Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri Memorial The Battleship Missouri has served her nation with honor and distinction through World War II, the Korean War, Operation Desert Storm, with the service and devotion of her crews spanning three generations. Today she stands proudly as an international icon of strength for freedom and the site and symbol of the formal ending of World War II. We offer school groups the opportunity to learn more about the USS Missouri’s role in three wars and as a living, historic memorial. We are proud to serve more than 17,000 students from around Hawaii in Battleship Missouri Memorial Education programs every year.
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Ry An from Malta shared with us these photos of ship models he built of the USS Missouri along with the USS Arizona. Bot...
06/02/2020

Ry An from Malta shared with us these photos of ship models he built of the USS Missouri along with the USS Arizona. Both scaled 1/350.

Both are paint-brushed and weighted by metal bars inside of them so they are with the waterline. Made from plastic, they are very light weight. The metal pieces can be seen in the hull.

Thank you Ry An for sharing your masterpiece! We love seeing models of the USS Missouri!

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Did You Mo that USS Maryland was once moored where our pier sits today?Known as “Fighting Mary”, USS Maryland (BB 46) jo...
06/01/2020

Did You Mo that USS Maryland was once moored where our pier sits today?

Known as “Fighting Mary”, USS Maryland (BB 46) joined the fleet on July 21, 1921. In the 1920s, she ran multiple diplomatic missions including President-elect Herbert Hoover’s tour of Latin America. In the 1930s, Maryland took part in fleet exercises before being deployed in 1940 to Pearl Harbor to join the Pacific fleet.

The battleship Maryland was moored inboard of USS Oklahoma (BB 37) during the attack on December 7, 1941. Although Maryland was hit by two bombs, she was largely shielded from the attack by Oklahoma and her crew was able to return fire in addition to contributing to the rescue efforts. Despite the damage, she was repaired and returned to service in 1942. She rejoined the Pacific Fleet for the duration of WWII and participated in the bombardment of the Marshall Islands, the Battle of Leyte, and the invasion of Okinawa. After the war, USS Maryland transported military personnel back to the United States and was placed in the Reserve Fleet. She was decommissioned in 1947 and sold for scrap in 1959.

Photo: Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, on 5 August 1945, after her final wartime overhaul. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

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Staff Spotlight: We give you Keven Williamson, the man that can make us laugh any day, anytime! Keven and his wave of vo...
06/01/2020

Staff Spotlight: We give you Keven Williamson, the man that can make us laugh any day, anytime! Keven and his wave of volunteers truly help keep the Mighty Mo in the best shape! Thank you Keven for all you do! #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri

Did You Mo?Painted on the bow of USS Missouri is the number 63, indicating that she is the 63rd battleship to be commiss...
05/29/2020

Did You Mo?

Painted on the bow of USS Missouri is the number 63, indicating that she is the 63rd battleship to be commissioned since the Naval Vessel Register (NVR) began in the 1880s. Although the battleship Wisconsin, BB 64, has a higher hull number, USS Missouri was the last battleship completed by the U.S. Navy.

The hull number is visible on both sides of the bow and stern as well as from air, where “63” can be seen painted atop Turret #1. While the numbers today appear as they did from the Korean War through to her final decommissioning, beneath the current paint scheme the remnants of the ship’s much smaller WWII hull numbers are still visible in the form of the weld marks that provided a template for sailors to paint. Can you find the older hull numbers of USS Missouri and USS Wisconsin?

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Did you Mo? During 1940s and 50s Missouri allowed helicopters to land on top of her turrets.U.S. Navy helicopter is show...
05/27/2020

Did you Mo? During 1940s and 50s Missouri allowed helicopters to land on top of her turrets.

