Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (BNJARS)

     Jack Schaar was part of the 1943 Commissioning Crew of the USS New Jersey. Jack was part of the original "Radio Room Gang" serving as an operator on board the New Jersey. Jack was a Radioman Second Class and he served on the New Jersey for 28 months through all it's World War II campaigns and departed the ship at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan in late September of 1945. He was discharged on Oct 17, 1945 at Bainbridge, MD.

      During his tour of duty on board the "Big J", the ship earned the following decorations and campaign stars: American Area, Asiatic-Pacific Area with 9 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation 2 bronze stars, Combat Action Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon.

      Jack is an active member of the USS New Jersey Veterans, Inc and has attended 10 of the organizations reunions. He says, "It's a real and enjoyable pleasure meeting old friends and making many new ones."

          Jack is also a Ham Radio Operator with the callsign of W3ZD. Although not very active at the present time, Jack joined with former crewmate & plank owner, Bob Westcott, W2MAS, when the Battleship New Jersey ARS held a special event station on the ship on May 26, 2001.

Jack Schaar, W3ZD, (on left) visits
NJ2BB radio shack in May 2001 to
help celebrate the first transmission from
the BNJARS Ham Shack.

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