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Hawkeye fans invade USS Iowa

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There's no shortage of sights to see for Hawkeye fans visiting Southern California.

One of the more popular destinations will be a ship with their state's namesake: The USS Iowa Battleship.

Decommissioned in 1990, the ship now serves as a floating museum in the Port of Los Angeles.  She saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War.

It wasn't hard to find Iowa fans exploring the ship on Tuesday.

"It's fabulous. It's just amazing. I didn't even, had no clue. Had no clue what this would be like. It's really cool," Kathy Lange from Centerville said.

Iowans were impressed with both the size and scope of the ship, especially the massive artillery on board.

"It's pretty amazing. I mean, I didn't realize how huge it was. Especially the big 16 inch guns. You hear about them, but until you actually see them in person, it's hard to believe how big they are," Dave Shrader from Monticello said.

Even family of redshirt freshman Brandon Bishop got the chance to enjoy the massive ship, and more importantly, their experience surrounding the Rose Bowl.

"I got to come down here in 1986 as a player, and now I get to see my son, Brandon, play in the Rose Bowl, hopefully. It's been an exciting time, and hopefully Friday, about 5 o clock California time, we'll be Rose Bowl Champs," Wille Bishop said.

The ship is expecting a big influx of fans all week, especially Thursday, when they're hosting a pep rally from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"It's just wonderful to have them on board. We always feel like they're so supportive of our efforts and saving the ship and preserving her history," said Dave Way, USS Iowa's curator.

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