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Camden, NJ 08103
The U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officers, in conjunction with the Navy’s newest Chief (Selects) will conduct a POW/MIA formal ceremony on the forecastle (forward deck) on Sunday, Aug. 26, 9:30am. The event is the culmination of a 3-day encampment aboard the BattleshipNJ.
A Navy Chief will perform TAPS on a bugle and a Trooper from the New Jersey State Police, Pipes and Drums of the Blue & Gold, will perform Amazing Grace and other selections on the bag pipe. A memorial wreath will also be casted upon the Delaware River to remember those sailors who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Among the distinguished guests in attendance, will be the U.S. Navy Reserve Force Master Chief, Christopher Kotz, who will participate in a traditional passing of the American flag and Senior Chief Petty Officer Phares, a sailor aboard the USS Pueblo when it was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on January 23, 1968.
Senior Chief Phares was one of 83 crew members captured that day. One crew member was killed in the attack. The Senior Chief will recount that experience, which took place 50 years ago, while speaking aboard the Battleship.
The ceremony is free to all guests to attend.