A timeline of the USS North Carolina:

Oct. 27, 1937: Keel laid for the battleship at the New York Naval Yard in Brooklyn.

June 13, 1940: The USS North Carolina is launched.

April 9, 1941: The USS North Carolina is commissioned.

August 1942: In the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the battleship’s anti-aircraft barrage helped save the carrier Enterprise.

Sept. 15, 1942: The battleship was struck by a Japanese torpedo, which caused a massive hole in its hull. The crew was able to recover.

Sept. 30, 1942: The Battleship goes to Pearl Harbor for repairs and remains there until November.

January 1944: After mostly out of action and another stint at Pearl Harbor for a refit, the Battleship reached the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. By late March, it shoots down a Japanese aircraft.

June 15, 1944: In the Mariana and Palau islands, the Battleship shot down another Japanese aircraft.

June 20, 1944: Alongside fellow battleships, it brought a serious hit to the Japanese and shot down two more aircraft in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

April 1945: After surviving a typhoon off the Philippines and leaving Iwo Jima, it shot down kamikazes but was also hit accidentally by a fellow ship, which killed four and wounded 44.

October 1945: The battleship reaches the Brooklyn Navy Yard for an overhaul and is adjusted into training for the U.S. Naval Academy.

June 27, 1947: The USS North Carolina is decommissioned.

June 1, 1960: Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, which signaled its fate to become scrap. Not so fast -- a North Carolina man, James Craig, led a campaign to raise the $250,000 necessary to prepare a site to host the ship, which was successful. Wilmington became the host.

October 2, 1961: The battleship is steered into her new home across from downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River.

April 29, 1962: The battleship opened to visitors.