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USS Missouri Memorial Association Announces a New Board Member & Welcomes Back a Previous Board Member

Pearl Harbor, HI – (July 23, 2019) – The USS Missouri Memorial Association announces one new member to its Board of Directors, Rear Admiral Pete Gumataotao, USN (Ret). In addition, the Association welcomes back previous board member, Captain Steve Colón, USNR (Ret.).

Pete Gumataotao is a retired Rear Admiral of the United States Navy with extensive experience operating in the Asia-Pacific region during 37 years of active duty service, including eight years as a United States Navy Flag officer. He held multiple command assignments during this time, including Commander, Strike Group Eleven / Nimitz Strike Group, and Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic. Currently, he is the Director at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS). DKI APCSS is a Department of Defense institution and one of five regional security studies centers that addresses regional and global security issues. Gumataotao graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and earned his Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1994.

Steve Colón is the president of Hunt Development Group LLC’s Hawaii Division and oversees the development activities on Oahu, Island of Hawaii, Maui and Kaua‘i , encompassing 1,300 acres and over 500,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space. Colón has nearly 30 years of experience in every aspect of real estate development, investment and management. He retired as a Captain in 2006 after serving 26 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve. Colón also graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.

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, kamaaina (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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