U.S. Navy helicopter is shown landing on the forward 16-inch gun turret of USS Missouri (BB-63) during the 1948 “Midshipmen’s Practice Cruise, Guard Mail, ship’s newspapers and personnel were exchanged via helicopter while the cruise squadron was at sea. Most exchanges, however, were made by “hovering pick-up” in which the plane did not land but hovered over the deck. Photograph filed September 13, 1948. U.S. Navy Photograph, USN 706093. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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A Memorial Day video tribute to the fallen service members of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy video by Erin H...
05/25/2020
Tribute to Fallen Heroes

A Memorial Day video tribute to the fallen service members of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy video by Erin Huggins/Released, U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Jasmonet Jackson)

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/753808/tribute-fallen-heroes

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (May 22, 2020) A Memorial Day video tribute to the fallen service members of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy video by Erin Huggins/Released, U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Jasmonet Jackson)

Staff Spotlight! Today we introduce to you David. Many may already know him as he's been both with our Education and now...
05/25/2020

Staff Spotlight! Today we introduce to you David. Many may already know him as he's been both with our Education and now Tours Department - one of the best storytellers we have the pleasure of working with. Thank you for all that you do David! #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri

SALUTE THEIR SERVICE, HONOR THEIR HOPE. Happy Memorial Day to all the past and present servicemen and women. #memorialda...
05/25/2020

SALUTE THEIR SERVICE, HONOR THEIR HOPE.

Happy Memorial Day to all the past and present servicemen and women.

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LET FREEDOM RING! HOOYAH MIGHTY MO! #MemorialDay #MemorialDayWeekend #USSMissouri #BattleshipMissouri #MightyMo
05/23/2020

LET FREEDOM RING! HOOYAH MIGHTY MO! #MemorialDay #MemorialDayWeekend #USSMissouri #BattleshipMissouri #MightyMo

Throwing it back to this Fan Favorite Friday. TGIF - It's Memorial Day Weekend!!! “No man is entitled to the blessings o...
05/23/2020

Throwing it back to this Fan Favorite Friday.
TGIF - It's Memorial Day Weekend!!!

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” — Douglas MacArthur

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PRE-ORDER Memorial Day flag at the USS Missouri Memorial online store. http://ow.ly/mmVy50zObJdPlease note the USS Misso...
05/22/2020

PRE-ORDER Memorial Day flag at the USS Missouri Memorial online store.
http://ow.ly/mmVy50zObJd

Please note the USS Missouri is still closed to the public, so we will only be offering a limited amount of these Memorial Day flags. These flags will be flown to remember and honor soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The American Flag will be raised and flown on the USS Missouri Memorial on May 25, 2020. (Times flown are assorted.)

You made it halfway through the week - Here's a little splash to celebrate! #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri
05/20/2020

You made it halfway through the week - Here's a little splash to celebrate! #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri

In honor of #NationalPreservationMonth we want to highlight some restoration/preservation projects the USS Missouri Memo...
05/19/2020

In honor of #NationalPreservationMonth we want to highlight some restoration/preservation projects the USS Missouri Memorial Association has took on in the past years. For 7 consecutive years, we have been nominated and honorably received the #PreservationHonorAwards given out by Historic Hawaii Foundation: HHF and National Trust for Historic Preservation

First up is the preservation of the World Map Mural that is located in the Wardroom.

This preservation project took one month - a whopping 276.5 hours to complete. Balancing the preservation of the material nature of the mural with the need to preserve the history of the voyages of the USS Missouri became the focus of the treatment. The visual clarity of the mural was also very important, so visitors would nether be distracted by old damages, nor confused by the numerous lines and labels that had become difficult to decipher and follow. The modifications made to the enclosure and lighting greatly aid in the long-term preservation of the mural.

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Did You Mo?USS Missouri’s Dental Department examined roughly 150 personnel each month. While dental emergencies were han...
05/19/2020

Did You Mo?

USS Missouri’s Dental Department examined roughly 150 personnel each month. While dental emergencies were handled at any time, the Dental Clinic was open from 0745 to 0900 and from 1245 to 1330 Monday through Friday and was staffed by a Senior Dental Officer, an Assistant Dental Officer, as well as several Dental Technicians. The battleship’s dental facilities offered services that varied from routine cleanings to lost fillings to root canal surgeries. The department’s Dental Prosthetics Lab right next door was armed with state-of-the-art dental equipment to create restorative appliances to treat missing teeth or broken parts of teeth, jaw, and palate. This included dental implants, crowns, and bridges. Only porcelain work and metal frameworks had to be fabricated on shore.

