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Over 3,000 Volunteers Donated More than 9,700 Hours of Service to the Mighty Mo


Battleship Missouri Memorial honors exceptional service at annual Volunteer Awards

Pearl Harbor, HI – (April 5, 2024) Over 3,000 volunteers selflessly dedicated their time and energy aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 2023. In total, 3,059 volunteers collectively provided 9,728 hours of service, which equates to more than $243,205 in labor costs to the Mighty Mo.

“Our volunteers are a cornerstone of the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s operations as not only a non-profit organization but also in ensuring we continue to preserve her place in history,” said Michael Carr, President and CEO of the USS Missouri Memorial Association. “The thousands of hours of hard and laborious work and ongoing dedication has helped with the upkeep of the Mighty Mo so visitors from around the world can continue to learn about her story."

Our volunteers completed a number of projects throughout the year, including the constant work in replacing teak on the main deck, cataloging of artifacts, repainting and restoration of various rooms on the ship and so much more.The Battleship Missouri Memorial would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who contributed their time and energy in 2023. Their efforts have been invaluable in ensuring 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 event to show gratitude for each person’s contributions in preserving the historic battleship. The following is a complete list of awards and recipients:

USS Missouri Memorial AwardOutstanding Volunteer of the Year 2023

Heather Bremner 

USS Missouri Legacy Award 2023 Outstanding Military Support

Braeden Forsthoff 

Truman Centennial Award Outstanding Senior Volunteer 2023

Ron & Betsy McDermott 

Big Guns Award 2023 Jack of All Trades – Outstanding Group Support

Bob Hein
USS Missouri Years of Service Award25 Years of Service

Annette Lancaster and Wayne Ohashi 

Outstanding Military Adopt-A-Space Group

Information Warfare Training Site 

Outstanding Military Support Group


Outstanding Civilian Support Curatorial

Carrie Ingeman 

Outstanding Civilian Support Group

Church of Latter Day Saints and Odd Fellows 

Outstanding School Volunteer Group

Assets School 

Outstanding Volunteer Tour Guide

John Fernie

Please credit images to the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Link: Information Warfare Training Site (IWTS) received an award for Outstanding Military Adopt-A-Space Group.


Caption: Heather Bremner received the USS Missouri Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2023.

About Battleship Missouri Memorial

Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 10-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.

Safety is our top priority. The Battleship Missouri Memorial is taking additional steps to assure guests will have a safe and healthy experience touring the Mighty Mo. We respectfully ask all visitors to abide by state of Hawaii safety guidelines while on site. 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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Jaclyn Hawse(808) 455-1600