Hello. I must say I am so proud to have found this site. As a spouse of a crew member I remember standing on a pier and watching the ship sail off
'til she couldn't be seen any more. I also remember the young faces that lined the railing and my husband was one of
them. There were friends that my husband had that we lost touch with. My husband was a gunner mate.
A couple of his buddies were Ben Casner and Don Reed . He served on the New Jersey from the time she was
re-commissioned in PA thru Panama Canal and on to Long Beach, Then on to the WESTPAC Tour and back.
if you guys are out there or any one that remembers him please contact me.
His Birthday is coming up and I would love to be able to surprise him. I am giving you my E-Mail.
He doesn't like computers. Thanks and God Bless you all.
Debbie Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
I was one of the first enlisted men to report aboard the New Jersey 1950.
I was a storekeeper1c and was assigned to the S division. I was in charge of general stores and all of those store rooms.
We worked on the New Jersey in the day time and slept on an aircraft carrier
(which was in moth balls) at night.
Commander Strock was the Supply Officer and Lt. Gilbert was the Exec. officer. These two Officers were the ones I reported too. I saw no one else that day aboard. This was in Bayonne
After being commissioned & a shake down cruise we headed for the South Pacific.
We sailed up & down the coast line bombing targets given to us by the spotters.
One thing I will never forget was when we sailed into Wonson and dropped anchor.
We fired star shells all night and got no response from the Koreans. Next morning it broke loose. The Koreans started firing. We were setting ducks. We had to pull anchor to get under way.
One man was killed others injured.
Great Site, thanks for the memories!
EM3, Distribution shop, May 89 to Feb 91.
Does anyone have a copy of the poem that was written on the back of the EPCP in #3 engine room? Did it get replaced?
Unfortunately, during the "lay-up" process one of the new guys from the electrical distribution shop "erased" it while cleaning the switchgear.
It should also be noted that the ship was de-commissioned for the last time in Long Beach, CA, not in Bremerton, WA as the history says.
My friend, Jeff Hoover, a fellow battleship sailor started a list, I added to it! Remember, this is purely for fun :)
A little crude but this is how we remember it...
1> Buy a dumpster, paint in gray and live in it for 12 months.
2> Perform a weekly disassembly and inspection of your lawnmower, car, dishwasher, and washing machine.
3> On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays turn your water temp up to 200 degrees. On Tuesdays and Thursdays turn it down to 10 degrees. On the weekends inform your family that they used to much water during the week, so all showering is secured and they are on water hours.
4> Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling and place a sharp edged
fluorescent light directly in line with the bridge of your nose.
5> Walk around your car for 4 hours, checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes.
6> Repaint your entire house once a month.
7> Use 18 scoops of budget coffee grounds per pot and then allow the pot to sit for 5 hours before drinking.
8> Sew your back pockets to the front of your pants.
9> For the MM's..leave the lawn mower running in your living room 12 hours a day at full throttle with the heater on at full blast.
10> Every so often, throw the cat in the pool and shout "Man overboard, starboard side" Then run into the house and sweep all the pots and dishes off the counter. Yell at the wife and kids for not having the kitchen "Stowed for sea".
11> Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night..Jump up and get dressed as fast as you can making sure to button the top button of your shirt and stuff your pants into your socks...Run out into the backyard and uncoil the garden hose. (Have your family time you...just for fun)
12> Invite twenty strangers over to dinner, serve bad food and have them all talk at the top of their lungs and laugh hard while slapping the table.
13> Buy fourteen boom boxes and play various ethnic music in the bedroom.
14> Keep at least one mesh laundry bag full of your skankiest dirty socks and underwear hanging no more than two feet from the head of your bed.
15> Have your kids walk on the edge of your bed twice a day with dirty feet or better yet, wet soapy feet from the shower.
16> Store all of your laundry in a big bag half wet before wearing.
17> Get a hideous crew cut before your dumpster trip.
18> Have your wife whack the side of your bed and shine a bright flashlight in your eyes every night at midnight.
19> Keep boxes with the sorriest balogna sandwich ever and unbelievably old apples, don't forget the obligatory boiled egg. This is to be eaten with a carton of powdered/irradiated soy milk.
20> Tell your boss that you refuse overtime pay and that you'd be glad to work eighteen hour days for the next six months for virtually free.
21> Take a stinky bus to down town Tijuana every day and consider this seeing the world stuff as the neatest thing.
22> At least once every six months, drink so much alchohol that your kidneys hurt for the next six months.
23> Run like a madman to meet the mailman. Don't worry, there aren't any bills in the mailbox, just letters that smell like perfume!
24> Get at least one lazy boss that acts like a snarling grizzly bear until he has at least two pots of the aforementioned coffee in him.
25> Drink the aforementioned coffee from the same cup. Never wash it and take great pride in the one inch crust built up inside it!
26> Print your name on the outside of all of your clothes.
27> Stencil your job title and pay level on your shirt sleeve.
29> Go park your family car all the way across town for six months in a K-mart parking lot. Yeah, sure it'll be ok and start when you go to get it!
30> Keep at least one set of clothes and shoes perfectly ironed and polished and only wear them one time for thirty minutes every six months to show your boss.
