Naval History & Heritage Command
#OTD April 16, 1944, USS Wisconsin (BB-64), a 45,000-ton Iowa class battleship, is commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She later joins the Pacific Fleet in October 1944 and reaches the western Pacific combat zone in December. Over the next nine months, Wisconsin takes part in operations to capture the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa and raid the Japanese home islands. During this period, she rides out two typhoons without damage and uses her sixteen-inch guns to bombard enemy targets in Okinawa and Japan.
After the World War II, Wisconsin is briefly decommissioned only to be reactivated for the Korean War, and serves until 1958. After three decades in reserve status, she is recommissioned in 1988 and participates in the Gulf War where she fires missiles at targets in Iraq and uses her guns to help force the enemy from Kuwait. Wisconsin is decommissioned for the third time 1991, and currently serves as a museum battleship in Norfolk, Virginia.
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