Seven decades of artifacts from World War II are now on display like you’ve never seen it before at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
A vintage console radio serves more as a time machine these days, taking you back in time as you walk into the War That Changed the World exhibit.
“We often remember the ships, the planes, the tanks that fought in World War II, but this is a reflection of the people that were involved,” said Dan Parsons, Education Director at the Battleship Missouri. “From the soldiers, sailors, the airmen, the nurses, the prisoners that were in the internment camp as well as the concentration camps.”
One room once served as the Chief Warrant Officer’s mess and dining area and in the 90s it was a store and the ship’s lieutenant’s office.
Now with new renovations, it has a new purpose.
“It had a bulkhead we call it in the Navy. That bulkhead was cut out about an inch thick of solid steel that was removed, so we can make full entryway from one space to another,” said Parsons.
The space now holds hundreds of artifacts from vintage patches to old Valentine’s cards and tells stories that might be decades old, but never get old.
“So it is a good reflection of the overall expansive, the Missouri’s history from World War II all the way to Desert Storm,” Parsons said.
The items and donations took years to collect, but only four months to put together, but what’s the total value?
“I would use the term priceless to say what all of that is worth,” Parsons responded.
If you want to see the exhibit, it opens to the public Jan. 31 during the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s Living History Day event.
The event is free to kama’aina and military from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Ford Island.