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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.   


Gray Dragon


We are looking for members who can help in two areas.  First, a secondary Webmaster who would be able to take over the Webmaster duties in the event the Webmaster became unable to fulfill his duties.

Second - we are looking for someone with good knowledge of Microsoft Access to develop a database that we could then input member information to develop a listing of as many of Dragon Keepers as possible.

Please contact the Webmaster if you are willing and able to help.


The Guestbook has returned after a several month R&R.  Check it out.


Website changes:

11/23 - Reinstated member Michael J. Sprague

11/18 - Reinstated member John R. Simpson

Published more Shook Archives patches - font is red for any new patch

11/14 - Added new member Daniel E. Prater

11/5 - Began publishing photos from the 2014 Reunion in Reno, NV

11/4 - Recovered the Guestbook

11/1 - Published the NNWA Memorabilia Inventory in a members only section - check on the History page

10/31 - Published NNWA 2014 Business Meeting Minutes - now in a Members Only section

10/23 - Added new member James R. Mallery

10/22 - Noted passing of member LT Walter Webb

Noted passing of GMTCS James H. Ansley

10/10 - Noted passing of ex-member

LCDR Norman Eltringham

10/06 - Added link for the Annual Bob Dykoski Boat Ride


9/28 - Noted passing of past member YNCM John E. Johnston


9/27 - Noted passing of LT Rudolph J. Klampfer


9/26 - Noted passing of GMT1 Alan P. Anderson


9/21 Published letter from son of Fredrick R. Bickel who is seeking information about his father's service


Added new member, Ronald W. Spaulding


9/20 - Reinstated member Gary S. McDowell


9/19 - Added two books, "Broken Arrow" and "Broken Arrow II" the the Reading List.


9/6 - Reinstated member Bruce C. Hill


8/25 - Reinstated member Raymond R. Gillip


Service Officer Postings

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

  • Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says - 10/31/2014

  • DFAS Direct Deposit Now Required, Debit Card Option Available - 09/27/2014

  • 2015 Cola for Military Retirees, Social Security and VA Benefits - 09/25/2014

  • VFW Patriotic Days - 09/22/2104

  • House clears increase in veterans' disability payments - 09/19/2014

  • Legislative Update: Doc Fix (TRICARE/ Medicare Reimbursement) - 09/09/2014

  • Military Exchange Online Shopping Update - All Vet Use Proposal Hits Roadblocks - 09/09/2014

  • Veterans can share their VA experiences with this survey - 08/18/2014 12/31/14

  • VA Credibility - Summary of Congress’ Fix Legislation - 06/23/2014

  • Craigslist Sales Scam - How It works - 06/23/2014

  • VGLI Rates to increase on July 1, 2014 - 06/05/2014 12/31/2014

  • VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire Forms - 06/05/2014

  • VA Pension Scams 12/31/2014

  • Veterans rate VA Medical Centers high for satisfaction

  • VA Annual Income Verification Req. Ends - 03/26/2014 12/31/2014

Attention on Deck


We have added a new section - the Reading List - a list of books recommended by members of the NNWA.that are related to the nuclear weapons program.  If you have a nuclear weapons related publication that you wish to have listed, please send the information to me.


Read about the earliest SWU!


See NWSU 802 Orders of March 1950


Read the whole story of Japan Under the Nuclear Umbrella


Need to check out the minutes of one of our business meetings - the last 16 meeting minutes are now available on-line


Check your dues status

Make sure you are up to date. Don't miss out any opportunities.


Seeking Help


The son of Fredrick R. Bickel is looking for information about his deceased father.


Looking for


Submit your request to locate someone who was in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program by submitting to Webmaster

TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

GMT1 Alan P. Anderson

        1981 9/26

LT Rudolph J. Klampfer

        5 February 2014 9/27

YNCM John E. Johnston

     September 8, 2014 9/28

LCDR Norman Eltringham

        22 January 2014 10/10


LT Walter G. Webb

        17 October 2014 10/22


GMTCS James H. Ansley

   11 August 2014 10/22

TAPS for a spouse

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







November 23, 2014

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