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Name: James B. Taylor
Dte: 21 Mar. 2017
This is BT 2 Taylor. I was on the USS Wisconsin from 1986 till 1991 please keep me informed about further reunions thank you
Comments from Dom, Hi James. The best way to be informed of our 2018 reunion, future reunions and any other items of interest is to become a member of our Association. This information will be listed in our newsletter, “The Badger” which is published three time a year and sent to all paid up members of our Association. Click on The following link for an application. http://www.usswisconsin.org/wp/members/forms/membership-form-2-2/
Name: Patrick J. McGovern CWO4 Ret.
Date:07 Mar. 2017
Was a BTC in Nr. 3 Fire room during the Persian Golf War. Was the last CPO to receive an ESWS pin prior to returning from the war. Also, took her to Philadelphia for decommissioning. On board 12/1990-1/1992.
Comments from Dom: Hi Patrick, thanks for stopping by. You are part of history in more ways than one. Being the last CPO to receive an ESWS pin and being part of the crew that was aboard on May 28, 1991 when our Wisconsin became the last battleship to ever fire her 16 inch guns. Thanks to Captain Conrad van der Schroeff, I along with 188 plus or minus former crew members from our Association were invited to take part in that wonderful short Farewell Cruise to the Earl Naval Weapons Station, N.J.
The officers and crew treated us old times like we were royalty. We and the crew that was aboard on that day witnessed a spectacular display of 16 inch gun fire for the last time.
Name” Dom Menta
Date: 07 Jan. 2017
I have been getting a number of emails from people wanting to know if the Battleships will be reactivated under the new regime coming into office.
I have not heard or received any information about this subject.
My personal answer is, no. Reason being the cost to upgrade these ships and the manpower to run them would be way, way off the books.
The manpower needed to run only one of these ships could run 6 to 8 smaller ships.
Comments from Dom: I also would love to see these proud Ladies back on the high seas, but I’m afraid those days are over for them.
For all of us that had the privilege to serve on these ships, let us remember they protected us while we were aboard now it’s our time to protect them as museums so that they can showoff their beauty to the public.
Name: Howard Nicholson
Date: 18 Dec. 2016
Have great memories of time on the Wisconsin, but worked way too many hours and with so little time off. was up early and all day long and when at sea did the newspaper till 2 to 3 am. I been involved in ministry for many years, and last 17 in prayer and music ministry around the world and published writer for almost 40 years. Wonderful life lessons learned and now applied and teaching others freely. God Bless.
Comments from Dom: Howard. Wow, looks like you had a 24 hour schedule while assigned to “C” Division, while we in the photo lab had the opposite. On one or two occasions we did burn the midnight oil. Lots of days we just sat around and played cards just to stay awake.
Your right about great memories of time on the Wisconsin, I have them also.
Date:12 Dec. 2016
soooo.. will Donald Trump get the battleships back on active duty for the US. Navy????
Comments from Dom: As the saying goes, “Stay Tuned”
Name: Paul Tripp
Date: 25 July 2016
As I look back, at all of my sea going days, from my first ship USS Hunley As31 to my time assigned to the USS Wisconsin BB64 it was a great time, and many experiences, good with bad. I enjoyed it all, from the Submarine fleet, Destroyers, Aircraft Carrier ( USS America CV66), and the USS Wisconsin BB64 . I had the pleasure of meeting and making many friends. Also I had some very great leaders and co-workers! Last but least : Go Navy.
Comments from Dom: Looks like you had a full and interesting Navy career.
Thanks for sharing it with us, Paul.
Name: Melvin A. Tabor
Date: 08 July 2016
Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new friends at the 2016 reunion, hope all of the snipes get together for some stories.
