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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 - Frederick Wacha passed

Gray Dragon



Great NNWA Reunion 2023 - Tucson is completed

See you at the next reunion in Branson, MO


Toxic Exposure Screening including nuclear radiation

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December 01, 2023

Website changes in last two months

11/27 - Added new member GMT2 Steven Gosselin

11/19 - Current Gray Dray Dragon Fred Wacha passed away

11/2 - Added new member Jerry E. Stevens

10/28 - Published revised SOP/PDL

10/21 - Added new member ITCM Hawes P. Amos

10/18 - Added new member GMT2 Brian K. Ewing

10/17 - Added new members MACS Keith Kelley and GMT2 Michael Whitman

10/3 - Reinstated member AOC Patrick Lynch

  Looking for

  • Joel Lowery asking about members stationed on  USS Lake Champlain CVS 39, USS Saratoga CVA 60 or USS Independence CVA 62 from 1956 thru 1960 

  • John Repik is Looking for Paul Christensen. Worked in NAD McAlester and PMS 423 in DC.mid to late 80s...


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

Frederick Wacha

17 November 2023

Gray Dragon

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Johnny B. St, Clair


7 August 2023

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Carlton D. Smoot


  8 February 2023

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Charles R. Kyle


    18 July 2023

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Marvin Ware


    23 May 2023

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Ronald M. Chapel


    21 May 2023

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Michael Hylton


    15 April 2023

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Frank Kelly


       28 February 2023

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Joseph W. Christian


       19 December 2022

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Bernie Pilger


 15 December 2022

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Philip J. Kimble


      3 December 2022

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William H. Ooten


      5 December 2022

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Frederick C. Langenohl


       1 June 2008

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Christopher Brown


        31 October 2022

Jack Knapp


        10 October 2022

Victor L. Dowdy


9 September 2021

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Randall Lee Ward


9 December 2017

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Robert D. Wiley III


31 July  2022

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Bruce C. Hill


12 July  2022

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Dale Brannen


14 July 2022

Troy Lynn Tutton


30 June 2022

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Dale R. Dunlap


1 June 2022

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Joseph C. Weeks


18 March 2022

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Ronald C. Yochum, Jr


15 May 2022

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TAPS for a spouse

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

Jean (Frank) Cantrell

8 February 2023

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December 01, 2023

Home Remedies For Wrinkles

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