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BATTLESHIP IOWA’S DAY OF DISCOVERY PROGRAM RECEIVES $450K GRANT FROM TESORO CORPORATION

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (November 8, 2016) – Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) has received a generous grant of $450K from Tesoro Corporation in support of its Day of Discovery Program aboard Battleship IOWA.

“We are grateful for Tesoro’s generosity. It affords us the opportunity to do more outreach in the local community, reaching more children and providing unique educational services,” said Joshua Stutz, Education Programs Manager for the Battleship IOWA Museum.

The Battleship IOWA Museum hosts thousands of school students each year allowing them the opportunity to participate in STEM education programming in a real world maritime environment. As one of the museums most popular youth educational programs, Day of Discovery provides onsite activities that provide memorable learning experiences for the leaders of the future. The grant will help to expand STEM outreach over the next tree years.

“Tesoro is committed to collaborating with our stakeholders and community partners to provide cleaner and safer environments where we operate,” said Ken Dami, director of government and public affairs for Tesoro. “Enhancing students’ participation in STEM-related degrees and careers is a core part of our philanthropic mission, and we are proud to support the Pacific Battleship Center and its Day of Discovery program.”

PBC is currently looking to expand its educational programming by creating a new state-of-the-art, innovative Virtual Learning Center for students in 2017. Support from corporations and businesses, such as Tesoro, will greatly help make this a reality.

Battleship IOWA is the West Coast’s only Battleship open to the public. Operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the IOWA opened on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum at the L.A. Waterfront. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA. By sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways PBC bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.

Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information on these events and more, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com.

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Sailor reunites with old ship

Sailor reunites with old ship

Valencia man played role in bringing historic ship to Los Angeles

 By Matt ThackerSignal Staff Writer, Posted: August 5, 2016 

Bryan Moss USS IOWA

SAN PEDRO – Bryan Moss walks up the gangway, stops and salutes twice – first the American flag, and then the officer of the deck – before boarding the USS Iowa.

A light breeze flows from Los Angeles Harbor on an early Saturday morning in July. A couple hours later, the West Coast’s only battleship museum will open for the day, and hundreds of visitors will tour the World War II-era ship. But Moss has early and almost unfettered access.

“Go wherever you want to go,” one security officer tells him. “It’s your ship, Bryan, as far as I’m concerned.”

Once a month, the 82-year-old Moss drives 60 miles from his home in Valencia to visit the USS Iowa, which he served on at age 18 during the Korean War. Six decades after the war, he helped bring the 45,000-ton ship to Los Angeles.

“They treat me like a king around here,” he says.

Dodged bullet

Moss, born and raised in Glendale, joined the U.S. Navy on Nov. 1, 1951. He

served four years active duty – reaching the rank of petty officer, first class – followed by four years in the reserves.

Moss says he joined the Navy because he did not want to be drafted into the Army or Marines. Two weeks into boot camp, he learned that he had received a draft notice for the Marine Corps.

“I literally dodged a bullet,” he says.

Moss served as a radioman on the USS Iowa from March 1952 until October 1953. He taught himself Morse code for three months before the ship arrived in North Korean waters in April 1952.

Although the Iowa was heavily involved in the war – shelling key North Korean locations – Moss says his memories from that time are mostly positive. He notes the ship was shot at 17 times and never hit while he served.

“It was all good,” he says. “I went to places I had never been.” 

FBI

As a rookie, he would spend hours a day playing pinochle in Radio 3, a room where the backup radiomen worked. Sometimes he would rotate to the main radio room where he would take down messages delivered in Morse code.

Moss would translate the signals into letters and numbers, which would tell the cryptologists where to set the wheels on their machines to retrieve messages.

After leaving the Navy, Moss worked as an FBI radio specialist from 1956 to 1966 and later worked for a printing company, spending several decades in business before retiring in 1997 and moving to Valencia.

His 18 months as a radioman on the Iowa remained with him throughout his career. Even now, his cellphone ringtones are in Morse code.

