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15 Aug 1914

United States
18 Oct 1917

United States
24 Mar 1918

United States
2 Apr 1919

United States
  • The keel of destroyer Reuben James was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corp. in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Reuben James | Camden, New Jersey | DS]
14 Jun 1919

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was promoted to the rank of temporary ensign as he completed the Navy Steam-Engineering Training School hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Hoboken, New Jersey | CPC]
4 Oct 1919

United States
14 Sep 1921

United States
  • The keel of the oiler which would later be named Kamoi was laid down by New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Camden, New Jersey | CPC]
8 Jun 1922

United States
  • An oiler was completed at the New York Shipbuilding shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, United States; it was officially named Kamoi by the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Camden, New Jersey | CPC]
12 Sep 1922

United States
  • Kamoi was commissioned into service in Camden, New Jersey, United States under the command of Captain Teijiro Murase. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Camden, New Jersey | CPC]
27 Sep 1922

United States
6 Mar 1928

United States
  • The keel of heavy cruiser Chester was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Company in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Chester | Camden, New Jersey | DS]
11 Oct 1928

United States
  • The German passenger airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Friedrichshafen, Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States, in a flight time of 71 hours. ww2dbase [Lakehurst, New Jersey | AC]
3 Jul 1929

United States
24 Jan 1935

United States
  • Brooklyn-class light cruiser Nashville was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Nashville | Camden, New Jersey | DS]
6 May 1937

United States
  • Lieutenant Colonel W. T. H. Galliford commanded a unit of US Marines for rescue and riot control duties at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States after the crash of German airship Hindenburg. He would remain in this role until 8 May. ww2dbase [Lakehurst, New Jersey | CPC]
  • The German airship LZ129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed with heavy loss of life whilst attempting to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Lakehurst, New Jersey | AC]
2 Oct 1937

United States
  • Cruiser Nashville was launched with the daughters of the president of a newspaper from Nashville, Tennessee as sponsors. ww2dbase [Nashville | Camden, New Jersey | DS]
Photo(s) dated 2 Oct 1937
Ann and Mildred Stahlman, the daughters of the president of The cruiser Nashville began slipping down the ways after several nervous, motionless moments following christening at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey, United States, 2 Oct 1937.
17 Jan 1938

United States
  • The keel of Hammann was laid down by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Hammann | Kearny, New Jersey | CPC]
4 Feb 1939

United States
  • Hammann was launched at Kearny, New Jersey, United States, sponsored by Miss Lillian Hammann, daughter of Ensign Charles Hammann. ww2dbase [Hammann | Kearny, New Jersey | CPC]
27 May 1939

United States
  • The United States Navy Fleet Auxiliary USS Dixie was launched at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, United States. Under the command of Lieutenant Commander G. H. Bahn she would spend the war employed as a destroyer tender in the Pacific, and later earned five battle stars during the Korean War. ww2dbase [Camden, New Jersey | AC]
5 Jul 1939

United States
  • The keel of the battleship USS South Dakota (BB-57) was laid down at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [South Dakota | Camden, New Jersey | AC]
27 May 1940

United States
  • The keel of light cruiser Juneau was laid down by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Juneau | Kearny, New Jersey | CPC]
18 Aug 1940

United States
  • The keel of Columbia was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Columbia | Camden, New Jersey | CPC]
26 Oct 1940

United States
  • The US Marine Corps organized a Marine Parachute Detachment at the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Lakehurst, New Jersey | CPC]
25 Oct 1941

United States
  • Juneau was launched at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company yard in Kearny, New Jersey, United States, sponsored by wife of Mayor Harry Lucas of Juneau, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Juneau | Kearny, New Jersey | CPC]
17 Dec 1941

United States
  • The keel of the large cruiser USS Alaska (CB-1) was laid down by New York Shipbuilding in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Alaska | Camden, New Jersey | AC]
  • Columbia was launched in Camden, New Jersey, United States, sponsored by Miss J. A. Paschal. ww2dbase [Columbia | Camden, New Jersey | CPC]
10 Mar 1942

