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BB-62 USS NEW JERSEY
1954 - 1967

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Papa - Papa

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1942 - 1943 (Building / Shakedown Cruise)
1944 - 1949
1950 - 1953 / Korean War
Recommissioning & off to Vietnam, 1968
Vietnam Service / 1968 - Decommissioning 1969
1970 - 1982
1983 - 1998
1999 - Present


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 Jersey591k New Jersey (BB-62) meets New York, May, 1954.USN photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-61 Iowa396kTogether again: Iowa (BB-61) & New Jersey (BB-62). From the looks of their rig, probably in the Atlantic after Korea. USN photo submitted by David Buell.
BB-61 Iowa68kBattleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships were photographed operating together. Ship closest to the camera is Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far):Wisconsin (BB-64); Missouri (BB-63) and New Jersey (BB-62). Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-638938, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-61 Iowa29kBattleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all four Iowa class (BB-61 / 66)s were photographed operating together. Ship closest to the camera is Iowa (BB-61). The others are (from near to far):Wisconsin (BB-64); Missouri (BB-63) and New Jersey (BB-62). Official USN photo courtesy of martinipundit.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin69k Battleship Division Two Steaming in column, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) battleships were photographed operating together. Ship leading the column is Wisconsin (BB-64). The others are (in no particular order): Iowa (BB-61); New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri (BB-63).Official U.S.N. photogrqph # 80-G-638966, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Battleship Division Two 297k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci showing Battleship Division 2 off the Virginia Capes on 7 June 1954. They are (F to B ) Iowa (BB-61), Wisconsin (BB-64), Missouri (BB-63), New Jersey (BB-62). Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
New Jersey231k The New Jersey (BB-62) rides at anchor circa her active period in the 1950s. USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of David C Nilsen. CTR, USA Training and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
BB-62 New Jersey1.00kPortsmouth VA., 13 December 1956:
BOUND FOR MOTHBALLS
The battleship New Jersey (BB-62) sails today for Brooklyn, N.Y. where she will be inactivated and prepared for mothballing at Bayonne, N.J.
A.P. Wire / USN photo.
BB-62 New Jersey63k Photo taken from the radar platform on the foremast of Chewaucan (AOG-50), very early on a Sunday morning. New Jersey (BB-62) and Missouri BB-63, sitting side by side in reserve at Norfolk, Va, summer of 1954. The New Jersey, is tied to pier 7 and the Chewaucan was tied up to pier 5. (There was no pier 6). You can see how small we were when you check the height of the horizon behind the New Jersey's mast. The ship on the horizon above the New Jersey is the Mississippi (AG-128) (ex-BB-41). Photo. i.d. courtesy of Dan DeCosta.
Photo and text courtesy of Larry Bohn.
BB-62 New Jersey148k New Jersey (BB-62) entering Phalaran Bay, Greece in the spring of 1957. Photo and text courtesy of Larry Bohn.
BB-62 New Jersey15kCommemorative post mark from New Jersey's (BB-62) last day in postal service. She would be decommissioned from 21 August 1957 through 5 April 1968. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
BB-62 New Jersey142kOil on canvas painting by the artist James Flood entitled "New Jersey - 1960." The painting depicts the New Jersey (BB-62) in 1960; finished with Korea, waiting for Vietnam. Photo and partial text courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
BB-62 New Jersey216kCirca 1960 photo of New Jersey (BB-62) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.Courtesy of Merlin Dorfman.
Mothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J.80kMothball Fleet, Bayonne N.J., August 1961. The stern of the New Jersey (BB-62) or Wisconsin (BB-64) is visible off the North Carolina's (BB-55) bow. The aircraft carrier ahead of her is the Franklin(CV-13). Richard Leonhardt.
New Jersey95kThe New Jersey (BB-62) being towed from Bayonne, NJ to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, taken 8-11-62 by B. L. Bennett.Official USN photograph #1062991, from the US Naval Photographic Center, Naval Station Washington, DC. Submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
Wisconsin574kTugs push the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) around.
From pier: Iowa (BB-61),New Jersey (BB-62) & Wisconsin (BB-64)) at Philadelphia Naval Yard, 1962.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Iowa & Wisconsin38kIowa (BB-61), on right, and the New Jersey (BB-62) at their Philadelphia berths, April 1965.USNIP photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 Wisconsin660k Wisconsin (BB-64), New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin198kBack to back, north Wisconsin (BB-64), south New Jersey (BB-62). Iowa (BB-61) by the pier at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-62 764k Defense Secretara Robert McNamara has decided on 1 August to reactivate the New Jersey (BB-62) for duty off the coast off North Vietnam. Pentagon officials said work would start almost immediately at the Philadelphia Navy yard in this 1967 file photo. A.P. Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-62 New Jersey102kNew Jersey (BB-62) taking on ammunition at Norfolk, VA., May 1967. Photo courtesy of Norman Polmar & submitted by Robert M. Cieri.
BB-62 1.74k Photo taken as New Jersey (BB-62) was pulled from the battleship nest at Philadelphia on 11 June 1967 to be reactivated for Viet Nam duty.
Note the Wisconsin (BB-64) in the background.
USN photo submitted by David Buell.
Photo added 04/03/14.
BB-62 New Jersey24kWashington, D. C. 8/28/67: The Navy named Capt. Richard G. Alexander (shown in 1/26/62 file photo), of Charleston, S. C., to command the battleship New Jersey (BB-62) being refitted for duty off South Vietnam. Alexander, a veteran destroyer skipper, will take command of the 45,000 ton ship after her commissioning next year.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-62 New Jersey369kNew Jersey (BB-62) in drydock at night during her reactivation at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1967.USN photo courtesy of David Buell. Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.

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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