Pictured: Chief Dental Technician (DTC) Roger Stephens polishes a gold crown in the dental department of the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63). Photo courtesy of the National Archives, photo no. 6432675.

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Christina! We have visitors from all over the world and we would not be able to do without our bil...
05/18/2020

Staff Spotlight: Meet Christina! We have visitors from all over the world and we would not be able to do without our bilingual staff! #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor

Signal Flags Are Maritime Emojis... thoughts? Signal flags are a means of communication. Each individual signal flag can...
05/15/2020

Signal Flags Are Maritime Emojis... thoughts?

Signal flags are a means of communication. Each individual signal flag can represent a letter, a number, a phrase, or a code. Certain flags, when paired together, can have a whole new meaning!

When you read top to bottom, what do the signal flags on our yard arm spell?

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May is National Preservation month and we want to highlight all the preservation awards that the USS Missouri Memorial A...
05/15/2020
Keeping Her in Ship Shape – Achieving 7 Consecutive Preservation Honor Awards

May is National Preservation month and we want to highlight all the preservation awards that the USS Missouri Memorial Association has been awarded. To count, we have received 7 consecutive years of Preservation Honor Awards from the Historic Hawaii Foundation. Since opening in January 1999 as a living educational maritime museum, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9 -million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS… [ 1,665 more word ]
https://mightymodeckblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/keeping-her-in-ship-shape-achieving-7-consecutive-preservation-honor-awards/

May is National Preservation month and we want to highlight all the preservation awards that the USS Missouri Memorial Association has been awarded. To count, we have received 7 consecutive years o…

A little fire power for your Thursday. 🔥 #bb63 #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #navy
05/14/2020

A little fire power for your Thursday. 🔥 #bb63 #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #navy

05/13/2020
Nick Remembers The Life Of His Father, Fred Calderone

Today we are honoring and remembering the beloved, Fred Calderone. A WWII USS Missouri Crewmember and witness to the End of WWII on board her decks nearly 75 years ago.

His son, Nick Calderone, host of Right this Minute, visited the Missouri last year to walk the same decks his father did and learn more about his service aboard. He shared with us stories that his father, a member of the Mighty Mo's band, shared with him growing up. Fred recently passed away due to complications from Covid-19. Help us Salute his Service and Honor his Hope with this video tribute made by his son.

A salute to the Greatest Generation - We Remember.

https://www.rightthisminute.com/video/nick-remembers-life-father-fred-calderone

RTM's Nick Calderone has some heart-wrenching news to share about his family. Unfortunately, his 94-year-old father Fred Calderone passed away last week due to complications related to COVID-19. Nick tells us that Fred lived quite a life, which included serving aboard the USS Missouri during a histo...

Having served aboard the Missouri from 88-91 as a photojournalist and LPO of the public affairs division, Terry reached ...
05/12/2020

Having served aboard the Missouri from 88-91 as a photojournalist and LPO of the public affairs division, Terry reached out to us to share some amazing photos that were taken during his time on the Mighty Mo.

The photos may have been taken by a number of the ship's photographers - Terry Cosgrove, Tom Milne, Brad Dillon, Bob Lindel, Paul Erickson, James Strabe, Mark Egan.

Thank you all for your service and thank you for capturing the Mo in all her glory! More photos from crewmembers to come!

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Did You Mo? When the USS Missouri was active, she displaced anywhere from 45,000 tons to 58,000 tons of water depending ...
05/11/2020

Did You Mo?