31> Go ahead, scratch yourself anywhere, anytime. It's ok, go ahead.
32> Get rid of cable, cut down the antenna. Watch the same tape of "Three's Company" forty two times in a row.
33> Have your kid video tape every thing that went on in the house and stick his head out the door to tell you the weather.
34> If you ever drive south of Magic Mountain, dress like a pirate, drag your wife and kids out of the car, beat them with
firehoses, drag them through weeks of saved up garbage, make them bark like dogs for hours while wearing all of their clothes inside out and backwards, make them eat cherries from the belly button of a fat
man and give them a card showing that they are indeed salty.
35> Every trip after this, stop OTHER peoples cars so that your wife and kids can do the same thing to other people.
36> On the coldest, rainiest day of the year, get the whole family dressed up in their finest clothes and line up on the sidewalk for four hours.
37> Have the local Sheriff's dept. charge through your house with their guns a couple of times each month. If you don't hold still, have them knock you down.
38> About once every six months, have payroll lose your check just before vacation.
39> When you go to the dentist or doctor, request the most junior know nothing dentist or doctor. Better yet, just settle for the gardener.
40> Work every single day for the next year. Take a month off and do it again.
41> Have your boss walk in and trip all of the units at any time while yelling various problems in your ear. Handle it.
42> Have the local stores have a humongous sale on everything in the store, right after your vacation when you have no money.
43> Stand around in a circle in that living room with the heater and lawnmower with your family for twelve hours a day. Don't forget your coffee. No sleeping, and don't sit down. Every eight hours, clean the house.
(Editor's Note: This is amusing, if you've been
to sea. Some may find it...a little crude? It is not our intention
to offend anybody. If you find this seriously offensive, just sent me an
e-mail and we can remove it. I'm easy to contact at email@example.com
- Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET USS IOWA 83 85
JUST TO LET ALL MY SHIPMATES IN BIG J KNOWN WE OFF USS IOWA BB61 DID WORK OUR BUTTS OFF WHILE YOU GUYS WERE OFF BERUIT 12 HOURS A DAY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK HALF OUR CREW SERVED IN BIG J DURING THOSE DAYS THAT MEANS ME TOO [SMILE] IT WAS ON BB62 I SAW 16 INCH GUNFIRE BY THE TIME IOWA WAS ON SHAKE DOWN IN 1984 THE
FIRING OF THE 16 INCH WASN'T A BIG DEAL TO ALL OF US WHO HAD SERVED ON THE BIG J TRYING TO LOVE TWO
AIN'T EASY TO DO BUT I DO LOVE BOTH BB61 AND BB62 REMEMBER SHIPMATES YOUR BIG SISTER NEEDS ALL THE SUPPORT SHE CAN GET TILL THE BIG J OPENS ITS FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS HOW ABOUT VISITING US AT
I'm trying to get in touch with some of my buddies I played Basketball & Softball with on the Big J from 1951-1953. If any of you know their whereabouts please let me know at
MMCaldwell@webtv.com . Some of the names are: Stan
Cardosi: Gil Holt: Melvin Hodapp: Don Wirtz: Ernie Holbrook: Faymous C. Lee: George
Ethier: Jim Henry: Jim Mabry: ?McCallister: James Schroeder: Melvin Montgomery: Elmer Hayes, Jr.: Eugene Werneski Charles Gasser: Walter Johnson: Joe
Galiardi. Hope to hear from some of you guys and see you in Branson. Thanks to Bill Hart for his help. Don Caldwell
My father James Martin Keegan served on the New Jersey I believe in 1945, and again during Korea. We grew up hearing all about the New Jersey and how much he loved it. He died in 1965. If there is anyone who remembers him when he was a crew member please email me back. Thank you
Jack Henderson is my father and was on the USS New Jersey in the Korean War. Not sure exactly which years. He was from Indianapolis, Indiana and now lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. If anyone knows him I would really appreciate it if you would Email me at
THender391@aol.com My father is very proud of this ship and I remember growing up that we always had a picture of the Big J in our hallway. God bless all of you that served and I thank you. Tim Henderson
Was a member of Re-commissioning Crew of 1981.
Worked as LPO of Evaporator Gang.
MM2 on from '81-84. Did the whole Beruit cruise, no leave home. Loved like hell subjecting proud Marines to the
denigrations of shellback day! (they took it really well) Favorite moments; how fantastic the
Capn' Crunch was that Brian Mallow brought back with him from the states, How fantastic it was to touch Julie
Hayek, Miss USA. To dance with Cathy Lee Crosby in the Bob Hope show (boy was I nervous as heck!) Being the first off the ship during the dependent's cruise (this is a special thing to do when you're a snipe!) The ship wide cheer that went up when we actually bombarded the Shiites. Grabbing cookies off the tables on the way to
GQ. The time I almost died of heat prostration from cleaning the exhaust ducts in #1 engineroom and living! (You should've SEEN how bad sickbay and the Corpman's whites looked after hauling my sorry butt up there!) The fantastic tours in Italy and Israel. The beaches in France! Watching Chief Ogledzinski (where the heck are you Chief?) and Phil Bradac wrestle around in #1 engine room. Being in charge of the firewatches in the yards and running alllll over the ship checking it out. (It's really scary to stand up on the very very top of the tower up there on the super structure, I wish I'd had a camera up there!) Going out on that rainy night and watching Herman the German pick up and move the Spruce Goose to the barge. Drinking for free when we hit Long Beach. Manning the rail when we pulled into Pearl Harbor. (not a dry eye on the ship) Hauling ass over to Beruit at days and days of full speed. Being able to buy so much cool stuff from the ships store. (I bet we all kick our own ass after seeing the real prices of all this stuff when we got back and you didn't buy enough ship's memorabilia
didja!) That utterly fantastic food Christmas '83! Remembering how marvelous Ann Jillian looked after all those months at sea. Lastly, being called a Battleship Sailor and being able to say I served on the most decorated warship ever!
