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BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY
1944

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Papa

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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 September 1999 - 11 November 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 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 Philippine 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-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 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.
Photo added 09/22/13.
BB-62 New Jersey268kOrdnance men 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 dodmedia.osd.mil.
BB-62 New Jersey769k New Jersey (BB-62) & Hancock (CV-19) take a pounding in heavy seas on 8 November 1944. Photographed from the Intrepid (CV-11).USN photo via USNIP submitted by Pieter Bakels.
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 November 1944. The Hancock (CV-19) is in the background.Text and drawing courtesy of naval-art.com
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 Northern Luzon, P.I., 25 November 1944.U.S. Navy Photograph # 3093-45, submitted by Pieter Bakels.
BB-62 New Jersey818kAs seen from New Jersey (BB-62), Intrepid (CV-11) belching smoke and fire after being hit by a Japanese kamikaze off Northern Luzon, P.I., 25 November 1944.U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Pieter Bakels via Fabio Pena.
BB-57 South Dakota 205k On 19 June 1944 the battleship was again operating with the fast carriers. It was known that a major Japanese force was approaching from the west, and the American capital ships were placed so that they could continue to support the ground forces on Saipan and also intercept this enemy force. At 1012, a large group of bogies was reported coming in from the west. At 1049, a "Judy" dropped a 500-pound bomb on South Dakota's (BB-57) main deck where it blew a large hole, cut wiring and piping, but inflicted no other serious material damage. However, personnel losses were heavy: 24 killed and 27 wounded. The ship continued to fight throughout the day as air attacks were continuous. This was the first day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea and was called the "Marianas Turkey Shoot" as the Japanese lost over 300 aircraft. The air battle continued throughout the 20th. When it ended, the badly mauled Japanese fleet no longer posed a threat to the American conquest of the Marianas. The task group returned to Ulithi on 27 June, and South Dakota sailed via Pearl Harbor to the west coast, arriving at Puget Sound on 10 July.
The battleship was overhauled at the navy yard there; and, after sea trials, sailed on 26 August for Pearl Harbor. South Dakota was routed to Ulithi and, upon her arrival, was attached to TG 38.3; one of four task groups of formed Task Force 38, the Fast Carrier Task Force.
The view may be Ulithi and may be during this period. The battleship New Jersey (BB-62) appears off the South Dakota's port bow.
National Archives photo # 80G-294133 courtesy of David Buell. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David C. Nilsen, CTR USA, TRADOC.
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 dodmedia.osd.mil.
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.
E-mail: dicknjudy@q.com



Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources
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