When the USS Missouri was active, she displaced anywhere from 45,000 tons to 58,000 tons of water depending on the amount of ammunition, fuel, and supplies she was carrying. To judge a ship’s draft—how low or high a ship is sitting in the water—there are numbers called draft marks along each side of the bow and stern. These numbers measure the distance from the bottom of the ship, or keel, up to the waterline. Knowing the draft of the battleship was an important factor in navigation: the USS Missouri was able to squeeze through the Panama Canal’s 40-foot-deep channels at her full load of 58,000 tons because she would only sit 38 feet in the water when carrying a full load.

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Today we introduce to you, Emi, our Japanese Tour Guide who has been with us for over 5 years and continuously delivers ...
05/11/2020

Today we introduce to you, Emi, our Japanese Tour Guide who has been with us for over 5 years and continuously delivers superb tours for our Japanese visitors! Thank you Emi! #StaffSpotlight #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor

05/08/2020

May 8, 2020 - WE SALUTE THEIR SERVICE AND HONOR THEIR HOPE🇺🇸 #veday #mightymo #ussmissouri #battleshipmissouri #wwii

Our tour guides are frequently asked: “When did the war in Europe end if WWII ended on the decks of the Mighty Mo on Sep...
05/08/2020

Our tour guides are frequently asked: “When did the war in Europe end if WWII ended on the decks of the Mighty Mo on September 2, 1945?” The war in Europe ended when Germany surrendered 75 years ago on May 8, 1945 – Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.

The Battle of Berlin began on April 16, 1945 as US and British forces stood by while Russian troops were allowed to exclusively assault the German capitol from the East. The city, its military forces, and civilian population were completely decimated by unrelenting Soviet assaults. Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945 and the Germans surrendered Berlin on May 2, 1945.

Six days later, German military representatives gathered with Allied representatives and signed unconditional surrender documents. The war in Europe was over and the Allies’ focus then shifted exclusively to Japan and the Pacific Theater.

#mightymo #VEDay #military #battleshipmissouri #victoryineurope

Today, military leaders reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Allies victory in Europe. We commemorate VE Day and salut...
05/08/2020
Victory in Europe 75th Anniversary

Today, military leaders reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Allies victory in Europe. We commemorate VE Day and salute the veterans - Please enjoy!

http://ow.ly/NQ1l50zB4lf

Military leaders reflect on the 75th anniversary of the Allies victory in Europe.

When the Empire of Japan invaded the Philippines in December of 1941, General Douglas MacArthur chose Bataan and Corregi...
05/07/2020

When the Empire of Japan invaded the Philippines in December of 1941, General Douglas MacArthur chose Bataan and Corregidor Island as his major defense positions before escaping the Philippines on March 11, 1942. The fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 meant that Corregidor stood as the last outpost of organized resistance by American and Filipino forces under the command of Lieutenant General Jonathan “Skinny” Wainwright.

Despite the best efforts of Wainwright’s men to hold the fortress, by early May it had become clear to Wainwright that “there is a limit of human endurance” and “that limit has long since been passed…by my gallant troops.” Concluding that surrender was his only option, on May 7, 1942, all organized American resistance in the Philippines officially ended. Wainwright was imprisoned in Formosa and Manchuria for the remainder of the war. Corregidor remained under Japanese control until Allied forces regained control of the island in February 1945.

On the morning of September 2, 1945, Lt. General Wainwright would be onboard the USS Missouri to witness the unconditional surrender of Japan. He would receive one of the six pens that General Douglas MacArthur used to sign the Instruments of Surrender, was promoted to 4-star general three days later, and eventually be awarded the Medal of Honor.

05/07/2020
Victory in Europe - VE Day 75 Years Later | Trailer

VICTORY IN EUROPE – VE DAY 75 YEARS LATER will be broadcast on May 8, 2020, starting at 11:30 a.m. ET, when the Arsenal of Democracy Victory Commemoration WWII Flyover was originally scheduled to begin its aerial tribute over the National Mall.

