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ABOARD THE USS IOWA SEARCHING FOR A CHARMING MUTT NAMED VICKY

By Andy Yemma, Taking the Kids correspondent
http://www.takingthekids.com/travel-diary/aboard-the-uss-iowa-searching-for-a-mutt-named-vicky/#.VIt4zzHF8ud

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 
http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/20141207/uss-iowa-in-san-pedro-hosts-last-black-survivor-of-pearl-harbor-attack

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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USS Iowa celebrates Veterans Day, but plans to further expand entertainment value

It’s been nearly quarter of a century since the USS Iowa last saw active duty.

In the battleship’s long tour of duty, it played a crucial role in World War II, carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic and undertook several humanitarian missions.

Now in retirement, it has a new mission: to double the amount of public events taking place on board and on its grounds and to eventually draw hundreds of thousands more visitors to the Los Angeles waterfront.

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South Bay, Harbor Area Communities Work To Attract More Filming

http://www.dailybreeze.com/business/20140106/south-bay-harbor-area-communities-work-to-attract-more-filming

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