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Museum Update: December 7, 2023

In Today’s Update…

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It’s an iconic image: USS Arizona all but obscured by black smoke. December 7, 1941 has indeed become Roosevelt’s date that lives in infamy.

With the “greatest generation” – the World War II veterans – leaving us all too rapidly, and with only one survivor of Arizona left alive, it’s more important than ever that we remember what happened in Pearl Harbor on that beautiful Sunday in Oahu.

This date is particularly poignant aboard a battleship. As you walk IOWA’s decks today, you can’t help but reflect on the events that took place aboard sister battleships 82 years ago.

We remember in unique ways, too. This morning we rang the ship’s bell and read the names of the ships damaged or sunk in the bombing.

In addition, our radio group – Battleship IOWA Amateur Radio Association (BIARA) has received special permission from the US Navy to broadcast on military bands today, using the ship’s original call sign, NEPM – November Echo Papa Mike.

They’ll be on the air daily today, tomorrow, and Friday from 0700 to 1600. 

Are you a ham radio operator? Give us a call. We’d love to hear from you. 

Year-End Giving

Pivotal moments in our nation’s history such as the attack on Pearl Harbor remind us of the importance of freedom of the seas and maintaining the world’s oceans as a communal resource for the benefit of all nations. The National Museum of the Surface Navy and Battleship IOWA help shine a brighter light on why America’s role in freedom of the seas is crucial to maritime peace and prosperity today and into the future.

You can help us achieve our mission by contributing to the following programs and initiatives.



Goal: $50,000 to outfit our outreach van and trailer, to enable our team to take our engaging educational programs to a wider audience.


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Goal: raise $50,000 to develop specialized training toward work force development.


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Goal: raise $125,000 by September 2024 to begin documenting emergency preparedness plans and procedures to empower similar organizations with life-saving information.

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Goal: raise $300,000 by the end of January to develop conceptual designs and schematics for attractions scheduled for Phase 1.

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There are other ways you can help the cause:

    • Spread the word. Share this campaign with friends and family and let them know how they can get involved
    • Sign up as a Plank Owner of the National Museum of the Surface Navy and see your name in our Quarterdeck of Honor

And as ever, thank you for your support!

Navy: Stewards of the Sea

Have you checked out our NEW EXHIBIT?

We collaborated with the US Navy to create this interactive journey through a little-known aspect of the Navy’s commitment to freedom of the seas: its environmental initiatives.

Look through binoculars to spot wildlife from the bridge of a ship, find whales off the coast of California, and more. 

Check it out aboard Battleship IOWA now!


Click the button below to learn more.

NOTE: If you prefer not to donate electronically, please mail your check to:
Attention: Development Department, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

Thank you to our 2022 donors for their generosity and support. Want to know how your donations are making a difference? Check out our ANNUAL REPORT here.

Want to see your name on the 2023 donor list? There’s still time to make a tax-deductible contribution to our organization.

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Fun Fact: Did you know… on average every one of our plank owners has contributed $150 to the National Museum of the Surface Navy?

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