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Name: Steve Anderson
Date: 4/20/2014
Comments: Yesterday was a tough day. Our shipmates are not forgotten.
 
 
Name: Ronald Kilbury
Date: 4/19/2014
Comments: Godbless our shipmates and all who have served our ship. I think of our friends everyday. I send my best wishes to their families on this 25th anniversary.
 
 
Name: John E. Schultz - Association Webmaster
Date: 3/23/2014
Comments: The Signup sheet for the 25th Anniversary of the Turret Explosion is now available. It is linked from the top of every page on the web-site. Please make sure you sign up and once you do that you see your name in the list below.
 
 
Name: Jonathan Fast
Date: 3/17/2014
Comments: I am working on a presentation on Iowa's Mardet for the volunteer docent group at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. I would appreciate any comments from any of my fellow Marines and sailors who served at any time on Her. The email address is : jaydee12423@cavtel.net. Thanks!
 
 
Name: Paul R. Ogg
Date: 3/11/2014
Comments: 2014 REUNION 20-24 August 2014. Boise, ID. Information is posted. Make your hotel reservations via the link. $75 per night. Prices are good 3 days before and 3 days after. Thanks.
 
 
Name: Jerry Gneckow
Date: 2/17/2014
Comments: Shipmates and members of the Veterans Association: Check out the first quarter 2014 edition of The Iowan History Letter that is now on this web site. It is really a good read. Editor Brad Goforth turns out some great stuff!
 
 
Name: MARK S. GUSTAFSON
Date: 2/13/2014
Comments: IOWA POINT INFO FOR 19 APRIL 2012 ....THERE ARE A LOT OF FORMER CREW MEMBERS DOING A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR OUR FALLEN SHIPMATES THIS YEAR A BLOCK OF ROOMS AT THE SURFSIDE OCEANFRONT INN 1211 ATLANTIC AVE VIRGINIA BEACH ,VA. TELEPHONE 757-428-1183 ROOM RATES WILL BE $89 PLUS TAX .BUT VA BEACH HAS A LOT OF HOTELS THIS IS WHERE A LOT OF SHIPMATES WILL GATHER ...EASTER SUNDAY IS ON THE 20TH THIS YEAR ALSO ...IF YOU NEED MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT MYSELF 508 378 3943 OR PAUL MACKEY 908 319 5537 OR KATHY KUBICINA 216 570 9748 .HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE ...GOD BLESS THE IOWA 47 AND THEIR FAMILIES ..
 
 
Name: Ken Leff, 2nd VP
Date: 1/18/2014
Comments: As I mentioned to the membership at the 21014 reunion, we have the opportunity to obtain a 16” gun barrel from the USS Iowa for display at Iowa Point. It currently sits a few miles upriver at the St. Julien’s Creek facility. After several delays, we have been informed the barrel will be scrapped if we cannot “accept” it by September 2014. We need to raise approximately $125,000 in order to receive the barrel and move it to the Point. We have the support of the Navy but we need to do the funding. Money is needed but also “donations in kind.” This might be in the form of trucking/hauling or crane services. If anyone has knowledge of any type of assistance or would like to contribute please contact me for more information. Please pass this information to everyone you know, this is an important piece of our ship’s history that must be saved. Thanks
 
 
Name: Manny "C"..'51 - '54..T-Division
Date: 12/31/2013
Comments: Wishing ALL of my Shipmates AND their Families a VERY Happy and Healthy New Year....!!!!
 
 
Name: DONALD CALLAHAN
Date: 12/20/2013
Comments: Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from one shipmate to another
 
 
Name: Olga
Date: 12/13/2013
Comments: Olga
 
 
Name: Olga
Date: 12/13/2013
Comments: Olga
 
 
Name: Dick Blair
Date: 12/9/2013
Comments: New Recruit for the IOWA Association (someone in Norfolk are find him) Re: News Article in Lancaster, CA Valley Press this morning! Master Chief Boatswain's Mate George Delamotte, Memember of '80's Crew first assignment the IOWA 1983/4. Just completed 30 years Naval Service! Now working for Company building Submarines in Norfolk area? Nice story in Newspaper of Local/born and raised Shipmate from Lancaster, CA. (30 years Service)!!!!! Family recently went to Norfolk for his Retirement! Now 52 years, someones Buddy?
 
