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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

Member Wayne Shook has been collecting patches, documents and other memorabilia and has provided us with about 145 images that can be accessed through the History link above and selecting the Wayne Shook Archives link.  Thanks to him for providing us this historical collection.


2014 NNWA Reunion will be held in Reno, NV from Sunday October 5th thru Friday October 10th

Full information available in Summer 2014 NNWA Bulletin

Reunion Reservation Form  Reunion Reservation Form (PDF)


Website changes:


8/25 - Reinstated member Raymond R. Gillip


8/19 - Added new member Arthur J. Donley.  Published the Wayne Shook Archives in the History section of the web site.


8/17 - Added new member John L. Davis and reinstated member Donald J. Clairmont.


8/16 - Noted passing of WTC Lawrence C. Schick


7/31 - Reinstated member David R. McClure


7/16 - Published new NNWA Reading List


7/16 - Added new member Michael S. Adams


7/9 - Published document titled Japan Under the Nuclear Umbrella - available on History page


7/4 - Noted passing of CDR Jack Saxton - Pearl Harbor survivor,  SWULANT and NWTCP.


7/3 - Reinstated member Lester L. Wright


6/30 - Added new member Philip P. Erwin


6/21 - Noted passing of past member Morris Cavey


6/16 - added new member John M. "Jack" Vechile


6/15 - Published Summer 2014 Bulletin and final reservation information


6/14 Noted passing of past member Lt. Terry L. Harris


6/13 - Reinstated members Frances P. Mattero, Dean Larson, Gayle F. Jolley  and Brian R. Clark


6/8 - Noted passing of past member C. R. (Bob) Brewer


6/3 - Added new members William Ooten and Bruce E. MacDonald


6/2 - Noted passing of GMTC Robert A. Lambert


5/ 31 - Noted passing of member CDR Lidge Roper


Service Officer Postings

 for the past year - see Service Officer Postings for more postings

  • 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

  • SSA expediting claims for 100% disabled vets - 03/14/2014 12/31/2014

  • Retiree Appreciation Days 2014 02/10/2014 12/31/2014

  • Do Not Call Registry Scam - How it Works - 01/07/2014

  • VA Open Data Policy at a New Website - 01-07/2014

  • VA Burial Benefit - New Monetary Burial Award Rules - 01/07/2014

  • COLA 2016 – Breaking down the House Vote - 01/07/2014 12/31/2015

  • Tricare Retiree Dental Plan - Open for New Enrollments - 01/07/2014

  • Veteran Legislation 113th Congress - As of  31 Dec 2013 - 01/07/2014 09/30/2014

  • Veteran Charity Watch Update – Donating Wisely - 01/07/2014

  • Tricare launches pharmacy cost calculator - 01/07/2014 12/31/


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


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Newly published Documents


The Nuclear Weapons of the United States Navy - 1945-2013


U. S. Deployed Nuclear/ Thermonuclear Weapons


Looking for


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


Lockheed Martin Missile & Fire Control in Orlando is looking for some experienced weapons people - check in Help


TAPS for those who were in the Navy Nuclear Weapons Program

CDR Lidge Roper

      11 March 2003 5/31

GMTC Robert A. Lambert

      28 March 2014 6/2

C. R. (Bob) Brewer

     12 September 2009 6/8

LT Terry L. Harris

        25 July 2013 6/14

Morris Cavey

     February 2013 6/21

CDR Frank Saxton

17 September 1992

WTC Lawrence C. Schick

        13 August 2014 8/16

TAPS for a spouse

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







August 26, 2014

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