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Mighty Mo Volunteers Give More Than 13,500 Hours of Service

Battleship Missouri Memorial honors outstanding service at annual Volunteer Awards

Pearl Harbor, HI – (February 5, 2018) Nearly 4,000 volunteers dedicated their time and energy aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 2017. Collectively, each of those volunteers provided 13,795 hours of service, which equates to more than $315,000 in savings to the historic battleship.

“As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on volunteers. Their contributions are essential to the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s operations,” said Michael Carr, President and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association. “Today is a day we honor and celebrate our volunteers for all the hard work and hours they’ve given to help operate and maintain our ship.”

The USS Missouri Memorial Association hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Day to show gratitude for each person’s contributions and commitment in preserving the Battleship Missouri. Nine individuals and seven organizations were recognized and honored during the event. The following is a complete list of awards and recipients:

USS Missouri Memorial Award
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2017
Wayne Ohashi

USS Missouri Legacy Award 2017
Outstanding Military Support
George Noah

Truman Centennial Award
Outstanding Senior Volunteer 2017
Lynn “Buzz” Paxton & Joseph Keefer

Big Guns Award 2017
Volunteer Jack of All Trades
Paul Thomas

Outstanding Adopt-A-Space 2017
Executive Transport Detachment

Outstanding Military Support 2017

Outstanding Military Group Support 2017
NIOC Hawaii

Outstanding Military Support 2017
USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)

Outstanding Group Support 2017
Kiwanis Key Club Aiea

Outstanding Military Support 2017

Naval Health Clinic Hawaii

Outstanding Volunteer Group 2017
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Exceptional Volunteer Support

David “Santa Claus” Suhs & Patricia “Elf” Suhs

Exceptional Volunteer Support

Stan Mertes II

Exceptional Volunteer Support

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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 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $29 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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Please credit images to the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Caption: Outstanding Adopt-A-Space 2017 award recognized Executive Transport Detachment.

Caption: Exceptional Volunteer Support 2017 award recognized David “Santa” Suhs and Patricia “Elf” Suhs.

USS Missouri Legacy Award 2017 Outstanding Military Support award recognized George Noah.

Caption: Outstanding Volunteer Group 2017 award recognized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Jaclyn Hawse

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