As part of their monthly activity in April, Pack 872 Cub Scouts and their families were treated to an amazing tour of the famed USS Iowa from fore (front) to aft (back) and all places in-between. The Cub Scouts took full advantage to learn all about the history and various systems of the battleship.
As part of their monthly activity in April, Pack 872 Cub Scouts and their families were treated to an amazing tour of the famed USS Iowa from fore (front) to aft (back) and all places in-between.
Docked at the port of Los Angeles, the USS Iowa is steeped in history – first, during WWII, it fortunately escaped the destruction of the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor as it was still under construction. Later, it became the flagship that carried President Franklin Roosevelt across the Atlantic in 1943 for meetings with key world leaders. Then, it was most notably in Tokyo Bay for the formal signing of the Japanese surrender on August 29, 1945, participated in many combat operations, and hosted more presidents than any other battleship throughout its long service.
The Cub Scouts took full advantage to learn all about the history and various systems of the battleship including most prominently the massive deck guns (able to hit targets 20 miles away) from the weathered veteran sailors who served faithfully and proudly aboard the USS Iowa over its lengthy service and now eagerly offer their time to teach visitors about the battleship.
As the Cub Scouts raced up and down the decks, scaling narrow stairwells and surveying the broad decks, complex weaponry, and below-decks cramped living conditions, they were left with a lasting impression both of the awesome engineering marvel of this massive battleship, but also of the epic sacrifices made by our naval warfighters who served her so well for almost 50 years.
If you are interested in learning more and participating in many other exciting activities, please contact those listed below for an introduction to Pack 872 and Cub Scouts. And, mark your calendar for the Pack 872 Picnic, June 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Laguna Niguel Regional Park.