So Moss decided to take action in 2008 after he found out the ship, which was decommissioned in 1990, was rusting away in Suisun Bay near San Francisco and in danger of being turned into scrap metal. In 2006, the Navy announced it would be willing to donate the ship to a private organization.

“They weren’t doing a damn thing with it,” Moss says. “It was just sitting and rotting. They were going to cut it up.”

Collaboration

Moss contacted Robert Kemp, who had been trying to bring a warship to Long Beach, about placing a bid for the USS Iowa. But bidding had already closed with the Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square of Vallejo determined to be the only viable candidate.

Bryan Moss USS IOWA

That group wanted to move the ship to a naval complex near San Francisco. 

Moss says he and Kemp formed a group of eight or nine men, created a nonprofit called the Pacific Battleship Center and began lobbying. Moss was able to connect with former Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, who had been chairman of the Armed Services Committee.ted to move the ship to a naval complex near San Francisco.

“I said I’d like to get my ship back out to bid,” he says.

Three weeks after the meeting, in May 2010, bidding was reopened. The group received support from the city of Los Angeles after not finding a suitable location in Long Beach.

The Navy awarded the ship to Pacific Battleship Center in September 2011, citing the Vallejo group’s lack of progress. Pacific Battleship had raised $9 million, including $3.5 million awarded by the state of Iowa.

New home

In June 2012, the ship was towed to San Pedro, where it was permanently anchored at Berth 87. The museum opened the next month – on Fourth of July weekend.

Moss says he felt no sense of nostalgia when he stepped foot onto the ship in 2012 for the first time since 1953.

“The ship’s not the ship I was on,” he said. “The hull looks the same, but the innards are different.”

Most equipment from the Korean War era has been replaced, but Moss says it’s important to preserve history.

“I did what I did when I felt I had to do it. This ship has lots of history,” he says.

The ship, nicknamed the “Battleship of Presidents,” was commissioned in 1943 and hosted three U.S. presidents. A bathtub and an elevator were installed for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Iowa in 1943 for a meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.

In 1989, 47 sailors were killed during an explosion in the Turret 2 Gun Room near Puerto Rico. Months later, the ship was decommissioned as the Cold War came to an end.

Today, more than 1,200 volunteers help with the museum. During the summer, up to 1,500 people a day visit the ship over the weekend.

Moss says he is grateful that his ship is now open to the public.

“It’s part of my life,” he says. “I served my country.”

 

See the original article on The Santa Clarita Valley Signal

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Southwestern Academy Summer School Student's Field Trip to Battleship USS Iowa in Pictures

Southwestern Academy Summer School Student's Field Trip to Battleship USS Iowa in Pictures

Article and Photos courtesy of SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY
Published : Monday, August 1, 2016 | 5:49 PM

Southwestern Academy Summer School students learned so much World War II history through touring the Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship USS Iowa. The students really enjoyed themselves and time went by quickly!

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Battleship IOWA is the West Coast’s only Battleship open to the public. Operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the IOWA opened on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum at the L.A. Waterfront. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA. http://www.pacificbattleship.com/

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Battleship USS Iowa's 'Living Museum'

Joe Bensuoa / Contributing Writer
Orange County Register
July 4, 2016

They call her “The Big Stick.”

It’s a nickname aptly earned.

She’s the battleship USS Iowa, still bristling with firepower after being decommissioned and harbored as a floating museum in the Port of Los Angeles’ Berth 87 since July 4, 2012.

Four years later, in time for another Fourth of July weekend, the Iowa will unveil its revamped “museum within a museum,” which relates the history of this fighting ship from its inception in 1943 to its last decommissioning in 1990. Its ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is open to all visitors who purchase a tour ticket, is set for Thursday.

“We are constantly evolving in our efforts to show what life was like on this battleship,” said Andrew Bossenmeyer of Anaheim, spokesman for the Pacific Battleship Center, which oversees the USS Iowa and its more than 1,200 volunteers.