The video tribute will air on the AOD website (ww2flyover.org) and page (facebook.com/ww2flyover), and on the 75th WWII Commemoration website (75thwwiicommemoration.org). The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will also be streaming the video tribute on defense.gov; overseas on AFN broadcast; and on the DOD’s Facebook (facebook.com/DeptofDefense) and Twitter (twitter.com/DeptofDefense) pages.

For more information about the Arsenal of Democracy events, please visit ww2flyover.org.

http://ow.ly/zDE650zzdK2

Airing on May 8th at 11:30am EST, this video tribute is being written and produced by award-winning broadcast journalist David Hartman and renowned aviation ...

Thank you to Steve Trimble for sharing his father's photos from 1946 with us! Raymond L. Trimble, Nashua, NH (last photo...
05/07/2020

Thank you to Steve Trimble for sharing his father's photos from 1946 with us!

Raymond L. Trimble, Nashua, NH (last photo) took photos during the Mo's journey to Turkey. The Missouri brought the late Turkish Ambassador, Munir Ertegun back to Istanbul, Turkey to be buried.

Check out that Volkswagon on deck!
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It's never late to donate - our efforts will continue for the month of May. Thank you to all of the Missouri's fans and ...
05/06/2020

It's never late to donate - our efforts will continue for the month of May. Thank you to all of the Missouri's fans and supporters!

As the world responds to the threat of the Covid-19 virus, we trust you and yours are healthy and safe.During this globa...
05/05/2020

As the world responds to the threat of the Covid-19 virus, we trust you and yours are healthy and safe.

During this global pandemic, the USS Missouri Memorial Association remains dedicated to preserving the Battleship Missouri and sharing her story and place in history. Although our ability to carry out our mission has been reduced by “stay-at-home” restrictions, our resolve has not wavered as we carry on with carefully planned activities.

In full compliance with the CDC and local government health and safety mandates, the Battleship Missouri team continues with the following strategic initiatives:

---Distance Learning – implementation of an educational outreach inclusive of a virtual tour of the historic Mighty Mo and a special focus on her role during WWII in this 75th anniversary year

---Virtual Visits – allowing ‘visitors’ around the globe an opportunity to ‘walk’ the decks of the USS Missouri from the comfort of their home

---New infrastructure - construction of the new Education Resource Center which will house all our collections and artifacts

---Security & General Maintenance - measures remain in place to safeguard the ship and surrounding properties

---Structural Preservation - steel repair, replacement, and painting continues in key areas of the ship while teak wood deck replacement continues on a limited basis

Moreover, our dedicated and compassionate staff members are also involved in serving our island community. These acts of kindness include hand sewing face-masks for healthcare workers and delivering food through the Meals on Wheels program.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial stands as a global symbol of peace and victory through the perils of war, we are convinced that when the battle against the deadly coronavirus is won, she will remain a symbol of the strength and resilience of the American spirit.

Thank you for your support.

#GivingTuesdayNOW #givingtuesday #covid19 #ussmissouri #mightymo #battleshipmissouri #pearlharbor

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63 Cowpens St
Honolulu, HI
96818

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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
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Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 9-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $29.99 per adult and $13.99 per child (4-12). Military, kama‘aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available. For information or reservations, call 808-455-1600 or visit ussmissouri.org

