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1944 - 1945

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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: To be permanently displayed in L.A.
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BB-61 Iowa723kPDF of a Personal History of the Iowa (BB-61) from Albert Lee Candido of Kansas City, Mo. / Radio Press News featuring internal coverage of ship happenings from launching in 1942 - 4 July 1945.Courtesy of Mike Sharp and submitted by Robert Hall.
Iowa 2.10k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci shows Iowa (BB-61) in her Ms31/1b camouflage in the Pacific in November 1944. This painting was donated to and is currently on display aboard Iowa (BB-61). Drawing courtesy of
BB-61 Iowa197k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7A intended for battleships of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66). No ship is known to have worn this scheme.
This plan, showing the ship's starboard side, superstructure and turret ends, and exposed decks, is dated 19 January 1944, and was approved by Captain Logan McKee, USN.
Note: The other BB-61 / 64 class battleships were not painted in any Measure 31-32-33 series camouflage design.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-105514, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa162k Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7A intended for battleships of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66). No ship is known to have worn this scheme.
This plan, showing the ship's port side, is dated 19 January 1944, and was approved by Captain Logan McKee, USN.
Note: The other BB-61 / 64 class battleships were not painted in any Measure 31-32-33 series camouflage design.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-105515, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa476kThe Indiana (BB-58) & Iowa (BB-61) underway.
This 1944 photo shows Iowa in her anti-submarine camouflage measure, applied in December or in early January 1944 with Navy Blue (5-N) and Light Grey (5-L) and Deck Blue (20-B) horizontal surfaces. Highly visible in this view are the fine foreward hull lines for a higher speed than the preceding South Dakota class battleships. Consequently her #1 turret had little depth for torpedo protection.
Note the 20mm gallery atop #2 turret.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa60k Iowa (BB-61) underway at sea during the Marshalls Operation, 24 January 1944. She is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 1B. In the left distance, also painted in Camouflage Measure 32 (possibly Design 11D), is Indiana (BB-58). This image has been cropped to emphasize the ships and their camouflage patterns. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-235080, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Swanson163kDuring World War II, Dr. Clifford Anders Swanson was senior medical officer on battleship Iowa (BB-61). As an operating surgeon at the National Naval Medical Center, DOctober or Swanson performed pioneering eye surgery. He accompanied President Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference and was with the Congressional Committee that inspected the Pacific War area. He became Surgeon General in 1946. During his tenure he sponsored legislation that made the Nurse Corps a permanent staff Corps, and established the Medical Service Corps. Photo # 09-9014-1 courtesy of the U.S. Navy BUMED Library and Archives via Bill Gonyo.
BB-61 Iowa1.93kThe Iowa (BB-61) entering Majuro on 4 February 1944, taken by the Natoma Bay CVE-62).USN photo courtesy of Peiter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa884kThe Iowa (BB-61) in 1944, probably in the South Pacific. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa196k Kwajelien, 24th of January 1944. Port side view of the Iowa (BB-61) under way and wearing a measure 32a /1B camouflage design.USN photo courtesy of Joe Radigan Photo i.d. text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn (USN / Israeli Navy /Retired.
BB-61 Iowa231k The Iowa (BB-61) leads 3 other ships in line astern in a bombardment. Drawing courtesy of
BB-61 Iowa246kA painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "Underway Replenishment"....1944 shows the Iowa (BB-61) fueling from the Salamonie (AO-26). Drawing courtesy of
BB-61 Iowa193kSixteen-inch guns of the Iowa (BB-61) firing during battle drill in the Pacific, ca. 1944.Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa438kA nice aerial view while underway. Note the OS2U Kingfishers are not on board, 10 June 1944.USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa99kAn OS2U Kingfisher is launched off the starboard catapult while the port one is preparing to launch in the same direction. There is also a third on resting on a dolly on the deck. Note the many manned 20mm Oerlikons on the aft deck, mid 1944.USN photo.
BB-56 Washington & friends 356k Four Battleships of Task Group 58.7 in the fleet anchorage at Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was taken on the 7/8/44. TG 58.7 had returned to Majuro on 27 June 1944, after taking part in operations in the Phillipine Sea and bombarding Siapan and Tinian.
The four Battleships are identifiable by their paint schemes: New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) in the foreground, and Washington (BB-56) and North Carolina (BB-55) further back, surrounded by destroyers and other ships. The resolution of the photo is not that great, but the photo is of interest due to the number of Battleships in one frame.
Photo i.d. & text research courtesy of Larry Reese.
