Living History

December 2022
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
courtesy of Battleship North Carolina

Commemorating the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor

Moored in quiet dignity and majesty, the Battleship North Carolina, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

From all across our nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the ship and the exhibits.

Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Imagine yourself steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. Join the crew and be a part of battleship history at the Battleship North Carolina!

Operating two stations aboard Battleship North Carolina, the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts a worldwide ham radio operator event commemorating the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Ham operators may contact the ship via voice, digital and Morse Code at NI4BK. Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying the contact.

Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
December 7
Wilmington, Nortth Carolina
USS North Carolina Battleship, 1 Battleship Road. Wednesday, 
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (910) 799-1694,