Comments from Dom: Hi Mel, thanks for your entry. Our reunions is a good place to meet new shipmates and make new friends. I always enjoy meeting new guys that served around the time I did but we didn’t know each other then.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Name: Kerry Bennett
Date: 20 June 2016
My grandfather was on this beautiful ship during WWII. Robert Johnson. I see that he is on here from 44 to 46. I’m doing a tattoo on my back in memory of my 3 grandfather’s. I am putting this ship on my left shoulder, the plane on of my other grandfather’s worked on in Europe and the Iwo Jima memorial on my right shoulder. In between all of them will be my unit from my service in the Army from ’90 – ’13. I would love to come to the reunion in July. I just found out about it today. Is there any info about my grandfather you might have during his tour on the USS Wisconsin.
Comments from Dom: Hi Kerry, thanks for your service. Guys as in the entry above we need your help with any information you may have on Robert Johnson, 5th Div. 1944-1946. Send your info to Kerry Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Gale Bryson
Date: 19 June 2016
My husband Donald A Bryson was aboard the USS Wisconsin during WWII and I think for the Korean War as well. He will be 90 years old on August 14, 2016. If there is anyone who remembers him from back then it would be really wonderful to hear from you. We will read any communications we receive at his birthday party. We are planning a regal celebration in his honor. His first wife passed away about 7 years ago. I am his second wife for only 5 years now so please bear with me for not knowing his history as well as she did. He has 3 daughters, 7 grand children and 9 great grand children all of whom plan attend his party.
I hope some of you can help in making his celebration one to be the talk of the town for many years to come. I know he would dearly love to hear from his comrades.
Thanking you in advance for any contributions.
Comments from Dom: The only information I could find on Donald is that he came aboard the ship on 12/08/1951 and transferred off on 2/16/1952 to be discharged. His rate while aboard was BM3G. Did not find him listed on any of the 1944 to 1946 rosters.
How about it guys, do you remember Donald? If you do please contact Gale Bryson at email@example.com
Name: Howard Nicholson
Date: 18 June 2016
I got out of Great Lakes boot camp Jan 8, 1951, the Wisconsin got out of moth balls same day. There was about 8 of us rode a train all night and arrived in Portsmouth dry dock about 0900 on the 9th. I worked with some of the finest shipmates anyone would want, and I visited Secretary of Navy, and talked with some others and all was very successful. I am nearing 86 years young and into live Christian ministry daily world wide for last 17 years. I am kept very busy daily and relive some times of work. and the times of meditation on deck by myself. God Bless each one and especially shipmates.
Comments from Dom: Hi Howard, thanks for sharing your feelings about your shipmates.
As for meditation while alone on deck, I believe many of us did that, I know I did.
Name: Dean Perry
Date: 7 April 2016
This is Dean Perry and I volunteer aboard the Wisconsin, I am putting together a tour of the food service areas, can you post this and see if anyone has pictures of the mess decks and galleys, especially the ones no longer there, like the First Class Petty Officer and the Warrant Officer on 2nd deck forward, where the Chapel is now. Thank You. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, please post my email too if you want to. Thank You again.
Sent from my iPhone
Comments from Dom: Can any of our former crew members help Dean Perry with the requested photos?
If you do have photos please scan them to email@example.com
The public can see what the area looks like now, those photos would show them how it looked in the 1940’s and 1950’s. As you can see this would make an interesting tour.
Whatever you can do will be much appreciated.
Name: christopher pauls
Date:28 Feb. 2016
Hello i was on board in the 2nd deck division the entire gulf war … i have never been able to find myself on any list or roster …..i loaded , powder from all the fired 2nd turret in the gulf ! is there a way to update the official list ! Thank you christopher pauls …. i have all proof !
Comments from Dom: Hi Christopher, yes you have a couple of ways on how to get your name listed on our Associations roster page. On our site click on any of the pages that are linked to the MEMBERS button and at the top of every linked page you will see information on how to do this.
Hope this helps.
Name: Michael A. Palenchar
Date: 21 Dec. 2015
I was on the Wisconsin BB 64 from 1955 to 1958. My rank was Seaman in the S3 division. If there is anyone reading this and was on this ship with me, I would appreciate you emailing me at JuJuMike@msn.com . I look forward hearing from you. Thank you so much.