Least favorite: That long, long, long cruise! Having to spend a four hour GQ in someone
else's boondockers because they took mine (how in the heck they fit in boondockers three times smaller than theirs, I'll never know) Getting emergency recalled when you held tour tickets to Egypt. Making second class just to have EN1 Brown (that's Tiny to you that remembered this great man) knock my ass half way across the messdecks by tacking my crow on. Standing in that zillion degree heat forever hugging the blower. Having to paint out our section of broadway because an Admiral found my tupperware cup in the OBA locker (I bet Mallow's cracking up remembering that!) Working a zillion hours at the warehouse receiving stores for M-div for all of those months.
The good memories definitely out weight the bad. Shoot me an email!
I served aboard the Big J for the 2nd Korean cruise,and on thru 1955.
There are several guys I would like to get ahold of from the R Div. They are Marvin
Sluis, Pat Sarnicola,and Harold Crumbley. If anyone out there can help me I would sure appreciate it.
See all of you in Branson in Sept. Ray Stafford
I did not serve a long time on BB62, but I am proud of the time I served, and proud of the ship and it's record. Both the ship and the web site rate an "E". Kenneth L. Perrin ,B Div. 1950
Then IC1 B.L. King sound power phone shop then forward IC.
My husband, Don G. Caldwell was on the New Jersey from 1951 to 1953, in the 7th Division. He is planning to come to the reunion in Branson in Sept and hopes to see some of his old buddies there -- especially ones he played Basketball and Softball with for the "Big J". If you are one of those buddies, please contact him at:
MMCaldwell@webtv.com . Hope to hear from you guys.
Being aboard during recommission of 82, 6th div I can truly say she was a beautiful
girl. Wish I had done things different, but I'm proud to be a plank owner.
Thank you for some of the proudest moments of my life
A Well Done to Joe Porambo. I ordered some items from the New Jersey Historical Society two months ago, check was cashed 1 month ago and still have not received my items. Sent an order to Joe and in two weeks I had all that I ordered. What a guy! My hat goes off to you, Joe.
Super site befitting a great ship. I served on the Big J during her first tour in Korea - 1951. I was in the ships band - better known as "The Jersey Kats". We were ammo loaders on 5" and 40 quads during bombardment and battle stations. And then we did our music for the crew, other ships along side and dignitaries that came aboard. Jim Perino and I are trying to find the other band members - we have found Joe Bruno, George
Grom, Ken Sampson but need to find the rest of you. Get in touch with me or Jim via email.
I served on the New Jersey as XO yeoman in Vietnam.
Great site for a one of the most powerful and beauty
battleships ever built. I'd like she was put in service again.
I've downloaded and high quality printed some photos from this site for my stand devoted to ship along the scale model, but I miss some of them displaying Seahawks chopters flying around or parked on her. Does anybody have it?
Thanks, Pedro Prinz. Canary Islands. Spain
Just visited log site, great messages. was on board WW2 S1/c 43-45. Brings back a lot of memories.
Hey guys I was on the old lady from 88 to decom. I was just reading through and remembering going through the mine fields in the
straits, Christmas in Singapore. I remember the outstanding 2 months we spent in Australia getting toasted with Captain
Katz, what a great time that was. I was BTOW IN #2 Fireroom for about 2 and a half years I had the best watch team on
Broadway, Parks, Stewart, Hinojos, but for the life of me I can't remember my lowerlevelman and
pumpman. I remember pulling in from 2 deployments and seeing 63 tied up as usual to the
pier, and feeling real proud of our BATTLESHIP and in my opinion the best
BATTLESHIP. On Decom. I was the last BTOW To steam a boiler which was #4 Boiler and if I'm not mistaken #3 was the one before
that. I was there when we put the pad lock on the port side hatch for the last
time. Everyone in #2 Fireroom left they're name on the side of the DFT. I sure hope that someday I get to see it
again. I'll shut up now if there is anyone out there that remembers me please write me and if you don't know me but served on her write me also.
I am searching for anyone that knew my uncle. His name was Gerard Kelly. He was from Jersey
City, NJ and was in the Marshall Islands. I'm not sure he was on this ship, but maybe. My father was killed in WWII and I am looking for my lost family. Please e-mail if you have any
information for me. Thanks, Kathleen
- Name: BM1 Pacheco Mike USN Ret. "97"
- Name: BM1SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
I SERVED IN BB 62 OFF BERUIT. I WAS ON [LOAN] FROM USS IOWA BB 61.
