75th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the USS New Jersey
The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will celebrate the 75th anniversary of her
commissioning into the U.S. Navy with a ceremony on her forecastle at 10am on Wednesday,
Highlights of the Commissioning ceremony will include remarks by WWII veteran George R.
Komer, who served aboard the USS New Jersey, and Azalia McDowell-Leckszas, whose father,
Percival McDowell, was the first Executive Officer of the USS New Jersey. Further, John
Keegan, Chairman & President of the Charles Edison Foundation, will present the champagne
container used to christen the USS New Jersey in 1942. The ceremony will conclude with cake
and beverages in the Officers’ Wardroom and the firing of the recently restored Quad 40 Gun,
along with the portside 5-inch gun.
The ceremony is free for all to attend.
Battleship crew will also participate in a Dedication Ceremony for the recently displayed 16-inch
gun barrel at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. A ceremony there, which will feature city and navy
officials, will take place at 2pm on Wednesday, May 23.
62 Battleship Place Camden, NJ 08103