USS Wisconsin (BB-64)










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Entry: 89956
Subject: SHIP SERVICE 51-55

Steve Dugas JR. wrote on November 11, 2014


City and State: SLOVAN PA

Unit: SHIP SERVICE - SS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Steve: ( Coke Kid Dugas ) - Ship Service 51-55 looking for Shipmates for my father. Days of the nickle Coke and nickle Ice cream. I remember every story Thanks Dad, Veterans Day 2014

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Entry: 75366
Subject: US WISCONSIN 1951-52 3RD SN YEARBOOK

Michele Flanagan wrote on July 6, 2010


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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

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Keywords: My uncle cannot find a yearbook from the US Wisconsin. ??? Does anyone know if one exists?



Entry: 68784
Subject: BRITON LEE FLETCHER, FTSA STORIES

Brit and Glenda Fletcher JR. wrote on January 22, 2009


City and State: USS WISCONSIN BB-64 US

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Does anyone who served on the USS WISCONSIN BB-64 during the Korean War remember my Dad Briton LEE Fletcher? He passed away when I was 10 years old and any information you can give me about his time on that Great Great Ship would be greatly appreciated. When she was decommissioned we were invited to the ceremony and we got to go up onto her. What an experience!! Thank you in advance for your memories! God Bless, Brit and Glenda Fletcher

Keywords: B.L. Fletcher, Lee Fletcher,FTSA, Korean War, USS Wisconsin BB-64 Missel/Gun Unit



Entry: 46470
Subject: CHARLIES E. RICHARDSON

Richard Allen wrote on October 25, 2004


City and State: BUTLER AL

Unit: 4TH DIV. USS WISCONSIN BB-64 1951 1954

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: i am trying to fine my old shipmate, its been over 50 years now i have been trying very hard, can you help me with this.

Keywords: charlie, 4th div. 1951 to 1954



Entry: 45159
Subject: CHAPLAIN KAPALCZYNSKI

Robert Snow wrote on August 11, 2004


City and State: COVINGTON KY

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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am seeking information about Chaplain Kapalczynski, and I am interested in photos of him in uniform. I am a history major at Northern kentucky University and I set up a military chaplains exhibit. I have a uniform identified to chaplain Kapalczynski from dated 1956 and I want to properly honor him when I display the uniform so any information would be helpful.

Robert B. Snow
former QM2 USN 1985 - 94

Keywords: Chaplain Eugene Kapalczynski, USN Wisconsin Chaplain during the Korean War



Entry: 42234
Subject: MARTIN F. SANT JR

Paul Sant wrote on April 10, 2004

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: electritions mate

Keywords: Marty



Entry: 40623
Subject: USS WISCONSIN BB-64

Dom Menta wrote on February 6, 2004


City and State: POCONO SUMMIT PA

Unit: USS WISCONSIN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Our next reunion will be in Nashville, TN Sept 7-12, 2004
Visit our website. More info available by April 2004. Registration forms, tours,hotel info. All former crewmembers and families are invited.
www.usswisconsin.org
We have over 3100 pictures on our site.

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Entry: 40281
Subject: PHOTO-LAB

Allen Donald Tallman wrote on January 26, 2004

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: On Board with Staff Commander Seventh Fleet 1953
Update Email address

Keywords: Photo-Lab



Entry: 39712
Subject: PROUD TO HAVE SERVED ON BORD 1955 TO1957

Robert Pierpont wrote on January 4, 2004

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City and State: SOUTHGATE MI

Unit: R DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 38630
Subject: LOOKING FOR A CRUISEBOOK

Donna Lopez wrote on November 23, 2003


City and State: GOOSE CREEK SC

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: can anyone help me find a cruise book for my dad? he was on the ship from 1952-1956 in div A and the yearbook has a picture of his brother in it that has has not seen since they were on the ship and has since passed away, thwy were william (bill) lansing and john lansing. thank you

Keywords: uss wisconsin 1952-1956 div A



Entry: 37279
Subject: CHASING SHIPMATES

Ed Vallee wrote on September 30, 2003

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City and State: PEORIA AZ

Unit: B DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:
HAVE PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE FOLK IN NO. 2 F R ---HAD A GREAT TIME ABOARD THE WISKY -----ONE OF THE NICEST JOBS WAS "SMOKE WATCH" ---APPARENTLY THAT WAS SOME SORT OF PUNISHMENT-----BUT WHAT A VIEW------ANYBODY REMEMBER ME?

