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The Battleship U.S.S. Missouri

Updated on May 23, 2015

U.S.S. Missouri Battleship (BB-63)

Most people know of the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri even if they don't know why. This is the ship where WWII was ended. Japan surrendered to the Allies upon its very decks. This is the ship that is docked at Pearl Harbor where tourists visit her every day. This really is a sight to see when you go to Hawaii.

But there is more to the story which you will learn about on this page.

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USS Missouri at War

One reader writes "this book does a great job of capturing the essence of the ship and its crew from commissioning to its current resting place as a Pearl Harbor Museum."

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I got to this excellent lens via MBGPhoto's December Blessing lens. I'm a lover of history and although I'm an Army vet, I very much enjoyed perusing your salute to this storied ship. What an impressive and welcome site she must've been to US Marines and soldiers. And what a nightmare it must've been for enemy troops on the receiving end of her big guns. Thumbs up on this terrific lens!

— Swisstoons from Michigan 2011

Hawaii Site

This really is a sight to see

when you go to Hawaii.

U.S.S. Missouri in Pearl Harbor Hawaii

U.S.S. Missouri in Hawaii Pearl Harbor Hawaii
U.S.S. Missouri in Hawaii Pearl Harbor Hawaii | Source

Arizonal Memorial Site

In addition to her massive firepower capabilities, the U.S.S. Missouri Battleship possessed 13.5 inches thick steel armor plating that protected the hull, the gun turrets (17 inches in front; 13 inches on the sides), the citadel (17 inches), and the conning tower sides (17.3 inches).

~Arizonal Memorial Site

Honolulu, Hawaii

USS Missouri In Hawaii

U.S.S. Missouri in Hawaii
U.S.S. Missouri in Hawaii | Source

Models of the USS Missouri Battleship

"The Missouri was the last U.S. battleship to be launched and the last to be decommissioned. She was also the most formidable."

The Battleship USS Missouri Documentary

I found this documentary very interesting. I enjoyed it's "unpolished" personal tour style and the story covers the career of this ship.

USS Missouri Battleship In Korea, 25 October 1950

USS Missouri Battleship In Korea, 25 October 1950
USS Missouri Battleship In Korea, 25 October 1950

USS Missouri Battleship - Korea '50

Anchored in the outer harbor of

Wonsan, Korea, 25 October 1950

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, USNHC # 80-G-421372, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Beautiful lens on the wonderful old battleship U.S.S. Missouri. As an ex sailor and DOD employee who worked on supporting the reconstitution of the Battleships under president Reagan, I really appreciate your work here.

— TheBaseballCoach 2012

USS Missouri Battleship In Korea - 7 February 1953

USS Missouri Battleship In Korea - 7 February 1953
USS Missouri Battleship In Korea - 7 February 1953

USS Missouri Battleship - Korea '53

Moving slowly in close ashore at Wonsan, Korea, to deliver gunfire on enemy positions, 7 February 1953.

USNHC # NH 96790.

Captain Robert Brodie, Jr. - '53 Command of USS Missouri Battleship

Captain Robert Brodie, Jr. - '53 Command of USS Missouri Battleship
Captain Robert Brodie, Jr. - '53 Command of USS Missouri Battleship

USS Missouri Battleship '53

Captain Robert Brodie, Jr., USN reads his orders to assume command of Missouri (BB-63), during ceremonies held on board the ship at Yokosuka, Japan, 4 April 1953. Vice Admiral Joseph J. Clark, Commander, Seventh Fleet, is at left. Captain Brodie relieved Commander James R. North, who had been acting Commanding Officer since the death of Captain Warner R. Edsall on 26 March 1953. USNHC # 80-G-641298.

Naval Academy Midshipmen practice sending and receiving messages

Naval Academy Midshipmen practice sending and receiving messages
Naval Academy Midshipmen practice sending and receiving messages

USS Missouri Battleship '53

Naval Academy Midshipmen practice sending & receiving messages with a 24-inch signal light, during Midshipmen's cruise, June 1953. Those present are (left to right):Peter W. Sandusky, 3rd Class;Edward H. Browne, 3rd Class;Robert F. Rigling, 1st Class. USNHC # 80-G-633588.

Each of the nine 16-inch gun barrels, the Mighty Mo's trademark feature, "is to approximately 67 feet long, weighs an incredible 116 tons, and can fire a 2,700-pound shell 23 miles in 50 seconds - with pinpoint accuracy."

