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Due to the inclement weather and the safety of our staff and visitors, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will remain closed for the rest of today, Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
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24Feb43: This ship fueled CUMMINGS (DD365), AULICK (DD569). Moored Dumbea Bay, Noumea in the afternoon.
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22Feb43: This ship fueled HUGHES (DD410), RUSSEL (DD414)
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This “secret” map was used in Secondary Battery Plot during the bombardment of Iwo Jima (2/19-2/22/1945). The map denotes location of airfields, probable tank barrier and minefield along the beach, and Japanese weapons and defensive placements on the island. Ships were assigned areas in which to operate, targets to engage, a firing schedule and the time to “lift fire” to make way for the ship to shore troop movements. In order to coordinate bearing observations with the people on the Battleship’s navigation bridge the prominent land features were labeled with the names of loved ones selected and agreed to by the bombardment crew. It was easier to ask for a bearing to “Barb” or “Jean” or “Katie” than to a Japanese name. Donated by Capt. Tracy Wilder, USN, Ret.
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It’s the 70th anniversary of Iwo Jima and the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA was there.

In February 1945 eight battleships, five heavy cruisers, three light cruisers and ten destroyers met near a small volcanic island just 650 miles from Tokyo. Iwo Jima was located on the bomber route between Tokyo and Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Japan was sending planes through Iwo Jima’s airfields to bomb the allied base at Saipan. And the U.S. Army Air Corps’ B-29 long-range bombers were making wide, gas consuming detours around Iwo on their runs to Tokyo.

The allies needed Iwo Jima as a base for the bomber’s fighter escort planes and for refueling and repairing B-29 bombers. The 22,000 heavily fortified Japanese on Iwo Jima were willing to fight to the death from their maze of underground caves, bunkers and tunnels to stop the allies from taking Iwo Jima.

Sunrise on February 19th was greeted with the largest naval bombardment in history and the USS NORTH CAROLINA was there. The battleship pounded the island for four days then moved to her next assignment.

The ship’s 16-inch guns bombarded Iwo Jima for the first two days. 855 projectiles were fired, each capable of making a hole 20 feet deep and 50 feet wide. At times firing was delayed as friendly ships went across the range.

The 5-inch guns fired on Iwo Jima on all four days for a total of 2,675 rounds. 78 white phosphorous smoke projectiles were also fired so the air spotters could see the ship’s targets. http://ow.ly/i/8HClO http://ow.ly/i/8HCmu
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In the Battleship Exhibit Hall, there is a place where you can write a personal note to thank a veteran for their service. These are collected and then sent off to VA hospitals across the United States. One of the messages we received is in the picture as shown. Not necessarily thanking a veteran but from a grandparent wanting to teach the next generation about duty, honor and service. We want to thank them for the kind words and for bringing their family to the Battleship to help them understand the sacrifices these men undertook so that we can all enjoy the freedom we have today.
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The Battleship is seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Maintenance Staff.

Primary responsibilities include welding, brazing and painting onboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and the shore side visitor center. Additional knowledge and work at a journey level, both on the ship and shore side buildings, in HVAC, electrical, plumbing, pneumatic systems and carpentry is required. Must be able to read basic blue prints and plans and demonstrate welding/brazing competencies. Must be able to work independently or as part of a team to repair, maintain, renovate and restore a 70+ year old registered historic landmark and decommissioned naval vessel. Supervision of inmate labor force is required on a limited basis. This is a State position (Grade 65) with full retirement and medical benefits and a starting salary of $33,001 - $36,000, negotiable based on qualifications and experience plus comprehensive benefits package.
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The U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on February 23rd but fought until late March before claiming victory.

The ship’s two Kingfisher planes were launched minutes before the bombardments started. The spotters were the ship’s eyes on the battlefield. They watched where the shells landed and radioed back targeting corrections.

On the 19th, 20th and 21st the planes were piloted by Lt. Wogan, Lt. (jg) Werder, Ensign Oliver, ARM 1/c Means, and ARM 3/c Dunn. Lt.

Al Oliver received an Air Medal “for meritorious achievement in aerial flight…during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima and Okinawa Shima from February 21 to April 19, 1945. Completing several spotting missions over strongly defended enemy positions during this period, Oliver skillfully performed his assigned duties despite heavy enemy antiaircraft fire and assisted his ship in bringing accurate gunfire to bear on hostile positions.” http://ow.ly/i/8HGPh http://ow.ly/i/8HGPD http://ow.ly/i/8HGQU
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21Feb43: TF16 and TF34 joined TF16 units: ENTERPRISE (CV6), (Rear Admiral F C Sherman, CTG) SAN DIEGO (CL53), MORRIS (DD417), MUSTIN (DD413), HUGHES (DD410), RUSSEL (DD414), ELLET (DD398) http://ow.ly/Idsi7
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Launching from a catapult “was just a very easy way of getting airborne. You didn’t do very much of anything outside of making sure you didn’t lose control of the plane.” Watch BB55 crew member aviators Oliver and Landers talk about what it was like to launch a plane from BB55 during WWII and read more recollections in the latest Sea Stories Blog... http://ow.ly/JkNL1
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19Feb43: Underway in accordance with ComSoPac OPLAN 5-43 with TF64 WASHINGTON (BB56) (Vice Admiral W A Lee Jr), NORTH CAROLINA (BB55), INDIANA (BB58), BALCH (DD363), DUNLAP (DD384), CUMMINGS (DD365), FANNING (DD385), AULICK (DD569) http://ow.ly/Idqep
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Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the Battleship's Firepower program! If you wanted to know all about the guns on the ship, this is the program for you! Only a few spots are left so call (910-251-5797) today to reserve your space. http://ow.ly/JfL3v
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1 Battleship Rd NE Wilmington, NC 28401, United States
1 Battleship Road NortheastUSNorth CarolinaWilmington28401
(910) 251-5797battleshipnc.com
History Museum, Historical PlaceToday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.

Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Discover and build your personal connection by steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA It's Your Experience.

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Exhibits memorializing the battleship's service in World War II plus a visitors center & gift shop.- Google
"Great tour of military history."
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"Had a good time but its hard with young children."
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Taehwan An
a month ago
Great experience except gas smell in the engine room but it has to be expected since this one used tons of diesel. Also you should expect to spend at least two hours to explore this giantic warship.
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Chris Diaz
a month ago
Must see to appreciate. Well worth the $14 we paid for the self guided tour.
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Tommy Udo
3 months ago
Most decorated battleship in WWII. If you are near Myrtle Beach take a drive up to Wilmington NC and see this piece of history first hand.
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Ivan Soto
a month ago
epic gun's and nice gift shop
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Sundar Seshadri
6 months ago
Wonderful and unique exhibit. Must see if you are visiting NC, esp if you are going down to the beaches (as it is on the way).
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Martin Brossman
7 months ago
Only had a little time but still wanted to get on board and did. They let you explore a lot of places and if you have not been here before it is truly very impressive and worth seeing. You don't get the full perspective until you walk the deck. Quite a piece of history. I was amazed how steep the steps and would not recommend doing down into the engine room if you have a challenge getting around. I added some more pictures from below deck that I took and next time want to have more time and see the upper deck area. I felt proud for all those that served on this ship.
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Kevin Henry
9 months ago
Had a good time but its hard with young children. The ship is almost exact to the way it was 70 years ago so lots of steep ladders and places for kids to fall into. If they don't mind you holding their hand.
Melody Taylor
3 months ago
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