Keywords: WAS IN NO.2 F R -----1952---1956



Entry: 37278
Subject: CHASING SHIPMATES

Ed Vallee wrote on September 30, 2003

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City and State: PEORIA AZ

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Entry: 34754
Subject: FT3 ARCHIE A. GLASPELL

Sean Glaspell wrote on June 9, 2003

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City and State: TX

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Archie A. Glaspell, former shipmate on the Wisconsin during the Korean War and later a career agent for the Naval Investigative Service, went on Final Patrol on 13 July 1995.

He always spoke well of his shipmates and their ship.

His brother was Grayson Glaspell, skipper of the USS Skipjack.

His son later went on to serve as a QM in the Reserves on board USS Cayuga, LST-1186.

Keywords: FT3 Archie A. Glaspell, USS Wisconsin BB-64, The Badgerwagon, Korea.



Entry: 34020
Subject: ANYONE KNOW OF ARNOLD E,LAUTT

Mike Lautt wrote on May 6, 2003

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Dont know what ship my dad served on during korea thankyou for any info

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Entry: 32945
Subject: DOES ANYONE KNOW DANIEL HOPFENSBERGR

Lindsey Nabbefeld wrote on March 20, 2003

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City and State: KAUKAUNA WI

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: It would be greatly appreciated if anyone has any information about my great-uncle to email me.


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Entry: 25111
Subject: 51-54

Frank D. LaRange wrote on April 30, 2002

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City and State: NEW BRAINTREE MA

Unit: USNAVY USS WISCONSIN BB64

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Proud to have been there. 1951/52 Worcester, Ma

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Entry: 17174
Subject: U.S.S. WISCONSIN (BB-64)

Donald E. Black wrote on June 7, 2001


City and State: CAMP SPRINGS MD

Unit: 2ND DIV. OFFICER , JAN, 1955- SEP 1956

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the U.S.S. Orleck (DD-886) from May 1953to December 1953. Transferred to Yokosuka NB then to Washington, D.C. Navy Yard for about 1 year. Then received orders to the U.S.S. Wisconsin (BB-64) about January 1955. Served the 2nd Division and quarterdeck honors for that period. I'm pro military. Presently, I have been volunteeing in the Washington, DC, area in two military areas: (1) I'm a member of the Recruiting District Assistance Council of the National Capital Region (RDAC. (2) Also, for nearly 6 years, I'am a member of the DC Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).The volunteers help to promote a partnership of understanding between employers and their employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve. There are programs and Service provided by the National Committee for the ESGR -- coming under the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Thank You,

Donald E. Black

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Entry: 16464
Subject: KNOW BOB GOODWILL?

Thomas Goodwill wrote on May 10, 2001


City and State: NEW PORT RICHEY FL

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Does anyone out there remember a guy named Bob Goodwill? My dad's full name was Robert Lawrence Goodwill, and he came from Garland, PA. I know he served on the Wisconsin, and I know he was in World War II and Korea, but I am not sure that he served on the Wisconsin during Korea. He was a Machinists' Mate. During Korea, he lived in Jamestown, NY. If anyone knew him or knew of him, I'd appreciate hearing from you!

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Entry: 13103
Subject: 5152 TIME ON BOARD.

Howard V. Nicholson wrote on November 19, 2000

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City and State: MEDORA IN

Unit: WISCONSIN, C, DIV.OPERAATION OFFICE.

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was in thefirst 10 who went aboard 0900, 9 Jan 51. Worked for Cdr Superfine in operations office. We did the daily newspapers, reports of gunnery action in Korea, Several other duties. I worked with 16 officers and 3 or 4 enlisted men. The post office, Radar, Radio, Quartermasters and lookots were part of our department. I consider that I had one of the best jobs on the Wisconsin. I am a member of the Association and expect to be in Norfolk, on boarad again almost 50 years later.

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Entry: 12227
Subject: WHERE ARE YOU??

