Melson, Charles, VADM

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Vice Admiral
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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1964-1966, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
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1927 - 1966
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  1951-1952, USS New Jersey (BB-62)


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 USS New Jersey (BB-62) Details

USS New Jersey (BB-62)
Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max). Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, September 16, 1940. Launched December 7, 1942. Commissioned May 23, 1943. Decommissioned June 30, 1948. Recommissioned November 21, 1950. Decommissioned August 21, 1957. Recommissioned April 6, 1968. Decommissioned December 17, 1969. Recommissioned December 28, 1982. Decommissioned September 9, 1991. Stricken for disposal 12, January 1995. Retained in reserve; reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register, in reserve, 12, February 1998. Stricken for preservation in New Jersey, 4 January, 1999. Towed to Philadelphia, 12 September 1999 - 11 November 1999. Fate: Moved to Camden, NJ for preservation as a museum.

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USS New Jersey
Chongjin felt the weight of her shells 12 April, as New Jersey returned to action; in seven minutes she scored seven direct hits, blowing away half the main communications building there. At Pusan two days later, New Jersey manned her rails to welcome the President of the Republic of Korea and Madame Rhee, and American Ambassador Ellis O. Briggs.
New Jersey fired on coastal batteries and buildings at Kojo 16 April; on railway track and tunnels near Hungnam 18 April; and on gun emplacements around Wonsan Harbor 20 April, silencing them in five areas after she had herself take several near misses. Songjin provided targets 23 April. Her New Jersey scored six direct 16-inch hits on a railroad tunnel and knocked out two rail bridges.
New Jersey added her muscle to a major air and surface strike on Wonsan 1 May, as Seventh Fleet planes both attacked the enemy and spotted for the battleship. She knocked out eleven Communist shore guns that day, and four days later destroyed the key observation post on the island of Hodo Pando, commanding the harbor. Two days later Kalmagak at Wonsan was her target.
Her tenth birthday, 23 May 1953, was celebrated at Inchon with President and Madame Rhee, Lieutenant General Maxwell D. Taylor, and other dignitaries on board. Two days later New Jersey was all war once more, returning to the west coast at Chinampo to knock out harbor defense positions.
The battleship was under fire at Wonsan 27-29 May, but her five- inch guns silenced the counter-fire, and her 16-inch shells destroyed five gun emplacements and four gun caves. She also hit a target that flamed spectacularly: either a fuel storage area or an ammunition dump.
New Jersey returned to the key task of direct support to troops at Kosong 7 June. On her first mission, she completely destroyed two gun positions, an observation post, and their supporting trenches, then stood by on call for further aid. Then it was back to Wonsan for a day-long bombardment 24 June, aimed at guns placed in caves. The results were excellent, with eight direct hits on three caves, one cave demolished, and four others closed. Next day she returned to troop support at Kosong, her assignment until 10 July, aside from necessary withdrawal for replenishment.
At Wonsan 11-12 July, New Jersey fired one of the most concentrated bombardments of her Korean duty. For nine hours the first day, and for seven the second, her guns slammed away on gun positions and bunkers on Hodo Pando and the mainland with telling effect. At least ten enemy guns were destroyed, many damaged, and a number of caves and tunnels sealed. New Jersey smashed radar control positions and bridges at Kojo 13 July, and was once more on the east coast bombline 22-24 July to support South Korean troops near Kosong. These days found her gunners at their most accurate and the devastation wrought was impressive. A large cave, housing an important enemy observation post was closed, the end of a month-long United Nations effort. A great many bunkers, artillery areas, observation posts, trenches, tanks and other weapons were destroyed.
At sunrise 25 July 1953 New Jersey was off the key port, rail and communications center of Hungnam, pounding coastal guns, bridges, a factor area, and oil storage tanks. She sailed north that afternoon, firing at rail lines and railroad tunnels as she made for Tanchon, where she launched a whaleboat in an attempt to spot a train known to run nightly along the coast. Her big guns were trained on two tunnels between which she hoped to catch the train, but in the darkness she could not see the results of her six-gun salvo.
New Jersey's mission at Wonsan, next day, was her last. Here she destroyed large-caliber guns, bunkers, caves and trenches. Two days later, she learned of the truce. Her crew celebrated during a seven day visit at Hong Kong, where she anchored 20 August. Operations around Japan and off Formosa were carried out for the remainder of her tour, which was highlighted by a visit to Pusan. Here President Rhee came aboard 16 September to present the Korean Presidential Unit Citation to the Seventh fleet.

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Commanding Officer USS New Jersey (BB-62)
Commanding Officer USS New Jersey (BB-62)
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USS New Jersey (BB-62)

Cirilli, John, PO2, (1945-1952) Petty Officer Second Class
Kirkman, Jerry W., PO3, (1952-1956) Petty Officer Third Class
Sadler, Stuart, CAPT, (1944-1974) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Butler, Merril, CPO, (1936-1960) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Childs, John, PO2, (1948-1952) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer Second Class
Johnson, Conrad Peter, PO2, (1951-1955) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Long, Wayne, PO2, (1945-1952) FTG FTG-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Montell, Steven, SCPO, (1974-2005) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Walker, Paul, PO2, (1943-1952) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
BELCHER, ROBERT, PO3, (1951-1953) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Dalton, Ernest, PO3, (1952-1956) TE TE-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Funk, John, PO3, (1950-1954) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Millman, Arnold, PO3, (1946-1953) DC DC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Nelson, Robert, S1c, (1950-1954) .T Sp(T) Seaman 1st Class
Haughn, Jack, PO3, (1951-1954) EN EN-0000 Seaman
Donaghy, Donald, CPO, (1947-1968) HN HN-0000 Hospitalman
Oesterwind, Robert Herman, SA, (1948-1951) SA SA-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Azzolina, Joseph, CAPT, (1944-1986) Ensign

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