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Honor Veterans Day Aboard The USS Iowa Battleship

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San Pedro, CA -

Speaking of Veterans Day...it's Monday. So, the City Of LA and the Battleship USS Iowa will pay tribute to those who served with a Veteran's Appreciation Festival all day Saturday.

Battleship USS Iowa and the city of Los Angeles will host the second annual Veterans Appreciation Festival. Scheduled participants include Councilman Joe Buscaino; Pacific Battleship Center president Jonathan Williams; David Canfield, president of the Iowa Veterans Association; and about a dozen veterans.

From Hal Eisner:

Okay ... it was a blank. That's right, it wasn't one of the big guns. But, it made a lot of noise. As part of my coverage this morning from the USS Iowa the brass there let me fire a 40mm Salute battery. It's a noisy little gun used to salute another ship. I'd never done anything like this, but we were touring the battleship and, that was something everyone thought would be interesting for me to experience. It was.

We were there to talk about tomorrow's big Veterans Festival. The second annual gathering to honor vets and active military. Some 10,000 people showed up last year and they're hoping for another successful year. Besides burgers, hot dogs, wartime music and lots of speakers veterans are looking forward to seeing other veterans. There will also be booths set up to provide information on housing, jobs and healthcare.

The USS Iowa is known for it's artillery, armor and speed. The brass on the Battleship Iowa want that list to also include a home for vets!

Saturday's festival is from 10am to 4pm.


More info about The Battleship IOWA Educational Museum & Attraction

Celebrate the American Spirit at the Battleship IOWA educational museum & attraction - the West Coast's only Battleship open to the public and 2013 winner of the SSHSA Museum Ship of the Year. Considered one of the "Best Cool Exhibits to See with Your Kids", your tour takes you on a journey through World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War to experience the life of a sailor on the lead ship of the last class of gunships. Walk the wood decks of a battleship and see areas such as the 16" guns, 5" guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas, and the world famous Captain's Cabin - with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for a President. Known as "The Battleship of Presidents", IOWA has hosted three Presidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush - and numerous dignitaries during almost 70 years of service. Battleship IOWA is located at the LA Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet prior to World War II and an area rich in maritime history. The Battleship IOWA museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

USS Iowa Statistics:

The IOWA Class battleships were rated as the best in the world due to their fast speed, heavy armor, survivability, large caliber guns, flexibility for upgrades and sheer awe for showing the flag around the world.

  • Full Load Operational Displacement: 58,000 tons
  • Current Light Ship Displacement: 41,000 tons
  • Length Overall Length: 887 ft 3 in
  • Waterline Length: 860 ft
  • Beam: 108 ft
  • Maximum Navigational Draft: 38 ft
  • Berth 87 Projected Draft: 31 ft
  • Height: Keel to mast: 209 ft
  • Top antenna above waterline: 175 ft
  • Major ship structure above waterline: 122 ft
  • Original Cost: $110,000,000
  • Current Replacement Cost: $2.5 billion
  • Construction Facts: 800 miles of welding, 1,135,000 driven rivets, 16 miles of ventilation ducts, 14,140 valves and 80 miles of piping.
  • Fuel Oil capacity: 2,582,000 gallons
  • Current Fuel Onboard: 0 gallons - all tanks were water blasted in 1991 for long term preservation.
  • Electrical capacity: Sufficient to handle the industrial and domestic load of a city of 20,000 people. he ship when in commission utilized over 900 electrical motors, 5,300 light fixtures, 250 miles of electric cable.
  • Food Storage Capacity: 100 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, 650 tons of dry stores and 84 tons of frozen meats
  • Armor: Sides 12.1"; maximum conning tower thickness 17-1/2".
  • Guns: Three 16"/50 triple main gun turrets (9 guns total). Each barrel is 66'8" long. Six (1980's) and ten (1940's & 50's) secondary 5"/38 twin gun mounts. Four Phalanx 20mm Close-in Weapons systems.
  • Missiles: Eight Tomahawk Armored Box launchers (32 long-range cruise missiles). Sixteen Harpoon launchers (16 anti-ship missiles).
  • Main Engines: Four geared Westinghouse turbines; 53,000 horsepower each for a total of 212,000 shaft horsepower Max speed: 33 kts


Timeline of the USS Iowa Battleship:


June 27 - Keel laid down at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, New York. USS Iowa keel being layed down


USS Iowa Launch at New York Naval Yard August 27 - Launched at New York Naval Yard. Sponsored by Mrs. Henry A. Wallace, wife of the Vice President.  Her sleek lines and raked bow fortells her high speed.


February 22 - Commissioned (On Washington's Birthday) Commanding Officer Captain John L. McCrea USN.

February 24 - To Sea for shakedown in Chesapeake Bay and along Atlantic Coast.

July 9 - USS IOWA completed her post shakedown overhaul.

August 27 - En Route to Newfoundland and the North Atlantic for her first war patrol.  Assignment, the "Tirpitz Watch", the German battleship, thereby contributing to the neutralization of the threat presented by that warship then poised in Norwegian waters.

October 25 - To Norfolk Navy Yard for two weeks of maintenance in preparation for taking President Roosevelt to North Africa for Tehran Conference.

