The Battleship New Jersey will remember the 35th Year Anniversary of the death of USS New Jersey
Chief Michael Gorchinski and the bombing of the US Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut with a
Memorial Ceremony on the ship’s forecastle at 10am on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
The ceremony aboard our nation’s most decorated battleship will include remarks from a former
shipmate of the Chief’s aboard the USS New Jersey, Michael Shepperd. Further, US Marine veteran
Sean McCann, a Philadelphia native, will also speak about being a Marine and serving in Lebanon
after the bombing. Finally, Lt. Col. Bancroft, USN (ret), of Camden County Military Affairs, will
speak about the bombing, which took place on Oct. 23, 1983. The ship will end the ceremony with
the casting of a wreath upon the Delaware River in memory of the Chief and our military brethren
who lost their life on this day 35 years ago.
The event is free for all to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
PHOTO OPP: Memorial Wreath Casted Upon the Delaware River for Chief Gorchinski and the Marines
Who lost their Lives in the Barracks Bombing in Beirut on October 23, 1983.
Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the city of
Philadelphia, the Battleship is open for guided and audio tours every day from
9:30am to 3pm. The annual Suds & Stogies at the ship, featuring holiday craft beer
and fine cigars, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1pm to 5pm. Adults can
enjoy a tour of the Battleship, live classic rock music, delicious food and sample craft
beers and cigars. The price is $50 per adult. For tickets, visit
http://sudsandstogies.upcomingevents.com/batshinj/ or call 866-877-6262 x108. For
more information on Battleship tours, events and programs, visit