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BB-64 USS WISCONSIN
1944 - 1945 Pacific Campaign

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 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 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. Photo added 03/20/08.
BB-64 Wisconsin133k Underway with other warships in the western Pacific, circa December 1944 - August 1945.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # 80-G-470324, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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. Photo added 03/20/08.
BB-64 782k 16-Inch projectiles weigh between 1,900 and 2,700 pounds each. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo added 03/20/08.
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. Photo added 03/20/08.
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. Photo added 03/20/08.
BB-64 Wisconsin104kOperating with the Third Fleet off the coast of Japan, 17 August 1945, two days after Japan accepted Allied surrender terms.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # 80-G-278816, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-64 Wisconsin124kPhoto taken on 22 August 1945 a week after the cease fire had been declared. The Wisconsin (BB-64) is seen here beginning preparations for entering Tokyo Bay for the official surrender. 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.USN photo.
BB-64 Wisconsin104kRefueling from tanker Cahaba (AO-82), as seen from an Essex class aircraft carrier, circa 1945.USN photo.
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. Photo added 03/20/08.
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 U.S. Navy Photograph # 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.

Wisconsin BB-64 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dominic Menta
Address:
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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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