 
Name: Bryan A. Moss
Date: 11/17/2013
Comments: Many of you might not know that Rich Mc Cellan fell and broke his hip 5 days ago. Tjis is his Hospital address: Sam Karas Acute Rehab center bldg.100 1441 Constitution Blvd. Salinas, Ca. 93906 Room# 272 (831)755-5570
 
 
Name: Stephen Mason
Date: 11/13/2013
Comments: hey guys Marty Palmire just sent a email out and I have a copy of it. He needs some information if u can help him out. Here is what he wrote: Guys, On my way home from work this afternoon I received a phone call from a number in Georgia I didn't recognize.  As it turned out it was Pat Hatzfeld, wife of 80's shipmate EM1-EMC(SW) Bill "Hatz" Hatzfeld.  She informed me of his passing this past August due to complications of late stage Parkinson's Desease.    She is attempting to contact Carl Cusaac Lt. now Captain Carl Cusaac. I've attempted to contact him in the past to no avail, any ideas.  Also, retired LCMDR Tony Battaglia should be notified, he and "Hatz" we're tight.  I know Mr. "B" lives in Florida, I don't know where or his phone number. Fair Winds, Marty If u did not know Hatz, he was a Great Friend and a Wonderful Battleship Sailor. May our fellow Battleship Brother RIP.
 
 
Name: Senior Chief Albert Burns USN RET
Date: 11/6/2013
Comments: I went out to San Diego in October for a Reunion on a Destroyer I served on,it was held the same time as our ship Iowa.I chose to go to it instead of Houston,reason,I could go visit the Iowa in San Pedro,which is not to far from San Diego. I went aboard for a visit,they have made a lot of improvements since I was there July 4th for its recommissiong ceremony in San Pedro.They still have a lot of work to do.The ship is really looking great.The guide said that the attendance during the week is slow,but weekends have been ok.Also said that they will have Toilet facilites on board soon.Thought I would pass this information to you about our Great Ship USS IOWA.I served on the Iowa 1951-1955,I was a Turret 1 Gunner GMG1 then.
 
 
Name: Bill Humienny
Date: 11/3/2013
Comments: I was on board USS Intrepid last Tuesday and a priest came aboard with a bunch of kids. He seen my ball cap and said he was the last Chaplain on board USS Iowa till decommissioning.
 
 
Name: Bill Humienny
Date: 11/3/2013
Comments: Bill--- It was great to meet you on Tuesday when I brought some of our school kids from St Joseph's in Bronxville to INTREPID. Not too many of us have had the privilege of serving in IOWA....I was the last chaplain aboard from '88 until her decommissioning.... Thanks for all you do in keeping the spirit alive---the picture on your card is the same one over my couch in my living room...I also have the ship's church pennant signed by most of the crew---very special... I wish you 'fair winds and following seas....' God bless, Fr Pete McGeory (CAPT, CHC USN, ret)
 
 
Name: Bryan Moss
Date: 10/28/2013
Comments: Carol, There are plans to have a service on the ship April 19, 2014. We had one this year as well. If you log on to the Pacific Battleship Center to see what they have planed. The president of the Veterans Association is David Canfield and a member of 80's crew.. I know that there will be a special service at that time.
 
 
Name: Carol Nichelson
Date: 10/19/2013
Comments: I wanted to know if there are any plans to have some type of memorial aboard the ship in San Pedro on April 19, 2014 since that is the 25th anniversary? So hard to believe it has been that long! My son, Brian Jones was one of the 47 sailors and I thought that would be a good time for me to finally go see the ship.
 
 
Name: ship store
Date: 10/15/2013
Comments: Great time in Houston! We ahd a good showing of members along with a few first timers, good to see them. Thanks to all for great support of the ship store! See you in Boise!!!
 
 
Name: Karen Vathauer Blount
Date: 10/2/2013
Comments: My dad was on the Iowa from 1953 or 54 until it went into Mothballs, 1958 or 59. I remember Christmas' and Thanksgivings in the non commissioned officers' mess, Santa arriving in a helicopter. I saw the Forrestal come in in 1956 taking part of the pier with it. The head had electric hand and hair driers long before they became popular in the stores. I learned solitaire from a sailor who watched us kids as the wives took a tour of the ship. I received "treasures" from Germany, France, South America and Japan as my Dad came home from his various trips. I remember the Jimmy Dean Show being broadcast from its deck. I know you mainly want memories of those assigned to the Iowa but I have my own memories as a child of a Chief Petty Officer.
 
