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  • Preserve the USS Iowa, as a permanent memorial and museum.
  • The Iowa will become a permanent, living museum.
  • Will serve as remembrance to those who served and died, both in war and in peace.
  • Provide a valuable education medium to share, and teach, our nation’s history.


Campaign Goal: $20 million

  • To preserve and restore, and maintain the USS Iowa.
  • Relocate the ship to Mare Island – our nation's first Pacific Naval Installation – located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Transform the USS Iowa into a permanent memorial and museum.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • To house memorabilia and historic artifacts from the USS Iowa’s time in service.


  • In order to save and preserve the USS Iowa, we will need the strong support of the people of Iowa.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chairman of our efforts to save the USS Iowa.
  • Author Tom Clancy has agreed to serve as Honorary Campaign Chair.


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**All Iowans receive free admission with valid Iowa ID**


USS Iowa Facts

  • Built in 1943 at a cost of $120 million.
  • Called, "The Greatest Ship ever Launched by the American Nation" (The Honorable Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy, February 22, 1943)
  • She is the namesake of the most powerful and fastest class of battleships ever launched by the American People.
  • Her sister ships are the USS Missouri, USS New Jersey and the USS Wisconsin.
  • Nicknamed the “Big Stick” her massive guns could hurl a 2700-pound shell, the weight of a Volkswagen bug, a distance of 24 miles.
  • The USS Iowa is nearly three football fields long.
  • The USS Iowa served our nation with distinction for over five decades, in every major deployment of our armed services.
  • The USS Iowa was present in Tokyo Bay for the surrender ceremony marking the end of World War II, serving as the communications ship to inform the world that peace had been achieved.
  • The Iowa was re-commissioned in 1984 by then Vice President George H.W. Bush.
  • In 1989, 47 crewmembers lost their lives in an explosion on the ship, the only loss of life the battleship experienced.


  • As the Air Force One of its day, the USS Iowa transported President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Tehran Conference to meet with Winston Churchill and Chiang-Kai Shek.
  • The USS Iowa is the only Navy ship with a bathtub, built for President Roosevelt.
  • The USS Iowa has been designated as a Presidential Site by the Roosevelt Institute.
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