On Tuesday, June 21, members of the Tomodachi Committee enjoyed an exclusive 45 minute long tour onboard the USS Missouri. Attendees had the rare opportunity to see areas not available on regular public tours, such as inside the front gun turret. Even members who had previously been on the ship were impressed by the special tour. The highlight of the afternoon was tea and refreshments in the Captain’s Cabin. The Captain’s Cabin is where the ship captain’s quarters are, and where he would entertain distinguished guests. VIP guests such as President Harry Truman and President George W. Bush have frequented the Captain’s Cabin. This portion of the ship is normally locked and off limits during regular tours.
We would like to extend a special thanks to Tomodachi Co-chair Hiroko Dewitz for arranging this special tour onboard the Battleship Missouri and selecting the afternoon tea menu. We would also like to extend a big Mahalo to the staff at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, especially USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. Special Events Manager Jackie McCormick, who arranged our event and also arranged for us to have two tour guides. Thank you to our very informative and witty tour guides Masaji, who led our Japanese speaking group, and George, who led our English speaking group. Also a special thanks to Gourmet Events Hawaii for catering the afternoon tea event.