(724) 838 9363
Comments from Dom: Hi Michael thanks for your entry. Hope you hear from some of your shipmates.
Name: Jackie Murphy
Date: 12 December 2015
Comments: Hello, recently discovered my dad may have served on the Wisconsin sometime from 1946 to 1948. His name was Robert Murray Murphy. He rarely spoke about his service but did tell the story of crossing the equator and sailors dressing up and a guy in a diaper ? Would this be the pictures you have of “crossing the line”? I believe my dad was a signal man. I would love any information you might be able to give me. I’m really sorry I never pushed him to share more information about his service.
Comments from Dom: Hi Jackie thanks for your entry. I don’t have much information about your Dad following is what I found:
Robert M. Murphy came aboard the Wisconsin on 10/01/46 from Naval Training Center Bainbridge, MD. His rate was S2/C (Seaman second class) He was advanced to S1/C in 1947 and left the ship to be discharged on 4/16/48. Roster sheets don’t show what division the crew members were in, so I don’t know what his job aboard the ship was. As for crossing the equator, yes they did on 10/27/46. They were on their way to Valparaiso, Chile. The “Crossing the Line page” on this website took place on 6/19/53. If you go to our “Pictures” page and click on the 1940s-Page 1 there are some photos of the 1946 crossing.
Name: Mark Moses
Date: 11 Nov. 2015
Comments: Same story.. I too am looking for information about my father Chester Moses. I went through a lot of pics last night hoping to see him… I did see that divisions is a big part but I didn’t ask him that.. he said something to the fact that he worked on boilers? He said something about that he was on a crew ship to Japan and then got on the BB64 in ‘53(?), then to the Rochester and then to the USS Kearsarge.. I’m attempting to put together a Christmas present for him…Well if you know anything, please let me know. Thank you so much!
Comments from Dom: Hi Mark, sorry to say I could not find your Dad’s name listed on the ships roster pages. It’s possible the Wisconsin was just a stepping stone prior to his transfer to the USS Rochester which relieved us on April 1, 1954.
Name: Don Wiener
Date: 19 Sep 2015
Dom: I know what you mean about the AC in the Photo Lab, I was in the print shop with the so-called luxury. My boss was Chief McGinn. I as aboard for the final trip to Korea and the cruise to the UK and France. Left the ship in “55. Left as a PI3. Went into the reserves later and stayed until retired as LICS in 1990. Will we be getting any info on the 2016 reunion, dates, rooms, etc? Live in Del. and only a short trip to Norfolk, so will definitely be there. Have a good year and see you in 2016.
Comments from Dom: Hi Don, nice hearing from you. Wow you had a Chief as a boss. We were too small to rate a Chief. We had three photographers and the highest ranking PO would be in charge. We did have a PH1 in charge for about a year. His name was Richard Johnson what a great guy he was. We hated to see him go, he was such a nice person to be with. We did have three different photo officers who never bothered us. I was aboard from Dec. 1952 and left as a PH3 in June 1956 I’m sorry to this day that I didn’t join the reserves like you did and many others. As for our reunion information you are asking for, most of it was in our August Badger on Pages 2, 3 and 4. As a paid association member you should have received the August Badger. Dates are July 18-24, 2016 Norfolk VA. We will be staying at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel 777 Waterside Drive. I believe this will be our 4th reunion at this Hotel. A future Badger will have the registration form and other information in it. Looking forward to seeing you also.
Name: Carl Long
Date: 08 Aug. 2015
Hi this is Carlos Long I just thought I tell u that a long time ago when I was in my bottom rack, there was a mattress on fire, I put out that fire and got the crew evacuated from the sleep quarters but I never got recognized for it. It just been on my mind every since I got out.
Comments from Dom: Hi Carlos too bad you didn’t pursue it at the time it happened. Maybe then you would have been rewarded in some way.
Comments from Dom: Sorry Ed, we don’t have any rosters of the on board Marines during that time. Only photos we have are those that are on our website.
