Sunday, February 12, 2012

USS Missouri

We saw the beginning of World War II in yesterdays post and today's post has come full circle to the end of World War II. My father served as a sergeant in the US Army. God bless our service men and women. For those that have served and those that are serving, thank you.

USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II.


Missouri was ordered in 1940 and commissioned in June 1944. In the Pacific Theater of World War II she fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and shelled the Japanese home islands, and she fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. She was decommissioned in 1955 into the United States Navy reserve fleets (the "Mothball Fleet"), but reactivated and modernized in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan, and provided fire support during Operation Desert Storm in January/February 1991.

Missouri received a total of 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned on 31 March 1992, but remained on the Naval Vessel Register until her name was struck in January 1995. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Source: Wikipedia (USS Missouri)
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16 comments :

  1. Where would we be without our troops?!

    It's freezing here today! Literally! Big hugs, honey. xoxo

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  2. i don't remember seeing that. either we didn't go there or i just forget, thanks for showing me honey.

    hugs, bee
    xoxoxooxox

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  3. It's so important to remember. One day I'll get there to pay my respects, too. Enjoy your Sunday, Sandee!

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  4. These ships are amazing, and a fitting tribute to our troops. Thanks for sharing, great pictures.

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  5. It is so good to remember these ships and we sure are so thankful for our troups. Where would we be without them?? Have yourselves a super Sunday.

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  6. Thanks for these snippets of our history. God bless our troops!

    Big hugs from chilly, windy WPB, honey...

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  7. I've walked the decks of the USS Missouri and it's a powerful experience.

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  8. Enjoying the history reads! have a nice day Sandee!

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  9. The Missouri was the last completed battleship commissioned in the US Navy.there were other battleships planned but never completed.God Bless al those that have served on this mighty ship.

    Like you Dad my Dad was a Sgt only he was in the Army Air Force.I did reach the rank of Sgt as well in the US Air Force. what a greaty world we live in.

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  10. My father was just finishing up his training at the end of WWII. He left the service as a cadet in the Army Air Corp. My son did one tour in Iraq. I strongly support our military past and present. God bless our troops

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  11. Nice to know about your father, Sandee. I had figured that sea ran in your veins but see there is ground pounding also (I spent five years in the Army). I will check your blog to see if you told of any combat he might have served in.

    I know you 'sailors' were glad to visit the Missouri. You wrote it up nicely too. Thank you.

    Don't you just hope it isn't de-commissioned again now that the big cutback is about to come!
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  12. That's one massive ship. It visited Sydney when I was still in the Navy. We did some time at sea on exercise with her. I still remember the sight of those massive guns firing. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

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  13. An amazing ship Sandee! Thanks for sharing the picture and information. Have a wonderful week.

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  14. I have total respect for all members of the armed forces, I just with the politicians wouldn't send them so easily into wars on behalf of their business men friends!

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  15. We have a small little destroyer as a museum here.

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  16. That ship has seen a lot of history and it reminds us of what we all fought for back then. My father served on the USS California. While he didn't see a lot of combat time. He passed down several stories of how important WWII is a part of our history.

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