Camden in Camden County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Eyewitness to History
Many things, including 16-inch gun barrels, wear out and need replacement. After serving in two wars, all nine of New Jersey's 16-inch guns were removed from the ship and replaced with new gun barrels in 1954. The removed barrels were then relined. The lining inside each gun barrel contains rifling that causes fired projectiles to spin, allowing them to hit their targets more accurately. Once relined, the barrels were placed in storage, sitting in a field for more than 60 years at the St. Julien's Creek Annex, Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia. The photo above shows staff of the Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial inspecting the gun barrels in 2015
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Battleship's staff, volunteers, contributors, and veterans, the Museum was able to raise the required funds and coordinate the highly complicated logistics to acquire one of the gun barrels and place it here in 2017. The gun barrel before you, Serial Number 292, which was the left gun of Turret 1, is the actual gun in the photo above firing at Kaesong, Korea on January 1, 1953 during the Korean War. In addition to witnessing fierce battles, this gun barrel may have witnessed the only onboard combat fatality suffered by New Jersey during her entire career. Seaman Robert Osterwind was killed by shrapnel from enemy shore bombardment on May 21, 1951. Evidence suggests that Seaman Osterwind was in the portside area of Turret l, where the gun barrel was located, when he was killed. Gun barrels, such as this one, represent so much more than just a weapon. It is a symbol of the resolve of those who built it and those who manned it onboard New Jersey. It is a silent sentinel to all those we have lost defending freedom.
Location. 39° 56.364′ N, 75° 7.84′ W. Marker is in Camden, New Jersey, in Camden County. Memorial can be reached from Clinton Street near S. Delaware Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Located at the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Clinton Street, 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. Battleship New Jersey (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile (about 600 feet away); USS New Jersey Aircraft (about 600 feet away); USS New Jersey Marine Detachments (about 700 feet away); Side View Turret #1 (about 800 feet away); M2 Browning (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Merchant Marine Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Victor (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Also see . . .
1. Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. (Submitted on May 5, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. USS New Jersey (BB-62) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 5, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.