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Yes. Yes I do want a Mighty Mo Kayak.
Today, I remember 2 of USS Missouri BB63 M-Division's Bruce Williamson and Patrick Allen. Godspeed shipmates.🇺🇸🇺🇸
Verona man witnessed the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, end of WWII VERONA — Time obscures memories once vivid. As details fade, what remains are the bare images that nevertheless continue to narrate one’s most powerful experiences. Former U.S. Marine Johnnie Barr, 99, of Verona, witnessed the signing of the treaty with Japan which ended World War II, the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and much more during his three years aboard the USS Missouri. Like the photographs recorded in his USS Missouri history book, pieced together in scrapbooks and hanging on his living room wall, Barr’s memories revive as snapshots of experiences that happened so long ago in WWII. When his memory failed him, Barr pointed to a picture and his story came alive once more: the Missouri squeezing through the Panama Canal with only inches to spare; waking a sleeping admiral for a false alarm; a kamikaze crashing into the ship; 1,800 planes flying overhead signifying the war’s end. After graduating high school and working in a restaurant in his hometown of Bridgewater, Barr decided to join the marines. Enlisting on Aug. 29, 1942, Barr then trained at Parris Island in South Carolina before he was sent to Washington, D.C. on guard duty. Big guns In D.C. he received his assignment aboard the state-of-the-art USS Missouri. In fact, the Missouri, or “Mighty Mo,” was still under construction at the time. Barr waited in New York until Mighty Mo was ready for him as well as the 3,200 sailors and 100 Marines assigned to the ship. Despite the novelty of the Iowa-class “fast battleship” design, Barr said “it wasn’t too much excitement” boarding it. After embarking on the Missouri, Barr said he did not set foot on dry land for three years until the war’s end. While aboard, Barr served in a variety of roles. “I was a gunner on the 20mm,” Barr said. “We did guard duty, took care of the captains, and all of that.” Although he said some of his memories are blurry after 75 years, Barr recalled rushing into his battle station and strapping into his gun every time quarters sounded that an enemy was near. “You just done your duty, that’s all,” Barr said. “When we fought, you got strapped in your gunner. A man would change the barrel every so often because it got so hot.” Barr laughed as he recalled that the 16 inch guns shot 25 miles, the 4 mm. shot 9 miles, and, the guns he was shooting — the 20mm — “we just get 'em when they come in close,” he said. Whale of a tail In addition to Japan’s surrender, three memories remain distinct in Barr’s mind: the passage through the Panama Canal, a whale alarm and the ‘burial’ of a Japanese pilot. In July of 1945, the Missouri entered Panama for supplies. Mighty Mo was so massive in size that its beam scraped the sides of the Panama Canal during their passage through, according to Barr. “We had only three inches on each side,” Barr said. “All in all, it took us about six hours to go through the Panama Canal.” However, the ship’s wide girth was not the only near close call on the canal. “We were loading up and getting supplies and it was around 6 o’clock in the evening,” Barr said. “The next thing I know, the loud speaker says: ‘Johnnie Barr come to the captain’s office.’ I thought: ‘Oh, what have I done now?’” But, Barr could breath easy for the captain was his brother-in-law. “There was Capt. Bob Jameson, who was my sister’s husband,” Barr said. “He was fighting in the Philippines and he came out to see me.” Another of Barr’s memories was an encounter with one of his superiors that proved to be a bit more embarrassing. In the dark of night, around 2 a.m., young Barr was alerted that submarines were nearing the ship, an event he was required to report to Adm. William F. Halsey. “I was standing guard duty and they came up from down below and said: ‘Radar has picked up submarines!’ So, I had to go in and tell [Halsey],” Barr said. “And you don’t touch him. All you are allowed to do is shake the covers. So I shook the covers and he eventually woke up.” When Barr reported the submarines, Halsey said: “There ain’t no submarines out there.” Halsey was right. Shortly thereafter, the blips found on the radar were discovered to be a group of whales. A sheepish Barr then had to enter the admiral’s quarters yet again. “About five minutes later, I had to come back in and tell him: ‘The radar went off because a bunch of whales went through,’” said Barr with a grin. Rising Sun sets After these lighthearted recollections, Barr returned to a story of a Japanese kamikaze pilot who crashed into the bridge tower on the Missouri. He pointed to a picture of part of the plane’s frame clinging to the ship and said that, along with some of the plane, half of the pilot’s own body landed on the deck. The men decided the pilot needed a proper