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BB-64 USS WISCONSIN
1954 - 1979

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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Wisconsin380k Circa 1950's photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64). U.S. Navy photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-64 Wisconsin263k Wisconsin (BB-64) underway in the early/mid Fifties. She still has all of her 40MM quad mounts.Photo courtesy of David Buell.
BB-64 Wisconsin1.20k Wisconsin (BB-64) postwar, note the 40mm quads missing from tubs forward and forward of the #3 turret, but she now has SK-2 radar. This was about the time she and New Jersey (BB-62) did the Midshipman's cruise together that was documented in the National Geographic. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Battleship Division Two 68kBattleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all four Iowa class 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. Navy Photograph # 80-G-638938, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Battleship Division Two 29kBattleship Division Two: In line abreast formation, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all four Iowa class 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. Navy Photograph, courtesy of martinipundit.com.
Battleship Division Two 69k Battleship Division Two Steaming in column, 7 June 1954, in the Virginia Capes operating area, on the only occasion that all four Iowa class 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. Navy Photograph # 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
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-64 Wisconsin643k20 May 1955 photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64) visits NYC for Armed Forces Day.AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-64 Wisconsin416k18 October 1955 photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64) being towed under the Manhattan Bridge by tugs after she ran aground on Diamond Rock at the Eastern tip of Manhattan today. She was en route from Bayonne N.J. shipyard to the Brooklyn Navy Yard when she got stuck. Tugs freed the vessel after 45 minutes. International News Photo by Sam Goldstein, courtesy of David Buell.
Wisconsin187kOn 6 May 1956 the battleship collided with the destroyer Eaton (DD-510) in a heavy fog; Wisconsin (BB-64) put into Norfolk with extensive damage to her bow and, one week later, entered drydock at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. A novel expedient speeded her repairs and enabled the ship to carry out her scheduled midshipman training cruise that summer. A 120-ton, 68-foot long section of the bow of the uncompleted battle ship Kentucky (BB-66) was transported by barge, in one section, from New Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., Newport News, Va., across Hampton Roads to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Working round-the clock, Wisconsin's ship's force and shipyard personnel completed the operation which grafted the new bow on the old battleship in a mere 16 days. On 28 June 1956, the ship was ready for sea. USNI photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Wisconsin116kEaton (DD-510) after meeting the Wisconsin (BB-64). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin130kThe damaged Eaton (DD-510).US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin151kThe damaged deck of the Wisconsin (BB-64).US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin112k Photo taken from the stern of the Chewaucan (AOG-50) tied up to pier 7 at NOB Norva. The Wisconsin (BB-64) is coming into Hampton roads en route to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Va. after a collision with the Eaton (DD-510) on 6 May 1956. Courtesy of Larry Bohn.
BB-64 Wisconsin648k The Wisconsin (BB-64) with the New Jersey (BB-62) in the background after a collision with the Eaton (DD-510) on 6 May 1956. Photo courtesy of LTjg James Meredith via William S. Meredith.
BB-64 Wisconsin118k Close up view of the Wisconsin (BB-64) enroute to Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Va. after a collision with the Eaton (DD-510) on 6 May 1956. Joe Radigan / USN photo.
BB-64 Wisconsin118kThe Wisconsin's (BB-64) damaged bow is removed. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wisconsin137k Mid 1950's photo of the Wisconsin (BB-64) probably somewhere off the east coast of the U.S. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-64 Wisconsin153kThe Wisconsin (BB-64) is shown at the International Naval Review, Hampton Roads, 12 June 1957. Note the heavy-weather fueling at sea king posts. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-64 Wisconsin184k The Wisconsin (BB-64) preparing to get underway for the 1957 NATO Cruise "Strike Back". Date of the photos is 3, September 1957. The photo is from a slide taken by Glenn Herzenach, PNSN, from the flight deck of the carrier Intrepid (CV-11), 1957 to May 1958 at Hampton Roads, VA.,
The tug is Kasota (YTB-222).
Courtesy of Robert Hall. Photo i.d. courtesy of Gary Priolo.
Wisconsin304k A gig from the Wisconsin (BB-64) comes alongside as the ship is anchored October 1957 in Havana, Cuba.Drawing courtesy of artbywayne.com
Wisconsin161k Wisconsin's (BB-64) days as an active fleet unit were numbered, and she prepared to make her last cruise. On 4 November 1957, she departed Norfolk with a large group of prominent guests on board. Reaching New York City on 6 November, the battleship disembarked her guests and, on the 8th, headed for Bayonne, N.J., to commence pre-inactivation overhaul. She is seen here in Hampton Roads, VA, in 1958. Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-64 Wisconsin767k(5 November)LAST OF THE BATTLEWAGONS IN FAREWELL CEREMONY - This was the scene on the deck of the huge battleship at Pier 86, North River, today at the last battleship ceremony. The Wisconsin (BB-64), last of the battleships of the U.S. Navy to be withdrawn from active service, will join the other giant warships of her type in mothballs. She will go to Bayonne N.J. for deactivation. AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-64 Wisconsin724k Wisconsin (BB-64) in New York Harbor on 24 November 1957. AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, (ret.)
BB-64 Wisconsin437kThe last battleship on active duty, the Wisconsin (BB-64) is a solitary figure as she proceeds up New York Bay to her berth at Pier 86 after her final cruise from Norfolk VA.... for mothballing 8 November The N.Y. skyline looms in the background and over the Navy's "Big Muscle". Birds serve as an escort on the farewell journey. International News Photo by Arthur Sasse, courtesy of David Buell.
BB-64 Wisconsin423k8 March 1958 caption reads: "Standing at the salute here in the foreground is Lt. (JG) Charles T. Denner of Alva, Oklahoma as he says goodbye to his home for the last 19 months, the Wisconsin (BB-64) at decommissioning ceremonies in Bayonne today. The battleship, last capital ship on active duty with the Navy, now goes into the Mothball Fleet....This is the first time since 1895 that the Navy has been without a ship of the line. International News Photo courtesy of David Buell.
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
Wisconsin187k Wisconsin (BB-64) leaving Bayonne, N.J., enroute to Philadelphia Naval Yard, 17 August 1962. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Wisconsin574kTugs push the Iowa class around.
From pier: Iowa (BB-61),New Jersey (BB-62) & Wisconsin (BB-64)) at Philadelphia Naval Yard, 1962.
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
BB-64 Wisconsin660k Wisconsin (BB-64), New Jersey (BB-62) and Iowa (BB-61) at the Phila. Navy Yard in mothballs, April 1967.US Navy 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.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
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.
Iowa & Wisconsin142k Iowa (BB-61) and Wisconsin (BB-64) in Dry Dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa 1970's. Note: The Shangri La (CV-38) is in the background.Photo courtesy of John Hummel.

Wisconsin BB-64 History
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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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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