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The Navy Nuclear Weapons Association  (NNWA) is a nationwide organization of military and civilian participants in the US Navy Department nuclear weapons program during the years 1946 to present. Many of our members meet annually in September or October at various locations across the US to reminisce with long-lost friends, provide support with veterans affairs and medical information, visit historical sites, enjoy quality entertainment in hospitable environs, and salute our departed. The NNWA invites you to join our society of cold-War Keepers of the Dragon"

We publish semi-annual newsletters with information concerning our unique experiences while in the Navy.  We are a not for profit corporation governed by a membership approved By-Laws, an SOP/PDL and an elected Board of Directors We maintain a NNWA roster of all members, their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, so that you may find some long-lost shipmates. 



        Grey Dragon - Robert A. Mowry

Gray Dragon




Reunion 2024 will be in Branson, MO 13-17 October
Clarion Inn phone number for reservations
(417) 334-7666 Option 2
Mention NNWA rate is $144 per night


Toxic Exposure Screening including nuclear radiation

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June 11, 2024

Website changes in last two months

6/11 - Added new member WT1 Bryan Heady

6/5 - Noted passing of GMT2 Robert Folkner

          Noted passing of member WTC Gary Dunbar

5/21 - Noted passing of WT1 Alan Douglass

5/20 -Published Harry Austin memories In History Section

5/11 - Added new member GMG3 Nathaniel McIlhaney

5/7 - Published link about Gray Dragon getting award

5/5 - Published link for Gray Dragon press release

5/4 - Published PACT May 2024 Act Update from Check Weber

5/4 - Add link to Sound of Silence website on Links page

5/2 - Added new member David G. Greene

4/26 - Added new member GMC James A. Norman

4/22 - Noted passing of GMT2 David C. Watson

4/17 - Added new member GMT3 James S. Patterson


Seeking Help

Bob Daigle is asking if any NWs between 1958-1961 have records of exposure in their records or if they were monitored


Richard Gurule also has questions about exposure records


TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

and passed since our last reunion

Gary Dunbar
2 June 2024
Robert Folkner
29 May 2024
Allan Douglass
23 September 2023
David C. Watson
5 August 2023
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Louis Castronova
20 February 2024
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Marvin Haynes
11 February 2024
Verne A. Westgate
14 March 1997
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Dennis L. Fuerst
9 February 2024
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James V. Hamann
3 January 2024
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Norman C. Siford
29 November 2022
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Conrad Bill Wheatley
25 May 2021
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David L. Yearwood
26 January 2020
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Acey L. Henshaw
14 March 2014
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Richard (Dick) L. Johnson


March 2023

Jerry Kester


20 December 2022

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Gary Edward Johnston


13 December 2023

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Dov Troup


1 June  2022

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Joseph D. Hohe


12 September 2023

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John Aragay, Jr.


23 January 2010

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Murray Haddaway


5 August 2020

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Frederick Wacha

17 November 2023


Gray Dragon

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TAPS for a spouse

The following spouse of a Navy's Nuclear Weapons Association member is deceased.





June 11, 2024

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