 
Name: Spencer Stanford
Date: 9/16/2013
Comments: Regarding my post on changing the rotation schedule for our reunion, as you can see, no responses were posted here however I did receive some input on facebook showing interest but not enough to draw any significant conclusion. I see in the summer newsletter that there will likely be some discussion on changes during the meeting this year. Thanks to all who serve for our association. Sorry to say, that I'll likely be AWOl this year,FWFS
 
 
Name: Spencer Stanford
Date: 9/2/2013
Comments: With our ship now settled in San Pedro needing all the support she can get I'd like to see some opinions from the crew on changing the rotation of the Reunion site to be east of the Mississippi one year and west of the Mississippi the next, this could be done by next years meeting if we get on it at this years meeting. What's your thinking
 
 
Name: Ship Store
Date: 8/18/2013
Comments: Happy Birthday, Barbara Eden! 79 years young.
 
 
Name: Ship Store
Date: 8/18/2013
Comments: Happy Birthday, Barbara Eden! 79 years young.
 
 
Name: Michael J. Meldrum EVP. USN (Ret.)
Date: 8/16/2013
Comments: Here is the Airport Codes for Houston. Houston, TX - Hobby (HOU) Houston, TX - Intercontinental (IAH
 
 
Name: Robert Allen GMG2(SW) 84-85 Plank Owner
Date: 8/9/2013
Comments: I received an email that the PBC is selling plugs of wood from the deck of the Iowa as souvenir . I earned my piece of Teak in 84 as part of the recommissioning crew as did others and I don't think selling pieces as souvenirs is right.
 
 
Name: Bryan Moss
Date: 8/9/2013
Comments: Attn: USS IOWA families~ This is a reminder that... PBC is putting together a poster of all the former crew members, WW-II 40's, Korea 50's & 80's, Officers and Enlisted.. In uniform, your boot camp or other picture you have would GREAT...!! Include your years aboard, rate, and division. Please pass this to on the other shipmates as well... Please send them to Bryan Moss at bryanbb61@aol.com. They have extended the deadline to the 20th of August, but do not delay... ALSO, our Association reunion is quickly approaching (Oct 8-12). Time to make your reservations with Paul R. Ogg and the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Mark, or Michael James Meldrum. Thanks for all you do!!
 
 
Name: Rebecca Meadows
Date: 8/6/2013
Comments: I am travelling from Texas next week, to bring my 86-year old dad to see the Iowa, where he was stationed in WWII. He was stationed in the engine room and we have tried several times to reach someone at the Iowa to see if he can go to the engine room (I don't think the tours go there yet). I haven't been able to reach anyone. Does anyone know how I can reach a live person to talk to on the Iowa? Thank you!
 
 
Name: LEON PIACUN BMC USN RETIRED
Date: 8/1/2013
Comments: I SERVED ABOARD THE USS IOWA BB-61 IN 1951-1952 AND AM STILL A PROUD SAILOR HAVING Had the opportunity to be a shipmate. i also was a plank owner but the book was made prior to my getting on board. one man wil say because my name was not in the vbook means i was not a "plank owner".
 
 
Name: Rob Capraro
Date: 7/4/2013
Comments: I regret to inform my shipmates that John Mullahy passed away here in Pattaya, Thailand yesterday. It is my understanding he was 1 of 2 survivors of the turret explosion. R.I.P. shipmate.
 
 
Name: Iowa Point Project
Date: 6/21/2013
Comments: Since 1999 when the Iowa Point Memorial committee was established and the landscape project began, it has been a “goal” or closer to the truth, a dream, to have an actual Iowa class 16”/50 gun barrel on display. Several have been in storage at the near-by St. Julian’s Creek facility in Portsmouth, VA and recently been made available for donation/relocation. There has been considerable action into the obtaining of a particular barrel, the proof barrel that was actually on board USS Iowa, but to date all have fallen aside mainly due to funding. It is estimated $125,000 would be required to relocate this barrel to Iowa Point. Several members of the Iowa Point “committee” and the Association are prepared to establish a fund drive to save this important piece of history and display it at Iowa Point. We are hoping to find someone who is familiar with fund raising and possible building and contracting firms in the Norfolk, VA area that may be interested in assisting this effort. Contact Doug Rhodes (NavyLDO93@gmail.com) if you can help, provide information or have any questions into the endeavor. Thanks
 
 
Name: Jerry Gneckow
Date: 6/20/2013
Comments: The newsletter is finally in the mail. You should get your copy shortly.
 
 
Name: DOMINIC DELIA
Date: 6/19/2013
Comments: CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHEN WE WILL RECEIVE A NEWS LETTER THANK YOU DOMINIC DELIA
 
 
Name: grier sims
Date: 6/19/2013
Comments: found the form i was looking for on the deck log...duh!
 
