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Museum Update – Dec. 14, 2022

Last Week On Battleship IOWA

There’s a saying around here: never a dull day on Battleship IOWA, and it’s true. Last week did nothing to disprove the assertion. We had:

  • A visit from our neighbors at Firehouse 112, who practiced rescue drills over the side of the ship
  • A retirement ceremony
  • The Army Navy game (we won’t discuss this year’s outcome)
  • Several school groups
  • And we were closed for three days to accommodate a film shoot with a major network TV show

The film shoot resulted in some spectacular views. We were asked to raise the guns on Turret I. The right gun has an issue and doesn’t move, but the others went up without a fuss.

The left gun’s breech is open inside the gun house and it was amazing to see it all the way down in the gun pit. And sunset over the turret was stunning.

Moral of the story: you miss a day, you miss a lot. Come join our crew, have fun with us, and make a difference.

Year-End Campaign: Make A Difference | Make History

2022 is coming to close and what a year it has been. Thank you to everyone who has supported throughout the year and to those who continue to give annually. Your contributions help us continue to advance our mission, and we ready to tackle the big projects that lie ahead in 2023 with the National Museum of the Surface Navy.

There is still time to make your tax-deductible donation if you haven’t already.

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As a token of our appreciation, the first 300 donors who give $100 or more to the campaign will receive a commemorative challenge coin recognizing Battleship IOWA Museum’s 10-year anniversary.

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Your support helps build an immersive experience that raises awareness of the real problems the world is facing, and how the US Navy has a crucial role in protecting Freedom of the Seas.

The National Museum of the Surface Navy educates guests on how the defense our oceans, protection of free trade and commerce, humanitarian assistance, and technological innovation impact their daily lives.

Keep up to date and receive perks by signing up as a Plank Owner for free by clicking here.

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Veterans West

Gifts to Veterans West, the military and veteran affairs department aboard Battleship IOWA, enhance our ability to provide impactful programming and resources to thousands of military, veterans, and their families each year. You can also receive Don Francisco’s Coffee for a year by donating here.

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Provide unique and unforgettable experiences and engagements for visitors of the Battleship IOWA, immersing youth in the in-situ environment of the Battleship IOWA and sparking curiosity and interest in STEM fields. 

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Strengthen Battleship IOWA’s presence in the County of Los Angeles by supporting its involvement in disaster response readiness, first responder training, and making the LA Waterfront a destination location for diverse audiences to gather.

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Hull Preservation

Battleship IOWA has approximately 1,800 feet of hull exposed to the naturally corrosive reaction at the wind and water line. Without treatment, the damage will become irreversible and the future of the ship and organization will be in jeopardy. 

We need your help today to ensure future generations can marvel at and connect with this wonder of engineering.

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General Donations

Donating in support of our mission provides us the flexibility to allocate your gift to where it is needed most. 

We are grateful for all of our supporters, and we thank you for your consideration of making a contribution to a mission area that is important to you.

A Survey For Members Of Our Sea Services

Are you a veteran or current member of our nation’s sea services: US Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard? We’d like to know what inspired you to make the commitment to serve.

We’ve composed a short survey through which you can share your experience. You have the option to fill it out anonymously, but if you choose to include your contact info, your name will be entered into a drawing to receive National Museum of the Surface Navy swag!

Click the button below to share your inspiration.

Scuttlebutt Podcast | Extra: Justice Eileen Moore on Vietnam Veterans

Judge Eileen Moore served as a combat nurse in Vietnam in the Army Nurse Corp, where she was Lieutenant Eileen Moore. Following Vietnam she went to college, law school, practiced law for ten years, and ultimately was appointed as a judge to the superior court. She currently serves as Justice Moore on the California Court of Appeals. 

Justice Moore does a great deal of work with veterans as they come through the court system and says her goal is to see that today’s service members are not treated in the same despicable manner as were those who served in Vietnam.

She was the keynote speaker at our Veterans Day celebration this year and moved us with a poignant speech about Vietnam veterans that included unforgettable stories we had to share.

This week’s podcast brings you her speech in its entirety.

Find it wherever you get your podcasts or here:

Or click below to access the YouTube version.

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Thank you to our 2021 donors for their generosity and support. Want to know how your donations are making a difference? Check out our ANNUAL REPORT here.

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