USS New Mexico BB-40
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Aug. 9, 2017

My father, Edward M. Kelly, was a Seaman 1st Class 5" Rammerman on the USS New Mexico.  Attached are his photo and his honorary certificate of his service aboard the Queen. He passed away in 1976 of heart failure. He was very proud of his service to his country and had a deep and abiding love and gratitude for those members of the USS New Mexico's crew who were killed in action. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful father and I know he would be glad to see the Queen's legacy preserved. Thank you so much for this site. God bless.  

Celia Kelly Bredenbeck

Edward M. Kelly seen in uniform.

Edward M. Kelly seen in uniform.

Edward M. Kelly seen with two unidentified men.

Apr. 3, 2014

My Grandfather is Vern Dascher who was a member of "The Queen's" crew during WWII. He is the president of the Association. His email is For Association Membership, or Ship information, contact him. His phone is 636-949-9413.

I am the co-chair of the USS New Mexico BB40 Association Reunion. For Reunion information/registration, please list me as contact. My phone is 636-497-0583.

This year's Reunion is September 23-28, 2014 at The Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center in Branson, MO.
The room rate of $62.10 plus tax includes a deluxe hot breakfast buffet. Because of the limited number of rooms, make your reservations early by calling 1-800-677-6906. Be sure to mention The USS New Mexico Reunion and the dates. Keep in mind that reservations may be cancelled if your plans change. Please reserve early. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Hugs & Peace,
Sheri Briley

Dec. 22, 2011

My father, Victor Wayne Davis (1910-1999), was on the USS New Mexico in 1934. I have several scrapbooks of clippings and photos and would be happy to share them with you for your site. Also, are there any postings from others whose family was on the USS New Mexico c. 1934-1936? I would like to learn more about this ship, this era, the Sailors, etc. Feel free to contact me.

Thank you,
Carol (Davis) Albrecht

Reply 1
Jan. 7, 2013

My father was also on the BB 40 from 1933 tom1939. While my own efforts to gain knowledge about the ship, crews etc. have not been too successful (started in the early 1990's)! I have found that by revisiting the web over time more and more descendants like ourselves enter the search so to speak.

The main problem I have found is, this was the era called 'The Navy between the Wars'. And even the service records were minimal in those days...

Rick Stallings

Photo album cover.

Victor W. Davis' Domain of Neptunus Rex certificate.

Oct. 17, 2008

I was recently given information about my Great-grandfather when he served in the U.S. Navy. I've been doing some research in the hopes to find something about his short career in the Military. When I came across your message it got my attention. My Great-Grandfather served aboard the USS New Mexico from Jan 1920 to Sep 1920. His name his Emmett Murphy serving as a Fireman Second Class (F2C) or a Fireman Third Class (F3C).  I'm putting together a room dedicated to my family that has served in the military. I'm currently serving in the Navy falling my grandfather footsteps as he did with his father before him. It would be of great
honor for me and my family if you have any pictures, that your willing to share, of him or even of his ship around this time period. I will appreciate any information you may have. 

Thank you in advance,
Matt Gutridge

Reply 1
Oct. 28, 2008

A good place to start might be with getting your grandfather's personnel and medical records from the National Personnel Records Center.

Gregory A. Carpenter

April 3, 2008

I've been posting the photos I have of my Grandfather, Einar B.V. Schon who served on the USS New Mexico beginning in 1919 anywhere I can find a place to post them. I have a quest to get his shipmate's families to find their ancestors in my Grandfather's photographs, as some of them were even LABELED with the person's name! I've included photos of his handwritten comments on the backside to be helpful. I'm glad to see you actually HAVE a few photos of the USS New Mexico from 1919! It's pretty rare to find any site that even ALLOWS you to post stuff without having to label it as 1940, etc. arrgh.

Einar B.V. Schon (Date of birth 03-21-03) I think. Served as signalman (I believe), as he used the semaphore flags, and used to love to send me secret messages in Morse Code at the dinner table when I was a child! Was in the navy starting in 1919, and I'm not sure when he got out. I have MANY more photographs that I haven't had time to scan, and I can't remember the Californian city that he had them developed at, but it is probably near a naval base. Please contact me if you can use my photos!  I'd love to contribute!

Sincerely, Danica Flyte
(proud Grand-daughter)

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