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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. 



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NNWA Reunion 2019 is to be held in Jacksonville, FL on October 7th - 11th - see you there


February 15, 2019

Website changes in last two months

2/15 - Added new member Michael J. Scheftic

2/14 - Added new member Jim Tuggle

2/7 - Added returning member Daniel F. Schmitt

1/28 - Added returning member David R. Nations

1/22 - Published the Spring 2019 NNWA Bulletin

1/21 - Added new member David L. Meier

1/10 - Added book review of biography of Dutch Van Kirk navigator of Enola Gay

1/8 - Added new member Stephen C. VanDresser

1/6 - Noted passing of member LT Eldon E. Irby

12/31 - Noted passing of GMTCS Ronald "Rosie" Rose

12/29 - Noted passing of GMTC Joseph F. Cobb, Jr.

12/19 - Added new member Dennis R. Tonnon

Service Officer Postings  for the past six months - see Service Officer Postings for more articles

COLA for 2019 is 2.8% - 10/12/2018

Urge Senate to Approve Agent Orange Reform - 09/11/2018

VA Mission Act - 09/10/2018

National Defense Authorization Act adds new Bet Benefits - 08/10/2018

National Defense Authorization Act 2018 highlights - 07/30/2018

Navy Lingo - 09/10/2018

  Looking for

  • Donn Green is looking to reconnect with Bobby Borum

Seeking Help

Ray Graulich is trying to find out how he can get proof that he received hazardous duty pay while on USS Saratoga from '64 to '67. Click if you can help


TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

Eldon E. Irby

28 December 2018

Click for Obituary 1/5

Ronald D. Rose


      18 September 2018 12/31

Click for Obituary

Joseph F. Cobb, Jr.


     16 February 2018 12/29

Click for Obituary

John L. Davis


     7 November 2018 11/8

John W. McMullen


15 October 2018

Click for Obituary 10/31

Bryne Harold Parker


21 September 2018

                           Click for Obituary 10/11 keep until 2019 reunion

William A. Price

                            GMTC 10/11 hold until 2019 reunion

Calvin J. Swank


29 MAY 2014

     Click for Obituary 9/24

William Newell Pierce


3 September 2018

         Click for Obituary 9/17

Mark Zickefoose


6 March 2018

Click for Obituary 9/13

William A. Grizzard


27 August 2018

    NNWA Vice-President 2004-2006 8/13

Helena Porch (Goar) Brickman

GMT1 7/18

Hal Rodger Halenza


12 November 2010

    Click for Obituary 7/9

James A. Warren


11 March 2018

    Click for Obituary 7/3

Robert J. Radwan


25 June 2018

      Click for Obituary  6/27

Robert J. Dunn


15 February 2018

     Click for Obituary 6/20

TAPS for a spouse

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







February 15, 2019

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