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.

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A.J. Coco

A.J. Coco

Division: ET

Rate/Rank: LCDR

I came aboard Iowa after two years of EE at University of Arizona as an EFSN in the Reserves. Served 1955-1957 in ET Division, left Iowa as ET5 to fin...

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David Coen

David Coen

Division: E

Rate/Rank: IC1(SW)

Reported to Pre-Comm Iowa in Norfolk as a ICFA, September 1983, moved down to Pascagoula for the outfitting and commisioning. I must say 2nd most im...

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Bill Coffman

Bill Coffman

Division: R div.

Rate/Rank: FM

The Iowa was my first duty station after boot camp and what a grand lady she was setting there in dry dock at Hunter Point in June of 51. I was in th...

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Kenneth Colby

Kenneth Colby

Division: G2

Rate/Rank: LT

I was Turret 2 Officer for the Commissioning in 1984. Served with the PreCommissioning Team in Norfolk from August 1983, and left the ship in Panama i...

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Duane Cole

Duane Cole

Division: M Div

Rate/Rank: MM2nd Class

Duty station # one engine room.I have some neat video's on duty in north Korea ! Shelling with mighty 16 " main battery ! ETC.

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Daniel Collins

Daniel Collins

Division: FM

Rate/Rank: FC2

USS Iowa was my first duty station after graduating FT "A" school. I was an FTSN with FM division on the commissioning crew in 1983-1984. I flew out o...

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MERRITT STEVENS DECKER JR.

MERRITT STEVENS DECKER JR.

Division: Navy

Rate/Rank: MACHINIST MATE 3RD CLASS

My Father served on the USS Iowa from December 11th 1943 to December 30th 1945. He crossed the Equator on Dec. 25th 1944 in route to a secret destina...

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George Delamotte

George Delamotte

Division: 3rd Div

Rate/Rank: BMCM

I always look back to my days onboard my first duty station. No doubt the best and most rewarding time in the Navy. As part of Pre-Com crew, bring her...

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Larry Dickerson

Larry Dickerson

Division: unknown

Rate/Rank: LCDR

My dad served on the USS Iowa from 2/86 to his retirement in 8/87. Growing up all I ever knew was that my daddy was a weatherman, though I'm sure ther...

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Roy  Durham

Roy Durham

Division: OPS

Rate/Rank: OS2

Served on Battleship Iowa from 1986-1991. Served as operations specialist and Tomahawk Cruise Missile DBMS. Also worked on Naval Gunfire Support Team ...

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Donald Ellenburg

Donald Ellenburg

Division: R

Rate/Rank: DC2

served in the persain gulf,was PO in charge of duty section 6 also in charge of chemical warfare lockers

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Ronal Foster

Ronal Foster

Division: Musician

Rate/Rank: Msgt.

In July of 1986, the Iowa participated in Liberty Weekend in NY to rededicate the Statue of Liberty. I was a musician in the US Marine Band which pla...

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Vernon Fulmer

Vernon Fulmer

Division: Communication Div

Rate/Rank: Radioman

I was proud to serve on the USS IOWA in 1952-1956. My rank and job was as a Radioman sending and receiving morse code. We went around the world three ...

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Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Division: G-4

Rate/Rank: GMG 2

Mount Captain #55 - 1989 USS Iowa

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Fredrick  Harper

Fredrick Harper

Division: wepons

Rate/Rank: ftg3

as a ftg on this ship it was awsome i was one of the orig 14 in the yard in miss and we had to learn the system and write the pms for it thank god fo...

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Dale Harrington

Dale Harrington

Division: OC

Rate/Rank: RMCS(SW)

Served February 1989 - July 1990 as RMCS(SW) OC Division LCPO. I was aboard that fateful day, April 19th 1989. Retired from the USN as ITCM(SW) form...

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Eric Hathaway

Eric Hathaway

Division: M

Rate/Rank: 13

served in the Shaft Alleys (EMO5) as one of the shaft alley rats

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Steve Hawes

Steve Hawes

Division: 1st & 2nd

Rate/Rank: BM2

Served onboard Iowa from 85-89. I am proud to say that I served onboard the greatest ship ever made along with the greatest Shipmates. My memories of ...

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Miller Dean Hayden

Miller Dean Hayden

Division: Unknown

Rate/Rank: Seaman

My dad was a "plankholder" on the Iowa. He served from its commission through the end of the war. He was a gunner's mate. His job was to shoot down ka...

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David Hewett

David Hewett

Division: FA

Rate/Rank: FC3 (SW)

Was onboard from just prior to explosion until final Decom...Can't wait to walk her decks again!

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