Those Who Served
The USS IOWA "Those Who Served" collection provides snapshots and stories from USS IOWA veterans who proudly served throughout its storied service history. This will be a continuously growing Registry of USS IOWA Service where you can search for shipmates or enter information about your own service or that of a loved one. If you would like to share your experiences from your service on USS IOWA, we would appreciate the opportunity to share your story.
Rate/Rank: Chief Petty Officer
My father, who passed away in 2012, served on board the Iowa during the Korean War. He told us that those years were some of the best of his life. He ...
The Iowa was a Fantastic Ship to serve on. Though we experienced a Tragedy, I will always remember all good times we had as well. We visited many co...
When I first got my orders in 1986, I had no idea what a BB was till I asked my "A" school teacher, all he said was damn I wish I had those orders. Af...
I was a Tomahawk FC aboard Iowa from 1987-1989. They say you never forget your first love. So true. I've been to a lot of great commands over my 26 ye...
Served as Leading Chief of Public Affairs Office that included shipboard television station, the print shop and the photo lab. Served with exceptional...
As I grow older and my sense of history grows, I am more and more appreciative of the time I spent on the Iowa. I met my life-long friend Dave Welch, ...
Shore duty Japan 2.5 yrs. Duty on Iowa March '51 to June 52 as a shipfitter. Took the ship out of mothballs - Hunters Point, SF. The Iowa was good du...
Rate/Rank: MS-3 plankowner
It was an HONOR to serve on her, Precom to 2wks before 6mon deploy. I've seen it all, from serving in the wardroom President Reagan's Cabinet , King O...
Morris Eugene "Mo" Bewley
My Papa served on the USS Iowa during the Korean Conflict. He boarded in December 1945 in the Long Beach Harbor, where the "Big Stick" was in dry-dock...
Division: 3rd Deck
Reported for duty December 1988, departed August 1990. Hightlight of my time aboard - 18 years old and hands on the helm of the world's most powerful...
I was happy as hell when I got orders to the Battleship IOWA, I didn't know until I reported aboard her in Portsmouth, Va that she was to be decommiss...
Alvin R. Brooks
Division: 3rd division
Served on USS Iowa from 43-46, he was a turret captain in turret 3 in the 3rd division. He left the Navy in 46 after WW11 but stayed in reserves,reinl...
Rate/Rank: BMC (SW) RET
Went Aboard the Iowa in 1984 served till 1986. The time aboard was the fulfillment of my dream of serving aboard a battleship. The Officers & crew I ...
I served on the Iowa years 1951-1955. I was a Turret Gunners Mate First Class assigned to 1st Division putting the Iowa back in commission at Hunters ...
My grandfather served in the Korean War on the U.S.S. Iowa. He loved that ship. I remember hearing many stories about his time and friends from there....
Division: 2nd Division & Turret 3
I came onto the Iowa in 1985 as a boatswain's mate and served in 2nd Division. I then trained to be a gunners mate and joined the turret 3 crew as a d...
I was aboard the USS Iowa for 2 yrs. Capt Smedberg was the best Commander I ever served under. My Battle Station was Flag Plot, There I also worked w...
Donald V Cardwell
Rate/Rank: TDC (AC)
IOWA: My First and Only ship as Ships company. I Walked up the gangway as an Airman with three (3) GREEN stripes. The JOD says you're on the wrong sh...
reported onboard in late 87 after failing gm a school phase 2, first assigned to T-2 than moved to T-3, was onboard on april 19th ,lost a lot of good ...
My father, James Robert Cheatham (1934-1997), served as an ETN3 on the Battleship USS Iowa during the Korean Conflict. He would have been 18 or 19 the...