Camden in Camden County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
USS New Jersey Marine Detachments
Erected by Marine Corps League Dept. of New Jersey.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Cold • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 56.35′ N, 75° 7.983′ W. Marker is in Camden, New Jersey, in Camden County. Memorial is on 1 Riverside Drive. The plaque is located on one of the port-side 5-inch secondary guns aboard the Battleship New Jersey. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camden NJ 08103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile (a few steps from this marker); USS New Jersey Aircraft (within shouting distance of this marker); Side View Turret #1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battleship New Jersey (about 400 feet away); M2 Browning (about 400 feet away); Eyewitness to HistoryAmerican Merchant Marine Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Walt Whitman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Regarding USS New Jersey Marine Detachments. Since its founding in 1775, Marines have been embarked on U.S. warships, primarily to repel boarders and form landing parties for small operations ashore. Secondary duties included law enforcement and ceremonial duties aboard ship. In the era of steel ships, small Marine detachments were limited to duty aboard cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers. On those ships they also manned secondary or anti-aircraft gun batteries. With the deployment of nuclear weapons aboard U.S. warships, including the New Jersey, Marines were given the principal duty of security for those weapons.
Also see . . .
1. The Battleship New Jersey, our nation's most decorated battleship. (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Wikipedia entry for the 5"/38 caliber gun. This webpage includes information about this gun class and includes a picture of the New Jersey's Marine-manned turret taken ca. 1984. (Submitted on April 28, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,970 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 3. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 28, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 8. submitted on May 29, 2010, by Terese Hatch of Bridgewater, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.