YOU GUYS STILL DON'T LIKE BEING CALLED AN IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIP. HOPE IOWA IS SAVED FROM SCRAP TOO.
HELP SUPPORT US BY LEAVING A COMMENT IN OUR DECK LOG AT WWW.USSIOWA.ORG
REMEMBER WE ARE ALL FAMILY FOR WE SAILED THE BEST BATTLESHIPS EVER BUILT.
I'm looking for old buddy on USS New Jersey. A vet. from WW II Dominick Costa 2800
Topview Pl. Cincinnati, Ohio 45251. He has no computer. Would like to hear
from USS New Jersey Vets. firstname.lastname@example.org
WW2 Navy vet. Bainbridge NTC SEPT/oct 1943. nov/dec
OGU Norfolk,VA. xmas day on buss/ferry to Boston.
Sandwiches and coffee xmas dinner.boarded Nj on Dec
26th. Thru Canal Dec 7. 4th div. deck crew. Gun watches/working parties.
Polishing brass/sweeping deck/refueling and side cleaner.
RE/Bob Kreft/Detroit,Mich. shipmate 4 Div. WW2
Re/Willy Wilson/Bos'n mate.ship mate 4 Div WW2
Happy to see this old girl is not forgotten.
She is quite a ship and my time aboard makes me proud. I grew up a lot and will always remember my time there.
My father-in-law, John W. Daley, served on the USS NJ from 1943-1946, 7th division.
He is trying to contact/locate >> CHARLES STOLTZ, 9th division (Marines).
Please contact me if you have any information. Thank you.
I served aboard the New Jersey from 1952 to 1955.
I really enjoyed this web site, I'm looking forward to bringing my grandchildren to see her.
Hello fellow Veterans:
I received orders to the USS New Jersey direct from Radar "A" school in late 67. What an awesome sight to behold in the Philly
Dry Dock. Very few of us sailors aboard at that time; mostly Yard Birds.
Served the whole 9 yards in OI Division till decom. time in Bremerton.
"THIS IS ONRUSH - ONLINE - READY FOR CALL FOR FIRE"
Served during Viet Nam tour,,,,,,,OR Div,,,,,great site,,,,,,,hope to make it to Branson,,,,love to hear from other Radiomen who served on the NJ during same period.,,,,,,,,,Thanks
Just adding my name to the long list. The best times of my life were because of the Big J. You guys email me. Let's catch up. I'm looking for the picture of the 200+ men that made the whole 83-84 cruise taken on the forecastle. I was on 81-84. I married the girl that waited for me for that whole cruise and stayed in California. I just spent a day with Jeff Hoover catching up. What a great day we had cracking up and reminiscing!
Hi. Sorry to say that I don't remember a whole bunch of guys from my 14 months served aboard the
New Jersey, but if you remember me, please contact me. I was a deckhand. main deck, starboard side. my brother
Don also served aboard. He was an MR3 in the machine shop. You can reach him through my e-mail or write to him direct at: 31
Colchester Commons, Colchester, CT 06415 I hope to hear from anyone who may remember me, us?
I forgot to mention that I served aboard from August '56 to September '57.
I put her out of commission and was one of the last crew to leave her. My brother
Don served aboard her from the beginning of '56 to mid Summer of '57.
Sorry I don't have his exact dates served. If anyone remembers him or me, please contact me at my
e-mail address: email@example.com
Thanks again. Gil
My Grand Father served on the USS New Jersey In World War II. His name was Bob
Kreft. I don't know if
there are any pictures of him out there but, if any one does have one, please send it to my e-mail address.
There is one of him that I do know of but we do not have it. It is of him drying out his
clothes on the vents. He should be holding a pipe and if you look closely I think his name KREFT should be
embroidered on his hat that is in his back pocket.
Louis Hull was my dad. He served two tours on the New Jersey. He
passed away a few years a go and I am very interested in our past. I would like his name added to the taps list.
I would appreciate it. He served in the Korea conflict. If you want to talk to me about it, my e-mail is
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
Received my copy of the Bounce today and was glad to get the bumper sticker. I will display it
proudly here in New Orleans, a real Navy town. I noticed some nice articles in the ship's store but no prices. Could you post the prices in the deck log so we can order them before the reunion? Thanks. And a Job Well Done by all who contribute to the publishing of the Bounce. Chuck Lyons S-3Div. 55 era.
Bt1 Jones told me about your site. It looks great and I've found permanent wallpaper for my computer. I served on board from Jun '84 to Jul '89. It was the greatest time of my life, but of course at the time you don't realize that. I was in No. 1
Fireroom, under Bt1 Kochsmeier ( I bet you thought I didn't remember how to spell that) and Bt1 Moore. I'm always available at,
email@example.com . I wonder how many Bt's are still in the trade in the civilian world? BT2 David M. Nadzam
GREAT WEB SITE
I WAS ON THE USS NEW JERSEY BB62 1986-1990 A RADIOMAN RM3 OC DIVISION GREAT TWO WEST-PAC'S GIVE ME A EMAIL AT
firstname.lastname@example.org RM3 CALVIN MCGLOTHLIN
Was nice meeting you & the family at the ship in Camden with D. Esser,
myself & our wives.
I'm looking for veterans of WWWII Battleships and
Pearl Harbor Survivors.!
I am Particularly interested in people who worked on board ship, in Pearl
Harbor Shipyard, as a BT (water tender), Machinist Mate, Hull Technician (ship
fitter), Electrician or IC Electrician.
I was a member of the re-commissioning crew of the 80's. Homeport Long Beach, Ca. As a crewmember and Plank owner. I enjoyed every moment onboard the "Big J".
To all of my shipmate's. A Job well Done! (BZ)
Rm1(SW) Macklin, RET
I was a crew member from 1952 to 1955 and am now living in Virginia Beach. I recently visited Philadelphia and decided look for the site across the river in Camden where USS New Jersey is to be berthed. I still can't believe that three of Camden's finest did not know the location or didn't even know what I was talking about. I was sent on a wild goose chase down to the worst parts of the Camden waterfront. For now, I'll settle for the Wisconsin in Norfolk. Turrets 1 and 2 are aimed right down East Main.
I served onboard in number one engineroom from 1984 to decom. I was probably the only MM to shoot the 16 inch guns and steer the ship. At one time or another I met everyone onboard that ship from every department. Guess everyone remembers the cook that looked like Popeye. Or running over a whale, backing up into the
pier (new driver), Green peace in Portland (new paint job), Australia (yippee), Many fuel oil leaks in number one
engine room (they finally got fed up with it and had me tie a rag around the pipes and let it just drip into a bucket) bubble gum and bailing wire throughout the ship, the
Christmas star on top of the ship in Long Beach, MM2 Honchell giving his tour in the Engineers (old
locomotive train style) cap to the press, hauling ammo, the battleship drag races, boring night watches, shellback initiations, cadet training, wiped out bearings and blown packing glands, the 16 inch gun scare for what happened to the Iowa, Going through the Persian gulf at General Quarters because of mine fields, K-Rations for everyone, the cook that looked like Popeye, Stealing steaks from the galley and cooking them on the Main Engine, 5 gallon tubs of ice cream also, showers down in the
engine room and boiler rooms during water rations, log room waxing parties, grease parties, swim days, training, Christmas in Singapore (cleanest city we ever been in), Marines knocking themselves out on the Rail going down Broadway during Security Alerts once a week, Fire drills, and more.
- Name: Sharon Snorgrass, daughter of Clement R. Steele, GM2 WWII,
Pearl Harbor Email address SSnorgrass@aol.com
I am looking for any veterans or families of veterans of WWII that were on the New Jersey at the same time as my father, Clement Russell Steele of Kansas City, MO. He died August, 1983 but his widow survives in Tipton, MO where I live also. His
granddaughter lives in New York City and I am leaving Wednesday, June 13 to spend a week there. I am very much interested in seeing if I can see the ship and do volunteer work if I can depending on whether Camden is in close proximity to NYC. Any fellow sailors are welcome to write me. Thank you for your loyalty to such a fine ship.
My grandfather, James F. Hackett was aboard the USS New Jersey in WWII. I never had the pleasure of knowing my grandfather, so anyone that can tell me anything about him, it would be greatly appreciated.
BM1 Tom Harwood USN Retired
Recommissioning crew for the third time on Dec 28 1982. Off the coast of Beirut Lebanon Sep 1983 to March 1984.
Reenlisted off the coast of Beirut Lebanon by Captain Milligan. Was Boatswain mate
3rd class with 2nd division.
The Home Port Alliance has a great new website www.battleshipnewjersey.org
that provides updated information on the ship's current restoration. (From
the webmaster of www.ussnewjersey.com
Have two messages on already but the E-mail address changed. Would like to hear from some of the S-3 gang from the 60's. I am a plank owner and helped
de-commission her. I am still seeking a complete set of the hard back cruise books.
There are three of them.
Greetings to all of my shipmates, especially those from OI DIV. Kingsnake,
Smitty, Clammer, Little Bro, Gwalt, Jonesie, Cooter, Joelane. Peace bros. Drop me a line. Also to all my teammates on the JOKERS! Bo, Brad,
Jerry (stickman) Lee, Chuck (chuckles) Griffin, Mike, Dugas, and Jim (Dago)
Thompkins. Whole lotta green out there. Jokers, I'm trying to put together a little reunion of our own for next summer(2002). If you read this drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you. If any other old shipmates know the whereabouts of any of the New Jersey Jokers( on the team from its beginning to about 1990)please contact me. I would appreciate it greatly. Peace and love to all who ever served on the Battle Wagon. Later bros, Denny Richards
served onboard during 1987 and 1988 A- div
I am a Local South Jersey historian. I am currently working on a research project involving the
U.S.S. New Jersey and its crew during peace time and war. The primary sources I am looking for are post cards, letters, journals, and diaries written by the sailors and sent to loved ones. Anything that describes life on the ship and in the Navy. Any written letters home or to other sailors who were serving in the navy on different ships or duty stations. All letters will be copied and returned to their owners, all letters or documents used will have proper acknowledgements in the rear of the book. Also a portion of the monies earned will be donated to various
U.S.S. New Jersey organizations. Please contact me with any and all information you may have. Thanks, Robert Boyer
Good day, brothers...I re-commissioned the old girl in '82. I was in OI division and 1 of 2 air controllers onboard. Consequently, I did not get relieved during our 11 month, 16 day deployment. I was South Plotter during our bombardment into the Becca valley, which destroyed the side of the mountain and a renegade band of Shiite's. Proudest time of my career was serving in USS NEW JERSEY!
