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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Eric Hope

Eric Hope

Division: OS

Rate/Rank: SM2

Graduated Signalman "A" school & asked to be assigned to Iowa. Assisted in overhaul of ship for recommissioning in April of 1984. Sailed the Carribean...

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W Scott Howard

W Scott Howard

Division: S-1

Rate/Rank: SKC(SW)

Served in S-1 Division and Repair Department from 1986 to 1990. Made some great friends and lots of memories.She is the best ship I had the honor to s...

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Bill Humienny

Bill Humienny

Division: FM

Rate/Rank: YN2

Being transferred from a Destroyer Escort to a Battleship was a big change. At first I was in the 1st Division, a rangefinder in Turret 1. There was a...

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Arthur Hussey

Arthur Hussey

Division: FA

Rate/Rank: FC3

Arthur Hussey (now deceased) saw service on the USS Iowa battleship during WWII and was involved in the ship's assigned task in the Atlantic Ocean off...

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Andrew Hyatt

Andrew Hyatt

Division: E

Rate/Rank: IC3

Arrived on Iowa a month before the 1986 100th Birthday of Statue of Liberty Celebration in New York. A blast for sure. President Ronald Regan on boa...

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Ruben Ingram

Ruben Ingram

Division: US Navy

Rate/Rank: CWO2

My father, Ruben L. Ingram, Senior, was assigned to the USS Iowa when it was commissioned Feb 22, 1943. My mother (who is still living at 101 years o...

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VAUGHN JOY

VAUGHN JOY

Division: ????

Rate/Rank: GM2

MY FATHER WAS ON USS LEXINGTON (CV-2) UNTIL SHE WAS SUNK IN BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA. THEN PUT IOWA IN COMMISSION AND TOOK FDR TO CASABLANCA.

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MIKE  JUSTICE(DECEASED)

MIKE JUSTICE(DECEASED)

Division: 2nd

Rate/Rank: E-3

My Mike was one of the IOWA 47....He was in the navy for 3 1/2 years and would've been out in Oct. if he didn't reenlist, but wasn't fortunate enough ...

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Don Jacobson

Don Jacobson

Division: OI

Rate/Rank: Lt.

I joined the Iowa, my first ship, as a brand new ensign just out of CIC school in 1957. On my very first watch I reported a radar contact to Conn as "...

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Ernest Leroy  James

Ernest Leroy James

Division: B

Rate/Rank: FCSN

Ernest Served on the USS Iowa in the Korean war. If anyone knew him...please contact me at kevin@reesefamily.org. I will be adding more stories and ...

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R. David Jones

R. David Jones

Division: 3rd

Rate/Rank: HM3

I served on the Iowa from 88-90 as a non-rated Seaman. I loved being on "The Big Stick"! She was my only ship and therefore very special. My friend Ro...

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Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

Division: 2nd Division

Rate/Rank: Gunner's Mate 3C

My Dad, Ed Kennedy served on board the USS Iowa from 1945 to 1947. He was just 17 went he entered the Navy. He was in the 2nd Division and a gun sti...

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Stephen Kettler

Stephen Kettler

Division: S-2

Rate/Rank: MSSN

Served on board from early 1987 to decom was there for all the great moments and some of the really bad that will live with me forever so many shipmat...

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Ellsworth Knutson

Ellsworth Knutson

Division: Signal

Rate/Rank: SM 3/C

After serving in the US Navy Armed Guard the South Pacific I was at Ulithi at the end of WW2.. after arriving back in the states I was assigned to the...

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Roy Kotoff

Roy Kotoff

Division: USN

Rate/Rank: MM 2/C

My dad, Roy Alex Kotoff, served on the USS Iowa during her voyage carrying President Roosevelt to the Casablanca Conference and back. He received his ...

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Kevin Lemon

Kevin Lemon

Division: B

Rate/Rank: BT3

Reported to USS Iowa on Sept. 83, Norfolk precom unit, B Division use to muster in exchange parking lot with BTC Hill, damage control, fuel, butter cu...

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Leo Levien

Leo Levien

Division: radiomen

Rate/Rank: RM1C div. petty officerM

My father, Leo Levien, was assigned to the USS Iowa after completing his training as a radioman. He wanted to serve in the Pacific where his triplet b...

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David Lockwood

David Lockwood

Division: FA/FM

Rate/Rank: FCCS(SW) Ret.

Crew member 1987-1990. 2 years in FA division, 2 years in FM division. Made Chief and earned my Surface Warfare pin on IOWA. Deployments in 1987 and 1...

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Wilbert C. Manke

Wilbert C. Manke

Division: Dental Corps

Rate/Rank: Captain

Dr. Manke served as a dental officer from the time the ship was commissioned in early 1943 through September 1944, logging by his account about 120,0...

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Robert  (Bob) Marion

Robert (Bob) Marion

Division: S1

Rate/Rank: SK1

Reported onboard for pre-commissioning in Mississippi. I was the reviving Storekeeper. I re-enlisted on top of turret #1 in lock #1of the Panama Ca...

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