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Iowa Class Battleship
887'3" x 108'3" x 38'
9 x 16" batteries
12 x 5" batteries
USN April 11, 1945
USN Sept 2, 1945
USN Sept 2, 1945
Justin Taylan 2010
Justin Taylan 2004
Built by Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York. Ordered June 12, 1940 as the third Iowa Class Battleship ordered but the last to be built. Laid down January 6, 1941. Launched January 29, 1944 as USS Missouri BB-63 named in honor of the State of Missouri. Sponsored by Mary Margaret Truman, daughter of daughter of Harry S. Truman who was then a U. S. Senator for Missouri. Commissioned June 11, 1944 into the U. S. Navy (USN) under the command of Captain William Callaghan. Nicknamed Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo".
Missouri completed sea trials off New York and a stakedown cruise in the Chesapeake Bay. On November 11, 1944 departed for Norfolk, Virgiina. On November 18, 1944 transited the Panama Canal then proceeded to San Francisco for final fitting out. Initially, Missouri had a dazzle camouflage but was repainted overall gray for operations in the Pacific.
On December 14, 1944 departed San Francisco westward to Hawaii. On December 24, 1944 arrived at Pearl Harbor and departed January 2, 1945 across the Pacific Ocean before arriving Ulithi eleven days later and became the temporary headquarters for Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher.
On January 27, 1945 departed Ulithi as part of the screening force for the Task Force 58 (TF-58) including USS Lexington CV-16. On February 10, 1945 launched SC-1 Seahawk 35362 piloted by Lt. Everett N. Frothingham on Missouri's first combat patrol but the float plane developed engine trouble and crashed into the sea and the pilot died before USS Lewis Hancock DD-675 could be rescued. On February 16, 1945 carrier aircraft attacked Japan. Afterwards, Missouri provides gunfire support against targets on Iwo Jima in support of the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) landing then returned with TF-58 to Ulithi.
The plane ricocheted away, causing only minor damage, but the pilot was catapulted from the cockpit, and his body demolished part of a gun mount. The pilot's body landed on the deck and was buried by the ship the next day, with a Marine honor guard firing a salute. A dent in the hull between frames 159 and 165 still remains. Inside a display case are pieces of wreckage from this Zero, believed to be piloted by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ishino Setsuo.
Official Surrender of Japan
USS Missouri as Museum
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