Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Valuing Our Volunteers

Did you MO that April is National Volunteer Month? The dedication and hard work that volunteers provide plays an important role in supporting the USS Missouri Memorial Association’s mission. Many of them are at the ship day-to-day, working tirelessly on projects and preservation efforts for America’s last battleship. To celebrate the spirit of volunteerism, we are highlighting the Mighty Mo’s incredible team of volunteers.

The Battleship Missouri is proud to welcome supporters from all around the world. Volunteers include: the Rotary Club, the Odd Fellows, Kiwanis Key Club, Easter Seals, Waipahu High School, Mililani High School, NIOC Hawaii, the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, the USS Jefferson City, the USS Michael Murphy and the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard just to name a few. 

One of the key elements to preserving the Battleship Missouri is the association’s “Adopt-A-Space” program. Over the years, many of the military commands, civic organizations and commercial companies have adopted spaces such as the bridge, engine room, the combat engagement center, gun turrets, gun mounts and the Surrender Deck. Volunteer groups restore these areas to true flagship condition and continue to maintain these locations over a period of time.

When the Battleship Missouri was active duty in World War II, there were over 2,500 Sailors maintaining the ship. Today, the USS Missouri Memorial Association has less than 25 ship maintenance staff working on her decks. Volunteers are needed to restore and preserve teak decks, metal decks, bulkheads, displays and equipment. 

As a mighty mahalo, the USS Missouri Memorial Association invites all of the volunteers to enjoy a fun and relaxing Fourth of July barbecue at the ship. In addition, the association holds a Volunteer Recognition Event at the beginning of the year. The purpose of these events is to acknowledge all individuals who dedicate themselves to restoring the Mighty Mo and to honor outstanding volunteers and volunteer groups who sail above and beyond to support the ship. Congratulations to all those who were recognized for their performance in 2015. Your great efforts help to preserve her story for  generations to come.

 USS Missouri Memorial’s 2015 Volunteer Award Recipients

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2015
Wayne Ohashi
USS Missouri Legacy Award: Outstanding Military Support
Geoffrey Schaeffer
Truman Centennial Award: Outstanding Senior Volunteer
Dom Bracken
Big Guns Award: Volunteer Jack of All Trades
Roy Taira
Outstanding Adopt-A-Space
Executive Transport Detachment
Outstanding Military Support
Naval Health Clinic Hawaii
Outstanding Military Group Support
NIOC Hawaii
Outstanding Group Support
Waipahu High School
Outstanding Group Support
Easter Seals
Outstanding Volunteer Support
Patricia Suhs
Outstanding Group Support
715th Military Intelligence Battalion
2015 Teak Support
Annette “Netter” Lancaster

Outstanding Volunteer Group
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Outstanding Volunteer Group
Downtown Rotary
Outstanding High School Student Volunteer
Jared Tomori
Lifetime Achievement
Larry Castillo

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit our website at or contact our Director of Volunteers, Keven Williamson, at or (808) 455-1500 x224.

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