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USS New Jersey Marine Detachments

 
 
USS New Jersey Marine Detachments Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. USS New Jersey Marine Detachments Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to the memory of the Marines of the Marine Detachments that served aboard the USS New Jersey from 1942–1991
Sember Fidelis

 
Erected by Marine Corps League Dept. of New Jersey.
 
Location. 39° 56.35′ N, 75° 7.983′ W. Marker is in Camden, New Jersey, in Camden County. Marker is on 1 Riverside Drive. Touch for map. The plaque is located on one of the port-side 5-inch secondary guns aboard the Battleship New Jersey. Marker is in this post office area: Camden NJ 08103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Merchant Marine Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S.S. United States (approx. 0.4 miles away in Pennsylvania); Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna (approx. half a mile away in Pennsylvania); Mason-Dixon Survey (approx. 0.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Stephen Decatur (approx. 0.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Commodore John Barry (1745 - 1803) (approx. 0.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away in Pennsylvania).
 
Regarding USS New Jersey Marine Detachments.
USS New Jersey Marine Detachments Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. USS New Jersey Marine Detachments Marker
Marker is between the left and right access hatches of the 5-inch gun turret
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.) 
 
Categories. War, ColdWar, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
USS New Jersey Marine Detachments Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carolyn Martienssen, February 17, 2015
3. USS New Jersey Marine Detachments Marker
View into left hatch image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
4. View into left hatch
The Marines-crewed twin 5-inch gun turret is a Mark 28 Mod 2 5-inch/38-caliber model. This turret was only used on the Iowa class battleships, of which the New Jersey was the second ship of that class. During regular deployment, this turret was identified by the USMC emblem painted on the turret's front and sides.
One set of the operating controls of the gun image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
5. One set of the operating controls of the gun
Starboard side of the Battleship New Jersey image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
6. Starboard side of the Battleship New Jersey
Various secondary guns can be seen in this view. Many of the ship's original armament was removed over the ship's 50+ years of service to make room for newer weaponry, both conventional and nuclear.
History and operation of 5" secondary guns image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
7. History and operation of 5" secondary guns
Note that Iowa Class battleships, including the New Jersey were armed with the Mark 28 version of the 5-inch gun, not the Mark 32 implied here on this display. Mark 32 5-inch guns were used primarily on World War II era heavy cruisers and aircraft carriers. However, the information provided relates to the Navy's 5-inch/38-caliber guns in general, not just the Mark 32.
Forward Guns USS New Jersey BB-62 image. Click for full size.
By Terese Hatch, June 26, 2009
8. Forward Guns USS New Jersey BB-62
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,730 times since then and 49 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.
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