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Over 4,500 Volunteers Donated more than 14,000 Hours of Service to the "Mighty Mo" in 2018

Battleship Missouri Memorial honors exceptional service with annual Volunteer Awards

Pearl Harbor, HI – (February 5, 2019) Over 4,500 volunteers selflessly dedicated their time and energy aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 2018. In total, 4,634 volunteers collectively provided 14,055 hours of service, which equated to more than $322,000 in savings to the Mighty Mo.

The USS Missouri Memorial Association hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Day over the weekend to show its gratitude for each person’s contributions in preserving the historic battleship. Seven individuals and four organizations were recognized and honored during the event.

“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. “Our Volunteer Appreciation Day honors and celebrates all of our volunteers for their commitment and enthusiasm in supporting our ship’s operation, maintenance and place in history.”

The following is a complete list of awards and recipients recognized on Volunteer Appreciation Day:

USS Missouri Memorial Award
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2018
Wayne Ohashi

USS Missouri Legacy Award 2018
Outstanding Military Support
CTTC (IW/SW) Charlene Herr-Smith

Truman Centennial Award
Outstanding Senior Volunteer 2018
Fred Naylor

Big Guns Award 2018
Jack of All Trades
Roy Taira

Outstanding Adopt-A-Space 2018
Executive Transport Detachment

Outstanding Military Group Support 2018
NIOC Hawaii

Outstanding Volunteer Group 2018
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

From Our Strength to Yours

USCGC Kimball WMSL-756

20 Years of Volunteer Service

Larry Castillo

Wayne Ohashi

Dom Bracken

Annette “Netter” Lancaster

About the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 8.5-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


Please credit images to the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Caption: Battleship Missouri Memorial honors exceptional service with annual Volunteer Awards onboard the Mighty Mo.

Caption: Wayne Ohashi (right) receives the USS Missouri Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2018.

Caption: Charlene Herr-Smith (right) receives the USS Missouri Legacy Award 2018 for Outstanding Military Support.

Caption: Fred Naylor (right) receives the Truman Centennial Award for Outstanding Senior Volunteer 2018.

Media Contacts:

Shere’e Quitevis

(808) 741-1668

Jaclyn Hawse

(808) 455-1600 ext. 246