The USS Missouri Battleship fires 16-inch shell into enemy lines at Hungnam - December 26, 1950. (Navy)

The USS Missouri fires 16-inch shell into enemy lines at Hungnam 1950
The USS Missouri fires 16-inch shell into enemy lines at Hungnam 1950 | Source

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The USS Missouri fires 16-inch shell into enemy lines at Hungnam. A 16-inch 3-gun salvo is on its way to commies. December 26, 1950. (Navy)

NARA FILE #: 080-G-426954

WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 1445

These guns were firing over my dad's head as he helped land the boat on the beach to rescue American troops with the Chinese closing in on them.

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The United States Navy in the Korean War

This remarkable collection of essays is as readable and entertaining as it is informative, written by some of the most authoritative naval historians in the United States. It draws on many formerly classified sources to shed new light on the U.S. Navy's role in the three-year struggle to preserve the independence of the Republic of Korea.

The author, Edward J. Marolda, is the senior historian and chief of the Histories and Archives Division at the Naval Historical Center (NHC) in Washington, D.C.

USS Missouri Battleship - September 2, 1945

USS Missouri Battleship - September 2, 1945
USS Missouri Battleship - September 2, 1945

USS Missouri Battleship - September 2, 1945

F4U Corsairs and F6F Hellcat fighter planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri while the surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy battleship, on September 2, 1945 (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

Stranding The USS Missouri Battleship

In January 1950 the Missouri ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay. This book tells the story of how for the next two weeks the nation looked on as an embarrassed Navy tried to refloat her. This book provides a minute-by-minute account of the grounding, and rescue.

The Last Battleship

Scott C. S. Stone 's recounting of the USS Missouri's "The Last Battleship" story is a welcomed addition to naval and military history.

Battleship Missouri: An Illustrated History

This book is the complete history of the USS Missouri, from her keel-laying in 1941 to the site of the Japanese surrender in 1945 and the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

"...a ship is really the culmination of dedicated and skilled human beings who built her and the ship's success is the dedication and bravery of the men who sailed her. Paul Stillwell brings this human interest across very well." ~Richard A. Landgraff

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      @TanoCalvenoa: I went a couple of years ago. I want to go back because there was so much I didn't get to see in the time I was there. Hope you get to go. What a lovely place it is and how heartbreaking it must have been for those that lived through that experience that they would never see it again without remembering what happened.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I once made a map of Pearl Harbor for a map company I used to work for. I've never actually been there though - I'd so love to see the Missouri, the Arizona, and other sites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a nice tribute to the U.S.S. Missouri. I found your lens while searching through U.S. History. I learned a lot here today. Before reading your lens, all that I really knew about the U.S.S.Missouri was about the Japanese surrender. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens on the wonderful old battleship U.S.S. Missouri. As an ex sailor and DOD employee who worked on supporting the reconstitution of the Battleships under president Reagan, I really appreciate your work here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i am attracted by the website for its useful information. warmly welcome to website navy nurse for your needs.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: Thank you, Jane!

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @Swisstoons: Thank you, Swisstoons! My dad was on one of those boats between the big guns and the enemy troops in North Korea, going in for a rescue of our guys with Chinese troops coming down on them!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow!! It's an amazing lens! Very nice pictures too. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the place of the surrender of the Empire of Japan when World War II also ended. You really have given a elaborated history of Missouri. Keep it up the good work. Pearl Harbour

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @mbgphoto: mbgphoto, thank you for the blessing and adding this lens to your December Blessings lens. I appreciate you!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      I got to this excellent lens via MBGPhoto's December Blessing lens. I'm a lover of history and although I'm an Army vet, I very much enjoyed perusing your salute to this storied ship. What an impressive and welcome site she must've been to US Marines and soldiers. And what a nightmare it must've been for enemy troops on the receiving end of her big guns. Thumbs up on this terrific lens!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      No story, other than interviewing a "distinguished visitor" ... these battleships are QUITE remarkable.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting. Lensrolled to MyDadMy Hero lens and blessed and added to December Blessings.

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      Paperfacets,

      That must have been a great experience. Thanks for the comment.

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      Poddys,

      Thanks for visiting and the 5*.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I was able to see this ship in May 2009. I enjoyed the walk. It is self guided and I was able to really get a feel for everyday life on a ship.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens on this famous warship. 5*****