Backherms, Robert Wallace, Jr., GM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1989-1989, GM-0000, USS Iowa (BB-61)
Service Years
- 1989
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Backherms, Robert Wallace, Jr., GM3.
Contact Info
Home Town
Ravenna, Ohio
Last Address
USS Iowa (BB-61)

Date of Passing
Apr 19, 1989
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 60 Site 4074

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In the Line of Duty
  1989, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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Last Known Activity

Robert, from Ravenna Ohio, was a sailor on the USS Iowa. He was one of 47 crewmen killed when the gun in turret #2 exploded during a training exercise.

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  1989-1989, GM-0000, USS Iowa (BB-61)

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United States
 USS Iowa (BB-61) Details

USS Iowa (BB-61)
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; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, June 27, 1940. Launched August 27, 1942. Commissioned February 22, 1943. Decommissioned March 24, 1949. Recommissioned August 25, 1951. Decommissioned February 2, 1958. Recommissioned April 28, 1984. Decommissioned October 26, 1990. Stricken for disposal 12 January 1995 but retained as a parts source. Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register and returned to reserve status 4 January 1999. Fate: Preserved as Memorial at 250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731

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USS Iowa (BB-61)

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Ferral, George, PO1, (1986-2006) GM GMT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
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Goforth, Brad, LCDR, (1971-1994) OFF 165X Lieutenant Commander
Rubink, Gerald, CDR, (1963-1996) OFF 641X Lieutenant Commander
Thompson, Fred, CDR, (1980-2001) OFF 410X Lieutenant Commander
Jewett, Chris, CAPT, (1971-2010) OFF 641X Lieutenant
Turner, Jeff, CDR, (1986-2008) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Zelesnikar, Dan, CDR, (1973-2003) OFF 618X Lieutenant
Barker, Glenn, LCDR, (1989-2009) OFF 116X Ensign
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Zink, John, MCPO, (1969-1994) FC FC-1133 Master Chief Petty Officer
Ghormley, William, SCPO, (1971-1993) AG AG-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Harrington, Dale, MCPO, (1973-2003) RM RM-2346 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Johnson, James E, SCPO, (1966-1993) IS IS-3905 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Racsumberger, John, CMC, (1972-2000) RM RM-2318 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Randall, Bill, CMC, (1974-2001) AG AG-7412 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Ryle, Thomas, SCPO, (1973-1993) EM EM-4615 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Allen, Nolan, CWO3, (1975-1995) EW EW-1734 Chief Petty Officer
Annin, Steve, CPO, (1978-1999) IC IC-4746 Chief Petty Officer
Bennett, Mike, CPO, (1972-2003) MM MM-4204 Chief Petty Officer
Callahan, David, SCPO, (1976-1998) MM MM-4204 Chief Petty Officer
Howard, Wm., CPO, (1970-1994) SK SK-2814 Chief Petty Officer
Kobiec, Donald, CDR, (1979-Present) PN PN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Olsen, David, CPO, (1960-1997) JO JO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Seha, Wes, CPO, (1972-1993) BM BM-0161 Chief Petty Officer
Winkel, Mark, CPO, (1973-1995) CS CS-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Anson, Richard, PO1, (1967-1995) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bryant, JOhb, PO1, (1973-1995) BT BT-4206 Petty Officer First Class
Clark, Tim, PO1, (1980-2000) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
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Frakes, Randy, PO1, (1982-1993) EM EM-4615 Petty Officer First Class
Helton, Michael, PO1 LN LN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Landry, Mark, PO1, (1976-1992) FC FC-0001 Petty Officer First Class
Moline, Dean, PO1, (1980-1993) CT CT-9185 Petty Officer First Class
Morrison, Robert, PO1 LN LN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Murphy, Charles, CPO, (1980-2000) OS OS-0321 Petty Officer First Class
Palmiere, Martin, CPO, (1975-1999) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Rediger, Mark, SCPO, (1982-2008) ET ET-1413 Petty Officer First Class

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