Apartment residents in Camden, New Jersey, live among a piece of American military history, and they can pay a visit anytime they want to the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial.
Built in the Philadelphia
Naval Shipyard and first launched December 4, 1942 - less than a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor - the USS New Jersey went on to become the most decorated battleship in U.S. Naval history, according to museum officials. The ship served in World War II, the Korean War and was the only U.S. battleship to fire in the Vietnam War. The USS New Jersey was decommissioned in 1991. It is also one of the largest ships ever built - the length of nearly three football fields and eleven stories high.
Since 2001, Camden apartment renters have been able to board the restored ship in its current state - a floating museum that pays tribute to the USS New Jersey's long and distinguished history. Today, apartment renters can take tours of the big ship, or even stay overnight in one of the museum's encampment programs. Camden apartment residents and their children will sleep in the ship's bunks, dine in the crew's mess and stow their belongings in the same lockers used by U.S. Navy sailors.
Apartment residents in Camden also know the city for its other historical qualities. The Harleigh Cemetery is known as one of the oldest in New Jersey and is the resting site for a number of notable U.S. senators and other historic American figures.
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