THE BATTLESHIP IOWA MUSEUM

SHIP HISTORY

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Upon America’s entry into World War II, the west coast became the staging ground for the largest naval campaign of World War II and in all of American history.  Thousands of tons of war supplies and equipment left west coast ports.  More info...

During her more than 50 years of active service, the USS IOWA Battleship has welcomed and escorted our nation’s Commander-in-Chief on many occasions. No other battleship in our nation’s history has been host to more U.S. Presidents than the IOWA. More info...

USS IOWA Service Awards

Ships are awarded ribbons and medals just like sailors.  When a ship earns a ribbon, all the sailors serving aboard at the time are also awarded that ribbon.  The ship's ribbons are worn on the outside of her bridge wings.  The USS IOWA earned 14 different ribbons over her nearly 50 years of service.  More info...

Victory the Dog

When Navy Captain John L. McCrea brought home a pet dog, his wife said, “Get that thing out of here.”  Years later his daughter recalled, “my sister named the dog Victory but we all called him Vicky. He was just a mutt.” That “mutt” would go on to receive full military honors when he finally left the ship. More info...

SERVICE TIMELINE

Launched on August 27, 1940, the USS IOWA Battleship would head for Newfoundland and the North Atlantic just three years later for her first war patrol during World War II.  More…

On August 25, 1951, the USS IOWA was recommissioned for service due to the escalating tension occurring between the United States and Korea.  For seven years, the Battleship IOWA had an active role in the Korean Conflict.  More…

Following the Cold War, the USS IOWA returned to the Naval Base at Norfolk, received a Turret Two Memorial plaque, and was decommissioned on October 26, 1994.  More…

During the ambiguity of the Cold War, the USS IOWA practiced various training exercises and drills before heading to sea to monitor the United States’ southern coastline in case of an attack.  More…

A sister ship is a ship of the same class or design as another ship.  The U.S. warships that belong to the Iowa-class battleships include the USS IOWA, USS NEW JERSEY, USS WISCONSIN, and USS MISSOURI.  More…

Fun facts and interesting information about the USS IOWA listed for both children and adults who are interested in learning more about the west coast’s only battleship.  More…

The USS IOWA “Those Who Served” collection provides snapshots and stories from USS IOWA veterans who proudly served throughout its memorable service history. This is a continuously growing Registry of USS IOWA Service.  More info...

View images of the outside and internal workings of the west coast’s only battleship.  The photo gallery also includes historical images of the USS IOWA during its active service time.  More…

Pacific Battleship Center
250 S. Harbor Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90731