uncle's grave. Thank you. Scott Harris 71 Rankin Lane Stuarts Draft, VA 24477 540-471-1692 jullesone@aol.com 


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My father, Joseph Louis Rocco, served on the USS New Jersey in WWII. He has since visited the ship, and I know how memorable it was for him when asked if he was part of the crew. He received royal treatment. Thanks to everyone. He will be 85 this year, and I'd like to take him to see the boat again this summer. Is there anything special that we can do for him?


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This is to inform you that my husband, William Lounsbury (08-11-1920), USN, 1940-1946, passed away February 1, 2006 from a long courageous battle of cancer. He was a member of your organization and a proud Plankowner of the USS New Jersey in the aviation division. He was fortunate to make the reunion in Camden several years ago and this was a big highlight in his life. He shared many memories with others of his experiences. Geri Lounsbury(wife)


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Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth for awhile. Great to see my favorite MM chief is in here though. Only chief that never chewed my ass out for stupid stuff.LOL


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Greetings to all my former shipmates. I served in H-Div from Sept 84 thru Sept 87. My 3 years onboard the Big J were some of the most rewarding times of my life with some of the best men I have ever met. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend the next reunion to share a memory with my buddies from Medical. Fair winds and following seas... PK


  • Name: Samuel Flener theflea98@hotmail.com

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I am hunting a John Bennet he use to live around London ,KY..I have lost track of him since I was discharged in 1955.. I found one of my ship mates through the deck log his name is john Vennemeyer.. his health not to good now.. he was in roger division and was discharged in 1955 also.. it was good to see him last year I stopped on way to the New Jersey reunion.. so if any one knows where John Bennett is please let me know.


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Shipmates, Ray Nicholson has his Battleship Bulletin Board back up in service. Why not give the ole sailor's system a try. You can leave messages for other ship class shipmates on it. http://www.spclevents.com/forum/index.php Larry K.


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To All Concerned,Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force personell... Members:Tiawan Straits Patrol, Formosa, Quemoy, Matsu, Republic Of China; 1958-1979 As you, I too am a Life Member of every military association I belong to, and then some of you know that I am also a Life Member subscriber to Military magazine. The April issue of this fine publication will have a BOHAUSA publicity piece in it (as below). As each of you are keenly aware, we are gathering our last calls, the Class of 2006. This does not mean an end to our work, "our thing," Taiwan's defense. We'll still have a monthly newsletter and website presence. But each of us has to reach out to those who haven't heard of us. We are now larger than an ancient Roman legion (5,000), we make "the difference" in the way Taiwan is perceived in the United States. This was the dream Richard J. Feeney and I envisioned and you, with your involvement, have made it possible for the enlargement of that dream. Let me ask every member, if you have clout with any association's you belong to, their website's Guest or Comment pages, other websites, or newspaper editors or columnists, ask if you can get free placement of our publicity piece, will you do so now, can you do it this weekend? After JUN 2006, some well deserving Vets will come to us and we will be unable to certify them. We've had a good run of these gatherings and we really have pushed the envelope with the 13 TECOs - far beyond the, what was to be, a one-time distribution of the (40th. anniversary) Honor Medal for 823 Bombardment (1958/1998). Let's hope we can get to that missing veteran before the end of June 2006. Taiwan (Formosa), if you were there, an award(s) await you. If you have been of service, to the ROC, on Taiwan, Quemoy, Matsu, the Tachens, in the Strait between 1958 and 1979, the Badge of Honor Association USA is making its last certification for Republic of China awards. To receive the Honor Medal for 823 Bombardment (1958) or the (1955-1979) US-ROC Mutual Defense Commemorative Badge (or both), go to www.TaiwanVets.com  and make application (those that have made a TDY, R&R or 'Nam Liberty Call are also eligible for award[s]). Thank you and stay the course for freedom, Please Contact the below person, LLOYD (Evans) Chairman Robinsongang@juno.com  www.taiwanvets.com 


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Shipmates, a couple of items. #1= I'm putting out feelers on one of two possible reunions in 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii or Niagra Falls, Canada. Please let me know which you would prefer to go to. Remember, this is only a feeler. #2 = Please contact your shipmates and have them (if they have e-mail) to e-mail me their new or old e-mail address and phone # for the updated roster. A lot of them have changed their e-mail and have not let me know of any changes. Maybe they even moved and forgot to advise us of their move. Please check to let me know; and let me know your name when doing this. Name: ___________________ Yrs on Board 19?? to 19?? Definitely attend Hawaii__Canada__how many _______ attening. Maybe attend Hawaii__Canada__how many _______ attending. Would not attend Hawaii__Canada__. Thank You Larry Kalakauskis, BTC USN Ret. Liaison Officer, USS New Jersey Vets. Inc.


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I received a note from Bernie Jameson who served aboard the ship in Korea. He was telling me about the softball Team that won almost every game they played. I would like to right more about this. Do you have any pictures of the team. How about a story you can tell. Let me know Peter VandeWalle; Editor USS New Jersey Bounce


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My deepest thanks to those of you who showed such great support to my father during a recent illness. I honestly believe that the prayers and good wishes were instrumental in his recovery. My dad is doing well and just about back to his old self. You are a great group of men and I'm proud he has you as friends. .......p.s. Thanks to all the wives who showed their support as well. God Bless.


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MY NEW INTERNET SERVER


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I AM A VET OF THE USS MISSOURI WHEN THE TWO SHIPS WERE IN LONG BEACH,CA I AM LOOKING FOR BMSC GEORGE GRUBER. NOT SURE WHICH DIV. I AM SURE IT WAS DECK DIV. THIS SITE IS GREAT TO SEE AND THE PICTURES OF THE SHIP ARE VERY GOOD. FROM ONE BATTLESHIP SAILOR TO THE SAILORS OF THE JERSEY MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.


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I was a Radioman on New Jersey 1982-1984 in OC Div, looking for old friends, just moved to Florida, drop me a line, let's talk about old times, if anyone has a cruise book they want to sell from that time frame let me know as mine was destroyed.


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12/81 - 7/85 What a Lady the Jersey was to serve aboard, especially to be on the re-commissioning crew. The joke at the time of our 90 day shakedown cruise (June 1983 - May 1984) was the cruise book was going to be in a volume set. I will always remember October 23, 1983 off Beirut


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Ships company: 23 Aug 1984 thru 01 July 1988. rate/rank:OS2 hometown: Fairfax, Vermont Retired 20 years active service on 30 April 2001.


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Looking for Michael Davidson


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Fellow Shipmates, I am in dire need of a few volunteers for North, East and West District Volunteers to keep up and inform the WWII / 1940's Data Base. Walter Bardin (1945-46) is the South District Volunteer. You don't have to be from that ERA to volunteer, you can be from any era, but must have access to a computer. Most of the WWII/ 1940's members do not have a computer so there will have to be letters, cards and or phone calls to inform our members about the happenings of our and their organizational functions. Thank You. Larry K. Liaison Officer, USS NJ.V.I.


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THOUGHT THE SHIP LOOKS GREAT


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Trying to locate one of New Jersey's crew members. I do not remember his first name but his last name was Ambunan, (I believe that is correct) he was from Hawaii. He came aboard on or about 1968 as I ran into him in the PI in 1969. He was probably in the deck division as he talked about using the stones to scrub the deck. We went to basic together in San Diego, Ca., company 184. Thanks for any info.


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Was on the greatest ship in the Navy and served with some of the best sailors in the world. Was in EMO5 pump gang and #3 engineroom would like to hear from some of you. Haze Gray and underway.


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Have a Happy New Year.


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We enjoyed being aboard the USS New Jersey at the Reunion. It is a great ship and the men who served aboard Her should be very proud. Your web page is great and easy to follow. Robert L. Ohm (1951-1954) Fran Ohm (Wife)


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I WANT TO SAY HAPPY NEWS YEARS TO ALL MY SHIP MATES BEFORE ME AND AFTER ME AND TO THE ONES I SERVED WITH ON THE NEW JERSEY FROM 1953 TO 1955 SHE WAS A GREAT SHIP .. AND I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO THE ONES THAT KEEPS THIS SITE GOING GOOD JOB.


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Hi my name is Jenny Reed my father was BMCS Donald Reed and was on board the New Jersey in the 80s.. I have a question... Im trying to track down his guys that were in deck dept with him back then.. My father was diagnosed with ALS (aka lou gherigs disease) and does not have much time left here with us. I thought that by tracking down old shipmates that It might boost his spirits while he is still with us.. If you can give me some ideas I would appreciate it. I have so far posted on classmates.com and found about 3 guys but thats the extent to it.. Keep me posted.. You can reach me at your earliest convenience at this email alexi_mom03@yahoo.com thank you for your time... Jenny Reed


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In the latest "Jersey Bounce", Fall 2005/Winter 2006, the "Taps List", on page 24, mistakenly lists five Vietnam Vets who are not deceased. In fact, four of the five were at the 2005 reunion. Russ Charron, John Canadas, Ray Hopkins and Dick Schlotterback were with us in Valley Forge. Ron Bouchard was not able to attend.


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do we have a Cris Kirkpatrick on our roster. A shipmate of his contacted me and is trying to locate him. I am William P. Harvey, SK3\c S Div., Plank Owner. Paid up member of our association. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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I served on the Big J from 84-90 it was arguably one of the best duty stations in the Navy, I still swell with pride to tell someone I was a battle ship sailor on the New Jersey, Looking for all supply Div sailors that served during this time especially S-2 Div victor king MS2


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WAS ONBOARD ENTIRE VIETNAM DEPLOYMENT AS AN HM2. AM CURRENTLY WORKING AS AN RN WITH THE VA. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM FRIENDS WHO WERE ON BOARD DURING VIETNAM TOUR.


