Salute to the USS Iowa
We Get Many Old Seadogs on a Private Tour to the USS Iowa
There are two historic seagoing vessels berthed near us in Los Angeles and available as a sightseeing destination on a private tour if Hollywood is not tops on our guests’ minds. One is the Queen Mary cruise ship (now a hotel and convention center as well as a terrific museum). The other is the USS Iowa. This grand battleship was commissioned in 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater with distinction in World War Two and later in Korea. Nine hundred feet long and sailing with a compliment of almost 2,800 officers and seamen, the battleship now serves to educate and remind us of the service and sacrifices of our Naval personnel throughout our history. The Iowa was decommissioned in 1990 and is now berthed in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro just south of the city. Seeing it moored amidst the company of today’s cargo vessels plying the port’s waterways never ceases to impress our guests many of whom have never seen a warship. Of course, former Navy sailors with us are familiar with the vessel and its operation but still in awe of its power and place in naval history. Walking the passageways below deck when visiting the Iowa Museum moves our guests, and us, to think of the young men so dedicated to our American ideals that they volunteered to man the ship in wartime. On this Veteran’s Day we thank and pay our respects to everyone, those who served and their families, for making this a county we can all be proud of.