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Operation Crush COVID Week 10: Thank You!

Hard to believe ten weeks have passed since we started our GoFundMe campaign. We really don’t have the words to express our gratitude for the support you’ve shown us!

We know many of you have been hit by COVID-19 just as we have, yet you’ve helped us get halfway to our goal of $50,000. Some of you donated online and some of you sent checks – every dollar means the ship we love can keep her decks open in spite of the crushing affect of this pandemic.

On this last day of the campaign, Vice President of Development Joleen Deatherage, Accounting Manager Nui Valletta, and Event/Social Media Coordinator Marann Fengler share their thanks.


Battleship IOWA Museum is a family and an extraordinary team. To lose members of our team has been heartbreaking. The monies raised through this campaign will be used to support daily operations of the vessel and critical areas of maintenance required to keep the ship – literally – afloat, as well as keep the few remaining members of our staff working.

One Final Perk!

Today only, to celebrate the end of this campaign, we’re adding a little something special. If you donate $250 to Operation Crush COVID, you’ll not only have the satisfaction of supporting this incredible ship and her mission to preserve the history of USS Iowa, you’ll receive a copy of our Vicky book AND a special bonus: a DVD of Kert VanderMeulen’s Honoring the American Spirit video that chronicles Battleship IOWA’s journey from the Suisun Bay mothball fleet to Los Angeles museum.

Both of these items are enjoyable for years to come. They’re also perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

Battleship IOWA Mascot Victory book

From all of us at Battleship IOWA Museum…

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