An interactive tour app is included in the price of admission. According to Bossenmeyer, it allows the visitor to get a sense of day-to-day life on the ship, including what it was like to fire the 16-inch guns.

The revamped museum features a 360-degree panorama of images detailing the ship’s compartments, particularly areas closed off to the public for safety. Click on a photo and you can see it from every angle as it rotates.

Arguably the most important addition to the museum is a station dedicated to one incredibly tragic day in the life of the Iowa.

 

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Cool Off on a Hot Battleship: The Battleship Iowa in Long Beach

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Franklin D. Roosevelt's flagship for trip to Tehran to meet Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin in 1943

Battleships, once thought to be the ultimate weapon, are now a relic of the past. For a chance to visit this past - and enjoy 360-degree breeze-swept views of Los Angeles Harbor, the USS Iowa at Berth 87, is a great place to go.

A self-guided tour takes one in and out of sailors' quarters, mess halls and up and down ladders leading to almost all levels of the ship's significant superstructure and winding around the impressive armaments. It's easy to get distracted by views of yachts sailing in and out of the channel and the work of the giant cranes unloading ships from China.

The USS Iowa, Battleship 61, was constructed beginning in 1939 and completed in 1942. She's the only battleship of her class to have served in the Atlantic during World War II. Her biggest claim to fame is possibly the special quarters created for Franklin D. Roosevelt for his trip to Tehran to meet with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin in 1943. A bathtub - the only one in the entire navy - was installed in his quarters as well as an elevator to transport him between decks. Roosevelt had suffered polio and was paralyzed from the waist down.

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NOEL MASSIE, TO RECEIVE SAMUEL L. GRAVELY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Noel MassieL.A. WATERFRONT, CA (February 11, 2016) – Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) has selected Noel Massieto be this year’s recipient of the Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership & Service Award. The award celebration will take place on board Battleship IOWA during a brief ceremony on Thursday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Massie is President for United Parcel Service’s (UPS) Southern California District, where he is responsible for a $190 million budget and oversees every aspect of the district’s operation, including sales and customer relationships. The Southern California District services the Southland, Hawaii, as well as the southern tip of Nevada and currently has over 20,000 employees and services more than 144,000 customers. Noel lives in Yorba Linda with his wife, Amanda and have two sons, Brayden and Pierce.

“Noel Massie’s life and career bear all the hallmarks of Vice Admiral Gravely’s legacy. His path has been one of commitments kept, opportunities seized, potential realized, and humbly accepting the rewards of his education and work ethic,” said Jonathan Williams, President and CEO of PBC.  “His dedication and leadership is an example of the ideals and values that Vice Admiral Gravely displayed during his nearly four decades of pioneering naval service.”

The Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership & Service Award, which is conferred annually, recognizes African American leaders in Southern California who exemplify the trailblazing, courageous service of the late U.S. Navy Vice Admiral.

This event is part of a month long celebration of Black History aboard Battleship IOWA. A display entitled “Celebrating the American Spirit – Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month,” is currently part of the historic ship’s tour through February 29 and features artifacts, news clippings, and photography focusing on pioneering black servicemen including Samuel L. Gravely (1922-2004).

The Battleship IOWA Museum is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Consider taking the new Silver Line Express from Downtown LA to Battleship IOWA. For information on these events and more, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com.

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About Battleship IOWA

Owned and operated by the nonprofit PBC, Battleship IOWA has become a popular destination at the L.A. Waterfront.  PBC’s goal is to share the devotion and sacrifices of American patriots and to engage visitors in unique and exciting ways that bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.  Battleship IOWA is regularly open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information about this series and Battleship IOWA, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com and for live streaming videowww.lawaterfront.org/multimedia.php.