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G3 div '83-'86 [Radar Love]


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A Different Christmas Poem The embers glowed softly and in their dim light I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep her head on my chest My daughter beside me angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment or so it would seem, so I slumbered perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn't loud and it wasn't too near but I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear and I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, a lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier I puzzled some 20 years old huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark he looked up and smiled standing watch over me and my wife and my child. "What are you doing?" I asked without fear. "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!" "Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve you should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve." For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts. To the window that danced with a warm fire's light. Then he siged and he said, "It's really all right. I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night." "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line that separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me." "My gramps died at Pearl on a day in December." Then he signed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." "My dad stood his watch in the jungles of Nam and now it's my turn and so here I am. I've not seen my own son in more than a while, but my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile." Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag the red, white and blue--an American flag. "I can live through the cold and the being alone, away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another or lay down my life with my sister and brother, Who stand at the front against any and all to ensure for all time that this flag will not fall. So go back inside," he said,"Harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But isn't there something I can do at the least, Give you money", I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all tooo little for all that you've done for being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, to stand your own watch no matter how long. For when we come home either standing or dead to know you remember we fought and we bled is payment enough and with that we will trust that we mattered to you as you mattered to us. LCDR Jeff Giles, SC USN 30th Naval Construction Regiment OIC, Logistics Cell One Al Taqqadum, Iraq


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Always look forward to the news letter.


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I was en3 in aft diesel and small boat crew made West Pac 1986 the New Jersey will always be my best ship greatest time in the navy I would like to get a cruise book from someone from my time take care


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I was a Reservist assigned to the USS New Jersey, based out of West Trenton, NJ between 1983 and 1989. Was looking for fellow reservists from this group - please email me to keep in touch. Steve Ellis Petty Officer Third Class, MS3


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Fall 2005 Issue Jersey Bounce, Pete VandeWalle/ Editor You are marvelous, what a Newsletter! OUTSTANDING!! Bravo Zulu.


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LOOKING FOR Dean Barkenhagen?


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My father, John J. Petrucco just passed away on Sunday Nov. 27th. He was a proud ex-crewmember of the New Jersey and had the opportunity to do some voluntary work on her when she returned to Camden. He also took the tour after she opened as a museum. We are not sure of the dates of his service, but it was shortly after the end of WWII, so late 40's. We also cannot locate his Navy discharge papers but are working on it. Thank you. Nancy Kenny (daughter)


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This is a longshot, but I was in the first Friday night Smoker during the Nam Cruise in 68 or 69. If anyone has any old pictures of that I'd love to see them. I fought a dude named Dynamite Duel Smith. If you have any pics of that could you send them to me. Thanks, Larry


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THANKS LARRY FOR THE RECIPE.. GOOD OLD NAVY FOOD.. SAM FLENER


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THAT GOOD NAVY CHOW CORNED BEEF SCRAMBLE Portion: 6 to 8 ounces (approx. 1 cup) Ingredients for 100 portions Corned beef, canned, 20 pounds Peppers, green, 1 pounds, (approx 1 quarts) Onion, 1 pounds (approx 1 ˝ pints) Fat, melted, 8 ounces, (approx 1 cup) Corn, whole kernel, drained (save liquid), 13 pounds 4 ounces, (approx 1 ˝ gals.) Rice, cooked, 27 pounds, (approx 4 gals.) (Note: Divide by 100 for single serving and multiply by amount of servings needed) Chop together corned beef, green peppers and onions. Cook in fat until Corned beef is browned, stirring frequently. Stir in corn and cooked rice. Heat thoroughly. If necessary, add the liquid from corn. Serve in mounds. Source: The cookbook of the United States Navy, Revised 1944


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To all fellow and madam veterans, of all Services. May God bless you all, To the WWII Greatest Generation, Thank You, To the Korea Veterans, Thank You, You are not forgotten. To the Viet-Nam Vets, Thank You, Remember, it was right, AND WELCOME HOME, To the Persian Gulf War Veterans, Thank You, To the Iraq Operation Freedom Veterans, We support you, To the Afganistan Freedom Fighters, I salute you, in your monumental and lonesome task. To all past honorable members of the Armed Forces prior to Veterans Day, Rest in Peace and let us not forget the W.W.I Veterans of whom Armistice Day was named for before it was called Veterans Day. To all members of the Armed Forces that were in during Peace Time(??)Thank You for your service. I apologize for all the dissenters out there, even though it was us that gave them the right to dissent. Remember words from a very important Man:"FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO" BTC USN & USA Ret.


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MAY GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF OUR VETERANS WHO HAS SEVERED OUR GREAT COUNTRY USA .. GOD BLESS AMERICA. I WAS PROUD TO HAVE A PART IN THE KOREAN WAR TO SEVERE ABOARD TWO OF THE GREATEST SHIPS THE USS MANCHESTER CL 83 AND THE USS NEW JERSEY BB 64.. THANKS TO ALL THAT WAS THEIR BEFORE ME AND ALL THAT WAS THEIR AFTER ME GOD BLESS EACH ONE..SAM FLENER


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I served on the big j from 1983 to 1985. I was a boiler tech. in #3 fireroom.Seems like last week!


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Hi Shipmates! I just discovered this site and it is very very impressive! I served aboard BB62 from 1981 thru 1987 in X-3 division (a fresh air snipe-TV Tech). It was one of the finest, and still is, times of my life. I see some of the entries in the deck log of some familiar names, if you would like to email me and talk about some of the "good old days" please do. Big J is by far the most awesome ship ever to serve in the US Navy! Talk to ya later! IC2 Dan (Battlerock) Christie


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I am looking for anyone who served with my father on the USS Hancock CVA 19 1952-1956. His name is Everett Stanley Inloes. His nickname is Bert. His Rank SN 0032 seaman class 3. Service number 443 10 31. Some of his duties included gun mount operator 5" 38 gunfire, assisting on the flight line during aircraft operation. Anyone who remembers him please contact me. My father has been denied benefits for hearing loss. I feel his hearing loss is related to his duties on the Hancock. He has no pictures or letters from anyone to prove what he did on the Hancock. The examiner did not review his naval personnel records and his title of SN 0032 was unknown to the examiner. Please help if you remember my father. Sincerely, Carol Leseberg


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GMG3 patrick speer in G4 Div. from 88-91, just wanted to check in and say hello. Anyone ever of or about SN Dallis Martin from 5th Deck Div.?


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I was on broad from 1943 to 1946 in Engine Room #2 M-division. If any of my shipmate or still around I like to know. I was 17 year old and most of the boys was older then me. I been at the two reunions they had on board the ship but didn't see any one from engine room 2. Let me know if any one of you or still around.


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Hello- My Grandfather...Vincent Joseph Healey was stationed aboard the NewJersey I think in the late 50's while touring with the 7th fleet off Korea. I have GREAT color footage that I would like to share with you or the archives dept. In return I would love some education and details as to specifics about his rank, purpose of the tour etc. Please contact me with whom I could send a DVD copy of this footage. This would mean alot. He has since past on several years now but this footage was just found thanks chris healey 714-655-5954


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shipmate from 85 to 88 captains gig 6th div. capt. glenn and katz. best time of my life. firepower baby!!!


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My name is Laura Keib. I am the youngest daughter of Ernest R. Keib, who served on the New Jersey during WWII. My family has been trying so hard to find ANY information with regard to his naval service. When he passed away in 1987, he took with him all his stories and any information on his time in the Navy and aboard his ship. We know he received some medals and citations, but do not know which ones, we also do not know if any of his shipmates are still alive and if there are any stories they can tell us about him, since he never spoke of his time in the service, nor of any friends of his. Same goes for any photos of him that his shipmates might be able to share with us. My father died almost exactly 1 year before his one and only grandson, Kurt was born. And his only son's daughters were both born in the 1990's and never knew their grandfather. The only grandchild that he ever got to know, was, of course, his favorite (since she was his first and only at that time), was Melanie, the first child of my middle sister Michelle. Melanie was only 2 years old when her "Pa" died. My mom, his widow Eleanor, passed away 3 years later. My sister Michelle first found your website, just by chance, and told me about it. And I thought that just maybe, your website could help tell his children and grandchildren, any stories or information about Seaman First Class (I believe), Ernie Keib, who rests in peace, next to his wife at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois. Thank you so much. Laura A. Keib Crest Hill, IL lak121765@yahoo.com


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Thank you for the web site from a former crew member. October 1982 - July 1986 God bless Dave Lofton RM2


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I really enjoy' my tour on the Jersey 1967-1969. Met a lot of good people and really had some super times that I will always cherish. If their were only a way to go back in time and do it over....I would meet you all back on those teak decks.


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it was great to be able to go aboard the new jersey this year..but this will probably be my last time to go aboard.. as some has decided that every 3 years is to close together.. every 5 years probably all the world war 2 vets will be gone.. and half or more of the korean vets will be gone some of my shipmates i saw 3 years ago are not able to come now..and in 5 years i myself will be pushing 79 and am not in as good shape as i was 3 years ago..it has been good meeting those before me and after me..


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Like many of you, I found out about this website and USS New Jersey Veterans, Inc. and the annual reunions by accident. This year I attended the reunion in Valley Forge which included a visit to the ship, which looks pretty good. The reunion was more than I ever dreamed. Spending time with the WWII, Korea, Vietnam (my era) and Gulf War era vets was an absolute joy. We were all brothers in arms and we spent hours swapping sea stories and just enjoying each other. One highlight was spending time with Admiral Snyder and Captain Penniston (Vietnam era COs) who both attended. I personally saw good friends I had not seen in 37 years. Shipmates, it is up to ALL of us to keep this group alive as long as possible. The WWII and Korean vets provide a good chunk of the attendance. But WWII vets are dying at the rate of 1,000 a day. I saw 70- and 80-year old vets (even an elderly widow of a WWII vet) there in force. We have around 1,300 members in this group but around 50,000 men served aboard Big J in her long proud history. There are thousands of our shipmates out there who do not even know this group or these reunions exist who would come at the drop of a hat if they knew. But with the passage of so many years, addresses and contacts are lost. The only way we can grow this group is for EVERY crewmember to search the internet, get out old contact information and CONTACT any crew member you know. I have found many crewmembers know of others and can contact them. If you DO have contact with a crew member, I urge you to ask them to join the group and update their contact information on the website and above all to come to these reunions if possible. We had so much fun you can't believe it. You are missing a great time by not coming. If your shipmates you know belong, urge them to come to the 2006 reunion in San Antonio, Texas and you be sure and come too! We had around 500 people this last time and many of those were family members of crew who brought them and they also enjoyed themselves. PLEASE, PLEASE do everything you can to grow and build this organization, search out and contact other crew, and promote participation in the reunions! Thanks!