My father was aboard the USS New Jersey during world war 2 I don't know what division or rank. his name was
Francis Joseph Barros born on march 13, 1928 in Honolulu Hawaii. he was around 14 or 15 when he was aboard. if anyone knew him or has information please email me.
I had the privilege of serving aboard the Black Dragon (Big J) 53-54 R
Division. Put in for a swap and got it. The best move I made in the Navy. It was a great ship and crew and my fellow mates in the R Division were the greatest. I sure miss those days wish I could somehow go back. What an experience! It broke my heart when she was struck from the Navy ships. I think she still could be of great use to the surface forces. What ship could do what she did? Hat's off to the most decorated ship in the history of the United States Navy.
81-85 M-Div #4 Engineroom (EMO3) I see a lot of names that I remember, having trouble
putting faces to those names. But the Great Lady that we have in common will forever
be in my mind. But I do remember Mallow and his cheesy mustache. And Master Chief Gambettas
gravely voice. He is sorely missed. Drop me a line if you can.
I AM LOOKING FOR A BM WHO SERVED ON THE JERSEY 1985-86 NAMED ROBERT WADE HEINRICH OR
HEINRICK, WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT BECAME OF HIM.....DID HE BUY THAT SAIL BOAT AND GO AROUND THE WORLD. PLEASE IF ANY ONE
KNOWS HOW I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH HIM PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS.
MANY THANKS STARLA
Tommy (TJ) Broussard - FM Div '88-'90
Glad to see we finally have a place to catch up with old ship mates and remissness about our days on the "Big J."
I was a SPOT 1 FC for almost 2 years. Nothing like the 011 Level - Sleeping smoke watches,
marathon sprints from the Mess Decks for unannounced GQs, 9-gun broadsides knocking Con Boxes off the Bulkheads, hours of Stack Gas Suffocation, and those delightful deck watches whizzing in my deck drains during the
If any of my old 16"-FM Div FC podna's are out their, give the "crazy Cajun" a holler.
Thought I had relieved the watch. Hope this'un takes
My name is Keith Shelton,
My dad served on the New Jersey 51-54. His name is Bill Shelton and he is currently living in Metropolis Illinois but was from Manchester
TN. at the time he served. If he has any buddies out there you can send me a message and I'll let him know. Just found the site last night it's great and I hope he can get in touch with someone he served with. Thanks for everything and the sacrifices you have made.
I was on the new jersey in 5th division from November 1985 to April 1988. I was a deck hand. my condition 3 duty was 5 inch gun mount on starboard side.
I was Hot Case Man for awhile, I also was Powderman. I miss the New Jersey a
lot. I enjoyed being there. I guess what I enjoyed the whole time there was
WestPac 1986. if there are anyone out there that was in 5th division at that time write me.
This is a very well done web site, I'm impressed.
I served aboard the Big J during re-commissioning
during the Korean War from Dec.1950 'til July 1953.
I was in S-2 div. as an SKSN assigned to Spare Parts Store Rooms for about 5 months then I was
transferred to the 5th Div. and assigned the Ship's Paint Locker. Since there was no competition for the
"paint locker" I spent the rest of my time there.
My GQ post was #1 5" mount. Let me hear from shipmates who served with me. It was a very Proud
time in my life to serve aboard the "JERSEY".
HELP! HELP! HELP! I NEED THE SHIPS CREST FROM BB62. MY BROTHER SERVED ON HER IN THE EARLY TO MID 50s AND I AM PUTTING TOGETHER A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY KIT FOR
HIM. HIS NAME IS CARL (JIM) BUTTS GUNNERS MATE. THANKS IN ADVANCE GERRY.
OS Division, 67-69, Plankowner, shellback. I'll never forget our two 24" search lights. If a ship didn't answer our call, we would
scorch their haze gray bulkheads with our carbon arc lights.
WOW. Thanks to BearBB62 for telling me about this site. Served as MS2 1981 - most of
Lebanon. Thinking of EMC Ski who died in Marine Barrack Bombing.
Hi everyone from the WestPac 88-89 hope everyone is doing well. I'm a General Contractor for a huge construction co. in NC, Miller Construction, and I've been married for 5 yrs. with 2 children Blair, and Blake 4&3.
I served aboard the "Lady J" from '81 to '85 in G-3 Div., and am a Plank-Owner. My best memories are serving aboard her and the shipmates I served with. Am looking to find a Cruise Book from 81-85 and will be retiring Nov. 30 of this year and would like to know if they fly the U.S. Flag aboard her for retiring personnel. Any info will be greatly appreciated. And this is a great sight.
GM1 (SW) Steven E. Jones
USS New Jersey, Vietnam
PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2001
LCDR RONALD LEFFERTS
Ronald Lefferts, Ret. LCDR, U.S. Navy, 52, of Pace, Florida died on May 20, 2001 after a battle with lung cancer.
LCDR Lefferts was born in Port Jervis, NY and served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1996. LCDR Lefferts entered the Navy as an Enlisted and became Chief before he was appointed to the Officer Ranks.
