Battleship Missouri celebrates 5 million visitors

Published  9:25 AM HST Jul 13, 2012
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -

The Battleship Missouri Memorial reached a milestone Thursday as it welcomed aboard its five millionth visitor.

Daniel Miller and his family were welcomed to the historic ship by the sounds and dances of Kika Inc.

The Missouri’s President and COO, Michael A. Carr presented them with a prize package including round-trip airfare for five to Oahu on Hawaiian Airlines, a five night stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and a family membership to the USS Missouri Memorial Association.

Miller also received a rare, engraved piece of teak pulled from the decks of the USS Missouri.  The celebration concluded by firing confetti out of the Missouri’s famous 16-inch guns.

"This is a proud day for all of us at the Battleship Missouri Memorial. I would like to congratulate our five millionth visitor, Daniel Miller of Livermore, California. It’s a mighty achievement that in just over 13 years the Mighty Mo is welcoming her 5-millionth visitor," said Carr.  "Our visitor numbers have been on the rise this year, which is promising for not only the memorial but Hawaii’s economy as a whole."

The USS Missouri, affectionately known as America’s last battleship, secured her spot in history as the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II.

The Missouri was decommissioned for the final time in 1992 concluding a career that spanned five decades and three engagements, bringing the Battleship era to an end.  On Jan. 29, 1999, 55 years to the day after she was launched, the Battleship Missouri Memorial opened to the public.

The Missouri has never shied away from the spotlight and most recently stared in Universal Studios' Battleship, which premiered this past May.

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