We took a day and drove to Wilmington to see the battleship. The last time Landon and I went with the kids, Wyatt was a baby and we carried him and his stroller, all over that ship. Mental note was made not to return until everyone could walk, and climb up and down the ladders by themselves.
Wyatt asked me why it was called the North Carolina. I explained that all the battleships were named after states, so the Japanese wouldn't know what our guys were talking about on the radio. "Secret code", he replied, smiling.
I always forget how awesome this ship is inside. It is a mini-city with a barber shop, doctors office, dentist office, post office, cafeteria, ice cream shop, game room, brig, offices, and many others. It is amazing that they fought, without computers. There are so many knobs, switches and buttons for communicating and firing the weapons.
Levi looking out to aim the big guns on the rear of the ship. This area (like many others) is extremely tight and hot.
Every time I see the beds/hanging cots, I smile. Pop told us about how his crew mate never wanted to be buckled into his bunk, and would fall out at night and get hurt. He wasn't on this ship, but both of my grandfathers fought in the Navy. My grandmama tells us all the time, how handsome my granddaddy was in his uniform. This sailor, swept her off her feet, when she was just a young teenager.
The missile room. It is several tiers of levels filled with empty missiles. If this doesn't bring it home nothing will. How many boys fought to protect us? I kept looking at Levi, and thinking about the ones that were only 6 years older than him. They were just kids. But they were honored to fight for our freedom.
Leigh and Dave went with us. She told me she hasn't been since she was four. We got separated inside and kept seeing them through hallways and doors. If you are in the area, stop by the battleship. It is well worth the money. In fact, five and under are free. Note to self, go back in the winter time. :)