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Thursday, September 10, 1998

Advocates of warship hold rally

By Paris L. Gray, Courier-Post

SUPPORT: Attending a battleship rally in Camden (from left) are Dan Muckel of Barrington; Frank Burkhardt of Gloucester City; Joseph Counts of Bellmawr; and William Starkey of Glassboro.


By MIKE FRANOLICH
Courier-Post Staff


CAMDEN - On the eve of an official recommendation of a permanent site for the USS New Jersey - the Navy's most-honored battleship - a small crew of people rallied in Wiggins Park Wednesday in favor of having it berthed on the Waterfront.

"No matter what the (New Jersey Battleship) commission says tomorrow, the battleship was destined since it was born here, to return to Camden," state Sen. John Matheussen, R-Gloucester, told about 75 people who gathered at the 5 p.m. rally.

The commission vote will endorse one of three sites - Bayonne, Jersey City, or on the Waterfront near the Blockbuster-Sony Entertainment Centre, where it would become a floating museum.

Although the commission votes today, an internal commission report already recommends the Bayonne site. Commission Chairman Joseph Azzolina discounted the report after it was publicized Wednesday. He said the report was incomplete and was not used to guide commission members.

"Whatever the decision tomorrow, South Jersey has put together its best presentation . . . will make every effort to visit her . . . and will continue to fight for her," Mayor Milton Milan said at the rally, sponsored by talk radio station WWDB-FM.

The USS New Jersey fought in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.

It was built on the Delaware River by South Jerseyans and Pennsylvanians at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Later, area residents also modernized the ship, which was stored at Bayonne twice after World War II.

 

"The people came out for it. The money's committed. It's the perfect spot. What else is it going to take?" asked Audubon resident Ruth Reynolds, 66. "If we don't get it, I'll want to know why."

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