A memorial service will be held in July 2001 in Port Jervis, NY
Served 1954 -- 1957 M DIV.
HEY! Just wanna give a shout out to all the BB-62 Sailors. I was BM2 in 6th division '85-'89. Now in Colorado Springs, working as a cop in the Denver area. I've seen a few names that I recognized!! Email me & we can chat! - Ronnie H. Chavez
I served from Jan.1986 to Jan 1988.
I Enjoyed my active duty experience on the Jersey. I served from 10-83 to 5-86. I think the web site provides a great service. I hope to hear from my old pals or former shipmates. Go Navy!
1984-1986, OI Div, OS2.
Just thought I'd say HI and congratulate all the contributors for a fine web site.
Served aboard the Jersey from Aug. 54 to Aug 57 as a machinist mate. Was in "B" div for a short time and later moved to the "M" div. Left ship when decommissioned in Bayonne N.J. Worked in the #4 engineroom and was an MM2/c when discharged. Spent remaining time on USS
I was in 3rd Div. from 1986 to 1989.
8TH. DIV. MARINE DETACHMENT 1953-1956
I am Ray Stafford ,and I served aboard the New Jersey From Jan. 1953 thru Nov. 1955 as a metalsmith in R Div. I would sure like to hear from anyone that was in R Div. at that time.
I need some help with a project I am working on and I cannot seem to find the answer anywhere on the net or in any of the books I own.
Exactly which battleships belonged to which BATDIV (1 through 5) in 1940? Which was the Flagship of each BATDIV at that time?
I know PENNSYLVANIA was Flagship of the US FLEET and CALIFORNIA was Flagship of the PACIFIC FLEET but did they usually operate with a specific
Thanks for the help up front.
I am writing a book and if you know of any Navy/Marine vets that served on Iwo Jima or Vietnam with the 26th. Marines or in support of Operation Meade River (Nov.-Dec.1968). Please have them contact me ASAP.
former Sergeant of Marines
Submitted via Larry K. Reunion Cord. USS NJ. Vets. Inc.
I never will forget when I was on the USS Galveston clg-3 and we tied up outboard of the jersey at
Subic Bay. I visited the radio shack and had a tour - I was so impressed I asked for a transfer - wish it would have went through - good luck to you all
Thought everyone would be interested to know that the Navy has revisited BB62's service record at the request of the Home Port Alliance, the group restoring her. They have added 3 more campaign stars to her ribbons bringing the total to 19 stars.
The story is in Courier Post dated 5/14
I was on NJ from 8 Feb 89 to 8 Feb 91 when we decommissioned her in Long Beach, CA. During my tour, I was 1st
Div Officer, M Div Officer and finally, B Div Officer. I have many fond memories of the NJ & loads of pictures of that time. If anyone would like a copy, I would be glad to pass them along.
Anybody know how to contact CWO Jim Palladino or Lt. Paul Foyt? "Rest well, yet sleep lightly...."
Great Idea, I love the nostalgia of NJ
Served aboard the Jersey 1947--quartermaster
and signalman--CS division--made midshipman cruise
to England--Scotland--Norway---looking for any
shipmates that served with me in the navigation division--I also served aboard the
USS Rochester and USS Little Rock 48--49
YO, LET ME GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE BOYS FROM B-DIVISION FROM THE 'SLICE'. I SERVED IN #3
FROM NOV 83 TO JULY 86. FLEW OUT OF MANILA IN THE MIDDLE OF A PARTY!!! REMEMBER FRAP VISION... STILL UP TO THOSE ANTICS...WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO 'HARLEY' HOPPER? DROP ME A LINE,, LATER!!!!
I served from Aug 84 to Aug 86 Marine Detachment. Would like to here from other Marines.
- Name: BM1 Pacheco Mike USN Ret. "97"
Hello, BATTLESHIPMATES I AM A PLANK OWNER OF THE USS IOWA BB-61,1984. I WAS A VOLUNTEER FOR THE
BEIRUT, LEBANON CRISIS, I VOLUNTEERED TWICE. "BM3 PACHECO
ARRIVING ON THE FLIGHT DECK", AS BM2 MALLAN SAID, "NOT
YOU AGAIN." THE ONLY USS IOWA SAILOR WHO SERVED ABOARD THE USS NEW JERSEY TWICE IN ONE CRISIS "BEIRUT".
I HAD A GREAT TIME SERVING WITH ONE
OF THE BEST CREW OF THE BATTLESHIP GROUPS, I ALSO MET
MY FIRST LPO BMCS ANDY ANDRESON ABOARD THE USS NEW JERSEY, WE SERVED ABOARD THE USS SAVANNAH AOR-4
ANDY LIKED TO SAY, "GET TO WORK. YOU ARE BURNING DAY LIGHT, TURN
TO!" I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU JOHN SCHULTZ RM1 FOR A GREAT WEB/SITE I THINK I KNOW YOU FROM THE USS IOWA BB-61 NOT SURE. I DO NOT HAVE A WEB/SITE
YET. ADDRESS PO BOX 1244, EL PRADO, NEW MEXICO.87529.
