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What a dissapointing Tour
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HTFN BRUCE A KENNEDY
3/13/2011 9:48:51 PM
Its me HTFN BRUCE A Kennedy not taking care of OUR babygirl is like sailing her down the river if i come over to Pearl and I see that they arent it would make me madder than a wet hen
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HTFN BRUCE A KENNEDY
2/28/2011 6:37:35 PM
THIS IS HTFN Bruce A Kennedy 86-90 hope all of my shipmates these days are doing ok call me 310 956 6745
Posted by:
BM2 Schultz
8/27/2010 10:17:05 AM
I toured her again in 2007 and I felt they rolled out the red carpet for me, having been a former crew member. I guess I didn't expect the volunteer guides to know as much as I was required to so I wasn't dissapointed at all. In fact, they let me stand at the helm again for the first time in almost 20 years. It's off limits because people will snap off brass fittings and steal parts off OUR ship. What a slap in the mouth. Anyway, sorry you had a dissapointing tour. Schultz
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CHRIS ARRIGO
5/12/2006 12:30:52 AM
well i served on board missouri fm her re-fit in 1985 to her recomissioning in 1986 and beyond to 1988....i am going to see her in pearl,HI.....in june of 2006...and will ask about the tours....but i bet it is just the lack of former crew members getting involved....i am no excuse....didnt join the association until i got the chance to go to hawaii...but i am here now and on board.....
Posted by:
Tofu
4/3/2006 8:12:18 PM

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After being wowed by the content and knocked down by the tour groups the USS Arizona was a highlight for the trip. The rental headsets for the Arizona and again for the Bowfin gave the in depth details that I enjoyed and the highlights that my wife enjoyed. After two very positive experiences we ended up on the Missouri. Paid the basic entrance fee and upgraded for the guided tour, what a mistake. I've toured the USS North Carolina, USS Yorktown, USS Laffey (DD-724), and the USS Clamagore (SS-343). All of the tours have one thing in common, they have been organized even with their basic tours. The Yorktown tour is a thing of beauty, actually two tours one fore and one aft and with a dizzy array of WWII, Korea and Vietnam vintage aircraft above and below the flight deck only add to the eye candy.

The Missouri tour was given by this 20 something kid that had no clue what she was talking about. We were hurried around the different notable spots and treated like we were on an grade school tour. After being left a few times because she was in a very large hurry we cornered another tour guide and asked if we could go back just take the basic tour and try to enjoy the ship. This is when it hit me. When the Navy de-commissioned her they went through her and removed all of the classified stuff and turned it over to this group of Yahoos. The above mentioned ships have taken a time period of her service and focused their restoration efforts to preserve in that time period. The Missouri bounces between WWII and Cold War and Gulf War deployments, with no real rhyme or reason. The folks that run the Missouri tour have taken a beautiful piece of National history and turned it into a cheap interstate side attraction. I guess I'm too much of a nerd, but after seeing the wonderful job the folks at the Arizona have done by tying in the history of the event to the awe inspiring memorial to have the air let out of my balloon with amateurish display of the USS Missouri.

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