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Over 2,500 Volunteers Donated more than 8,000 Hours of Service to the Mighty Mo

OVER 2,500 VOLUNTEERS DONATED MORE THAN 8,000 HOURS OF SERVICE TO THE MIGHTY MO Battleship Missouri Memorial honors exceptional service at annual Volunteer Awards

Pearl Harbor, HI – (April 5, 2023) – Over 2,500 volunteers selflessly dedicated their time and energy aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 2022. In total, 2,502 volunteers collectively provided 8,085 hours of service, which equates to more than $202,125 in savings to the Mighty Mo

“The contributions of our volunteers are essential to the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s operations as a non-profit organization,” said Michael Carr, President and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association. “Their hard work and dedication has helped keep the Battleship Missouri Memorial in top condition and ensures that visitors from around the world can continue to learn about its rich history."

The Battleship Missouri Memorial would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who contributed their time and energy in 2022. Their efforts have been invaluable in ensuring that the Mighty Mo remains a symbol of freedom and a living testament to the bravery and sacrifice of all those who served aboard her.

The USS Missouri Memorial Association hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Day & BBQ to show gratitude for each person and organization’s contributions in preserving the historic battleship. Five individuals and four organizations were recognized and honored during the event. The following is a complete list of awards and recipients:

USS Missouri Memorial AwardOutstanding Volunteer of the Year Annette Lancaster

USS Missouri Legacy Award Outstanding Military SupportCTTC Drew Hunkeler

Truman Centennial AwardOutstanding Senior Volunteer Joe Keifer

Big Guns Award Jack of All TradesRobert Hein

Outstanding Volunteer Group Support Kiwanis Key Clubs

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

Outstanding Military Group Support Information Warfare Training Site Pearl Harbor Hawaii

Outstanding School Support Assets Schools

Outstanding Junior SupportRiley Kapua

Please credit images to the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Link: A group of volunteers stand proudly on the deck of the Battleship Missouri after helping clean the Mighty Mo.

Link: Dedicated volunteers lend a helping hand to restore the Mighty Mo, preserving history for future generations.

About Battleship Missouri MemorialSince opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-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. Military, kama‘āina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call (808) 455-1600 or visit


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