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Battleship USS Iowa finds a new home as a museum

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Shirley Casady, right from Chesapeake, Va. holds photo of her husband William, 94, sitting in wheelchair, who served on the Iowa during WWII as chief electrician in 1943 during the commissioning ceremony for the battleship as a memorial and an educational museum at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The ship, built in 1940, arrived in Los Angeles in May and will be permanently stationed in the port and operated as a floating museum.

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In this historic image, guns fire aboard the USS Iowa.

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Members of the military stand aboard the battleship USS Iowa as it approaches its new home in San Pedro, Calif.

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A view of the bow of the USS Iowa.

Steven Louie reports in the Daily Nightly blog that the USS Iowa will become a museum in San Pedro, Calif.:

"It brightened my life," said Alfred Hodder, who served on the Iowa in the ‘50s. "And it's wonderful that it's being made into a permanent museum so the public can understand and enjoy. In those days it was one of the great ships of the sea."

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A historic aerial view of the USS Iowa firing her guns.

The USS Iowa will open its decks to the public this weekend in San Pedro, Calif. NBC's Mike Taibbi reports.

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