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BB-64 USS WISCONSIN
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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, January 25 1941. Launched 7 December 1943. Commissioned April 16 1944. Decommissioned July 1 1948. Recommissioned March 3 1951. Decommissioned March 8 1958. Recommissioned October 22 1988. Decommissioned September 30 1991. Stricken for disposal 12 January 1995 but retained in reserve. Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve, 12 February 1998.
Fate: Berthed at Norfolk, VA; to become a museum-in-reserve,with the weather decks open to the public, but the ship still maintained in reserve and owned by the Navy.

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BB-64 Wisconsin25kShip's Crest.USN photo.
BB-64 Wisconsin161k The Wisconsin (BB-64) on 12 January 1943. Note the wedge shaped forward transverse bulkhead (with the worker on the top edge) just forward of the barbette of No. 1 turret. This large plate of armor was designed to protect the ship from shells fired by an enemy vessel operating off the bow. In the Wisconsin and Missouri (BB-63), this armor piece was 14.5 inches thick; in the Iowa and New Jersey, only 11.3 inches. At the time this photograph was taken, the Wisconsin was over 35 percent complete with almost 10,000 tons of material erected. She will be commissioned in 15 months. USN photo. Text courtesy of The-Iowa-Class-Battleships by Malcom Muir, ISBN # 0-8069-8338-8, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY 1991, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-64 Wisconsin149k The Wisconsin (BB-64) viewed from astern on 12 January 1943. The armor deck is being fitted over the engineering spaces. The 17.3 inch circular armor plates forming the upper barbette of No. 3 turret have been completely assembled and work is underway inside the turret itself. The circle inside the barbette armor is the conical bulkhead which makes up part of the rotating structures and bears the weight of the gun house. The bottom edge of the conical bulkhead is joined to the pan floor which rests on the upper roller path. Turrets Nos. 1 and 2 are not so far advanced. USN photo.
Text courtesy of The-Iowa-Class-Battleships by Malcom Muir, ISBN # 0-8069-8338-8, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY 1991, submitted by Mike Green.
Wisconsin136kLest you think it grows on trees, the citizens of Wisconsin banded together for Silver Service for the Wisconsin (BB-64), 23 May 1943. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-64 Wisconsin158kThe main machinery plant of the Wisconsin (BB-64) is easily seen in this photo, looking forward on 8 July 1943. The boilers are in place and are visible here. The main engines, in the spaces between the boilers, have already been covered over. The minute sub-division of the spaces within the hull is of primary importance for the control of flooding after suffering battle damage and is also visible. Lists can be corrected by counter-flooding to keep the vessel on an even keel and to maintain stability. U. S. Navy photo & partial text from the book "IOWA CLASS BATTLESHIPS-Their Design, Weapons and Equipment" by Robert F. Sumrall & Tom Walkowiak, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-64 Wisconsin118kWith the armor for the lower part of No. 2 barbette erected, the Wisconsin (BB-64) on 8 July 1943 has been on the stocks for 18 months. She is only about 20 percent complete, but she would be ready for sea in 21 months. It is just possible to make out the uptakes of her eight boilers. Protecting them is the citadel with its 12.1 inch belt inclined at 19 degrees. Note that the armor on No. 2 barbette angles in at the bottom sides. The result is a weight saving in protection with no loss in protection since the belt will be extended forward past No. 1 turret. USN photo.
Text courtesy of The-Iowa-Class-Battleships by Malcom Muir, ISBN # 0-8069-8338-8, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York, NY 1991, submitted by Mike Green.
BB-64 Wisconsin661k Wisconsin (BB-64) under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, late 1943.USN photo 80-G-44114, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 12/13/14.
BB-64 Wisconsin205kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) was launched under the sponsorship of Wisconsin political leader Walter S. Goodland and his wife on 7 December 1943.Copied from the Philly Navy yard paper, BEACON, September 1995, courtesy of Ed Zajkowski.
Wisconsin733kThe beginning of her slide to the sea sees Wisconsin (BB-64) moving down the ways on 7 December 1943.USN photo # 2143-43 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin780k40,000 plus tons of Wisconsin (BB-64) moving down the ways on 7 December 1943.USN photo # 2144-43 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin731kDrags and slewing lines & a view of the starboard stern of the Wisconsin (BB-64) on 7 December 1943.USN photo # 2159-43 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin551kAerial view of the Wisconsin (BB-64) on 7 December 1943.USN photo # 2152-43 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin2.66kAerial view, port bow anchor dropped.USN photo # 2150-43 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com via David Boone & Ron Reeves.
Wisconsin239kShip afloat, anchor dropped.USN photo # 2153-43 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin89k Launching invitation for the Wisconsin (BB-64), held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on "Pearl Harbor Day" 7 December 1943. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Wisconsin66kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Wisconsin (BB-64), 7 December 1943. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Wisconsin427kView from port side bow at the PNY on 17 January 1944.USN photo # 81-44-A courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin419kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) is fitting out under the 350-ton Hammerhead Crane at Pier 4 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard sometime after being launched on 7 December 1943, and before commissioning on 16 April 1944.USN photo courtesy of Brian Kroenung.
Wisconsin364kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) is fitting out under the 350-ton Hammerhead Crane at Pier 4 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard sometime after being launched on 7 December 1943, and before commissioning on 16 April 1944.USN photo # 81-44-A courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin90kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) receiving 16" ammunition at the Philadelphia Navy Yard sometime after being launched on 7 December 1943, and before commissioning on 16 April 1944.USN photo # 81-44-A courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin174kCommissioning pamphlet from the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 16 April 1944.USN photo.
