OC Register: Volunteers to battle USS Iowa’s aging process

Through the stoop-inducing corridors, under exposed pipes on the ceiling and down narrow stairs, the 70-year-old USS Iowa is showing her age.

There's the chipped paint, the clutter of dusty radio boxes and video monitors on bunks where sailors used to sleep on those long sea journeys during World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. On the deck, wood from the '40s lines up with wood from the '80s—splintered in sections and uprooted entirely in others.

But from afar, the three big guns that can launch a massive shell about 25 miles still look striking in their drab gray. The bow of the ship is tall but sleek. Except for the ramps leading up to it and the giant ropes tied to the capstans at the dock in San Pedro, it looks like it could sail out into the horizon tomorrow.

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Volunteers help clean up VFW Post 3173

Painters, electricians, cement workers and laborers from more than 10 Southern California unions volunteered to clean up VFW Post 3173 in Anaheim on Nov. 6 as part of a statewide labor union project supporting veterans.

The volunteer effort was one of dozens across the state of California this week as part of the new “Veterans + Labor – Partners in Service” project launched earlier this year. Sponsored by California unions, “Veterans + Labor – Partners in Service” aims to support and raise up veterans on three fronts: providing volunteer service, opening doors to good jobs and a special Veterans Day event to honor our heroes for their service.

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Just announced! 2013 Veterans Day community celebration at OC Fair!

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