burial in the deep sea. “The chaplain sat up all night to make a Japanese flag to put him overboard,” Barr said. “Then, we wrapped him in it and pushed him overboard off the fantail.” Barr took a piece of the pilot’s plane and formed it into a bracelet for his wife, inscribing her name upon the metal. The bracelet remains in the family to this day. But, the most poignant memory of all for Barr was, of course, the war’s end. “At that time, the announcer said: ‘The war is now over,’ we heard a big noise, and 1,800 planes flew over,” said Barr. Barr pauses for a moment to point to a picture hanging opposite him in his living room. The black and white image captures the 1,800 planes that appear as a flock of birds soaring above the Missouri. At first, when the planes flew over, Barr and his fellow soldiers were confused. “We didn’t know nothing about it,” said Barr with a laugh. “We didn’t know whether the war was over or not. But they soon told us.” Standing on the deck of Mighty Mo, Barr then witnessed Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz signing the surrender document for the Japanese Empire, officially recognizing the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945. The aftermath The Missouri remained four more days in the waters outside of Tokyo to ensure that the war had really ended. Then, Barr was homeward bound. “That was Sept. 2 and we stayed in Tokyo Bay until Sept. 6 — my birthday,” said Barr. “And, that’s when we came out and started home.” It was Barr’s wife Neva’s birthday, Oct. 26, 1945, when he finally arrived home. Barr pulled a card from his wallet and held it out proudly. The card certified Barr’s presence upon the Missouri during the formal surrender of the the Japanese forces. When he and each person disembarked from the ship they received one with their individual name printed upon it. After the war, Barr worked a number of jobs including a time as a short-order cook, employment at the Coca-Cola factory and lastly working for Smith’s Transfer trucking company from which he retired after 32 years. Barr had two children, a daughter, Teresa Shifflett, lives nearby, and a son, Johnnie Barr Jr., who died five years ago. Barr’s wife died 10 years ago. Through the years, Barr kept in contact with his unit and attended a yearly reunion through the USS Missouri Association, though he has not been in the last five years. Barr began sharing his stories of the Missouri when he had grandchildren. Though he said his mind sometimes “blanks” and he cannot recall these old stories, he continually makes an effort to share them with the next generations. The USS Missouri sailed many voyages and fought many battles since WWII, including seeing action in the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. The ship did not finally retire until 1995. Through photographs and stories remembered, the Mighty Mo lives on vividly in the mind of Barr and those of his children, grandchildren and all who hear of his experiences.
I am a historian and I live in Brazil. In June 1953, the USS Missouri landed in Rio de Janeiro for a few days. A sailor from the Missouri ship - I don't know details about him - fell in love with a snake dancer named Suzy King (stage name of Georgina Pires Sampaio). She lived in Copacabana and they corresponded for years after he left. I'm writing a book about Suzy King and I need to identify the sailor from the USS Missouri with whom she had an affair. I would like to ask for your help. - Do you have a list of the USS Missouri crew on this trip to Rio de Janeiro in June 1953? It was a "midshipman cruise". - Do you know people from that crew who can remember the sailor friend who got involved with a snake dancer? Can you help me solve this mystery? I await an answer. Thank you. Alberto de Oliveira [email protected]
I was on the Missouri in Aug 2017. I purchased the book that my photos where in, I am a scrapbooker and would like to buy another book so I can use both sides of the pages in my scrapbook.My grandfather was on the ship during the surreneder. How do I go about purchasing another book.
April 16, 1945 saw the most Kamikaze attacks on the "Mo" in the war. The wing of a Zeke clipped the fantail crane before crashing astern and exploding, sending debris onto the ship. Two Missouri sailors were injured by strafing and shrapnel. S1c Al Palermo (pictured) and S1c D. J Guliano.
Here is a watercolor painting I recently completed of the USS Missouri . If anyone is interested contact me through FB messenger or phone 501-622-9286. Stay Safe.
My dad served on the Missouri '45-'46. His work station was "Radio-One." He said his battlestation was "Quad 14" This was a 40mm Bofors gun mount. Where on the ship was this located? Can anyone tell me? Thank you.
I've always felt that while immensely powerful the Missouri and her sisters are the most aesthetically beautiful Warships ever built!
USS Missouri BB-63 at Chong Jin, Korea Oct. 21st 1950
I’ve got my own piece of Missouri I use. Pen body is from original teak decking.