Wisconsin352kPlankowner's certificate for the Wisconsin (BB-64), 16 April 1944. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Wisconsin306kPhoto undated but is certain to be 1944 right after commissioning. She still has the original short mainmast on her after stack. USN / BuAer photo # 234431 courtesy of David Buell.
BB-64 Wisconsin338kSurface view off the bow on 7 June 1944. USN photo # 1167-44 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin135kThe Wisconsin's (BB-64) broadside, 7 June 1944.USN photo # 1168-44 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin153kUS Navy officers working in the executive officers' office on the main deck of the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise in July 1944. Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin187kCrew standing on deck for a presentation ceremony aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin169kUS sailor standing in a repair locker aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin121kPatients being treated in the sickbay of the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin164kUS sailors using a soda fountain aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin111kView inside the captain's stateroom aboard the battleship during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin116kTwo young officers relaxing in one of the ensigns' staterooms aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during its shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin132US sailors relaxing in their bunks in the crew quarters aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin165kCrew watching sailor receiving Purple Heart medal at ceremony aboard the battleship during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel,courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin171kUS sailor reading a book in the library aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin162kProtestant chaplain conducting services aboard the Wisconsin (BB-64) during its shakedown cruise.Photographer: Dmitri Kessel, courtesy of Life.
BB-64 Wisconsin134kLeaving Philadelphia Navy Yard for the Pacific, 24 September 1944.USN photo.
BB-64 Wisconsin503kWisconsin (BB-64) probably off the east coast before heading west to the Pacific. BuAer photo # 234433, courtesy of David Buell.
Wisconsin87kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) enters the Panama Canal.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin167kSwabbies swabbing.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin262kSmall scout for a leprechaun? USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin139kOne of Wisconsin's (BB-64) escorts across the Pacific.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin111k Wisconsin (BB-64), photographed from Pasadena, 1944.National Archives photo # 80-G-120077.
BB-64 Wisconsin374k Wisconsin (BB-64) tied up alongside the Oklahoma (BB-37) at Pearl Harbor. The size of the Iowa class (BB-61 / 66) can be readily seen when compared with the earlier classes. The Oklahoma is over 300 feet smaller and 18,000 tons lighter than the Wisconsin, which seems to dwarf her, 11 November 1944.
Note the single and double barreled 5 inch guns lying on shore off the Oklahoma's starboard bow and the absence of her superstructure.
USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 233k Wisconsin (BB-64) coming along side oiler Taluga (AO-62) for fueling. January 1945 LaVack picture courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-64 Wisconsin133k Underway with other warships in the western Pacific, circa December 1944 - August 1945.Official USN photo # 80-G-470324, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 556k Wisconsin (BB-64) takes evasive action during an air attack off Okinawa on April 1945. Note the Essex class carrier in the background. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Wisconsin741kRefueling Halsey Powell (DD-686) while underway in 1945. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin699kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) in company with the Mertz (DD-691) are shown firing against Kamikazes. The photo, taken 9 April 1945, shows the Mertz firing her #2- 5" gun mount, while the Wisconsin's 20mm and 40mm light A.A.weapons throw up a pall of fire and smoke.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 782k 16-Inch projectiles weigh between 1,900 and 2,700 pounds each. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 653k Turret crew loading 110-pound bags of powder for Wisconsin's (BB-64) 16-Inch guns during the Okinawa campaign, May, 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 610k Gun captain at the open breach of one of Wisconsin's (BB-64) 16-Inch guns off Okinawa, May, 1945. His right elbow rests on the “mushroom” of the gun, which he keeps clean by rubbing it with the towel scrapped around his arm. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 Wisconsin104kRefueling from tanker Cahaba (AO-82), as seen from an Essex class aircraft carrier, circa 1945.USN photo.
BB-64 Wisconsin122kBand concert under the battleship's after 16"/50 guns, while she was operating at sea with the Pacific Fleet, circa 1945. An aircraft carrier is faintly visible in the right distance. Sailor in right foreground has name J.C. Smith stencilled on his working jacket.Official USN photo # 80-G-K-3667, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Wisconsin145k Just how large the guns in the main battery of the Wisconsin (BB-64) are can be determined by using the crewmen standing beside them as a comparison.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-64 176k The T2A tanker Neches (AO-47) refueling Shangri-La (CV-38) and Wisconsin (BB-64) on 12 July 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
BB-64 233k Crewmen watch the action as the T2A tanker Neches (AO-47) refuels the Wisconsin (BB-64) and a accompanying destroyer on 12 July 1945. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Wisconsin239k PDF of a Personal History of the Wisconsin (BB-64) written by Louis E. Denfield, Commander of COMBATDIV 9 and found by Albert Lee Candido of Kansas City, Mo. featuring internal coverage of ship happenings in Japan, including the sports & comic section & world news of July 1945. Courtesy of Mike Sharp and submitted by Robert Hall.
BB-64 Wisconsin104kOperating with the Third Fleet off the coast of Japan, 17 August 1945, two days after Japan accepted Allied surrender terms. The large aircraft carriers of TF-38 remained on alert and did not participate in the surrender ceremonies. Admiral Halsey, fearing that the surrender might be a deception only sent in a fleet of battleships and some light carriers into Sagami Bay and then Tokyo Bay. If there was trouble, the fleet carriers would be off shore on alert to handle the situation.Official USN photo # 80-G-278816, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Wisconsin BB-64 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Wisconsin (BB-64) Web Page by the Wisconsin Reunion Assn.
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