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Named the World s Greatest Naval Ship , the USS Iowa, built in 1940, was decommissione 1990, reinstated

d to service in 1999 as a reserve ship, then finally retired in 2 005. The USS Iowa served in both World War II and the Korean War, along with non -combat assignments as a training vessel and transporting multiple U.S. Presiden ts. The only battleship equipped with a luxury bathtub and elevator, these featu res were commissioned for the paralyzed President Franklin D. Roosevelt s journey to the Cairo and Tehran conferences in 1943. Today, the USS Iowa rests in berth 87 at the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Pacific Battleship Center, where she is now open to the public as a museum and m onument to her generation of battleships. One of the most decorated battleships in history, the USS Iowa holds nine battle stars for WWII, and two for the Korea n War. Additional awards and medals include the American Campaign Medal, Navy Oc cupation Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Presidential Un it Citation, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Sea Servic e Deployment Ribbon, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Philippine Liberatio n Medal, and the United Nations Korean Medal. The numerous service men and women who were proudly assigned to the USS Iowa can be found at, w here they share their ship experiences and organize tour reunions. About the Author: Jeffrey S. Bearman volunteers and supports historical restorat ion of several monuments and facilities, including the Point San Luis Lighthouse and the USS Iowa.