Reliving the historic end of World War II aboard the USS MissouriUPDATED 7:28 PM HST Sep 02, 2014Video Transcript
with military leaders from around -- declared the end of World War Two aboard the USS Missouri. KITV 4's Ashley Moser spoke with a sailor who was there that day... and was among those reliving the historic event today. 17-21 53-58 113-118 Art 16:50 "THIS HERE TO ME IS HOME!" 16:53 World War two veteran -- Art Albert was only 17 years old when he stepped aboard the USS Missouri. He served as an engineer for the ship and was present during the signing of the instrument of surrender -- ending the second world war. Art 18:33 "WE SAW EVERYTHING! I MEAN IT'S JUST LIKE NOW. WHEN I GET OUT HERE I KIND OF GET SHOOK, YOU KNOW?" 18:39 He remembers the crowds of soldiers surrounding the area now called the surrender deck. And vividly recalls General MacArthur arriving on the ship for the signing. Art 18:20 "MCARTHUR STEPPED OFF HE DIDN'T COME WITH THE OFFICERS ON THE WHOLE BOAT. HE COME UP OFF THE TIN CAN, HE STEPPED OFF LIKE A TAXI CAB COMING OFF A CURB." 18:27 Today the historic ship is docked at Pearl Harbor. It has called Hawaii home for 15 years. Memorial officials say in that time it has attracted more than 6 million visitors. Mike: 3:39 "IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR VISITORS TO VISIT THIS SHIP BECAUSE EVERY ONE OF THOSE VISITORS THAT PASSES THROUGH OUR GATES HELPS WITH THE RESTORATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THIS SHIP." 3:44 Most recently crews reworked the wardroom where high- ranking officers slept, dined and socialized. Crews restored a map mural in the room, making it look like it did in its glory days. Ashley Standup 12:58 "ONE OF THE SHIP'S MAJOR PROJECTS IS RESTORING THE SHIP'S MAIN DECK. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK THIS IS WHERE THE OLD MEETS THE NEW. AND YOU KNOW THEY KEPT IT AUTHENTIC BY USING THE SAME TYPE OF TEAK WOOD." 13:09 Officials say the projects are ongoing and so are the efforts to teach visitors about the ship's history. Something veterans are hoping will hit home with younger generations. Art "17:26 I HOPE THEY GET SOME SENSE WHEN THEY COME ON BOARD TO LEARN SOMETHING AND GET THEIR MIND RIGHT." 17:31 Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News. The USS Missouri Memorial Association -- caretaker of the Battleship Missouri Memorial -- was founded in 1994. This year marks the Association's 20th anniversary.