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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; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, September 16, 1940. Launched December 7, 1942. Commissioned May 23, 1943. Decommissioned June 30, 1948. Recommissioned November 21, 1950. Decommissioned August 21, 1957. Recommissioned April 6, 1968. Decommissioned December 17, 1969. Recommissioned December 28, 1982. Decommissioned September 9, 1991. Stricken for disposal 12, January 1995. Retained in reserve; reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve, 12, February 1998. Stricken for preservation in New Jersey, 4 January, 1999. Towed to Philadelphia, 12 Sept 1999 - 11 Nov 1999.
Fate: Moved to Camden, NJ for preservation as a museum.
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BB-62 New Jersey121kA closeup view of Turret 1 and the barrels. Note the rifling is visible in the barrel lining. The radar on the tower has been censored out. Circa, 1943/1944.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey96k 24 January 1944, two quad 40mm Bofors mounts of the Iowa (BB-61) are visible in the foreground with New Jersey (BB-62) in the background. The two ships are now turning to port. Note the crew in battle gear. USN photo.
BB-56 Washington & friends 356k Four Battleships in a lagoon in the Pacific which is not identified. 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. The credit on the back of the photo is Official US Navy, via Acme Newspictures, Inc., dated 7/8/44. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey130kAugust, 1944 photo showing secondary and antiaircraft batteries clustered in the superstructure and at the hull extremities. Two OS2U Kingfisher spotting aircraft are mounted on the catapults at the stern.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey113kCrewmen are seen loading 16" projectiles through a main deck scuttle. The projectiles are hoisted down several decks by a portable beam hoist built onto the top of the main turrets. Note another shell being handled in the background.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey268kOrdnancemen aboard New Jersey (BB-62) move a 16-Inch projectile to an ammunition hoist in November 1944.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey416k Barbette of 16" gun on board the New Jersey (BB-62). Gunners packing in bags of powder which will fire the huge shell already in gun. November 1944. NARA Photo # 080-G-469993 by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs. Photo # HD-SN-99-02599, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey769k New Jersey (BB-62) & Hancock (CV-19) take a pounding in heavy seas on 8 Nov. 1944. Photographed from the Intrepid (CV-11).USN photo via USNIP submitted by Pieter Bakels. Photo added 10/25/08.
BB-62 New Jersey76k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Randall Wilson entitled "New Jersey, batten down the Hatches." The New Jersey (BB-62) rides through a stiff storm in the Western Pacific on 8 Nov. 1944. The Hancock (CV-19) is in the background.Text and drawing courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey460k New Jersey (BB-62) rejoined her fast carriers near San Bernadino 27 October for strikes on central and southern Luzon. Two days later, the force was under suicide attack. In a melee of anti- aircraft fire from the ships and combat air patrol, New Jersey shot down a plane whose pilot maneuvered it into Intrepid's (CV-11) port gun galleries, while machine gun fire from Intrepid wounded three of New Jersey's men. During a similar action 25 November three Japanese planes were splashed by the combined fire of the force, part of one flaming onto Hancock's (CV-19) flight deck.BuAer # 270827 courtesy of David Buell. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-62 New Jersey42kGunners aboard New Jersey (BB-62) watch flames rising from the carrier Intrepid (CV-11), struck by a kamikaze off the Phillippines on 25 November 1944.U.S. Navy Photograph # 3093-45, submitted by Pieter Bakels. U.S. Navy Photograph # 3093-45, submitted by Pieter Bakels.
New Jersey172kA salvo from the main guns of the New Jersey (BB-62), 1944. USNHC photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey122kAdmiral William F. Halsey, USN, Commander, Third Fleet (left center) eats Thanksgiving dinner with the crew of his flagship, New Jersey (BB-62), 30 November 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-291498, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey92kAdmiral William F. Halsey, Jr., USN, Commander, Third Fleet (right) confers with Task Force 38 commander Vice Admiral John S. McCain, at Halsey's desk on board the Third Fleet flagship, New Jersey (BB-62), December 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-302244, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey458k Japanese prisoners of war are bathed, clipped, "deloused," and issued GI clothing as soon as they are taken aboard the New Jersey (BB-62), December 1944. NARA Photo # 080-G-469956 by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs. Photo # HD-SN-99-02964, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey252kA sailor always finds himself a place to rest... New Jersey (BB-62) December 1944.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey48k Enlisted men relax aboard New Jersey (BB-62) on December 1944. U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey75kCrewmen are cleaning and greasing 40mm shells inside one of the gun tubs. Note the tub is lined with racks holding 40mm clips of four rounds, December 1944.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey66kAt sea with the Pacific Fleet, 1944-45.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # K-15383, now in the collections of the National Archives.

NEW JERSEY BB-62 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Richard Gandolf
Address: 1917 Summernight Terrace, Colorado Spring, CO, 80909
Phone: 719-597-2722.

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.
U.S.S. New Jersey BB 62 Web page

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