I served aboard the New Jersey in Viet Nam and was in FA division. I have a lot of fond
memories of that tour of duty and the friends from FA, FM and the gunners mates from the various 5" mounts. I was in Sky 3 as the pointer. Anyone else out there from that period of time in FA or FM division, I would like to hear from you.
I served on the New Jersey during WWII. I was in the R division as a 1st Class
Ship Fitter. I just wanted to find out as much about the goings on, reunions, ship tours, or anything else.
My name is Chris Ritacco. My father served aboard during WWII. he would love to hear from other crew members. The e-mail address is mine but, I can get him messages. He would also love to get letters and I know he would write back.
My address is 3737 S. Highland Ave., Berwyn, IL, 60402. My phone number is
I served aboard the Jersey during the tour to Viet Nam. I was in 3rd
Division. I have one friend that I would enjoy communicating with. His name is Page Pratt. If anyone knows his whereabouts I would
appreciate that information.
I was on board the NEW JERSEY BB62 from Dec. of 86 to April of 88. In the 1st
Division and, proud to have served on board this mighty ship.
My father, Robert I. Elliott, is writing an informal account of his experiences as an officer aboard BB-62, from commissioning to the end of the war. He wonders if there is any way to get a list of the original officers, to help him recall names. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
At 19 years of age my midshipmen summer cruise aboard BB-62 was the experience of a lifetime.
Now my 19 year old son is approaching the summer after his first year of college. If only he could
work with and learn from the outstanding guys I met in the summer of 1969, out in the Pacific sun,
holy stoning the deck, scraping paint, and shining shoes ... sure, but also accepting responsibility
for watch duty, manning the 5 inch gun and learning to be an adult in the company of honorable men.
He should be so lucky.
My Dad (deceased) served during the Korean War as a gunners mate 3RD class (I am not sure what turret) - I am thrilled, as I'm sure he would have been to see that the ship is becoming a museum and my family is also thrilled - We will surely be there when it opens - I would like to talk to anyone who served wit my Dad as I am sure he would have loved to.
Proud to have served on the U.S.S NEW JERSEY during the Korean war. Spent my time on the signal
bridge. Was part of the Queen division. Would love to here from of my old buddies.
fire power for freedom - big J -gmg3 1st division turret one - Hillwig lets get the gun gang together for one more run on the
P.I.! I was on the recom and decom wondering were all the guys are now - interested to see who responds in our old division lets get a gang together.
Proud to serve on "THE" Battleship. I was in 2nd Div(2nd to none) from Mar. 87 to Jul. 88.
My Dad, James Stanley Schmidt, MM2 served on NJ from 1943 to 1945. If anyone has memory of him please contact me.
I'm Trying to contact Jim Miller From Riverview Maryland, served w/ him 51'-55' M/Division.
If anyone has any info please let me know, I haven't
spoken to him since then. Also looking for Big Dog
Molenaro from A/Division. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Great site. Served aboard Big "J" 84' to 88' G-4 and G-3 Div. Thanks for the memories. I have a copy of Battleship Rock if anyone is looking...
enlisted 9/9/51 boot camp Bainbridge Maryland
served on New Jersey 51 thru 55 worked deck division 6 months/ engine room, machinist mate- 2 yrs./
ship service 11/2 yrs.
For all Vietnam Vets. of USS New Jersey ,1967 - 1969
I have been asked to procure Window Decals and Jacket Patches of the Ship. That is the full circle
mode with the 16"turret and Liberty Bell.
I will get prices and let all know a little later,
so give me awhile. Larry Kalakauskis BT1, #2 Fireroom, 1967 - 1969 also known as "ski"
X Division - 68-69 - PN3. Does anyone have an extra New Jersey decal of the ship's seal (68-69) which they can part with? I have traded vehicles and don't have one to put on my jimmy. These aren't available anymore from the reunion group (HINT, HINT, HINT - GET BUSY, GUYS!!!) or anyone else that I have been able to find. If I can't round up one from elsewhere, I might have to start producing them MYSELF!!! This decal is the ship's seal (oval) with the turret and below, the liberty bell. It was colored. Any help would be appreciated.
I am looking to contact Boyd E. Long in 1955 he was SK1 S2 division.
website for more information on shipmates,
www.spclevents.com click on Battleship Scuttlebutt
and another also, Navy Scuttlebutt
Reunion Cord. USS NEW JERSEY VETS. INC.
I TRULY ENJOY PULLING UP THIS WEB SITE AND BE ABLE TO READ OF ALL THE
EXPERIENCES THAT HAS HAPPENED OR WENT ON OVER THE YEARS ABOARD THE MIGHTY DREADNAUGHT WE CALL THE USS NEW JERSEY .SHE HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME AND I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE CELEBRATION AS SHE RETURNS HOME HER LAST TIME TO REST IN
PEACE. A SENSE OF PRIDE RUNS THROUGH ME WHEN I HEAR THE NAME USS NEW JERSEY .
This is a great site. I really like being able to look up old friends and communicate with them.
Don Wilson "A" Div. Korea
"GETTING THOSE WELL-DESERVED MEDALS"
Where to write for medals /decorations,2 month wait.
U.S. NAVY, U.S. MARINE CORP. and U.S. COAST GUARD.
BUREAU of NAVAL PERSONNEL
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