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Bank of Hawaii's Bonnie Fong Joins Board of Directors for the USS Missouri Memorial Association

Pearl Harbor, HI – (June 15, 2017) The USS Missouri Memorial Association announced today that banking executive Bonnie Fong has been appointed to serve on its Board of Directors. Fong will help carry out the nonprofit organization’s mission of preserving the Battleship Missouri Memorial and sharing her story and place in history.

Fong is a Senior Vice President and Personal Trust Manager at Bank of Hawaii with more than 30 years of experience in the wealth management industry. A Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, Fong oversees administration of the bank’s personal trust department, which includes trust, real estate, tax, and estate settlement. She is an alumnus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

“Bonnie’s talents in finance are a great addition to the diversity of the board’s skillsets. Her commitment to preserving the legacy of the Battleship Missouri will further strengthen the Association’s reach in educating others about the Mighty Mo’s place in the nation’s rich maritime history,” said Tim Guard, Chairman of the Board for the USS Missouri Memorial Association.

In addition, the Association announced the following changes to the board’s officers:

  • Current Board Member Captain Steve Colon, USN (Ret.) named as Vice Chairman & Secretary
  • Current Board Member Carleton Williams, CPA, named as Treasurer

The Association also thanks the following individuals who are departing from the board with the completion of their terms of service:

  • Ruth Ann Becker (previous Vice Chair and Secretary)
  • Patrick McFadden (founding board member and former Treasurer)
  • Mark Polivka

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 7-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer months. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $27 per adult and $13 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (toll-free) 1-877-644-4896 or visit

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Bonnie Fong

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