was the lead ship of her class of battleship and was the
only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic
Ocean during World War II. Her keel was laid down on 27
June 1940 at the New York Navy Yard. Nicknamed "The Big
Stick", USS Iowa was launched in August 1942 and
commissioned in February 1943.
World War II, she carried President Franklin D.
Roosevelt across the Atlantic to Algeria, en route to a
crucial 1943 meeting in Tehran with Winston Churchill
and Josef Stalin.
When transferred to the Pacific Fleet in
1944, Iowa shelled beachheads at Kwajalein and
Eniwetok in advance of allied amphibious landings and
screened aircraft carriers operating in the Marshall
Islands. She also served as the Third Fleet flagship,
flying Adm. William F. Halsey's flag at the Japanese
surrender in Tokyo Bay.
the Korean War, Iowa was involved in raids on the North
Korean coast, after which she was decommissioned into
the United States Navy reserve fleets. She was
reactivated in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan
and operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to
counter the recently expanded Soviet Navy.
USS Iowa was decommissioned for the last time. In 2011
Iowa was donated to the non-profit Pacific Battleship
Center and was permanently moved to Berth 87 at the Port
of Los Angeles where she was opened to the public to
serve as a museum and memorial to battleships.
earned nine battle stars for World War II service and
two for Korean War service.