U.S.S. California
DLGN-36 / CGN-36
The Golden Grizzly
In The Beginning, Memories of a Plank Owner

Plank Owner Memorabilia
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The Plank Owner Certificate
Inscription reads:
On This Date
EM2 Richard L. Schetroma
Has Been Duly Recorded As An Honored Member Of
The Crew Who Served Aboard This Ship At The
Time Of Her Commissioning. Henceforth He Is Entitled To
All Privileges And Rights Of A
Plank Owner
16 February 1974.....................F H Miller
Plank Owner Certificate

California State Legislature Resolution
Relative to the USS California (DLGN-36)

A Piece Of The Plank

The Plank

DLGN-36 Coffee Mug

Coffee Mug
The following patches were submitted by Michael Lausin
The following patch was submitted by Warren McGee
Contributed by: Wallace Fred Johnson

Final USS CALIFORNIA post mark:
Submitted by Bill Johnson

Postmarked Envelopes

22 September 1971
Launching Day

16 February 1974
Commissioning Day

4 July 1974 pm

4 July 1974 am

30 June 1975
Last Day of
DLGN Designation

1 July 1975
First Day of
CGN Designation

8 September 2000
Statehood Sesquicentennial
First Day of Issue

Items produced to honor the
De-Activation of USS CALIFORNIA CGN-36

Video avaliable for sale:

The Chiefs' Story: USS California (CGN-36)

This video was produced by the Navy in 1975 and focuses on the role of the chiefs aboard USS California (CGN-36), a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser.

In the video, California sails from Norfolk, Virginia to the Caribbean with 28 officers and 572 enlisted men. The video explores the numerous roles the chief petty officers play in running the ship. The video details helicopter operations, general quarters drill, gunfire support with the 5-inch gun, and guided missile firing.

Scenes from video

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