Hawaii Battleship Missouri welcomes 4 millionth visitor By Shane Nelson / June 14, 2010 Share 1 -- Three months after a thorough refurbishment in dry dock, the Battleship Missouri welcomed its 4 millionth visitor since first opening as a historical attraction and floating memorial in 1999. Battleship Missouri officials surprised Rachel Chmiel of Atlanta with the news shortly after she stepped aboard the vessel on June 4. "My father was in the Navy, so this will have a lot of significance for him," Chmiel said, adding that he served aboard the USS Chikaskia. "We did some snorkeling and other things while in Hawaii but wanted to see Pearl Harbor before we left." The Battleship Missouri Memorial left dry dock and returned to Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row on Jan. 7 after $18 million worth of general maintenance. Jan. 29 marked the 66th anniversary of the Mighty Mo's inaugural voyage in 1944. The USS Missouri is a veteran of three wars and served as the site of Japan's surrender to the Allied forces in 1945.