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899Fw: Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig to Co-Chair Mare Island USS IOWA Effort

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  • Phelps Hobart
    Jan 11, 2011
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    From: Claudia Feurey
    Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:04 PM
    Subject: Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig to Co-Chair Mare Island USS IOWA Effort

    Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square

    For Immediate Release

    January 11, 2011


    For information:

    Merylin Wong    (707) 712-8361

    Claudia Feurey (415) 419-5417 or (914) 548-8763

    Claudia_Feurey at comcast dot net


    Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig to

    Co-Chair Mare Island USS IOWA Effort


    Mare Island, CA --- Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square, the Northern California nonprofit applying to the Navy to bring the World War ll Battleship USS IOWA to Mare Island, CA as a museum and memorial, has announced that Dr. Richard Danzig has been named Honorary Co-Chair of its Board of Directors.


    Dr. Danzig served as Secretary of the Navy from 1998 to 2001.  He was Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997.  From 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Dr. Danzig was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues.


    He is currently Chairman of the Center for a New American Security. He is also a member of the Defense Policy Board and a Director of The RAND Corporation. 


    As Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Danzig authorized the relocation of USS IOWA from Rhode Island to the ship’s current home in Suisun Bay, California.  The relocation was implemented through legislation spearheaded by the California/Bay Area Congressional Delegation.


    In accepting this appointment, Dr. Danzig said “President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said to the sailors of the IOWA, 'I am with you in spirit, each and every one of you.'  In the seven decades since then, the IOWA has seen triumph and tragedy, war and peace, retirement and recall.  It has bestowed power on generations of sailors. Today all Americans are with it in spirit and I am proud to support the ship's conservation."



    Silicon Valley entrepreneur and former Navy Captain Dr. William Musgrave, Chairman of Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square, noted, “We are thrilled to have Richard Danzig on board this effort.  We are grateful for his help in bringing Battleship IOWA to Northern California. His commitment to the Navy, to public service, and his wide-ranging intellect and international experience are exactly what is needed to save USS IOWA, the last ship of its kind available from the U.S. Navy. USS IOWA at Mare Island will be awe inspiring.  The waterfront site, pier-side amenities, and the rich historic and educational environment will provide a dignified and singular home for this magnificent ship.” 


    Richard. Danzig is also a senior advisor to the Center for Naval Analyses and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.  He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon graduation from Yale, Dr. Danzig served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. 



    USS IOWA served in World War ll, Korea, the Cold War, and in the Persian Gulf.  As the “Air Force One” of her day, she transported President Franklin D. Roosevelt to meet Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Chiang Kai-shek at the 1943 Tehran Conference.  USS IOWA was anchored in Tokyo Bay during the ceremony that marked the end of the War in the Pacific. 



    Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square’s project also includes redevelopment of Mare Island’s unique historic waterfront buildings. With easy highway and ferry access, USS IOWA is projected to attract close to 400,000 visitors a year. Her berth at Mare Island will be minutes away from Napa Valley Wine Country and such attractions as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park and Infineon Raceway.



    Historic Ships worked with the Navy, Congress, and the State of Iowa to bring USS IOWA from the East Coast to California, and the ship is currently moored in the Navy’s Reserve Fleet north of San Francisco. The group’s staff and IOWA crew members lead monthly boat tours to the ship.



    Dr. William Musgrave Chairs Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square’s Board of Directors.  The group’s other Co-Chairs include former President George H. W. Bush, author Tom Clancy, former Secretaries of the Navy John Dalton and Gordon England, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and former Iowa Governors Robert Ray and Thomas Vilsack. 


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    Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square

    PO Box 361, Vallejo, CA  94590        (707) 643- 4692