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Marine officer competes on NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior'

Marine Ninja Warrior

Marine Times: A Marine public affairs officer tested her grit in front of a national television audience on a recent episode of "American Ninja Warrior," making it to one of the show's toughest obstacles before ultimately taking a plunge.

Capt. Kristin Dalton, a Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based reservist, competed on an all-military edition of the show, which pits athletes against grueling timed obstacle courses. During the July 7 airing on NBC, active-duty and retired troops scrambled through a new course in San Pedro, California, next to the historic battleship Iowa.

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Memorial Day 2015 News Round Up

Memorial Day had been very busy for us here at the Pacific Battleship Center. Thank you to everyone, coming out for festivities, for remembrance, and for supporting the Battleship IOWA. There were a lot of neat things to experience. But just in case you couldn’t make it out to this year’s Military Appreciation Day, here are some of the highlights:


KCAL9: Memorial Day Brings Thousands To USS Iowa




FOX LA: Memorial Day Honored With Remembrances Across The Southland




NBCNBC-Los Angeles: Memorial Day Remembrance Events Around Southern California

"Remembrance is a central tenet of Memorial Day, which we observe on the final Monday of May each and every year. But how people choose to honor those who served our country can be complex and private and ultimately of their own choosing. The Los Angeles National Cemetery will keep longer open hours on Monday, May 25, for those who want to spend some time in reflection or deliver a wreath in memory of a veteran."

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France Gives Nation’s Highest Honor To 19 WWII Veterans In SoCal

French Legion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The French government is presenting its highest honors to 19 Southern Californians who served in World War II.

On Friday, the French consul general presented the veterans with the rank of knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor. All of the men are in their 90s.

A consulate spokeswoman said the award is the highest France gives its citizens or foreign nationals.

The veterans received the recognition during a ceremony on board the battleship USS Iowa, which is docked in the Port of Los Angeles.

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USS Iowa’s Music Under the Guns series expands in May with high school band lineup


The River Heights School Jazz Band opens a month of music with a May 9 concert at the USS Iowa as part of its Music Under the Guns series. Photo courtesy Jonathan Hartling. 


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Battleship IOWA to appear in Japanese Magazine!


The Battleship IOWA alongside many great ships around the San Pedro and Long Beach area are set to make an appearance in SHIPS OF THE WORLD magazine! The magazine hails from the Land of the Rising Sun, and is an extremely popular publication covering maritime affairs in Japan. We are excited and honored to be featured on the March issue! 

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By Andy Yemma, Taking the Kids correspondent

ABOARD THE USS IOWA in SAN PEDRO, CA (Day 4) — This mighty battleship, commissioned in the midst of World War II, ferried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic Ocean and back, fought in the Pacific, served as a missile carrier during the Cold War and is now a museum, docked in Los Angeles Harbor.  But the story of its mascot, a little dog named Vicky, charms visitors of all ages.

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USS Iowa in San Pedro hosts last black survivor of Pearl Harbor attack

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze

POSTED: 12/07/14, 2:32 PM PST

The attack at Pearl Harbor sent flames flying all around the USS Jarvis as it bobbed alongside a dock in the shadow of a large warehouse, undamaged by the barrage of torpedoes and bombs descending on the harbor.

As 350 Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft unleashed their fury from above and left smoke, fire and broken ships in their wake, Petty Officer 1st Class Nelson Mitchell sprang to action. His duty, as a black man, was to serve white officers.

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Student Organizes Christmas Card Signing for Troops

Cards being signed on board the USS Iowa in San Pedro
By Vanessa Ruiz and Josh Kristianto

While many Southern Californians will be spending time with family and enjoying a meal together, the holidays for American troops overseas will be spent away from home.

That fact inspired college student Cesar Colvera, 19, to do something to bring the holiday season to servicemembers across the world. Last year, Colvera was able to get 700 Christmas cards signed by the community and sent to troops overseas.

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