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Battleship celebrates 50 years of calling Wilmington home

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today was a very special day for folks in Wilmington and all over the state. Fifty years ago, on October 2, 1961, the Battleship North Carolina made its way up the Cape Fear River to its news home in the Port City. Folks of all ages came out to the Battleship to celebrate, paying the same admission price visitors paid half a century ago.

“To see the kids and the future generations appreciate this living monument at sea, it’s a magnificent thing for the city of Wilmington,” said Howard Drexler, who came to celebrate.

“It gives me chills every time I come on it,” said Judy Lewis, who frequents the Battleship. “Every time my friends come to visit, no matter where they come from, I always bring them by the
Battleship because it’s such a great piece of history.”

The Battleship is a part of history that honors the more than 2,000 sailors and Marines who served on the North Carolina during World War II. The Battleship participated in every major battle on the Pacific seas.

“I think being American is by far one of the greatest experiences in the world and to think how we should be thankful for the people who served on this ship and helped protect America for what it is,” said Terry Adams, who lives in Wilmington.

Half a century later, the ship now serves as a reminder not only of the men who served on it, but also for the men, women and children who brought it home to Wilmington.

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