Honorary Campaign Chairman
Dear Fellow American,
Over six decades ago, the greatest human conflict in history came to an end, and a ceremony to conclude World War II was held in Tokyo Bay. Though the ceremony was suppose to have occurred on her teak decks, she became known from that day forward as the communications ship which informed the world that peace had been achieved. She was the battleship U.S.S. Iowa.
U.S.S. Iowa came into being when a remarkable generation of Americans came together on an enormous mission—to stop the destruction of freedom. Built in 1943 at a cost of $120 million, U.S.S. Iowa served our nation with distinction for over five decades in every major deployment of our armed services. She is a time capsule of American history and a vital symbol of national courage--a reflection of American triumph and spiritual determination.
U.S.S. Iowa is the namesake of the most powerful and fastest class of battleships built by our nation, and along with her three sisters, U.S.S. New Jersey, U.S.S. Missouri, and U.S.S. Wisconsin comprise the United States Navy’s illustrious ‘Iowa’-class battleships. Every year, millions of people of all ages throughout the nation and from around the world tour and learn from ships like these.
As Honorary Campaign Chairman, I support the U.S.S. Iowa, and I am proud to be part of its making into a major educational attraction. So please, read the information explaining the project. Then contribute as much as you can and as soon as possible to Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square, the non-profit organization named by the U.S. Navy as the sole, remaining viable bid for U.S.S. Iowa as a museum and memorial.
U.S.S. Iowa is a big and important piece of history. To make the priceless educational benefits of this national treasure available to future generations, your help is needed. Thank you in advance for what support you can give!
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