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My father John(Jack)Murphy served aboard the USS New Jersey during the Korean War and I know he took great pride in that fact and was proud to be associated with the special people he served with.He really enjoyed the reunions and the chance to get to see all his old shipmates.Unfortunately,my father is very ill and in the hospital as of Oct. 5 ,2005.Anyone wishing to send their regards to him please notify me at my e-mail address and i'll pass them along.Prayers would be appreciated also.---God Bless from the Murphy family.


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Served on board from March 87 to June 90 IC3 E-Division. Visiting all those places overseas on WestPacs and hanging out with all my buds were the best times of my life. Its great to go back in time and reminisce all those good old days.


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Served in FM Div., 1956-57. BLUENOSE - 3 September 1956. Served on "USS IOWA" (my home state)prior to that. Attended FT School, Great Lakes, 1955-56.


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FYI to whoever cares...my email changed from aol to comcast a while back, and my ship board mail is b.walters@battleshipnewjersey.org Hope you all had a good trip and got to see the many historical sites in the area.....along with the BB 62!! Bob W 55-57 N Div.


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looking for anyone who worked with my husband sm2 at that time in the 60,s robert j. williams in os division. he is deacesed now but i need men who worked with him because of his death. thank you rita williams & family


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I was a 5" Gunner's Mate onboard the Jersey from Mar. 1982 - July 1984. I recall serving with a 16" Gunner named Ernie Hanyecz. Years later watching the news of the tragic explosion onboard the USS Iowa, I saw the name Ernest Hanyecz on the list of sailors killed and assumed it was the same person I served with. While in Philadelphia a few months ago and learning the Jersey was across the river, I took a tour and learned of this website. I found the Taps page, but did not see Ernie's name listed. I contacted Ed Campbell, but nobody has been able to verify that the Ernest Hanyecz killed onboard the Iowa is the same that served onboard the Jersey even though the hometown listed on the Iowa website is the same as in my cruise book. If anybody can verify the Ernest Hanyecz killed onboard the Iowa is the same that served onboard the Jersey, please let Ed know so Ernie can have the honor he deserves of having his name posted on the Taps page. Thank you.


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To: 1940's Shipmates of My Father my father served on the New Jersey during WWII. I would be interested in any info you may have on him. His name is Bernard J. Constantino. I believe he was assigned to the mail room. Thanx, Curt Constantino


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Lookin for anybody from F/A Division 1986-1990.


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Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 8:43 PM Subject: Crew member Dear Mr. Campbell My name is Debbie (Neff) Browning. My father served aboard the USS New Jersey from the time it was commissioned until 1945 or 1946. He was a radar tech. I'm not sure if that is the proper name for it or not--my father passed away June 6, (D-day) 2001.I have a couple of his journals, but there is a lot of time lapses between his entries. I'm assuming that they were kept pretty busy in the Pacific during that time. My father's name was Joseph Allen Neff Jr. If there is anyone who might remember him or knew him during this time, I would love to hear from them. My e-mail address is dbrowning@tls.net . Thank you so much for this web site and the opportunity to maybe find someone who served aboard the New Jersey with my dad. I miss him VERY much and it would be a great honor to be able to be in contact with those who served aboard the New Jersey. Sincerely, Debbie Browning


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1983-1985 #1 Fireroom, BR-Shop, and #3 Fireroom.


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I served on the Jersey 1950-53 in FM Div. I am going to attend Reunion 2005. A former shipmate has asked me where can he buy a copy of 1950-51 cruise book SALVO. (That is the white book) Can someone help us to get one? or suggest where or who? Thanks for your help. Elmer Kohlhafer in North Carolina.


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My name is Cindi Hogan, my husband "Howard Hogan" was on board the Battleship in the early 1980's. My husband was pictured in the People Magazine Article on Bob Hope's USO Tour "Christmas in Beirut 1983." The picture I need is of Cathy Lee Crosby coming out of a hatch. My husband was holding the hatch open. Do you have any idea where I could find an extra copy, or the exact issue date and number, so that I can get a back issue from People Mag. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Respectfully, Cindi Hogan


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HI ALL, I SERVED ON THE BIG J IN DIV's C - Q - AND FA DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND TOUR OF KOREA. I HAVE THE CRUISE BOOK FROM BOTH TOURS. I ALSO HAVE A PHOTO ALBUM OF MANY UNKNOWN SAILORS THAT I TOOK DURING THOSE 3 YEARS. I WILL BRING THEM TO THE REUNION IN VALLEY FORGE. IF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER ME DROP ME AN E-MAIL. JIM MALONEY IN THE FL KEYS.


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OK 80's - 90's Crew Members. As is stands on Friday; Aug 26th there were only 3 of us registered for the upcoming Ships Reunion. As the longest era of operations in the history of our great Battleship, more of us will be needed to keep this going. If you haven't taken a trip back to the ship, it is as exciting as the first time you walked up the gang plank, saluted the ensign and requested permission to come aboard. Don't miss out on learning first hand from former shipmates how are ship has grown. This is a fantastic voyage to a perfect weekend. Don't miss out. Print off a reunion reservation and mail it it to be a part of a very exciting adventure. All the best, Peter V


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Sorry it wasn't 6th Division it was 3rd Division. Sorry bout that getting forgetful as I get older! Joe


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Hola All! Looking for shipmates in Deck Division 6. I was on board the recommissioning crew from 1982 to 1985 as a boatswain mate assigned to the aft deck. Yes I am a plank owner and very proud! Looking for an old buddy named Dennis Pack aka pac man, Slinger, Fontana, Veldez, Woodcock. Man finding this site sure gives me lots of memories. Wish I was 18 again and sailing into those ports! What a tour of duty that was! Give me a shout! jdillon10@cfl.rr.com  God Bless you all


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If you find that Video let me know? I would be very interested in a copy, if I do, I'll let you know. Also-I am looking for the copy of the "PEOPLE MAGAZINE" regarding The Bob Hope "Christmas in Beirut" I have looked everywhere without luck, any info would be appreciated. My husband was on board during that time. Thanks for your time. Cindi Hogan


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HI. My NAME is Bill Hartley. crew member BB62 12/26/43 to 3/46. 4th div.battle station upper handling room mount #8. my sleeping compartment was near my battle station which was by the motor whale boats. they ripped out the compartment and made it radio room.I wanted a picture of where my bunk was. it was the passageway for the in door chow line.if that compartment is still intact I would like a picture of it.I live in the Wash.DC area.can you let me know.Thank you Bill Hartley.wharbb62ww2@aol.com


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Both of the links below do not work. Try this one and look at the bottom of the page for links to the information listed below. http://www.militaryreunionplanners.com/newjersey.htm


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There is a list of those who have sent in the Events Registration Form on the Military Reunion Planners website. This list is updated every so often so you need to keep checking back. Here is a link to this page: http://www.militaryreunionplanners.com/NJ%20Roster.htm There is also a list of those who made room reservations but it is from back in mid July and hasn't been updated recently. http://www.militaryreunionplanners.com/NJ%20Rooming%20List.htm


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Ed or Larry ! Are you going to have a list of shipmates that have reservations to attend 2005 Reunion ? Sorry to bug you, just interested about who is going to be there. Thank you. Elmer Kohlhafer, Jr. GM3, FM Div. 1950-53


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Do you know if an expeditionary or campaign medal was awarded to the USS New Jersey for its actions off of Beirut? Thanks


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Posted by DON DETEMPLE, FTCM, USN Ret. on July 06, 2004 at 22:19:58: I AM FTCM DONALD T. DETEMPLE USN RETIRED. I KNEW HAWKEYE SINCE HE WAS FT1 ON THE JERSEY AND I WAS FT1 ON THE WISCONSIN IN 1956. HE WAS MY CHIEF ON THE GALVESTON AND THEN IN VIETNAM I WAS FTCM ON THE REEVES AND HE WAS FTCM ON THE JERSEY. I LOST CONTACT IN 1968 WHEN I TRANSFERRED TO BAINBRIDGE, MD. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIM AGAIN IF THIS IS POSSIBLE. THANKS, DON DETEMPLE


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THANKS MARC I HAVE THE PICTURE OF THE BIG J AND THE MIGHTY MO. ANCHORED TOGETHER IN JAPAN ON MY DESK TOP. I SERVED ON THE NEW JERSEY FROM 1953 TO 1955.. SHE WAS A GREAT SHIP AND I HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOU ALL THE BATTLESHIPS ARE GREAT.. I WILL BE AT THE REUNION IN SEPTEMBER.. SAM FLENER


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Aloha from the decks of BB-63. I'm a tour guide on the Battleship Missouri and I send out fond Aloha to you and all that work hard on your great grey lady. I am VERY proud of our ship and ALL the Iowa class battleships. I hope to visit someday. Please tell your people that we here on BB-63 are proud of your achievements and happy BB-62 is alive and well. Look for us on national news services on 2/September as we will have several thousands of visitors to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Japan on our 02 starboard deck. GOD bless you all and a BIG Mahalo (thanks) for all you do to preserve The BIG "J" Aloha Nui Loa (very much Aloha) from Marc David Weintraub-Battleship Tour Guide


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Is there anyone out their from the Vietnam era who remembers the ceremony on board for GMSN Wayne Johnson? He was the 3rd. Division gunner who was awarded a medal from Capt. Snyder for saving my life in Turret #3 Jan. 14,1969. Anyone have any pictures of that ceremony? What type of medal was he awarded? Anyone know of his whereabouts today? Toby Tobias


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Name is George Harvey: 1968 Was on the New Jersey for commissioning, Through the Panama and around to Long Beach and on to Hawaii. Then to the Philippines. And on to Viet Nam. I was a signalman in OS div. Anyone from OS div. out there???


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Trying to find where my dad served or what ship he was on in 1955 in Italy his name was Daid B. Boyer from PA.


