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1999 - Present

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1942 - 1943 (Building / Shakedown Cruise)
1945 - 1949
1950 - 1953 / Korean War
1954 - 1967
Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968
Vietnam Service / 1968 - Decommissioning 1969
1970 - 1982
1983 - 1985
1986 - 1998

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 Jersey136kNew Jersey (BB-62) at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, spring of 1999, prior to restoration. The ex-America (CV-66) is clearly visible across the peir. Unfortunately, her fate is not as pleasant. The America is slated to be sunk as a target. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell, USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey108kOil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "Homecoming - New Jersey (BB-62) - 1999 returning to New Jersey. Photo and partial text courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey69k11 November 1999. Bow-on shot, as tugs continue to rotate the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) in front of the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.Photo by David R. Wells.
BB-62 New Jersey124kNew Jersey (BB-62) is towed up the Delaware River toward the Naval Inactive Ships Facility in Philadelphia, 11 November 1999. U.S. Navy photo # N-7676W-001 by Chief Journalist John F. Williams. Courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey28kNew Jersey (BB-62) moored at the Camden Waterfront near the New Jersey State Aquarium and Tweeter Entertainment Center. Note her SLQ-32 electronic warfare equipment at air defense level, whip antennae, and CIWS have been re-installed during restoration. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell, USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey83kNew Jersey (BB-62) at Camden, port side aft looking forward. Directors, CIWS, and Armored Box Launchers visible, as well as 16 and 5 inch guns. Note the yellow caution tape and that all decking has been removed surrounding the 16 inch turret and pad eyes have been cut away. Apparently there was rotting wood under the non-slip surface placed over the teak and around the pads, durring de-activation preservation. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey98k A view of the November sun setting behind New Jersey (BB-62) at Camden. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell USNR.
BB-62 New Jersey200k A panoramic view of the New Jersey (BB-62), taken from the hanger deck of the America (CV-66). Both ships are moored at pier 4 of the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. This pier once housed one of the largest hammerhead cranes ever built, capable of lifting 350 tons. The Crane was demolished after the yard's closing in 1995. Courtesy of AO3 Brian S. Bell, USNR.
New Jersey95kJack Herbster surveys his future work center on board New Jersey (BB-62). When completed, his space will contain some of the Navy's most sophisticated equipment. U.S. Navy photo # N-0000F-001, courtesy of All Hands magazine / Naval Historical Center, May 2003, pg. 47. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
New Jersey61kkNew Jersey (BB-62) postal cover commemorating the 60th Anniversary of her Commissioning 23 May 2003. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
World War II Memorial371kA quote made by Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz is inscribed on a granite wall at the National World War II Memorial located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Fleet Adm. Nimitz was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, Japan on 2 Sept. 1945, thus ending World War II. Established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the memorial honors all military veterans of World War II, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms. On 29 May2004, the memorial will be formally dedicated with an estimated 200,000 people expected to attend, and includes 100,000 visiting veterans of all wars. U.S. Navy photo # N-0295M-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain, courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey120k Tomahawk missile in box launcher in firing position aboard the New Jersey (BB-62),in Camden. N.J., August 2005. Photo by Skip deGlavina.
BB-62 New Jersey270k The guided missile destroyer McFaul (DDG-74) passes by the decommissioned battleship New Jersey (BB-62), as it pulls into Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, 1 Dec. 2005. McFaul's arrival is part of Philadelphia Navy Week, sponsored by the Navy Office of Community Outreach. Twenty such weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the U.S., arranged by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). NAVCO is a new unit tasked with enhancing the Navy's brand image in areas with limited exposure to the Navy. U.S. Navy photo # N-1805P-002 by Journalist 2nd Class Jason J. Perry, courtesy of
New Jersey163kModel of the New Jersey (BB-62) at the Reading PA air show during 2 & 3 June 2006. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
BB-62 New Jersey23kUnit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons for the battleship New Jersey (BB-62). From left to right, in order of decending rows:
1. Combat Action Ribbon (with 1 Gold Star) Navy Unit Commendation (with 1 Bronze Star)
2. Navy "E" Ribbon Navy Expeditionary Medal China Service Medal
3. American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Stars) World War II Victory Medal
4. Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars) Korean Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars)
5. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Stars) Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 3 Bronze Stars)
6. Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Korean Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (with Palm)
7. Philippine Liberation Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars) United Nations Service Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 09/23/08.

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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.
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