Friday, January 29, 2010

Mighty Mo

On this date in 1944 the last battleship of the United States was commissioned into the US Navy. The USS Missouri, affectionately known as "Mighty Mo," was the site of the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII.

The Missouri fought in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War. She was involved in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. She was involved in the Korean war, after which she was decommissioned in 1955.
The Mo was reactivated with updated armaments and equipment in 1984 and provided support during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.The USS Missouri was decommisioned in March 1992, and in 1998 she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and is now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.

The Missouri is the only battleship I have ever been aboard, as I had the good fortune to tour this vessel during the time she was decommisioned and lying at anchor in Bremerton.
I also visited the carrier USS Lexington, now a museum ship in Corpus Christi.

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