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A Night on The Battleship

The Battleship IOWA was recently covered by NBC Los Angeles!

"FAMOUS DESTINATIONS... that offer the occasional sleepover opportunity? They definitely exist, with many aquariums and museums occasionally offering offbeat overnights, complete with educational seminars and fun dinners (and breakfasts). But finding a place of historical importance, one with stories aplenty, is rather harder to find, as is finding a place that's rarely stayed in one place for long...  Now Atlas Obscura, those urban explorers of history and meaning, is hosting an...OVERNIGHT ON THE USS IOWA: No doubt about it: This is not an everyday occurrence, or even every week or every year."

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Women's History Month

The Battleshio IOWA Museum was recently mentioned in the OC Breeze, a local Orange County online magazine:

"The Battleship IOWA Museum has opened a new temporary display entitled “Celebrating the American Spirit – Battleship IOWA Salutes Women’s History Month,” that will be part of the ship’s tour through March 31. Guests will get a glimpse into the achievements women have made in the United States Navy and in service for their country."

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Alternative Maritime Power Exhibit Unveiled

The Battleship IOWA's Alternative Maritime Power exhibit was recently featured in the Maritime Logistics Professional!

"Global engineering group Cavotec, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the historic Battleship Iowa museum unveiled a public Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) educational exhibit during a January 23 reception commemorating Battleship USS IOWA’s new shore-side power connection, just south of the Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center." 


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Kettlebells and Alarmbells 911 Throwdown Event to Raise Funds for US Military & First Responders

Teams of Two or Four To Compete in Fitness Competition onboard Battleship IOWA

L.A. WATERFRONT, CA (February 10, 2017) – The Battleship IOWA Museum will be the site of Kettlebells and Alarmbells 911 Throwdown, a fitness competition to celebrate and commemorate the brave men and women of the United States Military and First Responders. Black Knight Patrol and California Warrior Fit will host this event, Saturday, February 18, which is open for the public to view for free.

The competition begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues through 5:00 p.m., featuring cross fit training and a four-member team fitness relay. The public will have a chance to see just what it takes to be shape to handle some of the toughest and most dangerous work faced by the brave men and women of our military and emergency responders. Active military can participate in the competition for FREE, veterans and first responders for $100 entry fee, and the public for $150 entry fee. If you are interested in participating, please register at http://californiawarriorfit.wixsite.com/main/teams-sign-up.

Councilman Joe Buscaino of the 15th District will be participating with his team. Join the excitement and have a chance to compete against Team Buscaino and help support this great cause.

About California Warrior Fit

California Warrior Fit is a non-profit organization whose mission is to host quality fitness events and give back to those that serve our country. Proceeds from fitness events benefit military organizations and charities, as well as first responder organizations and charities. For more information please visit www.californiawarriorfit.com.

About Black Knight Patrol

Black Knight Patrol is a full service private security company located in San Pedro, CA. Founded by San Pedro native and United States Marine Corps veteran Manuel Jimenez. Black Knight Patrol hires only the most qualified candidates, including military veterans and former law enforcement officers. For more information please visit www.blackknightpatrol.com.

About The Battleship IOWA Museum

Battleship IOWA is the West Coast’s only battleship open to the public and is currently celebrating its fifth year at the L.A. Waterfront. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), Battleship IOWA is an interactive naval museum dedicated to celebrating the American spirit. Battleship IOWA offers daily tours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.pacificbattleship.com

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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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Click here to see more photos of the field trip. 

 

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

volunteer talks with boy

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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