Historic battleship USS Iowa to become museum in Los Angeles.

USS Iowa fires a 16 in (410 mm) shell towards…

USS Iowa fires a 16 in (410 mm) shell towards a North Korean target in 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

The USS Iowa, which ferried the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the perilous Atlantic waters to a historic meeting with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin in the dark days of World War Two, is to become a floating museum.

The battleship saw combat in the Pacific, survived a devastating explosion in a gun turret, and even a snub from the city of San Francisco. At the end of its final voyage, the storied warship will have a permanent mooring in San Pedro, Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to create a permanent home for the ship at the city’s port, where it will open as a floating museum.

Source: MSNBC

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  • Lots of memories. Your picture is one of the few color photos of the Iowa during Korean War. One of the little known facts, the Iowa fired more 16″ projectiles during the Korean War than all of WWII. The Korean peninsula had few road and railroads running north and south. The east coast of North Korea provided both a road system and a railroad. The heavy ships of the Navy easily could prevent movement by the enemy by destroying this system. A favorite target was railroad tunnels. During the day we covered the tunnels with 16″ projectiles. During the night the coolies would dig their way back to the tunnels.