 
Name: grier sims
Date: 6/19/2013
Comments: found the form i was looking for on the deck lpog...duh!
 
 
Name: grier sims
Date: 6/19/2013
Comments: found it1 on the deck log...duh! found the form i was looking for on the deck log....duh!
 
 
Name: grier sims
Date: 6/17/2013
Comments: Help! I can't find the form to print and fill out for the 2013 reunion
 
 
Name: DOMINIC DELIA
Date: 6/13/2013
Comments: CAN SOME ONE PLEASE TELL ME WHEN WE WILL RECEIVE THE NEWSLETTER I WOULD LIKE TO PAY MY YEARLY DUES . MY PRINTER WILL NOT ACEPT THE FORMAT YOU HAVE WITH NEWS LETTER WITH TWO PAGES SIDE BY SIDE. THANK YOU DOMINIC DELIE [FIFTY CREW]
 
 
Name: Theo Mitchell
Date: 6/10/2013
Comments: I am in search of anyone that recalls the MARS callsign that was assigned to USS Iowa. I am a NMCMARS operator in SoCal and we are in the process of re-instituting a MARS station on board and would like to try to get her original or previous call sign, if it has not been re-assigned. Thanks in advance.
 
 
Name: Leon Piacun
Date: 6/9/2013
Comments: I'm retired BMC USN. I'm a petroleum school graduate in Hawaii WHILE STATiONED ON THE ISLAND OF GUAM.plus general deck BMC qualified on all aspects of being a Boatswainsmatee. my blood type is none other than "type N" instead of type "O". retired in 1968 fdrom YORKTOWN NAVAL WEAPOSN STA, SKIFFES CREEK ANNEX. YORKTOWN VIRGINIA. I GAVE MY COUNTRY 21 YEARS AND ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE , HOUR, MONTH. ALL MY YEARS WERE VERY KNOLWEDGEABLE.I WOULD ENJOY BEING RETIURNED TO SERVIOXCE BUT MY TYPE OF LEADERSHIP IS ONE THAT TNHBESE YOUNGSTERS COULD NOT HOLD UP TO!! I WOULD PUT THEM TO WORK OVER TH SIDE ON STAGING, BOSUN'S CHAIRS CHIPPING AND SCRAPING PAINT. PLUS NO JANITORIAL SERICE FOR CLEANUP. THE SAILORS WOULD CLEAN THEIR OWN SHIPS AND LIVE ON BOARD. ALL CONTRACTORS WOPULD BE DEPARTED IMMEDIATELY. IT'S TIME TO GO TO WORK "SAILORS"!!!
 
 
Name: John E. Schultz - Webmaster
Date: 6/8/2013
Comments: It is with regret that I pass along the following information. Jay Allen Brown who served aboard the USS Iowa BB 61 passed away June 7 2013 after a long struggle with Parkinson's, and heart problems. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Phyllis.
 
 
Name: Ship Store
Date: 5/23/2013
Comments: First, if it was me I wouldn't want to advertise it and make my family a "target" although it would become public record anyway. Second, if it was me there would be a USS Iowa gun barrel at Iowa Point next week!!!
 
 
Name: Dick Blair
Date: 5/21/2013
Comments: Immediately I knew we had a Shipmate from Zephrhills? Was hoping you were the One!
 
 
Name: Warren Greene
Date: 5/20/2013
Comments: Hey Ken,were you the one who visited the Publix Store in Zephyrhills and are stil washing out your underwear from the experience. Hope it was and while you're at it, remember what great friends you have in the Iowa Association.
 
 
Name: Ken Leff Association VP
Date: 5/2/2013
Comments: This is GREAT NEWS for the PBC and USS IOWA! This Saturday, May 4, the Battleship IOWA will be named the 2013 Museum Ship of the Year by the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) at their annual meeting/SHIPosium. The award presentation will be held at Gladstone's Restaurant, 330 S. Pine Avenue, Long Beach at 6:00 pm. Keynote speaker will be Emmy Award winner Mark B. Perry, current writer/co-producer of the ABC series Revenge.
 
 
Name: Ken Leff Association VP
Date: 5/2/2013
Comments: This is GREAT NEWS for the PBC and USS IOWA! This Saturday, May 4, the Battleship IOWA will be named the 2013 Museum Ship of the Year by the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) at their annual meeting/SHIPosium. The award presentation will be held at Gladstone's Restaurant, 330 S. Pine Avenue, Long Beach at 6:00 pm. Keynote speaker will be Emmy Award winner Mark B. Perry, current writer/co-producer of the ABC series Revenge.
 

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