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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

Summer 2017 NNWA Bulletin has been published including reunion info and registration form.

If you are an active member with an e-mail address

and don't get an e-mail from the webmaster on or soon after the first of every month, email the webmaster.

Don't forget to Check your dues status then use the Application to renew


Website changes in last two months

7/18 - Noted passing of NW2/GMT2 Arthur A. Class

7/13 - Noted passing of Life Member Mrs. Clara McGifford

7/6 - Added new SWULANT9 patch provided by Wayne Shook

7/5 - Added new members Robert C. Bartholow and Joseph W. Christian

7/1 - Published NWTGP Nuclear Weapons Chronology (through 1974) provided by

        Ray Margeson

6/26 - Added new member John A. Hopper

6/23 - Added new member Scott A. Lavalley

6/20 - Published a photo of SWULANT Division 9 on board USS Midway (CVA-41) on a 1955 cruise  - photo provided by Wayne Shook

6/15 - Published photo of JFK I/O Deployment Christmas 1983 cup

6/11 - Added new member Theodore E. Manis

                   Published two more photos of planes guiding Regulus missiles provided by

         James Hollingsworth

6/8 - Summer 2017 NNWA Bulletin published

6/6 - Published photo of NAS Norfolk Weapons Dept cup provided by Ray Margeson

6/4 - Published Naval Station Bermuda patch provided by Duane A. Schwartz

6/2 - Noted passing of John Henry Cook

        Published photos of two Cecil Field cups provided by Jack Osilka

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

Updated VA Handbook - 05/18/2017

VA Health Care Access - Determining Your Wait Time - 05/18/2017

DFAS Address Change - 05/18/2017

VA CoPay Debt Options - 03/20/2017

VA Vet Choice Program - 03/20/2017

White House Petition on Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Issue - 03/18/2017

  Looking for

Bob Daigle would like to communicate with any of the guys from Nuclear Weaponsman Class NW1 in 1958 at Sandia Base

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

Arthur A. Klass


23 December 2016 7/18

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John Henry Cook

    23 May 2017 6/2

George Joseph Yott


      24 May 2017 5/28

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Richard D. Grosser

     22 July 2004 3/20

James F, Hoffarth


       14 May 2000 3/20

L. Dee Rochester


       18 February 2017 2/19

Past NNWA President

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Robert Franklin Smith


      24 June 2014 2/18

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William Scott Hanks


     30 January 2017 2/2

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David L. Cobb


NNWA Secretary 2006-2012

     21 January 2017 1/21

Reverend Randall D. Scallan


NNWA Chaplain

     15 January 2017 1/16

TAPS for a spouse

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

Mrs. Clara McGifford

    27 August 2014 7/13






July 24, 2017

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