Official US Navy photo, via Acme Newspictures, Inc. courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa156k In 1941-44, Captain McCann led two submarine squadrons, served in important positions at the Navy Department and was commanding officer of the battleship Iowa (BB-61) from August - November 1944. After promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral, he was Chief of Staff to Commander, Tenth Fleet, served with the Atlantic Fleet and Commanded Task Force 68, which escorted President Harry S. Truman to and from the Potsdam Conference.Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Text i.d contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey842kThe New Jersey (BB-62) prepares to turn to port, following the Iowa (BB-61) on 26 October 1944.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa160kThe Iowa (BB-61) in November 1944 remained in the waters off the Philippines screening carriers during strikes against Luzon and Formosa.
Note: This photo has been airbrushed by a censor to within an inch of its life. All of the radar antennae are gone, off the masts, the gun directors, the 20mm guns are even gone off the B turret.
U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David C. Nilsen. CTR, USA Training and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
BB-61 Iowa489kNote that the photo shows Iowa (BB-61) with her camoflage pattern feather-edged. This was not too long before she returned to San Francisco for overhaul and main shaft bearing replacement. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.

Holloway51kCaptain James Lemuel Holloway, Jr. assumed command of the battleship Iowa (BB-61), flagship of Battleship Division 7, in November 1944. Under his command, Iowa took part in attacks on Luzon later that month, shooting down many enemy aircraft, and participated in strikes on the Japanese homeland from March to July 1945. For commanding Iowa during these operations, he received a Gold Star in lieu of a second Legion of Merit, with the following citation: "With his vessel operating as flagship of several important striking and covering forces...Holloway rendered distinguished service throughout the intensive actions and, by his brilliant leadership and outstanding skill, contributed materially to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the enemy."
Holloway operated his battleship with characteristic flair, recalled Rear Admiral Ralph Kirk James, who had been the maintenance officer responsible for repair work on damaged ships at Manus when Iowa arrived at that base to fix shafting problems on 25 December 1944. "Jimmy Holloway was charging up the harbor with this big battleship, the biggest I'd seen, and I was getting more and more nervous." Alarmed, James warned Holloway to reduce his speed before entering the drydock. "'Oh no,' [Holloway] said...He got the ship just about halfway into the dry dock when he ordered full speed astern. The Iowa shook like a damned destroyer and stopped just where she was supposed to be." Unfortunately, the backwash from the engine reversal swept away the drydock support blocks from underneath the ship, and James and his crew had to spend an extra three hours resetting the blocks before Iowa could dock. Afterward, James discovered a grey streak in his hair. "I can tell you the moment it was born: when Holloway pulled his high-speed throttle-jockey stunt on me."
Photo & tezt courtesy of via Bill Gonyo.
BB-61 Iowa448kIowa (BB-61) entering and inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944.The lifting capacity of the floating dry-docks is dramatically shown, but battleships had to have their ammunition and most of their fuel off-loaded before entering the dry-dock.
The Iowa is seen in camouflage in this photo.
Technically, EVERY WARSHIP in the Navy was camouflaged - Blue and gray are camouflage. Iowa was the only one to reach the Pacific in *dazzle* camouflage, but Missouri (BB-63) was commissioned in dazzle, so it's not totally correct to say that Iowa was the only one painted in Dazzle camouflage either. Iowa was just the only one to wear it into combat.
Camouflage text courtesy of Tracy White.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa551kIowa (BB-61) entering and inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa467kIowa (BB-61) entering and inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. Note the three 20mm Oerlikons mounted on top of Turret 1, the other sisterships had a quad 40mm Bofors mounted here. The little circular objects on the 20mm gun tub splinter shield are helmets. Notice also the counter shading camouflage on the barrels of the 5in/38cal guns. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa254kUp close and personal. Iowa (BB-61) inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa286kIowa (BB-61) inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa568kIowa (BB-61) inside floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa580kBest show in town. Officers & crew inspect the skegs and rudder area of the Iowa (BB-61) as it protrudes outside the floating dry-dock ABSD-2, 28 December 1944. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa110k At sea with Task Force 38 in December 1944. Photographed by LCdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-K-15631, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa103k The Iowa (BB-61) dry docked at Hunters Point Navy Yard at the beginning of her January, 1945 refit. U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-61 Iowa234kThe Iowa (BB-61) gets a helping nudge out to sea by several tugs at the completion of her 1945 overhaul at Hunter's Point. National Archives photo # 19-N-83884, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa680k5 March 1945 after her last wartime overhaul. She has just received the new enclosed bridge, some new electronics, and she now carries SC-1 Seahawk aircraft.USN photo # 2122-45-S7, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa458kIowa (BB-61) refueling to starboard of the Cahaba (AO-82) together with the carrier Shangri-La (CV-38) on 8 July 1945.
The Iowa's Mk.37 Secondary Battery Directors are topped with Mk.4/22.