United States
  • At 0632 hours, the unescorted 6,776-ton American unarmed steam tanker Gulftrade was torpedoed by German submarine U-588 three miles off Barnegat Light on the coast of New Jersey, United States. The tanker was spotted by the submarine because the running lights and the masthead light had been turned on to avoid collision with several colliers in the vicinity. A torpedo struck the starboard side just forward of the mainmast and just aft of the bridge. The explosion broke the ship in two and oil and debris was sprayed over the vessel from stem to stern and the ship caught fire immediately. Within one minute, the high seas washed over the tanker and extinguished the flames. The engines were stopped and the ship was abandoned by the crew of eight officers and 26 crewmen. The high seas and the fact that oil lay several inches deep all about the deck and had filled the boats complicated the abandoning. Seven survivors stayed on the stern and nine abandoned ship in a lifeboat. Two other boats with 18 men swamped, drowning the officer and 17 crewmen in them. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | Barnegat Light, New Jersey | CPC, HM]
11 Apr 1942

United States
25 May 1942

United States
  • German submarine U-593 sank Panamanian tanker Persephone 10 miles off New Jersey, United States at 2053 hours; 9 were killed, 28 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | New Jersey | CPC]
13 Nov 1942

United States
28 Dec 1942

United States
  • Robert Johnson and fellow members of the USAAF 61st Fighter Squadron arrived at Camp Kilmer at Piscataway and Edison, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | Edison, New Jersey | CPC]
28 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 28 Mar 1943
Battleship Iowa being inclined at the drydock of Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, 28 Mar 1943
29 Mar 1943

Photo(s) dated 29 Mar 1943
USS Iowa off Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, 29 Mar 1943
4 Apr 1943

Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1943
USS Iowa off Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, 4 Apr 1943Launching of the Light Carrier Cabot, 4 Apr 1943, Camden, New Jersey, United States.
7 Apr 1943

Photo(s) dated 7 Apr 1943
Starboard view of USS Iowa, off Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, 7 Apr 1943Bird
24 Apr 1943

United States
  • Cargo ship El Estero, after having loaded 1,365 tons of munitions aboard, suffered a boiler flashback at the docks at Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. She was able to be towed away from other ships and crates of explosives and sunk in shallow water near Robbins Reef Light before her cargo detonated. ww2dbase [Jersey City, New Jersey | CPC]
3 May 1943

Photo(s) dated 3 May 1943
PT-196, an Elco 80-foot motor torpedo boat, in an experimental paint scheme, Bayonne, New Jersey, 3 May 1943. Note that the paint on the sides is meant to deflect attention while the paint on the bow draws attention.
22 May 1943

United States
2 Aug 1943

United States
9 Sep 1943

United States
10 Sep 1943

United States
19 Sep 1943

United States
  • John Basilone participated in a bond tour event in his home town of Raritan and the neighboring town of Somerville in New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [John Basilone | Raritan, New Jersey | CPC]
26 Sep 1943

Photo(s) dated 26 Sep 1943
San Jacinto sliding down the building ways at Camden, New Jersey, United States after she was christened by Mrs. Jesse H. Jones, 26 Sep 1943
13 Dec 1943

United States
3 Jan 1944

United States
  • While anchored off Ambrose Light about 10 miles east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, United States at the entrance to New York Harbor, the destroyer USS Turner suffered several magazine explosions attributed to faulty Mousetrap contact fuses. The Turner sank at 0827 hours and 138 crewmen were lost. Nearby ships picked up the survivors, landing the injured to the hospital at Sandy Hook. A United States Coast Guard Sikorsky HNS-1 helicopter flown by Lieutenant Commander Frank A. Erickson delivered two cases of blood plasma from New York to Sandy Hook; it was the first time that a rotary wing aircraft had been used in a life-saving operation. ww2dbase [Mousetrap Anti-Submarine Rocket | Sandy Hook, New Jersey | AC, CPC]
31 May 1944

Photo(s) dated 31 May 1944
Ammunition magazine under construction, Naval Ammunition Depot Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey, United States, 31 May 1944
1 Sep 1944

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt visited Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd in Allamuchy, New Jersey, United States. After dinner, he departed for Hyde Park, New York, United States by train. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Allamuchy, New Jersey | CPC]
11 Feb 1945

United States
  • On or around this date, German submarine U-869 was sunk off New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [U-869 | New Jersey | CPC]
29 Jun 1945