Name: Carter Granat
Date: 22 Aug 2014
Was there another Christian Chaplain aboard the USS Wisconsin in WWII, besides Lonnie W. Meachum 1944-46? I can see the “In Memoriam” list, but can’t nail down if Meachum was the sole Christian Chaplain aboard during the Pacific conflict? Perhaps a ship’s roster could be searched, but I do not have access to such a list? Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Comments from Dom: Carter, the rosters that I have do not list the ships officers and the Marines that were aboard the ship. In the 1943-1947 cruise book they have 4 photos of religious service but no captions to go with them.Name: Melvin Tabor
Email: email@example.com. .
Date: 10 Aug 2014
Dom, thought of a couple of things to share with the 50’s crew. Since we had no AC back in the day, we would sleep up on deck under the boats, getting a bit wet at times, as a snipe, we had to tell the watch messenger where we would be sleeping. We always had the 3 watch rotation so sleep was hard to come by sleeping in our birthing space. Oh yeah, does anyone remember what our mattress cover was called? Fair winds to all. Mel
Comments from Dom: Hi Mel, looks like you had a good time at the reunion. I’m working on the photos that Tom Bradshaw took and hope to have them posted on our website within the next couple of days. Yes those hot nights were uncomfortable but not for me. I slept in the photo lab most of the time which was on the 02 level. In case you don’t know where the lab was it was located right near the spot where the ship got hit in Korea. I wasn’t aboard when that happened. The lab had 4 very small compartments that covered both port and starboard sides. There were always guys sleeping on the small wooden deck outside the lab. On occasion friends slept on the cool steel deck in the lab. As for your question, I know the answer, let’s see if anyone else does.
Name: McDonald H. T. 3rd div 53 to 56
Date: 05 Aug 2014
Well once again I had to change my email address ,sorry to be so much trouble Dom ,but AOL has blocked me from viewing my emails, so it was necessary for me to get a new one .As long as this one works for me I will use it .Thanks MAC
Comments from Dom: Hi Mac I made the change. In the future you should email this info to me. I read my emails everyday and only check the Deck Log once or twice a week.
Name: Joe Hamilton
Date: 23 Jul 2014
served on the wisky tad during the perisan gulf, with cofelt ,Thomas, and allen stinger detachment aug 90-sept 91. still the highlight of my naval service and one I carry with pride all these years later.
Comments from Dom: Thanks Joe for your Deck Log entry. Why not extend that pride by joining our Wisconsin family. We can sure use a few dozen 1980s-1990s former crewmembers as full members of this great association.
Name: Mark Young
Date: 22 Jul 2014
Hello could it be possible to get a crews list during WW2 My Father served on the Wisconsin His name was Richard S Young I am his number five son Mark I also have five sisters Dad didn’t waste any time after the War any info would be helpful Thanks Mark
Comments from Dom: Hi Mark, here’s what I found on your father: Looks like he was in the Naval Reserves, (USNR) He reported aboard on April 21 or 22, 1944. He came from the Receiving Station Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pa. His rate was Seaman second class (S2/C). He was transferred to Boston Mass Naval Base on December 23, 1945. I don’t know if he was being discharged or reassigned for further duty. He left the ship as a Seaman first class (S1/C). I don’t know what Division he was in while on the ship or what his job was. The seaman rate can be found in many of the ships divisions. If you don’t have your fathers discharge papers, click on the following website and follow their instructions on how to obtain this document. http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ His discharge papers should list his movement while in the navy. Naming ships and bases he served on. It will also list awards he is entitled to. The above site will also have instructions on how to send for those awards.
Name: Melvin Tabor M Div. 55 – 58
Date: 13 Jul 2014
Dom, we had a great reunion in New Orleans. You were greatly missed. I just wish that more of our shipmates could attend. Maybe more will come to the next one in Norfolk. Then they can see that Grand Ship again . Hope all is well with you. Mel
Comments from Dom: Hi Mel Thanks for your entry. I would liked to have been there but my grandson who joined the navy last year was coming home for a few days on the 4th of July holiday. This was the first time he got a chance to come home since boot camp in November. Glad the reunion went well. As for the attendance being small you have to remember our 40’s and 50’s crew members are getting old. We need the third generation crew members to join our association but for some reason all efforts to get them to join are of no avail. We do have a few loyal 3rd generation shipmates (thanks guys we need more like you) but the majority just don’t or won’t join.