On Spot 2 radar equipment Mk.8, a Main Battery Fire Control set. Iowa's mainmast with heavier legs is now topped by a new radar platform for the "SR", the first entirely new air search set since CXAM and similar in antenna size (15ft x 6ft) to SC-2, on the maintopmast. The relocated after "SG" surface search antenna is flanked by fighting lights and "Ski-pole" IFF antennas. On the Stb.yard is a TBS antenna.
Her foremast still has the 17' square "SK" antenna for long range ( 100nm) aircraft detection with a height capability at that range 0f 10,000'.
Behind it, on a topmast, the "DBA" radio direction finder flanked here P/S by two fighting lights.
On the aft end of the foretop there is a new "SU", a higher resolution X-band surface search set with good range performance (20nm on a battleship). It's small dish shows a shorter wavelength and it is enclosed in a radome.
There is an AS-56 antenna on the futtock brace of the foremast.
Atop Spot 1 the Mk.8 Mod.3 Main Battery Fire Control set.On both yardarms are BK-7 and anemometers. Two "TDY" jammers P/S of her foretop are visible.
USN photo & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-61 Iowa42k Missouri (BB-63) transferring men to Iowa (BB-61) while en-route to Japan, August 1945. USN photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 476k The Missouri (BB-63) transfers crew to her sister Iowa (BB-61) in the foreground for a landing party in Japan on 20 August 1945.
The Iowa now has the new Navigating Bridge and on her Fire Control Tower (Spot 3) Mk.27 radar. She now has radar equipment Mk.4/22 atop the Secondary Battery Directors Mk.37.
Just below her Forward Air Defence level a TDY jammer covering both low and high bands, back to back, has been fitted. The other two, flanking her foretop, remain. The SPT-4/ AS-37 have been removed from the Foretop.
Mk.8 Mod.1 main battery fire control radar has been fitted now atop her Mk.38 Director (Spot 1) and P/S of it two "Nancy" infrared beacons to her "SK" radar platform. The "SK" air search antenna itself is surmounted by a panel with BL-5 IFF. Fighting light flank her SU radome on her topmast.
Missouri had "SK-2" from the start and her SPT-4 (the 4 circular plates with long, thin spokes radiating from them) on all four sides of her Fwd. Air Defence Level) /AS-37 "Wagon Wheel" antennas are still there.
Note the very prominent Quad.Forty atop her No.two 16-Inch Main Battery turret.
Just like South Dakota (BB-57), Iowa could not have one for the same reasons described there. Two Mk.57 A.A. Directors with their MK.37 antennas are visible on both sides of her #1 Mk.37 Secondary Battery Director. On Spot 1 and - 2 she has radar equipment MK.8 Mod 1.
She now has the new SC-1 "Seahawk" on both her catapults.
USN photo & text courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-63 Missouri 158k Escorted by the Nicholas (DD-449) and followed by the Iowa (BB-61), the Missouri (BB-63) steams up Tokyo Bay on 30 August 1945. Steaming to her anchorage in Tokyo Bay for the formal signing of the Japanese surrender, 29 August 1945. This photograph was flown to Washington, DC, directly from Japan, arriving on 2 September 1945, the day the Japanese surrender was signed. USNHC # NH 96780, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Iowa 527k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci shows Iowa (BB-61) at the surrender in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. In the background is the Missouri (BB-63). This painting is in the collection of John Wolfinberger, a WWII Iowa veteran who was present aboard Iowa , 2 September 1945. Drawing courtesy of
BB-61 Iowa53kMissouri (BB-63) with Iowa (BB-61), steam into Tokyo Bay.USN/Jose Vigil
BB-61 Iowa48k"The Third Fleet at sea is scarcely ever visible in its entirety to a single observer, either on the surface or in the air. What one sees is the aspect of some of the other ships in one's own task group. Occasionally, the whole fleet will rendevous at a prearranged site and then one can see lines of ships disappearing over the horizon in all directions. However, while steaming back and forth some 300 miles southeast of Honshu during the twelve days between 15 August 1945 and the 27th (when the fleet entered Japanese waters) the most impressive sight to this observer was the confident form of the battleship Iowa (BB-61)." Destination Tokyo Bay by Standish Backus, #1 Watercolor on paper, 1945. USNHC # 88-186-A.
BB-61 Iowa275k Cover of the V-J Day Booklet issued for the Iowa (BB-61) on 2 September 1945. Photo contributed by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-61 Iowa1.68kTarget Transmitter& Receiver Mk1 and Mods. (Mods.27-35.)
Illuminated lucite plugs indicated the station(s) receiving the designation and that an own ship course signal was being received.
Photographs courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
PDF added 07/15/14.

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
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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