John DeSimone wrote on October 9, 2000

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City and State: MONTICELLO NY

Unit: 7TH FLEET B DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: 7TH FLEET B DIVISION

Keywords: I served on "the whiskey" from 1950-1954. I am a proud veteran of the Korean War. Lost contact with my old buddies...looking for Anthony Murphy...Charles Delafuente...Anthony Fiorelli..Chinn..just to name a few!!! Please contact me!



Entry: 11265
Subject: CREW MEMBERS

Donald Dahlberg wrote on August 24, 2000

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City and State: NORTH HAVEN CT

Unit: R DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: looking for robert johnson.r division,carpenter shop. 1951 thru 1952

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Entry: 11165
Subject: SEVENTH FLEET STAFF (PHOTOGRAPHER)

Allen Donald Tallman wrote on August 20, 2000

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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served aboard as member of staff and Photographer for Vice Admiral J.J. Jocko Clark's Commander Seventh Fleet (1953)

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Entry: 7632
Subject: MY GRANDPA

Miranda Simmons wrote on March 23, 2000


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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandpa always tells war stories about this war he was on this ship.His name is Joseph E. P. Wallace!! And i am doin a report on it for a acidemic fair project , if u have any info please write.
Miranda

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Entry: 5022
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 16, 1999

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City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

Unit: USS GRASP (ARS-24) USS BOLSTER (ARS-38)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

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USS WISCONSIN (BB-64)


“The Whiskey”


displacement. 45,000
length. 887'3"
beam. 108'3"
draft. 28'11" (mean)
speed. 33k.
complement. 1,921
armament. 9 16", 20 6", 80 40mm., 49 20mm.
class. Iowa


“Almost as if the victim of a personal affront, Wisconsin subsequently blasted that battery to oblivion with a 16-inch salvo before continuing her mission...”


Her sojourn in "mothballs," however, was comparatively brief because of the North Korean invasion of South Korea in late June 1950. Wisconsin was recommissioned, on 3 March 1951, Capt. Thomas Burrowes in command. After shakedown training, the revitalized battleship conducted two midshipmen training cruises, taking the officers-to-be to Edinburgh, Scotland; Lisbon, Portugal; Halifax, Nova Scotia; New York City; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before she returned to Norfolk.


Wisconsin departed Norfolk on 25 October 1951, bound for the Pacific. She transited the Panama Canal on the 29th and reached. Yokosuka, Japan, on 21 November. There, she relieved New Jersey (BB-62) as flagship for Vice Admiral H. M. Martin, Commander, 7th Fleet.


On the 26th, with Vice Admiral Martin and Rear Admiral F. P. Denebrink, Commander, Service Force, Pacific, embarked, Wisconsin departed Yokosuka for Korean waters to support the fast carrier operations of TF 77. She left the company of the carrier force on 2 December and, screened by the destroyer Wiltsie (DD-716), provided gunfire support for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Corps in the Kasong-Kosong area. After disembarking Admiral Denebrink on 3 December at Kangnung, the battleship resumed station on the Korean "bombline," providing gunfire support for the American 1st Marine Division. Wisconsin's shellings accounted for a tank, two gun emplacements, and a building. She continued her gunfire support task for the 1st Marine Division and 1st ROK Corps through 6 December, accounting for enemy bunkers, artillery positions, and troop concentrations. On one occasion during that time, the battleship received a request for call-fire support and provided three star-shells for the 1st ROK Corps, illuminating a communist attack that was consequently repulsed with considerable enemy casualties.


After being relieved on the gunline by the heavy cruiser St. Paul (CA-78) on 6 December, Wisconsin retired only briefly from gunfire support duties. She resumed them, however, in the Kasong-Kosong area on 11 December screened by the destroyer Twining (DD-540). The following day, 12 December, saw the embarkation in Wisconsin of Rear Admiral H. R. Thurber, Commander, Battleship Division 2. The admiral came on board via helicopter, incident to his inspection trip in the Far East.


The battleship continued naval gunfire support duties on the "bombline," shelling enemy bunkers, command posts, artillery positions, and trench systems through 14 December. She departed the "bombline" on that day to render special gunfire support duties in the Kojo area blasting coastal targets in support of United Nations (UN) troops ashore. That same day, she returned to the Kasong-Kosong area. On the 15th, she disembarked Admiral Thurber by helicopter. The next day, Wisconsin departed Korean waters, heading for Sasebo to rearm.


