The Korean Conflict:

On August 25, 1951, the USS IOWA was recommissioned for service due to the escalating tension occurring between the United States and Korea. For seven years, the Battleship IOWA had an active role in the Korean Conflict.

1951
Aug 01

Captain William R. Smedberg III, USN Takes Over As Commanding Officer

Captain William R. Smedberg III, USN Takes Over As Commanding Officer
Aug 25

USS Iowa Recommissioned

USS Iowa Recommissioned

Recommissioned due to the escalating level of hostilities in Korea.

1952
Apr 08

Wonson-Songjin

Conducted gun strikes against enemy supply routes in Wonson-Songjin area.

Apr 09

Joined Bomb Line

Joined bomb line to strike enemy troop concentrations, supply areas and suspected gun positions in vicinity of Suwon Dan and Kojo.

Apr 01

Heading to Japan

Heading to Japan

Underway for Far East to relieve USS WISCONSIN and become flagship of Vice Admiral Robert T. Briscoe, Commander, Seventh Fleet, operating in support of United Nations Forces in Korea.

Apr 13

Bombardment

Bombardment in support of I ROK Corps, killing 100 enemy troops, destroying six gun emplacements and seriously damaging divisional headquarters.

Apr 14

Wonsan Harbor

Wonsan Harbor

In Wonsan Harbor to bomb warehouses, observation posts and railroad marshaling yards and then back to the bomb line to support UN forces in Kosong area.

Apr 20

Closes 4 Railroad Tunnels

Operating north of 38th Parallel, the USS IOWA closed four railroad tunnels near Tanchon.

Apr 25

Bombardment April 25-26

Bombardment April 25-26

Bombardment of Chindong and Kosong.

May 25

Bombardment at Chongjin

In action against North Korean industrial and rail transportation center at Chongjin. Not since the USS MISSOURI bombarded Chongjin in November 1950, had a battleship operated that far north, just forty-eight miles from the Russian border. The USS IOWA effectively destroyed Chongjin’s industrial center.

May 27

Bombardment of Songjin

Bombardment of Songjin

Bombardment of Songjin, closing railroad tunnels and seriously damaging area bridges.

May 28

Support X Corps

Again on bomb line in support of X Corps, followed by gun strikes on islands in Wonsan harbor.

Jun 01

Replenishment

Underway for Sasebo and replenishment.

Jun 01

Month of June Gun Strikes

Month of June Gun Strikes

Gun strikes against Mayang-do, Tanchon, Chongjin, Chodo-Sokto and ports of Hungnam and Wonsan.

Jun 09

Rescue Downed Pilot from USS Princeton

Rescue Downed Pilot from USS Princeton

USS IOWA’S helicopter rescued downed pilot from USS PRINCETON. Second USS PRINCETON pilot is rescued by USS IOWA’s helicopter.

Jul 01

Captain Joshua W. Cooper, USN Becomes Commanding Officer

Captain Joshua W. Cooper, USN Becomes Commanding Officer
Aug 20

Aids USS Thompson

Went to aid of destroyer USS THOMPSON off Songjin, taking aboard her casualties and covering her escape to safer waters.

Sep 23

Gun Strikes in Wonsan

Gun Strikes in Wonsan

Gun strikes in Wonsan area observed by General Mark Clark, USA, Commander-In-chief of United Nations Forces who was aboard. IOWA’s gunfire destroyed a major ammunition dump.

Sep 25

More Gunstrikes

More Gunstrikes

Gun Strikes against railroad and thirty-car train.

Oct 14

Operation Decoy

Participated in Operation Decoy, an attempt to draw enemy troops under fire at Kojo.

Oct 16

Kojo Action

Provided anti-aircraft support for the USS MOUNT MCKINLEY during Kojo action. During her Korean tour, the USS IOWA steamed more than 40,000 miles.

Oct 17

En Route to Norfolk, VA

En Route to Norfolk, VA

En route to Norfolk, Virginia for overhaul, followed by training operations in the Caribbean.

1953
Jul 01

Operation Mariner

Serving as flagship of Second Fleet, USS IOWA was a participant in Operation Mariner, a major NATO exercise in Northern Europe.

Jul 01

Captain Wayne R. Loud, USN Becomes Commanding Officer

Captain Wayne R. Loud, USN Becomes Commanding Officer
1954
Jun 01

IOWA Class All Together

IOWA Class All Together

On Midshipmen training cruise, rendezvous with three other USS IOWA class battleships in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sep 01

Captain William C. Bryson, USN Becomes Commanding Officer

Captain William C. Bryson, USN Becomes Commanding Officer
1955
Jan 01

Extended Cruise to Mediterranean

Extended Cruise to Mediterranean

January through April, visited Mediterranean, becoming first battleship in the Mediterranean since the war ended. Ports visited Gibraltar; Mers El Kebir, Oran; Genoa & Naples, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and Cannes, France.

Jun 01

Midshipmen Cruise.

In June, Midshipmen Cruise. Visited Barcelona, Spain and Portsmouth, England.

Aug 01

Returned to Norfolk, VA

Returned to Norfolk, VA

In August in Norfolk, Virginia for a four-month overhaul, followed by training cruises and operational exercises.

Nov 01

Captain John W. Ailes III, USN Becomes Commanding Officer

Captain John W. Ailes III, USN Becomes Commanding Officer
Dec 01

Regunned in December

Regunned in December

Regunned for the first time.

1956
Apr 13

In Cuba

During April 13-15, the ship visited Havana Cuba.

Apr 15

Play Ball

Play Ball

USS IOWA’s baseball team played the University of Havana in Havana.

Jun 01

Midshipmen Cruise Able

From June, the ship Visited Guantanamo Bay, Bermuda, Portsmouth, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dec 01

Captain F. Julian Becton USN Becomes Commanding Officer

Captain F. Julian Becton USN Becomes Commanding Officer

Capt. F.J. Becton assumed command of the Iowa (BB-61) in December 1956 just prior to her final Mediterranean Deployment. Iowa served with the 6th Fleet from January to Mid-April of this year. Capt. Becton has also served in the Battleships Texas (BB-35) and Arkansas (BB-33).

1957
Jan 01

Return to the Med

Returned to Mediterranean for duty with the Sixth Fleet.

Jun 13

International Naval Review

International Naval Review

Participated in International Naval Review off Hampton roads, Virginia.

Sep 01

Operation Strike Back

Operation Strike Back

Participate in NATO’s Operation strike Back in North Atlantic. wikipedia

1958
Feb 24

Decommission (Again)

Decommission (Again)

Decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard.