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  USS Iowa BB-61
Iowa Class Battleship

45,000 Tons
887' 3" x 108' 2" x 37' 2"
(1943 armament)
9 x 16" guns
20 x 5" guns
80 x 40mm AA
49 x 20mm AA

Ship History
Built by the New York Naval Yard in Brooklyn, New York. Laid down June 27, 1940. Launched August 27, 1942 sponsored by Ilo Wallace (wife of Vice President Henry Wallace). Also in attendance was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Commissioned February 22, 1943 with Captain John L. McCrea in command.

Wartime History
On May 1, 1944 USS Iowa led a shore bombardment of Ponape, covered by USS The Sullivans DD-537.


On August 29, 1945 U. S. Navy (USN) warships with minesweepers enter Tokyo Bay with USS Missouri (BB-63) anchors off Yokosuka.

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Last Updated
August 31, 2020


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