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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

The spring 2016 NNWA Bulletin published

Dont forget to Check your dues status

The 2016 NNWA Reunion in Indianapolis, IN will be held September 11-16 with checkout on September 17th.

The new Members Only Section contains:  On-line roster of members, business meeting minutes, memorabilia inventory and the reunion stocking guide.  Active members can get the password by e-mailing the Webmaster.

Website changes in last three months:

2/3 - Added new member Lawrence C. Nearhood

1/27 - Added new member Ed Kaatz

   Reinstated member Lynden L. Rader

1/19 - Added new member John E. Goodman, Jr.

1/17 -Added new members Kenneth E. McConnell and David A. Stifter

   Reinstated member Jack Haney

1/9 - Noted passing of WTC Earl Hair

1/6 - Published the Spring 2016 NNWA Bulletin

1/4 - Noted passing of CDR Donald M. Waymire

1/3 - Published request from Bob Daigle looking for any of the guys from Nuclear Weaponsman Class NW1 in 1958 at Sandia Base

12/30 - Published patches provided by John Hawkins: NAF Naha, NWS Concord, NWS Seal Beach, CINCLANTFLT and COMNAVSURFLANT

12/29 - Announced the dates for the 2016 NNWA reunion.

12/28 - Published an additional 33 Sub Tenders patches in the Wayne Shook Archives - red font identifies the newly added patches

12/9 - Published AE ship patches and Sub Tenders patches in the Wayne Shook Archives

12/8 - Published more shore station patches in the Wayne Shook Archives

12/7 - Noted passing of LCDR Alva G. Richards

12/1 - Published in the Wayne Shook Archives:

   Four new patches in the Miscellaneous folder and one in the Foreign Nukes folder - new patches have red font to identify them)

11/30 Published  the Wayne Shook Archives:

   Three new carrier patches in the Wayne Shook Archives Carrier folder (new ones in red font)

   Cruisebook photo from USS Yellowstone - 1987

   Twelve Cruiser patches in the Wayne Shook Archives Cruiser folder

11/29 - Published 24 AD patches in the Wayne Shook Archives Auxiliary folder

11/24 - Published Buddy Paul's reunion and dinner dance snapshots

11/19 - Noted passing of CWO4 Loran Dale Ginn

   Published dinner dance portraits from Buddy Paul

   Published new Link for Cruisebooks

11/17 - Added new member Tim H. Sogar

11/14 - Noted passing of member GMT2 Richard Kent Hanby on 11/14/2015

   Published John Hawkins reunion photos

   Published Board of Directors photographs

11/11 - Published review John Hawkin's review of Return of the Enola Gay by Paul Tibbets - in the Reading List

Service Officer Postings

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


Verizon Offering Discount to Veterans - 01/29/2016

IDs, Exchange, Cold War Medal and Space "A" Travel - 11/19/2015

No COLA for 2016 - 11/19/2015

Veteran's State Income Tax - 11/19/2015

VA Handbook - 11/11/2015

Reconstructing Lost Military Records - 08/29/2015

Important Agent Orange Updates - 08/26/2015

Social Security Pay Bump for Active Duty Time - 08/26/2015



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



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




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.  When time to renew, use the fillable application.

TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

      LCDR Alva G. Richards  12/7

CWO4 Loran Dale Ginn

     31 December 2010 11/19

GMT2 Richard Kent Hanby

     14 November 2015 11/14

GMTCM James G. Wickham

     13 April 2015 11/4

Click for Obituary

GMTC John L. Milbert

      25 September 201511/4

Click for Obituary

GMTCS William Hegdale

       22 June 201211/4

CDR Donald M. Waymire

     24 December 2015 1/4

     WTC Earl Hair 1/9


TAPS for a spouse

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







February 05, 2016

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