USS IOWA VETERANS ASSOCIATION

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Welcome to USS IOWA VETERANS ASSOCIATION

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The Ship's Store supports our function, as well as students interested in Sea Service, the Ship's Museum, and other associated projects. Join us today and help support the good work we do.

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Each year we host a reunion, allowing former shipmates of all generations to get together, renew past friendships, make new friendships, learn from each other, share experiences and swap sea stories.  The 2020 Reunion will be at the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando - Lake Buena Vista from 08 - 12 September 2020. Make sure you vote for the 2021 Reunion site via email or by mail. More information will be coming as it develops.

Annual Assn Reunion

Join us in the good work we do for students, shipmates, and the advancement of our nation's history.
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About Us

USS IOWA VETERANS ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring our brotherhood lives on. We share information about current events associated with the USS IOWA, host a regular reunion, and sell merchandise allowing you to celebrate and identify your membership as a part of the crew. The organization was started by shipmates from the 1950s crew in the late 1970s. What began as an organization of just a few has now reached several thousand. We're dedicated to getting our shipmates together, having fun, and sharing experiences through our yearly reunions.

Ship's History

IOWA springs from a distinguished line of namesakes. The first IOWA, a 3,200-ton gunboat, dates back to 1864. The second an 11,000 ton dreadnought designated BB-4,....prisoner". the fourth sentence "Construction of BB-53, the third Iowa.....Treaty" The fifth sentence needs to be changed to read, "The last class of American Battleships to be built, known as the Iowa Class, were conceived and designed in the 30's as 45,000 ton warships capable of taking on the best other navies had to offer. USS Iowa BB-61 was the lead ship and commissioned on February 22 1943. She and her sisters served our nation for five decades both as instruments of war and as peacetime diplomatic symbols. USS Iowa BB-61 was decommissioned for the last time on 26 October 1990 and struck from the US Naval Registry on 17 March 2006. Since 2012 Battleship Iowa has been serving our nation as a Museum of Naval History in San Pedro, CA. The next USS Iowa SSN-797, a Virginia Class Fast Attack Submarine, had her keel laid in September 2019.

Never Forget - April 19, 1989

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Veterans Association Membership Application form 4-12-2019

 

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Contact

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Phone
(321) 759-BB61

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

Service Area
United States

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Board of Directors

Officers

Brad Goforth (Wanda) — President
1200 Somersby Lane, Matthews, NC 28105
Email
(704) 604-1367

Brad Cole (Tina) — Executive Vice President
1425 Tanglewood Trail, Northlake, TX 76226
Email
(469) 432-7641

James S. Baron (Jill) — 1st Vice President
10 Shepard Court, Fredericksburg, VA  22405
Email
(540) 368-2530

Gerald Costin (Cathy) — 2nd Vice President/Ship Store
PO Box 195271, Winter Springs, FL 32719
Email
(321) 759-BB61

Scott Williamson — Secretary
581 Henrico Road, Buffalo Junction, VA 24529
Email
(919) 451-4356

Michael (Mike) Meldrum (Shelly) — Chaplain
905 W Lockhart St, Sayre, PA 18840
Email
(317) 412-0606

Lou Schimenti (Angela) — Treasurer
8 Leshner Lane, Burlington TWP, NJ 08016

Email
(609) 351-8248

Marty Palimere (Zienna) - Chief Master at Arms
4927 Yew Street, Pittsburgh PA  15224
Email

(412) 713-2486


Board Members 2019-2020

David Canfield (Tanya)
Email
(530) 878-8950

John Curry
Email
(503) 706-0587

Bobby George
Email
(903) 456-3890

Leo Glasheen (Rita)
Email
(603) 273-6956

Stan Richmond (Beth)
Email
(717) 530-9177

Mike Zahradka (Lisa) 
Email
Cell: (607) 769-6762