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The Iowa class battleship was known as the Black Dragon or Big J BB-62 USS New Jersey earned the most battle stars for combat actions of all 4 warships in her class. She was also the only battleship to serve a tour of duty in Vietnam during the war providing excellent gunfire support.

The New Jersey was born and launched from the Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia December of 1942. One year after the attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into WWII. She began her life as the Flagship on her first mission she mounted a two day mission along with her task force against the supposedly impregnable Japanese fleet based on Truk in the Carolines.

This battleship has an amazing history which we only touch on some of the highlights here. Much of the history of this battleship is well documented and provides some interesting reading.

For instance in World War II, New Jersey shelled targets on Guam and Okinawa, and provided protection for aircraft carriers conducting raids in the Marshall Islands.

By May of 1951 the New Jersey made her appearance off the coast of Korea. She served two tours of duty doing a first class job of providing the platform for mobile artillery for the troops on the ground.

The Iowa class battleships were brought into service in the final years of World War II and assigned to the Pacific. Aside from the New Jersey there were 3 other ships in the Iowa class. The USS Wisconsin (BB-64), The USS Missouri (BB-63) and The USS Iowa (BB-61).

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The Secretary of Defense in August of 1967 re-commission the New Jersey to provide gunfire support in Southeast Asia “Vietnam” as she was in the best condition as compared to her sister ships. She was modernized with new electronic warfare systems. The ship was re-commissioned again in April of 1968 at the Naval Shipyard of Philadelphia with Captain J. Edward Snyder commanding.

By the following September she sending fire from her big guns with a high degree of accuracy at targets along the coast of Vietnam coast. This was the first time her big guns fired shots in battle in 16 years. She successfully targeted Communists near the Demilitarized Zone destroying supply areas and gun positions.

Later in November the New Jersey launched the most destructive shore bombardment of her Vietnam tour. For two full days the battleship concentrated fire at Viet Cong storage areas near Quang Ngai. She destroyed 182 structures and 54 bunkers and inflicting heavy damage to 93 structures, and demolishing several tunnel complexes. Then she moved on for Point Betsy near Hue later that month to support the 101st Airborne Division.

The mighty USS New Jersey received one more reactivation and re- commissioning for service in 1983. The Lebanese Civil War of 1983, modernized with missiles she served proudly one more time participating in the U.S. operations.

Today she serves as a memorial and museum and a tribute to the sailors who served aboard her. The USS New Jersey (BB-62) also serves as an educational museum in Home Port Alliance in Camden, New Jersey, as of October 2001.

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