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Vietnam Service / 1968 - Decommissioning 1969

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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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New Jersey311k The New Jersey (BB-62) underway circa Vietnam service, 1968. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-62 New Jersey166kOff the coast of Vietnam on 8 October 1968; New Jersey's (BB-62) CAPT J. Edward Snyder, Jr. (second from left) greets SecNav Paul R. Ignatius (left) and VADM William F. Bringle (third from left), Com 7th Fleet US Navy Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey163k The New Jersey (BB-62) along side the ammunition ship Vesuvius (AE-15) to take on fresh 16" projectiles and powder cases. Off the coast of Vietnam, Nov. 1968. USN courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey160k The New Jersey (BB-62) at the US Naval Facility, Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines on 16 November 1968. Official US Navy Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey91kView looking aft from the fore deck, showing her forward 16"/50 guns and superstructure, 1968-1969. Note the large ULQ-6 electronic countermeasures system antenna installation on her fire control tower. Photographed by PH1 Larry H. Smith. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 90624, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-62 New Jersey23kNew Jersey (BB-62) fires a salvo from her main stern guns.USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey71kTwo UH-1 Huey helicopters resting on the fantail of the New Jersey (BB-62) during her service in December 1968 off Vietnam. Courtesy of Howard Serig.
BB-62 New Jersey59kPort side view of the New Jersey (BB-62) inboard of the Okinawa (LPH-3). This is from the Okinawa cruise book (1969). I believe the shot was taken from the LPH-3 helicopter off Vietnam, probably around Jan. 1969 near Danang. Photo & text courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
BB-62 New Jersey75kBombarding enemy targets near Tuyho, on South Vietnam's central coast, during her last line period, late in March 1969. Photographed by PH2 Monty L. Tipton. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 90639, now in the collections of the National Archives.
New Jersey169kBow view of the New Jersey (BB-62) accompanied by the Coral Sea (CVA-43) on 13 April 1969 off the coast of Vietnam. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey83k New Jersey (BB-62) in San Francisco Bay exchanging gun salute with Naval Station Treasure Island, taken 24 June 1969. Official US Navy Photograph # NH-68934-KN, from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey160kNew Jersey (BB-62) entering San Francisco Bay, 24 June 1969.
This was her first visit to her home port in eight months. Through the summer months, New Jersey's crew toiled to make her ready for another deployment. Deficiencies discovered on the gun line were remedied, as all hands looked forward to another opportunity to prove the mighty warship's worth in combat. Reasons of economy were to dictate otherwise. On 22 August 1969 the Secretary of Defense released a list of names of ships to be inactivated; at the top of the list was New Jersey's.
Official US Navy Photograph from the U.S. Naval Photographic Center, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.
New Jersey181k 4-page PDF Welcome Aboard booklet of the New Jersey (BB-62) in 25 June 1969. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey126kNew Jersey's (BB-62) CAPT J. Edward Snyder, Jr, presenting the CO's Commendation Medal to Senior Chief Machinist Mate Gary L. Shipple, 30 June 1969. US Navy Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 New Jersey151kPort side view of the New Jersey (BB-62) entering San Francisco bay in July 1969. I took this photo from the viewing point on the north end of the Golden Gate bridge. Photo & text courtesy of Darryl Baker, scanned courtesy of By Design in Benicia, CA.
BB-62 New Jersey29k"New Jersey, 7th Fleet, Point Debbie off Marble Mountain, South of Danang", by John C. Roach, a Tempera on paper, June-August 1969. In 1968, the New Jersey (BB-62) was reactivated and outfitted to serve as a heavy bombardment ship in Vietnam. At recommissioning, it was the only active battleship in the U.S. Navy. Between late September 1968 and early April 1969, it participated in Operation Sea Dragon, providing offshore gunfire support against inland and coastal targets. Soon there after, the Navy decided to reduce heavy bombardment forces in Southeast Asia. New Jersey was again decommissioned in December 1969. John C. Roach, 1969.178
Tempera on paper, June-August 1969.
USNHC # 88-197-CE.
BB-62 New Jersey257kPort side view of an angry New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Vietnam.Photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Photo added 10/06/07.
BB-62 New Jersey96kOil on canvas print by the artist Tom Freeman entitled "New Jersey," depicts the New Jersey (BB-62) off the coast of Vietnam. Photo and text courtesy of
BB-62 New Jersey116kNew Jersey (BB-62) Decommissioning Program from 17 December 1969 held at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Photograph courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.

New Jersey BB-62 History
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(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

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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