The Steel Bond Between HSMPS & The Veterans Association of the U.S.S. IOWA
HSMPS's relationship with the Veterans Association of the U.S.S. Iowa dates back to the beginnings of the effort to bring the BIG STICK to San Francisco. They are IOWA's former crew and they have gone the distance in this project, from leading us on personal tours of their battleship to becoming an impressive force to be acknowledged in the halls of Congress and the Pentagon.
There is little doubt but that these thousands of sailors and marines love their ship. They belong to a fraternity that history has come to call the battleship sailor. To a man, they are passionate believers in defending these United States and preserving a symbol of that will, the U.S.S. Iowa.
HSMPS is proud of its close relationship with these men, honored to know them as friends, and singularly bound to them after years of work in ways that are profound and unique. We have bridged the generations and the years to feel as one family. To them, this nation owes much. For them, we labor in many ways. For IOWA is more than a magnificent ship-of-the-line, she symbolizes the type of men that crewed her. The following pages are a testament to the close bond between HSMPS and the Veterans Association of the U.S.S. Iowa. We hail them all.
1. Arizona Times--Crew Member Reunion 2001
2. I Left My Heart in San Francisco--Crew Member Reunion at the IOWA 2002
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