Name: Gere Mullican HM2
Date: 10 Jul 2014
I wonder if any other Corps, em that was aboard during my time )(1955-1956) ever read the deck log. I would love to hear from any of them. Thanks. Gere
Comments from Dom: Hi Gere, hope you get some responses.
Name: Stan Vyhlidal
Date: 01 Jul 2014
We will not be able to attend the reunion this tear, due to other commitments, however I’m sure that it will be a good time for everyone that does. We could not make the last one due to cancer treatments either, so here’s hoping the next one is a go. So safe travel to everyone and have a good time in New Orleans. Stan
Comments from Dom: Hi Stan, looking forward to seeing you at our 2016 reunion. (Stan was in A division 1956-1957)
Name: Jeanne Raimo
Date: 19 Jun 2014
My father served aboard the Wisconsin in the mid 50’s. I would really like to speak to anyone who knew him and can share some stories of his time in the Navy. I am hoping to pass this stories along to my grand kids before the opportunity is gone. My Dad’s name was Angelo (Andy) Sinatra. Thank you.
Comments from Dom: Hi Jeanne, I hope you do receive some information from former crew members. Note to our shipmates: Angelo served in the 1st Division, 1951-1954
Name: Craig Bittle
Date: 11 Jun 2014
Sorry but I won’t be able to make the reunion this year. Hope everyone has a great time and please drink one for me. Craig
Comments from Dom: You will be missed.
Name: Patricia Williams
Date: 07 Jun 2014
Hello. First I want to thank everyone for their service to our great country. My Grandfather was on the USS Wisconsin and I am looking for any information or photos of him. He was aboard I believe from April of 1944 to around October of 1945, when he was able to return home to his wife and young children. His name was Robert S. Miller. Birth date May 28, 1912. (I believe there was another Robert or Bob Miller aboard.) He never talked much about his experiences and now there are times I wish I’d asked him more. I think that he went through a typhoon. And he talked about kamikaze pilots coming toward the ship. My uncle told me that he said he once had to jump from one level to another to avoid one. Thank you for any information you might provide. Patti
Comments from Dom: Your grandfather’s time aboard the ship is correct. I do not know what division he was in. Yes the ship did go through a horrific typhoon in December 1944. 100 mph winds, very high seas and torrential rain, three destroyers capsized, sank and a total of 790 lives were lost. As I said in my comments below, If you don’t have your grandfathers discharge papers, click on the following website and follow their instructions on how to obtain this document. http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ His discharge papers should list his movement while in the navy. Naming ships and bases he served on. It will also list awards he is entitled to. The above site will also have instructions on how to send for those awards. I hope some of our 1940’s former crewmembers read your entry and contact you with some information about your grandfather.
Name: Brenda Hart
Date: 05 Jun 2014
Is there anyway that I can find out any information about my grandfather Robert E Mayfield. I know that he was on board from 1944-1945 and was listed as a sc1. He passes away when I was a baby, and all of the rest of my family that could tell me anything about him has passes too. I have his flag from his funeral, a Zippo with the USS Wisconsin on it, and a box of shells that had a note in them saying that someone on board had dived for them off of the coast of Japan. If anyone could given me any information I would be so very grateful. Would love to know something more about my grandfather, and I’m afraid no one will be able to tell me anything. Thank you so much.
Comments from Dom: Hi Brenda, If you don’t have your grandfathers discharge papers, click on the following website and follow their instructions on how to obtain this document. http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ His discharge papers should list his movement while in the navy. Naming ships and bases he served on. It will also list awards he is entitled to. The above site will also have instructions on how to send for those awards.
