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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David E. Marsh

David E. Marsh

Division: USN

Rate/Rank: MM3C

My grandfather served aboard the Iowa during WW2 (43-45) He told of events such as traveling the Panama Canal on the way to the Pacific, the Liberatio...

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Robert Dale Miller

Robert Dale Miller

Division: L

Rate/Rank: BT1

United States Navy from 16 February 1942 to 10 December 1956. Assigned to USS IOWA Commissioning Crew on 22 February 1943. Also served on USS TENNES...

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Bryan Moss

Bryan Moss

Division: CR

Rate/Rank: RM-1

Joined the Navy at age 18. It was great to have served on Iowa 52-53.

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Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Division: PAO

Rate/Rank: LI2

Served in the Battleship Print Shop and Repair One Alfa. Wrote stories for and printed The Iowan. Was responsible for the majority of the graphic desi...

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Jim Murray

Jim Murray

Division: A

Rate/Rank: MMFN

I started out serving aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) from 86-87 as a yeoman for the Chief Engineer's Office and transferred to the USS Iowa(BB-61) fr...

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Jim Murray

Jim Murray

Division: A

Rate/Rank: MMFN

I started out serving aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) from 86-87 as a yeoman for the Chief Engineer's Office and transferred to the USS Iowa(BB-61) fr...

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Glenn Nelson

Glenn Nelson

Division: Electronics

Rate/Rank: Petty Officer 1st class

From Iowa farm boy who never saw the ocean, to Iowa sailor who saw nothing but ocean, and amazing story.

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Glenn  Nelson

Glenn Nelson

Division: electronics

Rate/Rank: petty officer 1st class

From an Iowa farm boy who never saw the ocean, to a sailor on the Iowa who saw nothing but ocean. An amazing story. (found these citations/combat...

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Wesley Newby

Wesley Newby

Division: S-2

Rate/Rank: MS

I reported on board Iowa in April 1989 just days after the explosion. It was a somber moment but I could tell that this was a very special place to b...

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Ken ONeill

Ken ONeill

Division: Admin

Rate/Rank: PN3

Proudly served onboard (1988 -1990) as a Seaman in 2nd division (a division that suffered many casualties on April 19, 1989) --and as a Personnelman T...

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LaRoy Robert Jr. Owen

LaRoy Robert Jr. Owen

Division: Radar

Rate/Rank: Radarman Third, USN

My dad proudly served aboard the USS Iowa from December 1945 to March 1946. He then went on to serve on the USS Columbus and the USS Springfield for t...

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Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Division: X-1

Rate/Rank: YN3

Served onboard from 1986 to 1990. Currently still active as a CWO4.

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Richard Pilkerton

Richard Pilkerton

Division: M

Rate/Rank: E-6 / MM 1

Great Lakes A and C school, UDT Seal training, , served onboard USS Frank Cable , Nuclear power School,-PRECOM unit for USS Iowa,(Plankowner) served...

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Roger Pomeroy

Roger Pomeroy

Division: CS

Rate/Rank: SN

I spent 5 years in the Navy Reserve, and was called to active duty in 1952. I went aboard in April, 1952 and served on the Iowa until February of 1954...

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Robert Qualls

Robert Qualls

Division: B

Rate/Rank: BT3 (SW)

I served on the IOWA from May 1987 to October 26, 1990. I worked in the Fuel/Water Lab my entire time on the IOWA except for a brief stint on the mess...

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James  Reid

James Reid

Division: NAVY

Rate/Rank: UNKNOWN

SERVED ON THE USS IOWA BB-61 BACK IN 1943. WORK DOWN IN THE ENGINE ROOM. SERVED IN THE US NAVY RESERVES FOR MANY YEARS AFTERWARDS. MY DADS SECOND ...

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Doug Rhoads

Doug Rhoads

Division: Deck Dept 1st/2nd/4th

Rate/Rank: BM1

I reported aboard IOWA in July of 1983 and departed in the spring of 1986. Returned for a second tour in Jan of 1988 and departed in 1991 after we to...

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Division: Flag

Rate/Rank: QM 3

On Iowa - November 54 to October 56. Stationed on Flag Bridge. Served under Rear Admiral R. E. Libby, ComBatCruLant. Ships Captain William C. Bryson...

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Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

Division: R

Rate/Rank: 2nd class E-5

I served aboard the Iowa from 1986-1989 in "R" Div. I was On scene leader 1 Foxtrot directly behind Turret Two during the Explosion and I lost several...

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Stephen Rodriguez

Stephen Rodriguez

Division: R

Rate/Rank: DCC(SW)

I was assigned to the Iowa as punishment for getting kicked out of "BT" A school. By the grace of God I was put in Repair Division. The Iowa made me...

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