“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

USS Iowa (BB-61)

Turret 2 Explosion

USS <i>Iowa</i> (BB-61) Marker Panel 1: <br>"Turret 2 Explosion" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 2013
1. USS Iowa (BB-61) Marker Panel 1:
"Turret 2 Explosion"
Panel 1:
On April 19, 1989, a powder explosion occurred in Turret 2 while IOWA was conducting peace-time gunnery drills off the island of Viesques, Puerto Rico. Preparing to fire, the center gun's powder bags exploded before the breech was closed. The resultant fire spread throughout Turret 2 all the way down five decks below. Forty-seven Sailors lost their lives

IOWA's damage control crews responded quickly. Their efforts in fighting the fire prevented the remaining powder and projectiles inside the other two loaded guns from exploding. The turrets' magazines were flooded and the fires were extinguished in about 90 minutes. The brave and skillful actions of the crew prevented additional explosions from occurring, thus preventing the potential loss of additional crew and even the IOWA herself.

Panel 2:
Dedicated to the brave crewmen of the USS Iowa
who lost their lives on April 19, 1989.

[Listing of Names *** Rates/Ranks *** and Hometowns]

Tung Thanh Adams, Fire Controlman 3rd class [FC3], Alexandria, VA
Robert Wallace Backherms, Gunnerís Mate 3rd class [GM3][FC3], Ravenna, OH
Dwayne Collier Battle, Electricianís Mate, Fireman Apprentice [EMFA], Rocky Mount, NC
Walter Scot Blakey, Gunnerís
USS <i>Iowa</i> (BB-61) Marker Panel 2: <br>"In Memorium" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 2013
2. USS Iowa (BB-61) Marker Panel 2:
"In Memorium"
Mate 3rd class [GM3], Eaton Rapids, MI
Pete Edward Bopp, Gunnerís Mate 3rd class [GM3], Levittown, NY
Ramon Jaret BradshawSeaman Recruit [SR], Tampa, FL
Philip Edward Buch, Lieutenant, Junior Grade [LTjg], Las Cruces, NM
Eric Ellis Casey, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Mt. Airy, NC
John Peter Cramer, Gunnerís Mate 2nd class [GM2], Uniontown, PA
Milton Francis Devaul, Jr., Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Solvay, NY
Leslie Allen Everhart, Jr., Seaman Apprentice [SA], Cary, NC
Gary John Fisk, Boatswainís Mate 2nd class [BM2], Oneida, NY
Tyrone Dwayne Foley, Seaman [SN], Bullard, TX
Robert James Gedeon, III, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Lakewood, OH
Brian Wayne Gendron, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Madera, CA
John Leonard Goins, Seaman Recruit [SR], Columbus, OH
David L. Hanson, Electricianís Mate 3rd class [EM3], Perkins, SD
Ernest Edward Hanyecz, Gunnerís Mate 1st class [GM1], Bordentown, NJ
Clayton Michael Hartwig, Gunnerís Mate 2nd class [GM2], Cleveland, OH
Michael William Helton, Legalman 1st class [LN1], Louisville, KY
Scott Alan Holt, Seaman Apprentice [SA], Fort Meyers, FL
Reginald L. Johnson, Jr., Seaman Recruit [SR], Warrensville Heights, OH
Nathaniel Clifford Jones, Jr.,
Marker penels on Turret No.2,,USS <i>Iowa</i> (BB-61) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 2013
3. Marker penels on Turret No.2,,USS Iowa (BB-61)
Seaman Apprentice [SA], Buffalo, NY
Brian Robert Jones, Seaman [SN], Kennesaw, GA
Michael Shannon Justice, Seaman [SN], Matewan, WV
Edward J. Kimble, Seaman [SN], Ft. Stockton, TX
Richard E. Lawrence, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Springfield, OH
Richard John Lewis, Fire Controlman, Seaman Apprentice [FCSA], Northville, MI
Jose Luis Martinez Jr., Seaman Apprentice [SA], Hidalgo, TX
Todd Christopher McMullen, Boatswainís Mate 3rd class [BM3], Manheim, PA
Todd Edward Miller, Seaman Recruit [SR], Ligonier, PA
Robert Kenneth Morrison, Legalman 1st class [LN1], Jacksonville, FL
Otis Levance Moses, Seaman [SN], Bridgeport, CN
Darin Andrew Ogden, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Shelbyville, IN
Ricky Ronald Peterson, Seaman [SN], Houston, MN
Mathew Ray Price, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Burnside, PA
Harold Earl Romine, Jr., Seaman Recruit [SR], Brandenton, FL
Geoffrey Scott Schelin, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GMG3], Costa Mesa, CA
Heath Eugene Stillwagon, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Connellsville, PA
Todd Thomas Tatham, Seaman Recruit [SR], Wolcott, NY
Jack Ernest Thompson, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Greenville, TN
Stephen J. Welden, Gunnerís Mate 2nd class
USS <i>Iowa</i> (BB-61) ; view over the bow and Turret 1 from atop Turret 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 2013
4. USS Iowa (BB-61) ; view over the bow and Turret 1 from atop Turret 2
- looking southward from Berth 87 toward the L.A. Maritime Museum - a.k.a. "the old Ferry Building."
[GM2], Yukon, OK
James Darrell White, Gunnerís Mate 3nd class [GM3], Norwalk, CA
Rodney Maurice White, Seaman Recruit [SR], Louisville, KY
Michael Robert Williams, Boatswainís Mate 2nd class [BM2], Shore, KY
John Rodney Young, Seaman [SN], Rockhill, SC
Reginald Owen Ziegler, Senior Chief Gunners Mate [GMCS], Port Gibson, NY

”Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddíst the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!”

[Seal of the U.S. Department of the Navy]
[Seal of the USS IOWA [BB-61].

Erected 2012 by Pacific Battleship Center.
Location. 33° 44.545′ N, 118° 16.674′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of So. Harbor Blvd. and W. 1st Street on So. Harbor Blvd.. Click for map. The Battleship IOWA is permanently moored at Berth 87 in the Port of Los Angeles. It is accessible from I-110 and I-710 via So. Harbor Blvd. - west of the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 South Harbor Blvd., San Pedro CA 90731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At
"Enemy Hit on Iowa: Turret No. 2 - March 1944" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 2013
5. "Enemy Hit on Iowa: Turret No. 2 - March 1944"
While IOWA was bombarding Mili Atoll supporting the Marxhall Islands campaign, IOWA received her first hits in combat when she was struck by two Japanese projectiles from a shore battery. Neither hit caused any real damage, and the enemy gun emplacement were quickly silenced by IOWA's secondary 5-inch mounts. "A 6 inch projectile hit the lower forward port side of the 16 inch main gun Turret 2 and bounced off of IOWA's 10 inches of Class A armor. The slight impact "hand-print" can still be seen. Then a 5-inch projectile punched a 30" x 60" inch hole in IOWA's port hull shell plating at frame 134, but failed to penetrate her recessed armor belt of 12.1 inches."
least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fishing Industry Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Liberty Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry Bridges Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S.S. Los Angeles (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (approx. ľ mile away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial (approx. ľ mile away); World War II Memorial: Propeller from Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Canberra CA-70/CAG-2 (approx. ľ mile away); Municipal Ferry Building - Maritime Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Pedro.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .  USS Iowa (BB-61) in WWII. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. "Battleship Iowa"; Pacific Battleship Center
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