  • Name: Larry K.

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FOR PALO, THE SPAM E-MAILER SIR, Please refrain from advertising on our web site. This is for the USS New Jersey Veterans only. Have a respect and pride for the men of that fine ship of four eras. It takes up our and the web masters time. Thank You. Resp. Larry K. Liaison Officer, USS New Jersey Vets Inc.


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Hi to all my shipmates. This is Masterchief Denman. we've retired in Prescott Valley Arizona. Not MUCH WATER BUT THE WEATHERS GREAT.


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Hey shipmates: I hope all is well with everyone. I would love to hear from guys who were on board from '87-'91. I was in 6th Division from February 8th, 1987 to September 15th, 1989. Take care everyone, Robb Sawin Carbondale, Illinois My link: http://profiles.yahoo.com/bigten0102


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MORE INFORMATION FOR THOSE PLANNING TO USE THE R-6 TRAIN WHEN ATTENDING THE SEPTEMBER REUNION!!! Shipmates, here is the rest of the story on this connection. After leaving the 30th Street Amtrak station, the SEPTA R-6 train travels to several stops and eventually get to NORRISTOWN. HOWEVER, there are THREE (3) NORRISTOWN stops!!! The first one is the Norristown Transportation Center, the second is Norristown Main Street, and the third is Norristown Elm Street. After speaking directly with the Hilton General Manager, he advises for us to make sure and stop at the FIRST STOP, THE NORRISTOWN TRANSPORTATION CENTER and call the Hilton directly at 610-337-1200. He advises that the shuttle will then come and pick you up. The previous information on this topic was not 100% correct and might have caused some of you some aggravation. I thought it best to give you the straight information so your trip will be as smooth as possible. See you at the reunion.


  • Name: Angelina Sutter

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Your site is interesting. Thank you. 


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served on the jersey from 54 to 57 7th div. left her in new jersey for the usslake champlain cva


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Hello I was aboard the Jersey in 53,54,and 55 second Korean cruise I served as HM2,sick bay, of course. I visited her two years ago. They were impressed as I was. My three sons, that is. Great organization


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The reason I was inquiring about photos is that I lost all mine in a house fire about five years ago. Also lost cruise book, plate, battleship rock. Anyone knows how I can get replacements, please let me know. Period 83-85.


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I am a former crewman. As a Legalman First Class, I ran the legal office (with the Legal Officer) during the period 83-85. Captain Milligan also did my reenlistment onboard. As a disabled veteran now, I would like more info on the best ship ever and how to possibly find old photos that I may have been in, especially the welcome home party 5-5-84, my reenlistment ceremony, or when I received my Navy Achievement Medal from Capt. Milligan.


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I have a picture of the USS Manchester Ch83 dated 1948. Is there somewhere I can go to see more pictures. Laura


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I was a crew member in the early eighties serving in both the Deck and Engineering Departments in several different divisions (2nd, 1st, 4th, A, M) and now, following a full career on active duty, I am running for Congress from the 29th Congressional District in western New York state - my home. I invite all my former shipmates to visit out web site at www.massaforcongress.com  as there will soon be pictures from our time together on the Big J plus all the information that anyone would want about the campaign. I think that I may be the first Battleship sailor from that era to seek a Congressional seat and I look forward to sponsoring legislation that secures and protects the NEW JERSEY for future generations. Look forward to hearing from all of you at the web site and God's Speed for safe voyages. Eric JJ Massa


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Has anyone from the Vietnam era had any dealings with the VA on Agent Orange & type II diabetes??? Was the big J affected??? They're telling me if I wasn't 'on land' I wasn't affected... Help!!!!! ii


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Name: Ed Devlin- ussnj@comcast.net  Comments New E-mail address Ed, your E-Mail in no good, keeps kicking back on me. Please rectify Than You Larry K.


  • Name: Larry K, Liaison Officer,NJ.VETS.INC.

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For the ease of our shipmates and I, WHEN LEAVING MESSAGES ON THE WEB SITE ABOUT E-MAIL CHANGES, PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME AND YEARS ABOARD SHIP SO IT IS EASIER TO FIND YOU ON THE roster DATA BASE OF ALMOST 3,800 PERSONS FROM ALL ERAS. THANK YOU Liaison Officer USS New Jersey Vets. Inc. LARRY K.67-69 B-Div kalskibb62@aol.com 


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Is their not a way to make these hacklers put a valid email address.. than you could track them down..I am sure a lot comes to this site looking for some shipmates and see that and leave.. this is a wonderful site i am looking forward to seeing each one at the reunion in sept.. Samuel Flener.


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New E-mail address


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I was just cruising through the site and was quite impressed. Served on her from 1982-1986 in GM division (tomahawk). I plan on taking my 8 year old boy on an overnight stay this summer or early fall. Glad to see there is so much support. I'm glad they didn't park the boat in Bayonne.


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Does anyone know what happened to Bill Fogel(WWII 8th Div). He lived in Colorado Springs, Co. and was reunion chairman in 98. He was at reunion in Vegas but don't remember him being in DC. Have tried writing but got no answer. Thank for any help. Blackie


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IC-man (IC1) aboard Big J from December 1981 until we got home from Beirut in 1984. Third Commissioning Crew. Contact: Home-(970)461-2889 Address: 1326 N. CR 29, Loveland, CO 80537


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Ramiro Gonzales marine detachment 86 to ?. Where are you native of Pharr, Texas. Married Laurie from the Philippines in 1986 1988? e mail me!!!!!!!!!!!!


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!!Attention all 1980's E-division IC's & EM's!! We will be having our first reunion on the Big J in a little more than a year, (July 22, 2006 to be precise). Hopefully, that will give everyone enough time to plan to attend. Please contact me via E-mail at "bb62squid@yahoo.com" and let me know if you're interested and if so, how many will be in your group. Thanks and I hope to see you all there! EM2 Tim Parker, 1/82-4/85


  • Name: Liaison Officer

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06-21-05 PLease! To the person or persons, responsible for all those advertisements ie; Mary, Mangano, Vereiso ect. that keep placing your notices on our deck log, refrain from doing so. It ties up our web site and our web master to clear them. Have a heart for the Men that served our and your country and give us a break. Please end this bothersome practice. Thank You Liaison Officer,USS New Jersey Vets. Inc.


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In search of these men #1 Fireroom BB-62 Viet Nam L.Lewerenz, B.Thiel, D.Dent, J.Twomey, any others that steamed # 1 BR. still firing.... greetings Rick Maldonado


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visited the Big J last summer. It brought back a lot of memories. Was in OI division June of 82 through Feb 84. Was hoping to find a copy of the comic strip Sammy the Unsat sailor that circulated in the ships paper. I do have a VCR copy of battleship rock along with other footage. The pic is okay and i may get it enhanced. Not too many ships have 50 year worth of vets that served on it. Which makes her and her sister ships unique!


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Hi, this is EM2 Chris Miller. I served on the Jersey from 1982 to 1984. ( That wonderful deploy to Lebanon). I just found out about the reunion for 80's E Division next year. I must apologize to some of you because I will be there. I would not miss it. I am looking forward to seeing the guys that shared some of the best times I ever had. (I am sure there were some bad times, I just blanked them out)


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Was aboard the big J from 1981-1984 assigned to E-Div. Some of the best duty I had and the best learning experience of my naval career. Love the website , very glad its out here and more happy to see the ship isn't forgotten.


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We lost a good friend and Shipmate, Bill Socko Last Friday, June 3rd, 2005. He served in the mid 50s and was in #4 Engine Room. He had been sick for quite a while.


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I was on the New Jersey from 1984-1986 and retired off her in May of 1986. I am interested in contacting any of the crew during that timeframe especially OE division.


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George T.Miller (and all you other Iowa-class advocates!) "serious consideration" has indeed been given to reactivation from both the GAO and the USMC. In fact, this month's Marine Corps Gazette has a three page article advocating for the return of the Iowa & Wisky to plug the dangerous fire-support chasm left by the Iowa's premature decommissionings without any adequate replacements. Those leading the charge are the folks at "www.USNFSA.org" of which I'm a member, give them a look and your support, our Marine's deserve better fire support......BRING OUR BATTLESHIPS BACK!!


  • Name: Steve Whipple steve@kelwhip.com

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'81-'84: Looking forward to 4th-o-July 2006 -- seeing salty old mates, and the fattest, grayest and devinest beauty, that ever sailed the seas...


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Dear shipmate, remember me? SN DAVID F. HENRY, I'm a plankowner, I RECOMMISSIONED USS IOWA APRIL 28 1984 ON MY BIRTHDAY, THE BATTLESHIP IOWA BB61 WAS MY FAVORITE DUTY STATION, FROM LEARNING THE ROPES IN 2ND DIV, TO OPERATING THE LIBERTY BOATS AND CAPTAINS AND XO'S GIG. IN 5TH DIV. SN DAVID F. HENRY, AFTER CETNAM OPS 1985, I TRANSFERRED TO THE BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BB62, QUALIFIED ENLISTED SURFACE WARFARE AS A THIRD CLASS PETTY OFFICER. AFTER SEEING THE PATROL BOATS IN PANAMA CANAL, 1986-1990, I BECAME A MEMBER OF THE BROWN WATER NAVY, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE GROUP 1, SPECIAL BOAT UNIT XI, COMBAT CRAFT BOAT CAPTAIN, PETTY OFFICER IN CHARGE OF 31 FT. PBR, FROM HAZE GREY AND UNDERWAY, 16" ARMOR TO 1/4" FIBERGLASS AND A FLACK JACKET, 1999 -2001 A MEMBER OF Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit TWO ONE TWO is located onboard Naval Construction Batallion Center Gulfport Mississippi and is a unit of Naval Coastal Warfare Group TWO AFTER 10 YEARS IN THE US NAVY, I HAVE TRAVELED TO MORE THAN 30 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, WORKING AS AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST, LIVED IN GERMANY, THE NETHERLANDS, AND WITH MY FAMILY IN VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA. ANY SHIPMATES FROM THE 80'S PLANKOWNERS, PLEASE CONTACT ME, 713-493-6269, HOUSTON TEXAS I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY 1983-1986 CREWMEMBERS BOTH BATTLESHIPS, TRYING TO FIND BM1 CHARLIE BROWN, LAST TIME I SAW IN WHEN HE WAS ON BB63, AND I WAS BB62. MY WEBSITE IS BELOW http://www.computerscontractor.com


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1980s era, E-Division Battleship Squid's planning on meeting on board weekend of July 1-2 2006. 1980's EMs and ICs please send email to me or Felix Bautista fkbautista@sbcglobal.net  or Tim Parker bb62squid@yahoo.com  (got to love Tim's email address). Any additional shipmate contact information would also be appreciated.


