Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

14 Jun: Luncheon Speaker Jack James Director of the USS Turner Joy


Our June 14 Luncheon Speaker Jack James Director of the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) US Naval Destroyer Museum on the Bremerton Waterfront.

USS Turner Joy (DD-951) was the last ship in the Forrest Sherman – class of destroyers. Her keel was laid down on Sept 30, 1957 in Seattle, Washington by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, was commissioned on Aug 3, 1959. Turner Joy is credited with firing the first shots of the Vietnam War in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. She is also credited with firing the last naval gunfire shots of the war. Turner Joy (DD-951) was decommissioned in November 1982, and was selected as a U.S. Navy memorial in November 1988.

Jack graduated from Bremerton’s West High School. He was a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet with the Yorktown Division in Bremerton. He enlisted in the Navy in 1972 and graduated from the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in February 1973. Jack was commissioned in 1981, and has a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence. Jack retired in 2007 after 35 years with the SEAL Teams.

In addition to his work as the Director of the Turner Joy (DD-951), he serves as a Seal Team Legacy Recruiter. He is very active in youth programs serving as the Bremerton Navy League Director of Youth Programs. He works with our NJROTC units, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts and the YMCA.

The Bremerton Historic Ships Association is in the process of raising funds to cover the required 10 year drydocking for hull preservation scheduled for next year.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call before June 7.