The Ship will Host a Ceremony and Discussion for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle
PLACE: Forecastle/Officers’ Wardroom, Battleship New Jersey, Camden Waterfront, NJ
TIME: 11am, Saturday, October 26, 2019
DETAILS: To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the largest naval battle ever fought, the Battleship
New Jersey will hold a ceremony on the forecastle at 11am on Oct. 26, followed by a
Panel Discussion about Leyte Gulf in the Officers’ Wardroom at approximately 11:30am.
Both events are free to attend.
The ceremony, emceed by Capt. Walt Urban, USN (ret) and the Military Liaison Officer
for the Battleship, will feature an overview of the battle by the Battleship’s Curator, Ryan
Szimanski, and recollections of WWII by Navy veteran and Battleship volunteer John
Quinesso. The ceremony will end with the casting of a memorial wreath upon the
Delaware River as remembrance for our brave military personnel who lost their lives in
the Battle 75 years ago.
The Panel Discussion will feature the role of the Battleship as flagship and Admiral Halsey,
and the role that the Delaware River Valley played in getting many of the ships to the fight.
Other activities to commemorate this anniversary include:
– The World War II radio room will be open to visitors all day and guests will be able to
actively use the equipment to tune the radio and hear real broadcasts.
– Staff will be on hand to assist visitors in communicating in Morse code and Semaphore
on the signal bridge.
– Learn from Admiral Halsey why he made the decisions that he did from the Flag Bridge
where the real Halsey stood 75 years before.
PHOTO OPP: WWII Veteran John Quinesso Casting a Memorial Wreath onto the Delaware River
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. Spend the First
Night of 2020 overnight aboard the Battleship! Our award-winning overnight program will be open
for families on Dec. 31 and includes dinner, breakfast, a tour of the ship and the opportunity to sleep
in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. Plus all guests will get an amazing view
of the Midnight fireworks show! To reserve your bunks, call 866-877-6262 ext. 203. For more
information on Battleship programs and events, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.