November 12 - En route to Mediterranean with FDR and other high-ranking members of American delegation to Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria and then Tehran. The Tehran Conference was with Stalin and Churchill. FDR, Stalin and Churchill at Tehran Conference.

December 16 - Completion of mission with return of FDR to United States.


January 2 - En Route to Pacific as Flagship of Battleship Division 7, in company with USS NEW JERSEY. The USS IOWA became a charter member of the famous Pacific Fleet Task Force 58.

January 7 - Transit Panama Canal.

January 23 - First Pacific campaign in support of carrier air strikes against Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls.

February 16 - First firing of weapons in combat in attack on Japanese naval base at Truk in Caroline Islands.  In action off Truk, the USS IOWA sank light cruiser Katori.

March 18 - First shore bombardment against Mili Atoll in Marshall Islands. The USS IOWA received her first hit when she was struck by two Japanese projectiles (5 inch and 6 inch).  The 6 inch projectile hit Turret 2 and the 5 inch projectile hit the hull plating, neither of which caused significant damage.

March 30 - In support of Task group 58, air strikes against Palau and Woleai islands, followed by further strikes against Hollandia, Aitape and Wake Islands.

April 22 - Supporting Army landing at Aitape, Tanahmerah and Humbolt Bays.

May 1 - Bombardment of airfield, bombs wharf and other enemy facilities at Ponape.

June 13 - Shelled Saipan and Tinian and blew up an ammunition dump.

June 19 - In action throughout battle of the Philippine Sea.  Downed at least three attacking planes.

Mass held on deck of USS Iowa circa 1944

August - Commanding Officer Captain Allan R. McCann USN.

September - A unit of Fleet Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey's third Fleet in support of carrier strikes against Philippine and Caroline Islands.

October 10 - Participating in air strikes against Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and Luzon.

October 23 - Headed for Battle of Leyte Gulf.

November - Commanding Officer Captain James L. Holloway Jr., USN.

November 25 - Kamikaze attack on Third Fleet. USS IOWA claimed two Jills and a Judy.

USS Iowa Circa 1944

December 17 - At Ulithi for replenishment and maintenance in drydock ABSD-2.  Lost plane - washed over the side during typhoon. As one crew member recounts, "It was a very scary night, the Iowa rolled to about a 45 degree angle at one point and we all held our breaths that it wouldn't happen again. As our luck went, it happened at meal time so you can imagine the condition of the deck in the mess hall."

There were 24 ships damaged, plus the destroyers Monoghan, Hull, and Spence which were sunk with a loss of 765 sailors. Damage to shaft caused by storm required USS IOWA to return to the United States for overhaul at Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco in the following month.

USS Iowa Drydock ABSD-2 USS Iowa Drydock ABSD-2


January 15 - In drydock until March 19, 1945. This was the first major overhaul since leaving the East Coast. Bridge area was enclosed. New search and fire control radar installed.

April 15 - Arrives off Okinawa to relieve USS NEW JERSEY.

May 25 -Supported air strikes against Kyushu.

July 1 - En route to Northern Honshu and Hokkaido.

July - Commanding Officer Captain Charles Wellborn Jr. USN

July 15 - USS IOWA, USS MISSOURI and USS WISCONSIN attacked Muroran on Hokkaido inflicting significant damage on Nihon Steel Company and Wanishi Ironworks.

July 17 - The three battleships bombard industrial city of Hitachi Miro. During this action, USS IOWA served as flagship for Rear Admiral Oscar Badger.

With USS MissouriJuly 29-30 - Bombarded island of Kahoolawe.

August 27 - In company with USS MISSOURI, USS IOWA put into Sagami Bay to effect the surrender of Yokosuka naval district.

August 29 - USS IOWA and USS MISSOURI entered Tokyo Bay in support of landing of occupation forces to take place next day.

September 20 - Underway for the United States.

October 15 - Arrived in Seattle, Washington and from there went on to Long Beach where she engaged in training operations along the West Coast.

November - Commanding Officer Captain Frederick I. Entwistle USN

December 16 - In Morrell Drydock at Terminal Island Shipyard, Los Angeles, California.


January 27 - Arrived in Tokyo Bay to serve as flagship of Fifth Fleet until March.

March 25 - Returned to Long Beach to operate along West Coast conducting drills, maneuvers and Naval Reserve and midshipmen training cruises.

July - Commanding Officer Captain Raymond D. Tarbuck USN

October - USS IOWA again overhauled. This time it was at Puget Sound Navy Yard. She received SK-2 radar and had many 20mm and 40mm mounts removed. Then was painted haze gray on all vertical surfaces.


April - Commanding Officer Captain Thomas M. Stokes, USN


March - Commanding Officer Captain Edward A. Solomons, USN

August - Commanding Officer Captain William F. Jennings, USN

September - Inactivation begun at San Francisco.


January - Commanding Officer Captain Bennett M. Dodson, USN

March 24 - Placed out of commission in reserve.


U.S.S. Iowa
250 South Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA

Entrance near 1st street and Harbor (from the 110, Vincent Thomas bridge, but don't go on bridge, stay to right and get off on Harbor Blvd. Go right about 1/2 mile, then left into parking lot.)

Check out the official website for the USS Iowa Battleship

Have a look at the USS Iowa Battleship Facebook page

Or follow the USS Iowa on Twitter: @ussiowa


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