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Planning on seeing ship this summer '05 or next year. Would like to meet fellow Lebanon E-Division Squids on ship, if possible. Dates open. Also, I have Battleship Rock video, (original Beta). I am sending to BB-62 artifact director Bob Walters soon. Living in Idaho now.  Proud to have served on board the "Big J". God's Speed!


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thanks George for your input.. she was a great ship to severe on I was aboard from 1953 to Sept 1955.. I never met a nicer bunch of sailors.. she was a ship any one would be proud to serve aboard.. and I understand she is the 3rd in line to be called back into service if needed..I understand the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk,VA is in the ready now to be the first to be called back into service.. you can go aboard her but you can't go below decks.. it makes me proud when I hear some one say thank you for serving ..when I went to the reunion in Las Vegas a boy about 20 years old came up to me and shook my hand and said thank you for your service in the past..that made my day.. thanks again.. samuel flener


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Hello ... I had the opportunity for the 1st time last ('04) summer to visit the USS New Jersey in Camden. To say the experience was awesome, would be an understatement. I have so much respect and admiration for all the men who served onboard Big J from WW II until the most recent decommissioning in '91 ... (Sadly) with all that has gone on around the world since 9/11/01, I find it hard to believe that no serious consideration has been given (to my knowledge) to reactivating the USS New Jersey. Peace through Strength is a necessity, and I could not think of a stronger presence in hot spots around the globe that to have the "Firepower For Freedom" capability of the battleship at the ready to "hear the call,when sounded again" ... May God Bless the former crew members of Big J for their sacrifices and service to the country ... George.

 


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What's with all this gibberish. This is ridiculous. I hope there is something that can be done to stop this. I come to this site to see if there are any postings from my old buddies, not this garbage. I hope to see a good turnout from E Division, Vietnam era, in Valley Forge in September. Remember, "As The World Turns, We Turn Too".


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Now Hear This!! The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will hold its 3rd Annual Battleship Blast fundraiser on Saturday evening, July 2nd. Festivities will begin onboard at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, entertainment and the fireworks display. Last year, the Battleship Blast raised over $150,000 helping to fund continuing restoration, maintenance and education programs for the Battleship. This years ticket prices range from $150 to $250 for admittance, cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and fireworks. A $500 VIP ticket is also available as are corporate sponsorships, which range from $1,250 to $10,000. I know those ticket prices may seem high, but it's a FUNDRAISER, for a cause very near and dear to my heart, and I imagine to many of yours too. Even if you can't attend, won't you please consider making a donation to the effort? For ticket or sponsorship information, or to make a donation, contact Dawn Presley at (856) 966-1652 ext. 225 or e-mail her at d.presley@battleshipnewjersey.org . If you like you can contact me directly for more information about this event. My e-mail is rich@ussnewjersey.com . To see recent photos of the ship, including shots of volunteers involved in the ongoing restoration efforts, visit my website, www.ussnewjersey.com . Thanks


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I recently found some old photos from our Vietnam cruise of a highline we had with the USS Newport News off the coast of Vietnam. I searched the net for the Newport News and found their association web site. Much to my delight, I found a picture page with photos of the same highline from their side of the detail. Check out how we looked to our fellow sailors. http://www.uss-newport-news.com/nnpix/RUSS_MACK_pix.htm I sent my photos of the detail to their website. Maybe they will post them.


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CAPT, USNR (ret). Recalled to active duty onboard BB-62 for the Multi-national force, Lebanon, 1983. Created Reserve Unit attached to the battleship at West Trenton (NJ) Reserve Center through a letter to CNAVRES in 1982 requesting an official Navy link between the state and her namesake ship. Served as CO of unit during 1980s until promoted to O-6, serving each year for two (or more) weeks onboard for training in Long Beach.


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If anyone remembers my father, Richard Zarr, please email me with any stories about him during his time on the U.S.S. New Jersey in WWII. I am his daughter, and I remember the log he had with pictures from the War. Would appreciate any input. He was born March 6, 1925 and passed on April 8, 1995. Will always love him and miss him. I have three sons of which he was able to cherish. Finally had my daughter, but grandpa never had the chance to experience her. The greatest dad one could ever know. My name is Kathy Knoll; please email anything that you know.


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I know Ed and Larry are doing a good job with this site. It is a shame that these hackers and spammers are getting by.  I see 5 ads on now from them .. I come on a lot during the day to see if any one I know is on or left a message.. I know one of my shipmates found me on here because I left a message inquiring about them.. I severed aboard this great ship from 1953 to 1955.. I am looking forward to seeing my shipmates again this year..I was in the roger division.. May God Bless all.. Samuel Flener


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In Memorial 0f all Veteran's By Peter A.Todd 05/10/2005 Our Nations Flags stand at staff To honor those who sacrificed their live's That we may live out our days in freedom Which in solemn prayer in our hearts they're alive Through the wisdom of their heritage they gave To every loved citizen who honor them today Through the ravages of outrages wars Our countries beliefs through these soldiers are saved Red is the blood women and men have shed Blue represents emotions of their loss White represents the great Light of God's heaven above Our fifty stars of states that suffered the cost We hold our heads high in true American pride As the bugler sounds at anthems raised In this of sorrow as our hearts cry We give these soldiers of freedoms salvation Our Glory , Honor and praise TO: ALL My Shipmates, Thank You for your Devotion to Duty. Vietnam Vets. remember "IT WAS RIGHT"


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I HELPED PUT HER TOGETHER IN PHIL. SHE WAS THE BEST SHIP I WAS EVER ON. MAYBE I CAN MAKE IT BACK FOR REUNION. "EN2EURBIN BOATSHOP, AFTER DIESEL" ENC RETIRED


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Looking for help. I have somehow lost the cast emblem from my plank (plankowner 1982) the emblem with "firepower for freedom" can I get this anywhere FR Daniel McKenzie, Jr. BB-62 plankowner.


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SM2 OS Division, onboard Jersey from 1988-1989. Did the extremely "rough" Big Thunder down Under deployment. Worked with SM1 Gallahan, SM2 Collup, Galiano, Cohn , Casey, Miller, Pritchett, etc. I retired as an SMC last year. Still in San Diego, drop me a line. Lance


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Subj: RE: Info Date: 4/27/2005 6:58:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time From: rshoker@woh.rr.com To: KALSKIBB62@aol.com Sent from the Internet (Details) Larry, I was not on BB62; I am just a big fan of the ship doing a photo book on the Iowas and am making sure there is a detailed section on the 68-69 deployment (my favorite ship and deployment, and in my opinion the single most effective deployment of any Iowa at any time!). If I can get enough photos and stories I would love to do just a book on BB62 during that time period. In particular I need some detailed photos of the Zuni launchers, and the main mast with those triangle antennas. My website is www.oxfordmuseumpress.com  If you could put the word out I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks Randy Shoker 513-524-1776 (Yes, I got the phone number on purpose!) -----Original Message----- From: KALSKIBB62@aol.com [mailto:KALSKIBB62@aol.com Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:14 AM To: rshoker@woh.rr.com Subject: Info Randy, Need the following information Full name, Address, City, state, zip, phone, e-mail, div, 68-69, wife's name I don't have you in my roster. Don't know what happened? Thank You Larry K.


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The Iowa class book is coming along nicely. I am still looking for some key photos of my favorite ship (BB62 of course!) and my favorite deployment (68-69). In particular I need a good photo of the Zuni Chaff launchers amidships. I also have some photos I need your crew to look at because I don't know what the heck I'm looking at in the main tower. I'll scan them and send them to you. So put the word out to your group if you would, I need a photo of the Zuni's. I also would still like a hi-rez copy of that great overhead shot on your web page.


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I was on the New Jersey from 1981 to 1985 assigned to #2 engine-room


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For those of you who have not met me I like to introduce myself. I am the new Vice-president. It came as a surprise to me being elected, the last two years have been very busy for me and I could not make the last two reunions. About myself I was stationed onboard the New Jersey from Jan.1989 to decomm Feb 1991. I put on my chiefs anchors on Sept 15 1989 on the Big J. I retired in 1996 and have been working ever since. I hope I make a good VP. I have a lot of Ideas and I think they will out shine the ribbon board I built and brought to the 2002 reunion. I hope to see all of you at this reunion and I will be bringing my books and battle ship tapes John Hagen MMC(SW)RET USN


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Change of address: New Address crabtree30@comcast.net  Old Address crabtree@home.com 


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Commissioning Crew 1981-1984 B-Division looking for shipmates serving during that time from B-Division. Drop an E-Mail! Thanks!


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Hi again.. I talked to my dad and found out some information on him. He started out in 3rd division went to 4th and then 6th and by the time he transferred from the ship he was in charge of the whole deck dept. Please anyone if you have any information contact me. alexi_mom03@earthlink.net or 760-376-8837


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Hey all. I am new to the site and trying to track down some of my dads old buddies. He was onboard the Uss New Jersey from about 77 to the early 80's. He was a boatswain mate. I believe chief by the time he transferred off. BMC Donald Reed. What I'm trying to do is re-unite some of his old buddies with him. See my dad was diagnosed with Lou Gherigs disease and is losing his battle and I would love to be able to boost his spirits while we still have him. Anyone with any information can either reach me by email at alexi_mom03@earthlink.net  or call me at 760-376-8837. Thank-you for your time.


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I am looking for verification and any info. on Dr. Ralph H. DeOrsay who served on New Jersey during WWII. He was my Uncle and is now deceased. I served on USS Brooklyn in that war, not New Jersey.


