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Campaign Update

The mission of the USS Missouri Memorial Association is to “preserve the Battleship Missouri and share her story and place in history.” We are inspired by the vision to see the Battleship Missouri become the finest historic ship destination in the world.  

To this end, in January of 2019 the USS Missouri Memorial Association launched the “Expanding Our Horizons” Capital Campaign. Our goal was to raise $5,000,000 to help achieve the following mission-driven objectives:

  • Ship preservation
  • Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII on September 2, 2020
  • Construct a new Education Resource Center and enhance the visitor experience

This update will summarize our progress on these goals and look at the next steps in the fulfillment of our mission.

Ship Preservation

This investment is in the ongoing preservation of the Battleship Missouri for future generations. Completed preservation projects include:

  • Superstructure Renovation - Includes replacement of corroded steel and repainting from the 05 level to the top of the mast.
  • Teak Wood Deck Replacement - Over 70% of the main deck has been replaced. Work on this project with work continues during the pandemic shutdown.
  • Internal Repairs - Entails the de-humidification of six hundred cofferdam tanks and repairing voids in the ship’s interior to ensure the structural integrity of the hull.

75th Anniversary of the End of WWII Commemoration

On September 2, 2020, the USS Missouri Memorial Association honorably commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII aboard the Battleship Missouri via live stream to a virtual global audience. We extend our gratitude to all of our donors and sponsors who helped make this event possible.

The coronavirus travel restrictions limited the few WWII veterans in attendance to those who were residents of the state of Hawaii. A special tribute was given to these guests of honor in remembrance of the courage and sacrifices of our “Greatest Generation.”

Education Resource Center and Enhancement of the Visitor Experience

Construction was recently completed on our new Education Resource Center (a re-purposed building just outside our main gate). The Center will house the Battleship Missouri’s collection of artifacts from her history of deployment in WWII, the Korean War, and the Persian Gulf conflict. This historic collection will be made available to students and academic researchers and will be preserved for the education of future generations.

In addition, the Education Resource Center will house administrative offices and accommodate our visitors with new restroom facilities. These new spaces will facilitate the removal of temporary and unsightly trailers from our pier and further enhance the visitor experience.

Campaign Funding Summary (as of 10/6/2020)

Campaign goal:

$5,000,000

Amount raised:

$2,591,127

Amount pledged:

$   427,075

Total raised & pledged:

$3,018,202    (60% of goal)

Remaining campaign goal:  $2,000,000 (Campaign duration: thru 12/31/2021)

The Voyage Ahead

We are grateful for our accomplishments and the outstanding support we have received from our donors. As stewards of the USS Missouri Memorial, we continue our voyage with our eyes on the horizon of a promising future, and the work that lies ahead. The Expanding Our Horizons Capital Campaign will continue as we move forward to raise an additional two million dollars.

Your support has helped us navigate the turbulent waters of the coronavirus pandemic and press forward with a renewed resolve “to preserve the Battleship Missouri and share her story and place in history.”

Ongoing projects for the Expanding Our Horizons Capital Campaign include:

  • Investment in the ongoing preservation of the Battleship Missouri for future generations
  • Expanding our Education Outreach programs to K-12 students (online and in-person) to fulfill our objective of becoming a valued education resource to students across the globe
  • Completion of the safe transfer and preservation of historic artifacts to the new Education Resource Center

We invite you to become a part of the history and legacy of the Battleship Missouri Memorial and participate in our Expanding our Horizons Capital Campaign. If you have already done so, we thank you for your support and thank you for joining us we hold course toward the fulfillment of our mission.

There are multiple ways to donate in support of the USS Missouri Memorial Expanding our Horizons Capital Campaign:

To make a secure online donation click here.

You can make your gift by phone with a credit or debit card by calling 808.455.1600 (x. 244). 

You can send your donation by mail to:
USS Missouri Memorial Association
Attn: Expanding Our Horizons Capital Campaign
63 Cowpens Street
Honolulu, HI 96818

Donors to the Expanding Our Horizons Capital Campaign will be eligible to receive the following items in appreciation for their financial support:

GIFT AMOUNT

ITEM

$100

DONATE

Battleship Missouri Teakwood Bookmarker

$500

DONATE

Battleship Missouri 75th Anniversary Challenge Coin and Teakwood Coinholder

$1,000

DONATE

Battleship Missouri 10" Teakwood Laser Engraved Plaque

$5,000

DONATE

Battleship Missouri 11.5" Teakwood Laser Engraved Plaque (Plus additional customized campaign donor benefits.*)

$10,000 AND ABOVE

DONATE

Battleship Missouri 12.75" Teakwood Laser Engraved Plaque (Plus additional customized campaign donor benefits.*)

(Note: All images are approximate and are not exact representations of items offered.)

*Gifts of $5,000 and above in support of the Expanding Our Horizons Capital Campaign qualify the donor for a customized benefit package. Please contact David Zepeda, Director of Association Advancement at: davidz@ussmissouri.org; 808.455.1600 (x. 244); for more information. (Donations are tax deductible in compliance with IRS regulations.)

Thank you for your investment in the future success of the Mighty Mo!

Guided by our strategic mission of preservation and restoration, education, and community outreach, along with the fair winds of your support, it is with full confidence we set sail into a promising future.

Back in Business

New!  We will now be open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

As the state of this public health emergency changes from day to day, we will remain focused on keeping our employees and our visitors safe, healthy, and informed. For more information on how to safely visit the Mighty Mo, click here.

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