AAA Editor Notes
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation is on Mare Island at 1100 Railroad Ave.; from I-80, take the Tennessee Street/Mare Island exit, proceed w. approximately 3 mi. on Mare Island Cswy. across the Mare Island Causeway Lift Bridge and continue to Railroad Ave. Based in Vallejo for the entirety of its 142-year history (1854-1996), the Mare Island Navy Yard played a significant role in the nation's defense.
Several historic ships are docked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (at Nimitz Avenue and A Street), including the SSBN 658 Mariano G. Vallejo and the USS LCS 102 (aka the “Yankee Dollar”), a gunboat that served during World War II. Nicknamed “mighty midgets,” the LCS vessels—outfitted with an array of guns and rocket launchers—provided vital support to landing craft and destroyers on picket duty during the invasion of Iwo Jima and, most crucially, in the Okinawa campaign.
The LCS 102 was decommissioned in 1946 and today is the sole survivor of a fleet that numbered 130 ships. Following cleanup and restoration work, it was dedicated in 2007. A guided tour includes the wardroom, enlisted compartments, officers' quarters, galley, the crew's mess hall, radio and navigation room, the engine room and the bridge.