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COULD ANYONE GIVE ME ANY INFO ABOUT THE BATTLE SHIP HMS HELVIG?


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Served 1945/46 "M" Div. I would like to locate Jim Elliot, we were in "M" Div. " 3 engine room, main control, he was from East Orange New Jersey, anyone know him?


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USS New Jersey Vets. Inc. Reunion 2005 SEATING INFO. My name is Robin will be handling all banquet seating arrangements. Please forward all requests to me via robin@militaryreunionplanners.com . In the subject line, please reference New Jersey Seating Arrangements. Thanks! Robin Robinson Military Reunion Planners 816 East Texas St. Grapevine, Texas 76051 Office: 817.251.3551 Fax: 954.301.0742 Email: robin@militaryreunionplanners.com  www.militaryreunionplanners.com 


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What a site! Came back in the Navy to serve on her from 81-84, what a time that was. Was an HT2 in R-Div and worked in the DC shop during the precom phase and the Shipfitter shop from commissioning on. Many fond memories of shipmates and times had, from the softball team, boxing, Bob Hope & Wayne Newton, and finally diving into the aft gun tub to watch us send some 16" gifts into Lebanon. How many of remember the 16" firing in the yellow zone? LCDR Messina did more damage on that day to her in her entire life span. Later Shipmates, looking forward to speaking to you. Mike Lane DCC, USN, Ret.


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MMCS Stationed onboard New Jersey from September 1981 to December 1983


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Attention all WWII vets who reside in the South District, which would be Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Virgin Islands, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. I am the South District Volunteer and am in the process of updating records of all vets in my district. I have e-mailed and sent snail mail to everyone and only about one-half of the crew members have returned the information requested. I would appreciate hearing from the rest of you as soon as possible so that we can complete our information on you. If, for some reason you did not receive these mailings, please contact me at the above e-mail address or mail to Ray Bardin WWII L Div., 2814 Live Oak Drive, Rowlett, TX 75088 or call 1-972-475-7181. Thanks to those of you who have already contacted me and thank you for your interest in the New Jersey BB62. Call me any time.


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I am writing in regard to above Subject. Ed served aboard the New Jersey from Commissioning until Discharge in 1946. I have been trying to find someone who served with him aboard the New Jersey. I am his brother. Ed died in September of 1985. I have the pictures taken of the different ships divisions in 1944. I do not know what division he was in to be able to locate him. He was about five foot ten and wore glasses. If anyone can give me information about E, I would appreciate. I went aboard the New Jersey in Camden when it was opened as a tourist site with my wife and my son and it was more impressive than I had thought. I served aboard the Heavy Cruiser USS Los Angeles and thought that it was an impressive Ship, but it is no where near the size of the New Jersey. Thank You. Bob O'Neil 156 Bear Hill Road, Apt 205, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864-6042. Phone 401 333 3677 an email as above bobandeileen248@msn.com 


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BTC Kalakauskis, My father was on the USS New Jersey in 1943 thur 1945. His name was James E. Raat Lt. USNR. My dad died in 1967. If there is anything might be were I can find any thing about anyone that might have been with him. I know that at one time I was in the Kitty Hawk we seen the New Jersey, I sent a picture of your ship and it was something that made my dad very happy. I did not realize about that until I got to see the Kitty Hawk as I got older. James S Raat KittyHawksfp3@yahoo.com 


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Looking for John Smoke or FNU Teneyck, BM3; Steve Mifflin or Jack Kaufman, SN; LTjg Mandich; or anyone else who remembers Stanley Hutchens,SN, from Jan 68 - Apr 69. I'm trying to help him with his VA claim. Thanks.


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Former crew, we are looking for those who served on the ship and were born in New Jersey. The ship is in the process of opening an exhibit featuring crew who fit the above criteria. We will be having interviews, photos/photocopies, and artifacts from al eras of service on display. (This will be a permanent exhibit) Please get in touch and add your naval experiences to be preserved on the Big J. Bob Walters Artifacts Mgr. ('55-'57 N Div) 62 Battleship Place Camden, N. J. 08103 (856) 966-1652 X 202


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Would like to be added to e-mail list. Was on the BIG "J" from 1982 to 1985.Was a member of PUMP GANG and also Engineroom #3.Would like to here from some the snipes I served with. Just to let all of them know I am still in TEXAS.


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Subj: World War II veterans from the New Jersey Date: 3/8/2005 5:11:24 PM Pacific Standard Time From: tom.williamson@state.co.us  To: kalskibb62@aol.com Sent from the Internet (Details) Hello: I recently bought a book that has some fabulous photographs of Navy and Marine men of World War II. The book has some wonderful photographs of men on the New Jersey in 1944-45. I am a WW II buff. As I don't think you all would have reason to buy or know about this book, (it is a little esoteric) I thought I would take it upon myself to alert vets groups about the existence of these photographs. I am asking you to forward this information to any WW II Battleship New Jersey veterans. They may be surprised with the discovery of some very old memories. I don't think very many of these pictures have ever been published. I think a picture could be ordered from the National Archives. I think such a photograph taken at that time would be quite an heirloom. The book is "At Ease -- the Navy men of World War II." Please see if you can contact anyone that can forward this information to a helpful person. Thomas R. Williamson Dep. Public Defender Durango, Colo. tom.williamson@state.co.us 


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Does anyone remember my father Edward Talbott? Tall, gangly, big ears...played piano very well..He was with the 9th as an AAMG Crewman from about '43 to '45 or there abouts... Thanks, John Talbott


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I served as a division officer in Big J from 87 to 90. I never saw the ship's number painted on top of any turret.


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My Dad best friend served aboard the Big “J” during WW II, he was a First Class Carpenters Mate (Paul P. Asher). When he came home, he gave me a picture of the Big “J” and for about 40 years, I cherished that picture until someone broke into my office and took it. He also gave me the Log Book. Which I go through once in awhile, and as I look at the pictures of the crew from the different division that served on it during WW II. I think to myself if it were not for them and all the other service men that served this country, we would not be living in the greatest country in the world today. When the ship made a call to San Francisco after it was re-commissioned, I took my son to see it. It was huge to him and it was bigger than any DD or DE that I spent two weeks a year on, while I was in Navy Reserve (1955-1963). To all the survivors that served aboard the Big ”J” during WW II, and all the other conflicts that she spent serving our country. I would like to say thank you for a job “Well Done”, and God Bless. Bob Castaneda (SK3)


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I am not a former crew member but I am a retired shipfitter of the now deceased Long Beach Naval Shipyard who spent many long hours constructing varied assemblies on board the Big J. I was in shop 11 in the structural group and fabricated many structural items but most notably I built the CIWS deckhouse on day shift and John Hepner carried on, on the swing shift. 3/4" HTS ,30.6 lb plate bulkheads and overhead and under the interior padding I welded my initials,EJK, and it is there for all time. My pops, John Koczwara was one of the keel layers of the Big MO at the Brooklyn Navy Yard so we seem to be a BB family. I did go on shakedown cruises and experienced the awesome power of the speed and even the firing of the 16 and 5 inch batteries, a great experience only had by a lucky few. Not the typical Yardbird, I also worked her as a member of SIMA, a reserve ship support unit in the Navy Reserve in Long Beach,now killed by evil politicians too. Even better I was born and lived in Wallington and Clifton , New Jersey before moving to Hunting Beach ,Cal in 1959. I served on the HORNET CV-12 on active duty and can only imagine being on board the NJ as a crew member. I am glad the NJ is alive and not a bunch of cheap import cars and hope to see her re-activated with a pair of Nimitz class CVN Nuke plants powering her for the next 50 years .Long live BB-62!


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I found the entries of my old ship mates interesting. I served aboard the New Jersey from '83-'86. Your website brought back some very fond memories. Thank you, Bob Eichman


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Would anyone know of the existence of a cutaway schematic view of the USS New Jersey showing decks with compartments as they appeared from 1943 to 1946? I would appreciate hearing from you!


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I served in E Division during Vietnam. I am looking for someone who has a copy of the Decommissioning Program from December 17, 1969, and is willing to make me a copy of the list of the ships crewmembers. I will pay all copying and mailing costs. Email me at the above address. Thanks.


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IC3,SERVED ONBOARD FROM 1986 TO 1988,E-DIV., SOUND POWRED PHONE SHOP,AFT.OF THE SECOND TURRETT,WORKED UNDER IZOMOTO AND CHIEF MOTA, KNEW A CRAZY CLOWN NAMED TROY, REMEMBERED THE FIRST DAY IC3 WARD WALKED INTO OUR SHOP, WORKED WITH IC3 SMITH(SMITTY),IC3 GARRETT,IC3 SANCHEZ,AND MANY MORE! IF ANY ONE ELSE REMEMBERS THESE TIMES OR SHIPMATES SEND ME AN E-MAIL!


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Now that the Big J is in Camden we are trying to get the curator to paint the number 62 on top of the turret. I know we had it there in the 60's. He said it was not there in the 80's. If any on the 80 crew have a picture of the number on top of any of the turrets please let me know. I would like to get a copy to show him. Thanks Ken Kersch MR2 67-69


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I served with the marine detachment from 1982 to 85


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BAD EMAIL ADDRESSES!Would the following people get in touch with me, or if you know this person, and let me know your correct email address: Paul Benner,Dominick Bosetto, Michael Menditto,Charles Bruton, Jack Nothdurft,Bruce Burgdoff, Wade Mandon,Stan Phillips, Dale Paul,Robert Roth, Mike Hilliker, J.R. Prince, Roy Beiber and Mike Zinke. My emails to you keep bouncing back. Thanks, Bill Meredith- Northern District Vietnam Era Rep.


