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BB-61 USS IOWA
1951 - 1953 (Korea)

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Mike

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Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max)Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, June 27, 1940. Launched August 27, 1942. Commissioned February 22, 1943. Decommissioned March 24, 1949. Recommissioned August 25, 1951. Decommissioned February 2, 1958. Recommissioned April 28, 1984. Decommissioned October 26, 1990. Stricken for disposal 12 January 1995 but retained as a parts source. Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register and returned to reserve status 4 January 1999.
Fate: Moved to Susian Bay, Benicia California, April 2001.
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BB-61 Iowa42kPut in the Pacific Fleet reserve on 24 March 1949 at San Francisco, the Iowa (BB-61) is shown being hauled out for reactivation for Korean War service on 14 July 1951.USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa110k Photo dated 27 July 1951, while Iowa (BB-61) was being reactivated for Korean War Service.USN photo # NY1-5237 7-27-51, courtesy of NARA San Francisco, "San Francisco Naval Shipyard - Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904-74", courtesy of Tracy White.
BB-61 Iowa115kMen come aboard the battleship from General Daniel I. Sultan (T-AP-120) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, on 19 August 1951. Iowa (BB-61) was then preparing to recommission for Korean War service. The man in the center is MM3c H.G. Fraser.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-432758, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa535kDock workers have a birds eye view from the Iowa (BB-61) as they work above her stack. Her Foremast radar platform has the new SPS-6 radar antenna with a 'Zenith Search' replacing the 'SG', flanked with short-range ship-to-ship (AT-150) and ship-to-air (AS-390) antennas and 'TBS' radio antennas and some position lights. Her MK.38 main battery fire control director is topped with a new MK.8 Mod.3 or MK.13 main battery Fire control radar antenna.
Shown here is a General Arrangement drawing of the Mark 13 Mod. 0 radar antenna atop Main Battery Director Mark 38 Mod.0 and Mod.1-5.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 08/23/08.
BB-61 Iowa454kNote the back-to-back arrangement of the 'TDY' jamming antenna in front and just below her Forward Air Defence Level. On her yardarms "Ski- Pole" IFF antennas, "Derby", CAGW-66132 (300-3000mc/s) and its complement "Sword", CAGW 66131 (40-300mc/s). omni-directional warning types. The "Sword" acted to sample enemy reactions to jamming. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa749kIowa (BB-61) being reactivated for Korean warservice in the summer of 1951 with gun bucklers, extension tubes, etc.Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa104kIowa (BB-61) salute to the Colors, during recommissioning ceremonies at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, California, 25 August 1951.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-432759, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa54kIowa (BB-61) artline drawing, starboard view, 1952.Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN photo.
BB-61 Iowa41k Ship's helicopter (Bell 47) coming in for a landing, 1951-52. Courtesy of Tom Hagen BT3, former crew member, 51-52.
BB-61 Iowa63k Relaxing on the stern after a hard day at the office, 1951-52. Courtesy of Tom Hagen BT3, former crew member, 51-52.
BB-61 Iowa59k At the lower left part of the photo is the launch used to send up drones for target practice. Courtesy of Tom Hagen BT3, former crew member, 51-52.
BB-61 Iowa208kIowa (BB-61) appears here in drydock at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard in early 1952.U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa123k Iowa (BB-61) steams off the West Coast, early in 1952 just before her first Korean War deployment. Her catapults have been removed and large shaded numbers have been painted on her bow and stern. Note the DBM radar direction finders on the aft funnel. Her radars include an SPS-6 air search set on her foretop and an SG-6 surface search set on the foretopmast. An SP air intercept is on her maintop. My guess is in the Long Beach/San Pedro Area.USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa134kIowa (BB-61) is pictured here off Wosan, Korea. Here she would operate from the 18th of April until 16 October 1952. There, Iowa was involved in combat operations off the East Coast of Korea. Her primary mission was to aid ground troops, by bombarding enemy targets at Songjin, Hungnam, and Kojo, North Korea. Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN.
BB-61 Iowa53kIowa (BB-61) artline drawing, starboard view, April 1952. Courtesy of Joe Radigan & the USN.
BB-61 Iowa80k Iowa (BB-61) fires a 16-inch shell toward a North Korean target, in mid-1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph,USNHC # 80-G-K-13195, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey318k New Jersey (BB-62) gets double billing in this photo, dated 11 Feb 54. In the center as first recommissioned in 1951, and also after her first post-war overhaul, with changed radars and fire control.
The Missouri (BB-63) (upper left), is pictured on 21 October 1950 bombarding Communist positions off Chong Jin, Korea.
Wisconsin (BB-64) (lower right) and Iowa (BB-61) (upper right).
The Iowa is pictured off Pearl Harbor in 1952 & shows the standard fleet painting adopted after WW2. Small war time hull numbers have been replaced with larger, easily seen block numerals. The catapults were removed after WW2, the area now a helicopter landing area. Some 40mm mounts are gone, but most remained on board until she was decommissioned on 24 February 1958. All 20mm gun mounts have been removed.
Official Navy Photo, # 633578, released by Department of Defense. Courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa169kIowa (BB-61) steaming out to sea from Wonsan Harbor after a days bombardment of Red installations inside the harbor on 27 Apr 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G443645 by Adkinson, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa180kIowa (BB-61) bombarding enemy installations in North Korea on 10 Sep 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-446189 by Adkinson, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-61 Iowa92kIowa (BB-61) firing on North Korean targets, 1952.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-626016, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa278k Iowa (BB-61) is probably returning from Korea in November 1952. There are what look to be DBM radar direction finders mounted on the enlarged mast attached to Stack #2. She also has black funnel caps and large shaded hull numbers. USN photo # 80-G-1042813 courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa173k The Iowa (BB-61) off Pearl Harbor as she returned from Korea in November 1952. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa113kPhilippine Sea (CV-47), Barton (DD-722) and Iowa (BB-61) operating in the Sea of Japan, off Korea, during replenishment operations. Photo is dated 1 July 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-444887, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa138kOff Koje, Korea, Firing her 16-inch guns at enemy coastal defenses. Photo is dated 17 October 1952, the day after Iowa (BB-61) completed her Korean War combat operations. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # NH 92213, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa91kIn this series of photos (5) the Iowa (BB-61) is transfering personel via breeches buoy to the Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752). Starboard bow view of the Iowa (BB-61) as she pulls alongside the Alfred A. Cunningham .Courtesy of Dean C. Andrus, DK2, Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).
BB-61 Iowa152kStarboard mid view of the Iowa (BB-61)as she pulls alongside the Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).Courtesy of Dean C. Andrus, DK2, Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).
BB-61 Iowa129kStern view of the Iowa (BB-61) as she pulls alongside the Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).Courtesy of Dean C. Andrus, DK2, Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).
BB-61 Iowa120kTransfering personel via breeches buoy and half way across. If he was disliked, the line handlers could easily give him a dunking! Courtesy of Dean C. Andrus, DK2, Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).
BB-61 Iowa99kWith Task Force 77 as she makes her way to Japan.Courtesy of Dean C. Andrus, DK2, Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752).

USS IOWA BB-61 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Veterans Association of the U.S.S. Iowa, Bill Kelly, Treasurer
Address: 2916 NW Bucklin Hill Rd #169
Silverdale Wa 98383
Phone: voice mail 1-877-909-6999
E-mail: John Bee
or E-mail:President John Lapotasky
Phone:
1-252-637-1723
Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS IOWA Web Page By the Iowa Reunion Assn.

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