I hope some of our 1940’s former crewmembers read your entry and contact you with some information about your grandfather
Name: Ray Sandberg
Date: 01 Apr 2014
Hey Guys I am coming to New Orleans this year for the reunion so I hope to see all you guys there.
Comments from Dom: Glad you can make the reunion. Another glad thing would be if you joined our Wisconsin family.
Name: Dean Perry
Date: 26 Feb 2014
HI DOM, A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO YOU ANSWERED A QUESTION ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER THAT WAS ABOARD AND I AM A VOLUNTEER ONBOARD, THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION AND ALSO COULD YOU OR THE OTHER GUYS CAN ANSWER MY QUESTION? IT IS I KNOW THAT THE COOKS IN CREW MESS WERE REGULAR NAVY TRAINED COOKS, BUT I HEARD THAT THE CAPTS COOK WAS A CHEF, WHAT WAS THE CHIEFS AND THE WARDROOM COOKS? WERE THEY REGULAR COOKS OR CHEFS. ALSO DID THE CAPTS CHEF WAITED THE TABLES OR DID HE HAVE A MESS ATTENDANT, WHERE DID THE ATTENDANT SLEEP AND WHERE DID THE CHEF SLEEP? IN THE ENLISTED OR IN STATEROOMS. THANK YOU DEAN PERRY
Comments from Dom: Hi Dean, sorry but I don’t have answers for all of your questions. As for the Wardroom, “W” Division was responsible for officers’ country, wardroom mess the wardroom galley and pantry. So we know they prepared the officers meals, as for the others, I hope some former crewmembers can help answer those for you.
Name: McDonald, H.T. 3 rd div 53to 56
Date: 20 Feb 2014
I would hope that all of our assn ,members that read this will get back to the Wisconsin site and give praise to the glorious ship that we so proudly served on. I spent 2 yrs 10 months and 29 days aboard her and that was the best years of my navy career. Thank you Dom for your effort in keeping our site going. MAC
Comments from Dom: Thanks Mac. My time aboard was right from Boot camp, Dec. 22, 1952 to June 20, 1956 when I left the ship to be discharged on June 21, 1956. That was my entire Navy career and I loved every minute of it.
Name: Richard Allen
Date: 16 Feb 2014
Can some one give me information on 2014 reunion, a email Richard Allen
Comments from Dom: Richard, you are a paid up association member so you get the Badger. The August 2013 Badger had all the reunion information and reunion reservation form in it. Also the December 2013 Badger had a page listing the reunion information. On this websites home page there is information about our reunion and you can download information sheets and reunion reservation form. Is this the information you are looking for?
Name: Richard Allen
Date: 16 Feb 2014
One great lady I was on board 51-54 in Korea and lots of the free world. I loved the ship and was a part of moving her to her new home. military now from the Navy, USMC, USA, and Alabama Guard with 33.5 years.
Comments from Dom: Hi Richard, how come you didn’t put some time in the Coast Guard?
Name: John G Donaldson
Date: 21 Jan 2014
Well done Dom. Thanks for the website and thank you for your devotion to it and our “Wisky” heritage. Jack Donaldson, ET2, 1952-54
Comments from Dom: Thanks John you for the complements, I try my best.
Name: BM3 Douglas Errhalt
Date: 08 Jan 2014
Served onboard 89-92 in deck division and projectile hoist operator in turret 1 during GQ. Best years of my 4 in Navy. Was in Gulf and on decom crew in Philly My oldest son is now serving in the Navy Reserves as a MA out of Newport, RI and is going to college at Univ. of Rhode Island. Hope to one day take my 2 boys to visit the ship and see all the stuff I so love talking about and remembering. Hello and god speed to all my fellow shipmates on the Wiskey. Doug
Comments from Dom: Thanks for your entry. Don’t we all like to showoff our beautiful ship to our children. My two daughters and their families always enjoy their visit to our ship. Send E-mail to Dom Menta with questions or comments about this web-site. This website was established in 1998 and all contents are the property of the USS Wisconsin Association. If you desire to use graphics or other info from this website please E-mail Dom Menta