Group searching for Iowans who served on USS Iowa
DES MOINES — The Pacific Battleship Center, an organization responsible for maintaining the California-based USS Iowa Battleship, is reaching out to veterans across the state who have served on the now decommissioned battleship and is planning a special event to be held on the same weekend as the Iowa All-Academy Ball.
Jeff Lamberti, a former Iowa legislator and fundraiser for the USS Iowa, is leading the charge.
“It’s extremely important that we have the information to populate a database of Iowans who served aboard the USS Iowa battleship,” explained Lamberti. “After creating that database, we will have a much more efficient way to stay in contact with the brave Iowans who served on the Iowa.”
Compiling a list of names is only the first step of Lamberti’s project. With the help of some key sponsors, he has collaborated with Iowa All-Academy Ball organizers to make it possible for members of the USS Iowa to attend the ball Dec. 29.
Additionally, organizers are planning a special reception immediately preceding the All-Academy Ball to recognize those who served on the USS Iowa. In attendance will be the ship’s Public Affairs Officer Mike “Mac” McEnteggart, who is also slated as the keynote speaker for the Iowa All-Academy Ball. Attendees will be encouraged to network and reconnect with other Iowans who served aboard the Iowa.
Lamberti has a strong call to action to Iowans who may have served on the battleship.
“If you, or anyone you know served on the USS Iowa, please have them contact me directly to be put on our database,” said Lamberti. “It’s important to collect names so that we can maintain open lines of communication with those who contributed to the incredible story behind the Iowa. Additionally, we want to periodically provide updates to those same folks on the status of the maintenance effort on the historic battleship.”
To contact Lamberti, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-964-8777.
For more information on the USS Iowa, visit the website pacificbattleship.org.
For information about the Iowa All-Academy Ball or information on registering, contact Ball Chairman Kevin Lentz by calling 515-991-3550, by emailing email@example.com or by visiting the Iowa All-Academy Ball website at www.iowaallacademyball.com.