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BB-64 USS WISCONSIN
(1951 - 1953) Korea

Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Golf - Whiskey

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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 Wisconsin102kWisconsin (BB-64) receives her baptism of fire on the east coast of Korea, as she fires the 16"/50 guns of Turret Number One at enemy targets ashore, circa 2 December 1951.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-476622, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin228kWisconsin (BB-64) entering Sasebo Anchorage in Japan, January 1952. Courtesy of Ray Thomas.
BB-64 Wisconsin105kWisconsin (BB-64) fires her forward 16"/50 guns at enemy installations in Korea. Photograph is dated 30 January 1952.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-K-12106, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 382k Crewmen cleaning one of Wisconsin's (BB-64) big guns, February, 1952. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 03/20/08.
BB-64 Wisconsin93kSnow falling on the battleship's after deck, 8 February 1952, while she was serving with Task Force 77 in Korean waters. Note 16"/50 guns of her after turret, and Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter parked on deck. Photographed by AF3c M.R. Adkinson.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-441035, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin88kBuck (DD-761), Wisconsin (BB-64) and Saint Paul (CA-73) in 1952. Steaming in close formation during operations off the Korean coast on 22 February 1952.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-440023, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin80k Buck (DD-761), Wisconsin (BB-64) and Saint Paul (CA-73). Photo is dated 22 February 1952. Steaming in close formation during operations off the Korean coast. Starboard view.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G440021, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin128kAntietam (CV-36), Rainier (AOE-7) and Wisconsin (BB-64) off Korea, taken 21 March 1952.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-278816, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin839k View of the battleship's forward 16"/50 guns and superstructure, taken 21 March 1952, while she was serving with Task Force 77 in Korean waters. Note her Mk.38 main battery director and various radar antennas. The links of the massive anchor chains weigh 120 pounds each. Photographed by AF3c M.R. Adkinson.Text from U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-441034, courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 03/20/08.
BB-64 Wisconsin121kCrewmen pause to say Grace, as the chow line is opened for a meal in March 1952, while the battleship was operating off Korea. Note fancy "Mother" tattoo on the sailor second from left behind the serving trays.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-443725, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin121kCrewman in prayer, by a religious services poster, March 1952. The battleship was then operating off Korea. Note church service schedule on the poster.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-443726, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin90kWisconsin (BB-64) fires her after 16"/50 guns at a railway tunnel in the Chaho-Songjin area of North Korea's east coast, circa mid-March 1952. Note 5"/38 and 40mm guns in the foreground.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-477065, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Wisconsin179k A huge floating drydock, AFDB-1, was towed to Orote, Guam, to provide a forward repair facility for the Iowa's, should such become necessary. Wisconsin's (BB-64) crew line the deck as the ship is helped into dock by tugboats at Apra Harbor, Guam, 5 April 1952.USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-64 Wisconsin130k Wisconsin (BB-64) being used as a guinea pig in a floatation test on AFDB-1 at Orote, Guam, during April 1952. The bulbous underwater bow that characterized all U.S. fast battleships can be plainly seen.USN photo courtesy of Joe Radigan & Pieter Bakels. Photo added 03/20/08.
BB-62 New Jersey318k New Jersey (BB-62) gets double billing in this photo, dated 11 Feb 54. In the center as first recommissioned in 1951, and also after her first post-war overhaul, with changed radars and fire control.
The Missouri (BB-63) (upper left), is pictured on 21 October 1950 bombarding Communist positions off Chong Jin, Korea.
Wisconsin (BB-64) (lower right) and Iowa (BB-61) (upper right).
The Iowa is pictured off Pearl Harbor in 1952 & shows the standard fleet painting adopted after WW2. Small war time hull numbers have been replaced with larger, easily seen block numerals. The catapults were removed after WW II, the area now a helicopter landing area. Some 40mm mounts are gone, but most remained on board until she was decommissioned on 24 February 1958. All 20mm gun mounts have been removed.
Official Navy Photo, # 633578, released by Department of Defense. Courtesy of David Buell.
BB-64 Wisconsin167kManning battle stations on secondary guns, off Korea, circa Feb. 1953.Photograph courtesy of Stan Svec / Springfield (MASS.)Republican, ROTOGRAVURE Section, Feb. 1953.
BB-64 Wisconsin100kSA George E. Riel, Jr., USN, checks a plotting board to ensure that no aircraft are in the path of projectiles that will soon be fired at targets ashore, during gunnery practice in the Atlantic area. Photo is dated 3 March 1953.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-439813, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin437k The Mk.8 range-keeping computer on Wisconsin (BB-64) kept track of many variables of gunfire.USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 03/20/08.

Wisconsin BB-64 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dominic Menta
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E-mail: dombb64@ptd.net


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.
Wisconsin (BB-64) Web Page by the Wisconsin Reunion Assn.
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