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My grandfather's name is Clyde Gill Bushnell, he served on the USS New Jersey during the 1940's in WWII, unfortunately that is all I know, if anyone who served with him is still around and has e-mail access, any information you can give me would be most valuable to me. Sincerely, Dennis Bushnell US Army 82nd Airborne


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Subj: Re: Father Clyde, Ogden, Utah Date: 2/14/2005 8:56:56 AM Pacific Standard Time From: dbushy04@msn.com To: KALSKIBB62@aol.com Sent from the Internet (Details) Thank you for replying, Clyde is my Grandfather, so far the only thing that I have been able to find out about him is, that he was aboard the USS New Jersey in the 1940's, and that he had received a Silver Star (among others), I hadn't found out that until my grandfather's funeral which I am proud to say that myself and my cousin (who was in the marines), were both in our dress uniforms and were invited to be apart of his military honors, they let us do the 21 gun salute, which made my grandmother very happy, along with the rest of the family. Anyways again, thank you for responding, it meant a lot to me that someone out there cares enough to help out a fellow trooper. Sincerely Dennis Bushnell US Army 82nd Airborne >From: KALSKIBB62@aol.com >To: dbushy04@msn.com >Subject: Re: Father Clyde, Ogden, Utah >Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 01:53:24 EST > >Hey Trooper!( My dad was in 82nd, 101st. and 5th rangers, then helped with >the training of the First start of the Green Berets at Fort Bragg, NC after >the >Korean War. Retired in 63 or 64. "All the way!" >Your father served on board USS New Jersey BB-62, (Dates unknow at this >time). >He was assigned to the 8th. Division. >Maybe the ex-crew men can help ya'll out.


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Hi, If anyone has any information on my father, who is deceased, please let me know. He served on the USS New Jersey during WWII in 1943 in the Eighth Division on the I think, 20 mm's. He was injured along with Cosse and both men received a Purple Heart. His name was Herbert E. (Gene) Lindley Sr. I need to find out the reason he was awarded the Purple Heart and any other information on his and his job duties would greatly be appreciated. Thanks for your help.


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My grandfather server aboard the USS New Jersey, all I know about is it was during WWII he passed away and myself and my cousin did his military honors, that was when we found out the most about him being in WWII, if anyone reading remembers Clyde Gill Bushnell, I would appreciate anything you could send me about what he did, his rank, etc. or even any pictures he may be in, I would be so grateful to anyone who could fill me in. Sincerely, Dennis Bushnell US Army, 82nd Airborne


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I was stationed on the New Jersey in Latter part of 1953 as Staff Photographer for V-Admiral Clark, Commander Seventh Fleet. I remember a couple of the Photographers there at the time Joseph Joseph and Alex (---)and others, I can't remember their names. If any remember me drop me a line. allendon@networld.com 


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It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of my father, Donald(Frenchy)Gervais on January 5. We sent him back to the Lord on his 75th birthday, January 10. Dad was very proud of his service on the USS New Jersey, and I experienced it first hand when I brought him down to the reunion in Sept 2002, and with tears in our eyes, we held hands and stepped aboard this beautiful lady together. We, his family, extend our sorrows to all his shipmates. Please take a moment, wherever you are, on April 2 at 10:00 am when we will lay him to rest with full Military Honors, and give him one last salute. God Bless You All, forever sue


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> hi i served on her from 1954 to 1957, was work PO to decommission her in > Bayonne NJ. > would like to find some of my old crew. most were Quartermaster men of > the bridge. > can you help me? > >


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This is an great website, it really brings back memories. I served onboard NJ as a Radarman, now called Operations Specialist, (OI Division) during the Viet Nam era, from before she was recommissioned until just a few weeks before decommissioning. Life long friendships were formed, and with these friends I had the opportunity to see and do things that I might never have been able to do. It was an awesome experience that I wouldn't trade for anything. One thing about Battleship sailors in general and NJ sailors in particular, we might have had times when we fought among ourselves, but we would never let anyone else pick on our shipmates. We were, and still are, truly a crew of proud and dedicated Battleship sailors.


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Master Chief, I am a plankowner of the greatest battleships ever! BB-61, I served with BM1 Charles Brown. I am BM1 James D. Andrews, I was in 5th & 6th division aboard her. Charles was talking about when Iowa's boat boom opened up that tin can, I was standing right next to the boat boom. The only damage was the boat boom was made into a pretzel afterwards, and with a little paint, things were Ok except for the boat boom. We had zodiac's aboard Iowa and we were playing with them before we went through the canal and myself, BM2 Jordan, BM2 Doty had the zodiacs, except BM2 Doty sunk one at the STBD aft acom ladder under the platform, (H-frame) BM1 James D. Andrews (RET)


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Name: EKMRK@JUNO.COM Comments Attention ! CHARLES J. CLAWSON ! (FM Div. - Korea) I have tried to send you an e-mail, but it comes back undelivered. Please post your e-mail address on this web site or answer this message on the deck log. Looking forward to hear from you. Elmer Kohlhafer, Jr. FM Div. Korea 1950-53


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"The worst shore duty is better than the best sea duty"... poor fools who uttered those words never got to see(feel) a 16" broadside. I left NJBB in LBeach in late 90, was near the end, walked across the pier to NMFG. I earned ESWS on the NJBB, did PACEX89, 45 days at sea, NorthPAC. Now that I think of it shore duty was pretty good. Take care of your troops. Jeff Bjorgo RMC(SW) OC Div on BB62, CWO2 USN(Ret.)


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B Div 1968 thru decom. Wash. Viet Nam era and proud of it! GO FIREPOWER FOR FREEDOM! Forever Rique Maldonado #1 Fire room (Meatball) p.s. snipes rule


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B div. From San Deigo to Viet Nam then to Washington state. Nickname "Meatball" still steaming boilers. Just wanted to let you know that the time spent with all you guys was the greatest and will never be forgotten. These days I show my kids and grandkids my ship books and the crew and they think it's great, I knew it was, thanks again. Rique Maldonado


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----- The following E-Mail addresses had permanent fatal errors -----If any of these are yours would you e-mail me your name and new e-mail address.Full name home address zip phone, years on board ship, division and wife's name for roster update. Thank You, Larry K. <bmpmc@webtv.com> <regal2000@earthlink.net> <mmcaldwell@webtv.com> <thefles98@hotmail.com> <awckrull@cox.net> <ewb@cl.k12.md.vs> <rosaps@juno.com> <wankeny@bercomm.net> <DENJAN1@juno.comm> <debra@ciesian-house.com> <lakewood7467@conninc.com> <kenjeanette428@msn.com> <bjbottona@minnspring.com> <jim-orn@mchsi.com> <EJHannon@msn.com> <rrandall@worldnet.att.net> <bryants181@netzero.com> <Tedlans@msn.com> <mleaonard@izoominternet.net> <bobmerc@optionline.net> <stjohnson@fuse.net> <joyhda@swbell.net> <wright@telepath.com> <LBONAT@mindspring.com> <toms@poconomail.net> <jmarty@epix.net> <Rap@desupernet.net> <getnlost@earthlink.net> <hicsvi@viaccess.net> <dodgeram@attbi.com> <tmcamp@webtv.net> <crabtree@home.com> <whkconsult@wans.net> <cjbreaker@juno.com> <brunoconnection@msn.com> <eleanorhburgess@ol.com> <ricurtis@pennline.com> <seabeeedwards@hotmail.com> <fillhart4@msn.com>


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From the Philadelphia Airport take a R-1 train to the 30 TH STREET STATION get off and take a R-6 train to the NORRISTOWN STATION get off and CALL the Valley Forge Hilton Hotel--at-1-800-TRY- VFPA and their SHUTTLE will pick you up.The cost is $5 on the R-1 and $3 on the R-6 Trains and the Hotel Shuttle is No charge This is just another way to save a couple of bucks. Tropiano Shuttle is $40 cash round trip or $45 credit card from the Airport and back.Call ahead or when you land at 1-800-559-2040. TROPIANO TRANS needs 1 hour notice. A cab(Taxi ) is $50 so take your pick. This is all I have found out so far


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Dues statements for all USS New Jersey Vets Inc members still owing dues for 2004 and 2003 were mailed during this week of 10-16 Jan, with the last few mailed this morning. This includes dues notices for Associate Members. About 1,010 dues notices were mailed. John Hayes, Membership Chairman


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Subj: Typhoon Cobra Date: 1/14/2005 10:39:48 AM Pacific Standard Time From: Halseytyphoon To: KALSKIBB62 CC: esser3@hotmail.com Gentlemen: An article is in the February issue of Men's Journal on the typhoon that struck Halsey's fleet in the Pacfic in December 1944. My co-author and I are now expanding it into a book. Is it possible to get word out that we hope to be contacted by New Jersey sailors who were on the ship at that time? Thank you. Tom Clavin Sag Harbor, NY


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thanks for the great memories. Served onboard 5/82- 5/84. What a cruise we had. #3 engineroom was my battlestation (Main control) Went to Camden last year to see the Big J. She looked terrific! Roy from NJ


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Great Website. I was a member of COMCRUDESFLOT SEVEN; Admiral Vassey's staff and enjoyed the hospitality of the ship during the WESTPAC deployment. I watched the landing on the moon onboard the New Jersey while in Tacoma. Thanks for the memories. Roy Record


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Hello shipmates I worked in # 3 Eng. RM. and worked as a Master at Arms. take care to all. May you all have fair winds and following seas.


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I sometimes miss the Battleship and the time I spent aboard her, I still believe the Battleship does have a place is our Navy today! Bring back the Battleships!!


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Went aboard the Missouri in October. The group that restored her did a great job...teak decks too! I saw and filmed the John Stennis turn 180 degrees and steam out to sea. What a sight! Almost wished I could have been going with her. She was just returning from deployment and stopped at pearl before heading home. the whole trip to the Arizona and Missouri was a very emotional visit. happy new year to all...see you in Sept.


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served on board 89-91 fireroom #2 BT


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Sorry, I forgot to let you know who wrote the comment submitted regarding serving aboard the USS New Jersey, BB62. Robert L. Ohm


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I feel honored to have served aboard the USS New Jersey. I would like to receive any information regarding the ship's reunion to be held in 2005.


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Had a change of my e-mail address. Hope all is well w/ you swabs 54/55/56..../? We plan to get back to Camden this spring , seems weird to want to travel to see this ole lady time sure changes the way we look at life. I'd like to wish all ships company's a very happy new year and the best of luck to all of our guys and gals in Iraq. I pray that a final end to that conflict is soon and peace comes to the Iraq people ...Peace to all . Tommy J.