About Admiral Samuel L. Gravely

Gravely’s naval career lasted 38 years and included many unique milestones for him and the U.S. Navy.  In 1952, he reported aboard USS Iowa for duty as a radio communications officer.  His later accomplishments served as watershed events for today’s Navy. Gravely was the first African American to command a warship (USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717)); command a major warship (USS Jouett (DLG 29)); to achieve flag rank and eventually vice admiral; and to command a numbered fleet (U.S. 3rd).  Throughout his career, Gravely received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal.  The destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), commissioned in 2010, was named in his honor. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 82 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

About Noel Massie

Massie began his career at UPS in 1977 as a part-time truck loader in Oakland, California. At the same time, he was studying electrical engineering at San Jose State. His bosses noticed his work ethic and within three months had promoted him to supervisor. Three years later, and a semester before graduation, he was offered a full-time position as manager. Massie continued to thrive within UPS and his talents for motivation and leadership were noticed and rewarded. From starting in operations, he has spent time within engineering, learning and development, and was relocated to Atlanta to work in UPS’s corporate headquarters. Noel’s various assignments have afforded him the opportunity to work in the eastern, western, northern, and southern parts of the U.S. Prior to his current assignment, Noel served as President for UPS’s Chicago, Virginia, Southeast California and Central California districts.

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'Man, this is not a drill,' survivor remembers Pearl Harbor attack

Seventy-four years ago, Howard Bender, 93, was aboard the USS Maryland in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when he heard the sounds of war.

“I remember it all,” the Laguna Woods resident said. “I was in my office getting ready to do all my reports when I heard something go off.”

Bender went to the porthole window of his office and saw chaos outside.

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October 2015 News Round Up

October 2015 News Round Up

Battleship IOWA news

"Millennials give more than most, a survey of charity travel finds"

LA Times: American travelers care about the communities they visit and want to give back when they're on the road. It's especially true of millennials, those in the 18- to 35-year-old age group who give more of their time and money than the average traveler.

The findings come from recently released survey results by Tourism Cares called "Good Travels: The Philanthropic Profile of the American Traveler."

The good news: More than half of American travelers have volunteered or made a monetary donation to a place they visited in the last two years.

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"USS Iowa celebrates Hispanic Heritage Day."

Examiner: Battleship Iowa in San Pedro celebrated Hispanic Heritage Day Saturday afternoon to honor the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans that served in the United States Armed Forces.

The five hour cultural event was free to the general public complete with Mexican cuisine provided by My Steelo Catering and entertainment performed by Folklorico Del Mar and the Mariachi Academy of Carson.

David Canfield, Vice-President of the Pacific Battleship Center began opening ceremonies by paying tribute to the American spirit and by presenting the US Marine Corp Color Guards of Bell California — followed with a prayer by Pastor Douglas (Gunny) Williams and the National Anthem.

District representative Herman Castillo from the office of Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Senator Isadore Hall III made brief statements in honor of Hispanic Heritage Day and the Battleship IOWA before presenting certificates of recognition honoring five local Hispanic American veterans; Louis Ybarra, Charles (Charlie) Valle, Louis Dominguez, and Manuel Torres who was unable to attend Saturday's event — Louis Ybarra accepted the certificate on Mr. Torres' behalf.

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Families Gather Aboard Battleship IOWA in honor of 9/11 Victims

People gathered on the Battleship Iowa Friday to honor victims of 9/11 as part of the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks, including a mother and father who lost their son on that fateful day.

Mike and Barbara Newton attended the memorial in San Pedro which honored 40 first responders killed in New York, but they say they are not alone as they stand for their son Christopher Newton who died when his flight was hijacked by terrorists crashing into the Pentagon that day.

"After 9/11, we always traveled back to the Pentagon," said Mike Newton.

Christopher Newton left two children, including one son who graduated two years ago from the Naval Academy, and while their family is closer than ever, they say forgiveness is a process.

"You either let it destroy you or you try to concentrate on what is good, what is left, not just what you've lost," said Barbara Newton.

The Newton family says they will never forget Christopher's many great accomplishments as a father, Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, and say he would have done much more.

"The world lost a good person; it lost many good people that day. We're not alone in that," said Barbara Newton.

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