UPDATE: The Battleship is open to the public, but new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors prevent us from holding all events. Please check back as the date of the event nears to be sure we will be holding it as scheduled.
April 13th – 16th, 2022
Participants must be registered.
The crew of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and their families return for their annual reunion. Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. The public is invited to attend the Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, on the fantail, for free. For information, contact Kim Sincox, Museum Services Director, or call 910-399-9113.
The USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association is an organization of the Battleship’s crew and their families. The Association began in June 1962 shortly after the memorial’s official dedication in April. The Battleship’s first Superintendent, Rear Admiral William Maxwell, one of the Ship’s original engineering officers, initiated the formation of the organization for crew members. The formation of the Association was greatly helped by former Ship’s officer LCDR John Karrer who worked at the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He forwarded crew members names and addresses to Jack Clements and Chuck Paty, two Association officers living in Charlotte, North Carolina. By July 1968, Karrer had located 7,243 names! Today, shipmates are still discovering their Ship.
The crew has been a tremendous asset to the Battleship through the years. They have given thousands of artifacts, recorded oral histories, donated funds, helped found the Friends of the Battleship, volunteered countless hours, and served on the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission. The Battleship staff is proud to preserve their ship and share their story.