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Hello, I'm trying to find out if my stepdad , K.J. McGreevy (also know as Mac) served on the New Jersey. he was a navigator , in 1961 at the commissioning of U.S.S Kitty Hawk I met the following people. William Halsey , Raymond Spruance , Chester Nimitz they knew my Dad.. I think he served on the New Jersey? as this was the flagship for Third , an Fifth fleets. any information would be greatly appreciated . sincerely, Craig


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My grandfather, James M Rummel served on USS New Jersey in WWII. I check out this site every once in awhile to keep posted on the news of the museum. Also, I wanted to share with you a great website that I have been using to send care packages to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is called www.anysoldier.com. I do not personally know anyone in the military anymore and this website is a great way for me to support our military services. Merry Christmas and Have a Happy New Year :-)


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ONE OTHER THING I LEFT OUT WAS HOW COME WE THE CREW OF THE JERSEY NEVER GOT THE AMERICAN ((PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION LIKE THE SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL CITATION?


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ARE WE STILL GETTING THE MAG.OR PAPER LIKE WE USE TO ?


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just a wish to wish all of the guys that were on the n.j. from 1952 to 1956 a very merry xmas and a happy new year the best to all. tony mariano


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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY SHIPMATES AND THEIR FAMILY MAY GOD BLESS EACH ONE SAM FLENER


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I served aboard her from 84 to 86 in the ER01. Mr. Webb (cwo2) was the Divo. The time I spent onboard was the best time in the Navy.


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SERVED ON BOARD BETWEEN JULY 1952 AND FEB 1956 IN THE KING DIVISION. I HAVE NOTHING BUT FOND MEMORIES.


From the Webmaster:

Thanks for the comment Sam.  I've had to remove those URL's about three times now in the last week.  If I have to do it again I'm going to make a report to our Internet Service Provider and recommend they track the message to the source and prosecute the person responsible.

 

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I want to thank Ed Campbell for taking the sex ads that some hacker has gotten by and putting sex ads on.. I am sure you don't like it as I have let ed know about it.. thanks again Ed..


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are there any fellow shipmates in alaska? would like to communicate with you. Also,members of Chief Petersons crew in A Div. Last time I saw the N.J. was in mothballs in Bremerton,WA. She is still A beautiful ship.


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I am looking for any information on Johnny Orin. He was aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard around 1967 and stationed at Long Beach Naval Base. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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Shipmates, This is a follow-up after my notice about dues. Several of the emails bounced due to changed email addresses. Please notify me if you are changing email, snail mail, or phone numbers so we can keep our records up to date and so you can receive Jersey Bounce and other correspondence in the future. Regards, Hugh Selman E-Mail = selman@cox.net C Div 55-56 South District Volunteer/ USS New Jersey Vets, Inc.


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I WAS ABOARD THE USS NEW JERSEY ON A MIDSHIPMAN CRUISE TO THE MED, IN 1947,WENT ABOARD WHEN SHE WAS PUT BACK IN COMMISSION THE FIRST TIME. I WAS IN THE 5TH DIVISION. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM OLD SHIP MATES. MY PRESENT E-MAIL rayeverettrealt@sprintmail.com my e-mail will change in about a week to ray_everett@cox.net 


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Hi guys-- I was aboard the Big J from June, 1983 (when we left Long Beach) to October (when we were off Beirut). I was the PACE Instructor for most of that time, though when we arrived off the Lebanon coast, I didn't teach--I was a sort of unofficial morale booster at the request of the Exec. Some of you may remember my daily cartoons I posted on my stateroom door--or the times I was the "man overboard" that no one could find. I just discovered the BB62 organization and would very much like to become involved. It was definitely an "A" ride, wasn't it? I would love to hear from any one who was aboard and with whom I interacted. Alan Crooks University of Maryland European Division


  • Name: Larry Kalakauskis, Liaison Officer USSNJVI

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To all USS New Jersey Veterans Inc. Members, Associate Members and prospective new members MEMBERSHIP DUES $20.00 ARE DUE BY OCT. EVERY YEAR, AND MUST NOW BE PAID. IF YOU HAVE NOT MAILED IN YOUR 2003, 2004 AND 2005 DUES, PLEASE DO SO NOW. There should be a year on your address label next to your name on "Jersey Bounce" when your dues were last paid to. If you are not sure check some of your old "Jersey Bounce" newsletters. You can pay your dues ahead also. Until we get this transition of the new Board Members resolved we will need all the cooperation from all members. MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO USS NEW JERSEY VETS. INC. and MAIL TO THE NEW TREASURER, LOUIS E. ASHBY, 19683 Finney Rd Girard IL 62640 217-627-3104,


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As a proud member of her 1982 Re-Commissioning Crew, This site brings back a lot of memories, Most are happy but some are sad, as that fateful day of the coast of Beirut. It invokes a sense of sadness and loss of a graceful Lady from the active forces of the US Surface Fleet. The time I spent serving her, shaped my naval career in the most positive way. I can not describe the proud I felt in just seeing her and knowing I was part of something special. I will admit I had tears in my eyes as I walked off the brow when I transferred. She now deserves the best each of us can give her. To her I say Thank You for the ride. God Speed and Fair Winds and Following Seas John Carey, OSC USN Ret USS New Jersey (BB-62) Plankowner May 1982 - May 1985


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Arrived in 1987 in Subic Bay enroute to the great Australia Cruise. I was MPA. I am looking for the Catholic Chaplin, Lt. Jim O'Malley. Anyone who knows where he is please let me know. Any other Snipes out there can write too. Bob Seybold


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I served on the ship from Novmeber through her February 1991 decommissioning. Made a lot of friends and have many many memories. Hope to hear some soon. Jack Noe Chaplain's Office USS New Jersey (BB-62), X-7 Division


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Fellow Shipmates, Can I get some help on this letter from this ex-sailor who is helping us out. Thank You Larry K. Liaison officer, USS New Jersey Vets. Inc. Subj: Re: Dreadnought Returns/Dreadnought Farewell Date: 11/11/2004 9:22:48 PM Pacific Standard Time From: fredvi@accessus.net  To: KALSKIBB62@aol.com Sent from the Internet (Details) Hey, Larry: Thanks for your prompt reply. BTW, I am retired USNR with WW II and Korean War service. I volunteer at my local public library, helping with their used and discarded book sale operation. These two books were discarded by the library and I bought them. I had planned to try to sell them on eBay, but it occurred to me that there might be somebody who deserved to have them. I have been looking for a copy of the USS Leyte (CV-32) shakedown cruise book without success, so I know the feeling. Send me your zip code and in a day or so I'll email you to tell the cost of mailing by USPS media rate. If the amount is OK with you, I'll mail them and you can send me a note verifying that you have put that amount in your New Jersey Veterans' fund. I do not need a tax certificate, but if you would mention that I'm looking for the above Leyte Cruise book, I'd appreciate that. Glad to help out. /s/ Fred


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In 1948, I was a Quartermaster third class on the U.S.S. Elokomin, AO 55 nested alongside the New Jersey for a short time at the Norfolk Naval Base. We used the after Quarterdeck and had to cross the New Jersey to go ashore. I haven't had the opportunity to visit the New Jersey but I am anxiously looking forward to the opportunity to come on board again after so many years. Robert E. Corbett (176-20-6915)QM-3


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Tommy Lloyd White, MM2, 1951-1954. I am signing up through my my daughter's email & am looking for fellow shipmates.


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My name is Larry Cardoza ETN3 I served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Hancock CVA 19. I remember being on Yankee Station and in port at Subic Bay with the New Jersey on our 68-69 cruise. Have some good pictures while on line. Both were great ships. The Hancock was cut up for scrap in 76 or 77. I served from 1965 to 1969. Great Site. Thanks for the memories.


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My name is Mike Fowler, I was in "G" division, armory small arms. Was on board 1968 and 1969. Was called back to serve in 1984 in lebanon. Was honorably discharged in 1986.


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My name is Calvin Fletcher I was a engineman assigned to a division aft diesel and I was boat engineman I was onboard in 1986.  I loved being onboard best ship in the fleet we were tied up across from the Mighty Mo and that was sp exiting, to bad the New Jersey had to be decommissioned I would gladly serve her again, our West Pac in 86 was with the Long Beach and and we were our bb group take care my dear lady I will never forget fun times on board. Calvin Fletchr Anchorage, Alaska


NAME: Jeannie Tanner   jeannie.tanner@furman.edu  
October 27, 2004


Dear USS New Jersey Veterans,

Thank you so much for the monetary contribution to my education at Furman
University.  The scholarship is greatly appreciated.  I am very much
enjoying my time here at Furman and am learning so much.  I am an
anticipated political science major, with a possible double major in
either math or business.  I am greatly looking forward to the next four
years.

I just wanted to let you know how much your contribution is appreciated
and well worth it.  I am maintaining above average grades in my classes
and I have all Ph.D. professors.  The education I will leave Furman with
will be excellent, and I hope to take that knowledge to a prestigious law
school, but I am not sure where yet.

Thanks again,

Jeannie Tanner
Grand-daughter of John G. Vance

 


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I served aboard 88-90 as the Asst. PAO and X-3 DivOff. About a year ago I had the opportunity to go aboard. Wow! The QD in/out board still had all the names and faces I remembered so well. Some (I won't mention) even brought back a couple of nightmares. If you get the chance, it's a super way to relive lots of memories. Cheers, Jeff Valdez, JOC(SW), Ret.


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Great website!! I first boarded the Big J in '88 and was on her until decom in '91. I have already seen the names of several shipmates in the deck log. Joe Denton, you signed my cruisebook. Matt Holcomb, you and Sheenhan were damn near inseparable. And who could forget our resident martial arts expert Tim "Bruceski" Kerofsky. Joe Goff and others that were not in 3rd division. They were some good times that I will never forget. A special note to Dirk Wilkinson. Boats, your e-mail address doesn't work so if you see this e-mail me asap as I would very much like to hear from you. Fair Winds and Following Seas.


 

 

 

 
     
     
     
 

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