Returning to the combat zone on the 17th, Wisconsin embarked United States Senator Homer Ferguson of Michigan on the 18th. That day, the battleship supported the 11th ROK invasion with night illumination fire that enabled the ROK troops to repulse a communist assault with heavy enemy casualties. Departing the "bombline" on the 19th, the battleship later that day transferred her distinguished passenger, Senator Ferguson, by helicopter to the carrier Valley Forge (CV-45).


Wisconsin next participated in a coordinated air-surface bombardment of Wonsan to neutralize pre-selected targets. She shifted her bombardment station. to the western end of Wonsan harbor, hitting boats and small craft in the inner swept channel during the afternoon. Such activities helped to forestall any communist attempts to assault the friendly-held islands in the Wonsan area. Wisconsin then made an anti-boat sweep to the north, utilizing her 5-inch batteries on suspected boat concentrat ions. She then provided gunfire support to UN troops operating at the "bombline" until three days before Christmas 1951. She then rejoined the carrier task force.


On 28 December, Francis Cardinal Spellman on a Korean tour over the Christmas holidays-visited the ship, coming on board by helicopter to celebrate Mass for the Catholic members of the crew. The distinguished prelate departed the ship by helicopter off Pohang. Three days later, on the last day of the year, Wisconsin put into Yokosuka.


Wisconsin departed that Japanese port on 8 January 1952 and headed for Korean waters once more. She reached Pusan the following day and entertained the President of South Korea, Syngman Rhee, and his wife, on the 10th. President and Mrs. Rhee received full military honors as they came on board, and he reciprocated by awarding Vice Admiral Martin the ROK Order of the Military Merit.


Wisconsin returned to the "bombline" on 11 January and, over the ensuing days, delivered heavy gunfire support for the 1st Marine Division and the 1st ROK Corps. As before, her primary targets were command posts, shelters, bunkers, troop concentrations and mortar positions. As before, she stood ready to deliver on-call fire support as needed. One such occasion occurred; on 14 January when she shelled enemy troops in the open at the request of the ROK 1st Corps.


Rearming at Sasebo and once more joining TF 77 off the coast of Korea soon thereafter, Wisconsin resumed support at the "bombline" on 23 January. Three days later, she shifted once more to the Kojo region, to participate in a coordinated air and gun strike. That same day, the battleship-returned to the "bombline" and shelled the command post and communications center for the 15th North Korean Division during call-fire missions for the 1st Marine Division.


Returning to Wonsan at the end of January, Wisconsin bombarded enemy guns at Hodo Pando before she was rearmed at Sasebo. The battleship rejoined TF 77 on 2 February and the next day, blasted railway buildings and marshaling yards at Hodo Pando and Kojo before rejoining TF 77. After replenishment at Yokosuka a few days later, she returned to the Kosong area and resumed gunfire support. During that time, she destroyed railway bridges and a small shipyard besides conducting call-fire missions on enemy command posts, bunkers, and personnel shelters, making numerous cuts on enemy trench lines in the process.


On 26 February, Wisconsin arrived at Pusan where Vice Admiral Shon, the ROK Chief of Naval Operations; United States Ambassador J. J. Muccio; and Rear Admiral Scott-Montcrief, Royal Navy, Commander, Task Group 95.12, visited the battleship. Departing that South Korean port the following day, Wisconsin reached Yokosuka on 2 March. A week later, she shifted to Sasebo to prepare to return to Korean waters.


Wisconsin arrived off Songjin, Korea, on 15 March 1952 and concentrated her gunfire on enemy railway transport. Early that morning, she destroyed a communist troop train trapped outside of a destroyed tunnel. That afternoon, she received the first direct hit in, her history, when one of four shells from a communist 155-millimeter gun battery struck the shield of a starboard 40-millimeter mount. Although little material damage resulted, three men were injured. Almost as if the victim of a personal affront, Wisconsin subsequently blasted that battery to oblivion with a 16-inch salvo before continuing her mission. After lending a hand to support once more the 1st Marine Division with her heavy rifles, the battleship returned to Japan on 19 March.


USS Wisconsin earned five battle stars for her World War II service and one for Korea

Keywords: USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62), USS WILTSIE (DD-716), USS TWINING (DD-540), USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45),







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