United States
  • At Fort Dix, New Jersey, United States, 157 Soviet prisoners of war, wielding clubs and other crude weapons, threatened suicide or asked for their American guards to shoot them. They had been captured by American troops in Europe, some of whom were in German uniforms, some as prisoners of war. They were slated to be repatriated to the Soviet Union, and they knew they faced execution or imprisonment upon return. During the brief melee, 3 American guards suffered light wounds from stabbing or clubbing, several Soviets suffered gunfire wounds, and 3 Soviets committed suicide by hanging. ww2dbase [New Hanover, New Jersey | CPC]
8 Jul 1945

United States
  • British carrier HMS Reaper arrived at Newark, New Jersey, United States with a captured German Ar 234 aircraft aboard. ww2dbase [Ar 234 Blitz | Newark, New Jersey | CPC]
31 Aug 1945

United States
  • 153 Soviets who had been captured by Americans among German ranks were deported from Fort Dix, New Jersey, United States for the Soviet Union, via Hof in southern Germany. ww2dbase [New Hanover, New Jersey | CPC]
14 Nov 1947

United States
  • The city of Newark, New Jersey, United States dispatched two aging fireboats, Michael P. Duffy and William T. Brennan, to block the entrance of Newark Bay. The city administration, which had already embarked on a costly beautification program, did not wish to play host to the scrapping of a battleship. The US Coast Guard and four tug boats of the Lipsett Division of the firm Luria Brothers and Company stood on the other side of the line with battleship New Mexico behind them. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Newark, New Jersey | CPC]
24 Nov 1947

United States
  • The scrapping of battleship New Mexico began at the facilities of Lipsett Division of the firm Luria Brothers and Company in Newark, New Jersey, United States. The work would complete in Jul 1948. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Newark, New Jersey | CPC]
3 Nov 1950

Photo(s) dated 3 Nov 1950
Good view of the size of the 16-inch gun barrels of battleship USS New Jersey’s main battery, Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, 3 Nov 1950.
15 Apr 1953

Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1953
Alaska, Guam, North Carolina, Washington, Enterprise, Franklin, and other ships at  Bayonne Naval Supply Depot, New Jersey, United States, 15 Apr 1953
8 Mar 1958

United States
28 Jun 1972

United States
27 Jun 1974

United States
2 Sep 1991

United States
  • American diver John Chatterton discovered the wreck of German submarine U-869 off of New Jersey, United States under 73 meters of water. He and fellow divers on the expedition was unable to identify the submarine, however. ww2dbase [U-869 | New Jersey | CPC]
31 Aug 1997

United States
  • Off New Jersey, United States, John Chatterton dove the wreck of U-869 and sledgehammered away an oxygen tank (risking explosion) in order to retrieve a spare parts box in the electric motor room, which he handed to fellow diver Richie Kohler waiting outside the room. On his way out, he was entangled in loose wires and nearly ran out of air while trying to free himself. Meanwhile, on the surface, fellow divers already began to examine the spare parts box, finding a tag that conclusively identified the submarine, debunking the previous hypothesis that U-869 had been sunk off Gibraltar. ww2dbase [U-869 | New Jersey | CPC]
24 Mar 2013

Photo(s) dated 24 Mar 2013
Memorial dedicated to townsmen who were lost during WW2, Rutherford, New Jersey, United States, 24 Mar 2013
6 Jul 2013

Photo(s) dated 6 Jul 2013
War memorial at Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States, 6 Jul 2013
31 Aug 2013

Photo(s) dated 31 Aug 2013
Fairbanks-Morse plate on one of museum ship LingConning tower of museum ship Ling, Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, 31 Aug 2013Close-up of museum ship LingView of upper crankshaft of one of museum ship Ling
See all photos dated 31 Aug 2013
17 Oct 2014

Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 2014
Fire Control Tower No. 23, Lower Township, New Jersey, United States, 17 Oct 2014, photo 1 of 3Fire Control Tower No. 23, Lower Township, New Jersey, United States, 17 Oct 2014, photo 2 of 3Fire Control Tower No. 23, Lower Township, New Jersey, United States, 17 Oct 2014, photo 3 of 3Ammunition bunker for coastal guns, 17 Oct 2014, photo 1 of 4
See all photos dated 17 Oct 2014

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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